PENN & TYLERS GREEN RESIDENTS SOCIETY 2017 ANNUAL REPORT The Penn & Tylers Green Residents Society is a charity that undertakes its activities, primarily on a voluntary basis, and helps other non-profit organisations. All member residents are welcome to be involved so if you can give an hour or two a month, or even occasionally to support our activities please get in touch. If you are a non-profit organisation or individual with an idea or project that could benefit a section of the local community please contact us - we may be able to help... Village Voice We produced 6 editions of Village Voice in 2017, which is a real team effort. To produce our Village magazine, we rely on the support of many people - from communicating with other village orgaisations to Summer Fun in P&TG! The magazine for Penn & Tylers green AUG/SEP 2017 issue 181 OPEN GARDENS THE VILLAGE SHOW ● Penn 7 & Fun Run ● Open Gardens ● The Village Show ● Ashwells Update ● Schools & Sports News & More... collecting and creating copy, to designing and editing the content, all the time thinking about what would make an enjoyable and informative read. Our philosophy and guiding pronciple for what to include in VV is 'by the village, for the village, of the village'. Our advertising team liase with advertisers, and collect the income from advertising- to fund the production of the magazine. We have regular and occasional contributors - including from our photographers. Once the magazine has been printed, our distribution manager sorts and delivers bundles of VV to our deliverers, who turn out in all weathers to bring VV to your homes. Without the commitment, time and expertise of our team we could not achieve the quality and consistancy of VV production. The Village Pre-school The start of the school term back in September, we welcomed a large intake of 2 year olds, having seen many of our children leave in July to start ‘big’ school. We have policies and procedures in place to enable these very young children to settle in easily and enjoy a curriculum dedicated specifically to their age group, and we’re happy to report, they are all thriving. Our 30 hour per week setting is working well and has proved to be very popular with parents of the older children in preparation for their transition to primary school. We have managed to secure a partnership with Tesco and are now part of their ‘FairShare Scheme’ which allocates unsold but in date goods to charitable causes – we are eligible for Bakery and Fruit & Veg. We have also formed a relationship with the Community Champion at Tesco Amersham, who has a budget for Charities and now supplies us with 100 pieces of fruit every week for our snack table as well as providing ingredients for cooking. We are fortunate to have a very active Parents Committee supporting the pre-school by raising funds for extra activities such as our end of year trip to Beale Park, Reading and our Sports Day party in Ashley Drive Park with a bouncy castle.
We are very fortunate to have professional and experienced team of staff led by Nicky Lovegrove and Lesley Routledge. Woodlands A second thinning was carried out in the Gravelly Way Plantation in 2017, resulting in an income from timber sales of some £3,700. We received a grant of nearly £3,000 from the Forestry Commission under their woodland grant scheme for providing open access to Common Wood, and a contribution of £900 from the Penn Area Bridleways Association from their voluntary permit scheme, designed to provide maintenance funding for Common Wood. Consequently, despite the costs of some tree safety work and the annual £1,750 depreciation cost of the Common Wood Lease, the Woods & Greens Account showed a healthy surplus of nearly £3,700 for the year, compared with the nearly £2,600 deficit the previous year. Earthwork enclosure - some thinning of trees around the embankment has been undertaken to prevent their roots undermining the banks. A group of volunteers continues to meet the first weekend of each month throughout the winter to do routine maintenance works. Penn School Working Group It is well over two years since Penn School closed and there is still no certainty about the future of the site. In April 2017 the DfE failed to approve any of the free school applications submitted in September 2016 and since then there has been little progress. The site is one of a number of properties owned by the DfE that are currently unallocated as a site for a new school. The good news is that any talk of opening a secondary school on the site has largely evaporated and a change in education leadership at Bucks CC now seems to favour reopening a special school on the site and using it as a centre of excellence for special needs teaching. As a result of extensive lobbying it is now accepted that the SEND provision within Bucks is at capacity with 280 young people being educated out of the county and so it is possible that Penn School may be seen as part of a solution to that problem. It’s a waiting game with the outcome uncertain and in the current climate it is still possible that the DfE will decide to dispose of the site for commercial redevelopment. P&TGRS Online Facebook - our online presence continues with news and relevant information being posted on Facebook. We have reached a large number of residents in this way and provide information ranging from traffic issues, lost dogs, and events arranged by many of the Village organisations. Website - in parallel the RS website publishes papers on the Penn School developments, the Ashwells Forum activity related to the proposed Ashwells development, and posts key event dates on the calendar. Please consider sending information to us to promote your events and organisation’s activities. Twitter - In the coming months we intend to develop our Twitter account, so please visit that if you prefer this communication channel. Other links - Village Voice, Village Preschool & Common Wood links on the home