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Until Thursday 12 December, 5pm: Social Justice
‘Building a Legacy of Hope’ - photo exhibition with Christian Aid at Wimborne Minster
Christian Aid has been touring this exhibition around cathedrals, churches and libraries for the past 18 months. All the children featured in the exhibition images and those who took the photographs and created the drawings and paintings are supported by a long term Christian Aid partner, the Culture and Free Thought Association.
Contact Stephen Dominy: 023 8070 6969.
Until 21 December: Advent and Christmas
Messy Nativity Advent Sheep Trail around Warminster town shops
Friday 29 November: launch event with Bishop Edward and Year 2 shepherds (from Minster C E School) in the Mall, Warminster.
Families are invited to spot missing sheep in Waminster shop windows. Names include Baabara, Ewe nice, Baa'ry, Tubby, Chloe-Nigella and BIG SHIRLEY, all individually knitted by parishioners from the Minster. The entry form includes a Christmas story to share.
Contact the Revd Carole Owen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 3 December 2013, 7pm: Winter Events, Book Launches
'A Man Against a Background of Flames'; talk and book launch by Paul Hoggart of this new action-packed novel based in Salisbury, including the Cathedral Library, and surrounding villages.
The author is a journalist and was a TV columnist for the Times. Free entry and refreshments.
RSVP necessary; contact email@example.com or 01722 326899.
3-9 December: Advent and Christmas
Christmas Tree Festival 2013 at St Thomas’s Church Salisbury
There will be 100 decorated Christmas trees in the church. Everyone is welcome to come and look at the great variety of decorated trees, enjoy live music and light refreshments.
Entry is free but we hope people will give generously when they leave. After expenses, funds raised will be shared between three local charities.
Tuesday 3 December-Saturday 7 December: 10am-6pm
Thursday 5 December: 10am-8pm
Sunday 9 December: 12noon-6pm
Entering a tree is free: the closing date for entries is Monday 4 November. The number of trees is limited to the first 100 applications. Anyone wishing to enter a tree can do so by completing the on line entry form located on St Thomas’s Church website home page, www.stthomassalisbury.co.uk.
Wednesday 4 December, 3-5pm; repeated 7-9pm: Mission Events
Taster Event for the ‘Mission Shaped Ministry Course’ at Poole Christian Fellowship, BH15 1QD
Specifically designed for Christians concerned about the ‘Mission of God’ in today’s culture and our part in that mission, this popular, nationally recognised course will run January- November 2014, spread over three Saturdays, six Wednesday evenings and one weekend away.
Enquire and book via Sue Payne: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01202 660099.
Wednesday 4 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
Advent-Chanukah Celebration at the Murray Muscat Centre, Bournemouth BH1 1PW
Admission £4 to cover seasonal refreshments. All welcome.
RSVP to: email@example.com.
Friday 6 December, 6-8pm: Advent and Christmas
Angel Festival at St Laurence's Church, Hilmarton SN11 8SD
See the church decorated with angels, light refreshments and Christmas goodies to buy. The Parish Cookbook will also be available, price £5.
Contact Elaine Leighton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 6 December, 8pm
Arena Theatre presents ‘The Bible – The Complete Word of God (abridged)’ at Shaftesbury Arts Centre. This hilarious show was originally written and performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Details
Saturday 7 December, 2-4pm: Advent and Christmas
Angel Festival continues at St Laurence's Church, Hilmarton SN11 8SD
See the church decorated with angels, light refreshments and Christmas goodies to buy. The Parish Cookbook will also be available price £5. Christmas raffle drawn at 3:30pm.
Contact Elaine Leighton: email@example.com.
Saturday 7 December, 6pm: Advent and Christmas
11th Christmas Tree Festival at Branksome St Aldhelm's Church, Poole BH13 6BT
Over 60 'real' trees decorated by charities, families and friends. Open every day 10am-8pm until 24 December when it closes at 5pm. Free entry. Seasonal refreshments available. Enjoy some quiet time and the glow and warmth of the trees.
Details via 01202 764420, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.st-aldhelm.com.
Saturday 7 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
Devizes Chamber Choir present ‘Saint Nicolas’ by Benjamin Britten, with carols for choir and audience at St John’s Church, Devizes. Tenor Rupert Bevan; Conductor David Dewar. £10 includes refreshments.
Contact Carole Jones: 01380 840338, email@example.com.
Sunday 8 December, 4.30pm: Advent and Christmas
West Gallery concert at St Nicholas’ Church, Abbotsbury.
A larger-sized church with a West Gallery; tickets are £5, including mulled wine and mince pie.
Details and tickets: 01305 871532.
Monday 9 December, from 7am
MenUnited (Wiltshire)’s Visit to the Houses of Parliament
One main commitment of MenUnited is to pray for the nation, including the Government. This visit will powerfully aid informed prayer. Cost: £20. Booking deadline: 15 October. Payment deadline: 1 November. The coach departs from Trowbridge at 7am.
Contact Geoff Kerbey: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 9 December, 8pm: CCJ
Gerald Normie speaks on 'Joseph and his Brothers' at The Murray Muscat Centre, Bournemouth BH1 1PW
Wednesday 11 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
Advent Concert at St Mary’s Devizes featuring the Dauntsey Choral Society with pupil soloists.Contact St Mary’s: email@example.com.
Friday 13 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
A Christmas Concert with Carols at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon, featuring Bradford on Avon Choral Society. Programme includes Pergolesi’s ‘Magnificat’, Bach’s Cantata BWV140 ‘Wachet Auf’ and traditional carols for choir and audience. Tickets £10 (half price for children).Contact Simon Little: 01225 864617, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 14 December, 10am-4pm: Diocesan Events
'Vocation day: God, Me and Ministry’ at Ivy House, Warminster. Cost £10.Further details from Andrea Dredge: email@example.com.
Saturday 14 December, 12:30pm: Social Justice
Violence against Women and Girls Vigil at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury
Everyone is most welcome.
Contact the Revd Jonathan Plows: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 17 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
The Magic of Christmas at St Thomas's Church, Salisbury, SP1 1BA
St John Singers’ annual ‘Magic of Christmas’ concert in St Thomas's Church, supporting local charity SWAN Advocacy (www.swanadvocacy.org.uk), with guest artistes the 'Sarum Six', a newly Salisbury-based male voice semi-professional vocal ensemble. Programme includes relevant Christmas extracts from Handel's Messiah. Tickets £10; children free.
Contact John Powell: 01722 335482.
Saturday 21 December, 11am: Advent and Christmas
The Bridport Nativity
Bridport becomes Bethlehem for the morning as the true message of Christmas is brought to the community amongst the Saturday morning market stalls. Adults and children dress up as magi, shepherds and angels, walk along East and South Street and arrive at Bucky Doo Square for a tableau. Mary and Joseph walk along West Street, knock on the door of an inn, and are sent away to the stable in Bucky Doo Square. Crowds gather in the square and watch the tableau as it unfolds, with narration, and sing carols with a band accompanying. There has always been a real young baby playing Jesus. The script introduces some modern elements to help the flow of the drama and make it suitable for all ages in the community. There is signing for the hard of hearing.
Free of charge; all welcome. In the event of adverse weather conditions, the performance will take place in St Mary’s Church, South Street at 11.15am.
Enquiries: 01308 897415.
Thursday 26 December, 11.30am-3pm: Advent and Christmas
Community Boxing Day Lunch at St George’s Church Hall, Oakdale
Free event by ticket only: all welcome.
Tickets: 01202 660612 or email@example.com.
Monday 6 January, 8.10pm: Bournemouth William Temple Association
‘Combining Science, Doubt and Faith’ at the Days Hotel, Bournemouth, with the Revd Dr John Morris, lecturer and author of ‘Contemporary Creed’. £4.50 entry.
Contact Miss J Campbell: 07964 044124, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 22 January: BU Chaplaincy Lectures
‘The cross of nails: the bombing of Coventry cathedral and the anti-war requiem’ at Bournemouth University Student Hall, Talbot campus BH12 5BB.
With Canon Dr Bill Merrington. Free lunch at 12.30pm followed by talk at 1pm; always finishes by 2pm.
Contact Bill Merrington: email@example.com.