Village Millennium Green Put To Fabulous Use


On the 18th August the weather stayed fine which was a bonus as  “Angelfest” was held on Kingsland Millennium Green.  The Music, Craft and Cider Festival certainly lived up to its billing with a variety of stalls lining the Green selling their goods.  There was a variety of foods to be experienced throughout the day with The Angel Inn (who kindly sponsored the event) providing a bar.  Six live bands generously kept the crowds entertained through the day with a variety of music to suit all tastes.  Entry to the Green was free, however, a collection was made at the gate which resulted in the fantastic sum of £822.06 being raised which was divided between Midlands Air Ambulance and the Millennium Green to help with its upkeep.

A big “shout out” must go to all those who helped on the day along with people who generously lent equipment etc to enable things to run smoothly.  There are far too many people to thank here but they have all received letters acknowledging their participation.

It was great to see so many local people in attendance and for The Green to be the “social hub” of the village for the day.  For those of you who don’t know the Green was originally purchased by Kingsland residents to save it from being  developed for housing and to provide an informal area for relaxation, recreation and a wildlife haven for the village centre.

It is hoped that “Angelfest” will become an annual event with the 17th August, 2019 being pencilled in for next year!

Hope you enjoyed the day

Sally Wall

Hon Treasurer KMGT

Google map problems on the website

Apologies if maps look odd or aren’t working properly on the Planning Applications page and in the Village Diary event details. Seems Google have changed their terms of use (they may want some money from us!!), and our tech support at Eyelid are looking into it. Hopefully we can resolve the issue soon.

Thanks for your patience.

SMAAAK Grand Potato Competition 2018 – The Results!

Grand Potato Competition 2018

On Easter Monday everyone was invited to collect a growbag and one potato, to plant the potato in the growbag and nurture it, then bring the crop back (still in the growbag) on August Bank Holiday Monday to find out who had grown the biggest potato crop – by weight.

The venue was the Angel, and 15 people brought along their potato crops for judging.  The judges, with many years of experience of such events, were Frank Morgan, Richard Matthias and David Thompson, and the assembled spectators agreed that the judges’ decisions would be final!

The weights of the potato crops were (in order of weighing):

  1. Mavis Dyke 3 lbs 9.5 oz
  2. Mike Hutchinson 15 oz
  3. Trish Morgan 3 lbs 4 oz
  4. Helen Watkins 3lbs 2 oz
  5. Caroline Southgate (a)  1 lb 14 oz  (b)  1 lb 4 oz
  6. Joe Cameron Swan 1 lb 9 oz
  7. Rob Wheeler 1 lb 9 oz
  8. Max Cameron Swan 1 lb 4 oz
  9.  John Cameron Swan 1 lb 4 oz
  10. Irene Wheeler 12 oz
  11. Will Cameron Swan 1 lb 13 oz
  12. Beth Harwood  10 oz
  13. Mike Thompson   3 lbs 11 oz
  14. David Thompson  4 lbs 7 oz
  15. Sue Fletcher 1 lb 12 oz

Therefore, the winner of the 2018 Kingsland Grand Potato Competition was David Thompson, who won £20 and his name will be engraved on the silver spade.

2nd Mike Thompson

3rd  Mavis Dyke

4th  Trish Morgan

The wooden spoon award to Beth Harwood

There was a humorous ‘Judges’ Enquiry’ into the following issues:

Mrs. Helen Watkins’ crop was of red potatoes – when the potatoes supplied were all white – the judges’ decided this was an accident and wondered whether Peter Vaughan would have a crop of half red and half white potatoes this year.

Mrs. Caroline Southgate – there were two crops of potatoes at separate ends of the growbag and the judges speculated this might require 2 entry fees!

Mike Thompson – his entry crop was grown in a different brand grow bag.  His explanation was that there were no growbags available when he tried to collect one, so he had bought one from B&Q.  As he had a good crop, the committee may decide to approach B&Q for growbags in future.

The assembled entrants and supporters requested that this become an annual event, and this was duly agreed.

SMAAK would like to thank all the entrants to this competition, and many thanks to the sponsors who made it possible – The Angel for providing the venue, Peter Vaughan for supplying the potatoes and Hintons for supplying growbags.

Remember – we will do it again next year, be ready to start at Easter…..

Urgently looking for a new home for 2 outdoor cats!!

Two unwanted outdoor cats living in the barns at Club Hall, Aston since the death of their owner urgently need a new outdoor home before the builders arrive to demolish their home.

Female neutered tortoiseshell who’s friendly when she knows you and likes a tummy scratch, plus a more independent male black and white cat who is probably neutered.  Being fed once a day by a neighbour but need to be rehomed very urgently as she can’t take them in.

Can you find space for them on a farm/stables or anywhere that has an outbuilding they can live in? Free mousing thrown in!!

Please contact Sarah Hanson on 01568 708087 for more information.

SMAAAK – Potato Competition Judging Details

SMAAAK’S Grand Potato Competition will be judged from 6pm next Monday 27th August (Bank Holiday Monday) at The Angel Inn, Kingsland.

Competitor’s should bring their potato with Haulm cut off and all contained in their grow bag (do NOT remove them from the bag).

The judges Mr Frank Morgan and Mr Richard Mathias will remove the potatoes , weigh them and declare the winners etc.

If anyone is away either arrange for a proxy or leave your bag with your name on at the pub please.

Please check your website listings!

We are currently checking and updating (as far as we can), all the entries on the Trades and Services, and Clubs and Organisations pages. We’d be very grateful if you’d check your entry and let us know if anything needs updating or changing.

If you’re a business, club, society or organisation in the parish that is not listed and you would like to be, then please contact us at

Many thanks!

Kingsland Millennium Green Trust – Open Meeting

Kingsland Millennium Green Trust (KMGT)

There is an open meeting of the Trustees of KMGT in the Coronation Hall on Sat 8th Sep at 10am. Please feel free to come along and if you would like coffee beforehand, that will be available from 9.30am.

Copies of the agenda can be obtained by emailing or calling the telephone number below.

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.

Andrew Parsons – Hon Sec

Tel 708592

Church Clock Repair – Donations Appeal

On the 1st August our Crowdfunder site for donations to help us repair our 1877 Church clock goes Live and you can donate here:

The site is only open for EIGHT WEEKS which is the maximum permitted by Crowdfunder, so please don’t delay and help us get our clock and chimes back working!

Don’t forget this is a win win situation as if you are a UK taxpayer, donating to a charity can bring tax relief to the giver and allows us to claim Gift Aid.

We need to raise £11,000 and a very generous donor has promised to match £ for £ what we raise up to £3,500. We receive no money from the Church of England for the upkeep of our church, and rely entirely upon the village to assist us – so please help!

A little history and what we hope to do….….

The Church clock, that has served the village of Kingsland for 141 years, has now expired through old age! It was originally installed as a memorial to Thomas Gethin in 1877, and bears the initials of the two Churchwardens of the time, Gethin and Benjamin Lawrence Sanders. The church tower it sits in dates from the 12th Century, and is part of a unique medieval Church in that the building has never been altered or added to since construction finished.

After years of carefully nursing our beautiful clock mechanism it is now beyond repair and needs to be replaced. At the same time we can convert the clock to electrical power such that it no longer requires a weekly wind up.

We are on YouTube- search on Kingsland Parish Church.

Thank you!

Peter King – Church Warden

Coronation Hall Tennis Courts Project – update 6.8.18

The tennis courts in the village were constructed in the 1970s and having only been resurfaced once in the 1990s are in desperate need of resurfacing once more. The Village Hall Committee is looking at raising money through grant funding, developer contributions from recent development in the village (s106 / planning obligations) and donations.

The courts will be resurfaced with free draining tarmacadam to enable greater use throughout the year. The two courts will be marked up primarily for tennis and there will be two netball courts marked up widthways and two fixed basketball hoops within the space for informal play.

Following completion of the works, which we hope will be by next spring, the courts will remain free to use for appropriate sporting activities.

This is a community facility and if you have any views or if you would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Lisa Juson on 01568 708002 or email: