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Bucks Council – Apply for Community Board funding

Budget allocation

An annual budget is allocated to Community Boards from the council’s Annual Revenue Budget which is approved by Full Council each year.

Each Community Board is set an allocated budget. The level of Community Board funding allocated to each area is based on:

  • the population of the area
  • the levels of deprivation

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-and-safety/improving-your-local-community/apply-community-board-funding/

Hughenden Valley comes under the North West Chilterns Community Board. (https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-and-safety/improving-your-local-community/north-west-chilterns-community-board/)

More information & contact details

Calling all Road Reps…

At the last Executive Committee Meeting Cllr Jill Armshaw invited us to put our heads together and make use of the PC Grants fund for small projects that will benefit the community. This was recorded in the minutes recently distributed.

So get your ideas in and even if you made a suggestion at the meeting please repeat it now so we can get all the suggestions together in one place.

Send them in to me or Rosemary with as much supporting information as possible.

Remember to identify the benefits of your suggestion as well as the features!

Grants in recent years have been for amounts of £250 – £2,500 so keep your suggestions to a realistic level. We can always match fund for something really beneficial.

On receipt of your ideas we might come back to you for more information; it is important that we have enough information at the November meeting to have a good discussion and even make some selection decisions.

Peter Spence

Chair HVRA

From Hughenden Parish Council

Our new full-time Clerk, Emily Ranahan, started work at the end of June and, after a series of acting and interim Clerks, we can now look forward to a more stable and productive period. We are very happy to have Emily on board. Emily, who lives just outside the Parish in High Wycombe, is the Parish’s first American Clerk – I wonder what Coningsby Disraeli, our founding Chair, would have made of that.  Nina Villa, our current Locum Clerk, will be staying with us until the end of August to support Emily.

Come September, Emily will have her feet firmly under the desk, and the Council will be turning to our goals for the rest of 2022 and 2023. For residents who aren’t aware of our scope of services, the Parish Council maintains the Burial Ground on Four Ashes Road, playgrounds at Templewood and Great Kingshill, provides allotments on eight sites across the parish, responds to Bucks Council on planning applications, looks after certain verges and hedges on behalf of Bucks Council and makes grants to various associations, clubs and projects. We are welcoming grant applications, and if you feel you have a good case, please ask Emily for an application form.

There remains a backlog of issues from previous years that we are committed to dealing with in the coming weeks.  These include our relationship with Hughenden Community Support Trust, the maintenance  of a number of streetlights in Widmer End, our future lease arrangements with the Great Kingshill Cricket Club and the re-establishment of vandalised traffic calming equipment.

During the Autumn and Winter, we anticipate that we will be able to start to address some important issues for the future. One of these will be to communicate the results of last autumn’s residents’ survey,  which will influence our future priorities. It will be no surprise to you that traffic calming and road safety were the issues of greatest concern. We will be considering the next phase in our efforts to discourage high speed driving through our lanes. We have a number of initiatives to consider around playgrounds. We wish to promote tree-planting as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme. And we are considering the pros and cons of a possible Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, including consultations with Residents associations and other groups to get a sense of residents’ appetite for such a plan.

We have room for an additional Councillor for Naphill and Walters Ash. A full Council will help keep up the momentum we’ve been building. If you have the appetite to contribute to the local area as a Parish Councillor, now is a great time to join the Council, as we’re in a good place to welcome new forward-looking energy and ideas.

The Rotary Club of Princes Risborough

The 1st of July saw the start of a new Rotary Club year, and with it came some new initiatives.  Near the end of June we were asked to support “Lighthouse”, an event free for local children.  It is a fun packed holiday club in a safe and secure environment for 2-4 year-olds, and primary and secondary school children, held during the week 25th to the 29th of July.  To help ensure success the Club donated £1000 towards the cost of running the week.  July also sees the end of Term for senior secondary school students and, consequently, a new group of Interact members stepping up for the new academic year.  Interact is a junior form of Rotary with the same ethos of helping those in need locally, nationally and internationally.  Members of our Club act as mentors to, and provide support for, the Interactors in High Wycombe and Princes Risborough.  Both groups will begin their activities, including raising money, at the start of the Autumn Term. 

Additonally, on the 24th of July a nephew of one of our members made a third attempt to complete a tandem parachute jump for charity (in the past having been hampered by weather) – to raise money to support the increasing needs of the Ukrainian refugees being hosted locally.  Our Club has formed a partnership with a group, based in Lacey Green/Loosely Row, that has formed the charity “Ukraine2Chilterns” which is supporting over 100 households who are hosting Ukrainian families. There are still a further 100+ Ukrainians holding in various European countries waiting for Visas to come to the area.  For more details see their website at ukraine2chilterns.com.

The majority of the refugees arrive with only the clothes they stand-up in.  Consequently, the Charity has established a “New2You” shop, providing a range of clothing, shoes, underwear and school uniforms.  They would be very grateful for any donations of second-hand items and/or financial support to enable them to purchase underwear and shoes.  To do so please use the following contacts:

Kate Collet-Fenson:    07970 547999 colletfenson@gmail.com

Candy Piercy:              07976 968892 candy@candypiercy.org.uk

David White:               07787 750889 david@dhwhite.plus.com

National Trust Hughenden Volunteer Recruitment Morning

Hughenden Manor and West Wycombe Park would like to welcome new volunteers to the team.

Come along to our drop in session 28th May 2022 11.00 -13.00 at Hughenden to find out more.  If you are not able to make the day but would like to volunteer email us hughenden@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Whether you would like to volunteer indoors or outside, serving in the café, welcoming visitors, or helping to look after our countryside places, there are lots of opportunities across our teams. 

Visitors on a garden tour at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

© National Trust Images / John Millar