BBC Oxford broadcasts from Prestwood Pharmacy (18 May)
To have a look see http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07bgjvk/bbc-oxford-news-18052016
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:
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 https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/116943 so that local pharmacies will be able to survive.
Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) is seeking local residents’ views on proposals to create a more vibrant village centre.
By following this link you can take a look at a short video, produced and edited by local company Five on a Bike, which gives a brief introduction on how the village centre could look and you can give your feedback via the online consultation form.
For those that would like to know more, there is also a film of the presentation given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie of Hamilton-Baillie Associates to the village on 22 March, and an accompanying report Prestwood Report 02b small Final which explains the approach and the original brief, where you can find out how and why this project has come about.
Sketch proposal for a “recognisable village centre with its own identity which will help lower speeds, significantly improve pedestrian links and the environment for local shops and businesses”:
Continue reading Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement
The following has been released by Greene King to the public as at 16:45 on the 3rd of February. It confirms the name change for the Chequers Pub to The Prestwood,.
A spokesperson for Greene King, said:
“Improvement work at the newly named The Prestwood is progressing well and we would like to thank local residents for their patience while we undertake this substantial refurbishment project.
“We understand and have listened to the concerns of some people in the community regarding the heritage of the Chequers. The Chequers name will continue to play an important role in the pub going forward and we plan to recognise this history in a number of ways. In the new pub sign we will be incorporating a picture of the Chequers tree and inside the pub we are hoping to name one of the rooms after the Chequers. At the bar there will also be a new house bitter, called The Chequers. We are grateful to Prestwood Rugby Club who will be taking ownership of the existing Chequers pub sign for safe-keeping and display. Continue reading New Press Release from Greene King
19 Jan 16
(PVA: There is a new press release from Greene King that came out on the 3rd of February. You can locate it here.)
Greene King statement
Chequers in Prestwood
Experienced pub operators John Anderson and Scott Suckling are the new licensees at the Chequers pub in Prestwood, which will be re-named The Prestwood.
John commented: “Together with Greene King we are completely renovating the Chequers and re-naming it The Prestwood. Our aim with this substantial refurbishment is to transform The Prestwood into an attractive and modern pub, that is fit for purpose for people locally who want somewhere to enjoy a great meal.
“Running the pub will be Angelique and Michael Rogers, a husband and wife team with a wealth of experience, who are both looking forward to getting stuck in and getting to know everyone in the village. We are still finalising the menu, which will be a good range of popular dishes, made in the new state of the art kitchen, using fresh food from local suppliers. Continue reading News from Greene King’s press office
Wow……. The Prestwood Post Office and Village Store refurb is absolutely brilliant.
What an achievement – a light and friendly store with accessible shelves and plenty of space for everything. Rimple & Sukh have done us proud – and, in return, it’s up to us to support our local family-run Post Office and independent village store to ensure it’s a thriving continuing business. Rimple and Sukh’s message to everyone is:
“We need a little support from everyone, in the shop as well as the Post Office – all our ranges have increased; we also stock MALT ales now too, and we really need our village to get behind us to support our ongoing success.” Continue reading Our bright and enticing village store and Post Office
We thank Mike Johnstone and John Gladwin for bringing this to our attention.
We wish to bring to your attention two opportunities to respond to HS2 public consultations. The first which is a Petition responding to AP4 (see below) closes this week, and there are two ways of making a submission; by the 10th November (Tuesday) of this week via Cheryl Gillan’s office, or direct to the Government by the 13th November. This article explains what it is about and proposes how it may affect Prestwood residents, and what you can do about it below.
At the bottom of this article is a Consultation on SES3 and AP4 which closes on the 27th of November.
Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.
Now, the deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally)* on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 is Friday 13th November. If you wish to, an easier route is to get your completed petition to Cheryl Gillan MP’s office in Amersham by mid-day this Tuesday 10 November. Continue reading 13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes
Update from Marilyn Humphreys:
Following an idea of a small group of local people, Sweet Charity opened its doors at the end of October 2010. It is registered with the Charities Commission and is now also registered as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd trading as Sweet Charity.
The team is comprised of three directors, a board of eleven trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who run the shop on a day-to-day basis Each member of the team gives their time freely and all profits are donated to local groups, societies and other charities within the parish of Great Missenden.
In addition to the volunteers, Sweet Charity also relies heavily on the generosity of local people for all their shop donations and purchases. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone – the volunteers and our community. Continue reading Sweet Charity’s 5th Anniversary this week
For the past twenty years Wynyard-Wright & Ellis have had an estate agency office on the corner of the High Street and Chequers Lane in Prestwood..
Some of you may have noticed that the signage has changed over the past couple of weeks to read “Wye Country”. Nicole Cox, Sales Manager, says “we are delighted to announce that Danny Wynyard-Wright has merged his company with Wye Residential in Hazlemere and High Wycombe.”
“We are still the same people, we will still give you a great service and we will still get you the best price for your house- we have just got bigger and, we think, better.”
Home delivery of newspapers will still continue however and Sukh and Rimple will be writing personally to all their home delivery newspaper customers.
PVA’s been informed by Greene King, the owners of the Chequers in Prestwood, that it has retaken possession and plans to spend way in excess of £300,000 on its refurbishment into an upmarket facility. An A-star operator will then be introduced to run it. Architects are due to start work early next week and, dependent on any planning permissions which may be necessary, it is hoped to start on the renovations as soon as possible with the aim of re-opening in December at the latest.
In the meantime, the building will not be boarded up but made secure with alarms and CCTV. It is also planned that a much improved Function Room will be available for hire for weddings, parties and local events.
As Greene King move forward with their plans, PVA will keep you updated – so watch this space – many of the things that villagers have wished for may well come to fruition, so let’s hope that, at the heart of the village, the Chequers will once again be a true village asset.
If you’d like to leave your comments via the facility below, then please do so and we’ll pass them on to Greene King.
Important message from Sukh & Rimple at the Post Office:
“Please note the post office will be closed for refurbishment on Tuesday 6th October at 17.30 and will reopen on Thursday 22nd October at 13.00.
“At present we are trying to keep the shop open. However, we will probably have a better idea of the extent of the work involved nearer the time. We apologise for the inconvenience but look forward to welcoming you back into our updated Post Office after the refurbishment. Many thanks – Sukh and Rimple.”
Your views needed by 16 September please
Your local Chiltern District Councillors, Heather Wallace, John Gladwin and Robert Jones, wish to hear your views on extended Sunday trading hours for larger shops as they need to ensure there is “balance between the interests of businesses and of local residents”.
“The Government has launched a consultation aimed at giving local areas the freedom to let large shops stay open for longer on Sundays.
“The consultation, which is open until 16 September, will consider two proposals on devolving powers on Sunday trading laws to local authorities in England and Wales more generally. ‘District councils are looking forward to having the power to decide Sunday opening hours as it ‘fits in with the local and accountable decision-making that district councils already provide on licensing and planning.’
“Firstly, however, they wish to know the views of residents in order to help make the right decision locally. Please leave your comments below. Thank you from Cllrs John Gladwin, Robert Jones and Heather Wallace.”
|Message sent by Thames Valley Police – Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
People looking for a cheap designer bargain online are being targeted by fraudsters advertising fake designer goods. The items received are usually cheap and inferior counterfeits of handbags, clothes and sunglasses amongst other things.
The general rule is ‘if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.’ Designer products sold at heavily discounted prices are an immediate sign that something isn’t quite right.
What can you do to protect yourself?
- Where possible, buy from well-known, High Street retailers. If you’ve never heard of a firm, or it is based overseas, be sceptical.
- Avoid paying by cheque or bank transfer. Use PayPal or a credit card as they will give you additional protection.
- Search the internet. Type the website you are buying from and look for reviews of what others customers are saying about the company. Bad customer service feedback usually finds their way online quite quickly.
- Check for spelling mistakes or poor grammar on websites as this may suggest the website has been put together by a fraudster.
- Sign up to Action Fraud Alert at https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/ to keep you updated with what’s going on.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
An interesting website to refer to is http://www.a-cg.org/
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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/651058441580588/ 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
Nestled in the heart of the village is Prestwood’s very own charity shop, Sweet Charity. Step inside and you will be greeted by friendly smiles, local chatter and all manner of reasonably priced second hand items and things you never thought you needed!
Sweet Charity opened its doors in November 2010. It is registered as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd and trades as Sweet Charity. The team is comprised of three directors, a board of ten trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who help to run the shop. Each member of the team gives their time freely and all profits are donated to local groups, societies and other charities in and around Prestwood and Great Missenden. In addition to the regular volunteers, Sweet Charity also relies heavily on the generosity of the local community in the form of shop donations and purchases.
The large window is a focal point of the shop and is regularly updated according to the season/current events. Themes have included VE Day, gardening, weddings, new baby, Halloween, Christmas, etc. The Christmas window even included a mantelpiece and fireplace. There seems to be no limit to the creative talents of the volunteers! Continue reading Group of the Month: Sweet Charity
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
Chiltern District Council’s Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD)
Great Missenden Parish Council (GMPC) is holding three public meetings to provide information on the latest draft and give you the opportunity to have your say and input to the feedback. These have now been confirmed as:
Tuesday March 4th – Prestwood Village Hall – 7.30pm
Wednesday March 5th – Great Missenden Small Committee room – 7.30pm
Wednesday March 12th – Ballinger Memorial Hall – 8.00pm
Everyone is welcome at any meeting – if you’re unable to make the one in Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 4th then do join in either the one in Great Missenden on 5th or Ballinger on 12th.
The closing date for Chiltern District Council’s public consultation for the DDPD is Friday 4th April.
See further information on the CDC website.
To catch up on the history of this see http://prestwoodva.org.uk/update-on-ddpd/ and the other links mentioned in that article. Continue reading Very important – DDPD update – the next stage