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. The church is due to re-open for services in October 2019.

How to Find the Church

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

St. Andrew's Church Development Appeal - June 2019 Update

Update on the Building Work

The high level light fittings and the sound system have been installed and the scaffolding inside the church has been removed. Whilst the scaffolding was still in place, the building contractors cleaned all the clerestory windows, replaced two or three cracked panes of glass and removed dust and cobwebs from the stonework and timbers.

The new Portland limestone floor has been laid in the Nave; we hope that the flooring will very soon be completed in the Chancel and in the Tower. The Font will be moved from the base of the Tower to its original - and liturgically correct - position near the main door into the church.

The construction of the new extension, housing the Parish Room, kitchen and disabled WC is now almost at roof level. The new masonry has been finely crafted, incorporating stone from the Victorian vestry.

The external stonework on one section of the north wall of the Nave, which has been badly affected by water ingress from faulty guttering and downpipes, is in the process of being repaired.

Update on the Development Appeal

The Call My Wine Bluff evening on 9th March 2019 was great fun and a huge success The three wine bluffers - Jane MacQuitty, Tim Harry and Michael Hockney - did a great job in confusing the audience. Alastair Stoker was Master of Ceremonies; Juliet Stoker produced a delicious supper. Alastair and Juliet are to be thanked for organising such an enjoyable event. The evening added over £2,000 to Appeal funds.

Contributions have continued to come from villagers and former villagers and from Trusts and Foundations, including a recent and most welcome anonymous grant of £35,000, a third grant from the Beatrice Laing Foundation of £10,000 and a grant of £3,000 from the Community Foundation of Wiltshire.

All of this has brought the total raised in the first four months of 2019 to £58,000 - which means the total sum raised by the Appeal to the end of April 2019 stands at £617,000.

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

The funding of fifty-four chairs is already included within the Development Project budget.

Beyond that, the PCC’s plan was to buy a further seventy chairs, so the ‘Give A Chair’ Appeal was launched in October 2018.

So far, forty-seven 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 design of the new chairs and how to fund one of the remaining 23 chairs are to be found on the SACDA website by clicking here.

Our Next Fundraising Event - An Illustrated Talk

Sir John Stuttard, a former Lord Mayor of London and a resident of Shaftesbury, is giving an illustrated talk on Saturday 22nd June 2019 on his amazing journey from Peking to Paris in his pink Rolls Royce.

For more details please see the advertisement by clicking here.

The Village Produce Stall

The Stall, selling bulbs, plants, seeds, cuttings and vegetables, opened on 1st March 2019 at the Crossrivers junction in the village. Do have a regular look at what’s on offer as the stock changes daily.

Friends 2019 AGM

This was held at Donhead St Mary Village Hall on the morning of Saturday 16th March 2019. A full set of the reports given at the meeting can be found on the SACDA website by clicking here.

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

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 – 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.