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"Quote of the Week"Quote of the Week is an innocent remark or part of a sentence, overheardor taken out of context, which sounds intriguing, funny or just plain daft!
"I had an ocarina once"
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Forthcoming changes will create a demand for more housing developments in this area; these include the electrification of the railway to Chippenham, the Dyson Campus at Hullavington airfield, the creation of a distribution centre at Junction 17 of the M4, and the further expansion of Swindon.
It is important to try to ensure that the village develops as residents would like it to and so a neighbourhood plan is to be produced. This will become a statutory planning instrument, enabling the views of this community to be taken into account when future developments are considered.
Two aspects need to be considered - is there a need for new development in Kington St Michael, as there will be no requirement from Wiltshire Council until 2026? If there is a need or desire for such development what land might be available?
A steering group has been set up by the Parish Council to consider the issues and draw up a plan; however the group is small and mainly mature in years. If you would like to be involved please contact Claire Marlow via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film Night, Monday 14th May
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.
Folly Row Café
The café will be closed over the Easter weekend, for refurbishment. It re-opens on Tuesday 3rd April with the following new hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 1.30pm.
Annual Parish meeting
Go along to the village's Annual Parish Meeting to see what our groups, clubs and organisations have been up to during the past year, and find out what they have planned for the next.The meeting takes place on Thursday 5th April, 7.45pm in the village hall, with refreshments provided. AGENDA.
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!).
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.
More details to follow in due course, but pop those dates in your diary now!
A350 Road Improvements News
Please click here to read the latest newsletter regarding works to the A350.
The lucky winner of February’s raffle for a home-made cake was Jenny Hayne.
Door-to-door salesmen are about in the village yet again ("Nottingham Knockers"?). If they are genuine salespeople they will be carrying a Wiltshire Council pedlar's licence.
If not then call the Police on 101.
Please be vigilant for the next couple of weeks, keep your valuables in a safe place, and lock your outbuildings. Keep an eye out for your neighbours too.
They were around a few weeks back, which was followed by burglaries in the village.
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday 31st March
FOSMAA Easter Egg hunt, 10am - 11am. Join in an Easter Egg hunt around the church and see how many treats you can find! Will you discover one of the golden tickets and win a special egg? Tea and cake for the grown ups. Entrance 50p per child.
For those gin lovers amongst you, the shop now has Bombay Sapphire -
just the tonic for the weekend. (Please drink responsibly😊)
Kington St Michael School received a letter of congratulations from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, congratulating the staff and pupils on achieving a high standard of writing in the Key Stage 2 assessments. A hundred per cent of children reached or exceeded the expected standard, placing the school in the top 1% of primary schools in England for achievement in writing.
There has been a spate of burglaries is Kington St Michael and the surrounding area (it may be no coincide that the so-called "Nottingham Knockers" have been about in the last couple of weeks - scroll down). Please keep an eye out for anything suspicious, especially if your neighbour is away or at work. If you are heading off to sunnier climes yourself then make sure your property is secure, valuables are locked away and put some lights on timer switches. For further information on keeping your home safe please visit: www.wiltshire.police.uk/article/825/Home-safety
Save This Yew Tree
This wonderful great yew tree in the churchyard is dying but it’s thought that it can be saved. It is 300 to 400 years old and should live to 1,000.
Brian Tayler has kindly tipped a load of manure into the churchyard where there is a wheelbarrow on site. If anyone could pop down and take a garden fork and spread a load over the tree’s roots then this feed could re-vitalise it.
The hungriest roots are below the outer spread of the branches - “A barrow a day keeps the doctor away!”.
Any queries, or to borrow a fork, please ring (01249) 750222.
The "Nottingham Knockers" have been in our and other local villages lately. Please be informed as to their legality by reading this article or clicking on the link at the bottom.
Please click here for further infomation.
Please click here for the latest newsletter from the Wessex Flooding Resiliance Team.
Celebrate The Little Things At Your Village Shop
So what are the little things that you should celebrate?!
Well, apart from the obvious things that our shop provides (groceries, gifts, postal facilities, etc) there is so much more that it does that you may not realise.
For example, the shop often get enquiries from people delivering parcels who can't find the house they're looking for - one quick phone call and they're usually headed in the right direction, and you get your parcel!
You may go in for something for your home and if it's not stocked, one of the volunteers may have some spare at home and will get it to you - one gentleman was helped with some cord for his blind, rather than him having to use string!
The volunteers keep an eye out for the elderly or unwell - the "village grapevine".
People are reunited with lost items and missing pets are advertised ....... and there is so much more that the shop does that benefits you.
It is a local information point if you need to know who can do what.
So, celebrate the little things that go on at the village shop - it's great being a hub in the community; what would you do without it?! Make your New Year's resolution to "Pop to the Shop"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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
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.
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.
Thanks go to those who supported the coffee morning in aid of the RNLI, organised by Sheila Jobbins; £95 was raised for RNLI funds.
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
FOSMAA Progressive Supper
Thanks to all those who supported FOSMAA's progressive supper
the evening raised over £1,000 for funds.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Adrian Cole via email@example.com .
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