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I hope you are all well and staying safe in these difficult times.

We had hoped to keep our village church open, for private prayer and to give people access to the prayer board. Unfortunately, this is not possible at the moment, so we have set up a virtual prayer board and a prayer chain instead.

If you would like prayers for yourself, or for anyone else (you only need to send the first name), email your request to  The names will be sent on, in confidence, to members of the prayer chain, who will pray regularly for those people. Your email address will not be sent on.

Please make sure you have permission before you send any personal information about anyone. It is fine just to send a name and we will pray for them.

God bless you all,

Helen Dawes (Team Rector) & Gillian Cross (PCC Secretary)

Thirty or so years ago what was to become a flourishing Swing Band started at Shaftesbury School.  The band lasted for just over 10 years and recently they held a reunion at St Peter's Church.  Two dozen former members turned up and, after a couple of rehearsal sessions, gave an informal concert to families and friends.  A truly great day and quite emotional too!

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

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: or phone 07831 850720