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Anything relating to groups of people (may include societies, clubs, institutes etc.

Don’t be a silent majority……..

Yes, we mean you!

There is a group trying to represent the interests of Prestwood (& Great Missenden).  They have the potential to influence improvements in Prestwood and throughout the parish. But they need your help. We live in an age of “if you don’t ask you don’t get”.

No Evidence = No Opinion = Nothing Changes

Continue reading Don’t be a silent majority……..

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Wick Trimmers @ The Chequers Tree – Wednesday 18 April

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

April 18th is a date to remember – yes, it is the day on which, 50 years ago, an oil tycoon from Arizona bought London Bridge, but yes it is also the next date for Chequers Folk!

We hope that the latter will be both as silly, and as successful, as the former (London Bridge is the second biggest tourist attraction in Arizona – after the Grand Canyon!). So expect some bridge sections to appear in the music… and not too much falling down!

We’re looking forward to welcoming Clive and Sue back to the club, and our regular contributors too with maybe a few items from either side of the Atlantic.  So, make a date in your diary to come and enjoy some music that spans the years – and please do bring along some friends for a great night out.
Continue reading Wick Trimmers @ The Chequers Tree – Wednesday 18 April

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Orinoco’s finally making it out of hibernation….

Message from Jeanette Hedley:

Next Village Litter Pick Weekend

As the village litter picking weekend scheduled for the beginning of March was cancelled due to weather conditions, the next takes place over 3 days – 27th, 28th and 29th April.

Please do join with other like-minded villagers and help clean up our lovely surroundings.  Litter picking equipment (tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops) will be available between 10am and 2pm on all three days from me at 18 Orchard Lane, HP16 0NN – please bring your own gloves and perhaps a wheelbarrow if you have one – a full refuse sack can be quite heavy!

Litter/fly tipped items can be deposited at the Scout Hut car park in Nairdwood Lane during that weekend and this will be collected on Monday 30th April.

If you are thinking about joining in, even if you only have an hour to spare, your efforts will be rewarded by seeing a beautifully tidy village by the end of that weekend.

Never ‘Wombled’ before? – then contact Jeanette on 866460 or by email to  coltonhed@googlemail.com for more information.

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Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fifth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Thursday 3 May 2018

We aim to get through the AGM formalities as quickly as possible so that we can celebrate PVA’s fifth year together for the rest of the evening.

Programme

7.00pm Doors open to visit the displays including the Chiltern Society with latest on HS2’s construction timetable, the A413 Link Road roundabout, the Haul Road and North Portal; GMPRG on the Community Vision Update , Laura from the Wool Nook; The Committee & Trustees of the Village Hall in celebration of its 90th year and the latest from Prestwood Gardening Society.

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – AGM calling notice 2018 and  draft PVA AGM Minutes 2017 attached.  [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 Election Nomination form at AGM which needs to be back with PVA by 25 April.  

8.00 – 8.30pm – Presentations include John Cadman’s Chair’s report; Paul Mes on promoting a local business network;  Simon Laurie on local “champions”.  Further information to follow as the programme develops.

8.30 – 9.30pm Refreshments and Mix & Mingle followed by Chair’s Summing Up

  •  Beer Taster Keg kindly donated by MALT the Brewery
  • Complimentary Wine & Cheese Buffet
  • Tea/coffee – nominal charge – ladies of the Prestwood WI.

If you plan to attend and can let us know in advance, please do so via Contact Us.  It will assist us with seating and catering arrangements.

Many thanks – John,  Katy,  Simon,  Mark W,  Sue,  Colin, Ian,  Karine, Mark C,  Madeleine and Barbara – PVA Committee

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A Capella Group Saturday 28th April

A CAPPELLA GROUP THE DAMONS SINGERS TO SERENADE PRESTWOOD – SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018

25-strong a cappella choir The Damon Singers will be bringing their vocal skills to Holy Trinity Church in Prestwood on Saturday 28th April to help raise funds for a local initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

Founded in 1957, The Damon Singers is one of the Chilterns’ longest running and best-loved choirs and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes over the years. This is the first time the choir will perform in Prestwood, and Music Director David Cooke comments, “We’re thrilled to be singing in this lovely church so soon after it was renovated, and we’re planning a programme to ensure it will be a night to remember.” Continue reading A Capella Group Saturday 28th April

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Community Vision Update – pop-in Friday for a chat and a cuppa…..

Workshop invitation open to all

The first of two sessions to gain further insight into the thoughts of local people of all ages and backgrounds regarding the Community Vision Update is this Friday,  between 2 to 8pm, 23 March, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE

Do pop in for a chat and a cuppa –  if you can’t make this Friday then you have a second opportunity on Friday 20 April, again between 2 to 8pm in Prestwood Village Hall.

In the meantime, please do complete the on-line questionnaire.

For further information see previous news item.

Consultation closes 15 May 2018

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Chequers Folk at The Chequers Tree – 21 March – 8pm

Dear Chequers Folk folk… 

The March through lent towards Easter includes one Wednesday when you can come and ‘give it up for’ David, Bob, The Wick Trimmers and maybe more!

Not being sure how that phrase came to be a form of welcome or encouragement to applaud, I turned to that fount of all facts implausible – Google – to find an interesting theory. To lower a drawbridge to welcome a guest into a mediaeval castle the ropes would be allowed to go up… and the shout was ‘give it up for…’.

Anyway, Easter is associated somewhat with fluffy things such as chicks and bunnies, so there will be a bit of a wildlife theme mixed into the sets… though at this stage we don’t want to badger you with too much detail!

We look forward to lowering the drawbridge to welcome you as honoured guests at The Chequers Tree, for some tunes, songs, stories and maybe even more wild and unlikely facts.

From The Wick Trimmers     www.wicktrimmers.co.uk

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Sprinters Challenge – Sport Relief Saturday 17th March

Join the Nation’s billion steps challenge to raise money for Sport Relief! Here at Sprinters we will be hosting the mile challenge, all you have to do is walk, jog or run a mile and the amount of steps you do will count towards the Sport Relief steps challenge. There will be a donation fee to pay on the day, but all proceeds will be going to Sport Relief! So tell your family and tell your friends and let’s get everybody involved this year. Continue reading Sprinters Challenge – Sport Relief Saturday 17th March

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Chequers Folk – Wednesday 21 February – Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

Outside it may be a grey day… the British winter in full swing – but you can look forward to a grade ‘A’ day on Wednesday 21 February at 8pm.

Chequers Folk offers a kind of ‘play day’ – opportunity to enjoy a warm sunny musical atmosphere with a hint of anticipation of spring.

Over the last 6 years we have ‘played a’ huge number of pieces, but this month again there will be some new grade ‘A’ new tunes, arrangements and songs to rain upon you.

As well as the The Wick Trimmers, Gerard’s accordion skills will be on display, David and Peter are with us, and a quartet that could be called the Dolphin Paint Dipper Alliance (you have a go at the anagram!).

We hope you will find your way to The Chequers Tree to overcome the grey by joining us for a colourful evening of folk.

From The Wick Trimmers   www.wicktrimmers.co.uk

 For those of you who enjoy dancing too, The Wick Trimmers are playing at a local barn dance open to all at The Oldham Hall, Great Missenden on Sat 24th Feb 7pm (tickets from 01494 862352 or email office@missendenchurch.org.uk

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Chequers Folk Wed 17th Jan 2018

Message from Philippa,

Dear Chequers Folk folk…
 
We hope you have enjoyed your Christmas festivities and are well into the possibilities of a new year. We certainly enjoyed the Chequers Folk Christmas special, so we thought we would offer you a January Chequers special, Wednesday 17th, as a follow up.

And so, to this end we’ve invited our friends,
It’s the Fraser and Toots duo from Buckingham.
We do recommend that you try to attend
As they bring well known songs and originals, self-penned!   
 
There’ll be folk that is local and tales anecdotal
With musical paintings and even some vocals,
And we really do hope that you’ll handel and cope
With some firework music that was writ for the royals.
 
We’re sure you’ll agree, that if the date suits
It’s a date for your diary so don’t make an excuse
On Jan 17 we’d all love to see you –
David, Peter, The Wick Trimmers, Fraser and Toots!     
  
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Badminton Club in Prestwood – new term January 10 2018

The Missendens Badminton Club is a small, friendly group of mixed age and ability locals, who hire Prestwood Junior School hall on Wednesdays in term-time from 8-10pm. Players come mainly from Prestwood , Little and Great Kingshill, and Great Missenden.

If you are interested in joining us, contact Mike on 07799 726231. Or visit our Facebook page Missendens Badminton Club@prestwoodbucks. Or just come along for a free session and try us out.
We start our new term on Wednesday 10th January.

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Chequers Folk Christmas entertainment

Dear Chequers Folk folk…
 
In Victorian times, it was very fashionable to go carol singing with small hand bells to play the tune of the carol. Sometimes there would only be the bells and no singing!
 
Well, rather than ring around we’re emailing to a-peal to you to come join the merriment at the Chequers Tree on Wednesday 20 December. Since it’ll be our Christmas Special you can expect some interesting arrangements of songs, carols and tunes with The Wick Trimmers joined again by Megan on fiddle, David White, and Kate Golledge. 
For more of their merry invitation, please

Continue reading Chequers Folk Christmas entertainment

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Open Mic Night

Prestwood Rock Open Mic Night

On Wednesday 13th of December the Prestwood Rock band Overtime Rock will be holding an open mic night which may be of interest to anyone with an instrument or would like to do a spot of singing, either lead or backing vocals.

It is in a very relaxed atmosphere, we will be holding our usual rehearsal. We are a covers rock band, and would like to meet other musicians & vocalists in and around Prestwood.

Interested, why not give it a try?

Continue reading Open Mic Night

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Chequers Folk – A special evening at the Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

Yes, we have checked and, NO! there won’t be any red arrows flying on Chequers Folk night this month or next at The Chequers Tree (ie. no darts match!).

So, we are excited to be welcoming Liz Simcock who is a brilliant singer/songwriter from North London. Her lyrics are wonderfully crafted observations on a wide range of contemporary life and relationships – eg. escaping city life, Cromer pier, knitting and love songs… both Colin and Clive rate her latest album ‘Friday Night Train Home’ as one of the best they’ve ever heard.
Continue reading Chequers Folk – A special evening at the Chequers Tree

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New building at Sprinters for Abbey Gym Club

Abbey Gym Club has entered the Aviva Community Fund to raise money for its new building and needs your votes please.

We have until 21 November to get as many votes as possible for our project here:   https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5743.

Key points:

  1. Voting is free!
  2. Everyone has 10 votes to cast – we want all 10 please!
  3. Anyone with an email address can vote, including children (just tick the box to say they are under 16)
  4. We need all votes to be cast by the deadline on 21 November

Here is what our project looks like online, with our first 10 votes being cast:

http://www.abbeygymclub.org.uk/

Thank you for all your votes!  Read on for details of why we need your votes: Continue reading New building at Sprinters for Abbey Gym Club

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Chequers Folk – Wednesday 25th October

From Phillippa Wallin:
Dear Chequers Folk folk…
 
Last week there was a report from a northern Chinese village claiming they had discovered a 60ft long dragon’s skeleton. Hard to believe? Well yes, but stranger things have happened and as Guy Fawkes night approaches, Chequers Folk will be on Wednesday 25 October (which is the 4th Wednesday in the month – the only time in the 6-year history of our folk club!), to add sparkle, fire and flying fingers to the preceding week.
 
So – the question will again be asked…. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Continue reading Chequers Folk – Wednesday 25th October

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Prestwood on the West End stage….

22 Students from Chiltern Academy are very excited to be performing on the West End stage later this month. The invited students,  ages 10-17, will spend the day rehearsing at the Shaftesbury Theatre culminating in a performance that evening.

Two new pieces have been especially commissioned for this incredible opportunity, a contemporary dance number and  a Musical Theatre number highlighting the diverse talent within the Academy.

www.chilternacademy.net

Email chilternacademy@live.com

Tel: 01494 862006

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Chequers Folk: 20th September 2017 at 8pm

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

The August break has come and gone, so the feel of a new start is in the air…. Schools have gone back and Chequers Folk is here again. So, this term we have some new things that we want to share, and new projects that we’re working on.

This month we’re looking forward to Megan playing fiddle with us again, as well as a few new tunes that have been added to the Wick Trimmers’ repertoire. David and Peter will be duetting together, and they also have been busy recording David’s music – with Peter doing the mastering.  The CD, called Rough Diamonds, will be available on the evening… and I, (Colin), think it’s excellent! Continue reading Chequers Folk: 20th September 2017 at 8pm

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