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Aylesbury and District News

Aylesbury and District News is a Community Impact Charity aiming to record the social history of our district through news and pictures.

We are Derek Pelling and Maurice Cousins, both local photographers with a combined experience of over 80 years.

We hope you join us in making this website a great success and look forward to seeing you at your event, from fetes to grand openings, vip visits and general good news.

Contact us if you know of something going on in the Aylesbury and District that we should be covering for the web site. We will come along and photograph and you can buy the pictures through the web site.


  • Strawberry Squeeze for Hospice Image


    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:

  • Image from the Waste Art Exhibition image


    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.

  • The Queen at Medical Detection dogs Image


    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