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.

If you have news of interest to the village or represent an organisation which has an event coming up, please contact the Webmaster who will put it on this website.

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Young volunteers wanted at libraries

Milton Keynes Libraries want volunteers aged 13 – 25 to get involved with ‘The Big Friendly Read’ Summer Reading Challenge 2016. Young people who are keen readers, confident talking about the books they like and who enjoy meeting new people are encouraged to sign up. Volunteers will act as reading role models for young children and speak with them about what they have been reading.

Young people need to sign up by Monday 27 June online at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/src or in any library.

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Help us win Best Kept Village

Last year Castlethorpe entered the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village competition. We entered the Morris Cup section for villages with a population of between 500 and 1,500 and came second. We have entered again this year and judging will take place between 8th June and 8th July.

The landscaping department of MK council do an excellent job tending the grass verges, unfortunately this is not the case with highways who are responsible for removing weeds from road side verges, footpaths and drains.

We have reported these problems and hope they are resolved by 8th June but all residents could help by removing weeds from footpaths, road side gutters and drains outside their property.

On Saturday 4th June we hope to organise a grand litter pick for the Queen. This is a national initiative as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

If you are able to help in any way please contact Geraldine on 01908 511231.

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Next Castlethorpe News deadline: May 27

The deadline for all articles, pictures, adverts and information for the June issue of Castlethorpe News is 5pm on Friday 27 May so please let the Editor have them by then. And remember, the earlier you get your article in the better the chance it has of getting a more prominent position! Email them to webmaster@castlethorpevillage.org.uk

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Spring bank holiday bin day changed

The recycling and waste collection due on Friday 3 June will be on Saturday 4 June because of the Spring Bank Holiday. Normal collections resume on Friday 10 June. Please make a note of the date change and put your refuse and recycling out on your property boundary by 7am on the Saturday. There is a leaflet you can download here. Scroll down to M16046EasterCollections2016.pdf [103.22kB]

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Chairman's report to the Annual Village Meeting

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 4 April. The full report is published here and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

Once again, the parish council has had a very busy year both with activities we directly control and cajoling MKC to do things for us.

We have had a big push to get our Neighbourhood Plan completed as this has been running for some time now. The parish council consultations have completed and the final MKC consultation will end on 13th April. An independent External Examiner will be appointed on the advice of our consultant, we have put two names forward who have experience of plans like ours and, assuming no major problems, we should be able to hold a referendum this summer. The Neighbourhood Plan will protect certain areas of the village from residential development as ‘Green Space’ or ‘Community Assets’ including anywhere outside the settlement boundary, it will ensure developments and extensions are consistent with existing design in other areas and it designates the field next to Paddock Close (‘Maltings 2’) for the development of about 30 houses of which 9 will be ‘affordable’.

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Key safe link to village burglaries

There have been two more burglaries in the village this year. The same method was used to gain access to the houses in both cases, which was to break open a key safe and then use the keys.

The police have said that they normally regard key safes as secure but suggest that, if you do have a key safe, you might wish to relocate it to somewhere that’s not so visible and only leave keys in it when it is necessary. Obviously, if it is used for external visitors, such as medical or support services, you need to let them know of the new location.

The investigating officer also says that anyone knocking on doors and asking for someone who does not live there is suspicious so please phone up the 101 number and describe the persons. Footwear is apparently always a good point to look at. Most people can change their clothes and jacket but not the make of trainer or shoe. No so many people apparently have a change of footwear. The police repeat that they would rather come out to a false alarm than an actual burglary.

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Cricketers wanted

Castlethorpe Cricket Club require cricketers of any standard for the coming 2016 season and also umpires to stand in home games on Saturdays. Please contact Russell Jones on 07474 826657 David Spinelli on 07889 215786 or Stewart Tate on 07976 267630 if you are interested.

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Village Show update

Castlethorpe Seniors Christmas Lunch and Celebration was held on the 5th December when 72 senior residents came along to enjoy a seasonal lunch and entertainment.

After lunch Kim and her team delighted us with a demonstration of Salsa dancing and invited guests to join them. We were then entertained once again by Lincoln on his keyboard. The prizes for the raffle this year were generously donated by Morrisons of Westcroft. After tea and mince pies Lincoln again entertained us with carols . By then it was time for everyone to depart for home having had an enjoyable meal and professional entertainment.

Plans are well in hand for 2016’s Christmas lunch which will be held on the 3rd December.

The annual horticultural “Castlethorpe Show” will be held on the 4th September (registration on the 1st Sept). We hope that this year the weather will be kind to us and we will get a record number of entries. Following the judging there will again be the usual auction of produce. Please try to come along as this auction provides the funds for the Seniors Christmas lunch. There will be the usual raffle, tea and cakes.

There will also be two Bingo sessions, 23th April and 26th November when we make donations to a charity as well as the lunch account.

We should like to thank all those in Castlethorpe who so generously donated to the lunch funds as well as Morrisons and Tesco for their generous donations of prizes for our raffles.

Show Committee: Melanie Chapman (Spokeswoman) Margaret Chapman (Treasurer and Secretary), Dorothy Runacres, Karen Rosso , Phill Brown, Joyce Markham.

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Navigation wins top award

The Navigation has been voted Best Restaurant in Northamptonshire in the annual ‘Bookatable Awards’, organised by the largest online reservation service.

The Bookatable Awards give accolades to restaurants across 15 counties in the UK. All reviews on the site are left by verified Bookatable diners; only people who have dined at the restaurant can leave a review.

The Navigation’s owners, Akeman Inns, have been named as the highest ranked Pub Company in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For awards.

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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 are that they must be 70 years of age or over, have lived in Castlethorpe for at least 2 years, be living alone and not be in any paid employment. Existing beneficiaries will continue to receive their share of the income. .

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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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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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Chairman’s Report to the Annual Village Meeting, held on 4 April 2016

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 4 April. The full report is published here and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

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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

If you’re thinking of using the Village Hall for a function, you can check the availability by clicking here.

To book the Hall please contact Sara Montague on 07812 070537 or email her at soldierblue4@hotmail.com.

Further information and a booking form can be found here.

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