News & Events

Open Gardens – Thanks

Thanks to all who came along this afternoon to make our Open Garden such a success. Special thanks though to  Leah, Margaret, Margaret and Tina who served all the tea and cake. Thank you, too, to all who provided the yummy cake.

Together we raised £550 for St Mary’s.



Walford Open Gardens – Sunday 10th June

Walford is excited to announce the upcoming Summer Open Gardens to be held on Sunday 10th June. The gardens will open at 10am with Castle Brook selling brunch bacon and asparagus rolls. Other destination will take you on a horticultural tour of Howle Hill, Bull’s Hill, Coughton and Hom Green, closing at 4pm.

The cost of a ticket is £6 per adult and children are free. There will be something a little extra at each of the gardens to keep all the family entertained. This is a unique opportunity to see inside the most interesting “secret” gardens that Walford has to offer as well as views of our surrounding countryside that you’ll never before have been afforded.

All money raised will go towards the upkeep of our beautiful church.  If you able to offer any help on the day such as manning gates or assisting with parking, please do get in touch with Sanna Drummond. We look forward to seeing you on what promises to be a glorious day!



St Mary’s wrestles with the big issues

As part of it’s ‘Just Church’ series of services, St Mary’s church will this Sunday welcome Professor Adrian Kendry, visiting Professor of Economics and Security, The University of Winchester.

Professor Kendry’s talk, entitled ‘Social Justice and the Challenges from Economic Inequality, Artificial Intelligence and the Creation of a Sharing Society’, will highlight some of the greatest concerns of our age and encourage a look at the part society and the church can play in addressing and rebalancing them.

Just Church is on at 6.30pm, Sunday 29th April. All are welcome.


We need your help

Ross and Brampton Abbotts churches are jointly organising an exciting auction of promises that will take place on Saturday 7th July at 7.30 p.m. in St Mary’s.

We’d like your help to gather in as many exciting promises or lots as possible. Please think about what you might be able to provide.

If you are a business or organisation, in or around the area, could you ofeer us something to sell.

You can make a promise or donate an item now by completing a simple form 

You’ll find much more detail at Please help us to make this major fundraising event a fantastic success.

Lent Groups 2018

This year we have an exciting new study entitled ‘Walking towards Glory’, as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus to the Cross on a personal journey of faith.

The course is being held throughout the Benefice beginning on 19 February as follows:

  • Mondays at 7.30 pm in Ross at the homes of Pauline & Colin Leggate, Paul & Margaret Mason and Margaret Clark.
  • Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in Walford at Walford Vicarage.
  • Tuesdays at 10.30 am in Brampton Abbotts at Brampton Abbotts Vicarage.

Please contact Canon Chris Blanchard to join a group and for details about the venues.

St Mary’s History

St Mary’s History – The church history in the white folder at the back of St Mary’s, offered as a consultative guide for visitors, has been updated to reflect recent changes in the building. This document was originally put together by John Tarrant in the 1990s drawing on material from a variety of sources. You may like to know that you can find this on the website on the St Mary’s Church page. It remains a “work in progress” and will continue to be updated.

Grab a Pew … going fast

We hope that we will be pressing on with the removal of the remaining pews by the end of the year. There has been considerable interest in homing the pews (8 already reserved). If you’d like one, or know of anyone interested it would be worth having a word with Mark Sanderson before too long to avoid disappointment. They are being sold for £150 each. You’ll find much more information on the reordering website

Our new nave altar is in place

It’s great news that our new nave altar has arrived in time for Christmas and at the same time as phase one of the reordering is complete.

This is a specially commissioned piece of furniture, crafted by Timothy Hawkins (Fine Furniture Ltd in Hereford. It has been given by two generous members of our congregation.

The new altar replaces a temporary one from the 1980s! It has been made in light oak and therefore matches the new flooring, chairs, screens and oak panelling of the new building work elsewhere in the church. It has a completely open design so that now it is possible to see beyond it to the chancel.

St Mary’s is deeply grateful for this wonderful gift. Another step in the regeneration of our building and community.

New intergenerational worker for St Mary’s


Christine Cattanach

We are delighted to announce we have appointed Christine Cattanach as our Intergenerational Missioner.

Christine comes to us with a wide experience of helping to lead churches and to organise worship in a contemporary style. Christine is a lay person and will have special responsibility for the formation of new congregations in Ross. She will connect with young families and we are hoping that this will result in the involvement of younger people in the church in Ross.

She will of course be an asset to the whole benefice and the opportunities which are created by her work will be open to parishioners of Walford and Brampton Abbotts.

Christine will start with us on 2nd January.

Christe Salve Replacement CDs

A number of people have mentioned that their copy of this Christmas CD, recorded by St Mary’s choir in 2002, is no longer working. We’re flattered you’re still listening!

We’ve made some replacement copies that you’ll find at the back of St Mary’s; please help yourself.

If you weren’t around then and would like a copy, again please help yourself. If you feel able to make a donation via the donations safe by the north door that would be lovely.

Alternatively you’ll find many of the tracks on our music website


Christmas Tree Festival Success

The final counting is done and we can confirm that the Christmas Tree Festival has raised just over £3000.

Thanks to everyone who entered a tree, we had 50 in the end. Thanks to those who gave financial donations and to all who came along to see the trees.

Here’s to Christmas Tree Festival 2019!

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.