Category Archives: Covid-19

The Great British September Clean

Buckinghamshire Council has pledged to support this year’s Great British September Clean, a campaign run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, usually known as the Great British Spring Clean, was postponed in March due to Coronavirus and has been rescheduled for 11-27 September 2020. Over 600,000 people countrywide have promised to give up their time and take action to clean up Britain’s streets, parks and beaches.

Full details are here.

Calling our Covid-19 heroes

News from the Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire

Do you know someone who has made an exceptional contribution to responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Buckinghamshire?

The search is on to find the men and women who have selflessly dedicated their time and energy into helping others during the pandemic. Nominations are open for these individuals to receive royal honours in recognition for their efforts.

Full details are here.

Bucks Council newsletter – 4th August 2020

Key message:

Get a test no matter how mild your symptoms are

The best chance we’ve got of controlling the virus is if we can detect as many cases as possible. We need as many people as possible to get tested in Buckinghamshire, no matter how mild their symptoms are.

So if you have a fever, new persistent cough or change in or loss of smell or taste, even if it’s slight, then please book a test as soon as you can.

We have mobile testing units that come to various locations in Buckinghamshire – this week there’s one in Marlow for the first time, plus another unit in High Wycombe at the end of the week.

All tests must be booked via the government’s website and it’s quick and easy – you’ll either be able to take a test at home or be sent to the closest test site available. If you don’t have access to the internet then please call 119 to book a test if you need to.

The full newsletter is here.

Valley Players – Hughenden Valley


The Theatre Industry may still be in lockdown but we at Valley Players have not been idle! We are pleased to announce we will be streaming our production of Lockdown in Little Grimley by David Tristram as a radio play on our brand new Twitch channel!
The show starts at 8pm on Wednesday 5th of August and is approximately 1 hour long including a 6 minute tea break!
This is our first foray into the world of Radio Plays but we hope to continue making more in the future! The show will be free to listen to, all you have to do is follow the link below and enjoy!

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.