Okeford Fitzpaine is a village in the heart of the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset.
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Our Church before Remembrance Day.
Each cross bears a name from our Memorial.
At the going down of the Sun, and in the morning,
we will remember them.
Mrs Graham was Head techer of our Village School for many years.
Her husband, Arthur Ernest Graham,
although not killed in the First War,
was just as much a "casualty" - perhaps more so,
as he died in 1929,
from the after effects of being gassed during the war.
A bullet is instantaneous.
He and his family suffered for over eleven years.
And, generally speaking,
there are at least as many wounded as there are killed.
Our Parish Magazine is The Fippenny News
it comes out at the beginning of each month,
and is available in print or online.
If you don't already receive a copy, we can arrange delivery
just click here to drop us a line
Or ask Barbara:- tel 861 524
30p a copy (collect from the Church),
or £3 a year, delivered to your door.
St. Andrew's Church
Service at 10:00 most Sundays,
everyone is welcome.
The Church is also open every day for private prayer - or simply somewhere to go to meditate alone, away from the cares of the world.
Click here for full details of services.
At the foot of the buttresses to the tower there are hints of the church’s Saxon origins, when the village, like Fiddleford and Sturminster Newton was owned by Glastonbury Abbey, but held by ‘knights’ on behalf of the Church, as recorded in the 11th century Domesday Book. The ‘new’ church was completed by about 1300, almost certainly by one of four generations of Robert Fitzpaines, the first of whom, according to the Revd. Hutchins in his 18th century History of Dorset, was the grandson of Milo, Earl of Gloucester, probably illegitimately, as the prefix ‘Fitz’ implies.
The Fitzpaine family lived in the village for about 150 years from 1246 to about 1400. They were the last resident Lords of the Manor and appear to have been kindly benefactors to the village, having obtained a licence to hold an annual Whitsun Fair that is still a feature of village life.
The church was remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries. The font dates from 1866 with possible components of an earlier font visible in the walls surrounding the churchyard to the left of the lych gate. The Early Perpendicular tower of the mediaeval church remains, as well as interior and exterior carvings, pillar bases in the south transept, the pulpit, part of the chancel arch, possibly some flagstones and some mediaeval glass in one of the north transept windows.
The colourful Arts and Crafts stained glass windows were created in memory of former Rectors and the wealthy Phillips family, who owned Hill View Dairies and provided employment for many in the village.
Price £1, profit goes to Church funds.
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