Community Amenities

The Reading Room (Registered Charity No. 300882)

The Reading Room was 'founded by Conveyance on 10 February 1912'.  It was converted from almshouses to provide facilities for the education of parishioners.  Later it was extended to provide a kitchen, WCs and downstairs rooms and facilities and became the focus for community activity generally. It now acts as the village hall and a centre for community groups, as well as providing and  venue for a range of social activities, including hire by parishioners and others. The regular Tuesday Morning Market is also held in the Reading Room.There is ramp access, a disabled toilet and a hearing loop, full details are given in this summary Access Statement. 

The Reading Room is a village facility for all to use, subject to booking conditions being met.

I’m waiting to be booked!

The Bookings for this month can be found under the 'What's On' tab.

Any type of event or occasion considered, just contact our Bookings Secretary, see below. Very competitive and preferential hire rates for local hirers as follows:

£25 per 4 hour session in main hall                               

£19.50 per 3 hour session in the main hall

£13.00 per 2 hour session in main hall
£5 per session in the downstairs mini meeting room
£10 per 4 hours afternoon hireAdult supervised Children's Parties

So come on you Kingstonians, make use of your Reading Room for your special event or occasion and help safeguard its existence in the future.

All Enquiries To: Sandy Thompson, Bookings Secretary  Tel: 01548 810945 or Email: sandy@homecroftcollies.plus.com

The Reading Room was registered as a Charity on 30 January 1940. The building is owned by the Parish Council, who act as a holding or custodian trustee. Its day to day management is carried out by the Management Committee, which meets a minimum of four times a year including the Annual General Meeting. The Committee is made up of  representatives of all the village user groups (see Clubs/Societies page). As well as overseeing the general maintenance of the building, the Committee raises funds. The main fundraising event is now the Grand Draw which is run in conjunction with Kingston Fun Day in August.  

full access statement and the evacuation plan can be downloaded here.


The Recreation Ground
Contact: Parish Clerk: Sue Green: kingstonclerk@gmail.com

Kingston Parish Council owns a 2.5 acre field given to the parish in 1953 by the Honourable Helen W. Mildmay White for recreational purposes. At one end there are children's play areas, see below and a solid multi purpose surface area known as Ted's Tarmac, with nets and marked up for various games. At the other end of the field is another part of Ted's Tarmac, containing skateboarding ramps, completed in 2006. Ted's Tarmac is named in memory of Ted Curtis, a much loved past Parish Council Chairman and community activist, with a particular interest in the wellbeing of young people. Money collected in Ted's memory and a grant from the government's Living Spaces programme to Kingston Young People's Association, enabled the area to be surfaced and equipment to be bought.

Cllr Christine Marsh, Chair of Devon County Council opened a variety of new play equipment on the field on October 23, 2010, thanks to Active Kingston, a village based community group, which succeeded in implementing an exciting project to replace and extend the old playground. This project includes:an aerial runway; a fenced play area for younger children; a picnic area with seats, tables and a log cabin and finally an adventure trail for older children.  The project was financed through several grants and by money raised within the village. Both Active Kingston and Kingston Parish Council gratefully acknowledge the generous funding contributions provided by: the Big Lottery; the Co operative Community Fund; Devon County Council; South Devon Coastal Local Action Group; South Hams District Council and last but by no means least, the residents of Kingston itself.  See under 'Active Kingston' for more information on this fantastic project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RECREATION GROUND IS NOT SUPERVISED.

A further thank you to the Big Lottery for funding to provide good access to and on the field. This work, carried out by the Parish Council, includes access paths, a safer entrance to the field and a small fenced car parking area.

The Parish Plan Advisory Group worked with the parish tree wardens to improve the overall environment of the field. A copse of trees was planted in National Tree Week, 2010 and more trees are planted along the hedgerows. The tree wardens are working closely with KYPA. Young people in the parish each have responsibility for the planting and maintenance of a group of trees, working with their families. We are grateful to theTree Council for funding to support this initiative and to the Woodland Trust for hedgrow whips. The Parish Council has also agreed to allow the hedgrows around the field to grow up and thicken in order to increase the amount and diversity of wildlife present.

 A Parish Council Sub Committee was set up in March 2011 to carry out the day to day management of the Recreation Ground. The Recreation Ground Committee Terms of Reference are here.

Open Space
Contact: Alison and Adrian Lewis, owners: Greenbanks, Kingston.

During 2003-5 parishioners were involved in laying a claim under new Open Spaces legislation to a privately-owned piece of land, known as Middle Townsend Park, over which they had walked and carried out other activities for many years. The land was owned by an absentee landlord who had not maintained it, but who decided to bar public access. Working with Devon County Council, and invoking the CROW (Countryside and Rights of Way Act), a portion of the land was finally handed to the village residents in late 2005.  Shortly after this the land was sold to a village family, who have fenced off a part of it to graze their horses, whilst allowing access to the Open Space. The path is now there for all to enjoy and can form part of circular walks around the village, see under 'Walking in Kingston'.

Allotments
Contact: Parish Clerk: Sue Green: kingstonclerk@gmail.com

Kingston Parish Council owns a field containing 11 main and two smaller allotment plots which it lets out to parishioners under the Allotments Act. This Act requires that the money received from rentals (currently £30 per plot) should be used for their maintenance. This funding is augmented by the Parish Council to enable the allotments to be maintained throughout the year. It is occasionally possible to rent a half allotment . An allotment group meets from time to time in the Dolphin Inn to share ideas, help and resources. There are chickens and bees kept on on site.  A copy of the allotment tenancy contract can be seen below. Contact the Clerk if you are a Kingston resident and interested in having an allotment. As at 15 May 2014 there is two half allotments available.
Allotment tenancy contract

Kingston Village Calor Marquee 
Kingston Parish Council purchased the village marquee from the Calor Village of the Year Award money some four years ago, for the use of the community. If you are a Kingston resident and would like to hire this marquee please contact Cllr Andy Smith, the Parish Clerk or any of your councillors would be happy to help. There are now two Marquees; the larger is 6 metres by 12 metres starting at £50 for hire. The smaller Marquee is 6 metres by 4 metres starting at £25 for hire.  Returnable deposits of £50 for the small Marquee and £100 for the large Marquee are required. Village based charities do not have to pay. The hire charges are used to repair and replace parts of the marquee as necessary. The Marquees are for the use of Kingston parish only. 
James and his Dad David
The Family Play Bus
The Family Playbus is now run by the Seamoor Children's Centre in Ivybridge. It visits the Kingston Reading Room from 10.15- 11.45am two Mondays a month.  There is a toy and book library and everyone is welcome. (On the other two Monday mornings and during the school holidays Kingston runs its own Stay and Play group for the under 5's, see under 'What's On'.).

USE IT OR LOSE IT The family play bus