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Holy Rood Church, Wool

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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.



For news and what's happening about services and other matters, see the News and Events page.

For the Services timetable see the Services page




We have joined JustGiving to enable people who wish to, to donate to Holy Rood via the web.

Go to the JustGiving site by using the button below (or use your smartphone camera with the QR code):





The Benefice of West Purbeck includes seven churches:


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


Holy Trinity, West Lulworth



St Andrew, East Lulwoth



St Christopher, Winfrith Newburgh



St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring






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 until Summer 2020 had "Church Without Walls" instead - a free quarterly colour publication.



If you would like to receive the West Purbeck Link, our weekly news sheet sent to your inbox by email each Friday / Saturday, please email:

West Purbeck Benefice Office on westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.




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.

Where possible please use the Office email address instead: Email address: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

Please note that our Rector, Revd Carol Langford, tragically died in April 2021 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

The Benefice Office hours and contact details are at this link.

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)


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



Our safeguarding page is accessible by this link

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 was formally re-adopted in the PCC meeting of 24th September 2020 and the new copy will be posted here when it is re-printed:

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, details are on our safeguarding page, or email safeguarding@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: Sunday, 05 September 2021