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    through it? Jamboree Weekend happening at Gulliver’s Land The Castle Theatre celebrate their competition win
We’ll Meet Again
Vintage Newport Pagnell’s
vintage event this year
celebrates the 1940s and 50s.
Memorabilia of the period will
be on display at the 1st June
event, including war games,
early radios and computers,
a living history museum,
and many more displays.
Authentic dress is welcomed,
with prizes for the best period
outfit. Entertainment by the
well-loved Helen Pearson and
some new bands will help you dance the day away. Visit also this year’s classic cars and military vehicles. Parking is at Riverside Meadow.
Member’s visit
Labour MP Rachel Reeves visited Olney last month and dropped into local shops and businesses to discuss their issues. The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer spoke with owners and staff at Valeria C, The Snug bookshop and The Courtyard, as well as meeting Olney Mayor Debbie Whitworth and Ron and Debbie Hall, owners (and editor) of Olney’s popular Phonebox Magazine.
Laps of honour
Local scouts came together recently for another Lappathon event in memory of a former leader. 1st Olney Scout Group’s third instalment of their annual event was for Group Scout leader Ann Murtagh. This year’s funds are being split 50/50 between the scouts and the local charity Olney Is Kind.
Scouts lapped Emberton Park
on foot, on a bike and even by four-wheeled cart. One Beaver, Arthur, did his laps and litter picked across the park at the same time and in two hours, collected 182 pieces of rubbish (above).
The 2024 regional competition was bigger than ever as the category was open to Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire and saw the Castle up against incredible higher capacity venues such as The Curve (Leicester), The Royal & Derngate (Northampton), Kilworth House (Kilworth) and Lighthouse Theatre (Kettering). The theatre celebrates its 30th birthday next year.
All change at the park
A new, fully accessible Changing Places toilet with additional equipment and more space was officially opened at Emberton Country Park last month by the Mayor
  of Milton Keynes, Jennifer Wilson-Marklew (pictured above with Kerry Thompson).
Visitors to Emberton Country Park can now get a powered height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a movable tracking ceiling hoist system, enough space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers and a centrally placed toilet with space either side for wheelchairs. The park boasts over five kilometres of paths and trails winding their way around five lakes through wooded glades and meadows.
“Having access to more Changing Places toilets means ‘freedom’,” says Kerry Thompson, an award-winning disability campaigner. Emberton Country Park are helping thousands of disabled people and their families to live their best lives.”
Another Day
Newport Pagnell Town Council has congratulated Cllr Paul Day on his re-election as Mayor of Newport Pagnell. Congratulations also go to Cllr Sue Garner, who was elected as Deputy Mayor. They thanked Cllr Binta Bah-Pokawa, who served as the town’s Deputy Mayor for the last year. Cllr Day thanked Councillors for electing him and placing their faith in him once again. The Mayor’s chosen charity for this year will be The Fire Fighters’ Charity.
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