Kingston is an unspoilt village lying between Dartmoor and the sea in the South Hams District of Devon County Council.
The population of around 328 adults, 43 aged 18 - 30, 108 over 60 & 45 children in 210 Properties of which 38 are holiday or 2nd homes.
it 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 ( map here). 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. St James the Less Parish Church, open daily, boasts an active bell ringing team and runs many community activities.
A 2 hour Market selling basic groceries, cakes and pies, vegetables in season,second hand books and various arts and crafts etc. runs from 10-12noon in the village Reading Room on a Tuesday. 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. 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.
The Parish of Kingston supports the Purple Angel
The global symbol of dementia awareness
First World War Centenary. Full details of Kingston's War Memorials can be found under the Parish Church tab.
The Parish Council is grateful to the War Memorial Trust, The now closed Bigbury, Ringmore & Kingston branch of the Royal British Legion and Richard & Alison Sanderson for supporting the cleaning and restoration of the main War Memorial in July 2014.
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.
Check out the month's bookings for the Reading Room (our village hall) under 'Community Amenities'
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.
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'.for more details .
'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 and the National Trust in Kingston' holds information on the network of public and permissive paths in the parish and downloadable copies of 3 leaflets describing 6 circular walks around our beautiful village and its surrounding countryside, including sections of the Southwest Coastal Footpath. A short braille statement about the walks is available from the parish clerk.
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 Or Mervyn Freeman email@example.com
with any questions and/or comments.