Oct/Nov 2019 News

A Notice For All The Parishes

As most of you will know Robin and Kate Rogers hope to be moving on soon. This is very sad for us but we are very happy for them and give them our very best wishes for a happy retirement.  

To mark this occasion, we are having a party in Shobdon Church on Saturday 26th October at 6 pm.  All those who would like to wish them well are most welcome to join us.

Byton News

Annual BBQ

Thanks to all who supported us. We were fairly lucky with the weather and an enjoyable time was had by all.

PCC Meeting

This will be held at Court House Farm on Monday, 30th September at 8pm.

Harvest Festival

Following  last year’s success, we are holding our Harvest Festival at 3 pm on Sunday, October 27th.

This will be followed by afternoon tea at Court House Farm. All welcome.

From the registers

Baptism of Sophie Grace Oldershaw at Byton Church on Sunday, September 8th.

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 11th October and Friday 8th November.

Fundraising news…

In August we raised £140 for the Lady Hawkins War Memorial Fund. News of the Macmillan Coffee Morning total in September to follow in next issue.

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.

Gardeners Question Time

This was held on August 19th in a marquee at Sunningdale by kind invitation of Peter and Jane Burgoyne. The evening began with an excellent BBQ supper expertly cooked by Paul Avery who was helped by Liz and Chris and Cate South. This was followed by a vast array of puddings which received many compliments!

Thanks to Neil from Behind Bars for looking after the bar and giving us a donation from takings.

There were about 100 people in the marquee and questions were plentiful and varied for the panel of experts. These were Simon Thomas from Lyonshall Nurseries, Rowan Griffiths from Hergest Croft, Tori Sutherland from Border Plants and Maggie Gray from Newport House. Roger Phillips chaired the proceedings with his customary local humour and professionalism!

It was a very enjoyable evening and thank you to everyone who provided food and helped in any way.

Lyonshall Harvest

Harvest Festival is on Sunday October 6th at 11.00am. It will be followed, as usual, by Harvest Lunch in the Memorial Hall. Adults £10, everyone very welcome.

Lyonshall Registers

Derek Penney                                              Funeral          July 25th

Maureen McKennna                                 Funeral          August 29th

Ben Simpson and Lucia Mills                   Wedding       August 22nd

Ethan Cecil Edward Davies                      Baptism         August 25th

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw

Winners of the first draw are:-

Douglas Morgan

Andrew and Anto Motley

John Quinton-Adams

William Lias

Andrew Burton

Tapestry ‘Bits and Pieces’

Mrs Pat Addis has a selection of canvas, foam pads, cut wool, hessian etc which she has been storing since kneelers were made for the church.

If you could make use for any of these, or know someone who might, please contact Pat 01544340261. Free to a good home but donations always welcome to the church!

Pembridge News

From the Registers.

Marriage

17th August               Benjamin James Chambers & Kimberley Jane Harrison

Funeral

16th August             Ivy Mary Rickets

23rd August              Marcus Hugh Morris Jones     Burial Only

Pembridge Harvest Festival 20th October 11.00am. 

As a harvest gift you are invited to bring non perishable items of food for the Kington Community Larder.

Pembridge Harvest Supper

The harvest supper will take place on the 19th October, 7.30pm at Pembridge Village Hall.

Tickets will be £10 which includes a 2 course hot meal plus soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol.

Any offers of a hot casserole dish or pudding would be gratefully received. Please contact Jacqui if you are able to help.

Tickets available from Jacqui or Gill.

Woodcock Fayre 23rd November.

The church will be open between 10.00am and 4.00pm for the annual Woodcock Fayre. There will be plenty of stalls from which to start your Christmas shopping selling fashion items, jewellery, slate garden products, pottery, photography, items of art, Christmas goodies and produce plus the usual bottle, tombola, quality Bric a Brac and draw in aid of church funds. Refreshments will be available throughout the day with hot soup and a variety of breads available at lunchtime. If you are able to donate any items for the church stalls please leave them in the church the week before or bring them early on the morning. Please contact Gill on 388441, Meryl on 340381, Catherine/Marguerite on 388279 when you do so.

Window Appeal

Please don’t forget the ongoing window appeal.

Food Bank.

Also please don’t forget the food bank drop off point located at the back of the church. The food collected is taken to the Kington Community Larder where it is distributed to those in need. If you are in need please contact your health visitor or contact The Rector on 07777692458

Please support this worthwhile cause. At the moment we are taking a delivery every 2 weeks which is much appreciated.

Readers.

Oct     6th      Communion               R Scott                    E Lynch

20th   Communion               A Ingham               L or M Boore

27th   Family Service            T Hollinghurst

Nov    3rd     Communion               A Anderson           C Price

10th   Remembrance Sunday     TBA

17th   Communion               S Ingham                C or M fothergill

24th   Family Service            S Ingham

Dec     1st      Communion               S Evans                   E Hardy

Pembridge WI

meet every second Wednesday in the Village Hall.

On Wednesday 9th October  the meeting will begin at 7.00pm and it will be an evening of paper craft.

On Wednesday 13th November we will be deciding on the committee for 2020 and planning the future programme.

There will be ten-pin bowling at the Grove, preceded by lunch, and there will also be a meeting for tea and chat in the Steppes on another afternoon. The Reading Group will meet as well.

We had an excellent day out at Aberaeron at the beginning of September and are looking forward to a trip to Chester on 23rd October.

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

Fun, friendship and support.           

contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388 279    margueritefothergill@gmail.com

Pembridge Almshouses Charity

Have available , a newly refurbished 1 bedroom cottage .

Interested parties should in the first instance contact Val Crossley-Jones 01544 387502 for an application form.

Shobdon News

Flower Festival

We must say a big thank you to all the flower arrangers who produced such fantastic displays, there are so many talented people in our community. A special thank you to Shobdon School for their porch display it is great to involve young people in church events. Of course there are other people too, who made the flower festival a success; helping to set up, making cakes, serving tea, washing up, performing in church, stewarding and of course clearing up – a huge thank you to you all. The weekend ended with our Harvest Festival, after which we enjoyed refreshments in the tea tent.

Travelling Crib

During December, a basket filled with knitted nativity characters circulates via families in the village of Shobdon. Each family becomes custodian of the basket for one night; during their time with the basket, the children can play with the characters and read the accompanying books, the emphasis being on making the wonderful story of Christmas come alive. The basket also has a full flock of knitted sheep – each family keeps hold of one sheep before passing the basket on.  A contacts book will be inside the basket and all you need to do is to contact the next person on the list and arrange a handover for the following day. On Christmas Eve, [time to be confirmed] there will be a short service in Shobdon Church and everyone is invited to bring their sheep along, to be reunited with the rest of the flock. The children’s excitement and anticipation at having the basket for the night means that the list fills up quickly. Please contact me if you wish to look after the basket for one night in December, on 01568 709293. Alternatively, I am always at Shobdon School, drop-off and pick-up. The crib will begin its journey on the 1st December.  Cerian Stokes

Messenger Delivery

The Messenger is delivered to every household on the parish. If you could help with delivering the Messenger to the Birches area please contact Caroline Jones  01568708043

John Andrews

John and Diana Andrews came to Shobdon in 1974, having inherited Tyn-Y-Coed from his Godmother, Helen Fairhurst who had died the previous year. Like Helen before him, John became a stalwart of both village and church activities.  For several years, John was the church architect and he oversaw the Phase 1 repair project in 1999/2000.  That was a substantial piece of work with professional fees comfortably over £20,000.  John gave back that fee to the church; an incredibly generous gesture which few heard about. As an architect member of the Hereford Diocesan Advisory Committee, John carried out mandatory “quinquennial” church fabric inspections for numerous churches in the diocese – a lot of detailed work for which he was paid a pittance.

John was a kind and caring man – one who went out of his way to give help and support to anyone who needed it, often making visits to sick people both at home and in hospital. He liked a good argument and he liked to win! But he always listened carefully to the other side.

Above all, John was a committed Christian.  He not only believed in Christ’s teaching but was also courageous enough to speak openly about it to believers and unbelievers alike.  The large numbers of people attending his funeral on 7th September attest to the love and respect that so many had for John.  He will be much missed. Andrew Gilliat  September 2019

From our Registers

20th July                Marriage                       George Lynch-Staunton and Ellen Rowe

27th July                 Marriage                      Timothy White and Anna Cadien

3rd September     Funeral                          Stuart Cantwell

7th September      Funeral                          John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton BBQ Night

Friday 19th July and, despite the naysayers’ muttering about the stormy day, the village together with friends from round and about came together to celebrate the annual Barbeque evening. Will Burton’s house provided the perfect venue and over a hundred gathered to have a great night. The storm clouds cleared, the rain drifted away, the music played, the bar became busy and the smell of grilled sausages and burgers wafted tantalisingly through the lanes. Games followed, organised brilliantly by Debbie Stokes, with older and younger challengers competing in the sack race; ride bicycles as slowly as possible; and enjoy many other athletically challenging feats of prowess, including the amazing beer drinking machine [patent pending]. The stalwarts of the event, led by Mark and Debbie Weaver, kept the bar flowing, the BBQ rolling and the music pumping. A great night and many thanks to all that braved the weather to be there, and to everyone in the village that pulled together to organise the event.

Staunton Quiz & Fish ‘n Chips Night

Friday 13th September saw the third hugely celebrated ‘Staunton Village Quiz & Fish ‘n Chip Supper’ take place in the village hall. Supported by both older and younger teammates, the packed venue gathered together for a challenging, varied and fun test of mental prowess and agility. The Quiz Master, Debbie Stokes, led us through the most unexpected series of questions that would have had the ‘Egg Heads’ spluttering for breath.

Supported ably by Debbie Weaver and her computer, the competitors vied to improve their team’s standing in the closely run outcomes. Our thanks go, not only to Debbie Stokes and Debs Weaver, but to John and Marion Weaver for slogging their way to and from Kington to provide the heart-warming sustenance. Again, a great evening, much enjoyed by all that attended.

Obituary Derek Hammond

Derek was born in Wolverhampton and  worked as an aircraft structural designer. Derek and Barbara lived in Lingen, after holidaying in the area and then in 1990 moved to Field’s Place, here in Staunton on Arrow. Derek was very active in the fund raising group for the Village Hall, and helped with the Fetes and Christmas Bazaar. Derek also helped to start the Neighbourhood Watch scheme and was very involved with the youth club. We send our condolences  to Barbara and our very grateful thanks, for all that you both have done in the Village. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time, but with gratitude for all that you have done for Staunton on Arrow, you are both missed very much, since moving to Kington.

Monday, 10am – October 7th, Church cleaning and decorating for

Sunday 9.30am – October 13th, Harvest Service

Mothers’ Union

Tuesday, 22nd October 2.30pm

Tuesday  26th November 2.30pm

More details re: venues etc. Sandra Evans 01544 388

Llynwen MU are  visiting the Tapestries in Pembridge Church, at 10am on Thursday 17th October and we are invited to join them for tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes. Everyone is welcome to come and share with us and support the MU.

The first Saturday in the month (5th October) is Coffee Spot in the Village Hall from 10am – 12midday. Lots of coffee, cakes and chat and the Lottery winners are announced around 11am. Do come and join us and catch up on all the news.

There is a Film Club who aim to meet on the third Saturday in the months at 7.30pm, in the Village Hall. New people are always welcome to join the club. Heather Owens on 01544 388106 has all the details.

Cover photograph is the Fish and Chips supper and Quiz Night, held in the Village Hall on Friday, 13th September. It was a great evening and many thanks go to all who made it such a success.

Sandra Evans 01544 388742

STAUNTON ON ARROW WI

Several members lunched at The Oak at Wigmore on 26th July and as usual this proved to be a pleasant get together with no shortage of conversation.  Our monthly meeting for August was brought forward by a week to facilitate a tour of The Leen Farm led by Tony Norman.  This commenced at 7.00 pm and proved both interesting and for those of us from a non-farming background, very enlightening. Fortunately the weather remained fine and among other things we learned of the history of the farm, viewed the milking shed and had the operation explained.  We then visited the broiler house and finally, the anaerobic digester which had previously been something of a mystery to may of us.  The manner in which the farm has developed over several generations is impressive and Tony Norman had no shortage of questions from his audience.  It was gone 9.00 pm by the time the tour finished.  We then returned to Staunton Village Hall where a brief business meeting was held, followed by refreshments which were perhaps even more welcome than usual as a result of over two hours walking round the farm.  On 2nd September seven members met for lunch at The Hickory Stick Leominster and on the 9th September we were invited to join Weobley WI for their centenary celebrations. This was attended by five members plus two guests.   Our September meeting was held on 11th September and included a talk by our guest speaker, Joanna Helme on Upcycling Jewellery. Members learned how to restyle jewellery sometimes adding new beads and were interested in the many samples of Joanna’s own work.

Our Programme Continues as follows:

Wednesday 2nd October

WI lunch – The Clive at Bromfield

Wednesday 9th October

Our speaker will be Airlie Hill of Pricklebums Hedgehog Rescue.

Friday 18th October

Harvest Supper at Staunton on Arrow Village Hall.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member: visitors and members of all ages are welcome. £4 to include refreshments, 7.30pm 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.  www.stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord                                                                                      Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                             Minutes Secretary 01544 388964

WEOBLEY CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR

Sunday 3rd November 10am-3pm

Hopelands Village Hall

Gadbridge Road

Weobley   HR4 8RZ

Extensive selection of crafts and food

Entry £1 with light refreshments available

KINGTON U3A

The next U3A meeting is on the 10th October, 2pm, Football Club. You can find out more about A Career in Bomb Disposal with Mike Atkinson. The following meeting is same time and place on 14th November. Penny Platts will be telling us about Iran Unveiled. Visitors are welcome, £2, members £1. Contact the secretary Judy Bevan, 340347, for more information about U3A.

 

Aug/Sep 2019 News

Byton News

August BBQ

This annual event will take place on Sunday, August 18th following the 11am Group service.

All will be welcome. Please support us.

PCC Meeting

There will be a PCC Meeting at Court House Farm on Monday , September 30th @ 8 pm.

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 9th August and Friday 27th September.

The September meeting is slightly delayed to later in the month to correspond with the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning Event.         Fundraising news…

In June we raised £125 for the Teddy Trust, who are shortly planning to send 10,000 teddies to Syrian children displaced by war. In July, we donated £100 locally to the Lyonshall Church Clock fund.

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.

Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

Come and join us at the Memorial Hall on Friday 27th September for the Macmillan Coffee Morning, from 10am-12noon.

Beautiful cakes to eat and buy. Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and support this wonderful charity.

Lyonshall Church Clock

As many of you will have noticed our church clock stopped chiming just over a year ago. During this time we have had investigations, diagnosis, quotes and much paperwork in pursuit of necessary grants! Finally on July 3rd the clock began the journey of its first stage of rebuild in the safe hands of the Cumbria Clock Company. All the components have been removed; more or less everything from the clock face down to the weights that run the mechanism. They have also removed 9 large pulleys, that guide the heavy weights via wires. There are two weights, one to supply energy to strike the hour and one for the time keeping mechanism.  The clock was then rebuilt by the two Engineers in the back of their van at Lyonshall, before being transported back to Penrith, Cumbria. It will be stripped down again and cleaned, then re-bushed where necessary.  Worn gears will be profiled or turned to expose an unworn gear face to a new life of service. This process will take some 3 months, as it involves bench testing to ensure that the repairs are effective before returning the mechanism back to the tower.

So hopefully we will hear the dulcet tones of our Village clock chiming once again in late Autumn!

Life Threatening Medical Emergency

Do You know what to do??

FREE Training in Lyonshall with Herefordshire Heartstart*

All of us may wish that we could be instinctive and do exactly all of the correct things to save a loved one if we have an emergency in our own homes.  We could all run and pick up the DEFRIBRILLATOR and that should be helpful if someone is having a HEART ATTACK but what about a STROKE, SERIOUS BLEEDING, CHOKING or UNCONSCIOUS?

Simple Skills SAVE LIVES

The Lyonshall Parish Council is sponsoring Herefordshire Heartstart to provide Free “hands on” training in the  Memorial Hall on 16th September at 7pm.   You will learn how to:  Call for Help, Help someone who is Unconscious, Recognise the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack, Deal with Choking or Serious Bleeding and perform CPR (including the use of the Defibrillator).

If you would like to take part in this valuable training please book your place by contacting Gill Cowling either by calling her on 07711 254968 or email gillcowling123@btinternet.com

*Herefordshire Heartstart is a voluntary organisation established to teach the people of Herefordshire Emergency Life Support skills. These skills are the actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives. It is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, but not funded by them. They are a local initiative helping the people of Herefordshire and rely on donations, grants, and people’s generosity to keep their vital service running.

Memorial Hall

We now have a Salvation Army Clothes and Shoe Recycling Bin at the Memorial Hall. The Hall benefits from the recycling of the clothes and shoes as we get 50% of the money raised which will help  towards the money we are raising for the refurbishment of the Hall.  Please donate. If you wish for help in taking your clothes etc. to the Hall please ring me.  Pat Addis 01544 340 261. Thank you

Lyonshall Bridge Club goes Digital

The digital age has arrived at Lyonshall Bridge Club who have invested in a new electronic Bridgepal scoring system imported from Sweden. Members are pleased to get their results immediately and the Directors work is reduced to a minimum. Table numbers have increased as player enjoyment is the object of the exercise.

The club, for last season, has donated £2,200.00 to its two charities namely the West Midlands Air Ambulance and Kidney Research UK. The new charities for this new season are the Cart Shed and the Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford, both local charities.

The club is always looking to recruit new members to its friendly weekly evenings, every Tuesday, at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start at Lyonshall Memorial Hall. Full details are available from the website at ‘lyonshallbridgeclub.org’

Pembridge News

Registers.

Wedding                     27th April                     Grace Sarah Taylor & Stephen John Hawthorn

Burial                          16th May                      Noel Mifflin

Saturday 17th August 6.30-9.30pm Bat Night at St Mary’s Church, Pembridge.

Come along to St Mary’s Church to hear about the ongoing bat surveying work for the Bats in Churches project using special infra red cameras and state of the art bat detectors to unravel the mysteries of these fascinating mammals’ behaviour. This is a free family event with refreshments, a prize draw and batty games and activities for children. The Bats in Churches project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. More details at www.batsandchurches.org.uk

Moorcourt Harvest Festival – Thursday 26th September 2019

This year the Moorcourt Harvest Festival service will be on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7pm followed by an Auction of Produce and a simple ploughman’s at Moorcourt church.

Any chutneys or bite sized puddings such as small meringues, fruit tartlets would be gratefully received.

Most importantly, please bring yourselves.  Everyone welcome.  It would be helpful if you could let Clare know if are planning to stay for a ‘light bite’ afterwards- phone number 340345.

The Lay Clerks of Hereford Cathedral Concert.  28th September 7.30pm

From Past to Present (almost)

A whistle-stop tour through 7 centuries of sacred and secular music including four prayers by Francis Poulenc and a selection of international folk songs and close harmony arrangements – some home-grown, and some old favourites.

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine.

The Lay Clerks may often be found in Hereford Cathedral where they sing at up to 8 services a week, together with concerts, the Three Choirs Festival, TV and Radio broadcasts and regular tours. In June 2018 they visited Rome with the Cathedral Choir, where they sang in the Sistine Chapel and (at the invitation of Pope Francis) at Papal Mass at St Peter’s Basilica. In June 2019 they took part in the live BBC television broadcast of the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Normandy Landings from the British Cemetery in Bayeux. When not singing, all are engaged in full-time professions.

Pembridge Harvest Supper

The harvest supper will take place on the 19th October, 7.30pm at Pembridge Village Hall.

Tickets will be £10 which includes a 2 course hot meal plus soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol.

Any offers of a hot casserole dish or pudding would be gratefully received. Please contact Jacqui if you are able to help.

Strawberry Tea at The Curl

A big thank you to Gill and Ian and Jen and her catering team for the work put into the Open Garden and Cream tea in June. Again it was an enjoyable afternoon for all who ventured out in the rain, even if we got a little damp. The garden looked lovely and the refreshments were delicious. £400 was raised which is a great start to our cream tea season.

PEMBRIDGE PARISH CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

This year the house to house collection raised £604-56 including a £60 donation from Staunton on Arrow Coffee Spot. Very sincere thanks to all who collected and all who gave. Your generosity is one of many reasons why I feel blessed to live in such a caring community. Thanks also to Sam, her family and staff for once again letting her shop be the drop off point for people who are out when collectors call, and to Anne who has agreed to handle the Lent Count Your Blessings initiative within the church each year, being far more at home on a computer than I am. Christian Aid gets to disaster areas as quickly as possible, provides health care for some of the poorest people on Earth, helps them to earn a living in ways that are  environmentally sustainable and does so much more. More money is always needed, so if we missed you, you can still give by going online to www.caweek.org or calling 08080 006 006.

If your village doesn’t have a collection and you would be willing to organise one, please call Philip Purcell on 01568 614054 to find out more. Organising a collection isn’t difficult.

Best wishes,

Janice Moore

Window Appeal

Please don’t forget the ongoing window appeal. We need to try and raise £35,000 before the end of the year to restore 4 windows that have been identified as needing work as soon as possible. Dedicated envelopes can be found in the church or please contact either myself on Jacqui.pitfield@yahoo.co.uk or Catherine Fothergill if you require any further information. If you are thinking of supporting this appeal, we would be grateful if you could do sooner rather than later as quite a few funders will only let us apply once we have 50% of the amount in place.  Thank you

Food Bank.

Please don’t forget the food bank collection bank located at the back of the church. The organisers have requested tinned meats, tinned pies and sugar particularly at this time to fill a gap in their stock.

Please support this worthwhile cause. At the moment we are taking a delivery every 2 weeks which is much appreciated.

Readers.

Sept     1st       Communion                C or M Fothergill                    S Ingham

15th     Communion                E Hardy                                  S Evans

22nd    Family Service            S Ingham

29th     Group Service

Oct      6th       Communion                R Scott                        E Lynch

The Pembridge Map Launch Weekend

The map launch on 24th – 27th May was a wonderful community event.   We were delighted to welcome Dr Alex Langlands to unveil the map to get the weekend underway.

Thanks must go to The Rev Michael Tavinor who blessed the map and event, Tony Norman for his countryside walk and Duncan James for his amazing knowledge on our black and white houses.  Anne O’Brien shared her experience of writing historical fiction with her special interest in The Mortimers.

The most memorable event must be the Taiko Drumming Band together who with the School choir gave us a very special concert.

A huge thank you to the refreshment team who kept us so well fed and also the barbecue chefs and the bar tenders!

A special thank you to everyone who made our church look so special with displays interpreting businesses and events Past to Present,  also those who helped with erecting marquees, gazebos etc., the Stewards,  Liz and Roland for their plant stall and Rosemary and her team for running the draw each day.

The weekend was completed with a Celebration Ceilidh organized by PIPs.

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

The August meeting on Wed. 14th at 7.00pm will be an evening of competition when we hold our own show. The September meeting is on Wed. 11th at 7.00pm

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 and probably walking somewhere.

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

Pembridge MU

Our MU meets monthly at 2.30 on the 4th Tuesday, at different venues. There will be no meeting in August,  our next meeting on September 24th, meet at The Steppes cafe at 2.30 for tea to plan future meetings. Our Herefordshire Diocese MU runs a special charity, ” CIF, (Crisis Intervention Fund. ) ” We support families who are experiencing hard times, with household items and cash for specific items.  Are you upgrading old duvets, linen,  kitchen equipment, cutlery, and casserole dishes, which could be useful to another family?

Please contact Sandra Evans, Church Warden at Staunton or Anthea Anderson at 01544  388464.  We have a lot of needy people in our area.

Shobdon News

Church Warden

Sarah Westaby joins Caroline Jones as our second Church Warden. Sarah moved to the area about 4 years ago and is looking forward to her new role. We wish her well.

Food and Flying Festival

What a fabulous weekend! The weather was kind and everyone had a good time. The Church ran a tombola and book stall and over the two days raised just over £430, which is a fantastic result.   A huge thank you to everyone who donated bottles, books and bought tickets and of course the volunteers who ran the stall over the weekend.

The Church was open throughout the weekend, serving tea and coffee to visitors which raised £100.

School

The Primary School Play was wonderful, each year they put on a superb production.  A great deal of time and talent from children, staff and parents.  Well done!

The Spotlight Group from school had great fun at their annual barbeque in Norah Morgan’s garden to end their year.

There was a special combined service the following Sunday with both Anna and Joe taking the service and the children also taking part, which we all enjoyed.

Shobdon continues to have a good number of couples wanting to be married in our beautiful church, who we enjoy welcoming. We also have an increasing number of visitors and historical groups visiting the church and enjoying the walk up to the Arches.

From our Registers

Marriages

1st June 2019    Antony Ken Jordan and Barrie Patricia Cooke

8th June 2019   Ben James White and Gemma Louise Till

6th July 2019    William James Fellows and Kelly Elizabeth McCullough

Baptism

4th June 2019     Florence Rose Davies Hinsley

Funeral

10th June 2019    Malcolm Williams

Flower Festival

Our flower festival will be held on 28th and 29th September.  During the weekend there will be live music in the church and there will be a variety of local stalls, vintage tractors, face painting and a coconut shy.

Refreshments will be served throughout the weekend.

We would be grateful for volunteers to help in the tea tent over the weekend, donations of cakes, scones etc would also be welcomed. If you could help in the tea tent or offer cakes  we would love to hear from you, please contact       Heather Weale    01568 708754  heatherweale@me.com

Shobdon Flower Festival

28 – 29 September 2019

10am – 5pm

The Garden

We hope that you will visit Shobdon Church during its 2019 Flower Festival of The Garden.

There will be refreshments all day, live music in the church and a variety of local stalls.

Staunton on Arrow News

STAUNTON ON ARROW WI

On May 22nd 10 members met for an excellent lunch at The Riverside, Aymestry.The local walk, planned for June 8th, was abandoned with regret.  Rules governing health and safety, insurance etc., proved convoluted, making the organisation of this event complicated.  Our monthly meeting of June 12th and once again the stars seemed to be against us:  a visit to a Wellington WI member’s garden had been planned but was cancelled at the last minute due to very inclement weather.  Staunton WI are not easily defeated, however.  We had no pre-arranged speaker to entertain us but nonetheless convened at the village hall, where some impromptu amusement was swiftly arranged after which we demolished the picnic originally intended for the garden visit. 7 members enjoyed the views while lunching at Kington Golf Club on 18th June.  On the 27th June 6 Members attended the Marches Group Meeting at Brampton Bryan. A most instructive tour of the village was led by Mrs Harley.  We learned much about the history of the village, the church, the Harley estate and were privileged to visit the castle.  The afternoon ended with a rather special tea. On the 8th July, 7 members once again joined Pembridge WI for Pimms and Pudding in a member’s very beautiful garden at Weobley. At our meeting on 10th July our speaker was Jill Salmon who gave a fascinating talk on the cultures and costumes of China.  She had brought with her a variety of costumes from some of the very remote areas of China which we were allowed to handle and even model. Members were very impressed by the intricate work involved in making the fabrics and the costumes.

Our programme continues as follows:

Friday 26th July

WI lunch – The Oak at Wigmore

Wednesday 7th August

Our monthly meeting has been brought forward by one week.  A tour of the Leen Farm has been arranged.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member: visitors and members of all ages are welcome. £4 to include refreshments, 7.30pm 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.  www.stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord                                                                                       Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                                          Minutes Secretary 01544 388964

KINGTON U3A

The next U3A meeting is on 8th August at 2pm at the Football Club when we will be having our AGM. This is your chance to discover more about the interest groups that members run regularly. The following month on 12th September (same time same place) you can find out more about Tax, Care & Toy Boys from Oliver Hill. It should be interesting. Visitors are welcome, £2, members £1. Contact the secretary Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

Ride + Stride for Churches

14th September 2019

Herefordshire’s Churches Open Day.

Join us and help save our church heritage.

Cycle, horse ride, walk or jog and not only see our churches but also the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.

Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust.

Helping churches by helping the community

Contact :

Telephone: 01531 641955

Email: info@ridestrideherefordshire.uk

Charity Number 1119845

Aug/Sep 2019 News

Byton News

August BBQ

This annual event will take place on Sunday, August 18th following the 11am Group service.

All will be welcome. Please support us.

PCC Meeting

There will be a PCC Meeting at Court House Farm on Monday , September 30th @ 8 pm.

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 9th August and Friday 27th September.

The September meeting is slightly delayed to later in the month to correspond with the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning Event.         Fundraising news…

In June we raised £125 for the Teddy Trust, who are shortly planning to send 10,000 teddies to Syrian children displaced by war. In July, we donated £100 locally to the Lyonshall Church Clock fund.

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.

Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

Come and join us at the Memorial Hall on Friday 27th September for the Macmillan Coffee Morning, from 10am-12noon.

Beautiful cakes to eat and buy. Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and support this wonderful charity.

Lyonshall Church Clock

As many of you will have noticed our church clock stopped chiming just over a year ago. During this time we have had investigations, diagnosis, quotes and much paperwork in pursuit of necessary grants! Finally on July 3rd the clock began the journey of its first stage of rebuild in the safe hands of the Cumbria Clock Company. All the components have been removed; more or less everything from the clock face down to the weights that run the mechanism. They have also removed 9 large pulleys, that guide the heavy weights via wires. There are two weights, one to supply energy to strike the hour and one for the time keeping mechanism.  The clock was then rebuilt by the two Engineers in the back of their van at Lyonshall, before being transported back to Penrith, Cumbria. It will be stripped down again and cleaned, then re-bushed where necessary.  Worn gears will be profiled or turned to expose an unworn gear face to a new life of service. This process will take some 3 months, as it involves bench testing to ensure that the repairs are effective before returning the mechanism back to the tower.

So hopefully we will hear the dulcet tones of our Village clock chiming once again in late Autumn!

Life Threatening Medical Emergency

Do You know what to do??

FREE Training in Lyonshall with Herefordshire Heartstart*

All of us may wish that we could be instinctive and do exactly all of the correct things to save a loved one if we have an emergency in our own homes.  We could all run and pick up the DEFRIBRILLATOR and that should be helpful if someone is having a HEART ATTACK but what about a STROKE, SERIOUS BLEEDING, CHOKING or UNCONSCIOUS?

Simple Skills SAVE LIVES

The Lyonshall Parish Council is sponsoring Herefordshire Heartstart to provide Free “hands on” training in the  Memorial Hall on 16th September at 7pm.   You will learn how to:  Call for Help, Help someone who is Unconscious, Recognise the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack, Deal with Choking or Serious Bleeding and perform CPR (including the use of the Defibrillator).

If you would like to take part in this valuable training please book your place by contacting Gill Cowling either by calling her on 07711 254968 or email gillcowling123@btinternet.com

*Herefordshire Heartstart is a voluntary organisation established to teach the people of Herefordshire Emergency Life Support skills. These skills are the actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives. It is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, but not funded by them. They are a local initiative helping the people of Herefordshire and rely on donations, grants, and people’s generosity to keep their vital service running.

Memorial Hall

We now have a Salvation Army Clothes and Shoe Recycling Bin at the Memorial Hall. The Hall benefits from the recycling of the clothes and shoes as we get 50% of the money raised which will help  towards the money we are raising for the refurbishment of the Hall.  Please donate. If you wish for help in taking your clothes etc. to the Hall please ring me.  Pat Addis 01544 340 261. Thank you

Lyonshall Bridge Club goes Digital

The digital age has arrived at Lyonshall Bridge Club who have invested in a new electronic Bridgepal scoring system imported from Sweden. Members are pleased to get their results immediately and the Directors work is reduced to a minimum. Table numbers have increased as player enjoyment is the object of the exercise.

The club, for last season, has donated £2,200.00 to its two charities namely the West Midlands Air Ambulance and Kidney Research UK. The new charities for this new season are the Cart Shed and the Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford, both local charities.

The club is always looking to recruit new members to its friendly weekly evenings, every Tuesday, at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start at Lyonshall Memorial Hall. Full details are available from the website at ‘lyonshallbridgeclub.org’

Pembridge News

Registers.

Wedding                     27th April                     Grace Sarah Taylor & Stephen John Hawthorn

Burial                          16th May                      Noel Mifflin

Saturday 17th August 6.30-9.30pm Bat Night at St Mary’s Church, Pembridge.

Come along to St Mary’s Church to hear about the ongoing bat surveying work for the Bats in Churches project using special infra red cameras and state of the art bat detectors to unravel the mysteries of these fascinating mammals’ behaviour. This is a free family event with refreshments, a prize draw and batty games and activities for children. The Bats in Churches project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. More details at www.batsandchurches.org.uk

Moorcourt Harvest Festival – Thursday 26th September 2019

This year the Moorcourt Harvest Festival service will be on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7pm followed by an Auction of Produce and a simple ploughman’s at Moorcourt church.

Any chutneys or bite sized puddings such as small meringues, fruit tartlets would be gratefully received.

Most importantly, please bring yourselves.  Everyone welcome.  It would be helpful if you could let Clare know if are planning to stay for a ‘light bite’ afterwards- phone number 340345.

The Lay Clerks of Hereford Cathedral Concert.  28th September 7.30pm

From Past to Present (almost)

A whistle-stop tour through 7 centuries of sacred and secular music including four prayers by Francis Poulenc and a selection of international folk songs and close harmony arrangements – some home-grown, and some old favourites.

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine.

The Lay Clerks may often be found in Hereford Cathedral where they sing at up to 8 services a week, together with concerts, the Three Choirs Festival, TV and Radio broadcasts and regular tours. In June 2018 they visited Rome with the Cathedral Choir, where they sang in the Sistine Chapel and (at the invitation of Pope Francis) at Papal Mass at St Peter’s Basilica. In June 2019 they took part in the live BBC television broadcast of the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Normandy Landings from the British Cemetery in Bayeux. When not singing, all are engaged in full-time professions.

Pembridge Harvest Supper

The harvest supper will take place on the 19th October, 7.30pm at Pembridge Village Hall.

Tickets will be £10 which includes a 2 course hot meal plus soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol.

Any offers of a hot casserole dish or pudding would be gratefully received. Please contact Jacqui if you are able to help.

Strawberry Tea at The Curl

A big thank you to Gill and Ian and Jen and her catering team for the work put into the Open Garden and Cream tea in June. Again it was an enjoyable afternoon for all who ventured out in the rain, even if we got a little damp. The garden looked lovely and the refreshments were delicious. £400 was raised which is a great start to our cream tea season.

PEMBRIDGE PARISH CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

This year the house to house collection raised £604-56 including a £60 donation from Staunton on Arrow Coffee Spot. Very sincere thanks to all who collected and all who gave. Your generosity is one of many reasons why I feel blessed to live in such a caring community. Thanks also to Sam, her family and staff for once again letting her shop be the drop off point for people who are out when collectors call, and to Anne who has agreed to handle the Lent Count Your Blessings initiative within the church each year, being far more at home on a computer than I am. Christian Aid gets to disaster areas as quickly as possible, provides health care for some of the poorest people on Earth, helps them to earn a living in ways that are  environmentally sustainable and does so much more. More money is always needed, so if we missed you, you can still give by going online to www.caweek.org or calling 08080 006 006.

If your village doesn’t have a collection and you would be willing to organise one, please call Philip Purcell on 01568 614054 to find out more. Organising a collection isn’t difficult.

Best wishes,

Janice Moore

Window Appeal

Please don’t forget the ongoing window appeal. We need to try and raise £35,000 before the end of the year to restore 4 windows that have been identified as needing work as soon as possible. Dedicated envelopes can be found in the church or please contact either myself on Jacqui.pitfield@yahoo.co.uk or Catherine Fothergill if you require any further information. If you are thinking of supporting this appeal, we would be grateful if you could do sooner rather than later as quite a few funders will only let us apply once we have 50% of the amount in place.  Thank you

Food Bank.

Please don’t forget the food bank collection bank located at the back of the church. The organisers have requested tinned meats, tinned pies and sugar particularly at this time to fill a gap in their stock.

Please support this worthwhile cause. At the moment we are taking a delivery every 2 weeks which is much appreciated.

Readers.

Sept     1st       Communion                C or M Fothergill                    S Ingham

15th     Communion                E Hardy                                  S Evans

22nd    Family Service            S Ingham

29th     Group Service

Oct      6th       Communion                R Scott                        E Lynch

The Pembridge Map Launch Weekend

The map launch on 24th – 27th May was a wonderful community event.   We were delighted to welcome Dr Alex Langlands to unveil the map to get the weekend underway.

Thanks must go to The Rev Michael Tavinor who blessed the map and event, Tony Norman for his countryside walk and Duncan James for his amazing knowledge on our black and white houses.  Anne O’Brien shared her experience of writing historical fiction with her special interest in The Mortimers.

The most memorable event must be the Taiko Drumming Band together who with the School choir gave us a very special concert.

A huge thank you to the refreshment team who kept us so well fed and also the barbecue chefs and the bar tenders!

A special thank you to everyone who made our church look so special with displays interpreting businesses and events Past to Present,  also those who helped with erecting marquees, gazebos etc., the Stewards,  Liz and Roland for their plant stall and Rosemary and her team for running the draw each day.

The weekend was completed with a Celebration Ceilidh organized by PIPs.

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

The August meeting on Wed. 14th at 7.00pm will be an evening of competition when we hold our own show. The September meeting is on Wed. 11th at 7.00pm

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 and probably walking somewhere.

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

Pembridge MU

Our MU meets monthly at 2.30 on the 4th Tuesday, at different venues. There will be no meeting in August,  our next meeting on September 24th, meet at The Steppes cafe at 2.30 for tea to plan future meetings. Our Herefordshire Diocese MU runs a special charity, ” CIF, (Crisis Intervention Fund. ) ” We support families who are experiencing hard times, with household items and cash for specific items.  Are you upgrading old duvets, linen,  kitchen equipment, cutlery, and casserole dishes, which could be useful to another family?

Please contact Sandra Evans, Church Warden at Staunton or Anthea Anderson at 01544  388464.  We have a lot of needy people in our area.

Shobdon News

Church Warden

Sarah Westaby joins Caroline Jones as our second Church Warden. Sarah moved to the area about 4 years ago and is looking forward to her new role. We wish her well.

Food and Flying Festival

What a fabulous weekend! The weather was kind and everyone had a good time. The Church ran a tombola and book stall and over the two days raised just over £430, which is a fantastic result.   A huge thank you to everyone who donated bottles, books and bought tickets and of course the volunteers who ran the stall over the weekend.

The Church was open throughout the weekend, serving tea and coffee to visitors which raised £100.

School

The Primary School Play was wonderful, each year they put on a superb production.  A great deal of time and talent from children, staff and parents.  Well done!

The Spotlight Group from school had great fun at their annual barbeque in Norah Morgan’s garden to end their year.

There was a special combined service the following Sunday with both Anna and Joe taking the service and the children also taking part, which we all enjoyed.

Shobdon continues to have a good number of couples wanting to be married in our beautiful church, who we enjoy welcoming. We also have an increasing number of visitors and historical groups visiting the church and enjoying the walk up to the Arches.

From our Registers

Marriages

1st June 2019    Antony Ken Jordan and Barrie Patricia Cooke

8th June 2019   Ben James White and Gemma Louise Till

6th July 2019    William James Fellows and Kelly Elizabeth McCullough

Baptism

4th June 2019     Florence Rose Davies Hinsley

Funeral

10th June 2019    Malcolm Williams

Flower Festival

Our flower festival will be held on 28th and 29th September.  During the weekend there will be live music in the church and there will be a variety of local stalls, vintage tractors, face painting and a coconut shy.

Refreshments will be served throughout the weekend.

We would be grateful for volunteers to help in the tea tent over the weekend, donations of cakes, scones etc would also be welcomed. If you could help in the tea tent or offer cakes  we would love to hear from you, please contact       Heather Weale    01568 708754  heatherweale@me.com

Shobdon Flower Festival

28 – 29 September 2019

10am – 5pm

The Garden

We hope that you will visit Shobdon Church during its 2019 Flower Festival of The Garden.

There will be refreshments all day, live music in the church and a variety of local stalls.

Staunton on Arrow News

STAUNTON ON ARROW WI

On May 22nd 10 members met for an excellent lunch at The Riverside, Aymestry.The local walk, planned for June 8th, was abandoned with regret.  Rules governing health and safety, insurance etc., proved convoluted, making the organisation of this event complicated.  Our monthly meeting of June 12th and once again the stars seemed to be against us:  a visit to a Wellington WI member’s garden had been planned but was cancelled at the last minute due to very inclement weather.  Staunton WI are not easily defeated, however.  We had no pre-arranged speaker to entertain us but nonetheless convened at the village hall, where some impromptu amusement was swiftly arranged after which we demolished the picnic originally intended for the garden visit. 7 members enjoyed the views while lunching at Kington Golf Club on 18th June.  On the 27th June 6 Members attended the Marches Group Meeting at Brampton Bryan. A most instructive tour of the village was led by Mrs Harley.  We learned much about the history of the village, the church, the Harley estate and were privileged to visit the castle.  The afternoon ended with a rather special tea. On the 8th July, 7 members once again joined Pembridge WI for Pimms and Pudding in a member’s very beautiful garden at Weobley. At our meeting on 10th July our speaker was Jill Salmon who gave a fascinating talk on the cultures and costumes of China.  She had brought with her a variety of costumes from some of the very remote areas of China which we were allowed to handle and even model. Members were very impressed by the intricate work involved in making the fabrics and the costumes.

Our programme continues as follows:

Friday 26th July

WI lunch – The Oak at Wigmore

Wednesday 7th August

Our monthly meeting has been brought forward by one week.  A tour of the Leen Farm has been arranged.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member: visitors and members of all ages are welcome. £4 to include refreshments, 7.30pm 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.  www.stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord                                                                                       Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                                          Minutes Secretary 01544 388964

KINGTON U3A

The next U3A meeting is on 8th August at 2pm at the Football Club when we will be having our AGM. This is your chance to discover more about the interest groups that members run regularly. The following month on 12th September (same time same place) you can find out more about Tax, Care & Toy Boys from Oliver Hill. It should be interesting. Visitors are welcome, £2, members £1. Contact the secretary Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

Ride + Stride for Churches

14th September 2019

Herefordshire’s Churches Open Day.

Join us and help save our church heritage.

Cycle, horse ride, walk or jog and not only see our churches but also the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.

Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust.

Helping churches by helping the community

Contact :

Telephone: 01531 641955

Email: info@ridestrideherefordshire.uk

Charity Number 1119845

 

June/July 2019 News

Byton News

Bishop’s Visit

It was good to welcome Bishop Richard for his first visit to Byton Church on Sunday, May 5th @ 9.30am.

We had a well attended service and were sorry that he had to rush off to Pembridge for 11am – no time for coffee!

PCC Meeting

Our next PCC meeting is to be held on Monday, June 24th @ 8 pm at Court House Farm.

Duck Race

There is to be a Duck Race followed by food @ Middlemoor Barn, Stapleton by kind invitation of Steve and Liz Weaver.

This will take place on Saturday, July 27th.

Further details from Steve and Liz on 01544 267815.

Please support this event for Byton Church funds.

Advance Date

Our annual BBQ will follow the 11am Group Service on Sunday, August 18th.

Cleaning and Flowers

June      Mrs Jane Owens and Mrs G Jeakings

July       Mrs M Edwards and Mrs L Weaver

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 14th June and Friday 12th July.

Fundraising news…

In April we donated £120 to the MS Therapy Centre in Hereford, and in May £130 was raised for Kington Community First Responders.

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 MEMORIAL HALL invites you for midsummer…..

Coffee & cake, delicious Lunches and Cream Teas on Saturday June 22nd. All served from 11am – 4pm at the Hall

Tabletop sales, plant & cake stalls, raffle.

All proceeds to the Hall refurbishment fund.

Everyone welcome. To book a sale table please contact Kathy on 01544 340386 for further details

Titley Lunch

Titley Hall was packed on April 11th to hear Tricia Stewart, one of the original Calendar Girls, give a most informative and amusing talk on how the idea for the Calendar actually got to be put into practice and all the other ‘spin offs’ that there have been since which have all contributed to making £7,000,000 for Blood Cancer Research.The talk was followed by a delicious buffet lunch and our thanks to everyone who helped and donated food and to Mrs Sue Davies who organised the event.

Date For Your Diaries

On August 19th, we are holding a social evening with entertainment and a BBQ at Sunningdale, Lyonshall by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Peter Burgoyne.

Registers

Tom Baker                                       Funeral and Burial       March 22nd

Catherine Gale and Stuart Clarke           Wedding             March 30th

Rachel Wozencroft and Scott Davies      Wedding             May 18th

Albert Thomas Copeland                         Baptism               May 19th

Pembridge News

Window Appeal

Don’t forget the ongoing window appeal. We need to try and raise £35,000 before the end of the year to restore 4 windows that have been identified as needing work as soon as possible. Dedicated envelopes can be found in the church or please contact either myself on Jacqui.pitfield@yahoo.co.uk or Catherine Fothergill if you require any further information.

Strawberry Tea and Open Garden

Once again Jenny and Gill would be delighted to have your company at the Annual Strawberry Tea at The Curl, Marston, Pembridge.

Date:  Sunday 23rd June

Time 3.00pm.

Proceeds from the event will go towards St Mary’s Church and also the Church Window Appeal.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Jenny and Gill

The Tapestry Craft Group

The group continues to meet but now on Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm – 5.00pm – the dates for the next few weeks are as follows:-

Thursday 13th June

Thursday 27th June

Thursday 11th July

Thursday 25th July

We meet at Staunton Village hall where tea, coffee, cake and chat are an essential part of the afternoon!

We would very much welcome new members and if you are interested please just come on one of the dates above.  If you have any particular interest or expertise in any craft activity we would love to see you.

For more information please contact Rosemary by email as follows:

r.mayall421@btinternet.com

Rosemary Mayall

Food Bank.

Please don’t forget the food bank collection bank located at the back of the church. The organisers have requested  tinned meats, tinned pies and sugar in particular at this time to fill a gap in their stock.

Please support this worthwhile cause. At the moment we are taking a delivery every 2 weeks which is much appreciated.

Readers.

June  2nd   Communion        S Evans                E Hardy

16th  Communion        E Lynch                R Scott

23rd  Family Service    Steve Ingham

July   7th    Communion        L or M Boore       A Ingham

21st  Communion        C Price                 A Anderson

28th  Family Service    T Hollinghurst

Pembridge WI meets in the Village Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for most months but in June we are visiting Coughton Court (NT) leaving Pembridge at 10.00am returning around 5.00pm.

On July 10th we will meet at 7.00pm for a talk “Hereford Old and New”

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 and probably walking somewhere. (dates to be fixed)

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

Pembridge School

“Pembridge School continues to exceed our expectations. It is the embodiment of everything a school should be – friendly, kind, safe, inclusive, aspirational, nurturing and completely focused upon the needs of each child and their experience and character.” These words from a parent reflect what we try to do day in, day out. Please spread the word that we have spaces for children in all year groups but particularly welcome those to our youngest classes. Our Easter Enrichment at St Mary’s focused on five words: love, laughter, bread, wine and dreams. Thank you to all those who helped us discover what being Easter people is all about. Over the next two months, we will enjoy visits, sunshine and learning outside as much as possible! If you would like to visit our school, we are having a Community Afternoon Tea on Tuesday 16th July at 2.15pm. Do let us know if you’d like to come by contacting the school office on 388366.

Kind regards,

R.A. Hollis

Headteacher

Confirmation

Headmaster Rob Hollis and Rev’d Anna will be offering confirmation classes in June and September in preparation for the confirmation service in Pembridge on September 29th at 11.00. Most of the sessions will be delivered as part of the school RE provision and there will be a session in the church on September 26th in preparation for the confirmation service.

If you or your child wish to be confirmed but do not attend Pembridge school then please contact me and I will arrange provision for you.

We ask you to pray for us and the candidates for confirmation as we work, learn and grow together as Christians.

Storytelling Group

 Pembridge has a new storytelling group who will be taking bible stories into the school. They have a varied programme and will be taking the story of the Ascension into the school on June 17th. If you would like to know more ask Rosemary Myall. We wish them every blessing in their work.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY at The Leen, Pembridge (HR6 9HN) on Sunday 9th 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!

NGS Open Garden Day, Broxwood Court,

Sunday 9th June, 2 – 5.30pm.  Tea and home made cakes. Broxwood Court, Broxwood, Nr Pembridge, HR6 9JJ.

Shobdon News

Shobdon School “Leavers’Service” will take place on Wednesday 17th July.

The service is for the whole school and the” Leavers” will be presented with a Bible each.  There will be a short talk,

followed by a quiz ……followed by ice cream for all, come rain or shine!

Have you ever been to Shobdon Church for a Christening, Wedding or Funeral?  These “rites of passage”have been part of Shobdon life for many hundreds of years.

Have you ever considered how Shobdon’s Church is cared for by the community?

You don’t have to be a regular ” church goer”, Shobdon Church needs more villagers,  including YOU,  to help keep its

“ever open door” open to all for years to come.

If there is ANY way in which you may be able to help please phone  708043, 708740,708360, 708712. we would love to hear from you.  Thank you.

Do you feel like joining in the fun of the Food and Flying Festival by helping in any way?  It is great to be involved.

Please phone 708725

We would like to thank Mike Evans for repairing the church notice board so promptly.

From our registers

Baptisms

6th April       Maxim Hunter Folkes

7th April       Ted David Crawford Jones

14th April     Harriet Grace Jessica Lewis =

Shobdon Methodists

Thy Kingdom Come

Our group, Kingsland, Shobdon, Leintwardine, Lingen and Presteigne are being invited to a Commissioning Service and informal Holy Communion at our church in Kingsland [good car park!] on Ascension day Thursday 30th at 2pm.

We will be joined by our District ‘Champion’, Miss Andrea Sheppick who can answer any questions, suggest resources etc.

All who are interested in participating are very welcome, an indication of numbers would be helpful as we will have light refreshments at the end.

Reply to Deanne Evans Methodist Minister at deanneevans194@btinternet.com

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton on Arrow WI

Our WI has been very active recently.  On the 15th March we entered two teams for the Federation Quiz, the first heat being held at Pembridge.  While we did not excel on this occasion it proved to be an enjoyable evening.  On the 20th March 7 members lunched at The Cross at Eardisland. At our meeting on 10th April our speaker, Penny Platts gave an  informative talk on Half Timbered Houses, their construction and history.  8 members met for lunch  at The Angel, Kingsland on 29th April and on 1st May several members joined Pembridge WI for their centenary celebrations where they were entertained by the Kington Operatic Society and enjoyed copious quantities of Pimms and pudding.  Our speaker at our meeting on 8th May was Jules McRobbie whose talk on Wild Swimming left members impressed by her total confidence in swimming in unusual places and often very cold water but perhaps not too many of us felt inclined to indulge in this as a new hobby.

Our programme continues as follows:

Saturday 8th June

At 10.00 am a local walk has been arranged followed by soup and rolls in the village hall.

Wednesday 12th June

Visit to view a Wellington WI member’s garden.

Wednesday 10th July

Hostesses Becky Bissell and Vicky Margetson

Speaker:  Jill Salmon whose subject will be Culture and Costumes of China.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full memer: visitors and members of all ages are welcome. £4 to include refreshments, 7.30pm at Stuanton on Arrow village hall.

There is more information about us plus photos and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website.  www.stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord                                                                   Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256               Minutes Secretary 01544 388964

Kington Community Choir Summer Concert.

Burton Hotel, Kington Friday 28th June 7.30pm. Tickets £5 at the door .

‘The Story of the Famous Stained Glass Windows at St Thomas à Becket Church’ by Caroline Swash

The Friends of St Thomas à Becket Church, Huntington are pleased to announce their second event of 2019 to be held at St Thomas à Becket Church on 22nd June at 7.30.

Caroline Swash will talk about the background to the beautiful series of stained glass windows created by her father and grandfather, Edward and Henry Payne, for St Thomas à Becket Church. These windows are among their finest creations. The talk will reveal something of the background to the windows and will consider the possibility of an important link with Henry Payne’s earlier work for the artistic, intelligent and ill-fated 7th Earl Beauchamp.

Wine and canapés will be served after the Event.

Tickets are £10 and are available at huntingtonchurch.co.uk

For further information – 07855 300175

 

April/May 2019 news

Byton News

Scottish Evening 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.

AGM

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.

APCM

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

Registers

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!!!

PEMBRIDGE/ ARROWVALE MOTHERS’ UNION

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

Readers.

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

Registers

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

Baptism

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.

www.stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord                                                                                                          Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary                                                                          Minutes Secretary

01544 340256                                                                                                    01544 388964

KINGTON U3A

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

SPRING PLANT FAIR

1ST MAY 2019  10.30am– 4.00pm

BROXWOOD COURT, PEMBRIDGE, HR6 9JJ

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.

Readers.

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

PLEASE KEEP THE DATES!

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 

Baptism 

18th November  Scarlett Jade Newman

Funeral

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:

www.stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord                                                    Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary                              Minutes Secretary

01544 340256                                                              01544 388964

KINGTON U3A

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2018/January 2019 News

Byton News

Harvest Festival

This was held this year in the afternoon and was well attended with quite a few children present.

We were very pleased to welcome Anna and her family to her first service in Byton Church and to afternoon tea at the Court House Farm.

Carols by Candlelight

This will take place at 7pm on Monday, December 17th.

Tim is coming with his choir and we shall have mince pies and mulled wine.

All are welcome.

PCC Meeting

We are holding our next PCC meeting at Court House Farm at 8pm on Thursday, January 17th.

Burns Night Celebrations

These will be on Saturday January 26th at Kinsham Village Hall.

Details from Paul Segrott 01544 260075 or Margaret 01544 267430

Please come and support Byton Church.

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 include our Christmas special on Friday 14th December and then into the New Year, Friday 11th January, 2019.

Fundraising news…

In October we donated £100 to the Born Sleeping Appeal helping Hereford County Hospital create a dedicated maternity bereavement suite designed for mothers experiencing pregnancy loss.

In November, as part of the Memorial Hall Poppy Art Weekend, our Coffee Morning raised £200 which was given to the Memorial Hall floor renovation fund.

Thanks to all our dedicated supporters who have attended our Coffee Mornings throughout 2018 and raised well over £1000 for numerous charities!

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 Memorial Hall Poppy Art Weekend

Thank you to everyone who supported the three day event over Remembrance Weekend. The Hall was brought alive with poppies, artwork and historical memorabilia.

Monies raised will be put towards the financing of a much needed new floor in the Memorial Hall.

Christmas Craft Event

The Memorial Hall is holding a Christmas Craft Day on Saturday 8th December, 10 am – 5 pm

Coffee Morning, Light Lunches and Afternoon Tea.

Raffle, Christmas stalls and Craft Activities for children.

Everyone welcome.

Winners of the October Lyonshall Friends of the Church Draw

Keith Webb, Wendy Smith, Annie Baker, Jane E Burgoyne and Bev Mifflin

Sam Llewellyn

A very successful social evening was held at Castle Weir on November 21st.

Every seat was filled to hear Sam Llewellyn’s talk entitled ‘Britain and the Sea’ which was very enjoyable and entertaining and had the audience enthralled by Sam’s obvious great knowledge and love of the sea.

We then enjoyed a magnificent Finger Buffet and the opportunity to buy Sam’s new book, ‘Singlehand’, a great idea for Christmas presents!

Thank you to Andrew and Anto Morley for inviting us to Castle Weir and to everyone who helped and provided food and contributed in any way to make the evening a great success.

Pembridge News

Tapestry Group

Barbara Atkins

It was with great sadness that we lost Barbara in October at the age of 82.  She had been suffering from Parkinsons for some time.   Barbara previously worked on the Leominster tapestries and so it was she who persuaded me that we could and should record the history of Pembridge in stitches.  She went on to stitch three of our 12 (14) tapestries on her own.   She held a series of workshops at the beginning of the project to teach us new stitches and for some of us to even thread a needle!  She was highly gifted in so many ways and could always be relied on to come up with answers when we met with difficulties in our work.  Her attention to detail meant that when stitching The Leen Herefords tapestry, a visit to The Leen to collect hair from the coat of the bull was essential in order to stitch the exact colour into the tapestry.

She will be sadly missed by so many and our thoughts and prayers go to Haydn, Lizzie and her family.    Gill

“Sleeping Rough” in Burnley

As you may be aware, I recently took part in a “sleepout” to raise money for homeless people in an area of high social deprivation.   Here is a short extract from the official report:

Hosted at Turf Moor on 12th October, more than 50 fundraisers from as far afield as Herefordshire and the Lake District bedded down in front of the Bob Lord Stand in the middle of Storm Callum, to raise awareness and funds for three charities supporting the homeless in Burnley.

Prior to making their way pitchside with just a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag for comfort, presentations from the leaders of Burnley FC in the Community, Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet offered insight into how they are all, in different ways, supporting homeless people in the town.   Despite the seriousness of the issue,  we were all uplifted by the willingness and spirit of the fundraisers on what was a very wet and windy night.  All the money raised will go to fighting homelessness.

Thanks to the generous donations from family and friends and especially from the Arrowvale Community, I have been able to raise (to date) £873 ((£926 with Gift Aid), towards a grand total for the project approaching £30,000.   This is a fantastic amount and will make a huge difference to the charities concerned and hence the people they are helping.

Thank you all for your wonderful support.     Ian

Registers

Barbara Atkins  – A Celebration of her Life and burial on Friday 2nd November

Pembridge WI

Wednesday December 12th at 2.00pm in the Village Hall – We shall be making a Christmas decoration with quizzes and seasonal refreshments as well.

Wednesday January 9th lunch at The Corners Inn Kingsland.

A Christmassy outing is also being arranged.

The reading group will be meeting, we’ll be ten-pin bowling and meeting up in The Steppes for tea and chat.

Please contact Marguerite Fothergill for details (01544388279    margueritefothergill@gmail.com  )

Pembridge/ Arrowvale MU

We have changed our meeting days to the 4th Tuesday afternoons at 2.30, with occasional exceptions.

For our final meeting this year we are having a Christmas lunch party at Sally’s Pantry in Kington on December 11th. There will be no meeting in January.

One of MU’s main charities in our Diocese is CIF, the Crisis Intervention Fund, which is greatly in demand. It is in much need of duvets and bedding in good condition and also kitchen pots and pans and general kitchen equipment. Please bear this in mind if you are replacing suitable items.

Anthea Anderson 388 464

 Pembridge Primary School – A Local Good Cause

The Friends of Pembridge School (PTFA) have just been announced as a Co-op Local Good Cause for 2018/19.

This means that the School will receive 1% of all money spent by local Co-op Members on Co-op branded goods until November 2019. The money raised will be used to enhance the outdoor areas at School to create spaces where all the children can learn, play and interact in a safe and more stimulating environment.

If you are already a Co-op member you just need to login and select us as your cause and then shop as normal. If you are not a member please consider joining (www.coop.co.uk/membership), as it only costs £1 and you will also earn 5% on everything you spend on Co-op products – a win win situation!

Your membership will continue after the November 2019 deadline and you can spend the money earned on your weekly shop.

Please help us raise as much money as possible!

Pembridge PTFA

CHRISTMAS IS A’COMING …  catch this year’s Village Quire mid-winter show, Out With the Old during December ..

The festive season draweth nigh and The Village Quire bring a mellifluous mid-winter garland of delights for your delectation this Yuletide.  We are looking forward to the festive season with a melodious bouquet of new tales and songs; delight for both ear and mind.  But we are also delving back into the midwinter traditions of this isle with ditties and stories of mumming and wassailing, folklore and frolics, misrule and mirth with rousing West Gallery anthems and delicate harmonies to melt your heart.  Now the land is in thrall to the wind and the rain, the ice and the hail and the snow.  But here we are snug and warm and as our candle flames flicker we know that the time is now, and the time is right to cry, OUT WITH THE OLD!

Tickets available at The Olde Steppes or phone 01544 388279/01544 340381

Travelling Crib

If you would like to share in the Travelling Crib (Nativity set) in December please liaise with Sarah Norman (07989 978319) You can share with your children the story of Christmas, keep a woolly sheep and bring it along to the Service on Christmas Eve and re-unite it with the rest of the flock!  Starting on Dec 1st and you can keep the Crib for 24 hours and then it will be passed to the next family all the way up until Dec 24th .

Harvest in Pembridge.

Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the harvest. The harvest supper was well attended and the evening was very enjoyable with very good food and company. A big Thank You to all who contributed food and help on the day. The service launched our appeal for the local food bank and people were very generous with their donations. There is now a permanent collection point at the back of the church, so please continue to support this over the coming months. The collection from both Moorcourt and Pembridge has been sent to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute which supports people working in agriculture in times of need.

Talgarth Male Voice Choir.

The choir put on another evening of wonderful entertainment. Thank you to those who attended and to those who helped prepare for it.

Woodcock Fayre.

Thank you if you attended the Woodcock Craft Fayre. A lot of work has been put into preparing for this event so hopefully in the next magazine we will have an account of another successful event for Pembridge Church.

Pembridge Church and Churchyard.

Parishioners and visitors are always welcome to the church and churchyard but we would just like to send a reminder that the area is not a public playground or social space.

Reading Rota.

Dec         2nd         Communion         S Evan                   E Hardy

16th        Carol Service        TBA

24th        Christmas Eve      TBA

25th        Christmas Day     TBA

2019

Jan          6th          Communion         E Lynch                 R Scott

20th        Communion         L or M Boore       A Ingham

27th        Family Service     T Hollinghurst

Feb         3rd          Communion         C Price                   A Anderson

Thank you to all our readers. If anybody would like to join the rota please contact Jacqui Thomas on jacqui.pitfield@yahoo.co.uk

Shobdon News

We held a successful flower arranging workshop on the 25th October. We were all inspired to have a go ourselves using flowers and foliage from our gardens.

Remembrance

The Remembrance services were well supported with an 11 am service at the Airfield and 12 noon service on Hanbury Green followed by soup lunch at the Village Hall, it was enjoyed very much by everyone. Thank you those who helped with services and providing and serving lunch.

Christmas Tree

We are hoping to erect and decorate the Christmas Tree on 13th December. Any help will be welcome, please see notice boards for details.

School Nativity

The infants of Shobdon School will be coming to Church on Friday 14th December at 2.00 pm for their Nativity play.

Carol Service

Last year, due to heavy snow, we were unable to have our Carol Service. We hope for better weather this year!  The Carol Service will be held on Sunday 16th December at 4pm.

Mince pies will be served afterwards. Please join us, everyone is welcome.

Crib Service

The travelling crib will begin its journey early in December. Its journey ends on Christmas Eve at 3.00 pm. During the service the children hear the Christmas Story and will have the opportunity to reunite their sheep with the rest of the flock. Everyone is welcome.

From our registers

21st October         Lily Evelyn May Beaumont       Baptism

31st October          Joan Violet Morris                      Funeral

25th November   Max Edward Leonard Owen      Baptism

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton on Arrow WI for December 2018 and January 2019

Our Joint meeting with Pembridge WI was very jolly, enlivened by the Sly Gin tasting led by Duncan Fox.  November brought our Annual Meeting with a new committee and officers for 2018/2019 and some very interesting short talks from members.  Sarah Westaby and Barbara Morgan are now our Joint Presidents.

Our programme continues as below.

Wednesday 12 December      Our own Debbie Weaver will be leading us in a Christmas crafting activity, and we shall also be celebrating the season.                                                   

Hostesses:  The Committee

Wednesday, 9 January 2019    Afternoon tea party and collection of subscriptions.  Start time 3pm.

Hostesses: To be announced

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

Christmas Market on Saturday 8th December 2018 in the Village Hall starting at 11am. Stalls will include brocante, cakes, puddings and preserves, Christmas gifts, plants and crafts. Admission is free and festive refreshments will be available. Please deliver any contributions to the Village Hall on Friday 7th Dec between 4pm & 6pm.

KINGTON U3A

The next meeting is on Thursday 13th December, 2pm at the Football Club. This will be our Christmas Party. Lofty the Magician will be there to entertain us.

Members £1, visitors welcome £2.

Contact the secretary Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

Please note there will be no meeting in January.

Oct/Nov 2018 News

Byton News

Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 7th  at 3pm at the church followed by food at The Court House Farm.

Details from Margaret Edwards 01544 267430

Pudding and Presents Evening

This will be held at the Arkwright Hall, Kinsham on Thursday, November 22nd 6.30pm

Details from Caroline Scatcherd  01544 260366

Forward Dates

Carols by Candlelight

Monday, December 17th at 7pm

Burns Night Celebrations

These will be held at Arkwright Hall, Kinsham on January 26th.

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 Friday 12th October and Friday 9th November.

Fundraising news…

In August we donated £125 to Ray Richards’ Prudential London 100 cycling challenge raising funds for Anthony Nolan.

In September we held the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning, which as always, was generously supported by our Community.

An impressive £355 was raised to support this worthwhile cause!

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.

Looking Forward…

Decorating for Christmas

We will decorate the church on Thursday 13th December. Please come along to help from 10.00 am.

Carol Service

This popular service will be on Thursday December 20th in the evening.

Titley Lunch 2019

This will be held on April 11th. Guest speaker to be announced later!

Church Clock

Many of you will have noticed that the church clock is not working at all at the present time. Malcolm Thompson, who looks after the clock and winds it weekly, has sought advice about mending it from two firms of experts on church clocks and it seems that the consensus is that it needs a complete rebuild. This is not good news and means that the clock will be out of action for some months to come while we try to obtain a grant to help us pay for the work.

Rest assured that we will get the clock chiming again and keeping its usual perfect time for us all!

Many thanks to Malcolm for all the work that he is doing towards this outcome.

Social Evening at Castle Weir

Sam Llewellin has kindly agreed to be the speaker at this event at Castle Weir on November 21st at 7.00 pm. Tickets are available from PCC members and cost £15 including finger buffet and a glass of wine.

Harvest Festival Lunch

Lyonshall Harvest Festival Lunch will be held in the Memorial Hall on October 7th following the Harvest Festival Service in church at 11.00 am. Everyone is very welcome. £10 per head. Children under 12 free.

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw Winners

Lias’ grandchildren

Elaine Allen

Georgie Daniel

Jill Bradford

Kinsey Hern

Registers

Thomas Johnson and Jessica Tape                     Marriage                      August 4th

Stephen Lowe                                                  Burial                           September 18th

Pembridge News

Burial Register 

Friday 3rd August –A Celebration for the life of Hilda Edwards followed by burial at Kington Cemetary.

Thank You

Gill and I would like to thank you all for your kind words and very generous gifts marking the end of the interregnum.  We  would in return like to say a thank you for all the support you have given us during this time.

“There but not There”

As some of you may have noticed there are three figure silhouettes placed in the church as a mark of remembrance for those soldiers that didn’t return to our parish after the First World War.  Thank you to Jane at The New Inn and the PCC for supporting this act of remembrance.

Gift Day

Members of the PCC will be in church on October 13th from 10.00am – 2.00pm for the annual Gift Day. This is an opportunity to donate a one off donation towards the mission and upkeep of your local parish church or to come and discuss a more regular financial commitment. Please support us if you can. No donation is too small.

Harvest in Pembridge

The Harvest Festival service will take place on October 28th at 11.00 in church. We are again asking for donations of dried products and tins etc. which will be sent to the local food banks. We would like to use this service to launch a regular appeal for food bank items. A container will be placed in the church in which items can be deposited at any time during the day and these will be taken to the Kington Food Bank.

Harvest Supper.

The Harvest Supper will be on the 27th October, 7.30pm at the village hall. Tickets will be available at a cost of £7 which includes a hot supper and sweet. Soft drinks will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic drinks. Please book your tickets either at the village shop or through any member of the PCC.

Please note this year the Moorcourt Harvest Festival Service will be on Thursday 11th October at 7pm & Auction of Produce followed by Cheese Ploughman’s at Moorcourt Farm.

Any salads, chutneys, or puddings would be gratefully received.  Most importantly, please bring yourselves.

For catering purposes, it would be very helpful if you could let Clare know if you are planning to come to the supper by phone on 340345 or by email: eandcprice@gmail.com

Talgarth Male Voice Choir.

Thank you to all who supported this event. Details will be listed in the next issue of the magazine.

Woodcock Fayre.

The Annual Woodcock Fayre will take place at the church on November 17th 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Come and start your Christmas shopping early. We have a variety of stalls selling a large selection of items including jewellery, garden products, pottery, scarves/gloves plus much more. There will also be a bottle tombola, raffle and refreshments will be served all day with homemade soup and bread being served over the lunchtime period.

Pembridge Church and Churchyard.

Parishioners and visitors are always welcome to the church and churchyard but we would just like to send a reminder that the area is not a public playground or social space.    Please remove any spent flowers/ wreaths etc and take them home.   Please do not leave them in the corner of the churchyard.

Readers.               Oct       7th          Communion         R Scott                   E Lynch

21st        Communion         A Ingham             L or M Boore

28th        Family Service     T Hollinghurst

Nov        4th          Communion         A Anderson          C Price

11th        Remembrance Sunday       TBA

18th        Communion         S Ingham              C or M fothergill

25th        Family Service     S Ingham

Dec         2nd         Communion         S Evans                 E Hardy

Pembridge/Arrowvale Mother’s Union

The Mother’s Union wishes to extend a warm welcome to our new Rector, Anna, and wish you every blessing in your ministry in the Arrowvale group.

Our members have been very saddened by the death of Gwen Cox. She joined our group two years ago and it has been a privilege knowing her! We have been inspired by her courage facing her illness with great stoicism, and was still so bright and cheerful at our last meeting in July. Our deepest sympathy to her daughter, Sarah Westaby and all the family.

For more information about our MU meetings ring Anthea at 01544 388464

SLEEPING ROUGH!

Would you please support Ian!  No I haven’t kicked him out on the street!  He is proposing to sleep rough for one night at Turf Moor, Burnley, (football club) in support of the many rough sleepers, homeless people and women who are forced to escape an abusive home life.  The sleepover is to take place on Friday 12th October and Ian has pledged to raise a minimum of £250.

Ian and I often visit Manchester and have been shocked at the number of people forced to sleep rough on the streets of this city and other towns in the North West – this area being one of the most socially deprived areas in the country.

Any donations will be gratefully received.

If you would like any further information about the Burnley Project please don’t hesitate to contact Ian (01544 388441).

Many thanks,Gill

Cheques or donations to Ian Smith

The Curl, Marston, Pembridge HR6 9JA

Pembridge WI will be meeting in Pembridge Village Hall on Wednesday 10th  October at 7.00pm. We are to have a gin tasting evening with Duncan Fox of Sly Gin. Staunton WI will be joining us for this. The November meeting is on Wednesday 14th November at 7.00pm also in the Village Hall. This will be our annual meeting when we revue the year and elect  the president and committee for next year. The book group will also be meeting and we will be ten pin bowling as well as havng tea in the Steppes on the last Tuesdays of October and November. contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544388279.   margueritefothergill@gmail.com Shobdon News

Messenger Delivery

Every house in the parish receives a copy of The Messenger. Over the years the village has grown and the delivery routes have increased.  If you could spare an hour every couple of months to help we would be very grateful. Please contact Heather Weale 01568708754    email heatherweale@me.com

Flower Arranging

We try to ensure that fresh flowers are placed in our beautiful church each week. Do you have an interest in flower arranging?  We are looking for more flower arrangers to join the rota; you don’t need to be an expert! We are holding a flower arranging demonstration and information evening in church on Thursday 25th October at 7. 30 pm. Please come along, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Harvest Festival

The harvest festival will be held in church on 21st October at 4.00 p.m. Bring and share food will be served in church after the service. Please come and join us, everyone is welcome.

There But Not There

Seated in the pews in the church are two outline figures of a soldier, Tommy, transparent and life sized. He represents all those whose names are on the Shobdon War Memorial. “There but not there”

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 2018 is the centenary of the end of the First World War and these  figures  have  been created by ‘Remembered’ as a tribute to the fallen.

For more information go to: www.therebutnotthere.org.uk

This year, our remembrance service will take place on the airfield on 11th November  at 11.00 am. Communion  in church at 6.00 p.m.

Travelling Crib

During December, a basket filled with knitted nativity characters circulates via families in the village of Shobdon. Each family becomes custodian of the basket for one night; during their time with the basket, the children can play with the characters and read the accompanying books, the emphasis being on making the wonderful story of Christmas come alive. The basket also has a full flock of knitted sheep – each family keeps hold of one sheep before passing the basket on.  A contacts book will be inside the basket and all you need to do is to contact the next person on the list and arrange a handover for the following day. On 24th December at 3.00pm, there will be a short service in Shobdon Church and everyone is invited to bring their sheep along, to be reunited with the rest of the flock. The children’s excitement and anticipation at having the basket for the night means that the list fills up quickly. Please contact me if you wish to look after the basket for one night in December, on 01568 709293. Alternatively, I am always at Shobdon School, drop-off and pick-up. The crib will begin its journey  on the 1st December.  Cerian Stokes

Morning Prayer

There will be Morning  Prayer every Thursday in church at 9.00 am . Everyone is welcome.

From Our Registers 

15th  July  Ellie Jaques  Baptism

21st August  Raymond Llewellyn Jones   Funeral and burial.

The Bible Study group is gradually going through the book of the Acts of the Apostles, which is a record of the setting up of the first branches of the early church, a period when there were no church buildings as we know of them today, and no set form of services.  Services might be on the bank of a river, or on the sea shore, or in the large room or courtyard of a wealthy house; there would have been prayers, readings from the part of the Bible which we now know of as The Old Testament, and witness of God’s power and teaching of His Word.  The young Christians were subjected to a lot of opposition and criticism, and even locked up when charged with disturbing the peace; most of the first eleven disciples were killed for their faith.  Without their courage Christianity would not have reached us.  Similar danger can be experienced today by Christians in the MiddleEast.  Is our faith that strong?

A small Prayer Group meets twice a month in the Methodist Chapel, Shobdon, to pray for the churches and people in our parishes, for those ill, those suffering or mourning, or undergoing other difficulties.  If you would like prayer, please let the Rector or us know, in strict confidence: we know that the Lord is faithful in answering the prayers of believers.   John Andrews (01568 708277) or Janice Moore (01544 387926).

After the dates in the diary section there will be no Bible studies or prayer meetings until mid January

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

We were very pleased and honoured to receive Anna Branston for her first group communion service at St Peter’s, which was a memorable occasion. This was followed by a “bring and share” lunch in the village hall, and thanks go to all who contributed to the splendid array of refreshments.

The Staunton Summer Social BBQ at Jacobs Oak. We were incredibly lucky with  the weather and a good time was had by all, especially with the children’s races. Thanks to all who helped, donated and came along and made it a lovely evening, especially Will Burton and his family for providing a great venue and all the BBQ food. We raised £600 for the Village Hall and Defibrillator, and the PCC received £92 from the raffle. Spread the word and bring your friends next year!

Our Harvest Festival Service at St Peter’s this year is at 11am on Sunday 21st October 2018. All are welcome to join in the celebration followed by refreshments in the village hall.

The “Village Art Club” starts again on Thursday 20th September, at 7pm in the Village Hall.  A full term of 10 weeks costs £100.  All those wishing to join, please contact Liz Watson on 07938563716.

“Craft and Cards” workshop. Rosemary Mayall is running sessions on Thursday 11th and 25th October in the Village hall from 2pm to around 4pm. Please contact her on 01544 340421 to confirm and check dates and times, as this may change.

Christmas Market on Saturday 8th December 2018 in the Village Hall starting at 11am. Stalls will include brocante, cakes, puddings and preserves, Christmas gifts, plants and crafts. Admission is free and festive refreshments will be available. Please deliver any contributions to the Village Hall on Friday 7th Dec between 4pm & 6pm.

Staunton on Arrow WI for October & November 2018

In August we welcomed a new member, Ruth Bozkurt from Shobdon.  Sadly another of our members, Mrs Gwendolyn Cox of Uphampton died at the beginning of September. We held a minute’s silence at the start of our September meeting in her memory.

Our programme continues into the Autumn as below; November brings our Annual meeting when we will be selecting a new committee and officers for 18/19.

Wednesday 10 October      Duncan Fox talking about his creation Sly Gin together with tasting.  This is a joint meeting with Pembridge WI and will be held in Pembridge.  Start 7 pm.

Wednesday  13 November     Annual Meeting  followed by ‘Just 3 Minutes’. Members to talk on their experiences, thoughts and passions                                                                        7.30pm

Hostesses: Noelle Gill and Sheila Futcher

Tickets now on sale  for the Harvest Supper, to be held on Friday 19 October.  Still very good value at £10 for meal and entertainment by ukelele.  Please contact Treasurer Gill Busby.

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 Festive Foods from the Borders.

Saturday 1st December. 9.30am – 3.30pm. A Free event and lots of Free Parking. A Gastronomic inspiration from the Marches. Enquiries mppeek@btinternet.com

KINGTON U3A

The October meeting is on Thursday 11th October, 2pm at the Football Club. Terence Clough and Elizabeth Eglund will be giving us an insight into “Life as an EU Interpreter”. The following meeting is on Thursday 8th November, 2pm, Football Club. Richard Wood will tell us about “Rowing the Atlantic – Solo” (Wow!). Members £1, visitors welcome £2. Contact the secretary Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

 


Aug/September news

Byton News

From the Registers

Sybil Edwards                                         Baptism       May 27th

Katie Smith and Daniel Bowen           Marriage      June 2nd

Hugo Edwards                                        Baptism        June 17th

PCC Meeting

Thursday September 6th 8pm at Court House Farm

Flowers and Cleaning

August    no service

September  Mrs D Stevenson

Lyonshall News

Dates for Your Diaries

Harvest Festival

This service will be on October 7th at 11.00 am followed by Harvest Lunch in the Memorial Hall.

On November 21st we are holding a Social Evening at Castle Weir by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Morley. We are very lucky that Sam Llewellin, well known local author, has agreed to be our speaker. More details to follow.

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 10th August and Friday 14th September.

Fundraising news…

In June and July we have supported the great work of two Herefordshire charities. June Coffee morning raised £80 which was donated to the Cart Shed, and then £100 benefitted the Echo charity in July.

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.

MACMILLAN WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING

We will be holding our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning mid September on the 14th.

Come along and support this event with the usual stalls, raffle and delicious cakes, all in aid of the Macmillan charity.

Lyonshall Bridge Club –raising money for Charity

Another successful year was finalised at the AGM of Lyonshall Bridge Club. Following the 43rd annual Round the Houses Knockout competition, £2,250.00 was raised and shared between the chosen charities of the West Midlands Air Ambulance service and the Samaritans. The club has also been able to support Lyonshall Memorial Hall in recent years, supplying 3 new exit doors to a value of £2,000.00. The club is always looking for new members and the new electronic scoring system, due this Autumn, will help give members immediate results. The club meets every Tuesday in the Hall at 6.45pm for 7.00 pm start. Full details available from the website at ‘lyonshallbridgeclub.org’.

Pembridge News

Burial Register

16th April                  Frederick Derick Dyer

19th April                   Jennifer Ward

23rd April                   Robert Bernard Davies

The PCC and congregation of St. Mary’s Church, Pembridge and Moorcourt chapel welcome Rev. Anna Branston and her family to the parish of Pembridge with Moorcourt and The Arrowvale Group of Parishes.

Harvest in Pembridge

Details of the Pembridge Harvest supper will be listed in the next magazine

Moorcourt harvest festival service will be on Thursday 11th October at 7 pm followed by an auction of produce.

This year the refreshments will be in the church.  All contributions of food would be welcome.

Please let Clare Price know before.  Most importantly, please come yourself.

Fete

Don’t forget the fete Saturday 4th August. For full details see posters.

Talgarth Male Voice Choir.

Talgarth Male voice choir will be performing in Pembridge Church on Saturday 22nd September. Please look out for posters and flyers at the time for full details.

Woodcock Fayre.

The Annual Woodcock Fayre will be at the church on November 18th. This event will have the usual stalls and will also showcase a variety of additional craft stalls from which you will be able to purchase quality items.

Pembridge Tapestry Group

As a result of the Channel 4 “Village of the Year” competition earlier in the year we were pleased to welcome a group of 40 visitors from The Derbyshire Archaeological Society who had contacted us after seeing our Church and Tapestries on the programme!  They also heard about our latest project The Pembridge Map and although the map was only completed last week we were delighted to be able to display this for them also – although only temporarily – as the map is now off to be professionally mounted and framed before going on display permanently in church.

In the last two months we have also had visits from The Breinton History Group and The Ross Farm Women’s Club to see the tapestries, our church, belfry and other important buildings in the village.

Gill Smith

The Strawberry Tea and Open Garden

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the Strawberry Tea and Open Garden at The Curl, Marston, such a lovely event again this year. The weather was glorious and along with strawberries kindly donated once again by S&A Produce of Marden and a delicious array of cakes, we had a wonderful afternoon where we welcomed friends old and new.  We raised over £600 for St Mary’s Church, Pembridge. Again, many thanks to everyone who supported us.

Ian and Gill

Pembridge Christian Aid.

This year we raised £462.26 during the house to house collection. Very sincere thanks to all who collected and all who gave. I know many of our collectors have very busy lives. Thanks to Staunton Coffee Spot for their donation of £50 towards this total. Thanks also to Sam and her family and staff for once again being the drop off point for people who wish to give but miss their collectors. Thanks to Anne Ingham for organizing the Count Your Blessings initiative during Lent, while I was snowed under organizing a Mothers’ Union event. I must admit I’d never heard of this before Anne told me about it. Together we have helped some of the poorest people on earth.

Yours very sincerely, Janice Moore

Pembridge Church and Churchyard.

Parishioners and visitors are always welcome to the church and churchyard but we would just like to send a reminder that the area is not a public playground or social space.

Readers.

August   26th         Family Communion                           To be arranged

Sept        2nd         Communion                                         C or M Fothergill                 S Ingham

16th        Communion                                         E Hardy                                 S Evans

23rd        Family Service                                     S Ingham

Oct          7th          Communion                                         R Scott                                   E Lynch

Pembridge WI meeting in August (Wed. 8th) is to be a trip out to Worcester to visit the Commandery and Grey Friars’ House and Garden.

Wednesday September 12th will be a talk on Offa’s Dyke 7.00pm in the village Hall.
We are going to Aberdovey on Wednesday 5th September. If anybody would like to join us on this trip please contact Marguerite.
Our reading group will be meeting and we will be walking along the canal at Brecon as well as meeting for tea and chat in the Steppes (Tuesday 28th August 3.00pm. Tuesday 25th September 3.00pm). A visit to the Monkland Cheese dairy is also being planned for Wednesday 19th September.
Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279    margueritefothergill@gmail.com

An informal Bible discussion group will meet at Rose Cottage, Market Square, Pembridge. on Wednesday 12th September 10.00am and on Wednesday 26th September same place, same time. (contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279 if interested.)
Shobdon News

Open gardens

Despite the weather, the Easthampton open gardens were a great success and raised £430. A huge thank you to the talented gardeners and to everyone who helped with teas etc. We are hoping to hold this event again next year.

Food and Flying Festival

What a fantastic weekend! We were blessed with perfect weather and everyone enjoyed the event.

The tombola and book stall raised £456. Thank you to everyone who donated books, bottles and bought tickets.

Caroline “manned” the church over the weekend providing tea, coffee and cake and raised over £60.

The PCC would like to thank all the volunteers who unlock and lock the church each day ensuring that visitors from near and far are able to enjoy our beautiful church. If you would like to join the rota, please contact Caroline Jones 01568 708043

Shobdon Registers

Ethel Mary Arndt      Funeral  and Burial  8th June

Gregory Hyde             Funeral and Burial  13th June

Tori Dykes                  Baptism 10th June

Ella Dykes                    Baptism  10th June

Staunton on Arrow News

New Churchwarden: Clive Edwards was elected as Churchwarden at our APCM and has since been admitted and sworn in to his new post, and we wish him well. His contact details are as follows:

Tel. No: 01544 388831

Fish and Chip Supper fun quiz: Saturday 22nd September 2018 at 7pm in the Village Hall.

£8 per person to include your chip shop supper. Fish or sausage!
Teams of 4, or just come along and make up on the night as we are a friendly bunch.

For further details contact Debbie Stokes at debbie.stokes1@tiscali.co.uk

Staunton on Arrow WI for August & September 2018

Nine members of the WI had an entertaining outing to the Ledbury Rifle and Pistol Club in June where some proved to be very good shots.  Our own Di Sawyer stepped into the breach in July at our 71st birthday meeting to demonstrate her skills in encaustic art as the organised speaker was unable to attend.  Our programme continues as below:

Wednesday 8 August       My adventure into nakedness and hessian – Margaret Smith   7.30pm

Hostesses: Vicki Margetson and Sarah Westaby

Wednesday  12 September      Severn Freewheelers   7.30pm

Hostesses: Sandra Evans plus 1

Tickets will be on sale soon for the Harvest Supper, to be held on Friday 19 October.  Still very good value at £10 for meal and entertainment.

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 meeting in August. The September meeting is on Thursday 13th September, 2pm at the Football Club. Angela Williams will give us “A Munitionettes View” of WW 1 and 2 at ROF Rotherwas. Everyone welcome, £1 for members, £2 for visitors. Contact the secretary Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

 

June/July News

Byton News

We have a PCC Meeting at Court House Farm on Monday June 25th @ 8pm.

Paddy Benson, Archdeacon, will be taking the Group Service here at Byton on July 29th @ 11am followed by our Annual BBQ.

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 Friday 8th June and Friday 13th July.

Fundraising news…In April we sponsored Andy Read £100 for his cycling marathon from London to Paris in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity, and in May we donated £110 to Sue Strachan in her fundraising challenge to run the London Marathon in aid of Alzheimers Research UK.

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 Registers

March 25th     Penny Davies     Baptism

May 2nd         Alison Smith       Funeral and Burial

May 5th          James Vernalls and Coral Matthews   Marriage

Pembridge News

New Lay Reader

On May 20th Anne Ingham was licensed by the Rev. Preb.Dr. John Daniels as a lay reader affiliated to the Arrowvale Group of Parishes. This means that she will become part of the Ministry team and will be able to lead certain services throughout the group as and when required.

Fete

The annual church fete will take place on the 4th August commencing at 2.30pm. The stalls will include cake and produce, bottle, bric a brac, plants, books and a raffle.. If you would like to donate items for any of these stalls they would be very much appreciated. Donated items can be left in the kitchen vestry the week before the event or brought to the church on the morning, from 10.30am onwards. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. There will also be a variety of children’s activities inside and outside the church, depending on the weather.

Strawberry Tea and Cream Teas at St Mary’s Church

Our Summer Cream Teas start with a Strawberry Tea (and open garden) at The Curl, Marston on Sunday 24th June from 3.00pm at the home of Gill and Ian Smith.   All are very welcome!

Our delicious Cream Teas in the church follow on each Sunday from 1st July, through the summer until September –  starting at 3.00 pm until 5.30pm. Home-made scones and cakes are served with a choice of hot or cold drinks and are appreciated by travellers, holiday makers and local residents alike.

Readers.

June     3rd       Communion     S Evans            E Hardy

17th     Communion     E Lynch                       R Scott

24th     Family Service T Hollinghurst

July      1st        Communion     L or M Boore   A Ingham

15th     Communion     C Price             A Anderson

22nd    Family Service T Hollinghurst

August 5th       Group Service TBA

Pembridge WI
In June Pembridge WI will be hearing from Mike Williams who will give an illustrated talk “Wild on the Curl” This is an open meeting to which we invite anyone interested in the nature around the river Curl.
In July Mike Watkins will be telling us about “Conspiracies”.
These meetings take place in Pembridge Village Hall at 7.00pm (Wed. 13th June, Wed. 11th July.)
We are also planning a visit to Coughton Court in June – if you are interested in joining us please contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544388279 –  margueritefothergill@gmail.com) and about Pembridge WI in general.

Easter Lilies

Many thanks to all those who gave so generously towards the Easter Lilies to decorate the church this year. Also thanks to all those who helped to arrange the flowers once again.

Joyce Williams
Pembridge Mothers’ Union have lost their eldest member, Connie Hill, who would have been one hundred and five years old next August. We shall all miss her greatly as she has been inspirational in the seven years since she transferred to our group from Birmingham, when she moved here to live with her son, Ron, in Weston. She had an amazing memory, was still remarkably mobile and was an avid and skilful knitter, supporting various charities!  I believe it is quite possible she was the longest serving Mothers’ Union member having joined when she was a young mum in Birmingham, where she took a very active part. We were, indeed lucky to have these last seven years with her here, in our group. She so enjoyed our meetings and we will feel a great loss without her.

MU meetings are the 4th Wednesday each month. The June meeting will be on June 27 at 2.30 at Sandra Evans home in Staunton. The talk will be about the Retreat she is attending in Suffolk. On July 25th we will have an outing, details to follow.

Shobdon News

We welcomed Rt Rev Richard Frith Bishop of Hereford to take our Group Service in April.

Many people from the group joined us for the service.

Congratulations in Order

The Bishop of Hereford has appointed Mr. Andrew Teale as a Lay Canon and a member of the College of Canons at Hereford Cathedral. Andrew, who was born in Shobdon , attended Shobdon Primary School, Wigmore High School and Ludlow Sixth Form College, before graduating from University. Andrew served as Headteacher at Pembridge C.of E. Primary School  2003-2010 and since 2010 as Headteacher at St. Paul’s C. of E. Primary School, Tupsley. He has been a governor at Hereford Cathedral School since 2011 and is a governor for the three school federations – Aylestone School, Withington Primary and Broadlands Primary School. He has been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education since 2015 and in 2017 became a Director of the Bishop Anthony Education Trust. Andrew was installed at the Evensong Service in Hereford Cathedral on May 6th.

Food and Flying Festival

The festival will be taking place on 30th June and 1st July.

During the festival Shobdon Church will be running a bottle tombola and a second-hand book stall. All donations will be gratefully received. Please contact Anne Walker 01568 708 712 or Marcia Lynch Staunton 01568 708360. Please come and support us by buying a book or a ticket for the tombola.

Almost a hundred of the region’s top food, drink and artisan craftspeople have also been assembled with visitors able to sample everything from local meats, cheeses, ales and wines to flavours from Thailand, Japan, India, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and more.

Sailboat rides on Discover Bestpark’s Pearl Lake will be running on both days of the Festival. A packed line up of demonstrating chefs including Great British Bake Off favourite, Val Stones, live music, children’s entertainment and a gala Rat Pack tribute evening starring ITV weather presenter Des Coleman complete the schedule of what promises to be a fantastic weekend.                                                                                          Tickets are £8 on the gate for adults with U16‘s £2 and U5’s free. Tickets to the Rat Pack Returns evening can be bought by emailing shobdonfoodfestival@gmail.com.

June 10th  

Presteigne Pop Choir will be giving a short concert under the direction of John Hymes at 3pm.Donations.

Tea and cakes will be served in Church.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. Six Easthampton Gardens will be” open”, all very different with their own particular interest! Tea and cakes will be available indoors if wet or on the terrace if sunny.  Do come along.

Tuesday July 17th,

The End of term/leavers service will be held in Shobdon Church at 10am.There will be a talk, songs and quiz in Church, followed by ice creams.

Thank You!A big thank you to Mike Evans for planting the daffodils alongside the footpath to the cemetery. We look forward to enjoying the blooms each spring.

 From the Registers

Burial

Frederick Allen (Sam) Bevan  11th April

Donald Allen Jaques  9th May

The Bible Study group is gradually going through the book of the Acts of the Apostles, which is a record of the setting up of the first branches of the early church, a period when there were no church buildings as we know of them today, and no set form of services.  Services might be on the bank of a river, or on the sea shore, or in the large room or courtyard of a wealthy house. The young Christians were subjected to a lot of opposition and criticism, and even locked up when charged with disturbing the peace; most of the first eleven disciples were killed for their faith.  Without their courage Christianity would not have reached us.  Similar danger can be experienced today by Christians in the Middle East.  Is our faith that strong?

A small Prayer Group meets twice a month in the Methodist Chapel, Shobdon, to pray for the churches and people in our parishes, for those ill, those suffering or mourning, or undergoing other difficulties.  If you would like prayer, please let us know, in strict confidence: we know that the Lord is faithful in answering the prayers of believers.   John Andrews (01568 708277) or Janice Moore (01544 387926).

Staunton on Arrow News

Village War Memorial:

Renovation of the War Memorial has finally been completed. The total amount of donations received has so far reached £1200.

Rhayader Male Voice Choir: The concert held at St Peter’s Church was a great success, and a total of £998 was raised through ticket sales and raffle for the benefit of the church.

Annual Village Clean Up Day: Thanks to the people who helped on Village Clean Up Day, sprucing up the village hall and car park. This is an annual event, hopefully we can spread further afield next time, see you all next year. Also thank you to the committee and helpers who volunteer to keep our great little hall going for the community to use.

Notes for your diaries:

The Fish and Chip Supper Quiz returns on Saturday 22nd September.

We are hoping to hold a village BBQ in the summer, date still being finalised, but it would be lovely to see villagers (and beyond) old and new, for a social occasion while raising a few funds to keep our hall
operational. Watch out for the posters!

Other events are the regular Film Nights, the new Art group and don’t forget the Coffee Spot first Saturday morning of the month!

***News Flash****
Staunton on Arrow is moving with the times and now has its own Facebook page.

Just search for Staunton on Arrow Community and like the page for all the news and events.

Staunton on Arrow WI

After a fun hands-on craft meeting in April followed by an entertaining Spanish cooking demonstration in May and a visit by 11 members from our paired WI in Hereford Wye Women, our WI meetings of 2018 continue with:

Wednesday 13 June       Evening at Ledbury Rifle Club

Wednesday  11 July      71st Birthday meeting                             Just Rachel Icecream and Desserts  7.30pm  

Hostesses: To be announced

Our lunch club meets every month.

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 JUNE & JULY MEETINGS

The next meeting of Kington U3A is the AGM on Thursday 14th June, 2pm at the Football Club. This gives you a chance to find out from the leaders which Interest Groups are available and what they involve. You may discover a new activity or two.

The 12th July meeting is Pam Davenport, Chilli Zoo, All About Chilli, with tastings. Everyone is welcome to either meeting, £1 for members, £2 for visitors, including refreshments. Contact the secretary Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

Kington Community Choir

Traditional and Folk Songs from the Musicals and the Great War.

At the Burton hotel, Kington, on 6th July 2018, 7.30 pm. Doors open 7.15 pm.

Tickets £5 at Tom Bounds, the Burton or at the door.

Historic Huntington Fete announces details of this year’s event

Huntington village is once again preparing for its annual fete later this summer, on Saturday 21st July.

The Fete, which raises money for Huntington’s two churches, village hall and other local charities, will be opened this year by Bronwen Bufton who has run the lucky dip stall at the event for over 40 years, a role previously performed by her mother-in-law since 1956.

The fete opens at 3pm, admission and parking is free.

There is also a community bus that leaves Kington for the event.

For more information contact Bev Perrin – bevperrin@icloud.com

Or 07855 300175

Friends of Huntington Church hold Popular Mid Summer Musical Event

On June 23rd, The Friends of St Thomas a Becket Church, Huntington will be holding their popular Mid- Summer concert featuring accomplished local musical group – The Ethelbert Consort.

The programme will include the finest choral music by English composers together with a handful of madrigals and well known popular song arrangements.

A free party, in the grounds of the church, will follow the concert where wine and delicious homemade canapés will be served throughout the evening.

The Event, starting from 7.00 pm, will be held in St Thomas a Becket Church

Huntington HR5 3PY.   Entry is £10.

Tickets are available via website www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk or telephone

Fiona Shone on 01544 370391