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

 

Follow!

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!”

June/July News

From the Rector

By the time you read this, the festival of flowers and music to celebrate the completion of the Pembridge tapestries will have happened but of course the tapestries will remain on display in church throughout the summer and many summers to come.

The Pembridge tapestries tell the history of the village through the centuries.  As I wrote in the festival programme, they provide an opportunity for all who look at them to consider their place in the world.  We are all part of the great story of God’s interaction with his people.  We may think we are so small and insignificant that our contribution to this world is not worth recording, but the Pembridge tapestries stand as testament that this is not the case; we all have a part to play.

Some months ago, as I added my two insignificant stiches to this great work of art, I reflected that our lives can seem a bit like the reverse of the tapestry.  On the reverse of the picture, the threads look like a tangle of chaos which didn’t make any sense.  There was a jumble of colours, knots and loose ends it didn’t look like there was much pattern or order. However, when I turned it back over, the picture was full of pattern and beauty. I could see the colours and threads working together in harmony to produce the finished scene. Our lives might appear random and chaotic and we wonder at times what life is all about, but God is working away bringing order out of chaos. He is weaving through the story of our lives, as our stories are woven alongside those who came before us and those who will come after us.  Often it feels like we can’t see the big picture but thankfully God can. All of the seemingly random threads of colour and chaos of our lives contribute to the splendour of the finished picture as we become part of the on-going story of our community.

That is the value of creativity. We become co-creators with God whether we grow flowers or crops, knit or sew, paint or take photographs, write or tell stories to our families and friends, look after animals, cook or construct.  All around us the wonders of creation are in evidence but to really appreciate it all we have to join in and play our part. There is something deep within us that is touched when we engage with creation in this way; it is not all about the end product but what we gain from the process.

So the invitation is there to each of us to continue to join in with God’s great work of creation which is ongoing and find food for our souls. We are created in his image to live in community.  As we enjoy summer in the Herefordshire countryside with fetes, dog shows, cream teas and every kind of gathering, we give thanks to the God who simply wants us to delight in his creation as he delights in us.

With every blessing

Brenda Jacobs

For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.    Psalm 149 v 4 

 

Byton News

Good Friday

The Carrying of the Cross up the hill behind the church on Good Friday was again well attended with coffee and hot cross buns served in the church afterwards.

BBQ

The annual BBQ in the churchyard will follow the Group Service on Sunday, August 2nd @ 11am.

Flowers and Cleaning Rota

June Mrs J Jeakins and Mrs J Owens
July  Mrs L Weaver and Mrs M Edwards

2015 Knighton Pilgrimage of Song

The Knighton Pilgrimage, taking place on 5th to 7th June, is visiting Byton at 2.30pm  and Shobdon at 6.15pm on the 5th June.

The Pilgrim Singers would like to invite you to join them.  The music is as usual led by Geoff Weaver, to compliment the liturgy devised by the Reverend Anne Ballard. The theme this year is Paradise lost and regained.  We will be delighted to welcome you.

Further information from Sarah Green – 01547 560005

 

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 June 12th and Friday July 10th.

Fundraising news…

In April we raised £60 which was donated as sponsorship to Angie Vaughan who participated in the annual Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research, and in May we were able to support Jon Birchall with £100, raising funds for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.

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.

Clock Winder needed

John Brown is retiring from winding the church tower clock at Lyonshall for approx 20 years.

We are extremely grateful to him for his conscientiousness and loyalty to this task. He has been assisted in latter years by John Edgecombe and we thank them both. We are already looking for a volunteer for this job and if anyone feels they are able to help we would be very grateful. It is very important that the clock is wound every week because it is amazing how many people check the time by it. Of course, we don’t hear if it is working, only when it has stopped!!

If you feel you can help, please contact Ron Addis on 01544340261

Annual Ladies Lunch

The fourth Annual Lunch took place at Titley Village Hall on Thursday March 19th when a sellout audience of 100 were entertained by Sheila Dibnah, wife of the late TV steeplejack, Fred. Fred was a real character who made few concessions to the modern way of life and some of the stories Sheila told, as well as being amusing, could have brought on an attack of vertigo! Sheila’s talk was followed by an excellent lunch. A big thank you to all who prepared or donated food or helped in so many ways to make this annual event such an enjoyable occasion. Special thanks to Sue Davies, ably supported by her husband Mike, for organising the lunch once again. Thanks, also, to the generous support of those who bought tickets and entered the draw as £1380 was raised for Church funds. Sue is now selecting the Speaker for next years lunch and details will be announced in due course.

Help Needed – Memorial Hall

Due to illness help is now urgently needed to mow/strim the grass. About 1 hour per month on average. If you can help please contact Pat Addis on 340261.

 

Pembridge News

Annual Parish Church Meeting.

We held our Annual Church meetings on Sunday 26th April following the family service. The Annual meeting of Parishioners elected Mrs. Gill Smith and Mrs. Jacqui Thomas to be our churchwardens for the coming year. Immediately after this meeting the Annual Parochial Church meeting received the treasurer’s report and the secretary’s report of events in 2014, and Reverend Brenda Jacobs also gave a report and thanked her wardens and PCC for their support and hard work. The Parochial Church Council  for the coming year was elected as follows; Treasurer-Miss Catherine Fothergill, Secretary- Miss Marguerite Fothergill, Mrs. Meryl Griffith, Mrs. Jenny Locke, Mr. Eric Price, Mr. Roland Scott.

Our representatives on the Kington and Weobley Deanery Synod will be Catherine and Marguerite.

At the end of the meeting Mr. Bob Anderson proposed a vote of thanks to Rev. Jacobs for everything that she does for our parish.

We have room for more people to join us and they would be most welcome.

If you have any questions or suggestions relating to church matters please contact a member of the PCC so that they could be addressed at the next meeting.

Strawberry Tea.

Please come and join us for a Strawberry Tea at The Curl, Marston, 3.00pm on the 21st June. This has become an annual event for us and is always very enjoyable. Lovely strawberries and cream,  cake and drinks in a lovely setting.

Cream Teas.

Traditional cream teas will be available in the church every Sunday afternoon from June 28th until September 5th, 3 -00pm – 5-00pm.  Any donations of scones, cakes or help on the day would be gratefully received.

Fete

The fete will take place in Pembridge Church, August 1st at 2.30pm. There will be all the usual stalls, with activities for the children and refreshments served throughout the afternoon. Donations of cakes, plants, bottles, books bric a brac etc. can all be left in the church during the last week of July. Help is always welcome, so if you are able to, please contact Jacqui or Gill.

Reading Rota.

  • June
    • 7th Communion A Anderson, C Price
    • 21st Communion E Lynch, R Scott
    • 28th Family Service K Skelton
  • July
    • 5th Communion E Hardy S Pim
    • 19th Communion C or R Barclay C or M Fothergill
    • 26th Family Service T Hollinghurst

An Hour Of Piano Duet Music

St. Mary’s Church, Pembridge. Sunday, June 14th, 2015, at 3.00 pm.  David Elwin and Michael Channon, piano duet.

Music: DUKAS: Fanfare (‘La Peri’) BACH: Sheep may safely graze RAVEL: Mother Goose (Ma Mere l’Oye) MOZART: Duet-sonata in Bb, K358 Yamaha piano. Programme £5.

Pembridge WI 

In June Karen Van Hoffe will be telling us about her knitted jewellery and on June 17th we will be going by coach to Trentham Gardens.

In July Lis Dodds-Sandi will be telling us about life in Zimbabwe.

We will also be 10 pin bowling and the reading group will be meeting.

We welcome visitors to all of our meetings (£3 entry including tea and cake) and even better if they become members – we are a friendly group of ladies who enjoy being sociable.

We meet in Pembridge Parish Hall on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279) or Tricia Lloyd (01885 488319)

Festival of Flowers and Music to Celebrate the Pembridge Tapestries 22nd – 25th May

Thank you to all who helped and attended our Festival.

A more detailed summary of the event will appear in the next issue of the magazine.

 

Shobdon News

May 10th 2015

Andrew Gilliat’s choice  of hymns was magnificent. The church was full of joyful singing and Terry Teale gave a wonderful tribute, thanking Andrew for his dedication to the church for 55 years. The celebrations afterwards lasted well into the afternoon. Thank you to John Andrews for his brilliant drawing of Shobdon Church which was presented to Andrew. Thank you to all who contributed delicious food to the catering.”

Coffee mornings – 10 am to 12 noon in the Village Hall. A great time to meet your neighbours and have a chat. Also wi fi now available in the Village Hall.

  • Saturday 13th June
  • Saturday 11th July
  • Saturday 8th August
  • Coffee Morning – October We are planning  to have a ‘toy swap’ , further information in the next edition of The Messenger.

Food Festival – 27th/28th June

The church will be having a bottle stall at the festival and also will be selling plants.

Any spare vegetable plants , tomato, courgette etc you may have would be very gratefully received and also donations of bottles.

(Marcia 708360 or Anne 708712)

Saturday 25th July

By kind permission of Richard & Penny Corbett there will be a marquee in the gardens of Shobdon Court where  cream teas and refreshments  will be served from 10.00am to 4.30pm. The magnificent arboretum at the Court will also be open for the day for you to enjoy.

Flower Festival

26th/27th September

Calling all flower growers in Shobdon – can you please consider donating flowers /foliage for our festival to keep the costs down.A competition for the best basket of home-grown vegetables will be held. There will also be an exhibition of wedding photos in the marquee. Were you married in Shobdon ? Would you like your photos included ?

Contacts :  Marcia 708360 or Anne 708712.

 

Staunton-on-Arrow News

Village Hall AGM

The Staunton on Arrow Village Hall AGM is taking place on Thursday 4th June at 7pm at the Village Hall. All welcome to attend.

We urgently require someone to take over the Treasurers position on the Committee.

If you feel you can spare a little of your time for this important role, the Village Hall Trustees would be extremely grateful.

For further information please contact either:-

Shirley Percy on 01544 388558 or Heather Owens 01544 388106

Progressive Lunch On Sunday 28th June 2015

This now starts at 12.30 and will take the form of nibbles / starter and drinks, and main course with your host, followed by puddings and coffee in the village hall. Tickets can be obtained from Liz Hewett 01544 388764, Sandra Edwards 01544 388425 or Sue Burleigh 01544 267368 at £15 (£10 for children)

Staunton-On-Arrow Village Fête – Saturday 18th July At 2.00pm

After a very successful fete at Court of Noke in 2014, in spite of some thundery showers, the village is looking forward to providing a repeat performance in 2015.    Everyone enjoyed the wide range of stalls, games and contests and the children had a wonderful time entering the various competitions. The WI produced their delicious and traditional teas, and the dog show and scurry returned after an absence of two years with even more entries than before.

Edward and Emma Bulmer have kindly asked us to come again this year and it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a family afternoon in their lovely gardens, mill stream and water gardens that they have been bringing back slowly to their original early 18th century splendour since 1997.

Contributions to the following stalls would be gratefully received. Bric-a-Brac;  Plants;  Cakes;  Books;  Bottles;  Baubles, Bangles, Beads and Handbags. The Village Hall will be open and manned to receive any gifts between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Thursday 16th July, or alternatively you can contact Claire Burton on 01544388434 or Eve Redway on 01544267819/mobile 07792372091.

Staunton-On-Arrow WI

After our interesting meetings in April and May, we continue in June and July with the following events:

Wednesday 17 June:  Upcycling, Speaker Marietta Alker Hostesses  Judy Davies & Gill Busby

Wednesday 15 July:  Thai Cookery, Speaker Shirley Cook Hostesses  Catherine Perham & Ann Cleaver

We are also going out for lunches between meetings and plan to have a summer outing in July.  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

British Red Cross Open Gardens Herefordshire

We have two beautiful gardens for you to visit this June.  Rarely open to the public, Fawley Court garden is beautifully designed and planted with mixed herbaceous borders, roses and outstanding delphiniums.  There is an unusual water garden providing the perfect place to relax and then Brilley Court with its walled ornamental kitchen garden, seven acre arboretum, wild stream garden and notable rhododendron collection should certainly not be missed.  On both occasions a light lunch, teas and a raffle will all be available to make your afternoon very special.

Entry £5.00 and children under 12 are free.

Sunday 21st June: Fawley Court (by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Clay)  Fawley, Herefordshire, HR1 4SP Open 12.00 to 5.00pm.

Sunday 28th June: Brilley Court (by kind permission of Mrs R Bulmer)

Brilley, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 6JF Open 12.00  to 5.00pm

2015 Knighton Pilgrimage of Song

The Knighton Pilgrimage taking place on 5th to 7th June is visiting your Benefice.  The Pilgrim Singers would like to invite you to join us at any of the following services.

The music is as usual led by Geoff Weaver, to compliment the liturgy devised by the Reverend Anne Ballard. The theme this year is Paradise lost and regained.  We will be delighted to welcome you.

Further information from Sarah Green – 01547 560005

Friday 5th June

12.30am  All Saints, Kinsham

2.30pm    St. Mary’s, Byton

6.15pm    St. John’s, Shobdon

Saturday 6th June

10.30am   St. Mary’s, Bucknell

12.45pm  St. Mary’s, Bedstone

6.00pm    St. Cuthbert, Clungunford

Sunday 7th June

10.30am  St. Edward’s, Knighton, Choral Eucharist

April/May News

From Nick Horton

There is a green hill far away
without a city wall
where the dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

Many of our Churches throughout the land will celebrate Easter with an Easter Garden, either inside or outside the Church. A little hill, a tomb made out of stones with one big enough to cover the opening just to the side, some flowers, perhaps some cloth representing the grave-clothes, but I think that almost all of them will miss the point!  WHY? Because they will have sanitized the scene by removing the human element.

One of our favourite places on this earth is the Hebridean Isle of Iona. George MacLeod who went there in the 1930s with a group of 12, 6 unemployed dockyard workers from Glasgow and 6 men training for the Ministry to rebuild the Abbey and plant the foundations for the Iona Community, described Iona as a very “thin” place, with very little separation between the human and God. On the Isle, one day every week a member of the community leads a pilgrimage to the sacred places of the island. Anyone is welcome to join in and it usually lasts about 6 hours. The pilgrimage starts at the Abbey and ends in the graveyard of Reilig Oran – the graveyard of Oran, where many kings and lords of the Isles are laid to rest.

A strange place you may think to end a pilgrimage, but remember that it was in a graveyard that the resurrection faith began – where the women went to the tomb to embalm Jesus’ body, only to find it empty: where Mary of Magdala encountered a man she supposed was the gardener, only to recognise Jesus when he spoke her name: where Peter and John checking up on the women’s story again found an empty tomb “for as yet they did not understand the scriptures that He must rise from the dead.” The Garden of the Empty Tomb was much more about the human encounters that happened there than it was about just the tomb lying empty. It was from those encounters that only a few days later St Peter in his great proclamation on the Day of Pentecost was able to say:

This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.[Acts 2: 23-24]

The empty Cross, the empty tomb: He is risen!  He is risen indeed. Alleluia! we proclaim on Easter Morning and throughout Eastertide.

There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin.
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven and let us in.

May you all have a very happy, blessed and glorious Easter.

Nick Horton

Teddy Bears And Soft Toys Wanted

Over the past two years Ellie Targett has collected and sent over 2500 teddies and soft toys to abused children in South Africa.  These are donated  by local children here in the Diocese of Hereford.  Now, through the Syria Relief and Development organisation we have the opportunity of sending teddies to children in Syria.  The aim is to send 10,000 by the middle of June which has focussed her mind somewhat!  But it can be done with the help of churches and schools across the region.

It’s a very simple project.  You put a large box in a prominent position with an explanation of what it’s for and invite children to donate their spare bears and soft toys.  The toys must be clean and in good condition and no plasticky bits or batteries please.  Just soft and cuddly.

The teddies will be shipped to Northern Syria and will be distributed by the SRD organisation in towns and cities across the country. The teddies have had a wonderful healing effect on suffering children in South Africa and now we can bring that comfort to suffering children in Syria.

Never underestimate the power of Teddy!!

We also need donations for the cost of shipping and so if anyone is able to help in that way that would be wonderful.  Ellie is applying for charity status to help us with grants etc.

If anyone wishes to contact her email ellie.targett@hotmail.com and if you need any more information then do please get in touch directly with her.

Byton News

Good Friday

Our now annual walk up the hill behind the church carrying the cross will be at 10.30am on April 3rd. This will be followed by coffee and Hot Cross buns in the church and we hope many of you are able to join us.

Supper with Entertainment

This was well attended at the end of February at Kinsham Hall and a good profit was made. The supper was excellent and thanks must go to all the hard working helpers.  The entertainment by Mark Townsend was enthralling and much enjoyed, Thanks go to him also.

AGM

This will take place at Court House Farm  on Tuesday April 21st at 8pm.

Pembridge Church Quiz

The Byton team were much improved this year!

Future Event

Our BBQ this year will be on August 2nd following the Group Service.

Lyonshall News

Bridge Afternoon

A most enjoyable Bridge afternoon with Vintage Tea was enjoyed at Next End, Lyonshall on January 29th by kind invitation of Julie Green and £220 was raised for Lyonshall church funds. Julie had bought the Vintage Tea, given by Lesley Hunt, at the Auction of Promises held after the Harvest Lunch last October and by very generously combining it with a fund raising event, made well over £300 for the church. The tea was delicious and Sue Davies and Sue Powell won 1st prize for the Bridge.

Friends of Lyonshall Draw 

Winners of the 1st Draw of 2015 are as follows: Harry Davidson, Rhiannon Powell, John Lloyd, Nicky Scott, Malcolm Lias

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 10th and Friday May 8th.

Fundraising news…In February we raised £90 which was donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, and in March we were able to support Comic Relief with a cheque for £90.

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.

News from the Bell Ringers

Well, we are still looking for more bell ringers and as you can see from the item in the Staunton on Arrow news this is the same for us all in the Arrowvale Group. In fact we are the same people ringing at all the towers in the Group!

Ellie and Nicholas are doing well at Staunton, Korinn and Angela are making good progress at Pembridge and Kit from Lyonshall has begun Level 3 of the ITTS Course. Kit is also to be congratulated on ringing his first quarter peal on December 31st at Staunton. (This consists of ringing a method for 39 minutes accurately and without stopping). He then followed this with a second quarter peal at Bredwardine on 10th February in 43 minutes. Two more learners are about to follow with their first quarters, Ellie and Korinn. Watch this space!

So, do have a look at the Staunton News and give it a go.

On April 25 we will be tolling a bell to commemorate the life of Captain John Cole McMurdo who died on this day in 1915.

Bo Hollingshurst.

Decorating for Easter

Lyonshall church will be decorated for Easter on Saturday, April 4th 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.

Churchyard Clean

We will be having our annual spring clean of Lyonshall churchyard on Monday, April 13th from 6.00 pm. Please come along to help.

Diary Date

Open Gardens and Dog Show by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Andrew Morley to be held at Castle Weir on Saturday 13th June – full details in the June edition

Pembridge News

Church Spring Clean.

Thank you to all those who came to help clean and tidy up the church and churchyard for Easter.

Reading Rota.

April

5th Easter Sunday TBA

19th Communion S Pim E Hardy

26th Family Service T Hollinghurst

May

3rd Communion C or M Fothergill C or R Barclay

17th Communion J Pace L or M Boore

24th Festival Service TBA

June

7th Communion A Anderson C Price

Pembridge WI

Our March Meeting Cookery Demonstration by Geoff Tookey was great fun and very useful, giving ideas of things easily prepared ahead to insure that having friends for lunch/supper can be effortless and delicious!!!

We have some entertaining meetings coming up in the next three months – Linda Lynne (one of our members) is preparing an evening of making sugar cake decorations, in May we  will have a Fish & Chip supper along with some Morris Dancing, and in June Karen Van Hoffe will be demonstrating her knitted jewellery(visitors will be very welcome at this meeting – entry £3)

The lively Reading Group will be meeting and we will be ten-pin bowling, as well as taking a train for a day out in Manchester, and a walk in the Elan Valley.

New members will be made very welcome, we are a very friendly bunch!

Contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279) or Tricia Lloyd (01885488319)

Festival of Flowers and Music to Celebrate the Pembridge Tapestries 22nd – 25th May

The festival starts on Friday evening with an Opening Service followed by a concert featuring The Talgarth Male Voice Choir. The church will be open from 10am on Saturday morning for viewing of the floral arrangements and tapestries. Refreshments will be served throughout the weekend and there will be a licensed bar. Saturday’s entertainment will include Knighton Silver Band in the afternoon and Pembridge School Choir supporting The Taiko Drums in concert in the evening. On Sunday morning there will be a Festival Family Communion and in the evening a concert presented by Robert Dean. On Monday there will be a barbeque lunch with musical entertainment by Phil Weaver and the festival will conclude with a closing service at 4.00pm.

Tickets – Concert tickets will be available from the beginning of May. Look out for prices on posters and on the church website.

WANTED! Don’t forget that we would be grateful for donations of jams, chutneys and other preserves, plants and cakes.

Preserves – If you have preserves that you are donating please bring them to the church by the weekend before the festival (16th/17th) and leave them in the boxes provided in kitchen area. Please put a small label on the top or bottom of the jar stating what is in there and the date it was made as we will be putting our own labels on them. Please mark if it contains nuts. If you need more information contact Catherine and Marguerite.

HELP! Please get in touch if you can help in any way.

Oh and don’t forget to make a scarecrow!

Contacts :- Gill – 388441, Jacqui – 388471, Meryl – 340381 or Catherine and Marguerite – 388279

As in previous years, we would be really grateful for your help in the refreshments marquee.  Please contact either Clare, Jen or Sharon if you are able to help with any of the following:

Saturday 23rd and  Sunday 24th May 2015

  • 2 hour shifts in the marquee (making sandwiches, serving, washing up etc)
  • Provision of cakes
  • Provision of scones

Monday 25th May, 2015

  • 2 hour shifts in the marquee
  • Salads to go with BBQ at lunchtime
  • Desserts

Clare Price 01544 340345  clare.price9@hotmail.co.uk

Jen Locke  01544 388034 marstonjlo@hotmail.co.uk

Sharon O’Hare  01544 388645 folks@thesmithy2012.plus.com

There will also be a form in Church for volunteers to complete.

It would be really helpful if you could let us know what you are able to contribute by 30th April, 2015 so that we can collate what we have and send out details of the rota etc. in good time.

Please help to make this a great weekend for the village and SEE YOU THERE!

Spring Serenade, a concert in Pembridge Church.

Sunday 24th May 2015

“Spring Serenade” is conceived very much as the antithesis of the successful concert, “Pack Up your Trouble”, given in the church last August commemorating of the outbreak First World War 100 years ago.

In a programme once again devised by international conductor and local resident Robert Dean, this concert will feature the local well known actor, Christopher Good who so memorably presented the concert in August. He will be reciting some seasonal poetry and giving some light hearted readings which will be incorporated into a programme whose emphasis will be the lighter side of the song and music theatre repertoire.

Up and coming soprano Charmian Bedford is the great grand-daughter of the composer Liza Lehmann (11 July 1862 – 19 September 1918) and she will be singing some of her distinguished great-grandmother’s songs including the once hugely popular “There are fairies at the bottom of our garden”.

Baritone Henry Manning is known for his versatility. Last August he appeared at the Presteigne Festival in a one act opera, “Airborne”. In Pembridge he will be singing much lighter fare including Flanders and Swann songs, as well as songs from the shows My Fair Lady, Carousel and Bitter Sweet.

The evening is primarily intended to be a light-hearted celebration of Spring, suitable for a flower festival but there will also be a zoological interlude where the performers will be able to let their hair down!

Ticket from Ye Olde Steppes or phone 01544 388441 or 01544 34038.

Quiz Evening

Thank you to those who supported our quiz evening on the 7th March. It was a very successful evening. It was a lovely social occasion and £500 was raised for ever needed church funds. A big Thank you to David and Meryl Griffith who prepared the questions and to David for being quiz master. Thanks also to the catering team.  Congratulations to” The Mothers of Invention” for winning and commiserations to the “Six Shades of Grey”, who won the wooden spoons. Look out for another quiz around the same time next year.

An Hour Of Piano Duet Music

St. Mary’s Church, Pembridge. Sunday, June 14th, 2015, at 3.00 pm.  David Elwin and Michael Channon, piano duet. Music:

  • DUKAS: Fanfare (‘La Peri’)
  • BACH: Sheep may safely graze
  • RAVEL: Mother Goose (Ma Mere l’Oye)
  • MOZART: Duet-sonata in Bb, K358

Yamaha piano. Programme £5.

Shobdon News

Shobdon Flower Festival

26th & 27th September 2015

The Flower Festival in Shobdon Church this year will take place on the weekend of the 26th & 27th September. This is a different time of the year for the festival and it is to be a celebration of autumn. It is hoped this year that very little money is spent on flowers as we hope that the gardeners of Shobdon will take up the challenge and grow some flowers for us!

The colours will be orange yellow, peach, red and white. Flowers that are suggested are: sunflowers, dahlias, crocosmia (monbretia) hydrangeas (white) larkspur, gladioli, marigolds, alstroemerias, bells of Ireland, sedum, calendula, seed heads plus gourds and squashes.

There will be refreshments (teas, coffees, lunches) music in the church and possibly a small marquee with a few local food stalls. A competition for the ‘best basket of home-grown vegetables’

We want to keep it ‘local’ with flower arrangers, flowers and stallholders. If you would like to help or require further information please do not hesitate to call: Marcia Lynch-Staunton 01568-708360, Anne Walker 01568-708712 or for advice on flowers to grow Pam Bufton on 01568-708362.

Coffee Mornings

Do come and join us for our coffee mornings in the Village Hall 10.00 am – noon on the 11th April and the 9th May.

Andrew Gilliat

On Sunday, May 10th, at 11am Shobdon will be publicly thanking Andrew Gilliat for an incredible 55 years playing the organ at Shobdon Church for all sorts of occasions.  Andrew has been stalwart in giving his time, experience and expertise in all aspects of supporting the church.

The service will be a Songs of Praise, all hymns chosen and played by Andrew.  Afterwards, there will be celebration drinks and canapes for all comers.

Please, if you have enjoyed Andrew’s playing at services, weddings, funerals or christenings, do come and raise the roof.

Pew Cushions

We now have our new pew cushions, they make a huge difference to warmth and comfort!

Staunton News

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Fest  Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this a success, and from which £155 was raised for Church funds.

Easter Day Dawn Service

This will be held at 6.00am on Sunday 5th April, starting on the Motte. All welcome. There will be bacon rolls and coffee / tea to follow in the Village Hall.

Village Hall Cleaning

Will be at 10am on Saturday 11th April 2015. All helpers welcome to give a hand.

Progressive Lunch on Sunday 28th June 2015

This year Staunton-on-Arrow will be hosting a “Progressive Lunch” starting at 12 midday in the Village Hall for pre-lunch drinks and canapés, followed by main course and dessert hosted by the villagers.

Staunton On Arrow WI

Our meetings continue in April and May with the following events:

  • April 15.Lino Printing by Rebecca Davies.
  • May 20.Resolutions Night, Life before and after Broadfield by Alex James.

We may be having a Bring and Buy Stall on 20th May. 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  There will be a new section on the website shortly with lots of photos of Staunton on Arrow WI over the years right up to the present.
Alison Lord President 01544 340256

Staunton-On-Arrow Village Fete 

This year will be on Saturday 18th July 2015 at Court of Noke. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Whist Drive 

There will be a Whist Drive on Thursday 7th May 2015 in Pembridge Village Hall at 7.45 pm. All proceeds will be in support of St Michael’s Hospice. Please contact Clive Edwards on 01544 388831 for further information.

Great British Fish & Chip Supper

Hold a fish & chip supper to help spinal cord injured people rebuild their lives after injury. For more information or request a fundraising pack call

Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or e-mail fundraising@siafishandchips.co.uk or visit www.siafishandchips.co.uk.

 

ARROWVALE BELL RINGERS

Bell Ringing is a Great Hobby!

We are URGENTLY looking for NEW RECRUITS to learn the ropes!

Anyone can learn to ring!
It doesn’t matter what age you are, both YOUNG and OLD can learn.
You don’t need to be strong; it doesn’t involve a lot of physical effort.
You don’t need to be a mathematical genius.
You don’t need to be musical.
lt’s a great social activity.

IT’S GOOD EXERCISE AND KEEPS THE MIND ACTIVE.

You don’t have to stop to Church Services.
There is always a new challenge, you can take it as far as you want.
And lastly, you will be continuing a British tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

Why not give it a go? Contact: Brian Holdaway 01544 387931 Bo Hollingshurst 01544 340788Ian Price 01544 388382

An Evening with Steve Hollinghurst

Singing his kind of music. St. Mary’s Church, Kington. Saturday, 2nd May, 2015. 7.30pm. Tickets £6 available on the door.

The Great Spring Garden Event

In aid of the British Red Cross on Wednesday 29th April 2015

  • 10-30 am – 4-30 pm
  • £7 on gate /£6 on line
  • 75 Plant exhibitors

Held in Parkland on the Whitfield Estate, Wormbridge, Herefordshire HR2 9DG. Private garden open with flowering Magnolias and Woodland Walk.

Syria Relief

Thank you so much to all of you who so generously donated warm clothes for the men, women, children and babies of Syria together with shoes, duvets, blankets etc.

The plight of the Syrian refugees is desperate – tens of thousands have had to flee their homes only managing to take very few possessions with them, and living in camps in extreme cold.

Syrian Relief is a registered NGO charity with the clear aim of relieving the suffering regardless of political or religious persuasion.

Collection of these articles is ongoing so if you have anything you would like to donate please contact me:

Jane Pace : 01544 340696 or jane.broxwood@gmail.com

February/March News

From The Rector

Mindfulness

‘This country is facing a major mental health crisis, with growing effects of depression, anxiety and stress.’ So says the Interim Report of the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) which was published this week. [Jan 2015]

It recommends making mindfulness in schools a priority for development and research.
But just what is mindfulness you may ask?

The report tells us that ‘Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with curiosity and compassion. It leads to a deeper understanding of life and how to respond wisely.’

I read the report with interest. It recommends daily quiet times of meditation. It seems to me that it can be seen as simply another way of describing a particular kind of prayer. Of course the report is promoting a faith free, secular version but such practises of meditation have been practised by Christians and those of other faiths for centuries.

The Christian faith acknowledges that Jesus came to bring us life in all its fullness, that our wellbeing is dependent on more than just our physical health and living conditions. He came to bring wholeness and healing for troubled souls as well as bodies.

Traditionally Lent is a time when Christians turn away from the excesses of life, slow down and seek to engage more deeply with God. Maybe this is something you would like to try?

You could start each evening with a technique of reviewing the day, mulling things over, recalling the events and how you have responded to them. Try not to be self-critical, look first for the moments you have enjoyed. Relive them and thank God for them. Try to see them as God’s gift to you, a sign of his love. Then let your thoughts go to what has not gone well and ask for God’s help in dealing with the challenges you face. Then allow your thoughts to go to tomorrow and what the day might bring. Ask for what you may need entrusting yourself to God’s care.

You may be surprised at the difference such a simple process can make to your ability to cope with the stresses and strains of life; your awareness of God, your mindfulness and your mental health and wellbeing.

After an extended period of such self-examination and reflection we will be ‘detoxed’ and ready to celebrate the great feast of Easter. So I hope this Lent you will find time and space to slow down, to think, to pray, to meditate and find rest for your souls.

‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ Matthew 11:28

Wishing you every blessing for a Holy and mindful Lent.

Brenda

Lent

Ever stopped to consider what the words of the Lord’s Prayer actually mean?

It is a prayer used by every generation of Christians there has ever been. The Lord’s Prayer is used around the world by millions of people and has been for around 2000 years. There probably isn’t a moment, day or night when there isn’t someone on earth praying the Lord’s Prayer. One of the early church Fathers said that the whole of the Christian Gospel – the whole of the Good News- is in the Lord’s Prayer if we truly understand it. Jesus gives us this prayer as a precious resource for our faith.

For our lent groups this year, we will be following the Pilgrim course using the module on the Lord ’s Prayer [www.pilgrimcourse.org]. There will be five sessions and each one will run at the Rectory one at 10.30am and one at 7.30pm, starting on the 25th February. You are welcome to come even if you can’t make every session and even if you have never joined a Lent course before.

There is a course booklet available to buy at £5 but you don’t need one in order to join in. It would be really helpful to know how many to expect and whether you would like to purchase a booklet or not, so please email me at jacobs200@btinternet.com or ring me on 01544 388998 if you intend to come along.

Holy week

Here at Arrowvale, we invite you to enter into the story of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. We begin on Palm Sunday, March 29th with a donkey procession from the school to the church in Pembridge where we will have our group service. Meet at the school at 10.45pm or join us in the church at 11.00am.

On Maundy Thursday, April 2nd we remember the events of the last supper and the betrayal at the garden of Gethsemane and share a simple service as we pass the bread to each other gathered around the high Altar in Pembridge Church. You are invited to stay on for a time of silent reflection and leave quietly whenever you feel ready. [Service begins at 8pm]

Then on Good Friday, April 3rd we meet at Byton church, at 10.30am and carry the large wooden cross up to the top of the hill, pausing to hear passages from scripture, to think and to admire the amazing view. We climb back down and are rewarded with hot cross buns! All ages are welcome but you will need good footwear for the climb!

In the afternoon we have Messy Easter at Pembridge Village Hall [2-4pm] where we will tell the Easter story, create, construct, craft and consume – yes more hot cross buns!

We conclude the day with a candlelit service of readings and quiet reflection at Moorcourt beginning at 7.30pm.

Then on Saturday we pause in that space between death and resurrection; and clean and decorate our churches ready for the great feast of Easter.

The day itself begins at the 6.00am Dawn service at Staunton climbing the motte in the dark and coming down to light the Easter candles from each parish using the fire stand in the porch. We then go into the church to share the first communion of Easter. Early risers are invited to the village hall for bacon rolls and much needed hot coffee. We then have a choice of four morning services to celebrate Easter, at Byton @9.30am, Shobdon @9.30am, Lyonshall @10.00am and Pembridge @11.00am.

We hope you will join us on this feast day as we celebrate the risen Christ.

Café church

Café church is designed to offer more informal worship suitable for all ages in the warmth and comfort of the village hall at Staunton.

We meet on the third Sunday of the month at 4pm, sat at tables where there are quizzes and activities for those who like to be occupied whilst we worship.  March 15th will be a Mothering Sunday special!

We sing a mix of traditional and new songs and all the words appear on the screen (hopefully!) There is often an opportunity to discuss our views and debate the issue of the day.  We always end with delicious cake.

We would love it if you came and gave it a go, no experience of church going required!

BYTON NEWS

Supper with Entertainment

Saturday February 28th,  7pm at Kinsham Village Hall we are holding a supper followed by a magician.  Mark Townsend’s entertainment comes highly recommended. Tickets £12.50 available from PCC Members.  Any more details 01544 267430.

Our services are now on the First Sunday of the month

March 1st – 9.30am Thanksgiving for the lambs with, all being well, a real lamb to cuddle!

April 3rd at 10.30am  – Come and join us on our annual walk up the hill carrying the cross. See Easter page for more details.

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 13th and Friday March 13th.

Fundraising news…

In December we raised £130 which was donated to the Salvation Army, and in January we were able to support Shelter with a cheque for £60. 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.

Christmas Decorations

Many thanks to those who decorated Lyonshall church for Christmas. A special thank you to Lyonshall Nurseries for giving us a lovely Christmas tree, and to Mike and Sue Davies for installing it and to Tracey and Chloe Kerr for decorating it. The church looked beautiful.

Annual Lunch

This will be held at Titley Hall on Thursday 19th March 2015, starting with coffee at 10.30am. Guest Speaker is Shiela Dibnah with a humorous talk ‘Life with Steeplejack Fred’ Tickets,£15 each, are available from Sue Davies 340239.

Afternoon Tea for all in Lyonshall Village Hall

Come along to Lyonshall Village Hall every Last Friday of the month between 2pm-4pm.  It’s a friendly way to enjoy an afternoon – chatting over a lovely cup of tea and homemade cakes. Why not bring your knitting, crochet or even a pack of cards or draughts! Up and coming dates: Friday 27th February and Friday 27th March. All welcome – £1.00 for tea and cake.  For information contact Becky 01544 340747.

Lyonshall Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

Please see fuller more detailed version on the Lyonshall Website.

The NDP draft produced by the Steering group is being worked on by the Parish Council looking at the consultations, the Core Strategy, and the format for the planners.

Given the objections to the rural housing strategy in the Herefordshire Core Strategy we should be ready to submit our NDP when the Core Strategy is in final form and adopted in the second half of the year.

Work on the plan has been slowed by the number of potential new builds in the pipe line. These will be decided mainly under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which contains a presumption of support for development.

We are working to ensure that if these proposals get the go-ahead that Lyonshall does not suddenly get 20 to 30 new affordable houses, and that any houses should fit the design responses from the questionnaires. We are endeavouring to secure tangible benefits for the parish in terms of cash and land from the developers to help secure the village centre project.

When Herefordshire Council starts the consultation process on the most significant planning application(s) we will send everyone a paper describing the proposal, showing the advantages and disadvantages together with our recommendation. We will invite everyone to read the paper and then return the attached ballot paper so everybody has their say. The result of the ballot will be included as part of the Lyonshall response to Herefordshire Council.

Another success for Santa Express

A massive thank you to Lesley and Bob Hunt for letting us use Titley junction once again. This year a grand total of £3,108 was raised and will be shared equally between Lyonshall PCC and our partners in the event Titley PCC.

It was a great event and the Burgoynes Marquee was filled with happy children and equally happy parents.

There are so many people involved in putting on the event that it is not possible to thank them all individually here. We should however say a big thank you to Peter Burgoyne who is stepping down after many years as Chair and handing the reigns to Co-Chairs Lesley Hunt and Liz Avery.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped and we really hope that you will want to help again this year.

The Santa Express Team

PEMBRIDGE NEWS

Poppy Appeal 2014

I would like to thank everyone involved with this year’s collection of £4076.86. This is an amazing amount, only achieved by generous people giving of their time and money in what, for many, are difficult economic times.  I cannot thank everyone individually here, but I hope you all know how much I appreciate your support for this cause. THANK YOU.

Sharon O’Hare Poppy Appeal Organiser.

Festival of Flowers and Music to Celebrate the Pembridge Tapestries

The Tapestry Group is busy working on the last two tapestries which will form the theme of our Festival of Flowers in May.  The Festival will open on Friday evening, 22nd May and conclude on Monday evening, 25th May.

We have a wonderful mix of music each day with The Talgarth Male Voice Choir, The Taiko Drums, an evening concert presented by Robert Dean, plus organ recitals, a silver band and some rock and a folk group!  Tickets for the evening events will be on sale at the beginning of May.

Refreshments will be available throughout each day. If you would like to sponsor a flower display in memory of someone, or make a contribution towards flowers, please let Joyce Williams know (388303).

A plea for the following for stalls at the flower festival!  Plants, terracotta pots etc for the plant stall, Craft items,  Jars of new season marmalades, chutneys and jams.

Any help or  support you can give us in any way, to make our Festival a success, would be much appreciated.  Please let me know! (388441)
Gill Smith

Christmas Thank Yous.

A big Thank You to all who helped in the preparation of the church for Christmas. Thank you to Suzanne Evans for donating the tree and also to those who helped decorate the church, provided the refreshments and  helped prepare for the services.  Thank you also to Brenda, who raced between churches trying to cover as many of the services as was possible, within our group of parishes.

Quiz Evening

We will be holding another Quiz Evening on March 7th, 7.30pm at Pembridge Village Hall. Teams of up to 6 are welcome to come and test their knowledge and enjoy a light supper for £5 per person.  Posters giving full details will be circulated nearer the time.

Church Spring Clean.

We will be meeting at the church at 10.00am on March 28th to clean inside and tidy up outside in preparation for the Easter weekend. If you would like to join us please come armed with dusters, polish etc. and/or outside equipment if you would prefer.  We look forward to seeing you there because a large group makes it a lot quicker and easier.

Reading Rota

Feb 1st Communion C or R Barclay, C or M Fothergill
15th Communion L or M Boore, Jane Pace
22nd Family Service Tim Hollinghurst
March 1st Communion Clare Price, Gill Smith
15th Communion Roland Scott, Elizabeth Lynch
22nd Family Service Kate Skelton
29th Palm Sunday TBA,
April 5th Easter Sunday TBA

Moorcourt Carols with  Supper 19th December 2014

I would like to thank Liz and Nick Gorst for the lovely supper evening,  held in their home following the carol service,  to raise funds for Moorcourt Church.

Everyone that attended agreed it was a most enjoyable evening and the fantastic sum of £336.00 was raised. Thank you so much.
Margaret Reid

Pembridge WI

The presidents for this year are Tricia Lloyd and Sue Charles. Marguerite Fothergill is the secretary. We are meeting at The Corners Inn in Kingsland for lunch. This will be in place of our January meeting.

The February meeting will be on Wednesday Feb 11th at 2pm for our speaker at 2.30pm. The subject will be Sheep and Wool with a demonstration of spinning. Marion Wilcox will be giving the talk.

The March meeting will be on Wednesday March 11th at 7.00pm for a cookery demonstration at 7.30pm. This will be given by Geoff Tookey of Safe Food Solutions, and he will prepare a three course meal.

In April we will welcome Peter Halliday who will talk to us about Victorian Leominster. This will be at 7.00pm for 7.30pm on Wednesday April 14th.

All these meetings will be in Pembridge Parish Hall and visitors are always welcome.
Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.

Joyce Williams invites you to a  “POP UP SUPPER” at Marston Court, Pembridge on Saturday 28th March at 7.00pm.

Tickets £10 each to include wine (book early as only 50 tickets available from Gill on 01544388441 or Joyce on 01544388303).

In aid of St. Mary’s Church, Pembridge Flower Festival Appeal

Flower Festival News – 22nd-25th May 2015

(Put the date in your diaries NOW!)

Stalls – We will be having the following stalls – Preserves, Plants, Cakes and Crafts.

 We would be grateful for donations of jams, chutneys, etc, so just make some extra to put aside for the stall. If you have any spare jam jars (any size up to 1lb) please put them in the kitchen area of the church (behind the red curtain). Anyone needing jars can pick them up from there.

If you aren’t a preserve maker, perhaps you have green fingers! We would be grateful for donations for the plant stall so get those cuttings ready in time for May.

The same applies to cake makers and craft makers – donations will be gratefully received.

Look out for more information in the next issue.

Concerts – We have three evenings of concerts booked – Talgarth Male Voice Choir, Taiko Drumming and a Concert organised by international conductor, Robert Dean. Three evenings to look forward to so keep your eyes open for details nearer the time.

Scarecrows – We hope to have scarecrows around the village over the festival weekend. The theme will be “Characters from History”, so if you would like to make one get your thinking caps on. You could win a prize!

Help – Look out for notices asking for help with such things as helping in the catering tent, contributions of cakes, salads, desserts etc, stewarding in the church, manning a stall. If you can spare an hour or two of your time to help in some way please get in touch or put your name down on the list in the church. Please do not leave it until the last minute as we need to work out rotas and know how much support we have beforehand.

For general enquiries please contact Gill Smith 01544388441, Jacqui Thomas 01544 388471, Meryl Griffith 01544 340381, Catherine and Marguerite Fothergill 015443 88279.

Please help to make this a great weekend for the village.

SHOBDON NEWS

Thank you to all of you that came along to the “Shanty Men” concert in November. It was a great evening, much laughing and toe tapping and a magnificent figure of £850 was raised for the church funds.

The Carol Service collection of £250 has been donated to the ‘Tearfund’ charity. Tearfund works in conflict zones and this money will be used to help children in Syria.

The monthly coffee mornings are held in the village hall the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon, do come and join us for coffee, cake and a chat !

The Shobdon Church Flower Festival will be held this year on the 26th & 27th September. We are hoping this year not to have a huge flower bill but to grow most of the flowers ourselves, raising more money for the church. If you would like to be involved in growing flowers for this festival please do get in touch with Marcia (708360) or Anne (708712).

On behalf of Shobdon P.C.C.  I would like to  record our sincere  thanks to Betty Inskip and her sister Ena Salt for over 40 years dedicated service on our Church Flower rota and their help and support at all our Flower Festivals. They have now decided to retire from the Rota and we wish them well.

I would also like to thank everyone on the flower rota for all their help in 2014.

If anyone would like to join the Rota for 2015 please give me a ring on 708725
Pearl Teale.

STAUNTON-ON-ARROW NEWS

Volunteers Urgently Needed to support those few who tirelessly keep the churchyard mown and tidy. Please contact Philip Edwards on 01544 388425 / 07973132275 if you can offer any assistance.

Coffee Spot in the Village Hall on the 1st Saturday of every month. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Christmas “bring and buy” stall, from which £110 was collected towards church funds.

Film Night Staunton-on-Arrow Village Hall still hosts a monthly film night, usually held on the third Saturday. Entrance and refreshments are free, though donations for hall use are welcomed. Anyone who would like to be kept up to date with film events by being added to the film ‘club’ list is welcome to contact Heather Owens – heather@grovedesign.co.uk . Film information and reviews will now be included in the monthly message, so can be shared with friends and neighbours who may not have email.

Feb film should be ‘Mr Turner’ (Timothy Spall);
March – ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ (Helen Mirren)
‘My Old Lady’(Maggie Smith) and ‘The Imitation Game’ (Benedict Cumberbatch) are also due for DVD release in the near future.

A Date For Your Diary! There will be a special Shrove Tuesday pancake fest in the Village Hall on Tuesday 17th Feb 2015 between 11am and 1pm. All welcome.

Please note that we will be holding a Boot Fair in the spring, so keep your eyes open for notices of the event.

Staunton On Arrow WI

Our meeting year begins in February; this year we have the same officers as last, Alison Lord is President, Claire Burton is Minute Secretary, Barbara Morgan is Programme Secretary and Shirley Percy is Treasurer.  The Annual meeting in November was the chance to thank all our members for their tireless efforts in 2014 to make our WI such a successful and happy one.

February 18       Dick Allford will be speaking about his thirty years as a country copper
March 18           Irene Whittall will be telling us about her life as a midwife.

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  There will be a new section on the website shortly with lots of photos of Staunton on Arrow WI over the years right up to the present.
Alison Lord  President 01544 340256

 

December/January News

From The Rector

This August we commemorated the beginning of the First World War. The services for remembrance this year also held a special significance. At Pembridge we have stood as a single bell is tolled and paid our respects at 11am on the 100th anniversary of each day that someone from our community fell. We will continue to do this over the course of the next four years.

This Christmas there are also going to be poignant moments to remember. The front cover of this edition of the Messenger reflects the moment when the soldiers of each side stopped to sing and play football together. At each of our carol services this year we will sing Silent Night and pause to remember that moment on Christmas day 1914 when the sound of Stille Nacht floated across no-man’s land and the British soldiers joined in and the fighting ceased for the day. The truce was a moment of peace, reconciliation and beauty amid devastating conflict. Of course the peace was only temporary and then the war and the slaughter continued but for one day peace reigned. In the words of one of the soldiers who witnessed it:

‘It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere… There was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and then there were those lights… And then they sang Stille Nacht – Silent Night. I shall never forget it.’ 

Albert Moren a British soldier [This moment has inspired a series of Silent Night Carol services organised by Tearfund and we will be giving people the opportunity at our services to support their ongoing work with victims of conflict.] 

Maybe the best tribute we can pay to these men is to work for peace in our time. New threats and challenges seem to appear each day and we all need to play our part.

So I invite you on behalf of all who make up our churches in Arrowvale to join with us at our services this Christmas time, whether we see you every week or once in a lifetime you are most welcome. We have over 20 different services across our 6 churches so there should be something to suit you!

I am conscious as I write, that this year there have been many personal losses and much sadness in our communities. We know that Christmas can be a particularly hard time for those who grieve as memories come into sharp focus.  This is when we need to leave behind the excesses of the season and hold on to the true message of Christmas. Our church doors are open and we can offer a quiet space, to withdraw from the frantic preparations that seem to surround us, to come and think, reflect and pray.

At Christmas time we are invited to pause, to pray for peace and to give thanks for the man who gave his life to bring healing to the world; the Prince of Peace.

May the peace and light of Christ be yours this Christmas time.

With every blessing

Brenda

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Travelling crib 

travelling-crib

Each year we have two travelling cribs with knitted nativity figures which go around our homes in Pembridge and Lyonshall.

The cribs are blessed in church on Advent Sunday before they begin their journey.  As it 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.

This year thanks to the wonderful work of Mrs Lyn Stokes Shobdon also has a travelling crib.

If you would like to host the crib for a night please contact one of the following:

Shobdon – Cerrian Stokes 01568 709293

cerianstokes@yahoo.co.uk

Lyonshall – Karen Powell or Pat Addis 01544 340261

Pembridge – Sarah Norman 07989 978319 sarah@theleen.co.uk

READINGS

2014

7th Dec  Advent 2

Isaiah 40. 1-11 Psalm  85 1-2, 8-end
2 Peter 3 8-15a Mark 1 1-8

14th Dec  Advent 3

Isaiah 61 1-4, 8-end Psalm  126
1 Thessalonians 5 16-24 John 1 6-8, 19-28

21st   Dec  Advent 4

2 Samuel 7 1-11, 16 Psalm  89 1-4, 19-26
Romans 16 25-end Luke 1 26-38

Christmas Eve

Isaiah 52.7-10 Psalm 98

Hebrews 1.1-4 [5-12] John 1.1-14

Christmas Day

Isaiah 9.2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2.11-14
Luke 2.1-14[15-20]

28th Dec  The Holy Innocents

Jeremiah  31. 15-17 Matthew 2 13-18

2015

4th Jan- The Epiphany

Isaiah 60.1-6 Psalm 72.[1-9]10-15
Ephesians 3.1-12 Matthew 2.1-12

11th Jan- Baptism of Christ

Genesis 1 1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19 1-7

Mark 1 4-11
18th Jan- Epiphany 2

1 Samuel 3 1-10 [11-20] Psalm 139 1-5, 12-18 Revelation 5 1-10 John 1.43-end

25th Jan- Conversion of Paul 

Jeremiah 1 4-10 Psalm 67 Acts 9 1-22 Matthew 19 27-end

1st February – Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Candlemas

Malachi 3.1-5 salm 24 [1-6] 7-end

Hebrews 2.14-end Luke 2. 22-40

FROM THE REGISTERS

Baptisms

24th August Shobdon Troy Leigh Hadfield

14th September Byton James William Weaver

21st September Shobdon Alexia Mai Cox

21st September Shobdon Liam James Anthony Williams

21st September ShobdonJ ayden McKenzie Miles-Moore

28th September Pembridge Brianny Elizabeth Allison Jones

4th October Shobdon Julie Rose Walters

4th October Shobdon Raey Martin Walters

4th October Shobdon Freya Alexandra Pugh

5th October Pembridge Ellen Marie Kelly

12th October Shobdon Ieuan James Baker

Weddings

4th October Shobdon Dale Walters and Freya Pugh

Funerals

25th September Shobdon Edith Mary Grant [Burial of Ashes]

18th September Pembridge Lydia Margaret Ball

1st October Hereford Crematorium David John Teale

8th October Hereford Crematorium & Shobdon Elizabeth Anne Hutchinson

26th September and 18th October Hereford Crematorium and Lyonshall Grace MacNish Wright

23rd October Lyonshall Church Reginald Burgoyne – Reg

27th October Hereford crematorium Elizabeth Catherine Hodge –Betty

29th October Pembridge Kathleen Gwyneth Ball

Copy Date

Please make sure that all copy for the next issue of the magazine is with Jane E Burgoyne by 16th January at Nash’s Oak, Lyonshall or contact her by telephone on

01544 340272 or by e-mail at jeb@nashsoak.plus.com.

Advertising Enquiries to Ron Addis, telephone 01544 340261,

email ron@addis-business.co.uk.

BYTON NEWS

Carol Service 

This will be held on Monday December 22nd at 7pm and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Future Date

We are holding a supper with entertainment at Kinsham Village hall on Saturday February 28th. (details in next magazine).

January 4th Service

We will be trying out holding our Jan service in the warm of the farmhouse rather than the cold of the church. Many thanks to Simon and Margaret Edwards for their hospitality.

PCC Meeting

January 20th @ 8pm at Court House Farm.

A tribute to Alex 

We were so sad to learn of the untimely death of Alex Naylor aged 19 from Leukaemia. He was a regular member of the congregation here at Byton and that is where he has been laid to rest.  Alex was part of our church family, he took the collection, read, and even joined in with family service activities when he was really too cool!  He was loved and appreciated by us all.

Most inspiring of all, Alex decided to spend his last days raising badly need funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. He showed such determination to reach a formidable target of £10,000 within 9 days, the total is now over £14,000 and still rising.

Alex enriched the lives of all those he met and will be so very much missed. We give thanks that he is now at peace, resting in the place God has prepared for him.  We give thanks to God for him and for the privilege of knowing and loving him.

LYONSHALL NEWS

Friends of Lyonshall Draw Winners 

Wendy and Chris Smith, Julia Evans, D. Morgan, Mr Gledhill, Mrs Weaver

The draw is continuing for 2015 and we hope to have continued support for this most important income stream for the Church.

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 12th and then into the new year; Friday January 9th, 2015.

There will be a short dedication of the Christmas tree in the centre of the village and community carols at Lyonshall 4.00pm Dec 7th.

Fundraising news…

In October we raised £60 which was donated to Riverhaven Elderly Cat Welfare, based in Devon, and in November we were able to support the Samaritans 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 £425.00 for this amazing charity.

Auction of Promises. The auction held, after an excellent Harvest Lunch in the Memorial Hall on 12th October, was a huge success. Thanks to the generosity of many people, 28 ‘Promises’ were made ranging from holidays in Switzerland and Wales to a bag of potatoes and rotted horse manure with many practical and interesting offers in between. These were expertly auctioned by Nick Gorst of Brightwells and bought by an enthusiastic audience raising the magnificent sum of £3,096 on the day. Clearly, not a day to have gone bargain hunting..!! Harvest Lunch raised an additional £324 to add to an already successful day. Grateful and sincere thanks to all those who donated and prepared the excellent lunch and who overcame a minor catastrophe when a food table collapsed  as well as to all those who entered into the spirit of the day and paid most generously for each of the ‘Promises’.

Santa Special Saturday 13th December 2014 Titley Junction Station. Entrance £5 per adult or child aged 1 and over – all children visit the Grotto for a present from Santa and every one can enjoy unlimited train rides. Santa arrives by train at 11am and leaves at 4pm. Stalls, plenty of food, and lots for the children to do. Free car parking. Santa Special Draw tickets on sale at Co op, Kington, Satuday 6th December from 9am to 3pm.

CAN YOU HELP please. Final arrangements are well advanced but additional help is always welcome. The Ladies are meeting in Lyonshall Memorial Hall at 10am on Monday 8th to make the Christmas Wreaths and setting up of the marquee commences on Wednesday 10th December at Titley Station with the Grotto and all decorations going up on Thursday and Friday. Additional helpers who can spare and hour or more will always be welcome – please call Ron Addis on 340261 or Liz Avery on 340409 or Lesley Hunt on 340622 for further details.

Quiz Night. On 25th September a very enjoyable Quiz Night was held in the Memorial Hall. Testing questions were set by David Wilkes who also acted as Quizmaster and the wonderful sum of £295 was raised. Many thanks to all concerned.

Remembrance Sunday. Anthony Mills led a well attended, moving and very enjoyable Service. The Role of Honour was read by Captain Peter Broadbent, RN. Our thanks to Major John Quinton-Adams for the painstaking research he has undertaken to find out so much about the background of those who fell and to add some names which have only come to our knowledge as a result of his research. A folder containing all details of our Fallen is available for inspection on the information desk by the main door. The collection of £306.40 was donated to the Kington Branch of The Royal British Legion.

Pre-1949 Gravestones. Two years ago, the Herefordshire Family History Association, painstakingly, took all visible information from and the position of all pre 1949 gravestones. We have now received a full and comprehensive report of their findings which is available for inspection by anyone undertaking family research. The report will be retained at the Church and access can be obtained, in the first instance, by contacting the Churchwarden(s) or any member of the PCC. Our grateful thanks have been given to the authors of the report.

The second extract from notes in church papers written by the late Brian Holborrow, Churchwarden and Secretary of Lyonshall PCC – 1983 to 2003.

……….. A few finds of flint tools show that the area was visited during Mesolithic and Neolithic Ages. In 1931, a beautiful bronze socketed dagger was found by the late Mr Sturrock in the Lower Fishponds Meadow, provided some evidence of occupation in the late Bronze Age. This rare type of dagger was presented to the Hereford City Museum, where it forms an important part of the Bronze Age collection there. Nothing more is known until the Roman period and a coin of the Emperor Numerian (283 – 284 AD) was found by a member of the Burgoyne family in 1949. Also in 1949, Roman ornaments thought to have come from Lyonshall, were displayed at a Woolhope Club meeting in Moorcourt. Of Roman origin is the Mortimers Cross to Bollingham road, running through the village, connecting with the Roman fort at Clyro.

PEMBRIDGE NEWS

2015. May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th May Tapestry Flower Festival.

Advance notification – If you are busy making chutneys, jams, preserves etc. or are thinking about next year’s garden or wonder what you can do over the coming winter months, we will be looking for chutneys, jams etc, plants and crafts to sell at the Flower Festival next year. Please keep us in mind as you boil your jam, pot up your plants or carry out your crafting over the next few months.

Carol Service

Our traditional service of carols and lessons is on the 21st December, 6.00pm. The service will be accompanied by the Arrowvale Group Choir.

Church Charity Shop

The week in the shop in Leominster raised £1170.  Although not as profitable as last year, it is a very welcome contribution towards the upkeep of the church and its grounds. We would like to thank all of you who donated items for us to sell and those who gave up their time to help. We were left with some books which we have added to our “bring and buy” bookcase in the church. Do pop in and see if we have a title that you haven’t read – a bargain at 50p per book, with new ones arriving on an ongoing basis. Also for sale in the church are Christmas cards, candles and other craft items. This is a new venture and we would appreciate your support.

Jen Myers.

Harvest Supper
Thank you to those who attended the Harvest Supper. It was again a lovely evening with wonderful food and good company.

Race Night
The race night turned into a small but enjoyable evening. Thank you to those of you that came, and also to the people who bought horses before the event and to those who sponsored each race.  Again thanks to the catering team and to those who helped set up the hall.

Reading Rota.

Dec 7th Communion Jane Pace, L or M Boore

21st Carol Service   To be arranged

24th Midnight Mass To be arranged

25th Family Communion To be aranged

Jan 4th Communion Elizabeth L or Trudi Mosli, Roland Scott

18th Communion Mrs S Pim

25th Family Service Kate Skelton

Feb 1st Communion C or R Barclay, C or M Fothergill

I will contact all readers the week before the service to confirm the readings, in case of change of reading or service.

The Pembridge Tapestry
We are delighted to report that ten of the Tapestries have now been completed.  The final two are a work in progress.  We have exhibited the completed tapestries in Pembridge Church over the summer where they have been much admired by visitors to the village.  They have now been removed for the winter.

In October, the Tapestry Group made a visit to the Hereford Collection of historic costumes in Friar Street – an amazing collection which has to be seen to be believed.  We then visited the Abergavenny Tapestry at The Priory where we had tea, followed by a spot of retail therapy in the lovely town of Abergavenny!

We now look forward to completing the last two tapestries in readiness for our special celebration at the Festival of Flowers being held in May 2015.
Gill Smith

SHOBDON NEWS

Anne Hutchinson from Shobdon died on the 24th September. Anne was a much loved member of the church and a wonderful friend to all of us in the village. She will be much missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

Shobdon Coffee Mornings

Do come and join us for our monthly coffee mornings on the second Saturday of the month between 10 am and noon. Next dates are  November 8th , December 13th and January 10th.

The Bible Study Group has been meeting every other week for well over thirty years.  You may ask ‘How can one study one book for so long? Doesn’t it get boring?’  In our experience, each time one looks at a familiar passage something new strikes one: there is a message for each time.  The main way in which the Living God speaks to us is through His Living Word, and through it we grow in spiritual wisdom.  We shall never be complete.  Come and give it a try, you would be welcome.  The group meets alternately in Shobdon and Stansbatch on Monday evenings at 7.30pm 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 7.30pm 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

Harvest Festival was a great success starting in the Village Hall with apple pressing, corn dolly and scarecrow making, followed by the service in St Peter’s Church. Thank you to all those who decorated the Church and everyone who helped to make the event such a success.

Volunteers Urgently Needed to support those few who tirelessly keep the churchyard mown and tidy. Please contact Philip Edwards on 01544 388425 / 07973132275 if you can offer any assistance.

Coffee Spot in the Village Hall on the 1st Saturday of every month. In addition to the excellent coffee and sumptuous cakes, on 6th Dec there will be a “bring and buy” stall to help you with those Christmas presents!

Temporary Church Closure Access to St. Peter’s church will be restricted during week commencing 8th Dec due to the re fitting of the windows in the chancel.  THIS WILL NOT AFFECT SUNDAY SERVICES.

WW1 Film  The British Legion are hosting a film night at 6.30pm on Tuesday 16th December 2014 in the Village Hall. The film is “Joyeux Noel” / “Merry Christmas” and is about the unofficial armistice on Christmas Day in 1914. Refreshments will be available.

Father Christmas Comes To Staunton-On-Arrow!!

Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations on Thursday 18th December 2014. The event starts at 5pm 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. 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 welcome.

Film Night Staunton-on-Arrow Village Hall still hosts a monthly film night, usually held on the third Saturday. Recent titles have included: ‘Philomena’; ‘One Chance’; ‘The Butler’; ‘Sunshine Over Leith’ and ‘Saving Mr Banks’.  Entrance and refreshments are free, though donations for hall use are welcomed. Because of the nature of the hall’s film licence, advertising is restricted to flyers at the Coffee Spot at the beginning of the month, and through email contacts. Anyone who would like to be kept up to date with film events by being added to the film ‘club’ list is welcome to contact Heather Owens – heather@grovedesign.co.uk. Film information and reviews will now be included in the monthly message, so can be shared with friends and neighbours who may not have email.

Staunton-On-Arrow WI

One more meeting in 2014.

10 December Christmas Party night
18 January 2015 (Sunday)    Post Christmas lunch for members and partners

On Friday 17 October our WI hosted a very enjoyable Harvest Supper evening, and we were joined by the very talented Rev Stephen Hollingshurst who entertained us with a selection from the crooners, Nat King Cole, Matt Monro amongst others.

By the time you read this we will have had our Annual Meeting in November and elected our President and committee for the coming year, which as you may know by now, is the Centenary of the WI in England and Wales.  We have to wait a few years before it is our centenary in Staunton on Arrow; the institute was founded in 1947.

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 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 There will be a new section on the website shortly with lots of photos of Staunton on Arrow WI over the years right up to the present.

Alison Lord. President   01544 340256

Neighbourhood Watch is being updated so please ensure your “leader” has your correct details as there will be a special Christmas draw in December. All funds from the Lottery go towards equipment for the village.

A Date For Next Year’s Diary! There will be a special Shrove Tuesday pancake fest in Staunton Village Hall on Tuesday 17th Feb 2015 between 11.00am and 1.00pm.  All welcome.

Tolling the bell in Pembridge

Many of you will have heard the bell being tolled at 11.00am on certain days. This is to mark the 100th anniversary of those who fell in WW1. The bell is tolled once for every year of their life.

The first was Geoffrey Phillip Snead-Cox, aged 19 on the 20th October, followed a week later by his Brother, Richard Mary, aged 21 on the 28th.

Robert William Wier fell on the 12th November and he was 22.

Arrowvale Choir 

You will have noticed if you came to our carol services last year that we now have an Arrowvale choir under the direction of Tim Hollinghurst.  They are singing for us at all the major festivals as well as at a monthly sung communion service/ evensong on the third Sunday of each month.

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.

Further details from:  Tim Hollinghurst on 01547 560805     timhollinghurst@hotmail.com

Community Wheels 

Community Wheels, operated by hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service), a charity which currently provides a community transport service across Herefordshire. It is the largest of 7 Community Transport schemes across Herefordshire. The purpose of the service is to provide door to door transport for people who do not have access to a car and are unable to use public transport due to mobility difficulties or because of the non-availability of the service.  Moreover, it ensures people maintain their independence, and provides a crucial lifeline to many people.

We Need You!

Community Wheels are currently looking for new volunteer drivers. If you are over 21, have a car and some spare time then Community Wheels would love to hear from you. Please contact Sarah for an informal chat on 01568 617722 or email Sarah.bateman@hvoss.org.uk

For more information please contact either  Sarah, Tracie, Mike or Linda on 01568 615785 or email Communitywheels@hvoss.org.uk

October/November News

From The Rector

I am writing this on the day that the aftermath of the Scottish referendum has begun. Whatever your views on the result it is clear that it has been a momentous event in the political life of our nation. I suspect the constitutional effects of the decisions taken during the campaign will also be substantial. As one commentator put it, the sleeping giant of English nationalism has been awoken and will become a feature of the political landscape as we approach the General Election next year. Far from being catastrophic, the evidence is that young people, who were given the chance to vote, took their responsibilities seriously and fully engaged in the debate. The impressive 84.5% turnout also proved that when people feel their vote really matters they will come out and use it.

It is going to be a difficult task to give each part of the United Kingdom as much autonomy as practicable but stay united for all of the things for which we are better together. It may seem a bit of a leap to many of our readers but it made me think very much of the challenge of running a Benefice or a group of parishes. Each of our Parishes has their own unique identity, their own legally accountable body, the PCC, their own financial accounts and their own substantial amounts they have to raise to pay their parish share to the Diocese. However, there is also so much that is better if we share; the sum of our efforts is so much greater than the individual parts. The key to all this is having confidence that joining together will not mean the ultimate demise of each individual church. People have to trust that this is the case if they are to commit to the group. During my first two years here I have tried to build this trust and the amount of things we are doing together has increased. The Arrowvale choir,  Arrowvale Messy Church, our cafe church which starts again in November have all been examples of this, as of course is the long established Messenger which you are reading now!

Such trust can be hard to build when the experience in other aspects of our lives is so different.  So often change seems to mean services of all kinds being removed from our rural villages and communities. Often we hear the cry of use it or lose it, maybe that should apply to our churches too. The one way to ensure that churches stay open and regular services continue is for people to come! As we enter our season of harvest, maybe now would be a good time to give it a try, you may find you enjoy it more than you thought you would.

We have communities to be proud of here in Arrowvale.  As bus services are withdrawn and our doctors surgery in Pembridge closes we will need our community spirit more than ever. Thankfully we have it in abundance. The BBC camera team which came to film at Messy Church were clearly impressed with the size and vibrancy of what was going on.

Finally many congratulations to Lyonshall who have won Gold at the Heart of England, Britain in bloom awards and to the Pride in Pembridge group for once again winning gold and being best in category.  Come and meet the sheep in Pembridge churchyard which have been given to us as part of the project and be proud of all that has been achieved by a small group of dedicated people.

Brenda

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” 1 Corinthians 12 v4-6

 

Byton News

Thanks
Our sincere thanks to all landowners  who allowed us over their land for our Funride in August. Although we did not have as many horses this year it was still a successful and enjoyable event. We thank Mandy and family and Paul for working so hard organising the route and all helpers who manned points on route, served food, booked people in etc. Mike Evans was our home grown photographer and we were so delighted to see that he had a photo of some of the riders printed in The Guardian, putting Byton on the map!

Our BBQ, after the group service on the last day of August, was again well supported.  The sun shone and it was good to be able to enjoy it and the view from our churchyard. Again a great deal of work was put in by the same few people and we thank them for that help and support as well as the support of the people who attended.

Harvest Festival
This will take place @ 7.00pm on Friday 24th October followed by supper at  Court House Farm.  All are welcome.

PCC Meeting
Tuesday October 28th @  8.00pm at Court House Farm.

Carol Service
This year our Carol Service will be held in the church on Monday December 22nd @ 7.00pm.

Lyonshall News

Christmas Tree
Would anyone like to volunteer to erect and decorate the Christmas Tree in Lyonshall church? It needs to be done in early December. Thank you in anticipation.

Harvest Lunch and Auction of Promises – will be held on Sunday 12th October in the Memorial Hall immediately following the Church Service. Tickets including buffet lunch £6 available from any member of the PCC. Wine and soft drinks available. Lunch will be followed by an Auction of Promises under the expert guidance of Nick Gorst. All ages welcome. Offers of promises to be sold, large or small, still required and can be given to any member of the PCC.

Santa Special at Titley Junction Station will be held again on Saturday 13th December. Full details later but please put this date in your diary. Help required on the day or during set up – can you spare a couple of hours to help? If you can you will be part of a great and very enjoyable team effort.

Charity Shop – Kington. We have booked the shop for the week commencing Friday 25th April 2015. Please look out any re-saleable items which are surplus to your requirements – furniture – toys – curtains – pictures etc, etc. Collection can be arranged.
Contact Pat Addis – 01544 340 261 for details.

Diary Date – Annual Ladies Lunch at Titley Hall will be held on Thursday 19th March 2015. Guest Speaker is Shiela Dibnah with a humorous talk ‘Life with Steeplejack Fred’.

The Naming of Lyonshall
Extracted from notes in church papers written by the late Brian Holborrow, Churchwarden and Secretary of Lyonshall PCC – 1983 to 2003.

“……….the original form of the name Lyonshall was Lenehalle. This was the spelling when first mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. The element ‘Lene’ or ‘Leon’ modified in todays name Lyonshall (it was Leonhals in the 14th century)  means settlement in the valley in the territory of Leon, relates to the Anglo-Saxon name for the territory between the rivers Lugg and Arrow. Leon is claimed to be from Old Welsh meaning ‘a stream’. Several versions of spelling have been found over the centuries, until the 18th century when it became known by the present name of Lyonshall. Even then it was often spelt ‘Lionshall’. A plated salver inscribed ‘Lionshall 1783’ is owned by the church. Other ways of spelling have appeared as Lynhales, Lynnals, Lenhales and Le Hale.”

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings.
Join us at the Memorial Hall, Lyonshall, for our monthly Coffee Mornings every second Friday, between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.The next two dates for your diaries are Friday October 10th and Friday November 14th.

Fundraising news…
In August we raised £100 which was donated to the MS Society, and in September we were able to support the Churches Housing Trust with a cheque for £80. 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

2015.
May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th May Tapestry Flower Festival.
Advance notification – If you are busy making chutneys, jams, preserves etc. or are thinking about next year’s garden or wonder what you can do over the coming winter months, we will be looking for chutneys, jams etc, plants and crafts to sell at the Flower Festival next year. Please keep us in mind as you boil your jam, pot up your plants or carry out your crafting over the next few months.

Fund raising.
Many thanks to those who supported our fundraising events over the summer. The Pudding and Pimms evening at The Watergardens made £1200, the Church Fete made  £1400, the concert “Pack up your Troubles” concert organised by Robert Dean made £1000 and the cream teas, ending with an organ recital by Tim Hollinghurst, made £1000.  Thank you to all who supported these events and to the small team of organisers who work continuously in preparing for our fund raising events. A special thank you also to Mr & Mrs R Pim, Mr Robert Dean and Tim Hollinghurst for their support to our fund raising activites.

Fortunately the above sums go a fair way to helping us balance our books but below are listed a couple more fundraisers which hopefully will help even more.

Harvest Supper
The Harvest Supper will be at the village hall on the 25th October, 7.30pm. Tickets will be priced at £7 with donations for children’s meals.

Sizzling Supper
There will be a” sizzling supper” at Marston Court on the 7th November 7.30pm. Tickets will be £10 a head but please book in advance as there will be a maximum of 50 tickets available. The monies from this event will go towards the Flower Festival, being organised for the second May Bank holiday weekend next year. To book tickets please contact Mrs G Smith – 01544 388441.

Race Night
There will be a Race Night at Pembridge Village Hall on November 15th starting at 7.30pm. We will be looking for owners and sponsors nearer the time. This is always a fun evening so make a note in your diary now. Entry price will include supper and race card.
See posters nearer the time for full details.

Can you help?
The PCC are looking for a welsh type dresser on which to be able to display items in the church. Any size or colour considered, so if you have one, or a piece of furniture that you think would be suitable, and that you would be happy to donate to the church, please contact Gill or Jacqui. Thank you.

Reading Rota.

Oct 5th. Communion. Roland Scott, Elizabeth Lynch or Trudi Mosli
19th Communion.  Mrs C Price. N or J Thomas
26th Family Service Emma Hardy
Nov 2nd Communion. C or M Fothergill. C or R Barclay
16th Remembrance Sunday To Be Arranged
23rd Family Service.  Tim Hollinghurst
Dec 7th Communion Jane Pace. L or M Boore
I will contact all readers the week before the service to confirm the readings, in case of change of reading or service.

Shobdon News

Shobdon Coffee Mornings
Do come and join us for our monthly coffee mornings on the second Saturday of the month between 10.00am and noon. Next dates are October 11th, November 8th and December 13th.

Harvest Festival
The harvest festival service will be at 4.00pm on Sunday, 5th October. Harvest tea, with cider will be served in the church afterwards. For further details please see  the church and village notice boards or ring Anne Walker 708712 or Marcia Lynch-Staunton 708360.

Shanty Men Concert
The wonderful Shanty Men will be giving a concert in the church on Friday, 21st November at 7:30 pm in aid of church funds. It will be a great fun evening so do come along.   A ploughman’s supper and glass of beer will be included in the ticket price of £10.  For tickets ring Anne Walker 708712 or Marcia Lynch-Staunton 708360

Another date for the diary is the Christmas Carol Service which will be held on Sunday, 14th December at 4.00pm.

Christian Aid Collection. 
A limited collection was made in the Village during the May Christian Aid Week, when just under £285 was given to the fund.  Thank you to all who contributed. If you would like to read more about what Christian Aid is doing, there are free magazines left in the Church porch. By contributing, we hope to lift more communities out of the devastation of the current wars going on in our stricken world, as well as helping those living in every day poverty.
M. Morley

Staunton-on-Arrow News

Crafternoon In Village Hall
Please note – From the beginning of October “Crafternoon” will cease to be held in the Village Hall.  For more information please contact Debbie 01544 388238 or Becky 01544 340747.

Tear Fund
This is a charity organisation with the aim of protecting children from trafficking, disease and disaster. Mary Morgan, speaker from the Tear Fund gave a presentation to the congregation at the Group Service at St Peter’s Church on the subject of child exploitation, and a total of £150 was raised for the charity.

Diamond Wedding
Congratulations to Barbara and Derek Hammond who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 4th September. We wish them both many more happy years together.

Harvest Festival
This will be held on Sunday 19th October 2014, starting in the Village Hall at 3.00pm with fun activities for all the family and a celebration of Harvest Festival in St Peter’s Church at 4.00pm. Refreshments will be served in the Village Hall following the service.

Ploughing Match
Leominster Agricultural Improvement Society held their 98th Ploughing Match on 7th September at Stocklow Manor by kind permission of the Edwards family. There were a large number of competitors, with some travelling from Norfolk and the Isle of Man! The weather was fantastic and the event was very well attended.

Café Church will resume on 16th November 2014 at 4.00pm in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Family Carol Service will be held on 21st December 2014 at 11.00am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall.

Staunton-On-Arrow WI
These are the last meetings for Staunton on Arrow WI for the rest of 2014:
15 October:Institute of Advanced Motorists, speaker Kath Watts
17 October:Harvest Supper, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Steven Hollinghurst will be singing.  Advance tickets only, on sale now from Shirley Percy.
19 November:Annual Meeting followed by Images of Sri Lanka presented by Alison Lord
10 December: Christmas Party night

On Wednesday 3 September Staunton on Arrow WI hosted an event for the Marches Group of WI’s to receive the WI Centenary Baton!  We had the pleasure of welcoming Lady Darnley, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire to our centenary tea.  You may be aware that 2015 is the centenary of the WI in England and Wales and a baton has been travelling around all the counties since Jan 1st, finishing its journey at the Albert Hall, London in June 2015. Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8.00pm. 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

August/September News

From The Rector

There was an old car sticker produced many years ago which said

 ‘WOMEN BISHOPS – ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?’  

Finally, finally, the answer to that is a wonderful ‘YES!’

From the depths of our disappointment in November 2012 we have come a long way.

Now we can – at long, long last – look forward to the hoped for and prayed for moment, when a woman is consecrated a Bishop for our Church.  Those who feel they cannot, for whatever reason,  accept the authority of a Woman Bishop, have had the assurances they need so we are able to move forward. I well remember our daughter Cara, writing in our then Parish magazine when she was just 15 about the injustice, as she saw it, of only having male Bishops. Now this injustice has been swept away as the General Synod finally voted in favour of legislation to pave the way for women Bishops. It does seem somewhat ironic then, that two days later, the 105th Bishop of Hereford was announced, who is of course a man. The Right Reverend Richard Frith is probably going to be amongst the last Bishops appointed before the new legislation is passed. He comes to us with a wealth of experience and he even likes cricket- can’t be bad!

The announcement was made at the newest Church of England Primary School in the Diocese. It is recognized that we must make an impact on young people if the church is to survive and thrive, proclaiming the gospel afresh to each new generation.

Our schools play such an important part in our communities, not just in the life of the children who attend them. We are blessed with having two wonderful schools in our group of parishes, Shobdon and Pembridge. I have had the privilege to lead the leavers’ service in church this week of both schools and there is so much quality learning going on, of which the whole community is rightly proud.

It was especially poignant at Pembridge as we said farewell not only to our year 6 children but also to our head teacher Miss Kerri Finney who is moving on to be Head teacher at Mordiford School in September. There was barely a dry eye in the church as proud parents watched as the children had their moment to shine and as a community we wished Miss Finney well on this new stage in her career. She has served the school extremely well, beginning as a newly qualified teacher some 15 years ago and ending with just over 4 years as head teacher. She left us with a wonderful quote which I think is worth repeating:

“Take the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Governing body has been busy appointing a new head teacher, Mr. Robert Hollis who will be taking his first step as head teacher of Pembridge School in January 2015.

So as a church, a Diocese, a community and as individuals we all step out on the next stage of our journey whatever it may be, may we be blessed with the courage we need to do a new thing.

Every blessing

Brenda 

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19

From the registers

Baptisms

31st May 2014 Lucy Ffion  Redway-Thomas Staunton

31st May 2014 William Warwick Redway-Thomas Staunton

22nd June 2014 Scarlett Lily Dyer Pembridge

Weddings

Shobdon 10/5/2014 James Pearson and Courtney Pearson

Lyonshall 24/5/2014 Faye Morgan and Matthew Tomkins

Shobdon 24/5/2014 David Moore and Penny Nicholls

Staunton 31/5/2014 Becky Redway and Aled Thomas

Shobdon 7/06/2014 James Webley and Emma Rudge

Staunton 7/06/2014 Thomas Fortune and Camilla Bowen

Pembridge 21/6/2014 Steve Caple and Jo Mifflin

Shobdon 21/6/2014 Kirsty Maund and John Thomas

Funerals

Mary Jane Emberson 12th May 2014 Pembridge [Burial of Ashes]

Isobel Ann Chilton 14th May 2014 Staunton-on Arrow

Peter Ernest Thomas 28th May 2014 Hereford crematorium

Thomas Arthur Raymond 9th June 2014 Staunton-on-Arrow

Joan Evelyn Edwards 27th June 2014 Hereford crematorium

Readings

3rd August – TBC

10th  August

1 Kings 19. 9-18, Psalm 85. 8-13

Romans 10. 5-15, Matthew 14. 22-33

17th August 

Isaiah 56.1, 6-8, Psalm 67, Romans 11, 1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15 [10-20] 21-28

24th August– Bartholomew the Apostle

Isaiah  43. 8-13, Psalm 145 1-7

Acts 5. 12-16, Luke 22 24-30

31st August

Jeremiah  15. 15-21,  Psalm 26. 1-8

Romans 12.9 -end, Matthew 16.21-end

7th  September

Ezekiel 33. 7-11, Psalm 119.33-40

Romans 13.8-end, Matt 18:15-20

14th September

Numbers 21.4-9, Psalm 22. 23-28

Philippians 2. 6-11, John 3 13-17

21st September

Matthew apostle and evangelist

Proverbs 3. 13-18, Psalm 119.65-72

2 Corinthians 4.1-6, Matthew 9.9-13

28th September  

Ezek 18:1-4, 25-32,  Ps 25:1-8

Phil 2:1-13, Mt 21:23-32

 5th October

Isaiah 5.1-7, Psalm 80.9-17

Philippians  3.4b-14.  Matthew 21.33-end

Harvest 2014

Deuteronomy 8.7-18, Psalm 65

2 Corinthians 9.6-end, Luke 12.16-30

Events in the Group

2nd August. Church Fete. Pembridge Church. 2.00pm

3rd August. WW1 Concert. Pembridge Church. 3.00pm

8th August Coffee Morning Lyonshall Memorial Hall 10.00 am

9th August Coffee Morning Shobdon 10.00am

17th August Fun ride Court House Farm  Byton 10.00am -1.00pm

20th August Bible Group Pembridge Rectory 10.00am

31st August Annual BBQ Byton Churchyard    after 11.00am Service

10th September Bible Group Pembridge Rectory 10.00am

11th  September WW1 talk. Pembridge Church. 7.30pm

13th September Coffee Morning Shobdon 10.00am

14th September Organ Recital Pembridge Church. 3.00pm

16th September Messy Church Pembridge Village Hall 3.20pm

6th September Pop up Restaurant. Marston Court.7.30pm

12th September Coffee Morning Lyonshall Memorial Hall 10.00 am

17th-24th Sept Charity Shop. Leominster

26th September McMillan Coffee Morning

Lyonshall Memorial Hall 10.00 am

27th September Coffee Morning. Rose Cottage. 10.30am

1st  October Bible Group Pembridge Rectory 10.00am

14th October Messy Church Pembridge Village Hall 3.20pm

15th November Race Night. Pembridge Village Hall.7.30pm

18th November Messy Church Pembridge Village Hall 3.20pm

16th December Messy Church Pembridge Village Hall 3.20pm

2015.

May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th May Pembridge Tapestry Flower Festival

Harvest Festivals

Moorcourt Thursday 18th September 7.00pm

Shobdon Sunday 5th October 4.00pm

Lyonshall Sunday 12th October 11.00am

Staunton-on-Arrow Sunday 19th October Activities 3pm Service 4.00pm

Byton Friday 24th October 7.00pm

Pembridge Sunday 26th October 11.00am

Bible Study

The group meets on alternate Wednesday mornings at the rectory.  We are studying the book of Acts, exploring and learning how the first Christians spread God’s word and showed His love for everyone.  For dates of the next meeting see the diary or contact Brenda.

Copy Date

Please make sure that all copy for the next issue of the magazine is with Jane E Burgoyne by 16th September at Nash’s Oak, Lyonshall or contact her by telephone on

01544 340272 or by e-mail at jeb@nashsoak.plus.com.

Advertising Enquiries to Ron Addis, telephone 01544 340261,

email ron@addis-business.co.uk.

Staunton-on-Arrow News

PCC Legacy

We have been privileged to receive a very generous legacy from the estate of the late Monica Newham.  This is a godsend which has enabled us to pay for the very necessary, expensive and urgent repairs to the window in the South Transept which would otherwise have been boarded up until we had raised enough money.  We are now also able to progress with repairs to the Chancel Windows. A specification has been submitted to the Diocesan Advisory Committee, prior to a tendering process and a contract being awarded. The PCC is liable for 4.47% of costs for which we propose to use the legacy monies.

Soiree At Staunton House

An evening of wine, canapés and music, and auction of promises was held at Staunton House on 9th June, by kind permission of Rosie & Richard Bowen. We had a very successful and enjoyable evening, raising £1,500 for St Peter’s Church. Many thanks go to those who attended and to those who provided the fabulous “promises” for the auction.

Church Spring Clean

A special thank you to everyone who helped with the cleaning of the Church prior to the 2 weddings and baptism, and to those gentlemen whose regular mowing and strimming keeps the churchyard looking neat.

Raymond Edwards “Stocklow”

Thank you all to those who attended our father’s funeral and for all the messages and cards we received. Donations amounted to £1300, and will be divided equally between St Peter’s Church and St. Michael’s Hospice. The family very much appreciated your kindness.

Philip, Clive, Neville and Andrew.

Staunton-On-Arrow Wi

We have been enjoying our meetings in the summer months with the lovely light evenings; our meetings coming up in August and September are:

17th August  The Sewing Room, Knighton

16th September Distressing Furniture and Decoupage, demonstration by Karen Jones

We are also having a special event on Wednesday 3rd September in the afternoon when the Marches Group of WI’s receive the WI Centenary Baton! You may be aware that 2015 is the centenary of the WI in England and Wales and a baton has been travelling around all the counties since Jan 1st. Herefordshire Federation of WI’s has the baton between 2nd & 9th September, then it goes on to Worcestershire Federation. Staunton-on-Arrow WI is hosting this event on 3rd September and we are having a “bring and share” tea in the village hall, together with a walk around Old Court orchards. There will be a photo exhibition of our WI. If you know you have some old photos of the WI, please can you let me know as soon as possible.

Advance notice: Harvest Supper Fundraising event is on Friday 17th October, watch out for posters in the Village Hall to obtain tickets. Stephen Hollinghurst will be singing.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome, £3 to include refreshments, 7.30pm at Staunton-on-Arrow Village 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

Stocklow Manor Open Garden

Sandra and Philip would like to thank everyone who supported the “Art in the Garden” event held recently at Stocklow Manor. We raised £1383.70p. A happy time was had by all.

Crafternoon In Village Hall

Please note – there will be NO crafternoon throughout August. Sessions will resume in September, every Monday between 1pm and 3pm. All welcome. For information please contact Debbie 01544 388238 or Becky 01544 340747.

Ride & Stride

This national event takes place on Saturday 13th September 2014. Cycle and walk between the churches in your area and half the sponsorship you raise goes to the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust and half to the church of your choice. To find out more go to www.herefordshirehistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/ride.

Tear Fund

This is a charity organisation with the aim of protecting children from trafficking, disease and disaster. A speaker from the Tear Fund will be addressing the congregation at St Peter’s Church on the subject of child exploitation, on August 17th at a Group Service. For further information go to www.tearfund.org/nochildtaken or contact Eve Redway on 01544 267819.

WW1 Commemoration Events in the group

Group Commemoration Service. Pembridge Church

Sunday 3rd August at11.00am

A moving service that will include visits to the war memorial, the war graves in the churchyard and a service in church.

Pack up you Troubles 

A reflection in words and music from the Western Front 1914-18

Pembridge Church, 3rd August at 3.00pm

presented by Christopher Good (narrator) with Tristan Stocks (tenor) Dominic Sedgwick (baritone) and Robert Dean  (piano)

A programme of words and music devised by  international conductor and Weston resident Robert Dean who will accompany on the piano, two up and coming young singers based in London, Dominic Sedgwick (baritone) and Tristan Stocks (tenor). The actor Christopher Good, famous for his appearances on stage and tv and who now lives in Titley, will be presenting the concert which will include popular songs from the 1st World War along with poetry and readings from the time which will have a resonance for a modern audience 100 years on.

Exhibition by Pembridge Histiory Group

Over the last few months, members of Pembridge History Group have been carrying out research to try and identify any stories behing the names on the war memorial and also to identify men from the village who fought in WW1 and returned.

Talk by the author Peter Weston
Pembridge Church, 11th September at 7.30pm

His book covers an action which occurred in November 1916 during the final days of the Battle of the Somme.  The history books tell us that the battle starts on the 1st July 1916 and ends on the 18th November but, 120 men of the 11th Border Regiment and the 16th Highland Light Infantry find themselves cut off behind enemy lines, completely surrounded. They held out for 8 days in the hope that help would come. This is their story and how this gallant band defied the might of the German Army. A number of men mentioned on our war memorial were involved in this and Peter will elaborate.

Byton News

Thanks
Our Live @ Byton event on June 7th was a great success. We should like to thank everyone who helped in any way. The building looked great, the food was wonderful and the entertainment very enjoyable. Also thanks to all who came and joined in the fun and supported the church and village hall.  Well over £1000 was donated to each organisation.

BBQ
Our annual BBQ will take place in the churchyard on Sunday August 31st following the 11am Group Service in the church.

September Service
This will take place on Sunday September 14th at 11am and will include a Baptism.

PCC Meeting
Monday September 29th @ 8pm at The Court House

Harvest Festival
This year our Harvest Festival will take place on Friday October 24th @ 7pm followed by supper at The Court House.

BYTON FUN RIDE 

In Aid of St Mary’s Church, Byton  Sunday August 17th, 2014, Court Farm, Byton, Nr Presteigne, Herefordshire LD8 2HS

First horse 10.00am, Last horse 1.00pm  Enjoy riding in the Welsh Marches with spectacular views 12 mile or 6 mile route (approx)

Adults £15 each
Children £ 10 each
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
Refreshments available all day & toilet available

By kind permission of –
Messrs: Chilman, Davies, Deakin, Edwards, Joseph, Pritchard, Wood

Enquires to: Mandy Naylor: 01544 262862 or Paul Seagrott 01544 260366

Lyonshall News

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw

The winners of the draw which took place on June 9th were as follows:-

1st Bev Mifflin

2nd Hugh Layton

3rd Ray Richards

4th Brian Newman

5th James Davies

Message from the Bellringers

Part of the magic of living in an English village such as this is the sound of the church bells. We ring them for Sunday Service, to celebrate the joy of weddings and village festivals and sadly when loved ones are laid to rest.

We ring because it is enjoyable, interesting and fun!

However, we have reached a point where we need more ringers. Some ringers have moved away and probably ring elsewhere, some have retired and some have died. This is life but it leaves us very short. There are only two active ringers registered for Kingsland and Aymestrey, sadly has none.

Bellringing is an enjoyable activity and can be learnt from ages 8 – 80+; so why not join us and learn to ring? Beginning in September this year a five week course of 10 lessons (two a week) will be held at Kingsland and Eardisland so join us and book your place now. The cost of £25 for the full course will be made. (On average £2.50 a lesson is excellent value)

Call Pat on 01544 340295 or email patkey@mypostoffice.co.uk

If you hear us ringing on a Monday evening, do come and see what we are doing and have a chat. You are most welcome!

Bo Hollingshurst

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 8th and Friday September 12th.

Fundraising news…

In June we raised £100 which was donated to the Home to Rome charitable cycling challenge completed by Calum and Shaun Haydon from Titley, and in July we were able to support St. Michaels Hospice sponsor a tile campaign with £100, towards the completion of the new redevelopment.

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’s annual Macmillan Coffee Morning will take place on Friday 26th September at Lyonshall Memorial Hall from 10am until noon. Coffee, cakes, preserves and produce; please come along and support this worthwhile cause if you can.

Forthcoming Events

During September, we are hoping to hold a Quiz Evening at The Memorial Hall to raise funds for the church.

Also to raise funds, we will be including an Auction of Promises with our Annual Harvest Lunch after Harvest Festival on October 12th.

Pembridge News

Church Fete

The fete will take place on August 2nd starting at 2.30pm.

If you would like to donate cakes for the cake stall and/or the refreshments, bottles, books, toys, bric a brac, plants etc for the stalls please bring along to the church from 10.30am.

An additional stall this year is “As Good as New Fashion” so any donations would be gratefully received or come and refresh your wardrobe in one afternoon.

Pop – Up Restaurant

We hope to arrange a Pop Up Restaurant on the 6th September. Tickets will be limited so keep your eyes open for the posters giving the full details.

Charity Shop

There will be a Charity Shop in aid of church funds at The Community Shop, Leominster from September 17th to September 24th. Appropriate donations of good quality clothes, books, toys and other saleable items can be left in the church from the 6th September onwards.

Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning will be at Rose Cottage on 27th September at 10.30am. Drinks and cakes will be available and there will be a bring and buy stall.

Organ Recital 

A Festival of Churches Event

There will be an organ recital by Tim Hollinghurst, in Pembridge Church on 14th Sept starting at 3.00pm, followed by a Choral Evensong.  Tickets for the recital will cost £5 and include a cream tea.

Race Night

There will be a Race Night at Pembridge Village Hall on November 15th starting at 7.30pm. We will be looking for owners and sponsors nearer the time. This is always a fun evening so make a note in your diary now.

Pembridge Christian Aid

This year the people of Pembridge Parish gave £401-54. Many thanks to all who collected, all who gave and to Mark and Garry and their staff for letting us use their shop as a drop off point yet again.

Janice Moore

Pembridge WI

The July meeting of Pembridge WI was held at Stapleton Castle Court. A very pleasant evening in the gardens was followed by refreshments provided by Mr & Mrs Griffiths.   The next meeting is 13th August and will be our Bi-annual show, schedules available from committee members.  We meet at Pembridge village hall at 7pm, visitors and new members are always welcome.  For further information please contact Pat Baugh 01544 387947 or Moyra Sutherill 01544 388409.

Reading Rota.

Aug 3rd.Group Service. To be arranged

Sept 7th.  Communion. L or M Boore Jane Pace

Sept 21st.  Communion. Clare Price. Mrs Anderson

Sept 28th.  Family Service.  Kate Skelton

Oct 5th.  Communion Roland Scott Elizabeth Lynch or Trudi Mosli

I will contact all readers the week before the service to confirm the readings, in case of change of reading or service.

Shobdon News

Shobdon Coffee Mornings

Join us at the Village Hall for our monthly coffee mornings on the second Saturday of the month, between 10 and 12 noon. The next dates are the 9th August & 13th September.

Shobdon Food & Flying Festival Weekend

We held a wine & cheese party on the Thursday in a marquee at Shobdon Court, very kindly donated by Richard & Penny Corbett. It was a very pleasant evening , despite the rain. We had a bric-a-brac stall at the festival and offered teas and coffees at the church and a little music.

Over the weekend we raised £620 for the church , thanks to all that helped.

News from the Shobdon Food & Flying Festival Organising Team

After a full year of hard planning the 2014 Shobdon Food & Flying Festival was a great success. The rain largely stayed away on Saturday and the sun shone on Sunday as around 5,000 visitors drove, walked and flew in to Shobdon airfield to sample the best food & drink Herefordshire has to offer and enjoy a host of aviation attractions. There were gyrocopter displays, trial flights, a parachute drop by the ‘Jump4Heroes’ team and numerous historic aircraft to look around and learn about. At one point, planes that had been flown in by hungry visitors from all around the country were parked almost as far back as the cars.
On the food front there were around 80 of the best local producers selling everything from cheese to cider and from coffees to chocolate. There was also a full schedule of cooking demonstrations from top local chefs and more craft exhibitors than ever. The result, we hope, was an event the whole family could enjoy with lots to see and do for adults and children alike. We had a Community Marquee full of local groups raising funds for their own good causes and 8 fantastic gardens that had been lovingly cultivated by children at local primary schools for our competition.

As an organiser, there are always things we could tweak and improve on for next year, but we are incredibly pleased with how the weekend went. We’d like to thank our colleagues at Hereford Aero Club for hosting us again as well as all our sponsors, especially Bestparks, for their support. Most importantly, we’d like to thank all our volunteers without whom running an event of this size in Shobdon simply wouldn’t be possible and we’d like to thank everyone for coming! We’ll update you on how much money we raised for this year’s supported charities as soon as we can and are working on getting as many photos as possible up on our website (www.shobdonfoodfestival.co.uk) on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed (@shobdonfoodfest)

Terry & Matt Teale

A big thank you to everybody who helped in the Food Marquee and to those who supplied us with so many wonderful cakes. A special thank you to Sheila Womersley and her sister Diane Neilsen for supplying so many different cakes in vast quantities We would also like to thank Dave Hawkins and his family for endless fetching and carrying all over the weekend. All your help was  greatly appreciated.

Pearl and Jen Teale.

Shobdon Church Flower Rota

Jul.  27 Jayne Sharp

Aug.  3 Jayne Sharp

Aug. 10 Caroline Jones

Aug. 17 Caroline Jones

Aug. 24 Janet Nicholls

Aug. 31 Janet Nicholls

Sept.  7 Dianna Andrews

Sept. 14 Dianna Andrews

Sept. 21 Ann Kent Phillips

Sept. 28 Ann Kent Phillips

Salt of the Earth 

Charity Fundraiser at Wildflower House, Shobdon on Saturday, 2nd August 10 am – 4.30 pm. Teas, coffee, delicious cakes, stalls, raffle.(Anne Walker 01568-708712)

Shobdon School – Leavers

On Tuesday, 15th July all the children and staff came to the church for our Leavers’ service. There were hymns, songs from the children, a quiz, the presentation of bibles to the children leaving this term and finally, most importantly an ice-cream!!

The ‘leavers’ are:  Kit Bevan, Harlie Greatwich, Alec Harper, Gethin Harris, James Myles, Elin Jones, Libby Rounds, Laura Wade, Ella Williams & Jack Williams.

We wish them all the very best at their new schools.

June/July News

From The Rector

What a summer we have lined up. For football and athletics fans we have the World cup in Brazil and the Commonwealth games in Glasgow. Closer to home here in our parishes we have fetes and community events galore, something for everyone.
Shobdon has its Food and flying festival on June 28th and 29th which is set to be even bigger and better than last year. On Sunday 29th at 11am we will be having our festival communion service at church and then you are invited to go straight down to the airfield to buy your lunch from the wonderful food producers and enjoy all that is on offer. We are planning for there to be teas available in church over the weekend and guides on hand whenever possible as well as having a church stand down at the airfield.
Staunton-on-Arrow has an exciting new venue for their village fete to be held on July 19th at Court of Noke by kind permission of Edward and Emma Bulmer.
Messy church continues to thrive with 75 children attending at least one session so far in 2014. We are planning one date in the school holidays so if you are not away on holiday there is family fun on offer here in Arrowvale.
In Byton on July 20th at 9.30am we are having a pet service. You’ve seen it on Vicar of Dibley now experience it in the flesh – or fur as the case may be. Come and bring your dogs, [on leads!] and other pets suitably restrained for a service of thanksgiving and blessing. Any horses may be blessed in the churchyard!
Then as we move on into August we begin the commemorations of the start of the First World War. We will be having our traditional village fete in Pembridge on Saturday 2nd and there will be an exhibition in the church to commemorate the contribution of local people. On Sunday 3rd August at 11am there will be a special service beginning at the war memorial, pausing at the graves in the churchyard and then concluding in the church. In the afternoon there is to be a wonderful concert. Events will be rounded off with a simple act of remembrance at the war memorial at 11am on Monday 4th which is the actual centenary of the outbreak of the war.
Amidst all the joy of spending a summer in the Herefordshire countryside we will pause and remember the war and the horrors it brought to those who left these villages to fight for their country. We will naturally reflect on the role faith had in sustaining both those who went to war and those who waited at home. When war broke out in 1914, every member of the British Armed Forces was given a Bible as an essential part of their kit.
The Bible society website www.biblesociety.org.uk contains many such moving stories including one about Elvas Jenkins. Under intense bombardment at Gallipoli, Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins was struck directly over his heart by a lead ball from an exploding shell. He would have died instantly, but the ball struck his Bible, the New Testament he carried in his shirt pocket.
Dr Michael Snape, Reader in Religion, War and Society at the University of Birmingham explains ‘It was hugely consoling for individual soldiers, ‘There are poignant stories of bodies being recovered of men who had died with a New Testament in their hands. ‘What else could you do if you were alone, badly wounded and going to meet your maker?’
So wherever you are spending this summer, our prayer is that you would stop and remember those who fought and give thanks for the times of peace that most of us have had the privilege of living in.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. ‘ John 14.27

Brenda

WW1 Events in the Group

Group Commemoration Service. Pembridge Church
Sunday 3rd August at11.00am
A moving service that will involve visits to the war memorial, the war graaves in the churchyard and a service in church.

Pack up your Troubles
A reflection in words and music from the Western Front 1914-18
Pembridge Church, 3rd August at 3.00pm
presented by Christopher Good (narrator)
with Tristan Stocks (tenor)
Dominic Sedgwick (baritone)
and Robert Dean (piano)
A programme of words and music devised by international conductor and Weston resident Robert Dean who will accompany on the piano, two up and coming young singers based in London, Dominic Sedgwick (baritone) and Tristan Stocks (tenor). The actor Christopher Good, famous for his appearances on stage and tv and who now lives in Titley, will be presenting the concert which will include popular songs from the 1st World War along with poetry and readings from the time which will have a resonance for a modern audience 100 years on. It promises to be an entertaining as well as a thought provoking programme. Tickets are priced at £10.00 and are available from The Steppes or Bob Anderson, tel: 01544 388292 email; ra@ra-ms.co.uk. Profits from the concert will go towards the Church Fund. Interval refreshments.

Can you help? We are trying to source WW1 uniforms for the performers and appropriate props to create a set. If you can help please contact Bob Anderson 01544 388292.
Talk by the author Peter Weston
Pembridge Church, 11th September at 7.30pm
His book covers an action which occurred in November 1916 during the final days of the Battle of the Somme the history books tell us that the battle starts on the 1st July 1916 and ends on the 18th November but 120 men of the 11th Border Regiment and the 16th Highland Light Infantry find themselves cut off behind enemy lines completely surrounded they held out for 8 days in the hope that help would come this is their story and how this gallant band defied the might of the German Army. A number of men mentioned on our war memorial were involved in this and Peter will elaborate.
Organised by Pembridge History Group, more details in next issue.

Exhibition by Pembridge History Group
Over the last few months, members of Pembridge History Group have been carrying out research to try and identify any stories behing the names on the war memorial and also to identify men from the village who fought in WW1 and returned.
The results of this research, along with the poppies knitted, cloaged, painted and created by many others in the village, together with a project about WW1 from the school will form an exhibition. The main display will be in church from early July to allow the school children to see it before their summer holidays and a smaller display will be at Pembridge Show on the last Saturday in July. If you have any memorabilia or information from the period we would love to talk to you.
Bob Anderson 01544 388292

Date Event Time Venue
June 13th Lyonshall coffee morning 10.00-12noon Memorial hall
June 14th Shobdon coffee morning 10.00-12noon Shobdon village hall
June 24th Messy Church 3.20pm Pembridge Village hall
June 28th Shobdon Food & Flying festival 10.00-5.00pm Shobdon Airfield
June 29th Shobdon Food & Flying festival 10.00-5.00pm Shobdon Airfield
July 11th Lyonshall coffee morning 10-12noon Memorial hall
July 12th Shobdon coffee morning 10-12noon Shobdon village hall
July 19th Staunton fete 2.00pm Court of Noke
July 20th Pet service 9.30am Byton church
July 20th Strawberry Tea 3.00pm The Curl, Marston
July 29th Messy church 3.20pm Pembridge village hall
July 7th Community meeting re plans for the church
7.00pm Pembridge church
August 2nd Pembridge fete 2.00pm Pembridge church
August 3rd Pack up Your Troubles Concert by Robert Dean
3.00pm Pembridge church
August 17th Fun ride 10am -1.00pm Court House farm

Copy Date
Please make sure that all copy for the next issue of the magazine is with Jane E Burgoyne by 16th July at Nash’s Oak, Lyonshall or contact her by telephone on 01544 340272 or by e-mail at jeb@nashsoak.plus.com.
Advertising Enquiries to Ron Addis, telephone 01544 340261, email ron@addis-business.co.uk.

Byton News

June Events
Sat June 7th @ Court House Farm @ 7.30pm Supper, Music and Dance
Mon June 30th PCC Meeting @ Court House
Cleaning and Flowers Mrs G Jeakings and Mrs J Owens

July Events
Pet Service at 9.30am, 20th July
Cleaning and Flowers Mrs E Weaver and Mrs M Edwards

August Events
Sunday August 17th Funride @ Court House Farm
Sunday August 31st BBQ in churchyard following Group Service
Cleaning and Flowers Everyone please

Byton Fun Ride
In Aid of St Mary’s Church, Byton
Sunday August 17th, 2014
Court Farm, Byton, Nr Presteigne, Herefordshire LD8 2HS
First horse 10.00am, Last horse 1.00pm
Enjoy riding in the Welsh Marches with
spectacular views 12 mile or 6 mile route (approx) Adults £15 each, Children £ 10 each. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Refreshments available all day & toilet available By kind permission of –
Messrs: Chilman, Davies, Deakin, Edwards, Joseph, Pritchard, Wood
Enquires to:
Mandy Naylor: 01544 262862 or Paul Seagrott 01544 260366

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 June 13th and Friday July 11th.
Fundraising news…
In April we raised £100 which was donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, and in May we were able to support Kington First Responders, with a cheque for £90.
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.

Songs of Praise – The Big Sing
This year’s Big Sing hosted by Bill Turnbull and Aled Jones will be a spectacular showcase of favourite Hymns and Carols.
Most of us our readers will have enjoyed these pre-recorded spectaculars from the comfort of our armchairs but what if we are in the Royal Albert Hall taking part in the recording as well as seeing the show on television!!
If there is sufficient interest from Parishioners and their friends, the Organizers on behalf of the Arrowvale Group are willing to organise a coach together with ticket purchases for those wishing to take part.
The BBC makes tickets available at about £15 each from a soon to be announced date in July and the recording of both shows takes place in early September.
The cost of the coach cannot be obtained until we know numbers but it is expected to be around £20 per person thereby making a total cost of £35 for this unique opportunity.
As the tickets are in great demand and are only available on a first come first served basis we need to be ready. Shortly, a leaflet giving more information on which you can express your interest will be available at all Services in the Group.
Joint Organizers
Ron Addis, Lyonshall 01544 340261
email ron@addis-business.co.uk
Anne Walker, Shobdon 01568 708712

Annual Luncheon.
Our third Annual Luncheon was held at Titley Village Hall on Thursday 1st May. Another full attendance enjoyed Barbara Laughton telling amusing tales of her amazing life and and 4 marriages in a talk entitled “ Married again at 60”. This was followed by an excellent buffet lunch kindly provided by the ladies of Lyonshall and a big ‘thank you’ is given to all who made
contributions large and small to make the occasion a success. Without their help this major annual Parish fundraising event could not take place. A particular word of thanks goes, once again, to Sue Davies for organising the event. On the ‘grapevine’ I hear that the search is now on for next years Speaker – watch this space.
The generosity of all who attended enabled a net sum of £1,433.18 to be
paid in to the PCC general fund.

Almeley School Cricket and Fete
Sunday June 22nd from 12 o’clock on Almeley Common. Children’s kwik cricket, Almeley Cricket Club v Almeley School parents, stalls, barbecue and Pimms.
Everyone Welcome.

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw
The winners of the draw which took place on April 28th were as follows:-
1st Nigel Scott 2nd Mr. Webb
3rd Tricia Hern 4th James Lias
5th Margaret Jones

Afternoon Tea for all in Lyonshall Village Hall
Come along to Lyonshall Village Hall every Last Friday of the month between 2pm-4pm. It’s a friendly way to enjoy an afternoon – chatting over a lovely cup of tea and homemade cakes? Why not bring your knitting, crochet or even a pack of cards or draughts!
Up and coming dates: Friday 30th May and Friday 27th June. All welcome – £1.00 for tea and cake. For information contact Becky 01544340747.

Churchwardens
Mrs Pat Addis was re-elected Churchwarden and Mrs Lesley Hunt and Dr Malcolm Lias, both members of the PCC, have been appointed as Deputy
Churchwardens for the 2014/5 year. Mrs Addis was sworn in at the Archdeacons Visitation in Presteigne on Monday 19th May.
Mr Anthony Mills, who has served as Churchwarden for 3 years, stepped down and was thanked by all present for his unstinting work during this time.
Anthony is moving out of the Parish but until he goes he will remain a member of the PCC and he will continue to take a number of Services.

 

Pembridge News

Broxwood Court Garden
The garden will be open on June 1st 2014 from 12 noon – 5.00 pm in aid of The Red Cross. Light lunches and teas will be available. Broxwood Court, nr Pembridge. HR6 9JJ

Thank You
Pembridge PCC would like to thank Mrs Trish Lloyd for all in her work in managing the flower rota at Pembridge Church. Due to moving away from Broxwood, Trish has had to give up this role but we would like to take this opportunity to recognise the commitment, hard work and vision that Trish and her team have brought to Pembridge Church. Under her guidance the team have prepared the flowers for Sunday Services, occasional funerals, Church Festivals and who can forget the arrangements that adorned the church at our last Flower Festival.
We wish all our good wishes to both Peter and Trish.

We would also like to thank Mrs Joyce Williams who has agreed to take on the management of the flower rota. Joyce is looking for more volunteers to help fill the rota so if you would like to be part of the flower arrangement team please give her a call on 01544 388303.

Ceilidh.
Thank you to all who came to the ceilidh on March 10th in church.
It was lovely to see the church being used for such an enjoyable social event and people being tempted to try the dancing under the expert tuition of Sheila from Sheila’s Reels. The early comments of “I’m not dancing” were soon forgotten as the evening wore on. Thank you also to those who prepared the church and the Buffett supper.

Pembridge Tapestry.
I am delighted to announce that three more tapestries have now been completed and are being framed ready for exhibition. The tapestry of Marguerite and Catherine Fothergill, Rosemary Mayall and Meryl Griffiths depicting the Woodcock Fair; the work of Linda Hill and Merysia Keily depicting the Alms Houses and the work of Tricia Lloyd and Sally Lewis showing the construction of the detached belfry together with the Cowslip Fair. Four tapestries are still being worked on and it is hoped that these will be completed later this year. We will display some of the new tapestries in Pembridge Church during the summer – look out for dates in the magazine.
Gill Smith.

Church Spring Clean.
Another thank you to those who turned up to clean the church and tidy up the churchyard in preparation for the Confirmation Service and our Easter Festival. A special thanks to Roland and Liz Scott for taking charge of the two Box trees, which will now hopefully make them much easier to manage in the future.

A Polite Request.
We would like to ask all dog walkers that they clean up after their dogs when walking in the churchyard. Regrettably it as become quite noticeable that not all dog owners are doing this and we have received a number of comments recently about the mess being left. Please “Wrap it and bin it”. Thank you.
Cream Teas.
Cream teas will be available in the church, Sunday afternoons, 3.30pm – 5.30pm, from 27th July until the 7th September. If you would like to help by taking a turn on the rota please contact Jacqui on 01544 388471.

Reading Rota.
June 1st. Communion.
Mrs Anderson. Clare Price.
June 15th. Communion. Elizabeth Lynch or Trudi Mosli. Roland Scott.
June 22nd. Family Service. Emma Hardy.
July 6th. Communion.
Jenny Thomas. Mrs S Pim.
July 20th. Communion.
C or R Barclay. C or M Fothergill
July 27th. Family Service. Tim Hollinghurst
Aug 3rd. Group Service. To be arranged.
I will contact all readers the week before the service to confirm the readings, in case of change of reading or service.

St Mary’s Community Project Update
St Mary’s Community Project was launched in December 2009 to consider the future of the church building for both the needs of the Church and for the benefit of the community. A Community Consultation Day was held on March 26th, 2010. Analysis of questionnaires completed on this day showed us that the consensus of opinion from the community was that there was a need for toilet and kitchen facilities, improved heating and lighting and the space to include a heritage centre and performance space while keeping the large space flexible. A steering group has been coordinating the project since this time and a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes over the last few years including the appointment of an architect – JBKS Architects who are specialist church architects – and applications to funding bodies for a grant to fund the production of plans. By April 2013 some initial plans for the project had been received and discussed with the Steering Group, the Architect and the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC).
During the Festival of Churches weekend, in September 2013, these plans were put on show for the community to view and comment on. These plans have now been amended by the architect to satisfy advisory comments from the DAC while still meeting our needs. They have been sent to the DAC who will be discussing them at the earliest opportunity.
Our next step will be to submit an Expression of Interest advising the Heritage Lottery Fund of our intentions and then to file an application, using our plans, for a Heritage Lottery Grant, with the hopes of a positive outcome to allow us to proceed with the project. It is also our intention to hold a meeting, on the 7th Ju;ly at 7.00pm, with the community and the architect, so please come along as we will be grateful for your comments and support.
Meryl Griffith Steering Group Secretary

Pembridge WI
On 11th of June Pembridge will be holding an evening of Poetry and Pimms with local poet John Elmes. John has recently published a book of poetry and many of the poems reflect his love and knowledge of Herefordshire and the Marches. This will be an open meeting and we would welcome anyone who wishes to join us, £3 to include refreshments. We meet at 7.00pm at Pembridge village hall, speaker at 8pm. For further information please contact Pat Baugh 01544 387947 or Moyra Sutherill 01544 388409.

Shobdon News

Coffee Morning on 14th June and 12 July in the Village Hall – all welcome for chat, coffee and cakes.
On Thursday 26th June we will be holding a pre-Festival event in a marquee in aid of Church funds, so please keep this date free in your diary.
During the Food and Flying Festival the Church will be holding a stall selling everything and anything – bric-a-brac, plants, clothing. Please let Anne 01568 708 712 or Marcia 01568 708 360 know if you have anything to donate, anything can be collected.

Staunton-on-Arrow News

Staunton on Arrow WI
We were all very moved by the visit of Mair Granthier telling us all about the work of the Night Shift with the clubbers at the Hereford Baptist Church. We will never think of flip flops in the same way again!
Our meetings coming up in June and July are:
June 18th Pat Skeet from the Macular Degeneration Society
July 2nd Group meeting at Kingswood WI – this will be a talk by Cameron Adlicott, who was an investigator for HM Customs and has written 2 books on the subject. All visitors are welcome to attend this meeting but please let us know so that we can confirm numbers with Kingswood WI.
July 16th. Sarah Sentinella will talk about her Millinery business, Cappellino.
We will also be providing the teas at the Staunton on Arrow summer fete during July. Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us; for various unfortunate reasons we have five fewer members than last year. Visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome. £3 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

Open Garden 29 June
The garden at Upper Tan House, Stansbatch will be open on Sunday 29th June, 2-5pm, in aid of the Herefordshire Nature Trust’s Birches Farm Appeal. Come & visit the borders, see the orchids in the wild flower meadow and have tea on the terrace.

Crafternoon in the Village Hall
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you have unfinished projects you would like to finish? What about starting to make your Christmas presents? At Crafternoon you can share and learn new crafting skills, or just spend some time chatting over a lovely cup of tea and homemade cakes?
Do come along to Staunton on Arrow Village Hall every Monday between 1pm-3pm. It’s a friendly way to enjoy your knitting, sewing, crochet, tapestry, paper or any other crafts you enjoy!
All welcome – £3.00 for refreshments and hall hire. For information contact Debbie 01544388238 or Becky 01544 340747. We look forward to seeing you!

Elderly residents are being warned about a phone fraud where victims are being duped out of cash by people posing as police.
West Mercia and Warwickshire Police have recorded 70 of these offences across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shrophire and Warwickshire since March this year with unsuspecting victims falling for the scam. The offenders are targeting older people across both Forces, as part of a national scam which is commonly known as a ‘courier fraud’. In many cases a person claiming to be a police officer will contact an elderly or vulnerable victim by telephone and inform them that their bank card has been used fraudulently. The victim will then be tricked into thinking they are either calling or being put through to their bank, but in fact they are still speaking to the fraudsters.
The victim will then disclose banking information and will be instructed to either place their bank cards in an envelope for a courier to collect or attend the local branch of their bank to withdraw a sum of money and pass it to a courier sent by fraudsters. Sometimes the fraudsters use legitimate Taxi companies to make the pick up. Often elderly victims are unwittingly defrauded of their entire life savings, being left distraught and traumatised in many cases.
Over the last couple of months, the number of offences has escalated, with West Mercia and Warwickshire Police receiving numerous reports from victims across both Force areas. Detectives are working with local banks/buildings societies and taxi firms as part of the investigation into the fraud and are urging anyone else who may have been a victim to come forward. They are also repeating warnings to the public, particularly older residents, not to go along with the scam and to report any attempts to police.
This is a national problem which has reached West Mercia & Warwickshire policing areas. DCI Sean Paley said, “This is a heartless and callous fraud with the offenders targeting elderly and vulnerable people who are trusting and willing to help who they think are bona fide police officers”. “We are urging the public, particularly older people, to be aware of this fraud and not to go along with it. Genuine police would not phone members of the public in this way and certainly would never ask you for your bank details or ask you to send money. “Because of the nature of the fraud and the vulnerable victims involved it is believed this offence is currently under-reported, therefore we would urge the public to come forward and tell us if they have been contacted by these people. “We appeal to members of the public, banks and taxi drivers to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity of this nature to the police immediately.” If you receive a phone call of this nature, police advise you to:
• Do not give out any information and end the phone call immediately. Wait at least five minutes to clear the line from the scammer before making any other calls, or use another phone. Make sure you have a dialing tone.
• Report the offence as soon as possible to police by telephoning 101.
Please remember:
• Your bank will never attend your home.
• Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card or cash
• Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN.
Anyone with any information about this fraud can contact policeon 101.