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Events during 2014

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Previous Events and News during 2014

Shoebox Appeal 2014

Every year for many many years, Pauline Matthews has collected shoeboxes, small presents to put in them, and money for transport, in order to send them as gifts to deprived children in Eastern European Orphanages.

She has a team of helpers and contributors, and has in the past personally been to the destinations accompanying the shoeboxes and was glad to watch as they ended up where they were supposed to - in the hands of needy children who may otherwise not have seen a Christmas present at all.


An important way to help this to continue, was the

Shoebox Fundraising Coffee Morning and Lunch on 8th July 2014!



How can you help?

If you are able, and want to do something extra to help,  you may like to bring along shoe boxes and/or items to put in them, e.g. toiletries; hair care; writing materials; small toys; clothing including hats, scarves, gloves, socks, mittens, pants/knickers, for age groups range from 2 up to 16 years boy or girl.

Anything you bring will be gratefully received and Pauline and her team will make good use of it all!

Please come - whether or not you bring anything for the boxes - we would love to see you.


Christian Aid Week - results

The Churches Together collection raised £468.48. Thank you again to collectors and contributors.



Surprise Presentation for Alan Brown

On Tuesday 3 June 2014 Alan Brown attanded the usual ringing practice and was surprised to be presented by Janet Ranger with a certificate to mark his fifty year membership of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers, thus making him an Honorary Life Member.

Despite his youthful appearance (it must be his healthy outdoor life!), Alan has been ringing the bells here in Holy Rood, Wool, for the past 65 years. He seemed quite overwhelmed in the belfry when fellow ringers brought in a couple of celebratory cakes; the evening ended in the local pub for the obligatory pint.

Alan has lived in Wool all of his life, and started ringing in Holy Rood church in 1949 when he was twelve years old. He has rung in our tower all of his life, having been Tower Captain for many years during which time he's taught scores of youngsters, and even a whole family!

Alan is a well known local craftsman. He and his son Steve are the 6th and 7th generation of his family to work as Dorset hurdlemakers. He was fifteen when he went to work of a farm and learned the skill of hurdlemaking from his father and uncle. (Alan still uses the same classic antique tools which have been passed down through generations of Brown family members.) Although after the war hurdlemaking had all but died out because fences were being made of wire, Alan carried on with the craft by supplying people who want to see traditional hand-made Dorset hurdles in their gardens1.

Now he can still be seen working, either in local woods or when exhibiting at the summer shows in the South and South West. Recently he was commissioned to make 100 hurdles for the film Far From the Madding Crowd, which was being shot locally in the Sherborne and Beaminster areas.

1Alan supplies orders nationwide, and even sends hurdles to the USA. A typical panel size (6 foot x 6 foot) costs (2014) in the region of £66, ie £11 per foot. See http://www.brownshurdles.co.uk for contact details!

Many thanks to Janet Ranger (pictured, Chairman of the Dorchester Branch, Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers) for suggesting and supplying information and the picture for this item.


Annual Parochial Church Meeting

We elected Brenda Edwards and Geoff Edwardes to serve as our Churchwardens for the coming year.

Christine Baynton and Gill Webb were elected PCC members and Chris Corteen and John Matthews Deanery Synod representatives.

Gren Irwin, John and Rosemary Barker, Roger Davies, Peter Gould, Karin White, Val Wilson, Kim Moss, Gill Harrild, Chris Makepeace, Christa Patten, Judith and John Atwell and Tony Smale were appointed Sidesepersons.

Please pray that we will soon be able to appoint a new Treasurer, and if you know of someone who may be interested, please talk to Rhona, Geoff or Brenda. Brenda and Geoff were sworn in at the Archdeacon’s Visitation at St John the Baptist, Bere Regis, on Wednesday 14 May at 7.30pm.

Annual Attendance Survey

Thank you for your patience recently in completing our annual survey. This enabled us to update our list of regular attenders and make an accurate return of details of church life to the Diocese.

Christian Aid Week Results

(11th – 17th May 2014)

Thank you to all those who braved the weather as collectors, and to all contributors. The Churches Together collection raised £468.48.




Thank You  . . .

. . . From Jane and Ron Newbury to Holy Rood Friends:

Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your prayers, loving, faithful support and every kindly gesture. Thank you for all your offers of help which are deeply appreciated, even if we haven’t taken you up on them. We have truly felt the encompassing power of prayer, been very conscious of being carried through a challenging time and know a strength and peace that can only come from our faithful God and we give Him thanks for this. We ask God’s richest blessings on you all throughout 2014 and look forward to returning to church life and fellowship.


. . . From Rhona

I have been so moved and felt so supported by all the prayers, messages of support and sympathy, and the beautiful flowers and chocolates from the church and from individuals that have flooded in following the sudden death of Mattie. A special thank you to Judy for stepping in at short notice last Sunday to take the services, and to John Matthews for taking the service on Wednesday. - Rhona.


. . . From the Children’s Society for our Christingle Donations

Thank you to everyone who contributed practically and with their monetary gifts to the 2013 Christingle Appeal. It raised £245 to enable the Children’s Society in their work supporting vulnerable children.


. . . From the Philippines Appeal

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Alternative Christmas card, raising a total of £272.00 which we sent to the Philippines Hurricane DEC Appeal.


 . . . From the Archdeacons

Can we thank all who took part in this year’s Ride and Stride. We have recently heard from Simon Pomeroy, the Chair of Dorset Historic Churches Trust, that this year’s Ride and Stride has reached the record sum of £72,000 (the largest amount prior to this was £65,000). This is a superb result and due to increased participation across the county. This is a fantastic achievement and enabled £100,000 to be given in grants this year. Dorset Historic Churches Trust is a major contributor to the process of maintaining and developing our church buildings, and is now working closely with the Erskine Muton Fund ensuring that both funds maximize the support that they can give. Again many thanks for all the commitment and effort that went into achieving such a great result. Let’s see if we can attain an even higher amount in 2014. From: The Venerable Paul Taylor, Archdeacon of Sherborne and The Venerable Stephen Waine, Archdeacon of Dorset.



Church and Churchyard Maintenance

It was a beautiful sunny day on 1st March, and the team got on with a few jobs in the churchyard: laying carpet (yes, really: we’ll leave you to discover where and why), fixing a sticking gate and having a general spring clean. Meanwhile, our resident brass polisher was hard at work inside the church.




Flower Festival 2014 - Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August

Theme: "Reflections of World War I"




Church Fete




We had a hot and sunny afternoon for the fete!

(We don't mention the morning weather - our prayers were answered magnificently in the end.)


Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I

Held in the evening of Sunday 3rd August

In addition to the fete and themed flower festival, a special service was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. The preacher, with a forceful and very thought-provoking sermon, was the Chaplain at Bovington Garrison, the Revd Tony Dalton.

Quarter Peal to commemorate the start of the First World War

A quarter peal with muffled bells was also rung on the actual day of the Anniversary

(Monday 4th August 2014)



Farewell to Jane Williams - 28th September Jane was selected for training for the priesthood earlier this year, and she started her 2 year full-time course at Cuddesdon College near Oxford on 29th September. Jane will be a “weekly boarder”, while her family remain resident in Wool so we hope to see her occasionally at weekends when she is not away on placements at other churches. Her official last service was therefore on the morning of 28th September.




Christmas Shoe Box  coffee morning and ploughman's lunch

May I express a big thank-you to all who supported the Christmas Shoe Box  coffee morning and ploughman's lunch at Hillside Road last Tuesday. We raised £800.67. There were also many items of gifts we'll be able to put directly into the boxes.

At the moment we have 105 boxes fully completed, and around 50 partially completed. Our target is to complete 500 by the time the boxes have to go off (late October).

Flannels and soap are particularly in short supply. If you see them in shops at a reasonable price, please buy a bundle   (not just twos and threes) and we will reimburse you the money. Any other items will be gratefully received. Thank you - God Bless - Pauline Matthews (462128)


Quarter Peal - in memoriam

Our bellringers rang a quarter peal on Sunday 13th July in memory of Rob Cook, the local postman who died in a road accident on Wednesday 9th July. His funeral took place in church on Monday 28th July at 1.45pm.


Church and Churchyard Maintenance

Earlier last month, representatives from the Dorset Wildlife Trust visited Holy Rood churchyard to see what progress was being made under their "Living Churchyard" scheme. The visitors were impressed with our management of the grassland and hedgerows, and made some useful suggestions for the months ahead. We will receive a formal report which will be displayed in the church porch, alongside the certificate which shows we are signed up under the scheme.












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