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.



 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.



RAINFALL REPORT from Rob the Rainman

October had a total rainfall of 30.1mm which is about a third of the average for the month. Not the whole story either as the 19th saw very heavy rain during the day and evening which resulted in 19.8mm. Take that from the total and the rest of the month only managed 10.3mm so without the 19th it would have been a very dry October. 15 days were totally dry but despite so little rain it was generally just a bit dull rather than lovely and sunny. We had the red sun on the morning of the 16th thanks to ex hurricane Ophelia and even though we knew the why of it didn’t it give the feeling of the portent of some apocalyptic event. However none occurred as it was just smoke and mirrors, sorry smoke and dust, and no rain either, although a very windy afternoon and evening. Also the first named storm of the year, Brian, who didn’t trouble us much giving just another windy day with only 2.7mm rain. Overall mild except for a brief cold snap around the 22nd and 23rd with an almost frost (grass achieved but not air) overnight on the 22nd.



December 2 Christmas Fayre at Millennium Hall
December 4 Parish Council
December 6 Prayer Group
December 9 Concert Party at Upton Bishop Church
December 9 Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall
December 17 Christmas Tea Dance at the Millennium Hall
December 17 Carol Service at Upton Bishop Church
January 2 Parish Council
January 4 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
February 1 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
February 5 Parish Council
February 7 Prayer Group
February 22 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
March 2 Cantabile & Hereford Cathedral School Choirs – Upton Bishop Church
March 5 Parish Council
March 7 Prayer Group
April 2 Parish Council
April 4 Prayer Group
April 15 Healing Service at Upton Bishop Church
May 2 Prayer Group
May 6 Pet Service at Upton Bishop Church
May 8 Parish Council
May 10 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
June 4 Parish Council
July 4 Prayer Group
June 7 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
July 2 Parish Council
July 5 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
August 1 Prayer Group
August 6 Parish Council
September 3 Parish Council
September 5 Prayer Group
September 6 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
October 1 Parish Council
October 3 Prayer Group
October 4 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
November 1 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
November 5 Parish Council
November 7 Prayer Group
December 1 Christmas Fayre at Millennium Hall
December 3 Parish Council
December 5 Prayer Group
December 27 Blood Doning at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall



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.


TO ALL THE CHIMES DISTRIBUTORS – Very many thanks for all your help in delivering The Chimes during the past year, this is very much appreciated by the parishioners of Upton Bishop. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful 2018.

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.
Wishing a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year to everyone in Upton Bishop. A special thank you to everyone in the village and beyond who supports our church and helps us to keep it open, not only for services but also for weddings, baptisms and funerals.

We are so very grateful to all our regular supporters: all of you who contribute with your time, your skills and your donations. You are vital to the ongoing work of the church in our community. Sadly, over the past decade our income has fallen year on year; and our costs (insurance, heating, repairs etc) have been rising, as with all living costs. As a result our financial reserves have fallen worryingly low. These are difficult times and we would hate our village church to be considered for closure. We believe it is important that we are seen to be financially viable to deal with the day-to-day as well as the unexpected.

We are no longer in a position to finance any major repair work that would be required. We cannot take our church for granted so if you are able to make a donation, as a one-off or on a regular basis, please get in touch with the Churchwarden, Olivia Boon on 780321 or with our Treasurer, John Boyd on 780214.

Also, if you have any ideas about how we can increase our finances or any other ways you can help our team, please do get in touch. We welcome all new ideas and support at this time.

Christmas season highlights
On 1st December, The Moody Cow will be lighting its Christmas Tree. Come and sing carols at 6.30pm to start the Advent Season.

Saturday 2nd December: the Christmas Fayre with lots of stalls of all sorts and fun for the children, including a Fancy Dress competition and a visit from Father Christmas. Do you have your tickets for the Christmas Hamper Draw? If not, or for extra tickets, ring Olivia Boon on 780321. Don’t miss out: last year’s hampers were truly fabulous!

Saturday 9th December. TALENT WANTED: can you sing, dance, recite a poem or play the spoons? If so, come and perform in the UB Concert Party, or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment. In Upton Bishop church at 5pm. All ages and acts are welcome. No performance is too small. Refreshments will be served during the show. For further details please ring Jane 07989 572356

Carol Singing
Carol singers will be out and about in Upton Bishop and Phocle during the run up to Christmas. If you would like to join in, please ring Jane Ayres on 07989 572356 for details of times and meeting points.

The Carol Service will be on Sunday 17 December at 4pm, a candle lit service of readings and music for the whole family.

Upton Bishop’s Christmas Day service is Midnight Mass at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve. Everyone is very welcome to these and any of our services.

Dates for your diary in 2018:
Cantabile and Hereford Cathedral School choirs will be performing in Upton Bishop Church on 2nd March. This is a great opportunity to come and hear some truly fabulous singing. Tickets can be booked by ringing 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 in June. 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.

PRAYER GROUP – meets in the Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 2pm. You are very welcome to join us on 6th December (please note we do not meet in January) or any first Wednesday.

COMMUNITY LARDER – With winter just around the corner your donations to the Community Larder and Hereford Open door are going to be especially welcome. Whatever you put in the basket will be gratefully received and any festive goodies will be taken for distribution in time for Christmas and the New Year. Thank you all for your support throughout the year and a Merry Christmas.

BEST WISHES to everyone who is not feeling too well, recovering from operations or awaiting hospital appointments.

WELCOME – We send a very warm welcome to Rob and Carol Carney, Barbara Rees and Malcolm Oliver and Mr and Mrs Phillipson who have all recently moved to Phocle Green.

Carols at the Cow – join Chris and Dawn at 6.30pm on Friday, December 1st to sing carols and witness the lighting of the Christmas tree lights at the Moody Cow. All welcome.

THE HAWTHORN TREE by the Old Stores this year will be very festive with baubles. If you would like to take part in decorating or just putting a bauble on the tree in memory of a loved one or simply just for fun please do. The baubles must be shatterproof and firmly fixed to the branches 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 welcome to join in from Upton Bishop parish or further afield. For further information contact Jane on 01989 780383.

BLOOD-DONING – The NHS are to start a monthly blood-doning session at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall commencing on Thursday 4th January 2018 from 10.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. They are always keen to get new donors and if you would like to know more visit where you can make an appointment – the location to use is Ross-on-Wye, Upton Bishop. If you have any questions about how easy it is to give blood, please call Alastair Stevenson on 01989 780285.

Creative Textiles Patchwork & Quilting Class at the Millennium Hall every Monday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. with experienced tutor Trease Lane. This is a City & Guilds L1 course with a natural progression to L2 & L3. For those wanting to further their skills and to develop new ones. There is no entry level the course is open to all. For more information contact Trease email or Tel 07971655554.

TEA DANCE at the Millennium Hall on Saturday 9th December doors open at 7.30 p.m. admission £4.50. The Sunday Tea Dance is on 17th December from 2 p.m. For further information contact Bill on 01242 233019. This is a monthly event, so come along and enjoy ballroom, latin and popular sequence dancing.

Upton Bishop W.I. – We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August) in the Millennium Hall at 7.30pm. If you would like to visit and learn more about us and what we do, we would love to see you. There is a small cost of £4.00. Our next meeting on 12th December is Christmas Workshops followed by refreshments prepared by the Committee. The meeting on the 9th January is a talk by Chris O’Grady entitled ‘Walking from Pershore to Rome’. As well as our meetings, we organise other social events, including meals out, visits and walks. Please contact Clare Bell at or just turn up on the night, you will be very welcome. Visit the WI website or for further info

PARKING IN THE CENTRE OF UPTON BISHOP – A parishioner has asked for clarification on the accepted use of the two parking spaces on the enhancement scheme next to the Old Stores.
The spaces are there for temporary parking only on a short term basis, not for regular long term parking. Hopefully this can be appreciated by all.

NDP (National Development Plan) – Due to the shortage of responses from last edition of The Chimes, would anyone interested in joining the steering group, please contact the parish clerk. We are especially interested in the following skills:- legal, planning and civil engineering.

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

Ross Quilters meet the third Thursday of each month from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. For further information contact Marilyn Reynolds on 01989 564830.

Keep Fit Classes with Michaela Johnson every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. For further information, ring Jane Fray on 780383, or just come along we shall be pleased to see you.

Little Swallows meet every Friday in the Millennium Hall. Three sessions from 9.15-10.45, 11.00-12.30 and 1.15-2.45 p.m. for the under 5s for creativity whilst having lots of fun. For more information contact Nicky on 780211.

The Badminton Club meets every Thursday evening from 8/10 p.m. at £3.00 per session. All ages very welcome. For further information please ring Steve Cracknell on 01989 720577.

Yoga Class with Penny Jolly every Wednesday from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the Millennium Hall. For further information please contact Penny on 0870 264 2061, email

The Busy Bee Club meets in the Millennium Hall every Tuesday from 6-7.30 p.m. for all children from 8 + years who would like to learn to sew and knit. Please ring Julia on 720476 for more information.

200 Club winners for November 2017

£100 Susan Gubbay
£20 Ann Sharland
£10 Elaine Ives
£5 Richard Wainman

Clerk: – Mrs Sarah Lawrence Worcester Cottage Peterstow Ross-on-Wye HR9 6LE
01989 780450 email
Chairman for 2017/18 – Patrick Bailey 780227
Vice-Chairman for 2017/18 – Robert Wallbridge

Notes extract from the adopted minutes of the meeting held on Monday 2nd October 2017
Present: Cllrs. Bailey, Chudziak, Forrester, Manns, Rusby and Tyers
Apologies: Cllr Wallbridge
In Attendance: Cllr Barry Durkin and 12 Parishioner.

Open Discussion for Local Residents to raise local issues – One parishioner was in attendance to discuss The Chimes format.
Eleven parishioners were in attendance to discuss item (11) Foxhall Farm planning application.
The following issues were raised: noise pollution, in correct information on the application, animals not being exercised, vermin issues arising from food storage, living conditions not fit for the animals and contamination of the local brook. Cllr. Durkin confirmed that he would look into the application and as to why the notice issued in March 2017 by Herefordshire Council had not been enforced. He also suggested contacting environmental health and animal welfare.
Two parishioners were in attendance to discuss the hedge at the crossroad at Phocle Green. It was agreed that the parishioners would contact the owner of the hedge directly.
One parishioner was in attendance to discuss Phocle Lake planning application 172044. Mr Watson (the owner of Phocle Lake) invited all Cllrs to visit the site.

Matters Arising:

Cllr. Barry Durkin gave his monthly report.

Lengthsman – The Clerk was requested to contact the Lengthsman regarding completion of the bus stop.

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

NDP – It was agreed that the Clerk would put a notice in the Chimes for all interested parties of the steering group to contact the Clerk.

Planning: P172044 Phocle Lakes – No objections from PC – Cllrs to visit the site.
P173259 Sandford Farm – No objections, although the PC would not look favourably on any future applications.
P173264 –Foxhall Farm Kennels – The PC object to this application on the following: environmental pollution, noise pollution, effluent waste, vermin, animal welfare, high density living conditions/inadequate care, non agricultural application, inaccurate information on planning application and the new access route not being viable.
P173309/173101- Grendon Court – no objections.

Date of next meetings: 4th December, 2nd January, 5th February, 5th March, 2nd April, 8th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November and 3rd December