Living in Stokenchurch

Amenities and services in and around Stokenchurch.

Stokenchurch is the main village in the area and provides virtually all the local amenities. In Studley Green there is a Community Centre and a Garden Centre but has no shops, churches, public houses or restaurants.  The same applies to the other outlying hamlets.

The main amenities available in and around the village are listed below in alphabetical order.  They are meant as a general guide, particularly to any newcomers to the village.  If you spot a mistake or feel that something else should be added, please drop an e-mail to clerk@stokenchurch.org.uk or contact the Parish Clerk at Longburrow Hall on 01494 482403.


Adult Education

Bucks County Council hold a number of further education classes at the Stokenchurch Community Centre in Bartholomew Tipping Way. For more information call their help desk on either 0845 0454040 or 01296 382403 or try their website www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk.


Allotments

There are allotments in Stokenchurch and at Water End which can be rented from the Parish Council. At present plots are available in both locations. See the 'allotment' section of this website in the Parish Council section for details of how to apply for an allotment or to read the rules applicable to allotment tenancies. 


Banks

There is a branch of Lloyds Bank in Church Path on the village green just behind the Kings Hotel. There are also ATMs in all three convenience stores in the village, but a charge is made for withdrawals.


Care and Activities for the Elderly

A number of groups meet regularly to provide care and entertainment for the elderly.

The Day Centre meets at Longburrow Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays.  For more details call 01494 520587 on either Monday or Wednesday until 2 o'clock or phone 07518 738761.

There is a Community Transport service for elderly and disabled villagers, (which is also available for all Parishioners to use). They have a voicemail service which can be contacted on 01494 485839.  The Community Transport group urgently require relief volunteers to help escorting clients who use the bus. Training is given. If you can help please call the number above.

STOPAG (Stokenchurch Older Persons' Action Group) meets on second Thursday of the month at the Stokenchurch Community Centre in Bartholomew Tipping Way.  Invariably they start with a light lunch followed by a talk given by a guest speaker.  In addition the over sixties have monthly lunches at the Fleur de Lis.  These are held on the third Tuesday of the month - two courses and tea or coffee for £7.  For more details of either STOPAG or the lunches contact Anne Sherman on 01494 482344.

There are also a number of church groups providing a range of activities.  In addition to the above Chiltern Grange Care Home (Phone 01494 480294) is situated on the Ibstone Road.


Cemeteries

The local cemetery is located behind the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Further details are available in the Parish Council section of the website.  There is also a closed cemetery behind Old School Close between the Marlow Road and the A40.


Children's Play Areas

There are play areas for children at:

  • Longburrow Hall;
  • At the western end of the Cricket Ground;
  • In Studley Green at the Community Centre.

 


Churches

There are two churches in the village:

  • Church of England - The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Church Path, Stokenchurch.
  • Methodist Church - The Green, Stokenchurch.

The Studley Green Christian Fellowship meets at the Studley Green Community Centre. There are churches and places of worship for other denominations in High Wycombe, Marlow and Oxford.


Council Offices

The Parish Council offices are located in Longburrow Hall, just off of Park Lane.  This runs down from the 'Royal Oak' pub towards Mallards Court and Hallbottom Farm.  Longburrow is just on the left hand side

The Parish Office is open weekdays from 10.00am to 12 noon. Very occasionally, these times might change at short notice if the office has to be left unmanned.

The Parish Clerk can be contacted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm.  He can be contacted by writing to him at Longburrow Hall, Park Lane, Stokenchurch, Bucks HP14 3TQ; by telephoning 01494 482403 or by e-mailing clerk@stokenchurch.org.uk.


Country Walks

There are many miles of walks on the footpaths and bridleways surrounding the parish. Examples can be found in the Chiltern Society Footpath map No. 14 - Stokenchurch and Chinnor. Stokenchurch is on both the Chiltern Way, a 125 mile long distance path, and on the Chiltern Cycleway, a 170 mile circular cycle route. For more details see the Chiltern Society website - www.chilternsociety.org.uk.  The Society maps can also be purchased online on the same website.

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Dog Rescue

The renowned Stokenchurch Dog Rescue Centre is located at Tower Farm, just to the west of the village on the A40. They are always on the lookout for volunteer dog-walkers.  In addition they hold fund-raising jumble sales, normally on the last Saturday of the month during the summer.  For more details check www.stokenchurchdogrescue.co.uk or call 01494 482695.


Leisure and Adult Education

Stokenchurch boasts two village halls and a community centre:

  • Longburrow Hall in Stokenchurch is the 'official' village hall. The hall is available for hire for both social and commercial activities (see the Longburrow Hall section in the Parish Council part of this website).
  • The Memorial Hall on the village green is a thriving social centre.
  • The Community Centre (in Bartholomew Tipping Way) offers a range of evening classes and is also the venue for a number of local sports clubs.
  • In addition there is a Community Centre in Studley Green on the A40 opposite the garden centre.

There are a wide variety of local clubs and societies including football, cricket, photography and wine appreciation. The main clubs and societies are listed below:

Club or Society Phone Number
Adult Education Centre 01494 482822
Allotment Association 01494 483923
Camera Club 01494 482886
Community Library 0845 2303232
Cricket Club 01491 638636
Dance Club 01494 483435
Day Centre 01494 520587
Football - Saturday (Juniors) 01494 485121
Football - Stokenchurch F.C. 07803 617235
Football - Practice 07854 945146
Judo Club 01494 483817
Kyushindo Karate 07879 244851
Line Dancing 01494 483335
Martial Arts 01494 485846
Memorial Club 01494 482260
Netball 07792 386695
Rosemary Connelly Diet and Fitness 01494 538929
Stokenchurch Stitchers 01494 482194
Shotokan Karate 07742 577138
STOPAG (Senior Citizens Club) 01494 482344
Women's Institute 01494 482047
Wine and Beer Circle 01494 484159
Zumba 01494 602122

The nearest leisure centre is Marlow Hill, Cressex in High Wycombe (just off Junction 4 on the M40 - about 6 miles away.)  Their contact telephone number is 01494 688100.


Library Service

Stokenchurch Community Library is on the edge of the village green, just east of the Kings Hotel.  It is a community library, supported by Bucks County Council, but run entirely by volunteers.  The library in Stokenchurch is open:

Tuesday - 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Wednesday - 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Thursday - 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. until 1.p.m.

The Bucks County Council Library Service can be contacted on 08452 303232. Any changes to current opening hours and other arrangements will be updated in the 'Village News' section of this website.

They are always very keen to hear from potential volunteers. Please contact them on the number shown above.

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M40 Chilterns Environment Group (M40CEG)

This group is active in the village and campaigns to mitigate the impact of the M40 on local communities immediately adjacent to the motorway. In 2014 it celebrated its tenth anniversary and is now supported by 13 Parish Councils, 2 County Councils, Wycombe District Council and 4 local MPs.  Details of the group can be found on their website at www.m40-chilterns.org.uk.


Medical Centre

There is a medical centre in Stokenchurch providing a wide range of GP and primary health care services.   They can contacted by phone – 0844 576 9633; by e-mail – admin@stokenchurchmedicalcentre.co.uk or on the internet by accessing the NHS website www.nhs.uk


Multi User Games Area (MUGA)

A Multi User Games Area (MUGA), laid out for team games such as five a side football and netball is located at Longburrow Hall. Use is normally free of charge on a first come, first served basis, although it can be pre-booked for a small fee by ringing the Bookings Clerk at Longburrow on 01494 482403 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. weekdays.

During winter evenings the MUGA can be floodlight in exchange for a small fee which goes towards the cost of electricity used. Again arrangements can be made through the Bookings Clerk.


Parking Places

There are four places designated as public parking areas:

  • Outside the Kings Hotel;
  • To the west of CJ Stores just off of the A40;
  • Next to the allotments to the west of the Cricket Ground;
  • Adjacent to the public library and Memorial Hall.


Police

A telephone giving direct access to the police is available outside the Police Office. The office is situated in front of the entrance to the Positive Steps Nursery.

Full details of local policing are accessible through the Thames Valley Police website www.thamesvalley.police.uk and entering Stokenchurch or a local post code in the neighbourhood search box.  In addition villagers can sign up for e-mail crime alerts and other useful information by accessing www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk


Post Office

There is a sub post office in Palmer's Stores on the Wycombe Road, close to Junction 5 Business Park and the Marlow Road junction.

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Public Telephone

There is a public telephone outside Wavy Line Stores in New Road (opposite Jubilee Road).


Pubs and Places to Eat

There are three public houses in Stokenchurch, all providing food as well as drinks:

  • Fleur de Lys (on the village green);
  • Mowchak (on the Wycombe Road);
  • The Royal Oak (on Church Street).

The Kings Hotel, a former sixteenth century coaching inn overlooking the village green, provides accommodation as well as dining and conference facilities.

In addition to the public houses (which provide takeaway services) there is a fish and chip shop and a Chinese takeaway on the village green adjacent to the Kings Hotel.

 

We also have a new coffee shop within the village located on Back Street.  A wide range of cakes, sandwiches, teas and coffees are available.


Recycling

There is a recycling facility at Mudds Bank, which is on the A40 to the east of the village at the turning to Radnage. There is also a bottle and a clothes bank in Church Street, off the village green and just behind the Memorial Hall.

There are two amenity sites outside the village that will take unwanted household items and large quantities of garden waste. These are at Booker close by Wycombe Air Park, and the other just beyond Bledlow Ridge on the West Wycombe to Chinnor road.


Rubbish and Refuse Collection

Rubbish and Refuse collections are the responsibility of Wycombe District Council. For full details see their website - www.wycombe.gov.uk or call 01494 421415. 

For a fee Wycombe District Council will take away any bulky items.  Contact them on 01494 586550 or use their website - www.wycombe.gov.uk


Schools and Nurseries

There are two primary schools in the parish:

 

  • Stokenchurch Primary School in George Road in Stokenchurch,close by the Marlow Road / A40 road junction - www.stokenchurchprimary.co.uk or telephone 01494 482112.
  • Mary Towerton School in Water End Lane Road, just off of the A40 in Studley Green - http://www.marytowerton.ik.uk or telephone 01494 2384.

 

In addition there are Church of England primary schools in the neighbouring parishes of Radnage and Ibstone.

There are no secondary schools within the parish. Pupils travel to High Wycombe, Watlington, Marlow and Henley to further their education. Similarly, there are private schools in towns close by, particularly in High Wycombe and Oxford.

There are a number of pre-school groups and nurseries in the area.

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Shops & Garages

There are three general stores in Stokenchurch, all offering a range of groceries, newspapers and magazines, with some fruit and vegetables.

There are four further shops, two on the village green providing print services and selling wood burning stoves; an off licence - Globe Wines - on the Wycombe Road just past the library and one selling equestrian tack and gear at the junction of New Road and the Wycombe Road.

There is a pharmacy next to the Kings Hotel.

In addition to petrol, the filling station (Shell) offers a range of basic of household goods.

There is a garage - Stokenchurch Service Centre (opposite Raven Copse on the same side of the A40 as the Mowchak Indian Restaurant). This does not sell petrol but provides servicing and repair facilities.

There are two hairdressers in the village.

Just outside the main village at Kiln Farm on the A40 to Oxford is 'The Kennel Shop' which sells pet foods and a wide range of related accessories. The nearest large supermarkets are in High Wycombe (Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, Lidl and Tesco), Thame (Sainsbury's and Waitrose) and Wheatley (Asda).


Transport

There are bus services to:

  • High Wycombe (Arriva, National Express, Red Rose and Carousel)
  • Luton and Stansted Airports (National Express)
  • Oxford (National Express and Red Rose)
  • Thame(Arriva)

For more details of the Arriva service (Route 40) - High Wycombe / Thame - check the timetables on the bus stops or put 'Thame Route 40 timetable' in your web browser and go to www.arrivabus.co.uk.

Red Rose run one service to Oxford in the weekday morning rush hour, and one in the opposite direction in the early evening. Oxford can be accessed by taking the Route 40 to Thame and then changing to the Arriva Route 280 service.

As the National Express service is classified as 'inter-city', the fare to High Wycombe is higher than the local buses.

Note that the Sunday service to and from High Wycombe is operated by Vale Travel, not Arriva, and operates as Route 48 / 48A.

The nearest railway station is in High Wycombe (Chiltern Railways) with frequent services to London and to Birmingham.  The average journey time to London (Marylebone) is about 30 minutes.  The station has a decent sized car park and is also close to the Wycombe District Council car park in Easton Street. 


Veterinary Services

There is a veterinary practice at the junction of New Road and the A40. In addition there are boarding kennels at Bigmore Lane on the Marlow Road, just outside the village.


Village Hall

The village hall is at Longburrow Hall just off of Park Lane.  There is a separate section devoted to Longburrow Hall in the ‘Parish Council’ part of this website.


Village Notice Boards

There are seven village notice boards.  These are at:

  • Longburrow Hall;
  • Outside the Pharmacy by the Kings Hotel;
  • In the entrance to the Stokenchurch Community Library;
  • Outside the Medical Centre;
  • Opposite the convenience store in New Road;
  • At Water End at the junction between Water End Road and the Radnage road;
  • Outside the Community Centre in Studley Green.

Council agendas and minutes as well as other important community notices are posted on the notice boards.

For those villagers who do not have access to the internet, 'Stokenchurch Update', (a monthly digest of the items appearing in the 'Village News' section of this website) is put on the notice boards at the beginning of each month.


Youth Activities

There is a thriving Guide and Scout community in the village. The Youth Club meets at the Stokenchurch Community Centre in Bartholomew Tipping Way on Friday evenings.

Contact telephone numbers are:

Club or Society Phone Number
Youth Club at Stokenchurch Adult Education Centre 01494 482822
Stokenchurch Brownies and Rainbows 01494 485178
Stokenchurch Cubs 01494 882416
Stokenchurch Guides 01494 483426
Stokenchurch Scouts 01494 482243

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