Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council
 
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council
January 2021
 
 
Chair’s New Year Message
 
Welcome to the Town Council’s first digital newsletter for 2021. Everyone at the Council wishes the community a happy and most importantly a safe new year. January 2021 is starting with another lockdown but this is necessary and I appeal to everyone in Bletchley and Fenny Stratford to comply with national restrictions and keep our community as safe as we can.

Your Councillors and Council employees will continue to support the community during this new lockdown, as we did during 2020. Our premises at Spotlight on Serpentine Court will continue to be used as a Foodbank Xtra collection point. The Community Larder will continue to operate. Our joint working with partners goes on and we offer community grants and in kind support to local organisations who need help. We also support individual residents either directly or by referring them to other agencies for help. Please contact us if anyone in your neighbourhood needs help so we can spread this work further.

In addition to responding to problems caused by the pandemic, it is business as usual for the Town Council with meetings and decision making taking place online and most of our premises and facilities are open even if for permitted activities only.

In 2021 we will be working on some new and exciting projects including progressing our climate action plan, working on the new Neighbourhood Plan and developing new services in response to what residents have told us they need. So please keep in touch with our work via our social media and newsletters. To contact with us by phone please ring 01908 689969 and leave a message or email us at info@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk we will come back to you within one working day.
 
Angela Kennedy
Chairman of the Council
 
 
 
Covid-19 restrictions and support available
 
Please continue to follow current government measures. Together we can all help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
 
If you have any symptoms, request a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days after your test. Please visit the GOV.UK website for detailed guidance and to request a test.

We continue to stay in contact and work with local community organisations, faith groups and statutory authorities to share information about support which is available locallyFind out more on our Support and Advice webpage
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The Town Council continues to accept Community Grant applications. You can find out more on our Community Grants webpage.
 
 
 
George Street Community Centre
 
On 1 January 2021, the Town Council took over direct management of George Street Community Centre in Fenny Stratford when a previous lease ended. Historically this building has been a hub of community activity since its early days as a Temperance Chapel. The Town Council wants to continue this tradition. We are planning for GSCC to be a vibrant and attractive space which is available for different activities and enjoyed by a wide cross section of the local community.

For the time being the building is not open to the public because of the Covid-19 restrictions. We undertook structural repairs to the exterior of the building during 2020. This year the Town Council will be undertaking further work to the premises before re-letting any facilities. We also hope to consult with previous users and the local community as we determine our plans.

We will continue to provide information about the Community Centre on a regular basis but meanwhile contact Will Allen, Environment and Premises Manager on 01908 633789 or email info@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk if you have questions or are interested in using the building in the future.
 
George Street Community Centre webpage
 
 
 
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Mental Health Support - 
Community Counselling
Wellbeing Service
 
At December's Full Council meeting, councillors resolved to fund a local counselling service available for our residents through the Milton Keynes and West Bletchley Wellbeing Counselling Service.
 
This service will be starting soon and we will provide further information on how to access this support on our website and social media.
Share your views on local infrastructure
 
Milton Keynes Council will hold a public consultation on their Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Draft Plan later on this year but we want to ensure that our residents have plenty of time and opportunity to share their views.

Please let us know if you feel there are any missing links (gaps in the existing infrastructure), upgrades needed to existing routes and/or any potential new cycling and walking infrastructure required. We will then pass this information onto Milton Keynes Council.

You can contact us by emailing info@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk .  Please note that general maintenance is not included in the draft plan so please report this separately to Milton Keynes Council.
 
 
Christmas Allotment Amnesty
 
Allotment gardeners are very resourceful, often making use of unwanted household objects in creative ways, for example using filing cabinets as planters or turning wooden pallets into compost bins or raised beds.

Whilst the Town Council welcomes this ingenuity, it does mean that some plot holders keep a number of items waiting to be used on their plots. Allotment plots are inspected each month and scored for their tidiness, condition and the variety of fruit and vegetables being grown. We therefore have to occassionally ask plot holders to cut back on the amount of these unused items being stored on their plots.
 
With this in mind, this year we held a waste amnesty, giving tenants an opportunity to remove items from their plots, placing it in an allocated location where it would be removed by our Ranger team. This opportunity was met with great thanks by many plot holders, giving them a chance to freshen up their plots and to remove any unwanted items in readiness for the new year and the new growing season.

Hopefully the plots this year will look all the better for this service and plot holders will think again before bringing items to the allotments that they might later struggle to remove.
 
 
Allotments webpage
 
Buttons Preschool will continue at Newton Leys Pavilion
 
Following the latest government restrictions, Newton Leys Pavilion will be open for the use of Buttons Preschool only.

We are not taking future bookings for parties or social events at the moment and we are regularly reviewing government guidance. We look forward to welcoming back our regular users and new hirers when it is safe to do so.
 
Newton Leys Pavilion Facebook Page
 
Food Bank Collection Point
at Spotlight
 
If you need support, please contact MK Food Bank Xtra by calling 0300 303 4933 or by texting 07874 964505. The Helpline is open between 10:00am – 4:00pm on weekdays.

Spotlight is open as a Food Bank Collection Point between 10am-1pm on weekdays.
 
Closed: IT Suite
 
 
Please be aware that, due to current circumstances, the IT Suite at Spotlight is  closed until further notice.
 
We will share any updates on our social media channels and on our website.
 
 
 
 
 
Become a member at
Water Eaton Community Larder
 
The Water Eaton Community Larder will continue to take place as an essential service each Tuesday between 2pm-4pm at Water Eaton Church Centre. Please wear a face covering, unless you are exempt, and follow the safety measures in place.

Anyone can become a member. If you would like to talk through the process of becoming a member, please ring 07435 884980 between normal office hours. Find out more on SOFEA's website using the link below.
 
SOFEA's website
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford
Town Council needs you!
 
If you are passionate about the local area and want to represent your local community, then stand to be a councillor. There will be elections for all 18 councillor seats on Thursday 6th May 2021.
 
We want people of all backgrounds and experience to represent the local community and help make a difference.
 
If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our Become a councillor webpage.
 
 
Catalytic Converter Thefts - Advice from Thames Valley Police
 
Thames Valley Police have released and shared with us useful advice on how to try to prevent Catalytic Converter thefts.
 
Thames Valley Police's website
 
New helpline advice
from MK Money Lifeline
 
MK Money Lifeline have recently launched a new telephone helpline service, MK Signpost, to give advice to anyone struggling with the financial implications of Covid-19.
 
The helpline number is 0800 121 8321 and it is open 11am-8pm on weekdays and between 10am-4pm on Saturdays.
 
MK Money Lifeline's website
Read the latest news articles
on our website
 
Keep updated with the news articles on our website and also remember that Town Council Meetings are continuing to be held via Zoom and are available to watch on our YouTube Channel.
 
Town Council news articles
Share your stories and suggestions
 
We want to hear from you! If you have local news that you would like to share with our community, we will be happy to share this information on our social media channels and in future e-newsletters.
 
Please also contact us to share your suggestions on how we can provide further support to our residents at this time.

It is vital that we stay connected and share good news and ideas across our parish.

To discuss this further, please get in contact with Ruth, our Projects and Media Officer, by emailing: ruth.horsburgh@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk 
 
Town Council's Facebook Page
Fantastic fundraising
by Knowles Primary School
 
In December, pupils from Knowles Primary School took part in a Santa Run to raise money for charity.
 
Santa from Willen Hospice visited on his float and every child ran around him. The children tried really hard and many completed several laps of the playground. A great way to end a fantastic term with £172 raised for Willen Hospice. Well done to all involved!
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