Social Activities

Social Activities

St John’s is well known locally for its social activities with the main fund raising social events being organised by the Events Committee who meet on a regular basis as a sub-committee of the PCC.   These include;

Plant Sale:

This has been an annual event on a Saturday in April or May for more than 20 years, raising a substantial sum for Church funds.  A committee organises the complex sequence prior to the sale of pot washing, buying in seedlings, pricking out, making up orders for hanging baskets etc.  People offer space in greenhouses and conservatories for propagation.  This has been a popular and well-attended annual event.

The Plant Sale will be on Saturday 5th May 2018

Summer Fete: 

This is held as part of our Patronal Festival celebrations - the birth of St. John the Baptist on 24th June.  The nearest Sunday to this date is usually taken and the fete is planned for the Saturday before this.  A marquee and the Hall are used as an ‘insurance’ against poor weather, as is the major draw - tickets for which are sold several weeks beforehand.  Prizes have been generously donated by local trades people.There are entertainers - musicians, dance groups etc - according to the theme of the Fete, which is different each year.   Many of the participants and stallholders come in fancy dress.

In 2018 the Fete will be on Saturday 23rd June. 

St.Nicholas Fayre:

 This important fund-raising event takes place on a Saturday towards the end of November in the Church Hall. Coffee and a mince pie are offered as part of the entrance fee and there are stalls and games and a visit by Father Christmas. 

The St.Nicholas Fayre will be on Saturday 25th November 2017

St John’s Fellowship:

This is an open group, formed with the aim of helping the congregation to get to know each other socially and also to join in our friendly and interesting meeting.  Meetings are held monthly with a guest speaker covering a variety of interesting subjects.  The Fellowship has an outing each year and sometimes organises a Barn Dance.

The Royal British Legion:  

This organisation has club premises in Tudor Road opposite the entrance to Broadstone First School.  The Vicar is both Padre to the branch and Padre for the County of Dorset. Each year St.John's is closely involved in the Remembrance Day commemoration.

Rambling Club:

During the year the club completed a programme of Sunday walks plus a number of shorter walks in the summer evenings in and around the countryside of Dorset.  These are well attended and popular.

Sunday Lunch: 

Sunday lunch is cooked and served by members of the congregation on a monthly basis for those who live alone or have difficulty cooking for themselves.  Usually there are around 30-40 guests.  At Christmas and in the summer there is usually a trip to have lunch out.  A nominal fee is charged to cover the cost of the food and drink.