Category Archives: Groups

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

Chequers Folk

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

It is with a little pride, and quite a lot of prejudice, that we feel Chequers Folk is rather special. It is the 200th anniversary of the last days of Jane Austen, and July 19th will be the 200th day of the year! So, we’ll begin with 200 pipers (well, actually only half of them), and then celebrate the marching of thyme… with some of our old friends… (no – not that old, but you know what we mean!).

So, Clive and Sue will be returning to share some great trad numbers and we also have David and Peter with us again. Of course, history is written by the victors, and not always exactly in accord with reality… not so Bob’s retelling of his-story which is of course 200% accurate. Continue reading Chequers Folk

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Celebrating 10 years – The Source for HP16

Best wishes and thanks to Colin   Veysey, Anthony Sykes, Holly Burrows and the many other volunteers who all play a crucial part in helping to produce each edition of The Source for HP16 and distribute it to its 6,000 readership five times a year, for free.

CONGRATULATIONS on ten years of ever increasing success and to the 50th edition just out.  It’s a real tribute to the community spirit in HP16.

As Colin explains “There are still many in the community who do not have a computer and some of those are the most in need of information about opportunities, events and news of the community – that is almost impossible to find when mobility becomes difficult.

“Equally, some of us simply surf… and rarely read, or are rarely in the area through work etc.  For you, the website gives access to events, news and opportunities in the HP16 area that could otherwise be inaccessible.”  http://www.hp16.org.uk/ for back issues.

If you’d like to help, either providing news, delivering the papers, or you’re interested in filling the Reception Desk vacancy,  please do contact email: editor@hp16.org.uk  

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Chequers Folk – Wed 21st June

Dear Chequers Folk folk…
 
No, it’s not a dream, it will be Midsummer’s day (astronomically speaking) as we enjoy Chequers Folk this month… almost as far from Christmas as it can be (so expect the decorations to start going up soon!).
 
Whether we will introduce any Christmas or dreamy Shakespearean references we will have to wait and see, but certainly we hope for better weather than when Shakespeare wrote his play – ‘June and July were very wet and wonderfull cold like winter, that the 10 dae of Julii many did syt by the fyer, and there were gret fludes’. Ah, the British Summer (1594).
 
This month, alongside The Wick Trimmers, we have the return of David and Peter, and Kate will be singing both a cappella and with the band.
 
So… we do look forward to seeing you there…  
 
 
From The Wick Trimmers
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Spring into action at Sprinters

Sprinters is continuing its “no joining fee offer” to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.

All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or  take a print-out of it with you.

If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…

http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/chiltern/sprinters

Visit the Sprinters display stand at the PVA’s AGM/Social evening in the Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April (doors open 7pm) to find out more.

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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

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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.
Continue reading Invitation to all PVA subscribers

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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

Email:  group.bookings@chinnorrailway.co.uk

Tel:  07718 003133

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Collection of Honeybee Swarms

Message from Brian Bush, MBBKA swarm officer:

Every year in conjunction with the BBKA, Mid Bucks beekeepers plays its part in the collection of honeybee swarms throughout the UK.

Mid Bucks beekeepers have been very successful in recent years collecting on average over 100 swarms per year.  Most of this success has been due to the help received from local councils and other organisations in informing and educating the general public.

Research has shown that swarms that are not collected and allowed to find their own nest sites have only a 30% chance of surviving for a year. This falls to less than 10% for surviving 2 winters.

One of the main causes of these losses is the varroa mite that infests almost all bee colonies.  Beekeepers can treat these mites and reduce their effect on bees and increase the chances of survival – swarm document 2017.

As a beekeeping association we run a dedicated swarm line during the summer months. The line becomes active on April 1st. this year – Swarm Hotline = 07770370132, and I’m asking you to publicise this important service locally.  NB: Check the BBKA website first to identify that you have a honeybee rather than a bumblebee swarm.  Thanks in advance for your vital help.

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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.

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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

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Village Centre Revitalisation Project

Feedback from Prestwood Revite Group

Many thanks to the 177 who responded with their views during the consultation on the revitalisation of the village centre – details in the Source, Issue 44 May/June 2016  and at Prestwood Revitalisation Group.

Including Facebook likes and comments and varied brief messages via the PVA website, 143 were positive, 12 undecided and 22 against the scheme.

Many encouraging comments came in – “a real need for some TLC to improve the village centre – in particular, the area between the Chequers Tree and Village Hall which is crying out for an up-to-date quality image to give definition to what is the heart of the village”.  Continue reading Village Centre Revitalisation Project

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Sprinters Leisure Centre Changing Room Refurbishment

Sprinters are delighted to announce that  their Gym Changing Rooms have been transformed.    Extensive work through January has seen the rooms update massively.   New floors and shower cubicles as well as new hair dryers and hair straighteners have been added and feedback has been great.

Come down to Sprinters and see for yourself!

Also, as a New Year starter, Sprinters are offering a no joining fee offer to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.

All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or  take a print-out of it with you.

If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…

http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/chiltern/sprinters

 

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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 www.careadvicebuckinghamshire.org/dignityawards  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 dignity@buckscc.gov.uk from 13 March.

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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.

 

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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

Starting on 01.03.17

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Next Community Litter Pick in Prestwood

Message from our Wombling friend, Jeanette

The Great British Spring Clean  –  The first litter pick weekend of 2017 will take place over three days – 3rd, 4th and 5th of March. 

Tools, hi viz tops and refuse sacks will be available between 10am and 2pm on each day from Jeanette at 18 Orchard Lane, HP16 0NN.  Please bring your own protective gloves.  Volunteers can choose to litter pick any area of the village and at any time over the extended weekend.  The gathered rubbish will be collected by CDC on Monday 6th March – collection point will be advised to individuals participating.

The event is in conjunction with the Great British Spring Clean, which you can view on the Keep Britain Tidy website.  Let’s make this the biggest community Wombling event ever!

See you then – Jeanette  email: coltonhed@googlemail.com

 

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