The Church, together with St Nicholas’ Church in Dinnington, are administered by the Parochial Church Council of Hinton St George with Dinnington and form part of the joint Benefice which encompasses the villages of Merriott, Hinton St George, Dinnington and Lopen. Currently, the clergy team is a joint Rectorship with Julia Hicks as the named Rector and her husband Bob as the Associate Vicar. Whatever the titles, it is a working job-share – one of the first in the country.
Hinton’s 15th century church has, during the past feudal times of village life, been an important focus of activities, being largely sustained and supported by the Poulett family. In modern times, all funds needed to maintain the Grade I listed building – fabric, churchyard, insurance, heating – and to meet the Parish Share, which pays for the share in the cost of maintaining the priesthood within the diocese, must be raised locally.
A Charitable trust, Our Church St. George’s Building Trust, was set up in 2016 with the following purpose: For the benefit of the public to: “maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve and enhance the fabric of the church of St. George located in the village of Hinton St. George in the county of Somerset, its monuments, fixtures, fittings, furniture, stained glass, ornaments and other chattels and its churchyard”. For the avoidance of doubt The Trust is not involved with the functioning of the Church as a place of worship. Learn more at the Trust’s website: www.ourchurchhinton.org.uk
The ancient church dates at least to the early 13th century. The chancel is from the 1300s, the chancel arch, nave, and south porch a century later, though the structure of the nave is thought to be older. The church was restored in 1863, thought to have reproduced original detail. The church is part of the Merriott Benefice with Merriott All Saints with Hinton and Lopen.