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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)

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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

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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!

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Sunday 9th September: 3.00pm - an afternoon of musical treats from Peter Miller (violin) and Greg Underwood (piano). Tickets £8 from Gill Waine (01747 851007) or from Motcombe church after services. Afternoon tea is included in the ticket price.

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Please note the Team Barn Service on the Sunday 29th July is now at Lower Breach Farm, West Orchard, SP7 0LL. It is still at 11am, led by Bishop Karen and followed by a Bring & Share lunch.There is parking available and maps should be available in your church or on the following link.

Map to West Orchard Barn

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Places for the Team Retreat, at The Greenhouse Christian Centre in Poole on 21-23 September, are filling fast, with only a few rooms still available.

If you are thinking of going, please return the booking form which is on the below link and available in most team churches; or get in touch with Michael or Beverley Pattison for more information -, 01747 852017.

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

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There is a vintage and craft fair at Fanners Field in Compton Abbas this Saturday between 2 and 5pm, including local crafts, vintage clothes, kitchen items, bric a brac and refreshments.

BBQ facility available from 6pm, so bring something to be BBQ'd, your own drinks and something to sit on for an enjoyable social evening.

Compton Fair 2018

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Sunday 24th June – Birth of St John the Baptist

8:00am – BCP Parish Communion (St James’)

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

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Parish Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – Matins (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – Matins (Margaret Marsh)

11:15am – Family Service (Enmore Green)

2:00pm – Baptism Service (Motcombe)

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.

Please allow time for parking as it is Gold Hill Fair.

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