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Local Village Magazine




Sherington Village Hall Saturday 9th September 2017 12.00 - 16.00

Murrays the Printers Ltd

97-100 Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK13 9HF 01908 326 560



September 2017


Issue: 475


View the full Sherington Historical Society’s archive, a wealth of information on Sherington’s past and its people. A heritage Open Day event, free entry. Refreshments. Children’s activity.

VOTE YES FOR SHERINGTON CHICHELEY HALL On the outskirts of Newport Pagnell


See Sherington remain a sustainable rural village community Influence the style and character of essential future development

Celebrate Your Special Occasion At Chicheley Hall Fantastic for birthdays, anniversaries, christenings and other special occasions.

Manage the expansion of our village boundaries Safeguard our community assets and facilities Preserve our green spaces and enhance biodiversity


We have an inclusive package, starting from only ÂŁ25.00 per person. Including a welcome drink, buffet dinner or afternoon tea, table centre pieces and five standard bedrooms for the night of your event. Minimum numbers of 50 guests apply, maximum capacity of 150 guests.

Please use your vote to retain a say in our village growth and

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View the plan at Cllr Anita Thatcher, Sherington Parish Council,

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Looking for a venue? Look no further!! The Pavilion, Perry Lane Sports and Recreation Ground, Sherington. 3 Medium sized function room 3 Modern kitchen 3 Toilets 3 Disabled facilities 3 Entrance porch

JLarge car park JChildren’s play area JLarge open grass area JStandard and Junior football pitches JRefurbished changing

Interested in hiring the facilities for your child’s party, a weekly exercise class, a monthly village club, a community event or simply an evening meeting, please contact Tracey Young on 07494 760791 email at

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Tel: 01908 617750 A wide range of property maintenance carried out in Newport Pagnell & surrounding villages. Work including. plastering, tiling, painting, plastic fascias & guttering, patios, garden walls & fencing.


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Dear Readers, Welcome to September's SCAN, we hope that you have enjoyed the summer, whether at home or away. It's a very grey and damp day today as we write but hopefully we're not done with summer just yet - the usual pattern is that it will probably brighten up just as the children head back to school! Things carry on as usual after the break as far as the SCAN's concerned but in the world outside the parish the football season has started, Brucie is no longer with us and the Great British Bake Off is set to start on Channel 4 - it's all change. If you have any photos from recent village events or would like to publicise a forthcoming ‘do’ on the front cover then please get in touch, Chicheley, Astwood, Hardmead, it must be your turn to shine! Here's hoping for some sun, see you in October.

Julia and Elaine

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SCAN 475 SEPTEMBER 2017 SCAN IS GRATEFUL FOR MANY DONATIONS RECEIVED THIS MONTH FROM SCAN PARISH RESIDENTS AND ASSOCIATIONS Thank you for thinking of us and helping to keep our free parish magazine coming through your doors (and online!). Julia (Editor) and Elaine (Treasurer and Advertising Manager)

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18th September THE EDITOR, Mrs Julia Chinn The Old Rectory, North C rawley, MK16 9HJ Tel 01234 391976 or 07775 683804 e-mail OR hard copy can be posted to the address above Views expressed in SCAN are those of the contributors and not necessarily shared by the editor or the treasurer TREASURER AND ADVERTISING MANAGER Mrs Elaine Tarling Tel 01234 391877 or 07931 523974

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Had a holiday yet? Holiday makers in the UK might well be wondering if they made the right choice considering the autumnal weather we’ve had in July and August. But “should I take a ‘plane to find some sun?” Thanks to Ryanair and Easyjet, flying has become more affordable though much less glamourous. But can the planet afford these flights? Former US Vice President, Al Gore, has made compelling films raising concerns about global warming (Did you see him, on ‘The Last Leg”?) Most scientists are certain that humanity is making major contributions to rising temperatures, with consequent damaging global effects, such as the melting of the polar icecaps and extreme weather. The Paris agreement was a major step towards limiting these effects but some people with vested interests are trying to withdraw the most polluting nation in the World from it! Some of our global problems result from Victorian attitudes, prompted to some extent by a misunderstanding of a biblical text. Genesis Chapter1, verse 28(Authorised Version) says, “have dominion over ..and every living thing.’ The earth’s resources seemed limitless to our ancestors who took having ‘having dominion’ to mean freedom to exploit, and this has continued. A modern translation of the Bible, (The Message) gives a more accurate translation: ‘having dominion’ becomes ‘being responsible for’. The difference in attitude between ‘having dominion over’ and ‘being responsible for’ God’s creation is huge. So, ‘Should I fly?’ Surprisingly, current aircraft contribute only 3% to global warming gases, compared to say shipping’s 8%, but it is still too much. As an aircraft designer and a Christian, I must take this issue seriously! My colleagues, students and I have been performing research into reducing pollution caused by aircraft for 20 years, with some success – come and talk to me if you want more details. Challenging targets have been set, but achieving them is still a long way in the future. What about now? I believe that flying’s benefits outweigh its small global warming effects, which can be reduced relatively quickly. For example, I reduce our carbon footprint due to flying, driving and household energy by using solar power and offsetting emissions. I support “Climate Stewards, As well as planting trees for carbon capture, it has projects, such as supplying fuel-efficient cooking stoves, water filters and solar lights. I commend such an organisation, and suggest that it may be OK to fly to find some sun! Prof John Fielding, Licensed Lay Minister Deadline for October – 18th September


‘Something Different’ – Sherington (with bring and share lunch)

10 September 9.30am 6pm

Holy Communion – North Crawley Evensong - Chicheley

17 September 9.30am

Holy Communion – Sherington

24 September 11am 6pm

Holy Communion – Chicheley Evensong – North Crawley


From the Parish registers

RIP Doug Johnston formerly of Sherington whose memorial service and interment of ashes took place in St Laud’s on 2 August 2017 ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ says the Lord. Those who believe in me, even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’

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Baptism ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus the Messiah, then your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ On 16 July William Thomas Pattinson was welcomed into God’s family through Holy Baptism in St Laud’s Church Sherington Thomas, may you grow to know, love and serve God in your life. God Bless you. Weddings

‘Marriage is a way of life made holy by God’

We ask for God’s blessing on: Natasha Harbinson and Chris Payne who were married in St Lawrence’s Church Chicheley on 17 June Laura Kelly and Jonathan Rogers who were married in St Lawrence’s Church Chicheley on 1 July Gemma Richardson and Luke Donaldson who were married in St Firmin’s Church North Crawley on 4 August Lisa Nicholson and Gary Winch who were married in St Lawrence’s Church Chicheley on 5 August Aimee Stein and Sam Baker who were married in St Laud’s Church Sherington on 5 August In your goodness Lord watch over this couple you have joined in the covenant of marriage.

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‘Souper’ Lunchtime Get-together

Scan fellowship, a fortnightly chance to enjoy a simple lunch together All ages welcome (children too!) 4 Griggs Orchard Sherington 01908 616763 12pm – 2pm Wednesdays 13 September (HC at 11.30am) 18 October 1 November (HC at 11.30am) 15 November 29 November (HC at 11.30am) 13 December 3 January

‘Our vision is to be a growing church which, by God’s grace, serves the whole community’

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WHERE IS THE DARK? The cave lived underground – as all caves do And spent it’s life in darkness the whole year through. One day it heard a voice say “Come up into the light, Come and see the sunshine, it is very bright” “What do you mean?” the cave replied “There is nothing else but darkness, both here and outside” But nonetheless he ventured out and saw such a sight Anywhere and everywhere was filled with light He looked up to the sun and said ”Now come and see The darkness where I do dwell, come down and look with me” “What is dark” responded the sun But nevertheless he replied “I’ll come” He went into the cave and he looked all around But not a bit of darkness could be found As Jesus declared “Of this world I am the light And he who follows me shall never walk in the night” Rebecca Cook ASTWOOD VILLAGE HALL:  BRIDGE at 7 pm-10 pm THURSDAYS - contact Neil Plumb 01234 391040  CRANFIELD BRIDGE CLUB meets at Astwood Village Hall virtually every SUNDAY at 6.55 for 7 pm start to play. Details on hppt://, or ring Paul Goddard, 01234 881409. PILATES: Monday at 8 pm – contact Helen Terry on BROWNIES: Every MONDAY term time, Sherington Pavilion - 5.30 – 7 pm contact: Rebecca Harrington, 15 Carters Close, Sherington PILATES 10 a.m., YOGA 11 a.m., NORTH CRAWLEY INSTITUTE Thursdays. Call Debbie 07764 391687 SHERINGTON FOLK WORKSHOP: 8 – 10 pm Sherington V.H. - 2nd Thursday of month – Liz 07941 403492 SHERINGTON SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB: Monday 2 – 4 pm and Friday 7 – 9 pm contact Sheila 211153 or Bob 01234391436 SHERINGTON YOUTH CLUB: 7 – 9 pm Wednesday Nights (term time) contact JO 07780 987034

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It’s hard to believe that the school holidays will shortly be over. Most of the crops are in as I write and although the weather has been rather wet there have also been some glorious summer days. Here on the outskirts of Astwood we had some unwelcome “guests” as this is the time of year that brings more hare coursing. Our local police force are aware and have reiterated that if anyone sees anything suspicious please call 101 at the earliest opportunity: although if you are in a field and hare coursing is happening please call 999. I had a greyhound whizz past whilst I was weeding in a copse (and hidden from view initially) and unfortunately it successfully killed the hare it was chasing before its owners drove across the field at high speed and grabbed it. Separately with the demand for houses growing Astwood are hoping to initiate a Neighbourhood Plan for Astwood and Hardmead. This will enable the residents of the villages to have a say how they see the future development of the village over the next 30 years. Neighbouring villages such as North Crawley and Sherington have already produced or are in the process of producing a plan. Although this is an initiative of the Parish Council it is important that as many people as possible have their input do with this and everyone is invited to attend an open meeting on Wednesday 25.10.17 at 7.00pm in Astwood Village Hall. There is also an initiative in the village to have a speed watch programme. Posters will be put up in the village shortly regarding this if you would like to be involved. Other dates to note are a village walk to North Crawley: as I write this is planned for the afternoon of Sunday 10th September but if this date changes there should be a note on the Astwood Village Hall notice board with the start time. Monday 15th October will be Astwood Village Halls’ HARVEST SUPPER with tickets available from Bob and Janet in the pub as well as from the village committee. Bob is providing his delicious food. The Owl and the Dove

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ASTWOOD & HARDMEAD PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES held on Wednesday 16th August 2017 at 8pm in Astwood Village Hall

Present: Cllrs R Stilton, D Chapman, D Hulance, L Rhee, MK Ward Cllrs McLean, Geary & Hosking, Clerk P Reynolds-Nunn, 7 members of the public. Apologies: Cllr L Noakes, apologies accepted. The Chair thanked the public for their attendance this evening. Declarations of Interest. None at present Minutes of meeting on 10th May 2017 were adopted and signed as a true record Co-option of new councillor following Ian’s resignation: Following the statuatory notice of election Rebecca Geldart was welcomed onto the panel, proposed by Cllr Hulance, seconded by Cllr Stilton. Dog bins update – Cllr Hulance had very kindly given up his time to install the second bin for Astwood which is located by the church; he has also erected the new waste bin at the entrance to the kick about area to replace the old damaged one. Teresa Giddings is still emptying it for the village, which she has done for many years. Thank you Teresa. Hardmead is still awaiting their dog bin, this will be installed by Cllr Stilton soon hopefully. Village Hall report – Cllr Hulance reported that the village hall has been decorated outside with the ivy now removed. A lot of fundraising to help with costs has been going on, including a summer party orgainised by some of the young mothers. Their next meeting is shortly to discuss the harvest supper, a walk to North Crawley and the traditional carole service amongst other business. Approximately £1000 has been fundraised this year which is excellent. A vote of thanks goes to the VH committee who work hard to keep the hall clean and tidy and organize the fundraising. Well done all. An invoice was not to hand this evening so it was agreed to present it for payment at our next meeting in October. Ward Cllr’s report: Ward Cllrs Keith McLean, Peter Geary and David Hosking. We were delighted to have all three of our ward councillors present this evening. After a brief update on The Minerals Local Plan (adopted at council in June 2017) and Plan:MK (update to follow in October) they answered questions and gave advice on setting up a group to start a Neighbourhood Plan. A group of 6 or 7 volunteer residents including 1 or 2 parish councillors would need to be formed in order to move forward. Several other parishes are in various stages so it would be useful to talk to them. We would call a public meeting to begin with to establish interest, followed by a questionnaire to every resident to get a clear idea of what is wanted for our villages. Astwood and Hardmead would be united in this project. It would give us more say in where we want houses and what type amongst other benefits. A note will be put in SCAN to let villagers know and to gain interest. We should establish the needs of the community in say 10-15 years, therefore the survey. Diane Webber is the helping hand contact at MKC so we will contact her in due course. The clerk was asked to take photos and send a list to the ward councillors of any roads where the white lining has worn out. Cllr Hulance mentioned the possible closure of the A422 which was notified on the MKC website. Our ward councillors agreed to investigate and get back to us. Planning: There were no pending applications. All applications are forwarded by the clerk for comments from the councillors as they come in, due to length of time between meetings.

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Play area for Astwood: There had been no progress with this project since our last meeting in May which is very disappointing. A second site had been suggested in Cranfield Road but there is concern that a pond was present there some time ago plus it is nearer to the main road, so it was agreed by the majority that the original site of the kick about area was the best option to persue. The first step is planning permission so the clerk agreed to deal with this, and to contact Mr Boswell to inform him of our decision. Some of the residents who live very close to the kick about area have designed a second plan of what equipment they would prefer and where it should be placed, etc, so it was agreed to get together with the original plan and agree on a plan to suit all. Our ward councillors suggested we look at Ravenstone. It may be that we meet one hour earlier at 7pm for our next meeting in October to discuss the findings of the extra meeting for the play area project and the possibility/interest of a neighbourhood plan. Finances The clerk gave a financial report as follows:Bank balance stands at £4704.45 as per bank statement, before 7 bills were settled this evening as below: VAT HMRC Payroll July-Sept 17 100502 £50.00 £50.00 Zurich Municipal Annual Insurance Fee 100503 £535.63 £535.63 Glasdon UK Ltd Waste bin K/A area 100504 £189.39 £37.87 £227.26 J Vowles Accs Internal Audit Fee 100505 £37.50 £7.50 £45.00 RTM Landscapes One-off cut K/A area 100506 £120.00 £24.00 £144.00 AH Contracts New dog bin & emptying 100507 £119.00 £23.80 £142.80 P Reynolds-Nunn Clerk’s expenses 100508 £98.80 £6.20 £105.00 £62 was saved with our insurance premium to Zurich Municipal due to committing to a 3 year plan, agreed by a majority of councillors and actioned by the clerk. All cheques were agreed and signed by Councillors Chapman and Stilton, all in favour. This amount includes the first half year precept of £2475.00 plus a VAT refund of £345.60. The balance after bills were settled is £3454.76 An extra signatory is required for cheques as we are short following resignations etc. The appropriate forms will be signed by Cllr Rhee so we can add her to the signatories in due course. We are required by law to offer a workplace pension for any paid employees. As the clerk is the only one and well beyond retirement age, this information has been notified to DWP. Councillor’s Items: Some of these had been dealt with earlier in the meeting. Cllr Hulance reported regarding the new speedwatch programme; he has asked PC Andy Hipkin if we could have a speed camera installed; we have been unsuccessful previously but fingers crossed. He has also been liaising with Kevan Paradine, an officer of MK Council. Cllr Hulance reported on the SIDS report for July which was quite shocking. This will be included in SCAN. We will persevere to get some form of traffic calming for Astwood. Hardmead is not possible, as there is no speed limit in force. Questions from the public: There is some overhanging shrubbery in the trench near the road outside numbers 3A and 3B Cranfield RD, which is restricting the view, making it dangerous when pulling out of Lewenscroft. Clerk will contact MKC to establish if it is their responsibility and if so, to deal with it asap. A resident asked if there were any plans to improve the broadband for Astwood; this was not known therefore the clerk will investigate and report back. Date of the next meeting was confirmed as Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 8pm (possibly 7pm, to be confirmed) in Astwood Village Hall. THE MEETING CLOSED AT 9.54pm.

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Is summer over or will we have a glorious September? The weather in July and August has been a typical British mix of hot, warm and at times wet. The farming harvest is by no means completed and I have no idea of either the quantity or quality of the harvested crops but no doubt will hear in the future. Our garden has been the usual mix of good and disappointment, but overall quite satisfactory. I wonder how my fellow Chicheley residents have fared? Congratulations to Mrs Frances Boulton who recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

The Cheese and Wine evening at Hill farm on the 29th July was much enjoyed and raised (from memory) around £575 which was shared equally between St. Lawrence’s church and Chicheley village hall. As advised previously on Saturday 23rd September a concert by Sharnbrook Gospel choir will be held in North Crawley church from 7.00 pm. I understand they have a mixed repertoire and you can view them on Youtube for a taster. This will be a joint event organised by Chicheley and North Crawley churches for general church funds. There will be refreshments in an interval. Tickets can be obtained from Mrs Pat Townsend on 01234 391367 and Mrs Janice Freeman on 01234 391350 or from members of the church committees. Don’t delay buy your ticket today. Saturday 7th October will see a Quiz and supper in Chicheley village hall. The start time is 7.00 for 7.30 pm, teams of up to 6 people, £10 per head (children £5) to include a hot supper and dessert, drinks available and a raffle. Please contact Alan/Judy on 01234 825075 or David 01234 391371 to book your place. The proceeds will be for St. Lawrence church. Chicheley’s harvest supper will be on the 14th October. Please contact David on 01234 391371 to reserve your place.

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Chichchat will continue to be held in the village hall on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10.30 am until noon. I learnt from my career in engineering that you have to properly research and plan a project for it to succeed. The recent televised commemoration events about the battle known as Passchendaele demonstrated how effective that can be if you do it right. In just over 12 months from now we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War; so Chicheley what do we intend to do about that?

Rotary Club of Newport Pagnell Our apologies for not publishing an article last month. The start of the new administrative year, when many are away on holiday, is the quietest time in the Rotary calendar. We are now returning to full activity. On Friday 11th August we completed the formal hand-over to Mayor Derek Eastman of the defibrillator located on the bus shelter outside Newport Pagnell Medical Centre. Installing the defibrillator was made possible by generous donations from the public, Newport Pagnell Town Council, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, and funds raised by Rotary at street collections and other events. We held another street collection in Newport Pagnell on 12th August to raise funds for other local causes. At our meeting on 16th August we will present a cheque to Willen Hospice from funds raised at many events during the last year. We will be organising more “End Polio Now” events including the planting of another 5,000 purple crocuses in Newport Pagnell. Planning for the 22nd Rotary Jaipur Limb Dinner has now started. This sell-out event will be held at the Jaipur Restaurant in Milton Keynes on 19th February 2018. Members of our Club are involved directly in a project to establish a Jaipur Limb centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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During the last two months we have had many interesting presentations at our Club’s weekly meetings on topics including polio immunisation in India, a flight on Concorde, volunteering in Nicaragua, and the Ride High charity. On 20th August we will hold a BBQ for our Club’s members and supporters in Chicheley. The Rotary Satellite Club of Woburn Sands and District held a successful 1940s themed garden party in June, and other smaller events. The Members have now decided to start the process of becoming a fully fledged Rotary Club. The future style of the new Club has not yet been decided. Rotary Clubs now take many forms, very different from the stereotype image loved by out-of-touch sitcom writers. The newest Rotary Clubs meet in coffee bars and pubs, or even online, and tend to be project focussed. The protocol is often informal, but places great emphasis on equality, transparency and safeguarding. “New image” Rotary Clubs also embrace technology and the latest communication methods. Modern Rotary Clubs are attracting members in the 30 to 50 age range from business and the professions, especially from companies that encourage volunteering as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. More information about the Rotary Club of Newport Pagnell is available from our web page, Facebook and Twitter. If you are interested in knowing more about our events, or joining Rotary, please contact us via social media or by e-mail at

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Well the good weather has continued with beautiful sunny days, and when the occasional shower has come along, it has refreshed the plants, lawns, and even people, as taking a stroll round the countryside is not an unpleasant experience even if there is light but warm rain. The big event during July for the ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ team has been the production and issuing of a questionnaire for all residents, farmers, landowners and those with an interest in the parish. The number of questionnaires completed and returned is way above the national average and this response demonstrates the community spirit and pride which we have for our place of residence, so a pat on the back for all those that participated. There is likely to be a village event possibly September/October time, to allow for the disclosure of collated results and discussion of points raised by residents. This is such an important document for the village and will determine how the parish will develop over the coming 15 years. It could be that the results will show that no growth is desired, and if that is the case, then that is what will be in the plan. Equally, if the residents want a controlled amount of growth whether it be a small or large amount, then that will be in the plan. There are some people who feel that the powers that be, have already decided the future of our parish, but every bit of information and evidence issued through the local authority suggests that is not true, and that it is in our hands to determine how the village will develop. So, we are at an interesting and important stage in the process, and hopefully now have the information to take us forward to start building a plan. Note there is still a way to go as the ratification period for the plan by the unitary authority and the ‘examiners’ will alone take approximately 12 months. Although there has been only one outline planning application made public so far, it is known that others are in the offing, so keep an eye open for new applications. All residents are encouraged to visit the PC website to see what has come before the Parish Council. You can also get access to the latest MK planning information via the address Please note there are new pick-up-after-your-dog signs in various locations around the recreation fields. As has been said many times before it is appreciated that the vast majority of dog walking residents are very

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conscientious in clearing up after their dogs, but there are always a few who let down the majority. So, if you see one of the few please point out that they are letting the side down and potentially causing problems for children who play on the fields. Having strolled across the recreation fields on quite a few times throughout the summer months, I do wonder if some of our native species such as foxes and badgers occasionally leave small deposits behind which are mistakenly blamed on dogs. I’m not going to describe the differences here, but if you don’t know what they are, to be considered a real country person you need to read up on this fascinating matter. There are a few people in the village who speak of nothing else. The ‘Friends of St. Firmins’ held a barbeque at Brian Curry’s farm on 15 July and despite some light precipitation, a good crowd gathered, and as always the company and food was excellent. A good afternoon enjoyed by all and even the village community policewoman turned up, not because of a call, just to join in and ensure we behaved ourselves. Thanks to Ann Shaw and team for organizing the event and Brian for staging it and being our host. North Crawley Cricket Club Every Saturday from now until the end of August there will be a league game on the recreation ground, so wander up and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and support the village side. You can also sponsor a match for the small sum of £25, which will also entitle you to tea for two with the players. (Please contact me for details). Historical Society As part of the Heritage Weekend Open Days, the Historical Society will be holding an exhibition of old pictures and other memorabilia in St Firmin’s Church on Saturday, September 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a guided walk around the village starting from the church at 2 p.m. Further details will be circulated nearer the time. Please contact the John Brandon (391365) or Christine Stapleton (391205) for details of further events. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you uncover a happening or story you would like to see in print (Email -


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NORTH CRAWLEY PARISH COUNCIL Notes from the last Parish Council meeting; the full minutes can be found on our website: The Council met on Tuesday 4th. July 2017 Apologies MK Ward Cllrs. K McLean and D. Hosking, PCSO A. Ormston, Cllr. J. Hobbs, Cllr. E. Potts. Councillor Co-options Liz Fryer, Lucy Maclennan and James Sandall were welcomed to the Parish Council and thanked for their interest and support. Ringcroft Farm MK Council officer Gavin Treen had been expected to attend the meeting but was not present; the Clerk will contact him and request an update. Neighbourhood Plan Cllr. Magee reported that the recent public event was well attended and well received. He went on to explain that a questionnaire has now been compiled which will be delivered to every resident in the village aged 16 and over, and when completed can be left in drop off boxes at the village shop, The Cock and the Chequers. Collection can be arranged from any resident who would have difficulty getting to these locations. The deadline for completion is 28 th. July. Ward Councillor’s Report Ward Cllr. Geary gave an update on MK Council’s waste strategy; the waste and recycling sites at Newport Pagnell and New Bradwell will not be closing as had been rumoured, and the proposed £33 fee for the use of green garden waste bins is now under review. He also reported the sad news that Richard Rook, Chair of Ravenstone Parish Council, had died recently. Planning 17/01584/FUL – erection of 1 x 3 bed dwelling house, alteration to existing parking and creation of new access at 24 High Street, North Crawley. Following discussion, it was agreed to oppose this application due to it being in a conservation area, the size, scale and mass of the proposed dwelling, and the change in the street scene. 17/01428/FUL – single storey extension to rear and side, refurbishment to existing roof and facades, demolition of existing single storey south wing and conservatory at 8 Folly Lane, North Crawley. No adverse comments. 17/01516/FUL – two storey rear/side extension and conversion of existing single storey into two storey at 19 Folly Lane, North Crawley. This was Deadline for October – 18th September

discussed but it was agreed that a site visit would needed before comments could be made. 17/01601/FUL – 1 High Street, North Crawley, 17/01606/FUL – 37 High Street North Crawley and 17/01607/FUL – 45 High Street North Crawley – construction of a residential vehicle crossing to allow access to off street parking. New hardstanding to be provided within curtilage of property. All works to be to the approval of the highways department of Milton Keynes Council. No adverse comments. Several planning applications in Cranfield were discussed, the latest being 300 dwellings at Wharley End. This would be detrimental to both North Crawley and Moulsoe due to the extra volume of traffic and lack of infrastructure and will be strongly opposed. Neighbourhood Watch If there are enough volunteers, our PCSO Arlene Ormston will help set this up. Anyone interested should contact the Clerk in the first instance. Information was put in the last issue of SCAN and will be repeated in the September issue, and Cllr. Sandall offered to put a note on the facebook North Crawley Community page. Churchyard Matters The late Winifred Lee – interment fee received for plot number 3/188. Consultations with Other Bodies No meetings had been attended, but the RFO advised that she had been contacted by MKALC asking whether North Crawley Parish Council wished to subscribe. After some discussion it was resolved to decline as it was not felt to be beneficial. Residential Safety 

Landscape: The footpath next to the New Rectory is still overgrown and obstructed by a tree that has fallen and is resting on the fence. The Clerk had been told by MK Council that the path would be cleared in due course, and it was also suggested that it may be worth contacting the resident whose tree it is likely to be. It was reported that the verges in Pound Lane had now been cut.

Councillors Items Cllr. Magee mentioned that display boards had been purchased for Parish Council events, and that they could be borrowed by the IMC, Historical Society, etc. as and when required. Cllr. Baldwin tended his resignation; he had been unwell recently and wanted to spend any free time with his family. He was thanked for stepping in when Councillors were urgently needed and wished a continued and speedy recovery. Deadline for October – 18th September

Questions from Residents A resident asked what the national guidelines are for the repair of potholes, since it seems that some deep potholes are left untouched whilst shallower ones are dealt with. The Clerk will make enquiries. Another resident spoke about the proposed 300 houses at Wharley End and the effect this would have on traffic through North Crawley. The Clerk will contact Central Bedfordshire Council for full details of the application. A question was asked regarding outstanding work in the churchyard - the placing of sleepers around the gravelled seating area. It was reported that a quote had been received last November, and it was agreed at that time that work could go ahead. The Clerk will contact Oli Rose and ask him to carry out the work as soon as possible. Mr. Flower of the IMC enquired as to who owns the wooden fencing around the play area beside the recreation ground, as some of it needs repairing or replacing. Mr. Flower agreed to obtain a quote for the work. It was mentioned that it would be useful to have a Councillor present at IMC meetings; the next one will be held on 2th. July. Cllr. Magee volunteered to take this on, and Cllr. Maclennan offered to be a backup if he was not able to attend at any time. The next meeting will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday 5th. September 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall

Parish Councillor Contact. Please attend the PC meetings to have your say, or send your comments through the Clerk via email address: The above advice is the best route to follow in most cases and ensures that points are formally recorded, but of course if there is a real emergency that cannot wait, contact your Councillors by whatever means possible Cllr. Jo Small

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North Crawley Neighbourhood Plan Firstly we would like to thank all the volunteers who turned up on a bright sunny Saturday at the beginning of July to help deliver and explain the questionnaires. The extra effort put in personally to deliver and explain these documents has paid off, because of the 650+ questionnaires delivered we have received around 60% of them back. Secondly we would like to thank all the residents for taking the time to complete and return the forms. The normal expected return rate for this type of survey is only 20% so a high return rate in the 60% range is fantastic. We now have the task of entering all the data from the questions into a database called SurveyMonkey. This will then enable us to sort the information into categories so we can prepare detailed overviews as to how the village responded on each question. We will start this once the holidays are over and hope to have it completed by early September. We then have the slightly bigger task of taking the 1000+ hand written comments from the questionnaires and categorising them. A task for which we would welcome volunteers! So if you are interested please come along to the next meeting on September 11th. Last and by no means least, we are very pleased to say that the winner of the prize draw was Narantuya Easthope from Kilpin Green and Gary McGee presented her with the ÂŁ25 gift voucher to spend in the village shop. NCPC Committee

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North Crawley CE School & Stoke Goldington CE First School ‘Together in Learning - Sharing Excellence and Expertise’ The summer months have brought many opportunities to spend learning time in the great outdoors. This term the children joined schools and youth clubs from around the country to raise money to help make life better for some of the world’s most vunerable children. The whole school took part in Den Day, where pupils were sponsored to build dens together. The children could be seen walking to school laden with sheets, blankets, large pieces of cardboard and boxes and spent the morning on the school field making dens with the materials supplied. To add to the excitement, once the dens were made, all the children had a picnic lunch inside their dens. Although this morning was great fun there was a thoughtful message behind the activity. There are children and families who spend their days in make-shift homes and we have raised money to support the “Save the Children” charity. To end the ‘Great Outdoors’ topic, the KS1 children visited Linford Lakes nature reserve where the Parks Trust ranger led sessions to find out about trees and plants. The children, in true Bear Ghrylls style, made water filters by stuffing plastic bottles with grass and gravel, and then attempted to filter the dirty lake water! The day finished with the children constructing dens from a very limited supply of sticks and tarpaulin! What a great end to the topic - lots of dirty, happy but tired children snoozing on the coach journey home. The Linford Lakes trip was subsidised by FONS; we would like to take the opportunity to thank the ‘Friends of North Crawley School’ for all their hard work and support. Through the efforts of the ‘FONS’ we are able to provide those lovely ‘extras’ which benefit our children. North Crawley CE School always welcomes visitors and this half term was no exception. Max the dog, guinea pigs Bailey and Louis and a vet named Fiona came to visit. She talked about the day in the life of a vet and then examined Max, Bailey and Louis. The children then listened to Max’s heartbeat and fed the guinea pigs; they then practiced putting on bandages and giving vaccinations (on a toy dog of course!) As part of our work on health and well-being, we welcomed our friends from Stoke Goldington CE School for a fun filled ‘Sports Day’. The children showed great sportsmanship as they participated in a ‘round robin’ of team games followed by individual races for all. The overall winners were the red team. Congratulations! The children in year 2 joined their counterparts from Stoke Goldington and Newton

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Blossomville schools on an important visit to the ‘Safety Centre’ which allows children to explore scenarios where they can learn about keeping themselves safe and secure.

In our school garden the Foundation Stage children have cared for their vegetable plot all year and have been rewarded with a crop of vegetables. There was great excitement as they pulled up potatoes and onions and picked peas. Once back in class they made a lovely potato salad. It was delicious! They are looking forward to a summer speciality of strawberries and cream very soon. Finally, as the busy summer term draws to a close, we say a fond farewell to Oliver F, Oliver C, Abigail, Seraphina and Theo who will be moving on to the next stage of their education – we wish you every happiness in your new schools and hope you have many happy memories of your time spent at North Crawley CE School. Our new Foundation children, Tommy, Addison, Charlie, Ayla, Hattie and Gyana have already been welcomed into school with ‘come and join us’ days and story sessions. We are looking forward to seeing them in September.

Do you have a child who is due to start school in September 2018? Are you interested in a school place for your child in the future? Come along and see the advantages of attending a small village school and what it can offer your child. Please telephone North Crawley Church of England School on 01234 391282 or email to make an appointment to visit our school.

Alternatively visit our website for information about our outstanding school.

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North Crawley and Little Crawley ‘Share Your Garden’ 2018 Thank you for your responses to join in with a North Crawley/Little Crawley ‘Share Your Garden’ event next year. We now have enough gardens and volunteers to go ahead, but it would be lovely if just a few more of you could join in (we still have plenty of time). The dates: Saturday 9th June and Sunday 10th June 2018 The opening times: 12 noon until 4pm The charity: ‘Friends of St Firmins’. You don’t need to open the whole of your garden: maybe you have an interesting vegetable patch, some colourful hanging baskets, or a special plant or tree. It would be more about sharing your garden at whatever stage it is in with others who might be interested. If you are interested or would like more information, please email: We can then have an informal meeting to share a few ideas.

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Friends of St Firmins September 2017 It was such a pleasure to see so many of you at the A.G.M last month, which gave me a good opportunity to explain why progress on restoration projects had been difficult this year. However, I’m now happy to report that all known woodworm inside the church has now been treated, and whilst we didn’t throw the book at it, I understand that the Woodworm Finder General, in giving his all, DID throw his last can of pesticide at it. This means that very soon, hopefully by September, essential repairs to the pews and floors can be carried out. I’m sure that the whole village will be proud to welcome both the visiting choir and the new vicar to a St Firmins in which all pews are available and all areas of flooring safe. If you’ve been into the church recently, you may have noticed that the nave is looking a bit tired and shabby. Both the church wardens and ourselves think it would be well worth spending some of our funds, possibly in a joint venture, to remedy this. Fortunately, we won’t need a dreaded Faculty but we will need permission, scaffolding, and specialist paint before we start. I am hopeful that this will not take too long and will make St Firmins much more attractive for all its current usages, as well as opening up the possibility of new ones. We are still awaiting the Faculty for restoration to the south exterior wall, overlooking the graveyard, but I’m quite hopeful that this really WILL be forthcoming before too long and we can finally complete the much needed repairs: but what, I hear you ask, of the boiler house? Well, whilst not wishing to get anyone’s hopes up too much, the possibility of installing a toilet on that site has been raised. Of course we would have to get permission and plumbing will be a key issue, but how marvellous, and what a relief it would be to finally have our very own St Firmin’s loo! The much heralded quiz will be available around the end of September for a donation of £2 per copy. We will probably deliver one to each house but of course you have no obligation at all to take part or to pay for it. We hope to make extra copies available in the shop and the pubs or from the committee. Finally, you will be pleased to know that the BBQ at Murtland’s Farm raised £1,198, a little down on last year but a substantial sum nevertheless, and remember you can become a Friend for as little as £3 per month. Contact me, Jim Wilmore or any member of the committee. Membership forms are also available in the church. Many thanks, Ann Shaw 391797 Deadline for October – 18th September



As part of the Heritage Open Weekend and to coincide with the 50 th anniversary of Milton Keynes, North Crawley Historical Society is arranging an exhibition in St Firmin’s Church on Saturday, September 9th. There will be old and new photos to compare how the village looked then and how it looks now. Stan Sharvell captured the village and the villagers in his paintings in the 70s, 80s and 90s and many of these will also be on display. There will be other documents, historical records and memorabilia to look at and guided tours around the church. The exhibition will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and refreshments will be available. The walk around the village will start from outside the church at 2 p.m. and return at 4 p.m. for the walkers to have tea and cakes. Numbers will be limited for the walk so please call Chris on 01234 391205 if you would like to go. Over the Heritage Open Weekend there will be many specially organised events in the Milton Keynes area which are free of charge. There will be buildings and places of historic interest to visit which would not normally be open to the public. Details of all the events will be circulated to Historical Society members shortly, but if anyone else would like information, please call Chris on the above number.

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CABARET EVENING Saturday 30th September 2017 in The NC Institute at 7.30pm. Gary Priestly and an accomplished lady singer will entertain us. Light refreshments will be provided but bring your own drinks! Proceeds for the AIR AMBULANCE BERKS/OXON/BUCKS which is a very worthwhile and lifesaving charity so please try to support this in some way. Raffle prizes would be very much appreciated. TICKETS FROM JOAN MITCHELL, 65 KILPIN GREEN (tel 391542)

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SHERINGTON LIFE Here we are, back again after the summer break, the weather was a bit changeable but it hasn’t been too bad – hopefully the autumn will be kind to us. As usual late July and August in Sherington is quite busy – here’s a round up of the main events. On Sunday 18th July the Twinning Association held the annual BBQ and Boule Competition up at the Pavillion in Perry Lane. As is usual, the sun shone brightly in the morning only for the heavens to open just as the BBQ was ready. However, as this is a regular occurrence like a well oiled machine the members of the Association moved all the tables into the Pavillion and the party continued. It looked as if the boule would have to be postponed but the clouds parted, the sun came out and play commenced. This year there was a separate competition for the under 10s – the final saw Tom Wright and Tom Thatcher pitched together with Tom W winning. The final of the adult competition was a pitched battle between these Feathered Friends – on opposing teams! The trophy eventually went to the magical pairing of Ruth Thompson and Sarah Davies. Thanks to the Twinning Committee for the great food and organisation, it was nice to see so many younger families and new faces so let’s hope this tradition stays alive for many years to come. While the kitchens of the White Hart remain closed, Giles and the team have arranged “Food Truck Fridays” where each week a different type of cuisine will be on offer from a portable kitchen. So far there have been Italian and Indian and Greek with each week being well attended by locals and visitors alike. August saw two lovely village weddings, both in St Lauds then afterwards in the marquee in the gardens of the pub. On August 5th Aimee Stein and Sam Baker got married, then on 12th August Lisa Masters and Matt Butcher tied the knot. Both weddings were traditional village events and the weather was kind on both days. The Sherington bell ringers were in fine fettle and each wedding ended with great evening knees ups! Now we have had a Butcher and Baker can we look forward to the nuptials of a Candlestick maker next? (come on, that was quite good!) On a less happy note the Sherington website published photos of fly tipping which occurred on the track at the top of Perry Lane. A very selfish act as it blocked the access to Gowles Farm. Perhaps whoever did it thought that no one ever went up that far. We all need to stay vigilant and be aware of any strange or suspicious activity – Sherington is a relatively safe and pretty place to live and we are sure no one wants to see that changing. The Feathered Friends are looking forward to the return of the Great British Bake Off, albeit on Channel 4 (will it be the same without Mary we wonder?) In the same vein the Macmillan Coffee Morning is on 29th September this year – look out for posters in village for Sherington events.

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Parish Council Meeting 4th July 2017 (These are NOT draft minutes but simply summary of the meeting from Cllr Thatcher– Official meeting minutes will be available from the Clerk after their approval at next meeting on 2nd May or online at 4.





Matters Arising from last meeting Cllr Bush commented that at the last meeting we wanted to co-opt a new Councillor but unfortunately due to diary miscommunication this did not happen however Mike Selvey is here today to be co-opted. Mike signed a Declaration of Acceptance. Ward Councillors Report WASTE STRATEGY Has gone through and there will be no £33 charge for green bins, also the tip in Newport Pagnell will remain open in the short term. MINERALS LOCAL PLAN This is now been agreed by the Council therefore the main issue people will be seeing is the planning application along Northampton Road that may affect Sherington. The facility for the sifting of the minerals could potentially be closest to Sherington. The traffic route for minerals leaving the site will cause traffic problems by Sherington Bridge and the Chicheley Hill area. Cllr Geary added that policies on bunding and set back distances had been taken out. Cllr Bush asked about noise and dust which Cllr Geary mentioned that should not be a problem. Cllr Geary added that Richard Crook sadly passed away recently. Clerks Report TY confirmed that the Finance Audit had been sent to Mazars and that reported the willow trees on High Street to MKC but had received no response. Neighbourhood Plan Cllr Bush recapped that the Examiner has passed the plan to go to Referendum. We are still waiting on MKC to write their report. We have been told that the Referendum will not take place until possibly September. Next step is to discuss communications at next NPSG meeting. Working Party Reports Shop: Cllr Johnstone confirmed that the shop is allowed to stay in its present form but the intention is to replace with a permanent structure. There has still been no response with regard to the CCTV. Pavilion: Cllr Bush commented that the Clerk requires help with regards to the car park. Cllr Johnstone has a quote from Mr Martin to clear the ditch. TY commented that she had a quote from BR Builders. Cllr Bush added that Duncan Clarke would be happy to offer his expertise. TY to contact Duncan Clarke and from that to get 3 quotations from contractors. Cllr Bush asked whether we could go ahead with the ditch ASAP and it was agreed that any quote for the ditch above £2000 would have to be approved. Cllr Johnstone added that we should asked Duncan how deep the ditch needs to be.

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Recreation Ground: Cllr Bush mentioned that he had a meeting with Mr Cook and Mr Shires regarding the lease for the recreation ground and that there was a desire to amend. There was a suggestion that the rent would be increased. Cllr Hughes to draft a letter to be sent to Mr Cook & Mr Shires. GREEN SPACES: Cllr Shaw suggested an idea due to the lack of use for Stonepits Copse and with help from the Historical Society Heritage and Parks Trust mentioned a circular walk with posts, arrows and signage sending visitors around the village. Cllrs liked the idea and suggested starting at the Knoll and Cllr Hughes mentioned that it could be linked to an App. Cllr Bush also suggested a plinth at Stonepit Copse. Cllr Shaw to obtain quotations. Finance Bank Account Balance 3rd July 2017 £36,450.33 Cheques approved Planning Applications Cllr Bush mentioned that there were no applications at the time of publishing the agenda but TY received an application after the agenda was published which was application reference 17/01690/FUL – 2 School Lane for the installation of 2 roof lights to rear roof. Cllrs supported the application. External Meetings Cllr Shaw attended a meeting to discuss the East West Expressway. There are many routes to link Oxford to Cambridge and route upgrades on the A34. Traffic will be affected in Milton Keynes but this should not affect Sherington. Consultation is planned for 2019. Cllr Thatcher attend the Olney Parish Forum and there was mention of setting the precept for over 3 years. Cllr Thatcher also attended NAG to talk about Speed Watch. CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE AND NEW CONSULTATIONS Cllr Bush asked for an update on the gates going into the village to prevent speeding, Cllr Johnstone advised that he had received a quote for £400. Public Comments 1 member of public mentioned that there was a planning application for her property on Water Lane, just making the Parish aware. A member of public asked the Parish if they knew why the Armco barriers had been put in along the bypass. Cllr Bush commented that this was highways at MKC and Cllr Geary advised the best person to ask was Tom Blackburne-Maze. TY to contact. The cars parked along Perry Lane causing damage to the road and paths was also mentioned along with overhanging hedgerows and vegetation. Cllr Geary suggested knocking on resident doors and asking them to attend to their vegetation.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th September 2017 at 7.30pm PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS CORRECT AT TIME OF PRINT. Visit for up-to-date information on meeting times. Deadline for October – 18th September

On the 21st September, residents of the Parish will have the opportunity to vote on the Neighbourhood Plan, which is designed to steer the future growth of our village and protect areas from development that the community wish to preserve. The Neighbourhood Plan must be legally compliant with National Planning Guidance and the Milton Keynes development plan. It has been formally reviewed and approved by an Independent Examiner who concluded that: “It is clear to me that consultation has fundamentally underpinned the Plan’s production. Advice on the neighbourhood planning process has been made available to the community in a positive and direct way by those responsible for the Plan’s preparation. Consultation and feedback has been at the heart of the Plan throughout the various stages of its production.” “At its heart are a suite of policies that aim to bring forward sensitive and appropriatelylocated housing sites and to safeguard open spaces. It also safeguards important community facilities. It is thorough and distinctive in addressing a specific set of issues that have been identified and refined by the wider community.” (To read the Examiner’s full report visit The vote will decide whether the plan should be ‘adopted’ (formally accepted as part of the Milton Keynes development plan) and used in the future determination of local planning applications.

To ensure we as a community have greater control over decisions that affect our village, it is essential that residents vote YES for the Sherington Neighbourhood Plan. Sherington Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 21st September 2017 Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington Current information can always be found on the Sherington Parish Council website Cllr Anita Thatcher, Sherington Parish Council,

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THE NEW THURSDAY GROUP 7th September Medical Detection Dogs - OPEN MEETING Medical detection dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. Rowland Butt is coming to give a presentation on how the dogs are trained and to generally raise awareness of the charity. This is an Open Evening, husbands, partners and friends are most welcome. 12th October Visit to Stoke Goldington Thursday Club Lifts will be arranged. Please note the Stoke Goldington meeting will commence at 7.30 pm The New Thursday Group meets in Sherington Village Hall on the first Thursday of each month at 8.00 pm, unless otherwise indicated. It is open to all ladies from the village and surrounding area and new members are always very welcome. There is a varied programme of talks by visiting speakers, outings and events throughout the year. If you would like more information please contact Julie Smith on 01908-615043 or, alternatively, just come along to the village hall for one of the meetings.

Thumbsticks – 1st October 2017 – Beating the Bounds [By kind permission of the landowners]

The Thumbsticks will be undertaking a Beating the Bounds walk of the Sherington Parish. Beating the Bounds is an ancient custom dating back to Anglo Saxon times still observed in some English and Welsh Counties. A group of old and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish, usually led by the Parish Priest and Church Officials, to share the knowledge of where the boundaries lay, and to pray for protection and blessings for the lands. The purpose of taking younger members of the community was to ensure that witnesses as to where the boundaries lay should survive as long as possible. Our Beating the Bounds walk will be a slightly shortened version of around 10 kilometres (6 miles), but will represent a reasonably accurate representation of where the parish boundaries lie, missing out only part of the South West corner, which we may undertake on a future Thumbsticks walk. Deadline for October – 18th September

We won’t actually be beating any boundary markers with sticks, as was the ancient custom. Please meet at the Knoll for 9.30 am; if you would like to join us. We will have a break at some point so please bring a drink and a snack. No dogs please. Alan, Julie and Stephen PS - If heavy and persistent rain is forecast, the walk may be postponed to a later date.

A Thumbstick date, Kate and Graham will be leading the September walk on the 3rd at 9.30 from the Knoll, at this stage we plan to drive to Weston Underwood and walk to Ravenstone and back via Cowpers Alcove. Only rain will stop play.

SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE or TEA? We meet on one Saturday a month between 10.00am and midday we will be serving teas and coffees at St Laud's with the opportunity to enjoy it with company and a slice of homemade cake. So book the below date in your diary to save disappointment: We now have all the date to the end of the year 9th September,

14th October,

11Th November

16th December.

Any queries 01908 216543. Hope to see you all there! Mark

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Strawberry Teas at Mercers Farm

I know that this was some time ago, but we wanted to say thank you to all those that helped with this wonderful event, from those who set up, provided cakes and raffle prizes, the folk band who entertained us throughout the afternoon, those who helped to put away afterwards, and especially those who came along and enjoyed the afternoon and ate and drank and were merry (well happy). Thank you all for making a difference to the funds for the running of St Lauds Church, Sherington.

Sherington Church Bazaar

I know that Christmas seems a long way off, but as the old adage says, if you fail to prepare, be prepared to fail. So summer is now over so the planning is now starting to occur for the Christmas Bazaar for Friday 24th November 6-8pm. Please put this in your diaries. If you would like a stall then please contact Alan Sims or Mark Vale to advise of your interest and we can start the ball rolling to get you a tabled booked.

Practice / Learning Nights

We have practice / learners evening on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month between 7.30 and 9pm. If you want to come and have a look or a go, you are very welcome, if you hear the bells just come up and say hi. Or you can call 01908 216543 to confirm details. 14th September- 7:30pm – 28th September - 7:30pm – Sherington Sherington 12th October- 7:30pm – Sherington

26th October - 7:30pm – Sherington

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Sherington Youth Club Open to all children 9 and over

Starts back Wednesday 20th September On your 1st visit please come along with a parent to fill out registration forms 7pm-9pm, Sherington Village Hall


Sherington Youth Club General meeting 13th September 7pm-8pm Now under - MKC YOUTH FACULTY If your child attends youth club or you are interested in helping as a volunteer please come along to our general meeting to discuss how you can help. We are looking to discuss:     

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Subs and much more.......

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Generally the Society meets in Sherington Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday on the Month. Entry: £2 for members, £3 for non-Members, this includes refreshments. July: 11th July - Outing: Brought Church and Village The members were invited for a specially organised tour around St Lawrence church by the Friends of St Lawrence and in conjunction with the Churches Conservation Trust. The evening was warm but very wet so the church was welcome haven for the evening and in fact there was no need to wander around the village as the guides that showed us around talk all evening about and around the church's history and kept us fully interested for the whole evening. For those who missed it, it was a great evening. They are open on the HOD weekend I believe and so if you get the chance, go. We will be giving a full report with pictures in our next newsletter. September 9th: HODs Open Day As you have seen we have managed to get the front cover of the SCAN (well if all goes to plan. So this year the Open Day to be in line with the HODs (Heritage Open Day), where will be having the files and registers on display in the Village Hall for people to come in an look as well as handing out the circular walks to anyone who is interested to take a look at some of the history around the village. Between 12 and 4.30pm. September 12th: Member meeting September’s meeting is a members meeting. We have not set a specific activity yet but it might be trying to catch up with the pile of archiving. October 10th : Members Can Talk This year our Members can talk meeting is October not November, as Chris Row is coming to talk to us about the Gunpowder Plot then, so IF you can come and let Kay or Mark know about anything you would like to talk about. As it says in the programme, "A chance where we can talk about something we care about." MV The Sherington Historical Society

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Sherington Furniture Restoration CABINET MAKERS & FRENCH POLISHERS Antiques restored to a high standard Leather lining Custom built furniture to your specifications

John Clifford

Smiths Yard Water Lane Sherington Newport Pagnell Bucks, MK16 9NP

Telephone: (01908) 612992

North Crawley Village Shop

General Groceries (different offers every months)

National Lotto and Scratch cards (New) Cash Back facilities Alcohol and Good selection of Wines (with offers) Fruits and Vegetable (fresh from Farm Shop) Fresh Bread and cakes from two different bakeries Local Fresh Free Range Eggs

Please continue to use the shop. The shop is here for YOU! OPENING TIMES MON-SAT 07.00 – 19.30 SUN 08.00 – 13.00

Crease Lightning Professional Ironing Service Regular weekly, fortnightly, monthly or ad hoc collections in all SCAN areas, charged at £5/KG Call or Text Anna Shotton on 07812 011239 14 High Street, North Crawley, MK16 9LH

For sale:  

Baby Grand  piano,  1922  Anton  Petrof,  untuned   but  in  good  condition  -­‐  £500  ovno     Late  19thc  6  drawer  dark  oak  tall  boy  55h  x  44w,   good  condition  -­‐  £275  ovno.       Both  much  loved  but  too  big  for  new  house.       01908  513985  -­‐  Sherington    


To be appointed


Professor John Fielding

Associate Priest: The Reverend Pam Fielding, 4 Griggs Orchard (Licensed Lay Minister)

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SCAN Churches Administrator - Jan Weatherley Church Website - Churchwardens St Laud, Sherington - Mr EE Pepper, 38 Water Lane Mr Gordon Clark, Calgary House, Church End St Firmin, North Crawley Mrs Janice Freeman, 2 Church Walk Mr Malcolm Rose, 5 High Street St Lawrence, Chicheley Mr D Robertson, Brickyard Cottage Mrs Judith Duncombe St Peter, Astwood

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Olney Ward Peter Geary, David Hosking and Keith McLean. Mayor of Milton Keynes : Steve Coventry Headteacher - Sherington C of E School Mrs Jo Orbell, Interim Executive Head Headteacher – North Crawley C of E School: Mrs Kathryn Crompton Sherington Pre-School 01908 611398 – or Chairmen of Parish Councils or Parish Meetings Astwood & Hardmead Mr. R. Stilton, 7, The Close, Hardmead Chicheley Mr R J Ruck-Keene, Hill Farm North Crawley Mrs Jo Small, 85 Kilpin Green, North Crawley MK16 9LZ Sherington Mr Will Bush, Sherington House, Park Road, Sherington MK16 9PF Secretaries of Church Committees North Crawley Mr N Freeman, 2 Church Walk Chicheley Mrs Christine Girard, Newgate Cottage SCAN Correspondents North Crawley Mr Fred Flower Astwood Voluntary Contributors Chicheley Mr D Robertson Sherington Hardmead see above Chair of Astwood & Hardmead Parish Council SCAN Treasurer /Advertising Manager Mrs Elaine Tarling, 53 Kilpin Green, North Crawley, MK16 9LZ Editor Mrs Julia Chinn, The Old Rectory, North Crawley, MK16 9HJ

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SCAN 475 September 2017  

September 2017 issue of SCAN magazine

SCAN 475 September 2017  

September 2017 issue of SCAN magazine