Feb/March 2020 news

Posted on February 6th, 2020

Byton News

Bob Naylor

It was with great sadness that we heard of the untimely death of Bob Naylor. Bob was well known and respected in our community.

He was a staunch supporter of our church at Byton, winding the clock, reading regularly and always willing to lend a hand to help whenever needed.

We all send our sympathy to Mandy and Louis. Bob will be sadly missed by us all.

Carol Service

Our Carol Service back in December was well attended. The church was beautifully decorated, and thanks go to Tim and his small group of singers for their musical contribution.

Bridge Drive

Please join us for an Afternoon of Bridge at Kinsham Village Hall on Wednesday, March 4th at 2 pm. This will be followed by an excellent tea provided by our Byton PCC ladies.

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 on Friday 14th February and Friday 13th March. 

Advanced notice of a slight change for our Coffee Morning in April. Due to the Memorial Hall being closed for refurbishment during April, Lynhales Nursing Home has kindly offered itself as an alternative venue to host our Coffee Morning.

As the second Friday in April is Good Friday Bank Holiday, we have decided to pull it forward to Friday April 3rd. Usual format, just different surroundings.

Please come along and support if you can.

Fundraising news…

In December we raised £150 for The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. In January, £120 was donated to CRY, the charity preventing young, sudden cardiac deaths through awareness and screening.

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 Memorial Hall will be temporarily closing from March 23rd to undergo its long-awaited refurbishment.

This will include total replacement of the floor, damp course, insulation of the main hall, updating of lighting and heating, and redecoration.

Thanks to the Co-op Community Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund Grants for making this possible, not to mention tireless fundraising by the Hall Committee.

We look forward to re-opening our doors in early May with a bit of a do to celebrate VE Day Bank Holiday Weekend! Details to follow in April…..

Lyonshall Carol Service

This service was held on Sunday December 22nd and 101 people attended it! We enjoyed the Christmas readings and the carols, some that we don’t sing very often and enjoyed the singing of the Arrowvale Choir and the organ playing by Tim Hollinghurst, all coordinated by Anthony Mills. It was really lovely to see the church so full of people and filled with such a warm and happy atmosphere and that was before the mulled wine and mince pies!

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way, it truly conveyed the proper meaning of Christmas in our community.

Titley Lunch 2020

The date for this popular event is April 23rd at 10.45 am.

The speaker is Judith Holder and her subject is “The Baby Boomers’ Guide To Growing Old”.

Bridge Drive

We are holding an afternoon of Bridge at Next End, Lyonshall, by kind invitation of Julie Green, on Wednesday February 26th at 2.30 pm. £10 per person including tea and there will also be a Draw. All proceeds to Lyonshall Church Funds.

Lyonshall Church Friends Draw Winners

Nick Layton, Sarah White, John Clayton, Jean Howard and Anto Morley.

Laura Rowlett, Roy Baker, Rob Williams, Liz Avery and Nick Layton.

From the Registers

Funeral                        January 17th               Mike George

Pembridge News

Woodcock Fayre 23rd November.

Another successful event raising £1200 for church funds. This is becoming a permanent fixture in the calendar and is evolving and getting bigger and better each year. Thank you to those who supported by attending and to the stall holders on turning out on what was not a very nice day. We do appreciate your support.

Christmas Concert with The Village Quire – 14th December 7.30pm.

Another delightful evening of song which was enjoyed by a smallish audience as a prelude to Christmas. Thank you to all who supported this event in whatever way.

Music in Quiet Places Concert – March 6th – Pembridge Church 7.00pm   “ Calling all Gilbert & Sullivan fans ..”

Come and join us at a special Music In Quiet Places Concert – a wonderful evening of Gilbert & Sullivan favourites featuring two award winning local choirs – Cantabile and Chamber Choir from Hereford Cathedral School.  

Refreshments will be served and there will be a retiring collection in aid of Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust and Pembridge Church.


Come and join us for our annual quiz evening on March 28th, 7.30pm. Teams of 6 at a cost of £6 per person, which will include a light supper and soft drinks. Please feel free to bring your own alcoholic drink. Teams can be made up on the night so just come along for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment. 

Easter Lillies      

If you would like to contribute financially towards the Easter Lilies this Easter please give your donations to Mrs Joyce Williams, Marston Court or Gill Smith, Churchwarden. 

If you would like to help decorate the church for Easter, please contact Joyce on 01544 388303.


A very big thank you to you all for your help in filling the rotas required to help the church function. The cleaners, the readers, the coffee makers, the flower arrangers all play a vital role in easing the burden in the day to day running of the church. If you feel you could help at all in filling a gap in our rotas, please contact Jacqui on 01544 388471 or for flower arranging Joyce on 01544 388303. We look forward to hearing from you.

Window Appeal

Please don’t forget the ongoing window appeal.

Food Bank.

Also please don’t forget the food bank drop off point located at the back of the church. The food collected is taken to the Kington Community Larder where it is distributed to those in need. If you are in need please contact your health visitor or contact The Rector on 07777692458

Please support this worthwhile cause. At the moment we are taking a delivery every 2 weeks which is much appreciated.


Feb        2nd        Communion                                                     C Price                             A Anderson

              16th       Communion                                                    C or M Fothergill          S Ingham

               23rd      Family Service/Morning Worship              C or M Fothergill        G Smith

March   1st         Communion                                                     E Hardy                           S Evans

                15th       Communion                                                     R Scott                            E Lynch

              22nd      Family Service/Morning Worship              Tim Hollinghurst          S Ingham

                29th       Group Service                   

April       5th         Palm Sunday                                                      A Ingham           L or M Boore

Carol Singing Around Pembridge Village

This event on Sunday 22nd December raised £370 for Pride in Pembridge and Christmas Trees. Thanks to all who came along.

Rob Williams

Pembridge WI has now become PALs (Pembridge Active Ladies)

We will continue to meet in the Village Hall on the second Wednesday of the month and our activities will carry on as before with the reading group meeting in our homes, tea and chat in The Steppes, ten-pin bowling at The Grove, walking and lunching and taking coach trips and train trips and anything that any of us cares to organise.

If you would like to join us at any time for fun, friendship and support, we would be very pleased for you to do so (there is no annual fee, only the cost of the event at the time).

Wednesday February 12th 2.00 pm Village Hall Inaugural Meeting

Wednesday March 11th 7.00 pm Village Hall An Evening of Paper Craft

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544388279 margueritefothergill@gmail.com for details of events that are happening.

Shobdon News

The carol service was very well supported.  After the service we enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine.  A huge thank you to everyone who supplied the mince pies and to Marcia for organising the mulled wine. The collection from the service was given to Leominster Food Bank via Churches Together In Leominster.

It was lovely to welcome the children to the Crib Service to reunite their sheep with the flock. We would like to thank Rachel Gloag for playing the piano during the service and to Anne Walker and Cerian Stokes for leading the service.

We must thank Caroline Griffiths for the generous donation of £400 from the New Year’s Eve Party.

Thank you to all the flower arrangers who work so hard to enhance our beautiful church throughout the year. If you have an interest in flower arranging and feel that you would like to join the flower rota please contact Pearl Teale for more details 015678 708725

We rely on volunteers to open and close the church daily, a huge thank you to those volunteers who help us with this. If you feel you are able to help, please contact Caroline Jones 01568 708043 for more information.

From Our Registers


17th November       Harry David Attwood

12th December        Jack Allen Archer

                                Letty Ann Ethel Taylor

Prayer Meeting

The prayer meeting in Shobdon Methodist Church is running again after the sad loss of founder member John Andrews. We now meet at 11am on the fourth Thursday of each month (Feb 27th and March 26th). As always, this is a meeting where Christians of any denomination or no denomination can find fellowship, and everything said is confidential. Janice Moore

Staunton on Arrow News


On the 6th December thirteen ladies lunched at the Old Railway Garden Centre at Three Cocks.  This was a Christmas lunch and we were treated to extra large portions of turkey with all the trimmings plus a bonus Yorkshire pudding with the alternative of a fish dish.  The venue is interesting as it incorporates garden centre, restaurant and a shop selling various items including a rather tempting selection of country clothing.

Our December meeting was held on 11th December when a Christmas Workshop had been planned but had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.   Once again however, Staunton WI’s ability for innovations came to the rescue, one or two games accompanied by much noise and hilarity, possibly helped by the mulled wine consumed earlier in the meeting.  A visit from Secret Santa was to follow but as he was excessively busy, he had left members to devise their own method of distribution which served to increase the high-spirited atmosphere of the evening.

Christmas having intervened, on 8th January, instead of the usual evening meeting, members met for afternoon tea in the village hall.


Sunday 19th January

Annual post-Christmas lunch at the Cider Barn.

 Wednesday 12th February

Amanda Jane Millinery

Wednesday 11th March

Iran Unveiled – speaker Penny Platts

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member: visitors and prospective members of all ages are welcome – £4 to include refreshments.  7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow village hall.

There is more information about us plus photos, reports of our meetings and other activities on our website.  www.stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord:  Correspondence Secretary   –  01544340256

Vanessa Woodward:      Minutes Secretary  –  01544388964

Olive Vollor

Sandra Evans and family would like to thank everyone for the support and encouragement given, during my Mother’s stay, from July until her death at the beginning of December. The funeral service, giving thanks for the life of Olive Vollor, was held at St Peter’s Church, Staunton on Arrow on 20th December and nearly £300 was raised for the Alzheimer Society and the Macmillan Nurses at St Michael’s Hospice. Thank you again for all your kind words and sympathy; it has been much appreciated.

Sandra Evans


The date for the next U3A meeting is Thursday 13th February, 2pm at Kington Football Club. Mike Watkins and Wilma Hayes will be making a return visit, this time telling us about The Empress of Ireland, What Really Happened? The following meeting on the 12th March will be a talk by Rob Johnston, subject yet to be confirmed. Visitors are welcome, £2, members £1. Contact the secretary Judy Bevan, 340347, for more information about U3A.