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BOW BRICKHILL PARISH NEWS  - FEBRUARY 2003

PARISH NEWS

Youth Group

Are you aged between 10 and 16/17 yrs and interested in attending a youth group within Bow Brickhill? If so please let the parish council know Tel: Clerk (01908) 645158 or email juliesummerfield@btconnect.com 

We are looking into setting up a group but will only be able to do so if there is sufficient need. We are also looking for willing adult volunteers who would be prepared to assist in the running of the group, there would be a great deal of support form the MK Youth Service who are able to provide all the initial set up and ongoing information. It is hoped that if there are between 6 – 10 volunteer helpers a rota could be implemented therefore not putting constant pressure on any one individual. Please contact a member of the Parish Council or the clerk on the above number if you can help. 

Community Transport

The Parish Council have been approached by Wavendon Parish Council as they are looking into the possibility of running a bus service for the senior members of our community to Northampton, Bedford, Bicester and Aylesbury. It is proposed that the service will run once in every four weeks; tickets would be purchased in advance and a volunteer would be needed to sell the tickets. If you would be interested in the service please notify a member of the parish council or the clerk. If there is not enough support the service will not be able to run. To implement the scheme Wavendon Parish Council are looking to get funding which will initially assist with some of the set up costs along with a donation from the Parish Council. 

The Pavilion Extension

Bow Brickhill Parish Council are considering a development project that would extend the building to provide additional public and storage space and improve facilities generally. We would be grateful if you could complete this questionnaire which we are sending to all local residents, user groups and organisations. This will help us identify the future requirements of users and your response will hopefully support our bid for funding from the National Lottery Charities Board ‘Community involvement’ funding initiative. 

Thank You

We would like to thank Mr Pete Tomms for very successfully arranging a New Years Party at the pavilion. Through the kind support of the community in attending the event or purchasing raffle tickets £205 has been raised towards the pavilion extension fund. Mr Tomms has indicated that he is keen to arrange a further event later in the year so keep your eyes peeled for more information. 

Vandalism

Again we are very disappointed to inform all residents that the Christmas Tree lights on the village green were sabotaged over New Year.  It seems a real shame that this has happened again when others have spent considerable time and effort in donating and setting it up the tree for all to see. 

Elections

As many of you are probably aware there are to be elections in May this year which will include electing our new Parish Councillors. If you are interested in supporting your community, taking action, making decisions to improve your parish and being involved in a team of dedicated and committed people please contact the parish clerk for further information. 

Date of Next Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting is to be held on Thursday 13th February 2003, at 7:30pm in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close. 

Clerks:  Mrs Julie Summerfield, 12 Station Road, Bow Brickhill. Tel: 01908 645158, E-Mail 

The War Memorial 

Ian Chambers, one of whose forbears came from Bow Brickhill, is doing research into those families who are commemorated on our war memorial. So far Ian has researched only World War One, but hopes to complete the task. A copy of the information so far uncovered is available on the web site – or from Sue Malleson sue@bowbrickhill.com. Ian would be interested in receiving any information about the men from Bow Brickhill who tragically lost their lives, or copies of any photographs which villagers might have. You can contact Ian direct by emailing him ian.47@btinternet.com or via Sue Malleson. 

Parish Map 

A good meeting was held about creating a Parish map . There are lots of ideas about what it might look like or contain, items of history, geography, buildings, people and possibly even some photographs printed onto fabric. We want to create something about 6 foot square that might be displayed in the pavilion and church. If you are interested in joining this project call Rosemary on 370811. 

CHURCH NEWS

The wardens are pleased to announce that the induction of the Reverend John Waller as Rector of the Brickhills with Stoke Hammond will take place on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s, Great Brickhill. The Bishop of Buckingham will be leading the ceremony and all parishioners are welcome to attend. If anyone would like help with transport please contact either Stuart Leeming on 372032 or John Wales on 373907. 

John’s first service at Bow will be the family service on March 2nd. Do come along and welcome John to our church and village. As this is probably our last regular contribution to the newsletter the wardens would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support for the church during the last year. The financial and practical help we received during the vacancy has been much appreciated. Special thanks go the choir and organists who have enhanced our services and to the PCC for helping to keep the church alive within our community. The Wardens 

The Reverend Steve Barnes who took the midnight service asked me to pass on to all those who did the Christmas flowers his thanks for all the hard work and to say how lovely the church looked. I hope everyone who helped thought it worked OK (comments are always very welcome!) and to those who didn't get round to asking, the idea was for as many people as possible to do an area in the church. I've put it down again to do this Christmas so please let me know nearer the date if you would be willing to be involved (it really will soon come round again). I still have the odd space unfilled on the rota and we could really do with some new volunteers - personal contact seems to be the best way, so if you can persuade a friend to join please let me know. Once again, thanks for your continued support. Kay

Church Rotas - click here

Services – February 2003 

Bow Brickhill – All Saints   
2nd February - 11.00  am Family Service
9th February - 11.00 am Holy Communion
16th February - 11.00 am Matins
23rd February - 8.00 am Holy Communion

Great Brickhill – St Mary the Virgin
   
2nd February - 9.30 am Holy Communion
9th February - 9.30 am Family Service, 6.00 pm Evensong
16th February - 9.30 am Holy Communion
23rd February - 9.30 am Village Service

Little Brickhill – St Mary Magdalene 
2nd February - No service
9th February - 11.00 am Family Service
16th February - No service
23rd February - 11.00 am Holy Communion

Stoke Hammond - St Luke

2nd February - 9.30 Holy Communion
9th February - 9.30 am Holy Communion
16th February - 9.30 am Morning Worship
23rd February - 9.30 am Holy Communion


VILLAGE NEWS   

Youth on Show presents Beauty and the Beast Thursday March 13th,  Friday March 14th,  Saturday March 15th at the  Jennie Lee Theatre, Bletchley Leisure Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £4.50; Concessions £2.50 Join us in our pantomime presentation of the classic story of Beauty falling in love with the Beast. Meet our three ugly sisters, two bears, Delia Smith the Cook and our version of T.V. stars Ant & Dec. 

Beauty and the Beast is packed with fun, corny jokes and familiar music and promises to be a lighthearted night out for all the family. For your tickets contact: Heather: 01908 585245 or Mary: 01908 647003 or any cast member. 

Air Ambulance

Bow Brickhill W.I. invite you to come along to a talk being given by the Air Ambulance on Thursday 20th February at 7.30pm, at the Pavilion, Rushmere Close. The cost for the evening will be £1.00 and a raffle will be held and a collection taken to support the work that the Air Ambulance does. Everyone welcome.

From our Borough Councillor:

The Milton Keynes Local Plan Second Deposit Period ended on 28/11/02, Local Plan Inquiry scheduled to start July this year - start date still to be confirmed. Current estimates are that it will be about a year long. The Milton Keynes and South Midlands Regional Study We are all awaiting John Prescott's (The Deputy Prime Minister) response on this. Will follow up again next month. 

The London to South Midlands Multi Modal Study Nothing has been passed to the public domain since Brian Matthews from the Consultants conducting this sub regional transport study gave a presentation on the London to South Midlands Multi Modal Study to REASON and Preserve Bow Brickhill in October. The next stage of the Study is a presentation of the Study's Final Report containing its recommendations (which will be formally passed to the Regional Planning Bodies) on Tuesday 4 Feb. 2003 in Luton from 10.00 to 13.30.It will cover a summary of the consultation process now about to start under the auspices of the Regional Planning Bodies and the way in which the recommendations will be formulated for the Secretary of State. The consultants will explain the LSM study process & how the recommendations have been reached. The Wider Reference Group will be invited to ask questions. Finally, the three Regional Planning Bodies will discuss in detail how the consultation will be conducted within their areas and answer any questions on the subject

The Canal 

There was a Project Board Meeting on Wednesday 15/1/03. British Waterways preferred route is Route 1A (that's the northern route from Woolstone and past Gulliver's World, Broughton and 'Fen Farm') but this still has to be agreed by a number of the organisations around the table. It is anticipated that a public announcement to this effect will be made in March to allow the organisations concerned time to consider formally and endorse this option. Detailed studies by British Waterways consultants are already underway for sections of Route 1A. 

David Hopkins, Bow Brickhill Councillor at Milton Keynes Council 01908 582632 http://www.miltonkeynes.gov.uk/e-champion 

The Bow Brickhill Club

Another new year and the first meeting in 2003 of the Bow Brickhill club, which promises to be even more lively this year.  There will be at least two outings.  Despite the cold weather our January meeting was extremely well attended. Our speaker, Mr David Higgs, gave a very interesting talk on the evolution of radio and television from the 1950s to date. This was enthusiastically received and our members kep t David busy answering questions until our meeting closed. 

As it was our first meeting of the year there was a buffet and a glass of wine, Rosemary and Shirley ran yet another very successful raffle and Betty distributed the lovely calendars donated by Sue Lloyd. Thank you, Sue, these were very much appreciated. Our next meeting will be in the Pavilion at 2.00pm on Tuesday February 4th. Alan Preen will be bringing us up to date with wiring electrical appliances and showing us how various items are tested. We shall also be discussing our first outing to `Milestones’, Basingstoke, voted Folk Museum of the Year. Hopefully scheduled for April. We look forward to seeing you all on February 4th.

Bow Brickhill Friends Of The School 
Sponsored Bounce - Feb 13th Please sponsor a child if you are asked! Proceeds to the Library building fund.

Refuse and Recycling 

Did you know there are recycling bins at Tescos in Bletchley for carrier bags, aluminium and glass as well as shoes? These have been moved to behind the store, follow the road round to find them. 

Mobile Library 

By the War Memorial from 11 -11.15 am on Fridays 7th and 21st February.

Copy deadline We welcome your news for the next edition. Please deliver contributions by 19th February to Tim Holden, 31 Greenways, Bow Brickhill, tel 372626 or email g.m.holden@open.ac.uk

The Bow Brickhill newsletter is published and produced by All Saints Church, Bow Brickhill, supported by voluntary donations.

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