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.
Kingston Reading Room
Kitchen facilities and good access.
£6.50 per hour for a minimum of 2 hours or £25 for 4 hours
Childrens Party – 4 hours Afternoon Hire – now only £10
Downstairs mini meeting room £5 per session
All enquiries to:
Judy Wurr Bookings Secretary 01548 810065
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.
The Recreation Ground
Contact: Parish Clerk: Sue Green: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 right of way was granted 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’.
Contact: Parish Clerk: Sue Green: email@example.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. There are chickens and often 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.
Allotment tenancy contract
Kingston Village Calor Marquee
Kingston Parish Council purchased the village marquee from the Calor Village of the Year Award money for the use ofthe community. If you are a Kingston resident and would like to hire this marquee please contact the Parish Clerk.
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. 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.