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BOW BRICKHILL PARISH NEWS  - FEBRUARY 2003

PARISH NEWS

School Signage

You may have noticed that there has been new signage and flashing lights installed on both approaches to the School, this has come about from the traffic calming grant that was applied for which will also fund the School railings, island and gateways. These improvements should go someway to slowing traffic down through the village and making the school area in particular a safer place. It is proposed that the building of the gateways will commence towards the end of February to early March.

Pavilion Extension

If you have not yet completed your form in the last issue then it is not yet to late- please forward them as soon as possible -Thank you.

Elections

The Borough Council Elections will be held on Thursday 1st May 2003 at the Pavilion, Rushmere Close. As you may be aware this year we also vote for our Parish Councillors. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor and would like further information please contact the clerk or any of the current councilors and if you wish to attend a parish meeting prior to the elections to see what goes on you are very welcome.

Pavilion Bookings

If you are interested in hiring the pavilion or finding out about hire rates please contact the Parish Council on 01908 645158.


Vacancy - Bookings Clerk/ Maintenance Person

We require a local person who can work flexible hours to provide a service for the community both working from home to take bookings and at the Pavilion, Rushmere Close Bow Brickhill to maintain the building and immediate surrounding area. Duties will involve carrying out basic general maintenance and inspections of the hall, taking bookings, maintaining paperwork and liaison with all hirers of the Pavilion. Experience of a previous similar role would be an advantage but this is not essential. If you are interested in finding out more about the position, information on pay rates or applying for the post please contact the Parish Clerk on 01908 645158.

Youth Group

We have had some positive feedback from the article placed in last months addition of the Parish News and hope to be taking this further over the coming months.

Community Transport

Following last months article we have received very little feedback in relation to the possibility of joining with surrounding local villages to provide a bus service for our senior citizens to Northampton, Bedford, Biscester and Aylesbury. If you would like to know more information about the proposals or are interested in using such a service please contact a member of the Parish Council (Chrissie Loak – Bow Brickhill Club) or the Parish Clerk. If we do not receive community support we will not be able to provide the service

Pavilion Play Area

The Parish Council have successfully applied for funding towards safety matting for the Pavilion Play Area. It is proposed that the matting be installed under the goal/netball structure on the grass and under the swings in the children’s play area, which currently stand on a cement base.

Parochial Charities

The trustees of the charities, with the permission of the Charities Commission, have closed the accounts as from 31st January 2003 and the money has been divided between the local village school and church. (£316.03 each).

P
arish Council Meeting

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

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


CHURCH NEWS

Services – March 2003 

Bow Brickhill - All Saints
2
nd March: 11.00 Family Service
9th March: 11.00 Holy Communion
16th March:11.00  Matins~
23rd March: 8.00  Holy Communion
30th March: 11 am Mothering Sunday Service at BowBrickhill

The Family Service on March 2nd will be led by John Waller our new rector. Do come along to welcome him and join us for coffee afterwards.

Great Brickhill – St Mary The Virgin
2nd March: 9.30 Holy Communion
5th March: 19.30 Holy Communion
9th March: 9.30 Family Service 6.00 pm Evensong
16th March: 9.30 Holy Communion
23rd March: 9.30 Village Service

Little Brickhill - St Mary Magdalene
2nd March: No Service
9th March:11.00 Family Service
16th March:No Service
23rd March:11.00pm Holy Communion

Stoke Hammond- St Luke
2nd March: 9.30 Holy Communion
9th March:9.30 Holy Communion
16th March: 9.30 Morning Worship
23rd March: 9.30 Holy Communion


Parochial Church Council AG.M.

On Sunday 9th March after the 11am Holy Communion service we will be holding the Church Council A.G.M. The meeting is open to all and especially welcome are those parishioners who are on the electoral roll. Being on the electoral roll enables you to vote for any proposals and to elect members of the church council for the coming year.

Church Rotas

  Readers Flowers Cleaners
2 March Mrs H Coghill Lent Brownies
9 March Mrs P Wilby
Mr S Leeming
Lent  
16 March Mrs J Woods
Mrs B Goodger
Lent  
23 March TBA Lent Mrs B Tombs
30 March TBA    

Sunday School

The March Sunday School will be on March 23rd so that the children can prepare for the Mothering Sunday service on March 30th at 11 am. Children of all ages are very welcome to this friendly group which usually meets in the Church Hall on the last Sunday of every month


VILLAGE NEWS   

Bow Brickhill Club

An overheated fan heater, coiled extension lead, an iron with a frayed lead, power surges: all potentially dangerous. These were items and situations discussed during a very interesting and informative talk by Alan Preen at our February meeting. We are very grateful to Alan for giving his time and advice on the correct use of electrical appliances and prevention of accidents. Questions were still being asked while we enjoyed a special birthday tea, with savouries and cakes donated by Janet and Stan Hollands, only to be followed by another successful `Rosemary’s Raffle’.

Our next meeting will be in the Pavilion on March 4th, when Sylvia Fox will be demonstrating how to make birthday and Easter cards. We also hope to welcome Mr David Runens who will explain his `Village Shopper’ project, a plan to provide shopping visits to local towns for senior citizens. As plans for our forthcoming visit to Milestones Museum will be on the agenda we look forward to a very interesting meeting.


B.B.Friends Of The School 

The children took part in a very successful sponsored bounce just before half term. Between them they did over 20,000 bounces. With money from parents and the promise of matched funding from Abbey National we hope to have raised over £1000 from this event which is a superb result from so much fun!

From the Borough: Councillor David Hopkins
Planning Applications

02/01472/MIN
Waste Recycling and Treatment Facility including materials recovery, composting, biological treatment, continued landfill, new road and rail access with container loading and storage and…02/01468/MIN Proposed Rail Access and Rail Reception area for proposed Waste Management Facility Many residents have asked that keep you informed of any planned developments at the Waste Management Facility at the Bletchley Landfill site. Planning application No: 02/01472/MIN is seeking planning permission for a development similar to the proposals  that were refused permission last October but omits the Fluidised Bed Energy Recovery Plant. This facility was intended to remove energy from the processed waste through specialised incineration. It would have been contained within a building 63 metres high with two flues reaching 103 metres. This second application proposes to export the processed waste from the site once the remaining landfill void around the proposed waste treatment facility has been filled.

The second of the current applications is for an alternative location for the rail sidings and associated development and for a proposed composting operation. I am happy to provide a copy for the details of these planning applications if required or alternatively all the documentation relating to both applications is available at the Council Offices (call Ian Prosser - Development Officer on Milton Keynes 252710) to arrange to view the detailed papers.
David Hopkins, 80 Walton Road, Wavendon, Milton Keynes Tel 01908 582632  e-mail:david.hopkins@miltonkeynes.gov.uk

Youth on Show

It is with much regret that due to circumstances largely beyond our control Youth on Show have cancelled its production Beauty and the Beast. MKC have withdrawn the theatre licence at the Jennie Lee Theatre in Bletchley. This is in addition to the fact that the curtains have been condemned and removed! When we added in the lack of commitment from a very small number of the older cast members the problems were insurmountable! On a positive note we plan to continue to meet on a Tuesday evening and hope to have a `Stars in Your Eyes’ contest in May. Hopefully we will be in a position to recast our pantomime in September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Contact Mary: 647003 or Heather: 585245.

Preserve Bow Brickhill - PBB

PBB has been quietly working away behind the scenes over the last year. On the agenda we have had the Bedford to Milton Keynes Canal proposals, Milton Keynes Local Plan, Milton Keynes expansion, Shanks' development at Newton Longville, as well as village development proposals and several other studies and consultations.

Come along to the AGM on Tuesday 25th March at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall to hear a report of the year's activities. Everyone welcome.

Bowbrickhill.com

The School and the Parish Council both produced extracts from their logs on the occasion of their centenaries. These extracts have now been reproduced on the web site. Visit www.bowbrickhill.com to read about life in the village over 100 years ago.

Steetley Woburn Bentonite 
... have lost their bid to to dig up Longslade Lane and the ridge. A High Court appeal against the refusal of planning permission was turned down at a hearing in February.

Milton Keynes Incinerator

Milton Keynes Council Development Control Committee deferred a decision on the second 'Trojan Horse' application by Shanks Waste Services. BRAIN - the group set up to oppose the building an incinerator and an unacceptably large waste processing facility - was delighted by the decision. The application may be reconsidered in March after further public consultation. BRAIN welcomes new members. Membership is free - contact Sue Malleson or log onto www.brain-group.org.uk.

Buckinghamshire Community Action - Community Champions Fund

The Community Champions Fund has been designed to help generate community activity. The fund will help influential members of the community to:

* Enhance their project management, communication, and interpersonal skills
* Fun projects that focus on sharing information, for example, producing a community newsletter
* Receive money to support an existing community inspired project or bid for money for a new project
* Visit other communities to help them in the sharing of knowledge
* Attend events and meeting to learn about community regeneration.

The Community Champions Fund offers small grants, normally to a maximum of £2000 and the fund is particularly interested in supporting individuals from the black and minority ethnic communities and older people (over 50). Application forms and more details can be obtained from: Mr L.P. Johnson, Buckinghamshire Community Action, Unit B, The Firs, Bierton, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 5DX

Bow Brickhill Neighbourhood Watch

Dear Occupier,

1. Neighbourhood Watch is currently receiving a great deal of interest in Bow Brickhill and as one of your area beat officers I would like to expand the number of current watch schemes and boost residents knowledge of these.
2. The scheme aims to help you:-

 A) Re-vitalise a community spirit: - Be observant, keep an eye on your neighbours property when they are out or away. Report anything suspicious or out of character for your street to the Police but DO NOT patrol the streets

B) Take responsibility for your own property:- Mark valuables with your postcode and house number using an ultra-violet pen. Notes on guidance for these can be obtained from the Police or your Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.

C) Obtain security advice:- To safeguard your property against burglary.

D) Receive newsletters: Concerning local crime, with any additional information supplied by your co-ordinator.

3. This would be a residents scheme ( with help from the Police to address you at a meeting ) but the onus will be on the community to make the scheme work and help reduce the level of crime in the Neighbourhood. Already in 2002 crime in Bow Brickhill had been reduced by 58%, from 84 crimes on 2001 to 34 in 2002. An active NHW could reduce this even further as well as reduce the fear of crime and address other local issues.

A set-up meeting for the Bow Brickhill NHW will take place on : Friday 14th March 2003 at 8pm at The Pavilion, Bow Brickhill

P.C. Cameron Smith, PC 1601 Cameron Smith
Thames Valley Police, High Street, Newport Pagnell MK16 8EH
Tel: 01908 686433  Fax: 01908 686435



Parish Map
This project is still on, please contact Rosemary Clarke for details of the next meeting on 370811


Mobile Library 

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

Copy deadline We welcome your news for the next edition. Please deliver contributions by 19th March 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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