Amersham and Chalfont's Together May and June 2022

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9,100 complimentary copies hand delivered by Royal Mail to homes

in Amersham, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter and Little Chalfont

with copies at Tesco Superstore, Amersham

EARLY SUMMER EDITION May / June 2022 Issue 19

2 Amersham & Chalfonts Together is part of Community Together

Memorial Gardens, Old Amersham

Useful Numbers

Mental Help Helpline 24/7

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National Domestic Abuse Helpline 24/7

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Chilterns Dial-a-ride for those with

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Call confidentially on: t: 0800 917 7650

Age UK’s Befriending service matches older

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Content is accurate to the best of our knowledge, however Amersham &

Chalfonts Together part of Abstract Niche Ltd cannot be held liable for

loss or damage, caused by errors or omissions. Inclusion of advertisers

does not indicate our endorsement of their products or services.

The opinions and findings expressed in articles submitted to this

publication are solely those of the authors and should not be assumed

to be those of Amersham Together or its affiliates.

Hello & welcome!

Welcome to this special Queen’s Platinum

Jubilee issue. Queen Elizabeth II is the first

British monarch to reach the 70 year milestone

so we hope you have organised your street party!

Chalfont St Giles have organised a novel fun

activity, check it out on p14.

Volunteers from Amersham and Chalfonts St

Peter have got together to help Ukraine families

in need, see p4 if you are able to host. We have

news from our Young Journalists on p18/19, if

you’re looking for some time out a garden retreat

may be what you are looking for (p20).

As a thank you from Affinity Water for conserving

water to help save our chalk streams, they are

giving away one of these stylish water saving

planters. See p13 to enter. If you want a wonderful

family day out, don’t forget to enter the GX Fun

Run 5km family run. There will be plenty to do

with lots of stalls for the whole family to enjoy plus

you’ll be raising for 3 great charities.

With love,


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Giving Ukraine

families a

helping hand

Last night I attended the first meeting of a

group called Be a Buddy Bucks. It was an

informal get together of like-minded people

who were offering themselves to help with the

unfolding crisis in the Ukraine.

A large number of

community groups

and charities have

been working to

send supplies of

food, medical

equipment and

warm clothing to

refugee points.

Last night’s meeting

was different in that

it had come together

organically after

Amersham resident

Wendy Donavan

had posted a plea

Organiser Wendy Donavan, Malcolm

Foster and Karen Dickson

on the community platform Nextdoor for

volunteers to support local residents who have

opened their homes to host Ukranian families.

Volunteers were able to pool knowledge, and

share tips that could help families in need.

Local authority resources were signposted,

groups already established in other areas were

Prospective host families

highlighted, and contact details were shared of

residents who could speak Ukranian and Russian,

teachers and therapists who were offering free

services, sports clubs and coffee shops who

wanted to share their facilities, free, and

residents offering themselves as drivers, cooks,

administrators and befrienders who could step in

for host families who needed to take a break.

“If you will be

hosting a family,

supporting a host

or wanting to offer

practical assistance,

please make

contact with one

of the volunteer

groups in your

community. These

are desperate times,

and no offers of

help can go to


Please contact Malcolm Foster

th3rdroc@virginmedia.com if you can help.

Karen Dickson

Ukranian volunteer Natalie Lebednko

Make a difference to an older person in your community

We offer volunteering opportunities across Chilterns and South Bucks

to anyone who feels they could offer someone support within the local

community, even a few hours a month.

Based in Chesham, we’re a charity providing free information from our

trained volunteers. This could be over the phone, or face to face during

a home visit.

Helping others through volunteering can help you with a sense of

purpose and connection to others. Training & support is available.

For more volunteering information see website voicesandchoices.org.uk/volunteering/

t: 01494 784566 | e: info@voicesandchoices.org.uk

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6 Amersham & Chalfonts Together is part of Community Together

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Wear it blue for MPS Society

The MPS Society, a national rare disease

charity based in Amersham, are celebrating

their 40th anniversary this year.

They were established in 1982 by Christine Lavery

MBE and provide support to families affected by rare

genetic conditions. They’re the only registered charity

in the UK that focuses on MPS (Mucopolysaccharide),

Fabry and related diseases. These diseases cause a

range of progressive disabilities and sadly, there is

no cure. They raise money and awareness of these

conditions through fundraising, information, research

and support.

This year, they’re

continuing to help

their 1,500 members

affected by MPS,

Fabry and other

related rare diseases.

All profits raised this

year for their 40th

anniversary will help to fund

the specialised support that

we provide to their members.

It’s MPS Awareness Week from

9-15 May 2022 and they need your

help to raise awareness of the signs of MPS.

There are many ways that you can help them.

You can wear something blue, hold a blue-themed

event such as a blue bake sale, donate to them -

www.mpssociety.org.uk/donate-now, follow them

on social media - @MPSSocietyUK and share

their posts using #MPSAwareness or read their

inspiring members’ stories on their website –


They have lots of exciting events planned for their

members and the wider public for this year. Keep

an eye on their website and our social media

channels for updates. If you would like to hold

your own event, you can register for a fundraising

pack here - www.mpssociety.org.uk/holdingyour-own-event.

If you have any questions, please email

fundraising@mpssociety.org.uk. Thank you and

they look forward to wearing it blue with you!

Chiltern Embroidery and Textile Group (CETG)

Our meetings are held at 7.30pm

for 8pm on the second Monday of

the month in Tylers Green Village Hall

HP10 8LN.

Whether a beginner, an improver, or an

experienced stitcher, you will always receive

a warm welcome to this friendly, supportive

and enthusiastic group.

At our meeting on 9th May will be a Social

Meeting open to all members and visitors.

There will be a number of activities on the

theme of using recycled textiles and clothing.

We will also be collecting in bunting made

by our members to celebrate the Queen’s

Platinum Jubilee.

On Monday 13th June we will have a talk on

‘Buckinghamshire Lacemaking’ by the Risboro’

Lacemakers and there will be a chance to

see a live lacemaking demonstration plus

the opportunity to have a go!

The charge for visitors is £8 per meeting,

half price for students.

Please see our website

www.chilterntextiles.co.uk for further details.

8 Amersham & Chalfonts Together is part of Community Together

A family run business with over 25 years experience

providing re-roofing, roof restoration and roof repair

services, making us industry experts

• Roofing repairs and cleaning

• UPVC fascia boards and guttering

• Gutter repairs

• Flat roofing system repairs

• New roofs

• Repairs following weather damage

• Chimney maintenance & repairs

• Public liability insurance and site

safety qualified

Contact: William Smith

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• Are you a caring individual with the desire to help enable others?

• Do you want to help children to enjoy school?

• Do you want every day to be joyous? • Do you wish to try a career in education?

Then join Team Amersham as a Teaching Assistant!

Rewarding work comes in no better form than

helping the younger generations through their

school life. As we all know, it can be a joyous but

challenging time in anyone’s life, but you could

make the years a little easier with your care and


Being compassionate and personable is integral to

the role of a Teaching Assistant; it’s a real insight

into the rapidly changing world around us, as well

as the mental health of the next generation. Make

an impact on the future of this country by helping

our students to further themselves not only in their

education but also socially.

Some feedback from our current

Teaching Assistants

“ is like no other.

The connection you make with the students

It’s been a great experience to see the other

“ side of school life, really enlightening.

When you get that breakthrough moment, you

“ can really feel the difference you’re making.

I gained lots of experience in areas I didn’t

“ expect to, and the other staff are really helpful.




Immediate start

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Family run business

Full and partial rewires

Safety electrical testing

Landlords reports (PRS)

Fuse board upgrades

Garden lighting

All electrical work undertaken

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We have been

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Cleaning your


Going toxin-free has

never been easier.

Many of us have become a little obsessed

with hygiene and cleanliness during the

pandemic, this has meant focusing on

keeping our homes cleaner than ever. There’s

nothing quite as satisfying as a clean house:

fresh- smelling, sparkling and virus free. But

have you ever thought about what’s actually in

your cleaning products and whether they leave

more than just a nice smell?

Why should we be concerned?

Common ingredients in conventional household

cleaning products can pollute the air in our homes

and there is growing concern that this is affecting our

health, with incidences of cancer and asthma.

According to the

U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency,

the air inside the

typical home is on

average 2-5 times

more polluted than

the air outside and,

in extreme cases,

100 times more


largely because of household cleaners and


In the EU and the UK the only ingredients that are

required to be biodegradable in cleaning products

are “surfactants” (agents used to increase spreading

and wetting properties) – all other substances

(including microplastics) are not restricted

(Ethical Consumer, 2021). This is evident

when you look at your cleaning product labels

and find “hazardous” or “corrosive” warnings.

What is the solution?

Happily, there are a growing number of nontoxic

cleaning products available. The Ethical

Consumer recommends the products to look out

for are those that do not contain toxic chemicals

such as chlorine, triclosan, parabens or phthalates.

Which non-toxic products actually work?

Eco-Homemaker, an online shopping platform,

makes your life easier when it comes to eco-friendly

shopping for your family. They stock refillable

non-toxic cleaning products such as a bleach

alternative, anti-bac surface cleaners, oven cleaner,

glass cleaner and floor cleaner – all have been

thoroughly tried and tested so you can be assured

of their effectiveness.

12 Amersham & Chalfonts Together is part of Community Together


Thank you for

saving 1 billion

litres of water!

Last year, your local water supplier Affinity

Water launched SOS: Save Our Streams,

a movement asking us to waste less water

to save our local rare and endangered

chalk streams. Thousands of you signed

up and it has become the UK’s biggest

ever water-saving initiative to date.

One billion litres of water were saved last summer,

an incredible achievement.

To say thank you, Affinity Water is giving away

this beautiful 255 litre water butt with planter.

Water butts help keep your garden blooming

by using rainwater instead of tap water through

a hose, making a huge difference to how much

water you use.


To win one of these beautiful water saving planters go to:

www.amershamtogether.co.uk/competition and answer this simple question.

How much water was saved last summer.

a) 1 million litres b) 2 million litres c) 1 billion litres d) 2 billion litres

Closing date: 3rd June.

To help us save even more water in 2022, sign-up at www.saveourstreams.co.uk

to receive a free water-saving kit.

Join in the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - celebrate

with the Queen on her 70th anniversary of her reign.

Hold a Big Jubilee Lunch or Tea Party on Sunday 5th June - Eden Project Communities in

Cornwall founded the simple concept of bringing communities together with the simple idea

of holding a lunch. For more information: bit.ly/BigJubileeLunch2022

Or Light a Beacon on Thursday 2nd June - For more info: bit.ly/Platinum-Jubilee-Beacon-info

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Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum

Jubilee with a free family storytrail

in Chalfont St Giles

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum

Jubilee, from April 30th until June

12th, Chalfont St Giles Parish

Council has teamed up with High

Street Safari to run a free story-trail

in Chalfont St Giles village centre.

This innovative experience let’s families choose

what happens in the story and is completely

contactless, with anyone with a smartphone being

able to take part. Players will not only discover

cute characters along the route, but they also

get to see them burst to life in augmented reality

and take selfies and record videos with them!

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail is

located at seven stops around the village centre.

Little Chalfont

Parish Council


Families will be guided on

their trip by Sir Barnaby

Beacon as he visits seven

memorable and magical

friends, like Charlie Crown

or Theadora Throne, who

have come to life from Buckingham Palace and

gone on a trip to see Chalfont St Giles.

The trail is completely free for families and

groups that take part, win a free, digital fun pack

at the end.

Other Jubilee Activities in Chalfont St Giles:

Band on the Green Saturday 5 June 2022

Village Street Party Sunday 6 June 2022


Auction for Ukrainian appeal – help


An auction is being planned to sell donated items

with all profits handed to one of the Ukraine aid

agencies. The auction is scheduled to be held in

Little Chalfont, possibly Saturday 28 May 2022.

To make this work, a small group of volunteers

is required. It would be especially helpful if

someone with specialist knowledge, perhaps a

retired auctioneer, could be part of this team.

This initiative requires considerable planning and

some hard work, but if you would like to be part of

what should be a worthwhile

exercise, please email


or phone Brian Drew on

07711 293774.

14 Amersham & Chalfonts Together is part of Community Together

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What’s On

May / June 2022



Wednesday 11th May - 12.30pm

Beaconsfield Library

We will be joined by members of the Beaconsfield

Fire Safety Team to talk to our older residents about

fire safety in the home – come along to ask any

questions and to hear about measures you can take

to help protect yourselves in the home.

Saturday 14th May & Sunday 15th May -

10.30am - 4.30pm

Demonstration of traditional wood crafting skills

at Bekonscot Model Village. Wood turners and

carvers will be showcasing their skills and offering

items for sale.


Friday 27th May 2.30pm

Beaconsfield Library

Beaconsfield Town Crier Dick Smith will be coming

to talk to us about the Town during the Coronation

and subsequent celebrations involving The Queen,

also about his many meetings with the Royal

Family. Must be booked in advance.

Saturday 28th May 2.00pm

Beaconsfield Library

A chance for children to hear all about Beaconsfield

during the Queen’s coronation and other royal

celebrations. Must be booked in advance.

Thursday 2 June: 8pm, with coffee/tea from


The Arts Society Amersham - Talk on “The Duc de

Berry, a famous arts patron of the Middle Ages”

at the King’s Church, Raans Road HP6 6LX.


7th June: 1.30pm

Beaconsfield Library will be celebrating

The Queen’s Jubilee

Join us for craft activities, See an exhibition of local

interest from the Historical Society. View a visual arts

project Jayantee in association with Alfriston School

together with a talk about the Queen, India and the


We will be holding lots of events to celebrate The

Queen’s Jubilee at the beginning of June, look out

for more information on our website, facebook or

in the library.

21 May to 5 June - 9th

Chiltern’s Walking Festival

…plus map reading courses, pub walks, local

produce tasting, Midsomer on the Misbourne

walks, Hillfort and historic garden tours and much

more. Visit website: https://www.visitchilterns.

co.uk/walkingfest.html. To keep updated join our

Chilterns Walking Festival facebook page.

Saturday 28th May

Beaconsfield Library

Elmer Day – we will have colouring and craft ideas

for children throughout the day.

Monday 30th May - Sunday 5th June

10am – 5.30pm

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at

Bekonscot. Complete the Jubilee trail around the

village, enjoy a Jubilee Cream Tea and then get

creative with some Jubilee crafts (Mon-Fri only).


Sunday 19 June: 2.00pm – 4.30pm

One Day Farm - Scannappeal Open Garden, HP5 1UN

Tickets £7 available from www.scannappeal.org.uk/


This beautiful garden surrounds a delightful

15th century farmhouse. A magnificent display of

roses, kitchen garden, natural pond, surrounded by

woodland and meadow walks.

Sunday 26 June - 11am - 5pm

Chalfont St Giles Neighbours – Scannappeal

Open Garden, HP8 4NS

Tickets £7 available from www.scannappeal.org.uk/

events. Visit three beautiful gardens situated in the

Chiltern village of Chalfont St Giles. Stratton Chase

The information published is correct to the best of Lodge, landscaped with a pergola, sculptures.

our knowledge, but please check with organisers Hilborough is a family garden with a variety of planting

before making plans. To add your event, contact: including vegetables, soft fruit and fruit trees.

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Bee pollinator friendly!

Our lives are interdependent with plants and

creatures we share the planet with. Every

convenience afforded to us such as water,

energy, clothes and food is provided by

the complex processes of nature. Nature

depends on us too.

Our detrimental impact on species and

ecosystems is crippling nature’s ability to survive

and provide for us all. A crucial example is food;

we cannot survive without it but the dramatic

decline in pollinator species due to human

activities faces us with the prospect of food


What are pollinators? These transfer the pollen

of one plant to another causing cross-fertilisation.

This enables the reproduction and survival of

between 75% to 95% plants on Earth, including

our favourite fruits and veg: strawberries,

apples, peas and coffee beans. One in three

mouthfuls of our food is provided by pollinators

such as bees, butterflies, moths, flies and an

extraordinary variety of other animals. In addition,

the beautiful biodiversity of our home relies on

these crucial creatures.

has launched the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to

‘protect and improve the health of honey bees

in England’.

In addition, many organisations are committed

to ‘rewilding’ projects and creating areas for

pollinators to survive. In our own community,

Little Chalfont Nature Park provides a wildflower

meadow habitat and soon it may be home to a

new beehive!

To make your own garden a sanctuary for

invertebrates, leaving it (or a section of it) unmown

may reveal a wild beauty. A mini meadow or

even some pollinator-friendly plants could serve

as refuge for wandering insects and birds. Native

plants such as primroses, bellflowers and heather

not only provide a habitat for bees and butterflies,

but are also beautiful and easy to grow, according

to the Royal Horticultural Society. For a colourful

summer, foxgloves, poppies, ox-eye daisies and

buttercups are all bee-friendly wildflowers.

Another way to encourage biodiversity in your

gardens is to avoid pesticides, which not only

kill the intended victims but also many other

precious pollinating species. Companion plants

with strong scents (e.g. lavender and marigold)

can deter pests whilst adding brightness to our


So why are they dying? To put it simply, because

of us. Urbanisation and intensive farming have

removed sources of food and shelter for

these vital insects, reducing biodiversity and

threatening food production. According to the

Department for Environment, Food and Rural

Affairs (Defra), 97% of flower-rich meadows in

the UK have been lost since the 1930s. This

devastating loss of habitat has led to a decline

of 50% of bumblebees and 71% of butterflies.

The statistics are shocking, there is however

hope for a revival in pollinator abundance. Defra

Building a bug hotel is another fun-activity to

help pollinators thrive and boost biodiversity. No

matter how big or small your gardens is, you can

make space this summer for the brilliant bees and

butterflies that give us life.

Sanchi is a student in Little Chalfont.

The three things she loves most are

nature, people and writing. Uniting

these, she aims to create a brighter,

greener world!


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‘The Batman’

film review

A glossy, blood-orange sunrise blankets the

gothic city of Gotham in the film The Batman.

Criminals, mob-bosses, corrupt politicians and

serial-killers dressed in green leather run along

the rainy streets; setting the scene for the

three-hour detective saga encompassing the

viewers in a web of intrigue and mystery that

slowly unravels in increasingly unexpected


Bruce Wayne, two years into his comeback as

the masked vigilante, scowls his way through the

film. No longer is Wayne the eccentric, friendly

millionaire who runs through the streets of the

city at night in a mask: Bruce Wayne is the mask,

Batman his true identity. Forever affected by the

death of his parents, Wayne sees his alter-ego as

less of a vigilante, more an enforcer - a creature

of the night who enacts violence and terror on

all who cross the line. When asked who he is by

an angsty, face-painted criminal, the Bat simply

replies: “I am vengeance.”

In a vein similar to the 2019 controversial

blockbuster Joker, and taking inspiration from

the work of Martin Scorsese, The Batman gives

visual and thematic credit to the work of famed

auteur David Fincher (particularly his crime

thriller Se7en). The Batman is anything but a

superhero movie, primarily due to the visual

and narrative style. Shadows, neon-lights and

nightclub lights the stage of this Neo-noir saga,

and mob bosses who talk like Marlon Brando

from The Godfather control the city. Our villain,

the antagonist of the story, is a sadistic serial-killer

with an appearance comparable to the Zodiac

Killer. This picture is enticingly dark and morbidly

bleak, not holding anything back, and not pushing

too much forward to an (annoying) extent.

The mystery of this movie is the brain, the

action being its punch. The will-they? won’t-they?

romance between the Bat and the Cat is the heart

of this movie. As with Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle

is a character who deviates from the conventions

that historically surround her. Selina acts as an

ally to Bruce rather than a foe, and a potential

love-interest makes its course through the film

which - in the context of the story - making Bruce’s

character all the more convincing - assisting the

eventual transformation from a husk of the man he

once was to an enforcer of vengeance - a genuine

hero and protector of Gotham.

The Batman is a crime saga of epic proportions,

slowing down in the third act in certain regards,

provides the viewer with an experience that

provides so much more than the surface-level

entertainment that comic book movies are now

expected to supply. Thrilling and unapologetically

maximalist, The Batman has once again proved

that Matt Reeves knows thrillers and how to make

a good movie.

“I never thought I’d feel fear like that again - I

thought I’d mastered all that.”

Tom Boyd-Hall

Amersham School student by day, film lover at

every other waking moment. Tom has ambitions

to one day direct film. Until that time arrives, Tom

busies himself watching films, editing and writing.

Tom is currently honing his skills at GCSE, and

endeavouring to make his mark at A level within

the next few months.

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A perfect



Let’s face it, who

wouldn’t like a retreat in

their garden to play,

relax and free your mind

of the stresses and

worries of life?!

We caught up with Jonathan

at J M Garden Retreats to view

some of his recent garden

design builds. He talks about

some of the client’s projects he

has worked on and their needs.

Garden room, Beaconsfield.

One client, two briefs - a Pilates

studio for mum and a separate

hang out space for her four

boys. Completely bespoke and

beautifully finished in Siberian

Larch cladding.

Treehouse / Climbing frame,

Mill Hill

With our bespoke play

structures we like to cram in

as many activities as possible,

catering for children of all

ages. Here we’ve included

a treehouse, climbing wall,

fireman’s pole, wobbly log

bridge, gymnastics rings, spiral

slide and 3 swings.

Playhouse, Seer Green

Our bespoke playhouses often

incorporate a host of fun features

and can include full insulation,

double glazing, heating, lighting

and even charging points for their

devices.. perfect for adventurous



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Treehouse / Zipwire, Great Missenden

Lets face it, we all love a treehouse - especially

when there’s an 80m zipwire attached! A great

place for the kids to hang out, and a nice spot

for mum and dad to enjoy a glass of wine too?


To get in contact for your garden retreat

ideas telephone: 07855 484 944 or

email: enquiries@jmgardenretreats.co.uk


Father’s Day

Sunday 19th June

Fathers day was dreamt up in

1909. This years it’s on Sunday,

June 19, 2022 and always falls on

the 3rd Sunday in June.

It was actually initiated by a woman

named Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909. She

“tried to establish an official equivalent

to Mother’s Day for male parents,” and it

wasn’t long before she won support from

local businesses and beyond. On June

19, 1910, the first-ever Father’s Day was

celebrated in the state of Washington.

Gifts on a shoe string

The best gifts are free! If you are short

of funds, why not make your own card -

drawing things that are personal to your

dad. Organise a day out and play games,

playing cards, football, french cricket and/

or buy some sandwiches or have a picnic

outdoors if its fine or have a pretend

picnic inside. Whatever you do - he will

appreciate it and you can show your dad

how much you love him.

Happy Father’s Day!



How to reduce heat loss from your

home - the’ fabric first’ approach

We all know that we are being asked to

do ‘our bit’ in being more eco-friendly.

How can we achieve this in our homes? A family

asked EcoTiffin to do just that and after enlisting

their help, they commented, “EcoTiffin saved us

37% in energy bills whilst increasing our square

footage by 35%, giving us a warm and welcoming


Moisture in brickwork is the worst possible

ingredient to have in your property and every effort

should be made to prevent the ingress of moisture.

Moisture in the brickwork reduces the brick’s thermal

capacity to retain heat and it has a chilling effect like

a fridge on your home. Solid brick walls are by far

the worst. Remember; wet walls are cold walls!

The fabric first approach is essential when improving

insulation to roofs, walls, floors and windows and are

just some of the ways of reducing heat-loss. The use

of thermography (thermal imaging) is an exciting

and relatively new application in the building world.

If you want to identify areas of excessive heat loss

in your home and create an eco-friendly building,

using thermographic equipment, is a good place

to start.

Robert Tiffin (descendant of the original family)

and highly respected building expert and Quantity

Surveyor, has seen a rise in the number of families

wanting to make their homes work more efficiently.

Evidence from thermograms help to provide much

of the data to substantiate Robert’s bespoke reports

for each property in “seeing the unseen”. To

the trained eye, the results can reveal important

information enabling a clear diagnosis. Home

owners look forward to maximising their comfort

to a warm, cosy and cost effective, healthier

environment for themselves and their families.

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Parental responsibility and unmarried

fathers’ rights in England and Wales

The law in England is neutral regarding

parents’ rights and responsibilities in relation

to their children. One parent does not have

greater say or responsibility than the other;

nor can one parent act as gate-keeper,

deciding what time or involvement the other

has with the children.

The Children’s Court is very practical. It will look at

parents’ relationships with the children; what the children

are used to will be central to the court’s consideration.

If parents separate and one seeks to exert greater

control or restrict the other parent’s ability to spend time

with the children, they need to be reminded that both

parties must have equal say in their children’s lives. This is

irrespective of previous behaviour - simply because one

party tended to make decisions in relation to the children

while the other party acquiesced, does not mean that that

pattern continues upon relationship break down.

Similarly one party cannot dictate how children spend

time with the other parent. There is an assumption that

both parents will act correctly in relation to their children

and will keep them safe.

Key decisions - children’s education, medical and health

needs, religious training etc need to be made jointly.

The law calls this joint power Parental Responsibility,

defined by the Children Act 1989 as the rights, duties,

powers, responsibilities and authority a parent has in

relation to their child.

The mother of a child automatically holds Parental

Responsibility. The father of a child obtains Parental

Responsibility if registered as the father on the child’s

birth certificate or:

• Was married to the mother when the child was born; or

• Subsequently married that child’s mother; or

• Was registered as the child’s father on the birth

certificate and the child was born after 1st December


If the father does not have Parental Responsibility this

can be achieved via a simple form filed at court.

If you would like to discuss the issues

raised in this article please contact us in

our Beaconsfield office.

Julian Bremner, Partner Rayden


Solicitors Beaconsfield

04/10/2021 11:44









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Get ready for

GX Fun Run on

Sunday 22nd May!

It’s already May and the GX Fun Run is just

around the corner! On the 22nd our many

eager participants, young and old, will put on

their trainers and take up the challenge to run

5k round the streets of our pretty village.

This year we are raising money for our chosen local

charities, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Liberty’s

Legacy and William’s Fund. More information

about the charities can be found on our website


The day is not just for the runners though -

everyone’s invited. It’s a family occasion – live music,

great food (courtesy of Chris Wheeler, The Ginger

Chef) and a bar to quench your thirst, supported by

the GX Community Association. Enter the ‘special

draw’ for the chance to have Chris Wheeler cook

for your dinner party of eight guests.

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Home Office, Summer House, Art Studio,

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The Choice is Yours!

Whatever you require extra space for, we can

help design and build a garden room tailored

to your needs. Functional as well as beautiful,

your new retreat will be fully insulated,

double glazed and fitted with energy efficient

heating and lighting to ensure its suitability

for use all year round.

© David Moore Photography

There’s lots to keep children entertained including

a helter-skelter, bouncy castle, petting zoo and a

chance to beat the goalie!

We have races for children aged 6-8 years in

a timed 1k run, and shorter races for younger

children. From 12:15, Fit House will lead the main

event warmup to prepare older runners for the task.

The starting gun will fire at 12.30 and the race will

begin! Check the website for running order of the

day, road closures and lots of other information.

Come and enjoy this special family day and

we look forward to welcoming everyone.



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Member’s Day at

Chalfont St Peter

The sun shone and the weather

warmed up for season-opening

Member’s Day at Chalfont St Peter

Tennis Club on Sunday 3rd April,

attracting over 70 members for a

fun tennis tournament, organised

by Head Coach Stephen, followed

by a delicious BBQ organised by

Social Secretary, Annie and her

team of volunteers.

The event was also

used as an Open

Day for the general

public, and several

potential new

members visited

the club to witness

the excellent

facilities for tennis

and social events.

Mario manning the barbecue

There are 4 all-weather, floodlit Tiger-Turf tennis

Annie (middle) with her helpers

courts which makes the club available all year

round. Boasting a modern clubhouse, there is a

calendar of social events throguhout the year.

All standards of play are encouraged, from fun

organised play sessions to competitive LTA

matches and coaches are available for those

wishing to improve their game. The tennis club

prides itself on being a friendly, community-based

club, where everyone is made to feel welcome.

New adult membership is available with 50%

discount in the first year with no joining fee.

If you fancy joining the club, please visit our

website: www.chalfontstpetertennisclub.co.uk

or contact Paul:


for more details.

Scouting - skills for life

I predict that most readers of this article

have had some connection with scouting,

and that many of you are aware that a

major event in the scouting calendar is

a huge international gathering - called

a World Jamboree - which takes place

every four years.

The next Jamboree will be in South Korea in 2023,

and about 40,000 Scouts from 200 countries will

be there. An event which Scouts lucky enough to

attend will remember for the rest of their lives.

Twenty-two scouts from groups in our local

area will either be in South Korea, Northern

Europe and Scandinavia. I hope you will

recognise some of them working hard over the

next year to raise funds for what will be expensive

trips! They will come back very different (young)

people, and I can promise these differences will

be not only for their own good, but good news

for the Buckinghamshire communities in which

they live.

So, if you see them out and about, stop and ask

them about their trips, and hopefully you will

make a small contribution to their funds!

Richard Jones

Asst. District Commissioner

Woodlands District

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Join the Chalfonts and

GX Social Network!

The last two years has affected people in

so many ways; one of the biggest being


I moved to the area a year ago and found it hard

to build a new local social circle. I looked online for

social groups that organised causal gatherings like

ones I had joined in other areas. There were walking

groups, book groups, activities for the retired, but

there was nothing involving evening socialising.

I found a group for neighbours called Nextdoor,

and attended an evening meal which introduced

me to a lovely group of people, but nothing

further was organised. Instead of waiting for

someone else to organise what I wanted, I

decided to start a group myself. The Chalfonts

and Gerrards Cross Social Network. We started

with just four people in Merlins Cave, having a

drink just before Christmas 2021 and since then

we have grown to over 600 members, mainly

across Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and

Gerrards Cross.

(Some attend from

a little further away).

It’s free and my aim

is for it to be its

own community

where people can

organise their own

activities tailored

to their interests.

So far I have organised a number of drinks

evenings and quiz nights at the local pubs.

It’s a great way to get to know some new people

in a low-pressure environment. The people

who attend are a mixed bunch of characters,

backgrounds and ages which makes for interesting

and stimulating conversations. For those people

who are shy or anxious about attending bear in

mind that everyone who attends has the same

thing in common, they want to socialise and meet

new people so everyone is friendly.

I know some friendships have already formed from

the get togethers and it would be great to see

some more friendly faces out and about in the local

area, supporting our local venues. Contact Caroline

on 07496 374 130 or 01494 623 121 to learn more.

words by Caroline Franklin






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Safe & gentle ear wax

removal at a clinic

near you

What is ear wax?

What is it, why do we have it in our ears and why does it sometimes cause hearing loss. Earwax, also known

as cerumen, is produced inside your ears to keep them clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the

ears harmlessly, but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears.

It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some

protection from bacteria, fungi, insects and water. In other words, ear wax is a good thing!

The amount of ear wax that the body produces differs from person to person, the amount that is retained

within the ear also differs for each of us - these differences are for a number of reasons; Age; Diet; Lifestyle;

Personal anatomy; Genetics; Ethnicity.

Many people will produce a small amount of wax their whole lives, which leaves the ear canal naturally, and

never have any problem with it. For others, their ear will produce a larger amount of wax, which will not

fully leave the ear canal and will become blocked, which leads to them having reduced hearing ability and also

a blocked feeling in the ear.

Are you experiencing any of the following?

• Pressure in the ears

• Blocked feeling in the ears

• Need to pop your ears but can’t

• Sudden loss of hearing or muffles sound

• Hearing aids whistling

• Underperforming hearing aids

Call for more information on

Call: 07903 013 123 or 07535 603 744

Email: hearwego.beaconsfield@gmail.com

Web: www.hearwegohearingsolutions.co.uk

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Together Trades Directory

- Amersham and Chalfonts

Share your recommendations with us at trades@communitytogether.co.uk


Alcon Electrical Installations

Family run business. All domestic and

commercial installations, full and partial rewires,

garden lighting, safety electrical testing, fuse

board upgrades. All electrical work undertaken.

t: 07725 172 878 or 07730 575 633

e: info@alconelectrical.co.uk

w: www.alconelectrical.co.uk

Wilkinson Electrical Ltd

Domestic and commercial installations, lighting,

socket outlets, re-wires, power circuits, consumer

units, safety checks and periodic inspections.

t: 07813 205 628 / 07384 892 482

e: wilkinsonelectricalltd@gmail.com


JM Garden Retreats Ltd

Bespoke garden rooms designed to your needs.

Functional and beautiful!

w: www.jmgardenretreats.co.uk

e: enquiries@jmgardenretreats.co.uk

Precision Garden Services

20 years experience in green keeping and

complete lawn care. NVQ 3 in sports turf


t: 07745 499 981

e: dan@precisiongardenservices.co.uk



Gary Kent Tiling Company

Local, experienced, friendly tiler. Tiling in

bathrooms, kitchens, walls and floors.

t: 07865 071 286

e: garyc_kent@hotmail.com

N. Gillie Decorating Services

Established 1993. Experienced, friendly

professional internal and external decorators.

t: 01494 681 794 / 07771 521 263

w: www.ngilliedecoratingservices.co.uk


Build Right Construction (Roofing)

Established for over 25 years, local roofing repairs &

cleaning, gutter repairs, new roofs, chimney repairs

t: 0208 485 6402 / 07735 065 555

w: www.buildrightconstructionuk.co.uk

Eco Tiffin

Property restorations, refurbishments combining

a passion for energy saving and conservation.

t: 01442 819 332 / 07768 005 885

w: www.ecotiffin.co.uk


25 year guaranteed fences that will stand strong

throughout winter and any storm.

t: 01494 711 400

w: www.colourfencebucks.co.uk








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Taurus Secure Garage Doors

Quality insulated electric garage door

installation. Made from strong and durable

twin walled aluminum.

t: 0800 047 8734 / 07842 330 001

w: www.TaurusSecure.co.uk


Amersham & Chalfonts Chimney Sweep

Call Josh for professional chimney sweep and fire


t: 07549 422 465

w: www.TheLocalChimneySweep.co.uk

Back to Life Cleaning Services

Carpet and upholstery cleaning services.

t: 0800 2118 387 (Freephone) / 07726 491 580

w: www.backtolifecleaningservices.co.uk

Chalfont Oven Cleaning

First class results every time. Ovens, hobs,

extractors, grills, stoves, microwaves, Aga cookers,

barbecue trays.

t: 01753 889 922 / 07939 539 058

w: www.chalfontovencleaning.co.uk

Home Counties Loft Ladders

Complete loft storage solutions.

t: 0808 301 9558

w: www.homecountiesloftladders.co.uk

Sew Good

Made to measure curtain and blind making


t: 07907 439 288 or 01525 717 057

w: www.backtolifecleaningservices.co.uk

Make a difference to an older person in your community

We offer volunteering opportunities across Chilterns and South Bucks

to anyone who feels they could offer someone support within the local

community, even a few hours a month.

Based in Chesham, we’re a charity providing free information from our

trained volunteers. This could be over the phone, or face to face during

a home visit.

Helping others through volunteering can help you with a sense of

purpose and connection to others. Training & support is available.

For more volunteering information see website voicesandchoices.org.uk/volunteering/

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