Churches Together in Poole




June 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.  






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)










The final meeting organised by the SDEF for the year and this will be on Monday, November 26th at St Francis Church, Salisbury 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. The speaker is the Reverend Dr Emma Ineson, Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, on “the Joys and Pitfalls of Biblical Ministry in the 21st Century”.








Details are now available for this regular yearly event.   The speaker at the evening meetings at the Citygate Centre will 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..






The Mothers’ Union group at St Peter’s Church in Parkstone is hosting a social evening with talk from Laura Kachale, Project Development Officer for the Diocese.   This is at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11th and includes wine and canapés in aid of Mothers’ Union work in Wau, South Sudan.    Those attending are asked for a suggested donation of £2.50 for this special evening.




Churches Together in Poole is now supporting three families from Syria who have found refuge in Poole. They'd like to do more but desperately need accommodation. Please help by asking your congregation:  Do you own a property which you could let out? Might you be willing to consider accepting a rent which is lower than the market rent in order to provide for a refugee family. Please contact the Rev Michael Camp: 01202 801802: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




St Peter’s Church is planning to hold a Flower Festival at the church in Ashley Cross next summer, but this seems to be a new venture for them and they feel they can do with advice from other local churches about “do’s and don’ts” beforehand.   Please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help soon.   If your church has a flower group, pass this plea on to them for attention.




Free training which has been organised by Salisbury Diocese for Christians of all denominations may be just what your parish or church needs at this time for “Getting Good Church Photos with your Phone”.   The course is about using phones of any sort to create the best image of your church for publicity.   The nearest for us would be Weymouth on June 18th and Wimborne on June 28th.   The other course is called “Getting Your Church Noticed” about communication, marketing and branding, plus the importance of stories and images, as well as dealing with the local press, and radio, your website and other similar places.   Nearest places for this course are Dorchester on June 5th, Alderbury on June 13th and Sherborne on July 4th.   Get in touch with Gerry Lynch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place.   You could try suggesting that these venues are too far from the Poole/Bournemouth area and persuade him to do another somewhat nearer. Another  booking place is 














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


The “Jolly Harmonies” Concert at St James has had to be cancelled.




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 – “Teddy Bears Picnic”, St James’ Church, Poole, 11 a.m,


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




Sunday, 17 – “Community EqualiTea” (celebrating democratic equality in the UK), St Clement’s Church Hall, Newtown, 4 p.m.




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.


“Rule Britannia: Last Night of the Proms” with Questa Musica and Questa Voce, 7.30 p.m., Lifecentre, Winton, Bournemouth.   “The Armed Man Mass” and also film.




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




Sunday, 15 – Community Strawberry Tea in aid of Romanian charity, St Clement’s Church Hall, Newtown, 4 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, 21 – MHA Maidment Court (Parkstone/Churchfield Roads) Summer Fair, 2.30 to 4 p.m.








Saturday, 4 – Summer Fete, Church of the Transfiguration, Canford Cliffs.








Saturday, 8 – Annual Ride and Stride in aid of the Dorset Historic Churches Trust takes place throughout the UK.   Many churches in our area should be open to greet visitors with hospitality of all kinds.




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.








Thursday, 18 – Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery Synod, 7.30 p.m, venue tba.








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.




It is probably not a good idea to circulate my new living address to all and sundry this way, but if you normally send a magazine by snail mail, please let me know that you need to change this information.   Any post arriving at my old address will find me, slowly.   My e-mail address stays the same.




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This Newssheet is only sent out once a month and late additions, changes/errors may be difficult to get circulated.    Apologies to editors of magazines – yes, I know this is not a good time for you, but I am only going to do this circulation once a month and try to do it when the best of the information comes in.






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