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The Flower Group

A strong team of twelve are responsible for the flower arrangements in St Mary’s.  The arrangers hold sales to raise funds and are also keen to encourage those who wish to donate for altar flowers in memory or in celebration of loved ones to do so.  This helps keep our church looking beautiful. 

 

St Peter's Church Cleaning

10:45am, first Thursday of every month.

An hour to keep the church clean and tidy.

Light refreshments available.

St Mary's Church Cleaning

The Cleaning team meet on the last Thursday of the month between 10am -12noon except August.  Brass cleaning, dusting, polishing, we can find a job to suit all.  Coffee, cake, fellowship and a warm welcome to all.

 

Thursday Coffee and Drop-in

Come along to St Peter's Church after our 10am Eucharist on Thursdays to share refreshments and meet new friends. The Church hall is busy with people  - some regulars, some visitng Dorchester - from 10.30am til around 1pm. All are very welcome. Midday Prayer is said in church at 12noon for those who like to join in. 

 

Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs)

We currently have 5 LPAs at St Peter’s who regularly take communion out to the sick and do pastoral visiting. Edgcumbe Manor and Montrose Care Home are visisted on a monthly basis and other individuals are given communion at home.  LPAs also help with baptism visiting, children’s work and other pastoral concerns. If you know of anyone who would like communion at home do please contact Revd Claire McClelland on 01305 570733 or clairemcclelland@icloud.com  

St Peter's Church Choir

St Peter's has a fine, active church choir, numbering around 25 members. It plays a central part in worship, leading the singing of the congregation and contributing week by week from its own wide and expanding repertoire of choral works from the renaissance period to the present day. 

We believe that everyone who is interested in singing in the choir should have the opportunity to do so - adults, young people or children - no matter what level of experience they may have, and there are no auditions. However, the choir does strive for high standards, and professional training is provided in regular rehearsals to enable the choir to maintain those standards, and individuals within it to grow in confidence and ability. Two choral scholarships are offered each year for young people aged 16-18. 

Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings and before the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday mornings, which is the main service at which the choir sings. Other sung services include monthly Choral Evensong, an Advent Carol Service, the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas, Christmas Midnight Mass and occasional funerals and weddings. 

 

St Peter's Bellringers

St Peter's Church has eight bells, the tenor weighing about 18 cwt. They are rung for morning service on Sundays usually from 9:45 to 10:25, and for various festivals. New ringers, with or without previous experience, and visitors are always very welcome to join us.

If you would like to learn to ring, please come along to one of our practices on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. when we would be only too pleased to introduce you (in easy stages) to the art of bellringing, from handling a bell to ringing Stedman Triples, and beyond. No musical ability, or complicated maths are required, just a willingness to learn, and you will become fascinated by the diverse aspects of this very traditional skill.

St George's Events Committee

Our Events Committee work thoughout the year organising various events to raise much needed funds for the church.

Our main event of the year is St George's Day Fair. This has been held for over 50 years on Fordington Green and in the church on the nearest Saturday to our Patron Saint's anniversary. It is a traditional old English fair with the town band playing all the old games and stalls and some new. We welcome all the people from the “village“ of Fordington and from far and wide.

Later in the year we organise a Barbeque, a Table Top Sale and a Bingo Evening.

In December we hold a Christmas Tree Festival in the church, which opens on the 1st Friday in December immediately after Carols on Fordington Green and finishes on the Sunday afternoon.

Further details of all these events will be advertised on this website and in Pews News.

St Martin's Bellringers

St Martin's Bellringers practice on alternate Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

St George's Bellringers

Ringing times

From 30 minutes to 5 minutes before services start.

Practice night: Tuesday, 19:00 - 20:30.

Visiting ringers and learners are always welcome to come along. If you are aged 11 years or older and would like to find out more about ringing the bells at St George's Church then please contact Fiona Hall.

About the Bells

Originally there were just six bells in the tower at St George's Church. The whole bell-ringing chamber and the bell tower were refitted in 1906, and two spaces were left to accommodate the additional two bells required to ring a peal. In the year 2000, the bells were rehung with modern fittings and retuned, in remembrance of Diane Tocock.

In May 2005, after 99 years of waiting, the six bells were augmented to eight. The two new bells were cast in Whitechapel on 4th March 2005, at a cost of £16,000, and were installed by Bridport-based specialists Nicholson Engineers. The bells were dedicated at a special service on 19th June 2005, when members of the Guild of Ringers in the region were present.

Weight:
Tenor - 13 - 1 - 19 Note G
Treble - 3 - 3 - 20

Bells 3 and 5 date back to the 15th Century.

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