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.

Click for a map of Castlethorpe, take a walk around Castlethorpe,

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

Bin day changes over Christmas and New Year

The weekly refuse collection dates will be changed over the Christmas and New Year period. The collection due on:

Friday 26 December will be on Monday 29 December
Friday 2 January will be on Monday 5 January
Friday 9 January will be on Saturday 10 January

Normal collections resume on Friday 16 January.

The three Recycling Centres at New Bradwell, Newport Pagnell and Bleak Hall are open during the winter months from 8am – 5pm with the exception of the following days:

Christmas Eve 8am – 1pm
Christmas Day closed all day
Boxing Day closed all day
New Year’s Eve 8am – 1pm
New Year’s Day closed all day

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Sports Ground Committee Meeting

A General Meeting of Castlethorpe Parish Council Sports Ground Committee will be held at 1.30pm on Tuesday December 23 in the Cricket Pavilion. You can download the agenda here. The meeting will be preceded by an Open Forum where anyone can ask questions and have their say.

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Have your say on MK's £22m budget cuts

Here’s an important message from Milton Keynes Council about their plans for big budget cuts.

Milton Keynes Council has started a consultation on the budget for 2015-2016 and they need to listen your input to help us make those difficult decisions, help us understand what services you value most and how we can work together in changing the way we work.

A series of public roadshows are happening across the borough which everyone is invited to attend. The dates are:

Thursday 8 January, 6.30pm–8pm. West Bletchley Parish Council Offices,
Tuesday 13 January, 6.30pm–8pm. Woughton Community Council Offices,
Wednesday 14 January 2015 9.15am-11.00am in the Civic Offices Council Chamber.
Thursday 22 January, 6.30pm-8pm. Oxley Park Community Centre,
Thursday 29 January 5.30pm-7pm. St Mary and St Giles Parish Hall, Stony Stratford,

There are also several opportunities to attend the Budget Review Group meetings which are open to the public to listen to councillor discussions on the budget proposals

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Christmas at the church

A portaloo has been installed adjacent to the church building for the duration of the festive period. We hope this makes attendance at the various events and services just that little more convenient…

These are the times for our Christmas celebrations and services:

Fr Gary

  • Christmas Carol Service – Sunday December 21 at SS Simon & Jude, Castlethorpe 6.00pm
    Once again our Director of Music and members of the Benefice Choir invite you to a celebration of Christmas through traditional carols and choir items as well as the familiar story told from scripture, followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
  • Christmas Eve – Wednesday December 24
    3.00pm Crib Service with Nativity Play at Hanslope
    5.00pm Children’s Crib Service at Castlethorpe
    11.30pm Midnight Mass at Hanslope
  • Christmas Day
    9.30am Sung Mass at Castlethorpe
    11.00am Sung Mass at Hanslope

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Christmas bikes assembled for you!

Have you bought a boxed bike for Christmas? Need help building it? A charity in Milton Keynes is here to help. For a small donation throughout December Cycle Saviours, a social enterprise based in Stacey Bushes, will build and Safety check any new bike while you wait.

To book a build and safety check call Adrian or Mike on 01908 226968 or go to Cycle Saviours’ Facebook page.

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Discounts as St Andrews bookshop closes

The Wolverton branch of St Andrews bookshop will close at the end of February when its lease expires. But as a thank you to all their customers and supporters, they’re discounting most items by 25% from the beginning of January – there are a few exceptions, such as candles, communion requisites, gift tokens and pre-existing multiple offers.

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Time to get your flu vaccination

A seasonal message from Milton Keynes NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Milton Keynes Council

NEVER ASSUME THAT YOU WILL NEVER GET FLU AND DON’T NEED A VACCINE!

FIGHT FLU TOGETHER

Simple flu can worsen and cause:
• Chest infection and emergency hospitalisation;
• Serious infection in the brain, spinal cord, ears and tonsils;
• All these complications may lead to death.

BE SAFE – Get the flu vaccine

Ring your GP or contact your local pharmacy for more details

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Please help clean the signs

Some of the street signs around the village are looking a little under the weather at the moment so if anyone has a few minutes to spare, why not grab a bucket of warn soapy water and scrubbing brush and give the ones near you a bit of a clean.

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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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Do you have any old photos of Castlethorpe?

The Castlethorpe Historical Society is now up and running, as the Constitution has been officially adopted.

The society plans to have six bi-monthly meetings in the Village Hall and Ann Foakes is now putting together the programme for 2015, one of which will be slides of old photos of Castlethorpe. She welcomes any suggestions about what other things would be of interest. She’s at 7 School Lane so you can pop suggestions in her letterbox or simply post on the village Facebook page.

Ann 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.

The society’s first meeting will be on Thursday January 29 and membership of the society is now open to everyone for a small annual fee.

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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:

December 11
January 8

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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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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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