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The Church Of The Holy Rood      --      Wool, Dorset, U.K.

Events during 2015

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Previous events in 2015


Harvest Service and Harvest Supper

The displays at the Holy Rood Harvest Service on 4th October were mouth-watering and the church was beautifully decorated. Rhona presented the Bronze Award of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, given for our churchyard's wildlife-friendly features, to Tony Smale who received it on behalf of the whole Churchyard and Maintenance Team.

Well done to everyone who contributed to such a wonderful effort both inside and outside the church building.

Donations made at the Harvest Service on the 4 Oct were sent to the Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal, (see below) and the non-perishable goods were given to the local Food Bank.

Our Harvest Supper and Barn dance on 10th October 2015 at the D'Urberville Hall was a great success.

Many thanks to everyone who organised, catered, served, and cooked especially Joy and Gill as well as numerous others who all worked hard to ensure a very successful evening.

If you would like to see some more pictures, please follow the link here.

Thank you for all who supported the Harvest Service retiring collection in aid of the Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal, which raised £191.95. Also thank you to those at the Barn Dance evening who donated a further £61.78 to the appeal, making a grand total of £253.73.





Holy Rood Church Fete, Saturday 11th July 2015

This year's fete was much appreciated by everyone who attended. Our prayers for sunshine were answered with a resounding "yes!" and the hoped for crowds arrived, and the outcome was a community event for all the family that hopefully sent most if not all people away with a smile, maybe with some homemade produce - or even a raffle or tombola prize if they were lucky. Thank you very much to all the humans (too numerous to mention but all much appreciated) who worked so hard for weeks to create the artwork, grow the produce, make the preserves, man the stalls, construct the weapons (yes, really!) and finally put it all together.

The parachuting Teddies all get an honourable mention too - they played a starring role.

Funds raised were split between the Church and the Dementia Charity.



East Stoke Fete/Dog show

The day was fun and blessed with good weather. So far £1500 net has been raised towards the village hall fund with more sponsorship money to come in. A big Thank You from the Committee to all those who supported the event.



Shoe Box Appeal Coffee Morning & Ploughman’s Lunch, 4th August

At 23 Hillside Road, 10.30am-2.00pm. Many people came for coffee, lunch, or both and help to raise money for this year’s Shoe Box appeal.

Despite a couple of very brief showers the 4th August was basically fine and even sunny in parts. A good turnout of people came for coffee, lunch, or both to help to raise money for this year’s Shoe Box appeal. Many of you brought shoe boxes and/or items to put in them, and everyone donated very generously to raise funds. This is going to help Pauline Matthews pay for the additional items required in the boxes, as well as helping towards the ever-increasing transport costs. Many, many thanks to the large number of people who worked so hard to make this such a success. The total raised was a very impressive record of £820.



Summer Fayre & Coffee Morning on THURS JUNE 18TH, Manor Farm, Spring St, 10.30am-12noon. Admission £2 to include coffee & biscuits.  Lots of stalls; cakes, plants, books, jewellery, tombola, etc.

Wool Carnival on 20 June 2015 -  Churches Together Stand

The theme this year was the 1950’s and we had a beach theme chill out area with activities for families. Should anyone be able to spare an hour or so to help provide a welcome to people visiting the tent then please have a word with Chris Corteen tel 462642. Any amount of time you can give to our mission and service to our community would be most appreciated.

Help for Nepal

Cash collections on Sunday 21st June was in aid of the DEC's Nepal Appeal. Many of you may have already responded to one of the various appeals in recent weeks, but if not, then please consider making a donation on this day.

Prayer and Planning Meeting

This was on Saturday 13th June 2015—9.30am—2.15pm in the School Hall.


Pilgrimage walk

A Pilgrimage walk took place from Old Sarum to Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 16th June as part of the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta. It starts at 12noon - see the Salisbury Diocese website for more information at http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/sites/default/files/Magna%20Carta%202015%20Programme%20of%20Events_0.pdf


Home Groups in Spring and Summer 2015

Monday Evening Group


We decided at the last meeting before Easter to do a 7-session course, by Rob Frost, on ‘The Prodigal Son’ – which is really all about the topic of Grace and how this well-known story demonstrates different aspects of grace, and what grace means and entails.

The first meeting is on 20th April at 23 Hillside Road, and we would be delighted to welcome anyone able to come. More details here and from Judy Hill by phone (462888).

(We hope at that first meeting to collect some topics that people would like to discuss for the next sessions after the Prodigal Son series.)


Wednesday Evening Group

The Wednesday Evening Group, led by Chris Corteen and John Underwood, alternates between “Pippins”, Giddy Green Lane, East Burton, and 11, Lawrence View. More information from Chris Corteen (462642).

Starting on Wed 15 April through to Wed 6 May the Home Group will be discussing our response as Christians to the General Election and the issues being raised by the politicians. We will be using material from the House of Bishops pastoral letter 'Who is my Neighbour'.

The first session will take place at 'Primroses' Lawrence View at 7.30pm.

Feel free to contact Chris Corteen (462642). All Welcome.


Thursday Afternoon Group

The Lampton Close home group now meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.


PCC Announcement

Cancellation of 8am Communion Services during May

As many in our parish will be aware, Revd. Rhona Floate sadly suffered an accident on 16 April which resulted in her having a badly broken arm and as a consequence being unable to undertake services for about 6 weeks. At such short notice it has been difficult to find clergy to replace her for all services particularly when Reverend Judy Hill is already committed to other engagements during May.

As a consequence it has been necessary to cancel the 8.00am BCP Communion services from now until the end of May.

10.00am Common Worship Communion services and Revive will take place as usual as will the Wednesday morning services. Weddings, Baptisms and funerals are similarly covered.

Please remember Rhona in your prayers and look forward to her being able to return to health as soon as possible.

A huge thank you

A huge thank you to all the visiting Clergy who have and who will be helping out with services during this time of Rhona’s enforced absence.




Revd. John Goodman

Many will remember Revd. John Goodman, who was once a much-loved incumbent here in Holy Rood, Wool. Sadly John died on 14th May 2015, quite suddenly and peacefully in his own home, aged 95. He had a rock steady faith, and a long full life, marked by his exemplary kindness, compassion, and faithfulness. John made many friends here in Wool where he will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him. He was increasingly frail in his later years, but very much retained his sharp mental faculties, never lost that twinkle in his eye, and still enjoyed corresponding with his many friends – for whom he prayed regularly.

Our sympathies and prayers go with all the members of John’s family.

The Thanksgiving Service for John's life was on Thursday 28th May 2015 at St John's Church, Devizes, Wiltshire. There is a map of Devizes here: http://www.stjohnwithstmary.org.uk/images/site-only-do-not-use/devizes-map.png

Donations in memoriam, if desired, may be sent to the Funeral Directors: I. N. Newman, Griffin House, 55 Winchester Street, Salisbury, SP1 1HL. Monies raised will be split between St Peter's Church, Devizes; and the Royal British Legion.




After meticulously photographing wildflowers in the churchyard through the seasons, Dave McPherson has started to put together his month-by-month guides on what you should be able to see. The first of these covered the month of April and was displayed in the church porch.


Church and Churchyard Maintenance and Church Spring Clean Saturday 28th March

Thank you to everyone who turned out to help with churchyard maintenance and the church spring clean on Saturday 28th March.


Licensing Service - Holy Rood, Tuesday 10th March, 7.30pm

There was a service of Holy Communion at which Rhona was instituted as Vicar of Wool & East Stoke and as Rural Dean of Purbeck by the Rt Revd Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the evening such a welcoming and uplifting occasion. £245.66 was given to support work in The Sudan and South Sudan.


Women's World Day of Prayer (Friday 6th March 2.30 p.m. at the Methodist Chapel)

The service was written by women of the Bahamas. This year’s service raised £177. WWDP makes funds grants to UK based charities for work with women and children, or for projects in the country which is the focus for the year’s service - the Bahamas.


Churches Together Lent Lunch

A "Give up Lunch" was held on Saturday 7th March. Churches Together served "Hot Soup at High Noon" at the Methodist Church.

This raised £156.48 for Canon Andrew White's Charity 'Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East'.


Pop-Up Cafe

Thank you to all the people involved in the Pop-Up Cafe Breakfasts in the D'Urberville on 28th February.

You made the Parish Council's exhibition about the community facilities development a really good social event for those who attended, and your hard work was very much appreciated.


East Stoke Quiz Update

Thank you to all who supported this fund raising event. Congratulations to the ‘Woollies’ Team which came top out of 14 teams! A good time was had by all and over £400 was raised for the village hall fund.













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