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Three Valleys Team

 

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Information Sheet 19th October 2020

 

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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

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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 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

 

   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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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
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

 

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

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.

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

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The Ven Antony MacRow-Wood 
Archdeacon of Dorset

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The Ven Penny Sayer
Archdeacon of Sherborne

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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