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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 click here to find more information about the history of the village, including pictures and a video, and there's even more on the Milton Keynes Heritage Association website at www.mkheritage.org.uk/cv (opens in new window).


Lockdown rules relaxed ... but take care!

The lockdown rules were relaxed slightly on 12 April, which means that these activities are now permitted but social distancing should still be used.
Social contact Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people or 2 households will be allowed. 
Business and activities: Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will be allowed to reopen. People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports. 
Travel: You should continue to work from home where you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed. 
Find out more about the roadmap out of lockdown on the Government website by clicking here.

For more detailed information on the regulations go to the
COVID-19 page on this website and the Government website

Outdoor gym open again at Sports Ground

The Outdoor Gym at the Sports Ground is now open again, along with the playgrounds at Thrupp Close and the Fishponds, subject to Government guidelines on how you must use the equipment.
• All equipment is used at your own risk. Please supervise children and others in your care. 
• Follow the social distancing guidelines and do not use the equipment if this  

cannot be maintained. In particular be aware of pieces of equipment where others may also be using them.
• Bring your own hand sanitiser with you to sanitise your hands before and after using the equipment. Pay particular attention to ensure children remember to do this.  
• Remember not to touch your face and to cough and sneeze into a tissue or an arm. 

• No food or drink can be consumed in the playgrounds or around the outdoor gym equipment.
• Take all your litter,  including any protective wear such as masks, home with you.  
• If you or anyone in your household are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, do not use the equipment and follow the Government's advice to self-isolate. 


Conservatives hold Newport Pagnell North and Hanslope in election

The Conservatives held the Newport North and Hanslope ward, which includes Castlethorpe, with a majority of 1374 in the local elections for Milton Keynes Council. The result was:

Chris Wardle (Con) 2218
Greg Duffield (LD)    844
Sha Khan (Lab)         635
Jane Wild (WEP)       222

Hanslope Road closed completely until Sunday

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT: The road to Hanslope will be closed 24 hours a day for four weeks from Monday 12 April to Sunday 9 May near Cuckoo Hill Farm in Hanslope while a new sewer is installed. The diversion route from Castlethorpe is via Wolverton Road, Park Road and Gold Street.  Full details are on the right (click on the picture to see a larger version).

Duck Race postponed until 2022
The Castlethorpe Duck Race and Fun Dog Show committee have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to postpone this year's planned event until Sunday 5 June 2022.  
After careful consideration of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and the uncertainty when large events will be able to proceed, the team have decided for the event to go ahead as we all know and love it is best to move by another year. 
The committee would like to thank everyone for all the support especially to those have who volunteered to help on the event day. They hope that we can rely on this again for next year! 
For all the latest information on the Duck Race make sure you’re following them on Facebook and Instagram.  

New Pre-School opens for business
Ducklings Pre-School is now up and running in Castlethorpe Village Hall. It will initially be open from 8.30 am to 12.30pm every weekday during term-time. They plan to extend the hours later.
The pre-school is registered for 24 children with an age range from 18 months through 5 years and offers a natural learning environment with room for children to use build on the imagination and areas to explore with first hand experience.
This is a very welcome addition to the village for anyone with young children. 
For more information please email the manager, Jayne Foster, at ducklingscastlethorpe@gmail.com.

All change on the buses as the 33 turns blue!

There are major changes to many bus routes in Milton Keynes. Some services have been withdrawn and replaced by a Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) system and there are changes to many others.
Castlethorpe’s service, the 33, is now operated every 90 minutes by Arriva instead of Z&S and off-peak journeys will have a slight route change in Wolverton. 

These services have ceased to operate and are replaced
by DRT or a route change on another service: 9, 17, 18, 23,
24, 25, 30, 31, 37, 80, 300, 301 
There are route and/or timing changes to these services: 1, 2, 3, 4/14, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11/12, 21,  33/33A, F70/F77, X60.  
You can find out more on Milton Keynes Council’s website by
clicking here.

You can download a PDF version of the new timetable for the 33/33A bus service through the village by clicking on the timetable below. The service is now operated by Arriva and there is a slight change of route in Wolverton for off-peak 33A services.

The new DRT service, called MK Connect, is provided by Via. It is not restricted to previous timetables or routes, and picks up passengers from their chosen destination to their required drop-off point when they want to travel.   
It works like a minibus that comes when you want, where you want — book a ride straight from your phone, get picked up in minutes, and be dropped within a   

short walk of your destination. 
Passengers with a wheelchair or disability will always be matched with a fully accessible vehicle and the service is accessible to passengers with vision, hearing and other requirements.   
The service runs from from 6 am to 11 pm Monday to Saturday and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday. 
DRT is available by smartphone app, web or phone booking. Just call 

for a vehicle a few minutes before you want to travel.
Fares are £3.50 during peak hours (7am-9am, 4.30pm-6.30pm), £2.50 at all other times. Concessionary passes under the ENCTS scheme will still be valid for free travel as it is on buses, as will the All-in-One £1 fare.    
Further information on the new service is available  on YouTube at https://youtu.be/sUG8YXDrolU

Village gets two life-saving defibrillators

Castlethorpe now has two defibrillators which the Parish Council has obtained with funding from the Milton Keynes Partnership Foundation.
One is located outside the Village Hall and the other on the Cricket Pavilion at the Sports Ground. 
Both are in code locked cabinets which are registered with the emergency services and show up on their equipment maps.
You can also see their location on the Save a Life app. 
In the event of an emergency, such as 

someone having a heart attack, always call 999 first and stay with the patient. The emergency operator will determine whether there is a need for the defibrillator and, if there is someone else available to fetch it, direct them to the nearest cabinet and give them the code to open it.
At the same time, the operator will alert other Emergency Services as necessary, such as a First Responder or an ambulance.
Richard Bradley, our local First Responder, will provide training courses

on using the Defibrillator when it finally becomes COVID-safe to do so.
However, the defibrillator is fully automatic and will '”speak” to the user to tell them exactly what to do. It can also detect whether it is being used correctly and will not operate if not correct or not required.
Don't hesitate to use it if you are directed to do, so even if you haven't been trained. Hopefully, the defibrillators will never be needed but having them nearby may save a life. 
Councillor Darren Merritt 

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

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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