October/November News

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

The Rural Dean Writes…

When one of our four children was at Pembridge Primary School (I won’t tell you which one in order to spare blushes) a teacher remarked in an annual school report,  “ ****** is not convinced by evidence!”.

There are, it seems, many world leaders – among them the President of the United States – who remain “not convinced by evidence” when it comes to global climate change

This seems, to many people, an increasingly improbable position to take when severe – even catastrophic – weather events are striking many different parts of the world on a very much more frequent basis than most of us can remember. Storms and hurricanes have already wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and on the American coastline this season (indeed, another one has hit the headlines as I write) and they have been far more powerful and destructive than for many a long year. Disastrous floods hit vast areas of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan a few weeks ago bringing with them appalling loss of life and destruction of homes and farmland. At the opposite end of the scale, in parts of Africa the annual rains are failing far more often than they used to…where streams and rivers used to flow freely, there are now only dry, rocky beds, and once great lakes are shrinking or disappearing altogether.

Even in the UK, though we thankfully don’t experience such extreme weather events very often – if ever – the forecasters have promised us a significantly higher than usual number of “named storms” between now and Christmas – and any gardener will tell you that the seasons are not as they used to be.

The jury may still be out as to whether human activity is entirely or even partially to blame for these instances of extreme weather and the human tragedies that come with them, but surely the evidence speaks for itself?

The global climate IS changing, whether because of human activity or just a freak of nature. We can argue till we’re blue in the face about the causes, but the reality is that the climate is changing and life is becoming pretty much intolerable and unsustainable for many people in many parts of our world.

We may or may not be convinced about the scientific evidence in support of placing the blame for these disasters on the shoulders of the human race, but the evidence of climate change itself is surely clear for all to see…

At Harvest Time, Christians rightly give thanks to God for the beauty and bounty and wonder of creation – a good and worthy tradition that we should certainly value and continue – but Harvest has to mean more than that today.

It’s so important that as we celebrate our Harvest, we remember that we should be doing everything we can – as individuals and as nations – to look after God’s creation and to conserve it for future generations…

It’s so important that we do everything we can to help the millions of people who suffer the worst effects of climate change – wherever they may be…

It’s so important that as we thank God for our Harvest, we prove our gratitude by caring more for our wonderful world and for all those who share it with us…


Oct/Nov news

Byton News


Thanks for all the support we had for our BBQ. Although we were down in numbers we made a profit of £400.

Harvest Festival

This will take place in the church at 11.30am on Sunday October 8th when we are to be joined by Kinsham Church.

Following this there will be a joint lunch in Kinsham Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Cleaning and Flower Rota

October            Everyone for the cleaning. Flowers remaining from the Oct 7th wedding.

November        Mrs M Edwards and Mrs L Weaver

Lyonshall News

From the Register

Funeral and Burial              Michael East   July 22nd

Wedding                              Kate Richards and Douglas Taylor   September 9th

Evening at The Barns

On Wednesday November 29th at 7.00 pm, by kind invitation of the Hern family, there will be a talk at The Barns given by Muriel Passey entitled ‘Only 25 Shopping Days – The History and Mystery of Christmas’. This promises to be very entertaining as Mrs Passey is a very accomplished and well known speaker on many diverse subjects. There will be a finger buffet and also an Auction of Promises. Tickets, £15 each incl glass of wine, are available from PCC members. Numbers are limited and the event we held at The Barns last year was very quickly sold out.

Decorating for Christmas

We will be decorating Lyonshall church on Thursday December 14th from 10.00 am. Please come along to help.

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 October 13th and Friday November 10th.

Fundraising news…

In August we raised £100 which was donated to the Finlay Amos Fund. News of the Macmillan Coffee Morning in the next issue.

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some friends old 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.

Lyonshall Bridge Club – raising money for Charity

The summer season has just ended with the Summer League winners being Tricia Hern and Peter Smith with the runner up pair being Malcolm Roper and Graham Priday. The ‘Round the Houses’ knockout competition has commenced with the selected charities of the West Midlands Air Ambulance and the Samaritans being chosen as the clubs charities this season. Members meet every Tuesday at 7.00pm and new members are very welcome. Contact chairman Richard Eckley on 01544340621.

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw Winners

Neil Morris, Mary Waygood, Dilys Oram, Rhona Syder and Nick and Laura Rowlett.








Aged 18 years and over only, under 18s will be invited to separate clinics

Flu vaccination is recommended if you:

  •  Are Pregnant
  • Are aged 65 or over
  • Have diabetes
  • Suffer from COPD, asthma or other chronic lung condition
  •  Have a long-term condition of the heart, brain, nervous system, kidneys, liver, immune system or spleen
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Don’t underestimate the risks of FLU, come along and get protected

Pembridge News

From the Registers.


September 3rd                 Ebony Grace Mobberley-Manns

Mason James Stocker


June 21st                         William John Hewlett and Anne Elizabeth Conroy

September 2nd                Joel Harry Farquhar and Lauren Gilbert

Annual Fete.

Thank you to all who helped and attended the fete. It was a lovely afternoon attended by many, both local and visitors. A total of £1200 was raised, which is a really good result in so short a time.

Harvest Supper and Festival Service.

The Harvest Supper will take place on the evening of 21st October 7.30pm at the village hall. Tickets priced at £7.00 will be available from The Olde Steppes or from members of the PCC. Donations of a hot supper dish or a pudding would be gratefully received so please let Jacqui Thomas know if you would be happy to contribute to the food. We would also be looking for suitable items which can be donated to the local food banks as an offering during our Harvest Festival Service.

Gift Day.

You should have recently, or you will in the near future, receive a letter of appeal asking for financial support towards the upkeep of St. Mary’s Church with Moorcourt and surrounding churchyards. The full details relating to the appeal are contained within the letter but this is to advise that we will be holding a Gift Day on the 28th October 10.00am – 2.00pm on which you are invited to come to the church, where the churchwardens would be happy to receive your donation.

Quiet Prayer

There is to be a quiet reflective prayer time starting in Moorcourt church running on the first Thursday of every month starting on the 2nd November at10.00 am.-10.30 am. It is a space to quietly sit with God and bring yourself to him for half an hour once a month away from the demands of our life….or just be quiet with yourself. When we have finished anyone can quietly leave or have a cup of tea or coffee before returning to the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The dates for the coming 6 months will be 7th December, 4th  January 2018, 1st February, 1st March and

5th April.

Please feel free to join us.

Woodcock Fayre

The annual Woodcock Fayre will take place on the 18th November 10.30am – 3.00pm. You are invited to browse and purchase from a variety of craft stalls in preparation for Christmas, to join us for a hot soup lunch and drinks or to try your luck on the bottle stall and Hamper Draw. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Pembridge Effigies and their Costumes

A huge thank you to the very large audience who came to the launch on the 22nd July, which now seems a very long time ago! Also a big thanks to Steve Hollinghurst who kept us all entertained in his inimitable style during the second half of the evening. The costumes are now on permanent display in Pembridge church and, over the next few weeks, will be housed in a purpose built display cabinet. We are also working on producing a brochure which will give the history of the effigies, our research and how we created the clothes.


   Oct      1st       Communion                 R Scott                         E Lynch

15th     Communion                 S Evans             E Hardy

22nd    Harvest Festival                        TBA

Nov     5th       Communion                 C or M Fothergill          G Smith

12th     Remembrance Sunday  TBA

19th     Communion                 J Pace                           L or M Boore

26th     Family Service               T Hollinghurst

Dec      3rd       Communion                 A Anderson                 C Price


Pembridge WI

We meet in Pembridge Village Hall on the second Wednesday of every month at 7.30. At the October meeting we will be welcoming Tory Dickinson from Noke Lane Bakery who will be showing us how to make artisan bread. November is the annual meeting when a new committee will be chosen

We also meet up for ten-pin bowling at the Grove, book club in members’ homes and in The Steppes for tea on the last Tuesday of each month. Sometimes we go walking and finish up somewhere for lunch. In October we are taking a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Our usual trip to The Courtyard for the Christmas Pantomime is also being planned.

If you would like to join us please contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279 c.fothergill@btinternet.com)


Shobdon News  

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 15th October at 4.00 pm.

Refreshments will be served in church after the service. Everyone welcome.

If anyone would like to help decorate the church for harvest please contact Pearl Teale Tel: 01568 708725

Travelling Crib

During December, a basket filled with knitted nativity characters circulates via families in the village of Shobdon. Each family becomes custodian of the basket for one night; during their time with the basket, the children can play with the characters and read the accompanying books, the emphasis being on making the wonderful story of Christmas come alive. The basket also has a full flock of knitted sheep – each family keeps hold of one sheep before passing the basket on.  A contacts book will be inside the basket and all you need to do is to contact the next person on the list and arrange a handover for the following day. On Christmas Eve at 3.00pm, there will be a short service in Shobdon Church and everyone is invited to bring their sheep along, to be reunited with the rest of the flock. The children’s excitement and anticipation at having the basket for the night means that the list fills up quickly. Please contact me if you wish to look after the basket for one night in December, on 01568 709293. Alternatively, I am always at Shobdon School, drop-off and pick-up. The list will be open from mid-November.

Cerian Stokes  

Shobdon Register

24th July 2017                Thanksgiving for the life of Doreen Teale

12th August 2017          Marriage  between John Cox and Jody Carvill

17th August 2017          Marriage between Daniel Nicholas and Kylie Harris

10th September 2017   Baptism  Jack Kenneth Rocke

Bible studies

The studies are very informal, in the homes of Diana and John Andrews and ‘Liz and Michael Thornton.  We start with coffee and biscuits and a short prayer.  We then read a section of the book we are studying, currently the Acts of the Apostles, and then discuss the points made by the writer.  Acts is of particular interest because it records the events in the lives of the early Christians after Jesus had left, and tells of the formation of the early church, and the persecution it experienced. Think of it, those Christians changed the world!

Prayer meetings

Meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Methodist Chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30am, to pray for particular people who are ill at home or in hospital, or for particular events in the Village or in the group.  They are informal, and completely confidential.  If you need prayer you would be very welcome, or tell John Andrews on 01568 708277, and we will pray for you.

If you would like a lift to either of the meetings, please give me a call on 01568 708277.

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

St Peter’s Church:  We have recently submitted a “Grants for Places of Worship” application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of the roof and essential masonry repairs. Since the value of our request for a grant of £223,800 is far higher than the monies available, our application will be assessed against their priorities, and compared with other applications put forward.  Therefore, our application is in competition for funding. Any contributions towards the costs will be very gratefully received.

Progressive Lunch on Sunday 22nd October, starting at 12noon with your respective host, followed by desserts, coffee and raffle in the village hall.

Tickets are available at £15 each from Liz Hewett 01544 388764, or Sue Burleigh 01544 267368.

Bingo Night on 24th November 2017. £8 entrance fee to include 5 cards. Extra cards may be purchased at £1 each. Refreshments provided. Bring your own bottle.

Christmas Market on Saturday 9th December 2017 in the Village Hall starting at 11am. Stalls will include brocante, cakes, puddings and preserves, Christmas gifts, plants and crafts. Admission is free and festive refreshments will be available. Please deliver any contributions to the Village Hall on Friday 8th Dec between 4pm & 6pm.

Staunton on Arrow WI for October and November 2017

Our August meeting, which was our 70th birthday party, was a very enjoyable occasion.  Many of our past members attended including Iris Bennett who was our President in 1971!  Nancy Owens, who is our longest standing member, cut the cake with our President Claire Burton.  We were entertained by the bluegrass band ‘Alive and Pickin’ from Weobley who play for charity.  Nearly £150 was raised for the Air Ambulance.

The Harvest Supper with catering by Staunton on Arrow WI will be on Friday 27 October in Staunton on Arrow Hall.  7 for 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 adults, £5 children under 14, entertainment by Mike and Rachel Fenton on autoharp and dulcimer.

A Heart Start course has been arranged for Tuesday 14 November in Staunton on Arrow hall, probably start time 7/7.30pm.  You do NOT have to be a member of the WI to attend this course and it is open to men and women.  Please contact Barbara Morgan on 01544 388368 to book your place.

Our WI meetings of 2017 continue with

Wednesday 18 October                Make your own Mors Bag with Wendy Steadman

Hostesses                                        Gill Busby and Noelle Gill

Wednesday 15 November            Annual Meeting plus Gill Busby to talk on Hereford Food Bank (change to the published programme)

Hostesses                                       Vanessa Woodward and Claire Burton

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

Kington Library

Earlier this year a group of local people formed the  Kington Library Development Group to support our local library and help to secure its future.The first national Libraries Week, a week-long celebration  libraries is to take place this October and the Kington library group is planning an event for Saturday 21st October at the Kington Library.  “Love Your Library” day will include activities for children, and a special performance by actor Bill Bingham. To find out more email library4kington@yahoo.com.
All are welcome at our regular meetings on the second Wednesday of the month, 5.30 at the Oxford Arms, Kington.  We want to ensure that as many people as possible are inspired to visit a library, discover what’s on offer & encourage their friends & family to get involved.
Bob Widdowson
01544 230050

Kington U3A Meetings

On Thursday 12th October at 2pm, Elizabeth Halls will be speaking about World War 2 airfields. She has done a lot of research which will make for an interesting talk. The November meeting will be quite a contrast when Graham Short will be telling us about his work as a micro-artist. You may have seen the publicity recently which has brought this unusual talent into the public eye. The meetings are at the Kington Football Club, Mill St. Everyone is welcome, £1 for members, £2 for visitors, including refreshments. Contact Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

10th Annual Huntington Chase

Saturday 14th October 2017.

Ride a horse, run, walk or cycle for fun over 11 km course.

Start 12 noon at Village Hall, Huntington HR5 3 PX.

Taking in Hergest Ridge and finishing at the Swan Inn for refreshments.

Enrol from 11 am. £10 entry incl. sandwiches, children free but must be accompanied (£15 per family). Walkers start at 11; enrol from 10.30.

All proceeds to local charity.

Contact Peter Kelly on 01544370266 or email peterbkelly642@hotmail.com. Riders must carry own PL insurance.

Prizes and fancy dress encouraged.


August/September news

The Rural Dean Writes…

In the last issue of this magazine, I wrote about the appalling terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena – little knowing that there was more dreadful news to come – albeit of a different nature and with a different cause…

The disaster at Grenfell Tower last month has added tragedy to outrage as the

major news stories of 2017 just keep getting worse and worse and worse.

We rightly have a deep sense of outrage at the news of the dreadful terrorist murders inflicted on innocent men, women and children in London and Manchester. These unforgiveable and unjustifiable acts of violence deserve nothing less than our utter condemnation and, yes, that word again, outrage.

But, in addition to the horror and grief we feel as we think about those poor souls who perished in the Grenfell Tower, isn’t there a case for feeling outrage there too?

Outrage that patently and knowingly unsafe cladding materials were applied to the outside of that tower block to make it look prettier, rather than installing fire protection measures inside to keep the residents safer…

Outrage that, although the emergency services did everything they could to help,

the care of those who escaped the flames, their families, friends and neighbours, was left for days and weeks to local churches, charities and community groups…

Outrage, above all, that the eighty people who died there were without exception, poor, vulnerable, disadvantaged, marginalised – people who had a right to expect

at least as much care and protection as anyone else – if not more…

I don’t for one moment support the actions of those individuals or groups who have tried to make political capital out of this disaster – calling for class warfare, riots in the streets and the overthrow of “the system” – but Grenfell Tower has certainly made me sit up and take notice of the way in which our nation and government and society seem to be failing in their duty of care for the poor, the powerless, the underprivileged, the weak, the needy. The needless, senseless loss of life there has, for many of us, brought into very sharp focus the deep divisions within British society and has challenged us with the need for change, with the need to do better, with the need to care more for the wellbeing of those in our own country who are less fortunate than we are.

The teaching of Jesus Christ is unequivocal in this matter.

In his parable of the Good Samaritan who took care of a poor, injured stranger he picked up from the gutter, he said to us Go and do likewise…

And he said the following to his disciples…and to us…

The last will be first and the first will be last…

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;

and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked…

Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…

Love your neighbour as yourself…

Whatever you do for the least of these my brothers, you do for me…

Strikes me it’s time for change…time to do better…time to care more…


Byton News

PCC meeting on Thursday, September 14th @ 8pm @  Court House Farm.

Future Dates

There will be no service on the first Sunday in October as our Harvest Festival will be on Sunday October 8th @ 11am when we are to be joined by Kinsham. This will be followed by a joint lunch @ Kinsham Village Hall. Again we are taking the opportunity to enjoy the flowers from the wedding here on October 7th.


Michael East

Mike, known to us all as Wizard or Wiz, died suddenly at home on June 28th.

He was a very important part of the community in Lyonshall and was a good friend to everyone. He was a regular church goer, carried the cross, read a lesson, parked the cars at large events, manned the bar at fund raisers, swept the church paths and did anything else that he could see was needed. He never liked to be idle and did it all in his inimitably cheerful fashion, always singing or whistling and always dressed as only Wiz could dress!

He was just as well known in the wider community and therefore no other picture was appropriate for the cover of this issue than a picture of Wiz. We hope he would have approved!

Wiz was one of life’s great characters and will never be replaced. We shall miss him greatly and send Debbie and Nat and all his family our sincere condolences and remember them in our prayers

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw Winners

January Draw:  Charlotte Layton, Julia Evans, “Izzy” Thompson, Pat Key, Peter Burgoyne.

April Draw:   Karen Powell, Jane and Anthony, East Lodge, Carol Gibbons, Elaine Connor, James Davies.

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 August 11th and Friday September 29th.

Please note the September gathering is not the usual second Friday, but the last Friday of the month to tie in with the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning Event 2017!
Fundraising news…

In June we raised £80 which was donated to the HGTA Defibrillator Appeal and in July we supported Midlands Air Ambulance with £100 in memory of Wiz, who is so sadly missed by all of us in Lyonshall.

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.


Please join us for Coffee and delicious cakes to raise money for this dedicated charity which touches the hearts of us all.

There will be preserves, cake stall and a rather special raffle on offer to make this an extra special event.

Please come along and support if you can.


We were blessed with a beautiful afternoon after a very unsettled week of weather, and the sun shone out to showcase the fabulous rhododendrons at the Whittern Garden. The event was generously supported by all who attended with a total of £1,725 being raised. This was divided equally to support Lyonshall Church, Midlands Air Ambulance and Haven Breast Cancer Hereford.

Special thanks to Jo and Gio Hilditch for permitting us to access their home for the afternoon, Marian and her team for working so hard to present the garden so beautifully and to all the other enthusiastic helpers who made the event such a success.

Harvest Festival

Lyonshall Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday October 1st at 11.00 am. It will be followed by Harvest Lunch in the Memorial Hall and an Auction of Promises.

Pembridge News

From the Registers.

Violet Eleanor Parrett  (Pat)      31st May                      Burial                            Pembridge

Clifford Stanley Taylor              3rd June                       Burial of Ashes             Pembridge

Strawberry Tea at The Curl, Marston

Ian and Gill were delighted to welcome old and new friends to the Strawberry Tea at The Curl, Marston. Thanks to all those who helped on the day with producing cakes, making tea and helping with the endless washing up! Many thanks also to S&A for supplying the delicious strawberries.  We raised a total of £525 for St Mary’s Church.

Cantabile Girls Choir

The Cantabile Girls’ Choir from Hereford Cathedral School gave our audience an evening to remember when they presented their award-winning programme in Pembridge Church on 29th June.  Our thanks to Jo Williamson, director of music, and Melanie Cuthbert, for their support in bringing this amazing group of girls to Pembridge Church.  For several of the members this was an especially memorable occasion as it was the last time they would be singing with Cantabile before leaving school at the end of the term.

Wedding and Country Living Fayre

Our two day Wedding and Country Living Fayre on 28th and 29th May brought many visitors to our village.   This was our first attempt at organising an event of this kind.  A wide range of local businesses were represented both in the church and in the marquee and we thank them for their support.  Our church was beautifully decorated wedding style by Jo and Joyce Williams, setting off a wonderful display of wedding dresses worn by Pembridge brides from the 1930’s onwards.   Our grateful thanks to James Henman, of Henmans of Herefordshire Limited, for sponsoring our event and supplying us with a most beautiful marquee.

PEMBRIDGE Parish Christian Aid Week

This year we raised £445.97 which included a £50 donation from Staunton Coffee Spot. Very sincere thanks to all who collected, all who gave and Sam and her staff for once again letting us use the shop as a drop-off point. I was delighted to welcome Andrea and Peter to our team of collectors this year; I have to do all the rounds no one else is able to do, which usually means I have at least five rounds. If anyone else would be willing to do one, I’d be very grateful. Our parish has a lot of lovely people who open their doors with a warm smile and donate whatever they can. You may have just had an envelope through the door with a note to take your donation to the shop this year. If so, it is probably because No Cold Caller signs now affect charities as well as salesmen.

Very sincere thanks to all,

Janice Moore

The Pembridge Archive

Pembridge PCC has become increasingly concerned about the storage of the material in the church known as The Pembridge Archive. The conditions within the church are not ideal for keeping what have been identified as important documentation relating to the history of Pembridge. Our initial aim was to apply for funding as part of our project to create the correct ambient storage for this collection and to keep it within the church. Unfortunately we were advised quite early on that this would not be possible as the funding bodies advised that records of this kind should be handed over to the local authorities for correct storage and for access to be available for all. The PCC have therefore come to the conclusion that this collection needs to be kept correctly and are at the present time taking advice from the Records Office and Country Archive on which we hope to make an informed decision for its future. If anybody has any questions or concerns relating to this matter please can you contact one of the church wardens.

Thank yous

Our thanks go to The Cantabile Choir, Richard and Sally Pim and Bob Anderson for supporting Pembridge Church over the last few weeks. They have supported us both financially and socially which helps us as a church to provide a place of worship for the Pembridge parish but also to widen the use of our wonderful building and to engage with the wider community.


August 20th      Group Service              To be arranged

Sept 3rd                        Family Communion      L or M Boore                J Pace

Sept 17th          Holy Communion        C Price                         A Anderson

Sept 24th          Family Service               Tim Hollinghurst

Oct 1st             Family Communion      R Scott                         E Lynch

Pembridge WI will be meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 9th August at 7.00pm to hear Carole Dowding speaking about her experiences of flying helicopters. On Wednesday 13th September at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, Heather Carrington will be talking to us about forensic science.

We will be lunching and ten-pin bowling, gathering in the Steppes for tea and chat, and the reading group will be meeting to discuss their latest read and partaking of tea and cake.
Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279 if you would like further details and would like to join us.

News from Pembridge CE Primary School Inspiring learning through faith and values

We are delighted with the continued successes of our children this year. They have achieved some excellent results and we would particularly like to wish our seven Year 6 children ‘all the best’ as they move on to Weobley, Lady Hawkins’ and Hereford Cathedral schools. We know they will continue to hold Pembridge close to their hearts as they journey further on.


Wanted: school caretaker

From September, we require a suitably able person to care for the security and safety of our school site. Hours are from 7.30am each morning and total 4 ¼ hours each week – term time only, with some additional hours as requested. It would suit an actively retired person who seeks to make a difference to the lives of Pembridge children. Enhanced police checks will be required.

More details are on our school website: http://www.pembridgeprimary.org.uk under the ‘Our School’ tab and in ‘Recruitment’. Closing date: Friday 8th September, 12 noon.

 Open Morning

We welcome 14 new Reception children in September and hope they enjoy their time in our lovely school. In no time at all, prospective parents for 2018-19 will be making decisions about where they would like their children to start their education. We have an Open Morning on Wednesday 8th November from 9am – and all the community are welcome to see the school in action.

Please put this date in your diaries.

Shobdon News

The Food and Flying Festival was a huge success. The church ran a tombola and book sale in the community tent which raised £469.

The church was open over the weekend serving light refreshments and this raised £156. A huge thank you to everyone who donated bottles, books, prizes or gave their time to make it so worthwhile.

The church is open every day and is in a beautiful setting. We now have two new wooden benches in the church grounds, which will give visitors a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the church and its surroundings. Our thanks go to Anne Walker and Pauline Surtees for purchasing the benches for us. If you have visitors over the summer months, please try to encourage them to visit our beautiful church and indeed the other churches in the Arrowvale Group.

Planning for the Flower Festival is well underway. In order to keep costs down, we are hoping to use locally grown flowers and foliage wherever possible – if you can offer flowers and foliage please let us know. Stalls and attractions to include Jewellery & Bags, Tombola, Face Painting, Honey Stall, Coconut Shy, RDA Bric-a-Brac. Tea, coffee, cakes and savouries will be served throughout the weekend.

There will be a concert by Hereford Male Rail Voice Choir on 30th September – tickets £10 to include a drink.

On Friday 14th July we welcomed the pupils from Shobdon School.  A short service was held and year 6 pupils who are moving on to secondary school were each presented with a Bible.

Staunton on Wye News

Staunton-on-Arrow Walk led by Tim Hoverd, Hereford Archaeological Project Manager, lasting 2½ hours, will start at 4pm on Friday 15th September 2017, meeting at the Village Hall car park. Adults £5 / children £2, to include refreshments in the Village Hall.

 A note for your dairies! Staunton on Arrow Fish & Chip Supper Fun Quiz

Friday September 22nd  7pm

Teams of four, but come along and make new friends to make up a team on the night.

Admission £6 per person to include fish or sausage supper.

For more details, contact the Staunton Debbies!

email: debbie.stokes1@tiscali.co.uk

01544 388881

Progressive Lunch on Sunday 22nd October, starting at 12 midday. Tickets available at £15 each from Liz Hewett, 01544 388764.

Out of Nature Sculpture Show, October 1 – 22 2017. In aid of The Cart Shed, a charity supporting adults with mental health issues based in Herefordshire. Open every day 10.30am-5.30pm at Newport House, Almeley, Herefordshire, HR3 6LL.

Admission £5, children under 18 and students free. For further information go to www.outofnature.org.uk

Staunton on Arrow WI for August and September 2017

We welcomed members from Kington WI and Huntington Kington WI for the excellent focaccia demonstration by Tory of Noke Lane Bakery.  It happened to be on the hottest evening of the year!  We are looking forward to celebrating the 70th birthday of our WI in August.

Advance Dates for your diary: The Harvest Supper with catering by Staunton on Arrow WI will be on Friday 27 October in Staunton on Arrow Hall.  7 for 7.30pm

A Heart Start course has been arranged for Tuesday 14 November in Staunton on Arrow hall, probably start time 7/7.30pm.  You do NOT have to be a member of the WI to attend this course and it is open to men and women.  Please contact Barbara Morgan on 01544 388368 to book your place.

Our meetings of 2017 continue with

Wednesday 19 August                   70th Birthday of Staunton on Arrow WI.  Music from ‘Alive and Pickin’ of Weobley.  Note start time 7pm.  Invitation only.  Hostesses    The Committee

Wednesday 20 September            A talk from Jo Davies of the Presteigne Natural Health Centre   Hostesses       Catherine Perham plus 1

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       Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A

At our July meeting Gordon Coppock, the chair of KLEEN gave us a fascinating insight into alternative choices for energy that do not have a negative impact on the environment. KLEEN (Kington Local Environment and Energy Network) is an active group meeting regularly in Kington and welcoming new members or visitors.

There is no meeting in August. September’s meeting, entitled “Young Lives Against Cancer “, will be presented by Lydia Buckmaster, CLIC Sargent, on Thursday 14th September, 2pm at the Kington Football Club, Mill St.

Everyone is welcome, £1 for members, £2 for visitors, including refreshments. Contact Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

Kington Artists

Twenty seven Kington Artists will be showing a wide selection of their work at eight different venues throughout Kington, during H-Art week, 9 – 17 September.

Brochures will be available from public places in Kington (cafes, library etc) for you to see who is showing where.

Pink H-Art signs will show you where the venues are.

June/July news

Byton News


Instead of the first Sunday in the month we are having a Songs of Praise on June 11th. led by Antony Mills. This is at 6pm in the church and will give people an opportunity to enjoy the flowers after Emily and David’s wedding. There will be a drink and a few nibbles too.

Cleaning—Mrs J Owens and Mrs G Jeakings

PCC Meeting

There will be a PCC meeting at the Court House Farm on Thursday, June 29th @ 8 pm.


There will be the usual 1st Sunday in the month service and on the 5th Sunday the group service will be at 11am at Byton Church followed by our annual BBQ. It would be good to see as many of you there as possible to enjoy the flowers following Sarah and Giles’s wedding.

Cleaning – Mrs M Edwards and Mrs L Weaver

Lyonshall News

Titley Lunch

The Annual Speakers Lunch was held on March 30th this year and was very much enjoyed by all who attended. Every ticket was sold to hear Derek Herbert talk very entertainingly about ‘The Life and Times of Winston Churchill’. An excellent Lunch followed and many thanks to everyone who helped with the lunch and provided food for it. A special thank you to Sue Davies who organised the event at which £2,215 was raised for Church Funds.

an extract from the Archdeacons address when swearing in Churchwardens:-

Recently I was in conversation with a group of churchwardens who were talking about the kind of music and worship we have in church. “We don’t want anything too Happy Clappy “, one said. Someone else said, “But we need to appeal to a younger generation.” “Yes”, said the first, “But most of our congregation would stop coming if we did.” The worship in our churches today suits the present congregations who already come on a Sunday but there are many others, especially from younger generations, with whom we do not connect.

Think about it…..where will be in 5 years? What do we need to do now to ensure continuity in our congregations in Arrowvale?

Pat Addis, Churchwarden


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 June 9th and Friday July 14th.

Fundraising news…

In April we raised £60 which was donated to Kington and Weobley Leg Club and in May we supported Kington Community First Responders with £100.

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.

Lyonshall Bridge Club – raising money for Charity

Another successful year was completed at the recent AGM when £2,500 was donated to the West Midlands Air Ambulance and the Martha Trust. Members meet every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Memorial Hall. New members are very welcome. For full details please contact Richard Eckley on 01544340621, James Weymouth on 01544260574 or lyonshallbridgeclub.org.

Pembridge News

From the Registers.


Constance E Grantham        3rd March                Burial of Ashes             Pembridge Church

Linda M Hill                          12th April                Burial                            Pembridge Church

Barbara Loxton                    24th April                Burial of Ashes             Pembridge Church

Elaine Bennett                      4th May                   Burial                            Pembridge Church

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.


Award-winning Cantabile choir from Hereford Cathedral School to put on fundraising concert on June 29th

School Choir of the Year, the Cantabile Girls’ Choir from Hereford Cathedral School, will sing some of their award-winning pieces at St Mary’s, Pembridge, this June.

The fabulous group of singers were awarded first prize at the Barnardo’s Senior School Choir of the Year competition, which took place at the Royal Festival Hall in April 2017. It was the first time the Cantabile Girls’ Choir had entered this national competition.

Singing with “wonderful balance and blend” under the direction of their Musical Director, Ms Jo Williamson, the singers wowed the judges with two pieces – A Bunch of Thyme and Dance to Your Daddy.

St Mary’s Pembridge are absolutely delighted to welcome the Cantabile choir from Hereford Cathedral School to our church for an evening concert on June 29th at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 and are available from Ye Olde Steppes in Pembridge, or from Gill Smith on 01544 388471. Tickets are also available from Mrs Amy Turtle at Hereford Cathedral School on 01432 363531. Please hurry as tickets for this award-winning choir are set to sell out quickly!

Effigies, costumes & music

A little bit of history,a little bit of (medieval) fashion ,a big bit of music and lots and lots of fun! with Steve Hollinghurst.

Effigies in churches are normally of vicars or knights in armour. In Pembridge things are different. We have Nicholas Gour, a Sergeant-at-Law appointed in 1355 and his wife and their son John, steward to the Mortimer family and his wife. Over the last two years a dedicated team has been recreating how they would have dressed. This event will be the first opportunity to see all the outfits together. To brighten up the evening Steve Hollinghurst will perform some of his favourite songs from a more recent period. It’s going to be a great evening so come and join us. Proceeds towards the costumes project & St Mary’s Church.Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church, Pembridge Tickets £7.50 from Ye Olde Steppes, members of the PCC or Bob Anderson 01544 388292 email; ra@ra-ms.co.uk


It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the loss of two of our devoted stitchers.   Linda Hill died at the end of March and Pat Parrett in May.  Both Linda and Pat had worked on two tapestries each.  Linda was brought up in Pembridge and was truly a Pembridge girl.  She attended Pembridge School as a pupil and later as a teacher for many years.  She was devoted to the village and made a huge contribution to documenting the history of the village.  Pat, who was 91, was the widow of a former Pembridge Rector the Rev. Stan Parrett.  Joining the group enabled her to make new friendships and learn new embroidery stitches and her sense of humour was a delight.

Both will be sadly missed.       Gill


June      4th         Communion       A Anderson

18th                       Communion       E Lynch

25th                       Family Service   T Hollinghurst

July        2nd        Communion       E Hardy

16th                       Communion       G Smith

23rd                       Family Service   T Hollinghurst

Pembridge WI  are visiting Hereford cathedral gardens for the June meeting and having a members evening in July.
We meet every second Wednesday of the month and as well as our meetings go ten-pin bowling, have tea in the Steppes and the book group meets.
Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544388279.


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!

Shobdon News

Annual Spotlight BBQ

This will be held on Wednesday June 28th by kind invitation of Norah Morgan

Leavers Service

This is on 14th July at 10.00am at Shobdon Church followed by a Quiz and icecreams.

During the vacancy we continue to have regular services. One of our special services is choral evensong, which takes place at 6.00pm on alternate months. During the service we are fortunate to enjoy the singing of the Arrowvale choir led by Tim Hollinghurst..

The church is having a bottle stall and book sale at the forthcoming Food and Flying Festival. Donations of  bottles or books would be most welcome. For more details please contact Anne Walker  708712   Marcia Lynch Staunton  708360.

We continue to struggle to cover the basic costs of running the church. Last year our costs were almost £19,000 and we had a deficit of £1,500. Any  fundraising ideas or donations would be most welcome. We need to keep our beautiful church at Shobdon  OPEN.

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  708043.

Flower Festival   

Shobdon Church Flower Festival will take place on 30th September and 1st 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. There will be a concert on Saturday 30th September featuring Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir make a note in your diaries! Ticket details will be available nearer the time.

Shobdon Social Evening,

Coming soon, Antiques & Valuations & Cider Tasting Evening , keep yours eyes peeled and look out for notices coming soon with further details.

Bible studies

The studies are very informal, in the homes of John Andrews and Michael Thornton.  We start with coffee and biscuits and a short prayer.  We then read a section of the book we are studying, currently the Acts of the Apostles, and then discuss the points made by the writer.  Acts is of particular interest because it records the events in the lives of the early Christians after Jesus had left, and tells of the formation of the early church, and the persecution it experienced. Think of it, those Christians changed the world!

Prayer meetings

Meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Methodist Chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30am, to pray for particular people who are ill at home or in hospital, or for particular events in the Village or in the group.  They are informal, and completely confidential.  If you need prayer you would be very welcome.

If you would like a lift to either of the meetings, dates are in the diary section, please give me a call on 01568 708277.

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News


Thank you so much to everyone for keeping our Hall in good condition, from cleaners, helpers and committee members. Two special thank yous need further mention. Shirley Percy has been a great secretary and supporter and we wish her well in her new venture in Weobley, and Rob Bennett who is standing down as Chairman. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and will welcome him back when he is ready.

We would love your support at Village Hall events, come along if you can!

  • The ever popular Coffee Spot run by a small but very dedicated team is on the 1st Saturday morning of the month, (the cake is fantastic!)
  • Film nights are generally held on the last Saturday of the month. The film licence for the hall allows us to circulate information about forthcoming films to members of the Staunton-on-Arrow Film Group, so if you would like to be added to the email list or if transport is an issue to attend such events, just get in touch with a member of the Village Hall committee or Heather Owens – 388106. There is no charge, but donations are welcomed. Tea, coffee, cake and popcorn are provided.
  • A Fun Fish & Chip Supper Quiz night is to be held September 22nd – details to follow.
  • The village has also arranged an informative Ramble round the village, learning lots of history along the way, with Tim Hoverd (Hereford Archaeological Project Manager). This consists of 2½ hours moderate walking, followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

A reminder to bring £2 coins for the electricity meter (the new coins don’t fit). We have a new bin in the kitchen for recycling so we can be much ‘greener’ in the future.

If you can help out at any event, regularly or just the one time, we are always looking for new volunteers. We are a friendly bunch! Contact debbie.stokes1@tiscali.co.uk


Due to the lack of response from the village to the item regarding heritage lottery grant application for St Peter’s Church mentioned in the last Messenger, the PCC is focusing on more fundraising events than usual over the next 12 months. This is also due to being unable to host a village fete this year, unforeseen electrical work in the church to provide the safety certificate needed for safety purposes and the need to re-roof the mower shed in the churchyard. These unavoidable costs amount to several thousands of pounds that will have to be met from church funds.

In order to boost our finances we are planning several fundraising activities as follows:

  • Progressive Lunch in October. Anyone who would like to host a lunch in the village should contact Liz Hewett on 01544 388764.
  • Bingo evening in the Village Hall on Friday 24th November 2017, to include refreshments.
  • Christmas Market in the Village Hall on Saturday 9th December 2017, from 11am to 3pm

Further details of these events and others to follow.

A BOTANICAL SURVEY apparently took place in Staunton on Arrow, in the 1980s, under a National initiative from the W.I. to address the decline of our meadows and native wild flowers.

If you know anything about this work and would like to see the return of these flowers, especially in our Churchyard, please contact Sandra Evans 01544 388742, to discuss the way forward, leaving a legacy for future generations.

Staunton on Arrow WI for June and July 2017

In April we thoroughly enjoyed our introduction to New Age Kurling and many thanks to Kath and Isabel who visited from Powys Radnor Federation of WI’s to show us how to play!  We have also welcomed back Marion Cox who has been a member previously and a new member, Wendy Kurrels.

Our meetings of 2017 continue with:

Wednesday 21 June                       Talk and demonstration by Tory Dickinson of Noke Lane Bakery.

Hostesses:                                     The Committee

Wednesday 19 July                        Chili Zoo with Pam Davenport

Hostesses                                     Sarah Westaby and Sandra Evans

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

Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A

There is no speaker for the June meeting; instead we have the AGM on Thursday 8th June, 2pm in the Kington Football Clubhouse. This is your chance to offer those good suggestions for future interest groups, speakers or improvements. We shall also be looking for volunteers to fill the officer and committee positions.  Our July meeting is on the 13th, 2pm, Kington Football Club. We will be having a talk from Gordon Coppock, Chair of Kleen, on UK Energy Options. 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.

Saturday 3rd June Kington Amateur Dramatics & Operatic Society will perform at the Crown Inn, Dilwyn.  Programme includes show songs and some Gilbert & Sullivan.  Tickets £5.00 and are available on the door on the night and include a buffet during the interval.

Saturday 24th June Concert St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dilwyn given by Ruth Watson (Oboe) and Friends: John Hymas (Violin/Viola) Jeremy Fisher (Piano) and Ollie Galletta (Bassoon).  Programme includes Beethoven, Elgar, Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin.  Start time 7.30 p.m.  The profit will be used to maintain/improve the Crown Inn, Dilwyn.  Tickets £10.00 – 01544 318738 and also available on the door on the night.

British Red Cross Open Gardens                                           Sunday 9th July 2017

Fawley Court Gardens, set around three pools, contain a large number of unusual trees and shrubs and is a beautiful example of an English country garden.

This is a wonderful place to relax and spot the kingfishers, water shrews and the not so shy ducks and moorhens.  There are stunning borders of mixed herbaceous plants, roses and annuals. The rose terraces are a delight when in flower, many scented, filling the air with their delicate fragrance. The lavender too should be in flower and be busy with bees.

The gardens are now managed organically with an emphasis on looking after the surrounding wildlife. Areas of meadow encircle one of the pools with seed of local provenance, used to create a species rich environment.

A light lunch, teas and a plant sale will all be available to make your afternoon very special.

Entry £5.00 and children under 12 are free.details

The British Red Cross are enormously grateful to the family for granting us this chance to visit Fawley Court despite the recent death of Mr Clay, whose Memorial Service will be in Hereford Cathedral on Thursday 6th July at 2.00pm .

Opening times: 12pm-5pm.    Address: Fawley, Hereford HR1 4SP











Details at www.kcchoir.wordpress.com  or 230896/231322


St Thomas a Becket Church  Welcomes Former Royal Harpist Extraordinaire – Jemima Phillips

Saturday June 17th at 7.00 pm.

The Friends of St. Thomas a Becket are delighted to  welcome Jemima Phillips as the centre-piece of their 2017 events.  She is winner of numerous awards and accolades, with an impressive list of qualifications; Jemima is one of the outstanding harpists of her generation.  She was also appointed the official Royal harpist for three years by the Prince of Wales, performing at many famous events.

Yet this evening will be no solemn occasion.  Jemima will incorporate into her programme, not just classical, but also contemporary, jazz, rock, pop, soul, metal, electro, ambient experimental, film, TV and shows and Bollywood.  So there will be something for everyone and her programme has received rave reviews from everyone for whom she has performed.   She is an exciting, versatile and innovative performer, equally at home on acoustic and electric harps and she is in great demand because of her creativity, musicianship, unique style and friendly personality.

The evening will end with the famous Huntington Court Summer garden party reception – by kind permission of William and Fiona Shone.  Guests can meet and enjoy Jemima’s company, as well as meeting many other friends from all over the area.  There will, as usual, be free wine and canapés served.

£15 pp.  Please apply via www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk or telephone Fiona Shone 01544 370391 for reservations.