Welcome to the Parishes of:

Michaelchurch Escley, Newton, St. Margaret’s, Turnastone & Vowchurch.

Our parishes lie in the Golden Valley and in the foothills of the Black Mountains in Herefordshire.  The Escley Brook and the River Dore run through our parishes to the west and east respectively.

The land to the west rises in a series of ridges and valleys towards the Black Mountains, whilst in the east the land is flatter before rising again on the east side of the Golden Valley. The whole is characterised by great natural beauty.

The city of Hereford lies about 10 miles due east, whilst the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye lies a similar distance to the north-west.

Our parishes are served by the Vowchurch & District Group Parish Council.


Coronavirus Updates
In order to support people to remain at home the Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or the local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending. Please contact them on 01432 260027 or via their website at:
Coronavirus- Talk Community Support https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-3/coronavirus/1

Or please use the links on this page to find out the latest information relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Herefordshire Council www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-3
Government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus
WISH website www.wisherefordshire.org/
Coronavirus National information and guidance: www.wisherefordshire.org/coronavirus
Coronavirus Local community information: www.wisherefordshire.org/communitysupport
Coronavirus Stay at home exercise and activities: www.wisherefordshire.org/stayingathome

B4348 Speed limit

B4348 speed limit – We hope there will be a 40mph speed limit introduced in the next year to eighteen months on the B4348 through Vowchurch and also through Turnastone and Vowchurch villages. This follows concerns expressed by many over the years about the junction with the B4348. See a fuller report under the ‘Parish Plan’ section.

Our Parishes

vowchurch group map

Useful Links


Dear friends and neighbours,
I hope this letter is entirely unnecessary. The evidence from the November lockdown is that the people of Newton St Margarets don’t ask for much outside help, despite all the adversity we have faced in the past ten months. However, that was then and this is now.
That lockdown had an end date; this one does not.
Schools are now closed again.
It is winter, not autumn.
The new strain of the virus makes the danger of going into crowds much greater.
And Herefordshire is no longer near the bottom of the infection league table.
So the risk of normally sturdy members of our community suffering illness, loneliness or practical difficulties is greatly enhanced.
I am sure that everyone is being neighbourly. But there may be neighbours you assume are all right because they always have been, or neighbours you don’t even know. Maybe there are friends you haven’t seen lately – after all, you’re not likely to meet them casually. Please make doubly sure that they are all right. Right now, people seem more pleased than usual if the phone rings.
And be sure you’re all right too. If you or anyone else you know is struggling or at risk please don’t hesitate to say so.
There are many members of the community who would be delighted to fetch prescriptions or supplies for those in need. And the Help Network has access to all kinds of official resources to try to resolve problems that might arise.
We all hope we are nearing the end of this crisis so let’s not mess up now. Only about half the population of the two parishes are on this circulation list so do particularly check those who might not have email.
And do make contact with the Help Network if anyone needs, well, help.  That’s why it’s here.
Many thanks and all best wishes, Matthew
nsmhelpnetwork@gmail.com   ukengel@gmail.com   01981 510250     

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