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Patch Allotment Open Day

Sizzling sausages, bacon and burgers were much in demand at the Patch on Saturday 16th July.   A steady stream of guests joined plot-holders from 10am until 4pm to catch up on recent developments as well as sharing news around their local areas.  Chickens, bees and a scarecrow were inspected.

One hundred and five visitors were counted in, including eight children; a few more are known to have sneaked in with approaching lunchtime!  A gardening border set of a fork & spade was won in the Free Draw by Janet Wales, a Tinkers Bridge resident.  Registrations showed that just over half the visitors were residents scattered around MK6 and the rest spread more widely – one was welcomed from London!

There was complimentary alfresco food and refreshments in the marquee, all supplied through the generosity of members and friends and well matched with some financial support from the Association and Old Woughton Parish Council.  The raffle, with its usual abundance of donated prizes, raised £75 towards running the event.

The weather was on its best behaviour: no rain, a pleasant, cooling breeze in intense sunshine after a rather cloudy early start. Allotment plot holder, Helen Plimmer was judged to rent the “Best Kept Allotment – 2016” by visiting judges Brian and Barry from Conniburrow Allotments – the trophy will be presented at the Association’s AGM next March.

Falconhurst School summer visit to the Patch

P1010867 emailThere was a second visit of year 5 students from Falconhurst School in Eaglestone, to the Patch Allotments on the 14th July. This was a follow up to the last excussion to the Patch in February when the allotments were still largely dormant. On this occasion the children were able to see the allotments in full bloom with the results of the allotment tenants hard work in evidence. The children were challenged to identify the different crops growing on the plots. Some of the answers were surprising!

P1010873 emailOf course high in the list of things to do at the allotments for the children, was an opportunity to feed the chickens. This allowed them a close up view of the ever inquisitive birds and a chance to pet them  Taking advantage of the sunny summer weather on the day, the children brought picnic lunches to have at the seating area by the Allotment shop.

The visit was again hosted by the Chair and the Secretary of the Patch Allotments Association (PAA), Les Burgess and John Such. The visit will be used to provide material for classroom projects for the students.

Annual Strawberry Fayre at St. Mary’s Church – 2 July 2016

20160702_134917 crIn spite of an uncertain weather forecast, the decision was taken to set up the majority of stalls and attractions outside. Apart from one short sharp shower the weather was kind to us.

Our usual area of display was deemed to be too wet underfoot and the visit by 20 steers from the adjoining field a couple of weeks before didn’t help the state of that part of the churchyard.

A new approach was to have the stalls sited along the main pathway and that seemed to work well.

20160702_134928 crIt was good to welcome both regular and new visitors to the event and to the church. All had the opportunity to enjoy BBQ food, purchase plants, cakes and honey, and enjoy the anticipation of the tombola and raffle. The china smashing stall was a challenge for both young and mature visitors.

The toy and craft stalls proved popular for the purchase of gifts for all age groups.

Of course the main focus of the day was the serving of strawberry teas enjoyed by many in the surroundings of our beautiful church and to musical accompaniment.

All proceeds go towards the day to day running of the church and upkeep of the church fabric.

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the day.

Annual Parish Meeting

Falconhurst School visit to the Patch Allotments

Falconhurst 1Two groups of year 5 students from the Falconhurst School in Eaglestone enjoyed a field trip to the Patch Allotments on Thursday the 25th February. The visit was hosted by the Chair and the Secretary of the Patch Allotments Association (PAA), Les Burgess and John Such. The visit started with a “class room” session in the PAA hut where Les explained some of the history of allotments in his usual jocular fashion. He then got the children to design a layout for an allotment and identify what they would like to grow in it.

The children then got a chance to walk around the allotments and, of course, Falconhurst 3to head for the chicken run. Here they had an opportunity to meet the chickens first hand and to feed them. At the same time Les was able to field the avalanche of questions about them from the children.

The visit was concluded by a visit to the bee enclosure for more questions and answers about the bee’s life cycle and what is required to maintain a healthy bee population. Fortunately the weather was fine, but still much too cold for any bees to want to venture out.

A follow up visit in June is under discussion so that the children will be able to see the allotments in full bloom and in warmer weather.

Community Car Service

CCS ImageSince opening its doors on 28th September 2015 the Pilot CA:MK Community Car Service and its 12 volunteer drivers have provided over 200 journeys to residents across Milton Keynes covering over 1600 miles! We have registered 34 passengers and have undertaken the most journeys to a Day Care centre 39.6%, with 18.4% visiting the GP and 13.7% visiting the hospital.

See the February 2016 update below.


The Footpath that belongs to No One

The footpath down the side of St Mary’s Churchyard by Turpyn Court has regularly come up as somewhere that misses out on maintenance and the litter-picking schedule. Reports from Ward Councillor Peter McDonald and us frequently receive a mixed response from Milton Keynes Council (MKC) often with no action taking place.

We have been told that the footpath ‘does not appear on any of our maps’ (MKC) and we have established that the Parks Trust has no holdings in this corner of Woughton. Lately St. Mary’s Church Parochial Church Council (the PCC) also confirmed that their plans show the property boundary halts at the graveyard wall.

Presenting all this to The Head of Environment and Waste at MKC the Clerk was told that MKC would have to assume responsibility. They are now taking steps to see how to incorporate it into the litter-picking schedule as a start.

When we hear more we will keep you posted.

Playing Fields – Rights of Way

Canal & River Trust – Bridge 87 Repairs

There are planned repairs to Bridge 87 on the Grand Union Canal (marked on the map below).

This work is now scheduled to start on the 1st February 2016. The works will be completed 20th April 2016.

The path over the bridge will be closed during the works, but a diversion route has been agreed with MK Council.

The works will mainly consist of coring and piling through the concrete bridge abutments, and so there may be some noise during site working hours (normally 8am until 6pm, although it will be necessary to stop working when it gets dark). There will also be some brickwork and surfacing works carried out.

Update 15th April

The Canal & River Trust project has encountered unforeseen ground conditions during the coring and piling operations through the bridge abutments. This has caused a significant amount of delay whilst they redesign the piling and coring works, and mobilise suitable plant and equipment.

Therefore, the construction programme has increased by approximately 6 weeks, which means that they will be finishing on site on Monday 6th June 2016. During this time the footpath over the bridge will remain closed.

The Canal & River Trust apologises for the delay in these works, and the effect it may have on you.

Canal Map

Canal & River Trust, First Floor North, Station House, 500 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB

Please visit the Canal & River Trust website to find out more about the Canal & River Trust and download the ‘Shaping our Future document’ on the About Us page