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Welcome to St. Michael
& All Angels, Upper Sapey
Upper Sapey itself is just one
of a group of six former parishes which make up the Parish
of Greater Whitbourne. There are four churches still in
use and lovingly cared for, but the one at Wolferlow has
now been made redundant.
The Greater Parish is situated in beautiful countryside
in the North East of the County of Herefordshire. Bounded
on the East by the River Teme and on the South by Bringsty
Common, the western part consists of sparsely
populated farmland, while Whitbourne itself is a large
village, many of whose inhabitants are connected with
farming, and some of whom work in Worcester or
The living is currently "Suspended" - that is, the search
for a new incumbent is not being actively pursued - but we
are very fortunate to have Rev'd Dawn Hyett (pictured
here) as our Interim Minister from 6th November 2016, ably
assisted of course by Assistant Priest Rev'd Doiran
Williams. [Rev'd Clive Evans, Rural Dean, has legal
responsibility for the Greater Parish during the
The church dedicated to St Michael and All Angels was
extensively repaired/restored in 2016, new and effective
heating installed, and a meeting room - "Olly's Friendship
Room" - created at the east end of the church, with toilet
and limited kitchen facilities. This is a community space,
and activities are gradually being established in it.
for the latest "What's On" flyer for Upper Sapey.
For the latest information relating to the Greater
Parish, please click the following links, which take you
to the right place in the Whitbourne home page, updated
Upper Sapey NEWS - most recent first
- January 2018: A new What's On flyer was
distributed. Click HERE
to view it. We held our first Plough Sunday
service for many years on 14th January, with
John Thacker representing local farmers,
accompanied by an old plough kindly provided by
Rob Wilks. The normal pattern of services has
now been changed to 11am Holy Communion (or a
special service) at 11am on the first and second
Sundays of each month. The Film Night film on
January 19th 7pm will be Churchill (2017), rated
PG. All welcome, donation of £2 per head
- November 2017: Another "What's On" Flyer, with
CORRECTED time (2-5pm) of our Christmas Fair on
2nd December. Click HERE.
Also, a new book has been written and printed
""Upper Sapey - its Church and Community". It
costs just £2, and can be bought from the
church, or ordered by email to
email@example.com. Payment and postage to be
- October 2017: The latest 3-month "What's On"
has been distributed widely around Upper Sapey.
to read it on-line. You will see that we
have plans for a Christmas Fair at the church on
Saturday 2nd December, from 11am to 1pm. We hope
to see you there! The Summer Fair on 2nd
September made a very useful £411 for a couple
of Friendship Room chairs and a donation to
- June 2017: The organ is currently unplayable,
so we are looking into what needs to be done, so
that we might have "live" music for our worship
in the future. Here are some pictures of the
- June 2017: From this month, an extra monthly
service is being introduced, on the FIRST Sunday
of the month at 9.30am. This will be a Holy
Communion service with hymns. ALL WELCOME! The
SECOND Sunday service of Holy Communion will
continue as usual, at 11am. See the Church Planner
for ALL the services in Greater Whitbourne,
where you will also find exceptions to the
normal pattern listed.
- May 2017: A lot has happened since the last
update. The church is now fully in use, and from
June we have an extra service each month: Holy
Communion at 9.30am on the first Sunday each
month, as well as the 11am service on the second
Sunday each month. There is also the possibility
of an organist at the second-Sunday service, but
the organ will need servicing first.
The Palm Sunday service was preceded by a
procession through the village with a real live
donkey, and was a joy to behold.
A "Taster Week" was held in Olly's Friendship
Room - our fantastic new community facility
inside the church - during Holy Week - the week
before Easter. We expect regular Table-tennis
and Astronomy clubs to be starting soon as a
result. Watch this space!
The annual Rogation Walk started after a short
All-Age Holy Communion service on 7th May. Eight
walkers left Upper Sapey to walk to Whitbourne
via Wolferlow, Edvin Loach and Tedstone Delamere
churches- over 11 miles in all. Five made it all
the way, and enjoyed delicious Tea & Cakes
at Whitbourne following the Tea Concert by the
Bromyard Choral Society. The weather was superb,
and prayers were said for seed, land, and rain
at each stopping point.
- December 18th 2016: The Church is now OPEN!
After nearly a year's work by our main
contractor, M V Gammon, the church of St Michael
and All Angels at Upper Sapey is now open again.
We had a very successful "Come and See" with
mince pies and mulled wine on Saturday 17th
December, and the first service will be Holy
Communion on Christmas Day at 9:30am. We hope to
see lots of you there. We can promise a warm
church, and space to enjoy a coffee afterwards
in the brand new "Olly's Friendship Room". Happy
- November 9th 2016: Newsletter
No. 6 distributed. This covers the
Remembrance Service on 13th November, our new
Interim priest Rev'd Dawn Hyett, Christmas
services, Building Works latest status, how we
might use the new Olly's Friendship Room, and a
few other matters. Read it HERE.
- June 8th 2016: The contractors continue to
work diligently and expertly on the church,
under the watchful eye of David Roberts, project
manager. Services are taking place in people's
homes, although the July 10th service he HOPE
will be in church for David's last service in
Upper Sapey. Visit the Rescue web page
for more information.
The LMDG team (the Lay Team) are working with
the churchwardens and Rural Dean Revd Alan
Seabrook to organise things during the
interregnum. Visit the LMDG web page
for more information.
- April 30th 2016: We were all sad to hear on
24th April that our Rector - Revd David Howell -
and family will be leaving us after the summer.
They are moving to the Benefice of Ariconium
near Ross - six churches!. We wish them well, of
course, and wonder how we will manage during the
Interregnum. David's farewell service will be at
Whitbourne Church on 31st July, before their
summer holiday. Don't miss it!
Thanks to Mark & Ruth Maddock for hosting
Matins on 10th April. This was lay-led by John
Bland, and the four of us managed to sing three
hymns AND a Psalm - all a capella! Our
next service will be Holy Communion, celebrated
by Revd David Howell, at Redlands, next to The
Baiting House pub, on 8th May. Before then, we
have the annual Rogation Walk, starting from
Upper Sapey church at 10am (after a quick peek
inside to see how the repairs etc are going) and
proceeding to Whitbourne Church by about 4.30pm
for tea and cakes, via Wolferlow Court and
Church, Edvin Loach Church (for a picnic lunch
breakk - don't forget to bring one!), and
Tedstone Delamere Church. There will be free
transport available at each church to take you
back if you've had enough, or you can start at
any intermediate point. We leave Upper
Sapey at 10am, Wolferlow at noon, Edvin Loach at
2pm, and Tedstone Delamere at 3.15pm.
Congratulations to Ian and Carol Evans-Fisher
for being re-elected as churchwardens, and Carol
Wilde as church treasurer. John Bland continues
as Treasurer of the Rescue Appeal and Church
Electoral Roll Officer for Greater Whitbourne.
- April 7th 2016: See the Rescue page for
details of what's happening. The Easter Sunday
service at Tedstone Delamere had a good turnout.
It was a great opportunity for the two small
congregations - Upper Sapey and Tedstone
Delamere - to celebrate Christ is Risen!
together. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting
for Greater Whitbourne is on Thursday 21st
April, 7.30pm at Saltmarshe & District Hall.
This meeting is for all the parishes in Greater
Whitbourne, at which elections of PCC members
and churchwardens, etc. are held. Do come if you
can - a once-a-year opportunity to review the
last year and get excited about the future. See
you at Matins at 11am on 10th April in Brook
- March 14th 2016: Building & Repair work
progresses apace. The April church service is on
10th April, and will be lay-led Matins at Brook
House, 11am. Many thanks to Mark Maddock!
- 5th March 2016: Well - Christmas has come and
gone - what a turnout at Church on Christmas
Day! - and the building & repair work
started on 8th February. The church is now "out
of bounds" for about eight months - i.e. until
the end of October 2016 we think. Monthly
services are being held nearby - look out for
signs. Our Easter Day service will be at
Tedstone Delamere church (HR7 4PS) at 11am,
joining with their regular congregation. We hope
to see you there.
- Building work starts on 8th February, so the
church will be "out of bounds" for a few months.
In the meantime, services will be held in
Courtyard Cottage, next to The Old Rectory. See
4 for the latest about the Rescue of Upper
- The year for the Church and the Rescue Appeal
is summarised in the flyer "2015 by
numbers" and distributed throughout the
- There was a jolly crowd at the Christmas Day
service, as this photo above shows. Happy New
Year all you Upper Saparians!
- We had an enjoyable Carol Service on Sunday
13th December, with the usual format of
alternating readings and well-known carols. The
service was led by the Rector, and the readings
were read by members of the congregation. The
music was provided by CD recordings - what a
shame we don't have an organist. Do you know of
anyone who might play for us from time to time?
It would make such a difference to the quality
of our worship. If you do know someone, please
tell the Rector, a churchwarden, or a member of
the Lay Team. All contact details may be found
on the Greater Whitbourne Who's Who
For the latest on the Rescue Appeal, and what
happened at the Christmas Fair, visit the Church Rescue page
- where else?
- There was a good turnout for the
Remembrance Service on Remembrance Sunday,
8th November 2015 - the first such service at
Upper Sapey for many years. An amazing £68 was
raised by the retiring collection for the Royal
British Legion Poppy Appeal. Many thanks to all
who gave so generously. Now the Local Ministry
lay team is established, more non-communion
services can be provided. How about a good
old-fashioned Matins or Evensong? If this
appeals to you, please speak to one of your
local Lay Team members (Brenda Allan, John
Bland, William North, or Sylvia Bland) and we'll
see what can be done.
See the Church Rescue web page for details of
the upcoming Carol Concert on 1st December at
Whitbourne church, 50% proceeds to Upper Sapey;
our own Christmas Fair on 12th December; the
progress of the Rescue Appeal.
There was a good turnout for the Patronal
Festival/Appeal Launch service on 27th September
2015. It was nerve-racking for the lay leader
(John Bland) but it all went off without a
hitch. The decision to have a non-communion
service on this occasion seemed to help, in that
there were one or two who would not have come
Please send comments, suggestions, contributions
etc. to John
Bland Tel: 01886 853 661
Together we can make this an increasingly useful
and valuable resource.
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