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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER  2000

Church Autumn Bazaar

The Autumn Bazaar once again was a very successful event and although not quite as many attended as last year, in spite of the mention on Horizon Radio, the final amount raised was 974, which will go towards the church's required annual income.  Many thanks to all the stall holders and those involved for all their hard work, and for the continued support of all those who came along.

Shirley and Mike would like thank all who donated prizes towards the raffle.  Unclaimed prizes for the adult raffle are:  Blue 404, 131, 186, 394 and 15, Pink 748, Green 604.  Children's raffle unclaimed prizes: Blue 895, 879, 859, 860, 891, 885, 882.  Please call Shirley or Mike on 649223.

Church Kneeler Project

At last month's Family Service on All Saints' Sunday many of those who have sponsored or made new kneelers came along to see their kneeler dedicated.  We now have 65 new kneelers, with over 45 already in place at the church.  Although this was a millennium project, it is ongoing and if you would like to be involved (or have someone else make one on your behalf), it is not too late, so please contact Kay Leeming on 372032 for more information.

Found in the new churchyard - a pair of reading glasses have been found in the new graveyard.  Please call at Driveside or telephone the churchwarden on 372032.

Church Flowers and Cleaning

We are in desperate need of more people to join the flower and cleaning rota - particular cleaners.  If you are able to spare an hour 2-4 times a year, please call Kay on 372032.

Carol Singing

Carol singing will take place on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 December starting at the War Memorial at 6.45 pm.  As always, singers and collectors are needed and offers of hospitality are requested.  If you can offer a drink and snack to around 20 carol singers on either day, please contact Sue Malleson sue@bowbrickhill.com

Informal Fellowship

An opportunity for informal fellowship - start the year with a fresh approach to Christianity!  For an hour and a half on the first and third Wednesdays of the month join the Sunday School team from the church to talk about our faith and pray for our parish during this period of change.  The venue: The Church Hall.  The time: 8 pm.  This is an open meeting, taking place after discussion with Stephen and the churchwardens.  For further information, please call Rosemary Clarke on 370811.

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will be in the village by the War Memorial on Friday 1st, 15th and 29th December and on Friday 12th and 26th January 2001.

Bow Brickhill School Christmas Bazaar

The school will be holding a Christmas Bazaar in the Pavilion on Saturday 2 December.  There will be a variety of stalls with something for everyone, including a Father Christmas Grotto.  The Bazaar will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The Bow Brickhill Club

Another successful meeting was held on 7 November in the Pavilion when Mr Bill Billings gave a talk on 'Comics and Annuals of 1930s and 40s'.  This subject brought about lively discussion and brought back many very happy memories.  Bill brought his talk to a close by reading some of his poems.

Our meeting was enhanced by the visit of four lades from the 'Clutch Club' who are recording village events and memorabilia.  Photographs were taken and old records and photographs scanned.  The Club thanked the 'Clutch Club' for their generous donation of savoury refreshments.  Our thanks also to Mrs Ruth Bromfield, who made and donated a delicious fruit cake.  What a feast!

We had a record number of raffle prizes at this meeting and with their usual skill, Rosemary and Shirley raised the total of 34.  The meeting closed at 4 pm.  Just a reminder to all members - the next meeting will be our Christmas Lunch at The Wheatsheaf on Tuesday 5 December at 1 pm.

Recycling Calendar for December

Red Week - Wednesday 6 December, Blue Week - Wednesday 13 December.  It has not been finalised yet, but Christmas/New Year period is likely to be: Red Week - Thursday 28 December, Blue Week - Thursday 4 January, Red Week - Wednesday 10th and 24th January, Blue Weeks - Wednesday 17th, 24th and 31st January.  Check with The Citizen or December's Messenger.

Bow Brickhill WI

The next meeting will be at the Pavilion at 7.30 pm on Thursday 14 December.  There will be a flower demonstration based on Christmas Cards.  Four will be available as raffle prizes.

Youth on Show

Rehearsals for 'A Good Knights' Work' are progressing well, with the cast really getting to grips with this humorous, yet exciting show.  A big thank you to all who responded to our 'we need' appeal.  We are particularly grateful to Mrs B Causer (material), Mrs W Mills (costumes), Mrs J Varney (knitted armour), and Mr B Goode (special effect knitted armour, complete with arrow holes!)  We are still in need of grey material and wool, black jumpers, T-shirts and trousers, braid and cord, wellington boots and large size socks.  Any contributions will be gratefully accepted.  Telephone Elaine on 642827 or Mary on 647003.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to wish each and every one of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From Norman Causer

It is with regret that I have resigned as chairman of the Parish Council.  I had hoped to continue in office until the end of the council year, but circumstances have made this no longer possible.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Parish Councillors, past and present for their support and the Parish Clerk, Brenda Toombs, for the hard work and expertise she has brought to this office.  I would also like to thank Councillors David Hopkins and Paul White for the help they have given and are giving to the parish.  Finally I wish to thank all the villagers who have supported the Council through some difficult years.

A Special Birthday Tribute to a Special Lady

On the 13 December Mrs Lillian Martha Bone of 86 Station Road celebrates her 100th birthday.  To contemplate a life that encompasses an entire century, virtually all the 20th century, is quite breathtaking, especially when one considers the events and achievements of that period.  We all wish to extend our warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes to Mrs Bone.

Parish Council

There will be no Council meeting in December.  The next meeting will be 11 January 2001 at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close.  

There is a vacancy on the Parish Council.  Should anyone wish to become a candidate for this office, please contact the Parish Clerk, Collingwood, 3 Station Road, Bow Brickhill, tel 01908 375151. 

Notice:  In accordance with the Local Elections (Parish & Communities) Rule 1986 an election will be held if within 14 days of the date hereof, notice in writing requesting such an election is given by ten (10) electors for the Parish to: Howard I Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes.  In the event of no request for an election being received, the vacancy shall be filled by the Parish Council.  Dated this 1st day of December 200.

From Councillor David Hopkins

The Local Plan Deposit stage resulted in over 3000 submissions from across the Borough, commenting for and against areas included in the plan and putting forward proposals for a plethora of sites across the Borough.  That was what the Deposit stage was intended to achieve and the resulting submission will take the Borough until well into the new year to assess.  

None of these submissions have any more validity than any other.  They are not planning applications nor do they have planning status but they reflect the results of consultation - and that has been the purpose of the Local Plan up to this stage.  

What happens now?  Well, the comments will be assessed by the Local Plan Sub Committee.  That will take some time and will result in yet another deposit stage and that in turn will inevitably lead to a Public Enquiry.  The Local Plan will finally be adopted sometime late in 2003.  I will, as I have always done, keep you informed at all stags.

Can I take this opportunity of thanking your hard working Parish Councillors, the Clerk and all those who give their time to serve the village.  Councillor Norman Causer has decided, after a number of years of dedicated service as Chairman, to pass on the mantle.  These have been often turbulent times in Bow Brickhill and Norman has never given any less than his all in seeing fairness, honesty and the interests of the majority well served.  

Brenda Toombs is the hardest working and most dedicated Parish Clerk I have had the pleasure to work with.  She has served the village exceptionally well for a very many years and she will be missed.  

Finally, can I wish every Bow Brickhill resident a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2001.  Where does the time go!

Items for the next edition of the newsletter should reach Norman Causer - 14 Downs View, Bow Brickhill - by Friday 19 January  Tel 01908 372884.

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