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Light up for Christmas

We might not be allowed in each others houses this Christmas but we can still share our decorations.

We want to see how everyone in the village is decorating their houses and gardens.  So send us your pictures of your Christmas tree, fairy lights, reindeers on the roof and Santa disappearing down the chimney.

Bauble Tree

The village bauble tree lights have been turned on and now we need you to decorate it.

Every year we decorate the tree outside the Old Stores at Crow Hill and invite villagers to place their own baubles on it.

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.

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 surrounding area.

Carol Singing

The Carol Singers can’t go door to door this year, but a small group will be visiting set spots around the parish in December.

Come to your door, and join in with singing ‘Hark the Herald’ and Clapping for the Ross Larder.

This is where we will be:

Wed 16th 

  • Phocle Green (in the lane outside Box Cottage) 7pm
  • Pomona Grove 7.30

Thurs 17th 

  • Powell Croft 6.30,
  • The Pastures 6.50
  • Crow Hill (by the bauble tree) 7.15

Tues 22nd –

  • Spring Meadow 7pm
  • The Crews crossroads 7.30

Look out for posters around the village.

The words to the carol are below.

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
With th’angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Donations by bucket of BACs will all go to the Ross larder

Upton Bishop PCC, Sort code 30-90-89, account no 37440160.

If you are unable to bank online cash, or cheques made out to Upton Bishop PCC, can be placed in a sealed envelope marked for Ross Larder and posted through Peter Fanshawe’s door at Melrose, The Crews, HR9 7UF.



Walk Through Christmas Experience – Sat 12th and Sun 13th Dec

Become part of the Christmas story as you follow the shepherds and the wise men to Bethlehem. Meet Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus at the stable. But watch out for Herod and the Centurion.

This is a free performance, but donations are welcome.

Mince pies, mulled wine/soft drinks will be available.

The walkthroughs will start at 2pm in Upton Bishop Church Yard on both days but you will need to book a timed arrival slot.

This is an interactiveexperience which is suitable for all ages.

For social distancing, please book an arrival time for your group of six or fewer with

Jane Ayres 07989572356 or jane.e.ayres@me.com

December 5th – Table Top Christmas Fayre

There will be a table top Christmas Fayre in the Millennium Hall from 10am on Saturday, December 5th.

Items on sale include bric-a-brac, Christmas facemasks, Christmas wreaths, cards and postcards of village scenes.
In addition you can take part in our games – guess the weight of the cake, name that teddy, how many sweeties in the jar and a treasure hunt.
The event will take place under strict covid provisions.
  • You must wear a mask at all times in the hall
  • Only six people will be allowed in the hall at any one time
  • There will be a one-way system, please follow the marshalls instructions
  • There will be no heating and the doors will be open so wrap up warm
  • Please queue safely or wait in your cars until called
  • Unfortunately there will be no refreshments
  • We will provide surgical gloves, anti-bac wipes and hand sanitiser


Visits from Father Christmas

We are very aware that visiting Father Christmas in his grotto is not going to be possible this year and this is going to lead to a lot of disappointment. However, good news!! It is now possible to arrange a Covid safe, socially distanced doorstep visit from the man himself! Visits will cost £5 per household for church funds and can be arranged to anyone (of any age!) in the benefice. Please ring the Rectory on 568736 to arrange.

Christmas Fayre

We might be in lockdown but that won’t stop the Upton Bishop virtual Christmas Fayre. We have lots of things for you to buy online, games to play and scrumptious hampers to bid for.  Visit our separate Christmas Fayre page for more details.

Christmas Fayre



Tan House Farm community supported agriculture scheme.

Tan House Farm is seeking interest from folk in being part of a community supported agriculture scheme. A CSA https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/ is a collaboration between a farmer and local consumers.

The farm needs folk who would like a weekly veg box locally grown from June to Dec, £15 per box each week to include eggs, and all they need do now is just say they’re provisionally interested.

They aim to involve other growers like Chicory Crops, the allotment guys, meat from the farm and plenty of others to make it a real local food alternative.  Kate from the farm would aim to use local hubs to drop off the boxes ready for collection.

A person’s commitment by buying ‘shares’ in the scheme enables me the farmer to know what to grow and gives me security to invest money and time in the scheme.

And if people would like to go further in their commitment such as volunteering an hour or so to help out or just to sit and water or contemplate the wonders of growing, they would be welcome.

Plus,  Kate is looking for anyone who might like to partner with me, as an intern or an experienced grower or just a motivated supporter looking for a new project. Could be a young person who has got stuck in the Covid lack of job opportunities and needs some work experience or a purpose or a chance to learn. If the scheme grows enough, I would look to employ someone.

I’m passionate about providing local food for local people, and even more so during this Covid days and with Brexit looming. There’s lots more here: https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/

Kate Bradshaw



What a fantastic turnout for the Halloween Pumpkin competition. Congratulations to everyone who has carved a masterpiece. Thank you for taking part and a big thank you to Jake and Jane who masterminded it and to Claire who put it online.

Here are the results:

Up to 5 years old

Oliver, George, Bobby Simpson well done all of you. Bobby’s fierce whiskers and third eye are the scariest, George had the friendliest smile and Oliver’s was the most Halloweenish.

6 to 11 years old

Lilah’s spooky bat, Freya’s imaginative piggies, Fiona’s and Abel’s unmistakable Harry Potter glasses, Gulliver’s symbolic geometry (has Zelda come to UB?), Tabitha’s wild eyes, Rosie’s greedy cannibal, Helena’s ferocious eyebrows, Isabella’s toothy jaws. A really difficult choice but in the end the prize goes to Nieve’s toothy grin.

12 to 17 years old

A great collection: Lily’s pearly teeth, Jacob’s square nose, Tegan’s jolly bunnies and Sienna’s obese minimalism (why does Donald Trump spring to mind?). It came down to Savannah’s tortured spirit and Lexie’s broad menacing grin, how to choose between the fine art work of the spirit and the bold assurance of the grin? They are both winners.

Over 18 years old

Oh what a lot of fun the grown-ups have had! Rupert’s drunken red eyes, Vicky’s beautifully poised owl, Peter’s evil feline, Clive’s cynical sneer, Jack’s malign leer. Andy’s big kid’s been in a fight but his anxious spirit isn’t telling. If there were a prize for the most huggable it would go to Mummy Maclean or perhaps Chris’s gourmet cannibal. Granma Maclean’s looks astonished to be lit up, but does Daddy Maclean’s spend a lot of time in the naughty corner? Sarah’s beautiful honeybees and Polly’s cannibal, full of menace, are the finalists with the prize going to Polly.

We’re already looking forward to the 2021 competition. Let’s hope that next year we can all come along to Chicory Crops and be together for the judging. Meanwhile: has anyone got some good pumpkin recipes?

Annual scything of the community orchard

A big thank you to the volunteers who did the scything of the grass and wildflower meadow in the UB Community Orchard as part of the annual management of the site.
Big thanks to all – Jack, Jan, Linda, Andy, Sue & Alan.
Are there any other scythers in the village who would like to be involved?

Bishop’s Pilgrimage

The new Bishop of Hereford visited Upton Bishop Church as part of a pilgrimage around the diocese. He led a short service and blessed the kneelers which had been made by people in the village.  After the service the Ariconium apple press was put to good use as parishioners made their own apple juice.

Apple Pressing – September 19th-20th

We are borrowing the Ariconium apple press next weekend (Sept 19/20) and villagers are invited to book a session to press their own apples or just buy our fresh apple juice.
All sessions need to be booked in advance. Please book a slot on Saturday or Sunday morning 10am till 1pm by ringing 780321.
If you are pressing your own juice, the price will be £1.50 a bottle
If you expect us to do the hard work, the price will be £2.50 a bottle
Slots will be 20 minutes for pressing, 10 minutes if you only want to collect juice.
Strictly no more than 5 apple pressers/juice collectors at any one time,
You must bring your own bottles (plastic for freezing, glass for pasteurising – no bottle, no juice) face masks and surgical gloves.
We will provide hand sanitiser, knives, boards, clean buckets, wipes, and emergency gloves.
If you would like to donate some apples for others to press please bring them in advance to outside the vestry door.

Visit by the Bishop of Hereford – September 19th

The Bishop of Hereford will be visiting our church at 1pm on Saturday, September 19th. During his visit he will bless the kneelers we have made and view our virtual ‘not’ open garden, vegetable and pet show photos. The handmade squares will also be on display.

Over the last few months Upton Bishop Church has benefitted from the wonderful generosity of so many friends of the church. Now the Bishop has urged us to hold a Gift Day on 20th September.
At UB church we see this as an opportunity for more cake and produce. Like the Great UB Bake-Off you can order and pay for your cake/jam/chutney in advance but unlike the Bake-Off you are invited to collect from the church on the morning of Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th between 10am and 1pm (earlier or later collections are negotiable). It will not be a cake stall as such but only a collection point for cakes and produce.
If you are willing to produce produce, please let Olivia know (780321) as soon as possible so that she can put the list out. So far we have:
  • a fruit cake
  • a jam sponge
  • flapjacks
  • lemon curd
  • raspberry jam
  • damson jam
If you are expiring under a glut of apples, pears or anything else, this could also be a good opportunity to offer a bag.
While the PCC and I hesitate to push giving after all your kindness, this latest video message shows that it is a matter close to the Bishop’s heart:


Harvest Festival – September 6th

Our Harvest Festival will take place in the Garden of Remembrance in the churchyard on Sunday, September 6th starting at 10.30am.  The Garden of Remembrance will be decorated and the children are preparing to sing their autumn song. Everyone is very welcome to join us. Social Distancing is easy out of doors.
It will be a Family Communion Service, so please bring bread and wine for your own Communion elements and a chair if you wish to sit. If you already have the UB Communion booklet, please bring that along too.
We’ll be collecting donations of goods for the Community Larder.

Plant Sale

Doreen is having another plant sale outside the garages at the Crews. Lots of lovely plants, donations gladly received. Doreen also has Linda’s beautiful dried flower wreaths which are for indoors so may not be on display. Contact Doreen on 780380 if you are interested.

Millennium Hall re-opening on September 1st

Great news – the Millennium Hall will be opening again from September 1st. Government guidelines re coronavirus will be adhered to.

Telephone Scam

There are telephone scams going around and this below is the latest one.

An elderly resident has effectively been groomed during lockdown by a man alleging to be protecting her from a fraud attack on her bank account- three weeks later he was the fraudster and several thousand from her account and I doubt she will ever recover health wise from this.

Please be aware of this scam now doing the rounds…..

And so it begins! 😣

‘Good morning, I’m calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our sys…tem, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.’
‘OK. Can you tell me who that person was?’
‘I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.’
‘Right. Um… so ….’
‘But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?’
‘Ok (gives address)’
‘Thank you – and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.’
‘Sorry – a payment card? I thought this was all free?’
‘No – I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.’
‘No – that’s not right. This is part of the NHS so there’s no charge.’
‘I’m afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please – this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.’

Puts the phone down.
This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it.”
Don’t fall for it…!

Welsh Water Work – July 6th – October 31st

Welsh Water is due to start work on improving waste water at The Crews. They will be laying a new waste water pipe from Manor House Lane down to the B4221. For the safety of the public, the footpath between Manor House Road and the B4211 will be closed throughout the duration of our work. The closure will be clearly signposted, and Welsh Water have asked us to avoid attempting to use the footpath during this time.

There should be no interruption to water supply or wastewater services during this time.

The bridleway UB27 and footpath UB13 that both run between Manor House Road, Upton Crews and the B4221 will be closed on Wednesday 12th until Thursday 27th August 2020, inclusive to facilitate the works being carried by Welsh Water.

You can find out more in this letter from Welsh Water.

Virtual Fete

This Saturday, 6th June, should have been the day of our Fete. It should have been a major fundraiser for us. Thank you to those of you who have already made a donation to church funds, your kindness and generosity are very much appreciated. If you would have come to the Fete (or to other events that were planned in recent weeks) and spent a bit of money, please consider donating that amount. Even though we are not allowed to reopen the church yet, we still have financial commitments and your help is vital to us.


How do I donate?

Your donation to church funds will automatically enter you for the Upton Bishop Church Thank You Lottery. You can donate

  • electronically by BACS: Upton Bishop PCC, Sort code 30-90-89, account no 37440160. The ref is COMP and your initials
  • by joining the Parish Giving Scheme (see below for details)
  • by sending a cheque made out to Upton Bishop PCC, to Peter Fanshawe at Melrose, The Crews, UB, HR97UF.

We are advised not to use cash at the moment because of the risk of coronavirus infection.

Thank you for your generosity and good luck with the competitions.


We are holding a Virtual Fete, not only for Upton Bishop folk but for friends and family too, which will last at least until September.

Below you will find more details of:

  • UB Church Thank You Lottery
  • Photo competition: pets and gardens
  • On line story competition
  • All ages drawing and
    • colouring
    • craft
    • collage
    • dressing up
    • decorated cakes
  • Knitted or sewn square
  • French and Spanish challenges 
  • Limericks
  • Quizzes
  • Life imitating Art


Upton Bishop Church Lottery

How does this work? There is no entry fee for the Fete activities but everyone who donates to church funds (please give your name/contact details) will be allocated a number and entered into the draw.

Will there be prizes? Yes, there will!

When and where will the draw be held? The draw will take place on 1st September.


All competition entries (except the story, see below) should be sent as a photo to Olivia at oliviaboon7@gmail.com. This does not mean that Olivia will be the judge! All photos will be displayed in the church, when the doors are open again, and judged by visitors. The deadline is 1st September, unless otherwise stated.


Photo competition: pets and gardens, no humans, please, as the prize is to have your photo used for the UB greetings cards 2020. If you have contributed to Gardens Not Open why not enter your favourite pictures?


Creative competitions:

On line story: Two classes: 300 words or 500 words. We will publish the winning entry on line as a prize and make a file of Corona stories for others to enjoy either on line or a hold-in-the-hand version to put in the church later when the virus is defeated. Deadline 1st August. E-mail your entries to jane.e.ayres@me.com or deliver a paper entry to Brynhyffyd, Phocle Green.


All ages drawing and colouring and craft competition with an Abstract theme for June. You will find lots of lovely colouring on the internet that you can download free. The photo of the winner’s entry will be published on the website and in the Chimes. Deadline 25th of the month.

Collage: revive the Victorian art of making new pictures out of old ones.

Decorated Cake: large or small, beautiful or wacky!

Dressing up: what is the wackiest costume you can invent?


Squares for knitters and sewers: use up your old scraps of wool and fabric and join us in making 15cm x 15cm squares. When we can all get together again, we will sew them into a quilt and display them in the church, along with the new tapestry kneelers that people have made in recent months.


French and Spanish challenges for beginners, intermediate and more advanced linguists. Contact Olivia 780321 for more details.


Anyone on for a Limerick? here is a Limerick from Vicky Eldridge:

This pandemic could make us all fat.
We should exercise more like a cat.
But chasing wild rabbits
Could cause some bad habits
Perhaps I’ll just sit on a mat!               Please share your own Limericks!


Quizzes:  watch out on social media for news of our latest quiz. So far we have had British Nature Quiz, Jane’s Cryptic Quiz, Spot the Politician’s Picture Puzzle and London Sightseeing for Virtual Treasure Seekers. If you missed these and fancy having a go (it is too late for prizes) send an e-mail to Jane or Olivia and we will forward it to you.


Life Imitating Art: Why not join in the latest craze for finding items around the house or garden to re-create art works:



Send us photos of your brilliant handiwork and if you have any other great ideas, share them with us!


Parish Giving by telephone

As you all know Church Buildings are closed and such we are all experiencing unusual times, the impact of this is felt not just on a personal level, by missing our friends and Church families, but also in a financial way: Churches rely on donations and fund raising activities in order to meet their monthly commitments. The Parish Giving Scheme is the most effective and easiest way to make regular donations.

Please call our dedicated telephone number:      

  • 0333 002 1271
  • Lines are open Monday to Friday, between 9am – 5pm.
  • You will need to have to hand your bank account details,
  • Church name: St John the Baptist, Upton Bishop and
  • PGS parish code: 180 618 252.

You will be able to Gift Aid your donation, if eligible, and you will also be given the option to increase your giving annually, in line with inflation.

Alternatively, you can request a call back from one of our administrators using the contact form here. A member of our team will be in touch within 5 working days.


What happens next? Donors will receive written confirmation (by email or post) of your Direct Debit, including details of the parish you are supporting, the amount of your gift and the date of your first donation.

How will our parish be notified of the donation? The parish’s Planned Giving representative will receive a monthly statement, detailing the names of those who have donated (unless they choose to remain anonymous) and all the gifts given through the PGS.

What if I need to change my donation? If donors wish to make any changes to the Direct Debit, you should notify a member of the PGS team by phone 0333 002 1260, email info@parishgiving.org.uk .



Funding for children with special needs

Community and voluntary groups, organisations, and town and parish councils are invited to apply for one-off grant funding to improve access to short break activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities living in Herefordshire.

 Anyone wishing to take advantage of this scheme ; should contact the Clerk – clerk@uptonbishoppc.org – in confidence in the first instance for further information. 

Herefordshire Council Volunteer Survey

The volunteer response during the past 10 weeks has been incredible and has provided much needed help to the most vulnerable residents of Herefordshire which shows the strength and support in our communities.

As the lockdown eases and we plan for the next phase of the Talk Community response Herefordshire Council and Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) would like to understand the volunteer interest and capacity for future volunteering roles and experiences so we can make improvements for the future and continue to support volunteers in their role.

We have developed a short survey to complete online, the link is attached below, the survey should not take any more than 5 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions please contact us on 01432 260027.

The survey isn’t just for those who have registered with Talk Community but all volunteers so we can understand the future volunteering capacity.


The closing date for the survey is the 14th June, we will also be sending a community network survey for community leaders next week.

Face Masks

Iola Fass has kindly offered to make face masks for £1 in aid of church funds. If you would like one, or several, please contact Iola on 01989 780339 or iolafass@btinternet.com



May art competition

Congratulations to Hazel Strange, winner of May’s drawing and colouring competition. Her entry is attached. June’s subject is ‘Abstract‘ and any piece of colouring, drawing or craft can be entered; just send Olivia Boon a photo by 25th June.



VE Day Celebrations

We couldn’t get together for a street party but lots of villagers put out bunting, flags and scarecrows.  Thank you to everyone who took part.


Covid Quiz

Amuse yourselves during the rest of lockdown ten cryptic clues for you to answer in three days.

Questions will test your powers of lateral thinking, as well as general knowledge. Some you may know, others may need research.

Work alone or in teams – phone a friend or use the internet.

If you’d like to join in, please email me at jane.e.ayres@me.com by Friday May 8th and in return, I’ll send you the questions.

The quiz is free to enter but if you enjoy it, you may like to consider a donation, however small to Upton Bishop Church.


Christian Aid Coffee Morning

We usually have a Coffee Morning and plant sale in aid of Christian Aid but this year Doreen is proposing to send the proceeds of the Social Afternoon to Christian Aid. Currently this stands at £160; Doreen would like to make it up to £200 so any donations you can offer would be gladly received. You can contact Doreen on 780380.

Virtual Fete

We’re holding an on-line Fete instead of the real one, which will last for as long as it takes to defeat the virus. 

Read all about it here

On line story competition. Two classes: Adults – 500 max words, Under 16 – 300 max words. We will publish the winning entry on line as a prize and make a file of Corona stories for others to enjoy either on line or a hold-in-the-hand version to put in the church later when the virus is defeated. Deadline 1st August. E-mail your entries to jane.e.ayres@me.com. If you cannot email, please post to Brynhyfryd, Phocle Green, HR97TW. Please DO NOT deliver by hand

All ages drawing and colouring competition with an Easter theme for April. You will find lots of lovely colouring on the internet that you can download free. The photo of the winner’s entry will be published on the website and in the Chimes. Deadline 25th April. Send your e-entries as a photo to oliviaboon7@gmail.com or put a paper entry in the porch by the roadside at Endene, The Crews.

Congratulations to Pam Steadman for her winning entry of an Easter candle.

Weekly French and Spanish challenges for beginners, intermediate and slightly more advanced linguists. 

These short lessons are aimed at entertaining you while also teaching you some vocabulary you might meet at home (rather than at school if you are still that age).

They come in three levels, each based on the same vocabulary list:

  • Beginners will be learning vocabulary and making short sentences.
  • Intermediates will be asking questions because it is VERY IMPORTANT to be able to ask questions.
  • Advanced lessons will explore tenses so you can refer to the past, the present and the future, and adding some handy twiddly bits to make your French more sophisticated.

For each lesson there will also be a grammar section. 

(Please also bear in mind that I have simplified the lessons as much as possible). Contact Oliviaboon7@gmail.com for more information.


For knitters and sewers: use up your old scraps of wool and fabric and join us in making squares all 15cm x 15cm. Be creative with appliqué, embroidery, rainbows, flowers. We will assemble them into a patchwork to display in the church, along with the new tapestry kneelers that so many people have made in recent months, when we can all get together again.


There is no entry fee but a donation to church funds will enter you for the Upton Bishop Church Lottery . You can donate by

·      sending or delivering a cheque made out to Upton Bishop PCC, to Peter Fanshawe at Melrose, The Crews, UB, HR97UF or

·      electronically by BACS: Sort code 30-90-89, account no 37440160 or

·      by joining the Parish Giving Scheme.

·      We are advised not to use cash at the moment because of the virus.

Thank you for your generosity and good luck with the competition.

Upton Bishop Church Lottery

How does this work? Everyone who donates to church funds and gives his/her name/contact details between now and 1st September will be allocated a number and entered into a draw.

Will there be prizes? There will be prizes depending on the total collected in that time so the more people donate, the bigger the pot.

When and where will the draw be held? The draw will take place one way or another on 1st September.

What’s in it for me? To inspire you to donate we will publish ideas for activities for you to do as the days go by.

How do I donate? We’ll be telling you how best to donate. The Parish Giving Scheme is one good and simple way.

Coronavirus Advice

Herefordshire Council has produced two posters on Coronavirus  and Hand Washing

Moody Cow Essentials Shop

The Moody Cow is running an Essentials Shop.

Every day the Moody Cow’s website http://www.moodycowpub.com/latest-news will list a range of essential items which can be ordered in advance. Orders placed before 11am will be available for contactless collection the following day

Current items include

Fresh fruit & Vegetables

little gem lettuce £1.25 each
baby leaf spinach 200g £1.72
tomatoes 1kg £3.51
closed cup mushrooms 250g 1.19
flat mushrooms 1.82kg tray £7.45
mixed peppers pack of 3 £2.52
celery head £1.19
potatoes kg £0.79
carrots kg £1.44
swede head £1.20
parsnips kg £3.05
leeks kg £3.05
red onions kg £1.71
banana shallots kg £4
tender stem broccoli 500g £5.33
green kale 250g £1.87
fine beans 150g £1.99
butternut squash each £2.33
forced rhubarb kg £5.33

Dry Goods
penne rigate pasta 3kg £5.32
porridge oats 3kg £5.99
long grain rice 5kg £9.32
plain flour loose bag 2kg £1.67
tea bags loose bag of 30 £0.53
nescafe instant coffee 1kg £33.31
caster sugar 2kg £2.65
artisan malt vinegar 250ml £5.32

semi skimmed milk 1litre £0.92
salted butter 250g £1.50
mature cheddar cheese 1kg £6.78

toilet rolls 12 x 15m £16.00
Moody Cow “self isolation” note book ! £4.95
Blue vinyl gloves S/M/L pack of 100 £4.95

All items subject to availability, please place your order by email before 11.00am for contact less collection the following day, as new products become available we will update the range


Spring Cleaning in the church – Saturday, April 4th 

The church spring clean will still be going ahead but it will no longer be an organised event on Saturday, April 4th.

Instead, volunteer cleaners are asked to turn up on any day the week before (or after April 4th) to clean a section of the church. There is a poster outlining what tasks need to be done towards the back of the church and volunteers are asked to cross out each task when they have completed it.

Tasks include polishing the pulpit and font, scraping candle wax off the floor, general dusting and polishing and brass cleaning.

We’re sorry but there won’t be any tea or cake.

Thank you in advance to all our volunteers.

We are also giving away some of our rich, mature compost. Bring your own containers to fill up.

Coffee morning – Saturday, March 28th – CANCELLED

The coffee morning at the Manor House on March 28th has been postponed until the autumn.

Mothering Sunday – March 22nd

A service for all the family at 10.30am in the church with posies for mums and refreshments afterwards.

Social Afternoon – Monday, March 16th

An opportunity for anyone to have a cup of tea and a cake, the social afternoon will be held from 2-4pm on Monday,  March 16th in the Millennium Hall.

WI – Tuesday, March 10th

A talk by Colette Mansell-Gray entitled ‘collectable jewellery – Victorian to the present day’. Visitors are always welcome. There is a small charge of £4. 7.30pm in the Millennium Hall.

Pancake Pandemonium – Feb 25th

The village’s Pancake Pandemonium was a fantastic success. Well done to everyone involved.


NDP Questionnaire Feedback – Tuesday, February 18th

Please come along to this meeting on Tuesday, February 18th at 7pm in the Millennium Hall to discover the results of the Neighbourhood Development Plan questionnaire. You told us what you wanted to see in the plan – now come and hear what everyone else said.
There will also be updates on the Speedwatch group and traffic calming proposals.

Traffic calming

At the Parish Council in January councillors received a report on the current road layouts and potential traffic calming measures which could be introduced to reduce the speed of vehicles travelling through the village.

The report is a bespoke evaluation of the roads in Upton Bishop with the primary focus on Crow Hill and ways in which safety and traffic speed could be improved in the community.

The list of possibilities includes the following, but these will need costing to decide which are viable options;

  • Install white gates at each of the four entry points to Crow Hill
  • Improve the 30mph signs both at boundaries and in village
  • Plant flowers and shrubs to indicate village entrance
  • Remove the 40mph limit and extend the 30mph limit on the B4224
  • Add white lines/red hatching to indicate narrowing of the road at each location – remove centreline
  • Install signposts warning of the presence of play areas and community hall access
  • Physically narrow the road and create a priority system – this could be done temporarily using plastic barriers to evaluate the effect
  • Erect flashing 30mph signs
  • Erect 20mph advisory signs within 200 yards of Crow Hill centre
  • Speed bumps
  • Review speed limits and signage at Phocle Green
  • Request Stagecoach use smaller vehicles and educate their drivers on the dangers of speeding through rural communities
  • Discourage ‘short cut’ mentality to reduce through traffic
  • Weight limit on B4221 and B4224 between A40 at Lea, M50 at Gorsley and A449 to stop large vehicles using the village as a shortcut, and all C roads (except for access)
  • Install footpath between Spring Meadow and Moody Cow – bus stop
  • Consider ‘rumble strips’ at village boundaries subject to noise review of adjacent houses
  • Review all ‘pinch points’ on B and C roads and consider the need for footpaths and/or better passing places
  • Review traffic concerns through Bromsash as these will likely be the same as the problems that Upton Bishop has on the B4224 from the A40

These are only ideas and nothing has yet been decided. The Parish Council will want to hear views fo residents before making any decisions and funding will need to be identified.

The full Traffic Calming report

Paws for Thought

Paws for Thought will be performing at the village fete on Saturday, June 6th.

Providing excellent entertainment for all ages, this “all breeds” team includes a large number of rescue dogs.

Be amused by their dog races, fun agility, police-type work, tricks and exceptional commentary, delivered in a relaxed and entertaining style. As many children as possible are invited into the arena to cheer for their chosen team.

Be amazed by dogs jumping through fire, a Jack Russell ladder walking plus their now famous original back-walking dogs!

Be impressed by the short, snappy obedience routine, which shows what can be done with family pets, which are mostly rescue dogs, performed to accompanying music.

Child and adult participation, including games and tricks is encouraged, culminating in a “meet the dogs and team” session.

The team have appeared at Crufts’, BBC Countryfile Live, Discover Dogs, Pets, Pets, The Pet Show, Animal Road Show, Royal Three Counties, Royal Welsh, Royal Bath & West Show, London Pet Show and similar prestigious events, including numerous TV appearances such as Britain’s Got Talent, Alan Titmarsh show, CBBC Who let the dogs out and about plus Paws in the Park.


Linton Brownies have spaces for girls aged 7-10, they meet on Tuesday evenings. To find out more click on the link below to register your interest or email Jenny Steel – jennysteel50@hotmail.com

Reverse Advent Calendar

Our Reverse Advent Calendar scheme runs throughout December. Instead of – or maybe as well as – opening a chocolate door every day villagers are being asked to donate something to the Ross Community Larder for those less fortunate.

Each week a box will be left in the church for donations. Tinned goods, toiletries and Christmas treats will all be gratefully received.


Pass the Parcel Crib Service – 4pm Tuesday, December 24th











Carol Singing

 Everyone is welcome to come and join us – you don’t need to be a singer.
We will be carol singing as follows:
Tuesday, December 17th meet at 6pm at the Crews Crossroad (top of the hill) to sing around Upton Crews
Thursday, December 19th meet at 6pm in the Phocle Green layby to sing around Phocle Green
Tuesday, December 24th meet at 4.30pm in the Millennium Hall to sing around the centre of the village
This year we will be raising money for the Air Ambulance and the church.
Please wear a high vis jacket and bring a torch. Carol sheets will be provided.
If the weather is bad arrangements might change but will be posted on Facebook, twitter and the website

Message from Keith Cornwall, chair of the Parish Council

May I take this opportunity to wish all my fellow councillors, volunteers, Debbie Long at The Chimes and all Upton Bishop parishioners a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.

Thanks to everyone for their support

Keith Cornwall ,Chairman ,U.B P.C

VE Day – May 8th 2020


May 8th 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. To mark the occasion there will be commemorative events all over the country and villagers are being asked if they would like to take part.
Events being suggested include parties and church services.
A number of national events will be held throughout the UK and we could join in with:
Ring Out for Peace – a bellringing event at 7pm
Last Post – do we have a trumpeter in the village who could play the Last Post for us at 2.55pm
Bagpiping at 3pm – do we have any pipers in Upton Bishop
Cry for Peace – Town criers and anyone with a loud voice can recite a special text calling for world peace at 6.55pm.
Find out more at https://www.veday75.org/

Talent Show – Friday, December 13th


We had a great time at the Upton Bishop’s Got Talent evening on Friday. Who would have known we have so many talented thespians, comedians and musicians in our midst.

There were readings of original poetry and prose, demonstrations by the handbell ringers, songs, sketches and musical performances. To top it all the children performed their Nativity Play. Thanks to everyone who took part, provided refreshments and sat in the audience and a special thanks to Jane Ayres for organising.



Christmas Fayre – Saturday, December 7th

The Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 7th was a fantastic success. It raised nearly £2,000 for church funds and the hall was packed with people doing their Christmas shopping, trying their luck on the tombola, guessing the weight of the cake and just enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Father Christmas came to see us and gave out presents to the children.

A massive thank you to everyone who manned stalls, helped set up the hall, donated items for the raffle, bric-a-brac and tombola and to all those who came and helped make it such a success.



Fraudsters are targeting the elderly

Please make sure any elderly neighbours are aware of this important campaign by the Police. There is a current defrauding scam which is targeting the elderly.
The main timeline of this fraud is:
• Older person (usually 75+ and female) receives a call from a “police officer” stating there is an issue with their bank accounts/bank cards.
• They are asked to withdraw large amounts of money/bureau de change from their accounts to protect it.

• Victims are sometimes asked to take a taxi into the banks and the line is sometimes kept open by the fraudster so that they can hear what is happening.
• Banks should have safeguards in place for older people wanting to withdraw large amounts of money so victims are told to tell the bank it is for home renovations or holidays etc.
• An “officer” is sent to the victims address to collect the money and also any other bank cards and pin numbers.




Bauble Tree

By the Old Stores the Hawthorn Tree will be very festive with baubles when the lights will be switched on the lst 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 around the parish of Upton Bishop and surrounding area.  For further information contact Jane on 01989 780383.


Christmas and New Year rubbish and recycling collections

There will be no rubbish or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. Instead rubbish and recycling will be collected on Saturday, December 28th (normal collection Christmas Day); Sunday, December 29th (normal collection Boxing Day) and Saturday, January 4th (normal collection New Year’s Day).

Linton and District History Society

November 6th – The Roman origins of Christmas by Dr Mark Lewis

November 13th – A Prelude to September 1939 by Dorian Osborne

Meetings are held in Linton Village Hall. Doors open at 7pm for free tea, coffee and biscuits and talks start at 7.30pm.

More information from www.ldhs.net

or on this ldhs poster

Games and Beetle Drive – Wednesday, October 30th

Wednesday October 30th Games and Beetle Drive 4.30 to 6.30pm 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.

Social Afternoon – Monday, October 14th

An opportunity for anyone to have a cup of tea and a cake, the social afternoon will be held from 2-4pm on Monday, October 14th in the Millennium Hall. We hope this will become a monthly event. There is no charge.

Volunteers needed to help with the footpaths

Would you be interested in assisting the Footpaths Officer in maintaining the Parish footpaths ? Volunteers are needed to help carry out minor maintenance, for example clearing vegetation from around stiles, gates and signposts across the parish. If you are willing to volunteer and would like more information please contact Andy Parr, Upton Bishops Footpaths officer at uptonbishopfootpaths@gmail.com

Community Speedwatch

If you are concerned about the speeding vehicles regularly in and out of Crow Hill, please log on to the Community Speed Watch website, which is very informative about all aspects of what we can do – to make drivers more aware of their speed.

An Upton Bishop Speed Watch Group has been set up and if you would like to be part of it and help to monitor the traffic, please go to the ‘Register’ section and complete the theory training. This comprises 5 short videos with questions to answer after each one .Once registered, please contact Howard Eldridge on howardeldridge@talk21.com and we can then work with the local police to try to reduce the danger.


Heartstart – January 25th 2020

If you want to find out how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cpr) in an emergency you need to book a place on our third Heartstart session.  It is an excellent, informative and practical course. Contact Olivia on 780321 to book your place.


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. Contact Olivia on 780321 for more information.

Remembering Service – 1st November

A service to remember all our loved ones. 7pm in the church.

UB 2020 Calendar

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. Contact Olivia on 780321.

Auction of Promises

There will be an 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? Contact Olivia on 780321 if you can donate.


Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday, September 27th

Clare Bell is hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Long House, HR9 7UE on Friday, September 27th starting at 10.30am. There will be tea, coffee, cake and a raffle. Last year the event raised £266 and Clare hopes to beat this total. Please come along and support.

Harvest Festival 2019

What a fabulous harvest festival. It was held in the community orchard and included the gardener’s hymn, a procession around, and blessing of, the allotments and large number of donations to the community larder. Thank you to David for leading the service, Jane for organising it and to everyone who donated food and toiletries, made cakes and joined us.

Volunteers needed to help with the footpaths

Would you be interested in assisting the Footpaths Officer in maintaining the Parish footpaths ? Volunteers are needed to help carry out minor maintenance, for example clearing vegetation from around stiles, gates and signposts across the parish. If you are willing to volunteer and would like more information please contact Andy Parr, Upton Bishops Footpaths officer at uptonbishopfootpaths@gmail.com

Community Speedwatch

If you are concerned about the speeding vehicles regularly in and out of Crow Hill, please log on to the Community Speed Watch website, which is very informative about all aspects of what we can do – to make drivers more aware of their speed.

An Upton Bishop Speed Watch Group has been set up and if you would like to be part of it and help to monitor the traffic, please go to the ‘Register’ section and complete the theory training. This comprises 5 short videos with questions to answer after each one .Once registered, please contact Howard Eldridge on howardeldridge@talk21.com and we can then work with the local police to try to reduce the danger.




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. Contact Olivia on 780321 for more information.

Remembering Service – 1st November

A service to remember all our loved ones. 10.30am in the church.

UB 2020 Calendar

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. Contact Olivia on 780321.

Auction of Promises

There will be an 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? Contact Olivia on 780321 if you can donate.



Nominations open for David Price Award

If you know a Herefordshire carer who has helped to change someone’s life – nominate them for a David Price Award

Herefordshire’s Making it Real Board is inviting people to nominate carers from their local community for a 2020 David Price Award.

The annual David Price Award recognises an individual of any age who has, in an unpaid capacity, helped change the life of an adult or adults in the county.

Candidates may be a friend, a neighbour, support worker, member of a group or organisation, family member, colleague or volunteer.

The award is in memory of Herefordshire resident, David Price, who sadly passed away in May 2016.  The award celebrates David’s work as a pioneer of disability involvement across the local community.

For more information about the award and to make your nomination visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/DavidPriceAward  Nominations can be made by completing a form online, or the form can be downloaded and returned to: Making it Real Board, c/o Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0LE.  Alternatively, completed forms can be emailed to makingitreal@herefordshire.gov.uk

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 31 October 2019.

Understanding Herefordshire website

Finding key facts and figures about Herefordshire is now a lot easier following the launch of the ‘Understanding Herefordshire’ website.

The new Herefordshire Council maintained website provides information about the county and its people and places.  It includes information on the factors that affect health and well-being, such as population numbers, lifestyle choices, housing, the economy and the environment.

As well as making it easier to find fact and figures about a topic or place, the site offers a number of new features, including a ‘quick facts’ function and ‘latest news’ pages.  It also has an interactive map where you can download ‘area profiles’ providing local level statistics for Herefordshire.

The data held on the site is useful for anyone needing to complete funding bids, business plans, strategies and school projects.

The new site replaces the old ‘Facts and Figures about Herefordshire’ website.

To view the ‘Understanding Herefordshire’ website visit https://understanding.herefordshire.gov.uk

Survey of Armed Forces Veterans

Herefordshire Council has launched a survey for Armed Forces veterans and would like hear about all experiences of veterans – positive and negative – since leaving the Armed Forces and joining civilian life.

Around 14,000 Armed Forces veterans live in Herefordshire. By responding to the survey, veterans can help to shape the future support and services available in the county.

The council is looking to hear from any Armed Forces veteran who has previously served one day or more in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force (including Reservists and National Service personnel). Responses to the survey made on behalf of a veteran by a friend, family member or colleague are also welcome.

The survey is open until October 7th and can be completed online.


Review of polling districts, polling districts and polling stations 2019

In accordance with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, Herefordshire Council is required to complete a full review of all polling districts, polling places and polling stations every five years. The review must be held within a 16 month period between 1 October 2018 and 31 January 2020 with a public consultation forming part of that review.

More information can be found on Herefordshire Council’s website.

2019 Family Dog Show

We had a wonderful dog show in the garden of Felhampton Farm (thank you Bill and Millie Wiggin) on July 7th.  There were dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds ranging from just seven months to 18 years old.  Competition for the various classes was fierce.  The setting with the views to May Hill was magnificent and we raised over £63o for church funds.

The results were:

Most handsome Dog.      Riley

Prettiest Bitch.      Lola

Most appealing eyes.      Heidi

Rescue dog in best condition.     Ra

Best child handler under 12 years old.     Heidi

Dog with the waggiest tail.      Buddy.

Veteran over 7 years in the best condition.     Mollie

Best six legs. Venus

The dog the judge would most like to take home.    Greeney.

Agility. Honey

Best in  Show Mollie a Lurcher (aged 18!)

Reserve Best in Show  Lola. A Staffie.

Churchwarden, Olivia Boon said: “Thank you to everyone involved in a successful and enjoyable day at the Dog Show. It was lovely to see plenty of participants coming from further afield than just UB and we were so fortunate to have the beautiful setting of Felhampton and the sunshine. Thank you to all the Wiggins for being such great hosts; to Elisabeth and Lilah for all their fantastic organisation over the last months and dashing about on the day; to Julia for tireless and swift judging; to the Kershaws for providing the gazebo and the PA system; to all the rest of the team for all their hard work to set up, run and dismantle the show. All proceeds are going to the repair fund to help towards the £10K+ needed to repair stonework on the church.”


Fish and Chip Service and Supper – July 19th

Join us for a family friendly service followed by a fish and chip supper at the church on Friday, July 19th starting at 6pm.


Village calendar

Why not put your name down for our 2020 calendar with 12 lovely atmospheric shots of different views of the village. It will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre, Saturday 7th December, at £12 – £1 a month so very good value – in aid of church funds. The deadline for orders is 1st November. We will have a few extras to sell at the Fayre but don’t leave it to chance! Contact Olivia on 780 321 and put your £5 deposit (cheques made out to Upton Bishop PCC) in the letterbox of Endene on the Crews crossroad. Please make sure you leave contact details so that Olivia can get a receipt to you.


Summer Reading Challenge

Herefordshire Libraries are calling all would-be astronauts to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Exclusive Space Chase kit bags are available to the first children who sign up to the challenge at all Herefordshire libraries on Saturday 13 July.

The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019 is an out-of-this-world adventure which encourages children up to the age of 12 to read six library books over the school summer holidays. Their mission will be to join the Rockets, a super space family, to track down books pinched by mischievous aliens! As children read their books, they will collect special stickers (including some stinky ones) to complete their mission folder and receive rewards. Any book from Herefordshire Libraries can be read for the challenge – from fiction to fact books, eBooks to poetry.

Why is the Summer Reading Challenge important?

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ over the summer if they don’t have access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure, and this can have a negative impact on their work once they return to school. Last year in the West Midlands 44,658 children took part in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer Reading Challenge activities

While visiting the library, children can take part in the ‘Design a Space Alien’ art competition. A bumper pack of art materials is up for grabs, with paper and drawing materials available at each library. Competition artwork will be displayed across all Herefordshire library sites, and the winner will be announced in October.

Children can also take part in the Space Chase treasure hunt where they can explore the library to find the hidden aliens. Successful hunters can enter a prize draw to win a giant craft box.

There’s plenty more to keep the kids entertained over the summer, with an illustrator workshopcraft activity sessions and even a pop-up planetarium! All families need to do is visit their local library – and you don’t need to be a library member to join in!

The Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019 will prepare for lift off across all Herefordshire libraries on Saturday 13 July.

Information about the Summer Reading Challenge events and art competition terms and conditions can be found at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/src

Follow Herefordshire Libraries on Facebook @hfdslibraries

Request for a defibrillator at the church

The Parochial Church Council has been asked whether it would consider allowing a defibrillator to be placed at the church. The PCC would be happy for a defibrillator to  be placed at the church but there are several issues which would need to be addressed to enable it to happen.  This has all been explained in a letter from the churchwarden, Olivia Boon, to the Parish Council Chairman.  This is the letter


Dog Show – Sunday, July 7th at 2.30pm

There will be a fun family dog show on Sunday, July 7th at Felhampton Farm starting at 2.30pm.  There are ten categories so every dog in the village has a chance to shine.  The categories are:

  • Most handsome dog
  • Prettiest Bitch
  • Best condition rescue – dog or bitch
  • Best child handler – up to 12 years old
  • Most appealing eyes
  • Waggiest tail
  • Best condition veteran – dog or bitch 7 years old or over
  • Best six legs
  • Dog or bitch the judge would most like to take home
  • Agility

A cup will be awarded to the Best in Show.

An individual entry costs £2, which second or more entries at £1.50.  Four entries cost £6.  Entries can be made on the day.


Summer Fete – Saturday, June 15th

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 and logs for your fire. Why not take a look at the new UB postcards and the calendar for 2020: put in an order to be collected at the Fayre in December. 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. 

Come along and bring your family, friends and neighbours.

Ariconium Handbell Ringers

The Ariconium Handbell ringers are looking for new members.  You don’t have to be particularly musical although a little knowledge of reading music would be helpful.  They meet on Wednesdays from 7.30-8.30pm at Ridge Cottage.  Why not go along and give it a try.  Contact Janet Sanders on 01989 780482 or email janetsanders888@gmail.com.

Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday, May 28th

The Annual Parish Meeting took place at 7pm on Tuesday, May 28th in the Millennium Hall.  This was a chance for residents to meet their parish councillors, find out what has been going on the in the village over the last year and get an update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan.  More than 40 parishioners attended and the Parish Councillors would like to thank everyone for turning out. They thought it was a great meeting and we were so pleased that so many came and got involved.


Could you make a kneeler for the church?

Some of our current kneelers have seen better days and we need some new ones. You can get a kit from Jacksons of Hebden Bridge (churchkneelers.com).

Maybe you could make a kneeler in memory of a loved one or to commemorate an event or personal landmark.
We understand that Jacksons will be closing later this year so if you want to make a kneeler you will need to get your order in quick.

They have all sorts of fabulous designs from wildlife, country scenes and the seasons to the more traditional crosses, saints and symbols.


Fish and Chip Service –  Friday, May 24th at 6pm

Michael Fass will be leading an all ages Friday evening Eucharist on 24th May at 6pm. We’re hoping that this will be the first of many non-Sunday services.
End your working week with prayer, praise and teaching, with Holy Communion, followed by a fish and chip supper.
Please spread the word to anyone that you think might like to join us, particularly those who find it difficult to attend on a Sunday.

Christian Aid Coffee Morning – May 11th

There will be a coffee morning in the church on Saturday, May 11th in aid of Christian Aid.  As well as tea, coffee and homemade cakes there will be a plant stall, bric-a-brac and a raffle.  The coffee morning starts at 10am.


Village Calendar

We are making a village calendar for 2020 which will show off the wonderful views of Upton Bishop and Phocle Green. We are keen to include photos taken by villagers and are particularly looking for landscapes, animals, buildings and nature. If you have a photograph which you would like to be considered for inclusion please email it to oliviaboon7@gmail.com. At the summer fete on June 15th a sample calendar will be available and we will take orders for delivery later in the year.


Church repairs and maintenance

Every five years our church architect inspects the church building and makes recommendations for repairs. While some of these will require expensive work, there are jobs which could be done by willing volunteers or kind donors.

Would you be able and willing to help with any of these?

  •  Surface Water Drainage: clear gullies and debris.
  • WC Roof: Remove debris/vegetation
  • Path to SE gateway: remove moss growth.
  • Valley and other gutters: clear vegetation and debris.
  • Replace rainwater butt.
  • Replace porch rubber-backed mat with natural fibre mat.
  • Organ chamber door: oil wood and decorate ironmongery.
  • Remove vegetation and moss from roofs and paths.
  • Remove ivy from gravestones and walls
  • Compost bins: ensure compost is kept off the stone walls.
  • SW Gateway – Repair stone platform.
  • SW Gateway Ramp: repoint retaining wall and improve guarding
  • Rainwater goods: repair and redecoration.
  • Perimeter channel: replacement with surface water and French drainage.
  • Window guards: redress/secure mesh.
  • Boundary Walls – Vegetation removal and localised repair.

If you can help, please contact the churchwarden, Olivia Boon, on 780321.

Thank you.


APCM Annual General Meeting – April 11th

Come and find out what has been happening in your church over the last year and what our plans are for the next 12 months.  The meeting starts at 7.30pm at the church and includes  a Lenten supper of soup and cheese.  All welcome.

Crafty People – April 11th

Have fun making things for yourself, friends and family with like-minded people.  2-4pm in the Millennium Hall on the second Thursday of every month.

Open WI Meeting – April 9th

The Women’s Institute meeting on April 9th is an open meeting which anyone can attend.  The talk will be on Art Deco by Colette Mansell-Gray.  The meeting starts at 8pm and costs £4.00.


Mothering Sunday – March 31st

Join us in the Millennium Hall at 10.30am for a Mothering Sunday service with posies for  Mum,  followed by a free brunch.  We are hosting the Benefice Mothering Sunday celebration on behalf of all six parishes in Ariconium.


Free Heartstart training – Saturday, March 30th and Saturday, September 28th

We have a defibrillator in the village but what do you do in an emergency while you are waiting for the defibrillator to arrive? On Saturday 30th March and Saturday, September 28th Heartstart is coming to the Millennium Hall at 2pm to train us in how to keep our loved ones, friends and neighbours alive until help comes. The March session is fully booked but there are places on the September session.  Please contact Olivia on 780321 or olivia@boonmail.co.uk to book your place. Tea and cake will be provided.

Heartstart poster


Daffodil Tea – Saturday, March 16th

Come and see the beautiful wild daffodils in the churchyard and stop for a cup of tea and a piece of cake while you are there.  Tea will be served between 3 and 4pm.

Alastair and Jan Stevenson are offering a walk around their field with wild daffodils and trees from 2pm on 16th March before the teas.  Park at/ walk to the church as for the teas and then walk down the hill, past the stream at the bottom and there will be an opening in the hedge/fence a few yards along by the telegraph pole.  FREE, but we would ask for extra generous donations to the church with teas!

Note: Ground may be rough/ wet and grass long in patches though we have cut some paths. However, all visitors do so entirely at their own risk.


Pancake Day – Tuesday, March 5th

Pancake races, tossing and eating as well as craft activities from 5.30-7pm on Tuesday, March 5th in the Millennium Hall.  Please bring your own frying pan.  This is a free event although we will be accepting donations.  Everyone welcome.


Coffee Morning – Friday, March 1st

Join us for a coffee morning at Beeches at 10.30am on Friday, March 1st.  There will be coffee, cake and the chance to buy interesting items.  All proceeds in aid of church funds.


CDs and DVDs wanted

We’re hoping to have a CD/DVD stall at the Summer Fete on June 15th June.

In an era of music and films being streamed from the Internet hard copies of CDs and DVDs are becoming less relevant. But there are still lots of people out there who are happy to continue to collect. If you have a collection of CDs and/or DVDs and would like to streamline (sic) your collection let us know and we will gladly take them off your hands.


Dogs at Lower Foxhall Farm

We have been told by a local resident that Herefordshire Council needs to gather as much information as possible in order to put forward a case to its legal team for a decision to be made as to whether or not this individual case is deemed ‘in the public interest’ for prosecution proceedings to be brought against the owner in respect of non-compliance with the terms of the enforcement notice.

What this means is that the council is not sure whether enough people have complained about the planning infringement (or support it) for them to consider prosecuting(or not ) the owner over the non-removal of the dogs.

Apparently they are gathering information this week so anyone who objects to (or supports) the continuing presence of the dogs needs to make their objections (support) known to the council.

The Planning Application number is
P173264 -F Weston Under Penyard, Ross-on-Wye

You need to phone 01432 261761 between 9am and 4.15pm (monday to friday) and and ask for the environmental group to register your comments about the noise nuisance of the dogs.


Carol Service – Sunday, December 23rd

What a wonderful start to Christmas week.   A packed church,  wonderful soloists, uplifting singing and joyous readings.  Well done to everyone involved.


Carol singing around the village

We sang carols around the village in the week before Christmas and raised more than £340 for the church and Mindscape, a local dementia charity.  Thank you to everyone who sang and to those who gave generously.

Sunday Funday Christmas Event – Saturday, December 15th

Young and old had a great time at the ‘Sunday Funday’ Christmas event for adults and children on Saturday, December 15th.  There was the opportunity to make stars, head bands and Christmas cards and at the end everyone joined in with a pop-up nativity.  Thank you Jane Ayres for organising it all.

christmas sunday funday

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.


Bauble Tree

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 jane.e.ayres@me.com






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.

Andy Taylor


The Herefordshire Regimental Museum

Suvla Barracks

Harold St




Prayer Group

Prayer Group meeting at the church on Wednesday, July 4th at the church at 2pm.  All welcome.


Walking Netball

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 ubpcclerk@yahoo.co.uk 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:  newentfridaymarket@gmail.com


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.


Bauble Tree

Thank you to everyone who hung decorations on our bauble tree in the centre of the village.  It looked wonderful.



Carol Singing

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.


Pilates Class

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 sally.crompton@mac.com or telephone 07490 466905


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 peter@pjfray.co.uk.

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.

Ariconium Cup

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.


Scarecrow competition

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?











kitchenSummer fete

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.



Community larder

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.





POur lovely phoneboxhone 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.

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

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

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.


There were lots of stalls selling wonderful thingsChristmas 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 boxPhone 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. 

 If anyone is  interested in having an allotment  tending,  growing  wonderful produce please contact Maddy Jones on  maddy-jones@hotmail.com  Tel: 07970 343148 or Fiona Manns  fiona.j.manns@btinernet.com


 Please come along to the Parish Council Meeting   Monday 7th November  7.30pm  to meet  Maddy and find out about this exciting new venture. 


Coffee Morning

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-manoucheCafe 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 canvass@herefordshire.gov.uk

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

Jazz is coming to Upton Bishop
Upton Bishop JazzUpton Bishop is to have its very own jazz club.  New UB residents Maddy and Stuart Carter-Smith are jazz enthusiasts and want to share their love of music with their new neighbours.
The first jazz evening will be on Tuesday, September 6th in the Millennium Hall starting at 7.30pm.  Stuart is bringing his internationally acclaimed jazz trio Holder and Smith to the first evening.  Holder and Smith which consists of Stuart on guitar, Ben Holder on violin and Tom Moore on bass have played at venues and festivals throughout Europe and the US.
They are widely regarded as one of the most exciting swing music acts to emerge from the UK over the last five years and are regularly flown to places such as Monaco, San Sebastián, Barcelona and Vegas to play at Celebrity parties and events.
Their music is described as a unique twist on 1940s swing jazz making it full of excitement with boundless energy and lighthearted exuberance.
Last year’s highlights for the band included performances at the star studded Wimbledon Sunday charity party, the Rugby World Cup celebrity ball, the indoor Cricket World final and headlining the Vegas Unplugged music festival (Las Vegas) to name a few.
Stuart is a highly regarded Gypsy Jazz guitarist and has been at the forefront of playing and promoting this style of music in the UK for the last 20 years.  He founded the Bakewell Music festival, Las Vegas Unplugged festival (Vegas) and IGGF, (www.iggf.co.uk) which is the largest swing jazz festival in the UK seventeen years ago and it’s still going strong.
Maddy is a music booking agent and manager and managed Gypsy Fire, their successful band that has extensively toured UK theatres including the Royal Albert Hall and tours throughout Europe and across the United States over the last five years.
For a preview of what to expect take a look at
Tickets, which include a glass of bubbly,  cost £10 if booked in advance or £12 on the door.  There are also discounts for groups of ten or more.
For more information contact Maddy on 07970 343148

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.

Summer Fete

Beeches was the perfect location

Beeches was the perfect location

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.

coconut shy



Welly wanging



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.



Book club

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.