The Chimes

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 deborahlong850@gmail.com

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.

 

November 2018

Millennium Hall – to book the hall ring Jane Pendlebury on 01989 780763

 

200 CLUB – Draw for:

 

October 2018 – £20 Maurice Harper- £10 Rupe Simpson – £5 Matt & Jessica Fawkes

 

Best wishes to everyone who is not too well at present and to those of you who are awaiting hospital appointments, recovering from operations.

 

WELCOME – We send a very warm welcome to Mr and Mrs Bushell who have recently moved to Crow Hill.

 

VERY MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Jake and Penny Simpson on the arrival of Oliver, a baby brother for Murray.

 

SYMPATHY – our thoughts and sympathy to Pauline Prew, Shaun, Andrew and Gladwyn on the loss of Harry and also to Jean Haines and family on their loss of Jim.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – The meeting and AGM is on Tuesday 13th November at the Millennium Hall. The Speaker for the evening will be Marigold Farmer who will demonstrate Tai Chi to include Wellbeing and Movement. Please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night, you will receive a very warm

welcome.

 

COMMUNITY LARDER – With characteristic generosity, Upton Bishop givers at the Harvest Festival church service provided six box-trays’ worth of groceries and produce to be sent to the Community Larder in Ross. Thank you so much to everyone who donated.

 

FOUND – A watch has been found at the top of Probyns Pitch, for further information please contact Jane on  01989 780383.

 

THE HAWTHORN TREE by the Old Stores will once again be very festive with baubles when the lights will be switched on the 1st December.  If you would like to take part in putting a bauble on the tree in memory of a loved one or simply for fun please do.  The baubles must be shatterproof and firmly fixed to the branch of the tree with wire. Pleases collect your baubles from the tree by Epiphany on the 6th January, otherwise they will be removed.  Everyone is very welcome to join in from the parish of Upton Bishop and the surrounding area.  For further information contact Jane on 01989 780383

 

WORLD KINDNESS DAY is on Tuesday 13th November.  Take time to be kind or caring to someone who might be sad, lonely or just feeling under the weather.

 

WALKING NETBALL at the Millennium Hall every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. starting on 4th October. £3.00 per session. Contact Jane on 01989 750866 for further information.

PILATES WITH MATT at the Millennium Hall every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.  For further information contact Matt on 01989 750354 or email matt@coolmovesdance.co.uk

 

October 2018

Church News

The August Sunday Fundays in the Millennium Hall were a great success with activities for families of all ages. There were crafts and games, puzzles and painting and everyone tucked in to delicious and much needed refreshments. Someone suggested it would be good to do this every week. While, sadly, this is not possible, more are planned for holiday times so watch this space. Thank you very much to Jane for masterminding and leading the fun and to her team of helpers.

 The Havergal Weekend on the second weekend of September was an interesting exhibition about a fascinating Victorian family, with details about their lives, work, travels and a family wedding. A good crowd came and enjoyed the event, along with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. On the Sunday everyone entered into the spirit of the Victorian service, and, as you can see from the photos many of them dressed up in costume. More than 30 people enjoyed the Havergal banquet, so thank you to everyone who prepared and brought food, as well as bringing their enthusiasm. Over the weekend it was good to see people from the village who are not frequent visitors to the church but who felt that the welcome was warm enough for them to want to become more involved. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful event, particularly to Pam Steadman whose idea it was and who took the lead; to Brenda Robbins and Charles Curry who contributed the fruits of their research; and to Olivia Boon who helped with gathering and typing up information.

The church belongs to the whole village and everyone is always very welcome to come along to events and services but also in quiet moments to make an undisturbed space in the day for the peace of the church and the churchyard.

Harvest Festival church service will be on Sunday 7th October at 11.15am. This is a joyful, informal thanksgiving for all the goodness that the land brings us. The church will be decorated with flowers and produce from our gardens but please bring gifts of tinned food and toiletries that can be taken to the Ross Community Larder to help people who are not so lucky.

On 13th October Harvest celebrations continue and everyone is welcome to join us in the church for any part of this evening’s entertainment. At 5pm the medieval music-makers The Minstrels of the Forest, will teach us a song in the medieval style: you don’t have to be an experienced singer to join in, just curious and enthusiastic, so do come along whatever age you are. At 6pm there will be Harvest Supper and then, at 7.30pm a short concert. The Minstrels perform in ancient places that suit the medieval theme and they play some familiar as well as much more unusual instruments. Find out more about them on https://minstrelsoftheforest.wordpress.com.

The Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 1st December: our fabulous Christmas Hamper Raffle, the ever-popular tombola, teas, cakes produce, tombola, crafts, Father Christmas and Fancy Dress and much more besides. More details to follow in the November issue. Contributors and helpers are always welcome, please call Olivia Boon on 01989 780321.

August rainfall report by Rob the Rainman

August’s total rainfall was 56mm so a summer month with rain, this being about average. The wet and cooler spell at the end of July didn’t herald the end of the heat wave as it returned for the start of August. After a week the jet stream then decided it had seen enough of Iceland (the country) and decided to head south and landed over us so allowing weather systems from the Atlantic to move in; result heat wave gone. The first one brought wet weather in addition to cooler conditions with the highest days’ rainfall of the month being 13.8mm on the 11th. It wasn’t a bad August really; dry after this then some rain then another dry spell that was quite humid then a wet spell again and ending dry and quite pleasant. The last Bank Holiday of the summer was typically British. Saturday was lovely especially in the morning and early afternoon. Cloudy in the evening and Sunday dawned wet and stayed that way most of the day with 8.9mm of rain. The Bank Holiday Monday was better, meaning it was dry as there wasn’t much sun to go round. So the summer of 2018 done and it won’t be forgotten. Sympathy should go to the farmers as the heat wave did them no favours after a harsh winter and non-existent spring but I did enjoy it! About half the normal rainfall, with June taking a huge hit, but it was the high daily temperatures for such a long period that made it really memorable. I must confess though that it was good to see the green come back again in August, brown doesn’t suit us at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millennium Hall – to book the hall ring Jane Pendlebury on 01989 780763

Website – www.uptonbishop.org

 

200 CLUB – Draw for:

July 2018 – £20 Graham Fowler – £10 Brian and Di Baldwin – £5 Jacky Ivimy

August 2018 – £20 June Bevan – £10 Diane Buckley – £5 Tony Buckley

September 2018 – Jenny Sandrof – £10 Olivia Boon – £5 Alice Gammond

 

Best wishes to Janet Sanders who has broken a bone in her hand, John Griffiths   and everyone else who is not too well at present and to those of you who are awaiting hospital appointments or recovering from operations.

 

WELCOME – We send a very warm welcome to Alice Miranda and Clive and Wendy Beavan to Crow Hill, Mr and Mrs Penning to Hilltop, Mr and Mrs Thompson, Barbara Rees and Malcolm Oliver to Gayton and Paul and Miranda Egglestone

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our entertainment for the evening at the Millennium Hall on Tuesday 9th October will be Richard Watson and Sandy MacNeill of Serrated Edge.  Please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night, you will receive a very warm welcome.

 

Many thanks to all those who attended the Quentin Letts evening on Friday 7 Sept; without you, we wouldn’t have had such a successful event.  Also, a BIG thank you to all those who contributed in any shape of form, the same thing applies, it was a success due to you all.  Upton Bishop WI are extremely appreciative.  Jane Pendlebury

 

WALKING NETBALL at the Millennium Hall every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. starting on 4th October. £3.00 per session. Contact Jane on 01989 750866 for further information.

PILATES WITH MATT at the Millennium Hall every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.  For further information contact Matt on 01989 750354 or email matt@coolmovesdance.co.uk

 

     

 

 

 

September 2018

JUNE AND JULY’S (NO) RAINFALL REPORT by Rob the Rainman

June’s total rainfall was 2.1mm, this being about 4% of the average, whilst July’s was 32.7mm which actually was about 2/3rds the average. My ironic comment at the end of May’s report of “some rain for the gardens” after the evening deluge on the 31st looks a bit foolish now. But June didn’t start off brilliantly as, although it was mostly dry, we had a lot of cloud which drifted in from the east each night and sometimes liked us so much it stayed around for most of the day. That is where the 2.1mm came from, bits of drizzle and light rain. I noted on the 21st to the 23rd that the days were lovely but the nights quite chilly and that it was from the 24th that the hot weather really began. From the 17th June we had 40 dry days only broken by 3.6mm on the 13th July courtesy of light, thundery showers in the early evening and 1.5mm on the 20th, again in the early evening. The heat wave broke (or did it?) over the 27th to the 30th with a total of 27.6mm over the 4 days – 85% of July’s rainfall. We had 13.2mm on Saturday 28th from some lusty showers and 9.9mm on Sunday 29th when it was a traditional summer day of good old steady rain. It was also much cooler and breezy over the weekend. Of the 61 days of June and July 50 were dry and, by my records, 34 were hot. Really June was dry as 2.1mm don’t amount to a hill of beans in one of the prime growing months of the year.

 

Millennium Hall – to book the hall ring Jane Pendlebury on 01989 780763

Website – www.uptonbishop.org

 

200 CLUB – Draw for July 2018

£20 Graham Fowler  £10 Brian and Di Baldwin £5 Jacky Ivimy

Draw for August 2018

£20 June Bevan £10 Diane Buckley £10 Tony Buckley

 

Best wishes to Brenda Edwards and Harry Prew and everyone who is not too well at present and to those of you who are awaiting hospital appointments, recovering from operations.

 

WELCOME – We send a very warm welcome to Stephen and Pauline Fisher who has recently moved to Crow Hill and to Mike and Sue to Yew Tree Cottage Phocle Green.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our speaker for the evening at the Millennium Hall on Tuesday 11th September will be a talk on the life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson by Dr. Sue Jennings.  Please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night, you will receive a very warm welcome.

 

An Evening with Quentin Letts on Friday 7th September 7.30p.m. at the Millennium Hall.  If you would like to come there are only a few tickets left, contact Jane Pendlebury on 780763 or Clare Bell 780283.

 

THE BIG DIPPER this year will take place on Sunday, September 16th, 11am at the Millennium Hall. Entries are now being accepted either online at www.runbritain.com or you can download and print the Big Dipper entry form 2018 from www.uptonbishop.org where there are photos, a course map and more details.

WALKING NETBALL at the Millennium Hall every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. starting on 4th October. £3.00 per session. Contact Jane on 01989 750866 for further information.

PILATES WITH MATT at the Millennium Hall starting on Wednesday 5th September from 10-11 a.m.  For further information contact Matt on 01989 750354 or email matt@coolmovesdance.co.uk

 

MEMORIAL FOR WORLD WAR ONE SOLDIER

 

The Common Wealth War Graves Commission are looking for relatives of a World War One soldier who is buried in a Herefordshire Churchyard so that a memorial headstone can be erected.

 

Private Charles Henry Gibbons had enlisted in The Herefordshire Regiment, at Ross-on-Wye in the summer of 1913 at the age of 19; the 1911 census shows he was a milkman on a local farm and lived at White House, Upton Bishop.

 

He was called up for full time military service on the outbreak of war in August 1914 and his obituary published in The Hereford Times records that he saw service in the Middle East and in France where he was badly gassed. He was in hospital in Cardiff and then transferred to Stockport where he died of tuberculosis on 25 January 1919.

 

Private Gibbons is buried in Upton Bishop Churchyard and the CWGC now wish to erect a memorial headstone and are seeking descendants of Pte Gibbons. He had 2 younger sisters Elsie born 1895 and Alice born 1906 and a younger brother George born 1897. George also served in The Herefordshire Regiment and South Wales Borderers and the obituary shows he was a lance-corporal and arrived from France the day before the funeral.

 

If anyone has any information I would be most pleased to hear it and to pass it on to the CWGC.  Andy Taylor Curator The Herefordshire Regimental Museum Suvla Barracks Harold St Hereford HR1 2QX

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2018

May’s Rainfall report by Rob the Rainman

May’s total was 95.6mm, this being about 80% wetter than average (but read on dear reader). At last a spring month delivered some spring and, indeed, summer weather. May Day was dry during daylight hours with rain over night. A smidgeon more on the 2nd and then hey presto we were off with the first Bank Holiday best described by one word – scorchio. Then essentially dry until the 20th with some lovely weather. OK some chilly nights but it was May. Then a change with rain most days until the end of the month. This came with some humidity, some heavy thundery showers and some days that started off, and sometimes remained, misty, murky and dull. Regretfully the second Bank Holiday wasn’t very thrilling with quite a bit of the MMD weather on Saturday morning and most of Monday and thundery showers Sunday morning. But we did get some decent weather on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Until the 31st the monthly total of 53.0mm was average. The 31st was quite decent but very humid and finally extremely heavy thundery showers hit us at around 5:00pm and between then and 7:00pm we had 36mm of rain or 1.5 inches and in total 42.6mm hence the total being about 80% wetter than average. The end of the meteorological spring, is it worth summarising? March was basically still winter, April dull, miserable and wet. May wasn’t that bad until that sting in the tail when we certainly got “some rain for the gardens.”

 

Church News

Sunday 15th July, 12.30pm The Upton Bishop village Havergal Banquet brings back the old tradition 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. We will provide food but do bring along something you like too. And why not dress up like a Victorian?

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. Vegetable competition: bring your most beautiful, peculiar or enormous vegetable to be judged on Sunday 9th September at 4pm.

Harvest Festival church service 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.

 

Millennium Hall – to book the hall ring Jane Pendlebury on 01989 780763

Website – www.uptonbishop.org

 

200 CLUB – Draw for June 2018

£100 Bruce Wemyss £20 Donna Yandle  £10 Mark and Chloe Rusby £5 John Griffiths

 

Best wishes everyone who is not too well at present and to those of you who are awaiting hospital appointments, recovering from operations.

 

SYMPATHY – our thoughts and sympathy go to all the Simpson family on the sad loss of Mary who died recently at the age of 96 and also to the family of George Shaw formerly of the Manor House.

 

WELCOME – We send a very warm welcome to Stephen and Pauline Fisher who has recently moved to Crow Hill and to Mike and Sue to Yew Tree Cottage Phocle Green.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. will meet at the Millennium Hall on Tuesday 10th July for a relaxed social evening.  There is no meeting in August, the next meeting is on 11th September.  Please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night, you will receive a very warm welcome.

 

An Evening with Quentin Letts

 

Upton Bishop WI is delighted to invite everyone to an evening with Quentin Letts on Friday 7 September 2018 at 7.30pm in Upton Bishop Millennium Hall.

Many of you will have come across Quentin as a sketch writer and theatre critic for the Daily Mail newspaper, however, he is also an author of both political observation books and a work of fiction, whilst also increasing his visibility as a TV personality.

The evening will be based upon his unique, light hearted observations on life and should prove to be very entertaining.  Tickets available on a first come, first served basis from:

Jane Pendlebury                       01989 780763

or

Clare Bell                                  01989 780283

 

Tickets £10 including a glass of wine or soft drink.

We look forward to greeting you on the night.

 

 

THE BIG DIPPER this year will take place on Sunday, September 16th, 11am at the Millennium Hall. Entries are now being accepted either online at www.runbritain.com or you can download and print the Big Dipper entry form 2018 from www.uptonbishop.org where there are photos, a course map and more details.

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. There is an informal race for children on the playing field at 10.30am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2018

April rainfall report from Rob the Rainman

April’s total was 62.8mm, this being about the average. Easter Sunday continued the poor Easter weather, being the wettest day of the month with15.4mm, but Easter Monday wasn’t that bad in the end. The 9th saw 13mm but the rest came in dribs and drabs with a further very wet spell of 13.3mm over the 26th and 27th. 10 days were totally dry. Not a very spring like month. I noted a “nice spring day” on the 5th and again on the 14th, this latter coming after a very poor week with an especial note made for the 11th and 12th of “awful; cold, dark and dismal.” The tension in the spring (gedit, tension; spring) was palpable and then from the 18th we had sun and warmth, proper summer weather with a 20’C temperature change and smiles all round with shorts and t-shirts dug out and the sun tan lotion flowing. This resulted in an explosion of green and blossom. But just for a few days before it was gradually taken away from us and we returned to greyness and rain and, by the last week, cold. Ah well. No cuckoo heard in April, all still tucked up warm in Africa. Stop Press: no they’re not as one heard on the 1st of May.

 

Church News

Look out for June’s Treasure of the Month 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 completion.

The Hereford Cathedral School Choirs concert was a great success. The church was full, the singing fantastic and the atmosphere very happy. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Come to the Church Fete at Beeches on 16th June at Beeches, starting at 2.30pm. See our poster. The text for the illustrated handwriting competition is, for adults:

‘The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen’

and for children:

‘All Things Bright and Beautiful,

All creatures great and small

All things wise and wonderful

The Lord God made them all.’

 

The Havergal Banquet on 15th July will resurrect an old village tradition. In Victorian times, the Rev Havergal would have hampers of food sent down from Harrods in London, to give the people of Upton Bishop a treat.  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, and of course, tea and cake, as well as interesting facts about this sister and brother team.

Our Harvest Festival church service will be on Sunday 7th October at 11.15am

All are welcome at this family service.

On 13th October The Minstrels of the Forest will be visiting Upton Bishop to run a workshop and give concert.

These medieval music-makers will teach us songs in the medieval style and give us chance to meet their 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 those less well known, such as the cornamuse and the symphonie (an early hurdy gurdy).

The workshop at 5pm will be followed at 6pm by a 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.

 

200 CLUB — £20 D & L McLean  £10 Andy Parr  £5 Lesley Sumner

Best wishes to Joy fields and Harry Prew who are not too well at present and to those of you who are awaiting hospital appointments, recovering from operations.

 

SYMPATHY – our thoughts and sympathy go to Jim Brain, Simon and Jacky on their loss of Val, to all the family of James Lloyd who was for many years the landlord of the Moody Cow, to Jenny Steadman and all the family on their loss of Roger.

 

WELCOME – We send a very warm welcome to Deborah Williams who has recently moved to Tanhouse lane.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I.  The speaker for the meeting at the Millennium Hall on Tuesday 12th June is a talk by Terry King on LPAs, Wills and Estates.  The competition is a single flower arrangement with green foliage in a small to medium size jug.  Please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night, you will receive a very warm welcome.

 

AN EVENING WITH QUENTIN LETTS is being organised by Upton Bishop W.I. at the Millennium Hall on Friday 7th September. An evening with the well-known raconteur, broadcaster, author, journalist and theatre critic.  Letts has published several books including ’50 People who buggered up Britain’, ‘Bog standard Britain’ and ‘Patronising bastards – how the elite betrayed Britain.  Upton Bishop is in for a treat.  Ticket information will be in the next issue of The Chimes.

 

 

THE BIG DIPPER this year will take place on Sunday, September 16th, 11am at the Millennium Hall. Entries are now being accepted either online at www.runbritain.com or you can download and print the Big Dipper entry form 2018 from www.uptonbishop.org where there are photos, a course map and more details.

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. There is an informal race for children on the playing field at 10.30am.

 

Diary Dates

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,

December 3rd.