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 (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".
The Future of Kingston – update
In the December 2015 LinkUp, there was a call for people to get involved in updating the KSM Parish Plan (2008). A new Community Plan Steering Group has been established and they will explain more about the plan process in the KSM village hall on Wednesday 23 March.
Community planning is one of the most important tasks any rural community can undertake. It will inform how the Parish Council invest in our community in terms of services, access, housing, schools and health.
Read more if you would like to get involved »
Road closure Parsonage Lane
Parsonage Lane in Kingston St Mary will be closed from Mill Cross westwards for a distance of 300 metres to allow BT Open Reach to carry out cabling work.
The works are expected to commence on 1 February 2016 and last for 5 days between 8.00 and 17.00 hrs. While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be signed.
For details of the alternative route visit www.roadworks.org or contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224.
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.
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 8 February 2016
Monday 14 March 2016
Monday 11 April 2016
Monday 9 May 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.
Items for sale
If you wish to advertise an item for sale within the parish you could do so on this website. This facility is for parish residents only - commercial ads are not accepted.
Click here and fill in the form.
Somerset Gritters on Twitter
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.
You can follow flood alerts and other news from the Environment Agency South West at
@EnvAgencySW on Twitter.
If you wish to add a message to the notice board, please submit your message.
To add or view items for sale, click here.