April/May News

Posted on March 27th, 2016

The Rural Dean Writes…

I know that there is a great deal of sadness in the Arrowvale Parishes over the departure of Brenda Jacobs for pastures new in Devon. In her all-too-brief time as Rector, Brenda achieved a great deal and certainly leaves the Benefice the better for her ministry, but she has moved on to a new phase in her ministry and leaves the Arrowvale Churches to do the same in theirs.

Brenda asked me to write to you about the process by which a new Rector will be appointed, so, although we don’t have dates attached to any of what follows as yet, this is roughly the order in which things will happen.

We begin with a number of conversations between the Churchwardens, the Rural Dean and Lay Co-Chair of Kington & Weobley, and the Archdeacon of Hereford. Two of these conversations have already taken place, enabling the Archdeacon to start to get a feel for the hopes and dreams the parishes have for their next rector and the kind of mission and ministry they might all undertake together over the next few years.

These hopes and dreams will be crystallised at a Vacancy Consultation on a Saturday morning in the spring – to which Churchwardens, PCC members, and anyone else who would like to be there, will be welcomed. The results of that consultation will form the basis of the Statement of Needs (the statement of what you are looking for in your new rector) and the Parish Profile (your description of the parishes, the churches, and their ministry).

The Statement and Profile will be the main items sent out to possible candidates when the vacancy has been advertised in the Church Times and locally on the Diocesan website. Applicants will be shortlisted by the Bishop, the Archdeacon and the Patrons of the different parishes in the Benefice, and those on the shortlist will be invited to attend interviews, which are normally held at the Bishop’s House. If one of the candidates is thought suitable by the common consent of the interviewing panel (which includes a rep from each parish) he or she will be invited to be your next rector – subject, of course, to safeguarding enquiries. At this point he or she will give three months notice in their current post and then make the move to Pembridge Rectory.

It’s a long and complicated process, but it can’t – and shouldn’t – be rushed, so we must expect at least nine months before a new rector can be installed and it could easily be twice as long as that. But please be assured that every effort will be made to keep the process moving as swiftly, smoothly and effectively as possible.

Please also be assured that I will do everything I can – along with the Churchwardens, Clergy and Readers of the Deanery and the many members of your congregations who already help with services and other ministry – to maintain the mission of the Arrowvale Churches during the vacancy.

Please pray for us – we’ll need it! – and pray that God will send you the right priest to lead you in faith, discipleship and ministry for the coming years…

With very best wishes


Messy Church- the future

During the vacancy the team will be continuing to run Messy church, with the next one being held on April 19th.

Each session will be led by two of the team and any enquiries should be made to Catherine and Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279 c.fothergill@btinternet.co.uk


A big thank you to all who have wished Paul and I well for our move, and for the cards and generous gifts.

These are very special communities and it has been a privilege to share the journey with you for a while.

May you continue to offer the warmth of welcome and friendship that we have experienced here to all those whom you meet and may God’s blessing be with you all.

Brenda and Paul 

From the Registers


  • Grace Richards 7th February 2016 Lyonshall
  • Bethan Louise Weale 14th February 2016 Shobdon
  • Sarah Ann Lydia Ball 28th February 2016 Pembridge
  • James Nigel Luke Ball  28th February 2016 Pembridge

We welcome them into the Lord’s family


  • Keith Tucker and Sophie Redway 9th January 2016 Staunton-on-Arrow

We wish them every happiness in the future


  • Kenneth Henry Joseph Newman  20th January 2016  Hereford crematorium and Pembridge church
  • Elizabeth Eve Medway 3rd and 4th February 2016 Hereford crematorium and Staunton church
  • Josephine Althea Holmes 21st February 2016 Burial of ashes Pembridge

Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends


Byton News

Scottish Evening 

This evening back in January was a great success, everyone enjoying themselves and making money for the church at the same time. Thanks go to Rosemary and Paul Segrott  and helpers and to all who attended  this event.

Bridge Afternoon

Thanks to all who helped in any way either donating draw prizes, making sandwiches and cakes, washing up, lending bridge equipment and organising this event.

It was a successful afternoon with many commenting on the delicious tea!


This will be held @ Court House Farm on Monday, April 11th @ 8pm.

Cleaning and Flowers

April –no service

May – Mrs S Evans and Mrs C Scatcherd

Thanks to Brenda

We are all  sorry that Brenda is leaving us. She has been an inspiration and supporter of our church and all its events. Paul has been a wonderful support to her and to us all also and we shall miss them both, but wish them much happiness in the future.

Geoffrey Christopher John Payne 1936-2016

Byton is mourning the loss of a key member of the village.

Geoff has served the church in Byton for over 50 years. He was the churchwarden for many years and faithfully lit the lamps, pumped the organ, wound the clock, swept the path, mowed the churchyard and turned his hand to anything which needed doing. No job was too small or too large. He helped at all of the social events and could normally be found collecting the money on the door.

He was a true gentleman, took everything in his stride, had a ready sense of humour and a lovely smile. He was an integral part of the church and the PCC and will be missed so very much.

For most of his life he worked on the estate at Kinsham Court and Court House Farm at Byton. He was happiest when working outdoors and didn’t really understand what retirement was. He did allow himself the joy of a spot of fishing and a drop of cider.

We recently celebrated his 80th birthday in style with a party at Kinsham Village hall just before his final short illness. He passed away peacefully at St Michael’s hospice.

A good and faithful servant now at rest.


Lyonshall News

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 8th and Friday May 13th.

Fundraising news…

In February we raised £100, which was donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

In March we again raised £100, which we decided to give to the RAF Benevolent Fund in memory of a much loved and respected member of Lyonshall, Jack Hadley.

Jack was an inspiration to many and at 97 years old, his positive and uncomplaining nature and sense of humour was an example to us all.

He will be greatly missed by many, particularly his friends at Coffee Morning.

Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support.

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.

Dorothy Mary Jenkins 1922-2016

Dorothy Jenkins, who has died aged 93, was a much loved figure to many local folk,having been for some years the licencee, along with her husband Tom, of the Greyhound Inn pub, now the King’s House restaurant, in Pembridge.

She grew up with her younger sister on a smallholding at Old Radnor and during her teenage years, her family moved to live at Stanner. They were happy times for her, and she would fondly recall the breezy walk over the hill to the small school at Old Radnor.

Dorothy left school at the age of 14, spending a period of employment in service at Dunfield House, Kington. This was then followed by service of a different kind, when she enlisted in the ATS of the Army. Intensive training, much of it in Scotland, led to her manning anti-aircraft guns in Hackney, London, the South East and North Yorkshire during the blitz – “You were too busy and there was too much adrenaline flowing to be frightened!”

After the war, she came back to Kington and took work at the laundry, where she met and married Tom. They lived at White House cottage, Bradnor for a while when their daughter Irene was born, before taking on the Greyhound Inn in 1957. Her time as a pub landlady and mother seemed a busy and contented one, and was a rich source of fascinating tales of a bygone era.

Changes with the brewery company and Tom having suffered a brief spell of illness due to pleurisy led them to move, in 1969, to Westonbury, where Tom worked for Bulmer’s in the orchards. Rather than sitting back, Dorothy, who loved the outdoors, also undertook work in the orchards, pruning and apple picking. After his death in 2004, Dorothy continued to live at the lodge, enjoying the garden and local walks in the orchards, and remained there, in spite of increasing frailty until her death. Although ably assisted by Irene, she was a fiercely independent lady, never finding it easy to accept help, but maintained a sharp, warmly receptive mind, and a dignified bearing to the end.

Lyonshall PCC Annual Meeting

This meeting will be held in the church at 7.00 pm after Evening Service on April 24th. All are welcome.

Jack Weaver, Forge Crossing, Lyonshall

On the 7th May I will be volunteering with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in the Satkhira District of Bangladesh for 12 weeks. There will be 11 other volunteers as well as a team leader. I will be living in a rural village with a host family, learning their culture and step by step helping to improve the lives of the people around me. The aid we will give during our stay will include action days to promote mass awareness on topics such as sexual health, education and hygiene; regular work with youth clubs to hear the needs of young people; organizing meetings with local government officials to help bring change to the community, and investigating ways of improving livelihoods and local businesses. I have been set a fundraising target of £800 to show my commitment to the program. If any readers believe in what I say and think this is a worthwhile cause then please don’t hesitate to give a donation large or small through my justgiving page!

All donations are much appreciated.

Thank you.


Pembridge News

Pembridge WI

At our April meeting (Wed. 13th at 7pm) we will be making crazy music in the Village Hall.

A trip to Monmouth has been planned for Wed. 27th April.

In May we will be visiting the Mayor’s Parlour in Hereford Town Hall and having lunch out.

The June meeting will be a celebration garden party for The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

The Reading Group will be meeting and we will be ten-pin bowling at The Grove.

If you would like to join us please contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279 or Tricia Lloyd 01885 488319).

Dates for the Diary

April 9th  “Grand National” Coffee Morning Rose Cottage 10.30am

June 12th Strawberry Tea,The Curl 2.30pm

July 9th Coffee Morning Rose Cottage 10.30am

August 6th Fete Church 2.30pm

Oct 8th Coffee Morning Rose Cottage 10.30am

Nov 19th Woodcock FayreChurch10.30am

Dec 17th Village Quire Concert Church

Annual Quiz Evening.

Thank you to those who supported the Quiz Evening. The  “Mothers of Invention” beat the field of 13 with the “Griffindorks” coming a close second. The wooden spoons were presented to “Six Shades of Gray” Special thanks go to Meryl and David, who prepared the questions and to David for being question master on the night. Thanks also go to the catering team and barman. We raised £300 towards much needed church funds.

“Grand National” Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning at Rose Cottage on the 9th April (Grand National Day). There will be home- made cakes, drinks, a “bring and buy” stall, raffle and a chance to chat.

Children, Coffee, Croissants And Conversation

Are you one of those people who would like to go to church but find the prospect of joining a congregation where everyone appears to know exactly what to do daunting? If so, the above service, listed as 4Cs on the back of the magazine, could be just right for you.

You could meet the regulars in a friendly informal situation at 11am on the second Sunday of the month at St Mary’s Church Pembridge. We sit in a circle for a short simple service which includes one reading and some prayers which are handed round on a small piece of paper, then chat over coffee and croissants.If you have children it would be nice to see them, but if you haven’t that’s fine too.

So why not give it a try?


  • April 3rd. Communion.  R Scott,E Lynch
  • 17th. Communion.   S Pim,E Hardy
  • 24th. Family Service.  T Hollinghurst
  • May 1st. Communion. C or M Fothergill, C or R Barclay
  • 15th. Communion. J Pace. L or M Boore
  • 22nd. Family Service. T Hollinghurst
  • June. 5th. Communion.  A Anderson. C Price

St Mary’s Community Project, Pembridge – Update

A community meeting was held in the church on the evening of July 7th 2014.  Community groups were invited and a general invitation went out via posters, etc. Over 50 were in attendance. The plans had been laid out for viewing.  As people arrived they were invited to sign in and then partake of refreshments while they viewed the plans. Everyone was invited to be seated for the presentations and the rector, Brenda Jacobs, welcomed everyone and gave an introduction to the evening. The first presentation was given by Bob Anderson who told the audience something of the history of the church and the changes that have been made to it over the years – different things having been moved or replaced. Change is not something new. The main presentation of the evening was from the architect, Jeremy Bell, who talked about the plans and the proposed changes to the church. This was an excellent presentation and few could not be inspired by his enthusiasm and passion for his work. The audience were invited to ask any questions or voice any concerns. In general this meeting was very positive although there were some concerns voiced. For the most part it was wonderful to hear all the positive comments after all the hard work that has been put into the project over the last few years.

This seems like a long time ago but since then, during 2014 and 2015, work has carried on behind the scenes on writing Statements of Significance and Need* and in investigating Funding bodies, particularly the Heritage Lottery Fund(HLF). We have also met with Liz Shaw, a representative from the HLF.

So far three applications for funding have been submitted, to Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust (HHCT), Allchurches Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation, in September 2015 and October 2105. HHCT are very interested in the project and want to hear back from us if we secure Heritage Lottery funding, with the potential of receiving up to £25,000 from them. Unfortunately, the Garfield Weston Foundation were unable to help at present and we still await the outcome of the third application..

In the meantime a list of over 20 smaller funding bodies has been drawn up and we will be investigating as to whether our project qualifies for funding from them. If so, applications will be made.

For the HLF application we decided that we needed someone with expertise to assist us with the funding application. The PCC have therefore commissioned Suzanne Wenczek of Bearwood Associates who will work with us on the HLF first round application. We very much look forward to working with Suzanne with the view to submitting a HLF application in the summer or at the latest in the autumn.

Progress may seem slow but we remain focused on our goal and are moving forward slowly but surely.

We will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday July 9th at Rose Cottage, Pembridge where we will be bringing the community up to date on the project, so if you would like to know more please come along.  Look out for posters nearer the time.

Meryl Griffith

Project Secretary

A Statement of Significance is an important tool to help everyone understand the significance of the church building and its fabric and fittings and should accompany every faculty (planning permission) application that involves making changes to a listed church.

A Statement of Need is a document which explains justifies and rationalises the proposal, and it serves to provide easily accessible information to help interested bodies such as the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and English Heritage assess the scheme which is being proposed for a faculty. (The DAC advises the Diocesan Chancellor {who has the authority to grant Faculties} on the suitability of schemes of repair and alterations.)

Shobdon News

Shobdon Coffee Mornings take place on the 2nd Saturday of the month in the Village Hall ,  10 am to noon.

Next dates are : April 9th , May 14th & June 11th.

The Anglican – Methodist service of Holy Communion will continue during during the Vacancy at 10.30 am on the first Thursday of every month. The next service will be on April 7th.  It is held in the Shobdon Methodist Chapel which is warm and comfortable.  Every service is followed by tea, coffee and a biscuit.  There is no singing or a sermon, just Christian fellowship.  Open to all.

Shobdon Church will have a fundraiser bottle stall at the Food & Flying Festival on the 25th/26th June . If you would like to donate a bottle or help on the weekend please call Anne 708712 or Marcia 708360.

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church , a week say every few months. If you can help please ring Anne 708712.

Please look out for church events on the ‘Shobdon Whats On’ , to get on the mailing list email : shobdonenews@gmail.com

Staunton-on-Arrow News

PCC AGM will be held on Monday 18th April 2016 at 7pm in the Village Hall. All parishioners are welcome.

The Staunton on Arrow Village Hall AGM will take place at the Village Hall on Thursday 5th May at 7pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome.

The Annual Village Hall Clean Up is on Saturday 7th May. This will take place at 2 pm after Coffee Spot in the morning. It involves giving the hall a spring clean and outdoor sweeping and weeding. All welcome……..Many hands make light work!

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration. On Sunday 12th June at 2:30pm there will be an Afternoon Tea. Bring some food to share – Hats and Red, White and Blue theme, plus a showing of Claire Burton’s local DVD (postponed after technical failure at the Harvest Supper). For further infomation contact Debbie Weaver on 01544 388238.

The Village Hall Trustees would like to thank Stuart Hammond for painting the outside of the Village Hall and making an excellent job of it.

Staunton on Arrow WI .

With our first two meetings of the year in February and March over, we are well into the swing of the WI Year again.  We are very happy to welcome two new members for 2016, Vanessa Woodward who lives in the village, and Sheila Futcher from Lyonshall and we hope they will enjoy meeting with us.   Our membership is now 22.  We are planning to have some of our members helping in the Herefordshire Federation WI Marquee at the Three Counties Show in June, as well as preparing our own section of the WI display.  Our ‘twin ‘ WI for the next two years is the new Weobley WI, so we will be hoping to meet them soon.

Meetings for April and May are:

  • Wednesday 20th April E. U. Interpreting: Elizabeth Eglund Hostesses: Sandra Edwards & Noelle Gill
  • Wednesday 18th May Resolutions Night Planning for the Future Trudy Nicholas & Amy Makaruk Hostesses: Judy Davies & Marion Weaver

Our lunch club goes from strength to strength and we have already lunched twice, at the Bateman Arms Shobdon and the Old Steppes Pembridge; on both occasions the food was delicious.

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 always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.  We are hoping to welcome new members this year.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website, http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord

Minutes Secretary 01544 340256

Eve Redway 1941- 2016

In January Staunton-on-Arrow lost one of its most dedicated and much loved residents.

Eve was a genuine community person she reached out to everyone, got stuck into community events and in the process gained as much as she gave. She helped to organise the local fete and initiated the fete dog show.  She was a Sunday School teacher and a school governor and attended many community events. When we were short of a churchwarden at St Peter’s Staunton–on-Arrow, despite being treasurer already Eve stepped up to fill the gap. She kept the church finances on track through some pretty lean years and wrestled with the complexities of faculty and grant applications and even seemed to gain satisfaction from doing so!

Eve was one of life’s characters and had an alternative view of health and safety. As a born optimist, she always thought she could squeeze more into the time available than was ever going to be possible, and therefore she was notoriously late. Eve was a true country woman and loved walking and wildlife. She was also a knowledgeable farmer and reared pheasants, sheep and cows as well as breeding dogs and horses Her dogs and cats adored her; they can always detect a real animal lover. She was well travelled and very creative, producing some beautiful paintings.

Staunton and St Peter’s will be the poorer for her passing but our lives have been enriched by knowing her.


Knighton Pilgrimage of Song 2016

The Knighton Royal School of Church Music Pilgrimage is taking place this year on June 3rd – 5th.  We are a group who meets annually to form a choir to perform informal acts of worship in rural Marches churches, walking between them, where possible, and enjoying food and fellowship together. We are led by Geoff Weaver, choir leader from Knighton (and the world), and Reverend Anne Ballard, recently inducted to the Middle Marches parishes but known to the Pilgrimage since its start 14  years ago for her inspirational liturgy.  This year we are visiting a church in your area, and we welcome you to join us, you will receive a warm welcome and experience a service with a difference.

Our itinerary is as follows:-

Friday 3rd June 12 noon, St Peters’ Church, Titley 3pm St Peters’ Church, Staunton on Arrow,  Join us for tea and cake after 6.30pm  St Marys’ Church, Pembridge.

If you would like more information or would like to join us please contact the Course Secretary, 01547 560005,


Great Spring Gardening Event

Wednesday 27 th April, 10.30 – 4.30

Newport House, Almeley

Herefordshire, HR6 3 LL

Specialist plants, garden, home food and gifts. delicious light lunches and tea.