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 - August 2017 Update

Update On The Development Project

On 30th May 2017 the Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury granted St Andrew’s Church PCC a Faculty for the Development Project at St Andrew’s Church, approving all the proposals set out by the PCC in its Petition to the Chancellor.

This brings to a conclusion the lengthy process that began in May 2016 when the PCC submitted the final plans for the Development Project to the Diocesan Advisory Committee. The DAC approved the plans without alteration in December 2016, which meant that the PCC was then free to petition the Chancellor for a Faculty. The Petition was lodged in January 2017.

We have now completed the planning and approval stages of the Development Project; another milestone which moves St Andrew’s Church ever closer to completing the Development Project.

Fundraising Update

Once the Faculty had been granted the Friends Committee was free to make applications to Trusts and Foundations that require a Faculty to be in place before those Trusts and Foundations will consider an application for a grant. The Friends Committee began writing those applications in early June with a view to them all being completed and submitted by the end of July.

Forthcoming Fundraising Events And Activities

The programme of fundraising and social events will continue from October 2017.

The Village Produce Stall

The stall is open every day at Crossrivers and sells a variety of plants, cuttings, seeds, vegetables, fruit and cut flowers. Do have a regular look at what’s on offer as the stock changes daily. If you have plants, cuttings, seeds, fruit, flowers or vegetables to contribute, Chris  (telephone: 01747 828739) will be delighted to receive them.

St Andrew’s Church’s Development Appeal Website And Exhibition

Do go on line and have a look at the new website; you can find it at www.sacda.uk If you would like to see the architect’s impression of what the church will look likeafter the Development Project is completed, there is a short video to look at which you can access via the website.

There is an exhibition in St Andrew’s Church which contains the architects plans and elevations and details of the new furnishings and furniture. Do pop in to havea look.

George Lisle
Chairman
St Andrew's Church Development Committee
Michael Hockney
Chairman
The Friends of St Andrew's Church

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.