St Leonard, Dordon, Dordon
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The parish is part of the Polesworth Deanery which is the mainly rural arm of the largely urban Birmingham Diocese. The village of Dordon is set on the A5 trunk road about one and a half miles from its junction with the M42 motorway. Its population (2001 census figures show 3,225) is now probably 3,500+
It is a former mining community that has extended over the years with a Council Estate and a “Coal Board” Estate. Many of these homes are now owner-occupied. Further development has taken place and the boundaries between Dordon and neighbouring villages are less distinct.
The hamlet of Freasley is very select with about 20 homes, and is set about a mile and a half from Dordon.
The site of the former colliery is now occupied by the Birch Coppice Business Park, a huge development which is still being extended as more major companies transfer here.
Public transport is fair but it is not ‘direct’ to the nearest towns because outlying villages are brought into the routing.
There is one shopping parade offering hairdressing to computers and take-away meals to betting. There are other independent shops. The village has one public house, a working men's club, a men only miner’s institute plus the Birch Coppice Social Club. There is a surgery with a pharmacy.
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Rev'd A Simmons
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