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

DIG Update End May

  1. Transport for Bucks Actions

There had been reports of water seeping through the road surface near the foot of Cryers Hill, and about 50 metres along towards High Wycombe. On a very wet day, we eventually spotted water bubbling up in the hedge on the pumping station side of the road, behind the bus stop. On closer inspection this turned out to be a sizeable culvert, but which was almost entirely blocked up and clearly had not been cleaned out for years.

We reported this via FixMyStreet and this is now completely resolved. See pic.

At the last DIG meeting it was agreed that we would ask TfB to inspect the large culvert that runs from the Harrow through to Deeters, and which carries the Hughenden Stream plus road runoff underground along this section. The concerns were that although the road drains are regularly jetted, this large culvert is not and could well be silted up. Again, TfB have checked this out and lifted access chambers. They say that there is little sign of silting up.

2. Thames Water

At the last DIG meeting we discussed the lining work that had been carried out lining a section of the Hughenden sewer along Warrendene Road. The DIG considered that because the water table was at its highest in the Boss Lane to the Surgery area, and that sewer and stream flooding also occurred here, then this area should be a candidate for lining.

This has been put to Thames Water, but their response is that they have no evidence of water ingress in this area, and so have no plans to carry out further lining in Hughenden Valley at this stage. However, they report that additional monitors are being installed across the catchment and the ongoing GISMP (Ground Infrastructure System Management Plan) work being carried out is improving the resilience of the system.

3. Other

We have added the Bucks Council Asset Map (All the road drains) to the HVRA website on the DIG Documents page.

No action yet from Affinity regarding checking/cleaning the culverts under the pumping station.

Paul Woodford

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