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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.







Next Purbeck Praise Evening

6pm Sunday 23rd July at St Christopher’s Church, Winfrith Newburgh.



Recent Events in May to July


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 Sticky 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.




Later Coming Events


Coming up in August - The Shoebox Coffee Morning - 8th August

Don't miss the famous annual Shoebox Coffee Morning! It's on 8th August this year. Come and meet friends at this Coffee Morning where you can also stay on for lunch! Come to either or better still stay for both and help to raise money for this year’s Shoe Box appeal. You may also like to bring along shoe boxes and/or items to put in them.

(Collecting goods and money to help fill a shoebox. The boxes go to poor children, in African and Eastern European orphanages or deprived families, at Christmas, giving them what may be the only gift they ever get.)


Tea Pot Club - Dates of future meetings in 2017

All "teapots" are held at the Methodist Chapel at 2pm except where stated

Tuesday 4th July Methodist Chapel
Tuesday 18th July Shared Lunch - details from Gren
Tuesday 8th August Shoe Box Coffee Morning, stalls of items for sale, & Ploughman’s Lunches – at 23 Hillside Road


Then a summer break, and we reconvene on September 12th:


Tuesday 12th Sept

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 26th Sept

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 10th Oct

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 24th Oct

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 7th Nov

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 21st Nov

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 5th Dec

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 19th Dec

Methodist Chapel



Gren Irwin


Pauline Matthews

23 Hillside Road


3 Lampton Close

01929 — 462742


01929 — 462128



"Sticky Church"

"Sticky Church" is quite new to Holy Rood and we will have an article about it soon.

In the meantime, here is a quick preview of the fun, to give an idea of how it is going:



There are several other pictures, on their own page here. More details about the when and how, from the vicar  -

Tel: Revd Carol on 01929 462215





Family Service

At the family service to celebrate love and marriage, we had great time thinking about what love really means.



(The cake, wine, tea and coffee we all enjoyed afterwards were really good, too!)


Other Notices


If you are unwell or know someone who is . . .

Hospital Visiting

If you know of someone in hospital who would appreciate a visit from a representative of Holy Rood Church, do please let us know. We have no way of knowing who is in hospital unless you let us know. It doesn’t matter if they are not regular churchgoers.

Please contact the vicar (01929 462215, or refer to the Contacts page.)

Home Communion for the sick & house bound

If you or anyone you know is unable to come to any of the services, and would like to receive communion at home, please let the vicar (01929 462215) know, and she can arrange for a member of the Pastoral Team to visit.



Prayer Chain

If you have a specific issue that you would like the members of our Prayer Chain to be praying for you on your behalf, please contact Jane Newbury on 462134.

If you would prefer to talk through an issue in more depth or would like someone to visit you, please let the vicar know on (01929 462215).


Community Information and Announcements



07751 968 944

Having only one person to 'man' a landline phone we have had to introduce a mobile. If you want transport ring 07751 968 944 and leave a message - containing your name, your phone number, and a brief summary of your need. Someone will get back to you quite quickly.

Thank you.



Local Surgery News - selections from

the Wellbridge Practice newsletter


Breast Feeding

BREAST FEEDING FRIENDLY- if you need to feed your baby whilst at the surgery please ask at reception and we will be happy to find a room for you to do this.

Social Worker

SOCIAL WORKER - we are pleased to inform you that we have a Social Worker available in the Practice on the last Monday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30. The social worker is here to offer advice and guidance to our patients. If you would like an appointment with the social worker please contact reception.

In a bereavement

BEREAVEMENT GROUP - our in house bereavement group has received praise and recommendation from patients who have used the service. If you know anyone who may be struggling with a bereavement please tell them about this service. Contact Jackie at the surgery.


Just a reminder that OPEN SURGERY is intended for patients who have an urgent problem that needs attention on the day and cannot wait until the next available routine appointment. The surgery doors open at 8.20am and patients will be seen in order of arrival unless there is an emergency. Please note some patients will be waiting to see a doctor or nurse in a pre-booked appointment and may therefore be taken in before patients waiting for open surgery. Patients can still request a telephone call from the doctor if that is their preference.


General Notices


Pewsheet delivered direct to your inbox

You can receive the weekly pewsheet and quarterly "Church Without Walls" direct to you by email each week/month.

Please contact Jenny Hunt on THESKYPILOT [at*] sky.com if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

Information for the pewsheet

Please send to holyroodpewsheet [at*] hotmail.com by the preceding Monday for inclusion.

 *You need to replace the [at*] by @ in the addresses above and remove any spaces.



Planned Giving

Thank you to all those who plan their giving towards the work of God’s Church. This really does help to structure the church budget in order to better prepare for and plan our mission in this place. You can give even more efficiently by Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer.

Please also consider setting up a Standing Order with your bank which again is more cost effective by saving on the cost of envelopes. Many of you did that last year and so we have been able to further reduce the number of envelopes needed. So those of you looking for your envelope will notice that your number may well have changed.

If you require further details about Gift Aid or paying through the bank or have any other questions then please do not hesitate to speak to Chris Corteen or contact her on tel. 462642.



Details of forthcoming Services

Are to be found above and also in the Quarterly Bulletin, "Church Without Walls", here.


(For more general service pattern details see the 'Services' page, here.)


Help Wanted


Help us clean the church throughout the year

Please consider giving an hour to help clean the church. Currently it works out about once a month but the more that help the less often it will be. Cleaning can be done at your convenience as long as we have a clean church on Sunday.

Please, please help; contact Sue Burroughs, tel. 01929 463803 or email sue@whomwah.com for more details.


Wanted - School Governors

There are currently three vacancies for Foundation Governors at Wool CE VA Primary School. Governors play an important role in the management of the school, supporting the Head Teachers, staff and pupils. They need to be able to attend 4 governing body meetings, sub-committee meetings and spend additional time in school, during school hours and supporting events outside of the school day too. It is stimulating and rewarding.

Foundation Governors need to be communicant members of the Church of England or another Christian church. We particularly need parents of children attending the school.

For contact details during the vacancy please refer to the Contacts page.


Share and Care needs Helpers

Share and Care is in desperate of volunteer drivers and a telephone Link person. If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Bridget on 01929 463835.


Church 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 - please refer to the Contacts page.



Future Services

See the Bulletins page for brief details of planned services and some other future events.


Previous News and Events


Previous News and Events

Events during 2013 Events during 2014 Events during 2015 Harvest 2015 Events during 2016 Reordering progress Fete 2016 Flower festival 2016 Purbeck Evening Praise Farewell to Rhona Licensing 2017













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