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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: 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

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

We're delighted to be able to share the good news that the Revd Kirsty Clarke has been appointed to the post of Team Vicar in the Shaftesbury Team Ministry.  Kirsty has been serving her curacy in the Leominster Team in the Diocese of Hereford and will be licensed to her new post by the Bishop of Sherborne on Sunday 8th September in St James' Church, Shaftesbury at 5pm.

Come along to St Mary's Church, Compton Abbas for Hymns & Pimms on Saturday 29th June at 4pm. Sing along with your favourite hymns while relaxing with a glass or two. Seating will be provided but you may want to bring a comfy garden chair or cushion. We hope to be in the churchyard but will move into church if wet.
FIRST DRINK FREE - Do come along and join us!


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!