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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Revealed: The historic secrets of Castlethorpe

Castlethorpe Historical Society will be holding its very first evening talk in the Village Hall on Thursday January 29. The subject is historic Castlethorpe and there will be some interesting new facts revealed about historic finds in the village and new insights and thinking about its origins. Plus there’s a special showing of the legendary short film about Castle Field featuring the late, great Mike “Henry” Massey … and some hilarious out-takes! Admission is free to members and £2 to non-members.

Membership of the society is now open to everyone for just £5 a year. If you’d like to become a member you can join on the night (and save the £2 admission fee!), otherwise please contact the Membership Secretary, Mick Mullens, on 01908 510655 or email him at brassmichael@yahoo.co.uk

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Open Gardens meeting on February 19

Castlethorpe Open Gardens committee are holding an Open Meeting to which everyone is invited in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday February 19.

The Committee are preparing for the event which will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. Please come along to the meeting to hear the proposals for this year’s event.

The committee are looking for people willing to open their garden on one or both days. The gardens do not have to be perfectly manicured (it is not a competition) but just to provide layout and plant ideas of interest to the visitors. Although it is hoped those who have previously participated will do so again new participants will be especially welcomed.

We would also welcome those who are not able to open their garden but are willing to help with the organisation such as the distribution of leaflets, catering in the Village Hall etc.

There will also be a Scarecrow Trail, so those of you with an imaginative mind, please put your name forward to participate.

For more information please contact Keith Prestidge on 01908 510583 or keithprestidge@hotmail.co.uk or Ann Foakes on 01908 510698 or annfoakes@btinternet.com

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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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Mobile Library dates

The Mobile Library will be visiting Castlethorpe on these Thursdays, parked near Acorn Nursery in South Street from 11.40 am-noon and outside 3 The Chequers from 12.05-12.20 pm:

January 22
February 5

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Have your say on MK's £22m budget cuts

Here’s an important message from Milton Keynes Council about their plans for big budget cuts.

Milton Keynes Council has started a consultation on the budget for 2015-2016 and they need to listen your input to help us make those difficult decisions, help us understand what services you value most and how we can work together in changing the way we work.

A series of public roadshows are happening across the borough which everyone is invited to attend. The final two dates are:

Thursday 22 January, 6.30pm-8pm. Oxley Park Community Centre,
Thursday 29 January 5.30pm-7pm. St Mary and St Giles Parish Hall, Stony Stratford,

There is also one final opportunity to attend the Budget Review Group meetings which are open to the public to listen to councillor discussions on the budget proposals on:

21 January 2015 : 6.30 pm at Civic Offices in Council Chamber

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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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How to book the Village Hall

To book the Village Hall please contact Geraldine Sweetland on 01908 511231 or 07803 583491 or email her at geraldine.sweetland@hotmail.co.uk

In certain circumstances she may not be able to get back to you for a few days. If the enquiry is urgent please contact Yvonne on 01908510474.

Further information and a booking form can be found here.

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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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Discounts as St Andrews bookshop closes

The Wolverton branch of St Andrews bookshop will close at the end of February when its lease expires. But as a thank you to all their customers and supporters, they’re discounting most items by 25% from the beginning of January – there are a few exceptions, such as candles, communion requisites, gift tokens and pre-existing multiple offers.

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Time to get your flu vaccination

A seasonal message from Milton Keynes NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Milton Keynes Council

NEVER ASSUME THAT YOU WILL NEVER GET FLU AND DON’T NEED A VACCINE!

FIGHT FLU TOGETHER

Simple flu can worsen and cause:
• Chest infection and emergency hospitalisation;
• Serious infection in the brain, spinal cord, ears and tonsils;
• All these complications may lead to death.

BE SAFE – Get the flu vaccine

Ring your GP or contact your local pharmacy for more details

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Parish Survey – First Results

A brief report on the preliminary results of the recent Parish Survey appeared in the latest edition of Castlethorpe News, which you should have received through your door. This is a more detailed analysis of the results. When all the data has been fully collated it will be used to help draw up the new Parish Plan and Neighbourhood Plan in due course

139 responses were received to the village survey. Although this is lower than the responses to the 2008 survey, it is still a good response and many thanks to those who replied. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee, which consists of residents as well as parish councillors, has yet to work its way through all the responses and comments – there were quite a few! However, here are the results…

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Safety Centre needs your help

Would you like an exciting and rewarding experience! The Safety Centre are looking for volunteer guides.

As a guide you will have fun taking small groups of primary aged children (6-12 years) around an interactive centre which looks like a mini film set as you can see above. They will train you and provide your travel expenses – and it’s excellent to put on your CV.

If you’re interested contact Val Williams 01908 263009 or email info@safetycentre.co.uk to arrange a visit or just a chat.

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Plans for solar farm at Lodge Farm

Plans for a solar farm at Lodge Farm business centre have been submitted to Milton Keynes Council. JAJ Sawbridge Ltd want to build it in land near the business centre by the railway track and it should not be visible from Waolverton Road or the village.

The company, whose plans for a 99.5 metre high wind turbine nearby were turned down by a Planning Inspector in July, propose to install 16 rows of solar photo voltaic (PV) panels facing southwards so they capture the most sunlight. The maximum height will be 3 metres (10ft) and the maximum amount of electricity generated would be 500Kw

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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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