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Changes to Footpaths Near Grange Farm

The following minor changes to public footpath routes have been approved by Milton Keynes Council.  

As a regular walker of these footpaths, the editor can confirm that the changes make negligible difference to either the distances or the quality of the routes.  In fact, they are the routes already followed by most local residents.

Crime Prevention Advice - Thefts Of Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions, and contain small amounts of three precious metals: platinum, palladium and rhodium. The value of these metals means the theft of a catalytic converter can provide a substantial return to a thief. 

If your catalytic converter is stolen, you’ll know about it because your vehicle will sound different. Transit/Sprinter vans and other high clearance vehicles are especially vulnerable, but there are steps you can take to help prevent this crime: 

Advice for motorists

Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if the vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective

Where possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, as close to your home as possible or in a parking spot overlooked by residents.

Consider using a catalytic converter protection device or marking system approved by

If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations

 Advice for businesses

Check your perimeter security. Ensuring your business has an appropriate boundary fence will act as a deterrent to opportunist catalytic converter thieves

Employ defensive parking to ensure vehicles that are most vulnerable to theft are parked where they are least accessible to thieves. Consider blocking high clearance vehicles in with low clearance ones to prevent a would be thief from getting underneath.

Use lighting to illuminate areas where an intruder may be seen or attempt to operate

Consider investing in monitored CCTV to provide protection for your vehicle fleet

Check vehicle protection measures you are considering are approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Secured by Design scheme:

If your catalytic converter is stolen, contact police immediately by calling 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the

Independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


For more advice on how to keep your home safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website.

Message Sent By

David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

Property Available for Rent in Chicheley

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To let with immediate effect

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Burns’ Night

The first village function of 2019 will be the traditional Burns’ Night supper with Haggis and alternative options.   It will be held from 7pm on Saturday 26th January in the Vilage Hall.  Please call David Robertson on 01234 391371 to secure your tickets for this popular event.  


Speeding Through Chicheley - Latest Results

The results of speed monitoring on the A422 in December show a further small improvement.  The v85 is now around 44mph, and around 50% of vehicles are travelling below the 40mph limit.  Most traffic does slow down while passing through the village.

Unfortunately. there is still a small minority of vehicles travelling at 60 to 90 mph.  These inconsiderate and dangerous drivers will immediately lose their licence when caught.    

Speeding over 40mph

Christmas Wine & Cheese

A wine and cheese party to raise funds for St Lawrence Church was held by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs R Ruck-Keene.  A great time was had by all, despite the miserable weather outside.

Advent Service at St Lawrence Church

There was a variation from our traditional Carol concert on 9th December when instead we held an Advent Service with readings and hymns.  The service was followed by mulled wine and mince pies, enjoyed by the large congregation.

Local Burglaries

Please be aware that during the last week there have been several burglaries in Olney, Newport Pagnell, Warrington and North Crawley.

With dark mornings and evenings, thieves have more opportunity to perpetrate crimes without being seen.  Our local police are patrolling but cannot be everywhere at once.  Please be vigilant and support your neighbourhood by noticing and reporting suspicious behaviour.  Police offer the following advice:

  • 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 room 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 the 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 consoles and jewellery should be hidden from view  
  • Security mark all valuables with your postcode and house number or use a forensic property marking kit. 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  
  • Register to receive important Police alerts and information at  
  • Keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour around your neighbours houses or in your street.  
  • Report suspicious incidents on the Police non-emergency number 101 
  • For a crime in progress ring the emergency number 999 

For further information visit:

Chicheley’s Own “Call The Midwife"

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Congratulations to Carol Duncombe, whose memoir as a midwife has recently been published in paper and as an eBook.

Carol worked as a midwife for 45 years until retiring in 2016. She has lived in Chicheley for most of that time. During her career, Carol delivered over 2,000 babies.

Carol will be signing copies of her book at the Coffee Morning in the Vilage Hall between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturday 24th November.  She is already busy with the second volume.

“A Midwife’s Memoir” is published by Austin Macauley Publishers:

ISBN 9781788789622 (Paperback)

ISBN 9781788789639 (Hardback)

ISBN 9781788789646 (E-Book)

Annual Hobbies & Collections Exhibition

The third hobbies and collections exhibition organised by Mike Kettell will be held in the Village Hall between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 17th November.

These events have always been popular, and have attracted specialist collectors and passing motorists in addition to local residents

Displays are expected to include model railways, a vintage motorcycle, specialist collections of model cars and lorries, astronomy and model steam engines. 

Refreshments will be served, and proceeds will go to the Village Hall and charity.

Remembrance Sunday and 100th Anniversary of the End of World War 1

The annual Remembrance Day wreath laying took place on 11th November at the Wayside Cross.  To mark the 100th Anniversary of WW1, the names of relatives of current Chicheley residents who lost their lives on active service were also read out, in addition to the names of the men of Chicheley recorded on the memorial and in the church.

We appreciate the respect shown by those drivers on the A422 who slowed down when they say the service in progress. 

During the service in the church, candles were lit by the memorial plaque.


On the afternoon of Saturday 10th November, there was an exhibition of memorabilia relating to Chicheley during WW1 and its residents who fought and died in the service of their country.

Rapid, Major Expansion of Milton Keynes "Blocked"

The following articles appeared recently in The Daily Telegraph and local publications:

In addition, this is a link to a petition demanding public approval of major MK expansion:

Please refer to the post on 28th May 2018 

“Daily Telegraph"


Major Milton Keynes Budget growth plan blocked

By Edward Malnick, 

Whitehall Editor

PLANS for a major expansion of one of Britain’s best known “new towns” were dropped from the Budget at the eleventh hour after heated objections from a Government whip and a defence minister, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster, the Tory MPs for Milton Keynes, opposed proposals for some 100,000 new homes on the outskirts of the town, over fears that an influx of residents could clog up its roads and overburden the local hospital.

Mr Lancaster told The Sunday Telegraph that while he was “in favour of planned development and sustainable growth” for Milton Keynes, the Government needed to be “very careful” about how it allocated large numbers of homes to the area.

The interventions by both MPs led to the plan being pulled from the Budget a week before it was delivered by Philip Hammond last Monday, after months of discussion with the Labour-led local council. Talks are now being resumed at a more gradual pace.

The row highlights the Government’s battle to gain local support for new developments as it attempts to meet Theresa May’s target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.


The number of people Milton Keynes’ roads were designed to accommodate, according to a Conservative councillor

Milton Keynes was designated as a new town in 1967 to help to relieve pressure on London’s housing.

Ministers had hoped to announce a deal as part of the Government’s plans to build up to one million homes in the “corridor” between Cambridge and Oxford. Under the proposals, the council would have agreed to the building of around 100,000 new homes, in exchange for millions of pounds worth of central funding. Kit Malthouse, the housing minster, has described the scheme as “exactly the sort of ambition the Government wants to see”.

But Mr Stewart and Mr Lancaster, the Government’s “champion” of the corridor, told ministers they had not been properly consulted and raised fears the new homes could be “unsustainable” without the planned infrastructure to support a larger population.

Sources said the MPs feared that if the plans for Milton Keynes were pursued ahead of those for the surrounding areas, neighbouring local authorities could go on to strike their own deals for new housing which could put further pressure on the town’s roads and health services.

Alex Walker, the leader of the Conservative group on Milton Keynes council, said: “We only have one hospital and it was designed for Milton Keynes as planned. Our roads were designed for 250,000 people and we’ve already gone above that.” Mr Lancaster added: “People forget that two thirds of the unitary authority is actually rural by geography, and so we need to be cautious about just thinking of a continuous expansion of these urban developments.”

Mr Malthouse wrote to local authorities along the corridor in July inviting bids for new settlements.

Last week Pete Marland, the Labour leader of the council, told the Milton Keynes Citizen that the plan was intended to “deliver thousands of affordable homes for our local people and deliver improvements to public transport such as a mass transit system”.

A Ministry of Housing spokesman said: “We are clear that any deal must meet the needs of all concerned. That’s why we are continuing to work with Milton Keynes council and other local partners to help them realise their housing ambition.”

Message about “Rough Sleepers”

"I work as part of a team of outreach workers who help support people who are rough sleeping off the streets. This is just a message to give your community an idea of what to do if you see someone in a tent or rough sleeping. 

One of the things you can do is report the tent/rough sleeper on a public site called "street link". This gives me and the team info on location of the individual and a tent description etc.  We as a team have 10 days to respond to this, or you can contact the MK council directly who then contact us. 

Could this information be passed on to you local community please?"  Josh Beaty

Telephone Scams

Recently, there have been several reports of unsolicited calls asking for credit card details.  Please be very vigilant and do give sensitive data over the ‘phone.  Genuine companies such as your bank and service providers will not ask for this information.  Scam calls seem to target elderly people, so please warn any you know about the danger of revealing sensitive data.


A first step to avoid nuisance or scam calls is to register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). They will add you to their list of numbers that don't want to receive sales and marketing calls. You can also call them to register on 0345 070 0707.

This will not stop every sales call, but most companies that have made a genuine mistake will end the call as soon as you say TPS.

Overseas callers, including those that mimic UK numbers will ignore TPS.  There are several systems available from British Telecom and other service providers to screen out or block nuisance or potential scam calls. You can discuss them with your service provider, or check their web site.

Most modern handsets provide the facility to block specific numbers.  The problem is that overseas nusiance callers can use multiple numbers and memory gets full, and you may need to pay your service provider extra for number identification.  

It is possible to buy devices that plug into your telephone and contain known nuisance callers that are blocked automatically.  There are many available from online stores such as Amazon. The devices can have thousands of additional blocked numbers added by simply hitting a big red button, or by dialling in a code and the number to be blocked.  The editor has reduced nuisance calls from roughly ten per day to one per week by installing one of these devices.  It is also very satisfying to hit the big red button and cut off the nuisance caller.

Please be wary, and investigate the many ways of effectively blocking nuisance and spam calls.  

Further information from Citizens’ Advice at

And from Ofcom at:

Harvest Festival, Produce Sale and Harvest Supper

The traditional annual Harvest Festival, celebrating the safe gathering of crops, will be held in St. Lawrence’s Church, Chicheley at 6pm on Sunday 14th October.

Produce donated to decorate the church will be auctioned in Chicheley Village Hall from 7:30pm on Monday 15th October.

Chicheley’s Harvest Supper, guaranteed to satisfy even the biggest of appetites, will be held in the Vilage Hall at 7:00 for 7:30pm on Saturday 20th October.  Please call David on 01234 391371 to book your place for this very enjoyable and popular event.

Parish Meeting - 11th October

The twice-yearly Parish Meeting will be held on the evening of 11th October in the Village Hall.  All Chicheley electrs are welcome to attend and can add items to the agenda.

Discussions are likley to include speeding through the village, fly tipping, and the potential expansion of Milton Keynes east of the M1, encroaching on Chicheley.

Minutes and accounts for previous meetings are available on this web site.

Speeding Through Chicheley

The ongoing battle to get motorists to adhere to the 40mph speed limit through Chicheley continues.  

Fixed speed monitors are installed periodically, and the data from a recent survey are presented below.  The Police also regularly measure speeds through the village and charge those exceeding the limit.  There is also a community speed watch that submits registration numbers of speeding vehicles to the Police, who then issue a caution to the owner.

The police will also be paying attention to vehicles traveling too fast for the conditions and road width in Bedlam Lane.  The main offenders appear to be delivery van drivers.  

Chicheley Quiz

The annual Chicheley Quiz will be held in the Village Hall on the evening of 29th September.

This is always a fun evening with excellent food.

To register your team and book your places for this popular event please call Judy on 01234 825075.


The quiz was a great success and the Village Hall was filled to capacity.  

It was a fun quiz, and the food was superb!!!!

Over £700 was raised.

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Signs of Autumn

For those who enjoy walking round the fields, and cooking (or brewing)  the hedgerows are currently full of autumn fruits.

Long, hot summer

2018 may well have been the hottest summer on record in Chicheley. After the initial enjoyment of being able to spend more time outside and enjoy barbecues etc, the heat started to get a bit too oppressive for some people.  Keen gardeners were dismayed by their lawns turning brown,  and struggled to keep their flowers and vegetables alive.  

Although some crops ripened very quickly, it is understood there was  a negative impact on grain yield and quality overall.  Once the fields had been combined, the dry ground looked quite desolate.

However, it was a very pleasant change to have a hot and dry summer in place of the usual rain, especially during school holidays.