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 see photos of old Castlethorpe

Castlethorpe Historical Society will be holding a talk in the Village Hall by renowned local historian Ron Unwin showing photos of Castlethorpe in days gone by on Thursday March 19, starting at 7.30pm. Come along and see what the village looked like in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, including the 1905 Great Fire of Castlethorpe.

The society’s secretary Ann Foakes would also like to put together an archive of old photos like this one of villagers protesting at plans to close the station in 1964 with the future local Labour MP on the right – a certain Robert Maxwell – so if you or your family have any old photos of the village please let her know. She’ll scan them and let you have the originals back. She’s at 7 School Lane so you can pop suggestions in her letterbox or simply post on the village Facebook page.

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

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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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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:

February 19
March 5
March 19

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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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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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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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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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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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