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Now that the Church has re-opened ...

This is an extract from the Donhead Digest for December 2019 and January 2020, reporting on the... read more

Update on the Development Project

The main contractor has finished work in the church itself. The new underfloor heating, lighting... read more

Newsletter 26 - 12 August 2019, with exciting developments!

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Newsletter 25 - June 2019

Our Newsletter edition 25 has been released.
The full text can be seen by clicking here.

Posted on 3rd July, 2019, updated on 11th August, 2019

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  • Now that the Church has re-opened ...

    This is an extract from the Donhead Digest for December 2019 and January 2020, reporting on the conclusion of the Development Appeal and where the Project now stands.


    The building work was completed by the end of the first week of October 2019. During the month of August, September and early October, other suppliers and craftspeople brought in the new fittings, furniture, restored organ and other equipment. On two occasions, large groups of villagers cleaned the church, polished the brass and waxed the furniture.

    Inevitably, there is a list of snagging to be addressed. The Development Committee expects that these will be dealt with before Christmas.

    The Development Appeal is now closed as the Development Project has been fully funded. A full report on the Project and the Appeal will be made at the AGM of the Friends in March 2020 and at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April 2020.

    The PCC would like to thank everyone for their contributions in so many ways to the Project and the Appeal. It has been an amazing team effort over the last eight years involving so many members of our community.

    We should also add that the Bishop of Salisbury and the Lord Lieutenant have been enthusiastic Patrons of our Development Appeal. They have taken great interest in our progress over the last eight years, however slow it has seemed at times. They have helped with suggestions as to where to look for funding. The Parochial Church Council offered them both our thanks.


    This happened in early September. We quickly received permission from the Diocese to replace the lead with zinc, which thieves do not want. Quotations for the work were sought and one accepted.

    The insurance company has made its payment. A generous villager has also contributed. It now remains to raise the outstanding sum of £3,250. The income from forthcoming Friends’ events will help. Other contributions would be most welcome; please contact the PCC Hon Treasurer, Alistair Stoker FCA 828789 if you would like to help.

    It is a relief, given the large number of thefts of lead from church roofs across the County and country, that there is no longer any lead on the roofs of St Andrew’s Church.


  • 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


  • Newsletter 26 - 12 August 2019, with exciting developments!


  • Progress on the Chair Appeal

    The appeal for the funding of additional chairs for the church has continued well, and the first orders have now been sent to the makers.
    So far 48 of the original 70 additional chairs have been funded by villagers, and there are 22 to go, so the opportunity is still there for chairs to be funded, and dedications on plaques added in memory of a loved one or happy event.
    Full details describing the chairs chosen and how you can order one, are given here, and a form to place an order here.


  • Report to the PCC on the St.Andrew's Fete 2018

    Although the annual Donhead St.Andrew’s Fete (see the upcoming Event for this year’s occasion) is not directly organised by the Friends, our Chairman Michael Hockney was pleased to present his report to the PCC’s AGM on Sunday the 9th April describing the success of the 2018 event. It can be viewed here.


  • Chairman's Report and Financial position presented to the AGM

    At the Friends’ Annual General Meeting which took place on Saturday 16th March, the
    Friends’ Chairman Michael Hockney presented his report, the full text of which can be viewed here.

    The Treasurer Danuta Tagg further displayed a number of slides showing the Financial position up to 28th February 2019.
    To view the presentation, click here.


  • Newsletter 24 - 6th February 2019

    Our Newsletter edition 24 has been released.
    The full text can be seen by clicking here.


  • Update on the Development Appeal - 18th November 2018

    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 £3,000 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. The PCC would like to express its thanks to the heritage Lottery Fund South West and to the Lottery customers who have made this second grant possible.

    This takes the total raised this year up to 16th November 2018 to £85,193.

    But, we still need more so any further contributions to defray the rest of the cost of dealing with the asbestos and to enable the completion of the new extension containing the kitchen and wc would be much appreciated.


  • SACDA Newsletter No.23 - 12 November 2018

    Newsletter 23 is a STOP PRESS edition to alert Friends that yet more asbestos has been discovered in St.Andrew’s Church. This is in a chamber below the old boiler room, containing an even earlier boiler, and the most toxic form – blue asbestos – has been used. Read the Newsletter here.


  • SACDA Newsletter No.22 - 6th October

    Newsletter 22 was distributed to all the houses in the Village and describes the progress so far with the works on the Church, and the status to date with the funding. A further item is the launch of our ‘Give a Chair’ Appeal where members of the community can donate additional chairs, extra to those already planned for the project. They can carry an engraved brass plaque as a dedication or in celebration of an event.

    To read the Newsletter click here.


  • SACDA Newsletter 21 - March 2018

    This newsletter was delivered to every household in Donhead St. Andrew and describes the March financial situation and the decisions taken by the PCC to go ahead with the Project – at last!

    The Newsletter itself can be seen by clicking here.


  • St. Andrew's Friends Annual General Meeting

    The Friends’ Annual General Meeting took place on 10th March 2018, and reviewed the considerable progress with the Appeal during 2017.

    All the existing members on the committee were re-elected. The full list can be found on our Contacts page.

    The main focus of the AGM lay on the remarkable acheivements in fundraising during 2017, and what lies ahead in 2018. The Treasurer’s summary report for the year can be seen here, and graphical representations of the income sources over the duration of the appeal is shown here.

    The Chairman of the Development Committee reported that the Parochial Church Council have authorised the work on St. Andrew’s Church to begin, and the full details of his report can be seen in our next news item, the Newsletter number 21.


  • SACDA Newsletter 20 - October 2017

    This last edition of the Newsletter for 2017 details the latest updates on the Development Project and announces the good news that the building work is set to commence early in the New Year.
    It has been circulated to all households in Donhead St.Andrew, but you can also read it by clicking here.


  • SACDA Newsletter 19 - June 2017

    This is the STOP PRESS edition, with news that the Development Project has been granted the Faculty by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury, meaning that the building work can start this year.

    Read all about it here.


  • SACDA Newsletter 18 - April 2017

    Issue 18 of the SACDA Newsletter has just been published. If you’re not on our distribution list, you can view it by clicking here.