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The Wednesday Munch Club was in full swing on 8th August!

The Shoebox Coffee Morning, on 7th August, was a great success.

Songs of Praise on 15th July took place in "Holy Rood Church" - but not this one! This was held in the older church building in Coombe Keynes which is now in the care of the Coombe Keynes Trust as a community building. A few pictures from Coombe Keynes may be seen below.

Our Fete was held the previous week, on 7th July. There are some pictures of the 2018 fete on separate pages, as follows:

Inside the church (with flowers and window hangings)

Outside round the stalls (including Teddies Parachuting from the Tower!)




August and September Coming Events for your diary


(more details are to be found below these brief diary entries)

Wednesday 1st August, 10-12noon

Holy Communion followed by 'Coffee and Cake' - held at the Cologne Road Rooms, Bovington (NOT in the D’Urberville Hall as this is closed for the week).

(This is in the building that used to be the local shop. It is after the old school entrance on the left, not far from the main road turning into Cologne road. It's set back, just before the houses on the left side of the road.)


Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August, 12.45pm

Collaborative project between Churches Together in Wool (CTiW) and Wool Library, lunches for children and families in the Kids of Wool Building D’Urberville Centre. List of food and help needed at the back of the Church.


Tuesday 7th August from 10.30am to 2pm

Annual Shoebox Coffee Morning with Ploughman’s Lunches, at 23 Hillside Road, Wool - Come and enjoy a chat with friends new and old, have coffee, lunch or both - and possibly find one or two bargains! Voluntary donations in aid of the Shoebox Appeal to help the less fortunate enjoy Christmas. Books, Bric-a-Brac, Produce and Cakes are also on sale - and the Raffle.


Thursday 16th August, 11am-3pm

Summer Staycation in Church - ‘A day in the capital with Afternoon Tea at the Ritz’.


Sunday 19th August, 6pm ‘Hymns and Pimms’ at the Labyrinth.

The title above says it all! (Non-alcoholic Pimms-like drinks are of course available.)

Holy Rood Labyrinth is at the very top of the Churchyard. There will be a Shuttle Service from Church Lane and/or Quarr Hill  available on the day to assist with access to the labyrinth area.


And for your September diary . . .


Ride and Stride for Church Funds—Saturday 8th September

Dorset Historic Churches Trust are once again inviting YOU to raise money for your local church by becoming a cyclist or to walk to a number of your local/ Deanery churches (or even further afield).

50% of the money you raise is returned to your church. If you would like to take part or sponsor this event, please contact Jenny Hunt. 01929 462570 or www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk


Next Messy Church Saturday 1st September, 3pm

See the poster below!


Home Groups

Our homegroups meet during Term time only for Bible study, discussion, prayer and fellowship: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s. They break up week commencing 30th July for Summer holidays and will recommence week beginning Monday 3rd September. See Pew sheets for more details.

Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT)

This is a young mums group that meet in term time at the home of Mrs Pauline Matthews (01929 462128). From 7.30pm until 9pm on the first and third Tuesday each month, we chat, have tea or coffee and cake. We end with a thought of the day and a prayer. All mums are welcome. Next one will be Tuesday 4th September.

The Tea Pot Club

The date for the next meeting for all ‘Teapots’ will be Tuesday 11th September 2pm, at the Methodist Chapel in Wool. Contact Gren Irwin (01929 462742) or Pauline Matthews (01929 462128) to know more.

More details on some of the above


On Wednesdays in August at 12.45 pm




Tuesday 7th August - Shoebox Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning with Ploughman’s Lunches on Tuesday 7th August 2018, from 10:30am to 2pm, at 23 Hillside Road, Wool

Come and enjoy a chat with friends new and old, have coffee, lunch, or both – and possibly find one or two bargains! – at the Annual Shoebox Coffee Morning with Ploughman’s Lunches at 23 Hillside Road. Voluntary donations in aid of the Shoebox Appeal to help the less fortunate enjoy Christmas.

Books, Bric-a-Brac, Produce, and Cakes are also on sale – and the Raffle.



Thursday 16th August - Staycation

You may remember our Staycation last year when we enjoyed a 1950's day at the seaside, and Holy Rood became a beach with deckchairs and traditional holiday pursuits from the 50's.

This year, we holiday at home once more as the space at the back of Holy Rood becomes an open top London Bus to host "A trip around London and tea at The Ritz" - from 11- 3 pm.

Best of all, no bus or coach travel will be involved!



A small amount of imagination may be needed to obtain the full experience of the London bus and the Ritz (but not for the views of London or the fact there will be tea!).



Life after the school holidays?!

One day the school summer holidays will draw towards an end - and Messy Church will start again.

First Saturday of the month, starting on 1st September 2018





Recent Events

and Announcements


The Shoebox Coffee Morning with Ploughman’s Lunches on Tuesday 7th August 2018

This was very successful, held on a beautiful day with what may turn out to be the final flurry of our amazing 2018 summer.


Together with the separate gifts received and other amazingly generous donations of various kinds, it has so far raised over £900 to send shoeboxes filled with gifts to underprivileged children who would otherwise never have anything at Christmas time. Pauline and John Matthews have several hundred boxes, many of them covered by Mrs Val Brown, all ready to fill and send, and this money helps to fund the final items needed to complete them - as well as the transport costs of getting them to their destination.

There are some more pictures on a separate page, here.


Sunday 15th July 2018 - Songs of Praise in Holy Rood, Coombe Keynes

The Church of the Holy Rood Wool, originated as a parochial chapel, belonging to Coombe Keynes until 1844, when Wool became a separate parish. Holy Rood, Coombe Keynes is now in the care of the Coombe Keynes Trust to whom the building belongs.

In 1384 it was decreed that Wool Chapel should be dedicated for the third time. Since then, like its Mother church at Coombe Keynes, our present church (which we know as Holy Rood, Wool) has been dedicated to Holy Rood (another name for Holy Cross). Holy Rood Coombe Keynes was made redundant 14th January 1974 and is raely if ever used for woship so it was especially good to be able to hold a service there.






Saturday 7th July 2018 - The Holy Rood Church Fete

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to organise or assist with our Annual Fete last Saturday.. Despite everything else that was going on, lots of people came and we raised over £500 for church funds. Well done everyone!

Diana Spear would like to say a big “THANK YOU”, to all who participated in filling her decorated jam jars with such wonderful floral from their gardens. The Church sills were truly displaying such radiance and glory to share at the Annual Church Fete this year. Quite a magnificent array of colour and smells. Thank you all again.

The pictures are on separate pages, here (stalls outside) and here (windows and flowers inside).



Holy Rood Prayer Labyrinth Completed

Do take a look (or even better, walk it and pray) at the new Labyrinth in the area of the churchyard extension. Grateful thanks to those who worked so hard to prepare it for us. It was cut on Weds 9th May & is now open for prayer walks.




Afternoon Tea at the Vicarage - 12th May

Revd Carol and Mark kindly hosted and catered for a superb Afternoon Tea on Saturday 12th May. Many people attended, everyone seemed to have a good time, the food was delicious and everyone ate their fill. (Also, it didn't rain!)

They collected £167 which with gift-aid will be closer to £200 and will all be given to help the Church with its fete and fundraising expenses - a very good result! Thank you both very much.













Sunday 20th May - Tea at Cologne Road Community Room

Thanks to funding from Tesco Bags of Help, Wool Parish Council and East Stoke and Wool Community Chest, as well as their own fund raising, the local community have refurbished the larger room which is now looking really good (and available to hire at modest cost for events!). To celebrate, they had a Grand Opening on Sunday 20th May, 3pm - including cutting of the ribbon by Mrs Maureen Stokes of Cologne road - followed by a prayer and Blessing by Rev Carol. The final event was the provision of delicious free cream teas!






Saturday 19th May 2018, 2pm - 4pm

Wool Primary School’s Spring Fair at the D’Urberville and field was on Saturday 19th May 2018, 2pm - 4pm. Quite a few stalls were run by our church, in support of the school and its PTFA.



Holy Rood at the D'Urberville Centre on some Wednesdays

On the first Wednesday of each month, Holy Communion is held at 10am in the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall, followed by Coffee/Tea and chat afterwards.

Holy Communion will also be held in Church, midweek, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Also every month on the 3rd Wednesday from 10am - 12noon in the Small Hall, there will be a chance for Coffee/Tea and chat.



Organists Appeal

Do you play the organ or the piano and if so would you be willing to be part of a team? Do you know anyone else that plays? There is an offer of a few basic lessons for anyone with keyboard skills who might like to have a go . Live music is such an intrinsic and valued part of worship. If you can help please let Rev Carol or one of the Church Wardens know! (See CWW Summer 2018 Edition).



Home groups and other groups


Monday Homegroup

The Monday group restarted on Mon 16th April 2018 at 23 Hillside Road, with our new series about "Hearing the Voice of God".

All welcome - for further details contact Judy Hill 01929 462888.

In September 2018 we are planning a study series in John's Gospel about "The 'I am . . .' sayings of Jesus".

All welcome, no knowledge required!


Wednesday Homegroup

7.30pm on Wednesdays

Contact details:

John Williams tel: 462146

John Underwood tel: 462827.


Thursday Homegroup

Held on Thursdays at 2.30pm at 3 Lampton Close. This group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month during term time.

For more information contact John Matthews on 01929 462128.


The Tea Pot Club


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Methodist Chapel

Summer break

Tuesday 11th Sept

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 25th Sept

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 9th Oct

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 23rd Oct

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 6th Nov

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 20th Nov

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 4th Dec

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday 18th Dec

Methodist Chapel (with Carols and Mince Pies)

Christmas break



Gren Irwin


Pauline Matthews

23 Hillside Road


3 Lampton Close

01929 — 462742


01929 — 462128







Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT) is a young mums group that meets in term time only at the home of Mrs Pauline Matthews 01929 462128. From 7.30pm until 9pm on the first and third Tuesdays each month, we chat, have tea or coffee and cake. We end with a thought for the day and a prayer. All mums are welcome. Next one 9th January 2018

Contact John Matthews (01929 462128)


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.


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.


Earlier News and Events


Previous News and Events

Licensing 2017 Events during 2017 Angelfest 2017 Events in 2018 Holy Rood Church  2018 Holy Rood Fete 2018 Shoebox Coffee Morning The 2018 Munch Club












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