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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY  2001

Carol Singing

A total of 282 was raised for the church.  Thanks to everyone who took part collecting, singing or providing the much needed sustenance afterwards.

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 - time 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.

Church Hall

Many of you will have noticed the complete replacement of the wooden shingles on the Church Hall Roof.  This skilled work was carried out by Colin Carter from Lincolnshire.  He is one of very few craftsmen still carrying out this kind of work.  The wood is cedar and comes from renewable sources in British Columbia, Canada.  It is guaranteed for 50 years and should last 70.  See the pictures.

Bow Brickhill Expansion Proposals - see separate page

Bow Brickhill Club - December Meeting

The December meeting of the club was held in the form of a Christmas lunch at The Wheatsheaf and was attended by thirty-two members.  Unfortunately four of our members were unable to attend, due to illness.  However, Babs, our ever-resourceful landlady, arranged for the lunches to be delivered to our members' homes, thus providing a Christmas lunch for everyone.  Once again Rosemary and Shirley, with the generosity of many of our memebrs, organised yet another amazingly successful raffle, which concluded a very happy afternoon.

The year 2001 took off to a flying start with a well attended meeting, despite many of our members being laid low with coughs, colds and seasonal ailments.  We hope they are all now well on the way to recovery.  Sparkling wine and canapes were consumed to welcome the new year and, after a quiz and raffle, Betty organised half an hour of bingo to round off a very happy afternoon.  

Our next meeting will be at the Pavilion on Tuesday 6 February at 2 pm, when we can promise an entertaining and surprising afternoon.

Bow Brickhill Women's Institute

The next meeting will be at the Pavilion at 7.30 pm on Thursday 15 February.  Mrs Tomes will talk about 'Lingerie Through the Ages'.  The competition will be for some embroidery.

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be in the village by the War Memorial on Friday 9 February from 11 am to 11.15 am.  Not the change of time.

Recycling Calendar for February

Blue weeks Wednesday 7th and 21st
Red weeks Wednesday 14th and 28th

At The Wheatsheaf

Saturday 10 February - 'Jan's Karaoke'
Saturday 24 February - 'Eddie R'

Parish Council Vacancies

There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.  The position is voluntary and requires that the applicant is able to attend the monthly meeting of the Council.  If you have an interest in the village and would like to become involved, please telephone 01908 375151 or 01908 370904.

The Parish Council also require a Parish Clerk/Financial Officer.  Applicants must be able to work under their own initiative, be conversant with taking minutes of meetings and have accountancy skills (would be responsible for keeping Parish Council accounts and Pavilion accounts).  Hours are variable and salary will be in line with Bucks Association of Local Councils and Society of Local Council Clerks.  For further details telephone 01908 375151.

Christmas Lights

The lighting of Bow Brickhill church tower over the Christmas period was once again carried out and many residents commented to the Parish Council on its festive and significant meaning at this time of year, along with the decoration of the village Christmas tree.

Vandalism

The Parish Council would like to make aware to all residents that vandalism over the Christmas period affected many homes.  This included having lights and decorations destroyed and stolen from gardens.  The village tree on the green was also targeted, along with broken windows to the Pavilion and residents' cars being deliberately scratched.  We would ask all residents to be vigilant.  Repairs caused by vandalism are costing the Council a lot of money and cannot be allowed to continue.  The police have been informed.

Dog Bins

The failure to empty the bog bins provided throughout the village by Milton Keynes Council has been reported on several occasions and it is still constantly pursued by the Parish Council.  We hope the incompetence of their service will not deter our residents from their cooperation and hope this matter will be resolved quickly.

Village Traffic

As promised, following the introduction last year of 30 mph restriction and road signage to the village, the police have increased their speed control visits, which we hope will make some difference to our traffic problem.

School Signs, Church Road

The request from the Parish Council for 'slow' and 'school' signs to the Church Hall, Church Road has been accepted by Milton Keynes Council.  These should be erected at the top and bottom of Church Road within the next two months with 'slow' printed on the road below the signs.  This should slow the traffic down, making a safer road for the children using the Church Hall.

Pavilion Lighting

The planning application for the lighting to the Pavilion Car Park has been accepted by the Milton Keynes Council and the erection of four lamp columns will take place as soon as possible, to provide lighting for people using the Pavilion facilities.

Spring Bulbs

The Parish Council has purchased 2,500 daffodil bulbs which have been planted around the village.  Our thanks go to Mr Reg Varney who helped the Councillors, Paul Bowdler and Duncan Summerfield, to plant the bulbs.  It is hoped the bulbs will help to brighten up the village come the spring.

Parish Council Meetings

A reminder to all residents that all Parish Council meetings are open to the public and any views can be put forward by parish residents during the public 10 minutes.

Agenda of Meetings

The agenda of each monthly meeting will be placed on the notice board by the Village Green/War Memorial.

Minutes of Meetings

The minutes of Parish Council Meetings are available to parish residents if required.

Next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 8 February at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close.

Thanks from a Special Lady

Mrs Lilian Martha Bone of 86 Station Road would like to thank villagers for their warm congratulations and sincere best wishes on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Items for the next edition of the newsletter should reach Norman Causer - 14 Downs View, Bow Brickhill - by Friday 16 February  Tel 01908 372884.

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