Interesting story behind the current drive to get St John’s Church working as an entertainments venue – which continues tonight (Friday) with a free showing (from 7) of Bedazzled, the 1967 comedy featuring Dudley Moore and Eleanor Bron.

The church council is awaiting permission from the diocese to sell off the old oak pews and replace them with chairs, to make the space more flexible. And that is one of the reasons Friends Of St John are on a fund-raising push right now.

Last Friday saw all existing seats filled, up to the 130 permitted by fire regs, for a concert by local professional musicians Sean Lakeman, playing some great guitar, and his wife Kathryn Roberts, singing to dampen your eyes.

One of the highlights of their set was Cows of Mystery, a song inspired by the beasts of Plasterdown and their knack of teleporting from the last place you saw em to right behind you. Went down a storm at the South Zeal Folk Festival this summer, apparently, but has yet to be recorded – watch out for it.


Radio Walkham first anniversary party in London Inn, with popular local duo Highway Revisited.

Last chance to catch the adults-only circus Cirque du Vulgar, winding up a West Country tour at Yeovil.

Cornish acapella group Snob Hill at Calstock Arts.

Mad Dog McRea play at Greenwell Farm, between Yelverton and Meavy.

Guided walk along Tavistock Canal by Tavistock Heritage Trust.

Moscow State Circus still playing Plymouth.

Opening of a week of various events in Sidmouth Science Festival.

Bavarian Oktoberfest all day, with beer, sausages and bands, at Exeter Castle, in Exeter.

Isle Of Dogs at Yelverton Cinema.

SUNDAY (Oct 14)

Showing at the Wharf, 3-5 pm, of live recording of Cliff Richard’s current tour, marking his 60th year in showbiz.

MONDAY (Oct 15)

Comedian Andy Hamilton at Exeter Corn Exchange.

TUESDAY (Oct 16)

Horrabridge Times Chess Club at Leaping Salmon from 6.30 pm.


National Theatre production of Macbeth – second night of a run in Plymouth.


Moroccan banquet, £7, at St John’s Church, followed by a talk on outreach work with sex workers in Plymouth.

FRIDAY (Oct 19)

Popular opera recital at Calstock Arts.

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