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They're having a daff in Kempley!

Smart new signage now welcomes visitors to a pretty Forest of Dean village. The signs have been installed on five roads into Kempley, highlighting its link to the wild daffodil, which is Gloucestershire's county flower.

The new signs for the parish, which neighbours Dymock, have been funded from grant aid support from Gloucestershire County Council.

Martin Brocklehurst, chair of the parish council said: "These modern new boundary signs replace the old and in some cases missing black and white village entry signs and are designed in agreement with highways regulations."

Funding came from county's Build Back Better Market Towns Fund which aimed to re-establish the Daffodil Weekend, a regular spring event attracting national media attention but one that was sadly lost in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID restrictions, Mr Brocklehurst explained.

He added: "Kempley Parish Council worked in partnership with the Daffodil Weekend Committee and the County Highways manager to come up with a design that was acceptable to all but included some unique Kempley branding."

The 2023 Kempley Daffodil weekend took place over March 18th-19th March and details for next year's event can be found at the Kempley Daffodil Weekend website:

Attractions for the village include St Mary's Church, which is claimed to have the most complete set of romanesque frescos in northern Europe and possess the oldest roof of any building in Britain, dating back to the twelfth century. 

A second church, the Church of St Edward was built in 1903 and described by John Betjeman as "a mini-cathedral of the Arts and Crafts movement" using local materials and labour. The walls are built of Forest of Dean red sandstone.

The village, with a last-recorded population of 280, also maintains the Kempley Tardis, a redundant telephone box supported by English Heritage and an archive that documents the social, economic and cultural history of the village.

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