Join our Christmas celebraTIONS

Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ – All are welcome!

Christmas Eve – 24 December 2019.

5pm – Ditton Priors – Christingle and Crib Service.

7pm – Wheathill – Carol Service.

11pm – Ditton Priors – Midnight Service.

Christmas Day – 25 December 2019.

9am – Cleobury North – Christmas Day Service.

10.30am – Chetton – Christmas Day Service.

20th December 2019 – Ditton Priors – Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert – “Born a King”
To be held in Ditton Priors Church at 7.00pm. A Christmas Concert – “Born a King”. Tickets £5 (includes light refreshments). Raffle. Tickets available now from Rev’d Terry 01746 712636, Carole Smith 01746 712474, Ditton Priors Post Office and Marjorie Jones 01746 712423. This is a charity concert with proceeds to be divided equally between The Snowdrop Cancer Ward at New Cross Hospital and St John’s Church, Ditton Priors.

The Order of St Ethelbert – Honouring Long Service

On Sunday 15th October a special service was held in Hereford Cathedral to honour a number of people who had been recognised for their long service and contribution to the work of their churches in parishes all over the Diocese. From Ditton Priors, Margaret Griffiths received her award which was richly deserved.

Margaret, who is known to many both in the church and around the community, has tirelessly sought to help people, visit the sick, and has been churchwarden, verger and a member in the Mother’s Union.

A party of over 30 people from our local parishes attended the ceremony which was combined with a service of choral evensong and was a truly beautiful occasion.

Margaret would like to say thank you to all who joined her at the cathedral and those who sent their good wishes.

New Rural Chaplains

Eight new chaplains have been licensed to Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy our ecumenical partnership with the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit.

The service on Saturday 22nd April was led by Honorary Assistant Bishop to the Diocese of Hereford, the Rt Revd Michael Bourke and Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District Chair Revd Rachel Parkinson at Church Stretton Methodist Church.

More than 250 farming families were supported by the existing five chaplains in 2016, with issues such as farm succession, delays or problems with the Basic Payment Scheme (formerly the Single Payment Scheme or Single Farm Payment), Bovine TB  and Herefordshire Council’s decision to sell off its 45 smallholdings.

See full article and photos – New Rural Chaplains.

David Austin ‘Open Garden’ – Fantastic Afternoon!

I am writing this to say thank you to David and Penny Austin for opening their beautifully restored garden in aid of Cleobury North Church.

A beautiful warm and sunny afternoon provided the backdrop for several hundred people to enjoy the garden with its interesting and varied planting and landscaping. I was especially interested in the water features which exploited a wonderful mix of natural, traditional and contemporary design. I know we have come away with some ideas to use in our own “patch” and with greater enthusiasm to find space for more roses!

The atmosphere was really friendly and welcoming – we met many old and some new friends.

I also want to say thank you to the stalwart members of our churches who worked to man stalls, sell raffle tickets, and serve delicious tea and cakes.

Thank you for a splendid afternoon.

Mike Teague


A reminder that the diocesan Finance team will be holding the first treasurers’ training workshop of the year on 13th June.  A treasurer is far more than ‘just a book-keeper’ as well as keeping financial records in accordance with charity law, they can help a PCC to develop a sustainable approach to all aspects of its ministry and mission.  The evening will be a good opportunity to get up-to-speed with the latest guidelines, and to meet and learn from fellow treasurers.  Dates for additional workshops will be circulated in due course.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing or ringing the Diocesan office in Hereford on 01432 373300.

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