St Andrew's Church All-Weather Summer Fete - 26th August 2019

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St Andrew's Church All-Weather Fete

Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2019
1.00 pm to 4.30 pm

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Stoney Hills Field, Sans Lane, Donhead St Andrew, SP7 9LL

by kind permission of the Jeffrey Family

BBQ - Beer & Cider - Tea & Cakes
Pony Rides - Duck Shoot - Smash the Crockery
Family Fun & Sideshows
Books - Collectables & Bric-a-Brac - Cakes - Clothes & Shoes
Pictures - Plants - Preserves - Toys & Gifts
St Andrew's Church Friends’ Stall
Bottle Tombola - The Big Raffle - Silent Auction

Bell Street Jazz Band

Classic & Vintage Car and Bike Show Show

Live Auction of seasoned logs

St Andrew’s Annual Dog Show

You can find more detailed information about the Fete on the
St Andrew's Church Development Appeal website by clicking here.

Please do come along and join in the fun!

Click here to see a map showing the location of the Fete.

Raising funds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Tisbus, Donhead Happy Gathering Club and St Andrew's Church

 


A CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR THE FETE

Collectables & Bric-a-Brac
All items please by 18th August - contact Michael, telephone: 01747 828833

Cakes
Please make a cake, scones, pies, savouries, biscuits & fudge. Will collect - contact Juliet, telephone 01747 828395

Preserves
Jams, marmalade and chutneys welcomed. Also cookery books - contact Liz, telephone 01747 828685

Plants
We’re after plants, fruit, vegetables, tied bunches, pots & vases, tools & gardening books - contact Ian, telephone 01747 828611

Pictures
Paintings, prints, drawings, frames, sculptures & art books - contact Lynda, telephone 01747 829678

Books
Books including children's books, but not dictionaries, manuals or text books, by 24th August - contact John & Jane, telephone 01747 828279

Toys, Games & Gifts
Including DVDs, CDs & records. Please deliver ASAP - contact Michael and Chris, telephone 01747 828739

Clothes
Clean good-as-new clothes, shoes & accessories by 18th August - contact Edrys, telephone 01747 828430

Bottle Tombola
Bottles of wine, champagne and spirits much appreciated - contact Alastair, telephone 01747 828789

Silent Auction
Offers of lots please by 18th August - contact Elizabeth, telephone 01747 828833


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

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Peking to Paris

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

by Sir John Stuttard

Saturday 22nd June 2019

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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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Quiz Supper, Donhead St Andrew - 23rd November 2019

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Quiz Supper

Quizmaster: Michael York

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Saturday 23rd November 2019

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St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, SP7 9EB

6.30 pm

Licensed Bar - Fine Wine Raffle

Make up a team of four to six - individual places also available

 Tickets - in advance only: £10.00 and £5.00 for those in full-time education - includes supper
- from Elizabeth (telephone: 01747 828201) or Jane (telephone: 01747 828279).

In aid of the St Andrew's Church Development appeal

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Call My Wine Bluff, Charlton - 9th March 2019

‘’CALL MY WINE BLUFF’’

Saturday 9th March 2019
New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, SP7 0PL
6.30 pm

Join us for St Andrew’s version of the iconic television show ‘Call My Bluff'. Instead of guessing the meaning of an obscure word, you are asked to guess what wine you are drinking.

Glass and WineGlass and Wine 2We invite you to make up a table of six. Three white wines are served, one at a time, and three so-called experts try to persuade you what each wine is. You have to decide. Then the truth is revealed and teams get points if they are correct. After the supper interval the same happens with three red wines. If you can’t make up a table of six we can help.

Tickets:
£25 a head to include a glass of Prosecco and nibbles, three white and three red wines to taste, and a hot supper.
From: Alistair and Juliet, telephone 01747 828 789.

A knowledge of wine is absolutely not required and may even be a disadvantage!

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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 - http://www.sacda.co.uk.

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 www.sacda.uk

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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 www.sacda.uk

Michael Hockney
Chairman, The Friends of St Andrew's Church

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

Update on the Development Project

The main contractor has finished work in the church itself. The new underfloor heating, lighting and sound systems are operational. The new radiators have been fitted with child-safe covers. A new platform has been made for the organ. The new limestone floor has had four coats of protective sealant. The new oak screen at the junction of the Tower and Chancel has been fitted.

Members of the congregation have twice given the church a good clean, waxed the furniture and polished up the brass.

The next step is for the main contractor to finish work on the new extension. We will then have a disabled wc with baby-changing facilities, a well-equipped kitchen, large storage cupboards and the spacious Parish Room-cum-Vestry. All of the new furnishings and almost all of the furniture will be delivered and installed by 12th October.

Work on the graveyard will be starting as soon as possible. The PCC’s plan for the churchyard as a place of rural peace and quiet will take two years or more to come to fruition. In addition to grassed areas, a wild flower meadow with cut paths and a couple of benches are planned.

Update on the Development Appeal

Thanks to a generous grant from a charitable trust, the PCC now has the funding to be able to complete the Development Project. There are a small number of items which still require funding so the Friends will continue to run fundraising activities for the time being.

The Village Produce Stall will remain open until the end of October.

The next event will be the annual Quiz Supper, held for the first time in St Andrew’s Church. For details about this popular occasion, please see the separate advertisement on the SACDA website.

Update on the Chair Appeal

So far, 50 of the 70 additional chairs have been funded by villagers, former villagers and other supporters. Each of the beautiful oak chairs will have a plaque on it which explains the purpose of the gift of the chair. This may be In Memoriam, to mark a birth or anniversary or simply a recognition of being part of the church and village community.

If anyone would like to fund one of the remaining chairs, please contact the Friends’ Honorary Treasurer, Danuta Tagg, on 828106 for more details about how to do this and how Gift Aid may be applicable.

Some bad news

In early September thieves stole the lead off the roof of the south aisle of the church. This is the aisle closest to St Bartholomew’s Street. With thanks to Natalie Massenet, her building contractors at Donhead House immediately covered up the wooden roof timbers; so far rain has not penetrated into the re-furbished church.

The PCC took immediate steps to get the roof re-surfaced with zinc and contacted the Diocesan Advisory Committee and the church’s insurance company.

The Re-opening of St Andrew’s Church

Because of the number of villagers and former villagers who have been involved in the Development Project and the Appeal and the number of other guests who should be invited (representatives of the Trusts and Foundations which have supported us, the craftspeople and professional advisers involved, Diocesan officials and clergy and many others who have helped in so many ways) the PCC has decided to hold two services. One will be on Saturday 12th October and one on Sunday 13th October.

Because of the capacity of the church and in order to plan the catering effectively, invitations with an RSVP for both services have already gone out, including one to every member of the Donhead St Andrew village community.

The old noticeboard alongside St Bartholomew’s Street fell apart during the winter months. A new noticeboard has been commissioned.

Forthcoming Services at St Andrew’s Church

From Monday 14th October, there will be services in the church on Sundays and during the week.

Remembrance Sunday – 10th November – 10.45 am

The Service begins in the Cemetery in Lower Street and continues in church
A collection will be taken to support our Armed Forces

Carol Service – 22nd December – 4.30 pm

The Festival of Nine Lessons with Carols with choir and organ
For all members of the family
A collection will be taken to support a local hospice
Followed by mulled wine and mince pies

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Quiz Supper, Donhead St Andrew - 1st December 2018

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Annual Village Quiz Supper

Quizmaster: Michael York

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Saturday 1st December 2018

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New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, SP7 0LP

6.30 pm

Licensed Bar - Fine Wine Raffle

Make up a team of four to six - individual places also available

 Tickets - in advance only: £10.00 and £5.00 for those in full-time education - includes supper
- from Elizabeth (telephone: 01747 828201) or Jane (telephone: 01747 828279).

In aid of the St Andrew's Church Development appeal

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Report on St Andrew’s Church Fete - Monday 26th August 2019

We were extraordinarily lucky, given the mixed weather of the preceding weeks, that the run up to the Fete was increasingly sunny. The set-up from the Thursday to the Saturday beforehand was completed without a drop of rain. At 8.00 am on the Bank Holiday Monday a mist hung over the Chase; it looked so beautiful. That soon cleared and the sun shone as the helpers’ cars poured onto Stoney Hills Field.

All was ready by 12 o’clock for the village team photograph around the flagpole. There was just time to eat a burger and grab a coffee. At 1.00 pm we had a fly past of five aircraft from Compton Abbas airfield, the Bell Street Jazz Band struck up and the large queue of visitors that had been building up since soon after 12 o’clock sped towards their favourite attractions.

The villagers had excelled themselves. The food stalls were groaning with good things – cakes, biscuits, preserves and chutneys. The ever-popular Bric a Brac, Clothes & Shoes, Toys & Games, Plants, Books and Picture stalls did a roaring trade.

The catering area had queues throughout the Fete. The BBQ, selling Buttlings delicious burgers and hotdogs, sold out as did the Tea Tent in spite of a huge supply of homemade cakes, cream teas and savouries. The Beer Tent was even more popular than usual given the temperature, selling two Ringwood beers, Donhead Apple cider and Cobra Beer. The Soft Drinks Stall did very well too.

The usual amusements were kept very busy. The Bottle Tombola did a brisk trade as did the energetic team of young Raffle Ticket sellers. The Silent Auction had some fabulous lots and the Live Auction of four lots of logs, donated by the Jeffery Family, was as popular as usual.

This year, the Classic Car and Bike Show had more vehicles than ever before. The Dog Show, watched by a large crowd, concluded the afternoon with much hilarity.

We raised about £18,000 in total which meant that, after deducting expenses, there was about £15,000 to be distributed. This year the Church Fete is supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Semley School’s project for a new sports surface, Tisbus and the Happy Gathering Club in addition to the work and mission of St Andrew’s Church.

Our particular thanks to the Jeffery Family for allowing us to use Stoney Hills Field once again. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful or suitable spot for a fete.

The Fete Committee has so many people and companies to thank for their support.

Village sponsors: David and Jenny Hammersley, Tim and Linda Reeve, Michael Jodrell, John and Sarah Reynolds, Michael and Vashti Noel-Clarke, Peter and Elizabeth Dawson, Robert and Rebecca Johnston, Dame Natalie Massenet and Michael and Elizabeth Hockney.
Commercial Sponsors: Natural Woodflooring, Natural High Safaris, Sans Farm Kennels, Proctor Watts Cole Rutter, Compton Smith, Ludwell Village Stores, Richmond Bell, Shean & Hare, David Peacock, Buttlings, Farnfields, Andrews & Palmer, Wren Classics, Hawes Arborists, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company, Rob Beale, Carol Buttling, Middle England Estates, Walton House Antiques, Ringwood Brewery, Donhead Apple Cider and Rural View.

Donors of prizes: Ringwood Brewery, Shaftesbury Co-operative Funeral Care, Hall & Woodhouse, Ted Martin Flowers, Graham Waterton, the Jeffery Family, Rising Sun Coffee Tavern, Gerald and Danuta Tagg, Grove Arms, Michael and Elizabeth Hockney.

Valley News and The Blackmore Vale Magazine gave the Fete excellent editorial coverage.

The Committee’s final thanks is to the members of the village community who put in so much effort and contributed so much to make the St Andrew’s Church Fete such a happy community occasion.

The Church Patronal Festival – Sunday 25th August 2019

Because St Andrew’s Church was closed, the service took place once again in one of the big marquees on the Fete field. The celebrant was the Rector and the Assistant Curate, Kevin Martin, preached. An electronic keyboard was used, hooked up to the generator supplied for the Fete.

From next year onwards, we will be back in St Andrew’s Church for this important service.


St Andrew's Church Development Appeal - December 2018 Update

Update on the Building Work

The replacement of the roof is now complete. Cracked and eroded roof tiles have been replaced and the gutters and downpipes repaired. New insulation has been fitted to replace the faulty insulation, which was holding moisture against the roof timbers. Inside the church, the discovery of widespread asbestos has been dealt with and a new sub-tloor laid. The cabling for the new heating. lighting and sound systems is being fitted at the moment. The faulty interior wall plaster, which held moisture against the stonework. has been removed and the builders are at work re-plastering the interior of the church with breathable lime plaster. The asbestos in the old boiler house flue has been removed and the building then demolished. The Vestry has been taken down. and all the stone conserved for reuse in building the new extension.All of that is good progress.

Now for the bad news. A chamber has been discovered beneath the floor of the Vestry and boiler house site. it contains an older boiler. which is riddled with highly toxic blue asbestos.This will be dealt with by the specialists as soon as possible so that work can start on building the new extension.

We are, at the time of going to press, waiting for a final quotation for the work but the sum involved could be £20,000. In total, the cost of dealing with the asbestos found in the church and associated costs is heading towards £50,000. But, of course, there is no question that the work has to be done.

Update on the Development Appeal

As a result of the extra costs involved in dealing with the asbestos, we are re-doubling our fundraising efforts.

Funds for the Appeal have grown by over £5,000 since the middle of the year. The magnificent sum of £1,160 came from the Village Produce Stall, run by Chris York, with help from Ian Robertson, from March to October of this year. Our thanks to them both for running this and to the many villagers who supplied and bought the good things on the stall.

The very good news is that we have just received a second grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund; this time for £32,000. This takes the total raised this year up to 16th November 2018 to £85,193.

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, eighteen chairs have been funded by locals In Memoriam, to mark a birth, baptism, wedding or ‘wedding anniversary or just as a contribution. Further details about the new chairs and how to give one are to be found on the church website.

Future Activities and Events

Quiz Supper - Saturday 1st December 2018

There will be a report on the Quiz Supper, masterminded by Michael York, in due course.

Service of Nine Lessons with Carols - Sunday 23rd December 2018

Click here for more details about this service.

Call My Wine Blufl"- Saturday 9th March 2019

Alistair and Juliet Stoker are running this event in the New Remembrance Hall, Charlton. For those of us who may not be familiar with the idea, it is basically a replay of the very popular TV programme ‘Call My Bluff’; the difference is it’s wine
-related.

A group of friends book a table for four or six. To begin with, three white wines are served, one at a time. Three so-called experts try to persuade you what the wine is that you are drinking. You decide. Then the truth is revealed. You get points if you are correct. The same happens later with three red wines.

There will be an interval for supper and a Fine Wine Raffle.

Tickets are going to go on sale in January 2019. T here will be more details on the church Website, on posters and fliers and in the February issue of The Donhead Digest and on this website.

Those of us who have been to one of these evenings before will know just what fun it is. Knowledge of wine is absolutely not required and may even be a disadvantage!

Friends of St Andrews Church Annual General Meeting - Saturday 16th March 2019

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 Sf Andrew’s Church, visit our website: www.sacda.co.uk

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