April/May 2017 News

Posted on April 1st, 2017

Byton News

Good Friday Cross Carrying

We meet at 10.30 am at the church and the cross is carried up the hill behind the church and fixed to the fence until Ascension Day. There are stops on the way for hymns and readings and to take a breath! The view is fantastic. Please join us , dogs and children welcome and hot cross buns and coffee in the church afterwards.

Easter Sunday

Communion is at 9.30 am.


This is to be held at Court House Farm Thursday, May 4th @ 8 pm. All are welcome.

Flowers and Cleaning Rota

April     Everyone for Easter please

May     Mrs C Scatcherd and Mrs S Evans


Lyonshall News

Decorating for Easter

Lyonshall church will be decorated for Easter on Saturday, April 15th from 10.00 am. Please come along to help or bring flowers and foliage. If you would like to give a lily in memory of a loved one, please contact Julie Green on 01544340307.

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

Join us at the Memorial Hall, Lyonshall, for our monthly Coffee Mornings every second Friday, between 10 and 12 noon.The next two dates for your diaries are Friday April 7th and Friday May 12th. Please note that the April date is the FIRST Friday of the month, and not the second. As the second Friday falls on Good Friday, we have decided to move it forward a week.

Fundraising news…

In February we raised £100 which was donated to Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford, and in March we supported Megan Baker House, Project Chrysalis with £120.Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new. Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.


Open gardens at the Whittern, Lyonshall on Sunday May 21st, from 2pm to 5pm.

By kind permission of Gio and Jo Hilditch, the beautiful garden at the Whittern will be open to showcase its Rhododendrons.

Also enjoy spectacular views, specimen trees, water features and garden sculpture.

Afternoon teas, ice creams, plant sale, stalls, Grand Raffle and Garden Tour available.

Parking/disabled access. £3.00 per person entry fee.

All proceeds to be shared in aid of Lyonshall Church, Midlands Air Ambulance and Haven Breast Cancer Hereford.

Pembridge News

OPEN FARM SUNDAY at The Leen, Pembridge (HR6 9HN) on Sunday 11th June from 2-5pm (Farm Tours at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm. 3.30pm- arrive 10 minutes before the tour you wish to join) You will get the chance to see our cows being milked, chickens produced, river-dipping, meadow walks, how an Anaerobic Digester works and meet the oldest Hereford herd in the world! For more information contact sarah@theleen.co.uk .Everyone is welcome!

The Village Quire and The Hound of the Baskervilles

Thank you to all who attended the above events. The Village Quire started the Christmas festival with a wonderful evening of traditional Christmas music and the Christmas season ended with an entertaining performance of the Hound of the Baskervilles by the Rain and Shine Theatre Company. We are very fortunate to have the space to be able to put on these performances and look forward to putting on a range of further performances throughout the year.

Annual Quiz Evening.

Thank you to the 13 teams that entered our quiz and congratulations to “The Mothers of Invention” team who were the winners at the end of an enjoyable evening. Thank you as well to all who helped, especially Meryl for setting the questions and to David for being quiz master, the barman and catering team. We hope to have made at least £300 which will help towards our annual costs.

ON SUNDAY, JULY 9TH, WESTONBURY MILL WATER GARDENS will be opening in aid of Pembridge Church 11 am to 5 pm.  Richard and Sally hope for a good turnout from Pembridge and the surrounding community as their special guests with all entrance fees put towards the maintenance of Pembridge’s beautiful ancient parish church.Last season Carol Klein and BBC Gardener’s World visited the Gardens – see the video clip on the website www.westonburymillwatergardens.com. This season the new caterer Caron Baker and her helpers will be running a refurbished cafe offering faster food at affordable prices.

While enjoying growing national recognition and visitors from afar, the Pims are happiest seeing local friends and neighbours visiting the follies, the flower borders and the wildflower meadow. They look forward to seeing you on this special Pembridge Day.


The April meeting will be our AGM at the home of Anthea Anderson, our branch leader, on Wednesday 26th at 2-30pm. In May we will go to Hergest Gardens on the 24th at 2-30pm, each at our own expense. Anyone interested in getting to know us or what we do is always welcome. Last year we were able to give £50 to the PCC for children’s Bibles as usual, if a little late. This year we have so far given £50 to our overseas fund and £50 to a crisis intervention fund. Very sincere thanks to our members and all who support our fund raising events in any way.

Janice Moore (Treasurer)


April 2nd                              Communion       S Evans                 E Hardy

9th                                Palm Sunday      TBA                        TBA

16th                                Easter Sunday   TBA                        TBA


May 7th                               Communion       C or M Fothergill G Smith

21st                                Communion       J Pace                      L or M Boore

28th                               Songs of Praise TBA

June 4th                               Communion       A Anderson          C Price

Easter Lilies at St Mary’s, Pembridge

If you would like to have Easter Lilies in church in memory or dedicated to someone at Easter, please send donations to Joyce Williams (388303) or Gill Smith (388441) or money can be put  in The Lily Box at The Steppes, by 1st April, so that lilies can be ordered.

Pembridge WI

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month in Pembridge Village Hall at 7.00pm
April 12th Janet Stevens from ‘Herefordshire Talking Newspaper’ will be speaking to us.
May 10th will be a demonstration of Lino Cutting.
Reading Group will meet and we will be going ten-pin bowling after lunch at The Grove. Also we will meet up for tea/coffee cake and chat in The Steppes at 3.00pm on the last Tuesday of each month and may be a walk somewhere or even a train trip.
We welcome newcomers – contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.

Church – Bible Group

This will be held at Rose Cottage in Pembridge every Wednesday morning through Lent and then on Wednesday 3rd May and Wednesday 17th May. Time 10.00am. Contact Catherine on 01544 388279


Thank you so much to everyone involved in raising a magnificent total of £3953.01 for the Poppy Appeal. Every year, I’m amazed by the generosity of our community and our contribution to the annual collection reflects the consistent support for this cause. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.

Sharon O’Hare Poppy Appeal Organiser

Pembridge CE Primary School Governors Wanted

  • Do you want to contribute to your local community and get involved in children’s education?
  • Are you willing to challenge and ask questions?
  • Are you open to new ideas, willing to learn and interested in gaining new skills?
  • Would you like to put your existing skills to good use to improve the lives of local children?

If so, you may be interested in becoming a School Governor.  We are looking for community members or people involved in local businesses who will help our school to continue to thrive and offer outstanding education in Pembridge.   You don’t need any special qualifications but a commitment to attend 2-3 evening meetings per term. Governors need to have an open and enquiring mind, support the Christian ethos of the school, be able to listen and make informed judgments, join in debate and ask questions, and be willing to work with the other members of the governing body in shaping the future of the school.  You will also need to pass enhanced safeguarding checks.

Please contact Sue Biddle, Clerk to the Governors, at office@pembridge.hereford.sch.uk or 01544 388366 to arrange an informal discussion with one of the governors to find out more.

Shobdon News

The church is having a bottle stall and book sale at the forthcoming food and flying festival. Any bottles or books you have would be most welcome. For more details please contact  Anne  Walker 01568 708712   Marcia Lynch Staunton 01568 708360.

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church: if you are able to help  for a week please contact Caroline Jones 01568 708043


If you would like advice or information about flowers for your wedding please contact  Pearl Teale  01568 708725

Flower Festival  

Shobdon flower festival will take place on 30th September and !st October. In order to keep costs to a minimum we are hoping to use locally grown flowers. If you feel you could help by growing flowers please let us know. Suggestions of suitable flowers – Asters, Antirrhinum, Calendula, Cornflower, Dahlia, Echinacea. Grasses, Cosmos , Nigella, Penstemon, Sunflowers, Late sweet peas,  Vebena, Ammi  Alstromeria (from bulbs).

Food and Flying Festival

Plans for this year’s Shobdon Food and Flying Festival are gathering pace nicely.

On the food front, we have a great selection of food and drink producers, many of them new additions to the line up, coming to show off their skills and sell their produce. Similarly, we have more craft producers than ever joining us this year. We have a lot of attractions that we can’t yet announce, but we can confirm that Great British Bake Off star, Howard Middleton will be doing a cooking demonstration on both days of the Festival. Howard was a stand out star of series 4. In fact, with the show now switching to Channel 4, Howard had the very last word on the series on the BBC in last year’s Christmas special!

We are also thrilled to announce a musical extravaganza on the Friday night to get the Festival weekend off to a real swing. Starring ITV Central’s popular weather presenter, Des Coleman, we are hosting an evening with The Rat Pack. For the last 20 years, Des has travelled the world as part of a Rat Pack tribute act and Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Des, as Sammy Davis Jr, will be performing classic hits in a marquee on the showground. More information will be released later, so please keep across our website and social media pages and look out for posters soon!

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st and 2nd of July and, of course, on the evening of Friday the 30th of June…thin black ties optional!

Terry Teale Food Festival Founder

Bible studies

At the Group’s final meeting before Easter (20 March) we shall look at chapters 52 and 53 of the prophet Isaiah which are a description of the method by which Jesus would die and the agony involved in crucifixion.  There are two remarkable points about this: Jesus would have known of this prediction, and would have had to live knowing of the sacrifice He would eventually have to make; and, secondly, the prophecy was made some 500 years before it was fulfilled, and at a time when this Roman method of execution was unknown in Israel.  So, prophecies are fulfilled.

Prayer meetings

Some of us meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Methodist Chapel in Shobdon, 10.30am, to pray for particular people who are ill at home or in hospital, or for particular events in the Village.

A story about prayer

Dr Helen Roseveare spent more than 20 years as a missionary doctor in the Congo.  In her early years she worked at a clinic and orphanage.  She had been there almost four years when a mother died in labour, leaving behind a premature baby and a two year old girl.  With no electricity and no incubator it would be difficult to keep the new born baby warm.  The only available hot waater bottle burst when it was filled with water.  They were situated in the jungle, miles from anyone who could help.

Dr Helen shared the situation with the children and a 10-year-old girl named Ruth decided to pray.  Her prayer was so simple, “Please God, send us a hot water bottle.  It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.  And while you are about it, would you please send a dolly for the little girl, so she will really know you love her.”

The only way this prayer could be answered would be the arrival of a parcel from home, but Dr Helen had not received a single package in the four years she had been in the Congo.  Who, in their right mind would send a hot water bottle to the equator?

Later that afternoon a large parcel was delivered to Dr Helen’s door.  They found clothes, food and bandages in the parcel, and a brand new hot water bottle.  At the bottom of the parcel they found a doll for the little girl.  The parcel had been sent from England five months earlier!  The Bible says that before wecall God will answer (Isaiah 65.24).  Father God had heard this child’s prayer and had been answering it five months before the prayer was even prayed.  But when the prayer was prayed the result was stunning!

Jesus said: “Except you become like a little child you cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 18.3).  He does not mean us to be childish, rather, childlike in our simplicity, our trust and even our vulnerability.

(From “Prayer: How to Pray and Hear From God” by Michael Ross-Watson, with slight adaptations.)

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

ST PETER’S CHURCH has been at the centre of life in this village for many hundreds of years. Whether you are a regular worshipper or not, this lovely building, and the pastoral care it generates, is a great asset from which we hope future generations will also be able to benefit. Unfortunately it now needs a new roof – an urgent and expensive priority. One avenue, which is being looked into by the PCC, is the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship. The joy of this programme is that it is not only designed to provide costs for vital repairs to the church, but also to encourage a wider range of people to take an interest in the place of Worship and to help care for it in the future. To tap into this opportunity, we need to find new ways for the wider community to use our Church and/or to provide new opportunities for people to find out about its heritage. In short this project is designed to benefit the whole community. We are extremely keen to hear from anybody who would be prepared to help us with this huge task. This might be in the form of feedback and ideas, an offer of financial support or a key commitment to look at all suggestions, and then help to deliver, an appropriate heritage project. There is plenty to consider, including our historic motte and bailey and cultural and tourism ideas which could be expanded upon.

We urge you to get behind this vital project, and are excited by the opportunities it could generate for the whole village and its outlying communities. Please, please get in touch with us by the middle of May to register your valuable support.

Sue Burleigh, 01544 267368

Jeremy Hewett, 01544 388764

Julia Jacobus, 01544 388223

For further information you can go to the website below:


MILLENNIUM GARDEN.  Recent visitors the village’s Millennium Garden must have been very impressed by its greatly improved state. The board showing the panoramic view over the Arrow Valley has been replaced and the whole garden has been groomed and looks now, as it should. Sincere thanks are due to Liz and Roland Scott in taking the lead and performing much of the hard work involved. For those of you who are green fingered, help is still needed to maintain the garden in its prime condition.


VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS. Hiring of the rooms at the Village Hall has now been taken over by Sandra Evans. She can be contacted on 01544 388742 or by e-mail at smpevans@hotmail.com

ANNUAL VILLAGE CLEAN-UP DAY on Saturday 29th April meeting at the Village Hall from 9am. There are plenty of jobs to be done, spring cleaning, windows, gutters, bramble cutting, moss sweeping!

Bring some tools with you if you can and get stuck in. We promise to have the kettle on and there might even be biscuits.

Please come along and support; villagers old and new, we need you!


Please come along – we would welcome support for our village asset.

Please note, from October 2017 the one pound coin will no longer be legal tender.

Our electricity meter will only accept £2 coins from this time, but you will be getting twice as much electricity. A bargain!

Staunton on Arrow WI for April and May 2017

We have had an excellent start to the year with our Annual Post Christmas Lunch in January held at the Kings House Pembridge, followed by very interesting meetings in February and March.  We welcomed a new member in February, Vicki Margetson, from Lyonshall.

Our meetings of 2017 continue with:

Wednesday 19 April                        Kurling

Wednesday 17 May                        Resolutions Night & Talk and Slides about Lower Brockhampton Manor with Malcolm Penny.

Hostesses                                       Judy Davies and Marion Weaver

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are welcome.  £4 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website, http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com I have recently updated the history section and if you can help out by dating any of the photos in the later or earlier sections I would be most grateful.

Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A

There was a good audience at the U3A March meeting for an interesting talk on Titanic – things you didn’t know. The next meeting is on Thursday 13th April, 2pm in the Kington Football Clubhouse. Laura Allwright will be speaking about her life as the “Flying Vet Nurse”. Come along to find out more. Members £1, Non-members welcome, £2, including refreshments. If you need more information contact the secretary on 01544 231401.
In May Duncan James is coming to talk about Timber Framed Houses of
Herefordshire, 16th to 18th Century. The meeting is on Thursday 11th
May, 2pm again in the Football Clubhouse.