KSM QE2 Field Group
KSM QE2 Field Group - Founded on 16th December 2015The Recreation Field in Kington St Michael is owned by the Parish Council and in October 2011, Kington St Michael Parish Council approved a Deed of Dedication for the Recreation Field to become a QEII Field in Trust. This means that the field will be forever protected as a recreation facility.
In 2016, KSM QE2 Field Group was formed as a voluntary group comprising parishioners and users of the Recreation Field who wish to help enhance facilities at the QE2 Field and encourage greater use by others within the local community.
The Group’s vision is to create an enjoyable place for people to play and a more usable outdoor space to bring together our community.
This page has been created to keep members of the local community up to date with news and events related to the QE2 Field in Kington St Michael.
Chairman: Alex Martin
Secretary: currently vacant - if you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasurer: Jessica Puddy
General Members: Gerry Gamble, Louise Grant, Penny Hamilton, Sarah Harriman, Emily Hocking (PC representative), and Margaret Pratley.
If you are interested in hiring the BBQ for an event, please contact Jessica, Treasurer, KSM QE2 Field Group, by phone: (01249) 750270 or email email@example.com
NewsKSM QE2 Field Group was formed in 2016 as a voluntary group comprising parishioners and users of our village recreation field. The Group’s vision was (and still is) to create an enjoyable place for people to play and provide a more usable outdoor recreational space to bring together our community.Over four years on, and now with a smaller (but still great!) team, we need NEW members who can play an ACTIVE role in helping to enhance facilities and shape the future of our QE2 Field.If you’d like to get involved, we have a variety of roles that need filling and jobs that need doing to help move things forward. Perhaps you are new to the village and would like the opportunity to meet new people? Or maybe you have young children who would benefit from improved facilities at the field? Whatever your interest, we’d love to hear from people who are keen to get actively involved. We can ONLY make things happen with enough support and volunteers to continue the work we have started.Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, call (01249) 750270 or message us via Facebook @ksmqe2field.
Field Group is investigating the possibilities for a community Orchard
(when funds permit) to be planted behind the kick wall area at the
To enable plans to progress, the area first needs to be
thoroughly assessed. Before we appoint (and pay) a specialist company to
make this assessment, we first want to check if there are any community
orchard planning specialists in our midst who might be able to help!
you have knowledge of (or experience in) planning and/or planting
orchards (or can help in any other way), we'd love to hear from you.
Please email email@example.com. Thank you!
news! The wrapping is off and the new table tennis table is now
officially open and good to use. Take your own bats and balls and go
along and use the newest facility!
Thanks to Clive Grace for his work in making the area ready and safe to play on.
New Football Goalposts
The QE2 Field Group would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who
contributed to our Bonfire & Fireworks Night on Sunday 3rd November. From
organising and planning, setting-up, sourcing pallets, building the bonfire,
lighting, managing the fireworks, and helping on the night with food and drink,
to all those who sold, attended and bought tickets and, of course, those who
also cleared up afterwards and many, many more helpers. This annual community
event is a huge effort to organise and we simply could not hold it year after
year without the help of (many) willing volunteers. Considering the challenging
circumstances this year with a last minute postponement due to adverse weather,
it was a fantastic village effort with a really spectacular fireworks display,
and we managed to more than break-even, returning a small profit of just under £200
– thank you all.
Some of you may
have seen the brand-new football goalposts, which have replaced the old broken
ones, up at the QE2 Field recently. Thanks to the Football Foundation, KSM QE2
Field Group received a grant of £528 towards this equipment, to increase
recreational use of the field and encourage more children and families to play
football. This grant was successful thanks to the support of Castle Combe
Colts, who used our pitch for their U11s team on a Tuesday night from Easter
until October this year, and plan to use again next season. This means that children and families from our
village community, and the local Castle Combe Colts, can all benefit from the
new equipment, which comes with the added benefit of being portable (on wheels)
for re-positioning around the pitch area as required.
Bonfire Night 2018
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! Over £750 was raised towards enhancements at KSM QE2 Field.
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!
April: New bike racks have been installed on the QE2 Field.KSM QE2 Field Group Needs New VolunteersKSM 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.
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.
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!
Community BBQ & Picnic Area Update & Thanks
KSM QE2 Field Group is delighted to report the completion of the hoggin finished BBQ area, installation of the secured community BBQ and arrival of the new picnic tables. The secure boxed stand pipe is installed and ready for the permanent water supply to be connected on 11th September, in plenty of time for our Bonfire Night event.
Our thanks go to Wiltshire Council for supporting this project including a £3,821 Community Grant from Chippenham Area Board. We are pleased to announce that KSM QE2 Field Group was also presented with a £250 Wessex Watermark Award on 11th July, which will also go towards funding these new facilities.
KSM QE2 Field Group’s intention is to make the BBQ available for group hire. Details will be posted on the website as soon as booking details are finalised. However, in the meantime, if you are interested in hiring the BBQ for an event, please contact Jessica, Treasurer, KSM QE2 Field Group, by phone: (01249) 750270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ‘Had a Field Day’!
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Have a Field Day event at KSM QE2 Field on Sunday 9th July. A glorious sunny afternoon was enjoyed by many, along with our first ever KSM Rounders Festival, other fun and games, BBQ, Pimm's and beer! It was lovely to see so many villagers and families enjoying our outdoor recreation area and making use of our new community BBQ and picnic area.
Many thanks go to all those who helped, before, during and after! We raised around £400 which will go towards further projects and enhancements at the QE2 Field.
And last, but definitely not least, congratulations to The Sloggers team, who gamely won the KSM Rounders Festival, followed by the Roundheads in second place.
Thanks to Wiltshire Council's approval of £3,811 Section 106 funding, 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 we hope to have this project completed and ready in time for the summer months!January: 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!
On Saturday 10th December the KSM QE2 Field Group volunteers were busyNovember: 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.
clearing metal and nails left over from the recent village bonfire event!
We have done our 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.
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!
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!
October: The QE2 Field Group is delighted to be the 56th beneficiary of a £50 donation from the village Book & DVD recycling scheme - thank you.
September: The KSM QE2 Field Group has been busy planning the next steps for enhancement of the QE2 Field, with full support from the Parish Council (as landowner) and taking into account feedback from the community.
A permanent water supply is planned to enable community events to be held more easily and which will include a secure enclosure for standpipes and taps located on the edge of the field near the roadside. Alongside this, a hardstanding area (in keeping with our natural and rural environment) will also help to support community events and encourage greater use of our QE2 Field. This will also be located along the edge of the field and will include a community BBQ (secured and fixed) with picnic benches and tables (also secured) overlooking the green pitch area.
May: The QE2 field group has been getting ready for summer; the hole on the recreation field has now been filled in, the goal posts have been repainted and moved and there are now new football nets on the goal posts.
March: Grant puts group on the right track - Wiltshire Gazette & Herald, Thursday, March 31st 2016, page 6.
Kington St Michael footpath receives funding Wiltshire Gazette & Herald
On-Line, March 27th 2016.
March: Great news - thanks to Fields in Trust, we are delighted to confirm that KSM QE2 Field Group has been awarded up to £1,178 in funding towards improvements in access on the recreation field.
As a result of this funding, a new pathway has now been constructed, providing a much safer access route which we hope will encourage greater use by all members of our village community. This is a great start to mark the beginning of our efforts to make our field and the surrounding area much more accessible and usable for everyone.
Kington St Michael Recreation Field has legal protection through Fields in Trust ensuring it is secured as public open space for future generations. Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said “We know how important parks and playing fields for children and families. They are places to relax, play sports or hold community events. Ensuring they are around for future generations is a top priority so we are delighted that we have been able to protect these valuable assets for the long-term and to fund the improvements with a Fields in Trust County Fund grant.
March 16th: The junior swing at the QE2 Field has been repaired and is available to use once again....
KSM QE2 Field Group held a very successful Clean for the Queen event on Saturday 5th March, involving villagers of all ages. The community clean-up took place at the same time as the nationwide Clean for The Queen event and kick-started our plans to enhance our outdoor recreation area for the whole village. Thanks to all those who volunteered and joined in. What a great start to the QE2 Field enhancement project in Kington St Michael!
Many thanks to Leigh at M J Church for clearing away the rubbish on behalf of KSM WI and KSM QE2 Field Group.
Thanks to Merv Singer and Sam Butler the zipwire has been removed and will be stored ready for when a new suitable location has been identified.
Thanks also to Steve Griggs at Greentrees Services, for volunteering with his team of helpers - the football goal posts were been sanded down and primed, ready for repainting, and new nets are on order.
Progressive Supper Update
The QE2 Field group is delighted to confirm that over £1,400 was raised from February 27th's Progressive Supper; this will go towards enhancements at the QE2 Field.
As always, it was a super evening – on behalf of the QE2 Field Group, thanks go to all the hosts who generously opened up their homes and provided starters and main courses, as well as those who donated delicious desserts, and everyone who volunteered their time to organise and plan the event.
Thanks to Avril and KSM Village Shop for kindly supplying the wine on the night and to Allington Farm Shop and Brinkworth Dairy for donating cheese for dessert.
Generous raffle donations were also gratefully received from Helen and Simon at The Jolly Huntsman, Hilary at Folly Row Café and Whitehall Garden Centre – with many thanks.
And finally, a huge thank you to ALL those who came along on the night to support this event and our efforts to enhance the QE2 Field.
Many thanks to all those who also attended the community update on the morning of February 28th.
It was very encouraging to receive feedback on our thoughts and plans for enhancing the QE2 Field and we really appreciate all the support recognising our efforts and intentions to make improvements to the field for the benefit of the wider community!
KSM QE2 Field Group Update
The new KSM QE2 Field Group is now up and running with a great team of volunteers on board. Our vision is to create an enjoyable place for people to play and a more usable outdoor space to bring together our community.
We will be working closely with the Parish Council to establish how we can enhance the recreation field and its facilities in the future. There is a lot of work to be done, so please bear with us as we go through the initial research and planning phases.
Play Equipment Update
Following a recent safety inspection at the QE2 Field, the junior swings in the children’s play area have been identified as needing replacement parts and are therefore currently out of action for safety reasons.
The Parish Council has ordered the necessary replacement to ensure the swings can be used again as soon as possible.
As many of you know, the zip wire is also out of action (and has been for a long time) due to safety concerns regarding the foundations. The new QE2 Field Group will be looking at a new zip wire as part of the QE2 Field Project as it is recognised as being very popular. A replacement and relocation is likely to be incorporated as part of a future plan for the QE2 Field and its facilities.
On December 29th the QE2 Field Group was made aware of a significant amount of broken glass located up at the QE2 Field in KSM, which was scattered across the entire hard standing area underneath the basketball hoop and also down by the kick wall area on the other side of the field. It is extremely disheartening and disappointing that a very small minority of people choose to spoil our recreation area for others, by displaying anti-social behaviour and carrying out such mindless acts.
Volunteers from the newly formed KSM QE2 Field Group spent the morning trying to clear as much of the glass away as possible, to make it safe for field users and members of the community. Please note however that, due to the extent of the shattered glass, there may still be fragments of glass around, so please be careful and keep an eye out, particularly if you have young children and/or dogs.
If you witness any anti-social behaviour, vandalism or disturbances at the QE2 Field (or elsewhere) Please report it to Wiltshire Police by calling the non-emergency telephone number 101. To report broken equipment, vandalism or any other concerns regarding KSM’s QE2 Field, please email the Parish Clerk on email@example.com. Thank you.