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Your Community, Your Care

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From Tracey Underhill, Head of Membership, Engagement, Equality and Diversity (operational), Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (01494) 734405

“I am writing to let you know that the Trust is commencing a programme of engagement sessions called “Your Community, Your Care”, beginning 7th April – 12th May.   I hope that you and others that you know, will be able to join us at one of our sessions. Your community Your Care A3 poster v5-page-001

The poster shows the dates and general locations of 6 events around the County.  Exact locations will be available on booking via the contact details on the poster, along with further details, maps etc.  Continue reading Your Community, Your Care



Chequers Licence Application

Can’t sleep?  You can always go to the Chequers Pub

Latest Update 6th of Feb: Greene King has stated that there is no intention to hold late night events at the pub, implying that the village should not be concerned about the hours. We were told that the current license expired some time ago. A more community friendly approach might be to limit the hours to say midnight and request a special licence for those few occasions where they may need an extension. 

If this application goes through unopposed then they are free to operate within the license terms below without notice or consultation. 

The opportunity to respond to this application closes on February 9th

Update 18 January 2016:  Some people have reported problems with trying to submit comments on-line to CDC Licensing.  We have been assured that, as an alternative, you may either write in to CDC Licensing, Council Offices, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW – Charlie Robinson is the officer dealing with this case, on 01296 732063, or email  Please remember to quote Appln: 16/00056/LAPRE – Chequers Pub, Prestwood.

If you live close to the Chequers pub you might be interested to learn that they are applying for a license which includes late night music up to 2:30am. The notice is attached to the temporary fence around the pub.


(click on the image to see a b/w version with the text clearly displayed).

It says the following: Continue reading Chequers Licence Application



Clean for the Queen

The biggest ever clean-up of the country will be taking place in March

LATEST UPDATE:  11 January 2016 Clean for the Queen

Our local Madame Cholet, Jeanette Hedley, is running Prestwood’s campaign to “Clean for the Queen” for 3 days  – the 4th, 5th and of 6th March.   “Litter picking equipment (tools, hi viz tops and refuse sacks, but not gloves) can be collected from my house, Grasmere, 18 Orchard Lane, Prestwood, between 10am and 2pm on each day and directions will be given to volunteers on areas to litter pick and where to deposit the filled refuse sacks.

“Any amount of time given to clearing up the village is most appreciated.  Anyone wishing to contact me prior to the event is welcome to ring on 01494 866460.  Thank you.”

In the run up to The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April 2016, all of the litter charities across the country have come together in support of the campaign to “Clean for the Queen”, together with a growing range of companies, land managers and associations.  The aim is to inspire a million people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter-picking to make the places where we live more beautiful.

“For Her and for us all, we want to attack the blight of litter and reclaim our beautiful countryside, our fabulous cities, our world class parks, our wonderful beaches and waterways.”

There will be ‘Clean for The Queen’ litter blitzes throughout the UK in January, February and March, and the most monumental of all litter clear-ups from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2016.

Prestwood’s Chief Wombler, Jeanette Hedley, will be spearheading Prestwood’s grand litter-pick during this period – so please put the dates in your diary now with more info to follow nearer the time.  Your support in making this event truly spectacular will be appreciated.  If you know of a local “grot spot” then join in and give it a go.   If you’d like to also support the campaign directly via your school or workplace then go to to find out more and register your interest.

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Leisure operator launches new Apprenticeship Scheme in Chilterns

GLL, the charitable social enterprise that operates leisure centres on behalf of Chiltern District Council under its Better brand, has launched a new apprenticeship scheme designed to help local people establish careers within the leisure industry.

The Multi Skills Apprenticeship Scheme will see participants gain the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) qualification for Lifeguarding, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) swim teacher qualification and an Active Leisure diploma, it will also include a 12-month work placement at one of three Better leisure centres within the Chiltern district.

Apprentices will earn £15,928 per annum and benefit from the opportunity to gain free training, valuable experience and key skills while being paid the National Living Wage.

Closing date for applications is 3 January, 2016.  To apply follow the links below: Continue reading Leisure operator launches new Apprenticeship Scheme in Chilterns



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.



Thames Valley Police supports ‘R U Wise 2 it?’ campaign

Supt Yvette Hitch, local police commander for Chiltern and South Bucks, will be among several guest speakers at Chesham Grammar School, between 7pm and 9pm, on Monday 14 September.   The meeting is one of a series being held as part of Buckinghamshire’s Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) awareness campaign ‘R U Wise 2 it?’ on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

CSE is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for things such as money, affection or gifts.  It can be extremely difficult to recognise, as many of the warning signs are symptomatic of challenges that all parents face with young teenagers as they are growing up and becoming more independent.

The evening will be led by the Safeguarding Children Board’s partner agencies, Buckinghamshire County Council, Barnardo’s and Thames Valley Police. Continue reading Thames Valley Police supports ‘R U Wise 2 it?’ campaign



Child Sexual Exploitation – R U Wise 2 it?

A series of awareness raising events are being held during September to inform and help people spot the signs of child sexual exploitation. The evening events are open to anyone in the community – parents, carers, community leaders, club leaders, teaching staff – so please share this information with colleagues and friends.


7- 9 PM at these local venues:  Monday 14 September –  Chesham Grammar School; Thursday 24 September – The Grange School, Aylesbury;  Wednesday 30 September –   Cressex School, High Wycombe

To book your place email

The Facebook pages below give more information, please share these as widely as possible.  Chesham Aylesbury High Wycombe

Martha Edwards,  Community Safety Co-ordinator,  BCC Safer Communities Team



Nanfans Ballet School

Diane Hiscock reports that there’s been a wonderful response to the opening of Nanfans Ballet school and the classes are filling up. Term starts this week and there are still spaces in the following adult classes:
Ballet stretch and fitness at 9.15am on Tuesdays – this is not a ballet class but a conditioning class to improve posture, flexibilty and fitness.
Silver Swans ballet at 2pm on Wednesdays –  a gentle ballet class for the over 55’s.
No ballet experience needed for either classes, email for more details or call 07736 104989 or come along and try the class the first week.


Latest on Dementia Friendly Communities

Over the last few months PVA’s brought you news of the developing Dementia Friendly Community within our Parish and, following the last meeting, Great Missenden Local Dementia Alliance minutes – 23.7.15, a more definite framework has been put in place.

Useful information can be found at:

Behind Closed Doors – Dementia-Friendly Communities


Dementia-Friendly Toolkit

Healthy Minds CBT for carers with dementia


Members of our local Dementia Alliance – Alliance Members.

The next meeting of the Alliance will be 24th September – Agenda 24.9.15 (1) If you are unable to make the full two hours, please still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.  Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail or calling 01296 387821.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council