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.


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.


Monthly Coffee Mornings - Donhead St Andrew Church

*** IMPORTANT ***

This event Is cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak

coffeeFree monthly community coffee mornings in St Andrews Church, Donhead St Andrew, will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm starting on Wednesday 4th March 2020.  Everyone welcome - I hope to see you there.

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


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: http://www.sacda.co.uk/

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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.