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
You probably know that First Responders are often the first on the scene at a medical emergency such as a heart attack, and through prompt action, may save a life whilst waiting for the ambulance. We have no such scheme in this area, but a local scheme covering several villages including Kingston is being organised. Start-up funds are being raised (the Parish Council is contributing) and a small team of volunteers is needed as First Responders. Training is provided. Please consider if you could be a First Responder!
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.
Download a pdf copy of the Kingston Parish map. The map 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."
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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.
There is a village emailing list operated by the Parish Clerk which has two functions:
- information of interest to residents, usually when there is not enough time to wait for the next Parish Magazine. Typically less than 10 messages are sent out per year in this way, so not a deluge of spam!
- 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 the regular messages we receive via the e-cops service.
If you would like to be on this emailing list, please send an email to email@example.com
Your name can be removed at any time, sending an email is easiest, or just contact the Parish Clerk. Messages are sent out 'bcc' so that your email address is not visible to other recipients.
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.
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 Thursday 16th May 2019. The May 2020 meeting was cancelled because of covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings.
Minutes, including reports from our District and County Councillors (where available), can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking on the year you are interested in below:
At last, most of the village has the ability to obtain superfast broadband in the form of FTTP ("Fibre To The Premises"). This is new technology, so there have been quite a few delays, difficulties and technical problems, however we have worked hard to resolve these issues. If your service provider is putting obstacles in your way, or says you can't get connected, let us know and we will see what we can do to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also a small number of outlying premises that will be covered in follow-on phases of the programme.
More details are available about the programme on the 'Connecting Cambridgeshire' website (opens in a new window)
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.
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
Kingston has a group purchasing scheme in operation to save hassle and achieve good prices for prices for heating oil. We use our local broker Agricole Oil.
For more information see the Kingston Oil Club page
Cambridgeshire County Council has introduced an interactive reporting system for highway problems which will ensure the person reporting the problem is kept informned 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
We are all working hard to stop people catching and spreading Coronavirus - but infections are rising which is putting yourself and your loved ones at risk. So the Government has introduced new rules across England to stop Coronavirus from spreading.
In particular, the Government has told us to:
Stay at home unless you have a specific reason to go out like exercise or going to school or college.
- You can leave home for medical or safety reasons, to get food and other essential shopping, or to provide care for others.
- Households can form a ‘bubble’ with one person who lives on their own.
- Children can move between homes if their parents are separated.
Please work from home wherever you can.
- Do not meet up with anyone you don’t live with indoors or in your garden.
- You and one other person from another household can meet outside in a public place - but must stay 2 metres apart. Pre-school children are not counted.
If you have a serious medical condition which could put you at more risk from Coronavirus, please be especially careful.
Contact details for local support (links open in a new window):
Countywide Coordination Hub www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus or
0345 045 5219
Cambridge City Hub www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-ask-for-help or
South Cambridgeshire Hub www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus/ or
03450 455 218