Harby Harby is a traditional village which has expanded considerably in recent years – approximately 400 dwellings and 1,000 inhabitants, including a core whose families have lived in the village for centuries. A number are still employed in agriculture and related activities; however, the majority work outside the village, commuting to Leicester (23miles), Nottingham (15 miles), Melton Mowbray (8 miles) or Grantham (15 miles). The village garage includes a general store with day-to-day food items, a sub-post office and a café. It also sells petrol and repairs cars. The Nag’s Head pub is a popular eating destination for village residents. Harby has an ‘outstanding’ and ‘particularly successful’ CofE Primary School (70 children). The village also supports a thriving independent Church, the Valley Christian Centre, some of whose supporters founded and run Dove Cottage, a day hospice about one mile outside the village. The vicar leads school assemblies once a month and maintains good relations with the Valley Christian Centre. Harby has a number of voluntary organisations, including the Village Hall, Harby Pre-School and Women’s Institute.
St Mary, Harby The mediaeval Church in Harby is constructed from local ironstone and retains a traditional interior layout, it has a five bell tower. The Church is structurally sound and lovingly cared for, visitors commonly describe it as “welcoming”. It is open throughout the day. St. Mary’s stands in a traditional churchyard on the edge of the village, with direct access to Harby Vicarage garden. Some routine quinquennial work is planned but currently there are no planned improvements although some wishes, such as for kitchen facilities.
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