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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
Temporary Closure of Draycot Lane
Draycot Lane (the left hand lane at Tor Hill Crossroads - south of KSM as you head towards Chippenham), will temporarily be closed on Thursday 17th December, from 7am to 7pm. For more details please see below (please note, it is erroneously referred to as Allington Lane!)
Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Urgent Closure of: Allington Lane (Part), Kington St Michael
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 17th December 2020, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway reactive patching and associated maintenance works.
Allington Lane (Part), Kington St Michael; from its junction with A350 to its junction with Kington St Michael Road. Alternative route: via A350, A429 M4 Roundabout Junction 17, A350, Kington St Michael Road.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. These works will commence on 17th December 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 12 hours between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days.
For further information regarding these works please contact Helen Pickett on the behalf of Wiltshire Council on 01225 713376.
Last Posting Dates for Christmas
For all the last posting dates for Christmas take a look at:
www.royalmail.com/christmas/last-posting-datesDon't forget that you can buy your Christmas stamps from the shop and Christmas cards are on sale too. There
are scales to weigh your items, envelopes and packaging and the post
box is only a few yards away.
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.
~*~*~*~"We are very pleased that we are again able to worship in church with social distancing, mask wearing and use of hand sanitiser. Because of the limited numbers we can have in church at the moment we regret we cannot have a Christingle service this year.
December at St Michael & All Angels Church
As we are in the middle of building work, things might look and feel a little different but you are very warmly welcomed to come along and celebrate Advent and Christmas."
Sunday 6th December, 9.30am: Morning Praise and Toy Service
We will be accepting donations of new toys to be distributed by Social Services as Christmas gifts to local children in need. (If you can’t come along but would like to donate a gift please bring it to 6 The Ham).
Sunday 13th December, 9.30am: Holy Communion
Sunday 20th December, 4pm A Benefice Drive in Carol Service
N.B. This will be held at Castle Combe Circuit.
Christmas Eve, 11.15pm: Holy Communion.
Shop Raffles and More...
Congratulations to Louise Williams who is the winner of the turkey raffle!
hamper raffle is now open at only £1 a ticket, available from the shop - it would make a beautiful gift or keep it for you and your family this Christmas.
in stock is beautiful, sustainably farmed, smoked trout and salmon -
why not pair it with our new white wine? Mince pies are available too
and looking delicious, at four for £2, they can't be missed.
~*~*~*~Does anyone know an Amelia Stevens in KSM? A package for her has been popped through the wrong door - contact Linda Durno on (01249) 750514 for further details.
~*~*~*~How about shining a light this Christmas? We've had a suggestion from a villager that it would be nice to brighten up the village in the run up to Christmas, by each household (safely) putting a light in their front window or lights in the garden - even a solitary light will do, just to make things cheery.
Shine A Light This Christmas!
Will you, or someone you know, be alone this Christmas Day? Christmas Day 2020
With much uncertainty surrounding Christmas during the current climate, Kington Café would like to offer Christmas Day dinner to anyone who is on their own this Christmas Day.
The café has been given a very generous donation from Core Build and Design, and, if restrictions allow, would like to accommodate everyone within the café setting; home delivery is also available.
Please contact the cafe on (01249) 750212, 07369 232934 or email@example.com
Kington St Michael "Living" Advent Windows - Ready to Go...
resident, Yvonne Cole, has organised a village Advent Calendar, with
volunteers decorating a window in their house to ‘open’ (be illuminated)
each day in December. A clue to the location of the next window will
be provided on Facebook (an open page - you don't need to have joined Facebook) and pinned on noticeboards and she hopes that
villagers would enjoy taking an evening stroll to find the new window.
Yvonne now has enough volunteer houses, so many thanks to all who will
be decorating their windows.Each house will:
• have a window (upstairs/downstairs) which is clearly visible from
• be decorating the window with a Christmas theme of choice
(e.g. snowy scene, stockings, baby Jesus, 3 kings, robins, holly etc.),
• be lighting up the window from the day it ‘opens’ until the 24th
December each evening (4pm - 9pm).
Contact Yvonne for further information - firstname.lastname@example.org or (01249) 750525.
For some ideas take a look at www.pinterest.co.uk/loulie1/living-advent-calendar
Christmas Opening Hours at the Village Shop
Monday 21st December – Wednesday 23rd December: 9.30am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am to 1pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: 9.30am – 12pm
Bank Holiday Monday, 28th December: 9.30am – 12pm
Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st: 9.30am – 12pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Saturday 2nd January onwards: OPEN as usual 9.30am – 12pm
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 email@example.com 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.
Order Your Christmas Turkey and More from the Villlage Shop....
(<a href='https://www.freepik.com/photos/christmas'>Christmas photo created by timolina - www.freepik.com</a>)
The shop is pleased to be able to offer you the following meats for Christmas this year:
A deposit of £20 will be required for whole turkey & rolled/boned breast and £5 for ham and chicken.The closing date for orders is Saturday 12th December and collection is on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December) by noon.
- Rolled/boned turkey breast £12 per kilo
- Whole bronze free range turkey £12.50 per kilo
- Free range chicken £7 per kilo
- Pigs in blankets £10 per kilo
- Cooked ham £1.30 per 100g
St Michael & All Angels Church has a
number of whole Victorian pews for sale, due to refurbishment work
installing a disabled toilet and hospitality unit in the church.
They vary in length between 88" and 98", are approximately 21" deep and 35" high.
also a number of pews which are “1 ended” as they are currently
joined to another pew by a central board. These could possibly be
refurbished (buy 2 and customise the length of your pew and add the
spare end!) or the lovely old wood used for other carpentry projects.
pews will be sold by sealed bid with the highest bidder having first
choice, second highest having second choice etc. Bids will be opened on
15th November and the successful bidders invited to come and choose
their pew, which will need to be collected by the end of November.
A guide price can't be given but do look online for prices for
similar pews. The money raised will go towards new seating for the
If you would like to make a bid for one of these unique pieces of local village heritage you can:
Email (indicating whether you want a whole or half pew) firstname.lastname@example.org heading your message “Sealed bid”.
Or post or drop off your bid to Alison Greenhalgh, 6 The Ham, Kington Saint Michael, SN14 6LD.
Please get in touch on the email above or ring Gerry Elms on 01249 750423 if you need any further details.
~*~*~*~Are you looking for a volunteer role like no other? Recruitment to join our Special Constabulary opens today (9 November).
Specials Recruitment is Open
Apply now and find out more: Specials Recruitment Application Link
If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your community or are thinking of a career with the police, this could be for you.
~*~*~*~Resurfacing is planned for Draycot Lane (between Tor Hill and the A350 - the left-hand lane at the crossroads, heading towards Chippenham). The road markings will also be repainted at that junction.
Parish Highway Works in the Pipeline
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.
🎅🏻 Ho ho ho - Father Christmas has contacted the village! He's hoping
to visit one evening in mid-December, just to check where everyone
lives, so that he can deliver all the right presents on Christmas Eve.
A visit from Father Christmas
The reindeer will be resting before the big day, so Father Christmas
will be getting a lift and driving round the village roads in a
specially made "sleigh" on the first calm evening on or after 16th December (weather permitting - he doesn't want to catch a
chill!). He would love you to cheer and clap him from your windows, doors or gardens as he winds around the village (at about 3mph) and to enjoy the music and join in with the carols.
He will let us know exactly when he's coming nearer the time, so keep your eyes on this page for further updates 👀🌲
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.
Book Recycling Scheme
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.
Our two community defibrillators have been in place since 2011, when the initial fundraising was carried out to purchase them. Any spare funds from that time have been used over the past nine years for the defibrillators' upkeep (replacement battery packs, electrodes, etc). The fund (which is kindly held by the parish council, but is seperate from precept monies) is now quite low, at £219.26, not enough to pay for further replacement batteries. It had been hoped to hold a fundraiser this year, but Covid has put a stop to that! If anyone would like to make a donation to the fund, please contact Linda Durno on (01249) 750514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, the Book Recycling Scheme has pledged its next £50 donation to the Defibrillator Fund.
Update: Thank you to those who have made donations or plendged donations so far - all are very welcome.
Kington St Michael Spring Flowers
"Would you like to see more daffodils on Kington St Michael village verges?
Stop and think how nice it would be to see those beautiful nodding heads waving in the sunshine.
I’m hoping, as a community, you will join me planting spring bulbs to brighten up your day and make us smile.
If you would like to help with planting or can offer some spring bulbs, of any description, simply call me on 07496 694224, Katrina"
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 email@example.com. Thank you!
BONFIRE & FIREWORKS CANCELLED IN NOV 2020
is with great regret we confirm that our annual KSM Bonfire &
Fireworks Night will sadly not go ahead this year due to the Covid-19
pandemic. Given the latest guidance, we must consider the health and
safety of everyone in our village community.
Whilst this will be
the first time for as long as some of us can remember that bonfire night
won't be going ahead in Kington St Michael, it is hoped that it
won’t be too long before community events can be safely held again at
the QE2 Field.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request more details.
Advice for families on school transport as back to school preparations begin
Young people are being encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school if they live a short distance (two miles or less) from their school next week.
Schools are preparing to welcome pupils again and where possible young people are being encouraged to use the green alternatives to arrive at the school gates.
For those car sharing with someone outside of their support bubble or family, they are being advised they should share with the same people each time, open the windows for ventilation and wear a face covering unless they are under 11 or they are exempt.
Pupils who use public transport and are aged over 11 are being reminded to wear a face covering while travelling. Where needed Wiltshire Council is adding on additional buses to ensure social distancing can be maintained. They will be advising pupils via schools of these plans.
It is recognised that social distancing can be difficult to maintain on dedicated school transport. Therefore, alongside other local authorities, we are asking pupils who use dedicated home to school transport such as a school bus, minibus or taxi arranged by Wiltshire Council, that where they can, they should wear a face covering if they are over 11 years old. There is no requirement for primary aged pupils or children who are exempt to wear one, although it is strongly recommended.
Other bus users are also being asked to consider taking their bus journey after 9am to help maintain the social distancing on the public buses.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Transport said “As we near the end of the summer break families are preparing to return to school. This year is going to feel different and we have provided a number of helpful booklets and advice which we hope families will find useful.
“We have put advice and guidance on our website for those pupils using dedicated school buses and for those who use public transport. It is difficult to predict how many school pupils will use public transport at this stage but the council has worked hard to ensure there is enough transportation available and it will be monitored as the days go forward.”
Students using public transport, should continue to follow government guidelines to ensure they can travel safely on the network. This includes planning their journey in advance and allowing more time to get to their school or college. They should also wash or sanitise their hands regularly and social distance where possible.
All pupils who are entitled to bus passes for dedicated school transport should receive them by this weekend. If they haven’t arrived at that point they can email email@example.com.
You can find FAQs and further detail in the school transport booklets online
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.
Area Board Grants Funding
Area Board grants are available for the following:
Community Grants (Capital funding – equipment, repairs, builds – anything that lasts over 2 years)
- Village hall repairs/ equipment (Audio/visual, chairs, tables, fixing floors and doors etc)
- Outdoor equipment (Benches, repairing repurposed phone boxes, machinery etc)
- Playpark equipment/ repairs
- Sports facilities upgrades/ repairs
- CCTV systems / websites
Youth Grants (13-19 year olds revenue funding)
- Funds for project and activity delivery
- Equipment and resources
For more information visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-area-boards
or contact Ollie Phipps on 07795 060797, email Ollie.Phipps@wiltshire.gov.uk
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 next year.
This will reviewed at the end of this year.
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
Our services will be a little different for a while in line with Government guidance. To keep everyone safe , the church has had a very thorough clean and will be cleaned after each use.
We will be socially distancing and have a one way system in use. We will ask everyone to use hand sanitiser when they enter the building and will have single use service sheets and not have Bibles in the pews. Unfortunately, we are unable to sing together at the moment but do hope to have music as part of our worship.
Despite these changes, we are really looking forward to being back in our beautiful church and you are most welcome to join us.
More details of the service and further opening of the church will be posted as soon as they are confirmed."
Please note that the shop now has a hand-sanitising station in the foyer, and asks that all customers and visitors to the shop use it before entering. Thank you.
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.
In March Jessica Puddy was welcomed on to the committee and has taken on the position of Shop Secretary. Four new committee members have joined, and bring a huge variety of talents and experience with them; they are Adam and Charlotte Sparkes, Cathy Mundy, and Diane Allen, who bring the committee up to its full contingent of ten. Thanks go to our outgoing members - Anneliese Hillyer-Thake, who is moving away, and Avril Balmforth and Linda Durno, who estimate that, between them, they have served between 25 to 30 years on the shop committee; both will remain as volunteers.
Recycling Centre News - Including the Re-opening of Stanton St Quintin
Wiltshire Council has launched a new online booking system to allow people to book a visit to any household recycling centre (HRC) in the county, up to three days in advance.
People are now able to visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste and make an advance booking for a slot to visit one of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres. Slots will be available for HRC visits and each slot will be available for a 15-minute visit to your chosen HRC. People should turn up on time with ID to confirm their booking, and in the vehicle with the registration number the slot has been booked for.
You will no longer be able to turn up to a HRC without a booking – you must have booked a slot online in advance. Anyone who turns up without a booked slot will not be permitted to access the site.
Booking a slot is easy - simply visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste, choose a preferred HRC and timeslot, enter your vehicle registration details, and confirm your booking. Then, please turn up at your chosen HRC on time (not before) with ID with your address on it, such as a driver’s licence, council tax bill, utility bill (a printed or an electronic version is fine), and your van permit, if you are visiting the site in a van that is under 3.5 tonnes.
As well as these changes, the council has also relaxed some of the changes that have been in place in recent weeks – Stanton St Quinton HRC is now open for pre-booked slots only, and HRCs can now accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles and, with notice, asbestos. Other restrictions, including no trailers or vehicles 3.5 tonnes or over, remain in place.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Waste, said: “It’s been two weeks since we reopened our household recycling centres, and while we have seen queues, they have been well managed, and I’m pleased to be able to report that most residents have been good humoured and understanding while queuing.
“We have had to implement several social distancing measures and restrictions on each site, which has meant that we can have fewer vehicles on each site at once, which has caused the queues outside of the HRCs while we managed the initial reopening demand.
“However, to alleviate queues in the long-term, we’ve introduced this online booking system that will enable people to book a slot at their chosen household recycling centre three days in advance. This should also save residents time, as they can book a slot, turn up, dispose of their waste and then carry on with their day.
“We expect demand to be very high initially, but new slots are added each day, so if you can’t get a slot, please try again the next day.”
To keep staff and residents safe, and following the latest public health and industry guidance, there are a significant number of measures in place to ensure social distancing at all HRCs. These include:
- Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times
- Only one person allowed on bin access steps at any one time
- Only one person per car can get out of the vehicle – so please only bring
waste that one person can lift
- No entry for trailers or large vans of 3.5 tonnes and over
- The number of parking spaces on each site is significantly reduced
- No pedestrian access and no access on a bicycle or motorcycle
- Don't bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council's
kerbside recycling collection service
For more details, and to find out more, see
What's With The Litter?!!!
This litter was recently found up at the QE2 Field and was picked up and disposed of by a local resident. Please do NOT have barbecues on our recreation field, woods and footpaths, and please always take your litter home with you.*** PLEASE RESPECT OUR COUNTRYSIDE ***~*~*~*~*~⭐PLACES AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER⭐Acorns has spaces available for September for 2,3 & 4 year olds, including for its popular Woodland Learning days.Book in for a "Meet the Manager" virtual chat on Thursdays and Fridays throughout June where you can discuss your childcare requirements and ask questions about the preschool.Virtual Video Tour is also available on our YouTube channel.Acorns Preschool: The Village Preschool inspiring Creativity, Curiosty and Confidenceacornsksmchair@gmail.com ~*~*~*~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).~*~*~*~*~
Please - don't!There have been a couple of instances of a group of people having a barbecue on one of the footpaths in a local farmer's field, then dumping their rubbish (including the portable barbecue with its metal parts) in the hedgerow, where it could either cause a fire or be ingested by farm stock, potentially causing a fatal injury and thus affect the farmer's income. If this is you, please don't! There are plenty of other, more suitable places to hold a barbecue, and shouldn't you be social distancing anyway?!
The Countryside Code states:
"Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
Protecting the natural environment means taking special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees. They provide homes and food for wildlife, and add to everybody’s enjoyment of the countryside.
Litter and leftover food doesn’t just spoil the beauty of the countryside, it can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals – so take your litter home with you. Dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.
Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property – so be careful with naked flames and cigarettes at any time of the year. Sometimes, controlled fires are used to manage vegetation, particularly on heaths and moors between 1 October and 15 April, but if a fire appears to be unattended then report it by calling 999."
~*~*~*~The shop is now stocking 500g Greek style natural yogurt and 450g Greek style honey yogurt, local butter, and baking margarine - and it still has some 500g Yeo Valley Strawberry yogurt in the chiller. If you're a fan of long life milk, there are several 1 litres of semi-skimmed.
If you're running low on hand santiser there are some small handbag size bottles for sale. Sneezing with the pollen? Hay fever tablets and nasal spray are in stock
~*~*~*~The village shop was due to hold its AGM in June, although this will not be possible due to the current circumstances and restrictions. Shareholders will be advised of a date as soon as this is possibly. For any queries, please contact the shop’s Secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village Shop AGM
~*~*~*~You 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.
~*~*~*~Shop Screen There is now a screen up in the shop, to help to keep everyone safe.You'll still be able to see the lovely volunteers 😊~*~*~*~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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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.Hot meal deliveries:The Gladstone Arms is offering a £10 takeaway service Monday to Saturday 5pm - 8.30pm. It is also offering roast dinners, available at the same times and on Sundays 11.30am - 5pm for £13 main course and £5 dessert. Call them on (01249) 660535 to place your order and pay. They will arrange a collection time for you to pick up your food. They say “We are only taking telephone orders and we cannot deliver. If the phone is busy or unanswered please leave a message and we’ll call you straight back. Please try to give us as much notice as possible.”Chippenham Pit Stop, at J17, is offering its full menu to takeaway. You can call ahead for delivery to your vehicle. It also has stocked its shelves with food to buy – you can call in advance with your order of food and groceries, for delivery to your car. It has implemented an hourly cleaning regime and is asking all customers to wash their hands when they arrive. Tel. (01249) 750645.
La Passione is offering a takeaway service on Mondays to Saturdays, 4pm - 9pm, and Sundays from 12noon - 4.30pm. 'Phone to order on (01249) 652162Thai Taste Chippenham is doing a non-contact takeaway service on Tuesday to Sunday evenings from 6pm until 10pm. Call (01249) 448122 to order.
~*~*~*~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.
"Our job at Healthwatch Wiltshire is simple. We're here to help make health and social care work better for you. During this challenging time this role has never been more important.
Whether you are struggling to find the right health and care information, have an experience of care that services need to hear or if your care has been affected by the response to COVID-19 we want to hear from you.
The way health and social care services operate has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) with non-urgent treatment postponed, face-to-face appointments reduced and homes and services limiting public access.
You can help the NHS during these challenging times by letting us know how changes to services have affected health and social care in Wiltshire. By sharing your experiences of care – what’s working and what could be better - you can help nurses, doctors and care workers spot issues that are affecting care for you and your loved ones.
As our opportunity to engage with Wiltshire residents is currently limited, and it's been necessary for us to change the way we work, we would like to ask for the support of our community partners to understand the experiences of your customers, clients and members at this time.
Our request is for you to be our eyes and ears to help identify themes within the provision and delivery of health and social care services in Wiltshire.
This will help us to influence the development of services and make a positive difference for the residents you support and others.
Please share with us – either by phone or email – any insight or experiences that your members are talking about, or encourage them to contact us on 01225 434218 or email@example.com
- Information that is confusing or contradictory
- Services or initiatives that are working well
- Any gaps or barriers to accessing support
In return, we will share back with you any changes that occur or information we get.
Please share this with your colleagues and contacts to help pass our message on.
Finally, as a trusted source of information, we invite you to like and share our social media pages.
For more information about us, please visit our website: www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk
Here you will also find advice and information about the outbreak and a dedicated page detailing local help and support available across Wiltshire.
Thank you for your support. Stay safe.
Volunteer and Partnerships Lead
Mobile: 07977 221661
My working days are Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm
Please note, due to Covid-19 precautions, we are currently not receiving visitors at our offices, attending face-to-face meetings or visiting people in the community. All contact will be by telephone, email or letter only, until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. Whilst these are challenging times, we will ensure we continue to support people and communities."
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)
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.
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.
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 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.
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/
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.
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 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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
Thanks go to Andrew and Jennifer Noblet, for all their hard work
editing the village newsletter throughout the year.
KSM Gardening Club - POSTPONED
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.
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
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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