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Important Announcement About The Churchyard

Diocesan Churchyard Regulations

A reminder that all items apart from an authorised headstone or wooden marker should be removed from graves in accordance with Diocesan regulations. Any items not removed will be collected and stored in, or in the case of pot plants alongside, the churchyard shed. Items in the shed may be collected at the times indicated on the notice on the shed door. Thank you to all those who have responded to previous requests. We are hopefully in the final stages of removing artificial flowers/plant pots etc from the churchyard and would ask if word could spread about the necessity to remove such items as soon as possible - Rev Carol would be most appreciative.

You will be aware that the churchyard extension is now complete. The PCC has allocated scarce resources to ensure that the parish has access to a churchyard and we now have one of the largest in the Diocese. Obviously this comes with costs; complying with the regulations helps to keep down costs and ensures that the churchyard, which is a public place, remains a well-kept, restful and respectful place.

Incumbent and PCC


Coming Events and Announcements


Our Advent Carol Service

Is on Sunday 3rd December at 6:30pm.


Could you make an angel?!

Angelfest 2017 - Community Angel Competition

Entries of homemade angels are invited - Any material, any size BUT MUST HAVE WINGS.

All angels will be displayed in Holy Rood Church, 1st - 3rd December -

(01929 462215 for more information)



Teapot Club Angel

Teapot Club had fun on Tuesday 23rd November as they started work on their Angel, ready for Angelfest 2017 !

(There is a rumour that Teapot Club are calling their angel "Islington" . . .)

(Thank you to Ann Corby who took these photos.)





Celebration Assemblies


Wool C of E V.A. Primary School are holding special Celebration Assemblies - usually 2.30pm on the last Friday of the month in term time - at which all are welcome to attend.

Volunteers are needed to assist the PTA serve tea/coffee to parents in school at 3pm after the Celebration Assembly at 2.30pm on Friday 24th November. Please see Rev Carol for more information.



Wool CofE VA Primary School Christmas Fayre

Friday 1st December from 3.15pm onwards.

Lots of entertainment, stalls and a visit by Santa!



Holy Rood at the D'Urberville Centre on some Wednesdays


On the first Wednesday of each month, Holy Communion will be 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.

[The Wednesday Communion service will no longer be held in the Methodist Chapel. The dangers of crossing the road to the Chapel are increasing, especially for people of restricted mobility using walking aids and crossing slowly. The parking opposite the Chapel is sometimes proving difficult for various reasons. Using the D’Urberville Car Park and the Small Hall should make access for everyone both safer and easier.]



Messy Church


With children and their parents in mind -

Next Messy Church Saturday 25th November 2-4pm. 

With pre-School Christmas Fayre.


Next Purbeck Evening Praise Service

Sunday 26th November 6pm at All Saints Church, Swanage



Help the PTA

Fancy volunteering to assist the PTA serve tea/coffee to parents in school? Help is needed after the ’Good Work’ assembly at 3pm on Friday 24th November and subsequently usually the last Friday of the month 3pm in term time.

This is an opportunity to develop relationships with school parents. If interested please add your name to the list at the back of the church and have a chat with Rev Carol about it.



Shoe Boxes - Good news

Five hundred Christmas Shoe Boxes have now been packed and are all ready to be picked up and dispatched by the Rotary Club to places like Romania, Albania and Tanzania in the near future.

Once again, thank you to all who have supported this enterprise, especially through the coffee morning and lunch at the home of Dr & Mrs Irwin. God bless - Pauline Matthews.

[And well done once again to you, Pauline and John - you must be relieved to be looking forward to having your house restored to you instead of having it full of shoe boxes!]



Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride - More good news

The total raised by Holy Rood was £155 with £77.50 being returned to Holy Rood. While the rest is used to make grants to help other churches in Dorset. Thank you to all who donated - Jenny Hunt.



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 just been awarded the top GOLD award 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. Well done to you all.



Planned Giving Envelopes

Please find your envelopes ready for collection at the back of the church. Should you want to know more about setting up a standing order, which will reduce the costs of providing envelopes or to pay through the Gift Aid scheme, then contact Chris Corteen (01929 462642).

Thank you for your planned commitment to God’s mission in this parish and beyond.

Holy Rood's cheque details - a small but important bit of admin

Please note that if you write a cheque for Holy Rood Church please make it payable to “The PCC of Wool and East Stoke” which is the official name of the Holy Rood Bank Account.

(In the past cheques have unfortunately been refused by the bank for having the wrong payee name.)

Thank you as always for your support.



Invitation to anyone who may be interested in helping with ‘Open the Book’

Please see the notice board at the back of church, the article in ‘Church Without Walls’ newsletter, and/or speak with Rev Carol.



Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT)

This is a young mums group that meets in term time 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. Phone Pauline for more details.




Our homegroups meet (during Term time only) for Bible study, discussion, prayer and fellowship - there is a choice of Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

See Pew Sheets for more details.




Recent News and Events


[For earlier events there is a menu with earlier years and months at the bottom of this page.]



Monday Home Group

Our Advent seasonal course started on Monday 30th October 2017

"Ready for Christmas? - Thinking through Advent"

- written by Peter Dainty


From the book's Introduction :

We spend an enormous amount of thought, emotion and energy in preparing for Christmas, but do we have time to prepare ourselves for Christ?

More details on days and venues via this link.





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 for street children, 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 welcomed by her.



Second Wind, Spirituality and the second half of life’ - from our friends at the Methodist Church

1st and 3rd Wednesday 2-3.30pm in either Wool or Wareham Methodist Church.

6th Sept, 4th Oct, 1st November & 6th December at Wool Methodist Church

20th Sept, 16th Oct, 15th Nov at Wareham Methodist Church.

There is a flyer with further information on the table at the back of the church.



Saturday 21st October was the ‘LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS’ in Holy Rood, 7.30pm with Wareham Town Band

Many came to wave a flag - or just enjoy the live music from our local concert band.



Teapot Club sent another shipment to Africa

On 21st September, some of our Teapot Club members became parcel packers, as they put together baby clothes and blankets, knitted by members and their friends, to send to Rugarama Hospital in Kabale, Uganda, East Africa. Rugarama is a private, not for profit hospital, that was founded on Christian principles by an initiative of the late Bishop Festo Kivengere. The hospital's main purpose is to offer quality health care to the poor communities at an affordable cost, through curative and preventive medicine.

The funds for posting the parcels (which is quite an expensive thing to do) are raised in the meetings, little by little, by members who put small voluntary donations aside that always seem to be just enough to cover the costs.

This work to help our Christian brothers and sisters to minister in practical ways in another country is much appreciates by Rugurama, who write back regularly with thanks and greetings.






Church & Churchyard Maintenance

When they met on 2nd September, the team set about clearing weeds from paths and attending to the leaking tap at the top end of the churchyard.

They downed tools at 11am and gathered in the church for a meeting to consider the Surveyor’s latest Quinquennial Report. It contains a rather daunting list of tasks to be undertaken, but most are not urgent and if taken one by one, they shouldn’t present too much of a problem for the team.

Some jobs such as fixing roof tiles will require professional attention, so can be completed as funds permit

- Tony Smale.




Staycation - ‘A 1950’s Day at the Seaside’

Thursday 17th August 11am - 3pm

All the fun of a day at the beach at Holy Rood Church to include: picnic lunch (provided), deckchairs, sandcastles, knobbly knees competition, making postcards etc.

This event was aimed at anyone who could actually remember the 50's but attracted a wider clientele. It was much enjoyed by all who came - and here are some pictures (thank you, Gill Webb!) to give the general idea:


The knobbly knees competition - and the clear winner:
















More good news from the swallows in the porch -

- 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

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




Churchyard Maintenance - Saturday 5th August

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 -













Other 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.




Other Coming Events


Tea Pot Club - Dates of future meetings in 2017-2018

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


Tuesday 5th Dec


Tuesday 19th Dec


Christmas Break


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 (Easter reflection)

Methodist Chapel

Easter break

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Methodist Chapel



Gren Irwin


Pauline Matthews

23 Hillside Road


3 Lampton Close

01929 — 462742


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

Events during 2013 Events during 2014 Events during 2015 Events during 2016 Purbeck Evening Praise Events during 2017













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