events in the Benefice

Some photos from our Animal & Pet Service at Gussage All Saints 14th July 2024

Our Animal Service attracted 42 people and 15 dogs and a very smart pony! A perfect afternoon to gather to praise God for the animal kingdom . Peter Rufus from Helpful Hounds, providing assistance dogs to young people with various special needs , spoke about the work and introduced Izzie and Jessie her assistance dog., an award winning partnership. Afternoon tea and cakes and good fellowship followed the service and a sum around £260 was collected for the charity

The Woodlands Flower and Arts Festival 29/30 June 2024

2 days of stunning beauty, delicious cakes and community spirit

The combination of fragrant flowers, beautiful arts, diverse craft and produce stalls, as well as delicious homemade cakes has made the event a resounding success.

All money raised from more than 400 visitors will go towards maintenance, renovation and restoration of the historic Grade II listed Woodlands Church of the Ascension. We are so blessed to have such a stunning historically significant building in our village.

Ride And Stride in aid of Dorset Historic Churches




Ascension Day service with

Rt Revd Tim Thornton,

who we remember as Bishop of Sherborne and served latterly as Bishop of Lambeth

The sevice is held every year at the Church of the Ascension, Woodlands

Robert Prance, Chris KIng, Dorothy and Peter Catterall

(almost 50 years ago!)

Ascension Day tradition from years past

"I started the top of the tower tradition in 1977 and about a dozen of us climbed to the top at 8am in the morning. Peter would stop his milk delivery in the village and climb to the top with his trumpet with me just ahead of him with Kings College Cambridge Choir. We would sing ‘Hail the Day that sees him rise’ and sing lustily to it. Clara Pitman (God rest her soul) always insisted we should use the “other tune”!" Robert Prance