Community Tree Planting 1 March ’19

Centenary of Forestry Commission formation: local community project

2019 is a special centenary year for the Golden Triangle landscape.  A host of events will welcome visitors to the traditional Daffodil Weekends across the Leadon Vale Benefice

Plans are in place to open this Daffodil season with a Forestry Commission (FC) event at Queens Wood, with local community groups invited to a tree planting event at The Centenary Glade, 500m from Kempley Green, Queens Wood car park (GL18 2BN).

Together on March 1st, St David’s Day (Welsh patron saint, whose emblem is the daffodil) local people are welcome to assist with the planting of several hundred native species trees.  In short time these will soon create a thick understorey around the Glade edge, valuable for cover, nesting and food for woodland edge species.

This exemplar site for ancient woodland rejuvenation will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Forestry Commission.

The Centenary Glade project will also mark the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty, six months after the 1918 Armistice. Many local groups over the last four years have looked at the events around the Great War, the Dymock poets’ reflections, and how access to the countryside has been maintained for walkers, riders and the enjoyment of nature.

Building on the themes of previous years there will be new exhibitions celebrating the sale to local people of Beauchamp properties in Kempley, Fishpool, Much Marcle, Four Oaks, Dymock, & Redmarley, in July 1919.

Leaders of special interest groups are asked to get in touch, and register their interest to take part on St David’s Day;  this may be to bring a school class, walking group, or countryside/ heritage organisation.  Particularly welcome are landscaping contractors, conservation professionals, forestry workers and natural historians interested in the long term goals for the site.

The Glade will serve as a community resource within the Golden Triangle and as a learning centre to inform public interest about the countryside and woodland management in a climate-changed world.  The longer-term project looks forward to the next hundred years of research into the sustainable management of an increasingly rare English habitat.

The Centenary Glade:  Chris Bligh, Dymock Forest Rural Action (DyFRA)   01531 890332

THEFT from St Mary’s Church, Linton

A 12th Century Heart Burial Stone has been stolen from the church premises.
The stone is 18-24ins in diameter, circular in shape with a Crusader cross on it.

If you have information that you believe may be connection, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the OIS incident reference number OIS:0095S 010219 . Remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.
Information can also be given anonymously to the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website:
Sender: Citizens in Policing


Reported 01/02/2019

Lea & Gorsley Goffs primary School Hard Federation

Dear Stakeholders of Lea CE Primary and Gorsley Goffs Primary,

Please find attached the Proposal documentation for the hard federation of our two schools. (Click on the highlighted words for PDF copy).

The governors of both schools continue to provide a happy, healthy and secure learning environment for all of the children.  You may have read about the specific challenges facing small, rural primary schools, including falling numbers, difficulty in recruiting and retaining excellent staff, reduced budgets and decreasing support from the Local Authority.  Whilst we would stress that our Schools are not currently facing any specific threat, there is no doubt that the education landscape is changing rapidly, not just in Herefordshire, but nationally and it is our duty as Governors to be proactive in ensuring that the schools are strengthened to keep pace with future changes.

To that end, over the past year we have been carefully considering the range of options open to us.  We did not want to become part of an Academy Trust because we want our Schools to maintain their own unique identity and characteristics.  After much work by both Governing Bodies plus a focused Working Group, we are very pleased to put forward a proposal that Lea CE School and Gorsley Goffs School make their current partnership formal by joining together as a Hard Federation.

We have studied the strong evidence – both nationally and locally –  with of all the benefits this arrangement can bring to schools and we believe this to be an excellent opportunity to enhance the educational experiences of all the children.

We want you as stakeholders to feel involved with this decision process.  A copy of the Formal Proposal is attached and this marks the start of a seven week consultation period.  As you will read in the Proposal, each school will be equal partners and will keep their own  separate identities.  In fact the children will notice no difference at all in their daily school experience.   In addition to the feedback form in the consultation paper, there will be consultation events when you can ask any questions and we will also keep you informed via the school newsletter throughout the process.

Two Consultation Meetings will be held on the same evening of Monday, 4th March 2019 as follows:-

*             For Lea CE School parents/carers and stakeholders from 6.30 – 7.15pm at Lea School;

*             For Gorsley Goffs School parents/carers and stakeholders from 7.30 – 8.15pm at Gorsley Goffs School;

Thank you for your continued support

Yours sincerely

Mrs Alison Clarke and Father David Howell

Chairs of Governors at Gorsley Goffs and Lea C.E. Primary Schools