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Some Christmas Poets

Throughout December we seem to be bombarded by Christmas tunes. Some are rather over optimistic: ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’ (really?). A great tune can have an odd message: ‘A spaceman came travelling’. Some tug the heart strings: ‘Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time’.

There is of course a long tradition of Christmas music. JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, and for many, Christmas is not Christmas without a carol from John Rutter.

Poets have also been inspired by Christmas. John Benjamin exclaims:

Walk to the River Jordan 2019

Kate, Val, Robin, Russell, Denise and Steve walked to the River Jordan (the Weymouth branch, which flows into the sea at Bowleaze Cove) on 18th May. We raised £305.75 including Gift Aid for Christian Aid. The walk was 11 miles long, and the photos were taken at the start of the walk, and towards the end, at the point where the bridge crosses the river.


Ringing in the new Dorset Council

On Thursday 16 May, St Peter's Church Bells rang out in the morning to celebrate the first meeting of the new Dorset Council which was then taking place.


Dorchester Neighbourcars

Dorchester Neighbourcars are asking for volunteers to man a mobile phone occasionally for them, thereby assisting clients to attend health related appointments in the Dorchester area.
The role is home based so might suit someone less mobile.
We can pay a fee if necessary.
For more information, please phone 01305 269330, Joan Hutson, administrator

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A Benefice Christmas

I always marvel at the number and variety of Christmas services and events that happen across our nine Anglican churches. This year I found myself wondering: Would it be possible to go to one Christmas event in each of the nine churches?

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The Wisdom of Tony Wheeler

I read with sadness of the death of the Revd Tony Wheeler, whose funeral is on Friday 7 September 2018.

When I first started working on the Dorchester Benefice Magazine in June 2012, I didn't know Tony, but I did enjoy reading the articles which he would regularly submit to the magazine.

From the Team’s Safeguarding Review Group

The email below was sent to all diocese from the National Communications Team it should be brought to the attention of congregations. By making as many people as possible aware of the study it is hoped they will get a good response and ensure the validity of the research. While we have not been given a timescale for completing the survey, I would think it will still be possible to complete it during June.

True Love

From the beginning of February or even earlier, the chilly grey days are brightened by racks of Valentine’s cards on sale in the shops. Nearer to St Valentine’s day, 14th February, the supermarkets display flowers, special meals, chocolates in red shiny foil and bottles of fizzy wine, all to treat your true love. It is good to celebrate and to have someone special but many are excluded if the focus is only romantic love.