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 ecschoir.co.uk/tickets or from Trevor Owen (lives in
Prestwood) on 01494 866869.
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
Mr. Kites Benefit Band at Prestwood Village Hall on Saturday 18th November. Tickets £10 each BYO drinks and nibbles. All proceeds to Iain Rennie Grove Hospice . For tickets and further information please contact Tricia Nicol 01494 864664
Stalls include: Lighthouse, Child Care Malawi, Thomas Ball Childlren’s Cancer Fund, Hearing Dogs, Prestwood Evening WI, Methodist Church Monday Group, Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Holy Trinity Church Prestwood, Prestwood Afternoon WI, Great Missenden District Guides, Quainton Railway
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org from 13 March.
Once again the Chilterns MS Centre is hosting the Prestwood 10k from Sprinters Leisure Centre, Honor End Lane. This year they have added a flat 5k and of course the children’s fun runs . To download a registration form and for more information see www.chilternsmscentre.org
When the Prestwood Society wound-up last year, it was resolved that the £4k+ remaining in its account would be distributed among local organisations. This has now been completed and Bill Davis, the retired-Secretary of PS, has given PVA the details. The following have all benefited:
Baptist Church Great Missenden, Chiltern Society, Citizens Advice Prestwood, CPRE Bucks, Forget-Me-Not Club, Prestwood Area Community Transport (PACT), Prestwood First Responders, Great Missenden Age Concern, Great Missenden Guides, Holy Trinity Church, Iain Rennie Hospice, Kings Church Prestwood, Lighthouse, Macmillan Nurses, Prestwood Events Group, Prestwood Gardening Society, Prestwood Methodist Church, Prestwood Scouts, Prestwood Theatre Club, Prestwood Village Association, Prestwood Youth & Community Group (PYCAG), Roman Catholic Church Great Missenden, Samaritans, South Bucks Hospice, Thomas Ball Cancer, Prestwood Evening and Prestwood Afternoon WIs.
PVA would like to thank the Prestwood Society on behalf of all the local organisations that have received a contribution and hopes that you’re finding that PVA is bridging the gap that’s been left, after over 40 years of the Prestwood Society having being Prestwood’s “eyes and ears”, on behalf of the local community.
“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.
“Hello, I’m writing to ask whether you will help us please? We lack female volunteers for our Monday Evening Youth Café provision for 12+ young people. Currently, Dave Rollins, from Aylesbury Vale Youth for Christ, does the leadership, management and support of the Café whilst I look after the paperwork, tuck and ensure that the Centre is set up for young people to enjoy. The majority of attendees are girls and, until recently, we had two female volunteers who came every Monday but their personal circumstances changed and so they are no longer able to help. Without a female member of staff we cannot legitimately continue with the Café.
“Until we are able to appoint a more permanent female volunteer we are trying to set up a rota of women who will undertake to do a session every 6 – 8 weeks. Please would you undertake to come and do a session with us now and again?
“All who came into contact with him felt privileged to have known him.”
“A truly remarkable man … a great loss to our community.”
Guy ‘Stan’ Stansbury, who recently passed away, was involved with Prestwood Football Club, based at Sprinters Leisure Centre, Honor End Lane, for over 60 years, playing for two decades and working as groundsman, secretary and then running the club as chairman.
He and his wife, Betty, an incredible duo, were also involved in Scouting for a combined total of 115 years They even met at a County Scout conference. Looking back on their long and distinguished service, Betty said that Scouting was ‘a way of life for us’. These pioneers were involved in the formation of the Misbourne mixed unit of Senior Scouts and Guides in 1964 – an association which continued to his death. Highlights included the Saga 65 mixed expedition to Norway run by the Scout and Guide Graduate Association in 1965 when Stan led the Bucks contingent, and the Misbourne Unit’s first expedition to the Canadian Rockies Alberta in 1989 – their 17th annual trip abroad. Having given them so many wonderful friendships along the way, Guy was awarded the Silver Wolf, Scouting’s highest award ‘for service of an exceptional nature’.* As Group chairman of 1st Prestwood, Chiltern North Scouts, and County Adviser for Mountain Activities for Buckinghamshire, he was also presented with the St George’s Day Award in 2010.
In 2012, The Rotary Club of Great Missenden presented Guy with the David Mitchell Memorial Award** in recognition of his “high ethical standards and public service for voluntary service to the community, particularly in respect of over 60 years service to local Scouting and Prestwood Football Club in all roles, from Scout and junior player to Senior Administrator in both. In particular for founding and still managing the ground-breaking and most successful Misbourne Scout Venture Unit.” [See picture above – Guy’s on the right] Continue reading Tribute to Guy Stansbury→
Following an idea of a small group of local people, Sweet Charity opened its doors at the end of October 2010. It is registered with the Charities Commission and is now also registered as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd trading as Sweet Charity.
The team is comprised of three directors, a board of eleven trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who run the shop on a day-to-day basis Each member of the team gives their time freely and all profits are donated to local groups, societies and other charities within the parish of Great Missenden.
In addition to the volunteers, Sweet Charity also relies heavily on the generosity of local people for all their shop donations and purchases. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone – the volunteers and our community. Continue reading Sweet Charity’s 5th Anniversary this week→
Chair needed for Prestwood Nature; Treasurer required for PYCAG – Prestwood Youth & Community Action Group – the youth club; help out in Sweet Charity; more deliverers needed for The Source; Age Concern Lunch club help needed………
Have you noticed that it’s getting harder to attract volunteers?
Gone are the days of sticking a card in the newsagent’s window and being inundated with willing workers. Volunteer recruitment has become a full-time slog, presenting almost as much pain as the dreaded funding search.
So, what’s going on? Do people have less free time now? Is there too much competition for volunteers (there are 2500 registered charities in Bucks alone)? Or is the world just getting more selfish?
In reality, the answer is probably ‘yes’ to all of these questions. According to researchers, we are now in the age of self-interest, where altruism takes a backseat and experience-seeking is king.
We might be a Not-for-Profit and we might be changing the world, but that will only take us so far. No matter how worthy our cause, at some point we need to accept that not everybody cares as much as we do and what people actually want to know is what volunteering will do for them. People really don’t want to be seen as do-gooders, anymore. In fact, this is now the number 1 turn-off for those considering volunteering.
So, how DO you attract volunteers? For the latest insights into inspiring the next generation of volunteers, go along to Community Impact Bucks Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers’ workshop on 24 September in High Wycombe. As the Volunteer Centre for Bucks, this is the most comprehensive hands-on training you’ll find, and is designed specifically for those managing or co-ordinating volunteers. It’s also a great opportunity to network and share experiences with your peers.
Comparable pricing in the private sector would be in excess of£250– but CIB can provide it for just £35(full day including materials and refreshments)! If you’d like to inject some magic into your volunteer team,book your place here.
FREE one-to-one support!:
For additional help with one of their experts, book a 45 minute session to discuss your volunteering needs in more depth – a few spaces are still available on 14 September Volunteering Advice Surgery in High Wycombe –book today! Sessions run on a monthly basis so check the Events’ section on www.communityimpactbucks.org.uk on a regular basis for further dates.