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Events during 2017

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Teapot news

At the “Teapot Club” meeting on Tuesday 24th October, Jill Jenkinson spoke about her work with "Wheels for the World", a charity taking refurbished wheelchairs and other equipment and aid to Ghana in west Africa. Jill is there for most of November and our prayers for her, and the team she is leading, would be welcome.



An invitation to afternoon tea, with John and Rosemary - Friday 1st September 2017 at 2.30pm

This was a chance to have tea and cakes at 1 Vicarage Close, raising funds in aid of The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society on Friday 1st September 2017 from 2.30pm - 4.30pm at 1 Vicarage Close. Please come and support this worthwhile cause.

Many thanks to friends and neighbours who helped and supported this popular event. A total of £159 was raised and sent to the MS Society.



Congratulations to John and Pauline Matthews who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on 19th August 2017



More good news from the swallows in the porch - 13th August

- their second brood has not only hatched but appeared to be flying round the church at the 8am Sunday Communion Service on 13th August.

Now all these babies need is enough sense of direction to find their way out again, and they can begin to sort out the route of their trip from here to South Africa - leaving in 4-6 weeks time.


Picture from Revd Carol taken in early August

For more details of what their next moves are likely to be, see the RSPB page at:




Churchyard Maintenance

Luckily, the rain held off until the end of our work session on 5th August, so we got plenty of jobs done. Some of us were clearing out the wooden shed while others were out in the fresh air, tidying the Calvary mound, strimming nettles and shaping the saplings along the top boundary - you can now see the new hedgerow taking shape, with a handful of saplings left to grow into full size trees. Now, I know we’ve only just had the Summer Fete, but John was busy measuring up the area next to the church ready for next year’s event - obviously not letting the grass grow under his feet! - Tony Smale.



The Shoebox Coffee Morning and Lunch - Tuesday 8th August

Our prayers for a fine day were answered (for that part of the day at least!) and it was a great success with many people attending and helping raise funds for the hundreds of shoeboxes with gifts within, that Pauline and her helpers will send to underprivileged children once again this year.

A total of £870 was raised on the day which is a staggering amount and a huge tribute to everyone's generosity as well as a wonderful result from all the work that went into it. (Since then more funds have been donated or given directly raising the total to over £1,000.)


A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported this event. The total so far £1,005 and counting (13th August 2017).

- Pauline and Gren


Here are a few pictures from the day -













Recent Events in May to July


Teapot Club Summer lunch - Tuesday 18th July

Many thanks to Revd Carol for taking these pictures






Wool Primary School Summer Fete Saturday 15 July

A beautiful day on the D'Urberville field (even if just a touch windy)! Several people from Holy Rood went to lend a hand with running stalls to support children, staff, and parents and of course the hard-working PTA who did all the organising.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves (with a very good number of people attending). We hear that the fair was a financial success, which is very good news for the school.






Wool C of E VA Primary School

On 12th July, Wool Primary School year 5-6 pupils came to Holy Rood to learn about Holy Communion.

Many came forward for a blessing.








Church Fete - Saturday 1st July 2017

Many thanks to all who helped and especially to John Williams who again has done a wonderful job of organising it all.

There was a good attendance on a beautiful day, and funds raised were as follows:

Stall Money raised on the day Money coming in later Total raised
Plants  £42.81   £42.81
Cross Bows £29.50   £29.50
Bric a Brac £81.20   £81.20
Tombola £183.10   £183.10
Trebuchet £37.00 £6.50 £43.50
Cakes and teas £229.59   £229.59
Cake Stall £129.12 £10.00 £139.12
Teddies from the Tower £11.00   £11.00
Raffle £207.00   £207.00
Cakes and Lollies £13.40   £13.40
Duck Stall £36.50   £36.50
Coconut Shy £37.50   £37.50
Books £72.10 £23.00 £95.10
Donation £40.00   £40.00
Face Painting   £15.00 £15.00
Totals £1,149.82 £54.50 £1,204.32
LESS expenses (£50.00) Tent  
  (£25.00) Tables  
Final Total £1,129.32    


The total is to be equally divided between a donation towards the proposed Purbeck Admiral Nurse; and a much-needed upgrade to our unreliable sound system.

(The upgrade should make our Parish Church much more helpful to those with hearing disabilities.)


Church Fete - A Big Thank You . . .

Many thanks to all who helped setting up, running staffs and clearing up after the Fete. Thanks also to those who baked, cooked, grew seedlings and plants, turned out pre-loved bric-a-brac and books, and made beautiful crafts for the stalls. A special thanks to those providing teas and cakes who worked non stop to keep us going. It was a really successful afternoon with lots of sunshine fun and laughter, all made possible with your support. Thank You - John Williams

. . . and another

Many Many Thanks to everyone who organised and helped at the Church Fete last Saturday. A great afternoon with over £1100 raised for the Admiral Nurse for Purbeck and a new PA system for the church - Rev Carol



New Life in the Porch

The Vicar has photographed several new recruits for Messy Church . . .

(picture taken by Revd Carol on 29th June 2017)



Girls in Fellowship Together

GiFT now meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 3 Lampton Close. See here for some more details, or contact Mrs Pauline Matthews (01929 462128)



Coffee Morning (Saturday 10th June)

A beautiful sunny morning for coffee and cake, generously hosted by Revd Carol and Mark in their garden on Saturday 10th June.

It was to raise funds for the Fete Prizes, and raised £165 - many thanks to them, and all who helped and contributed.
























Ascension Day Pilgrimage to St Aldhelm's Chapel, Thursday 25th May

Bishop Karen, Bishop of Sherborne, led a Pilgrimage on 25th May 2017 to celebrate both Ascension Day and St Aldhelm's Feast Day. This was a part of the great worldwide wave of prayer 'Thy Kingdom Come' that happened between Ascension (25th May) and Pentecost (4th June).

What is a pilgrimage?

"Pilgrimage is a meaningful journey to a sacred place. It provides the opportunity to step out of the non-stop busyness of our lives, to seek a time of quiet and reflection. It gives us the chance to ‘walk through’ those issues that we have on our minds, whatever they might be. It is a time of simply ‘being’ rather than always ‘doing’."

What does it mean for Christians?

For Christians, some reasons for going on pilgrimage might be:

bulletTo set aside time for God and feel closer to Him
bulletTo discern his will and guidance at times of transition or difficulty
bulletTo be strengthened in faith
bulletTo feel inspired by the communion of saints who have gone before us

- from The Pilgrim's Way website (at http://www.pilgrimswaycanterbury.org/why-pilgrimage)


About 70 people, including a group from Holy Rood, walked from the Renscombe Farm Car Park (BH19 3LL) to St. Aldhelm's Chapel, about 1.5 miles each way. (Pilgrimages do not always have to be as long as The Pilgrim's Way to Canterbury, nor do they need to take weeks!)


At the tiny chapel, Bishop Karen conducted a short service of prayers and Holy Communion.



Afterwards there was an opportunity to picnic in the wonderful weather, whilst enjoying the views from the cliff top at St Aldhelm's.






The Norman chapel of St Aldhelm is about 800 years old, perched on top of high cliffs, and accessible only on foot. It is a very special place, and has an atmosphere of holiness all its own. St Aldhelm was the first Bishop of Sherborne; Bishop Karen is his direct successor 1,311 years later.






Consecration of the new Churchyard extension - Sunday 28th May 2017

There are some pictures below - for more information see the separate page.

The Rt Rev Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, visited us on Sunday 28th May to celebrate Communion, to preach at that service, and then to consecrate the extension to our ancient churchyard.




New Choir

We have not had a church choir for some years so this innovation is something we can all enjoy and celebrate.

Thank you to everyone willing and brave enough to take part - your contribution was really good to hear during the Sunday 10am Communion service. Some members are pictured below, and apologies to anyone whom I had to miss out this time.






New Vicar for Holy Rood - Tuesday, 28th February 2017


The Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Revd Carol Langford, and the Archdeacon of Dorset, Ven. Antony MacRow-Wood.

We welcomed the Revd. Carol Langford to be our new vicar at a licensing service on Shrove Tuesday, 28th February 2017.

It was a big occasion in our small church building, as we welcomed about 130 worshippers to a packed service on the evening of 28th February. Many members of Carol's previous congregation at Lilliput attended, as well as Carol and Mark's family, and representatives of numerous village organisations as well as the members of the local Holy Rood congregation.

Churchwarden Brenda Edwards presents the Church Keys to our new incumbent


Revd Carol Langford after the service with The Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Revd Karen Gorham


Gathering afterwards in the hall of nearby Wool CofE VA Primary school

Two of Carol's supporting ministry team, Revd Judith Hill (Retired Associate Priest) and Mrs Jenny Hunt (licensed Lay Minister).

(Our other licensed Lay Minister, Mr John Matthews, was acting in one of his other roles - as our church organist - for this occasion.)


Thank you -

Dear Friends

Mark and I would like to thank everyone for your warm welcome to us on our move to Wool and East Stoke. We were very moved by my licensing Service on Tuesday where we were supported by so many people. Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard in planning and organising the Service and the wonderful refreshments afterwards; we felt very blessed. 

With thanks & blessings,

Revd Carol












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