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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



Inspiring volunteers

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 on a regular basis for further dates.

For any further information please call 0300 111 1250 or email:



Rotary Club for Prestwood

We are looking to start a new club in Prestwood!

RotaryThis is an opportunity to be a part of something exciting, that will grow with the years and allow us to ‘do good in the World’ as one famous Rotarian has said.

We are looking for men and women in the 30 – 50 year age group to form a club that will enhance, rather than compete with the work of the Great Missenden club, of which I am a member.

You may be aware of one of our global initiatives, that is the eradication of polio from the globe. After almost 30 years of work in this field, and with the help of individuals and of governments, and private funding from Bill Gates, for instance, who has helped our cause tremendously in recent years, we have come very close to finishing the job. Continue reading Rotary Club for Prestwood



Group of the Month: Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity Logo

Nestled in the heart of the village is Prestwood’s very own charity shop, Sweet Charity. Step inside and you will be greeted by friendly smiles, local chatter and all manner of reasonably priced second hand items and things you never thought you needed!

P1050690-001Sweet Charity opened its doors in November 2010. It is registered as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd and trades as Sweet Charity. The team is comprised of three directors, a board of ten trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who help to run the shop. Each member of the team gives their time freely and all profits are donated to local groups, societies and other charities in and around Prestwood and Great Missenden. In addition to the regular volunteers, Sweet Charity also relies heavily on the generosity of the local community in the form of shop donations and purchases.


The large window is a focal point of the shop and is regularly updated according to the season/current events.  Themes have included VE Day, gardening, weddings, new baby, Halloween, Christmas, etc. The Christmas window even included a mantelpiece and fireplace.  There seems to be no limit to the creative talents of the volunteers! Continue reading Group of the Month: Sweet Charity



Abbey Gym Club plans

A message from the Trustees of Abbey Gym Club (Reg. Charity No.1156313)

“We are pleased to announce that we will very soon submit our plans to build a new gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site on Honor End Lane to Chiltern District Council for their review and (we hope!) approval.

“Abbey Gym Club is a community sports club that has operated in the Prestwood / Great Missenden area for around 30 years and became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in 2014.

“Throughout our Club’s history, we have operated out of village halls and school halls.  Our current home is Prestwood Junior School, Clare Road, where we have been (and continue to be) very welcome for over 20 years.  However, operating out of the school hall gives us three major problems:   Continue reading Abbey Gym Club plans



Prestwood Area Community First Responders


to all who contributed to Prestwood Area Community First Responders new vehicle

Sainsburys, Great Missenden Parish Council, The Source, Afternoon Women’s Institute Prestwood, Lacey Green Parish Council, Great & Little Hampden Parish Council, Speen Shop Charities Fund, Prestwood Open Doors, Kings Church Prestwood, The Gathering Singers, Bucks County Council, Prestwood Methodist Church Ladies Monday Group, Sweet Charity, Prestwood Area Community Transport.

Also a host of other individuals and families from Prestwood and surrounding villages who have contributed in their own way.


See CFR Car Supporters PVA poster

So after less than a year’s fundraising our new Fiat Panda Cross 4X4 is here! Continue reading Prestwood Area Community First Responders



Two public access AEDs in Prestwood

Thanks to Wendy Davis and the Village Hall Committee (with funding from Sweet Charity), there are now two defibrillators available 24/7 in the village. One on the wall of the old house in Wren Davis yard, Wycombe Road, the other sited at the village hall.

UntitledThese machines can re-start a heart that has stopped beating and, along with prompt CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), can be instrumental in saving a life. Once switched on, a voice prompt will take you through the operation of the machine in easy steps. It is programmed to recognise different heart rhythms and will only give a shock if appropriate, so it is impossible to harm the patient.

To access the AED simply ring the ambulance service on 999 quoting the location code on the front of the cabinet. They will give you the code for the press-button lock and will stay on the line to help you with added instructions if required.

Anyone can use one of these AEDs, but if you would like to be trained in their use then Chris Davy, local first-aid trainer can help. Her email is tel. 01494 865682.



PVA’s First year bash


Over 130 people crammed into Prestwood Village Hall to celebrate our first anniversary and AGM last Tuesday.  Villagers, local councillors, businesses and groups all joined in and we hope that all of you enjoyed the evening?

With the AGM over, John Cadman, the Chair, asked everyone to spread the word with the aim of doubling the membership over the next year –  from the current 630 emailed-newsletter subscribers, to 1500 would be great. He also thanked everyone who’d served on the Committee over the past year and welcomed our new committee member, Maggie Coles.  She lived in Prestwood as a child and has now returned to live here once again.

Following praise from all on the creation of this website, Mark Wingrove highlighted how you can now have a say by leaving a comment and expressing your opinion on any of the news items which are posted here almost daily, keeping the website fresh and (hopefully?) interesting, in order to build-up a village dialogue on topics of interest and concern. Continue reading PVA’s First year bash