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 and 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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Cricket Club seeking new players

As reigning South Northants Cricket League Division One T20 Champions, Castlethorpe Cricket Club is looking to strengthen its squad to build on last season’s success. The club plays 40 over matches on Saturdays and mid-week T20 cup matches in the SNCL and arranges friendly matches on Sundays to encourage the development of current and new cricketers. For more information click on “Read more” below

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Man charged over Castlethorpe burglaries

A man has been charged and remanded in connection with the recent burglaries in Shepperton Close, South Street and Thrupp Close, Castlethorpe.

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Castlethorpe leads food recycling race

There’s good news for Castlethorpe in Milton Keynes Council’s Recycle and Reward scheme.

The average tonnage for the last 3 Decembers (2013-2015) of food and garden waste collected in Castlethorpe was 4.34t. The tonnage collected during December 2016 was 8.37t, an increase of 4.03t (92.86%)

There were some funny fluctuations in the tonnages collected across the borough but as it stands at the moment, Castlethorpe is in line for the bonus payment, and having made the biggest increase so far, the Gold Award has Castlethorpe’s name on it! There are still two more months to go so it’s all subject to change, but what a great start! Well done – and keep putting your food waste in the green bin, not the black sack..

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Duck Race raises £11,960

The 2016 Castlethorpe Duck Race and Fun Dog Show raised an amazing £11,960.50, according to the the final figures which have just been released. The money will be used to fund the new toilet facility which is planned in the village Church.

The date has also been set for the 2018 Duck Race: Sunday June 3rd 2018

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Draft Plan:MK proposes 6,000 houses between Castlethorpe and Haversham

MK Council have published their preferred option for the expansion of MK over the next 20 years.

Fortunately, the satellite settlement concept is not being pursued in Plan:MK but they have decided on a completely new option, “urban expansion”, which is based on the Gallaghers proposal and will obliterate Haversham. It proposes to build 6,000 houses on land running from the boundary with Castlethorpe and Hanslope which is the stream which runs behind Hanslope Park, down to The Dips and on along to the railway line. So the fields on Pikes Farm which we see as we drive to the Dips will be housing.

The housing area then extends eastwards right up to the M1 on the Haversham / Gayhurst road. It includes two new grid roads, one to run from the roundabout by Old Wolverton Road near the station and a second one from near the New Bradwell waste and recycling site going right through the new park area built as a planning condition for a new estate nearby.

The lead in the fight against these plans will be led by an Action Group called Protect Rural MK and Haversham Parish Council with support from the parish councils in Castlethorpe and Hanslope and residents.

Click here for the Protect Rural MK Facebook page or here to join the group.

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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. Please confirm your booking with Sara before making any arrangements for entertainers or outside catering etc.

Further information and a booking form can be found here.

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Route 33 bus timetables

Click on “read more” for a complete timetable for the Route 33 bus between Northampton, Castlethorpe and Milton Keynes. You can also download it as a pdf by clicking on “Public Papers & Forms” in the index on the right and scrolling down to “Other Documents”.

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Foster carers needed

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Community First Responder's annual report

As the Castlethorpe & Hanslope CFR scheme reaches the end of its third year of operation, I thought now might be a good time to share a couple of numbers with you, so you can see what your support has provided:

282 calls attended since Jan 2014 to November 2016
2176 volunteer hours given Jan 2014 to November 2016

I also wanted to mention a couple of highlights since the last update. I have received a number of generous donations toward the running of our local scheme, including £100 from Castlethorpe Parish Council, £1,000 from Hanslope Parish council, and £350 from a collection held by Lesley and Graham from Bullington End Road during their joint birthday party. Thank you all for your support.

I have mentioned before that change was coming, and there have been a couple of significant …

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Village Show update

The Village Show was held early in September and attracted a wide variety of produce from local people with with “green fingers”, cakes from the village’s “Mary Berrys” and stunning arts and crafts from some very creative people.

The auction at the end of the day was officiated as usual by Ian Markham, who did an amazing job at selling and raising the funds for the Christmas meal and entertainment for the seniors of the village, which is being held on December 3.

The winners were Ellie Ward (Ladies & Youth Cup), Dylan Ward (Child’s Cup), Gary Stanesby (Men’s Cup), Keith Prestidge (Pensioners Cup) and Jacqueline Gommon (Best in Show), pictured. Sadly, though, we are seeing a slow drop in numbers and entrants, and almost no children entering the show, and without support from the villagers the show could come to an end.

We desperately need new members on the committee. Without new members the existing three able-bodied members will be unable to continue and this could see the end of the show and the Christmas meal.

We have two events per year and we meet once a quarter to plan these, so it’s not very time-consuming.

If you are able to help please contact me on 01908 511558.

Melanie Sumner
Chair, Village Show Committee

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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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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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MK Councillors contact details

The three MK Councillors for the Newport Pagnell North and Hanslope ward, which includes Castlethorpe, are:

Andrew Geary
Phone: 01908 510227 Email: andrew.geary@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Jeannette Green
Phone: 07970 062885 Email: jeannette.green@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Lynn Patey-Smith
Phone: 07920 443264 Email: lynn.patey-smith@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Want to stop smoking? Here's some help

Milton Keynes Council’s specialist stop smoking advisors offer one to one appointments in clinics across Milton Keynes with support and products to help anyone who wants to quit smoking. Services of the 12 week programme are free to everyone and those who are exempt from prescription charges will also get products to help them quit for free (those that pay will pay just £8.05 standard prescription fee per fortnight for their products).

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Castlethorpe facts and figures

Here are some interesting facts and figures about Castlethorpe, taken from the results of the 2011 Census, Defra and Land Registry figures:

People: On Census Day 2011, the parish’s population was 1,045, 47.9% male and 52.1% female, living in 440 households. There were 205 children under 16, 695 adults of working age and 145 people over the age of 65, with 55 of them living by themselves.

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