Welcome to Kingston St Mary

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 has a population of 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".
Source: Quantocksonline

Apply for faster broadband

Local residents and businesses who experience broadband speeds below 2Mbps could qualify for a grant to install alternative broadband technology.
Connecting Devon and Somerset are offering vouchers worth up to £500 to cover the cost of connecting to an improved service to boost broadband speeds to a minimum of 10Mbps.

Eligible residents and businesses can choose to redeem the voucher with one of the suppliers listed on the Connecting Devon and Somerset website. Seven broadband suppliers are currently registered on the scheme offering a variety of technology solutions including fibre to the home, wireless and satellite.

Those who benefit from the voucher scheme will still be entitled to a superfast broadband connection under phase 2 of the CDS programme if their connection is below 30Mbps. The procurement process for phase 2 is expected to conclude in the Autumn of 2016.

Kick-start with constructive participation

On 23 March the Community Plan Steering Group presented its proposals for the route to a new Community Plan. Public start of plan process in Kingston St Mary In an interactive meeting with the public - with more than 50 attendees - ideas about the way forward were exchanged.
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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, Facts & figures KSMhow households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds? Then have a look at facts & figures.

Crime map and statistics

Crime statistics Explore and compare crime and outcomes of crime in Kingston St Mary.
The contents are compiled by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and updated monthly.

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, touch or swipe here and fill in the form.

Notice Board

May Fayre at the Grange

Taunton School International Middle School warmly invites all residents of Kingston St Mary to their annual May Fayre.

Saturday 7th May 2016, 2pm to 5pm at The Grange, Kingston St Mary.

An afternoon of games and activities including stalls, an entertainment area, a cake sale and a raffle.

Raising money for The Piers Simon Appeal School In A Bag initiative and Childrens Hospice South West.

We are also looking for donations of cakes and second hand books for our stalls.

If you are able to contribute in any way, please contact Becca Goddard via email rebecca.goddard@tauntonschool.co.uk, or telephone 01823 703222 to arrange collection or drop off, by Thursday 5th May.

Posted by Becca Goddard on 01/05/2016
Email: rebecca.goddard@tauntonschool.co.uk

Sunday Plant Sale and Tea in aid of the Childrens Hospice South West

On Sunday 22 May at Kingston Village Hall there is an opportunity to acquire quality plants and then enjoy a delicious tea with home made cakes and scones. Plants will be on sale 2.30 pm with the tea available from 3.00 pm.

Posted by Jenny McCruden on 26/04/2016
Email: jmccruden246@btinternet.com

Painting of Kingston St Mary

My grandfather, Alan Gotts, lived in the village for 40 years and died just before Christmas. I would dearly love to buy a painting of the village to remind myself of him and many happy visits to the village. Could anyone recommend a local painter to me I know that my parents have a pretty picture of the church that they bought at the village art show a few years ago and I would love to get hold of something similar.

Posted by Claire Walford on 04/04/2016
Email: cewalford@gmail.com

Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations

Calling all Kingston Residents

Date for your diary
Saturday, 11th June 2016
2.00pm until late

Come along to the Playing Field and Celebrate
Queen Elizabeth IIs 90th Birthday

A day full of fun games, competitions, afternoon teas,
ice creams, hog roast, barn dance, live music
and lots, lots more

A programme of the days events will be distributed with the June edition of LinkUp.
As well as the various activities that will be going on throughout the day, there will be a competition for all villagers to take part in. We would like you to make Royal Scarecrows and display them in your front garden. A panel of judges will tour around the village and environs during the week prior to the show and prizes will be presented.
So get planning now

For more information phone Marcus Anderson 01823 451644
Posted by Annie Trolley on 18/03/2016
Email: annie.trolley@lineone.net

Kingston St Mary Annual Flower Show; What it's all about

If you are considering entering the show for the first time and don't know the procedure please see the
Guide to the flower show. It's very easy but if, after reading this, you are still not sure please contact Annie Trolley, the show's secretary, and she will do her utmost to help you; 01823 451312.
Posted by Annie Trolley on 06/03/2016
Email: annie.trolley@lineone.net

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Upcoming meetings parish council

Next meetings:
Monday 9 May 2016
Monday 13 June 2016
Monday 18 July 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 information about the parish council.

News from the parish council

April 2016
Staplegrove Development - At the time of our last meeting the outline plan for the eastern side of the development, bordering Kingston Road, had still not been received. The council was told the plans were likely to be submitted by the end of April.

As soon as the proposals for the east side have been received, the council will arrange to hold a public meeting to discuss them. However, because of the time limits imposed by the planners, this is likely to be held at fairly short notice so please keep an eye on the village noticeboards and the KSM village website or @KSM Kingston. And please tell your friends and neighbours.

You can keep up to date with developments is the excellent Residents of Staplegrove Action Group (ROSAG) website. For more detail on any application go to the Taunton Deane Borough Council site.

The outline planning application for 713 homes on the west side – between Staplegrove Road and Whitmore Lane – has already been submitted. It is believed the proposed development on the east side will include hundreds more homes, a two-form entry primary school, shops, restaurants and cafes, a public house, take-away and place of worship.

If, after the public meeting, residents wish to object it is important they should write to Taunton Deane planners. Individual letters carry far more weight than petitions. The more letters the better.

Phone Box – The council is to ask BT if it can adopt the redundant telephone box at Fulford. The iconic red box has recently been given a fresh coat of paint by local residents. Once the agreement has been signed, the council will be asking for suggestions for the future use of the box.

Planning – The council agreed to make no objection to the following applications:

  • Erection of single storey rear extension at Kanab Cottage, 3 Kingston Court, KSM
  • Erection of additional stable block, associated new courtyard, retaining wall and entrance, Cutley House, Yarford
  • Internal and external alterations to a listed building, Cutley House, Yarford
  • Installation of new detached garage to front garden. Removal of existing garage door, infill with new wall and double glazed window, 2 Sawyers Leigh, KSM
  • Felling of one broadleaf deciduous tree within conservation area, adjacent to The Old School House, KSM