February/March 2018 News

Posted on February 3rd, 2018

Byton News

From the Registers 2017

We had three weddings in the church this last year. They were:-

June 10th       Emily Scatcherd and David Oldershaw

July 22nd        Sarah Price and Giles Edwards

October 7th   Thea Rogers and Nicholas Jones

Carol Service

Thanks to all who attended this atmospheric service led by Anthony Mills.

Thanks must also go to the cleaners, decorators, organist and choir.

Mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed by all afterwards.


February Service at Byton

This will be held in the church on February 4th at 9.30 am with Robin Rogers celebrating and Kate playing the organ.

Supper with Magic

On Saturday, February 17th @ 7pm at Kinsham Village Hall, the magician Mark Townsend will again entertain us.

There will be a hot supper. Tickets from PCC Members.

An Afternoon of Bridge

Thursday March 15th @ 2pm there will be Bridge and afternoon tea at Kinsham Hall. £8 per person. Details from Margaret Edwards 01544 267430.

All proceeds for Byton Church.

Cross Carrying on Good Friday

This will take the usual format starting at the church at 10.30 am. We will then walk up the hill behind the church with breaks for readings and hymns.

Hot X buns and coffee will be served afterwards. Children and dogs welcome.

Lyonshall News

Ron Addis

It is with great sadness and deep shock that we have to announce Ron’s death. He died in the County Hospital, Hereford on January 26th 2018. Ron had been PCC treasurer in Lyonshall for 30 years and was a good friend to so many people in our parish and the other parishes in the group.

Evening at The Barns

A very enjoyable evening was held here at the end of November by kind invitation of the Hern family.

We would like to thank Mrs Muriel Passey for giving us a very interesting talk on “The History and Mystery of Christmas”. This was followed by a delicious Finger Buffet and then an Auction of Promises, very ably conducted by Mr Richard Williams.

The magnificent sum of £3500 was raised for church funds and many thanks to all who helped in any way – getting the barns ready, preparing food, supplying chairs, helping on the night, etc.

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 February 9th and Friday March 9th.

Fundraising news…

In December we raised £125 which was donated to the Crisis at Christmas Appeal and in January, we raised £100 which was given to the Samaritans.
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.

Pembridge News

Woodcock Fayre

Thank you to all who supported this event. It was a bigger event than last year and we hope for it to continue to grow again this coming year with a variety of different craft stalls attending. Financially it was a success for the PCC but the hope is that it also brings people into the village to support other local businesses and attractions.

Annual Quiz.

The quiz will take place on Saturday March 3rd 7.30pm at the village hall. Teams of 6 can enter by phoning Meryl on 01544 340381 or just turn up if you haven’t got a team and we can make teams up on the night.  There will be an entry fee of £6 per person which will include a light supper.  There will also be a licenced bar.

Request for help when setting up church for events.

The PCC are asking if there is anybody who would like to offer their services to help set up the church or other venues for their events. We quite often need to move quite a bit of furniture to create the space required and wonder whether there is anybody who feels they could help with this. If you feel you could help, please contact any members of The PCC and we will contact you as and when required. Thank you.


Pembridge Mothers’ Union will be holding an open meeting at Bearwood Chapel on Wednesday February 28th at 2-30pm. Marcia from Shobdon will be giving us a talk with slides about the orphanage she set up and runs, with others, in Kenya. There will be no charge for entry or light refreshments, but there will be a box for donations. Money received will be divided between the orphanage and MU funds. The MU half will either be used to buy Bibles for presentation to children at Pembridge school, for our life saving and enhancing overseas fund, our crisis intervention fund which I understand works within the diocese or a combination of the three. Everyone is very welcome.

The March meeting is an OPEN meeting at Bearwood Chapel with a guest speaker talking about her charity ‘Salt’. This will be followed by tea and we warmly welcome visitors from all the Arrowvale churches and any other friends. More details to follow in the churches.

Best wishes for 2018,  Janice Moore   01544 387926

Pembridge Memorial WW1 1918.

A bell will be tolled at 11.00am on the anniversary of their death, once for each year of their life.


Private 97580 31st Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

20/04/1918 Age 24


Son of Thomas and Eliza Davies; husband of Elsie Davies


Private 203600 1st/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

15/06/1918 Age 28


Son of James and Martha Dykes, of Moseley House, Pembridge, Herefordshire


Private 35758 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment

23/10/1918 Age 19


Son of Charles and Fanny James, of Moor Court Lodge, Kington, Herefordshire.


Lance Corporal 39419 South Wales Borderers

25/05/1918 Age 31


Son of Mr. T. Jay, of Noke Lane, Pembridge; husband of Mabel Jay


Private 236375 1st/1st Herefordshire Regiment

23/07/1918 Age 41


Son of Richard and Eliza Lilwall; husband of Alice Lilwall, of Townsend Cottage, East St., Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire.


Private 8564 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

04/11/1918 Age 32


Son of Thomas and Mary Morgan, of The Mere, Almeley, Hereford.


Feb 4th      Communion       C Price                   G Smith

18th     Communion       C or M Fothergill     S Ingham

25th      Family Service    T Hollinghurst

Mar 4th       Communion      A Ingham                L or M Boore

18th     Communion      R Scott                    E Lynch

25th     Palm Sunday      TBA

Apr 1st    Easter Sunday      TBA                         TBA

Pembridge WI will be meeting on Wed. February 14th at 2.00pm in The Village Hall for a fun afternoon. Anybody who may be thinking of joining Pembridge WI please come along and meet us.

The March meeting is in the evening on Wed.14th March at 7.00pm in The Village Hall when we will be hearing about Pilates from Dawn Arkell.

The reading Group will also be meeting, some of us will gather in the Steppes for tea/coffee cakes and chat and there will also be 10-pin bowling. We may even go for a walk and then have lunch.

The details of these events will be made clear at the meetings.

If you are interested, please contact Marguerite Fothergill on 01544 388279 or margueritefothergill@gmail.com

From the Registers

Susan Margaret Price    Burial   Pembridge  4th December

Shobdon News

We were unable to hold our Carol Service because of the snow.

The Crib Service was held on Christmas Eve. It was wonderful to see so many children in church and to watch as they placed their knitted sheep in the crib with the other nativity figures. Our thanks go to Robin and Kate Rogers and Cerian Stokes for leading the service.


Throughout the year a team of flower arrangers ensure that fresh flower arrangements are placed in church. If you have an interest in flower arranging and would like to join the rota, please contact Pearl Teale 01568708725

Church Opening 

Shobdon Church attracts visitors from far and wide and it is important that we are able to keep the church open to enable them to see our beautiful church. We have a group of volunteers who unlock and lock the church every day; if you feel you could help for a week please contact Caroline Jones 01568 708043

School Service for Mothering Sunday
On Thursday 8th March at 2.00 pm, we will be welcoming reception and year 1 to church for a short service. The children will receive a small gift to present to their mothers. All are welcome.

From our Registers

Funeral      11th December    Ian Preece

Baptism     26th November    Toby Frederick Costford

Marriage    28th December    Kevin James Harris and Joanne Olive Lloyd

Bible Studies

We (a small group of eight max.) are studying the Acts of the Apostles at present, which gives an account of how the early church started.  We could learn a lot for our churches today about support and action. Dates and venues for these Bible Studies are in the Diary section of the magazine.

Prayer meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Shobdon Methodist Chapel at 10.30 am, and last for about an hour.  We usually pray for people in the villages who are ill, sick, or in hospital, or in other sort of need, and for the schools and their staff.  Please let either John Andrews know (01568 708277), or Janice Moore (01544 387926) if you need prayer.  Alternatively, come and pray with us.  Prayer is powerful.

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

 Christmas Market raised £548. Thanks go to everyone who provided produce and goods for the stalls, those who managed the stalls and the kitchen, and to those who turned up to enjoy the festive occasion.

War Memorial Renovation:

As previously stated, a faculty has now been granted and works will proceed as soon as weather permits. Thanks go to all those villagers who have already donated monies towards the cost of this work, which has so far reached £870 with more donations promised.

 From the Registers

It has been a sad few months for the village of Staunton-on-Arrow.

We sadly lost Richard Bowen on 20th November 2017 after a long illness that was bravely fought. He was very much a stalwart of the village and his contribution as Churchwarden was very greatly appreciated. Richard was cremated at Hereford and there is to be a Memorial and Thanksgiving service on April 20th 2018 at St Peter’s Church, Staunton-on Arrow.

Major (rtd) Bernard May died on 5th December 2017. His funeral and burial were held on 11th January 2018 at St Peter’s Church. He is remembered with great fondness in the village. He was also a central figure in village life during the latter decades, and a leading figure in Church life as Treasurer and Churchwarden.

Robert (Bob) Woodward of Forge Cottage died 29th December 2017. His funeral service was held on 15th January 2018 at St Peter’s followed by cremation on the following day. It was a privilege (not known by many) to have living in the village, a retired Fleet Air Arm Pilot who later captained Vickers Viscount and DH Comet airliners.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these who have left us.

Rhayader Male Voice Choir will be giving a concert in St Peter’s Church, Staunton-on-Arrow, on Saturday 14th April 2018 starting at 7pm. More details to follow.

Staunton on Arrow WI for February and March 2018

At our Annual Meeting in November we elected a committee of eight members for 2018. We have Joint Presidents Claire Burton and Barbara Morgan, Secretary Alison Lord, Treasurer Gill Busby, Raffle Manager Sarah Westaby and committee members Marion Weaver, Becky Bissell and Vanessa Woodward.

Due to the snowy weather our December meeting was cancelled but January started with a very successful afternoon tea party where we caught up with our friends after the Christmas and New Year break and paid our 2018 subscriptions.  So far this year we have welcomed three new members, Ann Cleaver, Ann Brisbane and Di Sawyer.

Our WI meetings of 2018 continue with

Wednesday 14 February 7.30pm  Gill Bullock from Wellington WI will be telling us about Lands End to John  O’Groats by bicycle.

Hostesses: Barbara Morgan and Gill Busby

Wednesday 14 March 7.30pm  Dr Joanne Raven will be telling us about Childbirth Abroad.

Hostesses: Becky Bissell and Debbie Weaver

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


The next meeting of Kington U3A will be held at 2pm in the Kington Football Clubhouse on Thursday 8th February. Richard Wood will be speaking about his adventures Rowing Solo Across The Atlantic.  Everyone is welcome, £1 for members, £2 for visitors, including refreshments. Contact Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

The following meeting will be on Thursday 8th March, 2pm at the Football Club. Richard Jordan will tell us about The Other Glenn Miller Story. Please note that this is a different speaker to the one advertised previously.