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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Come and help make Castlethorpe history!

Following a packed-out talk on the Roman history of Castlethorpe, plans are being made to launch a historical society in the village to discover more of its hidden past.

The society is holding an inaugural meeting at 20 North Street, Castlethorpe, at 7.30 pm on Thursday September 25 to welcome new members and also to reveal some exciting new information about the village’s pre-Roman and medieval history which has just come to light. Everybody is welcome so please come along.

For more information contact Ann Foakes on 01908 510698 or Russell Forgham on 01908 510941.

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Fill in the online Parish Plan survey

Every home in the village should have had a paper copy of the Parish Plan questionnaire delivered with the September Castlethorpe News but you may find it easier to fill the survey in online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CASTLETHORPE_PLAN or by clicking here. It would also help the Parish Council to collate all the data if as many people as possible could use the online version.

If you need another paper copy of the survey, you can pick one up from the Village Shop or contact Steve Bradbury, the Clerk to the Parish Council, on 01908 or clerk.castlethorpe@gmail.com or Geraldine Sweetland on 01908 511231 or geraldine.sweetland@hotmail.co.uk and they’ll deliver one.

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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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Harvest celebration at the church

This year it’s Castlethorpe’s turn to host the joint parishes Harvest Supper at the Village Hall on Saturday September 27 at 6.00pm. The guest speaker will be Andy Grout, the Director of the MK Play Association.
Tickets are available from Jan on 07541 413970, price £7.50. Proceeds will go to the charity FARM-Africa.

And there will be two joint harvest celebration services on Sunday October 5. At 10.30am an All Age Service will be held at Hanslope Church, with Evensong at Castlethorpe at 6pm from the Book of Common Prayer, led by the Benefice Choir. After both services there will be an auction of produce in aid of FARM-Africa.

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Dial 01908 for Castlethorpe

The way people in Milton Keynes dial local calls is changing from October 1. Instead of just dialling the last six digits, it will be necessary to add the local code 01908 beforehand.

For example, at the moment callers can reach Milton Keynes Council by dialling 691691, if they were calling from an 01908 landline phone. From October 1 they will have to dial 01908 691691, just as callers from mobile phones or outside the area have always had to.

The reason for the change is so more local phone numbers can be created to help satisfy the growing demand.

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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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MK Councillors contact details

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

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: 07920 443264 Email: lynn.patey-smith@milton-keynes .gov.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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Youth club night has changed

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 has changed its weekly night from Wednesday to Tuesday.

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.

If you would like more information about the club please phone Graham Daniels on 01908 511061

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MK crime figures lowest for 15 years

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.”

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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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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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