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Marquee for Hire

The Parish Council has a marquee which can be hired out to local organisations or individuals.

The marquee has seven bays in total.  Each bay is 10ft (3m) and spans 30ft (9m). The maximum size is therefore 70ft×30ft (21m×9m).  Each section costs £50 to hire plus £50 for labour, thus the charge for the whole marquee would be £400.  The hirer should arrange their own insurance in respect of material damage, public liability and motor insurance (while attached to a towing vehicle).

The marquee can either be collected by the hirer or arrangements can be made for the marquee to be delivered to the venue and/or returned.  Detailed conditions of hire are available.

Enquiries about hiring the marquee should be made to the Parish Clerk, Richard Parrey, 61 West Leake Lane, Kingston on Soar, tel. 0115 983 0730.

Best Kept Village 2017

Kingston has got through to the second round of judging in this competition. Thankyou to everyone who worked to make the village look good, including Stuart for the information board outside the church and for the new footpath maps and Mark for painting the bollards on the village green. Thankyou, also, to everyone who did their bit to make their own gardens, hedges and verges look good.

Further judging will take place between Monday 3rd and Friday 21st July. The area covered by the competition runs from the railway bridge to the old School House.

Graffiti Classics – Sunday 27th November at 7.30pm

Our next community show, to be held in the Village Hall, will be performed by Graffiti Classics.

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional String Quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all dancing musical comedy show.

So please come along and support this event in your Village Hall and see for yourselves what an excellent time can be had and the starting point to ‘get you in the mood’ for the festive theatre season just around the corner.

Tickets: Adults £10, Children (under 12) £5 available on the door or email

Ticket price includes food

Cash bar available from 7.00pm



Mumbo Jumbo Troubadours and Raconteurs

Sunday October 2nd at 7:30 pm

We are starting our new season of Arts events in the Village Hall with a performance from three of the Midlands most experienced musicians: Oliver Carpenter (vocals, trumpet, percussion), Chris Lomas (bass, uke, guitar) and Phil Bond (vocals, piano, squeezebox).

Mumbo Jumbo produce a sound all of their own – playing uplifting, original songs, rarely heard rootsy tunes and more familiar numbers, all delivered with a real sense of humour.  It’s a big band sound in a small package, with a terrific combo of trumpet, keyboard, accordion, washboard and vocals.

The band are very clued up as to what works in a community venue, bringing a winning mix of banter, great musicianship and a bit of audience participation – you might find yourself on a kazoo – and skilfully performed pieces that have you whooping for more!

Tickets: Adults £10, Children (under 12) £5 available on the door

Free food at the interval and cash bar

Published 7th September 2016


Launch of Via East Midlands Ltd

Via is a new company, set up in partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and Cornwall Council. It will provide highways and fleet management services in Nottinghamshire.

The new organisation will become fully operational from July 2016. The company will be supported by both the County Council and CORSERV, a company owned by Cornwall Council. It will be based in existing Nottinghamshire County Council highways buildings.

The new arrangement arises from reducing budgets and the need for work to be managed differently in order to meet budget challenges. The contract is for 10 years and can be extended for 5 years. Via will be wholly owned by the public sector and will also be able to trade commercially to gain work of up to 20% of its turnover.

690 staff will transfer to Via from the council for the 1 July start date.

Via will carry out a range of highways and fleet management services on behalf of the council. However if you have any queries or want to report a problem, you should continue to use our website and Customer Service centre on telephone 0300 500 80 80.


The County Council will retain some strategic highways function. These include:

Highways Development Control

Flood Risk Management

Civil Parking Enforcement

Rights of Way

Transport Planning


For further information about Via:

Help for Older People

First Contact Signposting Scheme

If you’re 60 or over First Contact gets you help from lots of organisations when you complete one simple checklist.

First Contact gets you advice on:

  • Preventing falls
  • Home safety and security
  • Repairs, adaptations and specialist equipment
  • Energy saving improvements to keep you warm and reduce  bills
  • Housing advice
  • Claiming benefits
  • Local activities and groups
  • Community transport schemes.
  • Fire prevention advice

Complete the checklist and you’ll be contacted by people who can help.  They may offer a home visit, but will always contact you first (always ask for their ID).

The scheme is a partnership of key agencies and organisations including the police, fire service, NHS, Borough councils, voluntary sector, and operates in a number of areas of Nottinghamshire.


Below is a link to the Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service website; for more information on First Contact:-

To complete a checklist call Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080 or do it online at

Karl Stirland – Assistant First Contact Co-ordinator South Notts –

First Contact is managed by Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service in South Nottinghamshire and run by Nottinghamshire County Council.


New Parish Councillor

We welcome the co-option of a new Parish Councillor, David Fairbanks, who lives in The Old Rectory, Kingston Fields.

We also send our thanks and good wishes to our former Chair, Marion Shaw, a long-standing member of the council.  She also took on the key role of Planning Officer, leading the scrutiny of planning applications and their implications for community in Kingston, and reporting on our objections or reservations to the plans.  Marion has moved to Berkshire, to be nearer to her family.

We still have vacancies for parish councillors.  Although the parish is not divided into wards, it is important that we have members who can represent the interests of all parts of the village.  Currently we have 2 councillors based in the main part of the village (near the church and the village green), 2 councillors in New Kingston and 1 councillor in Station Road.  We have no councillors in or near Kingston Hall.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor, or want to know more about the role, please contact any of the current councillors or the parish clerk.

Published 9th January 2016

Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire

The rollout of Superfast Broadband is taking place in Rushcliffe, with a new green cabinet in Kingston, near the railway bridge.

Further information was presented at the Rushcliffe Town and Parish Councils Conference on 12th June.

Better Broadband Presentation

Published 7th July 2015

Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan

Nottinghamshire County Council has a statutory duty to publish an up-to-date Minerals Local Plan – a blueprint for future of mineral extraction in the county up to 2030.

Please see the Minerals Local Plan Consultation Letter for guidance on how to feed back your views on the plan, between Wednesday 23 October and Wednesday 4 December 2013.

Page updated 25 October 2013

News – Defibrillator

The Parish’s new defibrillator has now been delivered and installed in the old phone box.  A training session on how to use it will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday 22nd October, 7.30 – 9.30 pm.  There will be a small charge for attending (£3 minimum) as a contribution to the Community Heartbeat charity.

The purchase of the defibrillator was made possible by donations and grants from various organisations including: the Village Hall Management Committee, the Village Fayre Committee, Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Page updated 22 October 2013