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"Quote of the Week"
Quote of the Week is an innocent remark or part of a sentence, overheard
or taken out of context, which sounds intriguing, funny or just plain daft!

"I'm intrigued by lichen"

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For the latest edition of the village newsletter please click here.

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NOTICE OF VACANCY

IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

Kington St Michael

PARISH OF KINGTON ST MICHAEL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that due to the resignation of Avril Balmforth, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 8th June, 2018 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors from the Parish of Kington St Michael, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 13th August, 2018.

Dated 18th May, 2018

Dr Carlton Brand
Returning Officer
Electoral Services
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN


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Shop News
The lucky winner of April's raffle prize of a cut and blow dry is Faye Cambell. May's raffle prize is a beautiful planter; tickets are only £1 each from the shop.

 

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Festival on The Farm
Saturday 23rd June
Festival on The Farm poster


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Kington's Mysterious ATM!
New Zealander, Nigel Saunders, popped in to Kington St Michael to visit his cousin and mentioned that he needed to pop to the local cashpoint "in Stanton Lane". On being told that there wasn't one there was much hilarity when he asked "Are you sure - it's showing on Google Maps?".  A quick peek at the satellite image version confirmed that there couldn't possibly be and that his cousin did, indeed, know what she was talking about:
 ATM 1 ATM 2


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Nymph Hay Wood
To keep the wood safe for walkers and their families please note that
there is a no horse riding policy in place in the Nymph Hay Wood.

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KSM QE2 Field Group Needs New Volunteers

KSM QE2 Field Group is a community group comprising local volunteers whose aim is to enhance the recreation field for the benefit of the whole community. We are proud of what we have achieved in the past couple of years but are a small group and now need more HELP to make further improvements!

If you can help to coordinate or support future community events and/or help with the planning of longer term projects at the QE2 Field, then we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch and send us a private message via Facebook www.facebook.com/KSMQE2Field Thank you for your support.


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Neighbourhood Plan
Are you under 50 years old and interested in joining our committee to represent that age group? Any decisions made now about the village will affect you in the future. Please contact Claire Marlow via cdmarlow59@gmail.com.

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Keep Fit & Mow!
Would you like to keep fit for free and help the church at the same time? The church needs a volunteer who can spare some time once a fortnight during the summer to join the churchyard mowing team. If you can help please contact Colin Labouchere on (01249) 750222.

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Shop News

Organic Milk
Coming to your village shop soon…… locally sourced organic milk in glass bottles - only 85p a pint. If you return the clean, empty bottles to the shop our milkman will recycle them - a win-win situation and environmentally friendly.
We also sell loose fruit and vegetables - no unwanted packaging!

New Beers
Box Steam Brewery's new beers
New in next week are Box Steam Brewery's two new beers - Steam Town and Pony Truck. Why not try them out at only £2.50 a bottle?


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Mah Jong

One of our parishioners is interested in joining a Mah Jong group, or starting one up in the village. If you know of one or would like to join one please email kingtonstmichael@btinternet.com.

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Large Rabbit Sightings

A large rabbit was spotted around the village in the early hours of this morning. Revellers on their way back through the village from a night out couldn’t believe their eyes.

Jack Coney, one of the partygoers, said “I saw it hopping down Tor Hill footpath – it was huge!” His friend, Warren Hedges, confirmed this and added “it was massive, but it didn’t look quite right – a bit of a basket case if you ask me – it was behaving oddly”.

It was also spied by a man walking his dog near The Ridings, where he saw it hopping door to door before disappearing over the stile near Town Close.

Some children at the Rec thought they saw it too. One girl, egged on by her friends, ran after it but lost it in the Nymph Hay Wood, although she did find a large pile of chocolate wrappers which she put in the bin.

If you saw it please let us know. For a list of current sightings please click here.

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Shop News

Bread orders
Hobbs House Bakery illustrated product list
If you would like to see the full range of products from Hobbs House Bakery that you can order from the shop - such as loaves, rolls, breakfast goods, baguettes, organic bread and speciality bread - please click here for the illustrated list (or alternatively squint very hard at the above photo! ).  Pop down and place your order at the shop, or email ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk.

Grow a Row
Grow a Row poster

The village shop is asking parishioners and customers to grow a row of crops
for the shop. When planting this year's vegetables, etc, please consider
growing a row, or planting a pot, and donating the produce to the shop.
Or take down any unwanted potted-up plants and produce.

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Neighbourhood plan

Forthcoming changes will create a demand for more housing developments in this area; these include the electrification of the railway to Chippenham, the Dyson Campus at Hullavington airfield, the creation of a distribution centre at Junction 17 of the M4, and the further expansion of Swindon.

It is important to try to ensure that the village develops as residents would like it to and so a neighbourhood plan is to be produced. This will become a statutory planning instrument, enabling the views of this community to be taken into account when future developments are considered.

Two aspects need to be considered - is there a need for new development in Kington St Michael, as there will be no requirement from Wiltshire Council until 2026? If there is a need or desire for such development what land might be available?

A steering group has been set up by the Parish Council to consider the issues and draw up a plan; however the group is small and mainly mature in years. If you would like to be involved please contact Claire Marlow via cdmarlow59@gmail.com.


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Great British Spring Clean
Litter pick 17.03.18 Litter collected 17.03.18
Members of Kington St Michael’s WIs and villagers, along with Tommy and Henry, participated in this event on a cold snowy morning. Litter was picked up from around the village, stretching from the M4 motorway bridge to The Plough. In all 24 bags of litter, plus various car parts, were collected. On returning to the village participants were invited to Barbara Fenners' home for coffee and refreshments. If you would like to help with future village litter picks, please contact Jenny Hayne on (01249) 750443.

Annual Parish meeting

Go along to the village's Annual Parish Meeting to see what our groups, clubs and organisations have been up to during the past year, and find out what they have planned for the next.
The meeting takes place on Thursday 5th April, 7.45pm in the village hall, with refreshments provided.  AGENDA.

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Kington St Michael Parish Council – Council Tax

“By now everyone in Kington St Michael should have received the Council Tax demand for 2018/2019 which, this year, included a larger than average increase in the precept taken by the Parish Council. I just wanted to address the main reasons why the Parish Council felt the need to increase the precept this year.

Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2009, budgets for Local Authorities have been cut significantly which has affected frontline services. Wiltshire Council has reduced the level of services they are able to provide, to the statutory minimum in many areas, and these cuts are very likely to affect our Parish in the coming years. We have already been affected by cuts to the road sweeping and gully clearing services. With additional cuts anticipated over the coming years, the Parish Council felt it prudent to increase the precept in anticipation of the Parish Council needing to cover costs for other areas of maintenance in the village, which would ordinarily be conducted by Wiltshire Council. Primarily, taking over the upkeep of some public footpaths, including the new Tor Hill footpath, the ha-ha by The Old Rectory, and the village Pound. In addition to this, the PC is currently engaged in a multi-year project to complete the Tor Hill Footpath and is supporting some other smaller capital projects, including the ongoing maintenance of the recreation field – a key community asset.

In reaching a decision to increase the precept by 27.50% in percentage terms, approximately £1.50 per household per month, this means that the overall budget is increased by £5,397.28. This will help fund the various capital projects and also cover the usual inflationary increases on insurance, audits, subscriptions, administration costs and also an increase in the donations and grant budget to support local applications. Taking all this into account it was agreed to request a precept requirement of £23,207.28 for the next Council Financial Year.”

                                                                   Adrian Cole
                                                                   Chairman, Kington St Michael Parish Council

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Pavements are for People!

Parents and carers with pushchairs are having difficulty walking down the village, due to cars parking on the pavement.  Some of our residents are also wheelchair users and are finding a trip to the shop becoming an obstacle course, especially when wheelie bins are out as well.  Trying to cross between parked cars, which are blocking the pavement, is dangerous, and especially difficult if the kerb isn't dropped and, actually, the pavements are there for people not vehicles.
Please park responsibly and ask your visitors to do the same (and please give some thought as to where you place your wheelie bins!).


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Fun in the Sun Returns for 2018

Fun in the Sun is a free activity programme for 5-11 year olds, aimed at providing high quality sports coaching during the summer holidays for young people.  It has been held Kington St Michael for several years now and has proved very popular, with our take up being one of the highest in the area.
This year's dates are all on Mondays from 2.30pm to 4pm on the QE2 Field (if wet then in Kington Club): July 30th and August 6th, 13th & 20th.
More details to follow in due course, but pop those dates in your diary now!

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A350 Road Improvements News

Please click here to read the latest newsletter regarding works to the A350.

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Be Vigilant!

Door-to-door salesmen are about in the village yet again ("Nottingham Knockers"?). If they are genuine salespeople they will be carrying a Wiltshire Council pedlar's licence.
If not then call the Police on 101.
Please be vigilant for the next couple of weeks, keep your valuables in a safe place, and lock your outbuildings. Keep an eye out for your neighbours too.
They were around a few weeks back, which was followed by burglaries in the village.
(21.02.18)


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School news
Kington St Michael School received a letter of congratulations from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, congratulating the staff and pupils on achieving a high standard of writing in the Key Stage 2 assessments. A hundred per cent of children reached or exceeded the expected standard, placing the school in the top 1% of primary schools in England for achievement in writing.

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Burglaries

There has been a spate of burglaries is Kington St Michael and the surrounding area (it may be no coincide that the so-called "Nottingham Knockers" have been about in the last couple of weeks - scroll down).
Please keep an eye out for anything suspicious, especially if your neighbour is away or at work.
If you are heading off to sunnier climes yourself then make sure your property is secure, valuables are locked away and put some lights on timer switches.
For further information on keeping your home safe please visit:
www.wiltshire.police.uk/article/825/Home-safety

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Save This Yew Tree

Yew tree Feb 2018

This wonderful great yew tree in the churchyard is dying but it’s thought that it can be saved. It is 300 to 400 years old and should live to 1,000.

Brian Tayler has kindly tipped a load of manure into the churchyard where there is a wheelbarrow on site. If anyone could pop down and take a garden fork and spread a load over the tree’s roots then this feed could re-vitalise it.

The hungriest roots are below the outer spread of the branches - “A barrow a day keeps the doctor away!”.

Any queries, or to borrow a fork, please ring (01249) 750222.

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Nottingham Knockers
The "Nottingham Knockers" have been in our and other local villages lately.  Please be informed as to their legality by reading this article or clicking on the link at the bottom.
Nottingham Knockers info
Please click here for further infomation.

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Flooding destroys logo
Please click here for the latest newsletter from the Wessex Flooding Resiliance Team.

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Stay Safe Online poster

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Smoke Alarms

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking local people to make monthly testing of their smoke alarms one of their New Year’s resolutions.

If you live in a larger property, a single smoke alarm is simply not enough, with the recommendation being at least one at every level.

To keep your alarms in working order:
    • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
    • Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every month.
    • Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.
    • Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and near bedrooms as a minimum; if you have rooms with a specific fire risk, such as open fires, heaters or lots of electrical chargers, install here as well.
    • Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help, to ensure they’re fully protected.
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Book and DVD recycling scheme
The recipient of the 60th donation of £50 from this scheme, which is run from the
shop foyer, is the village hall, to go towards the cost of the new roof.


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Christmas Fayre Update
This year's fayre made a total of £619.57 for the village hall funds.
The winner of the sloe gin competition was Elfryn Humphreys. The children’s Christmas card competition was won by Tabitha Kallaway in the under-fives age group and Tabitha Sidaway in the age five to elevens.


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Poppy Appeal
Joan Gilbert, Local Honorary Organiser, would like to thank all those who
donated to this year's Poppy Appeal, raising £183.04 for funds.

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Parish Council News
Tor Hill Footpath: This is an ongoing project which the Parish Council continues to monitor, and is being taken forward by two Parish Councillors, Mr Gerry Gamble and Mrs Emily Hocking. 

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Bell Ringing at Kington St Michael
From time to time people ask about the mechanics of bell ringing – can you control the speed, why are they sometimes in a different order, can you get pulled up by the bells?
When we show people around the tower on Church Fun Days, etc we can only show chiming the bells, rather than full circle ringing (what’s the difference?).
If you would like to find the answers to these type of questions, and perhaps have a go, you would be more than welcome to come up to the church tower on any of our practise nights and see what happens. We are normally there on Monday nights from 7pm to 8pm. If you hear the bells ringing we are there!
Come round to the tower entrance (bring a torch, it is
dark outside) and come inside. If the bells are ringing please wait on the ground floor until they stop, then pop your head up the stairs and we will happy to show you the ropes!!

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Bonfire Night 2017
Bonfire night 04.11.17
The new community BBQ area, now complete with permanent water supply, was put to good use when village bonfire night celebrations went off with a bang on 4th November at KSM QE2 Field, for our annual fireworks event.
A big thanks go to all those who helped, supported and volunteered on the day and in the months leading up to the event. This popular village event is supported by the Parish Council, but organised solely by villagers and volunteers who give up their time to make this happen and simply would not be able to take place otherwise, so thank you.
Of course, thanks go to all those who supported the event by buying tickets and attending - we had an amazing turnout and hope everyone enjoyed the spectacular firework display! We are pleased to report we managed to raise a whopping £1,800 in aid of future improvements at the QE2 Field.

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Do You Leave Enough Room?


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QE2 Field News

13/10/17 - The work on our community BBQ area is almost complete.  The water supply was installed last month and the slopes around the hardstanding area have now been weeded, ready for the grass to be seeded before winter sets in. Huge thanks go to Steve and the team at Greentrees Tree Services for weeding this area in support of KSM QE2 Field and the village community!  Thank you - this has saved our volunteers hours of work and is very much appreciated!


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To Let
First floor storage space to let at Kington St Michael Club,
on a 6 month lease - £150 per month.
Details from Bev Day on 07402 962084.

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Meat raffle sign

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FOSMAA
Fosmaa’s September fun day and Teddy bear parachuting raised £410 for funds.

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KSM Telephone Box & Parishioner Power!
(It's a K6!)

 KSM telephone box (before) KSM telephone box (after) 11.09.17

Thanks go to Dave Lemon, who has been liaising with British Telecom which still owns our telephone box. The phone box itself was listed in July 2007, when it was last repainted, but has been neglected by BT since then.  BT has now refurbished the box by replacing some of the panes of Perspex, repainting the box and mending the handset.
As this is a working ‘phone box, please do not leave books in it; these can be donated to the book recycling scheme which runs from the shop’s foyer.


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Hare coursing poster

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Flower & Produce Show
There were some amazing entries at the Flower & Produce show, which was very well supported, with the array of entries making a colourful exhibition. A lively auction completed the afternoon with happy bidders going home clutching fresh vegetables, delicious cakes and beautiful bouquets of flowers. A tremendous amount of work went into the entries and this year's well deserved cup winners are:
Overall Winner - Pat Woodward
WI Trophy for Men - Bruce Low
Vaughan Cup - Claire Broomsgrove
IK Alderman Shield - Jenny Hayne
WI Vase - Claire Broomsgrove
Hughes Cup - Claire Broomsgrove
Wooodward Cup - equal winners: Andrew Fussell, John Woodward, Claire Broomsgrove
Novice Cup - Nina Beese
John Gilbert Cup - Harry Fussell
Singer Cup - Olivia Fussell
Produce at the Flower & Produce show 29.07.17

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Brownies' News
After thirty years of service as leader, Megan Wood has decided to step down as Brown Owl.  She thanks everyone who has volunteered to support the Unit and all the girls who joined Brownies.  Sadly 1st Kington St Michael Brownies will close in July 2017.

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Acorns Pre-school
 
Acorns Pre-school is now open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 2.45pm, offering the full funded 30 hours. For further details contact Lee Churchill on 07932 185973 or e-mail acornsKSM@gmail.com.

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RNLI
Thanks go to those who supported the coffee morning in aid of the RNLI, organised by Sheila Jobbins; £95 was raised for RNLI funds.

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Book Donations
The Book & DVD Recycling Scheme is very grateful to those who are kind enough to donate adult fiction and children's (Cert. U) DVDs.  This works perfectly for most of the time, but on odd occasions there is the feeling that books have just been abandoned in the shop foyer, regardless of what they are.  This means that someone then has to sort them out and take them to a charity shop in Chippenham.

So, just to clarify, religious texts, dictionaries, a 1980s guide to public schools, a Thompson & Morgan catalogue, and a children's guide to astonomy aren't adult fiction!


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Public Art Needs You! Locate – Investigate - Map

About the project: The aim of the project is to locate, record and photograph public art, namely artworks made by an artist, arts practitioner or craftsperson and located in publicly accessible spaces and places in Wiltshire. Public artworks are vulnerable to change, whether it be through environmental damage or vandalism, or through redevelopment of an area in or around it. At present very little is known about the whereabouts and extent of public art in the county and the role it plays to enhance the places where we live and work. To volunteer for the project please contact localstudies@wiltshire.gov.uk or go to www.creativewiltshire.com/get-involved

We need your help: We need individuals and groups to help us gather data on public art in the community such as location of the item, its condition, what is known of it and a photograph of it in situ. Workshops will be run to help prepare, organise and collate material. Data collected as part of the project will be made available in the Local Studies Library at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre with images deposited in the Historic Photograph and Print Collection. The images will then be pinned to the Know Your Place site http://www.kypwest.org.uk/ to map their location geographically.

Help us support public art in the places that matter to you

www.creativewiltshire.com/get-involved

Jan Manning, Receptionist
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre
Cocklebury Road
Chippenham
SN15 3QN

Tel. 01249 705500
email: mailto:WSHCReception@wiltshire.gov.uk
www.wiltshire.gov.uk

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FOSMAA Progressive Supper
Thanks to all those who supported FOSMAA's progressive supper
the evening raised over £1,000 for funds.

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Dog owner notice

Dog Fouling
Once again there are, to the dismay of responsible dog owners, other dog owners are failing to clear up after their pet, especially in The Ridings area of the village.


If anyone sees an owner letting their dog foul in a public place please report it to Wiltshire Council, either by 'phoning 01249 706111 and asking for the Dog Warden, or email
publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk or via an on-line form: click here. Photographic evidence is always a help.  Your personal details will be treated in strict confidence and you will be informed of the outcome of the complaint. Please note that complaints regarding aggressive dogs should be made to the police.

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Power Cut information
For information on how those who are vulnerable can
receive help during a power cut, please click here.

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Remember The Number – 105

A new national phone number, 105, has been launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report a power cut or problem. This new number can be used anywhere in the UK and will put callers through the local electricity network operator
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105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales and customers can call 105 no matter which company they choose to buy electricity from. Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk please call the emergency services too.

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Parish Maps

KSM Parish Map

KSM Parish Map

Do you like to roam and ramble around and about the parish? Well, the shop has the ideal thing for you - the new Kington St Michael laminated walking map. It's double sided and measures 47 x 32cms.

• Easy to read mapping at a scale of 1:16 000 (approx 4 inches to
  a mile)
• Laminated for weatherproofing
• Useful scale ruler for distance and walk time
• Slips easily into your pocket

Only £3.99

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Community Defibrillators

Thanks go to The Jolly Huntsman and Kington St Michael School, for kindly checking the defibrillators each week and for bearing the small cost of the electricity supply to the cabinets.

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Village Hall Car Park

The Village Hall Management Committee would like to remind villagers that the village hall car park is only for village hall users and shop customers. Recently, a number of paying village hall users have not been able to park.  Thank you!

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Emergency planning

If you are new or fairly new to the village and have some skills that would be useful to know in an emergency, such as medical qualifications, plumbing/electrical/building/catering skills or are fluent in a foreign language, please contact Linda Durno on (01249) 750514 or email kingtonstmichael@btinternet.com in order that you may be added to the parish council’s emergency planning information.

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Rural Crime Prevention

Wiltshire Police has launched its rural crime prevention booklet; 94% of Wiltshire is classed as rural areas so there is some great information inside that could be relevant to you. 

The booklet gives advice on the following topics:
•Farmhouse and outbuilding security
•Vehicles, machinery and boundaries
•Fuel tank and heating oil security
•Livestock and horse identification and protection
•Protection of wild animals, poaching and hare coursing

The majority of the photos from the booklet were supplied by members of the public through a photo competition Wiltshire Police held earlier in the year. Please have a read and remember if you see any suspicious activity to ring it in on 101.

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Defibrillators
Just a reminder of where our defibrillators are kept in the village (click here)
and the instructions of what to do if someone collapses (click here).
Please visit the Community Defibrillator page for further information

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Using our Footpaths

To all walkers and dog owners - now that livestock is out in the fields to graze until the autumn. Here are a few suggestions:

Keep to the public footpaths and make sure you shut the gates.
Keep your dogs on leads, pick up their mess and dispose of it in the bins provided. Contact with dog mess can cause serious health problems in humans and dogs, and also in farm animals, which can pick up potentially fatal diseases from contaminated pasture. Worming your dogs regularly will help this problem. Please ask your vet for advice.
Many arable fields have special margins planted round them for the benefit of wildlife, ranging from birds, small mammals and even beetles! Please don't walk on them; farmers can be penalised if this happens.

Wiltshire Police has also issued areminder to dog walkers to control their dogs when crossing fields where livestock is kept, by keeping them on a lead, especially now that lambing season is here.  Thank you.

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Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council has embarked on producing a Neighbourhood Plan. Once adopted by a referendum of the people of the neighbourhood, a Neighbourhood Plan has the same power in law as a national planning policy. It is the best way for the people of the parish to have a say in the future developments that may affect them, whether it be new housing, recreation facilities and much more.
If anyone is interested in helping with its production contact Viv Vines, Parish Council Clerk, via ksmparishclerk@googlemail.com or Adrian Cole via ade@coleplanet.com .

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Advertise Here!
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