Churches Together in Poole





May 2018




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.














Celebrations and a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of St Thomas’s Church in Ensbury Park began in February and continue at least until September.   There will be a movie show, concerts, exhibitions, a parish pilgrimage and a summer fair plus a visit from Bishop Nicholas to bless an anniversary banner and partake of a carnival lunch.   And who was it who said, fifty years ago, “you’re a lot of Doubting Thomases”?   Who remembers?






Wessex Chernobyl Children's Lifeline is seeking host families for ten and 11 year olds who will be staying here in July this year. They are here for recuperative care in order to improve their immune systems and reduce their risks of developing cancer. The children are here for four weeks and there is a full programme of trips and activities that take place during weekdays between 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Two week's hosting is also possible. This is a friendly group and hosts are encouraged to join in when they can. For more information see the website or contact John and Carolyn on 01202 690110.                              John Martindale (Chair: Wessex CCLL)








This series of six meetings described as “Recovery from Divorce and Separation” begins on Wednesday, May 2nd hosted by All Saints’ Parish, Poole, the venue now rearranged to be in the Church Hall, 28 Western Road.   Sessions are for six weeks at a cost of £40.   The first session will be a taster evening with no obligation involved.   Enquiries should be made through the church website on or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








Details are now available for the meetings organised by the SDEF for the coming year and these will be on Monday, May 21st at St Johns’s Church, Leigh Road, Wimborne and Monday, November 26th at St Francis Church, Salisbury.  Sessions begin at 9.45 a.m. to end at 12.45 p.m., with a time to chat over a packed lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.   Speakers are the Reverend Dr Ian Paul from St Nic’s, Nottingham (and also known for his time at SML) on “From Paradise to the Parouisia” and the Reverend Dr Emma Ineson, Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, on “the Joys and Pitfalls of Biblical Ministry in the 21st Century”.








Hosted by St Aldhelm’s Church in Branksome to mark the weekend of St Aldhelm’s Day on May 25th, members will be walking to the Chapel on the coast near Worth Matravers in the Purbecks, leaving on the Friday, staying a night in  hostel and concluding with a Eucharist Service at 12.30 p.m. on the final day.   Members of other churches that might like to join this pilgrimage should contact the parish office at 01202 764420 for further information.








A workshop with members of Liveability and co-hosted by Prama, Faithworks Wessex, the Salvation Army and Hope in the Community is being held at the Barrington Centre in Ferndown on Friday, May 18th.   This day conference is for churches and community leaders reflecting on the issues of spirituality in later life.  Confirmed platform speakers include Ian Coffey, Vice Principal of Moorlands Bible College, and Debbie Thrower from the Anna Chaplains and probably better known for her appearances on BBC Radio Solent and TV.  The cost for the day is £4.   Booking details are via Neil Stevens, Livability Holton Lee at 01202 625562 or


Seminars will include:  The Journey Home - talking about death and bereavement; an interactive and informal reflection on the end of life - led by Ali Thornton-Stark (Salvation Army)
Releasing Ministry in Older People - led by Louise Morse (Pilgrim's Friend Society)
Ageing without Children -
Dementia-friendly Churches - led by Charlotte Overton-Hart from Livability and Tracy Wilson-Corben from Faithworks Wessex








Details are now available for this regular yearly event.   The speaker at the evening meetings at the Citygate Centre wil be Craig Dyer, Associate Pastor of Harper Church, Glasgow focussing on 1 Peter, and the morning sessions at Christ Church, Westbourne will be led by Daf Meirion-Jones, Senior Pastor of the Kings Centre in Chessington looking at words from Zephaniah.   Publicity material will be coming to those interested at the beginning of this month.   The Church Leaders’ Day is July 3rd and Youth Nights are scheduled for July 4th and 5th.  Details available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








The Summer outing arranged by the Council of Christians and Jews (Bournemouth and Wessex) involves a coach trip to Exeter to include a guided tour of Exeter Synagogue and an optional visit to Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday, June 6th.   Pick up is at 9.15 a.m. from Glen Fern Car Park, Bournemouth, and return from Exeter at 5 p.m.   The day includes free time for shopping and visiting historical sites.   Those travelling will need to take their own lunch or visit a suitable place in Exeter.   The cost is £17 to be paid in advance which includes the synagogue tour but not the tour of the Cathedral which would be extra.   Bookings should be made on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
















Saturday, 12 – Sponsored Seafront Walk for Christian Aid between Sandbanks and Southbourne, 8.30 to 11.30 a.m.


SMILE Lone Parent Fair, St James’ Church, Poole, a.m.




Sunday, 13 – Christian Aid Week.




Monday, 14 – Bournemouth William Temple Association, Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, 8.10 p.m. for talk and questions.   David Morgan of Salisbury/Winchester Environmental Group on “God’s World – who cares?”




Thursday, 17 – Fifty hours of Prayer, St Thomas’s Church, Ensbury Park, to 19th.




Saturday, 19 – Barclays House Choir in Concert, St Peter’s Church, Parkstone, 7.30 p.m. with “Songs from the Trenches” and Rutter “Requiem”.




Monday, 21 – Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, St John’s Church, Leigh Road, Wimborne, 9.45 a.m. with speaker the Reverend Dr Ian Paul from Nottingham on “From Paradise to the Parousia”.   Take packed lunch.




Wednesday, 23 – Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery Synod, St Thomas’s Church, Western Avenue, Ensbury Park, Bournemouth, 7.30 p.m.








Saturday, 2 – Multi-instrumentalist Simeon Wood in concert, St Thomas’s Church, Ensbury Park, 7.30 p.m.




Saturday, 9 – St Peter’s, Parkstone’s Spring Fayre in Ashley Cross Green, 10 a.m, to 3.30 p.m.




Tuesday 12 – Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company at St Luke’s Church, Wellington Road, Parkstone with “Deliver”, at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for under 25s.  Details and tickets from Church office on 01202 717268.    




Saturday, 16 – Fifty Years of St Thomas’s exhibition, at the church in Ensbury Park, open afternoon and evening.




Saturday, 23 – Summer Fair, St Mark’s Church, Talbot Woods, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Sunday, 24 – St Thomas’s Anniversary Service with Bishop Nicholas.




Wednesday, 27 – Churches Together in Poole, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parkstone, 12.30 p.m.  Event to bid farewell to retiring Chairman, Jackie Leswell.








Monday, 2 – Bournemouth and Poole Convention to 6th at the Citygate Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth at 7.45 p.m.




Wednesday, 4 – Bournemouth and Poole Convention morning sessions, Christ Church, Westbourne, 10.30 a.m., to 6th .




Saturday, 7 - Holes Bay Walk for WAU.




Saturday, 14 – Gold theme Summer Fair, St Thomas’s Church, Ensbury Park, 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Sunday,15 – Confirmation Service, St Mark’s Church, Talbot Woods, 10.30 a.m. with the Bishop of Sherborne.


Gathering for LLMs in the Dorset Archdeaconry (Milton and Blandford, Poole and North Bournemouth, Purbeck and Wimborne) at Wool C of E Primary School, Lulworth Road, Wool, BH20 6BT,at 2.30 p.m.








Saturday, 15 – Dorset Police Male Voice Choir in Concert, St Thomas’s Church, Ensbury Park, 7.30 p.m




Friday, 28 – Pre-Admission Quiet Day for LLMs.




Saturday, 29 – LLM Annual Meeting and Admissions Service, Salisbury Cathedral, 2.30 p.m.








Friday, 2 – Bournemouth and Poole Men’s Convention is expected to be at Moordown Baptist Church, but as yet unconfirmed.




Monday, 26 – Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, St Francis Church, Salisbury, 9.45 a.m.   “Biblical Ministry in the 21st Century – the joys and pitfalls” with the Reverend Dr Emma Ineson, Principal of Trinity College, Bristol. 








These days, the majority of churches seem to be using websites for information about services and other events.   Not all inevitably are “current”, so please check with your details.   Meanwhile, could those church secretaries/administrators let me know their official church  site address so that when I remember I can check for any of your events which should go into this newssheet, now that many magazines are not being used.




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