The Church Of The Holy Rood -- Wool, Dorset, U.K.
An area of the Churchyard in 2004
Our Churchyard is an important resource for both church and the wider community. Enjoy a stroll around our extensive churchyard following the Nature Trail or History Trail (see below).
The trails were devised by Dave McPherson and Rod Webb, and were funded with a grant from the East Stoke and Wool Community Chest. You can borrow laminated copies of the trail sheets from the leaflet dispenser near the main entrance to the churchyard, or download the pdf versions here.
There is also now a Prayer Labyrinth - and a guide to its use is available to borrow from the leaflet dispenser next to it..
Above - just after its construction
Above and below - The Labyrinth in the upper churchyard, October 2018
Click on the links to see more . . .
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. The challenge now will be to find an appropriate use for the prize money!
Churchyard Maintenance - September 2017 work session
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
In March 2017, Dorset lichen expert, Jenny Seawright, completed a thorough survey of all the lichens to be found on the church walls, memorials, trees and wooden benches around the churchyard: an amazing total of 120 species!
You can take a look at Jenny's stunning photographs on the Dorset Nature website by following this link:
You will have noticed, if you walk up to the end of Church Lane, that the path has now been laid to the new churchyard extension. This was paid for from the Building Fund.
Notice also how well the trees, donated by the Woodland Trust and planted by the Maintenance team, are growing.
The new extension was consecrated on Sunday 28th May 2017, the Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Revd Karen Gorham. There are some photos here.
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.
You are welcome to join us - details from the Churchwardens or contact Tony Smale (462116).
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