Over a number of years, it has become increasingly obvious that the floor of the chancel has been moving. It is slowly sinking in the centre, and is now around 15cm below the original position. We have also been advised that the sinking is now accelerating.

Investigative work was carried out in 2018, showing that the top end of the church will need to be repaired from underneath. 

As you can imagine, carrying out this kind of work on a Victorian church is not quick, easy or cheap. Work began in January 2020, and is likely to take around 20 weeks to complete. Estimates of cost are in the region of £160,000 plus VAT. A program of fundraising has been agreed, but will not be sufficient to cover the total cost. We have some savings which will be used, and grants are being applied for, but we need your help to make up the shortfall. If you could make a donation to help keep the church standing for future generations we would be most grateful, thank you.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far, including a number of grants we have received from the organisations below. 

“The true church can never fail.

For it is built upon a rock”  

T.S. Eliot


Our grateful thanks to the following organisations who have made grants towards our restoration work. 

Allchurches Trust
Hampshire Historic Churches Trust
Garfield Weston
Worshipful company of tylers & brick
Worshipful company of tylers and bricklayers
Wolfson Foundation
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St Matthew's Church, Blackmoor and Whitehill

Call Rev'd Alice Wood on 01420 472656


Church address: 

Honey Lane (off Drift Road)


GU33 6BS

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