WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT BECAUSE OF THE RECENT FLOODS- THE CHURCH IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DETAILS
+There will be special service led by Bishop Anthony on Sunday 23rd February in The Whitchurch and Ganarew Memorial Hall at 11am. To give the community an opportunity to meetand give thanks for the wonfderful work which so many prople have done this week to help the community
All very welcome and refreshments will be served +
ASH WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY
The ashing service for the Benefice will be at Wyesham Church at 9.30 am
The next Taize Service will take place at 6pm on Friday 13th March please call Jill on 01600 890975 for detials of the venue
Thursdays 10am Holy Communion will continue while the church is closed, please watch out for the venue
SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY 2020 AT 3PM- ST DAVID’S DAY
WITH RUTH CARTLEDGE
Unfortunately due to the flood damage sustained by the Church, we have had to postpone this event
Aisle Community Lunch will be at
The Whitchurch and Ganarew Memorial Hall on 24th February. The meals are cooked by Woods of Whitchurch. Come and join us. To book, ring 01600 890397.
Good Neighbour Coffee morning
At the Memorial Hall from 10.30 to 12noon 4th and 18th March Do drop in for coffee and a chat.
Tea and Chat for Knitters and Natterers is held at the home of Jen Hazel while we are unable to use the church 01600 890619 for details on Thursdays from 2 – 4pm. This is open to all and a warm welcome awaits you.
Whitchurch Floral Society
Next Meeting 11th March 7.30 in The Old Court. There will be a demonstration by Ruth Melton-Jones entitled Fairground Attraction
Sticky Little Fingers, a morning for parents and pre-school children, each Tuesday at the Memorial Hall starting at 10.00am. More details from Sue 890981.
There will be no Bingo in March
MEMORIAL HALL ACTIVITIES
Next date is 7th March John Maddock’s Jazzmen. Ring Colin 890640 to book, £17.50 pp includes a light supper.
Short Mat Bowls in the hall
on Mondays 6.00 – 8.45pm and Thursdays 1.45 -4.30pm. NB Time changes.
Adult ballet classes Silver Swans
1st class for any age and ability including those with illness or disability.
2nd class for good mobility and fitness. No ballet experience required. A gentle fun class for fitness and grace.
Ladies and gents both most welcome. Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher. Wednesdays 9:45/10:30am
Whitchurch Memorial Hall
Nina Salmon 07974117701
Karate Thursdays 7 to 8pm Ring David Bevan 01291 690267
Whitchurch and Ganarew Local History Society
March for the history group will be a month of meetings and doings.
A sub- committee of about six will meet in early March to start pulling together the entries for our scrapbook showing life in Whitchurch and Ganarew over this past year. If anyone reading this has an event that happened in 2019 in the villages, on the Doward or fairly local that you feel is worth recording for future generations please jot it down and send to email@example.com or it may be lost as I’m sure we cannot know of everything.
The main meeting of the month will be the Annual General Meeting when the society starts into its 6th year amazing where did that time go. It will be held at The Old Court Hotel starting at 10am on the 21st March 2020. We would love to welcome a few new members at that meeting, subscription £10 for the year. Members get the benefit of reduced costs at talks, first offer of places on visits and a chance to get involved as much or as little as you wish on projects such as refurbishment of telephone boxes, research for exhibitions -this year “1960’s Whitchurch and Ganarew “to be held September 5th/6th. It is a very sociable society “Friends are strangers you haven’t yet met”.
History of St. Dubricius Church
The parish church is one of the oldest in the Deanery of Ross and Archenfield; Its foundations date from the 9th century and the oldest part goes back to the 13th century.
The church is in the Decorated style of architecture with walls of local sandstone rubble and ashlar and the roof of stone slates.
The bowl of the font is Norman in origin, the lower edge being cut away to octagonal form to fit a 14th or 15th century stem with a square base. The church was enlarged in Victorian times.
Outstanding examples of locally-produced needlecraft and tapestries decorate the church.
St. Dubricius lived in Herefordshire in 6th century and founded monasteries which were centres of learning. Legend has it he had a miraculous birth.
The tulip tree near the south porch is reputed to be over 300 years old and blooms every year in June and July.
The Aisle, St. Dubricius church
Gwillim Grave Enclosure
The west side of the churchyard contains the Gwillim tomb. The Gwillims, who owned the Old Court, Whitchurch from 1600 to 1868, were benefactors of the church. Thomas Gwillim, who built the grave enclosure, had from his family of six only one grandchild, Elizabeth Posthuma, who was the daughter of his son Colonel Thomas Gwillim. Elizabeth was a remarkable woman who at 19 years old married John G. Simcoe, future first Governor of Upper Canada and founder of Toronto.
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