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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!

"There's blue on my pom-pom"
"They make potatoes out of vodka.... oh, wait...."
"I think about you when I drive on to the driveway"!


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


FOSMAA picnic day poster 30.07.17


Tuesday 27th June, 7pm in the church.
This will be a short meeting with coffee, biscuits and a chat.


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.


WI buffet lunch poster


Parish Council
Following June’s parish council meeting Mr Will Roe was co-opted on to the parish council.


HAve a Field Day poster
(Please click here for the rounders entry form.)


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!


Saturday 1st July: School Fete
School Fete poster
Please do go along to the School Fete on Saturday 1st of July; there will be a lot more than just children’s games. The tea and cake area is very popular and will have lots of seating to relax in, ther new and improved BBQ last year was very popular with the new addition of pulled pork burgers, the plants and produce stall will be busy again this year as will our ever-popular tombola, and, of course, there will be a stocked bar with Castle Combe Brewery Ale and lovely Pimm’s to enjoy on a glorious summer’s day.


Shop news

May’s raffle for a bouquet of flowers was won by Sheila Jobbins. June’s raffle is for a hamper full of goodies for men (don't forget Fathers' Day on June 18th!!); tickets are £1 each, available from the shop.


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.



Outline Planning for the erection of up to 1000,000 sq ft of class B8 (storage and distribution) Employment Space and Associated Infrastructure.

Kington St Michael Parish Council is aware that not all parishioners may have knowledge of the proposed development, which the council has strongly objected to, and so here is some further information.

      Chippenham Gateway would currently, be the largest speculative warehouse development in the United Kingdom.

The request for outline planning permission has been submitted; follow this link for more details: Chippenham Gateway Planning Application 17/03417/OUT

If you wish to see consultee responses visit http://planning.wiltshire.gov.uk and quote the above planning application number.

Some of the issues commented on the website are:

· Development outside the Wiltshire Core Strategy
· The economic justification for the Development
· Size, landscape and visual impact; light & noise
· Environmental matters including flood risk, trees and hedgerows
· Traffic
· Employment

Chippenham Gateway at Junction 17 is the largest speculative development in the UK which will swallow up 1000,000 sq ft of farm land.

We are losing much of the countryside around Chippenham to developers, that soon the area could resemble the outskirts of Swindon, but without all the benefits of good shopping and entertainment facilities.

Should planning permission be given, there is the likely possibility that this will result in ribbon development on other farmland alongside the A350 in to Chippenham.

If you want to protect our countryside, and rural way of life, email your views to the following people:

County Councillor, Kington division

Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Strategic Asset Management (County Councillor, Brinkworth division)

Leader of Wiltshire Council (County Councillor, Bybrook division)


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 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


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

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


Curry Nights
Tuesday nights are Curry Nights from 7pm - 9pm in Kington Club. Pop(adom)
along for a selection of curries, rice dishes and side dishes.
Vegetarian options are available on all curries.
Curry & rice prices start from £6.20.
Eat in or take away.

Curry night menu


Darts & Skittles
Darts & skittles

It’s time to sign up! The entry sheets for in-house darts and in-house skittles are now up in the Club.Darts will start on June 1st, with a £2 entry fee. Skittles start on June 6th (no entry fee). Games to be played as and when arranged between competitors.


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.


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.


Shop news
Back last year some of our lovely customers rose to our Fling a Fiver challenge,
so this year we're doubling up and asking you to Toss a Tenner!

Spend £10


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

Lego Gnome



Sloggerz info


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
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.


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.


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.


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.


Wood Carving for Fun

Carved wooden duck

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 cilla@labouchere2.co.uk


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.


Support Your Mobile Library
.... and to help you here are a list of visits up to the end of June 2017.
Further details can be found here: mobile library
Mobile Library visits


Thank you picture
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 Group
Bonfire clear up 10.12.16 Bonfire clear up 10.12.16
On Saturday 10th December the KSM QE2 Field Group volunteers were busy
clearing 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 Update

The winners of the home-made mince pie competition are:
1st Rosemary Johnson
2nd Kay Sambell
3rd Louise Williams

The winners of the children's Christmas card are:
Under 5s - Jessica Turner
Age 6 - 11 - Tabitha Sidaway

Winners of the sloe gin competition are:
1st Megan Woods
2nd Louise Grant
3rd Gianfranco Chicco

The Christmas Fayre made a total of £656.11 for the village hall funds.


School Success
Kington 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.

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


Great News banner

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!


Bonfire Night - Thanks!
Bonfire night, 5th November 2016

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!


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.


Flower & Produce Show

August 6’s flower and produce show, now in its 43rd year, was very successful, with displays of handicrafts, flowers, home-baking and preserves, fruit and vegetables, photographs, children’s exhibits and more.

Pat Woodward was in top form and was presented with the Overall Winner's Cup, the IKE Alderman Shield, the WI Vase and the Woodward Cup.  Jenny Hayne won the Vaughan Trophy and the Hughes Cup; John Woodward, as top-scoring man, won the WI Trophy, and Chris Shackell was presented with the Novice Cup.  There were delightful entries from children, with Charlotte Clark winning the Singer Cup and Libby Clark, Emilia and Isabella Jago all sharing the John Gilbert Cup. 

Refreshments were followed by an auction of donated produce at the end of the afternoon.  Money raised by this event helps to finance the Christmas drinks and nibbles which KSM WI serve to retired people in December.


Shop News

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


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 .


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.


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!


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.


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.


Neighbourhood Plan

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 ksmparishclerk@googlemail.com or Adrian Cole via ade@coleplanet.com .


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