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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 18th March, Fifth Sunday of Lent; Passiontide begins

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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
Sunday 18th March
Fifth of Lent
6pm Compline

11am HC "Daffodils"
3pm EP
Palm Sunday 25th March
9.30am HC with Procession of Palms
6pm Compline

Maundy Thursday 29th March
[11am Foot Washing at Tiblands]

7pm HC with Foot Washing

Good Friday 30th March
1.45pm March of Witness from Village Hall
2pm Good Friday Liturgy with HC (reserved sacrament)

Holy Saturday/Easter Eve 29th March

7pm Easter Vigil HC
Easter Sunday 1st April
9.30am HC
11am HC
11am HC

Sunday 8th April Second of Easter
9.30am HC
11am HC

Sunday 15th April
Third of Easter
9.30am HC

11am HC
3pm HC
Sunday 22nd April
Fourth of Easter
9.30am SE

Sunday 29th April
Fifth of Easter

11am HC

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

Notices for week beginning 18th March

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

  • Thursday 22nd March, 7pm: Astronomy Club iin Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey church (deferred from 15th March).
  • Friday 23rd March, 7pm: Film Night in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey church (deferred from 16th March).
  • Sunday 25th March, 10.30 am: Whitbourne Annual Parochial Meeting in church.
  • Saturday 7th April, 10am: Upper Sapey DCC Annual General Meeting in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey church.
  • Thursday 12th April, 7.30pm: Greater Whitbourne PCC Annual Parochial Meeting, Saltmarshe & District Church Hall.
  • Saturday 2nd June: Greater Parish Away Day with Bishop Michael Hooper. Details to follow.
  • 30th June & 1st July: Bromyard Gala.
  • Sunday 8th July: Choral Evensong in Hereford Cathedral, followed by refreshments, by kind invitation of the Dean.
  • Saturday 14th July: Whitbourne Fete, themed "The End of the Great War".
  • 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.

Easter Lilies

Donations welcome for Easter Lilies at Whitbourme, in memory of a loved one if you wish. Collection box at the back of Whitbourne Church at services.

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 821955
  • 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!

March 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 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.

Readiings for April

Sunday 1st April, Easter
Acts 10.34-43; Isaiah 25.6-9 or 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; Psalm 118.1-2, 14-24; [John 20.1-18 or Mark 16.1-8]

Sunday 8th April, Easter 2
Acts 4.32-35; Exodus 14.10-end, 15.20-21 or 1 John 1.1-2.2; [John 20.19-end]

Sunday 15th April, Easter 3
Acts 3.12-19; Zephaniah 3.14-end or 1 John 3.1-7; Psalm 4; [Luke 24.36b-48]

Sunday 22nd April, Easter 4
Acts 4.5-12; Genesis 7.105, 11-18, 8.6-18, 9.8-13 or 1 John 3.16-end; Psalm 23; [John 10.11-18]

Sunday 29th April, Easter 5
Acts 8.26-end; Baruch 3.9-15, 32 - 4.4 or Genesis 22.1-18 or 1 John 4.7-end; Psalm 22.25-end; [John 15.1-8]


  This page last updated on 18th March 2018 by John Bland

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