Kingston is the 'Best in the West' winning the Western Region of the ''Calor Village of the Year England -2009''
Kingston judged ''Calor Village of the Year - 2008''
awarded on the strength of its community activity and enthusiasm
Kingston is an unspoilt village lying between Dartmoor and the sea in the South Hams District of Devon County Council. The population of around 390 adults, (currently including over 80 children) has stayed much the same for 200 years. Kingston is a working village, less than a third of the population are retired. It is surrounded by working farms and miles of beautiful coastline and estuaries which are havens for birds and wildlife. The parish is in the middle of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the village includes two conservation areas. The National Trust owns farmland and coastline in Kingston. While the village has neither school nor shop there is a lively pub (the Dolphin Inn) and a thriving community with numerous activities to suit everyone. Young children and their parents/carers meet weekly at the Kingston Stay and Play Group; St James the Less Church, open daily, boasts an active bell ringing team and runs a full programme of community activities. The Youth Club prospers on a Wednesday evening. The Short Mat Bowls, (with a team in the first division of the South Hams League), meets on Mondays and Fridays and the very popular Art Club on Wednesdays. The Kingston Branch of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service celebrated its 60th year in the village in 2009. It is one of the country's very few volunteer Fire Brigades, highly trained and often called out to a "shout" in their state of the art Mercedes fire-fighting vehicle - a far cry from Trumpton. When the big city beckons, both Plymouth and Exeter are less than an hour away. The market towns of Kingsbridge, Ivybridge and Totnes are even nearer.
Kingston held the title of 'Devon Calor Village of the Year' for 2008/9. In April 2009 it won the 'Western Region of the Calor Village of the Year, England' competition. Kingston also won the Community Category prize for the Western Region. We were one of only five villages in the national final, but lost to the small town of Kirkby Stephen.
The independent judges were looking for “Well balanced, pro-active, caring village communities which, irrespective of size, are making the best of local opportunities in order to enhance and sustain a better quality of life for all inhabitants.” They certainly found that in Kingston.
This website gives further information much of which is regularly updated.
The Minutes of the Parish Council Meetings and Kingston Emergency Plan
Each month you can see 'What's On' and read the 'Parish Newsletter'. See also information on and details of services and other events at our historic St James the Less Parish Church. When does the mobile library or the Family Playbus visit the village? It's all there under 'What's On'
Check out the month's bookings for the Reading Room (our village hall) under 'Community Amenities' and read the 'Diary Articles' to find out what is happening in the village. These also appear in the local press.
Kingston Parish Plan was published in November 2007 and the final report on its successful implementation was signed off in January 2013. Kingston Parish Council has agreed a Local Lettings Plan with SHDC, Tor Home and the Guinness Trust. This ensures that local people get priority when housing association property in the village is allocated. See 'Parish Plan' for details and key documents.
'Energy Saving Tips' helps you to save money and Kingston to reduce its carbon footprint. Are you up to date with changes in the law on light bulbs and batteries? What happens to your recycled waste? Check it all out here.
Kingston residents are determined to provide good quality facilities and amenities for our children and young people, who are the future of our village. 'Active Kingston' a village community group lead the development of exciting new play areas on the village playing field, raising over 55 thousand pounds through grants and village fund raising activities. Cllr Christine Marsh, Chair of Devon County Council, and Seb Genders, a young resident, opened the new play equipment on Saturday 23 October 2010. Check out the details on 'Active Kingston'. A copse of over 300 trees was planted on the field during National Tree Week in winter 2010 and the first bluebells of the many spring bulbs we intend to establish. 400 small whips have now been planted to improve the hedgerows and 400 more are going in in autumn 2011! The Parish Council obtained a small grant from the Big Lottery, Awards for All to finish landscaping the field, ensure good access to all the amenities and provide a small car park. The Kingston Recreation Ground is managed through a Parish Council Committee, (including parish councillors and representatives of user groups), established in March 2011. See under 'Community Amenities'.
'Accommodation and Local Businesses'. If you are visiting the village why not check out local products and services planned to make your holiday even more relaxing and enjoyable?
'Walking in Kingston' holds information on the network of public and permissive paths in the parish and NEW downloadable copies of 3 leaflets describing 6 circular walks around our beautiful village and its surrounding countryside, including sections of the Southwest Coastal Footpath. These leaflets can also be picked up from the Dolphin Inn and St James the Less Parish Church in Kingston. Large print versions are available on request from the Dolphin and a short braille statement about the walks is available from the parish clerk. The 'Walking in Kingston' link also carries regularly updated information on the Yealm and Avon National Trust property, much of which is located within the parish. Are you a keen wildlife spotter? Tell us what you have seen through this link.
Please note that Kingston Church is a Local Collection Point for Kingsbridge Area Foodbank. See details under Kingston Church.
Please contact the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or comments.