Pivot

Pivot is our quarterly church magazine, colourfully illustrated and packed with interesting articles. The articles below are a small sample from our magazine. If you would like to read more, please call in at our church to pick up a free copy.

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Mary Blacker (nee Galton) and her legacy of skills

With sadness, Broadstone Methodist Church has had to say farewell to Mary Blacker who held the record for being the longest unbroken serving member having arrived in 1955. Mary passed away on 4 May 2018 after a short illness but had remained active and spoke at our Annual Church Meeting less than two weeks before she died.      See full story...

Christine Fletcher’s Cornish Treasures

After many years in Cornwall, Chris and Nick Fletcher moved back to be near family in Dorset in the summer of 2015. They soon felt very much at home at Broadstone Methodist Church. Chris had been heavily involved in the Cornish Art world, both in St Tudy and latterly as chairman of Constantine Art Society and her work has been exhibited from Polperro to Mawnan Smith. Living in Broadstone, Chris joined the Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS) and also the Canford Heath Art Society, (CHAS).      See full story...

Blending colours

I was at a low ebb, the children were young, I felt I was a failure and not able to succeed at anything. It was at this point that I recalled how right from a child I had enjoyed dabbling with a paint brush, a pastime my granddaughter now also enjoys. My father was my greatest critic, always offering good advice and encouragement when it was needed. Then he died ~ and so did my courage and confidence in my ability to paint.      See full story...

What about your gifts and talents?

Talent? Not me! I can't arrange flowers or make fancy cakes. I can't sing, play a musical instrument, write poetry or write a good article. I can't exhibit any of my attempts at painting or sketching! I can't stand up in front of a large audience and deliver a speech or a sermon. I can't organise events for special occasions. I just can't! No? But . . .      See full story...

Alison Kay: inspirational local talent

Alison Kay has lived in Broadstone for over 20 years. She left her Swansea home to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and from there she went straight on to become sub principal viola player with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 she left this full time position to spend more time with her family. She freelanced mainly as a viola player and continued teaching the violin, viola and music theory at Parkstone Grammar School and Talbot Heath School. She also tutored young chamber groups at home and entered them into the Bournemouth Music Festival.      See full story...

Making Music: the band members' stories

The Worship Band makes a big contribution to worship at Broadstone Methodist Church. They give a strong and rhythmic lead to the singing at most of the regular family services, yet the seven members of the band are of a wide range of ages and of musical skills. Here are extracts from some of their stories.      See full story...

The icing on the cake!

I was born in Poole and amongst my ancestors there was a baker, a dressmaker and several teachers, so maybe it was pre-ordained that I should become a Home Economics teacher. My chosen college had been evacuated to Bournemouth with various hotels in Boscombe occupied as halls of residence      See full story...

Saying it with flowers

Talents come in various forms. It could be painting, writing, music or craftwork etc, and one of the many talents enjoyed in Broadstone Methodist Church every week is that of flower arranging. We are fortunate to have several members in our congregation who have a skill in this area and every Sunday we are blessed with a new and vibrant arrangement at the front of the church.      See full story...

Busy hands

We all have our talents and I think the Knit and Natter Group are great at using theirs to help others. We have several ladies who are very good at either reading the knitting patterns or who are able to help others when they have gone wrong in their knitting. Then we have others who are able to come up with a different stitch or pattern to use so we don’t get bored with the projects.      See full story...

Gardening

This Pivot we are focusing on the vegetable plot. Any garden, even a window box can provide some vegetables for the summer. By now you will have made a start with growing your vegetables and have planted runner beans.and tomatoes in the greenhouse or on a windowsill to give them a start.      See full story...