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Additional Defibrillator at Holy Trinity Church

3 hearty cheers for Sweet Charity (and Bob)

An additional Defibrillator for the village has been installed at Holy Trinity Church Prestwood.  The machine is on the back wall of the cottage on Wycombe Road in the Church car park.

We are very grateful to Sweet Charity for funding the purchase of this machine and to Bob Davy for arranging the installation and ongoing maintenance.




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…




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  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 from 13 March.



Chiltern Community Lottery?

Chiltern District Council would be pleased to have your views for or against a local lottery.   There is a link to a short survey on this CDC web page:

Kind Regards   David Gardner BA (Hons), Active Communities Officer, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council & South Bucks District Council   01494 732759



Sing your heart out from now ’til Christmas

There’s plenty of opportunities to exercise your lungs over the next few weeks…… and a good way to keep warm too.

Carol singing events 

  • Saturday 3 DecemberSpirit of Christmas – 5-6pm Chequers Parade
  • Sunday 11 DecemberGuides Trefoil Guild Fun Carol Service 3-5pm Holy Trinity; Collection for Wish on a Star Charity
  • Thursday 15 DecemberHoly Trinity Toddlers’ Christmas Praise 9.30am
  • Thursday 15 December 7.30pm MALT’s carol singing evening –   The Great Missenden Choral Society will be joining in again this year. Join the festive spirit with a sing-a-long. The Tasting Bar will be open until 9pm.
  • Saturday 17 DecemberPrestwood’s Christmas Carol Service 4.30pm Holy Trinity; mince pies & mulled wine after.
  • Sunday 18 DecemberFamily Carol Service 3pm @ Methodist Church – joint service with Kings Church Prestwood; teas & mince pies after.
  • Saturday 24 December – Christmas EveChildren’s Christingle & Crib Service, 3pm; Holy Trinity Church – For free tickets please call 863805 or email
  • Saturday 24 December – Christmas Eve – Children’s Christingle & Crib Service, 4.30pm; Holy Trinity Church – free tickets, see above
  • Saturday 24 December – Christmas Eve – Childrens’ Christingle & Crib Service,  6pm; Holy Trinity Church – no tickets required; just turn up.
  • Santa Claus will be riding the Rotary Sleigh in Prestwood on the evenings of 14, 19, 20, 23 and 24th December and will be on Chequers Parade on 10th.  For full details see p.12 of the latest edition of The Source Newspaper for HP16.




All day fun in Prestwood – Saturday 3 December


  • Small Business Day – A chance to support your local shops and purchase all your Christmas presents, hassle-free in Prestwood on Saturday 3 December.
  • FREE PARKING at the High Street Car Park, courtesy of Great Missenden Parish Council in association with Chiltern District Council.
  • Roll up to the Junior School’s Christmas Bazaar – 12 noon until 3pm.
  • Continue the day by joining in the fun at Prestwood’s Spirit of Christmas celebration at Chequers Parade from 5-6pm; includes entertainment, switching on the lights, fireworks and Santa.  Prestwood Junior School Choir will be in full song and there’s a competition to keep you busy in the local shop windows.  This year’s event is in aid o f MS Halton, Thomas Ball and Medical Detection Dogs.    PEG wishes to thank everyone who gives so generously to enable this event to take place annually.peg-sp-of-chr-poster-2016


Abbey Gym Club needs your votes TODAY

Message from Sue Egan, Chairman Abbey Gym Club (Registered Charity Number 1156313).    Tel: 01494 866524 | Mobile: 0788 411 5905 | Email:

Dear Prestwood Residents,

We have applied for £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to buy the gymnastics floor in our new building and we need you to vote for us.  Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva website gets 10 votes for free.  Voters can be any age.  We hope that you will cast all of your 10 votes for Abbey Gym Club here:  and also ask your friends and family members to vote for us.


You can find out more about the fund here:

How to vote:

  1. If you already have a log-in for Aviva, please log in; alternatively you will need to register to cast your votes.  To register, you will be asked for an email address, a password, your full name and whether or not you are over 18 (this does not affect voting).
  2. You will then be sent an email with a link to confirm that you have entered a valid email address.
  3. Once you have registered and clicked the link in the email, you will be taken to the main projects page where you can enter “Abbey Gym” into the project name and click “Search”.
  4. Our page will appear (you will see a picture of our younger gymnasts sitting on the bench during registration) and you can click the “+” button to move the votes to 10, then click the button to cast your 10 votes for us.

Continue reading Abbey Gym Club needs your votes TODAY



Charity Bazaar – Saturday 12th November

tumblr_lcayp0yZ0s1qevhkzo1_400Please support Prestwood’s Charity Bazaar on Saturday 12th November –  2pm in the Village Hall.

Admission: 30p – Raffle – Teas –  Many stalls including: The Blood-Bikers, Hearing Dogs, Holy Trinity Church, Methodist Church, Quainton Railway, Malawi Child Care, Thomas Ball,  Afternoon & Evening WIs, Sweet Charity, Lighthouse, The Guides, Iain Rennie.

Further information from Barbara Hall 01494 862057.



Light up a Life Ceremony

candleLocal charity,  Rennie Grove Hospice Care have invited us all to remember and celebrate the memory of a loved one by dedicating a light in their memory.  This gentle ceremony of words, music and reflection, supported by The Gathering Singers, will be followed by refreshments.

Tuesday 22nd November,  7:15 for 7:30pm – Prestwood Village Hall.

All are welcome, whether or not the person who is being remembered was cared for by Rennie Grove.




Forget-Me-Not Autumn Fayre

isThe Forget Me Not Club is hosting its annual AUTUMN FAYRE on Saturday 8 October at Prestwood Village Hall from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.

There will be stalls selling books, bric-a-brac, homemade cakes, jewellery, gifts, cards, tombola, raffle.  We encourage the community of Prestwood to come along to enjoy an afternoon in support of our over 60s club.

Entrance is 50p to include tea and biscuits.



Buy a Brick to help Abbey Gym Club

1601%20-%20Abbey%20Gym%20Club%2030th%20logo       Abbey Gym Club is fundraising to build new gymnastics centre in Prestwood on part of the Sprinters Leisure Centre site in Honor End Lane.  Please support them by buying a brick for a donation of £10 or more.  Every brick donation will be listed in the entrance hall of the new building and donations of £100 or more will be recognised on real brick slips.

Please send donations by electronic bank transfer to:

Sort Code: 30 93 67, Account No. 00076198, using the reference BRICK plus your family name.  Then contact the club by email:, or send a letter – more info on their website.

This is a golden opportunity for the 700+ children living in Prestwood to take part in an Olympics legacy – Abbey Gym Club has over 300 children on their waiting list from the local area wishing to join but, until they have their own permanent premises, the waiting list cannot be reduced by much each year.

See previous articles at  Buy a Brick Fundraising for Abbey Gym Club and Abbey Gym Club plans.




Dog walking at Sprinters Leisure Centre

Better logoThree local clubs (tennis, cricket and football) all have pitches and courts at Sprinters Leisure Centre in Honor End Lane, Prestwood.

The land at Sprinters is private ground leased by Chiltern District Council to the charity that runs the centre, PSLA  (Prestwood Sports and Leisure Association).

Unfortunately the level of dog walking linked with the leaving of “evidence” and over-excitable dogs bounding up to children having tennis lessons has reached an unacceptable level.

Following a joint decision by the management of PSLA and Better GLL, it is with regret that dogs on leads with their owners will now only be allowed to use the clearly marked public footpath on the north side of the field as they pass through the sports centre  and signs to this effect will be displayed.



Help make a difference +£10,000 for Parkinson’s research.


A member of the Parkinson’s Wycombe and Amersham branch is currently on the last leg of a 1,500 mile walk to North West Spain. He left the local area in the spring of this year.

There is an opportunity to win a further donation of £10,000 if you can vote for him. That is all you need to do.

But time is running out……

The voting deadline is 5pm Saturday the 25th of September. 

Do your good deed for the day!

You can find out more by visiting this website:



A Day is Coming

An evening with Prestwood’s community choir, The Gathering Singers, on Saturday 8 October at 7pm at St Peter and St Paul Church, Great Missenden. 


A varied choral and instrumental concert featuring the premiere of ‘A Day is Coming’ – a song cycle on the theme of heaven written by choir director, Philippa Wallin, with guests including The Misbourne Harmony Choir.  Tickets – adults £9, 16s & under £2 available from Costcutter Prestwood, Samways Great Missenden  and