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.

How to Find the Church

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


St Andrew’s Church Development Appeal - December 2016 Update

Fundraising Activity Update

Village Produce Stall

The Produce Stall at Crossways has now closed for this year. Since March 2016, the Stall has raised nearly £1000 for the Friends’ Appeal. What a marvellous result!

The Committee would like to thank Christine York for masterminding and running the stall and also the many villagers who gave and bought throughout the year. The Produce Stall will be back in March next year so please start planting and growing for the Stall.

Christmas Cards and Presents

The Friends’ Stall is open every Sunday for 30 minutes after church services up to and including Sunday 11th December. Ten Christmas card designs including the two winners of the 2016 Children's Christmas Card Competition are on sale as well as Christmas presents and stocking fillers and Zillah Gillespie’s delicious marmalade and preserves.

Church Development Project And Appeal

The total raised has risen to £277,000 as a result of a further grant from a charitable trust, donations from villagers and from other sources.

At the time of writing, the Diocesan Advisory Committee was about to meet to consider our proposals.

Michael Hockney

Chairman, The Friends of St Andrew’s Church


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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 – enhancing the flexible use of the church by combining a central section of demountable pews together with the use of individual wooden stacking chairs which, when not in use, will be stored in the base area of the Tower, behind a screen.
  • 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.