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Prestwood history

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



Any one have any news on Keith Lainsbury?

Coral Grey in Australia is trying to find Keith Lainsbury as he might be a relative of hers and she’s lost contact with him.   Her father was a Lainsbury and born locally during the First World War when his father was called back to serve in the navy.

His parents then went back to Australia to live.  Keith’s address at the time was Chequers Inn, which probably means that he had something to do with The Chequers Tree, years ago?

(editor: 24/10/16  We have managed to connect to someone who has provided information to Coral Grey in Australia, therefore contact details have been removed). 



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.




Tribute to Guy Stansbury

Guy 1 Photo“All who came into contact with him felt privileged to have known him.”

“A truly remarkable man … a great loss to our community.”

Guy ‘Stan’ Stansbury, who recently passed away, was involved with Prestwood Football Club, based at Sprinters Leisure Centre, Honor End Lane, for over 60 years, playing for two decades and working as groundsman, secretary and then running the club as chairman.

He and his wife, Betty, an incredible duo, were also involved in Scouting for a combined total of 115 years  They even met at a County Scout conference. Looking back on their long and distinguished service, Betty said that Scouting was ‘a way of life for us’. These pioneers were involved in the formation of the Misbourne mixed unit of Senior Scouts and Guides in 1964 – an association which continued to his death. Highlights included the Saga 65 mixed expedition to Norway run by the Scout and Guide Graduate Association in 1965 when Stan led the Bucks contingent, and the Misbourne Unit’s first expedition to the Canadian Rockies Alberta in 1989 – their 17th annual trip abroad.  Having given them so many wonderful friendships along the way, Guy was awarded the Silver Wolf, Scouting’s highest award ‘for service of an exceptional nature’.*   As Group chairman of 1st Prestwood, Chiltern North Scouts, and County Adviser for Mountain Activities for Buckinghamshire, he was also presented with the St George’s Day Award in 2010.

In 2012, The Rotary Club of Great Missenden presented Guy with the David Mitchell Memorial Award** in recognition of his “high ethical standards and public service for voluntary service to the community, particularly in respect of over 60 years service to local Scouting and Prestwood Football Club in all roles, from Scout and junior player to Senior Administrator in both.  In particular for founding and still managing the ground-breaking and most successful Misbourne Scout Venture Unit.”   [See picture above – Guy’s on the right]
Continue reading Tribute to Guy Stansbury



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?



Wren Davis products available on-line

Wren Davis Ltd are striding forward and have launched this new website, along with implementing a computerised stock and delivery management system with state of the art hand-held data devices for their delivery drivers.

You can see their wide range of products and they are now able to offer an order and pay online service too.   so do register for their ‘yourmoo’ system.

These developments offer increased levels of convenience for their customers and widens their range of products and services even further.



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