| 2015 - News & Events updates
5th Feb 2015;
Our thanks to two People :
Len Evans has decided to stand down from the chairmanship of the Village Hall Committee after many years of helping to guide and maintain this important village facility. Len has also served as a member of the Parish Council and such tasks are often taken for granted, but the society would like to express their thanks to Len for all his hard work.
A tea party was held on Friday 6th February at the Village Hall at which a short presentation was made to show peoples' appreciation of Len's hard work over the years. Thank you, Len.
In the next month, Mr. Don Preece will celebrate having been verger of St. David’s Church for 50 years. His efforts, along with his wife Brenda, in maintaining the church, preparing it for services, cleaning, winding the clock, daily unlocking and locking the church and being tower captain for the bell ringing, have quietly added to village life. Thank you, Don.
Bob Chance (Chairman)
1st Feb 2015;
Notes from committee meeting on 12th Jan 2015:
It was decided to offer a number of activities to the village over the next year.
Click on for details.
Bob Chance (Chairman)
| 2014 - News & Events updates
20th Jan. 2014;
Notes from committee meeting:
There is concern over the future of the 412 bus service through the village.
An action group exists and anyone interested in supporting them can contact Mr. Chris Powell 01981 540642
Fri 21st March - Kwiz & Kake Night in the Village Hall @ 7:30pm
21st April; Easter Monday - Village Walk from 10:00am around the Abergavenny area
A number of activities have been planned for 2014 and others will follow.
Bob Chance (Chairman)
| 2013 - News & Events updates
30th Sept. 2013
Notes from committee meeting:
The committee is aware that the role of the Much Dewchurch Society has changed from the early days and its focus now is less on the question of raising funds and more on the encouraging of social activities within the village. They are aware that the Church View Residents Association already organises a number of events and it is hoped that we can work together to plan events and encourage village activities.
The committee are looking at ways in which they can make use of some of their funds in order to support community needs in the village.
“Much Dewchurch in 1955” an illustrated talk about the history of the village.
In 1955 the W.I. in the village at that time set to work producing a two-volume history of the village. This is currently being recorded digitally, and the talk gave an introduction to that history and some of the changes that have taken place over the intervening 60 years. The long term plan is to update the history and to make it available digitally.
Have a look at some of the images which will be posted into the gallery soon.....
2nd Sept 2013
Visit to the Elan Valley and Red Kite Centre
This was a really enjoyable day out with about 20 people making the trip. The day included a guided tour of one of the Elan Valley dams, feeding time for the red kites at the Red Kite Centre and a good pub meal before heading home.
| 2012 - News & Events updates
There was very little documented activity for the Society in 2012
| 2011 - News & Events updates
8th Nov 2011
Annual General Meeting
Much Dewchurch Memorial Hall at 7.30pm AGM, followed at 8.00pm by; School of Choc.
Our very own Master Chocolatier Stuart Deacon, founder of School of Choc
www.schoolofchoc.com ), will give a talk & demonstration of the art of chocolate-making, including Christmas gift and dessert ideas and tasting.
| 2010 - News & Events updates
Summer Fete & Dog Show - an idyllic quintessential English country fete took place at the Mynde, Much Dewchurch thanks to the generosity of Audley and Caroline Twiston-Davies - the sun shone, stall holders set up their pitches, musicians and dancers performed, dogs were judged (and some owners !!), books were bought and everyone had a wonderful time.
Look at the pictures
Pub Quiz - expertly arranged by Fiona Witcher - unfortunately not so well supported but all those who attended certainly had a great night and most expanded their musical knowledge somewhat !
Easter Walk - our traditional Easter Walk this year was along the River Usk from Clytha to the pretty village of Bettws Newydd. The beautiful 15th Century church of St Aeddan was also explored before settling down to a well deserved drink and meal at the Black Bear Inn. The walk was organised most proficiently by Ray & Sheila Sheppard - many thanks.
| 2009 - News & Events updates
12 Nov 2009
Annual General Meeting - A good turn out of members attended the AGM to hear Bella Brown give a full account of the past 12 months - the Fund Raising events, a full account of the financial details of the last 12 months which were accepted. Here is a link to
Bella's report and a copy of the Annual Accounts is available from the
13 Apr 2009
Race Night at the Black Swan - many members and regulars from the Black Swan took part in a race night - with 9 races generating much interest and enjoyment - both for punters and "owners" alike - a sum in excess of £600 was raised and this was donated to a local family to assist in the purchase of an electric wheelchair.
13 Apr 2009
Easter Walk - A day of excellent weather saw a good turn out of members and a number of dogs for the annual Easter walk - this year we walked from the church across to Home Farm, through the woods to the Mynde, across to Black House Farm, and ten almost to Kilpeck. We then turned towards Saddlebow hill, a number if members climbed to the top of Coles Tump, and then we all returned to the village by way of the Mynde, and then down the Mynde drive (by kind permission of Audley and Caroline Twiston-Davies). An excellent day out - look out for the next one later in the year.
| 2008 - News & Events updates
13 Nov 2008
Annual General Meeting - A good turn out of members attended the AGM to hear Bella Brown give a full account of the past 12 months - the Fund Raising events, the successful defence of the appeal by the Hereford Waldorf School and their large planning application. Neal Bright gave a full account of the financial details of the last 12 months and presented the accounts which were accepted. Should members wish to receive a copy of Bella's report and the Annual Accounts - please contact the
12 Oct 2008
Aconbury Walk - Once again some members took a stroll around the edge of our Parish - this time up and around Aconbury Woods - and the dogs seemed to have enjoyed the warm and sunny weather. Excellent planning by Colin and Linda Aston as the weather the weekend before and after was dismal.
10 Aug 2008
Much Dewchurch Fete & Companion Dog Show - a wonderful day out for all those who came and enjoyed themselves
see the details and some photos here
24 Jun 2008
Duchy of Cornwall Talk - On Tuesday 24th June we sat enthralled in Much Dewchurch Village Hall listening to David Curtis, Land Agent from the Duchy of Cornwall Estate talking about what the Duchy means both across England and Scotland but primarily in Herefordshire since the purchase of the Guys Estate land a few years ago. Hopefully, this will be the first of many interesting talks to members.
24 Apr 2008
Village Tidy - The annual village tidy up took place this evening to continue a tradition started by the late Philip Turpin. All the hedgerows and verges from Wormelow, through the village to the Mynde entrance were scoured and assorted rubbish collected and placed into black bags. It was apparent that the volume of rubbish was lower than seen in previous years and the hope was expressed that perhaps motorists were becoming more considerate of the countryside. Many thanks to all the members who took part. See you all again next year.
24 Mar 2008
Easter Walk – as promised, the Easter walk took place in glorious sunshine on Easter Monday. 25 people walked ranging in age from 1 to 71, along with 6 dogs. The walk went from the village up the Lowe Lane then across country to Dewsall Court and around part of the Duchy of Cornwall permissive walks along the Worm Brook. It was a very sociable event and some of us met people from the village that we had never met before! See this link for pictures then select each picture to see a larger version. Another walk is planned for the autumn, details to follow..........
16 Feb 2008
6 members of the Society spent a fruitful day planting the "Saxon" style hedge around the southern and western boundaries of the churchyard. This was in line with the agreement of members at the inaugural meeting of the Society. We planted something like 325 Crategeous Monngyna (Quickthorn), 75 Eunymus europaea (Spindle berry) 75 Prunus spinosa ( Black thorn) 50 Cornus sanguinea (Dogwood) and 50 Acer campestre (Field Maple). There are still some plants left .. Holly , Lonicera Dog roses, Buck thorn and crab apple but they shouldn't take too long to put in.
The hedgerow will reinforce and eventually replace the decaying picket fence, providing a more attractive boundary that will also act as a thoroughfare for wildlife and encourage nesting birds. Many thanks to Robert Dale for coordinating this very successful day.
6 Feb 2008
The latest issue of the Much Dewchurch Society newsletter has now been sent out to members, either by post or by email - if you have not received a copy, do get in touch with the secretary. Following on from the AGM, interest was expressed in setting up a Local History Group - details can be found at the following link;
Local History Group
| 2007 - News & Events updates
10 Dec 2007
Social Evening and Auction of Promises – Held at Wormelow Home & Garden at the Park, Wormelow by very kind permission of Martin & Rachel Pearson. A great evening was had by all. Richard Williams did an outstanding job selling around 98 lots and raising £7,000! Many thanks to all who donated products, services and experiences and, of course, the bidders who now have lots of experiences to look forward to in 2008
24 Nov 2007
A Social Evening and Auction of Promises will be held at Wormelow Home & Garden Centre, Wormelow on Saturday 8 Dec 2007. Do come along to support the Society, meet other Members and pick up some Christmas gifts.
21 Nov 2007
A successful first AGM was held tonight - the following were elected as officers for the coming 12 months;
Chairman Caroline Brown
Vice Chairman Anne Dale
Secretary Christopher Powell
Treasurer Neal Bright
A good turnout of members heard about proceedings since the Society was founded in July, (the membership now standing at 147 members), with particular reference to the planning appeal relation to them establishment of a State Academy school in Much Dewchurch and this was followed with a social time spent looking at old photographs, books and other mementos of times past in Much Dewchurch.
Neal Bright made a number of suggestions about future projects for the Society - to follow up on this please go to the
Local History Group area of this website.
24 Oct 2007
We are planning a Christmas Walk around the parish just after Christmas - date will be Friday 28 December starting at 10.30 am, at the Lych Gate. A 2½ - 3 hour walk with shorter options if desired. A great opportunity to blow away some of the cobwebs after Christmas and get to see some of the finer points of the parish.
24 Oct 2007
A Social Evening and Auction of Promises will be held at Wormelow Home & Garden Centre, Wormelow on Saturday 8th December. Do come along to support the Society, meet other Members and pick up some Christmas gifts. More details to follow.
16 Oct 2007
The Much Dewchurch Society are holding their first Annual General Meeting in Much Dewchurch Village Hall on November 21st at 7.30pm. If you are a member of the Society please do come along and enjoy an evening hearing the plans for the future of the Society and looking at photographs of the village in the past. Please do bring any old photographs along for us to catalogue and, with your permission, photocopy to include in our village history files!