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May Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Thursday 2nd May Lynn Summerfield Sunday 5th May Elaine Bevan Sunday 5th May (6.30pm) Al & Geoff Potts Thursday 9th May Tracy Craig Sunday 12th May Laurence Cohen Thursday 16th May Wendy Wharton Sunday 19th May Kez Eggleton Thursday 23rd May Janet Emilymae Sunday 26th May Spencer Rose Thursday 30th May Lisa Rockett

June Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Sunday 2nd June Al and Geoff Potts Sunday 2nd June (6.30pm) Danielle Nijhuis CSNU (h) CSNU(t) Thursday 6th June Jack Eckhart Langelund and Lola-Kiss Keton Sunday 9th June Andrew Grant - President of the Southern District Council Thursday 13th June Lynn Summerfield Sunday 16th June Sarah Deverell Thursday 20th June Wendy Wharton Sunday 23rd June Sarah Burch Thursday 27th June Vanessa Smallwood Sunday 30th June Simon Leicester

July Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Thursday 4th July Elaine Bevan Sunday 7th July David Powell Sunday 7th July (6.30pm) Geoffrey Hayward Thursday 11th July Paul Brereton Sunday 14th July Sandra Mitchell Aetheris Thursday 18th July Angie Freeland Sunday 21st July Irene Hall Thursday 25th July Janet Neville Sunday 28th July Ruthie Caulfield

August Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Thursday 1st August Al & Geoff Potts Sunday 4th August Paulette Benson Sunday 4th August (6.30pm) Paulette Benson Thursday 8th August Laurence Cohen Sunday 11th August Phyllis Rumney Thursday 15th August Jenny Doherty Sunday 18th August Sarah McLauchlan Thursday 22nd August Karla Hayne Sunday 25th August Janet Emilymae Thursday 29th August Claire Louise Sutton

September Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Sunday 1st September Lawrence Savill Sunday 1st September (6.30pm) Geoffrey Hayward Thursday 5th September Lynn Summerfield Sunday 8th September Barbara Breeze Thursday 12th September Kez Eggleton Sunday 15th September TBA Thursday 19th September Lisa Rockett Sunday 22nd September Ann & Nigel Walton Thursday 26th September Debbie & Bill Reeves Sunday 29th September Janet Emilymae

October Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Thursday 3rd October Tracy Craig Sunday 6th October Sarah McLauchlan Sunday 6th October Al & Geoff Potts Thursday 10th October Geoffrey Hayward Sunday 13th October Sue Ellis Thursday 17th October Sarah Burch Sunday 20th October Carianne Robins Thursday 24th October Jaqueline Hill Sunday 27th October Sandra Darbyshire Thursday 31st October Hazel McLister Brewer

November Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Sunday 3rd November Elaine Bevan Sunday 3rd November (6.30pm) Spenser Rose Thursday 7th November Mark Stone Sunday 10th November Al & Geoff Potts Thursday 14th November Sarah Deverell Sunday 17th November Lynn Summerfield Thursday 21st November David Powell Sunday 24th November Laurence Cohen Thursday 28th November Paul Brereton

December Services. Thursday 3pm/Sunday 10.45am + Sunday 6.30pm, every first Sunday of each month

Sunday 1st December Claire Louise Sutton Sunday 1st December (6.30pm) Geoffrey Hayward Thursday 5th December Phyllis Rumney Sunday 8th December Kez Eggleton Thursday 12th December Angie Freeland Sunday 15th December Ruthie Caulfield Thursday 19th December TBA

Future Events

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Gong & Sound bath with Rachel Scott on Saturday 14th September 1pm

Demonstration of Mediumship with Sandra Darbyshire on Saturday 26th October 7-8.30

Sunday 2nd June we welcome Danielle Nijhuis CSNU (h) CSNU(t) to the Platform for our evening Service

Welcome to the Website

On this website you will find our programme of events, including services and healing sessions, details of church officers and committee members, information about our library, background information on Spiritualism, photos of our church and how to find and contact us. The contact page also includes links to the website of the Spiritualists’ National Union and other local Spiritualist churches.

Services are held Thursday 3pm and Sunday 10.45am every Sunday and the first Sunday of every month we have an additional service at 6.30pm.

On Thursday afternoons.

Demonstrations of mediumship. On Tuesday evenings Open Circles are held.

On Wednesday evenings.

We hold a Fledglings Evening for all up and coming Mediums, this platform will offer you an opportunity to further develop your Gifts to work from the Platform, we hold them every fourth Wednesday of the month costing £3

Other special events.

These are usually held On Saturdays and are advertised in advance on our “Events” page. You can view our entire programme up to one month in advance on our “Programme section”.

Healing takes placve at specific times throughout the week. For times and details see the “Healing page

Church Update Board

2023-12-25

Membership Renewal

Membership is now due for renewal, please see a member of the committee to renew during a visit to the church. However you are able to send it through the post by cheque, staying your name clearly. Your blue membership card will need to be signed also. Thank you for your support.

2023-02-28

Monthly Wednesday Evening Events March - October 7pm

We are pleased to announce in March we are holding Wednesday Evening Events for all to attend. From March - October SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH We are holding a Philosophy and Awareness Evening, offering an evening to join us with a working Medium, discussing all aspects of Spirituality and the Spiritual way of life. This will also involve questions and answers from the knowledge of your Medium, this may be on the topic of the evening, or questions of curiosity you would like to ask. £3 per person, THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH We are holding an evening based on Mediumship with a working Medium, offering you an opportunity to hear from a loved one in Spirit. There is no philosophy on this evening. £3 per person, ALL EVENTS START AT 7PM We are very much looking forward to offering these Wednesday`s for all to attend, please do come along and support our Church and Mediums Parking is available on these evenings , at the front of the Church and to the side car park. There are no refreshments after these evening.

2023-02-28

Open Circle

Every Tuesday evening we hold an open circle run by Cheryl, So if you are looking to develop your spiritual gifts and abilities, come along and join us as Cheryl guides you along your path. £3 per person to attend

2022-12-05

Library Opening Times

To All our Full Paid Members. Our library is now open again with a wonderful range of Spiritual books offering a wide range of teachings, philosophy and Spiritual guidance for life. A lot of our books are limited editions and very rare, so why not come and have a look. Our books are only able to be loaned out for full paid members of Bournemouth Spiritualist Church. Please see a member of our Committee. Opening times are: Thursdays 4-5 Sundays 10-10.30

2022-07-01

Services

Our Church holds two services a week. Thursday Service Demonstration of Mediumship Service begins at 3pm Refreshments after the service Sunday Service Divine Service Service begins at 10.45 We hold an additional Services on the first Sunday of each month 6.30pm Refreshments after the evening service All are welcome to attend any of our services, free will offerings are collected after each service to raise money for our Church. We look forward to having you join us

2022-05-14

Healing update

Our Healing times are as follows: Sunday 10.00am - 10.30am Monday 2.00pm - 4.OOpm Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm For those of you who prefer not to attend in person, members of our healing team will continue to send absent healing regularly through the week, or you can message us and we will add names to our healing book. If you would like to add any names to the list for healing, please click below. Contact healing is taking place in a limited way under new SNU guidelines. Please DO NOT ATTEND for healing if you have any symptoms which might be Covid or have recently been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive. Many Thanks.

A Short History of the Church

Bournemouth National Spiritualist Church History

At the beginning of last century, around 1904, a Mr John Walker and three friends - Mr F S Blake and two brothers, Percy and William Street, started a development circle with the leader and medium being John Walker. He was a good trance and physical medium, and sometimes, this physical power was very dominant. Objects were moved about at the request of the sitters, causing a lot of interest and at times, amusement.

This went on for some time until one night, a Spirit Control came through their leader and said, “Well boys, you’ve had your fun, now you must get down to serious work.” He gave them to understand that they were to help lay the foundations for a church, which was to be under the control of a band of workers from the spirit side of life. They were to be used as the mouthpiece through whom they hoped to pass to earth, some of the knowledge they had acquired.

When they had developed far enough, they started meetings in a small studio now occupied by the Charminster Road Post Office.

The Society was opened in 1905. They shortly moved to premises in what was then called Town Hall Avenue, where the Sunday services were held in a café. It was here that Vincent N. Turvey, an author, did so much work. Some time later a Mr Hiscock and a Mrs Hayter, who had been members for some time, opened the church which is still doing good work in Charminster Road today.

The Membership was now steadily growing. After various changes, we settled for a time in the Wilberforce Halls, Holdenhurst Road, and here we started to form ourselves into a church, allying ourselves with the Spiritualists’ National Union. Rules were formed and an organised Council and membership established. On leaving Wilberforce Hall in 1920-1921, we went to the Theosophical Rooms in Lansdowne Road.

We had now been wandering about for some time, and at a committee meeting we arranged that the committee members were to search and visit all premises, which might prove suitable.

Moving to Bath Road

After some time, the President, found the house known as Streate Place, which had been a doctor’s house and had a waiting room and surgery on the Bath Road entrance. Having been purchased by the Misses Wadlow for the sum of £6,000 and presented to the Bournemouth National Spiritualist Church, Streate place was used as a hall, library and healing sanctuary. The surgery and waiting room part of the building was converted for use as a church. On 5th June 1924 Mr Ernest Oaten, who was then the Editor of the “Two Worlds” magazine, officially opened the Church. Mr Frank Blake became resident minister Mr Frank Bessant took his place as President.

By 1956 the church building was beginning to perish along with ventilation and acoustic issues. A building fund was set up, as a complete re- design of the entire church was needed. This included raising the roof level, adding dormer windows, stained glass windows and the addition of a tower and spire and pipe organ. This was designed by John Austin and partners and completed by building contractors Daws Ltd. The church had been transformed into what was described as “a new landmark for Bournemouth”.

In 1988 it was decided to sell the adjoining Streate place and the rear half of the church was converted into a hall with folding partition doors. This meant the removal of the pipe organ to make way for a kitchen. A new side extension was constructed to house an entrance lobby, cloakrooms and a library in the form we can see today.

Commencing in 2010 the church has seen further refurbishment. This has included new fixed seating, outside paving and alterations to the platform. The kitchen and toilet areas have been refurbished and the re-decoration of the church. It is hoped this beautiful church will be preserved for many years to come.

Some old photographs illustrating the churches history

Moving to Bath Road

Bournemouth Echo Article 1957

Church Exterior 1970's

Church Interior 1980's

Church Exterior 1980's