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Clock Tower, Whitchurch
St Swithin's, Ganarew



Whitchurch and Ganarew Group Parish Council serves the communities of Whitchurch, Ganarew, Symonds Yat, Crocker's Ash, Lewstone, Great Doward and Little Doward in Herefordshire.

Located in the Wye Valley, the parish is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Please contact us if you have questions concerning the council or if you have any issues that you feel the council should be aware of, or where it can help or support you.

Police Neighbourhood Community Officer

Our local plod (sorry... Police Neighbourhood Community Officer) is Simon Hall. If you have any concerns he can be contacted by email:

Herefordshire’s community website

Advertise your events and activities on WISH– it’s FREE

WISH, Herefordshire’s community website, has a new What’s On section where you can promote any events you’ve got coming up for free. It’s quick and simple and you don’t need to register with WISH to use it.

Click on the logo above for more information.

Herefordshire County Council Announcements

Cabinet recommends raised Council Tax rates for 2018/19.

Cabinet recommendations will be put to Full Council for approval.

Healthwatch Herefordshire

Your Health & Care Conversation in Herefordshire

Healthwatch is your champion for health and care services in Herefordshire. We collect your views and listen to your experiences, and feed that information back to service providers and commissioners to help improve services through what you’ve told us.

Across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, health and care organisations are committed to providing safe and effective services, but the way some services are run may need to change. This is partly because of a growing population and rising demands on services, and making the best of the resources available.

Due to the size of the challenge, health and social care bodies in Herefordshire and Worcestershire (and across England) are working together on a plan to help make sure health and care services are safe and sustainable for the future.

Healthwatch has been working with local groups to better understand the needs and requirements of patients in a sustainable health and care system. It is important you have your say and you can do this by completing our online survey:

Healthwatch will be feeding the information gathered from the survey and further engagement activity back to service providers and commissioners of services, so they are included in the shaping of plans for services going forward.

For more information about Healthwatch Herefordshire and our work visit or call the office on 01432 364481


Everyone is being encouraged to think about the Unusual Suspects, items that people aren’t always sure can be recycled or not.

To help avoid confusion Herefordshire Council have produced a new guide for recycling which Herefordshire residents can use to find out what can and can’t be recycled from your home into your green bin or recycling sack.

Making sure we only put the right things in our recycling is really important as putting the wrong items in can contaminate other clean recycling and can harm the environment through the extra treatment and transport required to remove it.

Please read the guide attached here and if you need further information please visit the recycling and waste pages on the council’s website

Thank you for recycling responsibly

Herefordshire Council Waste Management

What's On

Forthcoming Activities in the Parishes:

Flicks in the Sticks

Friday November 23rd
Finding Your Feet

When Lady Sandra Abbott discovers her husband is having an affair she seeks refuge with her Bohemian sister. She is persuaded to join a dance class and finds a whole new lease of life and love. This is a “feel good” film with all our favourite actors.

Films start at 7.30pm. Doors and Licensed Bar from 7pm. Entry £5.

Annual Coach Trip to Bath on Saturday November 10th

£13 pp, under 18s £8. Bus leaves Whitchurch School 8.30 am and Bath 4pm.

Ticket money can be left in the black postbox at the Hall or at Woods of Whitchurch, envelope clearly marked. Cheques payable to Mrs J Gill. Early payment secures your place. Any proceeds go to Community Projects.
To book ring Judith Gill 01600 890943 or Judith Price 01600 719881

Many people are not aware that the Hall has an upstairs Snooker Room with a very recently refurbished table. The room can be hired by individuals wanting an occasional or regular chance to play. There are two main Snooker groups which meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Please direct enquiries to Judith Gill (01600 890943) in the first instance.
To book the Hall contact June Ruck (01600 890784)

The Hall is home to an Art class, Yoga, Short Mat Bowls, Fitsteps, Table tennis, Puppy training. There is a Good Neighbour Coffee Morning every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 10.30 to 12 noon. All are welcome.

The Hall is a registered charity.

Regular activities at the Memorial Hall.

Mondays: Bowls Club 6.45 to 9.30 pm
Tuesdays: Art Group 1.30 to 3.30 pm
                 Yoga 7 to 8.30pm
Wednesdays: Drop In coffee morning 10.30am to 12 noon, 1st and 3rd of every month
                 Dog Training 7 to 8pm
                 Table Tennis 7 to 9.30pm
Thursdays: Fitsteps 10.30 to 11.30am and 6.45 to 7.45pm
                 Bowls 1.45 to 4.30pm
                 Body Zone 8 to 8.45 pm
Fridays: Flicks in the Sticks monthly between September and May

The Hall also runs Live Jazz nights 4 or 5 times a year.

Snooker: Two groups, Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and individual players can book by arrangement.

If you would like to join in any of these activities, contact the Booking Clerk Mrs June Ruck 01600 890784 or Judith Gill 01600 90943.

100 Club (No exercise involved!!!)

The Whitchurch and Ganarew Memorial Hall 100 Club supports the Hall by raising money for the Refurbishment Fund. Membership of the 100 Club is by purchase of one or more numbered shares. A share costs £12 per year and every four months a draw of all paid-up shares is held. At the draw, half of the money raised by the shares in the previous four months is transferred to the Refurbishment Fund and the other half is given as prizes to the holders of three shares drawn at random.

Since it was started in 2011, the 100 Club has raised almost £3000 for the Refurbishment Fund. Application forms are available in the Hall or by email from Trevor Nicholson at

Whitchurch and Ganarew Local History Society

The parish boasts a very active local history society. If you would like more information about their activities, please click on the botton below. Their website contains some fascinating and informative articles about various aspects of our local history.

If you would like your event listed on this page please email the information to either Graham Litson or Roger Smith.

Local News

C1257 Road Closure Symonds Yat update.

This continues to cause vexation for the residents and businesses in Symonds Yat West. We are continuing to get updates from Balfour Beatty who are doing all they can in very difficult circumstances.

I have posted all the notes and an accompanying map on the website. Please click the blue buttons to read them.

Speed Limit Review between Whitchurch and Ganarew Cross.

For many years Whitchurch and Ganarew Parish Council have been trying to get an official review of the existing speed limits along the C1251 road from Whitchurch Primary School to Ganarew Cross.

We have been going round in circles, being shunted from one department to another with no progress being made. However, at a meeting this summer, the Parish Clerk and the Chairman of the Parish Council were given the names of two gentlemen who, we were told, would be able to help. We duly met up with these two gentlemen, and as a result of this a formal review was held, with speed monitoring equipment positioned in various places along the C1251 (the old A40).

The result of the review is that a 30mph limit is proposed from the school roundabout, across the flyover and down the slip road into Whitchurch village. A 40mph limit is proposed from Delburne Farm up the pitch to Crocker's Ash and terminating just past Fern Bank Cottages.

If you would like to read the full report please press the blue button!

The report is a bit meaty, but there is a map on page 11 which shows exactly where the proposed changes will take place.

Whitchurch and Ganarew Group Parish Council fully support the report's findings and recommendations and have indicated that they would like them implemented as soon as is realistically possible.

A result!

Pot holes etc

The Pot Hole 'Hot Line' number is 01432 261800 if you wish to report any defects.

If you would like to know why Herefordshire (and many other rural counties) are suffering from a plague of pot holes, read this press release from HCC:

Go on! Read it! You know you want to!

If you want to know what Balfour Beatty are doing about it, click on the image below:

Balfour Beatty April 2018 Bulletin

WAGPC signs the pledge!

Litter Pledge

Symond's Yat and the River Wye. The Birthplace of Tourism

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