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At St John the Baptist, Bere Regis

On August 18th – Ellen Poppy Walker and Daisy Louise Walker

On August 19th – Robyn Yvonne Janey Durrant


At St John the Baptist, Bere Regis

On August 26th – Andrew John Champion and Flavie Jacqueline Danielle Poilane


At St John the Baptist, Bere Regis

On September 7th – Nigel Woodward

At St Laurence, Affpuddle

On September 12th – Dennis Bentley


Bere Regis WI Centenary Celebrations

There may well be another more extensive article to celebrate this occasion, but I must say it was a lovely privilege to have been asked to host the occasion in the parish church.  There must have been about 100 ladies present with just seven men, including myself. It gave me an opportunity to learn about the life of the WI in our village and indeed throughout the nation. It has been contributing in so many ways, not only by making wonderful cakes and serving tea, though they do that so well! Here to the next 100 years! Well done local branch!


Food Bank – Update!

Usually every 6 -8 weeks we hand over at least five carrier bags full of your gifts to the Food Bank - so thank you from the people who were very grateful....and please keep your contributions coming!

There are boxes in both our churches for you to place any goods you would like to donate. This provides a simple way of helping people who have fallen on hard times.

I would ask: Please ensure that your gifts are at least 6 months in date.

You do not have to be a church member to contribute!

The boxes are emptied regularly

and the contents given to the Wareham Food Bank.

The list of what is most appropriate is:

Tinned Soup Fruit Juice(carton)    Pasta Sauces Baked Beans    Rice/Sponge Pudding (Tinned)

Tomatoes (Tinned)    Pasta/Rice (1kg)   Tinned Vegetables  Tea Bags/Coffee    Instant Mash Potato

Tinned Meat/Fish   Tinned Fruit   Sugar (500g)    Biscuits or snack bars


The FOOD BANK provides for local individuals and families in crisis -

Thank you for your support!



Harvest Festivals

As we move into the ‘seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ (Keats’ Ode to Autumn) so it is time to hold our Harvest Thanksgiving services. These will be at Bere Regis on October 7th at 6pm followed by Supper afterwards and at Affpuddle on October 14th at 9:15 with Harvest Lunch in the Briantspuddle Village Hall later on. Also on the 14th, the Junior Church will have a harvest theme to the Family Service , with soup served afterwards.  Why not come along in a spirit of thankfulness to God for all our blessings in the natural order of his Creation? You would be very welcome and a chance to sing those much-loved hymns!


Remembrance Sunday

This year our observance of Remembrance Sunday will be particularly poignant as it will be the centenary of the end of the Great War, commonly also called World War One. Our observance will be much as in past years but I hope that even if you don’t usually come to the War memorial or the church that you will want to this time.  In Affpuddle, before the 9:15 Communion we will hold an act of Remembrance at the Peace Shrine and afterwards there will be the Village Act of Remembrance at 11am at Bladen Valley. As I cannot be in two places at once, sadly I shall miss that but it will be led by Jonathan Haigh, our Licensed Lay Minister. At Bere Regis, we will gather at the War memorial in the churchyard at 10:50 for the Act of Remembrance, followed by the usually very moving service in the church. This has changed a little year by year and will do so again this year, as it is an occasion for those of all ages. Please book the date and come, wherever. On this special occasion there will also be events later in the day; more details in the November magazine, if not before.



Parnham Voices on Safari


Parnham Voices, the Beaminster based a capella choir, visited us on 1st September as part of theer 'Safari.  They sent this letter of thanks:

Thank you so much for the warm welcome given to Parnham Voices on their 2018 Safari. Also for the contributions to Julia’s House. Unfortunately I cannot give you a final figure as the money hasn’t been counted by them yet. The majority of our members had never visited your church before and I think fell in love with it, especially when you were acting as a tour guide and explaining what they were looking at. Thank you also for all your publicity efforts.
The programme we sang for you is as follows: O Radiant Dawn by Macmillan:  If ye love me by Tallis;  Deep River arr. Chilcott:  Monteverdi’s Cantate Domine:  And What of Marriage by Matthew Coleridge (One of our West Dorset composers):  Bogoroditsye Dyevo by Rachmaninov.