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Get into the Festive Spirit in Kington

In this issue Coming soon: Cub reporter KLEEN

Winter 2010

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Rita’s Back


Town Twinning visit


What’s on Locally & Courses


Working in Partnership: West Mercia Police & Marches Housing


7 Family History enthusiasts’ surprise visit

Help us to help you: 8 Community Contacts Christmas Angels in Kington


Yew Poem


Kington Town Plan


Preserving Kington’s 10 Living Archive All change at KCS


Free training for community groups


In depth: The Kington Lions


Come and start Christmas in Kington on Saturday 4th December with the Kington Chamber of Trade. A day of music food and general fun and enjoyment. The day starts at 9.30am with Almeley Church Choir followed by the Whitton voices and the Kington School Choir. The Little Rumba Band back by public demand at 12-0 a classy five piece band playing South American East European to the blues (a real treat). This will be on Cloud 9 car park together with a marquee full of delightful food stands. Lots of food stands will be in the Plas-deMarines and the arches. All back from last year plus several new ones (they all love this event and spread the word) so come and taste and buy. In the market place will be Kington Primary School stand and Border Active Arts with drop in Christmas crafts for the children. This year there will be Masterchef with Lady Hawkins School. Three rounds challenging the pupils all working towards their GCSEs with Mrs Novak’s guidance and organised by Carol Yeomans. Cloud 9 again sees the entries for Kington’s Best Mincepie Maker for adults and children (look out for the posters) entries to Polly 9.30 -1030. Good prizes again donated by The Grapevine and John Richardson Cloud 9. Santa Claus will appear at 11 to 11.30. Leominster Morris Dancers are back also Marines (French twinning) are coming over especially for this day, bringing French festive fare. A celebrity will be in Cloud 9 talking and signing her cookery book (a great Christmas present). Geetie Singh MBE grew up in Herefordshire but now splits her time between the county and London where she is Managing Director of (gastro/organic) Pub The Duke of Cambridge in Islington. She has several honours to her name e.g. Businesswoman of the Year, Winner Best Restaurant (Soil Ass). Extra car parking kindly given by McCartney in the auction yard. The day is FREE – come and enjoy. Any queries contact Pam Peek (tel. 01544 230549 (evg) 231202 day). Pam Peek

The Kington Chronicle is produced by volunteers and reliant on donations. To support further editions of the paper, enjoy the coffee morning detailed inside.

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Forthcoming Column: Cub Reporter The Chronicle has recently appointed a cub reporter to join its team, with a view to finding out more about what is happening in our town and surrounding area. Amy Sentinella, who is studying ‘A’ Levels at Lady Hawkins’ School, will be looking for people who organise clubs, societies and any other various organisations in order to interview them about who they are, what the organisation does and why, who would be welcome to join and how to get involved. Here are a few introductory words from Amy; do get in touch if you would like her to run a feature on your organisation in the coming months… Nic Dinsdale My name is Amy Sentinella and when the post of the cub reporter became apparent I was very interested. Since choosing to do an A Level in English, my knowledge and interest of that subject has grown. Studying texts such as novels and newspaper articles has broadened my understanding of the audiences that are targeted and the context that is therefore used. Learning in and living close to such a small and yet characteristic town is inspiring for me; the idea that I may be able to interview and get to know someone who contributes in making Kington the way it is now is exciting and to be seen as one of the community will be a comforting achievement. I’ve always enjoyed reading a newspaper: I feel it gives me a snippet of the world presented right in front of me, for both me and other readers to understand and create our own opinions towards each subject written. My e-mail address is I’d be pleased to hear anything that you and the newspaper need me for. Amy Sentinella

KLEEN open meetings - Thursday 9th December from 8pm, back room at the Oxford Arms. Subsequent meetings are on 13th January and 10th February 2011 (same time & place).

The Kington Chronicle reports on local news and events so we need you to send us your news, pictures and stories for the next edition. Do you have an event coming up? Want to thank the residents of Kington for tuning out at your event? Do it in the Kington Chronicle. Email the editorial committee at:

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Rita’s Back As you all know Rita has been an incredible fund raiser for groups in Kington and the local area over the years. Only last year she raised an amazing amount of money for the Kington Christmas Lights. So it has been a great pleasure to see Rita and Ron are back in Kington High Street. In an effort to bring people back into Kington High Street and to provide charities with a shop to raise money, Rita has opened the ‘Kington and District Community Shop’. Local charities and organizations are able to use the shop to raise money for their good cause three weeks a month. One week per month Rita will run the shop in aid of the Community Fund. The rent is paid by the Community Fund, so all the money raised by the organizations in the shop that week goes to their good cause. Initially, Rita took on the lease until Christmas, but the shop has proved so

popular that it is now booked through until July 2011. In November the groups using the shop will be Winforton Church, Almeley Church, Kington Chamber of Trade. In December the groups will be: Kington Chamber of Trade, New Radnor, Kingswood Village Hall and the Community Fund. In January the groups will be: Kington Twinning, Markwick Close and Rita’s Community Fund. So why not go along and support them. If you are interested in renting the shop or have items you would like to donate, please contact Rita on tel: 3 2 7 7 6 7 . Items can be picked up. Chris Charnick

Town Twinning Visit Success While on holiday in France, Kington's Mayor, Bob Widdowson, called in to meet his counterpart in Kington's twin town of Marines, north of Paris. He presented the Mayor, Mme Jacqueline Maigret, with a collection of photographs by Richie Cottrill of Kington through the seasons as well as a locally-made gavel.

on December 4th and the Kington Twinning group will be visiting Marines next Spring. To find out more about twinning contact Kington-Marines Twining Association Chair Karen Bennett, 01544 231037.

Kington and Marines have been twinned for over 30 years and strong links have been built between the towns' twinning groups. Bob Widdowson said, 'We both agreed to build on these links by promoting education, sporting, cultural, environmental and business links to benefit both towns'. This year Marines held its first Salon des TPE, to promote small businesses employing less than 10 people, and offered to advise on a possible similar event in Kington next year. Other ideas discussed included linking town websites, tourist promotion, and business links. The Marines' twinning group is hoping to have a stall at Kington's Christmas food fair

Caption for photo: Far left and far right, Hubert Grenez and Christian Holod of the Marines Twinning Committee, Centre, Mme Jacqueline Maigret, Mayor of Marines and Bob Widdowson.

Bob Widdowson

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Events A fuller programme of what’s going on in and around Kington can be found on The Kington Blackboard ( 23rd Nov, 7.30pm, Owls by Moonlight, Small Breeds Farm & Owl Centre, booking essential 27th Nov, 10am, Raising Funds for the Kington Chronicle coffee morning, Markwick Hall 28th Nov, 8pm, Kington REAL Men, The Burton Hotel 30th Nov, 7pm, Birds of Worcestershire Reserves, contact Hereford Nature Trust for info 4th Dec, all day, Festive Food Fair, Plas-de-Marines, Kington 7th Dec, 7.45pm, Whist Drive in aid of Marie Curie, Parish House 9th Dec, 7.30pm, St. John’s Badgers & Cadets’ Beetle Drive, Markwick Close Hall 12th Dec, evening, Christmas Carol Service, St. Mary’s Kington 20-24th Dec, Meet Santa, Small Breeds Farm & Owl Centre 24th Dec, 4pm, Crib Service, St Mary’s, Kington If you have an event that you would like to add to The Kington Chronicle, please email it and your contact details to:


Weekly Activities

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New to Computers Build a website

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1st February 3 weeks

Start Writing your 17th February Family History 15 weeks

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Mondays Mini Soccer

5.30-6.30pm, Lady Hawkins Trampoline 5.30-6.30pm, Lady Hawkins Circuit Training 7-8pm, Lady Hawkins Brownies & Guides 5.30-7pm, Kingswood Kington Choral Society 7.30-9pm, Baptist Church, Bridge Street. Tuesdays Aerobics 9.15-10am, Lady Hawkins 50+ class 10.15-11.15am, Lady Hawkins Karate 6-9pm, Lady Hawkins Step 6.30-7.30pm, Lady Hawkins Belly Dancing 6.30-8pm, Lady Hawkins Wednesdays Body Blitz 6.30-7.30pm, Lady Hawkins Thursdays Ballet 5.30-8.20pm, Lady Hawkins Tap Dancing 8.20-8.50pm, Lady Hawkins Friday Ballet 5.30-8.30pm, Lady Hawkins Saturdays Latin American & Ballroom 10-12noon, Lady Hawkins

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Family History Enthusiasts Learn from International Visitor’s Search The ‘Creating your Family History’ course at Marches Access Point were inspired by a visit to their group by Lori Oschenfski, who for the last few years has been researching her family tree here in the UK all the way from Canada. Lori’s mother had been born in Lingen and after spending some time in Kington Workhouse emigrated to Canada at the tender age of 2 as part of the Dr Barnardo’s emigrations scheme, now known as British Home Children. Although the 5 children went out with their mother, the children were put into children’s homes as part of the scheme, three were adopted and two returned to their mother’s care when they were deemed unsuitable for adoption. Lori’s grandmother remarried and had further children. Lori has managed to bring all these threads of her mother’s family together by emailing and writing to the organisations she felt could help her and researching the various websites and fora on the internet. She has created a book of her research to give to her mother and brought a copy of it with her to show the group. Lori has also been instrumental in the campaign to create a memorial to the children and fireman killed at the Gillingham Park Fete tragedy and to have the graves restored. Lori’s 12 year old cousin had died in the fire brigade display that went so very wrong. Sadly Lori’s mother was unable to accompany her on her visit, but Lori took plenty of pictures and memories back to Canada for her. Richard led the group in thanking Lori and her sister for making time in her busy schedule to visit us and making us more determined to search out our family history. Chris Charnick

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Volunteering on your local doorstep! REACH enables action in rural communities around Herefordshire and we need your help. REACH is an exciting new project providing a wide range of support services to community and voluntary groups in the rural areas surrounding Kington, Bromyard, Ledbury and throughout the Golden Valley with each area having a, part time, Community Development Worker. We have already helped some 75 existing groups or individuals wishing to set-up a group since starting in February of this year but we want to do much more and to reach out into every parish within our four areas but to do this we need your help. Do you know what is happening in your local community? Can you help us to: Identify and recruit local people to help with projects that benefit your community Identify needs in your local community Raise awareness of REACH and the support we can provide locally Develop in your community a culture of volunteering Help to inform decisions services in your community



Our Community Development Workers will be there to help and support you. We can, if required, assist you with training and we will arrange for all of our local supporters to meet, informally, and share their experiences across the County. For more information or an informal chat please contact Vicky Hamilton on 07827 775700 or e-mail her at Vicky Hamilton

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Christmas Angels in Kington What do YOU think an Angel looks like? Many local Kington children will have decided already and created their own Angel to hang in The Kington Gallery in an Exhibition starting on 3rd December; but anyone in Kington – adult or child - will be welcome to bring an Angel to the Gallery when it’s open (every Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday afternoon) to be displayed during December. Following its opening over August Bank Holiday, the Kington Gallery has successfully staged exhibitions by local artist Ruth Harris, and by the Gallery owner, Janet Thomas. November’s exhibition presented work by acclaimed London artist, Stephie Butler and at the end of November, the Gallery welcomed the Kington Art Society for the first time. So the Kington Gallery has set a high standard of art by national and local artists and this will continue through 2011, with new exhibitions from the first Sunday of each month. As a new local initiative, the Kington Gallery is starting a weekly Gallery Club from the 7th January 2011, and you are invited to join. You may be a beginner, a solitary artist or someone wishing to return to art. Just drop in between 2.00pm and 6.00pm on a Friday afternoon to paint or draw with fellow-artists, and with Janet’s friendly help if needed. Or just browse the art magazines or books and enjoy pleasant conversation. There will always be a welcoming cup of tea or coffee waiting for you. Call in to the gallery for more information or contact Janet by email at Janet Thomas

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Kington Town Plan Launched The idea of a community or ‘town’ plan for

Kington is a great place but there are some

Kington was launched at an inaugural

things that people would like to change - and


meeting held at the Burton Hotel on 10

others that we’d like to keep just as they are.



A Town Plan is about both. It’s a summary of

volunteered to form a steering group to

everything that concerns people in Kington and

develop the plan over the next year.

how we’d like things to be in the future. The










Herefordshire are developing community plans or have done so. Kington Town Council is providing initial funding and support for Kington’s own town plan.

plan will be produced by the community, for the community. Every part of the town will have








businesses and local organisations. Over the next year, the steering group will be seeking to involve as many people as possible in drawing

A long list of issues were identified by the

up ideas for the town and how it should


develop in the future.






including traffic and transport, protecting local shops and services, crime and safety, play space and job opportunities in the town.

If you have ideas about what you would like to see in Kington, or you want to help by getting a group together or joining an existing group, get in touch. Until a formal contact point is set

It is hoped that groups will come together

up, contact Gwilym Rippon, Town Clerk on

to work on these and any other issues they

01544 239098 or any town councillor. Watch

identify, consult with others and produce


ideas and actions to include in the plan.

Blackboard for further news.






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Kington’s Living Archive As part of the Lady Hawkins’ School Living Archive, staff and students from the school have been interviewing local people with memories of the Second World War. Recently, they have interviewed Sir Arthur Bonsall KCMG CBE who worked at the National Codes and Cipher Centre at Bletchley Park. Sir Arthur was selected fresh from Cambridge University, where he studied modern languages, to work in the German Air Section under Josh Cooper. In the interview he recounted the important work of breaking daily the German Luftwaffe ‘Low-Grade’ codes and intercepting radio-telephony. Sir Arthur’s work at Bletchley significantly aided the Allied Air Commands throughout the War and proved of real importance in informing the USAAF and RAF of Luftwaffe movement and tactics as well as aiding counterintelligence measures. Sir Arthur’s work in the German Air Section undoubtedly saved the lives of thousands of Allied servicemen and also contributed towards the breaking of other German wartime codes such as the ‘Ultra’ codes. Sir Arthur’s incredible story is to be added, with a number of new interviews carried out by the students of Lady Hawkins’ School, to the Archive and will be available to access on the school’s website. The Living Archive Group will be visiting The Garth Residential Home to interview some ladies who served in the services and in the factories during the Second World War. If you would like to contribute any memories of the Second World War for the archive please contact Nic Dinsdale at Lady Hawkins’ School. To visit the Lady Hawkins’ School Living Archive go to Nic Dinsdale

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Goodbye...and hello! Kington Choral Society’s “The Brothers Haydn” concert in October was a fitting farewell performance for Maureen Twiddy who has finally hung up her Music Director’s baton after over 11 years with KCS, including 29 concerts by 44 different composers. Maureen will be sorely missed but her baton has been ably picked up by Roger Langford who was also the baritone soloist in the Haydn concert. Roger will initially rehearse the choir for a special Carol Evening in the Kington Baptist Church on Friday evening 16 t h December – a date for your diaries ! Are you interested in Singing with Kington Choral? New singers of all ages and ability are always welcome (tenors – male & female – and basses, especially so!). Telephone Mary Whittle on 01544 230319 or just come along to a Rehearsal. We rehearse throughout the year on Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Bridge Street, Kington. KCS is an 'open access' choir, with emphasis given to singing the major choral works. We are a group of people with widely differing musical skills and experience who enjoy choral singing. We sing a variety of music which is selected by our Music Director and we give several public performances each year. We are not pre-auditioned but continuing membership depends upon commitment, co-operation and enthusiasm. We work together in rehearsals and performances to achieve standards that we can be proud of and our audiences can enjoy. Terry Wells

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Courses for Community Groups The REACH project has been working in the Kington area since January this year offering free support and advice to voluntary and community groups in a number of different ways. The project which is now working with twenty plus local groups is able to offer support through its Community Development Worker based at Marches Access Point and its Volunteer Support Service which aims to help groups to find the volunteers they need and people who are interested in volunteering to find the opportunities that are right for them. Recently the project ran a free Food Hygiene Course for groups in the Golden Valley and North-west Herefordshire and following on from the success of this course would like to be able to offer groups in this area further access to free training. The project is able to offer a range of training courses which include the following:

Role of the Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer • Marketing • Minute Taking • Certificated Food Hygiene • Information Technology • Certificated Health and Safety • Effective Meetings & Running Events • Fundraising • Recruiting Volunteers The courses are designed to help build the capacity of small community and voluntary groups that we work with. We welcome expressions of interest from anyone who may be interested in any of the above courses and are hoping to be able to start providing training for local groups in the New Year. For more information please contact Vicky Hamilton on 07827 775700 or email her at Vicky Hamilton

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Did you know...The Kington Lions Who are we? We are currently 15 ordinary people, men and women, volunteering our time to humanitarian causes within our local community. We have a hands on role in improving people’s quality of life... and we support a wide range of individuals and organisations that are active in our local area of Kington. We are under the umbrella of Lions Club International and so we also contribute to national issues and global disaster funds. How do we raise funds for our Club? Regular events like the Annual Trans-Wales Bike Ride, Kington Gala Day Teas and Kington Charity Golf Day are among many of our one-off fundraisers. Most of our charitable funds are given locally by you and without your generosity and support we wouldn¹t be able to help so many other people, so ... thank you! What do we do to help? All of the money raised goes directly towards helping others.... We have 80 lifelines giving peace of mind to the infirm & vulnerable. We own 12 mobility appliances to give independence to local people. We annually sponsor young people on a trip to Cape Adventure. We support Sight First finding solutions for preventable blindness. We support the Air Ambulance and Hereford Hospital Renton Unit. We help Macmillan Care, St Michael’s Hospice and much, much more. Would you like to join us? We hold two meetings a month to plan our fund raising events and to decide, as a Club, how we will spend the money raised. For more information, please contact John Moss (tel: 231126). Jo Whitlock

The Herefordshire Council Community Projects Grant

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