The bulk of Durweston stands to one side of the busy Blandford to Sturminster Newton road. This was once part of the Portman estate, whose great house, Bryanston, is nearby.
St Nicholas’s Church which serves the two civil parishes of Durweston and Bryanston, lies in the centre of Durweston and still plays a major role in the life of the villages. The fete , Harvest Supper and the Christmas Midnight Mass are important occasions for the village. The churchyard also serves both villages, is well maintained and contains some War Graves.
The Church can raise a respectable choir for special occasions and has a band which plays at the Family Service each month. The church also is the venue for various concerts during the year, and welcomes choirs and players from far and wide. There is a very active Bell Tower with six bells. Visiting teams also ring the bells. The church also has one of the finest organs you can have in a rural church.
The Church Fete is remarkable for the sums raised each year and the enthusiastic support not only from both villages, but from further afield. Christmas and Easter Bazaars have proved very popular.
Durweston is part of the Benefice of Pimperne, Stourpaine, Durweston and Bryanston. Every 5thSunday in the month there is a Benefice Service with each Parish taking it in turns to host.
The Rev’d Belinda is the priest in charge of the Benefice.
St Nicholas Church, Durweston
CONTACTS IN DURWESTON
Licensed Lay Ministers:
Penny Wallis: 7 St. Nicholas Gardens, Durweston (01258 455094)