Welcome to the Benefice & News

This is the website for the churches of the Wye Reaches Benefice

Our group of parishes is at the far south of the Diocese of Hereford.
We span the England/Wales border with the River Wye often
forming a parish boundary.

 St. Dubricius, Whitchurch  St. James, Wyesham
 St. Peter, Dixton  All Saints,  Bishopswood
St. Swithins, Ganarew

Acting VICAR

On 29 September 2019 Revd Kevin Cecil retired from his ministry as Vicar of the Wye Reaches Benefice. The Diocese has begun the search for Kevin’s replacement and in the meantime we are delighted that  Revd Penny Powdrill has agreed to become our Acting Vicar  with Revd Jill Stephens as the other half of the team.

We wish them well in this challenge and thank them for their invaluable ministry to the five parishes of Wyereaches Benefice.




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FOOD 4 THOUGHT The next meal and discussion will be on Tuesday 4th Feb at 1pm.

Venue to be decided.
(For catering purposes please contact Rev Penny Powdrill if you want to attend.)

The March meeting will be on Wed 4th March at 7pm.

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If you know someone who used to come to church but is now unable to come, or if you are no longer able to make it to church but would like to receive Holy Communion please contact Rev Jill Stephens or Rev Penny Powdrill.


 Benefice Prayer

O, Come Holy Spirit come
Come as holy fire and burn in us
Come as holy wind and cleanse us
Come as holy light and lead us
Come as holy truth and teach us
Come as holy forgiveness and free us
Come as holy love and enfold us
Come as holy power and enable us
Come as holy life and well in us
Convict us, convert us, consecrate us until we are wholly yours for your using
Through Jesus Christ our Lord


If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, or if necessary, report the matter to your Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Mandy McPhee 07875757396 or m.mcphee@hereford.anglican.org

Herefordshire Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
Children – 01432 260800      Adult – 01432 260715   (week day office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 0330 123 9309  (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
Shropshire County Council
Child or Adult Concern – 0345 678 9021 (week day office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 0345 678 9040 (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
Telford and Wrekin County Council – Family Connect
Child or Adult Concern – 01952 385385 (week day office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 01952 676500 (after 5pm, weekends and Public Holidays)
Powys County Council
Child or Adult Concern – 01597 827666 (day time)
Emergency Duty Team – 0845 054 4847 (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
Worcestershire County Council
Children – 01905 822666      Adult – 1905 768053    (weekday office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 01905 768020  (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
NSPCC:   0808 800 5000 Child line (help line for children):  0800 11 11
National Domestic Violence Helpline:  0808 2000 247 Action on Elder Abuse:  0808 808 8141



The Wye Reaches Benefice