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****Stony Stratford LANTERN PROJECT NEWSFLASH***

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The wait is finally over…the theme for this year’s ‘Stony Stratford Lockdown Lantern Project’ is Christmas at Home!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no Switch-On Day this year, so we are teaming up with the Stony Community Advent Calendar project to bring your family a special artistic opportunity. We will be selling lantern kits (on-line sales only) for you to create a lantern or a window scene to decorate your front window – you could even do both!

The streets of Stony Stratford, Galley Hill and Fullers Slade will be allocated a number to represent each day of Advent, but this year we will be asking you to have all your lanterns and window displays lit up from 1st December for everyone to enjoy throughout the festive month. Look out for a Lantern Leaflet through your door at the beginning of October, Lantern Kits will be available to buy on-line from Monday 12 October. There will be 2 sessions for you to collect your kit/s from York House on 14 & 15 November. More details and on-line link to follow.
Please share this post, let’s bring some Christmas cheer after a difficult year.
Join the Stony Stratford Lantern Project Facebook Group for latest updates.

Useful resources And Links For Milton Keynes Residents – Corona Virus

In these uncertain times we at the GHRA would like to remind everyone that the most crucial piece of advice right now is to STAY INDOORS as much as possible. We at the GHRA have ceased all meetings, and cancelled any events we had planned for the foreseeable future, in line with current government rulings. We also wanted to point you to some useful information to help you stay informed and safe in the current pandemic crisis, so please follow the links below.

Community Action MK Supporting the voluntary and community sector of Milton Keynes – helpful information on how best to find help or offer help in your local community

The Food Bank is operating a helpline for people who can not get to the 3 serving stations to find out their options for receiving food parcels.  This line is open now  01908 565852.  Please can you promote this any way possible for them.

To update you if you are not already aware, they are still asking for food donations which people can give when they visit supermarkets.  They are also asking for money so will be ramping up their grant applications.   The Food Bank is moving into Saxon Court for three months, MKC staff are being redeployed to work there.  They do not need extra volunteers but we have been directing people who we know and trust and want to help to GP Surgeries to act as runners.

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/your-council-and-elections/coronavirus-how-you-can-help Milton Keynes Council and MK Community Foundation are launching a special appeal fund, MK Emergency Response Appeal, to which people can donate to support MK charities and community groups helping to support vulnerable people through the coronavirus outbreak.

MK-Good-neighbour-guide

Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp get the latest government information delivered to your Whatsapp inbox and stay informed.

Mental health
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak  
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Kooth is a website that children and young people can use to get advice, support and guidance for any problem. They can connect to this anonymous and free service which is available every day via their laptop, tablet or smartphone at www.kooth.com 
Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme, proven to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and give you more energy during the day. You can learn more about who Sleepio is suitable for here.


Carers MK have postponed all groups, workshops, activities etc. until they can re-start face to face services again. Carers can still contact them during the operational hours of 9-5 Monday – Friday, although they will offer some flexibility if a carer needs a call a bit later than this. 01908 231703
They are asking all carers registered with them to share their email address if they have one. This will help keep them informed of service changes via a Carers MK monthly e-bulletin.

Physical Activity
Have a look at the NHS Fitness Studio which is packed full of tips and videos.
Connect Health provides a first tier physiotherapy service in Milton Keynes. Their website has section that patients can access to help them get information on how to manage many musculoskeletal conditions.

General Health & Wellbeing
5 Ways to Wellbeing are a great way to think about steps you can take to maintain and improve your health and wellbeing. More information is available here.

 Stony Stratford Town Council now have a Coronavirus Information and  Support section in the Town Council website.  http://www.stonystratford.gov.uk/community/coronavirus-information-and-support

We hope this helps, please stay safe, stay 2 metres apart and stay indoors as much as possible.
The GHRA Committee

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2020 crime and community safety survey. MK

Safer MK, the Community Safety Partnership for Milton Keynes, has launched their 2020 crime and community safety survey.

They want to hear your views and perceptions of crime in the local community to direct their work for the next year in making Milton Keynes a safe place to live, visit and work.

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and the information you provide will be kept completely anonymous.
The survey will close on Friday 14 February

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GMQQLWM
Message Sent By
Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Bogus Workmen

We have recently received this advice and wished to pass it on to our communities to help keep everyone safe.

Good afternoon all,  Hope you are all well and keeping warm. Could we please ask you to remind your local residents the importance of checking ID for anyone knocking claiming to be attending to do maintenance works, that they are not expecting. Anyone coming to complete works will have a valid ID card with a contact number on, that the resident can ring to validate the visit.If in doubt please use the following numbers, Mears 0330 123 2522  Milton Keynes Council  01908 691691 Thank you. Julia BandyTeam Leader Resident EngagementHousing & RegenerationT: 01908 253148Web: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk

Milton Keynes Council Civic offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

Wolverton & Stony Stratford area Community Forum

The following has been forwarded from an email sent by Wolverton & Stony Stratford, North Neighbourhood Policing Team, Milton Keynes LPA, Thames Valley Police

The date and location for the next Wolverton & Stony Stratford area Community Forum will be: Tuesday 12th November 2019 between 1900 – 2030hrs at the Kings Community Centre, Creed Street, Wolverton MK12 5LY.  

Germaine Newnham of New Bradwell Parish Council will chair this forum. The current top three priorities set at the previous forum were:

1.    Crime in Wolverton
2.    Aggressive begging & ASB at Bath House & Tesco’s Wolverton.
3.    Increase community awareness of crime reporting – online & 101. 

A new top three priorities will be chosen at this community forum. We look forward to seeing as many people there as possible to discuss any matters of community concern. We will be inviting representatives from local authorities and organisations to help provide immediate answers to any topics raised. 

Please promote the Community Forum and encourage attendance through whichever media platforms you feel are most appropriate and effective in your community. We look forward to seeing you there.

GHRA Update – Christmas is Coming

Hello residents of Galley Hill, once again we have one of our infrequent updates for you. As usual we have a mixture of good and bad things to report, so we will start with the bad.

It seems that once again Galley Hill is being targeted by the less savoury elements of society. We will start  with the reports of some antisocial behaviour from the younger members of the community during the end of the summer holidays. The police were made aware during one of our GHRA meetings and also by some of the victims of the behaviour. You may have had a leaflet from Thames Valley Police about this, a little late but the police are busy and understaffed.
More recently people on Galley Hill have been reporting someone hanging around the cars in the neighbourhood and trying the door handles during the early hours of the mornings. There are some CCTV videos and posts online on the Friends Of Galley Hill Facebook group to see if anyone can help identify the person(s) involved. There have also been reports of thefts from gardens and sheds of bicycles and other items.
Please remember to report all suspicious activity, thefts and antisocial behaviour to the police, as it helps them to build a profile and alerts them if they need to deploy extra patrols in the area. Dial 101 for non emergency reports, only use 999 in emergencies or if a crime is still in progress.

Now onto the better things, following our recent quiz night organised by the GHRA events team we will be having some Christmas themed events during December.
Starting with a carol singing around Galley Hill on the 11th of December, during which some volunteers (yep, that’s a great idea for you to volunteer to join them too, well done) will be going around the courts and singing Christmas Carols. All are welcome to join in, they will be meeting at the school at 6:00 PM. Singers will be accompanied by members of the Stony Stratford Church Band. It is being rumoured that afterwards there may be Mince pies and a hot beverage back at the SMSG school.

Thanks again to St. Mary St. Giles School our events team have been granted permission to use the school grounds to host a Christmas event for Galley Hill and the surrounding areas. This will be along similar lines to the successful Easter event earlier this year.  The event will be free, paid for from the GHRA funds, and will include Christmas craft making for children, refreshments for children and adults, prizes and gifts and more to be announced as the events team are still busy organising things and gently persuading our treasurer to part with more funds along the way.
The Christmas event will be on the 15th December from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. All are welcome, from Galley Hill, and our neighbours at Fullers Slade and Stony Stratford and beyond.

Hope we will see you at some of our events, stay alert to unusual behaviour and stay safe.

From the Committee of the Galley Hill Residents Association

We Need Your Help Too

Please accept our apologies for the lack of updates, it’s been a busy time for everyone and the days just disappeared. We haven’t gone anywhere, and the Galley Hill Residents Association are still working to get things improved in Galley Hill. Following a recent discussion on the Friends Of Galley Hill Facebook group someone asked what is the point of the GHRA if nothing gets cleaned up?

And that is where we will start, we need more of the community to get involved to help us to achieve the changes we all want to see. At our last committee meeting it was suggested we do a monthly litter pick, like the one they have at Fullers Slade which is organised by a local church group who have offered to help GHRA to organise the litter pick. We need volunteers to come forward to help on a weekend for an hour or two once a month.
Could you help?

On the subject of volunteers needed we are currently looking for Court Reps for Stanbridge and Manshead Courts. Being a Court Rep doesn’t have to take a lot of your time, all it entails is the delivery of the Noose newsletter once a month and the odd leaflet drop. Of course if you want to do more then you can attend the committee meetings and bring in the concerns of your neighbours too!

We would also like to remind everyone to be vigilant once again as there have been yet more break-ins in Galley Hill as well as the mugging and an attempted mugging in the area. One involved the theft of car keys, and then the car was stolen, and in a separate incident a garage was broken into, both in Redbourne Court and within a week of each other.
We do have a Neighbourhood Watch in place to help co-ordinate a concerted effort into keeping us all safe, and an idea was raised at a recent meeting to see if we can get help to fund camera doorbells in a few houses around GH. Any other ideas to help prevent the thefts?

Finally a little update on things which are happening. The GHRA have been making a lot of connections over the past year, including working closely with our local Councillors, Mick Allsopp and Paul Bartlett to get our area noticed. Additionally we have been pushing to get the Stony Stratford Town Councillors and various important people from MK Council to our meetings and to listen to the concerns of GH residents. These efforts are starting to yield results, as we recently had Cllr Liz Gifford attend a meeting and take questions from those attending. As a result of this Cllr Gifford raised concerns about missing street signs and as a result the Clailey Court sign was replaced within a few days of her getting involved and following it up (although Redbourne Court still remains anonymous to outsiders despite the sign having gone missing a long time before Clailey Courts).
The tree carving project is getting closer to completion as Roy has been in contact with the St. Mary St. Giles school again to get the final designs from the children to complete the bench.

We have also had Kate Nicholls and Sue Titchmarsh step up to the events team. They are already planning an Easter Egg Hunt in Galley Hill so keep coming back for more information.

To sum it up, to some it may seem that it is all pointless, but in the grand scheme of things GHRA is still taking baby steps, but starting to get noticed by the various bodies who make the decisions. Work is always going on behind the scenes, a lot of hard work by the volunteers behind the GHRA committee and court reps, and if more people come forward to offer any help they can then we will be able to do more for our community, together!

Thanks to all those who volunteer their time, turn up to meetings and help to make our little but important part of Milton Keynes better.

The GHRA Committee

Help Needed to Find Former Residents

The GHRA recently received the following from a TV producer looking for help. If you can help please contact us and we will pass on any information.

I work for a television company called Transparent TV. We are currently making a documentary about the history of social housing for Channel 5 presented by Michael Portillo.
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> I would be incredibly grateful if you could help please. I am trying to track down former residents of Willey Court on the Galley Hill Estate. They were called the King family, they were photographed with Margaret Thatcher as they were some of the first people to go for the Right to Buy scheme. I am attaching a picture.
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> Apparently they have moved on from Willey Court. But to track them down it would be really helpful to know their first names. Might you be able to help with this please? Is there an old register? Or a long- time resident who has been living at Willey Court since 1979?
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> Here is an article that refers to the family:
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https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104142
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> Thank you so much for your time,
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> Best wishes,
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> Anna
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> Producer
> Transparent TV
> 1-3 St Peter’s Street
> Islington
> London
> N1 8JD

Thanks, the GHRA committee.