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Dementia-Friendly latest

Please find 16.07.13 Action notes Great Missenden DFC on 13/07/16.  The next meeting is in Wendover at the Lindengate project (Wyevale Garden Centre) on Wednesday 5 October from 12- 1:30pm.   If you’d like to attend, please confirm your attendance to Sian Chattle at

From Natalie Judson,  Community Links Officer (Amersham & Chesham Locality)  Prevention Matters, Communities Engagement and Development Team, Communities, Health and Adult Social Care, Buckinghamshire County Council



Active Bucks Campaign Launches

Try over 1500 activities for FREE

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The Active Bucks promotional campaign has launched!  Offering a free first activity session, using the campaign website to link people with the ideal activity for them, from over 1500 activities across Bucks.  With the number of activities offering a free session voucher increasing all the time.  All residents need to do is visit the website, register and search for activities available at a time and location that suits them.

Please promote the campaign launch and website through all your channels to give as many residents as possible the opportunity to try an activity for free.  Visit our toolkit page to download promotional material to support the campaign.  If you need any more help with promotional material please contact

Can’t find activities that you know are taking place?  Please let us know so that we can keep increasing the number of sessions which residents can access. Email

Karl White, Health & Wellbeing Manager   Tel: 01908 622897  Mob: 07834 463176



Prestwood Summer Tennis for 5-14yr olds

PTennisClubOutdoor multi sport holiday camps for children and juniors age 5- 14 will run from 1st August to  2nd September at Prestwood Tennis Club, Honor End Lane.

 All courses will run from 9am to 4pm with early drop off and late pick up  available.
Half day, full day,  daily or weekly sessions may be reserved.  All children will learn to play tennis in a safe and fun environment.
For details visit or call 07502 662663. Early booking advised as spaces are limited.


Call to Action – Dementia-Friendly Community Alliance

Update – Great Missenden Dementia-Friendly Community Alliance – CALL TO ACTION!

Message from Chris Holden and Natalie Judson:

Since the launch of this alliance back in April 2014 a number of positive actions have taken place towards making our area a place where those living with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Success to date:

  • Delivered six well attended Dementia Friends information sessions at the Great Missenden library to local residents and to a packed gathering of local business leaders.
  • In partnership with the library raised awareness of books and information on dementia and local support services available.
  • Delivered half and full day training workshops on understanding and living well with dementia for carers and local care professionals (including dealing with challenging behaviours).
  • Delivered a well-attended session on protecting those at risk from fraud and scams.
  • Local retailers, both national chains and smaller independents have stepped up to the plate as well as the churches and GP surgeries. Indeed during Dementia Awareness Week in May the John Hampden Surgery had a Trading Standards Officer on hand to talk to visitors to the surgery about their work on protecting those living with dementia.

Continue reading Call to Action – Dementia-Friendly Community Alliance



Child Sexual Exploitation

A free information session about child sexual exploitation is being held at Chiltern Hills Academy on Chartridge Lane, Chesham on Tuesday 21 June, 7pm to 8.30pm

The session is an opportunity for those living in the Chiltern and South Bucks areas to come along and gain important knowledge about what CSE is, how to recognise children at risk, what the signs are to look out for, how to protect a child from grooming, and if necessary, what to do and who to contact if you have any concerns.

There will be an introductory short talk from the Barnardo’s R U Safe team followed by an opportunity to talk to senior staff from Barnardo’s R U Safe, Thames Valley Police, Bucks County Council’s Children’s Social Care and Youth Service teams who will be on-hand to give help and advice, and answer questions about what is being done in Bucks to tackle CSE.

Express your interest in coming to an event by emailing – but also feel free to drop in on the night.

To find out more about child sexual exploitation, visit 

More info on other sessions in Bucks can be found by following this link:

Joanne Fowler  –  Active Communities Officer (Chiltern District Council & South Bucks District Council)  Tel: 01494 732103  Mobile: 07815104131  Email: 

The Council is seeking feedback from customers with regards to its services, a short survey can be completed at:



Dementia-Friendly Alliance news

Message from Natalie Judson:

Following the meeting on 8 June please see Great Missenden Dementia-Friendly Alliance action notes 8 June 2016

The next Dementia Alliance meeting will be on  Wednesday 13 July 2016 between Midday- 1300 hrs at Great Missenden Library.   Please could let me know if you are able to attend the above meeting by no later than 29 June so I can confirm numbers with our guest speaker.

An agenda will follow shortly as we are aiming to have Lindengate present their new service ‘Memory Pathways’ at the above meeting.   This is a NEW  drop in service for people with memory loss or dementia and their carers. This service will provide individual and group support set within a gardening environment and offering a range of indoor and outdoor activities geared towards mental and physical stimulation.

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Many thanks –  Natalie Judson,  Community Links Officer (Amersham & Chesham Locality), Prevention Matters Communities, Health and Adult Social Care – Buckinghamshire County Council  

Tel: 01296 382140, Mob: 07876 257 406, Email:  Twitter: @PrevMatters



Buy a Brick Fundraising for Abbey Gym Club

1601%20-%20Abbey%20Gym%20Club%2030th%20logoAbbey Gym Club recently gained planning permission to build a new gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site in Prestwood.

Some of our gymnasts will perform a display at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration in Great Missenden on Saturday 11 June (weather permitting).  We will also have a table where we will have more information about our club and opportunities to donate to our new building.  We would love to see you there.

If you would like to buy a brick for our new building, please  talk to us in Great Missenden at the Queen’s birthday celebration.  Alternatively, we will be happy to receive a donation of any size paid into our bank account (see website for details) with the reference “Donation”.



Exciting role with Healthwatch Bucks

Message from Let’s Talk Health Bucks

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Could you help lead Healthwatch Bucks – the independent champion for the people of Buckinghamshire working to shape and improve local health and social care services?

“We are looking for new board members to add their skills and perspectives to those of the current directors who span a broad range of experience and backgrounds and have together built a firm foundation for the organisation.

“To be an effective director, you would need to be able to commit at least one day a month to Healthwatch Bucks including participation in quarterly meetings in public at different locations across the county.  As for all our directors, these are voluntary and therefore unpaid roles.  Continue reading Exciting role with Healthwatch Bucks



Your local GP practices need you….

Patient Participation Groups across the UK are are making themselves known to their local communities in a bid to highlight the importance of patients getting involved in their GP surgeries.

John Hampden Surgery in Prestwood is taking part in National Patient Particiption Week from 6th-11th June.  The John Hampden Surgery was rated outstanding earlier this year by the Care Quality Commission.  But no-one is complacent. The patient group aims to make sure that patients’ voices are heard loud and clear so that services remain high quality and continuously improve.

PPGs also provide practical support to their GP practice and help to
improve communication between the practice and its patients, and help patients to take more responsibility for their health.  Continue reading Your local GP practices need you….



Funds required for a much needed Clubhouse


Prestwood Tennis Club is a friendly, social tennis club serving the local community.  In the last 6 months, the Club has resurfaced its 3 floodlit courts and is now working to raise funds to build a much needed Clubhouse for its members.  Since our professional coach Janko joined us 18 months ago we have seen numbers increase by over 40%, particularly in the juniors, and we would like to see those numbers continue to grow.   Without a clubhouse we have no focal point for members to meet before, during and after play and nowhere to hold any social events or to entertain visiting teams.  We believe that the addition of this clubhouse will be an added benefit for the Prestwood community.

To date we have raised over £11,000 with grants from Sweet Charity, Bucks LTA and members’ donations.  To complete the build programme we need to raise additional funds and are seeking sponsorship from local businesses.   For further information please contact Ron Hunt, Club Treasurer on 01494 865884 or email



Last and next litter pick weekend

Jeanette has told PVA that the Litter Pick last weekend produced a sterling effort once again by many regular participants and several newcomers, including 5 children who happened to be passing Jeanette’s  house and saw the signs so decided to join in.  At least 20 sacks of litter were collected and a stack of other assorted rubbish. Reporting back from their ‘Wombling’, many remarked that there seemed much less litter than on previous occasions.  Well done to all participants and thank you for giving up precious time at the weekend to tidy  our lovely village. 

Jeanette’s planning the next Wombling Weekend for 13th and 14th August (to be confirmed nearer the time).  So, don’t be shy – give Wombling a try!

Message from Jeanette:

(first published on 27 April 2016)  The next litter pick weekend will be Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May.  Please volunteer an hour or two to help with tidying up the village.  Litter picking tools, refuse sacks and Hi-vis tops will be available from 18 Orchard Lane between 10am and 2pm on both days.  Please bring your own gloves.  Volunteers can choose any area to litter pick and collected litter in refuse sacks can be left in the Scout Hut Car Park Entrance (off Nairdwood Lane) for disposal by Chiltern District Council.   Please contact Jeanette on 866460 if you need further information, or just turn up on the day.   Please tell your friends, neighbours and clubs about this event.  Together we can make our lovely village a cleaner, safer environment for everyone to enjoy.                DON’T BE SHY – GIVE IT A TRY!



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.



Children’s Get Active Sports in Summer Holidays

 Prestwood Junior School

Clare Road, Prestwood, Bucks HP16 0NR

Summer 2016
1st August 16 – 12th August 16
08:00 – 18:00
09:30 – 15:30

MORE INFO       




Next Dementia-Friendly Alliance meeting

Message from Natalie Judson, Community Links Officer, Prevention Matters – Communities, Bucks County Council Health & Adult Social Care,  6th Floor New County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UA  Tel: 01296 382140,  Mob: 07876 257406     

The next dementia-friendly alliance meeting for Great Missenden Date:  Wednesday 20th  April   Time: 12- 1.30pm at Great Missenden Library, HP16 0AL.

Chris Holden (Trading Standards) will Chair the meeting and an agenda will be sent earlier next week ahead of it.   As the meeting runs over a lunchtime please feel free to bring your lunch for ease.  Tea and Coffee will be provided.  Please confirm attendance by emailing or calling 01296 382140.  It would be great to see as many of you there as possible.

Email:    Twitter: @PrevMatters  



Comment on local transport by 29 January deadline

Update – 13 April 2016 – Bucks County Council’s Local Transport Plan up to 2036 has now been published following the public consultation that finished at the end of January 2016.  To see the results go to this link and have a look at the accompanying documents/appendices.  

Particularly relevant to Prestwood is specific information on the bus network proposals under “Total Transport: the bus network Buckinghamshire needs in Appendix 1. page 58   and another interesting section is Road Safety on page 62.

Appendix 2 makes interesting reading too and well worth skimming through the comments made in green, especially on bus networks and parking.

There appears to be scope for local groups to liaise directly with BCC in the future to try and achieve satisfactory conclusions to local problems – anyone prepared to take the lead on this in Prestwood?

Originally published on PVA website on 23 January 2016 – Everyone in Prestwood is affected by local transport, whether we  use buses, trains, drive, cycle or walk.  Until 29 January, we all have an opportunity to send in our views on the Local Transport Plan (LTP) developed by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC).

The LTP is a policy document setting out the Council’s priorities until the year 2036,  so will impact on us for decades.  BCC is in charge of transport locally, including buses, school buses, trains, roads, parking, cycling, pavements, rights of way and so on.  Continue reading Comment on local transport by 29 January deadline



Please Clean for the Queen this weekend

Update on how the event went – 08 03 16 

Undeterred by the chilly winds, hailstones and snow shower, 20 enthusiastic Prestwood residents took up the challenge over three days to collect litter and fly-tipped rubbish throughout Prestwood village.  Approximately 50 refuse sacks filled with bottles, cans and other discarded litter were picked up.  In addition, a myriad of other items, including a large umbrella, a canvas tent, several heavy chunks of wood and metal, many broken pieces of glass, two smashed plastic chairs, two tyres, three traffic cones, part of a litter bin, a garden hose on a reel, plastic mesh, a metal post holder, metal grills, broken car parts and a bike frame were picked up. 

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Interestingly, one of the volunteers was pleased to be reunited with the sparse remains of her bicycle which had been recently stolen from her house. As you will see from the photographs, a staggering amount of waste was gathered by a disappointingly small number of  willing volunteers.  All participants deserve to be congratulated for their wonderful efforts.  Thank you for joining me in the ‘Clean for the Queen’.     Kind Regards  Jeanette Hedley

Our own Madame Cholet is leading “Clean for the Queen” in Prestwood 4th, 5th and 6th. ‘Clean for the Queen’ volunteers needed to help during this weekend with the Prestwood Litter Pick. This is a nationwide event. Tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops available from 18 Orchard Lane.   A  great opportunity to join together with Prestwood residents to clean up our lovely village. Please spare an hour or two and make Prestwood a cleaner place to live. See here for further information.