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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
JULY 2001

Trek Nepal in Aid of Mencap

My group returned to the UK on 1 June having achieved our foal of raising in excess of 1/3M for Mencap.  However the Chinese denied us access to Tibet and instead our trek took us to the Langtang region of Nepal high in the Himalayas.  We trekked the distance of Milton Keynes to London and back and climbed the equivalent of Mount Blanc.  We were instrumental in saving a woman's life high in a remote mountain village.  I got bitten by leaches and I hope to putting a 10 year old orphan through school in Kathmandu.  Hopefully I will be able to link two schools in our area to the Ideal English School in Kathmandu.  If you would like to know more, I will be attending the Bow Brickhill Club meeting on Tuesday 3 July at 2 pm, showing a video and a few pictures of my challenge.         Alan Preen

Race Night

The Race Night held recently at the Wheatsheaf proved to be a very successful and entertaining evening, raising 253 towards church funds.  Special thanks go to Babs and Graham for organising and hosting the event, to all who bought pre-race night horses and particularly to the customers of The Wheatsheaf who supported the evening so generously.

Church Hall

Andrew Malleson has taken over the task of supervising church hall bookings.  If you would like to book the hall, please contact Andrew on 372376.  The PCC would like to thank Yvonne Paris for carrying out the job previously for several years.

The Local Plan  

Planning proposals to the Local Plan as detailed in May's newsletter, have recently been made available for viewing by Milton Keynes Council.  The Parish Council has obtained copies of the proposals for Bow Brickhill and there are available to residents to view.

Bow Brickhill Club

The June meeting of the Bow Brickhill Club was another entertaining afternoon, with a quiz and a raffle organised by Rosemary and Shirley.  Following tea the afternoon culminated in a Bingo session conducted by Betty and Don.

Our next meeting will be at 2 pm on 3 July in the Pavilion.  Alan Press will make a return visit to tell us about his trip to the Himalayas.  We look forward to seeing you all as we are now in the season of strawberries and cream!

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be in the village by the War Memorial on Friday 13 July and Friday 27 July from 11 - 11.15 am.

Recycling Calendar for July

Red Weeks:  Wednesdays 4 and 18 July
Blue Weeks: Wednesdays 11 and 25 July.

Sunday School

All children are welcome to Sunday School which takes place on the last Sunday of each month in the Church Hall at the bottom of Church Road.  If you're under three, please bring your Mum or Dad with you!  We also encourage children and their parents to come to the family service at 11 am in the church on the first Sunday of the month.  Come and find out about "Super Dad" on 1st July at 11 am.  At the end of the month we will be thinking about holidays.  NB.  This year there will be no Sunday School on the last Sunday of August, Bank Holiday Weekend.

Fellowship Group

Last month we looked at worship as we considered how the introduction of the church's new service book Common Worship will affect our services.  This month we expect to finish our mini series using materials for Christian Aid.  Why not come and join us for an hour and a half on the first and third Wednesdays of the month?  Home made cakes or biscuits accompany the tea and coffee served in the Church Hall from 8 pm to 9.30 pm.  Come and get to know people from the church in a more relaxed way than is possible on a Sunday morning.  

Ploughman's Lunch

It was a glorious Sunday afternoon for enjoying the ploughman's lunch in aid of church funds on Sunday 24 June from 1 noon.  The Driveside garden was a delight, the food was good and the company congenial.  Thanks to Kay & Stuart for their hospitality.

Christian Aid

Thank you for giving, and for those who gave time to collect.  It is several years since the last street collection and this year 213.32 was collection (1997: 157.97).  The total for the three villages was 829.66 (200: 411.60).

Climate Change

A reminder that a theatrical company will be piloting new material at Christchurch, Stantonbury Campus on Wednesday evening, 4 July - American Independence Day has been deliberately chosen to highlight George Bush's refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.  Initiated by the Oxford Diocese, this is a bargain evening:  1 per person - maximum number of 75, so ring 310951 to book your place now (pay on the door, but you need to reserve your seat).  You'll get though to Milton Keynes World Development Education Centre whose co-ordinator, Rosemary Clarke, lives in Bow Brickhill.  The show begins at 8 pm and lasts 90 minutes

Willen Hospice Collection

The Willen Hospice house collection in Bow Brickhill in April came to a total of 251.47.  This year the collection in Milton Keynes raised 8,587.68.

The Lisa Gallafent School of Dance

Will be commencing a Children's Dance Class starting in September 2001.  On Monday evenings from September your child will be able to attend a professional dance class at the Pavilion to learn the dance art form of ballet.  Girls and boys from the age of 4 years can enrol on this first step of the classical dancing ladder, which will take them, if they choose, through their teens and beyond. Classes cost 3.50 per child and are for 45 minutes.  To enrol your child or enquire further please contact the Lisa Gallafent School of Dance on 01908 377524 or Miss Lisa directly on 07879 642971.

Contributions for the July newsletter should reach Norman Causer, 14 Downs View, Bow Brickhill Tel 01908 372884 by Friday 20 July please. 

NB: It is a great help if contributions are typed in a minimum of 12 pt sized font.  This means that A4 pages can be scaled down to A5 without the need for retyping.  If this sounds like gobbledegook, please contact Rosemary Clarke on 01908 370811 who is helping out with the preparation of the magazine.

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