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Sponsored Walk for the Armed Forces


The Royal British Legion has asked that this notice is posted on the Chicheley web site. 

The walk is to commerorate the end of the First World War, and to recognise those who served, sacrificed and changed the world.

Residents of Chicheley past and present have served i. the UK’s Armed Forces.  Our village hours them every year through poppy sales and at the Remembrance Day.


Poppy walk for honour

Good News About Broadband!!!!!!!!!!

There is finally good news for broadband users in Chicheley who have suffered unuseably slow speeds for years.


SUPERFAST FIBRE BROADBAND is now available.


Forecast download speed is 50 to 55Mbps (compared to current 2.5 to 5.3Mbps)

Forecast upload speed is 9 to 10 Mbps, compared to current 0.3Mbps

At the time of writing this the editor is not aware of anyone who already has the brand new service running.  Further updates will follow.

French Evening

Many people enjoyed the French Evening on Quatorze Juillet at the home of Pierre and Christine.

We had great food, great wine, and great companionship, and this year the weather was superb!  Thatnk you especially to Pierre and Christine, and to all who helped make this a wonderful occasion.

Police Advice for Summer Home Security

It has been well publicised that there has been an increase in crime nationally.  To reduce chances of becoming a victim, Thames Valle Police offer the following advice to secure your home when going away on holiday, or if you are staying at home but opening doors and windows during hot weather:

If Staying At Home:

Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door, remember to lift the handle and lock it with the key.

Keep all valuables and keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too.

Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Move bins away from side walls and fences.

Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.

If you’re going away:

Don’t advertise that you are going on holiday on social media – wait until you are home to upload your snaps.

 Check your home insurance policy, as some may pay out less, or not at all, if you’ve put that you’re away on social media.

Going on holiday? Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied,  even when it isn’t.

Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house while you are away.

Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots.

 

For further information on crime prevention advice this summer visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk

Crime Alert - Thefts from Vehicles in Villages

Please be aware that there have been several incidents of vehicle crime near Chicheley in the last few days:

     A GPS was stolen from a car in Sherington

     A car was stolen from Hardmead

     Tools were stolen from two vans at different locations in Newport Pagnell.

If have any information on the above, or if you see any suspicious behaviour in Chicheley, please report it to the police.  

There are gangs that move into an area, commit crimes, and move on again.  They may drive up and down the lanes looking at cars and houses, or park while looking for criminal opportunities.  Please be watchful, and take care to protect your vehicle, preferably not leaving any valuables inside it. 


Plan:MK and MK Expansion East of the M1

Anyone concerned about Chicheley remaining a rural village should take note of new developments that could potentially cancel recommendations of Plan:MK.

Plan:MK outlines expansion of Milton Keynes to 2031.  It was the result of open, democratic, public discussion and scrutiny.  Agreed MK expansion plans are shown in the map below, taken from the Plan:MK document.  

Proposed expansion east of the M1 is shown clearly to be post-2031, unless new housing targets are not reached three years in a row.

A new development is that the government has created a £4.2 billion “Housing Infrastructure Fund” to encourage housebuilding.  Milton Keynes Council has applied for £75 million from this fund, and is one of 44 boroughs through to the second round of evaluation for awards.

If Milton Keynes is successful, it may use the funding to build a new bridge across the M1, which would enable building east of the M1 to be brought forward to the near future, and not after 2031.  Local Councillors for Olney Ward and strongly against immediate expansion east of the M1.



Community Speedwatch

Community speedwatch is the latest addition to the fight against dangerous speeding through Chicheley.

Police vans catch speeding motorists on a regular basis. The “Speed Indicator Displays” that are used monthly have a positive effect by flashing a warning to motorists who may not have realised how fast they were driving.  Community Speedwatch devices are operated by volunteers who report to the police the registration number, make and colour of vehicles travelling at above a specified speed.  

Between 09:30 and 11:00 on Tuesday 22nd May, the community speedwatch data were as shown in the graph below.   Registration numbers of all vehicles exceeding 46mph were reported to the police.  


St George’s Supper

St George on horse - clip art

Chicheley’s St. George’s Day Supper will take place in the Village Hall on 21st April.  Further details will become available later.  What can be guaranteed is that there will be plenty of good food and company.

Easter Weekend 2018

Good Friday Teas will be held in. the Village Hall between 3pm and 5pm on Friday 30th March.  There will be the usual wide selection of Chicheley’s literally world famous cakes.  There are fans of Chicheley cakes in New Zealand, Canada, South Afica, Australia, Finland and many other countries!

Even if you do not usually attend these events, why not try it this year.  You will meet a lot of very friendly people, in addition to enjoying the delicious cakes.

Spring? Then return of "Beast from the East"

After the bitterly cold wather at the beginning of March, there has been a brief period of warmer weather.  Garden and wild flowers have sprung into life.  The attached photos were taken on 11th March.  The landscape is looking from the public footpath by Old House Farm looking over Bedlam Walk towards Milton Keynes with the Exscape snow dome visible on the horizon.

However, as this is being typed, snow is again falling as “The Beast from the East” returns.


Chicheley Clubs and Activities

Meeting for result


Does anyone have suggestions for clubs, social groups or activities that could be started in Chicheley???

Neighbouring villages have groups that meet regularly for a wide range of activities such as hiking, book clubs, pilates and yoga, short mat bowls, folk music, bridge and chess, and many others.

Can anyone, or preferably a group of people, suggest activities that would create entertainmnet in Chicheley, and build community spirit?

Please respond via this web site’s “Contact Us” page, or at the next Parish Meeting in April.

Broadband Problems

network cables
Computer Problem

Broadband speed in Chicheley is far below modern requirements.  Maximum download speed is around 2.5Mbps, and upload speed much lower.  However, there are frequent slow downs, and interruptions to the “service”.  Quite often the download speed is well below 1Mbps, and even below 0.5Mbps.  

The minimum broadband speed required for BT TV and other streaming services is 4Mbps, so there is no chance of receiving those in Chicheley.  That will not change until the current obsolete telephone infrastructure is replaced by a fibre network.

The editor is aware of many people complaining about poor broadband in Chicheley.  A major issue is that BT/Openreach will only address individual customer’s problems, and not look at the big picture.  In other words, inherent problems with the old infrastructure are discounted.

If you are having broadband problems in Chicheley, please make sure you report them to your service provider.  If enough people complain there will be added strength for getting the current problems addressed, and also to get fibre installed more quickly.  Fibre is due later this year, but no firm date has been given, and these things usually happen later than promised.

PLEASE REPORT YOUR BROADBAND PROBLEMS SO WE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM A BETTER SERVICE


Lent Lunch

Chicheley’s Lent Lunch was held in the Village Hall on 14th March.  It was a full house with Chicheley residents and our friends from neighbouring villages.  It was nice to have a former resident of North Crawley, and supporter of Chicheley events, joining us in transit from her new home in Poole.

We enjoyed the traditional combination of home made soups, “artisan” bread, and cheese, followed by biscuits and tea or coffee.

Many thanks to those who worked to get the Hall ready, buy and prepare the food, and then serve it to participants.  The amount of work required to organise an event like this is often underestimated.

The Beast From The East

In late February and early March an extreme weather front blew in from Siberia, bring heavy snow and chaos to many parts of the country.  It was affectionately called “The Beast from the East”.   

Chicheley was less badly affected than many areas, but still had a deep layer of snow.  Traffic slowed to a crawl along the A422 through the village, and Bedlam Lane was almost impassible until kindly “snowploughed” by the farm's tractor.

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Funeral of Rose Boulton

Residents of Chicheley were shocked and saddened by the unexpected and sudden death of Rose Boulton.  Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with her family.

Rose was the oldest daughter of Frances and the late Dennis Boulton, a Chicheley farming family.  Rose was a true countrywoman, renowned for her skills at hedge laying and shepherding.

Rose was a regular attendee at Chicheley events and will be missed by all.


Burns Night - 20th January 2018

Chicheley’s annual tribute to the Scottish Bard will be held in the village hall on 20th January 2018.   Food will include Haggis, with a choice of alternatives for the faint of heart!  There will, of course, be the usual excess of Chicheley Desserts.

It is always a fun evening and is open to all.  If you have never been before, why not give it a try?

Tickets from David Robertson telephone 01234 391371.   


Carol Concert

Chicheley’s traditional carol concert will be held in St. Lawrence Church at 3pm on Sunday 10th December.  

To keep everyone warm, there will be mulled wine and snacks after the service.

Everyone is welcome.  Even if you are not a regular churchgoer, please feel free to come along, join your neighbours, and enjoy traditional Christmas Carols in the beautiful setting of our lovely country church.

Unfortunately, the Carol Concert had to be cancelled due to heavy snow.

Crime Watch - Spate of Burglaries in MK

Police have warned that a spate of 15 burglaries took place in Great Holm, Middleton, Monkston, Broughton, and Oakgrove during the afternoon and evening of 28th November. The burglaries appear to be targeted, linked, and probably conducted by the same gang of criminals.  A full itinerary of stolen goods is being compiled but items known to have been taken are jewellery, cash, and electronic goods.

Darker evenings make it easier for criminals to gain access to houses wthout being seen.  Most of the burglaries were committed by access through rear doors.  Police warn the public to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour.  The police also offer the following advice to reduce the probability of being a victim of crime:

  • Make your house look occupied when you are out; use a light timer switch. Don't just leave a hall or landing light on
  • Shut and key lock doors and windows when a property is unoccupied, when you go out and when you go to bed.
  • Ensure that doors which use lifting handles to engage the locks are always locked with a key.
  • Make efforts to restrict access into your rear garden by padlocking gates, repairing fences etc.
  • Don't leave any keys in sight of doors and windows or near your letter box or cat flap where they could be hooked out.
  • Valuable items including laptops / tablets, mobile phones, games console and jewellery should be hidden from view.
  • Security mark all valuables with your postcode and house number. Keep a record of makes, models and serial numbers
  • Register all your electronic items and other technology with Immobilise the UK national property register free of charge at www.immobilise.com
  • Register to receive important Police alerts and information at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk
  • keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour around your neighbours' houses or in your street, make a note of the people and cars, and notify the police.

Coffee Morning

Chicheley Village Hall was filled to capacity for the coffee morning featuring the village’s legendary cakes.  Many friends attended from nearby villages, as well as Chicheley residents. 

In addition to absorbing enough calories to ward off the colder winter weather, the morning gave a great opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours at the start of the run up to Christmas.

Exhibition of Hobbies and Collections

The Kettel family kindly organised a second exhibition of hobbies and collections, supported by excellent cakes and tea.

The event was well attended and rose over £150.  Several passers-by stopped their journey on the A422 to take a look.

Fascinating displays included every conceivable model of the Mini, photographs of planets and distant galaxies taken from an observatory in Chicheley, historical farm implements, and a model railway complete with a Great Western Region “Hall Class” locomotive, appropriately named “Chicheley Hall”.  There was such an engine in service but sadly it was scrapped with the introduction of diesels.