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.

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Refuse collection day this week is Friday

Green bin it to win it!

There’s good news for Castlethorpe in Milton Keynes Council’s Recycle and Reward scheme, a competition where the amount of green waste is being measured between December and mid-March and compared to the amount collected last year. Villages that do well will get a cash reward to be spent on village facilities. The winner will also get £5,000 (2nd £2,000 & 3rd £1,000).

We are currently in second place. The parish council urges you to make maximum use of your green bin and finish off the exercise as well as it has started, so please keep putting your food waste in the green bin, not the black sack. You can put all food waste in the green bin, including meat, bread, pastries, fruit and veg — plus, of course, your garden waste.

Any questions to Steve Bradbury (Clerk) clerk.castlethorpe@gmail.com or by phone on 01908 337928.

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Pre-School Open Day

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"6,000 new homes" proposal dropped from Plan:MK

The Northern Expansion Area (NEA) which proposed 6,000 houses to be constructed between Haversham and Castlethorpe, has been withdrawn from the draft Plan:MK by the Working Group who are preparing the draft to go forward to the MKC Cabinet. Specifically, it will recommend reducing the period of the Plan from 20 to 15 years which removes 10,000 from the housing demand and allows the NEA to be removed entirely.

This follows a huge groundswell of opposition from people living in Castlethorpe, Haversham and Little Linford and a lot of campaigning particularly by Andrew Geary, our Ward Councillor, Richard Pryor, Chair of the Protect Rural MK Action Group, Pam Williams and Nick Watson for Haversham Parish Council and Philip Ayles, Chairman of Castlethorpe Parish Council.

Andrew has been engaged with the Labour Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter Marland. Richard had a ‘surgery meeting’ with our MP, Mark Lancaster, who gave his support and wrote to the MKC Chief Executive recommending the Plan was put on hold until a forthcoming White Paper is published.Philip has been engaged with the Lib Dems who are significant because they are in an informal coalition with Labour. On Saturday, Douglas McCall, their Leader, wrote to him to say that they were formally recommending a reduction to 15 years.

Click “Read more” below for the full details from Philip Ayles.

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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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Man charged over Castlethorpe burglaries

A man has been charged and remanded in connection with the recent burglaries in Shepperton Close, South Street and Thrupp Close, Castlethorpe.

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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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Foster carers needed

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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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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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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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