Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood, Donington
|Population||2,805 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||100 S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Donington is a large village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 8 miles (13 km) north from the market town of Spalding on the A152, and is bypassed by the A52. Donington also conveniently sits between the A16 and A17. The parish includes the hamlet of Northorpe, and falls within the drainage area of the Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board. Donington is the birthplace of the explorer Matthew Flinders.
Donington is part of the electoral ward named Donington, Quadring and Gosberton within the South Holland district of Lincolnshire. The total population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 7,102.
The village has one public house, The Black Bull. There is also a Coop and a Costcutter in the Market Place. Though Donington is on an operating passenger rail line with stopping services it has no station, and there has been no campaign to reopen the closed station, though in 2008 Hull Trains proposed reopening as a railhead to nearby Boston for a direct Lincoln to London service.
Donington has football teams for two age groups: Old Doningtonians for over eighteens, and Young Dons (established in 1996) for anyone under that age; Old Dons play in the Saturday Boston League and Young Dons on a Sunday in the Mid-Lincolnshire Junior League.
There are two schools; the Donington Cowley Endowed Primary School, and the Thomas Cowley Academy with its four house system - Cowley, Flinders, Bass and Swift. The current Head of House for Cowley, and the head of P.E. is former Arsenal goalkeeper Chris Wright.
Other local amenities include Tulipland Butchers, Vanity Fayre Hair Stylists, Corner House Flowers, Jessops Bakers, and Pets and Produce delivering locally grown fruit and vegetables. Employing around 100 people, George Barnsdale is one of the main employers in the village and have been manufacturing timber windows and doors for over 130 years, making it one of the longest standing also.
For the children there is the Teen Skate Park for 11+, and the local park and playpark.
Donington Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Mary and the Holy Rood. The church is almost a complete combination of early Decorated and late Perpendicular style. Its chancel, however, is mainly Early English. The church tower and spire rise to 240 feet (73 m).
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