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.

Click for a map of Castlethorpe, take a walk around Castlethorpe,

visit Historic Castlethorpe, train enthusiasts can visit our local Rail enthusiast website, see the local BBC Weather Forecast and you can also join us on Facebook

Refuse collection day this week is Friday.

Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan Referendum information

A Referendum relating to the adoption of the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 21 September 2017.

The question which will be asked in the Referendum is: “Do you want Milton Keynes Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Castlethorpe to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The Referendum area is identified on the map within the Information Statement which is available below. This is the same as the designated Neighbourhood Plan area for Castlethorpe.

Residential Referendum

A person is entitled to vote in the Residential Referendum if, on 21 September 2017:

  • he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area and
  • his or her qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered.

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Castlethorpe is champion runner-up in Best Kept Village awards

Castlethorpe has been awarded runner-up in its class in the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Best Kept Village competition, losing out to Cuddington in the villages with populations of between 500 and 1,500. But we were named Best Runner-Up in all the classes and won the Dashwood Trophy. Cuddington was awarded the Sword of Excellence as the best overall winner.

Many thanks goes to Geraldine Sweetland for all her hard work making it all happen and also the small number of volunteers who got the village looking so good. So let’s keep our village looking spick and span and everyone please pick up any bits of rubbish you see in the street, especially in front of your homes.

Richard Pushman, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition, comments: “Our popular Best Kept Village Competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages. It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment. The Best Kept Village competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained. The competition is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts.”

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Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan goes to referendum

The Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan is at long last ready for referendum! Milton Keynes Council have formally accepted the second External Examiner’s Report and made the associated changes to the draft Plan. The Plan is available from the Milton Keynes Council website or can be downloaded here

The referendum will be held on 21st September. The Parish Council have arranged an Open Session from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 5th August at the Village Hall. Parish Councillors will be available to clarify any aspects of the Plan and the developers of ‘Maltings 2’ (the field next to Paddock Close and Maltings Field), who have now submitted an outline planning application, will also provide some information boards.

This is an important step for our village and has taken far greater work than we expected when we started the journey. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 5th August and hope that you will give the Neighbourhood Plan your support on 21st September.

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Volunteers wanted urgently

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The Little Book of Cyber Scams

Thames Valley Police has teamed up with the Metropolitan Police to produce their own version of the Little Book of Cyber Scams, to give information and advice to you and local businesses.

The 40-page booklet covers a wide range of cyber and cyber-enabled threats, including malware and ransomware, social engineering attacks – where cyber-crime is made possible by someone gathering data deceitfully in person, by phone or email – denial of service attacks and data leakage.

It follows the successful Little Book of Big Scams, now in its third edition, and can be viewed and downloaded via the Thames Valley Police website

While some of the information is targeted at businesses, the advice is relevant to everyone and you should find it very useful.

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Recycling prize speeds up village improvements

Castlethorpe has won the Silver Prize of £3,000 in MK Council’s competition to find the area with the biggest increase in recycling food waste in the green bins. Well done to everyone who helped us Green Bin It to Win It by increasing the recycling by 31.56%! At its April meeting the Parish Council voted unanimously to use the money to top up the funding for improvements to the Conservation Area, including a major tidy-up all round, new “heritage style” lampposts to replace the existing modern ones and new benches for the village green. This means the work can now start much earlier than originally anticipated.

Milton Keynes Council’s Corporate Director – Place, Duncan Sharkey, presented a cheque for £3,235, which also includes the payment the village receives for the pro rata increase in green bin recycling, to the Parish Council’s Chair and Vice-Chair, Philip Ayles and John Keane, at a special ceremony in the Village Hall on May 3rd.

Wolverton and Greenleys won the £5,000 Gold Prize.

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Parish Council Chairman's annual report to the village

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 3 April. The full report is published here (click on “Read more” below) and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

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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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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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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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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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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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