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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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.

Cleaner wanted for the Village Hall

Castlethorpe Village Hall Committee are seeking a part-time cleaner for the Village Hall for approximately 10 hours per week during weekdays, with additional hours at weekends depending on Hall bookings. We would be willing to split the post into two — a weekday cleaner and a weekend cleaner — if necessary and also invite tenders from locally-based cleaning companies. Bookings at the hall mean that the cleaning work will need to be done in the late afternoon/early evening on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Saturday and Sunday hours are dependent on weekend bookings. An application form which can be filled in online, then printed out (or alternatively printed out and filled in by hand) can be found here.

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Roads closed 24/7 at the Dips and in Hanslope

The road at Devils Dip will be closed 24 hours a day in both directions from 9.30 am on Monday 16 October until 4.30pm on Friday 20 October. It will then reopen and remain open for the whole of the following week.

Long Street Road in Hanslope will close at 9.30 am on Monday 23 October and will remain closed in both directions 24 hours a day until midnight on Sunday 29th October unless the works are completed before this time. It will reopen for works traffic on Monday 29 October.

The road at Devils Dip will close at 9.30am on Monday 30th October and will remain closed 24 hours a day in both directions until Friday 3rd November 4.30pm. It will then reopen for the weekend. It is possible that, dependent on the progress of work, there may need to be traffic lights on Monday of the following week, 6 November, but this will depend on progress made during the complete closures.

For more details please contact ward councillor Andrew Geary via email on Andrew.geary@milton-Keynes.gov.uk or Nick Brown, lead officer at MKC on Nick.brown@milton-Keynes.gov.uk

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Historical Society special public meeting

There will be an extraordinary general public meeting of Castlethorpe Historical Society in the Village Hall on Monday 30 October, starting at 7.30 pm, and everyone in the village and surrounding villages is invited. The topic will be should the society close due to the lack of help from villagers or shall we soldier on with new volunteers joining us. Please tell your friends and neighbours about it.

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Villagers vote Yes to Neighbourhood Plan

Castlethorpe has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new Neighbourhood Plan in the Referendum. The number of votes in favour was 336 (92.8%) and against 26 (7.2%). The turnout was also high at 43.2% of the total electorate and there were no spoiled or rejected ballot papers.

The result of the poll, which asked, “Do you want Milton Keynes Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Castlethorpe Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” will now go to MKC to decide if they will adopt it so it becomes part of planning policy.

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Seniors Christmas Dinner

Plans are well under way for the 2017 Seniors Annual Christmas Dinner and Entertainment which will be held in the Village Hall on the 2nd December, doors open at 12.45 up.m. for 1 p.m. Individual invitations will be sent out the first week in November with replies due back by the 18th November please.

There will be the usual Christmas meal followed by entertainment and the raffle. If anyone would like to contribute a prize for the raffle we would be most grateful.

Many thanks.

Margaret Chapman
Castlethorpe Village Show and Seniors Christmas celebration

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MK50 – The People’s Story: FREE Film-making training

Are you a budding film maker? Are you up for a new challenge? Are you interested in learning new skills? Living Archive is offering FREE film-making training for up to 10 people, aged 18 upwards.
The training is a part of a major new project, MK50 – The People’s Story celebrating Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday. You will help record and film the public’s memories and stories from people who have lived or worked in or around Milton Keynes over the last 50 years.

You will receive training in interview techniques, camera operation, editing and documentary film, providing a grounding to interview people about their stories of Milton Keynes. By the end of the project you will have interviewed, shot, edited and delivered short, 2-4 minute documentary films, with the support of a professional film maker.

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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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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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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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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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