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Potential redevelopment of Chiltern Pools Amersham

Message from Paul Nanji, Principal Leisure & Wellbeing Manager, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council, Tel: 01494 732110, Email:

Please see web link which provides a virtual fly-through tour of the new centre.

There’s also an on-line questionnaire which Chiltern District Council would appreciate your feedback on – Chiltern Pools redevelopment – land swap consultation – have your say –  



Billy and the Bonquas – A night of 60’s classics

Don your flares and blue suede shoes, your minis and bouffant hair-do to celebrate the great songs of the 60’s ….

Come and see Billy and The Bonquas perform a night of classics.   60’s fancy dress optional – Saturday 7 October – 8.00-11.30pm – Prestwood Village Hall

Licensed bar including beers from Malt the Brewery.

Tickets @ £12 each from JNP Estate Agents, Costcutter and Chequers Folk Nights.



Group Spotlight – John Hampden Surgery Patient Group

JHS Patient Participation GroupThe Patients’ Voice

All GP surgeries are required to have what is called a patient participation group (PPG).   At John Hampden Surgery the group has become more active over the last 18 months.   The aims of the group are

  • to help John Hampden Surgery understand and learn from patients’ experiences
  • to help the surgery raise awareness of issues that impact patients’ health
  • to raise funds that will be used to improve the surgery for the benefit of all patients

It has a committee of 10 volunteer patients who meet every 6 weeks – every quarter the meeting is attended by one or more of the doctors and with the practice manager.

Activities over the past 18 months include improving communications with patients with a new noticeboard and leaflets for the waiting room, articles in the surgery’s quarterly newsletter, recruiting more than 250 patients to provide occasional feedback, and holding periodic events in the surgery waiting room to sound out patients’ views.  Continue reading Group Spotlight – John Hampden Surgery Patient Group



NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group

Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs will be holding their AGMs on Thursday 14 September from 6.30 to 8pm and invite you to come along for the chance to review their activity over the last year, learn about collaborative work being undertaken locally, discuss plans for future developments across Bucks and speak directly to partners within the local system.

The meeting will be held at The Gateway in Aylesbury, and will also be live-streamed on Facebook.   For more details, click here.

NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups have published their annual reports for 2016/17 to update the public on their achievements and performance over the last 12 months. The CCGs commission – or ‘buy’ – healthcare services on behalf of their local population across Buckinghamshire.​ ​

Click here to view NHS Chiltern CCG’s Annual Report

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Continue reading NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group



Community Centre for hire

Your local Parish Council is delighted to offer its newly renamed Prestwood Community Centre for hire.   Situated on Prestwood Common (behind the Scout Hut) off Nairdwood Lane, the bright and light hall has a capacity for up to 120.

The excellent facilities include a newly equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi and projection screen.

Good car parking space.

To hire the hall for one off or regular events please phone the parish office on 01494 864792 or email:

Prestwood Community Centre,
Prestwood Common, Nairdwood Lane
Prestwood HP16 OQF

The location can be found on the map below. The map is interactive, you can zoom in and out and pan to the left and right. You can also open the map up full screen by clicking on the icon in the top right hand corner. The blue marker shows where the access road entrance is, the home symbol shows the location of the community centre.



Missendens Neighbourhood Policing Update

Missendens Neighbourhood TVP September Newsletter

Catch up with the local news   31149_Missendens_September_2017

Do you know when to ring 999 and when to ring 101?

Thames Valley Police has devised a short survey for all ages across Thames Valley, to better understand how you use these services.   Please take this short survey:

Next Have Your Say Event in Prestwood
Wednesday 6th  September 2017 11am–12noon – Chequers Parade, Prestwood


Please don’t be shy … give Wombling a try…

Orinoco has returned from his summer holiday on Wimbledon Common and is ready to join Prestwood villagers in the next litter picking weekend, which will take place on 30 September and 1 October. 

Tools, refuse sacks and hi viz tops will be available from Jeanette at 18 Orchard Lane, Prestwood, between 10am and 2pm on both days.  Please bring your own gloves.

Volunteers can choose their preferred litter-picking location and collected rubbish will be picked up from a specified location.  If you need further information on this event from Orinoco, ring Jeanette on 01494 866460.



Prestwood Commuter Cab Service

From Prestwood to Great Missenden Station @ £2 a head

Message from Kingshill Cars:

We can transport you for £4 a day to and from Prestwood.  The timetable is designed to get you to the fast trains and pick you up from the same as well.

Why are we doing this?  Because we are aware that there is a huge parking problem in Great Missenden so if we can help people to leave their car at home we will.

If you regularly commute and would like to use such a service at a particular time then please get in touch with

The timetable for the Prestwood Commuter Cab and further information on Kingshill Cars’ other services, eg. Share-A-Fare, are on their website.



Proposed new approach for early help

Future help to support children and families

Message from Joanne Fowler, Active Communities Officer, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council – Tel: 01494 732103,  Email:

Buckinghamshire residents are being asked for views on a proposed new approach to early help support for children and families.

The consultation lasts until 22 September and seeks feedback on a new way of supporting families earlier to prevent them needing help from social care services in the future.

Please complete the survey either as an individual and/or on behalf of your organisations.   Feel free to pass this email on to ensure a good response.



Group Spotlight – The Chiltern Academy

The Chiltern Academy was established in 1973 by Jane Anderson’s mother, Elaine, when she took over a High Wycombe dance school where Jane had been a student.   It was a wonderful challenge for Elaine to run her own business – her husband came up with the new name and Chiltern Academy’s journey began.

The Prestwood studio opened in 1976 and started with a handful of eager students attending class on Friday afternoons.  Little did they know that, over 40 years later, Chiltern Academy would still be thriving with nearly 300 students coming through the door each week.

What started as a local village dance school, offering ballet classes one afternoon a week, has since become one  of Buckinghamshire’s most prestigious performing arts schools with students travelling from as far as Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire to attend.  Numerous students go on to vocational colleges and successful careers within the dance world.  Continue reading Group Spotlight – The Chiltern Academy



Feast on the Farm – 13, 14 and 15 October

The first food and drinks festival at Peterley Manor Farm to truly celebrate Chiltern produce, with local producers, chefs, interactive workshops, talks and street-food pop-ups is looking to be one not to miss.

Peterley  Manor  Farm – Friday  13th October  Supper  Club  with  the  ‘Urban Chef’  Oliver  Rowe;   Saturday  14th  -­ Sunday  15th  October,  Feast  on  the Farm.   The festival page is now live on Peterley Manor Farm’s website and tickets are being sold on eventbrite.



Planning Ahead for Winter

Affordable Warmth service may bring you in from the cold

More people living in Chiltern and South Bucks districts will qualify for help in keeping their homes warm this winter,  thanks to changes in setting the criteria for Energy Company Obligation grants.

Both Councils support the Affordable Warmth Network which provides help and advice to anyone struggling to keep their home warm and pay their energy bills.  The Affordable Warmth Network is affiliated to the National Energy Foundation, aimed at improving use of energy in the homes.  Continue reading Planning Ahead for Winter



Help needed at Prestwood Toddler Group

A plea for additional help from Anne Neill, secretary of Prestwood Toddler Group:

“We are a community group run by local mums and carers.  It is one of the best stay and play groups in the area and we often run our
sessions full to capacity with 50 children in attendance each week.
Due to the natural progression of our committee members as their
children grow, we are in desperate need of volunteers to help keep the group going.  We regret that without new committee members in place by September the Group can no longer run.  We are hopeful that amongst our local community there are volunteers willing to give some of their time to enable this valuable resource to continue.

“If you are able to help us in any way we would be very grateful. ”



Bus service changes from 3 September

Message from David Horsler, Passenger Transport Development Officer, Transport for Buckinghamshire, New County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UY 

“I am writing to advise of a number of changes to bus services being introduced from 3 September 2017.

“The change that will directly affect Prestwood is that Service 48A, which operates on Sundays between Great Missenden, Prestwood and High Wycombe, is being withdrawn.

“This route linked operationally with the Sunday service 40 timetable, but this will not be possible in future and running a replacement service is not affordable.   Passenger numbers are low, with an average of only 4 passengers per journey who will have no alternative service;  the section of the route between Hazelmere and High Wycombe is covered by Service One.

“There are no changes planned for service 48, the Monday to Saturday route operated by Arriva.

“Further changes in the High Wycombe area are also planned.   Full timetable details will be on the Buckinghamshire County Council website in early August and information for passengers will be provided on buses, in the bus station and at bus stops.”



Thinning out of trees

Lawrence Grove Wood

You may have noticed on the PVA Facebook Group yesterday it was reported that trees were being felled in the woodland at the end of Widmere Field – known locally as the “potential 76 new homes site”.

However,  John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor,  has kindly confirmed that Keith Musgrave, CDC’s Tree & Landscape officer, visited the site today and says “…. the work is taking place within the woodland of Lawrence Grove rather than the proposed development site of Widmere Field that is now protected by a Tree Preservation Order.”

“I was told that the work is being supervised by a reputable forestry company and that it has been approved by the Forestry Commission through a Felling Licence.  It is a thinning operation within the younger woodland removing mainly birch that will be used for charcoal production.  The work is expected to finish today.”

So, panic not … and thanks to Helen for her initial alert and also Caroline, Jake and John for following this up.