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FREE! Autumn 2019

Kington Information Network, Gossip, Talk, Opinion and News Saturday 14 September Kington Show This year's show promises to be a great day out for all the family. It will combine the traditional feel of an agricultural show with horses, cattle and sheep alongside an action-packed programme of entertainment. The show will be held on its usual site at The Ovals Farm, Kington HR5 3LN, close to the Welsh Border in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. After 150 years the show continues to be one of the most popular one day shows in the county and this year will be no exception! See inside for more.

Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September Kington Walking Festival Over 35 walks covering all ranges of abilities. The festival brochure is available in many local establishments and at the Tourist Information Centre. Tickets can be bought on our website where full details of all walks are available, as well as at the TIC. Many of the walks are filling up so it is advisable to book as soon as possible! Remember, a substantial part of the walk booking fee goes to the Kington Walks charity and helps us support the local community. See inside for more.

Friday 16 August Speed Sheep Shearing The Oxford Arms, Duke Street HR5 3DR once again opens its doors to the shear baa – king madness of this annual event to raise money for the Air Ambulance. Top prize £250! Four classes, cash prizes for all classes to third place. Printed singlets for all classes to fourth place. Entries taken from 6.30pm. Come and compete or just cheer your mates on. www.the-oxford-arms.co.uk and Facebook page. 01544 230322. No shearers are harmed in the making of this event.

Photo Richie Cotterill. Kington from Penrhos Court. Twinning Association present to Marines Page 1

Editorial For a small town with a population of around 3500 people, Kington has a wonderful array of things going on throughout the year: the Kington Show, Walking Festival, Food Fair, Marches Makers Festival, Vintage Show, Art & Craft Market, Wheelbarrow Race, Spring Greens and many smaller events too. One thing they all depend upon for their existence is VOLUNTEERS. Having just stepped down from the post of coordinator of the Marches Makers Festival to start a new (paid!) job, I can vouch for the enormous satisfaction you get from doing something to help your community. If you are still in the job market, volunteering is a great way to enhance your skillset and your CV. If you are retired you can help out and enjoy socialising at the same time. All of our wonderful events offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities, from an hour a month to something more substantial. Whether you fancy helping in the Museum, a charity shop, the Food Bank, the Repair Café, a litter-pick, the Tourist Information Centre or any of our other local organisations, get in touch with them, have a go, and enjoy a warm glow of satisfaction that you are helping your town to thrive while having fun at the same time. Annie Vickerstaff Editor

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Kington Tree Warden Update - July 2019

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Juicing Time Again PUBLIC PRESSING EVENTS – held in Place de Marines behind Kington Market Hall on Saturdays 14th September and 26th October from 11am to 3:30pm. Bring your washed apples and clean containers to take home your lovely fresh juice : )

If you have more than 2 or 3 sacks of fruit you will need to borrow the equipment to use at home. But, we will not lend it unless you have been shown how to use the equipment safely usually at one of our public juicing sessions. The new electric Apple Mill is brilliant at producing a fine pulp and the big press is capable of producing gallons of juice under a lot of force. The Pasteurising Urn can preserve up to 13 bottles at a time and we keep a stock of new tamper-free caps. KLEEN provide this service for a suggested donation of £20 + 10p per cap.

Ash Disease Monitoring 4 years ago we saw the first signs of the disease “Chalara” on a couple of trees along Back Brook, today I see 1 in every four young trees are dead and nearly all are showing signs of dieback. Larger trees will probably take longer to succumb and our monitoring scheme (KLASH) is now into its third full year.




This mature former hedgerow tree off Kingswood Road shows rapid canopy thinning but this could be caused by a number of factors, not only Chalara. We will keep watching! There are some positive scientific reports of some unexpected recovery from Europe where the disease had “killed” over 90% of their Ash trees!

Tanglewood Tree Orphanage Ash trees were planted as a new woodland at Tanglewood, just below this Ash tree on Kingswood lane. The ravages of Chalara here are both a tragedy and an opportunity to replant with more diversity of species. And, I have at last found a home for some of the growing number of “orphan” little trees people have given me.

I am pleased to say that Pauline & Frank Mace will be happy to take your “orphans” either to plant in their new wood at Tanglewood and/or find them good permanent homes in the area. Email: mace_pauline@hotmail.com Richie Cotterill - Kington Tree Warden email: kingtontrees@live.co.uk or call 07777 661252 Page 3

Saturday 14 September Kington Show This year's show promises to be a great day out for all the family. It will combine the traditional feel of an agricultural show with horses, cattle and sheep alongside an action-packed programme of entertainment. The show will be held on its usual site at The Ovals Farm, Kington HR5 3LN, close to the Welsh Border in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. After 150 years the show continues to be one of the most popular one day shows in the county and this year will be no exception! In the main ring, excitement will be provided by the thrills and spills of the Stannage International Stunt Team who will perform their daredevil stunts. During the day, the main ring will also host the Grand Parade of livestock, the Interhunt challenge, including a hands-on experi-

ence with the hunt hounds for our younger visitors, trotting races and a vintage vehicle display. Elsewhere on the showground there will be thrilling displays from the Wye Valley Axemen, Corner Exotics, Ferret World Roadshow, Owl World, the Bill Bailey Band, and much more! In the evening, Herefordshire YFC will be hosting an after-show dance. There will be nearly 200 trade stands, including a food and craft marquee, an open dog show, a fun dog show, horticultural classes, a dog scurry, shearing and YFC competitions. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunity to eat and drink during the day at the wide variety of catering stands and the licenced public bar.

Open 9am-6pm, Adults ÂŁ12.50, 10-17 yr olds ÂŁ5.00 and under 10s Free. Dogs on leads are welcome. Parking is free. See www.kingtonshow.co.uk or call 01544 340598 for more information.

Send us your Photographs! For the next issue of the Chronicle we want a page of your photos. If you have pics of a local charitable event, art exhibition, music gig or lovely view, send it in to newshubkington@gmail.com Page 4

Kington Art Society Art at the Oxford Arms Kington Art Society will be holding their autumn exhibition at the Oxford Arms, Duke Street, Kington over the weekend of 21 and 22 September from 12 noon to 6pm. Paintings in a variety of media including watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels, pen and ink and craft work including handmade silk scarves and 3D art, will be available for sale. In addition a selection of quality affordable art is currently for sale at the Oxford Arms and this will continue until the Autumn exhibition.

Art Demonstrations 5th September 2 to 4pm David Bellamy Watercolour Landscape. David specialises in

painting mountain and wild coastal scenes and is particularly fascinated by the moods of nature in the wild places. A full time artist and author, he has written seventeen books illustrated with his paintings and eight DVDs on techniques in watercolour.

17th October 2 to 4pm Ruth Kirkby Watercolour Techniques. Ruth is a gold medal win-

ning botanical artist who trained with the University of Aberystwyth under the excellent tutelage of Moya Davern. Ruth’s work is almost exclusively in watercolour and she paints directly from the real thing, never from photographs. 14th November 2 to 4pm Stuart Roper Drawing Techniques. Stuart was brought up

in Scotland and studied design and illustration in Aberdeen. He is now based in the Welsh borders and works in a variety of media including watercolour, gouache, acrylics and oils. Stuart has exhibited throughout the UK over the past 45 years and has recently had two highly successful solo shows in Oxfordshire. These events are normally restricted to members only, but a limited number of places are available to the public at £5 per head. Kington Art Society meets every Thursday afternoon at Kingswood Village Hall (nr Small Breeds Farm) from 1.30 to 4pm. Membership is £15 per annum New members are welcome. For further information and enquiries please contact Judy Weir on 01544 239124 or email judycaebachhall@gmail.com.

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Welcome to the Kington Town Council Pages for the Autumn Edition of the Kington Chronicle New Council, New Mayor Following the local government elections at the start of May we now have a new Council with a combination of old and new faces (see below). We also have a new Mayor, Bob Widdowson and new priorities which we will outline in detail in a future edition of the Chronicle. Let’s say for now, however, that this session of the Council will have even stronger environmental and social themes than it did before. Our thanks go to Martin Fitton, the outgoing Mayor, for all his hard work and commitment over the past two years – especially in navigating the Neighbourhood Development Plan through many rounds of scrutiny and change. We’re pleased that Martin will be staying on the Council and will continue to bring his unique knowledge and skills to the service of the town. We say goodbye to Jeremy Atkinson and thank him for his service, expertise and sense of humour. Elsewhere in the Chronicle there is a celebration of the life of Christine Forrester. She was a vital part of the Council for many years. We are all deeply saddened by her death and we miss her enormously.

Climate Emergency On 4 March, Kington Town Council became the first in the county and one of the first few in the country, formally and unanimously to declare a Climate Emergency. In addition to raising the profile of the real threat of environmental degradation on all of us, this commits the Council to explore, define and adopt a raft of measures designed to improve the Council and the Town’s environmental sustainability. We’re proud to take this initiative and to be a leader in the county in this vital area for us all. We’ll be consulting extensively on an action plan and updating you via the Chronicle and our website.

Civic Awards 2019 Each year the council gives Civic Awards to those who have contributed hugely to our community. This year we were delighted to give the awards to: Christine Forrester

For her many years of dedicated voluntary involvement in many community initiatives and the cultural life of the town. These include major roles in maintaining local hospital and minor injuries provision, membership of the Ambulance Trust, a leading role in Kington Remembers and, her central role in the Marches Makers’ Festival.

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Pat Roberts

For her dedicated voluntary involvement and contributions to the town. These include the setup and running of the Kington and Weobley Lyndsay Leg Club, running the Kington Food Bank, Secretary to the local Macmillan Cancer Support, volunteering at the St Michael’s Hospice shop, a voluntary driver for Hospital Visits and a giver of home communion to people too ill to get to church.

Grants to local organisations and initiatives In addition to the Civic Awards we also make financial grants to help local initiatives. We do this twice a year and the spring awards were made to the list of institutions and organisations below. If you’d like to apply for a grant, please contact the Town Clerk. •

Kington & Weobley Lyndsay Leg Club

Kington Ladies Hockey Club

Marches Makers Festival

Kington Festival

Kington Chronicle

Kington Walks

Kington Chamber of Trade, Summer Food Festival

New Councillors for this term We hope you will join us in giving a warm welcome to the new Councillors for this four-year term. They are:

Cllr Rowan Griffiths Nine years living and working in Kington as a gardener. Rowan has two children at local primary school and he has always been interested in public service. Member of Planning, Environment, Services & Finance committees

Cllr Jon Cooke 15 years in Kington and an active member of KLEEN. Jon has involvement with coppicing on Bradnor Green, regularly helps at the Repair Café and with the community orchards. He has had an allotment and is a member of the car share scheme. Also volunteers at Spring Greens and Beer on the Wye. Jon works part time as an Outside Broadcast Television engineer, mainly working on televised cricket matches. Has a degree in History and Archaeology and worked for English Heritage for a number of years, including a large conservation project at Wigmore Castle. Qualified yoga teacher. Jon cares passionately about environmental matters and is a member of Extinction Rebellion, with strong views about the imminent danger of climate breakdown. Member of Planning, Environment & Scrutiny committees

Cllr Patrick Edwards Member of Planning & Environment committees.

Cllr Tony Bennett A leading member of the Town Twinning Association. Member of Planning committee. Page 7

Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September Kington Walking Festival Over 35 walks covering all ranges of abilities. The festival brochure is available in many local establishments and at the Tourist Information Centre. Tickets can be bought on our website where full details of all walks are available, as well as at the TIC. Many of the walks are filling up so it is advisable to book as soon as possible! Remember, a substantial part of the walk booking fee goes to the Kington Walks charity and helps us support the local community.

This year’s programme comprises a wide range of walks catering for differing abilities and interests. During 2019 we have been helping the Offa’s Dyke Association celebrate its 50thanniversary and during the festival we will once again be offering a linear walk and several circular walks along the Trail. In addition, we have walks covering geology, moorland restoration, ancient battles, historic orchards, the famous Eight Peaks Challenge (incorporating the Martin Cotterill Shield), and many more subjects all within the glorious landscape that is north west Herefordshire and Radnorshire with sublime views and several pubs along the way. In addition, on Thursday evening, walkers and non-walkers alike can enjoy a convivial evening in the Market Hall where once again Dave and Helen Pickersgill of Weobley Ash will be feeding us at the Tagine Evening and the award-winning Swan Brewery will be supplying the bar. A first for the Festival on Friday as we link up with the Friends of Thomas à Becket Church Huntington and the Friends of St. Mary’s Church Kington to host an evening of fine Welsh voices: The Llandovery Male Voice Choir. You will certainly want to save some energy for Saturday evening as after their sell-out performance last year the Whiskey River Band returns to entertain us with their inimitable brand of Cajun, blues and country music. www.kingtonwalks.org

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Obituary: Christine Forrester Christine Forrester, Kington Town Councillor, sadly died on 7 June after a two year battle with cancer. Born Christine Jennifer Morgan in 1947 in Stanmore, Middlesex, educated at North London Collegiate School and York University, Chris’s working life began as an editorial assistant for MacMillan Press. In 1974, she was elected to Hammersmith and Fulham Council and helped found the Riverside Studios and Lyric Theatre. She then moved to the Shelter Housing Aid Centre (SHAC) researching and campaigning on housing issues. In 1976, she married Neil Forrester, moved to Hampshire and in 1977 gave birth to a son, James. She was soon chairing the village hall committee, overseeing the building of a new hall, was governor of the 6th form college, a member of the district health authority and set up a local housing association. Moving in 1982 to Edinburgh offered her new horizons. As director of a new voluntary action centre in Falkirk she became actively involved in strategic voluntary services in Scotland including chairing Operation Brightwater cleaning up the coasts and rivers of Scotland. She also became active in the new Social Democratic Party and stood for Parliament for the constituency of Linlithgow. Her marriage to Neil ended in 1985. In 1990 she moved to London to marry Bob Widdowson and founded the Globe Centre a new HIV/AIDS centre for the City and East London and subsequently became assistant Director of London Lighthouse. As part of her work there, she visited Russia to investigate issues facing the gay community. As a result of her report on the Russia trip the Charities Aid Foundation offered her consultancy work and so began her freelance career working in the UK and Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgystan, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine,

Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh. As well as raising her son she still found time to develop a new village hall for her community and to found a housing association. Oh, and campaign against oil drilling in the New Forest. Moving to Kington in 1996, while continuing her consultancy work, she set up Herefordshire Community Foundation in 2000 where, after serving on the Board until 2013, she became Honorary Vice President; joined Kington Town Council from 2010, was a Non- Executive Director of Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Trust 2000 – 2008 and founded the Marches Makers Festival in 2018. Chris was never still. She loved history, reading and exploring. She extensively researched her French Huguenot ancestry and pursued her love of art, music and travel. Her last campaign was to fight Brexit. She was a passionate believer in the European ideal and almost to the end was postPage 9

ing her writings to inspire people to share that belief. The cancer was diagnosed two years ago. Rather than hide away Chris openly talked of her journey to overcome the cancer with regular Facebook posts and this in many ways was her greatest campaign. Her openness inspired and was admired by many people. It was a message of hope and love, a message she carried throughout her life. Being Chris, she wrote down her wishes for her funeral service, including decorating St Mary’s Church with EU flags. At the end she wrote this: “Blessed and fortunate. Loved and believing in love. A faith lies behind the work and the life. Despite vicissitudes, I have been very lucky to have experienced wonderful things and being able to do work that I hope has benefitted many people. Finally contented.” Chris leaves her husband, Bob Widdowson, her son James and her grand-daughters, Aurora and Robyn.

Planet B – An open invitation to join the conversation. Are you worried about the amount of plastic in the world? Are you keen to share your thoughts and feelings about how the climate is changing and what we can do about it? Are you curious about ways to make your shopping more environmentally friendly? If so, drop into Planet B at 47 High Street for a friendly chat about these and any other related topics of interest to you. We are open each Saturday from 10am-12noon for inclusive discussions about our relationships with our planet and the places we love. It doesn’t matter if you are completely new to all of this or have been doing stuff for years. Everyone’s thoughts, feelings and opinions are respected. And, of course, there’s free ethical teas and coffee. We look forward to seeing you at Planet B! Tam, Nigel and the Planet B team. Page 10

24 & 25 August Bog Snorkelling World Championships On Saturday we have the challenging Bog Triathlon, or the Mini Triathlon, and on Sunday it’s the world-famous Bog Snorkelling Championships. The Bog arena will include local crafts and charities, local food stalls, bouncy castle and a bar with live music where you will be able to sample a pint of “Boggled” from the Heart of Wales Brewery. Described in Lonely Planet as one of the top 50 "must do" things from around the world, the World Bog Snorkelling Championship now attracts around 150 competitors each year. Our infamous event takes place annually on August Bank Holiday at the Waen Rhydd peat bog, on the outskirts of Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys, MidWales. The current champion and world record holder is Neil Rutter with a time of 1 min 18.82 secs. One of the more popular categories is the Fancy Dress Section with awards for the best costumes. Of the many entrants over the years a pantomime horse was probably the most difficult to snorkel in and a man with an ironing board (competing for another eccentric world event, “Extreme Ironing”) comes a close second.

was “one of the most difficult challenges” attempted by Iwan Thomas, Gareth Thomas, Donovan Bailey and James Toseland for their BBC programme of events around the World shown at Easter 2016. Previous famous snorkellers include Warwick Davies, Paddy McGuinness, Griff Rhys-Jones, and Ingrid Tarrant. We’ve also been visited by America’s CBS, Australia’s Active TV, Graham Norton’s So TV and many more.

Whilst you’re on the bog… The World Bog Snorkelling Championships is a truly international event attracting competitors from all parts of the globe. The event has seen entries from Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Canada, USA, Spain, Japan and of course Wales. And the celebrities and media just can’t keep away. Mike Bushell previously attempted an hour of bog snorkelling for Sport Relief and in 2016 it

Why not try the unique World Bog Snorkelling Triathlon? The main event includes an 8-mile run, followed by a 60-yard bog snorkel, finishing with a 12-mile mountain bike ride. Both run and ride are over all types of terrain. You can enter as an individual or a relay team of 3, each doing one discipline. Trophies are awarded for both categories. In 2014 we introduced a "Bite Size" Triathlon, ideal for junior competitors or the not so hardened Page 11

athletes, with a 3-mile run, 60-yard bog snorkel and 6-mile mountain bike ride. Our sister organisation, the World Alternative Games, will be putting on some of their events alongside us at the bog site. Come along and try your hand at Mountain Bike Bog Cycling, Belly Flopping, Wife Carrying, Husband Dragging and Ditch Racing, all taking part on the bog site over the August Bank Holiday weekend. www.greenevents.co.uk

Sponsored Bog Snorkel Your very own editor, Annie Vickerstaff, is taking part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships to raise money for Spana, a charity that supports working animals and the families who depend on them. In order to make a complete ass of herself she will be dressed as a donkey. Annie is now on an intensive training programme to get bog-fit, mainly consisting of eating cake and drinking beer. The organisers have kindly offered some tips: “Fill a large bowl with cold soup, possibly Mulligatawny, then put on your mask and snorkel before placing face in the soup and breathing through the tube for a few minutes whilst someone brushes your face with leaves.� https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anniebogsnorkelspana www.spana.org

Brilley Events

Road Closure: Bridge Street From 5 August and expected to last 5 days. C1072, Bridge Street, Kington, temporary road closure order to prohibit use by vehicles between No. 45 and no. 49 grid ref 329841/256561. Alternative route via Duke Street onto Victoria Road onto the A44 to Headbrook and vice versa. Closure is required due to new gas connection works. www.herefordshire.gov.uk/contactus

Flicks in the Sticks Our films start again on 5th September at 7.30pm and the first Thursday in the month thereafter. The September film is Fishermen's Friends: Ten fisherman from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties. 3 October: The Favourite. 7 November: Green Book.

We also have a live event on 3rd November: Mountain Music performed by Little Bulb Theatre. When pioneers from the British Isles came to settle in the Appalachian Mountains they brought with them songs from "the old country" which took on a new life amidst the new land. Award winning Little Bulb Theatre weave a tapestry both historical and fantastical in an unforgettable evening of story and song. Page 12

Kington Twinning Association 40th Anniversary Visit On the 24th May 2019, 20 members of the Kington-Marines Twinning Association arrived in Kington's twin town of Marines for a 4 day visit. Exchanges take place annually; one year we go to Marines and the next year we host our French visitors in Kington. People stay with ordinary families and take part in events and visits paid for by the twinning associations. Marines is a small town of 3,500 inhabitants similar to Kington. It lies on the edge of the beautiful Vexin forest 30 miles north west of Paris. Kington and Marines have been twinned for 40 years and this year’s exchange was a celebration of our long friendship. In Marines the streets were decorated by strings of French and British Flags.

welcomed us on behalf of the town and presented us with a clock to symbolise our long friendship. We then planted a French tree in the twinning garden alongside 5 English roses, which were a gift from the Kington Twinning Association. We also presented a beautiful photo of our town for the people of Marines from the people of Kington. This was the idea of Councillor and Twinning Association member Christine Forrester who donated the funds for and commissioned the photo from Ritchie Cotterill before she sadly died in June. Everyone loved it and it now hangs in the Mairie for all of Marines to enjoy.

We look forward to the exchange visit from Marines to Kington in May 2020. The Twinning is open to all who live in Kington and the surrounding area, for more information email twinningkington79@gmail.com

The Mayor of Marines, Nadine Ninot, formally

Macmillan Coffee Morning Friday 30 August 10am to 12noon. Kington Trefoil Guild is holding its annual Macmillan Coffee morning at Shelia Diggory`s house, 40 Headbrook, Kington. We would love to see as many of you as possible to share coffee and biscuits with us. Sit and chat with friends and treat yourself to some home produce goods which will be on sale. Last year we made over ÂŁ500; it would be great to meet the same target if not more. So put the date in your diary and receive a very warm welcome from your local Trefoil Guild. Thank you in anticipation. Nancy Wheatland Chair Kington Trefoil Guild. Page 13

Kington Food Bank

New Kington Lions

The Kington Food Bank is open every Friday from 2 – 3pm at the Old Police Station. Vouchers to use the food bank are available from various health care professionals, social services, DASH, Housing Association, Probation Team, Local welfare provision, Mental Health Support, local clergy and local schools.

This group was founded in July 2018. In that short time we have assisted Kington Fire Service on Bonfire Night, hosted a Hallowe’en Disco, helped Father Christmas at the Christmas Food Fair, organised the Eight Peaks Challenge in aid of pancreatic Cancer UK raising over £400 in memory of Martin Cotterill and much more.

We have a small team of volunteers and food is donated from the various churches in the area. We would like to thank everybody who has donated food or money. If you would like to donate food, toiletries etc they can be dropped off on Friday mornings at the Baptist Church, Bridge Street between 10 and 11am. For further information please contact Pat Roberts: 01544 231000.

Future events include a 70’s disco, an afternoon tea party, and maybe a Family Fun Day as well as a May 4th Star Wars special event.

Community Shop After 10 years of dedicated voluntary work keeping the Community Shop going, Rita & Ron Langford are retiring in October. We want to collect short statements of appreciation (including a photo or logo) from the many groups who have benefitted from fundraising in the shop. We hope to give these to Rita and Ron, in a folder, as a memento and a thank you from all of us. Please hand these in at the shop or email: kingtoncommunityshop@outlook.com

Community Lunch Come and enjoy a tasty lunch and some good company. The Community Lunch is held in the Parish House every two weeks at 12.30 on 7 & 21 August; 4 & 18 September; 2 & 16 October. Cost is a very reasonable £4 for lunch with pudding and including tea or coffee. All welcome. If anybody needs transport please call Anne Titley 01544 230632.

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If you are interested in being a new Kington Lion, then we meet at The Burton Hotel in Kington every other Wednesday evening at 7pm. The next meeting is Wednesday 14 August. We are a very happy group of ordinary people (6 women and 6 men) raising money for local causes whilst having fun. For more information contact Tony Collier at collier13@btinternet.com

Kington Tourist Information August 10: Titley Village Féte & Dog Show 2pm August 17 & 18: Kington Vintage Rally August 30: Macmillan Coffee Morning, Trefoil Guild September 5: Brilley: Flicks in the Sticks September 14: Kington Horse Show & Agricultural Society September 19 to 22: Kington Walking Festival September 20: Concert: Llandovery MV Choir, St Mary’s Church, Kington October 14: Hergest Croft Gardens Autumn Fair November 3: Brilley: Mountain Music theatre event Every Friday: Kington local produce & crafts market, Market Hall 9am-1pm and Country Market at the Baptist Church Hall 9am-12pm

Zero Carbon Kington & The Great Collaboration The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report in 2018 drew attention to the critical extent of global warming and prompted worldwide action amongst active groups. Extinction Rebellion (XR) and student strike demonstrations have driven a new wave of awareness and concern. On 4 March 2019 Kington Town Council declared a Climate Emergency and within a week Hereford Council also declared. Since then over a hundred more Councils across the UK have followed and so has our UK Parliament along with Councils and governments in countries all around the world. The Zero Carbon Kington (ZCK) working group has been formed to take forward our Council’s noble aspiration into practical actions. 5 members of Kington Town Council’s Environment Committee are working with Kington Local Energy and Environment Network (KLEEN) and Kington XR to clarify what the most effective ideas might be. By the time you read this we will have held the first Great Collaboration event in Kington (29 July) providing education on climate change and reduction approaches for all Councillors, including those from our neighbouring Parishes. Led by The Herefordshire Green Network (HGN) this workshop will be run with the other Market Towns and the County Council. The aim is to help understand the implications of climate change, potential methods to restrict CO2 emissions and reduce our Carbon Footprints.

What Can You Do? Put your money where your mouth is! One really effective action you can take right now is to switch to a truly renewable energy supplier such as Ecotricity or Good Energy. These Green energy companies invest our money in wind and solar generation. We may not have our own wind turbines for Kington but this is the next best thing!

Huntington Events Friday 11th October at 7.30 Restoring Our Rivers By Any Means Necessary! Talk by Kate Speke-Adams, St Thomas à Becket Church. Kate’s talk will explain the broad range of work undertaken by the Wye & Usk Foundation and describe how the Foundation seeks to address specific pressures on our rivers: access to spawning grounds for migratory fish, habitat conditions including gravel supplies for fish spawning, bankside protection, eradication of non-native invasive species, water quality including the impact of pesticides on drinking water supplies & phosphate levels causing eutrophication and water quantity, both high and low flows and the implication for residents of the river and the county. To buy tickets: www.huntingtonchurch.co.uk/products

Saturday 13 October New Radnor Music Presents: From Bach to Buenos Aires Adam Khan: guitar; Julian Rowlands: bandoneon. The Khan Rowlands duo perform music ranging from the renaissance and baroque to contemporary compositions by English, Welsh and Latin American composers, as well as the major works for duo of the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola and other tango classics. New Radnor Community Hall, Hall Lane, New Radnor LD8 2SW. Tickets £12 (under 14s £3). 01544 350268/231732 www.newradnor.net

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August Kington Vintage Club We are looking for volunteers to help out with car parking on this years' Show days. Please email kingtonvintage@yahoo.co.uk if you are able to help. Page 15

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Kington Chronicle Autumn 2019  

Local news publication for Kington, Herefordshire. Published quarterly at the beginning of February, May, August and November. Contact newsh...

Kington Chronicle Autumn 2019  

Local news publication for Kington, Herefordshire. Published quarterly at the beginning of February, May, August and November. Contact newsh...