UPTON BISHOP NEWS
To book the hall ring Jane Pendlebury click here to contact
200 CLUB – Draw for November - £100 Nick & Sue Van der Walle - £20 Jane Ryland - £10 Jane Roberts, £5 Gill Eckley
Best wishes to Alison Bennion following her recent operation, continued good wishes to Elisabeth Fanshawe and to everyone who is not too well at present, and to those of you who are awaiting hospital appointments.
WELCOME to Nick and Michelle who have recently moved to the Crow Hill area.
THE GREAT UPTON BISHOP CHRISTMAS BAKE OFF
We cannot have our normal Christmas Fayre but we can still have a virtual cake and produce stall. To take part you just need to tell us what cake (or cakes) you would like to make and/or buy and we will match bakers with buyers. You can make a big fancy cake, cupcakes, a tray bake, or savoury bites. But do not make them until we have identified a buyer. We already have pledges of a mince pies, Christmas cakes, Christmas frangipane pies, lemon traybake and a variety of other delicious cakes. A full list of the cakes is on the website and published on Facebook. Cakes can be reserved by commenting on our Facebook posts or through the comment form on the website or by emailing Jane Fray click here to contact. Buyers will be put in contact with bakers to arrange collection. If anyone is shielding and is unable to collect, we can help. The cake sale will continue to run for a few more weeks into December, so you can make or buy more than one. We will have donations of jam, marmalade, mincemeat, and other preserves. Each cake or pot of jam will come with a suggested minimum donation price. Donations to be made if possible, via BACS to:
Upton Bishop PCC, click here to contact
If you are unable to bank online, cash, or cheques made out to Upton Bishop PCC, can be placed in a sealed envelope, and posted through click here to contact
THE TREE BY THE OLD STORES will once again be very festive with baubles from lst December when the lights are turned on. If you would like to put a bauble on the tree in memory of a loved one or simply for fun, please do. The baubles must be shatterproof and fixed firmly to the branch of the tree. Please collect your baubles from the tree by Epiphany on the 6th January, otherwise they will be removed. Everyone is very welcome to join in from the parish of Upton Bishop and the surrounding area. Please contact Jane click here to contact
Stocks of most items in the Larder are fine at the moment, and we are beginning to welcome in some Christmas treat items - thank you! However, we are very short of UHT milk - we give a litre of milk to every individual served in the Larder, and it is not uncommon to get through 60 - 70 litres in a busy week. We would very much welcome donations of preferably green or blue UHT milk if you are passing the shelf in the supermarket! We have trolleys in Morrisons and the Co-op, and a big orange box in Sainsbury’s, if you are looking for somewhere to leave it!
Many thanks again for thinking of us, and of others less fortunate, it is very much appreciated.
Richard and Sarah Withers would like to say thank you to all those who have been so welcoming to us as we move into our new home at the Beeches. As you might expect, John Boyd the well known and very popular previous owner, had forewarned us that we should expect a very warm welcome and he has been proven right. In addition, Richard and Sarah would like to thank all those (pictured) who picked this years bumper harvest in the vineyard. A fantastic effort, thankfully undertaken in lovely sunshine”.
Kindest thanks and regards, Richard Withers.
UPTON BISHOP CHURCH NEWS
On November 4th Jane Ayres was sworn in as the new church warden for Upton Bishop.
The whole village would like to thank Olivia Boon for all her hard work over the last nine years. She has been a real support during the Covid lockdown, coordinating online events and keeping people in touch with one another. Olivia will still be managing fund raising events for the church.
A quiet service for All Souls on Nov 1st was well attended. Candles were lit to remember our loved ones and the names of those who have died in the parish this year, were read out. Although the church has only been open for private prayer during the November lockdown, a simple, outdoor Act of Remembrance took place on Sunday 8th and a wreath was laid to honour the war dead of Upton Bishop. Sadly, our Christmas services must be different this year, but we hope they will be just as meaningful. As always, everyone is very welcome to join us in celebrating the Christmas Season and the Birth of Jesus.
The Rev Davis Howell is available on click here to contact
Jane Ayres can be contacted click here to contact
Virtual Christmas Fayre
As I write this, the fayre is in full swing. Bric-a-brac and hampers, competitions to win a Teddy, jar of sweets or cake and all other items will run until early December.
Dec 5th – Table-Top Sale in the Millennium Hall - If Covid restrictions allow.
A chance to buy cards, wreaths, more bric-a-brac and collect your prizes and purchases.
Walk Through Christmas Experience - Sat 12th and Sun 13th Dec
Starting at 2pm in Upton Bishop Church Yard. Interactive - Suitable for all ages.
Become part of the Christmas story as you follow the shepherds and the wise men to Bethlehem. Meet Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus at the stable. But watch out for Herod and the Centurion. This is a free performance, but donations are welcome. Mince pies, mulled wine/soft drinks will be available. To ensure social distancing, please book an arrival time for your group of six or fewer with . Jane Ayres click here to contact
Clap for CarolsThe Carol Singers cannot go door to door this year, but a small group will be visiting set spots around the parish. Come to your door, join in with ‘Hark the Herald’ and Clap for the Ross Larder. Donations by bucket or BACS will go to
Wed 16th - Phocle Green 7pm and Pomona Grove 7.30
Thurs 17th- Powell Croft 6.30, The Pasture 6.50, Crow Hill 7.15
Tues 22nd - Spring Meadow 7pm, The Crews 7.30
Look out for posters around the village. The words to the carols are on the village website.
Candlelit Services of Christmas Readings and Music
20th Dec – 3pm and 6pm
We are unable to hold the traditional carol service this year because of Covid restrictions. Instead our familiar readings with be interspersed with poetry, recorded music, and choir items. To allow for social distancing, there will be two similar services. Please let Jane know which you would prefer to attend so that we can ensure safe seating arrangements.
Christmas Eve Communion and Blessing of the Crib
Dec 24th at 4pm
Christmas Day - said Mattins at 8am
Christmas Benefice Zoom – 4 P.M.
See the pew sheet and web site for logon details
The RD in Upton Bishop was celebrated outdoors this year, due to Covid restrictions.
UPTON BISHOP PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE: http://uptonbishop.org/parish-council
No news has come in from the Parish Council this month. But for information or notice of the next meetings please contact the PC Clerk or check the website.
HOW CAN WE HELP GET THROUGH THE WINTER OF 2020 WITH THE RESTRICTIONS OF COVID 19?
At the virtual Upton Bishop Parish Council meeting on 3rd November 2020, we discussed how the Parishioners can get through the winter ahead with continual restrictions being imposed because of Covid-19.
Parish Council Minutes
Firstly, if there is anyone that would like to see a copy of the latest Parish Council minutes a week after the meeting, can you please email the to ensure you are added to the mailing list. Anyone without a computer who would like to receive a copy of the minutes, please contact the Temporary Clerk, Alison Feist on 07772389234. Would anyone like the minutes posted on the notice boards over the winter? Again, contact the Parish Clerk.
Walk/Cycle with a Parishioner -Under the current lock down state you can have no one in your house or garden, however, you can go for a walk with one other person from another household. During the first lock down, many people went for a walk/cycle on their own. The suggestion is that you supply your details to the Clerk who is happy to set up a list and see who else is available to join you. It could be that you walk/cycle with someone you know or get to know another Parishioner. This way you have exercise in fresh air and the chance of a chat with someone which is a benefit to us all.
Children and Young Adults in the Parish It has been asked by new families moving into Parish, how do children make friends and meet up. The suggestion is for parents or young adults to supply details, (with permission to supply details to other families in the Parish), to the Clerk of the Parish Council. The Clerk will supply details of parents to each of you who are interested to arrange a get together. Maybe there are activities that can be set up when restrictions are lifted. The Parish Council are happy to listen and assist where they can. Events are occurring across the Parish are advertised on the website and Facebook. If you do not use either, contact the Clerk for details.
People shielding during winter If you need assistance with errands or shopping during the winter, please contact the Parish Council.
Jane Ayres- Jane is the new church warden in the Parish; she is always trying to arrange activities for children and young adults. We are sure she will continue to do so and wish her all the best. If you need to contact her please let the Clerk know.
Any other ideas If anyone in the Parish has any other ideas for things we could do, please contact the Parish Clerk and we will be happy to discuss at the Parish Council or contact the appropriate people.
Thanks to Chicory Crops for the Community Shop and Moody Cow for supplying take away meals from the pub and the popular take away wagon.