Christmas and New Year 2021

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With Christmas and New Year coming up, there are several things coming up to look forward to, whether listening to a concert, making some purchases from local artisans, or just enjoying the sparkling lights.  So I wanted to create a special christmas/new-year page to share all the things you could do in the village.  Note that I hope this page will show more over the coming weeks, so please do look back.

If you know of any other events happening in the village (or that would be of strong interest to the local villagers), things being sold which would be ideal for presents, please do let me know using the sites contact form, and I will try to get them added.


Some seasonal articles


Upcoming seasonal events

Posada comes to Dorchester, 2021
Dec 1 – Dec 24 all-day
Posada comes to Dorchester, 2021

Happily, Posada returns to Dorchester this Advent. Posada is an old Mexican tradition retelling the story of Mary and Joseph as they travel from house to house asking for a room for the night. It starts out in the community and ends on Christmas Eve at the church.

Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph. Each Dorchester host enjoys the chance symbolically to welcome the figures into their home with the real message of Christmas. Look out for the figures in Dorchester windows, and join others at the Abbey for Advent Sunday; the Posada Party on 12 December (see poster); or at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve, when the figures will feature. (For information:
Denise Line 340905)

Concert in the Abbey: Elinor Carter and pianist Muriel Phillips @ Dorchester on thames abbey
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Concert in the Abbey: Elinor Carter and pianist Muriel Phillips @ Dorchester on thames abbey

On Thursday 9th December at 7.30pm, local mezzo-soprano Elinor Carter will bring you a bit of Christmas sparkle in the more intimate Shrine Chapel of Dorchester Abbey. She and pianist Muriel Phillips will perform seasonal favourites such as “In the Bleak Midwinter”, “Oh Holy Night” and “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas”, and there will be opportunity for audience participation! Tickets are £15 (£10 children/students) to include a glass of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie and should be booked in advance by contacting Elinor on 07711 319444 or

Decorating the Abbey christmas tree @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am
Decorating the Abbey christmas tree @ Dorchester Abbey

Do join us from 9:30am on Saturday 11 December to raise and decorate the Abbey Christmas Tree. Can you help to put on the decorations? Can you help to lift the tree into place – it takes about five strong people. As usual there will be tea, coffee, biscuits and cake to help us.

Christmas at Dorchester Abbey: Beautiful Star @ Dorchester on thames abbey
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, 15th December 2021, 19:00, donations

Have you ever stood in the mountains, no city lights around, looking up, seeing all these stars above you? It’s very impressive and it may be that this experience has made many generations before us turn to the stars for company, support or guidance. Every year at Christmas we take the tale of the Star of Bethlehem for granted. The story tells us that it led the three wise men to the birthplace of Jesus. Astronomically speaking it has caused quite a lot of controversy amongst historians and scientists – so we thought we’d just tell its story through music.

  • Susanne Mecklenburg – voice
  • William Hancox – piano
  • Sophie Hebden – oboe
  • Michael Eisinger – viola

Carol Concert @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 19 @ 3:00 pm
Carol Concert @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm
Crib service @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 24 @ 4:30 pm
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Posted on November 13, 2021 in Events in and around Dorchester

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