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Rev'd Dawn HyettWhitbourne 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 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.

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 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 11th February, Sunday Next before Lent

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
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
Wednesday 14th February
Ash Wednesday

11am HC with Imposition of Ashes followed by Lent Lunch at noon

Sunday 18th February
Lent 1
9.30am HC

11am HC
3pm HC
Sunday 25th February
Lent 2
9.30am HC
6pm Compline?
6pm Compline?

Sunday 4th March
Third of Lent
9.30am MP
11am HC

Mothering Sunday 11th March
9.30am HC
11am HC

Sunday 18th March
Fifth of Lent
9.30am HC

11am HC "Daffodils"
3pm EP
Palm Sunday 25th March
9.30am HC with Procession of Palms

HC = Holy Communion; EP = Evening Prayer; AAW = All-Age Worship, MP = Morning Praise, SE = Sung Eucharist.

Notices for week beginning 11th February

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

  • November 2018: Bishop Richard Frith's Holy Land visit. Cost is £1,859 per head, shared room. Full details HERE.
  • First Saturday each month from 11am. FREE Coffee & Chat at Upper Sapey church in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church.
  • Every Third Thursday at 7pm: Astronomy Club in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. ALL WELCOME. £2 donation per head welcome.
  • Every Third Friday at 7pm: FILM NIGHT in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. Always a family-appropriate film, with refreshments and chat to follow for those who wish. £2 per head donation welcome towards the cost of the room and the film license.
  • Every Second Thursday at 8pm - Upper Sapey Village Hall Whist Drives.

Parish Survey 2018

Click HERE for a down-loadable editable pdf version that you can complete on your computer and then save and e-mail to
If you have any problems with this on-line version of the Survey, you may contact John Bland for help on 01886 853661 or e-mail

Lent to Easter in Greater Whitbourne

The Readings Sheet on 11th February had a full list of the services, Lent Lunches, and Lent Study Course printed on the back. Click HERE to view it if you missed it!

Temporary re-ordering in Whitbourne Church

In order to continue services while the East WIndow is receiving attention, the rotten flooring in the sanctuary dealt with, and french drains installed inside and out, a nave altar is being used near the pulpit, with Holy Communion being received standing from the priest, with the bread, and two chalice bearers. This is a temporary arrangement; there is no need to feel rushed when receiving communion.

Changes to regular service times

In order to ease the pressure on the leadership team, the First Sunday each month service times are changed as follows:

  • Whitbourne Morning Praise now at 9.30am, the same time as the other Sundays at Whitbourne.
  • Upper Sapey Holy Communion now at 11am - the same time as the other Sunday service at Upper Sapey.

No other service times are affected by this change. These changes started on Sunday 4th February.

Lent Lunches

These are scheduled as follows:

  • 14 Feb: Upper Sapey 12 noon following Ashing HC at 11am. Contact David & Heather Roberts 01886 853665
  • 21 Feb: Saltmarshe & District Hall at 12.30pm. Contact Kathleen Harris on 01885 483681
  • 28 Feb: Whitbourne Village Hall at 12.30pm. Contact Maureen Williams on 01886 821189
  • 7 March: Huntlands at 12.30pm. Contact Steve or Lucy on 01886 8212955
  • 14 March: Kennetts at 12.30pm. Contact Gillie Stormonth-Darling on 01886 821918
  • 23 March (Friday): Contact Helen Read on 01885 483666 for venue.

Lent Course

This coming Lent Revd Doiran Williams is holding six weekly study groups at Howberry in Whitbourne. They won’t last more than ninety minutes. We’ll share with each other the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem, and hope to learn how he comes with us on our journey, wherever it takes us. Don’t worry if you miss a session. Each one is self-contained, and we’ll quickly summarise how far we’ve got. If you would like to come or to find out more, please give Doiran a ring on 821189.
These are the dates, all at 2.30pm:
Thursday, 22 February (one week latere than planned)
Thursday, 1 March
Thursday, 8 March
Thursday, 15 March
Thursday, 22 March
Thursday, 29 March (Maundy Thurssday)

Church Electoral Officer - STILL a vacancy!

John Bland has stepped down from being the Church E R Officer. Basic computer spread-sheet skills a help. Contact John for more details, or speak to Dawn. THIS IS URGENT!

February 2018 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!

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!

The Parish Magazine

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 B readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, "Related" track where appropriate. (The NRSV version of the Bible is usually used.) The Gospel readings are given in [brackets] as these are read by the priest.

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

Readings for February

Sunday 4th February, 2 before Lent
Proverbs 8.1, 22-31; Psalm 104.25-37; Colossians 1.15-20; [John 1.1-14]

Sunday 11th February, Next before Lent
2 Kings 2.1-12; Psalm 50.1-6; 2 Corinthians 4.3-6; [Mark 9.2-9]

Sunday 18th February, Lent 1
Genesis 9.8-17; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Peter 3.18-22; [Mark 1.9-15]

Sunday 25th February, Lent 2
Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22.22-30; Romans 4.13-25; [Mark 8.31-38]

Readings for March

Sunday 4th March, Lent 3
Exodus 20.1-7; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1.18-25; [John 2.13-22]

Sunday 11th March, Mothering Sunday
Exodus 2.1-10 OR 1 Samuel 1.20-28; Psalm 34.11-20 OR Psalm 27.1-4; 2 Corinthians 1.3-7 OR Colossians 3.12-17; [Luke 2.33-35 OR John 19.25b-27]

Sunday 18th MArch, Lent 5
Jeremiah 31.31-34; Psalm 51.1-12 OR Psalm 119.9-16; Hebrews 5.5-10; [John 12.20-33]

Sunday 25th March, Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms, Liturgy of the Passion.


  This page last updated on 13th February 2018 by John Bland

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