St Dubricius Church


Correspondent: Jenny Sparkes

Aisle Community lunches on July 9th, 23rd and August 13th at 12
noon at St Dubricius. The meals are cooked by Woods of Whitchurch. Come and join us. To book ring 01600 890397.

Good Neighbour Coffee mornings are held at the Memorial Hall. They will be on July 4th and 18th, and Aug 1st and 15th, 10.30

to 12noon. Do join us for coffee and chat (and read the daily papers!).

‘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 The next meeting is on July 11th, 7.30pm at The Old Court. Jackie Beard will run a workshop ‘Using Baskets’.

ingo at the Old Court is on Tuesday July 3rd and August 7th at 7.30pm.

Woodview, The Doward Janet and Clive Townsend are opening their gardens at Woodview, The Doward, under the National Garden Scheme, on Sunday July 8th and 22nd from 1.00pm.

Summer Supper St Dubricius Summer Supper will be held at Woodview on Saturday August 4th. Details from Sue Morris 01600 890981.

Antiques Valuation Saturday August 11th we are holding an Antiques Valuation evening, with cheese and wine in the Aisle at St Dubricius. We have been fortunate to get some experts to come along and value your antiques. For further details contact Sue.

Advance notice: Dog Rescue On October 4th at 2.00pm in the Aisle there will be a talk by the Forest of Dean Dog Rescue. Come and meet dogs and Carers. Tea, Hot Dogs(!) and cake to follow.

We are pleased to welcome New Orleans Heat on Saturday 14th July. They are a seven piece band playing jazz in the New Orleans style. New as making tours of Scandinavia. A highly professional band of top class musicians will provide another great evening’s entertainment.

Doors open from 7pm, tickets £15 which includes a light supper. Ring Colin 890640 to book.

New Members

The Memorial Hall is run by a small hardworking Committee of volunteers who manage the Hall and a busy events programme including Flicks in the Sticks, live jazz evenings and occasional drama performances. We are looking for new members to join the Committee and / or help out at these events. If you think you may be interested please contact Judith on 890943 to find out more.

Flicks in the Sticks is having a summer break but will be back in the Autumn.

Kundalini Tantric Yoga Classes will start on Friday 14th September 10 to 11.30 am in the hall. This unites Hatha with Tantra yoga and is a set of practices that can be incorporated into your life, helping you to attain your full potential, connecting you to your true self and inner peace. The class will include pranayama, meditation/visualisation, asanas (posture) chanting and relaxation. Mixed ability class.
Email -clarewholistic@googlemail. com. Mob 07581782775 for more information.


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