Aylesbury Mosque held their Community Iftar last week (May 25th).
This is always a special occasion at which the community meet and rejoice in the great diversity, unity and love that we share for each other.
All religions and faiths came together to mark this special occasion, where at 9.07pm their fast was broken.
An Iftar is the evening meal to break the fast at the end of the day during Ramadan...
Friday evening (May 18th) saw the traditional Mayor Making ceremony held at Aylesbury College. Cllr Mark Willis has now taken the chain of office from his predecessor Cllr Tom Hunter-Watts.
The new Mayor said is he is very much looking forward to the next year. His charity for the year is Carers Bucks.
On a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon (May 20th) RAF Halton exercised it's right to the Freedom of Aylesbury by marching through the town with bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying. The parade was addressed by the town clerk Keith Gray, town Mayor Cllr Mark Willis and Halton's Station Commander. There was also a flypast by the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota.....See more
The Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally, held on Sunday (May 20th) always gets a great selection of cars and lorries attending but this year was spectacular. A fantastic turnout, you only had to see the queue for the ice cream van, food stands, the public carpark and the crowds to see how successful this rally was. Even The Bar run by Dayla Sold out of Beer! Everyone enjoyed themselves on what was a beautiful sunny day. As always there was a wide variety of different cars, vintage Lorries and Motorbikes. ....See more
Tunnel Tours were back by popular demand last week at Bucks County Museum.
The museum hosted this special event offering locals the chance to see what’s in the basement and hear about the amazing history of the building and the local area. The behind the scenes tour took visitors down into the basement and cellar of the building to view the historic features including a cellar and a short run of tunnels. The experience also included the chance to view some artefacts from the collection of Bucks County Museum, which relate to historic customs in every day life in the past...
The North Bucks Country Show was held on Saturday (2nd June) at Pilch Farm near Buckingham.
The day was a great success with thousands of visitors taking in the fun and games as Bucks Young Farmers battled it out in the many competitions held from churn rolling to chariot racing and jelly eating to name just a few.
There was a fantastic display of vintage tractors, and some beautiful heavy horses paraded in the sunshine around the main ring...
In 1962 the Queen visited the Vale and here are the pictures from the archive.See more
Pictures from past times in the vale.See more
After being badly damaged by fire Hartwell House, College of Citizenship was re-opened in June 1963 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
On arrival the Queen Mother was met by the Lord Lieutenant of Bucks Brigadier Sir Henry Floyd. Inside the house she met principal Miss Dorothy Neville-Rolfe along with the architect....
A small team from Matt Fiddes Aylesbury School consisting of five students went to the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts South East regional championships in Horley on the 29th April. They returned with 9 medals between them...
A field of 344 runners braved the cold on Sunday morning (February 25th) to run the Winslow 10km run. The event is run by the Lions Club of Winslow and started and finished at Furze Down School. The 1st man across the line was the Vale of Aylesbury Athletics club's Rob Taylor who finished the course in 35 minutes and 22 seconds, and the first lady was Helen Mulhall of Bearbrook Running Club who claimed a time of 40 minutes and 3 seconds.See more
Many enthusiastic runners came early for the annual Thornborough Fun Run on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7th). The atmosphere at the event was great again this year, buzzing with excitement before the start and plenty going on throughout the event. The weather was fabulous, which is probably why the numbers running were down on previous years, nonethless it was excellent for the spectators...See more
Saturday 12th May saw the official celebration of the reopening of Quainton's tennis courts, following a £80,000 refurbishment project. This was only made possible through local fund raising, significant grants from Wren, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, Heart of Bucks and a loan from Bucks Tennis....See more
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity has produced a new fund raising pack for supporters, called ‘Strawberry Squeeze'. At the launch event on May 1st, held in the hospice, lots of ideas were showcased to inspire the supporters, volunteers and hospice staff that came along. The strawberry baking competition was popular, with the entries being sliced up and sold off afterwards. There were ideas for tea parties, pamper evenings, office competitions and a sale of strawberry plants. Community Fund raising Manager Emma Carroll commented ‘One of our volunteers even made some strawberry gin, which was a popular taster with many people’
The event raised £227 for the Charity, much of which was down to the generous support from Morrisons, The Works and the Co-op store in Bedgrove, who all donated food for the buffet lunch and allowed the costs to be kept low.
If you would like to raise money for the Hospice with a Strawberry Squeeze pack please send an email to:
Buckinghamshire's Greatmoor energy from waste plant is well known for welcoming visitors, with tours of the facility showing how the plant operates and its part in making Buckinghamshire's waste disposal process as efficient and environmentally-friendly as possible.
And now, for Bucks Arts Weeks 2018, there's an added attraction – an exhibition of the striking paintings of Oxfordshire artist Sarah Moncrieff featuring interior and exterior studies of the Greatmoor plant.
The exhibition is open from 10.30am - 4.30pm on 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 21st and 22nd June.
Click to vist the website
Picture by Derek Pelling Photography.
In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, dogs specially trained to detect disease showcased their work at the Royal Mews in central London this week.
Medical Detection Dogs, based in Great Horwood, is the charity that trains the dogs, and was invited to perform a demonstration to mark its tenth anniversary year. The Duchess of Cornwall, the charity’s Patron, was instrumental in organising the event during which the dogs displayed how they can detect cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Working cocker spaniel Kizzy, a specially trained cancer detection dog, was first to demonstrate her work. She tested eight urine samples on a carousel piece of equipment by sniffing each sample to check each for the odour of cancer. When she came to the right sample, she stopped and sat in front of it, not moving until she was told she was correct and rewarded with a treat.
Black Labrador Peanut, a Parkinson’s detection dog, then demonstrated how he detects Parkinson’s disease from sweat samples positioned on a series of stands using canine communication technology being designed in collaboration with the Open University. Both identified the correct sample confidently in under ten seconds. Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs, said: “It is such an honour to be able to demonstrate our work in front of The Queen and our Patron, The Duchess of Cornwall.
'Ten years ago I co-founded this charity and a decade on, we have made very exciting progress. This week we have announced our collaboration with a leading global research facility based in the USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to develop a machine capable of detecting cancer as accurately as the dogs. ' One in two of us will now be diagnosed with cancer in the course of our lifetimes. Early detection is crucial to successful medical treatment. It is more important than ever that we develop an easy and reliable test to rocket-boost survival rates.
'I am hugely grateful to The Duchess of Cornwall and to The Queen in helping us to raise awareness of our charity so that our vital research can soon be put to practical use in saving lives.''
The charity is completing a large-scale trial into the early detection of prostate cancer with Milton Keynes University Hospital and is also collaborating with Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust on a study of bowel cancer.
Pictures Derek Pelling Photography
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