In the new city of Milton Keynes, Passmore was one of the first areas to be developed and the first Passmore houses were occupied in 1974. Passmore is a popular place, at least 25% of the houses are still occupied by their original owners and a further 25% plus have owners who have lived here for at least 15 years.
In the early days of Passmore the residents here were all new in a new city and with many causes to lobby the builders, the Development Corporation and others to shape our home environment. We wanted to socialise and meet people who had chosen to live here. So, in 1975 one person with the vision called a meeting to propose forming a body that would organise social events and the necessary lobbying to complete the building of the estate.
Every resident on Passmore is regarded as a member of the Passmore Association. The Association is a no fee, no profit body that represents the interests of Passmore residents as a whole. It has a bank account and because of this it has rules and a constitution. Each year there is an Annual General Meeting at which the meeting attendees elect the Committee for the next year. Elected committee members select a chairman, a secretary and a treasurer. Achievements of the Association are many and varied. Without them Passmore would not be the place it is today.
From time to time The Association distributes the Passmore News. This is a local interest flyer that gives dates of up-coming events, status of issues that affect us, and anything else that is notable. There is also a Neighbourhood Watch communication sent by e-mail to those who subscribe to it that gives a summary of crime in the area, the latest scams and advice on how best to protect ourselves.
The Passmore Association organises social events through the year. These include:
Winter Supper – an evening in a Passmore home.
Annual General Meeting followed by nibbles and wine. This meeting is usually held in St. Mary’s Church, Woughton on the Green.
Passmore late Autumn dinner in a local pub.
Summer Barbecue either in the open area by the canal or, if the weather is threatening, in a resident’s garden under the Passmore Association marquee.
Woughton Heritage Group
An Ancient Village at the heart of a New Town
The Parish of Old Woughton is exceptional in that it contains one of the 13 villages taken in by the New Town development in 1967. Woughton is the most ‘unspoilt’ of the villages having been maintained within a grid square and bounded by the Ouzel Valley Parkland, protecting it from much of the character changing consequences of development. At its core, the Scheduled Ancient Monument and extensive Village Greens protect the shrunken medieval village landscape which has resulted in minimal impact to the heart of the Parish and original village.
Woughton Heritage is a local group of volunteers who share an interest in this rich historical and rare heritage landscape.
The group was established in 2015 and has, since its inception delivered three high quality Heritage Open Day exhibitions, attended and displayed work at other events (Archaeology Day; Heritage Festival) and has had over 1,700 people enjoy, share, and learn more about the area from the research achieved to date. Further, the information gathered has contributed to helping to secure a further Village Green and protect local heritage buildings at risk and feed into the Conservation Area review and recently the New Town Register Consultation.
The work has been supported by the Community Foundation and Ward Councillor Grants which have provided the means and resources to produce and display material in a professional and in the most engaging way. Recently, a generous donation in memory of former Councillor Richard Freeman, born locally, will enable us to leave a legacy with a guided walk booklet underway. Something for residents, visitors and future generations to enjoy. We now have over 60 information panels / boards/ maps and posters that provide a wealth of information that can be reused and presented in a ‘pop-up’ fashion making the most use of each piece of research.
We plan to develop a website and platform and other mediums to share our work and celebrate this amazing and very special Parish. In the meantime, if you would like to join the team and participate at any level that suits you (informally or socially, mailing list or major research!) then do contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as exhibitions we have held a number of other events which has allowed us to develop as a group and provide further forums to present our work and bring the community together. We have had Quiz Nights, Coffee mornings and walks and talks.
If you have any resources, pictures, books or memories and knowledge of the area that you would like to share with us, we would love to hear your story….