St Mary’s Church East Knoyle is one of six churches in the St Bartholomew’s Benefice: The other five parishes in the Benefice are Donhead St Andrew, Donhead St Mary with Charlton, Sedgehill, and Semley. The Benefice is within the Chalke Deanery and the Sarum Archdeaconry Diocese of Salisbury.
St Mary’s Church, with its Saxon origins, is the most significant building in East Knoyle. A brief illustrated history of the church can be found in the Parish Plan.
Like many country parishes, the church has a considerable struggle to cover its annual running costs. Methods of raising this amount of money are many and varied, most of which are dependent on the hard work and good will of numerous parishioners. Various fundraising events are organised each year to bolster the regular collections in church.
A major source of income is the Gift Aid Scheme; and 114 individuals contributed in this way during 2008. There is scope of course for many more and should anyone feel they can afford more or wish to become a contributor, they should send an email to Stephen Dawson, the Gift Aid Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.