Churches Together in Poole




August 2017




Some of this  information comes from the Communications Department of the Diocese and I am in touch with a number of other sources including the internet, magazines from our local churches and parishes in the Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery.   Please feel free to use as required.














It may be that there is still a chance for a holiday in the Land of Song, but may we suggest that if you go anywhere near Bala you find your way to the nearby “Mary Jones World” off the A 494 about a mile south of Bala High Street.   This is to discover the story of the 15 year old Welsh girl who made 26 mile journey on foot with her six years’ savings to obtain a Bible.   Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 29th each day.   Admission is £4 for adults and £2.50 for children with the usual concessions for families and groups.  There’s car parking, accessible toilets and a coffee shop.








From St Aldhelm’s Church in Branksome, news comes that the Reverend Philip Martin will be moving to join them in September.   Father Philip has been serving at St James’ Church in Alderholt and describes his time there in a recent letter as “long enough to conduct weddings for those I baptised and then baptise their children”.   Other arrivals are in the pipeline as we go to press, particularly for Holy Angels in Lilliput. 








Once again this year some churches are open around the middle of the day with refreshments and a chance to hear some local artists.   These began last month and continue to September at both at St James’ Church in Poole Old Town at 1.10 p.m. on Thursdays and at St Peter’s Church, Parkstone, at 1 p.m. on Fridays.    Admission is free, although there is an opportunity to donate to the event to cover expenses.








Those visiting Brownsea Island (National Trust, remember your card!) may like to know that during the summer there will be a Sunday service in St Mary’s church at 3 p.m.








The annual services at St Aldhelm’s Chapel on the cliffs near Worth Matravers, are taking place again this year.   The time on Sunday evenings in August is 6 p.m.








Christ Church, Creekmoor, is looking for two gap year trainees to join their worship team while gaining skills and valuable ministry experience alongside other ministry areas.   This opportunity of a GAP year programme begins in September and has the opportunity to join a busy and exciting team.   Information and application form is available from the Reverend Janice Audibert on 01202 389751 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








St Luke’s Church in Parkstone is seeking to employ a part-time (about 50%) children’s and youth minister to work alongside the Vicar, Curate and committed volunteers in ministering to young people between eight and 16 years of age.    A supportie and caring fellowship is offered in return, a salary of up to £22,000 pro rata, realistic expectations, flexibility, prayer and more.   Information or just an informal conversation about this post needs for the applicants to speak to the Vicar, the Reverend Chris Strain on 01202 741030, whose e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or try the parish website at  Closing date is August 25th 2017.








The DBE Course with Lizzie Whitbread (DBE Advisor for Work with Young People) will be at the Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton on Thursday, September 28th with a session from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. with the above theme.   This venue is a bit of a way away from our particular area but should be of interest to some prepared to make the trip.   Please check with the Diocese for any information required from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.








A two man presentation about a meeting between C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien at the “Eagle and Child” pub in Oxford in 1963 will be staged at the Citygate Centre, 138a Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, on Sunday, September 17th.










Canon Bill Merrington from Bournemouth University and St Mark’s, Talbot Village, hosts Training sessions at Moorlands College in Sopley this autumn.   “Understanding Grief, Loss and Pain” is on Saturday, September 16th, “Handling a Crisis or Suicidal Situation” is on Saturday, October 21st, and “Developing Christian Resilience”  is on Saturday, November 4th.   All events begin at 9.30 a.m. and continue to 4.30 p.m.   Booking is made with Eventrite with different internet addresses for each particular day.   We suggest that you use the contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or text 07894 598915.   Early booking is recommended.   There is no suggestion in the information about costs.








Details of the new sessions from October to May for this group are now available from John Newbold at 01202 761749.   Meetings are on Mondays from October 2nd at the Marsham Court Hotel in Russell-Cotes Road with a prebooked meal at 7 p.m. and the talk and questions at 8.10 p.m., coffee available beforehand.    Speakers include the Reverend Jonathan Herbert from Hilfield Priory, Dr David Catchpole of Sarum College, the Reverend Dr Sally Welch, Area Dean of Chipping Norton, the Venerable Antony Mac-Row Wood, Archdeacon of Dorset and Mr David Pain of Christian Aid.   Subjects covered include “Travellers and Gypsies”, “Brexit, Trump and Popularism”, “Contemporary Apologetics” and “God’s world – Who cares?”








As with many of our local Funeral Directors, helpful support in many ways following a funeral is provided in the way of meetings and social groups.   The magazine from St Mark’s Church, Talbot Village, in July, tells of a new event called “Here for You” with coffee and cake organised by Co-op Funeralcare from Wallisdown.   This is held on the last Thursday of each month at St Saviour’s Church Hall, in Scott Road, Wallisdown from 2.30 to 4 p.m.   The event is free of church and is for all ages.   Further information is avaialble on 01202 533353.














Wednesday, 2 – Holiday Club, St Clement’s Church, Parkstone, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m with “Joseph’s Adventures”.   Continues on Wednesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd.




Saturday, 5 – Summer Fete, Church of the Transfiguration, Canford Cliffs., 2 p.m.




Thursday, 17 – St George, Oakdale’s, annual goodies stall in Poole High Street, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.   Don’t miss jam, marmalade, cake and more.  (Weather permitting, perhaps).




Thursday, 24 – Holiday@Home for Seniors.   2.15 p.m. with Cream Tea.   Longfleet Baptist Church.   Continues on 25th from 12.15 to include lunch.   Book places at the church.




Saturday, 26 – Cream Tea, St James’ Church, Poole, time tbc.








Saturday 2 – Induction Service for the Reverend Suzie Roberts at Longfleet Baptist Church, Poole, 2.30 p.m.




Thursday, 7 – Licensing of the Reverend Philip Martin as Incumbent for St Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome, 7.30 p.m.




Saturday, 9 – Ride and Stride Day for Historic Churches Trust.   Is your church open for visitors?




Wednesday 13 – Deanery Chapter, All Saints, 12 noon.




Sunday, 17 – “Connect” One day worship and prayer event, Holton Lee, Sandford.




Thursday, 21 – Churches Together in Poole meeting, 12.30, venue tbc.




Saturday, 23 – Women’s Breakfast, St Michael’s Church, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.




Saturday, 30 - Men’s Breakfast, St Michael’s, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.


LLM AGM, Licensing and Admissions Day, Salisbury Cathedral, 2.30 p.m.








Monday, 2 – Bournemouth William Temple Association, Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, with the Reverend Jonathan Herbert of Hilfield Priory (see above).




Monday, 9 – Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, St Francis Church, Salisbury, 9.45 a.m.  Speaker is Dr Sharon Dirckx.




Thursday, 12 – Fashion Show in aid of South Sudan and the church, St Peter’s Church, Ashley Cross, Parkstone, 7.30 p.m.  Tickets are £7 in advance from 01202 748218.




Sunday, 29 – Churches Together in East Poole Service, St Luke’s Church, Parkstone, 6.30 p.m.








Thursday, 2 – Deanery Synod, Christ Church, Creekmoor, 7.30 p.m.




Monday, 6 – Bournemouth William Temple Association, Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, with the Reverend Dr Sally Welch, Area Dean of Chipping Norton on “Walking the Labyrinth”.




Saturday, 11 – Bournemouth and Poole Men’s Convention meeting, with guest speaker Rico Tice,  on “Equipping Men for Evangelism”, venue tbc.




Thursday, 16 – Deanery Chapter, St Mary’s, Longfleet, 12 noon.




Saturday, 18 – Diocesan Synod.




Saturday, 25 - Men’s Breakfast, St Michael’s, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.




Tuesday, 28 – Churches Together in Poole, The Greenhouse, Burton Road, Branksome, 12.30 p.m.   Take lunch.




E & OE








Information about Christmas Fairs, Carol concerts, and other related events need to be with me early in November please, or even earlier if you know dates, times and venues.






A number of friends and others have asked me to join “Linked In” and other similar places for news and information.   Apologies, but at the moment I have not replied to these.   I have quite enough information coming to me from various sources, so for the moment, much as I appreciate your interest, I am not joining.




Although I expect to be moving residence in the autumn, I am not expecting my e-mail address to change.   New address for magazines and other snail mail I will advise as soon as is possible.




Summary of useful addresses and websites from previous Newssheets:
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