Message from Avril Davies

Following her win in this week’s County Council elections, Avril would like to pass on the following message:

“Very pleased to get back to representing Ivinghoe Division on Bucks County Council once more. Thank you all so much. Looking forward to the Ivinghoe Festival Ball, BeaconLit literary festival and all the summer events I can now put in the diary.”

Check out the latest bands to sign up for Party in the Park 2013

This year’s Party in the Park is to be held on Pitstone Recreation Ground on Saturday 13th July 2013 from 2pm-11pm. The afternoon sees Bands perform from an outside stage on the Recreation Ground with the evening sessions moving to inside the Memorial hall which is adjacent to the Recreation Ground with a more intimate 200 person capacity. The Recreation Ground will also host an array of Family attractions including Bouncy Castles,Quaser Zone and local Charity and Organisation Stalls and events.

We are pleased that again we have a Beer Festival for our event with over 10 Real Ales and Ciders which will be served from three bars on the site.

No such event would of course be complete without an Ice Cream Van,Candy Floss and great food and we have this well covered with a number of different Food stalls and the traditional Barbecue ( watch out for the Morris Men too ! )

Last year over 2000 people sampled our first event. 2013 Promises to be even bigger and better..

Check out the bands on the dedicated web site:
‘Like’ the Facebook page:
Or follow the event on Twitter:  @pitstoneparty

Help available to help you understand the changes to the benefits system

The recent Welfare Reform Act 2012 made significant changes to welfare benefits. Starting this April and over the next four years, this will involve changes to how the following benefits are delivered:

  • job seekers allowance
  • disability living allowance
  • council tax benefit
  • housing benefit

The introduction of the Benefit Cap will have a significant impact upon the level of benefits some families will receive and will encourage more people back to work.

Nationally the amount of Housing Benefit paid to working age tenants who live in housing association properties, will be reduced where they have more bedrooms that the government consider the family needs. This is called under occupancy.

To help you understand all the changes, Bucks County Council has produced a booklet called “Benefits are Changing” this is available for you to download from:

Top tips to help reduce car crime

Vehicle security– Don’t make it easy for thieves to make a quick getaway. Follow these tips to reduce car crime.

  • Keep car keys out of view of windows and doors. In some cases, vehicles have been stolen by accessing car keys with hooks through the letterbox.
  • Remove your satellite navigation system, as well as the cradle. Also, wipe away  any suction mark left by the device on the windscreen.
  • Lock your car and close all windows
  • Park in a safe well lit place
  • Don’t leave valuables on show
  • If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside it

Top tip: Joint Thames Valley Alert!

 If you live in Buckinghamshire and other surrounding areas, you are invited to sign up the Thames Valley Alert. This enables subscribers to be sent messages of information, crime alerts and witness appeals local to the area in which you live by Thames Valley Police and the District Council. You can opt to have the information sent by phone, email or text.

To join, visit to sign up and be in the know!

Beacon Villages Community Library launches their Supporters Card

Today Beacon Villages Community Library launches the BVCL Supporters Card – a new way to support your library.

For a small annual fee, supporters can help to fund the costs of the library (vital to us as we continue our journey as a self-funded charitable organisation) and receive cardholder benefits.   Cardholders will have the opportunity of:

  •  Priority access to new book stock
  • Early-bird booking for BVCL events
  • Free refreshments at BVCL events

The annual cost of £8 for individuals or £15 for families/households and is available at the library now. If you are a UK income tax payer you can also complete a Gift Aid form, which will allow BVCL to reclaim an extra £2 for individual cards and an extra £3.75 for family cards from the inland revenue at no extra cost to you.

You can purchase the card at the library during our normal opening hours: 2pm-5pm Tues and Thurs, 2pm-7pm Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday.

Next time you pop in you may also like to sample some of our popular new line of fudge (and occasionally coconut ice and peppermint ice), for a suggested donation of just £1 a bag. Get in quick because it sells like hot cakes (or, in fact, cold sweets!)

We hope to see you in the library soon.

Change to garden refuse collection dates in May

As you may know AVDC are unable to collect brown bins on bank holidays. If your brown bin (garden waste) is due for collection on Monday 6 May it will be collected on the following Saturday 11 May.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Scheduled day Revised day
Monday 6 May Saturday 11 May
Monday 27 May Saturday 1 June

You may be interested to know that we collect around 500 tonnes of garden waste every month. By using the brown bin scheme you are contributing to the effort of keeping compostable waste out of landfill and so reduce the amount of methane gas produced. The garden waste we collected is processed locally in to compost, and used by local farmers.

If you would like further information on any aspect of our recycling and waste service please visit our website or phone our waste help line on 01296 585510

Thank you and happy gardening

AVDC Recycling and Waste team

The Beacon Villages Community Library is now open

It’s been an amzing achievement to secure the future of this vital asset, in the existing premises in Ivinghoe, serving the community across Pitstone, Ivinghoe, Cheddington, Marsworth, Slapton, Ivinghoe Aston, and the surrounding area. And especially so, with so many libraries having to close around the country.

The dedicated committee, who have worked so hard to make it happen, should be very proud of themselves.

The library is a charity run by a voluntary committee, and will open at the same times as before – Tuesday 2-5; Thursday 2-5; Friday 2-7 and Saturday 10am – 1pm.

“We are very fond of books,” says the website, “but we are about much more than paper. Our mission is to provide entertainment, education, and local information, but also to offer a friendly pace to meet and talk and support the community.

“So whether you need a book for your homework, want to visit the Which? website for free, or would like to check what night to put your bins out – please pop in a say hello. Our library manager Michelle and our volunteers will be happy to help.”

You’ll find all you need to know about the library and its services on

The library is on Twitter at @BeaconVillages. You can also follow it on Facebook – go to the Home page and give it a “Like”.

And best of all, pop in and use our wonderful new resource.