October/November News

Posted on October 4th, 2015

From the Rector

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

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

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

However at a recent meeting of the Pembridge History group we were challenged to see this differently. The topic of the meeting, was the arrival in Herefordshire of refugees from Belgium in 1914, at the start of the First World War. Some 250,000 Belgium refugees arrived in Great Britain, in an effort co-ordinated by some of the most influential families in society. The people were widely welcomed, despite the hardships of war and were housed, fed and clothed. A small number arrived in Herefordshire and settled in Kington, Leominster and several surrounding villages. We have no information about any staying in our own communities here in Arrowvale but we would welcome any information if you have any knowledge you could share. The Belgium refugees were repatriated at the end of the war but many families here stayed in touch and there are several letters which show the profound gratitude of the people.

One of the things our Christian faith calls us to do is to remember. The book of Exodus tells the story of how the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt. How God sent Moses to bring them out and lead them through the Red Sea to Mount Sinai where they left behind their life of slavery. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness but God continued to lead them by his presence until they entered the Promised Land.  There are constant references in the New Testament stories which remind the people of this rescue and how they should therefore treat others, as they themselves were once aliens in a foreign land.

As we remember as a nation, the experience of the First World War, may we remember too how we responded to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Belgium, how people in need were helped and may it inspire us  to believe that we can act again in this generation.

The Diocese of Hereford is setting up working groups to co-ordinate our response to this crisis and locally we have been collecting money to send to Tearfund who are operating on the ground in the Middle East. I urge us all to respond in any way we can to reduce suffering, we maybe cannot change the whole situation but that should not stop us from trying to change it for some. I leave you with the Diocese prayer for the refugees.

With every blessing Brenda 

Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death.  Amen

Potato Sunday

Thank you to Simon and Margaret Edwards for hosting another fabulous Potato Sunday. Also a big thank you to the cooks who produced a marvellous supper.  The weather was perfect and the potato harvest was in full swing.

Staff and volunteers from Strawberry Hill visit Shobdon church

On Thursday 17th September we welcomed some special visitors as part of establishing a link with Strawberry Hill, the house Horace Walpole had built in South London.

Richard Bateman, who brought about the building of the church we have at Shobdon, was a friend of Horace Walpole and a member of ‘the Committee of Taste’’.  The style of the church is frequently described as Strawberry Hill Gothic and the links between the two buildings were immediately apparent to our visitors.

We hope this will be the beginning of a great link which will develop over time. The next stage will involve a visit from Shobdon to Strawberry Hill.  Look out for further details in the messenger.


October 16th

Harvest Festival will be held at Byton Church on Friday October 16th at 7.00pm followed by supper at Court House Farm (£10 including first drink).

Wednesday November 11th

A short Remembrance Day service will be held in the at the church 10.50am.

Cleaning and Flowers Rota

October Everyone for Harvest

November Mrs L Weaver and Mrs M Edwards

Future Dates

Monday December 21st Carol Service

January 23rd Scottish Evening @ Kinsham Village Hall


An extract from the Address given by Anthony Mills in Lyonshall Church Morning Service on Sept. 6th.

September 9th 2015 sees the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch in our nation’s history as well as the longest serving Supreme Governor of The Church of England. The Queen is also the only monarch to have had a Diamond Wedding, she is the oldest monarch in our history and is the oldest head of state in the world. These records are unlikely to be broken and if anything deserves superlatives, it will be these momentous achievements and if anyone deserves to be remembered in the  pantheon of famous people, it will surely be our Queen.

The Queen holds a special place for us in this church for she is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and it is her duty to defend it. Our coins still bear the letters F.D. – Fidei Defensor or Defender of the Faith. When the Queen opened her first parliament in 1952 she had to make this declaration of faith “I, Elizabeth II, do solemnly and sincerely, in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I am a faithful protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments which secure the protestant succession to the Throne of my Realm, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to the law”.

There can be no doubt that the Queen has faithfully carried out this promise. But she has many non Church of England and non Christian subjects especially in the wider Commonwealth. So, when in 1952, she spoke about her forthcoming Coronation in her Christmas broadcast, she said “I want to ask you all, whatever your religion may be, to pray for me on that day – to pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making and that I may faithfully serve Him and you all the days of my life.” Another promise diligently kept and which remains a shining example of truth and honour to which all public figures would do well to aspire.

Of all her predecessors the Queen has been the most consistently and honestly religious Supreme Governor. She invariably attends church every Sunday and on important festivals wherever she is in the world; and this through belief and conviction and not just duty. Although she takes no part in the Church’s formal deliberations, she does express her views and in her Diamond Jubilee year delivered an impassioned defence of the Established Church and stressed the continuing importance of religion in an increasingly secular society, She emphasised that while the Church of which she was head was “woven into the fabric of this country” it also had a duty to protect freedom of worship for other faiths in order to build a better society. She ended her speech, “Faith plays a big role in the identity of millions of people, providing not only a system of belief but also a sense of belonging. Indeed religious groups have a proud track record of helping those in greatest need.”

The Queen is uncompromising in her personal religious standards but is understanding in her appreciation of the different ways in which her subjects and citizens all over the world reach up to God.


Mrs Margaret (‘Maggie’) Henderson and her husband David visited The Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, Lyonshall, on Thursday 10th September 2015 to pay their respects to Margaret’s Great Uncle – Trooper Frank Cowles 4th LH.  Frank was born at ‘The George Inn’ at Lyonshall in 1892 and was mortally wounded at Gallipoli in August 1915 whilst serving with The Australian Light Horse.  He died on 10th September 1915 at Devonport Hospital and is buried at Lyonshall.  Margaret and David made their ‘pilgrimage’ from Formby in Lancashire to visit the Cowles’ family graves and hear the bells tolled (23 times, once for each year of his short life) at ‘Sunset’ on the Centenary of his death.

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

Join us at the Memorial Hall, Lyonshall, for our monthly Coffee Mornings every second Friday, between 10 and 12 noon.The next two dates for your diaries are Friday October 9th and Friday November 13th.

Fundraising news…

In August we raised £70 which was donated to Hope House Children Hospices, and in September we were able to support the vital work of the Midland Air Ambulance Charity, raising £130.

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

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

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

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

Santa Steam Special

Due to popular demand we are having Santa Steam Special on Sunday 13th December 2015.

10.30 -3.30 pm at Titley Junction by kind permission of Robert and Lesley Hunt.

We would love some extra help setting up on the days before and if anyone could help for an hour or two on the day we would be really grateful. We are having the usual cake stall, bottle stall and wreath stall along with activities for the children in the heated Marquee. There will be refreshments on the platform.

Contact : Liz Avery: 01544 340409.

Many thanks.

Friends of Lyonshall Church

The latest draw winners are:

1. Angela Wilkes, 2. Frank Price, 3. Dilys Oram, 4.P.M.F. Allen, 5. Richard Eckley

Harvest Festival and Lunch

This will be held in the church at 11.00 am on October 4th followed by Lunch in the Memorial Hall. Adults and children over 10 £8. We do hope that you will come along and share this very friendly occasion with us.

Titley Lunch 2016

This a very advance date for your diary!

The Lunch will be held on April 28th 2016 and the speaker will be Lady Ann Foley talking about “Having The Queen To Stay”.


Pembridge WI

(contacts Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388 279.  Tricia Lloyd 011885 488319)
We meet on the second Wednesday of every month, usually in the Village Hall. For our October meeting (14th October 7.00pm) we are expecting  Eleanor Mason (registrar)to speak on “The History of Marriage”.

In November we are looking forward to hear from Peter Holliday on “Victorian Leominster” This will also be our annual meeting at which we decide on the committee for 2016. In December our Christmas lunch will be at The Orchard Restaurant – Hereford College, and a trip to the pantomime at The Courtyard is also being planned.

In between meetings the reading group will be meeting for chat and tea, and some of us will be bowling at The Grove. Outings for shopping, boat trips, walks (usually gentle) and lunch are often arranged as well.

But on Friday 16th October in the Village Hall ( 2.30pm -4.30pm) we are holding a “Scarves and Accessories” afternoon, with tea and cake. Everybody is invited. Free entry, but tea and cake £2.00. Proceeds from this afternoon will be split between Alzheimer’s Society (Hereford) and Pembridge WI.

We do hope you can join us.

Harvest Supper.

The harvest supper will take place on Saturday 24th 7.30pm at the village hall. Tickets will be available at £7.50 with donations towards children’s meals. If anybody would like to help by donating a hot supper dish or pudding please let Jacqui or Gill know.

Woodcock Fayre.

Pembridge Church will be holding a Woodcock Fayre on the 21st November 11.00am – 4.00pm.

There will be a variety of stalls from which to purchase goods, children’s activities, refreshments, entertainment, draws and will conclude with the results of a ”silent “ Auction of Promises. Any donations towards the stalls of cakes, produce, bric a brac, bottles, jams or preserves can be left in the kitchen vestry during the week before or brought on the morning. We will also be looking for lots for our Auction of Promises. If you are able to donate anything such as a couple of hours labour, firewood, cooking or baking, holiday accommodation or anything which would make an appropriate lot please let Jacqui Thomas on 01544 388471 know. This is a new venture which we hope to hold on an annual basis, so please support us if you can.

Pembridge Tapestry Calendar.

Within the next few weeks there will be a calendar for sale, based on the 12 tapestries which make up the Pembridge Tapestry display. This is a limited edition of 150 and will be on sale for £7.50. An example of the calendar will be on show in the church and will be available to buy at The Village Quire concert,  the Woodcock Fayre, the Christmas Lighting Up evening and from any member of the PCC. You will be able to pre-order by contacting Gill Smith on 01544 388441 if required.

If you are interested in being part of the next tapestry project, the group have started meeting every other Thursday morning at Staunton village hall. For further details contact Gill on number listed above or speak to an existing member of the group.

Reading Rota.

Oct 4th Communion R Scott E Lynch
18th Communion S Pim E Hardy
25th Family Service T Hollinghurst
Nov 1st Communion C or M Fothergill C or R Barclay
8th Remembrance Sunday TBA
15th Communion J Pace L or M Boore
22nd Family Service K Skelton
29th Group TBA
Dec 6th Communion A Anderson C Price

Have you ever wanted to make or wear medieval clothes?

In St Mary’s Church we are fortunate to have four stone effigies which are over 600 years old.  Originally, like many things in the church, they would have been brightly painted.

They represent Nicholas and John Gour and their wives. These men were Sergeants at Law to the powerful Mortimer Family who ruled the area. (Sergeants at Law were the legal experts of their day).

A chance meeting and comments with the author and medieval costume specialist, Sarah Thursfield, that these effigies were of very high status people led to Pembridge History Group deciding to recreate the outfits.

Obviously this is a major project and the history group would welcome any help or donations from interested parties.

We specifically need four models to wear the outfits and have them made to fit. Obvioulsy anyone with an interest in sewing, pattern cutting etc would be a reral asset. There will also be accessories (belts hats and headresses etc) to make.

The plan is to have Sarah run a one day workshop to “get us going” and then, start with the underwear and work our way up to the outer garments.

Anyone who would like to be part of the project please contact Bob Anderson on ra@ra-ms.co.uk.


Coffee Mornings

Village Hall 10 – 12 noon

  • Saturday , 10th October
  • Saturday, 14th November
  • Saturday, 12th December

At the coffee morning in October rent a table for £5 and sell all your old toys !

Harvest Festival

Sunday, 11th October at 4pm with tea afterwards at Shobdon Court. (please bring a plate of food).

Shobdon- 6.00pm Nov 1st. 

Service for all souls.

Every year we hold a service when we can come and remember our friends and family members whom we love but see no longer.

Those who have had a funeral service conducted by the team here will be remembered by name but if you want us to include the names of others please get in touch with the Rector.

This service is open to all and will include some music from the choir,  an opportunity for reflection and an invitation to light a candle in memory of your loved ones.


Community Broadband Proposal

An open meeting to discuss the establishment of a Community Broadband Group in this village is planned for 6th October at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The background to this is the generally recognised problem with Broadband Speeds delivered to the public. It becomes ever clearer that Broadband providers are badly failing to meet their stated commitments of Broadband speed.

Such a Community Broadband Group would operate in the same way as does our “Village Water”.  At present BT “guarantees” 2.5 MBS (but not everyone gets this). Speeds provided by the proposed plan are likely to be 12-14 MBS, which might drop to 5-6 MBS in very busy times.

Anyone who would welcome faster Broadband speeds is urged to attend the above meeting.

Harvest Festival

Sunday 18th October 2015. Fun activities for all the family in the Village Hall at 3pm. Service in St Peter’s Church at 4pm followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

A Day of Bridge has been organised for Saturday 14th November 2015 starting at 10am.  Tickets are £15 and include coffee, lunch and tea, and are obtainable from Claire Burton at Old Court Farm – 01544 388434.

Staunton on Arrow WI

Our meeting in August when we welcomed three other WI’s from the Marches Group was thoroughly enjoyed by all and our speaker Susan Russell was excellent.  We all went away inspired to add more climbing plants to our gardens.   Our programme for the year continues in October and November with the following events:

Wednesday 21 October: “The Undercover Experience” – Carrie Francis. Hostesses: Ann Kent Phillips & Bette Inskip

Friday 30 October: Harvest Supper, 7.00 for 7.30. Tickets now on sale from Shirley Percy or contact any member of the committee.

Wednesday 18 November: Annual Meeting, Committee for 2015 – 2016 to be elected. Forensic Science – Heather Carrington. Hostesses:Gill Busby & Noelle Gill

Our lunch club is up and running between meetings and we plan to lunch on October 8th and November 12th. Venues not chosen as yet. Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.  We have been really pleased to welcome three new members over this year so far: Becky Bissell from Lyonshall, and Sarah Westaby and Gwendolyn Cox from Uphampton.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com I have started to update the history page so have a look if you have a spare moment.  If you can help me to label the photos I would be very grateful.

Alison Lord. President 01544 340256

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

Crib Service & Father Christmas

Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations. Date is Thursday 17th December at 5.00pm in the Village Hall with our Rector Brenda leading children and adults through the Nativity theme. There will be refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies – something for everyone.

Family carol service at St Peter’s Church will be held on 20th December 2015 at 11.00am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall.

All welcome.