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.
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.
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 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.
As part of the Covid legislation, parish councils were allowed to hold meetings by videoconference until next May but are expected to broadcast the proceedings to the public.
Castlethorpe Parish Council has met by videoconference since April and broadcast onto the village Facebook page, apart from a technical problem in June. There will also be a YouTube broadcast in the name of my parish council account "Philip Ayles".
The Parish Council has decided to continue to hold meetings by Zoom videoconference until we feel safe to meet physically (a couple of us are over 70) while this is allowed as it seems to be working well.
One of the benefits of broadcasting the
meetings is that there has been a significant increase in public ‘attendance’. Normally, we have only a handful of attendees, unless there is a major issue, whereas we have typically been getting about 20 viewers which is good news for local democracy.
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.
Questions have been invited by means of email or letter to the Clerk or any Councillor. We haven’t received any questions, though we got very few when we met at the hall either. So, to encourage participation:
● From the next meeting on 3rd August, residents will be invited to join the
Open Forum if they wish to ask a question.
They will be admitted via a "waiting room" and asked to leave the videoconference when the council meeting starts - they can then view it using Facebook or YouTube.
● Alternatively, the Facebook feed will be monitored if you would like to put a written question in the comments section and this will be read out during the Open Forum.
Please make sure the question is submitted before or during the Forum. The Facebook stream is opened five minutes before the meeting starts.
● Of course, the original method of writing to the Clerk or a Councillor beforehand can also be used.
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. 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."
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Castlethorpe Route 33 bus timetable download
Please note that a reduced service (every 90 minutes
instead of hourly) is operating until further notice.
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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.
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