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Holy Rood Church, Wool

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Wool Relief In Need



For latest news and what's happening about services and other matters, see the News and Events page - updated on 29th October 2020 with Remembrance Sunday details, and in October with the 31st October Light Party!



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




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.

Please note that our Rector, Revd Carol Langford, is on long-term sick leave and her work is being shared among the rest of the Benefice team. (See Who's Who for details.)

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

Benefice Office Hours

The Benefice Office is open as follows:

Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30 pm
Friday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

(Covid-19 restrictions: Please do not call in without an appointment.)

Office contact number is 07729 484866

Email address: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

(Telephone messages will be dealt with during office hours only.)



News and pictures

News and pictures intended for the Holy Rood or the Benefice websites or social media should be sent by email to:



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 Church Office.

(For Clergy contact details see Who's Who)

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.
Copyright 2004 Holy Rood Church, Wool
Last modified: Thursday, 29 October 2020