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What a fabulous evening! On Monday 7th November, 13 boy Choristers, 5 men, 1 lady, 2 chaperones, the Organ Scholar and David Halls, Director of Music, descended on Motcombe in two mini-buses. At 5.30pm they were rehearsing in church. At 6.30pm they were eating their supper, half of them at the Vicarage with Rev Pam and Dennis, the other half at Greg and Angie’s house. Sausages and mash followed by pudding went down a treat.  At 7.15pm they were robing in the school hall, and at 7.30pm they entered the church, which was absolutely full. Then they started to sing. Wow! Their powerful, beautiful, sonorous toned filled the air, and we were all transported heavenwards! The organ solos had to be changed because of the problems with the Pedal Organ. We had hoped that repair work would be finished in time for the concert, but it didn’t happen. Hopefully, before long, the work will be done, and the organ restored to its former glory. David Halls himself made the Appeal in aid of the Organ Repair Fund, and through the generosity of so many people, over £1,000 was raised. Thank you, everybody who responded so generously. Thank you, everyone who worked so tirelessly to make this concert such a huge success. Your efforts are very much appreciated. We look forward to other exciting things happening before long. Watch this space!

GREG UNDERWOOD

acoustic double_baseJazz at St James
Friday 18th November
at 7.30pm
St. James Church, Shaftesbury

Enjoy gentle jazz and songs that swing from
Michael Botterill (guitar)
David Botterill (double bass)
Nick Spencer (vocals)
and special guest
Kate Botterill Downs (flute)

Michael Botterill is a well known guitarist playing in bands or solo. Nick Spencer sang for us last year with Quantum of Swing. David Botterill most recently played bass at Shaftesbury Arts Centre in The Beggars Opera as did Kate Botterill Downs although you may have heard her with The Phoenix Cafe Orchestra or Saxophony.

Price: £8 to include a glass of wine or a soft drink
Tickets on the door

In aid of St. James Church and Community Together project

An hour of seasonal music followed by a delicious tea and time to socialise and meet new people will be a great afternoon event:

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Sunday 27th November at 3:00pm
at St James' Church, Foyle Hill, Shaftesbury

to mark

The 1st Sunday of Advent

Free entry and all welcome

if you would like to come but do not have transport please telephone Philippa 01747 812365

On Sunday 6th November at 4pm, St Peter's will be holding a special service where those who have been bereaved can remember those they have loved before God. During the service the names of those being remembered will be read out and there will be a time to light a candle in memory of a loved one. All are welcome at this quiet service of reflection and thanksgiving, whether recently bereaved or giving thanks for the lives of those who have died many years ago. Refreshments will be served at the end of the service and there will be time to share memories of those we have loved but who rest now with God.

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Solitary candle with reflections in the darkness

A Gold Hill Museum Community Project

commemoration

A Commemoration
at St James' Church'  Shaftesbury
Saturday 12th November 2016 2:00-4:00pm

Readings, music, poetry and images
from the First World War.
followed by afternoon tea.

Entrance is free, there will be a retiring collection to be shared between the British Legion Poppy Appeal and the St. James' Refurbishment Fund.
If you would like to attend please contact: Clair Ryley and Ann Symons, Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JW: email clryley@gamil.com  01747 852822

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On Sunday 6th November at 4pm, St Peter's will be holding a special service where those who have been bereaved can remember those they have loved before God. During the service the names of those being remembered will be read out and there will be a time to light a candle in memory of a loved one. All are welcome at this quiet service of reflection and thanksgiving, whether recently bereaved or giving thanks for the lives of those who have died many years ago. Refreshments will be served at the end of the service and there will be time to share memories of those we have loved but who rest now with God.

Solitary candle with reflections in the darkness

A Gold Hill Museum Community Project

commemoration

A Commemoration
at St James' Church'  Shaftesbury
Saturday 12th November 2016 2:00-4:00pm

Readings, music, poetry and images
from the First World War.
followed by afternoon tea.

Entrance is free, there will be a retiring collection to be shared between the British Legion Poppy Appeal and the St. James' Refurbishment Fund.
If you would like to attend please contact: Clair Ryley and Ann Symons, Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JW: email clryley@gamil.com  01747 852822

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There were twenty-two people on the retreat this year (including quite a few who came for the first time) and Pam invited us to explore some of the many ways God sustains us as we journey closer to him.  We traced labyrinths as we reflected on our journey so far; chose pictures and shared the ways in which they spoke to us about God; and thought about our relationship with him as we explored the symbolism of water.  We came together for services in the chapel and spent times in silence, in our rooms, in the lovely Abbey House garden, or in the ruins of the Abbey itself.  On Saturday afternoon, some of us climbed the Tor, to enjoy the stunning view from the top, and others walked round the town - which has two labyrinths of its own: one (for feet) in the grounds of St John's Church and the other (for fingers) in the Royal Magdalene Almshouses, which are hidden away down an alley in the centre of the town.  As always, the staff at Abbey House took very good care of us and the food was delicious.  Thank you to them, and to Pam for offering us so many ways to find bread for our journey.

cambellThis Saturday, 15th October at St Peter's there is a concert of piano music, not to be missed! Nearly 3 years ago an amazing young pianist from Tisbury, Alexander Chapman Campbell, launched his debut album "Sketches of Light" in a concert at St Peter's, inspired by time spent in North of Scotland, Alexander has now moved there and released his 2nd album "Portraits of Earth" in March, which is now the basis of a UK tour. He is performing at Manchester Cathedral on 22nd October but the week before, on the 15th, he has asked to return to St Peter's for a concert " where it all began ". This is a unique opportunity to hear this extraordinary talent, whose music is hauntingly beautiful and has been described as "a glimpse of something new". The concert will be at 7.30pm, Tickets £10 (£8 concession) can be obtained on his website www.alexanderchapmancampbell.com or at the door on the night.

fi_abbeyradioCatch an interview with Reverend Helen Dawes on Thursday 13th October, on Community Radio Station Abbey104 which operates in the Sherborne area, run by volunteers; Shaftesbury is on the eastern edge of the broadcasting catchment area at 104.7 FM and they invited Helen for a short interview. You can also listen live online at www.abbey104.com between 5-6pm on Thursday 13th October, and the programme is also available for a week on the catch up service via the website, click on the "Local World" programme. Helen talks about life as Team Rector and gives a fascinating insight to the Shaftesbury Team Ministry, interview by Katy Ashman, our administrator.