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

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

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