Village Carols - St Mary’s Church, Donhead St Mary - 21st December 2019

Come and Sing



Village Carols by Candlelight


St Mary’s Church, Donhead St Mary, SP7 9DQ


Saturday 21st December 2019 at 6.00pm

Hear familiar Christmas readings and sing all the old favourites, with our own ‘Hardy style’ village band and organ accompaniment
Stay for mulled wine afterwards.

Donations in aid of ‘Crisis’, the charity that offers help to the homeless at Christmas - and throughout the year.

Ride & Stride 2019

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Ride and Stride conjures up images of 19th century gentlemen in top hats astride a 2 wheeled contraption, frightening the ladies as, legs flailing, they hurtle by. But in 2019 it was an ideal opportunity to visit some of Wiltshire’s most beautiful churches and to raise money for the upkeep and maintenance of our historic churches across the county.

On Saturday 14 September 2019, 2 groups of intrepid walkers enjoyed the pleasant sunny day, setting off from Charlton St John’s. One group strolled down Back Horsehill and across to Donhead St Andrew, where they were welcomed by refreshments of tea and cakes and an opportunity to look at the newly refurbished building ahead of its grand re-opening in October. It was then across the fields and through the Donhead Apple orchard to climb up to St Mary’s, with its lovely views over the valleys. Here Neville & Linda Pughe had left out fruit juices and biscuits in the porch for visiting walkers. Suitably refreshed, they returned to St John’s, having walked some 4 miles.The only adventure was at a marshy bit of field, when the humans got wet feet but the dog skirted it and kept dry!

The second group went further afield. They struck out initially along the lanes to St Mary’s, and after a fruit juice and biscuit, called in at the Village Hall to hear about the new Fitness classes. Then they carried on to St Leonard’s church in Semley for juice and biscuits, followed by coffee from the Semley Shop. Thus fortified, they continued up the lane to Sedgehill, enjoying the peace and quiet. Time here for a picnic lunch before returning through Semley and over Barker’s Hill to St Andrew’s, before concluding a walk of 11 miles.

Thank you to all our sponsors. We raised a total £445; well done! Half the money goes to the Historic Churches Trust, who provide grants to churches, and half goes to our churches. Also, we would like to thank all those who refreshed us on the day, leaving out drinks and biscuits to help ourselves.

Christopher Sykes

4 Villages Spring Fete - 19th May 2019

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Donhead St Mary, Charlton, Ludwell and the Coombes

Sunday 19th May 2019

at the Remembrance Field, Charlton, SP7 0PL

The Fete opens at 1.00 pm

Stalls, Hot Food & Afternoon Teas

'Mr Chips' Fish 'n Chips - Nina's BBQ
Afternoon Teas & Ice Cream

Shaftesbury Town Silver Band

Favourite traditional stalls including:

Bottle Stall - Bric-a-Brac - Books - Plants
Clothes - Cakes & Produce  - White Elephant

Classic Car Display

Dog Agility

Circus Skills

Bouncy Castles

Raffle and Prize Giving at 4.00 pm

Click here to see the location of the Fete and to obtain directions on how to find it.

Raising money to support specific needs within the community, including the Donhead Sports Club, Donhead Youth Football Team, St Mary's and St John's Churches, Ludwell Primary School, the two Village Halls, Tisbus,Tisbury & District Link Scheme and The Happy Gathering Club.

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols - 23rd December 2018

The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

will be held at

St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary


Sunday 23rd December 2018
at 4.30 pm

Sung by candlelight with choir and organ

With traditional congregational carols and readings for all the family

Lighted Candles

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

After the service, there will be seasonal refeshments in the Donhead St Mary Village Hall.

All welcome !

'Cake in a Crisis' Coffee Morning, Charlton - 24th November 2018


Cake in a Crisis

Saturday 24th November 2018

10.00 am to 12 noon
St John's Church, Charlton

coffeecakeCome and treat yourself to Coffee and Cake
and help us to raise funds for

‘Crisis at Christmas’

Christmas Gifts - Cake Stall

Organised by Donhead St Mary with Charlton PCC

Afternoon Tea Dance, Charlton - 30th September 2018

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Charity Afternoon Tea Dance

Ballroom & Sequence

Sunday 30th September 2018
2.30 pm to 5.00 pm

In the New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, SP7 OPL

Even if you don't dance, just come and enjoy tea & cake, and watch the dancing

Tea served at 3.30 pm

£5.00 per ticket - includes tea and home-made cake

Tickets available from Christopher or Julie - telephone 01747 828 336

Net proceeds to the charities: Crisis & Talking Books

Organised by the Donhead St Mary with Charlton PCC

The Donheads, Charlton & Ludwell Harvest Festival - 22nd & 23rd September 2018

Harvest Festival has always been a time for the whole community to celebrate together. The churches in the Donheads and Charlton invite you to join them, both for a celebration supper and also for their traditional Harvest Service.

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Saturday 22nd September 2018

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

Harvest Supper


Donhead St Mary Village Hall

Bring your own drinks and glasses
Tickets - only in advance:
£10.00 adults / £5.00 children
Available from Bob (tel: 01747 829035), after services at St Mary's and St John's Churches,
and from Ludwell Village Stores (
Please bring a contribution for the Food Bank if you can, either tinned or dry goods, but no baked beans, tea, cereals, biscuits or soup.

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Sunday 23rd September 2018


St Mary’s Church, Donhead St Mary

9.30 am: Harvest Festival Eucharist

 Do come and join us - all will be most welcome.