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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:




Do you know about these?

Various grants and loans available from Chiltern District Council

Have a look at CDC’s website for details of eligibility and how to apply for Flexible Home Improvement Loans, Grants and Loans for Repairs and Grants for Disabled Facilities and Affordable Warmth.

All links below:



Local Health Service Information Sessions

Buckinghamshire residents are being invited to come along to public information events to find out from local GPs what is happening with health services in their local area.

Each of the sessions will be held in a different area and will outline and discuss developments in the health ‘locality’ in which it is being held.  The events are being organised by NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, the GP-led bodies who design and pay for the county’s healthcare. If successful, these locality focussed meetings will become part of the regular communications opportunities with the CCGs and the public.

The sessions will include presentations from healthcare professionals about what’s going on in the local area to meet people’s health needs, and how this fits into wider plans across Buckinghamshire.  People at the events will be able to ask questions and contribute their views as part of the continuing dialogue between the public and health and care services across the county.  Continue reading Local Health Service Information Sessions



Replacement of Chiltern Pools, Amersham?

Chiltern District Council is undertaking a public consultation that is considering the development of a new leisure and community hub facility to replace the existing Chiltern Pools, community centre facilities, library and youth centre in Amersham.    As probably the nearest swimming pool to Prestwood, PVA thought you would wish to comment.

happy children kids group at swimming pool class learning to swim
happy children kids group at swimming pool class learning to swim

The Council is really keen to understand if residents (young and old) are supportive of developing a new leisure/community hub and also what facilities they would like to be included.

The following link will take you directly to the Consultation page on the CDC website.



Abbey Gym Club needs your votes TODAY

Message from Sue Egan, Chairman Abbey Gym Club (Registered Charity Number 1156313).    Tel: 01494 866524 | Mobile: 0788 411 5905 | Email:

Dear Prestwood Residents,

We have applied for £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to buy the gymnastics floor in our new building and we need you to vote for us.  Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva website gets 10 votes for free.  Voters can be any age.  We hope that you will cast all of your 10 votes for Abbey Gym Club here:  and also ask your friends and family members to vote for us.


You can find out more about the fund here:

How to vote:

  1. If you already have a log-in for Aviva, please log in; alternatively you will need to register to cast your votes.  To register, you will be asked for an email address, a password, your full name and whether or not you are over 18 (this does not affect voting).
  2. You will then be sent an email with a link to confirm that you have entered a valid email address.
  3. Once you have registered and clicked the link in the email, you will be taken to the main projects page where you can enter “Abbey Gym” into the project name and click “Search”.
  4. Our page will appear (you will see a picture of our younger gymnasts sitting on the bench during registration) and you can click the “+” button to move the votes to 10, then click the button to cast your 10 votes for us.

Continue reading Abbey Gym Club needs your votes TODAY



URGENT – Prestwood Pharmacy needs your help

Message from Julie Horslen at Prestwood Pharmacy:

“I need your help please.  Last week the government announced that it will cut the funding to Prestwood Pharmacy and other pharmacies in December. This is a major blow following all the campaigning that we have done and the fact that over 2 million people signed a petition asking the government to think again.

“However, this is not the final word.  Next week 2nd November, there is a debate in the House of Commons on the matter.  It is vital that everyone who is concerned about this lobbies their MP, Cheryl Gillan now.

“I have provided a Quick and easy link to do that.  It’s

Thank you for your support”



Next Prestwood Litter-Pick weekend

Hello Litter Picking Volunteers

If you are able to join this weekend’s litter pick, please collect hi viz top, refuse sack(s) and litter pick tools from my house 18 Orchard Lane between 10 and 2 on Saturday/Sunday.  Filled refuse sacks will be collected by CDC from the usual place, The Scout Hut Car Park, next to my sign.  Hope I will see you at the weekend – we can make a big difference to this village by litter picking for just an hour or two.  THANKYOU     Jeanette Hedley

Everyone is invited to join the Prestwood Litter Picking Weekend taking place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October.   Call at Grasmere, 18 Orchard Lane (off High Street) between 10am and 2pm either/both days to collect your litter picking tool, hi-viz top and refuse sack(s).   Bring your own gloves please.   Choose any area in Prestwood village to pick up litter, at any time over the weekend, and then deposit it at a central collection area.  For further info please contact Jeanette  email:




Carers’ Information Hub Event

Message from Mike Etkind, Chair of the John Hampden Surgery Patient Participation Group:

The John Hampden Surgery, together with Prospect House in Gt Missenden, is hosting a ‘Carers Information Hub’ run by Carers Bucks at the Prestwood Village Hall on Wednesday 26th October from 1.30-3.30.

Any carer who is a patient at either surgery is welcome to attend where they will have the opportunity to meet the Live Well, Stay Well team. This is a free service aimed at helping carers and the person they care for to maintain good health and well-being.

At the event you will be able to talk to someone from the Carers Bucks team about any issues regarding your caring role. There will also be an opportunity to find out about the Carers Discount Card. You don’t need to be registered with Carers Bucks to come along.



New Clubhouse for the Tennis Club

PTennisClubPrestwood Tennis Club held a Tournament and BBQ on Sunday 2nd October to celebrate the official opening of their new Clubhouse at Sprinters Leisure Centre in Honor End Lane.   Around 70 members, friends and guests enjoyed a superb afternoon in the sunshine.

The Club would like to register huge thanks to Sweet Charity for a most generous grant, and to Grant & Stone, DC Kaye & Co, Peterley Manor Farm and Stirrett’s for their sponsorship (and particularly to Nigel Stirrettt for the very tasty burgers and sausages consumed on the day).   Without the funds provided by these organisations, the Clubhouse would have remained just a dream.

Now we can entertain visiting teams in our own premises and the members have a facility of which they can be proud.

For further information and how to join see our website.



Buy a Brick to help Abbey Gym Club

1601%20-%20Abbey%20Gym%20Club%2030th%20logo       Abbey Gym Club is fundraising to build new gymnastics centre in Prestwood on part of the Sprinters Leisure Centre site in Honor End Lane.  Please support them by buying a brick for a donation of £10 or more.  Every brick donation will be listed in the entrance hall of the new building and donations of £100 or more will be recognised on real brick slips.

Please send donations by electronic bank transfer to:

Sort Code: 30 93 67, Account No. 00076198, using the reference BRICK plus your family name.  Then contact the club by email:, or send a letter – more info on their website.

This is a golden opportunity for the 700+ children living in Prestwood to take part in an Olympics legacy – Abbey Gym Club has over 300 children on their waiting list from the local area wishing to join but, until they have their own permanent premises, the waiting list cannot be reduced by much each year.

See previous articles at  Buy a Brick Fundraising for Abbey Gym Club and Abbey Gym Club plans.




Dog walking at Sprinters Leisure Centre

Better logoThree local clubs (tennis, cricket and football) all have pitches and courts at Sprinters Leisure Centre in Honor End Lane, Prestwood.

The land at Sprinters is private ground leased by Chiltern District Council to the charity that runs the centre, PSLA  (Prestwood Sports and Leisure Association).

Unfortunately the level of dog walking linked with the leaving of “evidence” and over-excitable dogs bounding up to children having tennis lessons has reached an unacceptable level.

Following a joint decision by the management of PSLA and Better GLL, it is with regret that dogs on leads with their owners will now only be allowed to use the clearly marked public footpath on the north side of the field as they pass through the sports centre  and signs to this effect will be displayed.



Campaigners welcome U-turn on Pharmacy closures

More than one million people signed the petition to call on the government to think again regarding their plans to close many local pharmacies – at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference last Monday, the government announced a U-turn.

Julie Horsnell at Prestwood Pharmacy says ‘I would like to thank all the people of Prestwood for their support.   As David Mowat MP (Pharmacy Minister) said, “we’ve seen the petition, and that’s frankly an accolade to the way you are regarded amongst communities”

PVA’s previous article refers.



Free Family fun on 27 August – Prestwood Village Games

Better – the UK’s largest network of public gyms and leisure centres – will host an open day on Saturday 27 August at Sprinters Leisure Centre to get more people more active in our local community and celebrate Team GB’s achievements at the Rio 2016 Games.


The FREE ENTRY open day running from 11am to 3pm will have sports and activities for the whole family to join in including a Penalty Shootout, Team Ski Walk, Tug of War, Egg & Spoon Race,  Welly Wanging, Tennis Taster Sessions and Walking Football Tasters.

Jamie Webster, General Manager for Sprinters Leisure Centre, Prestwood said,  “All staff at the Sprinters Leisure Centre are proud to fly the I Am Team GB flag and host the open day.  We’re inviting our members and local residents to come and join in with the different activities alongside our staff and be part of this nationwide celebration of sport, and see what we have on offer in the centre for families throughout the rest of the year.”

An additional bonus – come and see the completed car park including diffused lighting and the Tennis Club’s new pavilion.  Sprinters is really on the up.

More info at  IATGB Open Day 27th Aug press-release-Sprinters



Team GB Prestwood Scores Gold for Wombling!

From Jeanette:

Congratulations to all volunteers for rising to the Olympian Wombling Challenge this weekend.   An astonishing amount of fly-tipped rubbish and litter was collected by a dedicated team of 20 litter picking volunteers, some of whom had extensive previous experience of Wombling and several who were newcomers to the ‘sport’.   All enthusiastic participants exceeded expectations and the impressive results of their labours amounted to a huge stack of refuse sacks, shopping trolleys, carpets, washing airer, glass, light fitting and wood.

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Well done everyone – a brilliant team effort!  Thank you all so much for helping to clean up our lovely village.

I hope to see you all during the next Wombling Weekend – 29th and 30th October.         Jeanette Hedley



Don’t be shy – GIVE WOMBLING A TRY …

Hello Litter Picking friends, old and new,

I am writing to let you know that the next community litter pick is taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August and hope that you and like minded friends and neighbours can join in with this worthwhile exercise.   Previous litter picks have produced an inordinate amount of discarded rubbish which never fails to amaze me. 

Please do spread the word about this event.  The more volunteers that join in, the more litter we can gather from our lovely village. 

Hi-viz tops, litter picking tools and refuse sacks (PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES) can be collected from my house Grasmere, 18 Orchard Lane, between 10am and 2pm on both days and litter picking can be done at any time during that weekend, in any area and for any length of time. 

Filled refuse sacks can be left at the Scout Hut car park, Nairdwood Lane, for collection by CDC on Monday 15th.  If anyone wishes to speak to me prior to this event, my number is 866460 or email me.  Thank you.

Kind Regards,  Jeanette Hedley  – email: