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The weather was kind enough to allow us to celebrate our Pet Service outside at St Thomas', Melbury Abbas on 9th June. Revd Jeremy Mais individually blessed all the pets comprising 9 dogs and 3 horses. We were given a talk by Tony Bates from the Dorset Wildlife Trust who runs their Living Churchyard project. There was also a timely and rare visit from Europe of a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth collecting nectar from our altar flowers!

Out & About in Enmore Green

Sunday 30th June from 2pm to 5pm

Open Gardens - large and small, the Allotments, the Donkey Field Orchard, St John's Church, Artist's Open Studio, plus cream teas in Tout Hill House from 2.30pm - £3.50 per person

Programme and map - £5.00 per person, children free, available from 22 The Knapp, SP7 8LH, plus plants / ice cream / books.

Raising funds for the repair of the Church roof!

Our Team Barn Service 2019

will be held on

Sunday 30th June at 11.00am

followed by a Bring and Share lunch

at Froghole Farm, Gore Common SP7 0PZ by kind permission of Henry & Amy Gill. Come along and join us!

Directions: From the B3091 from Shaftesbury, at the pond and triangular piece of grass just before Guys Marsh Prison, turn right. Follow the road for about one mile and Froghole Farm is on the right hand side.

St Margaret's Church, Margaret Marsh invite you to a:

Ceilidh & Barn Dance

at Froghole Farm, Margaret Marsh, SP7 0PZ on Friday 14th June 2019.

Gates open at 6.30pm with the first dance at 7pm. The Hambledon Hopstep Band will be proividing the music.

Also included are a bar, skittles, BBQ, raffle and cakes.

Tickets are available from:  Wessex Travel, Black Venn Farm 01747 811838,           Amy (07737 848852) or Martyn (07803 837399). Adults £10 and Under 16s £2.

Jonathan Vaughan will be giving an organ recital at St James' Church, Shaftesbury on Sunday 21st July at 3pm. The recital will be folowed by afternoon tea. The link below leads to the recital programme:

Organ recital St James July 21

Jonathan was born in Croydon in 1981 into a musical British-American family. As a boy he sang in the Addington Palace Choristers under Martin How whose encouragement led to his appointment as Organ Scholar at Croydon Parish Church at the age of thirteen. Before reaching seventeen he had gained both diplomas from the Royal College of Organists, winning most of the prizes.

Jonathan spent a year as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle before becoming Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge under Christopher Robinson and David Hill where highlights included acclaimed recordings of the works of Lennox Berkeley and Sir Edward Elgar on the Naxos label.

After leaving St John’s he spent three years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral before moving to be Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, where he worked for nearly ten years. He leaves a legacy of CD recordings as accompanist, particularly of contemporary music, and he was Musical Director of the Somerset Singers and taught the organ at Wells Cathedral School.

In 2017 he moved to the United States, and following a period serving as Interim Associate Organist of The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany NY, he moved to his current position as Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich CT.He regularly plays recitals in the US and the UK, and has recently released his second solo recording on the Regent Records label, of transcriptions of the music of Tchaikovsky.

St James' Church are proud to present a concert by the Choir of St Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus on Friday 31st May at 7pm. After the concert there will be a special Fair from the workshops of St Elisabeth Convent. Admission is free but donations are very welcome. All proceeds will go to charity.

Do come along for what promises to be a very special evening!