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by Michael Ford last modified 11 Dec, 2017 04:45 PM

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Updated Listing Tuesday 12 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
Downton Band Concert at Charlton-All-Saints Church, SP5 4HF
Come and listen to festive carols and songs. Please bring a gift to put under the tree for the Women’s Refuge.
Inquiries to Emily Broomhead via or 01722 781112.

Updated Listing Tuesday 19 December, 7.30-10pm: Charity Events, Advent and Christmas
Christmas Carol concert in aid of the Poole Hospital Charity at St Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome BH12 1AD
Featuring Funky Little Choir.
The church will also be hosting a Christmas tree festival, with more than 60 decorated trees.
Events page and contact details

Updated Listing Friday 22 December, 8pm: Advent and Christmas
Poole and Parkstone Singers Annual Carol Concert at St Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome BH12 1AD
Festive music, readings and more among 60 decorated trees as part of the Christmas tree festival. Entry costs £6 on the door only.
Events page and contact details

Updated Listing Sunday 14 January, 2-5pm: Bible Study, Council of Christians and Jews
Parkes Institute Study Afternoon Session 1: The Book of Daniel, Chapter 7 at Dorchester House, Bournemouth, BH8 8AS
Led by Dr Helen Spurling, Associate Professor in History at the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton.
We are delighted to announce a series of three study afternoons on the Book of Daniel, a partnership between The Parkes Institute and the Council of Christians and Jews Bournemouth & Wessex. These studies are a vital dialogue between Christians and Jewish people as we examine the Biblical text together, along with its diverse Jewish interpretations. Questions and participation are warmly encouraged.
Dr Spurling's research focuses on the interpretation of Midrashic literature, with particular reference to Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish history from Biblical times to late antiquity, and eschatology and Messianism.
Flyer here
Refreshments will be served at the end of the session; a contribution of £3 is requested to cover costs.
Session 2 on Sunday 18 March, Session 3 on Sunday 13 May.
Please note: It is necessary to register for these events as handouts will be provided.
Please contact to book your place before 10 January 2018. We look forward to welcoming you.

Updated Listing Monday 15 January, 3-5pm: Lectures
An Afternoon with Rowan Williams at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH
His theme is 'How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?' - Christian discipleship in today’s world.
Tickets are £5, available from .

Updated ListingImportant Listing Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
26 February-11 March
Free posters, decorations, games and literature are now available to order. 
Full details and ordering here.

Updated ListingImportant Listing Saturday 10 March, from 11am: South Wessex Organ Society
Workshop for Parish Church Organists at St Swithun’s Church, North Allington DT6 5DU
How fast should I play this hymn? How can I fill a 20-second gap? How can I use the pedals better? Where can I find useful short voluntaries? I never dare to improvise – please help!
If you’ve ever wondered about any of these things, please come along and share your experiences – and find some answers, too. This is an informal event for parish organists at all levels. You might like to bring some hymns and other service material (including short voluntaries) to discuss and demonstrate during the day.
The tutor will be Richard Godfrey from the Lyme Regis Organ School.
11am: Coffee and introductions
11.30am: First practical session
1pm: Lunch (bring your own or visit a local pub)
2pm: Second practical session
3.30pm: Tea
Poster here
Places are £10, to include tea & coffee. You can pay on the day, but please register in advance by contacting Debbie Albery on 01202 659427 or .

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December 2017

Monday 11 December, 6.30pm: Advent and Christmas
An Evening of Fun and Stockingfillers at Sarum College Bookshop, Salisbury SP1 2EE
A very special evening featuring our own Rich Wyld, curate at Sherborne Abbey and author of Theologygrams and The World According to Theologygrams; Gary Alderson, writer of the blog ‘The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley’ and author of Writes of the Church: Gripes and Grumbles of People in the Pews and Dave Walker, much-praised cartoonist who produces a popular calendar each year as well as books and cartoons on church life – and also on cycling.
Glass of wine offered, laughter guaranteed, books signed and drawn in – and you might come away with a badge drawn by Dave Walker!
More details here
RSVP  or tel 01722 326899.

Wednesday 13 December, 6.30pm: Council of Christians and Jews, Advent and Christmas, Chanukah
Chanukah/ Advent Celebration at Bournemouth Reform Synagogue, BH1 3PA
With speaker Rob Thompson, Programme Manager of CCJ. Rob will explore the crucial part CCJ played in informing Archbishop Temple’s wartime advocacy and will reflect on what this history can teach us as we continue to shape Jewish-Christian relations today.
Rabbi Adrian Jesner will light the Chanukah candles; Rabbi Maurice Michaels and Rev Ian Terry will share perspectives on Psalm 30.
£5 admission, to include traditional refreshments.
More details here
Inquiries via .

Wednesday 13 December, 8pm: Reformation 500, the Historical Association
‘500 years of Reformation: should we celebrate Martin Luther's 95 theses?’ at Peter Symonds College, Winchester SO22 6RX
A lecture by Professor Beat Kümin of Warwick University.
Professor Kümin studied at the Universities of Berne and Cambridge, and joined Warwick's History Department in 2001. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he serves on a number of editorial boards and councils of learned bodies. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Bielefeld and Konstanz and at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald.
There is disabled access & a hearing loop. All welcome, but we ask adult visitors for a contribution to our costs.
Events listing here
Inquiries to Eleanor Yates via 01962 852594 or .

Saturday 16 December, 11 am: Advent and Christmas
Informal Concert at St John's Church, Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NP
The renowned Bristol-based tenor, Niall Hoskin, makes an eagerly-anticipated return to Devizes for a concert of seasonal entertainment. This will be followed by the official launch of the choir's fundraising appeal for their tour to Latvia next summer, with a buffet lunch and then carol singing in Devizes Town Centre following the concert.
Admission free, retiring collection.

Contact Christ Totney on or 07811 629062.

Saturday 16 December, 3.30-5pm (five 20 minute tableaux): Advent and Christmas
Follow the Star - A Living Nativity beginning with the 1st Scene in Aldbourne Memorial Hall, Oxford Street, Aldbourne SN8 2DQ
Walk with the Angel Gabriel on a journey through the tableaux of live events, each telling 
different parts of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Ask questions of the characters in each scene, discover the story behind the scenes, visit our petting zoo and enjoy refreshments along the way.
Info sheet here
Free admission (time slot tickets). Programme with map available on the day: £1.
Contact the Revd Candice Marcus via  or 01672 540311.

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.

Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
The Farrant Singers Christmas Concert at St Martin's Church, St Martin's Church St, Salisbury, SP1 2HY
Conducted by Andrew Mackay and joined by Farrant Brass. Includes a performance of John Rutter's 'Gloria' and two pieces by Gabrieli, 'In ecclesiis' and 'Omnes gentes plaudite manibus’. Enjoy joining in the singing of carols and Handel's Hallelujah chorus.
Tickets £13 in advance from Casa Fina (High Street), Salisbury, online at www.farrantsingers.org or 01722 324731. £15 on the door. (students/u16 £5)

Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm: Charity Events, Advent and Christmas
The Philomel Singers Gala Christmas Concert at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
With the Wiltshire Violin Virtuosi and Percussion Ensemble.
Director: Michael Johnson.
Entrance free. Interval refreshments. Retiring collection.
All profits in aid of Cancer Research UK.
www.philomeltrowbridge.co.uk

Sunday 17 December, 6.30 pm: Advent and Christmas
Carols by Candlelight at Canford Magna Parish Church, Canford Magna, Wimborne BH21 3AF
Join us as we celebrate the message of Christmas through carols, readings from God's word and meditation in our beautiful Parish Church which will be lit by many, many candles.
Contact Chris Totney on or 07811 629062.

Tuesday 19 December at 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
Cantamus in Concert at St John the Baptist, Hawkchurch
Tickets £8 to include mulled wine and mince pies
More here

Friday 22 December, 6pm: Advent and Christmas
Carols in the Cornmarket, Wimborne Minster
Singing of the Carols will be accompanied by members of the Broadstone Community Concert Band. A collection will be taken for the Mayor of Wimborne’s Charities.
All are warmly invited to attend and warm drinks will be available afterwards in the Salvation Army Hall.
Inquiries to Anthony Oliver via  or 01202 888703.

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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. This excellent speaker has studied economics and will share important insights into our current situation. There will certainly be food for thought!
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 
E-mail:  
Website: www.williamtemple.org.uk

Thursday 18 January, 7.30-9.30pm: Bible Study
Inaugural meeting of West Wiltshire Theology Group at Warminster School, BA12 8PJ
Address with questions and discussion by the Bishop of Salisbury, Rt Rev Nick Holtam, "Renewing and Reforming our Understanding of Marriage". A challenging, thought-provoking and very timely chance for those following the Church's developments in relation to marriage.
Admission free, no bookings needed.
Contact Canon Harold Stephens on .

Important Listing 18-25 January 2018
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2018

Saturday 27 January, 11 am: Music Events
The Choristers Entertain at St John's Church, Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NP
The children of St John's Choir warm up your winter with some light-hearted entertainment as part of their fundraising efforts towards the Latvia Tour. A buffet lunch follows, before Chris Totney gives an organ recital of favourites chosen by members of the church community.
Admission free, retiring collection.
Contact Chris Totney on or 07811 629062.

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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 
E-mail:  
Website: www.williamtemple.org.uk

Updated ListingImportant Listing Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
26 February-11 March
Free posters, decorations, games and literature are now available to order. 
Full details and ordering here.

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March 2018

Sunday 4 March: Bellringing
Simulators - a hands-on day
The CCCBR Education Committee is organising a simulator day at Royston, Herts, to help people find out more about simulators and how they can be used: "We want to help teachers and tower captains make better use of simulators in their towers. The plan is to have a number of dumb bells set up in the hall and for a group of experienced users, including some of the software authors, and hardware suppliers to be present to demonstrate the products and answer questions. If you teach bellringing, this is a date for your diary!
Inquiries via .

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 
E-mail:  
Website: www.williamtemple.org.uk

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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 
E-mail:  
Website: www.williamtemple.org.uk

Friday 20 April, 7.30 pm: Music Events
Grand Tour Concert at St John's Church, Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NP
The 40-strong forces of St John's Choir give a 'grand concert' ahead of their upcoming trip to Latvia, with favourites from the past year's repertoire and a preview of music for the tour. This concert is given in memory of Stephen Brazier and Michael Oliver.
Admission free, retiring collection.
Contact the Contact Chris Totney on or 07811 629062.

Important Listing Saturday 21 April
Day of Celebration For Lay Ministry – put the date in your diary!
There are hundreds of people across the Diocese engaged in authorised lay ministry, and we are celebrating this with a special service in the Cathedral in the morning, followed by workshops in the afternoon. The service will include the Commissioning of those currently in training for and Lay Worship Leader and Lay Pastoral Assistant ministry, the Recommissioning of current LPAs and LWLs, and the Recommitment to ministry by LLMs, Church Army Evangelists and Licensed Lay Pioneers. After a packed lunch there will be a broad choice of workshops for those in lay ministry. The timetable is as follows:
9am onwards: Registration and coffee
10.30am Celebration Service 
12.30pm: Lunch (packed lunch or local eateries)
1.45-2.45pm: Workshop 1 Bishop Wordsworth School, Sarum College, Church House
3-4pm: Workshop 2 Bishop Wordsworth School, Sarum College, Church House
5pm: Depart
Inquiries to Debbie Orriss via 01722 411944 or .

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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 
E-mail:  
Website: www.williamtemple.org.uk

Saturday 19 May, 9.30am-6pm: WW1, Music
Choral Workshop: Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
Our fourth annual choral workshop, coming as it does in the year which commemorates the end of the Great War in 1918, will work on Brahms’ beautiful German Requiem. It was written in grief after the death of his mother in 1865, and is one of the great choral masterpieces of the European tradition, speaking to us all about loss. It is sacred, but non-liturgical.
Our Maestro for the day is Ashley Grote, a great friend and former Director of the Edington Music Festival. His career so far has taken him from chorister then Organ Scholar at King’s College Cambridge, via Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, to Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral since 2012, where he has steadily developed the Cathedral’s choirs. The Girls’ Choir is now widely regarded as one of the best in the country.
Our soloists are Eloise Irving (soprano) and Alex Jones (baritone), both closely associated with the Edington Music Festival for many years, and our accompaniment will be provided by Libby Burgess and Richard Pinel – a ‘dream team’ who will play Brahms’ own four-handed piano arrangement for the afternoon sessions. The final flourish will be a concert run-through to which audience will be invited to buy reasonably priced tickets.
We shall be singing the Requiem in German, and therefore using the Peters Edition which will be available for hire on the day. 
Tickets £20 plus £2 copy hire. Cost includes coffee/tea and biscuits at registration and mid-morning.
Info and booking

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June 2018

Friday 15 June, 6pm-10pm
Saturday 16 June, 12noon-11pm: Charity Events, Music
Dorset Midsummer Music Festival at Bulbarrow Hill, DT11 0HQ
A family-friendly music festival set in a natural amphitheatre in the heart of Dorset, raising funds for three local churches (Cheselbourne, Hilton and Melcombe Horsey) and Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
www.midsummermusic.co.uk

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October 2018

7-12 October: Retreats
'Peaks, Shallows and Deeps': Lakeside reflections on Christian discipleship today
A guided holiday retreat hosted by the Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy.
How can we refresh our discipleship and be willing to move forward on our journey of faith? How can we cope with changes in ourselves, our circumstances, the church and the world? In what ways can we let God breathe new life into us when our spirituality feels tired or stuck, especially as we get older? These are some of the questions we hope to address in this holiday retreat. 695 Euros full board: full details here

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