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.

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.

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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.

Upcoming meetings parish council

Next meetings:
Monday 14 April 2014
Monday 12 May 2013 (Annual Parish Council meeting)
Monday 9 June 2014
Monday 21 July 2014

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.

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

Country Homes and Antiques Show, 3 May 2014

KSM Village Hall 10-4. Free entry and refreshments.
A showcase of local Somerset artisans and businesses. Enjoy a FREE day out and see stunning antique furniture restoration, upholstery, wooden flooring specialists, vintage gifts and candles, garden designers, plants, willow sculpture, a blacksmith, heritage builders, delicious food, a lovely garden for the kids to run around and much more.
Posted by Tony King on 18/03/2014
Email: tony@alliumfurniture.co.uk

KINGSTON ST MARY FLOWER SHOW 9 AUGUST 2014

The schedule and entry forms are available NOW for the flower show this year, you can download them; Entry form 2014 and Schedule for 2014 or you will find them at the pub, school, Kingston and Broomfield churches you can also email lizzie@broadway17.plus.com for copies, there will also be posters around the villages to remind you!
We are really hoping to engage as many people as possible this year, really, there must be something in one of the categories that you can grow, bake or make!
Look out for the exciting new category in the childrens section it involves some preplanning so dont leave it until the last moment!! Its a sooner rather than later gardening task!! we would love lots of family entries for the scarecrow competition as well

Posted by Lizzie Jenkins Flower Show Committee on 10/03/2014
Email: lizzie@broadway17.plus.com

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)

Michael Bawler

I am trying to trace a Michael Bawler, son of Ethal and Dick. My maiden name is Attiwell, daughter of Doris and Ivor.
If you have any information, please phone 01327 310236
Posted by Jan Beasley on 1/12/2013
Email: janjade@sky.com

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