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Wimborne Minster and the Wimborne Villages - Active Christian congregations worshipping in historic buildings set at the heart of our communities.

For over 1300 years Wimborne Minster has been a living centre for pilgrimage, prayer, mission and worship. In 2015, we joined with the villages to the north of the town - Holt, Hinton Martell, Horton, Chalbury and Witchampton. As from 1st July 2020 the benefice will be known as Wimborne Minster and the Wimborne Villages. The church of St James’ Holt has been closed for worship and all the villages have come together into one parish to continue the worship and work of God, and together we extend a warm and inclusive welcome to all who come through our doors. In our buildings you will find history and some significant treasures, but more than anything, they are places where people have gathered and encountered something of God's love; places (to quote T S Eliot) "where prayer has been valid". We hope you will come and discover that truth for yourself.

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Wimborne Minster and the Wimborne Villages Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded [here] or you can read the Church of England Safeguarding handbook. For Villages' Safeguarding see individual Churches' pages.
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, on 01202 848921 email safeguardingofficer@wimborneminster.org.uk
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser through Safeguarding — Diocese of Salisbury (anglican.org) or safeguarding@salisbury.anglican.org
Safeguarding Officer Jane Davidson  Safeguarding Officer Diedre Ashton
Safeguarding Officer Jane Davidson              Safeguarding Officer Diedre Ashton

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Special Event: A Civil, Civil War (Battle for Wimborne)

Wimborne Minster, including the Chained Library, are pleased to announce that Special Guided Tours of the Minster and the Chained Library with a Civil War aspect will be available during the weekend of Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2024.

The one-hour Guided Tours with a Civil War theme will reflect:
• Wimborne’s involvement as a Royalist Town against its Parliamentary neighbours.
• The religious and political factions.
• The armed soldiers at our town’s bridges and even at the doors of the Minster.
• The traces of the Civil War within the Minster.
Tours will take place on Saturday 25th May at 2:30 pm and on Monday 27th May at 11:00 am.
Tickets costing £5 are available in the Minster at the Verger’s Desk. With just 10 places per tour,  book early to avoid disappointment.
Our Minster and Library Guides will be on duty as follows to offer a description of the traumatic era that was the Civil War and the resultant effects on the Minster and Chained Library.
Saturday 25th May 10:00am to 1.00pm and 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Sunday 26th May 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Monday 27th May 10:00 to 4.00pm

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Many services are broadcast live on both Zoom and YouTube. (There are many recordings available). For information on Minster and Village services and how the services can be joined click on these links.



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Christian Aid Local News

The Minster Environmental Group has published an Environmental Policy which has been adopted by the PCC.


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Forthcoming Events

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