St Dubricius Church

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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.


Correspondent: Jenny Sparkes

Said Eucharist and discussion 11am every Thursday

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

The Remembrance Day Service

will be held on Sunday 12th November at the Memorial Hall. We will start at 2.45pm, outside, for the laying of the wreaths, and then go inside for the service.

Sunday 19th November is
St Dubricius Patronal Festival and Celtic Communion service at 11am.

Aisle Community lunches are on November 13th and 27th at 12.15 in the Aisle. The meals are cooked by Woods of Whitchurch. Come and join us. To book ring 01600 890981

Good Neighbour Coffee mornings

are held at the Memorial Hall. They will be on November1st and 15th, 10.30 to 12noon. Do join us for coffee and chat (and read the daily papers!).

‘Tea and Chat’ is held in 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 meets at the Old Court on Wednesday

8th at 7.30. Pat Ducker will speak on and demonstrate ‘Joys of the Season’. This is an open meeting, Guests £8.

Thank you to all who took part in or supported the sponsored walk in aid of St David’s Hospice and St Michael’s Hospice. The walk has raised, so far, £660 which has been sent to the Hospices. 

MEMORIAL HALL ACTIVITIES Flicks Friday 17th, presenting “Sully” at 7.30pm Doors open at 7 pm for licensed bar. £5 entry.

In January 2009 the world witnessed the Miracle on the Hudson when Cpt Chesney Sullenberger , nickname Sully , glided his disable plane onto the freezing water of the Hudson river without a single loss of life. The lm focuses on the investigation that followed, threatening to destroy his reputation, even though he was heralded a hero by the public and the media. Tom Hanks plays Sully brilliantly: this lm will have you on the edge of your seat!

Jazz Friday 24th Cancellations only for Hot Fingers Jazz. This event is fully booked but to join a
reserve list please ring Colin 
on 01600 890640.

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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.

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