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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visit Historic Castlethorpe, train enthusiasts can visit our local Rail enthusiast website, see the local BBC Weather Forecast and you can now join us on Facebook

Don't be alone on Christmas Day

Do you know of an elderly person who may be alone on Christmas Day? There is no need….. Everyone should feel the joy of that festive day and that’s where the Milton Keynes Christmas Day Party for the elderly comes in, where elderly people can join others on Christmas Day for companionship and smiles in a friendly and festive atmosphere, with free transport to and from the party if required.

If you wish to join the party or know someone who does, you can find more details on the website: www.mkpartyforelderly.org or you can phone Ruth on 01908 647 510 or emaill: committee_mkxmas@hotmail.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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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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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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Hanslope wind turbine height reduced

IEP Ltd, the consultants behind the proposed wind turbine at Malt Mill Farm – the eventing centre in Hanslope – have issued an update about the project which reveals that after consultations and comments from local people the height of the generator hub is being reduced from 60 metres to 40 metres, reducing the tip height of the blades from 87 metres to 67 metres (220ft). This is 32.5 metres lower than the turbine planned for Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe, which has a tip height of 99.5 metres (326ft).

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Need help sorting out a dispute?

Are you involved in an uncomfortable situation? Do you feel angry, frightened, intimidated and isolated? Do you need support? Does the other person know how you feel? Have you tried talking to whoever else is involved?

Mediation Works MK offer a free, impartial, confidential and independent service to enable people who are in dispute to work together to reach agreements by establishing understanding based on just listening and talking to each other. For more information contact them on 01908 200828

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