UPTON BISHOP NEWS
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UPTON BISHOP W.I.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th February for a talk by Fiona Morison entitled ‘Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma’. Visitors are always very welcome, there is a small charge of £4.00. We meet at the Millennium Hall at 7.30 p.m. For further information please contact Clare Bell at or just turn up on the night.
We send a very warm welcome to Tim and Helen Oliver and family who have moved to The Pastures.
To everyone who is not too well at present and to those of you who are awaiting hospital appointments, receiving treatment, recovering from operations or the various winter bugs
Our thoughts and sympathy to Dave and Debbie Seaborn on the sad loss of their Mum, Carol who lived in Upton Bishop nearly all her life, firstly with Rex at Phocle Green and then moving to Powell Croft nearly 30 years ago. Until recently Carol was a Chimes distributor around the Powell Croft area.
WHAT’S ON AT THE MILLENNIUM HALL
For all information on events and classes, dates, times etc please check this out in the Chimes Directory.
CHANGE TO CHURCH SERVICE TIMES AND NEWS
Over the Christmas period we were pleased to welcome 183 people to Christmas services in the church and in the Millennium Hall and the PCC is happy to announce that the Christmas Fayre made over £1960, which will go some way to keeping the church open for everyone during 2020. Thank you to all the people whose hard work made this possible, especially to Father Christmas for coming to visit us at such a busy time and to the window decorators and Fray lamplighters who made the church look so magical.
Thank you to all contributors to the Reverse Advent Calendar: large boxes of goods were taken each week to the Ross Larder to help people less fortunate than us.
Thank you, too, to everyone who made 2019 a success.
So many people are involved but the PCC would particularly like to thank all of you who feel that the church is an important part of Upton Bishop’s heritage and are willing now and then to help with practical matters, for example giving your time and expertise or some money towards the every-day upkeep of the church fabric. Your support is always greatly appreciated by the PCC. Where would we be without you? You organise events and come to them, you make cakes and tea and run stalls, as well as helping with those maintenance jobs like clearing the ivy from the churchyard walls and headstones, clearing gutters of fallen leaves and debris. For example, we must thank Pete and Rob, good friends of the church, for providing and installing a new rainwater butt to give us a supply of water for churchyard flowers and Rob for keeping the Garden of Remembrance neat and tidy. Every contribution, of whatever size, through the Parish Giving Scheme makes it easier for us to look after the church and churchyard so thank you to all who have filled in and returned the form.
CHANGE IN CHURCH SERVICE TIMES
All Sunday services will take place at 10.30am, as follows.
First Sunday - Family Service, with Communion and followed by refreshments, as usual.
Second Sunday - a Benefice Service: an opportunity to worship together as a benefice in each of the six churches of Ariconium. On February 9th the service will be at The Lea.
Third Sunday - an Informal Service with refreshments, followed by a short Communion service for those who would like to stay.
Fourth Sunday - Parish Communion followed by refreshments, as usual.
If you would like a lift to any of these services, please call Jane or Olivia click here to contact and we will make arrangements for you.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY
Social afternoon 2-4pm in The Millennium Hall on February 17th . Everyone is most welcome for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. A friendly get together to meet your neighbours and make new friends.
Tuesday 25th February, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Pandemonium! come and make pancakes, toss pancakes, eat pancakes and take part in pancake activities form 5.30 until 7pm
Sunday 22nd March Mothering Sunday service for all the family in the church at 10.30am with posies for Mums as well as refreshments afterwards.
ROSS LARDER UPDATE
Judging from posts that the sub Editor saw on Facebook before and during the Christmas period, many people dug deep and supported the Larder with some fantastic donations. The New Year is now here, and the needs of our more unsupported citizens continue…. please consider adding a couple of items to your shop and dropping them in the containers provided if you go to Morrisons. Donations are collected from the rear of the Church on Tuesdays. Let’s keep the momentum that was built in 2019, going. Thank you all.
COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH IN UPTON BISHOP – UPDATE
The Parish Council is now actively pursuing the West Midlands Community Speed watch guru so that we can start an active group.
We do need any and all parishioners who are able and willing to take part in monitoring traffic speeds (through Upton Bishop) to log on to the Community Speed Watch website and go to the Upton Bishop listing (via West Midlands area) and to complete the test. Best to take notes as you watch the short films as some questions seem too obvious.
You may be aware that there have been two more serious collisions in the last month at the Old Gore crossroads, and the speed at which most motorists are travelling…. becomes faster and faster. It would seem more imperative than ever to join in this monitoring activity.
We won't slow the traffic down without your support! so please log on and sign up!
UPTON BISHOP PARISH COUNCIL
No up to date minutes were received by the time of publication but please consult the Upton Bishop website for updates.
NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN MEETING
A meeting will take place in the Millennium Hall on Tuesday 18th February at
7pm with the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group to listen to feedback from questionnaires returned by parishioners. There will be 2 points of discussion.
1- Questionnaire responses presented by David Nicholson, our NDP consultant.
2- An update on Traffic Calming proposals and Community Speed Watch
There will be an opportunity to hear what the parish feels are the important issues and to ask questions about the next stage of the Neighbourhood Development Plan. For more information contact