To contact the committee, book the hall, or hire equipment please email or call See online magazine for contact details Visit our website  for information, photos and reviews of past events. You can also follow us on Facebook. For tickets to events at the Hall, please email as before or call See online magazine for contact details

LINTON VILLAGE HALL Supporting and helping during Coronavirus Pandemic Update
The Village Hall remains closed in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  When we open again it will be in line with Government recommendations. The team we have put together with St Mary’s is operating well. We have a list of contacts whom we are able to ask for assistance on behalf of those in need. The Wednesday lunch service is proving popular. Dan and Gemma at the Alma are offering a hot lunch to the local over 70s who are self-isolating. These are being delivered by the team of volunteers and have proved extremely popular. Last week, the Brownies paintings and poems were made into cards and were delivered with the lunches. (See photos ).
The ‘2020 Quarantine Quiz’ is now available to everyone on the website, as well as the lunch deliveries. So despite being closed, the Village Hall is continuing to be active in our area.
If you have any thoughts or ideas as to what else we might be able to do to help, whilst still observing the government's guidelines on social distancing, then please let us know and we will see what we can do.  News and useful information including staying safe, well, and entertained is posted on our website, social media (LVH51 for Instagram) and email newsletter. We’ll need your email address to send the newsletter to you. If you have any queries, or wish to be added to the emailing list, please contact us on See online magazine for contact details. Stay safe and well, and we wish everyone good health and look forward to seeing you when the hall is open again.
Although the hall is closed, we can still think of the better times to come. Think of this project as Linton’s answer to Grayson Perry’s Art Club! It always helps to draw something you love, have a go at a portrait, (life drawing if the weather is good!) or picture of your favourite pet; plants in your garden, or simply the plates after dinner! There is also the Tuesday Life Drawing Class on the TV to inspire. See combined villages for details
We have recently been successful in obtaining a small grant from the West Mercia Police Commissioner’s Office towards PPE equipment for the Linton Village Hall Group supplying lunches to residents.  We understand that fewer than expected applications were received so if your group needs a bit of extra funding for protective equipment or help in managing the support of those in isolation contact the Clerk as soon as possible. (See parish council below for contact details)
Did you know that Herefordshire Council offers a much envied service for finding grant support for projects of all types and sizes.  A comprehensive list of national and local grant bodies is available on the website at:  So whether you run a small business, or a charity, care for a village hall, run a local interest group, or any other community or business group do look here to see what might be on offer.  Help is on hand from Dave Tristram and his team to identify the right fund for your needs and prepare a winning application. 

Very reluctantly, Linton WI has decided to CANCEL this year’s August Community Lunch.  As next year is our Centenary, the 2021 Community Lunch will be better than ever!  Our June and July meetings are also cancelled, and it is likely that the autumn meetings will be too.  The health and safety of our members is our greatest priority, and we hope to celebrate our Centenary in style and with the community that we have been part of for so long.  In the meantime, if you are interested in the work of the WI, please contact Jonquil Dodd See online magazine for contact details.  It isn’t all Jam and Jerusalem, you know – even though one of our members makes award-winning jams and chutneys.  WI has worked on many issues of equality and the environment, fought injustices, “done its bit” through two world wars, and made the voice of women heard for more than a century here in Herefordshire and nationally.
100 CLUB
Each year, with a full 100 subscriptions, we raise £500 for the village hall funds which is much appreciated by the committee who can, in turn, invest it in the hall for the benefit of the village. For further information please contact Denise on See online magazine for contact details
May 2020 Winners
£25 68 Laurie Pegrum

£10 98 Shaaron Arrowsmith

£5 14 Heather Pealing
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, VoLT has not yet taken the decision as to when, or if, their Summer get-together will take place this year. We will consult with Dan & Gemma at The Alma Inn when the time is appropriate and keep you advised, so watch this space!
By the time you are reading this, we hope that VoLT will have provided fabric face masks for the villages of Linton & Bromsash’s over 70’s. We hope that these will help as we slowly come out of lock-down.
We would also like to offer our thanks to the musicians who live on Linton Ridge for their performances at ‘Clap for Carers’. It has been moving to hear ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, ‘We’ll meet Again’ and on VE Day ‘The Last Post’ played on brass instruments.
This free online publication is available fortnightly covering the Linton and Bromsash area. The raison d’etre of the Linton Times is to provide a photojournalistic record of everything going on around us during the Covid-19 crisis, particularly for those in self-isolation. It is clear readers of all ages have found the photos of our beautiful Herefordshire countryside inspiring in these troubled times. The Linton Times also raises topics of general interest to help stimulate debate from housing development to climatic change. The Linton Times wishes to thank its many contributors from across the patch for their articles and photographs. The May editions covered the VE Day anniversary and its celebration in the area. In June, apart from some brand new photographic coverage, the Linton Times will look at ‘Lintune’ in the Domesday Book. If you wish to forward items for publication, or currently do not receive the Linton Times and wish to subscribe, please email See online magazine for contact details. Keep safe!

Writing at the start of May it is unclear what restrictions will still be in place when the June Chimes is published but it is unlikely that we will be returning to the previous pattern of services yet.  Even if the church is still locked people are welcome to come and tend graves or just sit and contemplate .  Many thanks to the additional volunteers who have helped to mow the grass during lockdown.
The Zoom Sunday Morning service is now very popular, sometimes attracting as many as 40 participants, and includes all the elements one would expect from a service.  It was discovered early on that communal hymn singing did not work on Zoom, so now everyone is muted!

To join the Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 am the link is:
Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515 Password: 005192
If you wish to join by telephone, the number to dial to join a meeting is, (calls cost 6p per minute), Dial: 020 8080 6591    When prompted enter the ID: 765-9774-9515 and press #
There is also Evening Prayer 5:30pm Monday to Thursday which anyone is welcome to attend.  

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."  (Kitty O’Meara).

Until 21 June, we are still in the spring season so here is a poem that could almost have been written for Linton and Bromsash. It is called “On a Lane in Spring.” It was penned by John Clare, the poet of the unwearying eye.


A little lane, the brook runs close beside

And spangles in the sunshine while the fish glide swiftly by

And hedges leafing with the green spring tideFrom out their greenery the old birds fly

And chirp and whistle in the morning sun

The pilewort glitters ‘neath the pale blue sky

The little robin has its nest begun

And grass green linnets round the bushes fly

How Mild the Spring Comes in; the daisy buds

Lift up their golden blossoms to the sky

How lovely are the pingles and the woodsHere a beetle runs; and there a fly

Rests on the Arum leaf in bottle green

And all the Spring in this Sweet lane is seen.

Lunch deliveries also featuring cards made by the 1st Linton Brownies


Food Supplies are available to order through The Alma Inn, Linton.
To order Community Boxes, meat hampers or eggs, either message Gemma via Facebook, or call the Alma on See online magazine for contact details
All orders must be collected from the Alma.
Community boxes, as the picture,, are £20 and contain a list of set items.
Meat Hamper (from Hanks in Ross as below), £35
1lb plain or smoked bacon
6 pork steaks
1lb beefsteak mince
1lb prime beef steak
6 homemade pork sausages
6 local free range eggs
and a choice of  either 1 large chicken/ 1kg joint of pork/ or 1kg piece of beef

LEAP (Linton Emergency Action Plan)

Living in a rural community with no public transport can be a serious problem for those people unable to drive.  If you need help to get to the dentist or doctor or some other medical appointment or other emergency, please contact the coordinators below and be put in touch with an available driver Please also get in touch if you would like to be a volunteer driver. Russell Denbigh or Jane Vines See online magazine for contact details available driver at a cost to you of 45p per mile.

(Covering Bromsash, Gorsley & Linton)

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Complete Minutes and Agenda of all meetings are published on the website & the News Update section will contain information and links on events, meetings, consultations, etc. that Parishioners may be interested in or in attending. 
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NEXT MEETING(S)The next is on Monday 8th June.  The Zoom “room” will be open from 7.15pm and we look forward to seeing you there.

Four applications were discussed  and Councillors returned no objection to three of them and an objection to the 4th as the proposed location is outside the village settlement area as agreed by Parishioners in the draft NDP.  The PC website you will find quick access to all planning applications in the Parish:    
All places are now taken. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for plots, please contact the Clerk. 
Following the Regulation 14 consultation of the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan an updated plan (with only minor amendments) was approved by the Parish Council at their April meeting. This has now been submitted to Herefordshire Council. Normally Herefordshire Council would commence a further 6 week consultation under Regulation 16, however due to the current Covid -19 restrictions this is currently on hold until further notice.  Herefordshire Council have confirmed that as soon as this hold is lifted then they will commence the Reg 16 consultation process for the Plan. Please see the NDP section of the Parish Council for further information including the documents submitted and also the latest project plan. 
We have recently been successful in obtaining a small grant from the West Mercia Police Commissioner’s Office towards PPE equipment for the Linton Village Hall Group supplying lunches to residents.  We understand that fewer than expected applications were received so if your group needs a bit of extra funding for protective equipment or help in managing the support of those in isolation contact the Clerk as soon as possible. 
CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT WORK GROUP Contact Adrian Newton if you are interested in helping Email:
As a Parish Councillor you can help to influence the services and environment of your village.  This Parish of three villages has a growing number of households and an expanding range of needs and as a Councillor you can make sure that these are made known and met.  The Council meets once a month for about 1.5 to 2 hours, if you can spare a bit of time then this is your chance to make a difference. To find out more, please contact the Clerk or look on the website.
We know that not all Parishioners have access to the internet.  Please would neighbours, family and friends help pass on information and let the Clerk know if they would like printed copies of any of the information we publish online to be sent by mail.  Please provide name and address along with information required.  
You can write to the Clerk at Michaelchurch Cottage, St Owen’s Cross, HR2 8LD.

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