Amersham & Chalfonts Together May June 2023

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9,100 complimentary copies hand delivered by Royal Mail to homes<br />

in <strong>Amersham</strong>, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter and Little Chalfont<br />

copies at Tesco Superstore, <strong>Amersham</strong><br />

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CORONATION EDITION <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> Issue 25

Useful Numbers<br />

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Alcoholics Anonymous<br />

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Be Amazing and Volunteer<br />

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Hello & welcome!<br />

It was fantastic to hear from so many readers - as you<br />

correctly spotted we had a little crossword mix-up!<br />

It was however, very encouraging to know that our<br />

little community magazine is being read – thank you<br />

everyone! See p28 for location of the correct clues.<br />

I hope you will be able to enjoy the forthcoming<br />

King’s Coronation celebrations over <strong>May</strong> Bank<br />

Holiday. We have put together a list of some of the<br />

events that are being held in the <strong>Amersham</strong> and the<br />

<strong>Chalfonts</strong>…and if you are holding your own street<br />

party then a recipe feeding 48 may come in handy!<br />

(p20)<br />

If you’ve suffered a bereavement and are finding it<br />

hard, Greenacres Group hold a free coffee morning<br />

every second Saturday of the month. It is also a<br />

beautiful place to visit for a walk.<br />

Help for those living with a loved one suffering from<br />

dementia (p30), Hearwego have a special offer on ear<br />

wax cleaning ( 2 ears for the price of 1) and read from<br />

our aspiring Young Journalists from p24 -27.<br />

Enjoy the coronation celebrations and Bank Holidays<br />

and please let me know any feedback from this issue!<br />

With love,<br />

Bucks Mind in Buckinghamshire<br />

Volunteers over 18 years needed<br />

t: 01494 463364 or<br />

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loss or damage, caused by errors or omissions. Inclusion of advertisers<br />

does not indicate our endorsement of their products or services.<br />

The opinions and findings expressed in articles submitted to this<br />

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to be those of <strong>Amersham</strong> <strong>Together</strong> or its affiliates.<br />

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Meet Thorpe<br />

House School New<br />

Headteacher<br />

Thorpe House School, an independent<br />

boys school located in Gerrards Cross, is<br />

excited to welcome their new headmaster,<br />

Mr. Jake Burnett, in April <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

With a wealth of experience and a proven track<br />

record of success, Mr. Burnett is poised to play<br />

a critical role in shaping the future of the school,<br />

particularly as it expands to a Co-Ed Sixth Form in<br />

September 2024.<br />

Mr. Burnett brings with him a depth of knowledge<br />

and experience in education, having previously<br />

served as Headmaster of St Louis School in Milan.<br />

During his time at St Louis School, Mr. Burnett<br />

was able to establish a culture of academic<br />

excellence, character development, and<br />

community involvement. Under his leadership,<br />

St Louis School flourished and became one of<br />

the top schools in the region.<br />

With Mr. Burnett’s leadership and expertise,<br />

Thorpe House School is poised for a bright<br />

future. His dedication to providing students<br />

with the best possible educational experience,<br />

combined with his commitment to fostering a<br />

culture of excellence, make him the ideal person<br />

to lead the school into the next chapter of its<br />

storied history.<br />

If you are thinking of a new start for your son<br />

in <strong>2023</strong>, you are warmly invited to come and<br />

visit us and meet Mr Burnett at our Open<br />

Morning on <strong>May</strong> 9th. Book your place at<br />

www.thorpehouse.co.uk<br />

Your local Independent School,<br />

Thorpe House School in Gerrards Cross<br />

Looking to the Future<br />


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Duke of Edinburgh<br />

Award at <strong>Amersham</strong><br />

School<br />

By Holly Tobutt and Grace Long<br />

The Duke Of Edinburgh (DoE) Award<br />

Scheme is a popular qualification at<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> School. Since 2021, 127<br />

students have achieved their bronze<br />

award after completing, volunteering,<br />

learning a new skill, and taking part<br />

in physical activity over a 3–6-month<br />

period, as well as a two-day expedition<br />

in the Chiltern Hills.<br />

As a result, over 1524 hours of voluntary<br />

work was put back into the community. We<br />

are also fortunate in supporting a number of<br />

students to complete their silver and gold<br />

awards, illustrating the values of hard work<br />

and dedication in the process. The DofE<br />

award scheme has proved invaluable for<br />

helping young people develop and express<br />

their leadership skills, make new friends, and<br />

expand their communication skills.<br />

At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for<br />

my volunteering, skills and physical sections<br />

of the award. However, <strong>Amersham</strong> School<br />

offered an array of extracurricular opportunities,<br />

which helped me to decide. I chose to help<br />

litter-picking around the community, with<br />

others, after school. For me, this seemed like<br />

a good choice because it was a simple and<br />

effective way to give back, with others; we<br />

collected a lot of rubbish! I also continued<br />

my school sports at lunch time and after<br />

school. For skills, there are so many options,<br />

from learning a new language to learning<br />

how to knit. So there really is something for<br />

everyone!<br />

For the expedition section we hiked, map<br />

read, cooked, and camped. We completed our<br />

expedition in the New Forest over three days<br />

and two nights. My personal favourite part<br />

was cooking. Here you can challenge yourself<br />

to make something you’d never thought you<br />

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Most people would say they enjoyed<br />

camping the most. You get to spend time<br />

with your friends, and get to know new<br />

people. For me, teamwork is key to<br />

successfully achieving your Duke of Edinburgh<br />

award. I feel glad to have had the opportunity<br />

to complete my bronze and silver awards at<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> School and am looking forward to<br />

the challenge of Gold!<br />


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St Peter’s Players<br />

celebrate 75 years!<br />

In 1948 it was decided to form a new<br />

dramatic society which was known at<br />

first as the Dorothy Atwell Players<br />

(after the founding member). With<br />

the group’s sixth production in 1950,<br />

it was decided to change the name to<br />

St Peter’s Players.<br />

In the 1970’s, many firsts were performed: a<br />

pantomime, an original festival play, a summer<br />

production, a review, an original full length play,<br />

a first old time musical as well as a first original<br />

musical at Christmas.<br />

This year St Peter Players celebrate 75 years of<br />

performing with an Anniversary Review on 13th<br />

- 15th July at the Chalfont St Peter Community<br />

Centre. The centre has been their home for the<br />

last 60 years, since it first opened.<br />

The review will provide a show with a<br />

difference: a variety evening full of music,<br />

comedy, drama and entertainment including<br />

melodrama, singing, dancing and short<br />

playlets.<br />

They look forward to entertaining you as they<br />

celebrate their 75th anniversary.<br />

For tickets and more information, please<br />

contact Ruth on 07815 157 823.<br />

The Blue Container in CSP<br />

The Blue Container in Chalfont St Peter,<br />

alongside the village’s community centre,<br />

has been a hive of activity over the last few<br />

months as local volunteers bring donations<br />

in to send over to war-torn Ukraine.<br />

Whilst warm clothing, sleeping bags and<br />

blankets were initially sought, now donations of<br />

medical supplies and mobility aids have been<br />

streaming in to the container where they are<br />

sorted, packed and sent to Ukraine.<br />

Wheelchairs, crutches and other mobility<br />

aids are not accepted back by the NHS, and<br />

they have been a great help in rehabilitation<br />

centres and small field hospitals. Photographs<br />

sent back to the volunteers show the difference<br />

their donation is making to someone’s life,<br />

and this then seems to motivate even more<br />

donations.<br />

‘We have also received donations from<br />

residents who are clearing their parent’s<br />

homes, and this has<br />

been a meaningful<br />

way to repurpose<br />

items. A young lady<br />

seemed genuinely<br />

delighted that her<br />

uncle’s coats were<br />

warming people in<br />

Mariupol after he<br />

had passed during<br />

lockdown.<br />

‘Boxes of handknitted jumpers, hats and<br />

blankets keep arriving from local Knit and<br />

Natter groups, and these are a delight to pack’,<br />

says co-ordinator Karen Dickson. The knitted<br />

items represent hours and hours of work, and<br />

they are given so freely to complete strangers<br />

in need – it warms my heart every time.’<br />

Although The Blue Container has to move soon,<br />

donations can still be brought on Monday and<br />

Wednesday mornings between 10 and 12.<br />

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Back in good trim<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> local Nigel Moore was among<br />

delighted visitors to the Repair Café in<br />

Sycamore Road earlier this month.<br />

He’d arrived with a 53-year-old “Little Wonder” hedge<br />

trimmer, handed down to him by his late father. Still<br />

possessing the original box and instructions, he’d<br />

dutifully oiled and maintained it, but three years ago,<br />

it packed up for the first time. Since then, Nigel has<br />

been relying on a hedge trimmer by the name of<br />

Carlos, who’s Portuguese and very efficient but without<br />

the same sentimental value. No longer.<br />

Electrician John, one of the five-strong Sustainable<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> volunteer repair team, managed to<br />

bypass a broken switch and after a few false starts,<br />

the hedge trimmer burst back into life, to a small<br />

cheer from assembled spectators.<br />

Nigel, who was close to hugging John, said his late<br />

father would also have been thrilled to see it working<br />

again.<br />

A total of 18 household items, including kitchen<br />

appliances, lamps, CD players and toys, were given<br />

a new lease of life at the Repair Café on 4 March and<br />

King’s Church<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> FC Festival<br />

Saturday 1st July<br />

starts 9am - 5pm<br />

We’re delighted to announce the dates<br />

and details for this year’s football festival<br />

to be held at <strong>Amersham</strong> Town FC,<br />

School Lane, <strong>Amersham</strong>, HP7 0EJ.<br />

“This year we’ve invited Westwood Park FC to<br />

join us, making this a celebration of local football,<br />

bringing the whole community together” adds<br />

Aaron Overy, Chairman of KCA FC. “We’ll run 10<br />

pitches for 8 hours, playing over 100 matches”.<br />

Plans are already in progress as the club brings<br />

more of a festival feel to the day. Chiltern Voice<br />

Radio will broadcast live from the football festival<br />

for the day. There will be plenty of opportunity for<br />

young footballers to get involved with interviews,<br />

commentary and more.<br />

The festival will also feature live music with Dr<br />

Challoner’s Grammar School rock band Crows and<br />

Colleen repairs Ethel<br />

Nigel & repairer John with<br />

hedge strimmer<br />

saved from heading to landfill. At times, quite a queue<br />

formed at the event, which comes at a time when the<br />

rising cost of living and soaring energy prices have put<br />

unprecedented strain on people’s finances.<br />

Another beneficiary was a doll named Ethel, who<br />

dates back to the Second World War, but whose<br />

limbs had become loose and semi-detached.<br />

Volunteer repairer Colleen succeeded in giving her a<br />

nip and tuck with new string ligaments. While Ethel<br />

was undergoing surgery, another expert darned<br />

holes in her outfit, including christening clothes<br />

belonging to her owner’s now 93-year-old brother.<br />

Ethel left with a spring in her step.<br />

The event was held alongside a pop-up shop at St.<br />

Michael’s Church. Free tea, coffee and cakes were<br />

also on offer. The next Sustainable <strong>Amersham</strong> Repair<br />

Café will be held at the same venue on Saturday 13<br />

<strong>May</strong> from 10am to 1pm.<br />

Arrows booked to perform a set, with the crowd<br />

taking their straw bale seats. There will be a large<br />

bouncy castle which is free to use and Quirk of<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> will run a sweets, smoothie, candy floss<br />

and chocolate fountain stand.<br />

In the clubhouse the bar will be open all day serving tea,<br />

coffee, sweet treats and alcohol. Here you’ll also find the<br />

kit room, a place to bring along unwanted football boots<br />

and kit and take some kit home, all for free.<br />

There are opportunities for local businesses to get<br />

involved. This could be sponsoring the event, taking<br />

a stand or donating a prize for the raffle and/or<br />

auction. This is great exposure from an anticipated<br />

crowd of around 1,500 across the day plus the local<br />

media coverage. This is event is open to all, so<br />

please come along and join us.<br />

For more information visit: www.kcafc.co.uk or<br />

email: darrenhendersonuk@yahoo.co.uk<br />

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We're looking for friendly people to drive local people<br />

to and/or help at BucksVision's fortnightly social<br />

group in Chalfont St. Giles (Tuesday, 2-4pm).<br />

This is a flexible role requiring no previous<br />

experience; expenses, support and training are<br />

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If you'd like to have a chat with one of the Chalfont<br />

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11th Chilterns Walking Festival<br />

commencing on 20th <strong>May</strong> - 4th <strong>June</strong><br />

A programme of over 60 walks and events<br />

throughout the Chilterns. We have a<br />

number of new walking experiences on<br />

offer, a selection below:<br />

• Author and founder of Pause Global Danielle<br />

North will be joining Walk Works on their River<br />

& Woodland loop from Shiplake on 26 <strong>May</strong><br />

and will offer a guided meditation from her new<br />

book ”Walking Meditations”<br />

• Birdsong and wildflowers of spring on 21<br />

<strong>May</strong>: Walk through a range of landscapes with<br />

interesting birds and wildflowers and lovely<br />

views, taking in the Hartslock Nature Reserve<br />

and the Thames Path. At our lunch stop at Path<br />

Hill Farm we’ll light our own fire and brew a hot<br />

drink, learning how to catch a spark and make<br />

a flame.<br />

• Sunrise & Sunset Walks: Enjoy the dawn<br />

chorus with an early-morning Skylark Walk<br />

on 25 <strong>May</strong> or watch the sun setting over the<br />

beautiful Bradenham Valley on a Bradenham<br />

Woods Sunset Walk on 24 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

• Fancy a challenge? Why not join the historic<br />

‘Beating the Bounds’ walk in Chesham on 20<br />

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<strong>May</strong> (a whopping 25 miles!) for a symbolic<br />

centuries old custom of walking the parish<br />

boundary. Or enjoy the ups and downs of the<br />

Chilterns Three Peaks on 24 <strong>May</strong>, a 7 mile route<br />

visiting 3 of the highest peaks in the Chilterns.<br />

Stunning views guaranteed!<br />

• Join the friendly Salaam Seekers (a Muslim<br />

Women’s Outdoor Activities Group) for a<br />

Mindful Maharani Meander in Stoke Row on 25<br />

<strong>May</strong>, and finish with a complimentary drink and<br />

cake in the local cafe.<br />

• Half-term family walks, including South<br />

Stoke River & Picnic walk on 2 <strong>June</strong> and<br />

nature-spotting activities<br />

• here are lots of map reading and navigation<br />

courses to help you plan or lead your own<br />

walks, including a Nav and Natter (Navigation<br />

for Women, on several dates) and half-day<br />

practical map reading & walk planning sessions<br />

(also several dates) led by Stuart Fletcher<br />

• We celebrate the Chilterns chalk streams and<br />

revitalisation of the Chess Valley Walk with a<br />

River Chess discovery day at Chesham Moor<br />

(lots of family friendly nature activities) and<br />

guided walks in the Chess Valley to see the<br />

<strong>May</strong>fly and explore the local heritage<br />

…plus historic garden tours, film location tours,<br />

mindfulness walks, Nordic walking and much<br />

more.<br />

For details of all these walks visit our website<br />

www.chilternsaonb.org/walkingfest<br />

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Bekonscot and<br />

sunshine, the<br />

perfect combination<br />

As Spring arrives and Summer<br />

approaches, Bekonscot Model Village<br />

transforms into a burst of colour.<br />

The gardens are at their best at this time<br />

of year, and the magic of the model village<br />

and railway never fails to impress. Our local<br />

Beechdean ice cream parlour has some<br />

amazing new flavours for you to try, and work<br />

has started on several projects to enhance your<br />

visit over the coming seasons. This summer our<br />

immersive museum experience in the newly built<br />

Foundation Hall beside the tearoom will open its<br />

doors to provide an exciting and fun addition to<br />

the Bekonscot experience. The work on the new<br />

play area will continue at the end of our open<br />

season with an extension to the Light Railway<br />

following afterwards. Evidence of these<br />

improvements can be seen within the village,<br />

so please bear with us whilst works continue.<br />

What’s on at Discover<br />

Bucks Museum?<br />

<strong>May</strong> Half Term Family Craft<br />

29 <strong>May</strong> – 2 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Join us for a exploratory week of arts and<br />

creativity, inspired by local artists from our<br />

current Open Art Exhibition. Discover more at<br />

discoverbucksmuseum.org<br />

Open Art Exhibition<br />

29 April - 8 July <strong>2023</strong><br />

Discover stunning art created by professional<br />

and amateur artists from Buckinghamshire in<br />

our first ever Open Art Exhibition.<br />

Discover more at discoverbucksmuseum.org<br />

Discover Ducks<br />

Last Thursday of every month at 10am<br />

Join us for a themed session every month<br />

including a story, song, games, play, craft<br />

activity and museum trail.<br />

Next sessions Thursday 25 <strong>May</strong> and Thursday<br />

29 <strong>June</strong><br />

Discover more at discoverbucksmuseum.org<br />

Meanwhile, our programme of special<br />

events continues. Join us for a glass of<br />

Prosecco and themed activities over the<br />

Coronation weekend 6th – 8th <strong>May</strong>. Chris<br />

Vine, author of the Peter’s Railway books,<br />

visits us again on 17th and 18th <strong>June</strong> for<br />

readings, book signing and an interactive railway<br />

workshop. During the summer holidays our<br />

favourite magician, Greg Chapman, will be back<br />

every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.<br />

We look forward to some sunny weather and<br />

welcoming you to Bekonscot.<br />

Bekonscot Model Village & Railway,<br />

Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2PL<br />

www.bekonscot.co.uk<br />

Explore the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery this<br />

<strong>May</strong> Half Term<br />

Hands-on discovery and amazing science<br />

inspired by Roald Dahl’s stories. Open every<br />

Saturday and Bucks school holidays. Discover<br />

more at discoverbucksmuseum.org<br />

Wind in the Willows<br />

8 July <strong>2023</strong> at 11am<br />

Join us in our walled garden for a whirlwind<br />

ride through the seasons as Ratty, Mole and<br />

Badger follow the impulsive Toad on his<br />

hapless misadventures. Discover more at<br />

discoverbucksmuseum.org<br />

Discover Bucks Museum, Church Street,<br />

Bucks, HP20 2QP<br />

www.discoverbucksmuseum.org | 01296 331 441<br />

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King Charles’s<br />

Coronation<br />

Celebrations<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> & <strong>Chalfonts</strong><br />

Coronation Events<br />

Memorial Gardens, Old <strong>Amersham</strong><br />

Date: Sunday 7th <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Time: 1.30 - 3.30pm Special Band Concert<br />

The Polka Dots - songs from the roaring 20’s to<br />

wartime 40’s<br />

Early evening Coronation entertainment<br />

Time: 3.30 - 7.30pm - Party in Church Mead<br />

Music, food & drink (and fun!)<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> - Picnic in the Park<br />

Date: Monday 8th <strong>May</strong><br />

TIme: 12.30 - 5.30pm<br />

Location: King George V Playing Field,<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong>-on-the-hill<br />

Live music, fun fair, food and drink.<br />

More details: www.amersham-tc.gov.uk/<br />

coronation-events/<br />

Chalfont St Giles Coronation Village Party<br />

Date: Sunday 7th <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Time: Noon - 6pm<br />

The event is FREE but tables and chairs can be<br />

booked via www.csgparty.square.site. Take part<br />

in the table dressing competition (theme: King’s<br />

Coronation). There will also be fairground rides and<br />

face painting for the younger members of the<br />

community<br />

Location: High Street, Chalfont St Giles,<br />

Buckinghamshire, HP8 4QF, United Kingdom<br />

www.csgparty.org<br />

Chalfont St Peter Parish Council<br />

- Celebrate the Coronation<br />

Date: Saturday 6th <strong>May</strong><br />

Time: from 3pm<br />

Come and enjoy a musical afternoon with friends and<br />

family. Afternoon teas, ice-cream and candy floss.<br />

Dress up in your finest Crown or red, white and blue<br />

for discounted teas and coffees.<br />

Location: St Peter’s Memorial Garden, Church Lane.<br />

www.chalfontstpeter-pc.gov.uk<br />

Chiltern Open Air Museum -<br />

Royal Coronation Joust<br />

Date: Sunday 7th <strong>May</strong> & 8th <strong>May</strong><br />

Time of jousting: 12pm and 3pm - Book Tickets<br />

You are invited to a Royal Coronation Joust. Hear<br />

the clash of steel and the thunder of hooves as by<br />

popular demand medieval jousting returns to Chiltern<br />

Open Air Museum.During this special Coronation<br />

Bank Holiday weekend, valiant knights will battle in a<br />

jousting tournament to win the favour of the crowds –<br />

come along and cheer for your favourite!<br />

www.coam.org.uk/events/royal-coronation-joust<br />

Little Chalfont Village Hall -<br />

Teas, Cream Teas, cakes organised by WI<br />

Date: Monday 8th <strong>May</strong><br />

For takeaway please bring own cup. All welcome<br />

Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm<br />

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King’s Coronation<br />

cheese, potato and<br />

pineapple pasties<br />

Are you hosting a street party for the<br />

Coronation celebrations ? Then this recipe<br />

from Delmonte ® may provide some tasty<br />

savoury snack with a glass of fizz.<br />

Makes 48<br />

Prep time 40 minutes<br />

Cooking time 20 minutes<br />

Ingredients:<br />

• 600g small Maris Piper potatoes<br />

• 2 tbsp olive oil<br />

• 1 large onion, finely chopped<br />

• 1 can (435g) Del Monte ® Pineapple<br />

Slices in juice, finely chopped<br />

• 200g cheddar, grated<br />

• 4 x 320g packs ready rolled puff pastry<br />

• 1 egg, lightly beaten<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

Method:<br />

1. Peel the potatoes and place in a pan of cold<br />

water, bring to the boil, add 1 tsp of salt and<br />

simmer for 15 minutes, drain well and leave to<br />

cool.<br />

2. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large frying<br />

pan and cook the onion for 10 minutes over a<br />

medium heat until softened but not coloured,<br />

remove from the heat.<br />

3. Once the potatoes are cool enough to<br />

handle cut into 1cm cubes and add to the<br />

onion along with the chopped Del Monte ®<br />

Pineapple pieces and cheddar, stir gently to<br />

combine and season to taste with salt and<br />

pepper.<br />

4. Preheat the oven to 200°C, Fan 180°C,<br />

gas mark 6.<br />

5. Unroll the pastry sheets onto a lightly floured<br />

surface and ensure each one measures 24cm x<br />

32cm – roll out slightly or trim if need be. Cut<br />

each sheet into 12 x 8cm squares.<br />

6. Take 1 square of pastry, lightly brush<br />

the edges with a little beaten egg, then<br />

place a spoonful of the potato and pineapple<br />

mix into the centre of the square, fold<br />

in half to form a triangle and press the<br />

edges together to seal, repeat with the<br />

remaining squares, ensure the pasties<br />

are as full as possible.<br />

7. Using the end of a fork press around<br />

the edges of the pasties to create a pattern<br />

and ensure they are fully sealed, brush each<br />

pasty with beaten egg and place on baking<br />

sheets lined with baking parchment. With the<br />

tip of a small knife cut 2 small slits in the top<br />

of each pasty to allow the steam to escape<br />

as they cook, then bake in the oven for<br />

15-20 minutes until puffed up and golden.<br />

Depending on how big your oven is, you<br />

may need to do this in batches.<br />

8. Serve warm or at room temperature.<br />

Have a great party!<br />

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No fault divorce –<br />

what you need to know<br />

The biggest shake up to divorce law since the<br />

1970s took place last year. As we approach<br />

the first anniversary of the new law – known<br />

as “No Fault Divorce” – here’s a reminder of<br />

what it means.<br />

On 6 April 2022, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 came<br />

into effect. This was a significant change in family law, which campaigners<br />

had been working towards for many years. Resolution (an organisation<br />

made up of family lawyers whose aim it is to settle disputes without the<br />

need for contentious litigation) led the way in lobbying Government.<br />

Historically, to proceed with a divorce, couples needed to prove that the<br />

marriage had broken down as a result of one of five alternate options,<br />

and for many the ‘easiest’ of those options was to cite “unreasonable<br />

behaviour”. However, requiring one spouse to blame the other for the<br />

breakdown of the marriage often made the divorce process even more<br />

contentious. Whilst sometimes apportioning blame may have been a fair<br />

reflection of what happened, often it would not, resulting in a combative<br />

and aggressive tone from the outset.<br />

The new law has changed this completely. It is no longer necessary to<br />

apportion blame – instead one party – or the parties jointly – can make a<br />

statement of irretrievable breakdown, with no evidence required.<br />

Another key aspect of the change in law is the limit on challenging a<br />

divorce – which in some cases had allowed domestic abusers to exercise<br />

coercive control over their victim. Applications for divorce now proceed<br />

undisputed unless there are queries over the validity of the marriage or<br />

jurisdiction.<br />

The legal language used also changed – here is some of the old and new<br />

terminology:<br />

• Divorce Petition = Divorce Application<br />

• Petitioner = Applicant<br />

• Decree Nisi = Conditional Order<br />

• Decree Absolute = Final Order<br />

• Defended = Disputed<br />

You will need to wait 20 weeks between issuing a divorce application and<br />

applying for a Conditional Order. This has been introduced to encourage<br />

a period of reflection. You can still issue financial and/or Children Act<br />

proceedings during this waiting period.<br />

In cases of joint applications, only one of the applicants will be able to<br />

apply for the Final Order. This cannot be applied for jointly.<br />

Orders for costs will be very rare and should not be requested in cases<br />

where there is a straightforward application for a divorce.<br />

All of these changes also apply to Civil Partnerships.<br />

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Those against the change in the law believed it makes obtaining a<br />

divorce too easy and therefore devalues the institution of marriage.<br />

However, this is not a new phenomenon. No fault divorce has been<br />

adopted in many countries: Sweden (1973), Australia (1975), Germany<br />

(1976), Canada (1986), Scotland (2006), USA (2010). It is also important<br />

in an age where divorce rates are c.42%, to provide a way to divorce<br />

amicably and without conflict rather than one that encourages<br />

apportioning blame at the outset.<br />

Hopefully the new law will encourage divorcing couples to focus on<br />

the issues to be resolved rather than blaming each other for what has<br />

happened in the past. Ultimately, this should result in better outcomes<br />

for the family. This is certainly what those who campaigned for this law<br />

reform hope to see.<br />

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Martin and the King<br />

share their sense<br />

of family loss<br />

When Martin Evans from the Epilepsy<br />

Society’s Chalfont Centre, sent a letter<br />

of condolence to King Charles III,<br />

following the death of the Queen, he<br />

did not expect to receive a signed<br />

letter in return.<br />

So, Martin was stunned when he picked up<br />

his mail and saw a Buckingham Palace stamp<br />

on the envelope. He was even more surprised<br />

to find that the King had sent him a touching<br />

photo of himself as the young Prince Charles<br />

with his mother, the late Queen. And that the<br />

King had signed the letter ‘Charles R’.<br />

Martin, 62, has lived at the Epilepsy Society’s<br />

Chalfont Centre since 1997. The Queen was<br />

Patron of the Society throughout her reign.<br />

Having lost his own mother and father, Martin<br />

understood the grief that King Charles was<br />

going through and wanted to share his<br />

sympathies.<br />

Martin said: ‘I sent him a letter soon after<br />

Queen Elizabeth II passed away as I knew how<br />

he was feeling, because I have no mother and<br />

father. I wanted to tell him that I support him,<br />

and I believe he will be a good King, just as his<br />

mother was a great Queen.’<br />

Martin said: ‘His letter was absolutely<br />

wonderful, and the fact he signed it made it so<br />

much more special. The picture really got to<br />

my heart; I think he sent it to me because my<br />

letter was so personal.’<br />

Martin has supported the Royals all his life,<br />

‘especially the late Queen, because she was<br />

Patron of the Epilepsy Society.’<br />

Martin is looking forward to the King’s<br />

coronation on Saturday 6 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, and<br />

is sure King Charles ‘will be a good King<br />

during his reign.’<br />

In his response, the King thanked Martin for his<br />

support and condolences.<br />

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Volunteers needed<br />

for Poppy Appeal<br />

campaign<br />

The <strong>Chalfonts</strong> Local Royal British<br />

Legion (RBL) Branch and associated<br />

Poppy Appeals (PA) needs new<br />

volunteers to help raise funds for this<br />

years Poppy campaign.<br />

This is the 2 weeks leading up to<br />

Remembrance Sunday and is the period<br />

when most funds are raised. The local<br />

branch is associated to 2 Poppy Appeals.<br />

One covers Chalfont St Giles, Little<br />

Chalfont, Jordans and Seer Green.<br />

The other covers Chalfont St Peter and<br />

Chalfont Heights. Each is runs by its own<br />

organiser and volunteers do not have to<br />

be members of RBL.<br />

The roles volunteers are needed for<br />

packing the poppy boxes with poppies<br />

and memorabilia, labelling them as<br />

necessary. Distributing the boxes to<br />

various shops, pubs, restaurants and<br />

schools. Volunteers can also raise<br />

donations by personally selling poppies<br />

from a static location, going door to<br />

door or at a stall on the village green.<br />

Also, at the end of the campaign<br />

collecting the Poppy boxes and return<br />

them for counting of monies.<br />

The Branch committee help with acts<br />

of Remembrance. Also, the committee<br />

members help with the activities of both<br />

PAs. The Branch Committee will have<br />

vacancies this coming November<br />

which must be filled if its existence<br />

is to continue. Most positions on<br />

the committee require Legion<br />

membership.<br />

If you wish to speak about<br />

volunteering, we will have a<br />

presence at Chalfont St Giles Festival<br />

of Volunteering on 8th <strong>May</strong> and a stall<br />

at Chalfont St Peter Feast Day on the<br />

23rd <strong>June</strong>. Or please contact Trevor<br />

York on 07534 113968 / Mrs Carol<br />

Stallwood 01494 873757.<br />

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ISSUE 13<br />


Spotlight on Mental<br />

Health - What is<br />

Mental Health?<br />

Mental Health is ever changing, there are<br />

times when it can be overwhelming, other<br />

times you feel nothing at all. mentalhealth.org.<br />

uk said “our mental health is how we’re feeling<br />

inside, or emotionally. It’s a bit like “internal<br />

weather”.<br />

Mental health Week was introduced to create<br />

awareness and promote mental illness, to make<br />

the ordinary person, feel ordinary. Does it improve<br />

people’s mental health, or is it just another box to<br />

tick for businesses and organisations?<br />

Mental Health Week - 15th <strong>May</strong> to the<br />

21st <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The theme this year is ‘anxiety’. Anxiety is the state<br />

of worry of fear that can be triggered by certain<br />

situations, there is no doubt about it – everyone has<br />

general anxiety. There are different types of anxiety,<br />

including social anxiety, panic disorder, separation<br />

anxiety, agoraphobia and other phobia-related<br />

anxieties. While symptons vary from person to<br />

person the most common symptoms (according<br />

to the NHS) are “feeling restless”, or “worried”,<br />

“having trouble concentrating or sleeping” and<br />

“dizziness” or “heart palpitations”.<br />

Mental Health in the workplace<br />

75% of employees value it when their leaders<br />

speak openly about mental health. However, when<br />

surveyed, more than one in three people were too<br />

afraid to talk about mental health in the workplace.<br />

The reasons people rarely talk about mental health<br />

is fear. People with Mental Health issues are wrongly<br />

prejudiced against, leading those who feel the need<br />

to talk about it not doing so. They are worried about<br />

being treated differently, being pressured to overshare<br />

and (although this is irrational) being sacked.<br />

Does Mental Health have negative connotations?<br />

While not all of society view mental health<br />

negatively, it is certainly not getting the<br />

attention it deserves. That is why it is important<br />

Mental Health Week is properly publicised. There<br />

are many reasons that show people with Mental<br />

Disorders are looked at negatively; but that doesn’t<br />

make it right. Society has stereotypes for every<br />

aspect of life and sadly, mental health is not an<br />

exception. There is a false belief that there is<br />

an “age limit” for when you can have mental<br />

health issues, people - like teenagers for example<br />

- are not taken seriously, which results in further<br />

mental health issues! Some people even believe<br />

those who speak out about mental health issues<br />

are attention seekers and people who don’t are<br />

“faking it”.<br />

How long has Mental Health been discriminated?<br />

Since the middle ages there has been discrimination<br />

against mental health, with the burning of<br />

“witches”. The people who they believed to be<br />

witches usually had neuro or mental disorders that<br />

caused them to hallucinate, become violently sick,<br />

or barely leave the house. In the early 20th Century,<br />

those who got “treated” were sterilized to stop<br />

them experiencing the symptoms, but it did not<br />

help, if not hinder people’s mental health. Another<br />

option was the “insane asylums” where they locked<br />

up people against their will despite knowing close<br />

to nothing about mental illnesses. In the 1970s,<br />

Mental Health was viewed as “taboo” and just<br />

because you couldn’t see it on an x-ray meant it<br />

was much less significant than physical health. In<br />

the 1980s the asylums finally closed, and then<br />

mental health was treated respectfully.<br />

It wasn’t until very recently that Mental Health<br />

has been taken seriously. However - as previously<br />

mentioned – mental health has been prominent<br />

since the beginning of time. Mental Health Week<br />

honours those who suffered in asylums, who were<br />

burned at the stake all those years ago, people<br />

who are being unfairly judged - and people who<br />

are suffering in silence.<br />

Sophie Hazzard is a keen writer at <strong>Amersham</strong><br />

School. Her favourite things are reading, writing<br />

journalism and spending time with friends. She<br />

hopes to be a journalist one day and influence<br />

people through her writing.<br />

Disclaimer<br />

Please note: the opinions and findings expressed in this article are<br />

solely those of the author and should not be assumed to be those of<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> and Chalfont <strong>Together</strong> or its affiliates.<br />

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My love of acting<br />

From a child, my dream of becoming<br />

an actress was always something that I<br />

wanted but never fully committed until my<br />

parents signed me up to an acting school<br />

called PQA (Pauline Quirk Academy) in<br />

September 2018. There, I finally started to<br />

appreciate the industry for what it was.<br />

I performed in short films and series;<br />

however, nothing could compete with my<br />

admiration for stage acting that evolved<br />

being part of the academy. Throughout<br />

my time at PQA, I performed in all sorts<br />

of West End and local shows, in both lead<br />

and supporting roles; and my love for the<br />

spotlight has only expanded. I took Drama<br />

as a subject at GCSE and now at A Level.<br />

I learnt to appreciate the techniques and<br />

methods behind what makes different styles<br />

of acting so definitive; being able to apply<br />

this to not only my study of the subject but<br />

also to my personal adoration of the topic<br />

as I strive to improve.<br />

As my love for acting grows, so does my<br />

interest in expanding my work as I plan to<br />

appear in a short one-take film, directed<br />

by a friend of mine, which will be submitted<br />

to the BFI (British Film Institute) film<br />

competition, in the hopes of it being<br />

screened in one of the many theatres<br />

inside the establishment.<br />

But most of all, acting has given me<br />

the confidence to be my authentic self,<br />

surrounded by people who have the same<br />

appreciation for it as me. As I get older, I<br />

wish to expand my experience and stay true<br />

to my talent by committing to the arts and<br />

continuing to audition for roles in all sorts of<br />

areas. To see my acting CV grow is such<br />

a heart-warming feeling as I aspire to<br />

accomplish so much more in the coming<br />

years.<br />

As my last opportunity to perform in<br />

a show at PQA approaches, I can only<br />

experience mixed emotions. My time in<br />

the academy has opened so many doors<br />

for me and to be leaving in the next year is<br />

such a bitter-sweet feeling. It is exciting to<br />

move on but I will forever be a ‘Quirky Kid’<br />

at heart.<br />

Ava Hitner<br />

Ava Hitner is a student in<br />

<strong>Amersham</strong> studying English<br />

Literature, Drama and Media.<br />

The three things she enjoys<br />

most are reading, walking her<br />

dog and spending time with<br />

family and friends. She aspires<br />

to be successful and make the<br />

world a better place.<br />

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Please note: the opinions and findings expressed in this article are<br />

solely those of the author and should not be assumed to be those of<br />

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ISSUE 13<br />


Rise for Renewables<br />

We live in a high-energy world. From<br />

the devices we use to the cars we drive<br />

and the heating we turn on, energy is<br />

constantly being used up and in the case<br />

of fossil-fuel energy, not replaced.<br />

Therefore, it is crucial that in a world suffering<br />

from an extreme climate crisis, we shift our<br />

demands from polluting, unsustainable<br />

energy production transitioning to a cleaner<br />

and greener energy supply: renewable energy.<br />

In the last decade, the UK has seen a surge in<br />

the percentage of the country’s energy supply<br />

provided by renewable sources, from a mere<br />

4.2% in 20121 to a tenfold increase of 40% in<br />

2022. By decarbonising our energy demands,<br />

we not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions<br />

that contribute to anthropogenic global<br />

warming, but also reduce our energy bills as<br />

most renewable energy is cheaper than fossil<br />

fuel sources now.<br />

There are many sources of renewable energy<br />

used globally such as wind, solar, geothermal,<br />

biomass and hydropower, however the primary<br />

source in the UK is wind due to the windy<br />

conditions we are all too familiar with! Wind<br />

energy accounted for 26.8% of the UK’s<br />

electricity generation in 2022 whilst the<br />

use of coal -the most polluting fossil fuel- is<br />

continually decreasing. However, this increasing<br />

supply of renewable energy requires storage,<br />

which is being developed through battery<br />

storage facilities in the UK, such as the one<br />

opened recently in East Yorkshire. It is ‘Europe’s<br />

biggest’ battery energy storage system,<br />

essential for growing the use of renewable<br />

energy so that wind and solar energy can<br />

be utilised even when energy is not being<br />

actively generated by the weather conditions.<br />

The benefits of such battery storage systems<br />

include increasing energy security, reducing<br />

dependency on foreign gas imports and<br />

accelerating the UK’s transition to the net zero<br />

target. The UK’s goal to decarbonise all sectors<br />

of its economy by 2050 is ambitious but crucial<br />

for the green revolution and the transition<br />

to renewable energy is arguably the most<br />

important task for the UK.<br />

Battery storage systems are efficient as they<br />

reserve and release energy when needed.<br />

At times of peak demand, energy is released<br />

which lowers energy cost whilst also keeping<br />

electricity running. It is estimated by the<br />

UK Government that by 2050, £40 billion<br />

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could be saved in the energy system due to<br />

technologies such as battery storage. The<br />

different methods of battery storage being<br />

developed include compressed air energy<br />

storage, flow batteries and mechanical gravity<br />

energy storage. You can learn more about them<br />

here: https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/<br />

energy-explained/what-is-battery-storage.<br />

But every revolution starts small. In our own<br />

homes, we have the power (pun intended!) to<br />

revolutionise energy usage by taking small and<br />

simple steps. By turning the thermostat down<br />

(especially as the weather gets warmer…<br />

hopefully!) and changing older bulbs to more<br />

energy-efficient and cheap LED bulbs, we<br />

can all make a true difference. Furthermore,<br />

insulating our walls, roofs, lofts and floors can<br />

massively reduce energy consumption due to<br />

heating and we can also switch to renewable<br />

energy suppliers such as Ecotricity and Good<br />

Energy. Everything we do can contribute to<br />

cleaner energy and therefore, a greener planet.<br />

1https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/<br />

system/uploads/attachment_data/file/208607/renewable_<br />

energy_in_2012.pdf<br />

2 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/<strong>2023</strong>/01/2022-renewableenergy-uk-electricity/<br />

3 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/24/<br />

limits-on-renewables-will-keep-uk-energy-bills-higher-this-winter<br />

4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-64179918<br />

Sanchi is a student in Little Chalfont.<br />

The three things she loves most are<br />

nature, people and writing. Uniting<br />

these, she aims to create a brighter,<br />

greener world!<br />

Sanchi<br />

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Across<br />

8<br />

1 Boulders (5)<br />

4 Violent rotating windstorm (7)<br />

8 Person employed by the<br />

government (6,7)<br />

9 Intelligent sea animal (7)<br />

10 Mistake (5)<br />

11 Floor covering (6)<br />

13 Jewish republic (6)<br />

16 Long, narrow passageway (5)<br />

18 Localised ulcer or sore (7)<br />

21 Timber strip running along the<br />

21<br />

base of a wall (8,5)<br />

22 Soiled by smudging (7)<br />

Spot the Difference<br />

23 Staggers (5)<br />

Down<br />

1 Very fast (5)<br />

2 Shoemaker (7)<br />

3 Metalworker (5)<br />

4 Gambling place (6)<br />

5 Angles (7)<br />

6 Transmitting live from<br />

a studio (2,3)<br />

7 Hold spellbound (7)<br />

11 Vehicle framework (7)<br />

12 Voter (7)<br />

14 Mediocre (7)<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

9 10<br />

11 12 13 14<br />

15<br />

16 17 18 19 20<br />

22 23<br />

There are ten differences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

15 Sealed in a tin (6)<br />

17 River that flows through<br />

Paris (5)<br />

19 Not affected by alcohol (5)<br />

20 Outer surfaces of<br />

an object (5)<br />

(answers on p30)<br />

the Difference<br />


There are ten differences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

ten differences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

Apologies for crossword clue mix-up. See www.communitytogether.co.uk/crossword<br />

for correct clues for March/April issue<br />

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erences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

8<br />

9 10<br />

11 12 13 14<br />

15<br />

16 17 18 19 20<br />

21<br />

Help and support<br />

from Alzheimers<br />

Society<br />

Alzheimer’s Society’s moving new<br />

campaign, ‘The Ultimate Vow’, shows<br />

the harsh realities of caring for a partner<br />

with dementia and couples sharing their<br />

stories of what it is like to support their<br />

partner following a diagnosis.<br />

There are practical things to consider when living<br />

with dementia, here is one to consider...<br />

Driving and dementia…<br />

If the person drives, a diagnosis of dementia<br />

is not in itself a reason to stop straightaway.<br />

The most important thing is whether the<br />

person can still drive safely. As their condition<br />

progresses, a time will come when they must<br />

stop driving.<br />

22 23<br />

By law, when a person is diagnosed with<br />

dementia and has a driving licence, they must tell<br />

their licensing agency straightaway. The agency<br />

will ask about the person’s medical information<br />

and decide if they are safe to drive. The person<br />

may need to take a driving assessment.<br />

5 Angles (7)<br />

6 Transmitting live<br />

from a studio (2,3)<br />

7 Hold spellbound (7)<br />

11 Vehicle framework (7)<br />

12 Voter (7)<br />

14 Mediocre (7)<br />

15 Sealed in a tin (6)<br />

17 River that flows<br />

through Paris (5)<br />

19 Not affected by<br />

alcohol (5)<br />

20 Outer surfaces of<br />

an object (5)<br />

A person who receives a diagnosis of dementia<br />

must also immediately tell their car insurance<br />

company. If they don’t do this, their policy may<br />

be invalid.<br />

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find driving stressful or become less confident.<br />

For others, however, it can be very difficult to<br />

adjust to and they may need support and<br />

understanding.<br />

It may also be hard for you to adjust. You might<br />

not drive or, if you do, you may start to do much<br />

more driving for the person. You may find that<br />

the person struggles with you driving or feels<br />

frustrated or resentful about it.<br />

If you’re finding it difficult, consider looking for<br />

other transport options in your area or changes<br />

to the way you’re doing things currently. For<br />

example, look into getting shopping delivered<br />

rather than driving to the supermarket.<br />

Caring for a partner with dementia is fulfilling the<br />

ultimate relationship vow. But navigating through<br />

‘in sickness and health’ can be overwhelming.<br />

Alzheimer’s Society vows to help end the<br />

devastation caused by dementia, providing<br />

help and hope for everyone affected. Visit<br />

the website for more information or to donate:<br />

alzheimers.org.uk<br />



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P U B L I C S E R V A N T<br />

I B T I N I H<br />

D O L P H I N E R R O R<br />

E O R A<br />

C A R P E T I S R A E L<br />

H L C V<br />

A I S L E A B S C E S S<br />

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