The Chimes

The Chimes is the parish magazine for the villages of Aston Ingham, Linton, Upton Bishop and Gorsley.

The Sub Editor for Upton Bishop is Jane Fray

01989 780383

Would you please note that I require all information for the Chimes by the second Tuesday of each month.   The July/August and December/January are joint issues.



RAINFALL REPORT from Rob the Rainman


May’s total was 47.6mm compared to the average of 71mm, so back to the “a relatively dry month” comment. After a dribble of rain on May Day the dry spell returned for 9 days, not always pleasant as from the 3rd to the 6th there was again a brisk and chilly east/north easterly wind. Then rain for the next 10 days with the highest individual for the month of 11.9mm on the 11th. This was followed by a 5 day dry spell with a mini heat wave from the 24th to the 26th leading to some thundery showers. The month ended on a dry note with pleasant weather.

So the end of spring  which saw a total of 107mm over the 3 months which is 50% of the average of 220mm (OK, OK 48.6%). April won the driest month award by some considerable margin. The winter and spring combined total of 237mm is also just below 50% of the average over that period. This job is easy.




July 3                                 Parish Council

July 5                                 Prayer Group

July 8                                 Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall

August 2                            Prayer Group

August 7                            Parish Council

August 27                          Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall

September 2                      Meet your Neighbour Tea at the Millennium Hall

September 4                      Parish Council

September 6                      Prayer Group

September 9                      Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall

September 23                    Harvest Supper & Entertainment at Millennium Hall

September 24                    Big Dipper Road Race at Millennium Hall

October 1                          Harvest Festival at Upton Bishop Church

October 2                          Parish Council

October 4                          Prayer Group

October 14                        Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall

November 1                       Prayer Group

November 6                       Parish Council

November 10                     Murder Mystery Evening

November 11                     Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall

December 2                       Christmas Fayre at Millennium Hall

December 4                       Parish Council

December 6                       Prayer Group

December 9                       Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall

December 17                     Christmas Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall



To contact a member of the clergy, please telephone David Howell at Weston-under-Penyard Rectory on 01989 568736 or email Please note day off on a FRIDAY.  

Sunday Funday – All young people are welcome at Sunday Funday events. We now have a Facebook page for Sunday Funday and all are welcome to join this group and see what we’ve been getting up to. If you have a Facebook account and would like to join in, please make a request on the site. (Only members of the group may post or read our items and all posts and membership requests will be moderated by Jane Ayres or Sarah Cook.)

Please ring Jane Ayres  07989 572356 for details


The church is open every day and anyone is very welcome to look in and enjoy some time in the peace and quiet. Services have gone back to their old routine with Family Service at 11.15am on the first Sunday, the early 8am Communion if we have a priest, Mattins if we don’t, on the second Sunday, Evensong at 6pm on the third Sunday and Parish Communion at 9.30am on the fourth Sunday. David says Evensong every Tuesday at 5.30 in the church: a peaceful interlude in the busy week. Everyone is welcome.

The bells afternoon was informative and entertaining with the tower bell ringers welcoming everyone into the church, the handbells giving us tunes while we enjoyed tea and cake. While children of all ages did some colouring and had a go at the quiz, the older visitors read interesting information about bell ringing and the history of church bells. Some ventured up to the bell chamber to have a go at ringing and then climbed the steps to the top to see the view. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the afternoon go with a swing!

The bellringers meet twice a month on Fridays. Once you are tall enough you can never be too old to learn.


Coming up:

Saturday 2nd September, 3pm at the Millennium Hall, Meet your Neighbour Tea with children’s games. Bring a plate of food to share and enjoy a chance to chat to local people you might never have met before.

Saturday 23rd September Harvest Supper and entertainment with Dick Brice in the Millennium Hall: bring and share a plate of food. Starts 6pm. Entry is free but there are costs so contributions would be very welcome.

 Sunday 1st October, Harvest Festival in the church. This is a joyful, informal service so do come and celebrate with us in the beautifully decorated church with hymns and gladness.

We are constantly looking for new ideas and willing helpers for fundraising events. The upkeep of your church is expensive so if you have any ideas, please feel free to contact one of the PCC.

Dates for your diary

Friday 10th November: Murder Mystery Evening. Just a few places left: contact Olivia 780321.

 PRAYER GROUP – meets in the Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 2pm. You are very welcome to join us on 5th July or any first Wednesday.

COMMUNITY LARDER – As the summer holiday season approaches, the Community Larder and Hereford Open Door tend to receive fewer donations and their stocks run low.  If you can put anything into the church basket i.e. tins, cartons, toiletries, household items before you go away on holiday it would help enormously.  Thank you.

BEST WISHES to everyone who is not feeling too well, recovering from operations or awaiting hospital appointments.  

 THANK YOU to everyone who helped to raise £574.97 for Christian Aid. Doreen and Linda

 SYMPATHY –Our thoughts and sympathy go to Michael Lewis and family on their sad loss of Sue.

BIG DIPPER 10K 2017 – This year’s Big Dipper takes place on Sunday, September 24th.  There will be children’s fun races at the Millennium Hall from 10.30am with the main 10k starting at 11am. Both club and fun runners enjoy the officially measured 10K course as a scenic challenge. As the name suggests the route is always undulating following country lanes to Kempley and returning via Tan House Lane and Probyn’s Pitch. Do not expect a 10K PB but do expect a friendly atmosphere with all finishers rewarded by a medal and free tea and cakes. Entry is £8 for UK Athletics affiliated club members and £10 for others with an extra £2 for entry on the day.  For further information and entry forms please contract Nigel Misselbrook on

 TEA DANCE at the Millennium Hall on Saturday 8th July and Sunday 27th August, doors open at 7.30 p.m. admission £4.50.  For further information contact Bill on 01242 233019.  This is a monthly event, so come along and enjoy ballroom, latin and popular sequence dancing.

 Upton Bishop W.I. – We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August) in the Millennium Hall at 7.30pm. If you would like to visit and learn more about us and what we do, we would love to see you.  There is a small cost of £4.00.  Our next meeting is on 11th July for a talk by Malcolm Penny on the Aspects of Brockhampton Manor.   As well as our meetings, we organise other social events, including meals out, visits and walks.  Please contact Clare Bell at or just turn up on the night, you will be very welcome. Visit the WI website or for further information.   

HEREFORD CITY – Please take time to look at the new website on to see the important changes to our city.

CONTACT THE PARISH CLERK If any parishioner has any issues with the highways, such as potholes, verges etc. please contact Sarah Lawrence or 01989 780450.  For further information and updates please refer to the Herefordshire Council website or telephone 01432 260000.

WEBSITE – Please view the Upton Bishop website at



for information or to book the Millennium Hall ring Jane Pendlebury on 01989 780763

 Ross Quilters meet the third Thursday of each month from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.  For further information contact Marilyn Reynolds on 01989 564830.

 Keep Fit Classes with Michaela Johnson every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m.  For further information, ring Jane Fray on 780383, or just come along we shall be pleased to see you.

 Little Swallows meet every Friday in the Millennium Hall.  Three sessions from 9.15-10.45, 11.00-12.30 and 1.15-2.45 p.m. for the under 5s for creativity whilst having lots of fun.  For more information contact Nicky on 780211.

Jumpstart meet at the Millennium Hall every Monday from 10- a.m. until 12 noon.  For further information check facebook on Jumpstart Kidz or contact Jane Powell on 0797 2341104.

The Badminton Club meets every Thursday evening from 8/10 p.m. at £3.00 per session.  All ages very welcome.  For further information please ring Steve Cracknell on 01989 720577.

 Yoga Class with Penny Jolly every Wednesday from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the Millennium Hall.  For further information please contact Penny on 0870 264 2061, email

 The Busy Bee Club meets in the Millennium Hall every Tuesday from 6-7.30 p.m. for all children from 8 + years who would like to learn to sew and knit.  Please ring Julia on 720476 for more information.

200 Club winners for June 2017

£100     Sarah Bailey

£20       Maurice Harper

£10       Steve & Sue Tommey

£5        Jim Brain


Clerk: – Mrs Sarah Lawrence 2 The Pastures Upton Bishop Ross-on-Wye HR9 7UU

01989 780450 email

Chairman for 2016/17 – Patrick Bailey 780227

Vice-Chairman for 2016/17 – Robert Wallbridge

Highways Officer – Tony Chudziak

Footpaths Officer – None

Extract of confirmed minutes of the meeting held on Monday 8th May 2017

Present: Cllrs. Bailey, Chudziak, Forrester, Manns, Rusby, Tyers and Wallbridge

Apologies: None

In Attendance:  Cllr Barry Durkin and 5 Parishioners.

Open Discussion for Local Residents to raise local issues – Two parishioners were in attendance to discuss the allotments.  Chris Clements confirmed that work had started.  One shed was still to be replaced following the storm damage.  It was also requested that Upton Bishop deferred their offer of a loan for the twelve months, to which all councillors agreed.  Cllr Manns also requested copies of the allotment societies insurance documents for the Parish Council records. One parishioner was in attendance to discuss the phone box.  Peter Fray confirmed that the phone box was now finished and the seed and book swap was now in operation.  Two parishioners were in attendance for planning application P171179/F.

Matters Arising:

Cllr. Barry Durkin’s Report included smallholdings estates put on the market, new Healthwatch provider for Herefordshire, Herefordshire primary school place announcements, snap General Election.  Cllr Durkin also confirmed that the 30 mph speed limit would be replaced outside of the affordable housing in the next few weeks.

Items not on the agenda: A big thank you was given to Cllr Manns for all her hard work on the allotments.

Lengthsman – Quote of £75.00 for the bus stop at the bottom of Phocle Green was accepted.  It was also agreed to ask the lengthsman to only cut back the grass around the crossing behind the Moody Cow as Balfour Beatty confirmed they would be cutting the verges in the next couple of weeks.

Highways – Cllr Chudziak reported that all pot holes were being repaired.

NDP – Following the NDP meeting earlier in the evening, it was requested that the Clerk contact the relevant parties to organise a meeting to discuss the NDP in more detail.

Planning: P171179/F Sandford Farm Upton Bishop HR9 7UA – Construction of a 24,000 bird multi tier free range egg production unit.  After discussion, the PC confirmed they had no objections.

Correspondence: A copy of a letter received from a parishioner was mentioned and it was agreed that the Clerk would forward a copy to all Cllrs.

Date of next meetings: 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September, 2nd October, 6th November and 4th December