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Events during 2013

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Previous Events during 2013


September to December


Ride and Stride for Church Funds - Saturday 14th September


Dorset Historic Churches Trust once again invited us to raise money for our local church by becoming a cyclist or to walk to a number of local/Deanery churches (or even further afield) - 50% of the money raised by our local volunteers is returned to our church.

Tony Smale (pictured) visited 21 churches, taking in the Winterbournes, Blandford Forum and Spetisbury, and raised about £120 in sponsorship money.

Kim Moss also took part, walking to an impressive number of churches.

Well done to both of you and thank you for all your efforts, as well as a big thank you to Jenny Hunt for being our local coordinator.



Church Family Garden Party

Barrie and Leslie Weeks invited all the church family to a Garden Party at their home, Byfield, Giddy Green Lane, East Burton on Sunday 25 August. Beginning at 12.00pm with a BBQ lunch, games for all ages and cream teas followed later on. It was a very successful event and very much enjoyed. At least 25 church family and friends attended and had a great afternoon - the sun even managed to shine eventually! Thanks also to Barrie and Lesley’s son Matthew and to Brenda Edwards for their help.





Changes to Parish Administration

As part of the PCC’s Prayer and Planning process this year, the PCC has been looking at how administrative work can be re-organised, so that Rhona has to spend less time in the office and more time making connections in the community, encouraging outreach and undertaking some part-time study.

A role outline for a volunteer Administrative Assistant was drawn up and Sarah Sargent has agreed to take this on. Sarah will maintain a master diary for church services and all other events, prepare a range of publications and rotas, and assist with records management.

The most obvious change is that Sarah is taking over the preparation of the pewsheet and hymn sheet from Dennis Clarke with immediate effect.



Thank you to Dennis Clarke

Dennis has given some 16 years of faithful service in preparing the pewsheets and hymn sheets each week. This has been a most significant contribution to the life of the church for which Rhona and the PCC wish to record their deep gratitude.

And so indeed do the rest of us - thank you Dennis, you are much appreciated.



Parish Prayer Chain

Praying for others is an important part of our Christian life and many people find this comforting, uplifting, strengthening and encouraging. Some have said that they could ‘feel’ they were being prayed for.

One way of enabling this to happen is through a prayer chain and we have been preparing for some months to launch a new prayer chain for the parish. The prayer chain consists of three small groups of pray-ers who will pray for anyone with any kind of problem, illness or difficulty.

Rhona has asked Jane Newbury to coordinate it. Ensuring confidentiality is a high priority and all members of the prayer chain are very conscious of this.

If you have a specific issue that you would like the members of our Prayer Chain to be praying for on your behalf, please contact Jane Newbury on 462134. If you would prefer to talk through an issue in more depth or would like someone to visit you, please contact Rhona on 462215.

Please pray for all involved in this ministry.


A Different Drum

Riding Lights Theatre Company presented "A Different Drum"

Monday 14th October 2013, 7.30 pm, D’Urberville Centre.

The play focused on the story of the plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire and relates to several other examples of people and communities worldwide who have been inspired by the teachings of Jesus.

This was a unique opportunity to see a top quality professional theatre company, here in Wool.






May to August



The Dorset Wildlife Trust's  Bioblitz on Saturday 8th June was a great success.



Church and Churchyard Maintenance

Following the registration of Wool churchyard under the Dorset Wildlife Trusts' "Living Churchyard" scheme, we received a visit from three experts early in July, here to check that we were doing the right thing and to answer our questions. Much of their time was spent taking an interest in the many plant species that had sprung up in the un-mown corner of the churchyard. Most of this area has now been cut, but at the experts' suggestion, we will leave the far corner uncut for a further period. The team then moved uphill to the churchyard extension, and discussions here centred on how to manage the area in the coming years prior to its use for burials.



60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation



On Sunday 30th June at 6.30pm Holy Rood held a service of celebration, tribute and thanksgiving - music, readings and prayers, mostly taken from the words and music of the Coronation itself.


Church Family Garden Party

Barrie and Leslie Weeks invited all the church family to a Garden Party at their home, Byfield, Giddy Green Lane, East Burton on Sunday 25 August. Beginning at 12.00pm with a BBQ lunch, games for all ages and cream teas followed later on. It was a very successful event and very much enjoyed.

Thank you Barrie and Leslie.



Coffee Morning and Ploughman's Lunches at 23 Hillside Road, Wool

Tuesday 13th August, 10.30am to 2pm, in aid of the Holy Rood Shoebox Appeal

Various stalls with produce and home made goods with the aim of having some fun while raising funds to fill, and especially to send, Christmas shoeboxes full of small gifts to destitute children in orphanages abroad.

New items such as toiletries, hair care, writing materials and small toys, and clothing for age groups 2 to 16 years were donated in abundance and the event raised an amazing £700.








January to April


Annual Memorial Service

The service was on 21st April at 6.30pm. We invited those for whom we have officiated at a loved one’s funeral in the past year to attend.


Supporting our Sudan links

Cash collections on Easter Day in support of the Salisbury Diocesan Sudan Fund amounted to £183. Proceeds from Wednesday 10 April, with Canon John Wood speaking on “Life in South Sudan and links with Purbeck” amounted to £208 and will be used to help Wool CE VA Primary School’s link school at Ginana, near Juba, buy benches for the pupils.

Thank you for supporting our friends in South Sudan so generously.



Annual Meeting Elections - Results

Jill Gover and Geoff Edwardes were elected to serve as our Church Wardens for the coming year. Roger Davies and Fiona Edwards were elected as members of the PCC. Other members of the PCC are Brenda Edwards (Vice Chairman), Sue Burroughs (Secretary), Dennis Clarke (ex officio), Chris Corteen, Jenny Hunt, John Matthews, Kim Moss & Rhona Floate. Please pray for us all as we undertake this leadership role in the church.



Holy Rood Toilet and Store Now Completed

Give thanks! - the contractors completed the work on our church toilet and store building and handed it over on 17th January.

We are very grateful for the substantial grant from Viridor and indeed for help from all the other donors who have given so generously, as well as to everyone who worked hard fundraising for this project.

Special thanks go to our Churchwardens, especially former Churchwarden Ken Baynton (third from left above) who worked tirelessly to see it through, steering us through the numerous obstacles encountered on the long journey.






Annual Parochial Church Meeting

This was held in church on Sunday 24 March at 1.00pm, as the School Hall kitchen and other facilities were not quite ready. Coffee and sandwiches were served.


New Year

Covenant Service with Methodists on Sunday 20th January

In a departure from our normal traditions, we will remain in church after the service, for coffee and cake. The reason for this is that School will have no kitchen facility for the first half of the Spring Term, and serving the customary lunch together would prove difficult.

Next year we plan to share a lunch together again.


Parish Away Day - Together as One!

Our Parish Away was on Saturday 23 February, 9.30-4.00pm.

It promises to be a memorable day as we celebrate everything that is happening, build our understanding of needs and share our aspirations for our church and parish life, and explore what “every member ministry” means for us. We also aim to have fun. The brochure and booking form will be available from early January but please make sure you reserve the date now.











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