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.

May

Church News

March was a busy month with a sociable coffee morning, Daffodil tea, which turned out to be a good way to spend a rainy afternoon; our first excellent Heartstart session and a highly enjoyable Brunch for Mothering Sunday. Many thanks to all of you who helped in so many different ways, not least to those who gave generously to church funds. Your support is much appreciated.

 A second Heartstart session is booked for 28th September. However, such was the response to the first session that this list is already full. A further session can be arranged for early next year if there is enough demand. If you are still interested please contact Olivia on 780321.

 Our new style Family Service is at Upton Bishop Church at 11.15am on the first Sunday of each Month. Join us on May 5thfor the next in our programme of Parables and Miracles. There is something for everyone, young or old; all are welcome.

 Thursday 9th May, Crafty Folk 2019, 2pm – 4pm in the Committee Room of the Millennium Hall. Come along to this monthly gathering to make things for yourself, family, friends as well as for church fundraising, while enjoying a cup of tea and a chat. Everyone is welcome.

Upton Bishop Fete Saturday 15th June at the Millennium Hall, 2.30-5.00pm. Teas, raffle, stalls (featuring a CD/DVDs stall) lots of activities for all the family. Victoria Sponge and flower arrangement-on-a-saucer competitions. Come and hear the handbells at 3.15pm.

 Upton Bishop Dog Show Sunday 7th July, beginning at 2.30pm at Felhampton Farm by kind invitation of Bill Wiggin. Fun classes for all kinds of friendly family dogs and also teas and a raffle, in aid of church repairs.

 Looking ahead: Tuesday 22 Oct Games and Beetle Drive 3.30 to 7.30pm for all ages. Feel free can come and go throughout the afternoon and evening, and stay for a bring and share tea. There will be a small charge of £2 towards expenses and for church funds.

 

Work that needs to be done on the church over the next five years. While there are expensive items, such as repairs to the stonework and the pointing, there are also smaller things that can be achieved thanks to the kindness and generosity of individuals. For example:does anyone have a spare water butt you would be willing to donate to the church? If so, please contact Olivia (780321). Other suggestions can be found on the UB website.

 Village News

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

200 CLUB – Draw for:

April – £20 Tony Ayers £10 June Baldwin £5 Alison Robins

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

Welcome to Martyn and Lynda Bromley who have moved to The Crews.

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – At meeting on Tuesday 14th May we will be celebrating our Centenary with our members and friends and dedicating the Oak tree followed by birthday cake and fizz.  It is also the month for the annual resolutions which will be discussed prior to the visitors arriving.   All meetings are held at the Millennium Hall. For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night, you will receive a very warm welcome.

VERY MANY THANKS to Iola Fass who has for the past ten years delivered the Chimes in the Old Gore area.  If you are able to take over this role of delivering ten issues of the magazine to 13 house please contact The Chimes Editors.

What’s on at the Millennium Hall – For all information on events and classes, dates, times etc please check this out in the Chimes Directory.

 

March’s Rainfall Report

March’s total was 57.6mm, about what we normally get. Weather-wise a month of two halves. The start, initially lamb like, saw the end of the winter heat wave as the jet stream moved back northwards. Unfortunately it settled over the UK announcing its arrival with Storm Freya on the 3rd. Very windy but not much rain. A spell of breezy/windy and rainy weather then set in. The 5th saw 16.8mm of rain and the 12th heralded Storm Gareth. Eventually the jet stream moved around the top of the UK which from the 16th saw calmer and from the 19th drier conditions with no further rainfall for the rest of the month. The amount of sunshine increased giving some lovely, warm spring weather until the 31st when a brisk northerly wind reminded us that perhaps we weren’t finished with the cold weather just yet.

 

 

 

 

 

April

Church News

Our new style Family Services at Upton Bishop Church 11.15am on the first Sunday of each Month are proving popular. They continue on April 7th for the next in our programme of Parables and Miracles. All are welcome. These simplified communion services, led by Rev Michael Fass, are not just for children. There is something for everyone, young or old.

 The APCM will be held on 11th April at 7.30pm in church. A Lenten Supper of soup and cheese will be served. The meeting is a review of what has been achieved in the church in the past year and a chance for everyone to have their say and help to shape the coming year. It is your church too, so you will be made very welcome.

 Easter at Upton Bishop: the celebrations begin on Palm Sunday, 14th April, with a Parish Communion service at 9.30am.

The Easter walks begin at Aston Ingham at 5.30pm on Palm Sunday and go anti-clockwise around the parishes of the Benefice every evening until Maundy Thursday. This means that walkers will arrive from Linton at 7pm on Monday 15th at Upton Bishop and set out from there the following evening, Tuesday 16th, at 5.30pm, heading for Weston-under-Penyard. Everyone who is free is very welcome to come for a friendly ramble across the fields and woods. All ages take part, with dogs. Some very young walkers have tramped the whole distance in past years. Wellies and waggy tails are made welcome in all the churches.

Upton Bishop will host the Good Friday Liturgy at 2pm on 19th April.

The Easter Sunday service will be a Parish Communion at 11.15am, followed by an Easter egg hunt in the churchyard. If you can’t join us for the service, do come egg hunting later in the day but please remember that there may be others hunting after you so please don’t take all the eggs!

 Easter Lilies: if anyone would like to donate money for lilies in memory of a loved one please contact Pam Steadman 780160.

 A recent inspection by the church architect identified work that needs to be done over the next five years. While there are expensive items, such as repairs to the stonework and the pointing, there are also smaller things that can be achieved thanks to the kindness and generosity of individuals. For example: does anyone have a spare water butt you would be willing to donate to the church? If so, please contact Olivia (780321). Other suggestions will be appearing on the UB website.

 

Dates to look forward to:

 Upton Bishop Fete 2019, Saturday 15th June at the Millennium Hall in the afternoon.

 Upton Bishop Dog Show Sunday 7th July at Felhampton Farm by kind invitation of Bill Wiggin.

 

Rainfall Report by Rob the Rainman

February’s total was 33.7mm which is about 40% less than what we would normally expect as was the total for the winter of 120.9mm, this being largely due to a dry January. February had a bit of everything. It was easy to forget after the way the month ended that we awoke on the 1st to a couple of inches of lying snow but by the 4th it had turned milder, dull and wet. The 8th and 9th saw it become very windy as Storm Erik tracked across the country with the 9th being the wettest day of the month with 10.8mm. Mild, dull and dry conditions followed Erik but then a big high pressure system over Europe combined with a wayward jet stream to feed in very warm air across the country. Although the nights were chilly this, together with lovely sunny days, sent temperatures well soaring during the day. England, Scotland and Wales all recorded their warmest February day and the UK record went to the 21.2C at Kew Gardens on the 26th. It was also the first winter to have a temperature that exceeded 20C (and for the oldies also 70F). Result; gardens and wildlife confused and humans bemused.

Village News

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

200 CLUB – Draw for:

February – £20 Pat Bright £10 Gill Steadman £5 Deb Long

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

Sympathy – our thoughts and sympathy to Simon and Jacky Brain on the sad loss of their Dad.   Jim lived at Phocle Green for many years with Val and was one of the original committee members of the Millennium Hall when it was formed in 1993.  He was our official photographer over the years of fund raising and ran the bar when we had social events.

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – The meeting on Tuesday 9th April will be a talk by Colette Mansell-Gray on Art Deco. The competition is an Easter Arrangement in a Basket.  This is an OPEN MEETING, everyone is very welcome non members £4.00.   All meetings are held at the Millennium Hall. For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night, you will receive a very warm welcome.

What’s on at the Millennium Hall – For all information on events and classes, dates, times etc please check this out in the Chimes Directory.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING – Date for your diary. Saturday 11th May from 10 a.m. in Upton Bishop Church.