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by Michael Ford last modified 17 Aug, 2017 11:10 AM

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August 2017 | September 2017October 2017 | November 2017 | December 2017 

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Updated 14, 15, 16 and 17 August

Updated Listing Friday 18 August at 6pm: Social Justice, Refugees
'Lingering Ghosts' Open Evening at Sarum College, Salisbury SP1 2EE
This exhibition by photographer Sam Ivin displays hand-scratched portraits of those seeking asylum in the UK.
Stories of living in a state of limbo for months or even years recount the experience of lost identity and frustration.
Yet as we learn from the documented conversations, we recognise them as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – human beings, after all.
"I don’t want them to treat me like a King or whatever but like a human, you know."
Asylum seeker from Cameroon who had been waiting six years, 2015
Sam Ivin is a photographer whose work focuses on social issues and the people connected with them. Alongside the images, Sam documents stories and perspectives to offer a more personal, tangible understanding of his subjects.
'Lingering Ghosts' has been included at the Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, the Identità Negate show at Galleria del Cembalo, Rome and at the 2016 Athens Photo Festival. The 'Green Lady' Pakistan portrait won The GMC First Prize at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Photograph Prize. The exhibition has also been featured by WIRED and WEX Photographic.
Flyer here 
The exhibition is free and open daily and runs until Monday 25 September.
RSVP to 01722 424800 or .

Updated Listing Saturday 9 September, 10am: Prayer and Spirituality
Contemplation and Reflection at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
Join Brother Sam from Hilfield Priory as he leads this morning starting in our beautiful Parish church and continuing with a walk along the River Stour. The morning will conclude with a light lunch of soup, bread and cakes.
Booking is essential, the cost of £10 will to go towards our Kingfisher project where we aim to make that which God has given us accessible to all. Please book by Friday 8 September - numbers are limited!
Inquiries to Helen Williams via 07470 517119 or . Web page here 

Updated Listing Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm
'Giovanni Bellini’s St Francis: A New Understanding' at St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster DT9 6NS
An illustrated presentation and talk by Graham Welstead, formerly Director of Art at Bancroft’s School, Essex.
Poster here 
Free entry; refreshments served afterwards.
Further details: or 01935 872 414.

Updated Listing Saturday 30 September, 4pm: Reformation 500
Reformation Remix at Milton Abbey
A humorous, yet engaging piece of musical theatre, giving an historical overview of the reformation in song and drama. No tickets required. Suitable for everyone aged 10-100!
Inquiries via .

Updated Listing Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm: Edington Arts
Crispian Steele-Perkins concert at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
International trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins and organist Ian leGrice will perform a varied concert of classical and contemporary music, including Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Goodall and Bacharach. Crispian will also give a demonstration of the techniques of playing an original non-valved instrument.
Inquiries to Anne Curtis (01380 831256) or 
www.edingtonarts.org

Updated Listing Sunday 8 October, 7.30pm: Music Events
The Courtesan’s Gaze: A concert of music by Barbara Strozzi (1619–1677) and her circle at St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster DT9 6NS
Sung by sopranos Hannah Ely and Lucy Cox of the Fieri Consort with music on Baroque guitar and theorbo (Toby Carr) and harp (Aileen Henry).
Barbara Strozzi lived a life of high musical achievement and scandal in the Venice of the seventeenth century. A prolific and successful published composer in her own time, she was also said to have acted as courtesan at musical and intellectual meetings where “clothes were optional”. This concert of duets composed by Strozzi and her contemporaries, Montiverdi and Cavalli, will explore her reception and whether the scandal surrounding her was justified.
Poster here 
Tickets £14, available from John Summers:  or 01935 872 414.

Updated Listing Friday 17 November, 7pm: Charity Events, History
‘Escape or Die’ - an illustrated talk by Paul Cordle in Dinton Village Hall, SP3 5EB
Personal courage, a cool head and bluff characterised King Charles II during his escape after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the last battle of the Civil War on English soil. On the run for six weeks, and passing through Mere and the Nadder Valley, he eventually made it to freedom.
Insights into this fascinating and multi-layered escape story will be given, in aid of three Nadder Valley churches, by history enthusiast Paul Cordle in an illustrated talk using paintings and images of that turbulent time. 
Tickets will be available from 1 September from Gray Gilbert. Tel 01722 714254 or e-mail .

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.
Inquiries to Anne Curtis (01380 831256) or 
www.edingtonarts.org

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August 2017

Thursday 17 August, 7.15-9pm: Cathedral Events
Bat Walk and Talk at Salisbury Cathedral
Jan Freeborn, Ecologist at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, will talk about the Cathedral bats, followed by a bat search in the Cloisters. Hear about the lives of British bats and have a go at listening to their echolocation calls on bat detectors.
Free entry, but 
please book in advance.

Updated Listing Friday 18 August at 6pm: Social Justice, Refugees
'Lingering Ghosts' Open Evening at Sarum College, Salisbury SP1 2EE
This exhibition by photographer Sam Ivin displays hand-scratched portraits of those seeking asylum in the UK. 
Stories of living in a state of limbo for months or even years recount the experience of lost identity and frustration.
Yet as we learn from the documented conversations, we recognise them as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – human beings, after all. 
"I don’t want them to treat me like a King or whatever but like a human, you know."
Asylum seeker from Cameroon who had been waiting six years, 2015 
Sam Ivin is a photographer whose work focuses on social issues and the people connected with them. Alongside the images, Sam documents stories and perspectives to offer a more personal, tangible understanding of his subjects.
'Lingering Ghosts' has been included at the Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, the Identità Negate show at Galleria del Cembalo, Rome and at the 2016 Athens Photo Festival. The 'Green Lady' Pakistan portrait won The GMC First Prize at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Photograph Prize. The exhibition has also been featured by WIRED and WEX Photographic.
Flyer here 
The exhibition is free and open daily and runs until Monday 25 September.
RSVP to 01722 424800 or .

Saturday 19 August: Charity Events
'coffee+JAZZ' at St Mary's Parish Church, Bridport DT6 3NW
The final session is on 23 September.
Inquiries to Barry Gibbs via .

Sunday 20 to Sunday 27 August, 9am-9pm: Edington Arts
Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy at the Priory Church, Edington BA13 4QN
The 62nd festival's new Director, Richard Pinel, has chosen 'The Beatitudes' as the theme. Over 80 musicians from cathedral and collegiate choirs all over the UK will sing sacred music in four services a day. The Requiem Mass on Friday 25th will be that of Gabriel Faure.
Inquiries to Anne Curtis via 01380 831454 or www.edingtonfestival.org

Sundays 20, 27 August, 2.30-4.30pm: Charity Events
Cream Teas Beside the River at Damerham Village Hall, SP6 3HQ
Every Sunday in August, Cream Teas are served beside the river or inside the Hall to help raise money for St George's Church, Damerham. We would love you to come and join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Some people come every Sunday because they enjoy the event so much! There is plenty of parking.
Inquiries to Cathy Godber via 01725 518350 or .

Monday 21 August, 12.30-1.15pm: Charity Events, Music
Summer Recitals 2017 at Wimborne Minster
Sarah Abbott – Saxophone
Poster here
Free entry: retiring collection for Minster funds.
Inquiries to Anthony Oliver via  or 01202 888703.

Wednesday 23 August, 6.30 for 7pm: Music, Charity Events
Edington Festival Musical Supper on the Parish Field, Edington BA13 4PG
As all who have attended this event in the past know, the Musical Supper evening is a wonderfully light-hearted and enjoyable occasion during which Festival singers give a stunning demonstration of close harmony music-making between courses. The event has the bonus of helping fund parish activities such as the Parish Hall and the Three Villages Minibus. Home-made puddings have also become something of a feature of the evening.
Tickets, price £25 each, can be booked from June 1st from Hugh Hancock, either by post to Dunge Farm, West Ashton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 6AX,e-mail at or phone on 01225 754626. Cheques should be made payable to Edington Priory Church Music Evening. Please let Hugh know if you would like to sit with friends and he’ll do his level best to accommodate you!

Thursday 24 August
Melplash Show
 at West Bay Showgrounds, Bridport DT6 4AX
The South West’s premier agricultural exhibition. Church rest tent usually run by Churches Together in Bridport. 
Attendance in 2015: 17,000. 
www.melplashshow.co.uk 

Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August
Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton, DT11 8HX
One of Europe’s largest outdoor events: the biggest steam and vintage show in the world. Church tent usually run by Milton & Blandford Deanery. 
Attendance in 2015: 200,000. 
www.gdsf.co.uk 

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August 
Stock Gaylard Oak Fair at Stock Gaylard House, Sturminster Newton DT10 2BG
For those interested in woodcraft, timber, conservation and the countryside. Stock Gaylard Church is open to visit. 
Attendance in 2015: 8,500. 
www.stockgaylard.com/the-oak-fair.asp 

Sunday 27 August, 2.30-4.30pm: Charity Events
Cream Teas Beside the River at Damerham Village Hall, SP6 3HQ
Every Sunday in August, Cream Teas are served beside the river or inside the Hall to help raise money for St George's Church, Damerham. We would love you to come and join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Some people come every Sunday because they enjoy the event so much! There is plenty of parking.
Inquiries to Cathy Godber via 01725 518350 or .

Wednesday 30 August, 5-6.30pm: Council of Christians and Jews
'Psalm 95' at Bournemouth Reform Synagogue, BH1 3PA
Rev Dr Ian Terry of St Peter's Parish Church and Rabbi Maurice Michaels of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue in a discussion from their own faith perspectives of Psalm 95, including its historical and geographical background, liturgical usage, literary merit, linguistic patterns, theological messages and spiritual values. ALL WELCOME.
For further information, email .

Wednesday 30 August, 7.30pm: Cathedral Events
Organ Recital by Paul Carr at Salisbury Cathedral
Don’t miss an enjoyable evening of works by Bach, Bossi, Bourgeois, Hakin, Harris and more. Programmes are available on the door for only £2. 
Tickets £10, available here.

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September 2017

Important Listing Friday 1 September–Wednesday 4 October
Creationtide
Prayers and reflections as we care for Creation.
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Saturday 2 September, 10.30am-4pm
“We are all missionary disciples”: the Ebbsfleet Lay Congress 2017 at Coventry Cathedral
Speakers: Bishop Philip North and Fr Damian Feeney
You are invited to join Bishop Jonathan.
Poster hereinvitation here 
Reservations: . 0118 948 1038.

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September
Dorset County Show at the Dorchester Showground, DT2 7SD
For those with an interest in farming, horticulture, food and the countryside. Church tent usually run by Dorset Parish Churches, sponsored by the Diocese of Salisbury. 
Attendance in 2015: 60,000. 
www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Sunday 3 September: Cathedral Events
'Salisbury Spire: The Last 70 Years' at Salisbury Cathedral
Much is already know about the Cathedral’s earliest history but not so much about its past in the 20th century. Come to the North Transept for original photos and documents from the archive. Find out more about the restoration and maintenance of the spire, as well as fundraising campaigns and special events.
Free entry. Details here 
Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September, evenings

CAP Money Course For Students at St Paul's Church, Salisbury SP2 7QW
Going to University, further education or on a gap year? Come on this short evening course run by St Paul's Church. Learn how to budget and manage your money effectively and avoid adding to your student debt. 
Book online at www.capmoneycourse.org or call Jeremy on 07793 453167 for more info.

Monday 4-Saturday 9 September: Literature, Charity Events
Farley Literary Festival at All Saints Church, Farley SP5 1AH
A community literary festival in support of Farley All Saints Church, a beautiful Wren-inspired Church in the heart of Wiltshire. All talks will be in the church at 7.30pm. The ticket price of £10 includes a glass of wine.
Speakers include Canon Jeremy Davies, Sunday Times columnist Roland White, award-winning playwright and novelist Barney Norris, award-winning children's author Angela McAllister, and new authors Tarn Richardson and Katharine Johnson.
www.farleyliteraryfestival.co.uk
Inquiries via .

Thursday 7 September, 6.30-8.30pm: Charity Events
Kate Adie in Conversation with Lord Phillips
 at the Tithe Barn, Sturminster Newton DT10 1NA
Lord Phillips is a retired Law Lord and past President of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. The event is in aid of the Footprints charity, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers.
Tickets £15 each; drinks and canapés included.
Invitation here 
Read Lord Phillips’ bio 
Please RSVP with this slip 
Inquiries via info@footprintsproject.co.uk.

Important Listing Thursday 7 September, 7.30pm: Council of Christians and Jews, Balfour Centenary
‘The Ambiguity of the Balfour Declaration’ at Bournemouth Reform Synagogue, BH1 3PA
Dr Kathy Durkin will talk about her book, 'The Ambiguity of the Balfour Declaration', which covers this topic in great depth, drawing on Government archival evidence of cabinet meetings held during the First World War.
There is vigorous debate surrounding the existential nature of the State of Israel. The proclamation of the British Balfour Declaration in 1917 inaugurated the return of tens of thousands of Jews to Palestine under British protection, and led ultimately to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. The Balfour Declaration is viewed by some as the product of mere political expediency on the part of war-time Britain. Others argue that certain British politicians such as Arthur Balfour, alongside many Zionists, believed that the time was ripe for the Jews to return to their ancient land. They thought Britain would be strategic in bringing this about politically. When it finally came, after a long and messy negotiation period, the wording of the Balfour Declaration was ambiguous, some would argue deliberately so, and has caused confusion and conflict in the Middle East ever since. This talk will examine who and what caused the ambiguous changes in the wording of the several drafts that eventually resulted in the final official statement, the Balfour Declaration.
Kathy holds a PhD in Cross Cultural Communication and Critical Thinking from Bournemouth University, and a Masters Research in Jewish History and Culture from Southampton University. She has recently retired from her position as Senior Lecturer in Research Methodology at Bournemouth University.
Please download a poster here.
£3 admission to include refreshments.
For information, email .

Important Listing Saturday 9 September
Ride+Stride 2017
In aid of our historic churches. Save the date and get training!
Info here

Updated Listing Saturday 9 September, 10am: Prayer and Spirituality
Contemplation and Reflection at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
Join Brother Sam from Hilfield Priory as he leads this morning starting in our beautiful Parish church and continuing with a walk along the River Stour. The morning will conclude with a light lunch of soup, bread and cakes.
Booking is essential, the cost of £10 will to go towards our Kingfisher project where we aim to make that which God has given us accessible to all. Please book by Friday 8 September - numbers are limited!
Inquiries to Helen Williams via 07470 517119 or www.canfordparish.org/?page_id=1673 

Saturday 9 September, 7.30pm: Music, Charity Events
The Bromham Flowers and Music Festival Concert at St Nicholas’ Church, Bromham SN15 2EU
The Four Seasons of Song: Comic, Sad, Evil and Love Songs.
Including: Opera, Musicals, G&S, Organ Works & Traditional Song
Works by: Puccini, Verdi, Handel, Rossini, Mozart, Kern, Lloyd-Webber & others
Performed by Local Soloists including Barbara Gompels (Soprano), Matt Dauncey (Bass-Baritone), John Iles (Organist), Tony James (Piano), Paula Boyagis (Mezzo-Soprano), Chloe Jordan (Mezzo-Soprano) & Richard Butler (Bass). 
Following the success of the Three Basses Concert in 2016 we expect to sell tickets quickly, so please consider pre-booking. Tickets £10 Adult. Children £3. All funds go to charity
Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 14 August. Pre-booking is available by emailing  or calling 01380 850170.

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
 in Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DQ
Church stand usually run by Blackmore Vale Deanery 
Attendance in 2015: 15,000.
www.cheesefestival.co.uk

Saturday 16 September, 9.30am-4pm: RSCM Events
Come and Sing Workshop with John Rutter at Portsmouth Cathedral, PO1 2HH
Poster here 
Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Early bird pricing until 31 May.
Free for RSCM Child members ranging up to £22 for non-RSCM adults. No tickets available on the day. Doors open at 9.30am.

Monday 18 September, 7.30-9pm: Sherborne Insight
God Created Humanism' at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
Dr Theo Hobson, a theologian based in Cambridge, looks at humanism and questions its secular credentials. 
In his book 'God Created Humanism' he, in Rowan Williams's words, 
"invites us to recognise that the core moral values of liberal modernity did not fall ready made from a secular heaven but or the deposit of a long theological tradition. But... he makes it clear that this is a challenge to contemporary religious complacency at least as much as to a smug and patronising secularity".
Info and booking
Inquiries to Jon Riding via 01935 816779 or .

18-22 September: Bellringing
Learn to Ring Week at Tulloch, Roybridge PH31 4AR
Are you struggling to get enough ‘rope-time’ in your home tower? 18 places are available @ £50 per head for 5 days of total immersion in the fun of ringing. ART registered tutors will lead students through bell handling, change ringing in hand and working with a simulator to produce ringers fit for the 21st century. We will liaise with your local tower for easy integration when you get home. 
2 peals of bells, a simulator, handbells, patient & friendly ART tutors and no neighbours – all add up to a winning combination.
5 days of concentrated handling/ listening/ rounds/ theory & vocabulary – what better way to spend a week? We will provide a light lunch of soup/ sandwiches & all day tea & coffee. Accommodation available locally, we can make recommendations but you must book your own.
Download a poster
For more info & to book your place please see www.tullochbells.com.

Saturday 23 September: Charity Events
'coffee+JAZZ' at St Mary's Parish Church, Bridport DT6 3NW
Inquiries to Barry Gibbs via .

Saturday 23 September, 7-9pm: Bellringing
6-bell practice at Abbotsbury.
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 dcacbr@gmail.com.

Important Listing Saturday 23 September
Our next Vocations Enquiry Day at Rowde Village Hall
Discover your call from God. Save the date!
Info & registration here

25-29 September: Bellringing
Improve Your Ringing Week at Tulloch, Roybridge PH31 4AR
Can you ring a bell unaided but want to polish your handling? Perfect your raising & lowering, work on your call changes, understand ropesight & work towards plain hunt. Learn about plain bob & what it means to dodge. Fancy a go on handbells? We can help.
18 places available for a week of intensive tuition covering handling, hunting and bob doubles. Learn to ring handbells. Perfect your striking with a simulator.
For £50 pp we will provide a week of patient tuition, easy to ring bells & friendly support – extend your horizons at Tulloch. Light lunch and all day tea & coffee provided. Accommodation available locally, we can make recommendations but you must book your own.
This is an opportunity to get on track with the best team sport/ performing art/ mathematical puzzle in the UK.
Download a poster
For more info & to book your place please see www.tullochbells.com.

Updated Listing Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm
'Giovanni Bellini’s St Francis: A New Understanding' at St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster DT9 6NS
An illustrated presentation and talk by Graham Welstead, formerly Director of Art at Bancroft’s School, Essex.
Poster here 
Free entry; refreshments served afterwards.
Further details:  or 01935 872 414.

Friday 29 September, 7pm
‘Birds and Beasts: the Wildlife of Botswana’ at the Pavilion, Seend SN12 6NS
An illustrated, fun talk by Maureen Allchin. 
Tickets: £12.50 (to include an African themed meal, licensed bar and raffle) from Len (01380 828513) or Tina (01380 727139).

Saturday 30 September, 10am-3pm: Clergy Events
Clergy Partner Day with Esther Ministry at St Mary the Virgin, Dorchester DT1 2HL
A day for clergy partners to get together and get to know each other. Guest speaker Rowena Cross, a clergy wife who runs Esther Ministry. She will help us think about our gifts, calling and life as clergy partners. Free to all Salisbury diocese partners of clergy.
Inquiries to Georgie Menzies via  or 07795 833374.

Updated Listing Saturday 30 September, 4pm: Reformation 500
Reformation Remix at Milton Abbey
A humorous, yet engaging piece of musical theatre, giving an historical overview of the reformation in song and drama. No tickets required. Suitable for everyone aged 10-100!
Inquiries via .

Important Listing Saturday 30 September, 5.30pm: Lay Ministry
Salisbury Cathedral Evensong with the Admission and Licensing of Lay Ministers
All are warmly invited to join the Bishops and LLMs of the Diocese in this celebration of Licensed Lay Ministry. 
Save the date!
Inquiries to Judy Anderson via .

Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm: Edington Arts
‘Clarinet Maestros’ at Edington Priory Church
Ken Peplowski and Julian Stringle (Clarinet) with Craig Milverton (Piano)
The Priory Church is fortunate in being able to host this penultimate concert of a national tour. 
Tickets may be bought, when available (£15 to include a glass of wine and ‘nibbles’) from Maggie Atterbury (01380 830452). The Deanery News will announce their availability. In the meantime, do put a note in your diaries - this will be a concert not to be missed!

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October 2017

 ADVANCE NOTICE: Saturday 7 October 
The next Sudans Day at Shaftesbury School. Please make a note in your diary!

Important Listing Saturday 7 October: Mission
Mission to the Muslim World: 'Who is my Neighbour?' at St John’s Wimborne, BH21 1AE
With Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
What do we need to know? How do we engage? How can we prepare? All these questions explored, plus a choice of three workshops run by Dr Ian Kirby, Dr Georgina Jardim and Imtiaz Khan.
Refreshments will be provided on the day but please bring your own lunch.
Info and booking 

Saturday 7 October
Matins and Evensong for Licensed Readers at St Marylebone Parish Church, London, NW1 5LT
Annual training event organised by the Prayer Book Society on effective use of the Book of Common Prayer in worship.
£27 including lunch. Tickets from 0118 984 2582 or pbs.admin@pbs.org.uk Further information here.

Updated Listing Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm: Edington Arts
Crispian Steele-Perkins concert at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
International trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins and organist Ian leGrice will perform a varied concert of classical and contemporary music, including Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Goodall and Bacharach. Crispian will also give a demonstration of the techniques of playing an original non-valved instrument.
Inquiries to Anne Curtis (01380 831256) or www.edingtonarts.org

Saturday 7 October, 7 for 7.30pm: Harvest
Harvest Supper at Chapmanslade Village Hall
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 Anne Good (01373 832505) or Phil Jefferson (01373 832845).

Updated Listing Sunday 8 October, 7.30pm: Music Events
The Courtesan’s Gaze: A concert of music by Barbara Strozzi (1619–1677) and her circle at St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster DT9 6NS
Sung by sopranos Hannah Ely and Lucy Cox of the Fieri Consort with music on Baroque guitar and theorbo (Toby Carr) and harp (Aileen Henry). 
Barbara Strozzi lived a life of high musical achievement and scandal in the Venice of the seventeenth century. A prolific and successful published composer in her own time, she was also said to have acted as courtesan at musical and intellectual meetings where “clothes were optional”. This concert of duets composed by Strozzi and her contemporaries, Monteverdi and Cavalli, will explore her reception and whether the scandal surrounding her was justified.
Poster here 
Tickets £14, available from John Summers:  or 01935 872 414.

Monday 9 October, 7.30-9pm: Sherborne Insight
'I think, therefore I am?' at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
Jon Riding, in addition to his role as the coordinator of the Insight Programme at the Abbey, has for almost 30 years lead a ground breaking research team working in computational linguistics for the Bible Societies. He is also a theologian at Sarum College where he tutors ministry candidates and teaches biblical languages. Much of his work for the Bible Societies is in building computer systems that can learn about language for themselves.
Info and booking
Inquiries to Jon Riding via 01935 816779 or .

Thursday 12 October, 7pm
Ladies' Night Out at St Peter's Church, Parkstone BH14 0NN
'Travelling Trends’ ladies' fashion show. A fun evening with the opportunity to try on and buy High Street clothes at bargain prices. All ages catered for (but not children), current stock. Arranged by St Peter's Mothers’ Union and St Peter’s Social Committee in aid of South Sudan and St Peter’s Church.
Please book your seats by 30 September!
Inquiries to Janet Everett via .

Friday 13 October, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm): Music Events
The Choir of the Western Wynde in concert at Saint Mary’s, Steeple Ashton BA14 6EN
Director Graham Dalby, Organist Steven Hollas, Soloists Eleanor Coton & Beth Thomas (soprano) Ed Coton (Tenor) and Graham Case (Bass).
Candlelit Tudor, Elizabethan and Victorian and 20th century music in the lovely parish church of Steeple Ashton.
Coronation Anthem ‘I Was Glad’ (complete with Vivats) and ‘Hear My Words, Ye People’ (Sir Hubert Parry)
Interval – wine or soft drinks.
Tickets £15.00 (children no charge) via 01225 753175 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/384234.

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. 
Further details from Liz Overthrow, Secretary, Wiltshire Churches Together, via  or 01380 722404.

Saturday 28 October, 11am-4pm: RSCM Events
Singing Day with John Rutter
Put this date in your diaries now!
Further details later.

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

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

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 .

Updated Listing Friday 17 November, 7pm: Charity Events, History
‘Escape or Die’ - an illustrated talk by Paul Cordle in Dinton Village Hall, SP3 5EB
Personal courage, a cool head and bluff characterised King Charles II during his escape after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the last battle of the Civil War on English soil. On the run for six weeks, and passing through Mere and the Nadder Valley, he eventually made it to freedom.
Insights into this fascinating and multi-layered escape story will be given, in aid of three Nadder Valley churches, by history enthusiast Paul Cordle in an illustrated talk using paintings and images of that turbulent time. 
Tickets will be available from 1 September from Gray Gilbert. Tel 01722 714254 or e-mail .

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 .

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

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.
Inquiries to Anne Curtis (01380 831256) or www.edingtonarts.org

Wednesday 6 December, 6.30pm: Advent and Christmas, Charity Events
Footprints Carol Concert at St Marys Church, Dorchester
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 dcacbr@gmail.com.

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