The newly developed St Katherine’s Square was officially opened today (8 June).

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place during the 10th annual Ledbury Community Day, which provides an opportunity for local groups to showcase what they do and encourage participation from locals and visitors – a celebration of Ledbury and District’s excellence.

Representatives from local groups and societies, businesses, and funding contributors, as well as council officials and the press, were all a part of the festivities.  

The Square will be a destination public space for the local community and visitors, complementing recent investment by Herefordshire Council in the renovation of 16th Century Master’s House building. The space will accommodate market trading away from the busy streets, community events, and much more.

Cllr Roger Phillips, Chairman of Herefordshire Council, said: “I recall vividly seeing the original plans for the refurbishment of the Masters House and surrounding area and it has been fantastic to see the whole project progress and take shape.

“It was my pleasure to open the new St Katherine’s Square, which is a beautiful public space and will go on to become an asset for Ledbury.”

Cllr Harvey, Cllr Phillips and Cllr Simmons

Cllr Liz Harvey, Ward Member for Ledbury North, said: “The aim of this development was to transform the existing car park into a gateway to the Masters House, encompassing a garden, public space and ample parking.

“It has been thrilling to see the project take shape, and a pleasure to open what is a fantastic improvement to the townscape, a new feature to our attractive public environment and a wonderful space for community activities and public events.

“We have worked with a variety of partners during the project, and their contributions were all incredibly important. I would like to thank them on behalf of Ledbury for their time and support.”

St Katherine’s Square is suitable for a range of events, and it can now be booked via the Herefordshire Council website.