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: 8.30 am- a quiet said service of Holy Communion using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, followed by coffee and biscuits.
  • Second Sunday of the month: 9.30 am - a Sung Eucharist with sermon using the modern rite (Common Worship), followed by coffee and biscuits.
  • Third Sunday of the month: 11.00 am - a Sung Matins with sermon using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, followed by sherry and savoury nibbles.
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: 9.30 am - a Family Service with talk, followed by squash, coffee and biscuits.

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.

How to Find the Church

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

Illustrated Talk by Pen Hadow, Polar Explorer - Donhead St Andrew – 16th October 2021

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It’s Not All White at the North Pole!

An illustrated talk by the arctic explorer



Saturday 16th October 2021 at 6.00 pm


Donhead St Andrew Church, SP7 9EB

Bar and Fine Wine Raffle

Tickets from Juliet, tel: 01747 828 395 or at the door; £10 and £5 if in full-time education

pen haddow 1Pen Hadow is known as the explorer who solo trekked from Canada to the North Pole. This is a feat of human endeavour that has not been repeated to this day. Pen is also well known and respected for his leadership in non-governmental scientific exploration of the Arctic Ocean.

He will share his extraordinary experiences and his amazing photography of that trek to the North Pole. He will also talk about why exploration of the natural world has never been more important than it is today and why he set up the 90North Unit, an organisation dedicated to protecting the wildlife and floating ice reef eco-system in the Arctic Ocean.

We had to postpone this talk on 4th April 2020, but we are delighted to be able to reinstate it now. We hope that you will be able to come.

In aid of the new south aisle roof.

St Andrew's Church Community Coffee Mornings - Donhead St Andrew Church

coffeeFree monthly community coffee mornings in St Andrews Church, Donhead St Andrew, will be held on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 10.30 am to 12.00 pm starting on Tuesday 7th September 2021.  Everyone welcome - I hope to see you there.

For more information, contact Jane, tel 01747 828 914.

St Andrew’s Churchyard - Snowdrop Appeal

snowdropsAs part of the development of the churchyard at St Andrew’s Church, we are going to do some simple planting to ensure that there is something of interest every month. We are going to start with snowdrops so if you have clumps of snowdrops in your garden, now is the time to be dividing them.

If you would like to contribute snowdrops or would like to help with planting, please contact Elizabeth, tel: 07952 563 318 or Ian, tel: 01747 828 611.

We hope you enjoy the results.

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.