In spite of this lack of amenities the village has a thriving community based on the church, and the village hall with its adjacent green and tennis court.
Community activities have included sponsored walks, apple days, barn dances, Harvest suppers, barbeques, murder mystery nights, all usually to raise money for the church, for the Village Hall, or for the Christmas tree lighting events.
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Mapmakers, from Thomas Jefferys in 1765 to the Ordnance Survey in 2006, have consistently written the word "Billington" next to the settlement by the church and the words "Little Billington" next to the hamlet of that name.
In the 1990s, there was a campaign by villagers to use the name "Great Billington", with a claim that it was always used historically.
The name of the parish is recorded in 1196 as Billendon, and may come from Anglo-Saxon language Billan dūn = "hill of a man named Billa".
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One of the thatched cottages on top of the hill has the dubious honour of having featured on countless chocolate boxes and biscuit tins.
One of the more attractive houses in the village is Walkers Farm, a brick and timber house dating from the 16th century. During the late 1870s and early 1880 large areas of the village were bought by Arthur Macnamara who built at this time the manor house, and transformed the village into a typical Victorian estate village.