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BOW BRICKHILL PARISH NEWS  - MARCH 2002

Recycling

Red Bins: Wednesdays March 13th, 27th
Blue Bins: Wednesdays March 6th, 20th

Mobile Library

By the War Memorial from 11 -11.15 am on the following Fridays: March 8th, 22nd. 

The Bow Brickhill Club

The 29th meeting of the Club took place in the Pavilion on Tuesday February 5th. When we  exercised our brains with a quiz and chatted with friends over tea. Due to the unavailability of

our speaker from NHS Direct, Don and Betty arranged a short bingo session and the meeting closed at 4.00 pm. Our next meeting will be in the pavilion at 2.00pm on Tuesday March 5th when our speaker will be an officer from the local constabulary.

Bow Brickhill School

Promises Auction Friday March 15th 7.30pm Tickets to include Buffet Supper £5 each. Promises so far include: Days out at local attractions, A round of golf at the Royal Bedfordshire Golf course, A clutch of 6 Day old chicks and many others. Do come along and join in the fun. Sue Malleson will be our auctioneer. If you would like to make a promise or buy tickets call Georgy on 372626 or email g.m.holden@open.ac.uk.

PARISH NEWS

TRAFFIC CALMING /PARKING ISSUES UPDATE

A representative from Milton Keynes Council attended the Parish Council.  Meeting in February to discuss the proposals put forward by the residents. This is the first step to proceeding with these measures within the Village. It has been advised that once costs and  regulations are clarified work can commence and improvements be in place by the end of the year. 

POLICE

PC Eric Williams attended the Parish Council Meeting to introduce himself to all. He has advised that the crime levels within the Village have fallen considerably and aims to  continue this. He will be working with the Neighbourhood watch scheme and asks all residents to remain vigilant. There will also be continued speed checking and monitoring in the Village over the coming months.

BUS SERVICES

Residents may be aware that a Sunday Service will be introduced on 3rd March 2002. This is the 18E bus and will be on route from Bletchley – Central Milton Keynes, via Tilbrook, Bow Brickhill, Woburn Sands, Wavendon and Kingston. There have been some changes to the other services for further information please contact Milton Keynes Council or the Traveline on 0870 608 2608.

WATERWAYS PUBLIC MEETING

We would like to thank all residents who attended the meeting it was a good turnout. If you wish to have a copy of the minutes please contact the Parish Clerk.

GOLDEN JUBILEE MEETING

Again we would like to thank all groups for their support at this meeting. A date has been set for Sunday 9th June, when it is hoped many families will be able to attend the celebrations. It was proposed that a fun day be held with suggestions of a red, white and blue theme also tying in with the Open Gardens the following weekend, a family picnic, Old Time Sports events for all to enjoy, performances from the local groups on stage, a family quiz and a raffle. A Committee has been set up to organise the event and will forward further information in the Parish News. If you can offer prizes for the raffle or assist with any of the above please contact the Parish Clerk.

REPORT FROM COUNCILLOR DAVID HOPKINS

The Parish Council met with Trevor Dove, who is the Milton Keynes Council Senior Highways

Officer, at its meeting on Thursday 14th February. Trevor presented a series of suggestions for traffic calming in the village, namely:

* Flashing school lights

*Central island and local widening (on station road close to the school)

* A Pedestrian guard rail for part of the school side of Station Road

*Gateway (Woburn Sands Road)

* Gateway (Station Road)

* Mini Roundabout (Junction of Church Road with Station Road)

In addition, certain additional road signing, road marking and red tarmac on Station Road and on Church Road would be incorporated into the overall scheme. If accepted in full, or in part, the scheme would be in place within the year. If you require fuller and more precise detail of where each measure would be situated please do not hesitate to contact me and I will send through copies of the sketch plans. Can I also take this opportunity to plug a new Sunday only bus service connecting Bletchley, Bow Brickhill, Woburn Sands, Wavendon,the Hospital and C.M.K. A copy is enclosed.

David Hopkins 80 Walton Road MK17 8LW
tel: 01908 582632

YOUTH ON SHOW

Our booking for the Jennie Lee theatre at Bletchley Leisure Centre has been confirmed for the 9th, 10th. 11th of May for our 2002 production “A Ghost of a Smile.” Join us in a musical adventure to a haunted house inhabited by ghosts. All is not what it seems! Our play stars a cast of 30 local children and young adults. Tickets priced at £4.50 Adults £2.50 concessions are available from Mary 647003 or Heather 661389. Does anybody have any of the following we would be happy to take them off your hands! 

Doc Marten boots(sizes 3-8) 
Checked shirts (9 - 14 years)
Blue Jeans (9 - 14 years)
Deer Stalker Hat
Nun’s Habit!
2 Roman Soldier Uniforms!
1 Old Fashioned Telephone
Old style suitcase/luggage

The cast have been working extremely hard since September and would very much appreciate your support. P.S. Whilst the production is packed with ghosts these are not very scary!!

GRASS CUTTING

Milton Keynes Council have requested that Parish Councils notify residents that they are commencing with grass cutting from the mid to end of March depending on the weather. They shall notify the Parish Council once the cut has been completed in our area. If any residents have comments about the service could you please forward these to the Parish Council to limit the number of calls to Milton Keynes Council, Thank you.

BIN BAGS

As you may have read in the Citizen the Borough Council are to issue refuse sacks in bulk to local residents commencing Monday February 18th, this will consist of rolls of 28 bags, twice a year. Until they have delivered all the bulk supplies you will continue to receive a bag each week. These changes will not effect the refuse collection in any way. If any dates of collections are to change for example over bank holidays they will be advertised in the Messenger and local press.  

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 14th March 2002, at 7:30pm in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close. If there are matters that may need investigating prior to the meeting could these be forwarded to the Parish Clerk. Any other issue that is of a shorter nature will be resolved if possible during meeting.

Clerk : Mrs Julie Summerfield, 12 Station Road, Bow Brickhill. Tel: 01908 645158, E-Mail juliesummerfield@btconnect.com

Letter to the Parish from Rev. Stephen Toze

Dear Friends,

I wanted to write to thank you all for the many kindnesses that I have received in Bow Brickhill. The generosity that you showed in the wonderful gifts that I received at my leaving service took me completely by surprise. I didn't feel able to express my thanks adequately. I have already put the Communion Set to good use, and have begun to explore the camera - though unpacking and work have a major claim on my time.

The kindnesses that you have shown me were however, far more than those gifts at my leaving. Over the past seven years, you have taken me and my family to your hearts. I have been welcomed into your homes and befriended. I have eaten at your tables and shared in your lives. This has been a tremendous experience for me and has made Bow Brickhill a place that I will always remember with deep affection. Over the last two years I have found understanding and steadfastness during a difficult time. I have received care and protection and have found a refuge with you. I can find no better way to express it save to say that this is surely what Christian love is about. As St John wrote, 'Love one another as I have loved you, by this shall all men know that you are my disciples'. I have certainly experienced that love in Bow Brickhill.

Here in Wilstead and Houghton Conquest, I am at the stage of trying to get to know people and remember names. Thus far everyone has been very understanding. However, I miss you all and hope that you will keep in contact or even drop in to see me. Once again thank you for everything.

With every good wish,Stephen J. Toze

THE WHEATSHEAF

Forthcoming events.

Saturday February 23rd - George a soloist who does songs from the 50s onwards. Starts at 8:30 pm

Saturday March 2nd – Karaoke with a difference - The K Team. Karaoke & Entertainment. Starts at 8:15pm.

Saturday March 16th – The Blues Company. Starts at 8:30pm

Saturday March 30th – Country & western Night with Stuart. Starts at 8:30pm.

Contact: Pauline & Tony   thewheatsheaf2001@yahoo.co.uk

FELLOWSHIP GROUP

We have had a review of this group and have decided to change the format. It will now be held once a month on the first Wednesday and will focus on Bible studies. The first meeting in the new format will take place on Wednesday March 6th at 8pm in the Church Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy both physical and spiritual refreshment!

CHURCH ROTAS

Flowers - no flowers during Lent and Easter Service at Great Brickhill.

Cleaning
March 3rd: B Toombs
March 17th: J Harper

Readers
March 3rd, P Wilby
March 10th, J West, J Varney
March 17th: D Waldron, S Leeming
March 24th:  A Wilkins, T Holden

CHURCH NEWS

By the time you receive this newsletter we will be into the second week of Lent. During Lent it has been customary to give something up, like chocolate or alcohol. In times past it was a period of fasting in memory of the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his ministry whilst being tempted by the devil. Lent is also a period of preparation for Easter when we remember particularly that Jesus loved us so much that he died for us on the cross and rose again to new life. I don't know how many of you have given something up for Lent but I'm told that the church today encourages people to do something extra instead of giving something up. It could be giving more to your favourite charity, helping a neighbour, making new friends, being polite to strangers and friends, just being happy! - the list is endless, so I hope your Easter will be special this year. 

Our Easter communion service will be a joint service at St. Mary's, Great Brickhill at 11.00 a.m. All are welcome.
Stuart Leeming Church Warden

THANKS

We have received a letter from Willen Hospice thanking the village for its generosity in donating £334.45 which was raised by carol singing arond the village. They said this was a wonderful amount to have raised and they are extremely grateful for our support.

OPEN GARDENS

The Open Gardens event will be held on the afternoons of June l5th and l6th in aid of church funds. We know that there are some lovely gardens in the village and hope their owners will be willing to open them to the public on these dates. Help will also be needed to provide refreshments in the village hall. If you can help or would like to open your garden please call Kay Leeming 372032

SERVICES MARCH 2002

Bow Brickhill - All Saints
3rd March: 11.00 Family Communion
10th March: 11.00 Holy Communion, Mothering Sunday,  Mums especially welcome! Bring Dad and the children too!
17th March: 11.00 Matins
24th March: 8.00 Holy Communion
31st March: at Great Brickhill

Great Brickhill – St Mary The Virgin

3rd March: 9.30 Holy Communion
10th March: 9.30 Family Communion 6.00 Evensong
17th March: 9.30 Holy Communion
24th March: 9.30 Parish Communion
31st March: 11.00 Benefice Easter Communion

Little Brickhill - St Mary Magdalene

3rd March: No Service
10th March: 11.00 Matins
17th March: 11.00 Family Communion
24th March: 11.00 Holy Communion
31st March: at Great Brickhill  

EASTER SERVICES

Monday 25th March: Holy Communion, Little Brickhill 7.30 pm
Wednesday 27th March: Holy Communion, Great Brickhill 7.30 pm
Friday 29th March: Hymns & Readings, Bow Brickhill 9.30 am
Sunday 31st March: Easter Day Holy Communion, Great Brickhill 11.00 am

Thursday 28th March:  Maundy Thursday Last Supper Celebration, Great Brickhill Church 7 pm. Please book in with wardens Stuart (372032) or John (373907) as numbers attending are required. All welcome!

Copy deadline We welcome your news for the next edition. Please deliver contributions by March 19th to Tim Holden, 31 Greenways, Bow Brickhill, tel 372626 or email timholden@ntlworld.com

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