Kingsclere Parish Council
If you live in Kingsclere or the surrounding area and need help due to illness or self-isolation with things such as picking up shopping/medication, posting mail, urgent supplies or just a friendly phone call, please contact the Clerk via email: email@example.com or through the website.
You will then be matched with a friendly, local volunteer to help you with what you need.
Following the Government's announcement regarding staying home, the Litter warden will no longer be emptying litter bins. Please take any and all litter, including dog waste bags, home with you. Thank you.
Keep Britain Tidy, the organisers of the Great British Spring Clean, has decided to postpone this year’s Spring Clean until September.
This event is therefore postponed until then.
Due to the great success of last years event, Kingsclere Parish Council has again signed up to the Keep Britain Tidy "Great British Spring Clean". KPC will be hosting another Kingsclere Spring Clean event on 28th March 10am - 1pm.
Like last year there will be a gazebo “station” in St Mary's Churchyard where volunteers can come and collect equipment to help collect litter, feel free to also bring your own equipment (high vis jackets, gardening gloves etc). This year KPC has teamed up with St Mary's coffee morning to provide a free drink for every volunteer to thank them for their efforts, just pick up your voucher when you return!
The Parish Council is also pleased to announce the awards presentation for the recent Poster Competition will be held at 11am at the gazebo station and Lord Huntingdon has kindly agreed to present the awards.
Come along and demonstrate your support for the clean up and congratulate the winners and participants of the poster competition.
Kingsclere is a great community which benefits from a long-established, friendly village culture and many local organisations and volunteer groups.
Much of the village is a designated conservation area, with 68 listed buildings plus 38 more throughout the remainder of the Parish. The buildings are listed as being of special, architectural or historic interest; testament to the fact that there has been a prosperous village on the site since Medieval times. Prehistoric settlers were the first to enjoy the superb location, with chalk hills and springs making it an ideal defensive settlement. You can still see their ancient hill forts at Brecon Hill and Ladle Hill, and there are many earthworks in the area.
The use of the name 'Kingsclere' began in the 13th century, probably because of the village's long association with the Kings of England - from Alfred in the 9th century, to King John. Kingsclere was en route to Freemantle Park, the royal hunting estate, which existed until the 17th century.
The historic street pattern, based on St Mary's Church and Old Market Square still exists, with the main streets leading to Basingstoke, Newbury, Overton and Whitchurch.
Although the village is steeped in history, Kingsclere has managed to keep pace with the demands of the modern world without losing its integrity, and is a very desirable place to put down roots.
The village has a selection of local shops and businesses, healthcare services, a primary school and varied outdoor facilities. It also has an extensive network of green lanes and paths, glades and the Kingsclere stream. Treasured areas known by the villagers, such as 'the rec.', 'the ducks' and 'shepherds steps' are usually overlooked by the casual visitor, but add greatly to village life.
There are two Christian churches, Kingsclere Methodist Church and Saint Mary's Anglican Church.
Local facilities include the village club, the Holding field and the Fieldgate Centre which lies on the outskirts of the village and adjoins the rugby and football grounds. The centre was built in 1996 at a cost of £1.6 million.
The parish council meets in the village club monthly, except for August and December.