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(Contributions welcome - click on Contact Us)Sorry to bring bad news to those looking forward to it but as Coronavirus continues to spread the decision has been taken, with the agreement of the S W Ambulance Trust, to take sensible precautions and limit large gatherings. Consequently, the Session has been cancelled and will be re-arranged for later in the year.
Click on Village Newsletter to read the latest edition.
(St Michael & All Angels Church, April 2020 - courtesy of Stewart Shape)
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter - stay safe, stay at home.
Children's Play Area Closed
Please note that the children's play area at the QE2 Field is CLOSED due to government guidelines, however the recreation field itself remains open - please observe social distancing.
Many thanks to those who are helping others during this difficult time, especially Faye Campbell and Jill Saunders, and all those who are volunteering as Points of Contact or in the village shop. For those in the village on Facebook, please search for the KSM Community Help page, for lots of useful information (look for the colourful hands, as above).
By now everyone should have had a slip through their door giving details of a point of contact, who can help you if you are self-isolating. You can be helped with such things as shopping or to collect prescriptions. If you haven’t received this slip yet, please contact Linda Durno via firstname.lastname@example.org.
101 Non-Emergency Police Calls Now Free
Please only call 101 when absolutely necessary, to report a crime/incident, request an update, or make a complaint. The Police Force is currently facing a high level of calls regarding the current Government restrictions in place.
You should always call 999 if a crime is in progress or in an emergency.
COMMUNITY PACK REGARDING CORONOVIRUS - PLEASE READ
Page 5 is especially practical/useful
Latest Coronovirus Information From Wiltshire Council
For all the latest information from Wiltshire Council, please sign up to its newsletter.
SHOP UPDATE 25th March
"Here at the shop we cherish our volunteers, and to look after our now-reduced team, we will be limiting our opening hours. As from Monday 30th March, these will be 9.30am – 12 noon from Monday to Saturday.
Our PostPoint will be closed, but customers will still be able to buy stamps and then post items in the post-box on the main street (parcels may be taken to a Post Office or Chippenham sorting office).
Please note that, for now, customers will be restricted to two of any item regardless of the brand, e.g. two bottles of wine (not 2 of white, 2 of red) or two jars of coffee (not two of Nescafé and two of Kenco).
Thank you for your continued understanding at this difficult time – we will continue to assess the situation as it develops, to provide the best service that we are able."
Kington St Michael Club is cooking up meals, thanks to donations, for those who are unable to get out, in isolation or require a helping hand. Please call Katie Pitman on 07583 969233 and she will arrange for a meal to be delivered to your door: all donations welcomed.
Something to look forward to - date as yet unspecified.
When our community is free to meet up again in ‘full house’ conditions, plans will be made for an exhibition in the Village Hall (and sale if requested) of creative achievements, devised and created during this testing time of shut-down.
Here are a few suggestions:
Handicrafts and works of art of all descriptions.
Photographs (these can include a creation that will not keep indefinitely; a sequence of up to 3 photos of the progress of any project or gardening scheme).
Let your imagination run riot and see what you can produce ready for the great day.
If you have a novel idea, please email it to email@example.com to be added to the possible ideas list.
Would anyone in Kington St Michael be willing to take on the job of
Village Newsletter editor as soon as possible (there are currently no
plans to produce the April/May edition)?
Andrew & Jen Noblet were planning to stand down in the summer,
but now fall into the self-isolation category.
They are happy to send all the newsletter contact emails to whoever takes on the job, and to pass on advice by 'phone or email. To find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to them for all their efforts over
the past few years, which are much appreciated.
KSM Community Help
A community help Facebook page has been set up for those who wish to help during the current situation or who may need it: www.facebook.com/groups/495843311303675/
Autumn Club CANCELLED
Due to the current advice and concerns regarding the Corona virus, it has been decided to suspend all Autumn Club meetings for the time being. With members being identified as the most vulnerable in the community, it is not wanted to put anyone at risk. This is very unfortunate but meetings will resume as soon as the risk has passed.
KSM QE2 Field Group Needs You!
KSM QE2 Field Group was formed in 2016 as a voluntary group comprising of 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, it needs 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, there is 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, the group would love to hear from people who are keen to get actively involved. It can ONLY make things happen with enough support and volunteers to continue the work it has started.
Please contact Jessica via email@example.com, call (01249) 750270 or message via Facebook @ksmqe2field.
Fresh Bread At The Village Shop
Good news! Due to popular demand, the shop is be placing twice-weekly
orders for Taylors of Bruton breads, pastries, etc, to be delivered on
Mondays and Thursdays.
All items (except the lardy cake and lardy slice) are vegetarian and
some are also vegan. All come wrapped, with ingredients and allergens
listed. Here's a price list of products available to order (please note that some items are currently not being made, due to the overwhelming demand for standard items, and a few items have been discontinued).
"Good Morning Rural Chippenham Residents, I am your local PCSO, Charlotte. Over the past few years, the use of Neighbourhood Watch has seen a decline. This is something I would like to rectify and bring back to life.
I transferred to Chippenham in July 2019 following two years of service in Swindon.
Whilst working in Swindon, I had a number of neighbourhood watch groups set up. These were purely email-based schemes, similar to how community messaging works. These schemes benefitted their communities massively, as well as the police.
We were able to solve a number of crimes due to local residents being able to identify suspects or provide us with CCTV footage of incidents. This would not have happened without the vital link created via neighbourhood watch.
I would like to set up similar schemes in the Chippenham Rural area and would encourage you all to become a part of this. There are no meetings involved. Just emails sent from myself, keeping you up to date with community concerns, information requests (CCTV enquires) and the actions taken by Wiltshire Police to help keep your community safe.
To join, please simply email firstname.lastname@example.org - with you name and address. Please ensure to set the subject field to "*name of your village* NHW".
Example: "Sutton Benger NHW - I would like to join the neighbourhood watch scheme in my local area. My details are as follows: John Smith, 123 Church Road, Village, SN....."
I will then be in contact with further information.
Please note - the email address above is not monitored 24/7 and residents are not to report crimes/incidents via this email. If you want to report an emergency, please call 999. To report a non emergency, please call 101.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
WANTED - SHOP SUPERVISOR
and join our vibrant KSM shop community as our new Shop Supervisor. The
role is diverse and engaging, with flexible working hours to support the
shop’s function, volunteer support and committee commitments.
role has an honorarium of £250 per month in keeping with the type of
organisation our little community shop is. The Shop Supervisor will have
the full support of the committee. This position can mainly be done from home. No previous experience
necessary, training available for the first 3 months and ongoing support
We welcome anyone interested;
for further details or any questions regarding this role, please
contact Linda Durno on (01249) 750514 or email email@example.com.
Local Open Space Survey
Parishioners are being asked to give their valued views and opinions on their local Open Space. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the Wiltshire Open Space Study Survey - responses can be either emailed to SpatialPlanningPolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk, or given to the Clerk to Kington St Michael Parish Council in paper or electronic format - email
The deadline for submission is Tuesday 14th April.
Free Defibrillator Training
Monday 30th March CANCELLED
The Road in Front of the Village Hall, Shop and Car Park…
"Following a lengthy and exhaustive research project to determine the ownership and status of the road connecting the village hall/shop/car park, the church, Manor Farm and several residential properties to the public highways network, an evidenced application to recognise higher vehicular rights has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. If successful, the recognition of vehicular rights, believed to date back to the 16th Century, will help to secure significant improvements to the road’s condition.
Though the application process is lengthy and subject to resourcing constraints within Wiltshire Council, road user ‘statements’ would help to prioritise the application. If you, or anyone you know uses this stretch of road (view map here) and you can spare a few minutes documenting this use, please complete and return a User Evidence Statement to Cllr. Sandra Eaton at The Diary (behind Manor Close), email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07795 538366.
Cllr Sandra Eaton
Kington St Michael Parish Council"
Fun in the Sun
Fun in the Sun returns to Kington St Michael this summer. These FREE multi-sports sessions are for boys and girls age 5 – 11 from 2.30pm to 4pm on the QE2 Field (if wet then in the village hall except for July 27th) on the following Mondays: July 27th and August 3rd, 10th & 17th.
Activities include athletics, dodge ball, football, hockey, rounders, cricket and basketball.
Consent forms can be downloaded from www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-fun-in-the-sun.
Pick Up After Your Pooch!
Wherever you are in the village - street, public footpath, QE2 Field, Nymph Hay Wood or the surrounding fields - it still applies! Do it for your dog!
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 email@example.com
or via an on-line form. 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.
Changes to Recycling
Our blue bins and black boxes for recycling,
will now be collected on alternate Thursdays.
Join The School's Reading Team
Kington St Michael School is appealing for any parents, carers, grandparents or local residents to join its ‘Reading Team’.
KSM School would like to invite you to spend time in our village school listening to children read, ideally at the start or end of the school day. Perhaps an hour or two every week, helping to nurture a love of reading and support pupils to develop the necessary skills to become competent, fluent readers.
Help and advice with listening to readers will be given and you will be welcomed by staff and children. A DBS/CRB certificate will be needed, which the school will apply for, if you decide you are able to help at school.
If you are interested, please contact the school via
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01249) 750454.
Thank you to everyone who popped their change in to the Dorothy House
collection box last year - this raised £15.05 for the charity.
of the village shop's February raffle is Esther Shape, who can choose
a home-made cake in her choice of flavour. March’s raffle is for
joint of lamb; tickets are only £1 each from the shop
Spring at the Shop
Come along and admire the lovely
display in the shop, created by our talented volunteer, Jane - we have gifts for
Mothers' Day or perhaps as a thank you.
Flower, Produce & Craft Show, Saturday 1st August
Spring will come eventually and thoughts will turn to our gardens. Here are the show schedule & entry form and the recipes so you can be planning ahead, and while the days outside are not very inviting there are plenty of craft items to work on indoors. If you do venture out, don't forget to take your camera with you ready for the photography competition.
This will be the 47th Annual Show so please do support this village event. Proceeds help to raise funds for the WI's annual Christmas Drinks & Nibbles event for retired villagers.
The Jolly Huntsman Receives Award
The Jolly Huntsman has received CAMRA’s Highly Commended award in its
North West Wiltshire Pub of the Year competition 2019.
A big “well done” to the keeper of the village beer, Simon Curtis!
All Angels WI News
The winners of the All Angels WI quiz question paper were:
1st Eve Cale, 2nd David West and 3rd Kathy Hill.
(Anita Morrin receives £50 from Linda Durno of the Book Recycling Scheme)
KSM's Book Recycling Scheme gave its latest £50 donation to All Angels' funds. Why not treat yourself to a book from the scheme – only 50p each from the shop’s foyer?
📚 Book Recycling Scheme 📚
The 67th recipient of a £50 donation from this scheme is All Angels WI. Why not treat yourself to a book from the scheme – only 50p each from the shop’s foyer? if you are a village organisation that would like to be considered for a donation, please contact Linda Durno via email@example.com.
KSM Neighbourhood Plan Working Group
In May 2019 an open day was held in the village club to publicise the group’s work and to seek the views of people on the village generally, covering features which were considered important to the character of the village, likes and dislikes, and how people felt about its future.
In addition, the Parish Council arranged for a detailed Housing Needs survey of the village, which had a response rate of 51% - very high for such surveys.
The Local Planning Policy as drafted by Wiltshire Council does not require any significant development in the village up to 2026 and probably up to 2036.
From the information received from the surveys, the requirements of the Neighbourhood Plan are:
1. To retain the essential village character and the surrounding green rural environment.
2. To maintain a clear separation between the village and Chippenham.
3. From the Housing Needs Survey there is a need for 6 assisted homes and 4 private homes.
4. There is likely to be a further requirement for a small number of private homes.
5. Any development should be limited, designed and located so as to maintain the village scale, character and atmosphere.
6. The plan should seek to reduce the speed and volume of traffic passing through the village and provide additional parking where possible.
The group can now look further into detailed considerations and the preparation of a full report and plan progressing to an approved Neighbourhood Plan which will be legally included in County planning policy.
It is still small in number and would welcome new members. In particular it is in need of a secretary; if anyone is interested please contact John Hall on (01249) 750550.
Thanks go to Andrew and Jennifer Noblet, for all their hard work
editing the village newsletter throughout the year.
KSM Gardening Club
The inaugural meeting will be held in the Clubhouse Lounge, 7.30pm at Kington Club on Tuesday 24th March. This will be to gauge interest in establishing a gardening club in Kington St Michael, the venue for meetings being Kington Club. The club format, aims etc. will be decided by the members, but a small committee will be required to organise events, meetings etc. Examples of possible events and benefits are:
• Access to discounted seeds and/or plants
• Trips to shows, events etc. (possibly with coach travel).
• Monthly meetings to share tips and advice etc.
Whether you are interested in growing vegetables, flowers or are a budding allotmenteer why not come along and join in? Please note that this club should complement existing village clubs and organisations and will not be in competition with existing clubs and events such as the Flower & Produce Show.
If you need a gift for your loved one the new range of Wild Strawberry Designs jewellery is now in stock, together with scented candles, wine, spirits and liqueurs, and gift packs of mini-Prosecco with chocolates, or order a home-made cake.
Looking For Office Space?
Office space now available in Kington St Michael
86.5 sq. m (931 sq. ft.) office space
• Large main office area with adjacent meeting room and kitchen
• Two parking spaces
• Full fibre connected
• Convenient location
For more details or to arrange a viewing, please contact Ian Wills on 01249 758189
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOSMAA is trying to raise the last tranche of money that it needs to get the new facilities installed in the church. With this in mind it has set up a crowd funding appeal on Just Giving. Please take a look and make a donation if you so wish.
Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales 2020
Please note the change of day (this year only) to a Friday, for the early May bank holiday.
Friday 10th April - Good Friday
Monday 13th April - Easter Monday
Friday 8th May - Early May bank holiday (VE day)
Monday 25th May - Spring bank holiday
Monday 31st August - Summer bank holiday
25 December Friday 25th December - Christmas Day
Monday 28th December - Boxing Day (substitute day)
Calling all Parish Councillors/Committee/Trust Members, past and present…
The Parish Council has a number of current projects that rely on historic documents, one of which is the registration of both village halls (old and new) with Land Registry.
In order to complete this task, the Parish Council is trying to locate the original 22nd June 1987 Deed of Gift for the Old School, made between Beatrice Constance Anne Roberts, The Public Trustee, The Parish Council of Kington St Michael and The Lord Bishop of Bristol and also the sealed Charity Commission Scheme Order, dated 8th October 1992, which details all land/property entrusted to the Parish Room Charity.
If you have retained either of these two documents, please help us by contacting Sandra on 07795 538366 or email her at email@example.com.
Many thanks to all those who supported 2019's Christmas Fayre; the winner of the children's Christmas card competition was Tabitha Kallaway. The fayre raised £650.74 for hall funds.
On December 16th 2018 it was 40 years since Gunner Simon Evans, who is buried at St Michael & All Angels Church in Kington St Michael, and three of his fellow soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion near Dungannon in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Some of those soldiers, who were with him in Northern Ireland or served with him, are visiting their graves over the next few days to pay their respects to him and the others who died all those years ago.
Simon was a member of 22 Locating Battery, Royal Artillery, and was based at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain. As an independent Battery, i.e. not part of a Regiment, 22 was never sent on its own on a tour of duty in Northern Ireland but would support other Army units who were being sent, by asking for volunteers. Simon was such a volunteer when 16 Regiment Royal Artillery needed extra manpower for an upcoming tour – a brave young man who didn’t have to go to Northern Ireland but volunteered to do so and sadly paid the price for his courage. There is little that is positive about that day except to say that all four died instantly and thankfully wouldn’t have known anything about what had happened. May he and the other young soldiers who perished with him that day, Rest in Peace.
Five former colleagues, including the Troop Sergeant and the section commander, attended Simon’s grave on Saturday 6th December and spoke to some of the villagers who remember Simon. At the same time a wreath was laid in Bromsgrove to remember the section 2IC, Lance Bombardier Keith Richards. Wreaths will also be laid in the next few days by former colleagues in Belfast for Gunner William Beck and in Accrington for Gunner Alan Ayrton.
A Memorial Service for him and his three colleagues took at the Garrison Church at Larkhill on Sunday, December 15th 2019
2019’s Poppy Day collection raised £102.46 for Royal British Legion funds. Thanks go to all those who donated, and to the collectors - without their help the Legion would be unable to continue its vital welfare and benevolent work.
The village shop loves its volunteers - without them the shop wouldn't run, as every single person serving in the shop or on the committee is a volunteer.
Would you like to join them? Why not make it your New Year's resolution?
The shop could really could do with some extra help, either in a regular slot or to cover holiday - to find out more, please give Avril a call on (01249) 750671. Thank you!
The KSM QE2 Field Group would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to our Bonfire & Fireworks Night on Sunday 3rd November 2019. 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.
New Football Goalposts
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.
Wiltshire Community Foundation Surviving Winter Grant and the Wiltshire Council Warm and Safe energy advice service.
To find out more about this grant please read this information.
Wiltshire Council's "We're Targeting Fly-tippers Campaign"
Wiltshire Council has today launched a reward campaign to reduce fly-tipping throughout the county.
The We’re Targeting Fly-tippers (WTF) campaign aims combat the scourge of fly-tipping by offering residents a reward of up to £200 in high street vouchers if they report information that leads to the successful prosecution of an offender or the payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). The campaign will feature in the local media, and on social media, posters and digital screens throughout the county.
Fly-tipping costs Wiltshire Council more than £180,000 each year, and it is unsightly and a danger to wildlife and the environment.
In Wiltshire, most fly-tip reports are of a commercial nature, where waste is cleared for a fee and then dumped to avoid lawful disposal costs. Penalties for offenders include an unlimited fine and/or five years’ imprisonment; a £50,000 fine and/or 12 months’ imprisonment; a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 if they are caught fly-tipping small scale waste.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste, said:
“We’re delighted to launch this campaign to reduce fly-tipping throughout Wiltshire and reward our residents for helping us to fight this blight on our beautiful county. Fly-tipping is unsightly and it is a danger to people, wildlife and the environment. So we need the help of our communities to prosecute fly-tippers and keep our county cleaner, greener and safer.
I would urge anyone with any information about fly-tipping in Wiltshire to report it to us with as much information as possible, and any successful prosecution or payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice will earn a voucher of up to £200 for the person who reported it. However, while we want residents to provide evidence as possible, it’s hugely important that people do not try to rummage through or disturb the waste, as this could affect the scene and put people in danger. It is also essential that people do not attempt to confront anyone who is fly-tipping or put themselves in danger in any way. We want to reduce fly-tipping, but public safety is our main concern."
To report fly-tipping in Wiltshire, or to find out more about the campaign, including terms and conditions, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community-environment-wtf.
Flower, Produce & Craft Show
Kington St Michael Flower, Produce and Craft Show was held on August 3rd 2019. Classes covered a wide variety of skills, from "Explosion of Red" in the floral art section, longest runner bean, savoury scones, peppermint creams, an original piece of woodwork, draught excluder dogs, to a dinosaur, decorated cakes, and a model made from Lego in the children's section.
It was a very successful show on a beautiful summer’s day. Many visitors enjoyed the entries on display, refreshments, raffle and fun auction. Thanks go to those who contributed in anyway.
The winners were:
Overall winner - Pat Woodward
WI Trophy for men - Bruce Low
Vaughan Cup (top lady apart from overall winner) - Dot Ings
IK Alderman Shield (homemaking & preserves) - Dot Ings
WI Vase (floral art) - Claire Broomsgrove
Hughes Cup (top WI lady) - Jenny Hayne
Woodward Cup (photography) - Andrew Fussell
Novice Cup (first time cup winner) - Anita Morrin
Singer Cup (5 to 10 year old) - Harry Fussell
The show has been held since 1974, so long may it last!
FOSMAA would like to thank eveyone who supported the picnic at The Old Rectory, which raised £340 for funds, bringing the fundraising total to around £75,200 of the £111,000 needed.
On July 28th 2019 the first Best Allotment competition was held. The plots were looking their best for the three judges, Luanne Cullinane, Gary Seward and Rick Squires, and first prize was awarded to Barry and Jenny Hayne, with Bruce Low as runner-up. In the evening a barbecue was held for all the allotment holders.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!).
Just a reminder of where our defibrillators are kept in the village: map of defibrillators
and the instructions of what to do when someone collapses.
Please visit the Community Defibrillator page for further information
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