What’s on and News

More village news can be found in The Chimes and on our Facebook and Twitter pages


Hereford Cathedral School choirs, featuring the award-winning Cantabile Girls Choir, will be performing in Upton Bishop Church on 2nd March 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. 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.


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.


Daffodil Day – March 24th

10am-4pm at Upton Bishop Church.  Home made cakes and plants.


Allotment Open Day – March 25th

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.


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.


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


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.

Summer Fete – June 16th

This very successful event has become a firm favourite and will once again be held at Beeches.


 In September we are planning an event in the church for the Ride and Stride weekend. This raises funds for the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, which has helped us with money for various projects in the past. The theme will be the Rev Francis Havergal, Rector at Upton Bishop and his sister Frances, who was a hymn writer. There will also, of course, be tea and cake.


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.