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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 and Pickney.
Kingston St Mary has a population of 921 persons and 391 households (2011 Census).

Whatsup@Kingston

Gardener

I am looking for a gardener to maintain a garden in Kingston St Mary.
Any recommendations

Posted by Sarah Foster on 27/07/2016
Email: drsjfoster@hotmail.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

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

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

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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. 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.
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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.

How to 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.

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 and ways to object »

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

Gardener

I am looking for a gardener to maintain a garden in Kingston St Mary.
Any recommendations

Posted by Sarah Foster on 27/07/2016
Email: drsjfoster@hotmail.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

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

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

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Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 12 September 2016
Monday 10 October 2016
Monday 14 November 2016
Monday 12 December 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

July 2016
Staplegrove Development - A further meeting has been held with James Turner of PM Asset Management, promoters of the Staplegrove East outline application.
He assured the chairman there were no plans to develop the most northerly area on the outline application, which runs almost up to Dodhill, it was to be left as green space. The applicants do not plan to underground the high voltage overhead cables running across that area. However, they do intend to put the most southerly overhead cables underground.
PMAM have had discussions with Sustrans regarding provision of a dedicated cycle path through the development from Dodhill to Corkscrew Lane rather than cyclists having the use estate roads.
It now seems unlikely the outline application will be considered by Taunton Deane planning committee before October/November.
The Parish Council will continue to press for the proposed spine road, connecting Kingston Road to Staplegrove Road, to be constructed before any homes are built.

Footpaths – Somerset County Council has confirmed it will replace at least two of the stiles on the footpath between Church Lane and Volis Hill, with kissing gates. But cannot give a date for the work because staff are extremely busy.

Planning – The council raised no objections to the following applications:
Replacement dwelling at The Willows, Lodes Lane, Kingston
Conversion of part of garage to holiday let accommodation at Larkhill, Nailsbourne
Change of use of agricultural field to domestic garden and construction of a tennis court and associated fencing at Barton House, Kingston.

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.

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.
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