Village News

Have your say on modernising short break services for children and adults

 Bucks County Council is seeking your views on how it plans to modernise short break services in Buckinghamshire. Consultations for both Children's and Adult's short break services will run side by side from 5 November to 14 January.

Think of respite services [short breaks] and you are more likely to think overnight residential care, than horse riding. But it doesn't have to be that way. We know that people with very complex needs may always need some type of specialist care. However, short breaks can be so much more than traditional residential or respite care. They can help people to be more independent, learn new skills, make friends and overcome loneliness.

Warren Whyte (Cabinet Member for Children's Services) and Lin Hazell (Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing) are in agreement about the new approach and say: "We want to make sure that people can access a wide range of short-break options close to where they live. Although short breaks are a vital part of supporting carers they do not have to be in a residential setting. Our current short breaks offer does not provide enough flexibility and choice."

Short breaks include day, evening, overnight, weekend or holiday activities. They can take place in your own home, the home of an approved carer and in your local community too.

Both councillors are keen to make the best use of resources and say: "We want to make sure that the money we have for short breaks is spent where it is most needed. Carers provide most of the care in our communities and without them public services would struggle to cope. However we do have to consider budgets. We believe that by modernising short break services we can meet need and make the best use of the resources we have."

Parents, carers and service users have already helped to and adult short breaks policy and children's short breaks service statement. Once finalised and agreed, these will guide how short break services are delivered in the future. To get to that stage we need your views on the several features that have been included. These are how we will:

• define what a short break service is
• make access to short break services fair
• decide who is eligible for short break services
• make sure people get the right type of short break to meet their needs
• fund some types of short breaks

The decision to consult on short break services was made at the Cabinet meeting held on 22 October 2018 more details can be found here.

If you or someone you care for or uses short break services, it is very important that you have your say. To have your say either complete our online questionnaires on the 'Have your say' pages of

People can also ask questions or give their views by coming along to one of eight 'Talk to us' drop-in sessions at libraries across the county [dates venues in further information below].

More information about the Children's Short Breaks Service Statement Consultation can be found at

More information about the Adult Short Breaks Policy consultation can be found at


Further information:

What we are asking for views on

We need to understand if people agree or disagree with several features of the service statement/policy. These include, how we will:
• define what a short break service is
• make access to short break services fair
• know who is eligible for short break services
• make sure people get the right type of short break to meet their needs
• be clear about how short breaks will be funded
• make sure services meet existing and future need

How people you can give their views

You can have their say by:
• completing our survey online go to 'Have your say' on
• copies of the survey will be available from council services they attend
• emailing us at
• calling on 01296 383 122 and leaving a message
• coming along to and talk to us (more details below)
• writing to us New County Offices

This consultation will run from the 5 November 2018 – 14 January 2019

'Talk to us' sessions

If you have any questions please come to one of our 'Talk to us' open sessions or call us 01296 383122. You do not need to book a session. Just drop by. Copies of the questionnaire will be available and a comment box for anyone who is unable to come at the published times.

1. Aylesbury Library (Study Centre), 15 November 10am -12pm
2. High Wycombe Library, 15 November 5pm – 7pm
3. Buckingham Library, 21 November 10pm – 12pm
4. Burnham Library, 20 December 10am – 12pm
5. Chesham Library, 3 January 12pm – 2pm
6. Seeleys House Short Breaks Service, 10 January, 10am-12pm and 5pm-7pm

Next steps
We will review all feedback and use it to develop the framework for the delivery of a new short breaks service planned for 2019. This will be considered by the Council's Cabinet in March 2019.

Any decisions will be published on our website

For further information please contact: Alison Donovan, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978 =========================================================================================== 

Have your say on keeping the Chilterns special

The new Draft AONB Management Plan is open for public consultation and we would welcome both you and your residents thoughts on how you think the AONB should best be cared for and looked after.

 The new Plan covers a range of issues from biodiversity and wildlife conservation to looking after the special character of the Chilterns villages, managing access and recreation and helping local businesses to thrive. You might be concerned about climate change or the loss of hedgerow trees, perhaps it's the impact of housing and infrastructure development or the loss of wildlife due to poor condition of chalk streams. If you have particular concerns about the area or ideas for how best to protect it and use it, we want you to have your say.

 The draft Plan can be viewed, and any comments submitted at:
The deadline for feedback is 31 December



Isla started litter picking after learning about different ways to be eco-friendly in her lessons at school. She started collecting litter on her way
to and from school in Studley Green and found there was a lot of rubbish along the main road, she wanted to help the environment and be eco-


Read her full story here: Isla's Story



Please click here for Notice of Conclusion of the Audit for the Annual Return for the year ending 31st March 2017 



This local charity has just resumed holding tabletop sales at the kennels in Oxford Road on the last Saturday of every month, from 10am till 12 noon. Literally tons of donated new and nearly new clothes, books, household goods, toys, DVDs, records, plants (occasionally), greetings cards and more. Bargains galore. The sales help save dogs' lives and find them good new homes.  Helpers are wanted to help set up tables and then later put them away in sheds as most helpers are elderly and more muscle is needed!  Setting up is usually from about 8am and then putting tables and goods away from about 11.45. 

Any young people in the village able to help?  Call Michelle Vickers on

01494 482695. Please park considerately outside the kennels.



Stokenchurch Fire Station Needs you…

As an on-call firefighter you can play a vital role in your local community while continuing with your primary employment and career. It is a highly worthwhile way to use your available spare time. In doing so you will be paid, meet new colleagues, develop new friendships and acquire a range of new skills.

On-call fire crews will be called upon to attend the full range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and more, and work alongside their wholetime colleagues at many incidents.

This is your chance to take on a vital role on behalf of your local community without having to change the way you live or work. Operating on an on-call basis, you will respond to emergency incidents as part of your on-call firefighter role.

On-call firefighters are paid a monthly retaining fee and in addition hourly payments plus appropriate disturbance allowances for actual hours worked. These amounts will depend on your role – Firefighter, Crew Manager or Watch Manager – and the hours you are available and actually work

Firefighters are highly trained, skilled individuals who have the fitness and stamina to keep working when the going gets tough. You must be able to demonstrate that you…

Are able to get to the fire station safely and within limited time, when alerted – working with the crew to provide 24-hour cover, 365 days a year..
Work effectively as part of a team.
Are able to communicate with all members of the community.
Have a logical approach to problems.
Can meet the Fire and Rescue Service's medical standards for eyesight, colour vision, hearing, lung function and general fitness.
Have the permission of your primary employer.
For more information, email Stokenchurch Station Commander, Tom Brandon at





South Central Ambulance Service are currently looking for volunteer Community First Responders and I would be grateful if you could distribute the details below to your colleagues and also if possible as an article on your newsletter.


SCAS encourages members of the public to become Community First Responders in Buckinghamshire


South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is encouraging members of the public to play a valuable role in their Buckinghamshire neighbourhoods by becoming Community First Responders (CFRs).


CFRs are volunteers available to be dispatched by the ambulance Emergency Operations Centre to attend appropriate medical emergencies in their local area. Volunteers undergo two days of training at one of our training centres, explaining how to recognise and treat many serious and life threatening medical emergencies, ranging from cardiac arrest to strokes in the elderly through to infants, to name but a few of the situations the volunteers may face.


Dave Johnson, a Community First Responder for the Wendover area and also a Buckinghamshire Governor for SCAS, said: “The role of a CFR is to provide assistance to those with a medical emergency and most importantly to start and maintain the chain of survival in cardiac arrest patients until an ambulance crew arrives.”


Dave went on to explain why an early response is vital.


He added: “Our Community First Responders continue to support our frontline operations and we are encouraging new volunteers to join the service. These are valuable volunteer CFRs in local communities who are able to respond to appropriate incidents and assist patients in a serious or life threatening condition before the arrival of an ambulance crew. They make a real difference by saving seconds and minutes which can make the difference to the patient’s outcome.”


Anyone can become a community first responder, as long as they are aged 18 and over and have held a full UK driving licence for a minimum of one year.


No previous medical experience is needed and the ambulance service provides a comprehensive training course and continuous support, together with flexible hours.

Community First Responders log on when they want to, for as long as they want to on the days that they want to. They work in and for their local community.


For further details please go to


The Trust also welcomes residents who would be interested in getting involved with fundraising, attending events etc. Contact 0800 587 0207 or to find out more.



Many thanks






Monica Moro ACIM

Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer

Communications and Marketing department

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust | 7-8 Talisman Road | Bicester | OX26 6HR | Tel: 01869 365126 (Switchboard 01869 365000) | Mobile: 07788 418915 | | |Twitter – follow us @scas990



Stokenchurch Primary School, the Parish Council and Thames Valley Police have joined together in an initiative to try to solve the problems caused in George Road during school drop-off and pick-up times. The main issues are danger to children and inconsiderate parking.  

The Parish Council has written to every parent highlighting their concern.  Similarly the police have issued a 'Do and Don't' guidance note.  The school have circulated these via their intranet and hand delivered others. 

An unofficial one-way system already exists during the two critical periods - in from the A40 via Pigeon Farm Road, out via George Road.  County Councillor Carl Etholen has been approached about the problems.  He thought the suggestion of making a formal one way system had merit but warned that the process was costly and time-consuming.  It was recognised that these problems may be exacerbated when the Tesco store opens. 

Other suggestions have been put forward - use the Adult Education Centre car park, a 20 m.p.h. speed limit, school gates opening earlier.  These will be progressed.



Stokenchurch Community Transport (SCT) provides an essential service to our village.  They provide mobility to the elderly and disabled enabling them to get to appointments at the Medical Centre, do shopping and meet friends and acquaintances at the Day Centre.  Without the SCT many would be left without any form of transport.

SCT is desperately short of drivers and helpers.  If you think you can spare an hour or so of your time on a regular basis, please contact DOUG TUCKER on 01494 482211 or 07799 881682. 



Did you know that Stokenchurch Parish Council are selling paperback books relating to four circular walks in the Parish. They cost £2.50 each and are available from the office. The booklet has maps, along with descriptive notes of the walks and what to look out for. Also included is the Country Code which all walkers should adhere to. To get your hands on one either pop into the office or telephone 01494 482403 or you can email


This website contains a section on 'Living in Stokenchurch' - simply click on the menu on the left -  which hopefully gives newcomers to our village (and anyone who currently lives here) a guide to the facilities and activities in the area.  It is by no means totally comprehensive - if you believe that your group has been omitted or that the information is inaccurate, please drop an e-mail to the clerk on



Residents of the Parish of Stokenchurch who wish to apply for a grant towards academic expenses should get an application form from Mrs P. Colling, Kinda Cool, Wycombe Road, Stokenchurch HP14 3RR ('phone: 01494 483120).  The closing date is 30 November each year.Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM this evening. We hope you found the meeting informative. Thank you to our local organisation speakers who provided updates. Congratulations again to Jan & Brian Elson who receive the Parishioner Award for their contribution to the community.