CASTLEMORTON bell-ringers will be participating in BBC Hereford and Worcester's hospice appeal on Sunday, January 30. The benefice service will be at Longdon at 10.30am, where the benefice ringers will be joined by others from neighbouring villages to start ringing at 9.30am. To support this appeal, make a donation at the service at Longdon or via Elisabeth Smith on (01684) 833302.

St Gregory's Church Castlemorton was the venue for a very special event last Sunday morning. The choir of Malvern College, under director of music Iain Sloan, provided the music for our communion service and performed movements from the Schubert Mass in G, accompanied by a string quartet and with Emily Hunter and Gregory Swinford singing the solo soprano and tenor parts respectively.

During his address, Reverend Chris Moss gave an informative talk on the music of Schubert and other composers who wrote sacred music to be performed in the context of church services such as this one.

Following the service, the congregation, choir and parents shared an enjoyable lunch in the church. The fine music was appreciated by all present and thanks are due to Iain Sloan and the choir and to Stephen McDade, Sue Hill, Cecily Howick and John Kirby for providing the string quartet accompaniment.