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An area of the Churchyard in 2004

Our Churchyard is an important resource for both church and the wider community. Enjoy a stroll around our extensive churchyard following the Nature Trail or History Trail (see below).

The trails were devised by Dave McPherson and Rod Webb, and were funded with a grant from the East Stoke and Wool Community Chest. You can borrow laminated copies of the trail sheets from the leaflet dispenser near the main entrance to the churchyard, or download the pdf versions here.


There is also now a Prayer Labyrinth - and a guide to its use is available to borrow from the leaflet dispenser next to it..



Above - just after its construction



Above and below - The Labyrinth in the upper churchyard, October 2018



Click on the links to see more . . .

  1. 2017 Churchyard Extension - The Consecration

  2. The Churchyard as a natural habitat

  3. A Nature Trail and a History Trail to download - both these Trails, and the answers

  4. Church and Churchyard Maintenance (and also see below)

  5. Graves and memorials





Congratulations and very well done to our 2017 Gold Award Winning Churchyard and Maintenance Team!

Congratulations to all those involved with Church & Churchyard Maintenance - they’ve were awarded the top GOLD award in 2017 from the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Previously, they had received Bronze awards for three years running, so this represents an amazing achievement.

The assessors have also awarded them the second place Bishop's Prize of £50.




In March 2017, Dorset lichen expert, Jenny Seawright, completed a thorough survey of all the lichens to be found on the church walls, memorials, trees and wooden benches around the churchyard: an amazing total of 120 species!

You can take a look at Jenny's stunning photographs on the Dorset Nature website by following this link:




Churchyard Extension

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.

The new extension was consecrated on Sunday 28th May 2017, the Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Revd Karen Gorham. There are some photos here.


Church and Churchyard Maintenance

There are many small on-going jobs in the church and the churchyard that need to be done on a regular basis. A small group of volunteers meets on the first Saturday of every month at the church at 10.00am to carry out these tasks. If you feel that you could help in any way or you would like to know more details, please contact the Churchwardens.

You are welcome to join us - details from the Churchwardens or contact Tony Smale (462116).













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Last modified: Saturday, 18 January 2020