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.

April 2020

Village News

200 CLUB – Draw for March

£20 Mike Robins  – £10 Glen Ruscoe – £5 Hayley Floyd

The Poppy Collection in Upton Bishop raised £436.00

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14th April for a talk and demonstration about Owls by Baroness Von Barth.  If you would like to join us for

8 p.m. and meet the Owls please come along, there will be a small charge of £4.00.  We meet the second Tuesday of the month (except for August) at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

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

SYMPATHY –our thoughts and sympathy go to the Jane, Steve and Glen Tommey on their loss of their Dad, Mervyn.

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.

 

Rainfall report for February by Rob the Rainman

February’s total was 142.4mm, 3 times the average. The first week was quiet but, boy, did things go downhill after that. Storm Ciara came on the 8th and 9th with damaging winds and 20.4mm of rain. The 12th saw another 18.2mm and we hardly drew breath before Storm Dennis hit us over the 14th to the 16th again with strong winds and lots and lots of rain – 55.1mm. That on top of all the preceding rain and the large amounts that fell in Wales resulted in the devastating floods fully reported by both local and national news (no Huw Edwards from the 10 o’clock news but we did get Mishal Husain from The Today programme). This followed the very bad flood in October and further flooding in November and December. River levels set new records throughout Herefordshire and surrounding counties and surprise, surprise it was the wettest February on record. After Dennis the miserable weather continued and a further 19.1mm on the 28th caused more problems. The extra day was mostly sunny but with strong winds in the evening courtesy of Storm Jorge to see out an awful month of weather. Winter was a continuation of the autumn: mild, only about half a dozen night frosts and no snow; windy; dull and wet, wet, wet. In winter we could expect about 200mm on average but this year we had just over 300mm and over autumn and winter combined we could expect about 400mm(16 inches) and we had nearly 600mm(or 2 feet).


March 2020

Church News

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of John Griffiths in January. John and his late wife Alison were great supporters of Upton Bishop Church. John was a gentle and authoritative figure of welcome at services; he had a lovely singing voice and was a valuable member of the occasional choir; he served as Churchwarden for some years although for much longer than that he took an active and practical interest in the maintenance of the church building and the churchyard. These were only a few of the contributions he made to local life and he will be much missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Griffiths family.

 

Please note the change in the timings of church services:

All Sunday services will take place at 10.30am, as follows.

Sunday 1st MarchFamily Service, with Communion and followed by refreshments.

Sunday March 8th the service will be at Linton and the theme will be healing and reconciliation.

Sunday 22nd March Mothering Sunday service for all the family in the church at 10.30am with posies for mums and refreshments afterwards.

 

If you would like a lift to any of these services please call Jane (07989 572356) or Olivia (780321) and we will make arrangements for you. The church is here to welcome you and your family whether or not you are a regular churchgoer.

 

Everyone is welcome to visit the church and churchyard to sit quietly on your own and perhaps light a candle for someone you want to remember or for a celebration such as a wedding, a baptism or a funeral. If you are glad to find the church open and cared for would you would like to help? Become a Friend of Upton Bishop Church. There are so many ways you can contribute: even taking a strand of ivy off the wall or a headstone is helpful. For more information please contact Olivia (780321) or Jane Ayres (07989 572356).

 

Saturday 6th June Upton Bishop Fete, featuring the Paws for Thought Dog Display team, providing excellent entertainment for all ages, this “all breeds” team includes a large number of rescue dogs. Be amused by our dog races, fun agility, Police type man work and tricks.

Be amazed by dogs jumping through fire, Jack Russell ladder walking plus our now famous back-walking dogs! Be impressed by the short, snappy obedience routine, which shows what can be done with family pets. As many children as possible are invited into the arena to cheer for their chosen team, culminating in a “meet the dogs and team” session. The team has appeared at Crufts’, BBC Countryfile Live, Royal Three Counties and similar prestigious events, including numerous TV appearances such as Britain’s Got Talent and CBBC. Check out the website at http://www.pawsforthought-dogdisplay.co.uk/

 

Please note that the only dogs permitted on the Millennium Hall premises will be the Display Team dogs. Please do not bring any dogs to the Fete.

 

Pooch Pleasures. At the Fete there will be a stall for dog goodies, some new, some pre-loved. If you have any items to contribute that another dog, or owner, might enjoy please contact Lisa Kershaw (780626)

 

Saturday 27th June, Gipperswyk Picnic Concert in the church: Madrigals and music for a summer evening. Bring a picnic and some friends; puddings and tea or coffee provided. Doors open at 6pm, concert begins at 7.30pm

 

 

Heartstart: our next session is booked for Saturday 23rd January 2021 2-4pm

Village News

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

Website – www.uptonbishop.org

200 CLUB – Draw for:

February – £20 Marje Davies  – £10 Charlotte Crosbie – £5 Lesley Sumner

 UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10th March for a talk by  Colette Mansell-Gray entitled ‘Collectable Jewellery Victorian to the Present Day’.  Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00.  We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

WELCOME – A very warm welcome to Anthea Farr and Sean Hevey and to Peter Aubrey and Polly Hayes who all living in the Crow Hill area.

Baby Congratulations – Very many congratulations to Dwaine and Pollyanna on the safe arrival of Rosalee.

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

SYMPATHY –our thoughts and sympathy to Mike and Helen Griffiths and family on their loss of John, the Manning family at Coldborough on their loss of Dennis and to Syliva Greer and family on their loss of John.

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.

Rainfall Report by Rob the Rainman

The total rainfall in January was 65mm, about 15% below average. The month seemed to be rather nondescript. Storm Brandon livened things up around the 13th and the most daily rainfall was observed on the 14th with 11.8mm. A big high pressure system built in from the 18th giving 5 lovely winter days of frosty nights (and frozen mud to walk on – hurray!) and sunny days with blue skies (and some beautiful sunsets) before great banks of heavy, dark clouds tumbled back in – ah well. That was it really; the rest was basically dull with dribs and drabs of rain and not really cold. Not much to write home about at all (or whatsapp or e-mail home about these days I suppose, who writes home anymore).

 


February 2020

Village News

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

200 CLUB – Draw for:

January –  £20 Ken Jones  – £10 Karl Bates – £5 Alastair Stevenson

 UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th February for a talk by Fiona Morison entitled ‘Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma’.  Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00.  We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

Welcome – We send a very warm welcome to Tim and Helen Oliver and family who have moved to The Pastures.

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

SYMPATHY –our thoughts and sympathy to Dave and Debbie Seaborn on the sad loss of their Mum, Carol who lived in Upton Bishop nearly all her life, firstly with Rex at Phocle Green and then moving to Powell Croft nearly 30 years ago.  Until fairly recently Carol was a Chimes distributor around the Powell Croft area.

POPPY COLLECTION – Very many thanks to everyone who gave to the annual poppy appeal, the total amount collected will hopefully follow in next month’s Chimes.

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.

Church News

Over the Christmas period we were happy to welcome 183 people to Christmas services in the church and in the Millennium Hall and the PCC is happy to announce that the Christmas Fayre made over £1960, which will go some way to keeping the church open for everyone during 2020. Thank you to all the people whose hard work made this possible, especially to Father Christmas for coming to visit us at such a busy time and to the window decorators and Fray lamplighters who made the church look so magical.

Thank you to all contributors to the Reverse Advent Calendar: large boxes of goods were taken each week to the Ross Larder to help people less fortunate than us.

Thank you, too, to everyone who made 2019 a success. So many people are involved but the PCC would particularly like to thank all those feel that the church is an important part of Upton Bishop’s heritage and are willing now and then to help with practical matters, for example giving their time and expertise or some money towards the every-day upkeep of the church fabric. Your support is always greatly appreciated by the PCC. Where would we be without you? You organise events and come to them, you make cakes and tea and run stalls, as well as helping with those maintenance jobs like clearing the ivy from the churchyard walls and headstones, clearing gutters of fallen leaves and debris. For example, we have to thank Pete and Rob, good friends of the church, for providing and installing a new rainwater butt to give us a supply of water for churchyard flowers; Rob for keeping the Garden of Remembrance neat and tidy and Rob and Lisa for climbing their long ladder to change light bulbs. Every contribution, of whatever size, through the Parish Giving Scheme makes it easier for us to look after the church and churchyard so thank you to all who have filled in and returned the form.

Everyone is welcome to visit the church and churchyard either to sit quietly on your own and perhaps light a candle for someone you want to remember or for a celebration such as a wedding, a baptism or a funeral. Everyone is glad to find the church open and cared for and this is only possible thanks to the kindness and generosity of people involved not only in the regular routines but also in the one-off tasks. If you too feel that the church is part of our village heritage and you would like to help, please take time to read the leaflet that will soon be coming through your door and contact us on one of the numbers shown.

2020 brings us a change in the timings of church services:

All Sunday services will take place at 10.30am, as follows.

First Sunday – Family Service, with Communion and followed by refreshments, as usual.

Second Sunday – a Benefice Service: an opportunity to worship together as a benefice in each of the six churches of Ariconium. On February 9th the service will be at The Lea.

Third Sunday – an Informal Service with refreshments, followed by a short Communion service for those who would like to stay.

Fourth Sunday – Parish Communion followed by refreshments, as usual.

If you would like a lift to any of these services please call Jane (07989 572356) or Olivia (780321) and we will make arrangements for you.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 25th February, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Pandemonium: come and make pancakes, toss pancakes, eat pancakes and take part in pancake activities form 5.30 until 7pm.

Sunday 22nd March Mothering Sunday service for all the family in the church at 10.30am with posies for mums as well as refreshments afterwards.

Sunday 27th June the Gipperswyk Picnic Concert in the church: Madrigals and summer music for a summer evening. Bring a picnic; puddings and tea or coffee provided. Doors open at 6pm, concert begins at 7.30pm

Other events are in the pipeline so watch out for more news soon.

Rainfall report

November: rainfall of 96.6mm which was 30% more than average. November continued where October left off with most days wet; only 5 dry ones. The most rainfall was seen on the 13th and 14th with 34.6mm resulting in more flooding. So a very wet autumn with 294mm of rain (average 214mm).The first 3 weeks of September were largely dry but from the last week until the end of November most days saw some rain and those that didn’t weren’t much to write home about. And two serious floods. Into winter and December: rainfall of 95mm, also 30% more than average. The first named storm of the season – Atiyah – was around the 9th with a very windy spell but not much rain. That was over the 18th to 21st when there was 54.4mm with yet more flooding. Only two lovely winter days; Christmas Day itself and the 30th. So to the year: total rainfall 862mm, 20% up on the average. June was the wettest month (134.6mm) and also had the wettest day (the 7th with 36.5mm) and an awful autumn; wet, dreak and drear. But the year has to be remembered for warmth. The warmest winter day and summer day, the warmest Easter and August Bank Holiday Monday and finally the warmest December day, this in Scotland of all places – crazy.

 

 


December/January

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

 

200 CLUB – Draw for:

November – £100 Ian Vaughan – £20 Robin Boon – £10 Phil Wood – £5 C & P Newman

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10th December for a flower demonstration by Alison Robins and on Tuesday 14th January Rebecca Edmonds will give a talk on ‘Tales of the Crown Court’.  Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00.  We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

Welcome – We send a very warm welcome to Graham and Tracy Bell who have moved to The Crews.

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.

THE HAWTHORN TREE by the Old Stores will once again be very festive with baubles when the lights are switched on from the 1st December.  If you would like to put 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.  Please 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 surround area.  For further information contact Jane on 01989 780383.

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.

OCTOBER’S RAINFALL REPORT

October’s total rainfall was 122.5mm, this being 50% more than the average. Sunny October days were in short supply with only 9 days without rain; there was 11.3mm on the 1st and 10.8mm on the 17th and 18.2mm on the 18th with the big one being on the 25th with 30.7mm topped up with 14.1mm the next day. Those last two days were just more indoor days catching up on some reading with the worst it got being wet Freddie and Caoimhe walking. But for others in the county there was a much more dramatic impact and our sympathies go to all those flooded out either in the home or the workplace. Despite the wet weather it was largely warm with a cold spell with some light night frosts only coming towards the end of the month. This at last brought some significant but late autumnal colour. We now need some autumnal sunshine to show it off and lift our sodden spirits and, as I am writing this on Saturday 2nd November, low rugby spirits. But no complaints – outplayed and congratulations to South Africa and we had some great moments too.

 


November

Village News

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

 

200 CLUB – Draw for:

October – £20 Tony Chudziak – £10 Les Tomlin – £5 Mark Edwards

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 12th November for the AGM followed by a quiz and fish and chip supper.   Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00.  We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

Welcome – We send a very warm welcome to Mark, Kate and family who have moved to Crow Hill and to Paul and Adrianne Crockett to Phocle Green

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.

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.

 

Church News

Please join us for the Remembering Service on 1st November, All Souls Day: a service to remember departed loved ones, whether or not they lived in Upton Bishop: 7pm in the church.

 

The Remembrance Day service will take place in the church on Sunday 10th November at 10.50am.

 

Social Afternoon 2-4pm in the Millennium Hall Nov 11th, Dec 16th. Everyone is welcome for a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a chat.

 

Crafty Folk Thursday 14th November, 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.

 

EBay sale in aid of the church repair fund (£10K+ needed). Do you have a good quality item (only one for now, please) you could donate to an eBay sale? The items donated will go on sale for the first week of December.

 

Christmas Fayre, 7th December 10am in the Millennium Hall. Stalls galore, teas and mince pies and a visit from Father Christmas. Don’t miss the Fabulous Christmas Hamper Draw with delicious food, drink and gifts as well as a children’s hamper: tickets are on sale now (780321). Donations to stalls gladly received, please call Claire (780534) for Tombola, Diane (780400) for Bric-a-brac, Jane (780383) for cakes and produce and Olivia (780321) or Lilah (780611) for Hamper goods. If you would like a stall, charge £15, ring Mary (780634) or Olivia (780321).

 

Talent Show Friday 13th December 5pm in the church. Come and sing, play, read, recite; all ages and all acts are welcome, no performance is too small. Join in or just sit back and enjoy with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. For further details call Jane (07989 572356).

 

The Carol Service Sunday 22nd December 4pm and the Christmas Day service will be at 11am. Come along and bring your friends and family for these wonderful celebrations of peace, joy and goodwill.

 

Heartstart Saturday 25th January 2020 in the Millennium Hall 2-4pm. We already have 9 on the list for this, our third Heartstart course, so if you are interested please contact me soon (780321). If this date does not suit you, I have the beginnings of a list for yet another session later in 2020. The afternoon covers what to do in an emergency if someone needs resuscitation. It is an excellent, informative and practical course and we also lay in tea and cake.

 

Auction of Promises, coming up as soon as we have enough promises! Is there a service (for example cooking or baking, ironing or gardening, baby sitting or dog walking, language lessons etc.) or a lovely prize treat you can offer for this auction in aid of church repairs?

September’s rainfall report

September’s total rainfall was 74.6mm, this being 25% more than the average. Only 9mm of this total occurred in the first 20 days of the month which was a very pleasant September with some lovely sunny days although noticeably chillier in the mornings. This changed from the 21st when we had rain every day to the end of the month; the 23rd saw 13.8mm and the 28th saw 17.1mm. Towards the end of the month the rain was also accompanied by some windy weather seeing the first of the leaves off the trees. It felt like autumn truly had arrived.

 


October

Village News

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

Website – www.uptonbishop.org

 

200 CLUB – Draw for:

September – £20 Alice Gammond – £10 Tudor and Coleen Walters – £5 Sue Smith

 

SYMPATHY – our thoughts and sympathy go to all the Lewis family on the sad loss of Michael.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th October for a talk by Ros Kearney on ‘decluttering’   Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00.  We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

 

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.

 

Very Belated Phocle Green Baby Congratulations to Jamie and Melissa Williams on the arrival of Rory and to Adam and Amy Britton on the arrival of Wren.

 

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.

 

 

 


AUGUST’S RAINFALL REPORT

August’s total rainfall was 88.8mm, this being about 50% more than the average. A wet start to the month; the 8th saw 19.7mm and then torrential afternoon rain on the 11th gave 32.0mm. But, phew, that was all for us unlike other parts of the country. Dryer and pleasant from the 21st and the August Bank Holiday was superb with yet another temperature record broken; that for the warmest Bank Holiday Monday.

The total rainfall for the summer was 257.4mm being 60% more than the average (160mm). June no not this year but July and August – well they were OK I suppose whilst not forgetting that the hottest day ever recorded in the UK was achieved at the end of the mini heat wave in July; Freddie stayed cool in the shade that day!


September

Church News

Church kneelers: I have two kits, kindly donated by people who don’t do tapestry so they are looking for a kind needle person to stitch and make up into a new kneeler for the church. Everything you need is in the kit, so it will only cost you your time and skill. Interested?

 

Saturday 28th September’s Heartstart session is full. However, there are already a few names on the list for a third session in January. As soon as there are enough, this new session can be booked.

 

EBay sale in aid of the church repair fund (£10K+ needed). Do you have a good quality item (only one for now, please) you could donate to an eBay sale? The items donated will go on sale for the first week of October.

 

Tuesday 22 October Games and Beetle Drive 3.30 to 7.30pm for all ages. Feel free to 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.

 

Remembering Service 1st November: a service to remember all our loved ones. 10.30am in the church.

 

Order your UB 2020 Calendar now. A £5 deposit is all you need to order your calendar and pick it up for a further £7 (£12 in total) at the Christmas Fayre on 7th December.

 

Auction of Promises, coming up soon! Is there a service (for example cooking or baking, ironing or gardening, baby sitting or dog walking, language lessons etc.) or a lovely prize treat you can offer for this auction in aid of church repairs?

 

Water Butt: we urgently need to replace the church water butt. Do you have a redundant one you could spare or would you be willing to make a £10 donation towards the cost of a replacement?

 

For all enquiries speak to Olivia (780321)

 

Village News

200 CLUB – Draw for:

July –  £20 Audrey Owen  £10 Lilah Wainman  £5 Gina Jones

August – £20 Enid Rogers  £10 Janet Adcock  £5 Dave Powell

 

UPTON BISHOP BIG DIPPER 10K 2019 – This annual road run takes place on Sunday 15th September starting 11am at the Millennium Hall. Over the last fourteen years it has been a valuable fundraiser for the village hall while also being an enjoyable event for both participants and volunteers. The circular course follows country lanes between Upton Bishop and Kempley with a few challenging hills but what goes up has to come down. There are markers every kilometre and a drinks station at the mid point. All competitors get a medal and free tea and cakes at the finish. There are also informal fun runs for children on the playing field at 10.30am.

For further information visit the village website www.uptonbishop.org and look under village life. You can also enter on line at www.runbritain.com

Help with marshalling is always appreciated.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10th September for a demonstration by Liz Gwynn on ‘Beautiful Bread’.   Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00.  We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

 

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.

 

Very Belated Phocle Green Baby Congratulations to Jamie and Melissa Williams on the arrival of Rory and to Adam and Amy Britton on the arrival of Wren.

 

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.

 

AUGUST’S RAINFALL REPORT

August’s total rainfall was 88.8mm, this being about 50% more than the average. A wet start to the month; the 8th saw 19.7mm and then torrential afternoon rain on the 11th gave 32.0mm. But, phew, that was all for us unlike other parts of the country. Dryer and pleasant from the 21st and the August Bank Holiday was superb with yet another temperature record broken; that for the warmest Bank Holiday Monday.

The total rainfall for the summer was 257.4mm being 60% more than the average (160mm). June no not this year but July and August – well they were OK I suppose whilst not forgetting that the hottest day ever recorded in the UK was achieved at the end of the mini heat wave in July; Freddie stayed cool in the shade that day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 


July/August

Church News

Fish and Chip Service. On 24th May thirty people enjoyed a Friday evening Communion Service followed by a delicious fish and chip supper at Upton Bishop church. Rev Michael Fass led the all age worship, aimed especially at those who may not be able to attend church on a Sunday. Look out for details of the July supper service on the village notice board, website, and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Since the deadline for the last edition we have celebrated two weddings and a Confirmation in the church. Our best wishes go to the newly-weds Mr and Mrs Scudamore and Mr and Mrs Longley and also to Savannah and Hugo.

By the time this reaches you the Upton Bishop Fete will have come and gone so more on that in the September issue, except to say thank you to everyone who volunteered to help on the day.

Upton Bishop Dog Show Sunday 7th July, beginning at 2.30pm at Felhampton Farm by kind invitation of Bill Wiggin. Fun classes and Agility for all kinds of friendly family dogs with rosettes up to 6th place as well as a cup for Best In Show and a rosette for the runner up. Plenty of shade if sunny and shelter if wet. Quench your thirst with refreshments and don’t miss the raffle, all in aid of church repairs.

 Upton Bishop church is here for everyone to enjoy: whether to stroll around the churchyard and pause to sit on a bench and listen to the birdsong or whether you come out of the sun or the rain into the church to take a moment of peace and quietness, you are always welcome. You might also like to light a candle in memory of a loved one or an event or, if you are a visitor, please sign the visitors’ book; it is always nice for us to know that people come from far and wide in search of family, memories or just out of curiosity.

Our new style Family Service is at Upton Bishop Church at 11.15am on the first Sunday of each Month. Come and join our growing numbers on July 7th for the next in our programme of Parables and Miracles. There is something for everyone, young or old; all are welcome.

 Thursday 11th July, 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.

Saturday 28th September’s Heartstart session is full. If you have not yet had a chance to do this excellent and essential emergency first aid training, please contact Olivia on 780321 as there are already a few names on the list for a possible third session in January. As soon as there are enough, this new session can be booked.

Tuesday 22 Oct Games and Beetle Drive 3.30 to 7.30pm for all ages. Feel free to 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.

Village News

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

200 CLUB – Draw for:

June – £100  Phil Bundy  £20  Donna Yandle  £10 Howard Eldridge  £5 June Baldwin

 

UPTON BISHOP BIG DIPPER 10K 2019 – This annual road run takes place on Sunday 15th September starting 11am at the Millennium Hall. Over the last fourteen years it has been a valuable fundraiser for the village hall while also being an enjoyable event for both participants and volunteers. The circular course follows country lanes between Upton Bishop and Kempley with a few challenging hills but what goes up has to come down. There are markers every kilometre and a drinks station at the mid point. All competitors get a medal and free tea and cakes at the finish. There are also informal fun runs for children on the playing field at 10.30am.

For further information visit the village website www.uptonbishop.org and look under village life. You can also enter on line at www.runbritain.com

Help with marshalling is always appreciated.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 9th July for a talk by Jenny Millar on how the Cobalt Cards are recycled.  There is no meeting in August, the next meeting is on 10th September.   Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00.  We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m.  For further information please contact Clare Bell at clare_bell@btinternet.com or just turn up on the night.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

May’s Rainfall report from Rob the Rainman

May’s total was 42.5mm, this being about 20% less than the average. Nothing noteworthy recorded so pretty much a normal May. The rain came in four spells, the 1st to the 3rd; then the 7th to the 10th with the highest daily rainfall on the 7th with 9.9mm; on the 19th and 20th and over the 27th to the 29th. The dry spells in between were a mixture of dull and sunny days. Nights remained chilly, I can only recall a couple of evenings when Freddie walking could be done without at least a light coat on. The total spring rainfall was 165.7mm which was virtually spot on the average. Standard spring weather for the most part but, like the winter, the most significant period of weather featured heat with the very warm spell around and during the Easter period in April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June

APRIL’S RAINFALL REPORT from Rob the Rainman

April’s total was 65.6mm, this being about 20% above the average. But not really a wet month with two spells of rain and the rest dry. The first spell was at the start of the month when 80% of the total was recorded over the first 9 days, the bulk of that falling on the 3rd and 4th with a combined total of 34.5mm. Cold to start with; hail showers on the 2nd; a snow shower on the 3rd; sleet and snow on the 4th. After the 9th it was then dry until the second spell over the 24th to the 26th, this also being when Storm Hannah gave the flowers and blossom in the gardens a battering. The dry spell in between saw temperatures steadily increasing until Easter when, gasp, it was lovely and very warm throughout. The month also ended on a warm note after the rain and storm, and I heard the cuckoo on the 29th although my friend, also on The Crews, said he first heard it on the 24th (allegedly).

 

Village News

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

200 CLUB – Draw for:

April – £20  Gill Eckley  £10 Sally Clive  £5 Mo Bate

 

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS to George Scudamore and Georgie Ovens and to Richard Longley and Hannah Tyers.

 

Best wishes and Get Well Soon to the Price family at Powell Croft following the accident at Phocle Green.   Best wishes also 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.

 

UPTON BISHOP W.I. – Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th June for a talk entitled ‘Where Fact Meets Fiction by Rebecca Tope who is a well know author living in Herefordshire. Visitors are very welcome to this meeting, there will be a small charge of £4.00. All meetings are held at the Millennium Hall and 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.

 

Church News

Our new style Family Service is at Upton Bishop Church at 11.15am on the first Sunday of each Month. Come and join our growing numbers on June 2nd for the next in our programme of Parables and Miracles. There is something for everyone, young or old; all are welcome.

 

Thursday 12th June, 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. Come and hear the handbells at 3.15pm while enjoying tea and wandering around stalls including cakes and produce, plants, a CD/DVDs stall, Jane’s Junk, beautiful bags and scarves from Nepal. There will also be the raffle and activities in the Hall and on the field for all the family and, most important of all: Victoria Sponge and Flower Arrangement-on-a-saucer competitions.

 

Upton Bishop Dog Show Sunday 7th July, beginning at 2.30pm at Felhampton Farm by kind invitation of Bill Wiggin. Fun classes and Agility for all kinds of friendly family dogs with rosettes up to 6th place as well as a cup for Best In Show and a rosette for the runner up. Plenty of shade if sunny and shelter if wet. Quench your thirst with refreshments and don’t miss the raffle, all 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 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: would you be willing to put on a coffee morning or similar event to help sponsor a surge protector for the electrics? The likely to cost will be around £750. If so, please contact Olivia (780321). Other suggestions can be found on the UB 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.