Amersham and Chalfonts Together November December 2022

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Silver Sunday Amersham success

Amersham wins ‘Britain in Bloom’

Vegan and vegetarians get funding



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

CHRISTMAS EDITION November / December 2022 Issue 22

Bespoke Garden Rooms


A Space to Work, or a Place to Unwind

Home Office, Summer House, Art Studio, Gymnasium,

Music Room, Gaming Den... 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.

Email: enquiries@jmgardenretreats.co.uk Tel: 07855 484 944

Lindengate's Winter

Emergency Appeal

Together, we can help change lives

Please support our appeal now.

In 2022, Lindengate Mental Health Charity has already supported over 1500

people, through visits to our gardens, volunteering and participation in our

programmes. We want to be able to continue to support people, but, in this

economic climate, need additional funding just to be able to maintain current levels

of service. 1 in 4 people experience mental ill health, which could be one of

your loved ones.

We are recognised as a flagship charity in Bucks, but this does not protect us from

the enormous pressure that is being put on all charities. We need £2,500 per day to

support the 2000 adults and young people who will benefit from being at

Lindengate each year. Despite diversifying our income streams and working

tirelessly, Lindengate needs an additional £80,000.

The need within the community is greater than ever and, with the cost of living

crisis continuing to rise, Lindengate can be a lifeline to so many.


Memorial Gardens Old Amersham - © Don Graham

Useful Numbers

Mental Help Helpline 24/7

t: 0800 783 0119 / 01865 904 997

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 24/7

t: 0808 2000 247

Chilterns Dial-a-ride for those with

mobility problems t: 01494 766 123

Alcoholics Anonymous

Call confidentially on: t: 0800 917 7650

Age UK’s Befriending service matches older

people with volunteers who have similar interests.

t: 01296 431911 e: age@ageukbucks.org.uk

Be Amazing & Volunteer

Right at Home

Paid volunteer to support the elderly.

t: 01494 573 500

Connection Support

Require: Volunteer Befrienders or Family

Mentors. t: 01296 484 322

Meet the Team

Publisher, Editor & Sales

Therese Cooklin - 07786 735 711

Magazine Designer

Mathew Peet, Digital Bear Design - 01949 839 206

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!

Well done to Amersham for winning Britain in

Bloom! How amazing is that!! (see p16) To celebrate

their victory I took the decision to use this beautiful

photo of the Memorial Gardens as front cover - not

that christmassy, but nevertheless a beautiful scene!

It’s also quite fitting that the Queen’s head in the

shape of a stamp is in the background and we pay

tribute to her with some photos taken at Bekonscot

Model Village on a visit in the early 30’s (p18).

As winter fast approaches, Lindengate ask for help

in their emergency appeal and also offer a wreath

making fundraiser to all. (see p23)

The Young Journalists write about Christmas

and what it means to them (p16 & 17) and finally

I would like to personally thank all my advertisers,

wonderful designer Mat from Digital Bear Design,

Tescos in Old Amersham, feature writers, and posties

for delivering this little community magazine to so

many homes. Also a special thank you to Jo Franks

from Amersham School for her tremendous help

and support.

I wish you all a peaceful and joyous Christmas and

see you in the New Year!

With love,


Next Copy Deadlines -

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Editorials: 29th Nov

Advertisers: 30th Nov

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Thank you for


Thank you to everyone who attended the

Epilepsy Society’s Public Exhibition from

29 September-1 October, when we shared

details of our planning proposal to develop

part of our land in Chalfont St Peter.

It was important to meet you and hear your

comments and concerns and to understand your

priorities as a community and as our neighbours.

We also hope it was a chance for you to

understand why, as a locally based national charity,

it is critical that we make best use of our assets to

improve the diagnosis and treatment of people

with epilepsy. We are working in a difficult funding

environment and have been making annual losses

that mean we are forecast to run out of cash by the

end of the decade.

Ground-breaking research at the Epilepsy Society.

By developing a section of our land, we can

safeguard the charity and ensure that it can continue

to deliver life-transforming epilepsy research.

Research that could stop 1,200 people with epilepsy

dying every year – often young people on the cusp

of university and an independent life. Research

that could mean a young mum with epilepsy could

hold her new-born baby without fear of dropping

them during a seizure. Research that could offer the

chance of seizure freedom to hundreds of thousands

of people across the country.

There are 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK.

Our land in Chalfont St Peter is their greatest hope.

You can find out more here www.epilepsysociety.


Thank you. The Epilepsy Society.

Funding available for older

Vegans & Vegetarians

For people living independently, several

channels of support are available through

the charity VfL, such as The Vegan and

Vegetarian Fund.

Grants of up to £3,000 may be awarded to those

meeting the criteria, for one-off purchases that

will assist older veg*ns in maintaining their

independence. Recent grants have provided

mobility scooters, laptops and washing machines

that have dramatically improved the quality of life

for recipients.

VfL Chief Executive, Amanda Woodvine, said:

“The cost-of-living crisis is causing rocketing

household bills and putting a strain on muchneeded

support services. So it’s more important

than ever that we seek help when necessary.

For veg*ns receiving care, perhaps living with

dementia or cognitive decline, relying on others

for a healthy diet in line with our ethical beliefs

might be an extra concern. VfL can help. We’re

only a click or phone call away.”

Their increasingly

popular veggie

pen- and phone-pal

scheme, aims to combat

loneliness and connect

people with shared

beliefs. The list of participants is always growing,

and lasting friendships have been established.

Sometimes, just chatting to a someone likeminded

can be a powerfully reassuring thing.

Those who wish to take part choose their contact

method – phone or letter, or both – which are

added to the scheme database and circulated to

other participants. In return, each participant

receives a list of others in the scheme and can

pick and choose who they get in touch with.

As the only charity in the world with this expertise, VfL

can offer a wealth of knowledge, from tasty recipes

and nutritional information, through to advice on how

to stand up for your rights as an older veg*n.

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk | 0161 257 0887


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Outreach project

going strong

A Chalfont St Peter project started back in

May - to assist local families who had opened

their homes to Ukranians sheltering from the

war – has just finished its 6 months and it is still

going strong.

We have had fabulous support from

residents and the project has been so

successful that we have managed to run 2

containers throughout the summer, providing

items of clothing, toiletries and school

supplies that families needed. Surplus

donations have been sorted and packed, and

almost 100 boxes of clothing, toys, medical

supplies and mobility aids transported to a

logistics team in Amersham who get it straight

over to where it is most needed in Ukraine’.

Unfortunately, with the war worsening in the

Ukraine, and with local residents struggling

with the high cost of heating, volunteers are

hoping to keep the project running until early

December to supply (free) warm clothing to

those in need. Should parents need warm coats

or winter boots for their children, please make

Karen collecting mobility aids from the GX Jumble Sale, with the help

of Rotarians Geoff and Diane

contact via school heads and the team will do

their best to help.

A fun project to boost funds is being

organised on Saturday 19th November,

where a ‘Pre-loved Evening Wear/ Party Frocks

Sale’ is being held at CSP’s Community Centre,

between 10am and 2pm.

An appeal for donations of smart, nearly

new evening wear has gone out, hopefully

for folks to buy in time for December

Christmas functions. More details of the

event, and how you can support the project

by donating, can be found on CSP Parish

Mutterings facebook page, or by emailing

kzdickson@thechalfonts.co.uk, or by visiting

either of the 2 containers at St Joseph’s Church

and CSP’s Community Centre.

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Family run business

Full and partial rewires

Safety electrical testing

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Fuse board upgrades

Garden lighting

All electrical work undertaken

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One Can Trust

Food Bank:

together we can

The One Can Trust Foodbank help local

people to help local people. Through their

network of front line service providers and

distribution hubs they give out food aid to

adults and children across High Wycombe

and South Bucks.

Why the community needs us

In some areas of Buckinghamshire 1 in 3 children

live in poverty. Providing food to those who find

themselves in times of crisis brings hope and

relieves pressure on other services.

Our impact on the community

They currently distribute >275 food parcels a

month through a network of hubs. They give away

over £150,000 of food a year. A food parcel for a

family would cost £65 to buy, they deliver it at a

cost of approx £5.

Volunteers needed

Delivery drivers, pick n packers and fundraisers

If you need help or want to volunteer please


t: 01494 512 277

e: office@onecantrust.org.uk

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What’s on at Bekonscot Model Village

Saturday and Sundays

26th/27th November

3rd, 4th,10th and 11th December

Come and see Bekonscot illuminated.

See the village lit up with festive lights and special

scenes throughout the village. Spot the reindeer

and win a prize and enjoy festive refreshments from

the tearoom.

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th


Visit Santa’s Grotto!

Santa will be in his grotto

to welcome children.

Tickets must be

pre-booked via

our website.



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Please support Re-Cycle Bikes to Africa Christmas

appeal, your donation will go towards sending

bicycles to children and adults living in rural

communities in Africa.

Ways to donate

Online visit re-cycle.org

Over the phone 01206 617865

Donate in lieu of a Christmas present for a

loved one visit re-cycle.org/xmasvoucher

Send a cheque made payable to Re-Cycle to this

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I love my electric toothbrush and know it’s

better than the old fashioned manual version.

However, what happens to the used plastic

brush-heads - is there an eco friendly version?

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the chance to try out the charcoal-bristled,

recyclable brush head and the toothpaste tabs

with fluoride they supply.

The little toothpaste

tabs are a novel idea.

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In October, Amersham received the

ultimate accolade of being crowned

the OVERALL winner of the 2022

Britain in Bloom competition.

Amersham was also named the winner of the

Children and Young People’s Participation

Award and the RHS discretionary

Sustainable Gardening Award, as well as

one of two entrants to receive a Certificate

of Achievement for Innovation in Community

Engagement. This came after a gold award

at the regional competition for both the town

and the memorial gardens.

Over the past year, Amersham in Bloom’s key

focus has been to increase biodiversity

and sustainability while improving the local

environmental quality of Amersham. A great

example of this is the introduction of more

sustainable planting, including a heavy

emphasis on bee-friendly pollinators and

wildflowers to create corridors of nectar-rich

flowers throughout the town. We have also

increased our engagement, most notably to

involve more community groups and work

with more young people.

These wonderful awards epitomise how

working as a community can positively impact

16 Amersham & Chalfonts Together is part of Community Together


our local environment.

Whilst we must not dismiss

or underestimate the

unwavering and dedicated

efforts of the Town Council

staff and Councillors, it is the

collaboration between

the Council, bloom volunteers,

1st Chesham Bois Scout

Leaders, businesses, schools

and community groups that,

through the bloom initiative,

enable our town to thrive!

[Editors comment: An

amazing number of accolades,

well done to Steve Catanach

(Town Clerk) who has

co-ordinated and steered

the numerous community

volunteers, groups and

organisations to winning

these awards. Well done to


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A tribute to

HRH The Queen

Bekonscot Model Village remembers HRH

The Queen visiting a few times in this century.

Bekonscot Model Village remembers...

Brian Newman-Smith, MD said, “We feel privileged

and honoured that Her Majesty had visited Bekonscot

with her sister in the early thirties. We had harboured

hopes that Her Majesty might visit again but alas it was

not to be.”

Royal Visits

© Jeff Krotz

1934/42: Several visits by Queen Mary, with one or

both of the young Princesses, Princess Elizabeth and

Princess Margaret Rose took place.

The first recorded visit was on Friday, 20 April l934,

the eve of Princess Elizabeth’s 8th birthday.

1934: Her Royal Highness Queen Mary and Princess


1936: Her Royal Highness Queen Mary, HRH Duke

& Duchess of York with Princesses Elizabeth and


1939: Her Royal Highness Queen Mary, Princesses

Elizabeth and Margaret

Princesses Elizabeth

and Margaret in 1939


Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Separating

as parents of children with Autism

Earlier this year, TV personality Paddy McGuinness and

his wife Christine announced that they have separated

after 11 years of marriage. The couple revealed that

they are going to continue living together for the sake of

their three children, all of whom have Autism Spectrum

Disorder ( ‘ASD’).

Statistics have shown that there is a relatively higher risk

of divorce between parents of children with ASD, as the

challenges posed by ASD can take their toll on marriages.

For parents of children with ASD, the separation process can

be more complicated - autistic children may require more time

to adjust to the changes in their family dynamic. Family

solicitors are often asked to advise on arrangements for

children with additional needs and how best to navigate the

separation process. The timescales for one parent moving out

of the family home, or for changing the children’s routine to

spend time with a non-residentparent, will need to reflect this.

Children with ASD often struggle with communication and

exhibit repetitive behaviours or interests, which means that

they benefit from having a specific routine. In order to provide

maximum continuity for the children, both parents could

remain living in the family home, but no matter how spacious

the family home, this will bring practical challenges for both

parents as they begin to establish their independent lives.

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Therefore, in such circumstances, where finances may allow for

the family home to be retained whilst each parent purchases a

new property, it might be that both parties consider a ‘nesting

arrangement’. Under such an arrangement, the children would

remain living in the family home to ensure continuity, whilst the

parents rotate living with them.

If the latter option is not considered suitable in the long term,

perhaps because it is likely to cause further tension between

parents and to hinder effective co-parenting, it can be used

in the short term to smooth the transition to a shared care

arrangement, where the children spend time with each parent

in their respective homes.

It is impossible to completely avoid the effects of divorce on

children, but if you have a child with additional needs then

it is important to speak to a specialist family law solicitor with

experience in such matters to help minimise the impact

on them. Rayden Solicitors offer expert advice on divorce

involving children with additional needs. For a confidential

conversation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Silver Sunday in Amersham -

another success!

Silver Sunday Amersham held its first

event in October 2019 which celbrates

older people in our community.

The aim was to combat loneliness and isolation;

it has evolved into a National Celebration held

on the first Sunday in October. This year hosted

by Mimi Harker OBE, Neil Walker, Robin Harker

and a team of volunteers, the event was well

attended. Our special guests included HM

Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, Countess

Elizabeth Howe, and Mayor of Amersham, Cllr

Mark Roberts.

Entertainment was provided by the

Buckinghamshire Band of the Royal British

Legion, Gary Maillard - (“Elvis in the house”)

- and the West End star: Rebecca Vere. This

event would not have happened without

volunteers setting up the hall, making

sandwiches, cakes and biscuits, serving tea

and coffee all afternoon - and clearing up after

them! Thank you very much!

We couldn’t have hosted this event without

the financial support provided by the

Abbeyfield, Tesco and Rotary Clubs of

Amersham. Special thanks also go to The

Vintage Tea Company, who provided the

crockery, and to Amersham Common Village

Hall for providing the venue!

Finally, thank you to all our guests! They made

the atmosphere with smiles, singing and sheer

joy ! Silver Sunday was wonderful to see so

many enjoying the afternoon! Thank you for

coming along and celebrating with us! We are

looking forward to next year!

Mimi Harker OBE

Left to right: Countess Elizabeth Howe

and Mimi Harker OBE

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Autumn and Winter can be tough on our eyes.

When it becomes colder outside many of us

spend more time on electronic devices inside.

The wind outside and heating inside can make eyes

feel gritty and dry. If you wear glasses you may notice

that reading isn’t as easy when the light is poor. Ask

your optician about ‘Blue control’ lenses for those

electronic devices. These lenses can help with the

fatigue caused by the blue light that’s emitted from

screens. Your optician should be your first call for

recommending the most suitable lubricating drops

for dry eyes. Avoid general eye drops as they can

contain whiteners and preservatives which can

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Christmas Wreath Workshops

in our Yurt this December

Each 3 hour workshop takes place

10am-1pm on the following dates:

Saturday 3rd Dec

Sunday 4th Dec

Wednesday 7th Dec

Thursday 8th Dec

Friday 9th Dec

Saturday 10th Dec

£65 - includes:

Prosecco on arrival

Tea & Coffee

Mince Pies

Book Tickets at: www.lindengate.org.uk

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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 £3,800 a year for the average

home by Spring 2023.

Thermography is the use of thermal infrared

imaging to identify heat loss contributing to

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 to thermography in the hands of a

seasoned building professional.

A condition survey incorporating an analysis

of all heat loss areas, building defects and

draughts 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 heat loss.

The thermal images shown here reveal the

interplay of moisture, heat and ventilation

continuously taking place in any building. More

than any other technology, this allows us to see

and understand what is going on, explain it and

make better-informed decisions when prioritising

the allocation of ever-limited 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

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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

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

Quality of workmanship and material

Having identified heat loss, bypass, draughts

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


Substantiating insurance claims

Taking into account the full range of factors and

parameters while recording thermal images and

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using other auxiliary data is obviously crucial

for correct interpretation. It 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 has enabled us

to qualify 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 an

invaluable tool for corroborating and sharing

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• Climate change - how is my home coping?



What Christmas

means and how

it can make a

difference to others

Christmas (unlike Easter) is a religious

celebration of the Birth of Christ,

celebrated by believers and non-believers


Each year more than two billion people

from different creeds and cultures participate

in this annual event. It is a celebration of

virtues, such as humility compassion, empathy

and sacrifice which we recognise as the way

we ought to live rather the way we do. Such

evils as parsimony and greed are thrown

into the spotlight and exposed for what

they are. Everyone knows the difference

between right and wrong and at Christmas

it is difficult to ignore our shortcomings.

This is experienced by the religious and

non-religious. Charles Dicken’s Scrooge

recognised his shortcomings and reformed to

a life style we admire. How many would argue

that Scrooge should not give up his miserly

life? Thus Christmas is not exclusively for

christians but for everybody and encompasses

all. A celebration that crosses barriers across

the globe and social divides within societies.

With such a powerful reach, it affects so many

people regardless of their cultural divisions.

It is a time of year with extremely important

emotional significance and symbolism.

Peoples; experiences of Christmas are

affected by their beliefs. Christians celebrate

the birth of Christ, (Jehovah’s Witnesses do

not celebrate Christmas). Other religions

may allow their followers to celebrate out of

tradition, but otherwise we all go with the

experiences described above.

Christmas is a time when there is wonder

in the air, whether you celebrate it or not.

The decorations, songs, colours and

lights will follow you as you make your way

through the streets during the season. It

brings a positive light to everyone’s year and

provides that cozy feeling before the New


People can affect each other and affect their

Christmas by making it more memorable:

giving presents, contributing a Christmas

dinner to the homeless, being considerate

and respectful, as well as being festive.

The extravagances during this time results

in consequences for the environment.

Everybody can make a positive difference,

not only to each other, but to nature itself,

by simply, for example, re-using wrapping

paper, reducing waste and purchasing

Christmas trees that can be replanted. In

doing so, we can rejoice one of the most

beautiful times of the year, where people

can let go and express themselves to their

heart’s content.

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The fight against

fast fashion

Christmas is the time for exchanging presents,

cards to our co-workers and peers, gifts to

our friends and family - and charity. Whether

it be money or our precious time and care - to

those less-privileged. However, we can also

give back to our planet and people by making

a lifestyle change: fashion.

As temperatures drop, stores offer trendy

designs at low prices. Some of the produce

is made of poor-quality materials, and treat

their labour unethically. The term ‘fast-fashion’

was first used in the 1990s when fashion

companies produced clothes in as little as

15 days - to-day, even faster! This sounds

tempting but it has created a dangerous cycle

of excessive consumption as people buy,

wear and dispose of the clothes unsustainably.

According to Earth.org, approximately 92

million tonnes of global textile waste ends up

in landfill every year. In the UK, we consume

more clothing per person than any other

country in Europe taking a devastating toll on

our environment.

A colossal 300 000 tonnes of clothing is either

incinerated or buried in landfill sites in the UK.

This pollutes our soil, water and air supporting

big fashion giants burning unused stock as

the most efficient way of getting rid of it. The

fashion industry emits 10% of global carbon

emissions - double the amount created by air

and maritime transport. Making clothes is an

energy and water-intensive process, with 20%

of global waste water produced by fashion..

The fast-fashion industry as a whole has an

appalling reputation for mistreating their

workers, often in low-wage countries. (poor

working conditions have been exposed in

a Leicester factory too). Unfair wages and

forcing workers to work overtime, even when

ill, are injustices that some fast-fashion

companies have been accused. Companies

such as Primark, Boohoo and Zara are

famous fashion brands which are responsible

for ensuring that their products have been

produced ethically. Often, the injustice behind

each piece of clothing are not always seen.

Not anymore.

Shopping selectively and ethically is better

for environmental, health and is cheaper

and perhaps more enjoyable! Many online

platforms such as Vinted sell second hand

clothing and charity shops also recycle

materials sustainably. Buying clothing made

of sustainable materials - such as wool and

organic cotton instead of polyester and

conventional cotton - reduces the waste

pollution created by our clothes which can

affect ecosystems around the world due to

microplastic pollution.

This Christmas let’s buy sustainable fashion:

fashion should not be at the cost of our

environment or the lives of others. Let’s fight

against this aspect of fast fashion.

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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Amersham & Chalfonts Together

Brain Matter


Can you fit all the listed

words into this grid?

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Can you fit all of the listed words into this grid?









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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

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