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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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Clubhouse construction reaches final stages

Castlethorpe Cricket Club held their first match using the new pavilion in May and the team was very pleased with the new pavilion. The enlarged changing rooms and new public toilets are to a very high standard.
The extension, which will be the new clubhouse or community space, is progressing well as can be easily seen when walking across the sports ground.
The doors and windows have now been fitted and the work on the interior is progressing at pace. The internal walls, ceiling, insulation, plumbing and ‘first fix’ electrics have been completed.
The remaining work is completing decoration, second fix electrics, laying the kitchen and servery area floors (but not the social area) and building the front and rear access ramps.
We hope that Hickfords will hand over the building to us in early July at which point  CCS volunteers will fit the kitchen equipment already purchased for cricket teas.
We have been successful in obtaining a small grant from the MK Community Foundation but we need to raise about another £20,000 to fit out the social area, kitchen and serving area so that we can provide a café and bar service.
CCS has submitted an application for £20k to National Lottery which should get a decision by mid-August. Thanks to the Plunkett organisation which provided a free consultant who basically wrote the application for us.
Unfortunately, we have been notified that, due to the General Election, the Community Ownership grant application (£10k) we
submitted to DLUHC has been put on hold.
We have also been told that we have been unsuccessful with the Shared Prosperity Fund application (£5k) which was through We have also been told that we have been unsuccessful with the Shared Prosperity Fund application (£5k) which was through MKCC but ultimately funded by DLUHC. We will now consider applying to BIFFA for a grant.
A fast broadband link has been ordered from Gigaclear.
Although we can make the clubhouse available for cricket teas using their existing furniture, it won’t be ready for general use until we can obtain some grants to fit it out. The earliest this can be will be late Autumn based on a favourable decision by National Lottery in August
Philp Ayles

Group looks at new public 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.  
Two meetings have been held and a group of residents have become involved. The first was attended by Louise Izod, the MKCC Public Art officer, to explain the process for accessing the S106 Public Art funding. 
At the second on 20th May a number of possible public art projects were discussed and, initially, discussion focussed on five possible projects:
• A new village sign on the triangle. This is subject to a review of the existing sign by Lawrence Chapman to see if it is repairable. If not, a traditional design in a durable material (advice from Louise Izod) but possibly having the sign rotate with wind via a central pin top and bottom.
• The clubhouse. Rather than public art on what is a modern building, it was suggested that the garden area to the west of the clubhouse (between it and the tennis courts) should be designed as a piece of public art. If this is done as something that will want regular maintenance, then the public art application will have to make financial provision for maintenance.
It was suggested that it should pick up on the themes that identify the village such as the castle, the railway and 

agriculture and, if possible, the school and Youth Club should be invited to suggest some themes. Matt Parry and Carrie Grayson agreed to work up some ideas.
• The village shop. It was felt that the shop was not a good place for public art given the display of goods outside it and the proximity of public art nearby - the village sign.
Justin's suggestion of stained glass had been circulated but it was thought this might be difficult to see (given fruit and veg racking) and match with the style of the shop itself. This needs further discussion but it was felt that an "old fashioned" Castlethorpe Shop sign might be the most appropriate.
• Bus shelters. Suggestion was for some tiles or mosaics with village scenes (castle, church, school, historic houses?) on the back wall of the three shelters. Also consider stained glass in the shelters. Graham Flagg said he would develop some ideas and a subsequent site visit was made by Honey Mosaics.
• Village Green. Suggestion of a mural on the brick wall at the back of the green. This needs further thought. The wall belongs to MKCC Housing but there is probably no problem with artwork on it - we just need to ask them.
It was stressed that there is no immediate deadline on this, so we should take whatever time is needed to develop our ideas. The process is that ideas should then be taken to the Parish Council for its support and then submitted to Louise Izod for approval.
Philip Ayles

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 above. 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 

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.

The village also 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.

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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