Information Sheet

 

Three Valleys Team

 

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Information Sheet 23rd November 2020

 

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THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

 

23rd November 2020

 

Holnest Church project update!

 

 

Passers by will have noticed that the scaffolding and plastic covering has been erected over and around the chancel. Great care has been taken to protect any close by memorials.

The scaffolding has been made secure with metal walling, the installation of intruder alarms and CCTV. This ensures any exposed church fabric is protected from the elements and that the craftsmen can carry out the work in a dry and safe environment. The contractors have removed the clay tiles from both faces of the chancel roof for safe storage. The ridge tiles had been removed. These will now be cleaned of old mortar. Currently they are meticulously removing the large stone tiles at the lower end of both aspects of the roof. Each unique tile will be numbered and inspected for damage.

The mortar fillet between the chancel and nave has been removed, this will be replaced by stepped flashing, carefully set into the existing stone.

Scaffolders are currently erecting further scaffolding to the church tower to enable the pointing works.

The project management sub-committee are having regular site meetings with the contractors and church architect. At last Thursday’s meeting they were able to take a closer look at the exposed roof timbers. Additionally, the craftsmen gave them a demonstration of the painstaking methods and variety of hand tools they will be using to remove pointing. When the roof has been fully exposed for closer inspection a plan of action will be agreed with the architect and repairs and treatments will be progressed.

 

                                                             

The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride – latest news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised over £1,000.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. .  It’s not too late to sponsor them on https://www.justgiving.com/team/4Yetminster.

Well done & thank you to all who took part.

Prayer for the Day

Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

CHRIST THE KING

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 23rd November @ 6.00pm Compline via Three Valleys Facebook – with the Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 25th November @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 27h November @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev.Tony Gilbert

 

 

 

 

Advent Candles

 

 

At the last CWs meeting there was a general consensus that candles would not be ordered this year.  However, since then one or two churches have had a rethink and asked for some to be ordered.  Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, Farris is only taking online orders this means I will have to have the order sent rather than collected so it will take a little longer and maybe more expensive as we will have to pay for postage and packing.  If you would like any Advent and/or Christmas candles please let Tony or the office know asap as time is rather short

 

 

 

 

Advent Course

Rev.Richard Kirlew will be leading the above on the 4 Tuesday evenings leading up to Xmas: - 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd December.

It will be following the Advent Course as written by Bishop David Bourne called ‘Jesus the voice that makes us turn.’

If you would like to take part in the above please contact Richard for the Zoom code.

The cost of the accompanying booklet is £4.00

 

 

 

Services in the Three Valleys

 

The Rev. Anne Budgell will be taking the next 4 Sunday Services during Advent – 29th November, 6th, 13th & 20th December

 

All above services beginning at 10.00am via Three Valleys Facebook page.

 

 

We hope that Church Services will resume on Sunday 6th December (after current lock-down has finished).

 

 

Christmas Carol Services in the Three Valleys Benefice

 

Chetnole Carol Service

Sunday 20th December @ 5.30pm

 

………………..

We welcome you to the

CAROL SERVICE at FOLKE CHURCH

A service with Readings and Carols

ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Thursday 24th December at 3pm

 More information will be available when the new guidelines are

announced. Please watch the notice boards

………………………

          

 

Caundle Marsh Church:

Christmas Eve

 

7 December – sadly the Annual Tune Up for Xmas has been cancelled due to current

restrictions and circumstances.

 

24 December – Christmas Eve. We will hold our usual Christmas Eve Communion Service starting at 7 PM. We welcome families because such a service makes for a good beginning to Christmas festivities which this year we all deserve! The service will include organ music.

 

For the sake of planning and spacing it would be helpful if those attending either event could e mail edward.cowan@btopenworld to declare that you are coming with rough numbers. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cards in aid of St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster

 

Below is an appeal for St. Andrew’s Church fundraising this Christmas: -

Dear All, we have a very exciting new project in aid of St Andrew's here in Yetminster, with some beautiful new cards made from our wonderful Millennium Hangings.If you haven't yet bought yourChristmas cards, please consider ordering some.  There will also be general cards available in the New Year for year-round greetings cards, and we are hugely grateful to Jane Waight for organising these.

Christmas Cards .....  The Millennium Wall Hangings feature on unique Yetminster Christmas Cards

If you’re planning to send cards this Christmas – and they will be better received than ever in this year of lockdown and separation – you can also contribute to the upkeep of St Andrew’s, Yetminster’s centuries-old architectural gem.

Three Christmas cards have been beautifully printed, featuring festive images taken from the decorated canvases that make up the acclaimed Millennium Wall Hangings. This 26-piece artwork documenting village life and history took over a decade to craft. Professional photographer Barrie Allington has expertly captured every close-up detail. All profits will go to benefit St Andrew’s. Please see the images attached.

The inside of the cards is blank, so there’s plenty of space to write personal messages and all your news. Supplied with envelopes, a pack of 10 cards of any 1 design is exceptional value at just £8.50.

To pre-order your cards which will be delivered in good time to catch the post, please email Jane Waight at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with contact details and number of packs required. Payment can be made by BACS, cheque or cash.

The story of the hangings’ creation is told in an illustrated booklet, ‘A Stitch in Time’. It makes a fascinating stocking filler for anyone interested in Dorset village life or in needlecraft. This is available from the Benefice office at a price of £5.00 – or you can order from Jane at the same time as your cards.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Card designs below in aid of St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster

 

Robin-Christmas-Card

Robin Christmas Card

 

Church-Tower-and-stars-Chri

 

Tower and Stars Christmas Card

Turkey-Christmas-Card

 Turkey Christmas Card

 

 

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

   Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Forthcoming Services

(Please note that every Sunday morning @ 10.00am on Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship).

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Reverend Tony Gilbert has started his Word for the Day again, by popular request!

Thursday 19th November 2020

The Right Attitude

A newly ordained priest in a rather high Anglo-Catholic parish was very nervous about hearing confessions (and yes, as I said once before, we do have them in the Anglican church), so she asked her training vicar for some advice on how to do it properly. The older priest offered to sit in on her first session and silently watch and listen. This was agreed. The new priest’s first candidate came in made is confession and left again. The training Vicar asked the new priest to step out of the confessional and be debriefed on what had taken place. He made a few suggestions such as, ‘Cross your arms over your chest, and perhaps rub your chin with one hand. This will make you look both thoughtful and concerned’ he said. The new priest tried and agreed. The old priest then suggested, 'Try saying things like, ‘I see’, ‘Yes, do go on' and ‘I understand.' Or perhaps ‘How did that make you feel? These are all good encouraging comments and they help'. The new priest practised, saying these phrases for a bit and thanked the training Vicar for his time. ‘Not at all’ the vicar replied, ‘don't you think that's a little better than slapping your knee and saying ‘Holy Moses what happened next?!?'

It is good to remember sometimes that what appears to be a good story or even a juicy bit of gossip can be really be a heart-rending situation for the person to whom it concerns. Yes, perhaps someone is making a ‘Mountain out of a mole hill’ but such is their experience. The best and kindest expression of Christians' love is shown by those who know when to laugh with, when to show concern and when help is needed and then find the time to give it.

Church Video links

You may wish to watch Nick Swann’s video links of the following churches: -

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

 

 

 

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

The scaffolding has now been taken down and work is progressing very well. Hopefully work will be completed by the end of the month.


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer from 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs (10.00am – 2.00pm).

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption: The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

Pulham, St Thomas A Beckett - will be open every day between 10.00am -4.00pm for private prayer.

 

Please be aware that, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

New Alpha Course – January 2021

Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, say what you think and challenge everything. No question is too complex or too small. Your point of view is as important as anyone else’s.

A group from the Three Valleys are doing an Alpha Course together starting in January 2021, on Thursday’s 8 to 9:30 pm on Zoom. They would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining or have any more questions. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a note through the door of the Jubilee Hall marked for George.

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups

Yetminster Village News

Sarah Hedin sends us this message below from The Old School Cafe and Gallery .....

"This comes with warm wishes that you are all keeping safe and well during these challenging times.   We are delighted to say that we have been able to stay open during the present ‘Lockdown’ period, serving takeaways from our entire menu.   Details of our menu are via this link to our Yetminster Gallery Blogspot.

http://yetminstergallery.blogspot.com

"We are also delighted to say that throughout November we are open on Sundays.    We are open from Monday-Saturday 9am - 4pm  AND Sundays 10.30am - 4pm.  We have beautiful artwork by Yetminster textile artist Suzy Wright on our walls   https://orangethread.co.uk/ ………    and we are now stocking ‘Fine Food’ items and fresh vegetables.   Please call us to order takeaways in advance (not essential but you may like to!) or to make enquiries.  01935 872761"

Stir-up Sunday 2020

Yesterday, Sunday 22nd November was ‘Stir-up Sunday’, the day when traditionally families gather together to prepare the Christmas pudding.

Stir-up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent and doesn't actually get its name from stirring the pudding.

It gets its name from the Book of Common Prayer and the Collect for this, the last Sunday before Advent.

The Collect - the prayer that 'collects' up the themes of the worship - starts, “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people.”

Since Victorian times, it has become associated with the rather lovely family custom of preparing for Christmas together by making the Christmas pudding, an essential part of most British Christmas dinners.

The Christmas pudding as we know it is said to have been introduced to Britain by Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, however it is thought that a version of the pudding was actually introduced from Germany by George I - sometimes known as the ‘pudding king’ - in 1714.

Traditionalists will know to make their Christmas pudding on Stir-up Sunday but, during this lockdown, the tradition of coming together may well have to take place via Zoom.

Speaking out for the Deaf

20 Nov, 2020 10:41 PM

Our Chaplain to the Deaf Community, the Revd Neil Robinson, has recorded an engaging video in British Sign Language (BSL) on Zoom, with a voiceover translation into English by an interpreter.

The short clip covers the challenges of how church has changed, Deaf clubs being closed, not being able to meet face-to-face or touch, being Deaf when most people are wearing masks and you can't lip read, mental health issues, and the encouragements of using technology and ministry training in new ways.

Neil says:

"I am sure that this will be a blessing to the others in this Diocese. They will be able to hear the voice of my interpreter as she translated BSL into spoken English. Enjoy!"

The short clip covers the challenges of how church has changed, Deaf clubs being closed, not being able to meet face-to-face or touch and being Deaf when most people are wearing masks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxxQpVOhnGI&feature=youtu.be

Bishops

Bishops Karen, Nicholas and Andrew at Salisbury Cathedral. Photo by Ash Mills

The Bishop of Salisbury is assisted by two suffragan bishops, the Bishop of Ramsbury and the Bishop of Sherborne.

Until 2010, all three bishops operated under an area scheme established in 1981. Each suffragan bishop (known as an Area Bishop) had a formal geographical area of responsibility.

The Bishop of Ramsbury was responsible for the Diocese’s Wiltshire and Hampshire parishes. The Bishop of Sherborne was responsible for those parishes in Dorset and Devon belonging to the Diocese.

This scheme was replaced to reflect the increased working across the whole Diocese by all three bishops. Though primarily responsible for the same areas, the two suffragans may now legally function anywhere in the Diocese, and the Bishop of Salisbury may delegate any of his functions to them.

The Bishop of Salisbury is the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam.

The Big Christmas Carol Service in association with The Churches Conservation Trust

This year, more than ever, with families separate and Carol Services not happening in their traditional form, we are excited to be able to share with you this opportunity to come together as a collective voice on Saturday, 12 December at 6.00pm with The Big Christmas Carol Service.

In association with the Royal School of Church Music we will be broadcasting from the beautiful All Saints’ church in the heart of Cambridge. The music will include well-known and loved favourites, as well as approachable new carols.

The service will be led by the Chair of the RSCM, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall and there will be readings and contributions from some very special guests including The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Alexander Armstrong and Timothy Bentinck (‘David Archer’); and a wide variety of music including John Rutter conducting one of his own carols.   

Peter Aiers, CCT Chief Executive:

"We hope this service will be an opportunity, via the internet, to bring friends and families across the world together in celebration and joy at this challenging time. Although we cannot be together in the same place, we can all sing together to celebrate Christmas."

This event is free and will be available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel for the whole of the Christmas period. If you enjoy the service and would like to support the work of CCT and RSCM, please consider making a donation using the text giving numbers below. All donations will be split evenly between the two charities.

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

 

16th November 2020

 

Holnest Church project update!

 

 

Passers by will have noticed that the scaffolding and plastic covering has been erected over and around the chancel. Great care has been taken to protect any close by memorials.

The scaffolding has been made secure with metal walling, the installation of intruder alarms and CCTV. This ensures any exposed church fabric is protected from the elements and that the craftsmen can carry out the work in a dry and safe environment. The contractors have removed the clay tiles from both faces of the chancel roof for safe storage. The ridge tiles had been removed. These will now be cleaned of old mortar. Currently they are meticulously removing the large stone tiles at the lower end of both aspects of the roof. Each unique tile will be numbered and inspected for damage.

The mortar fillet between the chancel and nave has been removed, this will be replaced by stepped flashing, carefully set into the existing stone.

Scaffolders are currently erecting further scaffolding to the church tower to enable the pointing works.

The project management sub-committee are having regular site meetings with the contractors and church architect. At last Thursday’s meeting they were able to take a closer look at the exposed roof timbers. Additionally, the craftsmen gave them a demonstration of the painstaking methods and variety of hand tools they will be using to remove pointing. When the roof has been fully exposed for closer inspection a plan of action will be agreed with the architect and repairs and treatments will be progressed.

 

                                                                 

The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride – latest news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised over £1,000.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. .  It’s not too late to sponsor them on https://www.justgiving.com/team/4Yetminster.

Well done & thank you to all who took part.

Prayer for the Day

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 16th November @ 6.00pm Compline or Evening Prayer via Three Valleys Facebook or Zoom – Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 18th November @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 20h November @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev.Tony Gilbert

 

Church Warden’s Meeting – new date 23rd November 2020 via Zoom

Tony will be sending out Zoom links nearer the time – please let him know if you do not receive one.

 

Advent Candles

 

 

At the last CWs meeting there was a general consensus that candles would not be ordered this year.  However, since then one or two churches have had a rethink and asked for some to be ordered.  Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, Farris is only taking online orders this means I will have to have the order sent rather than collected so it will take a little longer and maybe more expensive as we will have to pay for postage and packing.  If you would like any Advent and/or Christmas candles please let Tony or the office know asap as time is rather short

 

Advent Course

Rev.Richard Kirlew will be leading the above on the 4 Tuesday evenings leading up to Xmas: - 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd December.

It will be following the Advent Course as written by Bishop David Bourne called ‘Jesus the voice that makes us turn.’

If you would like to take part in the above please contact Richard for the Zoom code.

The cost of the accompanying booklet is £4.00

 

 

Services in the Three Valleys

 

Sunday 22nd November

 

On-line 10.00am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page with Rev.George Moody and the fourth Sunday team.

 

 

 

Sunday 29th November

 

On-line 10.00am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page

 

We hope that Church Services will resume on Sunday 6th December (after current lock-down has finished).

 

 

Christmas Carol Services in the Three Valleys Benefice

 

Chetnole Carol Service

Sunday 20th December @ 5.30pm

 

………………..

We welcome you to the

CAROL SERVICE at FOLKE CHURCH

A service with Readings and Carols

ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Thursday 24th December at 3pm

 More information will be available when the new guidelines are

announced. Please watch the notice boards

………………………

          

 

Caundle Marsh Church: Pre Christmas and Christmas Eve Events.

 

Caundle Marsh Church will be running two events as follows to which you are invited:

 

7 December. Our church has traditionally run a ‘Tune Up for Christmas’ event. This year we cannot sing but instead starting at 7pm we will hold a three part one hour event based on sacred music and carols from the best sources we can find-for example Kings College Chapel’s choir at Cambridge. We will intersperse chosen pieces with readings and end with a prayer and blessing. You are also invited to bring for a half time break your own drinks and nibbles. We apologise for not providing the latter but some Covid restrictions will still be in place. Also do not forget your masks.

 

24 December – Christmas Eve. We will hold our usual Christmas Eve Communion Service starting at 7pm. We welcome families because such a service makes for a good beginning to Christmas festivities which this year we all deserve!

 

For the sake of planning and spacing it would be helpful if those attending either event could e mail edward.cowan@btopenworld to declare that you are coming with rough numbers. Many thanks.

 

 

Christmas Cards in aid of St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster

 

Below is an appeal for St. Andrew’s Church fundraising this Christmas: -

Dear All, we have a very exciting new project in aid of St Andrew's here in Yetminster, with some beautiful new cards made from our wonderful Millennium Hangings.If you haven't yet bought yourChristmas cards, please consider ordering some.  There will also be general cards available in the New Year for year-round greetings cards, and we are hugely grateful to Jane Waight for organising these.

Christmas Cards .....  The Millennium Wall Hangings feature on unique Yetminster Christmas Cards

If you’re planning to send cards this Christmas – and they will be better received than ever in this year of lockdown and separation – you can also contribute to the upkeep of St Andrew’s, Yetminster’s centuries-old architectural gem.

Three Christmas cards have been beautifully printed, featuring festive images taken from the decorated canvases that make up the acclaimed Millennium Wall Hangings. This 26-piece artwork documenting village life and history took over a decade to craft. Professional photographer Barrie Allington has expertly captured every close-up detail. All profits will go to benefit St Andrew’s. Please see the images attached.

The inside of the cards is blank, so there’s plenty of space to write personal messages and all your news. Supplied with envelopes, a pack of 10 cards of any 1 design is exceptional value at just £8.50.

To pre-order your cards which will be delivered in good time to catch the post, please email Jane Waight at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with contact details and number of packs required. Payment can be made by BACS, cheque or cash.

The story of the hangings’ creation is told in an illustrated booklet, ‘A Stitch in Time’. It makes a fascinating stocking filler for anyone interested in Dorset village life or in needlecraft. This is available from the Benefice office at a price of £5.00 – or you can order from Jane at the same time as your cards.

Christmas Card designs below in aid of St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster

Robin-Christmas-Card

 Robin Christmas Card

Turkey-Christmas-Card

 Turkey Christmas Card

Church-Tower-and-stars-Chri

 Tower and Stars Christmas card

 

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /

 

Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

   Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

Forthcoming Services

(Please note that every Sunday morning @ 10.00am on Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship).

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Reverend Tony Gilbert has started his Word for the Day again, by popular request!

Friday 13th November 2020

God Laughs

There are many stories funny or tragic about the human relationship with God and. One of the shortest and to my mind best is this.

Question. How can you make God laugh?

Answer. Tell God your plans.

Woody Allen the actor and film producer is attributed with making this quote famous but I am sure others have said it before him. It is after all a common experience.

And for many it is absolutely true. There are not many of us who decide early on what we are going to do in life, draw up our road map to get there and when looking back can say that is what we did.

Yet often when we do look back and see how different perhaps our life has turned out from the one we planned we can view it with satisfaction and know that by and large we have led the best one for us. The worst times we see are often the times when we have tried to do what we want in the face of a conviction that God wants us to do something else. And we have tried to ignore it.

Another saying this one by Barack Obama: ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’

With God behind us we are unstoppable.

Church Video links

You may wish to watch Nick Swann’s video links of the following churches: -

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

 

 

 

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

The scaffolding has now been taken down and work is progressing very well. Hopefully work will be completed by the end of the month.


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer from 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs (10.00am – 2.00pm).

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption: The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

Pulham, St Thomas A Beckett - will be open every day between 10.00am -4.00pm for private prayer.

 

Please be aware that, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

New Alpha Course – January 2021

Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, say what you think and challenge everything. No question is too complex or too small. Your point of view is as important as anyone else’s.

A group from the Three Valleys are doing an Alpha Course together starting in January 2021, on Thursday’s 8 to 9:30 pm on Zoom. They would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining or have any more questions. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a note through the door of the Jubilee Hall marked for George.

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups

Bishops

Bishops Karen, Nicholas and Andrew at Salisbury Cathedral. Photo by Ash Mills

The Bishop of Salisbury is assisted by two suffragan bishops, the Bishop of Ramsbury and the Bishop of Sherborne.

Until 2010, all three bishops operated under an area scheme established in 1981. Each suffragan bishop (known as an Area Bishop) had a formal geographical area of responsibility.

The Bishop of Ramsbury was responsible for the Diocese’s Wiltshire and Hampshire parishes. The Bishop of Sherborne was responsible for those parishes in Dorset and Devon belonging to the Diocese.

This scheme was replaced to reflect the increased working across the whole Diocese by all three bishops. Though primarily responsible for the same areas, the two suffragans may now legally function anywhere in the Diocese, and the Bishop of Salisbury may delegate any of his functions to them.

The Bishop of Salisbury is the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam.

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

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9th November 2020

 

Holnest Church project update!

 

 

Passers by will have noticed that the scaffolding and plastic covering has been erected over and around the chancel. Great care has been taken to protect any close by memorials.

The scaffolding has been made secure with metal walling, the installation of intruder alarms and CCTV. This ensures any exposed church fabric is protected from the elements and that the craftsmen can carry out the work in a dry and safe environment. The contractors have removed the clay tiles from both faces of the chancel roof for safe storage. The ridge tiles had been removed. These will now be cleaned of old mortar. Currently they are meticulously removing the large stone tiles at the lower end of both aspects of the roof. Each unique tile will be numbered and inspected for damage.

The mortar fillet between the chancel and nave has been removed, this will be replaced by stepped flashing, carefully set into the existing stone.

Scaffolders are currently erecting further scaffolding to the church tower to enable the pointing works.

The project management sub-committee are having regular site meetings with the contractors and church architect. At last Thursday’s meeting they were able to take a closer look at the exposed roof timbers. Additionally, the craftsmen gave them a demonstration of the painstaking methods and variety of hand tools they will be using to remove pointing. When the roof has been fully exposed for closer inspection a plan of action will be agreed with the architect and repairs and treatments will be progressed.

 

                                                                 

The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

 

Ride & Stride – latest news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised over £1,000.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. .  It’s not too late to sponsor them on https://www.justgiving.com/team/4Yetminster.

Well done & thank you to all who took part.

Prayer for the Day

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 9th November – Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 11th November @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 13h November @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev. Anne Budgell & Keith Budgell

 

 

Services in the Three Valleys

 

Sunday 15th November

 

On-line 10.00am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page

 

Sunday 22nd November

 

On-line 10.00am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page

 

Sunday 29th November

 

On-line 10.00am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page

 

We hope that Church Services will resume on Sunday 6th December (after current lock-down has finished).

 

Christmas Services around the Three Valleys Benefice

 

Caundle Marsh – ‘Tune up for Christmas’ - 7th December @ 7.00pm

 

The above cannot be in its usual form due to Covid restrictions even after the end of the second lockdown because live singing is forbidden. Instead we propose to hold a three part event starting with: recorded singing of well known carols, other church music and one or two appropriate readings, followed by ‘bring your own eats and drinks’ giving everyone an opportunity to relax in a social setting.

 

Chetnole Carol Service

Sunday 20th December @ 5.30pm

 

Caundle Marsh’s Annual Christmas Eve service based on a Celtic theme.

Thursday 24th December @ 7.00pm

 

(Please note that we can only hope that the above services will be allowed to happen nearer the time)

 

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

   Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Forthcoming Services

(Please note that every Sunday morning on Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

 

Sunday 8th November 2020

(Remembrance Services)

 

Yesterday, although attendance was smaller than usual because of Covid, Remembrance Services took place around our War Memorials in our local parishes of Glanvilles Wootton, Yetminster and Thornford. Normally, the above would have been followed by a service in the above Churches which we were sadly unable to do this year. Instead, Poems and Readings were read, Prayers were offered and finally The Laying of the Wreath(s). All attending appreciated the opportunity of being able to gather together and remember those who died/served their country in order that we might have our freedom. Collections were made after the above services for the Royal British Legion. Thank you to those who officiated at the above and made this possible.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

The Reverend Tony Gilbert has started his Thought for the Day again, by popular request!

 

Friday 6th November 2020

The Barrister

Curious about the considerable success of a colleague, other Barristers in her chambers concerned decided to have her covertly watched. One day the Barrister was seen to get into her car and drive to a small country town some 50 miles away from London for no apparent reason.

Upon arriving in the community, the barrister was seen to pull out a great wadge of envelopes, stick stamps on them and spray them with a shot of perfume from a bottle in her handbag.

Eventually curiosity got the better of her colleagues and at a convenient moment they challenged her about what she had been doing. The Barrister responded "I was just sending out about 500 Valentine cards signed, "Guess who?"

"But why?" asks her inquisitor. 

"Well I am a divorce lawyer," she replied.

Probably not a morality tale I would endorse but nevertheless - they always say that luck and good things come to those who are prepared for them. It is the same with being a Christian. Christianity is not a passive belief set; one needs to prepare the ground and work at it.

Church Video links

You may wish to watch Nick Swann’s video links of the following churches: -

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

 

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

The scaffolding has now been taken down and work is progressing very well. Hopefully work will be completed by the end of the month.
Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer from 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs (10.00am – 2.00pm).

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption: The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

Pulham, St Thomas A Beckett - will be open every day between 10.00am -4.00pm for private prayer.

 

Please be aware that, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved


Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

 

New Alpha Course – January 2021

Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, say what you think and challenge everything. No question is too complex or too small. Your point of view is as important as anyone else’s.

A group from the Three Valleys are doing an Alpha Course together starting in January 2021, on Thursday’s 8 to 9:30 pm on Zoom. They would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining or have any more questions. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a note through the door of the Jubilee Hall marked for George.

 

Bishops Visit Deaneries

Our Bishops embarked on a series of autumn Episcopal Deanery Visits in October.

Original photo Wikimedia Commons

The Bishops extended an open invitation to Deanery Synod representatives, clergy and churchwardens from our Deaneries to meet together via Zoom.

The visits are an opportunity to give thanks to God and share all we are doing as churches and schools during the pandemic, but are also an occasion to look together at how, as a Diocese and as individual churches, we can confidently look ahead

Representatives were invited to take the discussion back to their deaneries and parishes and a video and a set of reflective questions and Bible study for groups has been made available at http://bit.ly/beyondthep to help with this.

On 10th November, Bishop Nicholas is with Salisbury Deanery, Bishop Karen is with Milton and Blandford, and Bishop Andrew with Chalke.
On 11th November, Bishop Karen is with Dorchester/ West Dorset, Bishop Andrew with Devizes and Marlborough, and Bishop Nicholas joins Calne and Pewsey.
On 12th November, Bishop Andrew is with Stonehenge Deanery and Bishop Karen is with Wimborne.
On 18th November, Bishop Karen is with Weymouth and Portland, and Bishop Andrew with Heytesbury.

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

 

 

 

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2nd November 2020

 

Holnest Church project goes ahead!

Holnest Church has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,500 towards an exciting heritage project ‘Mend & Make Good’. The grant was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

Additional financial support has been received from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10k;

Erskine Muton Trust 10k; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7k and Friends of Holnest Church £5k.

 

                                                               

The project focuses on a scheme of essential repair works to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower and south westerly walls, preserving the built heritage of this Grade 1 listed church. Additionally, it includes the design, purchase and erection of three interpretation boards illustrating the heritage of the church and churchyard ‘a site of nature conservation interest’. A further feature of the project is the delivery of a programme of heritage events and activities inside the church and in the churchyard. These will provide enjoyable, educational and skills opportunities that are of interest to everybody.

The contractors are planning to arrive on site towards the end of September. For both practical and health and safety reasons the church building will be closed for the duration of the building works. Access to the churchyard to tend graves etc. will remain open, with care. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can meet again at Holnest church to worship and to give thanks and celebrate the project milestones.

The budgeted cost of the project is £129,324. Holnest Parochial Church Council (PCC) is extremely grateful for the generosity of its supporters over many years who have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 the final push to fully fund the project has been severely hampered by the cancellation of two quiz evenings, the annual church fete with flower festival and the regular community breakfasts and countryside walks. The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised over £950.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. .  It’s not too late to sponsor them on https://www.justgiving.com/team/4Yetminster.

Well done & thank you to all who took part.

Prayer for the Day

Almighty and eternal God,
you have kindled the flame of love
in the hearts of the saints:
grant to us the same faith and power of love,
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,
we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 2nd November – Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 6th November @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev. Anne Budgell & Keith Budgell

Sunday 8th November @ 10.50am via Facebook – Rev.Tony Gilbert (Remembrance Service)

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

   Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Forthcoming Services

(Please note that every Sunday morning on Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

Sunday 8th November 2020

(Remembrance Services)

 

As I write this Pew Sheet, we are still waiting for up-to-date news of Remembrance Services for next Sunday, please refer to the 3valleys office Facebook page, as we are currently still waiting for decisions from the Government expected later this week

However, there will be an online 10.50am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page with Rev.Tony Gilbert

There will be an online service @ 10.00am on each of the Sundays below

Sunday 15th November 2020

(All Church Services for above date cancelled)

Sunday 22nd November 2020

(All Church Services for above date cancelled)

Sunday 29th November 2020

(All Church Services for above date cancelled)

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

WORD FOR THE DAY

The Reverend Tony Gilbert has started his Word for the Day again, by popular request!

Monday 2nd November 2020


Mad Dog


A lady spotted a sign outside a house that read ‘Talking Dog for Sale.’ Intrigued and having been on the lookout for a dog for some time, she went to the door and knocked. A man answered and agreed that he did indeed have a talking dog for sale. The lady asked to see it and if she could test it to see if it really could talk. ‘Be my guest’ said the owner. The dog was brought in and introduced. ‘pleased to meet you said the dog in very good English’.


Stunned by this the woman asked the dog ‘er tell me about yourself’. The dog replied. ‘Well I've led a very full life,’ ‘I was born in the Alps and trained as a rescue dog. I lived there for a bit rescuing stranded skiers and mountaineers. Then I was shipped of the Afghanistan where I served with the army. Whilst there, I got a medal for bravery for flushing out some Taliban fighters’. Now I have semi-retired and I spend my time reading to children’. The Lady was amazed at all this. She asked the owner ‘Why on earth would you want to get rid of an incredible dog like this?’ The owner replied, ‘Because he’s a liar! He’s always making up fantastical stories. He never did any of that!’.


Its amazing how focussed we can become on something that we lose sight of the bigger picture or just fail to see the value of what we have. Perhaps that is something of what Jesus was referring to in his parable of the speck in our neighbour’s eye but missing the plank in our own.

Church Video links

You may wish to watch Nick Swann’s video links of the following churches: -

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

 

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

The scaffolding has now been taken down and work is progressing very well.


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer from 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs (10.00am – 2.00pm).

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption: The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

Pulham, St Thomas A Beckett - will be open every day between 10.00am -4.00pm for private prayer.

 

Please be aware that, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

New Alpha Course – January 2021

Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, say what you think and challenge everything. No question is too complex or too small. Your point of view is as important as anyone else’s.

A group from the Three Valleys are doing an Alpha Course together starting in January 2021, on Thursday’s 8 to 9:30 pm on Zoom. They would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining or have any more questions. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a note through the door of the Jubilee Hall marked for George.

RBL Poppies – Yetminster news

This year, due to Covid, there will be no house collections, but poppies will be on sale at the Gallery and Spar Shop, the White Hart, St Andrew’s School and the Medical Centre. If you would like to donate the link is below – they also have a lovely collection of poppy related goods –

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal

Inspired by Bells

23 Oct, 2020 05:15 PM

In these challenging times, working with children and young people may seem an added challenge - but traditional practices can pay dividends.

Original photo courtesy Pixabay

It's well known that learning a musical instrument has a range of benefits, promotes personal discipline and wellbeing, and can make a real difference to the life of a local church.

At Holy Trinity Weymouth, some of the young people - and their parents - have started handbell ringing, taught by Lizzie Peacock, the wife of the church's Director of Music.

Vicar Andrew Gough said:

"The handbell as a musical instrument provides a wonderful educational tool for teaching music to children and at Holy Trinity Weymouth we are making effective use of handbells to teach children music and performance skills.

"The skills learned through ringing are transferable to any instrument – we are hoping that our church children will go on to learn a musical instrument and sing in the church choir.

What makes handbells such an effective music teaching tool?

"Well, for one thing, handbells make instant music. Within 5 minutes our young people had started ringing under Lizzie's direction.

Bishops Visit Deaneries

23 Oct, 2020 05:17 PM

This week our Bishops embarked on a series of autumn Episcopal Deanery Visits.

Original photo Wikimedia Commons

The Bishops extended an open invitation to Deanery Synod representatives, clergy and churchwardens from our Deaneries to meet together via Zoom.

The visits are an opportunity to give thanks to God and share all we are doing as churches and schools during the pandemic, but are also an occasion to look together at how, as a Diocese and as individual churches, we can confidently look ahead to the future.

On Tuesday evening (20th October) Bishop Nicholas hosted a meeting with the Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery, while Bishop Karen hosted the Blackmore Vale and Bishop Andrew was with the Alderbury Deanery.

With over 80 people attending across the meetings, there were some lively discussions with members sharing good practice and a wealth of ideas as well as their concerns over finances.

Speaking after the meetings, Bishop Nicholas said:

“In these strange and tumultuous times we need to talk together about what we are thinking, praying, doing, so we see more clearly what God is teaching us in the time of this pandemic. As Christians and as churches, how will we continue to Renew Hope in the places where we live, work and serve?

“I was left with a stronger sense of the scale of the challenge as well as with a deeper hope about how together we will respond creatively and positively. The first 3 meetings of Beyond the Present were useful and went well. Thank you to everyone who took part.”

Representatives were invited to take the discussion back to their deaneries and parishes and a video and a set of reflective questions and Bible study for groups has been made available at http://bit.ly/beyondthep to help with this.

During November the Bishops will continue to meet with the Deaneries to listen and talk with them.

On 3rd November, Bishop Karen is with Purbeck/ Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery, Bishop Nicholas is with Sherborne/Lyme Bay, and Bishop Andrew is with Bradford.
On 10th November, Bishop Nicholas is with Salisbury Deanery, Bishop Karen is with Milton and Blandford, and Bishop Andrew with Chalke.
On 11th November, Bishop Karen is with Dorchester/ West Dorset, Bishop Andrew with Devizes and Marlborough, and Bishop Nicholas joins Calne and Pewsey.
On 12th November, Bishop Andrew is with Stonehenge Deanery and Bishop Karen is with Wimborne.
On 18th November, Bishop Karen is with Weymouth and Portland, and Bishop Andrew with Heytesbury.

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

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VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

 

27th October 2020

 

Holnest Church project goes ahead!

Holnest Church has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,500 towards an exciting heritage project ‘Mend & Make Good’. The grant was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

Additional financial support has been received from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10k;

Erskine Muton Trust 10k; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7k and Friends of Holnest Church £5k.

 

                                                               

The project focuses on a scheme of essential repair works to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower and south westerly walls, preserving the built heritage of this Grade 1 listed church. Additionally, it includes the design, purchase and erection of three interpretation boards illustrating the heritage of the church and churchyard ‘a site of nature conservation interest’. A further feature of the project is the delivery of a programme of heritage events and activities inside the church and in the churchyard. These will provide enjoyable, educational and skills opportunities that are of interest to everybody.

The contractors are planning to arrive on site towards the end of September. For both practical and health and safety reasons the church building will be closed for the duration of the building works. Access to the churchyard to tend graves etc. will remain open, with care. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can meet again at Holnest church to worship and to give thanks and celebrate the project milestones.

The budgeted cost of the project is £129,324. Holnest Parochial Church Council (PCC) is extremely grateful for the generosity of its supporters over many years who have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 the final push to fully fund the project has been severely hampered by the cancellation of two quiz evenings, the annual church fete with flower festival and the regular community breakfasts and countryside walks. The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised over £950.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. .  It’s not too late to sponsor them on https://www.justgiving.com/team/4Yetminster.

Well done & thank you to all who took part.

Coffee & Cake Cancellations

 

Leigh Village Church have had to cancel their monthly coffee mornings due to the Covid

restrictions but hope to re-introduce in due course.

Likewise, Coffee & Cake on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Yetminster Jubilee Hall has been suspended for now due to the ‘Rule of 6’. It is hoped that this will resume asap.

Prayer for the Day

 

Merciful God,
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Wednesday 27th October @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 30th October @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev. Anne Budgell

Sunday 1st November @ 10.00am via Facebook – Rev.Anne Budgell (Book of Common Prayer).

 

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

 Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Forthcoming Services

(Please note that every Sunday morning on Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

Sunday 1st November 2020

10.00am Hermitage Service to be confirmed

10.00am Leigh H/C

10.00am Pulham H/C

10.00am Thornford H/C

3.00pm Yetminster – All Souls Service

+ (On-line 10.00am service via Three Valleys Facebook page)

Sunday 8th November 2020

(Remembrance Services)

10.50 am Bradford Abbas (Lay-led)

10.50 am Chetnole

(Leigh 10.50 Remembrance at Chetnole)

10.50am Yetminster (Jubilee Hall Car Park)

(Batcombe 10.50 Remembrance at Yetminster)

10.50am Glanvilles Wootton War Memorial

(Folke & Holwell 10.50 remembrance at Glanvilles Wootton)

10.50 am Thornford

(Beer Hackett 10.50 Remembrance at Thornford)

+ On-line 10.00am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page

 

Sunday 15th November 2020

10.00am Bradford Abbas H/C

10.00am Chetnole H/C

10.00am Holwell H/C

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

‘Word for the Day’

Due to popular request, Rev.Tony Gilbert has returned to lead this, and can be viewed on the Three Valleys Team facebook page or his Word for the Day can be read on www.threevalleysteam.org Word for the Day page.

Church Video links

You may wish to watch Nick Swann’s video links of the following churches: -

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

Please note: There will be no access from the south entrance around the Tower for the next three months, due to scaffolding and the Tower works team, so please use the main north door.

 

Leigh, St Andrew’s The church will be open for private prayer from 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs (10.00am – 2.00pm).

 

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption: The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage – open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

New Alpha Course – January 2021

Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, say what you think and challenge everything. No question is too complex or too small. Your point of view is as important as anyone else’s.

A group from the Three Valleys are doing an Alpha Course together starting in January 2021, on Thursday’s 8 to 9:30 pm on Zoom. They would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining or have any more questions. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a note through the door of the Jubilee Hall marked for George.

RBL Poppies – Yetminster news

This year, due to Covid, there will be no house collections, but poppies will be on sale at the Gallery and Spar Shop, the White Hart, St Andrew’s School and the Medical Centre. If you would like to donate the link is below – they also have a lovely collection of poppy related goods –

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal

Inspired by Bells

23 Oct, 2020 05:15 PM

In these challenging times, working with children and young people may seem an added challenge - but traditional practices can pay dividends.

Original photo courtesy Pixabay

It's well known that learning a musical instrument has a range of benefits, promotes personal discipline and wellbeing, and can make a real difference to the life of a local church.

At Holy Trinity Weymouth, some of the young people - and their parents - have started handbell ringing, taught by Lizzie Peacock, the wife of the church's Director of Music.

Vicar Andrew Gough said:

"The handbell as a musical instrument provides a wonderful educational tool for teaching music to children and at Holy Trinity Weymouth we are making effective use of handbells to teach children music and performance skills.

"The skills learned through ringing are transferable to any instrument – we are hoping that our church children will go on to learn a musical instrument and sing in the church choir.

What makes handbells such an effective music teaching tool?

"Well, for one thing, handbells make instant music. Within 5 minutes our young people had started ringing under Lizzie's direction.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

19th October 2020

 

Holnest Church project goes ahead!

Holnest Church has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,500 towards an exciting heritage project ‘Mend & Make Good’. The grant was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

Additional financial support has been received from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10k;

Erskine Muton Trust 10k; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7k and Friends of Holnest Church £5k.

 

                                                               

The project focuses on a scheme of essential repair works to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower and south westerly walls, preserving the built heritage of this Grade 1 listed church. Additionally, it includes the design, purchase and erection of three interpretation boards illustrating the heritage of the church and churchyard ‘a site of nature conservation interest’. A further feature of the project is the delivery of a programme of heritage events and activities inside the church and in the churchyard. These will provide enjoyable, educational and skills opportunities that are of interest to everybody.

The contractors are planning to arrive on site towards the end of September. For both practical and health and safety reasons the church building will be closed for the duration of the building works. Access to the churchyard to tend graves etc. will remain open, with care. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can meet again at Holnest church to worship and to give thanks and celebrate the project milestones.

The budgeted cost of the project is £129,324. Holnest Parochial Church Council (PCC) is extremely grateful for the generosity of its supporters over many years who have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 the final push to fully fund the project has been severely hampered by the cancellation of two quiz evenings, the annual church fete with flower festival and the regular community breakfasts and countryside walks. The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised over £950.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. .  It’s not too late to sponsor them on https://www.justgiving.com/team/4Yetminster.

Well done & thank you to all who took part.

The Countrymen’s club - Farm visits

and cream teas

From August to October 2020, on select dates, the Countrymen’s club based at Boyshill,   Holnest, will be offering a cream tea and a farm walk to local men with a rural background along with their wives and carers.

You will have 1.5 hours on the farm with a maximum of 2 couples on the farm per session. Social distancing rules and relevant hygiene precautions will be strictly observed. There will be an opportunity to see the animals and some of the crafts that our countrymen have made over the years as well as the chance to talk about farming and the rural way of life.

There will be a small charge of £5 per person to cover costs.

If you are interested, please give them a call on the number below and they will let you know the dates and times available.

Rylands Farm, Boyshill, Holnest DT9 5PS

Tel: 01963 210703

Coffee & Cake Cancellations

Leigh Village Church have had to cancel theirmonthly coffee mornings due to the Covid

restrictions but hope to re-introduce in due course.

Likewise Coffee & Cake on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Yetminster Jubilee Hall has been suspended for now due to the ‘Rule of 6’. It is hoped that this will resume asap.

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

MondayCompline - at 6.00pm via Three Valleys Team Facebook page (Rev.George Moody)

Wednesday @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 23rd October @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev. Tony Gilbert

(Sunday morning 25th October @ 10.00am) - Online service of Common Worship with Rev.Tony Gilbert – via Three Valleys Team facebook page.

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /

 

Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

   Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Wriggle Valley Mothers’ Union

On Sunday October 18th a cake stall (plus other goodies) for sale outside of St Andrew's Church Yetminster, raised well over £100.00 for The Mothers' Union. Like all charities the Mothers' Union have suffered from lack of funds this year, monies raised go towards the incredible work they do both here in UK and overseas. Thank you to all who supported the above.

For further information either contact Clare Lindsay or Margaret Shipman 872440.

Forthcoming Services

Harvest Services plus others –

Second Sunday Worship & Praise will take place at St Andrew’s School, starting at 10.00am with Coffee & individually wrapped breakfast. Social distancing please and masks must be worn.

(Please note that every Sunday morning on facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

 

Sunday 25th October

10.00am Batcombe H/C

10.00 am Folke H/C

10.00 am (coffee) for 10.30am start (Holwell Village Hall – lay-led)

10.00am Leigh – Community Spirit

10.00am Thornford – Morning Prayers with Marianne

(On-line 10.00am service via Three Valleys Facebook).

Fourth Sunday

"On 25th October at 10:30 am in Holwell Village Hall, the Church of England is going to look a little different. ‘We’re trying something new,’ comments team vicar, George Moody, ‘rather than asking people to come to church, we want to break out of the building and find out what it means to be God’s people in the community. The idea is to be welcoming to all, to listen to each other’s stories, to gather as a loving community, and to worship God in new ways. We hope that many will want to join us.’ The leadership team is made up of local Christians who want to give something back to their local community and this is something they feel they can offer. It’s calledFourthSunday, making it easy to remember that we meet once a month on thefourthSundayof the month. If you’re interested, just turn up. For more info email George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunday 1st November

10.00am Leigh

10.00am Pulham

10.00am Thornford

3.00pm Yetminster

6.00pm Hermitage

(On-line 10.00am service via Three Valleys Facebook)

Sunday 8th November

(Remembrance Services)

9.30am Beer Hackett

10.50am Yetminster (Jubilee Hall Car Park)

10.50am Glanvilles Wootton War Memorial

10.50 am Thornford

10.50 am Bradford Abbas (Lay-led)

Annual Meetings/APCM’s Announcement !

Annual meetings must normally be held each year by the end of May. 
The Bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.  The terms of office of churchwardens and PCC members have also been extended.

You can now meet physically in a church or a church hall if the guidance for the safe opening of these buildings is followed, and good physical distancing and hygiene measures are employed. 

If, exceptionally, that is not possible, another option is for the Bishop to make provision modifying the procedure for annual meetings so that they can be held remotely using video-conferencing software. 

If you think you will need to meet remotely for your parish annual meetings, you should contact your Archdeacon. Diocesan registries have received advice from the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions about remote meetings, and will be able to assist in meeting particular needs that arise in their dioceses.

For more information, contact your Archdeacon.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

‘Thought for the Day’

Due to popular request, Rev.Tony Gilbert has returned to lead this, and can be viewed on theThree Valleys Team facebook page.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

Please note: There will be no access from the south entrance around the Tower for the next three months, due to scaffolding and the Tower works team, so please use the main north door.


Leigh, St Andrew’s open daily 10am to 4pm.

With effect from 26th October the period for private prayer will end at 14.00hrs (2pm) when Summer time ends. From then on the church will be open for private prayer from 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs (10.00am – 2.00pm).

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption : The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage – open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

 

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

For the latest Gov.guidelines please refer to the link below: -

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that as of last weekend, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

Celebrating despite coronavirus

05 Sep, 2020 11:38 AM

The Rural Hope Team with support from the Ministry and Mission Team are creating a series of webinars offering resources and ideas for celebrating some of our key times and seasons under the present restrictions.

Photo courtesy Pexels

With major and popular festivals like Remembrance, All Souls, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany all being covered, clergy and lay leaders are being invited to join the online sessions that will share ideas on the possibilities of this challenging time.

This coming Wednesday (9th September) at 2.00pm, the Team will launch the first in the series, celebrating Harvest.

The Revd Richard Kirlew, Rural Officer [Chaplain] for Dorset and Canon Richard Hancock, Rural Field Officer for Dorset, will join clergy and lay leaders to look at how 2 key rural festivals - Harvest and Plough Sunday - can be celebrated in the current climate.

The Richards will explore how these 2 events, marking the end and the beginning of the agricultural year, could offer us an opportunity to do something different.

They will bring their wealth of rural experience and mission to share how these traditional festivals can take place outside of the church environment. They will also share expertise from the Diocesan Board of Education on how to link in with schools as well as giving you an opportunity to share your own ideas and plans.

The Webinar and downloads will cover the following areas:

  • Promoting Food Banks [Urban & Rural]
  • Schools Links and Resources [in discussion with Lizzie Whitbread, Adviser for work with young people]
  • Supporting and working with Farmers and Farming Communities
  • Urban Focus – Harvest and Plough Sunday in an urban setting
  • Outline Liturgies that can be used for both Harvest & Plough Sunday
  • Outline Sermon with rural and farming info
  • NFU link and support
  • Ideas from around the Diocese
  • Simple Risk Assessment form for holding service in a Barn, Farmland or other venue
  • Guidance on refreshments at events
  • Advice on live broadcasting or recording your Harvest/ Plough Sunday service

We hope that you will join us for what will be an interesting afternoon of sharing, learning and resources.

Our clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to join Celebrating the Rural Seasons - Harvest & Plough Sunday webinar by emailing Clare Phillips ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The 'rule of 6'

12 Sep, 2020 09:49 PM

New ‘rule of 6’ restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus have been announced.

Photo courtesy wallpapersafari

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s recovery group, said:

“I welcome confirmation from the Prime Minister that places of worship can still hold more than 6 people in total, despite the new restrictions on gatherings, and the reassurance that public worship can continue.

"We will continue to work with the Government on specific areas relating to our churches and church-based activities.”

What do the latest Covid-19 restrictions mean for parishes and benefices?

From Monday 14th September:

  • Places of worship are Covid-secure venues so they are exempt from the 6 people limit for services of public worship and private prayer
  • However groups inside church should not be more than 6, groups should not combine and there must be social distancing between groups.
  • Covid-secure weddings, funerals and other stand alone services can go ahead with limited numbers.
  • But, as ever, there is a lot of detail still to emerge. National Church colleagues are working hard with government departments and Public Health England to ascertain the detailed information parishes need, such as groups in other church settings, home groups, PCCs or APCMs.
  • Channel Islands vote to join our Guild
  • 09 Oct, 2020 10:48 PM
    • The Channel Island District of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers has voted decisively to join the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers (SDGR) when the Channel Islands move from the Diocese of Winchester to the Diocese of Salisbury.
    • Mont Orgueil and Gorey Harbour, Jersey, courtesy wimborneminsterbellringers
    • Jane Le Conte, Chair of the Channel Islands District said:

“The result of the district vote regarding our guild affiliation came in yesterday. 65% of those who participated wish to move to membership of the Salisbury DG. The remaining 34% were evenly split between remaining with the W&P and abstaining. We look forward to building a relationship with the Salisbury Guild and wait to hear what we need to do to facilitate the move.”

High Sheriff inspired by 'Place for Change'

16 Oct, 2020 05:50 PM

Thanks to our Bishop of Sherborne, the High Sheriff of Dorset George Streatfeild has paid an "awe-inspiring and quite humbling" visit to Routes to Roots’ future permanent support facility for Poole’s homeless, which is undergoing renovation.

Amanda and George Streatfeild with the Revd Pat Southgate

Mr Streatfeild was made aware of the support that Routes to Roots provides to Poole’s homeless by Bishop Karen, the charity’s Patron, and he was eager to witness first-hand what was happening at the new facility and learn about the charity’s future ambitions.

Work is well underway at Routes to Roots’ future permanent base in Hill Street, Poole to transform the building into a lasting ‘Place for Change’ for Poole’s rough sleepers and vulnerably housed. Routes to Roots Chairman and co-founder Revd Pat Southgate was delighted to play host to Mr Streatfeild and his wife Amanda, showing them the transformation of the former Baptist Church.

Meet our new Deacons for 2020

18 Sep, 2020 10:14 PM

On Saturday 26th September, 14 new deacons will be ordained by Bishop Nicholas in 2 groups of 7 in our Cathedral during services at 9.00am and 11.00am.

They include a garden designer, a classical singer, an IT project manager who appeared on the Big Breakfast and Noel Edmund’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, and our previous Director of Communications. One deacon is related to the founder of the first post office in Freemantle in Australia.

New Alpha Course – January 2021

Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, say what you think and challenge everything. No question is too complex or too small. Your point of view is as important as anyone else’s.

A group from the Three Valleys are doing an Alpha Course together starting in January 2021, on Thursday’s 8 to 9:30 pm on Zoom. They would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining or have any more questions. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a note through the door of the Jubilee Hall marked for George.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

12th October 2020

 

Holnest Church project goes ahead!

Holnest Church has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,500 towards an exciting heritage project ‘Mend & Make Good’. The grant was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

Additional financial support has been received from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10k;

Erskine Muton Trust 10k; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7k and Friends of Holnest Church £5k.

 

                                                               

The project focuses on a scheme of essential repair works to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower and south westerly walls, preserving the built heritage of this Grade 1 listed church. Additionally, it includes the design, purchase and erection of three interpretation boards illustrating the heritage of the church and churchyard ‘a site of nature conservation interest’. A further feature of the project is the delivery of a programme of heritage events and activities inside the church and in the churchyard. These will provide enjoyable, educational and skills opportunities that are of interest to everybody.

The contractors are planning to arrive on site towards the end of September. For both practical and health and safety reasons the church building will be closed for the duration of the building works. Access to the churchyard to tend graves etc. will remain open, with care. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can meet again at Holnest church to worship and to give thanks and celebrate the project milestones.

The budgeted cost of the project is £129,324. Holnest Parochial Church Council (PCC) is extremely grateful for the generosity of its supporters over many years who have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 the final push to fully fund the project has been severely hampered by the cancellation of two quiz evenings, the annual church fete with flower festival and the regular community breakfasts and countryside walks. The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised £850.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. Well done & thank you to all who took part.

The Countrymen’s club - Farm visits

and cream teas

From August to October 2020, on select dates, the Countrymen’s club based at Boyshill,   Holnest, will be offering a cream tea and a farm walk to local men with a rural background along with their wives and carers.

You will have 1.5 hours on the farm with a maximum of 2 couples on the farm per session. Social distancing rules and relevant hygiene precautions will be strictly observed. There will be an opportunity to see the animals and some of the crafts that our countrymen have made over the years as well as the chance to talk about farming and the rural way of life.

There will be a small charge of £5 per person to cover costs.

If you are interested, please give them a call on the number below and they will let you know the dates and times available.

Rylands Farm, Boyshill, Holnest DT9 5PS

Tel: 01963 210703

Coffee & Cake Cancellations

Leigh Village Church have had to cancel theirmonthly coffee mornings due to the Covid

restrictions but hope to re-introduce in due course.

Likewise Coffee & Cake on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Yetminster Jubilee Hall has been suspended for now due to the ‘Rule of 6’. It is hoped that this will resume asap.

Prayer for the Day

Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

MondayCompline - at 6.00pm via Three Valleys Team Facebook page (Rev.George Moody)

Wednesday @ 6.00pm –Celtic Night Prayer with Rev.Richard Kirlew via Zoom (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 16th October @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev.Anne Budgell

(Sunday morning 18th October @ 10.00am) - Online service of Common Worship Eucharist at 10.00am led by Rev.George Moody – via Three Valleys Team facebook page.

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

   Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Wriggle Valley Mothers’ Union

On Sunday October 18th there will be a cake stall (plus other goodies) outside St Andrew's Church Yetminster after their 10am Harvest Festival to raise money for The Mothers' Union. Like all charities the Mothers' Union have suffered from lack of funds this year and we are hoping to raise a bit of money for the incredible work they do both here in UK and overseas. Please do support us.

For further information either contact Clare Lindsay or Margaret Shipman 872440.

Forthcoming Services

Harvest Services plus others –

Please note that every Sunday morning on facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet.

 

 

 

 

 

18th October 2020 @ 10.00am

Harvest Festival @ St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster with Holy Communion -–).

A collection of dry goods and tinned food for local food banks is underway. If you wish to contribute, please leave gifts in box inside of St.Andrew’s Church.

Other Services on 18th October: -

10.00am Glanvilles Wootton with Holy Communion

10.00am Leigh Church with Holy Communion

10.00am Beer Hackett with Holy Communion

(On-line 10.00am service via Three Valleys Facebook).

Fourth Sunday

"On 25th October at 10:30 am in Holwell Village Hall, the Church of England is going to look a little different. ‘We’re trying something new,’ comments team vicar, George Moody, ‘rather than asking people to come to church, we want to break out of the building and find out what it means to be God’s people in the community. The idea is to be welcoming to all, to listen to each other’s stories, to gather as a loving community, and to worship God in new ways. We hope that many will want to join us.’ The leadership team is made up of local Christians who want to give something back to their local community and this is something they feel they can offer. It’s calledFourthSunday, making it easy to remember that we meet once a month on thefourthSundayof the month. If you’re interested, just turn up. For more info email George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Annual Meetings/APCM’s Announcement !

Annual meetings must normally be held each year by the end of May. 
The Bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.  The terms of office of churchwardens and PCC members have also been extended.

You can now meet physically in a church or a church hall if the guidance for the safe opening of these buildings is followed, and good physical distancing and hygiene measures are employed. 

If, exceptionally, that is not possible, another option is for the Bishop to make provision modifying the procedure for annual meetings so that they can be held remotely using video-conferencing software. 

If you think you will need to meet remotely for your parish annual meetings, you should contact your Archdeacon. Diocesan registries have received advice from the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions about remote meetings, and will be able to assist in meeting particular needs that arise in their dioceses.

For more information, contact your Archdeacon.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

‘Thought for the Day’

Due to popular request, Rev.Tony Gilbert has returned to lead this, and can be viewed on theThree Valleys Team facebook page.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

Please note: There will be no access from the south entrance around the Tower for the next three months, due to scaffolding and the Tower works team, so please use the main north door.


Leigh, St Andrew’s open daily 10am to 4pm.

With effect from 26th October the period for private prayer will end at 14.00hrs (2pm) when Summer time ends. From then on the church will be open for private prayer from 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs (10.00am – 2.00pm).

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption : The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage – open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

For the latest Gov.guidelines please refer to the link below: -

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that as of last weekend, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

Re-usable Masks

(Cotton washable re-usable masks are now available from Hamish the farm shop and Leigh village stores if required).

New Director and Deputy Diocesan

Secretary appointed

31 Jul, 2020 09:32 PM

The Diocese of Salisbury are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Triffitt to the post of Director of Mission and Ministry/ Deputy Diocesan Secretary.

Jonathan, who has been serving as Rector of Blandford Forum and Langton Long, will lead a team to support and serve resource local churches in 3 key areas: discipleship, leadership and community transformation. This will be across all levels (Benefice, Deanery and our Diocesan Board of Education schools), with an approach that is about thinking both locally and with a collective Diocesan mindset.

Zooming in on pets

09 Oct, 2020 10:48 PM

As a Diocese, we recently celebrated the Season of Creation - our now annual fixture from 1st September to 4th October, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi - and our parishes' increasing creativity is paying dividends.

4th October, the last day of the Season of Creation, was also Animal Welfare Sunday and, for the Upper Wylye Valley Team, it was their Zoom Pet Service.

The Revd Trudy Hobson explains:

“Being rural, with many farms in and around our benefice, animal welfare is an important focus for the Team. We recognise that small changes can have a huge impact; for example, committing to using only free-range eggs, creating wildflower areas in our churchyards, encouraging our congregations and communities to create bug homes or put out food and water for the birds.

“We may wonder what our putting up a bird box, or making a bug home will actually achieve, but as we are seeing across our country, our small actions do create change.

Room to Grow

09 Oct, 2020 10:48 PM

Despite current restrictions, many of our parishes are thriving as they reach out in new ways, and some are beginning to pick up where they left off.

Cake by Julia Baker

Christ Church Creekmoor welcomed Bishop Karen last Sunday (4th October) to their Breakfast@9 Service and their Encounter Service, to rededicate a new building and recommission them in their ministry.

Christ Church has undergone a major £1.4m extension to their existing church building, creating a larger worship space and new Community Hub, including the Community Hub Café.

Celebrating despite coronavirus

05 Sep, 2020 11:38 AM

The Rural Hope Team with support from the Ministry and Mission Team are creating a series of webinars offering resources and ideas for celebrating some of our key times and seasons under the present restrictions.

Photo courtesy Pexels

With major and popular festivals like Remembrance, All Souls, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany all being covered, clergy and lay leaders are being invited to join the online sessions that will share ideas on the possibilities of this challenging time.

This coming Wednesday (9th September) at 2.00pm, the Team will launch the first in the series, celebrating Harvest.

The Revd Richard Kirlew, Rural Officer [Chaplain] for Dorset and Canon Richard Hancock, Rural Field Officer for Dorset, will join clergy and lay leaders to look at how 2 key rural festivals - Harvest and Plough Sunday - can be celebrated in the current climate.

The Richards will explore how these 2 events, marking the end and the beginning of the agricultural year, could offer us an opportunity to do something different.

They will bring their wealth of rural experience and mission to share how these traditional festivals can take place outside of the church environment. They will also share expertise from the Diocesan Board of Education on how to link in with schools as well as giving you an opportunity to share your own ideas and plans.

The Webinar and downloads will cover the following areas:

  • Promoting Food Banks [Urban & Rural]
  • Schools Links and Resources [in discussion with Lizzie Whitbread, Adviser for work with young people]
  • Supporting and working with Farmers and Farming Communities
  • Urban Focus – Harvest and Plough Sunday in an urban setting
  • Outline Liturgies that can be used for both Harvest & Plough Sunday
  • Outline Sermon with rural and farming info
  • NFU link and support
  • Ideas from around the Diocese
  • Simple Risk Assessment form for holding service in a Barn, Farmland or other venue
  • Guidance on refreshments at events
  • Advice on live broadcasting or recording your Harvest/ Plough Sunday service

We hope that you will join us for what will be an interesting afternoon of sharing, learning and resources.

Our clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to join Celebrating the Rural Seasons - Harvest & Plough Sunday webinar by emailing Clare Phillips ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Prayerwalking Three Valleys

12 Sep, 2020 09:47 PM

Pilgrimage is embedded in the rich history of Dorset and Wiltshire, with a number of routes criss-crossing our diocesan area, and new routes are being devised all the time.

The Revd George Moody and General Andrew Graham took it into their heads to walk the whole of the Three Valleys Benefice recently - about 90 square miles of rural north Dorset.

The prayer walk took 14 hours, visited 20 church buildings in 23 villages, and covered 34 miles of backroads and footpaths. 

George commented, "My hips ached after about 100 yards, but once I’d got Andrew to slow to my pace, we just kept going. The views were astonishing, the stiles challenging and it felt like the prayer kept building as we travelled.

"Andrew was the best of companions, and the final wee dram of malt at the end was a worthy reward!"

There is a plan to do it again in the first week in September next year; others are welcome to join in.

The 'rule of 6'

12 Sep, 2020 09:49 PM

New ‘rule of 6’ restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus have been announced.

Photo courtesy wallpapersafari

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s recovery group, said:

“I welcome confirmation from the Prime Minister that places of worship can still hold more than 6 people in total, despite the new restrictions on gatherings, and the reassurance that public worship can continue.

"We will continue to work with the Government on specific areas relating to our churches and church-based activities.”

What do the latest Covid-19 restrictions mean for parishes and benefices?

From Monday 14th September:

  • Places of worship are Covid-secure venues so they are exempt from the 6 people limit for services of public worship and private prayer
  • However groups inside church should not be more than 6, groups should not combine and there must be social distancing between groups.
  • Covid-secure weddings, funerals and other stand alone services can go ahead with limited numbers.
  • But, as ever, there is a lot of detail still to emerge. National Church colleagues are working hard with government departments and Public Health England to ascertain the detailed information parishes need, such as groups in other church settings, home groups, PCCs or APCMs.
  • Channel Islands vote to join our Guild
  • 09 Oct, 2020 10:48 PM
    • The Channel Island District of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers has voted decisively to join the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers (SDGR) when the Channel Islands move from the Diocese of Winchester to the Diocese of Salisbury.
    • Mont Orgueil and Gorey Harbour, Jersey, courtesy wimborneminsterbellringers
    • Jane Le Conte, Chair of the Channel Islands District said:
    • “The result of the district vote regarding our guild affiliation came in yesterday. 65% of those who participated wish to move to membership of the Salisbury DG. The remaining 34% were evenly split between remaining with the W&P and abstaining. We look forward to building a relationship with the Salisbury Guild and wait to hear what we need to do to facilitate the move.”

Meet our new Deacons for 2020

18 Sep, 2020 10:14 PM

On Saturday 26th September, 14 new deacons will be ordained by Bishop Nicholas in 2 groups of 7 in our Cathedral during services at 9.00am and 11.00am.

They include a garden designer, a classical singer, an IT project manager who appeared on the Big Breakfast and Noel Edmund’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, and our previous Director of Communications. One deacon is related to the founder of the first post office in Freemantle in Australia.

Dog Fouling at Yetminster Jubilee Hall -

(Garden/Children’s Play area)

I have been asked to mention, that someone is exercising their dog on the grass strips at the front of the hall (car park area) and also on the grass behind the hall. This is a garden area where children regularly play.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

5th October 2020

 

Holnest Church project goes ahead!

Holnest Church has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,500 towards an exciting heritage project ‘Mend & Make Good’. The grant was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

Additional financial support has been received from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10k;

Erskine Muton Trust 10k; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7k and Friends of Holnest Church £5k.

 

                                                               

The project focuses on a scheme of essential repair works to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower and south westerly walls, preserving the built heritage of this Grade 1 listed church. Additionally, it includes the design, purchase and erection of three interpretation boards illustrating the heritage of the church and churchyard ‘a site of nature conservation interest’. A further feature of the project is the delivery of a programme of heritage events and activities inside the church and in the churchyard. These will provide enjoyable, educational and skills opportunities that are of interest to everybody.

The contractors are planning to arrive on site towards the end of September. For both practical and health and safety reasons the church building will be closed for the duration of the building works. Access to the churchyard to tend graves etc. will remain open, with care. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can meet again at Holnest church to worship and to give thanks and celebrate the project milestones.

The budgeted cost of the project is £129,324. Holnest Parochial Church Council (PCC) is extremely grateful for the generosity of its supporters over many years who have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 the final push to fully fund the project has been severely hampered by the cancellation of two quiz evenings, the annual church fete with flower festival and the regular community breakfasts and countryside walks. The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,        Simon, George & Lucy have raised £850.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. Well done & thank you to all who took part.

The Countrymen’s club - Farm visits

and cream teas

From August to October 2020, on select dates, the Countrymen’s club based at Boyshill,   Holnest, will be offering a cream tea and a farm walk to local men with a rural background along with their wives and carers.

You will have 1.5 hours on the farm with a maximum of 2 couples on the farm per session. Social distancing rules and relevant hygiene precautions will be strictly observed. There will be an opportunity to see the animals and some of the crafts that our countrymen have made over the years as well as the chance to talk about farming and the rural way of life.

There will be a small charge of £5 per person to cover costs.

If you are interested, please give them a call on the number below and they will let you know the dates and times available.

Rylands Farm, Boyshill, Holnest DT9 5PS

Tel: 01963 210703

Coffee & Cake Cancellations

Leigh Village Church have had to cancel theirmonthly coffee mornings due to the Covid

restrictions but hope to re-introduce in due course.

Likewise Coffee & Cake on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Yetminster Jubilee Hall has been suspended for now due to the ‘Rule of 6’. It is hoped that this will resume asap.

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

MondayCompline - at 6.00pm via Three Valleys Team Facebook page (Rev.George Moody)

Wednesday @ 6.00pm – Reflective Night Prayers

Friday 8th October @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – with Rev.Anne Budgell

(Sunday morning 11th October @ 10.00am) - Online service of Common Worship Eucharist at 10.00am led by Rev.Anne Budgell – via Three Valleys Team facebook page.

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

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The Wriggle Valley Mothers’ Union

 

Due to cancellation of Coffee morning in October, the MU have decided to hold a ‘Cake Stall’ outside of St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster after the service on Sunday 18th October, and cakes for sale can be brought along on the day. Please support!

 

Forthcoming Services

Harvest Services plus others –

Sunday 11th October 2020

9.00am ‘Pet Service’ at Folke

10.00am Bradford Abbas Holy Communion

10.00am Holwell Holy Communion

4.00pm Hilfield Church –

6.00pm Leigh

Second Sunday Worship & Praise will take place at St Andrew’s School, starting at 10.00am with Coffee & individually wrapped breakfast. Social distancing please and masks must be worn.

(Please note that every Sunday morning on facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

 

 

A PET SERVICE

at Folke Church

Sunday 11October at 9am

ALL sizes of Pet welcome

from mice to horses!!

We look forward to seeing you

18th October 2020 @ 10.00am

Harvest Festival @ St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster with Holy Communion -– it is hoped that the above will be an outside service).

A collection of dry goods and tinned food for local food banks is underway. If you wish to contribute, please leave gifts in box inside of St.Andrew’s Church.

Other Services on 18th October: -

10.00am Glanvilles Wootton with Holy Communion

10.00am Leigh Church with Holy Communion

10.00am Beer Hackett with Holy Communion

(On-line 10.00am service via Three Valleys Facebook).

Fourth Sunday

"On 25th October at 10:30 am in Holwell Village Hall, the Church of England is going to look a little different. ‘We’re trying something new,’ comments team vicar, George Moody, ‘rather than asking people to come to church, we want to break out of the building and find out what it means to be God’s people in the community. The idea is to be welcoming to all, to listen to each other’s stories, to gather as a loving community, and to worship God in new ways. We hope that many will want to join us.’ The leadership team is made up of local Christians who want to give something back to their local community and this is something they feel they can offer. It’s calledFourthSunday, making it easy to remember that we meet once a month on thefourthSundayof the month. If you’re interested, just turn up. For more info email George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Annual Meetings/APCM’s Announcement !

Annual meetings must normally be held each year by the end of May. 
The Bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.  The terms of office of churchwardens and PCC members have also been extended.

You can now meet physically in a church or a church hall if the guidance for the safe opening of these buildings is followed, and good physical distancing and hygiene measures are employed. 

If, exceptionally, that is not possible, another option is for the Bishop to make provision modifying the procedure for annual meetings so that they can be held remotely using video-conferencing software. 

If you think you will need to meet remotely for your parish annual meetings, you should contact your Archdeacon. Diocesan registries have received advice from the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions about remote meetings, and will be able to assist in meeting particular needs that arise in their dioceses.

For more information, contact your Archdeacon.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

‘Thought for the Day’

Due to popular request, Rev.Tony Gilbert has returned to lead this, and can be viewed on theThree Valleys Team facebook page. The text is also uploaded to the www.threevalleysteam.org website

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.   Entry and exit through the main door only due to ongoing Tower works."

Please note: There will be no access from the south entrance around the Tower for the next three months, due to scaffolding and the Tower works team, so please use the main north door.


Leigh, St Andrew’s open daily 10am to 4pm

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption : The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4pm (possibly earlier or later depending on the day).  

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage – open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

For the latest Gov.guidelines please refer to the link below: -

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that as of last weekend, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

Re-usable Masks

(Cotton washable re-usable masks are now available from Hamish the farm shop and Leigh village stores if required).

New Director and Deputy Diocesan

Secretary appointed

31 Jul, 2020 09:32 PM

The Diocese of Salisbury are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Triffitt to the post of Director of Mission and Ministry/ Deputy Diocesan Secretary.

Jonathan, who has been serving as Rector of Blandford Forum and Langton Long, will lead a team to support and serve resource local churches in 3 key areas: discipleship, leadership and community transformation. This will be across all levels (Benefice, Deanery and our Diocesan Board of Education schools), with an approach that is about thinking both locally and with a collective Diocesan mindset.

Celebrating despite coronavirus

05 Sep, 2020 11:38 AM

The Rural Hope Team with support from the Ministry and Mission Team are creating a series of webinars offering resources and ideas for celebrating some of our key times and seasons under the present restrictions.

Photo courtesy Pexels

With major and popular festivals like Remembrance, All Souls, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany all being covered, clergy and lay leaders are being invited to join the online sessions that will share ideas on the possibilities of this challenging time.

This coming Wednesday (9th September) at 2.00pm, the Team will launch the first in the series, celebrating Harvest.

The Revd Richard Kirlew, Rural Officer [Chaplain] for Dorset and Canon Richard Hancock, Rural Field Officer for Dorset, will join clergy and lay leaders to look at how 2 key rural festivals - Harvest and Plough Sunday - can be celebrated in the current climate.

The Richards will explore how these 2 events, marking the end and the beginning of the agricultural year, could offer us an opportunity to do something different.

They will bring their wealth of rural experience and mission to share how these traditional festivals can take place outside of the church environment. They will also share expertise from the Diocesan Board of Education on how to link in with schools as well as giving you an opportunity to share your own ideas and plans.

The Webinar and downloads will cover the following areas:

  • Promoting Food Banks [Urban & Rural]
  • Schools Links and Resources [in discussion with Lizzie Whitbread, Adviser for work with young people]
  • Supporting and working with Farmers and Farming Communities
  • Urban Focus – Harvest and Plough Sunday in an urban setting
  • Outline Liturgies that can be used for both Harvest & Plough Sunday
  • Outline Sermon with rural and farming info
  • NFU link and support
  • Ideas from around the Diocese
  • Simple Risk Assessment form for holding service in a Barn, Farmland or other venue
  • Guidance on refreshments at events
  • Advice on live broadcasting or recording your Harvest/ Plough Sunday service

We hope that you will join us for what will be an interesting afternoon of sharing, learning and resources.

Our clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to join Celebrating the Rural Seasons - Harvest & Plough Sunday webinar by emailing Clare Phillips ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Prayerwalking Three Valleys

12 Sep, 2020 09:47 PM

Pilgrimage is embedded in the rich history of Dorset and Wiltshire, with a number of routes criss-crossing our diocesan area, and new routes are being devised all the time.

The Revd George Moody and General Andrew Graham took it into their heads to walk the whole of the Three Valleys Benefice recently - about 90 square miles of rural north Dorset.

The prayer walk took 14 hours, visited 20 church buildings in 23 villages, and covered 34 miles of backroads and footpaths. 

George commented, "My hips ached after about 100 yards, but once I’d got Andrew to slow to my pace, we just kept going. The views were astonishing, the stiles challenging and it felt like the prayer kept building as we travelled.

"Andrew was the best of companions, and the final wee dram of malt at the end was a worthy reward!"

There is a plan to do it again in the first week in September next year; others are welcome to join in.

The 'rule of 6'

12 Sep, 2020 09:49 PM

New ‘rule of 6’ restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus have been announced.

Photo courtesy wallpapersafari

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s recovery group, said:

“I welcome confirmation from the Prime Minister that places of worship can still hold more than 6 people in total, despite the new restrictions on gatherings, and the reassurance that public worship can continue.

"We will continue to work with the Government on specific areas relating to our churches and church-based activities.”

What do the latest Covid-19 restrictions mean for parishes and benefices?

From Monday 14th September:

  • Places of worship are Covid-secure venues so they are exempt from the 6 people limit for services of public worship and private prayer
  • However groups inside church should not be more than 6, groups should not combine and there must be social distancing between groups.
  • Covid-secure weddings, funerals and other stand alone services can go ahead with limited numbers.
  • But, as ever, there is a lot of detail still to emerge. National Church colleagues are working hard with government departments and Public Health England to ascertain the detailed information parishes need, such as groups in other church settings, home groups, PCCs or APCMs.

Meet our new Deacons for 2020

18 Sep, 2020 10:14 PM

On Saturday 26th September, 14 new deacons will be ordained by Bishop Nicholas in 2 groups of 7 in our Cathedral during services at 9.00am and 11.00am.

They include a garden designer, a classical singer, an IT project manager who appeared on the Big Breakfast and Noel Edmund’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, and our previous Director of Communications. One deacon is related to the founder of the first post office in Freemantle in Australia.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

21st September 2020

 

 

Holnest Church project goes ahead!

Holnest Church has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,500 towards an exciting heritage project ‘Mend & Make Good’. The grant was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

Additional financial support has been received from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10k;

Erskine Muton Trust 10k; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7k and Friends of Holnest Church £5k.

 

                                                               

The project focuses on a scheme of essential repair works to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower and south westerly walls, preserving the built heritage of this Grade 1 listed church. Additionally, it includes the design, purchase and erection of three interpretation boards illustrating the heritage of the church and churchyard ‘a site of nature conservation interest’. A further feature of the project is the delivery of a programme of heritage events and activities inside the church and in the churchyard. These will provide enjoyable, educational and skills opportunities that are of interest to everybody.

The contractors are planning to arrive on site towards the end of September. For both practical and health and safety reasons the church building will be closed for the duration of the building works. Access to the churchyard to tend graves etc. will remain open, with care. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can meet again at Holnest church to worship and to give thanks and celebrate the project milestones.

The budgeted cost of the project is £129,324. Holnest Parochial Church Council (PCC) is extremely grateful for the generosity of its supporters over many years who have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 the final push to fully fund the project has been severely hampered by the cancellation of two quiz evenings, the annual church fete with flower festival and the regular community breakfasts and countryside walks. The PCC continues to be open to receive any further donations via the churchwarden, Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the PCC treasurer, Ben Lane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Ride & Stride news!

The Yetminster team consisting of Alex,       Simon, George & Lucy have raised £850.00 so far – half of which comes back to St.Andrew’s Church. Well done & thank you to all who took part.

The Countrymen’s club - Farm visits

and cream teas

From August to October 2020, on select dates, the Countrymen’s club based at Boyshill,   Holnest, will be offering a cream tea and a farm walk to local men with a rural background along with their wives and carers.

You will have 1.5 hours on the farm with a maximum of 2 couples on the farm per session. Social distancing rules and relevant hygiene precautions will be strictly observed. There will be an opportunity to see the animals and some of the crafts that our countrymen have made over the years as well as the chance to talk about farming and the rural way of life.

There will be a small charge of £5 per person to cover costs.

If you are interested, please give them a call on the number below and they will let you know the dates and times available.

Rylands Farm, Boyshill, Holnest DT9 5PS

Tel: 01963 210703

Coffee & Cake!

From Tuesday 1st September @ 10.30am Leigh Village Church will be resuming their monthly coffee mornings (please try to remember to bring a Mug with you). If the weather is fine it will be held in the churchyard.

As of Wednesday 2nd September there will be Coffee & Cake at Yetminster Jubilee Hall between 10.00am – 11.30am (followed by the first Wednesday of every month). Please come along and support! The garden may be used for the above purposes if the weather is fine – “Social distancing rules will be in place”.

Prayer for the Day

O Almighty God,
whose blessed Son called Matthew the tax

collector
to be an apostle and evangelist:
give us grace to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain
and the possessive love of riches
that we may follow in the way of your Son

Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

MondayCompline - at 6.00pm via Three Valleys Team Facebook page (Rev.George Moody)

Wednesday @ 6.00pm – Reflective Night Prayers with Rev. Richard Kirlew via Zoom (please contact Richard if you would like to join above meeting).

Friday @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service –

With Anne, Keith & Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) via Facebook

(Sunday morning 27th September) - online service of worship at 10.00am led by Rev.Anne Budgell HC/BCP– via Three Valleys Team facebook page.

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

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The Wriggle Valley Mothers’ Union

 

A coffee morning is planned on October 24th in the Methodist Church, Yetminster to enable them to do some much needed fund raising. The above charity, like so many others have suffered due to the Covid-19 epidemic. If you have time, do take a look at their wonderful range of cards plus other things that can be ordered on-line. I understand that delivery is very prompt and efficient.

 

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 27h September 2020

 

Harvest Services plus others –

27th September 2020 @ 10.00am

This year, the above will be held at the following Churches Bradford Abbas, Chetnole & Folke. Sadly, there will be no hymn singing allowed and social distancing rules will still be in place.

Also, on the above date: Holwell Harvest Thanksgiving Service @ 6.00pm

(Please note that every Sunday morning on facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

 

A PET SERVICE

at Folke Church

Sunday 11October at 9am

ALL sizes of Pet welcome

from mice to horses!!

We look forward to seeing you

New date! 18th October 2020 @ 10.30am

Harvest Festival @ St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster - (followed by hopefully a soup and cheese lunch in the hall – it is hoped that the above will be a outside service).

Fourth Sunday

"On 25th October at 10:30 am in Holwell Village Hall, the Church of England is going to look a little different. ‘We’re trying something new,’ comments team vicar, George Moody, ‘rather than asking people to come to church, we want to break out of the building and find out what it means to be God’s people in the community. The idea is to be welcoming to all, to listen to each other’s stories, to gather as a loving community, and to worship God in new ways. We hope that many will want to join us.’ The leadership team is made up of local Christians who want to give something back to their local community and this is something they feel they can offer. It’s calledFourthSunday, making it easy to remember that we meet once a month on thefourthSundayof the month. If you’re interested, just turn up. For more info email George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Annual Meetings/APCM’s Announcement !

Annual meetings must normally be held each year by the end of May. 
The Bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.  The terms of office of churchwardens and PCC members have also been extended.

You can now meet physically in a church or a church hall if the guidance for the safe opening of these buildings is followed, and good physical distancing and hygiene measures are employed. 

If, exceptionally, that is not possible, another option is for the Bishop to make provision modifying the procedure for annual meetings so that they can be held remotely using video-conferencing software. 

If you think you will need to meet remotely for your parish annual meetings, you should contact your Archdeacon. Diocesan registries have received advice from the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions about remote meetings, and will be able to assist in meeting particular needs that arise in their dioceses.

For more information, contact your Archdeacon.

Holnestannual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meeting will be held in the hall at Glanvilles Wootton on Thursday 24 September at 5pm.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

Autumn Churchyard Clear up - St.Andrew’s, Yetminster

On Saturday 26th September from 10.00am, volunteers are asked to come along and join in with the Annual churchyard clear up.

Please bring your own secateurs, clippers etc.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Yetminster: Open for personal prayer in October on Wednesdays - Sundays inclusive, from 10 am to 4pm. Closed for cleaning after services on Sundays, and also closed every Monday and Tuesday.

Entry and exit through the main (North) door only, due to ongoing Tower works.


Leigh, St Andrew’s open daily 10am to 4pm

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest Church of the Assumption : The church is currently closed for building works which are expected to continue until February 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4pm (possibly earlier or later depending on the day).  

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage – open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

For the latest Gov.guidelines please refer to the link below: -

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that as of last weekend, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

Re-usable Masks

(Cotton washable re-usable masks are now available from Hamish the farm shop and Leigh village stores if required).

New Director and Deputy Diocesan

Secretary appointed

31 Jul, 2020 09:32 PM

The Diocese of Salisbury are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Triffitt to the post of Director of Mission and Ministry/ Deputy Diocesan Secretary.

Jonathan, who has been serving as Rector of Blandford Forum and Langton Long, will lead a team to support and serve resource local churches in 3 key areas: discipleship, leadership and community transformation. This will be across all levels (Benefice, Deanery and our Diocesan Board of Education schools), with an approach that is about thinking both locally and with a collective Diocesan mindset.

Celebrating despite coronavirus

05 Sep, 2020 11:38 AM

The Rural Hope Team with support from the Ministry and Mission Team are creating a series of webinars offering resources and ideas for celebrating some of our key times and seasons under the present restrictions.

Photo courtesy Pexels

With major and popular festivals like Remembrance, All Souls, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany all being covered, clergy and lay leaders are being invited to join the online sessions that will share ideas on the possibilities of this challenging time.

This coming Wednesday (9th September) at 2.00pm, the Team will launch the first in the series, celebrating Harvest.

The Revd Richard Kirlew, Rural Officer [Chaplain] for Dorset and Canon Richard Hancock, Rural Field Officer for Dorset, will join clergy and lay leaders to look at how 2 key rural festivals - Harvest and Plough Sunday - can be celebrated in the current climate.

The Richards will explore how these 2 events, marking the end and the beginning of the agricultural year, could offer us an opportunity to do something different.

They will bring their wealth of rural experience and mission to share how these traditional festivals can take place outside of the church environment. They will also share expertise from the Diocesan Board of Education on how to link in with schools as well as giving you an opportunity to share your own ideas and plans.

The Webinar and downloads will cover the following areas:

  • Promoting Food Banks [Urban & Rural]
  • Schools Links and Resources [in discussion with Lizzie Whitbread, Adviser for work with young people]
  • Supporting and working with Farmers and Farming Communities
  • Urban Focus – Harvest and Plough Sunday in an urban setting
  • Outline Liturgies that can be used for both Harvest & Plough Sunday
  • Outline Sermon with rural and farming info
  • NFU link and support
  • Ideas from around the Diocese
  • Simple Risk Assessment form for holding service in a Barn, Farmland or other venue
  • Guidance on refreshments at events
  • Advice on live broadcasting or recording your Harvest/ Plough Sunday service

We hope that you will join us for what will be an interesting afternoon of sharing, learning and resources.

Our clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to join Celebrating the Rural Seasons - Harvest & Plough Sunday webinar by emailing Clare Phillips ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Prayerwalking Three Valleys

12 Sep, 2020 09:47 PM

Pilgrimage is embedded in the rich history of Dorset and Wiltshire, with a number of routes criss-crossing our diocesan area, and new routes are being devised all the time.

The Revd George Moody and General Andrew Graham took it into their heads to walk the whole of the Three Valleys Benefice recently - about 90 square miles of rural north Dorset.

The prayer walk took 14 hours, visited 20 church buildings in 23 villages, and covered 34 miles of backroads and footpaths. 

George commented, "My hips ached after about 100 yards, but once I’d got Andrew to slow to my pace, we just kept going. The views were astonishing, the stiles challenging and it felt like the prayer kept building as we travelled.

"Andrew was the best of companions, and the final wee dram of malt at the end was a worthy reward!"

There is a plan to do it again in the first week in September next year; others are welcome to join in.

The 'rule of 6'

12 Sep, 2020 09:49 PM

New ‘rule of 6’ restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus have been announced.

Photo courtesy wallpapersafari

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s recovery group, said:

“I welcome confirmation from the Prime Minister that places of worship can still hold more than 6 people in total, despite the new restrictions on gatherings, and the reassurance that public worship can continue.

"We will continue to work with the Government on specific areas relating to our churches and church-based activities.”

What do the latest Covid-19 restrictions mean for parishes and benefices?

From Monday 14th September:

  • Places of worship are Covid-secure venues so they are exempt from the 6 people limit for services of public worship and private prayer
  • However groups inside church should not be more than 6, groups should not combine and there must be social distancing between groups.
  • Covid-secure weddings, funerals and other stand alone services can go ahead up to a limit of 30 people.

But, as ever, there is a lot of detail still to emerge. National Church colleagues are working hard with government departments and Public Health England to ascertain the detailed information parishes need, such as groups in other church settings, home groups, PCCs or APCMs.

Meet our new Deacons for 2020

18 Sep, 2020 10:14 PM

On Saturday 26th September, 14 new deacons will be ordained by Bishop Nicholas in 2 groups of 7 in our Cathedral during services at 9.00am and 11.00am.

They include a garden designer, a classical singer, an IT project manager who appeared on the Big Breakfast and Noel Edmund’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, and our previous Director of Communications. One deacon is related to the founder of the first post office in Freemantle in Australia.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

14th September 2020

 

The Countrymen’s club - Farm visits and cream teas

From August to October 2020, on select dates, the Countrymen’s club based at Boyshill,   Holnest, will be offering a cream tea and a farm walk to local men with a rural background along with their wives and carers.

You will have 1.5 hours on the farm with a maximum of 2 couples on the farm per session. Social distancing rules and relevant hygiene precautions will be strictly observed. There will be an opportunity to see the animals and some of the crafts that our countrymen have made over the years as well as the chance to talk about farming and the rural way of life.

There will be a small charge of £5 per person to cover costs.

If you are interested, please give them a call on the number below and they will let you know the dates and times available.

Rylands Farm, Boyshill, Holnest DT9 5PS

Tel: 01935 210703

Coffee & Cake!

From Tuesday 1st September @ 10.30am Leigh Village Church will be resuming their monthly coffee mornings (please try to remember to bring a Mug with you). If the weather is fine it will be held in the churchyard.

As of Wednesday 2nd September there will be Coffee & Cake at Yetminster Jubilee Hall between 10.00am – 11.30am (the first Wednesday of every month). Please come along and support! The garden may be used for the above purposes if the weather is fine – “Social distancing rules will be in place”.

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
who in the passion of your blessed Son
made an instrument of painful death
to be for us the means of life and peace:
grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ
that we may gladly suffer for his sake;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

MondayCompline - at 6.00pm via Three Valleys Team Facebook page (Rev.George Moody)

Wednesday @ 6.00pm – worship online

Friday @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service – online Three Valleys Facebook.

(Sunday morning 20th September) - online service of worship (BCP Holy Communion) at 10.00am led by Rev.Anne Budgell – via Three Valleys Team

facebook page.

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

   Please send items for publication on the website     (especially forthcoming/recent events) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Wriggle Valley Mothers’ Union

 

A coffee morning is planned on October 24th in the Methodist Church, Yetminster to enable them to do some much needed fund raising. The above charity, like so many others have suffered due to the Covid-19 epidemic. If you have time, do take a look at their wonderful range of cards plus other things that can be ordered on-line. I understand that delivery is very prompt and efficient.

 

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 20th September 2020

 

Thornford @ 10.00am

Batcombe @ 10.00am

 

 

 

 

21st September 2020

 

LPA Commissioning Service @ 6.30apm at St.Andrew’s, Yetminster with Bishop Karen

 

(Please note that every Sunday morning on facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

 

Harvest Services –

27th September 2020 @ 10.00am

This year, the above will be held at the following Churches Bradford Abbas, Chetnole & Folke. Sadly, there will be no hymn singing allowed and social distancing rules will still be in place.

New date! 18th October 2020 @ 10.30am

Harvest Festival @ St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster - (followed by hopefully a soup and cheese lunch in the hall – it is hoped that the above will be a outside service).

Annual Meetings/APCM’s Announcement !

Annual meetings must normally be held each year by the end of May. 
The Bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.  The terms of office of churchwardens and PCC members have also been extended.

You can now meet physically in a church or a church hall if the guidance for the safe opening of these buildings is followed, and good physical distancing and hygiene measures are employed. 

If, exceptionally, that is not possible, another option is for the Bishop to make provision modifying the procedure for annual meetings so that they can be held remotely using video-conferencing software. 

If you think you will need to meet remotely for your parish annual meetings, you should contact your Archdeacon. Diocesan registries have received advice from the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions about remote meetings, and will be able to assist in meeting particular needs that arise in their dioceses.

For more information, contact your Archdeacon.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open from 8am to midday daily, seven days a week.  Please note: There will be no access from the south entrance around the Tower for the next three months, due to scaffolding and the Tower works team, so please use the main north door.


Leigh, St Andrew’s open daily 10am to 4pm

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest, Church of the Assumption, open on request

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4pm (possibly earlier or later depending on the day).  

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage – open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

For the latest Gov.guidelines please refer to the link below: -

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that as of last weekend, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Support service for the suddenly bereaved
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden ways (including by Covid-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service. 'Sudden' is run by a well-established charity that helps suddenly-bereaved people through trained and named caseworkers, operating over the phone. Visit 
sudden.org for more information.

Re-usable Masks

(Cotton washable re-usable masks are now available from Hamish the farm shop and Leigh village stores if required).

New Director and Deputy Diocesan

Secretary appointed

31 Jul, 2020 09:32 PM

The Diocese of Salisbury are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Triffitt to the post of Director of Mission and Ministry/ Deputy Diocesan Secretary.

Jonathan, who has been serving as Rector of Blandford Forum and Langton Long, will lead a team to support and serve resource local churches in 3 key areas: discipleship, leadership and community transformation. This will be across all levels (Benefice, Deanery and our Diocesan Board of Education schools), with an approach that is about thinking both locally and with a collective Diocesan mindset.

Celebrating despite coronavirus

05 Sep, 2020 11:38 AM

The Rural Hope Team with support from the Ministry and Mission Team are creating a series of webinars offering resources and ideas for celebrating some of our key times and seasons under the present restrictions.

Photo courtesy Pexels

With major and popular festivals like Remembrance, All Souls, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany all being covered, clergy and lay leaders are being invited to join the online sessions that will share ideas on the possibilities of this challenging time.

This coming Wednesday (9th September) at 2.00pm, the Team will launch the first in the series, celebrating Harvest.

The Revd Richard Kirlew, Rural Officer [Chaplain] for Dorset and Canon Richard Hancock, Rural Field Officer for Dorset, will join clergy and lay leaders to look at how 2 key rural festivals - Harvest and Plough Sunday - can be celebrated in the current climate.

The Richards will explore how these 2 events, marking the end and the beginning of the agricultural year, could offer us an opportunity to do something different.

They will bring their wealth of rural experience and mission to share how these traditional festivals can take place outside of the church environment. They will also share expertise from the Diocesan Board of Education on how to link in with schools as well as giving you an opportunity to share your own ideas and plans.

The Webinar and downloads will cover the following areas:

  • Promoting Food Banks [Urban & Rural]
  • Schools Links and Resources [in discussion with Lizzie Whitbread, Adviser for work with young people]
  • Supporting and working with Farmers and Farming Communities
  • Urban Focus – Harvest and Plough Sunday in an urban setting
  • Outline Liturgies that can be used for both Harvest & Plough Sunday
  • Outline Sermon with rural and farming info
  • NFU link and support
  • Ideas from around the Diocese
  • Simple Risk Assessment form for holding service in a Barn, Farmland or other venue
  • Guidance on refreshments at events
  • Advice on live broadcasting or recording your Harvest/ Plough Sunday service

We hope that you will join us for what will be an interesting afternoon of sharing, learning and resources.

Our clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to join Celebrating the Rural Seasons - Harvest & Plough Sunday webinar by emailing Clare Phillips ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

An "Impressionist" Wedding

12 Sep, 2020 09:48 PM

Our ministry teams are busy catching up with weddings that were cancelled during lockdown, and even with just 30 people attending, they have proved memorable events.

Dr Jessica Jarvis was undaunted by mist and murk in her determination to walk to St Aldhelm’s Chapel to marry Dr Frazer Warricker on a misty Saturday in August.

The Revd James Mercer says:

"Jessica, her sister and mother emerged from this mist as if stepping out from an impressionist painting. The Chapel, high up on St Aldhelm’s Head on the Isle of Purbeck, was lit with candles.

"After the service, the small wedding party enjoyed canapés and champagne on the grass outside the Chapel. Dr Jarvis is an expert in public health policy, so Covid-19 protocols were carefully observed."

Prayerwalking Three Valleys

12 Sep, 2020 09:47 PM

Pilgrimage is embedded in the rich history of Dorset and Wiltshire, with a number of routes criss-crossing our diocesan area, and new routes are being devised all the time.

The Revd George Moody and General Andrew Graham took it into their heads to walk the whole of the Three Valleys Benefice recently - about 90 square miles of rural north Dorset.

The prayer walk took 14 hours, visited 20 church buildings in 23 villages, and covered 34 miles of backroads and footpaths. 

George commented, "My hips ached after about 100 yards, but once I’d got Andrew to slow to my pace, we just kept going. The views were astonishing, the stiles challenging and it felt like the prayer kept building as we travelled.

"Andrew was the best of companions, and the final wee dram of malt at the end was a worthy reward!"

There is a plan to do it again in the first week in September next year; others are welcome to join in.

The 'rule of 6'

12 Sep, 2020 09:49 PM

New ‘rule of 6’ restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus have been announced.

Photo courtesy wallpapersafari

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s recovery group, said:

“I welcome confirmation from the Prime Minister that places of worship can still hold more than 6 people in total, despite the new restrictions on gatherings, and the reassurance that public worship can continue.

"We will continue to work with the Government on specific areas relating to our churches and church-based activities.”

What do the latest Covid-19 restrictions mean for parishes and benefices?

From Monday 14th September:

  • Places of worship are Covid-secure venues so they are exempt from the 6 people limit for services of public worship and private prayer
  • However groups inside church should not be more than 6, groups should not combine and there must be social distancing between groups.
  • Covid-secure weddings, funerals and other stand alone services can go ahead up to a limit of 30 people.

But, as ever, there is a lot of detail still to emerge. National Church colleagues are working hard with government departments and Public Health England to ascertain the detailed information parishes need, such as groups in other church settings, home groups, PCCs or APCMs.

The Sherborne Team

 

The Right Reverend Karen Gorham 
Bishop of Sherborne

01258 444521
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On social media: 

 

The Ven Antony MacRow-Wood 
Archdeacon of Dorset

01258 444521
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On social media:    

 

The Ven Penny Sayer
Archdeacon of Sherborne

01258 444521
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The Area Team has recently moved! (Previously at Corfe Mullen (also correspondence address for Bishop Karen)

The Sherborne Office area team

Tel. 01258 444521
Sherborne Office, Dairy Barn, Ash Farm Courtyard, Stourpaine DT11 8PW.

Office hours: 8.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
The office answer machine is on when there is no one is the office available to take your call. Please leave a message and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

7th September 2020

 

The Countrymen’s club - Farm visits and cream teas

From August to October 2020, on select dates, the Countrymen’s club based at Boyshill,   Holnest, will be offering a cream tea and a farm walk to local men with a rural background along with their wives and carers.

You will have 1.5 hours on the farm with a maximum of 2 couples on the farm per session. Social distancing rules and relevant hygiene precautions will be strictly observed. There will be an opportunity to see the animals and some of the crafts that our countrymen have made over the years as well as the chance to talk about farming and the rural way of life.

There will be a small charge of £5 per person to cover costs.

If you are interested, please give them a call on the number below and they will let you know the dates and times available.

Rylands Farm, Boyshill, Holnest DT9 5PS

Tel: 01935 210703

Coffee & Cake!

From Tuesday 1st September @ 10.30am Leigh Village Church will be resuming their monthly coffee mornings (please try to remember to bring a Mug with you). If the weather is fine it will be held in the churchyard.

As of Wednesday 2nd September there will be Coffee & Cake at Yetminster Jubilee Hall between 10.00am – 11.30am (the first Wednesday of every month). Please come along and support! The garden may be used for the above purposes if the weather is fine – “Social distancing rules will be in place”.

Prayer for the Day

 

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

 

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

MondayCompline - at 6.00pm via Three Valleys Team Facebook page (Rev.George Moody)

Wednesday @ 6.00pm – a Reflective Franciscan Night prayer with Richard Kirlew via Zoom (please contact Richard for details of joining above meeting)

Friday @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service with George Moody– online Three Valleys Facebook.

(Sunday morning 13th September) - online service of worship (Holy Communion) at 10.00am led by Rev.Anne Budgell – via Three Valleys Team

facebook page.

A Message from the Clergy Team

 

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /

 

Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

  

 

The Wriggle Valley Mothers’ Union

 

A coffee morning is planned on October 24th in the Methodist Church, Yetminster to enable them to do some much needed fund raising. The above charity, like so many others have suffered due to the Covid-19 epidemic. If you have time, do take a look at their wonderful range of cards plus other things that can be ordered on-line. I understand that delivery is very prompt and efficient.

 

 

Ride+Stride 2020 is ON!

Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) is delighted to announce plans to go ahead with Ride+Stride 2020 on September 12th.

 

As churches re-open after months of lockdown, the Trustees believe it is time to support church buildings, and continue their effort to maintain Dorset’s cherished history and heritage.

Ride+Stride is an outdoor event for individuals or families to be sponsored to walk, cycle or horse ride, between churches. It will carry on within the limits of whatever social distancing requirements are in force at that time.

While 50% of the cash raised is allocated for restoration grants for churches of all denominations across the county, the other 50% is returned to individual churches nominated by the riders or striders for their own uses. At a time when church income has been severely reduced, the Trustees were keen that Ride+Stride 2020 should not be added to the long list of events cancelled this year.

For more information please see your Church Notice boards nearer the time or contact: https://www.dhct.org.uk for more information.

 

If you are interested in taking part or sponsoring a rider or strider, please get in touch with your Parish Organiser.

 Participants are recommended to set up a Just Giving page for friends to sponsor them – see https://www.justgiving.com

 

 

Forthcoming Services

 

Sunday 13th September 2020

 

Beer Hackett - 10.00am

Leigh - Evensong - 6pm

Yetminster – 10.00am

 

Sunday 20th September 2020

 

Thornford @ 10.00am

Batcombe @ 10.00am

 

21st Setember 2020

 

LPA Commissioning Service @ 6.30apm at St.Andrew’s, Yetminster with Bishop Karen

 

(Please note that every Sunday morning on facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

 

Harvest Services –

27th September 2020 @ 10.00am

This year, the above will be held at the following Churches Bradford Abbas, Chetnole & Folke. Sadly, there will be no hymn singing allowed and social distancing rules will still be in place.

18th October 2020 @ 10.30am @ St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster - (hopefully to be followed by a soup and cheese lunch in the hall)

Annual Meetings/APCM’s Announcement !

Annual meetings must normally be held each year by the end of May. 
The Bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.  The terms of office of churchwardens and PCC members have also been extended.

You can now meet physically in a church or a church hall if the guidance for the safe opening of these buildings is followed, and good physical distancing and hygiene measures are employed. 

If, exceptionally, that is not possible, another option is for the Bishop to make provision modifying the procedure for annual meetings so that they can be held remotely using video-conferencing software. 

If you think you will need to meet remotely for your parish annual meetings, you should contact your Archdeacon. Diocesan registries have received advice from the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions about remote meetings, and will be able to assist in meeting particular needs that arise in their dioceses.

For more information, contact your Archdeacon.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open from 8am to midday daily, seven days a week.  Please note: There will be no access from the south entrance around the Tower for the next three months, due to scaffolding and the Tower works team, so please use the main north door.


Leigh, St Andrew’s open daily 10am to 4pm

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest, Church of the Assumption, open on request

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4pm (possibly earlier or later depending on the day).  

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Hermitage – open on Wednesdays & Sundays

Holwell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

For the latest Gov.guidelines please refer to the link below: -

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that as of last weekend, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

Music in our Churches?

Some good news that we have recently heard, is that Organ practice is now permitted providing the usual precautions of social distancing are observed. We look forward to a time where worship and music can once again be combined and our choirs are allowed to sing in our churches and cathedrals.

 
 

The Sherborne Team office are still at their old address 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LQ     Tel. 01935 812459

 

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Re-usable Masks

(Cotton washable re-usable masks are now available from Hamish the farm shop and Leigh village stores if required).

Face masks and the Deaf

31 Jul, 2020 05:30 PM

Our thanks to our friends at Premier News for this article endorsed by our Chaplain to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Revd Neil Robinson.

As masks become compulsory in shops in England, deaf people are warning that communication will be difficult.

Action on Hearing Loss is advising the general public to make sure they face the person they are speaking to and speak clearly and have also recommend speech-to-text apps, while the group Deaf Connect have produced cards which deaf people can carry round that ask people to remove their mask when they are speaking to them.

 

New Director and Deputy Diocesan

Secretary appointed

31 Jul, 2020 09:32 PM

The Diocese of Salisbury are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Triffitt to the post of Director of Mission and Ministry/ Deputy Diocesan Secretary.

Jonathan, who has been serving as Rector of Blandford Forum and Langton Long, will lead a team to support and serve resource local churches in 3 key areas: discipleship, leadership and community transformation. This will be across all levels (Benefice, Deanery and our Diocesan Board of Education schools), with an approach that is about thinking both locally and with a collective Diocesan mindset.

Celebrating despite coronavirus

05 Sep, 2020 11:38 AM

The Rural Hope Team with support from the Ministry and Mission Team are creating a series of webinars offering resources and ideas for celebrating some of our key times and seasons under the present restrictions.

Photo courtesy Pexels

With major and popular festivals like Remembrance, All Souls, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany all being covered, clergy and lay leaders are being invited to join the online sessions that will share ideas on the possibilities of this challenging time.

This coming Wednesday (9th September) at 2.00pm, the Team will launch the first in the series, celebrating Harvest.

The Revd Richard Kirlew, Rural Officer [Chaplain] for Dorset and Canon Richard Hancock, Rural Field Officer for Dorset, will join clergy and lay leaders to look at how 2 key rural festivals - Harvest and Plough Sunday - can be celebrated in the current climate.

The Richards will explore how these 2 events, marking the end and the beginning of the agricultural year, could offer us an opportunity to do something different.

They will bring their wealth of rural experience and mission to share how these traditional festivals can take place outside of the church environment. They will also share expertise from the Diocesan Board of Education on how to link in with schools as well as giving you an opportunity to share your own ideas and plans.

The Webinar and downloads will cover the following areas:

  • Promoting Food Banks [Urban & Rural]
  • Schools Links and Resources [in discussion with Lizzie Whitbread, Adviser for work with young people]
  • Supporting and working with Farmers and Farming Communities
  • Urban Focus – Harvest and Plough Sunday in an urban setting
  • Outline Liturgies that can be used for both Harvest & Plough Sunday
  • Outline Sermon with rural and farming info
  • NFU link and support
  • Ideas from around the Diocese
  • Simple Risk Assessment form for holding service in a Barn, Farmland or other venue
  • Guidance on refreshments at events
  • Advice on live broadcasting or recording your Harvest/ Plough Sunday service

We hope that you will join us for what will be an interesting afternoon of sharing, learning and resources.

Our clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to join Celebrating the Rural Seasons - Harvest & Plough Sunday webinar by emailing Clare Phillips ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The Sherborne Team

 

The Right Reverend Karen Gorham 
Bishop of Sherborne

01258 444521
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On social media: 

 

The Ven Antony MacRow-Wood 
Archdeacon of Dorset

01258 444521
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On social media:    

 

The Ven Penny Sayer
Archdeacon of Sherborne

01258 444521
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The Area Team has recently moved! (Previously at Corfe Mullen (also correspondence address for Bishop Karen)

The Sherborne Office area team

Tel. 01258 444521
Sherborne Office, Dairy Barn, Ash Farm Courtyard, Stourpaine DT11 8PW.

Office hours: 8.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
The office answer machine is on when there is no one is the office available to take your call. Please leave a message and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

1st September 2020

 

The Countrymen’s club -Farm visits and cream teas

From August to October 2020, on select dates, the Countrymen’s club based at Boyshill,   Holnest, will be offering a cream tea and a farm walk to local men with a rural background along with their wives and carers.

You will have 1.5 hours on the farm with a maximum of 2 couples on the farm per session. Social distancing rules and relevant hygiene precautions will be strictly observed. There will be an opportunity to see the animals and some of the crafts that our countrymen have made over the years as well as the chance to talk about farming and the rural way of life.

There will be a small charge of £5 per person to cover costs.

If you are interested, please give them a call on the number below and they will let you know the dates and times available.

Rylands Farm, Boyshill, Holnest DT9 5PS

Tel: 01935 210703

Coffee & Cake!

From Tuesday 1st September @ 10.30am Leigh Village Church will be resuming their monthly coffee mornings (please try to remember to bring a Mug with you). If the weather is fine it will be held in the churchyard.

As of Wednesday 2nd September there will be Coffee & Cake at Yetminster Jubilee Hall between 10.00am – 11.30am. Please come along and support! The garden may be used for the above purposes if the weather is fine – “Social distancing rules will be in place”.

Prayer for the Day

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

MondayCompline - at 6.00pm via Three Valleys Team Facebook page (Rev.George Moody)

Wednesday @ 6.00pm – a Celtic night prayer night with Richard Kirlew via Zoom (please contact Richard for details of joining above meeting)

Friday @ 6.00pm – An Evening prayer service with Anne Budgell – online Three Valleys Facebook.

(Sunday morning 6th September) - online service of worship (Morning Prayer) at 10.00am led by Rev.Anne Budgell – via Three Valleys Team

facebook page.

A Message from the Clergy Team

There has been some concern expressed that the clergy are not seen so much in the villages during the lockdown. We are aware of this and want to assure you that we are still available for telephone consultations or via skype, zoom and all the other electronic methods of communication

Please share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office – Thank you.

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Please send items for this Pew Sheet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benefice Website: www.threevalleysteam.org

 

 

The Wriggle Valley Mothers’ Union

 

A coffee morning is planned on October 24th in the Methodist Church, Yetminster to enable them to do some much needed fund raising. The above charity, like so many others have suffered due to the Covid-19 epidemic. If you have time, do take a look at their wonderful range of cards plus other things that can be ordered on-line. I understand that delivery is very prompt and efficient.

 

 

Ride+Stride 2020 is ON!

Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) is delighted to announce plans to go ahead with Ride+Stride 2020 on September 12th.

John Floyd and Oscar pictured at Kington Magna last year. They visited 10 churches and raised over £200.

As churches re-open after months of lockdown, the Trustees believe it is time to support church buildings, and continue their effort to maintain Dorset’s cherished history and heritage.

Ride+Stride is an outdoor event for individuals or families to be sponsored to walk, cycle or horse ride, between churches. It will carry on within the limits of whatever social distancing requirements are in force at that time.

While 50% of the cash raised is allocated for restoration grants for churches of all denominations across the county, the other 50% is returned to individual churches nominated by the riders or striders for their own uses. At a time when church income has been severely reduced, the Trustees were keen that Ride+Stride 2020 should not be added to the long list of events cancelled this year.

For more information please see your Church Notice boards nearer the time or contact: https://www.dhct.org.uk for more information.

 

 

Forthcoming Services

 

Sunday 6th September 2020

 

Leigh @ 10.00am

Glanvilles Wootton @ 10.00am

Bradford Abbas @ 10.00am

 

Sunday 13th September 2020

 

Batcombe @ 10.00am

Holwell @ 10.00am

Beer Hackett @ 10.00am

Leigh - Evensong @ 6pm

 

Sunday 20th September 2020

 

Yetminster @ 10.00am

Holnest @ 6.00pm

Thornford @ 10.00am

 

(Please note that every Sunday morning on facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell will be leading a service of worship for those who would prefer not to come out yet).

 

Harvest Services –

27th September 2020 @ 10.00am

This year, the above will be held at the following Churches Bradford Abbas, Chetnole & Folke. Sadly, there will be no hymn singing allowed and social distancing rules will still be in place.

11th October 2020 @ 11.00am @ St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster - (hoping to be followed by a soup and cheese lunch in the hall).

Annual Meetings/APCM’s Announcement !

Annual meetings must normally be held each year by the end of May. 
The Bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.  The terms of office of churchwardens and PCC members have also been extended.

You can now meet physically in a church or a church hall if the guidance for the safe opening of these buildings is followed, and good physical distancing and hygiene measures are employed. 

If, exceptionally, that is not possible, another option is for the Bishop to make provision modifying the procedure for annual meetings so that they can be held remotely using video-conferencing software. 

If you think you will need to meet remotely for your parish annual meetings, you should contact your Archdeacon. Diocesan registries have received advice from the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions about remote meetings, and will be able to assist in meeting particular needs that arise in their dioceses.

For more information, contact your Archdeacon.

New Blog! The Rectory Window.

The Rev.George Moody is writing a new blog called ‘The Rectory Window’ (therectorywindow.blogspot.com) This is based on Mark’s Gospel. It will appear on a more occasional basis than his previous blog ‘Look up in Lockdown’ which has now finished.

 

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open from 8am to midday daily, seven days a week.  Please note: There will be no access from the south entrance around the Tower for the next three months, due to scaffolding and the Tower works team, so please use the main north door.


Leigh, St Andrew’s open daily 10am to 4pm

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Holnest, Church of the Assumption, open on request

Chetnole St Peter's will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4pm (possibly earlier or later depending on the day).  

 

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm beginning Sunday 21st June.

Bradford Abbas – 9.00am – 7pm on Sundays & Wednesdays

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St.Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (starting 24th June)

Glanvilles Wootton – Open on Wednesdays & Sundays (10.00-4.00pm) tbc

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

 

Re-opening of Churches

 

For the latest Gov.guidelines please refer to the link below: -

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july

 

The change in the Government's guidance means that those of our churches, that are able to do so safely, can now open for private prayer.

Those who have been able to open up for a few hours each day or at set times during the week have found themselves negotiating the long list of measures that they need to put in place to keep us all safe.

For the first month after we are allowed back into church we intend to hold simply three services per Sunday, one service in each of the Three Valley groups (Wriggle Valley, Gifle Valley and Vale of the White hart).  These will rotate through the various churches in those areas.  We will also continue broadcasting a weekly service via the internet.  It seems likely that initially, distancing rules will have to be observed in church and that hymn singing will not be allowed as the deep breathing needed to sing is believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus.  Details of where the services are to be held will be published in the weekly electronic pew sheet, on our Facebook page and our website nearer the time

Please be aware that as of last weekend, it is now compulsory for members of the congregation (adults) to wear a ‘face mask,’ whilst attending a service inside the church.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.

Music in our Churches?

Some good news that we have recently heard, is that Organ practice is now permitted providing the usual precautions of social distancing are observed. We look forward to a time where worship and music can once again be combined and our choirs are allowed to sing in our churches and cathedrals.

 
 

The Sherborne Team office are still at their old address 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LQ     Tel. 01935 812459

 

 

Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Re-usable Masks

(Cotton washable re-usable masks are now available from Hamish the farm shop and Leigh village stores if required).

Face masks and the Deaf

31 Jul, 2020 05:30 PM

Our thanks to our friends at Premier News for this article endorsed by our Chaplain to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Revd Neil Robinson.

As masks become compulsory in shops in England, deaf people are warning that communication will be difficult.

Action on Hearing Loss is advising the general public to make sure they face the person they are speaking to and speak clearly and have also recommend speech-to-text apps, while the group Deaf Connect have produced cards which deaf people can carry round that ask people to remove their mask when they are speaking to them.

 

New Director and Deputy Diocesan

Secretary appointed

31 Jul, 2020 09:32 PM

The Diocese of Salisbury are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Triffitt to the post of Director of Mission and Ministry/ Deputy Diocesan Secretary.

Jonathan, who has been serving as Rector of Blandford Forum and Langton Long, will lead a team to support and serve resource local churches in 3 key areas: discipleship, leadership and community transformation. This will be across all levels (Benefice, Deanery and our Diocesan Board of Education schools), with an approach that is about thinking both locally and with a collective Diocesan mindset.

The Sherborne Team

 

The Right Reverend Karen Gorham 
Bishop of Sherborne

01258 444521
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
On social media: 

 

The Ven Antony MacRow-Wood 
Archdeacon of Dorset

01258 444521
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On social media:    

 

The Ven Penny Sayer
Archdeacon of Sherborne

01258 444521
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Area Team has recently moved! (Previously at Corfe Mullen (also correspondence address for Bishop Karen)

The Sherborne Office area team

Tel. 01258 444521
Sherborne Office, Dairy Barn, Ash Farm Courtyard, Stourpaine DT11 8PW.

Office hours: 8.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
The office answer machine is on when there is no one is the office available to take your call. Please leave a message and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Jeanette