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...

Visitors turn back the centuries at Weobley Church heritage open day

View from the parapet around the spire

Sue Hubbard showing off the historical records

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.

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.

Special service at Byford for all creatures, great and small

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. Read more...

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...

Weobley Church Heritage Open Day

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. Read more...

Pet Blessing Service

On Sunday 30th September at 4.00pm all pets and their people are warmly invited to a service of blessing in Byford Church. Pets are asked to be on leashes or in suitable containers, and pictures of pets that cannot be present or are deceased are also welcomed.