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What is ASTRA?

ASTRA Community Projects works alongside The Parochial Church Council, Parish Council, Milton Keynes Council, educational establishments and social groupings to help the village community achieve its aspirations and help make Bow Brickhill a strong supportive community for all residents across all age ranges. 

ASTRA is not just about heritage conservation . We have demonstrated over a decade that we really develop community activities in the local area whether that is fund raising, education or simply helping individuals develop personal skills and all whilst developing strong relationships across the community. To enable us to continue to do all of that, we need a modernised and fully functioning community hub. 

You can do so by bringing whatever skills you possess to the cause and project. We need a wide range of people who can help organise fund raising, participate in fund raising or just join in. Bake a cake, make jam, run a fund raising stall or sell raffle tickets.

How do I get involved?

You can do so by bringing whatever skills you possess to the cause and project. We need Screenshot 2020-04-08 at 12.39.07a wide range of people who can help organise fund raising, participate in fund raising or just join in. Bake a cake, make jam, run a fund raising stall or sell raffle tickets.

If its something a little more administrative that would suit you, how about joining the ASTRA Committee?

All posts are elected each year at the ASTRA Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you can bring professional expertise say in secretarial, finance, estate management, property, building, then its likely ASTRA will grab your arm off!

But if its erecting a fence, painting, installing and or repairing electrics, tree surgery or even plumbing then be prepared to loose not just the arm but your whole torso! 

In other words we need YOU to take your place in the history book of our village. 

I can only help a little… 

We welcome all the help we can get – whatever skills, experience or indeed time you are able to offer. Just come, build community and have fun… 

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ASTRA Committee

ASTRA Committee

The ASTRA Committee is made up solely of volunteers from Bow Brickhill:

  • Alan Preen – Chairman
  • Stuart Leeming – Vice Chair
  • Andrea Spurdle – Finance
  • Nick Wagstaff – Associate
  • Chris Barrington—Grant Funding
  • Catriona Thomson – Steering Group
  • Trish Wilby—Events Co-ordinator
  • Alastair Brooks – Legal
  • Alan Ferguson – Website
  • Mary Preen – P.R.
  • Angela Fiddimore
  • Marie Kozak
  • Duncan Summerfield

Honorary Patron

His Grace The Duke of Bedford

Memoriam Gifts

Mrs Pat Parker (Late of our Parish)

Patrons

  • Mark Snelus
  • Jane and Peter Lousada
  • Sally Pepper and Alistair Twigg
  • Ryan and Colette Horne
  • Pam Stone (in loving memory of Colin)
  • Sue and Andy Malleson
  • Emma, Andy and Grace Walker
  • Diana and Donald Kesterton
  • Mike and Luke Hallett
  • Sue and Peter Willis
  • Sally Hawtin (Robinson)
  • Deborah and Mike Brownhill-McCall
  • Jean Taylor (in loving memory of Walter)
  • Lyn and Roger Mahoney
  • Jeff Walker of AND Design Partners
  • Mark Ward of Ward Gas Engineers
  • Ian McColl contract advice

Guardians

  • Grant Kempster (Graphic Designer)
  • Denise Redding and Simon Sparrow
  • Alison Arnold and Graham Arnold
  • Joanne Ferguson
  • Mike Duff
  • Len Jenkins (Woburn Sands Band)
  • Louise Norwood (Polymnia)
  • Jeremy Stephens
  • Beverley Thompson
  • Lisa Brooks
  • Kim and Russell Gallacher
  • Mary Preen
  • Gill Cannell and Andy Dishman (Project Photographer)
  • Ann Pickersgill
  • Lisa Jefferies (Portrait Photographer to ASTRA)

Grants

Grants

  • Milton Keynes Council S106
  • Margaret Powell Community 1st Fund (in support of an Accessible Kitchen)
  • Milton Keynes Council Community Fund
  • Milton Keynes Council 2050 Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Allchurches Trust

This work has been supported by MK Community Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund

Commercial Sponsors

  • Polymnia
  • Hornes Brewery
  • J. Morris Contracting Ltd – Groundworks & Foundations
  • The Woburn Sands Band
  • Vehicle Transportation UK
  • CMI Architects – Project Architect
  • CMI Workspace – Project Designers
  • The Bedford Estates
  • SPS
  • F&TV
  • Woburn Safari Park
  • Wyevale Garden centres
  • Woburn Golf Club
  • Jalori Indian Cuisine
  • Liskandas – Timber Frame Manufacturers & Constructors
  • Crew Homes – UK accommodation
  • Munro Greenhalgh – Insurance Advisers to the Project
  • AND Design Jeff Walker – Engineers to the Project
  • Arnold Laver Timberworld
  • MK Signs
  • Piper Scaffolding
  • Ward Gas Engineering
  • Milton Keynes Council