PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
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.
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.
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
Flashing Lights – to indicate to all
traffic at the busy times school children are crossing.
Railings – these will hopefully be
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.
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.
BITS AND PIECES
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.
Keep up with the news in Woburn Sands at
BOW BRICKHILL FEAST
An article provided by Mary Preen – written by the late
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
task performed he adjourned to the local hostelry and the
village folk set about their business of preparing for the
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday 9th October at 8 pm
in the Church Hall.
The next meeting of Sunday school will
take place on October 27th at 11 am in the Church
Louis Forbes Wright
Mrs T Wilby
Mr A Malleson
Services – October 2002
Bow Brickhill – All Saints
6 October – 11 am Harvest Family
13 October – 11 am Holy Communion
20 October – 6 pm Evensong
27 October – 8 am Holy Communion
Great Brickhill – St Mary the
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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!
Wednesday in October
Blue Bins 2nd, 16th, 30th
Red Bins 9th, 23rd
By the War Memorial from 11 – 11.15 am
on Friday 4th October only this month, due to