St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew

donheadstandrewDonhead St Andrew is a parish of steep hills, streams, woodland, pasture and high chalk downs with sudden wonderful views. There is no real village centre so the foci for the community are the church and the pub. The houses and farms are scattered along the winding lanes with cottages, some enlarged and modernised, and residences dating from the middle ages to the present.

The Parish Church, dedicated to St Andrew, is situated in the valley beside the river Nadder. There has been a church on this site serving as a centre for Christian worship for at least a thousand years. It is believed that the first church may have been built soon after the founding of Shaftesbury Abbey in about 875. The tall narrow arch leading from the chancel to the vestry is Saxon work from about the 9th or 10th century. The present church is 13th century though much altered in the 19th century and is built of the local green sandstone. Read more about the history of the church here.

Sunday Services

The normal monthly pattern of Sunday services in the Church is as follows:

  • First Sunday of the month: BCP Communion at 8.30 am
  • Second Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am
  • Third Sunday of the month: BCP Matins at 11.00 am
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: Family Service at 9.30 am

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the Church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

** Important **  the last service in the church is on Sunday 10th December 2017 in order to allow time to prepare the building for the planned re-ordering works to commence.

How to Find the Church

For information on how the find the Church, click here.

Quiz Supper, Donhead St Andrew - 2nd December 2017


Annual Village Quiz Supper

Quizmaster: Michael York


Saturday 2nd December 2017


New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, SP7 0LP

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

Licensed Bar Fine Wine Raffle Friends Stall

Make up a team of four to six - individual places also available

 Tickets - in advance only: £10.00 and £5.00 for those in full-time education - includes supper - from Elizabeth (telephone: 01747 828201) or Jane (telephone: 01747 828279).

In aid of the St Andrew's Church Development appeal

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St Andrew's Church Development Appeal - October 2017 Update

Appeal Update

Following the granting of a Faculty by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury in May 2017, the Friends Committee set about writing applications to those Trusts and Foundations that required us to have the Faculty before we could apply. These included a number of Trusts which could potentially give substantial grants. The Committee also wrote to Trusts which allowed a second application in a situation where all the required funds had not been raised. All these applications were completed by the end of July 2017.

In July, we were delighted to receive a second grant, of £5,000, from the Allchurches Trust. Then, in late August came the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund had awarded us a grant of £67,600 - 100% of what we had asked for. The Committee is very grateful to the Allchurches Trust and to the HLF and to all Lottery players for these grants.

With these two grants included, that takes the sum raised as at the 9th September 2017 to £402,000.

The PCC, Development Committee and Friends Committee now await the outcome of the applications to the remaining Trusts and Foundations.

Forthcoming Fundraising Events And Activities

The Village Produce Stall

The stall is open every day until the end of October at Crossrivers and sells a variety of plants, cuttings, seeds, fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Do have a regular look at what’s on offer as the stock changes daily. Chris (tel: 01747 828759) welcomes any contributions for the stall.

Later in the year……..

there will be the very popular Quiz Supper and ‘Call My Wine Bluff’, an evening of wine tasting with three expert bluffers.

Development Appeal Website

The Development Appeal website is regularly updated with the latest news about Appeal events and activities, the funds raised and the architects drawings for the Project. There is also a short video which gives an impression of what the church will look like once the project has been completed.

You can find the Website at

Our thanks to everyone in the village for their tremendous support.

George Lisle
St Andrew's Church Development Committee
Michael Hockney
The Friends of St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church Development Appeal

The Parochial Church Council, after consultations with the congregation, those on the Electoral Roll and the members of the Friends of St Andrew's Church, are proposing to make St Andrew's Church a major centre of village life for all villagers, as a place of worship and the place where the community can gather for a wide variety of village activities in a building which is inspiring, welcoming, accessible and well-resourced.

To achieve this, the following improvements to the church are planned:

  • Facilities – extending the current vestry building in stone to provide a disabled WC, a kitchen with appropriate facilities for holding functions in church, storage cupboards, a new Parish room large enough to be used for children's activities during services, at other times for small meetings and removing the existing unsightly boiler house.
  • Flooring – getting rid of the various floor levels in the main body of the church and having one level floor throughout.
  • Heating – installing a new heating system throughout the building which combines efficiency, flexibility, unobtrusiveness and economy.
  • Lighting – installing a new lighting system which is flexible, adjustable and unobtrusive and highlights the architectural features of the building.
  • Sound System – providing an effective system for those with hearing difficulties.
  • Seating – the replacement of the pews with fine quality oak chairs which interlock and have space for kneelers and books. The chairs have been designed for comfort, appearance and flexibility. The normal layout day by day will be five rows of chairs on either side of the central aisle, with two rows of chairs for the Choir along the west wall to the north of the tower. The rest of the chairs, which are stackable, will be stored in the base of the tower behind the oak screen which will be located at the west end of the Nave at the entrance to the tower.
  • Internal Decoration – addressing any issues involving damp and redecorating the walls in a warmer hue.

In order to provide the finances for this project, the St Andrew's Church Development Appeal (SACDA) has been launched. For full details of the Appeal, visit the SACDA web site at this link:


Donhead St Andrew PCC - Registered Charity

With effect from February 2013, Donhead St Andrew PCC is a registered charity. The registered charity number is 1150714, and the full title of the charity is The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Donhead St Andrew.