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Celebrating 10 years – The Source for HP16

Best wishes and thanks to Colin   Veysey, Anthony Sykes, Holly Burrows and the many other volunteers who all play a crucial part in helping to produce each edition of The Source for HP16 and distribute it to its 6,000 readership five times a year, for free.

CONGRATULATIONS on ten years of ever increasing success and to the 50th edition just out.  It’s a real tribute to the community spirit in HP16.

As Colin explains “There are still many in the community who do not have a computer and some of those are the most in need of information about opportunities, events and news of the community – that is almost impossible to find when mobility becomes difficult.

“Equally, some of us simply surf… and rarely read, or are rarely in the area through work etc.  For you, the website gives access to events, news and opportunities in the HP16 area that could otherwise be inaccessible.” for back issues.

If you’d like to help, either providing news, delivering the papers, or you’re interested in filling the Reception Desk vacancy,  please do contact email:  



Muddy Stilettos ….

The Brill family at Peterley Manor Farm Shop are absolutely delighted to have been voted the Muddy Stilettos Best Farm Shop/Deli in Bucks and Oxon 2017 –  and they’ve asked us to pass on their thanks to everyone who voted for them.

“It would not be possible without the support of all our wonderful customers, friends, family, suppliers, etc. We really owe it all to you, so we would like to express a mammoth and heartfelt THANK YOU!!   We feel truly humbled at the support we have been given.”

Roger and Jane, Roger’s parents, and now his daughters, work tirelessly alongside their brilliant team of staff.   Going from strength to strength, the Farm Shop and Wild Strawberry Cafe are proving very popular.

A reminder too that strawberry picking is now in full swing.





Spring into action at Sprinters

Sprinters is continuing its “no joining fee offer” to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.

All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or  take a print-out of it with you.

If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…

Visit the Sprinters display stand at the PVA’s AGM/Social evening in the Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April (doors open 7pm) to find out more.



Chequers Folk – Wed 19 April – 8pm – The Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

After the long weekend of opportunity that the Easter holiday brings, whether it’s church, garden, rest, family or friends, it will be time for a trip to The Chequers Folk club on Wednesday 19 April.

All the way from Buckingham, (and more recently, via Cuba too!), Fraser and Toots will be returning to share some more of their repertoire of relaxed, varied and humorous music and stories.

Although there’s not a connection specifically with the Easter story, we are looking forward to a very rare set from the Family Cross. We know Peter as the mandolin player, Linda has been playing Ukulele with us along with Jo on flute, and Adam will be bringing the whole family together with both clarinet and accordion.

And The Wick Trimmers? Yes, we’ll be doing a few of our tunes, and maybe even touch on the Easter story.

Do remember to come and buy tickets (only £8 each) for The Dovetail Trio who will be playing at Chequers Folk on May 17.

We look forward to a great evening at The Chequers Tree with you all.

From The Wick Trimmers



Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April

PVA AGM Programme 250417

7.00pm  Doors open – an opportunity to visit displays

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – Notice of meeting AGM Calling notice 250417 including PVA AGM Minutes 2016 v.2  and proposed amendments to the Constitution PVA Constitution-2017 Final [Please read and print these off and bring with you].

We have a few vacancies for PVA committee members so if you’d like to contribute then please apply –  here’s the form AGM-Nomination-Form-Election-Committee-Members-2017 which needs to be back with PVA by 17 April.   For further information see here.
Continue reading Invitation to all PVA subscribers



Free tickets – Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

200 Free tickets for a ride on the Steam Train with tea and cake at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway have 200 tickets to give away to the elderly community and their carers within a 10 mile radius of Princes Risborough.  They’re running a special Steam charter on Tuesday 2nd May and all those with tickets will enjoy a Vintage Steam Train ride of approximately 50 minutes with tea and cake / biscuits on either their 11:00 or 13:00 services.  (100 tickets per train)
It is totally free and you need only provide your own transport to and from Chinnor Station.
They advise that those attending are able to negotiate the few steps to the platform and again into the carriage – although there is a ramp there.  Two wheelchairs can be accommodated on-board per trip in a newly adapted carriage.

To obtain your free tickets please contact Ray Gomm, Group Bookings Manager, on 07718 003 133 letting him know how many tickets you require ( including carers ) up to a maximum of 25 per organisation and your preference of time.  First come – first served so please don’t delay….book now

Ray Gomm  -Group & Special Events Manager
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway


Tel:  07718 003133



Easter waste & recycling collection times

Don’t forget to recycle all those card boxes, plastic packaging and foil.  It makes eating all those delicious Easter eggs guilt-free!

Normal Collection Day      Revised Collection Day
Friday 14 April                            Saturday 15 April
Monday 17 April                        Tuesday 18 April
Tuesday 18 April                       Wednesday 19 April
Wednesday 19 April               Thursday 20 April
Thursday 20 April                    Friday 21 April
Friday 21 April                           Saturday 22 April

More information at



Collection of Honeybee Swarms

Message from Brian Bush, MBBKA swarm officer:

Every year in conjunction with the BBKA, Mid Bucks beekeepers plays its part in the collection of honeybee swarms throughout the UK.

Mid Bucks beekeepers have been very successful in recent years collecting on average over 100 swarms per year.  Most of this success has been due to the help received from local councils and other organisations in informing and educating the general public.

Research has shown that swarms that are not collected and allowed to find their own nest sites have only a 30% chance of surviving for a year. This falls to less than 10% for surviving 2 winters.

One of the main causes of these losses is the varroa mite that infests almost all bee colonies.  Beekeepers can treat these mites and reduce their effect on bees and increase the chances of survival – swarm document 2017.

As a beekeeping association we run a dedicated swarm line during the summer months. The line becomes active on April 1st. this year – Swarm Hotline = 07770370132, and I’m asking you to publicise this important service locally.  NB: Check the BBKA website first to identify that you have a honeybee rather than a bumblebee swarm.  Thanks in advance for your vital help.



RUWise to It?

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.

Being aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and knowing where to go to raise a concern are two simple but important things.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that happens when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, money, drugs, gifts or alcohol. It is illegal, although young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed and manipulated by their abusers.   Visit to find out more.



Proposed unitary authority – latest

Plans would save £18m a year to invest in services

Plans have been submitted to central government to save taxpayers £18m a year through reducing the number of councils in Bucks from five to just one.  Under the proposals, both the County Council and four district councils would be abolished and replaced by a new Buckinghamshire-wide ‘unitary’ authority responsible for all council services.

The money saved through cutting unnecessary bureaucracy could be invested in front line services, including roads and pavements, libraries, schools, help for older people, community safety and pubic transport.  For more information log onto



PVA’s AGM and Annual Social evening

Save the date in your diary now …

Tuesday 25th April, Prestwood Village Hall  Doors open at 7.00pm

Please come and support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM in Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25th April.   We aim to get through the AGM formalities as quickly as possible so that we can celebrate PVA’s fourth year together for the rest of the evening.   

Malt The Brewery is kindly donating a keg of their beer and the ladies of the two Prestwood WIs will be providing tea/coffee/slice of cake for a nominal charge plus a GRAND CAKE STALL full of their delicious homemade cakes ready to pop into your freezer.  Together with a cheese board & wine, there will be displays from Friends of Great Missenden Library, Prestwood Gardening Society and Prestwood Nature,  Prestwood artists registered for Bucks Open Studios in June, Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund, Sprinters Leisure Centre, Abbey Gym Club and Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group.

Full  speakers’ programme and AGM calling papers will be circulated to all our newsletter subscribers shortly.

There is a more up to date post on the AGM including the papers which can be located here.



Wild Strawberry Cafe re-opening

From Katy Brill at Peterley Manor Farm

It’s felt like a long winter here on the farm, not helped by Storm Doris which wreaked havoc on our poor yurt, delaying our re-opening.  Luckily the fantastic team at Yurts for Life , Totnes, have worked their magic and repaired our yurt in next to no time.  We are delighted to say that thanks to them and the hard work of our team here we will be re-opening tomorrow, Saturday 18th March.

The cafe’s usual opening hours will resume from Saturday:

Tuesday- Saturday 8.30am – 5pm; Sunday 9am- 1pm (last brunch orders 12 noon).

Many thanks for bearing with us and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

Please note we are now fully booked for our Mothers Day Brunch.



More information on HS2

Message from Mike Johnstone, HS2 Lead, Great Missenden Parish Councillor

Following Royal Assent, the local HS2 Engagement team have arranged two ‘drop-in’ information events with emphasis on property compensation schemes for local residents and to enable you to find out more about HS2 in your area.

 The events are planned for:

 – Wednesday 29th March 2.00 -7.00 pm at Ballinger Village Hall

 – Friday 31st March 1.30 – 8:00 pm at Wendover Memorial Hall

 HS2 Drop in event 29th March is the HS2 leaflet providing more details.

There will be other events arranged by the local councils and by HS2 Ltd to keep you informed of developments.

Cllr Mike Johnstone – HS2 Lead, GMPC



The Big Lunch

Sunday 4th June 2017

From 12.00 noon to around 4.00pm.

PRESTWOOD BIG LUNCH is a community event, open to as many adults and children as possible from Prestwood to come along and picnic together on Prestwood Common.   Organised activities such as races, 5-a-side-games, displays and live music.    Watch this space for further information.



Despite the rainy weather…..

….. The Great British Spring Clean was a phenomenal success in Prestwood

An unprecedented number of volunteers, including parents with their children, gave their time to gather up a staggering quantity of litter and fly tipped rubbish.

At least 80 sacks of litter, chunks of wood and metal, glass, broken paving stones, supermarket trolleys and a myriad of other junk was collected from the roads, pavements, alleyways, allotments and open spaces throughout the village.  By Sunday afternoon, the whole of Prestwood was pristine, and this could not have happened without the wonderful 50 volunteers who responded to the plea for help.

Anyone interested in joining the next ‘Wombling Weekend’, planned for 24 and 25 June, please contact Jeanette Hedley

A BIG thank you from PVA to our Wombling pal Jeanette, for all her hard work in not only organising the Litter picks in Prestwood, but for her dedication to the  ongoing campaign to Keep Prestwood Tidy.



March Chequers Folk is nearly hare!

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

March Chequers Folk is nearly hare (deliberate typo!) and you’d be mad to miss it! As mad as a march here (deliberate typo no. 2!), we’ll be including The Wick Trimmers joined again by Megan on fiddle, the Cross family with Philippa and Colin, David and Peter, Bob (although please note that the tail of a hare is not called Bob… it’s a scut!) and more…

 We will, of course, include the tune, ‘hunting the hare’…the hair (no.3?) population sadly has decreased by 80% over the last 200 years… which is why you have to hunt for them. For over 600 years since the Romans introduced them to the UK, the English have watched the ladies of the species, Lepus europaeus, engage in boxing the ears of amorous suitors at this time of the year out in the fields – and labelled it as being as ‘mad as a march hare’.  What did the Romans ever do for us? Well now you know!

We won’t be ignoring the proximity of St Patrick’s day either… so a number of Irish tunes will be involved.

Advanced notice for May 17 – we are looking forward to The Dovetail Trio coming to Chequers Folk and tickets (only £8 each) will be on sale next Wednesday so please bring your money!

We look forward to a great evening at The Chequers Tree with you all.

From The Wick Trimmers