Church of St Michael and All Angels

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Askerswell

Situated half a mile from the busy A35, the village lies at the eastern end of the Benefice in a valley formed by chalk downland to the north, east and south. A little over half the houses and bungalows have been built since the 1960s but it is nevertheless a pretty village, with the young River Asker flowing through the middle. The church occupies an elevated position with its handsome 15th century tower looking down across the valley, the Victorian nave and chancel being less visible. The church bells are rung for most services. The school was closed in the 1960s but it is a strong and very friendly community well served by an active village hall and a welcoming pub, the Spyway Inn.

There are some 72 houses in the parish and about half the inhabitants are working, mostly outside the village. The children are taken by bus to Loders Primary School and the Sir John Colfox Comprehensive School in Bridport. A monthly coffee morning is held for the sole purpose of having a social get together and there are regular events for fundraising for the village hall  and church and also just for entertainment. Table tennis, two art classes, yoga, a community lunch and a model railway club regularly use the hall. A Dial a Ride bus service is available from the village to Bridport and also an hourly service half a mile away on the A35 connecting Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth.

The farms of the village have changed in character in recent years with only two now being the main source of income for their owners. A furniture designer has a workshop and several people work part- time from home. There are a few holiday lets and some second homes.

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