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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Extraordinary Parish Council meeting on Monday

There will be an extraordinary meeting of Castlethorpe Parish Council in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm on Monday February 8. The meeting will begin with an Open Forum when members of the public are invited to ask questions of the parish council.

The agenda for the meeting will be published on the Notice Boards and at Public Papers prior to the meeting.

Minutes of previous Meetings and Open Forums can also be read and downloaded from the same webpage.

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Points to consider when you respond to the MK Strategic Development Plan

Following the Public Meeting on the MK Strategic Development Plan, which includes the option to built new “satellite towns” of between 5,000 and 10,000 houses in rural areas in the north of Milton Keynes, obliterating the existing villages like Castlethorpe and Hanslope, the Parish Council has put together some points to use when you respond in the public consultation. To see them, click “Read more” below or download a pdf here — just click on “Satellite towns brochure A4.pdf” near the bottom of the list.

There is also a draft of a letter you can use if you want — just add or delete points, sign it and send it. You can download it here — just click on “Satellite towns letter.doc” near the bottom of the list.

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Village roads closed during the day till 12 February

The roads that lead to the Devil’s Dip junction will be closed from 9.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays until 12th February so that Milton Keynes Council can carry out some essential drainage improvement work and reduce the risk of localised flooding.

All traffic, with the exception of school buses after 3pm, will be required to follow the diversion route, which will go from Haversham to Little Linford, to Gayhurst then to Tathall End and vice versa for the opposite direction. Access will be available to farms and businesses within the closed roads.

The route 33 bus through Castlethorpe will be diverted via Gayhurst from 9.30am-4.30pm on weekdays when the road is closed and will operate to the revised timetable below:

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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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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:

Monday to Friday
06:13 07:14 07:42 09:14 10:14 11:14 12:14 13:14 14:14 15:14 16:14 16:14 17:29 18:29 19:25*

Saturday
07:44 09:14 10:14 11:14 12:14 13:14 14:14 15:14 16:14 17:29 18:29 19:25*
(*Wolverton only).

Buses from the CMK Food Centre towards Castlethorpe leave at:

Monday to Friday
06:47 08:57 09:57 10:57 11:57 12:57 13:57 15:07 16:07 17:07 18:07

Saturday
07:05 08:57 09:57 10:57 11:57 12:57 13:57 15:07 16:07 17:07 18:07

Buses to Northampton leave at:

Monday to Friday
07:21 09:31 10:31 11:31 12:31 13:31 14:31 15:42 16:42 17:42 18:42*

Saturday
07:34 09:31 10:31 11:31 12:31 13:31 14:31 15:42 16:42 17:42 1842*
(*Hartwell only)

Buses from Northampton to Castlethorpe leave at:

Monday to Friday
08:29 09:30 10:25 11:29 12:25 13:29 14:25 15:25 15:29 16:40 17:40 18:40 with additional services departing from Hartwell at 06:00 07:01 07:26

Saturday
08:29 09:30 10:25 11:29 12:25 13:29 14:25 15:29 16:40 17:40 18:40, with an additional service departing from Hartwell at 07:31

There is no service on Sundays

A pdf 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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