Due to the continuing adverse weather conditions we’re sorry to report that our Services on Sunday 4th March have had to be cancelled. This also applies to the Services at Woodlands Methodist Church and possibly to other churches in the Christchurch and Wimborne Circuit. Our priority in this sense is to safeguard both preachers and local congregations who might otherwise take to the road in possibly dangerous driving conditions. Hopefully by this time next week things will be back to normal and we might really be able to welcome Spring which began officially on 1st March – stay warm folks!
We’re disappointed to say that, due to the adverse weather conditions, the return of the Friday Night Bus to Wimborne Square on Friday 2nd March has had to be postponed. All being well we will return on the 9th. In the meanwhile – stay warm!
Thank you to the Broadstone Methodist Church Women’s Fellowship for inviting Peter Aston to their meeting on 8th February to give a presentation about the Friday Night Bus. It was really encouraging to receive such positive support for the project – and thank you also for the financial contribution!
NEWS RELEASE – New Play brings to life stories of East Dorset soldiers In 1st World War
An original performance of documentary theatre, called ‘The Gathering – Messages from the Great War’, will take place on Sunday 11th February at 7.30.
The play is a commemoration of the lives of two local soldiers, Will Cutler and Hubert Wareham, who died during the 1st World War, and two people closely involved in their lives: Will’s wife, Tillie, and the Vicar of Wimborne Minster, Reverend James Fletcher.
The first performance takes place at Holtwood Methodist Chapel where Will married Tillie Frampton in 1915, and further performances are planned as part of Wimborne History Festival in July.
Liz Frampton, Tillie’s granddaughter, who lives in Holtwood where her grandparents once lived, said: “I am excited that this performance will give me a tiny glimpse of my grandparents, Will and Tillie, whose life I was not privileged to share.”
Visitors to the Priest’s House Museum will be familiar with Hubert Wareham, whose portrait, resplendent in medals for school achievement, is displayed in the schoolroom.
Alan Wareham, Hubert’s great nephew, said: ” We are looking forward to attending the play as it has really brought my Great Uncle Hubert’s story to life and it recognises and honours the great sacrifice that he and others made”.
Writers, Gill Horitz and Tony Horitz, said: “The play is based on letters, photographs and stories provided by family members, local historians and Museum archives. Using them as stimuli, we have dramatised the voices and thoughts of these four people from these remaining fragments of their lives.”
James Webb from the Priest’s House Museum said: “As part of the project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, volunteers are undertaking research into the people of East Dorset affected by the conflict on the home front and the front line. Family members have come forward with archives and stories, which have proved invaluable. The use of theatre has the ability to make these stories accessible to new audiences.”
The production will be enhanced by projected images, created by Alastair Nisbet, of ScreenPLAY, and performances by four Dorset-based professional actors: Kevin Burke, Briony McLaren, Joe Urquhart, and Jake Baker.
The production by State of Play Arts has been commissioned by the Priest’s House Museum, as part of its ‘The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Tickets (£6/£4, suitable for 12 years and over) from Wimborne TIC, are now on sale (01202) 886116.
Venue: Holtwood Methodist Church, Holtwood, Dorset BH21 7DT
Priest’s House Museum http://www.priest-house.co.uk; State of Play Arts http://stateofplayarts.co.uk; ScreenPLAY: http://www.screen-play.co.uk
A Very Happy New year from all at Holtwood Methodist Church. It was great to see so many people at our ‘Carols around the Tree’ on Christmas Eve (albeit indoors because of the rain!) and at our Christmas Morning Service. And that’s not all …… we’re there every week so please feel free to join us at 10.45 on any Sunday morning. The tea & coffee is pretty good as well!
Christmas Eve at 10.45 – Nativity Service with James Frampton;
Christmas Eve at 6.00 – Carols around the Tree on the lawn with Revd Nigel Deller followed by seasonal refreshments;
Christmas Day – Christmas Morning with Colin Besant – Bring along one of your presents to ‘show and share!’
Hope you can make it to one of these but, if not, then Christmas Greetings to you and yours from all at Holtwood!
On Saturday 2nd December between 2.00 & 2.30 HMB will be singing carols outside M&S at Castlepoint in Bournemouth. Then, between 2.30 & 3.30, Peter Aston will be singing carols and other seasonal songs at ASDA at Castlepoint. Come on down for a good old sing!
This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday and at 6.00 you’re invited to ‘Carols around the Tree’ on the lawn at Holtwood Methodist Church. After a good sing we’ll adjourn to the Hall for seasonal refreshments. What a great way to celebrate Christmas Eve together!
Coming up at Holtwood on 26th November and 3rd December – a two part service with HMB looking at, on the 26th, Stir-Up Sunday and what it could mean for us today and then, on the 3rd, how Stir-Up Sunday relates to the beginning of Advent. Both services start at 6.00 – it would be great to have a full church!