Welcome to the Walford Parish Council web site
Lying 2 miles south of the Herefordshire market town of Ross-on-Wye, the parish of Walford is one of the largest in south Herefordshire; its name is thought to derive from the name 'Wales-ford' where the old turnpike road to Wales crossed the River Wye.
Partly located in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and adjoining the Royal Forest of Dean, the settlements of Bishopswood, Walford, Hom Green, Coughton and Deep Dean comprise to form Walford Parish which is scenically framed by the River Wye to the west and the slopes of Chase Wood, Penyard Park, Howle, Leys and Bulls Hills to the east.
Steeped in history the ancient mediaeval monument of Goodrich Castle can easily be identified across the river from the Kerne Bridge, whilst the forests at Bishopswood were used for hunting. Also still visible in the parish are the remains of old iron works which date back to roman times.
Today we take pride in having within the parish two churches (All Saints at Bishopswood and St Michael and All Angels at Walford), a well attended primary school with around 175 pupils, a busy locally supported shop which was also previously the Post Office located at Bishopswood, one public house (The Mill Race), one hotel (The Inn on the Wye) near the Kerne Bridge and several bed and breakfast establishments. There are also a number of rural leisure facilities available which attract numerous visitors each year; the Wye Valley Walk passes through the parish with over 25 miles of footpaths and bridleways, fishing and shooting are also available and there is a public canoe launch near Bishopswood Village Hall.
In addition there are a range of clubs and associations within the parish which operate from each of the village halls:
Bridge Club, Community Association, Rainbow Guides, Short Mat Bowls Club, Village Hall Committee, Women's Institute, groups such as Jumpstart, Martial Arts and Mature Movers and a range of Adult Community Learning Classes
Churchwomen's Fellowship, Green Colley Grove Residents' Association, Kerne Bridge Mother and Toddler Group, South Herefordshire Cottage Garden Society, Village Hall Committee, Walford Dance Group, Walford Parish Residents' Association, Walford Pre-School Playgroup, Walford Royal British Legion – Women's Section, Women's Institute. The 3 sections of the Scout Group (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) meet at the Scout Hut next to Walford church
Servicing the needs of this busy parish there are thirteen Council Members, a part-time Clerk and part-time Administrator/Minute Taker. With a population of around 3,000 residents Walford Parish Council is committed to actively seeking to maintain and improve local facilities and wherever possible provide additional recreational facilities for the young, the elderly and indeed everyone who calls Walford Parish home.