Social Activities

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. 


Coffee and Chat

A monthly social event in Church on a Saturday each month from 10-12noon. All are welcome to pop in or stay all morning. See Pews News or What's on page for details 


Craft Group

A craft group will be starting on Monday 25 January 2016, 2-4pm in the undercroft of St Mary’s church hall. This group will run on Monday afternoons except the 3rd Monday of the month when the Monday Club meet. Just bring along anything you are doing. Knitting, sewing, painting, drawing, etc. and come and have a cuppa and natter. Contact Cynthia Fry for further details.

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.

Ladies' Breakfast

A chance for the women of the Benefice to meet together occasionally for breakfast, at one of the restaurants in Dorchester. Watch out for dates in Pews News or the Dorchester Benefice Magazine.

Coffee & Company

Meets first Saturday in the month between 10am and 12noon in the church. Come for a chat, read your newspaper or bring along an activity or craft to do. Dirty boots, muddy paws and sticky fingers welcome!

Olive Branch

Olive Branch is a well-established social group for ladies at St Mary’s. It has been running for 25 years and at present there are about 15 members, meeting monthly in each others’ houses. At each meeting there is a speaker and we enjoy coffee, discussion and chat.

Monday Club

The Monday Club meets on the 3rd Monday of the month in St Mary’s Hall, Alexandra Rd from 2.30 to 4pm. We have a variety of speakers at our meetings, a summer outing for a cream tea and a Christmas lunch. We  are always pleased to see new members.

Cost: Tea and Biscuits £2.00, Raffle 50p.

2016 Programme

Monday 18th January –– “A Talk on Poverty Action” – Dr Margaret Barker 

Monday 15th February – “A Talk on the Museum” – Dr Peter Down

Monday 21st March – “An extraordinary journey” – Julia Terry

Monday 18th April – “Inside story, Dorset living memories” – Margaret Wellspring

Monday 16th May – “My life so far” – Dawn Warr

Monday 20th June – “The Work of Homestart West Dorset” – Helen Hawsley 

Monday 18th July - Outing & Cream Tea - tba

Monday 15th August - NO MEETING

Monday 19th September – “Living and working in Baghdad” – Colonel Terry Canham

Monday 17th October – “Rhinestones & Sequins” – Rachel Harding

Monday 21st November –“Finding the colours that make you look your best” – Pauline Bishop 

Monday 12th December – Christmas Lunch – to be arranged

The Thursday Group

This group meets on the second Thursday each month in St George's Hall from 2:15pm to 4:00pm, and generally there are between 30 - 40 present. A varied programme of speakers is arranged. Details of forthcoming meetings and topics will be found in the Calendar - please select in the menu at the top of this page.

Recent speakers included a representative from the Coastguard, the retiring Hospital Chaplain and a helper from The Donkey Sanctuary. Every year we have a Post Christmas Lunch which is always very well attended, and every summer we try to arrange a local outing (usually with a cream tea included!)

In addition we have our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Tea Party, with all proceeds from the sale of pancakes and a raffle being divided between two charities, one of which is always local. In 2012 we raised £136.00 for the South West Dorset Talking Newspapers for the Blind and The Tear Fund.

Contact us for more information.

Men's Breakfast

This takes place at 8:30 am on the second Saturday of the month, at various restaurants in Dorchester. All men across the Benefice are welcome. Please check Pews News for dates/venues. Queries to James Michell 250347. 


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