June/July News

Posted on June 4th, 2017

Byton News


Instead of the first Sunday in the month we are having a Songs of Praise on June 11th. led by Antony Mills. This is at 6pm in the church and will give people an opportunity to enjoy the flowers after Emily and David’s wedding. There will be a drink and a few nibbles too.

Cleaning—Mrs J Owens and Mrs G Jeakings

PCC Meeting

There will be a PCC meeting at the Court House Farm on Thursday, June 29th @ 8 pm.


There will be the usual 1st Sunday in the month service and on the 5th Sunday the group service will be at 11am at Byton Church followed by our annual BBQ. It would be good to see as many of you there as possible to enjoy the flowers following Sarah and Giles’s wedding.

Cleaning – Mrs M Edwards and Mrs L Weaver

Lyonshall News

Titley Lunch

The Annual Speakers Lunch was held on March 30th this year and was very much enjoyed by all who attended. Every ticket was sold to hear Derek Herbert talk very entertainingly about ‘The Life and Times of Winston Churchill’. An excellent Lunch followed and many thanks to everyone who helped with the lunch and provided food for it. A special thank you to Sue Davies who organised the event at which £2,215 was raised for Church Funds.

an extract from the Archdeacons address when swearing in Churchwardens:-

Recently I was in conversation with a group of churchwardens who were talking about the kind of music and worship we have in church. “We don’t want anything too Happy Clappy “, one said. Someone else said, “But we need to appeal to a younger generation.” “Yes”, said the first, “But most of our congregation would stop coming if we did.” The worship in our churches today suits the present congregations who already come on a Sunday but there are many others, especially from younger generations, with whom we do not connect.

Think about it…..where will be in 5 years? What do we need to do now to ensure continuity in our congregations in Arrowvale?

Pat Addis, Churchwarden


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 9th and Friday July 14th.

Fundraising news…

In April we raised £60 which was donated to Kington and Weobley Leg Club and in May we supported Kington Community First Responders with £100.

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 Bridge Club – raising money for Charity

Another successful year was completed at the recent AGM when £2,500 was donated to the West Midlands Air Ambulance and the Martha Trust. Members meet every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Memorial Hall. New members are very welcome. For full details please contact Richard Eckley on 01544340621, James Weymouth on 01544260574 or lyonshallbridgeclub.org.

Pembridge News

From the Registers.


Constance E Grantham        3rd March                Burial of Ashes             Pembridge Church

Linda M Hill                          12th April                Burial                            Pembridge Church

Barbara Loxton                    24th April                Burial of Ashes             Pembridge Church

Elaine Bennett                      4th May                   Burial                            Pembridge Church

ON SUNDAY, JULY 9TH, WESTONBURY MILL WATER GARDENS will be opening in aid of Pembridge Church 11 am to 5 pm.  Richard and Sally hope for a good turnout from Pembridge and the surrounding community as their special guests with all entrance fees put towards the maintenance of Pembridge’s beautiful ancient parish church.

Last season Carol Klein and BBC Gardener’s World visited the Gardens – see the video clip on the website www.westonburymillwatergardens.com. This season the new caterer Caron Baker and her helpers will be running a refurbished cafe offering faster food at affordable prices.

While enjoying growing national recognition and visitors from afar, the Pims are happiest seeing local friends and neighbours visiting the follies, the flower borders and the wildflower meadow. They look forward to seeing you on this special Pembridge Day.


Award-winning Cantabile choir from Hereford Cathedral School to put on fundraising concert on June 29th

School Choir of the Year, the Cantabile Girls’ Choir from Hereford Cathedral School, will sing some of their award-winning pieces at St Mary’s, Pembridge, this June.

The fabulous group of singers were awarded first prize at the Barnardo’s Senior School Choir of the Year competition, which took place at the Royal Festival Hall in April 2017. It was the first time the Cantabile Girls’ Choir had entered this national competition.

Singing with “wonderful balance and blend” under the direction of their Musical Director, Ms Jo Williamson, the singers wowed the judges with two pieces – A Bunch of Thyme and Dance to Your Daddy.

St Mary’s Pembridge are absolutely delighted to welcome the Cantabile choir from Hereford Cathedral School to our church for an evening concert on June 29th at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 and are available from Ye Olde Steppes in Pembridge, or from Gill Smith on 01544 388471. Tickets are also available from Mrs Amy Turtle at Hereford Cathedral School on 01432 363531. Please hurry as tickets for this award-winning choir are set to sell out quickly!

Effigies, costumes & music

A little bit of history,a little bit of (medieval) fashion ,a big bit of music and lots and lots of fun! with Steve Hollinghurst.

Effigies in churches are normally of vicars or knights in armour. In Pembridge things are different. We have Nicholas Gour, a Sergeant-at-Law appointed in 1355 and his wife and their son John, steward to the Mortimer family and his wife. Over the last two years a dedicated team has been recreating how they would have dressed. This event will be the first opportunity to see all the outfits together. To brighten up the evening Steve Hollinghurst will perform some of his favourite songs from a more recent period. It’s going to be a great evening so come and join us. Proceeds towards the costumes project & St Mary’s Church.Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church, Pembridge Tickets £7.50 from Ye Olde Steppes, members of the PCC or Bob Anderson 01544 388292 email; ra@ra-ms.co.uk


It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the loss of two of our devoted stitchers.   Linda Hill died at the end of March and Pat Parrett in May.  Both Linda and Pat had worked on two tapestries each.  Linda was brought up in Pembridge and was truly a Pembridge girl.  She attended Pembridge School as a pupil and later as a teacher for many years.  She was devoted to the village and made a huge contribution to documenting the history of the village.  Pat, who was 91, was the widow of a former Pembridge Rector the Rev. Stan Parrett.  Joining the group enabled her to make new friendships and learn new embroidery stitches and her sense of humour was a delight.

Both will be sadly missed.       Gill


June      4th         Communion       A Anderson

18th                       Communion       E Lynch

25th                       Family Service   T Hollinghurst

July        2nd        Communion       E Hardy

16th                       Communion       G Smith

23rd                       Family Service   T Hollinghurst

Pembridge WI  are visiting Hereford cathedral gardens for the June meeting and having a members evening in July.
We meet every second Wednesday of the month and as well as our meetings go ten-pin bowling, have tea in the Steppes and the book group meets.
Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544388279.


at The Leen, Pembridge (HR6 9HN) on Sunday 11th June from 2-5pm (Farm Tours at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm. 3.30pm- arrive 10 minutes before the tour you wish to join) You will get the chance to see our cows being milked, chickens produced, river-dipping, meadow walks, how an Anaerobic Digester works and meet the oldest Hereford herd in the world! For more information contact sarah@theleen.co.uk .Everyone is welcome!

Shobdon News

Annual Spotlight BBQ

This will be held on Wednesday June 28th by kind invitation of Norah Morgan

Leavers Service

This is on 14th July at 10.00am at Shobdon Church followed by a Quiz and icecreams.

During the vacancy we continue to have regular services. One of our special services is choral evensong, which takes place at 6.00pm on alternate months. During the service we are fortunate to enjoy the singing of the Arrowvale choir led by Tim Hollinghurst..

The church is having a bottle stall and book sale at the forthcoming Food and Flying Festival. Donations of  bottles or books would be most welcome. For more details please contact Anne Walker  708712   Marcia Lynch Staunton  708360.

We continue to struggle to cover the basic costs of running the church. Last year our costs were almost £19,000 and we had a deficit of £1,500. Any  fundraising ideas or donations would be most welcome. We need to keep our beautiful church at Shobdon  OPEN.

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church: if you are able to help for a week please contact Caroline Jones  708043.

Flower Festival   

Shobdon Church Flower Festival will take place on 30th September and 1st October. In order to keep costs to a minimum we are hoping to use locally grown flowers. If you feel you could help by growing flowers please let us know. There will be a concert on Saturday 30th September featuring Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir make a note in your diaries! Ticket details will be available nearer the time.

Shobdon Social Evening,

Coming soon, Antiques & Valuations & Cider Tasting Evening , keep yours eyes peeled and look out for notices coming soon with further details.

Bible studies

The studies are very informal, in the homes of John Andrews and Michael Thornton.  We start with coffee and biscuits and a short prayer.  We then read a section of the book we are studying, currently the Acts of the Apostles, and then discuss the points made by the writer.  Acts is of particular interest because it records the events in the lives of the early Christians after Jesus had left, and tells of the formation of the early church, and the persecution it experienced. Think of it, those Christians changed the world!

Prayer meetings

Meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Methodist Chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30am, to pray for particular people who are ill at home or in hospital, or for particular events in the Village or in the group.  They are informal, and completely confidential.  If you need prayer you would be very welcome.

If you would like a lift to either of the meetings, dates are in the diary section, please give me a call on 01568 708277.

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News


Thank you so much to everyone for keeping our Hall in good condition, from cleaners, helpers and committee members. Two special thank yous need further mention. Shirley Percy has been a great secretary and supporter and we wish her well in her new venture in Weobley, and Rob Bennett who is standing down as Chairman. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and will welcome him back when he is ready.

We would love your support at Village Hall events, come along if you can!

  • The ever popular Coffee Spot run by a small but very dedicated team is on the 1st Saturday morning of the month, (the cake is fantastic!)
  • Film nights are generally held on the last Saturday of the month. The film licence for the hall allows us to circulate information about forthcoming films to members of the Staunton-on-Arrow Film Group, so if you would like to be added to the email list or if transport is an issue to attend such events, just get in touch with a member of the Village Hall committee or Heather Owens – 388106. There is no charge, but donations are welcomed. Tea, coffee, cake and popcorn are provided.
  • A Fun Fish & Chip Supper Quiz night is to be held September 22nd – details to follow.
  • The village has also arranged an informative Ramble round the village, learning lots of history along the way, with Tim Hoverd (Hereford Archaeological Project Manager). This consists of 2½ hours moderate walking, followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

A reminder to bring £2 coins for the electricity meter (the new coins don’t fit). We have a new bin in the kitchen for recycling so we can be much ‘greener’ in the future.

If you can help out at any event, regularly or just the one time, we are always looking for new volunteers. We are a friendly bunch! Contact debbie.stokes1@tiscali.co.uk


Due to the lack of response from the village to the item regarding heritage lottery grant application for St Peter’s Church mentioned in the last Messenger, the PCC is focusing on more fundraising events than usual over the next 12 months. This is also due to being unable to host a village fete this year, unforeseen electrical work in the church to provide the safety certificate needed for safety purposes and the need to re-roof the mower shed in the churchyard. These unavoidable costs amount to several thousands of pounds that will have to be met from church funds.

In order to boost our finances we are planning several fundraising activities as follows:

  • Progressive Lunch in October. Anyone who would like to host a lunch in the village should contact Liz Hewett on 01544 388764.
  • Bingo evening in the Village Hall on Friday 24th November 2017, to include refreshments.
  • Christmas Market in the Village Hall on Saturday 9th December 2017, from 11am to 3pm

Further details of these events and others to follow.

A BOTANICAL SURVEY apparently took place in Staunton on Arrow, in the 1980s, under a National initiative from the W.I. to address the decline of our meadows and native wild flowers.

If you know anything about this work and would like to see the return of these flowers, especially in our Churchyard, please contact Sandra Evans 01544 388742, to discuss the way forward, leaving a legacy for future generations.

Staunton on Arrow WI for June and July 2017

In April we thoroughly enjoyed our introduction to New Age Kurling and many thanks to Kath and Isabel who visited from Powys Radnor Federation of WI’s to show us how to play!  We have also welcomed back Marion Cox who has been a member previously and a new member, Wendy Kurrels.

Our meetings of 2017 continue with:

Wednesday 21 June                       Talk and demonstration by Tory Dickinson of Noke Lane Bakery.

Hostesses:                                     The Committee

Wednesday 19 July                        Chili Zoo with Pam Davenport

Hostesses                                     Sarah Westaby 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 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

Kington U3A

There is no speaker for the June meeting; instead we have the AGM on Thursday 8th June, 2pm in the Kington Football Clubhouse. This is your chance to offer those good suggestions for future interest groups, speakers or improvements. We shall also be looking for volunteers to fill the officer and committee positions.  Our July meeting is on the 13th, 2pm, Kington Football Club. We will be having a talk from Gordon Coppock, Chair of Kleen, on UK Energy Options. Come along to find out more. Members £1, Non-members welcome, £2, including refreshments. If you need more information contact the secretary on 01544 231401.

Saturday 3rd June Kington Amateur Dramatics & Operatic Society will perform at the Crown Inn, Dilwyn.  Programme includes show songs and some Gilbert & Sullivan.  Tickets £5.00 and are available on the door on the night and include a buffet during the interval.

Saturday 24th June Concert St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dilwyn given by Ruth Watson (Oboe) and Friends: John Hymas (Violin/Viola) Jeremy Fisher (Piano) and Ollie Galletta (Bassoon).  Programme includes Beethoven, Elgar, Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin.  Start time 7.30 p.m.  The profit will be used to maintain/improve the Crown Inn, Dilwyn.  Tickets £10.00 – 01544 318738 and also available on the door on the night.

British Red Cross Open Gardens                                           Sunday 9th July 2017

Fawley Court Gardens, set around three pools, contain a large number of unusual trees and shrubs and is a beautiful example of an English country garden.

This is a wonderful place to relax and spot the kingfishers, water shrews and the not so shy ducks and moorhens.  There are stunning borders of mixed herbaceous plants, roses and annuals. The rose terraces are a delight when in flower, many scented, filling the air with their delicate fragrance. The lavender too should be in flower and be busy with bees.

The gardens are now managed organically with an emphasis on looking after the surrounding wildlife. Areas of meadow encircle one of the pools with seed of local provenance, used to create a species rich environment.

A light lunch, teas and a plant sale will all be available to make your afternoon very special.

Entry £5.00 and children under 12 are free.details

The British Red Cross are enormously grateful to the family for granting us this chance to visit Fawley Court despite the recent death of Mr Clay, whose Memorial Service will be in Hereford Cathedral on Thursday 6th July at 2.00pm .

Opening times: 12pm-5pm.    Address: Fawley, Hereford HR1 4SP











Details at www.kcchoir.wordpress.com  or 230896/231322


St Thomas a Becket Church  Welcomes Former Royal Harpist Extraordinaire – Jemima Phillips

Saturday June 17th at 7.00 pm.

The Friends of St. Thomas a Becket are delighted to  welcome Jemima Phillips as the centre-piece of their 2017 events.  She is winner of numerous awards and accolades, with an impressive list of qualifications; Jemima is one of the outstanding harpists of her generation.  She was also appointed the official Royal harpist for three years by the Prince of Wales, performing at many famous events.

Yet this evening will be no solemn occasion.  Jemima will incorporate into her programme, not just classical, but also contemporary, jazz, rock, pop, soul, metal, electro, ambient experimental, film, TV and shows and Bollywood.  So there will be something for everyone and her programme has received rave reviews from everyone for whom she has performed.   She is an exciting, versatile and innovative performer, equally at home on acoustic and electric harps and she is in great demand because of her creativity, musicianship, unique style and friendly personality.

The evening will end with the famous Huntington Court Summer garden party reception – by kind permission of William and Fiona Shone.  Guests can meet and enjoy Jemima’s company, as well as meeting many other friends from all over the area.  There will, as usual, be free wine and canapés served.

£15 pp.  Please apply via www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk or telephone Fiona Shone 01544 370391 for reservations.