Welcome to Kingston St Mary Parish
Kingston St Mary is a parish and village 3 miles north of Taunton lying under the southern extremity of the Quantock Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in Somerset.
Within the Parish are the communities of Kingston St Mary, Nailsbourne, Yarford, Fulford, Dodhill, Cushuish and Pickney.
Kingston St Mary counts 921 persons and 391 households in 2011 (2011 Census).
"The parish once belonged to the kings of the West Saxons hence its name 'The King's settlement'. It then became part of the large Manor of Taunton Deane, and the property of the Bishops of Winchester. In documents the village was sometimes referred to as Kingston-juxta-Taunton and it is only since the 1950s that it became officially known as Kingston St Mary, the saint being the dedication of its splendid parish church".
Superfast broadband not everywhere up to speed
The rollout of superfast broadband in the parish of Kingston St Mary has received mixed responses. Some parts of the parish have an improved speed (but not necessarily superfast), other parts of Kingston St Mary are not connected at all although the
map of Connecting Devon and Somerset suggests otherwise.
The parish council expresses its concern about this and continues to make representations to the relevant authorities with regards to the lack of superfast broadband in the parish. The parish council will report back on this issue.
Neighbourhood Plan/Parish Plan
The parish council is considering producing either a Neighbourhood Plan or a Parish Plan. If anyone is interested in assisting with producing the Plan, please email or phone the Parish Council Clerk on 01823 430876.
Facts & figures
Always wanted to know how many residents Kingston St Mary counts, how many children and elderly live in the parish, how households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds? Then have a look at facts & figures.
Upcoming meetings parish council
Monday 12 October 2015
Monday 9 November 2015
Monday 14 December 2015
Monday 11 January 2016
The regular meetings will be held in the Committee Room – Village Hall, starting at 19.30 hours.
See what's on the council's agenda.
More news from the parish council.
Speed and pot holes
Speeding traffic continues to be an issue and the Parish Council is anxious to re-launch the Speed Watch scheme.
However, this will depend on finding sufficient volunteers. Anyone who is interested should contact the co-ordinator Ian Barrie on 451388.
Residents are being asked to report any pot holes in local roads. This can be done by ringing 0845 345 9155 or on www.somerset.gov.uk.
You can follow flood alerts and other news from the Environment Agency South West at
@EnvAgencySW on Twitter.
Found K.St.M Blood glucose machine
If you have recently lost your monitoring kit please contact Paula on 01823 448260.
BENCHMARK ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT 2015
Posted by Paula on 19/08/2015
For the last three years our popular quiz night has been a sell out event. To avoid disappointment we recommend early booking.
Tickets at 10 per head to include fish and chip supper, bar, raffle. Cheddon Fitzpaine Village Hall on Friday November 6th.
Dick Macey as Quizmaster. All proceeds to Benchmark, the Somerset Magistrates Fund who work to divert young people from crime.
For tickets ring 01823 451370 and 01823 451181.
Charity Bike Maintenance Service
Posted by Lesley Mackay on 28/05/2015
My name is Robin Evans. Since 2010 I have been raising money for Cancer Research UK by repairing/servicing or selling bicycles around our community.
The total raised now (Jan 2014), including gift aid, is around £9500.
My next target is to raise it to £10,000.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the folk who have supported the project thus far!
There is no fixed charge for repairing/servicing or selling bicycles. Instead people can donate any amount to Cancer Research UK either by using my JustGiving account or by putting petty cash in a tin which will later be transferred.
I can also advise on what might be an appropriate amount to donate if this would help. E.g. a quid for a puncture or for a gear tweaking.
Please see www.justgiving.com/Robin-Evans0
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Posted by Robin Evans on 19/01/2014)
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