BIG BREAKFAST AT HOLTWOOD – You’re invited to join us at 9.30 on Sunday 9th June for our ‘Big Breakfast’ to be led by Revd Nigel Deller. Quite apart from the great breakfast there will also be music led by the band and the ‘Open the Book’ drama team will also reprise a brilliant recent presentation in local 1st Schools. And that’s not all – there will also be children’s activities for the youngsters and the not-so-young. All ages are most welcome and numbers are not limited so why not kick off your day with us? Oh, and did we mention that there will be a Great Breakfast?

Special Circuit Service

First, the Bad News – there will not be a morning service at Holtwood on Sunday 24th March BUT the Good News is that there will be a special Circuit Service at Verwood Methodist Church – and we’re all invited! The service is to recognise the long and dedicated service of four local preachers (including our own Colin Besant) and will start at 10.30 with musicians and singers from several churches leading worship songs from 10.15. Hope you can join us!

‘Carols around the Tree’

‘Carols around the Tree’ will be on the lawn at Holtwood Methodist Church on Sunday 23rd December, 2018 at 6.00. Weather permitting, we’ll join together in favourite carols around our Christmas Tree – led by James Frampton with music by HMB. Afterwards we’ll adjourn to our hall where free seasonal refreshments will be served. Do come and join us – what’s not to like?

Holtwood Summer Fayre Entertainment

Holtwood Summer Fayre will be on Saturday 7th July between 12.00 & 4.00. As well as the usual array of stalls, games, strawberry cream teas and an opportunity to chat with friends old and new, there will be a full programme of musical entertainment appropriate for a summer afternoon.  And here it is – just click below.  Hope you can join us!

Holtwood Summer Fayre Entertainment 2018

Holtwood Summer Fayre

Holtwood Summer Fayre will be on Saturday 7th July between 12.00 & 4.00 with all the usual stalls and attractions including local strawberry cream teas. The musical entertainment programme has been confirmed as:-
Nia Nicholls – country/folk singer
Dan Desmond – singer/guitarist
Becoming Branches – acoustic indie trio
The Promise – folk/indie duo
…. and our own Peter Aston will fill any gaps!
Hope to see you there!

Church Services Cancelled

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!

Return of Friday Night Bus Postponed

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!

Wimborne Square Tea & Toast Bus

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!

‘The Gathering’

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

Happy New Year!

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!