A Brief History
There are different versions of the origin of the name Dingli.
Acording to research conducted by Fr. Alexander Bonnici, Dingli is derived from the name of an English knight, Sir Thomas Dingley, who had settled in the area in 1540. Dingley had asked the Order for some land in the area to build a hunting lodge, after being stripped of his wealth by King Henry VII, who had detached himself from the Catholic Church.
The motto of the village is “Non Segnis Quies Ruris”, which may be translated as “Rural quietness is not laziness”, or as Fiott translates it, “Farm solitude is not indolence”.
The emblem for Ħad-Dingli is segmented diagonally in four triangles: two light blue, facing each other horizontally and two red ones facing each other vertically. All separated by a white band.
The local dialect, especially that of the older generation, remained intact throughout centuries of its existence. Different cultures have moved to Ħad-Dingli recently, but the dialect is still healthy in the village core. Language dialect is an example of cultural heritage that needs to be preserved by locals for future generations.
The population in 1615 was 338 persons in 75 households. This rose to 580 in 120 households by 1667. This increase could have been the result of the amalgamation between two hamlets. The population of Ħad-Dingli shot up in the early 1980’s, when new social housing schemes started to overflow from Ir-Rabat. The schemes attracted young couples to reside and start their families in Ħad-Dingli.
Your Local Councillors
Your Local Councillors
To continue to strive to create the right atmosphere and to develop the infrastructure to the best needs of our residents, whilst keeping in mind that unlike other localities, Ħad-Dingli is purely a residential area.
This will not be in conflict to encourage business opportunities, which would be identified as beneficial to the local residents, especially when such business could generate part of the required funds to restore and maintain our Histoic Heritage.
We will also seek to control the present development by co-operating with the Planning Authority, thus:
a) Representations will be made whenever it is felt that certain projects will ill-effect the residents or the community at large.
b) We also forward suggestions so that certain buildings of historical or characteristical value are included in the list of Protected Property.
c) The Planning Authority Enforcement section will be summoned to intervene whenever the need arises.
Finally, the participation of the residents will be encouraged so that they will have a say in all decisions taken, since sooner or later, these will affect their way of thinking.
The Values for the forthcoming years are:
a) To maximise the benefits of our community as a whole whilst respecting the needs of individuals and specific sectors.
b) To respect the environmental and cutural heritage of the community of Ħad-Dingli.
c) The just and open administration of all Council business.
d) To instil more civic pride in each and every resident.
To promote through education a co-operative and tolerant society.