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by Michael Ford last modified 21 Jan, 2020 11:58 AM

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Updated Listing Saturday 25 January, 8am—10.30am
The Big Breakfast at Hawkchurch Village Hall
Inquiries: .

Updated Listing Sunday 26 January, 9am–2.00 pm
The Big Breakfast at Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall
Inquiries: .

Updated Listing Thursday 30 January
'Biblical Leaders: All Too Human' at Sarum College, Salisbury SP1 2EE
Leaders aren't perfect; neither are characters in the Bible. This course inspires us to reflect on leadership, then and now.
Book ASAP to avoid disappointment!

Updated Listing Saturday 1 February, 10am
Healing in the Steps of Jesus at Guildford Cathedral, GU2 7UP
This day conference is open to all wanting to explore the Christian healing ministry.
With two keynote speakers, including Bishop James Newcome (Patron of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation), and Rev Paul Harcourt (National Leader of New Wine), the day will be accompanied by three TED-style talks.
Please book by Friday 31 January!

Updated Listing Tuesday 11 February, 7.30—9pm
‘Formation’; finding the Divine and expressing faith through poetry at St Mary’s Church Hall, West Moors BH22 0JF
Poetry has a funny way of getting under your skin and connecting heart and head in joyous, life-giving and challenging ways.
We hope this evening will lead you on a journey filled with joy and challenge as local poet and priest, Revd Ruth Wells, explores her own faith formation through performance poetry, threaded with theological reflection.
Flyer here
With drinks and nibbles and a time for fellowship together. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Contact: , 01202 894913.

Updated Listing Saturday 22 February, 10am
‘The Big Green Event’ in Exeter Cathedral
A one-day festival of thought and action to join up faith and the environment and inspire us to make a difference.
Keynote Speaker: the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and lead bishop for environmental affairs
Workshops and presentations include those by Br Clark Berge SSF, Guardian of the Friary of St Francis and the Hilfield Community at Hilfield, Dorset.
Full details and booking

Updated Listing Monday 24 February, 7pm
All the churches in the Golden Cap Team Benefice warmly invite you to the Licensing Service of the Revd Chris Martin as our new Team Rector at St Andrew's Church, Charmouth.
The service will be led by the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne.
The more the merrier!
Contact the Revd Ginny Luckett on .

Updated Listing Tuesday 25 February, 10 – 11.30am
Pancake Party at St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis
The Congregation invites you for Pancakes and Coffee in the Church Hall.
10 – 11.30am Raffle
Donations for St Michael’s Church and the Get Together Club would be welcomed!
Inquiries: .

Updated Listing Saturday 7 March
The Youth Evangelism Conference in Bristol
A great place for equipping and empowering adults and young people.
If previous years are anything to go by, it should be a cracker!
Website link here

Updated Listing Saturday 21 March, 2.30pm
The Bouterey-Ishido Cello/Piano Duo at the Priory Church, Edington BA13 4QN
Continuing Edington Arts' association with the global musical powerhouse IMS-Prussia Cove, two of the stars of the 2019 masterclasses come to perform Beethoven, Faure and more. These two young brothers are already building an international reputation, and have a special sibling musical relationship. Concert followed by tea and cakes.
Please book by 20 March via Anne Curtis (, 01380 831425).
www.edingtonarts.org

Updated Listing 27-30 April
The On Fire Mission annual conference at High Leigh, Hoddesdon EN11 8SG
With Bishop Bev Mason and Simon Rundell.
Fancy 4 days of Spirit-filled worship, inspiring teaching and practical workshops? Want to meet with others in ministry who really ‘get it’? Need to re-charge and nurture your own faith or reinvigorate your walk with God? Looking for resources and skills to equip you for ministry in your context?
Book online as soon as possible - only a few places remaining!

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January 2020

Tuesday 21 January, 7pm
Church Unity Week 2020 at St Edward's School, Parkstone
An evening of talks and prayers on Christian unity.
In a world increasingly divided, we hear a call.
Guest speaker: Bishop Karen.
The event is free. 
Please register ahead of time.

Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm
The Revd Dr Ian Terry will reflect on his visit to Yad Vashem at Bournemouth Reform Synagogue, BH1 3PA
Dr Terry was part of the 2019 group that spent ten days (16-26 September) in Jerusalem as part of a seminar based at Yad Vashem. He will spend an evening reflecting with us on the seminar and also on the Church of England’s seminal book, ‘God’s Unfailing Word’. He was in Birmingham for the launch and will summarise for us the fresh guidelines from the Church of England for furthering good relationships between Jews and Christians.
Info and booking

Saturday 25 January, 8.30-10.30am
MenUnited Men's Breakfast at Trowbridge Rugby Club, BA14 6JB
Guest Speaker: the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells
The 3 threads of Bishop Peter’s ministry are care for the environment, encouraging children and young people, and supporting the Homeless and most vulnerable in our society. He has a mission to take the Church out into the community. 
It’s going to be a great morning!
Please book by 20 January

Important Listing Saturday 25 January, 9.45am for 10am start (finishing at 12noon)
Involved or interested in Messy Church?
The South Cotswolds and North Wiltshire Team invite you to a Messy Meet Up! 
Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall, SN14 6DE 
All welcome, whether you are from North Wiltshire or not, come along for networking, workshops, fellowship and prayer. Refreshments provided! 
For more information, .

Saturday 25 January, 10am-4pm
Children and Families Ministry Conference at Moorlands College, Christchurch BH23 7AT
A one–day conference to help you enhance your church’s work with primary-age children and their families. You’ll be encouraged in your quest to see nurture and discipleship, both in church and in the home, being part of your planning and vision in your ministry. Whether you sometimes help out with Sunday School, or work full-time with primary-age children and their families, this day is for you.
Tickets for the whole conference are just £15 each, or 5 tickets for the price of 4. Please bring along your own lunch for the day.
Full info and booking here

Saturday 25 January, 10.30am-2.30pm
British Anglican Cursillo South West Area Meeting at St Mary Magdalene Church, Hullavington SN14 6DU
All Cursillistas in the South West, whether active in Group Reunions or not are welcome to attend the South West Area Meeting. 
The talk at this meeting will be the Cursillo Rule of Life led by Rev Alastair Davies (Bristol Cursillo SD) and Rev Tony Price (Oxford Cursillo SD).
Poster here
After refreshments the meeting will start with a Floating Group Reunion.
Lunch will be provided: small donations towards costs welcome.
Please  if you would like to attend.

Sunday 26 January, 2-4.30pm
Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee Annual Commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day at Lighthouse Poole, BH15 1UG
With Holocaust survivor Henry Schachter and Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill.
A free event.
Info and booking

Sunday 26 January, 3pm
Organ Recital on the recently installed, historic 1824 ‘Buckingham’ instrument at St Mary’s Church, Winterborne Stickland DT11 0NT
A short recital by Graham Scott, followed by refreshments.
Tickets £5, children free.
Poster here
Initial inquiries to Richard D'Silva via .

Sunday 26 January, 3-4.15pm
Remembrance of the Holocaust in Words and Music at Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HT
Testimonies of survivors will be heard and songs drawn from the Holocaust will be sung by the Canadian singers Ramona Carmelly, Robert de Vrij and Jon Morrell. Ramona is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor whose story was told in the Minster last year.
Ruth Fazal, the violinist and composer of 'Oratorio Terezin' and 'Ezekiel - Out of Exile' will play her violin.
Tea will be served afterwards in Church House.
Info and booking

Sunday 26 January, 4pm
Rededication of Bells at St Mary's Church, Lytchett Matravers
The Bells will be rededicated by The Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne. Simon Adams from John Taylor & Co Bell Foundry will be handing over the newly overhauled Bells. The service will conclude with the Bells being formally handed from John Taylor & Co to Bishop Karen then to Rev Stephen Partridge then to Tower Captain Debbie Phipps.
This will be followed by refreshments and Open Ringing.
This service is open to everyone and is an opportunity to really welcome our newly restored bells and fittings.
Inquiries to Debbie Phipps via .

Monday 27 January, 2pm 
Act of Commemoration at Bournemouth Hall
Monday 27 January 2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the Bosnian genocide. The Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Day Memorial Committee will be holding a short Act of Commemoration in the Council Chamber at Bournemouth Town Hall. After the ceremony, some of us will be walking the short distance to the Holocaust Memorial Day plaque in the Gardens where the memorial prayer will be recited.
Directions and contact

Wednesday 29 January: Society of Catholic Priests
'Full-time ministry - Catholic perspectives' at St Nicholas’s Hospital, Harnham SP1 2SW
Input and sharing of experience and views, led by the Revd Becky Roberts 
Usually Eucharist at 11am, with talk / discussion / presentation following.
12.45pm Lunch (bring your own)
Programme and contacts here

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February 2020

Monday 3 February 
Love, Sex and Power 
Jayne Ozanne - LGBT Evangelical and campaigner, Director Ozanne Foundation at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
The Bournemouth William Temple Association welcomes Christian men and women of all denominations who want to learn more about our faith and its application to contemporary issues. Dinner (optional) for members and their guests is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Programme here
Monthly non-member charge: £2. Charge for 2-course dinner (including coffee): £16.50. Hotel charge for lecture only: £2 (to include coffee at 8pm).
Further information from John Newbold: tel 01202 761749 or email .

Friday 7 February
The BIG Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral
Brave fundraisers will have the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the homeless as Salisbury charity Alabaré holds this annual event. Participants will bed down for the night at the Cathedral Cloisters all in aid of a good cause – supporting rough sleepers and those experiencing some form of homelessness in the local community.
Everyone who signs up pledges to raise a minimum of £100 to help support Alabaré’s work in caring for the most vulnerable in our local community. Last year, Alabaré provided over 1,000 hot meals and emergency shelter to 110 rough sleepers during severe weather.
If you would like to sign up, please go to www.thebigsleep.org.uk.

Saturday 8 February
Open Day at Trinity College Bristol for prospective ordinands or anyone considering the possibility of theological education, their partners, and their families.
Join us to chat with our faculty, meet current students, learn more about the options we offer, and consider whether God may be calling you to study in community at Trinity. 
For more information, contact Alison Branston: 0117 968 0254 or .

Saturday 8 February, 9.30am for 10am start (finish 4pm)
‘A New Year of Grace: Contemplative, Compassionate, Courageous’
At St Katharine's Parmoor, Frieth RG9 6NN
Led by the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham
A chance to set our sights on the year ahead now that our New Year resolutions have worn off. 
£35 includes lunch and refreshments.
Full info and booking here

Important Listing Saturday 8 February, 10am to 12.30pm
Open Morning for Young Organists at Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HT
Organ Workshop for young musicians aged 8-18 with Richard Godfrey and Chris Totney. No previous experience necessary! Young musicians from near and far are invited to experience the thrill of playing the 'King of Instruments' in the magnificent surroundings of Wimborne Minster.
Poster here
Please book by Wednesday 5 February via Chris Totney (07811 629062, )
Follow us on Twitter @PipeUpSalisbury

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February
‘Celebrating 10 years of our majestic Škrabl organ’ at St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis Dorset DT7 3DB
15 February, 7.30pm: Choral concert with Lyme Bay Chorale
16 February, 11am: Sung Eucharist with an invited choir
Full details and contacts

Important Listing Monday 24 February
'Setting God’s people free – enabling lay ministry'
Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship at St John's Church, Wimborne BH21 1AE
With Alison Coulter, Lay Chair of Winchester Diocesan Synod and Member of General Synod
Flyer and contacts

Tuesday 25 February
Wimborne Minster Pancake Race
The venue is as always, outside the main north porch entrance to the Minster and the first race will commence at 11.00am as the Pancake Bell is tolled. Competitors will be required to run round the Minster tossing their pancakes at the four corners of the church.
All competitors should report to the north porch by 10.30am to enrol, complete with frying pan and ready cooked pancake. Anyone can enter, male or female, young or old, individuals, schools, groups and organisations. All are most welcome.
Over-18s have the opportunity to win the John Loader Memorial Cup presented by Martyn and Kathy Curtler, and become the Minster Pancake Champion 2020.
There will also be races for the under 18’s. Depending on the number of entries these will again be spilt into three age ranges 4-9, 9-13 and 13-18. Likewise there will be races for pre-schools and toddlers and those using wheelchairs. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category.
Inquiries to Anthony Oliver via 01202 888703 or .

Tuesday 25 February
The Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics at Sarum College, Salisbury SP1 2EE
Public concerns of animal agriculture and the consequent impact on animal welfare and the environment. Urgent ethical questions following our use of animals as food.
With David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester and author of the landmark two-volume monograph ‘On Animals’.
Book within 1 month before deadline for earlybird discounts!

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March 2020

Monday 2 March
Ministry to Victims - Forgiveness, Healing and ‘Chesed’
The Revd Dr David Wheeler - St Thomas’ Church, Ensbury Park at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
The Bournemouth William Temple Association welcomes Christian men and women of all denominations who want to learn more about our faith and its application to contemporary issues. Dinner (optional) for members and their guests is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Programme here
Monthly non-member charge: £2. Charge for 2-course dinner (including coffee): £16.50. Hotel charge for lecture only: £2 (to include coffee at 8pm).
Further information from John Newbold: tel 01202 761749 or email .

Important Listing Saturday 7 March, 10am-3pm
'What might God be asking of you in 2020?’
Take some time out to think and pray about how and why God may be calling you to some form of ministry.
In Salisbury.
Poster here
To book your place or find out more, email , or ring 07469 853376/ 01722 411944.

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 .

Wednesday 18 March, 7pm
The Life and Influence of Nelson Mandela at St Paul’s Church, Salisbury
The Revd Colin Chambers, one of Alabaré’s Volunteer chaplains, is giving a talk in aid of Alabaré. He was chaplain to Nelson Mandela for 8 years on Robben Island.
Tickets cost £15 (including drinks and nibbles), via www.alabare.co.uk or 01722 322882.

Wednesday 25 March: Society of Catholic Priests
Lenten Reflection led by Bishop Bill Ind, Rector, SCP Salisbury at St Nicholas’s Hospital, Harnham SP1 2SW
Usually Eucharist at 11am, with talk / discussion / presentation following.
12.45pm Lunch (bring your own)
Programme and contacts here

Tuesday 31 March until Saturday 4 April
Poole Passion Play 2020
A biennial open air production: early information is being circulated. A new version of the story called “Footsteps” will be presented. The event usually begins at Parkstone United Reformed Church. Workshops are scheduled and rehearsals began in September 2019. Intern placements for students to work with professionals in lighting, costume, music, projection and stage management are also needed. Those with experience in dance for younger members will also be part of the community experience, as before. Those interested, who need to be seven years old or over by March 2020, should contact .

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April 2020

Sunday 5 April, 7pm
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus are doing St Matthew Passion on Palm Sunday.
Do include this as part of your Holy Week planning and perhaps bring a group of people to it.
Inquiries

Monday 6 April
Son of Joseph? Son of God?
Dr David Catchpole - Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies, University of Exeter at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
The Bournemouth William Temple Association welcomes Christian men and women of all denominations who want to learn more about our faith and its application to contemporary issues. Dinner (optional) for members and their guests is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Programme here
Monthly non-member charge: £2. Charge for 2-course dinner (including coffee): £16.50. Hotel charge for lecture only: £2 (to include coffee at 8pm).
Further information from John Newbold: tel 01202 761749 or email .

Wednesday 15 April
St Denys Church, Warminster is organising a Warminster to Glastonbury Pilgrimage.
Walk, cycle or drive (minibus possible from St Denys) for entrance to the Abbey; a led 2-mile walking tour (including some steep hill climbing); and a bring-and-share lunch. This will culminate in a 40-minute service of the Word in the Undercroft at 1500 - some seating is available.
Poster here
Cost including handbook £10; under-15s £7.50.
Please contact Tim Spinney ( or 01985 214700) for more info and registration.

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May 2020

Important Listing Monday 11 May
'Discipleship and Prayer'
Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship at St Mary's Church, Ferndown BH22 9EU
With the Revd Matthew Porter, Vicar of St Michael le Belfrey in York, and author on discipleship, leadership and prayer.
Each meeting starts at 9.45am for 10am and ends at 12.45pm.
It’s followed by a time to chat over a packed lunch from 1-2pm.
Flyer and contacts

Monday 11 May
Getting Ready for Lambeth
The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam - Bishop of Salisbury at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
The Bournemouth William Temple Association welcomes Christian men and women of all denominations who want to learn more about our faith and its application to contemporary issues. Dinner (optional) for members and their guests is served at 7pm, and this is followed at 8.10pm by a talk and question time.
Programme here
Monthly non-member charge: £2. Charge for 2-course dinner (including coffee): £16.50. Hotel charge for lecture only: £2 (to include coffee at 8pm).
Further information from John Newbold: tel 01202 761749 or email .

Important Listing Saturday 23 May, 10am-3pm
'What might God be asking of you in 2020?’
Take some time out to think and pray about how and why God may be calling you to some form of ministry.
In Dorchester.
Poster here
To book your place or find out more, email , or ring 07469 853376/ 01722 411944.

Wednesday 27 May, 10am-3.30pm: Society of Catholic Priests
Chapter Quiet Day at Grove Farm House [? TBC], Melbury Abbas
Reflections inspired by Jean Vanier, led by Canon Harold Stephens.
Usually Eucharist at 11am, with talk / discussion / presentation following.
12.45pm Lunch (bring your own)
Programme and contacts here

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July 2020

Wednesday 29 July: Society of Catholic Priests
'Where are we with the Anglican-Methodist Covenant?' at St Nicholas’s Hospital, Harnham SP1 2SW
With Canon Jane Charman, Director of Training, Diocese of Salisbury & Gen Synod member.
Usually Eucharist at 11am, with talk / discussion / presentation following.
12.45pm Lunch (bring your own)
Programme and contacts here

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September 2020

September 2020
A new year, a new challenge!
Fancy the challenge of walking part of the historic Camino in Spain whilst supporting Poole Hospital?
Poole Hospital Charity is putting together a team for September 2020 to walk 125 km of this historic pilgrimage route from Baiona to Santiago. Along the way you will experience breath-taking coastal scenery.
Pilgrims from all over the world have walked the Camino de Santiago trails across Europe for centuries, making their way to the historical city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia where it is believed St James is buried. Today, more than a pilgrimage, the Camino is an unforgettable experience and unique journey.
Further information and register interest

Wednesday 30 September: Society of Catholic Priests
'Art and inspiration' at St Nicholas’s Hospital, Harnham SP1 2SW
Sharing about art, poetry and music which have inspired or challenged.
Usually Eucharist at 11am, with talk / discussion / presentation following.
12.45pm Lunch (bring your own)
Programme and contacts here

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October 2020

Important Listing Saturday 17 October, 10am-3pm
'What might God be asking of you in 2020?’
Take some time out to think and pray about how and why God may be calling you to some form of ministry.
In Wimborne.
Poster here
To book your place or find out more, email , or ring 07469 853376/ 01722 411944.

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November 2020

Important Listing Monday 16 November
'Sex in the Church of England'
Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship at St Francis Church, Salisbury SP1 3PN
With Ed Shaw, Pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol and part of the editorial team at www.livingout.org.
Each meeting starts at 9.45am for 10am and ends at 12.45pm.
It’s followed by a time to chat over a packed lunch from 1-2pm.
Flyer and contacts

Wednesday 25 November: Society of Catholic Priests
SCP – national picture, and programme planning at St Nicholas’s Hospital, Harnham SP1 2SW
Led by Fr Denis Brett, Secretary.
Usually Eucharist at 11am, with talk / discussion / presentation following.
12.45pm Lunch (bring your own)
Programme and contacts here

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