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Village Hall Keyholder and booking Clerk:

Until the work on the Village Hall is finished (around April 2019)
please contact Helen on 01300 341777 ( – or Jo on 01300 341620 ( for details.


Brief History of SHARP

Sydling Help And Relief Project (SHARP) has been raising money for charities since 1991 and since that time has raised over £40,000 for nominated charities.  SHARP is not a charity – it raises money for charities.  Normally each year two charities are selected, one local and one overseas such as in Africa, South America etc.  A lot of the money is raised from local village events but the trend in recent years is that a good proportion of our funding now comes from outside the village, ie the marathon and to a smaller extent, the Quiz and the Big Breakfast where some people come from outside the village.

Latest News on the Village Hall Refurbishment

Dear all
For those who have not popped in, this is how it’s looking on 25th Feb .
Extension for storage and kitchen coming along nicely and new side entrance door to
avoid caterers etc having to walk through the hall to get to the kitchen .

Helen Baird

About the Friends of St. Nicholas Church

The Friends of St Nicholas Church is an organisation established to raise funds for the repair and restoration of the church of St Nicholas, in Sydling St Nicholas.


In 2005 it had become apparent to the Parochial Church Council that, after the regular five-yearly architect’s inspection of our church building, repairs and restoration works were urgently required, the funding of which was beyond the scope of the income of the PCC.  It was therefore decided to set up an organisation, the Friends of St Nicholas Church, to seek support, both financial and in other ways, from the village as a whole in order to raise sufficient funds to be able to begin to address the building works required.

In March 2005 a sub-committee of the PCC was set up to act as the Friends Committee, and a letter was delivered to every house in the parish asking villagers to become members of the Friends organisation.  The response was tremendous; we now have over 150 members of the Friends, and have a regular income from members’ Bank Standing Orders of approximately £5,000 per annum.


Apart from the generous financial support from members by subscriptions or by Standing Order, funds have been raised by the Friends in many ways.  Several outstanding concerts have taken place in the church, amongst which we have been most grateful for the visits of Collegium Regale, the choral scholars of King’s College Cambridge, the La Nova Singers from Bournemouth, and the Serendipity music group.

Other fund-raising activities have included Coffee Mornings, the sale of models of the church gargoyles (thanks to the skill of Rev Richard Gregory), and a ‘Buy a Stained Glass Window Pane’ project.


We have applied for and have received most generous grants from the following grant-awarding charities:
The Dorset Historic Churches Trust
The National Historic Churches Trust
The Dulverton Trust
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Hedley Foundation

Restoration Works

As a result of all these fund-raising initiatives and the generosity of so many people, including some very generous legacies, by the late summer of 2007 over £56,000 had been raised.  The PCC therefore applied for and was granted a Faculty by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury approving the proposed works of restoration and renovation to the church.  These works include the installation of a French drain in order to lower the water table in the churchyard to the north of the church, repair and re-leading of certain parts of the roof, repairs to the windows, works to the tower roof, re-pointing of exterior walls, and redecoration of the chancel.  Work  commenced during the month of November 2007.

Since these works were carried out, members of the Friends have continued to raise funds, and these will enable us to carry out a second round of restoration work, which it is hoped will commence in late 2019 or 2020.  We will continue to prioritise the exclusion of damp from the building, the continuing repair of windows not already restored, together with other urgent works.


The Friends are always keen to recruit new members, and we would therefore ask that, if you would like to become a member of the Friends of St Nicholas Church and help us to ensure that the church is passed on to the next generation in a good state of repair, you can complete the form below and return it to the Chairman of the Friends, Nigel Shaw, City Farmhouse, Sydling St Nicholas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9NX, or email him


About the Church

In Sydling we are blessed with a beautiful and historic parish church. It stands on the site of at least two previous buildings, ‘believed to date from the earliest Christian times in this part of our land’[1]. It carries on the tradition of extending a warm welcome to all who may wish to become involved with the life of the church in our village.

The building

A large part of the church dates from the . . . → READ MORE: About the Church