Churches Visiting Group 2
|Meeting||We normally meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11 am. We do not meet in December or January|
|Usual Venue||Churches mainly in the Dioceses of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester|
|Status||Owing to Covid restrictions, the group is currently suspended.|
|Members||We will welcome new members when we start up again|
|Contact||Leader Churches 2|
At our February meeting we hold our Annual Social and Lunch when we create the visiting programme for the following year. Each month members advised of the venue by email
We are a very sociable mix of both couples and individual members who visit . Each church visit starts at 11 am, usually with a guided tour and talk followed by time to walk round and explore ourselves followed by lunch in a local hostelry where we chat about what we have seen and learnt on our visit.
We have not been able to meet up during Covid, but to give you an idea of how the group operates the rest of the page discusses a typical visit
The Churches 2 Group ventured forth to Hereford Cathedral for a guided tour. Our guide gave us a very informative and interesting tour of the main cathedral and Lady Chapel. There has been a place of worship on the cathedral site since at least the 8th century, although no part of any building earlier than the 11th-century bishop’s chapel survives. The medieval cathedral was not monastic; the governing body, known as the Dean and Chapter, were not monks but secular priests who led active lives in the world. They employed the Vicars Choral, a body of clergy who lived a collegiate life in the Vicars’ Cloister, to sing the daily services for them.
In 794 Ethelbert, the young king of the East Anglia, came to marry the daughter of King Offa of Mercia. However just before the wedding, Ethelbert is murdered—apparently Offa’s Queen was jealous of her daughter’s happiness and so was the instigator. Ethelbert’s remains are interred in the Cathedral, and after his acclamation as a saint, the Cathedral is dedicated to him jointly with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Cathedral has three organs, one of which, The Festival Organ was built in 1927 by Nicholson and Co for the Three Choirs Festival. The instrument is built on stilts so that its console is at the level of the festival platform, and the whole structure rests on wheels. Every three years it is moved from its usual position to be level with the orchestra for the festival. At other times it is used regularly for teaching, practice, and concerts by Hereford Choral Society and others at the West end of the Cathedral.
Probably the highlight of our tour was the new sculpture and stained-glass window ‘Ascension’ memorial to the SAS (Special Air Service). It was installed in 2017.