WALKING 900 – Sunday 27th September 2020

It was a day of Commemoration and Celebration at the Minster Church in Wimborne today Sunday 27th September. It was the Sunday when the Minster Governors were present to Commemorate the Benefactors of the Minster, it was also the first Sunday that the Revd Nick Wells was present after he had been Ordained a Deacon by The Bishop of Salisbury The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam in Salisbury Cathedral yesterday.

The President and Preacher at the 9.30am Parish Eucharist was the Bishop of Ramsbury, The Right Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey who was visiting the Minster for the first time since his appointment in 2019. In addition to the Minster Governors the Mayor and Mayoress of Wimborne Minster Cllr. Shane and Mrs Tracey Bartlett were present along with the Town Crier Chris Brown and Chris Slocock with his wife Yayu and daughter Annalise.

Opening the Service the Rector the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland gave a special welcome to our newly ordained Curate the Revd Nick Wells and during the Service the Bishop dedicated the new Minster Hymn Books. The Revd Dr Brenda Gibson who had been involved in the life of the Minster Church for over 30 year and who sadly died in January 2019 had left a bequest to the Minster part of which has been used to purchase new Ancient and Modern Hymn Books for the Minster. Brenda’s Brother Peter who sings in the Minster was alongside Bishop Andrew as he dedicated the books in memory of his sister.

Following the Service Chris Slocock was blessed by the Bishop and given a special shout by the Town Crier before the Bishop set off with Chris on the first of the 900 laps of the Minster which Chris is going to cover over the coming weeks. The walk is to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the start of the Minster building as we know it today. Whilst walking Chris is raising money for the Minster Makes Music Appeal the aim of which is to completely rebuild the Minster Organ. His target is £900 and already he is well on the way with £300 raised to date.

Chris aims to complete his walk, which is a total of 102 miles or just over the distance of 4 Marathons in stages over the coming months. He completed his first  50 laps today. Chris invites others to walk with him for part of the time and to celebrate the significance of the Minster in the life of the Town. Look on Facebook and search Walking 900 to keep up to date with progress and how you can join with him.  You can support Chris and the Minster Makes Music Appeal via the Just Giving website at;



All Photographs taken by Beatrice Dopita apart from photograph of The Bishop blessing Chris Slocock on the Minster Green, which was taken by Anthony Oliver