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Newport Pagnell Town Council wishes retiring Councillors John Broatch, Annette Irwin, Sam Miller, Alan Richards and John Smith all the best wishes for the future, and thanks them for their many years of service to the Town.

We are also pleased to welcome on board two new Councillors, Councillor George Purkins and Councillor Trevor Webb, co-opted to the Council on 10th October 2014.

It is possible there will be a further vacancy for co-option opening up on the 3rd November 2014 in the Newport Pagnell North Ward.  If you are interested in filling this vacancy, please contact the Town Clerk by 7th November 2014 on



Residents and businesses of Newport Pagnell will now have their own Town Calendar for 2015. Produced by the Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club this Town calendar is no skinny affair. It measures a generous A4 size. A month to each page with full colour photographs of local views and scenes and plenty of room for notes and jottings. Lion Geoffrey O’Brien, who helped organise the calendar, says “A BONUS too! We have included January 2016.. So 13 months for the price of 12! I am delighted to say that the Town Council have agreed to have copies of our 2015 calendar on sale at the council offices in the High Street”

“We are grateful for the support from the Newport Pagnell Town Council who assisted us with a grant and made their archive of local images avaliable. Oh yes, I hear you say, those magic words “How much”? Well I say “how little”. Stonking good value at just £5.00 and helping to raise funds for local causes supported by the Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club.


2015 NP Calendar front


Make sure to bring the family to HULA Animal Rescue‘s St. Francis open day on Sunday for fun, games and a chance to meet the resident farm animals!

Sunday 12th OCTOBER

South Midlands Animal Sanctuary
Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise MK17 8HZ
Between M1 Junction 13 & Woburn Sands (Nr. Aspley Guise Rail Station)

Hula St. Francis open day poster

Stoke Goldington CE First School update

The enchanting tales of children’s author Nick Butterworth are inspiring learning for all 27 children at the School this Autumn term. Butterworth’s famous character ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ is the springboard for work across all 3 year groups from the Busy Bees in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through to Year 2.

The Busy Bees kicked off this topic with an engaging ramble around Stoke Goldington village, taking a look at seasonal changes on trees and plants just as Percy does in his park in the Autumn. They collected leaves and items to make some creative pictures and displays back in School. Their literacy and numeracy work focuses on this topic and child-initiated activities take the children’s learning off in many different directions both inside and outdoors in the course of a School day! The 6 Busy Bees are also enjoying their first explorations of science, observing the weather and natural changes during the seasons, as well as finding out how things move and grow.


The 21 ‘Learning Ladybirds‘ across Years 1 and 2 are combining mini projects within the ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ topic with reading, writing, arithmetic and exciting new computer work based on the new curriculum recently introduced. They are making their own ‘Percy’ storybooks, writing poetry inspired by the stories, creating a new School weather station and keeping weather diaries, and looking at changes in the environment due to the effects of weather.

The Learning Ladybirds are really looking forward to their own ‘park-keeping’ activities when they take part in a fantastic ‘Forest School’ event for a day in Salcey Forest. The Forest School gives pupils a brilliant chance to get really hands-on and mucky in the forest, den-building, using hacksaws and making their own campfire for toast under the woodland canopy! A wonderful opportunity to extend all the childrens’ outside learning at School in the extensive forest environment at Salcey.

Weekly music lessons continue with Mrs. Rose from MK Music Service and children in Year 2 are very excited to have the chance to learn the violin this term. The after-school Sports Club run by Premier Sport remains really popular on a Thursday afternoon. Plus, every Friday morning there is a chance for parents and carers to share a library book with their children for 15 minutes at the beginning of the day which is a lovely way to share a quiet read with your child and help them to explore the School’s extensive library collection of story and fact books.

Happily the new hot School meals, which were introduced to all infant Schools at the beginning of the Autumn term, are a resounding success so far! The children all enjoy sharing a hot meal with their friends, taking time to sit down together to enjoy their food and hone their table skills before relishing outdoor play on either the playground or the School’s large field area.

*If you are looking for an ‘Outstanding’ School for your child for entry in September 2015, visit the Open Morning on Thursday 9th October, 9.30am-10.30am. Please telephone 01908 551253 or email to confirm your attendance. See their website for information about the village First School.

Town Council Press Release

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Newport Pagnell Town Council is delighted that the town has once more managed to achieve a Silver Gilt award in this year’s Britain in Bloom, despite the fact that the rules have changed and we have now been placed in a category with much larger towns than our own, most of whom also have much larger budgets with significant numbers of grounds staff working on their project.  A great deal of the work undertaken in Newport is done by a small group of volunteers who dedicate their time to ensuring that this project goes ahead, and huge thanks must go to John Smith and the Partnership Gardening Group for their efforts in achieving this prestigious result.

However, commendations must also go to the schools for their contributions, particularly Ousedale School for their outstanding eco-centre, and to Councillor Sidebottom and Simon Baines who manage the all-important horticultural show.

In presenting the award the judges commented as follows: “A real sense of pride was displayed by our hosts. This was clearly well placed with residents doing their bit to add to an already well cared for and welcoming town.”  They added that the baskets and tubs provided by the Town Council are magnificent this year, and do much to enhance the High Street, and they were pleased to see that individual contributions from residents and businesses go towards extending these each year.