It lies four miles (6 km) from Cirencester and is the settlement closest to Thames Head, the source of the River Thames. Kemble Church is part of the Thameshead benefice, comprising the communities of Kemble, Ewen, Poole Keynes, Somerford Keynes, and Shorncote. The benefice since 2001 also includes Coates, Rodmarton, Sapperton, Tarlton and Frampton Mansel.
Kemble was the site of a 7th-century pagan, Anglo-Saxon cemetery. The village church today has a Norman door and a tower dating from 1250, to which a spire was added in 1450. The full restoration in 1872 included bringing the nearby chapel of ease at nearby Ewen here brick by brick to form a new south transept.
Kemble was once an important railway junction. The Golden Valley Line from Swindon to Cheltenham passes through the village, and branch lines from Cirencester and Tetbury met here. Today, although the branch lines were dismantled in the 1960s, Kemble railway station is still important for passengers travelling from Cirencester.
Cotswold Airport (previously known as Kemble Airport) on the edge of the village once hosted the RAF Red Arrows aerobatic display team. The airfield is used by light industry, by flying clubs and by private aircraft owners, for events including two annual air displays, and for scrapping and storage of airliners. Delta Jets rebuild, maintain and fly historic jet aircraft, particularly Hawker Hunters. The Bristol Aero collection had a museum at the airfield until 31st May 2012
The railway station has a direct link to Swindon and London Paddington in one direction, and to Gloucester and Cheltenham in the other. Kemble Primary School has around 100 pupils. The pub, "The Tavern", is next to the station. A combined post office and local store provides most essentials.
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- Kemble Community website
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- Cotswold Airport (Formally Kemble Airfield and RAF Kemble)