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.

October 2017

RAINFALL REPORT from Rob the Rainman

August, the final month of summer, had a total rainfall of 43.0mm so was actually somewhat drier than the average.  However for the most part it seemed to think it was an autumn month rather than a summer one.  Rain and or dull most days and windy at times for the first 3 weeks but no rainfall really of note with the individual high being 8.0mm recorded on the 8th and again on the 20th.  Finally a settled dry spell of 7 days and at last August forgot its autumn aspirations and gave us a glorious Summer Bank Holiday Monday. Didn’t it do well (ooh, a bit of topicality!).

Summer done with then so was it fantastic, good, not so good, not so bad or truly awful. The rainfall total of 163mm was in fact about average and we had some good dry spells in June and early July along with warmth and some high humidity at times.  However August was for the main part a disappointment.  Therefore I will go for “not so bad”.




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 at The Beeches

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                       Concert Party at Upton Bishop Church

December 9                       Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall

December 17                     Christmas Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall




U3A visit St. John the Baptist – On the morning of Friday, August 25th, Upton Bishop Church was pleased to welcome some fifteen members of Monmouth U3A – Church Visiting Group; they visit local churches, two each month, during the summer.  It was a fine bright morning and they enjoyed a conducted tour around the churchyard and subsequently inside the church.

The group were most interested in the historical background to many of the previously changed and remaining features and took a keen interest in all that was pointed out to them. The visit concluded with refreshments which were greatly appreciated. They much enjoyed their tour and were also impressed by the care and devotion evident in the upkeep and presentation of the church/churchyard and wished to know who was responsible.  Upton Bishop Church came high on their ‘Best Church’ list!

There is always an opportunity to contribute to the regular ‘Jobs  list’ so if you are new to the village and/or find you have an hour to spare now and again (male or female) and would like to join in, please contact one of the following:

Flower List     – Pam Steadman Tel: 780160 or Other duties – Janet Sanders Tel: 780482.  They will be very pleased to hear from you!  The more people involved, the less frequently names appear on the rota. Thank you Brenda Robbins


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.  

The PCC was sad to learn of the death of Margaret Rigby. Although in recent years Margaret had not been a regular churchgoer, she remained a staunch supporter and loyal friend of Upton Bishop church who will be missed by all her friends in the village.


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 on 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 are: 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.


Parking at the church continues to be a subject for discussion for which there is no easy solution. Please do not park too close to the gate so that anyone with mobility difficulties can have a parking place as close as possible to the church. Thank you.


The bellringers meet twice a month on Fridays. Once you are tall enough you can never be too young or too old to learn. Please contact Mike at


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.  Please bring groceries for the Ross Community Larder, particular items that are needed are longlife milk, coffee, tinned fruit and vegetables.


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


Saturday 2nd December: the Christmas Fayre will be with us soon. Stalls of all sorts, fun for the children, including a Fancy Dress competition. We’re hoping that Father Christmas will look in too. Contributions to the tombola, produce stall, hampers, toy and book stalls will be very welcome and more details of who to contact will be published in the November edition. Meanwhile watch out for tickets on sale for the Christmas Hamper Draw: last year’s hampers were truly fabulous!


Saturday 9th December: TALENT WANTED: can you sing, dance, recite a poem or play the spoons? If so, come and perform in the UB Concert Party, or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment. In Upton Bishop church at 5pm. All ages and acts are welcome. No performance is too small. Refreshments will be served during the show. For further details please ring Jane 07989 572356


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.


PRAYER GROUP – meets in the Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 2pm. You are very welcome to join us on 4th October or any first Wednesday.


COMMUNITY LARDER – The Community Larder want to send their appreciation to everyone for their generosity at this Harvest Time. They have, they say, been particularly blessed with gifts of pasta, rice and baked beans (although they are now a little low on longlife milk, coffee and tinned fruit). But whatever you have put into the basket in church, or may do in the future, the message is the same – A Great Big Thank You.


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


WELCOME – We send a very warm welcome to Carol and Nicola who have recently moved to Crow Hill.


Creative Textiles Patchwork & Quilting Class  at the Millennium Hall from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. with experienced tutor Trease Lane. This is a City & Guilds L1 course with a natural progression to L2 & L3.  For those wanting to further their skills and to develop new ones. There is no entry level the course is open to all.  For more information contact Trease email or Tel 07971655554.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOX APPEAL – If anyone would like to prepare a shoe box to help a child in war torn countries, poverty, famine, disease or natural disaster areas,  or if you would prefer you can buy items to go into the shoe boxes, please contact Jane Fray on 01989 780383 for further information.


TEA DANCE at the Millennium Hall on Saturday 14th October, 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 by Jonathan Lester on Children’s Wellbeing.   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.   

The Upton Bishop Parish Council are setting up a steering Committee for the NDP – anyone interested in joining the group, please contact Sarah Lawrence on before the 10th October.


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  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 September 2017

£20       Glen Ruscoe

£10       Caroline Dobson

£5        Brenda Edwards



Clerk: – Mrs Sarah Lawrence Worcester Cottage Peterstow Ross-on-Wye HR9 6LE

01989 780450 email

Chairman for 2017/18 – Patrick Bailey 780227

Vice-Chairman for 2017/18 – Robert Wallbridge

Highways Officer – Tony Chudziak

Footpaths Officer – None


Please Note: The Minutes for the June meeting will follow next month.