Holy Cross, Durley
The Church Building SO32 2AP
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- Is a welcoming congregation with an ancient 13th century building of great charm, which is located on the edge of the village and is surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful churchyard. The intimate building seats around 100 people and is a lovely place to have a wedding or baptism.
- Holds its main Sunday service at 10am at the church.
- Is reaching out to young families by having one Sunday Service a month (in term time) at Durley C of E Primary School. This is a Family Communion Service or Morning Worship in the school hall, with Sunday Club activities for the children in one of the classrooms.
- Joins with Botley and Curdridge churches to run Messy Church for primary aged children, once a month in term time at 3.30pm on a Friday afternoon. Fun, crafts and a hot meal for all.
- Has a Communion Service at the Thresher Room, Gregory Lane at 3.30pm on the third Wednesday in the month, attended by parishioners who cannot make Sunday morning services
- Has a small but faithful congregation across the various services
- Is supported by the Friends of Durley Church; a committed group which includes many villagers who are not churchgoers
- Puts on an amazing Church Fete every year in the beautiful grounds of Wintershill Hall, Sciviers Lane, on the third Saturday in June.
Durley is a rural village covering an area of 14 square miles with a population of about a thousand and with a strong community identity. The housing is mixed and includes some social housing and bungalows for the elderly. Although some residents work locally, the proximity of Durley to all the major conurbations in south Hampshire means that most commute to work outside the village.
Durley has an excellent C of E primary school and an excellent pre-school (Durley Ladybirds). Both are rated as “outstanding” by OFSTED. There is a large village hall, two pubs, a garage, small business park, recreation ground with pavilion, and a village green. There are a number of farms, plus a large equestrian centre, horticultural nursery, and golf course.
Community life is mostly centred on the village hall, the church and the school. There are many village organisations and activities including a luncheon club for the older folk, a care group, a thriving WI, a local history society (jointly with Botley and Curdridge), The Friends of Holy Cross Church, musical events and quiz nights. More active pursuits include the football club, short mat bowls, yoga, line dancing, table tennis, martial arts and fitness. Annual church events include the Church Fete, Harvest Supper, Burns Night Supper and Spring Fair, all of which are well supported by the village, as is the Annual Duck Race organised by the Friends of Holy Cross. There is a very good monthly parish magazine (financed by the church) delivered to over 60% of the houses in the village.
A second smaller hall in the centre of the village, and adjacent to the village green, is the Thresher Room (built in 1896). This hall is held in trust and the trustees are the Rector and Churchwardens. The pre-school meets there and it is also used for church and other small group meetings. It is hoped over the next few years to initiate a refurbishment and extension of the Thresher Room.
For more information about the village visit www.durleyvillage.com