NEWS...

FLOOD DROP IN SESSION FOR RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY FLOODING IN NORTH HEREFORDSHIRE

A session has been confirmed to provide information and support for homes, businesses and communities in the north of the county.

The session will be held at Leominster Library on 16 January, from 3.30-6.30pm.

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DONATE CHRISTMAS CARD POSTAGE STAMPS 

There is a collection box for used stamps at the Library and St. Andrew’s Church in Presteigne - to help raise funds for the Day Centre.

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

One of my new year resolutions was to read more

so... I've put subtitles up on the TV.

Kindly sent in by Pete.

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WANTING TO GET IN SHAPE AFTER THE EXCESSES OF CHRISTMAS 

PLEASE DO HAVE A LOOK AT OUR WALKS PAGES.

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THE CASTLE INN WIGMORE

has now re-opened under new management after a long period of closure (18 months).

Their aim is to return it to a traditional pub serving 'pub grub' and local ales opening every day.

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A BIG THANK YOU to our local FLOODWATCH ladies and contributors without whom getting around in the recent wet weather (floods!) would have been extremely difficult.

RSPB

BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH

25-27 January make an hour count!

Sign up, request a free pack 

and find out last years top birds:

  

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/packrequest/

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KNIGHTON ROTARY CLUB JANUARY NEWS  

December was a busy month with fundraisers and social events enjoyed by our members. The month started off with our annual Christmas collection at the Co-op store in Knighton where, over two Tuesdays, we raised nearly £600 from very generous shoppers. Their support, as well as that of Co-op management, will allow us to donate money to the Wales and Midland Air Ambulances, the Knighton Food bank and other local good causes. We also were able to support the Pensioners Christmas Luncheon in Knighton by donating both a food processor and a free lunch for all the attendees. We are proud to support those less fortunate across our catchment area. Contact Norman Thorp 01547 529666 or Cathy Jones 07813 733240 for more details. Catch up next month!

WEST MERCIA MESSAGE

SNT WEST MERCIA MESSAGE

There have been several reports of theft from our rural (Orleton, Bircher, Kingsland and Willey) communities, in the last two weeks. 

Generators, sheep handling  systems, copper piping to name but a few things stolen. 

We have also seen a spate of catalytic converter thefts from the industrial estates in Leominster. Please be vigilant for any people/vehicles hanging around your  work place. 

If you have any information regarding the above please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Pcso Harper 6440

Leominster Safer neighbourhood team.

WHAT3WORDS ?

A FREE smartphone app they say has already saved several lives called "What3words" enables you to pinpoint a physical location.  


Its developers divided the world into 57 trillion squares each measuring 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and allocated each a unique three-word address.


For example, the entrance to Wigmore Village Hall is, "cherub.thrones.obliging".


So what's the point?  

Well, for emergency services it pinpoints exactly where they need to go in the event of an accident.  

Lost in the countryside?  

Fire at a remote farm building?

Accident on a lane in the middle of nowhere?  

The three-word code will tell first-responders exactly where you are within three metres.  


For rural communities this could genuinely be a lifesaver and once downloaded the app works without phone connection using GPS.


This system is now being adopted by the emergency services.

THE LINGEN DAFFODILS

These daffs were planted by villagers (under licence) in 2006 to brighten up the verges beside our village nameplates. The daffodils were purchased for this purpose by the local group ‘Lingen Arts All Inclusive’ (LAAI) with the majority of the forerunning snowdrops being donated by residents from their gardens.

The full story can be seen on the Lingen Arts All Inclusive web page https://lingen.org.uk/arts-all-inclusive

Our daffodils are Narcissus Pseudnarcissus; the wild Tenby daffodil. Of these in the late 16th century John Gerard wrote that wild daffodils grew almost everywhere in England. Since then they’ve become increasingly rare due to agricultural intensification. 

These spring flowers have been given many names across the ages and counties, for example ‘fairy bells’ in Dorset and ‘lenty cups’ in Somerset.

In folklore, they are considered lucky and not to be stepped on. In giving a loved one a bunch of daffs, you are sending them good luck.