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Welcome to Castlethorpe

Castlethorpe is a village with a population of around 1,100 set in rolling countryside seven miles north of Milton Keynes city centre and close to the boundary with Northamptonshire. It lies on the northern edge of the Tove River Valley, which is designated as being landscape of Special Character.

The surrounding area is thought to have first been inhabited in the Bronze Age but the village itself started out in life as a Norman castle belonging to the lord of the manor of nearby Hanslope which was destroyed in 1215 during the Baron’s Revolt against King John.

The parish church is dedicated to St Simon and St Jude, and dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, though the present church is of mainly Norman design. There are a number of other listed buildings in the village, some dating back to the 15th Century, with fine examples of homes from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well.

You can find more information about the history of the village, including pictures, here and even more on the Milton Keynes Heritage Association website at


The Government is publishing the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic on its website at

Visit the COVID-19 page of this website for more information about the help and support you can get locally.  

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


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 on the left 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.

Pre-School closes after 48 years 

Castlethorpe's Pre-School has unfortunately had to close its doors from 1st September 2020 after an amazing 48 years because there are not enough young children to make it viable. The closure was announced in a statement on 24 June which said:

"It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Castlethorpe Village Pre-School have had to make one of the hardest decisions, that is to close our doors from 1st September 2020.

"The committee have worked tirelessly to market our pre-school and encourage families with children to come and join the warm, welcoming and nurturing sessions. The current Coronavirus situation meant we closed the pre-school on 20th March 2020. This has meant enrolling new children has become near impossible, This coupled with not many new families moving into the local areas meant it was no longer financially possible to keep the pre-school open.  

"This decision has not been easy and the committee and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the village, past and present parents, staff, committee and children, the Village Hall Committee and the Parish Council for their support over the years and in particular during the last few difficult months."

Neighbourhood Plan consultation

As you may recall, the parish council is modifying our Neighbourhood Plan to keep it current. We explained the content in a leaflet at the end of January and held an Open Day at the Village Hall. As a result, a number of small changes were made and the Plan was then submitted to Milton Keynes Council.
Now it is "their" Plan, MKC legally has to do a second consultation which is about to start. You may remember that there were also two consultations with the original Neighbourhood Plan. If you commented during the parish council consultation, you will see your comments and the response of the parish council in the "Consultation Statement" which accompanies the Neighbourhood Plan. This is part of a very strict process which the parish council and MKC have to follow. 
You should have received a copy of this letter from MKC,  as have all landowners and statutory consultees such as the utility companies.


You can download or read the Plan and accompanying documents on MKC's Neighbourhood Planning webpage at and you can send your comments by email to or by post to UDLA, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ. All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 17 July. At the end of this second consultation, the Modified Neighbourhood Plan, its supporting documents and the responses to the second consultation will be passed to an external Examiner who will ensure it complies with the legal conditions for an NP.
After the Examiner has made any necessary changes, the Modified Neighbourhood Plan will, as with the original Plan, be adopted by MKC as one of its Planning Policies which will prevent any planning applications which don't comply with the Plan to protect the village.

Travel and weather live updates

Click on the links below for the latest updates

Castlethorpe Route 33 bus timetable download
Please note that a reduced service (every 90 minutes
instead of hourly) is operating until further notice.
Milton Keynes area roadworks and delays
(type Castlethorpe in the search bar)
Milton Keynes Central live train arrivals and departures
Heathrow arrivals and departures live
Luton arrivals and departures live
Stansted arrivals and departures live 
Gatwick arrivals and departures live




Refuse collection day this week is FRIDAY

The village's weekly home and green refuse collection day is Friday, even after Bank Holidays. The only change will be over the Christmas and New Year period. All three household recycling centres in Milton Keynes are now open seven days a week but entry will be by appointment only and anyone without an appointment will be turned away. To book your slot you must phone 01908 252811.

Parish Council chair's report to village 

The annual report to the village by Parish Council Chair Philip Ayles is available to read now online by clicking here or in PDF form as a special issue of Castlethorpe News to download and print.

Village Shop
opening hours

The Village Shop is open from 7am to 7.30pm (to noon on Sundays) with the post office open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, except for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. It's situated in North Street, about two-thirds of the way between the Village Hall and the junction with Station Road.

Parish Council
meeting online

The next meeting of the Parish Council takes place online at 7.30pm on Monday 6 July, starting with an Open Forum . The meeting will be live streamed on the village Facebook page  and you can download the agenda here. If you have any questions for the Open Forum please email them to by 6pm on the 6th.

Castlethorpe statistics


Population                    1,047 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference       SP795445
Latitude/longitude    52.093°N   0.840°W
Civil parish                   Castlethorpe
Unitary authority       Milton Keynes
Ceremonial county    Buckinghamshire
Region                           South East
Post town                     Milton Keynes 
Postcode district        MK19
Dialling code                01908
Police                             Thames Valley
Fire                                 Buckinghamshire
Ambulance                   South Central
UK Parliament             Milton Keynes North