St Nicholas Church, Durweston

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.

Saint Nicholas church serves the neighbouring parishes of Bryanston and Durweston holding services  on the first and third Sundays of the month and on festival days. A number of concerts take place each year. Next door is the Church of England primary school (100+ pupils plus infant school) which holds church assemblies 4 times a week. The popular St Nicks community café operates every Thursday morning.

Saint Nicholas is a grade 11* listed building with a 15th Century stone tower and 19th century nave and chancel. Important features include: the 12th century stone font (still in use), a sculpture of St Elegius above the entrance, some glass panels by Mary Lowndes (1911), two sculptures by the late Don Potter, a Hills organ and a 6 bell ringing chamber.

The churchyard participates in the Living Churchyard scheme and contains some war graves.

The church is open daily from 8am until 5pm

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.

St Nicholas Church, Durweston


Licensed Lay Ministers:
Penny Wallis: 7 St. Nicholas Gardens, Durweston (01258 455094)

Church Wardens:
Lesley Bryning (01258 450102)
John Young (01258 453246)
Tower captain:   Philip Rioch
Tower correspondent:
Check details of Services and other activities in the current Pews News.