Hello all, I do hope you all had a Happy Easter and didn't eat too many eggs!  Thanks to all who supported our recent coffee morning and quiz night.  We raised approximately £600 over both events!  Thanks to Jonathon & Martin Fredrikson for the questions and running a very successful and enjoyable evening.  Our next event is a talk by Alan Keef, entitled 'Bristol Channel Boating' on Thursday May 12th, doors open 7pm for 7.30 start.  Tickets are £7.50 to include nibbles and a glass of wine, available from Marion on click here to contact
Look out for further events on the noticeboards.
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Barbara Rogers recently. Barbara lived in Lea for many years and was a big supporter of Lea Church, we will miss her greatly. Our sympathies go to all her family and friends, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
After being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, the Steam-Up is back. From the locomotive works right here in the village, Alan Keef Ltd makes and restores railway locomotives and carriages and builds railways for customers all over the world and the Steam-Up is your chance to see some of our work and take a ride on one of our own steam engines as well as one of our visiting engines. Our Steam-Up event is Lea Church’s biggest fund-raising event, so please put the date in your diary - 24th September. As 2022 marks the company’s 50th anniversary and the 30th Steam-Up event held since the company relocated to The Lea from its previous home in Oxfordshire, the event is sure to be the best yet. The Steam-Up has raised over £60,000 over the years, all for local good causes including the village hall, school, church and St Michael’s Hospice. If you’ve not seen what we do, then take a look at www.alankeef.co.uk where we’ll also be posting news closer to the time.


All our regular groups are back and we notice an uptake in outside bookings too. The main news is that Anne Vaudin, our new booking secretary, has created a website for the hall, which we think is brilliant.  In addition to being a showcase of the hall and its facilities and booking fees, it enables user groups to have their own pages to advertise events.  

There is also an easy access bookings calendar to check on availability.  We are very grateful to Anne, the website name is leavillagehall.com,  please check it out.

How lovely it was to have the school children come down to sing some songs for (and with!) us all at the April Coffee Morning.   We also voted on where to go for our day out and the main details decided are:-
Thursday, 26th May, Day tour of Cotswolds villages including a visit to Sezincote House & Gardens.  We have exclusive use of the coach for the day and tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis.  
Please could everyone bring their £10 to our next Coffee Morning which will be Weds. 4th May.  As always, contact me if you would like a lift.   Gill:  click here to contact

It has been a busy term for Rowan Class culminating with our production of ‘Three Little Trees’, a short Easter play, telling the tale of three little trees who had big dreams for their future. They ended up with their wood being made into the Manger for baby Jesus, the fishing boat which carried Jesus on the stormy seas and the Cross onto which Jesus was nailed. The children were amazing performers and their singing was particularly strong; a delight to listen to. Well done children!


The school held their traditional Easter service in Lea Church and it was lovely to be able to invite parents, carers and friends in again after two and a half years. Our School Captains, together with Year 6 children and Father David, led the service very well and each class performed too. All of the children and staff wore Palm Crosses to mark the occasion, kindly donated by Mrs Kings, who came into school to help make them with the children.
The Friday before breaking up we also celebrated our Easter Extravaganza with a whole school and Nursery Easter Egg and Spoon race and all children decorating eggs.
We are looking forward to the Summer Term with Residentials to London for Years 5 & 6 and Oakerwood for Year 4.  We have also lots of sporting events arranged, Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, another class production, whole school trip to the beach and hopefully a Summer Fayre too!
If you would like to come and see us in action, either at school or Nursery, please contact Rachel Gwilliam in our office, who can arrange an informal visit. click here to contact

You are sure to recognise the local places, events and even names in this book of poems by Bob Choulerton who lives in Lea Bailey. Bob came to live at Norton Cottage in 2004 when he married Brenda Ruck (formerly Roberts).  Brenda died in 2013.  Now, describing himself as a late developer, at the age of 84 he has just published his first book, a collection of poems called ’Lines from Lea Bailey’.  There is much of local interest, as well as broader issues in his poems, which he describes as the siftings of his experience as a lifelong introvert.  The following excerpt will surely resonate with regular readers of this magazine:  a poignant observation of the Chimes community ploughing on through the pandemic:


Our recent two Bingo Nights have raised over £500 between them.  And due to popular demand, we will now be running these Bingo Nights on a monthly basis, so do get the following dates in your diary for the remainder of 2022:-
11th May;   15th June;    13th July;   15th September;   19th October;   16th November;
They are all at the village hall with eyes down at 7.30pm plus raffle, refreshments (bring your own alcohol) and of course a chance to win the £100 Jackpot.  This year the LRA’s main fundraising is for the village hall play equipment which needs replacing.
Plans for the JUBI ‘LEA’ bring and share lunch to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are coming together.  More details in next edition, but save the date – Sunday, 5th June – for what we hope will be an enjoyable community day for the whole village.

Our raffle in aid of Ukraine raised over £160 – thank you to everyone that brought a prize along and to everyone that made donations and bought tickets.  Our picture shows the fantastic pile of groceries that we bought and sent off. The next lunch is on 25th May – usual time and place – midday the Village Hall and at a cost of £7 each it is fantastically good value. This is an increasingly popular event and booking is necessary as we cook the hot, three-course meals to order. Due to holiday, Sylvie Nicholls will be handling bookings for the May lunch so please give her a call on click here to contact to make or amend your booking.


LEA PLAY & CHAT ….fun mornings for parents and little ones
We have been busy making butterfly wands, hand printing plates and icing Easter biscuits and had lots of fun with bubbles and balloons and singing songs.
We meet on Friday mornings (term-time only) in Lea primary school hall from 9 to 10.30am
Come along and join the fun enjoy a coffee, snack and have a chat no charge
follow us on Facebook@leaplayandchat or for more information contact Carolyn click here to contact

Open Coffee Morning event on 3rd May, 10am till 1pm at Lea Village Hall.
To Discuss Lea Village RBL Standard and possible reforming of your local Branch.
Committee and members from Ross On Wye & District Branch will available for open discussion on the day and to answer any questions.   Contact: Graham Aplin Branch Chairman or Jane Bazeley Welfare Chair click here to contact


Please note that the free weekend bus services within Herefordshire, will continue until the end of August 2022. 


For more information visit www.theleaparishcouncil.org.uk

CONTACT Clerk Jayne Dunstan on email clerk@theleaparishcouncil.org.uk 

AGENDA: Available on Parish Council Notice Board and the website.


The April meeting was attended by all councillors and one member of the public.
The main discussion was around the Easter Monday village walk. By the time you read this the walk will have followed a route designed to cater for most able-bodied people and their dogs.

It was confirmed that the contractor tasked with upgrading the footpath leading uphill from the traffic lights in the centre of the village was due to start work which should be completed by the time that you read this
The Parish Council has been affected by an email service failure and steps have now been taken to overcome this. If the problems continue it has been decided to consider using a reliable .gov email address. Whilst this problem has been ongoing work has started to create and introduce an entirely new parish council website due to be a significant improvement and to be of benefit to all in the village.

The only significant planning matter considered was an application to build 4 houses at Castle End farm next to the 10 that are currently being built.  Refusal of the application has been recommended for a whole list of reasons.

There are several matters which remain of ongoing concern. In particular the failure of Herefordshire Council/Balfour Beatty to fill potholes along the minor roads nor carry out any routine maintenance along the A40 which is a real annoyance.  Also of ongoing and increasing concern is dog fouling around the village. The message is clear - pick it up and either drop it into roadside bins or the specific dog bins. Better still take it home and put into the rubbish bin. The penalty for anybody caught not picking up dog poo can be quite severe.

The next routine meeting of Lea Parish Council will be at the Village Hall on Wednesday 4th May at 7.30pm and before that at 7.00pm the annual village meeting is scheduled. All residents are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend.