Activities

Poetry Group Our Dance Hall is regularly used by the East Devon Dance Academy, and for fitness workshops, and table tennis and as a polling station for elections. The church and halls and pianos are rehearsal space for local performance societies, Blues Bands and an enthusiastic group of ukulele strummers, and for singing tuition and concerts, and for occasional public meetings.
The annual Sidmouth Folk Festival uses all parts of "Dissenter of Sidmouth" for children's workshops, concerts, fundraising for charities and the sale of musical instruments.
Dissenter of Sidmouth is the focus for political, creative and intellectual enquiry and is the meeting place for U3A History classes, the Sidmouth Arboretum group, craft workers and a film club as well as for the East Devon Independent Alliance, the Labour Party and other civic societies.
We have a lively informal Poetry Group founded by a previous minister Rev Brian Packer, which meets for a couple of hours once a month. Each month members choose a poet to make selections from, and also identify a common theme for poems (original or published) that readers prepare for sharing at the following meeting.
From time to time on the first Sunday of each month instead of a worship service we offer discussion afternoons or a seminar with an invited expert. History, science, politics and theology (including a leading Muslim scholar) have been popular topics in the recent past.
Our grounds provide recreational space for the town's workers thought the week and opportunities for therapeutic gardening.