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Bumble Bees looking for good homes
Chicory Crops has a number of bumble bees looking for new homes.
Churches Count on Nature week 5th – 13th June
There are over 20,000 burial grounds in England and Wales ranging from small mediaeval church yards to large Victorian city cemeteries. Burial grounds can be remnants of the landscape that once surrounded them, home to plants animals and insects now rare in our wider countryside. In urban areas they can be havens for wildlife peaceful spaces for people and provide essential green space in built up areas. They also encapsulate the history of communities tell us about the lives of those who lived here before us.
Churches Count on Nature is a joint initiative promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church of England and the Church in Wales. During a week in June, it brings local people together to discover the wildlife in their local church yard, recording the species they find, combining their results with others which will be collated on the National Biodiversity Network , a nationwide database of wildlife in the UK.
At Upton Bishop we will be carrying out a survey of wildlife in our churchyard and hope it will encourage everyone from the village to come and see how beautiful and interesting our churchyard is. Anyone can record plants, bugs, birds and animals during the week. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it or come as it gets dark and see if you can spot our resident bats. There will be sheets available to record your findings and people around to help you see what to look out for. If you are able to help with this, please let jane or Olivia know.
Plant Sale for Christian Aid – May 3-17
Plants will be on sale outside Birtletons from Monday, May 3rd. All sales will go to Christian Aid. Please come and buy plants or if you have spare seedlings please consider donating them.
Upton Bishop Parish Council – Help Urgently Needed
Applications for 2 Councillors—apply before 3rd May
Assistance with our Emergency Plan – volunteers needed across the Parish to help create and manage a plan to help local people during emergencies such as flooding.
Parish Maintenance Contract—The Parish Council invites tenders from interested parties to fulfil this position.
Tenders are now open and will close on 31st May.
Please contact Alison Feist about any of the above at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanhouse Farm on youtube
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
The notice of election for the position of West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has been published and is available here.
Litter Picking in Parish
Under current COVID-19 guidance we are unable to organise litter picking, however we know that under lockdown many residents in and outside the Parish are collecting litter on their walks.
The Parish Council appreciate your assistance in clearing up after the inconsiderate people passing through the Parish. The PC has managed to obtain from Balfour Beatty on loan, litter picking equipment to assist your safety. We have a small supply of bags, hoops, pickers and hi-vis jackets, we would recommend that you use your own gloves and please do not touch the litter please. Anyone wanting to use this equipment, can you please send email email@example.com for a form and can arrange collection.
The PC has noticed there seems to be increasing number of alcohol tins and bottles along the road which will be considered at next PC Meeting.
Upton Bishop Parish Emergency Plan
Following the issues over Christmas 2020, the Upton Bishop Parish Council decided to set up a subcommittee that would develop an Upton Bishop Parish Emergency Plan (PEP), on behalf of the Upton Bishop community, in order to increase the resilience of the community to react and deal with local emergencies.
The Parish Council has already approved and is awaiting delivery of a sand bin, hessian sand bags and lock which will be sited at the Millennium Hall.
The Plan will
Ensure that the PEP remains focused at the Parish level of emergency response.
- Ensure the PEP does NOT impinge on individual, households or business for their own responsibilities for dealing with emergencies.
- Ensure the PEP does NOT take on the responsibilities or hinder the statutory authorities or emergency services dealing with any emergencies across the Parish.
Our first task, is to ask for volunteers from across the community to staff the PEC. Initially to try and have a minimum of 5 volunteers from across the 5 areas listed below:
- Crow Hill
- Phocle Green
- Tan House
- Upton Court, Blue Skies area
Hopefully it will not have to be implemented very often, but we all have the reassurance that there is someone to help.
Anyone interested, can you please in the first instance, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Share pictures of your spring flowers
In an effort to lift everyone’s spirits we are asking villagers to share photos of spring flowers they have seen in their gardens or when they have been walking around the village.
Keep Herefordshire Warm
Keep Herefordshire Warm is a Herefordshire Council scheme to help local residents access funding to help keep their homes warm.
Find out more by phoning 0800 6771432 0r visiting the website www.keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk/winter
UB St John’s Quilt
With the long dark evenings and gloomy weather it’s a good moment to turn back to our 15x15cm squares. Stitch, embroider, appliqué using any bits of fabric, buttons, sequins, wool, ribbon you have at home. The attached photos give you an idea of the variety we already have. As you can see, some have a religious or commemorative theme (I have 6 of these so far), some are inspired by nature and old Christmas cards (8 of these), others are abstract or patchwork (11 of these).
A40 Lea closed for six weeks from January 11th
The A40 in the Lea, from the B4224 to the Gloucestershire Boundary, will be closed from Monday 11th January 2021 for 6 weeks for flood management works.
There will be access for residents and pedestrian access will be maintained.
The work on the flood management includes crossing the A40 with a 900mm diameter pipe and associated manholes in the A40 and collection chambers North and South of the A40.
Robert Simpson H.A.P.
Died after a full life and short illness on the 8th December aged 72. Greatly missed by his partner Liz, his sons Jake and Rupert and his grandchildren Rosie, Fiona, George and Oliver.
Fruit Farmer and founder of Chicory Crops Ltd in 1971, keen aviator, old car enthusiast, longstanding member of VCC and VSCC. Practical supporter of Dymock C.C. and Newent R.F.C.
Nothing Robert did was normal :-
He was the pioneer in the production of chicory, strawberries, raspberries, apples and cherries and very proud of his direct relationship with M&S and Waitrose. The passion for horticulture came from his father who came to the area to manage Castle Fruit Farm (now Bentleys) and then starting Boulsdon PYO after the war.
He had a passion for flying which came from his father who was a navigator in Swordfish Torpedo Bombers in W.W.2. They were some of the first people to take up hang gliding in the U.K. with frequent medical consequences. Hobbies in his earlier life were also pot holing and canal tunnel exploration and in later life were flying where he would often be seen flying high above Herefordshire countryside. He built his first microlight and had a very keen interest in vintage and veteran cars, travel and very old clocks. In his retirement he was busy with old cars, always in his workshop tinkering.
He had a particular fondness for South Africa where his sister Kate lives. The last trip with Liz involved buying a land cruiser and driving around the countries in Southern Africa with a sticker on the side saying ‘Old Farts Safari 2017’.
He was in the process of mounting a 2 stroke engine that he bought from the internet onto a bicycle to prove to a man with a battery powered e-bike that engines are always better.
He took a very active role as a grandad, affectionately known as Robrob to his grandchildren.
An extraordinary man.
Community Help Needed
Following events over Christmas, it has been identified that in the event of emergencies in the Parish, Herefordshire Council cannot be counted on to provide assistance. At Upton Bishop Parish Council Meeting on 5th January 2021, it was discussed and agreed, that we need to collate our own Emergency Plan for this Parish. We are looking at obtaining our own supply of sandbags, and we need volunteers who would be prepared to help with filling sandbags, maybe assist with clearing a ditch to prevent flooding, someone who could supply a temporary pump, or maybe provide
temporary heating, blankets or a flask of soup.
It is important that we support each other in the time of emergency as Hereford Council is no longer there for us and the Emergency Services often have other priorities.
It is hoped that we will not have to call on anyone often, but it would be good to have the reassurance that someone is available locally and immediately.
Anyone with any ideas/suggestions, or more importantly who would willing to be listed on the plan to offer assistance, please write to email@example.com. A plan will be created for the Parish and a copy distributed. This is a community initiative that needs your help.
6th January 2021 Upton Bishop Parish Council
Walkthrough Christmas Experience
The walkthrough Nativity was a fabulous success. On Saturday it proceeded as planned with family bubbles walking through the churchyard to hear the Christmas story. On Sunday the rain meant we had to move inside but we all kept our distance and the show went on. Thank you to everyone who took part, all those who came and watched, our volunteer helpers and of course, Jane Ayres, without whom it would never have happened.
Herefordshire Council wants your views on rubbish collections
Herefordshire Council is asking residents for their opinions on future rubbish collections. Take the survey here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/1066/the-future-of-rubbish-and-recycling-in-herefordshire-have-your-say
The Carol Singers couldn’t go door to door this year, but a small group visited set spots around the parish in December.
They were delighted so many people came to their doors and joined in with singing ‘Hark the Herald’ and Clapping for the Ross Larder.
We raised a whopping £384.96 for the Ross Larder and have received this response from them:
“Thank you so much for the donation, to the Community Larder, of £384.96 received today. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and these donations make such a difference, enabling us to help those of our clients who are struggling in these difficult times.”
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/
UPTON BISHOP PUMPKIN COMPETITION
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
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.
Harvest Festival – September 6th
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – in confidence in the first instance for further information.
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 email@example.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.
Pancake Pandemonium – Feb 25th 2020
The village’s Pancake Pandemonium was a fantastic success. Well done to everyone involved.
At the Parish Council in January 2020 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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com and we can then work with the local police to try to reduce the danger.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday, May 28th 2019
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.
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.
Carol Service – Sunday, December 23rd 2018
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
MEMORIAL FOR WORLD WAR ONE SOLDIER
The Common Wealth War Graves Commission are looking for relatives of a World War One soldier who is buried in a Herefordshire Churchyard so that a memorial headstone can be erected.
Private Charles Henry Gibbons had enlisted in The Herefordshire Regiment, at Ross On Wye in the summer of 1913 at the age of 19; the 1911 census shows he was a milkman on a local farm and lived at White House, Upton Bishop.
He was called up for full time military service on the outbreak of war in August 1914 and his obituary published in The Hereford Times records that he saw service in the Middle East and in France where he was badly gassed. He was in hospital in Cardiff and then transferred to Stockport where he died of tuberculosis on 25 January 1919.
Private Gibbons is buried in Upton Bishop Churchyard and the CWGC now wish to erect a memorial headstone and are seeking descendants of Pte Gibbons. He had 2 younger sisters Elsie born 1895 and Alice born 1906 and a younger brother George born 1897. George also served in The Herefordshire Regiment and South Wales Borderers and the obituary shows he was a lance-corporal and arrived from France the day before the funeral.
If any one has any information I would be most pleased to hear it and to pass it on to the CWGC.
The Herefordshire Regimental Museum
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.