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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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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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:

Monday to Friday
06:13 07:14 07:42 09:14 10:14 11:14 12:14 13:14 14:14 15:14 16:14 16:14 17:29 18:29 19:25*

07:44 09:14 10:14 11:14 12:14 13:14 14:14 15:14 16:14 17:29 18:29 19:25*
(*Wolverton only).

Buses from the CMK Food Centre towards Castlethorpe leave at:

Monday to Friday
06:47 08:57 09:57 10:57 11:57 12:57 13:57 15:07 16:07 17:07 18:07

07:05 08:57 09:57 10:57 11:57 12:57 13:57 15:07 16:07 17:07 18:07

Buses to Northampton leave at:

Monday to Friday
07:21 09:31 10:31 11:31 12:31 13:31 14:31 15:42 16:42 17:42 18:42*

07:34 09:31 10:31 11:31 12:31 13:31 14:31 15:42 16:42 17:42 1842*
(*Hartwell only)

Buses from Northampton to Castlethorpe leave at:

Monday to Friday
08:29 09:30 10:25 11:29 12:25 13:29 14:25 15:25 15:29 16:40 17:40 18:40 with additional services departing from Hartwell at 06:00 07:01 07:26

08:29 09:30 10:25 11:29 12:25 13:29 14:25 15:29 16:40 17:40 18:40, with an additional service departing from Hartwell at 07:31

There is no service on Sundays

A pdf 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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Satellite town proposal document

People have been asking where they can read the full satellite town proposal by Gallagher Estates. You can download it at http://miltonkeynes-consult.objective.co.uk/file/4084041 It’s 168 pages long and the actual details of what they want are in Appendix 1, which starts on Page 27.

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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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Key safe link to village burglaries

There have been two more burglaries in the village this year. The same method was used to gain access to the houses in both cases, which was to break open a key safe and then use the keys.

The police have said that they normally regard key safes as secure but suggest that, if you do have a key safe, you might wish to relocate it to somewhere that’s not so visible and only leave keys in it when it is necessary. Obviously, if it is used for external visitors, such as medical or support services, you need to let them know of the new location.

The investigating officer also says that anyone knocking on doors and asking for someone who does not live there is suspicious so please phone up the 101 number and describe the persons. Footwear is apparently always a good point to look at. Most people can change their clothes and jacket but not the make of trainer or shoe. No so many people apparently have a change of footwear. The police repeat that they would rather come out to a false alarm than an actual burglary.

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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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Chairman's report to the Annual Village Meeting

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 4 April. The full report is published here and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

Once again, the parish council has had a very busy year both with activities we directly control and cajoling MKC to do things for us.

We have had a big push to get our Neighbourhood Plan completed as this has been running for some time now. The parish council consultations have completed and the final MKC consultation will end on 13th April. An independent External Examiner will be appointed on the advice of our consultant, we have put two names forward who have experience of plans like ours and, assuming no major problems, we should be able to hold a referendum this summer. The Neighbourhood Plan will protect certain areas of the village from residential development as ‘Green Space’ or ‘Community Assets’ including anywhere outside the settlement boundary, it will ensure developments and extensions are consistent with existing design in other areas and it designates the field next to Paddock Close (‘Maltings 2’) for the development of about 30 houses of which 9 will be ‘affordable’.

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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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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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Calling all first aiders

Richard Bradley, Castlethorpe’s communuity first responder, has asked us to post this request for other volunteers to become CFRs to help save lives in the event of an emergency:

If you would like to register your interest without committing to anything other than an email from Richard with more details, please drop him a line with the title ‘Castlethorpe CFR’ to Richard734@yahoo.com

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Do you need help with rent, moving home or emergencies?

If you are having difficulty paying your rent or Council Tax, or need financial help with moving home or an emergency you may be able to claim extra help from Milton Keynes Council.

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