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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2001

New Parochial Church Council

At the recent Church Annual General meeting the following were elected to the Parochial Church Council:  Stuart Leeming - Church Warden & Treasurer, John Wales - Church Warden, Jenny Woods - Secretary, Rosemary Clarke, Helen Coghill, Tim Holden, Kay Leeming.

Good Friday Workshop for Children

A wide range of activities will take place in the Church Hall from 11 am to 1 pm on Friday 13 April - pre-booking essential.  Call Helen Coghill 01908 373344 or Tania Stanford 01525 873879 to reserve a place.

Sunday School

This month we will be looking at prayer on Sunday 29 April from 11 - 12 noon in the Church Hall.  All are welcome - children under three please bring a parent with you!

Easter Flowers and Cleaning

The church will be open on Saturday 14 April from 9.30 am onwards in preparation for Easter.  Volunteers will be most welcome to help with the cleaning, flower arranging and tidying the churchyard - weather permitting (the church lawnmover will be available).  Donations towards the cost of flowers will be gratefully received and can be given to the Rector or Church Wardens.

Date for your Diary

Race Night at the Wheatsheaf in aid of church funds - Saturday 26 May.  Further details in next month's newsletter.

Church Kneelers

Fifty-three kneelers are now in place at the church and several more are still in the process of being made.  If you would like to sponsor a kneeler (either to be worked on by yourself or to be made on your behalf) the cost is 25 and a catalogue of designs is available to choose from.  For further details please contact Kay Leeming on 01908 372032.

Fellowship Group

Would you like the opportunity of exploring how you can apply the Christian faith to your daily life?  Now that the lighter evenings are here, come and join us at the Church Hall from 8 pm - 9.30 pm on Wednesday 4 April and Wednesday 18 April.  Further details from Rosemary Clarke on 01908 370811.

Youth on Show

We have now solved our logistical problems, i.e. six key members of the cast being away on a school field trip on the week of the show!  This has had a knock-on effect and we have found it difficult to book a venue on a suitable alternate date.  However, we now plan to perform 'A Good Knights Work' at the Jennie Lee Theatre at the Bletchley Leisure Centre during the last weekend of June.  

Throughout the uncertainty rehearsals have been progressing well.  We have been most grateful for all the donations we have received, particularly the velvet and brocade material.  A special 'thank you' must go to Mrs Joan Varney who has knitted enough 'chain mail' armour to clad an entire army.

Bow Brickhill Show

The Pavilion has now been booked for the Bow Brickhill Show on Sunday 15 July 2001.  Motor racing fans will spot that this date coincides with the Silverstone Grand Prix, however, for anyone not lucky enough to have tickets, we will plan to place a large screen television in the hall, next to the bar and the tea room!

The Children Fancy Dress Competition, Talent Competition, Produce and Craft Show are all confirmed events, so please start growing, knitting, sewing, painting and rehearsing as appropriate now.

The committee is trying hard to include something of interest for all the family.  Please keep the date free and address all ideas or offers of help to any member of the Parish Council or Chairman, Alan Preen on 01908 647003.

Trek Tibet - by Alan Preen

Anybody who say an article recently in the local press will know that I am to undertake my personal challenge of a lifetime. In May I am to trek across Tibet for 12 days to raise money for the mentally handicapped charity Mencap.  Just trying to get physically fit is proving an endeavour in itself.

The cause of Mencap was brought home to me in January when tragically a friend of the family, Daniel, died aged only 14 years.  Despite huge physical and mental disabilities and much pain, Daniel managed to provide much light and happiness to those around him.  It is to the memory of Daniel that I dedicate my walk.

I am covering all personal travel costs myself, but in addition I have pledged to raise a further 2,720 for the charity.  I estimate the trek is over 272,000 steps at altitude and at 10p per step this equates to my target.  Every penny I collect in sponsorship will go directly to Mencap.  If you feel you are able to support me in any way, I and all the individuals and families who are helped by Mencap would be most thankful.

Parish Council News

The Parish Council members are:  Mr Paul Bowdler - Chairman, Mrs Odette Holland - Vice-chairperson, Mrs Christine Loak, Mr Duncan Summerfield, Mrs Liz Drabble. The new parish clerk is Mr Terry McGowan, 33 Augustus Road, Stony Stratford, MK11 1HJ - telephone 01908 566541.

The Parish Council welcomes Mrs Drabble and Mr McGowan and looks forward to working with them.

Parked Cars

The Parish Council has received several more complaints, regarding residents parking their cars on the pavements.  The Council advises those concerned to refrain from this practice as we have been advised that the police will be enforcing the law with reference to this matter.

Speed Checks

The police have again been in the village checking the speed of the traffic.  The Parish Council, on behalf of the residents of the village, has written and thanked the police for their continued support.

Foot & Mouth Precautions

The Parish Council is in constant liaison with Milton Keynes Council regarding the precautions we must all take to try to eliminate the spread of the disease in our community.  You will have noticed that all footpaths and bridleways have been closed by the authorities.  In particular the Brickhill Woods are totally out of bounds to walkers, dogs and horses.

These closures will remain in force as they are the best way to reduce the risk of spreading infection by contact.  The public are reminded that to ignore a restriction notice (or remove it) is an offence; they risk a criminal conviction and a maximum fine of 5,000.

We have been advised by Milton Keynes Council's Environment Department that horse riding through the village, even on the roads, is not advisable.  Although horses do not contract the virus, they can be carriers.  Also dogs are to be kept on a lead at all times.  

The Parish Council has placed notices around the village advising of these precautions and thanks residents for their co-operation.

Church Road - Traffic Calming Meeting

The Parish Council had arranged a meeting for the residents of Church Road on Wednesday 11 April at 8 pm at The Pavilion, Rushmere Close, to discuss any suggestions for possible traffic calming proposals on Church Road, which we hope to present to Milton Keynes Council for consideraiton.

Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 12 April at The Pavilion, Rushmere Close.

Dog Fouling to Pavilion Area, Rushmere Close

The Parish Council would like to thank all dog owners who have abided by the banning of dogs in the Pavilion area.  However there are a few dog walkers who assume that to avoid the ban they can walk their dogs across the Pavilion car park and playing fields, with the said intention when asked "That they are joining the public right of way."

The Parish Council would like to clarify that there is no access to this right of way for dog walkers via the Pavilion entrance, Rushmere Close, as dogs are banned from the Pavilion.  The start of this public right of way is accessed from Edwin Close, Station Road, and its route runs down the right hand side perimeter of the Pavilion area.

Bow Brickhill Club

Twenty six members attended the March meeting of the club and were entertained with a talk, supported by slides, on the history and foundation of the John Lewis Partnership.  The information we received on the services and assistance to be found within the store was very helpful.  After the talk members enjoyed a tea of scones and hot-cross buns, followed by another successful raffle organised by Rosemay and Shirley.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3 April at the Pavilion, when a talk on 'Sheep Dogs' and 'Crooks' (the shepherd variety) will be given by Mr Norman Seamark of Wilsted.  We look forward to welcoming new members.

Should Bow Brickhill be Developed? - Follow up to the Public Meeting (07.03.01)

Over 150 local residents attended a meeting arranged by Bow Brickhil Parish Council on Wednesday 7 March, chaired by David Hopkins, Danesborough Ward Councillor.  After a background briefing on the current position of the Milton Keynes Local Plan, the meeting heard from promoters of the scheme for some 2,000+ houses, commercial development and infrastructure on land between the village and the railway line.  This was followed by a question and answer session.  David Hackforth, Chief Planning Officer for Milton Keynes Council, offered expert advice on a number of areas connected with the site, the local plan process, planning gain and the general context for planning in and around Milton Keynes.

David Hopkins promised to provide contact details and encouraged everyone to write expressing views on the proposals to:

David Hackforth, Chief Planning Officer, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3HG.

Councillor David Hopkins, 80 Walton Road, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LW.  Tel 01908 582632, or e-mail david.hopkins@milton-keynes.gov.uk

For more information about the East-West rail planning proposals, phone 01473 432066, e-mail: eastwestrail@ipswich.gov.uk or surf the web www.eastwestrail.org.

Details of the proposed canal link between the Grand Union Canal and the Ouse at Bedofrd, contact The Secretary, Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, c/o The Gables, Broughton, Milton Keynes MK10 9AA, e-mail bnktrustees@lmd.co.uk or surf the web: www.bedford-mkwaterway.freeserve.co.uk/index.html

Bow Brickhill WI

A craft meeting will be held at the Pavilion at 7.30 pm on Thursday 26 April.  Competition: A dressed vegetable.  New members welcome.

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be in the village by the War Memorial on Friday 6 April and Friday 20 April from 11-11.15 am.

Recycling Calendar for April

Blue Weeks, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 19 April

Red Weeks, Wednesday 11 & 25 April

Events at The Wheatsheaf

Saturday 31 March - Karaoke - Darren Fuller
Easter Saturday 14 April - Karaoke until midnight
Bank Holiday Saturday 5 May - Karaoke until midnight
Saturday 12 May - Jan's Karaoke

N.B. No roasties on Sunday 13 and 20 May.

Contributions for the May issue of this newsletter to Norman Causer, 14 Downs View, Bow Brickhill , tel 01908 872884, by Friday 20 April please.

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