What’s on and News
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
Harvest Festival – Sunday, October 2nd
Harvest festival will be celebrated in the church on Sunday, October 2nd at 11.15am. Everyone is welcome.
Big Dipper – Sunday, September 24th
10km run on the lanes in and around Upton Bishop. Starts and finishes at the Millennium Hall. Children’s races at 10.30am and the main race starts at 11am. See the Big Dipper page for more information.
Harvest Supper – Saturday, September 23rd
Join Dick Brice for a Harvest Supper at the Millennium Hall on Saturday, September 23rd starting at 6pm. Entrance is free but donations to help cover the costs will be gratefully received.
Meet your neighbour tea – Saturday, September 2nd
Please come along to the Millennium Hall on Saturday, September 2nd for a meet your neighbour tea. This is a change to have a cup of tea and a bite to eat with people you might not have met before. The tea starts at 3pm and people are asked to bring a plate of food to share.
Congratulations to everyone who made scarecrows for our first village scarecrow competition. The standard was very high and everyone at the fete had the chance to vote for their favourite. The winner was Sozzled Suzie – who could she me modelled on?
More than £1,000 was raised at this year’s summer fete. A massive thank you must go to Olivia Boon for masterminding the event and to John Boyd for kindly hosting it at Beeches. It was a superb afternoon with lots of traditional games including welly wanging and a coconut shy, very popular teas and icecreams, vineyard tours, a human fruit machine and a chicken drop. There were bargains galore at the kitchen stall, lots of scrumptious cakes and jams on the produce stall and a superb array of flowers, vegetables and herbs on the plant stall. Thank you to everyone who ran stalls, set up the fete and cleared up afterwards and everyone who came and helped us raise much needed funds for the church.
Summer holidays always lead to depletion of the stocks of the Ross Community larder. They urgently need donations of tinned meat, tinned vegetables (not beans), toiletries and long life milk and fruit juice. Donations can be left in the box in Upton Bishop church.
Village Fete and Scarecrow competition – Saturday, June 24th
The village fete will be held on Saturday, June 24th at Beeches, starting at 2.30pm. There will be fun for all the family with traditional games, a chicken drop, scarecrow competition, refreshments, home made produce and lots of stalls to browse. To enter the scarecrow competition wither bring your scarecrow of a photo of it along on the day. We’ve already spotted these magnificent scarecrows in Phocle Green.
Phone box book and seed swap
Our gorgeous renovated phonebox (thanks Pete and Rob) has a new lease of life hosting seed and books swaps. Feel free to pop along to pick up some seeds and books and don’t forget to leave some for others.
Bell, Tower and Tea – Saturday 3rd June
Bell, Tower and Tea afternoon in the church from 2.30pm. Come and find out about bell ringing. Hear the big bells and the handbells rung. Have a go at handbell or tower bell ringing yourself. Climb to the top of the tower to get the view. Teas, treasure hunt, activities for children.
The bellringers meet twice a month on Fridays. Once you are tall enough you can never be too old to learn.
Summer Fete – June 24th at 2.30pm
Fete at Beeches, Upton Bishop, on the lane from the Moody Cow towards the church, by kind invitation of John Boyd: welly-wanging, coconut shy, ice cream, teas, human fruit machine, produce, kitchen cupboard stall (clear out your kitchen cupboards: anything in respectable condition you don’t use? contact Peter and Elisabeth Fanshawe 780414), plants, bran tub, chicken drop (what’s that? come and find out!) vineyard tours, handwriting competition prizes and scarecrow competition.
Put up a scarecrow in your garden where passers by can see it. Take a photo and bring it along to the Fete on June 24th or else make a scarecrow – any size – to bring to the Fete. On the day buy tokens to vote for your favourite scarecrow. Prizes for the most popular scarecrows! To enter (£2 per scarecrow) ring Olivia on 780321.
Christian Aid Coffee Morning – May 6th
The Christian Aid Coffee morning will take place at the Church on Saturday, May 6th starting at 10am. There will be plants, home made cakes, bric-a-brac and a raffle. Please come along and support this worthy cause.
Church Spring Clean – April 1st
The annual spring clean of the church will take place on Saturday, April 1st between 10.30am and 2pm. A list of the jobs that need doing is on display in the church.
Mothering Sunday will be celebrated with a Family Communion service in the church on Sunday, March 26th starting at 9.30am. There will be posies of flowers for all the mums. Everyone welcome.
News from Fownhope Medical
Community Link Worker
We are very pleased to introduce Sue Brazendale as our Community Link Officer for a ‘social prescribing’ pilot project starting in March.
Frequently patients visit the GP practice looking for support for non-clinical needs for which medicine isn’t always the best or only answer.
This project will offer a community referral service linking patients to activities provided by social and community groups that will positively impact on their health and wellbeing. Taking part in activities and having support from within the community can help tackle isolation, empower people and also alleviate a range of physical conditions.
Sue will be based at Fownhope Medical Centre part-time for 18 months developing the referral service. We will post more information as the project gets underway over the next weeks and months – watch this space.
Ear syringing is no longer funded by the NHS and is not considered a first line treatment by NHS England. Although the risks are low and nurses have been trained in ear syringing, there is still a small chance (thought to be around 1 in 1000) of complications occurring – e.g perforated ear drum, middle ear infection, external canal infection or tinnitus.
GP surgeries throughout Herefordshire have withdrawn ear syringing and we have now brought this service to a close at Fownhope Medical Centre.
If your ears are regularly becoming blocked with wax there are effective ways to deal with it at home. We can give you a self-help guide at the surgery or you can visit our website for information: www.fownhopesurgery.nhs.uk
There are private providers in Herefordshire who use ear microsuction to remove wax. A list of these providers is included in our self-help guide and on our website too.
Ballroom and Latin American dancing
A new ballroom and Latin American dancing club is running monthly meetings in the Millennium Hall. The doors open at 7.30pm and the dancing is from 8-10.30pm. The cost is £4.50 to include tea and coffee. The first dance is on Saturday,, January 14th and further dances will be held at the same time on February 11th, March 11th, April 8th and monthly throughout the year. Full details are on this poster
Epiphany Play – January 8th
More than 70 people packed the Millennium Hall for a free brunch and Epiphany play which told the story of the wise men and their journey to see Jesus. The Three wise men, Alan Major, Olivia Boon and Jane Ayres, were splendid whilst David Howell as Herod was superbly autocratic. The advisers, soldiers and Mary and Joseph all played their roles well but the star had to be Verity Wallbridge as the servant.
Well done everyone for a great play and raising more than £100 for church funds.
Jazz at the Millennium Hall – December 6th
Tuesday 6th December doors open at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10. Telephone Stuart Carter-Smith or Maddy Jones on 07970 343148 or 07976 727959. This month’s performers are Stuart Carter-Smith, Ben Holder and Jamie Brownfield. This will be Ben’s second visit to Upton Bishop and if you missed him the first time you really need to see him on the 6th. He is an amazing violinist. The event is the Jazz Club’s Christmas special and Stuart, Ben and Jamie will be performing hits from the shows, Sinatra favourites and swing classics. To make it extra Christmassy there will also be mince pies.
Christmas Fayre – December 3rd
More than £2,000 was raised at this year’s Christmas Fayre, making it one of the most successful ever held. The Millennium Hall was packed with people doing their Christmas shopping and there were plenty of stalls to choose from. Handmade craft items, toys, produce and plants were all on offer and there were several games including guess the weight of the Christmas cake, the number of sweeties in a jar and the teddy bears’ names as well as a well-stocked tombola and fabulous Christmas hampers in the raffle. Thanks to Lilah Wainman for organising it and for everyone who ran stalls, served tea and coffee, took money on the door and directed cars. It was a fabulous team effort.
Phone box to be a community asset
The traditional red phonebox in the centre of the village is to be a new community asset for Upton Bishop. The village has taken it over from BT and Peter Fray and Rob Smith have been painstakingly renovating it. They have stripped back the metalwork, replaced the glass and re-painted it and it is looking fab. The picture shows the phonebox partway through renovation. Thank you Pete and Rob for all the work you have put in.
Jazz at the Millennium Hall
Tuesday 1st November doors open at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10 pre booked and £12 on the door. Telephone Stuart Carter-Smith or Maddy Jones on 07970 343148 or 07976 727959. This month’s performers are Stuart Carter-Smith, Jack Challoner and Paul Gregory with ‘The Rhythm Spectacular’.
Ten allotments are available at Pomona Grove Upton Bishop. Each has its own shed and water butt and there is running water at the site along with car parking.
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in gardening to have an allotment. A fantastic view from the site, camaraderie from other allotments holders and all importantly fresh produce.
Please come along to the Parish Council Meeting Monday 7th November 7.30pm to meet Maddy and find out about this exciting new venture.
At the Manor House, Saturday November 26th 10.30am-12.30pm
Wine and Cheese at Beeches, Friday November 18th at 7pm
Come and meet our new Rector by kind invitation of John Boyd. Tickets cost £10 in aid of church funds (larger donations welcome). Limited space so please book early. Contact Olivia on 780321 for more information and to reserve a place.
Remembrance Day Service ,Sunday November 13th 10.50am
There is a Wall of Remembrance in the church for memories of people from World War One. You can put up just a name or their life story and they can be from the village or somewhere else.
Upton Bishop Jazz Club
Cafe Manouche will be performing at the Upton Bishop jazz club on October 4th. They promise ‘swinging hot jazz from the 40s’ and are not to be missed. The doors open at the Millennium Hall at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door. More info from 07970 343148.
Don’t lose your right to vote – complete the Annual Canvass 2016
Each property in Herefordshire will be receiving a “Household Enquiry Form” in mid-September, as part of this year’s Annual Canvass. This form will list all registered voters and asks households to confirm if correct, or add new people or remove people who have moved out.
It is a legal requirement that each household completes and returns their Household Enquiry Form, whether there are changes or not. Anyone in the household aged 18 or over can complete the form for the whole household. It is easy to do and you can complete via phone, text, internet or post – the choice is yours. Full and clear instructions are on the form.
If you have any questions or problems, more information is available on our website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/elections or contact Herefordshire Council Electoral Services on 01432 260107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Whilst the Canvass process helps us to understand who is eligible to vote, it does not register any new electors. New electors must still register individually as well – the easiest way to do this is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and this can be done at anytime
Harvest Festival – September 18th
This year’s Harvest Festival will be celebrated at the church on Sunday, September 18th starting at 11.15am. The service will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.
Harvest Celebration at the Moody Cow – September 14th
On Wednesday 14th September there will be a Harvest Celebration outside the Moody Cow at 6pm. Join us for
mulled cider/apple juice and some harvest nibbles as well as harvest hymn singing and a blessing on all our crops. Do come and join us.
Car Boot Sale – September 10th
There will be a car boot sale in the Millennium Hall on Saturday, September 10th. The gates open for sellers at 8.30am and buyers at 9am. There is space in the car park for cars and there will be a number of tables inside too. There is a £5 charge for sellers and a £1 entry fee for buyers. Spaces are selling fast. Contact Olivia on 780321 to book your place.
The sun shone and we had a marvellous fete at Beeches on Saturday, July 23rd. Visitors could browse pre-loved garden implements and equipment, watch wool being spun and take part in the traditional sport of welly wanging.
There were also cakes, produce and plants for sale and welcome cups of tea and ice creams. The coconut shy had a steady stream of visitors and young and not so young took part in the treasure hunt.
Thanks to John Boyd for generously hosting the fete. Beeches was a magnificent venue and special thanks to Olivia Boon who organised the whole event and to all the volunteers who manned stalls and games. We raised more than £750 for church funds.
July Parish Council meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday, July 18th starting at 7.30pm in the Millennium Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
July 21st Benefice Service
The Benefice Service at Linton on Sunday July 31st will be in the garden of the Alma and the service of communion will be followed by a barbeque. Everyone is welcome. Please bring salads etc. Linton will provide the meat. It would be good to have a contingent from Upton Bishop there.
July 23rd Summer Fete
On Saturday 23 July there will be a Fête at Beeches by kind invitation of John Boyd. It starts at 2.30pm and there will be welly-wanging, a coconut shy, plants, teas, produce, vineyard tours, a demonstration of spinning wool into yarn, a Rose Queen competition and a Pirate treasure hunt all in aid of church funds. Children please come in Rose Queen or Pirate fancy dress. Fete Poster
July 16th Open Gardens
OPEN GARDENS at Newlands Upton Bishop on Saturday 16th July from 11 a.m. in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance and St Michael’s Hospice. Entrance Fee £2.50 to include refreshments. Stalls tombola, bric-a-brac and raffle etc.
Library users survey
Do you use the library service in Herefordshire? If so Herefordshire Council would like to hear your views. They are asking local residents to complete a survey. To find out more visit the Herefordshire Council website.
The next book club book is Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence. Why not join us in the Moody Cow at 6.15pm on Wednesday, August 17th to discuss it.