Contact Details

St Mary's Church, Church Lane, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5HW

Tel. 01507 525 600



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The church is dedicated. to St. Andrew and is situated in the centre of the village, immediately opposite the Primary School. It has an unbuttressed Norman west tower and is thought to date from 11th century. The church may well have, in the past, been larger than it is at present. The chancel was rebuilt in 1855.


For many years a strange custom of "hassock throwing" took place when a wedding occurred. As the bride and groom walked down the aisle the elderly women in the congregation threw hassocks at them. The custom was brought to an abrupt halt towards the end of the 18th century when a misguided hassock hit the rector! 


The church building is in a reasonable state of repair, having recently been re-decorated internally.  Access has been provided for wheelchair users.  The churchyard, now closed for burials, is well maintained and an up-to-date churchyard plan is available for inspection.  Services are held regularly in St. Andrew's, including the midweek morning Holy Communion Service (BCP), hosted on behalf of the parish.  The church is open during day-light hours.  The key is held at the adjacent Post Office.


It is at the centre of the Parish of the Asterby Group and the largest village in the group.  The population is approximately 285 adults and 65 youngsters, ages range from infants to pensioners.  The population encompasses various occupations, including those employed in agriculture and self-employed professionals.  An engineering business, based on the outskirts of the village, employs many local people. 


Other amenities include a Village Hall which houses a lively and well-recommended Pre-School Group meeting each morning during term time, providing lunches and occasional holiday activities and working closely with the popular village Primary School, situated centrally and catering for primary aged children from a wide catchment area.


Other groups also meet regularly at the Village Hall which provides a valuable meeting place both for villagers of Donington but also for those from neighbouring villages without this facility. 


There are two shops, one of which incorporates a Post Office and a Pub providing good meals   Recreational activities are provided at the well equipped and well-maintained Multi Game Activity Centre with tennis courts, football pitch as well as climbing frames and swings.  Public transport is limited to the services provided by Lincolnshire County Council Inter-Connect service.


Churchwardens details can be found in the 'Who' section.




Lynne & Graham Parkinson 01507 343500 or


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