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Vouchers for faster broadband - act now!

Connecting Devon and Somerset has committed to bringing broadband to everyone within the programme area. If you are not yet able to receive broadband speeds of over 2Mbps you may be able to get connected through the CDS voucher scheme. The scheme will provide a subsidy of up to £500, in the form of a voucher code, to fund the installation of a new broadband connection. Voucher scheme Connecting Devon and Somerset Each premise can choose their supplier from a selected list; with every solution guaranteeing a minimum of 10Mbps download speed. Applications will be open until the 30th of November 2016 allowing suppliers time to complete installations and claim funding within the financial year of the scheme.
Read more to apply »

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Christmas wreath making workshop

Create a beautiful mossed wreath for Christmas at this years workshop.
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 10.00am to 1.00pm, Broomfield Village Hall.
Cost; 25.00, to include all materials and refreshments; tea, coffee, homemade cake and mince pies.
See photos of wreaths and previous workshops at the Yvonne Harris Flowers website.

For more details or to book, email, or ring Yvonne on 01823 451883 or 07880 556193.

Posted by Yvonne Harris on 24/10/2016
Email: yvonne@yvonneharrisflowers.co.uk

Christmas Music Morning at The Grange

You are cordially invited to a morning of Christmas music, mince pies, and mulled wine at The Grange.

Monday 12th December 2016 10.00 11.30

All contributions will go to The Children of the Himalayas charity and S.U.R.E. Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment charity

Posted by Laura Smith on 13/10/2016
Email: laura.j.smith@tauntonschool.co.uk

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Alternative broadband options

Research has been undertaken by the Broadband team of the Community Plan Steering Group to compare the services provided, which will be shared with you at a meeting at the Village Hall in January 2017.
Read the info leaflet »
Please email the Broadband team at broadband@kstm.uk if you have questions about these initiatives.

KSM Christmas party Years 7 to 11s

The Kingston Youth Group organise a special Xmas party for Years 7 to 11s from Kingston, Broomfield & Cheddon on Saturday 10 December. Please email Louise Hines and tell that you'll join the party!

Kingston St Mary Community Planning News

Work on our new Community-led Plan is progressing extremely well. In October the headline results of the 2016 Household Survey were presented to residents at a public meeting in the village hall.
If you missed the meeting, don't worry, you can download a summary report of the results (pdf) and the full presentation (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.

High turnout Public Meeting North Taunton Development

A public meeting was held in the KSM Village Hall discussing the proposed development between Staplegrove and Kingston St Mary.
Public start of plan process in 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.
During the meeting plans were presented and illustrated by the Kingston St Mary Parish Council.
Read more about these plans »

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.

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Christmas wreath making workshop

Create a beautiful mossed wreath for Christmas at this years workshop.
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 10.00am to 1.00pm, Broomfield Village Hall.
Cost; 25.00, to include all materials and refreshments; tea, coffee, homemade cake and mince pies.
See photos of wreaths and previous workshops at the Yvonne Harris Flowers website.

For more details or to book, email, or ring Yvonne on 01823 451883 or 07880 556193.

Posted by Yvonne Harris on 24/10/2016
Email: yvonne@yvonneharrisflowers.co.uk

Christmas Music Morning at The Grange

You are cordially invited to a morning of Christmas music, mince pies, and mulled wine at The Grange.

Monday 12th December 2016 10.00 11.30

All contributions will go to The Children of the Himalayas charity and S.U.R.E. Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment charity

Posted by Laura Smith on 13/10/2016
Email: laura.j.smith@tauntonschool.co.uk

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

Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 12 December 2016
Monday 9 January 2017
Monday 13 February 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.
More information about the parish council.

News from the parish council

November 2016
Award – Marcus Anderson, who played such a key role in the organisation of the Queen's Jubilee and 90th birthday celebrations, has been given an award for his service to the community.
Taunton Deane Deputy Mayor Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey attended the meeting to present the award to Marcus on behalf of the chair of Somerset County Council Cllr Christine Lawrence.
Marcus has been a stalwart of village life for many years serving on a number of organisations and is currently chair of the Village Hall committee and a Parish councillor. While many others were involved in the two Royal celebrations, it was his drive and leadership that made both of these events such a success, bringing residents of all ages together and fostering a real community spirit.

Budget - The council has deferred a final decision on its budget for 2017/18 until its next meeting when more financial information should be available. However, it is already clear that there will have to be a sizeable increase in the precept – the amount we raise from council tax – for the first time in 10 years.
The reason being that the council is now having to foot the bill for many of the jobs previously carried by local authorities. If this work is not done the village will appear increasingly neglected. Because the parish council’s income is so small (£5,508 in the present year) percentage figures are very misleading. But the rise in the parish precept will be less than 10 pence per week (based on a Band D house).

Fly tipping – There has been an increase in fly tipping in the parish in recent weeks. Large items, such as mattresses and furniture have been left in lay-bys and, in one case, at a minor road junction. Fly tipping is not only unsightly but can be a health and road safety hazard.
Anyone who spots rubbish that has been dumped illegally should contact Taunton Deane Council by phone 356356 – or report it online where the location can be pinpointed on a map. It will usually be cleared within a few days.

Planning - The council agreed not to raise any objection to:
Formation of off street parking area in front of gardens of Nos 8,9 and 10 Parsonage Cottages, Parsonage Lane.

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.

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