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News - April


Local Elections - 6 May

Bullet There are 3 candidates contesting Sherington Ward in the elections for Milton Keynes Council being held on 6 May: Patricia May Seymour (Liberal Democrat - current councillor), Henry George Powell-Shedden (Conservative) and Ann Kirby (Labour). The local polling station is the Village Hall. Polling hours are from 8.00am to 9.00pm.


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Future Development of Sherington

Bullet The Parish Council has published a consultation document on the future development of Sherington. This has been distributed to all parishioners together with a questionaire to enable the residents to express their views. Read the document here.


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Sherington Millennium

Bullet Why go elsewhere? Planning is underway for a Village Millennium Celebration at the village Hall and Play Area on 31 December 1999.

Bullet This will be a family event and given the cost and difficulty in obtaining outside services, it will be organised, resourced and provided by and for the residents of Sherington and their families and friends. The organising committee would like to hear from village organisations and individuals who can help, particularly with:

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Bullet Please also see the separate Millennium page.


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Thanks!

Bullet SCAN wishes to thank those who gave donations this month: Wolverton Road, Newport Pagnell; from the interesting, entertaining and generous Thursday Club Speaker; from a Sherington resident passed on by Ella; a contribution from Little Crawley via Kathleen; from Mr and Mrs C of Olney and Mr C of Stagsden via Mr Bradshaw; Mr B of Lavendon; Bill's neighbour and an anonymous sum.


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School News

Bullet March saw the daffodils flower and the frogs reappear in the schools's pond.

Bullet Class 1 have been looking at the topic of 'Materials' through an interesting variety of jetsam collected from beaches in Cornwall and the Isle Of Man in summers past. The most difficult item to identify was mummified orange peel, with suggestions ranging from a shell to an old ball. The materials were explored with all the senses except taste! In Class 2, Year 2 was fascinated by the story of Louis Braille. Much thought and discussion was provoked by experiments wearing a blindfold and using a friend as a guide. Year 3 transported themselves back to Viking times and wrote some exciting stories of the adventures they experienced.

Bullet The whole school has been fundraising for Barnados by caring for an egg-person for one week. Through class and homework in Design Technology the children constructed a container of their own and furnished it with their choice of bedding to keep their hard-boiled companions safe and comfortable. These 'egstraspecial' friends accompanied their carers everywhere for the whole week. They proved to be much quieter than the 'Virtual Pets' that appeared last year.

Bullet The PTFA sent two brave representatives to refurbish the role-play corner in Class 1 with the help of the youngest children. The Sherington Cafe will open with a variety of delicacies on offer.

Bullet The Mother's Afternoon was well received by the guests who took home their children's love, cards and a posy of flowers. An audience in equally fine voice tunefully accompanied some fine singing of music-hall favourites by the children.


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Playgroup News

Bullet The Playgroup held its 13th Annual General Meeting last month. Many parents and supporters attended and unanimously voted in favour of a name change for the group to Sherington Preschool. Those present also voted to trial a change of time for the Friday 'Fun for Fours' session. As from next term (starting on Friday 23 April) the session will run for six weeks at the new time of 12.30 to 3.00pm. Any feedback from parents, carers or children will be most welcome.

Bullet Many of the existing committee stood down at the AGM but there was no shortage of volunteers to stand. A full list of officers will be posted after their first meeting on 29 March, however, to date, the officers are: Chair - Jo Tough, Secretary - Sarah Smith and Treasurer - Sacha Fennessey-Hales. All three live in the village which should make future communications easier.

Bullet At the end of this term the Playgroup said goodbye to Freddie Stanley, Emma Gibbins and Rebecca Chappell. The group wishes them all the best as they join Sherington CE First School.

Bullet The Preschool's next term will commence on Tuesday 20 April, when the theme will be 'Weather'.


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Parish Council Notes And News


Village Appraisal

Bullet As a result of the overwhelming response from the village consultation, it is hoped a village appraisal will take place later in the year.

Dogs

Bullet Once again the Parish Council has received complaints from residents regarding unattended dogs wandering in the village and the amount of dog fouling on grass verges. There are three dog litter bins installed in the village and all dog owners and dog walkers are asked to clear up any mess their pets make in public places. Unleashed dogs may become hazards to traffic and pedestrians.

Election Day

Bullet Nominations for the Parish Council must be with Milton Keynes Council by Noon on Thursday 8 April. Sherington has seven parish councillors, so needs more than seven nominations for an election to be held. All residents are urged to lobby current councillors or other residents who they wish to represent them on the new Parish Council. The first meeting of the new council will be on Thursday 11 May 1999.


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Council Tax 1998/9

Bullet The Council Tax for houses in Sherington for the year beginning 1 April 1998 is given in the following table.


Band £Band £Band £Band £
A 447.43 C 596.58 E820.29 G 1118.58
B 522.01 D 671.15 F969.44 H 1342.30

Bullet The average Council Tax charge in Sherington is £735.16.

Bullet Of the £671.15 payable for each Band D property, £22.35 goes to the Parish council, £5.83 goes towards the provision of open spaces, highway verges and recreation grounds, £50.76 goes to Thames Valley Police Authority and £592.21 to Milton Keynes council.

Bullet The total Parish Precept for Sherington in 1998/99 is £11,790, of which £9350 is used for Parish purposes and £2,440 is for open spaces and verges. In 1997/98 the Parish Precept was £10,900.

Bullet The total Milton Keynes Council budget for 1998/99 is £158,725,000.


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Plans

Planning Applications

Bullet The following applications have been submitted to Milton Keynes Council:


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Ball

Football - North Bucks and District League


Premier Division
6 Mar Westbury 2 Sherington 2
13 Mar Sherington - Silverstone -
20 Mar Yardley Gobion 2 Sherington 0
27 Mar Sherington 1 Leighton United 1
3 Apr Sherington 3 Stewkley 1
5 Apr Grendon Rangers . Sherington .
10 Apr Sherington 1 Deanshanger Athletic 0
17 Apr Sherington 0 Padbury 4

Intermediate Division
6 Mar Sherington Reserves 1 Great Horwood 2
20 Mar Sherington Reserves 0 Southcott RA 1
27 Mar Syresham 0 Sherington Reserves 1
1 Apr Lavendon Sports . Sherington Reserves .
10 Apr Leedon Athletic 1 Sherington Reserves 2
17 Apr Steeple Claydon 3 Sherington Reserves 1


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Houses For Sale

Bullet The following houses have recently been advertised for sale. Details are available from local estate agents, especially those in Newport Pagnell or Olney.

        Bullet 4 bedroomed detached house, Carters Close, £169,995.

        Bullet 5 bedroomed detached house (newly built), £249,950.

        Bullet The Manor, £650,000. 8 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, listed Grade II, 4 acres of grounds with moat and orchard. Photo

        Bullet 3 bedroomed detached bungalow, £179,995.

        Bullet 3 bedroomed semi-detached house (1930s), £74,950.

        Bullet 2 bedroomed detached cottage (1800s), £89,995.


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Twinning Association News

Bullet Plans are now underway for the visit to Saméon on the weekend of May 8th and 9th 1999 and we are looking forward to seeing our French friends again.


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Church News

Parish Plant Sale

Bullet 29 May, 10.00am - 12.30pm, The Rectory
As in previous years, 50% of proceeds are returned to donor's village church, 25% to SCAN magazine and 25% to growers to recycle into seeds, compost, etc. Now is the time to split and pot up some of those desirable perennials, or to sow a few extra annuals, vegetables, etc, or to take geranium cuttings, etc.

Frugal Lunch

Bullet This will be held in St Lauds Church in aid of TEAR Fund, 12noon - 2.00pm, Saturday in May. Focus on India, displays, information.

Alpha Course

Bullet Another opportunity to join an Alpha Course - an introduction to the Christian faith.
Monday evenings at 8.00pm starting on 19 April.
Please contact Giselle Finn (Tel: 211454) or Pauline Stanton-Saringer (Tel: 610521).


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From the Parish Register

Baptism - -
Wedding - -
Funeral 8 March Bill Bennett
Funeral 16 March Ellen Hurring

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Recent Events


1 April am Village Hall Playgroup Fashion Show
8 April 12 noon - Closing date for nominations for election to the Parish Council
13 April 7.00pm Sherington School Annual Parish Meeting
followed by Parish Council Meeting
17 April 7.30pm St Laud's Church Newport Pagnell Singers (see below)
20 April 8.00pm Village Hall Meeting to plan St Lauds Fete 2000
20 April - Village Hall Preschool term starts
21 April - - Deadline for copy for May SCAN
25 April 7.00am The Knoll Thumbstick Walkers
29 April 8.00pm Village Hall Bozeat Windmill Singers (see below)
3 May - The Knoll Mayday Celebrations
4 and 11 May 8.00pm Village Hall Adult Keep Fit/Jazz Class (see below)
6 May 8am-9pm Village Hall Parish Council and Milton Keynes Council Elections


Bullet Concert - Newport Pagnell Singers
Saturday 17 April, 7.30pm, St Laud's Church
Schubert's Mass in A flat and Vivaldi's Gloria
Admission by ticket - £3.50 Concessions £2.50
Tickets from any member of the Newport Singers.

Bullet Another Unforgettable Evening of Music by the Bozeat Windmill Singers
Thursday 29 April, 8.00pm, Village Hall
presented by Sherington Village Hall Management Committee
Tickets - £3.00, Concessions: £2.50 - Available from:
Eileen West (Tel: 611651) or Viv Risby (Tel: 612483)

Bullet Adult Keep Fit/Jazz Class
Tuesdays 4 and 11 May, 8pm - 9pm, Village Hall
Exercise the body with stretching, strengthening and toning exercises. Get moving with basic jazz moves to build up dance routines. All ages. Come along and give it a try. Bring a towel or mat.
Further information from Melanie Morton (Tel: 618438).


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Coffee

Tuesday Coffee Mornings


6 April No meeting -
13 April Mrs C Cook Mercers Farm
20 April Mrs P Stanton-Saringer The Rectory
27 April Miss E Field 4 Park Road
4 May Mrs E Pepper 38 Water Lane


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Thursday

The New Thursday Group

Bullet Party Starties? Canape Cookery? On Thursday 15 April six members will demonstrate before your very eyes the cooking or the assembling of tasty bits to eat. Afterwards they'll all be consumed accompanied by a glass of wine. In the Village Hall at 8pm. Visitors always welcome.

Bullet On Thursday 6 May, Mr Derek George will tell the groupabout Stoke Goldington's Living Archive. This meeting will be in the School.



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Information (apart from Football and Planning Applications) courtesy of SCAN magazine

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Latest update: 9 May 1999
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