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"They make potatoes out of vodka.... oh, wait...."
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The winner of July’s raffle for a home-made cake was Karin Davies. August’s raffle is for a breakfast hamper of local bacon, sausages, eggs, bread, baked beans, Miles tea and ground coffee; tickets are £1 each from the shop.
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
KSM Telephone Box
(It's a K6!)
Had you noticed how tatty our telephone box had been looking? Villager, Dave Lemon, felt that it was in a sorry state and wondered what could be done about it - not only was it tatty but the handset had stopped working.
The phone box itself was listed in July 2007, when it was last repainted, but has been neglected by BT since then. So, BT were contacted and work is now in progress to fix the 'phone, replace the shabby perspex panes and repaint the box - watch that space! Big thanks to Dave too.
Neighbourhood Plan Meeting - Thursday 14th September
If you are interested in becoming involved with the formation of Kington St Michael’s Neighbourhood Plan, and/or would like to join the steering group, please come along to the village hall from 7pm on Thursday 14th September.
If you would like to know more but can’t make the meeting, please contact Viv Vines, Clerk to KSM parish council, on (01249) 657695 or email email@example.com. Visit www.neighbourhoodplanning.org for more information.
Parish Council News
The Parish Council is very grateful to Alan Watson, who volunteered to clear the Tor Hill footpath, which had become very overgrown. Because of cut backs, Wiltshire Council no longer clear public footpaths, so if anyone would like to volunteer to help keep the footpaths in the parish clear, please contact any of your councillors.
Community BBQ & Picnic Area Update & Thanks
KSM QE2 Field Group is delighted to report the completion of the hoggin finished BBQ area, installation of the secured community BBQ and arrival of the new picnic tables. The secure boxed stand pipe is installed and ready for the permanent water supply to be connected on 11th September, in plenty of time for our Bonfire Night event.
Our thanks go to Wiltshire Council for supporting this project including a £3,821 Community Grant from Chippenham Area Board. We are pleased to announce that KSM QE2 Field Group was also presented with a £250 Wessex Watermark Award on 11th July, which will also go towards funding these new facilities.
KSM QE2 Field Group’s intention is to make the BBQ available for group hire. Details will be posted on the website as soon as booking details are finalised. However, in the meantime, if you are interested in hiring the BBQ for an event, please contact Jessica, Treasurer, KSM QE2 Field Group, by phone: (01249) 750270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ‘Had a Field Day’!
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Have a Field Day event at KSM QE2 Field on Sunday 9th July. A glorious sunny afternoon was enjoyed by many, along with our first ever KSM Rounders Festival, other fun and games, BBQ, Pimm's and beer! It was lovely to see so many villagers and families enjoying our outdoor recreation area and making use of our new community BBQ and picnic area.
Many thanks go to all those who helped, before, during and after! We raised around £400 which will go towards further projects and enhancements at the QE2 Field.
And last, but definitely not least, congratulations to The Sloggers team, who gamely won the KSM Rounders Festival, followed by the Roundheads in second place.
Film Night - Monday 11th September
Based on the true story of Prince Seretse Khama’s controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, which resulted in political and diplomatic turmoil in the late 1940s.
Autumn Club is currently looking for someone who would be willing to put out the tables and chairs for its meetings, when the regular helper is unavailable. If you are able to help please contact Molly Hill on (01249) 750793.
A350 and M4 Highway Improvements
Works to improve the A350 start this month; for further information please visit http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-improvements-A350
Works to improve Junction 17 on the M4 are planned to start on August 14th;
for further infotmation please visit http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-improvements-m4
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.
Friends of KSM School
A huge thank you to all who supported the recent school fete; The Friends are pleased to have been approved to be one of the charities on the Waitrose Green Token Scheme in Waitrose, Malmesbury, for July, which could raise as much as £500. They are also excited to be chosen for the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme in Chippenham, where you can vote for them every time you shop in Tesco stores during July and August 2017; this gives them a chance to win up to £4,000 if they get the most votes.
a magnificent total of £5,302.61 was raised for school funds.
Acorns Pre-school ~*~*~*~
As from September, Acorns Pre-school will be 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.
Community Action Fund
The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched his new Community Action Fund. The fund has been created to benefit local communities and £40,000 has been earmarked for this year, to share between projects that meet the fund criteria.
The Commissioner is looking to boost initiatives which will help him to meet the key priorities in his Police and Crime Plan, through projects which demonstrate:
·an increased participation from communities who engage with, and promote community safety, helping to keep their community safe, or
·projects which demonstrate a reduction in rural crime in communities.
Applications are currently being sought from organisations working within the voluntary or community sector (including Town and Parish Councils). The closing date is Friday 11th August 2017.
Further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx
Thanks go to those who supported the recent coffee morning in aid of the RNLI, organised by Sheila Jobbins; £95 was raised for RNLI funds.
Amanda Harrington will be running mixed Pilates classes from 6 – 7pm on August 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, and September 5th; the block of five classes costs £40. To book call Amanda on 07947 348100; further information on www.movement-in-mind.co.uk. ~*~*~*~
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!
Overhanging branches ~*~*~*~
Now is the time to trim trees and shrubs whose branches overhang pavements and public footpaths; please check to see that one of your plants isn’t a culprit.
Part-time cleaner required for the village hall.
Please contact Kay Sambell for more details on (01249) 750205.
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 email@example.com 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
Jan Manning, Receptionist
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre
Tel. 01249 705500 ~*~*~*~
The village shop committee would like to thank Kington Langley parish council for its kind donation of £100 and Kington St Michael parish council for its kind donation of £450, both of which go towards the annual cost of the postal collections. ~*~*~*~
Book and DVD recycling scheme
The 58th beneficiary of £50 from the book and DVD recycling scheme,
which is run from the shop’s foyer, is Acorns Pre-School.
Residents and visitors are politely requested to park sensibly in the village, especially in the main street and its narrower parts. Due to a badly parked car recently the bus was delayed by ten minutes as it couldn’t get through; thankfully no emergency services need to access the village at that point in time. ~*~*~*~
FOSMAA Progressive Supper
Thanks to all those who supported FOSMAA's progressive supper
the evening raised over £1,000 for funds.
At Home Day
Back in the 1980s and 1990s Kington St Michael used to have “At Home” days, which were held to raise money for the village organisations.
Activities and stalls would be held throughout the village, including in the main street, the pond area, fields, private gardens and in the old school playground (now the village hall) and the road would be closed for part of the day.
Nowadays this is hard to imagine, but a revival is often discussed, albeit in another form.
As it would no longer be possible to close the main road and as there are many other organisations fundraising on a regular basis an idea formed over a swift half in a KSM drinking hole. What about an “At Gnome” day – something to rival Kington Langley’s scarecrow weekend but on a smaller, more manageable scale?
Homes throughout the village could display gnomes in their gardens. For those with little room a small gnome such as the Lego Gnome, could be displayed. There would be no worries about Elf & Safety, as the gnomes would be on private property, in fact they would be “gnome sweet gnome”.
Gnomes could be in fancy dress, with characters such as Sherlock Gnomes, Gnomer Simpson or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Gnome. Caring for the gnomes isn’t a problem – they can be safely left gnome alone.
It’s a little gnome fact that gnomes are nocturnal creature – only active at night. This means that they will be conveniently still during the daytime of the At Gnome Day. Perhaps a date at some point in Gnomvember?
Let us know what you think by clicking here – remember gnome news is good news
QE2 Field Group News
Thanks to a grant from Wiltshire Council, the KSM QE2 Field Group is delighted to report that all funding is now secured for the planned water installation and community BBQ/picnic area. Work will proceed over the coming weeks and it is hoped to have this project completed and ready in time for the summer months!
Shop news Prices from £4.50.
The shop can supply delicious homemade cakes to order, with 48 hours' notice required. For a freshly baked cake of your choice please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Fit For Free!
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Fundraiser for Bella
Huge thanks go to everyone who supported the skittles fundraiser at Kington Club on February 4 in aid of Bella’s Fund, and to those local companies and individuals who donated over 60 raffle prizes.~*~*~*~
The winner of the singles skittles was Dave Inds and the winners of the doubles skittles match were John Curtis and Stuart West.
Chairman, Rob Durno, was pleased to be able to present £440 to Terry Robinson, Bella’s grandfather.
Wood Carving for Fun
Chat while you create your masterpiece.
No experience needed. All equipment provided. Choose a session on Tuesdays or Thursdays - 10am – 12 noon or 7pm – 9pm. Costs: £7 an hour.
Call Cilla on (01249) 750222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Village allotments, of varying plot sizes, can be rented annually by residents of Kington St Michael and Kington Langley, subject to availability. To register an interest in joining this thriving allotment community, please contact Caroline Hooper on (01249) 750546, email email@example.com
KSM QE2 Field Group would like to thank the Grolman Group for its kind donation of £50 towards enhancement of facilities at our recreation field in Kington St Michael! ~*~*~*~
QE2 Field GroupOn Saturday 10th December the KSM QE2 Field Group volunteers were busyclearing metal and nails left over from the recent village bonfire event!They have done their best to remove as much metal as possible, but can dog owners and parents with children particularly, please avoid the bonfire area just in case there are any nails remaining?! Thank you.
~*~*~*~Christmas Fayre UpdateThe winners of the home-made mince pie competition are:1st Rosemary Johnson2nd Kay Sambell3rd Louise WilliamsThe winners of the children's Christmas card are:Under 5s - Jessica TurnerAge 6 - 11 - Tabitha SidawayWinners of the sloe gin competition are:1st Megan Woods2nd Louise Grant3rd Gianfranco ChiccoThe Christmas Fayre made a total of £656.11 for the village hall funds.~*~*~*~School SuccessKington St Michael School has been given top marks by the State Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. This is a double success as the school was also praised as 'Outstanding in all areas' by Ofsted in 2014. ~*~*~*~Bonfire Night Result There was a fantastic turn-out on bonfire night – attended by over 425 people from our village community - and an amazing firework display too. More than £900 was raised which will go towards projects on the recreation field and next year’s fireworks! Thanks go to everyone who helped, supported and attended this popular village event.
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Area Board Grant Success for Community BBQ and Picnic Area
KSM QE2 Field Group is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a £3,821 Community Area Grant by Chippenham Area Board towards the planned community BBQ and picnic facility at the recreation field.
The project includes permanent water supply installation and a natural hoggin finished hard standing (similar to the path down towards Nymph Hay) to include fixed and secured BBQ and picnic benches/seating. This community area will be located to the left of the gate on the edge of the field and adjacent to the road side.
Having ready access to water and permanent BBQ and seating facilities will really help to support future village events and encourage people, clubs and groups to make better use of the recreation space available.
More updates will follow on this project soon!
~*~*~*~ On behalf of KSM QE2 Field Group a huge thanks to all those who helped, supported and attended the bonfire and fireworks event in Kington St Michael on 5th November. As always, these community events simply would not happen if people didn’t kindly volunteer to give up their time to help plan, organise and manage them. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported this year’s event – it was a fantastic turn-out and an amazing firework display – great to get so many people from our village community together. Special thanks also go to 1304 Squadron - Chippenham Air Cadets for all their help before and during the bonfire and fireworks!
Bonfire Night - Thanks!
FOSMAA's Fun Day
September's fun day raised in excess of £460.
Thank you to all who supported this event.
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.
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.
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
• Laminated for weatherproofing
• Useful scale ruler for distance and walk time
• Slips easily into your pocket
Pedestrians at Tor Hill
Could drivers please note that the residents of the cottages at the top of Tor Hill need to use the road to access the entrances to their properties when on foot. Their gateways are equidistant to the entrances to Tor Hill footpath, so either way they would need to use the road; please do not hurl abuse at them telling them to use the footpath .
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.
Dog and Livestock Issues
Dog owners are reminded that dogs should be kept on leads in fields where there is livestock, or to avoid those fields altogether, especially during lambing season. Sadly there have recently been lamb fatalities.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in order that you may be added to the parish council’s emergency planning information.
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.
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
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.
The Parish Council is embarking on the process of 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 taking part and helping with its production contact Viv Vines, Parish Council Clerk, via email@example.com or Adrian Cole via firstname.lastname@example.org .
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