Copy deadline for March edition - Saturday 8th February

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We hope you all had a super Christmas and New Year (just hope that 2020 doesn’t go quite as quickly as 2019 seemed to!).
With just candlemas to go, the Christmas festivities are almost over for Lea Church for another year and we look forward to 2020 with hope and enthusiasm for our church. We have a slight change to our rota – but one which doesn’t affect our usual services at Lea.  We will be having a Benefice Service every second Sunday of the month instead of just on 5th Sundays.  So, on 9th February it will be our turn to welcome to Lea all the other parishes’ members for a Communion service followed by coffee and biscuits!  Please do come and join us – the service starts at 10.30am, we would love to see you.

The Shoe Box Appeal – I have had an email to inform me that most of the boxes from our area went to Moldova, I will update you as further information is available.
By the time you read this we will have had our annual planning meeting for the Entertainments’ Committee to decide what events we will hold to fund raise for the church for this year.  If there is an event you think would be suitable for us to hold, please don’t be shy!  Just give me, Marion, a ring click here to contact to tell me your ideas – no rude ones please!!

Please note that there are no longer any rubbish/recycling bins in the churchyard, so we ask that you please kindly take your rubbish away with you from now on. Thank you.
Finally, our sympathies go to the family and friends of Bryan Long, who passed away in November and to Jack Williams who died in early December.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lea Friday Painters have started their new term and would welcome any new members or anyone who thinks they would like to know more about us.  We meet on Friday mornings, 9:30am- 12 noon in Lea Village Hall, pop in to see us around 10am for a coffee.
The Christmas Lunch Club event welcomed over 60 guests who enjoyed a truly delicious, freshly prepared lunch – thank you to everyone that came and told us how much you enjoyed it; to Lea School for visiting and singing for us and an especially big thank you to all the helpers who ensured the hall looked so very festive and helped with preparing the meal, serving and the big clear-up afterwards!  With many thanks also to the Lea Residents’ Association for their grant that allowed us to order three insulated cafetieres just in time for the meal.  Going forward these will be used at the coffee mornings and lunches with a supply of fresh coffee donated by Alan Keef Ltd.  Our next lunch will be on 26th February from midday at the Village Hall - a three-course lunch followed by coffee will be served along with a free glass of wine.  Booking is essential so please contact Nicky click here to contact by 21st February. We look forward to welcoming everyone back.

Our first flicks at the Village Hall for the year will be on Thursday 13th Feb NOT 18th as stated in the copy with a film that needs little introduction – Downton Abbey.  Come along and relax into the wonderful world of Downton which will be shown on the hall’s brand-new cinema size screen that was installed just before Christmas. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Adults £5.00, children £3.00.  Tea and coffee included in the price.
The new cinema screen will also be available to hall users that wish to make use of it (with prior arrangement), so if you’re planning a family get together and want to run a slide show of pictures and video; or are planning an event for your club that needs a large screen – this is the perfect venue.The hall committee would like to thank the Lea Residents’ Association for their very kind grant that allowed for the purchase and installation of the screen. Over the years the LRA has been hugely supportive of the hall with grants that have helped to ensure the hall can continue to be the valuable village asset that it is. In recent years this has included assistance with the installation of a new central heating boiler and dishwasher for the kitchen.

The AGM of the village hall committee will be held on Wednesday 19th February at 7pm in the committee room at the hall.  The committee for the hall is made up of a Chair, Secretary, Bookings Clerk and Treasurer with other representatives drawn from the various user groups of the hall.  The meeting is open to all and offers of help with the day-to-day running of the hall are warmly welcomed, whether you can spare just a few hours a month or more. If you’re new to the village, why not come along and see what’s involved in keeping the hall running – we as a village own the hall and it’s down to everyone to keep it open and available to all.
At the next Annual General Meeting of the Lea Residents Association to be held on Monday 24th  February 2020 in Lea Village Hall at 8pm, the current Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of the Association will resign from the Committee.  Together these officers have served for many, many years.  If not enough interested parties come along to replace these members and other members of the committee who also wish to resign, then the Lea Residents’ Association will cease to function and in accordance with its Constitution, the monies will be distributed amongst organisations within 1.5 miles of The Crown Inn, Lea. For those new to the village, the Association goes back a long, long way and although no-one is certain of its origins, it seems to have been set up to run the hugely popular Lea Show that started in 1944 and which attracted 1000 visitors! This Show ran until 2014 when a washout event caused significant losses.  The LRA has continued in a smaller form since and has continued to help a great many people and clubs in the village.  Long may it continue!
Prior to Christmas we distributed funds or pledged to financially assist the following organisations:-
Play days at Rudhall View and support with Village Christmas presents
Aston Ingham Scout Group
Lea Lunch Club
Lea Village Hall
SCOR Community Choir
Lea Friday Painters
St John the Baptist Church, Lea

The Lea Residents’ Association will be holding our next Bingo Evening on Thursday 20th February at Lea Village Hall, doors open at 7pm and eyes down at 7.30pm.  As always there will be prizes for each game and a £100 Jackpot for one lucky winner to walk away with. Refreshments available and glasses provided if you wish to bring your own alcohol or other drinks.

For those that aren’t aware, we have our own Crown Inn darts team that play in division 2 of the Ross-on-Wye Darts League.  Matches are played on a Monday evening and regular team practise is on a Thursday – we all play for fun and really aren’t too serious.  The darts area at the Crown is always available during opening times.  If you’d like to know more about the darts, please contact John Roworth click here to contact
If a game of Crib is more your thing then contact Di at the pub – you’ll be made very welcome.  Call Di click here to contact

Apologies for the error in December Chimes – the bus that now goes past Lea Villa Park is the number 746  Once again - the times of this service are:

Leaving Lea to go to Ross –
Leaving Lea Villa Park at 10.08.
Returning from Ross to Lea and going past Lea Villa Park -
Leaving Cantilupe Road at 12.15, 14.10 and 16.30

Just tell the driver you wish to stop at Lea Villa Park.

By kind permission of the Crown Inn, the fish ‘n’ chip van will be a permanent visitor to the village.  Offering gluten-free dishes on its menu, the van has received really good feedback from those that have used it before. The van will be parked at the Crown Inn car park on the last Thursday of the month
from 5pm – 8pm.

The first Café of the New Year will be on Wednesday 5th February from 10am – midday.  Come along and enjoy a chat with friends and neighbours whilst enjoying free coffee, tea and cake.  There’s always lots of friendly people to talk to even if you think you might not know anyone.
It was with great sadness that we learnt that Jack Williams passed away in early December.  He will be greatly missed by all his friends at the Café and Lunch Club.
To find out more about the Lea Café call Gill click here to contact


For more information visit

CONTACT Clerk Jayne Dunstan on email 

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

At the Parish Council meeting held on 8th January all Councillors were in attendance along with the Clerk, Ward Cllr William Wilding, one parishioner and one representative from Herefordshire County Council to introduce the Talk Community Hub.
The Talk Community Hub is an initiative from HCC, aimed at helping local communities to deliver support to those living in that community. With isolation and loneliness so prevalent in rural communities, the vision is to help people stay well and connected in the place they call home by ensuring there is easy and accessible information available about the support they might need to live independent and happy lives.  This support could be as simple as providing information about local clubs and events, to pointing a villager in the right direction to access adult social care, including information about being a carer.  The vision is to adopt a Talk Community Hub offering a ‘one stop shop’ for information right here in our village.  Several hubs are already up and running and, whilst all quite different to each other, are proving very successful.  Whilst overseen by HCC, this will very much be a community project run by our community, for everyone in the community, young and old alike.  Cllr Sylvie Nicholls has pulled together a small team to kick start setting this up and at this stage talks are continuing with the village hall to be the home of the ‘hub’ as well as talking to potential volunteers to be involved.  If you think you might have something to offer and want to find out more, then please contact Sylvie.

We are in receipt of an update related to the flood alleviation scheme:  
Work is progressing to finalise the aspects of works necessary to begin on site, although with the Christmas shutdown there is no significant change from the previous update. We appreciate the perception of progress in the village but can assure you that much careful planning is ongoing to prepare for the actual works. 
 The planning application for certain elements of works including those within the curtilage of listed buildings has been finalised.
 The necessary land agreements are progressing well with all Heads of Terms issued and signed copies returned. This includes the compound site to the south of the B4222. Some further discussion with landowners on terms are being finalised.
 Following the tender submission, the assessment of the returns has been concluded and the final discussions with bidders are underway prior to award of contract.
 We are continuing to develop the detailed programme and we still anticipate commencing works in March 2020.
 Discussions with directly affected landowners is ongoing led by the HC estates team, and we anticipate the wider communications of the works in February.


Dog fouling continues to be a problem in the village and residents and visitors alike are urged to always clean up after your dog. In an effort to assist in this regard, the parish council has committed to provide and service a litter bin to go at the Rock Lane end of Gypsy Lane.

NEXT MEETINGS: The next Parish Council meeting will be on 5th February at 7.30pm at the Village Hall.