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Events during 2016

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Events during 2016




Purbeck Evening Praise

Date   Theme   Speaker   Venue
27th November, 6.00pm   The Generosity of God   Speaker: The Reverend Paul Keys   Venue: St Josephs, Wool
25th December   Christmas Break   No meeting scheduled

More details about what Purbeck Evening Praise is, here.




Revive! Services

Revive! is a time for families and friends to be together on a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy tea, a bible story, a song or two and some other activities, in a relaxed atmosphere in Wool CE VA School Hall.

We now run Revive! on the second Sunday of the month only, starting at 4.30pm.







Sunday, 20th November 2016

At today’s 10am Parish Communion, The Archdeacon of Dorset, The Ven. Antony MacRow-Wood, announced that our new incumbent is to be the Revd. Carol Langford, who is currently the Parish Priest of the Church of the Holy Angels, in Lilliput, Poole.

Those of our church who have spent time with and interviewed Carol, highly recommended her to us and we look forward to welcoming her, possibly at the end of February 2017.

A similar announcement is being made today at her own church.




Advent Carol Service at Holy Rood 27th November

Sunday 27 November at 3.30pm

This year it will be a service with a difference. There will be an Iona style service on Sunday 27 November at 3.30pm called ‘What are you waiting for?’

This service is designed to help us reflect on the true meaning of Advent, together with some favourite Advent hymns. There will be refreshments afterwards.



Jazz Evening (with the Sunset Café Stompers) on Saturday 20th August 7.30pm


A huge thank you to all those who supported the Jazz Evening recently.

£551 was the total raised for the Reordering Project.



Ride and Stride for Church Funds — Saturday 10th September

Last year Wool raised £600 for Dorset Historic Churches Trust, with £300 being returned to us: we also came fairly high up in the league chart of giving - so thank you again to all who supported.

This year, Kim Moss, Tony Smale, Val Wilson and Brenda Edwards took part so please sponsor them.

If you still have not contributed, this is your last call! The final total is awaited.



Harvest Supper 1st October 7.00pm

Harvest Supper with the Purbeck Quire on the 1st October in the D'Urberville Hall, Wool was cancelled in favour of a  Purbeck Quire concert in Holy Rood, raising funds for the reordering project.

The evening was well attended and the music very appropriate for a traditional Dorset village celebration of the harvest season as it would have been 100 years ago. Many thanks to Purbeck Quire and to all who attended.



Canzonetta in Concert - 9th October in Holy Rood

Canzonetta made a welcome return to us on Sunday 9th October 2016 3-4pm. With a mix of songs covering five centuries, fabulous arrangements of Greensleeves, Mr Sandman, and other favourites, Canzonetta had their biggest audience ever here, with standing room only!

Admission was free with the retiring collection being for our church. The evening raised just over £250. Several people commented on how good it was to see the church being so well used.

A big thank you to Canzonetta for such a generous and wonderful afternoon's entertainment. ]

Thanks also to Gloria and the team who served refreshments, and to all those who provided  such an irresistible array of cakes. (There wasn't much left!)

Brenda E




Wareham Town Band presented "The Last Night Of The Proms" -  Saturday 22nd October at 7.00pm in Holy Rood church

A memorable and enjoyable evening much appreciated by everyone who attended, raising funds for the reordering project. Thank you, Wareham Town Band.



Well done to our Churchyard and Maintenance Team

Congratulations to all those involved with Church & Churchyard Maintenance, as they’ve just been awarded BRONZE from the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

This award is for the third year running so very well done to Tony and the team!

We now have the Dorset Wildlife Trust's 2016 report on the Churchyard Wildlife page.

We're pleased to announce that we've been awarded a grant of £138 from the East Stoke and Wool Community Chest towards our project to develop Nature and History trails in the churchyard. If you would like to help with this project, please get in touch. Our next regular work session in the churchyard is on Sat 5 November from 10am.

Churchyard Extension Update

You will have noticed, if you walk up to the end of Church Lane, that the path has now been laid to the new churchyard extension. This was paid for from the Building Fund.

Notice also how well the trees, donated by the Woodland Trust and planted by the Maintenance team, are growing.

 On Sunday 28th May 2017, the Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Revd Karen Gorham, will be visiting us to meet parishioners and to consecrate the new Churchyard extension .



And on the subject of our Maintenance Team . .

Dramatic Rooftop Rescue !

During a routine inspection of the church gutters, our intrepid churchwarden, Geoff Edwardes, managed to rescue a very sad and bedraggled Rupert Bear. (The alias ‘George’ embroidered onto Rupert's jumper helped identify the little chap.)

Rupert (better known as George) was still attached to his parachute after his thrilling (but eventually disastrous) drop from the church tower during the summer fête.

George's impressive parachute drop

He recovered from his ordeal, and was soon awaiting a second rescue from his new accommodation on the hat stand at the back of the church. Although he probably thought his new indoor situation was better than the roof, he was widely thought to be pining for his original family.

Happily we can finally report that our hero (Rupert/George - not Geoff!) was finally reunited with that family, clean as a whistle having had a thorough wash and brush up courtesy of Tony Smale.


Harvest Festival (10am, 2nd October)

This took the form of an Iona style service, "Ruth's Harvest", focussing on the Book of Ruth.

The Old Testament's Book of Ruth contains Ruth's story of romance and redemption involving:

- a young widow (pretty but poor);

- a mother-in-law (bereaved and bitter);

- a harvest field (recently, and rather incompletely, harvested);

 . . . and a rich, shy, eligible bachelor!

For more details of what happened next (and how the story affects our own responsibilities to the poor), you should have come to church on 2nd October at 10am!

Quiz Evening to raise funds for the Cologne Road Community Room

A big thank you to all who supported this event. A fantastic £205 was raised. Chris C

Charity Coffee Morning at the Black Bear, Wool held on Tuesday 16th February

Thank you for all the support at the coffee morning held recently. Very pleased to report £404 was raised for MIND, the Mental Health Charity. A special thank you goes to Mel and her team at the Black Bear. Gill Webb

Pancake Day

Many thanks to all who helped and supported the recent Pancake Day Event. Between all the stalls a wonderful total of £341.45 was raised; once again, a big thank you…. Jenny H



Church Fete and Flower Festival Weekend

Many thanks to all who helped out at the Flower Festival and Fete over the weekend. The sun shone, the wind blew, teddies leapt from the tower (with parachutes) and there was a really happy relaxed atmosphere.

All the hard work in running the stalls, providing produce to sell and games to play, really paid off. Thank you also to all the loyal supporters who came and made it such a successful weekend.

The flower displays in the church were stunning. The villagers in the parish rose to the challenge and produced beautiful displays reflecting their own areas: sheep, castles and floods all featured along with the children’s own views of life in the parish. This was a true village flower festival; an exuberant display of flowers. A triumph, especially from those who had little knowledge of flower arranging but were prepared to have a go.

The grand total of monies raised was a tremendous £1304.36 and this will go into the Building Fund for the Reordering of the back of the church.

Thank you everyone!


Apologies for the delayed arrival of the pictures: these are now accessible via the links as follows:

Fete pictures

Flower Festival Pictures

More information on the reordering project



Rhona’s Licensing Service

A large party of supporters travelled up to Westbury on Thursday 14 July to see Rhona licensed as the new Rector of the White Horse Team Ministry.

The All Saints church, big enough to fit in 3 or 4 Holy Roods, was a wide spacious church and packed for the occasion. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Revd Edward Cowdry, and the Archdeacon, the Rt Revd Alan Jeans and the singing was led by a strong choir and enthusiastic organist.

Many of the local dignitaries greeted Rhona as part of the service, some with great enthusiasm. After the service refreshments were served at the back of the church which enabled further greeting and socialising. It was a happy and positive occasion and we left Rhona smiling and laughing among her new parishioners.

- John Williams




Jane Williams' Ordination on Sunday 26th June

She was Mrs. Jane Williams before . . .

                              . . . and became The Revd Jane Williams after!

Jane, a member of our church who has undergone ordination training, was ordained deacon on Sunday 26th June 2016 at 10.30am in Salisbury Cathedral.

A small contingent from Holy Rood Church attended this very special, moving, and joyful service.

Jane is well known to many people in Wool, not only from her time worshipping in Holy Rood, but in her distinguished former nursing career both in the Wellbridge surgery in Wool and as Matron of Swanage Hospital. Jane is leaving our parish now to serve her first curacy in Wareham.

Talking to the Salisbury Diocesan Website, Jane said:

“I’ve discovered that when God calls you, there is no way you can ignore him. I was at the height of a long career in the NHS and I loved being a nurse, but God had other ideas.

“Even though I resisted for a while, a bit like the story of Jonah, here I am today, being ordained, and it feels like the most natural thing. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’m really excited about it.”
















Teapot Club outing

On Tuesday 21st June, Teapot Club went for an outing to Moreton Gardens instead of their usual venue at the Methodist Chapel.

A good time was had by all!









Other pictures are on the 'Teapot page' - here.



90th Birthday of HM The Queen with Revive!

The Revive! service celebrated with a tea and a short service.










Christingle Service

Thank you to all who contributed: £123 was paid into the Children’s Society. Jenny Hunt

Dorset Historic Churches Trust

The total raised by Holy Rood was £600 with £300 being returned to Holy Rood. The rest is used to make grants to help other churches in Dorset via Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Thank you to all who took part and donated —Jenny Hunt

London Marathon

Thank you from Beccy Spicer to all those who supported her charity run recently. Beccy completed the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of MIND and ran with an incredible time of 4 hours and 45 minutes - and she's raised approximately £3000.

Well done indeed to Beccy! (You are now, officially, one in a million!)





Away Day – Encounter with Jesus - Saturday 5 March

at "The Quiet Space", Poundbury, Dorchester

More than 30 people came to this event, spending a day together reflecting on our response to Jesus’ calling on our lives. Led by Revd. Jenny Alidina, and focussing on Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, the day was a huge success and there was a definite feeling that we need to do this again.

Thank you very much to Jenny for her wise and highly skilled leadership; and for what was clearly her huge amount of work and prayerful preparation.

And thank you to the organisers who helped make it a smooth-running success.



Holy Rood Lent Appeal for Water Aid - "Jars of Change"

During Lent we had an opportunity to live more simply, and be generous to those in need. WaterAid transforms the lives of people by providing clean water.

After a mammoth counting effort Judy Hills sent off  £335.50 on 7th April.

. . . Thank you all for helping!





Bingo At The Black Bear on Sunday 3rd April

As a response to our recent stewardship campaign, Mel, the landlady of the Black Bear, very generously offered to host a fund raising Bingo evening, with all the proceeds going to Holy Rood.

Mel has been running these evenings for the last five years and in doing so has supported a whole range of groups and societies not only in Wool but also in Bovington. February’s beneficiary for example was the Cologne Road Community Centre.

On 3rd April, over £700 was raised for Holy Rood in what was a fun evening with some delicious food which Mel provided free of charge. We are so grateful to her.

Please come along on Bingo nights, and support Mel and your local community!


Wool Carnival on 18th June

Procession round the village started at Amber Hardware at 11am

Stalls and things to do or ride on, on the playing field

LIVE MUSIC FROM APPROX 5.30 pm With Sammie & Deuteronomy



















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