The Chimes is the parish magazine for the villages of Aston Ingham, Linton, Upton Bishop, Lea and Gorsley. It is delivered at the beginning of the month ten times a year by volunteers (December/January and July/August) are joint issues. It is also available at www.thechimes.org.
The sub editor for Upton Bishop is Deb Long and she can be contacted 0n 01989 780114 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a directory of useful information published by The Chimes team. This is the Upton Bishop section of the directory.
Information about news and events which are published in The Chimes can be found in the What’s On and News section of this website.
New Upton Bishop Sub-Editor
A big welcome to our new Upton Bishop Sub-Editor Deb Long who formally takes up the reins for the May edition. Please send all material for publication in the May edition onwards directly to Deb.
March rainfall report from Rob the Rainman
March’s’ total was 136.3mm this being more than 2.5 times the average, so wet, wet, wet. When I said last month “winter done” I was of course referring to winter as defined by the met office. The actual winter was not actually done by a long chalk with Emma and The Beast giving a bitterly cold and very snowy start to March. Difficult to say how much snow in rainfall terms due to the drifting; 14.2mm was recorded. But weren’t the snow sculptures beautiful, a shame to spoil them with foot or shovel. By the 4th it was a bit “what was that all about” as the thaw had set in. Then basically rain until a mini repeat over the weekend of the 16th to 18th before back to, you guessed it, mostly rain. Only 6 days were totally dry and there were notable rainfalls for the 5th (20mm); 9th (12.4mm); 11th (16.3mm); 14th (12.4mm) and finally Good Friday (18mm) even though the day had begun dry albeit dull, grey and chilly. Ditto this for Easter Saturday but without the rain.
May 5th – Coffee Morning at the Manor House 10.30 am Upton Bishop
May 6th – Pet Service at 11.15 am
May 22nd – Blood Donor Session, Millennium Hall
June 16th – Village Fete at The Beeches
July 15th – Havergal Lunch – Upton Bishop Millennium Hall at 12.30 pm
October 7th – Harvest Festival at Upton Bishop Church 11.15 am
Parish Council dates for the rest of the year:
May (no date available, please see the notice boards for details)
June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th,
CHURCH NEWS – To contact a member of the clergy, please telephone David Howell at Weston-under-Penyard Rectory on 01989 568736 or email email@example.com. Please note day off on a FRIDAY.
The Easter service, coming at the end of a week of Easter celebrations, was well attended and the church looked beautiful. Thanks to everyone who decorated and thanks too to the choir who added an extra special note to the day.
Look out for May’s Treasure competition on the Upton Bishop Village Facebook page or the village web site www.uptonbishop.org. Find the treasure in or around the church and send in a photo of it to enter the competition. March’s winner was Felicity Cook. Well done. Your prize is on its way.
A Coffee morning will be held at The Manor House Upton Bishop on Saturday 5th May starting at 10.30am: cake stall and a Raffle with the garden at its best!
Come to the Pet Service on 6 May at 11.15 am! Bring your pets (under control please) to be blessed and to join in saying thank you to them for the love, comfort and joy they bring us. This will, not surprisingly, be an informal service and everyone is very welcome, even if you do not usually come to church.
This year’s Fete will be on 16th June at Beeches, by kind invitation of John Boyd. There will be stalls, children’s activities, including a Treasure Hunt, as well as tea and cake.
The Upton Bishop village Havergal lunch will resurrect the old traditional village banquet. Every year, the Rev Havergal had hampers of food sent down from Harrods in London to treat the people of the village. Our modern feast is likely to be more modest but come along and bring the family for a meal and children’s games at the Millennium Hall. 12.30pm on Sunday 15th July
Find out more about the lives of Rev Francis Havergal, Victorian rector of Upton Bishop and his hymn writing sister Frances. There will be a display in the church over the weekend of 8th September. There will, of course, be tea and cake, as well as interesting facts about this sister and brother team.
Proceeds will be in aid of Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, which has helped us with money for various projects in the past.
Looking ahead to Harvest Festival, the service in the church will be on Sunday 7th October at 11.15am. On 13th October at 5pm The Minstrels of the Forest, the medieval music-makers, will present a workshop to teach us a song in the medieval style and to meet the instruments. The Minstrels perform in ancient places that suit the medieval theme; they play some familiar instruments like recorders and medieval flutes as well as the much more unusual cornamuse and a symphonie (an early hurdy gurdy). The workshop will be followed at 6pm by Harvest Supper and then, at 7.30pm a short concert. Everyone is welcome to join us in the church for any part of this evening’s entertainment. Find out more about the Minstrels on https://minstrelsoftheforest.wordpress.com.
An update below from Graham about the activities of the Community Larder –
The Community Larder from Upton Bishop is doing well and filling a vital, but often invisible, role in the Ross area. We need those little things which make all the difference to people’s lives who are struggling: tin openers, toiletries and small jars or packets of instant coffee. You are doing well at providing tinned food. Thank you everyone, you are doing a grand job.
Millennium Hall – to book the hall, please call Jane Pendlebury on 10989 780763
200 Club – £20 Phil Bundy £10 Nigel Misselbrook £5 Barbara Church
Thoughts and best wishes to everyone who is not too well at present, those who are awaiting hospital appointments, recovering from operations and the ‘flu bug, that is still doing the rounds or just feeling sad.
Blood Donor Sessions – The next NHS blood donor session at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall is on Thursday 22nd May 2018 from 12.00 until 6.10 p.m. They are always keen to have new donors and if you would like to know more visit www.blood.co.uk
Upton Bishop W.I.
The speakers for the meeting at the Millennium Hall on Tuesday 8th May are Paul and Michelle Connell. Their subject is Napoleonic War Re-enactment. We will also be discussing the Resolution on Mental Health Matters. Please contact Clare Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the night. You will receive a very warm welcome.
UPTON BISHOP PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: – Mrs Sarah Lawrence Worcester Cottage Peterstow Ross-on-Wye HR9 6LE
Tel: 07368 238547 email email@example.com
Chairman for 2017/18 – Patrick Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chairman for 2017/18 – Robert Wallbridge
Notes extract from the adopted and confirmed minutes of the meeting held on 5th February 2018.
|Open Discussion for Local Residents to Raise Local Issues|
Parish Council Minutes
No notes this month as the meeting was held after the Chimes deadline
£20 Martin Pendlebury, £10 Tessa Mclean, £5 Matthew & Jessica Fawkes
Best wishes to Trevor Colwell and Hazel Stanier and everyone who is not too well at present, awaiting hospital appointments, recovering from operations and the flu bug that is still doing the rounds.
The weather was unkind enough force us to postpone the Hereford Cathedral School concert, featuring the award-winning Cantabile Girls Choir, as well as the Chamber Choir and chamber musicians. They have a lovely programme prepared for us and a new date early in the summer term will be found to go ahead with this concert. This will be confirmed and circulated as soon as possible so please keep an eye on the Upton Bishop website, uptonbishop.org, as well as our links to Facebook and Twitter. If you have access to the Internet, the website is a good way to keep up to date.
Easter Sunday service
1st April at 11.15am
Our Easter Sunday service will be at 11.15am. It will take the form of Family Communion and everyone is very welcome. The solemn side of the Easter story will have happened during the week so children are invited to celebrate Easter Day’s Resurrection as enthusiastically as they like. The Easter Bunny will come through the churchyard while we are all inside so there will be an egg hunt afterwards.
Please join us for a Healing Service on 15 April at 6 pm. We invite all those needing healing, restoration and reconciliation. Although no one can predict the outcome, at a healing service many people find peace and strength to deal with pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement. All are welcome, even if you are not a regular churchgoer.
UPTON BISHOP W.I. OPEN MEETING
Tues 10 April 2018 at 8pm
UPTON BISHOP W.I. OPEN MEETING invite members of WIs, family, friends, & members of the public to join us on Tues 10 April 2018 at 8pm to hear our guest speaker the Countess of Bathurst. Lady Bathurst is an inspiring speaker and will be talking about her experiences of setting up both a WI & a Book Club within a female prison in Gloucestershire. Costs: WI members free; others a small charge of £4 which includes refreshments. This should prove to be a very interesting evening full of friendship & fun. Also, there will be a raffle with some memorable prizes. We look forward to welcoming you. Jane Pendlebury (President) or Jacqui Woodhouse (Programme Secretary) Click here to contact the Sub editor.
This is just a one off Open Meeting for the W.I. – next month will revert back to normal.
15 April at 6 pm.
We invite all those needing healing, restoration and reconciliation. Although no one can predict the outcome, at a healing service many people find peace and strength to deal with pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement. All are welcome, even if you are not a regular churchgoer.
Annual meeting of the PCC
Sunday 22nd April, 10.30am
The Annual meeting of the PCC, the APCM, will take place in the church on Sunday 22nd April, beginning at 10.30am straight after the Parish Communion service. Refreshments will be provided. This is an opportunity for everyone in the village to hear reports of what the PCC has done for the church and the congregation over the past year and for you have your say. Everyone is very welcome, it is your church too and the PCC is always receptive to suggestions about how best to serve the village and how to keep the doors open.
Saturday 5th May 10.30am
A Coffee morning will be held at The Manor House Upton Bishop on Saturday 5th May starting at 10.30am: cake stall and a Raffle with the garden at it’s best!
6 May at 11.15 am.
Bring your pets (under control please) to be blessed and to join in saying thank you to them for the love, comfort and joy they bring us.
Advance Notice Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid envelopes will not be in the Chimes this year.
They will be available at Upton Bishop Church should you wish to donate &
handed to the Churchwarden or David Howell our Rector.
Thursday 22 May 2018 from 12.00 until 6.10 p.m
The next NHS blood-doning session at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall is on Thursday 22 May 2018 from 12.00 until 6.10 p.m. They are always keen to have new donors and if you would like to know more visit www.blood.co.uk
Fete at Beeches
This very successful event has become a firm favourite.
Ride and Stride weekend
we are planning an event in the church for the Ride and Stride weekend. This raises funds for the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, which has helped us with money for various projects in the past. The theme will be the Rev Francis Havergal, Rector at Upton Bishop and his sister Frances, who was a hymn writer. There will also, of course, be tea and cake.
An Upton Bishop Havergal Barbecue has also being suggested to bring back the old tradition set up by the Rev Francis Havergal: he sent to London every year for a Harrods hamper to feed the people of the village. This is likely to be more modest food!
UPTON BISHOP REGULAR EVENTS
Every Thursday from 8.00 pm until 10.00pm at Millennium Hall . All ages & skills very welcome.
Contact: Steve Cracknell 01989 720577
BALLROOM, POPULAR & SEQUENCE DANCING
2nd Saturday of every month at 7.30 pm at Millennium Hall . Contact: Bill 01242 233019
Once a month at Millennium Hall. Contact: www.blood.co.uk for further information or check notice boards and Upton Bishop website.
BUSY BEE CLUB
Every Tuesday from 6.00 pm until 7.30 pm at Millennium Hall . All children from 8+ years who would like to learn to sew and knit. Contact: Julia Thomas 01989 720476
CREATIVE TEXTILES, PATCHWORK & QUILTING
Every Monday from 1pm until 4pm at Millennium Hall. Contact: Trease Lane email@example.com or 07971 655554
Every Tuesday morning from 10.00am until 11.00am at Millennium Hall . Everyone very welcome.
Contact: Michaela Johnson 07706 101164 or Jane Fray 780383
Every Friday – Three sessions: 9.15am to 10.45am; 11.00am to 12.30pm; 1.15pm to 2.45pm at Millennium Hall.
Contact: Nicky 01989 780211
For information or to book the Hall ring Jane Pendlebury 01989 780763
1st Monday of every month at 7.30 pm. At the Millennium Hall. The Clerk: Sarah Lawrence 07368 238547 or Chairman: Patrick Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT THE PARISH CLERK
If any parishioner has any issues with the highways, such as potholes, verges etc. please contact Sarah Lawrence 07368 238547
Millennium Hall Wednesdays,11am – 12 noon; Beginners & Intermediate. Cost: £8.50 per session payable termly in advance. If you are interested, then Contact: Sally Crompton email@example.com or telephone 07490 466905
1st Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm at Upton Bishop Church . All are welcome – we really mean it. Contact: Graham Fowler 01989 780600
3rd Thursday of every month from 2.00pm until 4.00pm at the Millennium Hall. Contact: Marilyn Reynolds 01989 564830 or Sandra Hopkins 01989 730219
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
Churchwarden: Olivia Boon 01989 780321
Friday – but not every Friday – 7.30pm – check for dates with Beryl. Millennium Hall Contact: Beryl Kirk 07743 778799 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Tuesday of every month – except August at 7.30pm in Millennium Hall . New members and visitors very welcome. Contact: Clare Bell – secretary email@example.com 0r 01989 780283
Every Wednesday from 1pm until 2.30pm at the Millennium Hall. Contact: Penny Jolly on 08702 642061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On a more earthy note, there is plenty of rich and well rotted compost to be had from either one of the two compost heaps in the churchyard, free for anyone with a bucket, a sack, a wheelbarrow and a spade to collect.
UPTON BISHOP PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
Clerk: – Mrs Sarah Lawrence 07368 238547
Chairman for 2017/18 – Patrick Bailey email@example.com
Vice-Chairman for 2017/18 – Robert Wallbridge
Date of next meetings: 2 April.
Date of next meetings: 2 April, 8 May
CONTACT THE PARISH CLERK – If any parishioner has any issues with the highways, such as potholes, verges etc. please contact Sarah Lawrence 07368 238547. For further information and updates please refer to the Herefordshire Council website www.herefordshire.gov.uk