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Website Archive

ARCHIVE

Following a suggestion from a parishioner, we will archive some
of the items from the website as they are removed from elsewhere on the site.

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2008

How Speedy Were You?

Speed display sign
The speed display sign 

Temporary speed display signs were up in the village in October 2008 - did you check your speed?
(No, this small cyclist didn't manage 188mph, only 10mph!)

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Congratulations to Sheila Jobbins on receiving an RNLI award 

Sheila Jobbins has been awarded the RNLI silver badge in recognition of her support for the charity over the years.  Sheila went down to the RNLI’s headquarters in Poole to receive the award on June 20th.  Altogether 70 people received awards, including the local branch treasurer, and they were presented by the RNLI chairman, Admiral Sir Jock Slater.  Sheila said “It was a very interesting day, and all were shown around the training rooms at the college”.

Sheila has been interested in lifeboats for over 25 years; her daughter trained as a navigational officer, attaining her merchant navy second mates ticket after four years and has been sailing in various vessels ever since, so Sheila has good reason to fully support saving lives at sea. 

Both Sheila and husband, Gordon, have been holding an annual coffee morning at their home in Kyneton Way for the past ten years, raising over £1,500 in that time, so the award is well deserved.

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A Fond Farewell to the Bakers

 The Baker family & their memory quilt
 (photo courtesy of Steve Carpenter)

On Saturday 1st March a farewell party was held in Kington St Michael Club for the Baker family, who are leaving to start a new life in Canada, where many of Angie's family live.  Angie, Mike, Jessica & Rebecca have lived in Kington St Michael for over ten years, taking part in many aspects of village life.  Mike was brought up in the village, moving back shortly after he and Angie married.  The girls attended the village pre-school and school and Angie & Mike have been involved with many village groups, including the Recreation Field Committee, Acorns Pre-school, The Village Hall, KSMCC and many others.  Their contributions to village life will be sadly missed. 

Friends and family gathered to wish them the very best for their life in Canada and they were presented with a scrapbook, compiled of pages made by many families and village organisations and a beautiful memory quilt, sewn by Liz McCarron, which was compiled of fabric from the Bakers’ friends with memories and good wishes written on the quilt in permanent ink.  Before she married Angie (née Angie Pointer) was once Chippenham Carnival Queen and was a familiar face in the town when she was a Traffic Warden; she and Mike were both involved with the Boys Brigade and her late father was the Baptist Minister in Chippenham.

2007

 Christmas Fayre

What a fantastic Christmas Fayre in the village hall on December 1st, getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.  There was a good selection of stalls and something for everyone; a raffle, tombola and things to make, do & taste, plus Father Christmas arriving on his sleigh to see children in his grotto – ably assisted by a Snow Queen.  Outside Bella, the “reindeer” gave pony rides, which proved very popular with the children.  The winner of Kington Tots' Treasure Hunt was Charlotte Davis, Daisy Main won the Under 5s Christmas fancy dress competition and the winners of the under 16s floral competition were Amy & Katie Jenkins.  The Christmas hampers were won by Barbara Barnes, Mr. Davies, Bryan Gemmel, Megan Tayler, Andrew Trump and Angela Virr. Following the fayre families gathered to sing carols around the Christmas tree, accompanied by Colin Labouchere on the piano, Matt Bridger on guitar and the children with tambourines and sleigh bells.  Singers were fortified by mince pies, mulled wine and squash for the children.  The total amount of money raised for Village Hall funds was £634.86.   


2006

Kington St Michael Football Club

In August 2006 Kington St Michael Football Club ceased to exist and the team became "The Little George", with only one player living in Kington St Michael.  The Football Club's page was removed from the website, however if you are interested to read how the team fared in the past, please click on the icon: Emotion

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 Emotion GOODBYE! Emotion 

Well, we can hardly believe it, but on Saturday 25th February a true villager left us for pastures new.  We bade a fond farewell to Robbie Duckett and his wife Barbara.  Robbie is one of the few people who was born in the village, and apart from when he was away for his National Service, has lived in the village all his life (over 70 years!), seeing many changes along the way. 

Robbie was born in Pound Cottage, 42 KSM, on June 1st, 1935 and was the fourth generation of his family to be born in the village.  He went to the village school, which is now the village hall, until he was 15 and then he worked for Mr Tayler at Manor Farm until he was called up for National Service in 1953, when he joined the army and served in Egypt and Cyprus.

On leaving the army he worked for a local building company, Hawkins & Hull, as a lorry driver.  He went on to become a builder and by the time the firm closed in 1985 he was one of the Directors.  He then continues as a self-employed builder until he retired (?!) in 2000.

Robbie was elected to the Committee of KSM CIU Club in 1962 and was Chairman for many years.  He is now a Life Member.  Robbie and Barbara were married on 30th March 1963 and their first home was in Folly Row until they moved to 45 Kington St Michael, where they have lived until now.  They have two grown-up children, Paul and Karen, who both live locally.  In 1973 Robbie was elected onto the Parish Council, and recently held the position of Chairperson.  He has been involved with many village projects, including the acquisions of the recreation field and the village hall and, more recently, with the opening of the new Post Office and shop.  It is true to say that Kington St Michael has truly benefited from his local knowledge and the time he has given to the parish.  The many friends he and Barbara have made over the years will surely miss them.

Robbie and Barbara - we wish you both all the very best for the future.   

Signing the lease for the post office in 2004
Robbie (left), at the signing of the lease for the Post Office in 2004,
with Howard Greenman (sub-Postmaster) and
Mrs Kathy Kirby, the then Chairperson of the Village Hall Management Committee.

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2005

 Emotion Family Fun Day Emotion

Despite the overcast sky a good number of villagers turned out for the Fun Day.  One gentleman said that it was a ‘‘real English village afternoon’’.  Two heats of “It’s A Knockout” took place and the Pet Parade proved popular with some novelty classes including: pet the judge would most like to cuddle up with, most obedient pet and pet with the longest tail, which was won by a snake!  All winners were given a rosette.

The Recreation Field Committee were very pleased with the turn out - one of the aims of the afternoon was to get people up to the Rec to see what has been done and to look at the future plans.  The plans were on display for the next proposed phase of Recreation Ground development that includes levelling the football pitch.  The Fun Day raised around £290 to go towards this.

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Ride for Meningitis

Well done - to Cara Mead, who has completed her Ride for Meningitis.  Also to all her support crew who worked hard behind the scenes.  The ride culminated in a Family Fun Day at Chippenham Rugby Club on Sunday 5th June and despite the rain many people turned up and had a good time.  Cara has raised over £5,000. 

Cara arrives at Hullavington
Cara arrives at Hullavington

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2004

VILLAGE CHRISTMAS FAYRE WEEKEND 27TH & 28TH NOVEMBER 2004

  Fun at the Christmas Fayre   Angie visits Father Christmas
Fun at the fayre              Angie visits FC
What a smashing weekend!  A real "not to be missed" event with something for everyone. 
Well done to all those who put in such a fantastic effort.  There were Christmas gifts galore;
plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry (the mulled wine and mince pies were delicious)and Father Christmas looked splendedly attired, sat in his wonderful grotto, having arrived in a fire engine! 
Many thanks to everyone who helped with and/or supported this event.  £757.40 was raised for Village Hall funds, with other village groups benefitting too.
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THE POST OFFICE RE-OPENS

There is always something happening in Kington St Michael!  Other events include the re-opening of the Post Office and shop in March '04:  Local people have been the driving force to ensure that the village can once again boast this important focal point for village life.  They have pulled together to secure grant funding and have held local events to raise over £10,000 themselves.  The £35,000 project reached its target when the new Post Office and shop opened for business on Monday 29th March.  

The last Post Office and shop closed in February 2003 and since then the Parish Council had worked hard to restore this important facility in the village.  An enormous amount of work had gone into converting the back of the village hall (formerly the old church school) into a building suitable for a new Post Office and shop.  Plans were drawn, advice taken (from VIRSA and many others) and fundraising started.  Initial estimates showed that between £25,000 to £45,000 was needed for the conversion works.
 
Local villagers joined in the fundraising with coffee mornings, whist evenings, a Promises Auction, a boule tournament, a progressive supper, buy a "brick" donations and wine & cheese events.  The Post Office Sub-Committee were also able to secure grants from the Parish Council, North Wilts District Council, the Countryside Agency, Post Office Ltd and Rural Revival.
Robbie Duckett, Parish Council Chairman: "The community has really pulled together to make sure this project was realised.  We have been determined that Kington St Michael should have this important facility that it so rightly deserves.  It has been a project that has united the community in a common goal; we are proud that we have all worked so hard to see the Post office and shop open once again." 
   Post Office Opening
Post Office Opening Ceremony, 26th March '04