This page lists clubs, organisations and regular activities in Kingsland. Just click the name to see more details.
Club and Activity organisers – please keep us up to date with what’s happening and any changes. Just send details via the Contact Us page. Similarly, if your club, organisation or activity isn’t listed please send us details. Thanks!
Air Gun Club
The Air Gun Club meets on Tuesday Evenings at the Luctonians Rugby Club 8.00 to 10.00pm.
Season runs from May to September
For more details and planned meeting dates, please contact the secretary: Mr. John Tedstone Tel 01568 708555
KINGSLAND CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Captain of Ringers: Martin Harrisson
Tel: 01568 708857
Latest News! – Come and learn to ring!
Message from the Bellringers
Part of the magic of living in an English village such as this is the sound of the church bells. We ring them for Sunday Service, to celebrate the joy of weddings and village festivals and sadly when loved ones are laid to rest.
We ring because it is enjoyable, interesting and fun!
However, we have reached a point where we need more ringers. Some ringers have moved away and probably ring elsewhere, some have retired and some have died. This is life but it leaves us very short. There are only two active ringers registered for Kingsland and Aymestrey sadly has none
Bellringing is an enjoyable activity and can be learnt from ages 8 – 80+; so why not join us and learn to ring? Beginning in September this year a five week course of 10 lessons (two a week) will be held at Kingsland and Eardisland so join us and book your place now. The cost of £25 for the full course will be made. (On average £2.50 a lesson is excellent value)
Call Pat on 01544 340295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you hear us ringing on a Monday evening, do come and see what we are doing and have a chat. You are most welcome!
The Kingsland Church Bell Ringers exist to ring the fine ring of eight bells at St Michael and All Angels, Kingsland, Herefordshire see details of the bells here. The bells are rung for Service on Sunday mornings and for other services and special occasions by request. There is a great tradition of ringers visiting other towers so we often welcome ringers from other parts of the country.
We are always looking to teach new ringers the ancient art and ‘exercise’ of change ringing as our numbers are few. There is a long, continuous tradition of ringing in our village, but there is a danger that the bells will not be rung in the future, as we rely on many ringers who live outside the village and have commitments to other towers. Too many of our ringers are well over 60 years old but you can start learning at 8 years! Who needs to go to the gym?
We have a practice night on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm, where visitors are always made welcome. So do come along and we will ‘show you the ropes’ and much more! Several of our ringers also ring at Eardisland before they ring at Kingsland on a Sunday.
We have about six members in the band, who are all members of the Hereford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Reg Summers, who was Captain of Ringers for many years and responsible for the re-hanging of the bells in 1979, still rings the bells.
Two of our ringers also belong to a hand bell team, ‘Border Bells’, who practice regularly in the village.
We are a mixed club and open to anyone in the village or surrounding area. The current strong membership covers ages from as young as 12 years to those over 80 years (who are still regularly playing bowls). The sport of bowls is a very ‘sociable’ game and can be played by the fit and the ‘not-so-fit’ , as it mostly involves gentle walking up and down the green. If you live in the village or surrounding areas perhaps you would like to consider joining us? Our main ‘club night’ is on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 pm and if you turn up you will be assured of a warm welcome.
The bowling ‘season’ starts in mid-April and ends in mid-September. During this time we play in the region of 50 games against other clubs in the county, and also in neighbouring counties in both England and Wales. The club also has a variety of internal leagues and one-day competitions. For the last 15 years we have enjoyed an annual bowling tour.
Our club also holds an annual ‘Summer Event’ in July. In October we hold our Annual Dinner Dance ” Presentation Evening” where cups and trophies are handed out to the competition winners. This is followed in early December with a Christmas Bingo evening at the Coronation Hall with lovely Christmas Hampers all provided by club members.
In the ‘closed season’ we continue to meet approximately twice a month from October to March and hold quizzes, social evenings, ‘Soup and Pudding’ evenings etc. Anyone may become a Social Member of the club and join in these events even if they do not wish to play bowls. Please give us a call if you would like to know more about Kingsland Bowling Club. Our website is here.
Chairman: Mr Robert Parker Morgan : Club Secretary: Susanna Checketts O1568 770546
Petanque, or boules as the French call it, is played at pubs and leisure centres throughout Herefordshire. It is fun and easy to pick up, a bit like bowls, except the boules (balls) have no bias. There is a team, based at The Mortimers Cross Inn, Mortimer’s Cross, who welcome new players, even if you are a complete beginner and would like to learn how to play. One of our team has been playing less than a year.
For those of you who do not know the game, petanque is played between 2 teams on a gravel playing surface with steel balls (boules) roughly the size of a cricket ball. The aim of the game is to get more of your boules closer to a small wooded ‘jack’ or ‘cosh’ than your opponents. Matches are played between teams of a minimum of 6 (4 in winter) and comprise two singles games, two doubles and two trebles. Not surprisingly, a match is won by winning the most games.
Our team plays in a league against other teams that are based throughout Herefordshire – which means that in any season, we get to visit some really nice pubs we might not otherwise try out. In the summer, matches are on Wednesday evenings, in the winter on Sunday mornings.
We currently have 8 regular players, which is just about enough provided not too many people are doing other things at the same time – but we would love to welcome some new members. The team has a policy that if you turn up for a match, you get a game, so no-one is left just watching. Most of us live in Aymestrey, but that’s just the way it is at present – there is no residence requirement!
If you would like to know more, do give our Captain Paul Blake a ring on 07870 391953.
Latest News September 2014
The Angel’s petanque team have had a pretty successful second half to the season. We have played 14 matches with 9 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, putting us joint first in our league. With 2 more matches, both away, to go it could be a nail-biting end to the season, because two of our players are about to go on holiday, another works shifts meaning everyone else needs to be available to play . . .
Petanque is a sociable and fun game. We have had one new member this season, and welcome others. If you are interested in playing (no experience is necessary), please give our Captain Paul Blake a ring on 07870 391953. Once the winter season starts in October, we will be playing matches on Sunday mornings.
We are a friendly, informal Bridge Club who meet on the first and third Wednesdays of every month – with some variations depending on the month, public holidays etc..
We meet at 7.00pm at the old Coffee Shop behind the Post Office (entrance at the side).
Please phone Jean Barbour for further details and to check exact meeting dates – Telephone 01568 708201
Kingsland has a branch of the Royal British Legion which is open to all ex-Service personnel, their dependents and anyone interested in the aims and objectives of the Legion.
We usually meet on the first Monday of each month at the Corners Inn, Kingsland.
To go to Girlguiding Herefordshire, click here
To go to the National Brownies web site, click here
To go to the National Girlguiding web, click here.
The Church Choir at St Michael & All Angels
Contact David Noon, Choirmaster Tel: 01568 708672
Two super photos of the Victorian Entertainment Evening by the Church Choir held at the Coronation Hall in February 2010
Photos © Micha Noordegraaf
Nestled behind the Methodist Church in Kingsland a new community eco garden is taking shape. It is being created through a partnership between the Church, local residents and Age UK’s Greenagers gardening project.
Would you like a vegetable garden but don’t have any garden, or room in your garden for vegetables? Do you have a little time to work with others to help them ‘grow their own’? Are you a novice and would like some ideas? Are you a parent with young children and would like to get out and encourage them to eat well? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, come and join us! The initiative is in partnership with Greenagers – a project funded through Age Concern to encourage all ages to work together for their own and community benefit. Greenagers is part of the Fit as a Fiddle Age UK and Big Lottery project.
Earlier this year (2012) posters were tentatively placed around the village to see if there was any interest in the idea of a community allotment, and we are pleased to say that in April a constitution was agreed and a lease agreement signed with the Methodist Church to enable the project to get underway.
Part of the garden will be designed and managed by Kingsland School, the garden perimeter will be planted with bee friendly plants. On Monday 3rd September 2012 staff from the B&Q Leominster store came to lend a hand getting the garden sorted out. They built raised beds, set up water butts and helped with all the jobs to get the garden ready for everyone to use and enjoy. Right from the start Sianah and the rest of the staff at B&Q have been really great, helping us choose the right equipment and making sure it all got delivered on site.
There are well established raspberry canes to take advantage of and an array of cordoned fruit trees already in place.
If you would like to get involved in anyway, digging, planting, giving us some spare plants, please contact Jenny Bartlett or Reverend Deanne Evans 01568 613339
Meetings and working parties will be advertised on the village notice board and at the Chapel – please come and join us. If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.
The Reverend Deanne Evans is keen to see even more people, both young and old, get involved in the garden. So if you have a few moments to spare, or you just want to come and see how we are doing, why not pop down to the garden?
Now spring is here and we have light evenings, why not head outdoors to try and improve your fitness? Croft Ambrey Running Club are setting up a new group for beginners who are trying to get fit enough to run 5k or those who already run a bit and are looking to improve their fitness and speed before joining the running club.
They are meeting 7pm every Tuesday evening at Luctonians Rugby Club in Kingsland starting on May 3rd. It will cost £3 per session with the sessions on May 3rd and May 10th being free taster sessions. Minimum age is 12 years old but under 16s must be accompanied by a participating parent.
Sessions will be run by one of Croft Ambrey Running Club coaches Mark Paviour. For more information he can be contacted by email on email@example.com or by calling 07966 580812
More experienced runners may like to join in one of the clubs training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm. Meet at Croft Castle car park and train on Bircher Common.
For more information about Croft Ambrey Running Club please visit the website: www.croftambreyrunningclub.co.uk
We’re a friendly club, keen to welcome new members!
- It’s a fun sociable sport
- A sport for all ages and levels of physical activity
- You can learn the basics in 15 minutes
- We provide all the equipment you need
Come and try it any Tuesday 1030 – 1200
Where to find us….
We’re part of the Luctonians Club at Mortimer Park, by the Cricket pavilion
LATEST NEWS – APRIL 2017
But first, some facts…..
As one of the oldest recreational sports in England, croquet has grown to become a popular niche sport in the United States, Australia, South Africa and Canada. Though it may seem like an easy game, the mental clarity, focus and precision required to be successful might surprise you. And the social, health and fitness benefits are tremendous, too!
Now the advert!
Luctonians small but perfectly formed Croquet Club start playing on Tuesday 2 May at Luctonian’s Mortimer Park.
Sessions start at 10am. No equipment necessary except for sensible footwear!
Interested? Phone: Jim or Dee on T: 01568 709579
KINGSLAND CUB SCOUTS — can now take Boys & Girls aged 7 ½
During the last Scout year we have completed lots of badges, taken part in District events and been camping
This year is the 100 Birthday of Cub Scouts and there are a lot of things planned for the year.
We have just attended a sleepover at the Odeon Cinema in Hereford where we saw The Jungle book and The Good Dinosaur. This was a District event which nearly 300 Cubs attended.
Please contact:- Karen Jones 01432 760 591 or email from here
Kingsland Cub Scouts meet during term time at Kingsland School on a Monday evening 6 – 7.30pm.
For more information please ring 01432 760 591
Emily Bantham-Jones (an ex Kingsland Cub Scout) was fortunate to meet the Chief Scout Bear Grylls during a Scout activity called Operation Bald Eagle atBredon Hill Middle School, Ashton Under Hill, Evesham on Saturday 6th October 2012.
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To go to the National web site for the cubs, click here.
Kingsland Flower Show 2017
The Show day started with heavy rain but this did not deter people from bringing in their entries. Initially, it appeared that the entries were much lighter this year but, having done an analysis, we found that although some Classes were up and others down overall there was much the same number of entries as last year.
By the time the Show doors opened, the weather had much improved but this was not reflected in the numbers visiting during the afternoon. We are usually fairly packed around the Hall and in the tea room but it was distinctly quieter this year.
The cups and prizes, presented this year by Mrs Anne Roberts, were once again keenly contested. A number of the usual suspects were successful, but it was also good to see a few new names and village newcomers featuring amongst the prizes list, which is detailed below.
The Garden Stall, with some excellent quality plants, again proved popular and grateful thanks are due to those who donated items for this part of the Show.
Thank you to all who submitted entries, judged, visited the Show, bought raffle tickets, partook of tea and cake, gave prizes and donations, because without your support it would not have been possible.
The Show has become a regular Summer feature of the village and it is a good opportunity for people to get together and display their horticultural, art and catering skills. If you did not enter or visit, you do not appreciate what you have missed and you are earnestly encouraged to support next year’s Show. The date for next year’s Show will be confirmed at the AGM in January 2018, so with adequate notice there is no excuse for not being a part of it.
Last, but not least, I take this opportunity to thank the members of the Committee and the many other volunteer helpers for working so hard and putting their time into ensuring the Show ran so well.
Congratulations to all the Cup and Prize winners below!
|Cups and Prizes||Winner|
|Silver Challenge Cup (highest show points total)||Sarah Sharp-Smith|
|FH Webster Cup||Philip Bright|
|Produce Association Cup||Trish Morgan|
|Garden Produce Cup||Philip Bright|
|Kingsland Challenge Cup||Chris Southgate|
|Floral Produce Association Cup||Sarah Sharp-Smith|
|Len Clarke Memorial Cup||Philip Bright|
|Reg Mayall Cup||Heather Morris|
|Priday Novice Floral Cup||Carol Davies|
|Lugg Cookery Challenge Cup||Sally Deakin|
|Vera Lloyd Cup||Heather Morris|
|Southgate Wine Challenge Cup||Chris Southgate|
|Kingsland Wine Cup||Stephen Sawyers|
|Handicrafts Challenge Cup||Christine Bean|
|Ron Crow Cup||Caroline Southgate + Duncan Mapp + Sorrel Derricott|
|Cecily Sash Cup||Christine Bean|
|Judith Barker Challenge Cup||Huw Davies|
|Lady Alethea’s Cup (5 and under)||Lottie Stokes +Bella Parker-Morgan|
|Lady Alethea's Cup (9 and under)||Kezia Bernard + Oliver Stokes|
|Lady Alethea's Cup (15 and under)||Fran Wictome|
|Junior Challenge Cup||Kezia Bernard|
|Edna Pugh Cup||Fran Wictome|
|John Bufton’s Prize||Philip Bright|
|John Tedstone’s Prize||(No Entries)|
|President’s Prize||Sarah Sharp-Smith|
|Brightwell’s Prize||John Tedstone|
|Committee’s Prize||Richard Bayliss|
The show date for 2017 is Saturday 5th August.
The format of the show has changed over time and now comprises sections for the competitive display of flowers, vegetables, wines and home made produce, both in adult and children’s classes.
The Show takes a considerable amount of organising and most of this falls upon a small Committee, which is elected annually at an AGM. Everyone is welcome to come along with ideas, to volunteer to help or join our committee.
The committee is extremely grateful to all those businesses and individuals who sponsor the Show.
The Kingsland Flower Shows are extremely successful; however, any suggestions for different Classes or other features to provide variety to the Show are always welcome. It is not only flowers ! Therefore, if you have any ideas, please let one of the Committee know because any input from the Village is always appreciated.
The new composition of the 2016 Committee is as follows:
|Caroline Southgate||General Secretary|
|Sally Deakin||Meetings Secretary|
|Jean Barbour||Committee Member|
|Trish Crow||Committee Member|
|Carol Davies||Committee Member|
|Nicola Harwood||Committee Member|
|Mary Cook||Committee Member|
|Emma Payen||Committee Member|
|Jenny Thompson||Committee Member|
|Heather Pickering||Committee Member|
|Christine Smallwood||Committee member|
|Chris Gwilliam||Committee Member|
If you have any questions about the Show, please contact the General Secretary – Caroline Southgate (708010) or the Treasurer – Janet Vaughan (708760) or any other member of the Committee.
Kingsland Flower Show Committee (25.4.2016)
The Show has become a regular feature of the village and it is a good opportunity for people to get together and display their horticultural, art and catering skills. If you did not enter or visit, you do not appreciate what you have missed and you are earnestly encouraged to support next year’s Show. The date for next year’s Show will be confirmed at the AGM in January 2017, so with adequate notice there is no excuse for not being a part of it.
Last, but not least, I take this opportunity to thank the members of the Committee and the many other volunteer helpers for working so hard and putting their time into ensuring the Show ran so well.
We raised £1,400 from the Morrison collections. Very special thanks to everyone involved, especially Linda our Treasurer for all the counting!
At a recent meeting of the group, the treasurer reported that since the group was first formed in 1992 by Mrs Bridget Eastaugh, £88,450 had been raised. Mrs Eastaugh has recently retired as Chairman after an amazing 25 years in office.
On Thursday and Friday of next week ( 30th and 31 st March ), members will be outside Morrison’s Supermarket collecting for the hospice.
Please note that The Friends of the Hospice are always looking for volunteers to help with any events. We welcome anyone willing to give up a little of their time, young people especially. If you would like to join the Friends or help them please contact the Chairperson Jean Barbour on 07866 418488 or the Secretary Lorna Noon on 01568 708672. Thank you.
See also St. Michael’s Hospice’s own web site here.
Registered charity number 511179
Kingsland Amateur Theatrical Society has been resting for the last few years but are now helping produce the Kingsland Variety Show for November 2016. All the news and information on this can be found in Latest News here.
If you’d like to help up front or back stage please contact Richard Bayliss on 01568 707302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingsland Ladies’ Rounders Team – another successful year in 2015!
Kingsland Ladies’ season started well with the team winning a national competition. The team was selected by Aresson, one of the leading rounders’ equipment suppliers, to become one of their three ‘Team Aresson’ squads. Aresson supplied us with £400 worth of equipment, which has been well used this season.
With three new teams in the league this year, the matches have been very competitive. Six new players have joined our team, some who haven’t played rounders for years. They joined our experienced players who soon showed them the ropes and helped them settle into the game of rounders. Everyone has played extremely well this year, resulting in the team coming third in the league. Well done to Orleton Ladies who retained their title.
A few thank yous……
- to Aresson for our new equipment;
- to all of our sponsors who funded our league entry and insurance this year;
- to Sue Paget for inspiring the team with her great sportsmanship and sense of humour;
- to the rest of the Paget family who turn out week after week, rain or shine, always supportive;
- to our friends and supporters who come to cheer us on every week;
- to our 15 players who have given their all this year. Their enthusiasm and commitment to the team hasn’t wavered and they are a pleasure to play alongside. Their cake-making skills are second-to-none too!!
As if our year wasn’t busy enough, we still found time to fit in a World Record attempt. Kingsland Ladies participated in the record attempt for the most players in a rounders’ match, which took place in Southampton in August. A great event and the World Record was achieved!
What a year – we have packed so much in! We are a friendly group of ladies who have fun and keep fit at the same time. If you’d like to join us, look out for the pink shirts training on Wednesdays at the Luctonians from April next year. Come along and have some fun!
For more information please contact the Captain – Sandra Beaumont-Pike email@example.com
All welcome to take part 14 +
Please visit their website here for information on rugby, cricket, ladies netball and rounders plus other sports clubs they host at Mortimer Park, Kingsland.
APRIL 2017 NEWS
There are PIlates classes by Dawn Arkell every Monday evening 6.30-7.30 at the Coronation Hall. Please see Dawn’s website for more information: https://dawnarkellpilates.wordpress.com/
SMAAAK is part of a charity set up in 2013 to raise funds for the restoration and improvement of Kingsland’s beautiful Grade 1 listed parish church; and to promote a diverse programme of complementary art and live entertainment events.
Last year, our programme included events ranging from jazz with Christina Tobin, classical violin performed by Thomas Bowes, musical theatre with The Harmonettes, The Company of Heaven fine art exhibition and Betty’s Bingo.
SMAAAK members are entitled to a 10 per cent discount on all live events.
For more about SMAAAK, its membership and future events, please click here. Alternatively, please contact Danuta or Jim on 01568 709579.
You can read the Minutes from our October 2014 AGM by clicking here.
The Friends of St Michaels & All Angels Trustees
Never underestimate the healing power of Teddy!
We are a small charity collecting and sending around 20,000 teddies and other soft furry animals to traumatised and abused children around the world every year. Working with other charities, our teddies bring comfort and healing to suffering children who have been sexually abused, abandoned or have witnessed the horrors of war.
We have recently sent 11,000 teddies and soft cuddly animals to children in Syria. These teddies will be administered by the Syria Relief and Development organisation, and given to children around the country where aid can still be sent. Last year we sent over 12,500 teddies through the SRD and know, from experience, that the teddies have brought great comfort to children suffering the horrors of the war in Syria. We have also recently sent teddies to children cared for by a charity in Romania who have been trafficked and more are being sent to children in Kurdistan who are in refugee camps and have lived through the horrors of Isis.
Please ensure that teddies are clean and in good condition and are suitable for traumatised children. We do not send monsters, snakes, plastic toys, keyrings or dolls. Please send your teddies to The Teddy Trust, Kingsland Post Office, Kingsland, Herefordshire, HR6 9QS.
You can also donate safely through our website www.teddytrust.org.uk We are also on Facebook – the Teddy Trust and on Twitter @trust_teddy
Thank you so much.
Kingsland is fortunate to have two tarmac tennis courts next to the school and village hall.
These are free to use and do not need to be booked.
Nearest clubs are at Leominster :
Bridge Street Sports Centre, Bridge Street, Leominster, HR6 8EA
and at Ludlow there is :
Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1EE
Ludlow welcomes new members of all standards. It is a friendly and flourishing club in a wonderful setting below the castle walls. The club runs four mens’ teams and five womens’ teams in the summer league, including a team in the Mens Premier League in Shropshire. There is a comprehensive coaching programme and the club has the prestigious Tennis Clubmark from the LTA.
Burway Lane, Bromfield Road, Ludlow, SY8 1DT
Tel: 07792 876861
(A Weobley Club but all Kingsland Residents are Welcome to Attend)
Weobley Theatre Goers has been running since July 2005 and is aimed at those who love the theatre, but are not able to get there easily. We travel by coach from Bell Square, Weobley and are dropped off at the door of the theatre. You can dip in and out of the trips, choosing those productions you wish to go to, enjoying the benefit of group discounts. We usually go to Malvern, but for special productions we travel to Cardiff or Birmingham, to see ballets (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and musicals.
If you would like to know more, please ring me ( Kate Best 01544 318513) or visit the Weobley web site (see link below)
Although there is not a “Walking Club” as such in Kingsland, we thought that here is the best place to discuss the walks in and around the Parish.
Although Kingsland is in the middle of wonderful walking country, there do not seem to be many “organised” walks or walk guides. One needs just to head off and find the pleasant walks which are around.
or see this link to Luston area walks
If you have a favourite walk in the area, please let others enjoy it by e-mailing the details to us via “Contact Us”
The relevant maps are:
Pathfinder sheet SO 46/56-Tenbury and Mortimers Cross. 1:25000 scale.
Explorer 202-Ludlow and Bromyard. 1:25000 scale.
Landranger 149-Hereford, Leominster and surrounding area. 1:50000 scale.
Haydn Jones, is Footpaths Officer for Kingsland, and can be contacted for any queries or problems relating to footpaths. His numbers are : Home 708896 : Work 708811
B.J. Watkins is also a Footpaths Officer (appointed June 2010).
Walking Groups Nearby include:
Kingsland Womens’ Institute meet every second Wednesday of the month, except August.
We meet at the Coronation Hall at 7.30pm.
To go to the Women’s Institute website pages for Herefordshire just click here
There is also a Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Herefordshirefederationofwomensinstitutes/