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Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….

Litter Pick Weekend – 2nd, 3rd and 4th March

Due to the current wintry weather

The arctic conditions have destroyed any chance of a litter pick taking place this weekend.  I was hopeful that a  thaw on Saturday or Sunday might facilitate an opportunity, but judging by today’s freezing winds and temperatures, that’s most unlikely now.  So, thank you to all those who have already enquired, volunteered or even given it some thought, but I have decided to cancel this one and reschedule for 27th/28th/29th April.  Perhaps Spring will have arrived by then!  Wishing you all well – stay warm.  Jeanette (& Orinoco, who clearly came out of hibernation too soon!) Continue reading Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….



Proposals to help reduce medicine waste

Message from Let’s Talk Health Buckinghamshire

Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (the CCGs) are asking for the views and help of patients and carers in Buckinghamshire to support us in making improvements to the way we deal with medicines.

In particular, we want to reduce the amount of medicine that is wasted across our NHS system and address some of the current safety concerns surrounding some treatments.

With your help, we want to develop solutions to these issues that will benefit our patients and local health and care services alike.

With that in mind we will shortly be inviting people to attend a meeting run by the CCGs’ Medicines Management Team, at the Holiday Inn, High Wycombe, on 27 April 2018.
Continue reading Proposals to help reduce medicine waste



In case of a power cut…

Message from UK Power Networks:

“We would be very grateful if you could share the information below with local residents so that they are aware of who to contact in the event their electricity is interrupted by the weather.   Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit for the latest updates
  • Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates

Continue reading In case of a power cut…



Well-being community events for local residents

Great Missenden Library and the Prevention Matters team are hosting a series of community events covering physical, mental and community safety themes for local residents.  One of the aims is to raise awareness of the different services that are available to residents within our community so that we can continue to live independently in our own homes for as long as possible.

The second drop in event will be between 11am – 4pm on Wednesday 24th January including a free Dementia Friends information session 11:30am – 12:30 / Tai chi taster session 2:30 – 3pm – stall holders: Alzheimer’s Society, Telecare, Bucks Mind, Community Counselling HP16, Prevention Matters and more.

Week three: Community safety week Friday 2nd February – 11am-4pm,  free Trading Standards Scams workshop 11:45 – 12:30 , stall holders: Legal advice, Fire & Rescue service, TVP, Chiltern District Community safety team, Prevention Matters and more.

Venue: Great Missenden Library.



Give your views on bringing care closer to home across Buckinghamshire

In 2016, the Trust ran a programme of events where we asked the public what they wanted from healthcare closer to home. This helped us shape and develop the community hubs now running at Marlow and Thame Community Hospitals. Community hubs are all about providing a range of services to help people stay healthy and independent and to avoid having to be admitted to hospital.

We would now like to invite you to come and hear about how those community hubs are progressing. We also want to tell you our plans for bringing care closer to home across Buckinghamshire and give you the opportunity to develop these plans further. Please find below and attached a poster showing the dates and locations of the six events around the County. Further details, including venues, will be available on booking.

Continue reading Give your views on bringing care closer to home across Buckinghamshire



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:

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:

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



Could you spot the signs? Open your eyes to abuse

Three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week across Thames Valley*.

Yesterday, (2/10) we launched our Hidden Harm campaign, raising awareness of abuse in the heart of our communities.  Over the next 18 months we will be bringing a number of different abuse-related crimes, which often go undetected or unreported, into the spotlight. The first focus is modern slavery.

The message at the centre of this campaign is simple – Open your eyes to abuse.  It could be happening in your community, so if you suspect it, report it.

What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain.  Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation.   Continue reading Could you spot the signs? Open your eyes to abuse




A huge ‘THANK YOU’ from Jeanette Hedley to all those who participated in last weekend’s litter picking exercise in Prestwood.

“There were 25 volunteers in total including 4 eager children.  Without your help, 30+ sacks of rubbish, 2 old wheelbarrows, discarded wood, metal, netting and glass would still be fouling our beautiful village green spaces, pathways, car parks, roads and play park.   What a difference we can make if we all work together to clean up Prestwood.

“Take a look at the photo to see the quantity of rubbish you managed to pick up in a few hours and I’m sure you’ll agree that the effort was worth it.  Well Done!

“Keep watch on the Prestwood Village Association Website for dates of the next community litter pick weekend.”    Jeanette



Potential redevelopment of Chiltern Pools Amersham

Message from Paul Nanji, Principal Leisure & Wellbeing Manager, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council, Tel: 01494 732110, Email:

Please see web link which provides a virtual fly-through tour of the new centre.

There’s also an on-line questionnaire which Chiltern District Council would appreciate your feedback on – Chiltern Pools redevelopment – land swap consultation – have your say –  



Group Spotlight – John Hampden Surgery Patient Group

JHS Patient Participation GroupThe Patients’ Voice

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



NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group

Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs will be holding their AGMs on Thursday 14 September from 6.30 to 8pm and invite you to come along for the chance to review their activity over the last year, learn about collaborative work being undertaken locally, discuss plans for future developments across Bucks and speak directly to partners within the local system.

The meeting will be held at The Gateway in Aylesbury, and will also be live-streamed on Facebook.   For more details, click here.

NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups have published their annual reports for 2016/17 to update the public on their achievements and performance over the last 12 months. The CCGs commission – or ‘buy’ – healthcare services on behalf of their local population across Buckinghamshire.​ ​

Click here to view NHS Chiltern CCG’s Annual Report

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Continue reading NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group



Planning Ahead for Winter

Affordable Warmth service may bring you in from the cold

More people living in Chiltern and South Bucks districts will qualify for help in keeping their homes warm this winter,  thanks to changes in setting the criteria for Energy Company Obligation grants.

Both Councils support the Affordable Warmth Network which provides help and advice to anyone struggling to keep their home warm and pay their energy bills.  The Affordable Warmth Network is affiliated to the National Energy Foundation, aimed at improving use of energy in the homes.  Continue reading Planning Ahead for Winter



Additional Defibrillator at Holy Trinity Church

3 hearty cheers for Sweet Charity (and Bob)

An additional Defibrillator for the village has been installed at Holy Trinity Church Prestwood.  The machine is on the back wall of the cottage on Wycombe Road in the Church car park.

We are very grateful to Sweet Charity for funding the purchase of this machine and to Bob Davy for arranging the installation and ongoing maintenance.




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