Church of England Diocese of Winchester St. Ambrose Bournemouth

St Ambrose, Westbourne, Bournemouth

ST AMBROSE - the parish church of Westbourne
Maintaining an Anglican ethos in a gently catholic atmosphere, St Ambrose Church provides a peaceful sanctuary for reflection, prayer, devotion and spirituality. St Ambrose Church grew from the Oxford Movement reviving ceremonial, colour and drama in worship (incense is used) and the Eucharist is central to its worship. It is a member of the Forward In Faith movement and The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda. Whilst part of the Diocese of Winchester, St Ambrose Church has been granted episcopal oversight by the Bishop of Richborough as Provincial Episcopal Visitor. The Rev Adrian Pearce was licensed as Priest-in-Charge on 25th April, 2013, by the Bishops of Southampton and of Richborough.


On 17th March, 2020, following advice from H.M. Government, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York directed that public worship be suspended. Churches were allowed to reopen for private prayer from 19th June, and for public worship from 4th July, but we entered a second lockdown between the 5th November and 2nd December, during which we were limited to private prayer again. The third national lockdown began on 4th January, 2021, and three days later - in the light of the rapid rise in infections locally - we suspended public worship until Ash Wednesday then resumed a twice-weekly pattern for Lent. We reinstated our daily offering of the Mass from Easter (Sundays at 10 a.m., livestreamed on Facebook; and Weekdays at 8:45 a.m.) with Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m.

In accordance with the Government's "roadmap" all legal restrictions were lifted on 20th July, 2021, and all our normal services are now restored (notably the Sunday 8 a.m. BCP Mass and 4 p.m. BCP Evensong). While infection rates remain high we are urged to proceed with caution so, as a temporary measure until confidence builds, Holy Communion will be continue to be offered in one kind only. We welcome the return to normal congregational singing and there is no requirement to wear a facemask (though there is nothing to stop anyone from doing so who so wishes). We may now exchange the Peace, return to normal Offertory collections, and share in refreshments. Holy water stoups are now refilled but optional sanitiser stations will remain in place for the time being. Weekly livestreaming of services has now ended and we urge everyone (unless currently testing posititve) to attend church in person once again.

[Last updated: 23rd July, 2021]


8:00 a.m. Said Mass (Book of Common Prayer)

10:00 a.m. Sung Mass (Common Worship)

4:00 p.m. Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) followed, on the second Sunday of the month, by Benediction


8:45 a.m. Said Mass (Common Worship) is offered daily in the Lady Chapel.
There are occasional variations (such as when a Society is hosting a mid-morning public Mass) but these are well advertised. For full details see the noticeboards or the Facebook Page.

5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer (Common Worship) is said daily in the Lady Chapel. On Wednesdays this is preceded by the Rosary at 5 p.m.

For more details contact Fr Adrian Pearce, Priest-in-Charge, on 01202 911569 or [email protected].

Bible Reading Fellowship - currently in summer break
A group meets every Thursday, at 10 a.m., at a member's home for bible study and refreshments.
For more details contact Gillian Tankard on 01202 911981 or [email protected].

Study Group - currently in summer break
A group meets on alternate Wednesdays, at 3 p.m., at a member's home for discussion and refreshments. Members read one or two chapters of the current study book and discuss issues arising. Recent study books have included The Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri Nouwen), The Secular Terrorist (Peter Mullen), Epiphanies of the Ordinary (Charlie Cleverly), The Imitation of Christ (Thomas à Kempis), The Dignity of Difference (Jonathan Sacks), The Gospel and the Catholic Church (Michael Ramsey, former Archbishop of Canterbury), Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis) and Nativity (Geza Vermes). Our current book is The Universal Christ (Richard Rohr) from 4th March, 2020. The current venue is Mrs Wendy Rall's home: Flat 10, Mayfair (next block west from the church), 74 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8BG.

Get in touch

The Rev Adrian F Pearce

St Ambrose Vicarage 72a West Cliff Road Bournemouth

Bournemouth Folk Club Concert - Sam Carter & Nick Hart

18 Sep 2021, 7:30 p.m. for 2hr 30m
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(72) West Cliff Road

Doors 7:30pm
Music from 8:00pm

“Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection” – Songlines

“A singer who can hold the audience spellbound all by himself” – R2 Magazine

Midlands-born guitarist and songwriter Sam Carter has earned a reputation as a captivating British folk troubadour. He is a highly-regarded instrumentalist, renowned by many as “the finest English-style fingerpicking guitarist of his generation” (Jon Boden). Over the past fifteen years, Sam has made appearances on national TV, won a BBC Folk Award, and has toured the world, sharing stages with some of the world’s foremost guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson, and Chris Wood.

Sam’s albums and live shows attest to his flair for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and his love for British and American traditional folksong. In 2012 he gave a spell-binding performance on Later… with Jools Holland, playing songs from the shape-note influenced album The No Testament, accompanied by fiddler Sam Sweeney. Sam continues to innovate within the tradition alongside Jim Moray in Folk Award-nominated electro-folk band False Lights, who released their second album Harmonograph to wide acclaim in 2018.

Released during the first lockdown in May 2020, Sam’s fourth album Home Waters has been heralded as “an album of quiet pleasures made by a musician at the top of his game” (R2 Magazine). Recorded in a converted church in rural Northumberland by producer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing, Andy May Trio), Sam’s live acoustic guitar and vocals sit at the heart of the album. Many of his performances were left unadorned, while Stephenson’s cinematic string arrangements created the rich emotional landscapes on other tracks. The album features the specially-assembled Home Waters String Quartet (Mark Carroll, Edward Cross, Jean-Pierre Garde, Hannah Tattersfield) with double bass players Matt Ridley and Ian ’Dodge’ Paterson.

In autumn 2021, Sam will embark on a national tour to support Home Waters’ release, the original 2020 launch tour having been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


“Uncluttered, great singing that reminds me of the very best English roots singers… this is the real deal” – Mike Harding

Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition.

Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. Whilst studying for an ethnomusicology degree, he began to explore the large body of recordings of traditional singers from the second half of the 20th century, and this led to several years of fevered study and many nights spent at folk clubs and festivals, honing his skills as an unaccompanied singer.

Nick’s initially hardline attitude to the accompaniment of folk songs has softened over the years, but his love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment, and his songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs, drawn largely from his native East Anglia, reflect his understanding of both the depth and breadth of material within the English tradition and he is fast acquiring a reputation as an engaging and entertaining performer.

2017 saw the release of his first solo album, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs. Recorded by long-time collaborator Tom Moore, the album has been well received, being described as “One of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we’ve heard this year” by fRoots, “A cult classic in waiting” by Grizzly Folk, “Absolutely excellent” by FRUK, and “The real deal” by Mike Harding.

The follow-up, entitled Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs, was released to further critical acclaim in 2019. Nick is currently working on a third album, set for release in 2021. He has confirmed that it will have ten English folk songs on it, but the title remains shrouded in mystery for now…

“One of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we’ve heard this year”

“A cult classic in the making”

Grizzly Folk

“Absolutely Excellent”

Folk Radio UK

“A wonderful record of some of England’s finest traditional songs, preserved in a beautifully unadulterated form”
Bright Young Folk

Music Concert Community group Event held in a Church

There is no weekly recorded message this week because Fr Adrian is recovering from emergency eye surgery.

11 Sep 2021, midnight