Ledbury Deanery


See also Year of Faith 2024

Growing confidence in our Christian faith - St Michael and All Angels Ledbury  (This is a Bishop's Teaching event)
9.30 – 12.30  Saturday 13 July Register

Deanery Synod meeting: Thursday 19 September 7.30 pm will now be held in St Bartholmew's Church, Much Marcle, HR8 2LY

Growing confidence in our Christian faith - venue TBC (Bridgnorth Deanery)   (This is a Bishop's Teaching event)
Saturday 5 October Register

Bishop's Study Day 2 - St Peter's Church, Hereford   Thursday 24 October Register

Ledbury Deanery

"Our Churches are open for everyone, no matter faith or lack of it, no matter creed, no matter condition, no matter age, no matter need."

Benefice Groupings

For each Church found by searching A Church Near You there is a [More Info] tab detailing the benefice and Deanery.

Cradley, Mathon and Storridge: - Rector Rev. Preb. Robert Ward

Colwall, Upper Colwall and Coddington: - Rector Melanie Horton. The Revd Andrew Falconer was ordained on 29th June 2024.

Ledbury and Eastnor: - Rector Keith Hilton-Turvey

Hop Churches: Ashperton, Bosbury, Canon Frome, Munsley, Stoke Edith, Stretton Grandison, Tarrington, and Yarkhill - Rector Amanda Williams, Associate Minister The Revd Preb Nicky Seabright

Cider Churches: Aylton, Little Marcle, Much Marcle, Putley, Pixley, Wellington Heath and Yatton. - Team Vicar Rev. Val Tait: Associate Minister The Revd William Symonds

The Revd Dr Chris Moore, Rector, FOWNHOPE with MORDIFORD, BROCKHAMPTON and FAWLEY and WOOLHOPE. The Revd Owen Pembery is curate at Fownhope

The Revd. Tiffany Jackson will be Rector, LUGWARDINE with BARTESTREE, WESTON BEGGARD, DORMINGTON, WESTHIDE and WITHINGTON - (The Bartestree Cross Group)

Ledbury Deanery Officers

Role of Rural Dean.

The Rural Dean is appointed by the Bishop and is given by him a share in the pastoral oversight, spiritual leadership, encouragement and development of mission and general administration of the Deanery. He has a particular pastoral responsibility for the clergy of the Deanery, and provides a link between them and the Bishop and the Archdeacon. In his leadership role the Rural Dean is joined by the Lay Co-Chairman of the Deanery Synod. The Rev. Preb. Robert Ward, rector of Cradley with Mathon and Storridge, was appointed in September 2013. Rev. Preb. Robert retired from this post on 1st April 2023.

The Rural Dean is The Revd Dr Chris K W Moore, Rector of Fownhope, Mordiford, Brockhampton and Woolhope with Checkley, Diocese of Hereford

Role of Lay Co-Chairman.

The Lay Co-Chairman, elected by the Deanery Synod, aims to bring together the views of the parishes of the Deanery on issues of common purpose, and then to discuss and formulate common policies on these issues. In the process of doing this to foster a sense of community and interdependence among those parishes and generally to promote in the Deanery the whole mission of the Church - pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. Kevin Hewison was elected as Lay Co-Chair on 24 June 2021.

Deanery Synod Secretary from October 2023: Jennifer Harrison

Treasurer: Andrew Mence, retired from this now vacant post 1st June 2023.

Deanery of Ledbury, Our Vision

Our Mission Statement

Our vision is of a lively and growing Church in all our parishes, to be seen very much at the centre of spiritual and social life in each community.

Our priority, together with the Diocese, is to reach out to all - taking the Good News of the Gospel out into the community, as well as offering an open door and an encouraging welcome to those who seek to be part of the body of Christ.

The Deanery will support all our parishes in reaching out, each in their various ways, to the wider community, and encourage those parishes and churches who seek to offer fresh expressions of Church.

Our Aim

To offer any support which might best be provided and organised by the Deanery which the parishes believe would be of help to them in their mission, and in our joint mission.

In this it is the Deanery's intention to encourage and inspire parishes in their work- but not to impose or dictate. As the Deanery is no more than the sum of its parishes working together, our over-riding principle is to allow the parishes to be prime.