Village News – December 2013

As I write, we are getting ready for the Christmas Tree Festival, hoping we can fit all the trees into St James’ Church. I would like to thank all those who so kindly offered to help, whether on the refreshments, the decorating of trees or the wide range of music presentations. I’ll let you know the final amount that was given to Julia’s House in the January edition, but we hope it will exceed our £1000 gift of last year. The children’s hospice in Broadstone is such a worthy cause and helps many families.

Last month some very moving tributes were paid by the family of Brian Collins at his funeral service. Brian had grown up in the village as a boy and served for some years in the Merchant Navy. More recently he was living in Wareham.

Services in December

This month we have planned the following Christmas Services. There are Advent Carols and lighting of the Advent Candle ‘A Light in the Darkness’, at 3.30pm on 1 December, as the Festival draws to a close. There will be a Benefice Service for the Patronal Festival of St Nicholas on Sunday, 8 December, 10.30am at Worth Church. At Kingston we will have Favourite Carols at the Informal Service at 11.15am on Sunday, 15 December, and the Village Carol Service will be on Sunday, 22 December with Rev Gaynor leading, instead of Holy Communion. On Christmas Eve our Christingle Service will be held at 6pm in St James’ and at 10pm we shall have our ‘Midnight Communion’ later that day. On Sunday 29  there is no service at Kingston as we have a 9.45am Benefice Service at St George’s.


Our thanks to Mike Pitman and team for the lovely bellringing recently. There will be a special peal (10am til 1pm if all goes well) to celebrate Christmas on Friday, 27 December.

Sue and Peter will be in touch about the Christmas Party as soon as we have a date, so keep your ears open – I hope they remember to tell Father Christmas when the party is!

Our sincere wishes for a happy, healthy and meaningful Christmas, best wishes for 2014.

Judy Forgan PCC Secretary,  St James’ Church, Kingston

Village News – November 2013

Harvest Celebrations help provide livestock for poor & hampers for food bank

We were privileged to host the lovely concert by Natalie Clein and friends early in October and it was  great that the church was full on a Sunday morning! Our Harvest week  began with the Harvest Festival Family Service on  led by Revd Ted Pratt,  who reminded us of how important it is to thank  and appreciate God for His constant provision, not just once a year, but  continually. The Kingston Harvest Supper was well supported and we welcomed a few new faces, as well as raising enough money on the auction of fresh produce, to purchase a donkey and some chickens for needy families in developing countries. These versatile  animals, alongside cows and other livestock, can be provided  because of local generosity  after the harvest service at Putlake Farm. The Benefice also contributed dried and tinned non-perishable foods to the Swanage Food Bank. ( see more about this elsewhere in Dubber). Our thanks go to Sue Ireland,  Simon and the Scott Arms team, Peter and Cynthia and for making it such a pleasant evening for us all and to Simon Phillips who worked so hard on the Raffle and Auction.

Weddings and Bells

On 5th October, Stacey and Anthony were married at Kingston, and our best wishes  go with them for a long and happy marriage. Mike Pitman and bellringing team have been very busy as there have been 5 weddings on consecutive Saturdays. We have also had some visiting ringers on Thursday evenings, while their own tower underwent rewiring. On 10th November, there will be a Quarter Peal in memory of loved ones, for Remembrance Sunday, in the afternoon. Perhaps this is a good time to remind everyone that the morning service on Remembrance Day will start at the earlier time of 10.55am. Please do make an effort to come.

Christmas Tree Festival  28th Nov – 1st Dec

Quite a few trees have been sponsored already, from across the area, but we would welcome a few more from Kingston people – how about a few family trees?  There is plenty of fun to be had in planning and decorating  as well as viewing.  Please invite friends and colleagues, along we don’t want anyone to miss out. Once again we are hoping to give a substantial donation to the Children’s Hospice, Julia’s House, in Broadstone, whilst at the same time raising awareness of the chair fund, started some years ago by Margaret Harris, as will soon need to replace the church chairs. Once  decisions are made, the PCC will be seeking sponsorship for new chairs, either by companies or individuals, perhaps in memory of someone or a special event. Somebody  has kindly already offered to contribute funds for a complete row! At the Festival we shall be catering for several hundred people over 4 days so I would be pleased to receive offers of help either by phoning on 01929 481629, or email For open times and concert details please see the full advert. This year we have a wide range of music during the day and are privileged to have TWO lovely choirs, on the Saturday evening  for a very full evening of local talent. The event will end with a short informal Advent service with carol singing amongst the trees at 3.15pm on Dec 1st.  Please spread the word.

Judy Forgan PCC Secretary,  St James’ Church, Kingston

Village News – October 2013

Summer Fete

Despite the appalling weather we still managed to make over £2200 and the PCC would like to thank everyone who helped in any way and also to local people who came along and supported us.

This month we have our Harvest Festival on Sunday, 13 October at 11.15am and Informal Harvest Praise the following week on Sunday, 20 October at 11.15am. The Harvest Supper is on Monday, 14 October in the evening 7pm for 7.30pm but please confirm with Peter Buckle or Sue Ireland if you would like to come.

Christmas Tree Festival

A very special event will be held at St James’ Church, Kingston, at the end of November, as we start to prepare for Christmas. We invite local organisations of all ages, businesses and groups or even families, from the villages of Langton and Worth Matravers, Kingston, Harmans Cross, Corfe Castle, Church Knowle and Kimmeridge, to participate in Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival. We hope to have a wide range of groups represented, each bringing their own unique style of decoration, which could be an opportunity to publicise your presence to the wider community.

We plan to use real trees which will be ‘sponsored’ by your group, during the event, (for approximately £15-25, depending on size, to cover costs) and it will become yours after the event. We anticipate providing all the necessary lights, but the group will need to bring all the other decorations, together with a stand to hold the tree upright. It will be a very sociable community event and lots of fun assembling and decorating our individual trees. It is not a competition as they will all be wonderful. In turn we anticipate an amazing sight in this beautiful church, sometimes regarded as the ‘Cathedral of Purbeck’, to prepare us for the joy of Christmas. We would in turn like to share this lovely seasonal experience with a much wider audience and will publicise it in the local towns of Swanage and Wareham and beyond. For the moment though we hope the trees will all be decorated by the people of our villages…. And then, for the last weekend of November (28,29,30) and on Sunday, 1 December the Festival will be open to visitors far and wide. Musicians and Singers who may like to contribute please email the Festival Organiser, Judy Forgan.

Although Christmas seems a long way off, we need to know how many trees are needed and ask that you contact us beforehand if you wish to participate. Please phone for further details and application form on 481197/481629/481034. We look forward to hearing from you.

Application Forms also available at Spar Shop- Moonfleet, Corfe  PO, Langton PO, or you may request one by emailing Don’t delay – space may be limited.

Judy Forgan

Village News – September 2013

Thanks for Support

Well the summer has nearly gone and it seems like only yesterday we were getting ready for tourists to arrive. As we ‘missed’ the deadline last month, I would like to begin by thanking people who were involved with various recent events.

We are indebted to those who arrange events to help the PCC at St James’ Church, Kingston. Thank you Robin and Myra for coordinating the July concert by Dorchester’s Occasional Singers. Also thanks to Tim Rose, one of our bell ringers who arranged a lovely hand bell concert, on 3 August. The four young people played unique compositions and Tim gave an interesting and varied insight to their music. The evening raised £208, half of which will be to help sustain the ‘Tower Fund’.

Kingston Fete

Huge thanks are due to Peter, Cynthia and Sue for pulling it all together, to David for all the signage, and Greta and friends for organising the lovely Dog Show. Thanks also to all who contributed in any way on a very wet, blowy day, setting up, dismantling, collecting bits and pieces, making cakes, running stalls, the bar and BBQ, with everyone working so hard to make the day happen. The band of helpers, especially those outside, willingly kept going to the end. The takings naturally were down considerably, but we are very grateful to all who supported the annual fête, which has now raised approximately £1900.


Natalie Clein – Forthcoming Concert – Sunday, 6 October at noon – coffee from 11.30am

This year’s visit by Natalie Clein has been publicised by PAW, so please see their website for more details, but do note it is a Coffee Concert, with refreshments served from 11.30am and the concert will begin at 12 noon. Email:

Services and Weddings

We have several weddings at St James’ Church in September and wish each of the couples a very special blessing as they start a long and happy marriage. Also little Daisy was baptised in August and there will be another baptism on 22 September. Services will follow the usual pattern except for a Benefice Open Air Harvest Service with pets, on the fifth Sunday, 29 Sept 10.30am. (therefore no Matins at Kingston on 29 September)

Looking Ahead

Advance notice of Christmas Tree Festival 2013 – 28,29,30 Nov and 1 Dec

For those who need to plan well in advance, like music groups, schools and children’s groups, such as the Scouts, Cubs, Rainbows etc and other organisations who plan a programme of events a term in advance, here are a few details for 2013 Festival. It will be held at St James’ Church, starting on Thursday at 10am, and run for four days 10 til 4pm finishing on Sunday, 1 December with a short Advent Service and carols at 3.45pm. We are looking forward to a concert at 7.30pm on Saturday, 30 Nov arranged jointly with Canzonetta and The May Day Singers. If any other music groups would like to participate during the Christmas Tree Festival, please email on The first booking- a 6’ tree- has been already been made, as it is only 12 weeks away! Do not delay as space may be limited. Full details next month.

Judy Forgan, Kingston PCC

Village News – August 2013

Kingston Village Fete

The Fete is at St James’ Church on Saturday, 17 August from 2pm to 5pm.

There will be lots of stalls and Village Games – homemade cakes a speciality and our Grand Book Stall. Win a prize in our Raffle and most importantly, bring your dog to join in our Fun Dog Show. There are classes for all shapes and sizes of dogs, and a special Best Child Handler Class. There will be rosettes to three places and some Specials.

If you have any items for the stalls please contact the Stall Holder and cakes will be much appreciated for the Cake Stall.


Books: Honor Vass; Bottles: Angela Lardener; Bric-a-Brac: via Diane Cole; Cakes: Mary Haysom;

Raffle: Simon Philips; Tombola: Sue Ireland; Toys: Fiona Wake-Walker; Good quality clothes: Sue Ireland

Greta Hardy

Village News – July 2013

Kingston Fete

It is now only a few weeks away to the Fete on 17 August. Items are still required for all of the stalls. Please contact the stallholders, if you have any items for the Fete. Cakes will also be appreciated for the cake stall.


Books: Honor Vass; Bottles: Angela Lardener; Bric-a-Brac: via Diane Cole; Cakes: Mary Haysom;

Raffle: Simon Philips; Tombola: Sue Ireland; Toys: Fiona Wake-Walker; Good quality clothes: Sue Ireland

Dog Show

Remember to bring your dog to the Fête this year and join in our fun dog show. There are classes for puppies, prettiest, handsomest and rescued dogs. Fun classes and a best child handler class with rosettes for all winners.

Anyone willing to help or if you have any bric-a-brac to store, please contact Peter.

Terry Hardy


News from Kingston

Firstly, I would like to thank Belinda and Peter Bell for so kindly hosting the afternoon at Scoles Manor which raised in excess of £450. We were very fortunate with the weather at the end of May, hopefully it will settle again soon (as I write it feels more like a gloomy Autumn day).

Sadly Kingston has lost some well-loved characters recently: All passed away relatively close together during the end of May and early June. Four special men, all closely associated to the farming world on the Encombe Estate and around the Kingston area, who during their earlier life would have worked hard, within a few miles of each other. Firstly, we lost John Cole, so sadly missed by his family, then Gerald Batten, who contributed so much to the village and Estate, and within a few days, his former colleague Gordon Gibbs, for many years Farm Manager at Encombe also died. Recently, we were sorry to hear of Fred Hunt’s death. He also had worked for many years on Afflington Farm and used to live at the Lookout, so would have known Gerald, Gordon and John through their work. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all their families.

As the summer is quickly passing we are now counting the weeks until this year’s Fête. Please, please let Peter Buckle know if you can help in any way at all in the days leading up to the big day (Saturday 17 August), whether putting up signs, gazebos, helping to serve teas, run stalls, parking, plants, face painting, cakes, providing raffle prizes, whatever. If you have any local family members why not encourage them to use their skills too. Also, tell all your friends and families from further away to come along and enjoy a lovely traditional village fête. This is our main fundraiser so let’s make it a lot of fun for everyone – new ideas always welcome… Start spreading the word.

In case you get this early – let’s just mention the concert due 6pm on Sunday, 30 June which will be taking place at St James’ Church – This is a special day also for Glen Bower!

The main forthcoming events to note are both to be held in the evening – Saturday, 27 July we welcome the Occasional Singers at Kingston Church giving their concert at 7.30pm. The following week on Saturday, 3 August at 7.30pm we look forward to Tim Rose and friends who will be giving a lovely rendition with handbells and other musical interludes – Come early for a summer evening complete with Pimms! Our thanks in advance to those organising events as all contributions go towards helping with Church upkeep. Without all these vital efforts it would be almost impossible to keep the church in such good order. There are plenty of positive comments in the visitors’ book from tourists about our lovely building… and village, so let’s hope we can keep this going.

To finish on a happy note, I wish Holly Hupfield and Ian Sizer a really amazing day as they celebrate their wedding on 20 July – followed by a long and happy marriage. What a lovely couple!

Judy Forgan, PCC St James Kingston

Village News – June 2013

Last month we were all saddened at the news of John Cole’s death and our thoughts are with Diane, Jeremy, Matthew, Sarah and all the family. A very moving tribute to John was given by his family at the funeral and reminded us all of what a kind, caring and gentle person he was. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. In the same week, Helen, Davril’s daughter, and Roger were married and made a delightful couple. Visitors came from far and wide, even as far as New Zealand, to share in the happy event. At the beginning of May, of course, the Hermitage Ensemble gave a wonderful collection of unaccompanied songs, both in Russian and in English, and their four powerful voices sounded more like a choir of 12.

At the end of June we have another concert planned, and will welcome Christchurch Priory Choir on Sunday, 30 June at 6pm. Please note the earlier time and encourage friends to support the evening. We wait with anticipation to hear more about the film Inspector Jury, which has been produced in various locations across the Purbeck area, but it may only be shown in Germany. Hopefully the shotgun scene didn’t disturb the village too much, or the runaway car! Our thanks to those who supported the Open afternoon when bell ringers from across southern England, successfully attempted a three-hour peal of 10 bells. Also thanks to Roderick, Felicity and Mike for making the event possible. As I write, Belinda Bell and family will be busy preparing for the Strawberry tea event, thank you for your lovely hospitality at Scoles Manor.

Our next PCC meeting will be held on Monday, 17 June and I’m sure Peter Buckle and Sue Ireland will be very happy to receive any offers of help towards this year’s fete which will take place on Saturday, 17 August. Please let them know if you can participate or contribute in any way. As they say, many hands make light work, so let’s all do our part and make it a special community TEAM event. Together Everyone Achieves More.

Judy Forgan, PCC Secretary

Villlage News – May 2013

Bells of St. James

There will be a three-hour peal of Bells at St James Church, on afternoon of Sunday, 5 May 2-4.30pm. Come and enjoy organ music inside (with cup of tea and cake) and also the deep sounds of the 10 bells as they are rung by a visiting group of bell ringers.

Anyone interested in learning to ring can meet our tower captain, Mike Pitman, and find out more about the skill.

Judy Forgan

Village News – April 2013

Already we are into the fourth month of 2013, where does time go! Hopefully you had a pleasant Easter and were able to participate in some of the local events, such as the Palm Sunday procession. The newly formed Dorset Chamber Choir presented a timely Lenten Music evening, entitled Music for Holy Week March, under the leadership of David Everett.

Our very best wishes to Edward and Catherine who will be married at St James’ Church on Easter Saturday. We also wish Roger, Helen and all their family well as they make final preparations for their big day, early in May.

During the coming year, we have eight weddings booked as Kingston Church – it is a very popular venue. The bells always sound lovely, thanks to Mike Pitman and his team of ringers. He has asked if we can try to recruit one or two new people who may be interested in learning to ring the Kingston bells. If this could be you, please have a chat with Mike. On Sunday, 5 May, some visiting ringers are attempting a three-hour peal at Kingston, so we are planning to offer tea and cakes, and Roderick will be playing the organ, why not make a note in your diaries – for a pleasant Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon?

Our Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM) is to take place soon; All Kingston Residents are welcome and any who have an interest in the wider church and village activities are welcome to join us – 7pm in the Church on Thursday, 25 April. This year the electoral roll needs to be renewed so please ensure you have returned your Application Form to Greta Hardy. If you haven’t received one and wish to be on the Church Electoral Roll, please contact Greta.

We also welcome those who live outside the parish and particularly appreciative of the number of people who come to Kingston and support in many ways, flowers, refreshments, music…. In fact we depend heavily on those from outside the village to keep things going.

It is essential that we all connect up a bit more and build up a stronger network of friends. May be someone in village will come up with a social event, at which we could just enjoy each other’s company – a skittles/ bowling night somewhere local? A quiz night? A bring and share supper one Saturday? (in other words a time for friendship and laughter, rather than …..fundraising!) If you would be up for something like that, chat to others, neighbours, friends, and I’m sure something will grow from it – big oak trees come from little acorns. Start small and sincere, then the sense of community will grow from it.

On Monday, 29 April we have the first of our ‘Summer’ music events – hopefully it will be a spectacular night of Russian Orthodox and Folk Music. The Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg, are touring the UK and are well worth hearing, so please spread the word and invite friends along.

Sunday Services this month will follow the usual pattern (see services page 4) ‘Taste and see that the Lord is Good; Blessed are those who take refuge in Him’ … ‘Come my children listen to me’… ‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit’. These are personal verses of reassurance from Psalm 34 (v 8, v11, v18).

Judy Forgan

Village News – March 2013

Sunday Lunches

Please note that as 10 March is Mothering Sunday, there will be no Church Group Lunch this month. We hope to resume with our ‘Friendship Lunches’ at various Purbeck Eateries, in April.

Margaret & Davril

Kingston News

This month sees the departure of Rosemary and George Pitman– a huge thank you from us all for the many years of faithful support in so many parts of village life. We wish them both every happiness in their new home in Swanage and hope we will still see them from time to time. To mark the occasion, please do join us for a Bring and Share Lunch at the Church 12.15pm on Sunday, 3 March.

Electoral Roll Update

Now, for any residents, here’s another date for Kingston diaries. Our annual meeting (APCM) is on Thursday, 25 April, a few weeks hence. However, this year, we do need all those on the electoral roll to complete an application form beforehand. Greta Hardy is our electoral roll officer, so, even if not a regular at St James’ Church, if you wish to stay on or join the electoral roll, please ensure that you get your form from Greta and return it to her. This is your village church so do please support it.

March Services

On Sunday, 10 March we have our Mothering Sunday Service at 11.30am, and welcome all ages to our Family Service that day – a warm-hearted service with a difference. Our usual Informal Service takes place the following week, at which people are invited to choose their favourite hymns 11.15am on 17 March.

An event not to be missed as we move towards Easter, will be the BENEFICE SERVICE for PALM Sunday, 24  Mearch. We anticipate the outdoor procession with Palm branches waving and a donkey leading up the hill from the Scott Arms Car park (assemble before 10.30am) to St. James’ Church. Please note the earlier time! Easter Sunday Service is at 11.15am.

This will remind us of Jesus as he rode a donkey into Jerusalem – He knew what was ahead of him, nobody else did at that time, but the story unfolded over Holy Week, and continues today. We can revisit various events across our area, to discover why things happened as they did and realise that it was all part of God’s plan for his people.

Did you know that the prophets predicted Jesus’ death on a cross, about 500 years before it all took place? It was no unfortunate accident; Isaiah wrote in Ch 53 ‘’He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows… wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, upon him was the chastisement which brought us peace… with his stripes we are healed… an offering for sin…. led like a lamb to the slaughter.” Jesus could have chosen not to accept this suffering, but he knew in his heart that this was why he came to earth. God’s son, took the punishment for the sins of humanity in order to bring forgiveness and peace for all who trust in him. During Holy Week, followers remember what Jesus went through, but the bigger picture has to include Jesus overcoming death. Easter celebrates the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, met with friends, even ate with them on the beach, and was seen by over 500 people in the weeks after his crucifixion. That is why there will be Sunrise services (complete with cooked fish !) early Easter Morning, both at St Aldhelm’s Chapel, on Swanage Beach and on the Purbeck Hills.

Jesus’ words to Doubting Thomas, convinced me some years ago as they were read out one Easter Morning… I was like Thomas, couldn’t grasp it, full of doubt, and Jesus gently said ‘STOP DOUBTING and BELIEVE’. If you struggle with the Easter mystery the best few paragraphs of the Bible are found in John Ch 20…. But don’t leave out the last few verses. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Hopeful Easter.

Judy Forgan, PCC Secretary