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Updated Listing Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm: Music
Strictly Celebrate with Bournemouth Concert Band at St Thomas' Church, Ensbury Park BH10 5BN
St Thomas' is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The Bournemouth Concert Band is joining our celebrations by putting on a concert of popular music, including memories of musicals, 50s and 60s music. All welcome: pay at the door.
Inquiries to Barbara Clark via , 01202 772640, or 07977 734563.

Updated Listing Sunday 18 March, 3pm: Wholeness and Healing
Healing Service at Canford Magna Parish Church, Wimborne BH21 3AF
The opportunity for prayer, anointing with oil and laying on of hands.
Inquiries to Carrie via 01202 882270 or .

Updated Listing Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March, 7pm: Lent and Easter
The Poole Passion Play, starting at Parkstone United Reformed Church and moving to St Peter's, Parkstone.
Performed over five nights. Moving, dramatic scenes with some wonderful music. With an African theme incorporated into this year’s performance. Come and see this wonderful production at this very special time.
Ticket prices are £8.00 (Adult), or £5.00 (Children age 7-16).
No admission for children under the age of 7.
Book here!

Updated Listing Wednesday 23 March, 7.30pm: Lent and Easter
St Mary’s Special Choir present The Crucifixion at St Mary’s Church, West Moors BH22 0JF
Easter music by John Stainer, with text selected and written by the Revd J Sparrow-Simpson, revised by Michael Pilkington.
Tenor solo: Michael Aikenhead
Bass solo: Alex Wells
Organist: Valerie Robertson
Conductor: Sue Oldrey
Poster here
Tea and coffee, with hot cross buns, will be served after the performance.
The service concludes with Compline (Night Prayers), to which all are invited.
Inquiries to the Revd Andrew Rowland via or 01202 893197.

Updated Listing Sunday 25 March, 3pm: Lent and Easter, Charity Events
Canzonetta Sings Sacred Music for Holy Week at St John's Bere Regis, BH20 7HQ
Music by Bach, Elgar, Fauré, Hall, Monteverdi and pieces from Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’.
With Richard Hall.
Poster here
Free admission: retiring collection for St John’s Church.

Updated Listing 6-7 April
Evangelism Exploration Day
Are you up for a challenge? Are you interested in reaching and inspiring those on the edge of society? Why not explore working with Church Army?
Register your interest here

Updated Listing Saturday 14 April, 11am: Bereavement
Service of Remembrance for 'lives cut short' at St Peter's Bournemouth, BH1 2EE
"With the snow, we decided to postpone this the day before: we had 3 people who did come (and held a service for them); 2 from an hour's drive away, the other 6 hours on the coach.
We'll now be holding the service on 14th April. If anyone can't come and would like someone remembered, please email or visit

Updated Listing Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 April
Sharing in God's Creativity: Doing Craft at Hilfield Friary, Dorchester DT2 7BE
With Suzi Herbert.
With spring approaching nature literally springs back to life too: It fills with song, fragrance and colour – a perfect source of inspiration for our own creativity. We have still a few spaces left. Come and enjoy being creative in a truly creative environment! You can even bring your own project, if you like.
Full details here

Updated Listing Friday 20 April, 7.30pm: Charity Events, Commemorations
Devizes St John and St Mary presents a Grand Concert of Choral Favourites at St John’s Church, Devizes SN10 1NP
The children and adults of St John’s Choir in concert in celebration of the lives of Stephen Brazier & Michael Oliver, featuring works by Chilcott, Hadley, Howells, Macmillan,
Nicolson, Park, Parry, Purcell, Rachmaninov, Stanford, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Wesley & Whitacre.
Director of Music: Chris Totney
Organist: Richard McVeigh
Poster here - Letter to guests here.
Admission free. Retiring collection towards the choir’s Latvia Tour Appeal.
Inquiries to Chris Totney via .

Updated Listing Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm: Charity Events
Bourne2Sing Male Voice Choir at St Mary’s Church, West Moors BH22 0JF
In aid of Prama Care and St Mary’s Church.
Poster here
Tickets: adults £8, children £4.
Inquiries: 01202 890098 or 01202 871616.

Updated Listing Monday 23 April, 7.30m-9pm: Social Justice
You are invited to a Refugee Forum: Cultivating a Culture of Welcoming the Refugee at Gateway Church, Parkstone BH12 3BL
Our panel of guests include:
• Irwin Buchanan (CEO of International Care Network)
• Rebecca Fell (Adult Refugee Support Service Manager at International Care Network)
• Mark Forsyth (City of Sanctuary, Bournemouth and Poole)
Receive updates on the current situation concerning refugees and asylum seekers coming to the UK. Hear personal stories from refugee families settling in the Poole area. Learn about ways our community can come together to welcome and support refugees coming to settle in Poole and surrounding areas.
Followed by tea, refreshments and a time for discussion.
Gateway Church is the former Methodist building across from KFC. There is free parking available on side streets near the church. Buses 1C, M1, M2 stop nearby.
There are limited spaces! Please book your place.
Info and booking here
For more information, contact Anita Dalkin via .

Updated Listing Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm: Youth Work
Wiltshire YFC Partners Evening in North Bradley Baptist Church, BA14 0TN
A relaxed and encouraging evening to hear about the work that has been taking place supporting young people across the Wiltshire area. It will also be a chance to hear about other schools and community events coming up in 2018, meet the Wiltshire Youth for Christ team to ask any questions and connect with others from the area.
Info and booking

Updated Listing Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May
The Warp and Weft of Creation at Hilfield Friary, Dorchester DT2 7BE
With the Revd Jonathan Herbert.
While weaving baskets, we will have the change to reflect on how we are ourselves interwoven in various ways. We invite you to come and join us in our creative endeavour - we might even catch the first warm summer breeze! We look forward to seeing you.
Full details here

Updated Listing Saturday 5 May, 10am-4pm
Prayer Ministry Training at Church House, Calne SN11 0HU
With speaker & leader Howard Fleming of Acorn Christian Foundation.
Poster here
Price £12.00
For your Booking Form, contact Morcia Booton via or 01249 248798.

Updated Listing Saturday 2 June, 9am-12noon: Mission
Breakfast Church Hub at Canford Magna Centre, Wimborne BH21 3AF
An opportunity for those currently running, or exploring the idea of a breakfast church style service to get together, share ideas and best practices.
Inquiries to Sharon Cooksley via .

Updated Listing Saturday 9 June, from 10am
St Peter's Parkstone Centenary Summer Fayre at Parkstone Park, BH14 0JJ
Times: 10am to 3.30pm
Poster here
Inquiries to Clive Deakin via or 01202 749712.

Updated ListingImportant Listing Sunday 15 July
Rural Mission Sunday
Save the date! Resources will be available 1 May.
Details here

Updated Listing Saturday 21 July
A Day with Butterflies and Moths at Hilfield Friary, Dorchester DT2 7BE
The day is led by Michael Sammes, who will set up moth traps the previous evening and give you the unique chance of being introduced to them from up close. After learning about their particular place in creation and how they contribute to their ecosystem, we will move on to butterflies. You will be invited to tour the extensive Friary grounds in the search of butterflies, and your records will then be fed into the national Big Butterfly Count!
Full details here

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March 2018

Tuesday mornings until 27 March, 9.45am: Lent and Easter, Prayer
Lent Prayer Space at St Lawrence Church, Stratford sub Castle SP1 3YP
Time for reflection. All welcome.
Inquiries to Carole Long via .

Until Monday 2 April, 2-5pm: Lent and Easter
Stations of the Cross Exhibition at St Peter's Church, Eype DT6 6AR 
Bridport Art Society Artists' local scenes of the Stations set against familiar backdrops (first shown in Bridport in 2016), in cooperation with Churches Together in Bridport. 
Every Saturday and Sunday in Lent, and every afternoon in Holy Week to and including Easter Monday.
Refreshments. No entrance fee. Donations welcome.
On Palm Sunday, 25 March, Bishop Karen is leading a Stations Service at St Peter's, within the exhibition space.
Inquiries to Janet Allen via .

Tuesday 13 March, 7pm: Suffragette 100
Millicent Fawcett: Campaigning with Family and Friends at Salisbury Cathedral
A talk by Elizabeth Crawford, in the Refectory.
2018 is the centenary of the first limited franchise for women. A statue of Millicent Fawcett is to be put up in Parliament Square in memory of her outstanding contribution to women’s suffrage. Millicent was married to Salisbury man Henry Fawcett, whose statue is in the Market Place. Elizabeth Crawford, who has written extensively about this remarkable woman, her work and circle, will consider the part Millicent played in improving the lives of women in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Tickets via 01722 335161 or 01722 555190.

Friday 16 March, from 7pm: Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches
Friday Night is Music Night at Corsley St Margaret of Antioch, BA12 7QE
A relaxing evening of light music performed by church members and friends, compered by Dennis Barnard.
Everything from Eric Coates to Abba and a few surprises, too!
Join us for a glass of wine and nibbles and enjoy the music. A fun way to start a relaxing weekend!
Pay Bar; no charge for admission, but donations to church funds welcomed.
Further details from Stella Bayman (01373 832230) or Phil Jefferson (01373 832845).

Friday 16 March, 7.30-9.30pm: Children, Young People and Families
‘Where the Adventure Begins’ at St Mary's Church, Poole BH15 2JD
Family is far from simple - Riding Lights create an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.
'Where the Adventure Begins' isn’t a children's show, it’s a show about children and young people in church. It is designed for parents, children’s and youth workers, people interested in working with children and young people to think about how they can encourage and raise children and young people in the Christian faith.
Tickets are £10 and can be booked online

Important Listing Saturday 17 March, from 9.15am: Links with the Sudans
Deanery Links Day at Shaftesbury School, SP7 8ER
Starting at 9.15 and running through till lunch-time, with an option to stay and chat over your packed lunch. 
Please put it in your diary now, and tell everyone who would be interested!
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn what is happening in the Sudans, hear what is being done through our links, and meet with other interested friends.
Initial inquiries to Joanna Woodd via .

Important Listing Saturday 17 March, 10am-4pm: Vocations
Who Me? Exploring God's Call
at St Mary's Longfleet Church Centre, BH15 2JD
A day for people who wonder if God might be calling them to authorised ministry in the Church of England. Whether Ordination, Licenced Lay Ministry, Pastoral Assistants, Worship Leaders or Pioneers, this is an opportunity to meet with others who think God might be calling them too, and to explore the next steps of your journey in faith.
Tickets are Free.
Drinks provided - please bring your own packed lunch.
Book here

Saturday 17 March, 6pm
'A Very Short History of England’s Cathedrals' at Edington Priory Church
Nicholas Orme, Professor of History at Exeter University, will take us on a quick journey though time from very early on in the history of our great cathedrals to the present day, giving us insights into the building, art and history of these magnificent buildings.
Afterwards, we will have a limited bar open (wine and soft drinks) and canapés will be served, while you have an opportunity to chat to Nicholas and buy his books.
It promises to be a very interesting and enjoyable evening. Entry will be £5.
Inquiries via 01380 830374.

Saturday 17 March, 7pm
Avon River Team's Springtime Barn Dance at Figheldean Village Hall, SP4 8JR
With the Woodsiders Barn Dance Band and caller Charles Haskell
Suitable for young and old; dancers and non-dancers alike.
Poster here
Tickets £10 adults, £5 children.
Light supper provided; bring your own drinks; moneytree raffle; prizes for best fancy dress; games galore.
Bookings and info from Lisa via 07507 053811 or .

Passion Sunday, 18 March 
Come & Sing St Matthew Passion (extracts in English) by J S Bach at Wimborne Minster
Performance at 6.30pm in the Minster in place of Evensong
There is no charge for people attending the event as members of the congregation.
Details for performers:
3.15pm Registration; 3.45pm Rehearsal; 5.45pm Tea
Cost: £10 per person for performers
To book your place as a performer, use this form or ring the Parish Office on 01202 884753 (9-12 Monday-Thursday).

Sunday 18 March, 2-5pm: Council of Christians and Jews
Parkes Institute Study Afternoon Session 2: The Book of Daniel Chapter 11 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 welcome Dr Helen Spurling again to lead the second of our series of three Study afternoons: an opportunity not to be missed as a vital dialogue between Christians and Jewish people. We look forward to having exciting and informative afternoons as we examine the Biblical text together, along with its diverse Jewish interpretations. There will be time devoted to examining sources and opportunities to discuss the material with Dr Spurling and the other attendees. Questions and participation are warmly encouraged in this supportive and informal environment.
Refreshments will be available; a contribution of £3 is requested to cover costs.
Full details here
Session 3, the Book of Daniel Chapter 12, is on Sunday 13 May.
Please contact to book your place before 12 March 2018. We look forward to welcoming you!

20-24 March: Lent and Easter
The Poole Passion Play
A production of this kind needs backstage runners, make-up artists, dressers, lighting and sound assistants, to say nothing of the actors! Rehearsals are due to be held on Wednesday and Friday evenings. For those who wish to take part, the contact is . For all other information, the website is
Save the dates and come along!

Thursday 22 March, 7.30pm: Mission, Ecumenism
One World Forum at St John's RC Church, Beaminster DT8 3EL
Dr Luc Vandamme will give an illustrated talk on 'Flying for Life' with the Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Visitors welcome! £4 includes refreshments. Annual Membership available (£15).
Enquiries to Peter Glanville via 01304 458283.

Saturday 24 March, 10am-1pm: Messy Church
Messy Science Roadshow at St Francis’ Church, Salisbury 
With Messy Church originator Lucy Moore.
A highly practical morning showing how science can be used to share faith.
Info and booking

Saturday 24 March, 7.30pm: Music
A Hymn to the Virgin at St Martin's Church, Salisbury SP1 2HY
On the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation, the Farrant Singers, conducted by Andrew Mackay, give a wonderful programme of music dedicated to the Virgin Mary with works spanning six centuries. The Programme is as follows:
1 Ave Maria - Robert Parsons
2 Dum transisset Sabbatum - John Taverner
3 Stabat Mater - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
4 Missa 'Euge Bone' - Christopher Tye
5 Two Hymns to the Mother of God - John Tavener
A Hymn to the Mother of God
Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
6 A Hymn to the Virgin - Benjamin Britten
7 Ave Maria - Anton Bruckner
8 Lux Aurumque - Eric Whitacre
9 Magnificat for double choir Op 164 - Charles Villiers Stanford
Inquiries to Jane Waddington via 01722 324731 or .

Palm Sunday, 25 March, from 2.30pm: Lent and Easter
Come & Sing Stainer's 'Crucifixion' at St Andrew's Church, Devizes SN10 1NJ
Rehearsal 2.30pm, performance 4.15pm.
Cost £5: singer, or audience. 
Copies for hire at £2 each: please email to book a copy. All welcome!
Inquiries to Liz Adams via .

Palm Sunday, 25 March, 4.30pm: Lent and Easter
Stations Service with the Bishop of Sherborne at St Peter's Church, Eype DT6 6AR 
Bishop Karen will lead the service within the Stations of the Cross Exhibition: Bridport Art Society Artists' local scenes of the Stations set against familiar backdrops (first shown in Bridport in 2016), in cooperation with Churches Together in Bridport. 
Inquiries to Janet Allen via .

Wednesday 28 March, 7pm: Lent and Easter
Service of Tenebrae at St Mary the Virgin, Dorchester DT1 2HL
Based on the ancient night and early morning services of Maundy Thursday, this service recreates Jesus’ betrayal, abandonment and agony and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day. The most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of the fifteen candles called the Tenebrae Hearse until only the top candle, representing of Our Lord, is alight.
Poster here
Inquiries to Thomas Woodhouse via  or 01305 267944.

Wednesday 28 March, 7.30pm
The South Wiltshire Filling Station at the Radnor Hall, Bodenham 
Guest speaker: Bill Drewett
Worship, Teaching and Prayer.

Friday 30 March, 7pm: Lent and Easter
J S Bach’s St John Passion at the Lighthouse, Poole BH15 1UG
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Youth Chorus
Bournemouth Chamber Orchestra
With Gavin Carr (conductor), Mark Milhofer (Evangelist) and Stephen Gadd (Christus).
Poster here
Tickets £16, £22, £26, £28, £30, £36.
Box Office: 01202 280000.

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April 2018

Until Monday 2 April, 2-5pm: Lent and Easter
Stations of the Cross Exhibition at St Peter's Church, Eype DT6 6AR 
Bridport Art Society Artists' local scenes of the Stations set against familiar backdrops (first shown in Bridport in 2016), in cooperation with Churches Together in Bridport. 
Every Saturday and Sunday in Lent, and every afternoon in Holy Week to and including Easter Monday.
Refreshments. No entrance fee. Donations welcome.
On Palm Sunday, 25 March, Bishop Karen is leading a Stations Service at St Peter's, within the exhibition space.
Inquiries to Janet Allen via .

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April: Charity Events, Music
Spend a Weekend with Gabrieli at St John’s Tisbury, SP3 6NF
Masses, Magnificats and Motets! Sing the grandest renaissance choral music this Easter with Cherubim Chamber Choir, accompanied by Brass and Organ, under the direction of renaissance choral expert Greg Skidmore, in aid of the Cherubim Trust.
There will be a public concert at 4pm on the Sunday.
Poster here
Applications here

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 

Monday 9-Friday 13 April: Retreats, Young People
Young and Contemplative 2018 at Hilfield Friary, DT2 7BE
We still have spaces on this really interesting event especially designed for younger people which will be run by the Young and Contemplative Movement (part of WCCM) in close co-operation with Hilfield Friary. 
We'd love to see you!
Flyer and contact details here 

Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm: Edington Arts, Music
The Pushker-Konyicska Violin and Piano Duo at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
This concert marks a ‘first’ for Edington Arts; the first time we have tried to ‘give something back’ to the world of music which brings us all such pleasure. We donated the equivalent of an artistic fee, £1000, to the Bursary Fund of IMS Prussia Cove, to enable two musicians to attend their masterclasses in April 2017. As a ‘thank you’ gesture, the two musicians agreed to give us a concert. And this is it.
IMS Prussia Cove was founded in 1972 in west Cornwall, to create an environment where outstandingly talented young musicians from all over the world could benefit, at a critical point in their careers, from one to one tuition from some of the world’s best instrumentalists. It now holds masterclasses for both soloists and chamber groups in two multi-week sessions a year. The Artistic Director is the international cellist Steven Isserlis, and his fellow tutors are similarly world class international performers. Competition for places is extremely fierce. The two Edington Arts bursary recipients were pianist Renata Konyicska and violinist Julia Pushker, both from Hungary, and they will be performing for us on April 14th. Tickets: front nave £20, rear nave £15, sides £10. 18 and under free. 10% discount for Edington Angels. Please add £2 if you buy on the door.
Please do visit the IMS Prussia Cove website,, to find out much more about the organisation, its philosophy, its history, and its vision.
Inquiries to Christine Allanson-Bailey via 01380 831256 or

Sunday 15 April, 6pm
Evensong at St John’s Devizes, SN10 1PA
A farewell service for the Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Revd Dr Edward Condry.
If anyone wishes to donate towards a gift, please send a cheque made out to Salisbury DBF - marked ‘Bishop Ed’ on the reverse - to Lucinda Herklots at Church House, Salisbury SP1 2QB.
Evensong inquiries via .

Thursday 19 April, 7.30pm: Charity Events
‘Wiltshire Through the Eyes of a Moonraker’ at Seend Pavilion, SN12 6NS
Michael Gamble’s beautiful presentation of Wiltshire through the seasons.
There will be a Bar and Raffle.
Tickets £10 including a Ploughman’s Supper, available from Liz Futter (01380 828485) or Anne Saywell (01380 828931).
Proceeds to Christ Church Bulkington.

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 .

Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm
Nikolsky Male Ensemble at St James' Church, Kingston BH20 5LJ
An evening of Russian sacred music and folk songs given by the Nikolsky Ensemble from the St Nicholas Monastery in Saratov on the River Volga. Free admission. Retiring collection. Interval refreshments.
Inquiries to Robin Stringer via 07720 784269.

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May 2018

Important Listing Sunday 6 May
Now in its third year, Godparents’ Sunday is gaining momentum as a great way to support godparents of all ages. Browse ideas for keeping in touch with families after a christening.

Important Listing Wednesday 9 May: Rural Mission
The Germinate Lecture 2018 at the Arthur Rank Centre, CV8 2LG
The challenges facing rural communities and churches require imaginative responses. The Germinate Lecture offers an annual opportunity to engage with someone at the forefront of developing effective Christian leaders. The 2018 speaker will be the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester.
Initial details and contact here.

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 

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. Please book by Friday 18 May.
Info and booking
Inquiries to Anne Curtis via 01380 831425 or .

Sunday 20-Sunday 27 May
‘Companions on the Road’: the Pilgrim Parishes' 2018 Pilgrimage 
Our local programme will include walks, prayer stops, short church services, and shared food. 
- Walks between churches in the Blackmore Vale area including Lydlinch, Marnhull, Hammoon, Child Okeford and Shillingstone.
- A Friday evening walk from St Andrews, Okeford Fitzpaine up Okeford Hill with an open-air service near the beacon. 
- A Saturday circular walk and cream tea at Hinton St Mary.
- A joint service at St Mary’s, Sturminster Newton led by Bishop Karen of Sherborne.
Poster here
Events are open to all, walkers and non-walkers alike. You may join and leave at any place and any time. Some transport will be available! 
Full detailed programme and timings will be available in local churches and on the website ( during March.

Monday 21 May, 9.45am: Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship
‘From Paradise to the Parousia’ at St John’s Church, Wimborne BH21 1AE
With the Revd Dr Ian Paul. Take packed lunch. Inquiries to the Revd David Price via or 01202 740235.

Thursday 24 May, 7pm
Archdeacon’s Visitation and Farewell to the Ven Paul Taylor at Sherborne Abbey 
All welcome! If anyone wishes to donate towards a gift, please send a cheque made out to Salisbury DBF - marked ‘Archdeacon Paul’ on the reverse - to Lucinda Herklots at Church House, Salisbury SP1 2QB.
Inquiries to the Sherborne Office via  or 01202 659427.

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June 2018

Saturday 9 June
Missional Communities Day at St Mary's Longfleet, Poole BH15 2LP
More details soon - email Sue at  to express an interest in coming.

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.

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September 2018

Important Listing Saturday 8 September
Ride+Stride 2018
Getting fresh air and exercise, seeing the sights AND raising funds for our historic churches.
Save the date!
Story here
Letter here
Main website here

Wednesday 12 September, 9.30am-4.30pm
Science, Technology & Faith: A Rich Terrain for Church Engagement at Ripon College Cuddesdon, OX44 9EX
Science and technology are central to modern life, and can have profound effects on individuals and society, yet science and technology are rarely addressed directly by the Church. The idea that science and religion are at odds with each other has become widely accepted, creating a potential barrier to mission. The intersection of science, technology and faith thus provides a rich terrain for church engagement in today’s world.
This day conference for lay and ordained church leaders and RE teachers will provide opportunities to hear from experts in the field of science and religion, to take part in workshops on bringing together science, technology and faith in the life of the Church, and to network with others in ministry, all in the beautiful surroundings of the campus of Ripon College Cuddesdon.
Confirmed speakers include Alister McGrath (Oxford University), Jennifer Brown (Science Missioner), Lizzie Henderson (Faraday Institute) and Gillian Straine (Guild of Health & St Rafael)
Cost £15 (includes lunch)
Flyer here
To register interest, click here. Please provide your contact details and put ‘conference interest’ in the 'Your Message' box. Conference booking will open in March 2018.

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October 2018

2-13 October: Pilgrimages
Holy Land Pilgrimage 
with the Revd Philip Bromiley
Places are now available. Save the dates!
"The Holy Land continues to be in good heart and continues to rely heavily on the visit of pilgrims to its holy sites. A small contingent are already travelling from the Calne and Durrington areas, so if you fancy joining me to visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee, please do get in touch."
Inquire and book via .

7-12 October 2018: 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.
Poster herefull details here

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November 2018

Important Listing Sunday 11 November, 7pm: WW1 Centenary
'Ringing Out for Peace'
is part of the 'Battle’s Over' day-long, commemoration of the end of the First World War taking place throughout the UK.
WW1 Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war. Then at 7.05pm we are asked to join in with ringing church bells.
Bellringing inquiries via .

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December 2018

Important Listing Thursday 6 December: Children’s Society
The 50th anniversary of the first UK Christingle at Salisbury Cathedral
Save the date! More info to come.
What is Christingle? Find out here

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