EXTRACTS FROM THE
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
The Parish Council welcomes Mrs Drabble and Mr McGowan
and looks forward to working with them.
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
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
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
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
The Parish Council has placed notices around the village
advising of these precautions and thanks residents for their
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the East-West rail planning
proposals, phone 01473 432066, e-mail: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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