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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 Barons' 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. 
Click here to find more information about the village's history, including pictures and a video, and there's even more on the Milton Keynes Heritage Association website at www.mkheritage.org.uk/cv.

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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. The black (general waste) and green bins (garden waste and food) are collected every week and the red (cardboard and paper) and blue (plastic, metal and glass) bins on alternate weeks, as shown in the schedule here. You can find out more information on what goes in each bin here.

* All three household recycling centres in Milton Keynes are open seven days a week, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, but entry is by appointment only (same day appointments are available) and anyone without an appointment will be turned away. To book your slot phone 01908 252811 or apply online here.

* Under their contract the new waste contractor Suez is obliged to return bins properly and there are penalty payments payable to Milton Keynes City Council if they don't. If your bin goes missing you should complete a form at https://mycouncil.milton-keynes.gov.uk/service/Non_Return_of_Bins 

Make a note in your diary and come to the Annual Parish Meeting in the Village Hall at 7pm on Monday 15 April.
• This is your chance to find out what’s been happening in Castlethorpe over the past year and what’s coming up.
• You can learn all about the village’s organisations or  raise any issues of concern.
• Dr Yunous from the surgery and members of our local rural police team will be attending to update us and answer questions.
The April Parish Council meeting will be held straight afterwards. The agenda can be downloaded here.

Can you help us get art for the village?

New developments above a certain size such as Carrington Grove require that a sum is paid to MKCC for "Public Art." This money is ring fenced, so it cannot be used for any other purpose.
The Parish Council has applied to MKCC to use this money, which is £38,000, for two pieces of Public Art. One would go at the new clubhouse and the other at the new shop extension, assuming the latter is approved.
We would like to invite residents to join a Public Art group to advise the Parish Council on the specification for the two pieces of art.
There is no particular restriction on what form of art can be 

considered, though they will both be outside so that they can be seen from the footpath or road.
They could be artwork attached to a building or, in the case of  the clubhouse where there is space, a sculpture or something else.
This would lead to writing a specification for commissioning the pieces of art, inviting tenders from artists and then a recommendation on which to accept – don't worry, we will do the work, we just need your ideas.
Louise Izod, MKCC's Public Art officer, will come to the first meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Monday 22 April to guide us through the process.

Clubhouse construction reaches final stages

Construction of the Clubhouse is now in the final stages. The interior of the existing Cricket Pavilion has been remodelled to enlarge the cricket changing rooms by 70%, provide toilets for the clubhouse and a small parish office. Work on the Pavilion is now virtually complete.

The Clubhouse extension is under construction and should be constructed by the end of April, though bad weather has delayed the brickwork. We have had to reorient the front entrance to face outward and resite the kitchen service door because of the drop in ground levels.

The Clubhouse will be substantially completed to the point where Castlethorpe Cricket Club can use the building with their existing tables and chairs for cricket teas when they start their home games in May.
you can read the full update by clicking here.

With planning well underway for Sunday 30th June the Castlethorpe Duck Race team are looking for volunteers to help with the event of the year!
Even an hour or so of your time would help, plus it's a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people!
You can find out more on the Duck Race Facebook page,

The village has a Community Speed Watch programme, which uses a speed gun operated by volunteers.
The speed gun is operated by a team of three - one to hold the gun and the other two to collect the details of the vehicle. If you'd like to help, please email clerk@ castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk or phone 07707 836973.

Castlethorpe has two defibrillators - one 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.
The defibrillators are fully automatic and will tell the user exactly what to do.

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Castlethorpe statistics

Population                    1,112 (2021 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