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Village organisations

Castlethorpe Craft Club

The Craft Club was formed in 1998 and is open to anyone interested in crafts. Crafts include Cross Stitch, Bobbin lace making, Card making (e.g. Tea bag folding, Iris Folding and Stamping), Patchwork, Crochet, Tatting and Beadwork. We also help each other keep up to date with new crafts and ideas. 

On the last Saturday in June, we hold our annual Cross Stitch Day in the Village Hall. Now a popular event in the Crafters’ calendar it is attended by many crafters from the surrounding area and beyond. The regular craft supplier for the day is Gaynor, who carries a wide and varied selection of cross stitch, lace making, card and paper craft items as well as other exciting craft goodies. Gaynor always has time to demonstrate her new items in stock to tempt us. 

We meet on the third Monday in the month from 7.00pm -9.30pm Afternoon meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday in the month from 1.00pm – 3.30pm. We make a small charge of £2 per session to cover the cost of the hall. 

New members are very welcome. Contact: Carol Wray Tel  01908 510819 

More information at Castlethorpe Craft Club

Castlethorpe Historical Society

Castlethorpe Historical Society was formed at the end of 2014 and aims to make local history interesting and exciting for everyone — not just history buffs.

The society holds talks by guest speakers every two months, as well as organising trips to centres of local historical importance and some “hands on” historical research projects. One of these projects was surveying the South Street paddock under the supervision of archaeologist Mark Roberts and we discovered what appears to be the remains of a late medieval fishpond and a well-used cart track. 

On alternate months the society hosts extremely popular Film Nights, showing movies which have recently been in cinemas on the big screen in the Village Hall. Admission to these is £5, or £2 to members. 

You can find details of the society’s programme of talks on the Village Diary page of this website. Membership is just £10 a year, which gives you free admittance to all the talks and a reduced admission price of £2 to the Film Nights. 

For more information contact Russell Forgham on 01908 510941.

Castlethorpe W I

Castlethorpe WI is well over 80 years old. We have 34 members and have been fortunate in the last two years to have some younger ladies join us. We meet on the second Thursday of every month at the Village Hall at 7.45pm. 

Our programme is varied. We arrange a Prelude to Christmas every two years in the Church. We have a social afternoon once a month in a member’s home. We are not a ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ WI. We are very pleased to welcome visitors to our meetings. So give us a try – you may find you would like to join us! For more information contact Eveline Spencer at or 01908 665326.

The WI's events in 2020

Thursday 8th January
‘Lost in Translation' 
- a talk by Cecile Whidborne  

Thursday 9th April  
‘When Birds Sing’
- a talk by Saffron Summerfield  

Thursday 9th July  
‘Volunteering in Cambodia’
-  a talk by Carol McCutcheen  

Thursday 8th October  
‘Poet in Motion’ - a talk by Mark Niel 

Thursday 13th February
‘What Happens if you get Arrested’
- a talk by Cathy Williscroft  

Thursday 14th May  
Resolutions Evening 
and Bring and Buy 

No meeting but an alternative
event will be arranged 

Thursday 12th November  
AGM with refreshments

 Thursday 12th March
‘The Silk Road’
- a talk by Jenny
 and Ray Rowlson 

Thursday 11th June  
Your Favourite Poems 

Thursday 10th September  
Show and Tell 

Thursday 10th December 
Christmas Celebration

Castlethorpe Duck Race


Over the years the Castlethorpe Duck Race has grown into a major event in Milton Keynes, attracting families in their thousands. It began in 1988 when the weir on the River Tove was badly in need of repair. The water authority was not inclined to carry out the work unless half the money could be raised by the village.

Richard Sawbridge, a local farmer and stock dealer, undertook to raise the necessary funds. The most appropriate event suggested was a Duck Race to be held on the river and the absurdity of the idea of ducks racing seemed to catch the imagination. 

One thousand plastic ducks were originally borrowed (we now maintain our own stocks to ensure they are well rested and at their peak of fitness for the main event). Many local people were persuaded to help with the organisation and on the 29th May 1988 (a very wet afternoon) the first Castlethorpe Duck Race was held. It was a huge success and sufficient money was raised to carry out the weir project, with a surplus actually being donated to the then scanner appeal at Milton Keynes Hospital. 

Since then, every other year, alternating with the Open Gardens, the village has held a Duck Race as a fund-raiser for the village church. There has been a church on the same spot in Castlethorpe for over 1,000 years, so it is fitting that we use 1,000 ducks in the race. 

Our aim is to make sure that first and foremost everyone attending the Duck Race has a great time. But we hope you’ll also go away at the end of the day with a certain satisfaction that your attendance has helped ensure that there will always be a church, in good repair, at Castlethorpe!

Castlethorpe Open Gardens


Castlethorpe Open Gardens is held in June every two years, alternating with the Duck Race.

A beautiful spectrum of colour and diversity is on display as the village shows all its character and historic charm at this bi-annual event which has already become something of a tradition, as visitors come from as far as hundreds of miles away to experience the delights on offer over the weekend.

You can take a tour of all sorts of gardens in the village and the proud owners will be on hand to answer any questions and give you tips. Plants will also be on sale at several of the gardens. You can also follow the Scarecrow Trail and stop for refreshments at the Village Hall. All proceeds go toward village groups and projects.

For more information please contact Sara Montague on 07812 070537 or email her at

Keeping fit in the Village Hall

Yoga on Mondays: Weekly yoga classes are held in the Village Hall between 6.45 and 7.45pm. If you're new to yoga, curious about what it can offer, returning after a yoga break or want to enhance your practice contact Jo Ward on 07810 874099 or email yogawith Drop-in: £6 per class or £35 for a six-class pass.

Zumba on Wednesdays: Zumba is a high energy dance-based fitness class carried out to the infectious rhythms of Latin and international music. And Castlethorpe’s very own Nicky Birchall is holding Zumba sessions in the Village Hall at 6.15pm each Wednesday. The cost is just £5 a session.  There’s no need to book — just turn up … and remember to bring water! For more information contact Nicky on 07799 097921

Pilates on Fridays: Anna O Fitness holds weekly Pilates classes in the Village Hall from 3.30-4.30 pm on Fridays. For more details contact Anna on 07767 454497 or email There’s more information on Anna’s website

Children's dance classes

Dance classes for children in freestyle dance, street dance and cheerleading are held every Friday in the Village Hall (term time only).
5-5.30pm mini sapphires (ages 3-6)
5.30 -6pm junior sapphires (6+)
For more information contact Amy Clarey on 07703 407910.