News and Upcoming Events


A Concert by Canzonetta at Bere Regis Church Sun 25th March 3pm

As in recent years, Canzonetta is singing a short programme of Sacred Music for Holy Week on Palm Sunday, 25th March at 3pm, followed by tea and cake.  Free admission.  Donations to the Church.  The church roof appeal, Mission Apostle, was hugely successful and the Church has been closed all winter for the work to be carried out.  This concert will be the first event back in the Church.... exciting! 




At Affpuddle (and Poole Crematorium)

On 29th January – Anthony (‘Tony’) Hawkins

At Poole Crematorium

On 30th January – Patricia Pashen

At Affpuddle (and Poole Crematorium)

On 1st February – Mark Newbould


The work in the past few weeks has been going on very well and we are now hoping that we shall be able to use the church at Easter. We are very grateful to the contractors (AE Griffin and Sons) and others for all their help.

However when we know the exact time, we shall be using all means of letting you know so that we can be able to give the church a really good clean before restoring it as a place of worship and to its usual glory. Your help will be required, please!

We continue to be very grateful to the School for allowing us to use their wonderful hall for our other Sunday services.



I am delighted to be able to tell you that the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam will be with us on June 3rd at 10am for a Service of Celebration for the completed Roof work. We do hope that so many of you, who have by your generous gifts enabled the work to happen, will be there to join in the occasion. More details as the time approaches!




While the church is out of use, the box for any of your donations is in the porch of the Vicarage and it will be super if you can still provide the necessary things as you have been doing. During the winter months and at Christmas, it is as much needed as ever. I would remind you:


This provides a simple way of helping people who have fallen on hard times.

I would ask: Please ensure that your gifts are at least 6 months in date.

You do not have to be a church member to contribute!

The boxes are emptied regularly

and the contents given to the Wareham Food Bank.

The list of what is most appropriate is:

Tinned Soup Fruit Juice(carton) Pasta Sauces Baked Beans Rice/Sponge Pudding (Tinned)

Tomatoes (Tinned) Pasta/Rice (1kg) Tinned Vegetables Tea Bags/Coffee Instant Mash Potato

Tinned Meat/Fish Tinned Fruit Sugar (500g) Biscuits or snack bars


The FOOD BANK provides for local individuals and families in crisis -

Thank you for your support!





Mission Apostle - Bere Regis Church Roof Project



Repairing the ravages of time

It was built by the Normans, embellished in the Middle Ages, survived Henry VIII, the Roundheads and two world wars.
But age, weather and thinning lead is catching up fast.
The most recent survey of our Parish Church has shown that the lead roof over the nave of the church is coming to the end of its useful life. It has served us well over 100 years or more, but, despite assiduous care and repairs over the years, lead wears out and it is now no longer even able to be patched. It needs to be replaced.
It is, of course, not just a matter of replacing the roof. Much more importantly, it is about preserving our magnificent medieval carved roof, and indeed, ensuring our lovely church continues to be available and accessible to all; accessible not just for regular worship, and for all those important rites of passage, such as christenings, weddings and funerals but also for celebrating and commemorating the great national occasions.
It is estimated that repairing the roof, thus safeguarding our church, will cost in the region of £200,000.
We may be able to reduce that sum by obtaining a VAT refund, but we will still need to find a considerable amount. There is little or no money available from Church of England sources, so it is down to us and to fundraising.
We have a fundraising plan, which is already demonstrating some significant successes. We are undertaking 3 strands of activity:
Strand 1 is to apply for funding from grant making trusts and foundations. We have already received £10,000 from a trust fund and we have an application going in to Viridor Credits Environmental Company shortly. We anticipate the majority of our funding will come from trusts.
Strand 2 is to seek donations from Bere Regis residents. In due course we hope to contact every adult in every household in the Parish. In the meantime we are delighted to say that some early personal approaches have already resulted in £12,500 in gifts and a very generous legacy.

Strand 3 is to arrange through the summer a variety of fundraising events and activities which we hope will be generously supported.

It is very important when applying to trust funds to demonstrate that there is considerable local support for the project. It is therefore hugely encouraging that we can say that we already have some £72,000 given or pledged towards our target. We will still need every bit of generous help and commitment we can call on to raise the balance of £128,000 to safeguard the future of our beautiful parish church.
If you would like to help, or make a donation, please contact Charles Masheder, our vicar, Richard Smith, the Treasurer or Ian Ventham or Judy Newton.
Charles Masheder