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A Night of BIG BAND Music — 7.30pm Saturday November 14th

with the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals at St Mary’s Church. The traditional sound of military music with famous tunes from the war years, in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund and St Mary’s Church.

Director of Music Capt. David Barringer Bmus(Hons)

‘The Wars Years — Salute to the Armed Forces’

Tickets £7.50 to include refreshments during the Concert. Tickets can be obtained from the Vicarage or the Post Office, Sixpenny Handley, or by calling 01725 552161. We are very grateful for sponsorship and support from Sandroyd School Tollard Royal and Damory Coaches Blandford

26th September at St Mary’s Church — Come as you are!

This annual event continues to grow with more and more people rediscovering church. Join the friendly bunch at the top of the village for a warm welcome. There’s even going to be cake to go with the coffee during the interval between services!

Not sure about inviting someone? Watch the YouTube video from the BackToChurch team.

Dorset Wildlife Trust - "Living Churchyards 2008" winner

View of wild flowers amongst gravestones in churchyardFor many years the members of St Mary's have worked hard to make the churchyard both a peaceful place of remembrance and a vibrant sanctuary for wildlife. This year the church won the "best managed" section of the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s "Living Churchyards" competition. The overall winner was St Clement, Branksome.

Sponsored by the Diocese of Salisbury, the competition is in its 15th year and 32 churchs entered. Judging took place over the summer months. Find out more here.

4th July 2009 — Open gardens and plants sales

The gardens of Pitfield House and Paddock Cottage, Deanland are open from 5pm to 8pm with plant sales at Chalk Cottage. Tickets £4 with funds going to St Mary’s Church 50K Challenge.

Beyond the Stave concert – 7.30pm Saturday March 28th

Beyond the Stave

Live music and theatre imaginatively combined to produce a delightfully varied programme of concert pieces for flute and piano, together with anecdotes, poetry and prose plus witty sketches about music and musicians.

Amazing value: Tickets are only £5.00 (under 19s £2.00) – includes a glass of wine or soft drink during the interval. Beyond the Stave is aimed at anyone who enjoys music, theatre and the spoken word. It starts at 7.30 pm on Saturday 28th March 2009 in St Mary’s Church Sixpenny Handley. Proceeds to the Church 50K Challenge. Tickets available from: Sixpenny Handley Post Office or The Vicarage

Mary Chelu – flute Stephen Binnington – piano Rosalind Wilson – actor/presenter Fraser Wilson – actor/presenter

John Cullingford licensed as a LLM

Saturday 4th October 2008 saw John licensed in a service at Salisbury Cathedral as a Licensed Lay Minister - formerly known as Reader. Before moving to Sixpenny Handley he was a Reader in the Winchester Diocese, and has already made a valuable contribution to the life of our church family here, but we are now pleased to welcome him in a ‘formal’ capacity.

Next 3KC (King of Kings Kids Club) Saturday 13th December 2008

Part of the seeds display. Click to enlarge.Our next action-packed 3KC will be on Saturday December 13th. (10.00am to 12.30pm). We shall be thinking about the Christmas story. Come along and have a lot of fun as we learn more about Jesus. Parents are invited along at 12.30pm for coffee and mince pies and to see what the children have done. Places are limited, so please ring Maureen Lockyer on 01725 552492 to book.

In September, nearly forty children enjoyed learning about the story Jesus told about the sower and the seeds. Each child made a scene to take home, to see how their mustard and cress grew on the different types of earth the seed feel on, and each group made a large scene which should be growing – or not! – by Harvest Festival. Come into St Mary’s and see! They also played games and sang songs and made up some new actions.