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BOW BRICKHILL PARISH NEWS  - APRIL 2002

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
Greensands Trust - www.greensand-trust.org.uk
The Greensands Trust helps to maintain and patrol our local woodland on behalf of the Council and Bedford Estates.  They have limited funding and do their best to keep the woods to the required standards.  The Trust relies upon public support and as local residents to the woodland we ask that if anyone notices any misuse of the area, they contact the Greensands Trust Ranger on 01525 237760.  Thank you.

Pavilion Bookings
The Parish Council is funding the internal redecoration of Bow Brickhill Pavilion, which is to be carried out during the Easter break.  The hall is an ideal location for any event and there are currently spaces available for group bookings.   Local groups receive an excellent block-booking discount.  If anyone is interested in receiving further details on block bookings or individual hire terms, please contract either Mr Eddy Chesse on 01908 370486 or the Parish Clerk.

School Award
The Parish Council would like to congratulate Bow Brickhill First School for attaining the Basic Skills Award plaque.  The school is one in only five to achieve this award within the area.

Jublilee Celebrations
Are you celebrating your 5th or 25th birthday this year?  If so please contact the Parish Clerk.

Grass Cutting Tender
The tender for the cutting of the Village Green has come up for renewal.  If any local company is interested in submitting a quote for this work, please contact the Parish Clerk for a specification.  Return quotes will need to be submitted no later than Monday 8 April.

Garden of the Year 2002
The Citizen Newspaper and Frosts Garden Centre are launching this competition.  There are categories for small and large front and back gardens.  The closing date for entries will be 29 June.  If you require further information please contact Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3HJ.

Next Parish Council Meeting
This will be held on Thursday 11 April at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close.  If there are matters that may need investigating prior to the meeting, could these be forwarded to the Parish Clerk.  Any other issue that is of a shorter nature will be resolved if possible during the meeting.  Clerk:  Mrs Julie Summerfield, 12 Station Road, Bow Brickhill.  Tel 01908 645158, email juliesummerfield@btconnect.com.

VILLAGE NEWS
PBB - Preserve Bow Brickhill
Milton Keynes Council, at a recent Local Plan Panel meeting, confirmed its original proposals for development in Milton Keynes.   This means that the land between the railway line and Bow Brickhill will not be included for development in the Local Plan.  The decision represents a success for PBB and all those who lobbied officers and councillors.

However this is just the first part of a very long process.  The next stage will be a public enquiry into the Local Plan proposals. PBB will continue to represent the village and fight inappropriate development. 

Those who attended the meeting with British Waterways representatives and heard about the new canal proposals, will have realised that the canal also poses a significant threat.  Substantial funding for the venture must be found from private sources and much of this will come from building development along its length.    Until or unless British Waterways can guarantee that the project will not entail building development between the village and the railway, PBB will oppose the project.

STOP PRESS!  The Council has just announced their preferred canal route.  Their choice is the northerly route, which will not affect Bow Brickhill.  Let us hope their recommendation is upheld.

Plant Fayre
Great Brickhill, Saturday 27 April, 12 - 4 pm in the Parish Hall. Professional and amateur nurserymen.  Entrance 1.50, proceeds to St Mary's Church.

A message of thanks from Joyce Oxley
A sincere thank you to all who attended Ken's memorial service.  It was a joy to know you all came because you wanted to be there.  I felt very, very supported.  So many of you have offered me and given your help during this last year, and it has been very much appreciated by myself and Ken.  From the top of the hill, right through the village, even our own postman and Pauline and Tony at the Wheatsheaf.  Bow Brickhill is a community to be proud of.  So to you all, from myself and the family, a great big 'thank you'.  God bless.

Youth on Show
Presents:  A Ghost of a Smile.  A musical adventure to a haunted house inhabited by a family of ghosts, written by George Middleton and starring a cast of local children.  Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th May 2002 at 7.40 pm at The Jennie Lee Theatre, Bletchley Leisure Centre.  Tickets 4.50 for adults, 2.50 concessions.  From Mary 01908 647003 or Heather 01908 661389.

Thank you to everyone who has donated items to us following last month's appeal.  We very much appreciate your generosity.  We still need:  Blue jeans age 9-14 years any condition, deer stalker hat, builders planks and trestles, military cap, nuns habit, two roman soldier uniforms.

Parent & Toddler Group
Toddlers have recently enjoyed many activites including pancake making, casting our hand a footprints in plaster and making Easter Cards.  We have also introduced a song time at the end of the session which all seem to really enjoy. 

We would like to thank Wavendon Toddlers group who have offered us some baby toys and seats as they are closing down.  A donation to Milton Keynes Hospital has been made for these in return.  The parents at Toddlers have also undertaken a sponsored slim for a three month period to raise money for the Milton Keynes Special Baby Care Unit which we hope will inspire us all to loose the weight for a very needy cause. 

In the next few months we are looking forward to our Summer Trip when we hope it sill be possible to have a group outing to Gulliver's Land, Milton Keynes.  If you are interested in joining us, we meet on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30 pm to 3 pm at the Pavilion, Rushmere Close, Bow Brickhill.  The first session is free.  Due to Pavilion re-decoration our next meeting will be Thursday 11 April.

Bow Brickhill School
The school promises action was a great success and we would ver much like to thank of of those who supported it and helped us to raise over 950.  Particular thanks must go to Sue Malleson whose talents are endless and to Sue Stratford and Helen hart who worked unstintingly to provide a brilliant spread.

Bow Brickhill Club
On Tuesday 5 March the club was fortunate in having PC Cameron Smith as a guest speaker.  PC Smith gave a very interesting and reassuring talk supported by literature covering burglary, car theft and home security.  For residents who missed this talk, PC Smith will be speaking to us again at 2 pm on Tuesday 28 May when he will be illustrating his talk with a film.

Future events include a Jubiliee Lunch on Tuesday 4 June and a trip to the London Eye on Tuesday 2 July.  If you wish to visit the London Eye a deposit will be required at the next meeting of the Bow Brickhill Club.  As the Pavilion will be undergoing redecoration during the first week of April our next meeting will be at 2 pm on 9 April in the Pavilion.

Mobile Library
The mobile library will be by the Memorial on Friday 5 April and 19 April.

Recycling Bins
Blue Bins - Thursday 4 April, Wednesday 17 April
Red Bins - Wednesday 10 April, Wednesday 24 April.  

CHURCH NEWS
The Church Wardens of All Saints wish you all a very happy Easter.  The giving and receiving of Easter eggs and cards is an opportunity to renew links between friends and families and the eggs represent new life.  The symbolism of the egg as the beginning of new life represents the entombed Jesus rising to new life and that is the Easter message for us.  We can all take the opportunity to renew our own lives this Easter and however you spend your Easter we hope it will be a happy time.  With good wishes, The Wardens.

Reorganisation
There is at present reorganisation being carried out in the Oxford Diocese.  Bow Brickhill church parish is part of the three Brickhills Benefice which is in turn in a group of parishes known as the Mursley Deanery.  This reorganisation means that Stoke Hammond parish, which was originally in the Newtown Longville group of parishes, will be joining the Brickhills when a new vicar is appointed.  This selection and appointment will take some time and a new vicar is not expected to be in place before Christmas.  It is also planned that the rectory or vicarage will be relocated to Great Brickhill which is considered more central.  The rectory in Bow will be sold.

Parochial Church  Council AGM
At the PCC AGM held on 17 March John Wales and Stuart Leeming were re-elected Church Wardens.  Jenny Woods was elected secretary and the following were elected to serve on the church council:  Rosemary Clarke, Helen Coghill, Kay Leeming and Tim Holden.

Funeral - Ken Oxley

Thank you - We would like to thank everyone who has donated funds to support this newsletter over the past few months.  The church funds the newsletter with a small amount of help from the Parish Council.  Your donations are most gratefully received.  The average cost of one issue is about 30.

Sunday School - Special Easter Play Day - Good Friday 11 am to 1 pm in the Church Hall.  Phone Helen (373344) or Tanya (01525 873879) for details and to book your place.

Fellowship Group
Following a successful meeting of the new look fellowship group in March the next meeting will be on Wednesday 13 April at 8 pm in the Church Hall.  Anyone and everyone cordially invited to join us.

Services for April
Bow Brickhill
1 April - 11 am Family Service
14 April - 11 am Holy Communion
21 April - 6 pm Evensong
28 April - 8 am Holy Communion
Little Brickhill
7 April - no service
14 April - 11 am Matins
21 April - 11 am Family Service
28 April - 11 am Holy Communion
Great Brickhill
7 April - 9.30 Holy Communion
14 April - 9.30 Family Service, 6 pm Evensong
21 April - 9.30 am Holy Communion
28 April - 9.30 Parish Communion

Church Rotas

  Readers Flowers Cleaners
7 April H Coghill S Lloyd D Kesterton
14 April A Malleson    
  J West    
21 April J Wales A Goodwin D Bowdler
  T Holden    
28 April A Wilkins    
  S Leeming    

 

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