Hankerton - Holy Cross
Hankerton has a population of about 240 (over age 18) plus approximately 30 aged under 18. They live in 115 properties. There is a varied community, ranging from retired people, commuters, locally employed, self-employed, long standing families and a few farms and smallholdings
There are several well supported local voluntary organisations and their activities are advertised in the village newsletter, The Grapevine, delivered to all houses. There is also a village website. Since there is no separate village hall, the North Aisle of the Church is used for regular meetings of the Parish Council and the PCC. It is also used for meetings of the Hankerton History Group, exhibitions at the annual Street Fayre and various social functions.
Our Church and People
The congregation consists mostly of older, retired members of the community and the numbers are modest. However, for major festivals, such as Christmas and Easter, also the annual carol service, many more villagers attend.
We need to reach out to a greater range of people, particularly the young, and to increase the regular congregation. Since there is no school in the village, the primary school having closed in 1966, this aspect is quite challenging.
We are a caring, welcoming and committed community.
Our Church and Community
The Church is viewed as the centre of the community and is the village's main building.
Weddings are held in the Church from time to time (4 in 2013 but usually fewer).
The Church community is involved in village activities, particularly “Coffee and Chat” held in the North Aisle every Saturday morning. Anyone is welcome.
Other regular annual fund raising activities, well supported by the villagers, are a Supper Party, Strawberry Tea in the churchyard, Harvest Lunch or Supper (in the North Aisle), Lent Lunch and an Advent Sale.
There is a North Aisle Committee, consisting of 4 members of the PCC and 3 from the community, encouraging use of the building for any reasonable purpose. The Committee organise the annual Street Fayre and other fund raising comes from donations at the coffee mornings, the sale of books and produce, cards and raffles.
Our Church of The Holy Cross
The Church was built in the 12th century with several later additions.
Recently, the North Aisle has been enhanced by the addition of a small food/drink preparation area and a toilet.