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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? Our Committee members will be happy to help answer that question!

Come to Grove Farm House, Melbury Abbas SP7 0DE on Wednesday 27th June from 10.30 till 12.00 and enjoy a wander, meeting others, perhaps winning the raffle, certainly being generous.

Shaftesbury Community Choir will be singing in the courtyard during the morning

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

For a poster click on this link Poster Open Garden 2018

It's going to be another great 'Great get Together' in St James as it has been in past years.

Gardens will be open for you to marvel at places of peace, tranquillity and beauty. On Saturday cold drinks and homemade biscuits will be available at the Millennium Community Garden in St James Street. There are benches and tables and shady places if needed – and lovely views. On Sunday, in the church, there will be ‘vintage teas’ provided, donations going to the Jo Cox memorial fund, with beautiful old china, sandwiches, cakes and trifles.

This is a community event as well as a fund raising event and it’s a lovely opportunity to again come together; a good chance to talk, to get to know more local people and to realise just how St James community is a welcoming place in which to live and visit.

Ticket admission of £6 per person covers both days and unlimited entry. Children under 12 are free. Tickets from 30 St James Street, participating gardens or the Tourist Information in Bell Street.

Also The Two Brewers are giving 10% discount for the two days if you present your ticket.

All in aid of St James Church and the Jo Cox Fund.

'Why we do What we do in Church'
‘Hatches, Matches, Dispatches’

Simon will lead the next discussion on the Liturgy and Praxis of our church services to help reveal just why we do what we do in church. This time it is Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.

With refreshments – open to all.

Sunday 17th June  3pm  in St James



Sunday 10th June – Second Sunday after Trinity

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

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

9:30am – Sung BCP Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Parish Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – Morning Worship (West Orchard)

11:15am – Pet’s Service (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

2.00pm – Baptism Service (St James’)

6.00pm – Pilgrim Service (St James’)

News from Across the Churches

St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green


Melbury Abbas

Team Communion Service on 1st July

Celebrant: The Revd Kevin Martin

St Peter’s Church

Sunday 1st July  4.00pm Followed by celebratory refreshments to mark Kevin’s ordination to the priesthood. All welcome.

Sunday 10th June 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

 Pilgrim leaves sunlit meadows to follow a path through woodland – suddenly he hears an animal cry – sounds like it is in pain. There it is again – he walks towards where he thinks it’s coming from and then he sees it – a frightened stag with its rear leg caught in barbed wire. He looks around for help but there’s just him and the frightened animal.
“It’s all right, it’s all right” he whispers. He slowly untwists the wire and somehow manages to release the leg which is badly cut and bleeding – but he’s done it and the stag runs free into the trees. For a few moments Pilgrim stands still, elated at what he was able to do.
He gives thanks to God and with a spring in his step walks on wondering - did God make that happen?
Come and discover the answer!
Enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us afterwards.

Do you have memories of Enmore Green? Photos, newspaper articles, stories or anything of interest? If so, you are invited to come and share them with us over tea and cake, on Wednesday 13th June 2.30-5pm in St John's Church Hall. We are working towards an Exhibition of Enmore Green Memories in the church on Saturday 11th August so we will be very grateful if you are able to lend items or allow us to copy items for display. Contact Elizabeth Preston if you need transport for 13th June or if you can help us in any way. 01747 850654 or

Motcombe Open Gardens is on Sunday 3rd June from 12.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

15 gardens will be open: pick up your tickets and map at the church.  Tickets are £6 per adult, £1.50 per child (includes Treasure Hunt)  and tea will be served at The Vicarage from 2.30 p.m.  All proceeds to Secondary Cancer Research and St Mary's Church.

Wednesday 13 June –Things that Make for Peace – Journeys in Peacemaking across the Globe - The Rt. Reverend Peter Price, former Bishop of Bath and Wells.

7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm) St. John’s Church, Enmore Green Shaftesbury SP7 8QR  At the end of his Talk, there will be the opportunity to ask questions and to purchase a signed copy of his latest book. There will be no charge for this evening and visitors will be asked to contribute to the Burns Price Foundation which makes grants to young people between the ages of 11 and 18 who want to make a difference in the world. For further information please contact Jo Churchill on 01747 850432 or

Bookings are now open for the 2018 Team Retreat, at Greenhouse Christian Centre in Poole, taking place from late afternoon Friday September 21st, through lunch on Sunday 23rd, led by the Revd Dr Simon Chambers.

The booking form is on the website on the link below, and hard copies will be available in churches shortly.  Enquiries to, or telephone 01747 852017.

To find out more about the Greenhouse Christian Centre use this link

To download a booking form click here Team Retreat Notice + Application Form 2018