The largest of the villages, at around 650 people, Winterborne Kingston is a vibrant village with a good mix of housing. There is a good mix of ages of villagers, with many who have lived in the village for over 60 years and others who are just starting in the village school. Major annual events in the village include the Big Dig on farmland which has uncovered many interesting archaeological artefacts and the Village flower and Produce Show which brings people together from across the village with both a high standard and emphasis on everyone getting involved.
The Village Hall is active with many different events including “pop in” which is a chance every fortnight for a get together to meet new people and friends alike, there are also regular meetings of the WI and twice weekly the Post Office comes up from Bere Regis.
The Church Community
We usually have a service every Sunday at 8am, 9.30am, or 6pm. We have a range of services across the month including our All Age services which encourage participation from people of all ages in both the congregation and the very talented music group. Whatever musical instrument you play do come and play! Our church is packed at major festivals including harvest, Easter and Chirstmas. Christmas Eve sees the very popular “Cowshed Nativity” when we travel around the village in search of somewhere for Jesus to be born before singing carols in a local barn.
On Friday mornings in term time people gather at the back of church for coffee, biscuits and chat particularly after dropping off children at school. It just one way in which we are developing our strong links with the school.
We have a great band of bell ringers who practice on Monday evenings are and always ready to welcome new people.
We are well-equipped with children’s toys and activities and look forward to welcoming people of all ages to join us.
The church dates from the 12th century but has had considerable alterations, and is in good condition. Recent works have included major repairs to the tower, with the bells restored and increased to six.
Further developments have been a kitchen servery and new sound and heating systems. The 1873 organ was renovated in 2012, re-sited in the nave, and the Vestry enclosed by a Victorian screen.
St Nicholas Church