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.
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The Parish Council will also be issuing updates when necessary on this website, the village website castlethorpevillage.org.uk, the village Facebook page and on posters on the village noticeboards.
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.
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:
You can download or read the Plan and accompanying documents on MKC's Neighbourhood Planning webpage at https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/castlethorpe-neighbourhood-plan and you can send your comments by email to email@example.com 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.
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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 will be by appointment only and anyone without an appointment will be turned away. To book your slot you must phone 01908 252811.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on the 6th.
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
Ambulance South Central
UK Parliament Milton Keynes North