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.

Colin Veysey’s video toured present-day Prestwood and Richard Higham of the Prestwood Theatre Club read two poems on Bygone Days in the village, paving the way for Mark Cunnane’s promotion of his Prestwood Archive website. He’s seeking help from volunteer website developers (or those that want to have a go) and long-standing local families to open up their photo albums and memorabilia, for the period 1900 to the present day. Right now the period 1900 – 1920 is under development.  Have a look at www.prestwoodarchive.org.uk and get in touch with Mark.

Prestwood Events Group highlighted the forthcoming Big Lunch on Prestwood Common on 1st June; Sue Egan, Abbey Gym Club’s Chair, gave an interesting insight into their plans and hopes for achieving a new building in Prestwood on the Sprinters Leisure site for their bulging membership and ever-growing waiting list of over 270 young people – Prestwood’s very own Olympic legacy – and our local Prestwood First Responders reminded the audience that they were ever-ready to offer medical assistance to back-up the Ambulance Service.

With many thanks to local businesses and residents, a Grand Raffle raised £250 to swell PVA’s funds and scrummy refreshments were also provided due to their generosity.  Our thanks too to Nick and Dave from Malt The Brewery who were on tap to serve their locally brewed beers and Bernie and her three sons brought Café Stop to life once again for those that chose coffee, tea and cake. Other groups on display supporting the event were Prestwood Revite Group, Prestwood Youth & Community Group (PYCAG), Prestwood Society and Sprinters Leisure Centre,  Prestwood Community Transport (PACT) and Community Counselling for HP16.

Thanks to everyone who’s supported PVA during its first year – please continue to do so – Make A Difference – go MAD for Prestwood.  Don’t just visit the website – sign up to receive the emailed monthly PVA newsletter – see the side bar at the bottom of the page for signing up.

A copy of the AGM presentation can be downloaded here: Presentation for AGM 2014-2-2

Thank you all for your support.




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