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



Prestwood on the West End stage….

22 Students from Chiltern Academy are very excited to be performing on the West End stage later this month. The invited students,  ages 10-17, will spend the day rehearsing at the Shaftesbury Theatre culminating in a performance that evening.

Two new pieces have been especially commissioned for this incredible opportunity, a contemporary dance number and  a Musical Theatre number highlighting the diverse talent within the Academy.


Tel: 01494 862006



Bucks Rural Affairs Group Annual Conference

Originally detailed in August – REMINDER

BRAG Annual Conference – 24 November

Buckinghamshire Rural Affairs Group will hold their annual conference locally.  This is an opportunity for the rural and environmental community to gather, network and debate the challenges and priorities for rural areas and the natural environment.


  • Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher – Scene Setting: BRAG 2020
  • Rt Hon David Lidington MP – Government perspective – Rural Change post Europe
  • Affordable Housing and Urban Growth (Speaker tba)
  • Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner – The Rural Crime Challenge
  • CPRE -Strategic Land Use (Land Lines) A Response to Rural Chance
  • NEP – State of the Environment/Biodiversity and responding to change

Light buffet lunch

Continue reading Bucks Rural Affairs Group Annual Conference



Late for work? Think twice before speeding…..

An interesting article has recently been published by Warranty Direct with a strict new set of rules in force as from 24 April 2017, splitting speeding penalties into ‘bands’ which could see fines for those caught dramatically increase.  For simplicity, these bands have been dubbed A, B and C.  Full article  –

“Band A speeding fine category would be appropriate if you are caught speeding between 31-40 in a 30mph zone, with a fine equivalent to 50% of your weekly income and 3 penalty points on your driving licence.

“For those doing between 41-50mph in 30mph zone, Band B category speeding fine means potentially facing a fine equivalent to 100% of your weekly income, and 4 penalty points on your driving licence, or disqualification from driving for up to 28 days.

“The Band C speeding fine category comes into place to anyone speeding at 51mph or above in a 30mph limit (for example) and they could face a fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income and 6 penalty points on their driving licence. They could also face disqualification from driving for up to 56 days.”

What is currently being done locally to  help increase your awareness and remind you to stick to the speed limit?
Continue reading Late for work? Think twice before speeding…..



Could you spot the signs? Open your eyes to abuse

Three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week across Thames Valley*.

Yesterday, (2/10) we launched our Hidden Harm campaign, raising awareness of abuse in the heart of our communities.  Over the next 18 months we will be bringing a number of different abuse-related crimes, which often go undetected or unreported, into the spotlight. The first focus is modern slavery.

The message at the centre of this campaign is simple – Open your eyes to abuse.  It could be happening in your community, so if you suspect it, report it.

What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain.  Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation.   Continue reading Could you spot the signs? Open your eyes to abuse




A huge ‘THANK YOU’ from Jeanette Hedley to all those who participated in last weekend’s litter picking exercise in Prestwood.

“There were 25 volunteers in total including 4 eager children.  Without your help, 30+ sacks of rubbish, 2 old wheelbarrows, discarded wood, metal, netting and glass would still be fouling our beautiful village green spaces, pathways, car parks, roads and play park.   What a difference we can make if we all work together to clean up Prestwood.

“Take a look at the photo to see the quantity of rubbish you managed to pick up in a few hours and I’m sure you’ll agree that the effort was worth it.  Well Done!

“Keep watch on the Prestwood Village Association Website for dates of the next community litter pick weekend.”    Jeanette



Keep your home safe in the dark

From Chiltern District Council

Bright ideas to keep your home safe in the dark evenings

This time of the year when the clocks have gone back means homes are in darkness early in the afternoon – a gift for opportunist burglars.

To avoid becoming a victim of burglary, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team is encouraging householders to take some simple steps to protect their home:

• Use a timer switch to turn on lights and a radio to give the impression someone is home
• Keep valuables, and other electronic equipment such as iPads out of sight
• Security mark valuables with a UV pen and register them with
• Double lock UPVC doors or use dead locks on solid doors. Keep all spare keys, including car keys, away from the front door out of sight to avoid them being ‘fished’ through the letter box
• Keep windows locked with the key and keep it out of sight
• Don’t leave packaging of expensive items purchased on view as an advertisement to thieves
• If you intend to go away over the holiday period, ask a neighbour to park on your drive to make your home look occupied and do the same for others. Continue reading Keep your home safe in the dark



Brownfield Register Consultation

Prestwood Village Association have received the following message from Chiltern District Council.

Dear Consultee,

Chiltern and South Bucks Brownfield Register Consultation I am writing with regard to the Chiltern and South Bucks Brownfield Registers.

A Brownfield Register lists all brownfield sites which are deemed potentially ‘suitable’, ‘available’, and ‘achievable’ to deliver residential led development of 5 or more dwellings. The Councils must produce a Register for each Council area by 31st December 2017, and would like to seek views on the draft list prior to producing the final Registers.

More information is contained in the Explanatory Note below.


The Councils have each produced a draft ‘Part 1’ Register (sites which are suitable, available, and achievable for residential development on brownfield land) and these can be viewed on the Councils’ websites: (for sites in Chiltern) and (for sites in South Bucks).

Consultation runs from 12pm on 29th September to 4.30pm on 10th November 2017, if you have any comments to make please make these in writing to the contact details available below.

Following the close of consultation the Councils will consider all the comments made and will consider these when producing the Registers.

Contact Details: Email: 

Where we can help

To help you understand which areas in the parish of Great Missenden are within this proposal and what you can do if you wish to participate please go to Brownfield Site Consultation.



Appeal for witnesses

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Prestwood

The incident took place on Monday (4/9) at about 9.05pm in the High Street between the Methodist Church and the Co-Op.

The victim, an 83-year-old woman, was walking along the High Street when she was approached by a man who attempted to grab her handbag and take it from her.

She managed to hold onto the handbag but fell to the ground, sustaining cuts and bruises. The offender then ran away.

He was wearing dark clothing and had his hood up.

Continue reading Appeal for witnesses



Chequers Folk: 20th September 2017 at 8pm

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

The August break has come and gone, so the feel of a new start is in the air…. Schools have gone back and Chequers Folk is here again. So, this term we have some new things that we want to share, and new projects that we’re working on.

This month we’re looking forward to Megan playing fiddle with us again, as well as a few new tunes that have been added to the Wick Trimmers’ repertoire. David and Peter will be duetting together, and they also have been busy recording David’s music – with Peter doing the mastering.  The CD, called Rough Diamonds, will be available on the evening… and I, (Colin), think it’s excellent! Continue reading Chequers Folk: 20th September 2017 at 8pm



Potential redevelopment of Chiltern Pools Amersham

Message from Paul Nanji, Principal Leisure & Wellbeing Manager, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council, Tel: 01494 732110, Email:

Please see web link which provides a virtual fly-through tour of the new centre.

There’s also an on-line questionnaire which Chiltern District Council would appreciate your feedback on – Chiltern Pools redevelopment – land swap consultation – have your say –  



Billy and the Bonquas – A night of 60’s classics

Don your flares and blue suede shoes, your minis and bouffant hair-do to celebrate the great songs of the 60’s ….

Come and see Billy and The Bonquas perform a night of classics.   60’s fancy dress optional – Saturday 7 October – 8.00-11.30pm – Prestwood Village Hall

Licensed bar including beers from Malt the Brewery.

Tickets @ £12 each from JNP Estate Agents, Costcutter and Chequers Folk Nights.



Group Spotlight – John Hampden Surgery Patient Group

JHS Patient Participation GroupThe Patients’ Voice

All GP surgeries are required to have what is called a patient participation group (PPG).   At John Hampden Surgery the group has become more active over the last 18 months.   The aims of the group are

  • to help John Hampden Surgery understand and learn from patients’ experiences
  • to help the surgery raise awareness of issues that impact patients’ health
  • to raise funds that will be used to improve the surgery for the benefit of all patients

It has a committee of 10 volunteer patients who meet every 6 weeks – every quarter the meeting is attended by one or more of the doctors and with the practice manager.

Activities over the past 18 months include improving communications with patients with a new noticeboard and leaflets for the waiting room, articles in the surgery’s quarterly newsletter, recruiting more than 250 patients to provide occasional feedback, and holding periodic events in the surgery waiting room to sound out patients’ views.  Continue reading Group Spotlight – John Hampden Surgery Patient Group



International Credit Union Day

From Chiltern District Council

Thursday October 19th 2017 is International Credit Union Day which celebrates the great work that credit unions are doing around the world.

This year’s theme is ‘Dreams Thrive Here’ celebrating how credit unions can help make different professions, personal choices and career paths real.  So if you have a dream that you want to turn into reality, why not contact the local credit union for Chiltern and South Bucks, M for Money Credit Union, on: 020 8756 3866 or email  The credit union is also a way of seeing your savings help others while still making interest.  Last year’s M for Money’s dividend to savers was 1.5%.  For further information visit Continue reading International Credit Union Day



Thames Valley Police Alert – Burglary Nags Head Lane

From Thames Valley Police

Case officer Debbie Parker-Boyes, Police, Taplow.

On Saturday 9 September 2017 between midnight and 6.30am a burglary occurred at Nags Head Lane, Great Missenden.  The offenders gained access by smashing a rear window.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Nags Head Lane please contact Amersham Investigation Hub via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43170267758.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.



Street Robbery

From Thames Valley Police

Appeal for witnesses and information

On Monday 4 Sepember at approximately 9.00pm outside the Prestwood Methodist Church High Street,  a person unknown wearing a dark hoodie approached an elderly resident and attempted to snatch their handbag.  The resident, whilst holding onto the handbag, fell and received facial & wrist injuries.  If anyone has any information please ring 101 and quote reference – Occurrence 43170263025



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