News, Events & Activities
For information on WBC events and activities, including our annual Carnival, contact the WBC offices on:
01908 634033 or check our Facebook page for regular updates.
For information on any activities running from The MARC or Frank Moran Centre you can visit the Centre
(situated off Melrose Avenue), check their Facebook page or call:
Update | June 2016: The MARC has now moved into the newly extended Frank Moran Centre - between The Dolphin Pub and Denbigh Sports and Social Club on Melrose Avenue.
To contact the Centre Co-ordinator, Mick, please call: 07734 384022
Click here for the MK3 Events and Activities Calendar
Men in Sheds, West Bletchley
2016 will certainly go down as the year that Men in Sheds, West Bletchley burst onto the scene and became an integral part of the local community.
The first shed activity saw the Shedders building bird-boxes which were decorated by Abbeys School and then erected in West Bletchley's Green Flag Chepstow Park.
The Shed has now turned it's thoughts to making saleable products which both showcase what the Shedders can do and, importantly, raise some funds. On their first fundraising attempt at Carnival 2016, they raised an impressive £300! Such was the success, a number of one-off pieces have since been commissioned by individuals as well as schools, community groups and even Tescos! This income helps to fund the running costs of the Shed, to allow it to be self-supporting and enabling it to organically grow and attempt even bigger and better (and more technically difficult) projects in the future.
Every Shedder comes from the MK3 area, is a male over 55 years of age and keen to be a part of something that enables them to share their thoughts, skills and banter with other like-minded menfolk. They are always ready with the kettle on, tea brewing and - if you're lucky - a hobnob or two!
Whether you fancy hanging out in the Shed yourself, need a wonky table fixing
or would like to commission them for a bespoke piece of carpentry,
they are always more than happy to chat things over...
Meet or speak to the Shedders:
Pop-in between 10.30am -midday(ish) on a Tuesday or Thursday morning
at the changing rooms in Rickley Park (MK3 6HF)
Call Head Shedder, Paul on 01908 371903
Find them on facebook: facebook.com/Men-in-Sheds-West-Bletchley
Tweet them! twitter.com/MeninShedsWB1
FROM 9:30 TO 11:30
In partnership with Royal British Legion,
St Marys Church and Bletchley Park
West Bletchley’s act of remembrance returns on Sunday 13th November 2016.
With a record turnout in 2015 and an impressive presence from various uniformed representatives we are proud that the West Bletchley Parade has been growing in size from year to year and is supported by a large number of community groups and Veterans as well as dignitaries such as the Mayor of Milton Keynes and the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.
You, your friends and families are invited to join us in remembering those who have died for our freedom and those who continue to suffer from their injuries due to war.
Starting from Bletchley Park and ending at the war memorial off Church Green, the Parade will be followed by a service at St Mary’s Church.
10.15 Parade Master begins the Parade line up
10.30 Parade begin march to war memorial
11.00 Silence at the war memorial
11.20 Service at St Mary’s Church (approx. 50mins)
The service at St Marys Church completes our act of remembrance. Reverend David McDougall invites you to explore the church and church yard, of which a lot of time and care has been spent by his congregation and volunteers to maintain this beautiful and historic corner of our Parish. There are three War Graves, amongst many historic graves, which have received attention from the War Graves Commission and offer an interesting lesson in heritage and history.
PARADE MARCHERS please note:
Directions in and out of Bletchley Park can be found on their website
. Bletchley Park are providing wristbands to all those participating in the parade, allowing free entry back into the Park via the main entrance (Wilton Avenue Gate will be closed once the Parade has left).
Click for more info. on our partners:
The Royal British Legion
Bletchley Park - Home of the Codebreakers
St Marys Church
Christmas at Melrose...is back!
Milton Keynes Council | Play Area Plan UPDATE
At it's meeting held on 24th October 2016, West Bletchley Council considered a further report regarding Play Areas in West Bletchley.
The Council agreed to authorise its Officers to seek transfer of ownership, of all MKC Play Areas within the Parish, to West Bletchley Council.
Milton Keynes Council | Play Area Plan UPDATE
At its meeting held 15th August 2016, West Bletchley Council considered Milton Keynes Council's
Play Area Plan and resolved that:
i) the reports be received
ii) Milton Keynes Council be advised that this Council is generally opposed to the removal of play areas within the Parish
iii) this Council's Officers be authorised to enter into discussions with MKC Officers with a view to identifying options for ensuring that the play areas are retained
iv) a report be submitted to the next meeting to assist this Council in reviewing its policies in respect of play areas
Latest News | 5th August 2016 | Milton Keynes Council have undertaken
a review of play areas across Milton Keynes.
The Plan proposes the removal of 7 of the 23 play areas in West Bletchley.
There are currently 23 play areas within West Bletchley, of various size and quality. Many of the original Milton Keynes play areas are limited in their play value and, due to their age, would require significant investment. The Play Area Plan identifies sites with potential for improvement and also those with limited capacity and play value or are no longer required. Milton Keynes Council’s Plan proposes that, by removing play areas that provide poor play value and/or are close to alternative play areas, their resources can be better targeted on maintaining and improving the remaining sites.
Removal of 7 play areas has been proposed, as follows:
- Chester Close
- Dunbar Close
- Hunstanton Way
- Otter Close
- St Johns Road
- Whiteley Crescent
- Whaddon Way shops
We are keen to keep our residents aware of any information and updates. All residents in close vicinity of the park will have received a hand-delivered letter (08.08.16) with the above information. We will refresh and update across our social media platforms, as we receive any new information. The latest document from MKC can be found here.
Please get in touch with us on if you have any views of these proposals on: 01908 648257 or by email: Admin@WestBletchleyCouncil.gov.uk.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: WEST BLETCHLEY SUMMER 2016
WBC are working in partnership with Milton Keynes Play Association
to provide free play opportunities in the Parish.
All sessions will run, come rain or shine, although specific activities cannot be guaranteed.
All sessions are FREE to access and open to all in the MK3 area.
You do not need to pre-book.
Children under 8 MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Activities will normally include crafts, sports, games and can involve getting dirty,
so please dress accordingly.
REMEMBRANCE PARADE 2015: 8th November
We once again supported The Royal British Legion to deliver the hugely popular and important Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 8th November 2015.
Starting from Bletchley Park and ending at the Bletchley cenotaph the Parade was followed by a service at St Mary’s Church.
The West Bletchley Parade has been growing in size from year to year and is supported by a large number of community groups and Veterans as well as dignitaries such as the Mayor of Milton Keynes.
Parade Organiser, Terry Hall says, “The parade has grown from strength to strength and is hugely important to the local community. I am always moved by the fantastic support we get for the Remembrance Parade. It is such a huge part of our country’s culture and a symbol of respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts past and present.”
10.15 Parade Master began the lining up of the Parade
10.35 Parade began march to Cenotaph
11.00 Silence at the Cenotaph
11.20 Service at St Mary’s Church (approx. 50mins)
Working in Partnership:
It's nearly that time of year again...
...when we start saying, "This year has flown by!" And yes, Christmas IS fast approaching!
We kicked off the festive season with The MARC on the first weekend of December.
Christmas at Melrose is in it's second year and is a partnership venture with both St Marys Church and Whaddon Way Church, who generously give their time and money to support us in providing a FREE event for the residents of MK3.
"A very Merry Christmas MK3!"
Following in the successful footsteps of the Doggy Days, residents told us that they would appreciate having like-minded, dog-loving friends to walk with in the darker, wintery months.
Paws to Pavement, a local dog-walking business, stepped up to offer their services to lead a Christmas walk on Monday 7th December (1 - 3pm). Our friends at Chepstow Community Centre kindly provided walkers with a hot drink to start off the walk (and a little treat for our four-legged friends) before Paws to Pavement set off in the direction of Chepstow Park and beyond!
We had a good a walk along farmer's fields, to let everyone have some safe and mucky off-lead time.
All dogs (and owners!) were well-behaved and we will look to do more regular walks in the New Year.
Remember you can pick up your free doggy bags from us, Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm every day, here at our offices on 221 Whaddon Way, MK3 7DZ
Keeping MK3 Residents Informed | Our new e-update...
For some time now, one of the ways we have been keeping residents up to date is via an email from our Head of Council Services. As we develop how we communicate and with more and more information needing to be shared, we need to consider various ways of keeping our residents informed.
Our first ever e-update winged it's way to residents already on our mailing list this August. Those that prefer having an update delivered straight to their inbox received the first edition. The first edition was short and sweet and covered the latest on the Salden Chase development as well as upcoming events and activities such Jazz on the Green and school holiday activities.
Our Autumn edition came out just in time for October half-term with activities from Halloween, Remembrance Sunday and...dare we say it...Christmas! As well as important information on Salden Chase and an announcement to share that WBC has been awarded 'Digital Communications of the Year' from the National Association of Local Councils. Click here to view.
To receive the next 'Keeping MK3 Residents Informed' e-update, simply email 'Keep me Informed!' as the subject line to: email@example.com
We are very proud that the Carnival has grown and developed each year,
yet we are keen to offer a variety of events
to appeal to a variety of people and build on our annual traditions...
Introducing Jazz on the Green 2015
In partnership with St Marys Church we invited MK3 residents to enjoy an entirely different event to that of the Carnival. Intimate, quiet and tucked away in a beautiful, tranquil corner of West Bletchley on Church Green we hosted The New Orleans Four on Sunday 9th and 23rd August.
It was a lovely, relaxed way to spend a Sunday afternoon set-up under a stretch marquee on the green off Church Green Road (MK3 6BJ) - adjacent to St Marys Church and local treasure, Rectory Cottages (near the War Memorial).
With FREE entry and FREE refreshments - courtesy of St Marys Church, the beautiful historic building, dating back to the 13th century - we welcomed residents to explore, relax and refresh with homebaked goods, tea, coffee, music and even a Children's Corner in the Church and teepees on the Green for the younger ones to retreat to.
We met many of you, who brought your neighbours, friends and relatives, dogs and picnic blankets. We were particularly impressed by everyone who didn't let the rain dampen our spirits on the second Sunday. With much fun and laughter, we picked up Jazz on the Green and hightailed it indoors where the jovial atmosphere continued as we dried out and appreciated the amazing acoustics as the event became Jazz in the Church!
For more info. on the local heritage of this historical corner of West Bletchley click the links:
Rectory Cottages - http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/rct/docs/rchist.html
St Marys Church - http://www.stmarysbletchley.org/about-us/history.html
For more info. on future 'On the Green' events, contact our Events Officer: Corrina.Milner@WestBletchleyCouncil.gov.uk or call direct:
For more details on community activities in The MARC and Frank Moran Centre, go to www.facebook.com/themarcandfrank
In the last week of JULY we hosted three DOGGY DAYS with HULA
There were freebies, fun and games for you and your furry best friends!
We had a great time meeting you all properly, many of which we see briefly when you come in for
FREE dog poo bags here at the office.
From professional trainers providing FREE 'have-a-go' agility sessions to a TOP GEAR style leader board for 'Temptation Alley' it was hard to tell who was havng the most fun - dogs or their owners! With an average of 50 owners at each session (and more dogs than people) we were pleased to see how many responsible dog owners there are across the Parish.
The aim was to not only reward those residents who look after their dogs and their environment but to encourage people to connect with fellow dog-lovers and our Officers. We heard many a conversation about groups walking at certain times in their favourite parks to stay safe and socialise.
There was a lot of positive comments and ideas about the events, with requests to repeat them next Summer. We are talking with HULA to go bigger and better in 2016!
West Bletchley Well Being Community Counselling Service
In March 2013, WBC worked in partnership with the counselling service,
to provide FREE therapy, exclusively for the residents of West Bletchley.
We asked WBWBCounselling a couple of questions..
What is counselling?: Counselling provides a safe and confidential place to talk over your problems or difficulties and to explore your thoughts and feelings. A counsellor will not judge you and will be concerned with trying to help you understand what is happening in your life. This in turn can help you to make choices towards improving your well being.
Why counselling?: People seek counselling for many different reasons: they may be having difficulties at home, in the workplace, with relationships, facing loss, feeling depressed, anxious or distressed about something specific, or simply feel they have lost their sense of direction in life.
Who are WBWBCounselling?: A group of qualified and experienced counsellors who are all members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotheraphy (BACP)
How to find: 221a Whaddon Way, West Bletchley, MK3 7DZ
They are our neighbours, situated to the left of the Council Offices (just across the car park).
How to contact: Tel - 01908 370860 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org
What next? Just two steps:
1.) If you think you could benefit from counselling and would like to find out more, you can contact the service on the number or email above
2.) They will arrange an appointment for you to visit and see one of their team of counsellors to talk about your needs and how they can help.
- Both daytime and evening counselling appointments are available.
- Wheelchair / disabled access can be accomodated by arrangement.