Category Archives: Groups

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

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.



CDC’s Emerging Local Plan


On 20 January, Graham Winwright, CDC’s Planning Policy Manager, unveiled the next stage of the Emerging Local Plan for Chilterns & South Bucks 2014-2036 and PVA went along to find out more.    His presentation can be seen here.

To catch up from the beginning see previous articles, 13 January, 12 February 2015,  Emerging Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan and 14 January 2016.

This current public consultation, on Issues and Options, is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging participation amongst local groups and organisations as well as the public.  It will be carried out in accordance with both councils’  Statement of Community Involvement and runs from 19th January  to 5pm on 14th March 2016.

As Chiltern District Council has now joined forces with South Bucks District Council in this exercise, the whole process has once again been re-started and, therefore, all submissions by everyone in previous public consultations need to be repeated and re-emphasised.
Continue reading CDC’s Emerging Local Plan



Holy Trinity Church



In June this year, Holy Trinity Church Prestwood closed for services to enable a major refurbishment to be carried out.   Since that time, the pews, altar, organ and other fitments have been removed and the floor dug out and relaid, incorporating underfloor heating and tiling. Electrical circuits have been replaced, new lighting installed, and a toilet and kitchen facilities fitted.  A new altar and organ are in place, as well as new seating, in the form of chairs and bench pews.  Outside a ramp has been built to the main entrance and there will be lighting along the path from the Lych Gate to the church.  At the same time, the yew trees along the paths have been reduced in height to give better visibility of the church. Continue reading Holy Trinity Church



Community Speedwatch team commended

Influencing Safety in Prestwood


At the recent Thames Valley Police Chiltern & South Bucks LPA Commander’s Awards Ceremony at Taplow House Hotel,  the Prestwood Community Speed Watch  volunteers received a commendation and several of them attended to collect it from the TVP Area Commander, Supt Yvette Hitch, and the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.


The citation reads:

“Awarded to the Prestwood Community Speedwatch volunteers who are commended for their ongoing commitment to their local community, making the roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, and supporting the development of new Community Speed Watch schemes in the area.”


In 2008, three priority issues of concern were identified by Prestwood  residents to Thames Valley Community Police  via The Misbourne Neighbourhood Action Group  – speeding, anti-social behaviour and parking.   The local NAG, under the chairmanship of  Reverend Deiniol Heywood, supported proposals for the pedestrian crossing near the Co-op, better security for the Hazell Road flats and organised volunteer usage of Community Speedwatch (CSW) equipment locally.  Continue reading Community Speedwatch team commended



Next Dementia-friendly meeting

Here’s the Agenda-19.11.15 for the next Great Missenden Dementia Alliance meeting on 19th November.   Please note that this is a lunch time meeting, tea & coffee will be provided but please feel free to bring along your lunch as we help and support each other to make your community more Dementia-Friendly. If you are unable to make the full 1.5 hours, please do still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.

Take a look at the Dementia-Friendly Communities video to find out why being Dementia-Friendly is so important:

To confirm attendance, call: 01296 387821.

We look forward to seeing you soon.  Kind Regards, Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council.



Sport England supports Abbey Gym Club

As a follow-on to our Stop Press: Breaking News – Message from Sue Egan, Chair of Abbey Gym Club:

“I heard today (29 October) that Sport England has raised no objections to Abbey Gym Club’s proposed gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site in Prestwood.  This means that Chiltern District Council (CDC) will now be able to issue planning permission for us to build our centre.  I am delighted and very excited by this news, as are our other trustees and our coaches.

“You may already know that Abbey Gym Club has been operating within Prestwood and Great Missenden since it was formed as part of the Buryfield Sports & Social Club in March 1984, originally named “Buryfield Gym Club”.  It became a separate entity at the end of December 1985, and was renamed “Abbey Gym Club”.  Throughout its history, our Club has provided gymnastics training for local children in a friendly, child-focused setting, from a variety of school halls before moving to Prestwood Junior School in autumn 1989, where it has remained ever since.

“Looking back over the minutes of committee meetings since our Club was formed, there have been several common themes, including: Continue reading Sport England supports Abbey Gym Club



Voices and Choices – Seeking Volunteers

logoVOICES AND CHOICES is a new local organisation set up to support people living alone who need information and advice to stay in their own home.  We provide information, advice and advocacy for local people, together with a peace of mind service for any out of county family.

We are running our first volunteer training course at Amersham Town Council Offices from 16-20 November between 10.00 and 4.00.  The training course has been accredited by the Open College Network at Credit Level 3.

For further information please register on our website or leave a message on 07872 600565.



Tribute to Guy Stansbury

Guy 1 Photo“All who came into contact with him felt privileged to have known him.”

“A truly remarkable man … a great loss to our community.”

Guy ‘Stan’ Stansbury, who recently passed away, was involved with Prestwood Football Club, based at Sprinters Leisure Centre, Honor End Lane, for over 60 years, playing for two decades and working as groundsman, secretary and then running the club as chairman.

He and his wife, Betty, an incredible duo, were also involved in Scouting for a combined total of 115 years  They even met at a County Scout conference. Looking back on their long and distinguished service, Betty said that Scouting was ‘a way of life for us’. These pioneers were involved in the formation of the Misbourne mixed unit of Senior Scouts and Guides in 1964 – an association which continued to his death. Highlights included the Saga 65 mixed expedition to Norway run by the Scout and Guide Graduate Association in 1965 when Stan led the Bucks contingent, and the Misbourne Unit’s first expedition to the Canadian Rockies Alberta in 1989 – their 17th annual trip abroad.  Having given them so many wonderful friendships along the way, Guy was awarded the Silver Wolf, Scouting’s highest award ‘for service of an exceptional nature’.*   As Group chairman of 1st Prestwood, Chiltern North Scouts, and County Adviser for Mountain Activities for Buckinghamshire, he was also presented with the St George’s Day Award in 2010.

In 2012, The Rotary Club of Great Missenden presented Guy with the David Mitchell Memorial Award** in recognition of his “high ethical standards and public service for voluntary service to the community, particularly in respect of over 60 years service to local Scouting and Prestwood Football Club in all roles, from Scout and junior player to Senior Administrator in both.  In particular for founding and still managing the ground-breaking and most successful Misbourne Scout Venture Unit.”   [See picture above – Guy’s on the right]
Continue reading Tribute to Guy Stansbury



Nanfans Ballet School

Diane Hiscock reports that there’s been a wonderful response to the opening of Nanfans Ballet school and the classes are filling up. Term starts this week and there are still spaces in the following adult classes:
Ballet stretch and fitness at 9.15am on Tuesdays – this is not a ballet class but a conditioning class to improve posture, flexibilty and fitness.
Silver Swans ballet at 2pm on Wednesdays –  a gentle ballet class for the over 55’s.
No ballet experience needed for either classes, email for more details or call 07736 104989 or come along and try the class the first 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:



Latest on Dementia Friendly Communities

Over the last few months PVA’s brought you news of the developing Dementia Friendly Community within our Parish and, following the last meeting, Great Missenden Local Dementia Alliance minutes – 23.7.15, a more definite framework has been put in place.

Useful information can be found at:

Behind Closed Doors – Dementia-Friendly Communities


Dementia-Friendly Toolkit

Healthy Minds CBT for carers with dementia


Members of our local Dementia Alliance – Alliance Members.

The next meeting of the Alliance will be 24th September – Agenda 24.9.15 (1) If you are unable to make the full two hours, please still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.  Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail or calling 01296 387821.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council



Group of the Month: Prestwood Community First Responders

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.

First Responders 1The 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.
Continue reading Group of the Month: Prestwood Community First Responders



Group of the Month: Prestwood Nature

Prestwood Nature LogoPrestwood 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:-

Sheepwash 2007-001Sheepwash 2015-001

2007                                                      2015

WildlifeGarden1On 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



Group of the Month: Prestwood Forget Me Not Club

Forgetmenots2On 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.

Forgetmenots3 Continue reading Group of the Month: Prestwood Forget Me Not Club



Rotary Club for Prestwood

We are looking to start a new club in Prestwood!

RotaryThis is an opportunity to be a part of something exciting, that will grow with the years and allow us to ‘do good in the World’ as one famous Rotarian has said.

We are looking for men and women in the 30 – 50 year age group to form a club that will enhance, rather than compete with the work of the Great Missenden club, of which I am a member.

You may be aware of one of our global initiatives, that is the eradication of polio from the globe. After almost 30 years of work in this field, and with the help of individuals and of governments, and private funding from Bill Gates, for instance, who has helped our cause tremendously in recent years, we have come very close to finishing the job. Continue reading Rotary Club for Prestwood



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



Natalie Francis – Local Artist

Natalie is based in Prestwood and is exhibiting her work as part of “Bucks Open Studios

The directory of for the Bucks Open Studios is available on this website (Click to follow the link): or you may find it easier if you are looking for something locally to do a search for it on this site: 

See Natalie’s work

Some examples of Natalie’s work are below, and further down she comments on her work. Continue reading Natalie Francis – Local Artist



Abbey Gym Club plans

A message from the Trustees of Abbey Gym Club (Reg. Charity No.1156313)

“We are pleased to announce that we will very soon submit our plans to build a new gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site on Honor End Lane to Chiltern District Council for their review and (we hope!) approval.

“Abbey Gym Club is a community sports club that has operated in the Prestwood / Great Missenden area for around 30 years and became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in 2014.

“Throughout our Club’s history, we have operated out of village halls and school halls.  Our current home is Prestwood Junior School, Clare Road, where we have been (and continue to be) very welcome for over 20 years.  However, operating out of the school hall gives us three major problems:   Continue reading Abbey Gym Club plans