Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Free exchange cafe September....

The popular Free Exchange CafĂ© is open for another season with first being on Sunday, the 2nd of September from 10.30 to 12 noon, in the Church at Whitchurch Canonicorum.


Enjoy freshly-brewed coffee, tea, croissants and pastries straight from the oven. Catch up with friends and neighbours, or browse the Sunday papers. Come for ten minutes or stay for an hour. 

Ros will be hosting the Children's Corner 

The Free Exchange Table is open, too. Bring something you no longer need, take something away if you like it or both or neither - whichever you choose, no money changes hands. Plants and Produce are always welcome. 

There's no charge for the Cafe (but feel free to leave a donation).

Monday, 27 August 2018

Join in with the Ride and Stride on Sept 8th

We are once again joining in the annual Ride & Stride campaign to raise funds for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Half the money we raise will go to the Trust and the other half to the fabric fund of our church in Whitchurch Canonicorum.  Last year we raised almost £1000 and, with your help, we aim to do even better this year. 

This is what's happening on SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER:

Betsy is organising the Ride (cycles) on a route that will take in several Dorset churches. It's quite a challenging ride, taking about 6 hours, including a stop for a picnic lunch. To join the Bike Ride, contact Betsy on betsywest@ryallfarm.com or 01297 489795.

Sam Milburn is organising the Stride (walk) with a less ambitious plan to visit Whitchurch, two Chideock churches, St Gabriel's (ruins), Charmouth and Catherston churches on foot. It's about an 8/10 mile walk, with wonderful views, and we will picnic en route. To join the Walk contact Michael on michaelwest@ryallfarm.com or 01297 489795.

Paul White is organising the Tractor Ride visiting many of the Golden Cap churches. To bring your tractor and join the Tractor Ride, contact Paul White on pgwconstruction@gmail.com or 07979 475120.

There is no organised Horse Ride this year but if anyone would like to arrange it please let me know.

All groups will finish at Whitchurch for a sumptuous Afternoon Tea and Cake, kindly provided by Whitchurch PCC and the Cake Squad.

If you are unable to participate but would like to support us, you could sponsor us as a team - and we hope you will - either with a promise (simply reply to this email with your pledge) or donate online. Or visit us at our Stand at the Whitchurch Flower Show on Bank Holiday Monday.

Giving online is easy and convenient: Simply click the following link for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust Just Giving page and press Donate:


Important: Please put your name and the name of the church 'Whitchurch Canonicorum' in the 'Leave a Message' box on the form so that the funds will be attributed correctly. All donations can be gift-aided.

The Dorset Historic Churches Trust does a wonderful job in helping to preserve our lovely Dorset churches and has been very generous with large grants to our own church here in Whitchurch. 

Please join us or sponsor us!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Concert this Sunday coming.........

Concert by the Whitchurch Ensemble
Sunday 19th August, 3pm, St Candida and Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum
£10 (under-18s free), to include tea and cakes
In aid of the organ fund

Steven Mingay (clarinet), Paul Colman (viola), James Olsen (‘cello), Nicholas Brown (piano)

The Whitchurch Ensemble are all experienced performers and teachers of their instruments. Steven, Paul and James come from the Bournemouth area, but rehearsals take place in Whitchurch, using Nick’s rather nice Bosendorfer piano. Given the repertoire available, it is essentially two trios: clarinet and piano with either viola or ‘cello.

The programme includes two trios: Mozart’s delightful “Kegelstatt” trio (with viola), reputedly written while engaged in playing skittles and Beethoven’s Trio in B flat, Op.11 (with ‘cello), which has all the wit and brilliance that one expects from him. There is also Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro Op.70, contrasting the composer’s lyrical and exuberant syles, and then Four Pieces (for the trio with viola) by Max Bruch (he of the violin concerto in G minor). These are truly wonderful pieces with plenty of romantic passion and display, warm melodies and some moments of sheer magic.