Welcome to the Village of Castlethorpe

This is the Website for the village of Castlethorpe in Milton Keynes. The articles have been written by village organisations. The site is managed by the Parish Council.

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Parish Council fights 'satellite town' plan for Castlethorpe

Castlethorpe Parish Council is leading the fight against proposals to build up to eight satellite towns in Milton Keynes’s most scenic areas – including Castlethorpe and Hanslope.

The “satellite towns” suggestion is part of the new draft Plan:MK, which aims to almost double the size of MK by building 87,500 new homes on 5,000 hectares of land over the next 50 years.

It could mean developments of around 10,000 homes apiece – almost the size of Wolverton – in country areas including Castlethorpe, Hanslope, Olney, Sherington, North Crawley, and Moulsoe.

The proposal emerged from a “blue skies” strategy group session which was sparsely attended by the public, parish councils and even borough councillors as it took place just before the election. Many of the few people who attended said that they felt that their views had not been listened to and a large number of developers and land-owners had “taken over” the proceedings, leading to the “satellite towns” proposal as one of four possible options to double Milton Keynes’s population to 500,000 – just 20,000 less than Manchester and bigger than Liverpool and Bristol.

Castlethorpe Parish Council, as well as many other parish councils in the north of Milton Keynes have joined together to fight the proposal and are “calling in” the decision by Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet on 9 November to allow the four options to be included in the Plan:MK proposals to be debated by MKC’s Development Control Committee. This will mean that prior to the DCC meeting the decision will be looked at by a cross-party group of councillors to determine whether it followed the proper procedures and if they decide it didn’t it will not go to the DCC.

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Christmas and New Year Refuse Collections

Collections of household waste and recycling will remain unchanged until Christmas Eve, 24 December.
For the following three weeks collections will change as detailed below. Please put your refuse
and recycling out on your property boundary by 7am on your revised collection days.

The collection due on Christmas Day (Friday 25 December) will be made on Tuesday 29 December.

The collection due on New Year’s Day (Friday 1 January) will be made on Tuesday 5 January.

The collection due on Friday 8 January will be made on Monday 11 January.

The collection due on Friday 15 January will be made on Saturday 16 January.

Normal collections resume on Friday 22 January.

The Community Recycling Centres at New Bradwell, Bleak Hall and Newport Pagnell are open during the winter
months from 8am – 5pm with the exception of the following days:
Christmas Eve 8am – 1pm
Christmas Day closed all day
Boxing Day closed all day
New Year’s Eve 8am – 1pm
New Year’s Day closed all day

Did you know you can get reminders direct to your mobile phone or tablet?
• Download the free app “Recycle for MK” from iTunes or Google Play Store
• Sign up to receive free text or email alerts at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/wastealerts

In the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances which may affect collections, please visit Refuse and Recycling and click on Service Updates for the most up-to-date refuse collection information.

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Route 33 bus timetable at a glance

The times of the 33/33A bus service through Castlethorpe are.

Buses towards Central Milton Keynes now leave the stop by the Village Hall at:

Monday to Friday
06:13 07:14 07:42 09:14 10:14 11:14 12:14 13:14 14:14 15:14 16:14 16:14 17:29 18:29 19:25*

07:44 09:14 10:14 11:14 12:14 13:14 14:14 15:14 16:14 17:29 18:29 19:25*
(*Wolverton only).

Buses from the CMK Food Centre towards Castlethorpe leave at:

Monday to Friday
06:47 08:57 09:57 10:57 11:57 12:57 13:57 15:07 16:07 17:07 18:07

07:05 08:57 09:57 10:57 11:57 12:57 13:57 15:07 16:07 17:07 18:07

Buses to Northampton leave at:

Monday to Friday
07:21 09:31 10:31 11:31 12:31 13:31 14:31 15:42 16:42 17:42 18:42*

07:34 09:31 10:31 11:31 12:31 13:31 14:31 15:42 16:42 17:42 1842*
(*Hartwell only)

Buses from Northampton to Castlethorpe leave at:

Monday to Friday
08:29 09:30 10:25 11:29 12:25 13:29 14:25 15:25 15:29 16:40 17:40 18:40 with additional services departing from Hartwell at 06:00 07:01 07:26

08:29 09:30 10:25 11:29 12:25 13:29 14:25 15:29 16:40 17:40 18:40, with an additional service departing from Hartwell at 07:31

There is no service on Sundays

A pdf copy of the current timetable can be downloaded here

Timetables for all the other bus routes in Milton Keynes can be found here

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Download Castlethorpe News

The September issue of Castlethorpe News is available to download here. It includes a copy of the form to use to make comments on the draft Neighbourhood Plan.

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Castlethorpe is runner-up in Best Kept Village competition

Castlethorpe has been named runner-up in the category for villages with a population of 500-1,000 in the 2015 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village competition, losing out to Cuddington, near Aylesbury. Stoke Goldington won the award for villages with a population of less than 500.

Competition chairman Richard Pushman said: “There were a record number of entries this year and standards were high in all the competing villages. The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter. Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise.”

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Castlethorpe Rovers announce new kit partner

Castlethorpe Rovers have announced that Maisies Superstore is the club’s new official kit partner. The partnership begins at the start of the 2015-16 season and will run until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Wolverton-based Maisies supply a host of clubs both in Milton Keynes and in the UK, the latest of which is the Rovers.

Carl ‘Gok’ Stokes, the club’s Media and Social events Executive Director, said: “Everyone has been hugely impressed by Maisie’s professionalism, the quality of the sportswear and the ideas they have to develop our merchandising business.”

Any future players or anybody looking to gain some football fitness are welcome at the Sunday and Wednesday training sessions being held at the Sports Ground, For more details please email castlethorpe.rovers@mail.com.

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SmartWater kits available for every house in Castlethorpe

Following the recent burglaries in Castlethorpe, the Parish Council and the police have teamed up to offer free SmartWater kits to all households in the parish with anyone over the age of 65 or a vulnerable person living there. Other households will be available to buy the kits for just £10, instead of the normal retail price of around £60.

SmartWater is an invisible liquid that can be applied to all kinds of household valuables, making them uniquely traceable back to their owner. One dab per item is all that’s needed. Each batch of the liquid contains a unique chemical code registered to an individual which the police can use to identify stolen property, so it is a big deterrent to thieves if they know the householder is using it.

To get a kit contact Steve Bradbury, the Clerk to the Parish Council, preferably by email at clerk.castlethorpe@gmail.com. If you don’t have email you can phone him on 01908 337928 or write to Clerk to Castlethorpe Parish Council, 63 Thrupp Close, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes MK19 7PL with your address and other contact details. Please tell him whether you are applying for the pensioner/vulnerable person pack or the general householder pack and if it’s the latter please give or send Steve £10 either in cash or preferably a cheque made payable to Castlethorpe Parish Council, as soon as possible. (The kits won’t be delivered unless you’ve paid.)

Kirsty Martinson, our local PCSO, will then make contact with the elderly or vulnerable residents to give them the kit and to register them on the police and SmartWater database.

In the meantime you can find lots more information about minimising your risks on the Thames Valley Police website at http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crime-prevention.htm

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Parish Council Chairman's report to the Annual Village Meeting on 1 June

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 1 June. The full report is published here and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

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The Navigation reopens

The Navigation reopened on Saturday 6 June after a £1.5 million refurbishment by Hertfordshire-based Oakman Inns and Greene King, one of Britain’s largest breweries.

The refurbishment brings major enhancements to the famous canal-side Inn. Internally, the original stonework has been exposed and previously blocked-up fireplaces reinstated, whilst an impressive new extension incorporating a large outdoor decked viewing platform and extended restaurant area overlooking the new gardens.

General Manager, Rod Stewart. said: “We will be open from 8am every day so our guests both on and off the water will be able to start their day with a full English breakfast, or drop in for a coffee or a pint, or order great, freshly cooked food to eat in a beautiful setting – at any time of the day until closing time.”

To find out more go to: www.thenavigationcosgrove.co.uk

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Central Milton Keynes parking charges go up

Car parking in Central Milton Keynes went up on Monday May 18. The red bays rise from £1.40 to £2 an hour and the purple bays from 40p to 50p per hour. All day parking in blue bays goes up to £10. In addition most permits and scratchcards went up. And for the first time you’ll have to pay to park on bank holidays.

You can find full details at www.mkweb.co.uk/PARKING-cost-park-Milton-Keynes-year-price-hikes/story-26494649-detail/story.htm

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Can you help with new WW1 film?

Joanna Barclay, the wife of former High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Joe Barclay, is leading the research on a new film project which seeks to commemorate how the First World War impacted on the county of Buckinghamshire – ‘The Home Front Story’.

If any of you have material — stories, photographs, documents, film footage, correspondence, cartoons, advertisements, propaganda, company records etc — relevant to that period and particular to the county of Buckinghamshire which you feel should be included in this film, please get in touch with Joanna at Joannabarclay2@gmail.com.

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Crime goes down in Milton Keynes

Despite the recent problems in Castlethorpe, the end-of-year crime figures for Milton Keynes Local Policing Area (LPA) show that overall crime figures are continuing to decline. The figures for the 12 months between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 show that there were 130 fewer crimes than in the previous 12-month period.

However the police are urging all motorists to fit security screws to their numberplates following recent thefts of plates from cars. These are simple anti-theft devices which can easily be fitted in place with a screwdriver to replace existing screws, but cannot be removed using standard tools. It is important that the correct size of screw is used for the pre-existing screw holes and application. Security screws are available from high street automotive accessories outlets.

You can have security screws fitted free of charge at Halfords Autocentre, 10 Duncombe Street, Bletchley, MK2 2LY. Phone 01908 270476 to arrange an appointment (please note that number plates cannot be supplied during the fitting process and if required should be purchased in advance).

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Changes to Castlethorpe Charity

The Castlethorpe Charity for the Poor/Church has changed the criteria for any new beneficiary. With effect from the 2015 distribution to be made in December 2015, the criteria for any new beneficiary is that they will have lived in the village for at least 2 years, be 70 years of age or over and live alone and not be in any paid employment. It should be noted however that if you were included in the 2014 distribution and still qualify that you will continue to receive a distribution.

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Is there a well in your garden?

Castlethorpe Historical Society is gathering information on all of the wells in the village. Most will obviously be located in the gardens of Castlethorpe’s older properties. So if you have a well on your property, or you know of someone else who has one, please let Mick Mullens know so that the Society can collate a map and plan to help with its survey on Old Castlethorpe.

You can contact Mick on the Castlethorpe Village Facebook page or email him at brassmichael@yahoo.co.uk

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How to book the Village Hall

To book the Village Hall please contact Geraldine Sweetland on 01908 511231 or 07803 583491 or email her at geraldine.sweetland@hotmail.co.uk

In certain circumstances she may not be able to get back to you for a few days. If the enquiry is urgent please contact Yvonne on 01908510474.

Further information and a booking form can be found here.

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