Elections for Hughenden Parish Council – 6th May

The Parish consists of eight villages and hamlets – Naphill, Walter’s Ash, North Dean, Bryants Bottom, Hughenden Valley, Cryers Hill, Great Kingshill and Widmer End. In some cases, villages and hamlets may be served by more than one Parish Council.

Hughenden Parish Council consists of 15 Councillors, who serve approximately 3,500 households, a population of approximately 9,000 people. The posts of Councillor on the Parish Council are due for re-election on May 6th.

For details please see: HPC Election Notice

I Am Wycombe: An invitation to share your stories

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council 11 March 2021

A library is made of hundreds if not thousands of stories but who decides what stories are valid and get remembered?

Lasana Shabazz, artist in residence at Micklefield and High Wycombe libraries, wants to hear the stories that have shaped you as a person. They could be a fairytale or folklore from your childhood, the story of how you arrived and settled in Wycombe or a tale connected with the street you live in – or about all three. Stories can be submitted via email to buckslibrariesstories@gmail.com.

The project will also be offering FREE online workshops for Wycombe residents past and present that explore the art of storytelling, how to capture your story and how to tell it. These online workshops will run weekly from Thursday 11 March, 6pm-7.30pm. To sign up, please book a free ticket on the Eventbrite page: http://bit.ly/IAmWycombe

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to tell your story confidentially or in a different way you can email buckslibrariesstories@gmail.com.

Lasana is looking to interview members of the diverse community that makes up Wycombe and archive voices from across the communities. The stories will form a new exhibition and performance in the libraries later in the spring.

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities & Public Health, commented: “Whether you’re currently a Wycombe resident or lived there in the past, this is a fantastic opportunity to share your story. If you’re interested in doing this, then please sign up for the free online weekly workshops, which will teach you the core elements of storytelling.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the stories becoming part of a new exhibition and performance by Lasana later this year.”

I Am Wycombe is commissioned by Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Farnham Maltings using funding from the Rothschild Foundation and in partnership with Buckinghamshire Libraries.

Sewage Leak at Corner of Pumping Station

On 17th February, a leak was spotted from the sewage inspection hatch at the corner of the pumping station site in the village. This hatch, which lies in the National Trust field (and hence open to all), is sited where the sewage pipe from Naphill comes down to join the main sewer heading to Wycombe.

The leak has tended to be intermittent and not a great flow, but nevertheless has been allowing sewage to get into the watercourse. The DIG alerted Thames Water on 18th and the site was visited by engineers, but they advised that the leak was due to hydraulic pressure and little could be done other than waiting for the pressure on the sewers to recede.

Since then we have alerted the Environment Agency, whose responsibility it is to monitor such leaks, plus the National Trust. The NT put up the signs towards the end of last week.

we are mailing the NT this week to suggest that they should consider putting further signs up in the park, where of course, dogs and children play in the waters.

Leaking Inspection Hatch