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Rev'd Dawn HyettWhitbourne itself is just one of a group of six 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 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 Birmingham.

Although the living is currently "vacant", 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 Interregnum.]

This is a church-sponsored website, and below you can find:

  • This week's prayer focus
  • A table of church services
  • Notices about what's on around the greater parish

On the left are links to our other pages, and on the right a link to the parish magazine and a list of the readings we are using at our services. The webmaster (John Bland) hopes you find it useful. Please let him know of any problems - details at the bottom.

Collect for 26th March, Fourth Sunday of Lent - Mothering Sunday

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
      to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Morning Prayer. Evening Prayer Night Prayer
Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site, The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.

Upcoming Services

Whitbourne Upper Sapey Tedstone Delamere Edvin Loach
26th March
Lent 4; Mothering Sunday
9.30am HC
6pm Compline

6pm Compline

Sunday 2nd April
Lent 5
10am All Age Worship - Friendship
11am said HC
6pm Compline
6pm Compline

Sunday 9th April
Palm Sunday
9.30 HC
6pm Compline
11am HC with donkey
6pm Compline

Thursday 13th April
Maundy Thursday

7pm HC with foot washing

Friday 14th April
Good Friday
2pm HC

Saturday 15th April
Easter Eve

7pm HC Service of Light
Sunday 16th April
Easter Sunday
9.30am C
9.30am HC
11am HC

Sunday 23rd April
Easter 2
9.30am HC

Sunday 30th April
Easter 3
9.30am Family HC
Godparent Sunday

BCP = Book of Common Prayer. HC = Holy Communion. HCE = Holy Communion by Extension; EP = Evening Prayer.

Notices for week beginning 26th March

Some up-coming local events (click here for more)

  • Wednesday 29nd March, 12.30pm at The Kennetts, Whitbourne. Contact Gillie Stormonth-Darling on 01886 821 918. Details below.
  • Thursday 30th March, 2.30pm: Last Lent Course session at Kath Harris's. See note below.
  • Sunday 2nd April: Church Electoral Role Revision period ends. See the pink notice at all churches.  NO ACTION REQUIRED from those already on on the Roll (see the pink printout at the back). Only NEW and CHANGED information is of interest. It is NOT a new Roll this year. Updates to John Bland, the current Church ER Officer.
  • Sunday 2nd April, 2pm in Whitbourne Church: Wedding Preparation for two couples. "Welcomers" welcome (!) at 2pm. (The couples at the recent Wedding Prep session were pleased with the friendly welcome they got, so let's keep it up!)
  • Monday 3rd April, 7pm at Forge Cottage (Kathleen Harris's): Tedstone Delamere District Church Council.
  • Saturday 9th July, at Whitbourne Hall and around: Summer Fete, needing some church folk to run and supply the Produce stall. Offers of help to Dawn or Myrtle. Non-perishables may be left at the back of Whitbourne Church any time now.
  • Most Saturdays from 11am. FREE Coffee & Chat at Upper Sapey church in our new "Olly's Friendship Room". Donations in welcome in support of the church repair and Friendship Room project - almost complete but still needing funds!
  • Every Second Thursday at 8pm - Upper Sapey Village Hall Whist Drives.

PCC Secretary - a vacancy!

Brenda Allan is stepping down, so a new Minute Secretary is needed for the Greater Whitbourne Parochial Church Council. See Brenda for more information, and to volunteer!

Church Electoral Officer - a vacancy!

John Bland would like to step down from being the E R Officer a good job to draw someone new (i.e. from the pew) into a more active role. Basic computer spread-sheet skills a help. Contact John for more details, or speak to Dawn.

Palm Sunday 9th April at Upper Sapey

We hope to have a real live donkey for this 11am Communion service. Not to be missed!

Palm Sunday 9th April at Whitbourne

Three readers are needed for a dramatic reading of the Passion at 9:30am Holy Communion. Please contact Rev'd Doiran Williams if you would like to do this.

Easter Lilies - donations sought

You are invited to make a donation towards the cost of Easter Lilies at Whitbourne, in memory of a loved one. There is a collecting jar at the back of church.


At the home of Kathleen Harris of Forge Cottage, Tedstone Delamere, 2.30pm on five Thursdays beginning on the 2nd of March.


The guides for the journey will be Reverend Alan Seabrook and Dr Gordon Bailey.

See the display advert on page 17 of the March magazine.

Lent Lunches

Please let the contact person know at least 24hrs before the event if you plan to attend.

The schedule is:

1st March: 12 noon in Whitbourne Church. Contact Maureen Williams 01886 821 189
8th March: 12.30pm in Upper Sapey Church - Olly's Friendship Room. Contact David Roberts, 01886 853 665
15th March: 12.30pm at Whitbourne Hall. Contact Heather Colley 01886 821165
22nd March: 12.30pm Brookside, Bringsty Common. Contact Sheila Dodd 01886 8321 835
29th March: 12.30pm at The Kennetts, Whitbourne. Contact Gillie Stormonth-Darling on 01886 821 918
5th April: 12.30pm at Forge Cottage, Tedstone Delamere. Contact Kathleen Harris on 01885 483 681

Upper Sapey Church is OPEN!

The official Opening Ceremony service & reception was on Saturday 18th February, and a fine time was had by all. About 60 of us gathered for a short service led by Rev'd David Howell, and afterwards in Olly's Friendship Room for refreshments, a special cake (on what would have been Olly's 37th birthday), and much socialising. Look out for a full report in the April Magazine.

The Upper Sapey team will soon be working out the practicalities of how the Friendship Room might be used, booked, and paid for etc.. For now, you may enquire of the churchwardens Ian & Carol Evans-Fisher on 853 441 or David Roberts on 853 665.

April 2017 Parish Magazine...

NOW OUT and available from the back of our churches.

Mobile Post Office at Whitbourne

The Monday-afternoon visits of the mobile PO is just a 6-month trial. More use needs to be made of this facility if it is to be retained. USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Diocesan newspaper "Reflecions" Spring 2017 issue 77 now out

Do take and read a copy from the back of church.

Bromyard Food Bank

They need no more donations for the time being. What a good result - they have plenty of supplies in reserve.

Website updates

Please send comments, suggestions, contributions etc. to John Bland Tel: 01886 853 661
Together we can make this an increasingly useful and valuable resource.  IF YOU THINK UPDATES HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN, TELL THE WEBMASTER or Deputy Webmaster!

Non-locals may click the link above to see the current issue of the magazine. However, locals are please asked to purchase a copy, their sale being an important revenue stream for the church. Copies are available from any of our 4 churches, and from Whitbourne Village Shop.

Click here to see back issues where available!

Click here for subscription details, advertising rates etc.

Contributors and Advertisers - copy deadline is 10th of the month. Please follow this link for all the information you will need!

Bible readings at Church

To assist lesson readers' preparation, listed here are the up-coming readings that might be used. We are now using the Year A readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, "Related" track where appropriate. (The NRSV version of the Bible is usually used.) 

You can use this link to find the text on-line.

Readings for April

Sunday 2nd April, 5th of Lent
Exekiel 37.1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8.6-11; [John 11.1-45]

Sunday 9th April, Palm Sunday
Matthew 21.1-11; Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50.4-0a; Psalm 31.9-16; Philippians 2.5-11; [Mattthew 26.14-27.66]

Sunday 16th April, Easter Day
Acts 10.34-43 or Jeremiah 31.1-6; Psalm 118.1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3.1-4 or Acts 10.34-43; [John 20.1-18 or Matthew 28.1-10]

Sunday 23rd April, Easter 2
Exodus 14.10-end, 15.20-21 or Acts 2.14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1.3-9 or Acts 2.14a, 23-32; [John 20.19-31]

Sunday 30th April, Easter 3
Zephaniah 3.14-end or Acts 2.14a, 36-41; Psalm 116.1-3, 10-17; 1 Peter 1.17-23 or Acts 2.14a, 36-41; [Luke 24.13-35]


  This page last updated on 26th March 2017 by John Bland

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