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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 the following address:


Please bookmark the new site for all our up to date news and events.



The Holy Rood Wool website (this one)


will remain as usual for the time being but is updated less often.




Welcome to Holy Rood! - part of the West Purbeck Benefice

This website (www.holyroodwool.org) tells you about the Church of Holy Rood, Wool, Dorset. (Wool is situated between Wareham and Dorchester, in the county of Dorset, UK.)

Holy Rood is the parish church of Wool and East Stoke incorporating Coombe Keynes, Bovington and East Burton. We're part of the Church of England and the Benefice of West Purbeck, within the the Diocese of Salisbury, and within the worldwide Anglican community.


For the Services timetable see the Services page.



The West Purbeck Benefice Website  has the most up to date information and is updated more often than this site, which is the Holy Rood Church website.




The West Purbeck Benefice Prayer

Holy God we thank you that you have called us to be your people across the West Purbeck Benefice.

We praise you for the beauty that surrounds us, the people who make up our communities, the visitors whom we welcome and above all for the gift of faith you have given to us.

Help us through prayer and worship to grow closer to you, through service and care to reflect your love, and through mission to share your Good News with all around us.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.




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):








The Benefice of West Purbeck includes seven churches:


Holy Rood, Wool (with the former parishes of East Stoke East Burton, and Coombe Keynes) http://www.holyroodwool.org/ (You are here!)


St John the Baptist, Bere Regis - http://www.bereregiswithaffpuddle.org.uk/bere-regis


St Laurence, Affpuddle - http://www.bereregiswithaffpuddle.org.uk/affpuddle


Holy Trinity, West Lulworth



St Andrew, East Lulwoth



St Christopher, Winfrith Newburgh



St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring






Viewing this site with a mobile phone


It can be difficult to view some of the menus and text on some sites (unfortunately, including this one) using a mobile phone.

We are aware of this problem and are adjusting aspects bit by bit as we go along.

We will be addressing it more fundamentally when time permits - probably by using a different website design.



The links on the far left top give access to the main sections of our website.

We do not have a traditional Parish Magazine, but if you would like to receive the West Purbeck Link, our weekly news sheet sent to your inbox by email each Friday / Saturday, please email:


West Purbeck Benefice Office on westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com asking to be added to the mailing list.



More about Holy Rood . . .

You can take a look at some of Holy Rood's history, with pictures of the church interior. Outside and in, we have a lot of help from our enthusiastic and highly skilled Churchyard team.

The church is a vital part of the life of the community and we aim to be a friendly and welcoming church.

We look forward to meeting you . . .


We describe ourselves as 'middle of the road' welcoming of all.

Our vision is to be "A church without walls" and our aims are that: -


We long to see God grow His church in Wool and to help increasing numbers of people to come to faith in Him.


We want to deepen our own relationship with God based on sound preaching and biblical teaching.


We want to reach out to all ages across the community.


We seek to have a visible presence in the parish outside our church based activities, showing God's relevance to every aspect of our lives.


To write by post to the church or to the vicar, use this address: Wool Vicarage, Vicarage Close, Wool, Wareham, Dorset BH2O 6EB.

Where possible please use the Office email address instead: Email address: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

The Church and Benefice Office is based in the D'Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane, Wool. (Address not suitable for posting to.)

Benefice Office

The Benefice Office hours and contact details are at this link.

Office contact number is 07729 484866

Email address: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

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



Websites News and pictures

News and pictures intended for the Holy Rood websites or social media should be sent by email to:





Pastoral Care - Where to find help when you need it

Each of us has times in life when we need help. These may be a result of a bereavement, illness, or any of life's unexpected changes. It may be for a simple, one-off opportunity to talk things over; or it may be for someone to visit regularly.

Whatever your need, we want to be able to help you. In this parish, we have a team of people who have gifts in pastoral care. If you would like someone to visit you, please contact the Church Office.

(For Clergy contact details see Who's Who)


Note that the local dialling code (where not otherwise stated) is 01929



Email addresses: See under "Contacts"

Clergy and Who's Who: See the "Who's Who" page



Our safeguarding page is accessible by this link

Holy Rood Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.



Our safeguarding page is accessible by this link or can be found from the menu (on the top left of all pages including this one - scroll up to the top on any page to see it).

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer:

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, details are on our safeguarding page, or email safeguarding@salisbury.anglican.org

Other Links

Diocesan Safeguarding local policies


Diocesan safeguarding topics



Church of England Safeguarding nationally







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.
Copyright 2004 Holy Rood Church, Wool
Last modified: Friday, 25 August 2023