Weobley Honours its Fallen

Joining the rest of the nation in the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday 11 November, Weobley will hold its Silence and laying of wreaths around the war memorial in the churchyard opposite the main church entrance.

This will be preceded by a silent march to the churchyard, leaving from the centre of the village at 10.45am, led by Clergy, Royal British Legion members, Scouts and other uniformed participants, accompanied by muffled bells. Read more...

War Memorial Ceremonies – Saturday 10 November

The Eardisley and District British Legion will be visiting the war memorials in Letton, Staunton and Byford this Saturday 10 November to lay wreaths, read out the names and remember the fallen of the different villages.  Times are approximately as follows:

Letton Church  11.25am

Staunton War Memorial  11.40am

Byford Church  12 noon

Anybody interested is very welcome to attend these short ceremonies. Read more...

Re-dedication of Historic Altar Frontal

When Weobley Church was having major work done some 10 years ago, Eunice Hayward, a congregation member, rescued from a skip a very dilapidated altar frontal. She asked Jane Lloyd if anything could be done to repair it. Realising that the restoration would be difficult, Jane passed it to the Broiderers’ Guild at the Cathedral. The much-restored frontal was re-dedicated at Weobley on Sunday, October 20. There remained the question of what to do with the remains of the old one which had been consecrated, it is thought, about 150 years ago. There is a possibility it could have had a connection with Leila Peploe, who gave the chancel reredos and north side chancel window, which bears similarities to the vase motif on the frontal.

The pictures show the restored frontal, the remains being destroyed in the churchyard and flowers placed on Eunice’s grave as a token of gratitude for her initiative. Read more...

This Sunday – All Souls’ Service

This Sunday 4th November 2018 at 5.00pm, in the peaceful simplicity of St Mary’s Church, Monnington-on-Wye, we will remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have died. At this All Souls’ Service candles will be lit in thanksgiving and prayer. An invitation is extended to anyone who would like to attend, and if you are unable to attend but would like someone remembered please contact The Rev’d Sean Semple on 01544 318415 or sajsemple@gmail.com Read more...

Dean Earns the Letton Guinea

On Monday, October 29, two dozen people braved below-zero temperatures to make a crowd at Letton Church for the annual Guinea Service. Following the Prayer Book order for Evensong, the invited preacher was Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor.

Taking as his text Mark’s story of the poor widow putting her two small coins into the temple treasury (Mark 12:41-44), Michael revealed something about himself that his hearers did not know – his life-long interest in studying and collecting coins. He had brought three with him, all of which ‘told a story’. Read more...

Cathedral Dean to preach at Guinea Service

The Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor, will preach at this year’s Guinea Service at St John The Baptist Church, in Letton, at 6.30pm on Monday 29 October, in a tradition which dates back to the early 1800s.

In the last will and testament of parishioner Elizabeth Freeman, dated 1810, she left provision to ‘pay The Minister of Letton Church, one Guinea for a sermon in The Church on the 29th October yearly, forever.’ Read more...

Memorable Music from Cathedral Consort

The concert by the Lay Clerks of Hereford Cathedral on Saturday 13 October in Weobley Parish Church Memorwas a resounding success thanks to the enthusiastic team of workers and the generous support of so many members of the community. The music was simply terrific, quite unforgettable.  The surplus on the sale of the tickets plus donations and the excellent raffle meant that we were able to contribute £680 to church funds. Read more...

Thanks from Hans and Doris Moerman

An autographed copy of Michael Tavinor’s book ‘Saints and Sinners of the Marches’ was sent to Hans and Doris Moerman as a gift for their many years of hard work on Pilgrim. They sent this heartfelt response.

“What an enormous surprise! Is that package really for us? Then, realizing it was, we were both moved to tears by your thoughtfulness and such a lovely note. The book is incredibly appropriate and to have the personal dedication by the Dean makes it even more special. Read more...

All Souls’ Service

On Sunday 4th November 2018 at 5pm, in the peaceful simplicity of St Mary’s Church, Monnington-on-Wye, we will remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have died. At this All Souls’ Service candles will be lit in thanksgiving and prayer. An invitation is extended to anyone who would like to attend, and if you are unable to attend but would like someone remembered please contact The Rev’d Sean Semple on 01544 318415 or sajsemple@gmail.com Read more...

Pets bring owners to church

A congregation of canines filled the Cotterell chapel and sat reverently for the start of a service of blessing in St John’s, Byford, on Sunday, Sept 30, which is the nearest Sunday to St Francis’ Day. Those owners not brought by their dogs had pictures of cats, chickens, gerbils, images on tablets and ‘phones – and Barney the pony brought his young rider, Ruby, up to the church but preferred to stay outside for his blessing. The service led by the vicar, Revd Sean Semple, gave thanks for God’s creation in responsive psalm style. It included a short sermon which recognised the value pets and other animals of God’s creation bring to our world – including our local farms and farmers. All Things Bright and Beautiful (of course!) featured as the hymn, and at the end every pet went home buoyed by a personal, prayerful blessing. Here are some pictures from the day