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News of events happening around our local area, and further afield.

Witness Services

The Churches of Weymouth & Portland come together, usually at 6.30pm on the last Sunday of each month. The next service will be on:

Sunday 24th June at St John’s Church, Fortuneswell, Portland. DT5 1NW

Remember to leave in time to get your parking space and come with a full car!

There are car parks available just beyond the church: Fortuneswell car park (DT5 1NF) is on the left just before Underhill Methodist Church and if you take the right turn you will find Hambro car park (DT5 1LZ), or on the way down a 7 minute walk away is Lord Clyde car park (DT5 1AP).


Photo and Communications Courses

They are very practical and are all about making the most of the camera phones most of us already have.  They are being run by Gerry Lynch, Director of Communications in the Salisbury Diocese but you don't have to be C of E to attend!

Good Church Photos with Your Phone

Most of us carry phones with us that have a good quality built-in camera; yet, results in and outside churches can be disappointing - dark, blurred or silhouetted shots. Yet, you don’t need to be a pro to take great shots nearly every time. Let me teach you how basic, but revolutionary, skills to help you look for the light, avoid blurs and create images of your church as a happy and welcoming community.

Book now for courses in: Amesbury on 26 June and Wimborne on 28 June.

Getting Your Church noticed

In a world of information overload and slick marketing, how do you make your church visible against the noise? We’ll cover a number of topics in an action packed two hour session.

Topics include: Biblical principles for communication; marketing and branding for your church; the importance of images and stories; how to deal with the local press and radio; your church website and A Church Near You.

Book now for the course in Sherborne on 4 July.

For more details either contact Gerry Lynch directly, his details are below, or Cherry.

Gerry Lynch

Director of Communications, Diocese of Salisbury


Tel: 01722 438652 or 07799 900610

Cherry Clarke

Co-ordinator for REFRESH

The Church of Weymouth and Portland in Action


Mob: 07514 114680


Bournemouth & Poole Convention Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July

Music will be led by Phil Downes from Moordown Baptist Church, with musicians from other local churches. There is no charge for the meetings although an offering is taken to help cover costs. Keith Jones will provide a bookstall at all events.

Evening Events 7.45-9.15pm at the Citygate Church Centre, 138A Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8AS. Speaker: Craig Dyer (Associate Pastor at Harper Memorial/Baptist Church, Glasgow)

Pick up a booklet from the ‘Hub’ desk, see the poster on the WBC notice board in the corridor or contact the administrator Tel. 0777 2188302



Healing on the Streets

This ministry will be available in Weymouth town centre from 10am-12noon on the following Saturdays: July 7th, 21st.


Portland Youth Christian Outreach

This group are in need of more volunteers to work with the young people at their Open Arms Centre at Easton, Portland, particularly on Saturday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm. Please speak to Donald or Jocelyn Crocker if you may be able to help.


All Saint’s School

All Saint's School have requested help in running a lunchtime group. This would be to complement the other learning in school about the Christian faith, and also provide a space for students to explore their faith in more depth. The time slot would likely be a Tuesday during lunch from 12:25-13:00.

As yet, the format/exact content of the group has not been planned but we would expect this could be done by those involved.

If you are interested in joining a team of volunteers could you please contact either Revd James Menzies: or Cherry Clarke:


Forgiveness Therapy

Forgiveness is a process. Forgiving requires determination and courage. Most people, however, are not accustomed to forgiving as an ongoing practice. Forgiveness Therapy is a 12-week secular course delivered by Christian practitioners that helps clients begin to forgive the people that have hurt them and teach them the skills of forgiveness. This enables clients to feel lighter, happier and healthier and equips them with the tool of forgiveness, which becomes part of their daily lifestyle so the negative effects of holding a grudge can be completely avoided. 

It is hoped to train some practitioners to deliver this course later in the year. If you are interested in finding out more about this therapy a taster day is being organised on Saturday 22nd September from 10am-4pm in St Aldhelm's Church Lounge. Lunch will be provided so please let us know if you are coming for catering purposes.

For more information:

or contact Cherry Clarke: or 07514 114680.


Control to all Teddy Bears

Dorset Police are calling on the support of knitting enthusiasts across the county to create teddy bears for children in distress. 

The teddies will be carried in patrol cars and used to comfort young children who are distressed or experiencing a traumatic event.

Police Constable Conroy, of Dorset Police said, “Sadly we regularly attend incidents where children are really having a tough time – it could be a family argument or a loved one going missing. We do our best to build relationships with young people at incidents, but something like a teddy bear can be really useful in distracting them from what is going on around them” 

For more information about the initiative and to download the knitting pattern, visit - completed teddies can be handed in at Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Blandford Police Station counters.


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Free Premier eBook

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That's why we put together this new eBook “The Giants We Face”, a book to inspire you to know that you’re not alone in the troubles you face, to encourage you to stand strong in the face of your giants, and to know that you can overcome them, no matter the size or scariness.

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Local News

Page updated 22nd June

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A News Roundup

of news from Cherry Clarke

Co-ordinator for REFRESH

Mob: 07514 114680


The Bus Shelter are looking for more volunteers to cover all the shifts. I have attached a volunteer application form and letter with the volunteer duties. Please contact Emily McCarron, Co-founder & Project Manager, if you are interested in helping or for more information.


Home Start are looking for volunteers to support the work they do with parents and families. I have attached a leaflet about the role of volunteers and a poster about the next training course for volunteers, starting on 25th September. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer could they please contact Kelly Rolfe, Organiser, or phone 01305 265072.


HEAT Melcombe Regis are offering FREE gas central heating systems to home owners, landlords and tenants living in the Melcombe Regis Ward and free mains gas connection where needed. They are also offering free loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and boiler upgrades. Please see here for more details and circulate this information to anybody you know who could benefit.


The Friendly Food Club are starting two new initiatives in July in Weymouth and Portland. Meet Cook and Eat brings isolated elderly residents together to prepare, cook and eat lunch talk. Fun Family Cookery  are workshops to provide a nutritious meal for families who miss their free school meals during the holidays. Please get this information out to those who would like to join. A flier is attached.


Walking for Health is an initiative organised by Community Development Officer Julie Hursthouse. Joining one of these walks is a great way to meet people and have some exercise at the same time. The walks are gentle, enjoyable and vary in length. More information can be found on the attached poster.