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Mar 182021

The Village Show will take place on Saturday 18th September at the Tylers Green Village Hall with the same class list we planned in 2020.  The class details are online

For those with green fingers nurture your floribunda, cluster, or hybrid roses, so they are in perfect condition later this year and don’t forget to have a rose that will be judged by its scent only.  Other flowers to nourish and care for are chrysanthemums, dahlias, hydrangeas, and those that have flower in these colours; blue, purple, white, pink, red, orange, or yellow.  So, plenty to choose from and enter a number of classes.

With your vegetables I am sure some of you have already started to grow or are about to plant radishes, carrots, salad leaves, onions, chillies, squash, and tomatoes.  Or, if you want to aim for the heaviest vegetable then see what you can do to beat 3kg for a marrow entered a couple of years ago.  Lastly, it may be early to do much with your fruit but a little extra attention with your cooking apples, pears, berries, (any variety), and other homegrown fruit as they begin to set and grow gives you a chance to enter these classes as well.  We have added a class for the unusual shaped home grown fruit, giving everything the chance to be considered.

Have a look at the class list so you can practise your baking, cooking and preserve making for those classes.  Any recipes specified for classes are on our website and the Village Voice website.  We’ll also be featuring lots of inspiration through regular Facebook posts so make sure you follow us for the latest news.  Why not have a go and see which trophy you will win in 2021?

Printed schedules will also be available  in the usual places around the village (local shops and then the pubs and Village Hall when they re-open).  We will let you know when they are available.  In the meantime, put Saturday 18th September Village Show in your diary and we look forward seeing you on the day.  Watch  out for more news in Village Voice, follow us on our Facebook page ( and visit our website ) for the full class list. 

Finally, if you can spare a couple of hours each month, we’d love to hear from you.  Simply mail letting us know what skills or expertise you have to support us.  We are especially keen to improve our website, adding content using WordPress. If you have a school or uni project around developing and promoting a website, why not help us and at the same time complete your project assignment too?

Jan 202021
Issue – 2 – 11th January 2021
The Simpson Centre and Penn Surgeries began administering the first COVID-19 vaccination to our patients last week. 
Due to constraints around the preparation and storage of the vaccine we are unable to give this vaccine at the surgery or any site in Beaconsfield and are working alongside neighbouring practices to give vaccinations at Adams Park Football Stadium in High Wycombe, Hillbottom Road, HP12 4HJ. This centre is staffed by our own nurses, GPs, Paramedics and administrative staff and those from other practices in our Primary Care Network (ARC PCN).  
We are prioritising vaccinations strictly in accordance with the tier system provided by the government which is based on age (recognising that this is one of the most significant risk factors for serious complications from the disease).  We are not making exceptions to this this and will contact patients in cohorts based on their age.  So far that has only extended to our patients in their 90s and late 80s. 
We understand that some of you are unable to get to Adams Park and we will be making alternative arrangements for you. 
We recognise that many of you are worried and want your vaccination as soon as possible and are working very hard in collaboration with our neighbouring practices to achieve this.  We are limited however by the delivery of vaccines and to date have only been allocated 200 vaccines for our patients.  Our efforts are further hampered by the fact that we get very little notice (typically only two to three days) of when we will receive our next delivery. 

To complicate matters further, we understand that letters were sent out by the NHS over the last few days inviting people aged 80 and over (including those who have already had their first vaccine) to use the national booking system and attend a larger vaccination site slightly further afield (including sites in Epsom, Stevenage and the Excel Centre in London).   
This is part of the government’s effort to accelerate the vaccination program and while those who have received the letter can choose to book through the national booking system if they wish, please be reassured that it is our intention that all patients over the age of 80 will be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP Practice by the end of January. 
You will be contacted by the surgery to make an appointment for vaccination by text or by telephone. Please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you when we can offer you an appointment.  
An information leaflet will be provided when we book your appointment and we will discuss the vaccine with you when you attend for the appointment. There is further information available from the gov uk website. 
There may be reduced availability for routine appointments or check-ups over the next few weeks as we roll out this vital vaccination programme.  
We continue to be available as normal for urgent appointments.  
You have an important part to play in helping us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people in the priority groups as possible and as quickly as possible.   
– Please do not contact us to seek a vaccine. We will contact you.  
– When we do contact you please attend your booked appointment unless you are unwell.  
– Please continue to follow government guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  
– Please consider using alternative sources for advice if your problem is not urgent such as your local pharmacist or the NHS Website.  
We thank you all for your support at this time  
Matthew Robinson
G.P. Partner
The Simpson Centre
70 Gregories Road
Tel: 01494 671 571


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