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Beaconsfield Together September October 2022

A local #community magazine containing community, business and charitable editorial in the Beaconsfield, Knotty Green, Seer Green and Forty Green area. 8,300 copies printed and hand delivered by Royal Mail to residences and businesses in the HP9 -1 and HP9 -2 businesses in these areas. Copies available at Waitrose Supermarket in Beaconsfield

A local #community magazine containing community, business and charitable editorial in the Beaconsfield, Knotty Green, Seer Green and Forty Green area. 8,300 copies printed and hand delivered by Royal Mail to residences and businesses in the HP9 -1 and HP9 -2 businesses in these areas. Copies available at Waitrose Supermarket in Beaconsfield

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Useful Numbers

Age UK’s Befriending Service

Matches older people with volunteers who

have similar interests. t: 01296 431911

e: age@ageukbucks.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous

Call confidentially on: 0800 917 7650

Better Connected Beaconsfield

hello@betterconnectedbeaconsfield.org.uk

01494 919 232

The Beaconsfield Advisory Centre

t: 01494 672987

e: contact@beaconsfieldadvisorycentre.org.uk

The Christian Eye Foundation

support@thechristianeye.co.uk

07568 135 308

Victim support line - help after a crime

t: 08 08 16 89 11

www.victimsupport.org.uk

Hello & welcome!

Beaconsfield School celebrates

its 90th Anniversary see p37

I can’t believe it’s September already where has the

summer gone? I was delighted to hear from my

Young Journalists; Josh, Maddie and Loren and news

of their success in their A levels. I wish them all the

best in their future endeavours, I see shining lights in

these young ones!

At the time of writing this the Country Fayre hadn’t

yet taken place, but a special mention must go to

Sylvia Jones who single-handedly drove forward the

organisation of this charity event and she must be

commended!

Please support the Rotary charity event (p17) and

if you want to volunteer at one of the organisations

opposite they’d love to hear from you. News from

the Town Council, (p20,21) and the Neighbourhood

plan update can be found on p22.

I wish all the children a happy ‘back to school’

and for forthcoming open day see p8 for listing.

Congratulations to Beaconsfield School on their

successful 90th Anniversary event. (p37) If you have

any positive community news please get in contact.

Be Amazing & Volunteer

Right at Home

Be a paid volunteer to support the elderly

t: 01494 573 500

With love,

Therese

Next Copy Deadlines -

November / December 2022

Editorials: 5th Oct

Advertisers: 6th Oct

Connection Support

Require: Volunteer Befrienders or Family

Mentors. t: 01296 484 322

Meet the Team

Publisher, Editor & Sales

Therese Cooklin - 07786 735711

Magazine Designer

Mathew Peet, Digital Bear Design - 01949 839206

Content is accurate to the best of our knowledge, however Beaconsfield

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.

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Grants Available

Beaconsfield Old Church School Charity

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community groups and charitable

organisations ‘to advance education

and provide facilities for social welfare

for the people of Beaconsfield.’

Application forms and notes for

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Beaconsfield Old Church School Charity,

The Estate Office, Home Farm,

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EDUCATION NEWS

Beaconsfield Together

School Open Days 2022

Please contact the school direct before making plans to visit.

In most cases registration is essential.

Beaconsfield High School

Thursday 22nd September 4pm - 8pm

Wednesday 19th October 9am - 11.30am

Year 7 - 10

Online registration required.

t: 01494 673 043

e: enquiries@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

w: www.beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk/

Open-Events/

Berkhamsted Schools

Berkhamsted Sixth Form

Friday 16th Sept 4pm - 8pm

Boys (Year 7 -11)

Wednesday 21st Sept 2pm - 6pm

Girls (Year 7 -11)

Friday 23rd Sept 2pm - 6pm

w: www.berkhamsted.com/admissions

Davenies School

Monday 3rd October 9am

Years 7

Saturday 15 October 9am

Reception to Year 8

Registration required.

t: 01494 685 400

e: registrar@davenies.co.uk

w: www.davenies.co.uk

Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross

Friday 30th September - 9.30am

Nursery to Year 6

Registration required.

t: 01753 882 690

e: enquiries@gayhurstschool.co.uk

w: www.gayhurstschool.co.uk/open_morning_

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Maltmans Green School, Gerrards Cross

Friday 14 October - 9.20am

Age 2 to Year 6

Registration required.

t: 01753 883 022

e: registrar@maltmansgreen.com

w: www.maltmansgreen.com

St Mary’s School, Gerrards Cross.

Saturday 8th October - morning

Nursery to Year 11

Registration required.

t: 01753 883 370

e: registrar@st-marys.bucks.sch.uk

w: www.stmarysschool.co.uk/open-days

The Beaconsfield School

Thursday 13th October 5.30pm - 8pm

Whole school

Visit website for information.

t: 01494 673 450

w: www.beaconsfield.school

Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross.

Saturday 8th October 10am - 1pm

Tuesday 11th October 9am - 11am

Whole school

Registration required book online

www.thorpehouse.co.uk/open-mornings-registration

t: 01753 882 474

e: office@thorpehouse.co.uk

w: www.thorpehouse.co.uk

Please contact the school directly before

making plans to visit. In most cases

registration is essential. Beaconsfield

Together does not accept responsibility for

the accuracy of this listing which must be

confirmed directly with the school.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

The Beaconsfield School

Open Evening

Thursday 13th October 2022

5.30pm - 8pm

Meet the staff and find out about our

wonderful school

www.beaconsfield.school

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LOCAL BUSINESS

Making oral hygiene

more sustainable

“Oral hygiene: the practice of keeping the

mouth clean and healthy by brushing and

flossing to prevent tooth decay and gum

disease.” (healthofchildren.com)

This isn’t only essential for our own personal health

but also for our wellbeing as who doesn’t love that

minty fresh feeling. However, for so long now the

only solution for this basic need has been single use

plastic toothbrushes, toothbrush heads, toothpaste

and floss.

Plastic is indeed a practical solution for oral

hygiene. It’s robust, waterproof, safe to humans

(in part) and cheaply available. What has however

been overlooked for too long is its impact on the

planet – its reliance on fossil fuels to manufacture

and the fact it is simply not designed to be disposed

of sustainably. It cannot biodegrade and ultimately

leaches chemicals into our soils and waters, and

worse into the atmosphere if incinerated.

The good news

is that raised

awareness of our

climate crisis and

ingenious human

endeavour, has

resulted in many

more sustainable

solutions for

maintaining

excellent oral

hygiene.

One of the smartest solutions has been to replace

plastic with another super strong and robust material,

that not only grows sustainably but is biodegradable

- the super plant, bamboo. The majority of high

street shops now sell bamboo toothbrushes and

bamboo interdental brushes. And for electric

toothbrush users, recyclable toothbrush heads and

bamboo alternatives are now available.

Another seismic change has been the introduction

of toothpaste tablets to replace toothpaste in tubes

as we know it. These little tablets do everything that

toothpaste does but use cleaner ingredients, pack

a more minty punch and are zero waste coming in

refillable glass jars. All you do is chew for 3-5 seconds

and brush as normal.

Where can you find your eco-friendly oral hygiene

essentials in one place?

Eco-Homemaker, an online shopping platform, is

on a mission to make your life easier when it comes

to eco-friendly shopping for your family. All of the

above solutions are available on their website and

are tried and tested by the local owners and their

young family.

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Kings Head House, 15 London End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2HN

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To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@beaconsfieldtogether.co.uk

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EYE NEWS

Time to try

contact lenses?

Have you ever wondered about contact

lenses? During your Eye Test the Optician will

ask about your sports, hobbies and if anything

about your vision or eyes is bothering you.

This is the time to ask about contact lenses.

You do not need to commit to wearing them every

day; there is no big financial outlay - you can order as

few as 30 pairs of daily disposable lenses - ideal if you

only wear them for a weekly sporting hobby, or social

gathering.

Modern contact lenses are much more comfortable, so

any earlier experiences with them can be discounted.

There are coloured lenses to change eye colour,

photochromic lenses for light sensitivity, UV absorbing

lenses for outdoor sports, lenses to correct astigmatism.

New multifocal contact lenses mean you can see at all

distances, (especially good when you need to read

a menu in a restaurant!) Contact lenses can be very

convenient, you get all round vision for playing sports

with no risk of glasses being knocked off. Unlike

spectacles which need wiping in the rain, they don’t

steam up by changes in temperature, This makes them

perfect for walking and gardening.

There is little or no maintenance. Daily disposable lenses

are worn once and thrown away. Weekly or monthly

disposable lenses have just one daily cleaning solution

and gas-permeable lenses a separate cleaner and

solution overnight. If you find glasses an inconvenience

(or are self-conscious wearing them) contact lenses can

give you the freedom you want.

Many opticians offer a free trial of contact lenses. Try

them without financial commitment to see how they feel

and work for you. If you wish to go ahead there is usually

an assessment fee and you will require ongoing aftercare

in the early stages of contact lens wearing. It is advisable

to have spectacles as well, in case you become tired or

unwell when contact lenses may not be as convenient.

Why not ask your optician about contact lenses today?

You could be up and running (in contact lenses!) in as

little as 45 minutes.

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To book an appointment call 01494 672193

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Find us at Beaconsfield Market

every Tuesday 8am until 2pm

We stock shrubs, perennials, spring bulbs,

seasonal baskets and bedding plants

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To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@beaconsfieldtogether.co.uk

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FINANCIAL NEWS

Revisiting your

Inheritance Tax

strategy

The latest data from HMRC revealed IHT

receipts for April 2021 to March 2022 were

£6.1bn, 14% (0.7bn) higher than in the same

period 12 months earlier.

Receipts have increased partly due to higher death

rates during the pandemic, as well as due to the rise in

property prices which has seen more families coming

into scope for IHT. With thresholds frozen at current

levels, the nil-rate band of up to £500,000 – IHT is

effectively a stealth tax.

Below are a few IHT top tips:

• Gifts – use your £3,000 annual allowance before the

end of each tax year, or you can make gifts of up to

£250 per person per tax year.

• Make a Will – and keep it up to date

• Leave money to charity – if you leave at least 10%

of your net estate to charity, the IHT rate reduces from

40% to 36%

• Take out life assurance – this won’t reduce your

estate but instead provides a lump sum to your

beneficiaries to help pay the IHT bill. The policy

should be written in trust.

• Trusts – for example, putting money into a trust to

pay for a grandchild’s education or to support a range

of potential beneficiaries.

• Pension nomination – minor tweaks to where to

direct the potential death benefits can prevent large

IHT issues on the estate of the second spouse on

death.

• Take advice – sensible IHT planning can help to

reduce the amount of you IHT your beneficiaries will

have to pay and safeguard your wealth.

Philip Harper, Financial Planner

phil@fmifa.com | 01494 817151

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Tech Buddies &

Tablets for those

in need

Who can benefit

This service is for people in need to

connect electronically and are at risk

of social isolation and loneliness in

Beaconsfield, due to their personal

circumstances. This service can be accessed

via referral only such as your GP or faith

group leader or via our buddy network

volunteers.

What We Do

We loan FOC computer tablets preloaded with

email, web access etc to help those who would

benefit by being ‘better connected’ to family

and friends, join online classes, & access support

services via email, web, video calls and more.

How we do it

Once referred, we contact the person by telephone

and then two of our Tech Buddies visit, install the

equipment (computer tablet, docking station/

battery charger), and briefly teach them how to use

it, providing guidance and a daily training plan to

suit their needs. After this, we provide remote

support and help as needed. We run drop-in

sessions at Beaconsfield library for them every 1st

Wednesday of the month for 1hr too.

From 11-12noon, we will give some guidance on

IT issues for other people to have a chat in a group

session.

We don’t

Teach people how to use or fix their computer.

To find out more call 01494 919232 or visit

www.betterconnectedbeaconsfield.org.uk

Talking Cafe

Every Friday 9 -11am

At The Dove Cafe, Mayflower Way, Beaconsfield

A friendly chat and a

complimentary cuppa awaits all

those on their own who would

welcome some company

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DOVE CAFE

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Experienced, Friendly

& Professional Internal

& External Decorators.

We have been

working in & around

Beaconsfield,

Gerrards Cross,

Amersham &

surrounding areas

since 1993.

Please call to discuss

your requirements.

Call Nigel:

01494 681 794 or 07771 521 263

www.ngilliedecoratingservices.co.uk

February 2020 Screenings

Saturdays, September & October

SEPTEMBER 10th

The Outfit (15)

UK 2022

SEPTEMBER 24th

Graduate Film

Festival

OCTOBER 8th

The Intouchables

(15) France 2011

French with subtitles

OCTOBER 22ND

The Rescue

(12A) UK/USA 2021

Doors open 7:15pm • Film starts 8pm

Go online to view the full programme and details onhow to become

a member. Guests are welcome.

beaconsfieldfilmsociety.com

To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@beaconsfieldtogether.co.uk

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What’s been happening

at Beaconsfield Town

Council?

Typically August is a quiet

time in local councils, which

gives us a chance to catch

up on a few things in the

office. We have two new

members of staff, Tabish

Wazir and Helen Walters

whom we are pleased to

welcome to the team.

Even if there are not many

meetings taking place, we

are still busy and the Mayor

has attended many events

and recently had a very

interesting meeting with

Swish Fibre who are keen

to get involved in some

community projects in the

area... something to be

followed up with our new

Events Committee!

The council put forward

a strong objection to

the appealed Planning

Application to build

hundreds of new homes

in the green belt adjacent

to the town and are

working closely with the

Beaconsfield Society on

this.

Helen Walters

Tabish Wazir

The Town Council has

agreed to contribute

funding to sort out the

yellow lines and traffic

issues in Wattleton Road,

but it may still take some

while until this project

reaches completion.

Local residents will

be consulted by

Buckinghamshire Council.

On page 22 we have the

Neighbourhood Plan updates

and exhibition dates thank

you for all your help.

Community Bus

We would like to re-instate

the Beaconsfield Community

Bus and are looking for

volunteer minibus drivers

to support this service. This

is an important service to

help the elderly and those

isolated so they can get out

and mix in the community.

However, this service is run

by volunteer drivers, hence

we are co-ordinating the

pool of drivers to get this up

and running again.

Please see opposite advert

for all the criteria. Get in

touch if you are interested.

And finally, we have moved

the goalposts!

But in a good way... new

goalposts have been

installed at Wooburn Green

Lane Sports Field, where we

continue to work on pitch

improvement. We have also

installed new five-a-side

goalposts at Holtspur Park.

For more information: www.beaconsfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Beaconsfield Town Council continued...

Neighbourhood plan update

We have had a huge response to our Questionnaire survey in late 2021 and public

exhibitions held in March in the 3 hearts of the town. Since then, we have analysed all the

feedback and suggestions and have prepared our Pre Submission Neighbourhood Plan.

This September - October we are now consulting on this draft plan and going back to the

public to seek your views and comments.

You can view the Pre Submission Neighbourhood Plan document and supporting

reports on our website or ask to view a printed copy at the Town Council Offices and at

Beaconsfield Library. We will also be holding public exhibitions again where you are all

invited to come along and chat to those involved and find out more.

Public Exhibition dates:

Thursday 22 September 4-7pm

Fitzwilliams Centre, Windsor End, Old Town

Friday 23 September 4-7pm

St Thomas’ Hall, Mayflower Way, Holtspur

Saturday 24 September 11-3pm

Town Hall Chamber, Town Hall, Penn Road, New Town

For more information or to view the draft plans: www.beaconsfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk/

community/neighbourhood-plan/ or email np@beaconsfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

Beaconsfield Town Council, Town Hall, Penn Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2PP.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan (NP) puts in place a planning policy for an area.

It is about the use and development of land and often contains a vision, aims and

planning policy. It will relate to the settlement area of the community (in our case

the Parish boundary) and as the Town’s setting is flanked with green belt, green belt will

be outside the scope of our NP. If successfully adopted, the NP becomes part of the

statutory development framework for the area.

The NP should not be confused with a Local Plan, which will be produced at a higher

level and relates to a larger area.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Fly-tipping us

over the edge

We’re not talking about knocking

winged insects off their axis… Flytipping

is illegal dumping of liquid or

solid waste. It’s an expensive issue

that can cause serious pollution of

the environment, a risk to human

health and harms wildlife.

So why do people fly tip? Predominantly,

to avoid disposal costs. Non household

waste disposal is currently charged in

Buckinghamshire per 25 litre bag. The

charges are fairly small however some

people are going to great lengths to avoid

them. According to Defra (Department for

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) during

the height of lockdown (2020/21), incidents

of fly-tipping on public land across England

‘flew’ to an all-time high with an increase

of 16%. At this time, around a third of

workers saw their household income fall. This

reduction in disposable income combined

with families stuck at home, saw a spike

in DIY renovation projects. However not

everyone decluttered their living spaces

using the appropriate methods, it seemed

although people were staying in, bulky

waste was finding its way out, often left at

roadsides around our beautiful countryside.

The cost of clearance to local authorities

in England in 2020/21 was £11.6 million.

Money which could have been spent on

recreational areas for the community. It is

time to tackle the abandoned trash head on.

cameras and automatic number-plate

recognition) to link vehicles to tipping in

real time.

However, fly-tipping is not only reserved

for mattresses, in fact just under (65%) of

dumping involves small everyday items.

So what can we do to help? ‘One man’s

rubbish may be another’s treasure’. Offering

unwanted items on sites like Facebook’s

marketplace is a great way to move on

unwanted goods. With disposable cups

and cigarette butts being two of the worst

culprits, the use of reusable bottles and

sensibly placed ash trays can go a long

way. Last but not least, education! Educating

people close about the importance of

recycling and using bins appropriately

can have a massive lasting impact on the

community.

CPRE are a national charity with a network

of local groups in every county. We have

almost a century of experience in

campaigning for the countryside.

To find out more about the work we are

doing, please visit www.cprebucks.org.uk

and for more tips on waste please visit:

https://www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.

co.uk/

Buckinghamshire council plans to remove

fees at recycling centres along with the use

of artificial intelligence (rapid deployment

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BUSINESS NEWS

A J Dunlop Car

Servicing Open Day

On July 9th 2022 A J Dunlop Car

Servicing Ltd held their 11th Charity

Open Day after two years of being unable

to run the event. The event was opened

by The Mayor of Beaconsfield, Councillor

Alastair Pike and it raised a magnificent

£1500 for Wycombe Mind.

As always there were some great cars on

display including; Jaguar E types, the Bright

Red Ronalt (based on a Jaguar), a couple of

Ferraris amongst others, and a collection

of Motor Bikes.

Alex Dunlop would like to thank his staff who

worked with such enthusiasm throughout the

day. The weather was glorious and the Pimms

flowed. Alex commented, “We all had a

great day, and we hope that those who came

enjoyed it too”. He added, “A big thank

you to the local companies that generously

supported the event including; SMB Builders,

the main sponsor, CST Ltd , Nunn Hayward,

Red Kite Kitchens, TCS autos , Mark One

Motors, Tyzers Insurance and to all those

lovely people who gave generously to

help raise money for an essential charity.

Thank you again for all your support”

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FINANCIAL NEWS

FINANCIAL NEWS

When can I

afford to retire?

You may have an idea about the type

of lifestyle you want, but knowing if

your expenditure will be sustainable is

not straightforward.

In terms of budgeting, inflation is a big factor

over 20 to 30 years, and it’s easy to overlook

capital expenses like replacing cars or home

refurbishments.

The investment strategies in our pensions are

vital in determining the potential sustainability

of our income. Yet, these are often ignored by

many savers.

The order in which we draw from our assets

in retirement, and the use of available tax

allowances, can also play a significant factor

in our money’s longevity, but these are not

simple matters.

Ben Walter, CEO at Walter & Partners,

comments, “Planning for retirement has never

been so important, with people living longer

and more active lives. We help our clients map

out their retirement budgets, recommend

appropriate investment strategies, and advise

on drawing from their assets in a tax-efficient

way. This ongoing process provides clarity,

direction, and peace of mind when planning

for, and living in retirement”.

You can find out more about Walter & Partners

and get in touch at www.walter-partners.co.uk

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LEGAL ADVICE

Parental Alienation

As family lawyers we hear this term used increasingly

between parents but there is still no one agreed

‘definition’ of parental alienation, potentially resulting

in confusion and misuse of the term. CAFCASS, the

Children & Family Court Advisory & Support Service,

define it as the unjustified resistance or hostility from

a child towards one parent as a result of psychological

manipulation by the other parent.

This can be a worrying time for the non-resident parent as it

can often be gradual so as not to raise alarm bells. Specialist

legal advice should be sought at the earliest opportunity if you

believe your child is at risk of parental alienation. It is helpful to

keep a record of occasions where you think examples of this

behaviour have occurred, and to reflect on those occasions to

see if there is a pattern – is it becoming more frequent or more

severe? Information can then be used in any court application

which becomes necessary.

Parental alienation covers a spectrum of behaviours. These

may include badmouthing the other parent, limiting contact,

forbidding the child from speaking about the other parent, or

trying to manipulate the child into believing negative things

about the other parent, often causing untold damage to the

relationship with that parent and long-lasting emotional and

psychological impact on the child.

Parental alienation is best understood as a ‘campaign’ of

behaviour leading a child to become resistant to, or entirely

refuse, contact with the other parent. Initially there may be low

level barriers for the non-resident parent, e.g. not being kept

up to date regarding progress at school, not being involved

in medical appointments, or the child not making a contact

session because of a friend’s party, and then progression into a

concerted campaign of denigration. The child is encouraged to

disparage the other parent, or agree with the resident

parent’s negative statements about the non-resident parent, and

is often rewarded under the guise of ‘sharing their feelings’.

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If Court proceedings are necessary, your solicitor can make

an application on your behalf to obtain a Child Arrangements

Order, detailing the time the child is to spend with each

parent. An order will only be made if the Court considers it

is in the best interest of the child.

Given that the ultimate outcome can result in children not

seeing a parent, it is essential that everyone involved fully

understands the implications of making such an allegation and

how to respond as this can be instrumental in dealing with this

issue and restoring a more functional co-parenting relationship

between parties.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article,

our team of solicitors at our Beaconsfield office are very

experienced in dealing with children matters and parental

alienation, and can provide you with support and expert

legal advice.

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HEALTH NEWS

Ark Mediation

Resolve your issues through Ark

Mediation.

Ark Mediation can resolve your financial, property

and/or parenting disputes in a cost-effective way.

We are fully accredited mediators working with

clients both face to face and online. At Ark

Mediation, we care about our clients and

genuinely want to help during difficult times.

In many cases, when applying to court for an

order regarding arrangements for children

or to reach a financial settlement, you are

required to show that you have attended a

MIAM (Mediation,Information and Assessment

Meeting) and therefore attempted mediation

as a process.

The current government voucher scheme offers

£500 worth of mediation time towards joint

mediation sessions for those who wish to resolve

parental arrangements outside of court. Pursuing

mediation is not only more cost effective for you

but it is looked upon more favourably by the

British court system. Most importantly it is the

preferred approach for a more balanced and

pragmatic outcome especially where children are

concerned.

At Ark Mediation, we are trained by NFM

(National Family Mediation) and affiliated to

the Family Mediation Council, the organisation

responsible for setting and maintaining standards

in the profession. We are recognised by the

FMC (Family Mediation Council) and meet the

ongoing continued professional development

requirements of that body.

Our methods place a strong emphasis on

outcomes that can be sustainable in the long

term for all parties concerned.

Romina Kamran | 0739 753 9055

Ark.Mediation

We specialise in mediation for individuals and

families going through difficult times

At Ark mediation we support you in reaching a fair and balanced

outcome with your dispute. We offer a safe space for all participants

to communicate in a healthy and effective way so a successful

agreement is sustainable for the future, not simply for a short

period following mediation.

• Mediation, Information & Assessment Meeting

• Certified C100 FORM/ FORM A for court

• Written parental agreement

• Memorandum of understanding agreement

• DBS certified

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e: contact@arkmediation.co.uk

t: 07397 539 055

w: arkmediation.co.uk

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£500

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voucher scheme

towards

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WHY THERMOGRAPHY IS THE ‘W

FOR REDUCING HE

and improving the quality and efficiency of insulation methods as

part of the conservation of traditional, older and ancient buildings

by Robert Tiffin, Eco Tiffin Ltd

It might not seem entirely intuitive to consider the

use of modern technology when working with

traditional and ancient buildings. However, building

conservation should make use of all the knowledge,

skills and disciplines at its disposal and it would be

a big mistake to dismiss thermography, especially

now, with energy costs predicted to be capped at

£2,800 a year for the average home by October

2022.

Thermography is the use of thermal infrared

imaging to identify heat loss contributing building

defects such as dampness and its sources. It is

a non-destructive technique that is ideal when

working with older, complex buildings that have so

many elements to them. Indeed, it is impossible to

make a full and accurate assessment of their state

of repair without recourse thermography in the

hands of a seasoned building professional.

A condition survey incorporating an analysis of

all heat loss areas, building defects and drafts in

relation to the current or proposed use of any building

is a prerequisite for the correct identification and

specification of any insulation (retrofit) works needed,

well before their approval and commencement.

Identifying the exact type of structure and its fabric

enables us to determine its thermal envelope, how

good or bad it is at retaining the warm air that is so

expensive to heat, and therefore form a strategy on

how best to reduce it.

More than any other technology, the thermal

images shown here shows the interplay of moisture,

heat and ventilation continuously unfolding in any

building. It allows us to better understand/see what

is going on, explain it and make better informed

decisions when prioritising the allocation of everlimited

resources. Which means we should be

thinking of thermography as a sixth sense that we

are very lucky to have.

Because of the highly visual, immediate

nature of the thermal survey, it offers a relatively

inexpensive and non-invasive way of helping

clients and other stakeholders understand the

significance of heat loss and potential problems

Uninsulated light tube

Poorly installed cavity wall

insulation

Poorly fitted horizontal loft

insulation

Get in touch today to

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EAPON OF CHOICE’

AT LOSS

that might otherwise be difficult to conceptualise.

Among many others, these can include:

Continuity and condition of insulation

Cold bridging

Structural defects

Hidden structures, services and past alterations

Air leakage/infiltration

Electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling and

ventilation systems

Damp and decay

Moisture and air circulation

Cleaning interventions

Plaster and finishes delamination

Blockages in flues and rainwater goods

Quality of workmanship and material

Having identified heat loss, bypass, drafts

and defects, thermography can then be used to

suggest solutions and highlight the advantages of

taking action, among them:

Demonstrating the improvements of a retrofit

programme

Substantiating insurance claims

Communicating objectives to the workforce on

the ground where language barriers might exist

and/or competence or understanding levels need

improving

Poorly fitted or missing insulation to

sloping soffits of bedroom ceiling

Taking into account the full range of factors and

parameters while recording thermal images and

using other auxiliary data is obviously crucial for

correct interpretation. This is why we at Eco Tiffin

have been investing in thermal imaging equipment

and infrared training for all our staff. This enhances

our extensive CPD training in retrofitting older

buildings and qualifying as retrofit coordinators

for more than two decades now. We are firm

believers in the ‘fabric first’ approach to building

conservation and have found thermal imaging to be

07768 005885 | 01442 819332

enquiries@ecotiffin.co.uk

www.ecotiffin.co.uk

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a chilling effect ingredient like a fridge to have on your in your home. property Solid and ever pro

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improving insulation to roofs, walls, floors an

windows which are just some of the ways of

reducing heat-loss. The use of thermograph

Excessive heat loss to ground floor

and eaves details

Are you protecting your home?

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Beaconsfield Library

September and October

Library Events

Weekly schedule

Storytime

Tuesday 10.30 – 11.00am

Talking Café

Tuesday 11.00 – 2.30pm

Knit and Natter

Wednesday 10.30 – 12.30pm

Scrabble - Adults

Wednesday 10.30 – 12.30pm

Scrabble - Adults

Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm

LEGO for pre-school

Thursday 10.00 - 11.00am

IT Help – Bookable sessions

Thursday 2.30 - 4.00pm

Bounce and Rhyme

Friday 10.00 - 10.30am

Chess

Saturday 2.00 - 3.30pm

Monthly Activities

Beaconsfield Conservative Councillors surgery

10.30 – 12.30pm | 1st Saturday of the month

LEGO

2.00 – 3.00pm | 2nd Saturday of the month

Reading group for adults

10.30 -11.30am | 3rd Saturday of the month

Adult craft

10.00 – 12.00 Thursday 15th September

Special Events for September

Junior Craft – Boat cards

1.30 - 3.00pm Saturday 3rd September

Spanish for Babies & Toddlers under 2yrs

10.00 - 10.30am Wednesday 14th September

(For 3 weeks)

Spanish for Toddlers over 2 years

10.30 - 11.00am Wednesday 14th September

(For 3 weeks)

Please look out for more details on our

website, Facebook Page and in the library.

Lib-bea@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/libraries

@BucksLibraries

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EDUCATION NEWS

It’s never too late

to learn

We’ve been out in the community

recently, meeting the lovely residents

of Buckinghamshire and we often hear

the phrase ‘I’m too old to learn anything

now’.

Did you hear about 92-year-old Derek Skipper

who was the oldest person to sit his GCSE maths

exam this year? If he can do it, so can you!

There are so many benefits to lifelong learning

including; mental and physical wellbeing,

improved confidence and self-esteem, avoiding

isolation, gaining employment or better career

opportunities.

We’re here to let you know that it’s never too late

to learn. Our courses are available to anyone over

the age of 19 up to 100+. We offer something to

suit everyone including English and maths, digital

skills, distance learning, creative arts, languages,

home improvements and gardening and health

and fitness.

Our centres in Amersham, Chesham and

Beaconsfield are home to our part-time courses

in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish,

Swedish, Lip-reading, Tai Chi, Pilates, Flamenco

Dancing, Drawing and Painting, Digital

Photography, Crochet, Jewellery Making,

Practical Gardening, Bridge, Sewing, Indian

Cooking, Upcycling and Upholstery.

Search for the full list of our courses and enrol at

www.adultlearningbc.ac.uk

New

Adult Learning

brochure out now

• Languages

• Creative Arts

• Health and Fitness

• Home Improvements and Gardening

• English, maths and digital skills

• Community Engagement

• Distance Learning

• Family Learning

• Apprenticeships

Enrol today for 22/23 courses.

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Beaconsfield Together

Brain Matter

MISSING LINKS

Each clue has a missing

word, making a phrase,

term, place or name

1 2 3 4 5 6

7 8

Across

7 ___ pitch

8 Heart ___ (4)

9 ___ powder (6)

10 ___ Spielberg (6)

11 ___ Johnson (5)

12 ___ Palin (7)

15 ___ Falls (7)

17 Silver ___ (5)

20 Victoria and ___ (6)

22 ___ coaster (6)

23 ___ Boleyn (4)

24 ___ growth (8)

KEY WORD

Keyword

Down

1 Jacket ___ (6)

2 ___ plaster (8)

3 ___ Campbell (5)

4 ___ band (7)

5 Relay ___ (4)

6 Cheddar ___ (6)

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16 Rhode ___

18 ___ crunch

19 ___stick

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On the face of it, this puzzle is perfectly straightforward. Simply fill in the letters missing

words 1-10 and enter them into the numbered boxes, to reveal a hidden keyword.

On the face of it, this

puzzle is perfectly

straightforward. Simply

fill in the letters missing

from words 1-10 and

enter them into the

numbered boxes, to

reveal a hidden keyword.

IN REFLECTION

Can you spot the

eight differences

between this

control panel

and its reflection

opposite?

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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?

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DAYS OUT

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the face of it, this puzzle is perfectly straightforward. Simply fill in the letters missing from

rds 1-10 and enter them into the numbered boxes, to reveal a hidden keyword.

In Reflection

Autumn at Bekonscot

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Model 1 2 Village 3 4 and

5 6

Railway

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Bekonscot Illuminated – Every weekend

between

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5th / 6th

24November and 10th /

11th December.

See the magic of Bekonscot lit up at dusk

Tickets must be purchased via the Chiltern

Society website www.chilternsociety.org.uk/

heritage-festival

Santa weekend - 10th and 11th December

Book your children to visit Santa’s Grotto

at Bekonscot

Thursday 22nd

September -

Chiltern Heritage

Festival 6pm - 8pm

Exclusive after-hours

event to see the

village lit up. Includes

buffet and talks about

the history of the village and how our models

are made.

See Santa in his grotto

at Bekonscot and

receive a fabulous gift.

Tickets go on sale on

1st October via our

website.

For more details or to book tickets go to:

www.bekonscot.co.uk

PUZZLE

SOLUTIONS

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Beaconsfield School

celebrate 90 years!

The Beaconsfield School celebrated 90

years at the current Wattleton Road site

on 9th July 2022 with an event at the

school to celebrate our heritage and

display the achievements of the current

students with alumni, parents and

sponsors.

250 alumni and other members of the

community came to watch a performance

from our students and other local schools.

Suzanne Shaw (of Hearsay) hosted the event

to support her son who attends the school

and performed some of her songs for us.

Cordelia Wright in 1913

We also

had a huge

exhibition of

photographs

and

documents

from as

far back as

1854 as well as a ‘History of the Beaconsfield

School’ book which has been written by an

ex-teacher of the school. It was a great

opportunity for ex-students and teachers

to meet up with old friends and colleagues

and there were a few tears as people came

together for the first time in years.

We would like to profoundly thank our

sponsors Shanly Homes, Roland Callingham

Foundation, BOSCS and especially The

National Lottery for helping us to fund this

wonderful event.

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Meditation on Twin Hearts

with

Healing Clinic

FOR BETTER PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

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