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 The Latest News & Snippets About The Village

(Contributions welcome - click on Contact Us)

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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!

"Mum is weirdly scary with a rifle"
"I love licking envelopes"!

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


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Carol Service

Carols and readings 17.12.17
Sunday 17th December, 4pm in St Michael & All Angels Church.
Christmas carols and readings, followed by tea or coffee and a mince pie.
All welcome.

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Kington Club's Friday Night Food
Please note that there will be no Friday Night Feast on December 22nd, as the kitchen staff take some time off over Christmas; normal service will resume on December 29th.

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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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Shop News
Christmas hamper 2017
The winner of November's raffle for a turkey, is Louise Grant.
December's raffle is for a Christmas hamper and will be drawn on December 22nd. Tickets are only £1 each from the shop.
Stop at the shop
Stop at the shop .... on your way to town, on your way to Autumn Club, on your way to Pre-school, on your way to Thursday church service, on your way to the village hall, on your way to the café, on your way to the pub, on your way to the Club, on your way home, ..... in fact anytime that you're on your way past just pop in to see us - you'll be surprised at what we stock!

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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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Last UK Posting Dates for Christmas


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Christmas waste timetable

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Temporary Road Closure - Honeyknob Hill

Wiltshire Council.  Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.  Temporary Closure of: Honey Knob Hill (Part), Kington St. Michael (Ref: TTRO 5081).

Notice is hereby given that Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

Honey Knob Hill (Part), Kington St. Michael; from its junction with Grove Lane in a northerly direction for a distance of approximately 450m.  To enable: BT Openreach to access the overhead structure for cabling works.  Alternative route: via C154 Stanton Park – UC Woodburn Farm Road – Grittleton Road /The Street – C1 Hullavington – A429 – A350 – C154 Kington St. Michael Road / HoneyKnob Hill (unaffected length) and vice versa. (Please click here for a plan).

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 16th January 2018 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required between the hours of 09.30 and 15.30 for one day. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact A-Plant Lux Traffic Control (on behalf of BT

Openreach) on 03700 500792.


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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. 

Parish Steward: The next visit by the Parish Steward is on Monday 11th December. If you have any issues regarding highways in the parish please contact Councillor Avril
Balmforth, telephone (01249) 750671, before Friday 8th December so that she may report them.

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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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Necklace Found
A gold necklace has been found in Stanton Lane -
if you think that it may be yours please contact Louise on (01249) 750823.

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Do You Leave Enough Room?


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Late Night Shopping

The village shop is staying open until 7pm every Thursday until 21st December
to help you with your Christmas shopping and preparations.

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Kington Club News
The winners of the club’s November meat raffle are Ian Pitman, Carol West, Barbara from the skittles team, and two new faces to the Club. The next meat raffle will be drawn on December 16th and tickets are £1 each, now on sale at the bar.


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Village Shop's Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Saturday 23rd December - 9.30am – 1pm
Sunday 24th December - Closed
Monday 25th December - Closed
Tuesday 26th December - Closed
Wednesday 27th December - Open as usual

Monday 1st January - Closed
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House Wanted in Kington St Michael
"We are a local family and are looking to buy a 4 bed property
(or 3 bed if it has potential to be made into 4) in Kington St Michael.
We are in a proceedable position and are keen to find somewhere a.s.a.p. 

Ideally, we are looking for a detached period property but would consider
any property type.  Please contact Paula on: 07780 985433."


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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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Shop News

Now is the traditional time for making cakes and puddings for Christmas. The shop has all the ingredients you need, including marzipan, to start baking your favourite recipes.


As usual the shop will be taking orders for free range turkeys, turkey crowns, baked hams and Nicola’s secret recipe mince pies
Orders for fresh local turkey can be placed from Saturday 4th November - Saturday 2nd December.  Fresh turkey crowns, and baked ham orders can be placed from Saturday 4th November - Saturday 18th December
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Meat raffle sign

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Youthwatch leaflet

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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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Temporary Closure of Stanton St Quintin Recycling Centre
Please note that Stanton St Quintin Recycling Centre will be closed from 4th - 17th December (reopening on 18th December) to allow for site refurbishment and transferral of management and operation to FCC Environment.

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Wiltshire Mobile Library service

A review is being carried out of the mobile library routes and the comments of the community would be appreciated on the proposed mobile library schedules for our area.

The consultation documents are available to view online from the Wiltshire Libraries webpage at http://services.wiltshire.gov.uk/MobileLibrary/ from 4th September. Members of the public and customers can make a comment about routes in their community by downloading and completing the Consultation Feedback form. All review documents and feedback forms are also available from the mobile library.

The consultation period is until 4th November 2017 and during this period there will be direct consultations with customers of the North and South Mobile Libraries.   Following the consultation the service hopes to be in a position to introduce revised routes in February 2018.

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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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Shop news
Thank you

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.

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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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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

Lego Gnome

(01.04.17)

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Shop news
Cake slices, mixed
The shop can supply delicious homemade cakes to order, with 48 hours' notice required. For a freshly baked cake of your choice please email ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk.

Prices from £4.50.

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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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Fundraiser for Bella
Presenting the cheque at Bella's fundraiser 04.02.16

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.

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Allotments
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 linehooper@hotmail.co.uk.

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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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