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Kingsland Millennium Green Trust (KMGT)
There is an open meeting of the Trustees of KMGT in the Coronation Hall on Sat 22nd February 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the telephone number below.
New Treasurer Required
Following the resignation of our current Honorary Treasurer, after sterling work over the last few years, KMGT is now looking for a new Honorary Treasurer. The role involves keeping the books and records of the registered charity, paying any bills when invoices are submitted and ensuring that funds received are accounted for. It is not an onerous task and will not take up a huge amount of time. In addition to keeping the books and records, a short report needs to be prepared for the meetings of the Trustees and interested parties (about 5 meetings per year) and ideally the Treasurer will be available to attend those meetings. A basic understanding of book-keeping is required in order that KMGT can fulfil its obligations to the Charity Commission.
Expressions of interest should be sent to the KMGT Chair – Sebastian Bowen on email@example.com or call his mobile 07831 636537. Alternatively emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be passed on.
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
PROGRESSIVE SUPPER MAY 2020
Kingsland Millennium Green Trust will be hosting a Progressive Supper next year on the 16th May, 2020. These events have historically been very well supported by the community and are a wonderful opportunity to meet with old and new friends in the village. All those partaking meet up at the Coronation Hall prior to walking to the various venues. However, some transport will be available on the night depending on location.
We are, therefore, looking for volunteers to host either a ‘Starter’, ‘Mains’ or ‘Dessert’ course for eight people. Those hosting will be subsidised an amount and will of be able to join in the other courses around the village. If you would be interested in getting involved then please contact either myself (telephone number 708982) or Helen Flook on 709070, who will be pleased to explain in more detail what is involved. However, if you would like to just be a travelling diner then you will be more than welcome. More information on this event will be given early next year in the News Letter, on posters around the Village and on the Kingsland Website.
We really hope this is something you would like to get involved with and look forward to hearing from you.
Hon Treasurer K.M.G.T.
The October, 2019 Kingsland Millennium Green Prize draw was won by Mr and Mrs N Wilson of Kingsland who have received a cheque for £45.00. Second prize (£20) was won by Jim Davies who now lives in Liverpool but was very active in the village as past Hon Treasurer of The Green and organised many events for SMACK. Congratulations to everyone. If you would like to join our 100 Cub please contact either myself or Jackie Markham.
KINGSLAND MILLENNIUM GREEN TRUST
HOSTS AND ORGANISERS OF ANGELFEST 2019
Despite horrendous weather leading up to Angelfest (held on the 17 August, 2019 on the Millennium Green) on the morning of the event the sun broke through and we were blessed with a beautiful day!
Well over 1,000 people joined together on The Green to enjoy a spectacular day of fun, food and wonderful musical entertainment. Various stalls lined the outskirts of The Green with a huge stage in the centre on which a variety of musical acts performed free of charge for this Charity event.
The Kingsland Millennium Green Trust Committee were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone involved, from the brilliant bands and performers who kept everyone entertained, the generosity of our main sponsors and to everyone who either lent us equipment or very kindly gave their time and energy prior to, during and after the event. There are far too many businesses and people to thank here individually, however, we have sent thank you letters to all those involved. Without the above support Angelfest would not have been the roaring success it was.
As a result of the number of people in attendance we raised a fantastic £1,832.52 on the gate and together with half the money people paid for their pitches we were able to send a cheque for £916.26 to our chosen Charity this year, which was Macmillan Nurses. The other £916.26 will be put towards the upkeep of our Village Green, in particular the relaying of the perimeter hedges early next year.
Additionally, K.M.G.T. ran a variety of their own stalls on the day which were manned by numerous volunteers. As a result of combined efforts, a fantastic £1,524 was raised for the Green’s coffers after expenses. A lot of hard work but well worth it!
Finally, many thanks to all those involved and who helped again this year to make The Green the heart of the village of Kingsland for the day.
Hon Treasurer K.M.G.T
The July Quarterly Prize Draw for the Millennium Green was won by Richard and Kay Frost who received a cheque for £45.00. Second Prize (£20.00) went to Bryan and Jackie Markham. Congratulations to all parties. Join our 100 Club for as little as £12 per annum for a chance of winning – ring Sally on 708982.
The April, 2019 “100 Club” Prize Draw made on behalf of The Green was won by Bryan and Jackie Markham who received £45 with second prize of £20 going to Mrs Linda Jones. Congratulations to them all. If you would like to join this quarterly draw then please feel free to contact me on 01568 708982.
On behalf of K.M.G.T. I would like to thank Keli Partridge who kindly donated the proceeds made from her refreshment stall at her recent Garage Sale to The Millennium Green.
We are still looking for volunteers/stall holders etc for Angelfest 2019 to be held on the 17 August. If you can help in any way please contact either myself or Jackie Markham on 708281. Many thanks.
Hon Treasurer K.M.G.T.
12.4.19 – a full list of the apple tree varieties on the green has now been updated and is in the ‘About Kingsland Millennium Green’ article further down the page.
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
Hon Treasurer KMGT
AngelFest 2018 – Skittles and Photo Quiz winners – plus the Photo Quiz Answers!
First Prize Sarah Hanson with 29 out of 33, runner up Christine Stephens with 27. The answers can be found by clicking here
Seniors: Richard Lodge with a score of 12.
Juniors: Joint first Arron Ross and Cory Tebbs with scores of 8.
Congratulations to you all!
CAROLS ON THE GREEN
On Saturday 16 December, 2017 the annual ‘Carols on The Green’ event was held. This year were were joined by musicians Richard and Jane Lodge who accompanied The Reverend Julie Reid which made the evening even more enjoyable and musical. Mulled wine and mince pies were served and the largest turnout so far sang along to a selection of Carols and Christmas songs. The magnificent sum of £280.00 was raised via a collection which this year is being sent to the Supported Housing For Young People Project which works to support 16-25 year olds who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless across Herefordshire. We would like to thank everyone who attended this fun evening and for your very generous donations.
15.3.16 – Tree Pruning on the Green
On Saturday 12th March 2016 twelve volunteers guided by James Bisset, Herefordshire’s expert in orchards and fruit tree pruning, tackled the apple trees on the Green and burnt the cuttings in the fire bay. It was a very productive morning and everything is now ready for the coming months. Last year we had a huge apple crop; I wonder what it will be this Autumn?
The grass also had it’s first mowing two days later.
WARNNG: We noticed that rabbits have been extremely busy this Winter and have dug a huge number of small holes in the grass. We shall do our best to fill them in before the chief of rabbits visits the Green on Easter Sunday, but do be careful not to trip up if you are running or playing on the Green.
PROPOSED CHANGE TO CONSTITUTION OF KINGSLAND MILLENNIUM GREEN TRUST
2nd March 2016
Kingsland Millennium Green Trust (KMGT) is currently defined as an “unincorporated charity” and is run by twelve trustees. It is registered with the Charity Commission under number 1070085. As with all similar entities, the trustees of KMGT are responsible for making all of the decisions in respect of running the charity. Having said that, they certainly take in to account the views of all interested parties, many of whom attend the open meetings, before making their final decisions.
There is currently a proposal to change the constitution of KMGT. From a practical perspective it will make no difference to the concept of the Green and its use and maintenance. The reason for the proposed change is to replace the original trust deed (dated 22nd May 1998) with a Charity Commission approved model, which has been tailored to the needs of the Green. This will bring it up to date in terms of existing charity law, which has changed several times since 1998, provide a better legal basis for the trustees going forward, and provide a better level of protection for existing and future trustees who are personally liable for all matters at present.
The situation now is that the Charity Commission, along with Natural England and The Big Lottery Fund, are preparing a new model constitution which is suitable for all Millennium Greens. All three entities were party to the original trust deed in 1998 and therefore must be involved in the change. There is no clear timescale on when the new model will be available but the Trustees wish to place a proposal regarding the principle of the change of constitution on the agenda for the KMGT Annual General Meeting on 7th May at the Coronation Hall at 10 am.
In accordance with the existing Trust Deed, decisions of this nature have to be done at the Annual General Meeting. In the event that it is formally decided to change the constitution then, when the new model is available, a new charity, with the same name as the current one, will be registered with the Charity Commission, new trustees will be appointed (although they can be the same as the current trustees), the land forming the Green transferred to the new entity, and the existing charity closed down. Again it should be emphasised that it will make no practical difference to the Green usage and maintenance.
If you have any questions on this issue, please feel free to email the Honorary Secretary, Andrew Parsons, on email@example.com and he will liaise with the trustees in order to respond.
Jill Probyn’s bench has been installed round the oak tree near the pavilion. This elegant metal bench, beautifully made by Owen Mabbort of Shirlheath, has been paid for by funds raised at a coffee morning held in 2014 and a 106 grant. Jill was a driving force from the outset of the Millennium Green project and continued to be involved with its management, as well as giving her time generously to many other village groups and projects, until she died just a year ago. We are sure she would have appreciated sitting here with her friends and watching others enjoy the Green.
If you would like to take part in our on going Quarterly Prize Draw please contact Sally Good on 0787 934 3933. The money raised from this lottery goes a long way towards paying for the upkeep of the Millennium Green and new participants are always welcome.
The Millennium Green is also raising funds via people searching and shopping on the Internet via easysearch. And for NOTHING!!! Please join in here
The Easter Rabbit distributes chocolate eggs on the Green after morning service, at approximately 12.15 p.m. on every Easter Sunday. To pay for his eggs we run a Grand National Sweepstake. If you would like to help by selling tickets please get in touch. We would be really grateful.
The Grand National Sweepstake proceeds are distributed as follows – 55% Easter Rabbit’s Eggs & Funds : 20% 1st Horse : 12% 2nd Horse : 8% 3rd Horse : 5% 4th Horse
The committee is always interested to hear of possible use of the green for non-commercial rental use. (eg a Marquee was put on the Green for a wedding reception). Please see hiring conditions here or contact Jackie Markham on 01568 708281.
Please note: At the KMGT Management meeting in January 2011, it was decided that, for safety reasons, NO fireworks would be allowed on the Green at any time.
Donations are always welcome – please contact our Treasurer (see Management table at the bottom of this page)
About Kingsland Millennium Green
Kingsland Millennium Green is a 1.4 acre site located in the centre of Kingsland, near Leominster, Herefordshire and is the typical green serving the village and anyone passing by who wants to stop, reflect on life’s rich patterns or just admire the view.
The field that is now the Millennium Green was bought by the community in 1998 with the aid of grants, gifts, loans and a great many and varied fund-raising events.
Hedges were renewed with native plants; three specimen hard wood trees were planted along with traditional apple and nut trees and several hundred wild flower plugs. The redundant buildings were replaced with a children’s play area and an oak open-sided pavilion. A small piece of ground nearest the Church was hedged off and surfaced for car parking.
Twelve trustees (see table below) are responsible for the care of the Green. Half the grass is cut regularly throughout the summer, the remaining meadow grass is cut in the late summer and the crop is removed which has the effect of impoverishing the ground and encouraging more varieties of native wild plants and grasses to establish themselves every year, and providing a suitable habitat for insects, birds and mammals. See under Flora & Fauna (left hand side menu) for details of General Plants and Grasses which can be found on the Green.
Funds are raised regularly for our maintenance costs and insurance via a quarterly lottery, sponsorships, many regular donations and intermittent fund raising events (left hand side menu).
Every Easter Sunday the Easter Rabbit makes his appearance on the Green. He tries to time his arrival to coincide with the end of morning service. Laden with baskets of chocolate eggs he is chased for these by the children, you have to be quick! A Grand National sweepstake is run by the trustees to raise money for purchasing the Rabbit’s eggs – see under Fundraising.
The Green can be used for informal games, picnics etc every day of the year. Dogs are welcome, but please clean up after them. This is extremely important as the green is used by children of all ages. If you bring a picnic do please take away your rubbish. Please do not leave glass, tins or other litter.
The Green can be booked by other village charities for events at no cost but with certain conditions and by private individuals for an agreed fee; recently it was the venue for a wedding reception, the church fete, and carols by lantern light. It cannot be used for commercial gain. For details please apply to the Secretary or see the link to the Hiring Conditions under Fundraising above.
A tithe map shows an orchard on the land, and old photographs show fruit trees, now long gone. Standard, widely spaced, apple trees have been planted on a ‘derelict broken grid’ to eventually give the appearance of an ancient orchard, and the area extends to a meadow that runs along side the mown open area. Most recently a copse of woodland trees has been planted in the southern most corner.
Apple trees include: Gennet Moyle, Tom Putt, Scotch Bridget, Peasgood Nonsuch, Golden Noble, downton Pippin and the Herefordshire varieties of Golden Harvey, King of the Pippins, Stoke Edith Pippin and Herefordshire Russett. Get a full list by clicking here (compiled April 2019)
In 2008, we celebrated our tenth anniversary by planting a copse of woodland trees in the southern-most corner of the Green. The copse consists of 42 hazels planted in groups of six, 3 Guelder Roses, 2 Dog Roses, 3 Wayfaring trees, 3 Hawthorn, 2 Spindles and 2 Dogwood. All trees are now sponsored and a plan of them is shown here
Many common wild flowers have been recorded including Celandine, Ox-eye or Moon Daisy, Hawkweed, St John’s Wort, Travellers Joy, Yarrow, Hedge Mustard, Scarlet Pimpernel, Violet, Burdock, Medick, Clover, Herb Bennet, Herb Robert, White Briony, Stitch Wort and in the last two seasons an Orchid. Primroses, Narcissus, English Blue Bells and Cowslips were introduced as plugs.
Details of all the tress, flora and fauna including complete listings can be found in Millennium Green – Extra Information. If you spot anything else that should be added to these lists please let the committee know!
Registered Charity No 1070085
Committee and Trustees
|Patricia Pothecary||President & Trustee||01568 708597|
|Cllr Sebastian Bowen||Chair & Trustee||01584 831321 | 07831 636537|
|Jackie Markham||Vice Chair & Trustee||01568 708281|
|Andrew Parsons||Hon Secretary||01568 708592|
|Rev. Julie Read||Trustee|
|Sarah Malpas Swinson||Trustee|