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Quiet Space Opens in Dorchester

by Michael Ford last modified 19 Aug, 2011 01:10 PM

Assembled guests from the local community, civic and faith representatives, including the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, celebrated the opening of The Quiet Space in Poundbury, Dorchester on Saturday 23 July.

Quiet Space Opens in Dorchester

The Mayor of Dorchester, Tess James, cuts the cake at the Opening Ceremony for the Poundbury Quiet Space

The Revd Grenville Overton, Chair of Churches Together in Dorset and Baptist Church Leader, reflected that the world is full of news of war and hard times, and people need somewhere to find peace. He unveiled a plaque donated by Grassbys, the local stone-masons. The plaque says simply:

‘Be still and know that I am God,’ a quotation from Psalm 46.

Canon Harold Stephens, Chair of the Quiet Space Trustees and rector of the Dorchester Benefice said, “This phrase sums up what the Quiet Space is about.  Our local churches realised that there is an increasing need for a place where people can come to take ‘time out’ from the busy world and just sit quietly and reflect on life.”

The Space will provide an oasis of peace and tranquility for all in its walled garden and adjoining building.

The Warden of the Quiet Space, the Revd Geoff Turnock, commented that  whilst The Quiet Space building, which includes a large Quiet Room, is ready for use, the garden is still a ‘work in progress’. An attractive new garden, designed by James Foster-Pegg of Poundbury Gardens, will be planted over the coming months.

Volunteer Companions will keep an unobtrusive eye on the garden and buildings and be available to assist and welcome those who visit.

Following  the Official Opening, the Quiet Space will open for two afternoons a week in August with wider availability from September.

Each of the Trustees represents one of the participating churches including: Dorchester Baptist Church, Dorchester Community Church, Fordington Methodist Church,  Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, The (Church of England) Benefice of Dorchester, The Society of Friends, The United Church, (United Reformed  Church & Methodist),  together with a representative from Churches Together in Dorset.
The Quiet Space is supported by the Aldhelm Mission Fund.
The Quiet Space will not be available for public hire and is not licensed for weddings.
From Thursday 1 September, normal opening hours will be 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Churches Together in Dorset brings together the Christian churches throughout Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole to work together in communities across the county.
The Quiet Space is a Registered Charity:  No 1129428.
Donations for the work of the centre will be gratefully received by the Treasurer, Mr Doug Holt via the Parish Office, Alexander Road , Dorchester.

Further information contact
Penny Jackson: 01305 259969

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