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The Late Revd Carol Langford


It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of Revd Carol’s death on Easter Tuesday after her long illness. I know that with us your thoughts and prayers are with her husband Mark and their sons Dan and Tom in their tragic loss. Carol touched us all in different ways with her depth of faith, her commitment to Christ’s mission and her compassion for those in need. She will be greatly missed but we can draw comfort that she is with her beloved Saviour. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Rev Jenny, Rev Sandra & Canon Keith.




Reverend Carol Langford R.I.P.

LANGFORD The Reverend Carol Passed away peacefully at home on 6th April 2021, aged 60 years. Much loving wife to Mark, mother to Daniel and Tom, grandmother to Harry. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Due to current circumstances a private Funeral Service will take place. However, we will be taking Carol on a final journey through Wool on Friday 23rd April starting from Lower Hillside Road at 12.15pm. The route will take in Lower Hillside, Hillside, Chalk Pit Lane, Collier's Lane, Breach Field , Station Road, Main Road and the High Street. Please observe current social distancing regulations. Donations if desired for Christian Aid and Weldmar Hospicecare may be sent direct to the charities or by cheque payable to: Woods Dorchester Ltd,

11a Icen Way, Dorchester. DT1 1EW. Telephone 01305 250425



Carol's funeral was held on 23rd April in Holy Rood Church.

There is a link to the service sheet and the service on video here.





Bell Tower Repairs

Thank you to all to helped in the bell tower enabling the recent repair of the bell frame, and everyone who contributed to the appeal to pay for the work.

We are very grateful to everyone who helps support and maintain this ancient building.


Bell frame with the bells "up" ready to be rung


Below are some pictures, kindly supplied by Phil Miles, showing the sort of work that needed to be done.


The bell frame is a very large and heavy wrought iron frame, dark orange/red in the pictures. It is fixed into the stone walls at the top of the church tower and it supports the massive weight and movements of the bells and the huge iron wheels (colour blue) that the bells are attached to. When a wheel is rotated, pulled by its long bell ropes controlled by the bellringers on the ground floor, the rotating wheel takes the bell up and down with it.

Space is very limited and access is difficult. It is a hazardous area to work in.



In Holy Rood, a problem had been found during a regular routine inspection. The ends of the iron base entering the walls had corroded.

(If the frame became so rusted that it weakened, there would eventually be nothing to support it and the entire structure would collapse through several floors into the base of the tower. Hence the routine inspections.)


Corrosion present


A repaired and repainted beam end.

The work was done by specialist engineers and was assisted by our bellringing and churchyard teams.



Finally, after being cemented into the wall.





HELLO AGAIN DAY July 3rd 2021 in Holy Rood Church and churchyard.

On July 3rd 2021 in Holy Rood Church and churchyard, we are hoping to celebrate being able to chat and say hello again with a simple few hours of fun and a picnic. Watch this space.




Pictures from Good Friday service in the churchyard





Situation Vacant

Benefice Administrator for the West Purbeck Benefice

If you are looking for a part time, flexible, interesting administrative role then this could be the job for you?

We are looking for an administrator to be based at our Church Office at the D’Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane, Wool to handle invoicing and maintain our data spreadsheets as well as distributing information across the congregations of our seven churches.

If you are a people person, have great Microsoft Office skills and can safely work in the office alone, then come and join our friendly team. We are offering £10 per hour for a flexible 9 hours a week over 3 days. For further details please contact 01929 463237 or send your CV by email to r.webb24@btinternet.com

Closing date: 30th April 2021




Church Spring Newsletter March 2021

This is available to download as a pdf file here.




May services

  Streamed Church Church 1st Reading Gospel
Sun 2nd May

Easter 5



Café Church


9am Holy Communion BCP East Lulworth 9am Holy Communion BCP Wool Acts 8:26-end John 15:1-8
Wed 5th May 10am BCP Holy Communion        
Sun 9th May

Easter 6







10:45am Holy Communion 9am Holy Communion West Lulworth 9am Holy Communion

Bere Regis


5pm Evening Worship followed by APCM Affpuddle

Acts 10:44-end John


Thurs 13th May

Ascension Day

7pm Holy Communion     Acts 1:1-11 Luke 24:44-end
Sun 16th May

Easter 7







All Age Worship

9am Holy Communion Chaldon Herring 9am Holy Communion



5pm Evening Worship followed by APCM

Bere Regis

Acts 1:15-17, 21-end John 17:6-19
Wed 19th May 10am Holy Communion        
Sun 23rd May






Holy Communion Common Worship


4pm Messy Church

9am Holy Communion Winfrith Newburgh 9am Holy Communion Wool Acts 2:1-21 John 15: 26-27; 16:4b-15
Sun 30th May

Trinity Sunday




  10:30am Benefice Communion & Patronal Festival

West Lulworth

  Isa 6:1-8 or Rom 8:12-17 John 3:1-17



























































We have joined JustGiving to enable people who wish to, to donate to Holy Rood via the web.

Go to the JustGiving site by using the button below (or use your smartphone camera with the QR code):





Some pictures are available now from:

The Holy Rood Christmas Decorations in December 2020 and from

The Benefice Remembrance Memorials in November 2020.






Alpha Course for 2021

From February we have been holding an online Benefice Alpha Course.


Is there more to life than this?


If this is a question you have asked, then Alpha online is an opportunity to explore this and the many other BIG questions about life. Alpha creates a friendly space to connect with others online to watch a series of episodes and explore the Christian faith together.

We started on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm on the 24th February.

For more information, email Revd Jenny at:




9th January 2021 - Following the latest Covid situation and a meeting with the Archdeacon, Holy Rood Church building was closed until further notice. Services on Zoom will continue.




Benefice Services in March 2021 (online via Zoom) are as follows:

*Provisional - IF lockdown has ceased AND IF the local church feels it is safe to open for services.




In Church

(*but see above)

In Church

(*but see above)

1st Reading


Wed 3rd Mar 10am BCP Holy Communion        
Sun 7th Mar

Lent 3


10:45am Café Church *9am Holy Communion East Lulworth *9am BCP Holy Communion Wool Exod. 20: 1-17 or 1 Cor. 1: 18-25 John 2: 13-22
Sun 14th Mar

Lent 4

Mothering Sunday



All Age Worship

*9am Holy Communion West Lulworth *9am Holy Communion Affpuddle Exodus 2:1-10 or Col. 3:12-17 John 19:25b-27
Wed 17th Mar 10am Holy Communion Common Worship        
Sun 21st Mar

Lent 5



10:45am Holy Communion Common Worship *9am Holy Communion Winfrith Newburgh *9am Holy Communion Bere Regis Jer. 31: 31-34 or Heb. 5: 5-10 John 12: 20 -33
Sun 28th Mar

Palm Sunday



Holy Communion Common Worship

*9am Holy Communion Chaldon Herring *9am Holy Communion Wool Isa. 50:4-9a or Phil. 2:5-11 Mark 11:1-11

























Address for contributions to the website or social media


[The old address of holyroodit@gmail.com is no longer in use.]



A Prayer during a Pandemic (based on Habakkuk Ch. 3 v17-19)

Though the people of the world are suffering and fearful and jobs and businesses are at risk and many are unemployed

Though many are dying as their breath fails and families are kept apart and are in despair

Though front line workers and the NHS in their commitment and compassion are exhausted

Though a friendly handshake or hug is not allowed and we face each other with our masks

Though many are anxious about what the future holds especially the young

Yet we will rejoice in the Lord God who is our strength and will never fail us. His Spirit lifts our hearts and minds as He journeys with us through Jesus Christ Our Lord



With thanks to Chris Corteen

(One response to a question in the Monday Home Group)





Just a reminder . . !







Benefice Office hours

The Benefice Office is now to be open for phone calls as follows although Covid restrictions are in place:

Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30 pm
Friday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

(Covid-19 restrictions: Please do not call in without an appointment. Not manned during lockdown.)

Office contact number is 07729 484866

Email address: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

(Telephone messages will be dealt with during office hours only.)








Online Services are continuing - despite Social Distancing!

As no Services are allowed to be held in church, we are holding Combined Benefice services online instead on Sunday mornings, gathering together round screens and phones at 10am for a 10.30am start. Anyone in West Purbeck may take part in this service using your laptop, ipad, or phone (smart or otherwise).

This has been going well and proving very popular over the last few months. (It is quite fun to do, especially so if you have a device with a screen, microphone and camera!). About 80 or more people joined in on Easter Sunday. Numbers have been high since, too.

You would be most welcome to join in and if you would like to have more details please email the Church Office.

The contact arrangements are emailed in advance and you would need to give your contact details including an email address and phone number. We can't publish the Zoom contact details here for security reasons, but you are still very welcome.*

It is highly recommended not to 'arrive' at the very last minute as most people enjoy it more by taking a little while to get a good connection sorted out and iron out any queries. Also arriving in good time prevents you being excluded inadvertently by the security lock (see next paragraph).

* The service is locked down soon after the start time to prevent abusive internet behaviour which sadly has happened occasionally to other churches using online worship.


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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pastoral Care

If you need to self-isolate, do inform the church office or Revd Carol together with your contact phone number. A member of the church will be in contact to check on your welfare and to offer practical support with shopping etc.

Best hygiene practice and safeguarding procedures will be observed in all pastoral contacts.

Plans are actively ongoing to help with some practical support to those who are vulnerable or isolated. Further information is available from the Rector.


Medical Advice

For up-to-date medical advice, the place to go is:



For specific Church of England advice look at:





A Prayer For All Those Affected By Coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Daily Prayer

Each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.



      Recent events

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The New Multi-Parish Benefice of West Purbeck

There is a separate page on this website with more detail about our new Benefice.



Dates for your diary

See the Admin and Diary page



Join the Fundraising Team

Holy Rood is an active and busy church with significant financial commitments. We urgently need a small team of people to coordinate fundraising events to support the life and work of our church. Could YOU offer to help? Please talk to Rev Carol or Brenda Edwards about this.


Join the Cleaning Team

We have a brilliant team of unsung heroes / heroines who do a wonderful job but need your help!




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