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Updated ListingImportant ListingSAVE THE DATE: Sunday 14 June 2015
Join the Bishop in a pilgrimage from Old Sarum to the Cathedral to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – a document that changed the world.

Updated ListingUntil Thursday 27 November
‘The War in Words’
at Salisbury Cathedral
WW1 poetry and prose will be read out every Tuesday and Thursday. Times vary: please see the website for details. All welcome.

Updated ListingUntil 4 February 2015
Artist Bruce Munro’s ‘Star’
shines at Salisbury Cathedral
A special installation in time for Christmas. A Star of Bethlehem is projected onto the Cathedral’s famous ‘living water’ font. More info here.

Updated Listing27 November- 23 December (15.15pm) and 26 December-2 January (14.15pm), except Sundays
‘Twilight Tower Tours’
at Salisbury Cathedral
Climb 332 steps to the base of the spire to see spectacular views of Salisbury’s Christmas illuminations, before enjoying a cream tea in the Refectory.
Tickets £14 (adults), £12 (concessions), £45 (family ticket, 2+3).
Book online or call 01722 555156.

Updated Listing28, 29 and 30 November
Advent Procession ‘From Darkness to Light’
at Salisbury Cathedral
An unmissable start to the Christmas season, the Cathedral’s spectacular Advent Procession ‘From Darkness to Light’ begins with the Cathedral in total darkness and ends with the whole interior visible by the light of 1300 flickering candles. Conducted by David Halls: organist John Challenger. Friday 28 November is fully booked already! Details

Updated Listing29 November to 7 December, 10am-4pm
Christmas Tree Festival
at St Nicholas Parish Church, Bromham SN15 2EU
All are welcome to visit. There will be no charge for entry to see the display, although we will invite donations from visitors.
During this festival we will also have:
Saturday 29 Nov – Big Coffee Morning, 10.30am – 12 noon
Sunday 30 Nov – Advent Service of Light, 6pm
Wednesday 3 Dec – Mothers’ Union Deanery Service, 2pm
                                 Christingle, 6pm
Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 Dec  – ‘Craft Make and Takes’, 10am-12noon (maximum 10 per session, sign up now)
Saturday 6 December – Life in Kajo Keji, 6pm
Sunday 7 Dec – St Nicholas Celebration, 9.30am
                           Evensong, 6pm
All are welcome to all of the above, when refreshments will also be served.
Nursery/ School Groups: we love having you to visit the trees. If you are visiting with a group it would help us enormously if you could let us know in advance so we can cater to your needs.
Please contact Heather on 01380 850345.

Updated ListingTuesday 2 December
#GivingTuesday
is positioned as a global day of giving, an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.
After starting in the USA in 2012, #GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement, and this year the campaign is being launched in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation with support from Blackbaud.  Find out more at www.givingtuesday.org.uk.

Updated ListingWednesday 3 December, 7pm
Candle Light Concert
at St James' Church, Kingston BH20 5LH
The concert features woodwind trio, hand bells, local rock choir, vocal soloist, violinist and organ. Come and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere amid twinkling Christmas trees and a wide range of music to suit all tastes. Free admission with retiring collection. Seasonal refreshments will be served. Come early for a good seat.
Advance info from Judy Forgan: judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk, 07724 325735.

Updated ListingFriday 5 December, 12.45-1.30pm
Lunchtime Concert
at Sarum College
Norbert Meyn (tenor) and Malcolm Miller (piano). Programme includes Beethoven and Mendelssohn Lieder. Details

Updated ListingFriday 5 December, 7.30pm
Festival of Carols and Christmas Music
at Edington Priory Church
Featuring Grenville Jones and the Bath Chorus Mixed Choir with special guest appearance of soloist John Swain, Resident Organist of Edington Priory Church. Wine and mince pies will be available during the interval. Tickets are £10. Profits will be donated to the Masonic Samaritan Fund and local cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow. Organised by Wiltshire Freemasons.
Contacts: Jim and Judy Speed (01225 708121) or Paul and Sue Vogwell (01380 830875).

Updated ListingSaturday 6 December, 2pm
Wool Primary School Christmas Fair
at Wool Primary School
Grand Draw Raffle, come and see Santa in his grotto, tombola, refreshments and much, much more. All proceeds to go to the school and enhancing the children's curriculum.
Advance info from Sue Bartlett: wooldates@hotmail.co.uk.

Updated ListingTuesday 9 December, 6.30pm
Carols at AFC Bournemouth:
the Cherries' Community Carol Service at Goldsands Stadium, Dean Court
Andy Rimmer, AFCB Club Chaplain, invites you to the football club’s 2014 Community Carol Service at the Goldsands Stadium, Dean Court.  This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Christmas together with regular supporters & members of the local community in unique surroundings. Last year, over 600 gathered in the main stand for an incredible evening of carols, musical presentations and the good news of Christmas!
The manager, staff and players will be playing their part in the service which promises to be a lively mixture of carols, music, readings & prayers led by the Winton Salvation Army Band, the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, Local Bournemouth Junior School choirs & special guest speaker Ian Coffey from Moorlands College. This event joins with over 50 other stadia around the country, as part of the ‘Hope Together’ initiative, in holding what we’re calling ‘Silent Night Carol Events’ with a focus on the Christmas Day Truce in 1914 when soldiers on both sides laid down their weapons to talk, share stories & cigarettes & play football in no-man’s land while singing carols together.
The event is FREE but a collection will be taken for the work of the Salvation Army & Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA).  There will also be a box for people to put items of food that will be distributed to needy local residents.  Together with advertising this widely amongst the club supporters you may like to know that we are publicizing this on radio, in the press & in over 50 local churches & schools. The organisers hope to pack it out: come along & enter into the festive excitement!
A4 poster here; rear of poster here.
Contact Andy Rimmer on 07919 271792 or via andy@rimmerteam.com.

Updated ListingThursday 11 December, 6.30pm
Carol Concert
at St Marys Church, Dorchester
With the Bishop of Salisbury, Kate Adie, the Briantspuddle Singers and the Wiltshire Quartet. Readings by Kate Adie, Minette Walters, and others involved in Criminal Justice. Wine and nibbles served after. Booking form here. Tickets £15 available from jenny@footprintsproject.co.uk.

Updated ListingThursday 11 December, 7pm
‘Are we winning the fight against Ebola?’
at All Saints Church, Sutton Mandeville SP3 5ND
A presentation and Q&A by Eeva Kuisma, a Microbiology Research Scientist at Porton Down who has just returned from volunteering in Guinea, West Africa. Eeva, who lives in Sutton Mandeville, spent six weeks running a diagnostic laboratory in rural Guinea. Her stories from the front line and insight into how the local people and the international community are containing and hopefully defeating Ebola, will be fascinating.
Admission is free, there will be a bar and an opportunity to give to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ebola Crisis Appeal.
Contact details via www.achurchnearyou.com/sutton-mandeville.

Updated ListingFriday 12 December, 7.30pm
'Christmas in the Trenches 1914-1918'
at Orchard Park, Gillingham SP8 5JG
A commemoration of the Great War by way of Songs, Poems, Music and Prose with mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets £8. Proceeds in aid of St.Simon & St.Jude, Milton-on-Stour major restoration project.
Contact Christine Alexander: 01747 824655, christine-alexander@live.co.uk.

Updated ListingSaturday 13 December, 4pm
Concert by Songways Combined Choirs
at Edington Priory Church
Details to follow...

Updated ListingSaturday 13 December, 7.30pm
‘A Celebration of Christmas the Sacred and the Secular’
at St Barnabas Church, Bearwood BH11 9TE
An evening's entertainment of Live Music, Drama, Story Telling and Video all with a Christmas theme. Tickets £5 to include a glass of mulled wine. Please book by Friday 12 December. Tickets may still be available on the door.
Contact Mrs Tina Waterman: 01202 579562.

Updated ListingTuesday 16 December
'Beauty and the Beast'
at St Paul's Church, Salisbury
Christian Pantomime performed by Saltmine Theatre Company. 0-14 yrs £3.50, 15+ £8 or Family (2+2) £21. Tickets available online or call 01722 334005 ext 200.

Updated ListingTuesday 16 December, 7.30pm
‘The Friends Of Erlestoke Prison Present A Concert’
at Edington Priory Church
Details to follow...

Updated ListingThursday 12 February 2015, 7.30pm
‘Something for the Soul’:
a concert featuring Garth Hewitt at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon
Garth has a special commitment to the Middle East. Singing songs and telling stories from around the world, he presents a moving, challenging spirituality that is both warm and inspiring. Organised by Bradford-on-Avon Churches Together (BACT) with Bradford-on-Avon Friends of Palestine (BOAFOP). Tickets will be on sale from 12 January. More details to follow.
Contact number: 07505 260666.

Updated ListingSaturday 14 February 2015
Chorister Award Examinations
at Salisbury Cathedral, SP1 2EF
Examination session for Choristers entering for the Dean's and Bishop's Award to Choristers. Main page here. Please confirm by 10 January 2015.
Contact David King: awards.sdcfg@salisbury.anglican.org.

Updated ListingSaturday 16 May 2015
Chorister Award Examinations:
venue TBC
Examination session for Choristers entering for the Dean's and Bishop's Award to Choristers. Main page here. Please confirm by 13 April 2015.
Contact David King: awards.sdcfg@salisbury.anglican.org.

Updated ListingSaturday 19 September 2015
Chorister Award Examinations:
venue TBC
Examination session for Choristers entering for the Dean's and Bishop's Award to Choristers. Main page here. Please confirm by 15 August 2015.
Contact David King: awards.sdcfg@salisbury.anglican.org.

Updated ListingSunday 11 October 2015, 6pm
'Church, State, Freedom': the 2015 Diocesan Choral Festival
at Salisbury Cathedral
A celebration of Magna Carta with music by Stanford, Ley and Llewellyn.
Full details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2014

Updated ListingUntil Thursday 27 November
‘The War in Words’
at Salisbury Cathedral
WW1 poetry and prose will be read out every Tuesday and Thursday. Times vary: please see the website for details. All welcome.

Updated ListingUntil 4 February 2015
Artist Bruce Munro’s ‘Star’
shines at Salisbury Cathedral
A special installation in time for Christmas. A Star of Bethlehem is projected onto the Cathedral’s famous ‘living water’ font. More info here.

Important ListingTuesday 25 November, 12noon
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
begins in Salisbury Cathedral
The global start of the campaign during the Mothers’ Union monthly service. Prayer together for the change that is needed to end violence against woman and girls, and to send a strong message of support and solidarity. Participation of Mothers’ Union members and non-members is very welcome. More info here.
Contact Ann Howard: 01380 723189, ahoward.mu@googlemail.com.

Tuesday 25 November, 7.30pm
The Dauntsey Choral Society presents ‘The Four Coronation Anthems’ by Frederic Handel
Music, Readings and Poetry at Edington Priory Church in celebration of the Kingdom Season and the climax of the Church’s Year. Conductor: Chris Totney.
Retiring Collection in support of church funds and CALM, Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement, a children’s charity based in Swindon and Dauntsey’s School’s chosen charity for 2014-15.
Further information: Chris Totney, 01380 814545.

Wednesday 26 November, 12.30pm: BU and AUB Chaplaincy Lectures
‘Every Picture tells a Story - New Testament Paintings’
at Student Hall, Bournemouth University BH12 5BB
With the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings.
Free buffet lunch, talk at 1pm, finished by 2pm. Please park at the front of the University.
Contact Canon Dr Bill Merrington: 01202 965383, bmerrington@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Thursday 27 November, 10am-12noon
Sale of Fair Trade Gifts
in the Parish Centre, Blandford Forum
Cards, toys, incense, baskets, jewellery etc. will be available to buy as well as refreshments.
This is ex Set Fair for Trade stock (sold in aid of the Parish Church Cupola Project) & will be available at bargain prices so bring your friends & family.
Contact Louise Moogan: louise@bfpc.org.uk.

Thursday 27 November, 1.15pm
Lunchtime Concert
at Blandford Forum Parish Church, DT11 4AD
Concert by Bryanston School.  Entry is free but donations to the Cupola Project will be welcome.
Contact Barbara Curtis: barbiecurtis@hotmail.co.uk.

Thursday 27 November, 7.30pm
‘One World Forum’
at St John's RC Church, Beaminster DT8 3EL
Prof Sir Ghillean Prance will give an illustrated talk about 'The Biological Evidence for Climate Change'. The speaker is well known for his contact with the Eden Project, was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and chair of A Rocha.
Contact Peter Glanville: 01308 458283, becarter52@hotmail.com.

27-30 November
Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival
at St James’ Church, Kingston
Music Performances:
Thur 27th Nov  12.00-4.00 
Fri 28th  Nov  10.00-4.00
Sat 29th Nov 10.00- 4.00
Sun 30th Nov 10.00- 4.00
Christmas carols; seasonal refreshments; free admission!
Details from Judy Forgan: judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk.

Updated Listing27 November- 23 December (15.15pm) and 26 December-2 January (14.15pm), except Sundays
‘Twilight Tower Tours’
at Salisbury Cathedral
Climb 332 steps to the base of the spire to see spectacular views of Salisbury’s Christmas illuminations, before enjoying a cream tea in the Refectory.
Tickets £14 (adults), £12 (concessions), £45 (family ticket, 2+3).
Book online or call 01722 555156.

Updated Listing28, 29 and 30 November
Advent Procession ‘From Darkness to Light’
at Salisbury Cathedral
An unmissable start to the Christmas season, the Cathedral’s spectacular Advent Procession ‘From Darkness to Light’ begins with the Cathedral in total darkness and ends with the whole interior visible by the light of 1300 flickering candles. Conducted by David Halls: organist John Challenger. Friday 28 November is fully booked already! Details

Saturday 29 November, 10am-12noon
Christmas Coffee Morning
at Shaw School Hall, SN12 8EH
Homemade cakes and preserves, tombola, lucky dip for the children, games, 'trash and treasure', quality second hand books, and freshly brewed coffee or tea. The Grand Christmas Draw will be made at 11.45 am. Proceeds to the churches of Atworth, Shaw and Whitley.
Contact Dianne Briggs: clive.briggs@btopenworld.com.

Saturday 29 November, 10.30am-3pm: Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland
“There are no strangers”: Reflections with Merton for Advent
at St Peter’s Church Centre, Winchester SO23 8RY
This informal day will include Elizabeth Holmes’ reflections on engaging with Merton now, an act of worship, lunch, and a chance to meet and talk. All are welcome. Cost: £26 (£21 for members) includes a hot lunch & refreshments.
Elizabeth Holmes is a writer, teacher and lecturer, currently undertaking a PhD in her spare time on Thomas Merton’s monastic theology and interreligious dialogues. Her interest in Merton began when she picked up a copy of one of Merton’s journals in the bookshop of Worth Abbey, and one thing led to another! www.thomasmertonsociety.org.uk
Contact Fiona Gardner: fiona@chiltonbath.co.uk.

Saturday 29 November, 10.30am-2pm
St Thomas' Christmas Fair
at St Thomas' Church Hall, Ensbury Park  BH10 5BN
Christmas Fair with all the usual stalls, Grand Raffle, games for children, Father Christmas.
Entrance 30p at the door.  Children go free. Refreshments available.
Contact Barbara Clark: 01202 772640 or bkclark@ntlworld.com.

Saturday 29 November from 11am
50th Anniversary of Consecration
at Holy Trinity Church, Blackdown DT8 3LE
Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire in 1961 and subsequently rebuilt and was reconsecrated on 29 November 1964. There will be an exhibition of the life of the church and its parishoners in the village hall (also DT8 3LE) from 11.00am, lunches (pre book please) will be served from 12.30pm. Bishop Graham will be leading a service of celebration at 3.00pm in the church following which we will serve teas in the village hall. All are welcome to join us. Contact Philip Hardwill: 01460 30661, philip@hardwill.freeserve.co.uk.

Saturday 29 November, 11am-1.30pm
The Wilton Parish Church Christmas Fayre
For the first time this year there will be Santa's Grotto in addition to a variety of Craft, Card and Gift Stalls, Christmas Themed Tombola, Raffle, Face Painting and lots more. Refreshments will be available; Lunches will be served between 12noon and 1.30pm. Free admission. All welcome!
Contact Nora Millward: noramillward121@live.com.

Saturday 29 November, 2-5pm
A Magical Christmas Market
at St Mary’s Church, Lytchett Matravers
Come and visit our magical market atmosphere inside and (hopefully) outside the church with fairy lights, candles and delicious Christmas smells and tastes. Something for all the family including Father Christmas, Carol Singing, Lucky Dip, Advent Wreaths, Name a Bauble, Christmas food, Christmas Quiz, Children’s activities, Books, toys, Tombola, Craft, Cards and more. Join in the fun and add some sparkle to our Christmas Market by dressing up as a Christmas character. All ages welcome and judging will take place at 4:30 inside the church. www.smlm.co.uk
Contact Debbie Phipps: debbiejphipps@btinternet.com, 01202 632858.

Updated Listing29 November to 7 December, 10am-4pm
Christmas Tree Festival
at St Nicholas Parish Church, Bromham SN15 2EU
All are welcome to visit. There will be no charge for entry to see the display, although we will invite donations from visitors.
During this festival we will also have:
Saturday 29 Nov – Big Coffee Morning, 10.30am – 12 noon
Sunday 30 Nov – Advent Service of Light, 6pm
Wednesday 3 Dec – Mothers’ Union Deanery Service, 2pm
                                 Christingle, 6pm
Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 Dec  – ‘Craft Make and Takes’, 10am-12noon (maximum 10 per session, sign up now)
Saturday 6 December – Life in Kajo Keji, 6pm
Sunday 7 Dec – St Nicholas Celebration, 9.30am
                           Evensong, 6pm
All are welcome to all of the above, when refreshments will also be served.
Nursery/ School Groups: we love having you to visit the trees. If you are visiting with a group it would help us enormously if you could let us know in advance so we can cater to your needs.
Please contact Heather on 01380 850345.

Sunday, 30 November, 6.30pm
‘From Darkness to Light’
at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
An Advent meditation in words and music to set the scene for the weeks leading up to Christmas. All are welcome.
Contact Eve Homer: 01202 882270, admin@canfordparish.org, www.canfordparish.org.

Sunday 30 November
‘The Gift of Christmas':
concert at Christ Church, Shaw SN12 8EH
The highly accomplished  Bath based choir CitySound return to Shaw Church for this Christmas concert, accompanied by special guests 'Enceladus'.  Tickets £10 adults (children and family concessions) on the door or telephone Dianne on 01225 708840. Proceeds to the ‘Spend a Penny’ fund for a much needed toilet in the church.
Queries to Dianne Briggs: clive.briggs@btopenworld.com.

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December 2014

Monday 1 December: Bournemouth William Temple Association
‘Supporting The Homeless – Helping People To Rebuild Their Lives’
with Mark Horsford, Chief Executive of Michael House.
A two-course members’ dinner (£14.50) is served at 7pm; coffee at 8pm; lecture at 8.10pm.
Attendance at lecture only: Hotel charge of £2.50 plus WTA charge of £2.00 for non-members includes coffee at 8pm. Annual subscription: £14.00 (£26.00 for married couples).
Further information from John Newbold: 01202 761749, jjnewbold@btinternet.com.

Updated ListingTuesday 2 December
#GivingTuesday
is positioned as a global day of giving, an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.
After starting in the USA in 2012, #GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement, and this year the campaign is being launched in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation with support from Blackbaud.  Find out more at www.givingtuesday.org.uk.

2-7 December
Christmas Tree Festival
at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury.
The church will be full of decorated Christmas trees, nativity scenes and live music provided by local choirs and instrumentalists. Light refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Entry to the Festival is free; please give generously to charity.
2-6 December opening hours are 10am-6pm
7 December opening hours are 12noon-6pm.
Last entries half an hour before closing.
There will be a special St Thomas's Church Christmas Tree Festival service at 11am (not 6pm) on Sunday 8 December. The tree festival and the church doors will close at 6pm.
On 8 December, the normal 10.15am and 6pm services will not take place.
Info and A4 posters: email dctf@stthomassalisbury.co.uk.

Updated ListingWednesday 3 December, 7pm
Candle Light Concert
at St James' Church, Kingston BH20 5LH
The concert features woodwind trio, hand bells, local rock choir, vocal soloist, violinist and organ. Come and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere amid twinkling Christmas trees and a wide range of music to suit all tastes. Free admission with retiring collection. Seasonal refreshments will be served. Come early for a good seat.
Advance info from Judy Forgan: judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk, 07724 325735.

Thursday 4 December, 6pm
Silent Night Carols
at The Bob Lucas Stadium, Weymouth
This Christmas, sports fans, carol singers and choirs all over the country will help communities remember a remarkable World War 1 event as peace broke out in the trenches. There was no fighting for 24 hours, enemies sang the much-loved Christmas carol, Silent Night, and ventured out across No Man’s Land to exchange gifts. Some even played football.
To mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce, Refresh and the Churches of Weymouth and Portland invite you to join them for a Silent Night Carols event, to celebrate Christmas with regular supporters and members of the local community in unique surroundings.
Lots of people from the community will be playing their part in what promises to be a lively mixture of carols, music, drama, readings and prayers. Children from local schools will help make it an occasion to remember.
There will be no charge for entry but a collection will be taken for the work of the Salvation Army, Help the Heroes and Tearfund’s work with refugees fleeing conflict in Syria.
Alongside the concert there is the opportunity to join eat some seasonal nibbles at the club’s Café.
Contact Anni Douglas: 07809 467717, annidouglas@gmail.com.

Updated ListingFriday 5 December, 12.45-1.30pm
Lunchtime Concert
at Sarum College
Norbert Meyn (tenor) and Malcolm Miller (piano). Programme includes Beethoven and Mendelssohn Lieder. Details

Friday 5 December, 7pm
‘The Christmas Truce’
at All Saints Church Westbury, BA13 3BT
The third Great War Talk of 2014 presents the unofficial Christmas Truce when the two armies celebrated the great Christian event in a freezing and desolate landscape of destruction. The presentation begins at 7:30pm and ends at 9pm, with wine/tea/coffee at 7pm and in the break. Tickets at the door.
Tony Coutts-Britton: 01373 302148.

Updated ListingFriday 5 December, 7.30pm
Festival of Carols and Christmas Music
at Edington Priory Church
Featuring Grenville Jones and the Bath Chorus Mixed Choir with special guest appearance of soloist John Swain, Resident Organist of Edington Priory Church. Wine and mince pies will be available during the interval. Tickets are £10. Profits will be donated to the Masonic Samaritan Fund and local cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow. Organised by Wiltshire Freemasons.
Contacts: Jim and Judy Speed (01225 708121) or Paul and Sue Vogwell (01380 830875).

5-7 December
Christmas Tree Festival
at St Denys, The Minster Church, Warminster
5 December 10am-4pm: concert by Minster School Choir at 7pm. Tickets in advance from church office or on the door.
6 December 10am-5pm: includes Father Christmas.
7 December 11am-3.30pm: Festival Carol Service at 4pm.
Refreshments and entertainment throughout the Festival. Admission by donation.
Contact Sylvia Short: sylviaandphilip@virginmedia.com.

Updated ListingSaturday 6 December, 2pm
Wool Primary School Christmas Fair
at Wool Primary School
Grand Draw Raffle, come and see Santa in his grotto, tombola, refreshments and much, much more. All proceeds to go to the school and enhancing the children's curriculum.
Advance info from Sue Bartlett: wooldates@hotmail.co.uk.

Saturday 6 December, 3pm
A talk by Paul Martin (of BBC's ‘Flog It!’)
at St Mary's Church, Calne
Event run by FOSM - the Friends of St Mary's Church in Calne.
Paul will be talking about his TV work and also the designs of Arts & Crafts artist C R Ashbee, some of whose work can be found in St Mary’s.  Paul will NOT be doing antiques valuations. Poster here.
Contact Alison Meardon: alison.meardon@sky.com.

Saturday 6 December, 7.30pm
Big Little Theatre School
at St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
A Celebration of Musical Theatre with a Hint Of Christmas! £5 Advance tickets or £7 on the door.
Info: 01202 764420 or office@st-aldhelm.com.

6-24 December
The 12th Shining Branches Christmas Tree Festival
at St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
Opening Ceremony is at 6pm Saturday 6th December and then open every day from 10am to 8pm until Christmas Eve. Over 65 real decorated trees with this year's theme: ‘Our Christmas Story.’ Free Entry.
Info: 01202 764220, office@st-aldhelm.com.

Monday 8 December, 7.30pm
St Aldhelm's Orchestra Christmas Concert
at St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
This very popular concert fills up very quickly so arrive early. There will be a retiring collection.
Contact Ray Beverley (07921 030212) or office@st-aldhelm.com.

Updated ListingTuesday 9 December, 6.30pm
Carols at AFC Bournemouth:
the Cherries' Community Carol Service at Goldsands Stadium, Dean Court
Andy Rimmer, AFCB Club Chaplain, invites you to the football club’s 2014 Community Carol Service at the Goldsands Stadium, Dean Court.  This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Christmas together with regular supporters & members of the local community in unique surroundings. Last year, over 600 gathered in the main stand for an incredible evening of carols, musical presentations and the good news of Christmas!
The manager, staff and players will be playing their part in the service which promises to be a lively mixture of carols, music, readings & prayers led by the Winton Salvation Army Band, the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, Local Bournemouth Junior School choirs & special guest speaker Ian Coffey from Moorlands College. This event joins with over 50 other stadia around the country, as part of the ‘Hope Together’ initiative, in holding what we’re calling ‘Silent Night Carol Events’ with a focus on the Christmas Day Truce in 1914 when soldiers on both sides laid down their weapons to talk, share stories & cigarettes & play football in no-man’s land while singing carols together.
The event is FREE but a collection will be taken for the work of the Salvation Army & Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA).  There will also be a box for people to put items of food that will be distributed to needy local residents.  Together with advertising this widely amongst the club supporters you may like to know that we are publicizing this on radio, in the press & in over 50 local churches & schools. The organisers hope to pack it out: come along & enter into the festive excitement!
A4 poster here; rear of poster here.
Contact Andy Rimmer on 07919 271792 or via andy@rimmerteam.com.

Wednesday 11 December, 6pm
BU, AUB, AECC Carol Service
at St Peter's Church, Bournemouth
Contact Canon Dr Bill Merrington: 01202 965383, bmerrington@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Updated ListingThursday 11 December, 6.30pm
Carol Concert
at St Marys Church, Dorchester
With the Bishop of Salisbury, Kate Adie, the Briantspuddle Singers and the Wiltshire Quartet. Readings by Kate Adie, Minette Walters, and others involved in Criminal Justice. Wine and nibbles served after. Booking form here. Tickets £15 available from jenny@footprintsproject.co.uk.

Updated ListingThursday 11 December, 7pm
‘Are we winning the fight against Ebola?’
at All Saints Church, Sutton Mandeville SP3 5ND
A presentation and Q&A by Eeva Kuisma, a Microbiology Research Scientist at Porton Down who has just returned from volunteering in Guinea, West Africa. Eeva, who lives in Sutton Mandeville, spent six weeks running a diagnostic laboratory in rural Guinea. Her stories from the front line and insight into how the local people and the international community are containing and hopefully defeating Ebola, will be fascinating.
Admission is free, there will be a bar and an opportunity to give to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ebola Crisis Appeal.
Contact details via www.achurchnearyou.com/sutton-mandeville.

Updated ListingFriday 12 December, 7.30pm
'Christmas in the Trenches 1914-1918'
at Orchard Park, Gillingham SP8 5JG
A commemoration of the Great War by way of Songs, Poems, Music and Prose with mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets £8. Proceeds in aid of St.Simon & St.Jude, Milton-on-Stour major restoration project.
Contact Christine Alexander: 01747 824655, christine-alexander@live.co.uk.

Updated ListingSaturday 13 December, 4pm
Concert by Songways Combined Choirs
at Edington Priory Church
Details to follow...

Saturday 13 December, 7.30pm
‘Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Messiaen’
at St Mary's Church, Sturminster Marshall BH21 4BU
Olivier Messiaen's ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’ performed by Dr Sally Plowright on the Organ.
Enjoy some festive fayre whilst listening to this 20 century masterpiece which tells the story of Christ's birth. Tickets on the door - £6.
Contact Mrs EM Jones: 01258 857076.

Updated ListingSaturday 13 December, 7.30pm
‘A Celebration of Christmas the Sacred and the Secular’
at St Barnabas Church, Bearwood BH11 9TE
An evening's entertainment of Live Music, Drama, Story Telling and Video all with a Christmas theme. Tickets £5 to include a glass of mulled wine. Please book by Friday 12 December. Tickets may still be available on the door.
Contact Mrs Tina Waterman: 01202 579562.

Sunday 14 December, 6.30pm
Carol Service
at St Andrew's Church, Okeford Fitzpaine DT11 0RF
Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Contact Keith Bradley: k.bradley5@btinternet.com.

Sunday 14 December, 7pm
‘A Festive Dickensian Evening’
in Easterton Village Hall
Victorian supper, drinks, cash bar and a delightful presentation of dramatised Dickens' readings by Chester House Productions.
“A completely professional performance”… “A delightful evening”... “...We wanted more”!
For tickets – (£12.50 adults, £5 for children) call Carol - 01380 813563.

Updated ListingTuesday 16 December
'Beauty and the Beast'
at St Paul's Church, Salisbury
Christian Pantomime performed by Saltmine Theatre Company. 0-14 yrs £3.50, 15+ £8 or Family (2+2) £21. Tickets available online or call 01722 334005 ext 200.

Updated ListingTuesday 16 December, 7.30pm
‘The Friends Of Erlestoke Prison Present A Concert’
at Edington Priory Church
Details to follow...

Thursday 18 December, 7.30pm
Advent - Chanukah Celebration
at The Murray Muscat Centre, Bournemouth BH1 1PW
With candle lighting and traditional food. Admission £4 to include refreshments
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Details: ccjbaw@gmail.com.

Friday 19 December, 7.30pm
Concert by Candlelight
at St Andrew's Church, Okeford Fitzpaine DT11 0RF
A candle lit concert will be given by both the ‘Dulcima’ and ‘Gravellers’ singing groups, who will be entertaining us with a mixture of festive, contemporary, jazz and Barber Shop pieces.
Light refreshments will be available in the Village Hall from 6.30pm. Cost of ticket for the concert is £7.
Contact Mike Wood: mike@nutmegcottage.net.

Sunday 21 December, 6.30pm
Carols by Candlelight
at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
A traditional celebration of Christmas through carols and readings in the atmospheric ancient church at Canford Magna. The evening is mostly illuminated by candlelight.
Contact Eve Homer: 01202 882270, admin@canfordparish.org, www.canfordparish.org.

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January 2015

Monday 5 January: Bournemouth William Temple Association
‘Christadelphians: People of the Book?’
with Mike Riley, Trustee of Winton Christadelphian Church.
A two-course members’ dinner (£14.50) is served at 7pm; coffee at 8pm; lecture at 8.10pm.
Attendance at lecture only: Hotel charge of £2.50 plus WTA charge of £2.00 for non-members includes coffee at 8pm. Annual subscription: £14.00 (£26.00 for married couples).
Further information from John Newbold: 01202 761749, jjnewbold@btinternet.com.

Wednesday 7 January 2015
Question Time hosted by Kate Adie,
in HMP/YOI Portland.
Advance details: jenny@footprintsproject.co.uk.

Sunday 25 January
World Leprosy Day

Click here for how to get involved

Monday 26 January 2015, 10am
The Annual Holocaust Memorial Day
for Dorset students at Lytchett Minster School, BH16 6JD
To all Heads of History, RE and Six Forms of Dorset Secondary and Middle Schools: if you are interested in students from your school attending this event, please e-mail living.judaism@ntlworld.com by Friday 21 November. Briefing sheet here

Wednesday 28 January, 12:30pm: BU and AUB Chaplaincy Lectures
‘Oceanography, Climate Change and Christianity - God's Story and the Earth's Story’
at Student Hall, Bournemouth University BH12 5BB
With Mericv Strokosz of the Faraday Trust.
Free buffet lunch, talk at 1pm, finished by 2pm. Please park at the front of the University.
Contact Canon Dr Bill Merrington: 01202 965383, bmerrington@bournemouth.ac.uk.

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February 2015

Important ListingSunday 1 February
Education Sunday 2015

Monday 2 February: Bournemouth William Temple Association
‘The Role of the Local Authority in the Teaching of Religious Education in Schools’
with Cllr Stephen Chappell of Bournemouth Borough Council.
A two-course members’ dinner (£14.50) is served at 7pm; coffee at 8pm; lecture at 8.10pm.
Attendance at lecture only: Hotel charge of £2.50 plus WTA charge of £2.00 for non-members includes coffee at 8pm. Annual subscription: £14.00 (£26.00 for married couples).
Further information from John Newbold: 01202 761749, jjnewbold@btinternet.com.

Wednesday 11 February, 12:30pm: BU and AUB Chaplaincy Lectures
‘Understanding Hinduism Today’
at Student Hall, Bournemouth University BH12 5BB
With Shemil Matthew.
Free buffet lunch, talk at 1pm, finished by 2pm. Please park at the front of the University.
Contact Canon Dr Bill Merrington: 01202 965383, bmerrington@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Updated ListingThursday 12 February 2015, 7.30pm
‘Something for the Soul’:
a concert featuring Garth Hewitt at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon
Garth has a special commitment to the Middle East. Singing songs and telling stories from around the world, he presents a moving, challenging spirituality that is both warm and inspiring. Organised by Bradford-on-Avon Churches Together (BACT) with Bradford-on-Avon Friends of Palestine (BOAFOP). Tickets will be on sale from 12 January. More details to follow.
Contact number: 07505 260666.

Updated ListingSaturday 14 February 2015
Chorister Award Examinations
at Salisbury Cathedral, SP1 2EF
Examination session for Choristers entering for the Dean's and Bishop's Award to Choristers. Main page here. Please confirm by 10 January 2015.
Contact David King: awards.sdcfg@salisbury.anglican.org.

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March 2015

1-6 March
Holocaust Memorial Week
www.hmd.org.uk 

1-6 March
‘Hero of Rwandan Genocide’
at the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester
As one of the top schools in the UK for teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide, the Thomas Hardye School will be hosting Dr Carl Wilkens during a short lecture tour of the SW of England during the school’s Holocaust Memorial Week 2015. Dr Wilkens was the Director of the aid agency ADRA during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and saved the lives of over 200 orphans at the Gisimba Orphanage, as well as numerous others, after refusing a US presidential order to evacuate Rwanda in April 1994. Since the genocide, he has devoted his life to genocide prevention, human rights promotion and the development of genocide education.
Dr Wilkens is keen to engage with as many people as possible during his March 2015 tour. Requests for interviews, lectures and appearances should be made through Kevin Matthews at the Thomas Hardye School: kmatthews@thomas-hardye.net.

Monday 2 March: Bournemouth William Temple Association
‘Living Through Holy Week with St Luke: An Interactive Meditation’
with Michael Beesley of St Peter’s Church, Parkstone.
 A two-course members’ dinner (£14.50) is served at 7pm; coffee at 8pm; lecture at 8.10pm.
Attendance at lecture only: Hotel charge of £2.50 plus WTA charge of £2.00 for non-members includes coffee at 8pm. Annual subscription: £14.00 (£26.00 for married couples).
Further information from John Newbold: 01202 761749, jjnewbold@btinternet.com.

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April 2015

Monday 13 April: Bournemouth William Temple Association
‘Towards an integrated ecology - the wisdom of Francis of Assisi for today's world’
with Brother Samuel SSF of Hilfield Friary.
A two-course members’ dinner (£14.50) is served at 7pm; coffee at 8pm; lecture at 8.10pm.
Attendance at lecture only: Hotel charge of £2.50 plus WTA charge of £2.00 for non-members includes coffee at 8pm. Annual subscription: £14.00 (£26.00 for married couples).
Further information from John Newbold: 01202 761749, jjnewbold@btinternet.com.

Saturday 25 April 2015
Fit for Life
A conference encouraging parishes to use health, fitness and sport for mission.
More details to follow.

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May 2015

Monday 11 May: Bournemouth William Temple Association
The Bishop of Basingstoke
will represent the Bishop of Winchester.
A two-course members’ dinner (£14.50) is served at 7pm; coffee at 8pm; lecture at 8.10pm.
Attendance at lecture only: Hotel charge of £2.50 plus WTA charge of £2.00 for non-members includes coffee at 8pm. Annual subscription: £14.00 (£26.00 for married couples).
Further information from John Newbold: 01202 761749, jjnewbold@btinternet.com.

Updated ListingSaturday 16 May 2015
Chorister Award Examinations:
venue TBC
Examination session for Choristers entering for the Dean's and Bishop's Award to Choristers. Main page here. Please confirm by 13 April 2015.
Contact David King: awards.sdcfg@salisbury.anglican.org.

22-25 May
‘Wheels of Time’ Flower Festival
at The Minster Church of St Cuthburga, Wimborne Minster BH211EB
The first major Flower Festival for 5 years will take place in Wimborne Minster over the Spring Bank Holiday in May 2015. It will include a Floral Carpet, a number of large tableaux and numerous arrangements prepared by local Flower Clubs and the Minster's own arrangers. www.wimborneminster.org.uk
Contact Mrs Christine Oliver: 01202 888703, olivers.wimborne@tiscali.co.uk.

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June 2015

Updated ListingImportant ListingSAVE THE DATE: Sunday 14 June 2015
Join the Bishop in a pilgrimage from Old Sarum to the Cathedral to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – a document that changed the world.

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September 2015

Updated ListingSaturday 19 September 2015
Chorister Award Examinations:
venue TBC
Examination session for Choristers entering for the Dean's and Bishop's Award to Choristers. Main page here. Please confirm by 15 August 2015.
Contact David King: awards.sdcfg@salisbury.anglican.org.

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October 2015

Updated ListingSunday 11 October 2015, 6pm
'Church, State, Freedom': the 2015 Diocesan Choral Festival
at Salisbury Cathedral
A celebration of Magna Carta with music by Stanford, Ley and Llewellyn.
Full details here.

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Charity concerts in aid of Iraqi Christians
There are currently some 80,000 displaced Christians, and there is significant need as the freezing winter months approach. Carl Bahoshy offers organ concerts in aid of Iraqi Christians In Need (ICIN). Sample repertoire here.
For more information, visit www.icin.org.uk,
Email c.j.bahoshy@googlemail.com 
Or ring 07732 155612.

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