Cock-a-hoop over brewery’s sponsorship

 Pictured (L-R) John Caiger, Church warden, Vernon Amor, Wye Valley Brewery, Clive Evans, vicar, Janet Ivison, Chairman of the village hall comittee.


The villagers of Stoke Lacy were “cock a hoop” on Wednesday night when Vernon Amor, MD of the Wye Valley Brewery, kicked off their “Big Heritage Project” with a sponsorship of £3,000. Wye Valley have offered to fund the new weathervane, a cockerel, which will crown the rejuvenated tower and spire of St Peter & St Paul’s Church as well as the development of a wildlife habitat in the churchyard.


Stoke Lacy gave full support to the plans to mend the spire which involve delivering an in-depth heritage project to benefit the community. To date the plan includes: historical research into the famous families of Rectors of the church, including, of course, the Morgans of the world renowned Morgan Motor Company; the opening up of the bell tower with the aim of recruiting more bell-ringers; the development of a of a wildlife habitat; and, if that wasn’t enough, the development of a herb and sensory garden to celebrate the work of our sadly missed Madge Hooper.

Vernon Amor presented the cheque to John Caiger of the PCC saying “We are very happy to support the village heritage project in this way and hope to get involved in all the fun events over the next year"

The project will benefit the community through safeguarding the Church for the next 50 years, delivering a community garden where people can meet friends or quietly reflect, encouraging more bell-ringers and through offering educational visits to local primary schools.

To kick start the project with such a generous donation was perfect. I wonder if, in time, the new weathervane becomes known as Vernon!

Further details:

Stoke Lacy Heritage Project. John Davies on

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church. John Caiger, Church Warden, on

Wye Valley Brewery on






Remembrance Day Artists' Coffee Morning in the church



Local artists welcomed villagers and members of the wider community to a coffee morning at Stoke Lacy church on Saturday 11th November. Exhibitors included notable artists Colin Symomds, David McKeeman,Kate Harvey and Nigel Montandon.

Amongst the coffee and cake visitors had the opportunity to make their own clay poppy which will form part of the display that the Friends of Stoke Lacy church are planning to commemmorate the centenary of the end of the First World War next year.



 Late blooming charity success for Stoke Lacy

Dovecote Barn was open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) for the last time this year on Sunday 24 September.

Blessed with lovely early autumn weather, and with the Friends of Stoke Lacy Church providing their usual delicious home-made teas at the church, 118 visitors ensured bumper sums were raised for the various nominated charities: the NGS received £547 and the Friends a further £272.

None of this would have been possible without: the tea and cake makers; the Stoke Lacy & District Garden Club who again provided and sold plants; and Colin Simmonds and Simon Hickmott who somehow managed to find parking spaces where none seemed possible!

Many thanks to them and to everyone else who made it such a memorable and enjoyable afternoon in Stoke Lacy.


Stoke Lacy Church Fete

Saturday 22nd July 2017

‘Rain stopped play’. At three twenty on the afternoon of the Fete a short sharp rainstorm hit the Churchyard and a dash was made to the Church by all those enjoying the Fete. This however did not stop their enjoyment of the day. Tea and delicious cakes sold in large quantities, and the noise of the gossip threatened to raise the roof. Twenty minutes later the rain stopped and the party was able to continue.

The Fete had been opened by the Vicar, The Rev Clive Evans at 2pm with an exhortation by him to sample his home made wines and many of those attending the Fete were to be seen hovering around his stall for the rest of the afternoon.

All the stall holders had worked hard preparing their display of goods and games and much hard bargaining took place. Every year the Ivisons come up with a new game, from where do they get their ideas? Daphne Montandon’s toiletries stall was popular as was the Combes display of scarves. As always the White Elephant stall had many buyers and the many boxes of donated unwanted goods were soon being emptied.

The ‘Human Fruit Machine’ was a popular stall and caused much merriment. The young people of the village fought for the opportunity to win prizes at the skittles, although some complained at the uneven ground!! Thanks are due to John Davies and Patrick for their last minute making of the game.

Ann de la Torre produced her usual splendid display of cakes which were snapped up pretty quickly.

Margaret Woodley’s plant stall was popular but it is not the best time of year to be buying plants!! Betty Davies had her usual collection of board games and a young member of the Skyrme family selected ‘Pip’ as the correct name for the Teddy Bear.

Bridget Mackereth’s bottle stall attracted a small crowd of players throughout the afternoon and most were seen leaving the Churchyard clutching strange bottles of liquids!!

Betty Arnett led the Stoke Lacy Players in some lively country music which was very much appreciated by us all.

Alma Westwood was the lucky winner of the £50 first Prize in the Grand Raffle.

Undoubtedly the hardest worked were the ladies in the kitchen, lead by Kate Burdett-Smith. Thank you for all the effort put in.

This was the first Fete to be held in the Churchyard and all agreed it was a good venue although we missed the delightful garden of the Montandons. In all over £1,200 was raised. A splendid amount considering the weather. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the afternoon and not least to all those who came to the event and those who helped with the erection of tentage and the gathering of tables and chairs etc.

Watch out for next years date!!


John Caiger Churchwarden.






Harvest Festival 2016
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Friendship Club Outing 2016
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