Churches Together in Poole




November 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.
















Canon Bill Merrington from Bournemouth University and St Mark’s, Talbot Village, hosts Training sessions at Moorlands College in Sopley this autumn. “Developing Christian Resilience”  is on Saturday, November 4th, and begins at 9.30 a.m. and continues 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.








Christian Aid is working with the Church of England Education Office to set up a new accreditation scheme for C of E schools (in particular, although it may well appeal to non-church schools, too).  The SIAMS framework will require schools to demonstrate how they inspire and support the development of “courageous advocacy” in pupils as “agents of change in local, national and international communities, with the confidence to confront and challenge injustice and inequality”.   So the charity is now advertising for Volunteer Teachers for Christian Aid to join this new project.  See for more information.  Christian Aid Teachers are volunteers who support schools participating in the scheme. They offer guidance and ideas to class teachers and provide workshops and assemblies.  If you would like the opportunity to use your professional expertise in an exciting new project, and to inspire young people to make a difference, then this role could suit you. You will need to have engaging presentation skills and some experience of working in the education system. The scheme itself is due to start Jan 2018.  Christian Aid is starting the recruitment process now (please nake contact even if you are reading this after the closing date) and there will be a training day in the autumn (date tbc). The minimum level of participation is likely to be two visits to each participating school per term.  For more information please follow the link above or contact Fiona Daborn, Regional Coordinator for Dorset on 023 8070 6969 or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








Dorset Nightstop provides safe and secure temporary accommodation for vulnerable 16-25 year olds who have found themselves at risk of, or suddenly homeless. Our fully trained and supported volunteer hosts provide a warm bed for the night in the young person's own room, a hot meal, the opportunity to get yourself cleaned and your clothes washed if needs be, headspace if you want it, or a listening ear if you need it. All of this takes place in a warm family environment. This takes place on a night by night basis, with the idea that services such as local housing providers, are given the time to address the young person's long term housing situation. Young people are not able to make self-referrals, but rather are referred by agencies such as Housing or Social Care and Health. The power of Nightstop is transformative. Placements are usually offered for up to three nights.  Volunteer Hosts must have a spare room that they can make available to young people.  Our Volunteer drivers are able to transport young people from where they are referred, to the host family. They must have their own car with fully comprehensive insurance.  Full training and ongoing support is offered for both roles.  Our next round of training is due to start at the end of September 2017.   Questions to the office at 01305 753657 or 07779 029 292.   Simon Keys, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Dorset Independent Visitors for Dorset Nightstop. 








Details of the new sessions from October to May for this group are now available from John Newbold at 01202 761749.   Meetings are usually on first Mondays and started in October 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?”








An interesting course coming up on social media and writing for the web for churches, is taking place at Church House in Salisbury on Tuesday, November 28th between 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to include lunch.  The cost is £10. Amaris Cole, the digital content and communications manager for the Church of England, is coming from London for the day to run the day course on social media and writing for the web.  We all know that social media is a vital “mission field” in the 2010s, but many of us know we could make more effective use of it.  On this practical course, you’ll be taken through the basics of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and how you should be sharing content. The teaching will also touch on the importance of analytics and paid promotions.  Learning to write for the web is crucial to making websites and social media content engaging and helpful for users. This course is church-specific for those who may feel they need some help in producing exciting copy. The course talks about audience, tone and what a website should include.   Booking can be done on line at








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.








An opportunity to learn new Christian songs and hymns on a “Big Sing” day at Milton Abbey on Saturday, November 18th is from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. with Noel Tredinnick, conductor of the All Souls Orchestra who will be known from those “Prom Praise” events.   The cost for the day is £10 with music provied, plus tea and coffee.   Soup and bread will be available to buy at lunchtime.  The day is due to end at 4 pm. with a performance called “Fill the Abbey with Praise”.   We understand the day is suitable for 9 to 99 year olds, of any denomination or singing experience.   Information is on offer from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Paul Jones (once of Manfred Mann and other bands) together with his wife West End actress Fiona Hendley are appearing at evenings of conversation and song in a relaxed and informal setting of outreach events and have some dates still available early next year, using church settings.   Currently January 10th and 14th, plus February 10th are free, although later in the year might be more helpful locally.   Full details can be obtained from Lins Honeyman on 01738 636253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..














Wednesday, 1 – Annual Poole-Wau Celebration and Meeting, St Paul’s Church, Canford Heath, 7.30 p.m.




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




Saturday, 4 – Come and Sing Day with the Dorset Chamber Choir, St Hubert’s Church, Corfe Mullen. 




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”, Moordown Baptist Church, Bournemouth, 8.45 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Cost is £10 to include refreshments and sandwich lunch.


Men’s Group, St Clement’s Church Hall, Newtown, Parkstone, 10 a.m., with talk on the Sailors’ Society with the Reverend Mark Warner.


Concert for Remembrance Day, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parkstone, 4.30 p.m., featuring Collegium Musicum Dorset and Orchestra.


A Concert for Remembrance with the Dorset Chamber Choir, St James’ Church, Poole Old Town, 7.30 p.m.




Sunday, 12 – Bereavement Service, remembering loved ones, St James’ Church, Poole Old Town, 6.30 p.m.




Tuesday, 14 – Deanery Mothers’ Union celebration for 100 Years, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parkstone, time tbc.




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


Tear Fund Event, “Cakes, Bakes and Faith” at St Mary’s Church, Longfleet, 7.30 p.m.   Tickets from Tearfund at




Friday, 17 – Seasonal Concert, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parkstone, 7 p.m. with church choir and visiting choir from Holy Angels, Lilliput.




Saturday, 18 – Diocesan Synod.


St Aldhelm’s Christmas Fair, Branksome, 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Christian Aid Quiz, St Luke’s Church Hall, Parkstone, 7 p.m.




Tuesday, 211 – Messy Church, St Dunstan’s Church, Upton, 3.15 p.m.




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


Christmas Fair, St Mark’s Church, Talbot Village, Bournemouth, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Sunday, 26 – Taize style Service, St Dunstan’s Church, Upton, 6 p.m.




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








Saturday, 2 – Christmas Fayre, Church of the Transfiguration, Canford Cliffs, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.




Tuesday, 5 – Poole Light Orchestra in Concert, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parktone, 7.30 p.m.


AFCB Community Carol Concert, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, evening.




Wednesday, 6 – Prayer for Poole, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parkstone, 12.45 to 2 p.m.




Sunday, 10 – Barclays House Choir Christmas Concert, St Peter’s Church, Ashley Cross, Parkstone, 7.30 p.m.




Friday, 15 – Carols and Nibbles at Christmas Coffee Morning, Church of the Transfiguration, Canford Cliffs, 10.30 a.m.




Sunday, 17 – Carols by Candlelight, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parkstone, 6.30 p.m.




Saturday, 23 – Christingle Crib Service, St Clement’s Church, Newtown, Parkstone, 3.30 p.m.










Although I expect to be moving residence before long, 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.




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