Dear Chequers Folk folk…
The March through lent towards Easter includes one Wednesday when you can come and ‘give it up for’ David, Bob, The Wick Trimmers and maybe more!
Not being sure how that phrase came to be a form of welcome or encouragement to applaud, I turned to that fount of all facts implausible – Google – to find an interesting theory. To lower a drawbridge to welcome a guest into a mediaeval castle the ropes would be allowed to go up… and the shout was ‘give it up for…’.
Anyway, Easter is associated somewhat with fluffy things such as chicks and bunnies, so there will be a bit of a wildlife theme mixed into the sets… though at this stage we don’t want to badger you with too much detail!
We look forward to lowering the drawbridge to welcome you as honoured guests at The Chequers Tree, for some tunes, songs, stories and maybe even more wild and unlikely facts.
From The Wick Trimmers www.wicktrimmers.co.uk
Prestwood Village Association is holding its AGM and Social Evening in the Village Hall on Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm. Please put the date in your diary and watch this space for further details of the programme as it develops.
Litter Pick Weekend – 2nd, 3rd and 4th March
Due to the current wintry weather
The arctic conditions have destroyed any chance of a litter pick taking place this weekend. I was hopeful that a thaw on Saturday or Sunday might facilitate an opportunity, but judging by today’s freezing winds and temperatures, that’s most unlikely now. So, thank you to all those who have already enquired, volunteered or even given it some thought, but I have decided to cancel this one and reschedule for 27th/28th/29th April. Perhaps Spring will have arrived by then! Wishing you all well – stay warm. Jeanette (& Orinoco, who clearly came out of hibernation too soon!) Continue reading Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….
Join the Nation’s billion steps challenge to raise money for Sport Relief! Here at Sprinters we will be hosting the mile challenge, all you have to do is walk, jog or run a mile and the amount of steps you do will count towards the Sport Relief steps challenge. There will be a donation fee to pay on the day, but all proceeds will be going to Sport Relief! So tell your family and tell your friends and let’s get everybody involved this year. Continue reading Sprinters Challenge – Sport Relief Saturday 17th March
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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
Active Bucks Project in Prestwood
New older adults dance class ‘social steps’ will be starting on Monday 26th February in Prestwood Village Hall – 1.30-2.30pm. Dance to your favourite songs from over the years – all shapes, sizes and abilities welcome. £3.50 per session. For more information please contact Jenna on 07891251984.
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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 www.wicktrimmers.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
GLL Sport Foundation is offering grants up to £1,250 to athletes to help improve theirs sports performance.
Closing date is 20 Feb 2018
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.
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!
Do you love the Chilterns? Come to our events (Prestwood is Feb 1 2018) and tell us your views on its past, present and future landscape. It is free to attend, but please register by following the link below. Chalk cherries and chairs
The Missendens Badminton Club is a small, friendly group of mixed age and ability locals, who hire Prestwood Junior School hall on Wednesdays in term-time from 8-10pm. Players come mainly from Prestwood , Little and Great Kingshill, and Great Missenden.
If you are interested in joining us, contact Mike on 07799 726231. Or visit our Facebook page Missendens Badminton Club@prestwoodbucks. Or just come along for a free session and try us out.
We start our new term on Wednesday 10th January.
Dear Chequers Folk folk…
In Victorian times, it was very fashionable to go carol singing with small hand bells to play the tune of the carol. Sometimes there would only be the bells and no singing!
Well, rather than ring around we’re emailing to a-peal to you to come join the merriment at the Chequers Tree on Wednesday 20 December. Since it’ll be our Christmas Special you can expect some interesting arrangements of songs, carols and tunes with The Wick Trimmers joined again by Megan on fiddle, David White, and Kate Golledge.
For more of their merry invitation, please
Continue reading Chequers Folk Christmas entertainment
Here is an opportunity for talented young athletes to receive some support to develop their skills. Applications are open from 20th. December to 20th February.
For further information go to GLL Sports Foundation
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
Prestwood Tennis Club (PTC) is celebrating the receipt of two awards from the Lawn Tennis Association. It has been named Bucks Tennis Club of the Year 2017 and Janko Gajdos, head coach, has been awarded Bucks Coach of the Year 2017.
The Club was judged to have significantly increased its membership and the number of people playing, to have strong links with the community and a strong leadership team. It has recently improved its facilities with the building of a clubhouse and resurfacing of the three courts and was also praised for being very friendly and welcoming to new members.
Continue reading Bucks Tennis Club of the Year 2017
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
Join in the fun at the Junior School Christmas Fair.
Saturday 25 November, 11.30am-2.00pm, Prestwood Junior School