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Donhead St. Andrew Church Fete

The weather for the Bank Holiday Monday looked distinctly iffy in the week before the Fete. The... read more

The Project Progress - blow by blow

Late September 2018 – work is well under way Everyone will now be aware that building work is... read more

SACDA Newsletter 21 - March 2018

This newsletter was delivered to every household in Donhead St. Andrew and describes the March... read more

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  • Donhead St. Andrew Church Fete

    The weather for the Bank Holiday Monday looked distinctly iffy in the week before the Fete. The Patronal Festival Service in one of the marquees on the Sunday took place in beating rain.
    Fortunately, the day of the Fete itself started grey and cloudy but with no rain other than a few spots in the morning; as the day wore on the sun came out. By lunchtime everything was ready. Stoney Hills Field, with its wonderful views over to the Chase, looked very welcoming. By 12.30 pm a large crowd had built up at the Gate. At 1.00 pm the Fete opened to the music of the Bell Street Jazz Band; sadly, because of the low cloud we could not have the usual fly-past of planes from Compton Abbas.

    The next three and a half hours flew by, with a crowd of about 1,500 enjoying everything on offer. The stalls were loaded with good things baked, prepared and donated by the village community. Many of the stalls sold everything they had. The Food Mall had queues throughout the afternoon. The Dog Show attracted more entries than ever before. The Classic Car Show was amazing with over forty fascinating vehicles.

    It was a very happy occasion with over two hundred and fifty villagers contributing in some way to putting on the Fete. The Committee’s thanks to them all.

    We would also like to thank the Jeffery Family for allowing us to use such a perfect space for the Fete, for their help with the set-up and the clear-up and for the four large loads of seasoned logs which sold very well in the Live Auction.

    There are so many other individuals and businesses to thank for their sponsorship and support: Natural Woodflooring for sponsoring the Raffle, HW White Estate Agents for providing all the signs on the Fete field and for being a sponsor, Sans Farm Kennels for sponsoring the Dog Show, Natural High Safaris for sponsoring the Bell Street Jazz Band, Wren Classics for sponsoring the Car Show, Hawes Arborists for sponsoring the Plant Stall and our other sponsors: Ludwell Village Stores, Wessex Fire & Security, Farnfields Solicitors, Rob Beale Portaloos, AP Roberts Building Contractor, Richmond Bell Architects, Andrews and Palmer Chartered
    Accountants, Proctor Watts Cole Rutter Architects, The Grosvenor of Shaftesbury, Lady Lichfield, David and Jenny Hammersley, Michael Jodrell, Tim and Linda Reeve, Lorna Bourke, John and Sarah Reynolds, Michael and Vashti Noel-Clarke, Peter and Elizabeth Dawson and Michael and Elizabeth Hockney.

    We should also like to thank Rural View Estate Agents for the advertising signs around the village, Ringwood Brewery for the beer, Donhead Apple for the cider and Buttlings The Butcher of Ludwell for the burgers and sausages.

    Many families and businesses provided the prizes in the Silent Auction and the Raffle: Ringwood Brewery, Fitness By Design, Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Shaftesbury Co-operative Funeral Care, Ted Martin Flowers of Tisbury, Pythouse Club, Hairdresser of Shaftesbury, Prime Cuts Traditional Butcher, Tesco, Big Bang Pizzas, Tim Gosling Designer, Lynda Appleby our local artist, Graham Waterton, Catherine Ronan, Gerald and Danuta Tagg, Alistair and Juliet Stoker, Marcus Shepherd and Michael and Elizabeth Hockney.

    The Bell Street Jazz Band and Great Aunt Lucie’s Ice Creams were very popular additions to the Fete.

    This year the Fete has supported Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Ludwell Primary School’s ‘new loos’ Project, Happy Gathering, Tisbus and the work and mission of St Andrew’s Church.

    We don’t yet know how much we have raised this year; all the bills are not in yet and there are still a few items to sell. All will be revealed at a Party to take place in the near future. However, the Committee feels pretty sure that the final figure, less expenses, will be similar to the record sum raised at the 2017 Church Fete.

    A final thanks to everyone involved in so many ways. A lot of hard work went into this Fete but we also had a lot of fun, involved newcomers to the village and we will contribute significantly to worthy county and local charities and community activities.

    The Bric a Brac team would like to say a big thanks to all who donated the many interesting and varied items for sale. The tables were well and truly filled with a great assortment of treasures. Thanks also to all the many helpers and, of course, to all the buyers. We had a great day and so far believe we made just under £800.
    Jane and Margaret Pitman

    Added 16th September 2018

  • The Project Progress - blow by blow

    Late September 2018 – work is well under way
    Everyone will now be aware that building work is under way and is making good progress. The contractors have been working on the roof; the new insulation is now in place and the re-tiling of the roof is almost complete. In the coming weeks the contractors will be working inside the church as well as starting to prepare the groundworks for the new extension.
    The preparation for the new heated floor is also well under way.
    The organ is away being cleaned and renovated. Soon, work will start on constructing the new west end screen and the new communion kneeling rail. The first order of interlocking oak chairs will be placed very soon.
    Fundraising continues, with the annual Quiz Supper on 1st December 2018, with Michael York in the chair as Quiz Master. See the forthcoming events elsewhere on this site for details.

    August/Early September 2018 – more asbestos found, but work continues
    Work is ongoing on the church roof, taking off all the roof tiles and checking them for wear and cracking. The faulty insulation has been removed and replaced with fit-for-purpose effective insulation, which will better maintain temperatures and reduce heating bills. The undamaged tiles will then be re-used.
    The asbestos experts have found more extensive asbestos than was expected after their initial investigations before building work commenced. There has been a delay whilst consultations took place as to how best to deal with the newly-discovered asbestos. A solution was agreed and all the asbestos then dealt with. The church has been certified as safe to enter, so the building contractors can now begin work on the inside.
    The additional cost of removing the asbestos is significant and has added to the total cost of the project. However, the PCC is in no doubt that the recommended course of action had to be implemented.
    The Friends’ Committee will now set about trying to raise the additional sum.

    April 2018 – work starts in earnest
    During April we cleared the church of all removable items that would hinder the building operations, and many thanks are due to the group of helpers with this heavy work.
    The smaller pews were sold to villagers or former villagers, while the larger pews and the radiators were sold for reclamation. Other items, like the pulpit, altar and chairs were taken to secure storage in three lorry-loads.
    All this work revealed the sorry state of the flooring and the timbers below, which were rotten and dangerous in parts. The leaking roof had also taken its toll, while the vestry walls were running with damp following the recent cold weather.
    The asbestos removal team began their work on April 23rd, marking the real start to the implementation of all the plans prepared since this project began.
    A second Village Appeal was launched at the beginning of the month.

    Added 8th May 2018

  • 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.

    Added 25th March 2018

  • 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.

    Added 20th March 2018

  • Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

    In August the Friends received the wonderful news that the Heritage Lottery Fund have granted £67,600 to the Appeal.

    This is an enormous boost for the Appeal, and so we can thank all Lottery players for their support!

    Added 5th November 2017

  • 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.

    Added 5th November 2017

  • 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.

    Added 11th June 2017

  • 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.

    Added 9th April 2017

  • Big Lottery grant

    The Big Lottery England Awards for All gives grants of up to £10,000 for local community projects that make a difference to communities. Our grant of £9,500 is to help equip the new extension for its use by the village community. In particular, fitting out the disabled loo with baby-changing facilities and the rest of the kitchen equipment above and beyond the parts of it already funded by a former village family. We are very grateful to the Big Lottery and all those who take part in the Lottery for their support.

    Added 21st July 2018

  • Church now closed for work to begin

    St.Andrew’s Church has now been closed so that preparations for the upcoming work can begin.
    The first task will be to make the whole building safe by removing the asbestos, which was not a problem while it was sequestered beneath the floor and behind panels, but would be a hazard during the ensuing work.
    Watch this space for news of progress over the next months!

    Added 5th March 2018