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  • The Guide to the Church and its History - now on sale

    After extensive research, Michael Hockney has now published a booklet A Guide to the Church and its History, which describes its growth from medieval times to the present day. Many full colour photographs are included, showing not only the results of the latest developments, but also the artifacts and items of interest discovered in the process.
    The book is on display near the main entrance, and copies can be purchased for £3 each.

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  • Church Library

    The church’s library has grown considerably through the generous contributions from the book collections of two priests, the Venerable John Holliman and the Reverend Michael Hobbs. There is a fine collection of books on Christianity, comparative religion, the Holy Land, philosophy, spirituality, prayer and meditation and local history and books for children.

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  • ST ANDREW’S CHURCH WINS A SPECIAL COMMENDATION CERTIFICATE IN THE 2021 ANNUAL NATIONAL CHURCH ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

    The following report was presented by Michael Hockney on the occasion of Donhead St. Andrew Church receiving a Special Certificate of Commendation from the National Churches Trust for the best church development.

    Six months ago, we were invited to enter the competition, which is a UK-wide competition for the best church development. George Lisle and I and our architect, Brian Watts of PWCR in Shaftesbury, submitted our entry. About three months ago, we were told we were one of six short-listed finalists. We were asked to prepare some boards to be displayed at the Awards Presentation Ceremony in London.

    Brian Watts and I attended the Ceremony. We were just pipped to the President’s Prize by another church in the Salisbury Diocese, St Thomas in Salisbury. However, our Development Project was considered by the judges to be of such a comprehensive nature and of such a high quality in execution that a Special Certificate of Commendation was awarded to St Andrew’s Church. The other four finalists were from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

    Brian Watts and I received the certificate from His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, who is President of the National Churches Trust and an architect himself.

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