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

Travelling Light is 10 years old this year. They are holding a Thanksgiving service to say ‘Thank You’ to God, and would very much like you to join with them to celebrate this landmark. The service will be at St Dubricius on Saturday 21st April at 2.30pm. For further details contact Robin Moulton 01600 890376.

There will be a Travelling Light Refocus Retreat ‘Stepping Out’ at Wyesham Christian Fellowship on Saturday 28th April. Details from Robin.

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Women replaced men in agricultural jobs. By 1915 the
rst o cial government sponsored group appeared, the Women’s Forage Corps. is group was closely followed by Women’s Forestry Corps and Women’s Land Army 
Whitchurch and Ganarew Local History Society are having a talk by Miriam Griffiths on Women’s Land Army WW1 on Friday April 13th Memorial Hall, Whitchurch commencing at 7.30pm. Pay on the door Members £3.00, non-members £4.00. Refreshments available also considering a ra e.

Aisle Community lunches are
on April 9th and 23rd at 12noon in the Aisle. 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 April 4th and 11th, 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 are visiting Batsford Arboretum on Wednesday April11th. For details of this visit contact Pauline Curtis on 01989 768400.

Bingo at the Old Court is on Tuesday April 3rd and May 1st at 7.30pm

MEMORIAL HALL ACTIVITIES Friday April 20th: Flicks in the Sticks presents “Film Stars don’t Die In Liverpool”. This biopic recounts the story of Hollywood luminary Gloria Graham nding romance and happiness with a younger man and a second life with
a chaotic Liverpool family. Gloria is acting on the London stage when she meets Peter Turner a British actor , many years her junior and a love affair blossoms. However her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. This touching tale is brilliantly retold in performances by Annette Benning, Julie Walters and Jamie Bell (star of Billy Elliot) 

Doors open from 7pm for licensed bar and snacks , 7.30 pm start. Entry £5. 105 minutes. 

Live Jazz
@ the Hall
: Friday 4th May sees the much anticipated return of the popular
Hot Fingers and the sublime vocals of Emily Campbell. This will be a
sell out ! Book very soon to avoid disappointment. Ring Colin 890640. Tickets £15 to include a light supper.

Date for your diary: Friday 25th May we present an evening of
Silent Movies . After last year’s successful event we welcome back the USa’s Jeff Barnhardt who gives a fascinating commentary on early cinema with piano accompaniment. Ring Colin 890640 for info. Tickets £10. 


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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The Wye Reaches Benefice