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10.00am - 12.00pm

Coffee Morning in aid of Kington Church

Friday, 1st November 2019

Kington Football Club

Service for Dedication of Memorial to

General Lazar Meszaros

St. Peter’s Church Titley

Saturday, 16th November 2019 at 12.00pm

The General is a very significant figure for the Hungarian Government and people, as he was the First Secretary of Defence and Head of the Army in the Hungarian Revolutionary Government of 1848. Following the defeat of the rebellion, he sought asylum in the USA and while on a visit to the UK he died and was buried in Titley Churchyard (in 1856). There his body remained cared for by Titley villagers, despite the concerted efforts of the Hungarian Communist Government during the 1970s and 1980s to have his remains returned to Hungary.

His body was exhumed and returned to Hungary in 1991 following the fall of Communism. There he was given a full state funeral with military honours.

Over the past years, the Hungarian Government in the person of their Defence attaché have been working with us to establish a memorial to him in Titley Church; the memorial recalls both General Meszaros but also records the gratitude of the Hungarian State to the people of Titley who've cared for what is now a cenotaph.

Kington welcomes Llandovery Male Voice Choir

On Friday 20th September, St Mary’s Church, Kington was filled with the

unmistakable sound of lilting Welsh voices, when the Llandovery Male Voice

Choir performed their wide and varied repertoire. The event was organised by

The Friends of St Mary’s, The Friends of St. Thomas a Becket Church, Huntington

and Kington Walks.

The 40 strong Choir, accompanied on keyboards by Mrs Elaine Robins, sang a

diverse selection of songs that showcased their considerable close harmony

talents. The Choir sang in Welsh and English and was conducted by Mrs Lynn

Jones MBE, whose direction was measured and impressive. The choice of

material mixed modern compositions (“Anthem from Chess”), old classic

favourites (“Give Me That Old Time Religion”) and standard Welsh hymns

(Llanfair). The finale, sung by both the Choir and the audience, was a stirring

rendition of the Welsh National Anthem delivered with obvious feeling.

Soloists included Ben Griffith, the vicar of the Kington Group of Parishes, who

sang four songs during the evening including a delightful rendition of ‘O What a

Beautiful Morning’ and talented local musician, Catherine O’Rourke who played

the flute and treated the audience with her four solos including a lovely

interpretation of ‘Danny Boy’.

The organisers would like to thank Owen Bennett, Chair of the Choir, who

compered the event and entertained the audience throughout the evening. They

would also like to thank everyone who attended and all those who helped out on

the night.

Huntington’s 65th Summer Fete Raises over £3,000

On Saturday 20th July, Huntington Fete raised over £3,000.00 at their annual fund-raising summer event. Held every year since 1954, the Fete has become a much-anticipated occasion on the Herefordshire calendar, held in the beautiful gardens of Huntington Court, home to William and Fiona Shone.

 Dr. Philip Cleland, who has lived in the village for nearly 50 years, opened the Fete.  Phillip, an authority on small breed farming and a past President of the Longhorn Cattle Society, was a doctor in Kington for over thirty years.

Wilfred Maxwell, whose grandparents live in Huntington, presented Philip with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Fete Committee and all the supporters.

 It was a lovely afternoon despite the odd shower and everyone enjoyed the traditional stalls, games, competitions and delicious teas provided by the people of the village.  Throughout the afternoon, the Springfield Swing Band provided live music.

The funds raised from the fete will go to Huntington’s two churches, the village hall and other local charities. The organisers wish to thank everyone who attended and all those who helped out with the event, contributing to a great day for all.