June/July News

Posted on May 30th, 2016

Common Fund for a Common Purpose

Resourcing God’s mission in Hereford Diocese

The Diocese of Hereford brings together over 400 churches.

We want to share God’s love with the people round us, whatever their background. We provide mission and ministry in every community regardless of a parish’s ability to pay. Through the Common Fund,  we all share the costs of all the parishes which make up our Diocese. The Common Fund launches in January 2017.

Why have a new scheme? 

  • Up to now, every parish has paid a Parish Share.
  • It is calculated using a complicated formula.
  • No-one can agree on a fair formula for Parish Share.
  • Constant tweaking of the formula leads to endless talk about money and creates mistrust.
  • People think of Parish Share as a tax; a nasty bill that has to be paid.

But it doesn’t have to be this way…

Our diocesan synod has voted to do away with Parish Share, and replace it with an Offer system. Every parish will be asked for a free-will offering—a promise to give to the Common Fund.

Common Fund principles 

  • We provide the resources that every parish needs, whether or not they can pay.
  • We encourage generosity in what we give to the Common Fund.
  • When we give more than the cost of our own vicar, we support mission and ministry across our Diocese.
  • The Common Fund also pays for work that no single benefice or deanery could afford—for example, agricultural chaplains.

Other dioceses that moved to an Offer system found that it encouraged generosity.

What do we mean by a promise? 

Parishes will be asked to agree their 2017 contribution to the Common Fund by 10 June 2016.  This will be their promise.

The promise should be a realistic, challenging and generous commitment to the Common Fund. Some areas in our Diocese are among the poorest in the country. Other areas are much better off.  Our generosity provides clergy for communities in less wealthy areas.

How much? 

The move to a new system can be unsettling at first. We have always been told what to give; how do we decide what to give?

Initially, parishes will be asked to aim to give at least the amount they are giving as their Parish Share in 2016, plus extra for inflation.

The Common Fund is not an excuse to give less! The Common Fund provides the resources for mission and ministry in every parish. If one parish gives less, another will have to give more. The decision made by our PCC will affect every other PCC in our Diocese

Where will the money go? 

The biggest single budget item in the Common Fund is people.

And people are expensive…

In our Diocese the average cost in 2016 of maintaining and supporting a full time priest in a parish is about £55,000 (includes training, housing, pension. Other church workers usually cost less).

We put clergy where they are needed most.  A housing estate which offers opportunities for church growth will not lose its vicar because the church there cannot afford to pay.

How our money is used 

For every £10 given to the Common Fund, we spend

  • £6.20 Clergy in parishes
  • £1.50 Other ministers, lay and ordained
  • £1.80 Property, legal, and other support services
  • 50p Contribution to the national Church of England

More information about the Common Fund 

PCC members have a leaflet explaining the mechanism for making parish promises.

Up-to-date information about the costs of ministry in our Diocese, and the promises made, is on the diocesan website: see www.hereford.anglican.org/Churchwork/The Diocesan Offices/Finance/Parish Offer Scheme 2017.

If there are questions that your wardens or vicar can’t answer, ask your Rural Dean or Lay Co-Chair.

Byton News

Good Friday

There was a record number of people, especially children, at The Carrying of the Cross up the Hill this year.

PCC Meeting

There will be a PCC Meeting at Court House Farm @  8pm Monday July 4th.

Flowers and Cleaning Rota

June  Mrs J Jeakings and Mrs J Owens

July   Mrs L Weaver and Mrs M Edwards

Future Date

11am Group Service followed by our annual BBQ in the churchyard on Sunday August 7th.

Lyonshall News

Lyonshall Church Draw

Latest winners are:-

Beccy Finney, James Lias, Jill Bradford, Simon Hussey, Andrew Watson

Titley Lunch

This was held on April 28th and Lady Ann Foley gave us a very enjoyable and humorous talk on “Having The Queen To Stay” which she did when her husband, Sir John Foley was Governor of Guernsey.  There were lots of questions from the audience afterwards and then we all had a splendid lunch.  Thanks to everyone who helped and provided delicious biscuits, salads and desserts. Also thank you to Sue Davies for organising this event again this year. It raised a magnificent sum of £1830 towards Lyonshall church funds.

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 June 10th and Friday July 8th.

Fundraising news

In April we raised £100, which was donated to Kington and Weobley Leg Club and in May we again raised £100 which was donated to the Make a Wish Foundation 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.

Pembridge News

The Fallen From 1916

In Pembridge we are remembering the men who fell in WW1. On the eleventh hour of the centenary of the day they died the bell is tolled once for each year of their short lives.

This year we remember

James A Austin,

Private 33580
South Wales Borderers
Died: 13/04/16
Age : 39
Buried: Holy Family Roman Catholic Churchyard Broxwood

George T Eversham

Private 260382
8th Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment
Age: 25
Commemoration: Loos Memorial
Son of George & Elizabeth Eversham

Herbert Arthur Snead-Cox

Midshipman HMS Indefatigable
Royal Navy
Died 31/05/1916
Age: 16
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Son of John Snead-Cox, of Broxwood Court, Pembridge, Herefordshire

Sydney A Pugh

Died: 10/07/16
Age: 26
Lived at Laundry Cottage, Pembridge

“Grand National” Coffee Morning

Thank you to all who supported our coffee morning. It was a very enjoyable morning which helped raise much needed monies to support our church.

June 12th

“The Queen’s Birthday”
There will be a  “Songs of Praise” to  celebrate the Queens official birthday at 11.00am. You are invited to come and join in this service of celebration where we will sing hymns that have featured in the Queens life, listen to music that has been played or sung at significant royal events and think about her past and future life as our Queen. Refreshments will be available at the end of the service.

To further celebrate on this day there is a “Royal Strawberry Tea” at the Curl – Ian and Gill Smiths – Marston starting at 2.30pm.  Admission £5 to include strawberry tea.

St Mary’s Community Project – Coffee Morning

We are holding a coffee morning on Saturday July 9th, from 10.30am, in the church. You are warmly invited to join us for coffee/tea, cake and conversation.  Our aim is to update you all with the development of the project which involves the future of the church building both for the needs of the Church and the benefit of the community.  You will have another chance to view the plans and talk to us prior to our first round application to the Heritage Lottery fund in August. We look forward to seeing you.

Bat Boxes

As some of you may have noticed bat and swift boxes have been placed around the church. This is in  an attempt to try to stop the bats and swifts entering the church and so hopefully reduce future damage to the fabric of the building. These boxes have been funded and placed under the guidance of the Hereford Small Mammals Group, who will be carrying out on going monitoring of our bat colony and swifts.


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.

Advance notice of 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. c.fothergill@btinternet.com)

We will be collecting clothes, bric-a-brac, books etc. nearer the time.

Pembridge Churchyard

Pembridge PCC would like to remind parishioners that the churchyard is not a public recreational area but a consecrated burial ground. As such we welcome people to enjoy the space but we ask that all dogs are kept on leads, all dog mess cleaned up before they leave and to please use only the authorised entry paths to gain access to the churchyard.

We thank you for your support in this matter.


June 5th Communion A Anderson C Price
June 19th Communion E Lynch R Scott
June 26th Family Service Tim Hollinghurst
July 3rd Communion E Hardy S Pim
July 17th Communion C or R Barclay C or M Fothergill
July 24th Family Service T Hollinghurst

Easter Lilies

Many thanks to all who generously contributed to the purchase of Easter Lilies to decorate St Mary’s at Easter.  Thank you also to all those who arranged flowers.  The church looked wonderful and was much admired by our many visitors. Joyce Williams

Mothers’ Union

This year the Mothers’ Union is celebrating its one hundred and forty year anniversary. It has grown to a worldwide organisation of over four million people in eighty countries and some of their work is very humbling.  We, in Pembridge, would love to welcome anyone from any of our Arrowvale group of Parishes, men or women, married or single! The term Mothers’ Union refers to reaching out to encourage and support mothers and families.  We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month usually in the afternoon in someones house, sometimes with a speaker. Other times we have outings, also occasional services and always enjoy fellowship together. Our next meeting is on June 22nd at the Westonbury Mill Water Gardens at 2.30.  On July 24th there will be a special Diocesan Festival Eucharist to mark the 140th Anniversary in Hereford Cathedral at noon.

For more information,  please ring Anthea Anderson on 01544 388464

Pembridge WI meets on every second Wednesday of the month usually in the Village Hall.  In June we will be meeting at 5.30pm and then visiting Newport House Garden, Almeley.  Our celebration for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday will now be at our July meeting at 6.00pm.  At this meeting Tony Norman will also be speaking to us about local birds.  Our August meeting will be the time for us to compete against each other in cookery, crafts, flower arranging, produce etc.  We will be ten-pin bowling at the Grove, and walking then lunching at Berrington Hall, and the monthly reading group will be meeting.

We always welcome visitors to our meetings and even new members!

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.

Shobdon News

Coffee Mornings take place on the second Saturday of the month in the Village Hall, 10 am – noon. Next dates are : June 11th, July 9th , August 13th

During the weekend of the Food & Flying Festival, (25th/26th June) the church will be open, refreshments will be available and there will be music ! The church will be having a bottle stall at the festival, all donations of bottles gratefully received.

(Contact Anne 708712)

Choral Evensong is now taking place every other month at Shobdon. The next date is July 17th, do come along and hear the wonderful  Arrowvale Choir led by Tim Hollinghurst.

Date for your diary – there will be a concert in the church on Saturday, 8th October by the Hereford Railway Choir, more information in the next issue of the Messenger.

There will be a service at the church on Wednesday, 19th July at 1:30 pm for the children leaving Shobdon School this year.

Bible Studies

Even though there has not been either news or details of Bible studies or prayer meetings in the last two newsletters, they have both been continuing.  The Bible study group has been looking at the Bible base for what Christians believe, which, in the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, is called the Creed.  We are finding that all the sentences in the Creed are based on, and substantiated by, the Bible; in the Bible we find the basis for our belief in God, His Son, Jesus, and in His messenger, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who comes to every Christian when they make a confession of faith; and He does not depart.

So, in the Bible we find all the foundations of our faith.  How important it is, then, to study it in detail, either in a group, as has been happening at Rose Cottage in Pembridge, or in the Shobdon/Stansbatch area, or by using daily Bible reading guides; these often go through a book in the Bible, or, alternatively, a subject, with useful commentaries. Printed guides are available from the Scripture Union, the Bible Reading Fellowship, Selwyn Hughes, and many others.  There is a very good course on line provided free by Holy Trinity Brompton which takes you through the Bible in One Year with commentary by Nicky Gumbel, vicar of HTB.  Log into www.bibleinoneyear.org, scroll down and click on today’s readings, which will come up complete with commentary.  Highly recommended.

And afterwards, pray about what you have learnt – you have a hot line to God through the Holy Spirit, see above.

John Andrews

Staunton-on-Arrow News

Easter Day Dawn Service was held on the Motte, followed by bacon rolls and coffee in the village hall. This was also our last chance to say farewell to Rector Brenda Jacobs, and the village presented her with a framed reproduction watercolour of St Peter’s Church, a rambling rector rose, and a cheque for £220.

Progressive Lunch on Sunday 26th June 2016 – After last year’s success the villagers of Staunton-on-Arrow will be hosting another lunch. This will start at 12.30 and will take the form of nibbles / starter and drinks, and main course with your host, followed by desserts and coffee in the village hall. Places this year are at a premium and tickets will be on sale at £15 per head, obtainable from Liz Hewett, Old School House, 01544 388764. Don’t delay!! (NB: For future years the Progressive Lunch will always be held on the last Sunday in June)

Village Fête on Saturday 16th July 2016 at 2pm – This year our fête will be held at Staunton House, by kind permission of Richard and Rosie Bowen. There will be a wide range of stalls, games and contests for all the family. Contributions to the following stalls will be gratefully received: Bric-a-Brac, Plants, Cakes, Books, Bottles, Baubles, Bangles & Beads. The village hall will be open and manned to receive any gifts between 6pm & 8pm on Thursday 14th July, or alternatively you can contact Liz Hewett on 01544 388764.(NB: For future years the Village Fête will always be held on the 3rd Saturday in July)

Christmas Fair – Saturday 10th December 2016. This will be held in the village hall from 11am so put this date in your diary for buying all those special presents. (NB: For future years the Christmas Fair will always be held on 2nd Saturday in December)

Village Hall AGM was quite well attended. Many thanks go to Heather Owens in her capacity as Treasurer. This role has now been passed to Kate Smith. Please don’t forget the excellent facilities our village hall provides – for get-togethers, celebrations, or just a meeting, at very reasonable hire costs. Contact Shirley Percy on 01544 388558 for further details.

A Whist Drive was held on 5th May in memory of the late Marion Owens of Shobdon. £800 was raised in aid of the Air Ambulance. Thanks go to everyone who contributed.

Staunton on Arrow W.I.

During 17 – 19 June some of our members are helping in the Herefordshire Federation WI Marquee at the Three Counties Show at Malvern Showground, as well as preparing our own section of the WI display.  Our meetings in April and May were both very educational, generating a lot of discussion!  Our next two meetings are both off our own territory, so something of a variety for us.

Wednesday 14th June: Blacksmithing, Owen Mabbort

This will be held at Owen Mabbort’s premises in Shirlheath.

Wednesday 20th July: From Fleece to Jumper & Supper, Marion Willcocks

This will held at The Old Forge, Dilwyn

Our lunch club visited the Angel, Kingsland and Border Bean in Kington over the last two months and we will continue lunching over the summer.

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.  We are hoping to welcome new members this year.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website, http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord        Minutes Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A

Our next social meeting will be on 9th June when we will be celebrating Kington U3A’s 10th birthday with strawberries and cream, after a short AGM.  This will be at 2pm at the Football Club on Mill Street and as usual everyone will be welcome. It would be great to see any of you who were involved in those early days 10 years ago.

As usual we are making a plea for more help in running Kington U3A now.  We are again short of committee members, in particular a Chair and a Minutes Secretary.  Don and Penny have kindly stepped in to keep us going until the AGM, but really do not wish to continue any further. So help please!