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Updated ListingNEW: Saturday 25 April 2015
Fit for Life

A conference encouraging parishes to use health, fitness and sport for mission.
More details to follow.

Updated ListingWednesday 29 October, 7.30pm
Pinchas Zukerman directs Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra
at Salisbury Cathedral for special World War One commemorative concert.
The visit to Salisbury is expected to be a highlight of the tour. Zukerman, one of the world’s greatest violinists, will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto and direct the orchestra in Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.
There are ‘time travel’ events on the day for families and a public lecture by Margaret MacMillan at Thomas a Becket Church. Details here and here.
Orchestra tickets range from £15.00 - £40.00 and are available online at www.salisburycathedral.org.uk, or ring 01722 320333.

Saturday 1 November, Updated ListingNEW TIME: 11am
‘Pipes 'N Pizza’
at Edington Priory Church
Launch of the Pipe-Up Scheme (with pizza) at Edington Church - Creating and training new young organists.
The PipeUp scheme is based within the Diocese of Salisbury, supported by the Tindall Trust. Running for 5 years, PipeUp has trained over 30 new young organists. Because teachers receive a subsidy from the Tindall trust, they are able to give lessons at a reduced cost; usually £10 or £15 ph. Careful selection and training of teachers guarantees an excellent standard of instruction for children and young people on the scheme. Students generally begin aged 10-12 and continue to 18. It is not essential that they have keyboard skills, but it helps greatly if they have achieved a keyboard grade of 3 or above. They ought to be tall enough to reach the organ pedals. PipeUp can also help with finding organs upon which to practice.
Contact Dr Richard Godfrey: 01297 445709 or 07884 387663.

Updated ListingSunday 9 November, 7.30-9.30pm
‘Forgotten Voices – a reflection on WW1’
at St James' Church, Devizes
A tribute to the First World War generation in words and music, devised by Nina Woolrych. All welcome.
Contact the Parish Office: 01380 723891.

Updated ListingFriday 21 November, 6.30pm
Ladies Night
at St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
Includes handbag exchanges and purchases, (please bring yours along), stands of interest, a fun evening, canapés and wine included in your £10 ticket.
Contact the office (01202 764420, office@st-aldhelm.com) or Julie Leigh (julie@whiteegret.eu).

Updated ListingSaturday 22 November, 10am-4pm
Christmas Craft Fair
at St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
Refreshments will be available all day.
Contact the office: 01202 764420, office@st-aldhelm.com.

Updated ListingSaturday 22 November, from 5pm
Talent Show
at St Aldhelm Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
There will be a Talent Show held in church for children and adults, with different age categories to suit. Registration/ Rehearsal is at 5pm on the day: proceedings start at 6.30pm. The show is being organised by children of the parish and is in aid of the Living Stones Fundraising for church and parish centre improvements.
Contact Karen Lloyd: karen.lloyd5@yahoo.co.uk.

Updated ListingSaturday 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.

Updated ListingSaturday 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 ListingThursday 4 December, 6pm
Silent Night Carols
at the Bob Lucas Stadium, Weymouth DT4 9XJ
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.
Featuring traditional carols led by Weymouth Citadel Salvation Army Band, drama and children’s choir from local schools, Andy Rimmer (AFC Bournemouth Club Chaplain) and special guests. 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 eat some seasonal nibbles at the club's Café.
Contact Anni Douglas: 07809 467717, annidouglas@gmail.com.

Updated ListingMonday 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

 

October 2014

Throughout October
Hunger for Justice
One of Christian Aid’s main focuses over the coming year will be on climate change and the impact this is having on the world’s most vulnerable people.
Resources here

Thursday 30 October, 10am
‘GodTalk’ Conference
at St Martin's House, Leicester LE1 5PZ
This year’s conference will focus upon climate change and global warming, how they impact upon the life of our planet and what theological and practical responses can be made. There are issues of mutual responsibility, mutual accountability, humanity’s role in the crisis and possible solutions for the sustainability of life in all its forms, and the well-being of succeeding generations.
Professor Peter Scott has written extensively about the issue of climate change and global warming. In 2003 he wrote ‘A Political Theology of Nature’.
Dr Jan Zalasiewicz has been at the forefront of developing the Anthropocene concept, that humans are causing changes of geological, far-future significance to the earth system which is of considerable social and moral significance.
Mr David Shreeve is the Environmental Consultant to the Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England, and is part of the team which organises Shrinking the Footprint, the Church’s national environment campaign.
Bishop David Atkinson has written ‘Renewing the Face of the Earth’ and is working on the Operation Noah Statement which is promoting disinvestment from fossil fuels.
£18 covers drinks and lunch, venue and speaker’s costs.
Click here for the flyer.
Booking and details via Richard Paterson: 011 6261 5357, richard.paterson@leccofe.org.

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November 2014

Updated ListingClick here for Church House Bookshop resources for Remembrance

1 and 2 November
136 Years of the Salvation Army in Salisbury
at Salisbury Corps, SP1 1EE
Celebration with Commissioners Alex and Inge Hughes, Croydon Songsters and the Mayor of Salisbury.
Contact Capt Peter Clark: 01722 417643, peter.j.clark@salvationarmy.org.uk.

Saturday 1 November, Updated Listing11am
‘Pipes 'N Pizza’
at Edington Priory Church
Launch of the Pipe-Up Scheme (with pizza) at Edington Church - Creating and training new young organists.
The PipeUp scheme is based within the Diocese of Salisbury, supported by the Tindall Trust. Running for 5 years, PipeUp has trained over 30 new young organists. Because teachers receive a subsidy from the Tindall trust, they are able to give lessons at a reduced cost; usually £10 or £15 ph. Careful selection and training of teachers guarantees an excellent standard of instruction for children and young people on the scheme. Students generally begin aged 10-12 and continue to 18. It is not essential that they have keyboard skills, but it helps greatly if they have achieved a keyboard grade of 3 or above. They ought to be tall enough to reach the organ pedals. PipeUp can also help with finding organs upon which to practice.
Contact Dr Richard Godfrey: 01297 445709 or 07884 387663.

Monday 3 November, 6.30pm
Palestinian Meal
at Sarum College, Salisbury
Angela and Jeremy Ames have kindly offered to arrange a meal in aid of Medical Aid for Palestinians following the Gaza crisis. We hope to have a speaker from MAP; there will be a raffle and a bar and further buckets at the door. Palestinian food includes many vegetarian options. Poster here. Tickets are on sale now at £15 each; purchase no later than 26 October from Angela or Jeremy on 01722 322542, angelaames50@gmail.com.

Monday 3 November, 7.30pm
‘Faith in the Public Square’
at Digby Church Hall, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
With Nick Spencer, Director of Studies, Theos Think-Tank.
The Theos think-tank was set up in 2006 with support from leading churchmen including the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.
Theos believes you can’t understand the modern world without understanding religion. It seeks to inform the debate about the place of religion in society, challenging ill-informed thinking through our research, events and media comment.
In his talk this evening Nick will address the increasingly complex question of religious freedom in the UK and in the light of this what role Faith should have in British Politics.
Contact Jon Riding, Insight Programme Coordinator: www.plenumorganum.org.uk/wp_test/771

Monday 3 November: Bournemouth William Temple Association
‘From the Faith of Muhammad to the Religion of Islam: The Most Intriguing Story Ever Told?’
with Martin Holst, former lecturer at The University of St Mark and St John.
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.

Monday 3 November, 7.30pm
'The Great Debate'
in St Andrew's Church, Boscombe SP4 0AB
Commemorating Richard Hooker, the influential 16th Century Anglican priest and theologian, who was Rector in Boscombe for a time.
This year the event looks forward to the forthcoming celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, and we are delighted to have Bishop Graham Kings, His Honour Judge Keith Cutler and former Salisbury MP Robert Key coming to debate issues of justice from the perspectives of faith, law and politics. Questions from the floor will be welcomed, and refreshments served. Tickets at £8 each, in aid of Church funds, can be booked by phone (01980 611350) or email (RHookerDay@uwclub.net or ostlieast@gmail.com).

Wednesday 5 November, 12.30pm: BU and AUB Chaplaincy Lectures
‘Life at Sea - the Work of the Mission to Seafarers’
at Student Hall, Bournemouth University BH12 5BB
With John Attenborough.
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.

Wednesday 5 November, 7.30pm
‘Science And Religion Are Not Compatible? The Great Debate’
at St Andrew’s Church, Milborne St Andrew
A debate between David Nunn and Eric Austen, chaired by Paul Taylor (Archdeacon of Sherborne).
David Nunn is a Government scientist who works with underwater sonar and happens to be an atheist. He will speak in favour.
Eric Austen is a Mediator and has been a teacher and banker. He is a Christian and attends St Andrew’s Church in Milborne St Andrew. He will speak against.
Coffee, tea, wine and nibbles will be provided. There is no charge but donations to cover costs will be welcome. There will be opportunity for people in the audience to ask questions.
Poster here
For more information, ring Eric Austen: 01258 837213.

Saturday 8 November, 6.30-9.30pm
All Saints, Langton Long’s Barn Dance
in Blandford Corn Exchange
A family friendly event with a ‘bring & share’ supper, grand raffle and meat auction. Children welcome! The caller is Keith Stevens from Somerset. Dressing up welcome! Tickets £6 adult, £3 child or family ticket (for 2 adults and their children) is £15. Delicious non alcoholic iced punch drinks are included, or bring your own drink if preferred.
Contact Louise Moogan: 01258 456260, louise@bfpc.org.uk.

Saturday 8 November, 7.30pm
Remembrance Concert
at Wilton Parish Church
Following on from their wonderful summer concert, which raised £1000 for the Salisbury branch of Alzheimer’s Society, the Salisbury Community Choir will now be raising money for SSAFA at a Remembrance Concert on Saturday 8 November in Wilton Church.
It will be a very special evening of music and words, commemorating the centenary of the start of WWI.  Jeremy Backhouse will conduct a programme of beautiful music from a variety of composers including Karl Jenkins, John Rutter, Ward Swingle and Vangelis.  This will be complemented by moving and sometimes haunting spoken words from the works of the poets and writers from the ‘Great War’ era, including Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
This concert is in aid of the Salisbury branch of SSAFA, a leading national servicemen's charity, who believe that the commitment of our Forces and their families deserves lifelong support.  Their aim is to provide practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families. Doing whatever they can to help serving forces and veterans alike. Poster here. Tickets £10, including a glass of wine, on the door or in advance from www.salisburycommunitychoir.org.
Contact Helen Atkinson: 01722 714559, 07941 887628, helenatkinson1@sky.com.

Saturday 8 November, 7.30pm
‘In Remembrance’: a special commemorative concert by La Folia
at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury
The programme includes Vaughan Williams (The Lark Ascending, 1914); Janačék (Violin Sonata - 3rd movement, 1914); Webern (Cello Sonata & Three Little Pieces, Op 11, 1914); Ravel (Piano Trio, 1914); Lucy Pankhurst (Voices from No Man’s Land, 2014); and Residents of Tedworth House Recovery Centre (Bird’s Eye View, 2014).
Contributors include Howard Moody (piano), Rita Manning (violin), Nick Cooper (cello), Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar), Buster Birch (percussion) and the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival Men’s Chorus.
Tickets £20 from 01722 320333 or www.salisburyplayhouse.com.

Remembrance Sunday, 9 November, 3pm
‘The Great War - Salisbury Soldiers’
at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury
A talk by Richard Broadhead, the author of ‘The Great War: Salisbury Soldiers’, a detailed history of all those from the area who fell in the Great War, with personal information including letters and photographs for every man featured. Intended to be the antithesis of memorial lists of names, the author has undertaken exceptional research to find out the often surprising fate of each soldier, in the process uncovering much hidden information.
Richard will draw on this book for his talk and he will refer to memorial details in St. Thomas’s Church itself. He will be bringing artefacts from the First World War for viewing and there will be a display drawn from the exhibition he curated at Salisbury Museum earlier this year. For further information please visit www.wiltshiresoldiers.co.uk. Entry by free ticket. Retiring collection in aid of Finding the Forgotten.
Info: 01722 342860.

Monday, 10 November, 7.30 pm
‘The Politics of Paradise’
at Digby Church Hall, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
Frank Field has been the MP for Birkenhead in Merseyside since 1979 and a Privy Councillor since 1997. He is a practising Anglican, a former chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust, and a member of the Church of England General Synod. He is a member of the advisory board of the free-market think tank Reform. He has been a vocal critic of governments of all colours.
The title of his talk this evening is taken from his book published in 1987: The Politics of Paradise: A Christian Approach to the Kingdom. We look forward to hearing his insights on how Faith can inform Politics.
Contact Jon Riding, Insight Programme Coordinator: www.plenumorganum.org.uk/wp_test/the-politics-of-paradise 

Monday 10 November, 7.30pm
‘Travellers’ Tales’
at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury
An evening to find out why sane people would cycle from London to Paris or walk from Salisbury to Canterbury. Travellers from St Thomas’s Church tell their stories and share photos to prove it all! Supporting the Friends of St Thomas’s Church and Christian Aid.
Tickets: £7 to include tea/ coffee and some very lovely homemade cakes!
www.stthomassalisbury.co.uk.
Info: office@stthomassalisbury.co.uk, 01722 322537.

11-21 November 2014
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
with the Revds Pat Clegg and Beth Bailey
An eleven day pilgrimage of encounter and engagement based in Nazareth, Nablus and Bethlehem. Engage with our own faith story and tradition; actively seek encounters with local communities and those working towards peace with justice; listen to their stories and offer support. A journey like no other. Full details via www.mccabe-travel.co.uk/choose-a-pilgrimage/holy-land.html (scroll to November 2014) or Pat Clegg: pat@clegg1.demon.co.uk.

Wednesday 12 November, 9.30am-3pm
Baseline Survey Training Day
at Rampisham and Wraxall Village Hall, Mayden Revel, Rampisham DT2 0PR
A Baseline Survey is the first step to gaining an understanding of the built fabric of your place of worship and its maintenance needs. The day aims to give you the necessary skills to undertake a Baseline Survey. This event is free. To guarantee your place go to www.spabmcp.org.uk ‘events’.
Contact Colm O'Kelly: colm.okelly@spab.org.uk.

Wednesday 12 November, 7.30-9pm: Urchfont autumn evenings (5)
‘How does the Gospel speak to you? – Saint Mark’
at Urchfont Church.
The Revd William Lang, Team Rector of the Cannings and Redhorn.
Contact Julia Taylor: juliaptaylor@gmail.com.

Friday 14 November, 7pm
Dramatised recital of St Mark's Gospel
at St John's Church, Pewsey
By the Reverend Gerald Osborne, Rural Dean of Pewsey. Free entry and light refreshments. Poster here.
For more information please contact the Revd Jennifer Totney (01672 562886) or Linda Fleming (01672 564709, linda@flexibility.com).

Important ListingSaturday 15 November
‘Fragrance’: a Day Conference for women of all ages
at St Paul’s Salisbury
Join together for fellowship, fun and spiritual refreshment. Keynote Speaker: Christine Perkin from St Mark’s Battersea Rise. Workshops during the afternoon. More information about booking for the day will be on the St Paul’s Church website from August.
www.stpaulssalisbury.org/women

Saturday 15 November, 10am-4pm
‘Hope for Tomorrow’
at St Mary’s Longfleet, Poole BH15 2JD
Exploring some of the issues in science, medicine, technology and Christian faith, following Jesus in our rapidly changing world. Human Enhancement will be the particular focus: both the desire to use medicine to make sick people well and to make healthy people superhuman. ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ aims to be suitable for all adults as well as curious teenagers. It will include activities, video clips and discussion as well as short talks.
£12 (or £8 concessions). Flyer here.
Email Justin Tomkins (justin.tomkins@smlpoole.org.uk) or ring 01202 253527.

Saturday 15 November, 6.30pm
First World War poetry and music requiem event
in St Christopher’s Church, Winfrith Newburgh. ‏£10 to include welcome drink and simple hot supper.
Details: 01305 852138, 01305 852117.

Saturday 15 November, 6.30pm
'A recital of poetry by Owen accompanied by extracts from Britten’s War Requiem'
in St Christopher’s Church, Winfrith Newburgh.
The poetry of Wilfred Owen is regarded by many as amongst the finest to come from the trenches of the First World War. In his haunting War Requiem, Benjamin Britten has set some of the verses to music.
A simple hot supper will be served after the performance which will last about an hour. There will be retiring collection for the Royal British Legion. Tickets at £10 per person may be ordered from 01305 852138, 01305 852117 or patricia.yonwin@btinternet.com.

Saturday 15 November, 7-10pm
'Wine Buff or Bluff?'
at St Michael’s Church Hall, Blandford Road, Hamworthy BH15 4HR
Know your Sauvignon Blanc from your Chardonnay, your Merlot from your Shiraz? Routes to Roots challenges people to pit their wits against its panel of Buff or Bluff experts. Panellists will provide a highly convincing description including name, country of origin, vintage, price and tasting notes of each wine. However, only one description will be correct! The challenge, should people choose to accept it, is to decide who is the Buff and who the Bluff.
A light-hearted wine tasting competition raising money for R2R. Individuals and teams are welcome: R2R will make up tables of 8-10.
The evening includes a welcome glass of wine or juice; eight wines to sample; cheese Ploughman’s; prizes for winning table; raffle. Tickets: £10 each. Buy ticket(s) now at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wine-buff-or-bluff-tickets-13503165331;
Contact the R2R office on 01202 667880;
Or email Susan Gittins via susanbrynjpn@gmail.com.

Important ListingSunday 16 November, 4.30pm
CHANGE OF SPEAKER
'20th anniversary of women as priests'
at Salisbury Cathedral
Canon Jane LLoyd speaks ahead of the expected promulgation of the Women in the Episcopate Measure at General Synod on Monday 17 November. This is a Diocesan Celebration during Evensong. Story here.
Contact Tom Clammer: t.clammer@salcath.co.uk.

Tuesday 18 November, 7.30pm
‘I am the Lord who heals you’
at St Mary's Church, Dorchester
An evening with Martin Cavender and Alison Morgan of ReSource.
Contact Rosemary Bassett (01305 262615) or Jane Culliford (01305 264360).

Important ListingTuesday 18 November, 7.30pm
'Bishops (male and female) - tick. What next for women (and men) in the church?'
at St James' Southbroom, Devizes
With Hilary Cotton, following on from the Diocesan Celebration on 16 November in Salisbury.
In ten years' time it will feel normal to have female and male bishops. But what else needs to happen for the church to shed its male-dominated image, culture, and theology and become a place of hope and welcome for today's women?  In wider society women have made enormous progress in public life and influence, and yet are still dealing with everyday sexism. Looking at both of these arenas, what challenges might we put to the church, and how might we step up as women, in this next stage of the church's life?
Hilary Cotton is Chair of WATCH (Women and the Church) and for ten years has been a mover and shaker in the campaign for the Church of England to appoint women as bishops. Her passion is to get more women leading - from wherever they find themselves. She is a coach, facilitator and trainer, continually exploring what having life in all its fullness means.
Info from the church office: 01380 723891.

Tuesday 19 November
'Fantastic Acts':
an exciting production at the D'Urberville Hall, Wool, by Riding Lights Theatre Co. Tickets £10. Sold out last time.
Local contact for more details :01929 288318.
Main Contacts: 01904 613000 or www.ridinglights.org.

Thursday 20 November
Celebration of Interfaith and Prisoners Week:
‘Lock-in’ at HMP/YOI Portland
Footprints' Dorset and South Somerset Manager Jo Wells is participating in this along with representatives of various different faiths, including Canon Roly Riem. They will spend a night in prison and go through the process that those on remand or convicted criminals endure and experience. A brave and challenging undertaking!
Sponsor Jo here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/joannnawells1 
Sponsor Roly here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rolyriem
Details: jenny@footprintsproject.co.uk.

Friday 21 November, 7pm
Major Sir Michael Parker
at Dinton Hall
Britain’s leading Royal and Military Pageant master, originator and producer of large scale royal, civilian and military events. This “irreverent look  behind the scenes” will tell us what really happened as ‘it all went terribly wrong’ (to which the Queen replied “What fun!”).
Since leaving the Army in 1971, Sir Michael’s glittering and uniquely unusual career has seen him responsible for over eighty national occasions in this country and major national events in Australia, Antigua, China, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Italy, Jordan, Oman, Spain, Saudi Arabia and USA.
Producer of The Royal Tournament for twenty seven years and of the British Army’s renowned Berlin Tattoo -  the two most ambitious Tattoos in the world -  he moved on to produce The Wembley Military Musical Pageant with over two thousand military musicians, the Edinburgh Tattoo for three years and The Royal Military Tattoo 2000 on Horse Guards Parade. Just before retiring, he produced ‘Music on Fire!’ at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for three years and events for the “Not Forgotten Association” in Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Greenwich and the Tower of London.
Foremost amongst his major national events are the Silver Jubilee Celebrations for HM The Queen in 1977, the Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Buckingham Palace in 2002 and the late Queen Mother’s 90th & 100th Birthday Celebrations.
He has raised over £11 million for Charity. Besides his evident honours and awards, he is a Knight of The Order of St. John, a Military Member of the Order of The British Empire (MBE) and a Grand Officer of The Order of Al-Istiqlal (Jordan).
His book, “It’s All Going Terribly Wrong!’, describing him an accidental showman, was published in Autumn 2012. Sir Michael has kindly agreed to sign books.
Sir Michael is generously giving his time in support of St George’s Church Fovant.
Save the date! New website: www.aflutterinfovant.org.
Poster here; Raffle Prize list here.
Queries to Paul Cordle: pcordle@churchwards.com.

Saturday 22 November, 10am-3pm
‘Woodbine Willie’
at St. John the Baptist Church, Batheaston BA1 7ES
WW1 Chaplain Extraordinary, Poet, Prophet and Passionate Seeker after Truth. Come and learn more from the Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy, Woodbine's grandson. Keynote address; original film footage; workshop on peacemaking for our time; WW1 Poetry; share your photos and war memories; presentation on how war has changed our language.
Coffee & tea on tap; soup & rolls available at lunchtime. Free admission – but a donation on the day will help cover expenses. The church has disabled access & facilities.
All inquiries, please ring 01225 421580 or email bernina@uwclub.net.

Saturday 22 November, 10am
Tedington Stir-up Coffee Morning
at Edington Priory Church
All teddies must be accompanied by at least one human.
Info: Julia Taylor (juliaptaylor@gmail.com).

Tuesday 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.

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, 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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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

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 2015
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.

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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.

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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.

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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