Castlethorpe SS Simon and Jude, Castlethorpe

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The village of Castlethorpe is situated to the North East of Milton Keynes on the edge of the River Tove and boasts a population of 1,000. There have been a number of small housing developments in the last 20 years but the character of the village has been retained and there is room for limited expansion in the future. There is a mixed population with many young families as well as housing for retired and elderly people. The facilities in the village include a First School, a General Store & Post Office and a Village Hall  A well equipped sports ground has been completed which includes a cricket and football pitch and a hard court area for tennis, football and basketball.

The village of Castlethorpe takes its date from pre Roman times and was originally a forested area. The Castle, which gives the village its name was built in Saxon times. Nothing now remains of the Castle excepting some earthworks including the moat and outer bailey.

The Church and Churchyard

The Church of St Simon and St Jude stands in an elevated position in the centre of the village within the confines of the castle. The Church was originally Anglo-Saxon but what remains now is predominately Norman. It is comparatively small in size measuring 14 metres North to South and 24 metres East to West. The tower stands 12.5 metres. It used to be considerably higher than this, but it fell down in 1729. Some of the bells were sold to rebuild the tower, thus only one bell now remains. Within the church there is a large memorial to the Tyrell family as well as the gravestone of Sir Francis Drake's grandson.

The church has not been altered for many years, excepting the removal of the pews to help facilitate the flower festival and other church activities.

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Fr Gary Ecclestone SSC
The Vicarage
Park Road
Milton Keynes
MK19 7LT
01908 337936 (Parish Priest)

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Sunday Eucharist
Our Sunday Eucharist includes Sunday School in term time which starts i the village school opposite the church. There is tea and coffee after the service and a warm welcome too!
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour


Weekday Mass
A simple quiet celebration of the Eucharist celebrated in the Lady Chapel.
Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM for ½ hour


Little Lambs
From 2.00pm parents and grandparents are welcome to bring their pre-school aged children along and from 3.00pm older siblings are very welcome to join us. Play, fun, refreshments and a natter!
Term Time Only
Every Friday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments


Coffee Morning
Come and join us for tea, coffee and cake. Activities for children.
Every third Saturday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 56
Archdeaconry: BUCKINGHAM (273)
Deanery: NEWPORT (27308)
Benefice: Hanslope w Castlethorpe (27/233 H)
Parish Legal Name: Hanslope with Castlethorpe (270760 )
CofE Church Info: (627754 27/754)
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The current editor is: Fr Gary Ecclestone SSC

This page was last updated on Friday 25th November 2016
Castlethorpe SS Simon and Jude : North Street, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, MK19 7EW

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