October/November News

The Rural Dean Writes…

When one of our four children was at Pembridge Primary School (I won’t tell you which one in order to spare blushes) a teacher remarked in an annual school report,  “ ****** is not convinced by evidence!”.

There are, it seems, many world leaders – among them the President of the United States – who remain “not convinced by evidence” when it comes to global climate change

This seems, to many people, an increasingly improbable position to take when severe – even catastrophic – weather events are striking many different parts of the world on a very much more frequent basis than most of us can remember. Storms and hurricanes have already wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and on the American coastline this season (indeed, another one has hit the headlines as I write) and they have been far more powerful and destructive than for many a long year. Disastrous floods hit vast areas of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan a few weeks ago bringing with them appalling loss of life and destruction of homes and farmland. At the opposite end of the scale, in parts of Africa the annual rains are failing far more often than they used to…where streams and rivers used to flow freely, there are now only dry, rocky beds, and once great lakes are shrinking or disappearing altogether.

Even in the UK, though we thankfully don’t experience such extreme weather events very often – if ever – the forecasters have promised us a significantly higher than usual number of “named storms” between now and Christmas – and any gardener will tell you that the seasons are not as they used to be.

The jury may still be out as to whether human activity is entirely or even partially to blame for these instances of extreme weather and the human tragedies that come with them, but surely the evidence speaks for itself?

The global climate IS changing, whether because of human activity or just a freak of nature. We can argue till we’re blue in the face about the causes, but the reality is that the climate is changing and life is becoming pretty much intolerable and unsustainable for many people in many parts of our world.

We may or may not be convinced about the scientific evidence in support of placing the blame for these disasters on the shoulders of the human race, but the evidence of climate change itself is surely clear for all to see…

At Harvest Time, Christians rightly give thanks to God for the beauty and bounty and wonder of creation – a good and worthy tradition that we should certainly value and continue – but Harvest has to mean more than that today.

It’s so important that as we celebrate our Harvest, we remember that we should be doing everything we can – as individuals and as nations – to look after God’s creation and to conserve it for future generations…

It’s so important that we do everything we can to help the millions of people who suffer the worst effects of climate change – wherever they may be…

It’s so important that as we thank God for our Harvest, we prove our gratitude by caring more for our wonderful world and for all those who share it with us…

Stephen    

Oct/Nov news

Byton News

BBQ

Thanks for all the support we had for our BBQ. Although we were down in numbers we made a profit of £400.

Harvest Festival

This will take place in the church at 11.30am on Sunday October 8th when we are to be joined by Kinsham Church.

Following this there will be a joint lunch in Kinsham Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Cleaning and Flower Rota

October            Everyone for the cleaning. Flowers remaining from the Oct 7th wedding.

November        Mrs M Edwards and Mrs L Weaver

Lyonshall News

From the Register

Funeral and Burial              Michael East   July 22nd

Wedding                              Kate Richards and Douglas Taylor   September 9th

Evening at The Barns

On Wednesday November 29th at 7.00 pm, by kind invitation of the Hern family, there will be a talk at The Barns given by Muriel Passey entitled ‘Only 25 Shopping Days – The History and Mystery of Christmas’. This promises to be very entertaining as Mrs Passey is a very accomplished and well known speaker on many diverse subjects. There will be a finger buffet and also an Auction of Promises. Tickets, £15 each incl glass of wine, are available from PCC members. Numbers are limited and the event we held at The Barns last year was very quickly sold out.

Decorating for Christmas

We will be decorating Lyonshall church on Thursday December 14th from 10.00 am. Please come along to help.

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 October 13th and Friday November 10th.

Fundraising news…

In August we raised £100 which was donated to the Finlay Amos Fund. News of the Macmillan Coffee Morning in the next issue.

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some friends old and new.

Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Lyonshall Bridge Club – raising money for Charity

The summer season has just ended with the Summer League winners being Tricia Hern and Peter Smith with the runner up pair being Malcolm Roper and Graham Priday. The ‘Round the Houses’ knockout competition has commenced with the selected charities of the West Midlands Air Ambulance and the Samaritans being chosen as the clubs charities this season. Members meet every Tuesday at 7.00pm and new members are very welcome. Contact chairman Richard Eckley on 01544340621.

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw Winners

Neil Morris, Mary Waygood, Dilys Oram, Rhona Syder and Nick and Laura Rowlett.

 

 

KINGTON SURGERY

FLU CLINIC-ONE DAY ONLY!

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER

9AM-4PM

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

Aged 18 years and over only, under 18s will be invited to separate clinics

Flu vaccination is recommended if you:

  •  Are Pregnant
  • Are aged 65 or over
  • Have diabetes
  • Suffer from COPD, asthma or other chronic lung condition
  •  Have a long-term condition of the heart, brain, nervous system, kidneys, liver, immune system or spleen
  • Have a BMI of 40 or more

Don’t underestimate the risks of FLU, come along and get protected

Pembridge News

From the Registers.

Baptism

September 3rd                 Ebony Grace Mobberley-Manns

Mason James Stocker

Marriage

June 21st                         William John Hewlett and Anne Elizabeth Conroy

September 2nd                Joel Harry Farquhar and Lauren Gilbert

Annual Fete.

Thank you to all who helped and attended the fete. It was a lovely afternoon attended by many, both local and visitors. A total of £1200 was raised, which is a really good result in so short a time.

Harvest Supper and Festival Service.

The Harvest Supper will take place on the evening of 21st October 7.30pm at the village hall. Tickets priced at £7.00 will be available from The Olde Steppes or from members of the PCC. Donations of a hot supper dish or a pudding would be gratefully received so please let Jacqui Thomas know if you would be happy to contribute to the food. We would also be looking for suitable items which can be donated to the local food banks as an offering during our Harvest Festival Service.

Gift Day.

You should have recently, or you will in the near future, receive a letter of appeal asking for financial support towards the upkeep of St. Mary’s Church with Moorcourt and surrounding churchyards. The full details relating to the appeal are contained within the letter but this is to advise that we will be holding a Gift Day on the 28th October 10.00am – 2.00pm on which you are invited to come to the church, where the churchwardens would be happy to receive your donation.

Quiet Prayer

There is to be a quiet reflective prayer time starting in Moorcourt church running on the first Thursday of every month starting on the 2nd November at10.00 am.-10.30 am. It is a space to quietly sit with God and bring yourself to him for half an hour once a month away from the demands of our life….or just be quiet with yourself. When we have finished anyone can quietly leave or have a cup of tea or coffee before returning to the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The dates for the coming 6 months will be 7th December, 4th  January 2018, 1st February, 1st March and

5th April.

Please feel free to join us.

Woodcock Fayre

The annual Woodcock Fayre will take place on the 18th November 10.30am – 3.00pm. You are invited to browse and purchase from a variety of craft stalls in preparation for Christmas, to join us for a hot soup lunch and drinks or to try your luck on the bottle stall and Hamper Draw. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Pembridge Effigies and their Costumes

A huge thank you to the very large audience who came to the launch on the 22nd July, which now seems a very long time ago! Also a big thanks to Steve Hollinghurst who kept us all entertained in his inimitable style during the second half of the evening. The costumes are now on permanent display in Pembridge church and, over the next few weeks, will be housed in a purpose built display cabinet. We are also working on producing a brochure which will give the history of the effigies, our research and how we created the clothes.

Readers.

   Oct      1st       Communion                 R Scott                         E Lynch

15th     Communion                 S Evans             E Hardy

22nd    Harvest Festival                        TBA

Nov     5th       Communion                 C or M Fothergill          G Smith

12th     Remembrance Sunday  TBA

19th     Communion                 J Pace                           L or M Boore

26th     Family Service               T Hollinghurst

Dec      3rd       Communion                 A Anderson                 C Price

 

Pembridge WI

We meet in Pembridge Village Hall on the second Wednesday of every month at 7.30. At the October meeting we will be welcoming Tory Dickinson from Noke Lane Bakery who will be showing us how to make artisan bread. November is the annual meeting when a new committee will be chosen

We also meet up for ten-pin bowling at the Grove, book club in members’ homes and in The Steppes for tea on the last Tuesday of each month. Sometimes we go walking and finish up somewhere for lunch. In October we are taking a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Our usual trip to The Courtyard for the Christmas Pantomime is also being planned.

If you would like to join us please contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279 c.fothergill@btinternet.com)

 

Shobdon News  

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 15th October at 4.00 pm.

Refreshments will be served in church after the service. Everyone welcome.

If anyone would like to help decorate the church for harvest please contact Pearl Teale Tel: 01568 708725

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 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 list will be open from mid-November.

Cerian Stokes  

Shobdon Register

24th July 2017                Thanksgiving for the life of Doreen Teale

12th August 2017          Marriage  between John Cox and Jody Carvill

17th August 2017          Marriage between Daniel Nicholas and Kylie Harris

10th September 2017   Baptism  Jack Kenneth Rocke

Bible studies

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

Prayer meetings

Meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Methodist Chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30am, to pray for particular people who are ill at home or in hospital, or for particular events in the Village or in the group.  They are informal, and completely confidential.  If you need prayer you would be very welcome, or tell John Andrews on 01568 708277, and we will pray for you.

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

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

St Peter’s Church:  We have recently submitted a “Grants for Places of Worship” application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of the roof and essential masonry repairs. Since the value of our request for a grant of £223,800 is far higher than the monies available, our application will be assessed against their priorities, and compared with other applications put forward.  Therefore, our application is in competition for funding. Any contributions towards the costs will be very gratefully received.

Progressive Lunch on Sunday 22nd October, starting at 12noon with your respective host, followed by desserts, coffee and raffle in the village hall.

Tickets are available at £15 each from Liz Hewett 01544 388764, or Sue Burleigh 01544 267368.

Bingo Night on 24th November 2017. £8 entrance fee to include 5 cards. Extra cards may be purchased at £1 each. Refreshments provided. Bring your own bottle.

Christmas Market on Saturday 9th December 2017 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 8th Dec between 4pm & 6pm.

Staunton on Arrow WI for October and November 2017

Our August meeting, which was our 70th birthday party, was a very enjoyable occasion.  Many of our past members attended including Iris Bennett who was our President in 1971!  Nancy Owens, who is our longest standing member, cut the cake with our President Claire Burton.  We were entertained by the bluegrass band ‘Alive and Pickin’ from Weobley who play for charity.  Nearly £150 was raised for the Air Ambulance.

The Harvest Supper with catering by Staunton on Arrow WI will be on Friday 27 October in Staunton on Arrow Hall.  7 for 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 adults, £5 children under 14, entertainment by Mike and Rachel Fenton on autoharp and dulcimer.

A Heart Start course has been arranged for Tuesday 14 November in Staunton on Arrow hall, probably start time 7/7.30pm.  You do NOT have to be a member of the WI to attend this course and it is open to men and women.  Please contact Barbara Morgan on 01544 388368 to book your place.

Our WI meetings of 2017 continue with

Wednesday 18 October                Make your own Mors Bag with Wendy Steadman

Hostesses                                        Gill Busby and Noelle Gill

Wednesday 15 November            Annual Meeting plus Gill Busby to talk on Hereford Food Bank (change to the published programme)

Hostesses                                       Vanessa Woodward and Claire Burton

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

Kington Library

Earlier this year a group of local people formed the  Kington Library Development Group to support our local library and help to secure its future.The first national Libraries Week, a week-long celebration  libraries is to take place this October and the Kington library group is planning an event for Saturday 21st October at the Kington Library.  “Love Your Library” day will include activities for children, and a special performance by actor Bill Bingham. To find out more email library4kington@yahoo.com.
All are welcome at our regular meetings on the second Wednesday of the month, 5.30 at the Oxford Arms, Kington.  We want to ensure that as many people as possible are inspired to visit a library, discover what’s on offer & encourage their friends & family to get involved.
Bob Widdowson
01544 230050

Kington U3A Meetings

On Thursday 12th October at 2pm, Elizabeth Halls will be speaking about World War 2 airfields. She has done a lot of research which will make for an interesting talk. The November meeting will be quite a contrast when Graham Short will be telling us about his work as a micro-artist. You may have seen the publicity recently which has brought this unusual talent into the public eye. The meetings are at the Kington Football Club, Mill St. Everyone is welcome, £1 for members, £2 for visitors, including refreshments. Contact Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

10th Annual Huntington Chase

Saturday 14th October 2017.

Ride a horse, run, walk or cycle for fun over 11 km course.

Start 12 noon at Village Hall, Huntington HR5 3 PX.

Taking in Hergest Ridge and finishing at the Swan Inn for refreshments.

Enrol from 11 am. £10 entry incl. sandwiches, children free but must be accompanied (£15 per family). Walkers start at 11; enrol from 10.30.

All proceeds to local charity.

Contact Peter Kelly on 01544370266 or email peterbkelly642@hotmail.com. Riders must carry own PL insurance.

Prizes and fancy dress encouraged.

 

August/September news

The Rural Dean Writes…

In the last issue of this magazine, I wrote about the appalling terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena – little knowing that there was more dreadful news to come – albeit of a different nature and with a different cause…

The disaster at Grenfell Tower last month has added tragedy to outrage as the

major news stories of 2017 just keep getting worse and worse and worse.

We rightly have a deep sense of outrage at the news of the dreadful terrorist murders inflicted on innocent men, women and children in London and Manchester. These unforgiveable and unjustifiable acts of violence deserve nothing less than our utter condemnation and, yes, that word again, outrage.

But, in addition to the horror and grief we feel as we think about those poor souls who perished in the Grenfell Tower, isn’t there a case for feeling outrage there too?

Outrage that patently and knowingly unsafe cladding materials were applied to the outside of that tower block to make it look prettier, rather than installing fire protection measures inside to keep the residents safer…

Outrage that, although the emergency services did everything they could to help,

the care of those who escaped the flames, their families, friends and neighbours, was left for days and weeks to local churches, charities and community groups…

Outrage, above all, that the eighty people who died there were without exception, poor, vulnerable, disadvantaged, marginalised – people who had a right to expect

at least as much care and protection as anyone else – if not more…

I don’t for one moment support the actions of those individuals or groups who have tried to make political capital out of this disaster – calling for class warfare, riots in the streets and the overthrow of “the system” – but Grenfell Tower has certainly made me sit up and take notice of the way in which our nation and government and society seem to be failing in their duty of care for the poor, the powerless, the underprivileged, the weak, the needy. The needless, senseless loss of life there has, for many of us, brought into very sharp focus the deep divisions within British society and has challenged us with the need for change, with the need to do better, with the need to care more for the wellbeing of those in our own country who are less fortunate than we are.

The teaching of Jesus Christ is unequivocal in this matter.

In his parable of the Good Samaritan who took care of a poor, injured stranger he picked up from the gutter, he said to us Go and do likewise…

And he said the following to his disciples…and to us…

The last will be first and the first will be last…

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;

and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked…

Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…

Love your neighbour as yourself…

Whatever you do for the least of these my brothers, you do for me…

Strikes me it’s time for change…time to do better…time to care more…

Stephen

Byton News

PCC meeting on Thursday, September 14th @ 8pm @  Court House Farm.

Future Dates

There will be no service on the first Sunday in October as our Harvest Festival will be on Sunday October 8th @ 11am when we are to be joined by Kinsham. This will be followed by a joint lunch @ Kinsham Village Hall. Again we are taking the opportunity to enjoy the flowers from the wedding here on October 7th.

LYONSHALL NEWS

Michael East

Mike, known to us all as Wizard or Wiz, died suddenly at home on June 28th.

He was a very important part of the community in Lyonshall and was a good friend to everyone. He was a regular church goer, carried the cross, read a lesson, parked the cars at large events, manned the bar at fund raisers, swept the church paths and did anything else that he could see was needed. He never liked to be idle and did it all in his inimitably cheerful fashion, always singing or whistling and always dressed as only Wiz could dress!

He was just as well known in the wider community and therefore no other picture was appropriate for the cover of this issue than a picture of Wiz. We hope he would have approved!

Wiz was one of life’s great characters and will never be replaced. We shall miss him greatly and send Debbie and Nat and all his family our sincere condolences and remember them in our prayers

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw Winners

January Draw:  Charlotte Layton, Julia Evans, “Izzy” Thompson, Pat Key, Peter Burgoyne.

April Draw:   Karen Powell, Jane and Anthony, East Lodge, Carol Gibbons, Elaine Connor, James Davies.

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 August 11th and Friday September 29th.

Please note the September gathering is not the usual second Friday, but the last Friday of the month to tie in with the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning Event 2017!
Fundraising news…

In June we raised £80 which was donated to the HGTA Defibrillator Appeal and in July we supported Midlands Air Ambulance with £100 in memory of Wiz, who is so sadly missed by all of us in Lyonshall.

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 SEPTEMBER 29TH 2017

Please join us for Coffee and delicious cakes to raise money for this dedicated charity which touches the hearts of us all.

There will be preserves, cake stall and a rather special raffle on offer to make this an extra special event.

Please come along and support if you can.

WHITTERN OPEN GARDENS

We were blessed with a beautiful afternoon after a very unsettled week of weather, and the sun shone out to showcase the fabulous rhododendrons at the Whittern Garden. The event was generously supported by all who attended with a total of £1,725 being raised. This was divided equally to support Lyonshall Church, Midlands Air Ambulance and Haven Breast Cancer Hereford.

Special thanks to Jo and Gio Hilditch for permitting us to access their home for the afternoon, Marian and her team for working so hard to present the garden so beautifully and to all the other enthusiastic helpers who made the event such a success.

Harvest Festival

Lyonshall Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday October 1st at 11.00 am. It will be followed by Harvest Lunch in the Memorial Hall and an Auction of Promises.

Pembridge News

From the Registers.

Violet Eleanor Parrett  (Pat)      31st May                      Burial                            Pembridge

Clifford Stanley Taylor              3rd June                       Burial of Ashes             Pembridge

Strawberry Tea at The Curl, Marston

Ian and Gill were delighted to welcome old and new friends to the Strawberry Tea at The Curl, Marston. Thanks to all those who helped on the day with producing cakes, making tea and helping with the endless washing up! Many thanks also to S&A for supplying the delicious strawberries.  We raised a total of £525 for St Mary’s Church.

Cantabile Girls Choir

The Cantabile Girls’ Choir from Hereford Cathedral School gave our audience an evening to remember when they presented their award-winning programme in Pembridge Church on 29th June.  Our thanks to Jo Williamson, director of music, and Melanie Cuthbert, for their support in bringing this amazing group of girls to Pembridge Church.  For several of the members this was an especially memorable occasion as it was the last time they would be singing with Cantabile before leaving school at the end of the term.

Wedding and Country Living Fayre

Our two day Wedding and Country Living Fayre on 28th and 29th May brought many visitors to our village.   This was our first attempt at organising an event of this kind.  A wide range of local businesses were represented both in the church and in the marquee and we thank them for their support.  Our church was beautifully decorated wedding style by Jo and Joyce Williams, setting off a wonderful display of wedding dresses worn by Pembridge brides from the 1930’s onwards.   Our grateful thanks to James Henman, of Henmans of Herefordshire Limited, for sponsoring our event and supplying us with a most beautiful marquee.

PEMBRIDGE Parish Christian Aid Week

This year we raised £445.97 which included a £50 donation from Staunton Coffee Spot. Very sincere thanks to all who collected, all who gave and Sam and her staff for once again letting us use the shop as a drop-off point. I was delighted to welcome Andrea and Peter to our team of collectors this year; I have to do all the rounds no one else is able to do, which usually means I have at least five rounds. If anyone else would be willing to do one, I’d be very grateful. Our parish has a lot of lovely people who open their doors with a warm smile and donate whatever they can. You may have just had an envelope through the door with a note to take your donation to the shop this year. If so, it is probably because No Cold Caller signs now affect charities as well as salesmen.

Very sincere thanks to all,

Janice Moore

The Pembridge Archive

Pembridge PCC has become increasingly concerned about the storage of the material in the church known as The Pembridge Archive. The conditions within the church are not ideal for keeping what have been identified as important documentation relating to the history of Pembridge. Our initial aim was to apply for funding as part of our project to create the correct ambient storage for this collection and to keep it within the church. Unfortunately we were advised quite early on that this would not be possible as the funding bodies advised that records of this kind should be handed over to the local authorities for correct storage and for access to be available for all. The PCC have therefore come to the conclusion that this collection needs to be kept correctly and are at the present time taking advice from the Records Office and Country Archive on which we hope to make an informed decision for its future. If anybody has any questions or concerns relating to this matter please can you contact one of the church wardens.

Thank yous

Our thanks go to The Cantabile Choir, Richard and Sally Pim and Bob Anderson for supporting Pembridge Church over the last few weeks. They have supported us both financially and socially which helps us as a church to provide a place of worship for the Pembridge parish but also to widen the use of our wonderful building and to engage with the wider community.

Readers.

August 20th      Group Service              To be arranged

Sept 3rd                        Family Communion      L or M Boore                J Pace

Sept 17th          Holy Communion        C Price                         A Anderson

Sept 24th          Family Service               Tim Hollinghurst

Oct 1st             Family Communion      R Scott                         E Lynch

Pembridge WI will be meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 9th August at 7.00pm to hear Carole Dowding speaking about her experiences of flying helicopters. On Wednesday 13th September at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, Heather Carrington will be talking to us about forensic science.

We will be lunching and ten-pin bowling, gathering in the Steppes for tea and chat, and the reading group will be meeting to discuss their latest read and partaking of tea and cake.
Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279 if you would like further details and would like to join us.

News from Pembridge CE Primary School Inspiring learning through faith and values

We are delighted with the continued successes of our children this year. They have achieved some excellent results and we would particularly like to wish our seven Year 6 children ‘all the best’ as they move on to Weobley, Lady Hawkins’ and Hereford Cathedral schools. We know they will continue to hold Pembridge close to their hearts as they journey further on.

 

Wanted: school caretaker

From September, we require a suitably able person to care for the security and safety of our school site. Hours are from 7.30am each morning and total 4 ¼ hours each week – term time only, with some additional hours as requested. It would suit an actively retired person who seeks to make a difference to the lives of Pembridge children. Enhanced police checks will be required.

More details are on our school website: http://www.pembridgeprimary.org.uk under the ‘Our School’ tab and in ‘Recruitment’. Closing date: Friday 8th September, 12 noon.

 Open Morning

We welcome 14 new Reception children in September and hope they enjoy their time in our lovely school. In no time at all, prospective parents for 2018-19 will be making decisions about where they would like their children to start their education. We have an Open Morning on Wednesday 8th November from 9am – and all the community are welcome to see the school in action.

Please put this date in your diaries.

Shobdon News

The Food and Flying Festival was a huge success. The church ran a tombola and book sale in the community tent which raised £469.

The church was open over the weekend serving light refreshments and this raised £156. A huge thank you to everyone who donated bottles, books, prizes or gave their time to make it so worthwhile.

The church is open every day and is in a beautiful setting. We now have two new wooden benches in the church grounds, which will give visitors a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the church and its surroundings. Our thanks go to Anne Walker and Pauline Surtees for purchasing the benches for us. If you have visitors over the summer months, please try to encourage them to visit our beautiful church and indeed the other churches in the Arrowvale Group.

Planning for the Flower Festival is well underway. In order to keep costs down, we are hoping to use locally grown flowers and foliage wherever possible – if you can offer flowers and foliage please let us know. Stalls and attractions to include Jewellery & Bags, Tombola, Face Painting, Honey Stall, Coconut Shy, RDA Bric-a-Brac. Tea, coffee, cakes and savouries will be served throughout the weekend.

There will be a concert by Hereford Male Rail Voice Choir on 30th September – tickets £10 to include a drink.

On Friday 14th July we welcomed the pupils from Shobdon School.  A short service was held and year 6 pupils who are moving on to secondary school were each presented with a Bible.

Staunton on Wye News

Staunton-on-Arrow Walk led by Tim Hoverd, Hereford Archaeological Project Manager, lasting 2½ hours, will start at 4pm on Friday 15th September 2017, meeting at the Village Hall car park. Adults £5 / children £2, to include refreshments in the Village Hall.

 A note for your dairies! Staunton on Arrow Fish & Chip Supper Fun Quiz

Friday September 22nd  7pm

Teams of four, but come along and make new friends to make up a team on the night.

Admission £6 per person to include fish or sausage supper.

For more details, contact the Staunton Debbies!

email: debbie.stokes1@tiscali.co.uk

01544 388881

Progressive Lunch on Sunday 22nd October, starting at 12 midday. Tickets available at £15 each from Liz Hewett, 01544 388764.

Out of Nature Sculpture Show, October 1 – 22 2017. In aid of The Cart Shed, a charity supporting adults with mental health issues based in Herefordshire. Open every day 10.30am-5.30pm at Newport House, Almeley, Herefordshire, HR3 6LL.

Admission £5, children under 18 and students free. For further information go to www.outofnature.org.uk

Staunton on Arrow WI for August and September 2017

We welcomed members from Kington WI and Huntington Kington WI for the excellent focaccia demonstration by Tory of Noke Lane Bakery.  It happened to be on the hottest evening of the year!  We are looking forward to celebrating the 70th birthday of our WI in August.

Advance Dates for your diary: The Harvest Supper with catering by Staunton on Arrow WI will be on Friday 27 October in Staunton on Arrow Hall.  7 for 7.30pm

A Heart Start course has been arranged for Tuesday 14 November in Staunton on Arrow hall, probably start time 7/7.30pm.  You do NOT have to be a member of the WI to attend this course and it is open to men and women.  Please contact Barbara Morgan on 01544 388368 to book your place.

Our meetings of 2017 continue with

Wednesday 19 August                   70th Birthday of Staunton on Arrow WI.  Music from ‘Alive and Pickin’ of Weobley.  Note start time 7pm.  Invitation only.  Hostesses    The Committee

Wednesday 20 September            A talk from Jo Davies of the Presteigne Natural Health Centre   Hostesses       Catherine Perham plus 1

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

At our July meeting Gordon Coppock, the chair of KLEEN gave us a fascinating insight into alternative choices for energy that do not have a negative impact on the environment. KLEEN (Kington Local Environment and Energy Network) is an active group meeting regularly in Kington and welcoming new members or visitors.

There is no meeting in August. September’s meeting, entitled “Young Lives Against Cancer “, will be presented by Lydia Buckmaster, CLIC Sargent, on Thursday 14th September, 2pm at the Kington Football Club, Mill St.

Everyone is welcome, £1 for members, £2 for visitors, including refreshments. Contact Barbara Johnston, 231401, for more information about U3A.

Kington Artists

Twenty seven Kington Artists will be showing a wide selection of their work at eight different venues throughout Kington, during H-Art week, 9 – 17 September.

Brochures will be available from public places in Kington (cafes, library etc) for you to see who is showing where.

Pink H-Art signs will show you where the venues are.

June/July news

Byton News

June

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

Cleaning—Mrs J Owens and Mrs G Jeakings

PCC Meeting

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

July

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

Cleaning – Mrs M Edwards and Mrs L Weaver

Lyonshall News

Titley Lunch

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

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

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

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

Pat Addis, Churchwarden

 

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

Join us at the Memorial Hall, Lyonshall, for our monthly Coffee Mornings every second Friday, between 10 and 12 noon.

The next two dates for your diaries are Friday June 9th and Friday July 14th.

Fundraising news…

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

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new.  Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Lyonshall Bridge Club – raising money for Charity

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

Pembridge News

From the Registers.

Burials

Constance E Grantham        3rd March                Burial of Ashes             Pembridge Church

Linda M Hill                          12th April                Burial                            Pembridge Church

Barbara Loxton                    24th April                Burial of Ashes             Pembridge Church

Elaine Bennett                      4th May                   Burial                            Pembridge Church

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

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

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

SCHOOL CHOIR OF THE YEAR TO
SING AT ST MARY’S PEMBRIDGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Effigies, costumes & music

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

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

THE PEMBRIDGE TAPESTRIES

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

Both will be sadly missed.       Gill

Readers.

June      4th         Communion       A Anderson

18th                       Communion       E Lynch

25th                       Family Service   T Hollinghurst

July        2nd        Communion       E Hardy

16th                       Communion       G Smith

23rd                       Family Service   T Hollinghurst

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

 OPEN FARM SUNDAY

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

Shobdon News

Annual Spotlight BBQ

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

Leavers Service

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

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

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

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

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

Flower Festival   

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

Shobdon Social Evening,

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

Bible studies

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

Prayer meetings

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

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

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

VILLAGE HALL AGM UPDATE.

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

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

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

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

Further details of these events and others to follow.

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

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

Staunton on Arrow WI for June and July 2017

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

Our meetings of 2017 continue with:

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

Hostesses:                                     The Committee

Wednesday 19 July                        Chili Zoo with Pam Davenport

Hostesses                                     Sarah Westaby and Sandra Evans

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are welcome.  £4 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

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

Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A

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

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

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

British Red Cross Open Gardens                                           Sunday 9th July 2017

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

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

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

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

Entry £5.00 and children under 12 are free.details

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

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

 

IF YOU LIKE TO SING WHY NOT CONSIDER JOINING

KINGTON COMMUNITY CHOIR

WE MEET ON THURSDAY’S 7-9PM AT

KINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

ALL NOVICE AND EXPERIENCED

MALE AND FEMALE VOICES NEEDED

NO AUDITIONS OR THE ABILITY TO READ MUSIC REQUIRED

WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU ALL

JUST COME ALONG AND ENJOY SINGING WITH US

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

FRIENDS OF ST. THOMAS A BECKET CHURCH

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

Saturday June 17th at 7.00 pm.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

April/May 2017 News

Byton News

Good Friday Cross Carrying

We meet at 10.30 am at the church and the cross is carried up the hill behind the church and fixed to the fence until Ascension Day. There are stops on the way for hymns and readings and to take a breath! The view is fantastic. Please join us , dogs and children welcome and hot cross buns and coffee in the church afterwards.

Easter Sunday

Communion is at 9.30 am.

AGM

This is to be held at Court House Farm Thursday, May 4th @ 8 pm. All are welcome.

Flowers and Cleaning Rota

April     Everyone for Easter please

May     Mrs C Scatcherd and Mrs S Evans

 

Lyonshall News

Decorating for Easter

Lyonshall church will be decorated for Easter on Saturday, April 15th from 10.00 am. Please come along to help or bring flowers and foliage. If you would like to give a lily in memory of a loved one, please contact Julie Green on 01544340307.

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 April 7th and Friday May 12th. Please note that the April date is the FIRST Friday of the month, and not the second. As the second Friday falls on Good Friday, we have decided to move it forward a week.

Fundraising news…

In February we raised £100 which was donated to Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford, and in March we supported Megan Baker House, Project Chrysalis with £120.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.

THE WHITTERN OPEN GARDENS 

Open gardens at the Whittern, Lyonshall on Sunday May 21st, from 2pm to 5pm.

By kind permission of Gio and Jo Hilditch, the beautiful garden at the Whittern will be open to showcase its Rhododendrons.

Also enjoy spectacular views, specimen trees, water features and garden sculpture.

Afternoon teas, ice creams, plant sale, stalls, Grand Raffle and Garden Tour available.

Parking/disabled access. £3.00 per person entry fee.

All proceeds to be shared in aid of Lyonshall Church, Midlands Air Ambulance and Haven Breast Cancer Hereford.

Pembridge News

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

The Village Quire and The Hound of the Baskervilles

Thank you to all who attended the above events. The Village Quire started the Christmas festival with a wonderful evening of traditional Christmas music and the Christmas season ended with an entertaining performance of the Hound of the Baskervilles by the Rain and Shine Theatre Company. We are very fortunate to have the space to be able to put on these performances and look forward to putting on a range of further performances throughout the year.

Annual Quiz Evening.

Thank you to the 13 teams that entered our quiz and congratulations to “The Mothers of Invention” team who were the winners at the end of an enjoyable evening. Thank you as well to all who helped, especially Meryl for setting the questions and to David for being quiz master, the barman and catering team. We hope to have made at least £300 which will help towards our annual costs.

ON SUNDAY, JULY 9TH, WESTONBURY MILL WATER GARDENS will be opening in aid of Pembridge Church 11 am to 5 pm.  Richard and Sally hope for a good turnout from Pembridge and the surrounding community as their special guests with all entrance fees put towards the maintenance of Pembridge’s beautiful ancient parish church.Last season Carol Klein and BBC Gardener’s World visited the Gardens – see the video clip on the website www.westonburymillwatergardens.com. This season the new caterer Caron Baker and her helpers will be running a refurbished cafe offering faster food at affordable prices.

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

PEMBRIDGE MOTHERS’ UNION

The April meeting will be our AGM at the home of Anthea Anderson, our branch leader, on Wednesday 26th at 2-30pm. In May we will go to Hergest Gardens on the 24th at 2-30pm, each at our own expense. Anyone interested in getting to know us or what we do is always welcome. Last year we were able to give £50 to the PCC for children’s Bibles as usual, if a little late. This year we have so far given £50 to our overseas fund and £50 to a crisis intervention fund. Very sincere thanks to our members and all who support our fund raising events in any way.

Janice Moore (Treasurer)

Readers.

April 2nd                              Communion       S Evans                 E Hardy

9th                                Palm Sunday      TBA                        TBA

16th                                Easter Sunday   TBA                        TBA

 

May 7th                               Communion       C or M Fothergill G Smith

21st                                Communion       J Pace                      L or M Boore

28th                               Songs of Praise TBA

June 4th                               Communion       A Anderson          C Price

Easter Lilies at St Mary’s, Pembridge

If you would like to have Easter Lilies in church in memory or dedicated to someone at Easter, please send donations to Joyce Williams (388303) or Gill Smith (388441) or money can be put  in The Lily Box at The Steppes, by 1st April, so that lilies can be ordered.

Pembridge WI

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month in Pembridge Village Hall at 7.00pm
April 12th Janet Stevens from ‘Herefordshire Talking Newspaper’ will be speaking to us.
May 10th will be a demonstration of Lino Cutting.
Reading Group will meet and we will be going ten-pin bowling after lunch at The Grove. Also we will meet up for tea/coffee cake and chat in The Steppes at 3.00pm on the last Tuesday of each month and may be a walk somewhere or even a train trip.
We welcome newcomers – contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.

Church – Bible Group

This will be held at Rose Cottage in Pembridge every Wednesday morning through Lent and then on Wednesday 3rd May and Wednesday 17th May. Time 10.00am. Contact Catherine on 01544 388279

POPPY APPEAL 2016

Thank you so much to everyone involved in raising a magnificent total of £3953.01 for the Poppy Appeal. Every year, I’m amazed by the generosity of our community and our contribution to the annual collection reflects the consistent support for this cause. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.

Sharon O’Hare Poppy Appeal Organiser

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

The church is having a bottle stall and book sale at the forthcoming food and flying festival. Any bottles or books you have would be most welcome. For more details please contact  Anne  Walker 01568 708712   Marcia Lynch Staunton 01568 708360.

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church: if you are able to help  for a week please contact Caroline Jones 01568 708043

Weddings

If you would like advice or information about flowers for your wedding please contact  Pearl Teale  01568 708725

Flower Festival  

Shobdon flower festival will take place on 30th September and !st October. In order to keep costs to a minimum we are hoping to use locally grown flowers. If you feel you could help by growing flowers please let us know. Suggestions of suitable flowers – Asters, Antirrhinum, Calendula, Cornflower, Dahlia, Echinacea. Grasses, Cosmos , Nigella, Penstemon, Sunflowers, Late sweet peas,  Vebena, Ammi  Alstromeria (from bulbs).

Food and Flying Festival

Plans for this year’s Shobdon Food and Flying Festival are gathering pace nicely.

On the food front, we have a great selection of food and drink producers, many of them new additions to the line up, coming to show off their skills and sell their produce. Similarly, we have more craft producers than ever joining us this year. We have a lot of attractions that we can’t yet announce, but we can confirm that Great British Bake Off star, Howard Middleton will be doing a cooking demonstration on both days of the Festival. Howard was a stand out star of series 4. In fact, with the show now switching to Channel 4, Howard had the very last word on the series on the BBC in last year’s Christmas special!

We are also thrilled to announce a musical extravaganza on the Friday night to get the Festival weekend off to a real swing. Starring ITV Central’s popular weather presenter, Des Coleman, we are hosting an evening with The Rat Pack. For the last 20 years, Des has travelled the world as part of a Rat Pack tribute act and Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Des, as Sammy Davis Jr, will be performing classic hits in a marquee on the showground. More information will be released later, so please keep across our website and social media pages and look out for posters soon!

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st and 2nd of July and, of course, on the evening of Friday the 30th of June…thin black ties optional!

Terry Teale Food Festival Founder

Bible studies

At the Group’s final meeting before Easter (20 March) we shall look at chapters 52 and 53 of the prophet Isaiah which are a description of the method by which Jesus would die and the agony involved in crucifixion.  There are two remarkable points about this: Jesus would have known of this prediction, and would have had to live knowing of the sacrifice He would eventually have to make; and, secondly, the prophecy was made some 500 years before it was fulfilled, and at a time when this Roman method of execution was unknown in Israel.  So, prophecies are fulfilled.

Prayer meetings

Some of us meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Methodist Chapel in Shobdon, 10.30am, to pray for particular people who are ill at home or in hospital, or for particular events in the Village.

A story about prayer

Dr Helen Roseveare spent more than 20 years as a missionary doctor in the Congo.  In her early years she worked at a clinic and orphanage.  She had been there almost four years when a mother died in labour, leaving behind a premature baby and a two year old girl.  With no electricity and no incubator it would be difficult to keep the new born baby warm.  The only available hot waater bottle burst when it was filled with water.  They were situated in the jungle, miles from anyone who could help.

Dr Helen shared the situation with the children and a 10-year-old girl named Ruth decided to pray.  Her prayer was so simple, “Please God, send us a hot water bottle.  It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.  And while you are about it, would you please send a dolly for the little girl, so she will really know you love her.”

The only way this prayer could be answered would be the arrival of a parcel from home, but Dr Helen had not received a single package in the four years she had been in the Congo.  Who, in their right mind would send a hot water bottle to the equator?

Later that afternoon a large parcel was delivered to Dr Helen’s door.  They found clothes, food and bandages in the parcel, and a brand new hot water bottle.  At the bottom of the parcel they found a doll for the little girl.  The parcel had been sent from England five months earlier!  The Bible says that before wecall God will answer (Isaiah 65.24).  Father God had heard this child’s prayer and had been answering it five months before the prayer was even prayed.  But when the prayer was prayed the result was stunning!

Jesus said: “Except you become like a little child you cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 18.3).  He does not mean us to be childish, rather, childlike in our simplicity, our trust and even our vulnerability.

(From “Prayer: How to Pray and Hear From God” by Michael Ross-Watson, with slight adaptations.)

John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

ST PETER’S CHURCH has been at the centre of life in this village for many hundreds of years. Whether you are a regular worshipper or not, this lovely building, and the pastoral care it generates, is a great asset from which we hope future generations will also be able to benefit. Unfortunately it now needs a new roof – an urgent and expensive priority. One avenue, which is being looked into by the PCC, is the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship. The joy of this programme is that it is not only designed to provide costs for vital repairs to the church, but also to encourage a wider range of people to take an interest in the place of Worship and to help care for it in the future. To tap into this opportunity, we need to find new ways for the wider community to use our Church and/or to provide new opportunities for people to find out about its heritage. In short this project is designed to benefit the whole community. We are extremely keen to hear from anybody who would be prepared to help us with this huge task. This might be in the form of feedback and ideas, an offer of financial support or a key commitment to look at all suggestions, and then help to deliver, an appropriate heritage project. There is plenty to consider, including our historic motte and bailey and cultural and tourism ideas which could be expanded upon.

We urge you to get behind this vital project, and are excited by the opportunities it could generate for the whole village and its outlying communities. Please, please get in touch with us by the middle of May to register your valuable support.

Sue Burleigh, 01544 267368

Jeremy Hewett, 01544 388764

Julia Jacobus, 01544 388223

For further information you can go to the website below:

www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/grants-places-worship-england

MILLENNIUM GARDEN.  Recent visitors the village’s Millennium Garden must have been very impressed by its greatly improved state. The board showing the panoramic view over the Arrow Valley has been replaced and the whole garden has been groomed and looks now, as it should. Sincere thanks are due to Liz and Roland Scott in taking the lead and performing much of the hard work involved. For those of you who are green fingered, help is still needed to maintain the garden in its prime condition.

STAUNTON ON ARROW VILLAGE HALL NOTICES:

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS. Hiring of the rooms at the Village Hall has now been taken over by Sandra Evans. She can be contacted on 01544 388742 or by e-mail at smpevans@hotmail.com

ANNUAL VILLAGE CLEAN-UP DAY on Saturday 29th April meeting at the Village Hall from 9am. There are plenty of jobs to be done, spring cleaning, windows, gutters, bramble cutting, moss sweeping!

Bring some tools with you if you can and get stuck in. We promise to have the kettle on and there might even be biscuits.

Please come along and support; villagers old and new, we need you!

VILLAGE HALL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday May 10th 7pm

Please come along – we would welcome support for our village asset.

Please note, from October 2017 the one pound coin will no longer be legal tender.

Our electricity meter will only accept £2 coins from this time, but you will be getting twice as much electricity. A bargain!

Staunton on Arrow WI for April and May 2017

We have had an excellent start to the year with our Annual Post Christmas Lunch in January held at the Kings House Pembridge, followed by very interesting meetings in February and March.  We welcomed a new member in February, Vicki Margetson, from Lyonshall.

Our meetings of 2017 continue with:

Wednesday 19 April                        Kurling

Wednesday 17 May                        Resolutions Night & Talk and Slides about Lower Brockhampton Manor with Malcolm Penny.

Hostesses                                       Judy Davies and Marion Weaver

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are welcome.  £4 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website, http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com I have recently updated the history section and if you can help out by dating any of the photos in the later or earlier sections I would be most grateful.

Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A

There was a good audience at the U3A March meeting for an interesting talk on Titanic – things you didn’t know. The next meeting is on Thursday 13th April, 2pm in the Kington Football Clubhouse. Laura Allwright will be speaking about her life as the “Flying Vet Nurse”. Come along to find out more. Members £1, Non-members welcome, £2, including refreshments. If you need more information contact the secretary on 01544 231401.
In May Duncan James is coming to talk about Timber Framed Houses of
Herefordshire, 16th to 18th Century. The meeting is on Thursday 11th
May, 2pm again in the Football Clubhouse.

 

February/March 2017 News

Byton News

Carol Service

This was very well attended as usual and followed the blessing of Clare and Jake’s marriage. The church looked beautiful and thanks must go to the hard working ladies. The service, taken by Stephen, was very atmospheric. The choir and Tim on the organ made for a very enjoyable Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Lyonshall News

Decorating for Christmas

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 and Tracey Kerr for setting it up, decorating it and taking it down!

Antiques Roadshow Evening

We would like to thank Tony and Tricia Hern and their family for hosting this very successful evening in The Barns at Upper House. Thanks to the expertise of Geoffrey Crofts and Roger Williams we were able to find out about the history etc of the items we took with us and they were also able to tell us how much the items were worth today – which was disappointing in a lot of cases, given the current antiques market. No millionaires were discovered that night and some people went away worth half what they had previously thought!!

We had a splendid Finger Buffet in lovely surroundings and it was a very enjoyable evening.

Thanks to the experts and everyone who helped in any way with the food and bar and setting up, etc. An excellent sum of £2100 was raised for church funds.

Titley Lunch

This year’s Lunch is on March 30th at Titley Village Hall starting with coffee at 10.30 am. The speaker this year is Derek Herbert and his talk will be “The Life and Times of Winston Churchill”. The talk will be at 11.30 am followed by lunch.

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

Join us at the Memorial Hall, Lyonshall, for our monthly Coffee Mornings every second Friday, between 10 and 12 noon.

The next two dates for your diaries are Friday February 10th and Friday March 10th.

Fundraising news…

In December we raised £150 which was donated to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, and in January we supported Age UK for older people with £80.

Thank you to everyone who supported us so generously throughout 2016, whilst enjoying a lovely sociable time at the same time. Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new.

Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good   cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Pembridge News

The Woodcock Fayre.

Thank you to all who attended the Woodcock Fayre. We raised just over £1000 so thank you for your support and to the additional stall holders who attended.

Annual Quiz Evening.

You are invited to join us for our Annual Quiz Evening on the 4th March, 7.30pm. Teams are made up of up to 6 members but if you haven’t got a full team we can make up teams on the night. Entry is £5 per person to include a light supper.

Moorcourt Film Show

The next film show at Moorcourt church will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017, 6.30 for 7.00 showing.  The film will be Brief Encounter.

Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine & nibbles in aid of St Mary’s church, Moorcourt.

As seating is limited, please prebook your tickets by contacting Clare or Eric on

01544 340345 or email:-  eandcprice@gmail.com

Tapestry .

The Tapestry Group continues to meet fortnightly.  At the moment we are working on making a Pembridge map with intricate embroidery stitches which we hope to display alongside the Pembridge Tapestry, currently on exhibition in Pembridge Church.  Coffee, cake, chat and friendship have a  important place at our meetings!  So even if you don’t sew you are still very welcome.  If you are interested in joining the group we meet at Staunton on Arrow Village Hall.  Please contact Gill Smith for the next meeting date. (01544388441)

Christmas Quiz

Congratulations to Liz Boore who won the quiz on Christmas Carols and Songs. Her entry was the only fully correct entry. If you want to check the answers they are on display in the church notice board by the shop.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

We are holding a Wedding and Country Living Fair at and in the grounds of Pembridge Church on 28th/29th May in which we will showcase many local businesses to help you plan your wedding or important event, together with ideas for wedding presents and fabulous things for your home.  We also hope to exhibit wedding dresses of local brides over the last 60 years with wedding photographs etc.  If you still have your wedding dress which has been carefully stored away for many years   – how about giving it an airing and let us display it in church on this weekend!

If you would like your business showcased at this event or have a wedding dress for our display please contact either Gill Smith on (01544388441) or Meryl Griffith on (01544340381) or email Gill on ianandgillian@googlemail.com

Readers.

Feb     5th        Communion                              Gill                   C or M Fothergill

19th      Communion                              L or M Boore     J Pace

26th      Family Service                          T Hollinghurst

March   5th        Communion                              C Price             A Anderson

19th      Communion                              R Scott             E Lynch

26th      Family Service                          Tim

April     2nd       Communion                              S Evans            E Hardy

9th        Palm Sunday                            TBA                  TBA

Mother’ Union

I wish to correct my mistake last month: our talk in November was of course on “Fair Trade” not free trade!!

The next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday February 22nd at Sheila and Marcus Jones home in Kington at 2.30. On March 22 Janice Moore will be hosting us for tea at the Steppes Cafe at 2.30.

March 26th is Mothering Sunday, a special date in our calendar. Lets celebrate our own mum with a ” Make a Mother’s Day” gift.  There are several catalogues available showing how we can help mothers in countries around the world to be at the heart of positive change. You can also order a gift and card by phone on 020 7227 0620 or online makeamothersday.org. Please order before 15th March in order to receive your card for your mother, or in remembrance of her, in time for Mothering Sunday.  You can still order after this date.

We hope many of our parishioners will feel this is a special way to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

Pembridge WI

For our February meeting we are having a craft afternoon(2pm) creating things from other things!

In March (an evening meeting – 7pm) we will be looking towards the Spring by hearing from Suzanne Evans about hanging baskets and borders.

The reading group will be meeting , we’ll also be ten-pin bowling and as the weather improves taking gentle ambles in the countryside.

Do join us at any of these, our meetings take place in Pembridge Village Hall on the 2nd Wednesday in the month.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279   c.fothergill@btinternet.com)

Shobdon News

FLOWERS

Thank you to all the flower arrangers who work so hard to enhance our beautiful church throughout the year. If you have an interest in flower arranging and feel that you would like to join the flower rota please contact Pearl Teale for more details 015678 708725

Flower Festival

Shobdon flower festival will take place on 30th September and !st October.Once again we are hoping to keep costs down by using locally grown flowers; if you feel you could help by growing some flowers please contact Marcia Lynch-Staunton 01568-708360, Anne Walker 01568 708712 More details of the flower festival will be announced later.

On Thursday 23rd March we will be welcoming children from  Class 1 to celebrate Mothering Sunday. The children will receive a small posy to present to their mothers.

The church is open every day and attracts many visitors.

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church, if you feel you can help for a week please ring  Caroline Jones   01568  708043

Forthcoming weddings 

For information  and advice about flower arrangements in church for your wedding please contact Pearl Teale 01568708725

Staunton on Arrow News

CHRISTMAS FAIR – was very well attended and £647 was raised. Thanks to everyone who contributed, ran the stalls and provided refreshments.

CHRISTMAS WHIST DRIVE – Very many thanks for the donation of £100 for St Peter’s Church.

SANTA’S VISIT TO STAUNTON-ON-ARROW – A big thank you to the coffee spot for supporting the event.

Staunton on Arrow WI for Feb and March 2017

At our Annual Meeting in November, Claire Burton and Alison Lord remained President and Secretary respectively.  Gill Busby takes office as our new Treasurer and we thanked Shirley Percy for standing in again after the sudden death of Ann Kent Phillips.  At the December meeting we welcomed Vicki our guest from Lyonshall and we amazed ourselves by producing stylish table decorations and wreaths under the capable direction of Pam Bufton.

Our first meetings of 2017 are:

Wednesday 15 February              My Great British Bake off Experience – Rosemary Thomas

Hostesses                                           Alison Lord and Barbara Morgan

Wednesday 15 March                  Hands on Decoupatch – Alison Baldwin (speaker at 7.30pm)   WI members only this month please.

Hostesses                                       Shirley Percy and Debbie Weaver

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are welcome.  £4 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website,http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com I have recently updated the history section and if you can help out by dating any of the photos in the later or earlier sections I would be most grateful.

Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A News

The next social meeting for Kington U3A is on Thursday 9th March, 2pm in the Kington Football Clubhouse. The speaker is Mike Watkins who will talk about The Titanic – Things You Didn’t Know. Non-members are welcome to attend this meeting. Many of the Interest Groups are continuing so consult your leaflet and contact the leaders for information. Please note that there is no social meeting in February. If you need more information contact the secretary on 01544 231401.

NATASHA GUTTMANN – ‘MY ANGLO-RUSSIAN FAMILY’Saturday 22nd April at Huntington Village Hall at 7.30 pm

Natasha Guttmann, who, with her husband Werner, have had a home in Huntington for 45 years,  will tell the remarkable story of her British great-grandparents arrival in Russia, in 1840.  She will tell of their success, as they helped build the early structure of Russia, as engineers and insurance brokers.

She will tell us of their comfortable lives, and inter-marriage and integration into Russian life and culture.  But their comfortable style ended with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.   Her parents, like scores of others, were forced to flee from Russia with just the clothes they stood up in. She will tell the story of her parents’ struggles as they fled to England and how they had to adapt to a strange land with little money and little English.  She will talk of being brought up in two cultures and the advantage of knowing two languages.

The illustrated talk will feature music anecdotes and humour, and the evening will be completed with wine and zakuski (Russian canapés) being served. This rare and remarkable talk, will likely remain in our memories for a very long time and should not be missed.

Apply via www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk for tickets on line, or telephone Fiona Shone on 01544 370391.

THE GLORY OF THE VOICE

Come-and-Sing Vivaldi’s “Gloria” in a choral day workshop on Saturday 4th March, led by Robert Evans (Music Director of Kington Choral Society, and member of The Sixteen) in St Andrew’s Church in Bredwardine HR3 6BU – the ‘Kilvert church’. All welcome.

Registration 9.30am for Workshop starting at 10am finishing with a sing-through around 4pm. Singers £12. Score hire for the day £2.

Book your place now on the KCS website www.kingtonchoral.org.uk, by text to 07968 044853 or email kingtonchoral@mail.com.

Weobley Theatre Goers

We have already been to see War Horse, but I have had a special request to go again. It is on its last tour and is such a good play – so much better than the film – that we can’t miss the opportunity. Our nearest theatre is the Bristol Hippodrome, so I reserved the tickets in March last year to get the best seats: in rows A and B in the circle and in rows O and P in the stalls. Now is the time to book your place, which many of you have already shown an interest in. We shall be going on Thurs 19 October to see the 2.30 performance, leaving Bell Square, Weobley at 10.00am, which should give you nearly 2 hours to have lunch or walk around the area. Please note: Bristol Hippodrome is not so easy to access with the coach nowadays, as there is limited parking in front of the theatre, so you may need to be able to walk 40-50 yards or so from the drop-off point, which may be outside the theatre or in Prince Street. The theatre itself does NOT have a lift, but only a circular staircase, so please bear this in mind too- stall seats may be easier for you. Cost will be £63 including the coach.  Please book early to avoid disappointment, stating whether you prefer stalls or circle, and pay within 2 weeks of reserving your seat before 18 May.

I have also reserved seats for Crazy For You, starring Tom Chambers at Cardiff Millennium Theatre for Thurs 7 September. Songs by Gershwin and lots of lovely dancing. Details of this will be in the March magazines.

Our next trip is on 9 March, when we shall be going to Birmingham to see Billy Elliot. The coach is leaving Weobley at 9.30 for the 2.00pm performance, so please be at Bell Square by 9.15.

Our last trip of the season is to see Funny Girl on 10 May. This is now booked, but let me know if you would like to go on the cancellation list for this or Billy Elliot as sometimes people are unable to go at the last minute. (This, therefore, requires being able to go at very short notice.)

For further information: Kate Best 01544 318513     bobkatebest@tiscali.co.uk

Knitting and Crochet Classes

The knitting and crochet classes started again in January, but if you would like to learn you can still join us. The classes cost £35 for the term (or pro rata) with the money going to Community Wheels and are held at my house in Weobley. These are classes for complete beginners, for those of you who have tried to crochet and given up (it’s much easier with someone to show you how!) or for those of you who wish to learn how to finish a garment/add in colours/make buttonholes/pick up stitches easily etc.

If you are interested, please email Kate Best bobkatebest@tiscali.co.uk or ring 01544 318513

 

December 2016/January 2017 News

The Rural Dean Writes…

I’ve often complained – I can be very boring and predictable when I set my mind to it – about the way in which the run-up to Christmas starts earlier and earlier every year. In fact, I was whingeing in a Sunday sermon weeks ago that when I was on retreat in the Lake District, the local garden centre was in the middle of setting up its Christmas Displays – IN SEPTEMBER!!!

Of course, in recent years one of the key indicators of the impending arrival

of Christmas is the appearance on our TV screens of the Christmas adverts, but, in a new departure, we’re not even having to wait for them to appear on the TV as they now get launched on the interwebthingy long before they’re screened on the telly. Thus, almost unbelievably, we had leaks and trailers and teasers about the John Lewis Christmas ad weeks ago, the other day

I spotted an exclusive showing of Sainsbury’s offering, and this morning

I stumbled across one for an airline featuring two teddy bears at an airport coming home for Christmas…

Am I alone in wondering what’s going on when the launch of a Christmas TV ad for a major retailer is almost as eagerly anticipated as the Festival itself?

And when the ad itself is considered a major part of the celebrations?

Is this yet another symptom of a world going mad?

There’ve been plenty of those this year…and I suppose this is a fairly minor one in the overall scheme of things…but really???!!!

Though, come to think of it, perhaps I shouldn’t be quite so dismissive of these early signs of Christmas…after all, God’s people were being prepared for the very first Christmas for hundreds and hundreds of years.

For centuries, God had been telling his people, through the words of his servants the prophets, that the day was coming when he would step into the world in a new way, a different way, an earth-changing, life-changing way.

God was running leaks and trailers and teasers for centuries, gradually revealing more and more of his plans for the Big Day and what it would look like when it came. The Season of Advent (that’s Advent, not Advert) reminds us of those leaks and trailers and teasers – though we usually call them prophecies. In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, Christians everywhere think about the way in which God prepared his people for the coming of the Messiah, the Saviour, and in turn, we’re encouraged to make our own preparations for the annual celebration of his coming – not only by sending cards, buying presents, putting up decorations and organising the food –

but also by reminding ourselves of the reasons for his coming – to proclaim afresh God’s love for humanity and to save a bruised and broken world.

Christmas means so many different things to so many different people,

but at its heart it’s still about the birth of Jesus Christ

and the love, forgiveness, reconciliation, hope he brought into the world.

And that’s got to be worth advertising at any time of year, hasn’t it?

A Happy and Blessed Christmas to Everyone!

Stephen          

 

Lyonshall News

Lyonshall Church Draw

 Latest winners are :-

Verity Sargeant

Thomas Donaldson

Monica Eckley

Neil Morris

Margaret Jones

Remembrance Sunday

Once again, Anthony Mills presided over a most moving Service which was attended by a congregation of 46. The Roll of Honour was read by Captain (retired) Peter Broadbent and Flanders Fields was read by Jane Burgoyne. In part of his most enjoyable address , Anthony told us about the bravery of the Vicar of Lyonshall between 1957 and 1971, the Rev G A Worsop-Hyde, MA, MC . As a 2nd Lieutenant with the Kings Rifle Corps he was awarded the Military Cross at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 “For conspicuous gallantry. While creeping out to attack an enemy working party he met an enemy patrol, which he opened fire on at very close range. Finally his own party came under heavy fire and suffered casualties. He brought in one wounded man, and then organised a relief party which brought in the remainder”. Subsequently he became an ‘Air Ace’ in the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force) shooting down 5 enemy aircraft. He left the RAF in 1919 to return to his academic studies and to train for the priesthood like his father. Several in the congregation remembered him well and conversation after the Service contained many reminiscences.

Sincere thanks also go to those who kindly prepared the the very beautiful and appropriate flower displays.

Flags

This Remembrance Sunday was a first for Lyonshall. Previously we  of have flown the Union Jack but this year we flew a special Remembrance Flag which has kindly been gifted to us by Major (retired) John Quinton-Adams. John is responsible for the wonderful display and research about those we honour and he has also produced the ‘poppy crosses’ in the Garden of Remembrance which are now such an important part of our Service.

In addition, John has also given us a flag of the Diocese of Hereford as well as a halyard to make it easier for us to raise and lower flags as required. The Diocesan flag is a red St Georges Cross on a white background with the Coat of Arms of the Hereford Diocese emblazoned in one quarter.

Thank you John for your hard work and generosity.

Christmas Services

As we are in a Vacancy and dependent upon Priests from outside the area, Christmas Services are at slightly different times than usual so please make a note:-

Carol Service – 6pm December 18th.          Crib & Christingle – 3pm Christmas Eve.   Nearly Midnight Communion – 9pm Christmas Eve.        Holy Communion – 9.30am Christmas Day

Church decorating

Please come along on Friday December 16th from 10.00 am to decorate the church for Christmas.

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 the Christmas special on Friday December 9th, with a few added extras of Festive fun and then on into next year, Friday January 13th, 2017.

Fundraising news…

In October we raised £120 which was donated to The Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets. In November we supported the Silver Line Helpline for older people with £140.Thank you to everyone who supported us so generously again.

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new. Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Pembridge News

PEMBRIDGE WI

We meet on the 2nd Wednesday every month in the village Hall

The December meeting (14th) will be in the afternoon and will be a Christmas Party.

On January 11th we will be meeting in The New Inn for lunch.

The 2017 Programme will be ready for January.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279

Harvest Service.

Thank you to all who contributed at the Harvest Service. The food is being donated to the Kington Food Bank and the collection from both Pembridge and Moorcourt has been sent to Tear Fund and R.A.B.I.

The Fallen 1917.

Below is a list of members of Pembridge Parish who died in action during 1917. There will be a tolling of the bell at 11-00am on the anniversary of their death.

Joseph Dykes 17/2/17

Walter Reginald Hart 12/12/17
George Thomas James 26/08/17
James Jones 19/8/17
Henry James Jones 1/11/17
Stanley William Pinches 10/7/17
John James Prater 11/6/17
William Thomas 4/5/17
Albert William Williams 5/5/17

The Woodcock Fayre.

Thank you to all who attended the Woodcock Fayre. Details relating to the day will be in the next magazine.

The Village Quire.

We Know by the Stars’  The Village Quire and actor, Phil Smith imagine a Christmas long before the telly; long before the marketing of Christmas as a gigantic commercial ‘bean feast’.  In every farmstead, in every village, dwellers would have celebrated the festive season with music and song; with dancing and feasting.  Stories would have been told by candlelight by those gathered around the fire and a draught would have been drunk from the wassail bowl to toast the season.

This Christmas The Village Quire and actor Phil Smith bring you songs and stories of wonders and wassailing, of miracles and mirth; rousing West Gallery anthems and intimate festive miniatures to melt your heart – an older Christmas, more stark, more true; glimpsed in the glimmering light of candle flames.

 The Village Quire: ‘… a blend of mustard strong songs and tale-telling to fill the heart.  Loved it, thank you!’  Adrian Mealing UK Touring

The Rain and Shine Company Present “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

FOUR ACTORS – ONE MYSTERY – NO CLUE

Sherlock Holmes set to visit local community venues this Christmas season in “The Hound of The

Baskervilles”

Famed for their Shakespeare summer season UK tours, professional Gloucester based Rain or Shine

Theatre Company are delighted to be on tour again this Christmas season with a unique adaptation of

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale which is booked into community venues across the UK ranging

from a stately home to village halls .Meet the world’s most famous of detective, Sherlock Holmes, as

he is called upon to solve the greatest mystery of all time… that of The Hound of the Baskervilles,

for a light hearted evening of mystery, comedy and suspense, transporting you from 221b Baker

Street to the wilds of Dartmoor in search of who, or what, dunnit !Set in authentic Victorian costume,

with a cast of four playing a whole host of characters, Rain or Shine are sure to delight and enchant

those new to the tale, and those who already know it.

The tour includes a ‘one night only’ performance in St Mary’s Church, Pembridge on Friday 6th January at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £10.00 (child £6.00) are available from 01544 340381, 01544

388279 or from the Rain Or Shine credit card hotline: 03306 600541, e-mail

tickets@rainorshine.co.uk or online via www.rainorshine.co.uk.

Carols by Candlelight

December 18th at Pembridge Church at 4.00pm.

Readers.

Dec      4th        Communion      A Anderson       C Price

18th      Carol Service    TBA

24th      Christmas Eve   TBA

25th      Christmas Day  TBA

2017

Jan       15th      Communion      E Hardy            S Pim

22nd     Family Service  T Hollinghurst

29th      Group Service   C or R Barclay   C or M Fothergill

Feb      5th        Communion      L or M Boore     J Pace

Mother’s Union

We have all been very glad to welcome our new member Gwen Cox, from Shobdon to our Mothers Union. We already have a member living in Staunton on Arrow, Sandra Evans and are therefore covering more of the Arrowvale group, which is very pleasing. In October we were entertained by Rev. John Beesley showing us some beautiful slides of North India, including fascinating architecture. In November we shall have had a talk from Linda McKinley on ” Free Trade” with the opportunity to buy varied items and cards.
In December we shall have a celebratory Christmas lunch together, the date still to be arranged. There will be no meeting in January. If you are wondering what MU is all about, there are some leaflets in Pembridge Church explaining the objectives of the MU and also giving an idea of the various projects our Hereford Diocese is involved with.  We wish all our families and parishioners in the Arrowvale Group a very happy Christmas.
Anthea Anderson

Shobdon News

Travelling Crib

The travelling crib will begin its journey in December. Travelling with the crib will be a story book and carol sheets.

As the crib goes round, each household may keep a sheep from the flock to remind them of their visit. They then pass the crib to the next family on the list. On Christmas Eve at 3.00.p.m. there will be a crib service where we invite everyone to bring their sheep to church to re-unite it with the flock. We hear a simple retelling of the Christmas story and sing a few traditional carols together.

If you would like to host the crib for a night please contact

Cerian Stokes 01568 709293 cerianstokes@yahoo.co.uk

Christmas Draw

Shobdon Stores have kindly offered to  organize  a Christmas Draw for Church funds. There are many Christmas prizes  including a hamper, a box of fruit and vegetables and a Christmas cake. Tickets are available at the shop.

Carol service

The carol service will take place on 11th December at 4.00.pm. Mince pies will be served after the service.

Altar Frontal

After much planning, we now have a beautiful altar frontal. Our thanks to everyone who contributed and to Croft Design for working with us to produce the design.

Bible studies

At present, we are continuing to look at the writings of the prophet Jeremiah, studies having been interrupted by ill health.  The new year’s subject has yet to be agreed – if you would like to study with us, come and have your say!

At Christmas time, it is very easy to overlook what the Bible says about about the birth of Jesus, it’s reason and it’s meaning.  In John’s Gospel, chapter 3 and verse 16 we read: God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  Did you realise that?  Quite a Christmas present!

Prayer meetings

Prayer meetings happen on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Methodist chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30 in the morning, and they last about an hour.  The prayers have centered on the needs of each part of the parish, but particularly on the sick.  We have found it remarkable how often sick people prayed for get better, and we are convinced that this is not just coincidence, but an example of God’s power – it happens too often for them all to be luck or coincidence.  If you have a person or a situation in need of prayer, please let me know.  What is prayed for is entirely confidential, and does not become part of a gossip chain.                        John Andrews, 01568 708277.

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton on Arrow WI

By the time you read this we will have had our November Annual meeting and will have elected our committee for 2017 and our officers.  We would like to thank all who supported the Harvest Supper in October and were totally amazed by the fantastic Lofty Magic!   Our final meeting in the year is below:

 

Wednesday 14 December              Christmas meeting with Pam Bufton.  (Change from the published programme)

Hostesses                                           The committee

No meeting January 2017, but we will be having our usual post-Christmas Sunday lunch outing for members and partners.

First meeting in 2017 will be on Wednesday 15 February.

Our lunch club is continuing to be well supported and in the last two months we have lunched at the Tram Eardisley and at the Hickory Stick Leominster, preceded by an hour of Ten Pin Bowling!

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

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 34025

A DAY OF BRIDGE held in October raised £690. Thanks go to Claire Burton for organising the occasion and to all those who helped with food and refreshments, and the raffle.

HARVEST FESTIVAL was well attended. Thanks to everyone who decorated the church with such wonderful seasonal arrangements.

CHRISTMAS FAIR – Saturday 10th December 2016. This will be held in the village hall from 11am so put this date in your diary for buying all those special presents. Stalls include Bric-a-brac, cakes, preserves, Christmas gifts and plants. Admission is free and festive refreshments will be available. Please deliver any contributions to the Village Hall on Friday 9th Dec between 5pm & 6pm.

SANTA’S VISIT TO STAUNTON-ON-ARROW

Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations on Thursday 15th December 2016. The event starts at 5pm in the Village Hall. There will be refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies – something for everyone. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 6pm.

FAMILY CAROL SERVICE at St Peter’s Church will be held on 18th December 2016 at 11am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

FRIENDS OF ST THOMAS A BECKET CHURCH, HUNTINGTON

Susi Rice filled the church with her account of the life as  a Jewish refugee in the Second World War.    People came from across Powys and  the whole of Herefordshire to hear how the threat of Nazism drove her family from Berlin to Tehran and how after returning to Berlin they narrowly escaped –  first to Italy then to England. She described the remarkable refugee boarding school which she and her sisters attended and how they have remained close throughout the successes, joys and tribulations of their adult lives and the lives of the next generation.

A large party followed the talk with  80 or so people enjoying good wine and canapés, kindly provided by the ladies of the Friends of St. Thomas.  This is the last event for the year of the Friends and thanks to people’s great generosity, well over £13,000 has now been raised for the welfare of the church.

Kington U3A

On 10th November about 40 of us were treated to a lightning tour of 500 years of history and the rise of the Mortimer family by Philip Hume, covering 17 locations, 17 castles from Wigmore to Ludlow, 15 churches and much more.  Philip showed how widespread the Mortimers’ influence became. From their arrival with the Normans, by the time of the Domesday Book (1086) the Mortimers already owned properties in 12 counties from Yorkshire to Hampshire, with their main power base in Herefordshire and south Shropshire.  Running us through their expansion and consolidation over the centuries through wars then judicious marriages, Philip showed us how their influence had impact not just in the Marches but on a national scale, eventually marrying into the royal line, and tracing right through to our present day monarchy. He illustrated his talk with photos of some of the places and artefacts which can be seen today not far away at all.  Philip’s new book “On the Trail of the Mortimers” was available and one will be a prize in our Christmas raffle.

Kington U3A’s next social meeting will be our Christmas party on 8th December at 2p.m. in the Football Club, Mill Street, Kington, when we will be entertained by Kington Community Choir with seasonal songs. Do come and join in the fun. As usual everyone will be welcome. Cost is £1 for members, £2 for visitors which includes refreshments. If you need more information please contact our secretary on 01544 231401 or http://sitekreator.com/kington-u3a/

 

Oct/Nov 2016 News

The Rural Dean Writes…

Ah! The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is now well upon us!

The leaves are turning, the roads are jammed with combines and tractors,

the swifts are long gone and the late-brooding swallows have their bags packed,

there’s definitely an autumnal feel about the countryside and it’s time to dig out the Harvest Thanksgiving Services again…

I’ve always loved Harvest, and one of my earliest memories is of attending the Harvest Thanksgiving Service at Holy Trinity Church, Gee Cross, on the outskirts

of Manchester, and being absolutely transfixed by the sights and scents around me in the beautifully decorated church.

(Even today, the perfume of chrysanthemums takes me back there in an instant!)

And I’ve always loved the great traditional Harvest hymns too –

Come, Ye Thankful People Come, Praise, O Praise Our God and King,

To Thee, O Lord, Our Hearts We Raise and We Plough The Fields and Scatter.

Having said that, they’re all pretty hard work to sing, and by the time I’ve done anything between five and ten Harvest services, even I am getting a bit fed up of (vocally) ploughing the fields and scattering!

In recent years, however a newer, gentler, Harvest hymn has taken its place alongside these great old “tub-thumpers”. We usually sing it to the tune of

All Through the Night (Ar hyd y nos for the Welsh speakers). It was written in 1970 by a hymn writer for whom I have a great admiration called Fred Pratt Green.

The first verse sounds a fairly traditional Harvest note…

For the fruits of his creation, thanks be to God;

For his gifts to every nation, thanks be to God;

For the ploughing, sowing, reaping,

Silent growth while we are sleeping,

Future needs in earth’s safe keeping,

Thanks be to God.

But the second verse brings a pointed new theme to our Harvest observance…

In the just reward of labour, God’s will is done;

In the help we give our neighbour, God’s will is done;

In our world-wide task of caring

For the hungry and despairing,

In the harvests we are sharing,

God’s will is done.

Here Fred gently reminds us that the Harvest God gives to the world is ours

to share, and that we all have a responsibility to care and provide for those

less fortunate than ourselves.

Every time we turn on the TV or radio or read the newspapers at the moment,

we are bombarded with pictures and articles about hungry, despairing refugees seeking safety and a better life in Europe.

The simple challenge I want to set before us all in Autumn 2016 is this…

How can we share our Harvest with them…?

Stephen         

 

Byton News

Harvest Festival

This year we are joining Kinsham Church for the Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 23rd and the Lunch in the Arkwright Hall.

Everyone  welcome

Phone 01544 267469 / 267430 for further details

 

Remembrance Day

There will be a short service in the church on Friday, November 11th starting at 10.50am

 

Cleaning & Flower Rota

November  Mrs L Weaver & Mrs M Edwards

 

Carol Service

This will take place on Monday, Dec 19th at 7pm.

 

Lyonshall News

 FINANCIAL APPEAL

Thank you for the most generous response to our Appeal and apologies for the lack of clarity in what to do with the stamped addressed envelopes.

Although the Appeal is still open for one off donations and Bankers Order donations, Pat and Anthony, the Churchwardens, on behalf of the PCC, would like to express their gratitude to all those who have responded so promptly to our need for funds. Support from our Congregation has been great but, it was also very heartening to find that almost one half of the donations came from Parishioners who are from outside the regular Church community. Thank you all and God Bless.

So far, one off donations of over £4,000 have been received together with further ongoing Bankers Orders of approximately £1,900 per annum.  Together, a magnificent sum of nearly £6,000. This shows how important the Church is to the Village and it will ensure we are able to pay all our running costs this year.

If you have not yet donated and wish to do so please contact me or one of the Churchwardens whose contact details are shown in the centre pages.

Ron Addis, Hon. Treasurer 01544 340261.

Antiques Evening

 We are holding an Antiques Evening in The Barns at Lyonshall, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs A Hern, on Wednesday November 30th at 7.00 pm. Tickets are £20 and will be available from PCC members and will include a glass of wine and a Finger Buffet.

We would like you to bring along items of interest which will be talked about and valued by Mr Geoff Crofts and Mr Roger Williams from Brightwells.

 Draw Winners

Latest winners of the Lyonshall Church Draw are:-

Mr and Mrs Pollock

Mrs A Wilkes

Mrs S Hughes

Mr A Burgoyne

Mr M Waygood

Decorating the Church for Christmas

This will take place on Friday, December 16th from 10.00 am. Please come along to help.

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 October 14th and Friday November 11th.

Fundraising news…

In August we raised £120, which was donated to Children with Cancer UK.

In September we raised a magnificent total of £350 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who supported us so generously with donations for this worthwhile cause and to Suzanne, Kathy, Jane and Angie for maximum baking effort!

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.

Appeal Letter

Pembridge News

 Dates for the Diary.

Fete.

Thank you to all who attended and helped with the fete. It was a successful and enjoyable afternoon which raised £1000 toward the cost of managing our church.

Harvest Services.

There will be a choice of Harvest celebrations within the Pembridge parish this Autumn. Moorcourt will be holding their Harvest Festival on the 6th October 7.00pm. This will be followed by an auction of the donated produce and a Ploughman’s supper at Moorcourt Farm.

The Harvest Festival service in Pembridge will be on October 23rd at 11.00am. Donations of non- perishable food will be collected and taken to one of the local food banks after the service. The supper will be on the previous evening at Pembridge Village Hall, 7.30pm. Posters giving full details will be displayed nearer the time.

Coffee Morning. – The Pembridge Map.

Our final Coffee Morning of the year will be on 8th October, 10.30am at Rose Cottage, Pembridge.

The Tapestry Group will be displaying it’s current piece of work which is a Map of Pembridge in stitches.

Coffee and cakes will be available and there will be a Bring and Buy stall.

The Woodcock Fayre.

There will be a Woodcock Fayre in church on the 19th November from 10.30 am – 3.00pm. There will be a Food stall, Bottle stall, Christmas stall, Craft stall, Childrens’ tombola, raffle and competitions plus other stalls offering a range of locally produced items.  Refreshments will be served all day including home-made soup over the dinner time period.

Pembridge Parish Christian Aid.

This year’s collection raised £467.31, which includes a £50 donation from the Staunton coffee spot. Many thanks to all who collected and all who gave.

We could do with more collectors, as those we have are not getting any younger, and there are still a few roads and hamlets we don’t have anyone to cover. I have met many lovely, friendly and generous people through collecting so can recommend it.

As far as I know, Pembridge and Shobdon are the only parishes in the group where a collection takes place. If you live in one of the others and would like to start one next year just call me; I can give you the contact details you will need.

Best wishes,

Janice Moore – 01544 387926

The Hound of the Baskervilles. – 6th January 2017.

The Rain and Shine theatre company will be performing in Pembridge again, with their production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. These performances are always a good evenings’ entertainment so put the date in your diaries now. Further details about obtaining tickets will be circulated, so look out for the posters nearer the time.

Readers.

 

Oct 2nd Communion R Scott E Lynch
16th Communion S Pim E Hardy
23rd Family Service T Hollinghurst
Nov 6th Communion C or M Fothergill C or R Barclay
13th Remembrance Sunday TBA
20th Communion J Pace L or M Boore
27th Family Service Gill Smith
Dec 4th Communion A Anderson C Price

Pembridge WI meet every second Wednesday usually in the Village Hall.

On Wed.12th October at 7.00pm we will be hearing from Anne Cummings about handwriting and Anne will be analysing some of ours.

Wed. 9th November will be our annual meeting to elect the committee for 2017 and we will also be hearing from  ‘Cross Road Care’. This will be at 6.30pm.

A visit to The Spaceguard Centre near Knighton is being arranged. We will be ten-pin bowling and our reading group will be meeting.

We warmly welcome visitors to our meetings.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.

Shobdon News

 Concert

Hereford Rail Male Voice choir will be singing in Church on Saturday 8th October.

Tickets cost £10 to include a glass of wine. Contact Anne Walker 01568708712

Marcia Lynch Staunton  01568708360

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 16th October at 4.00 pm.

Refreshments will be served in church after the service.

If anyone would like to help decorate the church for harvest please contact Pearl Teale Tel: 01568708754

Coffee Mornings

After much discussion it has been decided that we will no longer be holding the monthly coffee mornings. The last coffee morning will be held on 8th October.

Bible studies

In the studies up until Christmas, we shall be looking at the book of the prophet Jeremiah.  He lived and worked in Jerusalem after that city had been captured and ruined in 586BC by the Babylonians, and a majority of the inhabitants had been enslaved in Babylonia.  Jeremiah foretold the return of the Israelites to their country; the coming of Jesus; and the final destruction of Jerusalem, yet to be fulfilled.

Jeremiah is one of the longest books in the Bible, and we shall not be covering it in detail, rather looking at the structure and the history to provide a skeleton for further reading at home.

Prayer meetings

Prayer meetings happen on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Methodist chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30 in the morning, and they last about an hour.  The prayers have centered on the needs of each part of the parish, but particularly on the sick.  We have found it remarkable how often sick people prayed for get better, and we are convinced that this is not just coincidence, but an example of God’s power – it happens too often for them all to be luck or coincidence.  If you have a person or a situation in need of prayer, please let me know.  What is prayed for is entirely confidential, and does not become part of a gossip chain.                        John Andrews, 01568 708277.

Staunton on Arrow News

HOG ROAST AT STAUNTON HOUSE. This village event was widely enjoyed and well attended (despite the weather!). It yielded a modest profit of over £650. Special thanks are due to our hosts, Richard and Rosie Bowen, for the use of their premises, Debbie Weaver for the provision of a vegetarian option, the WI for the provision of puddings served by Sandra Evans, the bar and PA staff, and all those who helped with the erection and dismantlement of the site – you know who you are!

A DAY OF BRIDGE has been organised for Saturday 8th October 2016 starting at 10am in the Village Hall. Tickets are £15 and include coffee, lunch and tea, and are obtainable from Claire Burton at Old Court Farm Tel:  01544 388434

CHRISTMAS FAIR – Saturday 10th December 2016. This will be held in the village hall from 11am so put this date in your diary for buying all those special presents.

CRIB SERVICE & SANTA’S VISIT TO STAUNTON-ON-ARROW

Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations on Thursday 15th December 2016. The event starts at 5pm in the Village Hall taking children and adults through the Nativity theme, and onwards to Church for the Crib Service. There will be refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies – something for everyone. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 6pm.

FAMILY CAROL SERVICE at St Peter’s Church will be held on 21st December 2014 at 11am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

Staunton on Arrow WI

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting members from the new WI in Weobley at our August meeting, and some of our own members had a trip to the Elgar Birthplace Museum at Broadheath, preceded by lunch, during the same month.

Autumn is beckoning and thoughts turn to the Harvest Supper.  This will be on Friday 14 October in the hall at £10 for adults and £5 for under 12’s.  Tickets will be on sale from the Coffee Spot or from our Acting Treasurer Shirley Percy.

Our meetings for the next two months are as follows:

Wednesday 19th October                   Empowering through Colour                                      Lisa Fisher

Hostesses:  Gill Busby & Sandra Evans

Wednesday 16th November                    Annual Meeting followed by Dress a Child Around the World                                 Gill Clements & Gill Harnett

Hostesses:  Sarah Westaby & TBA

At our Annual Meeting we shall be reviewing our WI year and electing our committee for the next 12 months.

Our lunch club visited the Ludlow Food Centre and the Westonbury Water Gardens cafe over the last two months.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

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

Alison Lord        Minutes Secretary            01544 340256

9th Annual Huntington Chase

Saturday 15 October 2015

Ride a horse, run, walk or cycle for fun over 11k. course

Start 12 noon at the Village Hall Huntington

Taking in Hergest Ridge and finishing at the Swan Inn for refreshments

Enroll from 11am; £10 entry including light buffet, children free (to be accompanied)

All proceeds to local charity

Contact Peter Kelly on 01544 370266 or email peterbkelly642@hotmail.com

Riders must carry own PL insurance Prizes and fancy dress encouraged

 

Kington U3A

Kington U3A’s next social meeting will be on 13th October at 2p.m. in the Football Club, Mill Street, Kington, when Julia Roche will talk to us about diabetes. On 10th November we will be hearing from Philip Hume on the History of the Mortimer Family. As usual everyone will be welcome. Cost is £1 for members, £2 for visitors which includes refreshments. If you need more information please contact our secretary on 01544 231401 or http://sitekreator.com/kington-u3a/

The Pembridge Map
Our final Coffee Morning of the year will be on 8th October, 10.30am at Rose Cottage, Pembridge. The Tapestry Group will be displaying its current piece of work which is a Map of Pembridge in stitches. Coffee and cakes will be available and there will be a Bring and Buy stall.

 

 

August/September News

The Rural Dean writes

Friday June 24th was the day when, if we are to believe the politicians and commentators, The United Kingdom changed for ever.

It changed for ever because the outcome of the referendum means that we are soon to begin the process of leaving the European Union.

Many are delighted with the referendum result, but pretty much equally as many are distressed by it. However, the people have spoken, and our country must now move on into a new, uncharted and, by almost common consent, uncertain future.

Whichever way they voted I think most people would agree that the “debate” leading up to the vote was not always the most edifying of spectacles.

There were times when it deteriorated into the worst kind of “yah-boo” politics, with those on opposing sides slagging each other off, launching personal attacks on each other, and making outrageous claims and accusations against their opponents. There were times when, sadly, the plight of refugees,

the hopes and dreams of migrants and even the appalling murder of an MP,

Jo Cox, were used as ammunition in the fight to gain the upper hand.

There were also times when, as I heard one commentator put it, it was very difficult for those of us looking on to know whose lies to believe.

But all that is in the past now.

The sun still came up the morning after the vote, even if it shone on a very different Britain. Life goes on, and will go on, and, as one wise friend said to me, We will find a way through…we always do.

The tricky bit is going to be moving on together.

Whatever else the vote results showed, they showed that the United Kingdom has never been less united.

As a people, this vote split us right down the middle, and if we are to find a way through – as we must – then there is an awful lot of healing of wounds and divisions to be done.

I believe it is vitally important that all people of faith in our country pray for healing, reconciliation and unity in the weeks and months ahead.

I believe it is vitally important that all people in our country – of faith or not – put the past behind us, reach out to friends, neighbours, colleagues who were on “the other side”, and determine to work together for the better future we all hope for – for everyone.

Whatever we might think about the referendum result, we are where we are.

We won’t get to where we want to be unless we go there together.
May this be our prayer and our aim…
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. Amen
Stephen

Byton News

BBQ

Our annual BBQ is taking place in the churchyard following the 11.00am combined service on August 7th.

PCC Meeting

There is a PCC meeting at Court House Farm on Wednesday Sept. 14th @ 8pm.

Flowers and Cleaning Rota

August  Everyone please for the BBQ and Service

September  Mrs D Stevenson

Lyonshall News

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw

Latest winners are:-

Gill Cowling

Astrid McBride

Teresa and Philip Thomas

Rocky Lloyd

EMac
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 August 12th and Friday September 16th. Please note that the September date is a week later and actually the third Friday of this month. This is to tie in with the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Fundraising news…

In June we raised £100, which was dedicated to two charities; RNLI and Guide Dogs UK, which were close to the heart of our dear friend Deirdre Thompson. Sadly Deirdre passed away in June and she will be greatly missed by us all at Lyonshall Coffee Mornings.She always supported us generously and enthusiastically from the onset.

In July we raised £60 which was donated to Myeloma UK.

Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support.
Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new. Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

This year the Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held at Lyonshall Memorial Hall on Friday September 16th from 10 am.
Refreshments, preserves, produce, cake stall, raffle and much more. Please come along and support this event to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Lyonshall Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival will be held in the church at 11.00 am on October 2nd. It will be followed by Lunch in the Memorial Hall and a short Auction of Promises. Please put the date in your diaries – this is always a popular and enjoyable event.
Ride and Stride

In aid of Historic Churches and Chapels.

This national event takes place on Saturday, September 10th 2016. Cycle or walk between the churches in your area.
Half of the sponsorship you raise goes to the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, half to the church of your choice.
To find out more go to www.herefordhistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/ride.

To participate call your local organiser Anthony Mills 01544 340285.

Pembridge News

Fete

The Church Fete will take place at the church on August 6th, 2.30pm. We will be looking for all the usual donations of cakes, books, produce etc. which can be left in the church the previous week or brought in on the morning. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be activities to suit both old and young. Please support us if you can.
Table Top Sale in Kington Market on Sat.24th Sept 10am-4pm

If you would like a table for £10 for the day contact Catherine Fothergill (01544 388279. c.fothergill@btinternet.com)
We will be collecting clothes, bric-a-brac, books etc. in the church the week before the 24th.
Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper will be on the 29th October 7.30pm in the village hall. A hot supper will be served followed by a selection of delicious puddings.

Tickets will be priced at £10.00

Please book your ticket from any PCC member.
Food Bank

There is a basket at the back of the church in which you can donate food which will be distributed to our local food banks. Unfortunately there is a large demand for this service so if you can help please do.
Don’t forget to go for a cream tea

In the church, every Sunday afternoon, 3.30pm – 5.30pm,  until September.
Readers.

Aug Group Communion Gill Smith

Sept 4th Communion L or M Boore J Pace

18th Communion C Price A Anderson

25th Family Service ?

Oct 2nd Communion R Scott E Lynch
Pembridge WI meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall at 7.00pm. The August meeting will be our own bi-annual competition of crafts, produce and cookery.

In September one of our own members, Linda Lynn and her son will be entertaining us with a talk on an exciting expedition.

The book group will be meeting and we will be ten-pin bowling.

We welcome visitors to our meetings.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388 279  c.fothergill@btinternet.com
Pembridge History Group
At the recent AGM there were no nominations for chairman or secretary. It was agreed that the group will continue to exist but only meet occasionally as the need arises.

On a brighter note, the first two sets of costumes from the stone effigies in St Mary’s Church (Nicholas Gour, a Sergeant-at-Law, his son John, who was a Steward to the Mortimer’s and their wives,) which date from the 1370/80’s are just about complete and were shown at the Medieval Pageant in Leominster recently where they were met with approval from the audience.  Work will start on the next two sets in September and hopefully they will all be completed and on display in the church next summer.

Anyone who would like to help in this fascinating project should contact

Bob Anderson on 01544 388292.

Shobdon News

Coffee Mornings

Take place in the Village Hall on the second Saturday of the month. Come and enjoy coffee, cake, biscuits and of course friendship. Next dates are 13th August, 10th September, 8th October.
Food and Flying Festival

The church was open during the weekend and there was a bottle stall on the airfield site. We raised in excess of £400 so a big thank you to all who donated cakes and bottles and bought tickets for the tombola.
Concert

On Saturday 8th October Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir will be singing in Shobdon Church.

Tickets  cost £10 to include a glass of wine and are available from Anne Walker

Tel: 01568708712
The church is open every day and attracts many visitors

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church, if you feel you can help for a week please ring  Anne Tel: 01568 708712
Ann Kent Phillips

We were saddened to hear of the death of Ann Kent Phillips.  Ann was a great supporter of Shobdon Church and the community. She was a talented flower arranger and took great pride in  floral arrangements for her window in church. Ann also provided delicious cakes for our monthly coffee mornings and other functions. Our thoughts are with Ann’s family.

 

Bible studies

Our studies of The Creed, and its Biblical origins, have reached the third and final paragraph, beginning: ‘We believe in the Holy Ghost’, the third facet of the God we believe in, the first being The Almighty, and the second being Jesus.  The part of The Creed which I have found startling is the reminder that at some time in the future when Jesus returns to this earth as He predicted, or when we die, we shall be judged on the basis of whether or not we believe there is God; if we believe, then we shall be with God for ever; if not, no.  This is what Christians have believed down the ages, and it is embodied in the Creed.
Our studies of the Creed, and its Biblical origins, will have finished by the time this is published.  We had a very interesting discussion about the clause which states: We believe . . . in the resurrection of the body.  For instance, will we recognise each other?  What will the bodies be like?  When will this happen?  We remembered that on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus was visited by Moses and Elija who were recognised by the disciples; Jesus’ body could be felt and touched after he had returned from the dead; one of the criminals who died alongside Jesus was promised that ‘today you will be with me in paradise’.  No such promise was made to the other criminal, so we must assume that, at death that day, one man went to heaven/paradise, and the other to a place of torment.  One had put his faith in Jesus, and was rewarded in heaven, the other had not.  So we saw how important it is to put our faith and trust in Jesus before death – afterwards it will be too late and there will be no changing of mind allowed.
Studies are either in the home of John Andrews at Tyn-y-Coed, Shobdon, or at The Nursery, Stansbatch, the home of Michael and Liz Thornton.  The meetings are very informal, and no prior knowledge is needed (although it does help), but a Bible is needed!  At the moment, if everyone comes, there are eight of us, so there is room for two or three more.  If you would like to join and need a lift to either house, please call John Andrews (Tyn-y-Coed) on 01568 708277.  With a little bit of study, the Bible comes alive.
It is proposed to study some of the more important Psalms or Songs when the group meets again in September, but this has not been settled.  If you are thinking of coming, and want to choose what we study, join us or let us know. Dates are in the Diary section.
Prayer meetings

Prayer meetings happen on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Methodist chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30 in the morning, and they last about an hour.  The prayers are centered on the needs of each part of the parish, but particularly on the sick.  We have found it remarkable how often sick people prayed for get better, and we are convinced that this is not just coincidence, but an example of God’s power – it happens too often for them all to be luck or coincidence.  If you have a person or a situation in need of prayer, please let me know.  What is prayed for is entirely confidential, and does not become part of a gossip chain.  John Andrews (01568 708277)

Staunton-on-Arrow News

Aileen Pritchard Remembered

We report with great regret the death of Aileen Pritchard on 5th July 2016, just short of her 94 birthday. She was married to the late Lt Col Bill Pritchard.

The Pritchard’s bought Lower Tan House in 1978, and worshipped regularly at St Peter’s. Aileen often took an active role helping with the Parish Church services. She was a most active member of the PCC and will be remembered for her various charitable works including supporting the Riding for the Disabled Association.

She will be greatly missed by everyone and we convey our sincerest condolences to the family.

R Bowen, Churchwarden
Church Refurbishment

Thanks to Monica Newham’s legacy we have been able to purchase new pew cushions and matching kneelers using some of these monies, and these are now installed in St Peter’s Church. The colourful new furnishings have received favourable comments, and are also very comfortable.
Progressive Lunch

Our annual progressive lunch was a great success and raised £412, which included ticket sales, raffle and donations. Many thanks go to the hosts and to all those who contributed to the event.
Hog Roast

On Friday 19th August 2016 starting at 5pm, you are invited to start the weekend early and bring all your friends and family to enjoy a hog roast at Staunton House, (opposite Village Hall).  Entertainment by Mark Brown. Parking is available. Marquee in case of wet weather.

Tickets at the gate: Adults £10, under 12’s £5
A Day of Bridge has been organised for Saturday 8th October 2016 starting at 10am. Tickets are £15 and include coffee, lunch and tea, and are obtainable from Claire Burton at Old Court Farm – 01544 388434
Staunton on Arrow WI

Thanks to all our members who helped out in any way at the Three Counties Show in the WI Tent, both with the Marches Group display and with the catering.

After two outings for our meetings in June and July we are at home base again.  For our August meeting we have invited members from our partner WI in Weobley.

Wednesday 17th August: Fruit Tipples and other things & Bring and Buy Stall

Hostesses:  The Committee

Wednesday 21st September        Gardening with a Husband   Carol Dowding

Hostesses: Catherine Perham & Ann Cleaver

Our lunch club visited the Workhouse Cafe, Presteigne and the Westonbury Water Gardens cafe over the last two months.
Advance Notice

Harvest Supper is planned for Friday 14 October in the hall at £10 for adults and £5 for under 12’s.  Tickets will be on sale from the September Coffee Spot

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.
There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website,http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord        Minutes Secretary            01544 340256
Lady Hawkins School – The Class of ‘1976’ Reunited

Did you or anybody that you know leave school in the summer of 1976 – a reunion for everybody to attend is being arranged for Saturday October 8th at The Burton Hotel, Kington, please pass this on to anyone that you are still in contact with

Please contact Sue Price (Maltby) to purchase your ticket on 01544 230512 or spprice@hotmail.co.uk
Kington U3A

The next social meeting will be on the hot topic of Memory on 8th September at 2p.m. in the Football Club on Mill Street, Kington. Do join us there. If you need more information please contact our secretary on 01544 231401 or http://sitekreator.com/kington-u3a/

Some of our U3A interest groups – such as Art Appreciation and Astronomy – now have spaces, so if you would like to know more, please contact our interest group co-ordinator on 01544 340809.
Kington Show

Saturday 10th September.  A great day out for all the family.  Open 9am – 6pm. Adults £10, children 10 – 16 £5, under 10s free. Dogs welcome. www.kingtonshow.co.uk

 

June/July News

Common Fund for a Common Purpose

Resourcing God’s mission in Hereford Diocese

The Diocese of Hereford brings together over 400 churches.

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

Why have a new scheme? 

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

But it doesn’t have to be this way…

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

Common Fund principles 

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

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

What do we mean by a promise? 

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

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

How much? 

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

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

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

Where will the money go? 

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

And people are expensive…

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

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

How our money is used 

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

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

More information about the Common Fund 

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

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

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

Byton News

Good Friday

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

PCC Meeting

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

Flowers and Cleaning Rota

June  Mrs J Jeakings and Mrs J Owens

July   Mrs L Weaver and Mrs M Edwards

Future Date

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

Lyonshall News

Lyonshall Church Draw

Latest winners are:-

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

Titley Lunch

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

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

Join us at the Memorial Hall, Lyonshall, for our monthly Coffee Mornings every second Friday, between 10 and 12 noon.The next two dates for your diaries are Friday June 10th and Friday July 8th.

Fundraising news

In April we raised £100, which was donated to Kington and Weobley Leg Club and in May we again raised £100 which was donated to the Make a Wish Foundation UK.Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support.  Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new.  Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time. For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Pembridge News

The Fallen From 1916

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

This year we remember

James A Austin,

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

George T Eversham

Private 260382
8th Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment
Died:17/04/1916
Age: 25
Commemoration: Loos Memorial
Son of George & Elizabeth Eversham

Herbert Arthur Snead-Cox

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

Sydney A Pugh

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

“Grand National” Coffee Morning

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

June 12th

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

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

St Mary’s Community Project – Coffee Morning

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

Bat Boxes

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

Fete

The Church Fete will take place at the church on August 6th, 2.30pm. We will be looking for all the usual donations of cakes, books, produce etc. which can be left in the church the previous week or brought in on the morning. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be activities to suit both old and young. Please support us if you can.

Advance notice of Table Top Sale in Kington Market on Sat.24th Sept 10am-4pm

If you would like a table for £10 for the day contact Catherine Fothergill (01544 388279. c.fothergill@btinternet.com)

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

Pembridge Churchyard

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

We thank you for your support in this matter.

Readers

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

Easter Lilies

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

Mothers’ Union

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

For more information,  please ring Anthea Anderson on 01544 388464

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

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

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.

Shobdon News

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

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

(Contact Anne 708712)

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

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

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

Bible Studies

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

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

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

John Andrews

Staunton-on-Arrow News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staunton on Arrow W.I.

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

Wednesday 14th June: Blacksmithing, Owen Mabbort

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

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

This will held at The Old Forge, Dilwyn

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

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.  We are hoping to welcome new members this year.

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

Alison Lord        Minutes Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A

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

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

April/May News

The Rural Dean Writes…

I know that there is a great deal of sadness in the Arrowvale Parishes over the departure of Brenda Jacobs for pastures new in Devon. In her all-too-brief time as Rector, Brenda achieved a great deal and certainly leaves the Benefice the better for her ministry, but she has moved on to a new phase in her ministry and leaves the Arrowvale Churches to do the same in theirs.

Brenda asked me to write to you about the process by which a new Rector will be appointed, so, although we don’t have dates attached to any of what follows as yet, this is roughly the order in which things will happen.

We begin with a number of conversations between the Churchwardens, the Rural Dean and Lay Co-Chair of Kington & Weobley, and the Archdeacon of Hereford. Two of these conversations have already taken place, enabling the Archdeacon to start to get a feel for the hopes and dreams the parishes have for their next rector and the kind of mission and ministry they might all undertake together over the next few years.

These hopes and dreams will be crystallised at a Vacancy Consultation on a Saturday morning in the spring – to which Churchwardens, PCC members, and anyone else who would like to be there, will be welcomed. The results of that consultation will form the basis of the Statement of Needs (the statement of what you are looking for in your new rector) and the Parish Profile (your description of the parishes, the churches, and their ministry).

The Statement and Profile will be the main items sent out to possible candidates when the vacancy has been advertised in the Church Times and locally on the Diocesan website. Applicants will be shortlisted by the Bishop, the Archdeacon and the Patrons of the different parishes in the Benefice, and those on the shortlist will be invited to attend interviews, which are normally held at the Bishop’s House. If one of the candidates is thought suitable by the common consent of the interviewing panel (which includes a rep from each parish) he or she will be invited to be your next rector – subject, of course, to safeguarding enquiries. At this point he or she will give three months notice in their current post and then make the move to Pembridge Rectory.

It’s a long and complicated process, but it can’t – and shouldn’t – be rushed, so we must expect at least nine months before a new rector can be installed and it could easily be twice as long as that. But please be assured that every effort will be made to keep the process moving as swiftly, smoothly and effectively as possible.

Please also be assured that I will do everything I can – along with the Churchwardens, Clergy and Readers of the Deanery and the many members of your congregations who already help with services and other ministry – to maintain the mission of the Arrowvale Churches during the vacancy.

Please pray for us – we’ll need it! – and pray that God will send you the right priest to lead you in faith, discipleship and ministry for the coming years…

With very best wishes

Stephen

Messy Church- the future

During the vacancy the team will be continuing to run Messy church, with the next one being held on April 19th.

Each session will be led by two of the team and any enquiries should be made to Catherine and Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279 c.fothergill@btinternet.co.uk

Also.

A big thank you to all who have wished Paul and I well for our move, and for the cards and generous gifts.

These are very special communities and it has been a privilege to share the journey with you for a while.

May you continue to offer the warmth of welcome and friendship that we have experienced here to all those whom you meet and may God’s blessing be with you all.

Brenda and Paul 

From the Registers

Baptisms

  • Grace Richards 7th February 2016 Lyonshall
  • Bethan Louise Weale 14th February 2016 Shobdon
  • Sarah Ann Lydia Ball 28th February 2016 Pembridge
  • James Nigel Luke Ball  28th February 2016 Pembridge

We welcome them into the Lord’s family

Weddings

  • Keith Tucker and Sophie Redway 9th January 2016 Staunton-on-Arrow

We wish them every happiness in the future

Funerals

  • Kenneth Henry Joseph Newman  20th January 2016  Hereford crematorium and Pembridge church
  • Elizabeth Eve Medway 3rd and 4th February 2016 Hereford crematorium and Staunton church
  • Josephine Althea Holmes 21st February 2016 Burial of ashes Pembridge

Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends

 

Byton News

Scottish Evening 

This evening back in January was a great success, everyone enjoying themselves and making money for the church at the same time. Thanks go to Rosemary and Paul Segrott  and helpers and to all who attended  this event.

Bridge Afternoon

Thanks to all who helped in any way either donating draw prizes, making sandwiches and cakes, washing up, lending bridge equipment and organising this event.

It was a successful afternoon with many commenting on the delicious tea!

AGM

This will be held @ Court House Farm on Monday, April 11th @ 8pm.

Cleaning and Flowers

April –no service

May – Mrs S Evans and Mrs C Scatcherd

Thanks to Brenda

We are all  sorry that Brenda is leaving us. She has been an inspiration and supporter of our church and all its events. Paul has been a wonderful support to her and to us all also and we shall miss them both, but wish them much happiness in the future.

Geoffrey Christopher John Payne 1936-2016

Byton is mourning the loss of a key member of the village.

Geoff has served the church in Byton for over 50 years. He was the churchwarden for many years and faithfully lit the lamps, pumped the organ, wound the clock, swept the path, mowed the churchyard and turned his hand to anything which needed doing. No job was too small or too large. He helped at all of the social events and could normally be found collecting the money on the door.

He was a true gentleman, took everything in his stride, had a ready sense of humour and a lovely smile. He was an integral part of the church and the PCC and will be missed so very much.

For most of his life he worked on the estate at Kinsham Court and Court House Farm at Byton. He was happiest when working outdoors and didn’t really understand what retirement was. He did allow himself the joy of a spot of fishing and a drop of cider.

We recently celebrated his 80th birthday in style with a party at Kinsham Village hall just before his final short illness. He passed away peacefully at St Michael’s hospice.

A good and faithful servant now at rest.

Brenda

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 April 8th and Friday May 13th.

Fundraising news…

In February we raised £100, which was donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

In March we again raised £100, which we decided to give to the RAF Benevolent Fund in memory of a much loved and respected member of Lyonshall, Jack Hadley.

Jack was an inspiration to many and at 97 years old, his positive and uncomplaining nature and sense of humour was an example to us all.

He will be greatly missed by many, particularly his friends at Coffee Morning.

Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support.

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new.

Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Dorothy Mary Jenkins 1922-2016

Dorothy Jenkins, who has died aged 93, was a much loved figure to many local folk,having been for some years the licencee, along with her husband Tom, of the Greyhound Inn pub, now the King’s House restaurant, in Pembridge.

She grew up with her younger sister on a smallholding at Old Radnor and during her teenage years, her family moved to live at Stanner. They were happy times for her, and she would fondly recall the breezy walk over the hill to the small school at Old Radnor.

Dorothy left school at the age of 14, spending a period of employment in service at Dunfield House, Kington. This was then followed by service of a different kind, when she enlisted in the ATS of the Army. Intensive training, much of it in Scotland, led to her manning anti-aircraft guns in Hackney, London, the South East and North Yorkshire during the blitz – “You were too busy and there was too much adrenaline flowing to be frightened!”

After the war, she came back to Kington and took work at the laundry, where she met and married Tom. They lived at White House cottage, Bradnor for a while when their daughter Irene was born, before taking on the Greyhound Inn in 1957. Her time as a pub landlady and mother seemed a busy and contented one, and was a rich source of fascinating tales of a bygone era.

Changes with the brewery company and Tom having suffered a brief spell of illness due to pleurisy led them to move, in 1969, to Westonbury, where Tom worked for Bulmer’s in the orchards. Rather than sitting back, Dorothy, who loved the outdoors, also undertook work in the orchards, pruning and apple picking. After his death in 2004, Dorothy continued to live at the lodge, enjoying the garden and local walks in the orchards, and remained there, in spite of increasing frailty until her death. Although ably assisted by Irene, she was a fiercely independent lady, never finding it easy to accept help, but maintained a sharp, warmly receptive mind, and a dignified bearing to the end.

Lyonshall PCC Annual Meeting

This meeting will be held in the church at 7.00 pm after Evening Service on April 24th. All are welcome.

Jack Weaver, Forge Crossing, Lyonshall

On the 7th May I will be volunteering with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in the Satkhira District of Bangladesh for 12 weeks. There will be 11 other volunteers as well as a team leader. I will be living in a rural village with a host family, learning their culture and step by step helping to improve the lives of the people around me. The aid we will give during our stay will include action days to promote mass awareness on topics such as sexual health, education and hygiene; regular work with youth clubs to hear the needs of young people; organizing meetings with local government officials to help bring change to the community, and investigating ways of improving livelihoods and local businesses. I have been set a fundraising target of £800 to show my commitment to the program. If any readers believe in what I say and think this is a worthwhile cause then please don’t hesitate to give a donation large or small through my justgiving page!

All donations are much appreciated.

Thank you.

https://www.justgiving.com/Jack-Weaver1/

Pembridge News

Pembridge WI

At our April meeting (Wed. 13th at 7pm) we will be making crazy music in the Village Hall.

A trip to Monmouth has been planned for Wed. 27th April.

In May we will be visiting the Mayor’s Parlour in Hereford Town Hall and having lunch out.

The June meeting will be a celebration garden party for The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

The Reading Group will be meeting and we will be ten-pin bowling at The Grove.

If you would like to join us please contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279 or Tricia Lloyd 01885 488319).

Dates for the Diary

April 9th  “Grand National” Coffee Morning Rose Cottage 10.30am

June 12th Strawberry Tea,The Curl 2.30pm

July 9th Coffee Morning Rose Cottage 10.30am

August 6th Fete Church 2.30pm

Oct 8th Coffee Morning Rose Cottage 10.30am

Nov 19th Woodcock FayreChurch10.30am

Dec 17th Village Quire Concert Church

Annual Quiz Evening.

Thank you to those who supported the Quiz Evening. The  “Mothers of Invention” beat the field of 13 with the “Griffindorks” coming a close second. The wooden spoons were presented to “Six Shades of Gray” Special thanks go to Meryl and David, who prepared the questions and to David for being question master on the night. Thanks also go to the catering team and barman. We raised £300 towards much needed church funds.

“Grand National” Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning at Rose Cottage on the 9th April (Grand National Day). There will be home- made cakes, drinks, a “bring and buy” stall, raffle and a chance to chat.

Children, Coffee, Croissants And Conversation

Are you one of those people who would like to go to church but find the prospect of joining a congregation where everyone appears to know exactly what to do daunting? If so, the above service, listed as 4Cs on the back of the magazine, could be just right for you.

You could meet the regulars in a friendly informal situation at 11am on the second Sunday of the month at St Mary’s Church Pembridge. We sit in a circle for a short simple service which includes one reading and some prayers which are handed round on a small piece of paper, then chat over coffee and croissants.If you have children it would be nice to see them, but if you haven’t that’s fine too.

So why not give it a try?

Readers

  • April 3rd. Communion.  R Scott,E Lynch
  • 17th. Communion.   S Pim,E Hardy
  • 24th. Family Service.  T Hollinghurst
  • May 1st. Communion. C or M Fothergill, C or R Barclay
  • 15th. Communion. J Pace. L or M Boore
  • 22nd. Family Service. T Hollinghurst
  • June. 5th. Communion.  A Anderson. C Price

St Mary’s Community Project, Pembridge – Update

A community meeting was held in the church on the evening of July 7th 2014.  Community groups were invited and a general invitation went out via posters, etc. Over 50 were in attendance. The plans had been laid out for viewing.  As people arrived they were invited to sign in and then partake of refreshments while they viewed the plans. Everyone was invited to be seated for the presentations and the rector, Brenda Jacobs, welcomed everyone and gave an introduction to the evening. The first presentation was given by Bob Anderson who told the audience something of the history of the church and the changes that have been made to it over the years – different things having been moved or replaced. Change is not something new. The main presentation of the evening was from the architect, Jeremy Bell, who talked about the plans and the proposed changes to the church. This was an excellent presentation and few could not be inspired by his enthusiasm and passion for his work. The audience were invited to ask any questions or voice any concerns. In general this meeting was very positive although there were some concerns voiced. For the most part it was wonderful to hear all the positive comments after all the hard work that has been put into the project over the last few years.

This seems like a long time ago but since then, during 2014 and 2015, work has carried on behind the scenes on writing Statements of Significance and Need* and in investigating Funding bodies, particularly the Heritage Lottery Fund(HLF). We have also met with Liz Shaw, a representative from the HLF.

So far three applications for funding have been submitted, to Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust (HHCT), Allchurches Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation, in September 2015 and October 2105. HHCT are very interested in the project and want to hear back from us if we secure Heritage Lottery funding, with the potential of receiving up to £25,000 from them. Unfortunately, the Garfield Weston Foundation were unable to help at present and we still await the outcome of the third application..

In the meantime a list of over 20 smaller funding bodies has been drawn up and we will be investigating as to whether our project qualifies for funding from them. If so, applications will be made.

For the HLF application we decided that we needed someone with expertise to assist us with the funding application. The PCC have therefore commissioned Suzanne Wenczek of Bearwood Associates who will work with us on the HLF first round application. We very much look forward to working with Suzanne with the view to submitting a HLF application in the summer or at the latest in the autumn.

Progress may seem slow but we remain focused on our goal and are moving forward slowly but surely.

We will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday July 9th at Rose Cottage, Pembridge where we will be bringing the community up to date on the project, so if you would like to know more please come along.  Look out for posters nearer the time.

Meryl Griffith

Project Secretary

A Statement of Significance is an important tool to help everyone understand the significance of the church building and its fabric and fittings and should accompany every faculty (planning permission) application that involves making changes to a listed church.

A Statement of Need is a document which explains justifies and rationalises the proposal, and it serves to provide easily accessible information to help interested bodies such as the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and English Heritage assess the scheme which is being proposed for a faculty. (The DAC advises the Diocesan Chancellor {who has the authority to grant Faculties} on the suitability of schemes of repair and alterations.)

Shobdon News

Shobdon Coffee Mornings take place on the 2nd Saturday of the month in the Village Hall ,  10 am to noon.

Next dates are : April 9th , May 14th & June 11th.

The Anglican – Methodist service of Holy Communion will continue during during the Vacancy at 10.30 am on the first Thursday of every month. The next service will be on April 7th.  It is held in the Shobdon Methodist Chapel which is warm and comfortable.  Every service is followed by tea, coffee and a biscuit.  There is no singing or a sermon, just Christian fellowship.  Open to all.

Shobdon Church will have a fundraiser bottle stall at the Food & Flying Festival on the 25th/26th June . If you would like to donate a bottle or help on the weekend please call Anne 708712 or Marcia 708360.

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church , a week say every few months. If you can help please ring Anne 708712.

Please look out for church events on the ‘Shobdon Whats On’ , to get on the mailing list email : shobdonenews@gmail.com

Staunton-on-Arrow News

PCC AGM will be held on Monday 18th April 2016 at 7pm in the Village Hall. All parishioners are welcome.

The Staunton on Arrow Village Hall AGM will take place at the Village Hall on Thursday 5th May at 7pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome.

The Annual Village Hall Clean Up is on Saturday 7th May. This will take place at 2 pm after Coffee Spot in the morning. It involves giving the hall a spring clean and outdoor sweeping and weeding. All welcome……..Many hands make light work!

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration. On Sunday 12th June at 2:30pm there will be an Afternoon Tea. Bring some food to share – Hats and Red, White and Blue theme, plus a showing of Claire Burton’s local DVD (postponed after technical failure at the Harvest Supper). For further infomation contact Debbie Weaver on 01544 388238.

The Village Hall Trustees would like to thank Stuart Hammond for painting the outside of the Village Hall and making an excellent job of it.

Staunton on Arrow WI .

With our first two meetings of the year in February and March over, we are well into the swing of the WI Year again.  We are very happy to welcome two new members for 2016, Vanessa Woodward who lives in the village, and Sheila Futcher from Lyonshall and we hope they will enjoy meeting with us.   Our membership is now 22.  We are planning to have some of our members helping in the Herefordshire Federation WI Marquee at the Three Counties Show in June, as well as preparing our own section of the WI display.  Our ‘twin ‘ WI for the next two years is the new Weobley WI, so we will be hoping to meet them soon.

Meetings for April and May are:

  • Wednesday 20th April E. U. Interpreting: Elizabeth Eglund Hostesses: Sandra Edwards & Noelle Gill
  • Wednesday 18th May Resolutions Night Planning for the Future Trudy Nicholas & Amy Makaruk Hostesses: Judy Davies & Marion Weaver

Our lunch club goes from strength to strength and we have already lunched twice, at the Bateman Arms Shobdon and the Old Steppes Pembridge; on both occasions the food was delicious.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.  We are hoping to welcome new members this year.

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

Alison Lord

Minutes Secretary 01544 340256

Eve Redway 1941- 2016

In January Staunton-on-Arrow lost one of its most dedicated and much loved residents.

Eve was a genuine community person she reached out to everyone, got stuck into community events and in the process gained as much as she gave. She helped to organise the local fete and initiated the fete dog show.  She was a Sunday School teacher and a school governor and attended many community events. When we were short of a churchwarden at St Peter’s Staunton–on-Arrow, despite being treasurer already Eve stepped up to fill the gap. She kept the church finances on track through some pretty lean years and wrestled with the complexities of faculty and grant applications and even seemed to gain satisfaction from doing so!

Eve was one of life’s characters and had an alternative view of health and safety. As a born optimist, she always thought she could squeeze more into the time available than was ever going to be possible, and therefore she was notoriously late. Eve was a true country woman and loved walking and wildlife. She was also a knowledgeable farmer and reared pheasants, sheep and cows as well as breeding dogs and horses Her dogs and cats adored her; they can always detect a real animal lover. She was well travelled and very creative, producing some beautiful paintings.

Staunton and St Peter’s will be the poorer for her passing but our lives have been enriched by knowing her.

Brenda

Knighton Pilgrimage of Song 2016

The Knighton Royal School of Church Music Pilgrimage is taking place this year on June 3rd – 5th.  We are a group who meets annually to form a choir to perform informal acts of worship in rural Marches churches, walking between them, where possible, and enjoying food and fellowship together. We are led by Geoff Weaver, choir leader from Knighton (and the world), and Reverend Anne Ballard, recently inducted to the Middle Marches parishes but known to the Pilgrimage since its start 14  years ago for her inspirational liturgy.  This year we are visiting a church in your area, and we welcome you to join us, you will receive a warm welcome and experience a service with a difference.

Our itinerary is as follows:-

Friday 3rd June 12 noon, St Peters’ Church, Titley 3pm St Peters’ Church, Staunton on Arrow,  Join us for tea and cake after 6.30pm  St Marys’ Church, Pembridge.

If you would like more information or would like to join us please contact the Course Secretary, 01547 560005,

chrisgreen990@btinternet.com.

Great Spring Gardening Event

Wednesday 27 th April, 10.30 – 4.30

Newport House, Almeley

Herefordshire, HR6 3 LL

Specialist plants, garden, home food and gifts. delicious light lunches and tea.

February/March News

From the Rector

After a very soggy winter we are all looking forward to a taste of Spring. As I write we are about to celebrate Candlemas which is the hinge point where we turn from the cradle and start to look towards the cross. Lent is upon us very early this year, starting on February 10th with our Ash Wednesday services. Lent is a time when we can reflect on our life journey so far, check out our relationship with God and those we share our lives with. It is also a time when we are encouraged to lift our heads above the parapet and take a look at the rest of the world and our place in it and challenge ourselves to be people who make a difference. It is a time when traditionally we can seek forgiveness for past wrongs and be free to truly celebrate the joy of Easter.

We will be offering the usual array of opportunities for you to take part in the great festival when it arrives and hope this might be the year when you try coming to something for the first time.

Easter is very much a time of new beginnings and this year that will be particularly so for us here in Arrowvale.

As many of you know I have accepted a new post as Team Rector of the Hartland Coast Mission Community – Parkham, Alwington, Buckland Brewer, Hartland, Welcombe, Clovelly, Woolfardisworthy West, Bucks Mills and Lundy Island. My last day in the Arrowvale parishes will be Easter Sunday 27th March and I will be inducted by the Bishop of Exeter at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27th April 2016. Everyone able to travel is welcome to attend, just ask for further details!

When the Rector moves on, the ensuing vacancy is always a time of challenge but also of opportunity.  The need for everyone to get stuck in, often reveals hidden gifts and talents. This is your chance to shine! We hope very much this will be the case here as we faithfully try to keep the parishes in good heart and begin to think about what skills and attributes we will be looking for in the next incumbent. During the vacancy the Revd Preb. Stephen Hollinghurst in his role as Rural Dean will once more have oversight of the parishes here. This will be in addition to looking after the Presteigne group so please bear that in mind!

This is a very special part of the world with some wonderful people living here, both those who go to church and those who don’t. Either way our churches are precious resources for our communities and we all need to get involved and support them both practically and financially if ministry is to continue in the way we have been used to.

Paul and I have had many happy times here and will keep some very special memories of you, as we journey on. We will take a little bit of Arrowvale with us to North Devon and will continue to pray for your flourishing.

May God richly bless you all,

Brenda 

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you.” Philippians 1 :3 

“See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”      Isaiah 43:19

Lent

Ash Wednesday is early this year – 10th Feb. There will be a morning service at Shobdon @10.30am and an evening service at Pembridge @7.30pm. These will be simple informal communion services with the option of receiving ashes in the sign of the cross on your forehead or hand if you wish.

We will be running lent groups starting Wednesday Feb 17th in both the morning and evening. We will be following the Pilgrim course on the Eucharist looking at what we believe is happening when we celebrate Holy Communion. This will be suitable for people exploring faith and for those a long way along the journey.

www.pilgrimcourse.org

[5 sessions morning 10-12 noon and evening 7.30pm-9pm Wednesdays 17th, 24th Feb and 2nd, 9th and 16th March.]

Please consider joining us even if groups are not normally your kind of thing. Let me know if you would like to join a group or for further information please ring

Brenda 01544 388998  or email jacobs200@btinternet.com

Course booklets will be available to buy at £5 a copy but it will also be possible to borrow one for the session.

Easter Services in the Arrowvale Group

Maundy Thursday – March 24th  

Service at 8pm Pembridge Church and ‘watch’ for a while afterwards.

On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus’ meal with his friends in the upper room. Jesus performed the traditional Passover actions. He blessed bread and wine by giving thanks to God (Eucharist is the New Testament word for this ‘Great Thanksgiving’) but added the words ‘This is my body…This is my blood’

As he washed the feet of his friends, he also told them ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another’ It is from this New Commandment (Latin Mandatum Novum) that we get the old English, Maundy Thursday.

Come and join with us as we remember the events of that meal, Jesus’ sign of love for his friends. Remember too, the hard time he spent in the Garden of Gethsemane after the meal and his arrest.

Good Friday 

10.30am – Meet at Byton church, make your own cross and follow the large cross up to the top of the hill behind the church. We have readings and pauses for thought. Return to the church for hot cross buns- suitable for all ages but good shoes/wellies required if you want to walk with us.

2.00-4.00pm Pembridge Village Hall – Messy Easter Activities for all ages and more hot cross buns.

7.00pm Moorcourt church – quiet reflections and music in a candlelit church.

Easter Day 

6.00am – Dawn service. Climb the motte to watch the dawn return for the Easter fire and lighting of candles followed by the first communion of Easter. Bacon butties in the hall afterwards.

Byton News

Christmas Services

The Carol Service was again well attended. Tim played the organ and the Arrowvale singers were very good.The church was beautifully decorated and the whole service was very atmospheric. We were pleased to welcome Nick Horton, who took our service and his wife, on  Christmas Day.

February Service

This will be at 9.30am on 7th at The Court House Farm.

March Service

We return to the church for our service on 6th when hopefully it will be warmer.

Afternoon of Bridge

There will be an Afternoon of Bridge on Thursday March 10th at Kinsham Village Hall  starting at 1.30pm .There will be tea to follow. Cost £8.00 towards  Byton Church Funds. Please book tables beforehand with Margaret Edwards 01544 267430.

margaret@edwardsbyton.co.uk

Good Friday

There will be the usual carrying of the cross up the hill behind the church at 10.30am on March 25th followed by Hot Cross Buns and coffee in the 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 are Friday February 12th and Friday March 11th.

Fundraising news…

In December we raised £160 which was split, donating £100 to the Salvation Army and £60 to Hillside Animal Sanctuary, and in January we were able to support the Samaritans with the amount of £80.Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support throughout 2015 and into the New Year.

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.

Christmas Concert

Lyonshall Church was full for this very enjoyable concert and we were entertained magnificently by the Ladies Choir and the Mens Choir and several soloists. Many thanks to Gemma Sankey for her hard work in training the choirs and the artists and organising the evening and to everyone else who helped.

Also thanks to everyone who provided the Ploughman’s Supper at Titley Village Hall afterwards which made a very convivial end to the evening.

The excellent sum of £1810 was raised to be divided by Lyonshall and Titley churches.

Christmas Decorations

Thank you to everyone who helped to decorate the church and the Christmas Tree. A special thank you to Lyonshall Nurseries for giving us such a lovely Christmas Tree.

Pembridge News

Good Wishes.

Jacqui and Gill, along with the PCC of Pembridge Church, would like to wish Brenda and Paul every success and happiness on their move to pastures new. We thank you both for what you have done for us in Pembridge and Moorcourt.

Woodcock Fayre.

Thank you to the many people who supported this event in a variety of ways. The stall holders, the people who donated, the purchasers, the attenders, all who helped raise approximately £1000 towards the cost of running our church. We look forward to your support again in November of this year when we will be repeating this event.

Annual Quiz Evening.

We are holding another Quiz Evening on the 12th March at Pembridge Village Hall. Teams can be made of up to 6 members or come and make up a team on the night. Entry will be £5 and will include a light supper. Please book your table by phoning Meryl Griffith on 01544 340381.

“Grand National” Coffee Morning.

There will be a coffee morning at Rose Cottage on the 9th April (Grand National Day). There will be home-made cakes, drinks, a “bring and buy” stall, raffle and a chance to chat from 10.30am onwards.

Thanks to Brenda

Pembridge Mothers’ Union would like to thank Brenda for all the support and inspiration she has given us over the few years she has been here. She became a member and has helped with such things as lifts, hosting meetings (in style), getting speakers for us, and holding on to those who are no longer steady on their feet, as well as having inspired ideas and a way of making everyone feel wanted and appreciated. Of course we wish her and Paul every happiness in the future.

Billy Elliott – The Musical.

Are you interested in seeing Billy Elliott in Birmingham? The show will be at The Birmingham Hippodrome between the 7th March and the 6th May next year. If you are interested please email Jacqui on jacqui.pitfield@yahoo.co.uk. If there is enough support we will run a bus from Pembridge to one of the shows depending on demand. Tickets will need to be paid for in advance and in the event of not being able to go refunds will not be available. Tickets are not available until April and are priced up to £65. The date will be subject to availability of the number of tickets required.

Easter Lilies at St Mary’s, Pembridge

If anyone would like to contribute towards/pay for Easter Lilies in memory or dedicated to someone, would you please contact Joyce Williams (01544)388303 or Gill Smith (01544))388441 by 12th March so that lilies can be ordered.

Many thanks,

Joyce

Pembridge WI

Our meetings take place on every second Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall.

In February Michael Watkin will be talking to us about The Titanic. This meeting will be at 2.00pm

In March we will be getting our hands dirty making pots. Bryony Byrne will be leading us. This meeting is at 7.00pm.

The April meeting will be at 7.00pm and we will be making music with Steve Gilling and Stuart Brain.

There will also be ten-pin bowling, reading group, walking and lunching, dates given at ordinary meetings.

New members always welcome – come along to try us first, we are a friendly lot!

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.  Tricia Lloyd  01885 488319.

Reading Rota.

Feb 7th Communion C or R Barclay C or M Fothergill
21st Communion L or M Boore J Pace
28th Family ServiceT Hollinghurst
March 6th Communion C Price G Smith
20th Palm Sunday TBA TBA
27th Easter Sunday TBA TBA
April 3rd Communion R Scott E Lynch
17th Communion S Pim E Hardy

Poppies

Thank you so much to everyone involved in raising a magnificent total of £3974.08 for the Poppy Appeal.

Every year I’m amazed by the generosity of our community, both in giving of their time and money, and our contribution to the annual collection reflects the consistent support for this cause.

Thank you all.

Sharon O’Hare. Poppy Appeal Organiser

Shobdon News

Thank you to all who came to the Carol Service and also to those that took part in the travelling crib and service , collections from both services totalled £325  and was donated  to the charity ‘Embrace the Middle East ‘ who help with poverty in the area.

There will be a a service at the church on Ash Wednesday(February 10th) at 10:30 am.

Shobdon coffee mornings take place in the village hall on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon.  Next dates are : February 13th, March 12th and April 9th.

Brenda’s last service at Shobdon Church will be the united service 11am March 13th. The following week  will be our last group service together as we celebrate Palm Sunday following the donkey from Pembridge school to church for the service which begins at 11am.

Anne

Staunton-on-Arrow News

Christmas Fair at the Coffee Spot was very well attended. Our thanks go to all those who contributed to and supported the event. We collected £260.50 from sales and a £50 donation from Coffee Spot was also very gratefully received.

Whist Drives 

Due to an unfortunate decrease in attendance there will no longer be a Staunton-on-Arrow Whist Drive. Very many thanks for their donation of £125 to the PCC.  Pembridge Whist Drives will continue on Thursdays at 7.45pm. All welcome.

Missing Kneeler

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the tapestry kneeler decorated with a “snow scene” that normally sits on the chair to the left of the altar, can they please contact Liz Hewett, PCC secretary 388764.

Staunton on Arrow WI 

In November the WI had our Annual Meeting and we were really pleased to be able to elect a committee for the next year of nine members, including two of our newer members.

Our 2016 committee is: Claire Burton (President), Ann Kent Phillips (Treasurer), Alison Lord (Minutes secretary), Shirley Percy (Vice Treasurer), Barbara Morgan (Vice President and Programme Secretary), Sarah Westaby (Raffle Manager) together with Sandra Edwards, Sandra Evans and Ann Cleaver.  Alison Lord the retiring President thanked the members for all the hard work that everyone puts in to everything, and for making Staunton on Arrow WI so friendly and welcoming.

Our group of WI singers and helpers went out on 21 December for Carol Singing and raised in the region of £150 for local charities.  Thanks to all who participated.

There was no meeting in January 2016 as we had our usual post-Christmas Sunday lunch outing, again this year at the Riverside, Aymestry.

Our meetings for February and March are:

Wednesday 17 February   “Where they served” Elizabeth Hills  Hostesses: Alison Lord and Barbara Morgan

Wednesday 16   March Illustrated talk on bees Len Dixon Hostesses: Debbie Weaver & Shirley Percy.

We will be continuing with our lunch club in 2016 and have decided to vary the days so that all who wish can attend.  Our first lunch is on Friday 5 February at the Bateman Arms.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.  We are hoping to welcome new members this year.

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

Alison Lord, Minutes Secretary

01544 340256

Stapleton Group

Parish Council News

(Byton, Combe, Kinsham and Stapleton)

The Council met on December 7th. The chairman welcomed Carole Gandy, who gave a report on County Council be brought to her attention directly.

The County would receive a £2 million grant from the EU to be made available to small businesses and start-ups – applications should be made to the County Council. The Fire Brigade had warned about the dangers of  “floating” or aerial candle lanterns. They consider that these are a considerable fire risk and a danger to livestock in the open country and should not be used

The clerk presented the estimates for 2016-17 and revised estimates for 2015-16 which  were approved. The Council would now have a considerable surplus, but in view of the uncertainty over County Council funding of the lengthsman scheme it was thought that the precept applied for should remain the same, namely £5000.

Various road problems were discussed including, as above, the need for the resurfacing of Letchmoor lane A local resident had written to the Council describing an incident which could have resulted in a major accident, apparently caused by the overhanging branches on the B4362 at Coombes Moor. The clerk had forwarded the letter to Balfour Beatty asking them to take action to deal with this hazard. Any lengthsman work required should, as always, be reported to the lengthsman administrator, Brian Chilman (01544 267375) or the clerk (01544260398).

Prices for the provision of a defibrillator at the village hall had been obtained – the various defibrillators available cost around £1300 for the machine and cabinet. It was hoped that Wigmore parish could help with advice and explain how exactly their defibrillator was set up

Only one planning application had been received since the last meeting, namely:-the resubmission of the application for a second free range poultry building at New House Farm. There were no material changes from the original application and Councillors confirmed that they had no objection, given that where it was to be sited, it was unlikely to affect any neighbouring properties. Mrs Myra Chilman and Mrs Caroline Scatcherd had declared an interest.

The next meeting would be on Monday 7th March at 8:00pm.

Saturday March 19th 2016 – At Huntington Village Hall at 7.30 pm. (because it is cold in the church in March!)

The Story Of Kington Camp – How The Americans Came To Kington

Mari Fforde of Clyro, the historian, will be talking about the history of ‘Kington Camp’ and how the now crumbling remains of the concrete and brick huts on the Hergest Road, served as a vital home to huge numbers of British, Polish and American troops during the war.  Come and hear the human stories of our predecessors, who looked after the hundreds of battle worn British battalions, just returned from Dunkirk.  This was the site of two vast US military hospitals, where Gis and Poles wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, were cared for.  Marie Fforde has  recently discovered a historic movie film of life in the camp and Hereford on VE Day.  This will shown on the night.  It is considered so important that another copy now resides in the Imperial War Museum

Apply for tickets on www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk or telephone Fiona Shone: 01544 370391.  Price: £9 pp to include a drinks and canapé party afterwards.

December/January News

From the Rector

A refugee Christmas.

When I was a fairly young teenager, our local church youth group put on a play entitled a Refugee Christmas. It must have had a profound impact on me because I can remember it now. Sadly it would seem that it is just as topical now as it was 40 years ago with vast numbers of people on the move.

Each year we donate the proceeds from one of our carol services to Embrace the Middle East, the charity which used to call itself Bible Lands. Its strap line this Christmas is ‘No crib for a bed?’ It calls us all to remember as we sing those famous words in the carol Away in a Manger, (in my case it will probably be too many times to count!) those mothers who will have nowhere to lay their babies this Christmas time. Their Christmas appeal reminds us that history is tragically repeating itself in the lands where Jesus was born and lived 2000 years ago. Whilst Mary and Joseph had to place their newborn son in a feeding trough, todays refugees have been found placing their babies in a discarded plastic crate. In makeshift accommodation for Syrian refugees across the border in Lebanon one young mother, Farah, cut holes in the crate to make room for her baby’s legs as she grew. It is hoped that the generosity of our congregations will help transform the situations for young mothers such as Farah. Jesus reminds us that ‘whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ [Matthew 25 v 40]

Christians believe that one day Christ will return to redeem the earth; I wonder whether he would choose to return as a refugee fleeing from conflict in the Middle East?

Closer to home many of us face struggles of our own. As always we hold special thoughts and prayers for those facing their first Christmas without a loved one and those still finding it difficult even many years later. All of our churches will be decorated for Christmas and be open not just for services but for your own quiet moments of prayer, contemplation and reflection. This year at Pembridge we have added a candle stand in the Lady Chapel where you can go and light a candle for a person or situation that is on your heart. Prayers too can be written and left there on the board and each one will be prayed for silently by myself or another member of the clergy.

People often ask me how I cope with the sadder parts of ministry and I tend to say that I try to balance it with the joyous parts. So I will be uplifted as always by the excited babble of Messy Christmas up at Pembridge village hall, the sound of children singing carols across our group, the beauty of our churches lit up by candlelight, the smell of wood smoke as it curls up from the chimneys as I walk back up to the Rectory in the evening and the joy of the dogs as they re-discover the delights of rolling in the first snow of winter. But most of all it will be the thought that God loved us so much he was prepared to send his son as a vulnerable little baby into a dark world to bring Good News to us all. Whatever cheers your heart I wish that you find it in great abundance this Christmas and that it will bring you peace.

May the true message of Christmas bring you peace and joy this Christmastime.

With every blessing Brenda

Travelling Crib

Each year we have three travelling cribs with knitted nativity figures which go around our homes in Pembridge, Lyonshall and Shobdon.
The cribs will be blessed at the group Advent carol service at 11am November 29th in Pembridge church before they begin their journey. As the crib goes round, each child, or household if you are young at heart; may keep a sheep from the flock to remind them of their visit. On Christmas Eve [or the day before!] we hold a crib service where we invite everyone to bring their sheep to church to re-unite it with the flock. We hear once again a simple retelling of the Christmas story and sing a few traditional carols together.
Travelling with the crib figures will be a story book, carol sheets and a short ‘handover service’.
Ideally one family brings it to the home of the next people on the list, they share the short service, sing a carol together and maybe eat a mince pie or two! It is a great way to get to know each other a little better. Sometimes this sort of handover isn’t possible and the handover takes place at the school gate. Either way we hope you will want to be involved.
If you would like to host the crib for a night please contact one of the following:
Shobdon – Cerian Stokes 01568 709293 cerianstokes@yahoo.co.uk
Lyonshall – Tracey Kerr 01544 340889
or Pat Addis 01544 340261
pat@addis-business.co.uk
Pembridge – Sarah Norman
01544 388305 sarah@theleen.co.uk

Crib services this year take place at:
Shobdon church Wednesday 23rd December at 3pm
Lyonshall church –crib and Christingle Christmas Eve 3.00pm
Pembridge church Christmas Eve 4.30pm

Feel free to come to whichever best suits your family arrangements!

Arrowvale Choir

The Arrowvale choir goes from strength to strength under the direction of Tim Hollinghurst. They are singing for us at all the major festivals as well as at a monthly 11.00am communion service at Pembridge on the third Sunday of each month. They are also singing choral evensong at 6.00pm at Shobdon on alternate months. The next one is scheduled for January 17th 2016.
We would welcome any new members either young or not so young and we are particularly short of tenors. If you could sing even on an occasional basis Tim would be very pleased to hear from you. Regular practice sessions are currently held on Tuesday evenings. Christmas is a lovely time to join the choir as much of the music is so familiar to us all. Further details from:
Tim Hollinghurst on 01547560805 timhollinghurst@hotmail.com

Lent
Early warning – Lent begins on Ash Wednesday – 10th February 2016. Lent groups will be meeting morning and evening for 5 consecutive Wednesdays beginning Feb 17th. Look out for further details in the next issue.

Byton News

Harvest
This service was well attended and the church beautifully decorated by Rosemary Segrott and Sally Evans. The supper was very much enjoyed thanks to the excellent catering ladies.
Carol Service
This will take place at 7pm on Monday, December 21st and be followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
PCC Meeting
There is to be a PCC Meeting on Monday January 11th at 8pm at Court House Farm.

Whisky Galore
Come and join us for a Scottish themed evening on Saturday, January 23rd, 7.30 for 8pm, at Kinsham Village Hall in aid of Church funds.Tickets £15 to include haggis supper, raffle ticket, whisky tasting, quiz,and dancing. Details from Paul Segrott 01544 260075, paulsegrott@balfours.co.uk or segrott@btinternet.com

Lyonshall News

Lyonshall Church Draw
Latest winners are: Tony Hern, Della and Mike, Gina Melville, Mr Sutherland, Mike Powell

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 the Festive special (with a few extras!) on Friday December 11th and then into the New Year; Friday January 8th, 2016.

Fundraising news…
In October we raised £80 which was donated to Churches Housing Trust, and in November we were able to support Parkinsons UK with a cheque for £100. Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support.
Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new. Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.
For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September in Lyonshall.
The support was exceptional as always, and we raised a fantastic total of £400.00 for this amazing charity.

Christmas Concert
This is to take place in Lyonshall Church on Friday, December 11th at 7pm. There will be singing from two local choirs and some solo preformances. There will also be a chance for everyone to sing along to carols. Admission £10 including Ploughman’s Supper at Titley Village Hall. Proceeds to be given to Lyonshall and Titley Churches.

Santa Special
This event, which was to have been held at Titley Junction on December 13th, has been cancelled due to a combination of circumstances. It is hoped that it will take place again next year.

Pembridge News

Happy Birthday Pembridge CE Primary School
150 years ago on 29th January 1866, a new Church School opened in Pembridge. An endowment from Mr William Carpenter of the village in 1650 established the first village school (the original building still exists today), but the National Society ordered the construction of a new purpose-built Victorian building. It was originally two separate schools – one for the girls in two rooms on the West side and the boys in two East rooms. Each school had its own school house. The two buildings united 12 years after opening.
Miss Alice Tudor and Mr David Harmer were the first head teachers of the school which consisted of 53 girls and 50 boys. They taught lessons alongside pupil teachers. The three R’s with singing, religion, needlework for the girls and drawing for the boys were the main subjects taught in tiered classrooms with long backless benches and desks.
Today the extended and refurbished school is still at the heart of this thriving village and receives huge support for its contribution to education in the community. During the last school year, it has been awarded outstanding Ofsted and Church School (SIAMS) inspection grades and is a school which lives up to its original Christian heart, seeking to provide ‘inspiring learning through faith and values’.

Invitation to all
On Friday 29th January 2016, we will be holding a service at St Mary’s Church, Pembridge at 1.30pm with Bishop Richard where we will celebrate exactly 150 years of our wonderful school. You are welcome to attend our celebrations. The afternoon will continue with refreshments here in school. Please let Mrs Biddle know if you are able to share our 150th anniversary with us by phoning the school on (01544) 388366 so that we can cater for you.

Can you help?
Do you have any photographs or documents relating to the history of the school which we might borrow for the occasion? Family memories, old school reports, work books could all help create a special record of the effect this school has had on the village. If so, please let us know and we will make a copy if possible. Do you have stories about the old school before it was extended and remodelled in the 1970s? Do you remember the old classrooms, what you were taught, what happened if you were naughty…? If so, you would be very welcome to come into our classes in January and share your memories. Thank you.

Harvest Supper.
Thank you to all who attended and helped at this event. It was another very enjoyable evening and raised £350 towards church funds.
The harvest collection amounted to £417 and was split equally between Tearfund and R.A.B.I. The food donated during the service has been taken to a local food bank.

Food Bank Collections.
Due to the ever increasing need for local food banks, there is a box just inside the church in which you can donate items suitable for this purpose. These items will be taken to Kington or Leominster to supplement the demand in these areas.

Tapestry Calendars.
If there are any calendars still for sale they will be available either in the church or from The Olde Steppes.

Woodcock Fayre.
Thank you to all who supported this event. Full details regarding this new venture will be in the next magazine.

Reading Rota.
Dec 6th Communion A Anderson C Price
20th Carol Service TBA
24th Midnight Mass TBA
25th Christmas Day TBA
Jan 3rd Communion E Lynch R Scott
17th Communion E Hardy S Pim
24th Family Service K Skelton
Feb 7th Communion C or R Barclay C or M Fothergill

Pembridge WI
Pembridge WI usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month in Pembridge Villge Hall but in December we are going to The Cider Orchard Restaurant at Hereford College for a Christmas lunch. We are also going to The Courtyard Theatre for the pantomime. In January we will be back in the village hall for an afternoon of craft, chat and tea. In February we will be hearing about The Titanic.
If you are interested in the WI you are most welcome to join us at any of our meetings. We also have a reading group and we often go walking , ten-pin bowling and lunching.
Contacts: Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279) Tricia Lloyd (01885 488319).

Moorcourt Harvest Festival
1st October, 2015
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my retirement gift, lovely flowers and the very special evening that followed at the home of Clare and Eric. I was absolutely overwhelmed and I shall remember the evening always with great pleasure.
I retired from acting Church Warden duties solely due to ill health as I have very much enjoyed the many years that I have cared for Moorcourt Church and met so many lovely people whilst doing so. However, I am confident that those taking over my role will ensure continuity in this wonderful Church and that I can come along and just enjoy future services when I am able.
Thank you all again
Margaret Reid

Shobdon News

Shobdon Flower Festival News
A big thank you to all the musicians who came to enhance the Festival, with its lovely flower arrangements.
These included the Organists, Recorder players from Kington and the following Shobdon youngsters who played as follows:-
Flutes. Megan Roberts and Isobel Standring (Tutor = Catherine O’Rourke) Violin. Luke Doyle (Tutor and pianist = John Hymas and Mrs Doyle), also Tintinabulls Handbell Trio from Burghill. Their musical talent was much appreciated.
Morag Morley

The Bible Study Group
Has been discovering the Biblical background to what we believe, usually called The Creed, and recited at least once in every service. This was not just dreamt up, but was decided upon by priests and bishops from one end of the Mediterraneum to the other putting together the ideas that are essential to a simple statement of what Christians believe; and it is based on the early books and letters in the Bible written in the two hundred previous years, c. 100 – 300AD. The Creed comes from a long time ago, and it is good to study it once in a while to make sure one understands it, and to see where it comes from.
If you would like to join in this study, you would be very welcome. The group meets alternately in Shobdon and Stansbatch on Monday evenings at 7.00pm starting with coffee and biscuits, and the dates are in the calendar in the Messenger. Alternatively, phone John Andrews on 01568 708277 if you need directions.
Similarly, there is a group which meets for prayer on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 10.30am in the Methodist Chapel in Shobdon. Prayer is centred on people and needs in the group of parishes, particularly for the sick and the grieving. If you want support in your prayers, please join us, and we would pray with you. I need hardly say that what is prayed about is entirely confidential. If there is anything you would like included in the prayers, please phone Brenda Jacobs, Rector, or John Andrews.
Bible reading and prayer are to the Christian what water is to a plant – without water the plant dies

Staunton-on-Arrow News

A Day of Bridge hosted by Claire Burton was a great success, and thanks to the enormous efforts of everyone who contributed to the occasion. £832 was raised and will enable the PCC to progress necessary works to the fabric of the church.

Coffee Spot in the Village Hall on the 1st Saturday of every month. In addition to the excellent coffee and sumptuous cakes, on 5th December there will be a mini Christmas Fair to help you with those Christmas presents!

Crib Service & Father Christmas
Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations on Thursday 17th December. The event will start at 5pm in the Village Hall and continuing to the Church with our Rector Brenda leading children and adults through the Nativity theme and carol singing. There will be refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies and goodies for the children – and not forgetting Santa’s visit! Something for everyone.

Family carol service at St Peter’s Church will be held on 20th December 2015 at 11am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall. All welcome.

Christmas Whist Drive at Staunton-on-Arrow on Wednesday 2nd December at 7.45pm, and at Pembridge on Thursday 17th December at 7.45pm. All welcome.

Staunton on Arrow WI
By the time you read this we will have had our November Annual meeting and will have elected our committee for 2016 and our officers. We would like to thank all who supported the Harvest Supper in October; hopefully we will be able to show the short film about Hereford at another date. Our final meeting in the year is below:
Wednesday 9 December: Christmas meeting, Room of Beauty, Nikki Scott
Hostesses: The committee

No meeting January 2016, but we will be having our usual post-Christmas Sunday lunch outing.
Wednesday 17th February “Where they served” Elizabeth Hills.
A group of members plus extras will be carol singing around the village as usual before Christmas. Our lunch club is up and running between meetings and our next lunch will be in the New Year.
Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome. £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm. We have been very pleased to welcome three more new members in this last quarter: Avril Blanchot from Uphampton, Debbie Weaver and Sandra Evans, both from Staunton on Arrow.
There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website,
http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com
Alison Lord President 01544 340256

Ringing in Memory of Pte Henry Wall
On 13th October 2015 a Quarter Peal lasting 40 minutes was rung on the bells at St Peter’s Church, Staunton-on-Arrow to commemorate the centenary of the death of Private Henry Thomas Wall of the 10th Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment who died on this day in 1915 aged 21 years. Henry was a bellringer here and his name can be found on the War Memorial in the churchyard.
Unfortunately we do not have any personal information about Henry other than that his parents lived at Elmfield Cottage, Stretford Bridge, an address which no longer seems to exist.
Henry’s death is recorded on the War Memorial at Loos. The Battle of Loos took place between 25th September and 19th October 2015 and records show that 13th October was a particularly tragic day with a large number of casualties. A total of 459 men from the Gloucestershire Regiment were killed during this one campaign.
In this modern age, details of Henry’s sad demise can be found on various websites about the Great War. His name is also recorded in the Rolls of Honour kept by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers at St Paul’s Cathedral which contain the names of bellringers who gave their lives for their country.
“We will remember them.”

Kington Community Choir
Christmas is coming and Kington Community Choir has a full calendar of concerts in and around the local area in the run up to the festive season. This community choir, set up and run by Valerie Whittaker and Tina Davison, residents of Stansbatch in the parish of Staunton-on-Arrow, has proved a big hit with its friendly and dedicated membership. Under the leadership of its talented and charismatic Leader, Jon Watson, the choir’s repertoire and confidence has grown since it held its first choir practice in January 2014. Why not consider becoming a member of this friendly choir and experience the positive health and social benefits singing together can bring? There are no auditions and new members, particularly to our tenor and bass sections, are always welcome. You will find details on our website, www.kcchoir.wordpress.com, of practice nights and forthcoming events or you can contact Tina (01544 262762) or Valerie (01544 260633) for more information. You can be assured of a warm welcome when you join us on a Thursday evening, so why not give it a try?

October/November News

From the Rector

Harvest is here! -This fact cannot have escaped your attention as tractors, trailers, combines and bailers thunder around our roads and provide a background hum as we walk around our villages. Despite our annoyance at the inconvenience, we cannot live in such a beautiful agricultural county and then complain about farm traffic. I do however, sometimes wistfully yearn for the days when tractors quietly chugged rather than sped round corners!

We have enjoyed a wonderful celebration of Potato Sunday at Byton as the photographs testify but there are still 6 harvest services and events to enjoy, these are events for the whole community and it would be lovely to welcome you along.

We are called to be thankful people and maybe that has been brought home to us as we have witnessed the terrible plight of the refugees flocking into Europe by whatever means available. Governments are struggling to know how to respond, particularly in times when our own economies are going through uncertain times with public services under great pressure. Our own government has pledged to allow some 20,000 refugees from Syria in over a five year period. It seems a lot doesn’t it?

However at a recent meeting of the Pembridge History group we were challenged to see this differently. The topic of the meeting, was the arrival in Herefordshire of refugees from Belgium in 1914, at the start of the First World War. Some 250,000 Belgium refugees arrived in Great Britain, in an effort co-ordinated by some of the most influential families in society. The people were widely welcomed, despite the hardships of war and were housed, fed and clothed. A small number arrived in Herefordshire and settled in Kington, Leominster and several surrounding villages. We have no information about any staying in our own communities here in Arrowvale but we would welcome any information if you have any knowledge you could share. The Belgium refugees were repatriated at the end of the war but many families here stayed in touch and there are several letters which show the profound gratitude of the people.

One of the things our Christian faith calls us to do is to remember. The book of Exodus tells the story of how the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt. How God sent Moses to bring them out and lead them through the Red Sea to Mount Sinai where they left behind their life of slavery. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness but God continued to lead them by his presence until they entered the Promised Land.  There are constant references in the New Testament stories which remind the people of this rescue and how they should therefore treat others, as they themselves were once aliens in a foreign land.

As we remember as a nation, the experience of the First World War, may we remember too how we responded to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Belgium, how people in need were helped and may it inspire us  to believe that we can act again in this generation.

The Diocese of Hereford is setting up working groups to co-ordinate our response to this crisis and locally we have been collecting money to send to Tearfund who are operating on the ground in the Middle East. I urge us all to respond in any way we can to reduce suffering, we maybe cannot change the whole situation but that should not stop us from trying to change it for some. I leave you with the Diocese prayer for the refugees.

With every blessing Brenda 

Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death.  Amen

Potato Sunday

Thank you to Simon and Margaret Edwards for hosting another fabulous Potato Sunday. Also a big thank you to the cooks who produced a marvellous supper.  The weather was perfect and the potato harvest was in full swing.

Staff and volunteers from Strawberry Hill visit Shobdon church

On Thursday 17th September we welcomed some special visitors as part of establishing a link with Strawberry Hill, the house Horace Walpole had built in South London.

Richard Bateman, who brought about the building of the church we have at Shobdon, was a friend of Horace Walpole and a member of ‘the Committee of Taste’’.  The style of the church is frequently described as Strawberry Hill Gothic and the links between the two buildings were immediately apparent to our visitors.

We hope this will be the beginning of a great link which will develop over time. The next stage will involve a visit from Shobdon to Strawberry Hill.  Look out for further details in the messenger.

BYTON NEWS

October 16th

Harvest Festival will be held at Byton Church on Friday October 16th at 7.00pm followed by supper at Court House Farm (£10 including first drink).

Wednesday November 11th

A short Remembrance Day service will be held in the at the church 10.50am.

Cleaning and Flowers Rota

October Everyone for Harvest

November Mrs L Weaver and Mrs M Edwards

Future Dates

Monday December 21st Carol Service

January 23rd Scottish Evening @ Kinsham Village Hall

LYONSHALL NEWS

An extract from the Address given by Anthony Mills in Lyonshall Church Morning Service on Sept. 6th.

September 9th 2015 sees the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch in our nation’s history as well as the longest serving Supreme Governor of The Church of England. The Queen is also the only monarch to have had a Diamond Wedding, she is the oldest monarch in our history and is the oldest head of state in the world. These records are unlikely to be broken and if anything deserves superlatives, it will be these momentous achievements and if anyone deserves to be remembered in the  pantheon of famous people, it will surely be our Queen.

The Queen holds a special place for us in this church for she is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and it is her duty to defend it. Our coins still bear the letters F.D. – Fidei Defensor or Defender of the Faith. When the Queen opened her first parliament in 1952 she had to make this declaration of faith “I, Elizabeth II, do solemnly and sincerely, in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I am a faithful protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments which secure the protestant succession to the Throne of my Realm, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to the law”.

There can be no doubt that the Queen has faithfully carried out this promise. But she has many non Church of England and non Christian subjects especially in the wider Commonwealth. So, when in 1952, she spoke about her forthcoming Coronation in her Christmas broadcast, she said “I want to ask you all, whatever your religion may be, to pray for me on that day – to pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making and that I may faithfully serve Him and you all the days of my life.” Another promise diligently kept and which remains a shining example of truth and honour to which all public figures would do well to aspire.

Of all her predecessors the Queen has been the most consistently and honestly religious Supreme Governor. She invariably attends church every Sunday and on important festivals wherever she is in the world; and this through belief and conviction and not just duty. Although she takes no part in the Church’s formal deliberations, she does express her views and in her Diamond Jubilee year delivered an impassioned defence of the Established Church and stressed the continuing importance of religion in an increasingly secular society, She emphasised that while the Church of which she was head was “woven into the fabric of this country” it also had a duty to protect freedom of worship for other faiths in order to build a better society. She ended her speech, “Faith plays a big role in the identity of millions of people, providing not only a system of belief but also a sense of belonging. Indeed religious groups have a proud track record of helping those in greatest need.”

The Queen is uncompromising in her personal religious standards but is understanding in her appreciation of the different ways in which her subjects and citizens all over the world reach up to God.

WW1

Mrs Margaret (‘Maggie’) Henderson and her husband David visited The Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, Lyonshall, on Thursday 10th September 2015 to pay their respects to Margaret’s Great Uncle – Trooper Frank Cowles 4th LH.  Frank was born at ‘The George Inn’ at Lyonshall in 1892 and was mortally wounded at Gallipoli in August 1915 whilst serving with The Australian Light Horse.  He died on 10th September 1915 at Devonport Hospital and is buried at Lyonshall.  Margaret and David made their ‘pilgrimage’ from Formby in Lancashire to visit the Cowles’ family graves and hear the bells tolled (23 times, once for each year of his short life) at ‘Sunset’ on the Centenary of his death.

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 October 9th and Friday November 13th.

Fundraising news…

In August we raised £70 which was donated to Hope House Children Hospices, and in September we were able to support the vital work of the Midland Air Ambulance Charity, raising £130.

Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support.

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new.

Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Santa Steam Special

Due to popular demand we are having Santa Steam Special on Sunday 13th December 2015.

10.30 -3.30 pm at Titley Junction by kind permission of Robert and Lesley Hunt.

We would love some extra help setting up on the days before and if anyone could help for an hour or two on the day we would be really grateful. We are having the usual cake stall, bottle stall and wreath stall along with activities for the children in the heated Marquee. There will be refreshments on the platform.

Contact : Liz Avery: 01544 340409.

Many thanks.

Friends of Lyonshall Church

The latest draw winners are:

1. Angela Wilkes, 2. Frank Price, 3. Dilys Oram, 4.P.M.F. Allen, 5. Richard Eckley

Harvest Festival and Lunch

This will be held in the church at 11.00 am on October 4th followed by Lunch in the Memorial Hall. Adults and children over 10 £8. We do hope that you will come along and share this very friendly occasion with us.

Titley Lunch 2016

This a very advance date for your diary!

The Lunch will be held on April 28th 2016 and the speaker will be Lady Ann Foley talking about “Having The Queen To Stay”.

PEMBRIDGE NEWS

Pembridge WI

(contacts Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388 279.  Tricia Lloyd 011885 488319)
We meet on the second Wednesday of every month, usually in the Village Hall. For our October meeting (14th October 7.00pm) we are expecting  Eleanor Mason (registrar)to speak on “The History of Marriage”.

In November we are looking forward to hear from Peter Holliday on “Victorian Leominster” This will also be our annual meeting at which we decide on the committee for 2016. In December our Christmas lunch will be at The Orchard Restaurant – Hereford College, and a trip to the pantomime at The Courtyard is also being planned.

In between meetings the reading group will be meeting for chat and tea, and some of us will be bowling at The Grove. Outings for shopping, boat trips, walks (usually gentle) and lunch are often arranged as well.

But on Friday 16th October in the Village Hall ( 2.30pm -4.30pm) we are holding a “Scarves and Accessories” afternoon, with tea and cake. Everybody is invited. Free entry, but tea and cake £2.00. Proceeds from this afternoon will be split between Alzheimer’s Society (Hereford) and Pembridge WI.

We do hope you can join us.

Harvest Supper.

The harvest supper will take place on Saturday 24th 7.30pm at the village hall. Tickets will be available at £7.50 with donations towards children’s meals. If anybody would like to help by donating a hot supper dish or pudding please let Jacqui or Gill know.

Woodcock Fayre.

Pembridge Church will be holding a Woodcock Fayre on the 21st November 11.00am – 4.00pm.

There will be a variety of stalls from which to purchase goods, children’s activities, refreshments, entertainment, draws and will conclude with the results of a ”silent “ Auction of Promises. Any donations towards the stalls of cakes, produce, bric a brac, bottles, jams or preserves can be left in the kitchen vestry during the week before or brought on the morning. We will also be looking for lots for our Auction of Promises. If you are able to donate anything such as a couple of hours labour, firewood, cooking or baking, holiday accommodation or anything which would make an appropriate lot please let Jacqui Thomas on 01544 388471 know. This is a new venture which we hope to hold on an annual basis, so please support us if you can.

Pembridge Tapestry Calendar.

Within the next few weeks there will be a calendar for sale, based on the 12 tapestries which make up the Pembridge Tapestry display. This is a limited edition of 150 and will be on sale for £7.50. An example of the calendar will be on show in the church and will be available to buy at The Village Quire concert,  the Woodcock Fayre, the Christmas Lighting Up evening and from any member of the PCC. You will be able to pre-order by contacting Gill Smith on 01544 388441 if required.

If you are interested in being part of the next tapestry project, the group have started meeting every other Thursday morning at Staunton village hall. For further details contact Gill on number listed above or speak to an existing member of the group.

Reading Rota.

Oct 4th Communion R Scott E Lynch
18th Communion S Pim E Hardy
25th Family Service T Hollinghurst
Nov 1st Communion C or M Fothergill C or R Barclay
8th Remembrance Sunday TBA
15th Communion J Pace L or M Boore
22nd Family Service K Skelton
29th Group TBA
Dec 6th Communion A Anderson C Price

Have you ever wanted to make or wear medieval clothes?

In St Mary’s Church we are fortunate to have four stone effigies which are over 600 years old.  Originally, like many things in the church, they would have been brightly painted.

They represent Nicholas and John Gour and their wives. These men were Sergeants at Law to the powerful Mortimer Family who ruled the area. (Sergeants at Law were the legal experts of their day).

A chance meeting and comments with the author and medieval costume specialist, Sarah Thursfield, that these effigies were of very high status people led to Pembridge History Group deciding to recreate the outfits.

Obviously this is a major project and the history group would welcome any help or donations from interested parties.

We specifically need four models to wear the outfits and have them made to fit. Obvioulsy anyone with an interest in sewing, pattern cutting etc would be a reral asset. There will also be accessories (belts hats and headresses etc) to make.

The plan is to have Sarah run a one day workshop to “get us going” and then, start with the underwear and work our way up to the outer garments.

Anyone who would like to be part of the project please contact Bob Anderson on ra@ra-ms.co.uk.

SHOBDON NEWS

Coffee Mornings

Village Hall 10 – 12 noon

  • Saturday , 10th October
  • Saturday, 14th November
  • Saturday, 12th December

At the coffee morning in October rent a table for £5 and sell all your old toys !

Harvest Festival

Sunday, 11th October at 4pm with tea afterwards at Shobdon Court. (please bring a plate of food).

Shobdon- 6.00pm Nov 1st. 

Service for all souls.

Every year we hold a service when we can come and remember our friends and family members whom we love but see no longer.

Those who have had a funeral service conducted by the team here will be remembered by name but if you want us to include the names of others please get in touch with the Rector.

This service is open to all and will include some music from the choir,  an opportunity for reflection and an invitation to light a candle in memory of your loved ones.

STAUNTON-ON-ARROW NEWS

Community Broadband Proposal

An open meeting to discuss the establishment of a Community Broadband Group in this village is planned for 6th October at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The background to this is the generally recognised problem with Broadband Speeds delivered to the public. It becomes ever clearer that Broadband providers are badly failing to meet their stated commitments of Broadband speed.

Such a Community Broadband Group would operate in the same way as does our “Village Water”.  At present BT “guarantees” 2.5 MBS (but not everyone gets this). Speeds provided by the proposed plan are likely to be 12-14 MBS, which might drop to 5-6 MBS in very busy times.

Anyone who would welcome faster Broadband speeds is urged to attend the above meeting.

Harvest Festival

Sunday 18th October 2015. Fun activities for all the family in the Village Hall at 3pm. Service in St Peter’s Church at 4pm followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

A Day of Bridge has been organised for Saturday 14th November 2015 starting at 10am.  Tickets are £15 and include coffee, lunch and tea, and are obtainable from Claire Burton at Old Court Farm – 01544 388434.

Staunton on Arrow WI

Our meeting in August when we welcomed three other WI’s from the Marches Group was thoroughly enjoyed by all and our speaker Susan Russell was excellent.  We all went away inspired to add more climbing plants to our gardens.   Our programme for the year continues in October and November with the following events:

Wednesday 21 October: “The Undercover Experience” – Carrie Francis. Hostesses: Ann Kent Phillips & Bette Inskip

Friday 30 October: Harvest Supper, 7.00 for 7.30. Tickets now on sale from Shirley Percy or contact any member of the committee.

Wednesday 18 November: Annual Meeting, Committee for 2015 – 2016 to be elected. Forensic Science – Heather Carrington. Hostesses:Gill Busby & Noelle Gill

Our lunch club is up and running between meetings and we plan to lunch on October 8th and November 12th. Venues not chosen as yet. Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.  We have been really pleased to welcome three new members over this year so far: Becky Bissell from Lyonshall, and Sarah Westaby and Gwendolyn Cox from Uphampton.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com I have started to update the history page so have a look if you have a spare moment.  If you can help me to label the photos I would be very grateful.

Alison Lord. President 01544 340256

Coffee Spot in the Village Hall on the 1st Saturday of every month. In addition to the excellent coffee and sumptuous cakes, on 5th December there will be a “bring and buy” stall to help you with those Christmas presents!

Crib Service & Father Christmas

Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations. Date is Thursday 17th December at 5.00pm in the Village Hall with our Rector Brenda leading children and adults through the Nativity theme. There will be refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies – something for everyone.

Family carol service at St Peter’s Church will be held on 20th December 2015 at 11.00am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall.

All welcome.

 

August/September News

From the Rector

Last week I conducted a leavers’ service for both Shobdon and Pembridge Schools. These annual services are always wonderful and moving occasions where the skills and talents of the children leaving are celebrated, we pray especially for them and ask God’s blessing on them as they make the big move onto their respective High schools.

So the school summer holidays have begun, maybe you have wonderful memories of long lazy days, when time slowed down. Of course in our memories, the sun was nearly always shining and we had freedoms which today’s children can only dream of. Perhaps you helped with the fruit harvest, or ran errands.  Maybe we are guilty of looking at the past through rose tinted spectacles, or for some through the lens of happy holiday snaps, but the experience of growing up has undoubtedly changed. Paul and I have spent a few happy hours recently going through our family photos finding suitable images to put up on display at our son’s forthcoming wedding. The memories come flooding back and we can feel transported to the places we see, remembering the sights, sounds, scents and feelings we experienced.

50 years ago too there was a wonderful collection of photographs taken by the renowned photographer, John Bulmer which was published in the Sunday Times. They depicted Pembridge village life. The Amenity Trust is hoping to stage an exhibition of them in the autumn to mark this anniversary, look out for the details later, as in many cases they capture a way of life long gone. Maybe as you take your photographs this summer you may reflect on what we and others will think of them some 50 years later.

Later in September, Shobdon is putting on a flower festival at Church. The theme is fruits of the spirit based on the passage in Galatians Chp 5 22-23. It fits with the autumn season and we hope very much to use mainly local and home grown flowers and fruits. On display too will be wedding photos of couples who have been married in Shobdon church, time for more memories to come flooding back.

However you spend this summer either at home or away I wish you a time of true rest, time maybe to take in the abundance of God’s glorious creation.  A time to lift your eyes to the hills, time maybe to remember the importance of rest, of Sabbath, and also of the role of the church to provide and encourage restorative rest. Our churches are open to provide somewhere to pause in the ceaseless round, the busyness of our daily lives

Jesus invites his disciples to:

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while,”  Mark 6 v 31

If you read the story, you will discover that the disciples didn’t actually get much rest, as their compassion for those in need overtook them.  Maybe that rings a few bells for some of us!

But the invitation remains; come and rest a while. May your needs be met and you continue on your way restored.

With every blessing,

Brenda

 

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join the conversation, share the journey… across Hereford Diocese in September 2015 and beyond…

Bishop Richard and Bishop Alistair invite YOU to explore with them what it means to be followers of Jesus today as Christians, as churches, as a diocese…

www.hereford.anglican.org/churchgoers/communications_for_parishes/follow/index.aspx

 

Byton News

BBQ

This will take place in the churchyard following the Group Service  on Sunday August 2nd which is at 11am.

Potato Sunday

There will be a service in the farm buildings on Sunday 20th September at 4.00pm followed by a tour of the potato grading and storage facilities at Court House Farm.  There will be a meal in the farmhouse to follow and all are welcome. The actual potato grading is dependant on the weather conditions, but the rest of the afternoon will be as planned even if the weather is wet.

Harvest Festival

Friday 16th October at 7pm followed by supper at Court House Farm.

 

Lyonshall News

Open Gardens and Dog Show

We would like to thank Andrew and Anto Morley for holding this event at Castle Weir. It was extremely successful and raised £1321 for Church funds. Despite inclement weather, everyone enjoyed looking round the beautiful gardens which are so well cared for. The Dog Show was, as usual, well attended and very entertaining. Many thanks to all who helped on the day and provided refreshments and plants, etc. beforehand.

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 August 14th and Friday September 11th.

Fundraising news…

In June we raised £100 which was donated to EarAid Nepal, and in July we were able to support our local St. Michaels Hospice once again, with a cheque for £70.

Thanks, as always, to everyone for their generous support.

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new.  Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

For further details or to arrange transport, please contact Kathy Thompson on 01544 340386. Everyone welcome.

Macmillan World Biggest Coffee Morning

This year’s annual Macmillan Coffee Morning will take place on Friday 25th September at Lyonshall Memorial Hall from 10am until noon.

Coffee, cakes, preserves, raffle and produce; please come along and support this worthwhile cause if you can.

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw

The latest winners are:

Richard Oliver, Malcolm Bissell

David Wilkes, Andrew Burgoyne

Beresford Vaughan

Please note – Santa Special will be held this year on Sunday 13th December at Titley Junction by kind permission of Robert and Lesley Hunt. Further information in the next edition.

Clock Winding

Thanks again to John Brown and his several assistants for carrying out this weekly task for 20 years. A heartfelt thank you to Malcolm Thompson for volunteering to ‘carry on winding’ for the foreseeable future’. The PCC is considering the possibility of installing an automatic winding system and is considering the cost thereof.

Bo Hollingsworth, for so long a stalwart of our Bellringers, is leaving us shortly to move to Bedfordshire. Our thanks to Bo for all she has done, not only for us at Lyonshall but also for several nearby Parishes and particularly for all the effort she put in with others when serious money was required at short notice to re-furbish our bells. We wish Bo and her husband Graham every good fortune in their new home.

 

Pembridge News

Festival of Flowers and Music to Celebrate the Pembridge Tapestries 22nd – 25th May

The months of planning the Festival of Flowers resulted in a memorable weekend of celebration for the launch of the Pembridge Tapestries.

We welcomed people from all over the UK as well as others from around the world, including Canada, Australia and Italy.   However, it was the support of the people from the Parish of Pembridge and others in the Arrowvale Group, which was so encouraging.

The weekend started with an Opening Service where the team involved in developing the tapestries opened the Festival to launch them, followed by the Talgarth Male Voice Choir, who literally set the tone for the weekend!

We were blessed with excellent weather throughout the weekend, which meant that people were able to relax and enjoy every aspect of the Festival, including organ recitals organised by Tim, tours of the village with Bob and the display of scarecrows!

The Taiko Drumming, led by Pete Goodman, on Saturday evening was a revelation.  Few of us knew what to expect and initially wondered if our ears were up to the pounding drums, or even if the church roof would remain intact!   But their performance and energy was amazing.  The lovely voices of Pembridge School Choir made a perfect contrast to the evening.  Robert Dean brought us a Spring Serenade on Sunday evening with poetry by Christopher Goode accompanied by the delightful voices of Henry Manning and Charmian Bedford.

The flower displays, organised by Joyce Williams and her talented team depicted the tapestries beautifully as well as enhancing the porch, the windows and the sanctuary, where we remembered friends and family no longer with us.  The display by Sandra Edwards of Pembridge in the Steam Age, highlighting Linda and Ron Jones’ honeymoon getaway, set many cameras whirring!  (Linda has lived in the parish all her life and was one of the amazing stitchers of that tapestry).  The Leen Hereford bull, “Onward” was also much admired and patted by so many children.  The work on the font “A Tapestry of Colours” by Ness and Joyce was a complete contrast, where natural objects were used creating amazing patterns.  We welcomed the Dean of Hereford, The Very Rev. Michael Tavinor to our Sunday morning worship where he celebrated communion and talked about our exhibition and the link with the Quaker tapestries in Kendal.

The amazing catering team of Sharon, Clare and Jen and their band of helpers, fed us over the weekend with an array of cakes, sandwiches and much more.  The Monday barbecue, supported by music from our perennial rock star Phil Weaver, fed a large number of visitors, enabling everyone to relax and celebrate the success of our Festival. You may have gone home with plants from the wonderfully stocked plant stall organised by Liz and Roland, a jar of jam from Catherine and Marguerite, a cake from Sheila and Kate, a cushion from the craft stall, or even a tapestry brochure but hopefully you will have taken with you the memories of a Festival which involved so many talented people in Pembridge.

Thank you to everyone

Gill Smith, Jacqui Thomas  

Pembridge WI

Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall. For our August meeting we are to gather at the Parish Hall at 1.30pm before going out to Moors Meadow near Bromyard, taking a ”bring and share tea”.  In September we are expecting an “Up-lifting experience” from Hearts Lingerie (in aid of Breast Cancer), and for October we have a talk on “History of Marriage” from Eleanor Mason(registrar). Both these meetings are in the Parish Hall at 7pm. Also the Reading Group will be meeting and we will be going Ten-pin Bowling at the Grove. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings and hopefully may even like us and become members. Contact Tricia Lloyd (0188555 488319)  Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279)

Dates for the Diary

August 1st Fete- cancelled 

October 3rd Concert – Village Quire

7.30pm               Pembridge Church

November 21st Woodcock Fayre

Strawberry Tea

Thank you to all who attended the strawberry tea at The Curl. A total of £410 was raised with half going to the Nepal Earthquake appeal.

An Hour of Piano Duet Music

We would like to thank David Elwin and Mike Channon for the lovely playing in the concert of the 14th June. A variety of music was played including Bach, Ravel and Mozart and the concert raised £100 towards church funds.

Pembridge Parish Christain Aid Collection

This year’s house to house collection raised £419-19. Very sincere thanks to all who collected and all who gave. Thanks also to all at The Olde Steppes for once again letting us use the shop as a drop off point. Together we’ve raised enough to change or save the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Best wishes, Janice Moore

Pembridge Reading Rota

Aug 16th Family Communion Tim Hollinghurst

Sept 6th Communion L or M Boore J Pace

20th Communion C Price A Anderson

27th Family Service K Skelton

Oct 4th Communion R Scott E Lynch

Back to the Garden

With The Village Quire and Phil Smith

A new musical story of life and hope in the trenches of war-torn France during the Great War, from the letters of Corporal William Bevan, soldier and gardener.

In peace time, he occupied the position of Head Gardener at Kinsham Court near Presteigne in North Herefordshire.  Once at the front Bevan corresponded with his employer, Sir John Stanhope Arkwright.  Bevan’s letters to Sir John are a wonderful blend of horticulture and heroism.  He comments on blooms and seedlings that Sir John has sent by post for his inspection, talks about the great plans he has for the new garden at Kinsham Court and then, almost in the same breath, tells of patrols in no man’s land: ‘… I was behind one hedge, then a cottage garden, and Fritz behind the other hedge …’, and of how he is, ‘slightly gassed’!  Bevan is no shrinking violet and would love to be decorated with the Military Cross, but his dearest wish is to return home to all he holds most dear.

Interwoven with Bevan’s story are two other true accounts: that of Vincent Street, who fought and died on the Western Front, and that of William Anderton who, for reasons of conscience, would not fight at all – one war, three men, three such very different experiences.   Much was changed by The Great War, the old order of things being swept away during the course of those fateful four years.  How can our hero ever hope to get Back to the Garden?

The Village Quire have a reputation for spine-tingling harmony singing with all the emotional clout, subtlety of expression and love of life that you get when voices are raised together in song.

Phil Smith trained as an actor at E15, only retiring to live in Wales after a long and successful career in the profession, where he decided to take up acting as a hobby!

The new songs and arrangements written by Dave Newell for Back to the Garden are inspired by our rich traditions of folk-harmony singing and West Gallery music.

Look out for posters nearer the time. Tickets will be £10.00 from the usual sources.

 

Continuing our tribute to the fallen of WW1, the bells will be tolled at 11.00am on the 18th September to remember Private Ernest Morris,17283, 5th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, age 23, son of Benjamin and Mary Morris, remembered at Etaples Military Cemetery

 

Shobdon News

The Christian Aid Collection in the Village in May raised £225.70 . Thank you to all who contributed toward helping families in distress and poverty around the world. “

The Historic Churches sponsored cycle ride takes place on Sat 12th September. This year you can also go by car as well as by foot or horse. If you are interested in partcipating, please contact us for sponsorship forms etc:-  R & M Morley 01568 708 470

Bible studies

The group has elected to study The Creed, which is a short statement of what Christians believe.  In June, Robin Rogers gave us help in understanding its historic origins in the time of the very early church, and we have, since then, looked at Biblical writings on which the first sentence is based.  This brings to life something which is repeated by rote in nearly every church service.  There is a maximum membership of eight at present, and there is room for two or three more.  Give us a try.

Prayer meetings

These continue through the holiday.  One of the remarkable things about these meetings is the number of times that the prayers are answered, many more times than can be accounted for just by luck or coincidence.  If you have a need for prayer for someone, or for a situation, phone me on 01568 708277, and we will pray.  All such requests are entirely confidential; they are not the start of  a gossip chain.

Food & Flying Festival

Thank you to all who contributed and helped on the Church Tombola stall, we raised £380 which was a great result.

Flower Festival – 26th/27th September

The flower festival is fast approaching! Just a reminder that a competition for the best basket of home-grown vegetables will be held. Also an exhibition of wedding photos, were you married in Shobdon? Would you like your wedding photos on display? If so please contact Pearl Teale on 708725.

Coffee Mornings

Village Hall 10 -12 noon

Saturday, 8th August

Saturday, 12th September

Saturday , 10th October

School Concert

The school concert took place on the 2nd July . It was a delightful evening of music and fun and the church was full of very proud parents and grandparents.

Toy Swop

At the coffee morning on the 10th October you can rent a table for £5 and sell all your old toys. If you are interested please call Anne 708712 or Marcia 708360. If successful we will run in November too.

Calendar for August/September

(The Bible study group is on holiday for August)

4 August Prayer meeting Methodist chapel 10.30 am

18 August Prayer meeting Methodist chapel 10.30 am

1 September Prayer meeting Methodist chapel 10.30 am

7 September Bible study Tyn-y-Coed 7.30 pm

15 September Prayer meeting  Methodist chapel 10.30 am

 21 September Bible study The Nursery 7.30 pm

5 October Bible study Tyn-y-Coed 7.30 pm

6 October Prayer meeting Methodist chapel 10.30 am

Church Cleaning

Would you consider helping clean the church a few times a year ? If so can you contact Anne 708712 or Marcia 708360.

Shobdon School – Leavers

Sadly this year the children were unable to come to the church because of the wet weather, so the service was held in the school hall.

There were hymns, songs , the presentation of the bibles to the leavers  and as usual an ice-cream ! The leavers are Logan Lovelock, Kaitlin Smith, Abbie Moore, Leona Ravenhill and Connor O’Connell – we wish them all the very best at their new school.

 

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton on Arrow WI

We had a wonderful outing in July for 15 members and friends to Powys Castle.  Our programme for the year continues in August and September with the following events:

Wednesday 19 August:

“The Third Dimension” Climbing plants Susan Russell

This meeting is also the Group meeting for the Marches Group of WI’s.

Hostesses: The Committee

Wednesday 16 September :

“Katmandu is interesting, Dhangardh is happy”, Orphanage and clinic in Nepal , Len Dixon

Hostesses: Marion Weaver & Claire Burton

Our lunch club is up and running between meetings and we plan to lunch at Three Cocks on August 6th and Broadfield Court on September 10th.  Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments. 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website,

http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord. President 01544 340256

Progressive Sunday Lunch

The “new style” progressive meal was very well received. The two changes that people particularly liked were the more leisurely programme of having starter and main course with one host before gathering together for puddings and coffee, also having a lunch rather than a supper received favourable comments from all. Many thanks go to the 6 hosts who catered, between them, for 40 guests. A total of £773 (which included raffle and donations) was raised for St Peter’s Church.

Friends of St. Thomas A Becket Church, Huntington.

On Saturday September 19th at 7.30 pm., Dame Margaret Anstee DCMG, of ‘The Knill’, Presteigne will be our final speaker of this year’s events.  Her maternal roots are from this area but she has had the most varied and interesting life.  Being one of the first women ever admitted to the British Foreign Service, she rose to become the first female Under Secretary-General of the United Nations.  She was also one of the last people to see Donald Maclean before he fled to Russia.  This fascinating evening, will conclude with drinks and canapés after the event.  £9 pp.  Please apply on line via www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk or telephone Fiona Shone on 01544 370391.

Caption competition!

We were looking for the best caption for this photograph!

The winner is from Sally Hiams

“Jest-er minute, me thinks I hear a ringing in my ears!”