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Vicar - David Howell Detail on PDF copy on home page, Church Warden - Jane Ayres Detail on PDF copy on home page
The church is open every day - a quiet space for all to enjoy.

SUNDAY SERVICES at 10.30am in the church during MAY. 
For details of Church Services

EVENSONG is said every Tuesday at 5.30pm A quiet way to end your day in the church. All welcome.
BCP COMMUNION Wednesday 5th June at 9.30am in the church, followed by prayer group.
BIBLE STUDY GROUP All welcome. Venues vary so ring Graham Detail on PDF copy on home page
Dogs are welcome on a lead in the churchyard. Please do not use the churchyard bin for dog waste and please do not leave a neatly tied bag in the lane. Please take it home for disposal.

AT THE MILLENNIUM HALL: for hall bookings and correspondence please email: If you are interested in becoming involved as a member of the Management Committee, please contact the secretary.

NEW! TAI CHI MOVEMENT FOR WELLBEING Wednesdays, 9.30-10.30am Book now! Detail on PDF copy on home page

KEEP FIT CLASS Tuesdays, 10-11am. For any further information please contact Jane Fray Detail on PDF copy on home page or Michaela Johnson Detail on PDF copy on home page.

MARKET TO YOUR DOOR. Saturday 1st June, 10am-12. We look forward to seeing you for fresh, local produce. There will also be coffee and cake in the Hall.

LEGO@UB CLUB Saturday 1st June, 10.30 - 11.30am alongside the Market Van and Coffee Morning. All children are welcome with a responsible adult. 50p per child which includes squash and biscuits. Ring Jane know Detail on PDF copy on home page

UPTON BISHOP WI Tuesday 11th June, 8-9 pm We are having a 105th Birthday Reunion Party so if you have been a member of the WI please get in touch. Contact Frances Detail on PDF copy on home page

SOCIAL AFTERNOON Monday 17th June, 2.30 till 4.30pm. We always meet up on the third Monday in each month so we do hope you will join us for a cup of tea and some home-made cake.

INDOOR SHORT-MAT BOWLS Tuesday 18th June, 7-9pm, £2 per person including tea/coffee and biscuits. All abilities very welcome. Contact Dave Powell Detail on PDF copy on home page

MORE MIDSUMMER MADNESS Friday 5th July, 7pm Come for another evening of music and laughter. Free of charge but donations are welcome towards a new catering unit in the church. Refreshments provided, bring your own wine, and don’t forget a £1 coin to play ‘The Game’.

THE UPTON BISHOP SUMMER FETE Saturday 20th July, 2pm. Teas, Get your thinking caps on for the cake most like your pet competition: you’ll need a photo of your pet as well as the cake! There will be a prize for the best and for the funniest cake. If you have bright ideas for fun at the fete please contact Olivia Detail on PDF copy on home page

WOMEN’S CIRCLE Offering a safe, non-judgemental space for women to connect, heal and learn from each other. Open to all women. Please contact Amy to enquire: Detail on PDF copy on home page

200 CLUB DRAW FOR MAY: £20 Vicky Eldridge; £10 Colin Sampson; £5 Mark Rusby. New members of the 200 Club are always welcome.
Welcome belatedly to Maurice, Jane and Katherine to The Vines.  Welcome to Ivy Louise Ashford who was Baptised in the church in May. Congratulations to Jemima and Will Macleod who were married in UB church in May.

BEST WISHES Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is not too well, is undergoing or waiting for treatment at present.

THE CHURCH by the time you read this our long-awaited church lighting project should have been completed. It will transform the look of the church and we will be holding a special service Evensong in celebration. Watch this space! The church is open during the day so you are welcome to come and have a look.
Our first meeting of the LEGO@UB Club took place on May 4th. Twenty-three children with their mums and dads enjoyed making all sorts of things, from an airport to a beard and glasses. Arthur’s jet- propelled car even had rotating flames at the back. By the time you read this the lighting project will be complete

The Colours of our Church It has been just over three months since our John the Baptist Green altar frontal was last on display, but on 2nd June we welcome it back, after the gold and white of Easter. It was embroidered for us with the face of John the Baptist and the words Vox Clamantis in Deserto, which means The Voice of Him who Cries in the Wilderness.
Liturgical colours signify different seasons and times of year. Each season has its own mood and meaning, as does each of the colours, worn or hung throughout the church at specific times of year. The principal colours in the liturgical calendar are red, white and gold, purple, and green.
Green is the colour of Ordinary Time. That’s any time of year between Easter and Advent and between Christmas and Lent, symbolising life, hope, and anticipation.
Red is worn for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Pentecost, and for confirmations. It is also used on Remembrance Sunday. This colour signifies God’s Love, blood, fire, and celebrations of Martyrs.
White and gold are used for special festivals such as All Saints Day and Trinity Sunday, during Christmas and Easter, of course, and for weddings. White symbolizes purity, light, glory, and joy. 
Purple is worn during Advent and Lent, symbolising penance, sacrifice, and preparation. 
On the Fourth Sunday in Lent and the third of Advent, the priest might wear a rose-pink vestment. This reminds us that even during these penitential seasons, we can find hope and joy in the promise of Christ's resurrection. Symbolically, on the evening of Maundy Thursday the church is stripped for Good Friday and remains bare until the gold and white of Easter Sunday.

THE MILLENNIUM HALL has times available for anyone who wants to set up a new regular event and make a booking with the secretary. 

KEEP IN SHAPE for summer with our exercise classes, whether a tried and tested activity or something brand new, everyone is welcome. See What’s On at the Millennium Hall for times and contact details:
Come and join Keep Fit The class is designed to help improve your fitness, strength, balance and co-ordination to some great music! You work at your own pace and the first session is free. After that, the cost is £6 per session for a block monthly booking and £8.00 per session pay as you go.
Or how about Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing? A beautifully flowing and carefully selected sequence of movements designed to enhance and promote our physical and emotional wellbeing. The movements, which have their origin in Tai Chi, Chi Kung and meditation are simplified and can be performed standing or seated, making it accessible to everyone.

UPTON BISHOP PARISH COUNCIL (UBPC) Any parishioner can contact the UBPC at
Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council on 7th May. The Minutes of the meeting are on the website Seven councilors, the clerk and 14 members of the public attended. Mark Rusby was re-elected as chairman and Mike Tyers was re-elected as vice chairman. 
Public section the council was asked if the white lines which were in the middle of the road could be reinstated. This is a matter for Herefordshire Council as the highways authority. 
Finance The Council has over £30,000 in its bank accounts which includes the first tranche of the annual precept. All invoices were authorized for payment. The asset register was approved. 
Health and safety and risk assessment A small group will consider the need for a health and safety inspection of assets. If anyone in the village has a background in health and safety and risk assessment and would like to help they should contact the clerk. 
Planning The only planning applications were certificates of lawfulness which do not allow for comments. 
Policies and procedures All the council’s policies and procedures are due to be reviewed by April 2025. 
Appointments Andy Parr was re-appointed as the footpath officer. Claire Newman was re-appointed as the website coordinator. 
Meetings The council will continue to meet bi-monthly on the first Tuesday of the month. 
Lengthsman Two expressions of interest were received for the lengthsman’s contract. Each received a detailed questionnaire on experience, insurance and equipment etc. One questionnaire was returned by Wayne Reed, the existing lengthsman and he was awarded the contract. The council will apply for Herefordshire Council’s lengthsman’s grant of just under £3,000 to help fund the work. 
Highways Balfour Beatty has installed the white gates and bases for the speed detection signs as part of the traffic calming project. The council will check the work to date has followed the agreed plan. All villagers were urged to report pot holes, fly tipping and highways issues in the Parish to Herefordshire Council. 
Footpaths New gates have been installed on the footpath which goes under the M50. 

The next Council meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday 4th June.

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