Beaconsfield Together January February 2023

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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Complimentary copy, hand delivered by Royal Mail delivery to 8,300 homes

and businesses in Beaconsfield. Copies available at Waitrose in Beaconsfield.


NEW YEAR EDITION January / February 2023 Issue 33

Sponsored by

2 Beaconsfield Together is part of Community Together

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


01494 919 232

The Beaconsfield Advisory Centre

t: 01494 672987

e: contact@beaconsfieldadvisorycentre.org.uk

The Christian Eye Foundation


07568 135 308

Victim support line - help after a crime

t: 08 08 16 89 11


A snowy St Marys & All Saints Church

Hello & welcome!

Happy New Year! This is the time to reflect on all

that has passed in 2022, take stock of what we

have achieved, things we could’ve done better

and how we can improve our lives as we go into


It is true to say life has become tough, but these

external influences which could either drag

us down, or we find the inner strength to find

positive thoughts, words and actions to help us


Congratulations to Julia Woodward who won the

Christmas hamper kindly donated by Waitrose

Beaconsfield. The store does some amazing

community work and if you see the lady selling

The Big Issue outside, please do go and speak

to her. If you can’t afford to buy the magazine - a

kind word and smile goes a long way.

Daily gratitude for what we have in this life keeps

us grounded and if we try and help others as

much as we can, this will surely bring us good

health, happiness and abundance.

Be Amazing & Volunteer

Bucks Mind in Buckinghamshire

Volunteers over 18 years needed

t: 01494 463364or w: www.bucksmind.org.uk

With love,


Next Copy Deadlines -

January / February 2023

Editorials: 30th Jan

Advertisers: 1st Feb

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

Retail volunteers for new Beaconsfield shop

t: 01296 429975 or

e: volunteering@fnhospice.org.uk

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.

t: 07786 735 711

e: therese@beaconsfieldtogether.co.uk

w: www.beaconsfieldtogether.co.uk

Get your business noticed

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over 23,000 homes in Beaconsfield,

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Local hospice

charity to open

its doors in


New Town

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity will

be opening the doors to its newest shop,

on The Broadway, in January.

The shop promises to bring high-quality,

sustainable shopping to Beaconsfield

with a range of premium preloved fashion,

homeware, toys & more.

All the profits from the shop will go direct to

the charity, which is dedicated to delivering

the best hospice care for everyone who needs

it across Buckinghamshire and its borders,

wherever and whenever they need it –

whether that’s at the Hospice in Aylesbury

or, increasingly, in patients’ home, including

right here in Beaconsfield.

Lily Caswell, Head of Retail for Florence

Nightingale Hospice Charity, tell us “We’re

thrilled to be coming to Beaconsfield, bringing

with us sustainable shopping and raising

awareness of the work our charity does in


The charity is hopeful the January opening

will result in plentiful donations of stock as

people clear out their cupboards and

wardrobes this New Year. Florence Nightingale

Hospice Charity is also seeking volunteers

to help make the shop a success – if you

would like to make a difference for your local

community in 2023 you can find out more by

visiting www.fnhospice.org.uk/retailvolunteer

or calling 01296 429975.

The new Florence Nightingale Hospice

Charity shop is located at 14 The Broadway,

Penn Road, Beaconsfield HP9 2PD, in the

old Entertainer shop. For updates on the

shop opening you can follow the charity

on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


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Mind Buckinghamshire

We are Bucks Mind, the mental health

charity and our vision is that everyone

with a mental health problem gets

support and respect.

We deliver services in our local communities,

in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire. We

promote wellbeing and recovery; we prevent

mental ill health; we offer talking therapies and

we provide support in times of crisis.

We are an independent charity that is proud to

be affiliated with national Mind.

Could you help us? We are always looking

to recruit more volunteers, particularly in our

Befriending service, which involves meeting or

calling and supporting someone each week for

around 6 months.

We work with anyone over 18 years and try

to use the volunteer’s skills and experience to

benefit the service user. An understanding of

mental health issues would be helpful, but we

offer regular training and development sessions

and ongoing support, if needed. We recognise

that everyone’s mental health is important and

we are here for all.

We match volunteers with someone that we

really feel they will get on with and be able to

help, to make the experience worthwhile and

enjoyable for them, as well as the person they


Please do call us on 01494 463364 for more

info or see our website www.bucksmind.org.uk

where you can complete our application form.

Volunteers needed

Do you have free time, skills or experience to share?

Could you make a difference to the lives of people

with a mental health problem?

Volunteer with Buckinghamshire Mind and we will provide

training, ongoing support and pay expenses.


01494 463364


Registered Charity (No: 1103063)

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Beaconsfield WI celebrates Diwali!

Having celebrated Diwali, we have plans

to celebrate Christmas with a meal and


We meet once a month at 7-30pm in St Teresa’s

Parish Hall on the third Monday of the month. Also

available to members are a Craft Club, a Book Club

and a Walking Group.

Outings have included a Gin tasting, a visit to see the

Strictly Dancing dresses being made and a visit to the

Foundling Museum in London.

During the year we have supported Wycombe

Woman’s Aid with fund raising and in more practical


Community issues are also supported. We have

campaigned for a Refill Water Fountain in the centre

of the town, to remind people to use less plastic

bottles, and taken part in the Mosaic project to

brighten up the town and to thank the many

people who supported the town during the Covid


One Can Trust

How to get help and

how to help...

What to do if you need help

The food bank works on a referral system

whereby one of their front-line partners will

assess your needs.

Volunteer at your local food bank

If you can spare a few hours weekly or fortnightly,

they’d love you to join one of their volunteer teams.

Roles vary from packing parcels to sorting through

donations, delivering parcels and collecting food

from supermarkets.

Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved to

help us tackle food poverty and where possible,

provide additional support to people in our local


Can you help with a cash or food donation?

Right now, vulnerable families and individuals living

Our WI is part of the biggest Women’s organisation

in the country. The National Federation (NFWI)

campaigns on many issues such as Climate Change

and violence against women. These are debated at

local level and delegates then debate them at an

Annual Meeting.

If you would like to join us, please go to

BeaconsfieldWI.bucks@gmail.com. Or just turn up

at a meeting, you will receive a warm welcome.

Deborah Sanders

locally need your support more than ever. Demand

is at the highest levels they’ve ever seen and with

the continuing cost of living crisis, they fear will rise


Get in touch

t: 01494 512277

e: office@onecantrust.org.uk

11B Duke Street, High Wycombe, HP13 6EB

Use HP13 6EE for SatNav

Open: Mon - Frid 8:30am-3:30pm

8 Beaconsfield Together is part of Community Together





play a key role in the success of our


and we are urgently seeking volunteers to be


of the team to launch our brand new shop in


New Town.


receive ongoing training and support in


role and, with a range of flexible roles


whatever your interests and experience,


a role for everyone.


01296 429975




Reg Charity No. 1119499




Try something new and make a real difference.

early 2023

To find out more please

visit fnhospice.org.uk/volunteer


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Give your new

year detox the

green light

With research indicating that indoor air

pollution is over 3 times more polluted than

outdoor air pollution in the UK and 45% of

homes are showing significantly increased

levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (found

in many home cleaning and personal care

products), we asked a local eco-friendly

business, Eco-Homemaker, their thoughts

on this.

“With two young

children ourselves,

we know that for

parents there’s

nothing more

important than

creating a safe

environment and

taking care of health

and hygiene in their

homes. But whilst

many of us think a

clean house means

a safe house, we are often not made aware of the

harmful toxins and chemicals found in our high street

cleaning and personal care products.” Victoria,

co-founder explains. “Sadly, this is evident when

you look at your cleaning product labels and find

‘hazardous’ or ‘corrosive’ warnings. With the new year

detox period upon us, now is a great time to reflect

on how you can make small changes that could make

a significant impact on you and your family’s health.”

Eco-Homemaker’s top tips to detox your home:

• Use naturally derived surface cleaning products

and look out for non-toxic sprays and bleach


• Replace your washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets

and rinse aid in your kitchens with naturally derived


• Use plastic-free cloths, sponges and where

possible replace plastic bottles/containers with glass,

stainless steel, ceramic or wood

• Use soaps and shampoo bars made only with

naturally derived ingredients

• Go for natural materials where possible in the

bedroom – wooden bed frames, a mattress or

topper made of natural materials, natural fibres for

bed linen, sheets, duvets and pillows

• Use toxin free paints and stains for walls and


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. They stock

refillable non-toxic cleaning products such as a

bleach alternative, anti-bac surface cleaners, oven

cleaner, glass cleaner and floor cleaner – and all have

been meticulously tried and tested so you can be

assured of their effectiveness.

10 Beaconsfield Together is part of Community Together

Local Specialists since 1984

Let us help you find your perfect kitchen, bedroom or home office.


Farnham Common Showroom 1-2 The Parade, Farnham Common, Bucks SL2 3QJ 01753 642362

Ashford Showroom 85 Church Road, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 2PE 01784 245964

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How to save money and access help- news from Citizens Advice Bucks

At Citizens Advice Bucks we know times are hard and

people are struggling with the cost of living. We are

doing the best we can to help. Part of this help is our

Money Matters project.

Money Matters is a FREE financial education

programme. The project aims to give people the

confidence, knowledge and tools to help avoid debt

and manage crises.

Financial capability-or being ‘money smart’- is often

not taught in schools and not being money smart can

make life more difficult, expensive, unstable and

stressful than it otherwise would be, especially for

people living on a low income.

By joining this course- which is delivered in small

bitesize, easy to follow 30 minute sessions, the

learner gains access to information & support early

on and finds access to services should they need

them. These sessions aim to financially empower

people by allowing them to take control of their

Household Costs to learn how to manage, track

and reduce your outgoings by identifying your

needs and wants.

Insurance for understanding how to protect

yourself from financial risk(s)

Banking to be able to distinguish between

different types of accounts, payment

methods and features available

Budgeting & Income Maximisation can help

to identify ways to increase your income and

reduce your spending by budgeting

Tax & Employment helps us to understand

our payslips, pensions & tax codes

Savings & Investments to establish different

types of investments and ways to save.

Credit & Borrowing helps us to evaluate the true

cost of borrowing and products available.

Debt to learn about the implications of not

paying bills and how to manage and cope

with debt.

If you would like to join up to one of these

courses then please check out our website! But

please remember that we can give help,

money and understanding the products and services information and advice whether you sign up to

available to help.

this course or not. You can follow us online, use

our online info search on our website or email or

These sessions can run either online or face to face, call us. You may also like to join our Cost-ofto

fit the needs of the learner. We have eight Living Support Buckinghamshire Facebook page

different topics to choose from:

which has lots of tips!


Citizens Advice Bucks is a local charity that provides free, impartial and confidential advice on any

problem you might face. Expert advisers can help with issues involving benefits, debt, housing,

employment, consumer rights, immigration, discrimination and more! Citizens Advice also offer

support with filling in forms, negotiating with third parties and writing letters.


0808 278 7938

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Will you have enough money to look

after yourself in later life?

This is something that everybody needs

to consider. Often, it is an awkward

and difficult question to have honest

conversations with family about.

Now, more than ever, it is important to consider

how much money you need to continue to live


Many people assume they will need to sell their

home and move into a residential care home if

family is no longer living nearby and can’t be on

hand to help. If every day tasks are becoming

too much, then ask your local council for a care

needs assessment. This works out what would

help people remain independent at home. With

permission, GPs or district nurses can refer you.

If your local council agrees you are eligible for

support, they will do a means test, taking into

account income and savings (Certain types of

funding may not be counted).

If you are eligible for financial support to pay for

home care, your local council can arrange care, or

you can choose to receive direct payments and

select your own home careprovider. Costs for

home care vary across the country.

Age UK has a free advice line on

Tel: 0800 678 1602 or call Ashridge Home Care

on Tel 01494 917 344 for a friendly and helpful

chat. Ashridge Home Care offers both live-in and

hourly visiting care.

Useful websites:





Providing Outstanding

Home Care

Call for a friendly chat on 01494 917344

or visit ashridgehomecare.co.uk

Ashridge Home Care

specialises in providing highly

personalised one-to-one care

that enables people to remain

in the comfort of their own

home. It is one of the few

care companies to offer both

around the clock live-in care

or visiting hourly care.

14 Beaconsfield Together is part of Community Together

Local Calor Gas


General Assistant

to the Elderly

∙ Kind, caring, reliable, honest and

hard-working lady wants to care

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∙ Flexible hours to suit your needs

∙ Clean licence and fully insured

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Contact Mary: 07527 557 450

Large stocks,

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Hector’s House Charity

Mental Health & Crisis Support

t: 07397 155 562

w: hectorhouse.org.uk

Energy saving tips for your home

Some of these energy-saving tips may seem

obvious but they can make a big difference

when it comes to reducing your fuel bill.

Set your heating to come on just before you get up

and switch off after you’ve gone to bed. If it’s very

cold, set your heating to come on earlier and turn

off later rather than turning the thermostat up.

• If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the

living room throughout the day and your bedroom

just before you go to bed. Remember to close

curtains and shut doors to keep heat in the rooms

you use most.

• Consider adding draft excluders to maximise the

heat in the house and minimise drafts and cold

getting in.

• If your heating system uses storage heaters, make

sure that are set up in the most efficient way possible.

You can use this guide to do so.

There’s really useful advice in the Keep Warm Keep

Well booklet produced by the Government. This

booklet aims to help you maintain good health

during winter and take advantage of the financial

help and benefits available. It is aimed at over

60s, low-income families, and people living with

a disability.

Go to: www.bit.ly/metoffice-energysaving for

more information

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Eyes on 2023

If you eat well and keep fit, have you

considered what more you can do for

your vision and the health of your eyes?

Your eyesight is the most precious of your

senses, so it makes sense to look after it.

Start with a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and grains.

Omega 3 (found in salmon, tuna and sardines) can

reduce the risk of eye disease and helps with tear

function. Vitamin A (carrots, sweet potatoes and

apricots) are good for your retina. Vitamin C (found in

citrus fruits, red peppers, tomatoes and strawberries)

help repair cells and protect the body. Make sure

you have regular sight tests - usually every 2

years (unless you are a child or have certain health

conditions: such as Diabetes or Glaucoma). Look

out for sudden changes in your vision particularly

flashes or floaters, which may need further checking.

Any sudden change in your vision or light sensitivity

should be looked at promptly.

Make sure you make the most of your vision. As

an Optician for many years I’m puzzled why, when

advising a patient that their vision can be improved

they respond that they are happy with their contact

lenses or glasses. Who wouldn’t want to have the

best vision they could ?

Always ask your opticians what they would

recommend. Reading lenses have a fixed, shorter

working distance, but with phones, tablets, laptops

and hobbies most of us require a longer range than a

reading lens can give. Office or Occupational lenses

(as they are known) are much better for modern-day

activities. Newer contact lens designs and materials

can improve vision and longevity of lens wear. Above

all, make time for an eye test and listen to your

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16 Beaconsfield Together is part of Community Together


The perfect blend of compassionate care and luxury living

Person-centred care is at the very heart of Signature’s ethos. Our empathetic care teams provide

both high quality practical care and day-to-day companionship, while our flexible, tailored care

plans grow and change with your needs, supporting independent living for as long as possible.

We even have dedicated communities for those living with dementia, offering an environment

that supports independent living for as long as possible. Our exclusive My Life pathway,

developed by our Head of Dementia Care, helps residents to live well with dementia,

providing peace of mind for loved ones.

Come and meet the team for yourself and get a sense of what life is like at Signature.

Call Client Liaison Manager, Wendy Healy, on 01494 849826 to arrange your visit.

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Join us for a warm beverage to find out how we can support your loved one.

To book your appointment contact Wendy Healy on 01494 849826.


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5 October 2018 17



owner named

Master of

Culinary Arts

Daniel Crump, co-owner of the Greyhound in

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, has been

named as a Master of Culinary Arts (MCA) –

becoming one of just 25 people to have ever

achieved the accolade for service in the UK.

Crump, 33, was presented the award at Claridge’s

hotel in London on Friday 28 October in front of

more than 300 high-profile individuals from across

the hospitality sector, including Michel Roux Jr,

Alain Roux, and Raymond Blanc.

Launched in 1987 and held every four years, the

MCA recognises outstanding craftsmanship in

hospitality. As part of the MCA, professionals are

taken through a rigorous assessment process

and must prove advanced technical skill and

professional ability; demonstrate comprehensive

knowledge of the principles of sustainability

and the viability of our food sources throughout

the scope of the food chain; and support the

development of others.

Crump said: “I could not be prouder to have been

named a Master of Culinary Arts. It’s something

so many hospitality professionals strive to

achieve during their careers. This, along with

opening the Greyhound, is one of the proudest

moments of my career to date.”

For more information or to book a table go to:


Chiltern Rangers

This winter we welcome you, the local

communities of Beaconsfield and Amersham,

to help us help nature in your patch.

We have a number of projects and volunteer

sessions are running most days where you can

join us for the whole day or for a few hours to

give back to wildlife in Buckinghamshire.

Why? Meet new people, learn or enhance

practical skills and gain knowledge about our

precious landscape and the wildlife that lives

here. You never know we might even have

some fun too!!

We will be working in and on woodlands, chalk

streams, and various nature reserves as you might

expect but also hospital gardens and community

green spaces in need of some TLC.

We have a new native tree and shrub nursery

in Winchmore Hill and a wildflower nursery in

Tylers Green where your green fingers are really

welcome to help us too.

Colin Wilson, one of our volunteers

Want to learn more? Please email

info@chilternrangers.co.uk or sign up to be a

volunteer here. All of our sessions can be seen

on our Eventbrite Page and you can follow us on

LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

and Facebook.

We can’t wait to meet you -

the tea is brewing and the

gloves and tools await!!

John Shaw

Managing Director

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Have Things


Speak to the experts in our

Estate Planning & Wealth

Management department

Our Services include:

Wills & Trusts

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Estate Planning

Administration of Estates

Why not call us for a chat?

Katie Ward

Associate Solicitor

Johanna Jones

Associate Solicitor

Rachelle Moore


Call our Beaconsfield branch 01491 629 000

Or email: EPWM@kjsmith.co.uk

Other branches located in St.Albans,

Henley & across the Thames Valley

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What’s been happening

at Beaconsfield Town


Every year the Town

Council provide a great

display of Christmas lights

which increase footfall to

the town’s high streets,

benefit all our businesses

and add some Christmas

cheer. We’d like to give

special thanks to our

sponsor, Tripps, for their

contribution to this festive


Christmas Lights


On the 26th November,

residents gathered in

the Old Town for the

Town Council’s Christmas

market, to see the Mayor

Cllr Alastair Pike turn

on the Christmas lights,

accompanied by the Town

Crier, Richard Smith. The

event had lots to enjoy

with a visit from Santa,

mulled wine and mince

pies, delicious food and

drinks from lots of local


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Community Garden

Our volunteers, under

the careful guidance of

Chiltern Rangers had a

successful time getting the

autumn planting into our

Community Garden at Ivins


They were following the

planting plans and design

created by local Landscape

Architect Sarah Craft who

graduated last year and

is now working at RHS

Wisley. We are so lucky

to have such talented

resources giving back to

our community.

If you would like to

volunteer to get involved,

please get in touch.

Plant a Tree for the


On 6th December at

Malthouse Square, the

Mayor planted a cherry tree

planned to commemorate

Her late Majesty, Queen

Elizabeth II Platinum


The tree, will provide some

shade in the Under-Sevens

play area along with pretty

blossom in the spring.

In the Council

Following a recent

by-election, we welcome

2 new councillors,

Christine Adali and

Susanne Hardvendel and

we look forward to their

contributions to council’s


Work is continuing on

next year’s budget, with

many projects planned to

enhance the town.

We have positive news

on the Wattleton Road

traffic scheme which the

Town Council are funding

by 50%. Buckinghamshire

Council have assured us

this will be completed

by March. Well done to

everyone who kept up the

pressure for this to move


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Eyes Up & Forward

How to cope with divorce and separation

The breakdown of a relationship and the separation that follows,

married or not, children or not, is one of the worst times in anyone’s

life – and having to deal with solicitors and the legal process of

untangling your relationship can, if you are not careful, become a

corrosive process.

Having been a divorce lawyer for 27 years, I have seen both

men and women struggle with moving forward – no matter how

amicable and constructive both parties might be. The situation

becomes even harder when one party is making it difficult or

trying to solve old hurts through the separation/divorce/financial

distribution process.

One of the problems I see so often is where clients become

entrenched in a “pain cycle”. The more they “revisit” a negative

aspect of the process, the more deeply they drill into that

negativity, uncovering further layers and spiralling downwards –

sadly very easy to do when you are hurt and your emotions are

already heightened.

The legal process will conclude with the outcome always in the

same range of possibilities, whether you are intensely negative

or intensely positive. How you think about the process and your

former partner, and how you feel at the end of the process, is very

much a matter of perception and your understanding.

However, there are some “tricks of the trade” that can help you

navigate difficulties and come to a resolution that suits you - here

are some ‘top tips’ that have helped my clients:

to be in 3 or 5 years’ time and focus on it – keep your “eyes up”,

looking forward.

Imagine yourself having moved on, in a home you love, spending

time with your children and loved ones, financially secure and able

to be cordial with your ex. This last point is particularly important if

you are going to need to co-parent.

Keep busy - unfortunately, individuals can quickly fall into a pain

cycle if there are no external diversions. For some parties, on

relationship breakdown there is a sudden void. What used to be

time with your partner is now free time. So think about other things

to do – start a new hobby or sport, get back into a pastime you

used to enjoy but have set aside; you can re-establish who you are

now that you have separated.

Avoid emotional vampires - people who feed on negative

processes. They may seem to provide help and support but

actually they are just ‘feeding’ off your situation, very often making

it worse, not better – focusing on negatives and accelerating

hostilities between you and your ex. Take a step back and listen –

is their advice helping, or hindering and conflicting with your

lawyer’s advice.

Seek professional help. The end of a relationship causes

significant changes. Speaking to a properly trained counsellor,

psychotherapist or psychologist is often of real assistance, helping

you understand your situation a little better and less negatively.

People who go through this process invariably have a “nicer”

divorce - they have a better perspective about what is happening

around them.

Constructively applied, these tips could help you get

through a difficult time and come out the other side

exactly where you want to be.

Rayden Solicitors, Julian Bremner, Partner and

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Bring your Cash

ISAs to life!

Millions of pounds still sit inside cash ISAs

earning low rates of return.

The question is, was it a mistake by investing in the

first place? The answer in many cases is no. The

reason is having the option to organise an ISA

transfer, which is effectively moving the tax-free

ISA value across to a product that might be more

appropriate and with the potential for better


This can involve increasing the investment risk,

however is does not necessarily mean moving

from low to high risk. The most popular choice is

for retirees to move cash ISAs across to an income

portfolio and although this does mean introducing

higher volatility, the income stream from a wellmanaged

portfolio can be extremely consistent,

currently delivering tax free monthly income

above 4%.

often provides an attractive solution using the

following fund profiles:

• Cautious • Moderately Cautious • Balanced

• Moderately Adventurous • Adventurous

What makes this opportunity even more viable

follows the introduction of the new Personal Savings

Allowance (PSA). This is the amount of interest

which can be earned tax free and for a basic rate

payer this amounts to £1,000 per annum. A deposit

account can be seen as an extension to the cash

ISA allowance, leaving your proper ISA open to

find a better home.

Philip Harper, Financial Planner

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A tribute to

David Owen

Readers will be sad to hear of the passing of

long time Beaconsfield resident David Owen,

who died last September at the age of 95.

David was Youth Club Leader at Beaconsfield Youth

Club from 1960 to 1987 at what is now known as the

Curzon Centre. He built the centre up to become a

Youth and Community Centre which not only housed

the Youth Club but also a number of other local

groups such as the Gymnastics Club and the Young

Theatre, as such this was ahead of its time.

He provided a range of activities at the Youth Club

including the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, musical

shows, archery, tennis, netball, five-a-side football,

a weekly disco and big band concerts. He also

organised caving trips and annual holidays abroad.

All of these activities were greatly appreciated by

the young people of Beaconsfield, illustrated by

the wonderful messages that David’s family have

received from ex Youth Club members following the

announcement of his passing. After his retirement

from the Curzon Centre he remained on the Board

of Trustees, a position that he held right up until his


Music played a huge part in David’s life. In particular,

he enjoyed singing and he had a wonderful voice.

David performed at local restaurants and pubs and

in residential and care homes. A particular highlight

came in 2018 when David was 91 and he performed

as the Unexpected Star on Michael McIntyre’s Big

Show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This was a

wonderful surprise for him and he brought the house

down with a fantastic performance of his favourite

song ‘My Way’. When this was broadcast on Saturday

night prime time television, for David this was the

fulfilment of a lifelong dream.

David also passed

his love of music

on to others.

He provided

opportunities for

young people at

Beaconsfield Youth

Club to develop as

performers through

the musical shows

that the Club

produced. After

retirement he

continued his work

with young people

in a voluntary

capacity through

his charity ‘Musical Rendevous’. This was an

organisation that provided opportunities and funding

for young musicians to develop their skills through

performing at concerts organised and compered by

David. A number of young people benefited from

this and went on to become professional artists.

David will be remembered for a long life lived to

the full, for his support for young people, for

bringing entertainment to so many, particularly

those living in care homes, and, of course, for his

wonderful voice.

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Climate Emergency

UK reveal how they will

score UK councils on

their climate action

Climate Emergency UK have published

their methodology for scoring all UK councils

on the action they are taking to reduce

greenhouse gas emissions. The Council

Climate Action Scorecards will be the first

comprehensive measurement of councils’

climate action.

The methodology sets out the process Climate

Emergency UK will use to score each council in

2023, based on publicly available information

from councils and national data sets. There will be

a three stage marking process, including a Right

of Reply for all councils.

These Scorecards are a useful tool for campaigners

and councils alike to better understand what

climate action is possible from UK local authorities,

and hold councils to account on their progress.

Climate Emergency UK is revealing the criteria

on which councils will be scored. These criteria

have been created through 9 months of research

and consultation with over 80 organisations and

individuals within the sector. They focus on the

actions that councils have control or influence

over, which have the biggest impact on carbon

emissions and biodiversity loss. The 7 sections

that the Scorecards cover are: Buildings &

Heating, Transport, Governance & Finance,

Planning, Biodiversity, Collaboration &

Engagement and Waste Reduction & Food,

covering a total of 90 questions.

Those consulted include

councillors, council

officers, The Campaign

to Protect Rural England,

Anthesis, Campaign for

Better Transport, Possible,

Keep Britain Tidy

and many more. An

Advisory Group, with

representatives from the

sector including councillors, council officers,

Ashden, mySociety and climate campaign groups

met monthly to provide more in-depth comments

on developing the Scorecards.

Hannah Jewell, Campaigns and Policy Officer at

Climate Emergency UK said “Earlier this year we

published our Climate Action Plan Scorecards,

evaluating every councils; plan for taking climate

action. It is much more of a challenge to score

what council are actually doing, which is why

we have put so much effort into developing this

methodology and we’re excited to share it today.”

“We hope that publishing the methodology

before we start marking will help to ensure that we

score councils as accurately as possible. This gives

councils some time to prepare, and make sure all

those important documents and evidence of their

climate action is publicly available for us to find”.

One of the members of the Advisory Board, Cllr

Donna Stimson (Conservative), Climate Lead

at Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Council, said “It’s been a real pleasure working

with Climate Emergency UK on creating the

Scorecards methodology. They have dived deep

into the complexities of local government and

the differences across the UK. This methodology

is a really useful barometer of what climate action

councils could be doing and this methodology

will be a useful tool for climate action officers all

around the country, even before the Scorecard

results come out next year”.

Hannah Jewell added “As the international

climate change conference, COP27 ended a few

weeks back, it is clearer than ever that urgent

climate action at all levels is needed. We believe

that our Scorecards can support systemic change

across UK councils, exemplifying what councils can

do within current constraints that can have a real

impact on their community’s carbon emissions”.

Climate Emergency UK will start scoring councils

on their climate action in January, with the

Scorecard results to be published in Autumn


The full methodology can be found at:



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New year



Bekonscot Model Village & Railway is

the world’s oldest original model village,

opening for the first time in 1929.

With over 90 years of history, a huge model

railway, 1.5 acres of well kept gardens and

finely detailed model buildings Bekonscot is a

great day out for everyone.

Since its opening over 16 million visitors have

been captivated by the charm and eccentricity

of Roland Callingham’s creation.

Bekonscot continues the traditions established

by our founder of welcoming visitors to the

village and supporting worthwhile causes.

Each year surplus income is distributed to a

number of mainly local charities and good

causes. To date over £5.5 million has been


To celebrate the opening of Bekonscot

Model Village in 2023 win a family ticket to

Beaconsfield’s Model Village.

Answer this question: When does

Bekonscot open for the new 2023 season?

Terms and conditions apply. See website for

further details and to enter go to:


Closing date 7th February 2023



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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

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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

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

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