St Andrew's Church Development Appeal - December 2017 Update

The Development Appeal

2017 has been a very successful year for fundraising; in fact, the best year since the Appeal was launched in 2012. As at 11th November 2017, over £170,000 has been raised so far this year.

Funds have come from generous villagers and former villagers. from events and activities run by the Friends, from members of the Friends‘ subscriptions and from Trusts and Foundations. The PCC has also made a second contribution from its Fabric Reserves.

The total raised now stands at £450,000, which, with approximately £100,000 of VAT to be recovered under the Chancellor of the Exchequers scheme, takes the total available to £550,000.

The Development Project

Together. the cost of the urgent repairs to St Andrew’s Church and the cost of the original project for improvements in the existing church building and the addition of a new extension to add much-needed resources is estimated at £640,000 including VAT.

So there is still some way to go in terms of raising the remaining sum. Applications have gone out to a number of Trusts and Foundations over the months since the PCC received the Faculty.

St Andrews PCC has made the decision to go ahead with as much of the Project as is affordable at the time of signing the contract, in order to avoid any further increases in building and materials costs. Even if all the work is not done because sufficient funds are not raised, the church building itself will still be returned complete and fully usable at the end of the Project.

St Andrew's Church will be closed from Monday 11th December 2017 in preparation for building work beginning early in 2018. It is expected that the Development Project will take eight months to complete.

The Final Service Before Closing

Everyone is invited to attend the final service before St Andrew‘s closes which will be a Parish Communion at 9.30 am on Sunday 10th December 2017. It‘s a service for the whole community, including young people.

It will be an occasion for thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for the successful outcome of six years of the Appeal and also an opportunity to wish John Jeffery a happy 90th birthday. As everyone will know, John has had a life-long involvement in St Andrews Church, following in the footsteps of other members of the Jeffery Family for over a century and a half.

The service will be followed by refreshments and a celebration cake.

The Festival Of Nine Lessons With Carols

The traditional family carol service by candlelight will take place on Sunday 17th December 2017 at 4.30 pm with choir and organ. As St Andrew’s Church will be closed, the service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Donhead St Mary.


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