Shobdon Village News
December 2008 - Issue No 97
Teetering crenellations reveal rot at Church
A woman’s Christmas
Have you done the Christmas shopping?
I mean the thinking, listing, driving, parking,
walking, pushing, barging, shoving, queuing,
paying, carting, stopping
for a cup of tea (whew)
and setting off again?
Did you have to do the wrapping,
sticky taping, tying, tagging, hiding
presents in the wardrobe
from the prying eyes of children
Can of worms - David Corbett, Architect John Wheatley and the builders confer and starting off again?
The situation at the church is immeasurably worse than anyone had And when you’d hardly started listing
imagined. Patches of damp and cracking plasterwork had alerted the Christmas cards, were you receiving
building committee to some possibly major hidden problem with the roof. them and panicking?
The PCC, underwritten by finds from SCPT, took the intelligent step of Then the buying cards, the signing,
using builders Beavan and Hodges to strip back the lead from the first of the messaging, addressing,
the side aisles to give a much more accurate picture of what was going on. stamping, rubber banding and
The news could hardly be worse. They dismantled teetering crenellations putting in the box?
(they could easily be rocked by hand), and went into the bowels of the What about the decorating -
building. It revealed much botched work from the past, but also serious outside inside lighting frosting,
wet rot in the main timbers, that threatened the integrity of the structure. inside outside upstairs twinkling,
Huge sums could be involved, and the national side of English Heritage sparkling, flashing, red and silver?
has been approached for a high level of funding. Meanwhile, we need to Done. You’ve put your feet up. Oh!
roll back more lead, from Chancel and the other aisle to give an exact Not forgetting Christmas dinner?
picture of what needs to be done. Dark days. I mean the planning, listing, driving, parking,
walking, pushing, barging, shoving, queuing,
Walk the new footpath to our Cemetery in the New Year paying, super marketing again?
A new footpath is to link the war memorial with the Shobdon Cemetery. Christmas morning peeling, stirring,
It is a perilous walk for those wishing basting, mashing, steaming, baking,
to visit the graveyard from the roasting spuds and table laying?
village, given the volume of traffic we Think you’re done and peace on earth,
now have to endure daily thundering Lizzy speeching, Granny sleeping?
through our main street. This will Then who will do the clearing up?
bring a measure of safety and relief, MAC
and we again owe it to the generosity
of the Corbett family, who have made
the land available for community
use. Work is expected to start early
We record, with great sadness, the sudden
in the new year.
death of Tim Walker at the age of 64. Tim lived
Where did they come from ? at Wildflower House, with his wife of nearly 35
The derelict site of the Birches years Anne, but he had lived pretty well all his
Garage has a new user. Almost life in the village, and had worked for Colonel
overnight, a number of caravans Corbett in the Sun Valley enterprise, latterly
and van appeared on the forecourt. as manager of the hatchery. Our thoughts are
They appear to be for sale. Good very much with his widow and the family.
news for anyone looking for a An appreciation of his life by Rev Stephen
second-hand caravan. Hollinghurst, for which we are very grateful,
appears on page 10.
New business at the Birches?
Village News Round
Ninety Years on Pembridge Remembers
At 11 a.m. on the 11th November 1918 the guns finally fell
silent on the Western Front, and the War to End All Wars
was finally concluded, at a huge cost in terms of death and
Every village and community made its own sacrifices of its
youth, and Shobdon was not spared. Their young names
are commemorated on our war memorial which stands
proudly at the entrance to the village : A.Lilwall, T.Williams,
A.Ingram, J.Vaughan, F.W.Fuller, G.N.C.Evans – and again
on a tablet on the wall of our church.
Every year, we stand in silent tribute before our war
memorial at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh
month, and we repeat those moving words of Laurence
Binyon ‘At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
we will remember them’. We remember their names, carved On the previous Sunday, the Pembridge parade of some
as they are in the cold stone of the memorial, but not who twenty ex-servicemen and members of the British Legion,
they were, or that they were like us now, flesh and blood, had been commanded by a serving officer, Lt Sandy
with homes and families. Arbuthnott RN, who is an instructor in fast-jet training at
RAF Linton on Ouse, but whose home is in Shobdon.
It has long been a wish to do just that, and find out who they
were, and where and how they made their final sacrifice.
Gordon and Tula Ticehurst, relatively newly of Moor Vandalism is here again
Meadow, after a move from Henley on Thames, have an Do you know where your children are? Who are they with?
abiding interest in genealogy and family history, and have What are they doing?
been quietly unravelling the mystery. We are most grateful The current spate of vandalism is escalating. Damage has
for the hours of work that have produced the fascinating again been done at the Bar Meadow Play area and the
account of their lives that we publish in this edition, and village green. An intruder entered a house on The Birches
which will become a small booklet in due course. and was heard trying a locked gate at another premises.
Shobdon Remembers Them Sheds have also been entered and a dustbin housing set
alight at Uphampton. The police have been informed but
your help is needed to catch the culprits.
Problems at Uphampton too
If it is not nailed down, it will be removed and burnt. Why?
You tell me. Three weeks ago, that is what happened to
the beehive that housed my dustbin outside my house at
The Reverend Robin Rogers led our annual Remembrance
Day service at the Shobdon War Memorial, and some
twelve villagers including Chairman of the Parish Council
Phil Sharpe, and Norah Morgan of the Shobdon PCC and Secure all sheds, lock your front and back doors fit and
David Corbett, came to pay their respects. A minute’s use door chains and ensure your vehicles are locked if
silence was observed and the national flag lowered and unattended. “Smart Water” to encode property is available
raised again. from the local police or contact the Parish Clerk, 01568
708446. Be aware. Linda Stokes
Village News Round
News from the Bateman Arms Eve. If you fancy a go please pop in and buy a ticket!
Well that was a wet summer! Nonetheless we squeezed in a Our opening hours over the festive season:
few BBQ’s and evening events and when the sun shone the Christmas Day - 12 to 3pm and 7pm to 1030pm
garden was the place to be!
Boxing Day - 11am to 11pm
The summer pool league when very well under the guidance
of the Team Captain Andy and we have some new players - New Years Eve – 12 to whenever!
including two excellent junior players in Stewart and Luke New Years Day 6pm to 11pm
– in Jake and George to bring fresh blood to the team. We
remain in the 2nd Division for the Winter league and have
having some fun nights playing both home and away. And It hard to imagine from
yes we are getting the table re-covered! within the depths of winter
that in just a few months we
will once again be preparing
to host another food festival
in the village. Over that
time we have hosted over
seven thousand people at
our festival site up at the
church and raised around 20
thousand pounds for various
local and national charities
from Riding for the Disabled and Hereford hospital’s
cancer unit to the village Primary School, ‘Sunshine Club’
We hope the 2009 event will be bigger than ever. It’s a
tough economic climate for small independent producers
and we will once again aim to offer them a relaxed family
The two darts team go from strength to strength and that’s environment in which to sell their wares. That’s where you
thanks to the stalwart leadership from the two respective come in. It’s time to put the dates of the festival in your
team Captain’s Greg and Sarah. diaries (June 27th and 28th) and share it with as many
people as you can. Why not book family or friends in for
We have also joined the Kington and District Quiz league. a visit now? We are already working hard at selecting a
Richard and Zoey know some stuff, Paula is a mine of niff wide variety of producers and artisans to attend as well as
naff and trivia, I’m the team handicap and Dave, the Team planning plenty of 5th birthday surprises!
Captain, does the best he can with the four of us! So if you
We have grand plans for the Saturday evening when we will
fancy joining us please do, we need all the help we can
host a Grand Birthday Ball. The theme is the 1940’s and a
get! It’s home or away every Sunday – you don’t have to
live big band should ensure the evening goes with a swing!
play every Sunday – and we have been to some lovely pubs
There will be food and a bar and tickets are available now
around the area; although I’ll never find them again cos we
and already going like hot cakes (free bottle of wine to any
always go in the dark!
party that come in period dress!)
And finally we are forming a crib team for the next season There is still time though for you to have your say on what
– no age limit and lack of ability to play is not a handicap!! you would like to see at this year’s event. You can contact us
We have seasoned players and players new to the game and directly at the email address below with any thoughts and
we have a pleasant time on Saturday or Sunday afternoons suggestions of how we can make things better - we’d love
learning how and the etiquette to play. So if you fancy a to hear from you. Similarly if you would like to volunteer
hand please join us your services on one of our numerous volunteer rotas,
We have raised a considerable amount of money for a again – please don’t be shy!
number of charities – air ambulance PDSA and Haven - If you want to keep up to date with how the plans are
over the months through an assortment of activities and going or reminisce about the fun we’ve had over the past
Bill and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the half a decade through our photo gallery, take a look at
various regulars who organised, supported and contributed our website (www.shobdonfestival.co.uk) which will be
to the fund raising. The Christmas charities are the Army updated regularly as plans take shape. See you in June!
Benevolent Fund and SSAFA and we have a giant Teddy Bear Terry Teale Festival Organiser Tel: 01568 708 725
called “Fred”up for raffle the draw being 6pm Christmas Email: email@example.com
The Village Hall
Chairman/ Parish Council representative Mr Andrew Sheers 01568 708287
Secretary Mrs Jackie Weight
Treasurer Mr W. Stokes 01568 709293
Booking Clerk Mrs A. Kent-Phillips 01568 708446
Trustee Mrs S. Womersely
Trustee Mr Glen Jones
Shobdon School representative Mrs Vicky Hancock
Shobdon PTA Mr Steve Macdonald
Parishioner Mrs Hazel Hinson
Shobdon Playgroup representative Fisher
Mrs Jo Fisher.
Since the last newsletter, the Village Hall Committee has year for use of the Village Hall, so please do consider it for
been starting to plan a new calendar of events to be held in your next party/event.
the Village Hall. This is starting with a Quiz Night on 6th
Due to the increasing energy costs, it has been proposed
December, for which we must thank Phil and Jayne Sharp
not to hold the village Christmas Lights competition this
for preparing and scoring the quiz. Other proposals so
year. The Committee welcomes your feedback on this and
far, include a Whist Drive, a Bingo evening and a Pudding
any other issues relating to the Village Hall.
and Pimms evening. However, we really want to organise
events that Shobdon’s residents would enjoy and support. Jacqui Weight, Secretary, Village Hall Committee
So if you have any ideas or requests for individual or
Shobdon Village Draw
regular events, or would be willing to help in organising
events, please contact the Village Hall Secretary, Jacqui September2008
Weight (01568 708873) or any other member of the your 1st.prize £15 No 51 Leon Meredith
Committee. 2nd.prize £10 No14 Jennifer Rowland
3rd.prize £5 No48 Joff and Emma Roberts
Carpet Bowls continues to be popular and is held every
Wednesday in the Hall. New members (whatever your
1st.prize £15 No91 Mike Evans
ability) are always welcome. For more details, contact Ann
2ndprize £10 No87 Ann Wozencroft
3rd prize £5 No96 Mr & Mrs L.J.Fletcher
As part of a larger project of building work to the school, November 2008
the Village Hall facilities are currently being upgraded to 1st prize £15 No 163 Greg Taylor
refurbish the ladies and gent’s toilets, incorporating a fully 2nd prize £10 No 36 Zoe & Owen Whittall
upgraded disabled toilet. This work should be completed 3rd prize £5 No 3 Carol Stocker
during early December.
Christmas Draw 2008
Bookings for use of the Village Hall can be made by 1st prize £100 No.98 Doug Perkins
contacting the Bookings Clerk, Ann Kent-Phillips (01568 2nd prize £50 No.128 Susan Morgan
708446). There has been no increase in hire charges this 3rd prize £25 No.78 Sarah Whittaker
4th prize £15 No.100 Jean Wilkinson
5th prize £10 No.75 Colin Wilkinson
Shobdon Poors Land Educational Foundation 6th Prize £5 No.40 Fiona Carmichael
Charity No: 527130 Draw took place at the Parish Council meeting
A charity able to give some financial assistance towards December 8th 2008
various educational expenses of boys and girls in Shobdon
Parish. Awarded annually to successful applicants in
October. Closing date for applications September 30th.
Application forms and further details can be obtained Shobdon Village Trust
from the secretary. This year there was one application and Charity No: 509058
Shobdon School received a grant for musical instruments. Trustees: Mr C. Williams, Mr S. MacDonald and Mrs M.
Trustees: Carmichael. Secretary: Mrs Ann Kent-Phillips
Reverend Julie Read Shobdon P.C.C. Councillor Phillip The objects of the Trust shall be for the general benefit of
Sharp Parish Council, Councillor Roger Phillips Hereford the inhabitants of the Parish of Shobdon. Suggestions to
Council, Councillor Malcolm Williams Parish Council benefit all may be sent to the secretary for consideration
Parishioners: Mrs Anne Wozencroft, Mrs Norah Morgan by the Trustees. The Park and Stride car park has now
Secretary: Mrs Ann Kent-Phillips been completed.
The Parish Council
The joint Village Stores/Parish
Council website is found by going
to www.shobdonvillage.co.uk Chairman Mr Phil Sharp 01568 708887
The Annual meeting resulted Mr Steve Macdonald 01568 708675
in no changes to the various
Mr Chris Williams 01568 708008
committees with Mr Phil Sharp
being returned as chairman. Mr Mac Williams 01568 708422
The Park and Stride car park Mr Joff Roberts 01568 708380
is now finished and a CCTV Phil Sharp Chairman of the Mr Bill Stokes 01568 709293
camera and PIR light have been Parish Council
installed. Mr Andrew Sheers 01568 708287
Vandalism is again on the increase with fencing broken Parish clerk: Mrs. A. Kent-Phillips
in the Play Area, the litter bin at Hanbury Green broken
5,The Birches, Shobdon, Leominster, HR6 9NG.
off and a dustbin shelter set on fire. Please keep your eyes
open and either ring the police on 0300 333 000 or the clerk Telephone: 01568 708446
708446, should you see anything happening. e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Is anyone interested in becoming a youth leader and
reopening the youth club?
Parish Council Committees
The updated reprint of the booklet “Shobdon Walks” is
underway and will eventually be for sale locally. Planning: Mr Macdonald.,Mr C. Williams, Mr A. Sheers
and Mr W. Stokes.
Your Parish Council is actively engaged in trying to replace
Maintenance: Mr W. Stokes, Mr J. Roberts
Playschool. This amenity is essential to keeping Shobdon
Village Trust: Mr Macdonald, Mr C. Williams.
School open after 2010.
Education Trust: Mr Sharp, Mr M. Williams.
Parishioners are invited to come at 7-45pm. Subjects raised Airfield Management Committee: Mr A. Sheers, Mr
will not be discussed during the ensuing meeting but W. Stokes.
may be included on the next agenda. The police usually Village Hall: Mr A. Sheers
are in attendance half an hour before each meeting if any Website co-ordinators: Mrs A. Kent-Phillips, Mr P.
parishioner needs to speak to them. this will be in private. Sharp.
Ann Kent-Phillips Parish Clerk 01568 708446
Would you like to see Shobdon W.I. open again ?
Come to a coffee morning at the Village Hall on 10th Jan
2009 at 11 a.m. if you are interested.
Your response will be my answer. Lyn Stokes
Sponsored Bike Riders Raise boost funds for
On September 13th - a beautiful sunny day Morag and
I cycled 60 miles and visited 10 Churches and Chapels
between Shobdon and Kings Pyon, raising about £ 150
for Shobdon, and other, Historic Churches through the
generous sponsorship of our friends in the Village. We
understand that our organist,Andrew Gilliat did likewise.
We thank all those who contributed towards this cause
Shobdon Visitor Centre
We are now closed for the winter, and hope to open in
March 2009. I would like to thank the Corbett family, Pearl
Lake caravaners, walkers, trips, and the Croft Ambrey
running club for all their support. Hope to see you all again
in 2009. Best wishes from Pam Jones and the family.
Herefordshire Councillor’s Report
Highway Improvements over 8% more new outpatients.
The footway from the War Memorial to the Cemetery as In the Accident and Emergency
requested by the community will be built this winter. The Department 98% of patients
project was originally planned for last year but the repairs were treated in less than 4 hours
to roads following the Summer 2007 floods meant that it (national target 98%) with 62%
was delayed till now and after the nesting season. The land within 2 hours.
is been given by the Corbett Family and part of the cost is There is a national target that by
coming from Kingspan as part of an agreement for one of December 2008, 90% of admitted
their planning permissions to improve highway safety. and 95% of non admitted patients
Designs are being drawn up for the pedestrian crossing should be treated within 18 weeks.
across the main road between Moor Meadow and the At Hereford Hospital there has be strong progress made
Playground. I shall take the latest designs to the Parish this year with 95% and 99% of admitted and non admitted
Council for their comment. patients being treated within the target time.
Shobdon School The monitoring of infections ( MRSA and Clostridium
The recent annual report on the school from the Council’s Difficile) show good tolerance levels. While the finances
Schools Team highlight that personal development and are slightly behind budget the patient satisfaction levels
well being of pupils is a particular strength. The Quality of on hospital food, disturbance at night and awareness
teaching and learning, curriculum and other activities also of planned discharge date have resulted in some action
received the highest of grades. With equally high praise for plans.
effective leadership and management means we can be well The Three Counties Cancer Care Network has now
proud of our primary school and encourage prospective established a project board to take forward the development
parents to visit and send their children there. of satellite radiotherapy at Hereford Hospital working to
Hereford County Hospital open in 2012. There are plans also to establish a bowel
The Councils Scrutiny Committee recently monitored cancer screening centre at the County Hospital as well.
the activities of Hereford Hospital. Patient numbers have Roger Phillips
increased this year with over 17% more Daycases and 01432260046 / 01544340269 or Email: rjphillips@
Pupils from Wigmore School have been looking at the Students have been able to develop and enhance the
subject of sustainability in a whole new way. On 13th woodland and stream areas by installing bat boxes and
October the Year 7 pupils from the school attended an planting native aquatic plants and trees such as rowan,
exciting educational production, ‘SPeAR – The Experience’, alder and wild cherry. The pupils have also purchased
at Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre. monitoring equipment to keep an eye on the weather and
the life cycle of the “mini-beasts” that have made their
‘SPeAR – The Experience’ is a theatrical performance
homes at the school.
bringing into life in dynamic fashion the choices we all face
in making sure our planet has a future and provides ideas Kingspan takes its environmental responsibilities seriously
for thinking and acting differently. It is hoped that engaging on site as well as in the community, and has been keeping
young people in this way will leave a strong impression of ahead of the game on CO2 emissions, keeping its impact
the consequences of their actions upon the world. on the environment to a bare minimum through its climate
The show, which is in its second year, took place between change action plan.
October 13 and 16 at the Courtyard and all Year 7 pupils Earlier this year for instance, a combined heat and power
in the Herefordshire area were invited to attend the (CHP) system was installed at Kingspan’s plant, allowing
performance free of charge. Kingspan Insulation was the whole site to benefit from energy generated by a much
instrumental in the creation of ‘SPeAR - The Experience’, more efficient system. It is expected that this will lead to a
providing most of the funding for the show both years. big reduction in annual carbon dioxide emissions.
Amanda Townsend, Science Teacher at Wigmore School, While company policies are important, what each individual
thought it was a fantastic way to extend what the children does can make just as much impact. Making small changes
had been learning in school. in your everyday life both in the workplace and at home
can all add up.
For example, pupils at Wigmore have been improving
the school grounds and encouraging biodiversity using Simple things like unplugging chargers when not in use, or
funding of just over £3,000 from the Kingspan Insulation switching TVs and computers off rather than putting them
Community Trust. on standby can make a real impact. Everyone can do their
bit so together let’s make a difference!
Sue and Penny making magic with RDA
You pass the sign The Sue Adams Riding Stables on the
road by the War Memorial, but unless you have a particular
interest in horses, it does not really engage your attention.
It has been there however, since 1989, when Sue set up her
business in the stables behind the Ox House, and is such
an integral part of village life, that belatedly SVN headed
down there for a closer look.
The children come every Tuesday – they suffer from
autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome and all sorts of
physical disabilities, with victims of accidents, strokes,
blindness, ADHD and behaviour problems, and they find
relief and even joy in riding and being with horses. Sue
can tell how horses think; she has, after all, been around
them for a lifetime. They mirror human behaviour. So, they
have to choose their horses carefully. Some comfort, others
challenge, but the children are taught to ride and to do
what they are able to do, and get the benefit of exercise and
enjoyment. The affect on them is amazing, and is so good
for balance, co-ordination and self-discipline.
There are really two parts to this story. One is Sue herself,
a cheerful, no-nonsense sort of person, who just gets on
with things – not unusual in the world of horses. She loves
horses, being with them , riding them, training them,
and they have been her life always. ‘They are,’ she says’
inherently honest. She quoted Churchill ‘The best thing for
the inside of a man is the outside of a horse’. She has her
own Lippizaner, of which, she says, she is inordinately fond.
She runs a successful commercial riding school, giving
lessons in horsemanship to all who wish, and catering for
all levels, from first time out up to competition level. It is
BHS approved, and indeed won the prestigious BHS Riding
School of the year in 2000, and she employs three part-
RDA has 26 riders at the moment, mainly from Leominster,
time instructors and a yard man, who has been with her
and 24 helpers, with four instructors, and although all
for twenty years. She lives in Pembridge and has two boys
give their services free, the riders pay a donation towards
of her own, two foster children and three step children, and
their riding just for the use of the horses. RDA is a charity,
now ten grandchildren, some of whom ride.
and is funded totally from charitable giving, and Sue
The other part is her involvement with Riding for the acknowledges gratefully support from Kington Lions, Pearl
Disabled. Penny Corbett built the indoor school for the Lake, the Dilwyn Show, our own Food and Drink Festival,
RDA, but Sue came with her riding school to make the and many individual donations.
operation viable and very much with RDA in mind, so
It’s a wonderful thing. Many of these children live their
much so that she is now Chief National Examiner for
time in a twilight world, and one has the feeling that, at
instructors for RDA. Penny is very much the moving spirit
least on Tuesday afternoons, some real sunshine comes
and organises it, but Sue, with a wonderful band of helpers,
into their lives.
makes it all work.
Heartstart School and all our children will be embarking
School News on age-related programmes in the near future.
Those of you who have visited the school or Village Hall
As Christmas draws near it is time to reflect on all that
has been happening in school during the Autumn Term. recently will have noticed the builders are in! We are busy
It is exciting recount the many activities our children on a series of improvements to the toilet facilities and
have enjoyed and also the varied opportunities that the staffroom that will bring benefits to all. So please bear with
community has had to be involved in school life. We have us during the disruption!
been thrilled to be able to give every child in school the We would like to thank all those who continue to support
opportunity to go swimming this term, and it has given so the school with their fund-raising, in particular the Friends
much confidence to our youngest children and enabled all of Shobdon School, all the readers who come in regularly
the children to progress. and those of you who have dropped in scores of Morrisons
Class 3 have enriched their curriculum by studying a vouchers.
Shakespeare play and going to see an adaptation of Romeo We will be running a Christmas card recycling scheme in
and Juliet at the Music Hall, Shrewsbury. This undoubtedly the New Year if you would like to drop yours in.
gave them a real love of Shakespeare! The children and Staff of Shobdon School wish you all a
Class 2 have been busy learning about the Romans and Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.
greatly enjoyed their workshop experience from the
Herefordshire Museum Service. They were involved in
activities ranging from archaeological digs and grinding Thought for Christmastide
herbs to learning how to wear a toga! By John Andrew
The visit Class 1 made to the village monument was a What a world we live in – there seems to be nothing but
fitting culmination to their work about the importance disaster, famine, loss of jobs, recession, war, blockades,
of Remembrance Day. They certainly understand the and terrorism in the news at the moment. Not surprising,
importance of wearing a poppy with pride. In October it then, that most of us feel worried and insecure. And this
was a great honour for myself, Mrs Weale and Miss Davies is Christmas, a time of good will, and peace among men?
to receive an award on behalf of the school from the British When we are thinking of presents, and food? Think back
Legion for the work we do in school to support the poppy with me.
The first Christmas was in Israel, and happened in a very
small hamlet just outside Jerusalem, its capital. The country
was under the rule of the Roman empire which imposed its
law by force, using armies of highly trained soldiers skilled
in close fighting. Israel was divided under two governors,
who could decree death, punishment and torture as he
felt it was needed. To ensure that proper control could be
maintained, a census was ordered, so that the governors
could know how many men there were, and where they
lived; each man had to register at the place of birth.
I must mention the work our school does to support so Mary and Joseph lived and worked in Nazareth, about forty
many good causes. Already this year we have collected miles north of Bethlehem, where Joseph was born. Despite
money for UNICEF with our Jars of Grace Appeal, at our the fact that Mary was bout 38 months pregnant, they had
lovely Harvest service in Shobdon Church and we were to make this trip to register on the day of the census. They
very active for the Children in Need Appeal. At Christmas were poor, and this census probably cost them two weeks
we are supporting the CLIC Sargent Charity for Children wages each. She had to be carried on a donkey for about a
with Cancer, this being of particular importance to all of us week – uncomfortable and hazardous for the mum-to-be.
in Shobdon School. The understanding our children have When they arrived, and looked for somewhere to stay, they
of the needs of others is a real indication of the whole ethos found that all the pubs and B&Bs were full – even if they
of the school and its core values. could have afforded it - and their relatives were also full
Our ‘Big Breakfast for Book Week’ was very well supported up. Out of kindness, one publican said they could sleep
by the community. It was a real tribute to the hard work of in the stable. And that’s where Jesus was born, the animals
all the staff to do something a little bit different! providing the only extra warmth that night.
Our older pupils had the opportunity to take part in a So, to a down-and-out family, in an alien village, under
countrywide initiative called ‘Crucial Crew’, which gave military rule, Jesus was born. God came to be with man in
them the skills and knowledge to deal with emergency the poorest and meanest time and place. If this gift was to
situations. I am pleased to say that as a result of hard work be given today, where would it be? Would you offer Mary
and training our school has now been recognised as a and Joseph a place in your barn or shed, or even your house
this Christmas, or would the celebrations crowd Him out?
go to Leominster or Kington when you need to add credit.
Post Ofﬁce News Bulk deals now available
Aware of everyone’s desire to get great value for money, we
have started to bring in special deals on some bulk purchase
items. We recently had Bold washing powder 90wash packs
usual price £24.99, we were selling at £15.99. Comfort 5ltr
at £5.99 instead of £9.99. These are outstanding prices
but can only be whilst stocks last. When we can get these
great deals we will bring them into the shop, so keep an
eye out when you come in but also on the web site www.
shobdonvillage.co.uk. We will be looking at other bulk buy
products including washing tablets, dishwasher tabs, coffee
So whether buying for home or a small business, it’s makes
sense – and if you have specific products you would like us
to look out for, just let us know.
New Lottery terminal installed
With Christmas racing headlong towards us we all start to An all new Lottery terminal has been installed, which is
feel the pressure and the world goes mad for a little while. quicker, easier and can produce “FastPay” cards, which
Then we get to Christmas day and it’s like hitting the eye means you no longer have to keep your paper play slips,
of a storm – all goes quiet for a little time. With all that is but can have a small lottery slip, in a plastic wallet, which
happening in the world right now I wish you a safe and is scanned and prints those numbers you regularly use!
peaceful Christmas. Unfortunately it doesn’t guarantee that million pound
I write this article at a time when I have just heard the sad jackpot!
news of Tim Walkers sudden death, all our sympathy’s and More Awards for your shop and post office
thoughts go to Ann and the family. This is a time of year We were delighted this year to be recognised once again in
when many reflect on what has gone and what may be to recent National Awards. In July we were runner up in two
come, and hearing the news of Tim reminds me of how categories at the Retail Industry Awards, and in November
fragile our time here is and how important it is to make the we were winners in one category and runner up in another
most of what we have. As I write this I have the vision of at the IAA Awards. Both are prestigious National Awards, so
Tim’s smile and good humour at the front of my mind. We it is fantastic recognition for the good work of all our staff,
will miss him. and shows that when competing with some of the bigger
We were saved shops, us small village shops still have more to offer!!
Times they are changing! With the world tightening its belt
and our rural way of life coming under further pressure it
was with relief that we heard that our Post Office branch has
not been included in the recent round of closures, which
has seen 2,500 branches across the country disappear. In
our immediate area, Pembridge & Wigmore will be lost,
whilst being replaced by an outreach service. Increasingly
we see local services going, and it is vital that we all do what
we can to retain the likes of Village schools, shops and Post
Offices. Without them our way of life is under threat and
will make living in the country that much harder.
We will continue in our small part, continue to look to
improve what we have to offer, inform and advise and
support our local community. What’s’ important for us, is
that you help us; by telling us the things we do well and With Christmas fast approaching it is always a time of
maybe not so well. All that we do is always open to change, reflection – should I have spent that much!, A time to take
as long as it is viable and is compatible with the business stock – I’m sure I had more beer in than that! And a time
we have. to say thanks!
Top up your meter keys with us From all the Staff at the Shop, from Aileen and myself, may
There have been changes recently – many households have we thank you for your custom and support this year. We
NPower meter keys that previously we were unable to top look forward to seeing and serving you in 2009. May we
up for you. Now we can! Electricity keys, Quantum gas wish Health, Wealth and Happiness. Merry Christmas
cards can be topped up with credit at the shop counter with Martin Lovell
the Post Office PayStation terminal. You no longer have to
just a few days before he died, and theirs was a great
Tim Walker 1944 - 2008 partnership in so many ways. They’d had recent holidays in
This is an edited version of an appreciation by Sweden and the States and were still making plans for the
Prebendary Stephen Hollinghurst future, still enjoying their twice-yearly trips to Gozo, and
were intending to go to India together in 2009 to spend
Tim was born on October 5th 1944 his parents, Peter and
time working with Anne’s charity there - helping amputees
Patsy, were farming in Suffolk when Tim arrived on the
and children with walking difficulties and disabilities.
scene, but soon after the war ended they all moved to
Travelling wasn’t easy for Tim, and he was often in great
Garden House Shobdon and then into Shobdon Court. As
pain and discomfort, but he always made the best of things
you probably know, Peter’s claim to fame was as a gentleman
and just got on with what he and Anne wanted to do. He
racing driver with the legendary post-war Jaguar Team. He
was absolutely devoted to Anne, as she was to him, and he
raced alongside Stirling Moss, and won Le Mans in 1951.
was endlessly proud and supportive of everything she did
Tim, meanwhile, was sent to a number of public schools and achieved.
to be educated completing his schooling at Bradfield, near Although Tim was always good company and good fun to
Reading. On leaving school, Tim went to work for Sun be with, there was also a solitary, self-sufficient side to his
Valley - then a brand new company - and started at the character. He was quite comfortable in his own company
bottom of the ladder, but he was to work his way up through and never minded being quiet and alone. On the other
every department in his 23 years in the business until he hand, especially in his younger days, he’d loved fishing,
finally arrived as Hatchery Manager here at Shobdon. shooting and, above all, a pint in the pub with friends.
Tim and Nessa were married in 1966, and their daughter Tim could - and did - mix well with anyone and everyone
Catherine arrived later that year, but sadly the marriage and was as comfortable with colleagues from the hatchery
ended, albeit amicably, just a few years later. and friends from the village as he was with the great and
It was in 1973 that Tim married Anne, a colleague at Sun the good. He treated everyone with equal respect and
Valley, and they made a new start together in a little cottage deference and was a warm, charismatic and accepting man
near Bartestree before moving to what is now Shobdon - finding genuine interest in everyone he met. Again there’s
a charming little story to illustrate the point - he once met
Princess Margaret when she was visiting Shobdon Church
with Sir Thomas Dunne, but then he taught her to feather-
sex chickens during a spur-of-the-moment tour of the
At work, Tim was a wonderful boss - although he absolutely
hated paperwork and admin. - and Anne tells me he was
not a tidy person - which could be the understatement of
the century! He never fell out with people and could take
everything in his stride. He proved his abilities as a natural
communicator when he appeared on the BBC’s Antiques
Road Show when the programme came to Leominster a
few years ago. He presented a remarkable (and immense)
Chinese cabinet to the experts for their perusal but rather
stole the scene and was, by common consent, a natural in
Court Mews when Tim took over management of the front of the cameras.
Hatchery, before moving on again to Wildflower House in
Tim was a wonderful father, husband and brother, and a
faithful friend. One of those closest to him said last week,
In 1985 Tim left Sun Valley. It was at about this time that as the news of his sudden and premature death spread
his health started to give him problems. He struggled with around a shocked community, that “there was nothing not
undiagnosed diabetes for some years, which led to further to love about Tim” - and that’s absolutely right.
health issues as time went on. Eventually, he had to have Anne…’I
Another friend wrote this in a brief note to Anne…’I am
his right leg amputated, but there’s a little story about this completely devastated and my heart goes out to you in your
that says a great deal about how Tim always dealt with terrible and so unexpected loss. Tim was different to other
such setbacks… Anne relates how she went to visit Tim men and I am proud and privileged to have known him and
immediately following the amputation in the Nuffield to have considered him a friend. Suffering agonies with his
Hospital in Hereford. She went into his room and was own problems over many years he never complained, whilst
horrified to see a note at the head of his bed reading not his kindness and consideration for others knew no bounds’.
“Nil By Mouth” but “One Foot In The Grave”. She couldn’t
That sums up brilliantly the Tim we all knew and loved,
believe that anyone could be so callous and unprofessional
the Tim we are all privileged to have known, the Tim we
and demanded to know who had put the notice there…of
will always miss terribly, but will always remember with
course, it was Tim himself!
fondness, appreciation and gratitude.
Tim and Anne celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary
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Mrs June Smith
Sunday, December 7th Evensong 6pm 1st March Reverend Mary Jolly
Sunday, December 14th Holy Communion 9.30am 15th March Mrs June Smith
Sunday, December 21st Carol service 11am 29th March Rev Sam Stone – Holy Communion
Christmas Day Holy Communion 10am Regular Events
Sunday, December 28th Holy Communion 11am, group Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m. on the first Sunday of every
service month conducted by the Reverend Robin Rogers. Please
Service times at other group churches: note – no Service in January, so the first service in the new
Christmas Eve Crib service at Pembridge and Lyonshall year will be on the 5th February 2009
4pm Coffee and Chat 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon every third
Midnight Communion at Pembridge and Lyonshall Thursday of the month – come and meet old friends and
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Christmas Day Holy Communion at Byton at 9am Our recent Coffee Morning and Mini-bazaar raised just
Family Service at Pembridge, 11.15am over £190. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to our loyal
Family service at Lyonshall 10am Shobdon folk, as well as everyone who supported us from the
Our Rector, Julie Read circuit and even further afield, with Elizabeth (Ammonds)
With great gladness, we heard at the end of November that Yensen visiting and assisting from Kidderminster. Special
Julie Read will be back with us as our priest after Christmas. thanks to Liz and also to first-time helper, Alisha Stanley,
We must all pray that God’s healing and strengthening aged ten, from Shobdon, who coped so admirably selling
hand continues to be with her in her ministry. Let’s give tickets for “Sweets in the Bottle” and for the raffle. Well
help when it’s asked. done, Alisha.
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poor country. We are helping to provide a training centre Don’t Panic!
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people from poor backgrounds, HIV/Aids orphans, and the we are here to help
young unemployed. If you can afford to help, please send
a cheque made payable to “Hereford Diocesan Board of
Finance” with a note that it is for the credit of the Tanzania
appeal to: Mr G Powell, The Diocesan Office, The Palace,
Hereford HR4 9BL. Fuller details of this appeal are in the
Spotlight. The Club continues to be well supported with
twenty or so children coming to meetings week by week.
This term started in the middle of September, when
newcomers were welcomed, and the second week we had
a marvellous barbecue in Norah Morgan’s garden. The
first meeting of the Club next term is on Wednesday, 14
January, and formal notices confirming this will be sent out Training & Tuition
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The Men on the Shobdon War Memorial
Written and researched by Tula and Gordon Ticehurst
I am sure most of you will have seen the War Memorial in appears to be a pretty accurate Roll of Honour that was
Shobdon on the corner of Ledicott Lane and perhaps, in amended as the names of the casualties were announced.
passing, looked at the names inscribed on it. But who were
A E Lilwall
these men who gave their lives, what is their story?
Arthur Edward Lilwall was the youngest son of William
and Charlotte Lilwall being born in 1896. He had a brother,
Ernest, born in 1893, and at the time of the 1901 census
they lived in Ledicott Lane. William (who gave his age as
52) was recorded as being a cattleman on a farm though
by the time Arthur died in 1915 Charlotte was a widow.
Arthur won a scholarship to Lucton School for 4 years
after leaving Shobdon School, where he was under a Mr
C.E.Lewis. After his schooling he went to Monmouth and
on the outbreak of war he enlisted in Pontypool, Monmouth
into the 2nd Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment as
His death was announced in the Hereford Times on the
3rd July 1915 under the heading: “Shobdon Volunteer
Death fromWounds.” The report goes on to state that he
died on the 24th June 1915 at a hospital in France from
wounds sustained in the fighting in the neighbourhood of
Ypres.( He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, which is
about 20 miles south of Boulogne, where there were major
With every passing year the danger is that the memory
hospitals treating the war wounded). The newspaper report
of them fades and with the best will in the world they are
also states that Mrs Lilwall, who was an invalid, lived at
forgotten. With this in mind I determined to do some
New Cottages, Shobdon with her other son (Ernest). When
research and see what I could find out about them.
Arthur first went out to France he was a regimental cook
The names are:
and had been in the trenches for a month when he received
his fatal wound, he was 19.
F.W.Fuller G.H.C.Evans During April and May 1915, what became known as the
2nd Battle of Ypres took place. It was during this battle on
They are all casualties of the First World War, though
the 22nd April, that the Germans first used Chlorine Gas
how many men from Shobdon, served during that war, to
as an attack weapon. The early part of June is described as a
return home safely, is not known. It is thought that 17 men
period of static warfare where the army suffered “average”
from Shobdon went off to fight in the Second World War,
losses of 300 men a day from sniping and shellfire. It is not
though thankfully, they all returned unharmed.
known when exactly Arthur was wounded.
The memorial itself would probably have been erected T.W. Williams
anything up to 5 years after the end of the war. It is likely Thomas William Williams was born in Leinthall Starkes
that the impetus for its erection would have come from the in 1896 and at the time of the 1901 census was staying
villagers itself. A local committee would have been formed with his Uncle Elias Williams, Aunt Mary Williams and
from the village worthies with perhaps the vicar playing a various other relatives.Not a lot is known about him but he
leading role. They would take on the role of raising funds, enlisted in 1914, in Hereford, into the 5th Battalion, Kings
deciding on its location, and most importantly, gathering Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) with the army no. 10732
the list of names to be inscribed on it. Very few records still His death was announced in the Hereford Times on the 4th
exist of these committees and this often presents problems March 1916 but no report of the circumstances was given.
when any alterations to the memorial or its location are Records show that he was “Killed in Action” on the 11th
mooted. Rarely is it known just who “owns” the memorial. February 1916 and that his name is recorded on the Menin
Similarly, the inclusion of the names on the memorial was Gate, Ypres. This means that his is one of the thousands of
not an exact science, though with such a small community servicemen who have no known grave. At the time of his
as Shobdon it is probably more correct than many. Families death he was a Lance Corporal.
moved around a remarkable amount at that time, so a family
that may have been resident in Shobdon at the beginning Again it is not know where exactly he died, but at that time
of the war, may well have moved some way away by the end the Germans were conducting diversionary attacks around
and been forgotten. Fortunately Shobdon Church has what the Ypres Salient to draw attention away from the area of
their main assault at the time, Verdun.
A. Ingram G.H.C. Evans
Arthur Ingram was born in Lower Harpton in 1894. His George Harold Crossley Evans was born in 1896 in
parents ran the Bateman Arms in Shobdon. After leaving Cheltenham, son of Percy and Emily Hester and lived in
Shobdon school he won a Pierrepoint scholarship to Lucton Nash Cottage, Easthampton. Known as Harold, he was one
School. Following that he was apprenticed to Messrs Parker of 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls, though one, Janetta, died
& Son in Kington and then with Messrs Cook & Son, St in infancy.
Pauls Churchyard, London.
On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the 15th (County
of London) Battalion (the Civil Service Rifles) as Private,
No.2779. According to an announcement in the Hereford
Times of the 15th July 1916, his parents were advised on
the 26th June 1916 that he was dangerously ill in Etaples,
France. He died the next day, the 27th. The cause of his
death was given as an abscess of the head, probably caused
by a bullet wound he received over the left eye on the
previous Christmas Eve. What action he was involved in at
the time is not known. He was 22 years of age and is buried
at Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
John Vaughan was born in Stapleton, Hereford in 1883. In
the 1901 census he and his family were living in Ledicott
Cottages, Shobdon. He enlisted into the Herefordshire
Regiment, subsequently transferring via the Kings
Shropshire Light Infantry into the 11th Battalion of the
Border Regiment as a Private No. 27879. At the time of
him enlisting he was a Farm Labourer at Lady Court Farm,
The Herefordshire Times announced on the 24th March
that he had been wounded, but didn’t say where, (though it
is likely to be somewhere on the Somme) and on the 31st
March that he had been killed. He is commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme, this again meaning
that he has no known grave.
F. W. Fuller G.H.C. Evans
Frederick William Fuller was born in 1898 in Port Talbot,
Glamorgan and enlisted into the 1st Battalion of the He enlisted in October 1914 in Leominster and was
Herefordshire Regiment as a Private No. 236995. The 1901 originally posted to the Army Service Corps, being
census shows the family living at Hill Croome, near Upton transferred to the1st/5th Battalion of the West Yorkshire
on Severn, Worcester. They then lived in Shobdon before Regiment (the Prince of Wales Own) as Private No. 54374,
moving again to Tarrington, which is where they resided at in Sept 1917. His service record shows that in November
the time his death was confirmed. he was suffering from Trench Foot and did not rejoin
His story is quite interesting in that he was taken prisoner the Regiment until February 1918. He was reported
by the Turks in Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) sometime missing, presumed dead, on the 25th April 1918 and he is
in April 1917, during what is known as the battle of Gaza. A commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, he was 23.
further twist in his story came to me a short while ago from At this time the Germans had launched their 2nd big
Istanbul. A Turkish historian had come across a letter from offensive of 1918, now known as The Battle of the Lys,
Private Fuller’s mother. She had written on the 1st August which is in the area of the Ypres Salient .On the day he was
1917 to her son, via the Ottoman Red Cross Society, asking killed the Germans achieved their last major success of the
after his welfare and details of the camp at which he was battle, capturing Mount Kemmel.
being held. She was concerned, as she had not had a reply I am indebted to Rowena Williams for providing me
to her letter dated the 14th April. with the fine photo of Harold and much of the above
The irony of this is that Private Fuller had, unfortunately, information. Harold was her Great Uncle. Rowena’s Aunt
died on the 11th June whilst in enemy hands, probably of still lives in Shobdon.
illness, so he never received the letter. That is, at least, part of the story of the men of Shobdon
He was 20 when he died and is buried in the Baghdad who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914/18 I hope
(North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. that this short biography of them helps to preserve their
memory, we owe them so much.
For weekly reports on the progress of the Club, please read
Carpet Bowls the Eardisland news in tht Hereford Times.
Shobdon carpet bowls have started the 2008/09 league
New members are always welcome. Please contact me on
games with enthusiasm combined with more skill than we
708887. Phil Sharp
had last year. Other teams are having a bit more respect
for the team and several close fought matches have already
taken place. Once we have mastered the “tricks” and “mind
games” some members use when they are losing, we will
be at the top. December usually heralds the onset of cold, clear, but
Wednesday at 7.30 pm is bowls night and if anyone wishes unreliable weather and the need to have a pair of gloves
to join in, please come along and have some fun. AKP handy for your morning, pre-flight check, of the aircraft,
when you must touch their freezing cold metal structures.
Cricket Light aircraft today are flown from comfortable heated
cabins away from exposure to the elements. One is
Not a lot to say at this time of year but a few notes . After a reminded of the dawn patrols in France, which ended 90
very successful season during which we only lost one match years ago this year, when the RFC aircrew would, before
the team finished top of the league and gained promotion to first light, shiver despite their fur lined Sidcot flying suits
League Div. 2 for next season. Congratulations to Captain and prepare their fragile machines for flight. They would
Ben Probert and all the players involved. climb briskly in the cold stable air to heights where they
should have been on oxygen and freeze in their open
Thanks also to Groundsmen Adam Price, Ian Probert, Ian
cockpits while the pilot steadied his machine to allow the
Lawrence and evreyone who helped keep the ground in
observer to change plates in his camera as he took pictures
such good condition, it looked a picture all season.
of the battle lines below.
A special thank you to Shirley Haines and her team of How pampered we are compared to those days. We recently
painters for painting the outside of the Pavillion, it looks enjoyed the reminiscences of Peter Cowin, a WW2 Spitfire
really smart. pilot who, prior to getting his “full” wings did a full tour as
We intend holding a Dinner Dance but this will now be an air gunner with Bomber Command, on Wellingtons. He
held over until the New Year. told of a chocolate bar which he had managed to put in the
pocket of his flying suit to get some kind of sustenance on
We would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone a seven hour flight to bomb Turin. On trying to eat it on
who has helped and supported us throughout this year, the return trip it had frozen as solid as a brick, indicating
particularily our Landlords Corbett Farms Ltd. and wish just how useless any flying suit is at 15000 feet in the winter
you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous without heating!
New Year. Terry Teale
In both wars these men were aged 18, 19 or sometimes
a little more, but much was expected of them. It still is I
Eardisland Bowling Club fear.
Eardisland Bowling Club had one of its most successful As we climb into our heated cockpits or air-conditioned
seasons in recent years, winning seventeen of its matches airliner cabins we should consider our young men in Basra
against other clubs and losing only eleven. The men or Helmand in plastic tents in freezing dawn temperatures.
enjoyed a good run in the Hereford Times Cup, losing to Whether RAF or Para, they deserve some of our thoughts
the very strong Ross team in the semifinal of this county this Christmas – as they have always done. May you have a
competition. happy, warm, Yuletide and healthy 2009. Bob Bowden
Star amongst the Shobdon bowlers was undoubtedly Gill
Williams, who won the Ladies’ Singles, was on the winning
team of the Ladies’ two woods and was also runner up in Herefordshire Nature Trust
the Ladies’ Tuesday League. Aymestrey Branch
Aymestrey Village Hall, at 7.30 p.m, on the last Thursday
Phil Sharp won the Mens’ Tuesday League, while Phil
of each month.
Lynne was runner up in the same competition. Dave Bray
Jan 29: Herefordshire Farming. Past and Future by Robert
was runner up in the Open Competition and was, together
Williams & Stephen Ware.
with Phil Lynne, on the losing side in the Triples Final.
Feb 26: The Magic of Celtic Islands. by Tony Hamblin
Linda Lynne and Jayne Sharp both battled bravely but
March 26: Herefordshire Ferns by Clive Jermy
failed to get a trophy this season, something I am sure they
will try to remedy in 2009. April 30: The life of lichens by Clifford Smith.
The cost is £1.00 for members and £1.50 for non members.
At the recent AGM, Phil Lynne was elected Chairman, Phil
Sharp club vice-captain, Gill Williams Ladies Captain and
Jayne Sharp onto the Committee.
Sunshine Club Neighbourhood
Just think! Three and a half months ago,
we were up at the Church at Pam’s jam
and cream scone emporium (none better)
If you need to contact anyone with regard to Neighbourhood
in August. And now look at us, freezing
Watch, the full list of representatives, and the areas they
in a crunch. We had a good meeting, Pam Meg Cox cover, is as follows:
and Ray are very generous to us.
The September meeting was not very well attended. I Mr P. Sharp 708887
expect a lot of members were on holiday. I was able to Ledicot to Methodist Chapel
tell the club that we had received a very generous cheque Mr M. Evans 708540
from the Shobdon Food Festival for which we were Chapel to Shop,inc Hanbury Green
immensely grateful. We put it aside for good use later. Mrs M. Morris 708591
In early October we had an afternoon trip to the Elan The Grove, Canterbury Rd, Hillhampton Ln.
Valley. I expect most people from Shobdon have been Mr M. Lovell 708338
there and know that it is a wonderful place to visit and Moor Meadow
right on our doorstep. We were probably a little early for Mr G. Ticehurst 708435
the most spectacular Autumn leaf colours but it was very The Birches, Pearl Lake
beautiful nevertheless. We drove all round the reservoirs Mrs A. Kent-Phillips 708446
which were full to bursting and pouring and spraying over The West Parish outreaches
the dams most dramatically. We had tea in the Elan café. Mr M. Williams 708422
It was a lovely outing and it only cost £5.00 each. I enjoyed The East Parish outreaches
it. We all enjoyed it. You could enjoy it. Mr J. Roberts 709191
We had our regular meeting in October. Our November CSO Donna Jones met all the reps to discuss village matters
meeting was a very interesting one. Caroline Jones (she earlier in the summer and to talk about the SmartWater
of the flower arranging and open garden fame) gave scheme, details of which can be found at the Village stores.
us a demonstration of unusual Christmas greenery She has also attended Parish Council Meetings, when
arrangements, including candle holders, little self possible, and is usually available beforehand to chat over
contained table arrangements and one spectacular display any problems with any parishioner from 7.30 pm onwards.
with flowers under water (don’t ask). And at that meeting Please remember we come under the Kington Police area,
Veronica from Age Concern gave us a lot of information not Leominster. See below for the list of important phone
about ways to save money. We who are pensioners should numbers.
really take advantage of any discounts and help available West Mercia Constabulary 08457 444888
and Age Concern has so many useful leaflets and so much Crimestoppers 0800 555111
expertise. Victim Support 01432 347208
Next Friday the 12th of December (but a week or two ago Childline 0800 1111
when you are reading this) we are going to The White Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 7831359
Swan at Eardisland for The Sunshine Club Christmas National Drugs Helpline 0800776600
lunch. Do you remember the cheque? We will all be Herefordshire Road Safety Hotline 01432 364582
having a delicious lunch thanks to the Shobdon Food All incidents should be reported on 08457 444888 for an
Festival and we will raise our glasses to them. Margaret appropriate and timely resource to be allocated.
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Editor’s Final Word
Another edition of SVN hits the presses, and finally comes through your letter box, and it does so with every good wish
for Christmas and the New Year from all of us at SVN - our contributors, to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude (
I hear them groaning when the usual email goes out warning them that publication is due in a few weeks) and without
whom we would neither have news, nor this newsletter- our publisher James Weymouth at Stansbatch, our loyal printer
Orphans Press from Leominster, and me, the editor. Here’s hoping that 2009 is not the stinker that everyone in the papers
seems to be expecting, and that the good moments far outnumber the bad. Simon Arbuthnott
Nature Notes Foreign news
Otters are back Food for Thought by Charlie Lynch-Staunton
Did you hear the report from the Farne Islands on the
id I had been asked to open an office in Mosul. As the crow
radio the other day that otter numbers had soared? flies it is only 43 miles from my where I work in the Iraq’s
Hundreds of tracks of otter feet could be seen where only Kurdistan Region but the route I was taking, via Amman,
30 years ago the animal was on the verge of extinction. Baghdad and Kirkuk took me three days and still I was
The decline in numbers affected otter populations all over not there. The final leg however, was by helicopter and
the UK and was caused by pollution of water courses and sitting opposite me, as we swung low across the desert,
habitat destruction especially in the draining of wetlands.
I saw an otter a couple of years ago, crossing a nearby field.
I was particularly struck by its thick and long muscular tail.
Friends by the Arrow in Eardisland regularly see them ,
sometimes playing with their young, and quite often they
find the remains of fish, usually salmon, caught by the
otters and left on the riverbank. The otters start by eating
the gills and have either left the fish for a second sitting or
were frightened off by something. One such salmon was
fully two feet six in length. Otters will communicate with
each other by loud whistling, very like a human whistle.
was my ‘protection officer’ (personal body guard) a huge,
powerfully built and thankfully well armed Fijian. This
rugby player of national repute was a devout man of few
words but had a staggering appetite.
Throughout our time in Mosul he would not let me out of
his sight. Only at night when he slept in the next door room
with the emergency radio channel open and a weapon by
his side were we separated. Otherwise he was my shadow
while I gathered information, planned, held meetings and
sent progress reports to Baghdad. He went where I went for
Otters are related to weasels, polecats and badgers. They the 34 days we spent together including breakfast, lunch
have webbed paws, long slim bodies and relatively short and supper – 102 substantial and lengthy meals. At the
limbs, with strong claws on their feet. Their soft underfur start of each he would lead the two of us in prayer, thanking
is protected by an outer layer of long guard hair which the Lord for our families, his (the Lord’s) protection, the
traps air underneath them and helps to keep them warm. gift of life and the food before us – and in front of him
They live near water courses, using the waterways to travel there was always a huge amount . He loved his food. He
and hunt. In addition to fish, they will eat frogs, birds and enjoyed eating like no other man. Furthermore much of
small mammals. An otter will travel long distances in what he talked about also concerned food; the feast on the
search of food and they regularly mark their territory by occasion of the first wild boar he killed as a 12 year old,
leaving their droppings in a prominent place, typically on the best way to cook this or that, when to crop mangos
a bankside boulder or rock. If you chance upon any likely and how a healthy diet of plentiful fish and fruit from Fiji’s
otter droppings, you will find that they smell extraordinarily waters and forests was the foundation of a race whose size
fragrant. Trust me! Caroline Weymouth and strength is well known and of which he was indeed a
What he kept from me until the day we left Mosul was that
his great grandfather Chief Nawa Wablavu had, in 1867,
eaten an Englishman the Reverend Thomas Baker – boots
and all. When I asked him why he had never told me what
I now discover to be well documented piece of Fiji’s history
he said quietly, as he chewed determinedly on a mouthful
of his third steak of the day “I just didn’t want to worry you.”
To you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!