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...

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

The Lay Clerks in Concert – Weobley Parish Church

Image credit: Michael Whitefoot

The Lay Clerks of Hereford Cathedral are an outstanding male voice ensemble. They sing in the a capella tradition of church music and on Saturday 13 October, at 7.30pm in Weobley Parish Church, they will take you on a whistle-stop tour through seven centuries of secular and sacred music, international folk-songs and close harmony arrangements.

Tickets, which include light refreshments, cost £10 and are available from Wendy Hereford 01544 319223 or Elizabeth Lawrence 01544 318522. Read more...

Staunton on Wye Harvest Festival

We enjoyed a fabulous Harvest Festival at Staunton on Wye on 9 September. Thanks to all who prepared the church and refreshments; our bell ringers; the Staunton Community Choir and preacher, Rev Charles Overton. Part of the collection will go to Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy who provide support to our local farmers. Here are some photos of the day.

This year’s Harvest Festival dates

Following the lovely Harvest Festival Service at St Mary Staunton-on-Wye, earlier in September, here are the dates and times for the rest of the Harvest services this year.

Letton:                                16 September at 11:00 – followed by a light lunch

Monnington-on-Wye:     23 September at 15:30

Weobley                             30 September at 10:30 Read more...

Kinnersley & District Parish Community Lunch

Kinnersley & District Parish Community Lunch 

(Kinnersley, Letton, Norton Canon & Sarnesfield)

The September Parish Community Lunch will be at THE KINNERSLEY ARMS on THURSDAY 20 September at 12:15 for 12:30 SHARP.

Cost will be £6.00 for Main Course, £3.00 for Starter or Dessert. Tea or Coffee are complimentary.

Are you new to Kinnersley or Norton Canon and the wider parish? If so, do come and meet some new neighbours.  All are welcome, and children get a free meal if with an accompanying adult.  And if you know anyone who is housebound but might like to come, do check to see if they would enjoy the occasion. If you or anyone you know would like transport please contact Roger Marshall on 01544 318795 or email: rogermarshall@bbmax.co.uk Read more...

Kinnersley Community Bar-B-Q

For August only the “Kinnersley & District Parish Community Lunch” – includes Kinnersley, Letton, Norton Canon and Sarnesfield – features an Evening Bar-B-Q at The Kinnersley Arms on Thursday 16 August at 6.30pm.

Cost will be £8.00 for a burger or sausage in a bun, selection of salads, and a frozen dessert. Veggie option available, and tea or coffee are complimentary. Children, aged 12 and under, eat free when accompanied by an adult. Read more...

Staunton-on-Wye announces Inclusive Church status

The Parochial Church Council of St Mary, Staunton-on-Wye adopted the following resolution at its meeting on 14 May 2018.

Inclusive Church

“We believe in Inclusive Church – church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, ethnicity, race, marital status or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which chooses to interpret scripture inclusively; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.” Read more...