A beautiful old building of Norman origin with many additions from the C13th - C16th, and graced with a very tall stone octagonal tower, visible across lush farmland from many directions.
Part of the Benefice of Bartestree Cross, including Lugwardine, Dormington, Westhide and Weston Beggard.
A member of Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group. open to visitors daily. www.visitherefordshirechurches.co.uk
At present our church is undergoing building work, bringing facilities into the C21st. We wanted a water supply, mains drainage, an accessible toilet and a kitchen. Our fundraising started in earnest about 2 years ago, with local appeals and grant applications.
Our final push local appeal raised a fantastic £6,500, and we reached our target! The builder started work on January 11th!
From the start of the project we have been awarded the following grants:,£10,000 by Garfield Weston Trust, £10,000 by Awards For All, £2,000 by The Rank Foundation Pebbles Scheme, £2,925 by All Churches Trust, £1,000 by National Lottery Anniversary awards, £3,000 by Laslett’s Charities, £5,000 by The Rowlands Trust, The Eveson Trust £5,000, Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust £8,000, £14,000 National Churches Trust, Laing Family Trust £2,000.
We raised £11,000 in the community between the start of the project and the summer of 2020,
With these improvements, it will be much easier to host more community functions.
In previous times we have held concerts and exhibitions, and in Summer, weekly Pop Up cafe; and the School has used the church for special services such as Harvest and Christingle. Lack of a toilet and any water supply has always been a difficulty.
Whilst we have restrictions in place on church use and social distancing, it is hard to boost funds, and our usual social events are unable to take place. We still hope for regular donations to our fundraising to keep the church going, and add extra touches to our improvements.
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A team of enthusiastic helpers have taken “Open the Book” to Withington Primary School once a month. Unfortunately this, as the 2 items below, are on hold during the Covid situation.
We have a good selection of well arranged books donated as a library exchange for a small donation, and we are a collection point for the Hereford Food Bank
There is a ring of 6 bells of excellent tone. Practices are joint with Holmer Bells - see their own website, but Covid precautions have ceased bellringing activity at present.