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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.co.uk/cv (opens in new window).

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

Visit the COVID-19 page of this website for more information about the help and support you can get locally
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The Parish Council will also be issuing updates when necessary on this website, the village Facebook page and
on posters on the village noticeboards.

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Check in at the Village Hall
with the NHS COVID-19 app

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The Parish Council and Milton Keynes Council are encouraging local people to download the new NHS COVID-19 app from www.covid19.nhs.uk.  The new app is part of the NHS Test and Trace service and will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus. 
Visitors need to scan QR codes to check in at venues including Castlethorpe Village Hall and the cricket and football buildings at the Sports Ground, as well as pubs, cinemas and hairdressers. 
The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and check in to venues by scanning a QR code.  It also helps the NHS trace app users who have spent time near other app users, who they may not personally know, and who later test positive for coronavirus. It does this by tracking the virus, not individuals. 
When you first download the app, it asks for your postcode district (in common to thousands of people) which helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. It cannot be used to identify you, track you or to check if you are self-isolating. 
If you have been advised by the app to self-isolate, the app provides a countdown timer so that you can keep track of how long you need to self-isolate.

Take care at the play areas
and outdoor gym 

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The play areas and the outdoor gym on the Sports Ground are open 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.

33 bus subsidy to continue

Following discussions with parish and town councils in the borough Milton Keynes Council has confirmed that the operating subsidy on the 33 bus service through Castlethorpe will not be ended as part of its overhaul of bus routes.
The plan is to replace subsidised services in the urban area of Milton Keynes with a Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) system where passengers book a point-to-point journey via an app or over the phone.  MKC Cabinet member for

sustainability and transport Lauren Townsend said: "We are aiming for a level of service with a maximum distance of 400 metres for pick-up/drop-off and a maximum wait time of 30 minutes. 
"In urban areas we would expect these to be lower, in more rural areas they are likely be closer to the maximum. But it's still an improvement if what those residents have at the minute is a bus that only comes once every 90 minutes and only takes them to a fixed destination."  

Castlethorpe News now available

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The latest edition of Castlethorpe News is now available to download from the Parish Council website at https://castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk/papers.html. Scroll down almost to the bottom of the page and click the link. Some printed copies will be available shortly from the Village Shop for anyone who doesn't have a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Parish Council Meetings – Public Participation

It is the intention of the Parish Council to meet using Zoom video-conferencing while this is permitted by the Government's Covid legislation.
We livestream and record the proceedings on the village Facebook page and also on YouTube in the name of my parish council account “Philip Ayles”.
Viewing attendance has been very good with over 40 viewers on the two livestreams and over 20 subsequent views of the YouTube recording.
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.
This can be done by three methods:  
● Residents can send a written question to the Clerk or a Councillor before the meeting. (The Clerk is not able to monitor his emails during the meeting.)   

● Residents are invited to join the Zoom Meeting during the Open Forum if they wish to ask a question. The joining instructions will be published with the agenda.
Residents will be asked to leave the videoconference when the council meeting starts - they can then view using Facebook or YouTube.  
● Finally, the Facebook feed will be monitored if a resident would like to put a written question in “comments” and this will be read out during the Open Forum.
The Facebook stream is opened five minutes before the meeting starts. Please make sure the question is submitted before or during the Forum.   
You are very welcome to join us.  

Philip Ayles  
Chairman, Castlethorpe Parish Council 

Live travel updates

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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 is still by appointment only and anyone without an appointment will be turned away. To book your slot you must phone 01908 252811.

Castlethorpe statistics

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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 

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