News & Events

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop – Tuesday 12th December  starting at 10.00 am at St Michael’s Church,  Walford. The session will include a demonstration of wreath making and all materials provided for you to make your own. Bring any ribbons etc to decorate your wreath.

£20 per person including tea/coffee and mince pie.

Please contact Heidi England on 07870 601588 to book your place.

Numbers are limited for this fun and festive event.

Christmas Trees so far

We’re all looking forward to the Christmas Tree Festival in just two week’s time. These organisations have all promised trees. Can you help by offering one?

  • Ashfield Park Primary School
  • Brampton Abbotts CE Primary School
  • Bridstow CE Primary School
  • Colemans
  • Ross-on-Wye Choral Society
  • Community Larder
  • Essential Sewing Services
  • Hope Support Services
  • Hereford & Mid Wales Philatelic Society
  • Herefordshire primary schools’ Digital Leaders
  • HSL Compliance
  • Little Tinklers Childminding Group
  • Micross Automation Sytems
  • Made in Ross
  • Ross Mothers Union
  • Oxfam
  • Paddle & Praise Walford
  • Penyard Probus Club
  • Rehau Limited
  • Ross-on-Wye Bowling Club
  • Ross-on-Wye Tourism Association
  • 3rd Ross Brownies
  • Practical Farm Ideas / Farm Plan
  • Ross Court Residential Home
  • Ross Garden Store
  • Ross Quilters
  • Ross & District U3A
  • The Royal British Legion
  • SparklingWye WI
  • St Mary’s Flower Arrangers
  • St Mary’s Sunday kids & Play & Praise
  • St Mary’s Bell ringers
  • St Mary’s Church Choir
  • The Horse & Jockey
  • The Ross Gazette
  • Vaga Probus

Call for Christmas Trees

St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival is just two weeks away now. We’re aiming for a bumper crop of trees this year and would be grateful for any offers from individuals to put up a tree.

There’s no charge for this and no need to do anything special, just get your tree down from the loft a bit earlier than usual and bring it to church any time between 3.00 on Thursday 16th and lunch time on Friday 17th November.

If you can, please let Val or a member of the fundraising committee know that you can help, but feel free just to turn up with a tree. Happy Christmas!

Encircled in Care – pastoral care training

Would you be interested in joining us for Encircled in Care, a three week training resource for pastoral visitors and all who offer care in the church and the community.

We are going to be running three sessions intended to help us be even better at what we do and how we care and share experience and wisdom with one another.

The dates are 2nd November, 9th November & 23rd November 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hall. For more information email Simon or put your name down on the sign up sheet that you’ll find at the back of St Mary’s and St Michael’s.

Grab a Pew from St Mary’s

St Mary’s Ross is undertaking a major reordering of the interior of the building. About half of the existing pine pews (installed in 1862) are to be removed. Several members of the community have expressed interest in one so here are the arrangements for purchasing. All money raised from the sale of the pews will be used in the building project. All the complete pews have been reserved in less than a week – an amazing response!

The pews that remain are all missing an end, and all around 2.5 – 3 metres in length . However, it’s likely that many people will be shortening them anyway so if two pews, with matching ends, will work for you they are available for £100 for the pair. If you have some other plan which only requires one end then £75 for a single incomplete pew. The Ross charity, Enviroability, is available to do any work on shortening, creating corner seats, re-fixing ends etc if required (see below).


If you’d like to come into church to take a look please do; the church is open each day from about 09:00 – 16:00. Pews are all clearly numbered and you can reserve them by writing your details on the label on the pew. Alternatively, please contact John or Mark (details below) to reserve pews.

Pews are sold on a buyer collects basis and collection can happen shortly after the work begins on Monday 4th September. We will let you know.

If a complete pew is really what you need, and you can wait, then phase two of this project will be happening – we hope in 12 – 24 months time – and there will be a very similar quantity of pews available then. Please contact us and we’ll keep you informed.


Church contacts (for purchasing):

Mark Sanderson – 01989 565386 –  (up to 21st August)

John Setchfield – 01989 564535      (from 24th August)

Enviroability can be contacted by email or on 01989 763388 should you want them to do any work on your behalf, Paula Evans is the contact. They will quote you for that work.

Brampton Abbotts Church Redevelopment

We are delighted to report that a grant of £213, 500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been secured. Furthermore, that the grant has been match funded by grants from the Hereford Historic Churches Trust and the Allchurches Trust.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we are now able to turn our vision into a reality.


In the meantime services are thriving twice a month at the village hall and at Brampton Abbotts School.


St Mary’s choir at Chester Cathedral – 1st – 3rd September

St Mary’s choir is off to Chester at the beginning of September to sing the weekend’s services. If you fancy a weekend in Chester you would be most welcome to come along as part of our supporters club! Our accommodation with be in a nearby University hall of residence (Sumner House) double rooms are £60 per night. Please let Mark know if you’d like to be included in the group booking.

Happy Birthday Mr Kyrle – Ross-on-Wye Primary Schools – May 2017

Various organisations in Ross-on-Wye worked together to put on a day of celebrations for the 380th birthday of their most famous “all round good egg” John Kyrle.

As a part of this event Brampton Abbotts, Bridstow and Walford Primary Schools came to St Mary’s Church for a workshop day where the task was to create 5 films about the great man that would then be on display for visitors to the Sunday event. You can view these at or by visiting St Mary’s Church and scanning the QR codes that will remain in the building for some while.

MrKyrle website

The children were assisted by a number of adults from St Mary’s congregation (who had their own workshop afternoon prior to develop their film making skills) and by local historian Jon Hurley who’s book “In Search of John Kyrle: The Man of Ross” was invaluable for the historical background to the project.

Calling all film makers!

As part of the Happy Birthday Mr Kyrle event, local primary school children will be taking part in a project led by Mark Sanderson to make five short films about John Kyrle. The children will be doing the work in and around St Mary’s on Monday 15th May from 9-30 am – 2-45 pm and the films will be available to visitors online and at the event on May 21st.

We need some adult volunteers to help. Would you like to help with this project? If so please contact either Mark or myself – there will be a training workshop for volunteers on 9th May from 1 pm – 4 pm. Do please get in touch if you can help. Freda.
(Tel 562366)

Happy Birthday Mr Kyrle – Sunday 21st May 2017

ROSS-on-Wye will be celebrating the 380th anniversary of a philanthropist who sought to improve the town.

The Man of Ross, John Kyrle, is well remembered throughout the market town with a pub named after him and of course, the secondary school.

He was born on May 22, 1637 and from his early 20s he worked to improve the lives of people in the town.

To celebrate his birth date, Ross-on-Wye Tourism Association (RTA) has organised a family friendly event in and around the parish church, in conjunction with St Mary’s Church, the Ross Civic Society and Made in Ross.

Chairman of the RTA, Caroline Utting, said: “We know his birthday was actually May 22 but that’s a Monday when most people will be at work so the Sunday before seemed the best choice for the event. Ross has a rich and fascinating history that is worth exploring and celebrating.”

The event takes place between 1pm and 4.30pm. Teas will be served in St Mary’s Church Hall. There will be guided walks, John Kyrle Trails, displays in the church, stalls, activities and a special 17th century style Evensong Service at 4.30pm.

This will give people a flavour of what John Kyrle would have experienced when he attended services at St Mary’s.

Many of the organisers will be in costume on the day and everyone is invited to dress up in 17th century style clothes.

There are plans for some live period music and it is anticipated John Kyrle himself will make an appearance courtesy of Brian Jackson. John Kyrle Knot Garden will also be open.

Mrs Utting added: “We are still at the planning stage and hope it will be an interesting and varied event for anyone keen to find out more about local history or just having an enjoyable afternoon out in Ross.”

Taken from the Hereford Times

Ross Open Gardens – 24th & 25th June 2017

The Friends of St Mary’s is organising this event on 24th & 25th June. Please put date in your diaries as we are likely to need lots of help. We need about 6 more gardens to make it a real success. If any of your friends & neighbours (or you) might have a suitable garden to open please put them on touch with Peter Reynolds 07741 741709. You can read about the last event in 2015 on the Friends’ website.

St Mary’s Phase 1 Reordering has the go-ahead

We heard on 27th January that the Chancellor has granted us the faculty to begin work on phase one of the reordering. This is great news and brings to a close the planning stage of this phase of work. We will now be approaching building contractors for quotes and once we’ve decided who will carry out the work we can begin.

We had hoped to be at this point by Easter so we are well ahead of schedule. You can learn all about the reordering plans for St Mary’s at

Alternative Epiphany Party

This took place on Thursday 5th January when we welcomed ‘Mary and Joseph’ (and their diary!) back after their journey around the parish. Soup, cheese and wine was provided. We are able to send £87 to Christian Aid for their Christmas appeal to help refugees fleeing from conflict.