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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Tackling loneliness

How being a good neighbour can help tackle loneliness

As social beings, we’re often at our best when we’re connected to the people and communities around us.  However, nearly 1 in 5 people in the UK today say they’re often or always lonely and a similar number of people will go over a week without even being asked ‘how are you?’

Loneliness and isolation is a serious issue for people across our country and its impact can go further than you might imagine; loneliness is bad for your health, it’s reported to be twice as bad for us as being obese.

Who does loneliness affect?

Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone and everyone.  It’s not always who you might think.   Research by the Coop and British Red Cross has shown that whilst two thirds of the UK believe that ‘older people’ are most likely to experience loneliness, in reality it can impact all ages.  Continue reading Tackling loneliness

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Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  ivanlovegrove@gmail.com  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks.  www.prestwoodinfants.org/ 

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Sprinters Leisure Centre Changing Room Refurbishment

Sprinters are delighted to announce that  their Gym Changing Rooms have been transformed.    Extensive work through January has seen the rooms update massively.   New floors and shower cubicles as well as new hair dryers and hair straighteners have been added and feedback has been great.

Come down to Sprinters and see for yourself!

Also, as a New Year starter, Sprinters are offering a 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…

http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/chiltern/sprinters

 

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Dignity in Care Awards

Do you know a Dignity in Care Star? Someone who has gone the extra mile to treat people with dignity and respect?

Nominate them for an award today, especially as time is short – the deadline for nominations being 5pm on 24 February. 

To find out more and download a nomination form visit www.careadvicebuckinghamshire.org/dignityawards  or call 01296 387087.

The Awards celebrate outstanding examples of how dignity and respect are demonstrated across Buckinghamshire –  individuals, teams and organisations that have gone the extra mile in supporting people in Buckinghamshire in a way that promotes dignity, respect and well-being.

Nominations are being sought from members of the public as well as people working in the health and care sectors . If you know of a person, team, group or organisation that has gone above and beyond supporting people in Buckinghamshire then why not recognise them for their excellence and nominate them as a Dignity in Care Star for 2017.

Shortlisted nominations will be shown at the Dignity & Awards event on FRIDAY, 19 MAY 2017 at The Gateway in Aylesbury where the audience will vote for the winner in each category.   Bookings for the award ceremony will open on 13 March following shortlisting.  To book your place please email dignity@buckscc.gov.uk from 13 March.

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Chequers Folk – 15 February – Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

It’s not long now till the next gathering of Chequers Folk (Wed 15th Feb) and our monthly offering of live music, good company and a relaxed ambience all served up with a healthy dose of frivolity and banter.

This month we have some new combinations, new music and exciting new performers too. 

It was just over 1500 years ago when 15th February (Lupercalia – from wolf cave day) was replaced by 14th February as a celebration day…not such a bad thing as there were some strange activities that were replaced by some more positive ones… but going back to its roots there’s quite a sweet canine story of wolves caring for Romulus and Remus before a shepherd found them and continued to care for them prior to founding the city of Rome. 

So as we explore some new musical combinations – who knows what might grow out of them…Do come and ‘Rome’ the musical streets with us (you could also book a table and wolf down a meal beforehand!)

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

 From The Wick Trimmers

p.s. Exciting news for May 17th.……we have a band coming to Chequers Folk- The Dovetail Trio -and tickets will be on sale from mid March.

 

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Prestwood walking and jogging group

Fancy the idea of walking yourself fit?

UPDATE 14 February 2017 –  Meeting point now to be Sprinters Leisure Centre, Honor End Lane, HP16  9QY – can accommodate 12 in the group on a Wednesday and Sunday starting 1st March.

Would you like to improve your health and get outside more often?
There are so many benefits to walking – it will help you feel fitter – walking briskly lowers your risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

So make a healthy lifestyle choice today.

Come and join Annie Banks every Wednesday and Sunday 2.00pm – 3.00pm, meeting point outside the Village Hall at 1.50pm.

Call Annie for more information 01494 868375

Starting on 01.03.17

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100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

houses from the sky

Prestwood has been identified as a potential candidate for urban extension to meet part of the housing needs in the CDC area over the next 16 years. One large site has been identified by Lepus Consulting which is an enlarged plot in the same location of the 76 New Homes site adjacent to Lodge Lane.  Refer to this document: “Sustainability Appraisal of the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan Initial Consultation (Regulation 18) Incorporating Issues and Options” (follow the link to download it) and look on page 91.

This area is approximately 9.75 Hectares in size. More than 4 times the size of 76 New Homes area.

Follow this link to open this in a larger screen.

The Local Plan is currently seeking feedback in terms of a formal public consultation which is underway, and closes on the 14th of March at 5pm.

What would you like us to do?

  • Can PVA encourage people to respond to this consultation?
  • Is it worth a small group of people digging through this mountain of paperwork to locate what is important to Prestwood?

Let us know please by posting a comment at the bottom of this article.

If we get a sufficiently large response we will put something together and send out an alert through the website in the next 10 – 14 days. Continue reading 100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

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Next Dementia-friendly meeting

Here’s the Agenda-19.11.15 for the next Great Missenden Dementia Alliance meeting on 19th November.   Please note that this is a lunch time meeting, tea & coffee will be provided but please feel free to bring along your lunch as we help and support each other to make your community more Dementia-Friendly. If you are unable to make the full 1.5 hours, please do still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.

Take a look at the Dementia-Friendly Communities video to find out why being Dementia-Friendly is so important:

To confirm attendance, call: 01296 387821.

We look forward to seeing you soon.  Kind Regards, Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council.

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Sport England supports Abbey Gym Club

As a follow-on to our Stop Press: Breaking News – Message from Sue Egan, Chair of Abbey Gym Club:

“I heard today (29 October) that Sport England has raised no objections to Abbey Gym Club’s proposed gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site in Prestwood.  This means that Chiltern District Council (CDC) will now be able to issue planning permission for us to build our centre.  I am delighted and very excited by this news, as are our other trustees and our coaches.

“You may already know that Abbey Gym Club has been operating within Prestwood and Great Missenden since it was formed as part of the Buryfield Sports & Social Club in March 1984, originally named “Buryfield Gym Club”.  It became a separate entity at the end of December 1985, and was renamed “Abbey Gym Club”.  Throughout its history, our Club has provided gymnastics training for local children in a friendly, child-focused setting, from a variety of school halls before moving to Prestwood Junior School in autumn 1989, where it has remained ever since.

“Looking back over the minutes of committee meetings since our Club was formed, there have been several common themes, including: Continue reading Sport England supports Abbey Gym Club

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Voices and Choices – Seeking Volunteers

logoVOICES AND CHOICES is a new local organisation set up to support people living alone who need information and advice to stay in their own home.  We provide information, advice and advocacy for local people, together with a peace of mind service for any out of county family.

We are running our first volunteer training course at Amersham Town Council Offices from 16-20 November between 10.00 and 4.00.  The training course has been accredited by the Open College Network at Credit Level 3.

For further information please register on our website www.voicesandchoices.org.uk or leave a message on 07872 600565.

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