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Defensive planting

Message from CDC:

The ever-increasing popularity and sophistication of gardening has not gone unnoticed by the criminal. Garden crime is a reality. According to police statistics, the most likely items to be stolen are mowers, strimmers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, garden furniture and plants.

Nature herself provides one of the best solutions to many garden crimes. With careful thought and planning you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of garden crime, whilst at the same time creating an attractive garden. For instance you can create an impenetrable hedge, which looks far more attractive than security fencing but is just as effective.

You can download the full article by following this link:  Defensive planting. 



Great Missenden Library and Prevention Matters

Message from Natalie Judson, Community Links Officer for Prevention Matters:

Great Missenden Library and the Prevention Matters teams 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 their community so that they can continue to live independently in own homes for as long as possible.  These drop in events will be held on the following dates listed below between 11am – 4pm on all dates (Download poster from here): Continue reading Great Missenden Library and Prevention Matters



Chequers Folk Wed 17th Jan 2018

Message from Philippa,

Dear Chequers Folk folk…
We hope you have enjoyed your Christmas festivities and are well into the possibilities of a new year. We certainly enjoyed the Chequers Folk Christmas special, so we thought we would offer you a January Chequers special, Wednesday 17th, as a follow up.

And so, to this end we’ve invited our friends,
It’s the Fraser and Toots duo from Buckingham.
We do recommend that you try to attend
As they bring well known songs and originals, self-penned!   
There’ll be folk that is local and tales anecdotal
With musical paintings and even some vocals,
And we really do hope that you’ll handel and cope
With some firework music that was writ for the royals.
We’re sure you’ll agree, that if the date suits
It’s a date for your diary so don’t make an excuse
On Jan 17 we’d all love to see you –
David, Peter, The Wick Trimmers, Fraser and Toots!     


Polecat Extension and Renovation

Belinda Boyd writes:

“As you might have heard; Oakman Inns is engaged in the planning process with Chiltern District Council for an extension and refurbishment of The Polecat.

They are holding a Planning & Design Presentation at Prestwood Village Hall on Friday 5th January between 2 and 7pm to give residents an opportunity to meet key members of their team and to discuss their proposals.” Continue reading Polecat Extension and Renovation



Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing

Message from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld:

On Tuesday 19th December the Home Secretary announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. However, this funding package assumes that all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will raise the police element of council tax by £1 a month (or £12 a year) for a band D property which, collectively, will raise £270 million of the £450 million increase. This will allow forces to continue to provide an effective service in their critical work to fight crime and protect the public.

At present around 60% of Thames Valley Police’s £393 million annual policing budget is funded by central government, with the policing element of your council tax making up the remainder. Since 2010/11 the police grant has been cut by around 38% in real terms which has resulted in Thames Valley Police (TVP) having to make £99 million of savings in order to balance the budget.  These cuts have already led to a manpower reduction of over 1,000 full time equivalent posts, including more than 450 police officers. Continue reading Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing



Open Mic Night

Prestwood Rock Open Mic Night

On Wednesday 13th of December the Prestwood Rock band Overtime Rock will be holding an open mic night which may be of interest to anyone with an instrument or would like to do a spot of singing, either lead or backing vocals.

It is in a very relaxed atmosphere, we will be holding our usual rehearsal. We are a covers rock band, and would like to meet other musicians & vocalists in and around Prestwood.

Interested, why not give it a try?

Continue reading Open Mic Night



HS2 News from Bucks County Council


New £5m fund to create and restore woodlands

The first £1 million of the HS2 Woodland Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the
phase one route, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. You can
read more here. Continue reading HS2 News from Bucks County Council



Got some news? Tell us about it

Did you know that the Prestwood Village Association website has around 2,500 visits a month?  The most popular areas are the news page and the community directory.

We have a group of volunteers in  Prestwood Village Association that manage the website and add things that you have sent in on a daily basis. We also carry out spring cleaning and remove old news from time to time.

The following are available to you:

For Businesses or Groups in Prestwood

If you are a business or run a group based in Prestwood, we can add you into the Community Directory. Go to here to find out how that works; Community Directory Request. Continue reading Got some news? Tell us about it



Christmas Concert in support of Parkinson’s UK

Message from Prestwood resident Trevor Owen:

Christmas Concert organised by the local branch of Parkinson’s UK
7.30pm Friday 15 December 2017 at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe HP13 6QT.

Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a brilliant evening of
entertainment to put us in the festive spirit. We’ll have a full
programme of arias, carols and Christmas favourites from High
Wycombe’s 90-strong “Everyone Can Sing Choir”, a professional
soprano and a brass quintet.

Tickets £10 for adults and £5 for children 5 to 16 years old. Buy
online at or from Trevor Owen (lives in
Prestwood) on 01494 866869.

More information from



Don’t Forget……

Planning Applications in Prestwood

Back in the summer of this year Prestwood Village Association started to note planning applications from the Chiltern District Council planning portal that were in or around Prestwood. We have placed them on a map which is roughly the right location based on the post code.

If you click on a pin it tells you the reference number, and then you can find out more detail through the CDC website.

This work continues every week. The map below shows the latest planning applications.

To find out more about this page and how to use it please visit Planning Applications in Prestwood.



Hearing Dogs Christmas Market

Local charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is preparing for the most
magical season of all with a wonderful Christmas Market on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, 11am-4pm.

The Saunderton-based charity is opening its doors to Christmas
shoppers and dog-lovers for two days of yuletide fun, with plenty of
activities and gift stalls to get all the family into the festive

We are ready to kick-start the Christmas season with the return of our much-loved Christmas Market at our Hearing Dogs  headquarters, nestled in the heart of Buckinghamshire countryside. Continue reading Hearing Dogs Christmas Market



Gigaclear Ultrafast Broadband

Philip Gander writes:

Ultrafast Broadband

I spotted this in my latest ComputerActive magazine. If there is
enough interest in an area they will start building the new 
fibre-to-the-home network. It appears to be free. A chap in a village
in Hertfordshire went from 1.5Mbps to 53Mbps. You can find more 
information and register interest with no obligation at and they will keep you updated.

Might be worth circulating it to the membership.



Chequers Folk – Wednesday 25th October

From Phillippa Wallin:
Dear Chequers Folk folk…
Last week there was a report from a northern Chinese village claiming they had discovered a 60ft long dragon’s skeleton. Hard to believe? Well yes, but stranger things have happened and as Guy Fawkes night approaches, Chequers Folk will be on Wednesday 25 October (which is the 4th Wednesday in the month – the only time in the 6-year history of our folk club!), to add sparkle, fire and flying fingers to the preceding week.
So – the question will again be asked…. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Continue reading Chequers Folk – Wednesday 25th October



Keep your home safe in the dark

From Chiltern District Council

Bright ideas to keep your home safe in the dark evenings

This time of the year when the clocks have gone back means homes are in darkness early in the afternoon – a gift for opportunist burglars.

To avoid becoming a victim of burglary, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team is encouraging householders to take some simple steps to protect their home:

• Use a timer switch to turn on lights and a radio to give the impression someone is home
• Keep valuables, and other electronic equipment such as iPads out of sight
• Security mark valuables with a UV pen and register them with
• Double lock UPVC doors or use dead locks on solid doors. Keep all spare keys, including car keys, away from the front door out of sight to avoid them being ‘fished’ through the letter box
• Keep windows locked with the key and keep it out of sight
• Don’t leave packaging of expensive items purchased on view as an advertisement to thieves
• If you intend to go away over the holiday period, ask a neighbour to park on your drive to make your home look occupied and do the same for others. Continue reading Keep your home safe in the dark



Brownfield Register Consultation

Prestwood Village Association have received the following message from Chiltern District Council.

Dear Consultee,

Chiltern and South Bucks Brownfield Register Consultation I am writing with regard to the Chiltern and South Bucks Brownfield Registers.

A Brownfield Register lists all brownfield sites which are deemed potentially ‘suitable’, ‘available’, and ‘achievable’ to deliver residential led development of 5 or more dwellings. The Councils must produce a Register for each Council area by 31st December 2017, and would like to seek views on the draft list prior to producing the final Registers.

More information is contained in the Explanatory Note below.


The Councils have each produced a draft ‘Part 1’ Register (sites which are suitable, available, and achievable for residential development on brownfield land) and these can be viewed on the Councils’ websites: (for sites in Chiltern) and (for sites in South Bucks).

Consultation runs from 12pm on 29th September to 4.30pm on 10th November 2017, if you have any comments to make please make these in writing to the contact details available below.

Following the close of consultation the Councils will consider all the comments made and will consider these when producing the Registers.

Contact Details: Email: 

Where we can help

To help you understand which areas in the parish of Great Missenden are within this proposal and what you can do if you wish to participate please go to Brownfield Site Consultation.



Chequers Folk: 20th September 2017 at 8pm

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

The August break has come and gone, so the feel of a new start is in the air…. Schools have gone back and Chequers Folk is here again. So, this term we have some new things that we want to share, and new projects that we’re working on.

This month we’re looking forward to Megan playing fiddle with us again, as well as a few new tunes that have been added to the Wick Trimmers’ repertoire. David and Peter will be duetting together, and they also have been busy recording David’s music – with Peter doing the mastering.  The CD, called Rough Diamonds, will be available on the evening… and I, (Colin), think it’s excellent! Continue reading Chequers Folk: 20th September 2017 at 8pm