August/September News

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

The Rural Dean writes

Friday June 24th was the day when, if we are to believe the politicians and commentators, The United Kingdom changed for ever.

It changed for ever because the outcome of the referendum means that we are soon to begin the process of leaving the European Union.

Many are delighted with the referendum result, but pretty much equally as many are distressed by it. However, the people have spoken, and our country must now move on into a new, uncharted and, by almost common consent, uncertain future.

Whichever way they voted I think most people would agree that the “debate” leading up to the vote was not always the most edifying of spectacles.

There were times when it deteriorated into the worst kind of “yah-boo” politics, with those on opposing sides slagging each other off, launching personal attacks on each other, and making outrageous claims and accusations against their opponents. There were times when, sadly, the plight of refugees,

the hopes and dreams of migrants and even the appalling murder of an MP,

Jo Cox, were used as ammunition in the fight to gain the upper hand.

There were also times when, as I heard one commentator put it, it was very difficult for those of us looking on to know whose lies to believe.

But all that is in the past now.

The sun still came up the morning after the vote, even if it shone on a very different Britain. Life goes on, and will go on, and, as one wise friend said to me, We will find a way through…we always do.

The tricky bit is going to be moving on together.

Whatever else the vote results showed, they showed that the United Kingdom has never been less united.

As a people, this vote split us right down the middle, and if we are to find a way through – as we must – then there is an awful lot of healing of wounds and divisions to be done.

I believe it is vitally important that all people of faith in our country pray for healing, reconciliation and unity in the weeks and months ahead.

I believe it is vitally important that all people in our country – of faith or not – put the past behind us, reach out to friends, neighbours, colleagues who were on “the other side”, and determine to work together for the better future we all hope for – for everyone.

Whatever we might think about the referendum result, we are where we are.

We won’t get to where we want to be unless we go there together.
May this be our prayer and our aim…
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. Amen

Byton News


Our annual BBQ is taking place in the churchyard following the 11.00am combined service on August 7th.

PCC Meeting

There is a PCC meeting at Court House Farm on Wednesday Sept. 14th @ 8pm.

Flowers and Cleaning Rota

August  Everyone please for the BBQ and Service

September  Mrs D Stevenson

Lyonshall News

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw

Latest winners are:-

Gill Cowling

Astrid McBride

Teresa and Philip Thomas

Rocky Lloyd

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 12th and Friday September 16th. Please note that the September date is a week later and actually the third Friday of this month. This is to tie in with the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Fundraising news…

In June we raised £100, which was dedicated to two charities; RNLI and Guide Dogs UK, which were close to the heart of our dear friend Deirdre Thompson. Sadly Deirdre passed away in June and she will be greatly missed by us all at Lyonshall Coffee Mornings.She always supported us generously and enthusiastically from the onset.

In July we raised £60 which was donated to Myeloma UK.

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.

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

This year the Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held at Lyonshall Memorial Hall on Friday September 16th from 10 am.
Refreshments, preserves, produce, cake stall, raffle and much more. Please come along and support this event to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Lyonshall Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival will be held in the church at 11.00 am on October 2nd. It will be followed by Lunch in the Memorial Hall and a short Auction of Promises. Please put the date in your diaries – this is always a popular and enjoyable event.
Ride and Stride

In aid of Historic Churches and Chapels.

This national event takes place on Saturday, September 10th 2016. Cycle or walk between the churches in your area.
Half of the sponsorship you raise goes to the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, half to the church of your choice.
To find out more go to

To participate call your local organiser Anthony Mills 01544 340285.

Pembridge News


The Church Fete will take place at the church on August 6th, 2.30pm. We will be looking for all the usual donations of cakes, books, produce etc. which can be left in the church the previous week or brought in on the morning. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be activities to suit both old and young. Please support us if you can.
Table Top Sale in Kington Market on Sat.24th Sept 10am-4pm

If you would like a table for £10 for the day contact Catherine Fothergill (01544 388279.
We will be collecting clothes, bric-a-brac, books etc. in the church the week before the 24th.
Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper will be on the 29th October 7.30pm in the village hall. A hot supper will be served followed by a selection of delicious puddings.

Tickets will be priced at £10.00

Please book your ticket from any PCC member.
Food Bank

There is a basket at the back of the church in which you can donate food which will be distributed to our local food banks. Unfortunately there is a large demand for this service so if you can help please do.
Don’t forget to go for a cream tea

In the church, every Sunday afternoon, 3.30pm – 5.30pm,  until September.

Aug Group Communion Gill Smith

Sept 4th Communion L or M Boore J Pace

18th Communion C Price A Anderson

25th Family Service ?

Oct 2nd Communion R Scott E Lynch
Pembridge WI meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall at 7.00pm. The August meeting will be our own bi-annual competition of crafts, produce and cookery.

In September one of our own members, Linda Lynn and her son will be entertaining us with a talk on an exciting expedition.

The book group will be meeting and we will be ten-pin bowling.

We welcome visitors to our meetings.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388 279
Pembridge History Group
At the recent AGM there were no nominations for chairman or secretary. It was agreed that the group will continue to exist but only meet occasionally as the need arises.

On a brighter note, the first two sets of costumes from the stone effigies in St Mary’s Church (Nicholas Gour, a Sergeant-at-Law, his son John, who was a Steward to the Mortimer’s and their wives,) which date from the 1370/80’s are just about complete and were shown at the Medieval Pageant in Leominster recently where they were met with approval from the audience.  Work will start on the next two sets in September and hopefully they will all be completed and on display in the church next summer.

Anyone who would like to help in this fascinating project should contact

Bob Anderson on 01544 388292.

Shobdon News

Coffee Mornings

Take place in the Village Hall on the second Saturday of the month. Come and enjoy coffee, cake, biscuits and of course friendship. Next dates are 13th August, 10th September, 8th October.
Food and Flying Festival

The church was open during the weekend and there was a bottle stall on the airfield site. We raised in excess of £400 so a big thank you to all who donated cakes and bottles and bought tickets for the tombola.

On Saturday 8th October Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir will be singing in Shobdon Church.

Tickets  cost £10 to include a glass of wine and are available from Anne Walker

Tel: 01568708712
The church is open every day and attracts many visitors

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church, if you feel you can help for a week please ring  Anne Tel: 01568 708712
Ann Kent Phillips

We were saddened to hear of the death of Ann Kent Phillips.  Ann was a great supporter of Shobdon Church and the community. She was a talented flower arranger and took great pride in  floral arrangements for her window in church. Ann also provided delicious cakes for our monthly coffee mornings and other functions. Our thoughts are with Ann’s family.


Bible studies

Our studies of The Creed, and its Biblical origins, have reached the third and final paragraph, beginning: ‘We believe in the Holy Ghost’, the third facet of the God we believe in, the first being The Almighty, and the second being Jesus.  The part of The Creed which I have found startling is the reminder that at some time in the future when Jesus returns to this earth as He predicted, or when we die, we shall be judged on the basis of whether or not we believe there is God; if we believe, then we shall be with God for ever; if not, no.  This is what Christians have believed down the ages, and it is embodied in the Creed.
Our studies of the Creed, and its Biblical origins, will have finished by the time this is published.  We had a very interesting discussion about the clause which states: We believe . . . in the resurrection of the body.  For instance, will we recognise each other?  What will the bodies be like?  When will this happen?  We remembered that on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus was visited by Moses and Elija who were recognised by the disciples; Jesus’ body could be felt and touched after he had returned from the dead; one of the criminals who died alongside Jesus was promised that ‘today you will be with me in paradise’.  No such promise was made to the other criminal, so we must assume that, at death that day, one man went to heaven/paradise, and the other to a place of torment.  One had put his faith in Jesus, and was rewarded in heaven, the other had not.  So we saw how important it is to put our faith and trust in Jesus before death – afterwards it will be too late and there will be no changing of mind allowed.
Studies are either in the home of John Andrews at Tyn-y-Coed, Shobdon, or at The Nursery, Stansbatch, the home of Michael and Liz Thornton.  The meetings are very informal, and no prior knowledge is needed (although it does help), but a Bible is needed!  At the moment, if everyone comes, there are eight of us, so there is room for two or three more.  If you would like to join and need a lift to either house, please call John Andrews (Tyn-y-Coed) on 01568 708277.  With a little bit of study, the Bible comes alive.
It is proposed to study some of the more important Psalms or Songs when the group meets again in September, but this has not been settled.  If you are thinking of coming, and want to choose what we study, join us or let us know. Dates are in the Diary section.
Prayer meetings

Prayer meetings happen on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Methodist chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30 in the morning, and they last about an hour.  The prayers are centered on the needs of each part of the parish, but particularly on the sick.  We have found it remarkable how often sick people prayed for get better, and we are convinced that this is not just coincidence, but an example of God’s power – it happens too often for them all to be luck or coincidence.  If you have a person or a situation in need of prayer, please let me know.  What is prayed for is entirely confidential, and does not become part of a gossip chain.  John Andrews (01568 708277)

Staunton-on-Arrow News

Aileen Pritchard Remembered

We report with great regret the death of Aileen Pritchard on 5th July 2016, just short of her 94 birthday. She was married to the late Lt Col Bill Pritchard.

The Pritchard’s bought Lower Tan House in 1978, and worshipped regularly at St Peter’s. Aileen often took an active role helping with the Parish Church services. She was a most active member of the PCC and will be remembered for her various charitable works including supporting the Riding for the Disabled Association.

She will be greatly missed by everyone and we convey our sincerest condolences to the family.

R Bowen, Churchwarden
Church Refurbishment

Thanks to Monica Newham’s legacy we have been able to purchase new pew cushions and matching kneelers using some of these monies, and these are now installed in St Peter’s Church. The colourful new furnishings have received favourable comments, and are also very comfortable.
Progressive Lunch

Our annual progressive lunch was a great success and raised £412, which included ticket sales, raffle and donations. Many thanks go to the hosts and to all those who contributed to the event.
Hog Roast

On Friday 19th August 2016 starting at 5pm, you are invited to start the weekend early and bring all your friends and family to enjoy a hog roast at Staunton House, (opposite Village Hall).  Entertainment by Mark Brown. Parking is available. Marquee in case of wet weather.

Tickets at the gate: Adults £10, under 12’s £5
A Day of Bridge has been organised for Saturday 8th October 2016 starting at 10am. Tickets are £15 and include coffee, lunch and tea, and are obtainable from Claire Burton at Old Court Farm – 01544 388434
Staunton on Arrow WI

Thanks to all our members who helped out in any way at the Three Counties Show in the WI Tent, both with the Marches Group display and with the catering.

After two outings for our meetings in June and July we are at home base again.  For our August meeting we have invited members from our partner WI in Weobley.

Wednesday 17th August: Fruit Tipples and other things & Bring and Buy Stall

Hostesses:  The Committee

Wednesday 21st September        Gardening with a Husband   Carol Dowding

Hostesses: Catherine Perham & Ann Cleaver

Our lunch club visited the Workhouse Cafe, Presteigne and the Westonbury Water Gardens cafe over the last two months.
Advance Notice

Harvest Supper is planned for Friday 14 October in the hall at £10 for adults and £5 for under 12’s.  Tickets will be on sale from the September Coffee Spot

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.
There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website,

Alison Lord        Minutes Secretary            01544 340256
Lady Hawkins School – The Class of ‘1976’ Reunited

Did you or anybody that you know leave school in the summer of 1976 – a reunion for everybody to attend is being arranged for Saturday October 8th at The Burton Hotel, Kington, please pass this on to anyone that you are still in contact with

Please contact Sue Price (Maltby) to purchase your ticket on 01544 230512 or
Kington U3A

The next social meeting will be on the hot topic of Memory on 8th September at 2p.m. in the Football Club on Mill Street, Kington. Do join us there. If you need more information please contact our secretary on 01544 231401 or

Some of our U3A interest groups – such as Art Appreciation and Astronomy – now have spaces, so if you would like to know more, please contact our interest group co-ordinator on 01544 340809.
Kington Show

Saturday 10th September.  A great day out for all the family.  Open 9am – 6pm. Adults £10, children 10 – 16 £5, under 10s free. Dogs welcome.