News & Events

Mothering Sunday in Ross and Walford

There is a choice of service for Mothering Sunday on 31st March.

There will be a 9.30 All Age Mothering Sunday Service at St Mary’s led by The Revd Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events, Archbishops Council. She is also a passionate expert in All Age Worship and has written many resources, which we have used in the development of these services at Ross.

Following the 9.30 our team will replicate the same service at Walford at 11.15 inspired by Sandra. Refreshments will be available from 10.45 and flowers will be given to the children to give to their Mums.

Please feel free to choose which service you attend, a warm welcome awaits you at either.

Thinking Film – April

An opportunity to gather to discuss life’s big issues as they are treated in popular films and to see what faith has to say about them. It is intended as an opportunity for friendships to grow and beliefs to be shared in an atmosphere of respect and trust. Our next showing will be,


All are welcome. Just turn up. Entrance is free and includes a glass of wine and unlimited popcorn! For more information contact Simon on 07462 893457 or see our website

A new Rector for the Benefice of Ross with Walford and Brampton Abbotts

We are delighted to report that the Revd Sean Semple has been appointed as the next Rector of the Benefice of Ross with Walford and Brampton Abbotts.

Sean is currently the Incumbent in the Weobley and Staunton Group of Parishes (7 churches) and so is no stranger to Hereford Diocese. Prior to his appointment there, in 2015, he has worked in the Presbyterian and Anglican Churches in South Africa, and in the Anglican Church in Cyprus. Sean was born in South Africa.

He will be moving to Ross later in the year (date to be confirmed) with his wife Jenny and son Lex. Sean and Jenny have four older children currently living in South Africa, North Carolina and Scotland.

We look forward to welcoming them to Ross.


Thinking Film

An opportunity to gather to discuss life’s big issues as they are treated in popular films and to see what faith has to say about them.

Here friendships grow and beliefs are shared in an atmosphere of respect and trust.

TF Soloist

All are welcome. Just turn up.
Entrance is free and includes a glass of wine and unlimited popcorn!

Next screening: Tuesday 2nd April

St Mary’s reordering

We’re about half way through phase 2 of the reordering work at St Mary’s and the spaces that already opening up now that pews are almost out of the way are very attractive – a sight not seen since 1862.

We are keeping the church open when possible, that is now most of the time but please be careful when visiting.

If you’re interested in a pew there are still one or two left and we’d like to get them out of the church as soon as possible. Please contact us. There is more on pews (and reordering) at

Consultation for a new Bishop

We hope that many from our benefice will be able to attend the public consultation tonight about the appointment of a new Bishop of Hereford.

Please note that the meeting starts at 7pm (not 7.30pm) in St Peter’s Church Hereford. All very welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Caroline Pascoe”

Good Bye to the pews!

This morning (Sunday 3rd February) was the last time that members of our congregation will sit in the pews that have been in use since 1862. Tomorrow the builders move in to begin removing them and the floors beneath.


This is the end of an era. We don’t know when pews first appeared at St Mary’s, probably around the time of Henry VIII and we know that there have been at least three different lots over that time. This year we move on again and the chairs that will replace them will provide far greater flexibility and allow us to appreciate the medieval building currently obscured at ground level.

There are still just a few pews up for grabs if you’d like one. There is also a large pile of embroidered kneelers, free to a good home, by the entrance to the Markye Chapel – please help yourself to some.

You can find out more about all this at

Your last chance to “grab a pew” from St Mary’s

The next phase of the exciting redevelopment work at St Mary’s begins on 4th February. This will see the removal of all the remaining pews and the renewal of all the flooring beneath them.

There are still just a few pews needing to find new homes. There is just one complete one left and a few with only a good left / right end that are being sold as a pair (same price for the pair as for the complete pew) and require a bit of DIY. The added appeal here is that you can make the finished pew any length you want before warming yourself by a quality fire of 1863 fire wood! They are priced at £150.


There’s much more information on the reordering on one of our sister sites at and if you’d like to reserve pews please contact Mark.

If you’re able to visit the church (open each day until around 4.00 pm) the pews still up for grabs are the ones without a white label stuck on them.

Pews will be available for collection on or after Thursday 7th February.

There are also some hassocks (kneelers) up for grabs – free to a good home but donations via the donations safe by the north door welcome). You’ll find them stacked up by the Markye Chapel. Please help yourself.

Please note that once the building work begins on Monday 4th February access to the building may be limited, at times, for the 8 week duration of the work.

Thinking Film

An opportunity to gather to discuss life’s big issues as they are treated in popular films and to see what faith has to say about them.

Here friendships grow and beliefs are shared in an atmosphere of respect and trust.

thining film

Social housing available for rent with immediate vacant possession

A desirable property in the centre of Ross-on-Wye is available immediately and there is NO RENT payable. Currently sheltering there is an ox and a friendly inn keeper, plenty of room for more.


Room for a small family. Pets are welcome, especially donkeys, sheep and camels.

To view the property and to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity come along to St Mary’s Church in Ross-on-Wye at 4.00 pm this afternoon. Bring plenty of children, dressed in Nativity costume if you can manage it (but that’s not necessary).

Please note that real donkeys, sheep and camels should be tied up outside the church in the first instance.

More details of this and other opportunities, click here

Crib Service

To see other properties for sale in the HR9 area click here, but they’re not as exciting as this one!

Christmas Services in Ross and Walford

Checkout the range of Christmas services at St Mary’s and Walford Churches.

St Marys Christmas

Highlights are the Candlelit Carol Service at St Mary’s on Sunday (4.00 pm)which this year celebrates the centenary of Nine Lessons and Carols. Also the Crib Service designed for children and young families on Monday afternoon at St Mary’s (4.00 pm) – come in Nativity costume and come early it’s usually standing room only.

The Greatest Gift – Deanery Youth Event @ St Mary’s

St Mary’s was privileged to host the first Ross and Archenfield Deanery’s youth event last night, The Greatest Gift. Nearly 20 young people came along to hear April Shipton perform and talk about her faith.

It was great to see some of the reordered space in St Mary’s being used so imaginatively.

We very much hope this will be the first of many similar events. Thanks to all those who came along to, or helped with this enjoyable event.

New home for the Community Larder

St Mary’s has always been proud to be the home of the Churches Together in Ross and District Community Larder (food bank) and today was a landmark occasion in its seven year history.

The Larder has moved from it’s rather inaccessible base on the fist floor on St Mary’s Hall to the basement. This means it’s now accessible all on the level. The move is largely thanks to the labours of Bryan Jones who has spent the last three months converting the disused space into a purpose built larder.

We were delighted to welcome The Revd Prebendary Jill Talbot-Ponsonby (the key mover behind the establishment of the Larder in 2011) to open the new facility.

The Larder continues to be open every Tuesday morning from 10.00 – 12.00 and is always grateful for donations of food.