Dry Doddington Church

 

The name Dry Doddington is a combination of Old English “dryge and Dodda+ing+ton” meaning “dry estate of a man called Dodda”.      In the 1086 Domesday Book the village name is given as Dodintune.

The Parish Church is dedicated to St. James and is clearly visible from the Great North Road (A1), sitting prominently on the open village green.

The Church was built initially as a Chapel of Ease for All Saints Church, Westborough, becoming a separate parish later.       It has a significantly westward leaning tower and is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 12th century, with the tower being early 14th century.     Significant restoration (including raising the roof to it’s present level ) was carried out in 1876 when it was consecrated.     The tower is thought to have moved in the late 19th or early 20th century.     It was underpinned in 1919 and appears to have been stable since then.

The Church Plan consists of a west tower with spire, a nave with north and south aisles and a rectangular chancel.   It is built in limestone ashlar and blue lias with a plain tiled roof (fully retiled in 1996).     The tower and spire are built in coursed rubble with ashlar quoins.

The 14th century bell is listed for preservation and is still rung occasionally.    It was cast in copper and tin by John of Stafford who owned a foundry in Leicester, where he was mayor in 1371.    His name and the date 1350 are stamped as an inscription on the bell.   John also worked on the bells in York Minster and made the bell in Allington Church locally.

The bell became unsafe and was restored as a Millennium Project, when it was taken down and repaired.  A new housing was made by a local joiner, along with new flooring and support timbers.

The church also contains a memorial to the 49 Squadron Avro Lancaster bomber that crashed near the village in November 1944.   The aircraft, code name ‘O-Oboe’, was piloted by F/O Le Marquand (PB432) and had only been in the air for a few minutes before it came down, fully laden with bombs and fuel.   Miraculously five of the crew of seven survived.

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After several years without a resident rector the Claypole Group of Churches were very pleased to welcome Rev. Sonia Barron to this post.  She was officially inducted by The Bishop of Grimsby on 3rd November 2014.          

A communion service is held in Dry Doddington at 10am on the 4th Sunday of each month.   Please come along to meet Sonia at our next service.

If you wish to contact Sonia direct her details are --

Tel. 01636 626720   or email -- rectorclaypole5@gmail.com

 Family Services are also held at 10.30 am on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  These are planned to provide something to suit all ages and followed by light refreshments and the chance for everyone to have a chat.

 Everyone is very welcome at any of our services.   Please come.           ..................................................................................

Standing as it does at the highest point in the village, the building has inevitably suffered from the effects of the weather.

Major restoration work has recently been completed to the badly weathered stonework to the tower and steeple including major repairs at cost in excess of £100K.    An architect was appointed to oversee the project and following a detailed survey work on site started in March 2015 and was completed in September that year.

 So far about £12K has been raised locally and together with a generous grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund this was sufficient for this first phase of the current restoration work.

The Church is extremely grateful to The Heritage Lottery Fund for their support and to everyone who has contributed in any way to the fund raising.

The current major restoration project is for a new floor and fundraising is underway for this. The present floor is very uneven and the timber sections are badly rotted and infested with woodworm.

Future restoration projects include  repairs to the east window and other work to keep the building safe and to increase it's potential use by the wider community.

                                                                                                    

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Successful events held in 2016 included a Harvest Supper on Friday 30th September and a Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday 3rd December. 

We plan to repeat these events in 2017 with the Harvest supper on Friday 29th September and the Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday 2nd Dec.

We also plan to hold a Christmas Tree Festival on 2nd and 3rd December and a Flower Festival on 6th and 7th October 2018

Harvest Festival Family Service this year will be on 8th October

Please see monthly Parish Newsletter for more details nearer to each date or if you would like information sent directly to you or to know more about our activities email mikehine@waitrose.com

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