Dorrington

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Dorrington is a village and parish of approximately 340 people in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire. It is situated approximately 5 miles north of the town of Sleaford. The parish extends to approximately 1,900 acres. The village is off the B1188 road. The church of St James and St John is Saxon in origin and it overlooks the village from its north western end. Near the church are the remains of a house in which Sir Frank Whittle lodged while he was working on the development of the jet engine. The village school, Post Office/General Store and Newsagents have all closed over the years. This is a common pattern and is repeated in many villages throughout the country.

Facilities include the Playgarth Estate Playing Field; Church and Chapel; Private facilities for village events through the generosity of two residents at The Priory and The Close There are a range of social activities within the village including the Women's Institute and Good Companions Club. Many other activities are organised throughout the year as fund raising events in support of Dorrington church. (See events calendar) There is also a Dorrington Welfare Charity.

Businesses: Public house and restaurant The Musicians Arms; Pick’s the butchers; Numerous farming businesses producing general crops, some with livestock.  A small flock of sheep still exists; Intensive poultry units; Farm Attraction at North Ings Farm; Agrochemical and fertiliser supplier; A Residential Care Home. Workers based at home.

In 2006 following the annual parish meeting it was agreed to produce a parish plan for Dorrington. A grant of £3000 was obtained from DEFRA and a steering group was formed in August 2006 made up entirely of volunteers and two parish council representatives.  The work was overseen and supported by CommunityLincs and in recognition of this work CommunityLincs used Dorrington as part of a DVD they made promoting parish planning. The completed parish plan went out to consultation in February 2008 and was updated in May 2008.

A free village newsletter which is delivered to every household in Dorrington was started in November 2006 to keep people informed about what was happening. Following the elections in May 2007 Dorrington now has a fully elected parish council. 2007 also saw Dorrington make a successful bid to North Kesteven District Council's community improvement scheme, it received a grant of £10,000 and this was used to provide play equipment for the under fives on the Playgarth playing field.