Wimborne Minster Pancake Race Cancelled

For the first time since the Minster Pancake Race was revived in 1998 after an absence of over sixteen years it will not be able to take place this year. The Race should have been taking place on Shrove Tuesday 16th February but due to the latest COVID-19 lockdown regulations the organisers have reluctantly said there is no way it can be held.

Anthony Oliver, who with Peter Lockwood the Minsters Administrator at the time, revived the race when he was Town Mayor in 1998 and who has in recent years organised the annual race with the help of a small committee said, “that they would normally be approaching all the local schools and other groups and individuals at this time inviting them to take part in the races. As will be appreciated this is just not possible due to the current restrictions so it is with great regret we have to announce that this year’s Pancake Race cannot take place.” Anthony thanked all who have supported the races over the years and said all being well we will be back next year, the date of Tuesday 1st March 2022 is already in the diary.

Drainage work in Wimborne

Major drainage work will start on Stone Lane in Wimborne on Monday 4 January to upgrade the highway drainage system under the road.

Please expect some delays to your journey during the work as multi-way, temporary traffic signals will be used for the duration of the works as it progresses along Stone Lane, starting with four-way lights at the Knobcrook junction.

The Minster Church of St Cuthburga is closed

Press Release: News Item

The Minster Church in Wimborne is sadly closed for the present

(A message from the Rector, The Revd Canon Andrew Rowland following the change in Tier levels…)

Notice of immediate closure of Wimborne Minster from the Rector and Church Wardens of St Cuthburga Parish Church of Wimborne Minster.

The rapid increase in the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus had led to consultations with Church Wardens on the important matter of health and safety.

Our congregations living in the BCP area are now in Tier 4 and in Dorset we are in Tier 3.

We have concluded that for the time being it is no longer safe to open the Minster for public worship and/or access. We want to act responsibly to reduce the spread of this virus which has evidently become much more contagious of late, and thus much riskier to all. The NHS is struggling to cope with increased hospitalisations and we want to protect them and our vulnerable church members.

We will revert to broadcasting a 9:30am Service on YouTube/ Zoom, from The Minster, as long as we are able from Sunday 3rd January.

Please continue to pray for deliverance from the virus and for all the church.

Yours in Christ

The Rev’d Canon Andrew Rowland

Tier 3

Chris Slocock Completes 1000 Laps of Wimborne Minster

On Christmas Day in the Morning Chris Slocock, on what was also his birthday, completed his 1000th lap of the Minster Church of St. Cuthburga.

Accompanied by his wife and daughter he was joined by the Rector the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland and the Minsters Press Officer Anthony Oliver to walk the last four laps to complete his 1000th lap of the Minster.

Chris had started his marathon or rather four marathons at the end of September with the aim of raising £900 to celebrate the 900th anniversary, this year, of the start of the Minster Building as we know it today. He has well and truly achieved this target having already raised £2000 for the Minster Makes Music Appeal.

Chris then decided to add to the total and complete his 1000th lap on Christmas Morning. This extra target having been achieved Chis has now set his sights on walking another 316 laps of the Minster by Easter 2021. This will then mark the 1316th  anniversary of the original foundation of the Minster by St. Cuthburga in AD 705.

Chris said “I would like to thank everyone for their support with donations so far and for making my dream come true of helping the young people of Wimborne with this Minster Makes Music appeal – I will keep walking as long as people keep giving”.

You can still support Chris and the Appeal by accessing the website at:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/900timesaroundtheminster   or place your donation in an envelope Marked Walking 900 and leave in the Church House letterbox next to Minster.


Photographs by Anthony Oliver

Christmas 2020 Message From The Mayor

December 2020






This year has been very difficult for all of us and as the Christmas season approaches the usual simple pleasures of spending time with family and friends is looking very different.

The Mayoress and I have not been able to represent Wimborne Minster at events during the year and there are none of the usual carol services and other Town events happening in the lead up to Christmas.

The big switch on of the Christmas lights which is usually so well supported by local groups within the community could not take place.  However, the Town is still illuminated, and the new display of Christmas lights funded by the Town Council and the magnificent Christmas tree lit up in blue as homage to the NHS nurses, doctors, cleaners and other staff, Blue Light Services and all front line and key workers is in situ on The Square.

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to celebrate welcoming in the New Year safely at home and not to congregate in the town centre.  I will not be making the usual mayoral address from the King’s Head balcony this year and no music will be played in the Square at midnight.

COVID 19 has caused many changes to normal practices both at work and the home and has brought hardship to many in the form of loss of income, loss of loved ones, loneliness, anxiety and mental health issues.  It was not possible to support the usual shoebox appeal, but I was pleased to launch the Reverse Advent Calendar, where donations have been made to the Wimborne Food Bank and Wimborne Community Food Supply, Café @ The Allendale.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Café @ The Allendale who in partnership with my Covid19 Volunteer Response Group has done tremendous work in providing food parcels and pre-prepared meals that have been delivered by the volunteers and myself.  This has been operating since March of this year, delivering to the vulnerable during this difficult time.  I also wish to pay tribute to the Wimborne Foodbank which has seen unprecedented demand this year.  I would also like to thank all those volunteers who have supported the Wimborne Resilience group and of course key workers across the region.

It is obvious to all that the threat of Covid19 will not end any time soon and we are likely not to see any return to something approaching normality until late next year. Despite this I am confident that the community spirit and the overwhelming goodwill that has been played out over virtually the whole year looking after those residents in our lives that are vulnerable, lonely, frightened and in desperate need, irrespective of age, will continue to the same level in the future as it has until now.

My thanks go to all those that have helped and have gone that extra mile to ensure those loved ones, neighbours and vulnerable residents are kept safe and looked after during these unprecedented times.  You have all been truly amazing and I am so proud to be your Mayor presiding over a Town with such a wonderful community spirit and a love for one another. At this time of year that cup of charitable human kindness means so much, so well done all of you.

My colleagues on the Town Council and I wish our residents and all who volunteer in the community a happy and peaceful Christmas and Good Wishes for the New Year.

Please stay safe and protect your loved ones and the vulnerable.




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Christmas & New Year Bus Services

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Chris Slocock Completes his 900 Laps of Wimborne Minster

On a very wet and blustery morning Chris Slocock made it today (Saturday 5th December)and completed his 900 laps of Wimborne Minster. He was joined by the Bishop of Sherborne, The Right Revd Karen Gorham, the Rector of Wimborne Minster, the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland, the Town Crier, Chris Brown, his wife Yayu, Minster Curate the Revd Nick Wells and his youngest Etienne, Churchwarden Peter Cook and Minster Press Officer Anthony Oliver.

Chris had started his marathon or rather four marathons at the end of September with the aim of raising £900 to celebrate the 900th anniversary, this year, of the start of the Minster Building as we know it today. He has well and truly achieved this target having already raised £2000 for the Minster Makes Music Appeal. Chris is now planning to continue with the aim of completing 1000 laps by Christmas Day. He thanks everyone for their support with donations so far and said that it is not too late as you can still support Chris and the  Appeal by accessing the website:


Photograph by Anthony Oliver