Kingston Directory of
“Community Groups”

Kingston Bell Ringers
Bell Contact: Viv Freeman Tel: 01548 810255

We are plain and simple bell ringers, Christian and non-Christian alike, who enjoy meeting up on Monday evenings at 20.00 for practice and then putting it all into effect on Sunday services and other community events. A highlight, for example, was ringing in the new millennium. We always ring in the New Year, even if some of us don't remember it. Bell ringing is difficult, making it all the more of an achievement when, after a lifetime, you have almost mastered/mistressed it. It is also good exercise - one of the skills is using the right muscles. We have a wonderful ring of six bells, so why not put it on your list of Kingston "must dos" and come and join us for a trial session. You will be made really welcome and will also enjoy afterwards in the Dolphin.
Kingston Local History Society
Tim Travelers Contacts: Jennie Stanley, (Chair). Tel: 01548 810819 Email:

Kingston's history has been documented in various ways. The Kingston Local History Society originated in the mid 1970's, when Mary Petter took a great interest in the village's past & over about 20 years researched many aspects of village life by publishing letters & accounts of her findings. Since then it has continued to function under the guidance of several local representatives in the community until it was finally revived in its present format in 2003/04. A few years ago it received a generous Heritage Lottery Grant, thanks to the combined efforts and hard work of Jennie Stanley and the late Peter Joiner and is now busy “Preserving Kingston’s Past” to make it accessible to all.

Members pay an annual subscription & non members pay £2.00 each time they attend talks by guest speakers etc. in the Reading Room. The Society also organises walks and visits to places of interest, usually on a Saturday.

The AGM is in the Autumn. Meetings/talks take place in the Reading Room, at 8pm, normally on Thursdays unless otherwise stated. The Programme of Events can be found on the KLHS Website and on this site under 'What's On '.
Kingston Short Mat Bowls Club
Bowls Contacts: Peter Hanford Tel: 01548 810606.

Short-mat bowls is played in village halls and community centres throughout the UK. There are many clubs in Devon and the South Hams has a thriving and very active association. There are three divisions in the South Hams League and Kingston is in the 2nd Division.

As it takes place indoors, bowls is played all year round, with League matches being held between October and March. In addition to the League matches, there are various cup competitions, tournaments, etc. we enter. Clubs whose halls are large enough hold tournaments throughout the year and the proceeds are given to charity.

The game takes place on a rink mat, which is a green carpet with a bonded backing. It has maximum and minimum lengths of 45 ft. (13.75m) and 40 ft (12.2m) respectively and its width is 6ft.(1.83m). Placed in the centre of the rink is a wooden block 15 in (380mm) long. This is to prevent the firing shot being used as this would be potentially dangerous in confined spaces.

At Kingston we play in the Reading Room, in the centre of the village, on Mondays and Fridays, commencing at 19.00h. New members are always welcome. There are bowls for you to use. All you have to do is turn up and if you enjoy it you can become a member, which costs £5 p.a. and £1 per evening, including refreshments. Short-mat bowls is a friendly game. Come along and join us.



Kingston Stay and Play - Under 5's

Contact Steph Swain. Tel: 01548 810785 or preferable on Facebook

Thursday morning 10am till noon. in the Reading Room £1.50
donation per family covers the running costs. Setting up costs were covered by a small grant from South Hams District Council and the generosity of Kingston residents and in 2014 the Group received a generous sum from the combined Devon County Council/South Hams District Council Locality Grant allocated to the Parish for soft play equipment.



Kingston Reading Room Management Committee
Reading Room Registered Charity No. 300882
Contact: Kayleigh Easton Chair 01548 810959,
Pauline Deschamps Secretary

Kingston’s Reading Room is our village hall. Originally three almshouses, it was bought by the then newly established Reading Room Trust for £30 on Feb.10th 1912. Its purpose has changed little over a century of active use.The building is owned by the Parish Council, acting as a holding trustee for the Registered Charity. It is managed by the Reading Room Management Committee, made up of representatives of all the Reading Room user groups and other individuals whose skills are much valued. (Is your Club or Soc. represented on the RR Management Committee? If not why not?) The Committee meets at least four times a year including the Annual General Meeting. The Annual Grand Draw, held in conjunction with Kingston Annual Fun Day, is one of the main fundraisers for the ongoing maintenance and running costs of the Reading Room. The Reading Room is well used by village clubs and organisations and the wider community for private functions and family celebrations etc. A new heating system was installed in spring 2015. Our thanks to DCC's 'Invest in Devon' for grants toward this work. To book the RR for an event look under 'Community Amenities''.
Kingston Branch of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service - founded 1949
Fire Truck Contact: Paul White Tel: 01548 810953

We are lucky, and proud, to be one of the few volunteer fire-fighting teams in the UK. and the only one in the Devon arm of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

If nothing else, it keeps us fit and active through Tuesday evening drill nights and enough “shouts” to make it all worthwhile. We boast a new, state of the art Mercedes fire-fighting vehicle and our very own Fire Station in the village centre. We are always seeking new men and women recruits. You just need to be between 18 and 55 years of age and ready for the excitement.
Kingston Events Group. KEG.
  Contact Hayley Swain on 01548 810748. and on Facebook.

K.E.G provides a variety of events on a regular basis in order to bring together all members of the community, for example: the Annual Fun Day, a musical event, a New Year’s party and a quiz. Potential future events could be race nights, beetle drives, casino evenings – we welcome suggestions! KEGS events usually welcome children and a children’s room is available. The monies taken are being put in a kitty to help provide for the next events, with the Fun Day being the main outgoing. Hopefully, by keeping the kitty in good shape we will be able to keep the entry fees to an affordable price for all to enjoy. If anyone has any new ideas for get-togethers, they would be welcomed and encouraged by the group. We like to keep everyone updated on the upcoming events through the Newsletter, posters, signs and also on Facebook.

Bobbin Lace Making for Beginners
  Contact Jeanne Curtis Tel: 01548 810718 or

This new group can unfortunately only accomodate up to 5 people. However if you wish to learn this fascinating skill you are welcome to discuss and observe with a view to joining in the future.
Art Group
Art Contact: CarolineThomas Tel: 810531 or

This popular group meets in the Reading Room every other Wednesday morning from 9.30 to 12.30 to enjoy drawing and painting together in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels of expertise are welcome, from absolute beginners to experienced artists. Fees are £12 a year, which pays for the hire of the Reading Room and there are occasional visits from tutors and outings to exhibitions.

Knit and Natter Group
  Contact Jennie Stanley Tel: 01548 810819 or

This informal group knits mainly for charity, in particular for the annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal, though several members do confess to knitting small garments for grandchildren and family etc. There is plenty of lively conversation and refreshments. All are welcome.