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5th July 2020 - Please help!

The Benefice is being asked by Revd Carol to complete a questionnaire about how we feel about returning to using our church buildings after lockdown. Please would everyone in Holy Rood, whether we would like to attend a benefice church yet or not, please fill in your answers? The link is at:



1st June 2020

The latest edition of Church Without Walls is not to be missed, and can be seen here.




Corona virus (Covid-19) Precautions

Dated 22nd April 2020

As a precaution against transmission of the Corona virus, it was decided to suspend all church services in Holy Rood until further notice. The church building has had to be closed until further notice, complying with the Archbishops' direction in consultation with Government advisors.

There are special arrangements for funerals, and for weddings, by discussion with Revd Carol, the Rector (01929 462215).


Services are continuing - despite Social Distancing!

As no Services are allowed to be held in church, we are holding Combined Benefice services online instead on Sunday mornings, gathering together round screens and phones at 10am for a 10.30am start. Anyone in West Purbeck Benefice may take part in this service using your laptop, ipad, or phone (smart or otherwise).

This has been going well over the last few weeks (and is quite fun to do, especially so if you have a device with a screen, microphone and camera!). About 80 or more people joined in on Easter Sunday.

You would be most welcome to join in and if you would like to have more details please email the Rector at

The contact arrangements are emailed in advance and you would need to give your contact details including an email address and phone number.

It is highly recommended not to 'arrive' at the very last minute as most people enjoy it more by taking a little while to get a good connection sorted out and iron out any queries.

The service is locked down soon after the start time to prevent abusive behaviour which sadly has happened occasionally to other churches using online worship methods.

More information is posted under "Events"




Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.



For News, what's happening, and Easter message see the News and Events page



Welcome to Holy Rood! - part of the West Purbeck Benefice

This website (www.holyroodwool.org) has details about the Church of Holy Rood, Wool, Dorset. (Wool is situated between Wareham and Dorchester, in the county of Dorset, UK.)

Holy Rood is the parish church of Wool and East Stoke incorporating Coombe Keynes, Bovington and East Burton. We're part of the Church of England and the Benefice of West Purbeck, within the the Diocese of Salisbury, and within the worldwide Anglican community.



The Benefice of West Purbeck includes:

Holy Rood, Wool (with the former parishes of East Stoke East Burton, and Coombe Keynes) http://www.holyroodwool.org/ (You are here!)


St John the Baptist, Bere Regis - http://www.bereregiswithaffpuddle.org.uk/bere-regis


St Laurence, Affpuddle - http://www.bereregiswithaffpuddle.org.uk/affpuddle


Services at Holy Rood, Wool are currently suspended

For our regular service pattern see the Benefice Services page.

For the occasional exceptions, and more services details, first check the News Page.


News and information on recent and coming events

See the News Page and "Church Without Walls"*.

General information about other local events in and around Wool, can also be found in Wool Dates.


Viewing this site with a mobile phone


It can be difficult to view some of the menus and text on some sites (unfortunately, including this one) using a mobile phone.

We are aware of this problem and are adjusting aspects bit by bit as we go along.

We will be addressing it more fundamentally when time permits - probably by using a different website design.



The links on the far left top give access to the main sections of our website.

We do not have a traditional Parish Magazine, but do take a look at "Church Without Walls" instead - it's a free quarterly colour publication, available in church in printed form.

The current edition is reproduced at this link.


You can take a look at some of Holy Rood's history, with pictures of the church interior. Outside and in, we have a lot of help from our enthusiastic and highly skilled Churchyard team.


The church is a vital part of the life of the community and we aim to be a friendly and welcoming church.

We look forward to meeting you . . .


More about Holy Rood . . .

We describe ourselves as 'middle of the road' welcoming of all.

Our vision is to be a church without walls and our aims are that: -

We long to see God grow His church in Wool and to help increasing numbers of people to come to faith in Him.

We want to deepen our own relationship with God based on sound preaching and biblical teaching.

We want to reach out to all ages across the community.

We seek to have a visible presence in the parish outside our church based activities, showing God's relevance to every aspect of our lives.


To write by post to the church or to the vicar, use this address: Wool Vicarage, Vicarage Close, Wool, Wareham, Dorset BH2O 6EB

The Church and Benefice Office is based in the D'Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane, Wool. (Address not suitable for posting to.)

The office email address is woolchurchoffice@gmail.com

The Office is open for people to pop in as follows:

Monday mornings 11.30am - 12.30pm
Wednesday afternoons 5pm - 6pm
Thursday mornings 10am - 12noon

Office contact number is 07729 484866

Email address: woolchurchoffice@gmail.com


Pastoral Care - Where to find help when you need it

Each of us has times in life when we need help. These may be a result of a bereavement, illness, or any of life's unexpected changes. It may be for a simple, one-off opportunity to talk things over; or it may be for someone to visit regularly.

Whatever your need, we want to be able to help you. In this parish, we have a team of people who have gifts in pastoral care. If you would like someone to visit you, please contact the Vicar, Revd Carol Langford (Wool Vicarage, Vicarage Close, Wool, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6EB) Tel: 01929 462215.


Home Groups - are currently suspended

Tea Pot Club - is currently suspended


Note that the local dialling code (where not otherwise stated) is 01929


Email addresses: See under "Contacts"

Clergy and Who's Who: See the "Who's Who" page



Holy Rood Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy :

Our safeguarding page is accessible by this link or can be found from the menu (on the top left of all pages including this one - scroll up to the top on any page to see it).

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer:

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

Other Links

Diocesan Safeguarding local policies


Diocesan safeguarding topics



Church of England Safeguarding nationally











The Holy Rood website (part of the West Purbeck Benefice) is hosted by Krystal Hosting, to whom we are very grateful



Send mail to the webmaster (see Contacts) with questions or comments about this web site.
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Last modified: Monday, 06 July 2020