ARTS AND LEISURE -- The Calligraphy Studio at Yonkin Farm, Kinnerton, is offering beginners and improvers a 10-week course, which starts on today. Details of the course and directions to the studio at Yonkin Farm, Kinnerton, Powys, LD8 2PF, are available from Mrs Mayler (telephone 01547 560330), who is arranging three one-day workshops next year, on January 19, February 16 and March 16, along with a further 10-week course next summer.

HISTORY SOCIETY -- Editor Vera Harrison thanked all those who have contributed to the latest issues (1999-2000) of the Kington History Society's annual papers, a publication, which provides a permanent record of the society's activities during the year.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY -- The subject of the talk given at the September meeting of Kington and District Horticultural Society by Rachel Salisbury was the history of plant hunters, the first of whom was recorded in 1500BC, when slaves were sent from Somalis to Egypt.

CITIZENS ADVICE -- Herefordshire's Citizens Advice Bureau is reaching out to rural communities in weekly outreach sessions., and at Kington the service will be available on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 2.30pm at 6b High Street.

CONCERT -- A young people's concert to raise funds for local charities through Kington Lions, which is being sponsored by Tarmac (Western) Ltd, takes place tomorrow at Kington parish church, at 7.30pm. Tickets, at £3 each, are available from Irene Phillips at the DIY shop at 61 Bridge Street.

TWIN TOWN -- There are still some seats available on the coach, which will be travelling to Kington's French twin town of Marines for the weekend stay between Friday, October 19, and Tuesday, October 23. Either chairman Ian Waugh (telephone 01544 230392) or secretary Vera Morris (01544 231451), of the Kington-Marines Twinning Association, which is arranging the trip, will be pleased to accept additional bookings for it, or will supply further information.