Stoke Lacy Success in Heritage Lottery Funding                              



The residents of Stoke Lacy are celebrating success in their award of HLF funding. The Parochial Church Council of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Stoke Lacy, has received confirmation of a grant of £99,900 from the National Lottery for its “Harvesting Our Heritage” project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players the project aims to restore the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul’s and rejuvenate the heart of the community. The project will commence in the autumn of 2018 and will run until the autumn of 2020.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project aims to carry out essential repairs to the steeple and tower and will include all village residents of all ages in everything from training in archive research into the history of the many famous families and the oldest buildings of Stoke Lacy, wildlife identification and habitat skills, recording of oral history techniques, herb gardening and bell ringing. Additionally, the funding will enable the organisation of the 110th Morgan Car Anniversary in Stoke Lacy, the delivery of heritage exhibitions and talks, the enhancing and creation of wildlife habitats in the churchyard, the design and building of a herb garden in the churchyard for education and as a quiet place of reflection, the creation of a Stoke Lacy Heritage Society to sustain the project’s long term aims and finally the organising of bell ringing taster sessions culminating in a bell ringing festival in November 2020.

John Caiger, Vice Chairman of the Stoke Lacy PCC, said “Stoke Lacy’s Heritage is intimately connected with the Morgan family behind the globally renowned Morgan Motor Company. HFS Morgan’s Dad and Grandad were both Rectors in the village. We are grateful to The Morgan Motor Company for fully supporting the project by making it their “Charity of the Year”. Wye Valley Brewery, based in Stoke Lacy, is also generously supporting the project.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands said: “We have been delighted to support St. Peter and St. Paul’s Stoke Lacy to carry out urgent repairs and engage new audiences with this much-loved local landmark. Thank you to the National Lottery players who have made it possible.”

Further significant funds are still needed to complete urgent repairs to the church roof but, with the enthusiasm of the village’s residents for putting on events and further donations, this will be achieved by the end of the year. Upcoming events include the Vintage Fete (17th June) , the Hereford Fire Choir Concert (29th June) and a Village Picnic in the Netherwood Wood (29th July). There is already a big buzz in the village encouraging more people to get involved.

Commenting on the award, Clive Evans, Vicar, said: “We hope that the project acts as a catalyst to bring the whole community together especially involving the many new families coming into the village”.

Notes to Editors

About the Stoke Lacy Heritage Project

“Harvesting Our Heritage” has been established to seek funds to restore the Church of St Peter and St Paul’s and to ensure the church and its heritage become a community facility and asset. Information can be found on and on Facebook at Stoke Lacy Heritage

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.


  "Harvesting Our Heritage" Grand Draw 2018


1st Prize: Weekend Hire of a Morgan Plus 4


2nd Prize: A week’s holiday in a cottage in Scotland


3rd Prize: A weekend break in a fishing lodge in Herefordshire


4th Prize: £100


To be drawn at Stoke Lacy Morgan Heritage Event, on Friday 2nd November 2018 at Morgan Motor Company Malvern.


 Money and counterfoils to be returned by Monday 29 October, 2018. John Caiger, The Old Coach House,Stoke Lacy HR7 4HJ.


 Printed to conform to the Small Lotteries & Gaming Act 1976 SLOT 1289


Promoter: Stoke Lacy PCC, C. Lifely.

Terms and Information.

Tickets may be purchased only by those who are 18 years of age or over.

The first prize of a Morgan Car Hire for a weekend is constrained as follows:

a) drivers must be between 25 and 75 years of age.

b) fuel must be paid for by the driver.

c) the insurance excess is £750.00.

d) the voucher for the prize must be redeemed by March 31st 2019                     


 Our Curate Kina was  ordained at 4pm Saturday July 1stat Hereford Cathedral


                Betty Arnett awarded The Order of St Ethelbert

 Betty has been awarded The Order of St Ethelbert by The Bishop of Hereford.   

This is in recognition of her work as the organist in our Church for over 70 years and her support over these years in the activities of the Church. 

She was introduced into the Order at a special service in the Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday 16 October.   The village said a very big ‘Thank You’ to Betty for all these years of devoted work on Sunday 8 January at the 10.30am Morning Service (not Holy Communion).



























Christingle - The Bufton Boys. 



Christmas A'Fayre

The Christmas Bazaar will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th December from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. This will be a great day to buy all those vital Christmas decorations and presents. Do please come and bring your friends for a warming glass of mulled wine (FREE!). 





 Sunday 22nd November

You are warmly invited to St. Peter & St. Paul's Church where the Bishop of Hereford, Rt. Rev. Richard Frith, will dedicate our new church heating and lighting system, and lych gates, and preach at a special service at 4 p.m., followed by tea in church. All are welcome, we would love to see you in our warm church. 



October 2015

John Caiger writes: 

Stoke Lacy PCC SYRIA Appeal
The PCC would like to thank all those who supported this Appeal on 1 October.  A  total of £650 was raised, which was increased to £770 with the inclusion of Gift Aid. 
A letter of thanks has been received from The Red Cross.  An extract from this letter says:
“Every month we get food, water, blankets, soap and other essential help to people caught up in Syria’s terrible conflict.
We’re helping people get their homes ready for harsh winters, and deal with the psychological impact of years of violence.  We have worked to fix water networks and health services, cutting the risk of deadly disease's.  Thank you. ”
Church Wardens. 
Stoke Lacy Harvest Festival.
The PCC would like to thank all those who came to the Harvest celebrations in the Church and the Village Hall.  The Church looked lovely and a great lunch was enjoyed followed by the usual auction of harvest gifts.       
Many thanks to all those who decorated the Church and put together a delicious roast lunch.   A total of £545 was raised for Church funds.
Church Wardens



September 2015

Stoke Lacy Church Saturday Coffee Mornings  

Many thanks to all those who came to the Coffee Morning in the Church hosted by The Flower Fairies on 22 August.  It was well attended and £78 was raised towards the cost of providing flowers for the Church. 

The next Coffee Morning on Saturday 14 November will be hosted by The Book Club. They hope that as many people as possible will be able to join them on that morning. 

John Caiger 




 Harvest Festival - 11th October 2015



Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 11 October. The service in the Church is at 11am and Lunch will be in the Village Hall at 12.30 for  One o’clock. The Lunch (roast pork) will be followed by an Auction of produce. Great to see as many as possible at both events but your  attendance at the Lunch is not dependent on your attendance at Church!! Tickets for the lunch will cost £8 for adults and £5 for children.  Tickets will be on sale at the door. Please bring your own drinks.














       Stoke Lacy Summer Fete

 Saturday 11th July

   2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 Stoke House, Herb Lane.


For photos and a report on the Fete,

see "Recent Events" in the left hand menu,

or click HERE







Coffee Mornings in the Church

John Caiger writes:

There will be a Coffee Morning in the Church on each second Saturday of the month starting from Saturday 9 May with the last of the year on Saturday 14  November.  It is hoped that groups from the village will sponsor each of  the Coffee Mornings.  Most grateful if a member of each group could contact Alma Westwood or John Caiger to book a Saturday.  Now that the heating and  the lighting in The Church has been improved there is no need to worry about booking an autumn or winter date and these mornings will be a great opportunity to meet up with your friends for a chat in comfort.






 WW1 Commemoration Service

The Rev Clive Evans took this service on the afternoon of Sunday 3 August in our Church. It was good to see a congregation of over 60. John Hodges tolled the tenor bell (given to the Church in memory of those who gave their lives in the First War) prior to the service and this set the tone for the afternoon.   Adrian Yeeles spoke with knowledge and intensity of the short lives of our soldiers, which he had spent over a year researching. Two poems, were read movingly by Chris McNaught and Janet Watson, which had been written by poets of the War. There was hardly a dry eye as eight candles were extinguished symbolising the eight soldiers who died from this village. Five children of the village and members of the congregation, helped in this ceremony. The Vicar then lit a large candle to show our commitment to working for peace in the future. Annabel Mackereth then lead the prayers. Neil Parker was clearly moved as he quoted the lines from the Kohima Memorial, ‘When you go home tell them of us and say for their tomorrow we gave our today.’  

Betty Arnett whose organ playing throughout the service had helped the congregation to sing gustily, ended the service by playing with great skill, the anthem ‘O Valiant Hearts’. (This tune was written by The Rev Charles Harris, The Vicar of Colwall from 1909 to 1929). After the service tea was served in the churchyard in the afternoon sun, whilst a Quarter Peal of Bells was rung. Margaret Woodley had made some truly grand flower arrangements in the Church which added to the occasion. Susan McKeeman had made some splendid poppies to decorate the church and churchyard. Many thanks to all those who made such a scrumptious tea and helped in the arranging of it.

In all it was a fitting village commemoration of that tragic day 100 years ago.

A booklet ‘WE WILL REMEMBER THEM’ sponsored by ‘The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church’ and written by Adrian Yeeles is available and can be collected from the Church. Do please pick up a copy. You will find some very interesting stories.

John Caiger





Church isn't all about the building, important though that may be. Church is people, many of whom never go into a church building, for whatever reason.

 Fresh Expressions aims to reach out, not by attempting to dragoon them into attending Sunday worship or by ramming Christianity down their throats, but by following the example set by Christ's disciples and meeting them where they are, listening, talking, eating together, finding out what their needs are, helping, - in other words, getting to know them - and sharing Christ's message with them.

 We here at Stoke Lacy have recently begun to reach out in this way. As a start, a barbecue was held locally, organised by Brenda and Christine, two members of our congregation, on behalf of our church, to celebrate the birthdays of two local residents and to begin 'Fresh Expression of Church'. This was a great success and no-one was put off by knowing the 'church' organised it! In fact, everyone present is keen to have more social events, which they want to organise themselves (great!) with church involvement, and a picnic is to be held shortly to sort out what they want to do next.

 Watch this space!

 A small group of us meets every Wednesday morning at 10am at the home of Neil and Christine Walters, Caris Croft, opposite Stoke Lacy Village Hall, to talk about how Fresh Expressions can best work here in our village and to pray for God's guidance.

Please come along and join us if you would like to; you would be most welcome. You don't have to come every week if you do not wish to.

Please pray for us as we travel this new road together.



Open Gardens 7/8 June

There was almost a feeling of panic by the nine brave gardening families who were to open their gardens over this weekend as the weather refused to settle. Rainstorms thunderstorms and a constant drizzle caused both grass and weeds to flourish and kept the gardeners indoors. Fortunately there were two glorious days that allowed frenzied activity to take place.

The weather forecast for the weekend was terrible but the Met Office got it wrong and although the Saturday was damp and Sunday opened with a storm the rest of the day was bright and sunny.

Over 100 people attended and toured the gardens. They came not only from the village and Bromyard but from as far afield as Yorkshire. They not only admired the diversity of the gardens but the warm welcome given to them by the village and by those who answered their many and varied questions about plants and soil and manure and how to keep the rabbits out!!

The delicious cakes and biscuits and scones, provided by the village helped to keep the conversation going in the tea room and many complimentary comments were made about the lovely flower display in the Church.

The Garden Club manned the plant stall and many visitors left not only clasping new plants but having had some excellent advice from the Club members about horticulture!!

‘The Friends of the Church’ were pleased that the grand sum of £579 was raised and they wish to thank all those who attended as well as those who opened their gardens or provided refreshments or who helped in any way for their support. A truly memorable weekend.

John Caiger

Open Gardens 2014

The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church are planning to hold this event over the weekend of Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th June 2014.



A selection of gardens, large and small, will be open to visitors on these dates from 12am to 5.30pm on both days.

Entrance will cost £4 for each adult and children will be FREE.

Tea/Coffee will be available in the Church (a great opportunity to see the Morgan windows) and in some gardens.

Lunch is recommended in The Plough Inn.  

Why not bring a picnic with the family?

There will also be timed escorted tours of Netherwood which was planted to commemorate the Millenium.

All proceeds from the day will go to ‘The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church’.




April 9th 2014 Stoke Lacy Church - 7.00 p.m - Handbell Solo Concert
Christine Anderson from the U.S.A. is an internationally renowned solo handbell ringer. She will give a concert in Church followed by supper at Nethercourt. Christine gave a concert here during Christmas 2012 when she was doing a tour of the U.K., and amazed us all with her talent. She has agreed to stop off at Stoke Lacy again during her 2014 tour; so thank you to Christine, and thank you to Chris and Colin for providing such a lovely supper venue. Tickets are £10 including supper, and proceeds will be divided between Stoke Lacy Church, and a charity yet to be decided upon.
Tickets available by telephoning : 820068. 
April 26th Stoke Lacy Village Hall - 7.30 p.m - Village Voices
Village Voices will give their annual concert in aid of Village Hall funds, with a performance of "Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo". David Huke & friends will be accompanying, with Sheila Houghton conducting. The concert will be followed by supper. Tickets are £10 including supper.
Tickets available by telephoning : 820068
Recent Events
Coffee Morning at Stoke Lacy Church
On Saturday February 8th the Monday Handbell Ringers hosted a coffee morning in aid of church funds. A good crowd braved the floods and puddles to support the event and £144 was raised. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to an enjoyable morning. 
Janet Watson



Harvest Festival, Sunday 6th October


 (for more photos, see the Photo Album, or click here)

This year there was a break with tradition and Harvest Festival was moved from the first Friday evening of October to the Sunday morning, followed by a 2 course roast lunch and then the auction of produce in the Village Hall.

The Church looked absolutely lovely. Thank you so much to the ‘Flower Fairies’, who always decorate the church so beautifully for festivals.

We were pleased to see so many people in the congregation for the first Harvest service taken by Clive. Lots of produce was presented by children and adults alike, Annabel read the lesson beautifully and we thanked God for this year’s good harvest.

We then repaired to the Village Hall, where a delicious roast pork lunch with all the trimmings, followed by apple crumble or trifle, was eagerly consumed with great enjoyment (not to mention the seconds!) What a great job you all did, girls, it was much appreciated. Can you do it each Sunday, please?

Then followed the auction, always a highlight, with Neil Parker providing his usual standard of hilarious comments and plucking bids out of nowhere then moving speedily on before the poor ‘purchaser’ realised what had happened. Thank you so much, Neil, it wouldn’t be the same without you. And many thanks, too, to all who assisted Neil, and also in any other way both on and before the day. Once again, the clearing away was done swiftly and as if by magic.

Altogether, it proved a hugely enjoyable event and a great social occasion. The new day and time seemed to work well so this will most probably be the pattern for the future. Again, thank you to all for making the day so successful.               Alma




Pet Service, Sunday 1st September

(for more photos, see the Photo Album or click here)

It was lovely to see so many people with their pets, mostly dogs this year, who were all very well behaved (owners and dogs,that is!)

We had a bulldog, a couple of Jack Russell terriers, two Border Terriers aged 11 and 13, who have seen it all before, a German Shepherd (who had a slight disagreement with the bulldog, but nothing serious) and a gorgeous 8-week old puppy who slept quietly throughout the service. We also had a delightful little guinea pig, who didn’t seem at all fazed by the large canine contingent.


It was lovely hearing everyone talk about what their pet meant to them and the fun they had with them. The Bufton family, who brought the puppy, also said what a lovely time they had with their old sheep dog, which they thought perhaps it was not advisable to bring as he did not mix with other dogs often. It could have made for an interesting diversion, though………..

We thought about pets who were no longer with us. We thanked God for the companionship and unconditional love which pets provide and for the gift of all animals. We also thought of animals, usually dogs, who help disabled people, such as hearing dogs for the deaf and guide dogs for the blind, and also increasingly dogs, and cats, who help autistic people to relate to the outside world and to all pets who can often be the sole companion of older people or those who live alone.

Thank you to all who came and made this service such fun and so special.







Have you always fancied ringing church bells but have never known where to start?

Or have you rung in the past and would like to take it up again?

Well, here’s your chance!

The Bromyard Deanery has a small group of bell ringers who try to visit every church in the deanery which has a set of bells and ring them at least three times a year, at Easter, Christmas and Harvest.  

The group is currently recruiting new members of any age or experience and will welcome you and be very happy to teach new ringers or help ‘lapsed’ ringers to polish up their skills.

This is an enjoyable hobby which gives pleasure to everyone, whether ringing or listening, so don’t be shy, contact me, Alma, on 01885 490286 or email in the first instance and I will put you in touch with Barbara, who will be delighted to hear from you.

Thank you for your interest.





Help wanted, please!

 Can you spare an hour or two about three times a year?

We are very short of people on our church cleaning rota and fear that if we cannot recruit more volunteers we will have to pay for someone to do it – an extra expense which we do not want!

Visitors always comment on how well-kept the church is, but with fewer people on the rota it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the standard up.

 Also: Are you good at flower arranging, or have you always fancied having a go?

The ‘Flower Fairies’ would love to hear from you if so and are more than happy to give tuition. Thank you in anticipation.

Alma   01885 490286 or



Harvest Service and Lunch


Harvest Service

at Saint Peter's and St. Paul's Church

Sunday 10th October at 11 a.m.

followed by

Harvest Lunch and Produce Auction

in Stoke Lacy Village Hall

at 12.30 p.m. for 1 p.m.

Booking esential.




Church Fete - Kathryn Parker has sent the list of takings from each of the stalls at the Fete:


Stoke Lacy Church Fete








Bran Tub




Traffic Cone Hoopla






Bric a Brac


Guess the...






Bottle Stall




Wine Tasting








Face Painting


Tarot Readings












Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir


Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir


The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church are grateful to this Choir for their splendid Concert on Friday 3 May in the Church. The Choir sang some great songs to a full Church. A very big thank you to the men of the Choir who consumed a large quantity of cakes and sandwiches after their performance!! The event raised £390 for the Friends. A really memorable evening was had by all. John Caiger.










Saturdays in the Church

The Stoke Lacy Book Group will be hosting the next coffee morning on Saturday 13th April, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

There will be a bring and buy, plus a book stall as well as the usual delicious cakes, biscuits and refreshments.  If you have any books that you would like to dispose of please drop them off at the Church by Thursday 11th April.

Future coffee mornings:-

11th May                       Hungry Hill Pork

8th June                       Stoke Lacy Garden Club and plant sale

13th July                      Joyful Pets Pet-sitting Service

10th August                 HOPE Centre

14th September           Village Voices and Handbells, in conjunction with the Festival of Churches

12th October                - date available -

9th November              Food For All bookshop

If anyone would like to host the October coffee morning, please contact one of the Churchwardens.



Stoke Lacy Progressive Lunch

On Sunday 3rd March we held a Progressive Lunch to welcome our new vicar, Clive, and his wife, Deb, to the Parish. Starting at noon with sherry and nibbles in the Church, we processed to one of the two venues, Nethercourt or the Old Rectory, for either Coq au Vin or Boeuf Bourgignon. This was followed by a short walk to Lower House, the venue for dessert.  Such an array of delicious puds was a sight to behold, and they tasted pretty good, too! Finally it was back towards the Church, to the Old Coach House, for coffee, before setting off home.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and there have been several requests to do it again, so watch this space! A huge thank you to all who hosted, helped, cooked, and attended. We also made £350 for Church funds.



Holy Dusters

Stoke Lacy is fortunate in having a team of volunteers who keep the Church clean and tidy for everyone. More volunteers are always needed. If you have some spare time and would like to join the cleaning rota, please call Margaret Woodley.



Easter Lilies

Anyone wishing to donate Easter lilies in memory of family or friends is asked to contact Margaret Woodley.







The War Memorial in our Church.


Each year on Remembrance Sunday the names on our War Memorial of those men who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars are read out. The congregation then say:

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

It is absolutely correct that we should do this. However as we did this on Sunday 11 November this year it occurred to me that I, and probably the majority of the congregation, knew little of these men. I would like to find out more about them before those who knew of them leave us. We should keep in the Church a record not just of their names but all the available information about them to make our remembrance more meaningful. I have found some information from the internet but I am not confident that I have the correct information. This is because there were so many who gave their lives with similar names and initials.

The names on the Memorial are:

From the First War Edwin Bishop, William Boucher, Robert James, William Racster, Alban Walker, and William Newman.

From The Second War Vincent Wyer.

Strangely there are some War Graves in the Churchyard of men not listed on the Memorial and these are,

54597 Private Charles John Aylett aged 19. Died 29 December 1917. Devonshire Regiment.

S/68730 Private F J Burfoot. 16 December 1944. RASC.

If any reader knows any details of these men or knows how I may contact someone who may have such information then I would be very grateful to hear from them.

(John Caiger Telephone 01432 820272)



St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church, Stoke Lacy

 On Sunday 9th December some members of the congregation both here and across the diocese wore aprons or a purple ribbon to church to show support for our female clergy and disappointment at the ‘no’ vote for female priests to become bishops.  Thank you, Christine, for this great idea.  




    We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped to make the Harvest such a success.

   From the Flower Ladies who made the Church look so lovely, to the ladies who made the delicious desserts, to those who helped with the raffle, were on the door and collected the auction money. Not forgetting Neil Parker who was Auctioneer and made the evening so entertaining and to his helpers. To everyone who helped clear up afterwards and last but certainly not least, to all those who attended and gave so generously. We made £563 for Church funds (Collection £97, Tickets £203, Auction £169 and Raffle £94).

 Alma, Kate, Christine and Tina - Churchwardens



Alma Westwood writes: The Bromyard Benefice (St Peter's, Bromyard & St Peter's & St Paul's, Stoke Lacy) is pleased to announce that a new incumbent for the Benefice has been appointed. He is Rev'd Canon Clive Evans, who is to take up his appointment in the New Year. We welcome him and his wife Deb to our Benefice. Below is a profile of Clive and his family which he hopes will help everyone get to know them all a little.

You can see more about Clive & Deb here




Garden Party

3 p.m. Sunday August 19th

in the Church grounds

On Sunday 19th August we will be holding a Garden Party (mini-fete) in the grounds of the Church,

starting at 3 p.m. and finishing with an informal Evening Praise at 5 p.m.

Some of the usual stalls will be there, including Ping Pong Panic!, cream teas, bric-a-brac,

fruit and vegetable produce, preserves, and a plant sale.

We'll also be serving tea, cakes, and various refreshments to help the proceedings along.

In light of recent monsoon conditions we plan to put everything under marquees

although it is possible that the sun will shine.......

Come and have fun with us!

See you there, waders hopefully not required.

The Churchwardens.



A small request:

would anyone in the Stoke Lacy Parish who can spare a small amount of time to hoover the Church

or to arrange the Altar flowers,

please contact Mrs Bemand on 01432 820224,

or Mrs Woodley on 01432 820270?

These duties aren't onerous, you'd be helping your local Church, and the more volunteers we have, the less often they appear on the rota.

Thank you!




Saturdays in the Church

The following groups have kindly agreed to ‘adopt’ a Saturday,

so if there is something that interests you

then do join us every second Saturday between 10 and 12 noon for a coffee, cake and a chat.

We look forward to seeing you!


June 9th               - Stoke Lacy Parish Council

July 14th               –Wedding – no coffee morning

August 11th           – The Bell Ringers

September 8th      – The Energy Group

October 13th         – Village Voices

November 10th      - The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church

December             - Christmas Special





If you or someone you know is seriously ill and would like them to be included in daily prayers

and/or receive a home visit from a member of the pastoral team,

then please forward details to one of the following:

Alma Westwood (01885) 490286 email

Kate Parker (01885) 490231 email

Christine Walters (01885) 490870 email

All requests will be treated in strictest confidence.




 PCC Meeting Dates

Wednesday 3rd October        2pm at Stoke House, Stoke Lacy, home of Daphne Montandon

Wednesday 23rd January 2013         2pm at The Farm, Moreton Jeffries, home of Tina Lifely

Wednesday 10th April 2013               2pm APM & APCM followed by a PCC meeting at  Stoke Lacy Church





“A Journey to Rock Churches in Ethiopia”

 7 p.m.Friday 26 October in Stoke Lacy Church.


The Reverend David McKeeman will give an illustrated talk, of a journey he and Susan took in Ethiopia in 2011.

David’s photographs will show, amongst other things, the remarkable churches hewn out of the solid rock of northern Ethiopia.

The talk will take place in Stoke Lacy Church starting at 7pm. The presentation will lead into a short (15 minute) service of Compline.  

Refreshments will be served at the end of the service.

Tickets at £5 will be available from either, David McKeeman (01885490705), John Caiger (01432 820272) or Janet Watson (01432 820068).

They may also be purchased at the door on the evening.

All proceeds will go to “The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church.”


 Book Share 

The new Book Share was officially launched on the 11th Feb. Many thanks to the brave souls who came along on a beautifully sunny but frosty morning. There are now a selection of books to either borrow or exchange and a few titles on sale (any donations will be gratefully received). So if you have a few moments do come in and browse or maybe even relax and read in a quiet space.




            Christmas Tree Festival &        


December 2011

for more photos click


                            (photo by John Westwood)



Stoke Lacy Christmas Tree Festival 2-4 December 2011  

Well, what a wonderful weekend we had! The various organisations in the village decorated a Christmas tree each, amounting to 14 in all, making the church look so beautiful ready for Friday evening’s talk by Elizabeth Pimblett on ‘A Tudor Christmas’. A large audience filled the church to listen to Elizabeth, who was suitably and warmly garbed as a Tudor lady of middle rank. The fascinating talk and slide show was followed by ‘nibbles’ made from Tudor recipes, consisting of spiced bread, biscuits, sweetmeats and mulled ale or apple juice. We all agreed these were delicious – and very filling.  

On Saturday we held a successful coffee morning, with soup and a roll at lunch time, whilst various Christmassy stalls offered unusual presents and yummy cakes. A Silent Auction of 7 of the Christmas trees was opened during the day, to close at noon on Sunday. Then in the evening we all enjoyed a well-attended concert by Village Voices, who sang Christmas songs and carols with enjoyment and gusto, followed by yet more home-made biscuits and shortbread.  

Sunday morning saw a large congregation gather for the Christingle Service (see photo above). Joe (Kinsella) explained the meaning of the Christingle, then everyone present was handed one and the candles were lit, which made a lovely sight. After we had enjoyed singing the lively songs Betty had chosen, and a collection made for The Children’s Society, guess what? Yes, more refreshments. If there is one thing Stoke Lacy excels at, it’s refreshments.  

The Silent Auction was brought to a close at noon, with some delighted to have been top bidder and some disappointed to have missed out, but everyone absolutely united in their pleasure and enjoyment of the whole week-end. 

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone concerned with this event: to Janet Watson, whose idea it was, for organising it all; to the village organisations who decorated the gorgeous trees; to the providers of refreshments; the stall holders; those who made gifts and produce; to our sponsors for their kind assistance, to the tree-digger-uppers-and-planters; to Betty… I could go on. Everyone worked together to make this a Festival to be remembered and talked about for a long time to come.

Trees decorated by: Village Voices; Village Bells; June Smith’s family; PCC; Parish Council; WI; Friendship Club; Village Hall; Book Group; The Plough; Tower Bell Ringers; Garden Club; Family Service; Artists.

Alma Westwood



Historic Churches Cycle Ride

Mike Watson writes: A cheerful party set off from Herb Lane some time after 11a.m. on Saturday 24th September, on a delayed cycle ride to raise funds for Hereford's Historic Churches, and duly signed the vistor's book in Stoke Lacy church. The delay was prompted by the Montandons' involvement in H.Art, when their studio was open on 10th September, the ride's designated day. The party consisted of Daphne Montandon riding Janet's bike, her two teenage grandsons, and myself. We set out along the Church Lane, Daphne in the lead and me at the back. in the direction of Bishop's Frome, and arrived puncture-free this time! Photographs of the triumphant team outside the church were duly recorded. A good look round proved well worthwhile, particularly the Munstone Chapel containing a beautiful screen rescued from the ruined church at Avonbury.

This all took a good half hour, sufficient delay before the Chase Inn opened its doors at midday.

Thank you everyone who sponsored us. You donated a generous £197.00.


John Caiger writes:

“I feel honoured, and humbled by the opportunity to take part in such an amazing experience. Such beautiful language is well worth celebrating.” This is just one typical comment made by a reader who took part in the reading of the whole of The King James Bible in Stoke Lacy Church.

Over the period 2 to 10 July for a total of eighty one hours, people of all ages from Stoke Lacy and the surrounding villages and Bromyard, read the Bible from cover to cover. The event took place to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the publication of this book in 1611 after it had been translated from Latin and authorised by King James.

Jonathan Lester kindly read the opening chapters and he was followed by over 130 readers, most of whom read for some thirty minutes from two large

bibles both of which were over two hundred years old. Readers had been invited to book a time with the organisers and all the readers turned up as planned; and there were no unplanned gaps in the reading. The atmosphere in the Church throughout the reading, as the splendid prose of our ancestors flowed almost like music, was calm, gentle and very moving. Readers were asked after reading, to put their thoughts into a book which will be kept in the Church archives. The comments by young (some only eight years old) and old (one reader was 94!!) showed how moved they were by the prose and essence of the work.

It was good that four local schools, Pencombe, Burley Gate, The Queen Elizabeth and St Richards all took part. Some of the children found the biblical names confusing but all made a good stab at pronunciation. The children, without exception, said that they enjoyed and benefited from their readings.

Charles Morgan, a Patron of the Church, read the last chapters of the Old Testament.

The event ended with The Reverend Graham Sykes reading the last chapters of Revelations and leading the congregation in prayer.

The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church who arranged the reading are very grateful for the splendid response of local people.  Click here to see more photos.



Family Service and Parish Picnic

The Family Service has for several years now organised a Parish Picnic up at Netherwood. This year we would like to keep up the tradition. On Sunday 7th August the Family Service will be at 11.30 a.m. instead of 10.30, and the picnic at the rock will follow. People are invited to bring their own picnic of if they prefer to bring a sausage or two, there will be a BBQ tended by Claire de la Torre. Puddings will be provided by Family Service members but please bring your own drinks and seats. We are so fortunate to have this delightful amenity for a community gathering - the wood is looking glorious - we look forward to having lots of folks to share it. Further details 01432 820068.  




Stoke Lacy Flower Festival – with a difference! John Westwood writes:

 The week end of 4th and 5th June saw Stoke Lacy Church turned into a delightful scene of flowers and trees. Birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies and all kinds of insects were hiding in the flowers and flying around the building; hedgehogs, snails and rabbits peeped shyly from amongst bracken and moss or slithered along the pews.  

The Flower Fairies had done it again! From an idea first mooted in late winter, that this year Stoke Lacy did not hold a summer fete but instead had an informal Flower Festival, emerged the wonderful, varied and beautiful arrangements, from ‘Chicken Run’ in one of the north windows to the Butterfly Tree by the altar, the Country Garden and Woodland Glade in the two south windows, plus other lovely arrangements in the other windows, over the doorway to the vestry and over the chancel steps. The pew ends were really dainty and the porch was pretty and fun, with the little birds peeking out of their nesting boxes and snails hidden along the ledges beside the flowers. We are really fortunate to have so many talented people, who are happy to give their time and talents in this way. Thank you all so much, it was much appreciated by everyone and was certainly a Flower Festival with a difference.  

A competition for children, for which all received a small prize for identifying various birds, butterflies and trees, was entered with relish by quite a few adults, too. I wonder which of them won the plastic tractor?

The Refreshment Team must not be forgotten, either, for where would we be without cuppas and cake or a filled roll to keep us going, and neither must Saturday’s stalwart stall holders, who sold plants, produce, books, etc to all comers. So what if we did have the odd shower – it didn’t dampen our spirits.

You can see Neil Walters' photos of the Flower Festival if you click here, or open up the photo album in the left-hand column of the website menu



Songs of Praise - Sunday June 5th

 The Songs of Praise on Sunday was a joyous event, with 12 very varied hymns being chosen by different people, who each told of why their hymn was special to them. The large congregation joined in with gusto, with Graham congratulating the Bufton children on their enthusiastic singing of their chosen hymn, ‘Jesus Bids us Shine’.

 Altogether, then, a most enjoyable and successful week end. Once again, many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it so.


In Praise of the Flower Fairies

When the Church flower ladies were told we were hoping to hold a flower festival and the theme was “Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees”, their bottom jaws dropped. Over the weeks their enthusiasm grew, and their skills produced a fantastic result! If one had time to stand and stare, the detail in every area of the Church was a delight. All flowers came out of members’ gardens. With help the junior members of the Church made lovely birds, snails and butterflies. Well done! We must not forget to thank the gentlemen who fetched, carried, and took back. The senior members of the Church rallied once again to produce a bookstall, bottle stall, preserves, cakes and plants. Thank you to Christine and Nigel for the publicity, and thank you too to the catering team. If anyone has not been mentioned, it isn’t intentional. Thank you all for your support.

Margaret Woodley.


 St Peter's and St Paul's Church, Stoke Lacy

Would you like to be on the rota for doing the altar flowers, about twice a year?
We would also welcome extra people for reading lessons at morning or evening services and/or to
join the church cleaning rota, which works out at about once every two months.

If you are interested in helping in any of these ways, or in any other way, please contact me,
Alma Westwood, on 01885 490 286.   I look forward to hearing from you. 


A Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James’s Bible.

In 1604, King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible into English be started. It was finished in 1611, just 85 years after the first translation of the New Testament into English appeared.  The Authorized Version, or King James Version, (click on the link to see more information about the Bible) quickly became the standard for English-speaking Protestants. Its flowing language and prose rhythm has had a profound influence on the literature of the past 400 years. 

To celebrate this publication ‘The Friends of Stoke Lacy Church’ are arranging a chronological reading of the old and new testaments of

 the King James Bible from Saturday 2 July to Sunday 10 July from 9am to 7pm daily.

To achieve this we will need about 100 readers!!  We are confident the village and its environs will be able to rise to this challenge!!

Please await further details about how to take part!!



Stoke Lacy Church: Christmas
We had a very enjoyable Christmas celebration period, starting on 5th December with the well-attended Family Service, at which the children made decorations and hung them on the Christmas tree.  This was followed in the afternoon by the Bazaar and a Concert given by Village Voices, which was much enjoyed.  Thanks to Janet for organising the concert and to the Bazaar Ladies for their stirling work also.
The Carol Service on 19th, led by Dawn, was lovely.  The large congregation kept themselves warm by singing lustily and the mince pies and mulled wine were much appreciated afterwards.  The Family Eucharist on Christmas morning was well attended and made a lovely start to this special day, which is what what the celebrations are all about.  Thank you to Graham and to Joe, who had a real baptism of ice that morning but is recovering slowly.  His mother's kind present of thermal clothing was a little late but will come in handy in future.
A short service of Morning Prayer is held every Thursday at 9.30am in church.  All are most welcome.


Sung Evensong - 21st November.

On Sunday 21st November the Hereford Church Singers lead Sung Evensong at St Peter’s and St Paul’s, Stoke Lacy. Their magnificent singing lead the large congregation in a wonderful act of worship and we would like to thank them for coming and Janet for arranging such a special occasion. Refreshments, as only Stoke Lacy knows how, were much enjoyed afterwards, when birthday greetings were sung to Neil and birthday cake shared. Thank you to all who helped make this evening so memorable.