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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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The mobile library will be in the
village by the War Memorial on Friday 5 and 19 October from 11 - 11.15
Recycling Calendar for October
Red Weeks: Wednesday 10 and
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
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 &
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
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Horse Riding on Footpaths
Could we request that anyone
riding horses throughout the village, please abstain from using public
footpaths, thank you.
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
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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