The United Church Dorchester

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News and reports

Read below about some of the most important issues and developments within the United Church and beyond.




Winter Forest Praise

We can't promise the return of the camel (see the pictures of the January Forest Praise below!) - but come along to the next Forest Praise for family-friendly fun, relaxed play and praise on Thursday 21st February, 10.30 - 11.30am. This will take place at the Surestart Children's Centre (next to Sunnydays Nursery in Poundbury).

Children, parents and carers are all welcome. 





Action for Children: Country Dance

 Many thanks to the organisers of the Country Dance afternoon held at United Church Dorchester on 27th January.

40 people attended and much fun was had - dancing, socialising and enjoying tea, coffee and homemade cakes: you can see one of the dances below. Donations on the day raised over £200 for Action for Children. 



Winter Fuel Allowance donations

Dorchester Poverty Action (DPA) is asking if people who are financially secure might donate their Winter Fuel Allowance to those who are struggling with money issues. If you don’t really need your allowance – do please consider donating it so that DPA can respond to requests from social workers, health workers or family members to help people who are in a financial crisis.

To donate, go to the DPA website. As well as information about how to contact DPA for payment information, there is a Gift Aid form available so that any donation can be increased by 25%.




Poundbury Quiet Days

The dates for the Poundbury Quiet Days have been fixed for the coming year:

February 23rd; April 6th; June 22nd; July 13th (at Puddletown); September 21st; November 30th.

These are all Saturdays, and usually take place at The Quiet Space, Woodlands Crescent DT1 3RQ (just behind Poundbury Garden Centre). To book a place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Women's World Day of Prayer

There will be two services in Dorchester on Friday, 1st March:

1. The morning service, to be held at St. Peter's Church at 10.30am

2. The evening service, to be held at the Quaker Meeting House in Holloway Road, at 7.00pm






Winter Forest Praise

Lots of children, parents and carers came and enjoyed the Winter Forest Praise event on Thursday 3rd January, at the Surestart Children’s Centre, Middlefarm Way, Poundbury (next to Sunnydays).

As well as the usual outdoor play experiences and relaxed play & praise, there was great excitement when a camel appeared to celebrate this special time of year!



Traidcraft News

Since the announcement in September that Traidcraft plc was in consultation to cease trading at the end of December, an overwhelming amount of encouragement from their supporters persuaded them to seek other solutions.
The result is that the retail business will continue to trade but in a slimmed-down form. You can read more about the new business plans from the Traidcraft on-line shop.
While it is great news that Traidcraft will still be trading into its 40th year, the negative impact on its producers worldwide will be severe when the company is downsized. Further details are expected in the new year. 


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