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 and 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 also join us on Facebook

Refuse collection day this week is Friday.

Please respond to Plan:MK public consultation

You may be aware that there is a current consultation by MKC on a draft of Plan:MK. This is the Local Plan which, in an earlier pre-consultation draft, suggested 6,000 homes in Haversham.

Fortunately, we were able to argue for the removal of the 6,000 homes from the Plan. However, there is a risk of it being re-introduced either during the creation of the final version of this Plan which will take until late 2018 to complete or in the next revision around 2021.

The parish councils of Castlethorpe, Hanslope and Haversham have retained a consultant who has written a report on the draft Plan and the parish councils will endorse this in their response.

It is important to have a strong response from residents – it was the overwhelming response from residents across rural MK that played a pivotal role in removing the previous bright idea of satellite settlements. Responses must be received by MKC by 9th June.

Click on “Read more” below for some ideas for your response.

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Recycling prize speeds up village improvements

Castlethorpe has won the Silver Prize of £3,000 in MK Council’s competition to find the area with the biggest increase in recycling food waste in the green bins. Well done to everyone who helped us Green Bin It to Win It by increasing the recycling by 31.56%! At its April meeting the Parish Council voted unanimously to use the money to top up the funding for improvements to the Conservation Area, including a major tidy-up all round, new “heritage style” lampposts to replace the existing modern ones and new benches for the village green. This means the work can now start much earlier than originally anticipated.

Milton Keynes Council’s Corporate Director – Place, Duncan Sharkey, presented a cheque for £3,235, which also includes the payment the village receives for the pro rata increase in green bin recycling, to the Parish Council’s Chair and Vice-Chair, Philip Ayles and John Keane, at a special ceremony in the Village Hall on May 3rd.

Wolverton and Greenleys won the £5,000 Gold Prize.

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Parish Council Chairman's annual report to the village

The Chair of Castlethorpe Parish Council, Philip Ayles, presented his annual report to the Annual Village Meeting which was held on Monday 3 April. The full report is published here (click on “Read more” below) and it can be downloaded in pdf form under Other Documents here:

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Plan:MK - Your chance to comment

Milton Keynes Council has announced that the draft Plan:MK is now open for a 12-week period of public consultation and they need as many comments from residents as possible. The draft, which was agreed by the council’s cabinet, no longer contains the scheme for 6,000 new homes between Castlethorpe, Haversham and Great Linford but there is possible there will be pressure from developers to have it reinstated, so it is important to show that the vast majority of people living in the area think that is it a very good thing that the Plan underwrites the idea of keeping valuable agricultural land north of the River Great Ouse, which has always been seen as a natural barrier to northward expansion of Milton Keynes’s development.

At the Cabinet meeting, the Leader of the Council Pete Marland, said they wanted to know the things that people liked about the Plan as well as the things they don’t like so please let the council know your views as soon as possible. The consultation period closes at noon on Friday 9 June.

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Cricket Club seeking new players

As reigning South Northants Cricket League Division One T20 Champions, Castlethorpe Cricket Club is looking to strengthen its squad to build on last season’s success. The club plays 40 over matches on Saturdays and mid-week T20 cup matches in the SNCL and arranges friendly matches on Sundays to encourage the development of current and new cricketers. For more information click on “Read more” below

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Duck Race raises £11,960

The 2016 Castlethorpe Duck Race and Fun Dog Show raised an amazing £11,960.50, according to the the final figures which have just been released. The money will be used to fund the new toilet facility which is planned in the village Church.

The date has also been set for the 2018 Duck Race: Sunday June 3rd 2018

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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.

Further information and a booking form can be found here.

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Route 33 bus timetables

Click on “read more” for a complete timetable for the Route 33 bus between Northampton, Castlethorpe and Milton Keynes. You can also download it as a pdf by clicking on “Public Papers & Forms” in the index on the right and scrolling down to “Other Documents”.

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Community First Responder's annual report

As the Castlethorpe & Hanslope CFR scheme reaches the end of its third year of operation, I thought now might be a good time to share a couple of numbers with you, so you can see what your support has provided:

282 calls attended since Jan 2014 to November 2016
2176 volunteer hours given Jan 2014 to November 2016

I also wanted to mention a couple of highlights since the last update. I have received a number of generous donations toward the running of our local scheme, including £100 from Castlethorpe Parish Council, £1,000 from Hanslope Parish council, and £350 from a collection held by Lesley and Graham from Bullington End Road during their joint birthday party. Thank you all for your support.

I have mentioned before that change was coming, and there have been a couple of significant …

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Village Show update

The Village Show was held early in September and attracted a wide variety of produce from local people with with “green fingers”, cakes from the village’s “Mary Berrys” and stunning arts and crafts from some very creative people.

The auction at the end of the day was officiated as usual by Ian Markham, who did an amazing job at selling and raising the funds for the Christmas meal and entertainment for the seniors of the village, which is being held on December 3.

The winners were Ellie Ward (Ladies & Youth Cup), Dylan Ward (Child’s Cup), Gary Stanesby (Men’s Cup), Keith Prestidge (Pensioners Cup) and Jacqueline Gommon (Best in Show), pictured. Sadly, though, we are seeing a slow drop in numbers and entrants, and almost no children entering the show, and without support from the villagers the show could come to an end.

We desperately need new members on the committee. Without new members the existing three able-bodied members will be unable to continue and this could see the end of the show and the Christmas meal.

We have two events per year and we meet once a quarter to plan these, so it’s not very time-consuming.

If you are able to help please contact me on 01908 511558.

Melanie Sumner
Chair, Village Show Committee

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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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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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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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