social media (LVH51 for Instagram).  We hope to resume our normal activities whenever restrictions allow, and will post news on our website and via our e-newsletter. In the meantime, we hope we all can stay safe and well, and look forward to Spring and a time we can all meet again. Just email or call us if you’d like to be added to our emailing list, please contact us on click here to contact

In the meantime, we continue to offer a point of contact to anyone experiencing difficulties or in need of help or advice relating to Covid-19, and continue to be the point of contact for Herefordshire Council’s Covid Response Team. We will keep you up-to-date with information as received via our newsletter and website.
Herefordshire Council’s ‘Talk Community Covid Response’ is providing support to communities, including those residents considered most vulnerable as a result of lockdown, by working with local community groups, parishes and ward members. The Talk Community helpline, where vulnerable people or those who are isolating can seek support, is available 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 1pm on Saturday. To arrange help and support, either for yourself or on behalf of someone you know, click here to contact


This month in the Chimes On Line my illustrated “blog” will focus on events which occurred in the month of June, or can be associated with the month.  You can discover the things you did not know about the Fair Rosamund and her Herefordshire origin, where the name “June” comes from, the Bishops Castle Railway in Shropshire, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres exotic painting which took 36 years to complete, and there is more. This is history in its broadest sense, with hopefully something for everyone, with the best bits not excluded. All my “blogs” can be accessed at and even if you are not a history buff you should find something of interest. In addition there is more information on our website


This year's annual meeting took place on 17TH May.  Please contact the Church Wardens if you would like a copy of the 2020 report or minutes of the meeting.

St Mary’s is taking part in Churches Count on Nature 2021 which as part of ‘Love Your Burial Ground Week' runs from Saturday 5TH June to Sunday 13TH June this year.  

The focus of the week in Linton will be on the morning Saturday 12th June, when there will be local experts available to help identify the birds, animals and plants who live in or visit our churchyard.  We are also hoping to have a special evening with the Brownies on Tuesday 8TH.   People are welcome to come and spend time observing and recording nature throughout the week.  Come at dawn, dusk or during the day with a picnic. Record Sheets will be available to record everyone’s findings.   There will also be guidebooks and charts around to help identify anything you are unsure of.   “Seek” is one of a range of helpful phone apps for plant identification (including lichens). These records will then be added to a national database to help build into a picture of what has been seen, when and how frequently across the country.
Burial grounds in this country have been estimated to cover an area about as large as the Isle of Wight and if managed carefully can be havens for wildlife. 

The next All-age is on Sunday 20th June at 11am.  We will either be looking at the story of David and Goliath or how Jesus calmed the storm. The service aims to be relaxed, friendly and accessible to all.  
For up-to-date news on St Mary's Church please go to the website


100 CLUB
Due to COVID, the collection of the annual subscriptions for the 100 club will be made in September/ October this year with monthly draws starting in November. Julie Houston will be taking over the collection and draw duties from Denise Pegrum. The village hall committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Denise for her commitment and all the work she has put into running the scheme for the past 6 years, and to Julie for taking over from Denise.

For those not aware of the club, an annual payment of £12 is made by 100 residents of the locality, each of whom choose an allocated number. Each month a draw is made, with three of these numbers winning prizes of £5, £10 and £25 respectively. An additional draw takes place twice a year with a prize of £100. The scheme raises significant funds for the village hall, for which the committee continues to be very grateful. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or direct debit. Julie will provide details of how to make a direct debit payment when she collects the subscriptions. We currently have 16 subscriptions short of the 100 so we would welcome additional members to support the scheme. Thanks go to those members who kindly have already paid their subscription.

Calling all litter pickers! VoLT, as part of a national ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign, is supporting the “Great British Spring Clean” on Saturday 5th June. Volunteers are required to help clear our lanes of the rubbish mainly left by motorists. All equipment including litterpickers, gloves and polythene bags will be provided. The start venue and collection point is Linton Village Hall car park from 10am. Covid requirements concerning masks and social distancing will be followed at the village hall, if appropriate. Litter picking equipment can be obtained in advance by contacting Roger Davies click here to contact. Please remember that litter can pose a major threat to our health and to local wildlife. See you on the 5th!


VSCC 'Tour of Herefordshire' competitors pass through Linton on Sunday 26th April, taken by Roger Davies

3rd ANNUAL SANTA RUN - Save the Date!
We would like to encourage you to dust off those Santa outfits (hopefully they didn’t get thrown out with your Lockdown spring clean!) and get in training for the 3rd Annual Santa Run starting from The Alma Inn in Linton.  The provisional date we have for the event is Sunday 5th December.  More details to follow!

On Monday 12th April the Alma Inn opened its beer garden for outside drinking and dining.  For the first three weeks of opening the weather was fine and whilst very chilly in the evenings, customers were happy to sit out with friends and enjoy the sunshine during the day and, later on, brave the cold with blankets, under the heaters or around a fire pit.  
On Monday 17th May, with further relaxations of restrictions, we were able to welcome customers inside the pub once more.  It was great to have the regulars chatting inside the pub again…it has been so quiet for months! 
We are continuing to serve food on Wednesday to Saturdays, lunchtimes and evenings.  The “rule of six” still applies and please remember to bring your mask with you.  We are also continuing to offer take-away food as we did during lockdown (available Wednesday through to Saturday).  Please order in advance click here to contact


Opening night in the beer tent


Roger - our first customer after lockdown!

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 click here to contact available driver at a cost to you of 45p per mile.

(Covering Bromsash, Gorsley & Linton)

CONTACT click here to contact

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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. 
E-NEWS bulletins may be received if you complete the subscription form on line

Don’t forget to contact the Clerk if you would like printed copies of Parish meeting documents.  You can write to the Clerk at click here to contact


The Council met on 5TH May 2021 for the Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Parish Council Meeting. This was the last Zoom video conference meeting we are permitted to hold and future meetings will be back in the village halls, under strict Covid restrictions. So there will e limits on numbers of people attending, requirements to wear masks, sign-in, and sit spaced apart.

We were pleased to be joined by David Alexander, Community Support Officer from the Ross-on-Wye Police team and he gave us an update on incidents in the area and actions being taken. Occasional attendance at Gorsley Goffs for drop-off and pick-up time continues to encourage safe behaviour by motorists. Various incidents including suspicious vehicles had been reported but without number plate information, so if you have a vehicle to report please try to obtain at least part of the plate details and ring 101. The Linton Parish Charity kindly provided a report confirming accounts and distributions made to Parishioners in the year.

Our new Parish Council Chairman is Andy Reeves from Linton and the Vice Chairman is Barry Clark. Adrian Newton has kindly agreed to continue as Footpaths Officer in the Linton area and the PC representative on Climate Change Group who continue to be busy with newsletters and information despite the lock-down limitations. Thank you to these busy volunteers.

Thank you to all who voted.
The results of the referendum are Yes:304 votes / 87.6%, and No: 43 votes / 12.4%.  Therefore, the plan will be adopted.

Don’t forget to use the Hereford Council App to report these. It is the quickest most effective way of getting the holes in your road checked and filled and with photos and GPS location links you can pin-point the problem.

Don’t forget to contact the Clerk if you would like printed copies of Parish meeting documents.  

You can write to the Clerk click here to contact