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This Saturday, 25th November from 10am until 2pm there is a Christmas Fair, in aid of St James' church in the Town Hall. There will be a range of produce and gifts to buy, as well as a prize draw and tombola, with hot snacks, tea and coffee available too!

Click on the link for the full poster. Christmas Fair Poster 2017

News from the churches in and around Shaftesbury  ... "keeping you in touch."  


Sunday 12th November – Remembrance Sunday

8:00am – BCP Holy Communion (St Peter’s)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St Peter’s)

9:30am – Remembrance Service (St James’)

10:00am - Remembrance Service (Motcombe)

10:45am – Remembrance Service (St Peter’s)

10:50am – Remembrance Service (Margaret Marsh)

10:55am – Remembrance Service (Compton Abbas)

10:55am – Remembrance Service (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

2:00pm – Baptism (St James’)

6:00pm – Pilgrim Service (St James’) 

News from Across the Churches

St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green


Melbury Abbas


Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge By popular demand, we are presenting a return of the Gravellers, a men’s group of a capella singers. With Rose, Mary and Thyme. They will be at St Mary’s Motcombe on Sunday afternoon, 19th November at 3.00 pm. Tickets £10.00 from the Village Shop or on the door includes afternoon tea.

Friends of the Refuge Poster Nov 2017


If you enjoyed Joseph and his Technicolor dream coat several years ago, then don't miss the Rock Nativity, with performances starting at 7.30pm on

  • December 7th: St. Peter's Church
  • December 8th: St. James' Church
  • December 9th: St. Mary's Church, Motcombe

This 1970s musical is a lively, affectionate take on the well known and loved Nativity story with catchy tunes, lots of singing and even audience participation!

Tickets are on sale from the churches of performances, the church team office, Shaftesbury Arts Centre and Motcombe Shop.   Tickets £10 adults and £5 for 16 and under. Don't miss the fantastic show, which is a fundraiser for the churches.

Rock Nativity 2017


There will be a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at St Mary’s, Motcombe on  Thursday 2nd November at 7.00pm, and A Time to Remember at St Peter’s on Sunday 5th November at 4.00pm.

Both will be simple services of reflection, prayer and thanksgiving for those we love but see no longer. At St Peter’s there will be time after the service to enjoy tea and cake and to share memories.

The custom of coming together around the time of All Souls’ Day for a quiet service of prayer and reflection is well established in many churches. Anyone who would like to attend is very welcome at either service.

On Sunday 19th November, at 2.30pm there will be an illustrated talk by Matthew Lacey - Partner in Bonhams Auctioneers. Tickets include tea and cake and are £6.00 from Jo Churchill - Click on the link for the poster and more details.  St John's Antique Poster

Matthew will illustrate his talk with items brought along by members of the audience. To assist the selection of items please email a brief description of your item to   Tel: 01747 850432


The Dave Gordon Jazz trio will be performing at St James' on Saturday 11th November, doors open at 6pm, starts at 7pm. Tickets are £10 available from the Tourist Information Office in Bell Street, proceeds towards the St James' re-ordering fund. Click on the link for more information in the flyer David Gordon Jazz Trio flyer v1

The first session has taken place, but you are warmly invited to join the remainder of the Pilgrim Course which Rev John Fuller is taking on Wednesday evenings at St Peter’s Church Hall, learning about the Creeds - the next session is Weds 18th, at 7.30pm - booklets are at the back of church (St Peter's and St James')  if you would like to know more, and you will be welcome to share in the remainder of the course. Contact Rev John Fuller 850079.