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Road Works and Closures
There is now a dedicated page for all road works and closures which
affect the parish, in order to make it easier for you to find them.
For all the latest updates on Coronavirus, including the Track & Trace app, please visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus
Kington Club News
For those who have yet to renew their club membership, please note that all club membership subscriptions should be paid in January. Membership not renewed by the 1st February shall be deemed in arrears and if fees are not received in full by the 1st March then club membership will be cancelled. For up-to-date information please visit www.ksmsocialclub.com.
Village Shop News
The village shop can only survive long-term with the excellent support of volunteers, those both working in the shop and on the committee. At this moment in time there is an urgent need for more volunteers to work behind the counter as well as more committee members, particularly someone to fill the post of secretary. If you, or anyone you know, can offer a few hours a week/fortnight/month please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com asap. Alternatively, you can speak to one of the volunteers when you visit the shop and leave your details. Now more than ever the village shop needs your help.
Thank you very much to those who do visit the shop regularly, your support is much appreciated. Could everyone in the village please consider spending £5-£10 a week in the shop so that it can be kept open for those that really need it? If the shop doesn’t stock the products you would like to buy, let a volunteer know what you require and the manager will definitely consider stocking them. You will find some of the prices lower than local retail outlets.
Welcome to the new manager, Ally, who has already had some great ideas for new products, changing displays, has great contacts in the retail world and more. It’s lovely to have a new manager, but this can only be a short-term solution as current profits are insufficient to pay for a manager long-term.
Due to the success of hampers at Christmas time it has been decided to continue to provide these. Please give a one week’s notice of what you want and the approximate price you want to spend. The volunteer will take your details and contact you by phone you as soon as your hamper is ready for collection.
The Loaf Shack Bakery's savoury scones and quiche flew off the shelves and the baked goods have a definite homemade flavour. Please give them a try and let Ally know whether these should be a regular for the shop. There is the hope that the shop will be able to stock sandwiches from the Loaf Shack Bakery soon, as well as the other delicious products - watch out for more information. Stamp recycling Please save all of your used stamps and bring them to put in the tin by the till. All proceeds to go to Parkinson’s UK.
~*~*~*~Plans are underway, so please keep an eye out here and on Facebook for more details, as volunteers will be needed to help clear the area in advance of planting.
Advent Window Thank You
“A big thank you to everyone who took part in the KSM Advent Windows for Christmas 2022. There were so many imaginative and creative windows to spot round the village, and it was lovely to see the community spirit of houses making something for others to enjoy on a local wintry walk. I tried to photograph as many as I could and I put these photos on the KSM Facebook page, so do have a look. I know that many villagers really do love this event, so if anyone would like to co-ordinate the Advent Windows for December 2023, please get in touch with me. I would be happy to share my experience of organising them - it’s pretty straightforward. Many thanks, Yvonne Cole” (firstname.lastname@example.org)~*~*~*~Community Orchard Update
Thank you to all the residents living on and near Tor Hill, for gritting the hill during one of the many recent cold snaps. This surely prevented more accidents occurring on the black ice.
Please note that salt/grit bins are available for residents to use on the roads and footpaths (not private drives) and are situated on Tor Hill, by the crossing near The Close, by the bus shelter at The Ridings, and on Stanton Lane.
St Michael & All Angels Church News
There is an exciting calendar of events planned for the coming year, starting with pancake races down the church path at 3.30pm on Shrove Tuesday 21st February, an Easter egg hunt on Good Friday 7th April, Coronation cream tea, a concert by the Village Singers and lots more!
Did you know that the small congregation has to cover all the costs for heating, insuring, maintaining and running the church building and services? The church needs to raise at least £2,500 to meet rising costs. Keep an eye out for posters and on the village website for details. If you'd like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you - please contact Alison on (01249) 750742.
Can you help? The Parochial Church Council is the group that keep our lovely church running. They need a new treasurer as Gerry Elms is standing down after many years of service. This is a crucial role in these challenging times, managing and maximising the church finances and preparing the accounts. You will need to be confident with figures and spread sheets and to be able to attend bi-monthly evening PCC meetings. Gerry will do a full handover. For a chat about what is involved, please give him a ring on (01249) 750423.
~*~*~*~Poppy Appeal 2022Joan Gilbert would like to thank everyone who supported this year's village Poppy Appeal, raising £138.34, which supports the Armed Forces community past and present.~*~*~*~FlexerciseMondays, 11am in the village hall:~*~*~*~Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch can help build safer, stronger and more active communities and connect people with their neighbours. The Parish Council is hoping to get a local scheme back up and running in Kington St Michael and would love to hear from you. If you are interested in joining, or just want to find out more information, then please contact Cllr Vicky Ingham at email@example.com.
Jubilee Flower Bed
Grateful thanks go to Jessica Puddy, and Kim & Steve Perryman for clearing the summer bedding and planting daffodils and tulips, ready for a glorious display next spring. In addition to the bulbs, a Queen Elizabeth II rose bush was planted, to commemorate our late Queen.
Thanks also go to Avril Balmforth for supporting the scheme and the Parish Council for funding the cost of the rose and bulbs, as none of this would be possible without their contributions.
KSM QE2 Field News
Bonfire night upddate - a huge thanks to everyone who came along to support our annual bonfire and fireworks on 5th November. Despite the rain, we had a great turnout and managed to raise just under £1,000 in profit towards future enhancements at the QE2 Field. This event is run solely by volunteers so we really couldn’t do it without those who helped before, during and after to ensure a safe and successful night. Thank you.
Warm Spaces and Food Providers
Wiltshire Council has created an online interactive community directory to help you find out what warm spaces and community food providers there are in the county to support you through the cost-of-living challenges.The directory has been created using information collected by the council, in order to establish what support is available in Wiltshire. To find out the support that's available on your doorstep, and across the county, please visit the directory and select your postcode area - this will then automatically generate a list of what's available, as well as a host of other useful features:For anyone wishing to make donations to the community food providers, there are contact and website details included for each with more information to find out how best to do this. The council has worked hard to ensure that the directory contains a comprehensive list of the support available, but will continue to keep it updated regularly.
74th donation of £50 from this scheme goes to Acorns Pre-school, towards new books and garden toys The scheme is run from
foyer and books are only 50p each. Village organisations that would
like to be considered for a donation should contact Linda Durno via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Recycling Scheme
The website has been designed as a “one stop shop” for parishioners and the wider community, and is intended to provide up to date and historical information on all Parish Council related matters, including meetings and decisions.
This website has been created to comply with the latest regulations and will run alongside and complement this community website.
~*~*~*~KSM Netball Club "Our friendly village netball club continues to thrive. We are delighted to have received further sponsorship recently, from The Jolly Huntsman, which will contribute to equipment and coaching fees. A huge thankyou to the pub for its continued support.The club has teams playing in Chippenham Rock Up Social League on Wednesdays, as well as matches in the Calne Social Netball League on Monday nights.We train in the Chippenham Dome (near Chippenham Sports Club) on Thursday evenings, 8pm-9pm. We welcome new members with one free session, and have a range of experience and abilities. There is no pressure to play in matches - come along for fun and friendly fitness!If you are interested in giving it a go please contact Alice Rymill - email@example.com."
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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.
~*~*~*~Church Coffee Corner Every Monday from 11.30am - 1.30pm - meet others and enjoy refreshments: all welcome. ~*~*~*~KSM QE2 Field Group
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 With
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?Wiltshire Police has suggested reading "The Little Book of Big Scams", which is an excellent fraud prevention resource created to help raise awareness of the dangers of fraud ,and offer preventative measures to help keep everyone safe from the insidious creep being seen in financial crimes in recent years.
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.
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
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.
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.