What’s on and News
Carol Service – Sunday, December 23rd
Come and join us to sing carols by candlelight in the church at 4pm on Sunday, December 23rd. It promises to be a wonderful start to Christmas week.
Carol singing around the village
We will be carol singing around the village in the week before Christmas and would love people to join us.
The three carol singing dates are:
- Tuesday Dec 18th 6pm meet at the Phocle Green layby
- Thursday, Dec 20th 6pm meet at The Crews
- Sat, Dec 22nd 5pm meet at Pomona Grove
Please bring a torch and wear a high viz jacket if you have one. Carol sheets will be provided.
The carol singing is weather dependent and if we need to cancel/postpone any of the dates we will post on Facebook and the website.
Sunday Funday Christmas Event – Saturday, December 15th
There will be a ‘Sunday Funday’ Christmas event for adults and children from 2-4pm on Saturday, December 15th. There will be a chance to try your hand at various crafts, games and refreshments. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.
Christmas Fayre – Saturday, December 1st
Our traditional Christmas Fayre with a tombola, games, cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, toys, mince pies, and a fantastic Christmas hamper raffle raised more than £1,800 for church funds. Congratulations to everyone who manned stalls, set everything up (and dismantled it again), donated cakes, produce and goods, made tea and not forgetting, all those who came along and spent their money on our lovely items.
The Hawthorn tree by the Old Stores will once again be very festive with baubles. The lights will be switched on for the first time on December 1st and villagers are encouraged to place shatterproof baubles on the tree in memory of loved ones or simply for fun. Baubles should be fixed firmly with wire and will need to be taken down by January 6th.
Carols at The Moody Cow – Wednesday, November 28th
More than 30 villagers, and a lovely dog, joined Chris, Dawn and the staff of the Moody Cow to sing carols as the pub’s Christmas tree was lit for the first time. The singers were rewarded with mince pies and mulled wine and it was a great way to start the festive season.
West Mercia Police visit Upton Bishop – Rural Matters
West Mercia Police Community Support Officers visited Upton Bishop and ‘set up their stall’ in the Millennium Hall Car Park.
They kindly offered ‘smart water’ type marking for residents’ garden equipment and items, and from the Support Officer’s feedback, many parishioners went along and availed themselves of the service.
Both the CP Officers encouraged attendees to make regular use of the West Mercia Police website, within which is the Community Message Board. They would encourage all of us to take a look at the website; lots of useful information on it.
Up to date notes are made on this board of local crimes with further updates and information.
They also impressed upon those who went along the importance of keeping safe and being vigilant, especially over the Christmas period. Thieves know that there are likely to be ‘gifts’ accumulated in empty houses and will try their luck!
Attendees were also able to discuss the usefulness of Community Watch Websites.
One of West Mercia Police Force’s high-profile campaigns, especially during the darker months is ‘Lighten Up!’. Basically, leave a light on in your home, when you are not there. So obvious, but apparently not everyone takes this simple step to safeguard their property.
The CSPs will be returning to Upton Bishop in the New Year to continue their awareness raising efforts.
Remembrance Day Commemorations
Thank you to everyone who took part in today’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations. The service was really uplifting. It was wonderful to see so many highly polished medals being worn with pride. The talk by Guy Cooper was excellent and really brought home how many personal family tragedies there were. Jane Ayres played some fantastic, rousing music on the organ and we we welcomed back Tom Newman who gave a poignant rendition of The Last Post and Reveille on his trumpet. The commemorations came to an end with a splendid ringing of the church bells, such a wonderful sound. Thank you to all the bell ringers but especially Fliss and Floss. A, big thank you too, to our church warden Olivia Boon who organised the whole event.
Neighbourhood Development Plan – Open Day
On Saturday, November 10th more than 100 villagers gave their views on the future of the village at the Neighbourhood Development Plan open day.
Remembrance Sunday – November 11th
There will be a Service of Remembrance in the church on Sunday, November 11th. It will be exactly 100 years since the ending of the First World War and we will be especially remembering those who gave their lives between 1914 and 1918 as well as those who died in the Second World War. The names of everyone who died will be read out, a wreath will be laid at the War Memorial in the church and a former resident of Upton Bishop is returning to the village to play The Last Post for us. Please do come along even if you are not a regular churchgoer. This is an historic anniversary. The service starts at 10.50am.
West Mercia Police Rural Crime Action Day – November 8th
West Mercia Police will be in the Millennium Hall on Thursday, November 8th between 1.30 and 2.30pm. They are hosting a rural crime action event and are offering to security mark bikes, tools and lawnmowers. They will also be offering advice on how to stay safe and will listen to any concerns villagers may have. They will also be carrying out speed enforcement in the village during the day. Please come along and take advantage of the free bike and tool marking service.
Road Closure – October 25-26th
The B4221 through the village will be closed between 9am and 5pm on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th. This is to enable resurfacing of the road to take place. The notice from Herefordshire Council states that it will be closed between Windy Hollow and Revells Lane but the map appears to show it closed from its junction with the B4224 at the Moody Cow to the entrance to Fellhampton Farm. Further information is available at the Herefordshire Council website.
Cedar Tree at Upton Bishop Church
The cedar tree at the church, which is believed to be more than 100 years old, has started to lean dangerously and has had to be felled. It is hoped that some of the timber might be used by a local craftsman to create an object for the church which will ensure a part of the tree remains within the parish.
Minstrels of the Forest Concert – October 13th
On 13th October The Minstrels of the Forest, the medieval music-makers, presented a workshop to teach us a song in the medieval style and to introduce us to the instruments they play. The Minstrels like to perform in ancient places that suit the medieval theme and their instruments include the saz, oud, dombora, dulcimer and rebec, recorders, medieval flutes and cornamuse, tabor and timbrel and symphonie (an early hurdy gurdy). During the workshop we learnt two songs and two dances – the Washerwoman’s Brawl and the Horses Brawl. It was a fascinating event which was followed by a Harvest Supper before the Minstrels entertained us with a fantastic concert.Find out more about the Minstrels
Upton Bishop Neighbourhood Development Plan
Open Day – November 10th
Come and share your views and have your say on the community. Give us your thoughts and ideas on what is important and how the Parish should develop to accommodate at least 26 new properties.
This is our best opportunity to shape the village for the future and it affects every one of us. Please make sure you attend to share your thoughts and questions about what is good or could be better,
The Open Day will be in the Millennium Hall from 10am to 3pm and there will be free refreshments.
The Havergal weekend
What a marvellous weekend we had celebrating the lives of The Rev Francis Havergal who was the Rector of Upton Bishop in Victorian days and his sister, Frances the famous hymn writer who lived with him in the Old Vicarage. Her most famous hymn is ‘Take my life and let it be’. Over the weekend there was a display about the Havergals in the church, a Victoria service which included readings and hymns written by Frances and a sumptuous feast in recognition that Francis used to order hampers from Harrods every year to feed the villagers.
An evening with Quentin Letts
Upton Bishop WI is delighted to invite everyone to an evening with Quentin Letts on Friday 7 September 2018 at 7.30pm in Upton Bishop Millennium Hall. Many of you will have come across Quentin as a sketch writer and theatre critic for the Daily Mail newspaper, however, he is also an author of both political observation books and a work of fiction, whilst also increasing his visibility as a TV personality.
The evening will be based upon his unique, light hearted observations on life and should prove to be very entertaining. Tickets available on a first come, first served basis from Jane Pendlebury or Clare Bell click here to contact Tickets £10 including a glass of wine or soft drink.
Upton Bishop Havergal Weekend in aid of church funds and Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust.
Find out about the lives of Rev Francis Havergal, Victorian rector of Upton Bishop and his hymn-writing sister Frances. There will be a display in the church over the weekend of 8/9th September including interesting facts about this sister and brother team as well, of course, as tea and cake.
On Sunday 9th September, 12.30pm The Upton Bishop village Havergal Banquet brings back the old tradition village banquet. Every year, the Rev Havergal had hampers of food sent down from Harrods in London to delight the people of the village. Our modern feast is likely to be more modest but come along and bring the family for a meal and children’s games at the Church. We will provide food but do bring along something you like too; and why not dress up like a Victorian? In addition we will be running a Vegetable Competition over the weekend, in three categories: bring your most beautiful, peculiar or enormous vegetable to be judged on Sunday 9th September at 4pm after the Banquet.
Summer Sunday Fundays
Come and join us for an afternoon of craft, conversation, cake, cooking, games and stories on Thursday August 16th and Thursday August 30th. The afternoon sessions will run from 2.30-4pm in the Millennium Hall and are free of charge. All ages are welcome, young and old. To find out more contact Jane Ayres on 07989 572356 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMORIAL FOR WORLD WAR ONE SOLDIER
The Common Wealth War Graves Commission are looking for relatives of a World War One soldier who is buried in a Herefordshire Churchyard so that a memorial headstone can be erected.
Private Charles Henry Gibbons had enlisted in The Herefordshire Regiment, at Ross On Wye in the summer of 1913 at the age of 19; the 1911 census shows he was a milkman on a local farm and lived at White House, Upton Bishop.
He was called up for full time military service on the outbreak of war in August 1914 and his obituary published in The Hereford Times records that he saw service in the Middle East and in France where he was badly gassed. He was in hospital in Cardiff and then transferred to Stockport where he died of tuberculosis on 25 January 1919.
Private Gibbons is buried in Upton Bishop Churchyard and the CWGC now wish to erect a memorial headstone and are seeking descendants of Pte Gibbons. He had 2 younger sisters Elsie born 1895 and Alice born 1906 and a younger brother George born 1897. George also served in The Herefordshire Regiment and South Wales Borderers and the obituary shows he was a lance-corporal and arrived from France the day before the funeral.
If any one has any information I would be most pleased to hear it and to pass it on to the CWGC.
The Herefordshire Regimental Museum
Prayer Group meeting at the church on Wednesday, July 4th at the church at 2pm. All welcome.
Walking netball is coming to the Millennium Hall in October. Contact Jane on 01989 750866.
Havergal Lunch – Sunday, September 9th
An Upton Bishop village Havergal lunch will 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 buffet food but come along and bring the family for a meal and children’s games at the Millennium Hall at 12.30pm on Sunday 9th September.
Havergal Weekend – September 8th.
Find out more about the Rev Francis Havergal, Rector at Upton Bishop and his sister Frances, who was a hymn writer during the weekend of 8th September. There will be a display about them in the church for the Ride and Stride weekend, in aid of Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust. The Trust has helped us with money for various projects in the past. There will, of course, be tea and cake as well as interesting facts about our Victorian age Rector. All six churches in the Benefice of Arocinium will be open during the weekend and villages are encouraged to walk or cycle between them. Find out more on our Ride and Stride page.
Harvest Festival October 7th
Please join us for our traditional Harvest Festival service at 11.15am.
Minstrels of the Forest Concert – October 13th
On 13th October at 5pm The Minstrels of the Forest, the medieval music-makers, will present a workshop to teach us a song in the medieval style and to meet the instruments. They like to perform in ancient places that suit the medieval theme and their instruments include the saz, oud, dombora, dulcimer and rebec, recorders, medieval flutes and cornamuse, tabor and timbrel and symphonie (an early hurdy gurdy). The workshop will be followed at 6pm by Harvest Supper and then, at 7.30pm a concert of about an hour. Everyone is welcome to join us in the church for some, all or any part of this evening’s entertainment. Find out more about the Minstrels
Summer Fete – June 16th
This very successful event has become a firm favourite and will once again be held at Beeches. There will be a a number of stalls, a treasure hunt and tea and cake. There will also be a number
of competitions including:
- Best Victoria Sponge
- Best six Fairy Cakes
- Design a Garden on a Plate (open to under 9s)
- Flower Posy in a jam jar (open to over 9s)
- Paper boat endurance
- Handwriting competitions for adults and children
Entry forms can be downloaded here
Latest RAINFALL REPORT from Rob the Rainman
February’s total was 17.6mm, so not a wet one at only about a third of the average. No day had rainfall of particular note; 14 days were dry including a 7 day period towards the end of the month which was ended by light snow showers on the 27th and again on the 28th. Light snow was also seen on the 6th and 11th. Lots of notes of “cold day” and it was a cold month until the last week when it became very, very cold. The upside was we had some days ofblue skies and sunshine which was warm out of the wind or even warmer when sitting inside with a cuppa looking out. Winter done; the overall total was 180.6mm which is about average. December the wettest and will be remembered for the snow on the 10th and February the driest and will also be remembered for the very, very cold spell at the end of the month. In fact an actual winter.
Coffee Morning at The Manor House – May 5th
There will be a coffee morning at The Manor House on Saturday, May 5th starting at 10.30am. Come along and see the gardens looking at their best.
Pet Service – 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.
An evening with the choirs of Hereford Cathedral School – April 27th
Hereford Cathedral School choirs, featuring the award-winning Cantabile Girls Choir, will be performing in Upton Bishop Church on 27th April at 7pm.This is a great opportunity to come and hear a feast of truly fabulous music. Cantabile was the winner of the BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year competition in 2015. For more details ring Olivia on 780321. Entry is free and 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.
Neighbourhood Development Plan
Are you interested in shaping the future look of our village? If so, why not join the group steering our Neighbourhood Development Plan. Contact the Parish Clerk, Sarah Lawrence on email@example.com for more information or to register your interest. Sarah will be in touch with those who have already said they want to be involved.
Do you remember The Pheasant pub?
We have had a request via the website from a relative of the Mason family who used to run The Pheasant in Upton Bishop. She is trying to find out more about the pub and is particularly keen to see any photographs anyone might have of it.
Countess of Bathhurst to speak to WI – April 10th
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 at the Millennium Hall to hear our guest speaker the Countess of Bathurst.
Lady Bathurst is an inspiring speaker & 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
Healing Service – 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Week Walks
It has become a tradition during Holy Week for parishioners to walk between the six churches in Ariconium. This year’s walks are:
Sunday, March 25th – 5.30pm service at St Lawrence, Weston-under-Penyard followed by a walk to Hope Mansell
Monday, March 26th -5,30pm service at St Michael, Hope Mansell followed by a walk to the Lea
Tuesday, March 27th – 5.30pm service at St John the Baptist, Lea followed by a walk to Aston Ingham
Wednesday, March 28th – 5.30pm service at St John the Baptist, Aston Ingham followed by a walk to Linton
Thursday, March 29th – 5.30pm service at St Mary, Linton followed by a walk to Upton Bishop
The walks are open to everyone, not just churchgoers and there is no obligation to attend the services.
At the end of each walk there will be a short service at each church. On Thursday, March 29th the Maundy service at Upton Bishop will start at 7.15pm and will include foot washing.
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 www.blood.co.uk
200 Club winners for February 2018
£20 Mike Appleton
£10 Jake Simpson
£5 John Stanier
Daffodil Day – March 24th
10am-4pm at Upton Bishop Church. Home made cakes and plants.
Allotment Open Day – March 25th 11am-3pm
Come and see the village allotments, talk to the owners about what they produce and the benefits of having an allotment. The allotments are to the side of Pomona Grove and there is free parking.
Wildlife Quiz – March 21st
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust quiz in the Millennium Hall on Wednesday, March 21st. Doors open 7pm and the quiz starts at 7.30pm. Booking for this event is essential. Book online https://www.herefordshirewt.org/news/2018/02/26/big-wildlife-quiz
or call 01432 356872. Tickets cost £9.50 each or £42.50 for a table for five people. The ticket price will include food – a vegetarian ‘one-pot’ casserole and there will be a paying bar serving wine, soft drinks and tea and coffee.
Mothering Sunday – March 11th
Mothering Sunday Family Communion Service this Sunday at 11.15am in the church. All welcome.
Thank you to everyone who hung decorations on our bauble tree in the centre of the village. It looked wonderful.
There will be carol singing around the village on the following dates and everyone is welcome to join us.
Monday, Dec 18th around Phocle Green. Meet at the Phocle Green layby at 6pm
Thursday, Dec 21st around The Crews. Meet at the Crews at 6pm
Saturday, Dec 23rd around Pomona Grove and the houses around the Moody Cow. Meet at Pomona Grove at 5.30pm.
As always the carol singing is dependent on the weather so please check the website and Facebook pages to make sure it is going ahead.
A new beginners/intermediate weekly pilates class will start at the Millennium Hall on Wednesday, January 10th. It will run from 11am-12 noon and cost £8.50. The benefits of pilates include:
Longer, leaner toned muscles
Improved posture/helps prevent injury
Increased core strength, stabilty & mobility
Improved balance, coordination/
Improved strength & flexibility
Heightened body awareness
No-impact, easy on the joints
Complements other methods of exercise
For more information contact Sally Crompton by email at email@example.com or telephone 07490 466905
VACANCY FOR UPTON BISHOP SUB EDITOR FOR THE CHIMES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the village we would like to thank Jane for her tremendous work over the last 30 years.
Carol Service – Sunday 17th December
There will be a candlelit carol service at the Church at 4pm on Sunday 17th December. All welcome.
Talent Wanted – Saturday 9th December
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
Christmas Fair – Saturday, December 2nd
Lots of stalls of all sorts and fun for the children, including a Fancy Dress competition and a visit from Father Christmas. Contributions will be gladly received by: Claire Newman (Books) 780 534; Di Buckley (Bric-a-brac) 780400; Jane Fray (cakes, jams home produce) 780383; Doreen Floyd 780380 or Linda Cropper 780226 (holly, mistletoe, plants, herbs); Fiona Manns (Christmas Hampers) 780612; Lilah Wainman 780 611 or Alison Feist 07772389234/ 780 464. (Tombola tins and bottles), Mary Osborne (Toys) 780634. All donations for the cakes, mince pies, biscuits for teas as well as for the hampers can be left with Lilah Wainman 780611 before 1st December. Meanwhile watch out for tickets on sale for the Christmas Hamper Draw or ring Olivia Boon on 780321. Last year’s hampers were truly fabulous!
Moody Cow Carols – Friday, December 1
Come along to the Moody Cow at 6.30pm on Friday, December 1st to watch the Christmas tree being lit and join in with carols. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served.
Remembrance Service – Sunday, November 12
The service which starts at 10.50am is always a moving service when we remember the men who gave their lives and their health so that we can live in freedom.
Congratulations to Linton who won this year’s Ariconium Cup. For the first time the cup was awarded for a skittles competition which was held in the Millennium Hall on October 29th after the Benefice Service.
Harvest Festival – Sunday, October 2nd
Harvest festival will be celebrated in the church on Sunday, October 2nd at 11.15am. Everyone is welcome.
Big Dipper – Sunday, September 24th
10km run on the lanes in and around Upton Bishop. Starts and finishes at the Millennium Hall. Children’s races at 10.30am and the main race starts at 11am. See the Big Dipper page for more information.
Harvest Supper – Saturday, September 23rd
Join Dick Brice for a Harvest Supper at the Millennium Hall on Saturday, September 23rd starting at 6pm. Entrance is free but donations to help cover the costs will be gratefully received.
Meet your neighbour tea – Saturday, September 2nd
Please come along to the Millennium Hall on Saturday, September 2nd for a meet your neighbour tea. This is a change to have a cup of tea and a bite to eat with people you might not have met before. The tea starts at 3pm and people are asked to bring a plate of food to share.
Congratulations to everyone who made scarecrows for our first village scarecrow competition. The standard was very high and everyone at the fete had the chance to vote for their favourite. The winner was Sozzled Suzie – who could she me modelled on?
More than £1,000 was raised at this year’s summer fete. A massive thank you must go to Olivia Boon for masterminding the event and to John Boyd for kindly hosting it at Beeches. It was a superb afternoon with lots of traditional games including welly wanging and a coconut shy, very popular teas and icecreams, vineyard tours, a human fruit machine and a chicken drop. There were bargains galore at the kitchen stall, lots of scrumptious cakes and jams on the produce stall and a superb array of flowers, vegetables and herbs on the plant stall. Thank you to everyone who ran stalls, set up the fete and cleared up afterwards and everyone who came and helped us raise much needed funds for the church.
Summer holidays always lead to depletion of the stocks of the Ross Community larder. They urgently need donations of tinned meat, tinned vegetables (not beans), toiletries and long life milk and fruit juice. Donations can be left in the box in Upton Bishop church.
Village Fete and Scarecrow competition – Saturday, June 24th
The village fete will be held on Saturday, June 24th at Beeches, starting at 2.30pm. There will be fun for all the family with traditional games, a chicken drop, scarecrow competition, refreshments, home made produce and lots of stalls to browse. To enter the scarecrow competition wither bring your scarecrow of a photo of it along on the day. We’ve already spotted these magnificent scarecrows in Phocle Green.
Phone box book and seed swap
Our gorgeous renovated phonebox (thanks Pete and Rob) has a new lease of life hosting seed and books swaps. Feel free to pop along to pick up some seeds and books and don’t forget to leave some for others.
Bell, Tower and Tea – Saturday 3rd June
Bell, Tower and Tea afternoon in the church from 2.30pm. Come and find out about bell ringing. Hear the big bells and the handbells rung. Have a go at handbell or tower bell ringing yourself. Climb to the top of the tower to get the view. Teas, treasure hunt, activities for children.
The bellringers meet twice a month on Fridays. Once you are tall enough you can never be too old to learn.
Summer Fete – June 24th at 2.30pm
Fete at Beeches, Upton Bishop, on the lane from the Moody Cow towards the church, by kind invitation of John Boyd: welly-wanging, coconut shy, ice cream, teas, human fruit machine, produce, kitchen cupboard stall (clear out your kitchen cupboards: anything in respectable condition you don’t use? contact Peter and Elisabeth Fanshawe 780414), plants, bran tub, chicken drop (what’s that? come and find out!) vineyard tours, handwriting competition prizes and scarecrow competition.
Put up a scarecrow in your garden where passers by can see it. Take a photo and bring it along to the Fete on June 24th or else make a scarecrow – any size – to bring to the Fete. On the day buy tokens to vote for your favourite scarecrow. Prizes for the most popular scarecrows! To enter (£2 per scarecrow) ring Olivia on 780321.
Christian Aid Coffee Morning – May 6th
The Christian Aid Coffee morning will take place at the Church on Saturday, May 6th starting at 10am. There will be plants, home made cakes, bric-a-brac and a raffle. Please come along and support this worthy cause.
Church Spring Clean – April 1st
The annual spring clean of the church will take place on Saturday, April 1st between 10.30am and 2pm. A list of the jobs that need doing is on display in the church.
Mothering Sunday will be celebrated with a Family Communion service in the church on Sunday, March 26th starting at 9.30am. There will be posies of flowers for all the mums. Everyone welcome.
News from Fownhope Medical
Community Link Worker
We are very pleased to introduce Sue Brazendale as our Community Link Officer for a ‘social prescribing’ pilot project starting in March.
Frequently patients visit the GP practice looking for support for non-clinical needs for which medicine isn’t always the best or only answer.
This project will offer a community referral service linking patients to activities provided by social and community groups that will positively impact on their health and wellbeing. Taking part in activities and having support from within the community can help tackle isolation, empower people and also alleviate a range of physical conditions.
Sue will be based at Fownhope Medical Centre part-time for 18 months developing the referral service. We will post more information as the project gets underway over the next weeks and months – watch this space.
Ear syringing is no longer funded by the NHS and is not considered a first line treatment by NHS England. Although the risks are low and nurses have been trained in ear syringing, there is still a small chance (thought to be around 1 in 1000) of complications occurring – e.g perforated ear drum, middle ear infection, external canal infection or tinnitus.
GP surgeries throughout Herefordshire have withdrawn ear syringing and we have now brought this service to a close at Fownhope Medical Centre.
If your ears are regularly becoming blocked with wax there are effective ways to deal with it at home. We can give you a self-help guide at the surgery or you can visit our website for information: www.fownhopesurgery.nhs.uk
There are private providers in Herefordshire who use ear microsuction to remove wax. A list of these providers is included in our self-help guide and on our website too.
Ballroom and Latin American dancing
A new ballroom and Latin American dancing club is running monthly meetings in the Millennium Hall. The doors open at 7.30pm and the dancing is from 8-10.30pm. The cost is £4.50 to include tea and coffee. The first dance is on Saturday,, January 14th and further dances will be held at the same time on February 11th, March 11th, April 8th and monthly throughout the year. Full details are on this poster
Epiphany Play – January 8th
More than 70 people packed the Millennium Hall for a free brunch and Epiphany play which told the story of the wise men and their journey to see Jesus. The Three wise men, Alan Major, Olivia Boon and Jane Ayres, were splendid whilst David Howell as Herod was superbly autocratic. The advisers, soldiers and Mary and Joseph all played their roles well but the star had to be Verity Wallbridge as the servant.
Well done everyone for a great play and raising more than £100 for church funds.
Jazz at the Millennium Hall – December 6th
Tuesday 6th December doors open at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10. Telephone Stuart Carter-Smith or Maddy Jones on 07970 343148 or 07976 727959. This month’s performers are Stuart Carter-Smith, Ben Holder and Jamie Brownfield. This will be Ben’s second visit to Upton Bishop and if you missed him the first time you really need to see him on the 6th. He is an amazing violinist. The event is the Jazz Club’s Christmas special and Stuart, Ben and Jamie will be performing hits from the shows, Sinatra favourites and swing classics. To make it extra Christmassy there will also be mince pies.
Christmas Fayre – December 3rd
More than £2,000 was raised at this year’s Christmas Fayre, making it one of the most successful ever held. The Millennium Hall was packed with people doing their Christmas shopping and there were plenty of stalls to choose from. Handmade craft items, toys, produce and plants were all on offer and there were several games including guess the weight of the Christmas cake, the number of sweeties in a jar and the teddy bears’ names as well as a well-stocked tombola and fabulous Christmas hampers in the raffle. Thanks to Lilah Wainman for organising it and for everyone who ran stalls, served tea and coffee, took money on the door and directed cars. It was a fabulous team effort.
Phone box to be a community asset
The traditional red phonebox in the centre of the village is to be a new community asset for Upton Bishop. The village has taken it over from BT and Peter Fray and Rob Smith have been painstakingly renovating it. They have stripped back the metalwork, replaced the glass and re-painted it and it is looking fab. The picture shows the phonebox partway through renovation. Thank you Pete and Rob for all the work you have put in.
Jazz at the Millennium Hall
Tuesday 1st November doors open at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10 pre booked and £12 on the door. Telephone Stuart Carter-Smith or Maddy Jones on 07970 343148 or 07976 727959. This month’s performers are Stuart Carter-Smith, Jack Challoner and Paul Gregory with ‘The Rhythm Spectacular’.
Ten allotments are available at Pomona Grove Upton Bishop. Each has its own shed and water butt and there is running water at the site along with car parking.
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in gardening to have an allotment. A fantastic view from the site, camaraderie from other allotments holders and all importantly fresh produce.
Please come along to the Parish Council Meeting Monday 7th November 7.30pm to meet Maddy and find out about this exciting new venture.
At the Manor House, Saturday November 26th 10.30am-12.30pm
Wine and Cheese at Beeches, Friday November 18th at 7pm
Come and meet our new Rector by kind invitation of John Boyd. Tickets cost £10 in aid of church funds (larger donations welcome). Limited space so please book early. Contact Olivia on 780321 for more information and to reserve a place.
Remembrance Day Service ,Sunday November 13th 10.50am
There is a Wall of Remembrance in the church for memories of people from World War One. You can put up just a name or their life story and they can be from the village or somewhere else.
Upton Bishop Jazz Club
Cafe Manouche will be performing at the Upton Bishop jazz club on October 4th. They promise ‘swinging hot jazz from the 40s’ and are not to be missed. The doors open at the Millennium Hall at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door. More info from 07970 343148.
Don’t lose your right to vote – complete the Annual Canvass 2016
Each property in Herefordshire will be receiving a “Household Enquiry Form” in mid-September, as part of this year’s Annual Canvass. This form will list all registered voters and asks households to confirm if correct, or add new people or remove people who have moved out.
It is a legal requirement that each household completes and returns their Household Enquiry Form, whether there are changes or not. Anyone in the household aged 18 or over can complete the form for the whole household. It is easy to do and you can complete via phone, text, internet or post – the choice is yours. Full and clear instructions are on the form.
If you have any questions or problems, more information is available on our website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/elections or contact Herefordshire Council Electoral Services on 01432 260107 or email email@example.com
P.S. Whilst the Canvass process helps us to understand who is eligible to vote, it does not register any new electors. New electors must still register individually as well – the easiest way to do this is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and this can be done at anytime
Harvest Festival – September 18th
This year’s Harvest Festival will be celebrated at the church on Sunday, September 18th starting at 11.15am. The service will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.
Harvest Celebration at the Moody Cow – September 14th
On Wednesday 14th September there will be a Harvest Celebration outside the Moody Cow at 6pm. Join us for
mulled cider/apple juice and some harvest nibbles as well as harvest hymn singing and a blessing on all our crops. Do come and join us.
Car Boot Sale – September 10th
There will be a car boot sale in the Millennium Hall on Saturday, September 10th. The gates open for sellers at 8.30am and buyers at 9am. There is space in the car park for cars and there will be a number of tables inside too. There is a £5 charge for sellers and a £1 entry fee for buyers. Spaces are selling fast. Contact Olivia on 780321 to book your place.
The sun shone and we had a marvellous fete at Beeches on Saturday, July 23rd. Visitors could browse pre-loved garden implements and equipment, watch wool being spun and take part in the traditional sport of welly wanging.
There were also cakes, produce and plants for sale and welcome cups of tea and ice creams. The coconut shy had a steady stream of visitors and young and not so young took part in the treasure hunt.
Thanks to John Boyd for generously hosting the fete. Beeches was a magnificent venue and special thanks to Olivia Boon who organised the whole event and to all the volunteers who manned stalls and games. We raised more than £750 for church funds.
July Parish Council meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday, July 18th starting at 7.30pm in the Millennium Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
July 21st Benefice Service
The Benefice Service at Linton on Sunday July 31st will be in the garden of the Alma and the service of communion will be followed by a barbeque. Everyone is welcome. Please bring salads etc. Linton will provide the meat. It would be good to have a contingent from Upton Bishop there.
July 23rd Summer Fete
On Saturday 23 July there will be a Fête at Beeches by kind invitation of John Boyd. It starts at 2.30pm and there will be welly-wanging, a coconut shy, plants, teas, produce, vineyard tours, a demonstration of spinning wool into yarn, a Rose Queen competition and a Pirate treasure hunt all in aid of church funds. Children please come in Rose Queen or Pirate fancy dress. Fete Poster
July 16th Open Gardens
OPEN GARDENS at Newlands Upton Bishop on Saturday 16th July from 11 a.m. in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance and St Michael’s Hospice. Entrance Fee £2.50 to include refreshments. Stalls tombola, bric-a-brac and raffle etc.
Library users survey
Do you use the library service in Herefordshire? If so Herefordshire Council would like to hear your views. They are asking local residents to complete a survey. To find out more visit the Herefordshire Council website.
The next book club book is Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence. Why not join us in the Moody Cow at 6.15pm on Wednesday, August 17th to discuss it.
premonition of their glories to come. Daisies are dotted across the lawn and the first magnolias are parading their ostentatious blooms. They are such transient plants I can’t begrudge them their show boating. In shady areas hellebores and cyclamen cover the ground, their beautiful creamy, yellow and purple heads a haven for early bees. Elsewhere vibrant orange, pink and purple polyanthus compete to give the most colourful display.