Welcome to the Village of Castlethorpe

This is the Website for the village of Castlethorpe in Milton Keynes. Please note that this website will be closing on 31 October 2020 and you can find everything that’s on here (and a lot more) on the Parish Council website castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk

If you have news of interest to the village or represent an organisation which has an event coming up, please contact the Webmaster

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 also join us on Facebook

The next refuse
collection day is
Friday

Website closing on 31 October

This website will be closing down on 31 October 2020 and you can find everything that’s on here (and a lot more) on the Parish Council website castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk

If you have news of interest to the village or represent an organisation which has an event coming up, please contact the Webmaster

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How to join in Parish Council meetings

As part of the Covid legislation, parish councils were allowed to hold meetings by videoconference until next May but are expected to broadcast the proceedings to the public. Castlethorpe Parish Council has met by videoconference since April and broadcast onto the village Facebook page, apart from a technical problem in June. There will also be a YouTube broadcast in the name of my parish council account “Philip Ayles”.

The Parish Council has decided to continue to hold meetings by Zoom videoconference until we feel safe to meet physically (a couple of us are over 70) while this is allowed as it seems to be working well. One of the benefits of broadcasting the meetings is that there has been a significant increase in public ‘attendance’. Normally, we have only a handful of attendees, unless there is a major issue, whereas we have typically been getting about 20 viewers which is good news for local democracy.

There is an Open Forum preceding the Parish Council Meeting for members of the public to ask questions of the council normally for up to 15 minutes.
Questions have been invited by means of email or letter to the Clerk or any Councillor.

We haven’t received any questions, though we got very few when we met at the hall either. So, to encourage participation:
● From the next meeting on 3rd August, residents will be invited to join the Open Forum if they wish to ask a question. They will be admitted via a “waiting room” and asked to leave the videoconference when the council meeting starts – they can then view it using Facebook or YouTube.
● Alternatively, the Facebook feed will be monitored if you would like to put a written question in the comments section and this will be read out during the Open Forum. Please make sure the question is submitted before or during the Forum. The Facebook stream is opened 5 minutes before the meeting starts.
● Of course, the original method of writing to the Clerk or a Councillor beforehand can also be used.

Philip Ayles
Chairman, Castlethorpe Parish Council

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Play areas and outdoor gym reopen

The play areas and the outdoor gym on the Sports Ground reopen on Saturday 4 July, subject to the Government guidelines on the COVID-19 pandemic. All users should read the notice below and take hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes or sprays – preferably anti-viral or antibacterial – as you MUST wipe down every piece of equipment you or your children use BEFORE and AFTER you use it to prevent catching or spreading the virus. Please take all your rubbish home and dispose of it properly.

You MUST also observe social distancing and wash your hands as soon as you can. Finally no food or drink can be consumed in or around any of the areas.

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Parish Council Chairman's report to village

The Annual Report to the village by Parish Council Chairman Philip Ayles is available to read now online by clicking “Read more” below or in PDF form as a special issue of Castlethorpe News to download and print at https://castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk/assets/files/Castlethorpe-News18-06slideshow.pdf.

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Sports Ground and tennis update

The Sports Ground includes two full-sized hard tennis courts and access to the courts is for paid up members. To enquire about membership email castlethorpesports@gmail.com and the team will email you with fee details, how to pay and all you need to know to start playing.
Although the football season came to a premature end, the youth teams of FC Castlethorpe enjoyed another excellent season with three all girl teams and five all boy teams competing in the local leagues from under-9s to under-15s.
All the teams played to a high standard in a wonderful spirit in what is arguably one of the best football grounds for facilities and settings in the county.
When football is back to normal, why not pop down on Saturday mornings to take in one of the many games you will find on down at the ground?
And it is also worth a mention for cricket during this summer. With the conditions perfect for bat and ball, it has been a real shame that no games can be played, understandably, in the current environment.
However, the ground is continuing to be maintained and should the situation change the hope remains that the wonderful summer sport of cricket will be possible in 2020!
Neil Humphrey
Castlethorpe Sports Association

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Revised 33 bus timetable

The 33 bus service through Castlethorpe is now running every 90 minutes instead of hourly until further notice. This is the revised timetable.

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Councillor's briefing over developers' threat to The Stables

Our MKC ward councillor Andrew Geary has sent us a briefing note to pass on to anyone in the village who wishes to send in their opinion to the inspector who will be hearing the appeal by Abbey Homes against one of the conditions in MKC’s approval of their plans to build new homes adjacent to The Stables in Wavendon, the world-famous music venue which has been bringing big names in music and comedy to the area since 1969. If the appeal is successful it could ultimately mean that The Stables could close.

You can read Andrew’s briefing note and how to send in your comments here. Click on the news item to read it in full.

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Keeping the village tidy

The Parish Council has taken over the maintenance of the grass verges and public hedges and emptying the litter bins in the village, which was formerly done by Milton Keynes Council. Below is the schedule for this year’s mowing and cutting and the litter bins will be emptied weekly on Thursdays. However if you spot one which is about to overflow please let one of the parish councillors know.

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Urgent message from Hanslope Surgery

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COVID-19 alerts

The Government is publishing the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic on its website at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The Parish Council will also be issuing updates when necessary on this website, the Parish Council website castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk, the village Facebook page and on posters on the village noticeboards.

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Cancellation of Village Hall events

All events in the Village Hall have been cancelled until further notice as a precaution to prevent the spread of Coronavirus to Castlethorpe and protect our elderly and most vulnerable residents.

The Annual Parish Meeting, which was due to take place in the Village Hall on Monday 6 April, has been postponed until Monday 1 June.

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Pre-School vacancies

Castlethorpe Pre-School has vacancies now for children aged between 2 and 5. After the end of the Coronavirus alert, it will reopen from 9am to noon every weekday (to 3pm on Wednesdays) with a daily lunch club available until 12.30pm. Funding is available. If your child isn’t 2 yet but you’d like to have them join in the future let them know now!

The contact details are:
Phone 07508 399783
Email: castlethorpeps@gmail .com
Facebook.com/castlethorpepreschool

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How to book the Village Hall

If you’re thinking of using the Village Hall for a function, you can check the availability by clicking here.

To book the Hall please contact Sara Montague on 07812 070537 or email her at soldierblue4@hotmail.com. Please confirm your booking with Sara before making any arrangements for entertainers or outside catering etc. You can pay by credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, cheque or bank transfer.

More information, including hire charges and the Booking Form, which can either be filled in online or downloaded to be printed out and filled in can be downloaded from here.

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Parish Council website is now live

The new Castlethorpe Parish Council website is now live online at www.castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk. You’ll be able to find all the information you need about the village, the Parish Council, forthcoming events, travel news and planning applications.

In time it will replace this website so why not bookmark it in your browser now!

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New Year's Eve burglary in village

A bungalow in The Chestnuts in North Street was burgled on New Year’s Eve sometime between 6.45pm and 1.30am. If you, or anyone you know, saw anything suspicious or have any information please call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference URN215 01/01/2019 and crime reference No 43200000075. All information will be treated confidentially.

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