Message from Mike Streeter

Interested to read that the “old vicarage” was used up until the late 1800’s. It must at some time have reverted to its former use as all the vicars at Kingston when I was young lived there. There was the Revd. Payne, followed by the Revd. Caulfield-Browne and then Revd. Jim Lloyd who I think was the last vicar to occupy it before the village lost its vicar. I can’t remember Kingston House being used as the vicarage but the Estate Office was there when I was young. My father actually rented the spare garage at the vicarage for many years.

Village News – August 2016

Preparations are underway for the 2016 Flower, Craft and Music Festival and we can now confirm that the event will begin with a concert evening on Friday, 16 September with the Military Wives Choir from Bovington followed by the Woodwind Trio Zephyrae from Wareham. This will be an opportunity to appreciate local musicians performing at St James’ Church, well-known for its acoustic enhancement, whilst surrounded with the beauty of flowers. It will be a special evening in every way and a reminder of God’s goodness to us as the Festival theme is Celebration of Life and Achievements. It will be great to see the newly acquired chairs in use at the concert after several years of fundraising and negotiation with Salisbury Diocese. A huge thank you to those who have contributed in the past towards this fund and to PCC members who helped to get them installed.

The church will be open all weekend 17-18 September and there will be a range of local crafts people demonstrating their work and skills – spinning, felt, pottery, stone carving, woodcraft and other arts and crafts. Delicious homemade cakes will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm. We are grateful to our sponsors Albury and Hall, who are helping with the publicity. This year there will also be more for children including face painting.

If you are part of a local organisation, business or charity and would like to promote it at the festival, through a flower arrangement, we have space for a few more, similarly, if you would like to celebrate someone’s life through photos and a flower tribute, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Doreen on 480837 or Judy on 07724325735 as soon as possible to book your space (no charge but please bring your own flowers and any accessories) or you can email:

Have a good summer and see you all at the Kingston Fête on Saturday, 13 August.

Judy & Doreen

Swanworth Quarry – extension and increased landfill

Mineral Extraction & Landfill Waste – latest update

The 35-acre proposed extension of Swanworth Quarry consultation period continues. Local comments are still needed.

If no comments are received, they will presume we are all happy with this quarry extension and increased Waste Landfill.

Important Changes

The site remains the same size but now includes a “possible tunnel” over The Purbeck Way?

It now extends further North into the field adjacent to the B3069, where it will be fully visible to the local community.

Now includes increased Waste Landfill of the present site up to 400,000 tonnes: this will be transported through Corfe Castle and up Kingston Hill.

If approved the new site would give rise to additional traffic through the Parish for an extended period.

This AONB site (one of only 33 in the country) will be compromised for a finite aggregate resource.

Dates for your diary

11 July – 7pm at Corfe Town Hall. Corfe Castle Parish Council Meeting with Trevor Badley – the Principal Planning Officer of DCC, will discuss these proposals and answer questions.

21 July – all comments and objections to be sent to DCC.

There are three ways to do this:


The plans will go to the Minister of State in Spring 2017.

Residents of Kingston

2016: Obituary – Glennis Owen (Glen) Bower

BOWER Glennis Owen (Glen) Peacefully passed away on Wednesday 1st June 2016, aged 92 years. A much loved Husband, Father and Grandfather, who will be greatly missed by all of the family. A service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance will be held at St James Church, Kingston on Friday 17th of June at 2.00pm. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired, to Local Macmillan Nurses, may be made on-line at or sent to James Smith Funeral Directors, 60a Kings Road, Swanage, BH19 1HR, Tel 01929 422445

Bournemouth Echo, 9 June 2016

Village News – June 2016

Kingston Fete 2016

This year we are holding our Fête on 13 August. It will be in the grounds of Kingston Church – not the most ideal spot in some ways – but perfect in others. It is, after all, a church fête and visitors will have access to the bell tower, be able to listen to the wonderful organ and, in the unlikely event of bad weather (!), there is shelter inside the church.

There was no fête last year due to various reasons – ill health etc, etc – so we are hoping to make 2016 a success to encourage us to carry on with this traditional event. Kingston village has lost a lot of its actual residents over the past few years but there are quite a few people who have very kind volunteering for ‘stuff’ so we are hoping we can actually rustle up enough people to help.

So – all of this preamble is actually an early request for anyone who could help set-up before the event, run a village stall, help with a game, donate the usual fête-type things etc etc to get in touch with either Peter or me so we have a rough idea what sort of support, if any, we might expect. Also any­one wanting to have their own stall – anything that would fit in with a traditional village fête – should get in touch; there will be a small charge payable in advance to secure a spot. We would also welcome any bright ideas for something new to do on the afternoon – bearing in mind it is a church fête – memories of my ill-advised booking of a team of belly-danc­ers springs to mind.

As I am sure you will immediately forget the date and the requests there will be another reminder in the July Dub­ber as well. I know it’s a bit of a pain giving up a Saturday in August to help at something prone to be a rather damp and soggy affair but it is only ONE day… well one afternoon to be precise and we would be eternally grateful for your support. Please contact either Peter Buckle (480212) or Susan Ireland (481372) or

Susan Ireland

Village News – June 2016

Father’s Day Cream Teas

This month, we have the first Music afternoon with Cream Teas on Sunday, 19 June. Why not treat Dad to a lovely afternoon in the Purbeck Hills? We can offer spec­tacular views from the Tower, homemade cakes or a cream tea on the lawns, or listening to relaxing organ music. There may also be a fresh display about the church architecture and stained glass windows. Don’t miss it come between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Flowers, Crafts, Music Festival

Thank you to those who have already offered to demon­strate their skills at the Flowers, Craft and Music event which takes place on 16 & 17 September. The theme ‘Celebrating Life and Achievements’ enables us to offer a wide display of flower displays. There will also be some exciting ones based on the Brazil Paralympics which will be taking place around that time. Please contact Doreen Farr or Judy Forgan, if you would like to participate in any way, or promote your local cause through a floral display (480837 or doreen@farr988.orangehome; 481629 or This is an economical way to advertise your group or business across the Purbeck Community. It can also can be for any age – from children’s groups to charities, or even a some flowers to celebrate the life of someone dear to you. There will hopefully be an additional evening event as a preview evening – with the Military Wives Choir from RAC Boving­ton, followed by light refreshments and a chance to social­ise and enjoy the wonderful acoustics at St James’ Church, while appreciating the local crafts and flowers. On the Sun­day afternoon, another local choir, Harmony Rocks will be performing as the Festival draws to a close.

Kingston Country Courtyard Fair

Now in its third year, the Fair, in aid of Air Ambulance, on Sunday, 3 July is another event not to be missed. Even bigger, with classic cars, steam engines, dog show with agility, live music, arena events and lots for all the family – bouncy castles, face paints, games, local produce, hog roast and homemade refreshments… also an evening music event – see website for full details. If you are interested in running a stall, there is still space – contact Ann Tiller on as soon as possible.

Judy Forgan

Hezekiah & Fanny Wellstead

Hezekiah Wellstead was born in Wool around 1819 and his future wife Fanny Kellaway was also born there and baptised on 20 August 1820.

They married at Wool on 16 February 1840. Hezekiah gave his age as 22, his occupation as labourer and stated his father was John Burt. Fanny also gave her age as 22. Her father as Joseph Kellaway. Neither Hezekiah or Fanny could write and so both ‘signed’ with their mark. On the same day, the marriage of George Torafield [Tollerfield] and Eliza Bagg took place in the same church and Hezekiak and Fanny were witnesses!

Hezekiah & Fanny appear to have lived in Kingston a relatively short while in their twilight years. They were recorded on the 1901 census as living in South Street, with Hezekiah shown as an ‘ordinary agricultural labourer’ aged 82 and Fanny aged 80.

Hezekiah died on 20 November 1903 and his wife Fanny died just two months later on 19 January 1904. They were buried in the lower graveyard behind the old St. James’ Church, on 23 November and 22 January respectively.

Their gravestone is pictured below:

The gravestone commemorating Hezekiah and Fanny. Photo by Martin White in June 2009

The inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of



After their marriage, Hezekiah and Fanny remained at Wool for 10 years or more, where they had at least four children: Robert John, John Robert, Mary Ann and Charles. By 1861 the family were living at Arne, and Hezekiah and Fanny were still living there in 1891. Arne was part of the Eldon Estate and it was no doubt through this connection that they moved to Kingston.

“Well, well” said the Rocking Chair


American Singer/Songwriter Dean Friedman, who some will remember for his 1978 hit single “Lucky Stars” and his 1977 album ‘”Well, well” said the Rocking Chair’, is coming to Kingston on Thursday 29 September 2016.

He will be performing at Kingston Country Courtyard from 8pm. Tickets, which cost £26.75  plus a ‘per transaction’ delivery fee, are available only through ticketweb.