Langton Herring - Church & Village
St Peter's Church
St Peter’s Church, Langton Herring dates to the 13th century, and the churchwardens and PCC have made the decision to keep it open nearly all the time. The churchyard and cemetery are both in the care of the PCC. They are supported by many of the non-congregation villagers in filling rotas, fund raising and especially at the annual Fete and Dog show, which is held in July to support the Village Hall and Church.
Langton Herring village
A resident of the village described life in Langton Herring: “We are a friendly welcoming village – seldom does one have a problem that someone can’t help you solve. We look forward to welcoming a committed parish priest who, with the grace of God, will help us to build on what we are doing right and, with fresh eyes, guide us to spread His Gospel to the wider parish”.
Langton Herring (long tun or farm, belonging to the Harang family) is located five miles outside of Weymouth. After nearby Fleet, Langton Herring is the second smallest village our of the five. There are about 90 houses, mainly freehold (about 25 of them are second or holiday homes), and therefore the population is 127 plus 24 children.
In terms of shops and local amenities, there is the Elm Tree pub, and from time to time we are visited by the mobile library. It also has a thriving village hall with the attendant clubs, activities and social gatherings.
A highlight of the year is the Langton Herring Village Fête and Dog Show. It attracts lots of people from a wide area, not least because of the way it’s advertised: in 2009 the village hit the national press because the villagers used various items of their undergarments for the bunting ! This underlines the fun-loving, relaxed community that supports its local parish church.
Transport is a problem as there is only one bus to Weymouth each day; the rest of the journeys are by car, bike or (as Margaret the former Churchwarden writes): ‘by’ shanks’s pony!
The tiny hamlet of Rodden is located about a mile away; while being part of Abbotsbury parish it has close links with Langton Herring.
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