Weobley Church was busy all day on Saturday 15 September with people making their way precariously up the tower via the narrow winding stone stairs to the ringing chamber, then an examination of the clock mechanism explained by Alan Jones and, above it, viewing the second heaviest ring of bells in Herefordshire in their new steel frame.The intrepid could then go up another winding section and come out on the narrow parapet round the spire for amazing 360 degree views of the village and Weobley plain between the hills. Inside the church there were historical displays of church accounts and some registers of births, deaths and marriages including one from the mid 1600s on vellum pages, and many other artefacts with people on hand to explain the finer points. In the refreshments area there was percolator coffee and tea and tempting cakes. Members of the team included the Vicar, Sean Semple, Parish Secretary Pat Millington, Tower Captain Cath Brigg, Ruth Palmer and her daughter Matilda.
There will be a Pet Blessing Service at Byford Church on Sunday 30 September at 4pm. Anyone is welcome to bring their pets with them – be it tortoise or tiger – with the only request being that they are kept under control (especially those tortoises, we all know what they can be like).
If you can’t be sure of your beloved’s behaviour then feel free to bring a photograph of them instead, and bring pictures of any departed companions you may wish to remember too.
Please come along to Weobley Parish Church Heritage Open Day with guided tower tours, this Saturday, September 15, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
You can research your family history with the help of Herefordshire Family History Society; look at the old Registers and books; see our Church treasures and learn more about renowned local resident Ella Mary Leather.
Light refreshments will be available all day.
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.’
St Mary Staunton-on-Wye has published two updates on its webpage, detailing the current status of its Heritage Lottery Fund applications, and an update on its building works. You can read both on the Staunton-on-Wye page.
Sunday Teas will once again be served each Sunday between 2.00 and 4.30pm, from Sunday 22nd July to Sunday 2nd September, in St John the Baptist Church, Letton. There will be the usual delights – delicious teas, books, bric a brac etc – all in the charming surroundings of this ancient church. Everyone is welcome.
17th September 10.30 am Harvest Festival at Letton
17th September 4.00 pm Harvest Festival at Monnington-on-Wye
24th September 4.00 pm Harvest Festival at Byford
29th September 7.00 pm Harvest Festival at Staunton-on-Wye
1st October 10.30 am Harvest Festival at Weobley
On the 14th May, The Rt Rev Alistair Magowan, Bishop of Ludlow conducted a Confirmation Service at St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church, Weobley. The confirmands were Sara Dixon, Hazel Schramm, Ella Davies and Taylor Davies. The Rev’d Sean Semple, Rector of the Weobley and Staunton Group of Parishes prepared and presented the confirmands.