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News - January

Film Premiere

Bullet Keeley Flanders of Church Road is looking forward to the big premiere on 20 January of the film based on the life of Jacqueline Du Pre. Keeley plays the part of Jacqueline's sister, Hilary, and we shall all have the opportunity to judge it when the film goes on general release on 22 January 1999.


Bell Ringing

Bullet Ella Field invites those who wish to learn bell-ringing to contact her (4 Park Road, Tel: 610560). Have fun ringing in the new millennium!


Ousedale School - Performance Data

Bullet The Government's School and College Performance Tables, published on 30 November, showed that 62% of Ousedale's 15-year-olds achieved at least five A*-C GCSE grades. This compares to a national average of 46.3% (51.5% of girls and 41.3% of boys) and the average of 34.60% for the 10 schools in Milton Keynes. Ousedale results are the best in Milton Keynes and are 4 times those of the bottom school.

Bullet At A-level Ousedale students gained an average score of 19.6 points, compared to the national average of 17.8 per candidate (5.3 points per subject). An A grade scores 10 points, a B grade scores 8 points, etc, down to 2 points for grade E. Ousedale is also amongst the top 25% of schools at which pupils made over-the-average progress between the national curriculum tests at 14 and GCSE at 16.

More details:

Ousedale School is the Upper School in Newport Pagnell whose catchment area includes Sherington


Ousedale School - Past Pupils' Association

Bullet Ousedale School plans to establish a Past Pupils' Association as part of its Millennium celebrations. As a first step the school is compiling a list of those interested and is circulating the news through local magazines and press. The form the Association will take will depend on the response. Those interested should contact Brian George or Carolyn Wilkins at the school (Tel: 210203, Fax: 216574, Email: or use the form in the December issue of SCAN magazine. The school are also looking for people who may be interested in helping in the organisation of the Association.



Bullet A big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the Christmas Bazaar so generously. £776 was realised for Church funds.

Bullet The Carol Singers raised £118 and the collections from Christmas Services amounted to £383. This has been divided among the PTFA, the DEC Hurricane Appeal and the Church Missionary Society.

Bullet Rene Weatherill would like to thank everyone who helped her collection of pennies. As a result she was able to send £22 to the BBC Children In Need Appeal.

Bullet SCAN wishes to thank those who gave donations this month: three from Sherington, one from North Crawley Coffee Mornings, two ex-Sherington families now living in Norfolk, three Newport ladies, one from Minchinghampton and one from Clevedon in Somerset.


School News

(None this month)


Playgroup News

Bullet First, a very Happy New Year to you all from the committee and staff of Sherington Playgroup. We hope it will be everything you hope for.

Bullet Playgroup broke up in the middle of December with a wonderful party and a visit from Father Christmas. It was particularly nice that so many parents and children about to join us were able to attend.

Bullet The week before we held our pre-Christmas Coffee Morning which was a knock-out success. Aside from raising £53 it was again loveley to welcome so many new faces and, of course, to be entertained by the children.

Bullet As many of you will be aware, as from 1 April 1999, all Playgroups will be legally required to pay their staff the new minimum wage (£3.60 per hour). Additionally we will be obliged to provide one week's paid holiday per term. In order to meet this cost we have had to increase our fees slightly this term but will also be stepping up our fund-raising activities. Your support, as always, will not only be vital but hugely appreciated. Thank you.

Bullet Our theme this term is clothes and we will be looking at different outfits for different occasions, national costumes, uniforms, etc. We would be delighted to receive any contributions to our dressing up box or to arrange visits from people who wear uniforms or wish to dress in their national attire. Please contact either Sue Herbert or Jane Cartwright if you have anything to offer.

Bullet We are delighted to welcome five new children this term - Rebecca Tough, Georgina Rawlings, Beth Morton, Jordan Brown and Ellie Whittington - but were sorry to say goodbye to Todd at Christmas. We wish him all the best at Sherington School.


Parish Council Notes And News

Bulk Skip

Bullet The bulk skip will be in the Perry Lane car parking area from 9 to 11 February 1999, and in Leys View from 16 to 18 March.

Budget Meeting

Bullet The meeting on 19 January is a Budget Meeting to set the Precept for 1999/2000.

New Evening Buses To Central Milton Keynes


A new schedule commenced on 14 December 1998 and will continue until Easter 1999. Three evening buses (1E service) will travel between Olney, Emberton, Sherington and Newport Pagnell to and from Milton Keynes Mondays to Saturdays. Flyers with further information are available from Virginia House Stores, Sherington Post Office or the Parish Clerk.


Bullet Long term planning proposals for the whole of the South East Region of England are the subject of an analysis and report received by the Parish Council just before Christmas. The report has been commissioned by nine bodies including Milton Keynes Council, the local planning authority. The range of options for the development of Milton Keynes over the next thirty years include suggestions which could dramatically affect Sherington. The Parish Council will be undertaking an extensive public consultation upon these issues in the coming weeks. All residents will be advised.

Local Government Elections

Bullet Local Government Elections will be held in May. If you are interested in Local Government and would like to put your name forward for nomination to the Parish Council please contact any of the present members.



Planning Applications

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



Football - North Bucks and District League

Premier Division
19 Dec Hanslope 3 Sherington 1
2 Jan Sherington P Deanshanger Athletic P
9 Jan Leighton United 3 Sherington 3
16 Jan Sherington P Marsh Gibbon P
23 Jan Grendon Rangers P Sherington P

Intermediate Division
19 Dec Sherington Reserves 0 Tingewick Sports 4
2 Jan Lavendon P Sherington Reserves P
9 Jan Sherington Reserves P Southcott RA P
16 Jan Padbury United P Sherington Reserves P
23 Jan Sherington Reserves 3 Lavendon Sports 3

Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup - First Round
3 Oct Sherington 3 Oakley United 2
Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup - Second Round
7 Nov Sherington 4 Vansitar Wanderers 2
Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup - Third Round
12 Dec Sherington 0 Downley Albion 2

Berks and Bucks Junior Cup - First Round
10 Oct Sherington Reserves 0 Old Bradwell Reserves 4
Intermediate Division Challenge Trophy - First Round
5 Dec Southcott RA 3 Sherington Reserves 0


Recent Events

5 Jan 7.30pm Sherington School Parish Council Meeting
19 Jan 7.30pm Sherington School Parish Council Budget Meeting
23 Jan 10am - 12 Noon Village Hall Launch of Church Talent Competition
27 Jan - - Deadline for February (and first week of March) SCAN
2 Feb 7.30pm Sherington School Parish Council Meeting



Tuesday Coffee Mornings

12 January Mrs D Stephens 1A Church Road
19 January Miss E Field 4 Park Road
26 January Mrs E Pepper 38 Water Lane
2 February Mrs R Weatherill 4 Village Close



The New Thursday Group

Bullet On Thursday 21 January, Mrs Jane Chatham who is opening a Health and Beauty Salon at 15 School Lane will give a talk about the products and treatments she offers.

Bullet On 4 February - 'Domestic Architecture Through The Ages'. Those of you who heard this talk, illustrated by slides, given by Mrs Susan Daish six years ago, will remember how fascinating it was and will look forward to an updated version.


Church News

Grand Talent Competition

Bullet This is open to all villagers in Sherington. Under 16s need parent's agreement. Have you ever yearned to be an entrepreneur but lacked the funds or incentive to 'have a go'? Well, now's your chance!

Bullet In an effort to raise funds for the St Laud's Millennium Project (a church room, with modern facilities) the church is offering units of either £10.00 or £20.00 (£5.00 or £10.00 for under 16s) for you to trade with for a period of six or nine months. The only stipulation is that your trading plan must be legal, decent and honest.

Bullet There is a sponsored prize (ie: not coming from any proceeds) of a Magnum of Champagne for the best return and/or most original idea. If there are sufficient under 16 participants there will be a separate prize for them. The competition is based on the story of the Talents told by Jesus (see Luke 19: 11-27).

Bullet The launch date is Saturday 23 January 1999 in Sherington Village Hall between 10.00am and 12 noon, so come along then to sign up and collect your trading funds. If you are unable to attend the launch but would like to participate, or for further information, telephone Jackie Inskipp on 216214.


From the Parish Register

Baptism - -
Wedding - -
Funeral - -

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: 31 January 1999

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