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June 2019

Monday 17 June, 7.30pm
Fortress Britain at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
A key driver for Britain leaving the EU is the perception that immigration is out of control. As the UK renews itself on the European and world stage we welcome Ben Ryan, Head of Research at the Theos Think Tank, to explore ethical bases for immigration and refugee policies.
More here
Inquiries to Hugh Bonsey via 01935 812749 or .

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm
SANSARA sing Music of the Spires at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
SANSARA is the award-and-prize-winning choral ensemble described by Peter Phillips as "The a capella sound of the future". The concert is part of their hugely well-received series 'Music of the Spires', from polyphony to contemporary, programmed from Oxford University's libraries. Book by Friday 21 June, or add £2 per ticket at the door.
Inquiries to Sue Lowery via 01380 871549 or .

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm
Dorset Police Male Voice Choir: Summer Concert in Wimborne Minster
Musical Director is Dr Jane Oakland with Accompanist Sue Stein.
The Concert is part of the Minster’s Fundraising Campaign and tickets £8.00 each will be available in the Minster Shop (inside the Minster), The Parish Office in Church House (next to the Minster) and at Square Records. They will also be available on the door.
Inquiries via Anthony Oliver (01202 888703, ).

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm
Music of the Spires at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
Edington Arts welcomes the brilliant young a capella choir SANSARA to perform music from Oxford University's libraries, including Tallis, Fayrfax, Sheppard, Weir and Galvani.
Programme and ticket information
Inquiries to Chrissy Allanson-Baliley (01380 831256) or Sue Lowery ().

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm
Pietà at Lighthouse Poole, BH15 1UG
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus proudly presents the world premiere of Pietà, a major cantata commissioned from Richard Blackford [President of the BSC]. A powerful setting of the Stabat Mater for soprano, baritone, strings and saxophone, with additional poems by the Russian Anna Akhmatova embracing the theme of a mother’s love for her son, performed by distinguished soloists who join the Chorus, the BS Youth Chorus and the BSO under Gavin Carr, the work’s dedicatee.
Poster here

Monday 24 June
Beating Retreat at Old Sarum Castle, Salisbury
The first ever ‘Beating Retreat’ will be held at the iconic Old Sarum Castle by Salisbury-based Armed Forces charity Alabaré. Featuring The Royal Artillery Band, this spectacular military ceremony will mark the start of National Armed Forces week in Salisbury.
Join Alabaré’s Home for Veterans patron Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC for a combination of spirited marches, traditional and contemporary tunes as well as poignant and evocative anthems of special significance to our fighting forces everywhere. 
For further details and to get your tickets, please visit

Thursday 27 June, 6pm: Sarum Concern for Israel-Palestine
Palmusic UK Ensemble at Salisbury Methodist Church
With Iyad Sughayer, Omar and Tibah Saad, and Lourdina Baboun
Poster here
Tickets: Adults £12 online, £14 on the door, under-25s £8 online, £10 on the door.
The proceeds will go in support of Palmusic UK projects, including UK Scholarship Fund.

Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June
Flower Festival at St Peter’s Church, Parkstone
The Festival’s theme will tie in with the church’s patron and features the sea, with water, fishing, boats and more. In addition to flowers, a photographic exhibition of Poole, music, and a competition for children of ‘a garden on a baking tray’ will be on offer.
Festivals are excellent opportunities to open churches, display the work of gifted people, and make the venue an unforgettable joy. It also might introduce new visitors to a building in a way which means a second visit is more likely later.
Contact is 01202 462867.

Important Listing 29 and 30 June
Ordinations 2019

New priests and deacons will arrive in our Diocese at Salisbury Cathedral at the end of the month. Dates and times are Saturday 29 June at 4.30pm for the Priesting, and Sunday 30 June at 10.30am for those to be made Deacon.
You are welcome to attend either or both of these joyous occasions. If you have any queries, please email Sally Ruffer.

Saturday 29 June, 10.30am-2.30pm
Cursillo in the South West of England: South West Area Ultreya and Meeting at Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall, SN14 6DE
Come and find out more about Cursillo, enjoy fellowship with others and hear National Spiritual Director Revd Stephen Bowring share his ideas for the future.
Stephen was commissioned as National Spiritual Director on 18 May. All Cursillistas and pre-Cursillistas from the South West are welcome to this event.
Lunch will be provided – a small donation towards the cost of food would be appreciated.
British Anglican Cursillo (website is a movement of the Church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and enabled to share Gods love with everyone. The South West area covers the dioceses of Bath and Wells, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Oxford, Salisbury and Truro.
Please notify Angela Smith, South West Area Rep (email  by 22 June) if you are able to attend.

Saturday 29 June, 2-5pm
Francis and Jill Chadwick invite you to a Garden Party at 15 The Green, Poulshot SN10 1RP 
(the home of Tim and Juliet Gravina)
Come and enjoy Tea, Scones and Cakes and relax in this large country garden.
Donations in aid of the Bishop Jackson School for Orphans & Poor Families in Kasese West Uganda. Thanks to your continuing support the School has educated hundreds of children since 2011. 545 pupils are on roll this year.
Initial queries to Julia Taylor via .

Saturday 29 June, from 2pm
The World Premiere of 'Go, Goliath!' at St Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis
‘Go, Goliath!’ by Nick Brown and Simon Ford is an exciting new semi-staged musical work for a massed choir of children and adults. It tells the biblical story of David and Goliath.
The world premiere will be a ‘come & sing’ event on Saturday 29 June, with St Michael’s Children’s Choir, Devon County Junior Choir, and professional narrator Daniel Rudge (bass).
Poster here
There will be a rehearsal from 2 to 4pm. If you would like to take part, please register by emailing Alex Davies at .
The performance is at 5pm.  Free entrance, with retiring collection.
After the performance there will be a fundraising hog-roast supper behind the church, overlooking the sea, in aid of the church tower appeal.
Inquiries via Kate Gunn (, 01297 792796, 07922 761968).

Saturday 29 June, 6.30-9.30 pm
Hymns and Pimms Evening at Millcroft, 1 Mill Close, Bulkington
Including singing by Seend Choir AND the Keevil Choir (not to mention ‘The Dog Collar Singers’), with the opportunity for everyone to join in.
Tickets are available from Sue Rose (01380 871655) and Sue Noad (01380 870343). They cost £10, to include a glass of Pimms, barbecue and strawberries and cream.

Saturday 29 June, 6.30pm: Climate Friendly BOA Swift Group
An illustrated talk by Jonathan Pomroy, author of 'On Crescent Wings',
 at the Quaker Meeting House, Bradford on Avon
Followed by a walk to see swifts.
Poster here
£5 (£3 for talk only) 
Booking essential, email .

Sunday 30 June, 10am-4.30pm: Climate Friendly BOA Swift Group
An exhibition of paintings and book signing by Jonathan Pomroy, author of 'On Crescent Wings',
 at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon
There will be a short talk about sketching Swifts at 3pm. Refreshments. FREE ADMISSION.
Inquiries: .

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July 2019

Monday 1 July, 7pm
Eye Opener Evening: Juba School at St Francis’ Church, Salisbury SP1 3PN
You are invited to this open meeting for all interested in Education in South Sudan when you’ll be able to hear up to date news of the Juba Diocesan Model Secondary School and of the situation in South Sudan.
The meeting will start at 7.30pm with refreshments served from 7pm.
Flyer here
Juba School website here

Monday 1 July 7.30pm
Insight Lecture: The Cost of Care at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
With an ageing population, and an increasing list of treatable conditions, the NHS has come under huge pressure.
Ron Martin, lead chaplain of Dorchester County Hospital, will help us unpack the real costs of care, including the question: What must we spend for our health service to meet our needs?
Info and booking
Inquiries to the Revd Hugh Bonsey via 01935 812749.

Saturday 6 July, 7pm
Canzonetta at the Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EJ
An uplifting musical summer evening listening to the glorious voices of Canzonetta, a Dorset-based nine piece ladies ensemble, in the beautiful surroundings of Salisbury Cathedral. Canapés and a glass of wine or juice served in the cloister post-concert, all proceeds to Salisbury Hospice.
Inquiries to Lesley Williams via .

Friday 12 July, 7pm
Broadway Comes To Branksome at St Aldhelm's Parish Hall, Branksome BH13 6BT
A musical that features songs from the decades. It is brought to you by the St Aldhelm's Players.
Inquiries to the Office via 01202 764420.

Friday 12 July, 7.30pm
Lou Fellingham Live at St Mark's Church, Salisbury SP1 3DL
St Mark’s Salisbury are delighted to be hosting Lou Fellingham Live. This will be a night of worship, suitable for all. Whether your thing is singing along or just listening, come and enjoy some inspiring melodies, wrapped around God-exalting lyrics, and performed by a first-class band.
Tickets (£10 adults, £5 under 16s) can be purchased online.
Inquiries: .

Saturday 13 July, 12-3pm
Summer Fair at St Aldhelm's Parish Hall, Branksome BH13 6BT
The Fair is set in the Parish Hall and the Vicarage side garden. It will feature a slide and bouncy castle for the children and there will be two children's choirs performing together with an assortment of tables displaying items for sale.
Inquiries to the Office via 01202 764420.

Saturday 13 July, 7pm
More Tea Vicar? An audience with Frank Williams at St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
Frank Williams played the vicar in Dad's Army and the church in the programme was called St Aldhelm's. The writer of the series grew up in the area and it is thought that he modelled the character in the series on Arthur Courage, the verger here for 40+ years until 1969.
Tickets from
Inquiries to the Office via  or 01202 764420.

Monday 15 July, 7.30pm
Post-Modern Mission at the Digby Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3NL
How can ‘Mission’ take place in a post-modern, relativistic world where all stories and truths must be given equal weight and value?
We welcome the Revd Duncan Dormor, CEO of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) to help us explore these questions.
Info and booking
Inquiries to the Revd Hugh Bonsey via 01935 812749 or .

Saturday 20 July, 10am-4pm
Leigh Food Fair at Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL
The food fair and vintage/classic car display returns for its 14th year with a wonderful selection of stall holders selling a wide array of excellent local produce.
A variety of interesting Veteran/ Classic cars and motorbikes will be on display. Car owners are not charged to enter the show, AND get 2 tickets per car to allow them free access into the Food Fair! There will be barbecued hamburgers and sausages, refreshments, ice cream, beer and cider, and children’s activities.
£2 adults, under-15s free.
Full info here

Saturday 20 July, 7.30pm
Bournemouth Male Voice Choir in Concert at St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome BH13 6BT
Free Concert by the well-respected Choir: retiring collection.
Drinks available at the concert. Come and listen to the best male choir in the area!
This is our last event celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our church.
Inquiries to Ray Beverley via 01202 764420 or .

Tuesday 30 July
D-Day Wing Walking in aid of Veterans, near Cirencester
Join Alabaré Homes for Veterans for our commemorative Wing Walking Experience, where 50 brave fundraisers will be taking to the skies to mark the 75th anniversary since the D-Day Landings.
Poster here
This is an extraordinary opportunity to take flight in a 1940s Boeing Stearman.
Each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship for Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans. Your support will make a huge difference to the lives of homeless men and women who have served this Country.
Join us for one of the most amazing and exhilarating flying experiences of a lifetime.Location: RFC Rendcomb Airfield, The Whiteway, Cirencester GL7 7DF
Event Contact: .

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August 2019

10 -18 August
Hilfield Youth Camp at Hilfield Friary, Dorset DT2 7BE
This camp has run for over 40 years and provides a real opportunity for teenagers, aged 13 -18 (school year 8 to 13) to explore faith, questions and doubts in a fun and safe environment.
The camp is run by a team of volunteers, and individuals or groups of young people come from all over the country to camp in the Friary grounds.
All the participants get fully involved in all aspects of the camp, such as cooking, planning and helping lead worship. There are also lots of activities throughout the week, including trips, games, and creative workshops.
If you or any young people or parents would like further information or to book a place, take a look at the website or get in touch via .

Sunday 18 to Sunday 25 August
The 64th Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
'Laudate Dominum!' is the theme for this year's festival, which explores the relationship between worship and aspects of our daily lives - education, science, and of course music. Full music details online.
NO bookings - free and unticketed.
Inquiries to Anne Curtis or Peter Roberts (01380 831425, )

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September 2019

10-14 September 2019: Retreats
A Lundy Journey
A special retreat on a unique island.
You are invited to experience with us the natural beauty, rich wildlife, quiet and stillness of this remote granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel. Come prepared to walk, meditate, sing, cook and eat together and enjoy the creativity of a shared retreat, whatever your personal spiritual path.
There are 12 places available at Millcombe House, with both single, double and twin rooms.
Costs: £500 for single room, £425 for a bed in a twin room, £800 for double room (ie, £400
each, sharing a double bed)
Flyer and booking form here
For further information please email Ali () or Sue ().

Saturday 14 September, 9.45am onwards: RSCM
Bob Chilcott Workshop at Portsmouth Cathedral, PO1 2HH
Whether you are young or old, an experienced chorister who can read music fluently or are new to choral singing, we welcome you to this opportunity to enjoy a day singing in the glorious acoustic of Portsmouth Cathedral. Enjoy an exciting range of new and known repertoire and brush up your vocal technique under the inspiring leadership and direction of Bob Chilcott.
Book here
Inquiries to Rachael Newman via .

Sunday 15 September, 6pm
Deanery Service of Evensong at Holy Cross Church, Seend 
Preacher: The Rt Rev’d Andrew Rumsey, Bishop of Ramsbury.
Initial inquiries to Julia Taylor via  or 01380 830641.

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October 2019

Important Listing Saturday 5 October, 9.30am-4pm
Faithfulness shall Flourish: Sudans Day 2019 at Shaftesbury School, SP7 8ER
A key annual event in the life of this Diocese, with updates on the current social and political situation in Sudan and South Sudan, the new Episcopal University, Deanery links presentations, and the work of the Sudans Committee.
Poster here
Booking: email  or tel 01963 23726.

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November 2019

Important Listing Monday 4 November 2019, from 9.45am: Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship
'The Challenge of Teaching Heaven and Hell in the 21st Century' at St Francis Church, Salisbury SP1 3PN
With the Reverend Johnny Jukes, President of Oak Hill Theological College.
Inquiries to the Revd Peter Breckwoldt via  or 01202 886551.

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March 2020

Friday 13 March to Friday 20 March, 2020
The River Were Benefice Lenten Retreat at the Bishops House on the Isle of Iona, Scotland PA76 6SJ
The Revds Jacques Desrosiers and Liz Smith will be leading the retreat, travelling by coach and ferries.
The £650 cost includes accommodation.
Inquiries to Sheila Pomeroy via .

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