Holy Trinity & St Mary (Dore Abbey), Abbeydore

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Holy Trinity & St Mary's Abbeydore (Dore Abbey) is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.  The Cockyard Mission Hall is also part of our parish with an afternoon service on the first Sunday of the month (except January; see separate ACNY entry).   See below for our normal and seasonal services.

Dore Abbey stands in a beautiful part of Herefordshire’s Golden Valley. The present church was once the chancel, crossing and transepts of the medieval Cistercian monastery whose domestic buildings and chapter house can still be traced. The cloister garden is a lovely place to sit to enjoy the tranquillity of the site. The white robed monks first came here in 1147 and their skill in gardening is commemorated in the stylised foliage of the capitals. By the 13th-14th centuries the wool from Dore’s sheep was the best quality in Europe, fetching the highest prices and selling as far away as Italy. The profit paid for the church to be enlarged, decorated and re-painted. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII, the building was saved from total destruction and was restored in the 1630s by John, Viscount Scudamore. It is a rare, surviving example of a Laudian Church. Among the many points to note are the lovely bosses, saved from the medieval roof because the King’s Commissioners were sympathetic, the original altar top, the carved screen, the newly restored stained glass and the wall texts. More information can be found in the guidebook on sale in the Abbey. Guided tours can be arranged. Facilities - portaloo toilets are available in the summer months.

The six bells were originally cast in 1710/1712 by the first Abraham Rudhall at his Gloucester foundry. Four were recast: the treble by Thomas Rudhall in 1770, the tenor by Charles and John Rudhall in 1782, the fourth by Thomas Rudhall in 1810, and the second by Llewellins and James in Bristol in 1892. The bells were restored and re-hung in a new bell frame in 2013.

The Newsletter of The Friends of Dore Abbey has further information on Church Services and Events - see www.doreabbey.org.uk

(An interactive tour of Dore Abbey, with information on the history of the Abbey, can be seen at www.doreabbey.net.)

Also available: The Definitive History of Dore Abbey edited by Ron Shoesmith and Ruth E. Richardson; the fifteen contributors cover all aspects of the Abbey. Contact the Treasurer of The Friends of Dore Abbey, cost £14.95+p.p.

######   5th to 7th AUGUST 2016  -  ST MICHAEL'S HOSPICE FLOWER FESTIVAL (Sunday Songs of Praise at 4.15pm)  ######

Our usual Church Services are:

2nd Sunday - 10.00 am Holy Communion (HC) CW Order One Traditional Language (CW Trad)
4th Sunday - 10.00 am Holy Communion 1662
1st Wednesday of the month - BCP Evensong at 4pm April to Oct, 3pm Nov to March.
We occasionally host the Group’s 5th Sunday HC service (the next is on 31.7.16)
We also have special Services, several connected with our Events – see our web site ...


22nd March 2016  -  7.30pm The Cross of Christ, with the Abbey Singers (Tuesday of Holy Week)

Sun 27th March 2016  -  6.30am Easter Dawn Service and 10am Holy Communion (CW Traditional Language)

Sun 24th April 2016  -  10am Foundation (of the Abbey) Eucharist (CW Trad)

Sun 31st July 2016  -  10am Group Sung Eucharist (CW Trad) with the English Choral Experience Consort

Sun 7th Aug 2016  -  Hospice Flower Festival Songs of Praise at 4.15pm (no service at the Cockyard Mission Hall)

Sun 11th Sept 2016  -  Patronal Evensong led by the Cathedral Choir, 4.30pm

11th Nov 2016 - Remembrance Requiem service at 7.30pm

Sun 11th Dec 2016 - Carol Service at 3pm

Christmas Eve Midnight Communion at 11.30pm

You are most welcome to join us.

5th Sundays:-

29.5.16  -  Deanery Service with Lunch, Madley Church at 11am

31.7.16   -  10am Group Sung Eucharist at Dore Abbey with the English Choral Experience Consort

30.10.16  -  10am Group Communion, location tbd.  All Saint's Sunday.  6pm service in memoriam of loved ones, location tbd.

1.1.17  -  10am Group Communion, location tbd.

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The Revd Ashley Evans
The Rectory,
Ewyas Harold,
Herefordshire HR2 0EZ
(01981) 240079 (Rector)

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Carol Service
Sunday 11th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for 1 hour
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Harvest Festival with refreshments
Harvest Festival service with refreshments afterwards. Guest preacher Revd Chris Moore (Fownhope).
Sunday 9th October 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1½ hours
Remembrance Requiem
Armistice Day evening service with the Abbey Singers.
Friday 11th November 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Carol Service
Sunday 11th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for 1 hour
Midnight Communion
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings

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Incumbent: The Revd Ashley Francis EVANS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10384
Built: 12th to 17th centuries
Archdeaconry: HEREFORD (181)
Deanery: ABBEYDORE (18101)
Parish Legal Name: ABBEYDORE (180003 18/3)
CofE Church Info: (618003 18/3)
Short URL: acny.uk/10384/
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This page was last updated on Sunday 20th March 2016
Holy Trinity & St Mary (Dore Abbey) , Immediately east of B4347 road, at the village of Abbeydore.Grid reference: SO 387304, Abbeydore, Herefordshire, HR2 0AA


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