News & Events of 2018

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Opening Meeting

for anyone working with, or having worked with
Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK or abroad

26th November 2018, 6 – 8pm

Angel Gallery, South Street, Totnes TQ9 5DZ

Do you have experiences…joys, griefs, frustrations, successes…
that you would value sharing with others?
Would you welcome meeting together, speaking, listening,
maybe finding support and ways forward? 
Hilary Bee and Debbie Horton, from BBT&D, are offering to create/hold the space for this to happen.  

If interested please email


“HUMAN FLOW” a film by Ai Weiwei
14th November 2018 at 8pm Totnes Cinema, High St., Totnes

This stunning film was highly acclaimed at the Venice Film festival. Ai Weiwei travels the globe to make sense of the current refugee crisis in this survey of a world in trouble. The film’s message is that only when we learn to coexist within the shared resources of the planet do we have any hope for surviving as a species. Ai Weiwei  captures the shocking breadth of the global migration crisis, portraying the plight of today’s 65 million displaced individuals forced out of  their homes by war, famine and  climate change on long, treacherous journeys in search of new lives.

This film is part of TTT Film Festival, 13/11 – 18/11/18.
For booking and full programme CLICK HERE.

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Outings away from the city…
People from the BBT network are making kind individual offers to take a few people from the Plymouth refugee communities on day ‘outings’ to countryside or sea. This is an ongoing initiative. Contact  if you would like to join in.

Some books to explore have been added to the FAQ page here FAQ

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The Island of All Together – conversations on Lesvos

The Island of All Together

Every summer many European tourists visit the island of Lesvos for a holiday.

In 2015 and 2016 thousands of refugees crossed the sea from Turkey and arrived on the island as well, looking for a safe haven in the European Union.

Filmmakers Philip Brink and Marieke van der Velden invited tourists and refugees to talk one another about life while sitting on a little bench overlooking the sea. The result is a short documentary of 23 minutes with conversations of war, fleeing, home, work, love, but also cars and pets.

Join us at the Dartmouth Inn upstairs on Tuesday May 22nd  8.00pm

to watch this film followed by cafe-style discussion.

Entry by donation.

Proceeds for Beyond Borders Totnes and Dartington

Photo of Welcome Boxes at Plymouth Red Cross this year – generous contributions gathered via Totnes Quaker, churches and Beyond Borders Totnes and Dartington networks.


Spring 2018, Dartington Hall refugee support, helped by people from the BBT network bringing lunch, welcomed for a second time the Plymouth Red Cross Women refugees’ group to a day outing, workshop and walk at Schumacher College and Dartington gardens.

Welcoming the Stranger – a day of talks and discussions about asylum and refugee realities organised by the Totnes Catholic Church – with input from Father Kristian, from the Bishop of Plymouth Diocese, CAFOD, Open Hearts Open Borders, Beyond Borders Totnes & District.

Thanks to all who have responded across 2017 and 2018 to a range of call-outs for specific donations of items needed by refugee and asylum-seeking individuals and families. Lists of needed items will continue to be circulated as info reaches us about the need.

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….



Looking Back Further

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