Poetry Group In addition to the Food Bank and Sid Valley HELP, Dissenter is the focus for political, creative and intellectual enquiry.
Our Dance Studio is regularly used by the East Devon Dance Academy for tap and modern dance, for Pilates classes and for occasional public meetings, table tennis and social gatherings; it is also a polling station for elections.
Various Bands and local performance societies use Dissenter for rehearsals and as a venue for singing tuition and public concerts,
It is the meeting place for U3A 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 or third Sunday of the 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 recent topics.
Our grounds provide recreational space for the town's workers throughout the week, and opportunities for therapeutic gardening.
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.