Category Archives: Grants

Anything relating to grants being provided or sought by or through an organisation

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. 



Do you know about these?

Various grants and loans available from Chiltern District Council

Have a look at CDC’s website for details of eligibility and how to apply for Flexible Home Improvement Loans, Grants and Loans for Repairs and Grants for Disabled Facilities and Affordable Warmth.

All links below:



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.

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Children & Young People in Bucks – an opportunity to speak up

As a Young Person have your say – it means that funding for youth activities could be allocated for you for the next few years…..

Bucks County Councillors on the Children’s Social Care & Learning Select Committee are asking children and young people to help by completing a short survey as to how easy it is for them to give their views to the County Council and to what extent the Council uses those views to help shape and run services for children and young people locally.

The survey is at Children and Young People’s Views – Survey 2016 and the closing date for input is 20th October 2016.



New Clubhouse for the Tennis Club

PTennisClubPrestwood Tennis Club held a Tournament and BBQ on Sunday 2nd October to celebrate the official opening of their new Clubhouse at Sprinters Leisure Centre in Honor End Lane.   Around 70 members, friends and guests enjoyed a superb afternoon in the sunshine.

The Club would like to register huge thanks to Sweet Charity for a most generous grant, and to Grant & Stone, DC Kaye & Co, Peterley Manor Farm and Stirrett’s for their sponsorship (and particularly to Nigel Stirrettt for the very tasty burgers and sausages consumed on the day).   Without the funds provided by these organisations, the Clubhouse would have remained just a dream.

Now we can entertain visiting teams in our own premises and the members have a facility of which they can be proud.

For further information and how to join see our website.



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.



Training for your volunteers


Training Dates for your Diary – February through to May 2016

Funding & Governance Advice Surgery – Amersham11 Feb

Volunteering Advice Surgery – Amersham11 Feb

Minute Taking Workshop for Trustees16 Feb

Smarter Management Committees – How to Run Effective Meetings – 17 Feb

Buckinghamshire Community Funding Fair 2016 – 23 Feb
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Are you affected by Bucks CC’s Budget Cuts?

To those in the Voluntary & Community Sector

Community Impact Bucks has been asked to submit an evidence paper to Bucks County Council on the likely impact of its draft budget on the Voluntary and Community Sector.   So that it can accurately reflect what is happening in the Voluntary & Community sector, it would be helpful if you could take a couple of minutes to provide CIB with information in this quick survey.

Please see the following link: Proposed Budget Cuts Survey

Thank you –  your response is appreciated.

If there is anything CIB can do to assist you please call: 0300 111 1250, email or visit our website



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:



Active Bucks Team’s message to PVA

STOP PRESS:  The meeting this Thursday from 6-7pm in Gt Miss Memorial Hall has been cancelled – so most important to complete the survey by deadline of 31 August please.  To do so you need to go to and click on .under 16 or .over 16 – this will bring up the survey to complete.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to engage Prestwood residents and help them become more active!”

Visit Great Missenden Memorial Centre this Thursday 6 August from 6 – 7pm to find out more.

The Active Bucks team have now been on the ground across the County since early May and have so far engaged almost 1000 people to have their say on what physical activity provision they want to see in their local areas.  In The Missendens LAF, which is Prestwood’s Local Area Forum, only 16 people have engaged so far and the Active Bucks team wants to increase this number.

PVA have promoted the survey twice now  – see news item on 19th May and 27th July.

The Active Bucks Team have asked PVA to encourage more residents to have their say before the end of August to ensure funding decisions reflect what local residents want?
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Active Bucks Project

What is Active Bucks?

Active Bucks aims to support Bucks’ residents to become more active, more often; and will look to utilise the role of Members and other community leaders to engage local communities.   As part of the Active Bucks project each Local Area Forum, including the Missendens LAF, will be offered a funding allocation for local physical activity provision, based on what physical activity each community says they want to engage in.

Have your sayBetween May-September 2015 the Active Bucks team will be engaging local communities and residents from each of the 19 Local Area Forum areas across Bucks to understand what it can do to get people moving more. Time Credits will be used to reward residents for giving their time where appropriate.

All information and insight gathered from this engagement will help inform how new physical activity opportunities will be developed between September 2015-September 2017.

Active Bucks will also be looking to recruit a number of Community Champions from each local area, to be the voice of local residents and enable ongoing community development. Community Champions will also be rewarded through earning Time Credits. Continue reading Active Bucks Project



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



Sweet Charity Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Message from Marilyn Humphreys, Secretary and Director of Sweet Charity

All at Sweet Charity will be celebrating its 4th Anniversary at the end of October. Due to its continued success almost £100k has been given out in grants to local groups during that time.

Some of the grants have been in the form of a pledge, £4k to The First Responders towards their funds for a new 4×4 vehicle and a pledge of £3k to the MS Society towards their new mini bus.

A grant has been given to the Chiltern Air Ambulance for equipment, continued financial support to Prestwood Citizen Advice Bureau and grants to the 5 local schools. These are just a few of the over 40 local groups that they have supported with grants.

This summer they have supported Lighthouse paying for the hire of a marque, “Prestwood forget me not group” visit for the elderly to the river for cream teas, transport costs involved when local schools to attend sports events, kit for football and netball teams, chairs and kindles for The Misbourne School’s new library, funds for first aid equipment and many grants to other organisations.

This has all been made possible due to the continuing hard work of all those unpaid volunteers involved in the running of the Sweet Charity Shop and we would like thank the Prestwood and Gt Missenden community who provide Sweet Charity with donations and those that go into the shop and purchase items too.

The Directors are extremely proud of all of their hardworking volunteers and the significant contribution they have made to the local community, to have reached £100,000 is an outstanding achievement.

If you are a non-profit making group within the Parish of Great Missenden and need funding please either call into the charity shop in Prestwood to collect an application form or request an application form via email Once completed and returned the application will be considered by our grant committee who meet every other month.

We are always looking for more volunteers to join our team application forms came be obtained from the shop or via email