Category Archives: Charities

Anything relating to charities

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



Free Family fun on 27 August – Prestwood Village Games

Better – the UK’s largest network of public gyms and leisure centres – will host an open day on Saturday 27 August at Sprinters Leisure Centre to get more people more active in our local community and celebrate Team GB’s achievements at the Rio 2016 Games.


The FREE ENTRY open day running from 11am to 3pm will have sports and activities for the whole family to join in including a Penalty Shootout, Team Ski Walk, Tug of War, Egg & Spoon Race,  Welly Wanging, Tennis Taster Sessions and Walking Football Tasters.

Jamie Webster, General Manager for Sprinters Leisure Centre, Prestwood said,  “All staff at the Sprinters Leisure Centre are proud to fly the I Am Team GB flag and host the open day.  We’re inviting our members and local residents to come and join in with the different activities alongside our staff and be part of this nationwide celebration of sport, and see what we have on offer in the centre for families throughout the rest of the year.”

An additional bonus – come and see the completed car park including diffused lighting and the Tennis Club’s new pavilion.  Sprinters is really on the up.

More info at  IATGB Open Day 27th Aug press-release-Sprinters



Do you hold a regular event for 55s plus?

David Gardner, Active  Communities Officer, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council, is putting together an article for the Bucks Older People Forum newsletter which  will be celebrating  UK  older people month.  It will include news of  October events and general service information  appropriate for the 55s and older.

Do you have a regular event which could do with an extra push?

If you would like him to include information please let him have : DATE,  TIME,  EVENT /   SERVICE  DESCRIPTION, BOOKING   OR  CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:   YOUR WEBSITE / FACEBOOK:   BY THE DEADLINE OF  MONDAY 22nd  AUGUST

David Gardner,  Active  Communities Officer, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council Telephone 01494 732759  email



Voluntary & Community Sector Infrastructure consultation

Tuesday 8 November is the deadline to feedback via completing a questionnaire on how you think your voluntary or community organisation in Bucks can move forward with support.

The contract Bucks County Council is consulting on is currently delivered by Community Impact Bucks and supports groups and organisations working in communities, delivering services and working with volunteers across the whole county.
For further info on the plans so far start here and from there you will be able to access the survey too,

Thank you and best wishes,
Kyle Banks
Project Manager
Community Engagement & Development (CED)
Communities, Health and Adult Social Care
Buckinghamshire County Council
6th Floor, New County Hall
Walton Street
Aylesbury   HP20 1UA

Tel: 01296 383570
Mob: 07917 210597



Join the fun at Prestwood Youth Club – 15 & 22 August


We apologise to anyone interested in attending this event, it has been cancelled because not enough people expressed an interest in attending. We were only informed after the August newsletter went out.

* Including Go Karts on 15th & Hartbeats African Drumming on 22nd

Prestwood Youth & Community Action Group together with Sprinters Leisure bring you Summer Activity Days on Monday 15th & 22nd August on Prestwood Common.  For age 8 up to 16 years.



Better logo Including fun games & multi-sports from Sprinters Leisure and scrummy lunch beforehand.

Sweet Charity* Many thanks to Sweet Charity for funding the Go Karts & African drumming

 Programme & booking form  Holiday Brochure 2016 PYCAG.  

Book now to avoid disappointment.  £5  per day PYCAG members; £6 Friends.   Please print off and complete the booking form and send or deliver, together with your payment, to 125 Fairacres, Prestwood HP16 0LF or email to  or 07905 381627.   Cheques payable to Prestwood Youth & Community Action Group.

If you would like to purchase sweet-shop “tuck” in the afternoon please ensure your maximum spend is 50p.

Book now to avoid disappointment – first come, first served.



Team Malt’s Grand Union Canal Day Out

Last Sunday, 26th June, Team Malt took part in the ‘Grand Canal Challenge’.  This inaugural event was a 26.5 mile run, walk or cycle from The Royal Brompton Hospital to The Old Orchard in Harefield, to raise money for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.

Started by the legendary Harry “loads a money” Enfield, Malt The Brewery entered a team of 15 cyclists and raised a magnificent £5,350!!   “We are just astounded at the generosity of local people” said Nick Watson, founder of Malt The Brewery and challenge participant.  “We set a target of £2000, so to raise over £5000 for such a good cause feels great.  It’s clear that these hospitals are very important and have positively touched the lives of many of us.”

Team Malt was made up of 4 staff members and 11 brewery club members, known as ‘Maltsters’ –  Nick Watson, Dave Yorston, Chris Webb, Frank Daugherty, Sunil Parekh, Steve Markham, Graham Auld, Jason Lamont, Graham Gray, Rob Jaycocks, Phill Wood, Keith Patton, Peter Hoade and Colin Hunt.   After 26.5 miles the finishing line was at The Old Orchard in Harefield with a winners BBQ and beer festival. “Real ale tastes even better when you’ve worked hard for it” said Nick, pictured with fellow team members.


Continue reading Team Malt’s Grand Union Canal Day Out



Child Sexual Exploitation

A free information session about child sexual exploitation is being held at Chiltern Hills Academy on Chartridge Lane, Chesham on Tuesday 21 June, 7pm to 8.30pm

The session is an opportunity for those living in the Chiltern and South Bucks areas to come along and gain important knowledge about what CSE is, how to recognise children at risk, what the signs are to look out for, how to protect a child from grooming, and if necessary, what to do and who to contact if you have any concerns.

There will be an introductory short talk from the Barnardo’s R U Safe team followed by an opportunity to talk to senior staff from Barnardo’s R U Safe, Thames Valley Police, Bucks County Council’s Children’s Social Care and Youth Service teams who will be on-hand to give help and advice, and answer questions about what is being done in Bucks to tackle CSE.

Express your interest in coming to an event by emailing – but also feel free to drop in on the night.

To find out more about child sexual exploitation, visit 

More info on other sessions in Bucks can be found by following this link:

Joanne Fowler  –  Active Communities Officer (Chiltern District Council & South Bucks District Council)  Tel: 01494 732103  Mobile: 07815104131  Email: 

The Council is seeking feedback from customers with regards to its services, a short survey can be completed at:



Buy a Brick Fundraising for Abbey Gym Club

1601%20-%20Abbey%20Gym%20Club%2030th%20logoAbbey Gym Club recently gained planning permission to build a new gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site in Prestwood.

Some of our gymnasts will perform a display at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration in Great Missenden on Saturday 11 June (weather permitting).  We will also have a table where we will have more information about our club and opportunities to donate to our new building.  We would love to see you there.

If you would like to buy a brick for our new building, please  talk to us in Great Missenden at the Queen’s birthday celebration.  Alternatively, we will be happy to receive a donation of any size paid into our bank account (see website for details) with the reference “Donation”.



Additional driver would be appreciated please

Prestwood and Gt Kingshill Age Concern would like an additional driver for the minibus to transport our guests to Luncheon Club which is held in Prestwood Village Hall each Tuesday (except the 1st Tuesday of the month and during August) from 1pm.

A rota of drivers is in operation but additional help would be much appreciated. For further details please contact Mrs Joan Palmer 01494 863882.



Support the Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund

Thoman Ball Children's Cancer Fund

There are two events coming up both are listed in our calendar.

Dream Walk -June 24th

Six mile midnight “Dream” walk from Great Missenden through Prestwood village, to benefit The Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund.  Pick up a fundraising pack in JNP Prestwood or contact the charity direct at  Hot bacon rolls and coffee are provided after the event and bottled water on route.

Follow this link for details on the Dream Walk.

Charity Quiz –  June 11th

Charity quiz to benefit The Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund.  Fish and chips included in the £12 ticket price but bring own drinks.  There will also be a raffle on the night.  Teams maximum 8 persons. Tickets are available to buy from JNP Prestwood or contact the charity direct at

Follow this link for more details on the Charity Quiz.




Prestwood Society donations

3888986When 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.



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



Female helpers needed to enable Prestwood Youth Cafe to stay open

Urgent message from Prestwood Youth Café

“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?

“Let me give you the details:  Continue reading Female helpers needed to enable Prestwood Youth Cafe to stay open



Tribute to Guy Stansbury

Guy 1 Photo“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



Sweet Charity’s 5th Anniversary this week

Update from Marilyn Humphreys:

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