Online Coffee Mornings 

Each Wednesday morning at 10:30am during the lockdown a small group of us have been having a virtual coffee morning using 'zoom' video conferencing. This has worked really well and is fairly simple to set up if you have a PC, tablet, iPad or smartphone. It works best with a web cam but not everyone has one and some connect with audio only. Please let me know if you would like to join in with one of these coffee mornings and if you need any help setting things up. Steven

Daily Hope

The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched 'Daily Hope', a free telephone number with options to listen to recorded prayers, hymns and reflections. The service is aimed at those who are not on the internet so if you have friends and family who are not on the web please let them know. The freephone number is  0800 804 8044

Bishop Frome POST OFFICE UPDATE
ANDY will be at the Village Centre AT THESE NEW TIMES:
For the time being, and as far as the changing situation allows, he will be there on:
Monday afternoons 13.45 to 16.45
Wednesday and Thursday mornings 9.00 to 12.00.
Many thanks to Andy for keeping the service going!

During the COVID-19 pandemic Bromyard Community Transport

are remaining open. 

We are providing a very much reduced transport service and only carrying out very essential journeys, plus we are also providing a shopping service, pickup of prescriptions and medication and also offer a listening ear if our customers need to chat. 
Cathy Marsh (Manager)    

Bromyard Community Transport

Tel: 01885 488452

MIDWAY STORES @ FROMES HILL

OPEN

7am to 5.30pm Monday - Saturday

9am to 4pm Sundays

Rasoi Curry – Fromes Hill

Open for Take Aways

Tel - 01531 640362

Wheatsheaf Pub - Fromes Hill

Offers Frozen meals for collection or delivery - Phone 01531 640600

LEGGES OF BROMYARD

We are now offering free local delivery (within 10 miles) of our shops and free nationwide delivery on all orders over £20 (UK mainland only)

We have made up some weekly hampers, to make life a little easier, during these strange times.

We are delivering. If you would rather stay at home just give us a call. Homemade pies, sausages, bacon, eggs, butter, cheese, potatoes, ham, spatchcock chicken

Just call the shop 01885 482417 to place you order

 #buylocal #supportlocalbusiness #bromyardtourism #deliveryservice #butcher #deli #localfood

Order online www.leggesofbromyard.com or call 01885 482417

PETER COOKS BREAD - AND WE’RE BACK:

After taking some time out so we could plan how we can best continue in a safe manner, we’re very pleased to say that we’ll be firing up our ovens once more from Tuesday 7th April.

To keep our team safe, we’ll be operating in a reduced capacity, limiting the selection of products we offer and where we deliver to.

We’ll be supplying all of our usual stockists in the following areas:

- Bishops Frome  - Bromyard    - Colwall
- Hereford            - Ledbury        - Malvern

Please check with your local stockist for more details.

You can also order and collect from the Hop Pocket Food Hall
Tel: 01531 640323 or email : john@thehoppocket.com

 

27th March

Please note that we have been instructed to close all our church buildings and where possible they are now locked.

BISHOPS FROME VILLAGE COMMUNITY SHOP Unfortunately, we are temporarily closed.

 

Supplies and help can be found at: BISHOPS FROME SUPPORT GROUP 01905 691373 HOP POCKET 01531 640323

 

The Bishops Frome Support Group is helping by delivering shopping, collecting prescriptions and anything else that needs doing outside the home. The Hop Pocket is organising: - Food boxes via Total Produce: essential foods £20 - frozen ready meals from the Hop Pocket kitchens, including soups and puddings - loo rolls (for those who cannot leave their homes)

 

The Support Group will collect from the Hop Pocket and deliver.

The Farm Vending outlet at Instone Court on the Munderfield Road is open 24/7

 

If you would like to volunteer to help, please call the Bishops Frome Support Group 

26th March

Online Coffee Morning

For those who are online and have a web cam on their PC, tablet or phone I am going to try and organise an online coffee morning one day next week using a web site called Zoom which will give us 40 minutes free meeting time. If you would like to join me please let me know and I will send out an invitation and instructions on how to set things up. Steven

20th March

The Hop Pocket Foodhall is now producing boxes of essential foods either for collection or delivery using the Bishops Frome Local Support Group (see opposite).

The Hop Pocket

Bishops Frome

Worcester WR6 5BT

01531 640323

www.thehoppocket.com

Open:

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm

Sunday 11am to 5pm

Closed Mondays Except Bank Holidays

19th March

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4.6-7

 

INTRODUCTION

This is a very short “bullet point” guide to help you as we enter uncertain times. The COVID-19 outbreak is a huge challenge to us all. However, if we all act with resolution and kindness, we will be able to do a great deal to mitigate its worst effects.

Looking after your mind

We are all subject to worry and may find that we are preoccupied with concern over this virus. It is important to remember that we can do a lot to look after our mental well-being.

  • Ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed- call a friend, relative or neighbour, or contact Richard or Steven.

  • Focus on what you cando to look after yourself and your loved ones

  • Keep in touch with friends and family by phone, email or text

  • If you are very anxious about your health and wish someone else to hold sealed details of your next of kin in case of severe illness, please let Richard or Steven know.

  • If you are self-isolating, occupy yourself by doing those “things” you’ve been meaning to do forever- reading that book, tidying up the garage, digging the garden, learning to knit….

Looking after your body

  • Follow advice from Public Health England. You can find local advice on the Herefordshire County Council Website and the NHS website

  • Try to eat well- plenty of fruit and veg. Even if it’s tinned!

  • Wash your hands frequently

  • Avoid unnecessary contact and interactions with others.

If you are self-isolating:

  • Take what exercise you can- even if it’s just the housework!

  • Get some fresh air and daylight every day- go into the garden if you have one, but at least open the windows if you don’t have any outside space.

Looking after your Spirit

  • Pray with others – even if we can’t join together, we will be praying in our homes at 8.15am and 6pm every day.

  • Use the Daily Prayer App for the Church of England

  • Go to the Church of England Website and use https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

  • Tell God your worries

  • Focus on God’s love and goodness

  • Use the times of stillness as an opportunity to seek God’s presence

  • Read the Gospels and the Psalms, Genesis and Exodus.

Looking after your neighbour

  • Stay in touch- if we each stay in touch with the two or three neighbours closest to us by phoning them, waving to them in the garden, or dropping notes through their doors, the chances of someone getting overwhelmed or seriously isolated and depressed in the coming weeks will be much reduced.

  • Please let Richard or Steven know of anyone who is self isolating- whether they are regular members of our congregations or not. We need to be praying for and supporting as many people as we can.

  • If you are able to get out and about safely (that is, if you do not have to self isolate) consider offering to run errands for someone who is stuck at home- picking up milk, prescriptions or shopping.

  • Do not put yourself or others at risk. Drop things in a porch or a box. Keep your distance.

 

God willing, when this is over, we will all have found a renewed sense of neighbourliness and community. No doubt we have difficult times to go through in the coming months. We look to Jesus who suffered for us, died and rose again, to be our certain hope, our foundation and our strength.

With prayers and best wishes

Richard

 

 

 

 

18th March

Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the Coronavirus all Church services in the Frome Valley Group of Parishes have been suspended. We will however endeavour to keep our Church buildings open for private prayer. If you have any concerns and would like to speak to someone or have a prayer request please feel free to contact one of the clergy.

Rev’d Steven Baggs  01885 490582   stevenbaggs@me.com

Rev’d Richard Allaway  07969 699270   rja5204572fco@gmail.com

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort.

Amen

Bromyard Food Bank
Bromyard Food Bank have supplies of emergency food for anyone who is struggling at this difficult time. For help obtaining food boxes contact them on 07942 672077

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