The Lantern Church, Merley | Registered Charity Number: 1137810

Chichester Walk, Merley, Wimborne, BH21 1SN

The Lantern Church is part of the Canford Magna Team Ministry here in the Diocese of Salisbury alongside:

Canford Magna Parish Church & St Barnabas Bearwood

 The Lantern is part of The Church of England


The Shine Network

At the Lantern, our seniors' work comprises of the 'Shine Network'. The network is made up of different groups which run throughout the week. All of these groups are open and would love you to come and visit. Below you'll find a list of the different events that happen during the week and services offered by the network: 

The Lantern Befriending Service:

One-to-one companionship and support for older people living alone in our local community. This is a free service for people over 60, living alone who have very few or no social visitors. A volunteer befriender will visit the person at home for about an hour each week or fortnight. The Lantern Befriending Service is operating for local residents in partnership with The Harvey Practice Doctors Surgery. A dedicated Lantern Befriending Service leaflet (which includes a referral form) is available in the Lantern Church or the Harvey Practice. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender, please contact Tony or Roz Hanson via the button below or telephone: 07518120809

Fifty and Beyond:

Come along, bring your friends, relax and have fun together.

We usually meet on the 3rd Friday of the month 7.30-9.30pm in The Lantern Hub (£1.50 per person),

and also for bi-monthly Sunday lunches in local pubs or restaurants

Contact Liz Barge (01202 062191) or Roz Hanson (07518 120809) for more details


More For Seniors

Wednesday Morning Communion:

You will receive a warm friendly welcome at our short mid-week communion service. Come and be encouraged with a brief Bible reflection and enjoy singing some well-known hymns. Then chat over Coffee/tea and biscuits.

Every Wednesday 10.30am, In the Lantern Hub

Mixed Blessings:

Mixed Blessings is a lively club for older people in the church and the community. There is always time for making friends and getting to know one another ,better, and also planned activities, including games, talks, recitals, short Bible spots, celebrations and outings.

10:30- 12:00 Tuesdays 

More information from John Taylor. Tel. 01202 883896