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News - December


White Hart

Bullet The White Hart re-opened on Friday 21 November as a Free House. The new landlord and landlady are Nigel and Pat Aisthorpe who previously ran a pub in Arlesey in Bedfordshire. The opening was filmed by Anglia Television and was featured on the Anglia News programme on Friday evening.


Bullet The following was published in this month's SCAN:

It was great fun to see fellow villagers on Anglia Television on Friday evening when the re-opening of the White Hart was covered. The occasion itself was a happy one, too. Now that the restoration of our pub has been achieved, those of us who value such facilities - not necessarily for the drink alone (although I gather the quality of the pint is of much importance) but also for the food and as a meeting place, must now do our best to support them. The Swan, The White Hart, the Post Office, the Shop, the Church and the School are important to the life of the village but, as we have seen, they can't be taken for granted.

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Traidcraft Day

Bullet Mrs Pearl Teasdale wishes to thank all those who supported the Traidcraft Day on 8 November. It was the best one ever with sales and orders amounting to approximately £700. A £21 donation has also been sent to Traidcraft Exchange - the charity arm of Traidcraft.

Bullet Thanks also go to friends, who couldn't manage to get to the Open Day, but have purchased and/or ordered goods since. Your support for the Fair Trading movement is greatly appreciated.

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Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Bullet £304 was raised in the village. Thanks go to both collectors and givers.

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The Salvation Army

Bullet A letter from the Milton Keynes Central Corps of The Salvation Army was published in this month's SCAN thanking those who had contributed over 450 tins of food on 15 November. They will be used to support The Salvation Army's ongoing work among needy people: to provide a Christmas dinner for lonely pensioners, as food parcels for the homeless and as emergency hampers for destitute families.

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Playgroup News

Bullet Once again Playgroup has landed on its feet and now has a new supervisor. The Committee has appointed Sue Herbert who many of you will know from swimming lessons at Sherington School. Welcome to Playgroup, Sue.

Bullet Christmas seems to be looming up fast and we will be holding a Christmas Coffee Morning at Playgroup on Tuesday 9 December at which the children will be singing some songs and us mothers will be eating mince pies. Also in that week, on Thursday, the committee are organising the Children's Christmas Party. They are bound to have a good time with an entertainer to keep them amused and a visit from Father Christmas himself.

Bullet We say goodbye to Curtiss, Ashley, Feargus, Christopher and Jessica at Christmas as they are off to big school in January. Good luck to them. Playgroup starts back on Monday 12 January when the topic will be 'All About Me' and the children will be learning about their senses.

Bullet The Halloween Disco raised £210, thank you to all those who came and joined in the fun, the fancy dress costumes are getting better every year! We have to give a big thank you to Keith, who once again gave us a brilliant disco.

Bullet With thanks to everyone who has helped and supported Playgroup over the last year. The Committee, Staff and children wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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News from Sherington School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association

Bullet The re-scheduled Pig Roast was a great success, raising more than £600 in profits and enabling a vast number of 'groovy dudes' to emerge from their closets or wherever else they have been 'hanging-out' since 1967. Thanks to everyone who supported the event in such a stylish way, and special thanks to that greatest of all supergroups - the Shufflers!

Bullet Our calender of events continues with the Children's Disco (ear-defenders a 'must' for all adults) on Friday 12 December from 4pm to 5.30pm, for children from 5 to 10 years old. Tickets will be £1.00 in advance from PTFA members or school. Crisps and soft drinks will be on sale. Please try to send the children with small change.

Bullet In the New Year we are planning a Music Quiz, a Valentines Disco and a 'big event' in the Summer. Watch out for more details!

Bullet As always we encourage new blood to join the PTFA Committee. You don't have to be a parent - friends are very welcome. It's not hard work but it's great fun!

Bullet Happy Christmas!

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Parish Council Notes And News


Bulk Skip

Bullet This will be available in Leys View from 16 to 18 December.

Surface Water In Church Road

Bullet The Parish Council has been working with local residents to find the cause of this problem. Now, after several months of investigations by Anglian Water and Milton Keynes Council, the problem has been located by the Highways Department of MKC. Anglian Water has promised the repair will be finished by 24 November, so by the time you read this all should be well in Church Road. We thank the local residents for keeping us informed of progress (and non-progress at times) and for keeping the road free from ice with salt.

Water Lane Sewer

Bullet Jetting of the sewer pipe has taken place recently and a CCTV camera has made a video recording of the inside of the pipe (this was compelling viewing for some of your councillors!). We now have personnel from Anglian Water taking the problems of flooding and raw sewage in the lane seriously. These matters are being thoroughly investigated and we have been promised that the problems will be tackled as soon as the investigations are complete.

The White Hart Inn

Bullet Another matter which was taken seriously by the authorities was the loss of our village pub. As I type this copy many residents are looking forward to the re-opening of The White Hart to the public. We welcome the new owners, the Aisthorpe family, and we hope they will be happy and successful in Sherington. We must thank Milton Keynes Council for all the help and support their officers in the Planning and Legal Departments have given to the village over the last 21 months.

Bullet It was pointed out, by a member of the general public, at the PC meeting in November, that when residents and local council work together a great deal can be achieved. This is very true, and has been especially so with regard to the afore-mentioned matters. We thank our MK Councillor, Mrs Pat Seymour, for working so hard for us again, during this year.

Bullet A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all SCAN readers from Sherington Parish Council.

Council Meetings

Bullet Meetings were held on 2 December and 6 January.


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Twinning Association News


Bullet Autumn Quiz Night - This was held in Sherington School on Friday 10 October and was a very enjoyable and successful fund raising evening. Nearly £300 was raised to help with hosting our visitors from Saméon next year. Thanks to all who helped organise the evening and to all those willing members and friends who took part. Watch out for details of next year's Quiz Night!.

Bullet Visitors From Saméon - During November two couples from Saméon came to Sherington on a weekend visit. Whilst here they were presented with a plaque (engraved by Deardon Trophies) to place by the commemorative lime tree in Saméon. The Official Visit from Saméon will take place the first weekend in May 1998. We do not yet know how many families will be in the party, but if you are able to host one or two persons or a family will you please give your name to Bill Lewis or Mike Inskipp.

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Church Diary

5 Dec 7pm Church Christmas Bazaar
16 Dec 6.30pm School Play
17 Dec 2pm School Play
21 Dec 9.30am Holy Communion (said)
6 Jan 8pm Epiphany Party in the Rectory - come dressed as a wise man/king
(no camels please, but do bring gold, frankincense and myrrh if you wish)
There will be some food, games and worship

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Recent Events


5 Dec 7pm Village Hall Christmas Bazaar (see below)
9 Dec Morning Village Hall Playgroup Christmas Coffee Morning
10 Dec 7.30pm School Millennium Committee Meeting
11 Dec Morning Village Hall Playgroup Christmas Party
12 Dec 4pm-5.30pm School Children's Disco - 5 to 10 years - Tickets £1
17 Dec 2pm Church 'The Grumpy Sheep' - School Christmas Play
Refreshments - All welcome
26 Dec 9.30am The Knoll Boxing Day walk
31 Dec - - Deadline for SCAN copy for January and first week of February
6 Jan 7.30pm School Parish Council Meeting
10 Jan 7.30pm Church A (Late) Musical Christmas Card
A miscellany of items sacred and secular serious and (mostly) funny
Interval Refreshments - Admission free - Retiring collection

Bullet Plans for the Messiah received a very sad set-back due to the sudden death of the conductor/organiser Edwin Lack, whose funeral was held in Newport Pagnell on 8 December 1997. 'A (Late) Musical Christmas Card' replaces this event.

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Sherington Christmas Bazaar

Bullet This will be held on Friday 5 December in the Village Hall at 7pm. Father Christmas will be in his grotto.

Bullet There will be a competition for children and adults to design a cover for SCAN magazine. This must be a black and white line drawing not exceeding 15cm in length and 12cm in width. There are 4 classes: 4-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-15 years and 16 and over. Winning entries will appear on the front cover of SCAN in the New Year. Please bring your pictures to the Village Hall by 7pm so that judging can take place during the evening.

Bullet Gifts and offers of help please to Ellen Tonkin (Tel: 612847), Pauline Donnelly (Tel: 611747) or Ella Field (Tel: 610560).


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Coffee

Tuesday Coffee Mornings


9 Dec Mrs H Milner 5 Hillview
16 Dec Miss E Field 4 Park Road
13 Jan Mrs P Ellis 3 Hillview


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Thursday

The New Thursday Group

Bullet On Thursday, 18 December Pat Davis will arrange an evening for your enjoyment. This, together with wine and mince pies, will make for a festive pre-Christmas meeting.

Bullet The first meeting of the new year will be on Thursday, 15 January, when Pam Ward will talk about Fine Art. Both meetings will take place in the Village Hall at 8pm. All ladies welcome.

Bullet The New Thursday Group is always happy to welcome new members - the evenings commence at 8 pm.

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Plans

Planning Applications

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

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Ball

Football - North Bucks and District League


Premier Division
13 Sept Grendon Rangers 2 Sherington 3
20 Sept Sherington 1 Wicken Sports 3
27 Sept Mercedes Benz 2 Sherington 1
11 Oct Marsh Gibbon 2 Sherington 2
18 Oct Sherington 5 Yardley Gobion 3
25 Oct Padbury United 5 Sherington 1
1 Nov Sherington 4 Bow Brickhill 0
15 Nov Sherington 0 Leighton United 2
22 Nov Roade 2 Sherington 2
29 Nov Sherington 5 Leighton United 2
6 Dec Sherington 2 Marsh Gibbon 2
13 Dec Stewkley 2 Sherington 0
20 Dec Hanslope 0 Sherington 8

Bullet 20 Dec: The 8 goals were scored by Neil Ferguson (4), Wayne Smith, Martin Cook and Joslyn Solomon.

Bullet 20 Dec: Sherington are in fifth place with 17 points from 14 games, 7 points behind the leaders.

Berks and Bucks FA Junior Cup - First Round
4 Oct Sherington 6 Quainton 0
Berks and Bucks FA Junior Cup - Second Round
8 Nov Mandeville Sports 2 Sherington 0

First Division
13 Sept Sherington Reserves 2 Woughton 0
20 Sept Thornborough Athletic 1 Sherington Reserves 2
27 Sept Sherington Reserves 6 Silverstone Reserves 1
4 Oct Deanshanger Reserves 0 Sherington Reserves 9
11 Oct Sherington Reserves P Milton Keynes Reserves P
25 Oct Sherington Reserves 7 Leighton United Reserves 0
1 Nov Leighton Rangers 7 Sherington Reserves 3
8 Nov Sherington Reserves 0 Tesco 2
15 Nov Helmdon 1 Sherington Reserves 3
22 Nov Sherington Reserves 6 Deanshanger Athletic Reserves 1
6 Dec Stewkley Reserves 1 Sherington Reserves 2
13 Dec Sherington Reserves 6 Thornborough Athletic 1
20 Dec Sherington Reserves 2 MK Athletic Reserves 1

Bullet 20 Dec: The Reserves are second in Division 1 with 20 points from 12 games, 2 points behind the leaders.

Division 1 Challenge Trophy - First Round
29 Nov Silverstone Reserves 1 Sherington 5

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

The football/planning news is updated weekly, the other news is updated monthly.

Latest update: 11 January 1998
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