The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
The Church is part of the Weobley and Staunton Group of Parishes. For further information please phone: Rev'd Sean Semple 01544 318415 or Rev'd Susan or Henry Verwey - 01981 500626 or click here for the website.
The Anglican Church of St Peter and St Paul is a fine example of a 14th century church, though some earlier parts remain. Services are held every Sunday at 10.30 am, and also at 8.00 am on the first Sunday of the month. The first stone church on this site was built in the twelfth century by Hugh de Lacy which replaced an earlier wooden building, erected during Saxon times. Hugh de Lacy became Lord of the manor in 1091 having already helped to found Llanthony Priory in 1085.
The first vicar of whom we know was Philip de Woonton in 1287. The present building is essentially the third church on this site, built in the decorated Perpendicular Style, with some early English remnants, and dating mainly from the thirteenth century. This magnificent Church has a fourteenth century 185’ spire and is the only spire in the county to be supported by little flying buttresses connected to pinnacles rising from the tower. Other features include medieval stained glass, ball-flower decorations, a scissor-beamed roof and a Norman archway in the South Porch. There are some fine 15th century figures of little angels in the tracery of the north window.
It contains a fine marble memorial to Cromwellian supporter and Parliamentarian Col. John Birch. Col. Birch was a turncoat during the Civil War and active in this area. He retook Hereford from the King with a small group of men dressed as ice-breakers as they crossed the river Wye. He was also responsible for preventing Hereford Cathedral from being sacked by Cromwell's men.
The Catholic Church of St Thomas of Hereford
Kington Road, Weobley, HR4 8QS. Parish Priest is Father Simon McGurk. Tel: 01544 318325 or 01432 374721 The Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas in Kington Road is the oldest Catholic Church in Herefordshire, consecrated in 1834. It has a plain, chapel-like exterior designed to avoid attracting hostile attention at a time when Catholicism was still regarded with suspicion by many English people. Services are held every Saturday at 6.00 pm at St Bede’s, Kington and Sunday at 11.00 am at St Thomas’ Weobley.
Churches Together in Weobley
All three churches have their own programmes of worship and other activities, but we also come together for various services and activities through the year. These are mainly at Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Harvest. Anyone, whether a regular church goer or not, is welcome to join us. For information about events or to become involved, please telephone Jo Ware on 01544 318296.
Weobley Methodist Church
Hereford Road, Weobley. The first chapel was built on this site in 1839, but was deemed too small by 1845. Further land was purchased and the present larger chapel was completed in 1861.
Morning Service is at 10.30am every Sunday. Morning Service is an informal contemporary service and children are welcome at all services. Prayers for Healing & Wholeness is on the 1st Monday of the month at 11.30am at 94 Bearcroft. Messy Church is held at 3.30 on the 1st Tuesday of the month where children, up to the age of 11 and accompanied by an adult come to join in with art and craft activities, an act of Christian focused worship and an informal meal….no charge! The Friendship Club meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm. Fairtrade Coffee Morning is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30am to noon. Fairly traded goods and gifts are on sale, so come and browse over coffee. TheChapel leader is Rev'd Frances Biseker 01568 612406.