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 and 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.

Click for a map of Castlethorpe, take a walk around Castlethorpe,

visit Historic Castlethorpe, train enthusiasts can visit our local Rail enthusiast website, see the local BBC Weather Forecast and you can also join us on Facebook

Refuse collection day this week is Saturday.

Please respond to Plan:MK public consultation

You may be aware that there is a current consultation by MKC on a draft of Plan:MK. This is the Local Plan which, in an earlier pre-consultation draft, suggested 6,000 homes in Haversham.

Fortunately, we were able to argue for the removal of the 6,000 homes from the Plan. However, there is a risk of it being re-introduced either during the creation of the final version of this Plan which will take until late 2018 to complete or in the next revision around 2021.

The parish councils of Castlethorpe, Hanslope and Haversham have retained a consultant who has written a report on the draft Plan and the parish councils will endorse this in their response.

It is important to have a strong response from residents – it was the overwhelming response from residents across rural MK that played a pivotal role in removing the previous bright idea of satellite settlements. Responses must be received by MKC by 9th June.

Click on “Read more” below for some ideas for your response.

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Recycling prize speeds up village improvements

Castlethorpe has won the Silver Prize of £3,000 in MK Council’s competition to find the area with the biggest increase in recycling food waste in the green bins. Well done to everyone who helped us Green Bin It to Win It by increasing the recycling by 31.56%! At its April meeting the Parish Council voted unanimously to use the money to top up the funding for improvements to the Conservation Area, including a major tidy-up all round, new “heritage style” lampposts to replace the existing modern ones and new benches for the village green. This means the work can now start much earlier than originally anticipated.

Milton Keynes Council’s Corporate Director – Place, Duncan Sharkey, presented a cheque for £3,235, which also includes the payment the village receives for the pro rata increase in green bin recycling, to the Parish Council’s Chair and Vice-Chair, Philip Ayles and John Keane, at a special ceremony in the Village Hall on May 3rd.

Wolverton and Greenleys won the £5,000 Gold Prize.

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Parish Council Chairman's annual report to the village

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 3 April. The full report is published here (click on “Read more” below) and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

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Cricket Club seeking new players

As reigning South Northants Cricket League Division One T20 Champions, Castlethorpe Cricket Club is looking to strengthen its squad to build on last season’s success. The club plays 40 over matches on Saturdays and mid-week T20 cup matches in the SNCL and arranges friendly matches on Sundays to encourage the development of current and new cricketers. For more information click on “Read more” below

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Duck Race raises £11,960

The 2016 Castlethorpe Duck Race and Fun Dog Show raised an amazing £11,960.50, according to the the final figures which have just been released. The money will be used to fund the new toilet facility which is planned in the village Church.

The date has also been set for the 2018 Duck Race: Sunday June 3rd 2018

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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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Route 33 bus timetables

Click on “read more” for a complete timetable for the Route 33 bus between Northampton, Castlethorpe and Milton Keynes. You can also download it as a pdf by clicking on “Public Papers & Forms” in the index on the right and scrolling down to “Other Documents”.

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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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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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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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Milton Keynes Community Forum

Milton Keynes Community Forum (www.miltonkeynescommforum.info) is the place to go for the latest news and information about the Milton Keynes area.

The forum caters for the residents, workers and visitors to the Milton Keynes Borough and as a family orientated site it has a minimum age of 13 for members.

There is a section for local events which are also added to the sites calendar, plus a section on local history and a chance for you to air your views.

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