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Kington St Michael Parish Council
Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited
Annual Governance & Accountability Return
Year End 31st March 2022
Commencing Friday 1st July and ending on Thursday 11th August 2022.
Financial Information for 2022
KSMPC AGAR Return 2021-2022
KSMPC Explanation of High Reservices 2021-2022
KSMPC Explanation of Variances 2021 - 2022
KSMPC Bank Reconciliation 2021 -2022
Wiltshire Council is asking for people's views on proposals to improve
Junction 17 of the M4 near Chippenham.
The junction, which links the motorway network and the A350, A429 and B4122, was last modified in 2018, when traffic signals were installed on the slip roads to help prevent vehicles queueing back on to the motorway and causing safety issues. However, further improvements are required to improve safety at the junction and accommodate future traffic growth.The proposed scheme, which is expected to cost around £27m, includes installing further traffic signals on the roundabout; widening the approaches to the stop lines at the signals to increase the number of traffic lanes and enhance traffic capacity; and increasing the number of traffic lanes on the bridges from two to three.The council is currently preparing an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the scheme. Once complete, the OBC will be taken to the Department for Transport, which will decide whether to fund the scheme.If the scheme is approved, construction would start in 2024 and the scheme would be completed in 2026.Please see below a link to a news item relating to this scheme:Wiltshire Council seeks feedback on plans to improve Junction 17 of the M4 near Chippenham - Wiltshire CouncilTo comment on the proposals, people should email MajorHighwayProjects@wiltshire.gov.uk or write to: Major Highway Projects, Wiltshire Council, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN.To find out more about the scheme, people should go to Junction 17 - M4 - Wiltshire Council~*~*~*~
Do Not Be Caught Out By Burglars
With the warmer weather we have been experiencing there’s been a small increase in opportunistic burglars taking advantage of doors and windows being left open.We would like to remind householders of the need to secure their windows and doors when going out and make sure the garage and garden shed is locked too.The following advice to improve the security in and around the home:~*~*~*~
• Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even if you’re in the garden, and make sure you have approved locks or bolts on all doors and windowsYou will find more helpful advice on our website: Protecting Your Home From CrimeIf you have any information about offenders or see something suspicious, please call Wiltshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.In an emergency always call 999.
• Never leave a spare key in a hiding place like in a plant pot or letterbox - a thief knows all the hiding places • Keep all keys, purses and wallets out of sight and away from the letterbox
• Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB
• Do not open the door to anyone you don’t know or are not expecting. Always check by using a spy-hole or look through a window
• Make sure that you have up to date contents insurance
• Register all serial numbers from electrical items, tools and garden equipment with www.immobilise.com the free national property register.
• Mark items without serial numbers with an artificial DNA property marker such as SelectaDNA
• Do not keep large amounts of cash at home - it is much safer in a bank or building society
• Trim back any plants and hedges at the front of your property to no higher than 1 metre to remove hiding places
• Always report any suspicious activity, note any vehicle registrations, descriptions of persons involved and direction of travel
• Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home
• Take photographs of all jewellery including hallmarks and keep them safe. Also consider using an artificial DNA property marker on jewellery or other valuable items
• Make sure any bolts are low enough so they cannot be opened by reaching over the top of the gate.
Flower, Produce & Craft Show
The Flower, Produce & Craft Show is back, and will take place
on Saturday 6th August, from
3pm in the village hall,
followed by an auction of produce at 4pm. Organised by KSM WI.
Entry by donation; schedule here and also available from the village shop.
Protecting Green Spaces in Kington St Michael
Kington St Michael Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is continuing its
progress on evidence collection and plan drafting. One topic of
particular local interest is protecting green spaces in the parish.
Through the Neighbourhood Plan, we can protect green spaces of
particular importance to the local community through a designation
called Local Green Space.
For a space to be eligible for designation as a Local Green Space, it has to be:
Steering Group has been assessing spaces for potential suitability for
designation, informed by suggestions made during our online consultation
last year. So far, eight spaces have been considered for potential
Local Green Space designation, including the QE2 recreation field, the
Village Green in Stubbs Lane, the allotments, and land at Town Close,
The Ridings, The Ham, Honeyknob Hill and by The Croft (opposite Rose
Cottages).We want to hear from you about your views on the potential
Local Green Space designations. Do you value these spaces? If so, why
are they special to you? Your comments will be added to the evidence
base to inform which spaces will be included for potential designation
in the draft Neighbourhood Plan. Please email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or post your comments to 67/68
Kington St Michael, to let us know what you think about the suggested
Local Green Spaces. Please refer to the specific spaces shown on the
map, and include information on if and why the space is special to you.
Please also let us know if there are any potential Local Green Spaces
that we've missed. Thank you!
- small (not an 'extensive' area),
- in, or near to, the community which uses it,
special to the community. This could be because of its beauty, historic
significance,recreational value, tranquillity or richness in wildlife.
School Summer Fête
Kington St Michael School's summer fête takes place on Saturday 9th July, 11.30am - 2pm on the school field, with a lovely selection of stalls and games.This
is a great fundraising event for the school and everyone is welcome to
come and join in the fun - there will be a bar, BBQ and plenty of stalls
to entertain the whole family.If you can't make it to the fête but
would still like to support the school then why not buy tickets for the
raffle? There are lots of fantastic prizes, including a brand-new Dyson
vacuum cleaner, 2 course roast dinner for two at The Bell, afternoon tea
for two at The Angel and an English breakfast for two at Kington Café,
plus many more! Tickets will be on sale shortly in both Kington Café and the village shop.
Book Recycling Scheme
recipient of a £50 donation from this scheme is the village shop, to go towards improvement of its hot water facility. 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.
Bybrook Homes for Ukraine
"We are a group interested in helping Ukrainian refugees settle in the Bybrook area under the government Homes for Ukraine scheme. We are not part of any parish council or church but of course would welcome any input from anyone. Our twin aims are:
To provide suitable accommodation for Ukrainian refugees within the Bybrook community.We would very much like to hear from you if you are considering offering accommodation or in fact have already offered accommodation to any refugees.We would like to know:1. If you have registered with the government scheme homes for Ukraine?2. If you have, what stage are you at?3. What kind of accommodation are you able to offer?4. Are you interested in offering accommodation but do not have the time to manage
To support, advise, and assist any hosts and their Ukrainian guests within the Bybrook community.
the process? If so, would you be interested in speaking to our group about us
helping with this? 5. Are you interested in providing practical help and support to any refugees that may
come to this area?There is still some misunderstanding about what this all involves so here are some basic facts: -
We have a Facebook page and can be found at "By Brook homes for Ukraine" as well as the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.We are now publicising our presence in any way we can via the new Facebook page, parish councils, churches, chapels, school, GP surgery local magazines and word of mouth.We are hoping to compile a list of registered properties in the area. This would enable us to identify what interest/need there is for our group. We would also be very interested in hearing from anyone who would consider registering as a host but does not have the time to manage this process. We as a group could offer to do this on their behalf, as has happened very successfully in Marshfield.We are committed to finding a way to help Ukrainian refugees who wish to come to the Bybrook area. Our research has shown that there are all kinds of people fleeing Ukraine - single people, couples, families and three generation groups.We very much would appreciate your feedback.Bybrook Homes for Ukraine Group"
- A community group or individual can register a property or rooms on the government website homes for Ukraine. Wiltshire council will check the accommodation is suitable and they will also do a check on the homeowner for any criminal convictions (DBS check).
- The government will pay the homeowner £350 per home (not per person) a month. for up to one year as a thank you.
- If you offer your home, then you must commit it for at least 6 months and, if you can, up to 3 years. The refugees can work and or claim benefits,so will be self-supporting for day to day living expenses.
- At the moment finding refugees is still being done on an individual basis. This is something the group could assist with.
- When the refugees arrive, the council will give each person £200 in cash and a SIM card.
- It is the householder or groups responsibility to collect the refugees from the airport.
Church Coffee Corner
Every Monday from 11.30am - 1.30pm - meet others and enjoy refreshments:
KSM QE2 Field Group
BBQ HIRESpring has arrived, so it’s a good time to remind everyone that the BBQ at KSM QE2 Field is available to hire! Only £15 per day (returnable cash deposit also required). Funds go towards enhancements on the field. If you are interested, please email email@example.com.PROGRESSIVE SUPPER 2022KSM
QE2 Field Group is planning a KSM progressive supper this year! This
has been a very popular village event and tradition for many years and
will be a great opportunity to get our community together again to raise funds that will go to improving recreationalfacilities at the field. Watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook page for further updates…CAN YOU HELP?KSM
QE2 Field Group comprises of a small group of volunteers, who want to
help enhance our recreation field for the benefit of the whole
community. If you’d like to get involved in some way, we’d love to hear
from you, so please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Litter Pick Success
(photos courtesy of Jenny Hayne)
The litter pick organised by KSM WI and including the Down Gospel Trust, was a successful exercise, with many bags of litter and rubbish collected, as well as some larger discarded items. Many thanks go to all those who took part.
Police Community Support OfficerOur local PCSO is Lewis Hawkins (PCSO 4590), Chippenham Rural, Wiltshire Police - Mob. 07423 771553, email Lewis.Hawkins@wiltshire.police.uk.
Get in the Know!
Would you like to receive news and updates on local
matters from the Parish Council and Wiltshire Council, etc, via email? The Parish Council has set up an email
database - if you would like to be included,
please email the Clerk, Viv Vines - email@example.com.
QE2 Field News - February 2022
many thanks to Kington St Michael Parish Council, there is now a brand
new noticeboard, new bin and dog poo bag dispenser at the KSM QE2 Field.
Worried About Scams?
QE2 Field Group News
KSM QE2 Field Group raised a record £1,800 from the village bonfire night in November, with a fantastic turnout! Thank you to everyone who supported this event. Donations of £250 from Wessex Water and £50 from the village Book Recycling Scheme, were received. These funds will contribute towards future enhancements at the QE2 Field. Last year we made significant improvements to the kick-wall area, which we aim to continue working on, thanks to grants received from Wiltshire Council’s Chippenham and Villages Area Board, totalling around £3,500. This year, we are also investigating the planting of fruit trees and other general improvements to the facilities at the QE2 Field. Last summer, KSM QE2 Field Group hosted the KSM day with participation from many different village groups and clubs. If you are interested in getting involved once again this year, then please get in touch via our Facebook page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save The Plough
Kington Communities Enterprise is a local group campaigning to save The Plough as a community pub, and it would really like your views on the future of The Plough via a short online survey. It will take about 2 minutes to do and is at https://plough.kingtonlangley.com/survey/
Accessibility Along Pavements
A repeat of a previous request, to help our disabled and visally impaired residents (and those with children in buggies):
~ Please do not block lowered pavements with parked cars.
~ Please don't block the pavement with wheelie bins or black boxes.
your property is next to the pavement or footpath, please trim back any overhanging branches, shrubs, etc. Of a dark evening, and with the new
lower lighting, it's no fun walking into prickly or wet overgrowth! Please trim
back lower shrubs too, as these affect children. Thank you.
Collection boxes around the village raised £142.64 for this year's Poppy Appeal. Joan Gilbert, local honorary organiser, would like to thank all those who donated, enabling the Royal British Legion to continue its vital welfare and benevolent work.
Kington Café's Fundraiser
The café's fundraiser for Guide Dogs UK raised an amazing £301.84;
thanks go to all who supported the event.
Pilates is back in the village hall every Tuesday evening, except for
the second Tuesday of the month, when WI holds its meeting.
When this happens you can join the online class so as not to miss out.
The classes are an hour long, starting at 6.45pm.
If you would like further information, contact Lauren at email@example.com,
or take a look at her website www.laurenspilates.co.uk.
Community Speedwatch Team
Volunteers are needed to join Kington St Michael's Community Speedwatch Team.
If you are interested please contact Cllr Fiona Twisse:
If you have previously contacted the Parish Council,
please contact Fiona to confirm that you are still interested.
The Old School (the building that is currently the Village Hall)
Does anyone have any recollection of when the old school was divided up between the school house and the school building? If so, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council, Viv Vines - firstname.lastname@example.org
Salsa Classes Are Back!
8.15pm - 9.15pm in the village hall - every Thursday except
when there's a
Parish Council meeting. £5 per person (first lesson is free).
suitable shoes (no stilettos please). Beginners welcome.
Contact Linda on (01249) 750514.
Fire Service Safe & Well Visits
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking to partner with individuals and organisations who are in contact with or visit vulnerable people across Wiltshire to provide referrals into our Safe and Well teams. The attached leaflet sets out why referrals are important to DWFRS, some risk factors to look out for and how to make a referral to us. Early intervention with at-risk vulnerable people allows us to prevent fire deaths and serious injuries caused by fire.
Our Safe and Well visits are completely free of charge. We supply and install free smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms. We also provide fire retardant bedding, spray, extension leads, heater loans, arson proof letterboxes, and deaf alerts where required. We have several resources on our website, and the following links provide some more information on what a Safe and Well visit is, together with the option to make a referral:
DWFRS offers free Safe and Well awareness training to groups of any size, to find out more please email email@example.com.
Women Out Walking
After 15 years as walk leader, Delcia Fussell has now stepped down from the role. Many thanks go to Delcia for organising
dates, routes and enjoyable walks throughout that time. If you would be interested in taking over the role, please contact Delcia on (01249) 750529.
Tree Planted on the QE2 Field
(Bill Isaac with his daughters, Sue, Jill & Sally, two of his grandchildren, Abbie and Mica, and three great-granchildren. Photos courtesy of Barry & Jenny Hayne)
On Thursday 1st July a Holm Oak was planted on the QE2 Field to mark the
38 years that Bill Isaac, served on the Parish Council.
Addendum - sadly Bill passed away in the autumn of 2021.
BT Openreach will be putting fibre optic cables in place for FTTP (fibre to the property) - no confirmed date as yet. Essentially the same type of thing that Gigaclear did, however, you'll be pleased to know that BT is able to use its own existing ducting, and so there shouldn't be any additional roadworks for us to look forward to, according to Openreach's engineers!
Concern Over Potential Dog Thefts
With recent concerns over reports of attempted dog thefts, please keep an eye out for unbranded vans and people watching/following/asking questions about dogs, especially around the QE2 field and other local parks.
For advice about animal crime please visit www.wiltshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ac/animal-crime/
If you are a dog owner, please keep your dog on a lead around livestock, particularly as we are now in the lambing season.
Hospital Liaison Service
"The Hospital Liaison Service will work with hospital staff and others to identify and support carers through the discharge process. The Carer Support Hospital Liaison Service will:
· support carers while they or their cared for are in hospital;
· assist with planning and implementation of discharge; and,
· follow up with carers after discharge.
The aim of the service is to reduce carer stress, reduce re-admission rates and help ease the burden on hospitals over the winter months and while the Covid pandemic is placing increased demands on the NHS.
The new service is made up of 2 teams - the Hospital Liaison Team which will be the point of contact for carers and Hospital staff; and the Hospital Support Team which will carry out initial assessments and provide support.
Carers and hospital staff can contact ther Hospital Liaison Team on 0800 368 7579. Hospital staff can also make referrals using the secure CSW.firstname.lastname@example.org email address. The service is being promoted at Great Western Hospital, Royal United Hospital, Salisbury District Hospital and Community Hospitals.
Hospital Support Worker"
Direct Line for referral to CSW Hospital Discharge Team – 0800 368 7579
Direct Line: 01380 908154
Carer Support Wiltshire is an independent charity that provides free
and confidential support to unpaid carers of all ages across Wiltshire.
Walking in Wiltshire
Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks? Walking in Wiltshire www.walkinginengland.co.uk/wiltshire is the website for you!
With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.
John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Wiltshire (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (www.walkinginengland.co.uk) – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!
Concerned About Scams, Fraud and Phishing?
To find out about all the lates scams, frauds, and phishing, please visit Action Fraud.
Wiltshire Council - Local Area Co-ordinator
Local area coordination can help you to:
• access information, advice and support
• build your own local network
• find practical ways to resolve problems
• be part of your local community
• identify your personal strengths, needs and goals
We work alongside people of all ages, including disabled people and
people with mental health conditions.
If you feel you would like to reconnect with your community
or need some help or support, then you can invite us to
work alongside you.
Our local area support co-ordinator is Emma Morrice - her support is free and without judgement – there are no assessments, referral processes or time limits – and she can meet you in local community settings or where you live, work or learn.
Would you like to know more? Contact Emma on 07391 410278 or email@example.com.
Please click here to find out more.
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.
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.
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)
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 email@example.com.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.~*~*~*~
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.
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 Planning 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 or have reduced vision, and are finding a trip to the shop becoming an obstacle course, especially when wheelie bins and black boxes 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
Do you have a small business? Are you local?! Why not advertise on this website for only £24 per year? (That's just £2 per month!) Take a look at other advertisers by clicking on "Local Businesses Adverts" above. If you are interested please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.