Oct/Nov 2019 News

Posted on October 1st, 2019

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    margueritefothergill@gmail.com

Pembridge Almshouses Charity

Have available , a newly refurbished 1 bedroom cottage .

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

Shobdon News

Flower Festival

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

Travelling Crib

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

Messenger Delivery

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

John Andrews

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

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

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

From our Registers

20th July                Marriage                       George Lynch-Staunton and Ellen Rowe

27th July                 Marriage                      Timothy White and Anna Cadien

3rd September     Funeral                          Stuart Cantwell

7th September      Funeral                          John Andrews

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton BBQ Night

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

Staunton Quiz & Fish ‘n Chips Night

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

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

Obituary Derek Hammond

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

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

Sunday 9.30am – October 13th, Harvest Service

Mothers’ Union

Tuesday, 22nd October 2.30pm

Tuesday  26th November 2.30pm

More details re: venues etc. Sandra Evans 01544 388

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

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

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

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

Sandra Evans 01544 388742


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

Our Programme Continues as follows:

Wednesday 2nd October

WI lunch – The Clive at Bromfield

Wednesday 9th October

Our speaker will be Airlie Hill of Pricklebums Hedgehog Rescue.

Friday 18th October

Harvest Supper at Staunton on Arrow Village Hall.

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

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

Alison Lord                                                                                      Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                             Minutes Secretary 01544 388964


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 gillcowling123@btinternet.com

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

Memorial Hall

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

Lyonshall Bridge Club goes Digital

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

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

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

Pembridge News


Wedding                     27th April                     Grace Sarah Taylor & Stephen John Hawthorn

Burial                          16th May                      Noel Mifflin

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

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

Moorcourt Harvest Festival – Thursday 26th September 2019

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

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

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

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

From Past to Present (almost)

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

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine.

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

Pembridge Harvest Supper

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

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

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

Strawberry Tea at The Curl

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


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

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

Best wishes,

Janice Moore

Window Appeal

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

Food Bank.

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

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


Sept     1st       Communion                C or M Fothergill                    S Ingham

15th     Communion                E Hardy                                  S Evans

22nd    Family Service            S Ingham

29th     Group Service

Oct      6th       Communion                R Scott                        E Lynch

The Pembridge Map Launch Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        Fun, Friendship and support

 Contact Marguerite Fothergill   01544388279   margueritefothergill@gmail.com

Pembridge MU

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

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

Shobdon News

Church Warden

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

Food and Flying Festival

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

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


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  heatherweale@me.com

Shobdon Flower Festival

28 – 29 September 2019

10am – 5pm

The Garden

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

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

Staunton on Arrow News


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

Our programme continues as follows:

Friday 26th July

WI lunch – The Oak at Wigmore

Wednesday 7th August

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

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

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

Alison Lord                                                                                       Vanessa Woodward

Correspondence Secretary 01544 340256                                          Minutes Secretary 01544 388964


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

Ride + Stride for Churches

14th September 2019

Herefordshire’s Churches Open Day.

Join us and help save our church heritage.

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

Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust.

Helping churches by helping the community

Contact :

Telephone: 01531 641955

Email: info@ridestrideherefordshire.uk

Charity Number 1119845