Churches Together in Poole




March 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)








After the amazing success of similar events in Boscombe and Winton last year where hundreds of pounds was raised for local grass roots projects, as well as helping to build new networks and generally encouraging one another to all be community activists in our own way, we felt inspired to pick up the baton and spread the love further across the conurbation to Poole and beyond!


If you have not heard about Soup events, it is a community meal that funds micro-grants for creative community projects.   For a suggested donation of £5 you get a hearty soup made with local organic ingredients no less, some tasty bread and one very important vote.   Together we hear from four projects who will be pitching for the SOUP money and with our vote we can have a say as to who gets it.   And it is not just about fundraising.   These are really encouraging and inpirational events for communities where everyone can get involved, share ideas, publicise local initiatives and ask for support.   It is no surprise then that this is a model which is taking the world by storm!   Eat your heart out “Apprentice”.




So, if you want to get involved  and join the adventure of the Poole Soup Community Crowdfunding Event visit the website at   We need community projects seeking to apply for a pitch.   We are looking for Crew to help run the Poole Soup Event.   We are looking for venues to host about 100 to 120 people in Poole for three hours.    Explore the Facebook Page.   The first Poole Soup Event is  proposed for March somewhere where there is most need and opportunity.


The Poole Soup Crew








The cry has gone out for people to be involved in this year’s Passion Play and the performance dates are March 20th to 24th.    A production of this kind needs backstage runners, make-up artists, dressers, lighting and sound assistants to say nothing of the actors.   Rehearsals are due to be held on Wednesday and Friday evenings and for those who wish to take part then the contact is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   For all other information then the website is   This special event only happens every other year, so don’t miss the opportunity which could be for anybody from 7 to 87.  








This event is to be held on Thursday, March 8th at Hilfield Friary, near Dorchester and gives the new Christian Aid co-ordinator for Dorset, Fiona Daborn, a chance to share stories and meet supporters.   A breakfast and talk is at 9.30 a.m. and entry is free but the hosts would appreciate to know numbers, so please contact the Christian Aid Office on 02380 706969.








This series of meetings described as “Recovery from Divorce and Separation” begins on Wednesday, May 2nd hosted by All Saints’ Parish, Poole, in a private house in 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












Friday, 2 – Women’s World Day of Prayer Services are at:


St Aldhelm’s Church, Poole Road, Branksome, 10.30 a.m.


Broadstone United Reformed Church, 10.30 a.m.


Maidment Court, 47 Parkstone Road (vehicle entry Churchfield Road), 2.30 p.m.


Parkstone United Reformed Church, Commercial Road, 7.30 p.m.




Saturday, 3 – Coffee Morning, St Michael’s Church Lounge, Blandford Road, Hamworthy, 10 a.m., raising funds to restore the church tower clock.




Monday, 5 - Bournemouth William Temple Association, Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth.   Speaker on “We believe in life before death” wth David Pain of Christian Aid at 8 p.m




Tuesday, 6 – Joint Prayer Service with St Michael’s, Hamworthy, and St Mary’s, Longfleet, at 7.30 p.m. at Hamworthy.




Wednesday, 7 – Licensing of the Reverend Helen Bailey to the parish of St John, Broadstone.




Thursday, 8 – Christian Aid Big Brekkie, Hilfield Friary (see above).




Saturday, 10 – Maltese Evening, St George’s Church, Oakdale, 7 p.m. (01202 660612).




Wednesday, 14 – Messy Church, St Michael’s Church, Hamworthy, 3.30 p.m.




Saturday, 17 – Vocations Day for those exploring ministry in the church, St Mary’s Church, Longfleet, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Book via e-mail bulletin or Diocesan office.


Bournemouth and District Concert Band in concert, St Thomas’s Church, Ensbury Park, 7.30 p.m.




Friday, 23 – “Crossroads” art exhibition, St Thomas’s Church, Ensbury Park, to 29th.




Saturday, 24 – Men’s Breakfast, St Michael’s Church, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.




Sunday, 25 – Palm Sunday




Monday, 26 – Music for Passiontide with the Dorset Chamber Choir, Broadstone United Reformed Church, 7.30 p.m.




Wednesday, 28 – Music for Passiontide with the Dorset Chamber Choir, St James’ Church, Poole Old Town, 7.30 p.m.




Friday, 30 – Good Friday events with witness, services and times for reflection in most parishes.








Sunday, 1 – Easter Day.




Monday, 9 – Bournemouth William Temple Association, Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, with talk and questions at 8.10 a.m.   “Restorative Justice” with retired solicitor John Newbold.




Tuesday, 17 – Licensing of the Reverend Tessa Nisbet as Rector of Hamworthy Parish, at St Michael’s Church, 7 p.m.




Saturday, 21 – Spring Fayre, St George’s Church, Oakdale, 10 a.m.   (01202 660612)


Celebration of Lay Ministry, Salisbury Cathedral, 10.30 a.m.




Friday, 27 – “Songs of Light” Concert for Christian Aid, St Edward’s School, Dale Valley Road, Poole, 7 p.m.








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




Saturda, 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.








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




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




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








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 – Dorset Archdeaconry LLM Gathering, 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.








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