Recycling made easier

Car park recycling bins now take glass, metal and plastics

Photo of recycling bins in Prestwood Car Park
Recycling bins in Prestwood Car Park

PVA was alerted by a subscriber that the Prestwood Car Park glass recycling bins had been removed and it seemed that there were no plans to replace them.

PVA contacted local councillor John Gladwin, who informed us that in fact, the containers in the car park are now able to take glass, plastics and metal and it was not necessary to have separate bins for these. He wrote:

“Chiltern District Council are pleased to announce that the mixed recycling bins at Prestwood Car Park can now be used for recycling glass along with metals and plastics (in the same way as the blue domestic recycling bins). This will reduce the number of recycling bins in the car park with the removal of the 3 glass recycling containers.”

Further information on local recycling facilities can be found at (link opens in new tab).



Charcuterie Tasting – Thursday 9 November @ 7.30pm

From Nick & Jenny at MALT:

Join us on Thursday 9 November at 7.30pm for an evening with John Miller of Chiltern Charcuterie.

Enjoy a range of handmade British charcuterie, made just 3 miles away in North Dean by John and Catherine Miller.   The evening includes an opportunity to meet John, and hear how he makes his delicious British Charcuterie.

You will enjoy a selection of Charcuterie, each introduced by John and accompanied by Malt Ale or if you prefer, English Wine.

Starts at 7.30pm and costs just £25*.

Places are limited. Please call, email (to pay online) or visit the brewery to book your place.

*Ticket price includes minimum 6 samples of charcuterie and 3 drinks* (Pint of Ale or 125ml glass of wine), as well as £5 off a Charcuterie Bundle purchased on the night.

Now open later on Saturday 

Did you know?  By popular demand we are now open until 7pm again on Saturdays.   We look forward to seeing you all soon.
For our full opening times please see our website.

Nick & Jenny




NHW Card Defenders available

From Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to share your personal data and other information.  On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency identification – RFID technology.  This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments up to £30.

However, this comes with security risk, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details.  They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results.  They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this.  You might not even notice it happening. Continue reading NHW Card Defenders available



On-line Community Forum – Wednesday 22 November 7-9pm

Message from PS 5323 Paul Cossey, Neighbourhood Sergeant – Amersham, Missenden & Chalfonts, Chiltern & South Bucks LPA

“Please can I make you aware of the Online Community Forum taking place on Wednesday 22 November 2017  7-9pm.


“The on-line virtual forum provides members of the community with an opportunity to ask questions to both the police and local council regarding matters that may be of concern.





“The link to the forum is

“Please feel free to take part and forward this on to those who you feel may be interested in taking part or monitoring the event.”

Contact number:  315 6615 / 07974973957   Non Emergency Number 101   Email

Address: King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP6 5AL



Save Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Centres

Message from Save Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Centres Campaign:


We’re sure only people power will change the Council’s mind and save our Children’s Centres.  Please help us spread the word and join us on the day if you can.  Monday 13 November 10.00am – 1.00 pm

Full address for protest:
Bucks County Council, County Hall
Walton Street
HP20 1UA



Stop! Think! They never let you go!

Don’t swim with the Loan Sharks this Christmas

As the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, Chiltern District Council’s Community Safety Team is asking people to think again before borrowing money to avoid debt spiralling out of control.

At this time of year it is all too easy to get persuaded to use high cost  ‘buy now pay later’  catalogues, payday loans, doorstep lenders and even loan sharks.  All these sources of credit will lead to high interest rates and, in the case of loan sharks, intimidation and possibly harm.  Check out the following advice:-  Continue reading Stop! Think! They never let you go!



Bucks County Council’s Budget Consultation 2018/19

Bucks County Council would appreciate your input to their 2018/19 Budget Consultation survey by 19 November.

They’re really keen to hear from businesses as well as residents so, if you can spare the time to take part, please do so.   Many thanks in advance for your support.

Survey link –

website link –

Rebecca Smith,  Customer & Communications Officer, Buckinghamshire County Council



Halloween posters

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.  Continue reading Halloween posters



Gigaclear Ultrafast Broadband

Philip Gander writes:

Ultrafast Broadband

I spotted this in my latest ComputerActive magazine. If there is
enough interest in an area they will start building the new 
fibre-to-the-home network. It appears to be free. A chap in a village
in Hertfordshire went from 1.5Mbps to 53Mbps. You can find more 
information and register interest with no obligation at and they will keep you updated.

Might be worth circulating it to the membership.



Chequers Folk – Wednesday 25th October

From Phillippa Wallin:
Dear Chequers Folk folk…
Last week there was a report from a northern Chinese village claiming they had discovered a 60ft long dragon’s skeleton. Hard to believe? Well yes, but stranger things have happened and as Guy Fawkes night approaches, Chequers Folk will be on Wednesday 25 October (which is the 4th Wednesday in the month – the only time in the 6-year history of our folk club!), to add sparkle, fire and flying fingers to the preceding week.
So – the question will again be asked…. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Continue reading Chequers Folk – Wednesday 25th October



White Ribbon Day

A message from CDC:

November 25 is White Ribbon Day – an annual national campaign against domestic violence.

Your Community Safety Partnership is once again supporting the campaign encouraging residents, especially men to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

From Monday 20th November through to Friday 24th November, white ribbons and information will be available in the reception area of Chiltern District Council Offices in Amersham and South Bucks District Council offices in Denham.

If you are affected by domestic abuse – whether you are a man or a woman – or you are concerned for someone else, a directory of support services is available on both councils’ websites at or

In an emergency always call 999

Take a stand against violence towards women and make the white ribbon pledge.



Charity Bazaar – Saturday 11 November



From 2.15pm  Admission 30p


Stalls include:  Lighthouse, Child Care Malawi, Thomas Ball Childlren’s Cancer Fund, Hearing Dogs, Prestwood Evening WI, Methodist Church Monday Group, Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Holy Trinity Church Prestwood, Prestwood Afternoon WI, Great Missenden District Guides, Quainton Railway



Celebrating 5 years since MALT opened ……

From Nick and Jenny at Malt:

“On October 19th we will have been open for 5 years.  Whether you’ve known us from the beginning or you’ve recently discovered us, we thank you for your support.

“It’s Maltober but not as you know it:  This October, to celebrate  we have great events and offers lined up for you to enjoy!

 MALT goes to ‘Feast on the Farm’ Saturday & Sunday 14th-15th October  With a fully stocked Malt Ale Bar on site and over 42 exhibitors including food trucks and chef demonstrations, it’s shaping up to be foodie heaven.   If you haven’t got your tickets yet then you’ll be pleased to know, if you’re a Maltster, you can get 20% off an adult weekend ticket. Follow this link to Event Brite. The code is malt20.

Marvellous Malt Dinner, The Nags Head, Great Missenden – Award-winning Anglo-French Food – Tuesday 17th October 7.30pm
We’re delighted to announce The Nags Head’s chef, Claude Paillet,  has created a celebratory Malt Infused 3 course meal for us to enjoy.   Choose from a specially selected menu, including pulled should of venison in Malt Anniversary Ale and Malt Harvest Ale sorbet!  Full menu details available on request.

Adam and his team will have all three of their hand pumps dedicated to Malt Ales. Let us know what you’d like to see in the line up and we’ll pick the most popular.   Tickets are available now – £45 per person  (Price includes 3 course meal and 2 pints of Malt Ale)
To book call 01494 865063, email (to pay online) or visit the brewery.

We hope you will join us for what should be a fabulous evening of great food, great ale and great company.  Continue reading Celebrating 5 years since MALT opened ……



Feast on the Farm this weekend

Message from Katy Brill, Peterley Manor Farm:

“As you might have gleaned, Feast on the Farm is finally here.  It’s happening this weekend- Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm both days.  Advance ticket sales end at midnight tonight!   This is the only way to guarantee your attendance so if you want to join in the Feast please do buy your tickets now!

“We will have tickets available to buy on the door, but we are expecting them to sell out quite quickly on the day.

There are no cash points on site and many of our exhibitors will not have access to card machines.  We wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the incredible produce that is going to be on offer, so please do bring plenty of cash.

The full programme can be seen at

Continue reading Feast on the Farm this weekend



Proposed new approach for early help

Future help to support children and families

Consultation on changes to early help services for children and families extended until 16 October 2017

The consultation on improving early help services for children and families has been extended to 16 October 2017 and further detail on the proposals added following a mid-consultation review.   Find out more about the consultation and how to get involved,

Message first received in August 2017 from Joanne Fowler, Active Communities Officer, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council – Tel: 01494 732103,  Email:

Buckinghamshire residents are being asked for views on a proposed new approach to early help support for children and families.

The consultation lasts until 22 September and seeks feedback on a new way of supporting families earlier to prevent them needing help from social care services in the future.

Please complete the survey either as an individual and/or on behalf of your organisations.   Feel free to pass this email on to ensure a good response.



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.

Continue reading Collings Hanger Farm update



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