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Look back ….. and upcoming events

First our apologies for submitting the wrong entry in last month’s Newsletter. This one is definitely for October 2016 not 2015!

Introducing the new SMAAAK website

We are delighted to announce the re-launch of the SMAAAK website which will keep you abreast of  upcoming events. It also features past events and a picture gallery.  Do take a look

From 10 – 18 September our lovely Church has been hosting Herefordshire Art Week’s largest Group Show showcasing 23 talented artists. At the time of writing, the Show is still ongoing but we would like to extend our thanks to Rev Julie Read, the Church Wardens and all those who work in and around the Show. There will be a final report back in next month’s issue.

On Saturday 1 October we are delighted to co-host the 7th Arcadia Music Festival. With fellow renowned instrumentalists, violinist Thomas Bowes and pianist/composer Eleanor Alberga perform work by Walton, Schoenberg, Ravel and Elgar.  The evening starts at 7.30pm at the Church, with other concerts taking place in Leintwardine on 30 September and Downton on 2 October. Ticket prices are £15 for one concert, £25 for two and £30 for all three.

On Friday 18 November a real coup for Kingsland! The peerless C&W Hank Wangford Trio play their wonderful gig “No Hall 2 Small” at The Coronation Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets at £15. Bring your own food. Licensed bar. PLEASE BOOK EARLY AS TICKETS ARE GOING FAST!

All event tickets are available from Kingsland Post Office or T: 01568 709579, or on the door (but please check availability). Remember SMAAAK members receive a 10% discount!

And finally, by popular demand, an introduction to the SMAAAK Editorial Team.

Dee Wurm and Jim Davies Trustees, SMAAAK

Kingsland Grand Potato Competition 2016 – the results!

Our huge thanks to all who participated in this fun event. In all we had 32 entries – although admittedly some fell by the wayside during the course of the competition. On the day, despite a torrential deluge which nearly scuppered the event, 16 entries made their way into the Angel car park to be expertly sorted, examined and weighed by our esteemed judges Frank Morgan, Tavey Cameron Swan and Richard Mathias.

Our grateful thanks to our sponsors Hintons Country & Garden and Peter Vaughan as well as to Sarah and Tavey at The Angel and our generous anonymous prize- money donor. Together we raised £167.50 for the Church.

The results are as follows

1st       Fred and Tom Mathias     a magnificent 6lb 2oz!

2nd       Candy Mathias                    5lb

3rd       Stephen Sawyers               4lb 10oz

4th       Mavis                                     4lb 5oz

5th       Jim Davies                            3lb 4oz

6th       Sarah Wilkins                      3lb 3oz

7th       Hilary Parsons                     2lb 10oz

8th       Lin Pedrick                           2lb 7oz

9th       Helen Watkins B                 2lb 6oz

10th     Jos Watkins                          2lb 3oz

11th     Ian Pedrick                           2lb

12th (joint)  Steph Scott and Sue     1lb 12oz

14th     Jackie Markham                 1lb 3oz

15th     Helen Watkins A                 1lb 1oz

Weighing in with a magnificently miniscule 11oz, Dee Wurm was the worthy winner of the Dud Spud prize. And, SMAAAK Chair David Thompson would have sneaked into 2nd place had his entry not been a day late!! – duh!