Bishopstone Group Parish Council
Welcome to the Bishopstone and District Group Parish web site. We hope, within these pages, to provide useful and interesting information about our Parish. We welcome comments and suggestions so please feel free to make these via the contact us page.
About our Parish....
The Bishopstone Group of parishes is situated 8-
The Group comprises 5 parishes: Bishopstone, Bridge Sollars, Byford, Kenchester and Mansell Gamage. The parishes vary considerably in size and population density; Bishopstone, the largest and most nucleated, has a population of 197, while Bridge Sollers, Mansell Gamage and Byford together total 203. There are no separate figures available for Kenchester, as Herefordshire Council’s Key Statistics put it together with Stretton Sugwas.
Analysis of the 2001 census returns shows that the makeup of the population of the
parishes is typical of rural Herefordshire as a whole. There is an antiques centre
and a car sales business situated on the A438 at Bridge Sollars, but lack of facilities
in the Group means that residents have to travel to Hereford or to other towns and
villages for most shops and services. There is a bus service to and from Hereford
that serves some of the parishes but buses are few and far between and most travel
is by private cars. The Group has no surgery, school, playgroup, post office and,
until 2011, was without a community centre or public meeting place. With the aid
of a lottery grant a new church conversion took place in St Andrews Church at Bridge
Sollars providing a multi -