As per the latest Government advice, some of our non-essential shops opened their doors again from 15th June and were very happy to safely welcome some of you back. Restaurants, bars & visitor attractions should be able to open from 4th July with our local businesses working hard to make things as safe as possible. 

Totnes Town Council has been working tirelessly to try and make the town as safe as possible for your return and have had a modification of the current speed limit to 5mph on Fore St / High St and The Narrows allowed by DCC to ensure the possibility of shared space and safety of pedestrians while social distancing. 

There is also a road closure every Saturday from 9am – 1pm as a temporary measure so long as social distancing is required offering a good time for those who are more vulnerable to visit the town, however, bear in mind that the Saturday Market will be on this day as well which can get quite busy. There are no markets Mon – Thurs. 

Here are just some of the shops, eateries, galleries and attractions that have or will be reopened:


GIFTS / FASHION

Conker Shoes – open

The Shops at Dartington – open

ME AND EAST – opening Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays with a one in one out (or one family group) at a time

Salago – opened ground floor only initially. Mon – Fri 12 – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. You can still shop online with click & collect

China Blue – looking to reopen on 6th July. Products available online still

Holly Keeling Interiors – open

Apothespa : Organic & Natural Skincare – open 

Narnia Totnes – open

Out of the Blue – open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday 

Miss Beaujangles – open Weds – Sat 

Eleven Clothing – open 10am – 4.30pm with appointments available. Call 01803 834006 or message. Offering refunds within 5 days to allow you to try at home

Fifty5a – open 11am – 3pm & from 10am Fridays. Sundays closed. Private appointment for 30 minutes available – email or DM shop@Fifty5a.com. Priority to customers from the vulnerable sector. Appointments scheduled from 9-11am or after 3pm

Firefly_Totnes – open

Fox & Company – open Thursday 10.30am – 4.30pm, Friday 10.30am – 5pm (limited fresh flowers on fridays), Sat 10.30am – 5pm

Fusion – open 

Pagoda Interiors – open Monday – Saturday 10am to 4pm. Allowing one person or two from a household at a time

All the Best – open Mon – Sat 10am – 4.30pm 

Moonstone Hare – open on Saturdays from 20th June from 10am – 4pm. Happy to arrange collection of orders outside these times wherever possible.

Dobles – open

Stone Fabrics & Sewing Surgery – call and collect service, check their website for all the fabrics online and a lot of haberdashery. Call 01803 868608 or drop a note in for free samples (can be collected or posted) 


BOOKS

Totnes Bookshop – open from Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm


ART

White Space Art – open with reduced opening hours from 10.30am – 2.30pm. Please call to make appointments at other times.

Eastgate Gallery in Totnes – open

Creative Crafts and Needlework – open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday. 3 customers into the shop at a time 

the bowie gallery Totnes Devon – gallery is open by appointment plus always Friday 10am – 4pm. Call 07956412278 or 01803 863054 for appointments

Yvonne Coomber Art Gallery – will open on Saturday 4th July & then Friday & Saturday 11-3pm during July. For appointments Monday – Thursday please call 01803 840161/07779058735 or email info@yvonnecoomber.com. They’re offering 15% off prints, hand embellished canvases & original paintings to NHS/Key workers during July – email info@yvonnecoomber.com for information 


GARDENING / SERVICES

Footworks Podiatrist on Castle Street. Rosanne and her specialist team Alex and Polar are available by appointment www.footworks-podiatry.co.uk / 01803 868888 

The Potting Shed Totnes – open Tues to Sat 10am till 4pm with people allowed inside from 15th (under social distancing rules)

The Potting Bench Totnes – open Thurs to Sat 10am – 4pm 

The Totnes barbers – will reopen from 4th July 

The Cobblers & Cleaners – open 

Totnes TV and Electrical – open 

Go Mobile – open 

Barnes the Cleaners – reopening from 29th June


FOOD & DRINK

The Hairy Barista – opening from 29th June

The Green Cafe – open for takeaway and will open for indoor and garden tables from July 4th

The Cellar Door at Sharpham Cheese – opening Wednesday – Saturday from 24th June 

Green Table at The Dartington Hall Trust – open 11am – 4pm (closed Mon & Tues)

Roly’s Fudge Totnes – open with a serving hatch at the door and you’ll be able to watch the fudge being made from the window 

Ben’s Farm Shops – open 

Sharpham Wine – wine and cheese shop open Mon – Fri 11am – 4pm or order online with 10% off using code SHARPHAM10

Earth.Food.Love – open 

The Kitchen Pantry by The Kitchen Table – new shop open Mon – Fri, 10am – 3pm selling home & locally made fresh & pantry food stuffs on the Industrial Estate 

Delphini’s Gelato Totnes – open 7 days a week 12 to 5pm, take away with card payment only

Eversfield Organic Farm Shops – open from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Monday to Saturday

The Curator Totnes – reopen for takeaways 

Totnes Little Asia – open for takeaway & home delivery service from Wednesday 24th June. 5-9-30pm. Call 01803 868803 or 01803 868866 after 5pm for order 

Silver Grill – The Totnes Chippy – open Tuesday – Thursday 4:45 – 8pm, Friday – Saturday 11:45 am – 2pm, 4:45 – 8pm. Order over phone, one entrance and one exit

Bull Inn, Totnes – will be reopening on 8th July to overnight guests and customers for food only at first from Wednesday to Sunday initially. Check their website for more information: https://www.bullinntotnes.co.uk

The Signal Box Cafe – (railway station) open for takeaway food, drinks, newspapers etc

Back for 2 Seconds – open

The Happy Apple – open 

Bridgetown Stores – open 6am – 9pm 7 days a week

Follaton stores – open 7am-8pm Mon to Sun 

A W Luscombe Butchers – delivering with a range of products from other local businesses including Annies Fruit Shop, New Lion Brewery, The Almond Thief, The Wild Fig Deli and more

Bridgetown Butchers – call 01803 866165/863323 to order where possible to help reduce waiting times. Minimum order for delivery £25 – free delivery within the Totnes area

McCabes and Halls Butchers are both also operating

Many businesses have been offering takeaway food, click & collect services or are selling online as well. Some of the restaurants / cafes / bars will be opening from 4th July (all being well) but in the meantime here is a list of those still operating online or with takeaways / click & collect until then: 


GIFTS – ONLINE 

Love Frankie – buy online https://www.lovefrankie.com

Little Blue Budgie – buy online https://www.littlebluebudgie.co.uk/ or phone 01803 847800 / message via facebook

Penelope Tom – buy online https://www.penelopetom.com/


FASHION – ONLINE

Colony Life Store – online orders via their website with FREE delivery on orders over £20 https://colonyshops.com

SMALL-FOLK – check their online shop & free UK shipping (no end date). Use code POSITIVITY at checkout for the free postage https://small-folk.co.uk


FLOWERS ONLINE AND COLLECTIONS

Blue Geranium Florist – continuing with online, phone and collect. Fresh flowers available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday every week


TAKEAWAYS & HOT FOOD COLLECTIONS

Bianca e Massimo – open for takeaways 

The Cott Inn – open 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday to Saturday 4 – 8 pm and Sunday 12 – 3pm for takeaway services, drive through collection in the car park. https://diningpubltd.touchtakeaway.net/menu

Willow Vegetarian Restaurant – take-away

Waterside Bistro Totnes – their take-away menu is now available from Wed-Sat 5-8pm. Please order online https://www.watersidebistro.com/

The Wild Fig Deli – order and collection service. Check their page for menu

Totnes Grill – kebab and pizza delivery, call 01803 863835

Cafe Mumbai – take away from 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday call 01803 866171

Room 101 – pizza delivery Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm call 07727 278428

The Kitchen Table – order for delivery call/ text Sima on 07583400998 or email sima@thekitchentable.org.uk to collect from the Totnes Industrial Estate kitchen

Pie Street – take away & delivery Wednesday to Sunday 1pm-8.30pm. Call 01803 868674 to order http://www.piestreet.co.uk/

Lamaro Bakery – Italian food on Friday and Saturday 5-9pm, call 01803 862288

tamarindtree.totnes – on the Industrial Estate next to Kitchen Table with Indian food on Friday 1-8pm or Saturday 4-8pm. Order by DM, phone 07768964024 or email tamarindtree.totnes@outlook.com

Taguchi-ya Canteen – Japanese food on Friday and Saturday collect 5-9pm, order online by Wednesday 12pm

https://www.taguchiyacanteen.com/takeaway

Good Food House – Delivery from 6-10pm every day (except Tuesday when closed), call 01803 864696

https://goodfoodhouse.co.uk/

Pizzaside – Thursday to Sunday 5-8.30pm for collection or delivery. https://www.pizzaside.co.uk/


FOOD & DRINK DELIVERIES / ONLINE

Majestic Wine – email for delivery or call if over 70. tot@majestic.co.uk

Annies Fruit Shop – online with delivery to Totnes & the wider area www.anniesoftotnes.co.uk

The Refillery Totnes – daily deliveries to Totnes & Dartmouth areas, visit the website or call Tracy 07950 269955

Dartmouth Dairy – deliver to Totnes & surrounding villages on Monday & Thursday 🐄 https://www.dartmouthdairy.com

Wine & Greene – delivering nationwide via courier and doing local drops every weekday (free over £20 to TQ9) – www.wineandgreene.com

Dartmouth Fine Foods – home delivery of frozen ready meals, alongside boxes of veg and essentials to Totnes and the surrounding areas – www.dartmoutfinefoods.co.uk


LEISURE

Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company – reopening 6th July. You are not expected to wear a surgical style face mask, any face covering will be accepted. We have been working hard to ensure that we meet all the guidelines and will not put our customers and staff at risk. 

Pennywell Farm – planning a phased reopening from early July: https://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/…/were-planning-for-a-phas…/

Paignton Zoo – will reopen 6th July

Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum – will not reopen this year but you can check out a virtual exhibition on their website: https://totftm.org

Sea Kayak Devon – NOW OPEN for groups of up to 5 people. All bookings are completely amendable or refundable if they are unable to run due to COVID 19. https://www.seakayakdevon.co.uk

Totnes, Berry Pomeroy & Dartmouth Castles will be selling pre-bookable tickets online from July for an August opening: https://www.visittotnes.co.uk/see…/inspire-me/totnes-castle/

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm – open


PHARMACIES

Most pharmacies are open with reduced hours and social distancing – please check each page and site for more details.

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Charity invests £1.6million in a new retreat venue at Sharpham

The Sharpham Trust is investing £1.6 million to convert a stable yard behind Sharpham House to a new centre for mindfulness courses and retreats.

The charity, which works to connect people to nature and themselves, has begun the creation of The Coach House - which will feature a new meditation space and 18 en-suite rooms.

The current, disused stableyard is a Grade II-listed building, dating back to 1760 when Sharpham House was built for the naval sea captain Philemon Pownoll.

Now work has begun to develop the single-storey quadrangle directly behind Sharpham House into a new retreat centre where participants can stay, amid historic grounds thought to have been landscaped by Capability Brown.

The Trust runs an annual programme of courses and retreats featuring mindfulness meditation and nature connection on the wider Sharpham Estate and on the adjacent River Dart.

“Prior to the pandemic we were finding that our programme was fully booked with long waiting lists,” said Trust Director Julian Carnell.

“As a charity we want to help as many people as possible and so creating more accommodation became a priority. The stable yard had become rundown and so there was a fantastic opportunity to give the building a new lease of life and restore it as part of the Sharpham Estate’s important heritage,” he said.

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The Coach House

Retreats in The Coach House

The Coach House will join the Trust’s other retreat venues Sharpham House, The Barn Retreat and Woodland Campsite and it will offer a weekly programme for those in need of developing and deepening their mindfulness practice, compassion and their connection to nature.

Participants staying there will be able to spend a week living in community surrounded by the amazing natural environment of the Sharpham Estate.

They will spend time volunteering in the 18th century Walled Garden – helping to grow food for the retreats at Sharpham – and conserving the heritage and wildlife of the wider estate.

Helping 1,000 more people a year

Chairman of Sharpham’s Trustees Daniel Stokes said: “Our mission is to connect people to nature and foster mindfulness and wellbeing. There is now a plethora of research showing the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature.

“This project will enable us to help another 1,000 people a year, giving them a chance to spend time slowing down and reflecting in a beautiful natural setting,” he said.

Using local construction companies

The Trust is using South Devon firm Carpenter Oak to build the frame for an eye-catching glass structure linked to The Coach House which will be the new centre’s meditation and dining space.

Classic Builders, a local South West-based construction company, has been awarded the contract to convert the Coach House and hopes to complete the works by January 2022.

“We are delighted to be working with The Sharpham Trust on this significant local project. The Coach House is an important listed building, not only in a sensitive location but also next to Sharpham House. We’re looking forward to drawing on our years of experience delivering comparable works in similar settings to make this project a success,” said Adam Brimacombe, Director at Classic Builders.

The Trust has been busy over the last ten years developing its charitable programmes and refurbishing the heritage of its listed landscape and properties. Every year, some 2,000 people attend retreats, courses and events on the Sharpham Estate.

See our events here: www.sharphamtrust.org/Calendar  

A new fish finger takeaway in town

Cormack's Seafood recently launched a takeaway lunch menu from our fish shop. We sell a range of four sandwiches, featuring our handmade products. On offer at the moment is:

Classic Fish Finger Sandwich  £8
shoestring fries, tartar sauce, iceberg

Nashville Hot Fish Finger Sandwich £8
fish fingers, hot chilli dust, pickles, Cajun mayo

Plaice Katsu Curry Sandwich £9
Curry mayo, pickles, cabbage

Brixham Crab & Avocado Sandwich £10
Coconut, lime and chilli mayo, smashed avocado, crispy fried onions

Our fish fingers are made using line caught pollack from Devon and are battered in panko breadcrumbs, dill and spices. Our katsu fillets are inspired by Aarik’s (owner and chef) time working in South-East Asia and are made with plaice landed in Brixham.

fish finger

The takeaway is available every day from noon Tuesday to Saturday. We are located on Ticklemore Street in Totnes. 

World’s first mobile library of things is launching in Devon

The Share Shed is a library of things, where over 350 items are available for members of the project to borrow at a minimal fee. The library’s collection is versatile and includes things such as camping and gardening equipment, tools, musical instruments, household appliances, bicycles, sewing machines, things for when a baby comes to visit and much more.  Thanks to the support from the Network of Wellbeing (NOW), The School for Social Entrepreneurs, and a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Share Shed is about to launch the world's first mobile library of things, supporting the nearby towns from July 2020 onwards. Having been in Totnes for over three years, the Share Shed will extend its services to Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. This pioneering initiative hopes to inspire and support a more collaborative and sustainable way of being.  Mirella Ferraz, NOW’s Project Coordinator, says “it’s very rewarding to support people getting things done in an affordable way, whilst helping to reduce the amount of resources we use. With the mobile version of the project, we’re excited to make the Share Shed accessible for even more people.” Currently over 700 people have signed up as Share Shed members, benefitting from the opportunity to access things that they don’t require regularly, and consequently saving money, space and resources. Among the most popular items, you can find carpet cleaners, pressure washers, electric drills, strimmers, a dehydrator, projector and a sewing machine.  Share Shed Manager, Mark Jefferys, says, “Everybody we meet seems to understand the concept of ‘borrow, don’t buy’, and it’s a great feeling when we can help somebody out with the things they need to complete a task, be it putting up a shelf, or getting a house ready for a sale. Expanding this possibility to other towns, and facilitating even more sharing is a great and exciting next step for us.” In the UK, the Share Shed is one of 14 established projects facilitating this kind of sharing. Some projects, like the Edinburgh Tool Library, are solely focused on tools (in this case, with an impressive offer of over 1,500 tools), whilst others are all about baby-related items or simply toys.  The good news is that this is a growing global movement, which acknowledges the importance of a different way of being and consuming, whilst fulfilling the need of those who want to access things rather than own stuff. Such a shift is supporting people and communities to become more collaborative and sustainable. After all, why buy when you can borrow?
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People can become a member of the Share Shed by signing up online and paying a membership fee (sliding scale between £5 and £30). Once a member, people can also place reservations straight away. To see everything the library of things offers and for further information, visit www.shareshed.org.uk. For any enquiries, contact info@shareshed.org.uk.

Totnes and surrounding area in the Spotlight . . .

Written by Jeremy Holloway, Visit Totnes Informtion Officer Totnes, and the surrounding South Devon area, has often had a starring role in films and television series. Churches, historic houses, ferries, even harpoon guns, carnivorous crabs and suicidal fish, they’ve all played their part. Down the River Dart from Totnes is “Lighthaven”, as featured in the television series The Coroner, a town better known as Dartmouth to locals of course. The hit daytime show stars Claire Goose as single mum Jane Kennedy who returns to her hometown to investigate murders alongside childhood sweetheart Detective Sergeant Davey Higgins. Producer Sandra MacIver says “We wanted to feature Dartmouth as a major location as it’s so beautiful and the view across to Kingswear is breath-taking. The way the light twinkles across the River Dart always makes it feel like summertime, even in February. The slogan we use for The Coroner is ‘summer holidays all day long every day’. "Dartmouth provided us with a town feel to our fictional Lighthaven,” says Sandra. “We’re made very welcome by the locals. They help us out a lot and we in turn we try and keep ourselves discreet and not get in the way of the busy town.” Amoungst other sites used in the filming of The Coroner are Blackpool Sands, Leonards Cove, Slapton Sands, Bellever Forest, Bonehill Rocks, Hound Tor and Salcome. And not forgetting the Dartington Estate of course as this features regularly throughout the series, and is where The Coroner’s production office was based. Dartmouth is not of course new to being featured on television as it was also used for the Onedin Line, a 1970s BBC shipping drama set in Liverpool. Bayards Fort, the scene of many TV series, was used in the series and is at the far end of Bayards Cove from whence to Pilgrim Fathers sailed a long, long time ago. Further along the coast at both Bigbury on Sea and Burgh Island Agatha Christie’s two famous sleuths and acclaimed crime-solvers Poirot and Miss Marple have been filmed, starring David Suchet and Geraldine McEwan respectively. The beach at Bigbury on Sea has also been seen in television shows such as the 1980s' classic Lovejoy and GMTV's slimming segment Inch Loss Island (starring Anton du Beke). As well as the setting for various adaptations of Christie's Evil Under The Sun, the location also featured in the 1965 film Catch Us If You Can, starring the British band The Dave Clark Five. Further along the coast is the port and seaside town of Teignmouth, used for The Mercy, the Donald Crowhurst Movie. Filmed in Teignmouth in June 2015 and starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz the film tells the story of the doomed yachtsman Donald Crowhurst. The film was released in February 2018. Moving inland as far as the parish of Marldon, in the small village of Compton, Compton Castle was used as the estate of one of the characters in the film Sense and Sensibility. Sense and Sensibility was a hit screenplay directed by Ang Lee and based on the Jane Austen novel. With an all-star cast, featuring Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant it managed to be nominated for seven Academy Awards with Emma Thompson scooping the Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, having written the script as well as staring in the film herself. St Mary's Church in Berry Pomeroy also makes an appearance in the final wedding scene of the film and is situated not far from Totnes. Built in the 1490's this historical building is still a large part of the community at Berry Pomeroy. Nearby is Berry Pomeroy Castle, rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in England, making the Castle and St Mary's Church a great day out for film lovers and history buffs. Moving even further inland and thanks to the release of the popular film War Horse, co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, Dartmoor National Park is now a must see destination when coming for a holiday in South Devon. The box-office hit, released in the UK on 13th January 2012, focuses on the captivating story of a farm boy from Devon, Albert Narracott (played by Jeremy Irvine) who grows attached to his young horse, Joey. After a heavy downpour which destroys the family’s turnip crops, his father, is forced to sell the horse to the army so that he can pay his rent. The blockbuster takes the audience through a moving journey about how Albert joins the army in search for his horse Joey after he is shipped to France during the First World War. Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston have roles in the movie. Locations used included Haytor, Combestone Tor, Venford Reservoir, Meavy and Sheepstor. Spielberg praised the beauty of Dartmoor, saying "I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor." Many of the locations used in War Horse are in rural areas on Dartmoor but are still within a short driving distance of Totnes.    
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