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This page updated 22nd May 2017 


Rogation Sunday at Beer Hackett 21st May




John Bingham writes:


"On 21st May we celebrated Rogation Sunday with friends from Thornford and Bradford Abbas.


Revd. Tony Gilbert and Revd. John Summers led us in a special liturgy comprising a bible reading,

prayers and a hymn on different themes in different places.


Richard Mentern expertly led our singing and kept us in tune.


We began in church, celebrating the new day and our risen Lord.


Next we moved to the churchyard on the theme of the village, parish and its people.


Across the field and by the stream – the blessings of our fields, pastures and the beauty of creation.


Outside Higher Farm – all who work on land and sea and the harvests on which we depend.


In the middle of the wood – we thanked God for our life giving earth and the beauty of the natural world.


Back in the churchyard – we remembered all who have passed before and the gift of our church.


Approximately twenty people (and two dogs) shared a lovely walk in warm dry weather, followed by a tasty brunch in church.


We should thank especially for this, the loyal ladies who always generously work to make everyone so welcome."






Sunday 14th May
As St Andrew's Church Yetminster is closed for re-wiring, this service took place in the Trim Room, Yetminster Jubilee Hall.
Clare Lindsay writes:
"A happy and lively All Ages Service took place on Sunday 14th May, with 14 adults and 10 children attending.  The Reverend John Summers, Amy Mitchell and Gemma Perrin lead us in an enthusiastic celebration of Rogation, explaining to the children through tactile means.
Slabs and  pebbles represented the stony ground, and compost the fertile land, with courgette seeds to plant for everyone. 
We all enjoyed getting our hands dirty, and came home with a small pot to plant.  Amy and Gemma accompanied the singing with their beautiful flute and guitar, and afterwards we all enjoyed coffee and cake in the sunshine.  A happy time was had by all!"

Celebrations for Easter Day in the Three Valleys Team Benefice



Different churches celebrated the joy of Easter in different ways.

The Reverend John Summers led a Family Service in Ryme in the morning and one at Hilfield church in the afternoon. Valerie Rowsell, who attended both services as organist/keyboard player, writes: 

"Ryme - Beautifully decorated, 30 adults, 5 children. and 3 three day old fluffy chicks!
Easter cross decorated with flowers by the children during the lovely service, sermon based on the Gospel.
Easter egg hunt took place in a sunny churchyard after the service.

Hilfield - The little church looked very beautiful with flowers, small wooden crosses and many candles, also an Easter egg tree with a variety of eggs.  An Easter egg hunt took place in the churchyard after a lovely service.
32 adults and five children, great singing as always at Hilfield.  This was followed by refreshments in the church."

Family Communions were held in many other churches.

Leigh held their second Community Spirit Sunday starting with a Holy Communion service and continuing with crafts, chat and a delicious chicken casserole. Over 70 adults and children came with 40 staying for lunch.  The Easter crafts for the children included an Easter trail plus creating Easter Gardens.  A new Easter Banner created by Caroline Birdsell was blessed at the service.


A similar number attended Choral Holy Communion at Yetminster enjoying the beautiful flowers and music and an excellent sermon by our Team Rector, the Reverend Tony Gilbert. Lower Covey Toddlers’ Group had made an Easter Garden where the stone had been rolled away from the tomb to show the white linen left by the risen Christ.


 Lower Covey Toddlers' Easter Garden - the stone is rolled away showing the white linen neatly folded!

Simon Eadon played the refurbished organ, under polythene wraps in preparation for the great maintenance works about to start in the church. The choir started the service with Richard Sheppard’s “Sing Choirs”.  During the Communion Jane Robotham conducted her daughter, Esther, who sang the solo most beautifully in Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum”, accompanied by the St Andrew’s Singers and Simon Eadon on the organ. This was followed by Bruckner’s motet “Locus Iste”. The service finished, after rousing hymns and a voluntary played with great panache by Simon. This was a fitting, happy service in the beautiful church which is now to be closed for re-wiring

Holy Saturday

Churches throughout the Benefice decorated the churches ready for Easter.



Holnest church held a vigil on Saturday Evening.

Good Friday

Many different services of meditation and devotion were held throughout the Three Valleys Team.

Beer Hackett held its traditional Good Friday walk.

The Good Friday Way of the Cross Walk

James Johnsen writes:

"Twenty-five of us, aged from late eighties to just two years old, gathered in bright and brisk weather at Beer Hackett to ascend Knighton Hill and contemplate the various stations in Jesus's last journey, a traditional part of Holy Week. 

We were most fortunate to be led by John Summers who had prepared a beautifully conceived series of six 'stations' entitled" Betrayal, Judgement, Friendship, Suffering, Paradise and It is Finished, each one providing some interesting analysis or thought-provoking ideas drawn from incidents in the well-known story. 

As the clouds rolled in, our Cross was finally planted atop Knighton Hill from where contemplated our own Calgaries in a moment of peace as we drank in the breathtaking views across the beneficence before descending to the barn at Manor Farm where Alice Johnsen kindly provided tea and hot cross buns."



Yetminster and many other churches had  quiet, contemplative services considering the last words of Jesus on the Cross.


Maundy Thursday

Seder Meal

People from different parts of the Benefice met to share the Seder Meal in the Jubiliee Hall in Yetminster. This is a re-enactment of the Passover Meal, the last supper which Jesus Christ shared with his disciples and is followed by a simple Holy Communion service. Sarah Hedin arranged the catering. There were about 30 people and everyone said that, as well as superb food, the whole evening "flowed" and there was a marvellous atmosphere!


Palm Sunday 9th April


Yetminster has invested in some new palms!




SHARES (Sherborne Area Refugee Support)

arranged a collection of warm clothes and bedding for refugees.

During the week beginning 20th March,  St Andrew's church, Yetminster, was open from 9-6 to receive donations of warm clothes/food etc. The response was amazing: the church was full of bags and boxes:

lots of people helped to sort and we thank 

Katie Hawnt for her brilliant organsation!






Children and families are trying to survive in basic shelters in refugee camps.

Donations are being sent to refugees in Greece, Lebanon, Syria and other countries.

If you can offer more help or want to find out more about this great project please visit



SUNDAY 12th MARCH 2017 at 11am
The Reverend John Summers led the first All-Age service (the first of what we hope will be many!) . A very jolly time was had with adults (of all ages) and children; music (Val Rowsell and Amy Whittlesea); drawing (the children); singing (everyone) and John talking about Nicodemus' visit to Jesus and the theme of "Rebirth".  Children helped with ringing the Service bell and taking the collection.
Real coffee, tea, squash and delicious cake served in the church gave everyone an excuse to linger afterwards and talk. And the children took the opportinuity to run round and enjoy the space!
We look forward to the next one!
The Reverend John Summers leads the first "All-Age service. Children in the Chancel are drawing beautiful pictures of butterflies!



"Love and Fortune: A Noble Legacy"


Works by Rore, Wert, Dowland and Gibbons, among others.


Yetminster church was full on Saturday evening with many people from far and wide for a concert by a brilliant group of six young singers with a programme of Renaissance madrigals, mostly Italian but some English. A most attractive selection brought out the full emotional brilliance of the Italian writers including Monteverdi and Gabrieli and the fascinating effect that they had on the greatest English composers of the period.

The singing was of the highest standard and the young singers sang with such skill and commitment that they communicated their enthusiasm to the whole audience whose enjoyment was raised to further heights by a selection of Italian wines served by Palmers of Bridport in the interval. 



St Lawrence Church, Folke

Big Butty Breakfasts

During the winter Folke Church hold 3 Big Butty breakfast events.

These are community events rather than fund raisers. So far we have always covered our costs!

Families are very much welcomed and we offer a free children’s breakfast when an adult breakfast is purchased – some families are enjoying this offer and especially because there is a children’s table to keep the children occupied.

This winter we have cooked between 30 and 40 breakfasts each time.

We find people come and enjoy breakfast and a chat – some stay for the whole time and even help clear up at the end.

Why not join us sometime?

There is always a Food Bank collection – this can be money in a box or actual food items.


Friday 3rd March at 10.30pm
Val Rowsell writes:
Our Benefice service this year was held at the Church of St Mary the Virgin at  Glanvilles Wootton . 
The theme:  Am I Being Unfair to You? was  prepared by Christian woman of the Philippines'

The service led by Elizabeth Kirlew, assisted by her husband Richard, was very well attended by many members and friends of the Three Valleys congregations. All joined in with the beautiful hymns, songs, prayers and readings.
The morning service was followed by coffee/tea and yummy homemade cakes.

St Andrew’s Church, Leigh

Community Spirit Sunday 19th February 2017

Eddie Upton writes:

This exciting new initiative got off with a real bang on Sunday 19th February 2017!

Our Family Service, at 10.15 am, which included the Baptism of Hector and a welcome to the Leigh community of the recently-baptised Henry (whose grandparents live in Leigh), attracted 103 people, including a good number of children.

It was a holy commotion in every sense of the word, and a joyous, noisy and almost riotous start for our Community Spirit Sundays.

The service was followed by tea, coffee and a biscuit or cake and then about 20 children embroiled themselves in a variety of craft activities while some of our more mature citizens immersed themselves in a Knit and Natter in the chancel, while others stayed in the pews to read the day’s newspapers.

All changed at 1.00 pm when St Andrew’s Church was transformed into St Andrew’s Bistro, and 37 people of all ages were served a cooked 2-course lunch.

It was a real pleasure to see the church being used by such a wide cross-section of the community.

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People young and old enjoying food, reading and crafts and the newly launched


20th January 2017
On Friday 20th January the Churchwardens and PCC of St Andrew's church invited members on the electoral roll of the church and other friends to a party at the Jubilee Hall. Wine and delicious nibbles were provided and a display board showed future plans and proposed expenditure for our church. David Gould gave a brief explanation and asked for help in raising funds and the Reverend Tony Gilbert thanked all the various people who help in so many different ways to keep our church running and looking good. It was a very happy evening.
 Tony Gilbert and David Gould addressing church members during a very happy party!

Plough Sunday

Plough Sunday is a traditional English celebration of the beginning of the agricultural year that has seen some revival over recent years.  It has its roots in early Victorian church history. 

Plough Sunday celebrations usually involve bringing an old fashioned horse-drawn plough into a church with prayers for the blessing of the land.  Work in the fields did not begin until the day after Plough Sunday: Plough Monday.  Although the nature of farming has changed over the centuries, Plough Sunday is seen as a way of generally celebrating farming and the work of farmers.  As well as a plough, in rural areas, it is common for local farmers to attend the service with their tractors - both old and new.

So, Caundle Marsh Church was the venue for this years' Service.  With a small replica plough being made by Edward Cowan, which we brought into church and the real thing, namely a huge Valtra tractor and 5 furrow reversible plough being kindly supplied by James Hiscock, the Service began.  It was led by Revd's Richard Kirlew and John Summers.  41 people were in the congregation.  During the Service the ploughs were Blessed out in the churchyard.


Afterwards, with grateful thanks to the Cowan family, we all enjoyed refreshments in Glebe House.


Revd Richard Kirlew





The Reverend Richard Kirlew writes:

Bishops Caundle has a wonderful peal of five bells!  However, there is no-one to ring them.  Well, not until last Saturday (14th January).


David Marshall, who instructs in ringing had the idea of having bells rung for Services.  But with no ringers that was quite a challenge.  So he held an Open Morning at which refreshments were ably consumed and people were encouraged to "come and have a go".  He had arranged a team of five well known ringers and we all waited.  Eventually ten novices arrived and looked for training.


All had a wonderful morning, so very many thanks to David and all the team for making this possible.  Shortly now Bishops Caundle will have a team  of ringers!!


Bell Ringing at Caundle Marsh


Bradford Abbas Collection for Refugees.


Cath Adam and Anne Hurrell Write:

We are a group in Bradford Abbas who asked for donations of blankets, sleeping bags, warm men's, women's and children's clothes, food, toiletries and whole lot more during the first week in January. We had an amazing response and collected more than 200 black bin liners of donations. If we had left all the donations in St Mary's church the whole week there would have been no room on Sunday for anyone to sit in the pews!

Thank you so much to everyone for their wonderful generosity -here are a few photos of some of the piles!

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WEDNESDAY 4th January 2017



The Reverend John Summers led the final meeting of the group which has been considering how various poets have explored the themes of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Several people braved the cold and enjoyed Prosecco/Bucks Fizz/Orange in the candlelit Chancel of St Andrew's Church. We looked at some poems selected by the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite in his excellent book, "Waiting on the Word: A Poem a Day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany" and spent time particularly looking at Guite's own sonnet: "Refugee" which had been set for Holy Innocents Day (28th December) and seemed very appropriate at this time. Grevel Lindop's "For Our Lady of Guadalupe" was challenging and we also looked at Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush" set for 31st December, Ruth Pitter's "The Bird in the Tree" and Hilaire Belloc's "Courtesy".


These three meetings considering poems for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany have been very much enjoyed. We thank John Summers for organising them and for providing refreshments.


Malcolm Guite will be visiting Yetminster on 11th July 2017. Details to come on the Future Events page of this website.


All over the Three Teams Benefice, people have been preparing and beautifying their churches for the great Feast Day. Yetminster was no exception and a team of flower arrangers (under the leadership of Penny Gould), cleaners and brass cleaners arrived in the church from 9am onwards to help with the preparation.
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 Penny with Sue and Sheila finishing the flowers in the  Sanctuary and Chancel
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The porch, before and after!
In the vestry the more mundane but necessary task of cleaning the brass
was shared by Valerie Rowsell and Patrick Moule
The  Community Carol Service on 20th December was held in the Yetminster Jubilee Hall. A traditiional service of lessons (beautifully read by Roger Excell, Jo Barlow-Poole, David Price, Daphne Barfoot and Angela Alston) and carols (sung be everyone and led by the St Andrew's Singers directed by Jane Robothan) was enjoyed by many people (the hall was packed with young and old - lots of children - standing room only)!
The Reverend Tony Gilbert led the service, assisted by the Reverend John Summers. The choir sang two items on their own - the first part of Vivaldi's "Gloria" and the Christmas song "Oh Holy Night" with the solo part sung by Esther Robatham with great competence and beauty. Valerie Rowsell and Simon Eadon accompanied.
After the service there was mulled wine and nibbles and during the party afterwards Jane Robotham and Simon Eadon played some Christmas duets and the choir sang various Christmas songs including "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas", "Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer" and, finally, "Jingle Bells".
A collection (£410) was taken for Medecins sans Frontieres towards their work in Syria. Many thanks to Jane Robothan for bringing her ideas to fruition to give everyone a very happy evening and the community a chance to sing their favourite carols.
STOP PRESS! A big thank you to Batcombe PCC for their kind donation of £100.00 to Helping Hands.  The money will be put towards training for our volunteers. 
The traditional carol service was led by the Reverend Tony Gilbert. The St Andrew's Singers, conducted by Jane Robotham, once again were there to lead the singing giving, as their solo item, a spirited rendering of the Bohemian Zither Carol. The readers included several children from Beer Hackett and the first verse of Once in Royal David's City was sung by a boy treble. Richard Mentern played the organ.
Afterward mulled wine, mulled cider, soft drinks and mince pies were enjoyed by a capacity congregation. 



On Sunday 11th December a group of children from the Wednesday Club (St Andrew's School) performed a Nativity Play in St Andrew's church Yetminster. This was part of a simple service and gave great pleasure to the congregation and the participants. The Reverend John Summers had organised the service with the help of Maggie Henry and others and afterwards people enjoyed good coffee and mince pies in the sunlit church. 


Two happy participants (sorry about the script paper) showing the baby and the 3 gifts from the Magi in the crib!


"Posh" coffee enjoyed afterwards in the brightly sunlit church






Saturday 3rd December until Tuesday 6th December

 Patrick Moule writes: 


The unexpected cancellation of a series of engagements in the far East led, equally unexpectedly, to a visit to the Benefice by the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, of which our curate, John Summers, is an alumnus. This choir of 24 young people, half of them reading music at Cambridge and the rest subjects as diverse as History, English and Medicine, is expertly directed by the College Precentor, Dr Geoffrey Webber. The college, one of the oldest in Cambridge, has a fine tradition of music making, some of the 20th Century Professors of Music having been Fellows. Now it maintains a full chapel choir of undergraduate men and women.


Yetminster Jubilee Hall was full of students and hosts enjoying a delicious supper 

Various parishioners had the great pleasure of providing accommodation and taxi services for the choir, which arrived by train on Saturday evening 3rd December; after a preliminary practice in Yetminster church the whole party, with their hosts, sat down to a very convivial supper in the Jubilee Hall.



The Reverend Richard Kirlew and one of the singers enjoying the cheese course

On Sunday morning St Andrew’s, Yetminster was full for a beautifully sung Choral Eucharist, employing the music of Tallis and J G Walther (Luther’s main musical mentor). Tony Gilbert preached movingly and appropriately – few are brought to faith by argument, however cogent, while many find their way to it through the arts, especially music. The second Advent candle was lit by little Audrey Summers.

Evensong in St Andrew’s, Leigh, was sung, largely unaccompanied, including an exquisite setting of the canticles by the little known Ely Tudor composer John Amner, which for this reviewer was one of the highest points of the musical experience. Again the church was full and a cheerful glass of wine was kindly provided by the host parish.

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 At Leigh the choir sang from the Chancel. In the morning at Yetminster they sang from the back of the church under the organ loft

On Monday the choir enjoyed the delights of walking and pub-lunching in Cerne Abbas and in the evening they sang a full concert in a packed Bradford Abbas church. This was a most polished and enjoyable concert, with a couple of seasonal organ solos by the organ scholars. One doesn’t know quite what most of us made of the expertly sung but quite angular modern pieces; but most of the ground covered was either well-known or easily accessible and everyone was delighted by the skill and sheer enjoyment of the choir. To cap it all an unscheduled encore concluded the evening, a hilarious barbershop-type version of The Twelve Days of Christmas sung by the men with polish and delivery worthy of the Kings Singers in their heyday.


 Before the concert in Bradford Abbas - seats filling up fast!


The Reverend John Summers organising the refreshments!


A peep through from the South Aisle to some of the Caius men after they had sung their amazing version of the 12 Days of Christmas!

This was a wonderful couple of days when very many of us enjoyed the lovely music making and excellent company of a most talented group of youngsters.


Luke Fitzgerald (Junior Organ Scholar at Caius),  Humphrey Thompson (Baritone), Lucian Clinch (Baritone)  and Edan Umrigar (Tenor from St John's College) decided to eat the final picnic in the comfort of the dining room of their digs! 

The choir left for Upwey by train  on Tuesday morning, singing to their hosts on the platform at Yetminster,  and gave another wonderful concert that evening, this time at Bincombe,  to a packed church.















Thank you for arranging it, John Summers, and for all your hard work!






"Faith and the Arts: Caravaggio and religion - sacred in its profanity" 

The Reverend John Summers, aided by his wife Nicole, led a relaxed discussion on the religious works of the great painter, Caravaggio.

About 25 people enjoyed the paintings projected large onto the wall with wine, excellent food and some lively and interesting discussion on Caravaggio's chosen subjects and techniques.

We all learnt a lot and look forward to other subjects.





A jolly Harvest Festival took place at Yetminster St Andrew on Sunday 16th October.

The Venerable Paul Taylor led the service which was well attended. Before the service tribute was paid to the Reverend Prebendary John Parfitt and his wife Peggy who, after many years working for this church, are now retiring.

The church looked beautiful and the decorations were enlivened with individual loaves of bread made by the pupils of St Andrew's School who had their Harvest Festival in the church on Friday 14th. The designs of the loaves included a cross, a sleeping pussy-cat, a dog and other faces and animals.






Loaves and produce ready for Harvest Festival


The other highlight of the service was the rededication by Paul Taylor of the 1880 Hill organ in the West Gallery. This has recently been completely restored by Derry Thompson and Mike Walton. Simon Eadon played Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor before the service and Widor's Toccata in F as the outgoing voluntary.





Paul Taylor and Tony Gilbert enjoying a chat over the cheese!


After the Communion service, soup and ploughman's lunch was served in the Jubilee Hall, washed down with cider, beer and soft drinks and followed by delicious home-made Harvest puddings. The Reverend Tony Gilbert and the Reverend John Summers and his family joined us for lunch.


Many thanks to everyone who make the occasion so enjoyable.



Several days of fund raising have taken place at the beginning of this month in order to raise funds for this Benefice. Among other events reports have been received about the HYMN QUIZ and the CONCERT. There was also a BARN DANCE. 

In Yetminster on Wednesday 6th October 25 people attended a Hymn Quiz. This was won by a competitor from Sherborne with runners up (only 1 mark behind!) from Yetminster and Leigh, all of whom returned home with welcome boxes of Bendicks bittermints!

Valerie Rowsell played the last 2 lines of 12 hymns and competitors had to supply the words of the first two lines of each hymn - quite challenging!

The week finished with a GRAND CONCERT in Sherborne Abbey on Saturday 8th. The Abbey was full and the audience heard Handel's Zadok the Priest, Mozart's Requiem and many other pieces performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Locrian Singers under their conductor Anthony Inglis. This concert was promoted by the Reverend Michael Anderson and raised a handsome sum for Benefice funds.


Graham Plaice writes:

On Saturday 8th October, a capacity audience in Sherborne Abbey was treated to a feast of good music and wonderful musicianship in a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Locrian Singers.

This was the first time that the orchestra and choir had performed together in the West Country and the magnificent setting of the Abbey proved a fitting place for an outstanding musical partnership of choir and orchestra under the direction of Anthony Inglis.

There was an early and delightful surprise for concert goers who were treated to a bonus performance outside the Abbey by musicians from RNAS Yeovilton. The band played as people queued to take their places for the main concert.

The concert proper started with Handel’s stirring Zadok the Priest, a piece composed for the coronation of George II in 1727, and which has been played at every coronation since. The initial explosion of vibrant chords from orchestra and singers heralded a musical extravaganza for all present.

Founded in the 1940’s, the National Symphony Orchestra draws on professional musicians from across the British Isles. The orchestra has performed in all of this country’s principal venues – The Royal Festival Hall, London’s Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Anthony Inglis, their Principal Conductor, has conducted more times at the Royal Albert Hall than any other maestro. Now they can add Dorset’s Sherborne Abbey to their impressive musical CV.

The Locrian Singers, formed by Justin Thomas in 1992 and still led by him, is a group of highly talented young singers, each of them a soloist in their own right.

Mozart’s Requiem, the main item in the concert, showed off the musicality of orchestra and choir to brilliant and dazzling effect. The piece was composed by Mozart in 1791, but never finished by him. He is said to have written 8 bars of the Lacrimosa and then died. The work presents one of the most challenging and inspiring pieces in today’s concert repertoire, and the audience for this concert was suitably inspired by a thoroughly virtuoso candlelight performance.

The concert was organised for the benefit of the combined 17 churches of the Three Valleys Benefice and is expected raise in the region of £5,000. The organisers, led by Rev. Michael Anderson, are delighted with the result and by the way that audience, advertisers and sponsors supported the event. It is hoped that this will become an annual part of Sherborne’s cultural calendar.






Two performances were enjoyed by a wide range of people, at 3 pm and 7 pm.

Tea and cakes were on offer in the afternoon and drinks and nibbles in the evening. 

Wonderfully inventive, humorous and accomplished songs, sketches and comedy items were performed by large and small ensembles, soloists and istrumentalists. Members of St Andrew's Singers had been practising hard under the inspired leadership of their conductor, Mrs Jane Robotham. They were joined by friends and colleagues. The Reverend Tony Gilbert took part with an amusing sketch  "Career Prospects"; Simon Eadon played the portable organ with great panache and he and Jane gave the first performance of an arrangement they had made as a duet of the Dam Busters march. Esther and Esmee added youth and professionalism. 

There was much hilarity and happiness!







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On Wednesday 14th September 16 people, from both Ryme and Yetminster,  met in the Chancel of St Andrew's Church, Yetminster to discuss the poetry of R.S. Thomas and its relevance to prayer.

The Reverend John Summers not only led a lively (at times!) discussion but also provided delicious eats and drinks for us us. We hope that this will be the first of many such meetings. 





On Saturday 10th September the Annual Ride+Stride took place and was well supported throughout the Three Valleys. Over 30 people visited Yetminster St Andrew during the day which was stewarded throughout with refreshments offered.

This is an important event, especially for churches in Dorset who may wish to apply for grants from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Half the sponsorship money raised goes to the Trust and half to church nominated by the rider.

This event takes place throughout England and Wales, always on the 2nd Saturday in September. So do keep it free next year and help to raise money for your own church as well as the other wonderful churches in Dorset! You can ride, walk or sponsor and steward!



 Sue and Chris from Glanvilles Wootton enjoying a drink at Yetminster St Andrew with Patrick Moule "signing them in" in the background



On Saturday 3rd September Bradford Abbas Church was full for a fine performance of the Faure Requiem, sung by members of the Sherborne Chamber Choir, conducted by Stephen Bell and accompanied by David Bruce-Payne. Soloists were Amelia Monaghan and John Willetts.

This special evening was arranged in memory of Amelia Berkeley and was in aid of the Charity "Above and Beyond" which aims to improve the facilities for bereaved parents at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed a delicious High Tea in Bradford Abbas Hall and took part in the raffle. £1500 was raised towards the charity. 



Annual Wine & Cheese party at Beer Hackett, Friday 5th August

Thirty one friends and neighbours enjoyed a lovely sunny evening in the garden of Church Farm opposite St. Michael’s Church.  Sadly, the instigator of this annual event seventeen years ago, Mrs Pam Clothier, was unable to be with us due to ill health.

We all send or best wishes and hopes that her mobility will improve again.

The wine flowed, the delicious food – far more than simply wine & cheese, was appreciated

and a generously supported raffle helped the evening raise an unexpected profit of over £260 for church funds.

Thank you for everyone’s support.



Many thanks to all the churchwardens who helped Miles and Katy complete a wonderful fundraising event on Saturday 23rd July. Without their support the day would not have run as smoothly, and we are still receiving donations. Also many thanks to each member of the Team Clergy – Tony for his prayers, Colette’s enthusiasm and energy on the project, and Richard, John and Anne for accompanying us to each church.



Today several members of congregations throughout the Three Valleys Team attended the ordination of our new curate, the Reverend John Summers, in Salisbury Cathedral. The Reverend Tony Gilbert, our Team Rector, recovering from a heart attack, was able to attend. John and his wife Nicole and two young children will be making their home in Yetminster where we hope that they will be very happy.



The Reverend Tony Gilbert, Team Rector of the Three Valleys Team, with the Reverend John Summers,

newly ordained Deacon,and the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtham, Bishop of Salisbury in the background 



 For reports on events happening earlier, please look at the Archival Material page which goes back to 2014.