Aylesbury and Buckingham general election candidates

The candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Aylesbury Vale have been announced.
Six candidates have been nominated to contest the Aylesbury constituency at the general election on Thursday 8 June. The Buckingham constituency has four candidates. The nominations for the parliamentary elections are (in alphabetical order):
Aylesbury: Mark Trevor Bateman (Labour Party); Steven Michael Lambert (Liberal Democrat); David Roy Lidington (Conservative); Kyle Arron Paul Michael (Independent); Coral Rose Kathleen Simpson (Green Party); Vijay Singh Srao (UKIP).
Buckingham: John Bercow (The Speaker seeking re-election); Brian James Mapletoft (UKIP); Scott Raven (Independent); Michael John Sheppard (Green Party).
The verification and count for the general election will be held on Thursday 8 June at the Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, starting at 10.30pm. The results will be declared by the Acting Returning Officer, Andrew Grant, Chief Executive of Aylesbury Vale District Council.
There is still time to register to vote; the last date for registrations is 22 May. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on 23 May.
For more information about the elections, visit www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/election

Talk about the work of local charity Bucks Vision

We invite you, your friends and family to local charity, BucksVision, Meadowcroft, Aylesbury to hear a talk about our essential support work for blind and partially sighted people in Buckinghamshire.

 

You may be partially sighted yourself and would like to learn more about how our services could help you, or perhaps you are thinking of becoming a fundraiser or volunteer for a local charity.  These talks will tell you all you need to know about BucksVision.

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Chilterns Walking Festival including Ivinghoe Archaeological Walk (Friday 26th May)

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is blessed with over 2,000km of rights of way including many ancient tracks going back to prehistoric times, drovers routes and hillforts. To celebrate this abundance of walks through time, these will be an important part of the first ever Chilterns Walking Festival which is organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board and features over 90 different walks and activities.

 

There are several walks taking in stretches of the Ridgeway National Trail and the Icknield Way, Britain’s oldest road dating back to Neolithic times. Some of the events will take you back in time 2,800 years to the Iron Age, exploring the Chilterns hillforts, many of them tucked away in the rolling beechwoods. Your walking guides will bring these ancient and fascinating landscapes to life. Here are some of the highlights, spaces are limited and need to be pre-booked – they are filling up fast so to guarantee a place book now:

 

  • Walk with Stone Age Woman (Sunday 21st May) Ideal for families

Archaeologist-actress dressed as a Stone Age woman will take you on a leisurely 3 mile walk in lovely countryside around Ivinghoe Beacon. Discover how people in the area have lived and travelled since the last Ice Age, visiting features such as The Ridgeway National Trail, Grimm’s Ditch and Ivinghoe Beacon hillfort.

 

  • Captain’s Wood Walk (Wed 17th May)

Starting at the Black Horse Inn, Chesham Vale, this wonderful, varied 4 mile walk takes in ancient field patterns and hedges, old earthworks and the home of a famous author.

 

  • Colonisation of the Chilterns (Tues 23rd May)

A 3 mile walk starting at Coleshill, looking at the various Chiltern settlers throughout history and the marks they have left on the landscape.

 

  • Supper Talk (Thursday 25th May)

Join local author Hugh Thomson in the fantastic surroundings of St Katharine’s, Parmoor (near Marlow) for a 2 course dinner and a talk by Hugh on his book, ‘The Green Road Into The Trees’. The book tells of his journey along the Icknield Way where he takes the drover-paths and tracks, the paths and ditches half covered by bramble and tunnelled by alder, beech and oak.

 

  • Ivinghoe Archaeological Walk (Friday 26th May)

A fascinating 7 mile walk and talk featuring the archaeological and geological landscape around the Ivinghoe Beacon area, a region heavily influenced by the pre-historic peoples of the Bronze and Iron Ages.

 

For more information and to book on these walks go to www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChilternsWalkingFestival

Appeal for witnesses following fatal collision – Ivinghoe

Appeal for witnesses following fatal collision – Ivinghoe

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Ivinghoe.

At around 6.40am this yesterday morning (7/5) a collision occurred on the B488 Station Road.

A blue VW Golf and a white Mercedes Citan van were in a collision.

Sadly, as a result of the collision, a passenger in the VW Golf, sustained serious injuries and died at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.

Investigating officer Sgt Mark Ashby, of the Roads Policing department based at Amersham police station said: “I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a blue VW Golf driving from the direction of Bletchley and the Stoke Hammond by-

pass towards Ivinghoe prior to the collision.

“If you have any information please contact me via the Thames Valley Police non-enquiry centre 101 quoting reference number 43170131352. Alternatively, if you have information but wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

‘Victims First’ launches to support victims of crime

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched his ‘Victims First’ brand and website.

 

Victims First is the new overarching title for the PCCs work in providing support, increasing accessibility and improving services for victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

 

The first initiative under ‘Victims First’ is a new online resource which has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.

 

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

 

The website has information and advice to help people to recognise hidden crimes such as modern slavery, domestic abuse, including coercive control, and hate crime. Victims First also provides a third party reporting mechanism for hate crime so that those who don’t want to report directly to the police can either complete a reporting form on the website or call 0300 1234 148.

 

The PCC has undertaken extensive work to improve support for victims of crime, including commissioning new services for young victims, victims of sexual violence, a victim-led restorative justice service and a local support service to assist other victims.

 

Victims First encompasses all of this work and will expand over the coming year, with the PCC reviewing his services to ensure that victims continue to have appropriate support in place, are able to easily access it and that agencies, including the police, are victim-focussed.

 

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I recently launched my new Police and Crime Plan which reaffirmed my commitment to making sure that victims have access to the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of crime. The launch of Victims First and the website is a key milestone in my work in this area and will allow victims to easily find information and support in one place.

 

“I believe it will be a valuable resource not just for victims but also for people and organisations that come into contact with victims of crime who can now use the website to find and refer people to an appropriate service.

 

“Victims First will continue to develop over the next year with plans to create a single referral doorway, a specialist counselling service and community signposting points with the aim of simplifying access and improving support for victims.”

 

The website is www.victims-first.org.uk

Inclusive angling course will bring fishing fun to Marsworth

Disabled young people are being given a brilliant opportunity to learn how to fish, on a six-week inclusive angling course which includes a competition and barbeque in the final week.
The £10 course has been organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council. Support from Leap, funding from Sport England’s Sportivate initiative and volunteers from The Tring Anglers have helped make the low-cost course possible.
Disabled young people aged 11 to 21 and their parents and carers are invited to join friendly coaches from The Tring Anglers. Each week they’ll learn more about the basics of angling, from hooks and bait, to casting and handling their catch.
Richard Pilkington The Tring Anglers said: “This course is a great chance to learn a skill for life and meet new people. We’re delighted to get involved and share our expertise and passion for fishing.”
The course takes place at Marsworth Startops car park between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursdays between 8 June and 13 July. Spaces are limited and can be booked at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/sportivate or by calling 01296 474 301.

May update from Thames Valley Police

Message from Inspector James Davies

 

I do not normally provide an update for these newsletters but I thought it pertinent to do so due to the forthcoming changes to Thames Valley Police and your local police area.

 

On the 1st June Thames Valley Police will be introducing a new operating model to help us better meet the needs of the public we serve. Within the new structure Aylesbury Vale Local Police Area will be centred around three core areas of business: response, investigation and neighbourhood policing.

 

The new structure has been designed to give the flexibility to better prioritise the way we respond to crime, ensuring that we can effectively and efficiently target our resources at the areas of greatest need at any specific time.

 

Under the new structure, local neighbourhood officers will continue to focus on working within the community identifying issues, problem solving and preventing crime.

 

To aide consistency I will be taking over the management of the neighbourhood police teams across the whole of the Vale while Inspector Chris Young from the rural neighbourhood team will move to take over newly formed Problem Solving Teams.

 

I look forward to leading my staff to provide a visible neighbourhood police team who engage locally to address problems in conjunction with the local community.

 

James Davies

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector, Aylesbury Vale Local Police Area

 

 

“You said, we did” local priorities

Burglary dwelling

You said “Reduce burglary dwelling.”

We did: Continued to patrol historic locations of burglaries. Burglary overall last month greatly reduced.

Theft from motor vehicle (TFMV)

You Said “Reduce TFMV.”

We did: Identified vehicles displaying valuables and sent letter. We are also patrolled beauty spot car parks which have been targeted lately.

Crime prevention advice

Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools to steal or use to break into the house. Do not leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.

–           Fit strong padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors.

–           Make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.

–           Fit locks or bars to windows.

–           Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.

–           Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and         equipment.

–           Garden tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode.

–           Install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm, available from all good DIY stores at a reasonable price.

–           For extra security, replace the screws in external hinges of your shed or garage side-door with ‘clutch-head’ screws (also known as ‘anti-tamper’ or ‘coffin’ screws).

Vehicle crime prevention tips

–           Where possible, secure your car overnight in a garage.

–           If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.

–           Close all windows and lock your car.

–           Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.

–           Empty the vehicle of tools and equipment.

–           Take all your personal possessions with you.

–           Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.

–           Leave the glove box open to show there is nothing inside.

–           Park vehicles in a way which prevents doors being opened e.g. alongside a wall.

Have Your Say Meetings

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at Nup End Café, Wingrave from 12.00 noon until 1.00pm with PCSO Frank Callaghan.

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at Methodist Church, Stoke Hammond from 10.30am until 11.30am with PCSO Tina Hobson

Thursday 4th May 2017 at Cricket Hall, Stewkley from 10.30am until 11.30am with PCSO Tina Hobson

Friday 5th May 2017 at Village Hall, Drayton Parslow from 12.00 noon until 1.30pm with PCSO Tina Hobson

Sunday 21st May 2017 at Country Fair, The Grange, Mursley Road, Stewkley from 11.00am until 5.00pm with PCSO Tina Hobson

Monday 22nd May 2017 Parish Hall, Great Brickhill from 1.30pm until 3.30pm with PCSO Tina Hobson

Monday 29th May 2017 from Methodist Church, Stoke Hammond from 10.30am until 11.30am with PCSO Tina Hobson

Contacting the team

We are always happy to hear from you if you have information that may help us!

If you see anything suspicious, if you think it’s not right or someone looks out of place please call us on 999 if it is a crime in progress or 101 if you have information. You can also email the team at: greatbrickhillwingivinghoeNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Are you on Twitter? Follow us at @TVP_Aylesbury or find the #AylesburyRural or #4625 hashtags

Thames Valley Alerts

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BT roadworks 28/4-3/5/17

B489 Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
28 April — 03 May
Delays likelyTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Approx 77m West Of 1 Vicarage Road To Opposite 27, Marsworth Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Planned work about to start

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
28 April — 03 May
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Opposite 1, Cheddington Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Planned work about to start

Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
28 April — 03 May
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Approx 13m West Of 1, Vicarage Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Planned work about to start

Thames Valley Police May 2017 update

“You said, we did” local priorities

Burglary dwelling

You said “Reduce burglary dwelling.”

We did: Continued to patrol historic locations of burglaries. Burglary overall last month greatly reduced.

Theft from motor vehicle (TFMV)

You Said “Reduce TFMV.”

We did: Identified vehicles displaying valuables and sent letter. We are also patrolled beauty spot car parks which have been targeted lately.

Crime prevention advice

Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools to steal or use to break into the house. Do not leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.

–           Fit strong padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors.

–           Make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.

–           Fit locks or bars to windows.

–           Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.

–           Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and         equipment.

–           Garden tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode.

–           Install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm, available from all good DIY stores at a reasonable price.

–           For extra security, replace the screws in external hinges of your shed or garage side-door with ‘clutch-head’ screws (also known as ‘anti-tamper’ or ‘coffin’ screws).

Vehicle crime prevention tips

–           Where possible, secure your car overnight in a garage.

–           If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.

–           Close all windows and lock your car.

–           Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.

–           Empty the vehicle of tools and equipment.

–           Take all your personal possessions with you.

–           Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.

–           Leave the glove box open to show there is nothing inside.

–           Park vehicles in a way which prevents doors being opened e.g. alongside a wall.

Have Your Say Meetings

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at Nup End Café, Wingrave from 12.00 noon until 1.00pm with PCSO Frank Callaghan.

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at Methodist Church, Stoke Hammond from 10.30am until 11.30am with PCSO Tina Hobson

Thursday 4th May 2017 at Cricket Hall, Stewkley from 10.30am until 11.30am with PCSO Tina Hobson

Friday 5th May 2017 at Village Hall, Drayton Parslow from 12.00 noon until 1.30pm with PCSO Tina Hobson

Sunday 21st May 2017 at Country Fair, The Grange, Mursley Road, Stewkley from 11.00am until 5.00pm with PCSO Tina Hobson

Monday 22nd May 2017 Parish Hall, Great Brickhill from 1.30pm until 3.30pm with PCSO Tina Hobson

Monday 29th May 2017 from Methodist Church, Stoke Hammond from 10.30am until 11.30am with PCSO Tina Hobson

Contacting the team

We are always happy to hear from you if you have information that may help us!

If you see anything suspicious, if you think it’s not right or someone looks out of place please call us on 999 if it is a crime in progress or 101 if you have information. You can also email the team at: greatbrickhillwingivinghoeNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Are you on Twitter? Follow us at @TVP_Aylesbury or find the #AylesburyRural or #4625 hashtags

Thames Valley Alerts

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Appeal for witnesses following fatal collision – near Ivinghoe

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision near Ivinghoe.

At approximately 4.50pm on Saturday (15/4) a collision occurred at the junction of the B489 Tring Road and Beacon Road near Ivinghoe.

A red Ford Fiesta and a black Aprilla motorbike were in collision.

Sadly, as a result of the collision the rider of the motorbike sustained serious injuries and died. His next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the Fiesta, a 19-year-old man from Aylesbury, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs. A passenger in the Fiesta, a 17-year-old boy from Aylesbury, was arrested on suspicion of drugs possession – cannabis. The man and the boy have both been released from police custody under investigation.

Investigating officer, Police Constable Jason Brinklow of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “It is believed that a number of motorists who observed the collision left the scene after the emergency services arrived. It is vital that these motorists contact police immediately so we can begin to build a picture as to how the collision happened.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information about the collision please call us on 101 or visit a police station and quote reference 43170109361.
Alternatively, if you have information but wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Bucks County Council gully/weir/drain cleaning today and tomorrow

Bucks County Council gully/weir/drain cleaning today & tomorrow along Marsworth Road, Ivinghoe High Street and Marsworth:

Church Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
12 April — 14 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Church Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Dunstable Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
12 April — 14 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: B489
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
12 April — 14 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: High Street
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Lower Icknield Way, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
12 April — 14 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Marsworth
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
12 April — 14 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Marsworth Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
12 April — 14 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: .
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Vicarage Lane, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
13 April — 19 April
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 12
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Postal votes dispatched across the Vale

With county council elections less than a month away, over 20,000 postal votes will be dispatched to voters across the Vale later this week. The initial issue will include long standing postal voters and anyone who applied before the 30 March.
For those who can’t vote in person on the 4 May, there is still time to apply for a postal vote. Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April, with the final issue of postal votes from 21 April. You can download an application form at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk
Deputy Returning Officer Andrew Grant said; “The issue and receipt of postal votes is a significant part of the modern election process. All returned postal votes must be verified against the personal details of the voter in order to protect against electoral fraud. Watch out for your postal vote and read the instructions carefully before responding, to ensure your vote is counted. Don’t forget that if you miss the deadline to apply for a postal vote you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf until 5pm on Tuesday 25 April”.

Thames Valley Police and Crime Plan

Anthony Stansfeld, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has recently published his new five year Police and Crime Plan which sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations across the Thames Valley, including the response to regional and national threats.

 

The full plan can be found on the PCC website here and a short summary of the plan; it’s broad strategic priorities and how it  has been developed is below.

 

Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021

 

This new Plan consists of five broad strategic priorities which are:

  1. Vulnerability – Managing demand on services through working together with a particular focus on mental health, elder abuse, hidden abuse, and the criminal justice experience for victims of domestic and sexual abuse
  2. Prevention and Early Intervention – Improving safeguarding in both the physical space and virtual space including tackling cyber crime, road safety, peer on peer abuse, hate crime and female genital mutilation (FGM)
  3. Reducing Re-offending – Targeting and managing harm and risk with a focus on substance misuse, violence involving weapons and offender management including perpetrators of domestic abuse
  4. Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism – Improving the local response including increased public awareness, promoting a ‘dare to share’ culture, and preventing violent extremism and the exploitation of vulnerable people.
  5. Police Ethics and Reform – Increasing the pace of change with a focus on improved support for victims, accelerated uptake of new technology, and improving the perceptions of police among young people

The priorities and aims in the Plan will be addressed in greater detail through the delivery plans of Thames Valley Police, the Office of the PCC and other partner service delivery plans, particularly Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).

 

The plan was developed using a broad range of information including the evaluation of research documents, analysis of crime trends, horizon scanning to identify future trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.

 

It was also informed by the views of the nearly 5000 residents of Thames Valley, including over 1000 young people, who took part in the PCCs policing and crime survey in 2016.

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said “I am pleased to be launching the new Police and Crime Plan which sets out my priorities for keeping communities across the Thames Valley safe.  The plan seeks to address current and emerging threats from crime over the next five years.

 

“I have kept my strategic priorities broad to allow organisations to interpret them to meet local needs but I will be working closely with partner organisations to understand how they will address the issues identified.

 

“The demands on policing and community safety concerns have changed over the last few years and my new plan reflects this. Issues such as mental health are placing a growing demand on police and partners, as has the increased reporting of domestic and sexual abuse. Hidden and/ or newly emerging crimes such as female genital mutilation, hate crime, honour based violence and cyber crime also need to be tackled. It is important that we work together to raise awareness of these crimes as well as bring to justice the offender and support the victims.

 

“To effectively take on this work there is a need for police to take advantage of new technologies, while at the same time continuing to foster the trust of the people they serve. My recent survey showed that adults were largely satisfied with the service provided by the police, however, young people’s perception of police was less favourable and I would like to see more work with young people to address this.

 

“As the recent tragedy in London has unfortunately highlighted terrorism remains a very real threat and the work in preventing violent extremism will continue. Serious organised crime must also be tackled and very vulnerable people, who are exploited as a consequence, protected.

 

“My new Plan focuses on many new and emerging issues for policing but more traditional crimes such as household burglary and rural crime will also remain a priority.

“Tackling new demand, as well as maintaining support for the investigation of more traditional crimes, won’t be an easy task. However, as recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections have shown, Thames Valley Police is a force we can be proud of and I have faith that they will be able to rise to this challenge and continue to safeguard the communities of Thames Valley.”

‘Poirot’ Star, best sellers and local writers in Ivinghoe’s dazzling BeaconLit 2017 line up

 

International crime bestseller Adam Croft, Sunday Times bestseller Rowan Coleman and Hugh Fraser – Captain Hastings in ITV’s ‘Poirot’, and a successful thriller writer, are part of an amazing line up for BeaconLit’s fifth festival of books and writing, being held again in Brookmead School, Ivinghoe on Saturday 8 July.

Early bird full day passes are on sale now at the bargain price of £19.50 for this great day out. But you need to be quick – the price rises to £25 at midnight on 31 May 2017. Morning and afternoon only tickets will be released nearer the festival.

Secure your Early bird full day pass – the best value ticket to enjoy the whole festival – at http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/buytickets.php

Adam Croft talks about his career to fellow crime writer Dave Sivers, Hugh Fraser will be in conversation with BBC presenter Adina Campbell, and Rowan Coleman will moderate a panel of top women novelists – Jean Fullerton, Christina Jones and Hywela Lyn, discussing ‘What’s in a Genre?’

Other treats include thrilling New Voices Steph Broadribb, Harriet Cummings and Clare Swatman, as well as award-winning publisher Karen Sullivan on starting and building the phenomenally successful Orenda Books imprint.

The festival has some strong local connections. Dave Sivers and Hywela Lyn are both from Pitstone, where Harriet Cummings’ parents also live and Clare Swatman is editor of Tring Living magazine. Several other authors are fairly local.

With workshops and spotlight sessions, the festival is a must for all readers and writers!

You can view the full programme at http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/Programmeandauthors.php

This weeks roadworks 10/4/17

Tring Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
11 April — 13 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Trying Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Upper Icknield Way, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 April — 13 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Pit Stone Quarry
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Horton Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
11 April — 13 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Station Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
11 April — 13 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: B488
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
10 April — 24 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: In Verge Outside 120 Vicarage Road To The Junction With Rowland Close. F\W. Verge.
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: UK Power Networks
Current status: Planned work about to start

Hollyfield, Tring, Hertfordshire
10 April — 10 May
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: Jcn With Grove Road To The Jcn Hollyfield Close – C/W F/W Verge
Works description: Lay 92mts 125mm And 75mm Pe, Abandon 92mts 6″/4″ And Carryout 3 Connections. 0 Services
Responsibility for works: SGN
Current status: Planned work about to start

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 April — 12 April
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: Os 71 , Yardley Avenue
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Planned work about to start

Roadwork update from BCC

Roadworks
Church Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
06 April — 10 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Church Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Dunstable Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
06 April — 10 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: B489
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
06 April — 10 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: High Street
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Lower Icknield Way, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
06 April — 10 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Marsworth
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
06 April — 10 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: .
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
06 April — 10 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Marsworth Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Tring Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Trying Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Upper Icknield Way, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Pit Stone Quarry
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Horton Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Station Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: B488
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Roadworks in Pitstone & Ivinghoe 4/4/17 onwards

Tring Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Trying Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Upper Icknield Way, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Pit Stone Quarry
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Horton Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
04 April — 06 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: The Brownlow
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Horton Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Station Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
05 April — 07 April
Delays possibleTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: B488
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Roadworks notified 8/3/17

Roadworks
Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
08 March — 10 March
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Around Juction Rowland Close And Along Vicarage Road.
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
09 March — 13 March
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 6 The Green
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

New Road, Tring, Hertfordshire
09 March — 10 March
Delays unlikelyNo carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 13
Works description: Unblock Duct In Footway For Customer Connection
Responsibility for works: Virgin Media
Current status: Planned work about to start

Sutton Close, Tring, Hertfordshire
09 March — 09 March
Delays unlikelyNo carriageway incursion
Works location: 20
Works description: Reinstate Footway In Footway. Our Intention Is To Complete The Permanentreinstatement In The Same Phase
Responsibility for works: Thames Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
08 March — 13 March
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 173
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: SGN
Current status: Planned work about to start

Register to vote in the Buckinghamshire County Council Elections

Aylesbury Vale District Council is urging all residents to register to vote, if they’ve not done so already, in time for the forthcoming Buckinghamshire County Council Local Elections which place on Thursday 4 May 2017.
Registering to vote is quick and easy by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and AVDC want their residents to know that being registered is about more than just voting. Peter Brown, AVDC Electoral Services Manager, said: “The register is used by credit reference agencies, so people not on the register may find it difficult to get a loan, mortgage or mobile phone contract. It is also a legal requirement, so not being registered could result in a fine of up to £1,000.”
Poll cards for the Buckinghamshire County Council Elections will be issued to all residents who are registered from the 28 March, and the deadline for registering to vote is Thursday 13 April

AVDC’s services for the price of a weekly cup of coffee!

Taking effect from 1 April, residents will receive all of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s services for an average of just £2.76 a week. These include bin collections, street cleaning and upkeep of public parks and spaces. Not bad for the price of a weekly cup of coffee on the high street! In addition, AVDC also oversees housing provision in the Vale, licensing, food safety, the collection of council tax, noise and air pollution and planning proposals.
Although, in line with central government proposals, council tax will increase this year, it works out at an average of just £5.00 for the year – or just under 10p per week – for everything that AVDC provides (based on a Council Tax Band D property).
Even with the reinvestment of the increased funds, council tax alone will not cover the cost of all the services, so it’s become imperative that AVDC generates additional income. It’s done this by adopting an innovative, commercial approach and transforming the way it operates.
Over the last seven years, faced with the challenge of losing its government grant, AVDC has reduced its budget by £16 million through a combination of savings, efficiencies and income generation. It has saved more than £5 million a year by becoming one of the first councils to adopt a Cloud IT strategy as part of its digital transformation programme, which also includes the online customer service system ‘My Account’. In addition, AVDC has generated income from renting out its conference facilities, selling its payroll services to other organisations and has raised more than £70,000 for local good causes through its Vale Lottery scheme.
Leader of AVDC, Cllr. Neil Blake, said: “Over the last few years AVDC has become more of a commercial and customer-centric organisation, putting residents at the heart of all it does, whilst developing new concepts and radically changing the way that local government is perceived. We want to ensure that, despite the cuts in government funding that we face, we can continue to support all our key services to the excellent standard that our residents expect.”

Advice from UK Power Networks

Advice from UK Power Networks in light of the severe weather:

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.  Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.

 

You will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @ukpowernetworks throughout this period.

 

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

 

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network
  • Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest update
  • Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

 

UK Power Networks has a Priority Service Register for customers who may be more vulnerable and require extra assistance in a power cut. You can find out more information on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

 

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 – free to call from a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

 

Preparing for a power cut

Below is some additional advice on how you can prepare for a power cut:

  • Keep our freephone number handy
  • See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut.
  • Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
  • Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
  • Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Look out for elderly neighbours and other vulnerable people; please consider taking them round a flask of hot water or hot food

Appeal for witnesses after Pitstone burglary

Message sent by
Diane Brown (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Aylesbury Vale LPA)


Appeal for witnesses after a burglary – Pitstone

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a recent burglary in Pitstone.

Between 2:30pm and 3pm on Friday 17th February witnesses saw two men and one woman leave a property on Castle Close. It was then discovered that the French doors has been forced and a pane of glass broken.

It is thought that the offenders were disturbed and left without stealing anything.

A silver Mercedes car was seen in the area acting suspiciously, although it is not known if it was connected to this crime or not.

PC Gary Scott from Aylesbury Local CID is investigating this crime. He is keen to speak to anyone that might have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area between these times.

If you have any information please call PC Scott on the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101.

If you don’t want to speak to the police or give your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or report it online. No personal details will be taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court.

Ladies beginners swimming lessons

Active Vale introduces lunchtime swimming lessons for local ladies
Active Vale ladies’ beginner swimming lessons have proved so popular that ladies’ lunchtime lessons have been introduced at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. This is a great opportunity for ladies aged 18 and over to gain water confidence and skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
The lunchtime sessions take place on Tuesdays throughout the year, from 12.30pm or 1pm. The cost is £4 per lesson but you can dip your toe in the water with a free first session by booking at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/ladies-swimming-lesson.
Tuesday evening beginner swimming lessons are taking place at Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre. And if swimming doesn’t appeal, there are lots of other fun fitness sessions taking place around the district, with more due to start this spring and summer.
Active Vale offers all sorts of fitness sessions across the Vale to help local ladies get active, as research shows girls and women aged 14-40 particularly struggle to achieve their recommended 90 minutes of exercise each week. Aylesbury Vale District Council run Active Vale with funding from Sport England and support from local partners

Do you have a local housing need? Please tell us about it

Pitstone Parish Council would like to find out whether there is any need for “low cost housing” in our community to help local people who are struggling to stay in the parish due to the high cost of housing.  These may include people who need to be near close relatives to care for them, or need the care of someone living in the parish.

The council is also aware that young people may be finding it increasingly difficult to access homes of their own, and older people finding it hard to find suitable homes to ‘downsize’ into.

To gauge the extent of local need for “low cost housing”, and any particular types of need, we would like all interested Pitstone residents to complete a short survey and tell us their stories.  The results will then help the parish council to understand what needs exist and to investigate possible solutions.   The survey can be completed online at http://pitstone.co.uk/housing-survey-2017/, or you can complete the form which will shortly be delivered to each home inside your next edition of Pitstone Parish Post, and return to 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone, LU7 9FE or email to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk by Sunday 5 March 2017.

Have you got your ICE (In Case of Emergency) card?

ICE numbers stored in phones are no longer a useful solution, as most modern smart phones are locked with a passcode. This prevents medical staff from gaining access to your emergency contact. There is, however, another item you have on you at practically all times – your wallet. While credit and ID cards have your name, more information is often needed in an emergency. Having all the essential information accessible on one card could help medical responders provide the best help and care, and to contact your next of kin promptly. Information about medications and allergies facilitates making fast decisions about treatments. And, especially in the case of heavy blood loss, it is important for emergency staff to know your blood type.

Cards are available to download via the link:

https://geticecard.com/

Would you like to play cricket?

Ivinghoe & Pitstone United Cricket Club are starting our practise nets at Aylesbury Grammar School on Monday nights from 8.15 to 9.15 for the next 12 weeks, first session is 16th January. We welcome new players for a busy programme of Saturday, Sunday and mid-week games in 2017.  The sessions are aimed at senior players and the older colts that play in senior cricket. There is a small charge of £ 3.00 for the session. Anyone interested should contact David Frankum on 0776 147 8045.

News from AVDC inc brown bin dates, Exchange St car park, electoral canvass and grants for lunch clubs

Brown bin collection dates

 

The service starts again next year on:

  • Monday 30 January
  • Monday 6 February

 

Check our website nearer the time to find out when your collection date will be.

 

If you put your real Christmas tree in the brown bin, please make sure that it is not wedged in, but chopped into pieces that will easily fall out when the bin is turned upside down for emptying.

 

Lynda Tomlins, Customer Contact Manager, Recycling and Waste – 01296 585510

 

 

Exchange Street Car Park, Aylesbury – Waterside North

 

The construction work for Aylesbury Vale District Council’s exciting new development in the Exchange Street car park will commence next Monday, 9 January 2017, with AVDC’s chosen development partner for the scheme, Durkan Ltd.

 

The new development will provide Aylesbury town centre with its first purpose-built mixed restaurant and residential development, reflecting how modern town centres are changing to meet a demand for more town centre homes and leisure dining.

 

The development will take place at the top end of the Exchange Street car park, opposite the cinema. It will create four new restaurants with 47 one and two bedroom apartments above them and a stunning new public square funded by a grant from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).  Additional flexible commercial space will be built facing Long Lional.

 

The development means that the Exchange Street car park will lose around 120 parking spaces as of Tuesday 10 January. However, most of these have already been offset by the new car park adjacent to the site which was opened last year by Bucks County Council. All the existing disabled bays from the Exchange Street car park will be relocated within the development and a number of 30 minute short stay and market trader van bays will be relocated too

 

During the construction period, approximately 30 additional parking spaces will be temporarily lost to allow the construction traffic access around bottom and cinema side of the site, ensuring safety for car park users. On Monday work will begin, as revisions to the white lining of bays commences.

 

For more information on where to park when visiting Aylesbury town centre, please visit www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/parkaylesbury and for more information on the development please go to http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/waterside-north-development

 

 

Annual Electoral Canvass

 

The annual electoral canvass completed with the re-issue of electoral registers on 1 December. The overall response rate for the district was 94.5%. The revised number of electors for the Aylesbury Vale registration area is as follows;

 

Parliamentary electors – 134,947

Local Government Electors -138,135

 

Parishes are reminded that there are local government elections (Bucks County Council) on the 4 May next year. The registration deadline for electors wishing to vote is Thursday 13 April.

Peter Brown, Electoral Services Manager 01296 585650

 

 

Grant support for lunch clubs for older people 2017/18

 

In the New Year Aylesbury Vale District Council will once again be inviting applications from lunch clubs for older people to apply for grant support.

Only a limited amount of money is available and to be eligible for funding groups must operate in Aylesbury Vale and must:

  • have agreed a constitution or set of rules – a copy of which should be included with the application
  • be not-for-profit
  • operate with no undue restriction on membership
  • have a management committee of at least 3 people
  • have a bank account that requires two signatories
  • have an accurate record of income and expenditure (or income/expenditure projections if you are a new group) – a copy of which should be included with your application.

 

For further information and an application form, please email the Grants Officer, Jan Roffe at: jroffe@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 March 2017. Applications will be assessed by the end of March and all applicants will be advised of the outcome soon afterwards.

Tackline Crime: Protecting People 2017-20

 

The agencies who work together in Buckinghamshire to tackle crime and protect vulnerable people (e.g. councils, police, probation, voluntary services etc) are looking for your views on what we believe should have extra focus for the next three years (April 2017-March 2020).

Some of the work we already do includes:

  • Providing support to victims of domestic violence and abuse
  • Working with young people to educate them in how to stay safe and keep away from serious harm
  • Reducing the number of young people who become involved in criminal activity
  • Supporting those who feel isolated or targeted because of who they are or where they live

Please consider taking part in this short survey, and please forward to your networks.  It is ‘multiple choice’ with an optional space at the end for you to provide any comments or thoughts, in your own words.  It should take no more than 5 minutes.

 

Last year we were really pleased that over 1300 people responded from all over the county and represented those under 17 years old right up to those over 70 years old.  Please help us to hear from even more people than last year so we are even better informed.  To take part in the survey click on this link https://www.research.net/r/saferbucks

 

 

Catherine Marriott, on behalf of the Safer Bucks Partnership

Community Safety Manager  |  Communities, Health & Adult Social Care (CHASC)  |  Buckinghamshire County Council, HP20 1UA

Direct Dial: 01296 383979  |  E-mail: cmarriott@buckscc.gov.uk  |  Secure e-mail: secure-cmarriott@buckscc.gcsx.gov.uk

BCC budget plans to be put under microscope by committee

The details of Buckinghamshire County Council’s proposed £324m budget will be put under the microscope later this month – and for the first time members of the public will be able to quiz council bosses.

A cross-party committee of councillors will question cabinet members on their departmental spending plans during three days of hearings from January 10 to 12 and will then produce a report listing any recommendations.

At a recent cabinet meeting council leader Martin Tett admitted that the committee took a ‘very thorough and intense’ approach which could prove to be a ‘gruelling experience’ – but that their input was an invaluable part of the budget-setting process.

For the first time, residents will be able to submit their questions on the budget which will be asked during the meetings, either by emailing democracy@buckscc.gov.uk or tweeting using #BucksBudget

The meetings will be held in public and also webcast online.

Committee chairman Bill Chapple said: “I have always been a great champion for transparency and openness and so I welcome questions from the public, which will receive an answer from a cabinet member.

“Our job as a committee is to make sure the budget is robust and facilitates the needs of the county and the people we serve, within the budget we have available.

“We will be diligent and asking the relevant questions to each cabinet member to make sure we are spending our money in the most prudent manner.”

Buckinghamshire County Council’s proposed net operating budget for 2017/18 is £324m, down from £325.6m for 2016/17.

You can view the draft budget here: https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=5597

Rothschild House Surgery Patient Participation Group Open Evening

Rothschild House Patient Group

 

Patient Participation Group

Welcomes You
To an open evening meeting
Wednesday 18 January 2017
7.30pm-9:30pm
The Baptist Church, High Street, Tring

(Free parking opposite in the library car park)

Find out how to get the most out of Rothschild House Surgery’s Online Services. Click and Easy – saves you time, order your repeat prescriptions and increase your choice of appointments.

Doctors presenting:

  • Dr Jon Hykin: How to be a smart patient
  • Dr Sarah Gallagher: How can teenagers get the best out of the surgery?
  • Dr Alexandra Wainwright: From the cradle to the grave

Question & Answer session

 

Join the conversation, all welcome!

 

For further information email: rhsppg@gmail.com
https://www.rothschildhousesurgery.co.uk/practice/join-our-patient-group/

Sometimes we all need a bit of help

There are times when we all need a little bit of help. Maybe you’re recovering from an illness, feeling lonely and isolated or unable to get out and about, Prevention Matters could give you that bit of help to make your life easier and more fulfilling.

Prevention Matters, delivered by Buckinghamshire County Council through a partnership of organisations, including the NHS, District Councils and a variety of voluntary and community sector organisations, is a free and friendly advice service linking eligible adults (over 18) in Buckinghamshire to social activities, volunteers and community services.

We can support you in regaining your confidence, independence and getting out and about by finding social activities, volunteers and community services for you in your local area.

Here’s how we helped Georgina with the worries of being on her own:

After the death of her last remaining family member Georgina was concerned about her declining health and money worries. A Prevention Matters community practice worker visited her at home to see how we could help.

The community practice worker was able to help arrange a home visit to asses her property for disability allowance, get taxi tokens so she could get to appointments, catalogues on home shopping and meal delivery so she didn’t have to rely on friends.

Georgina now feels better informed about the services that are available to her and through Prevention Matters is now £200 a month better off, safer at home and less worried about her finances.

How do I find out about this service?

 

  • Call our friendly staff on 0300 666 0159 (local number)
  • Email at admin@preventionmatters.org.uk
  • Or use the online form at buckscc.gov.uk/preventionmatters
  • Alternatively you can ask your GP or health professional for more information

 

What would happen next?

 

One of our Community Practice Workers will contact you to arrange a time to come and talk to you about what services may be available locally for you. The Community Practice Worker can contact the activities and services you might be interested in attending or receiving in your home and can support you until you feel confident and happy to be independent.

 

It’s ok to ask for help.

To find out more about Prevention Matters please visit

www.careadvicebuckinghamshire.org/preventionmatters

Reminder of Active Bucks sessions

Just a reminder that the following Active Bucks sessions are still running in Pitstone/Ivinghoe.  All welcome:

Parish Activity  Venue  Day  Time  Cost  Contact 
Pitstone Parish Council Walk, Jog, Run Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, LU7 9EY Tuesday 7.30-8.15pm Free Kirsty McCoubrey:07801594519
Ivinghoe Parish Council Ivinghoe and Pitstone Weekly Walk (Level 1) Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub, Ivinghoe, LU7 9EP Monday 10-10.45am Free Fiona on 01494 475367 or simplywalks@buckscc.gov.uk

 

Thank you from Rennie Grove

An enormous thank you to all of you who have helped out with the Santa Float this year, and to everyone who gave a donation.

This year the Rennie Grove nurses will travel more than 13,500 miles and carry out around 600 home visits over the 12 days of Christmas to give patients and their families the precious memory of one last Christmas together.  Those memories are priceless but there is a real cost we must cover to make this happen and you’ve helped us to cover that cost.

Each and every one of you has helped to raise a fantastic £4,907.83 this year (this covers all the towns and not just Pitstone) which is a record amount for the float. It is getting bigger and better each year thanks to all the wonderful support you give.

Thank you so much.