News from the Mortimer Medical Practice

On 16th October 2013 our computer system was upgraded.  Apologies to anyone whose appointments were changed at this time and to those of you who had problems in booking appointments.  The on-line booking service had to be suspended temporarily but is now working again.  Anyone needing a password for on-line booking please email

The first flu immunisation clinics of the year have now been held.  We immunised 820 patients at the first clinic in Kingsland.  Please remember to book your appointment as soon as possible (only those who have received letters are eligible).

Building work on the new surgery in Leintwardine is well under way and we hope to open for business in January 2014.

The Post Office and Shop at The Garden are staying OPEN!!

Kingsland Parish Plan Clarifications

With reference to statements in the Parish Plan on page 6 (paragraph 6), page 19 (section 6.1) and page 20 (section 6.2)

The Shop is OPEN at the Garden Tea Room

The Deli/Shop sells local produce, bread, handmade cake, milk, eggs, drinks, baking goods, first aid items and edible treats

The Post Office intends to remain OPEN in 2014

 Both businesses will remain open for the foreseeable future

People are encouraged to use the Deli/Shop and Post Office regularly to ensure they remain open for the community

And yet more uproar over School Buses!!

Herefordshire Council is currently consulting on changing the basis for charges for the school bus to Wigmore school. Rather than the bus being free for those in a school catchment area as it is now, the Council are proposing it changes to only being free for buses to a child’s ‘nearest school’. In the case of Kingsland the ‘nearest school’ is Earl Mortimer in Leominster (even though it is not the catchment school). So, if the plans go through, parents in Kingsland will have to pay for each of their children using the bus or take to their cars to get their children to Wigmore, or even change secondary school to avoid charges. Herefordshire currently charges £660 per year per child to those who pay.

You can have your say by responding to the consultation which is open to all members of the public and closes on Oct 18th. This is the web link with details of the Council’s plans and how to respond online or in writing:-

Uproar in Village because of possibility of closing our Fire Station.

Talk of saving money (and risking lives) by shutting Kingsland Fire Station is being considered. The effect, not only on Kingsland but throughout North Herefordshire, cannot be overestimated. All in North Herefordshire are urged to sign the petition which is at Markham’s Garage, the Post Office and elsewhere in Kingsland. You can also keep up with the campaign on the Fire Station’s Facebook page here.

See here for details of the “consultation process. on the Hereford and Worcester Fire website.

The closing date for the consultation is 10 January 2014.

Repairs for Repairs

Raising funds for Kingsland Church restorations by doing your mending!!

Buttons, patches, hems, clasps, nametapes, shortening etc.

Drop off & Collection at PO or Garden Tea Room

Call Ruth on 01568 708 032

Luctonians Sports Club Grandstand

Hopefully by the time you are reading this article phase one of the Grandstand will be well on the way to being completed, just in time for the forthcoming season, which kicks off against Hull on September 7th.

This gives me the chance to thank publicly all those, including many villagers, for their contributions large and small of money, skills and time that have enabled us to advance so far in such a short time.

Sufficient has been raised so far (no public money at all) to complete phase one and I believe this shows how many individuals and companies recognise the value of the Club to the community. Phase two, the fitness suite, toilets, showers and storage room, is in the process of being funded so all further contributions will be gratefully received.

I hope to see all of you on the touchline, in the Grandstand or around the bar at Mortimer Park as the season unfolds.

Many thanks to you all,

Bryan Markham, President, Luctonians Sports Club

Coronation Hall News – Insulation and Lighting

The Hall Committee are pleased to report that the Hall should soon be a warmer, greener place. Thanks to a Herefordshire Council Sustainable Community Buildings Grant and a National Lottery Grant from the Big Lottery Fund the Hall will benefit from cavity wall and loft insulation with additional draft proofing work to include new fire doors from the main hall and the annexe. We are also adding controls to the outside lights to help save electricity and reduce light pollution.  The Cavity wall insulation is already in place and the remainder of the work should be completed by early August with the draft proofing and electrical works being carried out by local firm Hitrees.

Police Contact Numbers

Don’t forget a new national non-emergency phone number for the police is now in operation – 101

In an emergency always call 999. However if you wish to report less urgent crimes or disorder or for general police enquiries please call the new 101 non-emergency number.

See more details under Local Administration/Police/Police Newsletters (December 2011)

KingslandLife is on Twitter

Kingsland Life is now on Twitter and will be tweeting about Kingsland events and our village. If you’re on Twitter please follow us via @KingslandLife. If you’re not, why not? It’s fun and easy and a great promotional tool. Just go to to set up a Twitter account (and it’s simple to do).

If you become a follower we can then promote your (local) business or any events and news to the Twitter community. Just follow us then send a DM (direct message for the non-Twitterati among you) with details and web or media links (in 140 characters!!) and we’ll be happy to oblige! We will always follow you back and retweet Kingsland related tweets! So get tweeting everyone so we get lots of followers!!!