St Peter and St Paul, Dinton, in the parish of Stone, Dinton and Hartwell
DINTON CHURCH IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY IN DINTON CHURCH
Dinton Civic Parish encompasses the villages of Dinton with the hamlet of Westliington, Ford and Upton with, on the other side of the busy A418, the hamlet of Gibraltar. These are mediaeval settlements each with their own personality. Dinton itself has had little development, apart from along New Road, which is the main street into the village.
This is largely a comfortable and affluent residential neighbourhood with a very few remaining council houses. There no shops but two well used pubs in Dinton, one of which is a community owned pub and with a third pub, the Dinton Hermit in Ford which has recently been renovated and reopened following an extended period of closure. The population of about 800 people leans towards the older demographic. The many activities in the parish include regular pub and village hall quizzes, yoga, aikido, a very popular cricket club, a Good Neighbour scheme, The Ford Residents’ Association and a playgroup.
The church, which dates back to the C12th, is between Dinton village and Upton near the old Manor house. Close by is the Junior site of the Cuddington and Dinton School, a thriving Church of England school. The villagers are very proud of their Grade 1 listed church and have raised vast sums of money over the years to renew bells, put in a jubilee window and to install toilets and a kitchen.
The church is full on major festivals, funerals and concerts. Generally, however, for traditional services it has a small faithful congregation of 10 – 15 souls most of whom have worshipped together for many years. Over the last couple of years, the church has been establishing Messy Church. This meets once per month for the whole Benefice, creating an exciting launch pad for youth worship. Whilst numbers can fluctuate, it has seen 26 children attend for games, worship and a fish supper!
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