We’ve had a couple of e-mails asking about our 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

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.



 Update for May 2019

Last month was another enjoyably busy one. We started the month with a tasty frugal lunch at the home of Rotary member Bruce Morgan and his wife Sandie, raising money for local Rotary supported charities. This was followed by a collection at the Saturday markets in Presteigne and Knighton, raising money for Rotary Shelterbox to support those affected by disasters around the world – we have been able to send three Shelterboxes so far this Rotary year. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. The month finished off with an excellent speaker from the charity “Village Water” who encourage rural communities in Mozambique and Zambia to install and maintain water wells, as well as providing education in health and hygiene. An excellent charity we are proud to support. See more about us by having a look at our Knighton Rotary website or Facebook page, or feel free to visit us on a Wednesday lunch or evening - you will be very warmly welcomed. Contact Norman Thorp 01547 529666 or Cathy Jones 07813 733240 for more details….


 Missed appointments During March 3.5% patients did not attend appointments. In April the figure is 2.8%. Many of these appointments are with nurses and can be as long as an hour. It was suggested that the impact of this is somehow translated into a meaningful example and put in the practice newsletter.

Telephone message  This is now Gene’s voice. Comments have been made that it is clearer but some people think Dr Gray’s message was a nice touch.

Ear Wax Removal Each Primary Care Network (PCN) in the county has now been asked to submit proposals for a local service. Should the PCNs not be able to carry out this service Taurus will be asked to bid for the work.

Patients will be encouraged to self-care and the service offered will be based on approved clinical pathways. Patients needing removal who also wear hearing aids may be able to have their ears treating by the hearing aid provider. The service offered by the PCN should cover housebound patients.

Virtual PPG  An article will be put in the next practice newsletter and on the website inviting people to join this. 

Remote Deliveries Policies and Procedures for this will need tightening up and the service needs to be reviewed regarding GDPR and CRB checks. 

Walk  Staff and families will be walking from the Bell at Yarpole to Croft Ambrey and back through Fishpool Valley on 11thMay 2019. 


**Training dates: Leintwardine surgery will be closed for the afternoon on the following dates 12 June, 11 Sept, 11 Dec '19 for staff training.C.M. PPG 



Why is a 19th century Hungarian national hero buried far from home in a tiny Herefordshire village?




The Unit has now re-opened on weekdays during the hours of 8.30-5.30.

The Unit has been closed since Christmas due to staff having to be  redeployed to support the  main Hereford County Hospital.