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,
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This will take place in the churchyard following the Group Service on Sunday August 2nd which is at 11am.
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.
Friday 16th October at 7pm followed by supper at Court House Farm.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Village Hall 10 -12 noon
Saturday, 8th August
Saturday, 12th September
Saturday , 10th October
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.
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
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,
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.
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!”