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International Credit Union Day

From Chiltern District Council

Thursday October 19th 2017 is International Credit Union Day which celebrates the great work that credit unions are doing around the world.

This year’s theme is ‘Dreams Thrive Here’ celebrating how credit unions can help make different professions, personal choices and career paths real.  So if you have a dream that you want to turn into reality, why not contact the local credit union for Chiltern and South Bucks, M for Money Credit Union, on: 020 8756 3866 or email  The credit union is also a way of seeing your savings help others while still making interest.  Last year’s M for Money’s dividend to savers was 1.5%.  For further information visit Continue reading International Credit Union Day



Thames Valley Police Alert – Burglary Nags Head Lane

From Thames Valley Police

Case officer Debbie Parker-Boyes, Police, Taplow.

On Saturday 9 September 2017 between midnight and 6.30am a burglary occurred at Nags Head Lane, Great Missenden.  The offenders gained access by smashing a rear window.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Nags Head Lane please contact Amersham Investigation Hub via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43170267758.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.



Street Robbery

From Thames Valley Police

Appeal for witnesses and information

On Monday 4 Sepember at approximately 9.00pm outside the Prestwood Methodist Church High Street,  a person unknown wearing a dark hoodie approached an elderly resident and attempted to snatch their handbag.  The resident, whilst holding onto the handbag, fell and received facial & wrist injuries.  If anyone has any information please ring 101 and quote reference – Occurrence 43170263025



Keep your property safe

Message from Chris Ging,  Thames Valley Police.

With the winter months approaching and the evenings getting darker please ensure your property does not become a target for burglars.

Simple rules

  1. Use timer switches or leave a light on (ensure property is not in darkness)
  2. Check outside lights are working
  3. Ensure all windows and doors are shut and locked
  4. Don’t leave valuables lying around
  5. Take pictures of expensive items / jewellery
  6. Ensure house alarms if fitted are in use
  7. Do not leave tools lying around rear gardens (burglars will use them to gain entry to properties)
  8. Ensure no valuables on display in vehicles
  9. Ensure vehicles are locked
  10. Ensure outbuildings (sheds and garages) are locked and secure


Essential Maintenance Work: Road Closures

Message from the National Grid

Essential maintenance work on the overhead electricity lines between East Claydon substation and Amersham substation – Road Closures


“As part of this work, we’ll need to temporarily close part of Frith Hill, between the B485 and King’s Lane, for around 4 weeks, and part of Leather Lane for around 3 weeks. “

You can read the full advisory letter here. (opens in a new browser window)



The Chiltern Village Cinema

16th September at Holy Trinity


We are delighted to announce that The Chiltern Vintage Cinema is returning to Holy Trinity on Saturday 16th September for a very special screening. Come along in the afternoon for the heart-warming family favourite, E.T .The Extra Terrestrial (U). With a choice of comfy beanbag or bench seating, complimentary popcorn and a fully licensed bar, all within the beautifully restored church, you’re in for a real treat. Tickets are selling quickly so for more information or to book, visit

The Shawshank Redemption

The Chiltern Vintage Cinema is returning to Holy Trinity on Saturday 16th September for a very special screening. Join us in the evening for the brilliant, moving and inspirational film, The Shawshank Redemption (15). There will be complimentary popcorn and a fully licensed bar, along with a choice of comfy beanbag or bench seating, all within the beautifully restored church. Tickets are selling quickly so book now for your chance to see this iconic film in a beautiful location. For more information or to book tickets, visit



The Rock Project comes to Prestwood

Aspiring young pop and rock stars can start to climb the ladder of success with the launch of a new music school in Prestwood!

The Rock Project is the UK’s leading school for children’s contemporary music tuition. It offers group lessons in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals for young people aged 7-18 years old.

Weekly sessions at The Rock Project offer budding chart-toppers the chance to develop their musical talents as well as experience in playing together as a band. Continue reading The Rock Project comes to Prestwood



News about the Kings Head Pub

Latest News about the Kings Head

Updated 21/07/17

Message from Cara Nix

We are delighted to let the local community know that the application to create a childrens day nursery at the Kings Head in Prestwood was finally approved by the planning committee at the council meeting on 20th July.

We would like to say a huge thank you for all the support that the
application has received.  We believe the nursery will have a golden future.

Andy and Cara Nix Continue reading News about the Kings Head Pub



Polling District and Places Review

Message from Katherine Petty (Chiltern District Council)

Chiltern District Council is carrying out a review of polling districts and polling places within its area as required by the Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006.

Note: this is not a review of District Ward boundaries.

  • A polling district is a geographical area created by the sub-division of a parliamentary constituency or ward into smaller parts.
  • A polling place is the building or area in which polling stations will be located.
  • A polling station is the area within the polling place where voting takes place.

The requirements are that: Continue reading Polling District and Places Review



Comment on mobile phone coverage

Mary Wiles writes:

“Am I the only person who cant get a mobile phone signal in the Nairdwood Lane area? When I recently bought a new phone, the salesman  showed me a map indicating that Nairdwood Lane was a “black hole” as far as reception is concerned, and it seems to be getting worse. I don’t give people my mobile number as I know they wont be able to get hold of me! Does anyone know how to put pressure on phone companies to erect a mast in this area?”



A big THANK YOU from PVA


We held our 4th Annual General Meeting at the village hall last night (25th April 2017). Many thanks to our supporters and subscribers for such a great turn out.

You can view the slides that were presented by clicking on the links further down this page.

Do you want PVA to become a Pressure Group?

This part is really important. The main theme at the AGM was about how PVA evolves. With your support over the past 4 years we have gone from nothing, to 900+ subscribers, and have a very effective website run by volunteers. We could do more, much more, but here we need your advice, help and participation – today please.

To help make this very easy and quick for you we have an online form.

PVA Feedback online

Continue reading A big THANK YOU from PVA



Public Spaces Protection Orders

CDC seeks your opinion (before the 14th of May)

Message from John Gladwin (CDC Councillor)

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are currently reviewing our powers of dog control and anti-social drinking in public spaces, and we would like to hear your views.

The results of this consultation will inform our plans for the introduction of new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). PSPOs are one of a number of new powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area.

To help us carry out this review, we would like to invite you to complete our consultation here.

The deadline for responses is Sunday, 14 May 2017. For more information and a link to the consultation go to or

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or



Co-Op Car Park

Car Park by Prestwood Co Op and Social Housing

You may not be aware, but the proposal by Paradigm to CDC to take some of the car park by the Co Op to increase the level of affordable housing in the District is still under consideration, and is one site on the list of possible proposals that are being considered.  One of the reasons it is still there is because doubt has been raised as to how full the car park actually gets.

 If you wish to express an opinion regarding this topic, in particular the loss of some of the car park area, you may want to consider approaching one or all of your local councillors, possibly providing photographic evidence of when the car park is full and your views regarding the facility it offers to the wide community.

If you would like to make contact with them to share your views and provide any evidence you have in terms of the demand for spaces in the car park, their contact details are:

List of Chiltern District Councillors. 

Cllr Martin, Peter:   
Cllr Wallace, Heather:
Cllr Jones, Robert:   
Cllr Gladwin, John: