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.
The population is approximately 900 persons and 400 households (2001 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".
Source: Quantocksonline

Concern about watercourses

The Parish Council is concerned about the considerable amount of silt and gravel that has been washed into local streams by the heavy winter rain impeding the flow of water.

Riparian owners are reminded that they have a legal duty to ensure watercourses are clear. Failure to clear brooks and streams can cause flooding of roads and in some cases homes.
Residents have expressed their concern about the state of some of the watercourses that feed into the centre of the village.

Somerset Gritters on Twitter

Somerset Gritters If you are interested in the road conditions this winter and if you would like to be up to date about gritting, then follow @somersetgritter on Twitter.

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.

Upcoming meetings parish council

Next meetings:
Monday 10 November 2014
Monday 8 December 2014
Monday 12 January 2015
Monday 9 February 2015
Monday 9 March 2015
Monday 13 April 2015

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.

Flood Alerts

Environment Agency SW You can follow flood alerts and other news from the Environment Agency South West at @EnvAgencySW on Twitter.

Parish Council opposes Staplegrove Urban Extension

The Parish Council unanimously agreed to oppose plans for a major housing development of between 500 and 1500 new homes north of Staplegrove.

An outline planning application for the first phase (the building of 250 plus homes west of Kingston Road) could be submitted as early as April.
The Parish Council believes the development would:

  • result in the loss of high grade productive agricultural land;
  • cause serious traffic problems on the already congested roads of north Taunton and particularly on the increasingly busy Kingston Road which is likely to get even busier when construction starts at Hinkley Point;
  • worsen the frequent flooding problems in Corkscrew Lane and Kingston Road;
  • spoil the approach to the Quantock Hills which attract hundreds of thousands of tourists each year putting money into local businesses

The Parish Council has expressed the view that, if development is permitted, no building should start until the entire access road, running east-west through the site, is completed.
The Strategic Allocation Plan can be found here.

Notice Board

Christmas Music Morning at The Grange

Please join the staff and students of Taunton School International Middle School for a morning of Christmas songs, carols and Christmas cheer Hot drinks and mince pies will also be available. Please come to The Grange at 0945 on Saturday 8th December to celebrate the beginning of the festive season

Posted by Rose Kilbride on 25/11/2014

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP, Saturday 6th December, Broomfield Village Hall, 2.00 to 5.00pm

Come and spend a relaxed, enjoyable afternoon making a beautiful, bespoke Christmas wreath to decorate your home. All materials, foliage and decorations will be provided; all you need to bring are sharp scissors or secateurs. Tuition by experienced florist.

The cost is £25, which includes tea, coffee, cake and mince pies

For more details, call me on 01823 451883 or 07880 556193, or email yvonne@yvonneharrisflowers.co.uk

Posted by Yvonne Harris on 13/11/2014

THE KINGSTON PLAYERS PRESENT A COMEDY IN NOVEMBER

The Kingston Players present BREATH OF SPRING,
a comedy by Peter Coke on 27th, 28th and 29th November at 7.45pm in Kingston Village Hall.
The Box Office opens on 10 November
at the Old Bakery in Kingston St Mary.
Mon to Fri 10.00am to 12 noon, not at weekends.
Telephone bookings 01823 451205. Tickets cost 7.00 pounds.
Tickets will also be available on the door, subject to bookings.
(Posted by Stephen Lovell The Kingston Players on 27/10/2014)

Charity Bike Maintenance Service

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 robinevansh40@aol.com
(Posted by Robin Evans on 19/01/2014)

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