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Halloween posters

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.  Continue reading Halloween posters



White Ribbon Day

A message from CDC:

November 25 is White Ribbon Day – an annual national campaign against domestic violence.

Your Community Safety Partnership is once again supporting the campaign encouraging residents, especially men to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

From Monday 20th November through to Friday 24th November, white ribbons and information will be available in the reception area of Chiltern District Council Offices in Amersham and South Bucks District Council offices in Denham.

If you are affected by domestic abuse – whether you are a man or a woman – or you are concerned for someone else, a directory of support services is available on both councils’ websites at or

In an emergency always call 999

Take a stand against violence towards women and make the white ribbon pledge.



Proposed new approach for early help

Future help to support children and families

Consultation on changes to early help services for children and families extended until 16 October 2017

The consultation on improving early help services for children and families has been extended to 16 October 2017 and further detail on the proposals added following a mid-consultation review.   Find out more about the consultation and how to get involved,

Message first received in August 2017 from Joanne Fowler, Active Communities Officer, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council – Tel: 01494 732103,  Email:

Buckinghamshire residents are being asked for views on a proposed new approach to early help support for children and families.

The consultation lasts until 22 September and seeks feedback on a new way of supporting families earlier to prevent them needing help from social care services in the future.

Please complete the survey either as an individual and/or on behalf of your organisations.   Feel free to pass this email on to ensure a good response.



Collings Hanger Farm update

An update from Virginia Deradour about Collings Hanger Farm:

“As many Prestwood villagers will have heard from my presentation at PVA’s AGM and Social evening in April, our beautiful barn is being refurbished with the aim of bringing life back into the old buildings that have lain empty and neglected for too long.  The restoration work is moving along and we are entering the next phase of the scheme with plans submitted to create space to be used by local residents for functions, such as meetings, events and social gatherings.

Continue reading Collings Hanger Farm update



Could you spot the signs? Open your eyes to abuse

Three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week across Thames Valley*.

Yesterday, (2/10) we launched our Hidden Harm campaign, raising awareness of abuse in the heart of our communities.  Over the next 18 months we will be bringing a number of different abuse-related crimes, which often go undetected or unreported, into the spotlight. The first focus is modern slavery.

The message at the centre of this campaign is simple – Open your eyes to abuse.  It could be happening in your community, so if you suspect it, report it.

What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain.  Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation.   Continue reading Could you spot the signs? Open your eyes to abuse



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.



Potential redevelopment of Chiltern Pools Amersham

Message from Paul Nanji, Principal Leisure & Wellbeing Manager, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council, Tel: 01494 732110, Email:

Please see web link which provides a virtual fly-through tour of the new centre.

There’s also an on-line questionnaire which Chiltern District Council would appreciate your feedback on – Chiltern Pools redevelopment – land swap consultation – have your say –  



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



Have a fright-free Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween

Hannah Tomlin, Community Safety Officer, sent us this article:

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows indicating whether or not they welcome Halloween callers. Continue reading Have a fright-free Halloween



Planning Ahead for Winter

Affordable Warmth service may bring you in from the cold

More people living in Chiltern and South Bucks districts will qualify for help in keeping their homes warm this winter,  thanks to changes in setting the criteria for Energy Company Obligation grants.

Both Councils support the Affordable Warmth Network which provides help and advice to anyone struggling to keep their home warm and pay their energy bills.  The Affordable Warmth Network is affiliated to the National Energy Foundation, aimed at improving use of energy in the homes.  Continue reading Planning Ahead for Winter



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



Clemmit Farm Appeal

Appeal Decision

Hearing held on 26 April 2017
Site visit made on 27 April 2017 by Graham Dudley BA (Hons) Arch Dip Cons AA RIBA FRICS an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Decision date: 14 July 2017

Appeal A: APP/X0415/C/14/2216326, 27 & 28

Clemmit Farm, Wycombe Road, Prestwood, Buckinghamshire HP16 0HJ

Details are in the attached document:  Inspectorate of Planning Decision on CH_2013_1270_FA–3077444



Thinning out of trees

Lawrence Grove Wood

You may have noticed on the PVA Facebook Group yesterday it was reported that trees were being felled in the woodland at the end of Widmere Field – known locally as the “potential 76 new homes site”.

However,  John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor,  has kindly confirmed that Keith Musgrave, CDC’s Tree & Landscape officer, visited the site today and says “…. the work is taking place within the woodland of Lawrence Grove rather than the proposed development site of Widmere Field that is now protected by a Tree Preservation Order.”

“I was told that the work is being supervised by a reputable forestry company and that it has been approved by the Forestry Commission through a Felling Licence.  It is a thinning operation within the younger woodland removing mainly birch that will be used for charcoal production.  The work is expected to finish today.”

So, panic not … and thanks to Helen for her initial alert and also Caroline, Jake and John for following this up.



Brown Bins

From Chiltern District Council – Press release – 7 July 2017

In a move to make food waste recycling even easier, plastic bags can now be used by householders to line their kitchen caddy for the weekly collection.  These include freezer and sandwich bags, supermarket carriers, pedal bin liners and the bags that salad, bread and cereal are bought in.

This change – taking place in the Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Council areas – is set to increase the volume of food waste sent for treatment.

Previously, compostable bags were the only type of bag allowed in food recycling.  However, we have been working with the operators of the plant, and they are now able to accept other kinds of bags too. The bags are all separated from the food when it is delivered to the plant, and the food waste is then processed, creating renewable electricity, and at the end of the process the digested food waste gets spread to land as a nutrition-rich fertiliser.

The Southern Districts, working with Buckinghamshire County Council, made this move after receiving feedback from residents saying that having to buy compostable bags was a barrier which tended to prevent them recycling their food waste.  Using plastic bags and newspaper should encourage greater participation of the weekly food waste collection.

Full information can be found on each Council’s website:



Callaghans to become a restaurant/café/deli?

Bob Hougham (GMPC) has brought to our attention the following planning application for the re use of Callaghans shop site:

See CDC planning application CH/2017/1036/PNA3 for further information. When you reach the CDC planning site you need to search on the planning application reference.

If you wish to comment you’ll need to do so either by letter, email or on-line to Chiltern District Council put in details of address etc by the 21 June 2017.



Discussion on Unitary Proposals

Chance for your organisation to shape discussion on unitary proposals

Buckinghamshire County Council wants to hear the views of town and parish councils and the voluntary and community sector over plans to modernise local government.

Independent research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS), is conducting a number of workshops in Wycombe, Saunderton, Chesham and Aylesbury for stakeholders to give their important insight into the proposals.

The workshops will provide a platform for discussion around the core themes of the proposals, including the need for change and the benefits and challenges created by changing the way local services are delivered. Continue reading Discussion on Unitary Proposals



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.