Information Sheet


Three Valleys Team


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Information Sheet 6th December 2021 

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6th December 2021

Prayer for the Day

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.




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 in The Three Valleys


Monday 6th December @ 6.00pm

Compline/Evening prayers - Every Monday 6pm Compline via Zoom. Please email George Moody for link. 

Starting 13th September at St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster and via Zoom link.


Wednesday evening – 8th December

We are due to meet again on Wednesday at 5.00 pm for the Tea Room via Zoom, followed by Celtic Night Prayer at 6.00 pm.  If you want to, please bring mug of tea and cakes, sandwiches etc to eat.  You can come to either or both, so please do not feel compelled to come to Celtic Night Prayer unless you want to. (The above will not be taking place on Wednesday 22nd or 29th December).

If anyone would wish to read, then please do volunteer.  It really is lovely to hear various voices at the Service, and not just me!!

With blessings and looking forward to seeing you again.


Revd Richard Kirlew

House for Duty Team Vicar – The Three Valleys Team

The Rectory





Tel:  01963 23570

Mobile:  07966 754110

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Services in The Three Valleys


06 December 2021

Caundle Marsh 19:00 Tune Up for Christmas


12 December 2021

Batcombe 10:00 Holy Communion

Bishop’s Caundle 16:00 Christmas Carols (Re-launch)

Bradford Abbas 10:00 Holy Communion

Folke 10:00 Holy Communion

Holnest 18:00 Evening Prayer

Holwell 10:00 Holy Communion

Ryme Intrinseca 18:00 Carol Service

Leigh 18:00 Evensong

Yetminster 10:00 2nd Sunday

Yetminster 16:30 Lessons and Carols


15 December 2021

Beer Hackett 18:00 Carol Service


19 December 2021

Bradford Abbas 18:00 Carols

Glanvilles Wootton 18:30 Carol Service

Hermitage 10:00 Holy Communion

Hilfield 17:00 Carols for Christmas

Leigh 10:00 Holy Communion

Pulham 18:00 Carols

Thornford 15:00 Carol Service

Yetminster 10:00 Holy Communion


21 December 2021

Chetnole 18:30 Christmas Carols


22 December 2021

Holnest 18:00 Carol Service


24 December 2021

Batcombe 15:00 Children’s carols

Bradford Abbas 17:30 Outside Nativity

Caundle Marsh 19:00 Carols and Christmas Communion

Chetnole 23:30 Midnight Mass (by extension)

Folke 15:00 Carols

Glanvilles Wootton 23:30 Midnight Mass

Hermitage 19:00 Carols by Candlelight

Holnest 23:30 Midnight Mass

Leigh 18:00 Carols by Candlelight

Leigh 23:30 Midnight Mass

Ryme Intrinseca 23:30 Midnight Mass

Thornford 19:00 Holy Communion

Yetminster 23:30 Midnight Mass



25 December 2021

Batcombe 10:15 Christmas Eucharist

Beer Hackett 10:00 Christmas Eucharist

Bishop’s Caundle 10:00 Christmas Family Communion

Bradford Abbas 11:00 Christmas Eucharist

Chetnole 9.45 Christmas Family Service

Holwell 10:00 Christmas Eucharist

Ryme Intrinseca 10:00 Christmas Family Service

Thornford 10:00 Christmas Family Service

Yetminster 10:00 Christmas Day Communion


26 December 2021

Thornford 10:00 Holy Communion (said)


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

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

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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Assistant Curate: Jenny Nelson


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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Church Notices

And from John Summers.....

Trinity College’s Sunday evensongs are back on YouTube, to watch live at 6.15 each Sunday (organ recital from 5.45) or to watch later on. Here is the link:

PLEASE NOTE: The Christmas Day Service at Chetnole Church has been advertised as starting at 10.00am on the December Church Schedule which should read as 9.45am.

St. Andrew’s Church, Yetminster

St. Andrew’s Church, Yetminster will be holding their Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 12th December at 4.30pm.

Bishops Caundle Church

Christmas Carol Service –

Sunday 12th December @ 4.00pm

Saturday 25th December @ 10.00am (Christmas Family Communion)

Caundle Marsh Church (St.Peter & St.Paul)

6th December @ 7pm Tune Up for Xmas

24th December @ 7.00pm Xmas Eve Service

All welcome!




St. Michael's Church, Beer Hackett

Our carol service will be in church on Wednesday 15th December at 6pm.

We are looking forward to welcoming St. Andrews Singers from Yetminster to join us in our festive celebration service of six lessons and carols.

St. Andrews singers will also be performing two of their own carols.

You are invited to stay after the service for mince pies and seasonal refreshments.


We welcome you to the re-opening of the Church for our


Sunday 12th December at 4.00pm


Saturday 25th December at 10.00am


At all services, masks are not compulsory, but are encouraged.

Please be aware of and sympathetic to those wishing to socially distance.


(If any details have changed for opening times at your church, please let me know at the office) Thank you.


St Andrew's Yetminster:

St Andrew’s church remains open daily, from 8am to 6pm, with restricted access for personal prayer following a service.

St Andrew’s, Leigh

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (10.00am – 4.00pm).

‘Tuesdays Together’ 9am every week in St Andrew’s, Leigh

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Bishops Caundle Church – now open daily 8.00-5.00pm

Chetnole St Peter's - As of June 1st church will be open every day again! Books and puzzles still available for swap/small donation (now located in the north east corner by the children's area). Food bank drop off still in church too.  Please continue to use hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing.

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open every day – 10.00-4.00pm.

Bradford Abbas – now open every day 9-5pm (or dusk). They also have a café area where visitors are welcome to make tea/coffee.

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

Folke, St. Lawrence’s – Saturdays & Sundays 10:00-4.00pm.

Glanvilles Wootton – Open everyday 10.00-4.00pm

Hermitage - open all day, everyday.

Leigh Church Coffee morning to be held at Leigh Church on Tuesday 7th December from 10:30-12:00noon

There is a ‘Bring & Buy’ & ‘mince pies’!

Do join us!


Holnest Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary open daily.

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

Forthcoming Diary Dates and other announcements!

The monthly Leigh Church Coffee Mornings have began once again starting on Tuesday 5 October @ 10.30am.   All welcome!

Yetminster Short Mat Bowls

Have returned at the Jubilee Hall, Yetminster every Thursday @ 2.00pm. They hope to see you soon.

The Wriggle Valley Mothers' Union

If you would like further information about The Mothers' Union or our branch, do contact Anne Reason (873726). We would love to have some new members to join us.



Sunday 28th November

3pm to 5pm

Glanvilles Wootton, Holnest & Middlemarsh
Village Hall

Entry £1

Teas, cakes & mince pies. Lots of stalls to include Christmas cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, books, potted bulbs, new and nearly new and produce.

For more information 01963 210857 or see our website

Community Big Breakfast

(Continental Style)


Saturday 18 December

Community Breakfast

at the hall Glanvilles Wootton(DT9 5QF)

9 - 10.30am

Breakfast £5 under 10’s free with the purchase of a full price breakfast

~with optional free~

Countryside Walk!

8.30am from the hall car park

Approx: 1- 1 1/2 hours – maybe some stiles - stout footwear advised


For more information on 01963 210562

*** A Community event organised by Holnest Church   ***


Next Big Breakfast: 12 February 2022

Breakfast served 9 - 11am

Alweston Village Hall  

Cakes and preserves for sale.   Raffle

A community event organised by Folke Church



Leigh Village Hall - Friday 3rd December at 8.00pm, Stanchester Quire presents John Kirkpatrick who will be performing his amazing and highly acclaimed Carolling and Crumpets show. John is a truly world class singer and musician. (A former member of Steeleye Span and BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year winner).


Advent Course



You will see from the WHV Magazine that we have another Advent Course this year.  Catherine Fox is the author of seven novels.  Her memoir, Fight the Good Fight:  From Vicar’s Wife to Killing Machine, relates to her quest to achieve a black belt in Judo.  She has a Degree in English, an amazing sense of humour, a PhD in Theology and is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Course will run on:

30th November, 7th & 14th December at 7.30 pm

21st December at 7.00 pm with Celtic Communion and Bring & Share Supper.



If you want to join the Advent Group, the Book will be on sale for £5.  However, if you want to come, would you please let me know by return, so that I can order the necessary literature.  It has the makings of a very good Course.

With every blessing.


Revd Richard Kirlew


(All welcome to the above especially newcomers to the Village!)



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What is Agricultural & Rural Chaplaincy?

Sherborne Deanery organise a chaplaincy across in the market in Salisbury, which a number of farmers from this area go to. Also, we work in the Deanery, covering 41 parishes. We cover all this with just three chaplains.

Chaplaincy is about walking alongside people in the everyday ups and downs of life.  It is all about:

We work in the market and in the Deanery, visiting farms and rural business and giving support where needed. Farming has the highest rate of male suicide of any profession and therefore needs support. The church really does get involved in this, in many cases just listening, but sometimes passing the case on to specialists, such as medical, financial, farming or matrimonial just to name a few.

Market Chaplaincy is about being that presence in the livestock markets. Market Chaplaincy is in many respects very little different in nature from other chaplaincies, except perhaps that its contact group is broader.  In a market the farmers, the dealers, the hauliers, the agents, the caterers, the vets and regulatory officers are as much part of the picture as the staff of the markets, and those who operate within them.  Through Market Chaplaincy, the team are reaching out far and wide into the very rural, often isolated, agricultural community by means of a central place where many fleetingly come and go, week by week.

However, all this takes some managing and finances are need in terms of travel. All our chaplains are not paid but need to claim travelling where appropriate.

We need your help.

There are two ways you can help us.

Firstly, online via Online Banking. Our details are:

Account Name:    Sherborne Deanery Synod

Sort Code:          60-19-12

Account No:                05518997

Reference:         Rural Chaplains

Or you could send a cheque, made payable to Sherborne Deanery Synod to:
Revd Richard Kirlew

The Rectory




Telephone enquiries:   07966 754110

We really do need your help! Thank you.



At the Heart of Christmas is launched

At the heart of Christmas' is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021 and it is being launched with a special video on social media.

The video goes live at 6.30pm on 30th November and from 6.45pm, our Churches are invited to join in by sharing posts on social media channels using #AtTheHeartOfChristmas.

The simplest way for local churches to join in is to share an invite to services and events on social media on the night. 

Use the hashtag #AtTheHeartOfChristmas and tag @TheChurchOfEngland in your posts.


Yetminster Methodist Church Christmas Service details

From Rev Kate Konrad: On Monday 6th December: there will be a Candlelit Carol Service At 7pm at the Methodist Church.Everyone is invited so please come and enjoy a good sing together.   We especially hope our friends from St Andrew's can make it. Refreshments will be provided."

Yetminster Film Night:Dream Horse, at Yetminster Jubilee Hall on Tuesday 7th December.  Doors and the bar open at 7.00pm and the film starts at 7.30pm.  This has been described as the feel-good film of the season.   As a sensible precaution, you are all asked to take a lateral flow test on the day and stay away if positive or if you do not feel well.


Christmas cards for St Andrews, Yetminster!

Lovely Christmas cards from our Millenium Hangings are currently available.  If you haven't yet bought your Christmas cards, please consider ordering some.   There are also general cards available for year-round greetings cards, and we are hugely grateful to Jane Waight for organising these.

The Millennium Wall Hangings feature on unique Yetminster Christmas Cards, and if you buy some you can also contribute to the upkeep of St Andrew’s Church - Yetminster’s centuries-old architectural gem.  

Three Christmas cards have been beautifully printed, featuring festive images taken from the decorated canvases that make up the acclaimed Millennium Wall Hangings. This 26-piece artwork documenting village life and history took over a decade to craft. Professional photographer Barrie Allington has expertly captured every close-up detail. All profits will go to benefit St Andrew’s.  Please see the images attached.

The inside of the cards is blank, so there’s plenty of space to write personal messages and all your news. Supplied with envelopes, a pack of 10 cards of any 1 design is exceptional value at just £8.50.

To order your cards which will be delivered in good time to catch the post, please email Jane Waight at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with contact details and number of packs required. Payment can be made by BACS, cheque or cash.

The story of the hangings’ creation is told in an illustrated booklet, ‘A Stitch in Time’. It makes a fascinating stocking filler for anyone interested in Dorset village life or in needlecraft. This is available from the Benefice office at a price of £5.00 – or you can order from Jane at the same time as your cards.

Please see the 3 designs available below: -




Three little pigs and the big bad wolf

Our recent Generous Giving Campaign highlighted the need to reflect God's generosity to us. And while it is important that our giving sustains and supports our ministry and mission, we also share that generosity more widely. So, On Saturday 6th November, Wiltshire pig farmers, donned their pig onesies and abseiled 42ft down St Mary’s Church in Devizes.

Cameron Naughton, son Alasdair and his partner Hannah abseiled down St Mary’s Church in Devize to raise vital funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  

The challenge, which was not for the faint-hearted, saw the brave abseilers descend 42ft down the Grade I listed church in Devizes before meeting Ed Elliot, a Senior Abseiling Instructor on the ground. Joined by church-warden, Wes, who was dressed in a Big Bad Wolf costume. The group has already raised an incredible £5,000! 

Speaking about their fundraising, Cameron, who is no stranger to adrenaline-fuelled challenges, taking on a 5,000ft charity skydive in 2019, said:

“Agriculture is a dangerous occupation and those who work in farming are often working in inaccessible and isolated places. 

The Air Ambulance has helped many people who live and work in the countryside so it is something many people in the industry, including our family, want to support.” 

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that provides an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) across Wiltshire and surrounding counties. 

“They need to raise £3.75m a year to continue saving lives,” continues Cameron, “but they are not directly funded by the Government and receive no National Lottery funding, so rely on generous public donations.” 

To sponsor the ‘three little pigs and the big bad wolf’ and congratulate them on their brave descent, please visit Cameron’s Just Giving page


The Cross brings New Lives for the Homeless

A rustic cross is helping ex-homeless people start a new life and it is all part of an outreach project by one of our Dorset Churches

A rustic cross has been made by ‘Doorstop’, an outreach project based in St John's Church, Bournemouth and is available for use in services at Heatherview Crematorium. 

This wood-work shop exists to offer the local community an opportunity to purchase newly crafted wooden items made by trainees. 

Trainees are ex-homeless, or those vulnerably housed, who are trying to get back on their feet and all the profits go into helping ex-homeless start a new life.

One of the former rough sleepers said: “I love being down at the workshop – it gives me purpose in my day.

“I can now see a way forward that will not only help me put these new carpentry skills into practice, but also get some help in other areas of my life, like helping me to organise some driving lessons. That way I really believe I can restart my relationship with my son, and leave my old way of life on the street behind.”

If you need anything made from wood in your own church, consider contacting Doorstop.

Details are at


Forthcoming Pilgrimage

Join a party of pilgrims to the Biblical lands of Israel and Palestine between 19 and 28 April 2022.

Led by the Dean, Nick Papadopulos, who said  

"We will stay in Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, visiting may of the holy sites associated with the ministry of Jesus, and hearing at first-hand stories of the conflict that continues to grip the land of his birth. "  

The full itinerary and details of costs are set out online at A Pilgrimage for Salisbury Cathedral 2022 – Lightline Pilgrimages; a copy of the pilgrimage brochure is available from the Dean’s PA, Cathryn Wright, during office hours (01722 555110;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  


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With Best Wishes