Kingsbridge Community Champions 2018 announced!

On Tuesday 12th June at the Kingsbridge Full Town Council meeting, Mayor Anne Balkwill presented the awards for this year’s Kingsbridge Community Champions in front of fellow Councillors and other members of the public. This is the second year for the new style awards and the aim is to recognise the fabulous contributions that local people make to ensure that Kingsbridge is a great place to work, rest and play.

The winners for 2018 are as follows (from left):

Chris Barnwell
For her voluntary work as Co-ordinator for Kingsbridge Walk and Talk providing a great way to explore the area and make new friends.

Gerrie Messer
All the good work carried out for the benefit of others including voluntary work for Kingsbridge Foodbank.

(Town Mayor, Cllr Anne Balkwill)

Julia Wingate
For her enthusiasm, support and involvement with the new Fore Street Task Force.

Lizzie Wyat
In recognition of all the good work she does as a volunteer for Kingsbridge and Saltstone Caring, supporting the same person for over 10 years.

Graham Smith
For his dedication to all that attend Age Concern in Kingsbridge including opening every day and providing hot meals during the snow storms.




Anyone for Ping Pong?


Table tennis is one of the most accessible sports around.  It can be played at any level from the Olympics to an impromptu game in your garden; and now in the centre of Kingsbridge at 2 different locations!  Kingsbridge Town Council has purchased a mobile table for the Bandstand and installed a permanent table in the Recreation Ground.  Both table tennis tables are top quality for all ages and abilities to enjoy and have fun!

The table tennis table for the Bandstand, next to the Town Square, will be positioned during half term and throughout the summer holidays.  Timings will vary due to local events taking place but the table will be in position 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday along with some afternoons and Saturdays.  You can bring along your own bats and balls to use or they can be hired for free from Reception at the Council Offices, Quay House for a £5.00 refundable deposit.  Alternatively, they can be purchased from Kingsbridge Information Centre in the Town Square.

In the Recreation Ground a permanent outdoor table has been installed following a successful funding bid to the Tesco Bags of Choice scheme. Bats and balls can be hired for free from Café Decks, again with a refundable £5.00 deposit. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!!  In the last 10 years the Town Council has worked hard to enhance the park from its sorry former state, with 2 rusty old swings only, to its present status as the sole Green Flag park in the South Hams.  The table tennis table adds to an exciting menu which includes: a children’s play area, teen zone, café, putting green, floodlit tennis courts, bowling green, sensory flower beds, picnic tables, French boules court, public benches, 5-a-side goalposts, sculpture and Trim Trail exercise equipment.  Please enjoy this great facility; the only thing we ask is for dog owners to keep their pets on leads.  Moving forward we hope to install stainless steel litter bins here and in Duncombe Park.

Councillor Anne Balkwill, Town Mayor, said:  “Everyone loves playing ‘ping pong’ as it’s fantastic fun whether you are a novice or an expert and a surprisingly good workout”.






An important message from Kingsbridge Town Council.


Most of you will be aware that South Hams District Council carried out a public consultation in July and presented proposals to regenerate the Kingsbridge Quayside.  Over 700 of you responded with your thoughts.  Indeed, if you did not attend the packed-out public meeting in St Edmonds Church, or answer the questionnaire itself, then you need to come up to speed now.  We make no apology for repeating ourselves:  THESE PROPOSALS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE KINGSBRIDGE WATERFRONT FOREVER.


So did anyone listen to your voice??  Well, we are all about to find out…….

The District Council’s Executive meeting to be held at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 19th October at the Council Offices, Follaton House, Totnes is likely to receive an options report for District Councillors to discuss and agree the way forward for the Kingsbridge Quayside concept.

The options paper itself is likely to be issued on Wednesday 11th October alongside the agenda for the Executive meeting and will be available for reading on the District Council’s
website at

This is a meeting where the public can attend, speak or submit a question.
The procedure is on the website too but be aware that any questions have to be submitted in writing by 5.00 p.m. on Monday 16th October.

A summary of the consultation findings was produced recently by the District Council (again it can be read on the above website).  It has been difficult for the Town Council to make an informed decision on your responses because unfortunately the District Council appears unwilling to share the full consultation data and financial viability data with us despite a request for the same.

Suffice to say, the Kingsbridge community could be here for the long haul and the Town Council is here to represent you as best possible.
Obviously, there may be a wide range of opinions out there but the key message at this current time is:  read the Kingsbridge Quayside options report and if you want to
discover the way forward then you are encouraged to attend South Hams District Council’s Executive meeting on 19th October. 

KINGSBRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

Kingsbridge Town Council is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Read the full story here:  Tesco bags of community chose May & June 2017 

Kingsbridge Tranquillity Trail

Kingsbridge Tranquillity Trail – an oasis of calm amidst the hustle & bustle
Question: What do Bradford, San Francisco and (yes, you’ve guessed it) Kingsbridge have in common? They are the first communities in the world to introduce Tranquillity Trails.

Tranquillity Trails are walking routes that have been designed to allow space for residents and visitors alike to reflect and recover from the stresses of everyday life while receiving the benefits of healthy exercise. Professor Greg Watts, a noise scientist at the University of Bradford’s Centre for Sustainable Environments, in liaison with Kingsbridge Town Council, has created a circular trail which takes advantage of the “maximum tranquillity” that can be experienced within walking distance of Kingsbridge town centre….

Click here for more information.

Click here to download the leaflet.

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