Activities at St John's
St. John's Drama Group
There has been a Drama Group at St. John's for almost as long as anyone can remember! You can read something about our history and our productions over the years here.
When we look at what we would like to perform our constraint is always what age ranges we are able to cast. We have a good nucleus of performers, but we could do with more people from the 20-40 years old age range!
Anyone and everyone (whatever your age!!) is welcome to come and join us in our endeavours in the lower hall at St John’s on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm. You will be welcomed with open arms, even if you only want to make the tea or wield a paint brush. It takes all sorts to make a viable Drama Group. We really do have a lot of fun as well as working hard at the production in hand. Just to make sure we are going to be there when you decide to come please telephone Alan Wayman on 01432 355886 or Hal Bottomley on 01432 357850.
We are very grateful for the loyal support we get from our audiences and we hope that they enjoy our offerings. We are also very grateful to the various people who work so hard for us back stage and front of house. Those of you who come to see our efforts and only see the performers on stage may not realise that there is at least an equal number back stage and front of house working their socks off to ensure the quality of the performance.
Music at St John's
St. John's has a musical tradition going back many years, both for its own music and as a venue for concerts given by visiting performers.
The Augmented Choir numbering about 30 voices generally performs a major Choral work during Lent. In recent years these have included the Victorian favourites Stainer's Crucifixion and Maunder's Olivet to Calvary. Other works have included Fauré's Requiem and Vivaldi's Gloria. More modern pieces have included "The Saviour" by Lloyd Webber, "The Singing Dancing Carpenter" by Christopher Tambling and Jerusalem Joy by Roger Jones.
We try to make our practices fun as well as musically worthwhile and new singers are always welcome to join us.
We also have our brass band, St. John's Brass which plays both at St. John's and at many other venues, both local and further afield. This has become a well known group in Herefordshire and plays at many different types of functions.
The band rehearses at St. John's on Sunday afternoons at 3.00 pm. Our Bandmaster is Hal Bottomley on 01432 357850.
Hereford Cathedral School frequently gives concerts and recitals in our Church and several local choirs enjoy giving concerts at St. John's where over 100 people can be seated comfortably, the acoustics are good and the welcome always very warm.
St. John's Luncheon Club meets each Wednesday. We enjoy various three-course meals at a very reasonable cost, provided by four different teams of volunteers. Meals have to be pre-booked. At present there are nearly 30 members who regularly dine and enjoy each other's company.
We sometimes have a short waiting list but should you be interested in joining the Club please contact us via our Contact us page.
Also, if you know of anyone who you think might enjoy a meal and good company once a week please let us know. We try particularly to cater for the elderly in the local area.