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New Vicar for Holy Rood

We welcomed the Revd. Carol Langford to be our new vicar at a licensing service on Shrove Tuesday, 28th February 2017.

Carol has written a short piece for us, about herself and her hopes and prayers for Holy Rood, which can be found with a few other pictures here on this website, and also in our printed quarterly newsletter Church Without Walls.



Coming Events and Other Notices


Ascension Day, Thursday 25th May

Ascension Day Pilgrimage to St Aldhelm's Chapel, Thursday 25th May

Bishop Karen, Bishop of Sherborne, invites you to join her on 25th May 2017 on a Pilgrimage to celebrate both Ascension Day and St Aldhelm's Feast Day, and as part of the great wave of prayer 'Thy Kingdom Come' that is happening between Ascension (25th May) and Pentecost (4th June).

She will lead the walk from the Renscombe Farm Car Park (BH19 3LL) to St. Aldhelm's Chapel, where she will conduct a short act of worship. Pilgrims are asked to assemble shortly before 10.30 am. Dogs are welcome on the walk and in the Chapel. The distance is 1.5 miles each way, and the terrain is uneven. Cars are not permitted, but there will be an all-terrain coach for those with mobility problems. Please bring a picnic, which will be shared with all on the cliff top at St Aldhelm's if the weather is fine, and in St Nicholas's Church, Worth Matravers, if it is not. You may like to know that St Aldhelm's Chapel has a capacity of about 90 people at most. There is no electricity and no toilet facilities. Dogs are welcome on the walk and in the chapel.

The Norman chapel of St Aldhelm is about 800 years old 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.

The Rt Revd Karen Gorham said:

“Tiny St Aldhelm’s is a very special place, perched on top of high cliffs, and accessible only on foot. It is a 'thin place' where it is easy to feel the gap between heaven and earth narrowing.

“We’ll walk the mile or so from the car park together and then have a short act of worship at the chapel. This will be part of Thy Kingdom Come, a great wave of prayer taking place across England and beyond.

“The pilgrimage is open to everyone, whatever their religious views. Many people, whether or not they are churchgoers, visit places of spiritual interest and sometimes discover a little piece of heaven.

“St Aldhelm was the first Bishop of Sherborne, so I am his direct successor – I was made a bishop 1,311 years after he was. I am keen to promote pilgrimage in Dorset. The county’s many chapels, shrines and holy wells allow people to touch the transcendent right here on our own doorstep."



Consecration of the new Churchyard extension - Sunday 28th May 2017





We have a special service on Sunday 28th May.

The Rt Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, will be visiting us to meet parishioners and to consecrate the new Churchyard extension: see the weekly pewsheets for more details.








“Thy Kingdom Come” – all over the world, in Purbeck (and meeting in Wool on 1st June!)

Last year the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, called the Church to pray in the week before Pentecost. He was expecting 5000 people to take part - in fact about 100,000 people prayed!

This year this remarkable movement of prayer is becoming international. Once again communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours may come to know Jesus Christ.

Here in Purbeck we believe this should be a Purbeck‑wide event, so in the week leading up to Pentecost we are meeting in 7 different churches in 6 different towns and villages, including one evening in Wool, to pray together in a variety of different styles and settings.

All the details are on the poster above, and we hope that you will join us as we pray together the great prayer that Jesus Himself prayed for His world -'Thy Kingdom Come'. 29th May - 4th June 2017 www.thykingdom.co.uk

Our immediate area is meeting in St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Thursday 1st June at 7.30pm



Pentecost Sunday, June 4th 2017

Service details will be announced later.



Church/School Fete—Saturday 1st July 2017

This year discussions took place between the church and school PTA over whether to combine our fetes. After some discussion it was agreed that more time was required to consider the options and a meeting in September was agreed.

Meanwhile it is hoped that the school will participate in our fete with the school choir and an art display, and more teddies leaping off the tower. Some help with the stalls was also offered. Planning has started for this year’s fete.

We again need your help in running stalls and donating items, particularly providing cakes, Tombola prizes, plants, crafts and bric a brac (no clothes). We are also urgently looking for a team to run the raffle, the more volunteers the easier it becomes. The fete is a fun day both for both visitors and those running stalls and refreshments. With your help we can make it another successful event for the church.

John Williams



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 some future meetings in 2017

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

Tuesday 23rd May Methodist Chapel
Tuesday 6th June  Methodist Chapel
Tuesday 13th June Outing day – no meeting at Methodist chapel
Tuesday 20th June Methodist Chapel
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 provisionally we reconvene on September 12th.


Gren Irwin


Pauline Matthews

23 Hillside Road


3 Lampton Close

01929 — 462742


01929 — 462128



Recent Events


"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


Wanted - pewsheet apprentices

Sue Burroughs needs an apprentice to learn the ropes on collating the weekly pewsheet from various information sources. It is produced using Publisher, and the church laptop can be made available if you do not have it on your own computer. Once familiar with software etc it takes on average 1.5 to 2 hours each week. It does not involve the printing which is done by Jenny Hunt. Ideally we need one or more people to start training in April, with a view to taking over from Sue in August. If we have several people then it shares the workload and Sue is willing to provide backup for holidays.

Talk to Sue (463803) if you would like to know more.


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 Lay Canon 2015 Events during 2016 Reordering progress Fete 2016 Flower festival 2016 Purbeck Evening Praise Farewell to Rhona Licensing 2017













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