Monday, 29 May 2017



Monday 29th May: WHITCHURCH FILM SOCIETY- “American Beauty”.
Details 01297 480898, 6.45 pm Village Hall

Sunday 4th June: FREE EXCHANGE CAFE - Fresh croissants, coffee and friendly
conversation, as well as the exchange table and children's activity corner. Catch up with
friends and make new ones; meet your neighbours. 10.30 am - 12 noon, Church

Sunday 4th June: FIRST ALICE DILKE MEMORIAL CONCERT: Simon Watterton (piano)
and Anna Cashell (violin) make a welcome return to play Beethoven, Schumann and
Alvo Part. Tickets £10 on the door. Details 01297 489629. 3 pm, Church

Monday 5th June : Tripudio - Gentle exercise class for all in Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall from 6-7pm

Monday 12th June : Tripudio - Gentle exercise class for all in Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall from 6-7pm

Monday 19th June : Tripudio - Gentle exercise class for all in Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall from 6-7pm

Sunday 25th June: WHITCHURCH IN BLOOM – open gardens, the Olde Curiosity
Shoppe, climb the bell-tower (no children under eight), old village photographs, coffee
and tea in the church, free church tours at 11am and 3pm. 10am to 4pm, Village

Sunday 25th June: CHORAL EVENSONG, with the Whitchurch Occasional Choir.
6pm, Church

Monday 26th June: WHITCHURCH FILM SOCIETY- “Delicatessen”.
Details 01297 480898, 6.45 pm Village Hall

Thursday 29th June: GUIDED TOUR OF THE BBC IN LONDON, by kind arrangement
with our patron, Tony Hall. 01297 489795 or

THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month – WHIST DRIVE. Call Philip Page (01297 489562)
for details. £3. 7.30 pm Village Hall

TRIPUDIO in the Village Hall on 2-3 Mondays a month call Sue Johnson (01297 489375) for more details.

Looking for something to read? Scores of books at £1 available in the Church.
Hardbacks, paperbacks, from cooking to crime to classics, something for everyone!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Concert in the church next Sunday- June 4th 2017

Simon Watterton (piano) and Anna Cashell (violin) will be making a much-anticipated return to Whitchurch Canonicorum on Sunday 4th June.

Their programme includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Sarasate.

Tickets are £10 on the door, to include Tea and Cake during the interval.

Sunday 4th June at 3 pm
The Church of St Candida and Holy Cross
Whitchurch Canonicorum

We hope you will join us!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

free eXchange cafe - pilgrimage - 1 July 2012

Today we celebrated the launch of the Bishop's Olympic - Seeking Gold - Dorset Pilgrimage Trail. Bishop of Sherborne, Graham Kings, was joined by triathelete, Revd James Stephenson, to dedicate the route which begins at the shrine of St Candida/ St Wite /St Gwenn- an ancient place of pilgrimage known as a centre of healing and prayer for more than 1000 years.

A happy coincidence too that the launch occurred on the same day as the free eXchange cafe which is held in St Candida and Holy Cross on the first Sunday each month from May-November.

The cafe is a local community event - we meet each month to connect with neighbours and share in the free exchange of ideas - and at the same we share and swap surplus plants and produce - all with good coffee or tea and pastries!

The 'Seeking Gold' pilgrimage route links up ten Dorset churches - each with interesting historic references - encouraging Olympic visitors to collect a pilgrim badge from each church.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Return of the Bells to Whitchurch

An exciting day as the lorry bringing our bells arrives at the church. With lots of help from the ringers and villagers the bells and all the new fittings are unloaded and carried into the church. The bell hanger from Taylors, sets up the hoists and gradually all the new parts are lifted up to the ringing chamber. Then one by one the bells are raised up to the frame. Over the next few days the wheels and clappers are fixed in place.
Another week and the bells should be ready to peal out again over the Marshwood Vale.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Bellringers Visit Taylors Bell Foundry

The bell ringers organised a trip to Taylors Bell Foundry to have a tour around the foundry and see our bells. Work is progressing well ,the new headstocks have been cast and the new wheels will soon be made. The bells have had resin casts applied so that they move more smoothly and tuning has been done. The highlight of the day was watching our new 6th bell being cast. In fact two bells were cast on the same day so there were also supporters from St.Mary Castro Church, and everyone found it a fascinating process. It is amazing that bells are cast in exactly the same way now as they have been for centuries. Our bell ringers have now seen history being made.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Bells Come Down for Refurbishment

The last time the bells were removed from the tower was over eighty years ago. They have been taken down and sent to the bell foundry for a major overhaul and hopefully will not need further attention for another eighty years!
The work was undertaken by Paul White and his work force and they did an excellent job, although we were all holding our breath as the first bell (the tenor and heaviest of all ) was lowered. It was a fascinating process and we are now looking forward to their return, in the new year, when once more the bells will ring out over the Vale.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

The Friends of St Candida - Launch!

On Tuesday 30 August, 'The Friends' was formally launched by our Patron, Lord Hall of Birkenhead (Tony Hall) with a talk on his life and work. He drew interesting parallels between his life at the BBC and at the Royal Opera House, giving the memorable example of the need for both a news correspondent in a war zone and a soloist on stage in front of several thousand people to get it right under pressure! He talked about the importance of the outreach work undertaken by Covent Garden seeking to bring opera to millions of people who would not otherwise have the experience and of his determination as Chair of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad to ensure that Britain delivered its promise to add a rich cultural dimension to the celebration of next year's Games in London. After the talk, we all adjourned for tea in the garden at Candida House. It was just about warm enough!

Over tea, Nick Mayhew Smith, author of 'Britain's Holiest Places' (in which our church is given 11 stars!) sold copies of his book and donated £10 for each one sold. It was most generous of him to come down from London to attend our inaugural event.

Many thanks to all those people who have already joined the Friends. At the time of writing we have 60 members and we hope to welcome many more. It is important to stress that the aim of the Friends is not solely to raise funds. Of course it is important that in our turn, as many generations who have lived in the village and the Marshwood Vale have done in the past, we should look after the fabric of a wonderful and iconic building. The church means so much to so many in the community, some churchgoers and many who are not. Many projects lie ahead. The
bells, much loved and rung unfailingly by our team of bell ringers, are about to be taken down and will undergo a major refurbishment, the first since 1926. The medieval 6th bell will be heard no more as it is honeycombed and is to be replaced, although it will remain here. The floor, the organ, the electrics and our antiquated and temperamental heating system all require radical attention. So we do face some substantial fundraising.

But it is equally important that the church should be a meeting place for the whole community. In addition to the weekly services, the weddings, christenings and funerals and the recently revived healing services, we want to encourage further and wider use through the Friends. Already the free exchange cafe, our excellent annual Flower Festival and the concert series are drawing more people in. The Friends plan to put on 3 or 4 interesting and attractive events, home or away, each year. On October 22nd, the Whitchurch Purcellians will welcome Friends to to join them for their Gala Concert. She'koyokh, who were such a hit when they played in the village hall some years ago, will be returning to play their Jewish-gypsy-Balkan-Turkish folk music ( It is an occasion not to be missed. More details elsewhere in the magazine.

A final word of thanks to Tony Hall. We are grateful to him for agreeing to become our Patron, especially at such a busy time with the 2012 Olympics looming. His lively and stimulating talk has given the Friends a resounding start.