The 2023 History Day event held at the Town Hall was a great success, with visitors and stand holders filling the Town Hall with a constant buzz and chatter. Our Historic Buildings Walk proved to be very popular and attracted 22 walkers. Although there were visitors in the group the majority were locals, many of whom had showed considerable interest at the stand.
On an unseasonably hot September day, (33 degrees in the shade!), we manned our stand in Hightown for the National Trust’s Heritage Open Days event 2023. We had a good day, conducting 2 free walks, one in the morning with 7 attendees, one in the afternoon with 9 attendees, managing to shelter in any patches of shade along the route! The walk was entitled “Building Hereford Through the Ages - architecture in the historic city centre” as part of the “Creativity Unwrapped” theme of this year’s event. (For more information on this themed walk go to our Booked Walks page.)
We were all shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Ian Stead, aged 73, who joined the Guild in the first half of 2022. Although his ‘first love' was Pre History he acknowledged that the more he learned of later eras, whilst studying the history of Hereford, the greater his interest in those later periods became. His wish to help the development of the Guild saw him appointed in the new role of Resources Officer, which he approached with characteristic enthusiasm.
In addition to the Guild he was an active member of groups covering local history, archeology, geology, walking and French conversation, as well as taking a lead role in social events in his village, Dinedor. He was also pushing hard to gain the funding and resources for the excavation of his beloved Dinedor Hill Fort. He was an active member of the group excavating Arthur’s Stone last year, and was looking forward to this year’s extension of the dig.
He was kind hearted, modest and good humoured. One rainy evening last winter he did not hesitate to come to the rescue of one fellow committee member who found she had a punctured tyre, and insisted on remaining with her until she could safely be on her way.
Ian leaves behind his long term partner, two sons and grandchildren and our thoughts are with them. He will be greatly missed.
Guides, new guides and guests were welcomed by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Mark Dykes.
At the reception the Mayor presented the fifteen newly qualified guides with their badges.
They are now all official City of Hereford Mayor's Guides.
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.
The Guides and guests at the Mayor's Christmas Reception in the Town Hall on the 6th December. The Guides were welcomed by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Paul Stevens.
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!
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.
Sunday 25th April 2021
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.
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 the Events Secretary.
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.
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.
The Guides with Mayor Sharon Michael during their Christmas Reception at the Mayor’s Parlour on December 4th 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.
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.
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.
Eleven newly qualified guides received their badges from Mayor Charles Nicholls on 7th December 2015
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.
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.
Dr. Richard Miller first in the Adult Section. Richard Millar's photograph was an A4 of the Christmas scene in High Town.
Katie Hughes first in the Junior Section. Katie Hughes photograph was an A5 photo of Elgar in the Cathedral Close.
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.
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.
A group photo taken at the Mayor's Reception for newly trained guides which took place in December 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.
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.
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.