Winterborne Zelston incorporates the hamlets of Huish and Winterbornes Tomson and Anderson, all connected by the Winterborne stream. The village itself is very attractive, having won “The best kept village award” on a number of occasions and everyone makes a big effort to keep the village neat and tidy. The former Methodist chapel is now the excellent village Hall, which hosts events throughout the year. There is a positive attitude of care for one another and a widespread desire to keep the church up and running as part of the active life of the village, so a large majority of the inhabitants help with fundraising in one form or the other, whether it be dog shows, duck races or village suppers. Locally there is a petrol station with a recently refurbished shop on the A31, just outside the village. There is also a pub, The Botany Bay Inn.
The Church Community
We usually have services most Sundays at 9.30 or 6pm. Highlights in the year include the Songs of Praise service in the Summer and Midnight Mass, when the church is packed with people and filled with the glorious sense of expectation. We have an enthusiastic band of bell ringers, novices and skilled all well represented!
The Church itself dates from the 14th century but was substantially rebuilt in Victorian times, circa 1860. It remains open every day and provides a place of peace, for prayer and praise, for the people who walk by, often dog-walking, and for those who come visiting.