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This weekend we are celebrating 40 years since the reopening of St Peter's Church - our Ruby Anniversary!

Join us for a celebratory service of rededication and recommitment with the Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, this Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

All are welcome and we would particularly like to invite friends from across the Shaftesbury Team of churches to join us for this special celebration.

After the service, please stay for tea and cake with the bishop.

As part of the St Peter's Ruby Anniversary weekend celebrations, St Peter's Special Choir will be performing pieces from Karl Jenkins' beautiful choral work, 'The Armed Man'. The programme will also include a range of solo and ensemble pieces from members of the choir and others.

The concert is in St Peter's Church at 7:30pm on Saturday 1st July. Tickets are available on the door, £5 for adults, children up to age 16 free. You are advised to arrive in good time if you are buying a ticket on the door, as the number of seats in church is reduced due to the flower festival.

Just a reminder that the team office will close on Friday 23rd June, at 12 noon, for one week and re-open on Monday 3rd July at 9am. Emails to the office will not be monitored during this time.

If you urgently need to contact a member of clergy during this time then their contact details are available on the team website


Open Garden 2017 Come and enjoy a morning in a beautiful garden while helping the Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge to keep up their support of families who have had to escape from Domestic Abuse. What’s domestic abuse you ask? Think of recent Archer’s stories and Broadchurch and you’ll know.

Come to Grove Farm House, Melbury Abbas SP7 0DE on Wednesday 28th June from 10.30 till 12.00 and enjoy a wander, meeting others, perhaps winning the raffle. Our coffee is excellent as are our home made cakes so please come and enjoy the morning. Sorry, we can’t cope with dogs – lack of shade in the car parking area.

More details from Sara Jacson on 01747 853688


WELCOME to ‘The Great Get Together’ on Sunday 18th June 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

St James Church is holding a Vintage Tea Party in the Grounds with games and light entertainment.

This is a countrywide initiative launched by Jamie Oliver and The Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the life of murdered MP Jo Cox. A chance for Church and Community to get together and to send the message that there is more that unites us than divides us. If you would like to be involved, or have an idea to help then all enquiries/ideas/offers of help to Philippa 01747 812365 or




St Peter’s Church is holding a Flower Festival between Friday 30th June and Sunday 2nd July, as part of the celebrations of 40 years since St Peter's Re-Hallowing.

“ ABANDONED - then - RE-BORN “ arrangements will depict the life of St Peter's and opening times are:

Friday 30th June 10am to 4pm
Sat 1st July 10am to 4pm
Sun 2nd July 11.30am to 2pm