Help keep your children safe online

Message Sent By
Holly Turner (Police, Comms Officer, Thames Valley)

The internet is a fantastic place for young people to learn, play and socialise but it’s vital that they’re aware of its dangers and how to stay safe. Here’s a few tips to help your child stay safe online:

·   Make sure your child knows what personal information is and that they’re share aware

·   Ensure you understand the social media your child is using. If you don’t know your Roblox from your Snapchat or are getting in a Twitch trying to keep on top of the social media networks your child is using, visit the Net Aware website

Continue reading Help keep your children safe online



Chequers Folk – Wednesday 21 February – Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

Outside it may be a grey day… the British winter in full swing – but you can look forward to a grade ‘A’ day on Wednesday 21 February at 8pm.

Chequers Folk offers a kind of ‘play day’ – opportunity to enjoy a warm sunny musical atmosphere with a hint of anticipation of spring.

Over the last 6 years we have ‘played a’ huge number of pieces, but this month again there will be some new grade ‘A’ new tunes, arrangements and songs to rain upon you.

As well as the The Wick Trimmers, Gerard’s accordion skills will be on display, David and Peter are with us, and a quartet that could be called the Dolphin Paint Dipper Alliance (you have a go at the anagram!).

We hope you will find your way to The Chequers Tree to overcome the grey by joining us for a colourful evening of folk.

From The Wick Trimmers

 For those of you who enjoy dancing too, The Wick Trimmers are playing at a local barn dance open to all at The Oldham Hall, Great Missenden on Sat 24th Feb 7pm (tickets from 01494 862352 or email



3 For free Car share offer – Great Missenden Railway Station parking

News in from Vanessa Martin, Great Missenden Parish Councillor:

Here’s a link to Chiltern Railways Car Parking at Great Missenden Railway Station where it states:

“Save Money and the environment with our 3 For Free Car Share offer

We offer free parking when three or more people share a car and arrive at our stations and board our trains *

  • Valid Mondays – Fridays between 0600 and 0900
  • Free parking applies to 3 or more adults sharing 1 car
  • Free parking applies on the day of arrival only
  • The offer is not valid for overnight parking
  • Just get your 3 For Free Car Share voucher from the station ticket office before 09:00 am on the day of travel and display it in your vehicle.
  • Free parking applies to rail users only

Do please leave a comment below as to how you get on.



Your chance to meet your local councillors

Dates for Councillors’ surgeries

Message from Peter and Vanessa Martin:

Peter Martin is our local Bucks County Councillor and his wife, Vanessa, a local Chiltern District Councillor.  They’ll be in Great Missenden Library from 11.00 am for an hour on the following Saturdays:

10 February 2018

10 March 2018

16 June 2018

22 September 2018

8 December 2018

They look forward to meeting you then to discuss any local concerns.



Sweet Charity in the centre of Prestwood

 Sweet Charity Logo


Sweet Charity opened its doors at the end of October 2010 and has been trading for over 7 years now.  It was the idea of a small group of local people and was registered with the Charities Commission and now as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd trading as Sweet Charity.

The team comprises of three directors, a board of ten trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who run the shop. Continue reading Sweet Charity in the centre of Prestwood



Prestwood Colts & Girls FC Annual Presentation Weekend in May

Prestwood Colts & Girls FC will be holding their Annual Presentation Weekend on Prestwood common. This popular community event is even more special this year as the club is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary. In honour of the club’s history, we’d like to extend an invite to any past managers, coaches, reps, officers or players to join us at our Band night and disco on Saturday 19th May (tickets available) and on Sunday 20th May Continue reading Prestwood Colts & Girls FC Annual Presentation Weekend in May



Walk in Wednesday mornings at JNP

Over the last few months there have been some changes in the office, with Tracey Phillips the new Branch Manager, Simon L’Esperance joining as a Sales Negotiator and Sarah Baker and Kate Adams remaining in their roles of Sales Support and Weekend Sales Assistant respectively.

JNP’s new initiative of Walk In Wednesday launches on 7th February and will run on the first Wednesday morning of every month, aiming to offer local people free and impartial property advice with Mortgage Consultant Jon Cox on hand to assist with any financial queries.

The JNP Partnership in Prestwood would be delighted to see you in branch at any of their Walk In Wednesday mornings. They are also contactable on (01494) 866 000.




Many thanks to Fiona Waller for contacting PVA regarding the ongoing hot topic of LITTER:

Let’s start at home with Macroplastics in Prestwood…

We’ve all heard a lot about microplastics at sea and been appalled by the terrible conditions of birds and mammals being injured through ingesting plastic and the presence of plastic in their bodies.  The scenes from BBC’s Blue Planet struck a chord with us all.

However, at a clean-up at Sheepwash Pond in Honor End Lane this month, we collected about 40 plastic drink bottles from the edges of the pond and the water showing that this problem is just as much an issue locally as it is globally.

It’s not just bottles though – small plastic bags and sweet wrappers
also litter the area and could easily be eaten by ducks or frogs and
newts which inhabit one of the few areas of permanent water in

There are lots of community-minded people in Prestwood who
litter pick and collect rubbish that others have left or thrown down
around our village.  However, we need to make sure that we change
behaviours of our children and young people to discourage this
antisocial behaviour and whilst it’s great to support international
issues there is a real need now right at home in the village.

Thanks – Fiona.



HS2 Preliminary Works have started

Information from Mike Johnstone, Great Missenden Parish Councillor’s HS2 Lead Officer

Temporary Traffic Lights

Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractor, is installing temporary traffic lights towards the A413 end of the Link Road to operate between 10 am and 4pm for this week, ie. from Monday 29th January. The aim is to investigate the verge prior to widening the road, later in the year. 

Extension to two classrooms at Great Missenden School  

Preparatory work starts on the 9th February and main construction work from 23rd February to October on the classrooms with access from the Link Road across the Buryfield car park.  

Thanks – Cllr Mike Johnstone, GMPC



Prestwood Pantomime January 2018

Great opening night!

Prestwood Theatre Club, together with The Chiltern Academy, present this year’s pantomime “Aladdin,” written by Ben Crocker, featuring comedy for all ages, music, songs and dance. Following a great opening last night, the Box Office is open, so buy your tickets now.

Where:  Prestwood Village Hall
When:   Saturday 20 January @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 26 January @ 7.30m
Saturday 27 January @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets:   Adults – £10.00; Children – £5.00; Family (2 adult, 2 children) – £25.00   Discount:  Buy one, get one free on Fridays

Box Office   By phone: 01494 890840   Or book online via Ticketsource: (link opens in new tab)

Set in Old Peking and Egypt, it’s the tale of a struggle between good and evil, true romance and magical genies, and features Nobby, a giant Panda with attitude!



It’s pothole season….

County Councillor Mark Shaw, BCC Cabinet Member for Transportation, urges road users in Buckinghamshire to report potholes when they see them:

“Transport for Buckinghamshire will investigate every pothole reported to them, and react on a risk based prioritisation process – put simply, that means the worst ones will be attended to first, as a matter of urgency.  But we’re not mind readers, and the road network is far too vast for us to possibly know where all the potholes are, so we need members of the public to report them to us either using the online form, which only takes a few minutes, or by calling if it’s dangerous or an emergency.   I would ask that everyone be patient while we deal with the fallout of a bad winter – potholes are as inevitable as weather, roads are made of a porous material so that they don’t flood constantly in rain and so when water within the structure freezes, defects will form.”

This winter’s weather has been tough on Buckinghamshire’s roads – while the heavy snowfall in December was the most remarkable weather event, the worst conditions for roads are actually when the ground temperature fluctuates constantly between just above and  just below zero.  Continue reading It’s pothole season….



Proposals to help reduce medicine waste

Message from Let’s Talk Health Buckinghamshire

Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (the CCGs) are asking for the views and help of patients and carers in Buckinghamshire to support us in making improvements to the way we deal with medicines.

In particular, we want to reduce the amount of medicine that is wasted across our NHS system and address some of the current safety concerns surrounding some treatments.

With your help, we want to develop solutions to these issues that will benefit our patients and local health and care services alike.

With that in mind we will shortly be inviting people to attend a meeting run by the CCGs’ Medicines Management Team, at the Holiday Inn, High Wycombe, on 27 April 2018.
Continue reading Proposals to help reduce medicine waste



In case of a power cut…

Message from UK Power Networks:

“We would be very grateful if you could share the information below with local residents so that they are aware of who to contact in the event their electricity is interrupted by the weather.   Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit for the latest updates
  • Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates

Continue reading In case of a power cut…



Well-being community events for local residents

Great Missenden Library and the Prevention Matters team are hosting a series of community events covering physical, mental and community safety themes for local residents.  One of the aims is to raise awareness of the different services that are available to residents within our community so that we can continue to live independently in our own homes for as long as possible.

The second drop in event will be between 11am – 4pm on Wednesday 24th January including a free Dementia Friends information session 11:30am – 12:30 / Tai chi taster session 2:30 – 3pm – stall holders: Alzheimer’s Society, Telecare, Bucks Mind, Community Counselling HP16, Prevention Matters and more.

Week three: Community safety week Friday 2nd February – 11am-4pm,  free Trading Standards Scams workshop 11:45 – 12:30 , stall holders: Legal advice, Fire & Rescue service, TVP, Chiltern District Community safety team, Prevention Matters and more.

Venue: Great Missenden Library.



Polecat Extension and Renovation

Following CDC’s Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 11 January, our local Councillor, John Gladwin, has confirmed that this application has been granted permission.

Belinda Boyd wrote on 28 December 2017:

“As you might have heard; Oakman Inns is engaged in the planning process with Chiltern District Council for an extension and refurbishment of The Polecat.

They are holding a Planning & Design Presentation at Prestwood Village Hall on Friday 5th January between 2 and 7pm to give residents an opportunity to meet key members of their team and to discuss their proposals.” Continue reading Polecat Extension and Renovation



Defensive planting

Message from CDC:

The ever-increasing popularity and sophistication of gardening has not gone unnoticed by the criminal. Garden crime is a reality. According to police statistics, the most likely items to be stolen are mowers, strimmers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, garden furniture and plants.

Nature herself provides one of the best solutions to many garden crimes. With careful thought and planning you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of garden crime, whilst at the same time creating an attractive garden. For instance you can create an impenetrable hedge, which looks far more attractive than security fencing but is just as effective.

You can download the full article by following this link:  Defensive planting. 



Great Missenden Library and Prevention Matters

Message from Natalie Judson, Community Links Officer for Prevention Matters:

Great Missenden Library and the Prevention Matters teams are hosting a series of community events covering physical ,mental and community safety themes for local residents. One of the aims is to raise awareness of the different services that are available to residents within their community so that they can continue to live independently in own homes for as long as possible.  These drop in events will be held on the following dates listed below between 11am – 4pm on all dates (Download poster from here): Continue reading Great Missenden Library and Prevention Matters



a community website for Prestwood