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Information Sheet 29th March 2021 

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THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

 

 

 

29th March 2021

Prayer for the Day

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 29th March @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 31st March

 

5.00pm – Tea Room chat followed by

 

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

Friday 2nd April (Good Friday)

 

12 noon – there will be a Meditation available (Stations of the Cross) via the Three Valleys Team facebook page

 

6.00pm –Evensong via online Three Valleys link.

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

 

4th April (Easter Sunday) Church Services

 

Batcombe – 10.15am – Easter Communion

 

Bradford Abbas – 08:30am Easter Communion

 

Caundle Marsh – 11:00am Easter Communion

 

Chetnole – 10.00am Village Service all welcome

 

Folke 09:30am – Easter Communion

 

Leigh 10:00am– Outside Communion

 

Ryme Intrinseca – 08:00am Easter Communion

 

Thornford 10:00am – Easter Communion

 

Yetminster 10:00am Easter Communion

 

Sunday 11th April 2021

 

Beer Hackett 10:00am Holy Communion

 

Glanvilles Wootton 10:00am Holy Communion

 

Hermitage 10:00am Holy Communion

 

On-line 10:00am Easter Communion

 

Sunday 18th April 2021

 

Chetnole 10:00am Holy Communion

 

Pulham 10:00am Holy Communion

 

Yetminster 10:00am Holy Communion

 

On-line 10:00 Holy Communion via Three Valleys Team Facebook page

 

Sunday 25th April 2021

 

Batcombe 10:00am Holy Communion

 

Holwell 10:00am Holy Communion

 

Thornford 10:00am Holy Communion

 

On-line 10:00 Holy Communion via Three Valleys Team Facebook page

 

(Please note that these Services are subject to Covid Restrictions)

(On every Sunday morning above @ 10.00am usually via Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship). Please email for link.

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

Lent Course

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Reminder that Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the final joint session for all.

 

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.

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayers everyday from 8.00am – 12.00noon


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 mid May 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

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Sing Hosanna!

The lifting of some Covid restrictions around worship means our congregations can sing again - providing they are outside.

The Government's roadmap out of lockdown sees this new guidance for worship coming into force from this Sunday.

The news that singing can once again take place has been greeted with joy across the Diocese.

Many of our churches are hoping for good weather through to Easter Sunday, so that worship can be held outside and churchgoers can sing some of their favourite Easter hymns once again.

The guidance is in sharp contrast to last Easter when we were all in lockdown and church buildings were closed.

According to the guidance, from the 28th of March (Palm Sunday) "when communal worship takes place in the grounds or the outside space of a place of worship, the congregation may join in with singing".

But the guidance is clear, social distancing must remain in force - and households, support bubbles or groups must not mingle.

Congregational singing inside churches is still not allowed, but the guidance allows for "a single small group of singers" but only where this is essential to an act of communal worship.

Holy Week

This coming week is Holy Week - the name given to the week immediately before Easter.

This is the most solemn week of the Christian year and is the week during which Christians particularly remember the last week of Jesus's life and walk with him to the cross.

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which commemorates Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the cheers of a palm waving crowd and traditionally during Palm Sunday services, large palm branches are carried in processions.

While some churches will offer socially distanced services on Sunday and during Holy Week, others are worshipping online.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a week where some of our churches will hold special services every day.

On Maundy Thursday Christians remember the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, the same night, Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The word Maundy comes from the command (mandate) given by Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another.

The most important events in Christianity are the death and the resurrection and Good Friday commemorates the Passion: the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.

Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.

Why Good? – well some sources suggest that the day is "good" in that it is holy, or that the phrase is a corruption of "God's Friday".

However, The Oxford English Dictionary states that "good" in this context refers to "a day or season observed as holy by the church".

Swanage on TV for Holy Week and Easter

Earlier this month, the American Christian television channel TBNUK came down to Swanage to film 3 programmes for Holy Week and Easter 2021.

Over the past 2 years, Simon Lole, Director of Music at St Mary’s Swanage, and former Organist and Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, has presented 2 series of programmes for TBNUK about church music called 'Sacred Harmony‘.

After discussions, Simon and TBNUK agreed to make 3 special Sacred Harmony programmes – musical devotions for Holy Week and Easter – and when the company wanted to move away from a London based recording, he suggested that they came to Swanage.

In each programme, Team Rector John Mann and Simon Lole discuss the relationship between liturgy and music and talk about the challenges and opportunities created when planning worship.

The 3 programmes include readings, prayers and a meditation as well as glorious choral music recorded in St Mary’s church.

Filming was also done in the surrounding beautiful countryside, and members of other churches in Swanage took part, with the Methodist minister, Salvation Army Officer and a representative of the Roman Catholic Church in the town all featured.

The programmes air on TBNUK via Freeview 65 and Sky 582, and are also available to watch live through the https://watch.tbnuk.tv website or the TBNUK app.

Sacred Harmony: Maundy Thursday 

Thursday 1st April at 9am, 3:05pm, and 8pm.

Sacred Harmony: Good Friday 

Friday 2nd April at 9am, 3:05pm, and 8pm.

Sacred Harmony: Easter Sunday

Sunday 4th April at 8:30am, 12pm, 5:30pm, and 9:30pm.

Forthcoming Diary Dates!

Saturday 26th June 2021 -  it is hoped that St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster will be able to open the Tower again with teas in the church on Saturday 26th June..... to be confirmed.

Sunday 27th June 2021 - Batcombe Church will be serving Cream Teas at Hilfield Friary between 3-5.00pm. Please come along and support!

 

Big Sleep raises over £45,000

Despite pandemic restrictions, a flagship charity event has raised a respectable total for its work with the homeless.

Alabaré’s Helen Inglis says:

“On behalf of all at Alabaré, I would like to say a huge Thank You for the tremendous support we have received for our recent Big Sleep at Home. Instead of our flagship fund-raising Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral, we asked supporters to take part at home and we have been absolutely bowled over with the response.

“Over 200 people signed up to take part from Wiltshire, Dorset and Gloucestershire, into Wales and as far away as Scotland! We have had stories of people sleeping out on a freezing night under the stars, in churches, in sheds, on a trampoline, on sitting room floors, and several children spent the night in the bath!

Parents of Peace

Peace Primary School in Sudan, part-funded by donations from this Diocese, has opened its doors and parents are making a strong contribution.

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There are questions and ambitions that parents are looking to meet by sending their children to this Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) primary school. Below are some parents’ ideas, taken from interviews by Babuj Simon, ECS Diocesan Secretary.

Babuj writes:

Zakaria Ibrahim

Zakaria Ibrahim is Muslim. I asked him, “Why did you bring your children to the Peace Primary School?”

He replied, “Firstly, I brought my children here because I know that the Church always doesn't deceive people since this school is belong to the church. I brought my children here in order to guarantee that they are receiving good education.”

“Secondly, the teachers' reputation is very good and they have good experience in education. Thirdly, the location is near to the market. That means my children will get transportation easily.”

“What do you think about the school itself?” “I think the school needs to have a minibus to transport our children and that will bring a very good reputation to the school and the fathers will push their children to go it.”

“Also, I think that, if the school administration managed to make a separate computer hall to make our children receive education on computers, it will be very successful. I now have four children with you here, in Kindergarten, Class 1 and Class 2. I hope they will get the best education and that, when they graduate from here, they will be able to use a computer.”

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Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them.

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. Best Wishes

Jeanette

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22nd March 2021

Prayer for the Day

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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

 

Monday 22nd March @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 24th March

 

5.00pm – Tea Room chat followed by

 

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

Friday 26th March @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayers via online Three Valleys link with Rev.Tony Gilbert

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

28th March 2021 (Palm Sunday) @ 10.00am

Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page with Rev.Richard Kirlew

also

Fourth Sunday @ 10.00am via Zoom with Rev.George Moody. Please email for link.

 

 

4th April (Easter Sunday) Church Services

 

Batcombe – 10.15am – Easter Communion

 

Bradford Abbas – 08:30 Easter Communion

 

Caundle Marsh – 11:00 Easter Communion

 

Chetnole – 10.00am Village Service all welcome

 

Folke 09:30 – Easter Communion

 

Leigh 10:00 – Outside Communion

 

Ryme Intrinseca – 08:00 Easter Communion

 

Thornford 10:00 – Easter Communion

 

Yetminster 10:00 Easter Communion

 

(Please note that these Services are subject to Covid Restrictions)

(On every Sunday morning above @ 10.00am usually via Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship). Please email for link.

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

Food Bank news!

 

Continued thanks for food bank donations - the organisers really appreciate the many donations from Chetnole.

 

New Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Tuesday dates as follows: -

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

Thursday dates as follows: -

25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March, 25th March

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all preceded by an Act of Worship.

Good Friday – 2nd April Meditation available from 12 noon via the Three Valleys Team facebook page.

 

Easter Sunday– 4th April – see above for details of services.

 

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.

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayers everyday from 8.00am – 12.00noon


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 mid May 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

……………………………………..

Forthcoming Diary Dates!

Saturday 26th June 2021 -  it is hoped that St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster will be able to open the Tower again with teas in the church on Saturday 26th June..... to be confirmed.

Sunday 27th June 2021 - Batcombe Church will be serving Cream Teas at Hilfield Friary between 3-5.00pm. Please come along and support!

A National Day of Reflection

19 Mar, 2021 07:15 PM

The majority of mourners during the pandemic have been unable to say goodbye properly, and Church of England cathedrals and parishes are preparing to mark a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March, the anniversary of the first Covid lockdown.

More than half of young adults have lost someone close to them over the past year, with this age group most active in helping to comfort the bereaved and organise funerals, according to new research on the impact of the pandemic published today by the Church of England.

People aged between 18 and 29 years old have been worst affected by bereavement since the first lockdown last year, with 51% reporting they lost someone close to them during this period compared to 31% of people aged 60 or above, a survey commissioned by the Church of England has shown.

In spite of this, a 54% majority of 18-29s reported that they had been active in helping others cope with bereavement compared to 26% of people aged 60 or above. More than a quarter of young adults said they had helped organize a funeral in the last year compared to 7% of the older age group.

The online survey of more than 2,000 adults showed that nearly three quarters of people – more than seven in 10 - who wanted to attend a funeral over the past year were unable to do so because of the pandemic.

The vast majority of mourners, 89%, said that people had not been able to say goodbye properly to those who have died, while a similar proportion, 84%, said that people had not been able to fulfil the funeral wishes of the person who died. Overall, 4 in 10 people said they had lost someone close to them since March 2020 from any cause, including Covid-19.

The majority of those surveyed said they believed the Church of England should provide both outdoor and indoor spaces for quiet reflection and prayer for those coping with death, dying and grief.

Please keep Vanuatu in your prayers

The Day of Prayer this year was different from any we have ever known. All over the world, people worshipped on the day (Friday 5th March) as usual, but in unusual ways.

Much enthusiasm was shown by a number of branches to present this year’s service (via Zoom and other imaginative ways). We thank those who have been willing to read and help organize the above in particular, in our area, we would like to say ‘thank you’ to Liz Kirlew & Rev.Richard Kirlew for inviting many of us to join in and think of others less fortunate than ourselves, who live in very remote places around the World.

Holnest Church

The PCC continues to be open to receive 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, White Hart Lodge, Holnest Park, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6HA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Holnest Church with managed churchyard surrounded by wildlife

 

Big Sleep raises over £45,000

19 Mar, 2021 07:13 PM

Despite pandemic restrictions, a flagship charity event has raised a respectable total for its work with the homeless.

Alabaré’s Helen Inglis says:

“On behalf of all at Alabaré, I would like to say a huge Thank You for the tremendous support we have received for our recent Big Sleep at Home. Instead of our flagship fund-raising Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral, we asked supporters to take part at home and we have been absolutely bowled over with the response.

“Over 200 people signed up to take part from Wiltshire, Dorset and Gloucestershire, into Wales and as far away as Scotland! We have had stories of people sleeping out on a freezing night under the stars, in churches, in sheds, on a trampoline, on sitting room floors, and several children spent the night in the bath!

 

An Announcement ahead of the Annunciation

Thursday 25th March is a very special day in our Mothers’ Union calendar; it is the feast of The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lady Day).

Annunciation embroidery, St Mary's Church, Walesby (c) Julian P Guffogg, Creative Commons

Diocesan President Rosie Stiven says:

"This year, our Diocesan Chaplain, Revd Jo Naish, is leading us in our celebration of Lady Day with a Zoom Service of the Word starting at 11am.

"During the Service, we will reflect upon Mary’s obedience to God’s call to become the mother of Jesus Christ. For us, it is a wonderful opportunity to consider just what following Mary’s example of her unqualified willingness to serve means for us today.

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News from Jan Millward re the Countryman's Club....

"....I am sure many of you are aware of the Countrymen’s club at Rylands. The club is open to men from a rural background or who just love the countryside. Many of our group have underlying health issues, such as dementia and Parkinson’s and have found the farm to be a place where they can get back to being themselves.. We run sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and we would love to welcome new members. If you would like to come and have a look around the farm to see what we have to offer, please give me a ring or send an email. We are at present running very small groups under strict Covid regulations, but we hope to welcome new members as the years progresses and as restrictions hopefully ease.

We tailor sessions to meet individual needs, so you may just enjoy leaning over the gate checking the cattle or may want to get involved in the many activities we have on offer. Don’t worry, we will take it at your pace!

Jan Millward     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    01963 210789

Also check out the Countrymen UK Dorset FB page! 

Through the Window

A Lent resource from Wareham's Revd Hilary Bond is proving inspirational.

'Through the Window' was made available online initially, and has been taken a step further in the Stour Vale Benefice. Barbara Priest (LLM in training) has been following the course by filming a weekly video on her mobile phone for the Benefice Facebook page.

She says:

“I came across Through the Window on the Diocesan website and thought it was a lovely way for people who are currently unable to get outside to connect with nature and the wonder of creation around us.

"I then had the idea of working through the course with everyone using a short film each week. We introduce the point of focus, share the course reflections and then end with a poem I have selected on that week’s theme.

"So far we have pondered on the trees in the Vicarage garden, the stunning daffodils and our garden birds.

“Bird week has been the greatest challenge so far as the group gathered on the feeders turned out to be rather camera-shy and took cover as soon as I appeared. But they didn’t go far and provided a suitable musical soundtrack to our reflections.”

“After living St Benedict’s 'continuous Lent' over the last 12 months I thought it would be good for us all to share in this Spring season which is so full of hope and new life bursting around us. It seemed an appropriate journey to make towards Easter.

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Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them.

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. Best Wishes

Jeanette

 

 

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15th March 2021

Prayer for the Day

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 15th March @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 17th March

 

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

Friday 19th March @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayers via online Three Valleys link with Rev.Anne Budgell

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

21st March 2021 @ 10.00am – Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page with Rev.George Moody

28th March 2021 (Palm Sunday) @ 10.00am

Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page

also

Fourth Sunday @ 10.00am via Zoom. Please email for link.

4th April (Easter Sunday)

 

Bradford Abbas – 08:00 Easter Communion

 

Caundle Marsh – 11:00 Easter Communion

 

Folke 09:30 – Easter Communion

 

Leigh 10:00 – Outside Communion

 

Ryme Intrinseca – 08:00 Easter Communion

 

Thornford 10:00 – Easter Communion

Yetminster 10:00 Easter Communion

 

(Please note that these Services are subject to Covid Restrictions)

(On every Sunday morning above @ 10.00am usually via Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship). Please email for link.

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

New Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Tuesday dates as follows: -

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

Thursday dates as follows: -

25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March, 25th March

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all.

Good Friday – 2nd April

Easter Sunday– 4th April

 

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.

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayers everyday from 8.00am – 12.00noon


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 mid May 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

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Holnest Church

Holnest Church encased in scaffolding

The PCC continues to be open to receive 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, White Hart Lodge, Holnest Park, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6HA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Holnest Church with managed churchyard surrounded by wildlife

 

 

Yetminster Churchyard Spring clear up Working Party!  This will be a chance to clear away the debris of winter and tidy up the churchyard, so please do come and join us on Saturday 20th March from 10am, with your own weapons of choice. Social distancing must still be maintained, but with lots of fresh air it will do us all good too!  Government rules allow working parties, and the churchyard comes under the same rules as the church.  Bring your own coffee if desired, but sharing is not yet allowed.

News from Jan Millward re the Countryman's Club....

"....I am sure many of you are aware of the Countrymen’s club at Rylands. The club is open to men from a rural background or who just love the countryside. Many of our group have underlying health issues, such as dementia and Parkinson’s and have found the farm to be a place where they can get back to being themselves.. We run sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and we would love to welcome new members. If you would like to come and have a look around the farm to see what we have to offer, please give me a ring or send an email. We are at present running very small groups under strict Covid regulations, but we hope to welcome new members as the years progresses and as restrictions hopefully ease.

We tailor sessions to meet individual needs, so you may just enjoy leaning over the gate checking the cattle or may want to get involved in the many activities we have on offer. Don’t worry, we will take it at your pace!

Jan Millward     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    01963 210789

Also check out the Countrymen UK Dorset FB page! 

#Givethanks for your Covid-19 vaccine

We are partnering with Christian Aid to help people give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccine and help others in crisis across the world.

 

The idea is to give people in our Diocese an opportunity to pass on the sense of relief and blessing at being vaccinated by making a donation to Christian Aid’s #Givethanks Coronavirus Appeal.

Funds from the appeal are helping vulnerable communities around the world access soap,

food and vital health information in the face of the pandemic, and a special donations page has been set up to allow your donations to go to South Sudan.

Below are the links required if you would like to donate to the above appeal. The first link is to the full article on the Diocesan website, which includes a link to the TapSimple site, and the second link goes direct to TapSimple.

https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/news/givethanks-for-your-covid-19-vaccine

https://events.tapsimple.org/page/christian-aid/giving-thanks-for-our-vaccines-in-the-diocese-of-salisbury

Silver and Gold

12 Mar, 2021 10:03 PM

In this Eco Diocese, there are a number of parishes working their way successfully through Eco Church Awards from A Rocha, from Bronze to Gold.

Aiming for Net Zero in our churches by 2030 is a challenge, but many of our parishes are meeting it head on, and making progress.

Alderholt has recently achieved its Silver Award, and Churchwarden Christine Hensel explains:

"During Creationtide last year [1st September to 4th October 2020] our Vicar Rev Simon Woodley preached a series of sermons in which he urged us to consider our responsibility as Christians to the environment and asked for a volunteer to look at the EcoChurch website and complete a questionnaire.

"As a result, we reached the Silver Award level but more importantly this has enabled us to see where we are falling short as well as what we are doing right!

"We have since set in motion a complete replacement of our outdated Church Hall lighting and members of the congregation have reviewed such topics as their use of plastics and meat consumption as well as those who are constantly extolling the benefits of cycling.

"One member has become rather fanatical about picking up litter. (It would seem that Red Bull is the most popular drink, at least amongst those who choose to discard the can through their car window!)


Bat boxes

"At the entrance to our churchyard we have a sign that conveys our aim: “This Churchyard is managed with Wildlife in mind!”. We have an enthusiastic team of folk who tend our churchyard with the aim of creating a managed and tidy appearance in a well-attended active churchyard, whilst at the same time providing a variety of habitats to benefit the wild flowers and grasses, glow-worms, bats, and other wildlife that make our churchyard such a remarkable and attractive place in which to remember the dead, and to convey a message of hope and encouragement to the living.

Through the Window

A Lent resource from Wareham's Revd Hilary Bond is proving inspirational.

'Through the Window' was made available online initially, and has been taken a step further in the Stour Vale Benefice. Barbara Priest (LLM in training) has been following the course by filming a weekly video on her mobile phone for the Benefice Facebook page.

She says:

“I came across Through the Window on the Diocesan website and thought it was a lovely way for people who are currently unable to get outside to connect with nature and the wonder of creation around us.

"I then had the idea of working through the course with everyone using a short film each week. We introduce the point of focus, share the course reflections and then end with a poem I have selected on that week’s theme.

"So far we have pondered on the trees in the Vicarage garden, the stunning daffodils and our garden birds.

“Bird week has been the greatest challenge so far as the group gathered on the feeders turned out to be rather camera-shy and took cover as soon as I appeared. But they didn’t go far and provided a suitable musical soundtrack to our reflections.”

“After living St Benedict’s 'continuous Lent' over the last 12 months I thought it would be good for us all to share in this Spring season which is so full of hope and new life bursting around us. It seemed an appropriate journey to make towards Easter.

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Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them. 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. Best Wishes

Jeanette

 

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8th March 2021

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 8th March @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers

 

Wednesday 10th March

 

5.00pm – Rectory Tea Room followed by

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

Friday 12th March @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayers with Rev. Tony Gilbert via online Three Valleys link.

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

14th March 2021 (Mothering Sunday) @ 10.00am – Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page with Rev.Anne & Keith Budgell.

Also

Second Sunday @ 10.00am via Zoom. Please email for link.

21st March 2021 @ 10.00am – Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page

28th March 2021 (Palm Sunday) @ 10.00am

Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page

also

Fourth Sunday @ 10.00am via Zoom. Please email for link.

4th April (Easter Sunday)

 

Bradford Abbas – 08:00 Easter Communion

 

Caundle Marsh – 11:00 Easter Communion

 

Folke 09:00 – Easter Communion

 

Holwell 10:00 – Service of Worship

 

Leigh 10:00 – Outside Communion

 

Ryme Intrinseca – 08:00 Easter Communion

 

Thornford 10:00 – Easter Communion

Yetminster 10:00 Easter Communion

 

(Please note that these Services are subject to Covid Restrictions)

(On every Sunday morning above @ 10.00am usually via Facebook the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship). Please email for link.

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

New Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Tuesday dates as follows: -

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

Thursday dates as follows: -

25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March, 25th March

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all.

Good Friday – 2nd April

Easter Sunday– 4th April

 

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.

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer on Wednesdays & Sundays from 8.00am - 6.00pm


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 mid May 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

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Press Release on Holnest Church

Holnest Church encased in scaffolding

What has been happening behind the scaffolding walls at Holnest Church? A question that you may have asked yourself, if during the past few months, you have passed Holnest Church alongside the A352 Sherborne to Dorchester road. The scaffolding walls and cover have been protecting this Grade 1 listed building from the rain, wind and snow whilst essential repair works are being carried out. These works include repairs to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower. No one embarks on a £125,000 scheme of repairs, on an ancient building, without expecting to uncover a few surprises. After tiles were carefully removed and numbered for safe storage it became apparent that several of the chancel roof trusses and wall plate were in a much poorer condition than anticipated, the north slope being close to a state of collapse. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) took advice from the architect and a structural engineer to agree workable solutions. Experts described the roof construction to be ‘unusual’ but nevertheless ‘well thought out’, and ‘cleverly assembled’. Hence the skilled repair work needed has been much more extensive than planned. Closer inspection of the church tower found that, up to 150 years ago, three of the quoins had been renewed. The fourth quoin had been extensively patched with cement filler and was in very fragile condition, rendering it unsafe and in danger of collapse onto the church porch. This is being remedied by rebuilding the south-east quoin, in accordance with permissions obtained from Salisbury Diocese, using stone sourced from a local quarry. The stone will be expertly tooled and safely positioned and secured by skilled stonemasons. Rainwater has been penetrating the west walls making the rear of the church extremely damp. This was thought to be entirely due to ineffective or missing pointing in the west wall and church tower and around the west window, all included for repair in the scheme of works. However, further investigation found that the lead flashing to the apex of the west end of the south aisle roof, had either slipped or was missing and rainwater was finding its way into the church via this conduit. Additional works are required to address this. Furthermore, the PCC having incurred costs for the erection of the scaffolding around the church tower, agreed it made economic sense to instruct the contractor to carry out needy masonry repairs to all of the tower windows. Needless to say, these revelations have extended the length of the contract and substantially increased costs. Additionally, the impact of Covid-19 and low temperatures have caused further delay. The PCC do not expect to be able to reopen the church until at least mid-May. The churchyard does remain open for those wishing to attend graves. The PCC received local financial support from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10,000; Erskine Muton Trust £10,000; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7,000 and the Friends of Holnest Church £5,000. These generous donations put the PCC in a very strong position to apply for further funding form the National Lottery Heritage fund. They successful secured £74,500 from the fund and more recently have been awarded a grant increase of £14,500 towards additional costs, both made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The Friends of Holnest Church have also pledged a further contribution towards the additional costs and we are particularly thankful to their membership. Holnest PCC is extremely grateful for the generosity of all its supporters over many years, they have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the final push to fully fund the project and to raise funds for the additional costs has been severely hampered by the cancellation of planned fundraising events and little chance of planning new event in the near future. Therefore, the PCC continues to be open to receive 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, White Hart Lodge, Holnest Park, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6HA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Holnest Church with managed churchyard surrounded by wildlife

Bishop makes national news on Net Zero

18 Feb, 2021 07:19 PM

As the Church of England's lead bishop for the environment, Bishop Nicholas has been quoted in a National Church release and in a number of news outlets.

After learning of the first findings from a nationwide study to capture carbon impacts in the Church of England, the Bishop said:

“Committing the Church of England to become net-zero by 2030 has emphasised the urgency of the climate crisis. It has inspired us all to pick up the pace in the care of God’s creation.

“There has been a magnificent response already, but it is sobering to realise how much more is needed. The Energy Footprint Tool, good advice and some excellent case studies are available to stimulate, encourage and help.

“We need to be working at this in every Church community – churches, chaplaincies, schools, homes and offices - as we move towards our 2030 target for the sake of the world God loves.”

Reports on the first findings from a nationwide study to capture carbon impacts in the Church of England.

Church of England
Church Times
BBC
Christian Today
Premier

Premier also quotes the Church of England's Head of Church Buildings, Becky Clark, regarding the big and small steps churches can take towards becoming Net Zero.

 

#Givethanks for your Covid-19 vaccine

We are partnering with Christian Aid to help people give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccine and help others in crisis across the world.

 

The idea is to give people in our Diocese an opportunity to pass on the sense of relief and blessing at being vaccinated by making a donation to Christian Aid’s #Givethanks Coronavirus Appeal.

Funds from the appeal are helping vulnerable communities around the world access soap,

food and vital health information in the face of the pandemic, and a special donations page has been set up to allow your donations to go to South Sudan.

Below are the links required if you would like to donate to the above appeal. The first link is to the full article on the Diocesan website, which includes a link to the TapSimple site, and the second link goes direct to TapSimple.

https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/news/givethanks-for-your-covid-19-vaccine

https://events.tapsimple.org/page/christian-aid/giving-thanks-for-our-vaccines-in-the-diocese-of-salisbury

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Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them.

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. Best Wishes

Jeanette

 

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1st March 2021

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 1st March @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 3rd March

 

5.00pm – Rectory Tea Room chat (followed by)

 

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

Friday 5th March – World Day of Prayer @ 10.30am viaZoom - (Please email for link) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday 5th March @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayers with Rev.Anne Budgell via online Three Valleys link.

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

Sunday 7th March

 

Holy Communion via Zoom @ 10.00am with Rev.Tony Gilbert - (afterwards the service will be uploaded to the Three Valleys Facebook page. Please email for link.

14th March 2021 (Mothering Sunday) @ 10.00am – Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page.

Also

Second Sunday @ 10.00am via Zoom. Please email for link.

21st March 2021 @ 10.00am – Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page

28th March 2021 (Palm Sunday) @ 10.00am

Holy Communion via Three Valleys Facebook page

also

Fourth Sunday @ 10.00am via Zoom. Please email for link.

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

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Tuesday dates as follows: -

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

Thursday dates as follows: -

25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March, 25th March

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all.

Good Friday – 2nd April

Easter Sunday– 4th April

 

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.

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

 

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer on Wednesdays & Sundays from 8.00am - 6.00pm


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 mid May 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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.

 

 

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021

World Day of Prayer 2021

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

Friday 5th March 2021

Save the date!

 

UPDATE

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[If you go to the website for the World Day of Prayer (www.wwdp.org.uk) scroll down and there is a video called "Introducing Vanuatu" which provides an in-depth introduction to the history, people and geography of Vanuatu.]

World Day of Prayer 2021

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

The Service will be on Zoom at 10.30am on Friday 5th March 2021

If you would like to join in please contact Liz or Richard Kirlew on

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who will send a link from Wednesday 3rd March onwards.

Service sheets will also be sent.


As I write this article for the magazine the year has just turned and COVID-19 is still controlling much of our lives. Although we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccinations bringing the pandemic under control, I cannot see that we will be in a position to meet together as we usually do by the beginning of March.


I have been wondering how we could still celebrate with the women of Vanuatu, who have compiled the service this year. The service sheets etc. were sent out some time ago, so my plan is to broadcast the service on Zoom.

In previous years we have had meetings and a time of preparation. This may not be practical this year, but I know many of you have been willing to take part in the past and hope you may do so

Many Thanks

Liz Kirlew

 

 

New Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

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Dear Friends

The Book of Common Prayer Collect for the first Sunday in Lent is:

O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

I recently read that this prayer was composed for the pearlier 1549 Prayer Book because the older Latin Collect was in Archbishop Cranmer’s view focused too heavily on the good work of fasting and he did not like it.

It seems the Church of England has always had a slightly ambivalent view towards the value of fasting. It published the following table in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer: A Table of the Vigils, Fasts, and Days of Abstinence, to be Observed in the Year. In which it is clear that no distinction is made between ‘Fasting’ and ‘Abstinence’. This merging of ideas might explain why our modern emphasis seems to have changed from fasting during lent to the idea of giving something up (Abstinence) such as chocolate.

Today we have moved even further away from the Book of Common Prayer concepts often to advocating taking something up for the Lenten period or doing something positive that we would not normally do but which benefits society or someone else. I personally prefer this idea.

However, whatever you do decide to do remember it is to help us prepare for Easter. There is always a danger that we become too involved with the processes – to fast or not to fast, what should I give up this year, what book shall I try to read during Lent and so on? It is important not to forget that whatever you decide to do is means to an end and not an end in itself.

And by the way, nowhere does it say we need to make ourselves or others miserable for Lent.

Mathew 6 vs 17 and 18 when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,18so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting,

Yours

Tony Gilbert

Rector Three Valleys Benefice

Press Release on Holnest Church

Holnest Church encased in scaffolding

What has been happening behind the scaffolding walls at Holnest Church? A question that you may have asked yourself, if during the past few months, you have passed Holnest Church alongside the A352 Sherborne to Dorchester road. The scaffolding walls and cover have been protecting this Grade 1 listed building from the rain, wind and snow whilst essential repair works are being carried out. These works include repairs to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower. No one embarks on a £125,000 scheme of repairs, on an ancient building, without expecting to uncover a few surprises. After tiles were carefully removed and numbered for safe storage it became apparent that several of the chancel roof trusses and wall plate were in a much poorer condition than anticipated, the north slope being close to a state of collapse. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) took advice from the architect and a structural engineer to agree workable solutions. Experts described the roof construction to be ‘unusual’ but nevertheless ‘well thought out’, and ‘cleverly assembled’. Hence the skilled repair work needed has been much more extensive than planned. Closer inspection of the church tower found that, up to 150 years ago, three of the quoins had been renewed. The fourth quoin had been extensively patched with cement filler and was in very fragile condition, rendering it unsafe and in danger of collapse onto the church porch. This is being remedied by rebuilding the south-east quoin, in accordance with permissions obtained from Salisbury Diocese, using stone sourced from a local quarry. The stone will be expertly tooled and safely positioned and secured by skilled stonemasons. Rainwater has been penetrating the west walls making the rear of the church extremely damp. This was thought to be entirely due to ineffective or missing pointing in the west wall and church tower and around the west window, all included for repair in the scheme of works. However, further investigation found that the lead flashing to the apex of the west end of the south aisle roof, had either slipped or was missing and rainwater was finding its way into the church via this conduit. Additional works are required to address this. Furthermore, the PCC having incurred costs for the erection of the scaffolding around the church tower, agreed it made economic sense to instruct the contractor to carry out needy masonry repairs to all of the tower windows. Needless to say, these revelations have extended the length of the contract and substantially increased costs. Additionally, the impact of Covid-19 and low temperatures have caused further delay. The PCC do not expect to be able to reopen the church until at least mid-May. The churchyard does remain open for those wishing to attend graves. The PCC received local financial support from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10,000; Erskine Muton Trust £10,000; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7,000 and the Friends of Holnest Church £5,000. These generous donations put the PCC in a very strong position to apply for further funding form the National Lottery Heritage fund. They successful secured £74,500 from the fund and more recently have been awarded a grant increase of £14,500 towards additional costs, both made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The Friends of Holnest Church have also pledged a further contribution towards the additional costs and we are particularly thankful to their membership. Holnest PCC is extremely grateful for the generosity of all its supporters over many years, they have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the final push to fully fund the project and to raise funds for the additional costs has been severely hampered by the cancellation of planned fundraising events and little chance of planning new event in the near future. Therefore, the PCC continues to be open to receive 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, White Hart Lodge, Holnest Park, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6HA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Holnest Church with managed churchyard surrounded by wildlife

Bishop makes national news on Net Zero

18 Feb, 2021 07:19 PM

As the Church of England's lead bishop for the environment, Bishop Nicholas has been quoted in a National Church release and in a number of news outlets.

After learning of the first findings from a nationwide study to capture carbon impacts in the Church of England, the Bishop said:

“Committing the Church of England to become net-zero by 2030 has emphasised the urgency of the climate crisis. It has inspired us all to pick up the pace in the care of God’s creation.

“There has been a magnificent response already, but it is sobering to realise how much more is needed. The Energy Footprint Tool, good advice and some excellent case studies are available to stimulate, encourage and help.

“We need to be working at this in every Church community – churches, chaplaincies, schools, homes and offices - as we move towards our 2030 target for the sake of the world God loves.”

Reports on the first findings from a nationwide study to capture carbon impacts in the Church of England.

Church of England
Church Times
BBC
Christian Today
Premier

Premier also quotes the Church of England's Head of Church Buildings, Becky Clark, regarding the big and small steps churches can take towards becoming Net Zero.

 

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

 ► GET INVOLVED ► CURRENT CAMPAIGNS ► FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

22 February to 7 March 2021

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks. mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

In 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone and we know that physically campaigning and meeting people will continue to be challenging in 2021 but we have also heard from so many of you that you want to continue to support Fairtrade through this time.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message and is where your role begins. You are part of the Fairtrade movement and you have the power to drive long-term change, not only with your shopping choices but with your support in spreading the message. We just have to do this a little differently in 2021! 

#Givethanks for your Covid-19 vaccine

We are partnering with Christian Aid to help people give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccine and help others in crisis across the world.

 

The idea is to give people in our Diocese an opportunity to pass on the sense of relief and blessing at being vaccinated by making a donation to Christian Aid’s #Givethanks Coronavirus Appeal.

Funds from the appeal are helping vulnerable communities around the world access soap, food and vital health information in the face of the pandemic, and a special donations page has been set up to allow your donations to go to South Sudan.

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Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them.

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. Best Wishes

Jeanette

 

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22nd February 2021

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
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

 

Monday 22nd February @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 24th February

 

5.00pm Rectory Tea Room followed by –

 

6.00pm -Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above and that there is no obligation to join in with the above after the Tea Room chat if you do not wish to).

Friday 26th February @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayers with Rev.Tony Gilbert via online Three Valleys link.

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

28th February

 

10.00amRecorded Communion Service via Three Valleys Facebook page with Rev.Richard Kirlew

Also -

10.00am – Fourth Sunday Service via Zoom

(please contact George for the link)

The above is informal worship led by the Fourth Sunday team, so there'll be prayer, music, chat, the daily gospel reading, and an extended interview. We'd love you to feel able to pass this invite on, so please do so.  Look forward to seeing you there.

George

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

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Tuesday dates as follows: -

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

Thursday dates as follows: -

25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March, 25th March

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all.

Good Friday – 2nd April

Easter Sunday– 4th April

 

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.

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer on Wednesdays & Sundays from 8.00am - 6.00pm


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 mid May 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021

World Day of Prayer 2021

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

Friday 5th March 2021

Save the date!


As I write this article for the magazine the year has just turned and COVID-19 is still controlling much of our lives. Although we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccinations bringing the pandemic under control, I cannot see that we will be in a position to meet together as we usually do by the beginning of March.


I have been wondering how we could still celebrate with the women of Vanuatu, who have compiled the service this year. The service sheets etc. were sent out some time ago, so my plan is to broadcast the service on Zoom.

In previous years we have had meetings and a time of preparation. This may not be practical this year, but I know many of you have been willing to take part in the past and hope you may do so again by reading. We may be unable to do it exactly as it is in the book, but we will follow most of it.


Anyone who is interested in taking part or simply joining us on the day please contact 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Holwell Rectory on 01963 23570, and I urge you all to keep an eye on the websitewww.threevalleysteam.org.uk

Many Thanks

Liz Kirlew

New Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

……………………………………………..

Dear Friends

The Book of Common Prayer Collect for the first Sunday in Lent is:

O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

I recently read that this prayer was composed for the pearlier 1549 Prayer Book because the older Latin Collect was in Archbishop Cranmer’s view focused too heavily on the good work of fasting and he did not like it.

It seems the Church of England has always had a slightly ambivalent view towards the value of fasting. It published the following table in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer: A Table of the Vigils, Fasts, and Days of Abstinence, to be Observed in the Year. In which it is clear that no distinction is made between ‘Fasting’ and ‘Abstinence’. This merging of ideas might explain why our modern emphasis seems to have changed from fasting during lent to the idea of giving something up (Abstinence) such as chocolate.

Today we have moved even further away from the Book of Common Prayer concepts often to advocating taking something up for the Lenten period or doing something positive that we would not normally do but which benefits society or someone else. I personally prefer this idea.

However, whatever you do decide to do remember it is to help us prepare for Easter. There is always a danger that we become too involved with the processes – to fast or not to fast, what should I give up this year, what book shall I try to read during Lent and so on? It is important not to forget that whatever you decide to do is means to an end and not an end in itself.

And by the way, nowhere does it say we need to make ourselves or others miserable for Lent.

Mathew 6 vs 17 and 18 when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,18so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting,

Yours

Tony Gilbert

Rector Three Valleys Benefice

Press Release on Holnest Church

Holnest Church encased in scaffolding

What has been happening behind the scaffolding walls at Holnest Church? A question that you may have asked yourself, if during the past few months, you have passed Holnest Church alongside the A352 Sherborne to Dorchester road. The scaffolding walls and cover have been protecting this Grade 1 listed building from the rain, wind and snow whilst essential repair works are being carried out. These works include repairs to the chancel roof, church windows and the repointing of the church tower. No one embarks on a £125,000 scheme of repairs, on an ancient building, without expecting to uncover a few surprises. After tiles were carefully removed and numbered for safe storage it became apparent that several of the chancel roof trusses and wall plate were in a much poorer condition than anticipated, the north slope being close to a state of collapse. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) took advice from the architect and a structural engineer to agree workable solutions. Experts described the roof construction to be ‘unusual’ but nevertheless ‘well thought out’, and ‘cleverly assembled’. Hence the skilled repair work needed has been much more extensive than planned. Closer inspection of the church tower found that, up to 150 years ago, three of the quoins had been renewed. The fourth quoin had been extensively patched with cement filler and was in very fragile condition, rendering it unsafe and in danger of collapse onto the church porch. This is being remedied by rebuilding the south-east quoin, in accordance with permissions obtained from Salisbury Diocese, using stone sourced from a local quarry. The stone will be expertly tooled and safely positioned and secured by skilled stonemasons. Rainwater has been penetrating the west walls making the rear of the church extremely damp. This was thought to be entirely due to ineffective or missing pointing in the west wall and church tower and around the west window, all included for repair in the scheme of works. However, further investigation found that the lead flashing to the apex of the west end of the south aisle roof, had either slipped or was missing and rainwater was finding its way into the church via this conduit. Additional works are required to address this. Furthermore, the PCC having incurred costs for the erection of the scaffolding around the church tower, agreed it made economic sense to instruct the contractor to carry out needy masonry repairs to all of the tower windows. Needless to say, these revelations have extended the length of the contract and substantially increased costs. Additionally, the impact of Covid-19 and low temperatures have caused further delay. The PCC do not expect to be able to reopen the church until at least mid-May. The churchyard does remain open for those wishing to attend graves. The PCC received local financial support from Dorset Historic Churches Trust £10,000; Erskine Muton Trust £10,000; proceeds from local Whist Drives £7,000 and the Friends of Holnest Church £5,000. These generous donations put the PCC in a very strong position to apply for further funding form the National Lottery Heritage fund. They successful secured £74,500 from the fund and more recently have been awarded a grant increase of £14,500 towards additional costs, both made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The Friends of Holnest Church have also pledged a further contribution towards the additional costs and we are particularly thankful to their membership. Holnest PCC is extremely grateful for the generosity of all its supporters over many years, they have collectively enabled this project to proceed. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the final push to fully fund the project and to raise funds for the additional costs has been severely hampered by the cancellation of planned fundraising events and little chance of planning new event in the near future. Therefore, the PCC continues to be open to receive 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, White Hart Lodge, Holnest Park, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6HA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

Holnest Church with managed churchyard surrounded by wildlife

Bishop makes national news on Net Zero

18 Feb, 2021 07:19 PM

As the Church of England's lead bishop for the environment, Bishop Nicholas has been quoted in a National Church release and in a number of news outlets.

After learning of the first findings from a nationwide study to capture carbon impacts in the Church of England, the Bishop said:

“Committing the Church of England to become net-zero by 2030 has emphasised the urgency of the climate crisis. It has inspired us all to pick up the pace in the care of God’s creation.

“There has been a magnificent response already, but it is sobering to realise how much more is needed. The Energy Footprint Tool, good advice and some excellent case studies are available to stimulate, encourage and help.

“We need to be working at this in every Church community – churches, chaplaincies, schools, homes and offices - as we move towards our 2030 target for the sake of the world God loves.”

Reports on the first findings from a nationwide study to capture carbon impacts in the Church of England.

Church of England
Church Times
BBC
Christian Today
Premier

Premier also quotes the Church of England's Head of Church Buildings, Becky Clark, regarding the big and small steps churches can take towards becoming Net Zero.

 

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

 ► GET INVOLVED ► CURRENT CAMPAIGNS ► FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

22 February to 7 March 2021

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks. mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

In 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone and we know that physically campaigning and meeting people will continue to be challenging in 2021 but we have also heard from so many of you that you want to continue to support Fairtrade through this time.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message and is where your role begins. You are part of the Fairtrade movement and you have the power to drive long-term change, not only with your shopping choices but with your support in spreading the message. We just have to do this a little differently in 2021! 

……………………………………..

Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them.

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. Best Wishes

Jeanette

THREE

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INFORMATION SHEET

 

 

15th February 2021

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

 

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

 

Keep us, good Lord,

 

under the shadow of your mercy.

 

Sustain and support the anxious,

 

be with those who care for the sick,

 

and lift up all who are brought low;

 

that we may find comfort

 

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

 

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

 

 

Monday 15h February @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody

 

 

 

(Ash Wednesday) 17th February

 

7.30pm Prayers followed by the first part of the Lent Course via Zoom. (Clergy will be sending out invitations to join the above link). Names for above may be sent to Rev.George Moody or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:: - Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew will resume on Wednesday 24th February @ 6.00pm (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

 

Friday 19th February @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayers with Rev.Anne Budgell via online Three Valleys link.

 

 

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

 

 

21st February – 10.00am

 

Rev.Richard Kirlew – Service of the Word via Zoom (please contact Richard if you would like the link).

 

Also -

 

Recorded Service of ‘Holy Communion for Lent’ with Rev.George Moody via Facebook.

 

28th February – 10.00am – Eucharist via Three Valleys Facebook page

 

Also: -

 

10.00amFourth Sunday Service via Zoom

 

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

 

 

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Lent Course!

 

 

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

 

Ash Wednesday – February 17th will be a ‘Joint Session for all – times to be confirmed. After this, the following 6 sessions will be split into two – Tuesdays and repeated on a Thursday – (7 sessions in all).

 

 

 

Tuesday dates as follows: -

 

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

 

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all.

 

Good Friday – 2nd April

 

Easter Sunday– 4th April

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Church Video links

 

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

 

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

 

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

 

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

 

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

 

St Andrew's Yetminster:

 

Open for personal prayer on Wednesdays & Sundays from 8.00am - 6.00pm

 


Leigh, St Andrew’s

 

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 April 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021

 

World Day of Prayer 2021

 

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

 

Friday 5th March 2021

 

Save the date!

 


As I write this article for the magazine the year has just turned and COVID-19 is still controlling much of our lives. Although we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccinations bringing the pandemic under control, I cannot see that we will be in a position to meet together as we usually do by the beginning of March.

 


I have been wondering how we could still celebrate with the women of Vanuatu, who have compiled the service this year. The service sheets etc. were sent out some time ago, so my plan is to broadcast the service on Zoom.

 

In previous years we have had meetings and a time of preparation. This may not be practical this year, but I know many of you have been willing to take part in the past and hope you may do so again by reading. We may be unable to do it exactly as it is in the book, but we will follow most of it.

 


Anyone who is interested in taking part or simply joining us on the day please contact 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Holwell Rectory on 01963 23570, and I urge you all to keep an eye on the websitewww.threevalleysteam.org.uk

 

Many Thanks

 

Liz Kirlew

 

New Alpha Course – postponed

 

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

 

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

 

Ash Wednesday 2021

 

Wednesday 17th February is Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and falls on the first day of Lent, which marks 6 weeks of penitence before Easter.

 

Original photo Pixabay

 

Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians and derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or the dictum "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The ashes are prepared by burning palm leaf crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday celebrations.

 

As you may know, it is the custom to ‘ash’ attendees at an Ash Wednesday service with an ash cross on their forehead, but this year, with the Covid restrictions in place, this will have to be done very differently.

 

Many of our churches are holding Zoom services, and details of what is being offered will be available on your local church's website. Where ashing is able to take place, it will be done by "sprinkling" to maintain social distancing.

 

Bishop Nicholas will also be presiding and preaching in Salisbury Cathedral at the 5.30pm Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes. The Bishop invites those who do not have their own services at this time to join him.

 

And if you would like to join in from home by placing ashes on your own forehead or those of your family members, here is how to make them:

 

  • Take an old palm leaf cross, cut it up, and place it in a flame proof container.
  • Set light to it - matches work best.
  • When it has burned to ashes, break them down to a fine ash.

 

Then take a little olive oil (any other oil will do, but olive oil is traditional) and mix the ashes with the oil. Make sure you don’t get them too wet.

 

 

 

Light in the Darkness

 

As our parishes seek to bring hope and transformation to their communities, many new approaches come directly from thinking about the local area, responding to needs, and literally shining out the hope of the Christian gospel.

 

Churches in Warminster have launched a chat line and an interactive display. Christ Church, St Denys and St John's collaborated on a tree of light, an unmissable vinyl banner, and a set of printed reflections outside Christ Church that passers-by could use to access content online.

 

Christ Church Vicar Lorraine Dobbins says:

 

"It's about discovering the Light and Love of Christ in the darkness of the situation we all find ourselves in right now.

 

"We decided that we wanted to create a visible sign to the wider community that 'There is a Light that Shines in the Darkness' and that it is experienced through the love of Jesus. So we decided that as we are on top of a hill we would light a tree up near the roadside of the church grounds with lights and place a big banner underneath it to remind those in our community that the light of Christ still shines in the darkness of lockdown and isolation.

 

"That at a time of year that is difficult for many - even without the added weight of Covid-19 and restrictions - when lots of people feel in a dark place, that the light of Christ continually shines and that he can bring light into our lives.

 

"In addition to the tree of lights and the accompanying banner we have also placed some reflections around our tree which we hope will bring light and hope to those who need it right now. Each reflection has a QR code so that people can listen as well as read and have a hymn or worship song to listen to which is connected to each reflection.

 

"We plan to keep changing the reflections every few weeks so that the church grounds can be a place for people to draw near to the light of Christ and connect to God. We don't have an end date in mind, and plan to keep it there for all to see with different reflections as long as people need it."

 

The letter also speaks of the particular impact of the pandemic on poorer communities, minority ethnic communities and those living with disabilities.

 

It acknowledges many who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic and it speaks about those unable to be with loved ones as they died or even at their graveside because of the restrictions.

 

The Archbishops give thanks for NHS and social care staff, who they describe as “a blessing and lifeline for our nation”; for clergy, other frontline workers and “so many good neighbours”. They give thanks for the development of vaccines and reiterate a call to everyone to take the vaccine when it is offered.

 

A Big Sleep at Home to help the homeless

 

12 Feb, 2021 08:46 PM

 

Christian charity Alabaré is calling on people across the UK to take part in the Big Sleep at Home event on 5th March, in a necessary change from the annual group sleepout at Salisbury Cathedral and other places.

 

The charity says that the ongoing pandemic, and the economic and mental health repercussions, are putting 1000s more people at risk of homelessness.

 

All the funds raised from the sponsored event will help provide accommodation and support for those who find themselves in crisis and without a home. Big Sleepers will give up their bed for one night, and sleep in an uncomfortable place in their home, garden or other venue permitted by Covid restrictions.

 

Throughout the evening, Alabaré will be joined by local celebrities and other figures as the event is streamed online. Bishop Andrew has already signed up to take part, and newly appointed Alabaré Patron, author and presenter Revd Joanna Jepson will be sleeping out from her post as a British Army chaplain.

 

Ted Uren, a member of St Lawrence’s Stratford sub Castle, has taken part in the Salisbury Cathedral Big Sleep for many years and this time he is planning to sleep on a bench in his garden.

 

The Revd Sharon Boyle, a curate in the Wimborne Minster and The Wimborne Villages is also taking part with her family, as is Rector Eleanor Rance from Salisbury Plain Benefice.

 

Helen Inglis, Church Engagement Officer at Alabaré says:

 

“We are thrilled that people are responding so positively to the idea of doing the Big Sleep at Home. Thanks to all those signing up online, we can still hold this vital, community event, making a massive difference for those who are struggling or facing crisis during this devasting pandemic.

 

"We are so grateful to all the church communities that support us so generously, and do hope that they will encourage their clergy and members of their congregations to join us from their homes, gardens or even churches!”

 

Staff at Alabaré homes have been working on the frontline throughout the crisis, making sure those who have lost their own home have safety, warmth, food, and support to begin rebuilding their lives once more.

 

The charity has lined up a diverse and entertaining evening for those sleeping out at home.

 

Big Sleepers will be able to listen in to a bedtime story from renowned award-winning local author Barney Norris, take part in den building with ex-SAS Major Ken Hames, join in an online quiz, and hear from Alabaré CEO Andrew Lord, as well as some of the many people who have been supported by Alabaré and who know first-hand the difference that events like the Big Sleep can make.

 

This year’s event replaces the charity annual Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral which cannot take place due to the current Covid restrictions.

 

For more information, and to register for free, go to www.alabare.co.uk.

 

Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them.

 

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. Best Wishes

 

Jeanette

 

 

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8th February 2021

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 8th February @ 6.00pmCompline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday 10th February

 

5.00pm – Rectory Tea room chat followed by 6.00pm - Celtic Night Prayer via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above). Please note that if you wish to join above for tea & chat only there is no obligation to stay for the Celtic Night prayers.

Friday 12th February @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayers with Rev.Tony Gilbert via online Three Valleys link.

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

14th February – 10.00am Eurcharist via Three Valleys Facebook page with Rev.Anne Budgell & Keith Budgell.

Plus

10.00am Second Sunday service via Zoom with Rev.George Moody.

17th February – Ash Wednesday

7.00pm Prayers followed by the first part of the Lent Course via Zoom. (Please email Clergy for link). Names for above may be sent to Rev.George Moody or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

21st February – 10.00am – Eucharist via Three Valleys Facebook page.

28th February – 10.00am – Eucharist via Three Valleys Facebook page

Plus: -

10.00amFourth Sunday Service via Zoom

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

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

New Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Ash Wednesday – February 17th will be a ‘Joint Session for all – times to be confirmed. After this, the following 6 sessions will be split into two – Tuesdays and repeated on a Thursday – (7 sessions in all).

 

Tuesday dates as follows: -

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all.

Good Friday – 2nd April

Easter Sunday– 4th April

 

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

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

Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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

 

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

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer on Wednesdays & Sundays from 8.00am - 6.00pm


Leigh, St Andrew’s

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (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 April 2021. The churchyard remains open for anyone to attend to graves. Any enquiries to Jenny Hunnisett 01963 210562

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

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

 

Updated Guidance

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021

World Day of Prayer 2021

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

Friday 5th March 2021

Save the date!


As I write this article for the magazine the year has just turned and COVID-19 is still controlling much of our lives. Although we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccinations bringing the pandemic under control, I cannot see that we will be in a position to meet together as we usually do by the beginning of March.


I have been wondering how we could still celebrate with the women of Vanuatu, who have compiled the service this year. The service sheets etc. were sent out some time ago, so my plan is to broadcast the service on Zoom.

In previous years we have had meetings and a time of preparation. This may not be practical this year, but I know many of you have been willing to take part in the past and hope you may do so again by reading. We may be unable to do it exactly as it is in the book, but we will follow most of it.


Anyone who is interested in taking part or simply joining us on the day please contact 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Holwell Rectory on 01963 23570, and I urge you all to keep an eye on the websitewww.threevalleysteam.org.uk

Many Thanks

Liz Kirlew

New Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

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

Remembering the 100,000

29 Jan, 2021 01:40 PM

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are issuing a call to the nation to pause and reflect to remember the more than 100,000 people across the UK who have died after contracting Covid-19 and all those who know and love them.

In an open letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell invite everyone across England – whether they have faith or not – to pause, reflect on the “enormity of this pandemic” and to pray.

Death, they insist, does not have “the last word”, and the Christian faith promises that one day “every tear will be wiped away”.

God, they write, knows grief and suffering and “shares in the weight of our sadness”.

Acknowledging the wider impact of the pandemic on the whole of society through loneliness, anxiety and economic hardship, they invite people to “cast their fears on God”.

The letter also speaks of the particular impact of the pandemic on poorer communities, minority ethnic communities and those living with disabilities.

It acknowledges many who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic and it speaks about those unable to be with loved ones as they died or even at their graveside because of the restrictions.

The Archbishops give thanks for NHS and social care staff, who they describe as “a blessing and lifeline for our nation”; for clergy, other frontline workers and “so many good neighbours”. They give thanks for the development of vaccines and reiterate a call to everyone to take the vaccine when it is offered.

'Love Your Neighbour' for Lent

29 Jan, 2021 01:37 PM

As we approach a Lockdown Lent, the Send a Cow charity is asking church and youth groups to embrace technology to support work with refugees, including South Sudanese, in Uganda.

 

Hellen and her family are part of the local Ugandan community in Palabek Settlement.

This Lent, Send a Cow is asking churches to ‘Love Your Neighbour’ in support of refugee work in Uganda.

Send a Cow’s Ann Hatton says:

“Our resources are designed to help churches get together remotely, have fun and support our refugee projects.

“Get social, bring hope and raise funds by holding a virtual coffee morning on Zoom! To make it different from your normal Zoom meetings, invite a Send a Cow speaker to join you - we can tell you about our refugee projects and your guests can ask as many questions they like - all socially distanced!

“Challenge your youth group to host a virtual quiz for the whole church in support of refugee families. We’ve got lots of resources to help your youth group get started with their Quiz Night Fun event. Download your Bible reflection and Quiz suggestions at sendacow.org/youth.”

'We give thanks for his wise support'

03 Feb, 2021 08:06 PM

More tributes and praise have been coming in for Bishop Nicholas as the announcement of his retirement in July sinks in.

Clockwise: Joy Tubbs with Bishop Nicholas, Gillian Clarke, Dean Nicholas, Lydia Cook, Nigel Salisbury

The Revd Lydia Cooke, Chair of our Diocesan Synod’s House of Clergy said:

“On behalf on the clergy of the Diocese I wish Bishop Nicholas and Helen all the very best in retirement. When Bishop Nick stood in front of us at Bryanston School on our clergy day as a newly-minted Bishop, there was sustained and heartfelt applause. I think now, after his 10 years of leadership, there would be equally as heartfelt and sustained applause.

“Bishop Nick has challenged, inspired, encouraged, and sometimes insisted, but always with humility, prayerfulness and wisdom. We may not have been transformed as a Diocese, but we have been changed, and that has been due to Bishop Nick’s leadership. Just as he has many times blessed us, we now bless him as he heads to retirement.”

And Gillian Clarke, Chair of the House of Laity said:

“It is with sadness that we learn of Bishop Nicholas's forthcoming retirement. But it is also a time to celebrate and give thanks for all that he has brought to us over the last decade.

“He has been, and is, a great bishop. From the very beginning with his Let's Talk initiative, he has been approachable, he has listened, he has brought vision and wisdom and he has been an inspirational spiritual guide and leader. I have valued his collaborative support, his thoughtfulness and his visible presence throughout our diocese, in local communities and churches.

“As we wish him and Helen all the very best in his well-deserved retirement, we will go forward as a diocese, as we seek to live out our vision, Renewing Hope: Pray Serve Grow; a lasting legacy for which Bishop Nicholas will long be remembered and loved.”

Pancakes are back!

03 Feb, 2021 08:05 PM

The Wimborne Minster Pancake Race is back on - a local community group stepped in and made it virtual.

Original photo by Anthony Oliver

Anthony Oliver, the Minster's Press Officer who normally organises the annual race together with a small committee said:

"Everyone was disappointed this year when Wimborne Minster had to cancel the annual pancake race due to Covid-19. Although a physical race cannot take place, Wimborne Minster can now invite you to test your tossing skills, by filming yourself tossing a pancake for 30 seconds and posting it to Facebook."

The virtual competition is being organised and sponsored by Wimborne BID on behalf of the Minster Church.

Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them – Thank you.

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

Best Wishes

Jeanette

 

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25th January 2021

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
who caused the light of the gospel
to shine throughout the world
through the preaching of your servant Saint Paul:
grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion
may follow him in bearing witness to your truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 25th January @ 6.00pm – Compline/Evening prayers with Rev.George Moody via Zoom

 

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

Friday 29th January @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayer with Rev.Tony Gilbert via online Three Valleys link.

 

Sunday 31st January – @ 10.00am

 

Recorded Eucharist with Rev.Richard Kirlew via Zoom (please contact Richard if you would like the link for above)

Plus –

Rev.George Moody (live via Three Valleys Facebook) please contact George if you do not have the link for above.

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

31st January 2021 (Actual in-Church Services Cancelled)

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

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

New Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Ash Wednesday – February 17th will be a ‘Joint Session for all – times to be confirmed. After this, the following 6 sessions will be split into two – Tuesdays and repeated on a Thursday – (7 sessions in all).

Tuesday dates as follows: -

23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March

Thursday 1st April (Maundy Thursday) is the   final joint session for all.

Good Friday – 2nd April

Easter Sunday– 4th April

 

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.

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

Batcombe St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Chetnole St Peter open on Sundays & Wednesdays 10am to 4pm (possibly earlier or later depending on the day) There is a food bank hamper in church and we welcome your donations. Also, a restocked and extended book and puzzle exchange.

 

Hermitage St Mary open on Sundays & Wednesdays 

Leigh St Andrew open daily 10am to 4pm

Yetminster St Andrew open Sundays & Wednesday 8am to 6pm

Beer Hackett St Michael open on Sundays & Wednesdays 10am to 4pm

Bradford Abbas St Mary open on Sundays & Wednesdays 9am to 7pm

Thornford St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays 10am to 4pm 

Folke St Lawrence open on Tuesday & Saturdays 10am to 4pm

Glanvilles Wootton St Mary open onSundays & Wednesdays 10am to 4pm

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

Holwell St Laurence open by appointment – phone numbers on Church Porch Gate and Village Noticeboard.

Pulham St Thomas a Beckett open every day 10am to 4pm for private prayer

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

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

 

Updated Guidance

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021

World Day of Prayer 2021

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

Friday 5th March 2021

Save the date!


As I write this article for the magazine the year has just turned and COVID-19 is still controlling much of our lives. Although we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccinations bringing the pandemic under control, I cannot see that we will be in a position to meet together as we usually do by the beginning of March.


I have been wondering how we could still celebrate with the women of Vanuatu, who have compiled the service this year. The service sheets etc. were sent out some time ago, so my plan is to broadcast the service on Zoom.

In previous years we have had meetings and a time of preparation. This may not be practical this year, but I know many of you have been willing to take part in the past and hope you may do so again by reading. We may be unable to do it exactly as it is in the book, but we will follow most of it.


Anyone who is interested in taking part or simply joining us on the day please contact 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Holwell Rectory on 01963 23570, and I urge you all to keep an eye on the websitewww.threevalleysteam.org.uk

Many Thanks

Liz Kirlew

New Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

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

Advent windows at Yetminster – they are done as collages.

World Leprosy Day 2021

World Leprosy Day is taking place on Sunday 31st January 2021. It’s an important day, an opportunity to use the voices of 1000s of people worldwide to raise awareness of leprosy. So what will this achieve?

The Leprosy Mission has 4 key aims this year, as below.

Ensuring people are aware of the signs, symptoms and cure
Our number one goal this World Leprosy Day is ensuring that all people in leprosy-affected countries are aware of the signs and symptoms of leprosy and that the leprosy is curable.

WRIGGLE VALLEY BRANCH OF

THE MOTHERS' UNION

www.mothersunion.org

We welcome anyone interested in supporting family life.

For further information please look on the MU website (see link above) 

If you would like to join us - we would love to have members from other areas of The Three Valleys - do contact Margaret Shipman on 01935 872440.

Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them – Thank you.

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

 

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18th January 2021

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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

 

Monday 18th January @ 6.00pm – Compline with Rev.George Moody via Zoom. Please email for a link.

 

Wednesday Wednesday 20th January @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 22nd January 6pm – Evening Prayer with Rev.Anne Budgell via Three Valleys Facebook page

 

Sunday 24th January 10amRecorded Eucharist with Rev.Richard Kirlew via Three Valleys Facebook page

Plus

24th January 10am 4th Sunday Service – Rev.George Moody (live via Zoom service at 10.00am) please contact George if you do not have the link for above.

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

24th January 2021 (Actual in-Church Services Cancelled)

31st January 2021 (Actual in-Church Services Cancelled)

(Please note that on every Sunday morning @ 10.00am via Three Valleys Facebook page or Zoom the Rev.Anne Budgell or another Minister will be leading a service of worship. Please email for link if Zoom.)

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

Church Wardens Meeting reminder

Monday 25th January 2021 @ 10.30am

 

Tony will be sending out invitations to join meeting – please contact him if you do not receive this link.

Subjects to be discussed at above meeting include ‘Where are we going for February?’

New Lent Course!

 

A Zoom based Lent Course produced by Dr Peter Walker, including videos from Palestine will be beginning in the benefice this February. (The above is a professionally produced video which will include sites where Jesus visited). This will be an account of the Easter Story – Jesus’s life & Crucifixion.

Ash Wednesday – February 17th will be a ‘Joint Session for all – times to be confirmed. After this, the following 6 sessions will be split into two – Tuesdays and repeated on a Thursday – (7 sessions in all).

More details to follow.

 

Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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

Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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

Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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

 

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

 

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer on Wednesdays & Sundays from 8.00am-6.00pm


Leigh, St Andrew’s

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

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

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

 

Updated Guidance

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021

World Day of Prayer 2021

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

Friday 5th March 2021

Save the date!


As I write this article for the magazine the year has just turned and COVID-19 is still controlling much of our lives. Although we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccinations bringing the pandemic under control, I cannot see that we will be in a position to meet together as we usually do by the beginning of March.


I have been wondering how we could still celebrate with the women of Vanuatu, who have compiled the service this year. The service sheets etc. were sent out some time ago, so my plan is to broadcast the service on Zoom.

In previous years we have had meetings and a time of preparation. This may not be practical this year, but I know many of you have been willing to take part in the past and hope you may do so again by reading. We may be unable to do it exactly as it is in the book, but we will follow most of it.


Anyone who is interested in taking part or simply joining us on the day please contact 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Holwell Rectory on 01963 23570, and I urge you all to keep an eye on the websitewww.threevalleysteam.org.uk

Many Thanks

Liz Kirlew

Ride+Stride - a record result!

08 Jan, 2021 08:41 PM

Dorset Historic Churches Trust has announced that its annual fundraising event, the Ride+Stride for Churches held in September, raised an amazing £110,000 – a record amount - in its 60th year.

New Alpha Course – postponed

(The above has been postponed until the Spring or until we can meet once again)

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

Here is a composite picture of the       Advent windows in Chetnole.

WRIGGLE VALLEY BRANCH OF

THE MOTHERS' UNION

www.mothersunion.org

We welcome anyone interested in supporting family life.

For further information please look on the MU website (see link above) 

If you would like to join us - we would love to have members from other areas of The Three Valleys - do contact Margaret Shipman on 01935 872440.

Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them – Thank you.

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

 

 

 

THREE

VALLEYS

INFORMATION SHEET

 

 

11th January 2021

Prayer for the Day

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
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

 

Monday 11thth January @ 6.00pm – Compline with Rev.George Moody

 

Wednesday Wednesday 13th January @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayers via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 15th January @ 6.00pm – Evening Prayer with Rev.Anne Budgell via online Three Valleys link.

 

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

10th January 2021 (Actual Services cancelled)

10:00am Service with Communion with Rev.Tony Gilbert. (Please note that this will be live via Zoom and recorded. Tony has asked me to explain that people’s faces will not be shown in recording). Contact Tony if you do not already have the Zoom Link and would like to join in.

17th January 2021 (Church Services Cancelled)

 

24th January 2021 (Church Services Cancelled)

 

31st January 2021 (Church Services Cancelled)

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

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

 

Advent Collect from the Bishop of Salisbury
 
A
lmighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that, on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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.

 

 

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

…………………..

Tony Gilbert

Thoughts for the day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Thursday 24th December 2020

Christmas Eve

This will be my last thought for the day for a bit as I will be concentrating now on Christmas services and then some time off. However, from the feedback I get I gather you still like these thoughts so I will return in January.

Today I have for you two thoughts or sayings from C S Lewis who many of you will know from his famous series of Narnia books and another one incorrectly attributed to his friend JRR Tolkein who wrote Lord of the Rings. In fact, it was inserted into the dialogue of the film by the producer and did not originate from Tolkein himself but nonetheless it is worth quoting and at Christmas I think these three sayings are worth repeating.

First from Lord of the Rings

Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check but that is not what I have found. It is small everyday deeds of ordinary people that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Lord of the Rings Film

“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
C.S. Lewis

As I say all three seem to be appropriate thoughts for Christmas

Have Blessed Christmas

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer on Wednesdays & Sundays from 10.00am-4.00pm


Leigh, St Andrew’s

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

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

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

 

Updated Guidance

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

New Alpha Course – January 2021

(The above has been postponed until the Spring)

Bishops

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

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

Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them – Thank you.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021

World Day of Prayer 2021

“Build on a Strong Foundation”

Friday 5th March 2021

Save the date!


As I write this article for the magazine the year has just turned and COVID-19 is still controlling much of our lives. Although we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccinations bringing the pandemic under control, I cannot see that we will be in a position to meet together as we usually do by the beginning of March.


I have been wondering how we could still celebrate with the women of Vanuatu, who have compiled the service this year. The service sheets etc. were sent out some time ago, so my plan is to broadcast the service on Zoom.

In previous years we have had meetings and a time of preparation. This may not be practical this year, but I know many of you have been willing to take part in the past and hope you may do so again by reading. We may be unable to do it exactly as it is in the book, but we will follow most of it.


Anyone who is interested in taking part or simply joining us on the day please contact 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Holwell Rectory on 01963 23570, and I urge you all to keep an eye on the websitewww.threevalleysteam.org.uk

Many Thanks

Liz Kirlew

Ride+Stride - a record result!

08 Jan, 2021 08:41 PM

Dorset Historic Churches Trust has announced that its annual fundraising event, the Ride+Stride for Churches held in September, raised an amazing £110,000 – a record amount - in its 60th year.

There was some considerable doubt about asking the charity’s members and friends to take part in a sponsored walk, cycle or canter in this challenging year with all its restrictions. But in the end, the outcome surpassed every previous year.

The beautiful and historic church buildings of Dorset are in greater need of support than ever with incomes sharply down because of the pandemic. This heartening result means that more grants can be made to churches to repair leaking roofs, to prop up sagging walls and install better community facilities.

The Trust’s Chairman, John Stokoe explained how delighted he is to announce this result.

“There was a point in the year when we considered calling off the whole event,” he said.

“But we have been blessed with great supporters all over the county and I thank them all wholeheartedly.”

The Channel Islands join our Cycle of Prayer

As we move forward in the discernment process that we hope will see the Channel Islands becoming attached to the Diocese of Salisbury, we have begun to pray together and for each other.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

From January, the Channel Islands’ parishes and their work will be included in our daily Cycle of Prayer.

The Spirit of Christmas, 2020

As the saying goes, 'necessity is the mother of invention', and our parishes and schools have been as innovative as we have come to expect in this unprecedented year. Here's what various parishes and schools have to say about their local celebrations, many of which reached a much wider audience.

 

Matt Smith, Corfe Mullen:

"We at St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen have been enjoying filming a nativity play, lots of characters played by a few actors, our 3 Kings visited the local Alpaca rescue centre to film a scene, nearest thing we could find to camels. So much fun!"

"Last night was wonderful, please pass on our thanks to everyone involved in making it happen. My dad in Scotland tuned in too...he said he'd felt so connected to us as a result

Emily Broomhead, Chalke Valley:

"In a week when plans to celebrate have changed and many may be apprehensive about gathering together, we offer you a simply glorious way to approach Christmas. This virtual service has contributions from every parish in our Benefice, many of your favourite carols, and is simply one of the best services we have done this year."

Emily adds:

"Every normal year the children of Coombe Bissett School come to the Church of St Michael and All Angels to take part in their Christingle service. This year of course is not normal! It was unsafe to bring children in their separate school bubbles with their parents into church. So, we decided to take Christingles to them in bags!" .

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Here is a composite picture of the       Advent windows in Chetnole.

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.

Happy New Year to you all!

 

 

 

 

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VALLEYS

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4th January 2021

Prayer for the Day

God our Father,
in love you sent your Son
that the world may have life:
lead us to seek him among the outcast
and to find him in those in need,
for Jesus Christ’s sake.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE

AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week

 

Monday 4th January @ 6.00pmCancelled

 

Wednesday Wednesday 6th January @ 6.00pm – Celtic Night Prayer via Zoom with Rev.Richard Kirlew (please contact Richard if you do not have the link for above).

Friday 8th January @ 6.00pm – Cancelled

 

 

 

Plough Sunday Service @ Caundle Marsh Church – Sunday 10th January 2021

 

Sadly, it has been decided to cancel the above event.

Other Services in the Three Valleys

 

10th January 2021

 

Bradford Abbas – 10.00am Family Service

Yetminster School (Layled) – 10.00am Second Sunday

Chetnole – 10.00am

On-line 10:00am Service via Three Valleys Facebook page with Anne & Keith Budgell

17th January 2021

 

Beer Hackett – 10.00am Holy Communion

Holwell – 10.00am Holy Communion

Yetminster – 10.00am Holy Communion

24th January 2021

Folke 10.00am Holy Communion

Hermitage 18.00 Holy Communion

 

Leigh 10.00am Holy Communion

 

Howell 10.00am (Village Hall 4th Sunday service)

Thornford 10.00am Family Service

 

31st January 2021

Batcombe 10.00am Holy Communion

Bradford Abbas 10.00am Holy Communion

Glanvilles Wootton 10.00am Holy Communion

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

 

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.

 

 

Advent Collect from the Bishop of Salisbury
 
A
lmighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that, on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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.

 

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

…………………..

Tony Gilbert

Thoughts for the day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Thursday 24th December 2020

Christmas Eve

This will be my last thought for the day for a bit as I will be concentrating now on Christmas services and then some time off. However, from the feedback I get I gather you still like these thoughts so I will return in January.

Today I have for you two thoughts or sayings from C S Lewis who many of you will know from his famous series of Narnia books and another one incorrectly attributed to his friend JRR Tolkein who wrote Lord of the Rings. In fact, it was inserted into the dialogue of the film by the producer and did not originate from Tolkein himself but nonetheless it is worth quoting and at Christmas I think these three sayings are worth repeating.

First from Lord of the Rings

Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check but that is not what I have found. It is small everyday deeds of ordinary people that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Lord of the Rings Film

“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
C.S. Lewis

As I say all three seem to be appropriate thoughts for Christmas

Have Blessed Christmas

Church Video links

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

St. Peter’s Church, Chetnole

https://youtu.be/IHvaC_h9Ry0 and also

St Michael’s, Beer Hackett

https://youtu.be/FJBu-ECA8dg

ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING CHURCHES

St Andrew's Yetminster:

Open for personal prayer daily from 8.00am – 12.00noon.  


Leigh, St Andrew’s

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

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hermitage - open on Wednesdays & Sundays

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

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

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

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

 

Updated Guidance

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

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.

New Year Walk

Ryme Intrinseca villagers plan to hold their ‘Annual New Year walk’ which has been pencilled in for 10 January 2021, meeting at Frankham Farm. There will be more information nearer the time about food etc. but it looks as though dogs on leads will also be welcome.

Bishops

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

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

Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not be receiving a copy by email from the office plus forward me contact details of anyone who would like a copy sent directly to them – Thank you.

The Channel Islands join our Cycle of Prayer

As we move forward in the discernment process that we hope will see the Channel Islands becoming attached to the Diocese of Salisbury, we have begun to pray together and for each other.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

From January, the Channel Islands’ parishes and their work will be included in our daily Cycle of Prayer.

The Spirit of Christmas, 2020

18 Dec, 2020 09:01 PM

In this year of unprecedented change, we badly need good news, and our parishes and schools have made every effort to deliver special, heartfelt messages to their communities and loved ones, as well as those in need.

The WI Nativity

Necessity has driven innovation, and teamwork can yield unexpected results.

Following the new guidelines on carol singing, the village of Sixpenny Handley pulled out all the stops to hold Village Carols on Friday 11th December.

Canon Richard Hancock led a multi-organisational effort which included the Parish Council, 1st Woodcutts Scouts, the village sports pavilion, Myncen Farm, the Handley Covid Support Team, and St Mary’s Church.

Myncen Farm laid on a traction engine which came through the village driven by Father Christmas, stopping at the village sports pavilion.

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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.

Happy New Year to you all!

ble future. Jeanette