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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!

"Prawns - I love 'em"
"What you need is a llama..."

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

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FOSMAA Village Singers event poster

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Book and DVD recycling scheme
Acorns Pre-school is the 63rd recipient of £50 from this scheme,
which is run from the shop foyer.

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Kington Club logo
On Christmas Eve the Club will be opening at 4.30pm, for those of you
who would like to call in after the Christingle service in the church.

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Shop Late Night Opening & Christmas Opening hours

Late Night Opening sign
The shop is staying open until 7pm on the Thursdays in December before Christmas (so that's December 13th and 20th!)
Chrsitmas opening hours 2018

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Christmas Last Posting Dates
Christmas Last Posting Dates UK 2018
For last posting dates for outside the UK please click here.
This year's Christmas stamps will be available from early November
- remember, you can use them all year round!

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Christmas Drink/Drug Driving

 

Wiltshire Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs' Council Christmas Drink/Drug Driving Campaign that runs until early January 2019.

All Wiltshire Police officers and members of Tri Force Roads Policing Unit will be conducting high profile roadside checks at all times of the day and night, to catch those who pose a huge risk to themselves and the lives of other road users.

Officers will also be screening for drugs at the roadside as it has been found that drivers who have consumed both drugs and alcohol are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than sober drivers.

The consequences of being caught drink or drug-driving which can include a 12-month driving ban, a large fine, a criminal record, and serious implications for insurance premiums, once the offender can drive again. It can also have a huge impact on personal lifestyle, with people losing their jobs and suffering relationship breakdowns and can mean travel restrictions overseas to some countries.

Anyone wishing to report an incident of drink/drug driving should call Wiltshire Police on 101 and select option 4 for the Drink Drive hotline.

In an emergency always dial 999.

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Shop's Raffle

The lucky winner of November’s raffle for a Christmas hamper was Liz Bennett. December’s raffle is for a Christmas turkey; tickets are £1 from the shop and the draw will take place on Saturday 15th December.

 


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Poppy appeal
Local organiser, Joan Gilbert, would like to thank those who
contributed to the Poppy Appeal in the village; £293.44 was raised.

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Christmas Stamps
Christmas stamps are available NOW from the village shop and once they're gone, they're gone! ... And here are this year's lovely designs...
Christmas Stamps 2018
... and don't forget that a Christmas stamp isn't just for Christmas
- it can be used all year round!

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QE2 field
This year’s bonfire night and fireworks raised over
£750 towards enhancements at the QE2 Field

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NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Many of you may be aware that there is a team of villagers working on the preparation of the NeigbourhoodNeighbourhood Plan. As part of the preparation of for producing this document, our Neighbourhood Plan,Wiltshire Council has agreed to carry out a Rural Housing Needs Assessment survey to help define the requirement, if any, for more houses in Kington St Michael Parish.

Survey forms will be distributed early in January 2019 to all households. You will be asked to complete and return the survey, in a pre-paid envelope, by 11th February. You can also complete the survey form online.

This is an important step in defining what you we want Kington St Michael to look like in the future.

The final Neighbourhood Plan will become a formal planning document with which any further development within the Parish will have to comply.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE SURVEY FORMS BY THE DEADLINE OF 11TH FEBRUARY 2019.

If you would like to join the Neighbourhood Plan steering group, Committee please contact Claire Marlow cdmarlow59@gmail.comX or John Hall on 750550.

Identifying Rural Housing Needs
Housing rural survey poster
Kington St Michael's Survey will be sent out in January 2019 -
it will be addressed to "The Occupier" so please don't ignore it!

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Splash Christmas projects
Download a referral form here.

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Older person’s standard Wiltshire concessionary bus pass
Bus pass poster
Information about the renewal of bus passes:
From 1st January 2019, not all bus passes will be renewed automatically. This is because there are approximately 20,000 passes in circulation that have not been scanned on a bus prior to renewal, indicating that the pass has not been used. In these cases, the passes will not be automatically renewed.
If your pass is not automatically renewed but you would still like to receive one to use in the future, please contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 and we can arrange for your new pass to be issued.
Wiltshire Council regrets that any charges which may occur on bus journeys are non-refundable.

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Shop Christmas Goodies
Christmas goodies and hamper
Look at some of the shop's lovely Christmas goodies!
There is also a raffle for a turkey - tickets are only £1 from the shop.


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Memories of Kington St Michael by
Mabel Jane Goodchild (neé Coleman)
Mabel was born in Kington St Michael in 1888. She wrote a history of her life, which was kindly passed to us by Mr Newton Tainsh, who discovered it in the effects of his late wife, Tyrol-June. It had been sent to her by Marion Adams of Etobikle, Ontario, Canada, who was Mabel's daughter.
To read Mabel's fascinating history please click here.

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Pilates
Pilates classes have started on Tuesday evenings in the village hall;
beginners and improvers from 6pm – 7pm and intermediate from 7.15pm – 8.15pm.
Contact sfppilates@outlook.com.

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Bonfire Night 2018

Bonfire night 03.11.18
On behalf of KSM QE2 Field Group, a massive thank you to all the amazing volunteers who helped in the lead up to and on the day/evening on Saturday 3rd November, to make our annual bonfire and fireworks event a success!

Special thanks go to Kington St Michael Village Shop for selling advance tickets, the members of Kington St Michael Club, who were amazing, including the guys from Amberon, to Simon Jones and Bruce Low for the spectacular firework display and Scouts from 3rd Chippenham Scout Group for helping to build the bonfire (and the Guy!). Too many other kind volunteers to mention but your help was invaluable – thank you so much. Great teamwork and community spirit to make this event happen. We hope everyone who came had a great night!

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Shop Christmas flyer

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FOSMAA logo

At last we have positive news!

"The Diocesan Advisory Committee has finally agreed the plans we have for our church.

With the independently-heated meeting room, loo, hospitality unit and space in which to circulate, the building will provide a top class venue for meetings, concerts, exhibitions, gatherings after services, etc, etc. Subject to a signature by The Chancellor (no problem foreseen following the DAC’s approval) we will be able to start the next step of approaching trusts and grant giving bodies, and Colin Labouchere has offered to master-mind this. The more money the community can raise prior to these approaches the more favourable consideration they are likely to give us.

How you can support right now
With fundraising enjoyment in mind, the Friends of St Michael and All Angels have arranged an Antiques Evening on November 23rd (see below). This promises to be an exceptional event.

Any donations to FOSMAA would be particularly valuable at this time because the more money raised locally, the more trust and grant bodies are willing to offer. We are looking for an estimated £30,000 and donations may be made by contacting the treasurer, Jessica Puddy, on (01249) 750270. 

Thank you so much for your support,
Cilla Labouchere"


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Wiltshire Council Highways Newsletter
For information on who to contact with Highways issues, gritting routes, how to prepare for bad weather when travelling, etc, please click here for the Highways Newsletter.

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Wanted

Coins, medals and hallmarked silver items.

Two Bears Antiques and Collectables is a local business run by village residents who have lived in Kington St Michael for over 20 years.  They are more than happy to visit you at home and look at any items you are thinking of selling even if you think the item has little value. The antiques and collectables market is always changing so you may be surprised. They normally make an offer that is valid for 14 days to give you time to decide if you want to sell.

They also buy gold and silver jewellery, even if it is broken or has bits missing.

You can email them on twobears.antiques@btinternet.com or call 07739 469160.

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Disgusting Dog Owner
Would the dog owner who is letting their dog habitually foul in the driveway of a property in The Ridings please stop it? If anyone sees someone not clearing up after their dog, please contact the dog warden at Wiltshire Council on (01249) 706425 or email sebastian.williams@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Folly Row Café
Folly Row Cafe winter opening hours


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Progressive Supper Result

Thanks go to those who supported the recent progressive supper to raise funds to send the Village Singers to Carnegie Hall; £2,422 was made.

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Book Club
Folly Row Café is holding a book club, monthly on Mondays at 11am - all welcome.
For meeting dates please contact the café on (01249) 750887.


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Scam Mail

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Making A Planning Application
If you are considering or are about to make an on-line planning application via
Wiltshire Council's website, you will be redirected to the Panning Portal.
Unfortunately, if you choose to use autofill for your address, and if you happen
to live along the main street (i.e. no** KSM) then you will find that it submits
your address as being in Honeyknob Hill or C154 Road.
This causes confusion to those wishing to or needing to look at
planning applications, and, in fact, there are only 8 properties which have the
Honeyknob Hill address (unsurprisingly 1 - 8 Honeyknob Hill).
The Parish Counil is asking affected residents who make a planning application
to please check that "Honeyknob Hill" or C154 road" isn't included in the address (unless you are one of the eight!) and to enter the address manually.
If you spot this issue elsewhere, please let the Clerk to the Council know: ksmparishclerk@gmail.com.

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Parish Council
At September's parish council meeting Bill Isaac stepped
down from the council after over 40 years’ service.
Two news councillors were co-opted, Sandra Eaton and Peter Macdonald.

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FOSMAA
FOSMAA’s fun day and Teddy bear parachuting raised £485
towards installing a toilet and hospitality unit in the church.

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Kington St Michael School Wins International School Award

Kington St Michael CE Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.
Kington St Michael CE Primary School’s international work includes leading a whole school Global Week, Fair Trade Fortnight, Bastille Day and Chinese New Year celebrations and developing strong links with schools overseas.
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in
children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”
Many thanks and congratulations to Mrs Hussey, who has led this work in school.

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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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Running club

Michelle Maxwell holds a term-time running club on Thursday mornings, 9am, meeting at the village hall. Distance of 5-8k with variations on coached intervals, hills and technique, or often just running; pace of 10-12 minute miling, distance and session dependent. All welcome, £3 each.

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Kington Club News

The winning team of the summer skittles league was Dave’s Gang.

Despite having to rearrange the Fun Family Day to Bank Holiday Monday at very short notice, the event was well supported and raised £568 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. 

Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s own stall raised £63.73, bringing the total raised for the organisation to £631.73.

The winners of the tug-of war competition were team Kington Club, softball winners were The Village People, Ed Roe won the men’s skittles competition, Jackie Giddings won the women’s and Phoebe Robinson won the juniors’. Champion men’s welly wanger is Mike Hughes with a throw of 94’, women’s champion is Trina Milsted with a 60’ throw, and junior champ is Alfie Robinson with a throw of 30’.
 

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Folly Row Cafe's ChatTable is Here!
Folly Row Cafe - Iona and Kirsty

Folly Row Café in Kington St Michael now has its own ChatTable. Café owner Kirsty Clark said “We are really pleased to have a ChatTable in the café, and hope that people will make good use of it; we’re a friendly café anyway, but we hope that this will encourage those on their own to pop in.”

Family friend and village teenager, Iona Durno, 17, approached Mrs Clark with the idea of instigating a ChatTable. She explained “I had heard of the idea beforehand and thought it would be great to have one in our village café, so that anyone on their own could sit down and be joined by others, and have a cup of coffee and a nice conversation”.

The concept of the ChatTable is that anyone can sit and talk at the designated table, whether for five minutes over a cuppa, or longer for some great conversation. It’s open to anyone, whether they’re on their own, new to the village and wanting to meet people, a new mum looking for someone to chat to, or someone just having “one of those days” and needing a distraction – making friends is optional.

Folly Row Café’s ChatTable is currently available from 10am to 11am on Mondays and Tuesdays, and from 2.30pm - 3.30pm on Monday afternoons

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Alms Houses Trustees

(Kington St. Michael United Charities)

The Amlshouses Trust has been advised by the Almshouses Association that more Trustees are needed; do you have just two hours to spare every other month?  If so, you would be warmly welcomed.

For details of what is entailed please contact Mrs Sue Roe, Clerk to the Almshouses Trust, on (01249) 750622.

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Watch Your Speed
A polite reminder to all villagers and those passing through Kington St Michael, PLEASE slow down and watch your speed.  At least two young cats have been killed on the road through our village in just 6 months and many hedgehogs too. Thank you.

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Dog Theft Advice
For useful information on how to prevent dog theft, especially that of gun dogs, please click here.

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Age UK Wiltshire
Age UK Wiltshire

Age UK Wiltshire is local independent charity providing support to anyone over the age of 50, living in Wiltshire & Swindon, who needs a bit of information, advice, extra support or friendship.

They rely on the support of more than 300 wonderful people who give their time and energy to help them provide our services.

If you would like to join their friendly team - even for a few hours each month - they'll help you find the role that's right for you; please click here for further information..


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A Treasurer Needed!

Treasurer needed to join the Alms Houses Trustees - you do not need to be an accountant, just numerate and able to monitor bank accounts.
We would love to hear from you; do come and find out more about the Alms Houses.
Please contact Sue Roe, Clerk to the Trustees, on (01249) 750622,
or email pwcroe@aol.com


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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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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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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.
01.04.18

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Advertise Here!
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