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".
Consultants for the proposed housing development, north of Corkscrew Lane, have agreed to hold an exhibition of the plans in Kingston St Mary after February 2014.
Members are to ask that the exhibition is held in the Village Hall on December 12, as originally agreed, to enable residents to make any comments on the plans before the end of the current public consultation on the
Strategic Allocation Plan.
It is planned to build 250 houses in the first phase of this development, to the west of Kingston road, and this would clearly have a huge impact on local residents, particularly because of the extra traffic that would be generated.
There are already concerns about the additional traffic likely to use the road through the village during the construction of the new power station at Hinkley Point.
Council Tax frozen
The parish precept (the amount the Parish Council raises from council tax) is to remain frozen - for the sixth successive year.
The council needs to raise £5960 to fund local activities in the next financial year. This will mean a bill of around £13.27 for Band D properties.
Pickney Lane closure
Pickney Lane will be closed between Nailsbourne and Pickney for 19 days. Drainage works will be carried from 6 January 2014.
Monday 9 December 2013
Monday 13 January 2014
Monday 10 February 2014
Monday 10 March 2014 (Annual Parish meeting + Parish Council meeting)
Monday 14 April 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.
Major disruptions First Great Western and Cross Country
Due to extensive works by Network Rail at the Whiteball tunnel train services will be disrupted.
The line between Taunton and Exeter St Davids will be closed from Saturday 18 January to Sunday 9 February. Trains will begin running again on Monday 10 February.
This causes retimed services and longer travel times to and from Bristol Temple Meads, London Paddington and Devon/Cornwall.
Follow 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.
The excessive speed of traffic through the village continues to be a concern. The ever increasing volume and speed of cars and commercial vehicles pose a very serious hazard, particularly to cyclists and pedestrians, according to the Parish Council.
To raise awareness of the problem, the local Community Speed Watch scheme is to be revived.
However, this can only be successful if there are sufficient volunteers to operate it. Co-ordinator Ian Barrie would like to hear from any previous members the team or any new volunteers (equipment and training are provided). He can be contacted on 01823 451388.
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Kingston St Mary Pram Race 2013
Any information please phone 01327310236
Posted by Jan Beasley on 1/12/2013
The date is the 8th December (Sunday) and a 11.30 am start from the School and will take up 30 minutes of your time. The Swan will be laying on food and hearty cheer after the race.
Charity Bike Maintenance Service
We are raising money for the local childrens hospice and the Playing Field for some refurbs and new equipment. So great causes.
The theme this year is disney characters so will expect your pram to be suitably decorated and yourselves in fancy dress.
For those that use the excuse of it will take too long to find an old pram - you can use a wheel barrow or I have located some old donor prams that I can lend to you.
Further details and registration forms from jonathon bradshaw
Posted by webmaster on 10/11/2013
My name is Robin Evans. I am a full time teacher and have been living in Kingston St Mary with my family for around 11 years.
My aim is to raise money for Cancer Research by repairing/servicing or selling bicycles around our community.
There will be no fixed charge for this. 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 aim to keep this service as cheap as possible in order to attract more people. 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 http://www.justgiving.com/Robin-Evans0
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Posted by Robin Evans on 2/10/2011)
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