This page is relevant to all villages.

Unchanging useful links/info
Roadworks and diversions
Bear in mind that the Roadworks Map link, in green on the above website, isn't particularly useful as it will look as if the majority of roads are closed when they aren't and the dates for closure span many weeks with no specific closed dates. It's no wonder people ignore 'road closed' signs as they often are not. Ed

Added September 13th 2021

Editor in a tent in Yorkshire - news by email only on the 15th

Added September 8th 2021

Gardening Naturally
Free online talk Weds Sept 15th 7.30pm

Two experts in compost making and no-dig gardening will share their knowledge and answer your questions.

Details and online registration here

Or email sufopmail@gmail.com
Sept Our News - The Neighbourhood Watch National Newsletter

We are delighted to bring you the September OUR NEWS edition – a monthly newsletter for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales. 

This edition introduces you to our Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021 - open for nominations from 14th September, the no-excuse approach to gas safety, fraud trends, rural crime reporting, discount offers from ERA and Patlock for our readers, and much more.

We hope that you will enjoy reading our newsletter and share it with your community. Why not share this newsletter link with your street WhatsApp groups, community Facebook groups or neighbourhood email groups to keep your neighbours safer and more connected.
We Invite You To Our Facebook Live About Our Family Liaison Officers
Date: Thursday 9 September
Time: 7pm
Location: Tune in and join us via the Thames Valley Police Facebook page

When a serious crime or murder unfortunately happens, our Family Liaison Officers (FLO’s) quickly make contact with the victim’s family to offer support and help them through the traumatic experience. But how do the FLO’s help?

We want to give you a behind the scenes look at how we aid victims. On Thursday 9 September at 7pm, we will be undertaking a Facebook Live broadcast and will have FLO's and Ian and Sue Farquhar joining us. Ian’s brother, Peter Farquhar was murdered by Ben Field in 2015. This was a truly disturbing case… Ian and Sue will be discussing how the FLO’s assisted them throughout the ordeal.

Do you have any questions for our FLO’s?

Curious about what they do? How they help? The types of incidents FLO’s get involved in? But also how they cope?

We encourage you to send us your questions as a reply to this TV Alert.

We will try to answer as many of your questions during our Facebook Live event, so make sure to tune in.

To view our Facebook Live on Thursday 9 Sept, at 7pm, please go to our Thames Valley Police Facebook page.

Thank you and we hope you will be able to join us!
We’re getting back to face-to-face events

At Buckinghamshire Business First we are continuing to provide a range of online events, but if you’re looking forward to getting back out there and meeting new contacts at face-to-face events - we have just what you are looking for!

Take your pick from our networking sessions in person or our Business Leaders' Dinner…

Business Leaders' Dinner - 15th September 2021 at Horwood House - £70
Attended by prominent business leaders from across the county at an amazing venue with great food, this event will help you to form valuable connections with like-minded entrepreneurs, decision makers and leaders in their field.
Book your place

Simply Networking, Stokenchurch - 7th October 2021 - £15
Talk and connect with like-minded business people and meet businesses of all sizes and at all stages, from start-ups to established companies.
Book your place

Young Directors’ Meet Up – 19th October 2021 - £15
The perfect opportunity to meet other young directors (or simply young at heart!), share stories and make connections.
Book your place
Another scam!

The editor has been made aware of yet more scams. First being related to money off vouchers for supermarkets and to qualify they need your bank details! Secondly, the voice from the far east suggesting that there is a BT issue and it doesn't matter who your supplier is, you need to take action. NO YOU DON'T !
Never give away any details about yourself or financial matters. If it's a number you don't recognise, let them leave a message. If they don't, then it wasn't important to you it was just a waste of their time.

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Extended changes to household waste collections – Chiltern and Wycombe areas only

Buckinghamshire Council is asking residents in Chiltern and Wycombe to carry on disposing of food waste in their general rubbish until further notice.

 

Residents in these areas have already been asked to throw away food waste with their general household waste for the last four weeks. The Council is having to extend this arrangement because of the on-going national HGV driver shortage.

 

It means people living in Chiltern and Wycombe should carry on doing what they’ve been doing in recent weeks with food waste – throwing it away with their general rubbish (in the black bin). Brown food caddies will still be emptied if they’re put out on general rubbish week only, but this waste will not be recycled during this time. Collections in the rest of Buckinghamshire are unaffected and these changes impact residents in Chiltern and Wycombe only.

 

Despite best efforts to recruit new drivers and upskill existing staff, there are still not enough drivers to reinstate separate food collections on 13 Sept as previously planned. Our contractor Veolia is taking proactive measures to address the staff shortage, including incentivised recruitment packages and retention bonuses for staff.

 

Back to school – school bus services

The start of the 2021/22 school year sees the introduction of a major update to school bus transport in Buckinghamshire.

 

Buckinghamshire Council provides school bus services for those children eligible for free home to school transport and sells any remaining spare seats. This year, the Council’s bus routes have been revised and new contracts put in place. 74 Council-provided school bus routes are in place. These are new routes, and parents are advised to check the Council’s website for full details of all bus timetables.

 

As part of these changes, 14 new commercially run school only bus routes have been launched. These are run independently of the Council to cater for parents/carers who want to buy a seat for their child on a school bus.

 

Parents are advised to check the Council’s website for the latest Council bus timetable information or commercial bus websites for independently-run buses.

 

Council routes and timetables are available online here

 

Details of the commercial school bus routes can be found here

 

Details of public buses in Buckinghamshire are available here 

 

TfB staff go the extra mile to keep gully cleansing programme on track

 

 

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) staff from across the county have been going above and beyond to help with the programme to clean all gullies within Buckinghamshire including working weekends and taking on new roles.

 

Back in May, work began on the ambitious programme to cleanse each of the 85,000+ gullies over the course of the year. Crews have been working flat out to keep to schedule but have been hampered by a combination of unavoidable set-backs. These include the knock-on impact of the national shortage of HGV drivers which has affected supply chain partners who have been drafted in to support the programme. Levels of staff sickness brought on by the Covid virus and the impact of Covid isolation on crews has also affected the work.

 

In a bid to address the issue, TfB operational staff have been going the extra mile to ensure the work continues, despite the setbacks. Regular staff from gully cleansing crews have volunteered to go out at weekends and in evenings in addition to their normal day shifts and others who carry out different roles have been trained to use the gully cleansing vehicles to help out. In addition, TfB have managed to secure additional gully machines and crews by taking on supply chain partners.

 

Earlier this year Buckinghamshire Council committed an extra £4m of funding into its gully clearance programme, boosting the total drainage programme budget for the year to £6.6m. As part of the work every gully in the county will be cleared at least once over the course of the year. Crews follow a dynamic schedule of work but also take advantage of opportunities to clear gullies as and when they arise.

 

Investing in your roads – Buckinghamshire Council invests £100 million into four-year highways improvement programme

Buckinghamshire Council has announced an investment of £100 million as part of a major highways improvement programme spanning the next four years.

 

The Council is responsible for the maintenance of 3,200 km of carriageway and 2,400 km of footways, all of which are frequently a hot topic for residents. As a county, our roads suffer more than most. With direct links from Buckinghamshire to London, Oxford and Milton Keynes, our roads are extraordinarily busy.

 

As part of this significant investment, Buckinghamshire Council will be repairing the most damaged roads and pavements. Residents and members of the travelling public will be kept well informed about the roadworks in their area with brand new signage indicating when we are carrying out improvement works as part of the ‘Investing in your roads’ programme, and letting people know when we’ve completed the job.

 

£4 million of this investment will be spent on clearing the 85,000 gullies we have across the county and repairing them when necessary to reduce the potential for road flooding. Not only does this make our roads safer but it also reduces the chance for potholes to form as a result of surface water.

 

An additional £3 million will also be spent on making vast improvements to a number of road surfaces across the county.

 

To report defects to us, visit this website.

 

Buckinghamshire Council looking for nominations for its Local Heritage List

 

Buckinghamshire is a county that is rich with history and has many heritage assets that benefit from statutory protection and designation, often referred to as ‘listed’ or ‘scheduled’ assets. The threshold for meeting the criteria that allows an asset to become listed is very high, and as a result it means that several locally important assets, which contribute positively to the local character and identity of Buckinghamshire, sometimes have little or no protection. Over time, some of these special places can be lost.

 

The Government has recognized this problem and have made funds available to 22 Local Authorities, including Buckinghamshire, to help improve the standard of locally held lists.

 

The Local Heritage List seeks to identify locally significant assets and celebrate their contribution to local identity and character. Developing this list provides a unique opportunity for residents of Buckinghamshire to nominate important assets around the County that are not currently listed, but that have significant heritage interest.

 

All kinds of assets can be considered for local listing, including:

 

  • Historic buildings

  • Buildings demonstrating local style

  • Archaeological sites, such as upstanding earthworks or buried remains

  • Landscape features

  • Historic gardens and parks, and individual elements within them

  • Public works of art, monuments and street furniture, including signage

 

From 3rd September, residents will be able to make nominations for the Local Heritage List, or volunteer to assist the project team via Buckinghamshire Councils new online tool here: Home - Buckinghamshire's Local Heritage List (local-heritage-list.org.uk). Criteria for assets to be included on the list can also be found on the online portal.

 

For more information on the Local Heritage List, visit Home - Buckinghamshire's Local Heritage List or email localheritagelist@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

 

Buckinghamshire Libraries make things easier for customers

With the free Spydus Mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, you can manage your library account whenever it suits you – renew loans or reserve your next read in a couple of clicks. You can even use your smartphone’s camera to issue your own books when you visit the library.

 

Just download the app, select Buckinghamshire Libraries from the drop-down list, enter your library membership number and PIN and pick your local library from the list. You are then ready to start exploring.

 

If you need inspiration to help find your next read, take a look at the ‘Featured Items’ which shows books which recently been given great reviews by other local readers. These titles include Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart and Quite : love, life & eyeliner by Claudia Winkleman.

 

Not a library member yet? Join online now or pop in and sign up in person. It's free to join the library too.

 

Already a library member but forgotten your PIN number? Just visit the website to reset it online.

 

Council urges local people to 'see something, say something and do something'

 

Buckinghamshire Council launches new campaign to raise awareness of adult abuse

 

To tackle the misery of adult abuse, Buckinghamshire Council is urging local people if they see something, to say something and do something, to help protect adults potentially at risk.

 

In a brand new campaign, launching today (6 Sept) the Council’s clear message is that if you know about or have a suspicion that someone is in danger or being exploited, then the right thing to do is to play your part and report your concerns. Abuse of adults can take a variety of forms, from physical, neglect and financial abuse to mental or psychological abuse and it can happen to anybody over the age of 18.

 

Everyone deserves to live a happy life, in a safe place free from harm and neglect, regardless of age, gender, disability or ethnicity. So, as well as raising awareness of adult abuse, the campaign also spotlights the different types, the signs to look out for and most importantly what actions to take if abuse is suspected.

 

Some adults find it harder to get help and may be more at risk of harm and exploitation, such as those with a disability, a mental health condition or a temporary or long-term illness. Sadly, vulnerable adults are more likely to be a victim and can be specifically targeted because of their vulnerability.

 

Data held by the Council shows that during 2020/21 it received close to 12,000 reports of suspected abuse and neglect of an adult living in Buckinghamshire. Nine out of ten reports received were made by professionals, such as doctors, police, care providers, members of the Ambulance Service and Council employees.

 

Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Angela Macpherson says that every single person has a role to play to help keep adults in our communities safe from harm and neglect.

 

The Council’s dedicated web pages and factsheets are available for residents to refer to if they are concerned about a friend, relative, colleague or neighbour. They provide all the information needed so that we can all play our part to protect others who may be at risk of harm.

 

Concerns can be reported in three ways:

 

  • Call the Safeguarding Adults Team on: 01296 383204 or 0800 137 915

  • Email: ascfirstresponse@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

  • Fill out Buckinghamshire Council's online form

 

If you fear someone is in immediate danger, you should always dial 999.

 

For more information about adult safeguarding, please visit: here and click on the section 'Report a concern about abuse or neglect'.

 

TfB supporting vulnerable road users at the Older Drivers Forum 2021

Project EDWARD week is 13-17 September. Project EDWARD stands for ‘Every Day Without A Road Death’ and is an annual, UK-wide road safety campaign backed by the government, emergency services, highways agencies and road safety organisations.

 

To support Project EDWARD, Transport for Buckinghamshire’s road safety initiative – Travel Safe Bucks – will be focusing on vulnerable road users, with a particular focus on older drivers, throughout September.

 

On average, five people a day are killed on roads around Great Britain, with an additional 150,000 being injured each year too. Unfortunately, 20% of all deaths on our roads are older people. This figure is only set to rise, with older licence holders increasing each year.

 

We know that older motorists have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance. However, sight, hearing, reaction time and judgement of speed and distance may worsen with age.

 

Travel Safe Bucks will be speaking at the Older Drivers Forum 2021 to raise awareness of the risks that may increase for older drivers, and to promote our Mature Drivers Assessments, what people will get out of the assessment, why they’re important and how to book one.

 

The Older Drivers Forum will also cover much more than that, with six free webinars being held from 13-17 September. There are only 1,000 places for each webinar, so sign up quickly to secure your place.

 

If you or somebody you know could benefit from attending one of these free webinars, then register for your place by visiting: here 

 

To find out more about our Mature Drivers Assessments, visit: here

 

Added September 1st 2021

Macmillan Cancer - Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning 24th Sept.

If you are thinking about holding or you know anyone who is holding a coffee morning or cake sale in aid of Macmillan's Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning Event this September,  please do get in touch.
As volunteer members of your local Macmillan fundraising group, we can help to ensure that money raised will be spent in South Buckinghamshire.
Please contact Kathy or Sue on 07702 867454.
Changes To Front Counter Provision In Thames Valley
We have made changes which affect our front counter services across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police is working to adapt to the different ways in which people contact the police, to meet the changing needs of the diverse communities we serve and to make necessary savings.

There will continue to be good geographic coverage of front counters across the Thames Valley if you need to access one.

The force is retaining front counters at Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Abingdon, Banbury, Newbury, Loddon Valley and Maidenhead. There will be some changes to opening hours.

Front counters at Amersham, Bicester, Bracknell, HQ South in Kidlington, and Witney have now closed. These counters had been temporarily closed since March 2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic (with the exception of HQ South in Kidlington, which temporarily reopened following an initial closure). If you usually attend one of these front counters, you will need to seek alternative ways of contacting us.

The changes do not affect police officer numbers nor the number of police bases so you will not experience any difference to officer visibility in your local community.

Further details and front counter opening times are available on our information page.
There are a number of convenient alternative ways to contact police.

An increasing number of people are contacting us online and by phone. You can access a number of our services on our website. This includes reporting non-emergency crimes or incidents, anti-social behaviour, applying for firearms licensing, telling us about something of concern or updating us on a crime report, among many other functions.

Further information about when and how to make a report to police is available here.
Our non-emergency number is 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

If you do attend a front counter that has closed, there is a yellow phone available outside which you can use to contact police if required.

Older Drivers Forum Webinars
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The Older Drivers Forum are supporting Project Edwards week of action, themed ‘Fit for the Road’ between the 13th to 17th September 2021. The Forum will be running a series of six free webinars during the week. Each webinar is on a different subject and designed to help and support the mature motorist to carry on driving safely for longer. 

Project EDWARD stands for 'Every Day Without A Road Death’ and is an annual UK-wide road safety campaign backed by government, the emergency services, highways agencies, road safety organisations and British businesses.

Shockingly, on average 5 people a day are killed and around 150,000 people are injured each year on roads in Great Britain. Unfortunately, 20% of all deaths on our roads are older people. As older licence holders are increasing every year, fatalities for drivers aged 70 and over are forecasted to increase by 22% by 2040.

We know that older motorists have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance. However, sight, hearing, reaction time and judgement of speed and distance may not be as sharp as it once was.

The Older Drivers Forum is about keeping mature motorists on the road safely for longer. Whether that’s helping giving practical and informative help and support to continue driving or pointing people in the right direction for an assessment to identify their driving needs – from wing mirror adapters to an elevated driving seat – the Forum’s here to help and signpost you to the people to help. The Forum is a not-for-profit organisation made up of experts in road safety – from representatives from the emergency services, to charities, local authorities and businesses specialising in keeping older people on the road.

The webinars are FREE and have expert speakers as well as participants being able to ask questions. People will need to register their place for each webinar and this can be done by visiting https://olderdriversforum.com/webinars/ .
We have increased the number of places available this time to 1000 free places, so should be able to accommodate anyone who wishes to register.

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Back to School’ students encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or take public transport

Buckinghamshire Council is encouraging students to walk, scoot, cycle or travel by public transport when they go back to school in the coming days.

Lockdown helped to show us all the benefits of getting out and walking or cycling by keeping us fit and aiding our mental health. Combine this with students doing their bit to support the environment and helping to reduce congestion and improve road safety round their schools, the message is clear – walk, cycle, scoot or catch public transport to school.

Over 50 schools in Buckinghamshire have active school travel plans and many more take part in the WOW tracker programme that rewards children for travelling by more sustainable travel modes.

Council holiday club scheme creates a summer to remember for harder-pressed families

Thousands of children across the county have painted, kayaked, acted, nerf-gunned, cooked and exercised their way through the summer thanks to the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme laid on by Buckinghamshire Council.

The Buckinghamshire HAF programme has enabled school-aged children who receive benefits-related free school meals to enjoy high-quality holiday clubs completely free of charge. Each holiday club session has included a free nutritious meal, with children and young people learning cooking skills at some clubs by helping to prepare their meals.

HAF holiday clubs have been running right across the county and have been delivered by experienced local holiday club providers including local businesses, charitable organisations and schools.

The costs of the scheme are funded by central government with all the local arrangements being made by the Council. Dozens of activities have been laid on for a variety of age ranges so that children and young people can develop a hobby or try something new. And at one session in High Wycombe, celebrity chef Tom Kerridge dropped in to surprise the kids and give them a masterclass in making healthy coleslaw!

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Anita Cranmer, said she’d heard some wonderful testimonials of praise for the scheme and how it had really helped families over the summer break. “The summer holidays can be a difficult time for some families because of increased costs, such as food and childcare, as well as reduced incomes. The HAF holiday clubs are providing a lifeline by helping to ensure that children from those families are able to have a good holiday experience – learning skills, socialising with others and most importantly having fun.

“The providers we’ve worked with to provide the HAF holiday clubs have been magnificent and have used their knowledge and experience to give children and young people a summer of fun and activities that they’ll definitely remember. I’d like to thank them personally for everything they have done, and for going the extra mile. I’ve heard some heart-warming stories including providers continuing to look after children after sessions end and providing food for them to take home and have afterwards. It’s wonderful to see such commitment from local organisations and really demonstrates the success of the HAF programme and the care it provides.”

Cabinet Member for Communities, Steve Bowles added: “Using the COVID Local Support Grant, we were able to provide additional support by giving out £70 food vouchers in July for children who needed it the most over the summer. Can I remind those parents and carers who have received a food voucher to redeem these before they expire. If anyone needs help, please contact our Helping Hand support line on 01296 531151.”

Following the success of the HAF summer programme, the Council can confirm funding is in place for the 2021 Christmas holidays too.

For further information and to register interest, please visit: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/haf

Added August 25th 2021

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Change in cardboard recycling collections in South Bucks area

Recycling cardboard is about to get even easier for residents living in the South Bucks area as they will no longer need to separate their paper and cardboard into two separate containers.

Residents are being asked to put both into a new 44L recycling box which will start being delivered to homes across the South Bucks area from Tuesday 31 August, with deliveries expected to be completed within a few weeks.

Buckinghamshire Council wants residents to start using their new recycling box for both paper and card, as soon as it arrives.

A leaflet will be delivered inside the box explaining what items should and shouldn’t be put into the box for recycling. For example, food contaminated paper/cardboard, such as pizza boxes, kitchen paper and paper towels should all go straight into the general rubbish.

From Monday 1 November, blue-lidded bins containing cardboard, will no longer be emptied.

In the case of larger items which cannot fit into the box, they can be folded down and flattened and left beside the box for collection, or be taken directly to one of the local Household Recycling Centres.

The new box will continue to be collected alongside the blue-lidded bin (recycling week), and can contain cereal boxes, catalogues, envelopes, junk mail, magazines, newspaper, office paper, yellow pages, greeting cards (plain card only, no glitter), cardboard packaging, including boxes, egg boxes and kitchen/toilet rolls holders.

You can check your recycling and rubbish collection days on the Council’s website


Ash dieback tree felling begins at Chilterns Crematorium


This Saturday (21 August), work begins in the Chilterns Crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance to fell trees which have been infected by ash dieback. 

The council discovered through its regular management of the woodland that many of the ash trees there had been affected by the fungal disease, which makes wood brittle and liable to break off or split.  

Since then, warning notices have been displayed in the woodlands explaining why the work needs to take place, how the disease is affecting the trees and asking people to beware of branches which have already begun falling. 

The Garden of Remembrance surrounds the crematorium where cremation services take place and the woodland has for decades been a place where families scatter the ashes of their loved ones. 

The council’s approach will minimise any potential disruption or impact on those who regularly visit the site. Tree felling will take place at weekends and times when there are no services or scattering of ashes taking place.

While the diseased trees will be felled, stumps will be left in situ and visible, so as not to disturb the ground and to enable families to find the location where their loved one’s ashes are scattered. Other trees, shrubs and pathways will be protected during the work.

Next spring, new trees will be planted to renew the woodland, with species which thrive in the Chilterns’ chalky soil. The crematorium hopes to involve families who have used its services and local communities to help with the replanting. 

After a consultation period, the Forestry Commission has now issued a licence confirming that the affected trees need to be felled, so work can start on the first of some 240 affected trees this weekend and then continuing through until October. A further phase will take place next year, subject to a review in the summer. 

People will always be able to access the woodlands during the crematorium’s opening hours, but while the work takes places some areas will be cordoned off. 

For further information, please visit the news pages here.

Summer of Stories

Buckinghamshire’s ‘Summer of Stories’ is well and truly underway – but there’s still time for you to get involved.

This summer, Buckinghamshire Culture and Buckinghamshire Council have been working together to create a Summer of Stories, focusing on a theme of ‘stories of happiness’. The ‘Story Stall’ is part of this multi-stranded project aiming to engage people across Buckinghamshire with stories and creativity.  Inspired by our strong literary heritage this project will result in animation of town centres, activity supporting wellbeing, enhancing quality of life and maintaining connection as part of wider Covid recovery.  Residents of Buckinghamshire have been invited to share and celebrate their personal stories, and those of the county itself, through conversations with artists, or via ‘Story Postcards’ at artist-led pop-up stalls across the county in markets and local high streets and at various cultural and library locations.

These stalls have been present at various events throughout the summer, starting with Whizzfizzfest on the 26 June and moving around the county since then, engaging with lots of different people from the local community – and the stories told have been just as diverse as the people telling them!

One resident recounted a tale of a man who had turned an old mattress into a paddle board and was happily rowing himself down the canal; whilst another resident reflected on the fact that the pandemic had meant he was able to get out every morning to take his dog for a walk, enjoying the local parks around the county, and being able to make it home for dinner with his 12 year old son every evening – something he had never been able to do before then.

Other recurring themes within people’s stories of happiness and tales of Buckinghamshire included a love for the red kites that circle our skies, for woodlands and parks and the canal in Aylesbury.

When summer fades, these local stories will not be forgotten; the artists who collected them will create a pop-up storytelling structure that will visit town centres around Buckinghamshire in the early Autumn – sharing a collective story of the county.

It’s not too late to get involved with the Summer of Stories. If you would like to get involved and share a story of happiness, or a story of Buckinghamshire, you can find the final few pop-up stalls in the following locations:

Winslow Market on 25 August, 8:30am-2pm
Live in the Park, Aqua Vale Park, Aylesbury on 28 August, 9am-5:30pm
Black Park, Wexham on 29 August, 10am-4pm
Beaconsfield Country Fair, Beaconsfield on 30 August, 9:30am-5pm

Or pick up a postcard from one of our participating libraries or cultural organisations.  There is the option to submit a story on our website, or find out more on social media using #SummerofStories.

For more information about the Summer of Stories

This programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and funding from Buckinghamshire Council, Heart of Bucks and Rothschild Foundation.

Neighbourhood Watch Launch Impact Report 2021

 

Following the success of last year’s first-ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Report, we are delighted to share this year’s Impact Report for 2020/21.

This report builds on last year with data and case studies demonstrating the continued hard work and dedication, and impact of our 90,000 volunteers and 2.3 million household members.

 

The report demonstrates how we are achieving each of our three ambitions within our 5-year strategy, which we embarked upon last year, namely being:

 

  • the authoritative voice on community-based crime prevention

  • the most popular gateway for citizens to engage in their locality

  • a recognised contributor to community health and wellbeing.

 

In addition to preventing crime and the fear of crime, we have made a significant impact in supporting communities, especially through the Covid-19 challenges.

 

As many charities have experienced, we have adapted the way we work and learned new ways to improve our services to serve our communities better. Whilst the restrictions have been relaxed over the Summer, we know we are not yet through these difficult times, and our role within communities is still just as much in demand as it was at the start of the pandemic.

 

None of the work we do would have been possible without people like you who support the work we do and the values we stand for. We want to thank you for your ongoing, unwavering support.

 

Visit ourwatch.org.uk/impact to download the report.

Apply Today To Become A Police Officer
Are you looking for a rewarding career that offers challenge and variety?
Do you have a degree qualification?

Start your career in policing - apply today for our Police Constable – Degree Holder Entry Programme:

Thames Valley Police (TVP) is actively looking for people to ‘be the difference they want to see’ in their communities, as Police Officer recruitment re-opens.

The force is now accepting applications the Police Constable-Degree Holder Entry Programme (PC-DHEP).

This will be followed by an opportunity for those who do not hold a degree to join via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) on 1 September.

Since introducing the new Police Constable entry routes (PC-DHEP and PCDA) in 2019, in partnership with Bucks New University (BNU), TVP have recruited over 170 new officers from a wide variety of backgrounds.

In the past 12 months, 44.1% of those new joiners have been female, whilst 15.2% of new joiners have been from Black, Asian or Minority-Ethnic backgrounds; this is progress as the force works towards fully representing the communities it serves.

Our new student officers have ranged in age from 19 to 51, bringing with them a wide variety of previous life and work experience including community mental health support, the military, retail and leisure, foster care, the prison service, the travel industry, teaching, animal welfare, as well as university graduates and college-leavers; demonstrating that policing continues to appeal to a wide range of people.

Despite their many differences, our new recruits all share a common purpose; to serve the public, protect our communities and keep people safe; it is this natural affinity to help others that we are looking for now.

Policing is a challenging yet rewarding career. It offers opportunity for progression and specialisation, plus unrivalled camaraderie and team spirit. It is not easy though; we serve the public 24/7, 365, demand is high and the reality is that you are dealing with people often at the worst moment of their lives who will be looking to you for support.  

We are looking for resilient individuals whose first instinct is to help and support others; the problem solvers and solution-finders, those calm under pressure, who ask questions and are curious, but also approachable with a natural ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. 

Does this sound like you or someone you know, who can make a positive impact in the community?

Hurry and submit your application today!

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Buckinghamshire recycling centres join the fight against zombie batteries

Household recycling centres across Buckinghamshire are taking part in the national Take Charge campaign which urges consumers to join the fight against 'zombie' batteries by only recycling dead batteries using specialist battery recycling services and keeping them out of the general rubbish or recycling.

 

Because zombie batteries, like the zombies in horror films, have the power to rise from the grave... and to cause destruction in waste management and recycling facilities. That's why they need to be recycled properly.

 

Although all batteries should be recycled properly, powerful lithium-ion batteries are the most dangerous type if they are thrown into the general rubbish or ordinary recycling. These batteries are often found in products like laptops, tablets, mobile phones, radio-controlled toys, Bluetooth devices, shavers, electric toothbrushes, power tools, scooters and even e-cigarettes. Although they're safe to use normally, once dead, these zombie batteries have the power to cause fires or even explode if crushed or damaged during the waste treatment process.

 

The team at FCC Environment who manage the nine recycling centres on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council have recently had to deal with two such incidents:

 

  • A fire in the electrical bin at Beaconsfield Recycling Centre

  • A fire in the paper bin at Aylesbury Recycling Centre

 

It is thought that the cause of both fires was incorrect battery disposal. Thankfully, due to the prompt action taken by staff on each occasion, no one was hurt and little damage was done. Members of the public were evacuated and both recycling centres had to close while the Fire Brigade attended to extinguish the flames.

 

The Council's kerbside collection crews have also dealt with similar incidents recently with fires in the back of the collection vehicles, and the waste transfer station at High Heavens in Wycombe where rubbish is collected for onward transfer to the Greatmoor Energy from Waste plant suffered a severe battery-related blaze that caused considerable damage.

 

To remind household recycling centre visitors of this danger, Take Charge campaign banners and posters are now on display at all nine centres to highlight the importance of removing batteries from these items before recycling them. Additional battery recycling bins have been installed near to the electrical items bins to make it even easier to recycle your batteries correctly.

 

Recent data shows that, between April 2019 and March 2020, lithium-ion batteries alone were thought to be responsible for more than 250 fires at waste facilities – or well over a third (38%) of all such fires.