Come and Sing Puccini

The Beaminster Singers, accompanied by Antony Saunders on the piano, are offering singers a chance to taste the delights of Puccini’s dramatic and tuneful Messa di Gloria.

Puccini wrote Messa di Gloria in 1880 when he was just twenty-two years old. The piece displays a youthful joie de vivre more akin to the operatic stage than the liturgy of the church.

The event takes place on September 22nd at St Mary’s Church Beaminster. The day begins at 10.00 and will be spent reading through and studying this exciting piece with a couple of breaks for lunch and tea.

The day concludes at 17:00 with an informal performance of the work including the inspirational tenor and baritone solos.

Please come and join us.

For further details on the timetable, fees, and to book your place visit the Beaminster Singers website – beaminstersingers.org.

 

Christian Aid Solar Stories Event

Our friends at Christian Aid have sent details of a free event where you can learn about the charity’s Harvest Appeal and work in Ethiopia.

Solar Stories at Hilfield Friary

Wednesday 5th September, Hilfield Friary, Dorchester, DT2 7BE

Join us at 10.00 to hear about Christian Aid’s Harvest Appeal featuring stories of solar power in Ethiopia and stay on to find out how solar is being used at the Friary:

10.00 Coffee and Christian Aid harvest presentation
11.00 Hilfield Friary solar tour and Autumn trail with Brother Hugh
12.00 Chapel service.  You are very welcome to bring a packed lunch and stay on to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at the Friary.

The event is free but please call Christian Aid on 023 8070 6969 to book your place.   More information at the Christian Aid website.

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Looking back on the Think ECO Go ECO event

The ECO committee at St Mary’s Beaminster hosted the event under the title Think Eco, Go Eco. The fair marked the first major expression of the growing partnership between the church and the local community on environmental matters.

The well-attended event was jointly opened by Sir Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset and Bishop Karen. Sir Oliver praised the beauty of Beaminster and its surrounding area and the dedication of all the local volunteers putting so much effort into keeping it that way.

Bishop Karen stressed the commitment of the diocese to environmental issues as amply demonstrated by St Mary’s working with the community in Beaminster to raise awareness and take action. She then led all those present in a prayer to thank God for the wonderful world he has given us, one that we need to look after for our descendants.

The fair showcased the wide range of organisations with an interest in caring for the environment including Dorset Waste Partnership, Beaminster’s primary and secondary schools, the local beekeepers and allotments associations, Friends of the Earth and Litter Free Dorset, Hilfield Priory, Woodland Care, ECO homes, the Joliba charity (combating climate change in Mali), as well as A Rocha the charity behind the Eco Church initiative.

Sailor and campaigner for reduced plastic use, Anne Baker, introduced the evening showing of the film  A Plastic Ocean. This attracted a good audience between 50-60 people with interesting discussion over refreshments afterwards.

Chair of St Mary’s Church Eco GroupDr Gill Perrott said, “the response has been overwhelming. We’ve been working hard as a church to get the environmental message across. Teaming up with the community through Think Eco, Go Eco has allowed us to reach many more people through this exciting event.”

The Revd Canon David Baldwin Beaminster Team Rector added, “It was a fantastic day. A great example of how the church can work with the local community on an issue of vital importance. Let us hope this is first of many such environmental collaborations.”

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Summer Holiday Activities

Summer holidays are nearly upon us and although we are having fantastic weather this year, it isn’t always easy finding activities to keep everyone amused which don’t cost too much. We have a solution for you.

The Beaminster Team churches are hosting four holiday club days in Toller Porcorum, Mosterton, Salway Ash and Drimpton. We have booked the village hall, organised a bouncy castle via Dorset Action Van, planned activities and simple crafts, collected some toys, baked a couple of cakes, and roped in some help. You just need to come and join us.

We are providing four different days gently themed around a bible story. Each village hall has outdoor and indoor space and all you need to do is turn up, perhaps bring a picnic blanket and any favourite toys, and join in.

We will have drinks and cake available all day and will host a “make your own sandwich” activity to feed you all for lunch. We will begin each day with a story and end each day with a prayer, but beyond that is is up to you. Join in or just chill, stay half an hour or all day.

This isn’t a drop your kids activity, sadly we can’t manage the numbers, however children aged ten and over may be signed in via a permission slip available on the day. Or perhaps you could join up with other families and bring a group of children together?

The dates and times are:

31 July 10.00-14.00 Toller Porcorum Village Hall

9 August 10.00-14.00 Mosterton Village Hall

13 August 11.30-15.00 Salway Ash Village Hall (note different time here)

20 August 10.00-14.00 Drimpton Village Hall

We also have Walk in Wednesday happening every week, with a craft table, toys, Lego, art and music. 10.00-15.00 St Mary’s Church, Beaminster.

Contact us via revneary@gmail.com if you want more information.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Walk In Wednesday

Every Wednesday St Mary’s Church Beaminster plays host to an event we call Walk In Wednesday. The church is open all day for our local community to join in a variety of activities.

There’s a communion service at 10:00 in a side chapel for those who enjoy traditional worship and all are welcome. Meanwhile other activities carry on around the larger church space.

We’ve turned the blue carpet area into a play space for pre-schoolers. There’s plenty of space to park your buggy inside and there are also plenty of willing grannies to help out. There plenty of toys to keep the little ones occupied.

Coffee, tea and cake is available all day, with a simple soup served at 12:30.

There’s a folk music group where you can join in, bring your own instrument or borrow one of ours. There are recorder lessons in the afternoon.

Join in on the knit and natter table, where volunteers kindle knit blankets for a maternity hospital in South Africa, supporting the Hug A Baby charity.

We’ve a book exchange. Bring your old books for others to read and find something new to enjoy.

There’s an art table where you can try painting or drawing.

We’re open every Wednesday of the year apart from two weeks over Christmas and during the June music festival. You’ll find a busier space in the morning and a quieter venue in the afternoon.

So please do come along. It’s a chance to find a new hobby, make new friends or volunteer to help your community.