Charminster: St Mary the Virgin, Charminster
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Situated at the heart of the village, where a number of footpaths cross, casual visitors are rarely alone for long: one of the clergy will drop in on an errand, the vergers, brass polishers and flowers arrangers will be busy doing something or a villager will be tending the churchyard....and generally all will be happy to have a chat or leave you to pray in peace.
The warm Ham stone symbolises the warm welcome you can expect at Charminster ....also one of the best heated churches in Dorset.
The building was fortunate in having a sympathetic Victorian restoration. Similarly today the parish enjoys disabled access, a servery and up to date toilet facilities that enhance the building and enable it to be well used.
With its ten bells, fully restored organ and immaculate churchyard with the river running by St Mary's is ideal for weddings. Contact the vicar to arrange.
Look out for 'The Pilot,' the excellent parish magazine which goes free of charge 12 times a year to all 1500 households in the Benefice. The Pilot, supplemented by the weekly Pew News, carries all the latest details of services, concerts and events arranged in the church together with all the contact numbers that anyone planning to visit or move to Charminster will need.
MOST services will be held in the Village Hall until flood damage to the Church is repaired. Work to the building has been approved [Summer 2015] but the church will remain closed until it is complete.
Meanwhile the road bridge will be closed for up to five months for rebuilding; pedestrian access to the churchyard and riverside is unaffected.
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This could be for a variety of reasons, including:
- Special Events
- Regular Services
Wheelchair accessible toilets
(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Confirmation classesLent study groupsParish awaydays Ad hoc prayer groups
|Most daylight hours & Thursday evenings to coincide with bell ringing practice.Accompanied children welcome to use play area but PLEASE leave it tidy.Souvenir items on sale.Church may be closed due to flooding or building work - sorry.|
|The North aisle [chairs, childrens corner and refreshment trolley] is available only for approved events.Church House is no longer available.|
The current editor is: Sarah Davies