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, 2 to 8pm. Friday 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 2 to 8pm in Prestwood Village Hall.
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.
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→
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.
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 email@example.com
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!
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.
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.
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.
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→
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?
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.
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→
All GP surgeries are required to have what is called a patient participation group (PPG). At John Hampden Surgery the group has become more active over the last 18 months. The aims of the group are
to help John Hampden Surgery understand and learn from patients’ experiences
to help the surgery raise awareness of issues that impact patients’ health
to raise funds that will be used to improve the surgery for the benefit of all patients
It has a committee of 10 volunteer patients who meet every 6 weeks – every quarter the meeting is attended by one or more of the doctors and with the practice manager.
Activities over the past 18 months include improving communications with patients with a new noticeboard and leaflets for the waiting room, articles in the surgery’s quarterly newsletter, recruiting more than 250 patients to provide occasional feedback, and holding periodic events in the surgery waiting room to sound out patients’ views. Continue reading Group Spotlight – John Hampden Surgery Patient Group→
A Quiz Night to help raise funds for Prestwood Cricket Club, is being held at Prestwood Village Hall on Saturday 30 September. Price is £15 / Person or £25 for 2 and includes a Fish and Chips Supper. There will also be a Bar selling beers, wines and soft drinks. For further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ARE HOLDING AN INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE
on Saturday 7 October 2017
at Prestwood Village Hall
Refreshments for sale
Entrance 50p (Children Free)
Tables cost £10.00 and are available; if you would like one please email: email@example.com
The Chiltern Academy was established in 1973 by Jane Anderson’s mother, Elaine, when she took over a High Wycombe dance school where Jane had been a student. It was a wonderful challenge for Elaine to run her own business – her husband came up with the new name and Chiltern Academy’s journey began.
The Prestwood studio opened in 1976 and started with a handful of eager students attending class on Friday afternoons. Little did they know that, over 40 years later, Chiltern Academy would still be thriving with nearly 300 students coming through the door each week.
What started as a local village dance school, offering ballet classes one afternoon a week, has since become one of Buckinghamshire’s most prestigious performing arts schools with students travelling from as far as Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire to attend. Numerous students go on to vocational colleges and successful careers within the dance world. Continue reading Group Spotlight – The Chiltern Academy→