Music for a Summer’s Evening, Donhead St Andrew - 8th July 2017

*** Due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until a later date *** 

"Music for a Summer’s Evening"

with Andrea Meyer and Saundra Schiller


Saturday 8th July 2017

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

Come and hear the lovely voice of soprano Andrea Meyer, who will be performing a varied programme of music written across the centuries, with piano accompaniment by Saundra Schiller.
A wonderful opportunity for young people to hear and meet the performers.

Bar opens 6.30 pm. Concert starts 7.15 pm

Bar with Pimm’s & Elderflower Fizz    Fine Wine Raffle

 Tickets - including finger food during the interval - £10.00; £5.00 for those in full time education:
from Elizabeth (telephone: 01747 828201), Jane (telephone: 01747 828279)
or Ludwell Village Stores (

In aid of the St Andrew's Church Development Appeal

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House Contents Clearance Sale, Charlton - 6th May 2017

House Contents Clearance


China, Glass, Cutlery, Silver, Brass, Books,
Pictures, Linens, Cushions And Furniture

Saturday 6th May 2017
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, near Shaftesbury, SP7 OPL

Admission: £1.00

Sale in aid of the St. Andrew's Church Development Appeal, Donhead St. Andrew


Service of Nine Lessons and Carols - 18th December 2016

The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

will be held at

St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew


Sunday 18th December 2016
at 4.30 pm

A traditional Carol Service for all age groups with readings and congregational carols.

Sung by candlelight with organ and choir

Lighted Candles

A collection will be taken to support the work of Juila's House Hospice.

After the service, there will be mulled wine and hot mince pies in the Henrietta Barnett Field Centre.

All welcome !

St Andrew’s Church Development Appeal - December 2016 Update

Fundraising Activity Update

Village Produce Stall

The Produce Stall at Crossways has now closed for this year. Since March 2016, the Stall has raised nearly £1000 for the Friends’ Appeal. What a marvellous result!

The Committee would like to thank Christine York for masterminding and running the stall and also the many villagers who gave and bought throughout the year. The Produce Stall will be back in March next year so please start planting and growing for the Stall.

Christmas Cards and Presents

The Friends’ Stall is open every Sunday for 30 minutes after church services up to and including Sunday 11th December. Ten Christmas card designs including the two winners of the 2016 Children's Christmas Card Competition are on sale as well as Christmas presents and stocking fillers and Zillah Gillespie’s delicious marmalade and preserves.

Church Development Project And Appeal

The total raised has risen to £277,000 as a result of a further grant from a charitable trust, donations from villagers and from other sources.

At the time of writing, the Diocesan Advisory Committee was about to meet to consider our proposals.

Michael Hockney

Chairman, The Friends of St Andrew’s Church

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Talk - 'Creating An English Garden' - Donhead St Andrew - 19th November 2016

 Country Garden

'Creating An English Garden'

An illustrated talk by

Matthew Reese, Horticulturist and Gardner

Saturday 19th November 2016

St Andrews Church, Donhead St Andrew, SP7 9EB

Bar opens 6.45 pm. Talk 7.15 pm
Fine Wine Raffle

 Tickets - including interval finger food - £12.00; £6.00 for those in full time education:

from Elizabeth (telephone: 01747 828201), Jane (telephone: 01747 828279) or Ludwell Stores (

Formerly Assistant Head Gardener at Great Dixter, Matthew Resse has been Head Gardner at Malverleys in Berkshire since 2010. Before that, he worked with with Lady Rothermere at Ferne Park, Donhead St Andrew, for two years. He lectures across the UK, Ireland and the USA.

In aid of the St Andrew's Church Development Appeal

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Forthcoming Special Services At St Andrew’s Church, Donhead St Andrew

CrucifixService Of Remembrance

Sunday 13th November 2016
10.50 am

The Service begins at the War Memorial at 10.50 am and continues in church with organ and choir.

Service Of Nine Lessons With Carols

Sunday 18th December 2016
4.30 pm

Sung by candlelight with organ and choir followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Henrietta Barnett Field Centre.

Quiz Supper, Donhead St Andrew - 22nd October 2016


Quiz Supper

Quizmaster: Michael York


Saturday 22nd October 2016


Henrietta Barnett Field Centre, Donhead St Andrew, SP7 9EB

Make up a team of four to six

Bar from 6.45 pm
Quiz starts at 7.15 pm

Tickets - in advance only: £12.00 and £6.00 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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St Andrew’s Church Development Appeal - September 2016 Update

Forthcoming Events And Activities

Quiz Supper

Saturday 22nd October 2016
Henrietta Barnett Field Centre
6.45 pm for 7.15 pm

The highly popular annual quiz, masterminded by Michael and Chris York and with Michael as Quiz Master, is always great fun. Please make up or join a team of four to six. Tickets (in advance only) are £12.00 or £6.00 for those in full time education, including a two course supper. Licensed Bar; Fine Wine Raffle; Friends Stall. Buy your tickets now as this is such a popular event and always sells out; tickets from Elizabeth (telephone: 01747 828201) or Jane (telephone: 01747 828279).

Produce StallVillage Produce Stall

at Crossrivers
9.00 am to 6.00 pm every day until 31st October 2016

Run by Chris York, with a good deal of support from other villagers, the stall sells plants, cuttings, seeds, cut flowers, vegetables and fruit. What’s on offer changes every day so do have a look. Chris welcomes offers of plants and produce to go on the stall.

The Friends’ Stall

St Andrew’s Church
after services on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month from Sunday 11th September to Sunday 11th December 2016

The Friends’ Stall at the 2016 Church Fete on 29th August did a healthy amount of business. The stall will be open at all our fundraising events in the run up to Christmas and will also be open after church services on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month. The range of merchandise on sale continues to grow; all of it produced by local artists. In addition to limited edition prints, montages, notelets and postcards - all of which make excellent Christmas and birthday presents - there are ten Christmas card designs on offer with prices starting at 10 cards with envelopes for £1.00.

New for this autumn are the winning designs from the 2016 Christmas Card Competition run amongst the children of the congregation and village; the winning designs have been printed and are now on sale.

Update On The Development Project

The PCC made its formal application to the Diocesan Advisory Committee in May 2016. This is the final stage of approval that St Andrew’s Church needs before the PCC can formally petition the Chancellor of the Diocese to grant us a Faculty. After some weeks, the DAC responded with complimentary comments about St Andrew’s plans and a list of requests for further detail on aspects of the scheme. The Development Committee and the Development Project architect have spent a good deal of time working on a response over the summer months. In early September, a supplementary document was sent to the DAC, providing the additional information.

Tim Harry, the Chairman of the Development Committee, very sadly left Donhead St Andrew at the beginning of September to live in Sherborne. The PCC is very grateful to Tim for his outstanding chairmanship of the Development Committee since its inception. Everyone wishes Tim and Sam well in their new home in Sherborne.

George Lisle, another member of the Development Committee and the PCC has taken over as Chairman of the Development Committee.

Update On The Development Appeal

The Friends’ Committee is please to report that we have now raised £273,000 to fund the Development Project. This includes recent contributions from members of the village community, a 5% share of the 2016 Church Fete proceeds, the income from the Friends’ Stall at the 2016 Church Fete and the money raised to date in 2016 by the Village Produce Stall.

Michael Hockney

Chairman, The Friends of St Andrew’s Church

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St Andrew’s Church Patronal Festival Weekend 2016

Patronal Festival

On Sunday 28th August 2016, the annual Patronal Festival of St Andrew’s Church was celebrated with a service of Family Communion attended by a congregation of over 70 adults and young people. The Benefice Choir sang an unaccompanied setting of Psalm 19 and two 20th century anthems; ‘Day by day’ by Martin How and ‘God be in my head’ by Philip Wilby. The Rector was the Celebrant and the Preacher was the Revd. Mary Ridgewell. Afterwards, the congregation enjoyed coffee, juice and a slice of celebration cake.

Church Fete

After two years of not very good weather on August Bank Holiday Monday (who could forget the monsoon conditions of 2015?!), on the Saturday before the Fete it all looked rather depressingly as if the 2016 Fete would suffer once again. But, no. Over two hundred villagers turned out on Stoney Hills Field - courtesy of the Jeffery family - to set up and stock their stalls as the day grew brighter and sunnier by the hour.

At 1.00 pm, the sky was cloudless and the sun was blazing as the flypast from Compton Abbas launched the 2016 Church Fete and the Bell Street Jazz Band struck up.

There was plenty for the 1,500 visitors who attended to do. There was a fantastic array of stalls including Collectables, Vintage & Bric a Brac; Paintings, Prints and Frames; Plants, Garden Equipment, Vases & Pots; Fashion, Shoes & Accessories; Books; Toys, Games & Gifts; Cakes, Biscuits and Fudge; Preserves and Chutneys; and the Friends’ Stall selling Christmas Cards and limited edition prints designed by local artists.

All three food and drink stalls did a roaring trade from 1.00pm onwards with Buttlings’ ever- popular burgers and sausages, delicious home-made cream teas, savouries and cakes and fine cider from Donhead Apple together with excellent Ringwood bitter. Everything had sold out by the time the Fete closed at 5.00 pm.

For the young and the young-at-heart there was a Coconut Shy, a Skittle Alley, a Shooting Range, an hilarious Human Fruit Machine, Crockery Smashing and Pony Rides. New this year were Limbo Dancing and some shy but beautiful alpacas from Alpaca Adventures.

The Bottle Tombola featured over 250 very desirable bottles to be won. The Raffle, with big cash and other prizes, did very well too, actually selling out of Raffle tickets. There was lively bidding for the fourteen lots in the Live Auction. The ‘Guess the value of the wine in the Church Wardens’ Wheelbarrow’ made a popular return.

St Andrew’s Church Fete’s celebrated Dog Show attracted far more entries than in previous years and took place with a large crowd seated around the ring enjoying every moment of the owners’ triumphs and mishaps.

Back again this year was a Classic and Vintage Car Show; a much bigger show than ever. Over 40 proud owners brought along a remarkable collection of fine old cars, vintage jeeps and motor bikes. A large number of car enthusiasts spent time looking enviously at the vehicles on display.

As well as the generous support of villagers, Fete sponsors included Natural Woodflooring, Natural High Safaris, Sans Farm Kennels, St Swithuns Building & Conservation, Clifford T Shean Electrical Contractors, Catchpole Law, Merefield & Henstridge Funeral Directors, Wessex Fire & Security, Bassets Estate Agents, M.A.B. Heating, Farnfields Solicitors, Guild Anderson Furniture Makers, Ludwell Village Stores, Wren Classics, Carol Buttling Physiotherapy and Hawes Arborists. Those who supported us with prizes and other contributions included H.W.White, Ringwood Breweries, Donhead Apple, Rob Beale, Buttlings The Butcher, The Forester Pub & Dining, Ludwell Village Stores, Ansty Farm Shop, Co-operative Funeral Care, Rushmore Golf Club, The Grove Arms, Turnbulls of Shaftesbury, Tesco, Fitness by Design Gym, The Grosvenor at Shaftesbury, Prime Cuts Traditional Butcher, Amore Restaurant,Ted Martin Flowers, Blackmore Vale Magazine,Valley News and Rural View. Our thanks to all of them.

£15,970 was raised. With expenses of just under £2,500, the surplus on the 2015 Church Fete was just under £13,500. This is a marvellous result. The Church Fete Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Fete in so many ways. There was wonderful team work in the village over several months and a very happy sense of community on the day.

The proceeds will go towards the work, ministry and charitable mission of St Andrew’s Church and to support the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Tisbus and the Happy Gathering Club.

Michael Hockney

Chairman, St Andrew’s Church 2016 Fete Committee

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Donhead St Andrew Church Summer Fete - 29th August 2016

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St Andrew's Church Summer Fete

Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August 2016
1.00 pm to 5.00 pm


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
Children’s Fun & Sideshows
Books - Collectables & Bric-a-Brac - Cakes - Clothes & Shoes
Pictures - Plants - Preserves - Toys & Gifts
Friends’ Stall
Bottle Tombola - The Big Raffle

Church Warden’s Wheelbarrow

Bell Street Jazz Band

Classic and Vintage Car Show

Live Auction

St Andrew’s Annual Dog Show

Please do come along and join in the fun!

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




Collectables & Bric-a-Brac
All items to go to the Lees at Mill Corner by 24th August - contact Margaret, telephone: 01747 828761

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

Jams, marmalade and chutneys welcomed. Also cookery books - contact Zillah, telephone 01747 828335

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

Paintings, prints, drawings, frames, sculptures & art books by 24th August - contact Lynda, telephone 01747 829678

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 & Chris, telephone 01747 828739

Clean good-as-new clothes, shoes & accessories by 24th August - contact Kay, telephone 07517 967319

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

Church Wardens Wheelbarrow
Offers of bottles of wine please - contact Simon, telephone 01747 828395

St Andrew’s Church Development Appeal - July 2016 Update

Recent Fundraising Events And Activities

Scarecrow Competition - Saturday 25th June 2016

There were 14 entries in the Scarecrow Competition for children of the church and village. Judging took place on the Saturday morning in St Andrew’s Church, where the judges, Lynda Appleby and the Rector, awarded the prizes in front of a crowd of over 60 children and adults. The Scarecrows were then used to mark the entrance of each of the gardens which were to be open later that day and on Sunday.

Open Gardens Weekend - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016

After days of rain, we were lucky that the weather largely held out as fourteen lovely - and very different - gardens in the village were open to view. Over 300 visitors enjoyed the gardens, delicious Cream Teas and a variety of selling stalls and two raffles. On the Sunday, there were games and amusements for children. The weekend raised over £2,500 for Appeal funds, as well as being great fun for the village community.


Fundraising Activities

The Children’s Christmas Card Competition

The 2016 Children’s Christmas Competition was launched on the 12th June 2016 at the Family Service. Entry forms and further details about the competition are available from Lynda Appleby (telephone: 01747 829678) or on the St Andrew’s website: Judging will take place in late July. The winning entries will be printed and sold to raise funds for the Appeal.

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 York (telephone: 01747 828739) will be delighted to receive them.

The Friends’ Stall

The Friends’ Stall will be open at St Andrew’s Church Summer Fete, selling a variety of cards, notelets, montages, limited edition prints and Christmas cards, all painted or drawn by local artists. New for the 2016 Church Fete will be the winning entries from the Children’s Christmas Card Competition. The Friends’ Stall will then be open after church services from September to December.


Update On Appeal Funds Raised To The End Of June 2016

By the end of May 2016, we had raised £262,000. June has been a good month; with further donations from villagers, a grant from a charitable trust and the proceeds of the Open Gardens Weekend, a further £8,000 has been added to the Appeal Fund.

So, we have now raised a total of just over £270,000.

The PCC’s thanks to everyone who has supported the Appeal in so many ways.


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

Do go online and have a look at the new website; you can find it at If you would like to see the architect’s impression of what the church will look like after the Development Project is completed, there’s 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 architect’s plans and elevations and details of the new furnishings and furniture. Do pop in to have a look.

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

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