Holy Cross, Great Ponton

Our parish comprises the village of Great Ponton and the surrounding farms and pastures on both sides of the A1 trunk road. The majority of the population of around 400 live in the village. The housing stock is diverse and includes a few ancient buildings through to some built in the 21st century. About half the properties are owner occupied with the rest being council and private rented. Similarly there are houses of all sizes from large executive homes to single bedroom dwellings. There are a good number of homes suitable for single people and the elderly. There are no plans for significant additional houses in the near future.

Great Ponton Church of England Primary School, with a roll of about 70, occupies modern premises. It received a positive Ofsted report based on an inspection in February 2015. The church based Archer's Trust provides grants to pupils living in the village for uniforms etc when they move to secondary school.

Our Community Centre, built in 2000, runs a weekly social evening with a bar. It hosts a variety of local events and clubs. Our village playing fields are used by Great Ponton Football Club, which has a range of teams, and provides a caravan site for visitors. The Ponton Plod is an annual long-distance run/walk that raises money for charity.

The church was built in the 13th century. The 80ft tower, was built in 1519 by Anthony Ellys. At the top of the tower, there is a distinctive gold weather vane in the shape of a violin. The church building was watertight until a recent lead theft and repairs are needed. Ellys was also responsible for the former rectory, Ellys Manor, which is a genuine English treasure, with its beautiful Renaissance wall paintings.

Attendance at normal BCP Holy Communion services is in single figures. Our Harvest Festival and Carol Services, which are held on a weekday evening, attract a congregation of 20-30 from the village.