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New Community Plan published

Community Plan for Kingston St Mary 2017

The Community Plan Steering Group has published a new Community Plan for Kingston St Mary. The Plan shows what residents value about living in Kingston St Mary, and demonstrates how this information underpins recommendations for future activity to support the community. The 2017 Plan was developed by seeking the views of local residents. A series of public meetings were held, 56% of households responded to a ten-part survey, and a detailed draft Community Plan report was subject to consultation during February 2017.
Read more about the Plan and find out how you can get involved.

Broadband futures for Kingston St Mary

Recently the government allocated a further £1bn to enable the next phase of delivering broadband to rural and remote communities. The published plan sees around £750m being allocated to BT to improve their existing service, and the other £250m going to other companies to deliver service where BT are currently not able, or where the investment plan with BT does not cover a specific geography.
What this means for Kingston St Mary in terms of roll-out and cost is discussed extensively in our broadband section »

Financial Support for Youth Club

Following the launch of the Youth Club for 11-17 year olds in February, the Youth Club have had the fantastic news that their application for a Somerset Youth and Community Group Grant has been successful. The Youth Club have been awarded an amazing £3,740 that will support them for a further 6 months and will provide equipment for the club.
Read more about the Youth Club »

Concerns about dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field Committee in the village of Kinston St Mary is raising concerns about an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset. To be clear, dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field.
As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost. The Committee asks dog owners to respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field and not to walk their dog on the Playing Field.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Kingston Village Flower Show 2017

The Kingston St Mary Flower Show is to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 12 August 2017. More information is available in the Guide to the flower show 2017 ».

Taunton gains Garden Town status

Taunton is heralding 2017 as the start of a new era after being named as one of a new wave of Garden Towns by the Government.
The success of Taunton's bid recognises Taunton Deane Borough Council's strategy to deliver major regeneration in the town centre, new sustainable communities, improved transport and supporting infrastructure, marrying development with access to green spaces.

Taunton Deane has been awarded the substantial sum of £350K to cover the master planning costs and identify the important infrastructure requirements. This will be a major benefit in seeking capital funding from countryside which is part of what makes the town such an attractive place to invest.
Read the full press release »
Taunton Garden Town - Expression of interest (pdf) »

Slow broadband? Test your connections

Slow broadband speed has been widely reported as a problem in Kingston St Mary. There are various factors that determine your broadband speed.
Check your connections and test your speed One of them is your home telephone wiring and router. We have written a short guide on how to check if your connection is in good working order.
Read more »

The KSM broadband speed survey

We are interested in your experience with your broadband speed in Kingston St Mary, whether you have a slow or a fast internet connection.
Do a speed test on speedtest.btwholesale.com (or if you have a Mac speedtest.net), make a note of your actual download speed, and submit the test results by answering our short survey here below.

Live updates traffic and road works

Somerset County Council launched a new mobile-friendly website offering live updates of unplanned travel incidents. TravelSomerset Anyone planning a journey in Somerset by car, bus, train and/or bicycle can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place: travelsomerset.co.uk.
It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned road works and road closures in Somerset.
The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council's traffic control team.

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.

The KSM Notice Board

Taunton Military Wives Choir in Kingston St Mary Church 1st July, 7.30pm

Taunton Military Wives Choir

The Friends of Kingston St Mary Church invite you to hear the Taunton Military Wives Choir perform in Kingston St Mary Church on Saturday 1st July 2017 at 7.30pm. Entrance is by ticket only (£10) and includes nibbles and drinks during the interval. Tickets available from Jean Alger-Green on 01823 451732 and John Manning on 01823 451244.

Posted by Jean Alger-Green on 11/04/2017
Email: jean.alger-green@hotmail.com

Touring Production of The Vicar of Dibley Kingston St Mary Village Hall 10th May 7.30pm

The team from the award winning @2K Theatre is back by popular demand this May bringing much laughter from screen to stage in their latest offering The Vicar of Dibley
Meet the residents of the Village as, after the sudden loss of The Rev Pottle, they welcome their new Vicar, not the bloke with a beard, Bible and bad breath as they were expecting, but a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom.Geraldine Granger.
Mrs Cropley provides the anchovy and peanut butter sandwiches as, David Horton, accompanied by his hapless son Hugo, Alice the Verger and Owen the farmer sit around the Village Hall meeting table with Jim no, no, no, no, yes Trott. All stalwart members of the Dibley Parish Council working haphazardly together making important Village decisions, ably and slowly aided by Frank Pickle taking the minutes.
How will St Barnabus Church manage the changes
Will Alice and Hugo declare their love for one another
Will Owens insides settle down long enough for a kiss with the right woman
Will Frank manage to minute it all
And will it all end with a shared joke from Alice and Geraldine
Theres only one way to know for sure and thats to come along and see for yourselves and share the fun.

Tickets available by calling the @2K Theatre booking line on 07943 495088 or take a look at the website at2ktheatre.com

Posted by Val Wright @2K Secretary on 27/03/2017
Email: valeree21@hotmail.com

No Dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field is a Charity held in Trust by the Parish Council. It was given to the community in 1948 to provide a recreation ground mainly for the use of children and young people.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. In recent months we have noticed an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost.
Please can we all respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field.
No dogs are allowed.

Thank you for your understanding.
The Playing Field Committee

Posted by The Playing Field Committee on 10/02/2017

Is your dog microchipped Does it wear a collar and ID tag

Please could I ask you to remind residents that dogs must be microchipped and wear a collar and ID tag when out and about. This saves a great deal of time and effort when trying to reunite dogs which have taken themselves for a walk without their owners, especially when the owner does not realise the dog is missing It also means that if your dog is injured following involvement with a road traffic accident you can be contacted quickly.

Posted by Rachael P on 27/12/2016

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Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 12 June 2017
Monday 17 July 2017
Monday 11 September 2017
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 & minutes.
More information about the parish council.

News from the parish council

May 2017
North Taunton Development - It had been expected this application would go before Taunton Deane Borough Council's planning committee in April but the date of the meeting has still not been set. A consultants' report on the viability of the scheme is still being discussed by planning officials. The report was commissioned after the promoters claimed they could not afford to meet fully all the conditions imposed by planners.

Fly tipping – Taunton Deane has redesigned its website to make it more user friendly. One of the functions residents may find particularly useful is the section for reporting fly-tipping. This contains a map that can be enlarged so the location of the illegal tipping can be pinpointed exactly. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in fly-tipping in local lanes since the introduction of more stringent restrictions and charges at local recycling centres. If anyone sees fly-tipping taking place please report it, if possible with the vehicle number. The website address is www.tauntondeane.gov.uk

Elections - Ray Stokes has been re-elected chair of the Council for the next 12 months with Natasha Bradshaw and Sharon Farnham as the joint vice chairs.

Canadian Day - The council has received a letter from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, pointing out that Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1 this year and asking if its namesake in Somerset would like to mark the occasion. It has been suggested that, subject to the necessary permissions, the Canadian flag is flown from the tower of St Mary's Church on that day. A letter of congratulation and best wishes is also being sent to the Canadian city.

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.

Village Activities and Facilities

Each year Link-Up publishes the Directory of Village Activities and Organisations. The booklet contains local information for the residents of Broomfield, Cheddon Fitzpaine and Kingston St Mary. Read more » Directory of Village Activities and Organisations

Charity provides free training for unpaid carers

Compass Carers provides free training opportunities for unpaid carers who are caring for a friend or relative living in Somerset. This includes First Aid, Assertive Communications, Lasting Powers of Attorney and many more.
More information at Compass Carers. Compass Carers

Local history of Kingston St Mary

The Kingston St Mary History Society researches, collects and preserves documents and other items relating to the history of Kingston and its neighbourhood. The society holds regular meetings to which all are welcome.
More information at KSM History Society.

Whatsup@Kingston

Taunton Military Wives Choir in Kingston St Mary Church 1st July, 7.30pm

Taunton Military Wives Choir

The Friends of Kingston St Mary Church invite you to hear the Taunton Military Wives Choir perform in Kingston St Mary Church on Saturday 1st July 2017 at 7.30pm. Entrance is by ticket only (£10) and includes nibbles and drinks during the interval. Tickets available from Jean Alger-Green on 01823 451732 and John Manning on 01823 451244.

Posted by Jean Alger-Green on 11/04/2017
Email: jean.alger-green@hotmail.com

Touring Production of The Vicar of Dibley Kingston St Mary Village Hall 10th May 7.30pm

The team from the award winning @2K Theatre is back by popular demand this May bringing much laughter from screen to stage in their latest offering The Vicar of Dibley
Meet the residents of the Village as, after the sudden loss of The Rev Pottle, they welcome their new Vicar, not the bloke with a beard, Bible and bad breath as they were expecting, but a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom.Geraldine Granger.
Mrs Cropley provides the anchovy and peanut butter sandwiches as, David Horton, accompanied by his hapless son Hugo, Alice the Verger and Owen the farmer sit around the Village Hall meeting table with Jim no, no, no, no, yes Trott. All stalwart members of the Dibley Parish Council working haphazardly together making important Village decisions, ably and slowly aided by Frank Pickle taking the minutes.
How will St Barnabus Church manage the changes
Will Alice and Hugo declare their love for one another
Will Owens insides settle down long enough for a kiss with the right woman
Will Frank manage to minute it all
And will it all end with a shared joke from Alice and Geraldine
Theres only one way to know for sure and thats to come along and see for yourselves and share the fun.

Tickets available by calling the @2K Theatre booking line on 07943 495088 or take a look at the website at2ktheatre.com

Posted by Val Wright @2K Secretary on 27/03/2017
Email: valeree21@hotmail.com

No Dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field is a Charity held in Trust by the Parish Council. It was given to the community in 1948 to provide a recreation ground mainly for the use of children and young people.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. In recent months we have noticed an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost.
Please can we all respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field.
No dogs are allowed.

Thank you for your understanding.
The Playing Field Committee

Posted by The Playing Field Committee on 10/02/2017

Is your dog microchipped Does it wear a collar and ID tag

Please could I ask you to remind residents that dogs must be microchipped and wear a collar and ID tag when out and about. This saves a great deal of time and effort when trying to reunite dogs which have taken themselves for a walk without their owners, especially when the owner does not realise the dog is missing It also means that if your dog is injured following involvement with a road traffic accident you can be contacted quickly.

Posted by Rachael P on 27/12/2016

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Items for sale

FREEZER AND LAWN MOWER FOR SALE

Undercounter freezer. Indesit A rated, colour graphite silvery grey. immaculate inside and out. £35
Large Hayter electric mower. Grass box, rear roller. and long cable Excellent condition. £75

Posted by S Farnham on 10/04/2017
Email: sharon.farnham@btinternet.com
Telephone: 451972

Used breeze blocks

About 40 used breeze blocks free to take away

Posted by S Thorne on 08/01/2017
Email: stbartonhouse@gmail.com
Telephone: 01823 451693

Bicycles

I have a small selection of bicycles for sale ranging from adults to children

I have an especially nice modern girls small ladies bike kindly donated by the Perrys. £80.00
It would make a great xmas present as it is like new. The proceeds of this bike go to Cancer Research UK

Posted by Robin Evans on 28/11/2016
Email: robinevansh40@aol.com
Telephone: 01823451490

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