Following the recent Government Guidelines with respect to public gatherings, we have now with great reluctance decided to defer the whole programme, probably until 2021, so that it can remain intact as it was originally envisaged.
The possible exception to this is the Candlelit Procession on 13th December 2020 and a decision will be made as to whether this event can proceed nearer the time.
Events Currently Scheduled for 2020
This event is under review. Please watch this website for further announcements.
5.30pm Sunday 13th December 2020 – Candlelit Procession to St. George’s Church for the Christmas Carol Service: To mark the end of the year of celebration, there will be a candlelit procession through the village to St. George’s Church for the annual carol service. Singing carols as it goes, the procession will be led by the Sixteen Bells Choir. For more details, contact David Clements on 01460-77214 or Nigel Hayler on 01460-271218.
Meet in the rear garden of Southernhay, just off the Lopen Road, where a warming drink will be available. After the service, further refreshments will be available at the back of the church.
Events Deferred until 2021
These events have been postponed until 2021. New dates will be announced in due course. Please watch this website for further announcements.
Hinton Blue in Concert: Local rock and blues band Hinton Blue will perform a gig in St. George’s Hall. A bar will be provided.
1220 to 2020; 800 years of Hinton St. George Church: Noted local historian and village resident Charles Bird will trace the main events in the fascinating history of St. George’s Church down the centuries. The earliest mention found of a church in the village of Hinton St. George dates from 1220 when there was a grant of income from the church to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London (“Barts”), which itself will celebrate its 900th anniversary in three years’ time.
Refreshments will be available at the back of the church from 5.30pm onwards. Entry free but voluntary donations towards the cost of refreshments and the cost of running the programme welcomed.
The Brue Boys in Concert: We are delighted that well-known local male voice choir The Brue Boys are supporting the programme, with a concert in St. George’s Church. Always popular, they will give a great start to the musical side of the programme and we can promise a great evening.
Friday 23rd April (St. George’s Day) 2021 – Dragon Procession from the School to St. George’s Church: The children of Hinton St. George First School will be celebrating St. George’s Day by making a ceremonial Dragon and processing it up through the village to St. George’s Church, where it will encounter a brave St. George! Teas will be served in the church after the procession. If you would like to help with this event, please contact the school office on 01460-72653.
Sunday 9th May 2021 – Beating the Bounds: A revival of the ancient tradition of Beating the Bounds, dating from the time when village residents annually walked the boundary of their parish. This custom dates from the time before accurate maps were available and it was important to know in which parish you lived. The walk will be in two sections so that walkers can choose to do either half or the whole; the morning section will be approximately 3 miles long and there will be a stop at Mill Farm for a picnic lunch at around 12.30pm. The afternoon section will be approximately 7 miles long and will visit parts of Hinton Park normally not accessible to walkers. There will be various opportunities to shorten the walk where footpaths cross the Parish Boundary. Please gather at 1015 sharp at St. George’s Hall on the Merriott Road. Bring your own picnic and if you would like it to be transported to Mill Farm, please ensure that it is clearly labelled with your name!
There will be no charge for taking part and this event is being organised by the Hinton Pathfinders – please contact Don Morecombe on 01460-76330 for more details.
Celebratory Service followed by a Street Party: A service will be held in St. George’s Church to celebrate 800 years of the church at the heart of the community, to which the whole village will be invited, at which the Bishop of Taunton, The Rt. Rev. Ruth Worsley, will preside.
There will be a street party in Church Drive after the service with a barbecue provided by the Parochial Church Council and all those attending the service will be warmly welcomed. Tickets will be issued to those who respond to the invitation. For more information, contact David Way on 01460-55965.
Grand Pageant: There will be Grand Pageant to re-create key historical events in the village over the last 800 years. The Pageant will start at St. George’s Church, move to the old Preaching Cross, then to the garden of The Priory before finishing up at the Lord Poulett Arms. It is recommended that attendees bring a lightweight folding chair to carry with you as the pageant will last for some 1½ hours.
The event will be ticketed because of the need to restrict numbers attending. Details of how to get tickets will follow. Please note that this event is not considered suitable for young children.
St. George’s Hall – 800 years of Hinton St. George; an Exhibition of work by Local Artists: There is an abundance of talented artists in and around the village of Hinton St. George, both professional and amateur, and this exhibition will provide a showcase for their work in a wide variety of genres. We expect that in addition to painting, there will be cartoons, glass moulding, stained glass work, sculpture, photographs and various crafts. Most of the works on show will be available to purchase and a card machine should be available for your use. For more information, contact Chrissie Studley on 01460-76611.
Entry free and refreshments will be available to purchase throughout the day.
St. George’s Church – Celebratory Concert: St. George’s Church has been the venue for many wonderful concerts down the years and it seemed fitting that a special one should be held as part of our celebrations in 2020. The programme will feature at least one piece of music from each of the eight centuries that have passed since the first mention of the church. There will be both choral and instrumental works, including music by composers such as William Byrd, J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart, Saint- Saëns and Edward Elgar. There may be a few surprises as well! The concert will feature Antiphon (choral), Jonathan Delbridge (organ and piano) and Louise Innes (mezzo-soprano).
Tickets will be available later this summer from Our SHOP and Dorothy’s Teashop in Hinton St. George. Refreshments will be available at the back of the church from 7.00pm onwards and during the interval.
More details, and possibly events, will be added programme develops. Please re-visit the website soon.
Friday 10th January 2020 – Man and Dartmoor: Local industrial historian Dr. Mick Atkinson gave a fascinating talk to a full church on the changes in the landscape of Dartmoor wreaked by man’s mining activities. Those of us present will now look at the landscape through new eyes! We look forward to Mick regaling us with another of his talks in the future.
Friday 7th February 2020 – Unfinished Business: Village resident and sailor David Clements gave an interesting talk to another full church on his 2017 sail round the coastline of Great Britain. His wonderful selection of slides showed off the enormous variety of scenery one encounters when travelling the coast of our country, including transiting the Caledonian Canal which cuts across the centre of the Highlands.
Friday 28th February 2020 in St. George’s Church – Random Memories of a Longish Life: Retired solicitor and village resident Robert Heelis gave a fascinating talk illustrated with great pictures about his varied and interesting life,including his long involvement in motor racing and his time as Acting High Sheriff of Derbyshire.