Gill Markham

Jul 032017

Village Show-Stopper 

The Village Hall hosted the 48th Village Show. Despite strong competition from the beer festival we still welcomed familiar faces and plenty of first-time entrants.

The gardeners take the weather in their stride and once again produced a vibrant display of flowers, fruit and veg.  The range of vegetables continues to expand and included an artichoke and a near perfect cauliflower.

Jane Creasy, Andrew Barrow, Annie Deung and Mary Hunnings all picked up trophies.  Jane held onto the Ramsay Trophy and beat Mary by a single point to take the Cuthbert Cup as overall show winner.  Annie is a true all-rounder gaining 1st’s in horticultural, decorative and preserve classes.  Andrew yet again produced most wonderful (and straightest) sweet peas.

Marie collected Gilbert Knight’s Jubilee Rose Bowl and the Knights will be eating prize winning marmalade for a while having scooped 1st and 2nd place.

In the bake-off afterglow, Paul Farmer won the Ken Stephens Trophy for the men’s cooking whilst last year’s winner Roger Brodie (and Oliver) won the Clive Greaves Family Trophy with a reprise of his winning pork pies.

One of the stand-craft out entries was Marian Raszpla’s handmade boat which won the Jollye Cup and must have taken many hours of patience. The preschool and Brownies’ play dough “cakes” and colourful butterfly pictures, filled the junior tables.

The junior classes were closely contested by new entrant Olivia Caffrey, Ruby Deadman, and last year’s winner William Monniot.  Special mention must go to William who age 6 entered almost all the junior classes including 11-13 year olds. He was the overall winner of the Boyles Trophy again. Olivia won the Timperley-George Cup, whilst Ruby won the Laing and Ann Wolfe trophies and was runner-up in the junior section.

The painting and photographic classes have common themes of “Still Life”, “Summer” and “Entrance”, Special mention must go to Sophie Creswell who entered two remarkable paintings.  They were so lifelike that they almost looked like photographs.  Not surprisingly, Sophie’s pictures won the Doris Jennery Trophy. Nick Alcock snatched the Village Voice trophy away from the Holmes Lubiewski’s, however Fiona didn’t go home empty-handed, picking up the White trophy for the best preserve.

The show alternates between June and September and next year’s show will be in September.  Look out for the schedule in the New Year on the Village Voice website.

We would also like to thank the evening WI who again produced a fine array of homemade goods for the produce stall.  The show is run by volunteers and is non-profit making, donating proceeds to local organisations.  Entrance money this year was donated to Charlie’s footsteps. Finally, one family of visitors shared memories of the show and it may, in fact, be much older than we think.  Please do get in touch again so we can find out more (see contacts in Village Voice).

Please see the list of all winners: V Show winners Jun17



Jun 272017

The meeting had been requested by Penelope Tollitt (PT) Head of Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council, to brief the Ashwells Forum on the current status of the Development Brief (DB). Representing the Forum were Miles Green, Gill Markham, Gerry King and Ken Cooke. The full report of the meeting and follow up notes is available report

It was agreed that the following list of topics would form an agenda for the meeting:

• Cock Lane/Spine Road
• Size of gap between Parcel 8 and Ashwells
• The Copse
• Density
• Hammersley Lane access to Parcel 1
• Traffic levels in P&TG
• Bus Routes
• Construction Traffic Access to Ashwells site
• Car Parking
• Green space in perpetuity

The Developmnent Brief will be considered for adoption at the 10 July meeting of the WDC Cabinet. This final version of the Brief will ‘go live’ on the Council website 5 days in advance of the Cabinet meeting.

It is not clear what the timetable will be for the presentation of planning applications. It is likely that the overall plan for the GVA reserve site is currently being reviewed by AVIVA as the new landowner, and although there have been expectations of an OPA being submitted for over a year, so far there has been no request for a Pre-application meeting. Proposals for the Ashwells site will be reviewed in-house with the property section of WDC (Charles Brocklehurst), but again there is no timetable for this.

the full report and response to this report from Penelope Tollitt is published in full in the Ashwells Development section of this website

Jun 132017

We have had 3 successful walks on the Back Common, noting the birds we saw and heard. We recorded the data on the chart in the Village Hall. We are preparing a report that will be compared to the census data from earlier events, then will publish it in Village Voice.
If you have noted the birds visiting your garden over the last 3 months, please submit your records to the Village Hall and they will be added to the chart and overall census,
Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoyed participating in this project.
Spring birds on Back Common


Spring birds in your garden


The last census of spring birds on the Back Common was carried out by a group led by Eric Britnell back in 1986. Earlier ones took place in the ‘60s and ‘70s. We hope there will be sufficient interest and support to do this much more regularly in future in order to record trends in the species of local birds.

please see the leaflet and list to note your viewingsVillage 2017 Springwatch – leaflet

May 302017

A leading Bucks charity has revealed its new name and look in preparation for the opening of its £4.8 million hospice later this year. South Bucks Hospice will now become known as The South Bucks Community Hospice, and its pioneering new building will be called Butterfly House.

Butterfly House logo

Charity Chief Executive Jo Woolf explained: “We are becoming one charity at one location in our new building and now feels like the right time to move our name and image forward. Our new building is state-of-the-art and our facilities there will shape the services we can offer in the future.”
“We have added community to our name as we are a community organisation. We exist for and because of our community.”

Jo Woolf explained that the new community day hospice will be known as Butterfly House.
The symbol of the butterfly has been chosen because it represents change, hope, joy, endurance, transformation,
re-birth and life. The Greek word for butterfly is psyche, the very same word the Greeks use for soul. Jo said, “We would like our new hospice to be a place that supports people through transformation in their lives, a change that is life affirming. The South Bucks Community Hospice’s ’strapline’ will become; Care, Comfort and Support. Jo Woolf continued: “We want everyone to understand what our charity provides and we feel that ‘Care, Comfort and Support’ succinctly captures this.”

Stokenchurch based Tank2 design carried out the image update for The South Buckinghamshire Community Hospice. Tank2 founder and design lead Warren Kerley said: “We are delighted to assist such an important community organisation. This is a new era for The South Bucks Community Hospice and the perfect time to update its look. We wanted to respect the hospice’s heritage while bringing this new era to life.”
The new name and look will gradually be phased in as the hospice prepares for its official opening in September this year.

About The South Buckinghamshire Community Hospice
The South Bucks Community Hospice is a charity based at Butterfly House in High Wycombe. It receives less than 3% of its funding from statutory sources.
The South Bucks Community Hospice is a leading community resource for supporting patients living with life-limiting illnesses. It offers patient-centred care to individuals through the provision of specialist palliative, psychotherapeutic and Lymphoedema care. It also supports families and their carers.
Originally established in 1984, The South Bucks Community Hospice offers a pioneering and new kind of hospice care. This care is designed to meet the societal changes we face, mainly people living longer.
As the only palliative day hospice in South Buckinghamshire, it serves over 320,000 people. By the middle of 2018, it is projected that 650 to 800 people a month will be cared for at Butterfly House.

What’s on?
Quiz Night
• Tickets: £5
• Date: Thursday, 29 June 2017 / 18:30-21:30
Put your knowledge to the test and join us this summer for a Quiz Night at Butterfly House. Whether it’s a staff night out or a girls get together, rally round your friends and family and enter your team now.
Spaces are limited so book your team now by calling Yvette on 01494 552761 or email

De Vere Open Day
• Friday, 2 June 2017
• 11am-5pm
• De Vere Latimer Estate, Nr Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 1UG
We are delighted to announce that De Vere Latimer Estate have selected The South Buckinghamshire Community Hospice as its charity partner for 2017.

Personal Styling with John Lewis and Clarins
• Thursday, 21 September 2017
• 18:30 – 21:00
• Butterfly House, Kingswood Park, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 6GR
• £10 per person
In conjunction with John Lewis we are bringing you an evening of pampering and personal styling.
Ticket price includes refreshments and one glass of wine upon arrival. Additional drinks will be provided on a donation per glass basis. Doors will open at 18:30 with the live styling session beginning at 19:30.
To book tickets please call Yvette on 01494 552 761 or email

Golf Day
• Thursday, 21 September 2017
• 08:00 – 17:00
• Lambourne Golf Club, Dropmore Road, Burnham SL1 8NF
• £95 per person
Join us at the stunning Lambourne Golf Club for a day of golfing, good food and great company. Lambourne is an exclusive members Golf Club set in 180 acres of breathtakingly tranquil parkland in Burnham, Buckinghamshire close to the M4, M40 & M25 and just 30 miles from central London.
Format of the day:
• 08:00 – Meet for coffee and bacon rolls
• 09:00 – Either a shotgun or two tee start. Teams of four with the best 2 scores taken forward each hole. The day is about having fun whilst raising money for a fantastic cause so all abilities are welcomed. The practise green will also be made available ahead of tee-off.
• 15:00 – 2-course lunch will be served in the Club House followed by prize-giving
To book please call Yvette on 01494 552 761 or email:

South Bucks 10K
• Sunday, 1 October 2017
• Time TBC
• Colne Valley Regional Park, Black Park Rd, Slough SL3 6DS
For the third year running we have been selected as the charity partner for South Bucks 5K and 10K Road Races.
For the first time ever there will be a 2K Fun Run too. We will be giving you all of the information about how you can take part, what you can expect on the day and how to gain sponsorship very soon.
For further information:
Elaine Begley – 07801 515585

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