Category Archives: History

Anything relating to history in or around Prestwood

Chiltern Townscape Character Study

 Stakeholder Workshops

A series of workshops are being held in February, on behalf of Chiltern & South Bucks District Council, across the districts to inform the on-going Chiltern & South Bucks Townscape Character Study.

The informal drop-in sessions will allow parish and town councils, other community groups and local residents to contribute their views on what they value most about the character of their towns or villages.

The workshops will be facilitated by consultants, Chris Blandford Associates, who have been commissioned to undertake an updated and consistent Townscape Character Study of key settlements across both Districts on behalf of the Councils.     Continue reading Chiltern Townscape Character Study



The Misbourne’s 60th anniversary celebrations

Misbourne logo 60 yersMisbourne School is holding a celebration day on Saturday 25 June.  See further information in the March 2016 Misbourne newsletter.

PVA subscribers may be particularly interested in the initiative We [the school] have set up a Facebook Misbourne Alumni group for former students and staff and more than 1000 members have already joined. The group has been sharing their pictures and memories of their school days and reconnecting with their former friends and teachers.” 

The Misbourne is also keen for local groups and businesses interested in having a small stand at the celebration day on 25 June,   to advertise their group and/or business, to contact the school via Cathy Hillier, email




Prestwood Society donations

3888986When the Prestwood Society wound-up last year, it was resolved that the £4k+ remaining in its account would be distributed among local organisations.  This has now been completed and Bill Davis, the retired-Secretary of PS, has given PVA the details.  The following have all benefited:

Baptist Church Great Missenden, Chiltern Society, Citizens Advice Prestwood, CPRE Bucks, Forget-Me-Not Club,  Prestwood Area Community Transport (PACT),  Prestwood First Responders, Great Missenden Age Concern, Great Missenden Guides, Holy Trinity Church, Iain Rennie Hospice, Kings Church Prestwood, Lighthouse, Macmillan Nurses, Prestwood Events Group, Prestwood Gardening Society, Prestwood Methodist Church, Prestwood Scouts, Prestwood Theatre Club, Prestwood Village Association, Prestwood Youth & Community Group (PYCAG),  Roman Catholic Church Great Missenden, Samaritans, South Bucks Hospice, Thomas Ball Cancer,  Prestwood Evening and Prestwood Afternoon WIs.

PVA would like to thank the Prestwood Society on behalf of all the local organisations that have received a contribution and hopes that you’re finding that PVA is bridging the gap that’s been left, after over 40 years of the Prestwood Society having being Prestwood’s “eyes and ears”, on behalf of the local community.



Geoff Lewis is asking for historical help…

*Update on original news item published 16 Dec 2015: Geoff  Lewis has informed PVA that the house in question where the photos were taken was 67 Wycombe Road with next door neighbours 69 and 65, not as below in his original contact with us – if you can help please leave a comment below and we can pass it on to him ore email him.   Many Thanks.   PVA

“I am researching a picture I have of my Great Grandmother with me aged 9 months on her knee in a small family group of the Lewis family with two others,  possibly the occupiers of 65 Wycombe Road Prestwood,  I do not know by sight, but maybe by name.

“I know it was taken in Prestwood in 1937 and I believe the picture was taken in the front garden of [*67 not 65] Wycombe Road,  by the look of the properties on Google streetscene, (one now minus a chimney stack to one end!) and the photo I have.   I would appreciate any guidance you could provide me with.  I currently live in north east Hampshire (although the family lived in Enfield, Middlesex in 1937) so a visit to Prestwood is not out of the question.  Otherwise it is 1937 Electoral Rolls etc.

“As you will appreciate, being born in 1936, I have to hurry with my research! Kind regards, Geoff Lewis.




Urgent update on the Kings Head

It’s not too late to add your voice

Although the official closing date for comments on planning application CH/2015/0085/FA for change of use etc of the Kings Head on Wycombe Road, Prestwood, has passed, it’s not too late to add your voice on the subject before it goes to CDC Planning committee for a decision on 28th May.  See PVA’s original news item and the 9 comments left as a result of it.

There has also been chat on Your Prestwood and Great Missenden Facebook Group and Pete Harte also highlighted the Kings Head to the PVA Facebook Group, but hardly anyone to date has officially input their comments to CDC Planning.  See  to catch up on this.

The planning appln is CH/2015/0085/FA .  Check it out and see Contributors letters so far.   The Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) inputted yesterday to the CDC Planning Dept, as follows: Continue reading Urgent update on the Kings Head



The nurse’s home?

Up to 1995, the Pains lived for some years at 17 Sixty Acres Road. During that time a house diagonally opposite was demolished to make way for two new homes.They rescued the foundation stone from the demolition rubble which reads “This land was given for the nurse’s home in memory of Allan Cameron Gardner The Chestnuts Prestwood”

P1020509Can anyone give any information on the history of the Nurse’s Home and who Allan Cameron Gardner was?  If so please leave a reply below.



HS2: Heritage on the Line

A threat or an opportunity?

A one-day conference on Saturday 16th May organised by the Bucks Archaeological Society.  Venue: Weston Turville Village Hall, 9.10am to 5pm. Tickets: Conference only £10, Conference-plus-lunch £16, by post in advance, or from front desk of the Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury. email:

Speakers include local experts on Bucks from the Ice Age to the Chilterns Landscape today and the Archaeology and Heritage Manager of HS2 Ltd. Will HS2 be a giant furrow across Bucks? Or a giant archaeological dig?

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PVA’s AGM & Annual Bash

Save the date in your diary now … full programme & AGM papers to follow:

Tuesday 21st April, Prestwood Village Hall.  Doors open at 7.00pm

Malt logoPlease come and support our Second Anniversary Celebration and AGM in Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 21st April. We aim to get through the AGM formalities as quickly as possible so that we can celebrate PVA’s second year together for the rest of the evening.   

Malt The Brewery and Wild Strawberry Cafe from Peterley Manor Farm are kindly opening up in the hall by special request.

Wild Strawberry Cafe logoLatest news and displays from local groups including Prestwood Nature, Prestwood Archive, and many others (tbc).  Also refreshments and a grand raffle.

Continue reading PVA’s AGM & Annual Bash



Prestwood Archive website

Home Guard outside village HallThe Prestwood Archive website was launched in September 2013. It is designed to feature images, documents and articles that cover the period 1900 to the present day about Prestwood, the surrounding area and those that live/ lived here.

A lot of work has been going on in the background since the last update and we are currently populating the image gallery for 1941-1960.  Please take a look, a shortcut to the relevant location on the site is here:

This is a community project run by Mark Cunnane. If you are interested in participating in this project please contact Mark.



Are you prepared to lose another village pub?

Is the King soon to become Head-less?

Have a look at the details of the application CH/2015/0085/FA  and read the Communities Facilities statement in particular.   What do you think?  You’re welcome to leave a reply as below – let’s build-up a head of debate here – we’ve already lost the Travellers Rest – is there a future for the Kings Head still as a local restaurant?  Prestwood certainly doesn’t have many.

If you wish to comment on the application to Chiltern District Council you need to do so by Friday 27th February.   By email to, in writing to the Council offices, or through the online Planning system.  Comments should include your name and postal address.  Further info here.




Can you help?

Update on 9th January 2015

Twenty-five witness statements from people who have lived in Prestwood for over 20 years were provided to back an application to BCC via their Footpaths Officer and this is now progressing through the normal process.  For further information see news item below which was first published here on 27 August 2014.

Have you lived in Prestwood for more than 20 years?

A resident is planning to apply for a Public Right of Way across the land off Lodge Lane.  It appears that she has a case as the land has been used by the public for an uninterrupted period of 20 years.

To support the application, she needs witnesses who can/are prepared to verify the above.  If you can help, please send an email to no later than Friday 26 September.
Continue reading Can you help?



30mph wheelie bin stickers

If you haven’t yet signed up to subscribe to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then how about doing so?

speed poster revision 1If you live in the following roads, you can then claim your free 30mph wheelie bin stickers to increase the message that you care about the speed of passing vehicles and this will, hopefully, act as a timely reminder.

30mph stickers, originally kindly funded by Sweet Charity, are available to residents of Clare Road, Clarendon Road, Green Lane, High Street, Honor End Lane (in 30mph limit), Honor Road, Hotley Bottom Lane, Kiln Road, Lodge Lane, Moat Lane, Nairdwood Lane, Perks Lane and Wycombe Road (in 30mph limit),

Interested?  Then sign up to subscribe to our PVA newsletter now – facility in the righthand side bar at the bottom of this page – and contact us letting us know where to deliver the 30mph stickers.



76 New Homes off Lodge Lane

New Outline Planning Application

In the list of Chiltern District Council’s Planning Applications for the week ending 24th July, there’s an outline planning application for development of the site to provide 76 dwellings on land off Lodge Lane with access via Dell and Widmere Fields.  Application No. CH/2014/1242/OA submitted by The Great Missenden Trust. Follow this link to see where the proposed development will be located. [an interactive Google Map with a satellite view of Prestwood with the approximate area marked.] Continue reading 76 New Homes off Lodge Lane



PVA’s First year bash


Over 130 people crammed into Prestwood Village Hall to celebrate our first anniversary and AGM last Tuesday.  Villagers, local councillors, businesses and groups all joined in and we hope that all of you enjoyed the evening?

With the AGM over, John Cadman, the Chair, asked everyone to spread the word with the aim of doubling the membership over the next year –  from the current 630 emailed-newsletter subscribers, to 1500 would be great. He also thanked everyone who’d served on the Committee over the past year and welcomed our new committee member, Maggie Coles.  She lived in Prestwood as a child and has now returned to live here once again.

Following praise from all on the creation of this website, Mark Wingrove highlighted how you can now have a say by leaving a comment and expressing your opinion on any of the news items which are posted here almost daily, keeping the website fresh and (hopefully?) interesting, in order to build-up a village dialogue on topics of interest and concern. Continue reading PVA’s First year bash



Prestwood Archive

A new site was published in August which is very much in its infancy and seeking support from the community.

The site is called Prestwood Archive and can be located here:  It is intended to eventually become an open source of historical information about Prestwood over the past 113 years and is the brain child of Mark Cunnane, a long time resident of Prestwood.

The site is split into 7 websites, one is the umbrella site and introduction to Prestwood Archive and the remaining 6 sub sites cover periods of 20 years between 1900 and the present day. The site has been made possible through a donation from Sweet Charity.

Continue reading Prestwood Archive