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 work is expected to take eight months to complete.

How to Find the Church

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

St Andrew's Church Development Appeal - April 2018 Update

Progress To Date

St Andrew’s Church PCC now has all the Planning Permissions and Church Faculties in place and has met all the Building Regulations necessary to enable us to start work on the Development Project. The Development Committee has received updated construction costs, which have inevitably increased due to the various delays we have experienced over the life of the Project. These cost increases have been in line with expectations and had been included in the Committee‘s forward projections.


In 2017, £191,950 was added to Appeal funds. In January and February 2018, a further £11,939 was raised from various sources. In total, we now have approximately £585,000 of funding available, including the sum recoverable from the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s VAT Recovery Fund for church projects such as this one.

Recent PCC Decisions

At its February 2018 meeting, the PCC, on the basis of the information above, unanimously voted to begin to implement the Development Project:

  1. To remove the organ for restoration.
  2. To put the church contents and furnishings into a commercial storage unit.
  3. To remove the pews and floorboards in preparation for stripping out the asbestos insulation in the pipework under the pews in the Nave, in the Chancel and in the boiler house.
  4. To re-roof the church, including the provision of new insulation.

This will then lead into the rest of the Project as further funds are released.

Future Fundraising

The PCC and the Friends Committee have also agreed the following:

  1. To continue to approach Trusts and Foundations to seek the remaining funds required.
  2. To continue to run a programme of fundraising events and activities in 2018 for the community’s participation and enjoyment.
  3. To launch, once work begins on site, a second appeal amongst villagers, former villagers and other supporters to raise the remaining funds. The total amount required will be made known at that point on the basis of the funds raised and the cost of delivering the project.
  4. To launch in June 2018 the ‘Give a chair In Memoriam’ Appeal to fund the new chairs.


The Rev'd Richard Warhurst
Simon Cooper
George Lisle
Michael Hockney
Church Warden
Chairman, Development Committee
Chairman, Friends Committee

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.