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Good Neighbour Scheme (Updated)

Latest news from Debi Game (Community Impact Bucks)

There was a very good turnout for our recent information evening about the potential of developing a Good Neighbours Scheme for the Great Missenden Parish. We have agreed to meet again to discuss and hopefully agree the following:

  • The focus and scope of the Good Neighbours Scheme
  • The geographical coverage of the scheme
  • Identify volunteers to a) form the GNS committee and/or b) be prepared to volunteer to help deliver support
  • Agree how Community Impact Bucks can best support you to develop and launch your scheme.

Continue reading Good Neighbour Scheme (Updated)



Ambulance Service Annual Survey 2017

Have you used the Ambulance Service this year?

The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) covers the Prestwood area. Their 2017 Member Satisfaction and Patient Care Survey is now open. If you’ve used their services or are a Foundation Trust member, it’s your chance to give them your feedback and help shape the Trust’s plans for the year ahead. Continue reading Ambulance Service Annual Survey 2017



Pharmacy Cuts – Important Update

High Court Judge “regrets” funding cuts, in watershed moment for local pharmacies. This affects Prestwood.

Julie Horslen from Prestwood Pharmacy has news of the outcome of the high courts judicial review on the pharmacy cuts and she is very concerned.

The judge, Mr Justice Collins, said “with some regret” that although he cannot overturn the government decision to impose the massive cuts, he criticised the government approach.  Overall this is a compelling  judgement that recognises the important role of community pharmacy in primary care. For the details of the judicial review follow this link

For more comment from Julie Horslen Continue reading Pharmacy Cuts – Important Update



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…

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.



RUWise to It?

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.

Being aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and knowing where to go to raise a concern are two simple but important things.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that happens when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, money, drugs, gifts or alcohol. It is illegal, although young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed and manipulated by their abusers.   Visit to find out more.



Tackling loneliness

How being a good neighbour can help tackle loneliness

As social beings, we’re often at our best when we’re connected to the people and communities around us.  However, nearly 1 in 5 people in the UK today say they’re often or always lonely and a similar number of people will go over a week without even being asked ‘how are you?’

Loneliness and isolation is a serious issue for people across our country and its impact can go further than you might imagine; loneliness is bad for your health, it’s reported to be twice as bad for us as being obese.

Who does loneliness affect?

Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone and everyone.  It’s not always who you might think.   Research by the Coop and British Red Cross has shown that whilst two thirds of the UK believe that ‘older people’ are most likely to experience loneliness, in reality it can impact all ages.  Continue reading Tackling loneliness



Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks. 



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…




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  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 from 13 March.



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



School Journey Survey

Message from Bucks County Council

Closing date for responses 3 February 2017.

Buckinghamshire County Councillors on the Transport, Environment and Economy Select Committee are undertaking an inquiry into the use of cars to get children to and from schools in Bucks and how schools and communities can affect behaviour change to encourage people to adopt more sustainable travel options and reduce car use for the school journey.

With the planned housing growth across Buckinghamshire, school expansion and new school building, Members feel it may lead to worse congestion and parking around roads serving schools.  It is believed that enforcement at pinch points around school roads isn’t always the most effective solution, so Members want to look at other methods that do work.

In this inquiry members will be exploring alternative, healthier modes of travel to school to reduce the use of cars for the school journey.  They want to consider how a variety of sustainable travel initiatives already in place have changed travel-to-school habits, and whether these could be harnessed more widely.  Through hearing about what’s being done, what works, and what more can be done, Members want to understand the opportunities, challenges and barriers to encouraging sustainable travel for the school journey.

On the 7th and 8th February, the BCC Select Committee will hold two days of evidence gathering from head teachers, travel planning co-ordinators, Junior Road Safety Officers, police, fire service community safety officers, and national experts.

Members would like to provide Local Councillors/Community Representatives with the opportunity to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following survey to give your views, experiences and knowledge of the schools within your local areas.

A final inquiry report will be published at the end of March and recommendations made to the Cabinet in April.

Committee Members would be most grateful if you would be willing to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following very short survey.  The survey will provide Members with your views and experiences of school travel, examples of successful activity and the challenges that takes place with schools and communities within your areas.

You can complete the survey following this link:   The closing date for responses is the 3rd February.