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by Michael Ford last modified 16 Oct, 2017 05:56 PM

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Updated Listing Tuesday 17 October, 7.30pm: Climate Change, Science
Heat Transport in the North Atlantic at Sarum College, Salisbury SP1 2EE
The SW region of the Institute of Physics is using Sarum College as a venue for a talk with direct relevance to the climate change issue. Gerard is one of a small group of UK and US scientists who monitor the northward transport of heat by the North Atlantic Ocean. In this talk, he discusses the method used and the observed variations in heat transport that affect our climate.
Non-members welcome: admission is free.
Full details here

Updated Listing Saturday 21 October, 7.30pm: Music
Avebury Choir at St Mary’s Church, Great Bedwyn SN8 3PE
Tickets on the door.
Inquiries to Susan Challen via .

Updated Listing Friday 3 November, 1.30pm: Lectures, Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust
Julian Orbach at the Bowood Hotel Spa and Golf Resort, Derry Hill SN11 9PQ
Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust is delighted to welcome back Julian Orbach who, in 2014, gave a presentation on ‘Revisiting Pevsner's Wiltshire’ and outlined his task of revising and up-dating the Wiltshire Edition of the Pevsner Buildings of England Series.
This time, he will be recalling some of his findings over the last three years with particular reference to the architect TH Wyatt and other Victorians in Wiltshire. Wyatt designed a number of prominent buildings in the County including the Assize Courts and Roundway Hospital in Devizes. He was consulting Architect to the Diocese of Salisbury and his long list of Wiltshire churches includes St Mary and St Nicholas in Wilton and Christ Church Derry Hill.
Julian Orbach is an author and lecturer in architectural history. He was architectural adviser to the Victorian Society in 1975-7 and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain, published in 1987. He worked on the listing of historic buildings in England (including Wiltshire) until he moved to Wales in 1987 where he was similarly employed by Cadw. While in Wales he co-wrote three Welsh titles in The Buildings of Wales series, then in 2009 moved to Somerset to revise Pevsner's volume on South and West Somerset in the Buildings of England series. He co-founded the eco community at Brithdir Mawr in Pembrokeshire in 1993 and lived there until 2002. Since June 2014 he has been revising the Wiltshire volume of the Buildings of England series.
There is no charge and all are welcome. For further information contact Colin Johns, Architect to the Trust, via to let us know you are coming, or simply turn up on the day.

Updated Listing Saturday 4 November, 7.30pm: Music
Bach- The Great Motets at St Martin's Church, Salisbury SP1 2HY
On Saturday 4th November the Farrant Singers, conducted by Andrew Mackay, present a feast of music from the pen of JS Bach in St Martin’s Church, Salisbury at 7.30pm. They perform four of his great motets, 'Singet dem Herrn', 'Der Geist hilft', 'Jesu, meine Freude' and 'Komm, Jesu, komm' accompanied on the chamber organ by Edward Reeve and David Heyes on the double bass. Edward will also perform two of Bach's English Suites, No 1 in A major and No 2 in A minor.
Inquiries to Jane Waddington via 01722 324731.

Updated Listing Saturday 11 November, 11am: Remembrance
The 99th Anniversary of Armistice Day will be commemorated at 11am at the War Memorial on the Minster Green, Wimborne.
There will be a short Ceremony, the Two Minutes Silence and the laying of one Wreath.
For more information, please contact Mark Lee via 07802 433062 or .

Updated Listing Sunday 12 November, from 2pm: Remembrance
Wimborne Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Service and Parade 2017
The Remembrance Day Service will be held in the Minster Church at 3pm.
Those individuals and organisations wishing to Parade to the Service will gather at the Royal British Legion Car Park at 2.20pm; the Parade marches off at 2.40pm, led by The Wessex Marching Band, reaching the Minster in time for the Service at 3pm.
After the Service the congregation will gather at the War memorial on Minster Green. Wreaths will be laid, led by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell Esq., followed by the Two Minutes Silence.
Individuals and organisations are respectfully invited to then lay Wreaths remembering all the fallen of past and current wars.
The Parade will then march back to the Royal British Legion passing the saluting dais where the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset will take the Salute.
For more information, please contact Mark Lee via 07802 433062 or .

Updated Listing Monday 20 November, 6.30pm: Advent and Christmas, Poetry, Theology
On Waiting: An Evening of Advent Poetry and Reflection at Sarum College, SP1 2EE
Join Sarum College Bookshop for what should be a wonderful evening with two of our favourite authors.
Malcolm Guite, poet, theologian and musician will enthral us with his poetry, and Theologian Paula Gooder will provide a reflection.
This is an evening not to be missed!
Tickets are £5 to include a glass of wine.
Info and booking

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October 2017

Important Listing 15-22 October 
Thank Your Vicar Week.
Download free resources here

Tuesday 17 October, 7.30pm: Charity Events, Music
The Osiligi Troupe of Maasai Warriors at All Saints Church, Durrington SP4 8AL
The troupe's music is mesmerising to hear and fascinating to watch. This is an opportunity to experience and enjoy the diverse culture of the Maasai. Crafts and wares will be available to purchase. Admission free: retiring collection.
An unforgettable event! Not to be missed.
Inquiries via 07817 197594.

Friday 20 October, 7-9pm: Churches Together, Reformation 500
'Reformation 500 – Moving On' at Market Lavington Community Hall, SN10 4DG
October this year marks 500 years since the protest of Martin Luther, Doctor of Theology, against the practice of indulgences by proclaiming 95 Theses touching on questions of grace, repentance and forgiveness. The discussions spread across Europe and eventually led to what is called the Counter-Reformation in the Catholic Church.
How do we mark this anniversary? 
The 500th anniversary of Luther's action provides a significant opportunity for churches to
• Strengthen relationships with one another
• Deepen reconciliation between us, for the sake of our witness to the gospel
• Promote reflection on what reformation means for us today
Reformation 500 – Moving On is an evening of learning and discussion giving an opportunity to reflect on these things. 
Key Speakers: 
Revd. Dr. Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Sarum College
The Revd. Michael Robertson, Ecumenical Officer on the Commission for Dialogue and Unity, Clifton Diocese.
Light refreshments from 7pm, Speakers from 7.30pm.
Please publicise and tell your friends about this event and come and join in the discussion and reflection.
Flyer here 
Further details from Liz Overthrow, Secretary, Wiltshire Churches Together, via  or 01380 722404.

Saturday 21 October, 10.30-12.45: Bible Study
‘Reading Through Mark’ at Manvers St Baptist Church, Bath BA1 1JW
The Gospel of Mark is the main Gospel in the new lectionary beginning on Advent Sunday 2017. Canon Chris Burdon will lead this study morning as we reflect on Mark and his significance for our times. Event run by Modern Church South West Group. 
Details and RSVP 

Sunday 22 October, 4pm: Music
South Wessex Organ Society Gala Launch Event at St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis
Promoting the art and appreciation of organ music through education, training, concerts & recitals.
4pm: Evensong with choir, organ & string ensemble. The service will include works by Mozart, Purcell & Praetorius. Musical director Peter Parshall; organ Alex Davies & Peter Lea-Cox.
5pm: Organ recital by David Halls of Salisbury Cathedral. David’s programme will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn & Widor. Followed by a reception and a chance to join this new society.
Entry is free: there will be a retiring collection.
Colour poster heremonochrome poster here 
For details please visit our website at

Saturday 28 October, 11am-5pm: RSCM Events
John Rutter Singing Day at Edington Priory, BA13 4QN
Poster and booking form here 

Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm: Charity Events, Homelessness
Barn Dance at St Paul’s Church Centre, Salisbury SP2 7QW
For the Salisbury Trust for the Homeless 30th Anniversary.
Music by 'Scrape the Barrel', celebrating 10 years together.
Poster here 
Tickets £10 including supper (£5 children under 14), via 01722 504295.

Important Listing Sunday 29 October
Bible Sunday 2017

Saturday 29 October, 7 for 7.30pm: Harvest
Harvest Supper at Corsley Reading Rooms
Come and join us as we celebrate harvest in the traditional way with good food and good company. We look forward to seeing you there.
Bring your own drinks (glasses provided). 
£7 for adults and £3 for children.
Tickets and further details available from Claire da Costa (01373 832113) or Laura Gates (01373 832825).

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November 2017

Wednesday 1 November, 3-5pm: Advent and Christmas, Author Events
'Resourcing a Good Advent' at Sarum College, Salisbury SP1 2EE
Enjoy a cup of tea and a chance to look at what resources are available to help us through Advent. With James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College, and authors Tessa Wilkinson and Jan Brind, who write for the popular Church House Publishing Creative Ideas series.
More here.
Come and be inspired! Free and open to all, refreshments provided.
To book, click the link above, telephone 01722 326899 or email 

3-5 November: Youth Work, Mission
CofE Youth Council Residential in Irthlingborough
Exploring the challenges!
Diocesan Representatives who have been nominated by their Diocesan Youth Officer (or equivalent) can take part. Youth leaders, priests, Archbishops, and Diocesan Youth Officers can all come and observe. We want to hear your voice and the voice of your Diocese. Through this event we aim to live out our values – represent, enrich, engage and we are carrying out the annual business of the CEYC including elections.
Info and booking 

Saturday 4 November: Theology
Open Day at Trinity College Bristol, BS9 1JP
Considering theological study? Join us on 4 November for a day in Bristol to find out what it can mean to study in community! Chat with our faculty, meet current students, and consider whether God may be calling you to study with us. For more information, call 0117 968 0254 or email 

 Saturday 4 November, 6.30pm (rehearsal at 4.30pm)
Diocesan Confirmation Service at Salisbury Cathedral
Inquiries to Sally Ruffer via or 01722 334031.

Monday 6 November, from 7pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association, Christian Meditation
'Walking the Labyrinth' at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
With the Revd Dr Sally Welch, Vicar of Chalbury with Shorthampton and Area Dean of Chipping Norton. Her talk will be based on her book ‘Walking the Labyrinth’ and she will be talking about this ancient form of meditation, and its use in modern Christianity.
Dinner for members and their guests (optional) is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Season Programme here 
Further information from John Newbold.
Tel: 01202 761749 

Monday 6 November, 7.30-9pm: Sherborne Insight
'Feeling Mortal' at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
One of the inescapable realities of being human is death. Christianity is sometimes accused of denying this reality but in fact sees death not so much as an ending but a new beginning. The Revd Andrew Edwards MA has for many years been chaplain to a Children's Hospice and is better qualified than most to reflect on the encounter of the human being with approaching mortality.
Info and booking
Inquiries to Jon Riding via 01935 816779 or .

Thursday 9 November, 7.30pm
'A Road Trip around Namibia' in Seend Pavilion, SN12 6NS
An illustrated and fun talk by Maureen Allchin. Licensed bar and raffle.
Tickets (£10, to include a ploughman’s supper) from Anne Saywell (01380 828931) or Liz Futter (01380 828485).

Saturday 11 November, 9.30am-4.30pm: Bible Study
Leader Training Day for Small Group Bible Study at St Paul’s Church, Salisbury SP2 7QW
Precept Ministries UK empowers people with engaging and practical Bible study tools so they can discover truth for themselves and know God better. It’s exciting and life-transforming! You are invited to join us for the day, and will receive one of our ‘40Minute’ study resources and be equipped to both use it and lead it effectively. No previous experience required. All welcome.
Poster here 
Day runs 10am-4.30pm: registration from 9.30am.
£15 includes lunch and study materials.
For more details or to book contact: Precept Ministries UK 01722 770028 

Saturday 11 November, 2pm
All Welcome Autumn Bazaar at St Johns Upper Studley, BA14 0EH
All good things around us: home-made cakes, breads, chutneys and jams, plus a gorgeous home baked and iced Cake which may be raffled. General Raffle and various other stalls. Jolly Good afternoon with lots of goodies to snap up.
Inquiries to Marilyn Gasson via 01225 763079. 

Friday 17 November, 7pm
'Escape or Die' at Dinton Village Hall, SP3 5EB
King Charles II's escape and exile after the Battle of Worcester in 1651: an illustrated talk by Paul Cordle with images of & insights into this fascinating yet overlooked story. He came through Mere, the Nadder Valley, Hindon, Chilmark, Teffont, Wilton, and on to Heale House at Middle Woodford. He visited Salisbury in 1665 to escape the Plague.
Flyer here 
Entry by ticket: £15 glass of wine & canapés.
Inquiries to Gray Gilbert via 01722 714254, or email .

Saturday 18 November: Bellringing
Mod 1 Association of Ringing Teachers course at Charminster - how to teach bellhandling safely and make good progress - has a few places left. Highly recommended.
Mod 1 normally costs £20 but we are offering this one for FREE.
Apply ASAP to Jane Pridmore, administrator, via 

Saturday 18 November, from 10am: Milton Abbey, RSCM Events
The Big Sing with Noel Tredinnick at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
Cost: £10. Music provided, + tea/coffee.
Poster here; low-ink version here.
Please apply! Application form here.
The Big Sing is followed by 'Fill the Abbey with Praise' at 4pm.
Poster here.
All welcome!
Inquiries to Heather Waldsax via .
Noel is Organist and Director of Music at All Souls Church, Langham Place, where he formed the now world-renowned All Souls Orchestra. As well as leading Prom Praise events around the UK and overseas, Noël makes regular visits to the USA to lecture and conduct, which have included leading music for missions organised by The Billy Graham Organisation. He has contributed to many hymn and songbook publications, is Chairman of the Jubilate Group and has also been involved in the Music in Worship Foundation and the Archbishops’ Commission on Church Music. Over many years, Noël has worked with the BBC, becoming a familiar face on ‘Songs of Praise’, specialising in getting the most from choirs around the country in the shortest possible time! In 2002 he received an honorary Lambeth Doctorate of Music and in 2009 a Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music.
Suitable for anyone aged 9 to 99 who enjoys singing! Whatever your church denomination or level of singing experience, we hope you will come and enjoy sharing your gifts with others in this time of learning, fellowship and worship and that you will be inspired with many ideas to take back to your choir or church.

Saturday 18 November, 7pm: Bellringing
Not-the-DCA-Dinner 2017: Bellringers’ Supper at the Sun Inn, Lower Burton DT2 7RZ
We anticipate a carvery and veggie option - details & bookings with Robin Mears.

Saturday 18 November, 7.30pm: Deverills Performing Arts
'Themes & Variations' at Kingston Deverill Church
Guy Johnston, one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation and Tom Poster, internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and great versatility, present an exciting programme of music for cello and piano. Guy and Tom perform together frequently and they will be making stunning music in this final fixture of this year's Deverills Performing Arts series. The programme will include an eclectic mix of Chopin, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Fauré, Beethoven, MacMillan and Mendelssohn.
Tickets £15.
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For tickets call 844385 or email .

Important Listing Sunday 19 November
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Save the date: more info to come

Important Listing Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm: Fresh Expressions, Mission
On the Road: the 2017 National Anglican Conference at the Belfrey, York
Full details and booking on Eventbrite

Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm: Prayer
Devizes Deanery Day of Prayer at St John’s Devizes, SN10 1NP
With the Bishop of Sherborne, Karen Gorham
Following the wonderful Day of Prayer we all enjoyed as a Diocese with Michael Perham and Brother Sam, our Rural Dean, the Revd Canon Paul Richardson, would like to invite you all to join in a Deanery day of prayer with the Bishop of Sherborne, the Rt Revd Karen Gorham.
A lunchtime Eucharist will be followed by a Bring & Share lunch.
During the afternoon session there will be time for discussions, prayer and meditation. The day will end with prayer in the presence of the Reserved Sacrament and Benediction.
Poster here 
If you would like to join us, please contact any of the following by email or phone:
Revd Jacqui Clark (01225 769940, )
Revd Ben Rundell-Evans (01380 730384, )
Chris Cox ()

Saturday 25 November, 11am-2pm: Salisbury-Sudan Medical Link, Advent and Christmas
The Chase Benefice 20th Anniversary Christmas Fair at Tarrant Keynston Hall, DT11 9JE
Raffle; Tombola; Plants, Bulbs and Decorations; Homemade Cakes, Bread, Sweets, Marmalades, Jams & Chutneys; Books; Christmas Gifts; Crafts; Santa’s Surprises; Games Including Marbles and Hunt the Treasure; Toys; and more!
Poster here 
Delicious lunches prepared from local produce. Homemade Soup and Sizzling Bacon Rolls! Bar with Mulled Wine. Meet Mike Maclachlan at the Sudan Display! All offers of help or donations are very welcome, and your presence most of all! In aid of the Salisbury-Sudan Medical Link.
Please contact Caroline Tory on 01258 452452.

Monday 27 November, 7.30-9pm: Sherborne Insight
'Made in the Image' at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
With Amy Orr-Ewing, Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA).
Dorothy L Sayers is best known as the creator of suave sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, but she was also one of the finest Anglican theologians of the 20th century. Sayers challenged the patriarchal church of her day to broaden its understanding of what it means to be human, male and female and in her book 'Mind of the Maker' used the creative process in the arts and literature to illuminate theology and vice versa.
Info and booking
Inquiries to Jon Riding via 01935 816779 or .

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December 2017

Updated Listing Friday 1 December, 7pm: Edington Arts, Advent and Christmas
Choir of New College Oxford: Advent Concert at Edington Priory Church BA13 4QN
The acclaimed choir of New College, Oxford, will be giving Edington Arts' very popular Advent Concert. This 30-strong choir, including trebles, is one of the most celebrated in the UK, with a timbre and style which are instantly recognisable.
Directed by Deputy Organist Tim Wakerell, while Robert Quinney is on sabbatical.
Further details to follow – but tickets are already selling!
Inquiries to Chrissy Allanson-Bailey (01380 831256) or

Monday 4 December, from 7pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association, Advent and Christmas
'Son of Joseph, Son of God' at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
With Dr David Catchpole, Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies at the University of Exeter and Scholar in Residence at Sarum College, Salisbury.
Dinner for members and their guests (optional) is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Season Programme here 
Further information from John Newbold.
Tel: 01202 761749 

Wednesday 6 December: Advent and Christmas, Charity Events
Footprints Carol Concert at St Marys Church, Dorchester
With Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, His Honour Judge Peter Johnson, Joanna Davis and real life experiences told by our clients.
Inquiries via .

Saturday 16 December, 7-9pm: Bellringing
6-bell practice at Martinstown.
Special Methods will be Plain and Little, St Clements, Kent TB and Double Oxford - in that order. Also your choice of Doubles; from Plain Hunt, Slow Course methods, Grandsire, etc.
Inquiries via

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January 2018

Monday 8 January, from 7pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association, Politics
‘Brexit, Trump & Popularism - What do they tell us about the Human Condition?’ at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
With the Ven Antony MacRow-Wood, Archdeacon of Dorset.
Dinner for members and their guests (optional) is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Season Programme here 
Further information from John Newbold.
Tel: 01202 761749 

Important Listing 18-25 January 2018
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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February 2018

Monday 5 February, from 7pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association, Apologetics
‘Contemporary Apologetic - In Defence of God’ at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
With the Revd Angela Tilby, Canon Emeritus of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.
Dinner for members and their guests (optional) is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Season Programme here 
Further information from John Newbold.
Tel: 01202 761749 

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March 2018

Monday 5 March, from 7pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association, Charity Work
‘We believe in Life before Death’ at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
With Mr David Pain, Director of Supporter and Community Partnerships at Christian Aid.
Dinner for members and their guests (optional) is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Season Programme here 
Further information from John Newbold.
Tel: 01202 761749 

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April 2018

Monday 9 April, from 7pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association, Restorative Justice
‘Restorative Justice - a Biblical Solution?’ at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
With Mr John Newbold, Licensed Lay Minister and Retired Solicitor.
Dinner for members and their guests (optional) is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Season Programme here 
Further information from John Newbold.
Tel: 01202 761749 

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May 2018

Monday 14 May, from 7pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association, Environment
‘God’s World - Who Cares?’ at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
With Mr David Morgan, Chair of the Diocesan Environmental Groups for both Salisbury and Winchester Dioceses.
Dinner for members and their guests (optional) is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Season Programme here 
Further information from John Newbold.
Tel: 01202 761749 

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