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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.

Village Litter Pick - Sunday 26 November

It's that time of year again: the Village Litter Pick organised by the Environment Group (Community Plan) on Sunday 26 November 2017 from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Hi-viz jackets/litter-grabbers and bags will be available at KSM Village Hall from 10am.

The Environment Group recommend that you wear some fairly heavy duty gloves. If you have your own equipment/jackets, please bring them. A wheelbarrow might be useful too.
Alternatively, if you want to start from home, please meet back at the Village Hall from 12.00pm onwards for refreshments. If bags of rubbish are too heavy to bring to the Hall, we will arrange for them to be collected from the roadside.
Children are very welcome to participate but they must be accompanied by their parents/guardians at all time.

Please let the Environment Group know of any areas of concern before the litter pick so they can send volunteers to the right places. For further information please contact Jean Alger-Green via cp-environment@kstm.uk or 01823 451732.

TDBC planning committee hearing 20 September

The Members of the Planning Committee resolved to defer both Staplegrove planning applications for further information and discussion. The key issues they asked for more information on were access and highways plus affordable housing. It is understood that the land promotors have asked to meet TDBC planning officers to discuss this.
Read more »

Murder, Mayhem and more...

This latest talk organised by the Kingston St Mary History Society will highlight some of the shocking local events that over the centuries have been the talk of the area and in recent times have made the headlines; good, bad and noteworthy events that at the time certainly set tongues wagging.
The illustrated talk by Alan Hughes will be held in the Village Hallon Friday Nov 10th starting at 7.30pm. The £5 admission charge will include a glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles.

Support the things you value in KSM

The Community Survey of households in Kingston St Mary last year showed that many people and activities in our villages could benefit from additional support, and many respondents would volunteer their help but didn't know where to start - but now you do.
You could support the things you value in our local community. It's a WIN/WIN evening - volunteering is good for volunteers, and good for their beneficiaries. Whether it's supporting the elderly or infirm, protecting our environment, or sharing skills, let's explore the potential to co-ordinate volunteering in our neighbourhoods, in a safe and efficient manner that works for everyone.
For further information please contact Nicky Perry via cp-assistance@kstm.uk.

Kingston Youth Club continues

The club will continue to meet on alternate Fridays in KSM Village Hall unless you are informed otherwise.
The dates are as follows:
6 & 20 October
3 & 17 November
1 & 15 December
12 & 26 January 2018
9 & 23 February
9 & 23 March.
Kickoff is on 29 September.
Two youth workers will be provided for each session by Youth Unlimited, funded by a grant from Somerset County Council's Youth & Community Service.
The Youth Club hopes to build on the strong start made to date with the support of Youth Unlimited, SCC, Taunton School International Middle School (TSIMS) and local volunteers.
Read more about the Youth Club »

Bonfires during warm and windless days

Bonfire in Kingston St Mary

Please think about your neighbours if you burn your garden waste during warm and windless days. Lighting a bonfire with no or little wind (less than 4 Bft or 8-12 mph) could easily lead to air pollution issues like smoke, dust and smells, and breathing problems. Just do it if the air is circulating well but without high winds and not during the night when wind speeds drop.

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 »

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.

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

COMING SOON TO A VILLAGE HALL NEAR YOU...

The Kingston Players present GASLIGHT,
a thriller by Patrick Hamilton.

This gripping tale of dark secrets, mind games, missing rubies and an unsolved murder will be presented at Kingston St Mary Village Hall on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December at 7.45pm.

Box Office opens on 1st November
Tel 01823 451431 or
email Margaret Bigg at mbigg@sky.com
to order tickets which are 7.00, Members 5.00
Tickets will also be sold on the door

Posted by Stephen Lovell on 16/10/2017

Volunteer in KSM Last year's community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help? Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions: cp-assistance@kstm.uk

If you wish to add a message to the notice board, please submit your message.

Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 13 November 2017
Monday 11 December 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

October 2017
North Taunton Development - The Chair & Vice-Chair of the Parish Council spoke against this outline planning application for the development of >1600 homes between KSM and Taunton at the TDBC Planning Committee on 20th September. Over 200 members of the public attended the planning committee meeting, with many giving very well delivered 3 minute speeches justifying reasons for this development not to go ahead. Despite an initial vote by Cllrs to refuse the application, further debate led to the outcome to defer the application based on a smaller number of concerns than were raised. A full report is available from Ray Stokes on the KSM website. At the time of writing, TDBC Planning Committee will meet again on 24 October to consider the application. We will keep you updated via Link-Up but please check the KSM website for up to date information or contact KSM PC Chair/Clerk.

Dogs on the Playing Field - vandalism of 'No Dogs' signs - Ongoing concerns about the health and safety risks from dogs using the playing field have led to advice being sought from our Police Community Support Officer and the possible use of CCTV. It was agreed that the Playing Field Management Committee would ask TDBC dog warden to patrol the area and put warning posters up, as well as seek to replace the vandalised signs (for the third time). If the problem persists we will have to consider prosecution. Further information is available on the KSM website. Anyone spotting dogs on the playing field are asked to note details and report the sighting to the Parish Clerk.

Volunteers support appreciated - The organisers and volunteers efforts to keep our community well looked after are much appreciated by all. There was a good turnout for the working day in the Woodland Trusts' Spinney last month when brambles were removed from the Yew Trees and other plants kept in check. The Playing Field Committee also organised a working session and have cleared weeds to make the area look tidier. A volunteer evening run by the Community Plan group, held in the Village Hall, also attracted extra helpers for future community work, litter picking and footpath maintenance. More volunteers are always welcome to help the upkeep of our Parish.

Planning - The council agreed to raise no objection to the following plans:
# 20/17/0027 Replacement of dwelling and outbuildings with dwelling and carport at Greenbanks, Lodes Lane, Kingston St Mary. No objections were raised to this application, recognising the hidden character of the existing dwelling and the consideration for the setting of the proposed dwelling - including mitigation and enhancement for wildlife and landscape, providing recommendations made by the TDBC and Quantocks AONB staff are followed. It will include a new access drive from Lodes Lane.
# 20/17/0023 Erection of Boundary Wall at Grove Farm, Pickney, Kingston St. Mary.

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

COMING SOON TO A VILLAGE HALL NEAR YOU...

The Kingston Players present GASLIGHT,
a thriller by Patrick Hamilton.

This gripping tale of dark secrets, mind games, missing rubies and an unsolved murder will be presented at Kingston St Mary Village Hall on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December at 7.45pm.

Box Office opens on 1st November
Tel 01823 451431 or
email Margaret Bigg at mbigg@sky.com
to order tickets which are 7.00, Members 5.00
Tickets will also be sold on the door

Posted by Stephen Lovell on 16/10/2017

Volunteer in KSM Last year's community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help? Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions: cp-assistance@kstm.uk

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