February/March 2017 News

Posted on February 5th, 2017

Byton News

Carol Service

This was very well attended as usual and followed the blessing of Clare and Jake’s marriage. The church looked beautiful and thanks must go to the hard working ladies. The service, taken by Stephen, was very atmospheric. The choir and Tim on the organ made for a very enjoyable Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Lyonshall News

Decorating for Christmas

Thank you very much to all of you who decorated the church so beautifully for Christmas and a special thank you to Lyonshall Nurseries for giving us the lovely Christmas Tree and to Mike and Sue Davies and Tracey Kerr for setting it up, decorating it and taking it down!

Antiques Roadshow Evening

We would like to thank Tony and Tricia Hern and their family for hosting this very successful evening in The Barns at Upper House. Thanks to the expertise of Geoffrey Crofts and Roger Williams we were able to find out about the history etc of the items we took with us and they were also able to tell us how much the items were worth today – which was disappointing in a lot of cases, given the current antiques market. No millionaires were discovered that night and some people went away worth half what they had previously thought!!

We had a splendid Finger Buffet in lovely surroundings and it was a very enjoyable evening.

Thanks to the experts and everyone who helped in any way with the food and bar and setting up, etc. An excellent sum of £2100 was raised for church funds.

Titley Lunch

This year’s Lunch is on March 30th at Titley Village Hall starting with coffee at 10.30 am. The speaker this year is Derek Herbert and his talk will be “The Life and Times of Winston Churchill”. The talk will be at 11.30 am followed by lunch.

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

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

The next two dates for your diaries are Friday February 10th and Friday March 10th.

Fundraising news…

In December we raised £150 which was donated to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, and in January we supported Age UK for older people with £80.

Thank you to everyone who supported us so generously throughout 2016, whilst enjoying a lovely sociable time at the same time. Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new.

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

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

Pembridge News

The Woodcock Fayre.

Thank you to all who attended the Woodcock Fayre. We raised just over £1000 so thank you for your support and to the additional stall holders who attended.

Annual Quiz Evening.

You are invited to join us for our Annual Quiz Evening on the 4th March, 7.30pm. Teams are made up of up to 6 members but if you haven’t got a full team we can make up teams on the night. Entry is £5 per person to include a light supper.

Moorcourt Film Show

The next film show at Moorcourt church will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017, 6.30 for 7.00 showing.  The film will be Brief Encounter.

Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine & nibbles in aid of St Mary’s church, Moorcourt.

As seating is limited, please prebook your tickets by contacting Clare or Eric on

01544 340345 or email:-  eandcprice@gmail.com

Tapestry .

The Tapestry Group continues to meet fortnightly.  At the moment we are working on making a Pembridge map with intricate embroidery stitches which we hope to display alongside the Pembridge Tapestry, currently on exhibition in Pembridge Church.  Coffee, cake, chat and friendship have a  important place at our meetings!  So even if you don’t sew you are still very welcome.  If you are interested in joining the group we meet at Staunton on Arrow Village Hall.  Please contact Gill Smith for the next meeting date. (01544388441)

Christmas Quiz

Congratulations to Liz Boore who won the quiz on Christmas Carols and Songs. Her entry was the only fully correct entry. If you want to check the answers they are on display in the church notice board by the shop.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

We are holding a Wedding and Country Living Fair at and in the grounds of Pembridge Church on 28th/29th May in which we will showcase many local businesses to help you plan your wedding or important event, together with ideas for wedding presents and fabulous things for your home.  We also hope to exhibit wedding dresses of local brides over the last 60 years with wedding photographs etc.  If you still have your wedding dress which has been carefully stored away for many years   – how about giving it an airing and let us display it in church on this weekend!

If you would like your business showcased at this event or have a wedding dress for our display please contact either Gill Smith on (01544388441) or Meryl Griffith on (01544340381) or email Gill on ianandgillian@googlemail.com

Readers.

Feb     5th        Communion                              Gill                   C or M Fothergill

19th      Communion                              L or M Boore     J Pace

26th      Family Service                          T Hollinghurst

March   5th        Communion                              C Price             A Anderson

19th      Communion                              R Scott             E Lynch

26th      Family Service                          Tim

April     2nd       Communion                              S Evans            E Hardy

9th        Palm Sunday                            TBA                  TBA

Mother’ Union

I wish to correct my mistake last month: our talk in November was of course on “Fair Trade” not free trade!!

The next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday February 22nd at Sheila and Marcus Jones home in Kington at 2.30. On March 22 Janice Moore will be hosting us for tea at the Steppes Cafe at 2.30.

March 26th is Mothering Sunday, a special date in our calendar. Lets celebrate our own mum with a ” Make a Mother’s Day” gift.  There are several catalogues available showing how we can help mothers in countries around the world to be at the heart of positive change. You can also order a gift and card by phone on 020 7227 0620 or online makeamothersday.org. Please order before 15th March in order to receive your card for your mother, or in remembrance of her, in time for Mothering Sunday.  You can still order after this date.

We hope many of our parishioners will feel this is a special way to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

Pembridge WI

For our February meeting we are having a craft afternoon(2pm) creating things from other things!

In March (an evening meeting – 7pm) we will be looking towards the Spring by hearing from Suzanne Evans about hanging baskets and borders.

The reading group will be meeting , we’ll also be ten-pin bowling and as the weather improves taking gentle ambles in the countryside.

Do join us at any of these, our meetings take place in Pembridge Village Hall on the 2nd Wednesday in the month.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill (01544 388279   c.fothergill@btinternet.com)

Shobdon News

FLOWERS

Thank you to all the flower arrangers who work so hard to enhance our beautiful church throughout the year. If you have an interest in flower arranging and feel that you would like to join the flower rota please contact Pearl Teale for more details 015678 708725

Flower Festival

Shobdon flower festival will take place on 30th September and !st October.Once again we are hoping to keep costs down by using locally grown flowers; if you feel you could help by growing some flowers please contact Marcia Lynch-Staunton 01568-708360, Anne Walker 01568 708712 More details of the flower festival will be announced later.

On Thursday 23rd March we will be welcoming children from  Class 1 to celebrate Mothering Sunday. The children will receive a small posy to present to their mothers.

The church is open every day and attracts many visitors.

We are still looking for volunteers to open and close the church, if you feel you can help for a week please ring  Caroline Jones   01568  708043

Forthcoming weddings 

For information  and advice about flower arrangements in church for your wedding please contact Pearl Teale 01568708725

Staunton on Arrow News

CHRISTMAS FAIR – was very well attended and £647 was raised. Thanks to everyone who contributed, ran the stalls and provided refreshments.

CHRISTMAS WHIST DRIVE – Very many thanks for the donation of £100 for St Peter’s Church.

SANTA’S VISIT TO STAUNTON-ON-ARROW – A big thank you to the coffee spot for supporting the event.

Staunton on Arrow WI for Feb and March 2017

At our Annual Meeting in November, Claire Burton and Alison Lord remained President and Secretary respectively.  Gill Busby takes office as our new Treasurer and we thanked Shirley Percy for standing in again after the sudden death of Ann Kent Phillips.  At the December meeting we welcomed Vicki our guest from Lyonshall and we amazed ourselves by producing stylish table decorations and wreaths under the capable direction of Pam Bufton.

Our first meetings of 2017 are:

Wednesday 15 February              My Great British Bake off Experience – Rosemary Thomas

Hostesses                                           Alison Lord and Barbara Morgan

Wednesday 15 March                  Hands on Decoupatch – Alison Baldwin (speaker at 7.30pm)   WI members only this month please.

Hostesses                                       Shirley Percy and Debbie Weaver

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 welcome.  £4 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website,http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com I have recently updated the history section and if you can help out by dating any of the photos in the later or earlier sections I would be most grateful.

Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 340256

Kington U3A News

The next social meeting for Kington U3A is on Thursday 9th March, 2pm in the Kington Football Clubhouse. The speaker is Mike Watkins who will talk about The Titanic – Things You Didn’t Know. Non-members are welcome to attend this meeting. Many of the Interest Groups are continuing so consult your leaflet and contact the leaders for information. Please note that there is no social meeting in February. If you need more information contact the secretary on 01544 231401.

NATASHA GUTTMANN – ‘MY ANGLO-RUSSIAN FAMILY’Saturday 22nd April at Huntington Village Hall at 7.30 pm

Natasha Guttmann, who, with her husband Werner, have had a home in Huntington for 45 years,  will tell the remarkable story of her British great-grandparents arrival in Russia, in 1840.  She will tell of their success, as they helped build the early structure of Russia, as engineers and insurance brokers.

She will tell us of their comfortable lives, and inter-marriage and integration into Russian life and culture.  But their comfortable style ended with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.   Her parents, like scores of others, were forced to flee from Russia with just the clothes they stood up in. She will tell the story of her parents’ struggles as they fled to England and how they had to adapt to a strange land with little money and little English.  She will talk of being brought up in two cultures and the advantage of knowing two languages.

The illustrated talk will feature music anecdotes and humour, and the evening will be completed with wine and zakuski (Russian canapés) being served. This rare and remarkable talk, will likely remain in our memories for a very long time and should not be missed.

Apply via www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk for tickets on line, or telephone Fiona Shone on 01544 370391.

THE GLORY OF THE VOICE

Come-and-Sing Vivaldi’s “Gloria” in a choral day workshop on Saturday 4th March, led by Robert Evans (Music Director of Kington Choral Society, and member of The Sixteen) in St Andrew’s Church in Bredwardine HR3 6BU – the ‘Kilvert church’. All welcome.

Registration 9.30am for Workshop starting at 10am finishing with a sing-through around 4pm. Singers £12. Score hire for the day £2.

Book your place now on the KCS website www.kingtonchoral.org.uk, by text to 07968 044853 or email kingtonchoral@mail.com.

Weobley Theatre Goers

We have already been to see War Horse, but I have had a special request to go again. It is on its last tour and is such a good play – so much better than the film – that we can’t miss the opportunity. Our nearest theatre is the Bristol Hippodrome, so I reserved the tickets in March last year to get the best seats: in rows A and B in the circle and in rows O and P in the stalls. Now is the time to book your place, which many of you have already shown an interest in. We shall be going on Thurs 19 October to see the 2.30 performance, leaving Bell Square, Weobley at 10.00am, which should give you nearly 2 hours to have lunch or walk around the area. Please note: Bristol Hippodrome is not so easy to access with the coach nowadays, as there is limited parking in front of the theatre, so you may need to be able to walk 40-50 yards or so from the drop-off point, which may be outside the theatre or in Prince Street. The theatre itself does NOT have a lift, but only a circular staircase, so please bear this in mind too- stall seats may be easier for you. Cost will be £63 including the coach.  Please book early to avoid disappointment, stating whether you prefer stalls or circle, and pay within 2 weeks of reserving your seat before 18 May.

I have also reserved seats for Crazy For You, starring Tom Chambers at Cardiff Millennium Theatre for Thurs 7 September. Songs by Gershwin and lots of lovely dancing. Details of this will be in the March magazines.

Our next trip is on 9 March, when we shall be going to Birmingham to see Billy Elliot. The coach is leaving Weobley at 9.30 for the 2.00pm performance, so please be at Bell Square by 9.15.

Our last trip of the season is to see Funny Girl on 10 May. This is now booked, but let me know if you would like to go on the cancellation list for this or Billy Elliot as sometimes people are unable to go at the last minute. (This, therefore, requires being able to go at very short notice.)

For further information: Kate Best 01544 318513     bobkatebest@tiscali.co.uk

Knitting and Crochet Classes

The knitting and crochet classes started again in January, but if you would like to learn you can still join us. The classes cost £35 for the term (or pro rata) with the money going to Community Wheels and are held at my house in Weobley. These are classes for complete beginners, for those of you who have tried to crochet and given up (it’s much easier with someone to show you how!) or for those of you who wish to learn how to finish a garment/add in colours/make buttonholes/pick up stitches easily etc.

If you are interested, please email Kate Best bobkatebest@tiscali.co.uk or ring 01544 318513

 

December 2016/January 2017 News

The Rural Dean Writes…

I’ve often complained – I can be very boring and predictable when I set my mind to it – about the way in which the run-up to Christmas starts earlier and earlier every year. In fact, I was whingeing in a Sunday sermon weeks ago that when I was on retreat in the Lake District, the local garden centre was in the middle of setting up its Christmas Displays – IN SEPTEMBER!!!

Of course, in recent years one of the key indicators of the impending arrival

of Christmas is the appearance on our TV screens of the Christmas adverts, but, in a new departure, we’re not even having to wait for them to appear on the TV as they now get launched on the interwebthingy long before they’re screened on the telly. Thus, almost unbelievably, we had leaks and trailers and teasers about the John Lewis Christmas ad weeks ago, the other day

I spotted an exclusive showing of Sainsbury’s offering, and this morning

I stumbled across one for an airline featuring two teddy bears at an airport coming home for Christmas…

Am I alone in wondering what’s going on when the launch of a Christmas TV ad for a major retailer is almost as eagerly anticipated as the Festival itself?

And when the ad itself is considered a major part of the celebrations?

Is this yet another symptom of a world going mad?

There’ve been plenty of those this year…and I suppose this is a fairly minor one in the overall scheme of things…but really???!!!

Though, come to think of it, perhaps I shouldn’t be quite so dismissive of these early signs of Christmas…after all, God’s people were being prepared for the very first Christmas for hundreds and hundreds of years.

For centuries, God had been telling his people, through the words of his servants the prophets, that the day was coming when he would step into the world in a new way, a different way, an earth-changing, life-changing way.

God was running leaks and trailers and teasers for centuries, gradually revealing more and more of his plans for the Big Day and what it would look like when it came. The Season of Advent (that’s Advent, not Advert) reminds us of those leaks and trailers and teasers – though we usually call them prophecies. In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, Christians everywhere think about the way in which God prepared his people for the coming of the Messiah, the Saviour, and in turn, we’re encouraged to make our own preparations for the annual celebration of his coming – not only by sending cards, buying presents, putting up decorations and organising the food –

but also by reminding ourselves of the reasons for his coming – to proclaim afresh God’s love for humanity and to save a bruised and broken world.

Christmas means so many different things to so many different people,

but at its heart it’s still about the birth of Jesus Christ

and the love, forgiveness, reconciliation, hope he brought into the world.

And that’s got to be worth advertising at any time of year, hasn’t it?

A Happy and Blessed Christmas to Everyone!

Stephen          

 

Lyonshall News

Lyonshall Church Draw

 Latest winners are :-

Verity Sargeant

Thomas Donaldson

Monica Eckley

Neil Morris

Margaret Jones

Remembrance Sunday

Once again, Anthony Mills presided over a most moving Service which was attended by a congregation of 46. The Roll of Honour was read by Captain (retired) Peter Broadbent and Flanders Fields was read by Jane Burgoyne. In part of his most enjoyable address , Anthony told us about the bravery of the Vicar of Lyonshall between 1957 and 1971, the Rev G A Worsop-Hyde, MA, MC . As a 2nd Lieutenant with the Kings Rifle Corps he was awarded the Military Cross at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 “For conspicuous gallantry. While creeping out to attack an enemy working party he met an enemy patrol, which he opened fire on at very close range. Finally his own party came under heavy fire and suffered casualties. He brought in one wounded man, and then organised a relief party which brought in the remainder”. Subsequently he became an ‘Air Ace’ in the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force) shooting down 5 enemy aircraft. He left the RAF in 1919 to return to his academic studies and to train for the priesthood like his father. Several in the congregation remembered him well and conversation after the Service contained many reminiscences.

Sincere thanks also go to those who kindly prepared the the very beautiful and appropriate flower displays.

Flags

This Remembrance Sunday was a first for Lyonshall. Previously we  of have flown the Union Jack but this year we flew a special Remembrance Flag which has kindly been gifted to us by Major (retired) John Quinton-Adams. John is responsible for the wonderful display and research about those we honour and he has also produced the ‘poppy crosses’ in the Garden of Remembrance which are now such an important part of our Service.

In addition, John has also given us a flag of the Diocese of Hereford as well as a halyard to make it easier for us to raise and lower flags as required. The Diocesan flag is a red St Georges Cross on a white background with the Coat of Arms of the Hereford Diocese emblazoned in one quarter.

Thank you John for your hard work and generosity.

Christmas Services

As we are in a Vacancy and dependent upon Priests from outside the area, Christmas Services are at slightly different times than usual so please make a note:-

Carol Service – 6pm December 18th.          Crib & Christingle – 3pm Christmas Eve.   Nearly Midnight Communion – 9pm Christmas Eve.        Holy Communion – 9.30am Christmas Day

Church decorating

Please come along on Friday December 16th from 10.00 am to decorate the church for Christmas.

Lyonshall Coffee Mornings

Join us at the Memorial Hall, Lyonshall, for our monthly Coffee Mornings every second Friday, between 10 and 12 noon.The next two dates for your diaries are the Christmas special on Friday December 9th, with a few added extras of Festive fun and then on into next year, Friday January 13th, 2017.

Fundraising news…

In October we raised £120 which was donated to The Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets. In November we supported the Silver Line Helpline for older people with £140.Thank you to everyone who supported us so generously again.

Come along to our monthly social get-together and meet some old friends and new. Enjoy refreshments, stalls and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and support a good cause at the same time.

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

Pembridge News

PEMBRIDGE WI

We meet on the 2nd Wednesday every month in the village Hall

The December meeting (14th) will be in the afternoon and will be a Christmas Party.

On January 11th we will be meeting in The New Inn for lunch.

The 2017 Programme will be ready for January.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279

Harvest Service.

Thank you to all who contributed at the Harvest Service. The food is being donated to the Kington Food Bank and the collection from both Pembridge and Moorcourt has been sent to Tear Fund and R.A.B.I.

The Fallen 1917.

Below is a list of members of Pembridge Parish who died in action during 1917. There will be a tolling of the bell at 11-00am on the anniversary of their death.

Joseph Dykes 17/2/17

Walter Reginald Hart 12/12/17
George Thomas James 26/08/17
James Jones 19/8/17
Henry James Jones 1/11/17
Stanley William Pinches 10/7/17
John James Prater 11/6/17
William Thomas 4/5/17
Albert William Williams 5/5/17

The Woodcock Fayre.

Thank you to all who attended the Woodcock Fayre. Details relating to the day will be in the next magazine.

The Village Quire.

We Know by the Stars’  The Village Quire and actor, Phil Smith imagine a Christmas long before the telly; long before the marketing of Christmas as a gigantic commercial ‘bean feast’.  In every farmstead, in every village, dwellers would have celebrated the festive season with music and song; with dancing and feasting.  Stories would have been told by candlelight by those gathered around the fire and a draught would have been drunk from the wassail bowl to toast the season.

This Christmas The Village Quire and actor Phil Smith bring you songs and stories of wonders and wassailing, of miracles and mirth; rousing West Gallery anthems and intimate festive miniatures to melt your heart – an older Christmas, more stark, more true; glimpsed in the glimmering light of candle flames.

 The Village Quire: ‘… a blend of mustard strong songs and tale-telling to fill the heart.  Loved it, thank you!’  Adrian Mealing UK Touring

The Rain and Shine Company Present “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

FOUR ACTORS – ONE MYSTERY – NO CLUE

Sherlock Holmes set to visit local community venues this Christmas season in “The Hound of The

Baskervilles”

Famed for their Shakespeare summer season UK tours, professional Gloucester based Rain or Shine

Theatre Company are delighted to be on tour again this Christmas season with a unique adaptation of

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale which is booked into community venues across the UK ranging

from a stately home to village halls .Meet the world’s most famous of detective, Sherlock Holmes, as

he is called upon to solve the greatest mystery of all time… that of The Hound of the Baskervilles,

for a light hearted evening of mystery, comedy and suspense, transporting you from 221b Baker

Street to the wilds of Dartmoor in search of who, or what, dunnit !Set in authentic Victorian costume,

with a cast of four playing a whole host of characters, Rain or Shine are sure to delight and enchant

those new to the tale, and those who already know it.

The tour includes a ‘one night only’ performance in St Mary’s Church, Pembridge on Friday 6th January at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £10.00 (child £6.00) are available from 01544 340381, 01544

388279 or from the Rain Or Shine credit card hotline: 03306 600541, e-mail

tickets@rainorshine.co.uk or online via www.rainorshine.co.uk.

Carols by Candlelight

December 18th at Pembridge Church at 4.00pm.

Readers.

Dec      4th        Communion      A Anderson       C Price

18th      Carol Service    TBA

24th      Christmas Eve   TBA

25th      Christmas Day  TBA

2017

Jan       15th      Communion      E Hardy            S Pim

22nd     Family Service  T Hollinghurst

29th      Group Service   C or R Barclay   C or M Fothergill

Feb      5th        Communion      L or M Boore     J Pace

Mother’s Union

We have all been very glad to welcome our new member Gwen Cox, from Shobdon to our Mothers Union. We already have a member living in Staunton on Arrow, Sandra Evans and are therefore covering more of the Arrowvale group, which is very pleasing. In October we were entertained by Rev. John Beesley showing us some beautiful slides of North India, including fascinating architecture. In November we shall have had a talk from Linda McKinley on ” Free Trade” with the opportunity to buy varied items and cards.
In December we shall have a celebratory Christmas lunch together, the date still to be arranged. There will be no meeting in January. If you are wondering what MU is all about, there are some leaflets in Pembridge Church explaining the objectives of the MU and also giving an idea of the various projects our Hereford Diocese is involved with.  We wish all our families and parishioners in the Arrowvale Group a very happy Christmas.
Anthea Anderson

Shobdon News

Travelling Crib

The travelling crib will begin its journey in December. Travelling with the crib will be a story book and carol sheets.

As the crib goes round, each household may keep a sheep from the flock to remind them of their visit. They then pass the crib to the next family on the list. On Christmas Eve at 3.00.p.m. there will be a crib service where we invite everyone to bring their sheep to church to re-unite it with the flock. We hear a simple retelling of the Christmas story and sing a few traditional carols together.

If you would like to host the crib for a night please contact

Cerian Stokes 01568 709293 cerianstokes@yahoo.co.uk

Christmas Draw

Shobdon Stores have kindly offered to  organize  a Christmas Draw for Church funds. There are many Christmas prizes  including a hamper, a box of fruit and vegetables and a Christmas cake. Tickets are available at the shop.

Carol service

The carol service will take place on 11th December at 4.00.pm. Mince pies will be served after the service.

Altar Frontal

After much planning, we now have a beautiful altar frontal. Our thanks to everyone who contributed and to Croft Design for working with us to produce the design.

Bible studies

At present, we are continuing to look at the writings of the prophet Jeremiah, studies having been interrupted by ill health.  The new year’s subject has yet to be agreed – if you would like to study with us, come and have your say!

At Christmas time, it is very easy to overlook what the Bible says about about the birth of Jesus, it’s reason and it’s meaning.  In John’s Gospel, chapter 3 and verse 16 we read: God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  Did you realise that?  Quite a Christmas present!

Prayer meetings

Prayer meetings happen on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Methodist chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30 in the morning, and they last about an hour.  The prayers have centered on the needs of each part of the parish, but particularly on the sick.  We have found it remarkable how often sick people prayed for get better, and we are convinced that this is not just coincidence, but an example of God’s power – it happens too often for them all to be luck or coincidence.  If you have a person or a situation in need of prayer, please let me know.  What is prayed for is entirely confidential, and does not become part of a gossip chain.                        John Andrews, 01568 708277.

Staunton on Arrow News

Staunton on Arrow WI

By the time you read this we will have had our November Annual meeting and will have elected our committee for 2017 and our officers.  We would like to thank all who supported the Harvest Supper in October and were totally amazed by the fantastic Lofty Magic!   Our final meeting in the year is below:

 

Wednesday 14 December              Christmas meeting with Pam Bufton.  (Change from the published programme)

Hostesses                                           The committee

No meeting January 2017, but we will be having our usual post-Christmas Sunday lunch outing for members and partners.

First meeting in 2017 will be on Wednesday 15 February.

Our lunch club is continuing to be well supported and in the last two months we have lunched at the Tram Eardisley and at the Hickory Stick Leominster, preceded by an hour of Ten Pin Bowling!

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our meetings and other activities on our website, http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord       Secretary            01544 34025

A DAY OF BRIDGE held in October raised £690. Thanks go to Claire Burton for organising the occasion and to all those who helped with food and refreshments, and the raffle.

HARVEST FESTIVAL was well attended. Thanks to everyone who decorated the church with such wonderful seasonal arrangements.

CHRISTMAS FAIR – Saturday 10th December 2016. This will be held in the village hall from 11am so put this date in your diary for buying all those special presents. Stalls include Bric-a-brac, cakes, preserves, Christmas gifts and plants. Admission is free and festive refreshments will be available. Please deliver any contributions to the Village Hall on Friday 9th Dec between 5pm & 6pm.

SANTA’S VISIT TO STAUNTON-ON-ARROW

Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations on Thursday 15th December 2016. The event starts at 5pm in the Village Hall. There will be refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies – something for everyone. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 6pm.

FAMILY CAROL SERVICE at St Peter’s Church will be held on 18th December 2016 at 11am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

FRIENDS OF ST THOMAS A BECKET CHURCH, HUNTINGTON

Susi Rice filled the church with her account of the life as  a Jewish refugee in the Second World War.    People came from across Powys and  the whole of Herefordshire to hear how the threat of Nazism drove her family from Berlin to Tehran and how after returning to Berlin they narrowly escaped –  first to Italy then to England. She described the remarkable refugee boarding school which she and her sisters attended and how they have remained close throughout the successes, joys and tribulations of their adult lives and the lives of the next generation.

A large party followed the talk with  80 or so people enjoying good wine and canapés, kindly provided by the ladies of the Friends of St. Thomas.  This is the last event for the year of the Friends and thanks to people’s great generosity, well over £13,000 has now been raised for the welfare of the church.

Kington U3A

On 10th November about 40 of us were treated to a lightning tour of 500 years of history and the rise of the Mortimer family by Philip Hume, covering 17 locations, 17 castles from Wigmore to Ludlow, 15 churches and much more.  Philip showed how widespread the Mortimers’ influence became. From their arrival with the Normans, by the time of the Domesday Book (1086) the Mortimers already owned properties in 12 counties from Yorkshire to Hampshire, with their main power base in Herefordshire and south Shropshire.  Running us through their expansion and consolidation over the centuries through wars then judicious marriages, Philip showed us how their influence had impact not just in the Marches but on a national scale, eventually marrying into the royal line, and tracing right through to our present day monarchy. He illustrated his talk with photos of some of the places and artefacts which can be seen today not far away at all.  Philip’s new book “On the Trail of the Mortimers” was available and one will be a prize in our Christmas raffle.

Kington U3A’s next social meeting will be our Christmas party on 8th December at 2p.m. in the Football Club, Mill Street, Kington, when we will be entertained by Kington Community Choir with seasonal songs. Do come and join in the fun. As usual everyone will be welcome. Cost is £1 for members, £2 for visitors which includes refreshments. If you need more information please contact our secretary on 01544 231401 or http://sitekreator.com/kington-u3a/

 

Oct/Nov 2016 News

The Rural Dean Writes…

Ah! The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is now well upon us!

The leaves are turning, the roads are jammed with combines and tractors,

the swifts are long gone and the late-brooding swallows have their bags packed,

there’s definitely an autumnal feel about the countryside and it’s time to dig out the Harvest Thanksgiving Services again…

I’ve always loved Harvest, and one of my earliest memories is of attending the Harvest Thanksgiving Service at Holy Trinity Church, Gee Cross, on the outskirts

of Manchester, and being absolutely transfixed by the sights and scents around me in the beautifully decorated church.

(Even today, the perfume of chrysanthemums takes me back there in an instant!)

And I’ve always loved the great traditional Harvest hymns too –

Come, Ye Thankful People Come, Praise, O Praise Our God and King,

To Thee, O Lord, Our Hearts We Raise and We Plough The Fields and Scatter.

Having said that, they’re all pretty hard work to sing, and by the time I’ve done anything between five and ten Harvest services, even I am getting a bit fed up of (vocally) ploughing the fields and scattering!

In recent years, however a newer, gentler, Harvest hymn has taken its place alongside these great old “tub-thumpers”. We usually sing it to the tune of

All Through the Night (Ar hyd y nos for the Welsh speakers). It was written in 1970 by a hymn writer for whom I have a great admiration called Fred Pratt Green.

The first verse sounds a fairly traditional Harvest note…

For the fruits of his creation, thanks be to God;

For his gifts to every nation, thanks be to God;

For the ploughing, sowing, reaping,

Silent growth while we are sleeping,

Future needs in earth’s safe keeping,

Thanks be to God.

But the second verse brings a pointed new theme to our Harvest observance…

In the just reward of labour, God’s will is done;

In the help we give our neighbour, God’s will is done;

In our world-wide task of caring

For the hungry and despairing,

In the harvests we are sharing,

God’s will is done.

Here Fred gently reminds us that the Harvest God gives to the world is ours

to share, and that we all have a responsibility to care and provide for those

less fortunate than ourselves.

Every time we turn on the TV or radio or read the newspapers at the moment,

we are bombarded with pictures and articles about hungry, despairing refugees seeking safety and a better life in Europe.

The simple challenge I want to set before us all in Autumn 2016 is this…

How can we share our Harvest with them…?

Stephen         

 

Byton News

Harvest Festival

This year we are joining Kinsham Church for the Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 23rd and the Lunch in the Arkwright Hall.

Everyone  welcome

Phone 01544 267469 / 267430 for further details

 

Remembrance Day

There will be a short service in the church on Friday, November 11th starting at 10.50am

 

Cleaning & Flower Rota

November  Mrs L Weaver & Mrs M Edwards

 

Carol Service

This will take place on Monday, Dec 19th at 7pm.

 

Lyonshall News

 FINANCIAL APPEAL

Thank you for the most generous response to our Appeal and apologies for the lack of clarity in what to do with the stamped addressed envelopes.

Although the Appeal is still open for one off donations and Bankers Order donations, Pat and Anthony, the Churchwardens, on behalf of the PCC, would like to express their gratitude to all those who have responded so promptly to our need for funds. Support from our Congregation has been great but, it was also very heartening to find that almost one half of the donations came from Parishioners who are from outside the regular Church community. Thank you all and God Bless.

So far, one off donations of over £4,000 have been received together with further ongoing Bankers Orders of approximately £1,900 per annum.  Together, a magnificent sum of nearly £6,000. This shows how important the Church is to the Village and it will ensure we are able to pay all our running costs this year.

If you have not yet donated and wish to do so please contact me or one of the Churchwardens whose contact details are shown in the centre pages.

Ron Addis, Hon. Treasurer 01544 340261.

Antiques Evening

 We are holding an Antiques Evening in The Barns at Lyonshall, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs A Hern, on Wednesday November 30th at 7.00 pm. Tickets are £20 and will be available from PCC members and will include a glass of wine and a Finger Buffet.

We would like you to bring along items of interest which will be talked about and valued by Mr Geoff Crofts and Mr Roger Williams from Brightwells.

 Draw Winners

Latest winners of the Lyonshall Church Draw are:-

Mr and Mrs Pollock

Mrs A Wilkes

Mrs S Hughes

Mr A Burgoyne

Mr M Waygood

Decorating the Church for Christmas

This will take place on Friday, December 16th from 10.00 am. Please come along to help.

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 14th and Friday November 11th.

Fundraising news…

In August we raised £120, which was donated to Children with Cancer UK.

In September we raised a magnificent total of £350 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who supported us so generously with donations for this worthwhile cause and to Suzanne, Kathy, Jane and Angie for maximum baking effort!

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.

Appeal Letter

Pembridge News

 Dates for the Diary.

Fete.

Thank you to all who attended and helped with the fete. It was a successful and enjoyable afternoon which raised £1000 toward the cost of managing our church.

Harvest Services.

There will be a choice of Harvest celebrations within the Pembridge parish this Autumn. Moorcourt will be holding their Harvest Festival on the 6th October 7.00pm. This will be followed by an auction of the donated produce and a Ploughman’s supper at Moorcourt Farm.

The Harvest Festival service in Pembridge will be on October 23rd at 11.00am. Donations of non- perishable food will be collected and taken to one of the local food banks after the service. The supper will be on the previous evening at Pembridge Village Hall, 7.30pm. Posters giving full details will be displayed nearer the time.

Coffee Morning. – The Pembridge Map.

Our final Coffee Morning of the year will be on 8th October, 10.30am at Rose Cottage, Pembridge.

The Tapestry Group will be displaying it’s current piece of work which is a Map of Pembridge in stitches.

Coffee and cakes will be available and there will be a Bring and Buy stall.

The Woodcock Fayre.

There will be a Woodcock Fayre in church on the 19th November from 10.30 am – 3.00pm. There will be a Food stall, Bottle stall, Christmas stall, Craft stall, Childrens’ tombola, raffle and competitions plus other stalls offering a range of locally produced items.  Refreshments will be served all day including home-made soup over the dinner time period.

Pembridge Parish Christian Aid.

This year’s collection raised £467.31, which includes a £50 donation from the Staunton coffee spot. Many thanks to all who collected and all who gave.

We could do with more collectors, as those we have are not getting any younger, and there are still a few roads and hamlets we don’t have anyone to cover. I have met many lovely, friendly and generous people through collecting so can recommend it.

As far as I know, Pembridge and Shobdon are the only parishes in the group where a collection takes place. If you live in one of the others and would like to start one next year just call me; I can give you the contact details you will need.

Best wishes,

Janice Moore – 01544 387926

The Hound of the Baskervilles. – 6th January 2017.

The Rain and Shine theatre company will be performing in Pembridge again, with their production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. These performances are always a good evenings’ entertainment so put the date in your diaries now. Further details about obtaining tickets will be circulated, so look out for the posters nearer the time.

Readers.

 

Oct 2nd Communion R Scott E Lynch
16th Communion S Pim E Hardy
23rd Family Service T Hollinghurst
Nov 6th Communion C or M Fothergill C or R Barclay
13th Remembrance Sunday TBA
20th Communion J Pace L or M Boore
27th Family Service Gill Smith
Dec 4th Communion A Anderson C Price

Pembridge WI meet every second Wednesday usually in the Village Hall.

On Wed.12th October at 7.00pm we will be hearing from Anne Cummings about handwriting and Anne will be analysing some of ours.

Wed. 9th November will be our annual meeting to elect the committee for 2017 and we will also be hearing from  ‘Cross Road Care’. This will be at 6.30pm.

A visit to The Spaceguard Centre near Knighton is being arranged. We will be ten-pin bowling and our reading group will be meeting.

We warmly welcome visitors to our meetings.

Contact Marguerite Fothergill 01544 388279.

Shobdon News

 Concert

Hereford Rail Male Voice choir will be singing in Church on Saturday 8th October.

Tickets cost £10 to include a glass of wine. Contact Anne Walker 01568708712

Marcia Lynch Staunton  01568708360

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 16th October at 4.00 pm.

Refreshments will be served in church after the service.

If anyone would like to help decorate the church for harvest please contact Pearl Teale Tel: 01568708754

Coffee Mornings

After much discussion it has been decided that we will no longer be holding the monthly coffee mornings. The last coffee morning will be held on 8th October.

Bible studies

In the studies up until Christmas, we shall be looking at the book of the prophet Jeremiah.  He lived and worked in Jerusalem after that city had been captured and ruined in 586BC by the Babylonians, and a majority of the inhabitants had been enslaved in Babylonia.  Jeremiah foretold the return of the Israelites to their country; the coming of Jesus; and the final destruction of Jerusalem, yet to be fulfilled.

Jeremiah is one of the longest books in the Bible, and we shall not be covering it in detail, rather looking at the structure and the history to provide a skeleton for further reading at home.

Prayer meetings

Prayer meetings happen on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Methodist chapel in Shobdon, at 10.30 in the morning, and they last about an hour.  The prayers have centered on the needs of each part of the parish, but particularly on the sick.  We have found it remarkable how often sick people prayed for get better, and we are convinced that this is not just coincidence, but an example of God’s power – it happens too often for them all to be luck or coincidence.  If you have a person or a situation in need of prayer, please let me know.  What is prayed for is entirely confidential, and does not become part of a gossip chain.                        John Andrews, 01568 708277.

Staunton on Arrow News

HOG ROAST AT STAUNTON HOUSE. This village event was widely enjoyed and well attended (despite the weather!). It yielded a modest profit of over £650. Special thanks are due to our hosts, Richard and Rosie Bowen, for the use of their premises, Debbie Weaver for the provision of a vegetarian option, the WI for the provision of puddings served by Sandra Evans, the bar and PA staff, and all those who helped with the erection and dismantlement of the site – you know who you are!

A DAY OF BRIDGE has been organised for Saturday 8th October 2016 starting at 10am in the Village Hall. Tickets are £15 and include coffee, lunch and tea, and are obtainable from Claire Burton at Old Court Farm Tel:  01544 388434

CHRISTMAS FAIR – Saturday 10th December 2016. This will be held in the village hall from 11am so put this date in your diary for buying all those special presents.

CRIB SERVICE & SANTA’S VISIT TO STAUNTON-ON-ARROW

Do come and join in our Village Christmas celebrations on Thursday 15th December 2016. The event starts at 5pm in the Village Hall taking children and adults through the Nativity theme, and onwards to Church for the Crib Service. There will be refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies – something for everyone. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 6pm.

FAMILY CAROL SERVICE at St Peter’s Church will be held on 21st December 2014 at 11am, followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

Staunton on Arrow WI

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting members from the new WI in Weobley at our August meeting, and some of our own members had a trip to the Elgar Birthplace Museum at Broadheath, preceded by lunch, during the same month.

Autumn is beckoning and thoughts turn to the Harvest Supper.  This will be on Friday 14 October in the hall at £10 for adults and £5 for under 12’s.  Tickets will be on sale from the Coffee Spot or from our Acting Treasurer Shirley Percy.

Our meetings for the next two months are as follows:

Wednesday 19th October                   Empowering through Colour                                      Lisa Fisher

Hostesses:  Gill Busby & Sandra Evans

Wednesday 16th November                    Annual Meeting followed by Dress a Child Around the World                                 Gill Clements & Gill Harnett

Hostesses:  Sarah Westaby & TBA

At our Annual Meeting we shall be reviewing our WI year and electing our committee for the next 12 months.

Our lunch club visited the Ludlow Food Centre and the Westonbury Water Gardens cafe over the last two months.

Please consider visiting us at our meetings with a view to joining us as a full member; visitors and new members of all ages are always welcome.  £3.50 to include refreshments, 7.30 pm at Staunton on Arrow Hall, speaker at 8pm.

There is a lot more information about us, plus photos and reports of our activities on our website,http://stauntononarrowwi.weebly.com

Alison Lord        Minutes Secretary            01544 340256

9th Annual Huntington Chase

Saturday 15 October 2015

Ride a horse, run, walk or cycle for fun over 11k. course

Start 12 noon at the Village Hall Huntington

Taking in Hergest Ridge and finishing at the Swan Inn for refreshments

Enroll from 11am; £10 entry including light buffet, children free (to be accompanied)

All proceeds to local charity

Contact Peter Kelly on 01544 370266 or email peterbkelly642@hotmail.com

Riders must carry own PL insurance Prizes and fancy dress encouraged

 

Kington U3A

Kington U3A’s next social meeting will be on 13th October at 2p.m. in the Football Club, Mill Street, Kington, when Julia Roche will talk to us about diabetes. On 10th November we will be hearing from Philip Hume on the History of the Mortimer Family. As usual everyone will be welcome. Cost is £1 for members, £2 for visitors which includes refreshments. If you need more information please contact our secretary on 01544 231401 or http://sitekreator.com/kington-u3a/

The Pembridge Map
Our final Coffee Morning of the year will be on 8th October, 10.30am at Rose Cottage, Pembridge. The Tapestry Group will be displaying its current piece of work which is a Map of Pembridge in stitches. Coffee and cakes will be available and there will be a Bring and Buy stall.