Donhead St Andrew is a parish of steep hills, streams, woodland, pasture and high chalk downs with sudden wonderful views. The parish church, dedicated to St Andrew, is situated in the valley beside the river Nadder. There has been a church on this site serving as a centre for Christian worship for at least a thousand years. It is believed that the first church may have been built soon after the founding of Shaftesbury Abbey in about 875 AD. The tall narrow arch leading from the chancel to the vestry is Saxon work from about the 9th or 10th century. The present church is 13th century though much altered in the 19th century and is built of the local green sandstone.
The project will significantly improve the condition of the church by dealing with water penetration from the leaking roof and dealing with the causes of damp in the walls and in the roof insulation. The unsightly damp and stained walls with flaking plaster will also be dealt with. As a result, the church will be watertight, avoiding further deterioration in the future and any additional major expenditure.