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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First World War commemorative parade

There will be a commemorative parade and ceremony in Wolverton on Sunday August 10 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The parade assembles at the war memorial in The Square at 10.30am and sets off at 11am, with the Wolverton Town Band leading the parade to Mill Mead Hall. The special Commemorative Ceremony begins at 11.45am.

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Lodge Farm Turbine plan rejected

The Planning Inspector has turned down plans to build a 99.5 metre high wind turbine at Lodge Farm on the outskirts of the village.

In his judgement the inspector, Paul Griffiths, says he has taken note of the recent Court of Appeal decision about a plan for turbines at Barnwell Manor in Northamptonshire which said that the harm that would be caused to the settings of the listed buildings is a matter to which considerable importance and weight should be attached.

He was also concerned that the visual impact of the wind turbine would have a significant detrimental effect on the living conditions of occupiers of Nos.1 and 2, Lodge Farm Cottages in Wolverton Road, which are less than 500 metres from the planned site of the turbine.

Philip Ayles, Chairman of Castlethorpe Parish Council, said: “The parish council have worked hard to oppose this turbine and I am really pleased with the decision of the Inspector.

“We always said that the impact especially on the Lodge Farm cottages was unreasonable and we also note the impact on our local heritage assets.

“I’d like to thank all residents for their support and particularly those who were able to attend the Appeal hearing in February “.

You can download a pdf of the inspector’s full judgement by clicking here.

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Comments wanted on Wolverton Town Centre Plan

Although it doesn’t directly concern residents of Castlethorpe, Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council are inviting comments from people in the local area for the Pre-Submission Consultation on the revised draft Wolverton Town Centre Neighbourhood Plan, which runs until Tuesday August 26.

The full draft plan along with the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) and a comments form can be viewed or downloaded at http://bit.ly/1nvw2fp and may be seen at Wolverton Town Hall or at Wolverton, Stony Stratford or Central Milton Keynes Libraries (during normal opening hours).

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MP's mobile surgery on August 27

Mark Lancaster, the MP for Milton Keynes North, which includes Castlethorpe, will be holding a mobile surgery outside the Village Hall from 10.30-11.00am on Thursday August 27.

Mark is looking forward to meeting villagers and helping to resolve any issues they may raise.

If you would like more information, or need to contact Mark for any reason, call his constituency office on MK 686830 or email officeofmarklancaster@parliament.uk

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Thieves steal catalytic converter in village

Thieves alert: A catalytic converter has been stolen from underneath a vehicle in the village, so if you’ve got a 4×4, people carrier or a van please take extra care where you park.

Vehicles with a higher clearance such as people carriers, 4×4s and vans are targeted more than other vehicles as it is easier for criminals to get underneath and access the converters, meaning thefts can take as little as 60 seconds.

To help combat this Thames Valley 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.

How it works is an ultra destruct label is placed on a cooled catalytic converter and marking fluid applied. The engine is run to heat the catalytic converter thereby etching a unique number on it. The kits are also supplied with two warning labels to be displayed on the windows of the vehicle to act as a deterrent to thieves and help protect your propert

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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 19:25**
(* to Central Rail Station only; **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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Connect with your neighbours on the web

Streetlife is a website for local communities with the aim of helping people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours. More than 225,000 people across England currently use the site, and over the past few months thousands of residents across Milton Keynes have joined up. You can find out more at www.streetlife.com.

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Free training sessions to boost your skills

Works for Us (formerly MK Women & Work) have just started a free Rolling Training programme to help boost people’s confidence and skills. The sessions will be held at Works for Us, MK Central, Station Square, 500 Elder Gate, CMK, MK9 1BB. For more information phone Janice Jones on 01908 200186.

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Duck Race winning numbers

It was a wonderful, wonderful, day down by the river for the Duck Race. Around 3,000 people turned up and everyone had a tremendous time in glorious sunshine. Thank you to every single volunteer who have so freely given of their time to make the day so special and to Richard Sawbridge whose fields are used for this event.

The winning numbers are :
1. 979
2. 93
3. 99
4. 480
5. 23
6. 364
7. 891
8. 29
9. 917
10. 52

Thanks all!
Fr Gary

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Youth club night is changing

Wednesday night is a popular night it seems – so much so that a number of village youngsters found themselves unable to regularly attend Castlethorpe Youth Club as they would have liked, so thanks to help and support from the mid-week bowls club, the club will be changing its weekly night from Wednesday to Tuesday from Sept 2014. So after the summer break (the club is closed throughout August and the first week of September)it will restart on Tuesday September 9 and every Tuesday evening thereafter.

If you are interested in coming to youth club please look at the website and on the village notice boards to see what events are happening each week. On Wednesday July 16 they are having a BBQ at the Sports Ground which will also be a taster event for any village children going into Year 6 in September and then eligible to attend youth club. Mums and dads are welcome too!

If you would like to come along, meet the youth leaders and see what CYC is all about please phone Graham Daniels on MK 511061 – the club needs to make sure it has enough sausages on the barbie!

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Local council election results

Three Conservative councillors were elected in the local council elections on May 22 for the Newport Pagnell North and Hanslope ward, which includes Castlethorpe.

Our sitting councillor Andrew Geary topped the poll with 1,735 votes, followed by Jeannette Green with 1,550 and Lynn Patey-Smith with 1,347. UKIP’s Mark Newbold, came fourth with 1,095 votes.

If you need to get in touch with any of your three MK councillors, their contact details 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: TBA Email: lynn.patey-smith@milton-keynes .gov.uk

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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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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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