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For all the latest updates on Coronavirus, including the new NHS Track & Trace app, please visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus
History of the Village Shop
Please click here to read the full history of Kington St Michael Village Shop
from when we lost our shop and post office in 2003 and how the village fundraised to open the current one in the village hall.
Unfortunately the church is currently closed to visitors and for private prayer, for safety reasons during lockdown and while the building work is underway.
With regret, services at our village
church are currently suspended due the risk of spreading Covid 19. The
building may be closed but the church is still active!
will be streamed at 9.30am every Sunday on the Bybrook Benefice
Facebook page and you can also watch on the Worship at home section of
our website bybrook.org.uk. Once broadcast, the services will be available to view at any time.
For all information about support and church services, please visit bybrook.org.uk where you can also sign up for the fortnightly Bybrook newsletter.
If there is any help that the church community can give you during lockdown, please ring Alison on (01249) 750742.
Due to COVID 19 closure of the Club, all fully paid up membership will be extended
until 31st March 2021, when hopefully the Club will be open again.
A Crisp New Year's Eve 2020
Many thanks to Stewart Shape for these photos of the village,
taken on a very cold and frosty morning.
Kington Theatre Company
Kington Theatre Company is a newly formed drama group for 2021, primarily based in Kington St Michael, and covering all the surrounding villages (Kington Langley, Sutton Benger, Stanton St Quintin, Hullavington and beyond).
We are looking for all types of people to join in our drama group.
If you’d like to perform in any way, sing, dance or act, play an instrument, want to work behind the scenes, design and build sets, organise costumes and props or help run the company we’d love to hear from you.
No pressure and no commitment, we’d love to get an idea of the desire for this to happen in 2021 and beyond.
Visit our website www.kingtontheatrecompany.co.uk to register your interest, or text 07971 806143.
Our ability to rehearse and perform will only be possible when it's considered safe to do so under the COVID-19 guidelines.
The drama group is open to all ages and abilities with equal opportunities for all.
Village Shop Update
"Please note that as from January 1st 2021, the shop will be open from 9.30am - 1pm Monday to Saturday.
remain committed to serving the community so continue to offer a
delivery service for those in need who request it (call the shop on
01249 750181 or email email@example.com).
The food bank box will remain in the shop and any donations to those in need of food/supplies are very welcome.
brilliant volunteers remain at the heart of the shop and we are so
grateful to them. We continue to look for more people to volunteer. In
case you know of anyone who may be interested, please ask them to get in
touch (on contact details above); many thanks.
Thanks to everyone for their support throughout 2020. We are proud to be able to serve this wonderful village community 😊"
Father Christmas's Visit to Kington St Michael
You can see Father Christmas's visit here.
If you didn't get the opportunity to visit the Advent windows throughout the village, or would just like another look:
Please click here for a music video of all the lovely windows.
Many thanks to the lovely volunteers, and Yvonne Cole's
co-ordinating, for treating us to these beauties.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all residents and friends
of Kington St Michael.
Thank you for being such a kind, caring and helpful community this year - what challenges we've faced, but also, what lovely new friends we've made.
For everyone who has gone that extra mile to help those in need -
we are so very proud of you.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
Stay safe, Kington St Michaelites!
Local parks are not just green and pleasant areas in our towns and cities. As places for us to remain physically distanced but socially connected in 2020 they have come to the fore and we have appreciated that they are so much more.
Parks have been good to us this year so, to celebrate their importance we are collaborating with our good friends at parkrun to share the stories of how you have used and valued your local parks and green spaces throughout 2020.
What has your local park meant to you this year?
Your local green space is #notjust a park - it has so many more intangible benefits,emotions and memories that contribute to our physical health, mental wellbeing and community contacts. Get involved and celebrate your local park by recording your own video clip or taking a photograph and telling us what your park means to you. Find out more, or for more information, including how to submit your videos and photos, visit the Field in Trust website.
Healthwatch Wiltshire has
launched a new survey to find out about your experiences of health,
care and community services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
March, NHS and social care services have had to change the way they
work to meet coronavirus safety guidelines, while voluntary and
community groups have stepped up their support to help local people
through the pandemic.
Healthwatch Wiltshire now wants to understand how these changes have been working for you, what's been good and what could be better.
You can complete the survey online, or contact them on 01225 434218 to do the survey over the phone or to request a paper copy.
Parish Council Notice of Conclusion of Audit of the
Annual Governance and Accountability Return
The Annual Governance and Accountability Return is available to inspect by appointment with the Clerk to the Parish Council, Monday - Friday 12pm - 2pm until 10th December. Free pdf copies are available over email - contact Mr Viv Vines firstname.lastname@example.org and paper copies will be provided on request, at a nominal charge of £2.50.
Census Day 2021 is on Sunday 21st March.
It's a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the households in England and Wales. It helps plan and fund public services, like transport, education and healthcare.
By taking part and encouraging others to do the same, you'll help make sure you and your community get the services you need.
Nearer the time you'll receive more information. There'll be plenty of help to take part for people who need it.
Find out more at www.census.gov.uk.
Parish Highway Works in the Pipeline
Road marking painting is planned for Draycot Lane (between Tor Hill and the A350 - the left-hand lane at the crossroads, heading towards Chippenham).
To report problems with roads, paths, blocked gullies (road drains), etc, please contact Cllr Peter Madonald on 07496 694440 and he will endeavour to get them resolved.
Are you interested in making a difference? For information on how to become a councillor see the details on the NALC website.
The Friends of Saint Michael and All Angels really need YOU!
FOSMAA is at an exciting point after 10 years of hard work.
The installation of the disabled loo and a hospitality unit, to make the church building more welcoming and usable, is finally underway and FOSMAA looks forward to seeing it enjoyed in new ways by the whole community.
Now, new committee members are urgently needed to make sure of representing all the different groups and views in the village, and to keep St Michael’s at the heart of KSM, and help shape the future plans for exciting fundraising events to help maintain the fabric of our beautiful Grade II* listed church.
Join the friendly, creative team and make a real contribution to your community.
We invite you to join FOSMAA's next zoom committee meeting or if you’d just like to find out more without commitment, please get in touch
We are a secular group and everyone is very welcome.
Book Recycling Scheme
The 69th recipient of a £50 donation from this scheme is the Community
Defibrillator fund. The scheme is run from the shop foyer and books are
only 50p each. Village organisations
that would like to be considered for a donation should contact Linda Durno via email@example.com.
It is with regret that this post is to
advise that All Angels WI is now suspended. Unfortunately with the
unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in, and low member
numbers, the Committee had to make the very difficult and sad decision
that continuing was not a viable option. We were pleased to be able to
make donations to three Kington St Michael organisations, Acorns Pre-school, the defibrillator fund and KSM WI, and to a local
women’s refuge. Most of its members will be continuing their WI
experience at other WIs locally. All Angels would like to wish all its members,
both past and present, the very best for the future.
Scheme to financially support people on low income who have to self-isolate
There is now financial support available to people on a low income who are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
The Government’s COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is now live and people may be eligible if they are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19, are on a low income, and will lose money because they cannot work.
The scheme is locally administered by Wiltshire Council and can provide qualifying people with a lump sum of £500.
To be eligible, people must:
Have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after Monday 28th September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
Be a Wiltshire resident
Be employed or self-employed
Have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating
Be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-based Employment Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
The information people need to hand when applying is:
Their National insurance number
Their NHS Test and Trace number
If they are employed, a payslip
If they are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that their business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact
A bank statement for the account they wish the payment to be made to
If applicable, people can make a backdated claim to 28 September 2020.
The scheme is due to run until 31st January 2021, at which point it will be reviewed by the Government.
Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “We know that when people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures for some at an already difficult time.
“It is now a legal requirement to self-isolate when instructed by NHS Test and Trace. Therefore we hope this scheme provides help to those who need it most, as now more than ever we need people to self-isolate when they are told to do so to help us keep the virus under control in Wiltshire.”
For more information and to apply people should visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/benefits-test-and-trace or call 0300 456 0110. People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New Shop Manager
Committee of Kington St Michael Village Shop is delighted to announce
the appointment of Nyall Donald as the new shop manager. The Committee
and Nyall have some great ideas for the future of the shop and look
forward to sharing them with you. If you are a local producer or craft
person interested in providing us with products get in touch - email@example.com or tel. (01249) 750181.
Please click here to read FOSMAA's October newsletter - learn about planned internal works to the church, how to join the committee and more.
KSM School has been in discussion with the Department of Education since January, regarding their Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme. The school is pleased to say we have been successful and has received approval to get ultrafast full-fibre broadband connected throughout the whole village. This not only benefits our school and pupils but will benefit all KSM local businesses and all residents of KSM. It is hopeful that the ultrafast full fibre broadband will be up and running soon, maybe by Christmas.
Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire's Thankyou to Wiltshire on Behalf of Her Majesty the Queen
As the Queen's representative in Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, would like to thank those organisations and individuals, voluntary and otherwise, for their help and contributions made to the community at large during the past few months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please click here to view her letter.
Help control the spread of COVID_10 by washing your hands, covering your face, making space. You must book a COVID-19 test if you have any of these symptoms: a high temperature, a cough, change or loss of smell or taste. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you must self-isolate, get tested, and keep others safe.
Volunteer Puppy Walkers Needed in Wiltshire
Puppy walking is an essential element in the development of a future guide dog. Puppy walkers raise a pup in their home for up to 18 months and help prepare it for its future working life. It's extrememly challenging, but rewarding and special.
To find out more, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer or call 0345 143 0191.
Congratulations to Nigel Farr, who has won "Author of the Week" several times, for the photographs that he has submitted to the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald.
KSM QE2 Field Group is investigating the possibilities for a community Orchard (when funds permit) to be planted behind the kick wall area at the field.
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!
If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
From Dawn To Dusk....
........Kington St Michael looks beautiful.
(Photos courtesy of Stewart Shape)
Community First – Link Scheme recruitment campaign
A campaign has been launched to appeal for new volunteers to support local Link Schemes in Wiltshire.
Link Schemes are voluntary groups which offer transport and ‘good neighbour’ services to local people who are in need, perhaps because they are elderly, disabled, isolated and lonely, single parents, or perhaps temporarily in need because of illness.
These essential services provide a safety net for those unable to access services in other ways. Link Schemes aim to complement other services, statutory and voluntary. They operate as small, independent charitable organisations and all volunteers use their own private vehicles (insurance and DBS checks are carried out and mileage expenses covered).
To demonstrate the level of support the schemes offer, last year they made 31,351 health related journeys and completed 48,027 ‘good neighbour’ tasks, for example collecting prescriptions and shopping.
Due to COVID-19, Wiltshire Link Schemes have found themselves suffering from a large number of volunteers being unable to drive because of age and or vulnerability.
Anyone who is interested in helping out can contact Community First on 01380 722 241 or send an email to email@example.com to request more details.
QE2 Field News
Good 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.
Covid-19 Healthy Lifestyle for older People
Please take a look at this leaflet for further information.
This toolkit aims to assist groups return to the community. Group leaders should work through each section of this toolkit, ensuring they are confident prior to and throughout operation. Toolkit queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to Covid-19, the village hall is not taking bookings until sometime in 2021.
How’s Your Hearing?
Managing Hearing Loss & Tinnitus during Covid-19 leaflet
Want to find out more about Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?
We can provide information about:
• Different support and equipment, including hearing aids
• Different ways to manage tinnitus
• Useful communication tips
• Help to get employment advice
• Support for veterans
For more information, contact Kim Harbut:
07769 976266 (TEXT ONLY) email@example.com
Water Mains Replacement
Wessex Water will be carrying out a mains replacement scheme near to our parish, starting on 6th July and lasting for approximately 34 weeks. Here is a plan showing the roads that will need to be closed during each phase of works, and here is the letter sent to residents in the area.
Face Mask Fundraiser
Cilla Labouchere would like to thank everyone who donated when collecting a face mask from The Minchin - she has been able to send £300 (with Gift Aid added) to Julia’s House Hospice.
Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.
How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:
There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:
1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): firstname.lastname@example.org
2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.
3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.
NHS Test and Trace scams:
The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.
What you need to know:
Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.
All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.
The NHS Test and Trace service will never:
- ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those
starting 09 or 087)
- ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
- ask for any details about your bank account
- ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
- ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or
PINs over the phone
- ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control
of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
- ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.
QE2 Field Group Needs a New Secretary
The KSM 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 slightly smaller (but still great!) team, it needs a new secretary, who can play an active role in helping to enhance facilities and shape the future of our QE2 Field.
If you’d like to volunteer, get actively involved and help to move things forward, please get in touch. 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 you if you are interested in volunteering for the role of Secretary. Remember things can only happen with enough support and volunteers to continue the work already started. Thank you.
Please contact email@example.com or message via Facebook @ksmqe2field for more information.
Village Help Facebook PageIf you are on Facebook, please search for the KSM Community Help page, where you will find lots of useful information and support (look for the colourful hands, as above).~*~*~*~*~
Phishing ScamsYou can now report phishing emails by forwarding them to firstname.lastname@example.org and the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) analyses them and remove the culprit sites.
~*~*~*~Pet OwnersThe RSPCA is urging pet owners to make an emergency pet care plan, in case they have to be hospitalised - visit RSPCA for further details.~*~*~*~
Where do I find……..?A Very Present Help in Times of Trouble
Here are some contact details and 'phone numbers of local/national agencies that might have the help you need.
Wiltshire Council has set up a dedicated hub to support the most vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. 'Phone 0300 003 4567 if you need advice, support, or help with obtaining food or medicine or email email@example.com.Priority Utilities Services Register - if you are vulnerable, and concerned about how to get help in an emergency situation with electricity or gas supplies, you can contact your supplier, and ask to be added to their Priority Services Register. If you live alone and are of pensionable age, you may be eligible for a free gas boiler safety check. You can find your supplier’s contact details on your gas and electricity bills.Food Bank phone number: 01249 655458.Food Box phone number: Andy Gubbins, 01249 448530Age UK, Wiltshire: 01380 727 767Alzheimer’s Support: 01225 776481Carers Support Wiltshire: 0800 181 4118Wiltshire Citizens Advice: 03444 111 444Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living: 0300 123 3442Morrison's Doorstep Essentials food box delivery - for those who have to isolate, and need food delivered: 0345 611611, select option 5.
~*~*~*~St Michael & All Angels Church is to receive a £10,000 Cornerstone Grant from the National Churches Trust. The grant will help to pay for the installation of refreshment and toilet facilities in the Grade II listed church, allowing it to act as more of a hub within the community. Churchwardens, Janet Elms and Colin Labouchere, said that the grant was a fantastic boost and the fund is now at over 90% towards its target.
Thank you to the church bell ringers who rang out the bells at 8pm on Thursday evening. A lovely reminder that the church and the bell ringers are still there.
Mental Health Support Service
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has launched a 24-hour, 7 days a week, telephone Mental Health Support Service. Anyone concerned about their own or someone else's mental health can call 0300 3031320 and speak to mental health experts, who will provide advice, guidance and support over the telephone. The mental health response line is available around the clock for adults and children.
Free PPE For Local Health Professionals, Care Homes, and Charities
Shield Wiltshire is making 3D printed facemasks, available to frontline workers for free. To learn more or to donate to this cause please visit www.shieldwiltshire.co.uk
It's All Quiet up There!
Thank you to Stewart Shape, of Buzzard Films UK, for these lovely aerial photos of the village (April 2020)
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.
Latest Coronovirus Information From Wiltshire Council
For all the latest information from Wiltshire Council, please sign up to its newsletter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 next 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 email@example.com.
A big thank you to them for all their efforts over
the past few years, which are much appreciated.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call (01249) 750270 or message via Facebook @ksmqe2field.
"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 email@example.com - 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Thank you to everyone who popped their change in to the Dorothy House
collection box last year - this raised £15.05 for the charity.
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?
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.
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: email@example.com.
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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