Dec 2019/Jan 2020 News

Posted on October 1st, 2019

Byton News

Remembrance Service

This was held in Byton Church on Armistice Day ,11/11/2019, at 11 am. Our War Memorial and clock were dedicated to the residents of Byton and Kinsham in 1921 who were killed in the First World War. Second World War people were obviously added after that war.

Carols by Candlelight

Tim will be on the organ and his small group of singers will be joining us at the church on Wednesday, December 18th at 6.30 pm.

There will be mulled wine and mince pies to follow and we hope to see many of you there.

Christmas Day

Holy Communion this year will be at 10 am.

PCC Meeting

There will be a PCC Meeting on Monday, January 20th at 8 pm at The Court House.

Lyonshall News

 Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

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

The next two dates for your diaries are on Friday 13th December which will be our annual Festive Special, and then on into 2020, Friday 10th January.       Fundraising news…

In October we raised £150 for the Hand in Hand for Oscar appeal, helping Oscar and his family in Worcester, raise £500,000 for lifesaving treatment.

In November we supported RNLI Flood Rescue with £115.

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.


A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported our September Coffee Morning. We raised £380 for this wonderful cause.

Ding Dong

This event was held in our church on November 16th to celebrate the return of the church clock to working order in the church tower.

There were beautiful ‘clock’ themed floral displays all around the church and tours of the bell tower for those with a head for heights! There was bell ringing and a chance to ring a bell and walks round the recently renovated castle site. There were delicious refreshments available all day and the church was transformed with cafe style tables and chairs down the aisles and in the chancel.  A film showing views from and around the church tower and the inner mysteries of the clock was shown throughout the day, all in all something for everyone.

Not only was the day financially successful, it was a great chance for everyone to enjoy good fellowship in our beautiful church building and surroundings.

Many thanks to Malcolm and Kathy Thompson and their team of helpers for organising the event and their hard work on the day. Also thanks to everyone who donated food and prizes etc.

Peter Burgoyne

It is often said that when someone dies or leaves the village, “what shall we do without him/her?”. This must be especially true of Peter Burgoyne, a lifelong Lyonshall inhabitant, dearly loved within his own family.

He was widely known and respected in business circles and in many local and national organisations. Peter had many and varied interests, especially in the sporting field. He was well known and well liked in the many things he did so unselfishly within the broader community and especially the church.

In his lifetime he was a regular parishioner, sincere and active in his Christian faith. He did not speak of this faith but it sustained him throughout the years. He was a tower of strength – from the mundane getting the hymn boards ready or organising the regular churchyard tidying and leaf clearing as well as having been a churchwarden and chairman of the PCC.

In recent times, over a period of seven years, Lyonshall was without a parish priest for four and a half years and as PCC chairman he kept us together and positive with his brisk and practical overview of our meetings, making sure that everything that could be done to progress our Christian journey was done with propriety and despatch.

Thank you Peter.

He was a loyal friend and great company. We will all greatly miss him.

Anthony Mills

Organist Required

We very much regret that after many years of dedicated organ playing in Lyonshall church Kate is retiring and she and Robin are moving away.

We are therefore looking for another organist to take her place. Is there anyone willing to play at our services once or twice a month.

Please contact me. Pat Addis 01544 340261

Decorating for Christmas

Please come along to the church on Thursday December 12th from 10.00 am. All help very welcome.

Carol Service

This very popular service is on Sunday, December 22nd at 6.00 pm.

From Our Registers

Peter Burgoyne     Funeral     October 24th

Pembridge News

Pembridge Harvest .

Thank you to all who contributed to the Harvest Supper, by providing food, setting up, clearing away and just by attending. It was another lovely evening with good food and company. Also thank you to those who donated to the food bank as part of the harvest weekend and to those who contributed to the festival collections at Pembridge and Moorcourt  totalling £232.60, which was donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution which supports farmers and agricultural workers in times of need.

Also a big thank you to Joyce, Barbara, Pat and the rest of the Church Flower Group for making the church look so amazing once again – especially the beautiful font.

Woodcock Fayre 23rd November.

Thank you to all who supported this event. Full details will be in the next copy of the magazine.

Christmas Concert with The Village Quire – 14th December 7.30pm.

This year join the Village Quire at Pembridge where they bring you Lanterns Across The Snow … a show based upon Susan Hill’s delightful short story of the same title about childhood, Christmas and memory.  Gorgeous harmonies with the quire and gentle storytelling with actor, Janine Sharp, will be sure to warm the cockles of the heart on any chilly December night.

“The snow crunched under their feet, and everywhere, the sun caught on a million beads and drops of hoar frost and threw off a million tiny rainbows …  By the lych-gate, there was a robin on a yew branch, and in the way of robins, it kept company beside them, hop-hop, half a yard away over the snow, its breast red as a soldier’s coat, its eye bead-bright … Oh a happy Christmas to you, a happy Christmas to you!” /

Tickets £10 which include festive refreshments are available from 01544388279/015440340381 or The Olde Steppes Village Shop

Christmas Services.

Come and join us on the 16th December. 6.00pm, for a service of lessons, readings and carols, in a candlelit church to start the Christmas Festivities. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served. The Christingle Service will take place on the 24th December 4.00pm, where the birth of Jesus will be celebrated by the setting up of the crib and the making of a Christingle to take home with you. This will be followed by a Midnight Mass at 11.00pm. On Christmas Day at 11.00am there will be a Family Communion service, where we would request that  the children bring along one of their presents to show to the  members of the congregation.

Moorcourt Filmshow.

There was a full house for the Moorcourt film night on the 15th November which was enjoyed by everyone – lots of music and fun. A nostalgic evening going back in time to the old black and white movies with their humour of the time.

Thank you to all who came and supported this. We were really pleased to make £289 profit for church funds.

Eric, Clare and Carol.

Window Appeal

Please don’t forget the ongoing window appeal.

Food Bank.

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

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


Dec    1st     Communion S Evans                E Hardy

15th  Carol Service                           TBA

24th  Christmas Eve                         TBA

25th  Christmas Day                         TBA

29th  Group Service                          TBA


Jan    5th    Communion E Lynch                R Scott

19th  Communion L or M Boore        A Ingham

26th  Family Service                         T Hollinghurst

Feb    2nd    Communion C Price                  A Anderson

Arrowvale MU (formerly Pembridge)

We meet at 2.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month in various venues.  In October, we met in the Olde Steppes in Pembridge and had a delightful afternoon of chat, tea and toasted teacakes.  November saw us at Sarah Westaby’s house learning about the merchandise that MU have for sale from the Diocesan Merchandise Co-ordinator, Sylvia Loader. Many of us bought Christmas cards, and diaries (please contact Sandra Evans, if you wish to buy any).

Our future meetings are on 26th November when the Rev’d Anna Branston will tell us about her pathway which led to her ordination.   On 10th December, we will be having our Christmas lunch at Sally’s Pantry in Kington. Please note that we don’t have a meeting in January.

Please consider joining us.  We can provide transport for you, if needed.  Further information from Sandra Evans  01544 388742

Carol Singing Around Pembridge Village

Sunday 22nd December. 6 pm start. Meeting at Market Hall. Collection for Pride in Pembridge and Christmas Trees,

All welcome. Children to be accompanied by adults.

Rob Williams 01544388424

Wanted in or near Pembridge

Dry lock up to garage/space initially for the  temporary storage of  household goods followed by housing for classic car. Replies please to Tony @ 01544 387955

Shobdon News 

Flower Festival

Despite the poor weather the church still attracted many visitors over the weekend and the magnificent sum of £1481 was raised.

We say a huge thank you to James Henman who generously provided us with the marquee.

Christmas Events 

We always enjoy seeing the children from Shobdon School and this year the children from reception and year one will be coming to church for their Nativity Plays on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December at 2.00pm.

The Carol Service will be held on Sunday !5th December at There will be seasonal refreshments served after the service. Please come and join us, everyone is welcome.

The travelling crib has begun its journey and will be brought to Church on Christmas Eve at 3.00pm for the Crib Service.  During the service the children will bring their sheep to be reunited with the flock. If you would like to receive the travelling crib for an evening please contact Cerian Stokes on 01568 709293. Alternatively, Cerian is always at Shobdon School, drop-off and pick-up.

Robin and Kate Rogers expect to be moving sometime soon, we will be very sorry to see them go but send our very best wishes.  Our thanks to them both for all they have done for us while they were here.

A message from Robin and Kate

As we leave Herefordshire we take with us many happy memories. We have received so much kindness, not least the parting gifts from our friends in The Arrowvale group and The Methodist Chapel. Thank you to the PCCs and the individuals who contributed so generously to our leaving presents. It is hard to leave so many friends behind but it is time for us to take the next step in our lives. We shall not forget you.

Robin and Kate

From our Registers

7th October        Thanksgiving                 Jennifer Beaumont

1st November    Thanksgiving                 Janet  Griffiths

3rd November    Baptism                          Toby Thomas Moore

Staunton on Arrow News

We have just had our new heating system fitted along with other electrical work. This has made a huge difference. The contract was carried out by G. E. Bright of Tenbury Wells, a company to be recommended to any church needing work. We also had our stained-glass window guard fitted along with other window work by Jim Budd of Gladestry; another first-class job. Many thanks to all concerned.

Church Poppy Collection

This year this amounted to £105 and will be given to the British Legion.

Staunton on Arrow WI

The Clive at Bromyard was the venue for lunch on 2nd October and five members enjoyed a pleasant meal together.  Our October meeting was held a week later and following the business part of the meeting we were treated to a talk from Airlie Hill concerning the work of her charity, Pricklebums Hedgehog Rescue.  Everyone was impressed by her very evident passion for her subject and her concern for these little creatures.  By now preparations were well under way for the Harvest Supper which took place on 18th October when our village hall was packed.  This is always a popular event and. on this occasion, although the vocalist that we had booked cancelled at short notice, the quiz that was arranged at the very last minute filled the gap. It proved just as popular and almost certainly resulted in more noise and enthusiasm than the aforementioned vocalist might have produced. A further lunch was arranged at The Lion at Leintwardine, this time attended by seven members.  The meeting that followed on 13th November was our AGM. The speaker for the evening was our Joint President, Sarah Westaby who gave an extremely interesting and enlightening talk on SSAFA and her own extensive work with this charity.

Our Programme Continues as follows:

Friday 6 December

WI Lunch at Old Railway Garden Centre, Three Cocks

Wednesday 11 December

Chrismas Workshop – craft demonstrations by Issy and Bellas

Wednesday January 8th

Afternoon tea at the village hall.

Sunday 19 January

Post Christmas Lunch – venue to be confirmed.

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

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

Alison Lord                                                                   Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                        Minutes Secretary 01544 388964


SATURDAY 7th December. 9.30am….. 3.30pm. Over 90 exhibitors. Music. Father Christmas. A Gastronomic event in the centre of Kington. A free event and free parking. Info.

After the WINTER  Food Festival in the Festival Marquee CHEESE & WINE, Christmas Quiz, Carol Singing.  6pm..8pm. Proceeds to MACMILLAN. Tickets £5 from Grapevine. BorderBean. Bees Knees.(on the door).


Please note that the date for the next U3A meeting has been changed to Thursday 19th December, 2pm at Kington Football Club. The hall is in use as a polling station on the previous date. This will be our Christmas Party with light refreshments, fun and games. Visitors are welcome, £2, members £1. Contact the secretary Judy Bevan, 340347, for more information about U3A.


Christmas Tree Festival, 6th December to January 5th open daily 10am. to 5pm.

A splendid array of decorated trees and window sills.  Concerts, refreshments and other musical events.

A LAUNCH on Friday, December 6th at 6pm (doors open 5.30pm) when choirs from Hereford Cathedral School together with choirs from local Primary Schools will join to present “Music at Christmas”.  All are welcome.

Visit our website for details of other events. or ring 01544 230271


Oct/Nov 2019 news

A Notice For All The Parishes

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

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

Byton News

Annual BBQ

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

PCC Meeting

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

Harvest Festival

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

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

From the registers

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

Lyonshall News

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

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

The next two dates for your diaries are on Friday 11th October and Friday 8th November.

Fundraising news…

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

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

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

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

Gardeners Question Time

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

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

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

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

Lyonshall Harvest

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

Lyonshall Registers

Derek Penney                                              Funeral          July 25th

Maureen McKennna                                 Funeral          August 29th

Ben Simpson and Lucia Mills                   Wedding       August 22nd

Ethan Cecil Edward Davies                      Baptism         August 25th

Friends of Lyonshall Church Draw

Winners of the first draw are:-

Douglas Morgan

Andrew and Anto Motley

John Quinton-Adams

William Lias

Andrew Burton

Tapestry ‘Bits and Pieces’

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

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

Pembridge News

From the Registers.


17th August               Benjamin James Chambers & Kimberley Jane Harrison


16th August             Ivy Mary Rickets

23rd August              Marcus Hugh Morris Jones     Burial Only

Pembridge Harvest Festival 20th October 11.00am. 

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

Pembridge Harvest Supper

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

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

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

Tickets available from Jacqui or Gill.

Woodcock Fayre 23rd November.

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

Window Appeal

Please don’t forget the ongoing window appeal.

Food Bank.

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

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


Oct     6th      Communion               R Scott                    E Lynch

20th   Communion               A Ingham               L or M Boore

27th   Family Service            T Hollinghurst

Nov    3rd     Communion               A Anderson           C Price

10th   Remembrance Sunday     TBA

17th   Communion               S Ingham                C or M fothergill

24th   Family Service            S Ingham

Dec     1st      Communion               S Evans                   E Hardy

Pembridge WI

meet every second Wednesday in the Village Hall.

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

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

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

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

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

Fun, friendship and support.           

contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388 279

Pembridge Almshouses Charity

Have available , a newly refurbished 1 bedroom cottage .

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

Shobdon News

Flower Festival

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

Travelling Crib

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

Messenger Delivery

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

John Andrews

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

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

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

From our Registers

20th July                Marriage                       George Lynch-Staunton and Ellen Rowe

27th July                 Marriage                      Timothy White and Anna Cadien

3rd September     Funeral                          Stuart Cantwell

7th September      Funeral                          John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton BBQ Night

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

Staunton Quiz & Fish ‘n Chips Night

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

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

Obituary Derek Hammond

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

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

Sunday 9.30am – October 13th, Harvest Service

Mothers’ Union

Tuesday, 22nd October 2.30pm

Tuesday  26th November 2.30pm

More details re: venues etc. Sandra Evans 01544 388

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

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

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

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

Sandra Evans 01544 388742


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

Our Programme Continues as follows:

Wednesday 2nd October

WI lunch – The Clive at Bromfield

Wednesday 9th October

Our speaker will be Airlie Hill of Pricklebums Hedgehog Rescue.

Friday 18th October

Harvest Supper at Staunton on Arrow Village Hall.

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

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

Alison Lord                                                                                      Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                             Minutes Secretary 01544 388964


Sunday 3rd November 10am-3pm

Hopelands Village Hall

Gadbridge Road

Weobley   HR4 8RZ

Extensive selection of crafts and food

Entry £1 with light refreshments available


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


Aug/Sep 2019 News

Byton News

August BBQ

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

All will be welcome. Please support us.

PCC Meeting

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

Lyonshall News

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

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

The next two dates for your diaries are on Friday 9th August and Friday 27th September.

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

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

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

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

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

Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

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

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

Lyonshall Church Clock

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

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

Life Threatening Medical Emergency

Do You know what to do??

FREE Training in Lyonshall with Herefordshire Heartstart*

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

Simple Skills SAVE LIVES

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

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

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

Memorial Hall

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

Lyonshall Bridge Club goes Digital

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

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

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

Pembridge News


Wedding                     27th April                     Grace Sarah Taylor & Stephen John Hawthorn

Burial                          16th May                      Noel Mifflin

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

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

Moorcourt Harvest Festival – Thursday 26th September 2019

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

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

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

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

From Past to Present (almost)

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

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine.

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

Pembridge Harvest Supper

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

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

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

Strawberry Tea at The Curl

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


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

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

Best wishes,

Janice Moore

Window Appeal

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

Food Bank.

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

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


Sept     1st       Communion                C or M Fothergill                    S Ingham

15th     Communion                E Hardy                                  S Evans

22nd    Family Service            S Ingham

29th     Group Service

Oct      6th       Communion                R Scott                        E Lynch

The Pembridge Map Launch Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will also be meeting in The Steppes for tea and chat, the book group will be meeting and we’ll be going ten-pin bowling and probably walking somewhere.

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

                        Fun, Friendship and support

 Contact Marguerite Fothergill   01544388279

Pembridge MU

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

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

Shobdon News

Church Warden

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

Food and Flying Festival

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

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


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

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

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

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

From our Registers


1st June 2019    Antony Ken Jordan and Barrie Patricia Cooke

8th June 2019   Ben James White and Gemma Louise Till

6th July 2019    William James Fellows and Kelly Elizabeth McCullough


4th June 2019     Florence Rose Davies Hinsley


10th June 2019    Malcolm Williams

Flower Festival

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

Refreshments will be served throughout the weekend.

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

Shobdon Flower Festival

28 – 29 September 2019

10am – 5pm

The Garden

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

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

Staunton on Arrow News


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

Our programme continues as follows:

Friday 26th July

WI lunch – The Oak at Wigmore

Wednesday 7th August

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

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

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

Alison Lord                                                                                       Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                                          Minutes Secretary 01544 388964


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

Ride + Stride for Churches

14th September 2019

Herefordshire’s Churches Open Day.

Join us and help save our church heritage.

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

Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust.

Helping churches by helping the community

Contact :

Telephone: 01531 641955


Charity Number 1119845