Two litter picks, a bid to reduce speed limits through parts of the Parish, a Speed Watch scheme established, a Family Fun Cycle Ride around the Parish, a good look into specific ways of supporting residents of all ages, and securing the Youth Club are examples of activities initiated and supported by the Kingston Community Partnership in 2018.
These and other activities continue in 2019, with support from a TDBC/Somerset Community Foundation Grant and the KSM Parish Council. Just read further about the activities and plans.
Good harvest at Village Litter Pick
This autumn's litter pick covered Lodes, Church, Parsonage and Tarr Lanes, Bay Hill to Yarford, Hestercombe to Mill Cross and the Kingston Road from Tainfield to Church Lane. Nailsbourne and the lanes around Dodhill were also included.
The volume of litter from Kingston St Mary village was less this time, however once this was combined with the litter collected by the Nailsbourne crew, there were still 12 full bags of rubbish. The bulk was made up of endless beer cans, plenty of wine bottles, plastic bottles and disposable drinks cups. Sadly there were also three lots of fly tipping which have been reported.
When you are out walking, please consider taking a bag and picking up any litter you see - it all helps.
See you in March 2019 for the next community spring clean!
Somerset Waste Partnership recycles more types of plastics - even black plastic
A big change to plastics recycling in Somerset is announced at Somerset's recycling sites.
According to Somerset Waste Partnership every recycling site is now taking plastic food pots, tubs and trays - the rigid plastic containers for yoghurt, margarine, fruit and other foods - as well as all plastic bottles. However, there's no mention of kerbside collection of these plastics.
What can be recycled and what not
Grant for Spine Road - North Taunton Development
The Government has announced a £7.2 million grant to enable the building of the spine road through the proposed housing development north of Staplegrove.
The new spine road will run from Kingston Road to a point near the Silk Mills roundabout. It should greatly ease traffic pressures on existing roads particularly during the early construction phase of the proposed housing development.
Promoters of the development had argued they could not afford to build the spine road until they had sold 400 plus new homes to pay for it.
This would have meant that all the construction traffic going to and from the site would have had to use Kingston Road and a so-called 'drop down' road into Corkscrew Lane.
Conditional outline planning permission for the new 1,625 homes development was given by Taunton Deane planners last autumn despite opposition from the parish councils of Kingston St Mary and Staplegrove, and residents' groups.
Ray Stokes, chair of KSM Parish Council, said: The spine road, provided it is built in its entirety before work starts on the houses, should ease some of the potential traffic conflicts on Kingston Road and reduce the risk of even greater 'rat running' through the village.
We have been fighting this development for more than eight years. This is a small victory but unfortunately, we have lost battle to prevent this swathe of productive, agricultural land, on the approach to the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being covered in tarmac, bricks and mortar.
Source: Kingston St Mary Parish Council
Walk or cycle Heritage Trail
The South Quantock Heritage Trail connects several places in the area of Kingston St Mary.
Whether you are walking, cycling, driving or maybe just browsing around one or more of these fascinating places, you will find something to interest you here. There are four walks and two cycle rides which start from either West Monkton or Kingston St Mary churches where there is ample parking. Read more »
Support the things you value in KSM
The Community Survey of households in Kingston St Mary (2017) showed that many people and activities in our villages could benefit from additional support, and many respondents would volunteer their help but didn't know where to start - but now you do.
You could support the things you value in our local community. Volunteering is good for volunteers, and good for their beneficiaries. Whether it's supporting the elderly or infirm, protecting our environment, or sharing skills, let's explore the potential to co-ordinate volunteering in our neighbourhoods, in a safe and efficient manner that works for everyone.
For further information please contact Nicky Perry via
Bonfires during warm and windless days
Please think about your neighbours if you burn your garden waste during warm and windless days. Lighting a bonfire with no or little wind (less than 4 Bft or 8-12 mph) could easily lead to air pollution issues like smoke, dust and smells, and breathing problems. Just do it if the air is circulating well but without high winds and not during the night when wind speeds drop.
Concerns about dogs on the Playing Field
The Playing Field Committee in the village of Kinston St Mary is raising concerns about an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset.
To be clear, dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost. The Committee asks dog owners to respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field and not to walk their dog on the Playing Field.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.
Live updates traffic and road works
Somerset County Council launched a new mobile-friendly website offering live updates of unplanned travel incidents.
Anyone planning a journey in Somerset by car, bus, train and/or bicycle can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place:
It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned road works and road closures in Somerset.
The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council's traffic control team.
News from the parish council
No news from KSM PC received
Upcoming meetings parish council
Monday 11 February 2019
Monday 11 March 2019
Monday 8 April 2019
The regular meetings will be held in the Committee Room – Village Hall, starting at 19.30 hours. See what's on the council's agenda & minutes.
More information about the parish council.
Facts & figures
Always wanted to know how many residents Kingston St Mary counts, how many children and elderly live in the parish, how households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds?
Then have a look at facts & figures.
Crime map and statistics
Explore and compare crime and outcomes of crime in Kingston St Mary.
The contents are compiled by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and updated monthly.
Village Activities and Facilities
Each year Link-Up publishes the Directory of Village Activities and Organisations. The booklet contains local information for the residents of Broomfield, Cheddon Fitzpaine and Kingston St Mary. Read more »
Charity provides free training for unpaid carers
Compass Carers provides free training opportunities for unpaid carers who are caring for a friend or relative living in Somerset. This includes First Aid, Assertive Communications, Lasting Powers of Attorney and many more.
More information at Compass Carers
Local history of Kingston St Mary
The Kingston St Mary History Society researches, collects and preserves documents and other items relating to the history of Kingston and its neighbourhood. The society holds regular meetings to which all are welcome.
More information at KSM History Society.
Items for sale
If you wish to advertise an item for sale within the parish you could do so on this website. This facility is for parish residents only - commercial ads are not accepted.
Click, touch or swipe here and fill in the form.
Kingston St Mary Village Hall
every second Wed of the month
Come for the afternoon or just drop in any time between 2.00pm and 4.00pm; £1 entrance.
Need more information? Contact one of the following:
Annie Trolley 451312
Jackie Aldrich 451696
Jan Holmes 451343
Jean Alger-Green 451732
Lindsay Thorne 451469
Serena Lumley 451877
The community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help?
Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions: email@example.com