April/May 2019 news

Posted on February 4th, 2019

Byton News

Scottish Evening

This was held at the end of January at Kinsham Village Hall and was greatly enjoyed by the people who attended.

Paul Segrott and family worked very hard with the quiz and the haggis etc was super.

Everyone who helped did a fantastic job and it was a fun evening.


Our AGM is on Monday, April 8th at 8 pm at The Court House Farm and everyone is welcome to attend.

Good Friday

This will take the usual form when everyone meets at Byton Church at 10.30 am and we process with The Cross up the hill behind, singing and listening to readings, as we go.

After coming back down we have Hot Cross Buns and coffee in the church or outside, weather permitting!  Please join us. Dogs and children are very welcome.

Easter Sunday

Holy Communion will be at 9.30 am.

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 12th April and Friday 10th May.

Fundraising news…

In February we donated £110 to the ELY Memorial Fund and in March we supported St. Michaels Hospice with £80.  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.


This will take place on Sunday, April 28th after Evensong in the church at 7.00 pm.


February 17th      Baptism    Walter Cecil Newman Hern

Pembridge News

Window Appeal

Pembridge PCC are in the process of launching an appeal towards urgent window repairs, which have been highlighted in our latest Quinquennial report and as recommended  by a stained glass window expert. The cost for this work has been quoted as £34,574 plus vat. The PCC is actively looking at appropriate funding bodies to help raise this amount but we will also be looking for local financial support. Please look out for further information which will contain full details of the appeal from Easter onwards and help us to keep our church building in a safe and useable condition for our and future generations.

Church Spring Clean

You are invited to come and join us at 10.00am on Saturday 13th April, to help prepare the church for Easter and the summer months. We hope to have people working inside and outside the building, cleaning, tidying and carrying out minor maintenance. Please bring your own equipment depending on what sort of support you can offer. The more the merrier!!!


Our Mothers’ Union branch will be meeting at Glebe Cottage, Staunton on Arrow at 2-30 pm on Tuesday 23rd of April and Tuesday 28th of May. All are welcome; you don’t have to be a mother, a wife or even a woman. If you would like to come along, please call Sandra Evans on 01544 388742. We are a caring Christian charity that helps people both locally and globally. The more support we have, the more care we can give.

We are delighted to announce that we have started this year by welcoming three new members, Kate Rogers, Sarah Westerby and Betty Inskip. Sandra is now our branch leader, and we would like to publicly thank Anthea Anderson for the years she spent in this role. She didn’t just fit the job into her very busy life; she did it in a caring way and made sure that no one felt forgotten, even when they could no longer get to meetings.

2018 was a sad year for us, as we lost both Connie Hill who joined the MU, though not our branch, in 1950, and Gwen Cox. Both ladies were inspirational, and will be sadly missed.

Best wishes,

Janice Moore


Food Bank.

Please don’t forget the food bank collection bank located at the back of the church.

The Pembridge Map Launch Weekend

We invite you to come and join us to Celebrate the launch of the Map which has been embroidered by the Tapestry Group over the last two years.  The map will be launched on the weekend of 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th of May in St Mary’s Church – where it will go on permanent exhibition.  The map itself, which has been beautifully mounted and framed will be unveiled on the evening of Friday 24th May when we will welcome Dr Alex Langlands (you may remember him visiting the village for the Channel 4 Village of the Year Competition).

A wonderful programme of events has been planned for everyone over the weekend.  Events will include a pageant through the village by the children from our school followed by an evening with the never to be forgotten Taiko Drumming Band together with the school choir presenting a variety of music.  The school is also planning a village I Spy and maypole dancing in the afternoon.

Other events will include walks with Tony Norman (naturalist and tree warden) and Duncan James (local historian) as well as talks by Anne O’Brien (local author) and Duncan James.  We will also be joined by the Knighton Silver Band and the RAF bellringers. On Monday a lunchtime barbecue is planned with music by local singer Little Wren and the weekend will end with a Ceilidh in church on Monday evening, organized by Pride in Pembridge.

A special Festival Service will be held in church at 11.00 on Sunday morning while the Dean of Hereford Cathedral will be with us on Saturday at 10.00am to offer a Blessing to the Map and the Event.

The church will be decorated with displays by businesses Past to Present and on the church lawn there will be stalls and demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available all weekend in the marquee on the church lawn as well as a licensed bar.

The event is funded by National Lottery Community Fund, James Henman Marquees along with generous donations from local families and businesses.

For a FULL timetable of all the events over the weekend please look out for posters and fliers nearer the time.  Please note that the event on Friday evening and also the Ceilidh on Monday evening are ticket only events!

So please save the dates and come and join us for this Community event with something to interest everyone.

Gill and Meryl


April       7th          Communion                         A Ingham             L or M Boore

14th        Palm Sunday                        TBA

21st        Easter Sunday                      TBA

28th        Family Service                     Steve Ingham

May       5th          Communion                         A Anderson          C Price

19th        Communion                         S Ingham              C or M Fothergill

26th        Family Service                     Tim Hollinghurst

June        2nd         Communion                         S Evans                 E Hardy


Burials. Philip Jenkins.        28/1/19 Christopher Symonds.  4/3/19

Pembridge WI

We meet in the Village Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for most months but not in May this year as we will be having our Centenary Celebration on

Wednesday 1st May in the village hall at 7.30pm.

We are celebrating with a Pudding and Pimms Party and entertainment will be from

Kington Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society.

The April meeting will be on Wednesday 10th April at 7.00pm in the village hall.

This is to be a “Story Evening” – amusing!

We will also be meeting in the Steppes for tea and chat, the book group will be meeting and we’ll be going ten-pin bowling.

As 2019 is our Centenary Year we are also planning some special outings and extra meetings to celebrate this.

We are actively seeking new blood to join us; to move forward into the future with a fresh outlook and with new ideas to add to our already extensive range.

                          Fun, Friendship and support

 Contact Marguerite Fothergill   01544388279   margueritefothergill@gmail.com

Shobdon News

Easter, please refer to your magazine for times, we look forward to celebrating together for this very special festival.

Easter Flowers

If anyone would like to help decorate the church for Easter please contact Pearl Teale 01568 708725 or Email  terryteale100@gmail.com  any help would be appreciated.

It is lovely to have Baptisms and to be able to welcome new young members into church, 1 in March, 3 in April, 1 in May.

We welcome families at all our services

We also have weddings in June and July, which those concerned will be looking forward to! For advice on your wedding flowers please contact Pearl Teale

We hope to be able to begin “forest church” at the end of April, and would love to hear from you if you are interested.

This is an exciting new project for many to enjoy.

The reception class from school enjoyed coming to Church on March 28th for a short service, and to give their mothers, grand mothers, and  great grand mothers, a small bunch of flowers and a small cake.  We always enjoy welcoming you all.

Flower Festival  

This will take place on September 28th and 29th.

Once again, in order to keep costs to a minimum we are hoping to use locally grown flowers and foliage. If you are able to help please let us know.

Suggestions of suitable flowers  you may consider growing in your garden

Asters, Antirrhinum, Calendula, Cornflower, Dahlia, Echinacea. Grasses, Cosmos , Nigella, Penstemon, Sunflowers, Late sweet peas,  Verbena, Ammi  Alstromeria (from bulbs).

Shobdon Food and Flying Festival   6th and 7th  July 2019

Volunteers required in all areas for this year’s Festival . Could you spare a couple of hours on either day to help?

Entrance Gate

Security Gate

Refreshment Marquee

General site maintenance

Setting up on Friday before

Clearing up on Monday after

If you are new to the Village this could be a good way of getting involved in village activities.

You might even get  free entrance and a cup of tea  !!

If you can help in any way please contact Terry Teale on  01568 708725 or E Mail  terryteale100@gmail.com.

Shobdon Church will be manning a tombola and book stall over the weekend.

Any donations of bottles and books are welcome.

Please contact: Anne  01568 708712   Marcia 01568 708360   Heather 01568 708754

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

This will take place at 10.00am on Thursday 11th April in church. All are invited.

From our registers


3rd March  Willow Eloise Nicholas

Staunton on Arrow News

Easter Service on 21st April starting at the church porch at 05.45 followed by breakfast in the village hall. All welcome.

Village Hall Notices

Please come along to the Annual Village Clean Up day on Saturday April 27th from 9am. We start at the village hall area, and if we have enough helpers we spread further afield, there is always plenty to be done. Tea and biscuits for your payment.

The Millennium Garden is in bloom and looking very pretty. If anyone could help with a spot of gardening you would be most welcome.

Other dates for your diaries:

Staunton on Arrow Village Hall AGM Monday 20th May. All welcome. We are always on the look out for new members.

Friday 19th July from 6pm Staunton Summer BBQ– we had a great evening last year. Please contact Debbie Stokes (388881) if you can help in any way, flip a burger, work the bar, help set up etc.

Friday 13th September 7pm start. Annual Fish & Chip Supper Quiz

We are looking for volunteers to take a turn at keeping our lovely hall in spit spot condition. The cleaning rota is free in January & November, if anyone can help please contact Sandra Evans (388742)

Staunton on Arrow WI

January 20th found members and guests gathered at the Corner Inn, Kingsland for our New Year lunch, a convivial affair where both good food and excellent company were enjoyed by all.  At our February meeting our speaker was Dawn Arkell, Pilates instructor, who talked to us about Pilates and its history, initiating members in one or two basic exercises.  This was a very well attended meeting with several prospective new members. At least three members have been inspired to join one of Dawn’s classes.  On the 18thFebruary 6 members met for lunch at the Old Steppes in Pembridge. At our  March 13th meeting Major Mike Atkinson spoke about his experiences as a member of the Army’s bomb disposal unit which left everyone in awe of the risks taken by these very special people.

Our programme continues as follows:

Wednesday  10th  April:   Hostesses Marion Weaver, Judy Davies and Cerian Stokes.   Speaker: Penny Platts who will talk to members about half timbered houses.

Wednesday 8th May:      Hostesses Ann Cleaver and Catherine Perham.  Speaker: Jules McRobbie whose subject is Wild Swimming.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member:  visitors and members or 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 and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website.


Alison Lord                                                                                                          Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary                                                                          Minutes Secretary

01544 340256                                                                                                    01544 388964


Our April meeting is on Thursday 11th April, 2pm at the Kington Football Club.  Richard Jordan will be telling us about “The Other Glenn Miller Story”; should be interesting. The following meeting is on 9th May, 2pm, Kington Football Club. You can find out all you want to know about “Tax, Care and Toyboys” from Oliver Hill. Visitors are very welcome, £2, members £1. For more information about U3A contact the secretary, Barbara Johnston, 01544 231401.

SATURDAY 1st JUNE . KINGTON SUMMER FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL. KINGTON CELEBRATES SEASONAL PRODUCE FROM THE MARCHES. 9.30. – 3.30. A free event and free parking. Info summerfoodfest@gmail.com


1ST MAY 2019  10.30am– 4.00pm


This will be a special day out in the beautiful Broxwood Court gardens where quality nurseries, plantsmen and providers of horticultural miscellany will inspire and delight those who know about and love their gardens, and who wish to find really interesting plants early in the season.  There will be delicious homemade refreshments all day, demonstrations and a chance to win some great prizes in the lucky dip/raffle.   Entrance £5 per person.

All proceeds will support The Cart Shed, (Reg Charity No 1167802), that uses woodland and horticulture to work with adults and young people experiencing an emotional imbalance in their lives.  The Cart Shed was awarded the Queen’s Award in 2017.  Further inf. Tel: 01544 318 231





Feb/March news

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.