EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE
DECEMBER 2001/JANUARY 2002
Letter from the Editors
This our second edition of the newsletter
and we must thank you for all your kind
encouragement about our first attempt. We
hope that you enjoy this special Christmas
and New Year edition.
Since coming to the village nearly three
years ago we have been impressed by the
number of activities that the village sustains,
from mum and toddlers right through
to the club for our senior citizens. It is a
pleasure to be a part of this.
However since taking on the editor's job we
have also been hearing about some less
Of great concern to us is a report that
some young people in the village may have
been taking drugs and engaging in related
acts of vandalism towards other people in
the village. It is very sad to think that some
of our young people may be involved. Do
you have any ideas about positive ways in
which this problem might be dealt with?
Some residents of Station road would be
grateful if people out and about at night
could be mindful of others trying to sleep
by keeping noise to a minimum.
We are thinking of including a letters page
in the next issue. We would also welcome
contributions of local history and memories
and any news that you would like to share.
We know there is lots of talent and knowledge
in the village so please don’t be shy!
Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous
Christmas and New Year,
Georgy and Tim Holden
The Parish Council are pleased to
inform all residents that the
Christmas lights will be switched
on at the Village Green o n
December 2nd. The Church
Tower will also be illuminated
Sunday December 2nd at the
2 till 4pm Santa,Raffle,
Stalls. Lots of
great raffle prizes.
Come and join in the fun!
Parish Council Meeting
Thursday 13 December 2001, at 7:30 pm in The Pavilion, Rushmere
Close. If there are matters that may need investigating prior to
the meeting could these please be forwarded to the Parish
Clerk. Any other issue that is of a shorter nature will be
discussed, if possible, during the meeting.
Dog Microchip Vouchers
Following a recent meeting the Parish
Council have received a limited number
of vouchers, which entitle residents
to £5.00 off the cost of
microchipping one dog. If any resident
would like a voucher please contact
the Parish Clerk.
Waterways Trust Public Meeting
A meeting with the trust and the residents
of Bow Brickhill will be arranged
early in the New Year. A date will be
clarified once the Trust has confirmed
the appointment. Further information
on the trust can be found on the
Internet site www.b-mkwaterway.org.uk.
School Lollipop Person
The Parish Council have been sent
details of a vacancy for the above
post. If anyone is interested, or would
like further information about this
position please could they could
either contact the school or Parish
Clerk. This is a vital role within the
community for the safety of our children
and would considerably help the
constant traffic problems around the
Milton Keynes Borough Council are
currently in the process of replacing
all the old lanterns throughout the
Village, ensuring adequate and up to
date lighting throughout.
The memorial service was well
attended this year and all greatly welcomed
the refreshments provided by the
church, especially the children!
The Borough of Milton Keynes has
placed Signage urging drivers to slow
down and take caution throughout the
Village. This is as a result of the Parish
Councils registration to the speed check
campaign July 2000 – a joint venture
between the Police and Milton Keynes
Carol singing will take place on
Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20
December. 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 on
01908 372736 or
as soon as possible.
Please come and join us for our tour
of the village. This revived tradition
has been happening for about 20
years (we're not sure exactly how
long - for like the best traditions no-one
can quite remember when it all
started.) Children are welcome but
should bring an adult with them.
The collection will go to Willen Hospice.
We meet at the War Memorial at
6.45 pm so please come along and
join in. It's great fun and we'll even
show you where the mistletoe
grows - yes, there really is mistletoe
growing in Bow Brickhill!
All Saints' Church Autumn Bazaar
This year’s bazaar was extremely
successful with an above average
attendance and well stocked stalls
and games which meant that an
amazing £1178 was raised for
church running costs. Thanks go to
all in the village who give so generously
each year to stock the various
stalls and support us on the day and
particular thanks to all the stallholders
for their time and effort before,
during and after the event.
We would like to thank the following:-
Elegance Beauty Salon, Bow
Wyevale Garden Centre, Woburn
Sands and Tesco, Bletchley
for their kind donations of vouchers
for the raffle. Also to the residents of
Bow Brickhill who also donated prizes to the raffle.
Unclaimed Raffle Prices: Main raffle - pink 886, pink 515, pink 781,
pink 146, pink 30, pink 66. Children’s raffle - dark pink
825, dark pink 803.
Contact Shirley or Mike Parker on
MK 649223 to claim your prize.
Youth on Show
As 2001 draws to a close, a full cast are rehearsing hard for our
next production 'A Ghost of a Smile' scheduled for March
A special mention must be made of two
1. James Mason - since he was 14 he had taken full responsibility
for the technical side of our productions, particularly the lighting (an
insurance nightmare!) James has now completed his studies at
school and start up his own production company, already working with
well known local theatres such as The Stables, not to mention is
continued involvement with Young on Show.
2. Lucy Mayson - joined us in 1992, acted her socks off for years
and has just declined a place at RADA in favour of a theatre studies
course at The Old Vic in Bristol.
We are very proud of any association with these two individuals and wish
them every success in their theatre careers.
We would like to thank Parish Councillor Paul Bowdler,
who on seeing our soggy plight, after vandals damaged our storage shed
roof, has taken remedial action to limit our loss. What appears to
be a pile of old clothes and hats, actually represents years of scouring
charity shops and generous donations from local people.
On behalf of all the children may we wish you and your families a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Contact Mary Preen on 01908 647003, email email@example.com
or Heather O'Shea tel 01908 661389, mobile 07940 435033.
Next year's church rotas are in the process of being compiled and if
anyone already on the rota is available to do Easter, Harvest or
Christmas can you contact Kay as soon as possible. Donations are
often given towards the cost of Christmas flowers and these will be
gratefully received - please give to either of the Churchwardens.
Church Services December 2001
Bow Brickhill - All Saints
5.00 Advent Carols
11.00 Holy Communion
3.00 Christingle and Carols
11.45pm Holy Communion
11.00 at Little Brickhill
Great Brickhill - St Mary
9.30 Holy Communion
9.30 Family Service
9.30 Holy Communion
9.30 Parish Communion
5.00 Carol Service
11.00 Holy Communion
11.00 at Little Brickhill
Little Brickhill - St Mary
8.00 Holy Communion
11.00 Family Service
5.00 Carol Service
11.00 Benefice Communion
There will be an extra Sunday
School on December 2nd when the
children will be preparing for
Christmas. This will start at 11am
and then at 12pm everyone is invited
to join us in the Church Hall for a
short informal carol service followed
by coffee and mince pies.
On December 23rd the children are
asked to arrive early for the
Christingle Service and help decorate
The next Sunday School after that
will be on January 27th.
Christmas and New Year
Changes to the Weds. schedule
will be made over the holiday.
Red Bins Dec 5,
19, Jan 2, 16, 30
Blue Bins Dec
12, 26, Jan 9, 23
Letter from the Rector
It doesn't seem five minutes since I
was writing my first newsletter to you,
and here I am looking at my last one.
Seven years gone by and what do I
Perhaps the most important thing is
to say thank you. Thank you for the
many kindnesses - undeserved - that
have encouraged and sustained me.
People complain that the world is not
friendly or that others take advantage.
That has not been my experience
in the Brickhills. Individuals
have been generous of spirit - in
some cases in a very big way - and I
am more grateful than is easy to
The next thing is to say that I have
grown and that I hope you have. It
hasn't all been easy, but things that
are worthwhile rarely are. However, I
hope I leave with some wisdom and
some understanding as well as with
memories of our time together.
I have used the word 'hope' already
and it is a very important one at this
time of year. The Advent message is
one of hope. Hope that sustains us
through dark days. Hope that God's
promise in Jesus will see fulfillment -
that a bright future awaits us.
Faith often goes with hope, but is
sometimes misunderstood. It doesn't
mean what we believe.
It means trusting in God. Having faith
means trusting in God. It doesn't
mean having no doubts. It means
going on trusting in the face of doubt.
True faith means trusting when the
chips are down. Trusting when things
Jesus came at Christmas to show us
God's love for us - for each of us
individually. He loves you as much as
he loves me. What he wants us to do
is to love him in return - it really is as
simple as that! How do we do that?
We begin by loving one another -
wanting the best for each other and
trying to bring that about.
All I want to say to you is: have faith,
don't give up hope and love one
With every good wish.
Stephen J. Toze
Message from Cllr David Hopkins
As the year comes to an end it is
time perhaps to reflect upon the
events of the past twelve months
and how they have impacted the village
- consider battles won - and
prepare strategies for those yet to
We are still a long way from settling
the many traffic issues in the village
- but slowly, step by step we are
making progress. The review of
weight limits and the work of the
Danesborough Forum and the
Parish Council in securing money
from some 'unexpected pots' will
enable more progress in the Spring.
The bus service was again under
threat and only some hasty shifting
of money from supporting the city
centre park and ride (which earlier in
the year was more often than not
running empty!) to supporting rural
services kept the village buses running
The Milton Keynes Local Plan is
moving towards the Second Deposit
Stage in the Spring. There are no
changes to the plan previously published
that, as you recall, protected
the village from the unwanted and
unnecessary expansion scheme
brought forward by a Consortium of
I have liaised almost weekly with the
very active Preserve Bow Brickhill
campaign and will continue so to do
You will all be familiar with the canal
scheme. Whilst attractive in its perception
this could well end up being
little more than a Trojan Horse to
development if not viewed with caution.
Decisions made concerning
land in Woburn Sands now makes
the development of the canal on the
southern route very much less likely.
The East West Rail upgrade came
off the rails with the Strategic Rail
Authorities decision not to fund
stage one from Oxford to Bletchley.
At the very least this puts back any
upgrade well in to 2006 or beyond.
As ever, during 2001 I have worked
closely with the Parish Council on a
whole range of issues. The village is
well served by a group of dedicated
and thoughtful parishioners who
give up many hours (most outside of
the actual Parish Council meetings)
to help make Bow Brickhill a safer,
cleaner, better place to live.
Can I take this opportunity of
wishing everyone a very happy
Christmas and a peaceful and
Cllr. David Hopkins
Bow Brickhill School
The Fireworks were a great success
this year, thanks to the good weather
and everyone who came along. We
made about £700 towards our target
of £6000 for the new library project.
The next event at school is the
Christmas Bazaar, this Sunday
December 2nd, from 2 till 4 pm. All
are most welcome to come and join
Bow Brickhill Club
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our
members the November meetings,
combined with the “Bring and Buy”
sale, resulted in a very successful
afternoon. Not only were we introduced
to new members, but we also
raised our funds by a considerable
Our next meeting in the Pavilion will
be our New Years party on Tuesday
January 1st. at 2.00 pm when we look
forward to spending a very happy
afternoon with friends new and old.
A reminder to all members who have
booked their Christmas lunch. We
shall be meeting in the Pavilion car park at 11.30 pm where transport
will have been arranged.
By the War
Memorial from 11
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