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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).

Whatsup@Kingston

Erecting marquees Saturday 11 June

If you have offered to erect the marquees on the playing field on Saturday 11 June this is the schedule of events.
Please bring friends, neighbours, anyone who can help. The more the merrier and the faster they go up. Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you.

Regards
Marcus (Queries and Questions 07597 843704)

Schedule
Friday 10/6, start 9.00 hrs Meet at Greenway Cottage to collect marquee, 1 hour max.
Saturday 11/6, start 9.00-10.00 hrs: Playing field, erect marquee, finish 12.00 hrs max.
Sunday 12/6, start 10.30 hrs: Playing field, dismantle marquee, finish 12.30 hrs.


Posted by Marcus Anderson on 27/05/2016
Email: marcusanderson7262@gmail.com

Childminder needed

Hi,
Im looking for a local childminder who can pick up from Kingston St Mary village school. My daughter starts this September and I need help collecting her two or three days per week.
Thanks

Posted by Kirstie Lord on 23/05/2016
Email: Kirstiewood79@gmail.com

looking for family

I am planning to visit Kingston St Mary to trace my family. I see many names on my family tree named Bult, Farling,Sminey and Melhuish. Sure would like to hear if anyone with those surnames are still around. Also hope to get advice in what old records might be around. I would like to stay in a BB if there is one in town. Lastly, are there still services at the Anglician Church

Posted by The Rev. Margaret Williams on 18/05/2016
Email: mwilliams616@comcast.net

Please help us complete our charity challenge.

Hi Kingston St Mary
Reach is a company offering alternative education for young people in Somerset. Staff at Reach have been given a set challenge to raise money for Somerset Foster care Foundation.
We have been split in groups and set the task of staying overnight in a village on the Quantocks on a 0.00 budget. We have been given Kingston St Mary.This includes finding somewhere to stay, somewhere to eat and entertainment. This will all happen on the 3rd June. We are happy to exchange our services for any help we receive. Please contact me and thank you.

Posted by Kate Hooker on 08/05/2016
Email: kate@reachyouth.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 is 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

Read more from the full Notice Board »

Public Meeting North Taunton Development 7 June

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 June in the KSM Village Hall at 19.30 hours to discuss the proposed development between Staplegrove and Kingston St Mary.
Outline applications have been submitted to Taunton Deane Borough Council for permission to build a total of more than 1,600 homes, a new school and community facilities.
A development of this size is bound to have a massive impact on the lives of everyone in the Kingston St Mary parish. The plans - and more details - will be available at the public meeting.
This is your chance to have your say on this important development. Public start of plan process in Kingston St Mary

The outline application has been submitted in two parts. The Parish Council has already lodged an objection to plans to build 713 homes on the west side on the site - between Staplegrove Road and Whitmore Lane - because of the extra traffic that will be generated on the already inadequate road system across north Taunton, and the impact on education, water, drainage and sewerage systems, and health services.

Now developers have applied to build a further 915 houses on the east side - bordering Kingston Road.

A spine road will run through the estate from a roundabout on Kingston Road - between King's Hall and Hope Corner Lane - and Staplegrove Road, close to the present Silk Mills junction.
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.

The plans can be seen on Taunton Deane Borough Council's website, under planning applications, application number 34/16/0014.

One of the easiest and quickest ways to keep up to date with developments is the excellent Residents of Staplegrove Action Group (ROSAG) website at rosag.org.

Road closure Parsonage Lane

Parsonage Lane will be closed to all traffic from the junction with Kingston Road westwards for a distance of 300 metres to enable BT Openreach to carry out remedial works.
Road works The works are expected to commence on 21 May 2016 and last for 2 days between 08.00 and 18.00hrs. While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be signed.
For further information visit Roadworks or contact CCN Communications on 01239 220329.

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.

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.
Read more »

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

Erecting marquees Saturday 11 June

If you have offered to erect the marquees on the playing field on Saturday 11 June this is the schedule of events.
Please bring friends, neighbours, anyone who can help. The more the merrier and the faster they go up. Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you.

Regards
Marcus (Queries and Questions 07597 843704)

Schedule
Friday 10/6, start 9.00 hrs Meet at Greenway Cottage to collect marquee, 1 hour max.
Saturday 11/6, start 9.00-10.00 hrs: Playing field, erect marquee, finish 12.00 hrs max.
Sunday 12/6, start 10.30 hrs: Playing field, dismantle marquee, finish 12.30 hrs.


Posted by Marcus Anderson on 27/05/2016
Email: marcusanderson7262@gmail.com

Childminder needed

Hi,
Im looking for a local childminder who can pick up from Kingston St Mary village school. My daughter starts this September and I need help collecting her two or three days per week.
Thanks

Posted by Kirstie Lord on 23/05/2016
Email: Kirstiewood79@gmail.com

looking for family

I am planning to visit Kingston St Mary to trace my family. I see many names on my family tree named Bult, Farling,Sminey and Melhuish. Sure would like to hear if anyone with those surnames are still around. Also hope to get advice in what old records might be around. I would like to stay in a BB if there is one in town. Lastly, are there still services at the Anglician Church

Posted by The Rev. Margaret Williams on 18/05/2016
Email: mwilliams616@comcast.net

Please help us complete our charity challenge.

Hi Kingston St Mary
Reach is a company offering alternative education for young people in Somerset. Staff at Reach have been given a set challenge to raise money for Somerset Foster care Foundation.
We have been split in groups and set the task of staying overnight in a village on the Quantocks on a 0.00 budget. We have been given Kingston St Mary.This includes finding somewhere to stay, somewhere to eat and entertainment. This will all happen on the 3rd June. We are happy to exchange our services for any help we receive. Please contact me and thank you.

Posted by Kate Hooker on 08/05/2016
Email: kate@reachyouth.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 is 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

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

Upcoming meetings parish council

Next meetings:
Monday 13 June 2016
Monday 18 July 2016
Monday 12 September 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

May 2016
Staplegrove Development - The long awaited outline planning application for the eastern side of the development, bordering Kingston Road, had not been received at the time of the meeting but was expected within days. So it was agreed to hold a public meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesday 7 June to pass on details of the plans.
Read more about the outline on this web page.

Phone Box – The council has now adopted the redundant telephone box at Fulford. The landmark red box has recently been given a fresh coat of paint by local residents. The council is now looking for suggestions for the future use of the box. If you have any ideas, please phone or preferably email the chairman (details below).

Elections Ray Stokes has been re-elected chair of the Council for the next 12 months. Natasha Bradshaw takes over as vice-chair.

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.