Raising the Roof for Dore Abbey

Published on: 29th August 2019

For Immediate Release (29.08.19)

Dore Abbey (Holy Trinity and St Mary Church) PCC together with the Friends of Dore Abbey are fundraising to replace sections of the Abbey roof. Twenty years on from the repairs to the main roof, urgent repairs are now needed to other sections of the roof to stop water damaging this former Cistercian Abbey which is in the village of Abbey Dore in the Golden Valley, Herefordshire.

A fundraising campaign ‘Raising the Roof for Dore Abbey’ has been launched asking supporters of the Abbey to sponsor one or more a roof tiles from £25.00. The campaign is also being supported by a range of events during the first weekend in September.

On Friday 6 th September the Abbey is hosting a performance of ‘Choice Grenfell’ described as an ‘evening of warmth, wit and gentle humour’. Choice Grenfell is a wonderful tribute featuring some of the best of Joyce Grenfell’s hilarious songs and monologues from Stately as a Galleon and School Nativity Play to A Terrible Worrier and First Flight.

"tremendously funny and totally on the ball"


The Telegraph

As Joyce would have said, 

“We request the pleasure of your company”.

On Saturday 7 th September Paul Spicer from English Choral Experience and the Friends of Dore Abbey present a day’s choral workshop in Dore Abbey. The works are Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The cost of the workshop is £35.00 per person for a full day’s choral experience, plus a sumptuous tea!The workshop will be followed by a concert at 5pm to which friends, family and visitors are welcome for a £5.00 entry fee (pay at the door).

Both of these events can be booked through the Friends of Dore Abbey; please contact Isabelle George on 01981 241458 or email george_i@btinternet.com

On Sunday 8 th September a Patronal Festival (St Mary) will be held at the Abbey. All are welcome to this service of thanksgiving which starts at 4pm and will be supported by the Abbey Singers.

To make a donation to the Raising the Roof Campaign please see our just giving page, pick up a campaign leaflet from the Abbey, or send a cheque, made payable to ‘Abbeydore Church’ and send it to Richard Lloyd, Treasurer, Upper Jury Farm, Wormbridge, Herefordshire, HR2 9EE.

The Abbey is open9am – 5pm throughout the summer months and visitors are very welcome. Please use the contact details above for any enquires.


Contact Details

  • Name - Isabelle George
  • Organisation – Friends of Dore Abbey
  • Phone - 01981 241458
  • Email - george_i@btinternet.com

Notes to the Editor:

Founded in 1147 by French Monks, Dore Abbey is the only medieval Cistercian Abbey still in use in England today. The building is grade I listed and site is a scheduled ancient monument.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, The Dowager Countess of Darnley has kindly agreed to be patron of the Raising the Roof for Dore Abbey project.

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Rev. Mark Godson

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