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Events in 2018


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Make it a real Christmas! - come to one of our main Christmas services -

Main Christmas Services (link) or scroll down this page

The Angels and Shepherds now on display in Holy Rood Church, each done by the various and varied groups, are well worth going to see (Church open every day within daylight hours). A few pictures via this link.

The Christmas Cracker event (with a Christmas Stable photobooth) was well attended - see below.

Last of our Christmas Services and Events coming soon - see below.

Church Without Walls (Winter Edition), our colour magazine-style newsletter, is available in print, free from Church, and reproduced online here (more environmentally friendly!).

November Remembrance - Photos of the Church, War Graves, War Memorial, and World War 1 Centenary Exhibition are to be found here.

Holy Rood Church Alternative Christmas Card

For the past few years it was decided that rather than give cards to each other we would donate the money to, or purchase Christmas food items for, the Wareham and Purbeck Food Bank. This year we will be doing the same again, see poster at the back of Church for suggested goodies. Please don’t leave food items in Church instead please put your donation in a carrier bag and take to the collection point, inside Judy Hill’s porch at: 9 High Street Close, Wool. Money may also be given provided it is in an envelope marked for Gas or Electric. This can then be given in at the above address.

The Giant Christmas Card will be clearly on display at the front of the Church. Please write your name and Christmas wishes on the card and make your donation



December and Christmas - Coming Events for your diary



Late December Diary Summary - details below

Saturday 22nd. Fundraising dinner for Holy Rood at the Ship Inn from 6.30 onwards, with Carol Singing from 7pm

Saturday 22nd December, 10.30am onwards - Flowers for Christmas - donations and arrangers  welcome in church.

Sunday 23rd December, 6pm - Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight in church

Christmas Eve, 24th December, 3pm- The Crib Service in church; Carols outside the D'Urberville at 6pm; 11.30pm - The Midnight Mass in church

Christmas Day, 25th December, 8am Holy Communion; 10am Family Communion. Both in church.

                                               AND -  a Christmas Lunch 1pm in the Kids of Wool Building if you book! - see below.



Friday 14th December

The Festival of Angels and Shepherds starting day is Friday 14th December. (Bring in all the shepherds and angels for the display, at any time on Friday 14th!)


Saturday 15th December

Come and see The Festival of Angels and Shepherds in Holy Rood Church!




Saturday 15th December - Churches Together Christmas Cracker event in the D'Urberville Hall

10.30am - 1.30pm


A few pictures from this year's Christmas Cracker event -


















Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm - Christmas Carols in the Black Bear



Sunday 16th December, 10.30am - Family Service Nativity Play in D’Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane




The Big Questions for Advent -  in the D'Urberville Small Hall

Sunday 16th December at 4pm: Science tells us everything - doesn’t it?

Join Holy Rood @ The D’Urberville - All Welcome



Saturday 22nd December

Fundraising dinner in aid of Holy Rood at the Ship Inn






Saturday 22nd December, 10.30am onwards - Flowers for Christmas



We shall be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday 22nd December from 10.30am to 2.00pm. If you can help please come along, bring your own flowers, especially foliage. Refreshments will be provided and we look forward to seeing you. Jenny Mitchell 405725



Sunday 23rd December at 6pm in Holy Rood - Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols





Christmas Eve - Wool joins together to sing Carols Around the Christmas Tree, at the D'Urberville, with Wareham Town Band




Christmas services in 2018


Sunday 23rd December, 6pm - Service of Nine Lessons and Carols


Christmas Eve, 24th December, and Christmas Day, 25th December





. . . and all were invited for Christmas Day Lunch as well!









Remembrance Day 11th November 2018

Monies raised by the Collection on Remembrance Sunday for the Royal British Legion was £323.30 - Well Done to all who attended or contributed.


100 years: 11am, 11th November 1918 - 11am, 11th November 2018

An Exhibition  - ‘WORLD WAR 1 IN WOOL’ From Sunday 4th to 18th November

Marking the centenary of the ending of the First World War, this is an Exhibition in The Church of the Holy Rood, Wool.

It has been organised by local historian Alan Brown and will be added to by our Scouts.

ALL are invited to drop in and view this amazing piece of our local and national history.


We are here - but not here . . .




(Photos of the Church, War Graves, War Memorial, and Exhibition are to be found on a separate page. Click here.)




Sunday Harvest Service in Manor Farm Barn




DCHT Cycle Ride Saturday 8th September

My sister and I successfully visited 14 churches over 23 miles - not all were open and one is no longer used, but in our eyes they were still churches to be noted. The furthest away was Lytchett Minster Parish Church. We received a warm welcome by all those manned for registration, a really lovely day and the weather was perfect. A huge 'Thank you' to all those who sponsored us, we have received well over £200, I will let you know the exact total once all the monies have been collected. Half the money comes back to our church from the Trust.

 - Sue Burroughs/Frances Warner

Meanwhile, Tony Smale travelled to/from Hamworthy by train and set off from there on his bike taking in churches from Lychett Minster to Gussage All Saints and coming back by way of Hinton Martell and Wimborne Minster - a total of 16 churches visited.

Well done and thank you to all who participated. Yes, it was well over £200 ! - in fact it came altogether to £900 !

Dorset Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride update

The total raised by Holy Rood was £900 with £450 being returned to Holy Rood. The rest is used to make grants to help other churches in Dorset. Thank you to all who took part and donated.

Jenny Hunt



Christmas Shoe Boxes - all packed!

Five Hundred and Fifteen boxes have now been packed and are ready to be dispatched.

I would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ once again, to everyone who has continually supported this annual worthy venture - God bless you.

Pauline M.





Sunday 15th July 2018 - Songs of Praise in Holy Rood, Coombe Keynes

The Church of the Holy Rood Wool, originated as a parochial chapel, belonging to Coombe Keynes until 1844, when Wool became a separate parish. Holy Rood, Coombe Keynes is now in the care of the Coombe Keynes Trust to whom the building belongs.

In 1384 it was decreed that Wool Chapel should be dedicated for the third time. Since then, like its Mother church at Coombe Keynes, our present church (which we know as Holy Rood, Wool) has been dedicated to Holy Rood (another name for Holy Cross). Holy Rood Coombe Keynes was made redundant 14th January 1974 and is raely if ever used for woship so it was especially good to be able to hold a service there.







Holy Rood Prayer Labyrinth

Do take a look (or even better, walk it and pray) at the new Labyrinth in the area of the churchyard extension. Grateful thanks to those who worked so hard to prepare it for us. It was cut on Weds 9th May & is now open for prayer walks.




Afternoon Tea at the Vicarage - 12th May

Revd Carol and Mark kindly hosted and catered for a superb Afternoon Tea on Saturday 12th May. Many people attended, everyone seemed to have a good time, the food was delicious and everyone ate their fill. (Also, it didn't rain!)

They collected £167 which with gift-aid will be closer to £200 and will all be given to help the Church with its fete and fundraising expenses - a very good result! Thank you both very much.







Cologne Road Community Room Update

The Community Room Committee successfully negotiated a lease with Purbeck District Council to expand the community room to provide suitable and sustainable community facilities.

This expansion into the larger room has associated costs of around £6.5k because it is not usable in its current state. Fundraising started in earnest in 2017 and we have recently had a successful bid to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme. This means that the project now goes to the public vote in the Dorchester Tesco store where 3 local projects compete for shoppers’ votes as they place their tokens in support of their preferred local project.

We kindly urge you to promote our project and also encourage you and anyone you know to give the Cologne Road Community Room project the vote when they shop in the store. The vote is open until the end of February. Thank you! - Chris Corteen.











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