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Bucks Council leisure facilities

Facilities at public leisure centres across Buckinghamshire began a phased programme of reopening from last weekend, enabling local residents to get back into the gym after four months of lockdown.

The Council’s partners who run the centres across the county, Everyone Active, GLL and Places Leisure, have been busy making all the necessary arrangements and putting the required safeguards in place.

While eight leisure centres are reopening, Chesham and Chalfont St Peter will remain temporarily closed so major refurbishments and improvements to facilities can take place. Members of those two centres will still be able to use the facilities at Amersham, as well as at other Everyone Active facilities at centres across Dacorum, Slough, Aylesbury and Three Rivers, while the works take place.

Full details are here.

Bucks Council – cycling survey for Wycombe.

Plans to develop a network of cycling and walking routes around High Wycombe started with the launch on Monday 27 July of a travel survey to find out how people currently get around the area. The survey closes on Monday 17th August.

The survey is at

Press release

(webmaster comment – the press release says it will take 4 months to create the plan. The survey makes no distinction between pre-covid levels of use & current use so rendering results ambiguous. Why do our Councils not have a plan like this already on file as part of their overall ‘Green’ planning? )

Update from Bucks Council, 22 July 2020

Key points:

The national shielding programme – will pause on Friday 31 July.

From this Friday, the 24th, it will be a legal requirement to wear a face mask/covering when we go into shops or supermarkets or travel on public transport.

Coronavirus testing centres

It’s essential that if you or another person you live with develops symptoms of coronavirus that you book a test as soon as possible. Testing is most effective as soon as symptoms emerge, and it also gives the maximum amount of time to trace close contacts so that they can isolate too.

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.

Click on this link to access the Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health and Wellbeing Survey.

The full newsletter is here.

Hail & Farewell – Clerks at Hughenden Parish Council

On Wednesday 22nd July Shona Hadwen, Clerk to the Hughenden Parish Council will be leaving us to return to Scotland.

Shona has been a great support locally, and to the Hughenden Valley Residents Association in particular, regularly forwarding important relevant information.

She will be missed by many of us.

On Wednesday Shona will be handing over to the new Clerk, Melanie Woof, who has worked as Deputy Chair Officer for BALC, which Parish Councils refer to for directives.  She has also been a Chair of a Parish Council and will start here immediately.

We would like to wish Shona a happy future in the Isles of Scotland.  Our loss is their gain.

Melanie, despite her valuable experience will find it a challenge to arrive during our down time of Covid-19, as well as liaison with the new Buckinghamshire Council, the gradually fading District Council and changes to CAPS.

Welcome and good Luck.

Angus and Janet (Co-chairs, Hughenden Valley Residents Association)

Public Health Buckinghamshire needs your help : Covid-19 survey for Bucks residents

Buckinghamshire Council’s Public Health team has launched its new ‘Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health & Wellbeing Survey’. The survey aims to understand how residents in Buckinghamshire have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, including how the lockdown and its consequences have impacted their daily lives and health and wellbeing. The information collected through the survey will be used to help tailor the local recovery throughout the county following the impact of Coronavirus.

To complete the survey, please visit the ‘Your Voice Bucks’ website at :

By 29th July please!

Bucks adult learning – update 13th July 2020

Buckinghamshire’s adult learners can now return to face-to-face adult learning now that course venues have opened their doors across the county. In addition, the summer school programme has gone live, with course places starting in August now bookable on the Buckinghamshire Adult Learning website. More classes starting in September will be released at the beginning of August.

Buckinghamshire Council’s face-to-face adult learning courses have now restarted.