Chicheley Events

Only the most recent blog posts are displayed.  To read all events, click on a blog date and use the navigation controls top right to move to the next or previous blog entry.  Or, use the site map.

Chicheley Crime Statistics 2018-19

Chicheley remains relatively crime free, thanks to vigilant residents and a very active Police Community Support Officer.  Nevertheless, we cannot be complacent as crimes are committed within the parish boundary.  The statistics for 2018-19 are as follows:

Arson (barn)                                                    June 2018

Theft of a roller                                               June 2018

Criminal damage at Chicheley Hall                 July 2018

Criminal damage by hare coursing      September 2018

Hunting Act (poaching)                             January 2019

Burglary from a garage                                March 2019

Road related incidents                                                3x

Road traffic collisions                                                  3x

Criminal damage (road rage).                                     1x


Not included above are two “official” cases of Fly Tipping.  There have in fact been many more, but those on private land are not recorded.

There have also been car thefts in neigbouring villages.

Motorists caught speeding through Chicheley are not included above.

Finally, there are known local drug-dealing “hotspots", which are less frequently used as they are monitored by the police.

Chicheley residents are encouraged to report obvious and suspected criminal activity including description of people, vehicle registration numbers, time and location.  If it can be done safely, take a photograph of the incident, but do not approach perpetrators who could be violent.  

Overtaking Cyclists Safely - Patience Please!

The number of leisure and competitive cyclists using the A422 through Chicheley, and on the A509and local rural roads, is increasing.  Cycling clubs organise events when many riders, often in a large group, pass through Chicheley.  This can cause frustration to motorists, but in reality only means a short delay.

In the interests of safety, the following information on safe overtaking of cyclists by motorists was issued at the last Parish Meeting.

A short delay to overtake a cyclist safely is a much better option than overtaking dangerously, which could cause injury and result in prosecution. Patience please!


Coffee Morning Saturday 25th May 2019

A coffee morning, with the usual selection of Chicheley’s famous cakes, will be held between 10:30 and 12:00 in the Village Hall.

Thames Valley Police - Community Volunteer 2019

Congratulations to Robert Ruck-Keene who has been named Community Volunteer of the Year for 2019 by Thames Valley Police in recognition of his contribution to crime prevention. .

5ce620947c27c

Closure of A422 from Chicheley Roundabout to Village - Please Note Restrictions

A list of other roadworks is given after the detailed notice of the A422 closure.


Other Roadworks in Milton Keynes. The web addresses give details.


NORTH END, Ravenstone                                                                 https://roadworks.org/?113327371

 

MONKS WAY V4 TO A5, Two Mile Ash                                           https://roadworks.org/?113336999

 

MILLERS WAY V4 TO V5, Kiln Farm                                               https://roadworks.org/?113336944

 

TONGWELL STREET H4 TO H5, Willen                                         https://roadworks.org/?113320803

 

CRANBORNE AVENUE, Westcroft                                                  https://roadworks.org/?113338170

 

WALLINGER DRIVE, Shenley Brook End                                       https://roadworks.org/?113369344

 

GROVEWAY V11 TO H8, Brinklow                                                   https://roadworks.org/?113337727

 

CHAFFRON WAY V11 TO MANDEVILLE DRIVE, Broughton     https://roadworks.org/?113337728

 

SILBURY BOULEVARD, Campbell Park                                        https://roadworks.org/?113380102

 

RIDGEWAY A5 TO V5, Greenleys                                                    https://roadworks.org/?113337866

 

WHITNEY ROUNDABOUT, Oxley Park                                           https://roadworks.org/?113317849

 

PORTHLEVEN PLACE, Fishermead                                               https://roadworks.org/?tm=113503694

 

WESTERN ROAD, Wolverton                                                            https://roadworks.org/?113327369

 

COLDEATON LANE, Emerson valley                                             https://roadworks.org/?113338169

 

ELDER GATE, CMK                                                                            https://roadworks.org/?113320333

 

STATION SQUARE, CMK                                                                  https://roadworks.org/?tmi=10019564

 

BLETCHAM WAY V4 - V6 TO V7, Denbigh North                         https://roadworks.org/?113337449

 

BLETCHAM WAY V7 TO A5, Bletchley                                           https://roadworks.org/?113337582

 

LAKES LANE, Newport Pagnell                                                       https://roadworks.org/?113343894

 

SNOWDON DRIVE, Winterhill                                                           https://roadworks.org/?tm=113513238

 

WATER EATON ROAD, Blettchley                                                   https://roadworks.org/?113343895

 

WESTERN ROAD, Bletchley                                                             https://roadworks.org/?113528584

 

DOWNHAM ROAD, Woburn Sands                                                 https://roadworks.org/?113327372

 

WOBURN SANDS ROAD, Bow Brickhill                                         https://roadworks.org/?113344092

 

SILBURY BOULEVARD, Campbell Park                                        https://roadworks.org/?113430337

 

THEYDON AVENUE, Woburn Sands                                              https://roadworks.org/?tm=113503728

 

BOND AVENUE, Bletchley                                                                https://roadworks.org/?tm=113503505

 

GRAFTON STREET A5 TO V4, Bletchley                                        https://roadworks.org/?113532910

 

WATLING STREET H8 TO H10, Granby                                         https://roadworks.org/?113533315

 

WATLING STREET H7 TO H8, Furzton Lake                         https://roadworks.org/?113533593

 

CHICHELEY ROAD, North Crawley                                                 https://roadworks.org/?113517036

 

CRANFIELD ROAD, North Crawley                                                 https://roadworks.org/?113517037

 

              

Are you lost?

Our Police Community Support Officer, Arlene Ormston, has sent helpul information on an alternative to map coordinates if you are lost, or want to report an accident or crime.

If you are in a built-up area, it is usually possible to know your location from street signs.  However, that is not an option on rural roads or footpaths and bridleways. 

If you have a vehicle or hand-held GPS, or a smart phone application, you can find your map coordinates from the device as either Latitude and Longitude or British National Grid reference.  

A relatively new alternative for identifying location is What3Words, which is available as a free download on smart ‘phones. What3words divides the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigns each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.   An increasing number of emergency services are using What3words. 

https://what3words.com/ or https://map.what3words.com

For example, the location of the war memorial in Chicheley is “sandals.campfires.continued”.

2019-05-07 - Screenshot65




Milton Keynes Local Elections

The Borough Council election was held on Thursday 2nd May.

Results for Olney Ward, in which Chicheley is located, were as follows:

David Hosking, Conservative             2017

Dee Bathune, Labour                           608

Catherine Rose, Green                         354

Tony Oyakhire, Liberal Democrat.        309

Dana Green, UKIP                                215


Councillor Hosking was re-elected.      

Car Theft in North Crawley

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information following a report of car being stolen from the driverway at Kilpin Green in North Crawley.  This occured between 22:15 pm on Wednesday 1st May and 06:15 am on Thursday 2nd May. 

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the offence taking place or who may have information to call our 24-hour enquiry Centre on 101, quoting reference 43190131273, especially if you have CCTV or dashcam footage. 

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.

Please see attached crime prevention advice on keyless theft of cars.

Attachments

Keyless theft of cars.doc - 143.4 KB


Message Sent By

Arlene Ormston (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

Easter Events

There was a Compline Service at St Lawrence Church on the evening of 15th April, and a Communion for Maundy Thursday on the evening of 18th April.

Chicheley’s traditional Good Friday Tea was held in the Village Hall on the afternoon of Good Friday, 19th April, with the usual surfeit of superb cakes and pastries.  As always it was very well attended.  The photo below was taken at the start.  By the end the cakes had gone but the room was full.


Property to Let in Chicheley


Funeral of Jacky Kettell 0n 4th April 2019

Chicheley lost one of its long-term residents and stalwart members of the community with the passing of Jacky Kettell.  

Jacky and her husband Michael moved into Chicheley in 1970 and Jacky was very active in the community.  Jacky was a staunch member of the Village Hall Committee.  In addition to helping organise events, Jacky was famous for her cooking.  Her blackberry and apple crumble, made exclusively from local ingredients, was one of the editor’s favourites.

Jacky had a great sense of humour, but was also “straight talking”; characteristics that won her many friends.  She will be sadly missed by all of them.  Jacky will be remembered with great affection.

Sincere condolences to Michael and all of Jacky’s family.






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 www.securedbydesign.com.

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: www.securedbydesign.com

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.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/


Message Sent By

David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

Property Available for Rent in Chicheley



The Old School, Chicheley, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JE

Lovingly restored three bedroom, two bathroom period property with generous living areas and a pretty cottage garden.

To let with immediate effect

Rent: Please Contact Agent.

Viewing Strictly by prior appointment.

For more information or to book a viewing please contact Alice Brodie 

Strutt & Parker, St Albans    01727 738280

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.  

haggis1

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  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.  
  • Report suspicious incidents on the Police non-emergency number 101 
  • For a crime in progress ring the emergency number 999 

For further information visit:

www.thamesvalley.police.uk

Chicheley’s Own “Call The Midwife"

2018-08-27 -henry for gogo

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)