Gill Markham

Feb 102019

C4 Dispatches programme on Monday 11th February at 8pm, presenting all the issues associated with the planned rail line. We have received the following information from the Stop HS2 team.

If the title of “HS2, the great train robbery” wasn’t enough of a giveaway, in the trailer we can see the reality of the crush hour conditions that HS2 won’t solve, Andy Burnham admitting if it was an ‘either-or’ he wouldn’t chose HS2, and CEO of HS2 Ltd Mark Thurston coming across like the dodgy used car salesman spiv that he clearly is.

More importantly, and as we have been reporting for the last six months, the political winds have very much changed in with regard to HS2. The projected costs of HS2 have kept going up, the construction is clearly years behind the original timetable, and we are now at the sharp end whereby a decision to absolutely commit to HS2, is now a decision to accept spending about five billion per year for the best part of twenty years. This is why, as Dispatches reporter Liam Halligan says in this interview, the politicians he has been talking to have seriously been questioning whether HS2 should happen at all.

The reality is quite simple, too many experts are saying that HS2 could easily cost double the projected £56bn, and now the ground surveys are coming back it is clear HS2 cannot be delivered to the promised specification at the projected cost. This might have always been obvious to many of us, but now even the former chair of HS2 Ltd Sir Terry Morgan has admitted that ‘nobody knows’ what HS2 will end up costing and that ‘something has to give’ in terms of cost, scope and timetables. Quite simply, HS2 as promised cannot be ‘on time’ or ‘on budget’, no matter how many times Chris Grayling says it is.

All of this is why we’ve seen Grayling and others desperate to pretend that the archaeology, demolitions and utilities diversions on Phase 1 are actually construction, meaning it can’t be cancelled, when cancellation has never been more likely. A fortnight ago we witnessed this ridiculous charade of Government calling on the press to witness it lobbying itself, along with a host of the firms with a vested financial interest in seeing HS2 built, to demand that HS2 in its entirety goes ahead. The whole thing stinks of desperation, because HS2 is well and truly on the ropes.

For now, we need you to get the word out and share this email and the links inside it. We’ll also need those of you on social media to be there on the #HS2 and #Dispatches hashtags on Monday. After that it is time to do everything we can to lobby politicians and raise awareness of the disaster that HS2 is.

Joe and Penny / Stop HS2

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The P&TGRS doesn’t have a view on this development but wanted to share the information to everyone. 

Dec 142018

P&TGRS has decided to use the launch of this latest publication to set up an organised system for promotion and sales of the many local history publications available.  Several shops will hold copies: Village Shop on the Green; King’s Ride; Strings Music Shop; Village Hall. The books and leaflets are also available online via Paypal, cheque or cash, on the P&TG Village website at 

Wycombe Heath, this small book is now on sale for £3.  It brings together themes from our earliest recorded history, researched and authored by Miles Green

  • The importance of Wycombe Heath, once some 5,000 acres including Penn Wood, Common Wood, St John’s Wood and King’s Wood, and used by all seven surrounding parishes.
  • An ancient charter recording the very informative ‘bounds’ of the Heath.
  • The role of the Heath as a hunting chase for the Saxon citizens of London,
  • The deer park in Penn, part of one of Alfred the Great’s estates, and still very visible.
  • The role of Penn’s beacon in warning of invasion up the Thames.
  • The origin of local place names,- including Penn and an earlier name for Tylers Green.

 The net revenues will be returned to P&TGRS to add to their charitable Fund.

Nov 252018

Human + Nature with Aviva, arranged an informative exhibition on 18th November that took place at the Tylers Green Middle School, many local residents attended and were able to view the creative plans and raise concerns they had. This exhibition provided feedback to the team that will inform their designs, approaches and plans for a new settlement in the Gomm Valley. These plans will soon be in their final draft prior to submission to Wycombe Council for outline planning consent.

The Bucks Free Press dated 24th November published an extensive report which is well worth a read.

In addition there will be a report published in the next edition of Village Voice.

Oct 302018

Penn and Tylers Green commemorated the centenary of the end of the First World War with a special Battle’s Over beacon-lighting ceremony on Tylers Green Common. This short video summarises the event.

The Battle’s Over ceremony, which began at 6.45pm on Sunday 11 November, was part of the nationwide commemorative event taking part at over 1,000 locations throughout the country at the same time. A beacon was lit at 7pm symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.

Fifty-eight crosses bearing the names of men associated with Penn and Tylers Green who died in the war were installed on the common over the Remembrance weekend.

For more information please contact Bill Sadler on 01494 815798; Peter Brown on 01494 814955 or Ron Saunders on 01494 816237


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