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News - May

Local Elections - 6 May

Bullet The results for Sherington Ward in the elections for Milton Keynes Council held on 6 May were as follows:

Patricia May Seymour Liberal Democrat786 Re-elected
Henry Roscow George Powell-Shedden Conservative 388 .
Ann Kirby Labour 57 .

Bullet The turnout was 53%.


90th Birthday

Bullet Pat Davis wishes to thank the members of the Thursday Club, the Bowling Club and her many Sherington friends for the gifts, cards and kindness she received on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday.



Bullet The MK Natural History Society is collecting records for the Butterfly Millennium Atlas 1995-2000. At the moment square 84Y on their map, which covers the whole of Sherington, has no records. If no records are obtained from Sherington it will appear as a 'butterfly free zone' - which would hardly be accurate. Is anyone willing over the next few months to record the date of any butterfly sightings in their garden, or elsewhere in Sherington, and the name of the butterfly spotted? If so, please contact Harriet Milner, 5 Hillview, who will co-ordinate information on local sightings and forward them to MK Natural History Society.



Bullet June Drew wishes to thank the residents of Crofts End for the £38.30 raised in the collection for 'Sense', the National Deafblind and Rubella Association, held in March.


School News

Bullet Class 1 have begun a new topic 'Growing Plants' with the beginnings of a vegetable plot for each child to take home; so far potato and tomato seedlings have been planted with more to follow. A geographical study of the local area, its housing and considerations of traffic safety, will also begin. This will take the school out and about the village on fieldwork. For the first four weeks of term the school welcomes Ms. Holly Childs, a student teacher. The e-mail link with St Mary's Primary School in Dover will resume now that Mrs Trelfer has returned from a secondment to a Canadian school.

Bullet In Class 2 Mrs Helen Avery continues her teaching practice with the older children. History moves forward to 'The Great Fire of London' and the locality of the school is the site for investigations into plants and animals while indoors the children will be trying to 'Help plants grow better'.

Bullet In the Friday morning Carousel the older children will be visited by Ian Hughes-Rowlands, Milton Keynes Development Officer, who will tutor them in Hockey. This will culminate in Year 3 pupils visiting the Milton Keynes Hockey Stadium at the end of the month. The summer term always sees the Maypole dusted off and made ready for dancing rehearsals leading to a performance on The Knoll on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May at 11am. All are welcome to watch and to encourage the children of all ages in their dancing.

Bullet The fund-raising activities for Dr Barnados produced the magnificent total of £439.07. Mrs Pruden from Dr Barnados was amazed that such a small school could raise this amount. Well done everybody! Another marvellous entertainment by the puppets of Cornelius and Jones swelled school funds by £167 - thank you once again, Sue and Neil. Finally, the school is extremely grateful to the White Hart for donating the proceeds of their Easter Raffle (£135) to the school.


Playgroup News

Bullet There are 10 members on the new committee. They are settling in and finding their feet. The main officers are given above. A full list of officers is on the notice board should you need them. Please contact the Registration Secretary should you have any queries about enrolling your child. Pre-School is currently close to maximum numbers so it would be helpful if you could register soon after your child's second birthday if you intend sending them.

Bullet The children's Fashion Show and Coffee Morning was a roaring success. The children modelled beautifully and £92 was raised. A big thank you to all who attended. Many thanks also to the White Hart who ran an Easter Raffle raising £42.

Bullet At the May Day celebrations, Pre-School will have a stall selling ice-creams. There will be face painting and fishing for the younger children.

Bullet The theme this term is 'weather'. The children should have great fun. Let's hope it improves!

Bullet As mentioned last month the 'Fun for Fours' session will be taking place on a Friday afternoon, 12.30pm - 3pm, and Mums and Toddlers will be on Friday mornings, 10am - 12noon.

Bullet Jo Tough would like to send, on behalf of the committee, many congratulations to Helen (the ex-Treasurer) and Stephen Kennedy and family on the birth of their beautiful twin daughters.


Parish Council Notes And News

Bulk Skip

Bullet The bulk skip will be in Perry Lane from 11 to 13 May 1999.

Dog Bins

Bullet There has been a request for an additional dog bin near the recreation field in Perry Lane. The prices of bins from MK Council have greatly increased during the past year, so other sources are being sought. The matter will be discussed again at the first meeting of the new Parish Council on 11 May.

Problems with Dogs in the Village

Bullet As mentioned las month, in spite of the fact that three dog bins have been provided there is still a considerable amount of dog mess outside Sherington School and in the Churchyard. Poop scoops and bags are available from Sherington Post Office and Virginia House Stores. The Parish Council has also received several complaints about a large black dog with a red collar being loose every day. The dog is a hazard to traffic, so will the owners make sure it is kept under control in future.

Election Day

Bullet Please use your vote on 6 May 1999. Eight nominations for Parish Councillors have been received. Electors in Sherington have 7 votes for the PC and one vote for Milton Keynes Council.


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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:

        Bullet May Cottage, 1 Church End - Single storey rear extension - Listed Building within a Conservation Area - Resubmission of 98/147/MK.

        Bullet 8 Carters Close - Conversion of garage to living accommodation and erection of attached double garage.

        Bullet The Barn, Sherington Bridge - Conversion of existing double garage to garden room, single storey extension to provide workroom and detached garage - Resubmission of 98/1227/MK.



Football - North Bucks and District League

Premier Division
17 Apr Sherington 0 Padbury 4
20 Apr Sherington . Bow Brickhill .
24 Apr Deanshanger Athletic 1 Sherington 1
1 May Marsh Gibbon 2 Sherington 5

Intermediate Division
17 Apr Steeple Claydon 3 Sherington Reserves 1
22 Apr Sherington Reserves 6 Heath United 1
24 Apr Sherington Reserves 0 Roade Reserves 6
29 Apr Sherington Reserves 1 DTS MK97 0
3 May Padbury United Reserves 1 Sherington Reserves 2


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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 2 bedroomed semi-detached bungalow, £92,500.

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

        Bullet 3 bedroomed detached bungalow, £175,995.

        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 For rent: 2 bedroomed unfurnished barn conversion, £750 pcm.


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.


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.

Bullet Plants should be taken to The Rectory on Friday afternoon, where they will be priced. Other times by arrangement. Please ensure that the plants are labelled with their correct name. It is expected that there will be some shrubs, lilies, annuals, perennials and house plants. Refreshments will be available.


From the Parish Register

Baptism - -
Wedding - -
Funeral - -


Recent Events

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
8 and 9 May - - Visit to Saméon - Twinning Association
11 May 7.30pm Sherington School Parish Council Meeting
13 May - - Closing date for nominations for election to the Village Hall Management Committee
to the Secretary Mrs J Inskipp, The Chapel, The Knoll
Four elected members
18 May 8pm Sherington School Annual General Meeting of Village Hall Management Committee
19 May - - Deadline for copy for June SCAN
29 May 10.00am The Rectory Parish Plant Sale (see Church page)
31 May 7.00am The Knoll Thumbstick Walkers

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).



Tuesday Coffee Mornings

4 May Mrs E Pepper 38 Water Lane
11 May Mr and Mrs D McFarlane 8 School Lane
18 May Mrs M Cook Manor Farm
25 May Mrs A Atkinson 5 Griggs Orchard
1 June Miss E Field 4 Park Road



The New Thursday Group

Bullet On Thursday 6 May, Mr Derek George will tell the group about Stoke Goldington's Living Archive. Changes and events in and about Stoke are meticulously recorded for the benefit of future generations. This meeting will be in the School at 8pm.

Bullet On Thursday 20 May there is a Treasure Hunt on foot around the village. Meet in the Village Hall car park at 7.30pm. If the weather is unsuitable, Enid will have arranged an entertainment at her house.

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: 9 May 1999

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