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Advent and Christmas

by Michael Ford last modified 10 Dec, 2018 02:23 PM

Events, links and resources for Advent 2018.

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Saturday 1 December
Christmas Fair at St Mary's Church, Lytchett Matravers BH16 6BS
Lots to do for all the family. Father Christmas will be there listening to special wishes that are asked for! Seasonal ‘goodies’ and a decoration or two will be on sale, as well as that all important decoration for your door!
And while you are relaxing socialising and enjoying refreshments, the children or grandchildren, can join in with a craft activity.
Inquiries to Debbie Phipps via .

Saturday 1 December, 7.30pm
Malcolm Guite: Songs and Sonnets for Advent at Yetminster Methodist Chapel, DT9 6LJ
The Reverend Dr Malcolm Guite, Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge and world- renowned poet and songwriter returns to the Benefice to explore the mystery, music and poetry of Advent.
Poster here
Sarum College Bookshop will have a stall on the night.
Tickets are £10, available in advance from John Summers (01935 872 414 or ).

Saturday 1 December, 7.30pm
Advent Concert 
at Edington Priory Church, BA13 4QN
The choir of Keble College, Oxford will perform the Edington Arts annual Advent Concert, one of the most popular events in the calendar. Matthew Martin directs; in his 3 years as Music Director at Keble he has propelled this choir into the ranks of the elite collegiate choirs.
Please book by Friday 30 November.
Inquiries and bookings: Sue Lowery or Chrissy Allanson-Bailey (, 01380 831256) or

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December, 9am-5pm
Purbeck Hills Christmas Tree Festival at St George's Church, Langton Matravers BH19 3HB
St George's Church Langton will be transformed into a forest of Christmas trees all lit up and decorated by local organisations and businesses. It is a place to relax enjoy a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a chat with friends, forget about the presents you haven't bought yet. All the proceeds raised this year will be given to Mosaic a charity supporting bereaved children and Heroes Haven.
Flyer here
Please come and support this event. 
Inquiries to Katie Curtis via 01929 427822 or .

Saturday 1 December, 11am-2pm
Holy Trinity Weymouth Christmas Fayre at Holy Trinity church, Weymouth DT4 8TJ
Christmas Fayre in the church. Various Christmas stalls with Refreshments and Grand Raffle. Lots of entertainment and music.
All welcome!
Inquiries to Canon Andrew Gough via .

Saturday 1 to Sunday 9 December, 10am-4pm
Christmas Tree Festival at St Nicholas’ Parish Church, Bromham SN15 2EU 
All are welcome. There will be no charge for entry to see the display, though we will invite donations from visitors.
Contact the Revd Ruth Schofield via 01380 850191.

Important Listing Sunday 2 December, 1.15pm
BBC Songs of Praise features Christingle and The Children’s Society.
BBC page here
Save the date!
Inquiries to Gill Ford via .

Sunday 2 December, 4pm
Christingle Service at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
The celebration is named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. With your help, Christingle raises vital funds to help children who are facing Christmas alone and are unable to cope.
Inquiries to Carrie via 01202 882270 or .

Sunday 2 December, 4pm
Family Christingle Service at St Mary’s Church, Winterborne Stickland DT11 0NT
Come and make your own Christingle during our short service. Everyone welcome!
Inquiries to Harriet Ryan via .

Sunday 2 December, from 5pm
Saltmine's Christmas Show (based on the Nutcracker) at St Nicholas Church Centre, Corfe Mullen BH21 3LE
Family-friendly Christmas show, brought to us by the touring theatre company Saltmine. Lasts approx 2 hours with interval.
Poster here
Tickets just £5 each.
Please book by 1 December!
Inquiries to Rachel Stevens

Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm: Council of Christians and Jews
Celebration of Chanukah and Advent at the Murray Muscat Centre, Bournemouth BH1 2LU
Rabbi Adrian Jesner of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation will light the Chanukah candles and speak of the significance of Chanukah and Fr Darryl Jordan, Parish Priest of St Thomas More RC Church Iford, will speak of the significance of Advent.
And then – traditional food!
£5 entry, payable at the door.
More info and booking here

Saturday 8 December, 2-4pm
Messy Christmas Crafts at Winterborne Stickland Sports and Social Club, DT11 0LZ
FREE family Messy Christmas crafts afternoon, come and make your own decorations and cards, decorate festive biscuits, pin the nose on Rudolph game, and lots more fun for everyone!!
Inquiries to Toni Gregory via .

Saturday 8 December, 7pm
Christmas Concert at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
Come and enjoy an evening of talented performers singing beautiful operatic arias and all your favourite Christmas Carols. Complimentary homemade Christmas goodies and hot beverages. 

Saturday 8 December, 7.30pm
Festive Concert by ‘Sounding It Out’ at Edington Priory Church
Raising funds for ‘Papyrus’ (a charity helping teenagers at risk of suicide)
Tickets £8 (£2 for under-16s), at the door or

Thursday 13 December, 7.30pm
It’s going to be a Cantamus Christmas at Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas DT11 0BZ
For our Christmas concert this year, we are delighted to host this 25-stong choir hailing from the Bridport area. A magical mix of the very best music from six centuries includes the Coventry Carol and Rutter’s arrangement of the Sans Day Carol, as well as a couple of rarely heard 17th-century pieces by Juan García de Zéspedes (Mexico) and Joan Cererols (Spain).
Enjoy a special performance in the remarkable acoustic ambiance and magnificent setting of Milton Abbey Historic Church this Christmas!
£10; under-18s £5.
Tickets here

Friday 14 December, 7.30pm
West Gallery Carol Concert, The Ridgeway Singers & Band at St Nicholas Church, Winterborne Kingston DT11 9BS
A joyous celebration of all things Dorset featuring traditional West Gallery Carols, local wassails, midwinter stories and sparkling instrumentals. Seasonal Refreshments Available!
Tickets £8, £6 u18s on door if available, or in advance from 01305 262159.

Saturday 15 December, 4pm
Christingle at St Thomas's Church, Salisbury SP1 1BA
Annual Christingle procession, meeting in the Cathedral Close at 3pm to join in with the children and donkey, with a service following at St Thomas's Church. Donations to the Children's Society.
Inquiries to Meryl Browning via .

Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm
Evie’s Christmas Concert at Edington Priory Church
The Philomel Singers, with the Staverton School Choir and guest soloists, directed by Michael Johnson.
Free admission with refreshments and a retiring collection. All profits in aid of Evie’s Gift, a charity set up by the parents of Evie, aged 13 when she died. Evie’s Gift offers assistance to parents with children in hospital with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and research into the rare brain cancer that took their daughter’s life.
Info here

Sunday 16 December, 4.30pm
Christingle at St Peter's, Portesham DT3 4HB
Celebrating the 50th birthday of the Christingle Service, followed by tea and cake.
Inquiries to Margaret Preuss-Higham via .

Sunday 16 December, 6.30pm
Community Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth DT4 8TJ
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols for All the Family.
Parking free after 6pm in the car park next to the church (Trinity Street)
Mince Pies & Mulled Wine afterwards.
Inquiries to Canon Andrew Gough via 01305 760354.

Sunday 16 December, 6.30pm
Carols by Candlelight at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
Enjoy traditional carols in the atmospheric setting of our 1000 year old parish church, lit by hundreds of candles!
Inquiries to Carrie via 01202 882270 or .

Tuesday 18 December, 1.10pm
Carols for Busy People at St Thomas's Church, Salisbury SP1 1BA
Our very popular annual Christmas Carol service for busy people, join us to sing your favourite Christmas carols and hymns and stay on afterwards for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
Inquiries to Meryl Browning via .

Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm
The Farrant Singers' Christmas Concert at St Martin's Church, Salisbury SP1 2HY
This year’s Christmas concert by the Farrant Singers, conducted by Andrew Mackay, is a performance of Handel’s Dixit Dominus. This youthful and vivacious work was one of his earliest choral works written when he was just 22. Also in the programme is a trio of Christmas pieces, written especially for us by our founder, Richard Lloyd, entitled Christus natus est. The three carols are Nowell, nowell!, Today God sent his Son and Born is the babe. There will also be lots of carols for choir and audience and, of course, the Hallelujah Chorus for all. Bring a copy if you have on!
Inquiries to Jane Waddington via 07773 210706 or

Saturday 22 - Thursday 27 December
Ammerdown Christmas Houseparty, Radstock BA3 5SW
Come and join us for a Christmas to remember, in the beautiful grounds of Ammerdown Park. Excellent food, fun activities, games, crafts, walks, talks and seasonal films. A time to relax, enjoy good company and sample one of our special Christmas cocktails.
Arrive for 6pm on Saturday.
£545.00 (bursaries available)
Inquiries to Tessa via 01761 433709.

Monday 24 December, 4pm
Crib Service at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
Join the youngest members of our church as they relive the Christmas story through the eyes of a mystery-solving mouse who tries to get to the bottom of 'The New Noisy Neighbour'.
Inquiries to Carrie via 01202 882270 or .

Monday 24 December, 11.30pm
Christmas Holy Communion at Canford Magna Parish Church, BH21 3AF
A traditional service of lessons and carols in a candlelit environment culminating in Holy Communion as we move into Christmas Day.
Inquiries to Carrie via 01202 882270 or .

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