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Benefice Service Pattern - June 2019




And don't forget the above midweek services at the D'Urberville . . .

Holy Rood at the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall -  now on both 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, from 10am-12noon - ALL WELCOME

On the first and third Wednesday of each month, Holy Communion is held at 10am in the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall, followed by Coffee/Tea, Cake, and chat afterwards.

This mid-week opportunity has proved very popular. The D'Urberville Small Hall (entrance is the one on the left looking at the Hall complex from the road)  provides easier access and parking for those with restricted mobility and gives us all, whatever our mobility, the chance of meeting on a mid week morning to share communion (followed by coffee and cake!). There is no charge for the coffee and cake but any donations would help towards the costs, especially as we struggle to pay for the Hall hire.

Sunday services all continue as per the above pattern.



The Church and Benefice Office is based in the D'Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane, Wool

The Office is open for people to pop in on Thursday mornings 10am - 12noon.

Contact number is 07851 028117

The office email address is woolchurchoffice@gmail.com




About the New Multi-Parish Benefice of West Purbeck

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

Interviews for the new post of a part-time priest for the benefice, to reside in Bere Regis, took place on Tuesday 11th June 2019.

An announcement will be made (usually this is made simultaneously in all the churches involved with the new appointment) in due course, once formalities are completed.



June Dates for your diary

Saturday 1st June

10am - 12noon

Church/Churchyard Maintenance

Saturday 1st June

3pm until 5pm

Messy Church

Monday 3rd June 7.30pm Monday Home Group, 23 Hillside Road

Tuesday 4th June


Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT)

Saturday 8th June

2 - 4 pm

Wool School Summer Fayre 2 - 4 pm

Saturday 8th June

2 - 4 pm

Wool Country Market Anniversary, D’Urberville

Saturday 8th June


Film Night in Church

Sunday 9th June

13:00 - 17:00

Secret Gardens of the Close, Salisbury Cathedral
Monday 10th June 7.30pm Monday Home Group cancelled tonight (due to meeting for PCC and Ministry teams that evening)

Tuesday 11th June


The Tea Pot Club

Monday 17th June 7.30pm Monday Home Group, 23 Hillside Road

Tuesday 18th June


Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT)

Wednesday 19th June


Cancer Research UK Spring Fayre

Sunday 22nd June


Healing Service in Holy Rood Church

Sunday 22nd June   Wool Carnival
Monday 24th June 7.30pm Monday Home Group, 23 Hillside Road

Sunday 30th June


Combined Benefice Service in Affpuddle Church

Saturday 6th July

2pm onwards

Open Gardens (start at Holy Rood), with Wareham Town Band, Teas, & Messy Church

Sunday 28th July


Healing service in Holy Rood Church


Wednesday 31st July, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August



School Holiday Lunches in the KOW building




Some of these coming events in more detail . . .



Saturday 8th June – Church School Fete





Saturday 8th June – Film Night in Church

A ‘Test Audience’ is needed for the inaugural run of a new venture. We now have a licence to show films. (But we cannot charge or advertise them in advance.)

Admission will be free (with opportunity for donations to Holy Rood, if desired).

This first one, a recent film lasting about 2 hours, is a drama-documentary about the events centred around 1940 when the hour did not look very bright for the people of Britain. The fate of Western Europe depended on the capability of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister, played by Gary Oldman, who must have courage to lead a nation and change history.

You will just have to guess the title from that description . . .

Come and enjoy it on the new screen! Refreshments available to purchase - don't forget to bring your own cushion!



Sunday 9th June 2019 - Secret Gardens of the Close

Time: 13:00 - 17:00 Location: Cathedral Close in Salisbury

Normally hidden from view, several private gardens in the Cathedral Close will be open to visitors in aid of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral. Refreshments will be provided by Bishop Nicholas and Helen at the South Canonry. Plants will also be available for sale and there will be music and art demonstrations, together with an exhibition of botanic art in the Medieval Hall.

Booking Details

Entry Programme £10 (16 and under free). Available on the day from Choristers' Green if coming in via High Street Gate or from South Canonry if entering the Close from Harnham Gate. For further enquiries please contact the Friends' Office - Email: friends@salcath.co.uk or Telephone: 01722 335161



Put some time aside after 9th June

The THRIVE TEAM launch a Benefice Questionnaire on Pentecost Sunday. Your help is needed to help shape our future. Forms will be winging their way to you with info on how to respond very soon.

See in the Benefice Section for more details about THRIVE



Tuesday 11th June, 2pm - The Tea Pot Club

All “Teapots” are held at the Methodist Chapel in Wool. Contact Gren Irwin 01929 462742 or Mrs Pauline Matthews 01929 462128.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 Methodist Chapel
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Outing (Tea at Moreton Gardens)

Ask Gren for details

No meeting at the Chapel today

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 Methodist Chapel
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 Shared meal (Details to follow)
Tuesday, 6th August Coffee morning and ploughman's lunches at 23 Hillside Road, 10.30am - 2pm
Summer break
September We meet again in September, on a date to be advised later




Wednesday 19th June – Cancer Research UK Summer Fayre

Wool and District Friends of Cancer Research UK will hold their famous annual Summer Fayre on Wednesday 19th June 2019, 10.30-12.00 midday, at Manor Farm, Spring Street, Wool. Entrance £2.00 to include tea and coffee.



Sunday 22nd June - Wool Carnival




30th June - Wool and Bovington Scout Group—Duck Race



Please don’t forget the Duck Race on Sunday 30th June.

Starts at 2pm til 4pm - there will be a Grand Raffle, Cream teas, Tombola and other games. It is all happening in Spring Street, Wool.

Email for more information: timalford2003@yahoo.co.uk.




Advance Notices for July (and beyond – save the dates):

Saturday 6th July (2pm onwards)

Open Gardens (starting and finishing at Holy Rood Church), with Wareham Town Band, Teas, & Messy Church.

Our generous neighbours in Church Lane and Spring Street have kindly allowed visiting their gardens on what we hope will be a beautiful summer's afternoon - accompanied by the Wareham Town Band playing while you relax after your walk in the cool at Holy Rood Church. Teas will be available. Admission to gardens by programme and map (£5)


Saturday 13th July - Village Litter Picks

Village Litter Picks meetings points are at 10am.at the D'Urberville Centre, at East Burton Village Hall and at Andover Green notice board. (Representatives needed for Cologne Road.)

The next one is a Saturday 13th July

PLEASE Help to Keep Our Parish Clean!!


Tuesday 6th August – Coffee Morning and Ploughman’s Lunches

A Coffee Morning and Ploughman’s Lunches for the Shoe Box Appeal will be held on Tuesday 6th August at 23 Hillside Rd, from 10.30am – 2pm, all welcome.

Contacts: Gren Irwin 23 Hillside Road 01929 462742, or Pauline Matthews 3 Lampton Close 01929 462128.


Thursday 22nd August - The 2019 "Staycation" - Holiday At Home in Holy Rood and have some fun with your friends!


Healing Services in August and September

Sunday 25th August - 6.00pm - Healing Service in Holy Rood Church

Sunday 22nd September - 6.00pm - Healing service in Holy Rood Church

Sunday 29th September - 10.00am - Benefice Service in Holy Rood Church


Saturday 5th October 2019 - An Autumn Evening of Music with Supper

An Autumn Evening of Music with the Wareham Town Band, followed by supper, will be held on Saturday 5th October 2019 at 7pm until 10pm in the D’Urberville Hall.

This will be a fabulous evening whilst raising much needed funds for our church. Tickets will be available nearer the date so watch the website and the next newsletter for more information nearer the date.



Situations Vacant

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!

10am Coffee Rota - Appeal for Assistance!

Gloria needs more volunteers for the Coffee Rota please: at least another 3 or 4. We have only four regular people who set up and serve coffee at the 10am morning service. When these folk are unable to do it for various reasons, such as holidays, illness or family ties, it falls on the same person, who sometimes does it three Sundays in a month, and it’s more difficult when there are five Sundays. Gloria will show you the ropes – bringing milk, setting up the table, serving and clearing up afterwards. It would be sad to lose this time of fellowship over coffee, or enjoy much less frequently. So please contact Gloria if you feel you can help, either at Church or Tel: 01929 463484

Holiday Club Lunches

Wednesday 31st July, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August

Holiday Club Lunches during the Summer Break, on Wednesdays weekly

A Churches Together in Wool and Wool Library Collaborative Initiative

Last year there were over 40 lunches served during this very successful venture and this will be happening again this year. Please look out for more information, from the Church Office or on the back of the weekly pewsheet


CWW Newsletter Distribution

Review of the distribution the CWW Newsletter will be taking place during the next few months.

If you have any thoughts on this, please email sue@whomwah.com or ring 01929-463803.

Presently in some areas the newsletter is delivered along with the Advertiser, others are distributed by those around their area. Others take some and deliver to those they know, some are distributed during group sessions and others are left at the back of church and sadly some are binned. To alleviate waste and ensure those who would like a paper copy of the CWW receive one we are making notes of where they go. People who are not on the internet, cannot get to church, those out of the area but still in our Parish are the ones we need to deliver to or let them know where the CWW can be collected.

The CWW contains a lot of useful Community information and our grateful thanks go to all those who kindly distribute at present. The CWW Newsletter can be found at the back of the Church and in the Church Office and this will continue.

The CWW Team




Save the Bells


We’re very fortunate at Holy Rood to have an enthusiastic team of bell ringers, who

sound out the call to worship every Sunday morning. Four of the six bells at the top of

the tower were originally installed in the 17th and 18th Centuries (the earliest in 1606)

but when in 1907 two more bells were added they were installed inside a massive

cast-iron frame. The complete assembly needs regular attention to ensure that the

ropes, wheels and bearings remain in good condition.

Phil Miles, one of the experienced members of ringers, works tirelessly to keep on top

of maintenance, filling the oil reservoirs, replacing rope, and when necessary fitting a

replacement stay fashioned from a piece of ash - an important safety feature which

prevents the bell turning full circle and carrying a hapless ringer skywards.

The pierced-stone openings of the bell chamber allow the sound to radiate in all

directions …but they also let in the wind and rain, so corrosion of the century-old

ironwork is a constant problem. Phil keeps on top of this, wire brushing and painting

the exposed metal surfaces as required. However, where the ends of the support

girders enter the walls of the tower, it’s impossible to see the condition of the metal or

to apply any protective coating.

At the 5-yearly inspection of the church in 2017, the visiting architect recorded his

concern that the masonry above these girder ends was lifting slightly, possibly due to

corrosion. With that in mind, we recently called in an expert from a Loughborough firm

of bell founders (the only bell foundry left in the country), who spent a couple of hours

climbing around the frame, taking notes but also giving plenty of useful tips. His report

says that the bell fittings are generally in good order, but that the girder-ends are indeed

rusted and need some remedial work which involves removing overlying masonry – not

something we can undertake ourselves.

The foundry has quoted us £6,849 + Vat so total cost is £8,218 for the basic work to

return the bell frame to good order so that it will hopefully last for another 100 years. If

we are able to assist their technician, we can reduce the cost a little – but conversely, if

the girders have been severely weakened, there may be additional costs associated with

welding in steel plates.

Whichever way, the money has to be found to carry out these expensive repairs. We’re

hopeful that grants are available but no doubt some of the cash will have to be raised

within our village community.

Tony Smale


There are more details and pictures about the bells in the Spring 2019 "Church Without Walls" and some historical notes about them on this website, here.



Holy Rood Church Access Reminder

Parking for Sunday services only, has been reinstated by the school for the time being, but access on foot via the School driveway is restricted to those pedestrians actually attending services, and is NOT open to all.

Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds.



Home Groups

There are three home groups at the moment taking place on different days and at different times. This reflects the early church where home groups were the first churches. Although most members are from Holy Rood, they include members of other churches and you don’t need to belong to any church to join in. Groups decide on a focus for their meeting which they follow for about six weeks although each week stands alone. Groups are informal and friendly and a good way to explore and develop your faith. You are welcome to join for a topic that interests you - for one evening or for longer - you don’t have to sign up for life!

Monday, 7.00pm - started again on 7th January, at 23 Hillside Road - for further details contact Judy Hill 01929 462888.

Wednesday, 7.30pm - started again on 9th January - for further details contact John Williams 01929 462146.

Thursday, 2.30pm - starts again on 17th January at 3 Lampton Close. This group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month during term time.. For more information contact John Matthews on 01929 462128.


Recent Events

and Announcements


Thank You to Geoff Edwardes

During the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April we said a huge thank you to Geoff Edwardes for all the years he has given as Church Warden.

This is a very responsible role but due to other commitments and the fact a Churchwarden should not stand for more than 8 years, he did not put himself forward for re-election. He has needed to be replaced by no less than four Deputy Church Wardens, who will assist the remaining Churchwarden Brenda Edwards. (This gives some indication of the enormity of the role!)

Geoff has kindly agreed to remain on the PCC but more in an advisory capacity, and we are extremely grateful for all he has done in faithful service to Holy Rood over many years.

Many thanks, Geoff.



Water Aid collection

Thank You to all those who gave money during Lent for Water Aid

A total of £347.00 collected for Water Aid - plus the associated Gift Aid will to be added.

Thanks to everyone - Revd Judy Hill



Wool Parish Council



New Parish Councillors

Parish Councillors for the Wool Ward:

Keith Foggon; Glenn Hunt; Robert Hyde; Nicola Johnson; Stuart Johnson; Robert Lovelass; Robin Thorn and Andrew Wilson.

Parish Councillors for the Bovington Ward:

Janet Amey; Malcolm Munro and Steve Smith.

Council meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. Please check the website and parish notice boards for more information.

Website address: www.woolparishcouncil.com

or Facebook Page Wool Parish Clerk







Holy Rood at the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall now on both 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, from 10am-12noon

On the first and third Wednesday of each month, Holy Communion is held at 10am in the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall, followed by Coffee/Tea and chat afterwards.

The D'Urberville small Hall provides easier access and parking for those with restricted mobility and gives us all whatever our mobility the chance of meeting in mid weeks to share communion followed by coffee and cake. There is no charge for the coffee and cake but any donations would help towards the cost of the Hall hire.

There is no mid-week Communion in Church but Sunday services all continue as per our usual pattern.



Organists Appeal

Do you play the organ or the piano and if so would you be willing to be part of a team? Do you know anyone else that plays? There is an offer of a few basic lessons for anyone with keyboard skills who might like to have a go . Live music is such an intrinsic and valued part of worship. If you can help please let Rev Carol or one of the Church Wardens know! (See CWW Summer 2018 Edition).



Home groups and other Church groups


Monday Homegroup

The Monday group is ongoing, 7.30pm except in school holidays, usually 23 Hillside Road or 1 Vicarage Close.

All welcome, no knowledge required!  - for further details contact Judy Hill 01929 462888.


Wednesday Homegroup

7.30pm on Wednesdays

Contact details:

John Williams tel: 462146

John Underwood tel: 462827.


Thursday Homegroup

Held on Thursdays at 2.30pm at 3 Lampton Close. This group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month during term time.

For more information contact John Matthews on 01929 462128.


The Tea Pot Club


Tuesday, 11 June 2019 Methodist Chapel
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 Outing TBA
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 Methodist Chapel
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 Shared meal TBA
August fundraiser Coffee morning and ploughman's lunches at 23 Hillside Road, date TBA
Summer break
September re-start to be announced We meet again in September, date TBA



Gren Irwin


Pauline Matthews

23 Hillside Road


3 Lampton Close

01929 — 462742


01929 — 462128







Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT) is a young mums group that meets in term time only at the home of Mrs Pauline Matthews 01929 462128. From 7.30pm until 9pm on the first and third Tuesdays 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. Next one 9th January 2018

Contact Pauline Matthews (01929 462128)


Other Notices


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 Who's Who 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.


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.


Church Maintenance

There are many large and small on-going jobs in the church and the churchyard that need to be done on a regular basis. A 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 Who's Who page.



Future Services

See the Bulletins page for brief details of planned services and some other future events.


Earlier News and Events


Previous News and Events

Licensing 2017 Events during 2017 Angelfest 2017 Events in 2018 Events in 2019



There also is a page showing the flowers on Easter Day













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