Guide News

Guides' Refresher Day 11th May 2022

The day was all about John Venn,  vicar of St Peter’s Church in the 19th century and a philanthropist who worked tirelessly for the welfare of the city’s poor.

After an introductory talk and refreshments the guides went on walks, developed by Laura Sommerville and Fiona Rawlinson, covering places of interest associated with John Venn.

His legacy still lives on today through  Vennture  a Christian cross-church initiative true to John and his sister Emelia’s original vision of loving those who are marginalised or vulnerable.

Mayor's Reception December 2021

The Guides and guests at the Mayor's Christmas Reception in the Town Hall on the 6th December. The Guides were welcomed by The Ri9ght Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Paul Stevens.

40th Anniversary Luncheon 8th September 2021

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Hereford Guild of Guides. Founded in 1981 by Jean O'Donnell and supported by the Mayor at that time, Mary Brew, the members of the Guild became the Mayor's Official Guides.
The picture to the right shows Jean O'Donnell MBE, Founder and President about to cut the cake. Note how similar the pose looks to the Lion Crest at the top of our City Coat of Arms!

Guides’ Refresher Day 30th June 2021


The day started with a new route for the guides, the Widemarsh Street walk, developed and led by Anne Harbour.
After lunch the guides met at Coningsby museum for a guided tour kindly provided by Peter Harris. The museum has been going from
strength to strength in recent years.
The day ended with a visit to the remains of Blackfriars Priory, the 14c preaching cross and the splendid Rose Garden.

Tributes to Jeremy

The Head Guide has sent out a letter with a compilation of all the tributes and comments she has received from the Guides and friends. Please click on the button to see the full text.

Jeremy Daw

Sunday 25th April 2021


Dear Guides,                                                        

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Jeremy Daw, who qualified as a City Guide in 2016 has died suddenly.


He was killed in a road accident yesterday, whilst on duty as a paramedic. I understand, that in a freak accident, a brick went through the windscreen of the ambulance, killing Jeremy who was in the front passenger seat, and injuring the driver of the ambulance. (more on local news, the Hereford Times, social media)


Jeremy, aged 66, leaves a wife, children and grandchildren. He was just completing his last few shifts before finally retiring for the second time. He had just retired when the pandemic hit, and so he immediately offered to return to the ambulance service. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.


Jeremy has certainly left his mark on the Guild of Guides. He was passionate about the History of Hereford and a born communicator. He was a very keen cyclist, and metal detectorist who had made significant finds. I very much appreciated working with him last Sept/ Oct when he was one of the team of 10 Guides who took those walks. Derek has told me that Jeremy was one of the six Guides that Derek followed round in final G of G training, and that Jeremy could not have been more helpful.


My hope is, that when we are all able to meet, we will be able to remember Jeremy together.



Yours sincerely,
Fiona Rawlinson (Head Guide)

Guides Reception 2019

A group photograph taken at the Guild of Guides Christmas Reception at the Town Hall with The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford Councillor Kath Hay on 4th December 2019.

Guides’ Lunch 2019

The 2019 Guild of Guides Lunch will be held at the recently refurbished Green Dragon Hotel on Wednesday 27th November 2019 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm start for lunch. All current and past Guides, their partners, friends and family are welcome to attend. For more details and to book your place please contact Sydna here.

Elgar Walk Guide Training 16th November 2019

A group of 6 currently active guides attended a walk led by our leading Elgar guide, Chrissie Lawson, who has family connections with Elgar. The group aimed to broaden its knowledge and guage the possibility to offer more Elgar themed walks in the future. The results were very encouraging with three guides offering to develop their skills and lead walks in the future.

Guides’ News December 2018

The Guides at the Mayor's Christmas Reception in the Town Hall on 3rd December. We welcomed 8 new guides who received their badges from the Mayor, Sue Boulter.

Guides’ News December 2017

The Guides with Mayor Sharon Michael during their Christmas Reception at the Mayor’s Parlour on December 4th 2017

Guides’ News April 2017

Members of the Hereford Guild of Guides took part in a Refresher Day, entitled 'Hidden Gems of Hereford', on Wednesday 26th April in preparation of the new season of City Tours. The group visited the Medieval Hall of the Bishop's Palace, the Old Mayor's Parlour in Church Street, the former Conservative Club in East Street, the Booth Hall with its hammer-beam roof, St. Peter's Church and the Mediaeval Barn in the Cathedral Close.

Guides’ News May 2016


The sun shone for a special celebration held in the historic setting of Kentchurch Court on 4th May 2016. Members enjoyed a guided tour of the house, followed by lunch in the historic dining room and a relaxing walk in the gardens.
The picture shows Members looking and listening to Jan Lucas Scudamore during the guided tour of the house. 

Guides’ News April 2016

The Guild celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2016. A celebration cake decorated with the city coat of arms was the main attraction at a refresher day held on 13th April 2016.

Guides’ News December 2015

Eleven newly qualified guides received their badges from Mayor Charles Nicholls on 7th December 2015

Guides in the News December 2014

A group photograph taken at the Guild of Guides Christmas Reception at the Town Hall with the Mayor of Hereford on Monday 8th December 2014.

Guides in the News Dec 2014

From the Hereford Times 24th April 2014. The Hereford Guild of Guides organised a photographic competition of photographs taken within the City Walls.
The entrance fees were in support of the City of Hereford Mayor's charity in aid of St. Michael's Hospice and the restoration of Rev. John Venn Memorial Arch. The photographs were displayed in the Butter Market following the judging by Dr. Derek Foxton. The Mayor of Hereford Cllr. Phil Edwards awarded the winners prizes in the Butter Market on Saturday morning the 12th April 2014.

Christmas scene in High Town

Dr. Richard Miller first in the Adult Section. Richard Millar's photograph was an A4 of the Christmas scene in High Town.

Elgar in the Cathedral Close

Katie Hughes first in the Junior Section. Katie Hughes photograph was an A5 photo of Elgar in the Cathedral Close. 

Guides in the News December 2013

A group photograph taken at the Guild of Guides Christmas Reception at the Town Hall with The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford Councillor Phil Edwards on 9th December 2013.

Guides in the News April 2013

Members of the guild held a protest in High Town on Wednesday 30th April about the lack of anything happening to the shrouded, burnt out building opposite the Old House for which we have to apologise when taking visitors round the city.

Our thanks to the Hereford Times for permission to use the following photograph which was taken on the occasion.

Guides in the News December 2011

A group photo taken at the Mayor's Reception for newly trained guides which took place in December 2011.

Guides in the News May 2011

These photos show the Guides receiving their bags and umbrellas bought with funds kindly donated by the previous Mayor, Anna Toon, on 13th May just before she finished her term of office.

Guides in the News December 2010

The photograph shows Jean ODonnell, founder and President of the Guild of Guides, and Bob Preece, Head Guide, receiving the first Mayoral Commendation from the Mayor, Councillor Anna Toon.

Guides receive first Mayoral Commendation

The first Mayoral Commendation to be awarded by a Mayor of the City of Hereford was presented to the Hereford Guild of Guides on Thursday, December 2nd 2010 in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall. This new award, the ‘Mayor’s Commendation’, has been introduced by the current Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Anna Toon. The Guild was honoured and delighted to be the first to receive the new award. There are currently about thirty guides who lead guided walks of the City. New Guides are trained every three years and over one hundred have been trained over the thirty-year period of the Guild’s existence.

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