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Church of St Peter and St Paul, Weobley

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Weobley

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Weobley
Mrs Verdin to open Weobley Church Festival

Mrs Phillip Verdin will be ‘cutting the ribbon’ at the Weobley Church Festival with Flowers Weekend at 10am on Saturday June the 18th, celebrating the 900+ Anniversary of the Parish Church. The Verdin family has had a long and happy relationship with Weobley going back to the 19th century in Garnstone Castle, and have always been greatly valued as loyal and prominent supporters of the lovely village church.

 

The theme of the celebration is ‘Anniversaries’ with many local organisations and societies contributing florally themed displays reflecting significant anniversaries this year, including The Somme and Yehudi Menuhin, the start of the Cubs and the Queen’s Birthday.

 

Refreshments will be available with morning coffee, delicious light lunches and sumptuous cream teas on Saturday. The entertaining annual Church Fete will also take place on the Saturday afternoon as well as the Poetry Party in the early evening. Hereford Cathedral Choir sing Evensong on Sunday at 5pm so there will be plenty to interest everybody.

 

There is free car parking and no entrance fee but visitors are welcome to donate and help make sure the church will still be serving here for the 1000 year spectacular!

 

Weobley is a delightful medieval village in the heart of Herefordshire.  King Charles 1st stayed the night of September 5th 1645, the day after his civil war success at regaining Hereford which he subsequently lost to the impressive Col. Birch, immortalised in Weobley’s Church.

 

Many delightful houses still survive, but one that didn’t was lived in by James Tomkins who,  with his first and then second wife, fathered 33 children in the latter half of the 16th century.  The following was written about Tomkins:

 

“Reader draw near! If e’er thou chance to climb

By gradual steps this chamber for to view,

I’ll tell thee what in they great Grandsire’s time

Here came to pass, which though ‘tis strange ‘tis true.

Babes thirty three did from two mothers spring

To famous Tomkins, O, admired thing!

 

And may the loud resounding trump of fame,

Proclaime great Tomkins for a man of men.

In golden letter, O! engrave his name

 

All thirty-three children survived.

01544 318522
Stawne House Meadow Street
Weobley
Herefordshire
HR4 8SF

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Church of St Peter and St Paul, Weobley