SMAAAK News for December

SMAAAK was established in 2013 to raise funds for the restoration and improvement of our beautiful Our Parish Church. Since its inception, SMAAK has raised close to over £35,000, which has been spent on various improvement. Peter King, Chair of the Kingsland Church Fabric Committee and SMAAAK Trustee, now looks ahead to the next stage of this exciting project.

“Kingsland’s 12th Century Church of St.Michael & All Angels, is a Grade 1 Listed building, and situated at the very heart of our lovely village. As such it takes a great deal of time and money to keep this magnificent building open not just for Church services, but also many other gatherings such as h.Art, Remi Harris, Pop Up  Opera.

Some years ago the Church started a major program of works, in particular the re-roofing. Time never stands still, and once again the Church needs to undertake further major works if we are to bequeath this superb building to future generations. The north aisle now needs re-roofing, the medieval stained glass windows are in very poor condition, the interior requires a complete redecoration, a disabled toilet and kitchen needed, and heating and lighting updates also required, amongst many other detailed improvements.

The estimated cost will be in the region of £400,000 to £450,000 and the Church Council has decided to begin the complicated process of applying for a Heritage Lottery grant. If we are successful, we will need to raise a proportion of the funds ourselves, typically around 10%. Apart from our own congregation, the Church receives no financial help at all other than the non-religious charity, SMAAAK. SMAAAK raises funds for the fabric of the Church and has been a wonderful help in very difficult times. We would ask everyone to support their activities in the knowledge that not only are you helping the Church building survive, but having a very amusing and happy time whilst doing it!

We do hope that the village will help support us in this ambitious program, whether Church goers or not, so that this remarkable building can continue to play a vital part in Kingsland’s daily life”.

THIS MONTH DON’T MISS!

The Churchfitters’ ‘Christmas Cracker’ Sunday 10 December  7.30pm in the Kingsland Coronation Hall. Tickets £12, £5 under 16s available in person from Kingsland Post Office,   on-line at www.arts.alive.co.uk or T: 01568 709579

We look forward to seeing you there!

David Thompson, Chair SMAAAK

SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383

SMAAAK News for November 2017

Round up…. 

September and October have been busy months for SMAAAK. We are pleased to report that the wonderful Remi Harris Trio gig raised a tad under £1100. And attracting over 1000 visitors, and numerous compliments, h.Art 2017 sales realised £3071 commission donated to the Church Fabric Fund to which we must add Gift Aid. We are awaiting final figures for the superb Arcadia Music Festival, which took place on 7 October.

Our thanks to Rev Julie Read, the Church Wardens and Volunteers who have worked with and, often, around us (!) on all three events and of course, to Markhams Garage and The Corners Inn for their generous sponsorship and raffle prizes. Finally to the wonderful artists who make every event a “must see”.

The next SMAAAK event is the eccentric Churchfitters’ romp of a ‘Christmas Cracker’ on Sunday 10 December at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall.

What is it about? I hear you ask…. try this!

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hacksaw blades.

Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs interlaced with traditional and new festive songs, Christmas carols and terrible jokes, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang!

Tickets £12, £5 under 16s available in person from Kingsland Post Office,  on-line at www.arts.alive.co.uk or T: 01568 709579

We look forward to seeing you there!

David Thompson, Chair SMAAAK

SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383

Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars – Please Support our Kingsland Nominees!

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE RURAL OSCARS

Kingsland Post Office and The Angel Inn (HR6 9QS) have both been nominated for this year’s Rural Oscars in their respective categories.

If you would like to support these key village businesses please go on line at www.countryside-alliance.org/caawards and further nominate them stating the reasons why you value their contribution to rural life.

Nominations close on Friday 13th November 2017

Thank you for your support!

Village Diary empty – apologies!

We seem to have a glitch with the Village Diary and Events aren’t showing. We’ll try to get it sorted out as soon as possible.

You can still see what’s coming up on the right of the home page under ‘Latest Planning Application’ and if you click the event you can see the details.

Sally

Latest SMAAAK News

Round up…. 

As we write, Kingsland h.Art is attracting record numbers of visitors to the Church, which played host to 32 of Herefordshire’s most talented artists.  We will report back on final sales figures (of which 25% commission goes to the Church fabric fund) in the October newsletter… so watch this space.

Arcadia Music Festival  5 – 8 October

SMAAAK’s live events programme continues with the Arcadia Music Festival in the lovely Churches of Leintwardine, Kingsland and Downton.

This year’s Festival,  A Very French Affair , features work by Debussy, Ravel, Saint Saëns, and the less well known Albert Roussel. It also has complementary works by Beethoven and Eleanor Alberga, as well as talks on French music by world authority Roger Nichols and harp by virtuoso Hugh Webb. The talks are hosted by Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan.

The Kingsland Arcadia programme on Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm in Kingsland Church is

Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute
Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Alberga: String Quartet no 1 (1993)
Beethoven: String Quartet op 74 ‘The Harp’
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet

For the full programme visit www.arcadiamusic.org.uk

Tickets at £15 for one, £25 for two or £35 for three concerts are available online from www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Kingsland Village Shop  or  T: 01547 540762.  Our thanks go to Emma and Terence at The Corners Inn who have generously donated two £25 meal vouchers for the prize raffle.

Finally, a plug for our Christmas offering, the wonderful Churchfitters’  ‘Christmas Cracker’ on Sunday 10 December at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall

We look forward to seeing you there!

David Thompson Chair SMAAAK

SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383