Oct 022018

According to the Home office, homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference. Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. So here are some tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden.
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
  • Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
  • Install good outside lighting
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise (opens in a new window)
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
  • Store any high-value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

Doors and windows

In most burglaries, the criminals break into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.

Going away on holiday

Make your home look like someone is living in it:

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark
  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
  • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘keep safe’ service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away
  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage
Oct 022018

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Great advice from Thames Valley Police and the Joint Community Safety team from Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils on how to stay safe.

This time of year when the clocks have gone back homes are in darkness early in the afternoon – a gift for opportunist burglars. Think about protecting your home against opportunist burglars by remembering when the clocks go back and the nights draw in.

Unfortunately, burglars see the long winter nights as an opportunity to increase their criminal activities, so to avoid becoming a victim of burglary;  please take some simple steps to help protect your home:

  • Use a timer switch to turn on lights and a radio to give the impression someone is home
  • Keep valuables and other electronic equipment such as laptops out of sight
  • Security mark valuables with a UV pen and register them with immobilise.com
  • Double lock UPVC doors or use deadlocks on solid doors
  • Keep all spare keys, including car keys, away from the front door and out of sight to avoid them being ‘fished’ through the letterbox
  • Keep windows locked with the key and keep it out of sight
  • Don’t leave packaging of expensive items purchased on view as an advertisement to thieves

Neighbourhood Police Officers will be patrolling in residential areas and if they believe a property is at risk of being burgled, they will pop a ‘Here’s a bright idea’ card through the door along with contact details for further crime prevention advice.

Residents can pick up security advice by following @TVP_ChiltSBucks and @csafetycdcsbdc on Twitter. For regular updates on crime and disorder in your area you can sign up to Thames Valley Alert.

For further advice on crime reduction contact Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team on 01494 586535 or visit:- https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/ www.chiltern.gov.uk/crimereduction or www.southbucks.gov.uk/crimereduction.

Sep 212018

A warm thank you to all the entrants and visitors to 49th Penn and Tylers Green Village Show on Saturday 15th September. Yet again villagers turned up to showcase their many talents, with stoic green fingered determination to defy the erratic weather, culinary prowess, artistic flair, needlecraft and all-round creativity.  There were many highlights not least our very own Star Baker Eddy Pitron, the winner of the Ann Wolfe Young Cooks Trophy and the WI Cup (Best Cake in Show)  beating all the other bakers’ hands down with a chocolate Swiss roll which had the judges pleading for the recipe.

Honours in the other junior classes were shared by Max and Adam Warby, Sophie and William Monniot and Lily Gurney.  Lily’s bug house made out of an old milk container really caught the judge’s eye and was awarded The Boyles Trophy (Best Entry in Junior Classes). The judge remarked it was both imaginative and well thought out and a good example of how everyday things can be repurposed.

Our blind judge, Mr Tony Hawkins travels all the way from Aylesbury every year.  In addition to the usual roses, herbs and tactile exhibits, he judged the tastiest popcorn and Lily Gurney’s widest sunflower head. The popcorn was a big hit and he is keen to taste more of the entries next year.  Each year we make a donation to Calibre (formerly Talking Books for the Blind) by way of thanks for his long journey and keep him supplied with tea and cakes on the day.

Roger Brodie reclaimed The Ken Stevens Trophy (Men’s Cooking) with a smoked salmon quiche whilst Hilary Standbridge’s lemon curd scored a near perfect 19 out of 20 to win The White Trophy (Best preserve). There are reports of sabotage in the preserve classes with spouses eating the last jar of more than one entrant’s hoped-for entry.  Fiona Holmes-Lubiewski showed that she is not only a talented photographer but also an accomplished cook winning The Robinson Trophy (Most points: Domestic Classes)

Andrew Barrow richly deserved The Gobert Cup (Best entry: flower classes) for some extraordinary dahlias.  Congratulations go to Jane Tapping who triumphed in the decorative and flower classes winning four trophies in all and amassing enough point to scoop The Cuthbert Cup (Victor Ludorum – Most points all classes).  Sally Ho’s miniature arrangement was a clever design as it almost looked as though it was flowing out of the jar on to the table.

The Doris Jennery Trophy (Best painting) was awarded to Sarah Warby, another talented member of the Warby family for a striking a piece of abstract art.  I hope there is shelf space for all the trophies.

Other winners were

Chris Arrowsmith               The Jollye Cup (Best Entry: Handicraft Classes)

Mia Gosnold                         The Price Trophy (Best junior Photographer)

Chris Holmes Lubiewski   Village Voice Trophy (Best Entry: Photographic Classes)

Generous thanks go to Vera Hall who donated her winnings (over £60) from the Crock of Gold to the show’s funds.   Each year we donate surplus funds to a local good cause and the taking from the door, to a nominated charity.  This year’s door takings were donated to the Royal British Legion in memory of those who gave so selflessly during the 1st World War

Thanks too go to the Morning WI for baking all the produce for sale on the cake stall, the Village Hall Committee for use of the halls, our sponsors, especially FMIFA who not only sponsor our schedule but also kindly donated wildflower seeds …..   and last but not least to the Committee for their work throughout the year, raffle prizes and baking all the cakes for the teas

Just before you go, next year’s show is a June show and will be held on Saturday 22nd June.

Please put the date in the diary.  We look forward to seeing next year it’s never too early to start your craft projects now the evenings are drawing in or even being prepared to volunteer to help the team prepare for 2019.  It’s relatively easy we just need a few more people to help us prepare!

Sep 212018

Roger Wilding, the Chairman of the Wycombe Wildlife Group, has published his views on the proposed Gomm Valley development, we are pleased to reproduce his words taken from their recent newsletter.

‘The decision by Wycombe District Council to release all of their “reserve sites” for development meant that the loss of the last unspoilt valley off the A40 corridor through High Wycombe was inevitable. As was the case with the other “reserve sites”, a liaison group was formed to take account of the views of local residents and other interested parties to produce and agree a development brief for the site against which future planning applications could
be assessed. A development brief was agreed for both Gomm Valley and the adjoining Ashwells reserve site and although a planning application was subsequently received for the WDC-owned Ashwells site, the expected planning application for the AXA-owned Gomm Valley site was not received when it was expected. A further meeting of the liaison committee was convened by WDC in May this year at which its members were informed by a representative of Aviva, which had taken over the ownership of Gomm Valley from AXA, that they had appointed a new company to take on the task of developing the site.

Representatives of this new company, Human Nature, then gave an outline of their proposals for the site and notified their intention of organising an event in Gomm Valley which would enable the
public to find out more about their plans.

I attended the resulting public consultation event at the end of June with an open mind, feeling that the plans to incorporate a mini village at the Gomms Road entrance to the valley, along with a school and leisure amenities and a proposed increase in the number of housing units on the site would result in a greater biodiversity loss than would have occurred as a result of implementation of the previously agreed development brief. Having listened to the presentations by Human Nature’s team of experts on ecology, transport and sustainable living, however, I came to the conclusion that the company had not only taken account of the need to preserve the most important aspects of the Valley’s existing natural history interest, but were proposing to extend and improve them by increasing the length of hedgerows, planting lots of trees, converting much of the existing arable land into chalk grassland, and creating public footpaths through the valley. This latter provision is very important because there are none at present. Most importantly of all, Human Nature’s proposals address the issue of the provision of on-going funding to provide a team of ”rangers” to be based on site to take responsibility for the site’s initial natural habitat improvements and for their ongoing future maintenance.

There will of course be housing in Gomm Valley, more than proposed in the previously agreed development brief, but the density will be higher for most of the new homes, whilst providing some larger low density properties. All the housing will incorporate environmentally friendly standards including the capture of rainwater which will be piped to ponds at the southern end of the valley. A low-speed spur road will need to be provided, but the provision of e-bikes and a car pool for the use of residents have been suggested as ways of reducing car ownership needs. The mini village complex would incorporate a general store, bakery, cafe/restaurant and a meeting room and there would be communal allotments and possibly an outlet for the sale of its produce.

A bus service would provide links to the town centre and railway station, and it is hoped that this together with the proposed on-site primary school will also help to reduce car dependency.

Discussion with representatives of the Chiltern Society and BBOWT who have been involved in discussions on the future of Gomm Valley would appear to suggest that they feel that the new
development proposals offer a better outcome for the valley and its links with adjoining areas of natural history interest.

During discussions with the developers, I mentioned the Round Wycombe Walk being planned by WWG and that we saw Gomm Valley being included in the walk’s route. The developers showed an interest in this and said that it ought to be possible to route the walk through the valley once the paths have been provided without waiting for the completion of the development which could take 8 years.

The Liaison Group met again on 2nd August when Human Nature stated that they were generally pleased with the way their public consultation went, stating that 90% of the attendees had expressed broad agreement to the proposals, the main areas of concern relating to parking and traffic issues. The total number of housing units now proposed is 970 consisting of 30% with 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms, 30% with 3 bedrooms and 10% with 4 bedrooms. It was pointed out by the developers that the scheme had to be financially viable and that the number of houses built was a major factor in providing funding for the biodiversity improvements.

There was a further opportunity on 21st August for Liaison Group members to meet the developers and discuss their latest, more detailed proposals for the design and layout of the housing, streets
and parking and their ideas for improving the biodiversity of the undeveloped parts of the valley and for the on-going management of the latter.

Please take a look at www.wycombewildlifegrp.co.uk for more information from Wycombe Wildlife Group

This is how the developers described their aspirations for Gomm Valley at their ‘Community Engagement and Design’ event held in the fields behind the Peregrine Business Park over the weekend of 30 June/2 July. This took the form of an exhibition illustrating the development objectives, together with explanatory talks and Q&A. The developer selected by Aviva (as landowner), is known as ‘Human + Nature’(H+N), which has assembled a team with strong credentials in the planning and design of sustainable communities.’
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