Foston is one of four villages in the Saxonwell Group of Parishes. The village has over 200 properties with an adult population of almost 450. Several new properties are either recently occupied or in the process of construction. Housing is a mixture of privately owned, rented and council houses and bungalows.
Residents are a mixture of retired, those who work locally and those who commute further afield. Children travel to infant / primary schools at either Long Bennington or Allington ( both church schools) or to comprehensive or grammar schools in Grantham and Welbourne.
A number of small businesses operate from the village and there are three working arable farms.
Foston has historical links with Long Bennington and the opening of the link road between the two villages means that residents no longer have to cross the A1 road to travel between them. This is of benefit to both villages.
Foston has a large and well kept Village Hall which hosts various events during the year. It is used on a regular basis by groups in the village.
The Women's Institute has a thriving membership.
Church members in both Long Bennington and Foston produce and distribute 600 copies of Parish News once a month. A small annual fee is charged. Many businesses advertise and both churches benefit from a cash surplus each year.
St. Peter's Church, Foston
St Peter's church is at the heart of the village and dates back to the 11th century on its present site. The fabric is in good repair and a good oil heating system, along with a friendly atmosphere, ensure a warm welcome for all who visit.
The church is floodlit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and can be seen for several miles away. People can also pay for the lights on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries etc.
The tower contains 3 bells which can be chimed only. They are often used at weddings. The tower also sports a tractor weathervane to reflect our farming links.
The worship pattern is No Service on the 1st Sunday, Holy Communion at 9.15am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays and Evening Worship at 5.00pm on the 3rd Sunday. We also have a Family Service at 10.45am on the 4th Sunday, led by Laity. When there is a 5th Sunday in the month the service is normally a Group Communion which is rotated between the 4 churches in the Group.
We also have a Foundation Governor at Long Bennington School who also participates in School assemblies.
Foston PCC organise various social events each year, including Harvest Supper, Cheese & Wine Evening and Coffee Mornings. Church notelets and bookmarks are also produced internally for sale. Proceeds from a Foston History Book also go to church funds.