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New Website for West Purbeck Benefice

The West Purbeck Benefice (of which Holy Rood is a part) has a new website at its usual address of:


Please bookmark the new site. Lots of events there are nowadays not listed here.



The Holy Rood Wool website (this one)


will remain as usual for the time being but is updated less often. If you have anything you would like to add to it please let me know:



Wednesday Services at the D'Urberville Hall

(held on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 10.30am)

Wednesday services are in the main hall. There is accessible access and usually plentiful level parking (and toilets) - as well as coffee and cake after the service.

Community Lunches

Starting February 1st 2023 on the first Wednesday every month, there will also be a simple Community Lunch served in the D'Urberville too. So on that day, it would be possible to attend Communion at 10.30, stay for coffee and cake or biscuits, and then stay on to join in the lunch afterwards from 12 until 1pm!

(Or - of course! - just come to one part or the other.)




Food Larder Thursdays are going strong

The Food Larder distributes surplus food to avoid good food ending up being sent to landfill and so being wasted. Any one can join by booking first, but as more people join than can be served, there is a waiting list. Written applications beforehand are needed please - ask Judy for details - 462888.)



Holy Rood Churchyard Maintenance team  - all welcome!

Anyone feeling energetic (or even curious tp know more!) is welcome to come along and help out. Gardening tools are provided.

We meet every month on the first Saturday of the month from around 9.30am.




Previous News and Events





Other Past Events

Events during 2017 Events in 2018 Events in 2019 Benefice Formation Events in 2020 Events in 2021 Events in 2022 Events in 2023








Benefice Office hours

Office contact number is 07729 484866

Email address: office@westpurbeck.org.uk

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




For services in Wool….some disabled parking

There are now 3 disabled parking spaces through the electronic double gate in the Wool School grounds leading to the church,. You will need to display a blue badge.  The pedestrian path at the back of the school that leads to church is wheelchair-friendly.  It would be very helpful to check with the benefice office in advance, to ensure that there will be a space available and how to access it.

Remember that the gates are opened 15/20 minutes before a service. All other parking is in the school staff car park.




When is Holy Rood Church open for private prayer?

Holy Rood Church, Wool is open for private prayer daily from 10am until 4pm.




Parish Giving Scheme

If you would like to give a donation to support Holy Rood, we are very grateful.

Our QR Code with the Parish Giving Scheme is as follows - you can scan this with your smartphone camera, or else click on the above link:


Why Use the Parish Giving Scheme?

The Parish Giving Scheme is run by the Church of England. If you pay UK income tax and you choose to Gift Aid your donation, it helps our church with an extra 25% - and at no cost to you. There is an online form for the Gift Aid but you can still be anonymous to Holy Rood church if you wish.

(Unlike JustGiving, you - and we - are not charged extra fees nor invited to pay them. The administrative cost of operating the scheme is covered by each member diocese, making the service free to use for churches and donors. Every pound donated through PGS can be put to Christian service in the local community, free from time-consuming admin.)




We also use 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):





Online Services

We are still holding some services online on some Sunday mornings. Anyone may take part in this service using your laptop, ipad, or phone (smart or otherwise).

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 to the Benefice Office. 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.


Daily Prayer

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










The Holy Rood website (part of the West Purbeck Benefice) is hosted by Krystal Hosting, to whom we are very grateful



Send mail to the webmaster (see Contacts) with questions or comments about this web site.
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Last modified: Friday, 25 August 2023