Category Archives: Misc

Your Parish Council Needs You

Hughenden Parish Council is looking for community minded volunteers to fill Councillor Vacancies in Hughenden Valley and Great Kingshill.

If you are over 18, and live in Hughenden Valley, North Dean, Cryer’s Hill, Bryant’s Bottom, Great Kingshill, Naphill, Walter’s Ash, Widmer End or anywhere else within the Parish – they want to hear from you!

The Parish is involved in all aspects of the local community whether it is planning, environmental, financial or even street lighting!  Come and be involved in areas which directly affect you and your family.

The Parish Council holds monthly meetings and has a number of other committees which meet on a regular basis.

For further information, please contact the Clerk, Peter Wetherman, by email (, phone (715296), or call in at the Parish Council office on the Common in Great Kingshill.

A History of Uplands

Redrow Homes held an Exhibition in Hughenden Village Hall on 17 May to seek comments on their emerging proposal for the redevelopment of the Uplands site in Four Ashes Road.  Currently owned by DeVere Group, Redrow propose demolishing the existing historic building and conference facilities to make way for up to 16 executive homes.

Clearly no one was particularly enthusiastic about demolishing a significant building which over the years has devolved into a major training, conference and wedding facility, but at the time it was unclear of the historical nature of the building.  Since then Marian Miller from the High Wycombe Society has written a preliminary report on a voluntary basis on behalf of the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society (BAS) and the Historic Buildings & Landscapes Group of the Chiltern Society.  A copy of the report is attached here.

Preview of Proposals for Redevelopment of Uplands House.

Redrow Homes is undertaking consultation on their emerging proposals for the redevelopment of Uplands House in Four Ashes Road.

The site is currently owned and operated by De Vere Venues.  Redrow Homes has been in discussions with De Vere about the availability of the site and believes that the site is an ideal location for a small number of quality new homes.

In advance of the public consultation exhibition, Redrow homes are inviting residents to a preview of the event on Friday 17th May 2013 from 2.30pm – 3.30pm at Hughenden Valley Village Hall.

At the preview session you will be able to view the emerging proposals, leave your comments and also put questions to the project team.

The public exhibition at the Hughenden Valley Village Hall will be held from 4pm – 8pm on the same day.

Helping people with memory loss. “Neighbourhood Return” pilots in Buckinghamshire

Neighbourhood Return, the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network project which uses community volunteers to search for people with memory problems who have gone missing, has just received funding from Thames Valley Police to expand its pilot area to include Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

They are contacting us to ask if you would please consider volunteering to help search for people with memory problems who have gone missing.  All you need is a mobile phone, the ability to text, and to be 18 or over.   They would not expect you to get called upon very frequently to assist.

If you agree to assist,  the project’s call centre will contact you if someone with dementia goes missing in your local area to see if you are available to help look for them.  If you are, they will text you the details of the person you are looking for and give you instructions on where to search.  If you are contacted, you can always text back ‘no’ if you are not in the area, or are not available.  You can also join or leave the search at any point by contacting the call centre.  Searches never last longer than two-and-a-half hours, after which time Thames Valley Police take over.

Your help would be greatly appreciated even if you work full time – you may do shift work or be prepared to search after work or on days off.  To ensure the success of the project they need as many people as possible to opt in, so that they can be sure there are enough people to search.  Please do consider opting in to the Neighbourhood Return project and helping to support carers of people with dementia in our area and don’t forget to spread the word amongst friends and neighbours in our locality too.  You can join the scheme directly through the Neighbourhood Return website:


Water Framework Directive and the Hughenden Stream

The Water Framework Directive is the most substantial piece of water legislation ever produced by the European Commission, and is providing the major driver for achieving sustainable management of water in the UK and other EU Member States now and for many years to come. It was transposed into UK law in December 2003.  What follows is just a summary of the Directive and its implementation and how it relates to Hughenden Valley.  Continue reading

Woodland Archaeology Days at Pigotts Wood 1st & 2nd March

John Morris of the Chiltern Woodland Project will be leading two of his very popular Woodland Archaeology days in Pigotts Wood on Friday 1st March 2013 or Saturday 2nd March 2013. Each one-day course will start at 10.30 am and finish about 4.00 pm (depending on weather). Meet at Pigotts, North Dean. Each one-day course will include an illustrated talk, with maps and books, a woodland visit to see and identify archaeological features found in Pigotts Wood, and discuss techniques to map and record features in this fascinating ancient wood. Please bring:- Strong footwear and warm / wet weather clothing. Packed lunch (tea & coffee provided) Booking essential. Cost £30 per person (places limited). Tel 01844 355503 or email

Christmas Carols and Tree Lights, Saturday 1st December

You are cordially invited to join with the children from Hughenden Primary School to sing Christmas Carols outside the village hall on Saturday 1st December.  Arrive at 4:30 pm for a 5:00 pm start. During the event the Christmas Tree lights will be switched on to celebrate the beginning of the festive season.

The community shop will be providing refreshments including mulled wine, mince pies and other festive treats.  All monies raised will be donated to the school.

We welcome you to come along and enjoy this unique village event which is supported by all of the village groups and committees.