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Chequers Folk – Wed 19 April – 8pm – The Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

After the long weekend of opportunity that the Easter holiday brings, whether it’s church, garden, rest, family or friends, it will be time for a trip to The Chequers Folk club on Wednesday 19 April.

All the way from Buckingham, (and more recently, via Cuba too!), Fraser and Toots will be returning to share some more of their repertoire of relaxed, varied and humorous music and stories.

Although there’s not a connection specifically with the Easter story, we are looking forward to a very rare set from the Family Cross. We know Peter as the mandolin player, Linda has been playing Ukulele with us along with Jo on flute, and Adam will be bringing the whole family together with both clarinet and accordion.

And The Wick Trimmers? Yes, we’ll be doing a few of our tunes, and maybe even touch on the Easter story.

Do remember to come and buy tickets (only £8 each) for The Dovetail Trio who will be playing at Chequers Folk on May 17.

We look forward to a great evening at The Chequers Tree with you all.

From The Wick Trimmers



Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April

PVA AGM Programme 250417

7.00pm  Doors open – an opportunity to visit displays

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – Notice of meeting AGM Calling notice 250417 including PVA AGM Minutes 2016 v.2  and proposed amendments to the Constitution PVA Constitution-2017 Final [Please read and print these off and bring with you].

We have a few vacancies for PVA committee members so if you’d like to contribute then please apply –  here’s the form AGM-Nomination-Form-Election-Committee-Members-2017 which needs to be back with PVA by 17 April.   For further information see here.
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Free tickets – Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

200 Free tickets for a ride on the Steam Train with tea and cake at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway have 200 tickets to give away to the elderly community and their carers within a 10 mile radius of Princes Risborough.  They’re running a special Steam charter on Tuesday 2nd May and all those with tickets will enjoy a Vintage Steam Train ride of approximately 50 minutes with tea and cake / biscuits on either their 11:00 or 13:00 services.  (100 tickets per train)
It is totally free and you need only provide your own transport to and from Chinnor Station.
They advise that those attending are able to negotiate the few steps to the platform and again into the carriage – although there is a ramp there.  Two wheelchairs can be accommodated on-board per trip in a newly adapted carriage.

To obtain your free tickets please contact Ray Gomm, Group Bookings Manager, on 07718 003 133 letting him know how many tickets you require ( including carers ) up to a maximum of 25 per organisation and your preference of time.  First come – first served so please don’t delay….book now

Ray Gomm  -Group & Special Events Manager
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway


Tel:  07718 003133



PVA’s AGM and Annual Social evening

Save the date in your diary now …

Tuesday 25th April, Prestwood Village Hall  Doors open at 7.00pm

Please come and support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM in Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25th April.   We aim to get through the AGM formalities as quickly as possible so that we can celebrate PVA’s fourth year together for the rest of the evening.   

Malt The Brewery is kindly donating a keg of their beer and the ladies of the two Prestwood WIs will be providing tea/coffee/slice of cake for a nominal charge plus a GRAND CAKE STALL full of their delicious homemade cakes ready to pop into your freezer.  Together with a cheese board & wine, there will be displays from Friends of Great Missenden Library, Prestwood Gardening Society and Prestwood Nature,  Prestwood artists registered for Bucks Open Studios in June, Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund, Sprinters Leisure Centre, Abbey Gym Club and Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group.

Full  speakers’ programme and AGM calling papers will be circulated to all our newsletter subscribers shortly.

There is a more up to date post on the AGM including the papers which can be located here.



Wild Strawberry Cafe re-opening

From Katy Brill at Peterley Manor Farm

It’s felt like a long winter here on the farm, not helped by Storm Doris which wreaked havoc on our poor yurt, delaying our re-opening.  Luckily the fantastic team at Yurts for Life , Totnes, have worked their magic and repaired our yurt in next to no time.  We are delighted to say that thanks to them and the hard work of our team here we will be re-opening tomorrow, Saturday 18th March.

The cafe’s usual opening hours will resume from Saturday:

Tuesday- Saturday 8.30am – 5pm; Sunday 9am- 1pm (last brunch orders 12 noon).

Many thanks for bearing with us and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

Please note we are now fully booked for our Mothers Day Brunch.



The Big Lunch

Sunday 4th June 2017

From 12.00 noon to around 4.00pm.

PRESTWOOD BIG LUNCH is a community event, open to as many adults and children as possible from Prestwood to come along and picnic together on Prestwood Common.   Organised activities such as races, 5-a-side-games, displays and live music.    Watch this space for further information.



Despite the rainy weather…..

….. The Great British Spring Clean was a phenomenal success in Prestwood

An unprecedented number of volunteers, including parents with their children, gave their time to gather up a staggering quantity of litter and fly tipped rubbish.

At least 80 sacks of litter, chunks of wood and metal, glass, broken paving stones, supermarket trolleys and a myriad of other junk was collected from the roads, pavements, alleyways, allotments and open spaces throughout the village.  By Sunday afternoon, the whole of Prestwood was pristine, and this could not have happened without the wonderful 50 volunteers who responded to the plea for help.

Anyone interested in joining the next ‘Wombling Weekend’, planned for 24 and 25 June, please contact Jeanette Hedley

A BIG thank you from PVA to our Wombling pal Jeanette, for all her hard work in not only organising the Litter picks in Prestwood, but for her dedication to the  ongoing campaign to Keep Prestwood Tidy.



March Chequers Folk is nearly hare!

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

March Chequers Folk is nearly hare (deliberate typo!) and you’d be mad to miss it! As mad as a march here (deliberate typo no. 2!), we’ll be including The Wick Trimmers joined again by Megan on fiddle, the Cross family with Philippa and Colin, David and Peter, Bob (although please note that the tail of a hare is not called Bob… it’s a scut!) and more…

 We will, of course, include the tune, ‘hunting the hare’…the hair (no.3?) population sadly has decreased by 80% over the last 200 years… which is why you have to hunt for them. For over 600 years since the Romans introduced them to the UK, the English have watched the ladies of the species, Lepus europaeus, engage in boxing the ears of amorous suitors at this time of the year out in the fields – and labelled it as being as ‘mad as a march hare’.  What did the Romans ever do for us? Well now you know!

We won’t be ignoring the proximity of St Patrick’s day either… so a number of Irish tunes will be involved.

Advanced notice for May 17 – we are looking forward to The Dovetail Trio coming to Chequers Folk and tickets (only £8 each) will be on sale next Wednesday so please bring your money!

We look forward to a great evening at The Chequers Tree with you all.

From The Wick Trimmers



Botany and Genetics at Holy Trinity

Is a strawberry really a fruit?   Is a potato a root?

With a love of plants and the environment,  a biology graduate of Oxford University, Dr Karen van Oostrum, is running a taster course for four Saturday sessions, one in April, May, June & July at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Prestwood.  You don’t need to come to the first in order to understand what is in the second, etc.   For more info, or to book your course, please call or email 01494 256508/ 07910 684339

Please book in advance, as places cannot be guaranteed if you turn up on the day.



Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks. 



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.



Chequers Folk – 15 February – Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

It’s not long now till the next gathering of Chequers Folk (Wed 15th Feb) and our monthly offering of live music, good company and a relaxed ambience all served up with a healthy dose of frivolity and banter.

This month we have some new combinations, new music and exciting new performers too. 

It was just over 1500 years ago when 15th February (Lupercalia – from wolf cave day) was replaced by 14th February as a celebration day…not such a bad thing as there were some strange activities that were replaced by some more positive ones… but going back to its roots there’s quite a sweet canine story of wolves caring for Romulus and Remus before a shepherd found them and continued to care for them prior to founding the city of Rome. 

So as we explore some new musical combinations – who knows what might grow out of them…Do come and ‘Rome’ the musical streets with us (you could also book a table and wolf down a meal beforehand!)

We look forward to a great evening at The Chequers Tree with you all.

 From The Wick Trimmers

p.s. Exciting news for May 17th.……we have a band coming to Chequers Folk- The Dovetail Trio -and tickets will be on sale from mid March.




Prestwood walking and jogging group

Fancy the idea of walking yourself fit?

UPDATE 14 February 2017 –  Meeting point now to be Sprinters Leisure Centre, Honor End Lane, HP16  9QY – can accommodate 12 in the group on a Wednesday and Sunday starting 1st March.

Would you like to improve your health and get outside more often?
There are so many benefits to walking – it will help you feel fitter – walking briskly lowers your risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

So make a healthy lifestyle choice today.

Come and join Annie Banks every Wednesday and Sunday 2.00pm – 3.00pm, meeting point outside the Village Hall at 1.50pm.

Call Annie for more information 01494 868375

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