Prestwood Gardening Society was founded in 1976 and now, 40 years later, has over 700 members, with new ones always very welcome. The annual fee is only £3 with an over-60’s concessional rate of £2. A varied programme of speakers, followed by light refreshments, is arranged in the Village Hall on the second Thursday of every month. Non-members are also welcome at a £1 entrance fee.
Members benefit from discounts at Hildreths Garden Centre, South Heath Garden Centre, Wrights Buildbase in Hughenden Valley, the Plant Specialist Nursery in Great Missenden, Peterley Manor Farm and Daisy’s Flower Shops.
Two coach trips are organised in the summer months and a Harvest Supper in October. The main event of the year is a very successful Annual Show in September which is always popular and very well supported. The programme for the next few months is:
January 12th 2017 – A Year on the Farm – Managing an organic farm at Wren Davies – Virginia Deradour
February 9th – The Ridgeway – Europe’s oldest road – enjoy an 87-mile local talk – John Tyler
March 9th – The Dream Flight Charity – arranging holidays for disabled children – Patricia Pearce, MBE
April 13th – Search Dogs Bucks – assisting Thames Valley Police to find missing people – Catherine Marriott
To join the Society please contact the Members’ Secretary – Beryl Doran on 01494 711909 or just come along to a meeting – you will be most welcome.
The Prestwood Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers, trained by the ambulance service to respond to medical emergencies before an ambulance gets to the scene. CFRs might typically respond to reports of cardiac arrest, strokes, choking, unconscious patients and diabetic emergencies. You may well have seen the responders out and about in their new Fiat Panda which was funded by organisations and individuals from Prestwood and surrounding villages. In fact, many of you will have been part of that amazing fundraising effort.
The Prestwood Team (from left to right):-
Bob Davy, Anne Banks (supporter) and Gary Hammond
To become a First Responder you don’t need any previous medical experience. The ambulance service provide training in the form of an intensive two day introductory course followed by a shift with an ambulance crew then another shift with a paramedic in a Rapid Response Vehicle. Six monthly re-qualification is required. There are also evening update sessions throughout the year to keep everyone up to date. Once qualified, a responder will be given a pager, mobile phone and an equipment kit which includes oxygen, defibrillator and trauma dressings. If they are the only responder in a particular area then they keep this equipment all the time and book on duty when they can, depending on work or family commitments.
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Prestwood Nature was founded in 2003 by a group of people determined to try to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of the local residents.
Sheepwash Pond on Honor End Lane in Prestwood was one of the first projects undertaken by the group and over the years it has been transformed from a boggy and overgrown area into an oasis of calm a few hundred yards from Prestwood High Street.
These pictures below show Sheepwash Pond before and after restoration:-
On Kiln Common near the allotments, fruit trees have been planted and hopefully in the not too distant future, Kiln Common Orchard will produce old fruit varieties for all to enjoy. Close by, the Wildlife Friendly Garden is sown with pollinator-friendly flowers to show some of the plants which can be grown in your own gardens to attract bees and butterflies.
But it’s not all work parties and digging. Prestwood Nature arranges evening talks by local experts on subjects related to our area. Recently, subjects have included butterflies, chalk streams, bats, orchards and glow-worms, all of which can be found in Prestwood and Great Missenden. Continue reading Group of the Month: Prestwood Nature
On the first Tuesday of the month, a cheerful and rather sprightly bunch of Prestwood residents gather in the Village Hall for the Forget Me Not Club. The Club was formed in 1961 as a social group for the over 60s and is well attended with a membership in excess of sixty members.
With the exception of January, the Club meets every month. Christine Davy (the Chairman) opens each meeting with a warm welcome, covers the last meeting minutes and updates everyone on the latest news and upcoming events. Entertainment or a talk then follows and recent guests to the Forget Me Not Club have included a puppy and his trainer from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the Black Dog Band as well as various singers and slide shows. Finally, and probably most importantly, the members enjoy a raffle and the opportunity for a good natter over an afternoon tea of sandwiches and homemade cakes.
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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!
Sweet 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
PACT was set up in the late 1990s by a number of people who recognised just how difficult it is for people without their own means of transport to get to important appointments or even just to get around.
Like similar community transport schemes in other areas, PACT runs as a totally volunteer, non-profit making association. The volunteer drivers collectively do more than 12,000 miles a year (that’s nearly 500 lifts) for those who have need of the service.
Says PACT Chairman, Colin, “In a village where we are not served well by public transport it is wonderful to know there are people who care enough to give really generously of their time and resources to help those who have difficulty getting around.”
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Who are we?
Prestwood Toddler Group is a playgroup for children aged 0-5 which runs weekly during term time in Prestwood Village Hall. We are a local community group run for and by Prestwood parents and have been in existence (in one form or another) for almost three decades.
What do we do?
At our playgroup we have toys and activities for babies and toddlers up to school age including soft play, the home corner, dressing up, toys, cars and, of course, our famous craft table and cafe. Our craft activities and fruit bar are themed seasonally and we never run out of complimentary coffee and tea for the adults! We also throw end of term summer and Christmas parties and are even planning some day trips in the future.
What do we bring to the Prestwood community?
We pride ourselves on bringing families in Prestwood and surrounds together and aim to be a central point of contact for new parents to the area. Our group provides a vital link for many parents who benefit from the experience and company of other local parents, especially important in those early years of child rearing. Continue reading Group of the Month: Prestwood Toddler Group
Prestwood Evening Women’s Institute has been ‘inspiring women’ in the village since November 1957. Our members total in excess of 35 ladies of all ages. We are part of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and, along with our sister WIs around the country, we make up the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. We don’t sing Jerusalem but we do make jam (well, some of us do!). We also support national campaigns on vital issues, learn about anything and everything from how to keep fit to London in the swinging ‘60s, take trips to places of interest locally and further afield, and we have a lot of fun doing it! Continue reading Group of the Month: Prestwood Evening Women’s Institute
Would you like to showcase your Prestwood community group on this website?
Group of the Month for January is the Prestwood Colts (follow this link)
The PVA is offering the opportunity to highlight your Prestwood community group or sporting club etc – a different one each month – here. Perhaps your club or group doesn’t have a website? Or you’re keen to promote yourselves to encourage an increase in membership,volunteer helpers or more committee members or players – please let us have your contact details via Contact Us and we’ll get back to you.
For instance, you could include:
- Who you are, what you do, what you bring to the Prestwood community, how long you have been in existence, membership, where and when you meet, contact details for enquiries. Your annual programme can be included in our What’s on calendar too.
- The challenges currently facing you – eg. equipment which could be either donated or financially sponsored; staffing, management and/or venue needs.
- Your successes and ambitions – key events over the last 12 months; future aspirations.
A couple of pictures (.jpeg format) to illustrate your group in action would be great too.
Please contact us to find out more.
As a New Year’s resolution for 2015 the PVA committee are seeking groups in and around Prestwood so we can promote them on the site each month. This is our first example written by Mike Kitching on behalf of Prestwood Colts. If you would like your group promoted then please contact us to learn how it works. _______________________________________________________________________
Prestwood Colts & Girls FC
Prestwood Colts & Girls FC was formed in the 1960’s to encourage young players to learn football skills. The club offers football training and competition for boys and girls with age ranging from Under 6 (U6) to Under 18 (U18) Youth football.
Where possible the club will enter more than one team into an age group in our leagues and to offer our football to a wide ability range, not just those who are “good” at football, but to include those who enjoy playing and training with their friends.
Currently the club has over 200 players aged 5-18yrs from the Prestwood and Great Missenden area, with some players travelling from Chesham, Aylesbury, High Wycombe and the surrounding area. We are fortunate to have a core team of committed volunteers, mainly parents, providing the General Management Committee, Team Managers, Coaches, First Aiders, Referees and other club services. Continue reading Group of the month: Prestwood Colts