Have you registered to vote in the local elections on May 2nd 2019?

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Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
You will receive a letter from Milton Keynes Council to confirm that you are registered or if you need to provide further information.
To find out more visit Your Vote Matters information provided by Gov.UK


Fred Roche travel and study award

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Announcing the Fred Roche Travel and Study Awards

Milton Keynes Community Foundation is excited to invite applications for The Fred Roche Travel and Study Awards! There are three £500 awards to support students who are studying horticulture, landscape design, architecture, urban design or arboriculture. The Travel Awards are sponsored by The Fred Roche Foundation, The Parks Trust and an anonymous donor.

Two of the awards are for students to broaden their subject knowledge through travel, in the UK or abroad, during the summer break and The Parks Trust sponsored award is for applicants who would like to apply for an award to help in their studies through the purchase of specific equipment or to fund other general training opportunities that could help to enhance their career.

Who can apply?In order to apply, you must be between the ages of 18 and 25 on 1 June 2019 and be connected to Milton Keynes. You should have an interest in pursuing a career or further study in horticulture, landscape design, architecture, urban design or arboriculture.

Growing Local TalentThe Fred Roche Foundation was created to keep the MK spirit of creative exploration, innovation and strength of vision alive, and to celebrate the life and achievements of Fred Roche who played such a seminal role in the creation of the City. Their aim is to stimulate creative discussion and debate around subjects that are critical to the character and vitality of Milton Keynes and to foster respect for the great urban development and achievement the New City represents. With this in mind, MK Community Foundation will ask that the successful applicants to share a visual report, blog and/or vlog, describing their travels or educational investment so that their story can be shared with a wider audience and encourage more awareness of the importance of studying horticulture, landscape design, architecture, urban design or arboriculture.


Deadline for completed applications is Friday 22nd March 2019
Applications will be reviewed by the MK Community Foundation panel and the winner will be announced on their website on Friday 5 April 2019.

How to apply
Applicants should submit an application form which includes a brief statement (one side of A4) about how they would use the Award to expand their education should they be successful. Submit your completed applications to applications@mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk 

If you have any questions or would like a form posted to you, please contact the Philanthropy Team on 01908 690276


road closures

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The following roads have planned repairs. Please click the links to see the detail provided by Milton Keynes Council:

Church lane, Loughton                                                                                  https://roadworks.org/?tm=112648622

School lane, Loughton                                                                                   https://roadworks.org/?tm=112648639

Leys Road, Loughton                                                                                      https://roadworks.org/?tm=112648659

Redland Drive, Loughton                                                                              https://roadworks.org/?tm=112648700

Ashpole Furlong, Loughton                                                                         https://roadworks.org/?tm=112648815



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The Parish Council is seeking candidates with a strong sense of commitment to the local community, the motivation to maintain high standards and with a desire to help residents to access, enjoy and respect the Great Holm Community Centre, The roles will initially be one-year contracts, worked flexibly. Closing date for applications 14/02/19.

1. Cleaner/caretaker

Practical person required to inspect and clean after events at weekends. To undertake minor repairs and maintenance at the Centre and around the Parish. 5 hours per week worked across the weekend

2. Premises Assistant

 Person who is strong at administration and dealing with the public, required to co-ordinate the viewings, bookings, supplies and maintenance for the Centre, and ensuring that the Centre meets Health and Safety requirements. 8 hours per week worked flexibly, to include weekend availability.


For an informal chat and to obtain further details please contact Bev Field, the Parish Clerk:

Phone: 0759 123 6263 or

E-mail to: parish.clerk@loughtonandgreatholm-pc.gov.uk


Appeal for witnesses

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Thames Valley Police is investigating an assault of a 12-year-old boy which we believe is linked to two other incidents.

At around 7.30am on Thursday (10/1), the boy was walking on the overbridge from Two Mile Ash into Great Holm, near to Kensington Drive when a man walking in the opposite direction grabbed his hand.

The child pulled his hand away and shouted, and walked away. The man then followed the victim. The victim spoke to another member of the public who then challenged the offending man who ran off.

The offender is described as a white man, aged 55 to 65 years-old, around 5ft 7ins to 5ft 9ins tall, short thinning grey hair, of medium build and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark top.

A man of the same description is also believed to have followed a 16-year-old girl on her way to school in the same location, and also accosted a 12-year-old girl and asked her questions.

None of the victims were injured.

Investigating officer, PC Robert Slater based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “We are investigating these incidents and believe at this stage that they are linked.

“We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward.

“We would be particularly keen to speak to the person who intervened and stopped the man from following the 12-year-old boy.

“No one has been injured in these incidents and it might be the man may have had completely innocent intentions. However, we are advising pupils to walk in groups if they can and be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with information should go to our website or call 101 quoting reference 43190009406


Roadworks in Attingham Hill, Great Holm

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Milton Keynes Council have advised that there will be roadworks to repair potholes in Attingham Hill, Great Holm between 28/12/18-10/01/19


Grants available for residents

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The Trustees of the above named charity will be meeting shortly.

The trustees are required to apply part of the charity’s annual income to persons (or groups) resident in the Parish of Loughton & Great Holm who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.

Anyone eligible and wishing to apply for a grant should write to the Clerk to the Trustees at the address below by Tuesday, 4th December, 2018.

Mr R. Blackburn
Clerk to the Trustees
5 Edgecote
Great Holm
Milton Keynes

If you wish to enquire about eligibility please telephone 01908 568624


Police Community Forum 10/10/18

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Please click the blue link for details of the next Thames Valley Police Community Forum


Future Use of the Pavilion and Sports Ground Facility in Loughton

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The Parish Council is currently considering ideas and proposals for the future use of the facilities at Loughton Pavilion and Sports Ground.

Ideas: Residents are invited to submit their ideas and suggestions with as much detail as possible on the type of activity, use, organisation, funding and who would be involved to the Parish Clerk by Friday 05/10/18.

Proposals: written proposals for the use of the facilities with a management and business plan including a budget should be submitted to the Parish Clerk by Friday 05/10/18.
Proposers will be invited to make a short verbal presentation on 11/10/18 (details to follow).

Contact Bev Field (Parish Clerk) at:

POBox 3727, Olney, Bucks MK16 6DH


Capion Way footbridge update 03/09/18

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The Parish Council has been advised by the senior bridge engineer that:

The footbridge was reopened during the course of Friday and the weekend to allow the passage of children through this morning.

After the rain last weekend and the damage received by people crossing the curing surface we were unable to get the surface ready in time to receive the final resin coating. This means that the surface is a little uneven in places for now but is useable. 

A meeting this week with contractors will plan the final surface completion.