The cold weather did little to stop members of Weymouth Family Church coming together for their third Friendship Week.

Friendship Week is a series of informal and fun events, organised by members of the church with the aim of helping people get to know each other better.

The church decided to hold the week following the success of previous years.

This year Friendship Week ran from Sunday, January 27 to Saturday, February 2.

During the week church members were encouraged to share their hobbies and interests.

Events that took place included a quiz night that entertained more than 50 people, a tour of the coastwatch station on Portland Bill led by Coastwatch volunteer Fred Daborn, and an evening of waltz tuition for beginners, organised by church leader Mick Richardson.

Other activities included skittles at Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, a morning of craft, meals together, a coffee morning at Bethany Hall, and a church lunch on Sunday, January 27.

Friendship Week was also open to those outside the church.

Andrew Knowles, one of the organisers of Friendship Week, said: “We’re keen to show that church isn’t just for Sundays, it’s a community that’s open 24/7. To support one another we need to know one another better, and Friendship Week provides a great opportunity to do that. I look forward to seeing more people from outside our church becoming involved in future Friendship Weeks.”

Mick Richardson, leader of Weymouth Family Church, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part this Friendship Week, either as a host or by coming along to an event. I really enjoyed the chance to dust off my dancing shoes and introduce others to the pleasure of the waltz, and I look forward to more fun next time we run this event. However, as a church we’re keen to develop friendships all the time, not just during these particular weeks.”

Weymouth Family Church was established in 2002. In 2017 the church purchased Bethany Hall on Westham Road, where it is now based.