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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2001/JANUARY 2002

Letter from the Editors

Hello, 

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 positive things. 

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 

Christmas Lights
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 again

Christmas Bazaar 
Sunday December 2nd at the School from 2 till 4pm Santa,Raffle, Refreshments, Games and Stalls. Lots of great raffle prizes. Entrance 20p. 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 school area.

Street Lighting
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. 

Memorial Service
The memorial service was well attended this year and all greatly welcomed the refreshments provided by the church, especially the children! 

Speed Checks
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 Borough Council.  

Carol Singing
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 email, sue@bowbrickhill.com, 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 Brickhill; 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 2002.  

A special mention must be made of two young adults.
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 powerplug@aol.com or Heather O'Shea tel 01908 661389, mobile 07940 435033.

Church Rotas
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
2nd December: 5.00 Advent Carols
9th December: 11.00 Holy Communion 
16th December: 11.00 Matins 
23rd December: 3.00 Christingle and Carols 
24th December: 11.45pm Holy Communion 
30th December: 11.00 at Little Brickhill

Great Brickhill - St Mary The Virgin 
2nd December: 9.30 Holy Communion 
9th December: 9.30 Family Service 6.00pm Evensong 
16th December: 9.30 Holy Communion 
23rd December: 9.30 Parish Communion 
24th December: 5.00 Carol Service 
25th December: 11.00 Holy Communion 
30th December: 11.00 at Little Brickhill 

Little Brickhill - St Mary Magdalene 
2nd December: 8.00 Holy Communion 
9th December: 11.00 Matins 
16th December: 11.00 Family Service 
23rd December: 5.00 Carol Service 
25th December: Holy Communion 
30th December: 11.00 Benefice Communion

Sunday School 
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 tree. The next Sunday School after that will be on January 27th.

Christmas and New Year 
Recycling 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

Dear Friends, 

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 say? 

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 express. 

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 are difficult. 

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 another. 

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 come. 

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 to timetable. 

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 potential developers. 

I have liaised almost weekly with the very active Preserve Bow Brickhill campaign and will continue so to do so. 

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 prosperous 2002. 

Cllr. David Hopkins MK 582632 
  
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 the fun! 

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 amount. 

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. 

Mobile Library By the War Memorial from 11 -11.15 am on the following Fridays: Dec. 14, 28, Jan. 11, 25 

  Copy deadline We welcome your news for the next edition. Please deliver contributions by Jan 18th to: Georgy and Tim Holden,31 Greenways, Bow Brickhill, tel 372626 or email timholden@ntlworld.com

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