PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
We would like to thank all the residents who took the time
to join us at the last Parish Council meeting. The main
issues of concern related to criminal damage in Church Road,
Station Road and at the Pavilion in Rushmere Close. At
the meeting it was felt that although we are a small community
with the support of residents and the local police as a parish
we could unite and resolve these issues.
Following the Parish Council meeting the Pavilion was again
the target of graffiti. This occurred during the removal
of the first attack, on Thursday 21 November. This is
very disappointing and it will prove costly to the parish if
we have to continue paying for such vandalism. This is a
community hall that the parish is proud of and is supported by
local residents and groups. It is our aim to improve the
facilities at the Pavilion and great deal of work is being
carried out in order to gain funding for this to happen.
The police have asked residents to remain vigilant at all
times. Contact them if you see any suspicious
incidents. In January PC Cameron Smith is aiming to
arrange a meeting in relation to the Neighbourhood Watch
scheme. Further details will be printed in the next
We would like to wish Mr & Mrs Causer and Mrs Selby-Lowndes
all the best for their forthcoming moves. Both families
have lived in Bow Brickhill for many years and are known to us
all as active and supportive members of the community. Norman
served a number of years on the Parish Council and was
presented with a gift from the parish. Mrs Selby-Lowndes'
family has been in the village since the 1950s. She has
seen many changes in our community over that time. We
wish them all well in their new homes; the residents of Bow
Brickhill will miss both families.
The third stage in the daffodil planting has now been
completed with thanks to Mr Andy Malleson, Mr Ron Varney,
Duncan & Paul who have again braved the elements of
winter. Most areas of the village have now been planted.
We are aware that there have been problems with the drains
blocking and overspilling throughout the village during recent
wet weather. Milton Keynes Council is aware of the
problems and will be visiting Bow Brickhill in December to
look at what can be done.
There is a local Horsewatch scheme in place. If you
are interested in receiving further information on what you
can do about equine crime, please contact Thames Valley Police
on 01908 6860875 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to inform all village residents that the
Christmas lights should be illuminated from the first week in
December to the first week in January and we would especially
like to thank Mr Ron Varney for his very kind donation of a
tree for the green. We would also like to thank Duncan
Summerfield and Paul Bowdler for taking the time to put up
both the tree and the church light in cold wet weather to
ensure that we can all enjoy them over the festive period.
The Parish Coucnil would like to wish all the residents of Bow
Brickhill Parish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Date of Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting is to be
held on Thursday 12 December 2002, at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion,
Rushmere Close. Clerk:
Mrs Julie Summerfield, 12 Station Road, Bow Brickhill.
Tel 01908 645158.
The Memorial Service was well attended again this year and
we would like to thank Stuart Leeming and the Church Wardens
for conducting the ceremony in the absence of a parish vicar.
New Rector for the Brickhills and Stoke Hammond
Some months ago we reported to you that there would be a
reorganisation of church parishes in our area and the new
group of parishes would become the Brickhills and Stoke
Hammond. This is now taking place at the end of December
and the wardens are pleased to announce the appointment of a
new rector. He is the Reverend John Waller. John
is, at present, in Milton Keynes but expects to take up the
post here before Easter. There will be an official
ceremony to induct John and the details should be available in
the new year. In the meantime a full
schedule of services continues in Bow Brickhill.
The Reverent Ian Thomas will be taking the Family Service and
Baptism on 1st December at 11 am. On the same day we have our
Advent Carol Service at 5 pm (please bring a torch), and this
will be led by Warden John Wales. The 11 am Holy
Communion Service on 8th December will be taken by the
Reverend Siv Tunnicliffe. Matins on the 15th December at
11 am will be led by Warden Stuart Leemiing and on the 22
December at 3 pm we will be holding a traditional Christmas
service of nine lessons and carols. Our midnight
communion on Christmas Eve takes place at 11.45 pm an will be
led by the Reverend Stephen Barnes. All are
Church Flowers and Cleaning Rota
I will soon be doing this for 2003 and would welcome any
new volunteers to replace those that have left the rota this
year. If you think you have a couple of hours to spare
once or twice a year to help with the cleaning or flower
arranging or would like more information about either please
contact Kay on 01908 372032.
am Mrs J Woods
5 pm - As notified
Miss R Clarke
Mr T Holden
Service at Great Brickhill
Services – December 2002
Bow Brickhill – All Saints
1st December - 11 am Family Service, 5 pm Advent Carol Service
8 December - 11 am Holy Communion
15 December - 11 am Matins
22 December - 3 pm Christmas Carol Service
24 December - 11.45 pm Holy Communion
Great Brickhill – St Mary the
1 December - 9.30 am Holy Communion
8 December - 9.30 am Family Service, 6 pm Evening
15 December - 9.30 am Holy Communion
22 December - 9.30 am Village Service
24 December - 5 pm Carol Service
25 December - 11 am Holy Communion
Little Brickhill – St Mary
1 December - No Service
8 - December - 11 am Family Service
15 December - No Service
22 December - 5 pm Carol Service
25 December - 9.30 am Holy Communion
Special Christmas Communion
A special Holy Communion Service will take place on Monday
23rd December at 10.30 am at 53A Station Road taken by the Rev
We extend a warm invitation to you to come and celebrate
this very special time of year with us. If you need help
with transport to any of the services do call Georgy or Tim on
10908 372626. You are most welcome to attend any of the
services in the Brickhills.
The Autumn Bazaar proved to be one of the most successful
yet with plenty of well stocked interesting stalls and an
excellent turnout of people from the village. The
winning raffle ticket (Number 13) for the twin dolls was
unclaimed so if anyone has this can they contact Barbara Smith
on 01908 373339. Thanks go to all the stallholders for
their time and effort before and after the bazaar and although
it is our major fundraising event of the year and raised an
outstanding £1,230 this time, we hope it is also a good
social occasion too and the support from all in the village
both in attendance and in giving to the various stalls is very
Unclaimed Raffle Prizes - The following prices are
unclaimed. If you have the winning ticket contact Mike
on 10908 649223. Orange 825, Orange 838., White
435, White 478. We would like to thank Elegance Beauty
Salon, The Wheatsheaf Pub and all the residents of Bow
Brickhill who donated a prize for the raffle.
Thanks from Wendie - On behalf of Diana Kesterton and
myself I would like to thank all those who kindly gave items
for the Bric-a-brac stall. Again we raised a fantastic amount
of money - £175 and we will do car boot sales with the unsold
items currently filling my greenhouse. Once again many
thanks. Wendie Mills
Come and join the carol singers on Tuesday 17th December
and Thursday 19th December starting at 6.45 pm at the War
We shall tour the Station Road end of the village on
Tuesday and the hill end on Thursday night. Children are very
welcome but will need to bring along a responsible adult.
There are now lots more old photographs on the web site -
see 'old photos'.
Steetley has claimed a further right of appeal against the
dismissal of its appeal on the grounds (a) that some of the
evidence submitted to the inquiry could not be seen by the
inspector because of its commercial confidentiality and (b)
the decision should not have depended on establishing the lack
of a national need for Woburn Bentonite.
Brian's Won the Lottery!
Our MP Brian White was one of 20 MPs whose name was drawn
out of a hat giving him the opportunity to introduce a new
bill in the House of Commons. Please write to him now - he
only has two weeks to make up his mind - urging him to adopt
the Doorstep Recycling Bill which will provide every home with
a doorstep recycling service. You can email Brian on email@example.com
or write to him at the House of Commons, London SW1A )AA.
Milton Keynes Expansion
Recent government announcements have threatened to increase
massively the size of Milton Keynes. The plans include the
proposals for a southern bypass. Would this be through the
Brickhills allowing motorists to get a clear view of the
lovely landscape? Who knows. More details are on the Bow
Brickhill web site. You can also check out the proposals at www.southeast-ra.gov.uk/regional_policies/planning/area_studies/milton_midlands.html
From Borough Councillor David Hopkins
The planning application for the Incinerator at Newton
Longville was unanimously rejected by Milton Keynes
Development Control Committee at a special meeting in
October. However a second application is in the wings
and we can expect the applicants to appeal the decision.
The new recycling regime comes into force from 18th
November. If you require details of the scheme I am
happy to mail or email an information sheet.
Canal Project - Citizen's Jury. I have been invited to
attend this unique and intriguing three-day event by British
Waterways. I will report what I see in the January
edition of the Parish News.
Can I take this opportunity to wish each and every resident a
very happy Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful 2003.
David Hopkins, 80 Walton Road, Wavendon MK17 8LW Tel
01908 582632 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bow Brickhill First School
Despite the heavy downpours on Fireworks night, once again
this was successful event. The heavens miraculously
cleared for the display and everyone had a great time.
Understandably we made less than last year, but, thanks to Bob
the pig roast man and all the parents selling refreshments and
necklaces we made about £450 for the library fund. Our
next major fundraising event will be a ladies evening in
February though we will be running a few stalls at the
Christmas concerts and the Nativity play.
Persil & Nestle
If you use Persil or Nestle products and have collected
any of the special tokens for school equipment, Elaine Chesse
would be pleased to receive them. Pop them in an envelope and
deliver them to the school.
We wish you a Happy Christmas and thank all villagers who have
supported school events this year.
Have your joined BRAIN? - Bucks Residents Against the
It's free. All you need to do is fill in and return the
form which was circulated last month either to the address
given, or hand it to Sue Malleson, Holly Cottage, London End
Lane. Alternatively you can visit www.brain-group.org.uk where
you'll find joining details.
Just because Milton Keynes Council turned down the first
planning application doesn't mean that this threat has gone
away. Shanks may appeal against the refusal and the company
has already submitted another application which is like the
first except that there's a big space where the incinerator
was - all ready for it to be added at a later date.
If you wrote a letter of objection to the first application
- then it's time to write another and if you didn't get round
to it the first time, please let the Council know what you
think. Address correspondence to Ian Prosser, Chief Planning
Officer, Milton Keynes Council, 1 Saxon Gate East, MK9 3 ZL
The application no is MKC Application No. 02/1472/MIN
Further details can be found on the BRAIN web site - or
Father Christmas on the Railway
Father Christmas will be on all trains on the Bedford to
Bletchley line on Saturday 21st December from 9.30 am until 4
pm. Children travel free accompanied by an adult paying
Are maps a maze or amazing? Do they help you to find
your way, or tie you in knots? Are they the source of
arguments or of harmonious journeys? What do you like about
maps? How much can they show? What can they tell you
about a place? Intrigued? Read on! Several
parishes have made their own maps, including their own vision
of where they live. Some are drawn to scale, others are
a freerer representation of reality. Painting, sewing,
collage, drawing - you name it, we could try it. If
you'd like to have a go at working on a map of Bow Brickhill,
join us at the Church Hall on Wednesday 8th January.
Drinks and biscuits provided.
Youth on Show
Youth on Show is affliliated to NODA (National Operatic and
Dramatic Association). We have recently had a critique
of our 2002 production published in the NODA Autumn
magazine. it is probably the best review we've ever
"A Ghost of a Smile
Presented by Bow Brickhill Youth on Show
Production Team: Heather O'shea, Mary Preen and Kayleigh
Venue: Jennie Lee Theatre, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Yet another fun evening 3ith BBYOS, this time in an old
mansion full of potty villains along with ghosts (goodies) and
heroes, all of whom were excellently played by youngsters
under the age of 16. Mary, Heather and Kayleigh made
sure the company were given the confidence needed during the
rehearsal period to bring off this highly improbable story
with flair and a light touch. The Jokes were corn, the
songs silly but all was fun. The audience of Brownies,
parents and other members of the family along with friends all
laughed, cheered and booed till we were all cheered out."
2002 has been a good year for us. We are bulging at the
seams with enthusiastic members all enjoying the preparations
for our 2003 production. We would like wish you all a
very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy new year.
Contacts Mary 01908 647003, heather 01908 585245.
I would like to thank all my very dear friends for thier
kindness and loyalty to me and my family over the last 52
years We had a lovely life at Battams Close and will
miss it very much. We are very sad. The family came to
Battams Close, Bow Brickhill in 1924 and have so many happy
memories. Thank you all. Mrs Selby-Lowndes.
Bow Brickhill Club
"A Peep Behind the Scenes" of amateur theatre, a
talk pesented by Ken Branchette, was the high spot of our
November meeting. Ken kept us amused with anecdotes from his
experience "on the boards" from the age of six as a
child actor, through his army days to date with local amateur
theatre. After tea the afternoon was made complete with
yet another of Rosemary's raffles. Our next meeting at
the Pavilion on December 3rd, promises to put us in the mood
for Christmas with a programme of carols and seasonal songs
performed by the children from our school. Two days
later on 5th December we shall be meeting in the Pavilion car
park at 11.30 am prior to Christmas lunch at Splinter's
restaurant at 12 midday.
You should put the following in your
Paper - newspapers and magazines, catalogues and
directories, writing/typing paper, leaflets, cards, cardboard
- so long as you can fit it in your box. Otherwise,
please take it to a community recycling centre.
Cans - food, drink and petfood cans.
Plastic Bottles - all household plastic bottles
under 5 litres.
Please continue to put all glass bottles and jars in
the blue box.
The following are NOT suitable for recycling:
aerosols, envelopes, any other form of plastic, paint tins,
By the War Memorial from 11 – 11.15 am
on Friday 13th December. Next visit 10th January.