Buckinghamshire’s programme for keeping active wins national award

Active Bucks, the physical activity programme that helps people in Buckinghamshire become – and stay – more active, has been recognised nationally by the Royal Society for Public Health in their 2018 Health & Wellbeing Awards.

Active Bucks builds on residents’ actual interests and preferences to develop a portfolio of  activities which people truly enjoy, and which often become popular enough to be self-sustaining. Since it began in 2015, over 4,500 people have taken part in Active Bucks, with activities covering an amazing range – from walking, running and swimming to more unusual offerings such as Quidditch games and NERF battles.

Managed by Buckinghamshire County Council’s Public Health Team, Active Bucks has also been well supported by partners across  the county, including the NHS, the district councils, and many voluntary sector organisations. The Royal Society for Public Health judging panel, in awarding Active Bucks their Healthier Lifestyles Award, paid tribute to the programme as “an extremely robust, effective and innovatively delivered project.”

Noel Brown, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health, said: “It’s great news that this flagship Buckinghamshire programme has been recognised nationally by the Royal Society for Public Health for its originality and outstanding quality. This is a testament to the skill and hard work of our Public Health Team and the Active Bucks providers, who have developed and delivered a programme that makes a real difference to the health of local residents.”


Active Bucks started in 2015 as a new approach to promoting physical activity in Buckinghamshire. The aspiration was to deliver a programme of activities across the county to reach and support as many of the local population as possible, with a particular focus on inactive residents. The programme is based on available evidence of what gets people involved and what leads them to modify their lifestyle so that increased physical activity plays an ongoing part.

The success of the programme has been fully evaluated including follow-up questionnaires and participant discussion sessions. The evaluation indicates that participants not only show a sustained increase in beneficial physical activity, but also record an increase in mental wellbeing and feeling more socially engaged.

To see the activities that are happening in your local area, visit http://activebucks.co.uk/

By-election called for Aylesbury NW

By-election called for Aylesbury NW

A by-election has been called today (Wednesday 24 October) following the resignation of Martin Farrow, Member for the Aylesbury North West Division.

Buckinghamshire County Council Returning Officer Gillian Quinton confirmed a notice of election had been published, and that polling would take place on Thursday 29 November.  A list of candidates will be published by Monday 5 November.

Mr Farrow, who stood for the Liberal Democrats and was returned at the county elections in May 2017, won 658 votes, which was 29.8% of votes cast.

Link to notice of by-election:





TOWN/PARISH – Whitchurch

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from 09:00 to 15:30 – 22-26 October 2018 5 days


Oving Road, Whitchurch Road, Pitchcott Road, Pitchcott Hill, Blackgrove Road, Aylesbury Road, Bicester Road, Paradise Orchard, Berryfields, Martin Dalby Way, Prince Rupert Drive, Buckingham Road, High Street.

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Retaining wall repair

Will the Emergency Services have access through the closure – No

Will Buses have access through the closure – No




Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood has announced that he is to retire.

Francis Habgood announces his retirement as Chief Constable for Thames Valley

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood has announced that he is to retire.

He will retire from his role as Chief Constable at the end of March 2019, after four years in the post, 15 years within the force and more than 32 years in the police service.

In his statement, Chief Constable Habgood said:“Next year I will have completed over 32 years’ service in policing, 15 years of those as a chief officer in Thames Valley Police.

“At the end March 2019 my term as Chief Constable concludes and I have decided that it is the right time for both me and the Force that I retire.”

Chief Constable Habgood was appointed to the post in April 2015.

He joined Thames Valley Police in January 2004 as Assistant Chief Constable, where he covered all portfolios, including Crime, Operations and Local Policing. During this time he also spent three months helping to train future Chief Officers as a syndicate director on the Strategic Command Course.

Then, in October 2008 he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable.

Before Thames Valley Police, Chief Constable Habgood joined West Yorkshire Police in 1987, where he worked in a variety of operational roles.

Chief Constable Habgood is a member of the NPCC Workforce Co-ordination Committee and leads on Pay and Conditions. He chairs the Protect and Prepare Board and is a member of the Counter Terrorism Coordination Committee. He also chairs the police committee that oversees the introduction of the Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Oxford University Centre for Criminology and is a visiting fellow of Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall.

In 2012, Chief Constable Habgood was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

“I will always love policing and it’s been an honour to serve the public, most recently as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police,” he added.

“Thames Valley Police is an excellent force and I am privileged to lead the dedicated officers, staff and volunteers who work for us.

“In the coming months I remain fully committed to meeting the challenges we face and will continue to work tirelessly to make our communities safer.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Police, Anthony Stansfeld said: “It is with considerable regret that I have received notice from the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, that he will be leaving Thames Valley Police when his contract ends on the 31st March 2019.

“He has been an outstanding Chief Constable and throughout the last four years we have had an excellent relationship and I will be very sorry to lose him.

“During this period Thames Valley Police has been rated by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) as one of the highest ranked police forces in the country and this is greatly down to his leadership.

“The Chief Constable will continue to lead Thames Valley Police over the next five months as we now enter a period of recruitment for his successor.”

The process for the recruitment of a Chief Constable is set out in guidance published by the Home Office and the College of Policing.

The Police and Crime Commissioner plans to advertise the role in early November and the intention is that the process for selecting a preferred candidate will be completed before Christmas.

As part of the formal selection and appointment process, the preferred candidate will be required to appear before a Police and Crime Panel Confirmation Hearing, early in the New Year.

Budget consultation: Residents urged to give their views on financial plans for next year

Residents in Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important budget decisions in a consultation that has launched today.

The annual budget consultation asks people for their views on the Council’s financial plans for next year and on areas where spending should be prioritised. Everyone living or working in the county is encouraged to take part.

The short consultation can be completed online atwww.buckscc.gov.uk/budget2019 until the closing date of 14 November.

Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, says it’s incredibly important that as many people as possible get involved in the consultation: “In these continually challenging times, we need to make sure every pound gets spent where it’s needed most, and it’s also very important that people tell us about the areas and services they would like spending prioritised on.

“Whether you think we need to spend money on supporting good education and learning for our young people, maintaining our roads and pavements or helping our local economy and businesses to grow, this is your chance to get involved and help shape future spending across Buckinghamshire.

“I know many people have strong views on where the Council should spend its money and they may share them with friends or on social media – but giving your views through the budget consultation itself makes sure your views can be heard and considered as part of the actual budget setting process.

“All of the responses submitted through the budget consultation help us to form our spending priorities for the coming year, so this is your opportunity to have your say on how these important decisions are made.”

Martin Tett, Leader of the County Council, said: “Allocating our budget is challenging every year, with ever-rising demand especially in social care for our most vulnerable adults and children.

“We will face some tough decisions in setting next year’s budget, but a strong indication from local people about what we should be focusing on will give us a great start to that process. Please do go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget2019 and give your views.”

People without access to the internet or a computer can complete the survey at their local main library, where staff will be happy to help residents complete it online. These are Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Chesham, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough.


The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking volunteers to join its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in Aylesbury.

An Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) is a role performed by volunteers from the local community checking on the welfare and treatment of those being held in police custody.  ICV’s make unannounced visits to police stations to observe the conditions in which people are being held and, importantly, talk with willing detainees.

Volunteers typically make one custody visit a month ensuring that detainees have been offered food and drink, they are warm enough, cells are in a reasonable condition, that religious and cultural needs have been considered, have been informed of their rights and know the reason why they are in custody.  Any problems are brought to the attention of custody staff and the OPCC.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said ‘ICVs play a vital role in ensuring there is confidence in the way that detainees are being held and treated in police stations across the Thames Valley.  We currently have a number of vacancies in Aylesbury and I would encourage anyone who is looking for a rewarding role within their local community to apply.’

Applicants will be invited for interview and successful candidates will complete an induction programme before beginning the role.

ICVs must be 18 or over and should be independent of the police. Serving police officers or members of police or OPCC staff are not eligible to apply.

Anyone interested in applying can download an application form at www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/independent-custody-visitors/

Closing date for applications is 31st October 2018

Appeal for witnesses after a garage and shed burglary – Winslow

A burglary to a shed and garage has been reported in Winslow, overnight on Saturday (06/10) to Sunday (07/10).

 Offender(s) have cut the padlocks to the outbuildings and stolen a chainsaw and a red quad bike. The attacked premises is on Little Horwood Road.

 If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area that night please call the 24 hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43180306107. Alternatively you can use the ‘Tell us about’ option on the Thames Valley Police website.

 If you don’t want to speak to the police or give your details you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Waddesdon CE School – Consultation Regarding Admission

Please follow the link from the Chair of Governors at Waddesdon CE School setting out details of a statutory consultation regarding the school’s admission arrangements which would take effect from September 2020. The consultation runs until 12 November. Full details can be found on the school website at http://waddesdonschool.com/admissions/statutory-consultation-on-proposed-changes-to-admission-arrangements/


Online Thames Valley Burglary Forum Invitation

Now that the leaves are starting to fall, Thames Valley Police will be hosting an online Burglary Q&A Forum for residents living across the Thames Valley, ahead of the darker nights.

You are invited to join our live web chat on Thursday 11 October between 7.30pm and 9pm from the comfort of your own home.

Our panel of detectives will be standing by to answer your questions about burglary while providing crime prevention advice to help protect your property this winter.

On the evening simply log on to thamesvp.coverpage.coveritlive.com to join in with the conversation. You can set-up a reminder ahead of the event by clicking on the link to our Cover-it-Live page above.

If you are unable to join us on the evening, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps:

• When going out, remember to light up your home using timer switches or a TV simulator.
• Don’t leave valuables or cash on display and store your house and car keys away from your letterbox.
• Move bins away from any side gates to prevent easy access into your property.
• Lock any tools away to prevent them being used to break into your home.
• Consider fitting a motion activated external light or installing a CCTV system.
• Finally, mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at www.immobilise.com.

For more advice on how to keep your home secure, please visit the burglary pages on our website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk/burglary

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