News & Events of 2020

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PAST News & Events

a sample selection of activities from the past year for you to get the flavour of the different kinds of initiatives undertaken and possibilities for involvement….

Rallying support for asylum seekers and refugees

Some 300 asylum seekers arrive in Plymouth each year. They come from all kinds of backgrounds – needing to flee their homeland for different reasons of safety, freedom, human rights or their very survival. They can be waiting years for the final decision about gaining refugee status in the UK. Meanwhile they live marginalised, lonely, homesick lives – living on £37 a week with no right to work.

Beyond Borders Totnes & District

Christmas gifts gathering

Come and make cards, write messages – and play board games! – snacks available at the café or just drop off your gift  

 5.30 – 8.30pm    Weds 11th Dec
Totnes People’s Café
– behind The Mansion, 36a Fore St., Totnes TQ9 5RP

Bring / drop off Unwrapped gifts – such as you would give a friend or brother or sister.. (eg seasonal or special treat foods or toiletries or special items for home or warmth)

If you can’t make it, you can drop off donated gifts at the café up until 14th December

Or – make a donation by 14th and Beyond Borders will purchase gifts to add to the pile:
Sort code: 309897

Account number: 73671360
Account name: Beyond Borders Totnes & District
(Please reference any donation : Christmas gift)
(donation of ANY amount so welcome… it all adds up e.g .if 400 people were to donate just £1…)

Your Gifts for asylum seekers and refugees will be delivered to Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support in Plymouth for distribution, and to the Homeless Centre in Totnes.


Dreams Performance with Tarte Noire
Totnes Tuesday 5th November

A very special performance for your diary. An evening for sharing our dreams which the actors playback using dream theatre forms. We’d love to see you there!


Jealousy, Rage and Forgiveness

Tarte Noire and Mirror Mirror exploring these themes in an atmosphere where all stories are openly welcomed and responded to through Playback Theatre.

When has JEALOUSY touched your life how have you managed these difficult feelings? When have you been full of RAGE and been able, or unable, to express it? How easy is it to find FORGIVENESS for ourselves and for those who have wronged us personally or those in a position of power and responsibility?

Come and share an evening where we help one another understand these feelings by listening to one another’s experiences and see them reflected through spontaneous theatre.


Plymouth Respect 2019
Saturday 14th September

The Festival showcases Plymouth’s diversity and enables different communities to come together and promote the intrinsic message of respect and equality for all.

Mote details as we get them, but mark your calendar and check their Facebook page at

Lights for Liberty

Friday 12th July 9pm VIGIL IN TOTNES

Totnes Civic Square

Join an hour’s candlelit vigil in solidarity with hundreds of other similar vigils in the States and across Europe…. against US internment of asylum seekers in camps and border pounds.

Meet at 8.45pm in Totnes Civic Square, for 9pm candle lighting, moment of silence and meditation, coordinated with others around the world. Bring your own candle or light. The vigil ends at 9.45pm.
This vigil is inspired by five mums in the States who just couldn’t stand aside any longer, while horrors were committed in their names.


Article in the Independent HERE.

“The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who ‘disappeared’. That’s what the candle is for.”

“We shine a light on the inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees by the current administration. To be silent is to be complicit. To sit this out is to be complacent. Now is a time to stand for what is best in all of us, to stop the worst of us. We must stand for one another. At New Sanctuary Coalition, we hold in our hearts a vision of a world worth fighting for.” Ravi Ragbir, Executive Director of New Sanctuary Coalition

Thursday 11th July 7.45pm for 8pm

When do you feel called to cross the line and break the rules? When is it wiser or easier to obey them?


Venue: Bogan House, High Street Totnes TQ9 5NP (opposite market square)
Suggested donations of £10/£8 but donations of all amounts welcome.

Details here.

Looking Back Further

Events, activities and initiatives since the start can be found on the Events of 2019, Events of 2018Events of 2017, Events of 2016 and Events of 2015 pages.