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Updated Listing Sunday 24 June, 10am-5pm
Meet a Bell Ringer at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester DT2 8PY
The College's Open Day event of the year will feature a mini-ring - a mobile ring of bells where the public can see what goes on in a belltower and have a go at ringing the bells themselves.
Organiser Jane Pridmore said: "Bellringing is a truly rural art. In a church tower it is not possible to see the bells and what the bellringers are doing at the same time but with a mini-ring it all becomes clear.
"There will be a number of specialist teachers present on the day who will be demonstrating how it’s done and standing by to help anyone who would like to have a go."
"We are very grateful to Kingston Maurward College for inviting us."
The mini-ring comprises 6 bells and will be manned by members of the Dorset County Association of Church Bell Ringers (DCA).
There are about 30 portable rings of bells in existence but they are increasingly in demand for weddings and special celebrations where there is not a conventional belfry.
Leaflets and further information will be on display on the day.
Inquiries: .

Updated Listing Sunday 24 June
Choral Evensong with Laudamus at St Peter ad Vincula, Tollard Royal SP5 5PP
A special treat to celebrate Petertide! There will also be special floral displays. Join us at our beautiful church for a lovely summer evening, you will be very welcome.
Inquiries to Catherine Henderson via 01725 516353 or .

Updated Listing Wednesday 27 June, 10.30am-12noon: Charity Events
Come and enjoy a morning in a beautiful garden at Grove Farm House, Melbury Abbas SP7 0DE
Come and enjoy a wander, meet others, perhaps win the raffle, certainly be generous while helping the Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge to support families escaping from domestic abuse. ‘What’s domestic abuse?’ you ask. Our Committee members will be happy to help answer that question!
Shaftesbury Community Choir will be singing in the courtyard. Our coffee is excellent, as are our home made cakes, so please come and enjoy the morning.
Sorry, we can’t cope with dogs – lack of shade in the car parking area.
More details from Sara Jacson on 01747 853688.

Updated Listing Thursday 28 June, 7-8pm: Prayer Events
Praying Over Trowbridge at the Westbury White Horse, BA13 4TA
We'll meet in the carpark. We expect to be heading home at 8pm.
Inquiries to John Reynolds via .

Updated Listing Thursday 28 June, 7pm: Charity Events
Music for a Summer's Evening at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
Dauntsey's School Musicians and Choral Society invite you to come and enjoy a selection of serious and popular music will be performed by the chamber ensembles, female and mixed voice choirs and soloists.
Refreshments will be served after the concert.
Free admission, with retiring collection in aid of church funds.
Inquiries via 01380 830374 or .

Updated Listing Thursday 19 July, 7pm for 7.30pm: West Wiltshire Theology Group
'Inward Turns in the Church of England'
'talking up advancing, while all the while retreating' in Warminster School’s Boniface Hall.
With Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and internationally-renowned theologian and church commentator.
Poster here
Open to all – no admission charge. Donations towards costs invited.
West Wiltshire Theology Group was established to promote and engage people in the wide range of theological thinking. It is committed to open and questioning approaches in theology. It is open to all, whether members of a faith or of none.
For more information, email Harold Stephens: .

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June 2018

Friday 15 June, 6pm-10pm
Saturday 16 June, 12noon-11pm: Charity Events, Music
Dorset Midsummer Music Festival at Bulbarrow Hill, DT11 0HQ
A family-friendly music festival set in a natural amphitheatre in the heart of Dorset, raising funds for three local churches (Cheselbourne, Hilton and Melcombe Horsey) and Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Important Listing Friday 15-Sunday 17 June
The National Weekend of Invitation
When churches say “Be our guest”!
Follows on from 'Thy Kingdom Come'.
Briefing here

Saturday 16 June: Wholeness and Healing
‘Does God heal today and does He use me?’ at St Katharine’s Church, Holt BA14 6PZ
Jonathon Dyke and a team from Kingdom Faith Church
Main session: 9.30am-4pm
Evening of Worship and Ministry starts at 7pm.
Poster here
To book your free place, contact  or 01225 782717.

Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm: Music and Song
'Under an English Heaven' at St Martin's Church, Salisbury SP1 2HY
To mark the centenary of the death of Sir Hubert Parry, The Farrant Singers, conducted by Andrew Mackay, present a programme of 19th and 20th century music by English composers, such as Parry himself, Howells, Vaughan Williams and Francis Grier, as well as Michael Tippett’s Five Spirituals from A Child of our Time. They are joined by The Farrant String Ensemble with Simon Dinsdale on organ.
Inquiries to Jane Waddington via 01722 324731 or .

Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm
Chopin for a Summer’s Evening at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
Angela Brownridge has been called “one of the world’s finest pianists” (by the New York Times), and Edington Arts is delighted to welcome her for an evening of Chopin’s solo piano works. Expect passion, brilliance and emotion in equal measures.
Her programme includes ‘the greats’ including waltzes, polonaises, studies and the great Fantasy in F minor, her performance of it described by a French critic on a classical music internet site as “12 minutes of sheer perfection!”
Angela has been performing at the highest level all over the world for many years, starting as a child prodigy and earning a huge reputation as a Chopin ‘specialist’. We are truly privileged to be able to welcome her to Edington Priory Church.
Tickets are £20/ 15/ 10: free entry for 18-and-unders. Please book by 15 June!
Tickets from Chrissy on 01380 831256 or via . Full programme information is on the website at

Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm: WW1
Bournemouth Male Voice Choir at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
Winner of the Brighton Male Voice Choir competition 2017. It is over 90 years since their predecessors, the Bournemouth Labour Choir, joined with the Springbourne Male Voice Choir and gathered on the steps of Bournemouth Town Hall for their first performance as Bournemouth Male Voice Choir to sing at a reception held by the Mayor in 1922. Today The Choir is 60 strong, partly because of its modern approach to music and also complemented by recent recruitment drives where people were invited to "Learn to Sing" and join. The choir generally sing classical sacred music in the first half of their concerts, with a more popular slant to the second half. For this concert a section of the first half will contain a few songs relating to the First World War to complement the Abbey focus on this in 2018.
Tickets: Adult £12, Concessions £10, Under 18s £6.
Tickets for Milton Abbey Church events are available online here or by telephone at 01258 881235.
Main Programme here

Important Listing Sunday 17 June
Annual Sudan Fete at South Canonry, Salisbury SP1 2ER
Raising money for our Medical Link.
Save the date! More details ASAP.

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June, 11am-5pm
Farnham Open Gardens Weekend, DT11 8DE
More than eight village gardens, plus the village allotments open to look around. St Laurence Church open with floral displays. Free parking.
£5 per person, under 16's free. Refreshments available all day. In aid of local charities and Farnham Church.
Inquiries to Gill Baverstock via .

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June, 1-6pm
Puddletown Open Gardens, Puddletown DT2 8RX
Beautiful gardens, church tower tours, various stalls and children's quiz. Refreshments available from the Village Hall.
Inquiries: .

Sunday 24 June: WW1
Ringing Remembers
We have all heard the bells ringing out for a wedding, tolling for a funeral, sounding out a call to worship on a Sunday or, more topically, celebrating a royal wedding. It is woven into the fabric of our society. Bellringing is a British tradition and church bellringers are a friendly, inclusive community with people involved aged from 8 to 80 years of age, representing all faiths and none. 
During the First World War 1,400 ringers died. You can honour their memory by becoming one of the 1,400 new ringers who will be ringing across the nation for the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018. For a taster, come to an Open Day at Kingston Maurward, anytime between 10am and 5pm.
Briefing here
More info via , 0844 357 7533 or

Sunday 24 June, 11am
Come And Sing Songs Of Praise – your favourite hymns at St John the Baptist Church, Bere Regis BH20 7LH
Celebrate our saint, our parish, ourselves.
A ‘thank you’ to everyone who makes our village special. Raise your voice and then enjoy the coffee and cake!
Inquiries: 01929 471262.

Sunday 24 June, 4.30pm
Explore Together at Blandford Parish Church, DT11 7AD
Enabling people of all ages to explore together who God is, how we live life as Christians and what it means to be Church. Choose to explore through a variety of zones including Reflective, Creative, Active, Chat, Make, Drama and more. Followed by tea at 5.15pm.
Ongoing Facebook event page here
Future dates:
Sunday 22 July, 4.30pm
Sunday 26 August, 4.30pm
Sunday 23 September, 4.30pm
Sunday 28 October, 4.30pm
Sunday 25 November, 4.30pm

Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm
The Hiding Place at Devizes School, SN10 3AG
An amazing performance based on the life of Corrie Ten Boom, and her book 'The Hiding Place'.
For the first 50 years of her life nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to Corrie Ten Boom. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days revolved around their love for one another in one of the most captivating families ever caught between the covers of a book.
Yet out of the cauldron of the Second World War emerged one of the towering women of our time, with a message for everyone struggling to live a life of meaning in a world of turmoil. Its only when you've turned the last page that you'll realize that you have read more than a spellbinding adventure. You will have in your hands a key to your own deep questions.
Because of the nature of some scenes this performance is for 12+, otherwise all are welcome. Profits to Devizes Foodbank.
Tickets are £10. Book here
Inquiries to Revd Dr Keith Brindle via 01380 721441 or 07904 091671.
Church website here
Church Facebook here

Important Listing Wednesday 27 June, from 7pm: Sudans Link
Eye Opener Evening: Juba Diocesan Model Secondary School at St Francis’ Church, Salisbury SP1 3PN
Open meeting for all interested in Education in South Sudan.
Find out what is going on in JDMSS and how things are moving forwards.
Poster here
Refreshments from 7pm, for 7.30pm start.
Inquiries to Heydon David via .

Friday 29 June, 7.30pm
The Hiding Place at Bramshaw Village Hall, SO43 7JE
An amazing performance based on the life of Corrie Ten Boom, and her book 'The Hiding Place'.
The Ten Booms were a devoted Christian family who felt they couldn't just watch the devastating circumstances of the Jews, so they acted and set out on an incredible rescue mission. This led to Corrie and her sister being imprisoned in a concentration camp during the Second World War.
Tickets are £10. Supper will be served at 6.30ish before the performance, at no extra charge. Contact Katie Bacon on 01794 390256.

Saturday 30 June, 2-4pm
St John the Baptist Church Summer Fete at the Scout Hut, Bere Regis BH20 7LY
Bouncy Castle, Teas, Refreshments, Lots of exciting stalls
Any contributions of cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, home produce, books, tombola or raffle prizes would be most gratefully received.
Inquiries to Alison via .

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July 2018

Sunday 1 July, 11am-3.30pm: Charity Events
Countryside Fun Day at Westcourt Farm, Shalbourne SN83QE
Our PCC are having this event at Westcourt Farm to raise funds for St Michael and All Angels, our Church at Shalbourne. Car Boots, animals, country sports, bar, tea and food.
Bring dogs for Terrier/ Dog Racing. Jungle Bouncy Castle. Stalls. Nordic Walking, Archery and Target Shooting.
Inquiries to JJ Buxton via 01672 871399.

Sunday 1 July, 6pm
Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir was formed in 1972 to perform with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. The Choir has been independent since 1978 and has become one of the most highly regarded choirs in the south west of England.
Over the last few years, the Choir has also appeared abroad in Italy, Austria and Hungary. Its repertoire spans the 16th to the 21st centuries and its concerts range from small-scale a cappella programmes to performances of the great choral works.
In this special concert, we celebrate 1000 years of the life of Milton Abbey with music that spans this period, combining a number of choral favourites in a programme designed to make the most of the Abbey’s wonderful acoustic
A complete performance of Parry’s Songs of Farewell marks a local connection – Parry was born in Bournemouth.
Tickets: Adults £14, Under 18s £2.
Tickets for Milton Abbey Church events are available online here or by telephone at 01258 881235.
Main Programme here

Wednesday 4 July to Friday 31 August, 10am-5pm
'Athelstan’s Dream: A Saxon Tale' at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
Milton Abbey invites you to a free Summer Exhibition in the Abbey and St Catherine’s Chapel.
King Athelstan dreamed and then achieved the unification of mainland Britain. The Summer Exhibition traces Athelstan’s dream and the journey of this unification, showing how much of the Abbey’s heritage reveals the answer to many questions surrounding the mysteries relating to King Athelstan, the grandson of King Alfred the Great.
The location has a number of beautiful walks
For pupils aged between seven years and 11 years (KS2) the exhibition will cover a whole range of topics including: Discovering the Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Saxon Life, The Age of Heroes, Weapons of War, The Warrior King, Landscape and Farming, Language, House and home, Food and drink, Clothing, Art & jewellery, Transport, Trade, The Status of Women, Marriage, Children, Health & Hygiene, The influence of Anglo-Saxons on Literature today, King Athelstan’s Dream, The gift of a Minster and The Abbey today.
A “must see” for anyone with an interest in the Anglo-Saxons!
Media Release here
For more information on this and other events taking place at Milton Abbey, please click here or telephone 01258 881235.

Thursday 5 July, 6.30pm: Charity Events, Sudans Link
Soirée in Cranborne Manor, BH21 5PP
In aid of the Sudan Medical Link.
Save the date! More info soon.
Inquiries and advance tickets: .

Updated Listing Saturday 7 July: Bellringing
DCA Outing, South West Devon
Kingsbridge [Toilet] 10am Salcombe [T] 11.30am. Own arrangements for lunch! Loddiswell [TGF] 2.15pm, Churchstow 3.15pm, Kingston [GF] 4.30pm, Modbury [TGF] 5.30pm, 
ALL WELCOME, inquire via .

Saturday 7 July, 7pm
The Bournemouth Symphony Chorus in concert at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
The Chorus was founded as the Bournemouth Municipal Choir in 1911 by Sir Dan Godfrey to sing with his Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra which he had started in 1893. For many years, the Choir sang almost exclusively in Bournemouth, but in 1979, it became the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, working under the aegis of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
The Chorus has a membership of around 150 singers, and gives the majority of its concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. However, it has also performed regularly with other orchestras, and gives regular concerts independently, either a capella, with organ or small ensembles.
Poster here

Nave: Adult £16, Under 18s £11. 
Aisles: Adult £12, Under 18s £7.
Tickets for Milton Abbey Church events are available online here or by telephone at 01258 881235.
Main Programme here

Saturday 7 July, 7.30pm: WW1
The Angel and the Fallen: a concert at Salisbury Cathedral
Although World War One was a world war, most of the fighting was confined to a few key areas, which are usually referred to as the Western Front, the Eastern Front, the Italian Front, Gallipoli and the War at Sea. The concert will take the audience on a journey through these theatres to witness the sacrifice, destruction as well as the aftermath. The evening seeks to emphasise the tragic effects of war and honour our service personnel in the difficult tasks they faced then and still face to secure peace in our world.
Supporting the Band of the Scots Guards from the Household Division in London and brilliant soprano, Laura Wright, will be the English Youth Ballet and two of our city’s choirs (St John’s Singers and the Salisbury Junior Choir). Alastair Stewart will present the programme.
Tickets from £15 each, with all profits going to support the Royal British Legion, can be obtained here.

Saturday 14 July, 10.30am-2pm
St Thomas' Golden Summer Fair at St Thomas' Church, Ensbury Park BH10 5BN
St Thomas' Church is holding a 'Golden Summer Fair' to mark our 50th Anniversary. All the usual stalls and some new ones. Refreshments. Bouncy Castle. Please come and celebrate with us at this special event! You will be most welcome. Pay at the door.
Inquiries to Barbara Clark via  or 01202 772640.

Saturday 14 July, 2-5pm: Family Fun
Messy Games at Winterborne Stickland Sports Club, DT11 0NT
Free family fun day with children’s craft activities, face painting, cupcakes, ice cream, bouncy castle, obstacle course, spacehoppers, wacky races, water games, and lots more fun!
Inquiries to Toni Gregory via .

Saturday 14 July, 7pm: Live Theatre, Bible Events
The Greatest Story Ever Toured: The Bible Course Tour at the Lantern Church, Wimborne BH21 1SN
Comic and script writer Paul Kerensa (Miranda, Not Going Out, Top Gear) joins theologian Dr Andrew Ollerton to tour… the Bible.
The tour aims to highlight The Bible Course – an 8-session course that gives an overview of the Bible - and show how key events, books and characters fit together using teaching and humour. Why should comedians like Bill Bailey, Eddie Izzard and Woody Allen have all the fun?
Info and booking here

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July
Open Weekend at St Andrew’s Church, Leigh DT9 6HL
Activities and exhibits in the church on Saturday including This Farming Life - interview with 3 generations of farmers at 11am, Clipping the Church at 3pm.
Brunch from 11am, Cream teas from 3pm.
Sunday Open Air Service at 10.15am and, at 11.30am Luke Mouland’s Short History of Leigh.
Inquiries to Eddie Upton: .

Important Listing Sunday 15 July
‘Growing Together’: Rural Mission Sunday 2018

An opportunity to celebrate the life of the rural church. Rural Christians can and do make a real difference to their communities, and it’s important to stop, reflect on what we do and give thanks. We grow in our relationships with God and with each other; we engage in discipleship; and we share the good news. Resources include brief reflections, prayers and songs, and a suggested service outline. More here

Sunday 15 July
Walk for Parkinson’s at Wilton House, SP2 0BJ
We are hoping to encourage around 150 people to walk 2, 3 or 6 miles to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s UK.
You can find more information about the walk 
on our website.

Sunday 15 July, 2-5pm: Council of Christians and Jews
The Book of Daniel Chapter 12: Parkes Institute Study Afternoon at Dorchester House, Bournemouth BH8 8AS
Led by Dr Helen Spurling, Associate Professor in History at the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Helen Spurling again to lead the final session of our series of three Study afternoons on the Book of Daniel, organised through partnership between The Parkes Institute and the Council of Christians and Jews Bournemouth & Wessex.
Session 3 - Sunday 15 July: The Book of Daniel Chapter 12
Please note: It is necessary to register as handouts will be provided.
This Study afternoon is an opportunity not to be missed as a vital dialogue between Christians and Jewish people; we look forward to having an exciting and informative afternoon together.
Info and contact details here

Friday 20 July, 6pm
St Peter’s Church Pimperne welcomes Laudemus!
Cathedral-style Choral Evensong. Musical Director: Jeremy Jackman.
The service will include music by Orlando Gibbons, Jeremy Jackman and Felix Mendelssohn
Poster here
Inquiries to Alison Davies via .

Saturday 21 July
A Day with Butterflies and Moths at Hilfield Friary, Dorchester DT2 7BE
The day is led by Michael Sammes, who will set up moth traps the previous evening and give you the unique chance of being introduced to them from up close. After learning about their particular place in creation and how they contribute to their ecosystem, we will move on to butterflies. You will be invited to tour the extensive Friary grounds in the search of butterflies, and your records will then be fed into the national Big Butterfly Count!
Full details here

Saturday 21 July, 10am-4pm: Charity Events, Fairs and Fetes
13th Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car Display at Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL
Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers. 
The Stallholders will include:- Alweston Jam and Chutney Empire, Chocolate Arthouse, Devon Fishcakes, Dorset Blue Viney, Dorset Sea Salt Co., Fussels Fine Foods, Grownup Marshmallows, James’s Cheeses, James’s Forager Spirit, Lavender Blue Food Company, Liberty Cakes, Little Groves Nursery, Meat Free Martha, Oxfords’ Bakery, Reads Coffee Roasters, Percy’s Bakery, Simply Sprinkle, Somerset Cider Brandy Co., Somerset Charcuterie, Sri Lanka Spices, Tim Hurren’s Icecream Trike, Unusual Pork Pie Co., White Post Gate Honey, Wraxall Wines, Wyld Meadow Farm, and Yarty Cordials. 
A variety of interesting Vintage/Classic cars & motorbikes will be on display. 
Barbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider will be here! Entertainment includes children’s activities.
It will be opened by Katharine Wright of Dorset Food and Drink. 
This is proving to be a very successful show, AND will, of course, be in our amazing Village Hall. Please spread the word to your friends and relations – it really is a day NOT to be missed.
Proceeds go to Leigh Village Hall, The Hub, Yeovil and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh and other charities.
Adults £2, children under 15 Free.
Contact Elizabeth Turnbull on 01935 873846 or .

Saturday 21 July, 6.30pm
The Farrant Singers at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
This is a great opportunity to enjoy music from this excellent choir in the wonderful acoustic setting of Milton Abbey Historic Church. 
The concert will feature music spanning seven centuries from the 15th century right through to the 21st century and from seven countries: Portugal, Germany, Russia, America, France, England and Ireland. Composers whose works are being performed include Byrd, Parry, Rachmaninov and Eric Whitmore.
'The Farrant Singers is the longest-established chamber choir in Salisbury, with close links to the medieval city, the surrounding Wiltshire villages and the Cathedral, where the choir often sings the services in place of the Cathedral Choir.
Tickets: Adult £12, Under 18s £6.
Tickets for Milton Abbey Church events are available online here or by telephone at 01258 881235.
Main Programme here

Sunday 22 July, 4.30pm
Explore Together at Blandford Parish Church, DT11 7AD
Enabling people of all ages to explore together who God is, how we live life as Christians and what it means to be Church. Choose to explore through a variety of zones including Reflective, Creative, Active, Chat, Make, Drama and more. Followed by tea at 5.15pm.
Ongoing Facebook event page here
Future dates:
Sunday 26 August, 4.30pm
Sunday 23 September, 4.30pm
Sunday 28 October, 4.30pm
Sunday 25 November, 4.30pm

Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August
Individually-Guided Retreat at Michaelgarth, Tymawr Convent, Lydart NP25 4RN
This retreat, following the Ignatian tradition, offers the opportunity to meet one-to-one with your guide, Ali Green, to reflect each day on your experience through your stay. 
Michaelgarth, the guest house of Tymawr Convent, is set in its own peaceful garden, with plenty of nearby walks and quiet places in beautiful countryside.
If you wish, you can join the Sisters in the Convent chapel nearby for the midday Eucharist each day, and come together for a short time of shared silent prayer each evening. There will be plenty of time to relax, to enjoy the environment, to pray and to reflect.
Download the info sheet
The Revd Dr Ali Green is a priest in the Diocese of Salisbury, and has many years’ experience as a spiritual director, retreat guide and pilgrimage leader.
For more information, please contact Ali via .

Monday 30 July to Saturday 4 August 
International Music Festival – VOCES8 at Milton Abbey, DT11 0BZ
Performances throughout the week – details in the Music at the Abbey Programme, here.
VOCES8 is delighted to return to the idyllic surroundings of Milton Abbey for another week of glorious music-making. This year we commemorate the centenaries of the Armistice and the birth of Leonard Bernstein. The festival celebrates the joy of singing and plays host to an exciting cast of internationally recognised artists.
Tickets for Milton Abbey Church events are available online here or by telephone at 01258 881235.
Main Programme here

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August 2018

Sunday 26 August, 4.30pm
Explore Together at Blandford Parish Church, DT11 7AD
Enabling people of all ages to explore together who God is, how we live life as Christians and what it means to be Church. Choose to explore through a variety of zones including Reflective, Creative, Active, Chat, Make, Drama and more. Followed by tea at 5.15pm.
Ongoing Facebook event page here
Future dates:
Sunday 23 September, 4.30pm
Sunday 28 October, 4.30pm
Sunday 25 November, 4.30pm

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September 2018

Important Listing 1 September to 4 October 
Creationtide 2018
More info at

Updated Listing 6-9 and 13-16 September: Bellringing
Heritage Open Days 2018
You can search on Heritage Open Days on the Central Council website for information about previous years' bellringing involvement, links to articles about opening your tower, and so on.
The registration process is now quite simple. The earlier you apply the more likely you are to receive free promotional material from the Heritage Open Days team!
Click here to start searching

Important Listing Saturday 8 September
Ride+Stride 2018
Getting fresh air and exercise, seeing the sights AND raising funds for our historic churches.
Save the date!
Story here
Letter here
Main website here

Tuesday 11 September, from 7pm: Charity Events, Mothers' Union
Malawi to Salisbury at St Peter's Parkstone, BH14 0NN
A talk by Laura Kachale, Mothers' Union Salisbury Project Development Officer. Please join us for an interesting and social evening. Wine and canapés will be served. ALL ARE WELCOME.
No tickets; a suggested donation of £2.50 per person. Proceeds for Mothers' Union work in Wau, South Sudan.
Inquiries to Janet Everett via .

Wednesday 12 September, 9.30am-4.30pm
Science, Technology & Faith: A Rich Terrain for Church Engagement at Ripon College Cuddesdon, OX44 9EX
Science and technology are central to modern life, and can have profound effects on individuals and society, yet science and technology are rarely addressed directly by the Church. The idea that science and religion are at odds with each other has become widely accepted, creating a potential barrier to mission. The intersection of science, technology and faith thus provides a rich terrain for church engagement in today’s world.
This day conference for lay and ordained church leaders and RE teachers will provide opportunities to hear from experts in the field of science and religion, to take part in workshops on bringing together science, technology and faith in the life of the Church, and to network with others in ministry, all in the beautiful surroundings of the campus of Ripon College Cuddesdon.
Confirmed speakers include Alister McGrath (Oxford University), Jennifer Brown (Science Missioner), Lizzie Henderson (Faraday Institute) and Gillian Straine (Guild of Health & St Rafael)
Cost £15 (includes lunch)
Flyer here
To register interest, click here. Please provide your contact details and put ‘conference interest’ in the 'Your Message' box. Conference booking will open in March 2018.

Friday 14 September, 10am-4pm
Beyond Tea & Biscuits: Extending Hospitality at Sarum College, SP1 2EE
What do we mean by 'hospitality' and how do we faithfully and ethically welcome others?
This will be a day's workshop led by Jayme R Reaves on the theology of hospitality, focussing on biblical, historical, and contemporary examples of its practice.
Please book by 10 September, via Alison Ogden (, 01722 424826) or main reception (01722 424800)

Sunday 23 September, 4.30pm
Explore Together at Blandford Parish Church, DT11 7AD
Enabling people of all ages to explore together who God is, how we live life as Christians and what it means to be Church. Choose to explore through a variety of zones including Reflective, Creative, Active, Chat, Make, Drama and more. Followed by tea at 5.15pm.
Ongoing Facebook event page here
Future dates:
Sunday 28 October, 4.30pm
Sunday 25 November, 4.30pm

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October 2018

2-13 October: Pilgrimages
Holy Land Pilgrimage 
with the Revd Philip Bromiley
Places are now available. Save the dates!
"The Holy Land continues to be in good heart and continues to rely heavily on the visit of pilgrims to its holy sites. A small contingent are already travelling from the Calne and Durrington areas, so if you fancy joining me to visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee, please do get in touch."
Inquire and book via .

Important Listing Saturday 6 October, 9.30-4pm: Salisbury-Sudans Link 
'The LORD is my light and my salvation*': Sudans Day 2018 at Shaftesbury School
Update on the current social and political situation in Sudan and South Sudan. Deanery links presentations, and update on the work of the Sudan Committee.
Poster here
Booking: email  or tel: 01963 23726.
*Ps 27: The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

7-12 October 2018: Retreats
'Peaks, Shallows and Deeps': Lakeside reflections on Christian discipleship today
A guided holiday retreat hosted by the Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy.
How can we refresh our discipleship and be willing to move forward on our journey of faith? How can we cope with changes in ourselves, our circumstances, the church and the world? In what ways can we let God breathe new life into us when our spirituality feels tired or stuck, especially as we get older? These are some of the questions we hope to address in this holiday retreat. 695 Euros full board.
Poster herefull details here

Important Listing 7-14 October
World Homeless Week 2018
A chance to celebrate everything that churches and communities do to help homeless people. It is an opportunity to support and encourage one another. It is also a time to consider what more we can do to help.
Info and resources here

Important Listing Saturday 13 October
‘More Than Belonging’: the Germinate Conference 2018 at The Welcome Centre, Coventry CV1 2HG
Keynote speakers Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, Revd Claire Maxim, CEO, Germinate. Early Bird rate £50 including lunch and refreshments.
Info and booking

Sunday 28 October, 4.30pm
Explore Together at Blandford Parish Church, DT11 7AD
Enabling people of all ages to explore together who God is, how we live life as Christians and what it means to be Church. Choose to explore through a variety of zones including Reflective, Creative, Active, Chat, Make, Drama and more. Followed by tea at 5.15pm.
Ongoing Facebook event page here
Future dates:
Sunday 25 November, 4.30pm

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November 2018

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November: WW1 Centenary
'They Went to War': a Nadder Valley Remembrance concert in Dinton Village Hall, SP3 5EB
An evening of music, song, readings and poetry of the First World War, featuring General Sir Jack Deverell, the Wilton Royal British Legion Band and the ‘Valley Choir’ from Fovant.
The evening celebrates the service of the men and women of the Nadder Valley who went to war in 1914 and to commemorate the lives of those who didn’t return.
Tickets will be available Wednesday 1 August 2018. Dinton Village Hall has capacity seating for about 200, so book early!
Flyer here
Briefing here
Inquiries to Paul Cordle via 01747 820635, 07780 683746 or .

Important Listing Saturday 3 November
Blended- the National Fresh Expressions Conference 2018 at Ely Cathedral, CB7 4DL
The Diocese of Ely are delighted to be hosting the fourth National Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference, which this year will feel more like a festival. 
Based in Ely Cathedral and surrounding buildings, ‘Blended’ will have an immersive, interactive and experiential feel. It will explore how Inherited Church and New Christian Communities can partner together. Booking will open later in the year. 
Save the date! Look out for more details at and

Important Listing Sunday 11 November, 7pm: WW1 Centenary
'Ringing Out for Peace'
is part of the 'Battle’s Over' day-long, commemoration of the end of the First World War taking place throughout the UK.
WW1 Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war. Then at 7.05pm we are asked to join in with ringing church bells.
Bellringing inquiries via .

Sunday 25 November, 4.30pm
Explore Together at Blandford Parish Church, DT11 7AD
Enabling people of all ages to explore together who God is, how we live life as Christians and what it means to be Church. Choose to explore through a variety of zones including Reflective, Creative, Active, Chat, Make, Drama and more. Followed by tea at 5.15pm.
Ongoing Facebook event page here

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December 2018

Important Listing Thursday 6 December: Children’s Society
The 50th anniversary of the first UK Christingle at Salisbury Cathedral
Save the date! More info to come.
What is Christingle? Find out here

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