News & Views

Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse

Dear Friends,

Moments of peace and quiet reflection are not always easy to come by in December, but that should not prevent us seeking them out, or embracing them when they come as an unexpected gift! One such gift came my way when the Dorchester Choral Society performed Benjamin Britten’s cantata Saint Nicholas.

Help needed with the Home Library Service in Dorchester

Are you a keen reader? Can’t bear to be without a good book? Then you will understand how important the Home Library Service can be to people in our community who are not able to get to their local library.

Dorchester Library & Learning Centre has a very active Home Library Service, with Royal Voluntary Service volunteers delivering books and talking books to housebound people in the area on a 3 weekly basis.

Sarum Link News

You can find the latest news from the Anglican Provinces of South Sudan and Sudan, with which our own Diocese of Salisbury is linked here


Dorchester Befriending Service

Could You be a Friend?

Doing the small things that make a big difference

Many older people in Dorset can have their lives changed through contact with befriending schemes. Loneliness and isolation are common among older people living alone.

Volunteers provide a range of services to people who require additional support to remain independent and active in their community. Anyone can become a volunteer and make an incredible difference to someone else’s life. Even an hour a week will make a difference.

Sarum College Newsletter

The February / March Newsletter gives details of some events and courses at Sarum College which may be of interest (opens in a new window).


Open the Book

Open the Book aims to bring the Bible to life for every child in every primary school.  It gives children the opportunity to discover the wonder and wisdom of the Bible for themselves. 

Website training day held

The first Dorchester & the Winterbournes Team Ministry website training day was held today.

Six willing volunteers gathered in St Peter's church hall to have a go at adding and editing content on this website.



Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,

but encouraging one another,

and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10. 24-25)

Dear Friends,
We began our Easter celebrations this year by gathering the Team’s nine Paschal

Easter Garden at St Andrew's

The Easter Garden at St Andrew's Church, West Stafford.


A Message from Thomas

If there is anything good about getting old it is that you grow in wisdom!  The accumulative result of a lifetime of experiences mean you have knowledge that can be shared.  Wisdom, as a tool of faith, is about knowing your place before God and Lent is the opportunity to think about our relationship with God.