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A Window on Winterbourne Abbas

by glynch — last modified 14 Sep, 2015 04:57 PM

Rededication of windows in Dorset village occasion a wholesome slice of rural church life

The congregation of St Marys', in Winterbourne Abbas, has enjoyed a ‘splendid’ Service of Rededication to celebrate the renovation of the church windows.

The Service was led by the Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse, Team Rector of Dorchester and the Winterbournes. Although the West Dorset village has a population of only 355, there was a capacity congregation bolstered by the wonderful Ridgeway Singers and Band, who performed the hymns and gallery songs under the direction of Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries. The church was filled with a rich carpet of worship underpinned by the amazing sound of a medieval serpent, an instrument related to the modern bassoon, played by Phil Humphries.

The William Barnes' poems in Dorset dialect, Vo'k a-comen and Linden Lea, were read by Joy Parsons with a wonderful Dorset accent and brought smiles from everyone.

A representative from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust presented a cheque for £4000 to the Revd Jean Saddington, Churchwarden Joy Parsons, and PCC Treasurer David Parsons

In true Diocese of Salisbury fashion, the congregation enjoyed a generous tea of homemade cakes and savouries afterwards!

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