Litter Pick report – and photos!


Thank you to everyone who turned out on Saturday morning to pick up litter around the Parish.

A record 37 people took part, and in just one morning retrieved the most enormous amount rubbish making our footpaths, verges and ditches safer and more pleasant for all.

Thank you too to Cllr. Sebastian Bowen for providing the kits courtesy of Balfour Beatty.

Lisa Juson. Kingsland Parish Councillor.

(Photos from Jackie Markham and Cath Mabbort)

St Michael & All Angels receive more grants





West Midlands

St Michael and All Angels, KINGSLAND, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9QW

Diocese of Hereford

Grade I

Church website

Post lockdown boost for St Michael and All Angels, Kingsland

A much-loved Herefordshire church is to share in a £580,917 funding payout from the National Churches Trust. 

A £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help the church pay for urgent repairs and allow the church to better serve its community.

The church also receives a £7, 500 Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant from the Wolfson Foundation  on the recommendation of the National Churches Trust.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said:

“I’m delighted that St Michael and All Angels, Kingsland is being helped with a  £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant. The grant will facilitate repairs to roof, interior walls, floor, masonry, structure of south porch and the removal of asbestos.”

“The grant will safeguard unique local heritage and to help St Michael and All Angels continue to support its wider community as we begin to emerge from COVID-19 pandemic.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive at the Wolfson Foundation, said:

“Churches play a central role in the spiritual life of a community but they are also an integral, much loved, part of our cultural heritage. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Churches Trust on this important programme supporting the preservation of these remarkable and wonderful buildings across the UK.”

A total of 61 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.  £77,500 of the grants has been provided by the Wolfson Foundation.

This is the first round of grants made by the National Churches Trust in 2021. Last year the Trust has awarded, or recommended on behalf of other funders, 260 grants amounting to £1.7 million.

The church

St Michael’s and All Angels Is considered ‘one of the most interesting and complete decorated churches in the north of the county’. Substantially larger than many of the other parish churches in the area, its size is testament to the relatively large population of Kingsland at the time of its building (1290-1310), and to the increasing power and importance of Roger Mortimer III, of Wigmore Castle, who was married to Maude, or Matilda, de Braose. Maude oversaw the beginning of the building of the church and died in 1301. Her son, Edmund, died three years later, leaving his wife Margaret to supervise the end of the build. Maude’s coat of arms is displayed in the 14th century East window.

The church consists of a south porch, north porch with adjoining Volka chapel, nave, two aisles, a chancel, vestry, organ chamber and west tower, which was heightened in the 15th century. Apart from one or two additions, the church was essentially built all at once, as indicated by the repetition of certain tracery patterns and details of the mouldings in the chancel, nave, Volka Chapel and west tower.

Within the church are a number of other historic features which collectively contribute to its exceptional heritage significance: these include a medieval triple-stepped sedilia; cusped piscinae; a 14th century octagonal font and Victorian encaustic tiles from the famous Herefordshire Godwin tile factory.

The project

The grant will facilitate repairs to the roof, interior walls, floor, the masonry, structure of south porch and the removal of asbestos.

Peter King and Jean Barbour, churchwardens at St Michael and All Angels said: “We are overwhelmed with the generosity of the National Churches Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. It will enable us to commence this major repair and restoration of our wonderful Grade 1 listed Parish Church secure in the knowledge that we have the funds in place to complete our project. ”




About the National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the United kingdom. The December grant round doubles the number of places of worship assisted this year. We aim to:

  1. a)         Provide grants for the repair, maintenance and modernisation of church buildings
  2. b)         Act as a catalyst to improve and bring more resources to the management of church buildings
  3. c)         Promote the value of church buildings to the community at large

For more information visit


Eddie Tulasiewicz   07742 932278    020 7227 1936

Easter Rabbit Egg Parcels for Kids on the Millennium Green


Unfortunately, due to Covid, the Easter Rabbit will not be able to visit the Green again this year.


He is sending some little parcels of eggs down to the Green on Saturday April 3rd. They will be available for children to collect from the pavilion between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

 Covid restrictions will apply for queuing and handling of eggs.


Free Covid Tests if you have NO symptoms now available in Leominster

Anyone who needs to leave their home for any reason (such as work, caring responsibilities, shopping, etc.) is being encouraged to get regular rapid symptom free Covid-19 tests.

Regular, twice weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is a vital part of the fight against Covid-19. 1 in 3 people don’t have any symptoms, so don’t know they have the virus. Rapid symptom free testing finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates, stopping the spread of the virus.

The tests are available by appointment only and are for people who are completely symptom free.

IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPTOMS you can book online for a free lateral flow test at Westfield Walk Pharmacy and Rees Pharmacy in Leominster via Herefordshire Council’s web page here



Hoping that everyone is keeping well and coping with ‘lockdown’ yet again.

This third lockdown obviously means that KMGT are not going to be able to run any major fundraising event or project for some time. The expenses, maintenance and running costs are of course ongoing!

There are two ways in which everyone can help however. One is to join up to the Quarterly Draw if you have not already done so and to encourage others who enjoy the benefits of the Green to do the same. The other is to buy a ticket for this year’s Grand National Sweep Stake. (We do not know if the Easter Rabbit will be able to make its appearance yet but believe that the Grand National will take place)

For both please contact either Jackie (708281) or Helen (07790273624)

It is clear the Green has been greatly appreciated during the past few months and we are proud to have been able to keep it in good order with both professional and voluntary help. Please feel free to make use of the fresh air and exercise options, whilst ensuring that you stay safe and well.

It is a community project supported by the individuals in the community and as such a very valuable asset. It should be noted that the maintenance of the Green is totally funded by voluntary contributions received from within the Community. No funding is received from either the Parish Council or Herefordshire Council in respect of ongoing maintenance. The Trustees are extremely grateful for the continued support for the Green from the residents of Kingsland and the surrounding area.

With the ongoing Covid restrictions unlikely to be lifted to any meaningful extent in the near future, it has been decided that the usual February open meeting of the KMGT trustees and anyone else interested in attending, will not be held. The situation will be reviewed at the end of March with the possibility of holding an AGM as usual in May – inevitably depending on the Covid situation at that time.

Thank you for your continued support

11th Jan 2021

Andrew Parsons – 708592


Request from our village postman regarding house gates and COVID

The postman has mentioned that a lot of houses in Kingsland have gates which he and other delivery people are touching every day adding, he feels, to the risk of the spread of Covid infection.  During this lockdown it would be appreciated if, where possible, gates are left open during the day for post and deliveries. He would much appreciate it.

Thank you

British Legion News


Widow and Widowers Lunch  Earlier this year we decided that holding our, by now, traditional pre-Christmas lunch would not be possible because of the various restrictions imposed on the Corners

Inn. However, in early December, Emma and Anne devised a cunning plan to send out lunches to members and our guests at £12.50 a head. Your Committee immediately approved and at the time of writing 7 paying members and 20 guests will be receiving a lunch distributed by the Corners.

In addition to the lunch Rita Patchett and Anne produced a hamper and draw tickets were sent to all our guests.

The draw took place at the Corners on Friday 11th December and was won by Paula.

I wish to thank all those who helped to run this, albeit limited event, and let us hope for better things in 2021.

Gordon Browne                Chairman