Feb/March 2019 news

Posted on February 4th, 2019

Byton News

Carols By Candlelight

This was well attended with Tim at the organ and his choir singing beautifully.

The mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed afterwards.

The church looked really good and thanks go to everyone who made it look so festive.

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 8th February and Friday 8th March.

Fundraising news…

In December we donated £125 to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, and in January £65 was given to the Hereford Open Door Charity.

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.

Titley Lunch

Tricia Stewart, one of the original ‘Calendar Girls’ is the speaker this year and the date is Thursday, April 11th.

Christmas Decorations

Thank you very much to all of you who decorated the church so beautifully for Christmas and a special thank you to Lyonshall Nurseries for giving us the lovely Christmas Tree and to Mike and Sue Davies for setting it up, decorating it and taking it down!

Friends of Lyonshall Church

The latest Draw winners are :-

Joe Burgoyne, Chris South, Nicky Scott, David Hutton and John Morgan.

Anthony Mills, Richard Williams, Joyce Williams, Mark Bissell and Claire Burgoyne.

Pembridge News

Thank you .

Thank you to all who volunteer to go on our many rotas.  The rotas help manage all the things that need to happen on a regular basis and make life much easier for the churchwardens, knowing that in theory there is somebody in place, rather than having to find somebody as and when required. It is very much appreciated.                         Jacqui & Gill

Travelling Crib.

Thank you to Sarah for organising the Travelling Crib and to all those that were part of its travels. It is lovely to see the flock of sheep return to the crib on Christmas Eve at the Crib and Christingle service.

Clothes in 14th century Pembridge and the people who wore them

Following the successful completion of the costumes as seen on the stone effigies in the chancel, a new brochure has been produced detailing the clothes and the story behind them. Also included are the costumes and story of the wedding of Joan de Geneville and Roger Mortimer, who were married in Pembridge on the 20th September 1301. Although these costumes are not in display in church the brochure includes photographs and information about them and we hope to display them at future events. The brochures are available in church with all the money going to church funds.

Woodcock Fayre.

Thank you to those who supported this event. Due to an increase in the number of stalls and attendance it was a bigger and better event than in previous years and is still evolving so don’t forget to look out for the date and details later on in the year.

Quiz Evening

Come and join us at our first fundraiser of the year at Pembridge Village hall, 23rd March – 7.30pm, for our annual quiz evening. Entry is £6 per person which includes a light supper and there will be a licenced bar for liquid refreshment. Teams of up to 6 members can book their table by contacting Meryl on 01544 340381 or if you are unable to make up a full team please book your self a seat and we can make up teams on the night. We would be grateful if you could book so as to help with the catering arrangements. Prizes will be presented to the winning team and there will be the usual wooden spoons for the team which ends up supporting the other teams at the end of the evening.

Food Bank.

Please don’t forget the food bank collection bank located at the back of the church. Unfortunately there is a large demand for non-perishable items and toiletries for an ever growing number of people who are finding it hard to fund these items for themselves. The items are taken regularly to the collection point in Kington, where they are administered by a team from the Kington churches after referrals by appropriate agencies.


Feb         3rd          Communion         C Price                                   G Smith

17th        Communion         C or M Fothergill                 S Ingham

24th        Family Service     S Ingham

March    3rd          Communion         E Hardy                                 S Evans

17th        Communion         R Scott                                   E Lynch

24th        Family Service     Tim Hollinghurst

April       7th          Communion         A Ingham                             L or M Boore


Pembridge is about to celebrate the launching of The Pembridge Map.  This amazing piece of embroidery, featured on the Channel 4 Village of the Year programme last February and stitched by the ladies the Tapestry Group, is to be presented to the community over the weekend of Friday (evening) 24th May and Saturday, Sunday and Monday the 25th, 26th and 27th May 2019.  We are planning a weekend of exciting events for all ages.

We would welcome the support of everyone in the community to help make this event a memorable success.  Please let us know if you can help in any way.  A programme of events will be in the next magazine.

Gill and Jacqui

From the Registers

Baptism  – Max Edwin Leonard on 25th November 2018

Funeral  – A celebration of the life of Robin Gough on Thursday 10th January 2019

The Burnley Sleepout

Just a little update on the sleepout I undertook back in October.  Gill and I were invited by the club to enjoy hospitality at the Burnley v Fulham match last Saturday 12th January as a thank you. (Burnley won 2-1 but Fulham scored all the goals!).  Whilst in Burnley, we called in to the Community Kitchen(this facility was funded by some of your money!) and we were delighted to see it in full use.   While we were there we witnessed a family enjoying a rare hot meal together and a mother loading up with vegetables to make soup for her family having learned how to cook in the teaching kitchen.

This wonderful community asset also includes a café, children’s play area, large food bank and a clothes shop where items are given to the needy or sold at very low prices.

The facility is well appointed, bright and welcoming.  Furniture & fittings have been donated.  The football club gives the Kitchen sports kit (eg for children), including warm coats, hats and gloves that, again, can be sold cheaply to those in need.

The Community Kitchen is run by Burnley FCitC as part of the ongoing project to help the homeless and support those in need.

Sadly, we still found the amount of people sleeping rough in Manchester and Burnley very disturbing.

Ian Smith

Pembridge WI meets in the Village Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

On February 13th the meeting will be at 2.00pm and is an afternoon of craft – bring along a craft that you would like to share with members.

On March 13th the meeting will be at 7.00pm and we will be hearing about The Cart Shed

(A charity based in North Herefordshire that offers opportunities to try something new and improve well-being: to find friendships, a sense of belonging and a place of calm, in a supportive caring environment.)

We will also be meeting in the Steppes for tea and chat on Tuesday 26th Feb. and

Tuesday 26th March at 3.00pm

The book group will be meeting and we’ll be going bowling.

2019 is our centenary year and we are planning some special outings and extra meetings to celebrate this. If you would like to join us please contact

Marguerite Fothergill 01544388279   margueritefothergill@gmail.com

Pembridge Primary School

Pembridge Primary School are in need of a dinner supervisor to cover lunchtimes from 12.10-1.40pm each day Monday-Friday on a maternity-cover basis. Mrs Barlow is leaving us to have a baby from February half-term so we are looking for somebody who enjoys being with children, seeing where jobs need doing and doesn’t mind moving tables and chairs or washing up! Apply at the school office.

Pembridge CE Primary School Governors Wanted

Do you want to contribute to your local community and get involved in children’s education?

Are you willing to challenge and ask questions?

Are you open to new ideas, willing to learn and interested in gaining new skills?

Would you like to put your existing skills to good use to improve the lives of local children?

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

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

Shobdon News

Thank you to all who came to the Carol service and provided refreshments. The collection of £270 was given to Shobdon School for their forest school fund which enhances the  children’s learning in an outdoor setting.

The crib service on Christmas Eve was well supported and it was lovely to see the children return their sheep to the fold. A very big thank you to Cerian Stokes for leading the service and for organising the travelling crib’s journey; thank you also to Robin and Kate Rogers.

Flower Rota 

Feb. 3.  Heather Weale

Feb 10. Heather Weale

Feb. 17. Pearl Teale

Feb. 24 Pearl Teale

Mar.  3. Pearl Teale

Mar. 10.     Lent

Mar. 17.      Lent

Mar. 24.     Lent

Mar. 31.     Lent

If you would like to join the flower rota please contact Pearl Teale   01568  708 725

From the registers 


18th November  Scarlett Jade Newman


18th October    Service of Thanksgiving  for   Gwendolyn Cox

Staunton on Arrow News

Christmas Market: Thanks to everyone for their contributions towards this event, and whilst this was poorly attended, we made £548.

Nativity Play: St Peter’s Church hosted the Pembridge School’s pupils to perform their Nativity play in the church which was a great success. Festive refreshments were served afterwards to all in the village hall, and a retiring collection was split between the school and the PCC. We look forward to another visit this year.

Staunton on Arrow WI for February and March 2019

At our meeting in December Debbie Weaver demonstrated Christmas Crafts, following which, with Debbie’s assistance, members made their own gift bags and tea lights. Secret Santa gifts were distributed, an excellent supper was enjoyed by all with the festive spirit enhanced by a fair quantity of mulled wine.  In January members enjoyed an afternoon tea party and everyone was looking forward to our New Year lunch to be held at the Corner Inn, Kingsland on January 20th.

Our programme for 2019 continues as follows:

Wednesday 13th February:  Pilates with Dawn Arkell.

Hostesses:  Claire Burton, Di Sawyer and Sarah Westaby.

Wednesday 13th March:  Bomb disposal – talk by Major Mike Atkinson.

Hostesses: Vanessa Woodward 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 village hall, speaker at 8.00 pm.

There is more information about us plus photos and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website:


Alison Lord                                                    Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary                              Minutes Secretary

01544 340256                                                              01544 388964


The February meeting will be on Thursday 14th February, 2pm in the Kington Football Club. Angela Williams is returning by popular request after her recent, very successful visit. She will be giving more insights into A Munitionettes Life at Rotherwas ROF in WW1 and 2. The following meeting is on 14th March, 2pm, Football Club when Robyn Nunez will be speaking about Lasting Power of Attorney. Contact the secretary Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.