The Church Of The Holy Rood -- Wool, Dorset, U.K.
Our Churchyard is an important resource for both church and the wider community.
An area of the Churchyard in 2004
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(Enjoy a stroll around our extensive churchyard following the Nature Trail or History Trail. 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.)
Church and Churchyard Maintenance 2017
When they met at the beginning of February, some of the team set about whitewashing the wall at the back of the church and fitting a new shelf in the storeroom (made using wood left over from the church renovations). Others were out in the bright sunshine, tidying the churchyard and cutting back the bamboo hedge.
Congratulations and well done to our Churchyard and Maintenance Team!
Congratulations to all those involved with Church & Churchyard Maintenance - they’ve just been awarded another BRONZE award from the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
This award is for the third year running so very well done to Tony and the team!
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).
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.
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