Good News from Holnest Church!

Holnest PCC are very pleased to update you with the news that the planned scheme of major repairs and other emerging works has now been satisfactorily completed to a high standard and we look forward to reopening the church daily from 21 June.

We are grateful for the financial support we have received from the Heritage Lottery Fund thanks to lottery players, Dorset Historic Churches Trust, Erskine Muton Trust and the Friends of Holnest Church courtesy of their members and supporters and from the local Whist Drive players.

We also express our sincere thanks to those who have made very generous personal donations towards the repair and conservation costs. Collectively, along with our loyal supporters past and present we have been able to achieve the seemingly impossible.

Holnest Church invites you to join us at 4pm on Sunday 27 June for a ‘Thanksgiving Songs of Praise’ to celebrate the completion of building works and a party to launch a free ‘Summer Programme of Events and Activities’ with something for everyone.





Summer Programme of Events & Activities



Sunday 27 June 4pm 

‘Thanksgiving Songs of Praise & Party’

A free celebration of the completion of building works and launch of Programme of Events. 

An opportunity to view the completed repair and conservation work.



Saturday 3 July 8-10am

‘Moth Trapping @ Breakfast Time’

   Light traps are used to attract moths overnight which will be identified and safely released at this morning event.

Come and meet some fantastic moths, perhaps Hawk or Tiger Moths.

Complimentary breakfast & drink.

Telephone 01963 210632 to book for the event which is led by Dorset Wildlife Trust.



Saturday 3 July 11am –1pm

‘Wildflower & Grass identification survey and count

with opportunities to Photograph/ Sketch’

Learn how to identify wildflowers and grasses,

observe and survey some of the notable wildflower species in Holnest Churchyard.

Bring a camera or come along to paint.

Complimentary lunch & drink.

Cameras and sketch materials not supplied. 

Telephone 01963 210632 to book for the event which is led by Dorset Wildlife Trust.


Sunday 18 July from 10am - 4pm

concluding with informal Country Church Service


Free Admission to

‘Countryside Activity Day’


Saturday (11th September) welcome to Riders & Striders. Complimentary tea and cake.

‘Thank You’ event for all supporters & Lottery players

Details to follow

All events at Holnest Church DT9 5PU

Sherborne & Dorchester on the A352


Events organised by Holnest Church PCC in partnership with Friends of Holnest Church & Dorset Wildlife Trust and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Further details from: 01963 210562     M. 07974 590927  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  &