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
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.
Progressive Supper - In Aid of FOSMAA
progressive supper, in aid of the Friends of St Michael & All
Angels Church, takes place on Saturday 21st March. The evening will
start at 7pm with starters then main courses in various
host houses in the village, and finish with desserts and a licensed bar
in the village hall - meet new friends and enjoy lovely food and wine.
Tickets £15 each, available from the village shop from 21st February.
Further information available from Lyn North on (01249) 750234.
KSM Gardening Club
The inaugural meeting will be held in the Clubhouse Lounge
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 / benefits are:
- Access to discounted seeds
- 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 &
New Bread Supplier For 2020??
We are hoping to stock
“Taylors of Bruton” bread (and their other delicious goodies) and need to know
if you are interested. For a full stock
list, pop in the shop, email us, or take a look at: https://taylorsofbruton.co.uk – then let
us know what you’d like to order!
If you need a gift for your loved one for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion,
the new range of Wild Strawberry Designs jewellery is now in stock, together
with scented candles, wine, spirits and liqueurs. There will also be gift packs of mini-Prosecco
with chocolates, or order a home-made cake.
February’s raffle is for a home-made cake in your choice
of flavour, and March’s raffle is for a joint of lamb. Tickets are only £1 each
from the shop.
Looking For Office Space?
Office space now
available in Kington St Michael
86.5 sq. m (931 sq. ft.) office space
- Large main office area with adjacent
meeting room and kitchen
- Two parking spaces
- Full fibre connected
- Convenient location
For more details or to arrange a viewing,
please contact Ian Wills on 01249 758189
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.~*~*~*~Quiz & Chips Night
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parents & Friends of KSM School are holding a quiz and chips night on Friday 7th February, 7.30pm in Kington St Michael School, with a bar and raffle
£6 per person - sign up forms
are available from the school. Donations of raffle prizes (e.g. unwanted
Christmas gifts) gratefully received - please drop in at Reception.. ~*~*~*~Shop NewsJanuary's raffle at the shop is for a £20 gift voucher to spend in the shop.Tickets are only £1 each and the draw will take place on Friday 31st January- get yours now!~*~*~*~
Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales 2020
Please note the change of day (this year only) to a Friday, for the early May bank holiday.
| 1 January
||New Year’s Day
| 8 May
||Early May bank holiday (VE day)
||Spring bank holiday
||Summer bank holiday
||Boxing Day (substitute day)|
The winner of December’s
raffle for a Christmas hamper was Julie Spurway.
Film Night, Monday 27th
Banish the January blues by coming along to the next village hall film
night – “Yesterday” (Cert 12), Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Ed Sheeran.
comedy – Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter, is hit by a bus during a
global blackout. He wakes up to find
that on-one has heard of the Beatles and so performs their songs and passes
them off as his own.
at 7pm, trailers start at 7.30pm and the main film starts at 8pm. The film is shown on a large screen and
refreshments are available. Tickets £7 on the door or in advance from
the village shop.
Calling all Parish Councillors/Committee/Trust Members, past and present…
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.
thanks to all those who supported this year's Christmas Fayre; the
winner of the children's Christmas card competition was Tabitha
Kallaway. The fayre raised £650.74 for hall funds.
December 16th this year it will be 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
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.
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.
readers who may have known Simon, might like to know that a Memorial Service
for him and his three colleagues will take place at the Garrison Church at
Larkhill on Sunday, December 15th at 11.30am, and would be
welcome to attend.
~*~*~*~Police & Crime Commissioner Message
that we have a policing model that meets the needs of the community it serves,
is crucial. This is why, following recommendations from Chief Constable Kier
Pritchard, and with my full support, Wiltshire Police are making some improvements
to the Community Policing Team (CPT) model.
important to continually evaluate the model to ensure that it is effective and
meets the demands of policing in the 21st Century. This is particularly
important as we prepare the landscape for the additional wave of new officers
coming into the Force, which includes the 41 officers currently in training,
funded as a direct result of residents supporting me in raising the precept.
These officers will join CPT in 2020 as student officers and complete their
training in 2021.
result of the review undertaken by the Force, and listening to staff and
officers the Chief Constable has advised me that a number of changes will be
applied to CPT through a phased approach from Sunday 1 December 2019.
New Year, you will see the CPT model move from seven to eight teams with the
amalgamation of Swindon into one policing team, the division of the current
Wiltshire North CPT into two teams and the Wiltshire West CPT division into two
stands, this will be the most significant change for the public, along with a
change in the CPT names to reflect the towns from which the officers parade.
CPTs will see the introduction of a dedicated neighbourhood team working
alongside colleagues performing a response role. The neighbourhood team, led by
a neighbourhood inspector will strengthen community policing, focusing directly
on working within the community, offering greater contact with the public and a
problem solving approach. The neighbourhood inspectors are now in post and will
develop their teams over the coming months.
to the model include an uplift in the number of officers at PC, sergeant and
inspector ranks working within CPT. Inspectors and Sergeants from the new CPTs
will make contact with partners from across their community to introduce
themselves as soon as they are able to do so.
Community Policing Team Neighbourhood Inspector
Chippenham Area Community Policing Team Inspector James Brain
to Community Policing are at this time predominantly internal changes, but over
the next few weeks and months, external systems and channels will be updated to
reflect the changes as they are fully implemented. I will continue to keep you
updated on any changes in the monthly reports provided to the Area Boards, town
and parish councils and shared on the Wiltshire Police website.
Chief Constable has assured me, that during this period of change, the Force
will maintain the highest standards of policing across our county, and
long-term I hope you, along with the public, will see a greater provision of
day-to-day policing throughout our communities.
~*~*~*~National Safeguaring Adults Week 2019
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon
In light of the National Safeguarding Adults Week 2019, the Police and Crime Commissioner would like to share with you the Herbert Protocol
Herbert Protocol is a national scheme that encourages carers, family
and friends to provide and put together useful information, which can
then be used in the event of vulnerable person going missing.
The forms are also available online at www.wiltshire.police.uk/herbertprotocol
New guide to care and support in Wiltshire– a crucial
time for information
A new, updated Wiltshire Adult Care and Support Guide has
been published in association with Wiltshire Council. It gives readers crucial information
on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Wiltshire.
You may have seen there’s a huge amount in the media at
the moment about the crisis in social care. If you’re growing concerned about
your care options, or just want some more information on what your choices may
be, this Guide can help. With information to help you understand your options,
where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the Wiltshire
Adult Care and Support Guide can support you to make informed decisions.
The new edition of Wiltshire Adult Care and Support Guide
and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and
support in Wiltshire. It includes how to stay independent for as long as
possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for
when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such
as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the
local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care
services throughout Wiltshire, plus checklists to help you ask the right
questions when visiting services.
For a free copy of Wiltshire Adult Care and Support Guide
contact Wiltshire Council’s Advice and Contact Team on 0300 456 0111. It is
also available throughout the region from outlets including hospitals, GP
surgeries, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. It can be downloaded from www.carechoices.co.uk and is available
in spoken word.
Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the Guide’s publisher,
Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for
anyone considering short- or long-term care in Wiltshire, and contains vital information
to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.
“With the current crisis in social care, finding a care
service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable
can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new Wiltshire Adult Care and
Support Guide has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer
them reassurance at every step of their journey.”
Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher
for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest
publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.
For more information, please contact Gemma Seaber-Shinn,
Tel: 01223 207770. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
~*~*~*~ Poppy Appeal
Many thanks go to Andrew and Jenny Noblet,
for all their hard work editing the village newsletter throughout the year.
This year’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.Bonfire Thanks
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!
QE2 Field Group would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who
contributed to our Bonfire & Fireworks Night on Sunday 3rd November. 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.~*~*~*~
Local Health Services This Winter
As the dark nights draw in
across Wiltshire and winter really starts to bite, it’s worth thinking about
how we can all make sure we’re looking after ourselves and staying well over
the cold winter months.
The NHS recently launched
its annual winter campaign – Help Us Help You– which is here to help make it
easier to understand the things you can do.
We all know hospitals and
surgeries can be especially busy during the winter months and it can often be
tricky to know the best place to go for help, so here’s some handy tips to see
you though until spring:
It’s not too late to get your flu jab
The free flu vaccination is
offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, including people
aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and
children aged 2-10. If you’ve not had one yet, it’s not too late.
Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online
If you’re unsure where to go
and think you need urgent medical attention, but it’s not life-threatening,
contacting NHS 111 can help you make sure you reach the most suitable NHS
service for your needs.
Ask a pharmacist for advice before minor ailments or
winter illnesses get worse
Community pharmacists are qualified
healthcare professional who can offer clinical advice and over the counter
medicines to safely manage things like coughs, colds and sore throats.
It’s quick and convenient to
see a pharmacist– you don’t need to book an appointment and can often be seen
in a private consultation room.
See your GP in the evening or weekend if you can’t see
them during the day
If you need to see a GP but
find it hard to find the time during routine hours, appointments with a GP,
nurse or other healthcare professionals are often available in the evenings and
at weekends through many local practices or other local NHS services.
For more information about
services in your area visit: www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/local-services
~*~*~*~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.
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