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.

Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service is on October 1st at 11.00am and will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch.

Aisle Community lunches are on September 11th and 25th 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 September 6th and 20th 10.30till 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.

Bingo at the Old Court on Tuesday 5th September at 7.00pm.

Whitchurch Floral Society

September event is a visit to Ralph Court Gardens, Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard on the 13th. For details contact Wendy Smith 01989 568733.

Bird of Prey Day September 16th at 3pm. Mike Hill will be at St Dubricius to introduce some of his most interesting birds to all visitors and tell how they look after and train them. Visitors can be ‘close up and personal’ with all the birds. This is an event for adults and children and will include afternoon tea at no cost but donations are always welcome.

Sponsored walk On 24th September we will be holding our sponsored walk. This year we are supporting St David’s Hospice and St Michael’s Hospice. The walk will start at Ganarew and nish at St Dubricius. Details below.

MEMORIAL HALL ACTIVITIES Off Centre Theatre presents “April on Paris”, a comedy by John Godber, starring Anne McFarlane and Jim Newcomb, on Friday 8th September at 7.30pm. Tickets from Woods of Whitchurch £10, includes a free drink, or to reserve your place ring Colin 890640 or Sue 890489. Doors open 7pm.

Friday 15th September.
Flicks in the Sticks returns
‘Hidden Figures’, the
story of three extraordinary women mathematicians who made an unsung contribution to NASA’s space race in te 1060s.
A feel good biographical drama about a little known aspect of NASA’s history. 7.30pm start, doors open from 7pm for licenced bar. Entry £5.

Saturday 16th the return of Jeff Barnhart/Spats Langham to the Hall for another great evening of live Jazz . Ring Colin asap, last few tickets remaining. 


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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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