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BOW BRICKHILL PARISH NEWS  - OCTOBER 2002

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

Recycling 

In the autumn Milton Keynes Council are turning to weekly collections for recycling.  In order to reduce costs and enable this to happen the council will be issuing rolls of 26 pink sacks ever six months to be used for paper, plastic and tin.  The dustmen will deliver the rolls and it is requested that residents do not use them until the date the new collections commence, this will be advertised nearer the time.  The blue box will still be used for glass. The Council advises that the bags should be more efficient and due to the frequency of collections will in turn lower volumes put out.  Residents will be able to contact the Council for additional red bags if necessary.  If you have any queries on this matter there is a help line telephone 10908 252570.  The Council warn that they will not collect general rubbish left in a pink sack.Thank You

The Parish Council would like to thank Emily Malleson for all her hard work and commitment in arranging a fundraising event for the Pavilion extension.  Unfortunately despite all efforts made the event was cancelled due to lack of support from the community, which seems a great shame.  The extension is to provide greatly needed storage space and an office area, which would benefit many groups that regularly use the Pavilion and might allow the provision of services to the village that we are unable to offer at present.

Dog Fouling

There seems to be an ever increasing problem with dog fouling along the public footpaths within the village.  Can we remind all residents to pick up after their dogs no matter where they are.  There are bins on Station Road, Church Road, London End Lane and at the Pavilion which are emptied regularly – please use them. 

Traffic Calming 

The Parish Council has spent a considerable amount of time seeking funding for traffic calming measures throughout the village.  Further to this and in consultation with residents we are hoping to implement the following proposals:

Stone Plant Gateways – these will be at both ends of the village, with a cobbled indent on the road to create a smaller entrance.

Island – this will be placed near the school to assist with crossing the road and slowing traffic in this area.

Flashing Lights – to indicate to all traffic at the busy times school children are crossing.

Railings – these will hopefully be increased.

We hope these measures along with the jubilee tree-planting project will keep a rural feel to the village whilst also benefiting the ongoing traffic problems. 

Police 

PC Rick Williams attended the recent Parish Council Meeting.  He indicated that in the past two months there has been some vehicle crime at Woburn Golf Course and advised all residents to be vigilant.  There have also been three theft cases reported within the village.  If you have any concerns PC Williams advised that he now has a mobile phone, telephone number 07817 727865 (there is a voice mail message service when PC Williams is unable to answer the call which will be responded to).  Residents can use this number if they are unable to get through to the main desk in Milton Keynes:  01908 686431.  For an emergency always dial 999.  

The police are also offering advice to all residents that when someone knocks at your door make sure you know who they are before letting them in.  A genuine caller will never mind if you ask them to wait outside while you telephone their office to check.  If in doubt – keep them out! 

There will be an Open Meeting in Woburn Sands Memorial Hall on Thursday 24 October at 7.30 pm that all residents are invited to attend. Both Thames Valley and Beds Police are hosting the meeting and you are invited to discuss views and concerns about the policing within Bow Brickhill. 

Date of Next Meeting 

The next Parish Council meeting is to be held on Thursday 10 October 2002, at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close.  Clerk:  Mrs Julie Summerfield, 12 Station Road, Bow Brickhill.  Tel 01908 645158.  Email juliesummerfield@btconnect.com. 

BITS AND PIECES 

Steetley Appeal 

Good News!  Steetley Woburn Bentonite Ltd has lost its appeal against the refusal of planning permission to mine fuller’s earth at Wavendon Heath.  You may recall that the proposals included closing Longslade Lane for up to 19 months. 

Contact your MP 

Want to contact your MP Brian White?  The web site www.faxyourmp.com is a very efficient way to get your message to your elected member of Parliament. 

Website 

Keep up with the news in Woburn Sands at www.wsonline.co.uk.  

BOW BRICKHILL FEAST
An article provided by Mary Preen – written by the late Audrey Odell
 

Fairs and mops abound in Great Britain, but lesser events, the local feasts, have played a great part in village life.  Such is the case with Bow Brickhill. 

Originally a farming area the hireling fair was one of great importance.  The event, a mini fair , was staged in the field known as Chapman’s Orchard and conveniently placed near the old Wheatsheaf Inn.  Its origins are lost in time but in November of every year preparations for keeping of the feast would begin and the 13th of the month was the great day itself. 

At this period of time many of the villagers kept a pig to produce meat for the coming months.  A man well versed in the art of “pig sticking” journeyed to Bow Brickhill with is assistant, his rack and his scrappers, and knowledge of where hot water would be available.  His task performed he adjourned to the local hostelry and the village folk set about their business of preparing for the feast supper. 

After several days had elapsed fair ground people, together with local Charlie and Liza Hawkes, set up their stall in Chapman’s Orchard.  A merry-go-round, swing boats, and home made toffee (striped with a flavouring of peppermint); toffee apples and the like were in evidence.  The great excitement of the day was the arrival of the Bletchley Town Band, led, on occasions, by a rider on a white horse, one Joe Hackles, a village celebrity, as horseman.

Farmers from all over the district arrived with one end in view, to hire farm workers for the coming year and to engage a servant for the hard working wife.  Smocks and handkerchiefs, battered old caps and hats, boots and leggings (polished especially for the occasion) were much in evidence and women folk lined up in mobcaps and aprons with a curtsey at the ready. 

The hiring contract followed, doubtless over convivialities at the local pub.  The children, tired by happy after the excitement of the day returned to their homes where their mothers began to prepare a large dish of pigs’ chitterlings as the main item. 

On the following Sunday it was the custom to continue with the festivities.  After church and chapel services the village folk returned to their homes for a splendid roast pork with crackling and apple sauce, followed by a generous helping of well boiled plum pudding; a restful after noon followed. 

All were pleased with the jollifications and so ended Bow Brickhill feast for another year. 

CHURCH NEWS 

At this time of the year in churches throughout the land, at least in most rural areas, the traditional Harvest Festival services are held.  These services were quite important in the past when most people worked on the land it was quite natural to thank God for a good harvest when food production as the mercy of pests, diseases and the weather.  Nowadays very few of us grow very much of what we eat.  Our ‘harvest’ is a weekly trip to the supermarket where the range and quantity of food is staggering and it is available all year round.  Technology and science has made it possible to beat nature and fertilizers, pesticides and poly tunnels have meant intensive food production for all seasons. 

Nowadays the church likes to use harvest festivals to remind us how well provided for we are in the western world.  Through hard work, scientific and cultural development and trade we are able to provide ample food in all its forms for our wants and needs.  As we all know this is not the case in many parts of the world.  Drought, pestilence and flood have been the natural forces affecting food production in the third world along-side corruption, war and rotten government has meant that famine on a vast scale affects many area of the world.  It is always the poorest of the poor who suffer and it is those, ordinary people like us, who need our help and our prayers. 

Our harvest service is on Sunday 6th October at our 11 am Family Service and all are welcome.  The church will be open on Saturday morning from 10 am to prepare for harvest and receive donations of produce.  Volunteers available to hep with the flowers and cleaning or tidying and moving the churchyard would be greatly appreciated.    The Wardens 

Harvest Festival Weekend 

All Saints Church will be holding its annual harvest celebrations on the 5th, 6th and 7th October.  

The Harvest Supper will be on Saturday 5th October, 7 – 7.30 pm  in the Church Hall.  The cost will be £6 per adult, £4 for children and senior citizens and £14 for a family ticket.  Please bring your own drinks.  Final numbers by Wednesday 2nd to Kay on 01908 372032. 

Harvest Family Service with Baptism 11 am Sunday 6th.  All are welcome. 

The Harvest Auction will take place on Monday 7th, 8 pm at The Wheatsheaf.  This always promises to be an entertaining evening with the harvest produce expertly auctioned by Mick Parker, towards church funds. 

Autumn Bazaar 

There will be a planning meeting to organise this year’s bazaar on Wednesday 2nd October at 8 pm in the Church Hall.  New ideas are always welcome so do come along or if you would like any further information contact Kay on 01908 372032. 

Bric-a-Brac Stall – over the past years your generous donations to this stall have raised £325 for church funds.  We are once again appealing for donations and if you can help please contact Wendy Mills (01908 372434).  Could you please phone us first about any large items such as furniture.  We ask you to bring such items to the Pavilion on the morning of the bazaar and to remove them at the end of the day if they remain unsold.  Many thanks for your continue generosity. 

Fellowship Group 

Wednesday 9th October at 8 pm in the Church Hall. 

Sunday School 

The next meeting of Sunday school will take place on October 27th at 11 am in the Church Hall.  New children welcomed. 

Baptisms

Louis Forbes Wright 

 

Flowers Cleaning Readers
6 October Sandra Paulger Sue Lloyd Mrs G Holden
13 October     Mrs D Waldron

Mrs T Wilby

20 October Joan West Kay Leeming Mrs R Clarke
27 October     Mr A Wilkins

Mr A Malleson

Services – October 2002 

Bow Brickhill – All Saints 

6 October – 11 am Harvest Family Services
13 October – 11 am Holy Communion
20 October – 6 pm Evensong
27 October – 8 am Holy Communion 

Great Brickhill – St Mary the Virgin 

6 October – 11 am Harvest Service
13 October – 9.30 am Family Services, 6 pm Evensong
20 October – 9.30 am Holy Communion
27 October – 9.30 am Village Service 

Little Brickhill – St Mary Magdalene 

6 October – Harvest Readings and Hymns
13 October – 11 am Family Service
20 October – No service
27 October – 11 am Holy Communion 

Visiting Clergy this month 

6 October – The Reverend Roger James
13 October – The Reverend Roger James
20 October – Visiting speaker
27 October – The Reverend Sister Hazel 

Church Open Day 

On Saturday 14th September the church and tower were open and teas were served as part of the Bucks Historic Churches Trust annual bike ride.  Cyclists from all over the county obtain sponsorship and visit as many churches as possible during the day.  50% of the monies raised goes to the trust and the other 50% to the cyclists’ own church.  Two intrepid cyclists participated from our church and details of the money they raised will follow next month.  £94.25 was raised by the sale of teas and tower admission charge so many thanks all who came long to visit the church and to those who helped with the refreshments. 

FROM THE EDITORS 

Lifts 

Recently Tim was flagged down by some ladies at the bus stop who mistook him for a taxi they were waiting for.  He enjoyed this mistake and was very happy to give them a lift to there they wanted to go.  This has set us thinking, the one place it is impossible to get a bus to  our own village church. If you would like to be able to go to the church but really need a lift to get there, do let us know and we will try and arrange a lift for you, whether you would just like to come for a particular occasion such as Harvest or Christmas, or something more regular. 

Directory 

We promised in the last edition to compile a directory of local groups.  We are still working on this.  Thank you to all those who have supplied contact details.  Can we ask anyone else who would like to be included to let; us have your details in good time for the next edition.  If would like to let us know details such as when your group meets we will try and include this information.  Georgy and Tim. 

VILLAGE NEWS 

Fireworks Display 

at Bow Brickhill First School on Saturday 2nd November at 6 pm.  Lots of fun for the whole family.  This year’s display will be in two parts with an interval.  Hot chocolate, licensed bar (subject to successful licence application, and food available. 

Youth on Show 

Rehearsals are now underway for our next production, a pantomime version of Beauty and the Beast which we aim to perform in early 2003.  We are delighted that we have not lost any of our members especially the older ones (what do we have to do to put you off?!!).  In fact we have gained a few new faces.  Welcome to you all. 

Along with working hard we also aim to have fun so we have rescheduled rehearsals to allow our older members to have a socialising time at the end of each session.  

Could we suggest that any locals of a squeamish disposition keep well away from the Pavilion on the evening of Tuesday 29 October, we are having a Halloween Party, and can’t guarantee who will turn up!  Details from Heath 01908 585245 or Mary 01908 647003. 

Halloween Fun and Games 

On Thursday 31 October 3.30 – 5.30 pm at the Church Hall.  All infant school age children welcome.  Entry Fee £1 per child to include all craft activities.  Also face painting, raffle, teas and cakes, etc.  Enquiries 07887 918834.  Leaders Jo Gadsby and Tracey Speed. 

The Bow Brickhill Club 

Our September Bring and Buy was very successful, with a cake stall, fruit and vegetables, preserves and bric-a-brac all selling out within an your.  Fortunately Mike Parker had compiled an excellent quiz which together with Rosemary’s raffle, kept the afternoon going at full speed until the meeting closed a 4 pm.  Our next meeting will be on 1st October at 2 pm when we shall be celebrating our third anniversary in true party style!  The pantomime season is fast approaching (Oh yes it is!) and our November meeting will include a talk by Mr Ken Branchette, “A Peep Behind the Scenes”. Mr Branchette is well know locally for writing pantomimes for the Milton Keynes Operatic Society and also set design and construction. 

Bow Brickhill Friends of the School 

Our next event is the Fireworks Display which will take place on Saturday November 2nd.  This year in additional to our usual professional display we are hoping to have a pig roast and licensed bar.  For the more timid, children and adults alike, we will also have a quiet area to retreat to and watch the fireworks from the inside! 

Recycling

Wednesday in October
Blue Bins 2nd, 16th, 30th
Red Bins 9th, 23rd 

Mobile Library

By the War Memorial from 11 – 11.15 am on Friday 4th October only this month, due to maintenance work.
 

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