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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).

covid

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

Outdoor Gym shut for lockdown

The Lockdown regulations mean that all outdoor gyms and tennis courts - including the ones at the Sports Ground - must be closed. 
However the two children's play areas in Castlethorpe remain open, subject to the Government guidelines. But all 

users should 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 WEATHER

Annual Parish Meeting set for Monday 12 April
The 2021 Annual Parish Meeting will be held online by Zoom on Monday 12 April, followed by the monthly Parish Council meeting immediately afterwards.
The meeting is your chance to see what's been going on in the Castlethorpe area despite the pandemic - plus what's going to happen in the rest of 2021.
Representatives of all the village organisations, the Parish Council and the police, as well as one of our MKC ward councillors have been invited to speak at the meeting and answer any questions you may have, so make a date to watch -and maybe join in - either on the Village Facebook page or the Parish Council chair Philip Ayles's YouTube channel.
Full details of how to watch will be posted nearer the time.

Roadworks alert in Bullington End Road 
Anglian Water will be carrying out repairs to the water supply pipes in Bullington End Road on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8, 9 and 10 March. There will be traffic signals between 09:30 and 15:30 where the work is being carried out

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 - especially for anyone missing the old pre-school which closed in September. 
For more information please email the manager, Jayne Foster, at ducklingscastlethorpe@gmail.com.

Watch out for your election form
Police and Crime Commissioner, Borough Council and Parish Elections are scheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021. We want to make sure everybody is registered and can vote safely. The choice on how to vote is yours - by post, in person, or by proxy. If you’re worried about going to a polling station you can apply for a postal vote. Milton Keynes Council will be posting forms to every household in Milton Keynes so look out for yours.

All change on the buses as the 33 turns blue!

There will be major changes to many bus routes in Milton Keynes at the end of the month. Some services are being withdrawn to be replaced by a Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) system and there are changes to many others.
Castlethorpe’s service, the 33, will be operated every 90 minutes by Arriva instead of Z&S from Thursday 1 April and off-peak journeys will have a slight route change in Wolverton. 

These services will cease to operate and will be replaced
by DRT or a route change on another service: 9, 17, 18, 23,
24, 25, 30, 31, 37, 80, 300, 301 
There will be 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.

The new DRT service, called MK Connect, will be 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 will be available from 6 am to 11 pm Monday to Saturday and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday. 
DRT will be 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 will be available soon, including detailed usage guides online. 

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 

Download the latest issue of Castlethorpe News

The latest edition of Castlethorpe News is available to download here. Some printed copies are available from the Village Shop for anyone who doesn't have a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Get ready for the 2021 Census

The 2021 Census is coming on Sunday 21 March – the  first-ever digital-first Census. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device. You’ll shortly be getting an access code from the Office for National Statistics.
On the day, just go online and enter the code into the secure website to get started. You will be contacted nearer the time to let you know exactly what you need to do.
The Census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives 

us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The Census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.
All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the Census, it would be much more difficult to do this.  
* The first census was in 1801 and the most recent in 2011. 

Maltings 2 Appeal decision

Maltings 2 is the field facing Paddock Close and next to Maltings Field. Permission to develop 31 properties in the field having already been approved, a Planning Application by Stonewater, a social housing provider, giving the proposed design and layout for the development was taken to Appeal. The Appeal was opposed by both Milton Keynes Council and the Parish Council on a number of grounds. 
The Inspector who heard the Appeal ruled that some elements were outside of its scope and would remain unchanged. These include the tenure (Stonewater wanted to increase the percentage of affordable housing from 30% to 100%) and the S106 (Planning Gain) payments which fund a whole raft of facilities including school places, healthcare, police, fire and some parish council projects and which the Applicant said they couldn’t afford. 
Disappointingly, the Appeal otherwise succeeded in having its designs allowed. Both the Parish Council and MKC felt that the designs did not take their cue from Paddock Close. The Inspector felt they did to a sufficient degree. 
The Parish Council will continue to work with the Planning Department at MKC to try and retain the tenure and S106 payments in their original form. 
Philip Ayles 
Chairman, Castlethorpe Parish Council 

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.

Weekly food and garden waste collections in Castlethorpe will restart on Friday 19 March.  Collections were suspended in January due to reduced staff numbers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation has now improved enough for MK Council and partner Serco to resume collections.
MKC said: "We recognise people have accumulated green waste and there will be a backlog to collect. We ask residents to bear with us as we do our very best to make collections on time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept bagged green waste in addition to the bins. Please put this waste into your green bin another time and keep composting where you can."
Residents can help by sharing the information as widely as possible with friends and neighbours who aren't on social media.

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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