Friends of Holnest Church

About the Friends

Situated about 4 miles south of Sherborne, in rural Dorset, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Holnest is a truly delightful picture with its short tower and variety of roof shapes. Largely dating to the 14th century, it is a Grade I listed building of considerable architectural and historic interest, having been narrowly saved from demolition in the mid-20th century by Ivor Bulmer Thomas (1905-1993) and the Friends of Friendless Churches (read more about its history here).

Like all heritage buildings, Holnest church requires an ongoing programme of repairs and maintenance to ensure that it both continues to remain open to the public and can be handed down to future generations in a fit and proper state.

The Friends of Holnest Church was therefore founded as a charitable organisation in June 2016 to help conserve, maintain and improve the fabric and fittings of the church and to support the Parochial Church Council in the upkeep of the building and its grounds. The Friends also seeks to foster public interest in its history and architecture and welcome all those who, like us, find it a place of both peace and inspiration.

Our purposes are mainly achieved through a range of fundraising events, from concerts and musical evenings to talks, guided tours and exhibitions. Membership is open to all those who wish to support us in our aims. You don’t have to be a member of the worshipping congregation to join us or even live locally. Instead, our members (already more than 60 in number) come from far and wide and are simply united in their interest for Holnest church and their desire to help care for it.

Please see here for further information about joining us as a Friend.