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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



Local Pharmacies under threat?

BBC Oxford broadcasts from Prestwood Pharmacy (18 May)

To have a look see  

Latest re local pharmacies under threat (at 13 May)

See article in this week’s Bucks Free Press.   If you’ve not already done so please sign up to the petition as below.   Julie Horsnell at Prestwood Pharmacy will provide an update shortly.

The news below was first highlighted on 16 April 2016:

Many High Street pharmacies in England face closure, says minister – BBC News

Please support this petition – deadline is 29 June and at the moment nearly 55,000 people have signed.  The petition needs to increase to 100,000 by the deadline date.

Julie Horsnell at Prestwood Pharmacy wishes to bring the above to everyone’s attention and is seeking your assistance to sign the petition at  so that local pharmacies will be able to survive.



Behind Closed Doors: Fraud & the Vulnerable Adult

According to the National Fraud Authority £3.5 billion is lost to scams every year in the United Kingdom, a significant proportion by vulnerable and older people, specifically targeted by Organised Criminal Groups via, mail, telephone, cyber frauds doorstep crime.  Especially vulnerable are people with dementia and those who care for them.  Victims’ losses can be enormous; a couple in Amersham in their 80s, both with dementia, have been conned out of almost £1million by rogue builders and a lady in Denham has paid out over £140,000 to bogus lotteries.

When investigating these crimes and more than 1000 similar frauds and scams perpetrated over the last 5 years in Buckinghamshire, Trading Standards Officers have increasingly become aware of a process of grooming akin to that seen in Child Sexual Exploitation where elderly, infirm, socially isolated and lonely older people are the target for unscrupulous criminals who are keen to exploit their vulnerability.  Continue reading Behind Closed Doors: Fraud & the Vulnerable Adult



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.



Latest Dementia Friendly news….

From: Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager & Alliance Chair,Buckinghamshire County Council     01296 387821

The minutes from the Great Missenden Dementia Alliance meeting held on 24th September are attached.
If you were not able to make the last meeting, and you’d like to attend the next, then please note that it’s on  19th November, 12pm-1.30pm.  An agenda will follow shortly.
In the meantime a free Guide for Alzheimers and Dementia is available.


Stop Press: Breaking news……..

Prestwood’s first big step for better infastructure in the village – the Abbey Gym Club

At tonight’s Chiltern District Council Planning Committee meeting, the Council members unanimously voted to grant permission for Abbey Gym Club’s application to build a dedicated gymnastics facility at the Sprinters Leisure Centre site in Honor End Lane, Prestwood.   More to follow shortly…… in the meantime see information on the project.



Pump hunt for sewage station owners

Thames Water to take on responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.  The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.

New legislation means sewage pumping stations which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers, will become legally owned and operated by the local water company. The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.  Continue reading Pump hunt for sewage station owners



Misbourne School continuously improving facilities

From Cathy Hillier, Marketing Manager at The Misbourne School – email:

“We would like to invite you to an Open Meeting at the school this Thursday 15th October 7-8pm where we will present our vision and invite you, as a valued member of our Community, to share with us your thoughts.  If you are unable to attend then please feel free to send someone else or leave a comment at the bottom of this article and the PVA will pass it on to us.

“Next year marks the 60th Anniversary of opening of The Misbourne.  We are going to use this special year as an opportunity to raise the profile of the school through a major fundraising campaign.

“Our aim is to rejuvenate our sports facilities to create an environment where all students are motivated to participate in a wide variety of sports and fitness activities, both competitive and recreational.  Additionally, we would like to provide a local community sports facility – something that is sadly lacking.  Continue reading Misbourne School continuously improving facilities



Netball at Sprinters?

Sprinters Leisure Centre in Prestwood are carrying out a survey for those interested in playing Netball. They are looking to hire a coach to teach drills, techniques and also friendly matches between other centres.

No previous experience necessary. If you are interested please email with your name, contact number and preference of day/time. They will then be in contact in due course.



Sprinters Junior Bootcamp?

Carine Evans has just been to the Sprinters Gym:   “They would like people in the village to know about some activities they are thinking of setting up & are trying to gauge interest – you don’t need to be a member!”

Sprinters Leisure Centre in Prestwood are looking to start up a Junior Bootcamp for 12-16 year olds. If your children may be interested please email us at with your name, childs name, age of child, contact number, and time of day preference. We will be running the survey for the next couple of weeks and will contact those interested in due course.

This could be during the week, at the weekend OR a half term / holiday sessions during the day.