New Leisure Facility for Newport Pagnell

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A NEW LEISURE FACILITY FOR NEWPORT PAGNELL

23rd April 2014

Newport Pagnell Town Council is delighted to announce that we have taken ownership of Middleton Pool and Willen Road Sports Ground from Milton Keynes Council, and simultaneously signed a contract with Places for People Leisure Management Ltd.* to manage leisure services for the Town Council. The Company will operate the facilities through their subsidiary, Places for People Leisure, a social enterprise.   This move has secured the long-term future of Middleton Pool and Willen Road Sports Ground, and will result in the development of a new fitness centre adjoining Middleton Pool.  John Smith, Mayor and Chairman of the Town Council, said, “This new facility will upgrade Middleton Pool, allowing it to match and better other facilities in Milton Keynes. Over the years Middleton Pool has served local people well and we are very pleased that this arrangement will maintain and improve this vital leisure facility.”  Whilst the new facility is being developed, Places for People Leisure will manage a temporary gym at the Tickford Community Centre.

Places for People Leisure Management Ltd. is one of the largest and most respected operators of local authority-owned leisure facilities in the country and is in partnership with 30+ councils throughout England. Owned by the award-winning property development and management company, Places for People Group (well-known for its excellent work on many important developments across Milton Keynes), Places for People Leisure Management Ltd has a strong and robust financial standing with access to significant capital investment.

Robin Knight, Places for People Leisure Management Ltd. Business Development Manager said “We are delighted and proud to have been selected as the Council’s leisure partner for the next 15 years. We will be introducing exciting activities and programmes as well as investing £900,000 into the facilities. We look forward to working with the Council and the staff so that we can continue to provide a successful leisure service to the citizens of Newport Pagnell”

* Places for People Leisure Management Ltd were formerly known as DC Leisure Management Ltd.

Chartwell Road Community

Chartwell Road Community

“Table Top Sale” 

The good folk in the Chartwell Road Community, just off Severn Drive, opposite the Harben Hotel, are having a fund raising “Table Top Sale” this Saturday 26th, at 2p.m.

New garden furniture is desperately needed for their community.

This wonderful community of 35 – 40 retired folk are very active. Indeed at present many of them are learning Zumba! Tra la! Do pop in and meet them and have a natter. If you have a loft, shed or garage that needs a sort out then make contact and for the small fee of £4 you can sell all the things you no longer use.

Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club – news

Primary schools in the Newport Pagnell area are being given the opportunity to “grow their own”! Keen gardener and allotment holder Geoffrey O’Brien of the Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club has come up with the idea of “sowing the seeds of success”.

He says “All seven primary schools locally have a garden area, tended by the children with a little help from green fingered staff and parents. We Lions are offering a selection of seeds, free of charge to each school.

“Of course nature is no respecter of the school term. We have chosen, with the help of Alban Hill Nursery, a selection of quick maturing crops such as radish, lettuce and dwarf beans that could be ready before the end of July. In addition, to keep the attention of these young plantspeople there are some traditional crops for the autumn including runner beans and carrots.

“Finally, because I can remember growing giant sunflowers as a child (no, don’t ask how long ago), we will supply packets of those as well as some wild flower seeds. Attracting bees and butterflies is so important to the gardener and to the general wellbeing of our towns and countryside.

“We are really thrilled by the positive response from our local schools to this Lions’ initiative. Watch out for more news and pictures of Lions on their hands and knees getting down and dirty helping our future Chelsea Flower Show exhibitors!”

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA @HULA Animal Rescue

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA @HULA Animal Rescue

Sunday 13th APRIL

1pm-4pm

at South Midlands Animal Sanctuary

Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise MK17 8HZ

Between M1 Junction 13 & Woburn Sands (Nr. Aspley Guise Rail Station)

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Bonnet Competition

Bargains in the Bazaar & Pet Bed Shed

Meet the Animals needing a new home

Fun & Games for the children

Delicious Refreshments

Dogs welcome & please invite your friends

Admission only £2 adults - Accompanied Children FREE

FREE Parking

ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE CARE & WELFARE OF HULA’S ANIMALS

Enquiries: 01908 584000                                               Registered Charity 1094115

Website:  www.hularescue.org                                  Email:  hularescue@tiscali.co.uk

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA @HULA Animal Rescue

Hula Animal Rescue

Hula Animal Rescue

Sew Inspiring – Grand Opening

Sew Inspiring – Grand Opening

Saturday 5th April 10 am Sew Inspiring 6 Tickford Arcade, St Johns Street, MK168HY Newport Pagnell.

Sew Inspiring is opening its doors this Saturday, Please go down and support this new local business.

They say that when one door closes another one opens and for Kate Guiney the closing door of redundancy has led her to opening the door of Sew Inspiring.

Sew Inspiring is the latest shop to open in Newport Pagnell but is very different from any other shop in town. We have all stood inside a shop that belongs to a big chain and once you are away from the window you would have no idea what town you are in because every branch is identical. However it won’t matter where you stand inside Sew Inspiring you will know you are in a unique shop in a unique town.

This handmade craft and gift shop is set to be an Aladdin’s cave of hand made goodies from a wide range of artists. Kate will be selling her own hand made goods as well as renting space to a range of other talented people to sell their goods so there should be something for everyone all in Unit 6 of Tickford Arcade.

If you want to know more check out Sew Inspiring’s facebook page here

The Arcade is really easy to find, it was created from the old Electra Cinema in St. Johns Street Newport Pagnell. There is plenty of Parking at the rear of the Arcade just turn down Silver street and on the left is a large car park and the rear entrance to Tickford Arcade.

 

North Crawley CE School April update

North Crawley CE School April update

The last month has proved to be another very ‘mad’ yet busy and productive time at North Crawley CE School. The children enjoyed exciting and stimulating activities during our recent Book Week. The week was launched with a special story time when children wore pyjamas to school and enjoyed hot chocolate whilst listening to the ‘bedtime’ story ‘Billy’s Bucket’. Other book related activities included children relishing a ‘bind date’ with a book where they excitedly chose and wrapped a book and then wrote a short blurb on the plain cover. They could then swop their book with someone else. It was a case of swap….sit back…. And enjoy!

‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray proved to be a very popular book during ‘Book Week’ as it was used as inspiration for story writing. The children were presented with their own bucket which they were asked to fill with 5 objects. This formed the basis for an imaginative speaking and listening and writing activities. The children invented some fantastic and creative stories from their props.

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There was even more excitement as the week progressed when all the children and staff dressed as fairy tale characters and the school was overrun with dragons, princesses, wolves, princes and even a wizard!

North Crawley CE School is extremely pleased with our recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). All areas inspected achieved outstanding grades as expectations of schools are constantly being raised. The report highlights –

ü  The distinctiveness and effectiveness of North Crawley as a Church of England school are outstanding.

ü  The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.

ü  The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding.

ü  The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding.

The continued hard work and dedication of the staff, governors and parents of North Crawley CE School throughout the inspection should be acknowledged.

It is extremely gratifying that the inspector recognises that “the positive impact of the school’s Christian character and values in meeting the needs of all learners is evident in the outstanding progress that pupils make from their different starting points resulting in standards that are well above average by the end of year 2”.

The report highlights “exemplary behaviour”, “accelerated progress”, “high standards”, “creative approaches”, “positive relationships” and “outstanding act of worship”. The report states the “Christian vision of the school has a positive impact on standards of achievement and the wellbeing of the whole school community”.

The new full 2014 SIAMS report for North Crawley Church of England School is available via http://www.churchofengland.org/pdf/schoolreports/2013_2014/Oxford_North%20Crawley_10.03.14_110406.pdf

April 2014 News From Stoke Goldington School

Stoke Goldington CE First School update

School became very colourful for its renowned celebrations of World Book Day when all the children dressed up as their favourite characters from a book. There were some brilliant costumes, including the cat from ‘Cat in the Hat,’ Dorothy from the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ the farmer from ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ along with the fox itself from ‘The Gruffalo,’ Hermione from ‘Harry Potter’ plus dinosaurs, witches, pirates and little animals galore! A feast for the eyes!

IMG_6366IMG_6386Part of the World Book Day activities included a visit by actor David Garrud who inspired all the pupils with a fantastic drama workshop and book reading. David is a member of the Tall Stories theatre company, renowned for its UK performances of many of Julia Donaldson’s stories such as ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom.’ He brought the story of ‘Room on the Broom’ to life, encouraging the children to perform and entertaining them with his wide range of funny voices, movement and expressions. All the children are now hoping for a repeat performance of ‘The Gruffalo’ over the weeks to come..

IMG_6304 IMG_6295Looking back slightly, the working life of a very special lady was celebrated at Stoke Goldington CE First School before Half Term. Mrs. Christine Feasey retired after an incredible 35 years as a ‘helping hand’ and later Teaching Assistant at School.

IMG_0046The School celebrated her retirement with two very special events, a lovely Leavers’ Assembly in School and an evening party at the Village Hall, which over 100 people attended.IMG_0222IMG_6156

Mrs. Feasey’s retirement gifts included a new laptop and mobile phone (which were on her ‘wish list’!) plus a very special letter from Her Majesty The Queen herself, recognising her enormous contribution to School life over so many years. Milton Keynes Council has also invited Mrs. Feasey to a long-service awards presentation in due course.

This month the children are looking forward to their special Community Art Day when parents, families, Governors and local villagers can visit School to see and take part in their artwork project as part of The National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ activity.

The painting which is inspiring pupils this year is ‘Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil’ by 15th-century Spanish artist Bartolome Bermejo and there are some amazing pieces of artwork each child has created using ideas from the painting.

* For details about Stoke Goldington CE First School telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on: 01908-551253 or visit the School website at www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk.

Lions Club Event This Saturday (29/03/14) in Newport Pagnell

The Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club is probably one of the most active “independent” charitable organisations within the local area. Independent because we are not tied or do not support any one specific charity.

Fundraising. Never easy. Not for us, shaking cans on street corners. We Lions like ORGANISING!
Last year we raised £18,000!

Organising local events, putting something back into the community, putting a smile on peoples’ faces, even when the going is tough.

This year will see a tremendous range of events organised by the Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club. A Cuban night in Olney, followed by the popular Motorama (150 vintage cars), Whisky evenings (hic) and the finale in December, “Dickens of a Christmas” craft shows.

Here in Newport Pagnell we have six events this year, all held in the delightfully cosy URC Hall just off the High Street.

Our first event is THIS SATURDAY, 29th March. Our second “Artisans” Food and Drink Festival. Artisans. Small, predominantly local businesses, often with something a little different. We Lions support them as part of our ethos of working with and within the community.

If you have some time on Saturday, do come and visit. Free entry and of course, free parking in the Towns car parks. What’s not to like?

If you are seeking inspiration (aren’t we all) for a gift for Mother’s Day, (this coming Sunday) then may I be bold and suggest a visit. Something hot and spicy perhaps? How about Chilli pastes from Devils Dynamite? Or a little sweeter? The wonderful JammyMooKow has delightful gift sets of her home produced jams and chutneys. Even sweeter still, local honey from Carol Gale’s 500,000 bees in Bow Brickhill.

You can not go wrong with chocolate truffles from the 30 Mile Marketplace. Mind you a yummy traditional sponge cake with lashes of jam, perhaps from Emma of Pastures Farm, would be a great treat to share. If your Mum has to be careful and stick to gluten free diet then our specialist Zena will have gluten free products on hand.

Finally, to wash all that down, locally produced beers and ciders from the Concrete Cow brewery and the Virtual Orchard Cidery. Cheers! See you there. The URC Hall in the High Street, Newport Pagnell. This Saturday. Open 10a.m. to 3p.m. FREE ENTRY. Sorry, no dogs.

Whoops I forgot to mention our Frenchman, Raymond, who tells me that he will bringing 20 or even 30 traditional French cheeses plus olives, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and nice tasty little things like that. Oh, Mon dieu! Plus finally, I better put him next to Luke, with his yummy breads from the Woodstock bakery in Stony Stratford.

Town Council Press Release

Town Council Press Release

DO YOU LIVE IN NEWPORT PAGNELL AND WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR TOWN?  

previous years Newport Pagnell Town Council has contributed to the wonderful floral decorations in the Town. To help us extend and improve each year on these decorations, we are asking all businesses and residents to consider making a contribution. A single basket, fully planted, watered and maintained, costs £77.25 to sponsor for the season but even a very small donation can make a big difference in improving the Town Centre Floral Decorations.  All donators will be recognised by name on a plaque outside the Town Council Offices and will be identified on our website and on facebook. So come on, you don’t even have to pick up a spade or a fork to improve the look of your Town. Contact Shar, our Town Clerk, on TownClerk@newport-pagnell.org.uk to make a donation, or phone her on 01908 618756.

Town Council Press release

Shriving at Sherington!

Shrove Tuesday is one of our traditions that, with the Olney Pancake Race, has local resonance with international attention. What is less well known is the Sherington School tradition whereby Mrs Betty Feasey, MBE makes every child a pancake to whet their appetites for home. “I had one pancake from Mrs Feasey at school and five from my Grandma!”

Pancakes-by-hand!

In the same week we continued our involvement with the charity “Child Reach”. Ms Paula Yarrow came from London to deliver a thoughtful workshop about Children’s Rights. We shared the day with friends and colleagues from St Andrew’s CE School. The exercise gave the children good opportunities to think and express themselves in words and pictures and to test their opinions in a forum of mutual respect and support. With international examples of the charity’s work to consider and our local concerns it was a good day to renew acquaintance and work together.

Mrs Margaret Broadhurst (Governor and Chair of Curriculum Committee) writes;

“I did enjoy my day at Sherington at the Child Reach event.

Child-Reach-DayThe children were attentive and engaged during Paula Yarrow’s talk and worked hard at their murals afterwards. Paula noted how the children were able to understand children’s rights because of other background they have had at school – she was able to build on the children’s knowledge whenexplaining these concepts. The children were a pleasure to be with. The whole day felt full of energy – no doubt helped by the mild weather ideal for the children to play outside together. It was grand to share lunch and very enjoyable to have homemade food. I am pleased the schools can offer days of this kind extending the children’s experiences. Thank you to all the staff for the preparation a day like this entails.”World-Book-Day

BUNNY BONANZA! & SPRING OPEN DAY @ HULA Animal Rescue

BUNNY BONANZA! & SPRING OPEN DAY @ HULA Animal Rescue

Sunday 16th MARCH

1pm-3:30pm

at South Midlands Animal Sanctuary

Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise MK17 8HZ

Between M1 Junction 13 & Woburn Sands (Nr. Aspley Guise Rail Station)

Talk on ‘how to keep your rabbits healthy’

Meet the Rabbit Welfare Association

Rabbit Costume Competition

(age groups 8-12yrs, 7yrs & below)

Bargains in the Bazaar

Meet the Rescued Animals

Fun & Games for the children

Delicious Refreshments

Dogs welcome & please invite your friends

Admission only £2 adults - Accompanied Children FREE

FREE Parking

ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE CARE & WELFARE OF HULA’S ANIMALS

Enquiries: 01908 584000                                               Registered Charity 1094115

Website:  www.hularescue.org                                  Email:  hularescue@tiscali.co.uk

Hula Animal Rescue

BUNNY BONANZA! & SPRING OPEN DAY @ HULA Animal Rescue

Sunday 16th MARCH

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Milton Keynes this morning (3/3).

At around 7.55am a black Peugeot car collided with a pedestrian on the southbound carriageway of the V11 Tongwell Street.

The pedestrian, a 21-year-old woman from Milton Keynes, died at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed.

The road was closed while Roads Policing officers examined the scene and both carriageways have since reopened.

PC Daniel Smith, of Thames Valley Police Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, said: “We are investigating the circumstances of this fatal collision and I am appealing for any witnesses to contact police.

“If you witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle travelling prior to the collision or the pedestrian before the incident, please speak to an officer.”

Anyone with any information about the collision should contact PC Smith from Roads Policing via the Thames Valley Police 24-hour non-emergency number 101 quoting URN 170 of 3/3.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Stoke Goldington CE first School March 2014 update

Pupils go wild at Woburn

A safari adventure was the order of the day for children at Stoke Goldington CE First School during a whole-school trip to Woburn Safari Park last month.

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All 26 children took a coach tour through the Safari Park with a Park Ranger aboard to talk them through all the animal species they could see, from zebra to giraffe and wolves. Of course there was great excitement in the monkey enclosure when the monkeys decided to hitch a lift on the coach roof!

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The day trip also included a walking tour of the Foot Safari area where being able to stroke the lemurs proved particularly popular, as well as watching penguins and sea lions. The pupils also spent time in the Visitor Centre and the day trip inspired some fantastic work back in the classroom as part of the School’s topic on ‘Animals.’

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The children were also pleased to welcome their parents into the classroom for a special breakfast early one School morning, plus a chance to share their maths learning over a cuppa and a muffin!

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Parents and carers were able to enjoy breakfast in the classroom whilst working with their children to solve fun maths problems using resources such as numicon, number lines and number bars.

It was also an ideal chance to see how maths is taught today in such a fun, hands-on way and to talk to teachers in Busy Bees Early Years Foundation Stage and Learning Ladybirds in Years 1 & 2 to share the pupils’ inspirational maths work.

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A special Sharing Morning a few days later enabled parents to enjoy looking through their literacy and creative work and also gave them a chance to admire the pupils’ fantastic artwork on display in the classrooms. The children have been exploring many different art mediums to great effect during special Wednesday afternoon art sessions with one of our talented artist parents – making animal models out of clay and intricate, colourful animal masks set against co-ordinating landscape backgrounds.IMG_0027

The School’s creative juices will continue to flow during March as they take part once again in the National Gallery’s inspiring ‘Take One Picture’ project. This is a national project for schools in which children study a renowned painting from the Gallery and develop their own cross-curricular work based on the picture. The work the children produce is then supplied to the Gallery and, if the School is successful, their work is put on display. Stoke Goldington has much to live up to as last year we were very proud to be one of those few Schools chosen for their work to be displayed in London!

* For details about Stoke Goldington CE First School telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on: 01908-551253 or visit the School website at www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk.