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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MK crime figures lowest for 15 years despite Hanslope burglaries

The end of year crime figures for Milton Keynes Local Policing Area (LPA) show that overall crime figures are at their lowest in 15 years.

The figures for between April 2012 and March 2013 show that there have been 1,088 fewer victims of crime and the numbers of crime have dropped from 19,406 in the previous year to 18,318.

Det Supt Barry Halliday, Local Area Commander, said: “I’m pleased to say that we have seen a six percent decrease in all crime this year. This reduction is evidence of the work that we have been doing throughout the year with our partners to ensure that Milton Keynes is a safe place in which to live, work and play.”

However there have been a spate of burglaries in Hanslope recently in which cars were stolen. The first took place in Cuckoo Hill Rise between 9:15pm and 4:20am during the night of April 9-10. The offenders gained entry to the property by forcing the panel on a door. A purse, car keys and a black VW Scirocco were stolen.

The second took place in Manor Close between 10:45pm on 9 April and 6:15am on 10 April. The offenders gained entry to the property by forcing the rear patio door. Small electrical items, a purse, car keys and a black VW Touareg V6 TDI were stolen.

And on 13 April between 1am and 9:30am the front kitchen window of a property on Long Street was forced open. The burglars searched a small unit of drawers and found several sets of keys. They used one of the keys to steal a Black Audi S3 Quattro which was parked on the driveway. They also took several other items including a handbag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Milton Keynes CID on 101.

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Arriva bus fares in MK increased

Arriva have increased fares on their bus services in Milton Keynes. but in an attempt to try and level out these increases, they have introduced return fares for the first time. By doing this, a passenger purchasing this option will actually avoid the increase. However from Sunday 27 April Arriva Saver tickets will not be accepted on services operated by Red Rose Travel, Redline Buses, Vale Travel and Z & S Transport (who operate the 33 service through Castlethorpe).

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Bank Holiday rubbish collections

There will be some changes to the weekly rubbish collection over the Easter, May and Spring
Bank Holidays.

The revised schedule is:

The collection scheduled for Good Friday April 18 will be on Saturday April 19
The one for Friday April 25 will be on Saturday April 26
Friday May 2 as normal

May Bank Holiday
Friday May 9 will be on Saturday May 10
Fridays May 16 and 23 as normal

Spring Bank Holiday
Friday May 30 will be on Saturday May 31
Normal collections resume on Friday June 6

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Holy Week services at the church

This is the programme of services at the church over Holy Week:

April 13 Palm Sunday
8.00am Said Mass at Hanslope
9.30am Sung Mass at Castlethorpe
11.00am Procession & Sung Mass at Hanslope
(starting on the Market Square)
6.00pm Evening Prayer at Castlethorpe

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Castlethorpe News is now online to download

The printed March issue of Castlethorpe News has been delivered to very house in the village, but if you have mislaid your copy you can download a pdf version to read on your computer or tablet by clicking here







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Our school is outstanding, says Ofsted

The parents knew it. The children knew it. The staff knew it. Now Ofsted knows it! Castlethorpe First School has just been judged to be an Outstanding school in their latest Ofsted report.

The report shows that 100% of pupils attained Level 2 or above in the key stage 1 reading, writing and mathematics assessments, putting the school in the top 20 per cent of schools in the country. And the inspector found that the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management were all outstanding.

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Quad bikes stolen

A quad bike and chainsaw were stolen from an outbuilding in Tatthall End, Hanslope, between 6:30pm on 19 March and 7:15am on 20 March, Thames Valley police report.

Also on the same date between 6pm on 19 March and 6:50am on 20 March a quad bike and trailer were stolen from an address in Filgrave.

Anyone with any information are asked to contact the police on their non-emergency phone number 101.

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Hanslope wind turbine height reduced

IEP Ltd, the consultants behind the proposed wind turbine at Malt Mill Farm – the eventing centre in Hanslope – have issued an update about the project which reveals that after consultations and comments from local people the height of the generator hub is being reduced from 60 metres to 40 metres, reducing the tip height of the blades from 87 metres to 67 metres (220ft). This is 32.5 metres lower than the turbine planned for Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe, which has a tip height of 99.5 metres (326ft).

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Need help sorting out a dispute?

Are you involved in an uncomfortable situation? Do you feel angry, frightened, intimidated and isolated? Do you need support? Does the other person know how you feel? Have you tried talking to whoever else is involved?

Mediation Works MK offer a free, impartial, confidential and independent service to enable people who are in dispute to work together to reach agreements by establishing understanding based on just listening and talking to each other. For more information contact them on 01908 200828

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Castlethorpe's very own charity

The Castlethorpe Charity for the Poor/Church was constituted in 1894 by Lady (Dame Bridget) Tyrrill to provide for both the Poor of Castlethorpe and for the Church and is registered with the Charities Commission under no. 233681.

Its aim is to provide for items such as “…coal, clothing, linen, bedding, fuel, tools, medical or AID in Sickness, Food or other articles in kind…” and “…temporary relief in money, by way of loan or otherwise, in cases of unexpected loss or sudden destitution…” and potential beneficiaries must have lived in the village for at least 2 years, be 60 years of age or over and live alone, but as from this year the age of entitlement will be raised to 65 years of age with an additional proviso that beneficiaries are not working.

You can read more about the charity here

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Protect your car from the cat thieves

Thames Valley Police are warning there has been an increase in the theft of catalytic converters across Milton Keynes and extending into the village locations such as Castlethorpe. People carriers, 4×4s and larger vehicles which are higher off the ground are particularly at risk. It takes a thief about 90 seconds to unscrew the securing bolts or cut the exhaust and walk away with your converter.

To help combat this the police, in conjunction with the Milton Keynes Community Safety Partnership, have started a catalytic converter marking initiative, which costs just £10 and only takes a few minutes to complete.

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Big turnout at turbine planning inquiry

There was a large turnout of villagers at the planning inquiry hearing on Wednesday February 5 into the appeal by JAJ Sawbridge Ltd over their planning application for a 99.5 metre high wind turbine at Lodge Farm, at which the planning inspector heard arguments from JAJ Sawbridge Ltd and Castlethorpe Parish Council and Care4Castlethorpe, who are opposing the turbine. Many residents of Hanslope, Haversham and Cosgrove were also there to express their concerns.

The planning inspector carried out a visit to the site of the proposed turbine the following day, accompanied by Castlethorpe Parish Council chairman Philip Ayles, representatives from Care4Castlethorpe, Philip Sawbridge from JAJ Sawbridge Ltd and their planning consultants.

The inspector will make another unaccompanied visit to the area shortly so he can look at the situation of the turbine in the context of the landscape in more detail and is expected to announce his decision some time in April.

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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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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:
06:13 (except Saturdays), 07:44, 09:14, 10:14, 11:14, 12:14, 13:14, 14:14, 15:14, 16:14, 17:29, 18:29 and 19:26*
(* to Wolverton only).

Buses to Northampton leave at:
07:21 (07:34 on Saturdays), 09:31, 10:31, 11:31, 12:31, 13:31, 14:31, 15:36*, 16:31, 17:41 and 18:41*
(* to Hartwell only)

A 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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Superfast broadband update

As you may remember from the article in the September Castlethorpe News, Milton Keynes Council signed a contract with BT last August to provide financial support to upgrade exchanges to superfast broadband (which means speeds of over 25Mbps) in areas, mostly rural, where it was not commercially viable for BT to do so by itself.

Castlethorpe village and most of the parish (but not the most northerly area towards Grafton Regis) will be upgraded between April and September 2015. This is subject to survey but it is not expected to change much

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