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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!
"My mother liked a smutty book"
For the latest edition of the village newsletter please click here.
Parish Council Vacancy
Kington St Michael Parish Council currently has one vacancy. If you are a local resident and would like to play a part in shaping the future of our community, your input would be very welcome on the Parish Council.
If you are interested in this stimulating and rewarding role, please contact the Clerk, Mr Viv Vines, before 3rd September. If you would like to know more about being a Councillor, please contact either Viv or any member of the Parish Council, who will be pleased to discuss it with you.
Mr Vivian A Vines MBE
3 Wardour Road
Tel. (01249) 657695
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.
Consent forms can be downloaded here.
Dog Theft AdviceFor useful information on how to prevent dog theft, especially that of gun dogs, please click here
.~*~*~*~Shop newsThe lucky winner of June’s raffle for a chicken was Cyn Witts. July’s raffle is for a home-made cake, with a choice of flavours; tickets are £1 each from the shop.~*~*~*~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..
Book and DVD recycling scheme
Autumn Club is the 61st recipient of £50 from this scheme,
which is run from the shop foyer.
Improved Recycling from July 30th
From Monday 30th July 2018 the materials that people can recycle at home from the kerbside is changing. In addition to cardboard and plastic bottles, people will be able to recycle food and drink cartons, plastic pots, tubs and trays by popping them in the blue-lidded wheelie bin (plastic films and black plastic cannot be recycled). You can request an extra blue-lidded bin should you need one.
Splash Summer Projects
The Splash Summer Activities programme is now open for referrals. There are 31 FREE, positive activity days planned offering lots of choice for young people. To avoid exceeding peoples inbox limits this email contains weekly summaries of the Splash activities with detailed information for each activity available on the Splash webpage at:
FREE central transport pick ups to every activity will be provided. The planned pick ups are detailed on each individual flier. Please state on the referral form if transport is required and from which pick up point. If you are unable to get to the venue or the pick up point please contact the office and we will try to help.Further details on the above website.
Flower & Produce Show
The annual KSM Flower, Produce & Craft Show is coming up on 21st July. This is a lighthearted occasion and an opportunity for you to show off your skills - garden produce, flowers and flower arranging, baking and home preserves, photography and handicrafts. Do have a go and play your part in keeping this traditional event alive.
Gardeners are all in the same boat this year - slugs, winds, lack of rain etc - so you are all batting on the same wicket! And children can enter competitions specially tailored for them. Do have a look at the show schedules, which are available here, or from the shop, Jenny Hayne or Janet Elms, and write the date in your diary.
An allotment is currently available to rent at the rear of the Alms Houses;
if you are interested please contact John Foster on (01249) 750371.
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 email@example.com
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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Great British Spring Clean
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.
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.”
Chairman, Kington St Michael Parish Council
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!).
Please click here for the latest newsletter from the Wessex Flooding Resiliance Team.
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.
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.
Joan Gilbert, Local Honorary Organiser, would like to thank all those who
donated to this year's Poppy Appeal, raising £183.04 for funds.
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!!
~*~*~*~Bonfire Night 2017
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.
~*~*~*~Do You Leave Enough Room?
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!
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.
Fosmaa’s September fun day and Teddy bear parachuting raised £410 for funds.
KSM Telephone Box & Parishioner Power!
(It's a K6!)
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.
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
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For information on how those who are vulnerable canreceive help during a power cut, please click here
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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