On Saturday (May 12th) the village of Chearsley welcomed Councillor Sue Renshell, Chair of Aylesbury Vale District Council to open their new, state of the art community building. The project has cost nearly £600,000 and received a large grant from AVDC’s New Homes Bonus Fund in addition to grants from seven other bursaries and foundations. Taking over four years to come to fruition, Chearsley Village Hall is now an attractive, flexible space for the entire community that can accommodate two activities concurrently, is suitable for large event hire and uses sustainable energy sources to heat and light the building....See more
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
Saturday (May 5th) saw the annual May Day garland parade and fete in Longwick. The parade passed through the village from the village green to The Old School house where the children of Longwick school took their flower garlands to show the residents and sing their traditional May Day Song. Afterwards they returned, led by Towersey Morris Men for the winners to be presented with their awards and dance around the maypole.See more
Sunday morning (May 13th) saw around two thousands ladies and youngsters gather in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor to take part in the annual event. The course is 5km long with beautiful countryside to admire throughout the route. It didn't matter if you walked, jogged or run, it's a fun day out where all ages and abilities can take part. The event has raised many thousands of pounds over the years, with this years race bringing even more valuable funds to Cancer Research UK....See more
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:
The Royal British Legion local Area Team came together with Tesco’s on Thursday 3rd May to hold a Vintage Tea Party to assist 3 of the Area Team Members to take part in 2 major fundraising events in 2018.
Patricia Chadwick, Area manager, will be taking part in the Western Front Trek in September which is a 4 day event walking through the battlefields and memorials of the Somme and Ypres, whilst Natalie Skipper, Case Officer, Northamptonshire and Sharon Turton, Membership Support Officer, Beds and Herts, will be taking part in a 220ft abseil down Canonteign waterfall in the heart of Devon’s Teign Valley.
The fundraising raised through major events helps to fund vital services for the Armed Forces Community from sports based rehabilitation for sick , wounded and injured service men and women, to Careers Advice for those looking to settle back into Civvy Street and to Care Homes for older Veterans .Similarly the Royal British Legion is able to utilise the funds raised to provide help and support in emergency situations through grants and advice to help ease the financial pressures on serving and ex service people every day of every year.
The event raised almost £150, and it was wonderful to see the Community of Aylesbury extending their support.
This bank holiday weekend, local grandma Gill Long and her 3 friends Isabelle Simpson, Julia Bull and Katie Eungblut (Team Theo!) successfully completed the Isle of Wight Coastal Path Challenge, trekking a gruelling 52km around the island in 14 hours! They finished as the highest fundraisers of the event, raising a phenomenal £8000. They’ve been training hard with practice walks around the Chiltern Hills, and as far and wide as the Peak District and New York. Their challenge was all in aid of local charity nursery Puzzle Centre, based in Winslow, Bucks.
Puzzle Centre was set up by Alex Stanyer in 2001 to provide a vital, specialist setting for pre-school children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or communication difficulties. Early intervention is critical for children with Autism, and parents travel from all over the country to bring their children to Puzzle. The waiting list is often over a year long. The nursery offers bespoke education, training, support, research and outreach services for autistic children and their families. However, the nursery sadly relies on charity donations to remain open.
Gill Long’s 3 year old grandson Theo is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and was given a place at Puzzle Centre in November 2017. His family have already noticed a significant difference in Theo’s communication and understanding. Theo’s Mum, Chloe says 'Puzzle is an incredible setting and changes lives for autistic children and their families. We are so lucky that Theo got a place at Puzzle, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the progress he’s made, and the incredible support and advice we’ve received as family since his start. It’s a scary and isolating time when you find out your child has Autism, but Puzzle could not have been more understanding and helpful. It’s so important to raise awareness and increase support for young people with Autism, and I’m very proud of Team Theo for working so hard to help Puzzle reach more families'.
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