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Meetings for Worship:
Sundays 10:30 am
Our Meetings last for around an hour
All are welcome: refreshments with opportunities for questions and conversation afterwards.
Children & Young People:
All ages are welcome every Sunday.
Planned activities occasionally.
For details please contact:
Christina Langrish on 0780 793 1603
Meeting House Address:
Quaker Meeting House, Foales Court,
Please note that Foales Court is a narrow alleyway leading east off North Street between two shops.
Ample parking is available in the Ashburton central car parks, to the west of North Street. This is currently free on Sundays and after 6.00 p.m. on weekdays.
Free disabled parking is available in North Street outside the Silver Lion jewellers for periods of up to 2 hours.
Last updated: 22/01/2019
Ashburton Meeting House from the garden of Seasons Cottage, April 2014
Clerking Team: ClerkAshburton@gmail.com
Ashburton Elders: Pip Harris, Margaret Baker
Ashburton Overseers: Christina Langrish, Margaret Baker
Treasurer: Michael Baker
Meetings for business are held approximately every six weeks. Please see below or contact the clerking team for details.
Ashburton Meeting was set up in 2004 as an offshoot of Totnes Meeting, following a Quaker wedding in St Lawrence Chapel, which uncovered an enthusiasm in Ashburton for a distinctively Quaker expression of spirituality. In its early days Friends met once a month on Thursday evenings mainly in rented accommodation, but sometimes in a Friend's home.
In 2009, following a bequest from a Newton Abbot Friend, Rachel (Jill) Crossman, an old hall in the centre of town was purchased. Formerly a Plymouth Brethren Chapel and more recently a wood store for the local ironmongers, much work needed doing on it. After extensive refurbishment funded by generous gifts and loans from Quakers up and down the country, many Local Meetings and a number of Trusts, including the central Meeting Houses Fund, the new Meeting House was opened in September 2013.
On 1st January 2015 we became an independent Local Meeting within Devon Area Meeting. We are still a relatively small Meeting with an average of 10-12 adults present at Meeting for Worship on Sundays. Visitors and newcomers are always welcome. There is a Children's Meeting once a month.
The recently refurbished Meeting House, situated in the centre of the town, is ideally suited for letting to groups whose activities are in keeping with Quaker principles.
The main space is the Meeting Room on the first floor and is served by stairs and a lift. This room provides a tranquil space with views up to the surrounding hills. Yoga and meditation groups find it suits them well but it can also easily accommodate meetings where 30 to 40 people can be seated comfortably. With its beautiful north facing windows it would also be suitable for small exhibitions. There are tea and coffee making facilities on this floor. The Meeting Room measures approximately 24ft long x 21ft wide.
Downstairs is a pleasant lobby area, two toilets (one of them fully accessible) and the Jill Crossman Room which has a fully equipped kitchen with seating and some tables. The Jill Crossman room measures approximately 18ft long x 12ft wide. There are full kitchen facilities.
Larger groups have found that hiring the whole building can suit their needs.
The main upstairs Meeting Room
The Jill Crossman Room (children's room)
A few Ashburton Friends waiting for the completion of the building in July 2013
The Jill Crossman Room showing the kitchen area
At the bottom of this page you will find an attached the library catalogue of Ashburton Quaker Meeting.
For a small Meeting, we hold a surprisingly wide range and large number of books and other publications, now in excess of 200, across a range of subjects touching on Quaker history, testimony and concerns and interests. The collection is held in the Meeting House in Foales Court, and there is a simple borrowing and return system.