St Dubricius Church


Correspondent: Jenny Sparkes

The Taize Service will be on Friday 11th October at 6pm.

Aisle Community Lunch will be at St Dubricius on October 14th and 28th.The meals are cooked by Woods of Whitchurch. Come and join us. To book, ring 01600 890397.

On October 2nd the Good Neighbour Coffee morning will
be on the River! We will meet at the church at10.15am before setting off on an adventure. Details from Sue 890981. On October 16th we are back at the Memorial Hall from 10.30 to 12noon. Do drop in for coffee and a chat.

‘Tea and Chat’

is held in the Aisle
at St Dubricius on Thursdays from 2
– 4pm. This is open to all and a warm welcome awaits you.

Whitchurch Floral Society

On October 9th there will be a demonstration, ‘Flowers from my Garden’.

This will be at the Old Court at 7.30pm. Tuesday 1st October will be the first meeting of STICKY LITTLE FINGERS, a morning for parents and pre-school children. This will be in the Memorial Hall starting at 10.00am. More details from Sue 890981.

Bingo is at the Old Court on October 1st, 7 for 7.30pm. Saturday 12th October there will be a Vacancy Consultation for the Benefice and Community, meeting in the Memorial Hall from 9.30 to 12noon.

Remembrance Service Sunday 10th November 2019. Whitchurch And Ganarew Memorial Hall 2.45Pm

There was a wonderful turnout in 2018 when we marked the end of WW1 and this year with a new service we hope as many children and adults will join again to Remember Together and commemorate the service and sacrifice that many friends, allies and Commonwealth nations made alongside Britain in defence of freedom, values and way of life. 2.45pm outside the Hall for the laying of Wreaths 3.00 pm Inside the Hall for the Service led by Bishop Anthony Priddis with poetry and musical contributions from young people

Patronal Festival Sunday 17 November 11am. The service will be taken by the Archdeacon, The Rev Derek Chedzey.

Monmouth Male Voice Choir

Friday 22nd November in the Old Court Hotel

Not Forgotten Tree of Light Service 24 November 11am

Fashion Show by EWM, Thursday 28th November in church at 6.30pm


Whitchurch and Ganarew LHS (WAGLHS). Many exciting things coming up. The calendar for 2020 will be of the long thin variety containing more recent photographs all taken within the parish. It should be on sale from the first week of October so please look out for that and support us. In October we hope to visit Hopewell Colliery near Coleford with our own private visit and on November 15th we have a speaker from Abergavenny talking in an interactive way on “Forgotten Gadgets” or as I like to say, “Grannies’ Gadgets”. Entertaining and interesting with many examples of the unusual. A great way to spend a winter Friday evening. Our programme of events for next year should all be confirmed and published by January 1st and we hope there will be something for everyone in that. Always looking to welcome new members, contact us through our website or email

Short Mat Bowls in the hall on Mondays 6.45 – 9.30pm and Thursdays 1.45 -4.30pm.

Last call for the Pasadena Orchestra Septet led by Duncan Galloway. Places are now very limited, ring Colin 890640 asap. £20 (no food) and free seating. This is sure to be a hot ticket !

Flicks in the Sticks Our autumn season opens with Green Book on Friday October 25th, 7pm for 7.30pm. £5 entry on the door. Tony Lip, a tough talking bouncer from the Bronx is hired as driver and protection for Dr Don Shirley, a world class African American pianist who embarks on a concert tour of the deep south in 1962. Despite their differences the two men develop a bond confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. A drama/comedy which was showered with many awards. Stars Mahershala Ali and Vigo Mortensen.

Telephone Boxes

Crockers Ash Box is renovated with posters
re local characters inside and large scale map to follow. SY box renovation when we get go ahead from Parish Council.

‘Tea and Chat’ is held in the Aisle at St Dubricius on Thursdays from 2 – 4pm. This is open to all and a warm welcome awaits you

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.

Useful Links

The Aisle, St. Dubricius church

A History from Wikipedia

A History from the Celtic e-Library

A History from A Celtic Collective

The Gwillim Simcoe Story

Visit Herefordshire churches

The Old Court Hotel

Whitchurch CE Primary School Herefordshire

Kingfisher River Cruises Symonds Yat East B&B Whitchurch

Amazing Hedge Puzzle, Whitchurch, A Photographic tour of news and views in the Wye Valley

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.

More information on

The Wye Reaches Benefice