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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



On-line Community Forum – Wednesday 22 November 7-9pm

Message from PS 5323 Paul Cossey, Neighbourhood Sergeant – Amersham, Missenden & Chalfonts, Chiltern & South Bucks LPA

“Please can I make you aware of the Online Community Forum taking place on Wednesday 22 November 2017  7-9pm.


“The on-line virtual forum provides members of the community with an opportunity to ask questions to both the police and local council regarding matters that may be of concern.





“The link to the forum is

“Please feel free to take part and forward this on to those who you feel may be interested in taking part or monitoring the event.”

Contact number:  315 6615 / 07974973957   Non Emergency Number 101   Email

Address: King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP6 5AL



Save Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Centres

Message from Save Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Centres Campaign:


We’re sure only people power will change the Council’s mind and save our Children’s Centres.  Please help us spread the word and join us on the day if you can.  Monday 13 November 10.00am – 1.00 pm

Full address for protest:
Bucks County Council, County Hall
Walton Street
HP20 1UA



Stop! Think! They never let you go!

Don’t swim with the Loan Sharks this Christmas

As the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, Chiltern District Council’s Community Safety Team is asking people to think again before borrowing money to avoid debt spiralling out of control.

At this time of year it is all too easy to get persuaded to use high cost  ‘buy now pay later’  catalogues, payday loans, doorstep lenders and even loan sharks.  All these sources of credit will lead to high interest rates and, in the case of loan sharks, intimidation and possibly harm.  Check out the following advice:-  Continue reading Stop! Think! They never let you go!



Bucks County Council’s Budget Consultation 2018/19

Bucks County Council would appreciate your input to their 2018/19 Budget Consultation survey by 19 November.

They’re really keen to hear from businesses as well as residents so, if you can spare the time to take part, please do so.   Many thanks in advance for your support.

Survey link –

website link –

Rebecca Smith,  Customer & Communications Officer, Buckinghamshire County Council



Halloween posters

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.  Continue reading Halloween posters



Charity Bazaar – Saturday 11 November



From 2.15pm  Admission 30p


Stalls include:  Lighthouse, Child Care Malawi, Thomas Ball Childlren’s Cancer Fund, Hearing Dogs, Prestwood Evening WI, Methodist Church Monday Group, Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Holy Trinity Church Prestwood, Prestwood Afternoon WI, Great Missenden District Guides, Quainton Railway



Celebrating 5 years since MALT opened ……

From Nick and Jenny at Malt:

“On October 19th we will have been open for 5 years.  Whether you’ve known us from the beginning or you’ve recently discovered us, we thank you for your support.

“It’s Maltober but not as you know it:  This October, to celebrate  we have great events and offers lined up for you to enjoy!

 MALT goes to ‘Feast on the Farm’ Saturday & Sunday 14th-15th October  With a fully stocked Malt Ale Bar on site and over 42 exhibitors including food trucks and chef demonstrations, it’s shaping up to be foodie heaven.   If you haven’t got your tickets yet then you’ll be pleased to know, if you’re a Maltster, you can get 20% off an adult weekend ticket. Follow this link to Event Brite. The code is malt20.

Marvellous Malt Dinner, The Nags Head, Great Missenden – Award-winning Anglo-French Food – Tuesday 17th October 7.30pm
We’re delighted to announce The Nags Head’s chef, Claude Paillet,  has created a celebratory Malt Infused 3 course meal for us to enjoy.   Choose from a specially selected menu, including pulled should of venison in Malt Anniversary Ale and Malt Harvest Ale sorbet!  Full menu details available on request.

Adam and his team will have all three of their hand pumps dedicated to Malt Ales. Let us know what you’d like to see in the line up and we’ll pick the most popular.   Tickets are available now – £45 per person  (Price includes 3 course meal and 2 pints of Malt Ale)
To book call 01494 865063, email (to pay online) or visit the brewery.

We hope you will join us for what should be a fabulous evening of great food, great ale and great company.  Continue reading Celebrating 5 years since MALT opened ……



Feast on the Farm this weekend

Message from Katy Brill, Peterley Manor Farm:

“As you might have gleaned, Feast on the Farm is finally here.  It’s happening this weekend- Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm both days.  Advance ticket sales end at midnight tonight!   This is the only way to guarantee your attendance so if you want to join in the Feast please do buy your tickets now!

“We will have tickets available to buy on the door, but we are expecting them to sell out quite quickly on the day.

There are no cash points on site and many of our exhibitors will not have access to card machines.  We wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the incredible produce that is going to be on offer, so please do bring plenty of cash.

The full programme can be seen at

Continue reading Feast on the Farm this weekend



Proposed new approach for early help

Future help to support children and families

Consultation on changes to early help services for children and families extended until 16 October 2017

The consultation on improving early help services for children and families has been extended to 16 October 2017 and further detail on the proposals added following a mid-consultation review.   Find out more about the consultation and how to get involved,

Message first received in August 2017 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.