For detailed history of Nonington visit Clive Webb's The Old Parish of Nonington.
The village is central to some excellent walks and heritage trails. Our own historic church was built over 900 years ago. Fredville, St Albans Court and Knowlton Court cover much of the land surrounding the village. The villages of Barfrestone, Goodnestone - where Jane Austen used to stay, Eastry where Lord Nelson was a guest at Heronden House and Broome Park, the home of Lord Kitchener, are just a few miles away.
Link To Nonington School Website
Become a Friend of St Mary's, Nonington
All ancient buildings need regular, careful and sympathetic attention to ensure their preservation. The fact that the Church of St Mary has stood the test of time so well says much for the generosity and care of earlier generations. There has been a Church here in Nonington for about 900 years or so. The present building dates from the twelfth century with later alterations and additions. The last major restoration took place in the 1800s. The parishioners have enabled us to continue to enjoy the charm and tranquility of this beautiful building.
Friends are not necessarily regular worshippers but are a community of people committed to maintaining the Church building and churchyard for our time and for future generations. The Friends of Nonington Church was formed in March 2002 following an enthusiastic response from the residents of the village.
If you want to see this historic Church:
• Preserved for future generations
• Continue to be used for weddings, baptisms, funerals and regular worship
• Kept as a place where visitors can enjoy its history, architecture and atmosphere of peace and tranquility, then please become a Friend.
The building contains a wealth of history, both in terms of its architecture and the social development of the village. Our aim is to achieve a more flexible, warm, comfortable and attractive environment that will encourage the continuing use of the building as a community resource. We are committed to raising funds to restore, preserve and beautify St Mary's Church.
Our latest fund raising event was the Annual Art Exhibition, held over the weekend of 24th - 26th November 2017 and the Friends raised over £1200. We are currently waiting for work to commence on a toilet and kitchen installation.
Like so many little churches throughout the country, our church could be in danger of being closed. If that happens, we will have lost nearly a 1000 years of history. Lost forever!
You can pay an individual annual subscription of £10 or pay a joint annual subscription of £15. Life memberships are also available.
For details of membership, please contact our membership secretary on this link.