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News - March

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.


Interview - Derek Ferris

Bullet Milton Keynes Council's magazine, The Messenger, published an interview with Derek Ferris, the chairman of Sherington Parish Council, in its February 1999 issue. Read the interview here.


SCAN Beavers

Bullet The Beavers apologise for the cancellation of the February Jumble sale. It has been re-scheduled for 13 March. Thanks to everyone for their support. The amount of jumble collected was tremendous.



Bullet SCAN wishes to thank those who gave donations this month: the splendid sum raised at Chicheley's Coffee Morning, most welcome support from Sherington and North Crawley Parish Councils, a very generous donation from Cranfield via Mrs Collier, another from a reader in Little Crawley, and a third from a lady who used to live in Little Crawley, Bill also sends a contribution from a Little Crawley resident and another from East St in Olney, add to that a donation from a lady in Chicheley Church, another from Gayhurst and a wonderful sum from Upminster.

Bullet Ernie Walton - Phyllis Walton thanks all of Ernie's friends and her friends who helped during his last few days and who offered so much support in every conceivable way before, during and after the funeral. Special thanks to the Revd Maurice stanton-Saringer who was so kind and supportive.

Bullet Joan and Roy Kingswell would like their friends and neighbours to know how much they appreciate the help and kindness shown to them recently.


School News

Bullet In Class 1 the children have continued to feed the birds at the bird table and several familiar characters have been numbered amongst the visitors. The topic has expanded to recognising the birds by their songs and playing these back from a tape has agitated the local population! Chinese New Year was celebrated in story and discussion when the school returned after half-term holiday: 'Kung Hai Fat Choy' to you all. Eric Cale has been the choice of author for Literacy Hour with the children adapting his characters and extending his stories and writing some of their own.

Bullet In Class 2 History continues to be a main theme with Year 2 children studying Florence Nightingale and her times and Year 3 the altogether different topic of 'Invaders and Settlers: the Vikings'. In the Friday 'Carousel' all the children have greatly enjoyed studying and reproducing ceramics in the style of Clarice Cliff with Mrs Feasey.

Bullet Thanks go to Nigel Rawlings and John Risby for some loveley new bird boxes which have now been fitted in the school grounds. Also many thanks to the the PTFA for the refurbishment of the role-play corner for the youngest children - the delight on their faces when they saw 'presents' so soon after Christmas was wonderful. The thank you letters were truly heartfelt.

Bullet A reminder to Sherington School Mums: the Mother's Afternoon is on 12 March at 2.15pm.

Bullet The school needs to replace its cooker - is anyone about to move or thinking of replacing a cooker? The school would be very pleased to hear from you.


Playgroup News

Bullet The Playgroup's annual Social Services Inspection was held at the end of January. The Inspector gave a warm response to the group and particularly commended it for its 'happy, relaxed atmosphere'. A big thank you to the staff for that.

Bullet As many of you will be aware, the Playgroup currently offer a four-year-olds only session on Friday mornings. Before this was introduced the Sherington Toddler Group met on Friday mornings in the hall but were kind enough to move their session to the afternoon to accommodate the Playgroup's needs. Since changing times numbers for the Toddler Group have dwindled dramatically as many of the little ones are asleep or feeding at their new time of 1-3pm. This is a cause for concern for Playgroup as, in theory, the toddlers will progress into Playgroup attendees, so the committee and staff have been looking at ways to improve matters. The initial thoughts are to swop session times and therefore have the Fun For Fours on a Friday afternoon. The Playgroup would like to run this on a trial basis for half a term and would welcome any feedback from parents. The new session time would probably be 12.45 - 3.15pm thus enabling older siblings to be collected from school prior to the end of the session. Please let Sue or a committee member know your views on this ASAP.

Bullet Continuing the theme of clothes, topics for the second half of term are clothes from India, Japan, Africa and North america. During the last week of term The Playgroup will be looking at Easter finery. All contributions that fit in with these topics are most enthusiastically welcomed! To finish off the term it is planned to have a Fashion Show on Thursday 1 April. More details will follow, but the group would like to welcome as many of you there as possible.

Bullet As 'Spring Cleaning' season approaches, don't forget the Playgroup. They are always grateful for books, clothes for the dressing up trolley, vehicles, puzzles and any other robust toys. They have a particular need for a cash register and other items that can be used to turn the home corner into anything that sparks the imagination, from a shoe shop to a cafe to a vet's surgery.

Bullet Finally, don't forget the Playgroup AGM on Tuesday 16 March at 8pm in the Village Hall. Your Playgroup needs you!


Parish Council Notes And News

Bulk Skip

Bullet The bulk skip will be in Leys View from 16 to 18 March.

SERPLAN and the Local Plan Review

Bullet Many thanks to all those who responded to the consultation and filled in the questionnaires. The number of questionnaires delivered to households and businesses in Sherington was 402 and 224 were returned (over 55%) which is a magnificent response. The table below gives details of how the questionnaires were answered.

ARestrict development to infill plots.... for the immediate futureYES 181NO 37
BDevelopment of four sites... for inclusion... in review of Local Plan
1. Rear of School Lane
2. Land off Bedford Road
3. Land off Crofts End
4. West of High Street

YES 19
YES 25
YES 25
YES 20

NO 197
NO 191
NO 192
NO 197
CVillage Appraisal (assisted by consultants)YES 192NO 28

(Not all questions were answered on every sheet, but all answers were counted.)

Bullet The Parish Council has to send in a response to Milton Keynes Council by 31 March 1999.

Bullet Thank you to those who also sent letters or special notes. The Council will continue to keep you informed.

Annual Parish Meeting

Bullet This will be held on Tuesday 13 April at 7.00pm. It will be followed by the April Parish Council Meeting at approximately 7.30pm.

Local Elections

Bullet Local elections will be held on Thursday 6 May in the Village Hall. Nomination papers will be available in March and may be obtained from the Parish Clerk or from the Civic Offices in Central Milton Keynes.


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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.



Planning Applications

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



Football - North Bucks and District League

Premier Division
6 Feb Silverstone 1 Sherington 1
13 Feb Stewkley 2 Sherington 0
20 Feb Sherington 1 Grendon Rangers 0
27 Feb Sherington 3 Marsh Gibbon 1

Intermediate Division
6 Feb Sherington Reserves 1 Abbey National 2
13 Feb Sherington Reserves 1 Steeple Claydon 1
20 Feb Tingewick Sports 5 Sherington Reserves 3
27 Feb Heath United 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 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, £185,000.

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

        Bullet 4 bedroomed detached house, £185,000.

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


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.


From the Parish Register

Baptism 31 Jan George David Pease
Wedding - -
Funeral - -


Recent Events

2 Mar 7.30pm Sherington School Parish Council Meeting
12 Mar 2.15pm Sherington School Mother's Afternoon
12 Mar 8.00pm - 9.30pm Village Hall Silent Auction (see below)
13 Mar 2pm - 4pm Village Hall Grand Jumble and Table Top Sale - SCAN Beavers (see below)
16 Mar 8.00pm Village Hall Playgroup AGM
21 Mar 7.30am The Knoll Thumbstick Walkers
24 Mar - - Deadline for copy for April SCAN

Bullet SCAN Beavers - Grand Jumble and Table Top Sale
Saturday 20 February, 10am - 12 noon, Village Hall
To book table (£5) telephone 217835.
Doors open to set up only 9.15am.
Entrance fee 20p. Children free. All proceeds to SCAN Beaver Group.



Tuesday Coffee Mornings

2 March Mrs E Milnes 4 Hillview
9 March Mrs P Teasdale 33 Crofts End
16 March Mrs P Ellis 3 Hillview
23 March Lent Lunch The Old Rectory
30 March Mrs G Hetherington Carter's Barn, Church Road
6 April No meeting -



The New Thursday Group

Bullet On Thursday 18 February, a small but select group of members enjoyed a supper of fish, chips and tea followed by a quiz ingeneously devised on questions about fish, potatoes and tramps.

Bullet On 4 March the Group is off to the Royal Theatre, Northampton, to see Charles Dickens' 'Dombey and Son'. Get your tickets from Katie Hayes (Tel: 217881). Transport will be arranged; the Group'll have to leave early in the evening as the performance begins at 7.30pm.

Bullet On Thursday 18 March at 8 pm in the Village Hall, Mr Gerald Stratton will talk about 'Newport Pagnell in the 1950's' and his recently published book of that title.

Bullet Something else to look forward to on Thursday 1 April, when Julie Williams has volunteered to give a talk/demonstration on patio and container gardening. Meetings are at 8pm in the Village Hall and visitors are very welcome.

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: 5 April 1999

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