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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 2001

The Future of the Newsletter - by retiring Editor, Norman Causer

Readers (of the printed version) will have noticed the new layout of the newsletter this month.  This is because the Parish Council asked if the church services could be taken off the front page.  The newsletter was started by the Parochial Church Council in 1978 originally as a church magazine, but eventually the newsletter expanded to include village news.

After discussion the PCC has decided to produce its own newsletter to preserve the old format.  The village section will be edited separately though it is hoped that the two sections will come together for printing and distribution.

This seems the right time for me to bow out.  I have edited the newsletter since May 1985 and I feel the newsletters will be the better for a fresh approach.  I would like to thank those who have helped over the years.  Joan Varney typed up for many years and Betty Morris produced the finished article.  I am deeply grateful to them both.

The church section will have its own point of collection (see bottom of this page).  At the time of going to press nothing has been arranged for the village section.  I suggest that any items for inclusion should be given to a Parish Councillor or the Parish Clerk.

I sincerely hope the newsletter will flourish and improve.

All Souls

The annual service at which we remember those who have died will be at Little Brickhill on 2 November at 7.30 pm.  You are invited to come along and light a candle in memory of a loved one.  Please let me (Stephen Toze) or one of the churchwardens know if you are intending to be at the service.

Harvest Weekend

The church will be open on Saturday 6 October at 10 am to prepare for harvest and gifts of produce and flowers would be very much appreciated.  Anyone prepared to help tidy the churchyard (a mower and strimmer are available) - please contact Stuart Leeming on 01908 372032.

Harvest Supper 

This will be held on Saturday evening 6th October at 7 pm for 7.30 pm in the Church Hall.  The cost is 6 per adult, 4 per senior citizen/children or 14 a family ticket (2 adults/2 children under 12).  Please bring your own drinks.  Booking is essential for catering purposes - please call Rosemary Clark (01908 370811) or either of the church wardens (Stuart 01908 372032 or John 373907) as soon as possible.

Harvest Family Service

All are very welcome to this service at 11 am on Sunday 7th October at All Saints, Bow Brickhill.

The Harvest Auction

Held at The Wheatsheaf on Monday 8 October at 8 pm, the produce and gifts will be auctioned with money going towards church funds.  Mike Parker will be once again our auctioneer and this is usually a very good evening, so please do come along.

Autumn Bazaar

There will be a planning meeting to discuss this year's bazaar on Wednesday 10 October at 8 pm in the Church Hall.  This is our major fundraising event of the year and new ideas are always welcome.

Over the last three years the Bric-a-Brac Stall has raised over 350.  We hope once again you will donate generously and if you are clearing a house or down-sizing, we would welcome any unwanted items.  The only request is that you phone us first about items of furniture.  We ask you to be responsible for bringing them to the Pavilion on the morning of the sale and, if they remain unsold, removing them at the end of the day.  If you can help please contact either Wendy Mills on 01908 374745 or Diana Kesterton on 01908 372434. 

Help needed

It costs approximately 8,000 - 9,000 a year to keep our church open not just for weekly worship but for the many weddings, baptisms and funerals that take place there each year and we have to raise almost half this sum by fundraising.  Consequently there are no funds available for general maintenance - we cannot afford to pay anyone to mow the churchyard, clean the church etc., and we rely completely on volunteers to do all these tasks.  We desperately need more people to help as those that have been doing these jobs retire or move house, so if you think you could help with church cleaning, flowers, or outside grounds maintenance please contact Kay Leeming on 01908 372032.

Sunday School

The children will be bringing their harvest gifts to the family service on 7 October and are welcome to join in the harvest supper the previous evening - it will be a family time.  Sunday School itself takes place on the last Sunday of each month in the Church Hall at the bottom of Church Road.  If you are under three, please bring your mum or dad with you! Come and find out about Giving on 28 October at 11 am.

Fellowship Group

If you'd like an opportunity explore the Christian faith informally with other local people, why not come and join us for an hour and a half on the first and third Wednesday of the month?  Home made cakes or biscuits accompany the tea and coffee served in the Church Hall from 8 pm to 9.30 pm.  Come and get to know people from the church in a more relaxed way than is possible on a Sunday morning.

Webb Ivory Catalogue

The Christmas catalogues are now available from Diana Kesterton (01908 372434).  As well as a variety of gifts, it is now possible to order very good value cards and wrapping paper. 

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be in the village by the War Memorial on Friday 5 and 19 October from 11 - 11.15 am.

Recycling Calendar for October

Red Weeks:  Wednesday 10 and 24 October
Blue Weeks: Wednesdays 3, 17 and 31 October

A Word of Thanks

This is the 276th issue of the Bow Brickhill Parish News and Norman Causer's swan song.  He has been involved since 1985 - working on well over half the issues.  He has nurtured our publication and overseen the editing, production, distribution and financing of it over all these years.  Thank you Norman!

If you'd like the opportunity of taking on Norman's mantle and developing our news in the twenty-first century, please contact one of the churchwardens.

Bow Brickhill Parent & Toddler Group

Bow Brickhill Parent & Toddler group would like to welcome all our new mums and tots that have joined us over the past few weeks; it is lovely to see so many new faces.  Toddlers remained open throughout the summer months and have enjoyed many activities, from playing tots football to using the playground for picnic lunches.  We have had a visit from the Bletchley Fire Service which was a huge success attracting children from all over the area!

A summer trip to Wicksteed Park was greatly enjoyed by both children and parents.  With ice cream all over the face and screaming from the rides the parents really had a good day.  We have recently held our committee meeting and are looking forward to parent nights in, toy cleaning, seasonal activities and the tots Christmas party.  If you are interested in joining the group please come along:  Thursday afternoon from 1.30 - 3.30 pm, at the Pavilion, Rushmere Close, Bow Brickhill.  Children from one to school age.

Bedford to Bletchley Rail Link

There will be a public consultation meeting regarding the modernisation of the line to be held on Tuesday 2 October 2001 commencing at 10 am at the National Hockey Stadium.

Freight Train Proposals

There was a recently article in the Citizen newspaper in relation to an increased freight service on the Bedford-Bletchley line.  The Parish Council is following this matter through and will keep all residents up to date with their findings.

Steetley 

The public inquiry for this is  being held on September 19 - 21st, 25 - 28th and October 1 - 2nd and 10 - 12th.  There will be a book at the venue for signatures to indicate opposition to the mining.  The meetings are being held at Woburn Village Hall and commence at 9.30 am - except 1st October which commences at 10 am).

Traffic Calming

We would like to again thank all residents who have taken the time and consideration to forward suggestions for the traffic calming measures throughout the village.  Cllr David Hopkins is currently liaising with the Borough Council to clarify the funding and suggestions will be dealt with accordingly.

Church Road

Following Parish Council inquiries gritting on Church Road has now been accepted onto the primary gritting route throughout the winter months.

Buss Service 11

There had been some concern throughout the village about the removed of this service.  Cllr Hopkins has confirmed that MK Council is considering the withdrawal of this service possibly in October.  However plans (at least in the short term) to supply a contracted service are being considered.  The Parish Council was not informed by the Council of these proposals however, following investigations into the matter, it is doing everything in its power to prevent loosing such a vital service to the residents of Bow Brickhill.  A petition has been drawn up and correspondence sent to all bodies concerned.  If you wish to sign the petition please contact Odette Holland - Parish Councillor - tel 01908 370904.  The Parish Council is grateful for all the support it has been given by the residents of the village in this matter.

Pavilion Painting

A grant has been obtained by the Parish Council for external painting of The Pavilion.  This work has now been completed and has greatly improved the area.

Police Meeting

Paul Bowdler and Duncan Summerfield recently attending a meeting with the police to discuss matters of concern within the village.  The police have informed us that they are stepping up the foot patrol and will be giving full support to rural policing.  There has again been some concern about vandalism at the school, about which the police are aware.

Waterways Presentations

Following local displays by the Waterways Trust and a subsequent meeting with the Parish Council and committee of Preserve Bow Brickhill, a public meeting for the residents of Bow Brickhill will be arranged.  Date to be confirmed.

Grass cutting

The Parish Council has followed up residents' complaints about the grassing cutting and has taken steps to eliminate the problem of molehills throughout the grounds of The Pavilion.

Horse Riding on Footpaths

Could we request that anyone riding horses throughout the village, please abstain from using public footpaths, thank you.

Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 11 October at 7.30 pm at The Pavilion, Rushmere Close.  If there are any matters that may need investigating prior to the meeting please could these be forwarded to the Clerk.  Any other issues that is of a shorter nature will be resolved if possible during the meeting.

Bow Brickhill Club

On Tuesday 4 September the Bow Brickhill Club embarked upon their annual outing this year to Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford, a round trip of some eighty miles.  This proved to be an interesting venue, with not only extensive gardens but a museum, art gallery, garden centre and not least a restaurant where an excellent tea was provided.  Our next meeting will be at 2 pm on 2 October in the Pavilion, when out guest speaker will be Jane Palmer from Age Concern.

Contributions for the November church section of the newsletter should be given to John Wales, 6 Downs View, Bow Brickhill, tel 01908 372884 by Friday 19 October please.  Other contributions should be sent  to a parish councillor or the clerk.  NB.  It is a great help if contributions are typed, and the size of the type is 12 pt.

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