Ransomware Computer problems – what you should do!

Ransomware Computer problems – what you should do to protect yourself!

As a computer user, you will be aware of the recent “Wannacry Ransomware” problem.  Much publicity was given to NHS and other institutions.  But it affects you too. Here is some help.

As a priority, check that you have anti virus software on your computer and that all updates are in place.  If you are not running any anti-virus software,  enable Windows Defender which is free.

You should also consider installing an Anti-Virus/ Security Program to protect your system. There are many of them around, the ones you pay for will offer better protection than those that are free.

Here is a checklist of what you should do.

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PVA Online survey – please read.

Important. It is time for PVA to change.  Or is it?

This part is really important to us.  With your support over the past 4 years we have gone from nothing, to 900+ subscribers, and have a very effective website run by volunteers. We could do more, much more, but here we need your advice, help and participation – today please.

To help make this very easy and quick for you we have an online form.  Please complete it now to enable us to help you.  Comments are particularly welcome.

PVA Feedback online

Thank you very much in advance.

Prestwood Village Association Committee

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Chequers Folk – 17th May

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

The best furniture is joined using dovetail joints…. and as the Dovetail Trio join us on Wed 17 May at 8pm in The Chequers Tree, we think it will be one of the best concerts of the year here in Prestwood.

In fact, there will be two trios playing – with Gerard and Pauline on holiday, The Wick Trimmers have been trimmed to 3 …

… in fact, one might say – o
in the old folk tradition – o
that we’ve been pruned to a tree-o
to play with the Dovetail Trio
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Discussion on Unitary Proposals

Chance for your organisation to shape discussion on unitary proposals

Buckinghamshire County Council wants to hear the views of town and parish councils and the voluntary and community sector over plans to modernise local government.

Independent research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS), is conducting a number of workshops in Wycombe, Saunderton, Chesham and Aylesbury for stakeholders to give their important insight into the proposals.

The workshops will provide a platform for discussion around the core themes of the proposals, including the need for change and the benefits and challenges created by changing the way local services are delivered. Continue reading Discussion on Unitary Proposals

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Comment on mobile phone coverage

Mary Wiles writes:

“Am I the only person who cant get a mobile phone signal in the Nairdwood Lane area? When I recently bought a new phone, the salesman  showed me a map indicating that Nairdwood Lane was a “black hole” as far as reception is concerned, and it seems to be getting worse. I don’t give people my mobile number as I know they wont be able to get hold of me! Does anyone know how to put pressure on phone companies to erect a mast in this area?”

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A big THANK YOU from PVA

THANK YOU AND PLEASE HELP US – SEE BELOW

We held our 4th Annual General Meeting at the village hall last night (25th April 2017). Many thanks to our supporters and subscribers for such a great turn out.

You can view the slides that were presented by clicking on the links further down this page.

Do you want PVA to become a Pressure Group?

This part is really important. The main theme at the AGM was about how PVA evolves. With your support over the past 4 years we have gone from nothing, to 900+ subscribers, and have a very effective website run by volunteers. We could do more, much more, but here we need your advice, help and participation – today please.

To help make this very easy and quick for you we have an online form.

PVA Feedback online

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Spring into action at Sprinters

Sprinters is continuing its “no joining fee offer” to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.

All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or  take a print-out of it with you.

If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…

http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/chiltern/sprinters

Visit the Sprinters display stand at the PVA’s AGM/Social evening in the Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April (doors open 7pm) to find out more.

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Public Spaces Protection Orders

CDC seeks your opinion (before the 14th of May)

Message from John Gladwin (CDC Councillor)

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are currently reviewing our powers of dog control and anti-social drinking in public spaces, and we would like to hear your views.

The results of this consultation will inform our plans for the introduction of new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). PSPOs are one of a number of new powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area.

To help us carry out this review, we would like to invite you to complete our consultation here.

The deadline for responses is Sunday, 14 May 2017. For more information and a link to the consultation go to www.chiltern.gov.uk/PSPO or www.southbucks.gov.uk/PSPO.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk or communitysafety@southbucks.gov.uk

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Co-Op Car Park

Car Park by Prestwood Co Op and Social Housing

You may not be aware, but the proposal by Paradigm to CDC to take some of the car park by the Co Op to increase the level of affordable housing in the District is still under consideration, and is one site on the list of possible proposals that are being considered.  One of the reasons it is still there is because doubt has been raised as to how full the car park actually gets.

 If you wish to express an opinion regarding this topic, in particular the loss of some of the car park area, you may want to consider approaching one or all of your local councillors, possibly providing photographic evidence of when the car park is full and your views regarding the facility it offers to the wide community.

If you would like to make contact with them to share your views and provide any evidence you have in terms of the demand for spaces in the car park, their contact details are:

List of Chiltern District Councillors. 

Cllr Martin, Peter:             PMartin@chiltern.gov.uk
Cllr Wallace, Heather:     Hwallace@chiltern.gov.uk
Cllr Jones, Robert:             RJones@chiltern.gov.uk
Cllr Gladwin, John:            JGladwin@chiltern.gov.uk

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Chequers Folk – Wed 19 April – 8pm – The Chequers Tree

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

After the long weekend of opportunity that the Easter holiday brings, whether it’s church, garden, rest, family or friends, it will be time for a trip to The Chequers Folk club on Wednesday 19 April.

All the way from Buckingham, (and more recently, via Cuba too!), Fraser and Toots will be returning to share some more of their repertoire of relaxed, varied and humorous music and stories.

Although there’s not a connection specifically with the Easter story, we are looking forward to a very rare set from the Family Cross. We know Peter as the mandolin player, Linda has been playing Ukulele with us along with Jo on flute, and Adam will be bringing the whole family together with both clarinet and accordion.

And The Wick Trimmers? Yes, we’ll be doing a few of our tunes, and maybe even touch on the Easter story.

Do remember to come and buy tickets (only £8 each) for The Dovetail Trio who will be playing at Chequers Folk on May 17.

We look forward to a great evening at The Chequers Tree with you all.

From The Wick Trimmers

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Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April

PVA AGM Programme 250417

7.00pm  Doors open – an opportunity to visit displays

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – Notice of meeting AGM Calling notice 250417 including PVA AGM Minutes 2016 v.2  and proposed amendments to the Constitution PVA Constitution-2017 Final [Please read and print these off and bring with you].

We have a few vacancies for PVA committee members so if you’d like to contribute then please apply –  here’s the form AGM-Nomination-Form-Election-Committee-Members-2017 which needs to be back with PVA by 17 April.   For further information see here.
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Free tickets – Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

200 Free tickets for a ride on the Steam Train with tea and cake at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway have 200 tickets to give away to the elderly community and their carers within a 10 mile radius of Princes Risborough.  They’re running a special Steam charter on Tuesday 2nd May and all those with tickets will enjoy a Vintage Steam Train ride of approximately 50 minutes with tea and cake / biscuits on either their 11:00 or 13:00 services.  (100 tickets per train)
It is totally free and you need only provide your own transport to and from Chinnor Station.
They advise that those attending are able to negotiate the few steps to the platform and again into the carriage – although there is a ramp there.  Two wheelchairs can be accommodated on-board per trip in a newly adapted carriage.

To obtain your free tickets please contact Ray Gomm, Group Bookings Manager, on 07718 003 133 letting him know how many tickets you require ( including carers ) up to a maximum of 25 per organisation and your preference of time.  First come – first served so please don’t delay….book now

Ray Gomm  -Group & Special Events Manager
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Email:  group.bookings@chinnorrailway.co.uk

Tel:  07718 003133

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Easter waste & recycling collection times

Don’t forget to recycle all those card boxes, plastic packaging and foil.  It makes eating all those delicious Easter eggs guilt-free!

Normal Collection Day      Revised Collection Day
Friday 14 April                            Saturday 15 April
Monday 17 April                        Tuesday 18 April
Tuesday 18 April                       Wednesday 19 April
Wednesday 19 April               Thursday 20 April
Thursday 20 April                    Friday 21 April
Friday 21 April                           Saturday 22 April

More information at www.chiltern.gov.uk/serviceupdate

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