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East Africa Famine Crisis

Many will have seen the dreadful news pictures from the famine in our sister diocese of the Sudan.

There will be a Collection plate available on Sunday 19th & 26th March for donations for the Diocese of Salisbury South Sudan Crisis Lent Appeal. Further details are available for those who want to give online, at


Please give as generously as you can.

Thank you



Don't forget . . .

Annual Church Clean Saturday 1st April starting at 10.00am - please come along and help if you can!



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

(Note - There will continue to be no REVIVE services until further notice)


Electoral Roll

In preparation for the AGM, the Electoral Roll has to be revised. If you are not on it, and wish to apply, you have until 25th March. Otherwise you will have to wait until after the AGM. A copy of the current roll will be posted in the porch. John Matthews - 462128.



Attention all Sides People

We’d like to have a brief meeting with all sides people on 2nd April please. Two Meetings will be held:

(1) immediately after 8am Service and (2) at 9.30am.

You only need to attend one of these, whichever is most convenient for you.

Thank you. Rev Carol



Walk of Prayer and Witness - Saturday 8th April 2017

This walk will reach its final 8 mile stage of following the Frome Valley (a project over the past few years, undertaken each Lent) by walking the final 8 miles from Wool to Swineham Point where the River Frome flows into Poole Harbour.

We will meet outside Wool Methodist Church and walk to East Home Church for prayers and refreshments. Then continue to Wareham Quay via Stoborough for prayers and witness there. And then the final stretch on the footpath to Swineham Point. Back to Wareham and train back to Wool.

Feel free to join and leave the walk at any point. We will be raising funds for Christian Blind Mission and if you would like to sponsor Chris Corteen then there is a form at the back of church. More details are on the poster in the porch. Do come along for as much of the walk as you would like to do and support this opportunity of prayer and witness together.



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


Services in Spring, Easter, and early Summer - Dates for your Diary


**** Saturday night / Sunday am on 25-26 March — Beginning of British Summer Time — Clocks go forward!

Sunday 26th March

(Note clocks have changed!)

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
  10.00am Mothering Sunday Family Service (without Communion)
Sunday 2nd April 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
  10.00am Parish Communion (CW)

Sunday 9th April

Palm Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
  10.00am Palm Sunday Parish Communion (CW)
  11.45am Annual Parochial Church Meeting in Church
Thursday 13th April 7.00pm Maundy Thursday Service

Friday 14th April

Good Friday

10.00am Good Friday

Sunday 16th April

Easter Day

6.00am Service of Light
  8.00am Easter Day Holy Communion (BCP)
  10.00am Easter Day Parish Communion (CW)
Sunday 23rd April 6.30pm Memorial Service
Sunday 14th May 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
  10.00am Family Service (without Communion)
  6.30pm Evensong


Lent and Easter Services and Events

Sun 26th March

10.00am     Mothering Sunday

NB! Don’t forget this day is also the start of British Summer Time!


Maundy Thursday, Thursday 13th April

7.00pm     Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion




Good Friday 14th April

10.00am    Good Friday Service of readings and reflection


Easter Day Sunday 16th April

8.00am     Easter Day Eucharist (Holy Communion)

10.00am    Easter Day Service


Sunday 23rd April Memorial Service 6.30pm



Celebration of Marriage and Family Life on Sunday 14th May

This will be a special Service for families at The Church of the Holy Rood on Sunday 14th May. We are sending an invitation to all those who are to be married here this year, together with those who have been married at Holy Rood in recent years.

After the service there will be the opportunity to chat over refreshments in the church.



Ascension Day, Thursday 25th May

Ascension Day arrangements will be announced later.



Sunday 28th May 2017

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.



Pentecost Sunday, June 4th 2017

Service details to be announced later.


Recent Events


Open the Book

The Serpent (who shall remain anonymous!) taking part

 in the story of the Garden of Eden in Wool CofE Primary School

Children love stories – especially Bible stories when they’re interactive, engaging and fun.

Today, so many children could miss out on the great classic stories from the Bible – Noah, Daniel and the life of Jesus could be closed chapters if youngsters don’t get an opportunity to engage with the Bible.

That’s why Open the Book is so important. It’s a three-year rolling programme of themed and dramatised storytelling (at no charge) in primary schools. Teams of volunteers throughout the country from local churches (including ours) go into schools and tell stories in a 10-15 minute presentation. This can be incorporated into a wider school assembly, or stand alone. They use drama, mime, props, costume – and even the children and staff themselves – to present Bible stories in lively and informative ways.

In 2013 Open the Book became part of Bible Society.

Working in over 200 countries, Bible Society is a charity on a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. We believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.





Helping us in our private prayers during Lent (using old and new technology!)

First, the old technology - printed booklets on paper . . .

These attractive little booklets from our diocese should be available in Church. They have suggestions for daily prayers to encourage us to pray and so to make the most of God's message to each of us in this Lent season.


. . . Or as a download

If these booklets run out or there is any other problem, the booklet can be downloaded to your PC or laptop as a PDF file (PDF files are readable on all computers), from the following link: http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/resources-library/worship/prayer/2017-praying-together-booklet


 . . . Or sent to your phone or ipad

There is a 'prayer app' for phones and ipads these days. It is called PrayerMate and there are instructions about how to get this app, and how to get your booklet portion each day, via PrayerMate here:


If you use a phone or ipad daily, PrayerMate is an excellent resource used by many people in our diocese and can be used to stay in touch with the Salisbury diocesan prayer cycle as well as other topics and missions of your choice. A selection of these is available through the app.


Salisbury Diocese prayer resources

Finally, information about all the Salisbury Diocese prayer resources and how to get them may be found at this link:




Women’s World Day of Prayer

WWDP is unique: it's the largest ecumenical movement in the world, and the only one in which Orthodox and Protestant, Catholic and Evangelical come together to worship; covering 170 countries and territories (many more than the World Council of Churches).

WWDP also achieves much, not only through the grants we are able to provide to charities and the publicity we give to some of the smaller ones in Together in Prayer, but also by raising awareness about some of the troubled areas of the world and about some of the problems experienced by women and children in our own country.

This year's service locally was held here in Holy Rood, the service having been written by the Christian women of the Philippines.

We prayed for justice for all women and children everywhere and pledged ourselves to fight against discrimination and oppression wherever we find it.

The Philippines-themed display for the 2017 Women’s World Day of Prayer in Holy Rood

Remember the power of prayer …..



Christingle Service

Yes, it was a while ago now! - and Jenny Hunt tells us that all the money, from those little candle collecting boxes, is finally now in, and so thank you to all who contributed. £115.10 was paid into the Children’s Society.



Proceeds from the Table Top Sale

This event raised £396.62 towards the refurbishment of the larger room at the Community Room in Cologne Road. Many thanks for your support.

Chris Corteen



Raising the Flag on the Church Tower

The flag halyard broke in stormy weather a few weeks ago, but a replacement has now been fitted. It's no easy task as it involves demounting and lowering the tall flagpole. Thanks go to Daphne and Alan Brown for securing the replacement halyard, and to Phil Miles and John Edwards for scaling the tower and carrying out the task.

We're now ready to raise the flag again for religious festivals and royal birthdays!



Lent Courses 2017

(Lent started on Ash Wednesday, 1st March. Easter Sunday is on 16th April.)

Ecumenical Lent Studies

There will be a series of five Lent Bible Studies by Churches Together in Wool, held at the Methodist Church, during Lent.

The study course is a York Course, new for this year, and the topic is "Receiving Christ". There is more information available here.

The series will be on Thursdays in Lent at 2pm in the Methodist Church.

It is not too late to join in, as follows:

Thurs 23rd March Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion Dr Terry Hughes
Thurs 30th March Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship Revd Judy Hill
Thurs 6th April

‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’

(Colossians 1.27)

Revd Carol Langford

If you would like to go, please sign the form at the back of Holy Rood church by the 18th February to enable the correct amount of York Material to be purchased.


Monday evening Group Lent Studies

The Monday evening group (and the Wednesday evening group) each plan to study the 'Cover to Cover' Lent study guide called "Approaching Jesus". It is in six parts:

1. The Pharisees: A Passion for Purity 27 February 2017
2. A Father: Persistent Prayer 6 March 2017
3. Peter: A Question of Forgiveness 13 March 2017
4. A Rich Man and a Generous Woman: A Beautiful Thing 20 March 2017
5. Judas: A Hidden Agenda 27 March 2017
6. Mary & Mary: A Restoration Project 3 April 2017

The dates are a guide only - so we may take longer if it seems useful at the time -- but so far we are on the above track.

More details here and by phoning Revd Judy Hill on 462888. You will be made very welcome.


Wednesday evening Group Lent Studies

The Wednesday evening group (like the Monday evening group) plan to study the 'Cover to Cover' Lent study guide called "Approaching Jesus".

The Wednesday group started before Lent. Led by Chris Corteen and John Underwood, the group alternates between “Pippins”, Giddy Green Lane, East Burton, and 11, Lawrence View.

Feel free to contact Chris Corteen (462642) for all the details. All Welcome.


Thursday afternoon group

The Thursday afternoon group meets fortnightly on 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons for study, prayer and fellowship at 2.30 pm, at 3 Lampton Close, Wool.

More information from John Matthews (01929 462128)




Coombe Keynes Chalice

You may be aware that the original 'Coombe Keynes Chalice' which was made in about 1500 (pre Reformation) and in all probability the chalice from Bindon Abbey, hidden in Coombe Keynes at the time the Abbey was dissolved, has been returned to Dorset.

The chalice was loaned to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1930 and a replica was provided to our parish at that time. The replica is of course used at all our communion services and will continue to be so used. The chalice remains the property of our church and is now on loan to the Dorset Museum in Dorchester.

Geoff Edwardes, Church Warden

More information on the Coombe Keynes Chalice is on our website here.



Young Mums

"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 7.30 until 9pm on the first and third Thursdays 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.

Whether or not you are a young mum, your prayers for this group would be very welcome.



Tea Pot Club - Dates of some future meetings in 2017

All "teapots" are held at the Methodist Chapel at 2pm

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Thoughts for Easter

Easter Break

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Methodist Chapel
Tuesday 9th May Methodist Chapel
Tuesday 23rd May Methodist Chapel
Tuesday 6th June  Methodist Chapel


Gren Irwin


Pauline Matthews

23 Hillside Road


3 Lampton Close

01929 — 462742


01929 — 462128



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.

When they met at the beginning of February, some of the team set about whitewashing the wall at the back of the church and fitting a new shelf in the storeroom (made using wood left over from the church renovations). Others were out in the bright sunshine, tidying the churchyard and cutting back the bamboo hedge.

The next work session is earmarked for Sat 4th March from 10am - let's hope for another sunny morning!



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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