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Added April 1st 2020 

But none of this is a joke!

From a very hard working supermarket assistant....

From employees at the Supermarkets

Just because we are open doesn't mean we are here for you to spend your time BROWSING around. We are designated as an ESSENTIAL SERVICE. We are not here for you because you have nothing else to do. We are not here for you because you feel like getting out of the house for awhile. We are in a STATE OF EMERGENCY. This is NOT A VACATION! Every customer who walks in our doors PUTS US AT RISK. We really don't want to be here, but we realize that we are needed. YOU don't see how many times a day we wash and sanitize our hands to try to keep ourselves safe. YOU don't see our upset co-workers in the break room struggling to keep their composure. YOU don't see our spouses who worry about us every minute we are at work and who is our strength when we get home. We have our jobs to do and we realize the IMPORTANCE OF OUR JOB TO YOU. The LEAST you can do is come in with a sense of purpose, get what you need, and get yourselves HOME. IN AND OUT.


CSG Coronavirus Community Network is working well, with road coordinators assigned to roads, supporting those who are housebound who need shopping or prescriptions collected. We also have a growing database of people offering their help.
However, there must be many people feeling lonely and isolated who would welcome a friendly call to talk about how they are doing.

If you know of someone who would like us to provide this service, please fill in the contact form on our website at or phone the Road Coordinator who will pass the information on. Please ensure for the purposes of data protection, that the person concerned is  appy for their information to be forwarded.

Thank you!

If you have any other queries about the CSG Coronavirus Support Network, please email
The main car park to Hodgemoor Woods in Bottrells Lane will be closed. Here is a note from Forestry England who have been under pressure from the Police to reduce un-necessary car trips...

"Help stop the spread of coronavirus. Stay home, stay safe – please do not come to our forests...
"The most important thing for Forestry England is to keep the public and our staff safe. The government has said everyone must stay at home apart from essential travel. Sadly this means we have to ask you not to come to the nation’s forests. We will keep monitoring the situation closely and follow the latest advice from Public Health England.

"Be inspired
"For over 100 years, we have been growing, shaping and caring for over 1,500 of our nation’s forests for the benefit and enjoyment of all, for this generation and the next. We are still working behind the scenes to bring you stories from the nation's forests as we continue to care for the land and trees. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest.

"The decision has been made to close all of our car parks wherever possible across East England Forest District. The current government advice is avoid all non-essential journeys. Further information can also be found on our web site"

This action is now nationwide. Many of us regret this action because there is no health danger in driving to the woods to walk the dog if one keeps 2 metres away from others, but the government guidelines are pretty clear on "un-necessary travel" "We advise you to stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily."
The Gardens Association have been busy thinking up new ideas to help us all to continue to garden during the current COVID-19 and have come up with a couple of ideas:

Seed matching service

You may be aware that due to the coronavirus lockdown there is suddenly a great interest in growing fruit and vegetables and consequently seeds are sold out in many of the usual outlets.  As most packets of seeds contain more seeds than an average gardener would need, we are setting up a “seed matching service” to share out what people have and match them to those who want them.  If you have surplus vegetable seeds, plant plugs, strawberry runners, etc or are looking for some seeds, we should like you to email us via before 21st April..  We will then catalogue the available seeds, collect and divide them into smaller, more manageable, quantities and contact those who want them to arrange collection. If you are self-isolated and living in St Giles, but would like some seeds, please let us know and we will either arrange delivery or post them to you.  

Pop up plant sale

It is very unlikely that our plant sale will be able to go ahead as planned in May.  However, we would like to encourage everyone to continue to grow the plants they were planning to donate.  We are planning to have some pop up stalls with honesty boxes where people can collect plants while on their “one a day” walk or bike ride.  So please keep growing and let us know about any surplus plants you have as and when the plants are ready – we will not be restricting the pop up sale to a particular day. Donations from the “honesty boxes” will be collected to support the CSG Coronavirus Support Network/Nurse Bott fund.

Added Mar 28th 2020
There are different initiatives running in the village that you might wish to contribute to if you are in a position to do so.

All Together Community, run by Louise Chamberlain, a lynchpin in the CSG Coronavirus Community Network, has received funding from the Nurse Bott Fund to buy food for those in need in St Giles, Jordans and Seer Green and from Age Concern to help the elderly in St Giles. If you would like to donate to this, please email Louise at to find out how.

The Feathers Pub is regularly collecting non-perishable foodstuffs and goodies for NHS staff at local hospitals. They are also collecting donations of hand cream and snacks to keep ambulance staff going. If you would like to donate to this, please contact Monica on 07503 433296 or email

If you’d like to help further afield, parishioners Margaret and Bill Dykes are supporting the Parish Church’s contributions to the Chiltern Food Bank by receiving donations with which they buy goods from Fairtrade to deliver weekly to the foodbank. They will keep a running total of money received/goods purchased which they will publish via the Church website/weekly newsletter. If you would like to donate to this via cheque or online banking, please email telephone 01494 874511 or text 07968 421416.
Likewise, if you know of anyone in need, please contact Louise.

If you have any other queries about the CSG Coronavirus Support Network, please
email elle.oconnor


Added Mar 28th 2020

Jordans Village Community Store Ltd
In the current uncertain climate, we are continually trying to adapt to changing (and challenging!) circumstances whilst continuing to serve the community. We are lucky to have a large number of local suppliers who have been incredible when larger companies have let us down. That said, they themselves are suffering and having to make changes in order to survive.

From Monday 30th March, we will be making a number of further changes to the way that the Store operates, so that we can continue to meet the needs of our community.

Monday - Saturday : 9am - 1pm,
Sunday : 9am-11am (NB fresh bakery items no longer available)

Please note there is no Post Office for the foreseeable future and the Store will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Monday - Friday : 1pm - 3pm
by email:
or phone:    01494-873279

available Mon - Fri
to Jordans residents with Advance Credit accounts only
(Advance Credit accounts can be set up without leaving your home)

Orders containing fresh fruit and vegetables will be available as follows:
Placed by 3 pm on         Available on
Monday                    ->     Wednesday
Tuesday                   ->     Thursday
Wednesday              ->     Friday
Thursday/Friday       ->     Tuesday

Orders not containing fresh fruit and vegetables will be available on the following working day.
Orders for collection should usually be available after 11 am.
Deliveries will be made mid-afternoon, usually shortly after 2 pm.

We are still learning about how this works for the best, so we ask that you bear with us and accept our mistakes with a smile (but let us know and we will try to sort them out as quickly as possible).

We are hugely conscious that being a focal point for the village means we are a point of congregation and whilst we do still want to encourage human interaction, we ask that you:


In return, we will maintain high hygiene practices by sanitising points of contact, maintain the advised distance and ensure all our staff and volunteers wash their hands and wear gloves whilst handling your goods.


Thank you for your continuing support and understanding during this challenging time.
Jordans Village Community Store

Added Mar 25th 2020


I have just been to the pharmacy to collect a prescription for my other half who has a heart condition.

I walked up the Deanway only to see on 2 separate occasions, construction workers in a close proximity to each other, i.e. within touching distance, don't they listen, even men are catching this virus, they are not immune. The first set of construction workers were on the new houses being built and second set were doing a drive way and steps to a house in which there were residents.

Have they not seen the pleas from doctors, nurses, nhs workers and our government about social distancing... what will it take to get the message across?

Please call upon household members if they are having work completed by trades people that they encourage them to keep to the rules, it is there for all our benefits.
Following a plea for volunteers to come forward, Chalfont St Giles has proved what an amazing community it is. Roads have been leafleted and each has a coordinator who is there to provide support to those who are housebound.

The network is growing, with more volunteers assisting the coordinators and those needing help finding a friendly voice and support at the end of the phone. We are ahead of the curve regarding Matt Hancock’s plea for support for the vulnerable.

In order to make our efforts more effective and efficient, Caron Chung, a local resident, has provided us with a website, free of charge and in her own time, which lists the coordinators, has useful information links and enables residents to sign up to help, or ask for help.Caron is a Digital Marketing Consultant  ( and we are very grateful to her for her work in providing this resource.

The website is at

Take a look. If you have any suggestions or comments, Eleanor O’Connor, who is Administrator of the website, will be happy to hear from you (details on the website). Spread the word and sign up using the Offer Help or Ask for Help buttons. Any information provided will be passed on as appropriate so that action can be taken.

If you know of anyone struggling to get essential supplies, or struggling financially, we have a network ready to provide help. Louise Chamberlain can be contacted for further information on 07956 190291 or email

Together we will get through this and when we come out the other side, we will be an even stronger community!
Competitive rates, free estimates, free courtesy cars,
insurance and non fault claims.
Update from
Jordans Village Community Store Ltd
Limited Opening Hours

From Tuesday 24th March the village shop be limiting its opening hours. 

We will be open to customers from 9am to 1pm. 
During these hours we will be selling from a 'counter' at the shop door.

We will be taking telephone orders from 1pm to 3pm. 
These orders will be available for delivery or collection the next day.

We are taking these necessary steps safety of all. 
Please remember to stay at least 2m / 6ft apart even when outdoors.

Thank you
Jordans Village Community Store

Your Complete

Veterinary Care

Although we are not having our  monthly meetings or group sessions we will be sending out a fortnightly newsletter starting this week to keep members posted as to what is happening within their U3A group and to share any pertinent information re local shops pharmacies etc

Added Mar 20th 2020

Keeping the housebound safe

Sadly, we are already hearing reports of those self-isolating being defrauded by people posing as helpers in towns not far from here. In order to prevent that happening in our villages, please ensure any elderly you are in contact with know that they should only ever pay cash to someone when the shopping has been delivered with a receipt and never hand their bank cards to anyone they don't know and trust. Our volunteers are being asked to follow this rule. 

Any other suggestions for keeping people safe welcome!. Contact phone 07946 629076 or 01494 875646.

A wonderfully kind resident is going to set up a website for the Chalfont St Giles Volunteer Group so that we can add volunteer details, share information and generally provide a means of keeping in touch so that all our vulnerable villagers have someone there for them. Watch this space!

Look after yourselves everyone.
The Deli

Mark is to start delivering food on Monday to anyone in the village. It can be ready meals or any Deli food including bread, cheeses, cakes etc.

Please pass that on to anyone you know.

Added Mar 19th 2020

Grabbed from the
Chalfont St. Giles Information and Selling Facebook Group
One of the best things about Chalfont St Giles is the fantastic community spirit. With that in mind, why not join together to try and support the numerous businesses that will be losing customers during this difficult time?

Every day we will be highlighting a local business and sharing how you can help. First up is
Milton’s Cottage Trust.

While they won't be opening in April in response to the coronavirus guidelines, they recognise that people may need access to nature and heritage more than ever during this period. That's why they're opening their literary garden – planted with trees, flowers and fruits referenced in Milton’s poetry – to the public at no charge as of 1st April 2020.

Here's how you can help. You can make a direct donation to Milton's Cottage via their website, or even become a friend of the museum:

Of course, we understand that not everyone will be in a position to donate at the time. You could also follow their social media accounts, share their posts, leave some comments and spread some support and positivity - every little helps!

If you're a local business and are finding unique ways to serve your community during this time, or have some suggestions as to how we can help support you, please get in touch.
Just wanted to make anyone aware (although they’ve already received a letter through letter boxes) that Fleetwood Close has a very good neighbourly WhatsApp group set up to help anyone within the close during this troublesome time.
Eliza Kayrouz
Due to the current situation with Covid-19 virus Chalfonts U3A have postponed monthly meetings and all group activities until further notice. We will be keeping in touch with our members and offering help and support where needed.

Added Mar 18th 2020

Dear villagers

In these difficult times with everyone facing uncertainty and some having to self-isolate, the village is rallying round to offer help.

A group has been set up in the village for those who want to help those who are self-isolating. Information is on the Chalfont St Giles Information and Selling Facebook page and there is also a WhatsApp group co-ordinated by Louise Chamberlain. Volunteers are putting leaflets through doors throughout the village with their name and contact details, offering to be a contact point if help is needed.  If you would like to volunteer for this (as we are trying to cover every road in CSG), please contact Louise on 07956 190291 to find out which roads are outstanding. Eleanor O'Connor, at / phone 07946 629076 / 01494 875646 can provide you with the relevant paperwork for printing and put you in touch with Bucks Building Society who have very kindly offered to help with the printing.

Alternatively, if you are/will be self-isolating and need assistance, and have not seen one of the leaflets dropped through your door yet, please contact Eleanor and she'll put you in touch with someone who can help.

It is important that our vulnerable and elderly know they should not give their bank card or cash to anyone they don’t know who is offering help. Genuine volunteers will buy shopping using their own money and expect to be reimbursed on production of a receipt.

You can also arrange orders/deliveries from Fruits & Roots, Warner’s Butchers, Stratton Bakery and Yalden’s. The Feathers Pub can provide a list of trades who will come out for emergencies and they are also organising a collection box for locals to put non perishable food items in. They have a man with a van who can deliver to people if needed.

Phone numbers are:

Fruits & Roots     01494 871042
Warner’s         01494 872016
Yalden’s         01494 872219
Stratton Bakery    01494 874983
The Feathers     01494 872614  or email

Finally, if you would like to donate to help village families in need, the Nurse Bott Fund is organising Co-Op vouchers. You can donate money for this to:

The Marjorie Bott Memorial Fund
Account number 03606902

It's so good to see the village coming together. Stay safe and well everyone.
Chalfont St Giles Literary & Film Club
It has been decided, because of the current health crisis, that the talk by Jonnie Robinson on Monday 23 March will be postponed until the autumn.

Refunds for ticket sales can be obtained from the Community Library on provision of tickets.
Regrettably, after many months of hard work by a great and enthusiastic team, we have had to
cancel the festival for 2020. Although several of our speakers have responded by saying they are willing to join at a future date, a long festival is not something that can be easily re-arranged.

Tickets bought at Chalfont St Giles Library for the 2020 Chalfont St Giles & Jordans Literary Festival will be refunded on production of the tickets.

Please contact the box office: 01494 873966 and discuss with them how much you will expect to be refunded.  The box office will then make arrangements for refunding at some stage.   As the library is to be closed shortly, this may take some time.

Refunds for tickets bought on line are being refunded separately.We hope that we may be able to arrange dates for 2021 and look forward to seeing you there.

Meanwhile, we all wish you well and thank you for your understanding.

Kathleen Martin
Chairman, Chalfont St Giles & Jordans Literary Festival 2020
Charitable Incorporated Organisation No.1163859

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Chalfont St. Giles HP8 4JJ THURSDAY, 26TH MARCH 2020 AT 7.30 P.M.

There will be
No Public Meeting at the Annual General Meeting in accordance with Government  COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people.

The Trustees will complete all the other legal requirements by email meeting.

Ian Johnson (Hon. Secretary)
Tel. 01494-872210

The County have requested that all Community libraries close this week.

We are open today, Wednesday, until 1.30pm, then closed until Saturday morning, when we will be open from 10am to 1pm.

Users may take out 40 items and the loan period will be until 30th June.

We will then be closed until the crisis is over.
Corona Volunteers

I am an able bodied 60-something whose social activities have been severely curtailed and who therefore has more time than usual. I am conscious that some people in the village will be very hard hit by the Corona virus and may find themselves confined to their homes.

My family is willing to help in any way we can. Is there already anyone who is co-ordinating volunteer effort in the village? Please let me know if so. If you too are happy to be of service but don’t know the best way to do it – let me know that too.

Jane Penson 01494 872546 07778 803338
The following section is information grabbed from the
Chalfont St. Giles Information and Selling Facebook Group
so if you haven't got a Facebook account you can still benefit from the help there.
I'll post updates as and when I see them.
We are just finalising the details but Stratton Bakery will be offering a local door-step delivery service from the end of the week - hoping to link in with the village greengrocers too to help our customers.

Roots and Fruits will deliver a prepacked fruit and veg box with different price levels depending on your requirements. Specific orders will be difficult to fulfill as the availability of produce may vary. Deliveries will be Tues, Weds and Fridays and you can order yours by email (preferred) or by phoning the shop on 871042.
The shop hours are changing too and are as follows 9-5 Mon-Fri and 9-2 Saturday.
John and the staff at The Feathers pub have kindly offered help to anyone who has any problems/issues due to being isolated because of the coronavirus. Being a pub the staff have contact with many tradesmen that they can ask to assist you if needed. They will also have a collection box in the pub for locals to put non perishable food items in and can deliver to people if needed.
Please contact The Feathers on 01494 872614 or
With the current situation with Corona Virus we wanted to give an update. In store we are taking precautions to keep shared areas clean and are providing wipes to clean your hands as you require. Staff are frequently cleaning their own hands and using gloves as much as possible.
For customers that are in self isolation or vulnerable groups and for us to keep social contact to a minimum. We want to be able to serve our customers in the best and safest possible ways and therefore we will be ready to take your enquiries via phone, email and social media communications. 01494 872219
Payment can be made over the phone or by bank transfer with the option for a delivery to your door or we can load your car without the need to leave your vehicle.
The situation is constantly changing and we will do our best to provide you with the best service we possibly can under these challenging circumstances.
Church Notices Here (CANCELLED SERVICES)

New items on the '4 Sale and 4 Free' Page here

Added Mar 12th 2020

Chalfont St Giles Parish Council is responsible for the areas of Chalfont St Giles and Jordans.
The Council is made up of a maximum of 12 Councillors who give up their time freely to represent the population of the Parish.
Elections are usually held every four years but the current Councillors have held their seats for five years due to the changeover to unitary council in April 2020.
Over the last 12 months your Councillors have been working on your behalf to maintain, improve and enhance your Parish. Here are some of the areas where the Parish Council have been actively involved:
Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2036
Since 2012 the Parish Council (PC) have been working with the community to create a Neighbourhood Plan (NP). A NP sets out planning policies which aim to contribute towards the achievement of sustainable development within the Parish. The NP was created following several consultation periods with members of the public. A referendum was held 13 June 2019 and the plan was adopted with over 91.6% in favour of the plan. The NP has now been adopted by Chiltern District Council and is consulted whenever planning applications are received.
Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan
The PC made representations to the Local Plan examiner re. the removal of Jordans Village from green belt and the removal of the land from High View from the protection of green belt. The Local Plan is currently going through the examination phase and the PC have employed a planning consultant to voice our objections to the examiner.
Planning Applications
The PC is a statutory consultee for all planning applications submitted relating to properties within the Parish. Chiltern and South Bucks District Council (soon to be Buckinghamshire Council) are the Planning authority and have the final say on planning applications. The PC Planning Committee meet every three weeks and between April 2019 and March 2020 they have viewed 142 planning applications and objected to 39.
Best Kept Village
Every year the PC enters the Best Kept Village Competition. In 2019 Chalfont St Giles village won the Tindall Cup. This is an accolade awarded not only for the appearance of the village but for the community spirit in the village too.
Village Clean Up
Every year the PC organises a clean-up campaign in the village where volunteer villagers work with the PC in helping to pick litter and weeds from the village centre to help to improve our chances in the Best Kept Village Competition.
Community Grants
During this financial year the PC has awarded grants worth £4300 to charities and groups that are in the Parish or support the residents of the Parish. It has also secured grants from external organisations for the benefit of a range of projects within the parish.
Play Areas
The Parish Council runs two play areas in the Parish at Pheasant Hill and Bowstridge Lane Recreation Ground. The groundsmen carry out weekly inspections of the equipment and we annually have a full ROSPA inspection of the equipment.
Street Lighting
The PC maintains 204 street lights within the Parish and are currently running a programme to replace the existing lanterns with LED lanterns to improve energy efficiency.
The PC runs the cemetery at Bowstridge Lane and maintains the closed cemetery on Deanway.
Dog Bins
The PC provides and maintains 11 dog waste bins in the Parish. The PC has also led initiatives to counter fouling by dogs on pavements and in public areas.
The PC provides the allotments at Back Lane which are run by the Back Lane Allotment Association (BLAA)
Wildflower Areas
In 2019 the PC planted wildflowers on the A413, Riverside Walk, by the war memorial on the High Street and in the Dell at the recreation ground. The meadow by the Dell was left uncut throughout the summer to provide a haven for butterflies and insects.
Village Pond
During the summer of 2019 the PC became aware that the pond was losing water at a faster rate than normal, this is because the liner has begun to deteriorate. Major work is needed to replace the liner in the pond and improve the area. The first step has been taken to identify the current flora and fauna in and around the pond and to seek guidance from environmental specialists on improving the water quality of the pond. Next will be to find a contractor who can carry out the works required and then we will need to look for funding for the project.
The PC has been involved with the petitioning of the government over the years to try to prevent HS2. It has now been agreed that HS2 will go ahead so the PC have been keen to keep communications open with the contractors and have been trying to ensure that our Parishioners are kept informed about what is happening around our village.
Every year the PC arranges/finances Christmas lighting to the village and a Christmas Tree to the village green. In 2019 it took responsibility for the Christmas Lighting Event at the end of November. This was a successful event with a band, carols, stalls and a free Santa’s Grotto. In addition, it arranged the Christmas window competition in which 25 shops and businesses in the village decorated their windows for the Christmas period thereby encouraging footfall into the village and helping to boost the village economy.
Public Events
The PC held an open event on the village green in September 2019 to celebrate our Best Kept Village.
Supporting local businesses
The PC, together with BAT4 and the Co-Op, subsidises the Blizzards Yard car park to ensure that visitors to the village centre can park free of charge for one hour to support local shops and businesses.
War Memorials
There are two war memorials in the village and the PC maintains both. Since 2017 work has been ongoing to identify the correct names for those listed on the memorials and to get agreement from the Diocese of Oxford to amend the war memorial in the Church Yard. Work should begin in the near future on those amendments and on cleaning up the memorials.
Councillor Representatives on other Committees
Your Councillors also attend meetings of other groups to ensure that they understand the areas of interest and concern to our Parishioners. These groups are: The Back Lane Allotments Association, BAT4CSG, Chiltern Chalk Stream Project, CSG Community Library, The Conservation Area Committee, Educational Foundation Trust, Fawsett Trust, The Jubilee and Shelly Shackman Trust, The Memorial Hall Committee, The Miltons Cottage Trust, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Revitalisation Committee, The Twinning Committee, the Village Show Committee and The Youth Club. They also represent the interests of the Parish at the Local Area Forums, Bucks and Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils and when required on committees of Chiltern District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.
Devolved Services
Since 2016 the PC has taken on the devolved services of Buckinghamshire County Council relating to grass cutting, village signage, maintenance of hedges and siding out within the 30mph zones.
All of these activities are carried out by twelve Councillors, the Parish Clerk and two groundsmen. The PC usually meets twelve times per year and committee meetings are every 3 weeks or monthly.
The Parish Council are not responsible for the following: pot holes, waste collection, recycling centres and parking to name a few of the areas that we are often asked about. These functions will come under the Unitary Council from April 2020. However the PC will often give advice and guidance regarding the correct way to report matters to the correct authority. There is a useful guide on the PC website
If you are interested in the work that is carried out by the Parish Council and would be interested in becoming a Councillor, please contact the Clerk on 01753890517 or by email

Added Mar 11th 2020

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