As a small child, about eight years old, I remember being taken to visit elderly relatives of my father's in Milton Keynes Village. I clearly recall seeing an ancient kitchen, with a large open fireplace and strange cooking utensils, an almost life-sized head carved above the stairs and a quaint old parlour with small lead-light panes in the wide window.
There have been no changes as yet, but if they do build up the area,it will be bad for the bees.

Mr. W. Kent Postmaster

Mrs. Becket and Mrs. Beal of Finch Close expressed quite different feelings of the coming of the New City

......they are looking forward to the coming of more amenities which will make life easier and more interesting.

Having moved from London myself I can appreciate that other people need a place to live. But I think it will be a great pity if the village is swamped by the new development....At least its not as bad as having an airport on the doorstep,if we don't like the look of the New City we can come indoors and forget about it.

J. S. Martin Burley Cottage

...of course it will mean we shall have to go, but my biggest regret will be the good hunting ground that will be lost...

Mrs. Isobel Old Farm Loughton


Mrs M. E. Lester nee Bird
...There were eleven children in our family and I remember my father and brothers all being paid for sparrows. These were caught with nets hung round hedges and houses. Then they took them to Mr.Jack Meadows, who gave them the money - I think a penny for each sparrow and lesser amounts for sparrows heads and sparrows eggs. It was known as the Sparrow Club.

One of the dishes my mother made to feed her own brood was sparrow pudding, but I never fancied it much because of the bones,which were as sharp and small as fish bones.

...We were not the only large family in Milton Keynes. There was one with twelve children and one with ten.

Mrs. Edith Boxford nee Kent

...Sparrows did a lot of damage to crops, gardens and thatched roofs as well. We boys used to go sparrow catching and nesting at anytime of day, but most of the sparrows were caught by the older boys and men...

Mr. Boxford

...I was born in a slum so I know just how important it is to people to get a decent home of their own. There is no doubt that the problem of our time is housing .

Jim Cassidy Bletchley Councillor in 1967

But now this new city place is here we' ll have rapes, mugging,burglaries, smash and grab raids,the lot. The village will never be the same again.

A. Villager.

" I think it is a shame to build on some of the best farmland in the country. It should have been built on somewhere like Dartmoor..." Peter Clarke in1967.
...I don't think the town will affect me personally, but I hope to have larger congregations...

The Reverend Mr.Bromley of Broughton and Milton Keynes village 1967