Dedicated to Old and Modern Kinson


There`s much to love about Kinson Village, be it ancient or modern and we devote a section to it.

Our focus at this time is on the season of  SUMMER and why we are proud to say: 

"We Love Kinson."

The "Smugglers Wain" which hangs in all its glory for Kinson village to see fills an entire wall at the rear of the Kinson Hub. 

It certainly is a colourful focal point when residents and visitors park in the Pound Lane car park by our Village green. 

This high profile work of art cleverly covers numerous aspects of Kinson`s past. No matter what the time of year or the season, blue skies will always dominate this corner, also the chirpy group of house sparrows who nest in brick cavities above this fascinating work of art. 

There`s always something worth rediscovering about Kinson church and its past ties with Canford. Seven centuries ago, John de Cotes was appointed vicar of Canford and Kinson by permission of Thomas, earl of Lancaster, Leicester and Derby. Hutchin`s appears to have described this earl as Duke of Lancaster.

Unfortunately, during troubled times, Thomas was not on good terms with the King or his favourites. In 1322, Edward II, while at war against the barons, captured and beheaded Thomas of Lancaster. 

As for John, he was appointed to Canford in March 1312 and probably left the area before January 1316 when William de Littleton replaced him. It is recorded that he became Prior of Tewkesbury in 1317. No doubt, due to his accomplished service, by 1330 he was appointed Abbott of Tewkesbury and served faithfully until his death and burial there in 1347. 

Johannes abbas huius loci 

In this We Love Kinson feature we will not dwell too long on local history. Instead, we feel it is time to look briefly at the wonderful natural world around us. 

Just 850 metres away from Kinson Village Green it is possible to find a few beautiful Common spotted orchids in flower this year. As many as 8 species of wild orchids have been known to flower in the Kinson region. Not bad for a busy area of north Bournemouth which still strives to retain its community and village roots. 

Sphagnum moss and sundews abound in some regions of Kinson and West Howe. With just the right amount of rainfall and sunshine the mosses will be vibrant and spongy and the dewy and glossy sundews await the visits of unsuspecting creatures upon which they feed.

The next four photographs show some interesting  subjects to seek out while on a local walk. 

This splendid  male emperor dragonfly is very common around the Kinson area. Not only does it venture to ponds and streams, it may even visit your garden. 


Sometimes resting on grasses the Scarce chaser dragonfly is one species worth looking out for locally. 

Late morning and early afternoon sunshine will bring the Silver-washed fritillary down to feed in sunny glades. If out on a walk, pause for a moment and watch them.

They twist and turn and glide most gracefully. No respect is shown to other butterflies, for it is nectar they seek and there`s no intention of queueing or sharing! 

Where ever brambles abound locally, the Green Hairstreak will soon visit them for their nectar. At first sight, it looks like a drab brown. However, when its wing are closed, the wonderful green underside is revealed. The greenery acts as protection ensuring it is difficult to spot.


This delicate looking minute pale butterwort is hard to see and find among the hidden corners of a bog land. Flowering from June to September, it has plenty of time to catch and feed upon small insects which come into close contact with it.


Water is never far away from us. Down at Longham there is much to see by the Stour. Even at Millhams, swans and cygnets occasionally visit this area.

Down at the river, where can I have a splash? There`s enough room for everyone. We have so many happy memories we will always treasure of days spent with our friend Kips.

Back at home again, one can relax and enjoy the sunset. 


Not too far away from Kinson Village Green, it is still possible, in some years, to walk around Kinson Common with friends, to look for glow-worms. Always wrap up well and carry a torch.              

In the evening, some like to look at the night sky. As well as the Moon and Summer constellations, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn can sometimes be observed using binoculars and small telescopes. 


There`s so much to see in and around Kinson. Sometimes it takes longer than one day. 

Don`t worry, a warm welcome awaits you at the start of another new day.

There will be lots of opportunities to make new friends as well.         

Stay safe and Enjoy the Summer.

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