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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Can you help with new WW1 film?

Joanna Barclay, the wife of former High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Joe Barclay, is leading the research on a new film project which seeks to commemorate how the First World War impacted on the county of Buckinghamshire – ‘The Home Front Story’.

If any of you have material — stories, photographs, documents, film footage, correspondence, cartoons, advertisements, propaganda, company records etc — relevant to that period and particular to the county of Buckinghamshire which you feel should be included in this film, please get in touch with Joanna at Joannabarclay2@gmail.com.

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Crime goes down in Milton Keynes

Despite the recent problems in Castlethorpe, the end-of-year crime figures for Milton Keynes Local Policing Area (LPA) show that overall crime figures are continuing to decline. The figures for the 12 months between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 show that there were 130 fewer crimes than in the previous 12-month period.

However the police are urging all motorists to fit security screws to their numberplates following recent thefts of plates from cars. These are simple anti-theft devices which can easily be fitted in place with a screwdriver to replace existing screws, but cannot be removed using standard tools. It is important that the correct size of screw is used for the pre-existing screw holes and application. Security screws are available from high street automotive accessories outlets.

You can have security screws fitted free of charge at Halfords Autocentre, 10 Duncombe Street, Bletchley, MK2 2LY. Phone 01908 270476 to arrange an appointment (please note that number plates cannot be supplied during the fitting process and if required should be purchased in advance).

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Puddings & Pancakes raises a tasty £250

Cookies and Crumbs update: A big “thank you” from Judith Goodger to everyone who came along to sample the puddings and pancakes in the Village Hall — and to the terrific team, pictured right with some of the goodies, who are Cookies and Crumbs.

The event raised £250 for two very worthy charities, which means £125 each for Willen Hospice and Cancer Research.

To all who didn’t make it keep your eyes peeled for the next one!

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Speeding: The true figures revealed

Despite the feeling of the many villagers who have posted on the Castlethorpe Facebook page that vehicles are speeding in large numbers through the village, an analysis of the actual figures recorded by the SIDs (Speed Indication Devices) used in the village shows that in fact very few drivers seem to be exceeding the speed limit.

The percentage of vehicles speeding (where we have recorded) is actually very low, with the highest number being 2.2% of vehicles but typically around 1% or lower speeding vehicles.

Vehicle speeds are slightly higher if the SID is covered/blanked but still well below the ‘85th percentile’ (v85) of 38mph, which is the police intervention (i.e. speed gun deployment) measure level.

The highest speed recorded is 46mph but this is unusual. Most weeks show only a handful of vehicles exceeding 40mph and often none.

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High speed broadband update

You may have noticed work going on next to the green telephone cabinet on the triangle. This is the installation of the new cabinet for superfast broadband. You may also have noticed a similar cabinet being installed at Long Street in Hanslope. This is great news for the upgrade of the Hanslope exchange to superfast broadband which was promised for this summer.

Martyn Smith, the MKC programme manager for rural broadband, says that he doesn’t yet have a “go live” date as various certifications and other technical activities need to be completed. He is, however, meeting with BT Openreach weekly and will keep us updated.

Martyn is also coming to the next Area Forum which is at 7.30pm on 21st May at The Reading Room, Stoke Goldington, and everyone is welcome to come along.

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Lock up and stay safe, say police

Thames Valley Police logged 98 records on its Command and Control system relating to the Parish of Castlethorpe between April 1 2014 and March 31 this year. These include 64 miscellaneous incidents that could range from suspicious circumstances, complaints against police, fear for someone’s welfare etc but which aren’t crimes.

There have been two further suspicious incidents in the village since the brginning of April in which it looks like someone may have been trying to break in to the Carrington Arms.

Kirsty Martinson, our local PCSO, said: “Please be extra vigilant and make sure that all doors and windows are locked when you go out or even just upstairs. ANYTHING or ANYBODY that looks dodgy — call it in no matter how small. We would rather come out and check something that turns out to be nothing than for it turn out to be something and it not be reported.

“If you know anybody who would like a security assessment around their homes feel free to send them my way. I am more than happy to go to their homes and go through their security with them.”

You can contact Kirsty at Kirsty.Martinson@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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The elections: Who the candidates are

As you know the General Election, Borough Council Election, Parish Council Elections and a Milton Keynes-wide Referendum are being held on Thursday May 7. EU citizens, (other than those from the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta), can vote in local elections but are not entitled to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

Polling stations — ours is Castlethorpe Village Hall — will be open from 7am to 10pm. Your vote matters so if you are going to be away on polling day you can apply for a postal vote.

Parish Council
There were seven candidates for the seven Castlethorpe Parish Council seats, so that means that we won’t be voting for parish councillors as it is an uncontested election. The seven are all the six sitting members – Phil Ayles, Dave Hinds, John Keane, Ian Markham, Luke Stacey and Geraldine Sweetland – as well as Russell Forgham from South Street, who is the village website webmaster and editor of Castlethorpe News, among other things.

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Can you help make VE Day +70 a day to remember?

VE Day 70th Anniversary Celebrations….Discussions are taking place among a group of villagers for this event and we need your help!

Do you have any photos from the original VE Day celebrations held in the village that you would be prepared to lend us to make a display from? We would happily copy the photos so you would not lose your originals. Also do you have memories of the day that maybe you could write down for us so others could read?

Please pass the word around to your neighbours and friends and help us to make a fantastic display on the day.Please contact Judith Goodger on the village Facebook page or drop her a line …most of you know her. Thanks in anticipation…and put the date Saturday May 9 in your diary everyone!

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Bin day changes over May Bank Holiday

The rubbish collections due on Friday 8 May will be on Saturday 9 May. Normal collections resume on Friday 15 May

Late Spring Bank Holiday
The collection due on Friday 29 May will be on Saturday 30 May

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Summer tennis coaching courses

The Castlethorpe Village Tennis Coaching Programme is back, with 12-week Summer Courses between the week commencing 13 April and the week of 6 July (excluding the week commencing 25 May). The courses are held as follows:

CV01: Wednesday 10.00-11.30, Adult Coaching £96
CV02: Friday 16.30-17.15, 4-8 Yrs Old Red £48
CV03: Friday 17.15-18.00, 8-10 Yrs Old Orange £48
CV04: Friday 18.00-19.00, 11+ Yrs Old Green/Yellow £64
CV05: Friday 19.00-20.30, Adult Coaching £96
CV06: Saturday 10.00-10.45, 4-8 Yrs Old Red £48
CV07: Saturday 10.45-11.30, 8-10 Yrs Old Orange £48
CV08: Saturday 11.30-12.30, 11+ Yrs Old Green/Yellow £64

For more details please contact: Matt Evans Tel: 07912945626 Email:getcoaching@hotmail.co.uk or Sarah Evans Email: sarah-getcoaching@outlook.com Cheques should be made payable to: Matt Evans. Split payment can be made by post-dated cheque – please contact Matt directly for more details.

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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 to be made in December 2015, the criteria for any new beneficiary is that they will have lived in the village for at least 2 years, be 70 years of age or over and live alone and not be in any paid employment. It should be noted however that if you were included in the 2014 distribution and still qualify that you will continue to receive a distribution.

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Notice of election: Parish Councillors

NOTICE OF ELECTION

Milton Keynes Council Election of Parish Councillors for the Parish listed below:

Castlethorpe – Seven

1. Forms of nomination for the Parish Election may be obtained from Clerk to Parish Council or Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 9th April 2015.
3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 7th May 2015.
4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 21st April 2015.
5. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 28th April 2015.
6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 28th April 2015, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ by 5 pm on Thursday, 7th May 2015

Dated Friday 20 March 2015
Carole Mills, Returning Officer
Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

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Notice of Election: Borough Councillors

NOTICE OF ELECTION

Milton Keynes Council Election of Borough Councillors for the Wards listed below

Newport Pagnell North & Hanslope — One
Bletchley East — One
Bletchley Park — One
Newport Pagnell South — One
Bletchley West One Olney — One
Bradwell One Shenley Brook End — One
Broughton One Stantonbury — One
Campbell Park & Old Woughton — One
Stony Stratford — One
Central Milton Keynes — One
Tattenhoe — One
Danesborough & Walton — One
Wolverton — One
Loughton & Shenley — One
Woughton & Fishermead — One
Monkston — One

1. Forms of nomination for Borough Elections may be obtained at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 9th April 2015.
3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 7th May 2015.
4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 21st April 2015.
5. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 28th April 2015.
6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 28th April 2015, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ by 5 pm on Thursday, 7th May 2015

Dated Friday 20 March 2015
Carole Mills, Returning Officer
Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

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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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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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