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I hope you will join me on Friday, 2nd September, at 7.30 in the evening to enjoy the delights of Timothy Noon as he plays Kingsland’s Organ and entertains us “last night of the proms style”! He is now the organist and director of music at Exeter Cathedral and we are extremely fortunate that he has made time to come back to his roots and to play for us. Do come - you will not be disappointed! For some of September there will be visiting ministers coming to take services including Will Pridie from Leominster who is a strong preacher and Nigella who will come and preside at the Family Eucharist. NIck and I are away on holiday for some of the month. If you ring the rectory and I am away, the wardens will help you access the care you may need. Nick preached at a few Lammas services in August and noted how the agricultural year revolved around the quarter days of March, June, September and December and these were the feast days of Mary (March 25th), John the Baptist (June 24th), Michael (Sept 29th) and Christmas. Well the churches of this benefice fulfil those with Eardisland (St Mary), Aymestrey (John the Baptist) and

Kingsland (St Michael’s). On these days agricultural rents were due and hiring took place. We are aware of our farmers and the exceeding dedication and hard work that happens around us 7 days a week. Our harvest festivals are soon here and this time supper will follow. Pencil in Thursday 13th October at 7pm on your calendars. At the end of September there will be a special evensong for St Michael on Thursday 29th September at 7pm. There will be others from the deanery present as we host the Deanery Synod meeting at 7.30pm in the Church so it should be a lively service. September is the time of new beginnings for families and young people so we remember and pray for those starting school for the first time and for their families and teachers and those moving on to new classes, schools, colleges, universities or out into the world for the first time. May they look to God who loves each and every one and will guide us through, should we look to him for direction. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23 Every blessing, Julie



Coffee Morning Many thanks to all those who supported the coffee morning on Saturday 9th July at Black Hall Farm, Aston. A fantastic total of £900 was raised to be divided between Eyton Church and St Michael’s Hospice. Thank you for all the generous donations and cakes and draw prizes as well as everyone who supported on the day, Jan & John Nicholls Editor’s note: This piece was omitted in error from the August edition, for which I apologise unreservedly, David Noon Kingsland Millennium Green Trust There is an open meeting of the Trustees of KMGT in the Coronation Hall on Sat 10th Sep at 10am. Please feel free to come along, and if you would like coffee beforehand, that will be available from 9.30am.


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Weobley Theatre Group A new season of theatre trips! The first is to see The Glenn Miller Story, starring Tommy Steele, at Malvern on Wednesday, 21st, September. We shall be leaving Bell Square, Weobley at 12.30pm and returning around 6.30pm. The cost for this trip is £42 with all seats in the Circle.

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Kiss Me, Kate is our next trip, to the Cardiff Millennium Theatre on Thursday, 8th December, leaving Bell Square, Weobley at 10.00 am for the 2.30 performance, and returning around 7.30pm.

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And I have a couple of amazing trips in the pipeline for 2017! For information: if you are new to the area, the Theatre Group has been running for 11 years, with trips going to Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and Malvern, usually to see matinee performances. You can dip in and out as you please: there is no membership. The trips are run on a non-profit basis, so you pay purely for your ticket and the coach, which drops us off as near to the door of the theatre as possible. Please get in touch if you would like any more information.

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We shall then be going to the Courtyard in Hereford on 19th October to see Pam Ayres, leaving Bell Square at 6.30pm.

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Kingsland Flower Show 2016 The Show day was pleasant and sunny, which meant that people were not deterred from participating in one form or other and it is good to report that there was a good level of entries in most Divisions. The floral displays were splendid in all their classes, including the President's Prize where there were five beautiful but very different displays. There were also some fine quality entries in the produce section, especially in the “Drizzle Cake” and “Bakewell Tart” classes. The Wine section entries were at a high level, so maybe a few more of you are taking an interest in “home brewing”. The Craft classes pleasingly produced more entries than usual and they were all of a high quality. The Junior Classes produced some excellent entries especially in the “Lego Model” and the artwork sections and overall entries were well up in all age groups. Although there were some splendid creations amongst the “Design a Village Flag” entries, overall the numbers in the Open Section and Family Section were much lower than usual - perhaps we need to review our choice of subject? The village “Treasure Trail” proved very popular and was extremely well supported - it is surprising how observant the young ones are! Thanks to all who entered into the spirit by displaying pictures in their windows. The School also entered numerous artwork pieces which we were pleased to display on the day. Prizes are to be awarded separately for this work. The cups and prizes, presented this year by John Tedstone, were as keenly contested as ever. A number of the regular names were successful, but it was also good to see quite a few new


names and village newcomers featuring amongst the prizes list. The Garden Stall again proved popular and thanks are due to those who donated items for this part of the Show. Thank you to all who submitted entries, judged, visited the Show, bought raffle tickets, gave prizes and donations, because without your support it would not have been possible. The Show has become a regular feature of the village and it is a good opportunity for people to get together and display their horticultural, art and catering skills. If you did not enter or visit, you do not appreciate what you have missed and you are earnestly encouraged to support next year’s Show. The date for next year’s Show will be confirmed at the AGM in January 2017, so with adequate notice there is no excuse for not being a part of it. Last, but not least, I take this opportunity to thank the members of the Committee and the many other volunteer helpers for working so hard and putting their time into ensuring the Show ran so well. Chris Southgate (Chairman)




73% of local community oblivious to superhero charity that saves lives! 73% of surveyed residents across Hereford and Worcester are unaware of local superhero charity, the Mercia Accident Rescue Service [MARS], which works hard to save lives all year round. Of the 132 residents included in the survey, 96 had never heard of the charity, and out of the 36 people that had, 61% only knew of its existence through working in the professional services or by knowing one of the medical volunteers. Founded in 1983, MARS is formed by a group of highly trained and experienced clinicians, who volunteer to provide advanced pre-hospital immediate care to members of the local community. All MARS immediate care practitioners come from a range of specialities such as emergency medicine, general practice, cardiothoracic surgery and anaesthetics, and in their spare time attend to 999 emergencies through MARS in support of the NHS ambulance service. All Mars immediate care practitioners utilise their own vehicles to get to the scenes of these medical emergencies, and over the many years I have worked with the charity, I have seen some amazing acts of kindness and pure commitment to supporting the community. All the more remarkable as these clinicians are already extremely busy with their day jobs!

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Royal British Legion Branch meetings Our last meeting was the Branch Summer Lunch at Gable Croft. Twenty-five people enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by a quiz and draw. With all expenses covered, the event raised ÂŁ401 for our funds. Our thanks to Anne, Heather and their helpers for another excellent lunch.

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AGM To avoid a clash with other events, we have moved the AGM by one week to Monday, 12th September at 7.30pm. All members have received copies of the Agenda – this is also on our notice board along with the minutes of the 2015 AGM. Please make an effort to attend.


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Luctonians Sports Club The ground is well-used! The irrigator is going using water from the bore hole – best Kingsland underground supply. The first Rugby match played at the same time as a 2nd XI Cricket game. The Rugby was a ‘friendly’ against a student team from Cardiff, and proved a worth-while exercise. School children on holiday are making good use of the facilities in conjunction with Oaker Leisure. A long Rugby season lies ahead, with a new club captain. The process of digging out players from various corners continues. There is lots to see and do as the club continues to provide organised sport for the area. R.W.H.


Church Services in the Benefice for September, 2016 Sunday 4th September 9.30 am Family Service Kingsland 9.30 am Holy Communion (CW) (Rev Michael Denny) Eardisland 11.00 am Sung Communion (CW) (Rev Will Pridie) Kingsland 11.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) (Rev John Simpson) Aymestrey th 6.00 pm Prayer (benefice) Eardisland Sunday 11 Evening September 9.30 am Holy Communion (BCP) Aymestrey 9.30 am Mattins (Mavis Tantrum & Katie Smith) Eardisland 11.00 am Sung Communion (BCP) (Rev Michael Denny) Kingsland Sunday 18th September 9.30 am Holy Communion CW Eardisland 11.00 am Family Communion (Rev Nigella Tyson & Katie Smith) Kingsland 3.30 pm Harvest Festival (Rev Julie Read) Leinthall Earls th 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Kingsland Sunday 25 Benefice September 8.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) Kingsland 9.30 am Holy Communion (CW) (Rev Julie Read) Eardisland 11.00 am Choral Mattins and Sunday Seekers (BCP) ) (Rev Julie Read) Kingsland and at 10.00 am each Thursday at Kingsland unless otherwise stated: Said Holy Communion BCP Services at the Methodist Churches this month, at 11 am unless otherwise stated: September: 4th Rev. N Richardson Kingsland th 11 Dr Paul Scott United Service: Shobdon Methodist Church th 18 Rev. D. Bulloss Kingsland th 25 Mr M. Owens Shobdon

Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Kingsland Make sure you and your children don’t miss our next

Family Service Sunday, Sept. 4th, 9.30 am.

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The Parish Diary 2016 September 2nd Organ Recital (Last Night of the Proms) Tim Noon 10th – 18th SMAAAK H-Art exhibition 12th RBL AGM 14th W.I. Talk on and Demonstration of Spinning 15th Hospice Friends Soup and Pudding Lunch October 1st SMAAAK Arcadia Concert th 12 W .I. Talk on Community Police 13th Church Harvest Festival November 6th SMAAAK Event “Bond” th 9 W.I. Cake Icing 18th SMAAAK event: Hank Wankford Trio 27th Advent Carol Service 27th The Light (SMAAAK Art Exhibition) ‘til 14th Dec. December 18th Church Carol Service 24th Church Crib Service

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Nature Notes (15/8/16) The long spell of dry weather continues, which affects just about everything. Grass Growth has slowed down and in some places it has gone brown. Cool temperatures have delayed the ripening of some grain crops. Insect life has been interesting to observe. There are very few wasps about as yet. The infamous Cabbage White Butterfly is seen but very few others. This is not a problem and there is enough food for the Swallows who have bred well. First hatches are strong on the wing and second broods under way. River life is quiet, with the odd flash of a Kingfisher. Otters are on their nocturnal travels and the evil Mink is around! No natural predators for these! I made a sad sighting of a mother Mallard searching for its young – all taken by something. Nature can be cruel. Squirrels are already stripping nut trees. Why is this always before ripening? This is a good time to examine birds’ nests that have completed their purpose. A wonderfully constructed Goldfinches nest was handed to me made out of dry grass stems and with no lining. Spotted Flycatcher hatched and gone, last to arrive, first to go – the silent visitor. Five mice have been caught in a depleted French Bean row – two normal sized ones and three Shrew-like smaller ones with a short tail and prominent whiskers! Here is some advice offered by William Tavernor to stop Rabbits eating flowers and vegetables. Dip sticks in Stockholm tar and place them in and around items to which Rabbits are attracted! A lot of Holly berries now formed, but there are very few Plums here, but there are Blackberries about. What a wonderful environment we have. R.W.H.


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Kingsland Bowling Club (mid Julymid August 2016) – goodbye, summer! Well, at the time of writing we only have 5 matches left to play – it seems just a few weeks since we had our first April match in a hailstorm. September sees one away match at Eastnor and then we have our two last events. There’s a fun match when the Men go for the Ladies (well, they usually do, don’t they?! – or is it the other way round?) Then the final club competition, the Sunset Shield, takes place on 24th September, after which the green closes for maintenance, though Tuesday club nights continue through October. The sun is shining, the green is tempting, but the season is winding down and the winter indoor league in Leominster has sent out its application forms. Our Competition Secretary Peter organised an exciting one-day knock out competition, the annual Bert Bengry, on Sunday 7th August; as the members of the triples teams are picked at random, it’s equally exciting to find out who’s in your squad! Finals Day will have taken place (20th August) by the time this article is out, so congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all those taking part through the year. We congratulate Ian, Margaret, Cliff and John on their Hot Shot at Weobley in July. Our boys have had a great season in the Hereford Men’s League, so well-done to them and to all competitors in sub-County and County matches. We also wish to express our gratitude to international bowler Rob Weale, who

generously gave us a splendid Masterclass on 31st July; his relaxed style and great tips were much appreciated by a large group of both new and senior members, and we feel very lucky to have benefitted from all his experience. Meanwhile, as well as bowlers, we attract wildlife. Swallows are skimming the green, a red kite occasionally inspects from on high, and far too many rabbits are applying for membership - no, I don’t mean our new bowlers - Kingsland seems to have a rabbit invasion just at present. If you want to know more about us, please feel free to make contact. uk Susanna Checketts (01568 770546)

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Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Kingsland

Organ Recital With a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ Theme

Timothy Noon Friday September 2nd 2016 7.30 pm

Ticket £10.00 (includes interval wine or soft drink) From Kingsland Post Office or at the Door. Come and join in the singing, and wave a flag!

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Kingsland News September 2016  

The community newsletter for Kingsland parish, Herefordshire, UK. For more information on our lovely village please go to www.kingslandlife....

Kingsland News September 2016  

The community newsletter for Kingsland parish, Herefordshire, UK. For more information on our lovely village please go to www.kingslandlife....