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
Jul 122018
 

Save the date and come along to the Holy Trinity Church and enjoy the historic sites.

Heritage Open Days Thur 6– Sun 9 September 2018

The church is open throughout Heritage Open Day weekend:

Thursday & Friday –  8.30am to 3.30pm.

Saturday  –  11am  to 5pm.  Tours of the church from 2pm. Refreshments available.

Sunday    –  1 to 5pm.  From 2 pm there will be tours of the church and the bell tower will be open.  Refreshments available.

The oldest part of the church was built in the late 12th-century.  The nave, the font and a stone coffin survive from this period, the remainder being mostly early 14th-century, with the chancel and Lady Chapel partly rebuilt in the 18th-century.

The ‘Penn Doom’, which is a rare 15th-century painting of the ‘Last Judgement’ on oak panels 12 feet wide, is in place above the chancel arch.  It has twice been on display in the  Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Leaflets and postcards of it are on sale.

There is also an attractive arrangement of 14th-century Penn floor tiles set into the floor of the Lady Chapel as part of a millennium project.

Heraldic shields in the roof portray nine centuries of English history. Also in the church are the family monuments to the Penns, Curzons and Howes.  Six of William Penn’s (the Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania) grandchildren are buried in a large family vault under the centre of the nave. There is also a plaque commemorating three sons of the parish clerk who tragically died within months of each other during the Second World War.

An illustrated leaflet outlining the history of the church will be on sale with other historical booklets.

 

Miles Green,

Hon.Archivist

1702 Tenor Bell Alter & Doom Corbel Penn Tiles Ladies Chapel

 

Jun 132017
 

We have had 3 successful walks on the Back Common, noting the birds we saw and heard. We recorded the data on the chart in the Village Hall. We are preparing a report that will be compared to the census data from earlier events, then will publish it in Village Voice.
If you have noted the birds visiting your garden over the last 3 months, please submit your records to the Village Hall and they will be added to the chart and overall census,
Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoyed participating in this project.
Spring birds on Back Common

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Spring birds in your garden

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The last census of spring birds on the Back Common was carried out by a group led by Eric Britnell back in 1986. Earlier ones took place in the ‘60s and ‘70s. We hope there will be sufficient interest and support to do this much more regularly in future in order to record trends in the species of local birds.

please see the leaflet and list to note your viewingsVillage 2017 Springwatch – leaflet

May 302017
 

A leading Bucks charity has revealed its new name and look in preparation for the opening of its £4.8 million hospice later this year. South Bucks Hospice will now become known as The South Bucks Community Hospice, and its pioneering new building will be called Butterfly House.

Butterfly House logo

Charity Chief Executive Jo Woolf explained: “We are becoming one charity at one location in our new building and now feels like the right time to move our name and image forward. Our new building is state-of-the-art and our facilities there will shape the services we can offer in the future.”
“We have added community to our name as we are a community organisation. We exist for and because of our community.”

Jo Woolf explained that the new community day hospice will be known as Butterfly House.
The symbol of the butterfly has been chosen because it represents change, hope, joy, endurance, transformation,
re-birth and life. The Greek word for butterfly is psyche, the very same word the Greeks use for soul. Jo said, “We would like our new hospice to be a place that supports people through transformation in their lives, a change that is life affirming. The South Bucks Community Hospice’s ’strapline’ will become; Care, Comfort and Support. Jo Woolf continued: “We want everyone to understand what our charity provides and we feel that ‘Care, Comfort and Support’ succinctly captures this.”

Stokenchurch based Tank2 design carried out the image update for The South Buckinghamshire Community Hospice. Tank2 founder and design lead Warren Kerley said: “We are delighted to assist such an important community organisation. This is a new era for The South Bucks Community Hospice and the perfect time to update its look. We wanted to respect the hospice’s heritage while bringing this new era to life.”
The new name and look will gradually be phased in as the hospice prepares for its official opening in September this year.

About The South Buckinghamshire Community Hospice
The South Bucks Community Hospice is a charity based at Butterfly House in High Wycombe. It receives less than 3% of its funding from statutory sources.
The South Bucks Community Hospice is a leading community resource for supporting patients living with life-limiting illnesses. It offers patient-centred care to individuals through the provision of specialist palliative, psychotherapeutic and Lymphoedema care. It also supports families and their carers.
Originally established in 1984, The South Bucks Community Hospice offers a pioneering and new kind of hospice care. This care is designed to meet the societal changes we face, mainly people living longer.
As the only palliative day hospice in South Buckinghamshire, it serves over 320,000 people. By the middle of 2018, it is projected that 650 to 800 people a month will be cared for at Butterfly House.

What’s on?
Quiz Night
• Tickets: £5
• Date: Thursday, 29 June 2017 / 18:30-21:30
Put your knowledge to the test and join us this summer for a Quiz Night at Butterfly House. Whether it’s a staff night out or a girls get together, rally round your friends and family and enter your team now.
Spaces are limited so book your team now by calling Yvette on 01494 552761 or email fundraising@sbhospice.org.uk

De Vere Open Day
• Friday, 2 June 2017
• 11am-5pm
• De Vere Latimer Estate, Nr Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 1UG
We are delighted to announce that De Vere Latimer Estate have selected The South Buckinghamshire Community Hospice as its charity partner for 2017.

Personal Styling with John Lewis and Clarins
• Thursday, 21 September 2017
• 18:30 – 21:00
• Butterfly House, Kingswood Park, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 6GR
• £10 per person
In conjunction with John Lewis we are bringing you an evening of pampering and personal styling.
Ticket price includes refreshments and one glass of wine upon arrival. Additional drinks will be provided on a donation per glass basis. Doors will open at 18:30 with the live styling session beginning at 19:30.
To book tickets please call Yvette on 01494 552 761 or email fundraising@sbhospice.org.uk

Golf Day
• Thursday, 21 September 2017
• 08:00 – 17:00
• Lambourne Golf Club, Dropmore Road, Burnham SL1 8NF
• £95 per person
Join us at the stunning Lambourne Golf Club for a day of golfing, good food and great company. Lambourne is an exclusive members Golf Club set in 180 acres of breathtakingly tranquil parkland in Burnham, Buckinghamshire close to the M4, M40 & M25 and just 30 miles from central London.
Format of the day:
• 08:00 – Meet for coffee and bacon rolls
• 09:00 – Either a shotgun or two tee start. Teams of four with the best 2 scores taken forward each hole. The day is about having fun whilst raising money for a fantastic cause so all abilities are welcomed. The practise green will also be made available ahead of tee-off.
• 15:00 – 2-course lunch will be served in the Club House followed by prize-giving
To book please call Yvette on 01494 552 761 or email: fundraising@sbhospice.org.uk

South Bucks 10K
• Sunday, 1 October 2017
• Time TBC
• Colne Valley Regional Park, Black Park Rd, Slough SL3 6DS
For the third year running we have been selected as the charity partner for South Bucks 5K and 10K Road Races.
For the first time ever there will be a 2K Fun Run too. We will be giving you all of the information about how you can take part, what you can expect on the day and how to gain sponsorship very soon.
For further information:
Elaine Begley
Elaine.Begley@sbhospice.org.uk – 07801 515585


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