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.

March

Family Services at Upton Bishop Church 11.15am on the first Sunday of each Month

Our new style family services kicked off on Jan 6th with the giving and getting of gifts, to celebrate of the coming of the three Kings. Join us on March 3rd for more of 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.

 Tuesday 5th March Pancake Day: pancake tossing, eating and craft activities in the Millennium Hall 5.30-7pm. Free, although donations towards costs will be welcome. Everyone is welcome who is young at heart, whatever your age.

16th March Daffodil Tea in the church from 3pm until 4.30pm: we hope the churchyard will be full of daffodils.

We have a defibrillator in the village but what do you do in an emergency while you are waiting for the defibrillator to arrive? OnSaturday 30th March Heartstart is coming to the Millennium Hall at 2pm to train us in how to keep our loved ones, friends and neighbours alive until help comes. There are still a few places left so please contact Olivia on 780321 or olivia@boonmail.co.uk to book your place. Tea and cake will be provided.

Mothering Sunday, 31 March at 10.30am in the Millennium Hall. Everyone is welcome to join us for a FREE brunch, a hymn and a posy for Mum.

Thursday 11 April is the start of the Crafty Ladies 2019, 2pm – 4pm. 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 2019, Saturday 15th June at the Millennium Hall in the afternoon.

 Tuesday 22 Oct Games and Beetle Drive 3.30 to 7.30pm for all age groups. 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 towards expenses and for church funds.

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

 

Website – www.uptonbishop.org

 

200 CLUB – Draw for:

 

February – £20 M & J Fawkes £10 Donna Yandle £5 Patrick Bailey

 

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

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – The meeting on Tuesday 12th March will be a talk by Fiona Morison on Mary Queen of Scots.  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.

 

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING – Date for your diary. Saturday 11th May from

10 a.m. in Upton Bishop Church.

February

Rainfall Report by Rob the Rainman

Firstly November: a total rainfall of 79.6mm this being just above the average for the month. November lived up to its reputation being largely dull, grey and misty with only the odd bright day but overall not that cold. Notable days of rain were 19.7mm on the 6th, 13.3mm on the 9th and 16.0mm on the 27th.  December’s total was 70.5mm which was also about the average. Around the middle of the month the fourth named storm – Deidre – hit our shores but we escaped the worst of it. The 18th did see 17.9mm of rain but I am not sure it was Deidre’s fault. Then the last third of the month saw a big old high pressure system move over us resulting in dry and very calm weather. It was also situated so that it drew in very mild air and this was therefore the theme for Christmas and the New Year. It was mostly cloudy but there were some sunny intervals, Christmas Eve was particularly pleasant. A bonus was some lovely skies at sunset.

The total for the year was 720mm which, after that summer, was surprisingly about the average. The dry June and below average totals in February, July and October were countered by well above average totals for March (mainly snow!) and May (remember the 31st with 42.6mm). What a year of weather; the extreme winter and this carried on into spring which was pretty non-existent and then bang, scorchio for weeks –phew.

Church News

We had a happy and successful Christmas with the Christmas Sunday Funday, the Carol Service and Midnight Mass all well attended and much enjoyed. A huge team effort is needed to make everything run smoothly so a big thank-you to so many people who made it all possible.

Winter services. The 8am Prayer Book Communion service on Sunday 10 February and the 6pm Evensong service on Sunday 17 February will be held in the Committee Room of the Millennium Hall, as last year. Please note that only these two February services have been moved from the church, to make it easier for everyone to get to a service in the cold and dark when the risk of bad weather is at its greatest. All other Sunday services will be in the church as usual.

16th March Daffodil Tea in the church from 3pm until 4.30pm: we hope the churchyard will be full of daffodils.

 

We have a defibrillator in the village but what do you do in an emergency while you are waiting for the defibrillator to arrive? On Saturday 30th March Heartstart is coming to the Millennium Hall at 2pm to train us in how to keep our loved ones, friends and neighbours alive until help comes. This session can only go ahead if we have enough people so please contact Olivia on 780321 or olivia@boonmail.co.uk to book your place. Tea and cake will be provided.

 

Mothering Sunday, 31 March at 11.00am. The service will be in the Millennium Hall. Join us for brunch and a posy for Mum.

 

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

 

In December we had our five-yearly inspection by the church architect and he identified work that needs to be done quite soon, at least within the next five years. The price he put on this work is £10K but, realistically, it is likely to be more. The most expensive items will be repairs to the stonework of the church, especially to one of the window frames, and the pointing. This means that we will be fundraising again! There are charitable bodies that we will approach to help us but experience from previous repairs shows that we must do most of the fundraising ourselves. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please run them by any member of the PCC. Meanwhile, of course, day-to-day expenses must also be met.

 

Village News

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

200 CLUB – Draw for:

December 2018 – £20 Joan Townsend- £10 Pete Fray – £5 Elaine Powell

January 2019 – £20 Geoff and Angie Walker – £10 Terry Jones – £5 Peter and Elisabeth Fanshawe

Best wishes to Monica Phelps and 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 Marjorie Jarvis and family on their loss of Basil who died before Christmas.

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – The meeting on Tuesday 12th February for a talk and demonstration on Reflexology by Sylvie Lenoir.  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.

CHURCH BLESSING – Congratulations to Janet and Terry on their blessing at the Evensong service prior to Christmas.

POPPY COLLECTION – The amount collected in and around the parish this time was £409.99 which is a little bit down on last year.  Very many thanks to everyone’s generosity.                 Alice Gammond

THE HAWTHORN TREE with the festive baubles and lights was once again a huge success, so thank you all for joining in the fun and memories, needless to say we will do the same again this year.

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES – Very many thanks to you all who took the time to make up a shoe box and for the many bags of fillers. In total £4,335 shoe boxes were sent to Albania from Herefordshire.