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. Eddie Tedstone Tel 01568 613269
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 email@example.com
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
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.
Latest News 21.8.20
Branch Meetings Your Committee has decided to defer any meetings until early October, when we hope to hold the 2020 AGM. We will also discuss arrangements for Remembrance Sunday with Rev. Julie Read. In the meantime, keep well!
Branch Accounts Rian and Val have distributed the 2019/20 Accounts to Committee members. Subject to Audit by Sally, these will be submitted to County shortly.
Gordon Browne Chairman
Latest News 17.07.20
In Memoriam It is with much regret that we record the death of Mrs Jean McKinley-Bourne. Although never a formal member, Jean was a loyal supporter of the Branch for many years until finally succumbing to the result of a stroke. At this time of writing (15th July) we have no details of funeral arrangements.
Memberships We welcome Mr Philip Batty as a new member. The limitations placed on us by the Covid 19 lock-down have prevented us from giving him a formal welcome but we hope to do so soon, possibly!!
Some members have experienced difficulties in paying their renewals by DD. If you have a problem please contact Mrs Roberts or Mrs Fear a.s.a.p.
Forthcoming Event The formal end of WW2 was VJ Day on 15th August 1945. I would ask individual members to remember the 75th anniversary in any way they see fit because the Branch, County and indeed National RBL are unable to do so. If things improve over the next few months, we will hold our AGM in October. Watch this space.
Gordon Browne Chairman
Although some of the more severe restrictions on assembly etc have been lifted, life is not back to any form of normality. Your Committee have decided that we will delay any meetings until September at the earliest.
Holding a meeting at 2 metre spacing would be a bit difficult and drinking a beer or eating fish and chips through a face mask is even harder.
We have received numerous Emails from London or County. Should any member wish to scan them, please contact Val Davis who will forward them to you.
Gordon Browne Chairman
Announcement – April 2020
My last input to the Newsletter was submitted on 15 March and was promptly overtaken by events. Beginning on 16 March we received a flow of directions from London HQ and County, followed by nationwide information from 10 Downing Street and Hereford Council. In summary the situation is:-
- All RBL meetings (National, County and Branch) are suspended until further notice
- All visits should cease unless absolutely essential. This includes the presence of our Standard Bearer at any event
- Follow the National guidelines for personnel care, and exercise daily if possible.
Our thanks to private individuals and to the village businesses which have provided both help and first class services, in particular the Post Office, the Corners’ Inn and, needless to say, our Medical Centre.
Under NHS rules, I am in Lockdown until mid-June. If and when restrictions are lifted we will begin meetings again. Until then stay well
Gordon Browne Chairman
To go to the National Brownies web site, click here
1st Kingsland Brownies (Tuesdays – term time) – 8th January 2019 18.00-19.30
Come along every Tuesday for baking, socialising, art, games, sports and much more! Lots of badges to collect. Phone Val Davies (number below) for more details.
September 2018 Brownies info update:
To go to Girlguiding Herefordshire, click here
To go to the National Girlguiding web, click here.
1st Kingsland Guides
Come along every Friday for baking, socialising, art, camping, sports and much more! Phone Steph for more details: 01568 780250
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
September 2018 update:
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 Melinda Crook 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?
Update September 18 from the Hereford Times on their Summer 2018 league success is here
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.
For more information contact Guy Whitmarsh on 01568 831284
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
Latest News – June 26th 2020
Kingsland Cubs Scouts are still meeting during these strange times albeit virtually.
Badgework and challenges are also sent out via email.
We have been working on our communicators and digital citizen badges.
We also joined Northumberland Scouts (and 95000 other people) and Camped at home.
Some of the more energetic Cubs even helped The Scouts Hike To The Moon.
If you have a child aged between 7.5 and 10.5 who would like to join the Cubs we would be delighted to hear from you.
For more information please email Karen Jones (Akela) firstname.lastname@example.org
Usually Kingsland Cub Scouts meet during term time at Kingsland School on a Monday evening 6 – 7.30pm.
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.
Luctonians Cycling Club
Kingsland Flower Show 2020 – Saturday 8th August. Schedule and entry forms will be on the website home page when available.
KINGSLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL – THE RAINBOW ROOM RENOVATION
Kingsland Flower Show recently paid for and committee members and helpers, led by Caroline Southgate, revamped the Rainbow Room at our school. Here are some excerpts from the Kingsland School newsletter…..
CHAIRMAN’S SHOW REPORT 2019
The Show was held in the Coronation Hall on Saturday 10th August and was very well attended by visitors throughout the afternoon.
Given the mixed weather we have experienced over the “Summer”, the number of entries in the Floral and Vegetable Classes was far above expectation. The variable weather did not appear to have affected the runner beans Class, which had 17 entries. Similar could be said for the onion, tomato, potato, beetroot, carrot and tomato Classes which all attracted good numbers of entries.
There were fine floral displays in all Classes, especially the Roses and the “yellow and white” arrangement. The inaugural year of the Frank Morgan President’s Cup attracted five different but extremely high-quality entries.
Needless to say, the cookery sections were as well supported as usual, with 10 entries in the Chocolate banana loaf Class and 10 entries in the Welsh Cakes Class – we obviously enjoy our cakes.
The Beverages Division had one of the largest number of entries to date, with the Fruit Gin Class attracting 12 entries – we definitely continue to be a nation of gin lovers!
The Handicraft Division saw some very interesting and varied entries and there were some excellent shots in the Photography Classes.
The children’s section was also very well supported, particularly in the Under 5 and Under 9 age groups and thanks is due to Kingsland School for their continued support in this section. Every school child submitted an entry in either the Painting of a Flower or Picture of a Vase of Flowers or Design a Bookmark Class.
The cups and prizes were presented this year by Mr & Mrs Burleigh and we thank them for giving their time.
Thanks to all of you who came and visited the Show. We hope you enjoyed it and partook of a cuppa with some home-made cake to refresh you.
It is pleasing to report that this year we had a good number of new faces submitting entries and winning prizes, so let us continue that vein next year!
If you did not submit an entry or visit the Show, please think about doing so next year – you may be surprised by the number and quality of entries and what a good overall event it is.
Finally, a huge thank-you to all our Sponsors who contributed towards the significant running costs of the Show, thereby helping towards the considerable success.
A list of cup and prize winners is below
Kingsland Flower Show Committee
Congratulations to all the 2019 Cup and Prize winners below!
|Cups and Prizes||Winner|
|Silver Challenge Cup (highest show points total)||Philip Bright|
|Frank Morgan President’s Cup||Sarah Sharp-Smith|
|FH Webster Cup||Philip Bright|
|Produce Association Cup||Tony Roberts|
|Garden Produce Cup||Philip Bright|
|Kingsland Challenge Cup||Richard Bowen|
|Harold Watkinson Cup||Malcolm Faulkner|
|Floral Produce Association Cup||Sarah Sharp-Smith|
|Len Clarke Memorial Cup||Richard Bowen|
|Reg Mayall Cup||Thelma Duggan + Kate Griffiths|
|Priday Novice Floral Cup||Thelma Duggan + Kate Griffiths|
|The Bill Bowen Cup||Richard Bowen|
|Lugg Cookery Challenge Cup||Sally Deakin|
|Vera Lloyd Cup||Carol Sawyers|
|Southgate Wine Challenge Cup||Carolyn Mills + Janet Bright + David Trumper|
|Kingsland Wine Cup||Janet Bright|
|Handicrafts Challenge Cup||Lin Roderick + Joan Tredwell + Sandra Wiggins + Alison Parker-Morgan + Trish Morgan|
|Ron Crow Cup||Sarah Sharp-Smith + Amanda McLalan + Bernard Riley + Caroline Southgate + Thelma Duggan|
|Cecily Sash Cup||Trish Morgan|
|Judith Barker Challenge Cup||Chris Southgate|
|Lady Alethea’s Cup (5 and under)||Connie Davis|
|Lady Alethea's Cup (9 and under)||Rosie Pearson|
|Lady Alethea's Cup (15 and under)||Will Strangwood|
|Junior Challenge Cup||Daniel De Mattia + Joseph De Mattia|
|John Bufton’s Prize||Philip Bright (parsnips)|
|Brightwell’s Prize||Philip Bright (compost)|
|Committee’s Prize||Duncan Mapp + Chris Southgate|
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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 2020 Committee is as follows:
|Caroline Southgate||General Secretary|
|Anne Morgan||Committee Member|
|Jean Barbour||Committee Member|
|Trish Morgan||Committee Member|
|Carol Davies||Committee Member|
|Emma Payen||Committee Member|
|Jenny Thompson||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.
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 email@example.com
Kingsland Ladies’ Rounders Team – another successful year in 2017!
For more information please contact Sandra Beaumont-Pike firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please visit their website here for information on rugby, cricket, ladies netball and rounders plus other sports clubs they host at Mortimer Park, Kingsland.
A project that aims to identify the site of the battle of Mortimer’s Cross 1461 so that it can be designated as an officially registered battlefield site. Updates are in the Kingsland News and on the History News page of this website. Their Facebook page is here or to get involved or volunteer please email their Secretary, Patricia Pothecary by clicking here
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 David Thompson on 01568 709008
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
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.
Herefordshire Council walking guides here
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.
If you have any queries or problems relating to footpaths in the parish, please contact the Footpaths Representative on the parish Council or the parish clerk. Their details can be found on the Parish Council/List of Councillors page.
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. Information from Thelma Pudge on 01568 708371
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/