Image, with thanks, by John Nethercott

Image, with thanks, by John Nethercott

The Friends of St Michael's, Discoed are sad to announce the death of our President, Edward Storey on the 18th of November after a short illness.

Ever since Edward arrived in Discoed from the Fens he threw himself into the life of the community and into supporting St Michael's church. As our President he spread his enthusiasm for the Friends far and wide. He was the keeper of the spirit of the church...only the best would do! Our leader on all matters literary, he was our Bard and he was the Chronicler of all our activities and published 4 books of poems inspired by St Michael's. He will be sorely missed by us all.

Change of Address
by Edward Storey

I have chosen to lie
where twelve moons a year
will constantly look down on me
between the yew tree and the spire,
where, in the morning, it won’t be long
before the new day sun is seen
stealthily creeping into the churchyard
like a boy climbing an orchard wall
to pick an apple just about to fall.

Here, neighbours have no need
to pass the time of day -
their peace, like their beds,
has always been made under the sky
where it's comforting to know
it will always be so.

Edward Storey

Edward Storey

St Michael's Church, Discoed

The modest 'Shepherd’s' church of St Michael in Discoed (Old English 'dic' and 'cot' a cottage by Offa’s Dyke), on the border between Powys and Herefordshire, acts as a both a spiritual and artistic hub to the community. This chapel of ease for St Andrew’s, Presteigne, is medieval, with 'admirably restrained' Victorian modifications. The circular site, the spectacular ancient yew tree, and the spring by the churchyard gate, suggest that the sanctity of this place has been respected for much longer. It remains a haven of rare tranquillity and natural beauty (with at least thirty-two species of wild flowers) set in unspoilt Welsh Marches border countryside.

The Friends of St Michael’s

St Michael’s Church is inseparable from the 5,000 year old yew tree that presides over this ancient circular site. The yew is largely self re-generating, but the church – the centre of our tiny community – is not.

The Friends of St Michael’s, under President Edward Storey and with Patrons, Professor David Bellamy, Dr Ronald Blythe and David Wheeler, was formed to raise the funds for the repair, renovation and development of our much loved church. As a daughter church of St Andrew’s, Presteigne, it was unrealistic to believe that the use of the church for services would justify the expense that would be needed to achieve these aims. A parallel commitment was therefore made to use the building for as wide a range of arts events as possible.

The essential repairs to the fabric of the church, (for the time-being!) are now complete, an efficient modern heating system has been installed, the paths have been relayed and the interior adapted to a much wider range of uses.

We are proud of the wide range of events that have been put on at St Michael’s over the last few years including concerts, literary events and art and ceramic exhibitions. The Friends have probably raised some £150,000 since their formation but more importantly they have created a strong and committed group of local enthusiasts backed up by a wider group of supporters across the country. While the Friends still need to raise funds for the long-term future of St Michael’s we are also ready to help other causes.



Leave Presteigne heading west on the B4356. After 1 mile take minor road (straight on) signposted Cascob. Continue for 1 mile. Church approach is up on left after Discoed sign. 



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