Friday, 26 August 2016

The Parks Trust and Rural TV Presenter, Adam Henson Open New Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

by Sarah Featley

Adam Henson, farmer and rural TV presenter, officially opened The Parks Trust’s new Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve on Thursday 25th August 2016.
The Parks Trust has converted 48 hectares of the Great Ouse Valley near Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes into the reserve, with the help of Hanson UK.  The transformation of the reserve began with an initial idea 20 years ago, with work commencing in 2007.
Adam was joined at the opening event by Cllr Steve Coventry, Mayor of Milton Keynes, key representatives from The Parks Trust including David Foster, Chief Executive and Phil Bowsher, Head of Landscape Strategy and Development, and David Weeks, Head of PR and Communications at Hanson.
Members of the public who attended on the day were able to meet Adam and take a look around the site, and also join in on a number of fun activities, including guided walks, bird spotting and bug hunting. A real treat for many was the sighting of a Great White Egret, an uncommon large white heron which has only started breeding in the UK within the last four years.
This development of the Floodplain Forest Nature reserve puts Milton Keynes at the forefront of demands both in the UK and internationally to create and restore wetland habitats. The comprehensive restoration project incorporates a variety of elements (such as interlinked channels, shallow pools and gravel islands) to return the area to what it might have looked like more than 5,000 years ago – a wildlife-rich floodplain forest.
In addition, the quarrying that took place as part of the development generated around 686,000 tonnes of minerals, most of which was used to meet local demand.
Phil Bowsher commented: “We’re thrilled that our new Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve is now officially open. It was a great day with lots of visitors enjoying a guided tour of this special area, and plenty of takers for a selfie with
Adam!
“The new reserve forms a key part of our long term vision to increase biodiversity in Milton Keynes and make landscapes packed with wildlife accessible to people. We’re very much looking forward to seeing how the area develops over the months and years to come.”
Martin Kincaid, Biodiversity Officer, at The Parks Trust added: “Now the reserve is open, we’re very keen to encourage the public to make the use of the area and see how it changes throughout the year; with different species of birds and animals visiting and the changes in vegetation; we also have plans to introduce ponies and cattle for grazing just as the prehistoric forest would have been grazed by wild animals in the past.
“It’s a fantastic spot for walkers although we ask that dogs be kept on their leads throughout the area so as not to disturb the wildlife. It is also important that people remember that the reserve will flood so it might not be fully accessible all year round!”



Factfile:

·         The project has involved the removal by quarrying of sand and gravel deposits from the river floodplain by Hanson UK, The Parks Trust’s partner in the scheme.
·         The removal of the sand and gravel has enabled the formation of a mosaic of new water channels, pools, marsh areas and small islands within the river floodplain.
·         Work to extract the gravel from the site began in 2007 and was completed in 2014.
·         The landscape will flood regularly when water levels in the river Great Ouse rise. As well as creating a wildlife-rich habitat, the project has also been intended to enable the more natural functioning of the river floodplain. 

·         This varied floodplain habitat will mature into a diverse ecosystem supporting a wide range of plants and insects, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals such as otter and water vole. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Newsletter w/c August 21st

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MONDAY August 22nd "THE STICKS WITH TERRY SULLIVAN" - FEATURING LESLEY-ANN JONES


Joining Terry Sullivan on this week’s Sticks show is journalist, broadcaster and novelist Lesley-Ann Jones plus what’s on this week in MK and surrounding areas. 

The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays. Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.
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And next week Terry has a very very special guest direct from his US home!!.


TUESDAY 23rd August - "SOUNDTRACKS” with TONY CARTY – OSCAR BOGOFs



Raindrops, Do not forsake me, Moon River, Beauty and the Beast, My heart will go on, Love is a many . . . .
During the 88 years of Oscars, there have been 17 times when the award for best score was given to the film that also won the best song.  This edition of Soundtracks looks at those winning scores. Were the awards deserved or perhaps are there cases of BOGOF – buy one, get one free!!
Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am
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A TREASURY OF FILM MUSIC:


The stock of ALL the past SOUNDTRACKS shows (over 200!) on a variety of topics RIGHT HERE



Thursday 25th August - Transition 3 - 4pm 


David Stimson talks business and young enterprise on Thursdays 3 - 4.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Film Writer Tremayne Miller reviews The Intent


NS – Nicky Slimting films & purplegeko Presents

THE INTENT
Trust No One

Review by Tremayne Miller

Written and produced by Nicky Slimting Walker and Femi Oyeniran
Directed by Femi Oyeniran and Kalvadour

I liked the thought provoking quotes the film carried throughout, for example ‘Without good opposition you can never
be great.’
 And the most poignant and meaningful scene in the entire film for me came when Mitch (Femi Oyeniran) asked his daughter why she liked church so much, and she responded:  “because it’s fun and people care about you.”

In accordance with an article I read recently on the British adventurer, writer and television presenter, Bear Grylls, he believes that ‘religion has nothing to do with entrusting your life to Christ;’ no, in fact, he was only too quick to point out that Jesus Himself was “the least religious person you'll meet.”
Bear told Relevant Magazine, “It was no more complicated than that.” And further added that all God asked was that we sort of open up the door to him and then he will take care  of the rest.
I felt that Mitch’s daughter’s speech carried the same message.
‘The Intent’ differed from ‘Brotherhood’ (the third and final instalment in The Kidulthood Trilogy), which I had seen the week before it, in that it contained little humour and an awful lot of gratuitous violence (too much in my opinion!!); and quite frankly I was disturbed by some of the audience members' reactions to it! For example, deeming it highly amusing, when a character sustained a fatal injury to the neck, with  blood gushing from the wound at an uncontrollable rate. 

The film, without a doubt is technically well put together, however with the variety of weak story strands, the storyline-stream is not able to flow with ease, and as a consequence of this we, the voyeur feel absolutely no affinity with any of the characters, which numbersome as they are hold little purpose. 

Something to ask ourselves is whether another layer is added to a Gangster film if a real life gangster is employed to star in it? And realistically, in the case of ‘The Intent,’ whether or not the concept of The TIC Crew transforming their lives within the space of two week is realistic? As they begin peddling weed at a low level to carrying out armed robberies, where they able to afford all the guns, hard drugs and girls they want.



The film was released in cinemas on July 29th, as well as on digital and home entertainment ©Tremayne Miller

Annual Canvass of the Electoral Register


By Pam Loose, MK Council
Household Enquiry Forms have been delivered to every property in Milton Keynes. We are required to do this every year by law so that we can ensure an accurate register is published on 1 December.
The forms have pre-printed on them the information we currently have for the address. Households must respond to the form even if there are no changes to the details.
If the there are no changes then you can respond by internet, telephone or text (details are on the form) or sign and return the form in the pre-paid envelope. If you need to make changes then you can respond by internet or by completing and returning the form.
·         Internet: www.householdresponse.com/miltonkeynes
·         Telephone: 0800 197 9871
·         Text: 80212
If a new person needs to be added to the register, or you haven't yet registered, this can easily be done on-line at gov.uk/register-to-vote and a form will automatically be sent to them to complete.
Please respond as soon as possible to avoid having a reminder form sent to you.
You can’t vote if you are not on the Electoral Register.


Monday, 15 August 2016

Film Writer Tremayne Miller reviews NERVE

Nerve 
By LifestyleMK's Film writer, Tremayne Miller

Nerve , directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, written by Jessica Sharzer.
 Starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco and Juliette Lewis 
The Hollywood Reporter writes ‘visually engaging if not very convincing,’ and I would happen to agree.
Nerve  is based on the 2012 debut don’t putdownable novel by Jeanne Ryan.
For fans of The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games was originally a series of three adventure novels written by the American novelist Suzanne Collins. The series set in ‘The Hunger Games universe’ follows the young characters of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. The novels – The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010) have all been developed into films, with the adaptation of Mockingjay split across two parts.
The universe, a dystopia, is set in Panem, a country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and twelve districts, each in various states of poverty.
Every year children are selected from each district to take part in an annual televised “death match” called The Hunger Games.
Another comparison can be made with 1988 film, Heathers, where two high school students (Winona Ryder and Christian Slater) unintentionally make suicide popular.
‘A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.’
  Nerve tells the story of high school senior "Vee" (Roberts) who enters an online reality video game of “truth or dare” (minus the truth) called "Nerve" along with other player (Franco), and it isn’t long before the game escalates to the point where the series of levels become dangerous, at the same time each move they make is manipulated by a community of anonymous “watchers.”
 “Nerve” interestingly raises the question of ‘the obsession of social media’ within society, and teenagers who become so lonely that they remain penned up in their rooms, unable to properly develop much needed social skills in order to fully thrive in today’s world. Gradually, it would seem that social media has managed to change the course of DNA in our friendships, as the film proves to be the case.
Vee (Roberts), at first finds the game exhilarating but just how far will she go before she loses her “Nerve”?!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PR9MOPTI7g

Out 11 Aug 2016


© Tremayne Miller 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Newsletter w/c August 14

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MONDAY August 15th "THE STICKS WITH TERRY SULLIVAN" - FEATURING JESS DISTILL & HANNAH ELIZABETH, AND BEN PORTSMOUTH - THE ULTIMATE ELVIS!
Joining Terry Sullivan on this week’s Sticks show are Jess Distill & Hannah Elizabeth of the folk group Said The Maiden and Ben Portsmouth, The Ultimate Elvis plus what’s on this week in MK and surrounding areas. 

The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays. Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.
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TUESDAY 16th August - "SOUNDTRACKS” with TONY CARTY – CIVIL WAR

Besides new releases like Nerve, Carnage Park and reissuing of some classic Bernard Herrmann, Soundtracks will also be having music from civil wars, when blue fought grey and Cavaliers fought Roundheads. 
“This parliament is, by my authority, terminated – dissolved.”
Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am
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A TREASURY OF FILM MUSIC:


The stock of ALL the past SOUNDTRACKS shows (over 180!) on a variety of topics RIGHT HERE



Thursday 18th August - Transition 3 - 4pm 


David Stimson talks business and young enterprise on Thursdays 3 - 4.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Come Dine in Milton Keynes

by Isabel Williams
ITV's Come Dine With Me is coming to Milton Keynes at the end of this month to film a new episode of the show and would love to hear from anyone who may be interested in taking part. This is a couples version of the show, so we specifically need couples to apply!

We're always looking for really fun and energetic people so if you know anyone who might fit this bill, do let us know! We are also on the look out for over 50's so please do spread the word!

It's a really fun experience where people often come away with a whole new group of friends, tons of memories and there's also the chance to win the £1,000 prize money! 

If anyone is interested in finding out any more information, I'd love to hear from you. Please email me at Isabel.williams@itv.com with your age, location and contact number and we'll let you know more about the application process! 

We do need to hear from you ASAP!