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The Cider Benefice comprises five parishes and six churches which are situated in East Herefordshire not far from the popular market town of Ledbury ( www.visitledbury.info) The area is renowned for its natural beauty with rolling hills and cider orchards and the ‘Big Apple’ weekends (www.bigapple.org.uk) draw visitors from across the UK and beyond to learn about and taste the products of our orchards.
Although rural in nature, the area benefits from excellent transport facilities with main line train stations in Ledbury, Hereford and nearby Gloucester offering easy access to all parts of the country. Similarly, the M50, which runs south of Ledbury, means that Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham are little more than an hour away by road. The job opportunities offered by these links mean that the villages are popular locations for those who work outside the area. Village life and our churches benefit from this diversity which supports a range of social and cultural activities across the Benefice. Our region is renowned for cultural activities notably, the Three Choirs Festival, (https://www.3choirs.org), Ledbury Poetry Festival, (www.poetry-festival.co.uk) and the Hay Book Festival (www.hayfestival.com/home)
Please use the attached Word application form.
The Benefice Rector is assisted by two self-supporting clergy and three Readers. Ledbury is also a popular area for retired clergy, many of whom actively assist in the smooth running of the Cider Benefice.
Over the last 18 months the regular Benefice Wardens and Ministers meetings have provided an excellent forum for the development of an encouraging and supportive spirit amongst the group. We now see how much more can be achieved by working together and pooling our resources, talents and expertise. It is therefore an exciting time to be welcoming a new incumbent to support and lead us in our mission.
The Rectory itself is situated in Ledbury and is geographically central in our Benefice, allowing easy access to the five parishes, but conveniently close to Ledbury’s extensive amenities.
HOW WE HOPE OUR RECTOR CAN HELP US
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We are looking for a priest who: