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HS2 Drop-in Event – Highway and Haul Road Design

Wednesday 28 February 2018 between 2 and 6 pm in Great Missenden Memorial Centre

A Drop-in Event being run by Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractors – plans for the construction of the HS2 Haul Road to run from the A413 up to the Chiltern Tunnel portal will be on display.

Designs will be shared with the community on proposed scheme of alterations to Link Road and the A413 roundabout as well as the A413 Frith Hill roundabout.  Staff will be on hand to talk to.

email:  Tel: 08081 434434  



Help keep your children safe online

Message Sent By
Holly Turner (Police, Comms Officer, Thames Valley)

The internet is a fantastic place for young people to learn, play and socialise but it’s vital that they’re aware of its dangers and how to stay safe. Here’s a few tips to help your child stay safe online:

·   Make sure your child knows what personal information is and that they’re share aware

·   Ensure you understand the social media your child is using. If you don’t know your Roblox from your Snapchat or are getting in a Twitch trying to keep on top of the social media networks your child is using, visit the Net Aware website

Continue reading Help keep your children safe online



Chequers Folk – Wednesday 21 February – Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

Outside it may be a grey day… the British winter in full swing – but you can look forward to a grade ‘A’ day on Wednesday 21 February at 8pm.

Chequers Folk offers a kind of ‘play day’ – opportunity to enjoy a warm sunny musical atmosphere with a hint of anticipation of spring.

Over the last 6 years we have ‘played a’ huge number of pieces, but this month again there will be some new grade ‘A’ new tunes, arrangements and songs to rain upon you.

As well as the The Wick Trimmers, Gerard’s accordion skills will be on display, David and Peter are with us, and a quartet that could be called the Dolphin Paint Dipper Alliance (you have a go at the anagram!).

We hope you will find your way to The Chequers Tree to overcome the grey by joining us for a colourful evening of folk.

From The Wick Trimmers

 For those of you who enjoy dancing too, The Wick Trimmers are playing at a local barn dance open to all at The Oldham Hall, Great Missenden on Sat 24th Feb 7pm (tickets from 01494 862352 or email



3 For free Car share offer – Great Missenden Railway Station parking

News in from Vanessa Martin, Great Missenden Parish Councillor:

Here’s a link to Chiltern Railways Car Parking at Great Missenden Railway Station where it states:

“Save Money and the environment with our 3 For Free Car Share offer

We offer free parking when three or more people share a car and arrive at our stations and board our trains *

  • Valid Mondays – Fridays between 0600 and 0900
  • Free parking applies to 3 or more adults sharing 1 car
  • Free parking applies on the day of arrival only
  • The offer is not valid for overnight parking
  • Just get your 3 For Free Car Share voucher from the station ticket office before 09:00 am on the day of travel and display it in your vehicle.
  • Free parking applies to rail users only

Do please leave a comment below as to how you get on.



Your chance to meet your local councillors

Dates for Councillors’ surgeries

Message from Peter and Vanessa Martin:

Peter Martin is our local Bucks County Councillor and his wife, Vanessa, a local Chiltern District Councillor.  They’ll be in Great Missenden Library from 11.00 am for an hour on the following Saturdays:

10 February 2018

10 March 2018

16 June 2018

22 September 2018

8 December 2018

They look forward to meeting you then to discuss any local concerns.



Walk in Wednesday mornings at JNP

Over the last few months there have been some changes in the office, with Tracey Phillips the new Branch Manager, Simon L’Esperance joining as a Sales Negotiator and Sarah Baker and Kate Adams remaining in their roles of Sales Support and Weekend Sales Assistant respectively.

JNP’s new initiative of Walk In Wednesday launches on 7th February and will run on the first Wednesday morning of every month, aiming to offer local people free and impartial property advice with Mortgage Consultant Jon Cox on hand to assist with any financial queries.

The JNP Partnership in Prestwood would be delighted to see you in branch at any of their Walk In Wednesday mornings. They are also contactable on (01494) 866 000.




Many thanks to Fiona Waller for contacting PVA regarding the ongoing hot topic of LITTER:

Let’s start at home with Macroplastics in Prestwood…

We’ve all heard a lot about microplastics at sea and been appalled by the terrible conditions of birds and mammals being injured through ingesting plastic and the presence of plastic in their bodies.  The scenes from BBC’s Blue Planet struck a chord with us all.

However, at a clean-up at Sheepwash Pond in Honor End Lane this month, we collected about 40 plastic drink bottles from the edges of the pond and the water showing that this problem is just as much an issue locally as it is globally.

It’s not just bottles though – small plastic bags and sweet wrappers
also litter the area and could easily be eaten by ducks or frogs and
newts which inhabit one of the few areas of permanent water in

There are lots of community-minded people in Prestwood who
litter pick and collect rubbish that others have left or thrown down
around our village.  However, we need to make sure that we change
behaviours of our children and young people to discourage this
antisocial behaviour and whilst it’s great to support international
issues there is a real need now right at home in the village.

Thanks – Fiona.



HS2 Preliminary Works have started

Information from Mike Johnstone, Great Missenden Parish Councillor’s HS2 Lead Officer

Temporary Traffic Lights

Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractor, is installing temporary traffic lights towards the A413 end of the Link Road to operate between 10 am and 4pm for this week, ie. from Monday 29th January. The aim is to investigate the verge prior to widening the road, later in the year. 

Extension to two classrooms at Great Missenden School  

Preparatory work starts on the 9th February and main construction work from 23rd February to October on the classrooms with access from the Link Road across the Buryfield car park.  

Thanks – Cllr Mike Johnstone, GMPC



Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….

Litter Pick Weekend – 2nd, 3rd and 4th March

Your help is needed for the next community litter pick!

If you have not yet participated in one of these events, then please consider joining this one.  It’s a great way of getting to meet other like-minded villagers and very satisfying to see a lovely clean village when the task is complete.

Here’s how to join in – call at Jeanette’s house 18 Orchard Lane, off Prestwood High Street, between 10am and 2pm on litter pick days to collect a litter picking tool, refuse sacks and a hi viz top.  Please bring your own gloves.

It’s your choice where to litter pick and when and how much time you give.  Gathered rubbish is deposited at a central collection point which is then cleared by CDC on Monday 5th March.  Please tell your local friends and family about this event – bring them along – and if you have children, spread the news through their schools and clubs. The more volunteers we have, the more litter we can clear from our beautiful village.

This weekend is being run in conjunction with the nationwide Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean event.

Still not sure?  Give Jeanette a ring on 01494 866460.  Don’t be shy, give Wombling a try!

THANK YOU – Jeanette & Orinoco



It’s pothole season….

County Councillor Mark Shaw, BCC Cabinet Member for Transportation, urges road users in Buckinghamshire to report potholes when they see them:

“Transport for Buckinghamshire will investigate every pothole reported to them, and react on a risk based prioritisation process – put simply, that means the worst ones will be attended to first, as a matter of urgency.  But we’re not mind readers, and the road network is far too vast for us to possibly know where all the potholes are, so we need members of the public to report them to us either using the online form, which only takes a few minutes, or by calling if it’s dangerous or an emergency.   I would ask that everyone be patient while we deal with the fallout of a bad winter – potholes are as inevitable as weather, roads are made of a porous material so that they don’t flood constantly in rain and so when water within the structure freezes, defects will form.”

This winter’s weather has been tough on Buckinghamshire’s roads – while the heavy snowfall in December was the most remarkable weather event, the worst conditions for roads are actually when the ground temperature fluctuates constantly between just above and  just below zero.  Continue reading It’s pothole season….



Proposals to help reduce medicine waste

Message from Let’s Talk Health Buckinghamshire

Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (the CCGs) are asking for the views and help of patients and carers in Buckinghamshire to support us in making improvements to the way we deal with medicines.

In particular, we want to reduce the amount of medicine that is wasted across our NHS system and address some of the current safety concerns surrounding some treatments.

With your help, we want to develop solutions to these issues that will benefit our patients and local health and care services alike.

With that in mind we will shortly be inviting people to attend a meeting run by the CCGs’ Medicines Management Team, at the Holiday Inn, High Wycombe, on 27 April 2018.
Continue reading Proposals to help reduce medicine waste



In case of a power cut…

Message from UK Power Networks:

“We would be very grateful if you could share the information below with local residents so that they are aware of who to contact in the event their electricity is interrupted by the weather.   Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit for the latest updates
  • Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates

Continue reading In case of a power cut…



Well-being community events for local residents

Great Missenden Library and the Prevention Matters team are hosting a series of community events covering physical, mental and community safety themes for local residents.  One of the aims is to raise awareness of the different services that are available to residents within our community so that we can continue to live independently in our own homes for as long as possible.

The second drop in event will be between 11am – 4pm on Wednesday 24th January including a free Dementia Friends information session 11:30am – 12:30 / Tai chi taster session 2:30 – 3pm – stall holders: Alzheimer’s Society, Telecare, Bucks Mind, Community Counselling HP16, Prevention Matters and more.

Week three: Community safety week Friday 2nd February – 11am-4pm,  free Trading Standards Scams workshop 11:45 – 12:30 , stall holders: Legal advice, Fire & Rescue service, TVP, Chiltern District Community safety team, Prevention Matters and more.

Venue: Great Missenden Library.



Chequers Folk – A special evening at the Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

Yes, we have checked and, NO! there won’t be any red arrows flying on Chequers Folk night this month or next at The Chequers Tree (ie. no darts match!).

So, we are excited to be welcoming Liz Simcock who is a brilliant singer/songwriter from North London. Her lyrics are wonderfully crafted observations on a wide range of contemporary life and relationships – eg. escaping city life, Cromer pier, knitting and love songs… both Colin and Clive rate her latest album ‘Friday Night Train Home’ as one of the best they’ve ever heard.
Continue reading Chequers Folk – A special evening at the Chequers Tree



New building at Sprinters for Abbey Gym Club

Abbey Gym Club has entered the Aviva Community Fund to raise money for its new building and needs your votes please.

We have until 21 November to get as many votes as possible for our project here:

Key points:

  1. Voting is free!
  2. Everyone has 10 votes to cast – we want all 10 please!
  3. Anyone with an email address can vote, including children (just tick the box to say they are under 16)
  4. We need all votes to be cast by the deadline on 21 November

Here is what our project looks like online, with our first 10 votes being cast:

Thank you for all your votes!  Read on for details of why we need your votes: Continue reading New building at Sprinters for Abbey Gym Club



Charcuterie Tasting – Thursday 9 November @ 7.30pm

From Nick & Jenny at MALT:

Join us on Thursday 9 November at 7.30pm for an evening with John Miller of Chiltern Charcuterie.

Enjoy a range of handmade British charcuterie, made just 3 miles away in North Dean by John and Catherine Miller.   The evening includes an opportunity to meet John, and hear how he makes his delicious British Charcuterie.

You will enjoy a selection of Charcuterie, each introduced by John and accompanied by Malt Ale or if you prefer, English Wine.

Starts at 7.30pm and costs just £25*.

Places are limited. Please call, email (to pay online) or visit the brewery to book your place.

*Ticket price includes minimum 6 samples of charcuterie and 3 drinks* (Pint of Ale or 125ml glass of wine), as well as £5 off a Charcuterie Bundle purchased on the night.

Now open later on Saturday 

Did you know?  By popular demand we are now open until 7pm again on Saturdays.   We look forward to seeing you all soon.
For our full opening times please see our website.

Nick & Jenny




NHW Card Defenders available

From Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to share your personal data and other information.  On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency identification – RFID technology.  This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments up to £30.

However, this comes with security risk, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details.  They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results.  They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this.  You might not even notice it happening. Continue reading NHW Card Defenders available