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Red asteriskWednesdays 30 July and 6, 13, 20 and 27 August, 10am-12noon
‘A Children’s Chaucer Challenge’
at Salisbury Cathedral
Take some time off to travel back through the ages into medieval mayhem with tall tales and challenges both creative and crafty. Meet a Medieval character whose love of books leads you into a world of recreation, colourful people and kerfuffle. £4 per child (aged 5 -12 years). Costumes provided. Parents can leave children knowing that they will be safely cared for. Booking online required at:

Red asterisk31 July and 1 August, 10am-4pm
'Hunting For Gold': a school holiday event
at St John’s Church, Tisbury.
A two-day workshop for primary school pupils, with outdoor & indoor games, arts and crafts, music and Bible stories, as well as other exciting activities including a Treasure Hunt.
Hunting for Gold is for children aged between five and eleven years of age, though older siblings are welcome to sign up to help. The event will be staffed by experienced volunteers.
Children attending the event will need to bring a packed lunch. The cost is £5 per child to cover the cost of materials and refreshments, with discounts for a booking of up to three children.
Contact the Parish Office: 01747 871697,

Red asteriskMonday 4 August, 10-11pm

The Royal British Legion invites you to remember Commonwealth men and women who lost their lives in the First World War by turning lights off, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.
Resources here

Red asteriskWednesday 13 August, 7.30pm
Organ Recital
at Salisbury Cathedral
Timothy Ravalde is well known at the Cathedral having been Organ Scholar from 2006- 2007. He is now Assistant Organist of Chichester Cathedral. The programme includes Bach’s iconic Passacaglia (BWV 582) and concludes with Vierne’s virtuosic Third Symphony, a piece full of dazzling drama and exquisite beauty. Tickets, £8.00 at the door or via

Red asteriskFriday 15 August, 8pm
Choral Concert
at Salisbury Cathedral
The Gaudeamus Chorale are joined by soloists Marian Goodman (soprano) and Dyfed Wyn Evans (baritone) to perform Faure's sublime Requiem. The organist is Iestyn Evans and the conductor is Graham Wili. Their programme also includes Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, McDowall's Ave Maris Stella and Blest Pair of Sirens by Parry.
Tickets from £10 - £17.50, from 01722 320333. All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Red asteriskSaturday 13 September, 11am-4pm
The Big Farm Day Out
at Riverbourne Farm, Laverstock
Last year, over 1000 people attended the first-ever BFDO event. This year, it’s even bigger! Giant Inflatables, Tractor and Trailer Rides, Arts & Crafts Barn, Games & Competitions, Children’s Soft Play Area, Prayer Barn, Cream Teas, Ice Creams & Barbecue (Charged).
Event organised by Churches Together in Salisbury. Flyer here; YouTube clip here.
Contact Sandra Featherstone:

Red asteriskPeacemaking Sunday
21 September
This year, Peacemaking Sunday falls on the same day as the UN International Day of Peace. Resources packs are available. Details here

Red asteriskTuesday 30 September, 7.30pm
‘Our Magna Carta’: an illustrated talk by Robert Key
at St Mary’s Church, West Moors BH22 0JF
What did it actually say? Why does it matter to us and to the world? What really happened to King John? Refreshments; retiring collection for the Trussell Trust. Parking available at Memorial Hall car park. All welcome.
Contact Gillian Clarke (, 01202 894913) or Jenny Winslade (, 01202 876628).

Red asteriskSaturday 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.


Current events

Daily during July and August, 10am-5pm
Summer 2014 Exhibitions
at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
Two taster exhibitions. ‘1,000 Years of History at Milton Abbey’ takes a look at some of the personalities and their impact on the Abbey, and England. ‘The Life and Times of AWN Pugin’ is a special exhibition beneath the breathtaking Pugin window in the south transept. Free entry - donations welcome.

Until 21 July
‘Bright & Beautiful Creations’: the Wimborne St Giles Church Flower Festival
Refreshments in the Village Hall from 2-5pm on Saturday & Sunday only. Sunday - Wimborne Voices will sing traditional folk songs from 2pm. Songs of Praise - 6pm. Monday - morning coffee at 11am followed by Organ music played by John Radford from 11.30am-12.20pm.
Contact John Radford:

Until 23 July
John Maine’s ‘Sanctuary’ sculpture exhibition
at Salisbury Cathedral

Until 4 August
‘The Apostles Speaking In Tongues Lit By Their Own Lamps’ by Nicholas Pope

Installation at Salisbury Cathedral
Story, Dean’s sermon and multi-media gallery


July 2014

Wednesday 23 July, 7.30pm
Organ Recital
at Salisbury Cathedral
Richard McVeigh is a familiar face at Salisbury having been Assistant Organist at Winchester Cathedral. Hear Franck’s mighty Chorale in B minor, Rheinberger’s Introduction and Passacaglia in E minor and works by Purcell and Raison.

Thursday 24 July, 7.30pm
‘A Christian's Perspective on the West Bank’
at the Murray Muscat Centre, Bournemouth BH1 1PW
Christy, a Palestinian Christian born in Bethlehem, will tell her personal story. She studied law before having to leave the West Bank in 2011 due to lack of human rights and freedom of speech. She now lives in the UK and speaks on the condition of her fellow Christians in the West Bank. With Howard, a British Christian mediator, she is co-founder of the Emmaus Group initiative, a small project that examines the plight and condition of minority groups, especially Christians, throughout the Middle East. Admission £3: includes refreshments.
Further information:

Friday 25 July, 3pm: Confraternity of St James
Wessex Group Meeting
in the bar at the Cathedral Hotel Salisbury.
Tea; coffee (beer?); and a comfy seat. Info:
This will precede St James’ Service in Salisbury Cathedral, at 5.30pm.
Contact Gill Anlezark and Jimmy Walker:

Friday 25 July, 7pm
12th Annual Jazz BBQ
at Edington Priory Church
As in previous years, the bar and barbecue will be in the church car park. The music will be in the church, and this year will be provided by The Housecroft Jazz Band. Comprised of a group of friends who have known each other for years, they will play some swinging music which will be easy to listen to and set your feet a-tapping. BBQ, bar and musical entertainment will start in the car park at 7pm; the main event starts in the church at 7.30pm.
 Tickets are £10 from Maggie Atterbury (01380 830452) or Robin Wilson (01380 830566). All proceeds to Edington Priory Church.

26 and 27 July, 10am-5pm
‘A Village Remembers: Ham and the First World War’
at Ham Village Hall, SN8 3RB
An exhibition of WW1 photographs, memorabilia and stories contributed by the villagers of Ham. There will also be a special commemoration during our Matins service on Sunday 27 July at 11am in All Saints’ Church. Admission is free and there will be refreshments available all day in aid of the Village Hall.
Contact Susie Eldridge: 01488 668495.

Saturday 26 July, 5-10pm
Ferret Racing and Family Fun
at Sans Farm Barns, Donhead St Andrew SP7 9LL
Amazing Ferret Racing - 16 top animals. Disco, BBQ, Bar, Raffle. Tickets in advance: Adults £5, those in full time education £2.50, pre-school free. In aid of St Andrew's Church Development Appeal.
Contact Elizabeth Campbell: 01747 828201.

Saturday 26 July, 6pm
‘Concert for Strings and Voice’
at St John the Baptist Church, Chirton SN10 3QS
The noted tenor Ben Smith will be singing together with the Larkin Quartet. We are promised a most interesting and varied evening from Bach and Mozart to Rogers and Hammerstein. Come and join us! You can even book supper afterwards; please RSVP by 12 July!
Contact Anthony Mather:

Saturday 26 July, 7pm
Organ Concert
at St Gregory’s Church, Marnhull
A performance of a varied programme of Organ music.

Monday 28 July, 10.30am
Worldwide President of Mothers’ Union, Lynne Tembey,
at the Wilton Italianate Church.
Celebrating the results of ‘Walk a Week’, sharing together during the morning and coming together for worship at 2pm. All welcome.
Contact Ann Howard: 01380 723189, 07531 123548.

29-31 July, 8.30am-6pm
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show
in Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH
Come to the New Forest Show and enjoy traditional country pursuits, crafts, produce and entertainment. Wander round the craft marquees, watch the live demonstrations, enjoy the Flower Show and don’t miss all the stunning events in our main rings. A day to remember! 

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August 2014

Saturday 2 August, 10am-4.30pm
Sunday 3 August, 2pm-4.30pm
Flower Festival: Reflections of World War 1
at Holy Rood Church, Wool BH20 6DD Flower Festival with the theme 'Reflections of World War 1'. Displays from many organisations around the village.
Contact John Williams:

Saturday 2 August, 2pm
Swallowcliffe WW1 Centenary Fete
at the Old Churchyard, Swallowcliffe SP3 5PA
Teas, cakes in village hall with WW1 display. Stalls, raffle, games, pony and trap rides, bouncy castle and fun for all.
Contact Rex Stephenson:

Saturday 2 August, 2pm-4.30pm
Church Fete with Flower Festival
at Holy Rood Church, Wool BH20 6DD
Wareham Town Band, Cream Teas, stalls in the churchyard, Teddies Parachuting from the Tower, Crossbows and Catapults, Skittles and many others.
Contact John Williams:

Saturday 2 August, 7.30pm
‘Jazz on a Summer’s Evening’
at Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing
The Ben Holder Jazz Quartet in the gardens of Harnhill Manor, or in the barn, if wet.
Pig roast, salad and soft drinks; bring your own wine etc; tickets £17.50 per head.
Fundraising event towards the refurbishment of the barn kitchen.
Contact the office: 01285 850283,

Sunday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 2.30-4.30pm
Cream Teas by the River,
Damerham SP6 3HQ
Cream Teas and various stalls in aid of St George's Church every Sunday in August. 
If the weather is inclement, there is plenty of room in the Village Hall where the event is taking place. Plenty of car parking, toilets etc. All welcome.
Contact Cathy Godber: 01725 518350,

Monday 4 August, 9am-6pm
WW1 Commemoration
at Christ Church, Broad Town
The church will be open for anyone to call in and remember. Whether it is members of your own family, members of the community or just all those who did not come back is up to you. There will be candles available if you wish to light one. There will be no formal service, just quiet for you to think. The files about the people from Broad Town will be available to look at, articles about the War Graves Commission and other items. The length of time you stay is entirely up to you. All the churches in the benefice will be open on this day.
Contact Margaret Green:

Monday 4 August, 9am onwards
WW1 Commemoration
at Hilmarton
All the churches in the benefice will be open on this day.
Evening Vigil will start at 8pm, with a short service. People are welcome to come and pray throughout the rest of the evening; again the length of time you stay is entirely up to you. The vigil will finish with the last candle being extinguished at 11pm.
Contact Margaret Green:

Monday 4 August, 10am-4pm: Spiritualities Summer School (1 of 3)
'Thomas Traherne - a spirituality for our times?'
at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
Dr Beth Dodds explores the writing of Thomas Traherne in the context of our frenetic world and asks if it might not be a spirituality for our times. Tickets £10 per day, £17 for two days or £24 for all three. Deadline for bookings: Monday 21 July.
Contact Jon Riding: 01935 812452,

Monday 4 August, 11am
A Respectful Remembrance of the Centenary of the 4th August 1914

At the War Memorial on the Minster Green, Wimborne
The official Wimborne Town Remembrance of the Centenary of the outbreak of the Great War will be a simple ceremony at the War Memorial at which the Mayor will lay one wreath on behalf of all the people of Wimborne Minster.
The Rev Belinda Marflitt will welcome those present.
The Rev Alan Davies, Chaplain of Wimborne Royal British Legion, Fr. Kenneth Noakes, and The Rev. Robert Jones will lead the gathering.
Veterans of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces will also be taking part.
The ceremony on the Green will be followed by a time of reflection in the Church for those who wish to take part.
Contact David Hoyle:

Monday 4 August, 11pm
The Army will be holding vigil services at 2300
at St George's, Bulford and at St Michael's, Tidworth to commemorate the beginning of WW1. These services are open to anyone who would like to attend.
Contact Padre Mark Christian:, 01980 656433, 07810 771603.

Tuesday 5 August, 10am-4pm: Spiritualities Summer School (2 of 3)
'The Trinity'
at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
Sr Anne Marie Stuart considers the Trinity as understood by John Duns Scotus & Pelagius. Tickets £10 per day, £17 for two days or £24 for all three. Deadline for bookings: Monday 21 July.
Contact Jon Riding: 01935 812452,

Tuesday 5 August, 12noon-12.30pm: Marnhull Concerts
Peter Lattimer (St Mary’s, Sturminster Newton) organ concert
at St Gregory’s Church, Marnhull.
Organ Recitals are advertised at Info:

Wednesday 6 August, 10am-4pm: Spiritualities Summer School (3 of 3)
'Francis & the Poor Clares'
at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
Sr Anne Marie Stuart explores the spirituality of Francis of Assisi and the Poor Clares. Tickets £10 per day, £17 for two days or £24 for all three. Deadline for bookings: Monday 21 July.
Contact Jon Riding: 01935 812452,

7-11 August
‘The Eleventh Hour’ Flower Festival
at Lady St Mary Church, Wareham BH20 5AY
Thursday, Friday, Monday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-6.30pm. Concert at 7pm
Sunday 11am-6pm. Songs of Praise at 6pm
Stalls and refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall.
Details via 01929 550905 or

Sunday 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 2.30-4.30pm
Cream Teas by the River,
Damerham SP6 3HQ
Cream Teas and various stalls in aid of St George's Church every Sunday in August. 
If the weather is inclement, there is plenty of room in the Village Hall where the event is taking place. Plenty of car parking, toilets etc. All welcome.
Contact Cathy Godber: 01725 518350,

Saturday 16 August, 7pm: Marnhull Concerts
The Bluebird Singers
at St Gregory's Church, Marnhull
A celebrated group from Yorkshire with a programme of varied music that they also perform in Cathedrals around Britain during their summer vacations. Entry £5 or £6 per head, payable at the door. Proceeds go towards building improvements.
Details via, and

Sunday 17 August, from 11am
‘A Day Out’
at Creech Grange, Wareham BH20 5DF
Opens with an Open Air Service. Throughout the day, you can enjoy cream teas, burgers, stalls, donkey and tractor rides. Closes with Evensong in the Chapel at 6pm with the Lady St Mary Choir.
Details via 01929 550905 or

Sunday 17, 24, 31 August, 2.30-4.30pm
Cream Teas by the River,
Damerham SP6 3HQ
Cream Teas and various stalls in aid of St George's Church every Sunday in August. 
If the weather is inclement, there is plenty of room in the Village Hall where the event is taking place. Plenty of car parking, toilets etc. All welcome.
Contact Cathy Godber: 01725 518350,

Thursday 20 August, 2.30-4.30pm: CCJ Events
Summer Social Event - Coastal Cruise

Meet 2pm at Orange Kiosk, Fish Shamble Steps, Poole Quay BH15 1HJ
Cost: £7.50 per person to accompany booking. Booking closes 30 June.
For further information email:
Click here to download a copy of the poster.

Sunday 24, 31 August, 2.30-4.30pm
Cream Teas by the River,
Damerham SP6 3HQ
Cream Teas and various stalls in aid of St George's Church every Sunday in August. 
If the weather is inclement, there is plenty of room in the Village Hall where the event is taking place. Plenty of car parking, toilets etc. All welcome.
Contact Cathy Godber: 01725 518350,

Sunday 31 August, 2.30-4.30pm
Cream Teas by the River,
Damerham SP6 3HQ
Cream Teas and various stalls in aid of St George's Church every Sunday in August. 
If the weather is inclement, there is plenty of room in the Village Hall where the event is taking place. Plenty of car parking, toilets etc. All welcome.
Contact Cathy Godber: 01725 518350,

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September 2014

Friday 5 September, 7pm
Gary Grant
at Pewsey Vale School
Come and hear the real ‘Toy Story’ of how he left school with one O level and now has a chain of 90 toy stores nationwide. Posters here.
Contact the Revd Mark Windsor (01672 564265, or the Revd Robert De Berry (01672 562907,

5-7 September
High Quality Contemporary Craft Fayre
on the West Lawn of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close
Craft makers with a strong local heritage element will be exhibiting in marquees with professional display shells and lighting and with heritage exhibitors outside.
Craft Makers: 85 of the UK’s top designers and makers will be exhibiting their works;
Heritage Exhibitors: 15 local exhibitors, including the Cathedral’s renowned stonemasons, will be running demonstrations and interactive workshops for both children and adults.
A ‘Not for Profit’ event – the organisers (Salisbury Rotary & Chamber Community Group with Salisbury Cathedral as a partner) are volunteers and are unpaid. Any surplus made will be used for charitable purposes locally with an amount set aside to ensure this event can be repeated in the future.
Other craft & heritage events planned to link in include during the weekend:
Art & Craft Trail around Salisbury (to include Fisherton Mill, Young Gallery, local artists’ galleries, etc);
45 minute Heritage Tours conducted by Cathedral Guides going out from the cathedral into the town through St Ann Gate and the main gate;
Paint Off competition being run by Plain Arts (Salisbury) in The Cloisters.
Plain Arts (Salisbury), Fisherton Mill, Art Centre, Salisbury X-mas Market, Cranborne Fair, and Fisherton Mill are involved in the event as arts & crafts partners. Plain Arts are running a “Paint Off” in the Cathedral Cloisters and Fisherton Mill will hopefully co-ordinate both the selection process for the craft makers and an Art/Craft/Heritage Trail during the weekend.
Approximately 4,000 visitors expected.
Tie-ins with Farmers’ Market, various restaurants offering Craft style/themed meals and other activities, including Cream Teas and ‘Freerunning’ demonstrations on the West Lawn.
Info and tickets from or event organisers David Clayton (07940 836152) or Kevin Flynn (07725 649758).

12-14 September
WW1 Flower Display
in St Bartholomew’s Church, Royal Wootton Bassett, depicting organisations as they were in 1914.
Contact Margaret Green:

Black AsteriskSaturday 13 September, 10am-6pm: Charity Events
Wiltshire and Dorset Churches Sponsored cycle/walk. Choose your own route, visiting churches and raising money for your own church and your county Historic Churches Trust.
Contact Charles Graham ( for Wilts and Anna Butler
( for Dorset.

13 and 14 September
Berwick St John Country Fayre

Berwick St John holds its bi-annual Country Fayre in September two weeks following the Dorset Steam Fair. The Fayre is run by a few Directors and a dedicated team of Committee members, with the entire local community and village residents getting involved. 100% of the profits goes to The Stars Appeal.
Contact Richard Pocock ( or Louise Hall (, 01747 828272).

Black AsteriskSaturday 13 September, 10am-4.30pm
‘The Beautiful Burial Ground’ Conference
at Durweston Village Hall, Dorset
Simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people: for everyone who cares about the management of burial grounds. Limited places. £15 includes lunch & refreshments. Poster here; booking form here; Education Pack details here.
Contact Caring for God’s Acre: 01588 673041,

Friday 19 September, 7pm: Marnhull Concerts
Peter Stevens organ recital
at St Gregory's Church, Marnhull
Peter is assistant organist at Westminster Cathedral and former organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Entry £5 or £6 per head, payable at the door. Proceeds go towards building improvements.
Details via, and

Monday 22 September, 7.30pm
‘Christianity and Global Finance’
at Digby Church Hall, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Somerset since the 2010 general election and prior to his election as an MP he set up his own company, Somerset Capital Management in 2007. As a practising Catholic, hedge fund manager and supporter of zero hours contracts he is well placed to consider the compatibility (or otherwise) of Christian Ethics and Global Finance.
Jon Riding, Insight Programme Coordinator:

Tuesday 23 September, 7pm
‘War, Truth and Literature: the 2014 Bishop’s Debate’
at Marlborough Town Hall
From Homer to ‘Call of Duty’, we’re told war is an adventure. Should recruiting officers tell the truth? With Gen Allan Mallinson (ret’d); Sgt Simon Harmer (Royal Army Medical Corps), Dr Colin Irwin (conflict resolution expert) and the Very Revd June Osborne (Dean of Salisbury and Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire). Free admission; refreshments.
Contact Rosemary Cook:, 01672 810129.

Saturday 27 September
Rowan Williams
at St Marys Church, Marlborough
Dr Williams will be looking at the contrasts between different poets' views of the First World War - Wilfred Owen, David Jones and the army chaplain, Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy: what were the crises the war provoked in them (crises of faith and hope)? What were the doors opened to new understandings of the human condition?
The former Archbishop has been an outspoken force for justice and fairness in our society, with particularly strong views about the evils of war. He was once arrested for singing psalms as part of a CND protest and more recently expressed his disgust at British policy on Iraq. We are especially thrilled to host him here as Marlborough was the town where Siegfried Sassoon spent his formative years.
Contact Andrew Studdert-Kennedy ( or Kay Newman (

Monday 29 September, 7.30pm
‘Faith and Parliament’
at Digby Church Hall, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
Rose Hudson-Wilkin is an Anglican vicar in Hackney who also holds the roles of Speaker’s chaplain to the House of Commons, priest vicar at Westminster Abbey and chaplain to the Queen. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she has been tipped as likely to be among the first cohort of women bishops in the Church of England.
In her role at Parliament she is at the heart of the political process and well-placed to offer a glimpse not only of the day to day realities of Parliament but also to offer us a unique perspective on how Faith and Politics interact at the heart of our political system.
Contact Jon Riding, Insight Programme Coordinator:

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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. Churches across the region are invited to sign up to a weekend of action in October. Poster here

Tuesday 7 October, 12noon-12.30pm: Marnhull Concerts
Stephen Binnington (St Gregory’s, Marnhull) organ concert
at St Gregory’s Church, Marnhull.
Organ Recitals are advertised at Info:

Black AsteriskSaturday 11 October: Diocesan Events
'Compelled by Love': the Annual Sudan Day
at Shaftesbury School
"For the love of Christ compels us...Christ died for all so that they who live might no longer live for themselves..." 2 Cor 5:14,15"
Application forms available soon. Click here for the advance poster.

Saturday 11 October, 10am-4pm
‘Living Prayer: that we may live life to the full’
at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RR
Dorset Meditators (Affiliated to the World Community for Christian Meditation in UK) invite you to join them on a day of reflection led by Eileen McDade.
Contact Maggie Hooper: 07720 056310,

Saturday 11 October, 7pm: Marnhull Concerts
Stephen Binnington organ recital
at St Gregory's Church, Marnhull
Entry £5 or £6 per head, payable at the door. Proceeds go towards building improvements.
Details via, and

Saturday 18 October
Marnhull Community Event
at St Gregory's Church, Marnhull
Free entry; donations very welcome.
Details via, and

Sunday 19 October, 3pm: Marnhull Concerts
Choral Evensong
with St Gregory’s Church Choir

Black AsteriskSaturday 25 October, 10am-4pm: Churches Together, Mission
'New Dimensions of Mission Together’
at St Nicholas Church Centre, Corfe Mullen
The Revd Steve Chalke MBE is a Baptist Minister at the cutting edge of Mission, founder of the Oasis Trust, and an international speaker. Cost: £6, including refreshments and lunch.
For advance booking please contact Katja Babei, County Ecumenical Officer, Churches Together in Dorset:, 07500 984705.

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November 2014

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:

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:

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 (scroll to November 2014) or Pat Clegg:

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).

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!
Queries to Paul Cordle:

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May 2015

22-25 May 2015
‘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.
Contact Mrs Christine Oliver: 01202 888703,

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