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 Jane requires all information for the Chimes by the second Tuesday of each month.   The July/August and December/January are joint issues.

There is a directory of useful information published by The Chimes team.  This is the Upton Bishop section of the directory.

March 2018

RAINFALL REPORT from Rob the Rainman

January’s total was 65.7mm which is about average so not a desperately wet month although it seemed like it from conditions underfoot when walking the dog. New Years Day was a dull affair with some rain (1.6mm).  Storm Eleanor, tracking across on the 2nd and 3rd, gave some very windy conditions and 8.5mm of rain over the two days. Over the lovely weekend of the 20th and 21st there was 16.6mm including some wet snow on the 20th. Finally Storm Georgina, which hit the UK in the early hours of the 24th, resulted in 13.4mm along with the associated windy conditions. The month only managed 6 totally dry days. Overall a grey, cold affair indeed with sunshine very much at a premium.



 March 2                              Cantabile & Hereford Cathedral School Choirs – Upton Bishop Church

March 5                              Parish Council

March 7                              Prayer Group

March 13                            W.I. at the Millennium Hall

April 2                                Parish Council

April 4                                Prayer Group

April 10                              W.I. at the Millennium Hall

April 15                              Healing Service at Upton Bishop Church


Weeping Window Poppy Installation coming to Hereford Cathedral – The cascade of thousands of individual ceramic poppies will appear at Hereford Cathedral from 14th March 2018 until 29th April 2018 as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.

The Weeping Window poppy sculpture will be free and open to the public, while a series of special events will be hosted at the cathedral and other venues as part of the Herefordshire Homefront campaign.


Newent Market has had a market for at least 39 years which was run under the Country Markets network at the Newent Memorial Hall every Friday morning 9 to 11.30am; this is a market with local producers providing local goods to the community with help from volunteers.  We now have over 36 producers, some come every week and we have guests, which join us fortnightly, monthly or seasonally depending on products. Last year, the market took a vote to go completely independent and cut the ties with Country Markets, in order to maximise the rewards to the producers and customers, a big step after 39 years.  Could we succeed? We all felt a bit nervous about going on our own.  We have to say we had the most remarkable year and far beyond our expectations, we welcomed new customers, new stallholders and ended our year on 22nd December, with a full house of stallholders,  carol singers from Upton Bishop (who raised the roof  and did an amazing job thanks) and refreshments.  We have been on a break since then as our organiser; Charlotte Ashworth has been busy lambing.    We are back on the Friday 2nd March and look forward to seeing old and new faces back at Market.  We wish to celebrate our success of last year, by starting the year with free refreshments and birthday cake for all. We are also offering a free canvas shopping bag once you have spent £10 at market over the coming months.  Come and join us FRIDAY 2nd MARCH.  Any questions about joining us as stallholder or customer, email:

CHURCH NEWS – 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 Upton Bishop website,, has news of events past, present and to come and details of who to contact in the village as well as links to Facebook and Twitter. If you have access to the Internet, the website is a good way to keep up to date.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the Hereford Cathedral School choirs and musicians, featuring the award-winning Cantabile Girls Choir, who will be performing in Upton Bishop Church on 2nd March at 7pm. Everyone is very welcome to join us for a feast of truly fabulous music. Cantabile was the winner of the BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year competition in 2015. Parking has been provided at Chicory Crops by kind permission of the Simpson family and a shuttle service will run to the church before and after the concert. There will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds and Hereford Historic Churches, which is so generous in its support of all our local churches. For more details ring Olivia on 780321.

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.

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.

There will be a Fete on 16th June at Beeches. This very successful event has become a firm favourite.

In September 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!

EASTER LILIES – If anyone would like to donate money to the Church for lilies in memory of a loved one, please contact Pam Steadman on 01989 780160

 THE COMMUNITY LARDER is going strong, but needs to. There is a real need for this in Ross. There is a basket in the church for donations. Non perishable foodstuffs, but toiletries are particularly welcome, as are tinned meats and instant coffee.

BEST WISHES Val Brain and Joy Field following their recent operations, Val Jones who is not too well at present and to everyone who is feeling under the weather, recovering from operations, awaiting hospital appointments, recovering from the nasty winter bug that is doing the rounds or just feeling sad.

BLOOD-DONING – The next NHS blood-doning 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

Upton Bishop W.I.  Our speaker for the meeting at the Millennium Hall on Tuesday 13th March at 7.30 p.m. is Fraser Gunn who will tell us all about the RNLI .  Please contact Clare Bell at or just turn up on the night, you will be very welcome.  

WI Open meeting – Upton Bishop WI is delighted to 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): 01989 780763 Jacqui Woodhouse (Programme Secretary): 01989 750174.


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


200 Club winners for February 2018

£20       Mike Appleton

£10       Jake Simpson

£5        John Stanier




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

Tel: 07368 238547 email

Chairman for 2017/18 – Patrick Bailey

Vice-Chairman for 2017/18 – Robert Wallbridge


Notes extract from the adopted minutes of the meeting held on Monday 4th December 2017

Present: Cllrs. Bailey, Chudziak, Rusby andTyers

Apologies: Cllr Forrester, Manns and Wallbridge

In Attendance:  Cllr Barry Durkin and 2 Parishioners


Open Discussion for Local Residents to raise local issues – Two parishioners were in attendance – one was present to hear the Parish Council general business.  One was in attendance to voice his concern on the water sitting on the road towards the golf course.  Also to raise concern over the amount of traffic causing locals parking issues from the Moody Cow Public House.  The Clerk was requested to contact the lengthsman regarding the ditches to clear the surface water.  It was also agreed that the Parish Council would look into the overflow from the Moody Cow.  The other two were in attendance to discuss the NDP steering committee and the safety of the road leading towards the egg farm in the village.


Matters Arising:

Cllr. Barry Durkin gave his monthly report.


Lengthsman – The Clerk was requested to contact the lengthsman regarding the surface water and clearance of the ditches.


Highways – Cllr Chudziak confirmed that repairs were still being carried out by Balfour Beatty.


NDP – The Clerk confirmed that she had heard back from Stephanie Kitto regarding the progress with the NDP committee and all residents who had expressed an interest would be contacted shortly.


Planning: P174329 Tan House Farm – Proposed retention of existing timber cabin and yurt to be used for agricultural purposes.  After discussion, Cllrs voted against the application as they believe that we should uphold the planning inspectors original appeal decision advocating that the yurt and log cabin be removed – reverting back to open countryside.


Date of next meetings:   5th March, 2nd April, 8th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August,

3rd September, 1st October, 5th November and 3rd December


Well it’s Goodbye from me and Hello to someone out there in Upton Bishop.

Very many thanks for the support of all contributors and distributors over the many years.      Jane






























 After 30 years reporting on everything that happens in Upton Bishop Jane Fray has decided to hang up her pen and give someone else the opportunity to edit the village section of The Chimes.

She will be a hard act to follow and sorely missed by everyone who reads the Chimes.

She says the duties of the Sub Editor are not too onerous.  It takes between three and four hours a month to coordinate the regular reports from Rob the Rainman, the church, the Parish Council and the Millennium Hall, sort the monthly contributions, update the regular diary dates and group news and proof read the final submission.  Most contributions arrive by email and don’t need retyping but the occasional snippet arrives by hand and needs typing up.  There are ten issues of the Chimes per year and as well as coordinating what goes in our section Jane is also responsible for getting the printed copies to the dedicated team of distributors who post it through everyone’s letterboxes.

The role of sub editor is unpaid but qualifies for expenses and mileage and training is available if someone needs it.

So, now we need someone to take over from Jane from March 1st next year.  Could you be that person?  Jane is happy to talk about the role and how it works and anyone interested in taking over can contact her on 01989 780383 or by emailing

On behalf of the village we would like to thank Jane for her tremendous work over the last 30 years.