A Wonderful Day in Leominster!


By 2020 Tricia Thomas


A couple of Friday’s ago, I spent a happy day in Leominster as the guest of Cllr Clive Thomas, 465th Mayor of Leominster.  I met Dep Mayor Cllr John Rumsey, Town Clerk Julie Debbage and Office Manager Liz Womack. They’ve been brilliant during Covid bringing volunteers together.

Julie took me to meet Linda Jones at Community Wheels providing transport by volunteer drivers to those without access. They are always looking out for volunteers to join the team so if this appeals, call 015687 615785 if you can help.

Leominster Tourist Information Centre is off Corn Square as is the town’s very own holiday let The Servants Quarters, sympathetically renovated to provide very comfortable accommodation in the centre of the town.

Next, we were off to Leominster Museum with Lena, where trustees Geoffrey Crofts and Jim were waiting to greet us. The Museum is a gem covering many facets of Leominster, and more exhibits planned for spring 2021. Through the Friday market, with show songs from market officer Richard Brookman, a regular market-day performer during COVID19!

From Corn Square, following Heritage Signage to the stunningly beautiful Grange Court. Built in 1663 this wonderful building was relocated from Broad Street in 1859. Today it is a Community, Heritage and Enterprise Hub, owned by the people of Leominster through the LARC Development Trust, and a place for people to meet, work, learn,eat and enjoy! I met Mike Thornhill MBE who started the whole project and trustees Jackie Herschy and Martin Baines, site manager Carl and Jim the gardener, all passionate about this special place. A delicious lunch supplied by the café followed in the Mayors Parlour. Do visit Grange Court, Leominster.

On to The Forbury to meet Nick and the very talented About Face Theatre Company  luckily for us they were in rehearsal. it’s a special organisation, one of very few professional theatre companies  in the country working with actors with learning disabilities.

We finished off at the Leominster Food Bank with Kathy Bland who explained to us all, that a permanent home is badly needed for the bank.

Thank you Clive and LTC team for a great intinerary, I met so many people and saw so much! #Leominster