** 10 July update: The information below about the roadworks and bus diversion is the official information from Milton Keynes Council, and was therefore published in good faith. It turns out that they are actually resurfacing the stretch from the Manor to the Knoll. Therefore the road closures and bus diversions are quite different. Who knows what they will do on Monday and Tuesday?! **
- The High Street will be closed for resurfacing work for 4 days from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The work will start on Thursday 10 July (i.e. Thursday/Friday/Monday/Tuesday). The section being re-surfaced is between Maryot Close and Village Close. The information may be on www.roadworks.org, although that may not be working properly.
- The No 21 bus is being diverted along Church Road, School Lane, Crofts End, Bedford Road and the A509. The No 40 is not affected.
- Church Road is also scheduled for re-surfacing - two days in September.
Sherington Pavilion Management Group (SPMG)|
- The next meeting of the Sherington Pavilion Management Group (SPMG) will be held on Wednesday 9 July 2014 at 8pm in the Pavilion. SPMG is a Parish Council committee responsible for the day-to-day running of the Perry Lane facilities. Meetings are open to the public.
- The committee has 7 members, 3 of whom are Parish councillors. The chairman is Jeff Charles. There is currently a vacancy for Secretary, due to the resignation of Trish Charles. Anyone interested should contact Jeff, the Parish Clerk, or attend the meeting.
- Wendy Austyn, who has been Parish Clerk for almost 10 years, has submitted her resignation due to the pressure of other commitments. The Parish Council is therefore seeking applications from those who wish to be considered to fill this vacancy. The deadline for applications is 25 July 2014, with a view to interviewing suitable candidates in August. Job advert - Further details
Milton Keynes Council Elections
- Keith McLean, who has represented Sherington Ward on Milton Keynes Council for the past 3 years, has been re-elected to serve for another term in the elections that took place on Thursday 22 May 2014. Sherington is now part of the new Olney Ward and will in future be represented by 3 councillors instead of just one. The two additional Councillors are also Conservatives: Peter Geary and David Hosking. Further details
*** 3 May - 321 has been suspended by Meridian Bus (except Sunday Olney to CMK) due to alleged illegal operation of the MKC-subsidised 21 route by Redline. See here for latest news. ***
- There are major changes to the bus services starting on 28 April 2014.
- The Sunday-only 101 service will be replaced by the 321 and expanded into a full 7 day a week service between Olney, Milton Keynes and Buckingham. The Number 1 service will terminate at Newport Pagnell and will not serve Sherington. Instead, the new Number 21 will run between Lavendon and Milton Keynes.
- The Number 40 Bedford bus and the evening Taxibus are unchanged. Details
MKPA Play Sessions - Term Time
- MKPA Play Sessions start again on 24th April 2014 during term time until the Autumn - 3.30pm on Thursdays - Village Hall Play Area - Details. They are funded by the Parish Council and Olney Masonic Club.
Volvo Car and House Keys Found at Manor Courtyard|
- Angela Donaldson reports:
"My son found some Volvo car keys with a house key attached on the road outside Manor Courtyard. They may belong to someone at the farm or that works local. I've had a little walk about but not found a Volvo car here at Manor Courtyard. Please could you put a note on the Sherington page? I am available on 07934362496. Kind regards, Angela"
*** Village Meeting - 11.30am Saturday 12 April 2014 ***
Shop News - Change in Management|
*** Village Hall - Everyone welcome ***
- Udi and Dina have announced their intention to step down from running the Sherington Village Shop in August, in order to focus on their Castlethorpe shop. It is therefore necessary to identify new management to take over, otherwise the shop will have to close. Read the full anouncement
Parish Council Precept 2014/5|
- Good news for Sherington residents! The Parish Council has set its precept for 2014/5 and, once again, there is NO increase, despite inflation. However, there are also NO cuts in services. This is possible because of increased income from the Perry Lane recreation facilities.
- The income from Perry Lane is now around 30% of the amount raised directly from Council Taxpayers and is therefore an important contributor to Council funds. In particular, the income from the hire of the function room is currently greater than the extra day-to-day operating costs resulting from the Pavilion extension. The function room at the Pavilion is available for hire by any Sherington residents at very attractive rates, separately from the sports facilities. Further details
- The Parish Council is committed to providing the best possible services to all sections of the village community. Are there any new facilities or services anywhere in the village that you would like to see but are not currently provided, or aspects that could be improved or extended? The Parish Council is very interested in any ideas or suggestions. Please contact any of the Parish Councillors or Parish Clerk.
- Lynn McBrearty of 'A Fitter Life' continues to run two weekly exercise classes in Sherington: in the Village Hall on Monday evenings and in the Perry Lane Pavilion on Wednesday evenings, both from 7pm to 8pm. More Details
- Have you put on a few extra pounds at Christmas? Is your New Year resolution to get fitter in 2014? No need for expensive gym fees! The Parish Council can help..... Details
Christmas Refuse Collections / Salt Bins|
- The revised dates for refuse collections over Christmas are as follows: (Further details)
- Tuesday 24 December
- Thursday 2 January
- Wednesday 8 January
- Tuesday 14 January
- Milton Keynes Council has issued advice on preparing for winter, including reporting salt bins that need re-filling - Details. There are 6 salt bins in Sherington: The Knoll, Village Hall, School, Carters Close/Crofts End, Perry Lane and Hillview.
- The poor state of the roads in Sherington continues to be a matter of concern to many residents. There are currently 58 defects registered by Milton Keynes Council in Sherington. Get further details and what MKC are doing about it.
- The Village Hall has been at the heart of village social life for many years and is well used both by village groups and others. The Hall is available for hire for your regular or special event. For details of availability and charges see the Village Hall web page. New discounted Saturday hire charges have been introduced for village groups. The Village Hall is a charity and is dependent on the hire charges for its income.
Roundabout Theatre Company|
- The Roundabout Theatre Company are presenting 'Shakers Re-Stirred' at the Village Hall on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November 2013. Further details and tickets
New Evening 'Taxibus' Service|
- Hilary Brock Private Hire of Olney are now providing an evening 'Taxibus' service to fill the gap created by the withdrawal of the No 1 Bus Service. It runs between Newport Pagnell, Sherington, Emberton, Olney and Lavendon. There are 4 journeys in each direction between 7pm and 11pm. Journeys must be booked at least one hour in advance. The cost for journeys to/from Sherington is £2.00.
Further details and timetable
New Dog/Litter Bin in Gun Lane|
- The Parish Council has provided another dog/litter bin: in Gun Lane by the speed limit sign. As well as benefiting dog owners using this popular dog-walking route who now have somewhere to deposit their dog waste, it can also be used for general litter.
Charity Bike Ride for Cancer Researck|
- Tasha Noble writes:
"My dad's done it again - signed me up for a half marathon bike round around Milton Keynes and all I'll get is a poxy snack size Mars bar and sore legs! :>) Please make it worthwhile and sponsor me for a good cause...
Thank you, Tasha, xx"
- James Cook was co-opted onto the Parish Council at the Meeting on 3 September 2013 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of David Keene.
- Are there any bee keepers in the village? If so, would you be willing to assist or advise Val Donovan of Griggs Orchard? There is a nest in an outbuilding to be removed, preferably without harming them. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- There was a herd of sheep loose in the High Street at 8.45pm on Tuesday 6th August. The passing cyclists who spotted them alerted Paul Hawkes of Maryot Close who managed to herd them to safety in the field opposite Village Close. More sheep were spotted on the Knoll the following morning. It is understood that the sheep, with red ear tags, belonged to Bernard Soul.
- The Trailer Auction in the White Hart car park on 27 July 2013 raised £1200 for Willen Hospice.
Wild Orchids in Sherington|
- Peter Soul has supplied some interesting photos of the wild orchids currently flowering in Sherington. View photos
A Little Bird Told Me . . .|
*** Official Book Launch - Tuesday 9 July 2013, 8pm-9pm, Sherington Village Hall ***
- Philip Smith's book about Sherington "A Lttle Bird Told Me ..." is now available for £12 from the Sherington Historical Society.
- 7 July update: Katy Quinn's shed has now been claimed.
- Lynn McBrearty of 'A Fitter Life' has introduced a new programme for the Wednesday evening keep fit sessions in the Sports Pavilion, Perry Lane, starting in June: a Running Club, Bootcamp (on the Sports Field) and a Core conditioning Class. She also runs the Exercise Classes in the Village Hall on Monday evenings. More Details
- Sally Cook was co-opted onto the Parish Council at the Meeting on 4 June 2013 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Adrian Green.
- As residents did not make a formal request for an election, the vacancy created by the resignation of David Keene will also be filled by co-option.
New Sunday Bus Service 101|
- Meridian Bus of Northampton has stepped into the gap created by the removal of the MK Council-subsidised Arriva Sunday bus service by introducing the new 101 service from Lavendon to Milton Keynes via Sherington. There are 4 buses each way. The new service is not subsidised. 101 Timetable
Withdrawal of Some Bus 1 Services|
- On 2 June 2013, there will be a cut-back in the services on Bus No. 1, as Milton Keynes Council has withdrawn their subsidy. There will be no evening or Sunday buses.
- The last bus to Newport Pagnell will be at 18.32 (Mon-Sat). The 07.32 (Mon-Fri) service is also withdrawn.
- The last bus to Olney will be at 19.43 (Mon-Sat). The 07.36 and 18.07 (Mon-Fri) services are also withdrawn.
New Parish Council Chairman|
- Cllr Alec Denman is the new Chairman of the Parish Council.
Potholes and Road Repairs|
- Apart from the short section of the High Street that was resurfaced on 16 April and the potholes in Church Road that have already been patched in April, a Milton Keynes Highways Inspector visited Sherington on 19 April to carry out the annual inspection. He recorded a further 58 defects which are now logged in the MKC database - see detailed list. They have been allocated various priority levels, so it may be some time before everything is dealt with. If you see a problem anywhere in the Parish, whether already listed or not, please continue to report it to MKC - report problems.
- There was an accident on Chicheley Hill at the Bedford Road junction on Wednesday 1st May 2013, resulting in the demolition of the street light which used to stand on the traffic island.
Milk from Lodge Farm, North Crawley|
- Although their milk delivery service is stopping on Tuesday 30 April 2013, Angela Adderson
reports that raw unpasteurised (green top) milk will still be available directly from Lodge Farm, North Crawley, during normal farm shop 11am -7pm daily. Cream, butter, ice cream, bread and cakes will also be available from here as before.
Parish Councillor Vacancies
- David Keene has announced that he will step down from the Parish Council at the May meeting after 14 years service, including two stints as Chairman. This will create a second vacancy. The deadline for applications for the existing vacancy has been set as 15 May 2013, with co-option of the successful applicant at the June meeting. Vacancy Details
- Lynn McBrearty of 'A Fitter Life' who runs the Exercise Classes in the Village Hall on Monday evenings is organising two more classes on Wednesday evenings in the Sports Pavilion, Perry Lane, starting in April: 'Getting Ready to Run' and 'FitterCondition'. More Details
MKPA Play Sessions - Summer Term
- MKPA Play Sessions start again on 18th April 2013 for 16 weeks - 3.30pm on Thursdays - Village Hall Play Area - Details. They are funded by the Parish Council.
Refuse Collections - Easter and May Bank Holidays
- There are changes to the arrangements for the collection of refuse as a result of Easter and the two Bank Holidays in May: Further details
*** 25 March update: MKC now says date is Tues 16 April (due to bad weather)***
Roadworks in the High Street|
*** 19 March update: Dates given by MKC are now 26 (Tue)/27(Wed) March ***
- Milton Keynes Council will be resurfacing the section of the High Street between Church Road and Hazelmead Farm on 13/14 March 2013 (Wed/Thur). The road will be closed between 9.30am and 5.00pm. (Note: the MKC website has the date as 15 March, so be prepared for diversions on that date too).
FTTC Fibre Broadband in Sherington|
- If you are considering upgrading your internet connection to take advantage of the faster speeds offered by fibre, our FTTC broadband speed map will give you an idea of what you can expect.
Milton Keynes Council Boundary Changes - Sherington Ward to be Scrapped
*** The Parish Council has requested that the proposal be re-considered, so that the current single-member ward is retained***
- The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has been reviewing the division of Milton Keynes into Wards, as a result of the increasing population in some parts of the Borough, and has now published its draft recommendations. It is proposed to increase the number of councillors from 51 to 57. However, the current rural Sherington Ward represented by a single councillor will disappear. Instead, Sherington and the other villages will join an enlarged Olney Ward to be served by 3 councillors. Further details
- A public consultation is now being held - anyone is welcome to comment. The deadline is 18 March 2013.
White Hart - Application for Extension of Hours|
- The White Hart has made an application to Milton Keynes Council to extend its licensing hours. Any representations must be submitted to Milton Keynes Council by 13 February 2013. Current Licence Application MKC Letter
Parish Council Precept 2013/4
- Good news for council tax payers - the Parish Council is making its contribution to financial restraint by proposing a precept of £21,993 for 2013/4, a slight decrease on this year's figure of £22,055.
Parish Councillor Resignation
- Adrian Green, who was co-opted in December 2011, has resigned from the Parish Council. The vacancy is now being advertised formally. Further details
Stagecoach Discriminates Against Sherington|
***February Update *** - Stagecoach apologises - Details
- The MK MOOVE one-day bus ticket is supposed to allow unlimited travel on all operator's services within Milton Keynes Borough. However, despite selling this ticket itself, Stagecoach is reportedly refusing to honour it beyond the Newport Pagnell boundary on its 40 service to Bedford. The Parish Council is taking this matter up with the relevant parties.
HGV Traffic at Sherington Bridge
- Residents have expressed concern at recent Parish Council meetings at the apparent increase in HGV vehicles using this route to avoid the Newport Pagnell HGV restrictions. Milton Keynes Council has now released details of its Traffic Surveys
Refuse Collections - Christmas and New Year|
- The dates of Refuse Collections over the holiday period are as follows:
2011 Census - Sherington Ward|
- Some results from the 2011 Census for Sherington Ward were released on 23 November. The population has increased slightly to 4,102 since 2001. Results for the Parish are scheduled for release on 30 January 2013. Further details
New Village Hall Booking Clerk|
- Tony Pilcher (2 The Knoll) has now taken over from Jay King as Booking Clerk for the Village Hall. Email: Sherington_vh@btinternet.com (note the underscore before vh, not a space). Please use email for bookings, the phone is for general enquiries only.
Lantern Procession and Fireworks - Friday 9 November 2012|
Sherington Tornado - Wednesday 17 October 2012|
- Freak strong winds hit Sherington on the night of Wednesday 17 October 2012, at about 2.20 a.m. on the Thursday morning, causing damage to trees, fences and roofs, particularly in the Carters Close and Village Hall area. Further details, map, photos
2011 Census - First Local Results|
- The first results for Sherington Ward have been released from the 2011 Census: 16% of census returns were returned online. Sherington came bottom in Milton Keynes, where the average was 22.4%. Emerson Valley was top with 29.7%.
Adult Fitness Equipment - Have Your Say!
- The Parish Council has been awarded a grant to buy some adult fitness equipment. What would you like? Where should it go? Further details
- At its meeting on 4th September 2012, Sherington Parish Council co-opted Ian Collinge to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ian Thomson in April.
- *** Extended for 11 weeks from 13 September!!! *** The MKPA Rural Play Project will be in Sherington with activities for 4 to 19 year olds - Further details
- The local MP, Mark Lancaster, will be holding a mobile surgery in Sherington on 7th August 2012 - Further details
SHS Scarecrow Competition Results 2012|
- The results of Sherington Historical Society's Scarecrow competition are:
- 1st - The White Hart - Lunch at the White Hart, Gun Lane
- Joint 2nd - O'Loughlin Family - Jed-lympics, Sherington Place, Church Road
- Joint 2nd - Charles Family - Greg the Real Olympian, 29 Perry Lane
- Judges Special Prize - Taylor Family - Everything Rosie, 10 Crofts End
- Judges Special Prize - Leslie Family - Harry and Wills, 20 Crofts End
- Many thanks to all entries for their excellent efforts, from Peter and Sue Blake (Judges). Full set of photos
- There were 15 entries. Thank you to everyone who took part, from SHS Committee
- www.sherington.org.uk received an average of 3815 hits per month in the first 5 months of this year. In the 9 years since we started counting (in May 2003), there have been a total of 292,709 page loads.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacon
- One of the Beacons to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was lit on The Mound on Chicheley Hill on 4th June 2012 -
Video - Photos
- Paula Noble will again be taking part in the 'MK Midnight Moo' on July 14th 2012, raising funds for Willen Hospice. It's a 10-mile ladies only sponsored 'midnight' walk. Donations: www.justgiving.com/Paula-Noble2012
- Doris Stephens raised over £300 for St Laud's at her Plant Sale on 19th May.
- The Beer and Sausage Festival at the White Hart on 5/6/7th May raised £1044 for Willen Hospice.
Parish Council News - Councillor Vacancy
- April 2012: As Mr Ian Thomson has resigned from the Parish Council, there is now a vacancy for a Councillor, which the Council intends to fill by co-option. The deadline for applications from anyone interested is 10 July 2012 - Further details
Sherington Book Available Again|
- A.C.Chibnall's detailed account of Sherington's history called 'Sherington: Fiefs and Fields of a Buckinghamshire Village' was first published in 1965. It was re-published as a paperback on 16 February 2012 and is now available for £14.99 from Cambridge University Press or Amazon. ISBN-13: 9780521158268. Also available from Sherington Historical Society.
- The new Sherington Village Shop opens at 11am on Saturday 18 February 2012. Further Details
Newspapers - Transfer of Business|
- Pam and Alan Sims have announced their retirement will be on Saturday 14 January 2012 after 16 years running Virginia House Stores. The newspaper business is being taken over from Sunday 15 January 2012 by Udi and Dina Modhwadia, who have run Castlethorpe Stores for several years. The business will run from the current premises for the first two weeks before moving to the new portakabin unit by the Village Hall from 29 January 2012, which should be fully operational by then. Read the full announcement