The parishes of Keinton Mandeville and Kingweston now have a joint PCC and the villages are situated about 1 mile apart. Keinton Mandeville has seen a considerable expansion in housing over the past 30 years. This has brought in a number of young families. The combined population of the villages is close to 1200 with slightly over 1000 living in Keinton. Kingweston parish is based on a traditional farming estate whilst the larger village of Keinton sustains a village store and a public house as well as a primary school and a Methodist church.
Guides, Brownies and Scouts along with a number of other organisations meet regularly at the Village Hall. Sport is active in the villages – Rugby at Kingweston where an annual seven aside tournament is staged with teams from far afield and at Keinton soccer, tennis, netball and rounders are well supported. After a massive fund raising effort a new MUGA has recently been built adjoining the Village Hall which was also built by village subscription. The Hall and playing fields are run by separate charities and are very well used. There is a Village Day supported by all organisations and a regular all-day breakfast event each autumn in aid of Charities at Christmas.
St Mary Magdalene church, situated on the southern edge of Keinton Mandeville has medieval origins with many later additions and is Grade II listed. A recent extension includes a kitchen and cloakroom. All Saints church at Kingweston, which technically is a Chapel of Ease following the amalgamation of the two parishes, was rebuilt by the then Squire in the 1850s and is Grade II*. It stands next to the original manor house now used as a boarding house by Millfield School.
Both churches have been well maintained and have kept up with the requirements of their quinquennial reports. This has been achieved without incurring debts. Both will seat about 90/100. On average, attendance is between 25 and 35. Weddings take place in both churches with a number of Millfield associates returning to Kingweston to marry. There are on average 4 weddings, 10 funerals and 4 baptisms each year.
Link to Keinton Mandeville Village Website