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News - November

Fish and Chips

Bullet A fish and chips takeaway service is now available from The White Hart on Friday evenings from 5pm to 6.45pm.


Resignation of Councillor

Bullet The Milton Keynes Councillor for Sherington, Mrs Pat Seymour, has resigned from the Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire Authority in protest at the Authority's decision to impose charges for pumping out properties affected by the Easter floods. She feels that the members of her ward have suffered enough, by having had their homes filled with dirty and smelly water, and she feels it isn't right that they should now be landed with these charges.

Bullet Local businesswoman Paola Verolini is one of those who have been billed. She says that she does not intend to pay and claims she is prepared to go to prison if necessary. She says there was no mention of any charges at the time. The Fire Authority chairman, Cllr Rex Lingham-Wood, has defended the charges: the Fire Brigade is not funded to carry out pumping work, as it basically exists to fight fires and, as its budget is very limited, it is necessary to recoup some of the £,50,000 spent during the Easter weekend in order to provide fire cover to the standards expected by the Home Office.


Second Sherington Show

Bullet Thank you to all who supported the second Sherington Show, the exhibiters, the judges and all who helped in any way to make the event such a success. Particular thanks to Derek who auctioned off all the produce at the end of the afternoon. The proceeds from the Show and the collections from the Harvest Festival services amounted to £476 to be divided between Farm Africa and St Lauds Church. If you have any ideas for new classes another year, please let Ella Field know. The goods given by the children on Sunday morning were taken to Brooklands Club where they were much appreciated.


Cream Teas

Bullet Cream teas served in the Village Hall on Bank Holiday Monday raised £160 for the Myrtle Peach Trust.


Sherington Millennium

Bullet At a 'Cheese and Wine' evening held in the Village Hall on Friday 25 September, the Sherington Millennium Committee explained the events and projects being planned to celebrate and mark the Millennium in Sherington. During the evening Philip Smith gave an illustrated (and amusing) talk on some events of the past.

Bullet The events proposed by the Committee to celebrate the Millennium are listed on the Sherington Millennium page.


Deepest Thanks

Bullet You can imagine the state we were in when we arrived back at the village from our holiday in Spain during which we'd suffered the tragic loss of Eleanor. We knew that the news would have reached some in the village but on our arrival were absolutely amazed to find so many cards and letters of condolencefrom so many people in the village and surrounding area, and some of the sweetest tributes ever from friends and schoolmates, some we didn't even know.

Bullet It gave us a great lift to know that so many of you were thinking of her, to experience the warmth and sense of belonging the whole family felt to be in a community where so many were sharing our loss. We cannot thank you all enough.

Bullet Although we did not know how we would cope with the tragedy we all felt that we should concentrate our thoughts on being thankful for what we had had; to celebrate a life that we knew was a healthy happy one, full of fun and mischief. Everyone who knew her impacted on her and she had made so many friends in a village ahe had loved since we arrived in 1985 - when she was just a tiny baby. And so we wanted Eleanor's funeral to be full of colour, in a tribute to the way she had lived her life, and once again the village did not let us down - her grave was a mass of colour and the messages from all the children were so obviously straight from the heart. Since then we keep seeing new flowers and even more messages so we know that, like us, you will never forget our loveley little Eleanor.

Bullet Thank you all so much for your help.

Toni Waine and family


Bucks Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride

Bullet John Risby would like to convey his thanks to all who supported him in the Cycle Ride on 12 September. Having arrived back from Canada the week before, he had little time to prepare and obtain sponsors for the event. However, despite inclement weather, he visited 21 churches as planned and he would like to thank everyone who sponsored him. The result was a total of £277.75 (50% of which will go directly to St Lauds Church). He would particularly like to thank David Hyde for his support, encouragement and help in raising sponsors.


School News - PTFA

Bullet The PTFA are having a Beetle Drive plus 'Come as a Bug' Fancy Dress Competition for the children at the school on 6 November at 6.30pm. Teams will consist of one child and one adult. Entry is £1 per person payable at the door. Please join us for an evening of family fun. Refreshments will be available for sale. There will be prizes for the highest beetle score and best fancy dress.

Bullet The PTFA are having a tombola at the Playgroup's Christmas Fayre on 14 November. Please come along to support your village school and playgroup.


Playgroup News

Bullet The Secretary would like to apologise to the Sherington Bowls Club and their followers for any confusion regarding the date of the Playgroup's Christmas Fayre and their indoor bowls day. The Sherington Playgroup Christmas Fayre is, in fact, on Saturday 14 November in the Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon. There will be a variety of craft stalls, tombola, cake stall, face painting and a large toy sale - a must with Christmas just around the corner.

Bullet The Playgroup theme this term is animals and the children have been learning about those living at home, in the garden, park, zoo, under water and further afield. Special thanks go to Claire King of Carters Close for bringing 'Farm Animal' week to life when she visited with her cockerel, Anthony. It provided great fun and excitement for the children.

Bullet Earlier in the term the Fun for Fours (the Friday group) enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the School's Harvest Festival in the Church. Thank you to all the Playgroup's friends at Sherington School for including the playgroup.

Bullet On Thursday, 3 December, there will be a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in the Village Hall and everyone is welcome.


Parish Council Notes And News

Bulk Skip

Bullet The next bulk skip will be available in Leys View from 8 to 10 December.

Children's Play Area

Bullet We apologise for the inconvenience caused to children and parents at the play area since the flooding. New pipes and an adequate drainage system have now been installed. The area will soon be cleared and levelled now the work is finished and the dangerous willow trees have been felled.

Football Club

Bullet We welcome the Newport Pagnell Wanderers (under 15's) Football Club to our Sports Field. They will be liaising with Sherington Football Club over the recreational facilities in Sherington. We hope both football clubs will have a successful season.

Additional Seats In The Village

Bullet It has been agreed by the Parish Council that further seats will be available in the village soon. The Parish Council will be donating one for The Knoll and one opposite Manor Farm (on the corner of the High Street). A local company is offering another to be installed outside Sherington School. The Parish Council is very grateful for further offers (due to the kind endeavors of Mrs Anita Arnold) from residents.

Attendance at Meetings

Bullet All residents of Sherington are welcome at Parish Council meetings and there is always a 'public question time' item, so that members of the general public have an opportunity to make comments or put questions to their councillors.



Planning Applications

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



Football - North Bucks and District League

Premier Division
10 Oct Wicken Sports 2 Sherington 3
17 Oct Bow Brickhill 2 Sherington 2
24 Oct Silverstone P Sherington P
31 Oct Sherington 3 Hanslope 0
14 Nov Grendon P Sherington P
21 Nov Padbury United 6 Sherington 2

Intermediate Division
24 Oct Sherington Reserves 0 Padbury United Reserves 1
31 Oct Southcott RA 3 Sherington Reserves 2
7 Nov Roade Reserves 1 Sherington Reserves 1
14 Nov Sherington Reserves P Steeple Claydon P
21 Nov Sherington Reserves 4 Syresham 0

Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup - First Round
3 Oct Sherington 3 Oakley United 2
7 Nov Sherington 4 Vansitar Wanderers 2

Berks and Bucks Junior Cup - First Round
10 Oct Sherington Reserves 0 Old Bradwell Reserves 4


For Sale Sign

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

        Bullet 3 bedroomed detached bungalow, £185,000.

        Bullet 3 bedroomed detached house, £185,000.

        Bullet 2 bedroomed link detached house, £99,995.

        Bullet 2 bedroomed period cottage, £89,995.

        Bullet 2 bedroomed link detached bungalow, £94,995.

        Bullet The Manor House - 8 bedrooms. Grade 2 listed, 16th Century. Over 4 acres, including moat. See Photo in Photo Album

        Bullet One bedroom accommodation at the Old Chapel, Crofts End, £44,500. See Photo in Photo Album

        Bullet 3 bedroomed house, £93,500.

        Bullet 2 bedroomed unfurnished stone cottage, £595 per month to rent.


Recent Events

3 Nov 7.30pm Sherington School Parish Council Meeting
6 Nov 6.30pm Various Houses Safari Supper - see below
7 Nov 7pm Sherington School PTFA Beetle Drive and Fancy Dress Competition
14 Nov 10am - 12noon Village Hall Sherington Playgroup Christmas Fayre
14 Nov 10am - 6pm 33 Crofts EndAnnual Traidcraft Day (see below)
18 Nov - - Deadline for December SCAN
21 Nov 9.30am - 12.30pm The Knoll 'Give a Tin' Day
(postponed) TBA TBA Sherington Bygones Evening
29 Nov 7.30am The Knoll Thumbstick Walkers
1 Dec 7.30pm Sherington School Parish Council Meeting

Safari Supper

Bullet Saturday, 7 November - Various Village Houses.
Commencing at 7pm - in aid of Church Funds
Tickets (£12.50) available from Jill Burgess (Tel: 611163) or Christine Bearman (Tel: 611274).
A Safari Supper consists of having a starter at one house in the village, going on to a second house for the main course and then meeting all together at a third house for pudding and coffee. Wine is included. Offers to host a table of eight for one of the courses will be most welcome. Hosts will be offered a small contribution towards expenses.

Annual Traidcraft Day

Bullet Saturday, 14 November - 33 Crofts End
From 10am to 6pm - organised by Pearl Teasdale
Craft goods, including jewellery, cards, foodstuffs, stationery etc.
Refreshments served all day.



Tuesday Coffee Mornings

3 November Mrs P Stanton-Saringer The Rectory, School Lane
10 November Mr and Mrs D MacFarlane 8 School Lane
17 November Mrs M Cook Manor Farm
24 November Mrs P Ellis 3 Hillview
1 December Mrs P Fielding 4 Griggs Orchard



The New Thursday Group

Bullet Thursday 5 November - Sausage Supper, then Christine and Pat will instruct the group in the basics of Line Dancing.

Bullet Thursday 19 November - Make a Christmas table decoration - A demonstration by, and help from, Chris James of Emberton Flower Club. Don't forget to bring the poppy heads and straight-stemmed wheat and barley that you have been saving.

Bullet Thursday 3 December - Christmas Dinner in the Village Hall - Any member who wishes to attend the dinner and has not had a menu and a form from Katie should attend to that now.


Church News

Archaeological Investigations

Bullet Visitors to Sherington Churchyard will have seen some very large holes being dug on the North and East sides of the Church during July. There were three reasons for this. Firstly to check the area we hope to build a church room on, secondly, to give a clean archaeological bill of health to the area through which drainage from the new room will have to pass, and finally to make sure that we will be able to utilise much of the area for burial in the future. Traditionally churchyards have been buried over many times. These days we like to make sure that there are no mass graves (eg: from the plague) or ancient structures that we might disturb. I am glad to say nothing of significance was found, so we should be able to continue to bury in the churchyard well into the next century (unless the law changes). This means the Parish Council (not the church council) should not, in the foreseeable future, have to buy more ground (they have a legal obligation to provide a cemetery) and that we will be spared the disruption and added expense at funerals of having to drive from the church to the cemetery, as happens, for instance, in Newport.


From the Parish Register

Baptism Joshua Mahoney4 Oct
Wedding David Wright and Sharron Goodway17 Oct
Funeral Anne Milnes28 Sept
Funeral Gertrude Perkins (Ashes)15 Oct

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

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Latest update: 2 December 1998

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