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Dear Parishioners, By the time this magazine appears Kingsland Church will have held its 40th consecutive Advent Carol Service, a magnificent achievement, and setting an example for many others who started this at a later date (the Cathedral!). Thank you to all those who came to sing and read. Advent marks the beginning of the Church Year and the time of preparation for the Festival of Christmas. The church is devoid of flowers during this time and so the wonderful display of Christmas Decorations becomes all the more spectacular! The travelling crib will begin its journey on Advent Sunday, so if you would like it to visit your home, do let me know and I will book you in. The beginning of December is busy with events – on Friday 2nd December there is a Light up a Life service which this year is being held at the Luctonians at 7.30pm. The Hospice Chaplain is coming to this along with musicians and organisation from the Church, and it is a quiet reflective service with time to remember our loved ones who have died and to sponsor a light for them and their names in a book of remembrance for this service. You can pick up a leaflet about this from the church or

from Luctonians, fill it in and send it off. Monies raised go to St Michael’s hospice. Saturday 3rd December is the Christmas Cracker Night in the Coronation Hall, in aid of the church and the Teddy Trust – do come and enjoy a fun evening with friends. Sunday December 4th is the Christingle Service at 9.30am in Church and then on Tuesday 6th December there is a Christmas Coffee Morning at the Corners with an opportunity to order Christmas Wreaths and to buy some Christmas Presents whilst enjoying coffee, all in aid of the Church, thanks to Terrance and Emma. The Christmas Spirit really begins to get going, I feel, with the Carol Services on the Sunday before Christmas and there will be mulled wine and mince pies so come and join the festive spirit. Christmas Eve was traditionally the time to bring in your tree and decorate your house, maybe we’ve brought that forward now but the expectation grows as the Crib Service starts and Midnight Mass brings the reality of the birth of the Christ Child to our minds and hearts. Many births happen during the night hours when most of the population are oblivious through sleep. On that night the world changed for the better and the Light of the World helps us now through the dark nights of our own lives and the


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uncertain times in the world. Let us celebrate and give thanks. A week later, on January 1st at 10.30am in church we will be celebrating with the Rev William Tavernor (God willing) as he turns 100 and celebrates 75 years of priesthood. William is truly amazing and many of you have known him for many years. He was rector at Aymestrey (which is where Meg was born) and also at Canon Pyon and there will be friends from there joining us for this celebration. I hope you will come as well. May I send you all good wishes for a Joyous Christmas and a healthy New Year Julie

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I have just witnessed a Salmon trying unsuccessfully to leap up the weir. I was equally thrilled to see a fresh pair of Dippers setting up territory and ‘sussing’ out a nest site for next year. For the first time in living memory no Dippers nested here this summer! Leaves, leaves and more leaves falling, having done their job for 2016 – a gradual process as there has yet to be a hard frost. Dry days see dancing leaves in the slipstreams of vehicles. Roses continue to bloom with more buds waiting if frost is avoided. Moles are pro-active, with their workings at considerable depth. I have never seen a thin Mole or a half-eaten carcass. The fish population in the river is sparse, hardly surprising considering the presence of Otters, Mink, Pike, Herons and Cormorants in the same habitat. Birdsong is at its least vocal, feeders not that much in demand due to available natural food and mild weather. The population of Red Kites continues to increase. Virtually no Curlews, Lapwings, or Skylarks around here. Why? Foxes are plentiful, as are Badgers, and TB reactors in cattle. There are abundant Walnuts and Roast Chestnuts on the menu. Christmas is coming! R.W.H.



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The survey is a great opportunity to have your say on how we operate or to ask any burning questions you have about what we do at our site. To thank you for your help, everyone who completes the survey will also be entered into a prize draw for a £25 M&S voucher.

An online version of the survey can be accessed via a link on the community page of our website ( Alternatively, you can request a paper copy either by ringing us on 01544 388601 or by sending an email to with the subject line – Community Survey. The results will help to guide our future practice and we’d love to get as much local input as possible so, if you can spare a few minutes to fill out the survey, we’d really appreciate it. Who knows, you might even be the lucky winner. Don’t forget as well that the deadline for Kingspan Insulation Community Trust projects is fast approaching. The Trust supports local projects which meet at least one of its four objectives: road safety, healthy recreation for young people, environmental conservation and biodiversity.

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Soup & Desert Lunch We write to thank all those who attended at Gable Croft on Saturday 22nd October. So many complimentary words about the fare provided is an added bonus for everyone contributing. Most importantly it meant £645 was raised for the funds of Kingsland British Legion. Many thanks, Heather, Jos and Pam Rev William Tavernor celebrates…..! As many of you may be aware, William Tavernor celebrates his 100th birthday on 31st December, New Year’s Eve. He will also have been ordained an amazing total of 75 years earlier in the month, and at our rector Julie’s invitation, we will be celebrating both special occasions at the Benefice Service at 10.30am on Sunday 1st January, New Year’s Day, at Kingsland Church. Please do come and join him at the service. His family extend a warm invitation to everyone to enjoy appropriate celebratory refreshments after the service! Please, please, no presents – donations, if desired, to be divided between Kingsland, Aymestrey and Leinthall Earles churches. Meg Thorpe Pre-Christmas Coffee Morning. Thanks to all who supported the PreChristmas Coffee Morning held at the Luctonians Rugby Club on Tuesday November 15th. The Committee of Kingsland & Eardisland Hospice Friends is delighted to announce that £620 was raised, Jean Barbour (Chairman)

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Kingsland W I This year we have enjoyed many interesting and entertaining speakers. At our November meeting our speakers were 'in house', being two of our own members who demonstrated cake icing. Jenny decorated two beautiful cakes while Rosemary showed us how to mix and use American frosting. They both donated cakes to our raffle. One of Jenny's was decorated colourfully with holly leaves and berries and the other, in white and silver, with snow flake patterns. The Christmas cake was raffled and the other one, looking far too beautiful to eat, she cut up and handed out to eat with our tea. We enjoyed a very good evening. In December we will have our Christmas Dinner so no meeting at Coronation Hall. The next meeting on 11th Jan 2017 will be handwriting analysis by Ann Cummings Pat Hughes



Project Update We should know if our bid for Heritage Lottery Funding is successful before the end of 2016.The intention to locate the site more accurately and provide visitors to the site with information about the battle will then move ahead. An excellent description of the battle can be found on the Battlefield Trust’s website. We also have a Facebook page In the meantime we are planning some events for 2017 One firm date for your diary is May 6th when the annual Mortimer’s Cross battlefield walk will take place. Led by experienced battlefield walk leaders, this will be an allday event and will include morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and cake. There will be a minimum of two walk routes. At least one of these will differ from previous years for those who wish to walk again but experience a different perspective. Another will be our traditional walk of the two most likely battle sites, plus post lunch events in Kingsland and an afternoon return walk. Details and booking forms for this walk will be posted in due course in 2017. The walk has been oversubscribed each year. More events to come will be connected with medieval village life and the battle so watch this space. We commemorated 555 years since the battle with a ceremony at Croft Castle Chapel in September. Our first AGM was held in October and we still need an Honorary Treasurer for managing small funds. Larger funds will be managed by the Battlefields Trust which is our umbrella organisation. If you feel you can spare time for four meetings in the year and can help, please contact us. We now have support from a wide range of organisations and individuals, including Historic England (previously English Heritage) and the National Trust. Plans for battlefield, landscape and community archaeology as well as events, visitor experience, education and publicity are in place. A supporters list stands at over 140 people. If you wish to be involved in the project or simply wish to be added to the supporters list – or to unsubscribe, please contact me on 01568708597 or at

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Kingsland Bowling Club (mid OctmidNov 2016) – changing of the guard Well, our Annual General Meeting took place on 26th October, with a good attendance (and some lively exchanges on correct bowling dress; this includes the question of fifty shades of grey trousers, naturally, not sex gods). We would therefore like to thank all our retiring committee members and to welcome our new club officials; in particular, welcome to Albert Brigden our new President and Carol Brigden our new Captain – all the best for the season. Thank you also to newish member Chris Read for taking on the responsibilities of Building Controller and to those recent members who are currently supporting our IndoorOutdoor squad – we really appreciate your efforts. Our first Winter Social was a splendid Cheese and Wine evening, with a lovely spread of different cheeses, candle-lit tables, and a fiendish picture quiz (nice one, Mr President!) We also had a round of Irish Bingo, which yours truly had never experienced before; as contestants sat down one after another, I began to wonder if this was actually a ploy aimed at making me look even more ‘outstanding’ than usual – and then there were two of us. Sorry, Pat, I drew a King! – Elvis Presley would have been proud of me. A great evening, and congratulations to Pat Edwards & Carol and helpers for the food and fun. Now we are looking forward to our major winter events. Following our Rat

Racing with Jimmy and Jane on 2nd December, The KBC Annual Bingo is at Kingsland Coronation Hall on Wednesday 7th December 2016. Eyes down at 7.30 – we have a wealth of prizes, and as well as bingo there’ll be a raffle, and mince pies to keep our energy levels up. After this, as the festive season comes close, we have a Christmas Lunch from Malcolm on Sunday 11th December – numbers limited, so you need a ticket for this tasty event. To those who watch and those who play, here’s to a cracking holiday, May the mistletoe be at your back, to lend you love to kiss the jack; May your weight be good & your line be true – Merry Christmas, all of you! If you want to know more about us, please feel free to contact me, Susanna Checketts (Secretary) 01568 770546 Kingsland Neighbourhood Plan News The Parish Council chose the independent examiner for the Neighbourhood Plan at their October meeting. However because of the number of examinations going on, the actual examination of the Plan will not happen until February/March 2017 and we have no further information on the timetable from that point. We will continue to update the KingslandLife/Neighbourhood Plan News page as well as our Facebook page and Twitter feed if we get any more news than the above. Meanwhile we hope you all have a happy Christmas!

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Church Services in the Benefice for December & beyond Friday 2nd December 7.30 pm Light up a Life Service (Hospice) Luctonians th Sunday 4 December Advent 2 9.30 am Family Service (Christingle) Kingsland 9.30 am Morning Prayer Eardisland 11.00 am Sung Eucharist (CW) Kingsland 11.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) Aymestrey th 6.00 Evening Prayer (benefice) Eardisland Sunday 11pmDecember Advent 3 9.30 am Holy Communion Eardisland 11.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) Kingsland 3.30 pm Christingle Service Leinthall Earls Sunday 18th December Advent 4 8.00 am Said Holy Communion (BCP) 4.00 pm Service of Lessons and Carols Kingsland 6.30 pm Service of Lessons and Carols Eardisland nd Thursday 22 December 6.30 pm Service of Lessons and Carols Aymestrey th 6.00 24 pm December Benefice Evening Prayer Kingsland Saturday Christmas Eve 3.30 pm Baptism of Amelia McLaurin Kingsland 4.00 pm Crib Service Kingsland 10.00 pm Early Midnight Mass Eardisland 11.30 pm Midnight Mass Kingsland th Sunday 25 December Christmas Day 8.00 am Holy Communion Leinthall Earls 9.15 am Holy Communion Kingsland 9.30 am Holy Communion Eardisland 10.30 am Family Service (shortened communion after Kingsland for those wishing to stay) st Sunday 1 January 1st Sunday of Christmas 10.30 am Benefice Holy Communion with Kingsland celebrations for William Tavernor’s Birthday and 75 years a priest! and at 10.00 am each Thursday at Kingsland: Said Holy Eucharist BCP Services at the Methodist Churches this month, at 11 am unless otherwise stated: December:

4th 11th 18th

Rev. John Waldegrave Rev. Kim Stilwell Miss A. Sheppick

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Rev. Deanne Evans

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The Parish Diary 2016 December 2nd Sale of Third World Goods 2nd Light up a Life’ Hospice Service 3rd Santa Arrives and Christmas Lights switched on rd 3 Kingsland Christmas Cracker (Kingsland Players) 5th RBL Social Evening th 6 Church Coffee Morning 15th RBL Lunch 18th Church Carol Service 24th Church Crib Service 24th Church Midnight Mass 25th Christmas Family Service

Methodist Church Luctonians Gable Croft Coronation Hall Gable Croft Corners Inn Corners Inn Church Church Church Church

10.30 am 7.30 pm from 4.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.45 pm 10 am to 12noon 12 for 12.30 pm 4,00 pm 4.00 pm 11.30 pm 10.30 am

The Parish Diary 2017 January 1st Benefice Service celebrating with Rev W. Tavernor th 11 W I “Handwriting Analysis” 26th Kingsland Flower Show AGM 28th SMAAAK Event “Your Bard” February 18th SMAAAK Event “Peter & the Wolf” March 11th Bridge Day (in aid of Kingsland Church) 12th SMAAAK Event “A Touch of Mrs Robinson”

Church Coronation Hall Post Office Corners Inn

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(Editor’s note: Events for this item need to be submitted by 15th of preceding month with clear instructions on the entry – place, time, date & title are essential information. Where more than one month’s notice is given, items will automatically be repeated unless contrary instructions are received.)

Luctonians 1st XV Home Fixtures to end of Season Kick-offs 2.15 pm Dec: 3rd South Leicester th Jan (17): 7 Leicester Lions th Feb: 4 Sedgley Park Kick-offs 3.00 pm Mar: 11th Otley Apr: nd Apr: 22 Scunthorpe

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Royal British Legion Eager readers of this column will be wondering what happened to the October input. Quite simply, I forgot! The quiz night on 3rd October brought in £91 for our funds. However, this was put in the shade by the successful “soup and desert”lunch organised by Heather and John Morris and ably supported by Joss and Pam which raised some £650. It is reported fully elsewhere in this Newsletter. The well-supported meeting on 7th November raised £86. With six winners of the quiz, we have declared a roll-over into December! The next meeting on 5th December will be held at Gable Croft not The Corners – the cost of supper remains unchanged at £4 per head + plus mulled wine. I have circulated a letter to all members and supporters giving detail of the Widows/Widowers lunch on Thursday 15th December. and tickets to our guests will be distributed shortly. Paying members should reply by Friday 9th December and replies from our guests are requested at the same time. Results of the Poppy Appeal will be given in the next Newsletter. Finally, our thanks to all those who made the Remembrance Sunday service such a success. It was again a full house and we were pleased to welcome Counsellor Bowen. Once more Rev. Julie made sure the weather was fine and led the service with her usual skill. Gordon Browne (Chairman)

Stop Press Richard Brown (the younger!) is setting up a RBL website giving details of events, changes to the programme and other news. For details contact him on 708696.



Information about Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s local events in December 2016 Festive Shopping Evenings at Queenswood Country Park during December 5-8pm The Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be holding a series of special shopping events in December for Christmas gifts, festive food, music, warm drinks, locally produced goods and tastings – all around a cosy fire. There will also be special offers on each evening… Thursday 1st December - Enjoy 10% off all our children’s ranges including toys, books, stationery and wildlife explorer gifts. Thursday 8th December - Members of the Friends of Queenswood & Bodenham Lake receive 10% off all purchases. This offer is also open to those joining the ‘Friends’ on the evening. Thursday 15th December – The Queenswood Christmas Party! Join us for food, drink and plenty of festive cheer! Bromyard Downs Project: Practical Work Parties Sat 3 December 10am-3.30pm And/ or Wed 7 December 10am-3.30pm And/ or Tues 13 December 10am-3.30pm Join one, two, or all of the Bromyard Downs work parties for practical habitat management work such as scrub clearance and woodland work. Bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothes. The Bromyard Downs Project is a collaboration between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the Bromyard Downs Common Association (BDCA). For further information about the project, go to Venue: Meet 10am at the main Downs car park, Bromyard Downs, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4QP

Please contact Hannah Welsh, the Bromyard Downs Project Officer, in advance if you are planning to come to a work party session on 01432 356872 / 07341 736182 Please be aware that there are no toilets or handwashing facilities on the Downs A botanical Tour of Herefordshire-updated Wed 7 December 7.30-9pm - talk by Peter Garner, Joint County Recorder of the Botanical Society of the British Isles Weobley branch of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Venue: Hopelands, Weobley Village Hall, Gadbridge Road, Weobley, HR4 8RZ Cost: £2 HWT members, £3 non-members Booking: Not required Clothes Swap A big “thank you” to everyone who attended, our busy band of helpers, our supporting stall holders and Luctonians for the venue. A lot of cake was consumed with the teas and coffees, lots of clothes swapped and a good time had by all. Together we raised an Amazing £820.39 for St Michaels Hospice and this total will grow as we took all the remaining unswapped items to the hospice warehouse in Leominster where they will be sold. Thanks again from the team, Carina, Carol, Linda & Sue

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Weobley Theatre Goers Kiss Me, Kate is our next trip to the Cardiff Millennium Theatre on Thursday 8th Dec, leaving Bell Square, Weobley at 10.00am for the 2.30pm performance, and returning around 7.30pm. Seats are reserved for Dreamboats and Petticoats at the New Theatre in Cardiff for Saturday 18th February leaving Bell Square, Weobley at 10.00 am for the 2.30pm performance. It features classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more, including Let's Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby's Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C'mon Everybody, Let's Twist Again and many more hits from music's golden era! The theatre is near the shops, so will give you the opportunity to go shopping or to find something to eat. The cost is £40 to be paid before 5th December please. Seats are in the circle rows C, D, E and F. On 9th March we shall be going to Birmingham again to see Billy Elliot. If you would like to be on the cancellation list please let me know. This is leaving Weobley at 9.30am for the 2.00pm performance. Then on Wednesday 10th May we shall be going to see Funny Girl at the Birmingham Hippodrome, leaving Bell Square at 9.30am for the 2.00 pm performance. You may well have heard all the rave reviews about this show with Sheridan Smith – I doubt she will be in this touring show, but her understudies have been amazing too, so hopefully this will be a show to remember. The tickets are all in the circle front rows and will cost £57 to be paid before 12th December and within 2 weeks of reserving

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Kingsland Flower Show AGM This is a notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Kingsland Flower Show will be held in the rear room of Kingsland Post Office and Shop at 7.00pm on Thursday 26th January 2017. New and active members are constantly being sought, so if you think you fit the bill, please come along to the AGM. Also, if you have suggestions for the format of the Show, come and air your views. We would also like to remind you of our ambition to ‘Light Up Kingsland this Christmas’as in our article last month. We hope that as many of you as possible will be willing to join in this festive activity by borrowing a set of lights from us if you are a resident of the "main drag". The lights will be available from early December from either Caroline Southgate (01568 708010) or Janet Vaughan (01568 708760). Please support this event. Kingsland Flower Show Committee

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News from William Dog, aged 3¼years. As ever, the joy of being a dog in Kingsland! Walking through the bowling green I always rush in to surprise the rabbits, but some seem just to stare at me! The cheek! Onwards with care past the huge cows to look for fungi growing in the fields – best under the trees where all shapes and sizes can be seen. From there on to the green mile (so-called by my human), a narrow walk full of doggy smells left by my fellows, which can be slippery (Humans beware!), I look for more fungi at the Kissing Gate and then we reach the Wood. The smell of the impending winter greets us. Huge cobwebs line the grass like a natural carpet lit by lights. The Pinsley sparkles clear and bright which encourages my spaniel companion to leap in and spray us all with water –ugh! Then we go through the secret rail track (Shh!) full of mushrooms and damp leaves as the sunshine flickers through. Beautiful! Once more beside the Pinsley, with more spray from the spaniel, there is a flash of blue from our kingfisher friend, and then, shock, horror, a fox appears, its red coat glinting in the sun. I am pushed onto a lead (really unjust in my view!) while the human takes photos. (Who would want to see that?) Onwards towards home through the majestic churchyard coloured in red and yellow from fallen leaves, where I meet a few of my doggy chums and exchange greetings while humans chat. Finally to our beloved green to sniff the ground while human follows with a doggy bag! How rude! The assortment of apple trees is wonderful, the ground littered with red and green plunder. Puff balls grow near the horse chestnut tree. Then it’s leads on through the village and home. Just another walk through Kingsland in autumn! How lucky we are! (Spring news will follow!) William Pilot (as told to Vicky Sowerbutts)


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Alongside our Occupational Therapists and Tutors we have a growing team of enthusiastic volunteers who give of their time to support our participants. From January we are increasing our provision to a fourth day and are looking for additional drivers and cooks. Do you have a few hours a week that you could give to The Cart Shed?

We enable individuals to overcome and accept episodes in their lives they find difficult to live with: such as the loss of a partner, friend or employment. We have recently started a program for Veterans and their families funded by The British Legion to support serving and ex serving members of the armed forces and their families integrate more effectively into civilian life, focusing in particular on those

If you are interested in learning more about our volunteering opportunities please contact me on 07796421373 or at email: Katie Eastaugh



Home-Start Herefordshire All parents know that those years before children go off to school and then college are vital in a child’s life and having a good start at home is of utmost importance – but we also know things don’t run smoothly all the time. Home-Start Herefordshire believes parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children. It’s just sometimes they need a bit of help…your help, could make the difference. Reasons for giving support are varied: Isolation, Domestic abuse, multiple births, child’s behaviour, School attainment, mental illness, self esteem, disability and many more. Last year we supported 208 Herefordshire families. This would not have been possible without the help of our home-visiting volunteers. These wonderful people visit families at home, giving support to help them overcome a multitude of difficult situations. Our volunteers tend to be parents or have parenting experience. We have male and female volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds. Some choose to train to volunteer as mentors and others may be experienced in specific fields and offer their support in different ways. All making the commitment to guide and support a family through their troubled time. Before they are matched with a family, an initial recruitment policy is adhered to. All new prospective volunteers attend a course of preparation, have an enhanced criminal records check, and references to support their application. We now recruiting for our New Year course that starts on the 26th January it will run every Thursday for 10 weeks 9.30 -2.50 Volunteers give 2-3 hours a week to visit a family. In return our volunteers find that they have fun, feel rewarded and honoured that they are allowed into the life of a family. Our volunteers are given excellent training and support, a chance to join in with our social events and all out of pocket expenses are paid. If you would like to find out more about Home-Start or make a donation please call me on 01432 371212 (weekdays between 9am – 4pm). Or visit us at

Alison Jones (Marketing and volunteer Recruitment Coordinator) 1 Lakeside Offices, Thorn Business Park, Rotherwas Hereford HR2 6JT


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Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland

Special Services at Christmas Time Sunday 18th December at 4.00pm

Carol Service

Carols to sing, Carols to listen to, and the lessons which tell the Christmas Story

Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Crib Service

At 4.00 pm a Service for Young People and Families

Midnight Mass

Sung Eucharist with Carols beginning at 11.30 pm

Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day)

Holy Communion Said Communion (BCP) at 9.15 am

Family Service

Carols and Readings for Christmas Day. Afterwards a shortened communion service.


Kingsland Players are proud to present:

KINGSLAND CHRISTMAS CRACKER An evening of comedy, drama, music and much more!

Saturday 3rd December at 7.30 pm at the Coronation Hall, Kingsland. Tickets ÂŁ6 available at Kingsland Post Office and on the door. Bring your own food and drink. Cabaret seating. Mulled Wine will be available to purchase and there will be a raffle. All profits will be shared between Kingsland Church and The Teddy Trust.

Kingsland News December 2016  

The community newsletter for the parish of Kingsland, Herefordshire UK. To find out more about our beautiful rural parish please visit www.k...