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
Membership Secretary: Janet Holness 01304 840838
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 over 900 years. 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 last 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 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!
Membership of The Friends
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.
News update for Friends of Nonington Church.
Thank you for being a Friend of Nonington Church and supporting our Village Church, which dates back to 1200 A.D. The small History of St Mary’s booklet is currently being updated before reprinting. A full and illustrated website version of the history can be found at the bottom of this page.
We have a Concert to look forward to on 28th April starting at 7.30p.m.
Kevin Kay-Bradley has kindly offered his time for free to the Church, and he is a musician that once heard you will not forget. As this is such an inspiring performance and in order to encourage young people to attend, tickets for under 16’s are free for Kevin’s concert.
Work is progressing well regarding the provision of a toilet within the base of the tower with broad approval from the DAC to include provision of a Tea Station area at the rear by the West door. Construction will be sympathetic and in keeping with the building and enhanced by using materials already within the Church. The Friends have already promised £45,000 to the Parochial Church Council to support this work. The electrical wiring in the Church needs updating too, both to allow for the new facilities and to comply with new regulations. This is an additional cost and is one of the reasons we need to keep fundraising.
FONC will be holding a raffle at The Village Fete on 15th July.
Prizes for this would be very welcome please.
We plan to have another (free) lunch for FONC members this year, courtesy of the chairman, with a provisional date 23rd September.
Hugh Norton is planning a Film and Fish and Chips Night with a quiz in October.
Our third successive Art Show and Sale will be on the weekend of 23rd-25th November 2018.
Thanks to all the committee members for their continued hard work with fundraising projects, however the committee is only a small group and assistance in any way is both very welcome and urgently needed please.
We will continue to keep you updated as the work with the Church progresses.
Meanwhile, we look forward to meeting up with you again at the events listed above.