Drawing of Kingston village well and pump
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KINGSTON VILLAGE HALL FOR HIRE


• One large and one smaller hall

• Both newly refurbished

• Seats 60 people in large hall

• Seats 16 people in small hall

• Fully equipped kitchen

• China, glassware and cutlery

• Alcohol, film and music licences

• Disabled access and facilities

• Broadband


Hire charges per hour:

Kingston residents: Before 7pm - £6. After 7pm - £8

Non residents:         Before 7pm - £11.  After 7pm - £14


Enquiries: Sarah Wright (secretary)

kingstonvillagehall@gmail.com

0787 999 1068


Kingston Village Defibrillator


There is a defibrillator located in a cabinet on the car park side of the village hall (at the centre of the village by the crossroads).


Instructions should be displayed on a Notice next to the defibrillator, but are also available on this website by clicking here for the User Guide (pdf document, opens a new tab).


IPAD SP1 Defibrillator Quick User Guide


KPC Notice Defibrillator Records and Checklist


KINGSTON POOR'S LAND CHARITY


The origins of the Kingston Poor’s Land Charity are not known, but by 1820 the charity had been awarded almost ten acres (four hectares) of land in the adjacent parish of Bourn. The rent from this land continues to provide the charity with its income.

 

The two trustees of the Charity are elected by Kingston Parish Council for terms of four years.

 

The trustees of the Charity make grants to people who live in the parish of Kingston for the relief of poverty or any other need. We particularly provide help for the elderly, the infirm, children and young people. We also make payments for continuing further education or training. Any grants are made at the discretion of the trustees.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us in confidence if you think we might be able to offer you assistance, or if you know of anyone in Kingston who might benefit from our help.

 

Donal O’Donnell    odonnell924@btinternet.com

Peter Reynolds      peterreynolds299@btinternet.com

Kingston Volunteers 


Are you stuck or struggling with something?

  • Need something collecting? 
  • Hospital appointment? 
  • Household emergency? 
  • On-line shopping not working?


Help is only a phone call (or email) away!


In the spirit of keeping up the ‘helpful neighbours’ initiative set up during the pandemic, this is a reminder that we have a wonderful stock of goodwill in Kingston. For the most part we all know each other, and we have a good history of helping one another.


This is mainly aimed at the more senior, less mobile of us, but is also aimed at anyone who has temporary mobility problems, or some need or emergency which you cannot easily solve but could be easily solved by the right sort of neighbour.


That’s where Kingston Volunteers comes in! We have a list of ‘Good Neighbours’ who want to help. Just call me, Peter Stokes, (07740 053247) or email me (pandsstokes@gmail.com) and I will find a willing volunteer.


If you have a neighbour who might not see this, but could benefit from it, please copy it (or ask me for a copy, which I can laminate if this would help) and pop through their letterbox. (If you are willing to join the band of volunteers, please also contact me. There is no obligation to respond to a particular call – only if convenient at the time.)

Whippet Number 18 Bus Service


Sources of Information


Whippet website

https://www.go-whippet.co.uk/routes-timetables/local-routes/

https://www.whippetbus.co.uk/times/18/


Whippet feed on X, formerly known as Twitter
https://x.com/GoWhippet


Alternative local website for bus information
https://www.cambridgeshirebus.info/


For “Real-Time Information” on the location of Buses on the route use the App “MyBusTrip” (this can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store.)

Parking in Kingston


Parking in Kingston is difficult for large events such as a big party, a wedding or funeral. Unless directed, visitors tend to bump up onto any bit of grass verge they can find resulting in nuisance parking, obstructions and damaged verges.


There are in fact two stretches of road in the village which are safe and convenient for parking. There is room for traffic (including buses) to pass, but only in one direction at a time. 


If you are organising an event in the village which will bring a number of cars, and to encourage considerate parking, it would be helpful if you could send this map to your guests. As a courtesy to your neighbours, and to preserve our vulnerable verges, please advise visitors NOT to park in the small side roads in the village.

Download the Parking Map in pdf format (opens in new window)

If vehicles are spotted parking inconsiderately, here is a suggested "Polite Notice" you can download and print. Use it to encourage drivers to park responsibly and to avoid damage to the green spaces and verges in the village.


Download the Parking Notice in pdf format (opens in new window)

Kingston Parish Drainage


Surface water, drainage, ditches - this is often a problem in some areas of the village when there is heavy rainfall. Here is an interim report prepared by Kingston Parish Councillor Paul Wheeler in January 2024.


Download in pdf format (opens in new window)

Kingston Parish Public Rights of Way


Here is a map that shows the public rights of way in our parish, distinguishing between bridleways and footpaths:

Download in pdf format (opens in new window)

There is a similar map that has been supplied to us by Cambridgeshire County Council along with an explanatory note: "Please note that there may be some paths shown in unexpected places. This is because we are still part way (approximately 30% parishes complete) through our project to consolidate the Definitive Map. As a result, what is shown on the other 70% of parishes includes the strictly legal line of every path, and this may not reflect recent or even past diversions where the legal work is not yet complete." This is also available for download in pdf format

Cambridgeshire County Council have a website covering rights of way for the whole county  (opens in a new window)

For a few ideas on walking routes in the Kingston area, take a look at this page on our website Kingston Trail Routes

County Highway Fault Reporting System

Cambridgeshire County Council has introduced an interactive reporting system for highway problems which will ensure the person reporting the problem is kept informed about the progress of its repair.

The Highways Reporting Project allows people to:

Report a fault using a web-based mapping system to ensure the exact location is identified and notified to repair teams


Check online to see if the fault has already been reported


Let the customer go online to check progress on repair work

Annual Parish Meeting

This is a meeting for all residents of the parish of Kingston. Expect lively discussion; reports on village groups, activities and matters of local interest; refreshments; good company. The last meeting was held on Tuesday 11th October 2022. The May 2020 and 2021 meetings were cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings.


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2023.


Minutes, including reports from our District and County Councillors (where available), can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking on the date you are interested in below:

Playground Notice

Kingston Play Area:

We remind dog owners that dogs must not be allowed inside the play area unless on a lead. Please clear up after your dog as appropriate, and we ask you not to set dogs loose in Crane’s Lane near the play area because of the risk that they could run unsupervised into the area, either upsetting small children or possibly fouling.

Kingston Community-Led Plan

Thank you to everyone who contributed their views. The Plan has been written by a group of local residents and formally adopted by the Parish Council, and also submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council. Copies have been distributed to every household in the village and can be downloaded in pdf format

Millennium photo album


An album has come to light containing a number of photos and documents relating to the creation of the millennium tapestry (which hangs in the village hall) and also some cuttings from the Cambridge News of articles around that time, all with pictures of various Kingston residents – many of them, alas, no longer with us. The album will be kept with other Parish Council archives in the village hall. Anybody is welcome to borrow it for a browse through – please let Peter Stokes know.

Easy Fundraising for the Village Hall

We can now raise funds for the Village Hall with just a couple of clicks whenever we go shopping online.

Sign up here, it is free and it is easy: Easyfundraising (opens in a new window)

To raise funds, just log in before you start shopping and up to 15% from each purchase you make will be donated to Kingston Village Hall.

E-mailing List

There is a village emailing list operated on a voluntary basis by our previous Parish Clerk Peter Stokes. The list has several functions: 

- information of interest to residents, usually when there is not enough time to wait for the next Parish Magazine. This might include reminders about forthcoming events happening in the village.


- 'lost and found' eg missing pets, keys found.

- Kingston Neighbourhood Watch to alert residents to suspicious persons, nuisance callers, police advice, or anything else in the general area of crime prevention. It is also used to pass on messages we receive via the Cambridge constabulary ecops service.

If you would like to be on this emailing list, please send an email to Peter Stokes

Your name can be removed at any time, sending an email is easiest, or just contact Peter Stokes or the Parish Clerk for assistance.

Messages are sent out 'bcc' so that your email address is not visible to other recipients.