The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

Action for Children 150


In 2019, Action for Children celebrated 150 years of taking action to support children, young people, parent and carers across the UK. Founded by Methodist Minister Thomas Bowman Stephenson, it continues 'to do what's right, do what what's needed, and do what works for you children'. 

As part of its national celebrations, you can read about its nationwide search for the descendants of some of the UK’s first children in care, and find out if any of your own ancestors were in one of the UK's first children's homes.

At United Church Dorchester, we celebrated this significant milestone with a series of events - you can see the full list below. 

THANK YOU to everyone who helped to support these events: the total amount raised for AfC across the whole year was over £2,800 - an amazing effort, and a very significant amount for the charity.



Saturday 22 June, from 2 – 4 pm: Garden Party 

Come and enjoy the wonderful garden surroundings of 51 Coburg Road, Dorchester.

There will delicious cream teas and cakes, bring and buy, and a plant sale.

All will be very welcome – entry is just £2!



Saturday 13 July, 3 - 5pm Country Tea Dance 

Come and enjoy a dance in the United Church Hall, and support Action for Children at the same time.

There will also be tea and cake! No charge for attending, but there will be donations to Action for Children.

Please note: some publicity suggested a 2pm start: it is definitely a 3pm start!


Sunday 14 July, 10.30am: Action for Children Morning Service (at United Church)

The service will be led by John Walker and the Action for Children Fundraising Group.

It will include collection of everyone's 'League of Light' boxes - don't forget to bring yours in!

For more information about the League of light boxes, have a look at last year's Action for Children 'Thank you' newsletter to all Methodist supporters. One key point to note is that the boxes help to raise around half a million pounds - so this is all contributing to a very important cause. 


Saturday 7 December, 7.30pm : Encore Singers Christmas concert 

The Encore Singers are well known for the delightful concerts - this one will be held in aid of Action for Children.

In addition to the Encore Singers, this concert will feature as guest artists the Crossways Village Handbell Ringers. This will be a fantastic evening, to really get you into the feel of a traditional Christmas.

THANK YOU to all the performers and audience at this concert: a fantastic sum of just over £1,000 was raised for Action for Children!


16, 18, 23 December: Carol singing around Dorchester

The annual Carol singing through the streets of Dorchester, accompanied by the United Church Brass:

Monday 16th: Old Poundbury (meet to move off at 6.30pm in Poundbury Road, near the junction with Normandy Way)

Wednesday 18th: Fordington Fields (meet to move off at 6.30pm at the bus stop opposite The Trumpet Major) 

Monday 23rd: Monmouth Road area (meet to move off at 6.30pm at the South Court Avenue roundabout)

Everyone is always welcome to come and join us as we sing well known carols for local residents - who often come out to listen, and make requests! Even if you are not sure about singing in public - do come along, as we always need door-to-collectors.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped to organise and / or took part in the carol singing and collections. Quite apart from the joy it provided to the many local residents who came out to hear the music, a total of well over £400 was raised for AfC - a fantastic result. 

A knitting opportunity: Christmas Angels

Would you be able to knit some Christmas Angels to support the work of the Action for Children fundraising committee? Last year, some 400 knitted angels were donated to families and children during the Carol singing and Journey to the Stable events - and we'd like to do the same this year.

You can explore the background to the work, and find more about how to get involved (including how to get the pattern for the angels), by reading this information sheet.