Council to move ahead with Ivinghoe freight zone

Photograph of lorry on Brownlow Bridge
Photograph of lorry on Brownlow Bridge
Buckinghamshire Council has announced plans to move ahead with the implementation of the Ivinghoe area ‘freight zone’, after some delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheme, to reduce HGV traffic in the Cheddington, Ivinghoe and Mentmore areas, sits within defined boundaries, east of the A418, north of the A41 and west of the B489. Work to draft the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders needed for the zone is now scheduled to start in mid February 2021, when formal public consultation will take place. Subject to the feedback received, the scheme could be fully operational by spring 2021. 

Essential works to strengthen the Brownlow bridge on the B488 have already started and these are expected to be completed by the end of November.

Public engagement on the concept of the freight zone took place last March and was widely supported by local residents, businesses and community groups. It included dialogue with parish councils, local councillors, and businesses, along with drop-in exhibition events in Ivinghoe and Wing and a survey which received 332 responses.

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport Nick Naylor said he was delighted to announce the news. “I’d like to have got on with things quicker, however COVID-19 restrictions have affected our planning with council officers and resources redeployed to help support the vulnerable and those at highest risk.

“But now I’m delighted we’re back on track and that the Ivinghoe area is set for its freight zone. Once drafted, the TROs will be subject to statutory public consultation so people can have their say on all the detail before final implementation. We also need to liaise with colleagues in Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire Councils as some of the signage will need to be sited in their areas,” he added. 

The Orders will include a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on vehicles travelling through the zone. There will be an exception for vehicles travelling to destinations within the zone, which means deliveries and collections for local homes and businesses can continue unaffected.

Monitoring in November 2019 showed an average of 254 HGVs per week passed through the proposed zone, heading for destinations further afield, around 47% of the total HGV traffic in the area.

Local ward councillor and Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board Chairman Anne Wight added, “This is great news. The ‘freight zone’ would give us that balance between allowing those HGVs that need to come to the area and discouraging those that just pass through. Potentially this scheme could see lorry movements reduced by close to 50%, considerably reducing the negative impacts on local residents, buildings and the environment.”

For further information about the freight zone, please visit: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/transport-plans-and-policies/freight-strategy/ivinghoe-area-freight-engagement/

Council in ‘listening mode’ as Post-16 educational transport and home to school transport policy consultation starts ​

A public consultation to hear the views of parents and residents on how Buckinghamshire Council can continue to improve its educational transport policy has launched.   The consultation forms part of a review into the Council’s overall Home to School Transport Policy and associated Post-16 Transport Policy Statement, following the changes made after the previous review of the policy in 2018/19.   Buckinghamshire’s Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Policy Statement set out how the Council provides transport to schools and other educational settings for 0 – 19 year olds and up to 25 years for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  
The current Post-16 Transport Policy Statement applies a charge to families of 16–18 year old students with SEND who receive Council educational transport, as a contribution towards the overall cost of transport.   The charges for this transport for the current academic year 2020/21 have been paused due to the impact of Coronavirus; however this is an ‘exceptional’ decision, meaning that the charging element of the Policy Statement is set to resume in September 2021 for the academic year 2021/22.  
The consultation gives families a choice of three potential options to consider for how educational transport for eligible students aged 16–19 with SEND can be organised and paid for. These options are:   Families receiving Council transport using the current distance banded model of charging, with some improvements; Families having a  choice of either receiving a sum of money paid directly to them to make their own transport arrangements (known as a personal transport budget), or paying an annual fee to receive Council transport; Families who have post-16 SEND students who are eligible for transport would be offered a personal transport budget; Council transport would be offered in exceptional circumstances for an annual fee.   The Council is also asking for views on proposals to update the content of the Policy and Statement by providing clarification and more detail to some areas. This aims to provide clearer information and guidance to students and families so they can make informed choices about their school transport.  

The engagement and public consultation process

The public consultation runs for eight weeks, closing on 7 December 2020. Ahead of the consultation, the Council has talked with parent groups and other key stakeholders to understand their views as well as taking into account all feedback received over the last 12 months.   Anita Cranmer, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We are committed to supporting our children and young people to have access to educational opportunities at the setting that’s right for them, and a key part of that is assisting families to make informed choices about their educational transport.   “Although this review will not make major changes to our overall Home to School Transport Policy, by reviewing the Policy and the Post 16 Transport Statement now, we can make improvements that incorporate the feedback we have received up to this point.   “We also want to give young people and families of students who are aged 16–18 with special educational needs and disabilities some options to consider for how transport will be arranged and paid for from September 2021.   “Personal transport budgets have been in existence for some time, particularly in adult care services, but their use is now growing in school transport in many areas across the UK. When you consider the huge amount of choice, freedom and flexibility that personal transport budgets provide for families, we wanted to include these as part of the options in the consultation, giving families a good range of choice.   “We are very much in listening mode at the moment, so if you’d like to help shape our future policy for educational transport, please go to the consultation web page and take part. We really do want to hear your views.”  

To find out more and take part in the consultation, go to the consultation web page: yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/schools/htst-2021-consultation

Apologies for overnight disturbance for next 2 weeks

We are aware that a few residents have raised concerns about overnight generator noise from the Nicholas King Homes site by the Memorial Hall.

Nicholas King Homes apologise for any inconvenience.  The generator does need to be left on at the moment for health and safety reasons.  They are excavating an 8 metre deep hole for the pump tank but as the water table is only two meters below ground, if they turn off the pump overnight the hole fills up with water and slurry again by morning leaving men working in dangerous deep drainage situations. They waited for the cooler weather to begin these works, as they did not want to disturb people at night when residents had their windows open, believing that the noise of the generator would disturb neighbours less at this time of year.

Works on the excavation should be complete within 2 weeks and in the meantime they are adding extra insulation around the pump and the generator to ensure the noise is reduced as much as is physically possible.

Should any residents have any further queries, their site manager is happy for you to contact him on pitstone@nkhomes.com.  

Free English and maths courses from Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

               

Do you need to improve your English or maths skills? Do you need a qualification?

There are now free part-time courses available in English and maths with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning and their experienced team of highly qualified and friendly tutors.

There are day-time or evening courses available to anyone who lives in Buckinghamshire. The courses are mostly free of charge and are based at centres in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Chesham and online.

The learners work towards a nationally recognised Functional Skills qualification at Entry level, Level 1 or Level 2. A Functional Skills qualification in English and/or maths may help them to progress in their career or to go to college for further study.

Teresa Meredith, Skills Manager at Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, said, “There is no better time to gain some new skills or a new qualification. Our English and maths teams have worked incredibly hard over the summer to create Covid-19 friendly learning environments in our centres and to build online learning platforms. I would urge anyone interested to visit our website at https://www.adultlearningbc.ac.uk/english-maths/ or telephone us on 01296 674463. We welcome new learners all the time”.

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers a free and confidential pre-course assessment to all learners before they begin. This ensures that each learner is learning at the correct level.

Nick Andrews, an English tutor, reinforced this message: “We not only teach the subject in an accessible way as possible, we also develop ‘learning confidence’ in our classrooms. It can be the case that learners feel nervous about re-entering education; some learners had mixed experiences at school and feel the need to ‘start again’. It’s our job to help them do that in a fun and supportive environment.”

There is little doubt that many learners have gained from these courses over the years including one learner who obtained her Functional skills English qualification at a recent summer school. She wrote in to say, “It all worked out really well and I have now been offered a place on my midwifery course. I am so happy. Thank you all so much for your massive help. Without you I would not be a student now or a midwife in the future!”

Contact Buckinghamshire Adult Learning via the website at https://www.adultlearningbc.ac.uk/english-maths/

Alternatively, email albs@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or telephone 01296 674463

Help Buckinghamshire Council decide their budget priorities

Help us decide our budget priorities ​
Buckinghamshire Council today launches its budget consultation for 2021/22. Residents, businesses and other interested parties are being asked to submit their views on the council’s spending priorities for the coming financial year. The council carries out a budget consultation every year, giving people the chance to have their say on where they think money should be invested and also in which services or areas they believe savings can be made. Council finances have faced added pressure this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The double effect of additional spending to support our vulnerable and the variety of one-off costs incurred, combined with the loss of income from regular funding streams such as parking revenue and business rates has brought about a budget shortfall. Although some additional funding from central government has helped, it doesn’t cover all the additional costs and has left a funding gap of around £7m. Council Leader Martin Tett explained: “2020 has been a year like no other. As individuals, families and whole communities, everyone has faced uncertainty and many challenges over the past six months. As a council our experience has been no different. “We are now at the stage where we must set our budget priorities for the coming financial year. In any year this can be a challenge but undoubtedly this year will be even harder. “Without a doubt we are better off having come together to form Buckinghamshire Council in April this year. Being one council we were able to work quickly to deliver a coordinated response to Covid and we were able to work more effectively with businesses and community groups as a single organisation.”   Martin Tett continued: “We now have an organisation that is better placed to respond to our residents and businesses’ needs. We will also be able to make substantial savings going forward as we bring services together. Millions of pounds of savings have already been made; however, others such as rationalising contracts as they come up for renewal and redesigning how we do things, will take time to realise so that we don’t damage vital services. The majority of these savings are likely to be over the next five years which doesn’t help in our current situation. In the meantime cost pressures have increased dramatically, particularly for social care, as a result of Covid.   “There are clearly tough decisions ahead, so it’s important that we give everyone the opportunity to have their say on what our spending priorities should be for the coming year.”   To take part in the online consultation visit our website. The consultation closes on Sunday 8 November.

Brownlow bridge in Ivinghoe closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic from 5/10/20 for 7 weeks


Ivinghoe (Brownlow) Canal Bridge – Strengthening Grand Union Canal, B488, Ivinghoe

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be undertaking bridge strengthening works at the canal bridge on the B488over the Grand Union Canal starting 5 October 2020 for approximately 7 weeks.

The scheme has been developed in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust. Some brickworkrefurbishment/repairs and carriageway resurfacing work are also included to fully utilise the temporary traffic management during the works.

In order to carry out the works in a safe manner; the carriageway will need to be closed to all vehicular trafficfor the duration of the works. A section of the B488 in the vicinity of the “canal bridge will be closed and a temporary traffic diversion using alternative routes will be in operation for the duration of the roadclosure. Vehicular access will be maintained for residents including the canal’s towpath and businesses duringthe works, up to the limits of the site, but no vehicles and pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge.

Every effort will be made to carry out the works with minimum disturbance.

Buckinghamshire Council apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused. If you have any queries about the works, you can call 01296 382416.

BC Wing & Ivinghoe Community Board Meeting

https://buckinghamshire.moderngov.co.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeId=853

The next (virtual) Buckinghamshire Council Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board meeting is taking place on 23 September at 7.00 pm. Please be advised that this will be a public meeting and the council would gladly welcome any residents and members of the public that wish to take part.

Please let the Community Board Coordinator (Katrina Kelly: katrina.kelly@buckinghamshire.gov.uk ) know if you would like to join the meeting so that she can share the link with you beforehand. If there are any questions or issues that members of the public want to raise it would be helpful if you could let Katrina know in advance so that Buckinghamshire Council can prepare answers to your questions.

You can find out more about the Community Board meetings via the above link.

Westfield Road white lining 18-9-2020

Westfield Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

18 September — 18 September

Delays possible – Traffic control (multi-way signals)

Works location: WESTFIELD ROAD, PITSTONE LU7 9GU

Works description: Developemnt Management WHITE LINING WORKS ON BEHALF OF TAYLOR WIMPEY HOMES SOUTH MIDLANDS Out of hours contact:07971 063971

Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: D400351001470

Linking Lives – combatting loneliness in Pitstone

Linking Lives is combatting loneliness in Tring and the surrounding villages, including Pitstone.

Could you spare half an hour a week to telephone someone lonely?

It doesn’t matter if you are working from home, going back to work, furloughed, retired, or looking for a new job, loneliness is a 24/7 problem so contact at any time of the day is very welcome. Many of their volunteers contact have become the highlight of someone’s week.

They are currently looking for help with three clients who need volunteers to befriend them. One in Tring, two in Pitstone. These are part of the telephone befriending scheme, so you don’t need to be in or around their local area. They would love to receive one or two 15-minute phone calls a week – but whatever you could do would be great.

Tring Lives is a charity set up, almost two years ago, by Linking Lives UK and High Street Baptist Church in Tring, to combat loneliness and social isolation in Tring and the surrounding villages in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. They already have many wonderful volunteers, befriending local people of all ages throughout the area. However, Covid19 is having an effect on many people who no longer have the social connections that they did previously and so demand for volunteer support is soon to be overwhelmed without more help.

Safeguarding

They will need to do some quick identity checks and arrange a simple telephone training session. Telephone befriending does not currently need a DBS check but they always take the safety of clients volunteers and staff extremely seriously and need to ensure that they keep everyone safe.

Linking Lives full service

Very soon, in early September they will be moving back to their full 1-1 service in people’s homes. They will need people more volunteers to:

  • Carry out visits to people in their homes
    • Take clients to events and trips out
    • Assist in taking groups of clients to places of interest
    • And, of course, they will still need telephone befrienders 

Contact

If you can help, please contact Cliff Brown, Co Ordinator, his details are below. If you can’t help but know someone who might be able to assist, please forward this information to them.

Call Cliff on either 07305 257160 or 01442 824054

Email Cliff at admin@tringbaptistchurch.co.uk

Visit www.tringbaptistchurch.co.uk/linkinglives

A new way to tackle the issues that matter most to our community

There is a new way to tackle the issues that matter most to our community – through Buckinghamshire Council’s new Community Boards. The boards will connect local people, organisations and groups with the council to improve our local areas. Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board covers the Wing and Ivinghoe area and held an introductory meeting in July, to start this conversation. Over the next few weeks organisers will be getting people, groups and organisations in the community involved and helping to identify our key priorities ahead of the official launch in September. Everyone is welcome – read on to find out more about what the board will do, how it will work and how you can get involved.

 

What is a Community Board?

Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board will identify the themes and issues that most need to be addressed for this area and create an action plan to do this, with working groups to look at specific projects and issues. The board will:

  • represent the voices of local people;
  • capture thoughts, ideas and suggestions in new ways;
  • enable local conversations about priorities;
  • identify needs within local communities and work to produce creative solutions;
  • explore areas of interest;
  • influence how decisions are made and public services are delivered.

How does it work?
Partnerships created in response to Covid-19 are enabling the new Community Boards to quickly get up and running. All boards have a leader, as well as a coordinator who makes sure local people, groups and organisations feel connected with the boards and the council, ensuring information is shared and views are heard.

There will be a mixture of core meetings and working groups who will focus on a specific issue or local project. Core meetings will agree priorities; allocate funding and feed back on the plan of action. Anyone who wants to get involved won’t need to attend every session. You’ll be able to read the agendas and minutes online and can participate in the issues that you feel passionate about. You can join meetings, or take part in a specific priority or project working group. You can complete surveys, take part in polls or share your views.

Who is in the Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board?
The chairman for Wing and Ivinghoe is Councillor Anne Wight who, like all of the boards’ chairs, is a member of Buckinghamshire Council. The Wing and Ivinghoe vice chair is Councillor Peter Cooper and its dedicated coordinator is Katrina Kelly.

 

If you’d like to get involved, email localities@buckinghamshire.gov.uk  or visit www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-boards

Book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms

Book a test if you have any coronavirus symptoms

Cases of COVID-19 are rising again across the country. We do not want a local lockdown in Buckinghamshire. We want to stop the spread of the virus so that we can continue to live our lives and enjoy our freedom.

Follow our simple guidance:

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are very mild symptoms, book a test immediately and stay at home.

 

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.

 

  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 that started in the last 10 days, unless you have had a negative test result.

 

  • Stay at home if you have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

 

  • Stay at home if someone in your household has had any symptoms of coronavirus and has not had a negative test result. If they have not done so, they should get a test.

 

There are testing centres locally, or you can order a home test. The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself, or someone can do it for you.

We must protect our community from this deadly virus. Many people have already died, and it is our responsibility to stop the virus from spreading and taking more lives.

Help control the virus and protect yourself and others

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others
  • Make space – stay two metres apart from other people not in your household wherever possible

Please, if you have any of the symptoms; a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste, please book a test now. Call 119 or go online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

This weeks roadworks and diversions w/c 10/8/2020

Traffic Interruptions

 

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

10 August – 12 August

 

Delays possible – Road closure

 

Name: Cheddington Road

 

Location: Cheddington Road

 

Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks

 

Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire

 

Current status: Planned

 

 


 

Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

10 August – 12 August

 

Delays possible – Diversion route

 

Name: Diversion

 

Location: Marsworth Road

 

Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks

 

Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire

 

Current status: Planned

 

 

Roadworks

 

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

10 August — 10 August

 

Delays likely – Road closure

 

Works location: APPROX 20M WEST OF RAILWAY BRIDGE ON SOUTH SIDE OF CARRIAGEWAY

 

Works description: BREAK OUT EDGE OF C/W AND KERBING AT LOCATION AS MARKED AND EXPOSE ISOLATED COLLAPSE OF BRICK CULVERT. REMOVE COLLAPSED BRICKWORK AND DEBRIS FROM CULVERT.REPLACE DAMAGED SECTION OF CULVERT WITH NEW SHORT SECTION OF 225mm OR 300mm DIA TWIN WALL PIPE. EXISTING BRICK CULVERT DIAMETER IS APPROX 300mm.TIE IN / CONNECT NEW LENGTH OF TWIN WALL PIPE WITH EXISTING BRICK CULVERT. AVOID INSERTING NEW LENGTH OF PIPE INTO CULVERT. SEAL JOIINT IMPERMEABLE PLASTIC AND CONCRETE. RESET KERBING AND REINSTATE C/W

 

Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: D40025144388

 

 


 

Pitstone Road, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

10 August — 12 August

 

Delays possible – Traffic control (two-way signals)

 

Works location: BETWEEN CANAL BRIDGE AND RAILWAY BRIDGE ON CHEDDINGTON ROAD

 

Works description: DRAINAGE CLEARANCE (CCTV): CLEAR DRAINAGE SYSTEM FROM OUTFALL NEXT TO CANAL BRIDGE TO START CHEDDINGTON ROAD JUNCTION. EMPTY ALL CATCH PITS AND JET PIPEWORK BETWEEN CATCH PITS. EMPTY ALL GULLIES ON BOTH SIDES OF ROAD INCLUDING KERB WEIR DRAINS. USE CCTV TO CHECK PIPE WORK FOLLOWING JETTING ****START FROM OUTFALL AT CANAL***** MATT WHINCUP TO ATTEND SITE DURING WORKS, PLEASE CALL WHEN ENROUTE TO SITE: 07720 096964 TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: 2 WAY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

 

Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: D40025144481

 

 


 

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

12 August — 14 August

 

Delays unlikely – Traffic control (give & take)

 

Works location: OS 4 YARDLEY AVENUE LU7 9BD (Footway, Carriageway)

 

Works description: Install 24m of poly duct in footway, demolish and rebuild box tpye 104, core drills, Access Existing Infrastructure. Footway closure: Pedestrian walkway will be provided

 

Responsibility for works: Openreach

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: BC412KNONSACHWBPF3N1P

Thames Valley Police local Have Your Say Event 6/8/2020

Lots of local roadwork sites this week (w/c 3 Aug 2020)

Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August – 07 August

 

Delays likely – Diversion route

 

Name: Diversion

 

Location: Vicarage Road

 

Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks

 

Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire

 

Current status: Planned

 

 


 

Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August – 07 August

 

Delays likely – Road closure

 

Name: Vicarage Road

 

Location: Vicarage Road

 

Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks

 

Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire

 

Current status: Planned

 

 

Roadworks

 

Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 07 August

 

Delays likely – Road closure

 

Works location: near Warehouse (Footway, Carriageway, Verge)

 

Works description: Connect off a 3″ AC main in the road under a road closure and lay across the road through open cut method and install 8m of 125m ALPE pipe with a temporary washout.

 

Responsibility for works: Anglian Water

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: AD029H10570281/1

 

 


 

Westfield Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 07 August

 

Delays likely – Road closure

 

Works location: near Warehouse (Footway, Carriageway, Verge)

 

Works description: Connect off a 3″ AC main in the road under a road closure and lay across the road through open cut method and install 8m of 125m ALPE pipe with a temporary washout.

 

Responsibility for works: Anglian Water

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: AD029H10570281

 

 


 

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 05 August

 

Delays unlikely – Traffic control (give & take)

 

Works location: 63 (Footway, Carriageway)

 

Works description: Communication Pipe Repair

 

Responsibility for works: Anglian Water

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: AD03257743924

 

 


 

Old Farm, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 05 August

 

Delays unlikely – Traffic control (give & take)

 

Works location: outside 38 (Footway, Carriageway)

 

Works description: Communication Pipe Repair. Footway closure: Alternative route will be provided

 

Responsibility for works: Anglian Water

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: AD03257743863

Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health & Wellbeing Survey

Buckinghamshire Council’s Public Health team has launched its new ‘Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health & Wellbeing Survey’. The survey aims to understand how residents in Buckinghamshire have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic including how the lockdown and its consequences have impacted their daily lives and health and wellbeing. The information collected through the survey will be used to help tailor the local recovery throughout the county following the impact of Coronavirus.
We are keen to understand our residents’ experiences during the pandemic, and how Coronavirus has impacted their lives. We want to ensure that we protect our resident’s health and wellbeing, and would urge all residents to please give us feedback by completing this survey and to encourage your friends and family in the county to do the same. Your experiences can help us improve how we support our communities over the coming months.
You can complete the survey on Your Voice Bucks using the link below:
If you require any additional information please contact
Kathryn.Hobbs@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Road closure Cooks Wharf 17/7/2020

Pitstone Road, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

17 July — 17 July

 

Delays likely – Road closure

 

Works location: TO SIDE OF COOKS WHARF CANAL BRIDGE

 

Works description: DRAINAGE DITCH EXCAVATION / CLEARANCE: EXCAVATE SHORT LENGTH OF DRAINAGE DITCH TO SIDE OF CANAL BRIDGE BETWEEN OUTFALL HEADWALL AND CANAL BANK. REGRADE AS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE A FALL TO CANAL. EXCAVATOR ACCESS TO DITCH VIA CARRIAGEWAY USING A LONG ARM / BOOM EXCAVATOR. HAND DIG CHANNEL BETWEEN WILLOW TREE AND BOUNDARY FENCE FOR MARINA.

 

Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: D40025138775

Vicarage Rd closed to through traffic 29 July for 3 days

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNCIL
(VICARAGE ROAD, PITSTONE)
(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC) ORDER, 2020


BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNCIL have hereby given notice that, Anglian Water new connection works take place and it is anticipated that the works will commence on 29 July 2020 and will take approximately 3 days between 07:00 and 18:00 each day to complete. This road will be closed for the duration of the works.


BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNCIL intend to make an Order which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in that length of Vicarage Road, Pitstone, which for a distance of approximately 80 metres.


The alternative route for vehicles affected by the closure will be via Vicarage Road, Upper Icknield Way, Tring Road, Church Road, High Street, Marsworth Road and vice versa.


The Order will come into operation on 29 July 2020 when the appropriate signs are lawfully displayed and will continue for a period not exceeding eighteen months or until the said works have been completed whichever is the earlier.


Penalties for not observing these restrictions will be as prescribed by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Road Traffic Act 1991.


Dated 10 July 2020

Buckinghamshire Council consultation on parking restrictions near quarry

Due to social distancing and travel restrictions that are in place as a result of Coronavirus, areas of outstanding natural beauty across Buckinghamshire have become even more popular than usual. This includes our country parks. Most of these sites have limited parking and as a result, people are parking in locations that may obstruct access for emergency vehicles.

We propose to address this problem by preventing stopping or parking at any time on specific roads. We will use a combination of ‘24-hour rural clearway’ and ‘no stopping at any time on verge or footway’ restrictions. Signs will indicate the restrictions in place.The proposals apply to the following locations:

Stoke Poges and Wexham – Rowley Lane, Black Park Road, Billet Lane and Bellswood Lane.

Denham – Denham Court Drive, Black Park Road, Fulmer Common Road, Pinewood Road and Alderbourne Lane.

Great Brickhill – Brickhill Road.

Ivinghoe – Upper Icknield Way, Northfield Road and Westfield Road.

https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/roads-parking/countryparkrestrictions/

Open until 12 July 2020.

Outdoor play areas reopening in Buckinghamshire

Outdoor play areas and gyms reopening in Buckinghamshire

We are pleased to announce that outdoor play areas and gyms in Buckinghamshire will be gradually reopening from Saturday 4 July onwards, and ask that everyone who uses these outdoor areas maintains strict social distancing and good hygiene practice.

We anticipate it will take a few days from Saturday for all sites to reopen and they will be operating with clear guidance on how to use the areas and equipment safely.

We know that social distancing can be particularly difficult in a playground setting, so we ask that parents, carers and guardians are aware of the risk and take extra care and responsibility for encouraging handwashing and social distancing as much as possible.

Cllr Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure, said: “It is great that we are now able to start reopening many of our outdoor play areas and gyms for residents to use, especially with the school summer holidays starting soon, but using these outdoor areas does carry some risk, and it’s important that everyone continues to follow the guidance to keep safe.

“Avoiding the outdoor areas when they are busy, taking hand wash / sanitiser with you to wash hands frequently, and keeping your distance from other people as much as possible will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Social distancing can be particularly difficult, so we ask that parents, carers and guardians are aware of the risks in the playground and use common sense and take extra care and responsibility for encouraging handwashing and social distancing as much as possible. Please consider if you can keep the children in your care safe when using the play areas, and if you can’t, please don’t use them, or return at a less busy time.”

There may be one-way systems in place, additional instructions and limits on capacity in some play areas, so please take notice of these and follow the signs. If you visit the play areas please follow these rules:

    1. You must maintain social distancing from others, if it is too busy to do this please do not enter.
    2. Do not use the equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating.
    3. Children should not use the equipment if they are clinically or extremely clinically vulnerable.
    4. Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering the playground.
    5. Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser regularly, as a minimum before and after using the playground.
    6. Encourage children to avoid touching their faces
    7. Some equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing.  Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment
    8. At busy times please think of others and limit your time in the play area so others may use and enjoy it too.
    9. Please do not consume food or drink in the playground
    10. If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – don’t litter.

Buckinghamshire Council introduces new Freight Community Toolkit

Buckinghamshire has many residents, businesses and industrial estates served by freight vehicles. The transportation of goods by freight helps to support Buckinghamshire’s economic growth, but can also cause environmental problems and concerns for local communities.

To help balance the need for efficient distribution of goods with the needs of the environment and communities, Buckinghamshire Council has developed and adopted a Freight Strategy. Policy 8 of the Freight Strategy outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s aim to work collaboratively with local communities to monitor and address local freight issues.

Policy 8: Empowering Communities

‘We will give communities affected by freight access to the information they need to get more involved in managing their own freight issues. Measures like community freight toolkits will help to show them what their options are’.

Buckinghamshire Council has produced online guidance for local residents, haulage companies and drivers. This includes information on how to request a new restriction, and maps that identify the recommended routes for freight vehicles in Buckinghamshire.

This Freight Community Toolkit is designed to complement this online guidance and provide a resource that can be used by interested individuals, communities and stakeholders to monitor freight movements in their local area. The Freight Community Toolkit includes a Guidance Note, Code of Conduct, Survey Form and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Guide to Lorry Types and Weights to aid volunteers.

Further information on lorry routes, advice for HGV drivers and residents, and full details of the Freight Community Toolkit are available via this link: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/policies/limits-and-routing-for-heavy-goods-vehicles/

UPDATE FROM BVCL

UPDATE FROM BVCL

A reminder that Library books may now be returned to BVCL on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2 and 5 pm.

Although the amnesty on fines remains extended until July 31st, please endeavour to return your books as soon as you are able, to enable them to be replaced in circulation.

For further information on our new Click and Collect service, and also on the eLibrary, please visit the link below:

https://buckinghamshire.spydus.co.uk/

While we are closed to visitors due to Coronavirus, library staff are standing by to find you something new to read. Fill in the form to tell us what types of books you like.

We aim to find you books that you will really enjoy reading, and maybe to introduce you to some new authors. (If this does not appeal and you only want a specific title please wait until the normal book reservation system is available again).

We will call you when your books are ready to collect from your local library. There is no charge for this service.

You will need your library card number and PIN to make a request.

Funeral procession for Mrs Jean Morris on Tuesday 7 July 2020

Many of you may have heard that Mrs Jean Morris has sadly passed away.  She lived in the village for many years and was involved in numerous community groups.

Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions on the people that may attend a funeral her numerous friends, neighbours and colleagues are asked to pay their respects to Jean by lining the funeral route instead.

The procession will leave from Cheddington Road at 11.30 am on Tuesday 7 July 2020 and proceed to Pitstone Church for a 12 noon service.  The hearse will move at walking pace from Pitstone Memorial Hall to Pitstone Church.

Attendees are asked to maintain social distancing wherever possible.  Other residents may like to consider avoiding this route during this period, as it contains some stretches of narrow path where it may be difficult for you to maintain social distancing from those paying their respects.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Jean’s family at this difficult time.

 

 

PPP Adverts from: our advertisers beginning with T

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time and the impact this had on our advertisers/contributors, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April edition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from advertisers beginning with T:  T&S Treecare, Travel Impressions, Tring Market Auctions, Tring Yoga Studios and Tyre Changers.

 

 

 

PPP Adverts from: NM Counselling, Pain & Injury Clinic, PE Mead, Plumm Property & Windmill Pharmacy

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time and the impact this had on our advertisers/contributors, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April edition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from advertisers beginning with N, P and W:

N M Counselling, Pain & Injury Clinic, P E Mead, Plumm Property and Windmill Pharmacy

 

 

Help people to stay active during Coronavirus outbreak

Whether you’re currently volunteering or not, you could help people in your community by encouraging them to stay active.

Leap aim to improve the lives of residents across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes through physical activity and sport. Leap are offering a free 1-hour interactive webinar to help volunteers support their friends, family, colleagues and the people they connect with each day to stay active throughout this period and beyond – as well as themselves!

Physical Activity: Supporting people to be active during the Coronavirus outbreak and beyond.

Interactive Online Webinar

Monday 29th June, 1pm-2pm

Tuesday 30th June, 11am-12noon

In this session we’ll discuss the importance and benefits of physical activity, national guidelines and practical tips, signposting resources, and having positive conversations about staying active. Participants will receive a resource pack following the session.

You’ll need access to a laptop/computer with speakers and a microphone. You’ll receive a link to join and joining instructions the day before the event. Please note spaces are limited. To book a place please fill out the booking form using the link below.

Monday 29th June – https://www.leapwithus.org.uk/events/physical-activity-supporting-people-to-be-active-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/ 

Tuesday 30th June – https://www.leapwithus.org.uk/events/physical-activity-supporting-people-to-be-active-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-2/

If you have any questions about the information above please just ask and you can find out more about the work we do at Leap on our website (www.leapwithus.org.uk).

Vicarage Road & Cheddington Road flooding

Transport for Bucks have carried out underground investigations on Vicarage Road, by The Pightle, and identified a break in the pipe caused by a third party which they will try and get resolved with Anglian Water as soon as possible.

They are still waiting for contractor availability to carry out the ditch works which will enable the remainder of the work to be carried out by the railway bridge in Cheddington Road.  They apologise for the delay and are escalating this issue.

Do you have CCTV? If so TVP would like you to consider signing up to DEMS

Dear Resident,

We are in the process of setting up a Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS) where there will be a stronger link between our Public and the Police in terms of gathering CCTV evidence.

Historically when there has been an incident, the Police would have contacted a person who has CCTV and asked them to copy any relevant footage they have to a disc or USB stick. With DEMS, the Officer would send the CCTV owner a secure link which would enable them to simply upload the footage onto the DEMS system. This is a more timely process and will speed up investigations.

To register for this, please email your name, address, email address and contact number to the Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe Team using the following email address:

greatbrickhillwingivinghoeNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Many Thanks

The Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Policing Team

 

 

PCSO C9953 Megan Dean

Wing Police Office

Aylesbury LPA

Thames Valley Police

PPP Adverts from: James Chadburn Fine Antique Clocks, Jazzercise, Little IT Company, Moren Associates, Masons and Move it or Lose it.

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time and the impact this had on our advertisers/contributors, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April edition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from advertisers beginning with J-M: James Chadburn Fine Antique Clocks, Jazzercise, Little IT Company, Moren Associates, Masons and Move it or Lose it.

      

 

 

PPP Adverts from Handyman Dave, Hawthorn Gardening, Ivinghoe Lettings and Ivinghoe Turf

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time and the impact this had on our advertisers/contributors, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April edition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from advertisers beginning with H and I – Handyman Dave, Hawthorn Gardening, Ivinghoe Lettings and Ivinghoe Turf

 

 

Feeling loney? Link up with Linking Lives

https://linkinglives.uk/

Please visit the above website for a local charity who combat loneliness and social isolation.

They offer a range of services from home visits, telephone calls, outings and social events & activities (some may be temporarily suspended to comply with coronavirus regulations).

 

Hoping to go to Uni or College but struggling to meet the cost?

MILLENNIUM EDUCATION FOUNDATION 

Registered Charity No. 1077157

 

Are you hoping to go to University or College in 2021, but are concerned that financial resources might not match up to the requirements? Are you under the age of 22? Have you lived in Aldbury, Long Marston, Marsworth, Pitstone, Puttenham, Tring, Wigginton or Wilstone for at least three years?

 

To see if you would be eligible for a grant, apply to Tring Charities’ Millennium Education Foundation for information and an application form.

Website details: www.tringcharities.co.uk/education

Telephone: Elaine Winter, Secretary to the Trustees 01442 827913

Email: info@tringcharities.co.uk

Please note that the closing date is 15 November 2020 to lodge a completed application for grants payable from Autumn 2021.

TVP appealing for information following burglary in Ivinghoe on 12-6-2020

PPP Adverts from F R Jeffery & Son, Footworks, French Tuition, Greensleeves and Grooms Farm Shop.

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time and the impact this had on our advertisers/contributors, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April edition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from advertisers beginning with F and G: F R Jeffery & Son, Footworks, French Tuition, Greensleeves and Grooms Farm Shop.

 

 

PPP Adverts from Barry Cato Motor Repairs, Beaconview Windows, C&S Automotives, Cheddington Pre-School, CMC Golf and Computanation

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time and the impact this had on our advertisers/contributors, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April edition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from advertisers beginning with B and C : Barry Cato Motor Repairs, Beaconview Windows, C&S Automotives, Cheddington Pre-School, CMC Golf and Computanation.

 

   

 

 

PPP Adverts for community services – allotments, Town Lands Charity and foodbank

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the coronavirus restrictions in place at the time, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts relating to community services – allotments, the Town Lands Charity and the foodbank.

Food bank poster – requests only   

Food bank poster requests for food

 

 

Adverts from ADM and Ashby’s

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the coronavirus restrictions in place at the time, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April adition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from ADM admin and book-keeping and Ashbys chartered accountants.

   

 

 

Our reality for now; a lesson for our future?

As the parish council was unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the coronavirus restrictions in place at the time, we are placing all the articles and adverts onto our website for your information.  Please find below a personal view/article submitted by parish councillor Anil Mitra.

Our reality for now; a lesson for our future?

 

Well, this is a situation I don’t think any of us thought we would ever experience in our lifetime. Coronavirus has shocked us all- in the community, across the country and throughout the world.

 

As an eighty something year old man, I have been through many experiences – both incredibly good and shockingly bad. However, this devastating virus has raised mixed emotions. Having lived and experienced the trauma of the partition in India watching my family and country destroyed, to battling through financial and emotional setbacks to set myself and my family up for a good life, I can now enjoy retired life in my happy home with my family. But then, in the midst of this blissful existence, Coronavirus has created some major cracks in life but it is yet to shatter life as I know it.

 

The fear that has gripped our community is unprecedented. We know the reported facts and statistics from the media which warns us of the increasing daily figures; it is all out of our control. We can only control our own actions.

As a local parish councillor and a member of the Infection Control unit of the Hillingdon Hospital NHS Health Trust and Buckinghamshire NHS Health Trust, working for the community is something I enjoy. However, as I write this, I am now on my 22nd day in isolation. My wife and I are vulnerable, we are susceptible to illnesses due to our age but we are as strong as we can be. We have pressed pause on our daily ‘going out for coffee’, a little stroll, a drive and our love of shopping. Washing my car in my drive and walking round my garden; this is my safe zone. I can no longer read my daily paper as I can’t get to the shop, our daughter does all our shopping and delivers it via our back gate so she doesn’t step into our home. The smell of antibacterial spray on every item is not the most pleasant but it is the safest smell to have at the moment. The hardest part is being apart from our grandchildren – the daily visits have stopped. We feel empty but this is life as we know it- just for the moment.

 

However, with all this said, the positives are clear to see.

My wife and I are very lucky; we can see our grandchildren from our upstairs window, they hold up signs from their back garden or when they take a walk/bike ride or dog walk. We hear them calling us and shouting messages – this is all we need to brighten our day; we have mastered video calling, a true achievement for our technology fearing nature.

 

We live in a community where, on the whole, the rules are respected and followed. The stream of dog walkers, children, families, office workers taking their lunchtime walks have decreased to such a level that we barely see anyone walking by. A lonely existence but a comforting one all the same. When we do see people walking, we see passers-by crossing the road to let others walk by within their 2m or more safe space. Whilst we are lucky to have our family close by for support, the community spirit supporting our vulnerable has been breath-taking – let us hope this is a sign of the future and this will be a permanent feature in the future, rather than a response to the pandemic. The Thursday evening 8pm applause brings the spirit of gratitude together – to hear the village and the country uniting in thanks for all those people risking their lives to keep this country together is a sign of hope.

 

Our village is also enjoying fewer speeding cars and less HGVs. Despite the fear of the virus, our air is less polluted with fumes and noise. This is definitely temporary as lifting the lockdown will increase both cars, pedestrians and HGVs but we hope during this quiet time we can find a way of controlling the way things are and make it part of our long-term.

 

The future of our village is positive- there is a newly found enthusiasm and hope for the future (however controversial!) as we embark upon the Pavilion Re-development and new homes along Marsworth Road. Our village will continue to thrive with many new plans and the support of our spirited community. To everyone reading this, stay safe, stay healthy, stay indoors – it’s the only way we will be able to say ‘so long, farewell’ to this pandemic and welcome a new and improved normality.

 

Anil Mitra

 

Events planned to celebrate the 800th anniversary of St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe

 

The decision has been made to postpone our celebrations until next year.

 

We have lots planned for our celebration in 2021 including:

 

Rogation walk and BBQ,

‘Messy Church’ 800th birthday celebration

Fete and Historical Pageant

‘Music on Ivinghoe Lawn’ with WI teas

Teddy Bears Picnic and tea party

Art Exhibition

Service of celebration for both church and community led by the Bishop of             Oxford

Christmas Market

Concert on the history of the church by the Beacon Community Choir

Mediaeval Banquet

Further details will follow later in the year

Buckinghamshire Councillors – Ivinghoe Ward – May update

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNCILLORS – IVINGHOE WARD

MAY NEWSLETTER

 

Following the postponement of the May 2020 elections due to Covid-19, all the Shadow Councillors (previous Bucks County and the four District Councillors) became councillors of the new Buckinghamshire unitary Council on 1 April 2020. This situation will continue until May 2021.

 

The new unitary Council has responsibility for a large range of services including the following:

Adult Social Care Services • Building Control • Car Parks • Children’s Social Care Services • Crematoriums • Community Safety • Council Tax Benefit and Collection • Country Parks • Culture, Sports and Leisure • Economic Development • Education Services • Electoral Registration and Elections • Emergency Planning • Environment: including strategic planning, flooding and waste • Environmental Health • Grounds Maintenance • Health and Safety • Housing – strategy, advice & provision • Housing Benefit • Land Charges and Property Searches • Libraries • Licensing – taxis, alcohol and public entertainment & gambling • National Non-Domestic Rates • Planning, including development control • Public Conveniences • Public Health • Registrars and Coroners • Refuse Collection • Street Cleansing • Street Naming • Transport, including infrastructure and public transport

 

As individual councillors we will have been assigned to the various committees overseeing these services and you can see details of all committees and the relevant committee members on the Buckinghamshire website.

 

For the foreseeable future the committee meetings will be virtual, but you will be able to see them on the website.

 

For more information, please visit Buckinghamshire Council Services

 

You will have received regular updates on what is happening in Buckinghamshire including information on Covid-19 and again further information can be found on the website.

 

In addition to sitting on committees the following Councillors are members of the Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board: Ashley Bond, Netta Glover, Peter Cooper, Sandra Jenkins, Chris Poll, Derek Town, and Anne Wight.  For your information, the community boards effectively replace the BCC Local Forums.

 

The new Ivinghoe Ward embraces Cheddington, Marsworth, Pitstone, Ivinghoe, Ivinghoe Aston, Edlesborough, Northall, Slapton. Horton, Mentmore and Crafton.

Details of the Community Boards are on the Buckinghamshire.gov.uk website.

 

The most significant change to local services recently has been the re-opening of the ‘tip’ at Aston Clinton on College Road and the resumption of the Garden Waste collections (brown bins).

Stay Safe and Healthy.

 

With regards – Cllrs Anne Wight, Chris Poll, Derek Town, Sandra Jenkins and Peter Cooper – Ivinghoe Ward

BeaconLit and new crime novel updates

Uncertainly for Our Book Festival – But a Fabulous Programme Awaits

 

Local book lovers may be wondering, with the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, what is happening about BeaconLit, our local book festival.

 

At the time of writing, the festival committee, volunteers who organise the event in support of Ivinghoe Library, had planned to have Early Bird tickets for BeaconLit 2020 (the eighth festival) on sale from March. Instead, they found themselves in a no man’s land of uncertainty. A fantastic line up of bestsellers, award winners, rising stars and more is on board, but the safety of attendees, participants and volunteers is paramount. It is obviously way too soon to offer tickets for sale with any certainty; but on balance it is just a little premature to pull the plug on the festival altogether yet.

 

After much debate, we decided to keep BeaconLit 2020 on the calendar for 11 July for now but continue to monitor the situation and government advice. Whatever happens, and whatever the situation by the time you read this, we hope you will want to join us – whether at BeaconLit 2020 on 11 July or at a later date, or for BeaconLit 2021. Heaven knows, a great book festival will be just the job for so many people when we finally emerge from this most difficult of situations.

 

We are hoping that, subject to commitments at the time, we will be able to present most of our current line up, which has something for everyone:

  • The ever-popular New Voices panel showcasing the some of the most exciting debut authors around and featuring Eve Smith, Ruby Speechley and Sophie Ward.
  • Sunday Times Bestsellers Ruth Hogan in conversation with the BBC’s Adina Campbell.
  • Characters: Debate and Create – a workshop with author and creative writing tutor Morgen Bailey.
  • Historical fiction panel with some of the top names in the genre: Antonia Hodgson, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, William Ryan and Antonia Senior
  • Sunday Times Bestseller Cara Hunter in conversation with fellow crime writer Dave Sivers
  • And more! Including free parking on Ivinghoe Lawn, refreshments, bookstall and signings, goodie bags and book bag draw.

 

Meanwhile, we have been thinking of additional ways to maintain interest and offer some little treats to book lovers. We will continue keeping in touch with our loyal supporters and the public via our emailing list, our website, social media and local press. Our website is at www.beaconlit.co.uk, where you can sign up for e-newsletters with all the latest news. If you would like to email, through our Contact Page, an expression of interest in the festival, or a message of support, that would be much appreciated.

 

Do take care of yourselves.

 

Very best wishes

Avril, Dave, Jacquie, Mark, Morgen and Rachel

BeaconLit Festival Committee

SERIAL KILLER STALKS TRING IN PITSTONE AUTHOR’S NEW CRIME NOVEL

 

Pitstone crime fiction author Dave Sivers’ latest novel is a serial killer chiller set in Tring and Hemel Hempstead. It is the first of a new series featuring Detective Inspector Nathan Quarrel.

 

In Ink opens with a body being found outside a church in Tring. Alastair Murdoch suffered before he died. But what really disturbs DI Nathan Quarrel is the Tarot card motif adorning the body: The Fool. Just 24 hours later, another body turns up – a different card, but from the same pack. Unless Quarrel can decipher the meaning behind the cards and the connection between the victims, more will follow in a twisted agenda of abduction, pain and death.

 

In Ink is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook.

 

Dave grew up in West London and has been writing all his life. His previous eight books include five to date in his popular series featuring Aylesbury based detectives Lizzie Archer and Dan Baines. He is currently working on Archer and Baines book 6. He is also co-founder of Ivinghoe’s annual BeaconLit book festival.

 

He said of his new series, “Archer and Baines have plenty more stories to tell, but I wanted to rediscover the fun of creating a new cast of characters and I hope readers will enjoy meeting Quarrel and his team as much as I did.”

 

In Ink was released on 15 May and has already featured in some of the Amazon Kindle bestseller charts, including a top 20 spot in the ‘Vigilante Justice’ category.

 

You can buy Dave’s new book at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087NHP5HX.

 

Keep up with Dave’s writing news by subscribing to his newsletter at http://davesivers.co.uk/subscribersclub or follow him on Facebook at davesiversauthor1 or in Twitter @davesivers.

Update from St Mary’s Church and Ashridge

As we were unable to print and distribute the April edition of PPP, please find below the update from St Mary’s Church and Ashridge:

Update from St Mary’s Church: 

We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world. New life is abundant, in the hedgerows, in our gardens and in the fields that surround our villages. We are experiencing lengthening days and warmer temperatures.

But this year is different as necessary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus are in place. The church is locked, and funerals can only take place in a limited way, services in the church have ceased but are happening very successfully through Facebook and on the phone. Do contact me if you would like to know more.

As those over 70 are in imposed self-isolation, children and their parents are learning to home educate their children and many people are working from home, we are having to live life differently.

But in all this there is hope. As I write this article, I am seeing members of our village communities offering time to help those who need it. Donations to our food bank have increased significantly and I have had many emails and phone calls from those wanting to help. If you know anyone who is experiencing hardship at this time get in touch with Babs Byrom 07860 780127 or myself 01296 668648 and we will arrange for a box of food to be left on your doorstep. All requests are dealt with confidentially. We are also working together with the Pitstone Covid 19 group and a group from Cheddington in this venture.

My prayer is that in these challenging times, God’s love would be known in these villages and that we would each be able to reflect something of that love in our own lives.

We are without a vicar at the moment but do get in touch with Babs Byrom, David Green or myself on the numbers above if you need advice or support from the church in any way. We are here for you if you need us!

Sandra Green – Licensed Lay Minister. St. Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe.

ASHRIDGE RAMBLINGS

STONE THE CROWS!

Europe’s largest conservation charity, The National Trust, is 125 years old.

This article was to have outlined Ashridge’s plans to celebrate this milestone, but the virus has put paid to all events for now. Once the Visitor Centre reopens, there will be an exhibition called “Ashridge through the ages”, which will be very well worth a look and will continue until the end of the year.

In the meantime, the constraints put on all of us bring into sharp focus for me and, I’m sure, many others, the importance of the great outdoors. At the time of writing, we’re still allowed into it once a day, and that is keeping me sane. The joy of buds bursting open, the first butterflies of the year and the green and blue carpets, are able, during those magical outdoor moments, to banish the virus blues. The Trust recognises this and has vowed to keep its countryside open as far as legally and practicably possible.

My spellchecker hasn’t heard of COVID and autocorrects it to CORVID – i.e. a member of the crow family. As it happens, crows are involved in the spread of another virus that infects humans. In the early 2000s, I was part of the Department of Health’s West Nile Virus (WNV) Surveillance Group. The reason for this was that my former (I have retired) team at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden monitors insects using a nationwide network of traps. Although primarily watching for agricultural pests, mosquitoes are caught, and these form an important part of the WNV transmission cycle. As with COVID-19, WNV can cause mild to fatal flu-like symptoms in humans. It also infects crows, in which it is usually fatal. Mosquitoes that bite infected crows can pick up the virus and pass it to humans, horses and a few other animals. Unlike with COVID, there has not been a major global pandemic of “CORVID-WNV”, largely because it cannot be passed from person to person by infection or contagion. It has to go via the crows.

Fingers crossed that we will continue to have access to our wonderful countryside and that we’ll get to see the exhibition soon.

Rikki Harrington