Here we are listing details of other events in our Benefice and the surrounding area that may be of interest to our congregation, to other local people, and to visitors. The first section is regular events, most held monthly; then we have listed one-off events, courses, etc.
Details of Eco-aware and Climate campaign events are on our Green Page.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Needless to say, most of the services and events listed here have been suspended, postponed or cancelled due to the virus crisis. We are leaving the information on this page, partly because we do not know how long the hiatus will last, and partly so that visitors can see the nature and range of activities normally on offer. For further details of what St Giles are managing to o during the crisis, see the Keeping Going page.
AUTUMN 2020 UPDATE: Some of these activities and events are now taking place; they are marked with an asterisk (*).
*Every Wednesday - Lay-led Midweek Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Ashford Carbonel, 9.00am - seats must be booked in advance; please see details in the pewsheet,
*Every Sunday - Sunday Worship Online from various venues in Hereford Diocese - via the diocese's YouTube channel.
2nd Monday each month - Dementia Support Drop-in - Support for people with dementia and their carers, help with accessing suitable services, advice on managing symptoms, etc. 10.00am to 1.00pm at Ludlow Library.
3rd Monday each month - Forever Church - A short act of worship accessible to those living with dementia and their carers, followed by tea and cake. 2.00pm at the Helena Lane Centre, Hamlet Road, Ludlow.
3rd Thursday each month - Good Grief Cafe - Bereavement support group for people who just need a safe space to talk, laugh and maybe make some new friends. Please contact Jo Shield at Victoria Allen Funeral Services (01584 879035 or [email protected]) if you are interested in attending. 3.30 to 5.00pm at the Pea Green Cafe in the Mascall Centre.
3rd Sunday each month - Celtic Prayer service - Iona-style worship. 6.00pm at St. Lawrence's Church, Ludlow.
3rd Sunday alternate months - Taize Service - Reflective worship songs from the ecumenical Taize Community in France, with scripture readings and thoughtful silence. Stretton Taize is organised by Churches Together in the Strettons. 6.00pm at St. Milburga's Church, Church Stretton on 15th March, 17th May, 19th July, 20th September and 15th November 2020.
Last Monday each month - Prayers for Persecuted Christians - Organised by Churches Together Around Ludlow; contact 01584 875398 for more information. 3.00 to 4.00pm in the Garden Room at Ludlow Methodist Church.
Last Tuesday each month - Ashfords Benefice Prayer Group - Meets for three months in each of the benefice churches in rotation to share tea/coffee and pray for the benefice, the parish and any other important needs. 9.00-10.00am; March to May meetings at St. Giles, Ludford.
Exhibition: Saints in the Making, popular acclaim and papal canonization - 27th January to 27th June in the Chained Library, Hereford Cathedral - DETAILS
15th - Taize Service - details under Regular Events above.
18th - #LiveLent Service led by Bishop of Ludlow Alistair Magowan, 11.00am at St. Lawrence's Church, Ludlow - DETAILS
19th - Time Unfolding: Alabaster and Transience - talk by sculptor Janet Manifold in the Ludlow Palmers' "Talk and Tea" series, 3.30 to 5.00pm at Ludlow Methodist Church, £5.50 including tea and cake - DETAILS
21st - Installation of Rt Revd Richard Jackson as the new Bishop of Hereford, at Hereford Cathedral.
22nd - Mothering Sunday Market - all day in Castle Square, Ludlow
31st - Ashfords Benefice Prayer Group - details under Regular Events above.
3rd to 5th - Ludlow English Song Weekend - hosted by St. Lawrence's Church, Ludlow - WEBSITE
4th - A Pilgrimage of Doubting: belief with the poetry of poet-priest R S Thomas - Hereford Cathedral's Quiet Day for Lent, led by Revd Mike Catling, 10am-4pm at Llangasty Retreat House - DETAILS
4th - Ashfords Benefice Lent Lunch - 12.30 to 2.00pm at Ashford Carbonel Village Hall.
18th to 25th - English Tourism Week - a special opportunity to welcome visitors to our churches - DETAILS
23rd/24th - The Hereford Franciscans and Their Books - talk by Dr Rosemary Firman in Hereford Cathedral's Life & Learning Programme, 7pm on 23rd, 10am-12noon on 24th in College Hall and Reading Room, Hereford - DETAILS
26th - Farewell Service for Bishop of Ludlow Alistair Magowan, 3.30pm at Hereford Cathedral.
28th - Ashfords Benefice Prayer Group - details under Regular Events above.
17th - National Sports Sunday - Since 2018, National Sports Sunday has been growing as an opportunity to mobilise Christians to see how they can best serve the community of sport - DETAILS
17th - Taize Service - details under Regular Events above.
22nd - Lichfield comes to Hereford: Comparing Vicars Choral - discussion with Michael Guest and Sarah Hollingdale in Hereford Cathedral's Life & Learning Programme, 3.30pm in College Hall, Hereford - DETAILS
23rd - The Other Domesday: a Reformation treasure hunt through five reigns and their Hereford bishops - event led by Kris Johnston in Hereford Cathedral's Life & Learning Programme, 10.30am-1pm in College Hall, Hereford - DETAILS
2nd - Skeleton Secrets: a glimpse into Hereford's past - lecture by Dr Jo Buckberry, Reader in Biological Anthropology at University of Bradford in Hereford Cathedral's Life & Learning Programme, 7pm in College Hall, Hereford - DETAILS
25th - The Sea and the Ecological Crisis - talk by speaker from the Marine Conservation Society in Hereford Cathedral's Life & Learning Programme, 7pm in College Hall, Hereford - DETAILS
19th - Taize Service - details under Regular Events above.
20th-24th - Icon Painting Course - led by Peter Murphy in Hereford Cathedral's Life & Learning Programme, 10am-4pm daily in College Hall, Hereford - DETAILS
19th - Rural Ministries Regional Conference - exploring growth in rural churches by making disciples who make disciples, who in turn make more disciples. 10.00am to 4.00pm at Chelmarsh Parish Hall, nr. Bridgnorth - DETAILS & BOOKING
20th - Taize Service - details under Regular Events above.
*19th onwards - Traidcraft Christmas Cards (supporting Traidcraft Exchange, SCIAF, CAFOD and Christian Aid) on sale at the Mascall Centre, Ludlow - See pewsheet for arrangements.
*25th - Sunday Worship Online for Hereford Diocese, by the Diocesan Intergenerational Team - ON YOUTUBE
27th - Aled Jones Concert at Hereford Cathedral, 7.00pm - DETAILS
*All month - Traidcraft Christmas Cards (supporting Traidcraft Exchange, SCIAF, CAFOD and Christian Aid) on sale at the Mascall Centre, Ludlow - see pewsheet for arrangements.
*1st - Sunday Worship Online for Hereford Diocese, from Leominster Priory - ON YOUTUBE
*7th - Autumn Market in St. Mary Magdalene Church, Ashford Carbonel, 10am-1pm - pre-Christmas stalls for crafts, cards, preserves, cakes, nearly-new goods, and Traidcraft/Fair Trade, plus a prize draw. Further details on the pewsheet.
8th - Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service - starts 10am in Castle Square, Ludlow
*8th - Sunday Worship Online for Hereford Diocese, by the Abbeydore Team - ON YOUTUBE
15th - Taize Service - details under Regular Events above.
*21st - Traidcraft Pop-up Shop at the Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, 10am-4pm - Christmas craft and produce stalls.
*29th - Ashfords Benefice Service and Patronal Festival at St. Andrew's Church, Ashford Bowdler, 10.30am.