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Broken Gravestones in Compton Abbas churchyard

Some of the memorials in Compton Abbas churchyard have been broken as a result of a tree from a neighbouring property falling into the churchyard. The tree has now been cleared and permission has been given to repair the broken memorials. If possible, the church should contact the families of the people commemorated.  These are the people named on the memorials:

  • Hugh James Barnes
  • Lottie Ridout
  • Mary & H.G. Victor Gray
  • Emily Rose Lucas
  • Eva Duke
  • Selina Lambert
  • The Brown family
  • Henry Jesse and Ada Louise Ridout
  • Ernest John & Alice Maria Foot
  • Ethel May Burridge
  • Cecily Elizabeth Hayter

If any of these people are members of your family, please contact the church office, which is open from 9am to 12 noon, Monday – Friday.  Contact details:

The Shaftesbury Team Office
5 Gold Hill
Shaftesbury SP7 8JW

Tel: 01747 853060

office@ShaftesburyCofE.org.uk

An Evening with BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker interviewed by Julian Richards in St James' Church, Shaftesbury - Friday 18th October at 7.30pm

Hear about his 50 years in broadcasting from pirate ship Radio Caroline to Radio 2, with a Q & A session to follow. Raffle, wine, soft drinks and nibbles.

Free entry. Generous donations please, for the Restoration of St James' East Window

Two choirs will be appearing in one concert at St Mary's Church, Motcombe on Sunday 15th September at 4pm. The Gravellers and Palida will both perform in aid of the Friends of North Dorset Women's Refuge. The concert will be followed by afternoon tea so do come and join us - donations will be gratefully received for this worthy cause.

Deborah Radford Choral Days are presenting a Choral Workshop at St James' Church, Shaftesbury,  on Saturday 19th October with musical works by Haydn, Biebl, Lauridsen and Rutter. Doors open at 9.30am.

All voice parts are most welcome. For further details or to register please contact: deborahradfordchoraldays@gmail.com or phone 07831 850720

Jonathan Vaughn, Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut will be giving an Organ Recital in St James Church, Shaftesbury on Sunday 21st July at 3.00 pm

Jonathan was an Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge under Christopher Robinson and David Hill. He has worked at St Edmondsbury and Wells Cathedrals, and taught organ at Wells Cathedral School before going to the USA in 2017.

This will be a wonderful occasion and there is a tea party afterwards - as well as your generous donations, please! Do come and join us

Friday 2nd August – Summertime Music

7.00pm  in St John’s Church Hall

Come and enjoy a relaxed evening with the one and only Rev. David Botterill

With the 75 Anniversary of D Day just gone, we all know the music we were singing here in the UK, but  David is pondering on the music that folk might have been singing over the Channel under occupation. Thrown into the mix, will be items from two lost musicals, one Broadway, one Drury Lane.

Ploughman’s Plate @ £7.50 per person and a bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.   Tables for 4 and 6 available.

To reserve your places contact Jo Churchill on 01747 850432 or jo.churchill@enmoregreen.co.uk

Cheques to be made out to The Friends of St. John’s.  Please advise any dietary requirements.