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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Castlethorpe is runner-up in Best Kept Village competition

Castlethorpe has been named runner-up in the category for villages with a population of 500-1,000 in the 2015 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village competition, losing out to Cuddington, near Aylesbury. Stoke Goldington won the award for villages with a population of less than 500.

Competition chairman Richard Pushman said: “There were a record number of entries this year and standards were high in all the competing villages. The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter. Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise.”

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Rugby souvenirs wanted

Do you have photos, programmes, rugby souvenirs or memories you’d be willing to share? To coincide with the Rugby World Cup 2015 coming to Milton Keynes this October, Living Archive MK has been successfully awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to document the history of Rugby in Milton Keynes.

They want to collect personal testimonies, photographs, film and memorabilia to record the history of Rugby in Milton Keynes over the last 100 years. The material you loan them will be used to create a collection of film stories, a website, an exhibition, a book and help build the History of Rugby archive. They would like to borrow items for their exhibition, record them to the archive and return them to you.

Please contact Living Archive MK on 01908 332568 or email: rugbyheritagemk@gmail.com

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Castlethorpe Rovers announce new kit partner

Castlethorpe Rovers have announced that Maisies Superstore is the club’s new official kit partner. The partnership begins at the start of the 2015-16 season and will run until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Wolverton-based Maisies supply a host of clubs both in Milton Keynes and in the UK, the latest of which is the Rovers.

Carl ‘Gok’ Stokes, the club’s Media and Social events Executive Director, said: “Everyone has been hugely impressed by Maisie’s professionalism, the quality of the sportswear and the ideas they have to develop our merchandising business.”

Any future players or anybody looking to gain some football fitness are welcome at the Sunday and Wednesday training sessions being held at the Sports Ground, For more details please email castlethorpe.rovers@mail.com.

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Have you got your SmartWater kit?

Update on SmartWater kits from Kirsty Martinson, our local PCSO:

All SmartWater kits that were applied for have now been delivered, by local PCSOs Kirsty & Tina. In total we delivered 49 kits around the village.

f you have not already signed up for a kit but would like one please see the details of what you need to do in the post below. If you are over 65 or vulnerable you can apply for a free kit. If you are not in this category you can still apply for a kit at a reduced rate of £10, a kit normally costs £60.

If you have received your kit and need any help with it please do not hesitate to contact me on Kirsty.martinson@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Kind Regards
PCSO Kirsty Martinson C9551

If you have not already signed up for a kit but would like one please see the details of what you need to do in the post below.

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SmartWater kits available for every house in Castlethorpe

Following the recent burglaries in Castlethorpe, the Parish Council and the police have teamed up to offer free SmartWater kits to all households in the parish with anyone over the age of 65 or a vulnerable person living there. Other households will be available to buy the kits for just £10, instead of the normal retail price of around £60.

SmartWater is an invisible liquid that can be applied to all kinds of household valuables, making them uniquely traceable back to their owner. One dab per item is all that’s needed. Each batch of the liquid contains a unique chemical code registered to an individual which the police can use to identify stolen property, so it is a big deterrent to thieves if they know the householder is using it.

To get a kit contact Steve Bradbury, the Clerk to the Parish Council, preferably by email at clerk.castlethorpe@gmail.com. If you don’t have email you can phone him on 01908 337928 or write to Clerk to Castlethorpe Parish Council, 63 Thrupp Close, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes MK19 7PL with your address and other contact details. Please tell him whether you are applying for the pensioner/vulnerable person pack or the general householder pack and if it’s the latter please give or send Steve £10 either in cash or preferably a cheque made payable to Castlethorpe Parish Council, as soon as possible. (The kits won’t be delivered unless you’ve paid.)

Kirsty Martinson, our local PCSO, will then make contact with the elderly or vulnerable residents to give them the kit and to register them on the police and SmartWater database.

In the meantime you can find lots more information about minimising your risks on the Thames Valley Police website at http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crime-prevention.htm

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Parish Council Chairman's report to the Annual Village Meeting on 1 June

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 1 June. The full report is published here and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

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The Navigation reopens

The Navigation reopened on Saturday 6 June after a £1.5 million refurbishment by Hertfordshire-based Oakman Inns and Greene King, one of Britain’s largest breweries.

The refurbishment brings major enhancements to the famous canal-side Inn. Internally, the original stonework has been exposed and previously blocked-up fireplaces reinstated, whilst an impressive new extension incorporating a large outdoor decked viewing platform and extended restaurant area overlooking the new gardens.

General Manager, Rod Stewart. said: “We will be open from 8am every day so our guests both on and off the water will be able to start their day with a full English breakfast, or drop in for a coffee or a pint, or order great, freshly cooked food to eat in a beautiful setting – at any time of the day until closing time.”

To find out more go to: www.thenavigationcosgrove.co.uk

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Neighbourhood Plan: Download it now

Following the return of questionnaires from villagers a draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared and has been sent to the consultants assisting the parish council so that they can insert the necessary techncial references. In the meantime the draft document is available for you to download by clicking this link

There will be a full public consultation period for the finished version,before it is presented to Milton Keynes Council and subsequently goes to an External Examiner and finally a referendum.

The Plan will eventually form the basis for housing development strategy in the village for the next few years to come.

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High speed broadband is here!

Superfast broadband has arrived in Castlethorpe at long last. The new BT Openreach cabinet has been installed and has been connected to the upgraded Hanslope exchange and the first domestic lines went live at the beginning of June. Speeds of up to 70Mbps are available, depending on your broadband supplier and which “package” you buy.

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Central Milton Keynes parking charges go up

Car parking in Central Milton Keynes went up on Monday May 18. The red bays rise from £1.40 to £2 an hour and the purple bays from 40p to 50p per hour. All day parking in blue bays goes up to £10. In addition most permits and scratchcards went up. And for the first time you’ll have to pay to park on bank holidays.

You can find full details at www.mkweb.co.uk/PARKING-cost-park-Milton-Keynes-year-price-hikes/story-26494649-detail/story.htm

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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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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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