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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2001

Sponsored Bike Ride

This year's sponsored bike ride organised by the Bucks Historic Churches Trust will be on Saturday September 8th from 10 am to 6 pm.  Monies raised are divided between the Trust and our church.  Anyone wishing to take part either by cycling, walking or horseriding to local churches within the area can get a sponsor form from Kay Leeming, tel 01908 372032.

Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper will be on Saturday 6 October at 7 pm for 7.30 pm in the Church Hall.  The cost will be 6 per adult, 4 senior citizens/children or 14 a family ticket (two adults and two children under 12).  Please bring your own drinks.  Final numbers by Friday 28 September please to Rosemary Clark, tel 01908 370811 or to the Church Wardens.

Webb Ivory Catalogue

The Christmas catalogues are now available from Diana Kesterton, tel 01908 372434.  There are very good value cards and wrapping paper which can be ordered.

Date for your diary

Autumn Bazaar, Saturday 17 November at the Pavilion, 2 pm to 4 pm.

Sunday School

This month we will be preparing for harvest.  Come and join us in the Church Hall at the foot of Church Road from 11am - 12pm on Sunday 30 September.  If you are under three, please bring an adult with you.

Fellowship Group

Our first meeting after the summer break will be on Wednesday 3 September, and we will continue with the third and first Wednesday of each month.  If you would like the chance to get to know others better and explore more of the Christian faith in an informal setting, then 8 pm in the Church Hall is the place to be.  We begin with a hot drink and a cookie or slice of cake and end at 9.30 pm.  New faces welcome!

Mursley Deanery Summer Trail

Take part in this exciting trail to some of the local churches and you might win the first prize of a champagne dinner for two at the Crooked Billet, Newton Longville.  You have a chance to win 5 prizes even if your entry is incorrect or incomplete.  It only costs 1 to enter.  The questions are suitable for any age, for example All Saints Bow Brickhill - "Lying by the top gate, died in 1922.  Who?"  St Swithun Swanborne - "Who was slain by 'bloudy thieves'?".  Entries must be returned by 2 September 2001.  Entry forms are available from Diana Kesterton, tel 01908 372434.

Bric-a-Brac Stall, Autumn Bazaar, 17 November 2 - 4 pm

Through your generosity this stall has raised over 350 in the past three years.  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. 

Traffic Calming

The Parish Council would like to remind all residents that we currently have a grant in order to implement traffic calming measures throughout the village.  If anyone has not yet had an opportunity to forward their proposals could you please ensure that they are submitted to the Parish Council by September 30th.  We would like to thank residents who have taken the time to submit their ideas, which will be forwarded to Milton Keynes Council once all have been received.

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close on Thursday 13 September at 7.30 pm.

East/West Rail Link - Public Meeting 6 September at The Memorial hall, High Street Woburn Sands.

The latest on plans for upgrading the East/West Rail Route, chaired by Cllr David Hopkins, principal speaker, Chris Hayward form the East/West Rail Consortium.

Bow Brickhill Club

A very successful meeting was held in the Pavilion on 7 August, when we had an afternoon of Whist, Dominoes, a quiz and a raffle, followed by tea and a session of Don & Betty's Bingo.  Our next meeting on Tuesday 4 September will be in the form of an outing, by coach, through south Bucks arriving at Waterperry Gardens in time for tea.  After which we shall have time to visit the attractions that interest us individually: the various styles of garden, the art gallery or the gift shop.  Our coach will be leaving the car park at 1 pm and leaving Waterperry Gardens at 4.30 pm.  We look forward to good weather and an interesting afternoon.

The Wheatsheaf

As you may know we, Tony and Pauline, took over The Wheatsheaf on 27 July.  We would like to thank everyone we have met for their support and encouragement and for making us feel so welcome in the village.  We would like to think that The Wheatsheaf will become the hub of the community (as in the Rovers in Coronation Street) and we would welcome any suggestions (polite ones!) you may have in achieving this.  We have already had some feedback from our regulars regarding darts and skittles, both of which we would like to try and reintroduce.  Once again, we would like to thank you all for your support and to those we have not yet met, please remember that the pub belongs as much to the community as it does to us and there is always a warm and friendly welcome for everyone.

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be in the village by the War Memorial on Friday 7 September and Friday 21 September from 11 - 11.15 am.

Recycling Calendar for July

Red Weeks: Wednesdays 5th and 19th September
Blue Weeks: Wednesdays 12th and 26th September

Appeal by Steetley

You will be aware that Steetley have lodged an appeal against the refusal to grant their application to mine Fuller's Earth around Longslade Lane.  The public enquiry to determine this appeal will be heard on 19, 21, 25-28 September and 2 October 2001 in the Vilalge Hall, Crawley Road, Woburn.

There is no doubt that the decision of the Bedfordshire Council Council to reject the application was significantly influenced by your tremendous support.  The campaign is once again asking for your support as it feels it would be equally significant if local objectors could again signify their disapproval by turning up at the public enquiry.  Whatever time you are able to devote to registering your objection by attending on one day or even part of a day would be very much appreciated. If you would like further information or need transport to Woburn, please get in touch with Diana Kesterton Tel 01908 372434.

Dog Fouling - article from Cllr David Hopkins

In reply to the enquiry at a recent Parish Council meeting regarding the dog fouling strategy in the villages, I now have enough information to respond with regards to the situation across Milton Keynes.  

"Twenty-four of the parish and town councils in Milton Keynes form the "Dog Fouling Partnership" along with Milton Keynes Parks Trust and British Waterways.  They all make an annual contribution to the partnership and these funds help to finance my position as well as signage, poop scoops, advertising and education materials.  The Partners meet quarterly at the Civic Offices.

They also keep the Dog Warden informed of problem areas within their Parishes which she then signs and visits as regularly as possible.  Non-partnership parishes are visited by the same warden in response to complaints from members of the public.  She also signs, if needed, areas complained of as being badly fouled.  Some of the partners are providing dog waste bins, which they have to purchase with their own monies as Milton Keynes Council does not provide such bins.  The Parish Council also has to pay for these bins to be emptied.  Where they have been installed, the bins are well used and certainly encourage people to clear up after their dogs.  Part of the warden's job is also to try and educate the public to be responsible dog owners.  This is done through the media, school visits or competitions (which have been successfully run so far by several parish councils and residents' associations).  Along with the Dog Welfare Officer she also runs dog microchipping roadshows where we also talk to dog owners about dog fouling and responsible dog ownership.

When the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 was implemented in May last year, the whole of Milton Keynes was designated making it an offence for owners not to clear up immediately should their dog foul.   These are few exceptions in the Act that may apply in the villages.

The exceptions are that verges alongside a road with a speed limit over 40 miles an hour cannot be designated as well as agricultural land and working woodland.  But generally all areas within town/village boundaries are designated.  The Council relies on information from members of the public to let them know of problem areas, as well as individuals who are not clearing up after their dogs. In this case, if they have the address of the person, they will receive a warning letter, before the warden comes up and investigates the complaint.  This is often enough to encourage them to clear up.

The Dog Warden's name is Allison Williment, Dog Welfare (Advice and Enforcement) Officer and she can be contacted at the Civic Offices on 01908 691691."

I hope this information is helpful to you.  Please contact me if I can be of further assistance:  David Hopkins, 80 Walton Road, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LW, tel 01908 582632, email david.hopkins@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

Contributions for the September newsletter should reach Norman Causer, 14 Downs View, Bow Brickhill Tel 01908 372884 by Friday 21 September please. 

NB: It is a great help if contributions are typed in a minimum of 12 pt sized font.  This means that A4 pages can be scaled down to A5 without the need for retyping.  If this sounds like gobbledegook, please contact Rosemary Clarke on 01908 370811 who is helping out with the preparation of the magazine.

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