St John's Church

KINGSTONE, UTTOXETER, STAFFS

 

Team Rector: Rev. Margaret Sherwin

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The Village of Kingstone

Kingstone is a small village occupying a well-wooded hilly area drained by streams to the River Blithe (more recently Blythe). The centuries-old rural and largely agricultural parish of outlying farms and homesteads and the village of cottages and former council homes has changed somewhat with the addition of 60 or so 1970s and more recent houses, an enclave of 16 elderly persons’ bungalows and 6 housing association dwellings now at the heart of the village and adjacent to the church. The once mainly agricultural community now mirrors its mix of properties with many of the residents of the newer housing working in the surrounding towns and cities. The church family is open, generally mature by age, warm and quietly efficient, with the Friends of Kingstone Church providing a wider fund-raising and social arm within the village. The population of the parish is 680. Currently there are 60 on the Church Electoral Roll. Our congregation has grown and changed and special services are particularly well supported. We have strengthened our communication with the village school, the toddlers group and the young people in the parish. There is a parish newsletter delivered free of charge to over 280 households in the parish.

 

The Talbot First School, built in 1877, with the whole of the expense being borne by The Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, is not a church school but enjoys very close links with the village church and is vibrant and successful.

 

Kingstone has a very busy community, variously interlinked with the Church and its congregation through the following organisations – The Friends of Kingstone Church, the Gardening Club, the Mothers and Toddlers Group, the Youth Group, the Women’s Fellowship, the Uttoxeter Men’s Breakfast Club, and the Bowling Club.

 

To visit the website for the Parish Council, please click www.kingstone-pc.org.uk/local news - the website for our village

 

The new stained glass west window, designed and crafted by Denis Holgate of Rocester, reflects the life of the village in its rural setting and celebrates the patron saint of the Church, St John The Baptist.  The window was dedicated by the Bishop of Stafford, the Rt Revd Gordon Mursell, on 25 March 2007, in memory of the relatives and friends of all those who gave to make the window possible.

West window