News and Media

Innovative partnership nationally recognised for its work in the community

The Growing Faith Foundation has selected the Sherborne and Shaftesbury Schools Young Leaders project to be one of 12 national learning Hubs and will support & resource them to share their project in North Dorset and beyond in 2023 and 2024.

EV Charging Point installation pilot

The National Giving Team and Parish Buying are looking for 30 churches to take part in an Electric Vehicle Charging Point Pilot, before expanding to a national offer. Do you know churches which might be suitable and want to take part? 

Celebrating the Coronation Weekend Webinar for Parishes

The Church of England is hosting a webinar that is specifically targeted at parishes and explores ways in which you can take part in the Coronation Weekend programme, no matter the level of resource you may have, on Thursday 9 March, 11:00 – 12:00.

Virtual PSA Course: CREative REinspiring RE Conference: 21 March 23

This CRE-ative, RE-inspiring Conference is hosted by Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education but created by a Working Party from Wiltshire, Dorset and Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole SACRES. Content is suitable for all teachers and leaders of RE no matter where you are teaching. 

Modern Slavery and Safeguarding Refugees Training Courses

The Clewer Initiative are running free online awareness raising sessions on modern slavery and safeguarding for those hosting and volunteering with refugees. These will be delivered by Becca Faal and Helen Styles (safeguarding consultants for TCI). 

School helps pupils reflect on life’s big questions

How did you create the world? Is the Bible real or fiction? Why doesn’t God cure illnesses? How did you create me? How do you listen to everyone praying? If you are real, do atheists go to heaven? These are some of the big questions asked by pupils St Mary’s CE Middle School in Puddletown’s reflection day last week. 

Revd Andrew Evans steps down as Rural Dean after fifteen years

After serving his community as Rural Dean for an amazing fifteen years, Revd Andrew Evans has stepped down from his much respected position as Rural Dean in the Faith in our Village team, but will remain Rector for the three churches of St. Mary’s Broughton Gifford, All Saints Great Chalfield and St. Katharine’s Holt. 

Special service to mark fifth anniversary of the 'Salisbury Incident'

A civic service at St Thomas, Salisbury will be taking place this Sunday (5 March at 10.15am).   Although Charter Sunday is an annual occasion celebrating community life, this year the service will mark the fifth anniversary of the 'Salisbury Incident'.  Among those present and speaking will be the Lord-Lieutenant, and representatives of public health, local authority and army and Bishop Stephen will be preaching.  All are welcome.

“Life changing and life enhancing” lay pioneers course

“Challenging and transforming.” “Enlightening.” “Life changing and life enhancing.” “Inspiring.” These are just a few of the comments made by students who just completed the first cohort of the Diocese’s course to train lay pioneers.

New Director of Education appointed

Katie Fitzsimmons has been appointed to succeed Canon Joy Tubbs, who is retiring. Katie will move from the Diocese of Truro to take up the new post from September.

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