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Prestwood history

Collings Hanger Farm update

An update from Virginia Deradour about Collings Hanger Farm:

“As many Prestwood villagers will have heard from my presentation at PVA’s AGM and Social evening in April, our beautiful barn is being refurbished with the aim of bringing life back into the old buildings that have lain empty and neglected for too long.  The restoration work is moving along and we are entering the next phase of the scheme with plans submitted to create space to be used by local residents for functions, such as meetings, events and social gatherings.

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Living History – World War 1

As you may have seen on the back page of The Source HP16, if you are around Great Missenden on Sunday October 8, you might catch a glimpse of Private Job Wilson in his Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry uniform.  This is a living history project commemorating an ordinary family man who went off to war and paid the ultimate price – a silent memorial to the sacrifice he made.

To find out more about Prestwood residents who fought and died in WW1 have a look at Mark Cunnane’s excellent Prestwood Archive site,  via this link



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



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]
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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.



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