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 was on Sunday 10th December 2017 in order to allow time to prepare the building for the planned re-ordering works which began in early 2018.

How to Find the Church

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

Talk - 'Peking to Paris' - 22nd June 2019


Peking to Paris

In a 1934 Rolls-Royce
An illustrated 10,000 mile adventure story

by Sir John Stuttard

Saturday 22nd June 2019

New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, SP7 0PL
6.00 for 6.45pm

In 1907, an adventurous group of motoring enthusiasts set off on the first race from Peking to Paris, and what an adventure it was, driving through many countries, some of which had barely seen a motor car.

In 1997, a new group met at Brooklands, and determined to repeat the run. This talk follows John Stuttard’s progress in a 1934 Rolls Royce painted in FT pink, among an assortment of other cars, all of which had to be over 30 years old.

Some way through the race, the organisers decided that the modern roads were just a little too tame, so they toughened up the rules. Just a bit.

See and hear John’s entertaining account of how it all happened.

Pink Rolls Royce

Tickets, £10 (£5 for those in full time education) to include canapes;
available from Jane, tel: 01747 828279, and Elizabeth, tel: 01747 828201

Bar and Fine Wine Raffle

In aid of St Andrew’s Church Development Appeal

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St. Andrew's Church Development Project and Appeal - February 2019 Update

Update On The Building Work

The faulty interior wall plaster, which was holding moisture against the stonework, has been removed and the builders have completed the application of two layers of new breathable lime plaster. The walls are drying at present and then the final layer of coloured lime piaster will be painted on. The colour has been selected after several weeks of trying different colours in different lights.

The building contractors will then clean all the clerestory windows, replace two or three cracked panes of glass and remove dust and cobwebs from the stonework and timbers.

Once high level light fittings have been installed, the scaffold inside the church will be removed and the new limestone floor will be laid. Whilst the scaffolding has been in place, it has provided an opportunity to view the mediaeval stone corbels at close quarters. They are remarkably fine carvings, largely of angels. One of them is completely different; it is the face of a man; we think it may be that of one of the original stonemasons. We are going to photograph all the corbels for a future edition of the history of St Andrew’s Church.

In the last report, we mentioned that a chamber has been discovered beneath die floor of the vestry and boiler house site. It contained an older boiler, which was riddled with very hazardous blue asbestos. This has been dealt with by the specialists. Work has now started on the foundations for building the new extension.

As described in the last report, apart from delaying the project, there have been considerable cost implications from the discovery of asbestos in two additional locations. In total, dealing with asbestos has added about £45,000 to the project budget. But, of course, there is no question but that the work has had to be done as a priority.

Update On The Development Appeal

As a result of the extra costs involved in dealing with the asbestos, we have redoubled our fundraising efforts.

The annual Quiz Supper, masterminded by Michael and Christine York, raised more than £1,000. Our thanks to Michael and Christine. It was a very well-attended evening and great fun. A delicious supper was prepared by members of the Friends Committee; our thanks to them too.

This helped take the total raised in 2018 to £86,000. Which means the total sum raised to date stands at £559,000.

Just under half of this has been raised locally and just over half from Trusts and Foundations. But we still need more, so any further contributions would be much appreciated.

‘Give A Chair’ Appeal

Fifty-four are already funded within the Development Project budget. The plan is to buy a further seventy chairs.

The ‘Give A Chair Appeal was launched in October 2018.

So far, twenty-six chairs have been funded by locals In Memoriam, to mark a birth, baptism, wedding, wedding anniversary' or death or just as a contribution.

Further details about the new chairs and how to give one are to be found on the SACDA website -

Our Next Fundraising Event - ‘Call My Wine Bluff’

Alistair and Juliet Stoker are running this event in the New Remembrance Hall, Charlton on Saturday 9th March 2019.  For more details, click here.

The evening will be great fun so please join us.

The Village Produce Stall

The Stall, selling bulbs, seeds, cuttings and vegetables, opens on 1st March 2019. Do have a regular look at what's on offer as the stock changes daily.

Friends Of St Andrew’s Church Annual General Meeting

This is to be held at Donhead St Mary Village Hall on Saturday 16th March 2019 at 10.00 am. It is open to all members of the Friends and is an opportunity for new Friends to join.

For more information about the Development Project, the Appeal and what else Is going on at St Andrew’s Church, visit

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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 – 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.