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Healthy Steps

By Helen Parker MCFHP MAFHP

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Dear Readers, It certainly feels too late to be wishing you a happy new year so we will content ourselves by saying Welcome to 2018 instead, already we are into the second month of the year and hopefully hurtling towards spring! We have experienced some very wintry and stormy weather throughout January, trees and power lines have been down, the production of SCAN was nearly halted by such an occurrence so we’re hoping that this edition will reach you on time. Thank you for the kind donations received in respect of the Christmas messages published. Each donation is really appreciated and is a big help in ensuring the ongoing production of SCAN magazine. We are very sorry to hear about the demise of the North Crawley WI after so many years of existence, it is a great shame that more and more of these village institutions are falling by the wayside. We hope that the ladies monthly Wednesday meetings attract a good turnout and that Pam continues to send in her report of what they have all been up to – it always makes a very entertaining read! Happy Pancake and Valentine’s Day!

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SCAN 479 FEBRUARY 2018 SCAN IS VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE DONATIONS RECEIVED IN RESPECT OF THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGES PUBLISHED AND ALSO TO THOSE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WHO REGULARLY CONTRIBUTE IN ORDER TO KEEP SCAN MAGAZINE GOING – WE THANK YOU! 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 FEBRUARY 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 53 Kilpin Green, North Crawley Deadline for March – 18th February

The season of Epiphany draws to a close with the feast of Candlemas, when the child Jesus is presented by Mary in the Jewish Temple to Anna and Simeon. This elderly pair recognise Jesus as the long- awaited Messiah who has come to fulfil God’s promise of Salvation to the world. He is revealed as ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles’ and to be the glory of the people of Israel. And so our focus is now directed towards Lent and the Passion of Holy Week which lead us to the Mysteries of Easter. As the penitential season of Lent begins, a period of self-examination and reflection is often embarked upon as preparation for the future celebration of Easter Day. It has been said that the tradition of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began when the woman of the house emptied out her store cupboard of the last vestiges of the ‘fat’ yuletide festivities. The remaining eggs, butter, cream or lard were combined with flour to make a ‘cake’ which was cooked in pan and eaten prior to being ‘shriven’ (cleansed or absolved) in church in order to be ritually prepared for the fasting and austerity of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s called Ash Wednesday because the reserved ashes from the previous year’s burned Palm Sunday crosses were used by the priest to mark the foreheads of the people during the Ashing Service, symbolising penitence in ‘sackcloth and ashes’……. This year Shrove Tuesday falls on 13th February, and you are invited to call at the Rectory to share pancakes with us between 4-6.30pm. All are Welcome! If you’d like to come it would be very helpful to have an idea of numbers beforehand, either by signing up on a list at the back of church (there’ll be one in each) or letting Jan Weatherly know by email. The Ashing service will take place at 12 noon on Wednesday 14th February at St Laud’s, followed by a simple lunch church. Again all are welcome. With every Blessing for Peace and Wellbeing, Coralie Mansfield Deadline for March – 18th February



4 February 10.30am

‘Something Different’ – Sherington

11 February 9.30am 6pm

Holy Communion – North Crawley Evensong – Chicheley

14 February 112 noon

Ash Wednesday Holy Communion (with ashes) in Sherington (followed by a simple lunch in church)

18 February 9.30am

Holy Communion – Sherington

25 February 11am 6pm

Holy Communion – Chicheley Evensong – North Crawley

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

This year Shrove Tuesday falls on 13th February, and you are invited to call at the

Rectory to share pancakes with us between 4-6.30pm. Everyone is welcome! Coralie and Tim

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Are you thinking of asking about a Baptism service? Please join us for tea and cake and an opportunity to find out more about how this happens in our Parish On: Saturday 17 March At: 3 – 4pm Where: The Rectory Sherington Please let us know if you are coming by contacting: Jan Weatherley 01234 391387

Or for any other information please contact: Revd Coralie Mansfield

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‘Souper’ Lunchtime Get-together

Scan fellowship, a fortnightly chance to enjoy a simple lunch together

4 Griggs Orchard Sherington 01908 616763 12pm – 2pm Wednesdays 14 February a simple lunch in St Laud’s will follow the usual Ashing Service which starts at 12pm 28 February All ages welcome (children too!)

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FROM THE PARISH REGISTERS Funerals RIP Frederick Walter Joseph Savage of North Crawley whose funeral service took place at St Firmins on 19 December 2017 Yvonne Ann Deviney whose service of cremation took place on 8 January 2018 ‘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.’


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

We ask for God’s blessing on: James Dunn and Nicola Whitehouse who were married in St Lawrence’s Chicheley on 16 December 2017 In your goodness Lord watch over this couple you have joined in the covenant of marriage.

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Thought For The Day When I was young, in my despair I looked to God and prayed the prayer "The world O Lord is such a mess It's in a state of hopelessness. Give me the power the strength to change The people here, to rearrange Their lives so they will turn and say "We bow the knee to God today". As I grew older and I saw The world no better than before And, as the answer was not there That I should pray a different prayer, I said "Dear God, just give me grace To change the people in this place All those I meet from day to day To point them to a better way" When later on I looked around And saw no change at all was found I realised my prayer should be That God would make a change in me. If I had asked that from the start I might have played a greater part.

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Friends of St Firmins February already and plans are afoot for new fundraising and social events to delight and entertain you. Your support over the last year has been much appreciated and vital to the preservation of St Firmins. It seems that the funds we have will be very quickly accounted for when we finally get underway with the renovations chosen by the Churchwardens. It is apparent that work on Grade 1 listed buildings always comes in at a high price and it’s not just the materials. Specialist architects and restoration companies only are permitted and as you’ve no doubt guessed; they don’t come cheap. The Architects fees are particularly eye watering. Anyway, we’ve bitten the bullet and our Architect is coming out, as required by the Church of England, to approve our three priority projects ( 1 visit per project) which are still the same: painting the chancel, renovating the south porches, removing the boiler house, along with any asbestos found to be present and making good any subsequent damage to the tower wall. Additionally, the storage space behind the organ is to be properly enclosed with panelling and a door for access provided. We are pushing really hard to complete all this work, or at least have it well underway this year. Now for important matters, such as The Quiz: the enthusiasm of the people who took part was infectious and heart warming. Many of you did extremely well with scores high into the 80s, but more importantly, others just had a go for the fun of it and we thank you for that (the answers are printed a

little further on in this edition).

The winner was: Theresa Walker with full marks (91) Joint second were: Gillian Bryan and Elizabeth Boote ( 90) ( so no 3rd prize) The downside was that we didn’t really have enough entries to make it financially worthwhile. I think only 40. The prizes were kindly donated otherwise we’d barely have broken even. In the end we raised £84 and had some fun. Well done everyone and thanks to our anonymous prize donor. For our next event, committee members in a fit of nostalgia for school wet playtimes and church socials of their youth, came up with the idea of a Family Beetle Drive. This will take place in the small village hall on Friday March 23rd. See the advert & posters for more details. A somewhat belated Happy New Year to you all. If you feel you could help us by becoming a FRIEND and making a regular contribution please contact either Jim Wilmore on 391315 or me on 391797. Many thanks for your continued support and friendship Ann Shaw. Deadline for March – 18th February



So as another year passes we see some traditions being kept but also there have been some changes afoot in Astwood. The Star on Tim’s Tree continued to shine like a welcoming beacon over the Christmas period, and the lights on the houses in both Cranfield Road and Main Road made the village come alive over the festive period. The Christmas Carol service was an immense success. The Sherington Folk group provided a fitting soundtrack for us to accompany and the various activities on the night raised over £380 for our nominated charities. With our oldest resident Monica moving out, her house has been filled with a family of 6 and we wish them all the best for their time in Astwood. I always think it would be great if houses could talk as they must have some very interesting stories to tell about their inhabitants. David and Sue Hulance and Sue’s mother Evelyn have also moved out of the village and we wish them all well and thank them for the sterling job that they have done for the village during their time in Astwood, with David especially being active on both the Parish Council and Village hall committee. To be fair this is not the first time that David and Sue have left Astwood so who knows, one day they may be back! Another house that will see more of its inhabitants is Cygnet Cottage as Bob and Janet start their well earned retirement. Their last day was Christmas day and a good number of locals made the trip to the pub for pre lunch drinks and heard Bob give a moving speech about how he has enjoyed his days ( and nights) in the Old Swan. Phil and Clare Hale will be taking over the running of the pub and they are no strangers to many from this area as their previous residencies have included the Chester Arms at Chicheley and we wish them all the very best for the future. I am sure they would be more than pleased to meet you if you are unknown to them and to get re acquainted if your paths have crossed in the past. Janet will manage to escape Bob for the odd evening though as she has been elected onto the Village Hall committee even if it means that her few hours of Deadline for March – 18th February

freedom will only take her next door and back to the pub again as this is where the committee meets.

With the lighter nights slowly starting to lengthen hopefully it will not be long before the bulbs are starting to poke their heads through and I for one am looking forward to seeing the results of the planting session we had in the Village Garden at the back end of last year. This area is for the enjoyment of everyone so please take a minute every once in a while to just enjoy the area and take a break from our busy lives. Unfortunately as the Scan goes to press there has been a flurry of unwanted activity in the village. A car and a property have been targeted by thieves in and around Astwood and a surge of door knockers have been seen putting many people on edge and I urge everyone to be vigilant and keep an eye out for each other. To this end there is provisionally going to be a meeting in the Village Hall at 2pm on the 3rd February to consider the viability of a Neighbourhood Watch for Astwood. Final details will be put on the noticeboard on the Village Hall nearer the time. Please come along if you are able. In the meantime, if anyone sees or has seen anything suspicious please call 101 and report it to the police. Stay safe. Great Tit Deadline for March – 18th February

Christmas Gifts Nothing says merry Christmas like a well thought out and personal gift, but a gift of dog poo outside your house is unpleasant and unwanted. Please be considerate of your neighbours and clean it up. Astwood village have red dog poo bins situated around the village to ensure the village is kept clean and free of your dogs’ deposits. Please use them and pick it up. Unhappy Robin

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 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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Well here we are in 2018 and by now should be about three quarters of our way through the winter months. Apart from the short spell of snow in December mostly the weather seems to be damp and grey although I am hopeful that between writing these notes and you reading them some brightness will have arrived. Unfortunately the weather forecasters are expecting a return to cold winds and possibly snow so really anything could have happened, but by now you will know what. I now have a figure for the collections towards the Poppy Appeal last year. The combined figure from collections at the Chester Arms, Chicheley Hall, the village and the offertory at the Remembrance Sunday church service was £529.78. This has all been passed to the British Legion who organise the nation-wide collection and thank you to all who contributed locally. I am always pleased to include items from villagers in these notes and the following is from Mike Kettell. On Saturday 18th November I held my 2nd exhibition of hobbies and collections. On display were some of my vintage farm items including a 1930’s cream separator, a sheep shearing machine and two butter churns all hand turned. My son Gordon displayed his model railway and vehicles. Our friend James Worboys and sons from Rushden displayed a very impressive collection of model Mini cars. Our local astronomer Pierre displayed a selection of telescopes and astronomy charts. Outside we had an unusual “steam” vehicle based on a mobility scooter chassis, this was displayed by Tristram from Towcester and his uncle Mick from Dunstable. Basically it is a model of a steam lorry with replica gears, levers, boiler tubes and smoke generator in the chimney, all powered by electrics. Deadline for March – 18th February

Many thanks to the exhibitors for their time and effort to attend and to the visitors who came to have a look. Special thanks to Brian, Jacky and Karen for manning the kitchen and pay desk and those who supplied cakes etc. £140 was raised and split between the village hall and Hillside animal sanctuary in Norfolk. I have already started to think about this year’s exhibition. If anyone has a hobby or collection that is suitable to show in the village hall please get in touch with me on 01234 391080 to discuss it. Mike Kettell A large green cabinet has been installed near the village bus stop which I believe has something to do with telecommunications. Unfortunately when installing it the contactors managed to disconnect the telephone connections to part of the village for the best part of a week. I trust their telephone bills will reflect their lack of service. Good Friday this year is on the 30th March and there will be teas served in Chicheley village hall from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. The village hall committee has decided to make a change from charging for individual items but instead make a set charge of £4 per adult for which you can enjoy as much tea/coffee and cakes as you desire. Apparently there are some three quarters of a billion pounds worth of old £5 notes still in circulation so if you bring one along you can have a shiny £1 coin and tea in exchange. The date for a Lent lunch in Chicheley is not arranged as yet but either the 7th or 14th March seem to be possibilities. I will give more details next month.

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Happy New Year to everyone and let’s hope that 2018 is a good year for one and all. On the weather front the recent snowfall came as a bit of a surprise, and although it did disrupt the free flow of traffic and present a few slippery problems when it froze, overall it was good fun for the kids and for quite a few adults who joined in the snowman building and snowball fights. As it happened two of our grandchildren were visiting that weekend and they had a great time, especially as it was the most snow they had ever seen. Now there have been all sorts of people from the village who have been doing good deeds for the community over 2017, so thought a New Year thank you list might be appropriate. On Boxing Day, a walk was organised by a group of our residents and having actually bumped into them on route was impressed with the large number taking part, spread across a wide range of ages. Well done to Simon, Claire, Julia and everyone else who helped organise the walk, and also to those that participated. Thanks to the carol singers organised by Steve and Sue who walked around the village a few days before Christmas day bringing tidings of comfort and joy to many households. Thanks to Jean yet again, who organized the collection of advent calendars donated by villagers to the Milton Keynes food bank. I am sure this will have brought a smile to the faces of those that received them. Thanks to the people who went out and gritted pavements and carparks following the snow and freezing conditions. Sorry to hear Ben injured an ankle in doing so, but believe he is on the mend.

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Thanks to the person/s who organize the pick-up of stray rubbish bags from around the Institute and also to Pam for making sure rubbish around the Institute is bagged and ready for collection on a Tuesday. Thanks to Jan who organises ‘Bingo’ in the Institute on Thursday evenings most weeks of the year, and to Keith who does the calling and runs the ‘Tote’. Thanks to the people who are on the IMC and Parish Council committees, to those who attend the meetings, and others who just help out when they can. Also thanks to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, who from what I can see are doing a good job managing a difficult task. Thanks to the Historical Society committee for running many interesting and entertaining talks throughout the year. Thanks to the cricket and bowls clubs, for providing excellent sporting facilities for both junior and adult participation, and special thanks to the groundsmen of both organisations who prepare the playing surfaces, which are recognized as being two of the best in Bucks, Beds and beyond. Thanks to those who run ‘Bootcamp’ and Yoga, and also to the organisers of other clubs that are run out of the Institute and village hall. Thanks to the volunteers who run coffee mornings on Tuesdays the proceeds of which go towards church funds, and to the volunteers who clean the church every week. Thanks to those that run and manage our facilities such as the shop and pubs, which as well as providing an excellent service help contribute to our sense of community. Thanks to Julia and Elaine for their efforts to put together Scan each month, to the people who contribute through donations and articles, and to the people that distribute the magazine. There are certainly other people who do their bit for the village, who have not been mentioned probably due to my memory, so thank you as well. All these thanks go to show what a great community we live in and long may it continue. For those of you who don’t recognise some of these

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activities, clubs or committees, just ask around and I’m sure someone will point you in the right direction. Cricket Club The Christmas Quiz which took place on Saturday 9 December was very well supported, so much so that several potential tables of quizzers came forward too late and found the event fully booked up. Last year’s winners seemed very confident of retaining their title, but finished some way down the table, and another table of first time winners took top spot. All enjoyed the evening which ended with the traditional singing of the twelve days of Christmas, each table being allocated a verse, plus two tables having to invent a new verse each, which always adds to the amusement. On a very sad note the President of the cricket club Fred Savage died on 30 November following a short illness. He will be truly missed by all members of the Club and the local cricket community. Our thoughts and sympathies go to Nancy, Virginia, Teresa and Max, Louise and Ben, and Alex. He was a local sporting legend and an inspiration for both the younger and older players over many years, and his comments made from the boundary line sitting in ‘Codgers Corner’ were always to the point and normally most amusing. Historical Society The next talk is on Friday 16 February and the subject is ‘The BBC & Glenn Miller in WW2 Bedford’. Please contact John Brandon (391365) or Christine Stapleton (391205) for details of future events. Please contact me if you uncover a happening or story you would like to see in print (Email -


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This is the saddest piece of writing I have done for SCAN. North Crawley WI, 65 years old, has finally finished or suspended (as WI people say) on 13th December, 2017. It was with great regret but no one could find the time to run the WI in this village. We know that women’s lives have changed since 1973 when it began. Other WIs have gone last year in Buckingham, mainly villages, as towns seem to have a wider catchment area. I felt sad that I had let down Doris Collier but the only other founder member is Gwen Goodman from Little Crawley who understood the circumstances. The NC Historical Society are very kindly keeping two embroidered tablecloths, our banner and three books of photographs for the WI in their archives. We have to send everything else including money to High Wycombe to be kept for 3 years, but if someone wanted to start again then they would return them. The WI has played a big part in my life. I have attended two AGMs, in the Albert Hall and Birmingham, and a Buckingham Palace Garden Party and have experienced lots of very interesting people and speakers. I will miss it badly. We are holding meetings in the Public Bar of the Cock on the 3rd Wednesdays in the month by the kindness of Deadline for March – 18th February

Jackie and Gary. Come along, we will be organized by February. We feel we want to see and meet each other without the red tape and huge subscription etc. Any lady will be welcome. Sorry men! Pam Ps. Just an aside, to say how lovely it was to go around with all ages for a carol singing group on the 23rd December organized by Steve and Sue Garner. It was nice to see our local police woman, small children and old people, and it was a really good effort. The trouble was that most people have double glazing and as we did not collect money, our melodic tunes might not have been heard. Also I would like to mention the Young Farmers tractor ride around collecting for Great Ormond Street as well, and the people who made an effort and decorated their windows for Advent. They were lovely. Pam

Carols in North Crawley A big thank you to everyone who joined us for Carols around the village just before Christmas. There were around 40 of us and we all sang our hearts out finishing at St Firmins with mince pies. We are really keen to make this a regular feature in the village as it used to be many years ago and Trevor Stapleton has joined Sue and I to form a small committee to organise a collection for a worthy charity next time as well as to plan a suitable route around the village. Any ideas or suggestions to Steve Garner Deadline for March – 18th February

FREDERICK SAVAGE The family of the late Fred Savage would like to thank everyone for their support, cards, flowers and letters of sympathy following their sad loss. He would have been overwhelmed to see so many at the funeral and delighted with the singing and ‘Codgers Corner’ tribute at the wake. We are pleased to inform you that £793.50 was raised and donated to Willen Hospice in lieu of flowers.


Are you planning to take up an apprenticeship or go to university this year?? In the past few years a number of young people in the village have been awarded grants by North Crawley United Charities to help with their further education. If you are leaving school this year and planning to take up an apprenticeship, study at university or college or train for a profession, now is the time to apply. Applicants must be under the age of 21 and the grants can be used to go towards the purchase of books, equipment, tools or anything that may help with the studies or training. Please contact the clerk to the charity, Chris Stapleton, at giving a brief description of what you could use a grant for. Deadline for March – 18th February

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NORTH CRAWLEY PARISH COUNCIL Notes from December’s Parish Council meeting; the full minutes can be found on our website: The Council met on Tuesday 5th. December 2017. Apologies MK Ward Cllrs. K McLean, Cllr. G Magee, PCSO Arlene Ormston; apologies accepted. Ward Councillor’s Report Cllr. Greary spoke about the appeal regarding the building of 76 houses on land at Moat Farm (MKC ref. 17/00033/REF), explaining that comments must be sent to the Planning Inspectorate by post. The proposed development at Cranfield Airpark was discussed at length, following a presentation made to the Parish Council by consultants Turnberry. The main concern was extra commuter traffic passing through the village at all times of the day. Approval of Minutes The Minutes of the meeting held on 7th. November 2017 could not be approved as a true record of proceedings as an issue had been missing from Item 13, Councillor’s Items. They will be amended in time for the next meeting. Planning 17/01141/OUT – an appeal has been lodged against the refusal of outline planning application for the development of 76 dwelling houses on land by Chicheley Road. The Parish Council has already responded, and residents were encouraged to send their comments to the Planning Inspectorate at Bristol by the deadline, 25th. December 2017. 17/03055/FUL – 3 storey front and side extension with window alterations – 47 High Street North Crawley – concern was expressed at the size of this proposal, also that it may be intended for business use in the future. The Clerk will ask the Planning Officer at MKC for confirmation regarding change of use. CB17/02719 – proposal to extend the airpark at Cranfield University – 2 public exhibitions had recently been held for local residents to explain the proposal, and as already mentioned a presentation made to the Parish Council. An application for outline planning is to be submitted during December. Deadline for March – 18th February

Neighbourhood Plan update Cllr. Sandall reported that a consultant has now been employed for the duration of the project; the cost will be covered via a grant of £7,000 obtained from Milton Keynes Council. Information from the questionnaires completed by residents earlier in the year have now been collated and published, and are available to view on the website; a hard copy can also be viewed at the village shop. The team were thanked for their continued hard work. Neighbourhood Watch/PCSO Report It is unlikely that our PCSO Arlene Ormston will be able to attend Parish Council meetings in future as they do not fit in with her shift pattern, but she will continue to submit a report on a regular basis. She has asked that the Neighbourhood Watch be taken off the agenda, due to a lack of interest from residents. She will however continue to raise the subject with people as she patrols the village. Finance Report Payee Amount Details Sage UK £7.20 Payroll software – December 2017 Cllr. J Small £32.00 Reimbursement for poppy wreath Society of local Council Clerks £59.00 Annual subscription from January 2018 Note: Payments include VAT where appropriate. RFO Bushnell reminded Councillors that a budget meeting would need to be held before the January 2018 Parish Council meeting in order to agree the budget for the next financial year and to agree the amount of precept to apply for from MKC. She also asked Councillors to agree her attendance on a course in January 2018 at a cost of £75, to ensure that the Parish Council is compliant with new regulations. This was agreed. Residential Safety Highways: A letter has been received expressing concern about speeding in Gog Lane, which is a single track road, asking whether we could put an alert out to people regarding speed around blind bends. This has been a problem for many years, as has use by heavy goods vehicles. The Clerk will find out whether hgv traffic can be banned from using the lane. Landscape: Plane trees in Nixeys Walk – further quotes have been obtained, and the Clerk is to contact the MKC Conservation Officer to arrange a site visit. Deadline for March – 18th February

Councillors Items Cllr. Magee had requested permission to use the village green outside The Cock to hold a charity event on10th. December 2017. This was agreed. Cllr. Fryer agreed to look into the issue of any traffic management plan for the ongoing developments at Cranfield, as heavy vehicles are continuing to pass through the village. The Clerk had contacted Central Beds Council but not been able to assist. It has been reported that part of a fence has been badly damaged at the corner of the recreation ground and needs replacing. Cllr. MacLennan offered to walk around the recreation ground and identify the problem. Questions from Residents A resident was concerned about speeding in Folly Lane, and asked whether Truvella Strips could be installed to monitor this; the cost would be ÂŁ150 to the Parish Council. This was agreed and the Clerk asked to contact our PCSO and MKC Highways Department to action as soon as possible. The Clerk was reminded to confirm that the landlord of The Cock has public liability insurance to cover the event taking place on the village green on 10th. December, and to obtain a copy for the Parish Council files. The January meeting will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday 9th 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Parish Councillor Contact Please attend the PC meetings to have your say, or send your comments through the Clerk. 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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SHERINGTON THE FRIENDS OF ST LAUD'S CHURCH The Trustees of this new charity are pleased to report that during November and December seventy-one local residents signed to become 'Friends' of St Laud's Church. We welcome all those who kindly sent their annual subscription to the treasurer. This is a great start and we would also like to thank many of those 'Friends' and other friends in the village for their special donations. All monies raised will go towards the urgent repair and refurbishment of our beautiful Norman church in Sherington. A quinquennial examination on the fabric of the building is due to take place this year, so we will soon know how much work will need to be carried out in the near future. It is now essential to have fund raising events, and we hope to commence these as soon as possible. One of the events being planned by the Trustees, for this year, is a Summer Buffet Supper with a Music Quiz to which all 'Friends' and others will be invited. Other fund raising ideas and plans are being discussed. More information about these events will be published in next month's SCAN magazine. The treasurer is always willing to sign up new 'Friends' or receive donations. If you need any further information please contact Pearl Teasdale – 01908~610661.


Donations for the Church floodlighting were very successful this year in everyway. A big thank you to everyone for their generosity. We should be able to keep the lights on till the beginning of lent, so again very many thanks. Ella Field

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Sherington Life Welcome to the first Sherington Life of 2018 and Happy New Year! February is a short month and so is this Sherington Life. Remember you can pass on juicy gossip interesting snippits of rural life for inclusion to By now the useful kitchen gadgets received for Christmas (soupmakers and spiralizers) are languishing in K-Tel Corner and the vegan diet has gone out of the window. Sit back, finish those last Celebrations and see what’s been happening in Sherington. At last work has started on the White Hart repairing the damage caused by the fire in April last year. The work is mainly being carried out by local contractors and it looks like the kitchen is first on the list to be attacked! Things have to look worse before they look better - here are some pictures of the before stage.

The FFs can’t wait for the kitchen to be up and running – fed up with all this cooking.

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Cast your mind back to November, the village Poppy Collection raised £664.68 for the Royal British Legion. Jackie and her band of helpers say a big thank you to everyone for their support. Pancake Day is on Tuesday 13th February this year – obviously our near neighbour in Olney has cornered the market in events on that day but remember the humble pancake – easy to make, versatile and too good to be eaten on just one day. Sadly there are a number of Sheringtonians who are currently quite poorly, some in hospital and some at home. Best wishes to all and their families, the days are short and dark at the moment but soon the old daffs will be out and hopefully things will look a bit brighter. Thats enough sloppy stuff, signing off now as Call the Midwife is on and we have run out of Prosecco! See you in March, Feathered Friends


Kate and Graham will be leading the Thumbstick walk on February 4th. We will leave the Knoll at 9.30 all subject to the weather and persistent rain. At this stage the route is yet to be decided as the paths are quite waterlogged at this time, it will however be between 3 or 4 miles. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

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SHERINGTON TWINNING ASSOCIATION The Annual Twinning Quiz This popular event will take place on Friday 2nd March at the Village Hall. Same format as always - Fish and Chips, Bar, Paul as quizmaster, raffle, and medals for the winning team - the whole shebang. Teams of up to SIX people. Tickets can be obtained from any Committee member but they do go quickly so buy soon to avoid disappointment! If in doubt contact Liz or Nigel Blight 01908-618117.


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 Liz Blight on 01908-618117 or, alternatively, just come along to the village hall for one of the meetings.

Thursday 1st February


Our annual lunch will be at The Cock Inn this year due to the closure of the kitchen at The White Hart.

Thursday 1st March Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk – an Open Meeting Nigel Blight is giving an illustrated talk on “The Pain, the Pleasure and the Pints” a light-hearted overview of his Coast to Coast walk of 192 miles from St Bees on the west coast to Robin Hood’s Bay in the east. This is an Open Meeting and, therefore, all gentlemen are welcome. Deadline for March – 18th February

SHERINGTON SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB February 2018 Newsletter A happy New Year to all SCAN readers from members of the Sherington Short Mat Bowls Club.

The Club approaches the new year full of confidence and enthusiasm. 2017 was in many ways a very successful year which may be summarised briefly as follows: Membership

We finished the year with 25 members a healthy number particularly as

many clubs are struggling to maintain numbers. In particular we welcome two young Sherington residents: Dylan Masters and Douglas Vale. Both

show early promise and are combining the bowls activity with the pursuit of a Duke of Edinburgh Award. Competition

The Club competed in several leagues successfully. This allows

members to experience different venues and playing opponents at all levels.


2018 will see the club roll out a much more individually focused

approach to improving the skill of members that are new to the game.

Thus ensuring that they may achieve a level of competence that enables participation in all activities with confidence at the soonest. This addition to the curriculum will be managed by Club Captain Simon Briggs who, along with Pam and Bob Clarridge, is a County player.

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Social Events

During the year we played a number of social events from friendlies to

support for charitable causes. Where appropriate the Club seeks also to support village based initiatives.

If you are interested in joining us all you need to do is make your way to the Village Hall on Monday’s at 2.00 p.m. or Friday’s at 7.00 p.m.

We can provide all the basic equipment that you will need. First three games are free.

Current Short Mat Bowls Club Membership – February 2018

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Rural crime update from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross Reports of rural crime in the Thames Valley have increased by five percent between October 2016 and September 2017. I would like to reassure members of our rural communities of my commitment to investigating reports of rural crime. We rely on information from our local communities and take such reports very seriously. Incidents are robustly investigated by our local policing teams who have dedicated Rural Crime and Wildlife Officers based across the Thames Valley. Rural crime can take many different forms including burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage, fly tipping, poaching and hare coursing. We are continuing to work with local residents, businesses and partners to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques while developing problem solving solutions to tackle rural crime. There are often fewer witnesses to rural crimes and greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses. The impact of these crimes can also be greater, with people feeling more vulnerable due to their remote location. You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of rural crime by taking a few simple steps including: • Keeping the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure • Fitting strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings • Checking security equipment regularly to ensure it is working properly • Locking equipment away in a secure building when it’s not in use • Security marking your tools and equipment

For more crime prevention advice, and to see details of your local Rural Crime Officers, visit the Rural Crime page on the Thames Valley Police website at: If you become a victim of rural crime or suspect that a crime has taken place, you should always report it to police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999. You can receive the latest rural crime news from Thames Valley Police and their partners directly to your phone or inbox by signing up to CountryWatch at: Deadline for March – 18th February

Willen Hospice gears up for MK Midnight Moo 2018! Willen Hospice is calling on local ladies to put their best foot forward for this year’s MK Midnight Moo, taking place on 14 July 2018. The ladies only 10 mile walk starts and finishes at intu Milton Keynes at midnight and is open to walkers of all levels, whether they walk in pairs, teams, or on their own. The charity launched its flagship fundraiser this week, along with supporters including lead sponsor Specsavers Milton Keynes - Centre. Willen Hospice Chief Executive Peta Wilkinson said: “I am so excited to be launching this year’s MK Midnight Moo! It’s a really popular event in our fundraising calendar with many women returning year on year to raise exceptional amounts to support the specialist end of life care provided by Willen Hospice. “This will be my first Moo and I am appealing to anyone who has maybe thought of taking part before but hasn’t, to join me for a fabulously fun night.” Walkers can sign up for the Moo for just £20 at The registration fee covers the cost of the event, but it is fundraising that is key to the Moo’s success. Events Manager Sarah Sweet-Rowley said: “We get a great response to the MK Midnight Moo and it is always an unforgettable night. This year we are asking our fundraisers to think creatively and raise as much as they can to support the care provided by the Hospice. Fundraising is so much more than just setting up a donation page: get baking, get the hair dye out, get entertaining – and get sponsored for it!” Steve Moore, Director of Specsavers Milton Keynes, added: “We are thrilled to be supporting the MK Midnight Moo. It is such a fun event to be involved with. We are very lucky to be able to support local events and local charities in this way. Willen Hospice provides exceptional care in our community and we are very proud to be able to support the event through this partnership to help them raise vital funds.” Willen Hospice needs to raise £3.6M every year, that’s £7 a minute, to continue to provide care to patients in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The MK Midnight Moo is a key event that helps the Hospice to reach that goal. To find out more and to sign up, visit

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On the 28th of December 2017, some of Sherington and surrounding areas finest clay pigeon shooters gathered for the annual White Hart Turkey Shoot at Sherington Shooting Ground. Jim Gardener had arranged an 80 bird sporting layout, over 8 individual stands, with a mixture of birds for all levels of shooting achievements. Many thanks to Jim and his staff, and to Ian Hindler for preparing a superb hot stew, gratefully devoured at the White Hart afterwards. Our eventual winner was Geoff Mynard from Olney, with an impressive score of 67 out of 80. For others many personal best scores where achieved on the day.

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Christmas Carols around Sherington

Feels like a long time ago now, but I wanted to say thanks you to all that came along was a wonderful time singing around the village. We raised ÂŁ60 which has been given to the MK Food Bank. So I think we'll be more prepared for Christmas 2018, so let's doing it again. See you in December. Any queries to come to Mark (01908 216543 / ==============================================================


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 dates in your diary to save disappointment: 24th February, 17th March. Any queries 01908 216543 / 01908 610434, hope to see you there!

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Generally the Society meets in Sherington illage Hall on the 2nd Tuesday on the Month. ntry 2 for members, for non Members, this includes refreshments. January Mem ers Meeting ( th) good night of archiving was achieved on the night, so thanks to all who came. e ruary th olverton orks hilip Marsh is coming to talk to us about the Wolverton Works, On hilip s Web site it says

Wolverton Works will probably be demolished over the next three years or so unless the hina ailway olling Stock ompany becomes the Works operator benefitting from a lease negotiated to last up to 2 years if the rumours are true. o new ma or orders have been announced for a long time now at Wolverton.

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http sherington or ust Google Sherington hoto competition it will take you to the page you need. March th A M Annual eneral Meeting Meeting starts at 8pm sharp, so come and bring your committee to account for the last 12, as well as the next 12 months. M The Sherington Historical Society ===============================================

ractice nights. We have practice learners evening on the 2nd, th Thursday s at Sherington, th Thursday s at hicheley of the month. ll between 7. 0 and pm. If you want to come and have a look or a go, you are very welcome, if you hear the bells ust come up and say hi. Or you can call 01 08 216 to confirm details. 8th February 7:30pm – 15th February 7:30pm – Sherington Sherington 8th March 7:30pm – 15th March 7:30pm – Sherington Sherington 29th March 7:30pm – Chicheley Mark

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SCAN 479 February 2018  

February 2018 issue of SCAN magazine

SCAN 479 February 2018  

February 2018 issue of SCAN magazine