Circuit News

Langley House Trust

Desperately seeking Susan…and Bob and Eileen…..! It was a delight to meet existing Langley House Trust supporters and to make new friends on our stand at the Methodist Conference in Torquay. The Trust, which provides support and accommodation for ex-offenders wishing to resettle crime-free, is currently looking to recruit more people to join our mailing list and we would like to ask you to prayerfully consider whether you would be willing to do this. A simple form (on the reverse of our “Pass it on” brochure) is available from our Head Office (tel: 01993 899594 or email: [email protected]) and you get a Freepost envelope and a useful pen too, so it won’t take you a moment! Simply tick the boxes to tell us what you’d like to receive. We can send you spare brochures too, for you to pass to friends and colleagues.

By keeping in touch with developments at the Trust and by praying for our work, you will be playing an important part in the process of changing lives and breaking the cycle of re-offending which causes so much damage to individuals and to Society.


I am thinking of starting a puppet group up in the Circuit. In the last circuit the puppets and stage were used a fair amount but, it takes teamwork for a bigger group to start-up this kind of work. If you are interested in having a go at a ‘tasting’ session, say a puppet workshop to be arranged?

If successful then we propose to use this page to pass on information where they will be playing next in the circuit.

Torbay Civic Society ‘Blue Plaque’

Click on the image to see a full size picture – then use the back button on your browser to return to this page.As a result of a joint initiative between the Torbay Circuit and the Torbay Civic Society, a plaque was unveiled on Thursday 18 October 2001 to commemorate the beginnings of Methodism in Torquay.

We had an excellent ceremony unveiling the plaque – the venue was the Burger King restaurant in Fleet Street, Torquay which is the closest point to where two cottages were converted in 1807 to form The Chapel In The Meadow, the first Methodist “church”. The plaque was unveiled by the Deputy Mayor of Torbay (Councillor Heather Buckpit) together with 94 year old Leslie Callard whose brainchild the plaque was.

We were given splendid coverage by BBC Radio Devon by our local evening newspaper the Herald Express.

Some 60 people turned up and we surprised everyone by lustily singing “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”. I doubt whether Burger King patrons had ever experienced the like of it before.

‘Snakes and Ladders’

The Torbay Circuit came together to present four performances of a musical ‘Snakes & Ladders’ by Roger Jones & Alison Fuggle, at Central Church. The epic shows human history taken from the Old and New Testaments, showing that God constantly offers to men and women the ladder of His love. It takes certain key episodes from the first snake of disobedience to the final ladder of Jesus’ death and resurrection, via Noah and the Flood, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob’s dream, Moses & the Israelites and Zechariah’s vision of salvation to come.

The music, provided by a group of nine musicians and a choir of approximately 40 under the direction of Ron Burrington, and the drama, provided by five churches from the Circuit, attempted to bring these familiar stories alive, to show God’s love for ordinary people, and calling them to follow Him, using them in amazing ways.

A team of local dancers used their skills and colourful costumes to greatly enhance the production. The narrators and soloists brought their talents which, together with strong lighting and sound effects, completed the elaborate staging.

It was the Producer Pete Trotman, who co-ordinated the whole event, the proceeds went to NCH.

The show was enjoyed by all those who participated, and this spilled over to give all four substantial audiences something to remember for a long time.