Monday, November 12th, 2018

Filed under: News Item, remembrance

Remembrance Sunday

Amersham, joined the millions of people around the world to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War as part of a number of Remembrance Sunday events. 

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Unveiling of the bench at Sycamore Corner

In association with Amersham and District Residents Association and Bucks County Council, the verge at Sycamore Corner was transformed into a ‘Centenary Bed’ to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Six trees – one of which was planted by the presenter of BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom programme – were intentionally chosen for their height and colour. Some of the trees have red berries, blossom or leaves to represent the poppy, while others have white blossom to represent peace.

On Remembrance Sunday one of two commemorative benches were unveiled. We would like to thank Gareth Williams for sponsoring one of the benches, and Bloom Volunteer Carole Taylor for raising the funds through her Amersham in Bloom card sales to buy the other. Once again I would also like to thank the Amersham and District Residents Association for their support and for helping to fund the new border.

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Centenary Field

On 11 November the Memorial Gardens in Old Amersham were officially declared as a Centenary Field through Fields in Trust. The Town Council has ensured that this valuable community space is protected as a living remembrance to those who fought and lost their lives in World War One; a proud moment for the town.

 


 

The Nations Tribute – Beacons of Light

On 3rd August 1914, Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window. “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime,” he remarked. Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the Great War and the many millions who were killed or wounded, a national initiative saw a chain of 1,000 WWI Beacons of Light lit throughout the United Kingdom – a century after the guns fell silent.

To mark this occasion, 100 tea lights – decorated by St. Marys CofE Primary School, Stony Dean School, Elangeni School and beavers from 2nd Amersham Common- were lit and lined the path leading to the plinth in the Memorial Gardens. Thank you to all those who attended this poignant event and to Kim Speller of Amersham Band who played The Last Post.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Filed under: Christmas, News Item

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

With just seven weeks until Christmas we are pleased to launch the Mayor of Amersham’s Christmas Card Competition!

We are searching for something extra special to form the cover of this year’s official Mayor’s Christmas Card. With the theme ‘Santa becomes environmentally friendly’ we will looking for a design that encapsulates this. The winning designer will have their Christmas image featured on the front of the card, in addition to receiving a prize!


To enter, please send us your design on a piece of A4 paper with your name, age, school year and school on the back to: Councillor Caroline Jones, Amersham Town Council, Flint Barn Court, Church Street, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0DB.

The closing date for entries is 22 November with the winner being announced soon after, on a date to be confirmed. For more information, please contact the Town Council on 01494 434000 or email admin@amersham-tc.gov.uk.

 

 

Arts Festival Logo 2018

 

AMERSHAM FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2018 A HUGE SUCCESS

This year’s art festival was a huge success with a Beatrix Potter Immersive Tea Party, hosted by Venture Quest Productions, pop-up art displays throughout town to showcase young creative talent PLUS our annual art exhibition with art displayed by local artists. £1087.47 was raised from art sales for the Grants Fund, to be distributed to community projects.

We are currently planning our civic events for 2019. Dates for Amersham Festival of Arts 2019 will be confirmed in due course.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Filed under: News Item

The latest edition of the Town Council newsletter should be finding its way through you letter box this week. If you are not a resident of Amersham then please click here for an electronic version of the newsletter. Our thanks to Hamptons International for kindly sponsoring Amersham News.

Volunteers Sought for Office of Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC)

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

 

We are delighted to announce that Amersham received a GOLD award at the Britain in Bloom National Finals Ceremony in Belfast on 19 October. In addition to this highly sought-after accolade, Amersham was also presented with the RHS award for Involving Young People and Children, for ‘demonstrating excellence in this particular area’. Quite a feat considering that we were chosen over the other 76 national finalists, who are regarded as the best in the UK.

We are the first town in Buckinghamshire to achieve gold standard nationally and only the third entrant, since the start of the century, from the Thames and Chilterns Region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire) to achieve this feat.

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Town Mayor Councillor Caroline Jones, led a delegation from Amersham which included Councilor Andrew Seymour; volunteers Jill Mace and Carole Taylor; Steve Catanach and Town Council Groundsman Stephen Hansford.

This national success follows a Gold at the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Regional Awards which took place in Woodley. In addition, Amersham was also awarded a National Certificate of Destination for Parks for the Memorial Gardens display, a gold award for the Memorial Gardens and a regional award for (best) horticulture.

Chestnut Lane School was named the best school in the region, receiving the Mark Mattock School Challenge Award, while Stony Dean School received the regional award for involving children and young people… Quite a list of accolades.

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These awards are a testament to the hard work and unwavering commitment of both the Town Council and Amersham in Bloom volunteers- a formidable partnership! Similarly, we couldn’t achieve such an incredible results without the support of local schools, businesses, community groups, Scout Groups, Chiltern District Council, Serco and Buckinghamshire County Council- It is truly collaborative effort. Of course a special mention to Andy Honour who created the wonderful models in the Memorial Gardens which commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Filed under: Amersham in Bloom, News Item

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Amersham in Bloom efforts have paid dividends with the town receiving a record number    of awards at the recent Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Regional Presentation Ceremony.

As well as winning a gold award and being named the best town in the region (covering Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire), Amersham in Bloom also walked away with the following:

  • National Certificate of Distinction for Parks for the Memorial  Gardens display, awarded to the best park in the region
  • Gold award for the Memorial Gardens
  • Regional award for (best) Horticulture
  • Regional award for involving children and young people, thanks to our links and partnership with Stony Dean School

In addition to the town awards, Chestnut Lane School was named the best school in the Thames region, receiving the Mark Mattock School Challenge Award.

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Community engagement has increased year on year, and it is such a pleasure to see so many groups, schools, local businesses and volunteers participating in our bloom initiatives. Not only does everyone’s contribution enhance the vibrancy and aesthetic of the town but also helps to bolster our environmental responsibility. Thank you to everybody who has made our achievements possible; the Town Council and depot staff could not have done it without your help.

In October, a delegation of Town Council staff and volunteers will be visiting Belfast for the National Britain in Bloom Awards; we’re hopeful that we will bring home gold!

 


 

Amersham in Bloom Outstanding Achievement Award

Serco have worked tirelessly in partnership with Amersham in Bloom pulling out all the stops to ensure that our roads were swept. In       recognition of their services Serco have been awarded the Amersham in Bloom Outstanding Achievement Award for 2018.

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Monday, September 10th, 2018

Filed under: Heritage Day, News Item

Following the concerts, the Town Council team put all our efforts into producing the jewel in the crown, Amersham Heritage Day. Old Amersham was the place to be on 9 September with so many exciting attractions on offer including children’s funfair, classic car display, vintage farmers market, birds of prey display, heritage bus journeys, mini steam engines, medieval re-enactments, live entertainment and so much more!

Following feedback received from our vendors and the public, we believe that this year was the busiest and best yet. A huge thanks to all those who attended and were able to be a part of such a fantastic community event.

The date for Amersham Heritage Day 2019 will be announced very soon!

 

Have you visited the Memorial Gardens in Old Amersham over the summer, you would undoubtedly have seen the striking First World War display, which includes two bi-planes, a battleship and lone soldier.

The Town Council has collaborated with 1st Chesham Bois Scout leaders and Amersham in Bloom volunteers to create a space for  reflection and remembrance of the many men and women who sacrificed their lives in The Great War.

The Memorial Gardens were planted out with warm, muted hues to  complement the models. Here’s a summary of each display.

 

HMS Dreadnought

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The battleship is a replica of HMS Dreadnought, launched in 1906 and the pride of the Royal Navy. She was the fastest and most powerful warship of her time, triggering an arms race as other navies attempted to match her speed and power. At the start of World War 1, HMS Dreadnought was based in the North Sea with the 4th Battle Squadron and decommissioned and sold for scrap post-war. She famously sank the German SM U-29 submarine in 1915 and became known as the only battleship to sink an enemy submarine purposefully.

The battleship also represents  the bravery of Winifred Brazil, an Amersham resident who selflessly gave up her place in a lifeboat  for an exhausted soldier who was drowning off the Italian coast.

The battleship is surrounded by a wonderful ocean of blue and green grasses, depicting crashing waves of the tumultuous sea.

 

Albert Ball’s SE5a

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The Albert Ball SE5a bi-plane was designed by the Royal Aircraft    factory and was one of the best, fastest and most nimble fighters during The Great War. The plane was named after Albert Ball, one of the Royal Flying Corps greatest air aces, who later lost his life aged just 20 after becoming disoriented in heavy cloud. He was known for his bravery, regularly going on patrol alone and never backing down from a fight even when outnumbered. Following his death, he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

The miniature landscape, complete with hedgerows, crops, beech copse,  crops and a ploughed field represent the Chilterns, creating a bird’s eye view beneath the  biplanes – an original and innovative idea that compliments the two models.

 

The Soldier

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Our display includes a lone soldier on a plinth, framed by small red succulent plants, with his head bowed and weapon inverted. This drill position of arms reversed is a traditional sign of respect to the dead. The lone soldier is often cited as the most moving model of the display.

Over 1,000 men and women from Amersham and the surrounding area had direct involvement in The Great War, either serving in the Armed Forces or supporting those who were fighting. Many of our fallen heroes are named on the War Memorial within the Gardens.

Special thanks go to Andy Honour who designed these spectacular models and to his Scout Leader   colleagues for their skill, hard work and determination to build the display. We’d also like to thank the Amersham in Bloom volunteers for their dedication in helping to plant and maintain the floral displays, in addition to the Amersham and District Residents Association and The Entertainer Toy Shop for sponsoring the project.

Mark Lineton has kindly taken some wonderful aerial footage of the   Memorial Gardens which can be viewed HERE. It is well worth taking a look!

 

 

 

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Filed under: News Item

11.22 3 Sept 2018 Update

We would like to reassure residents that we have taken measures to add additional security to the playing fields/open spaces that we own to ensure that the travellers do not return.
Huge thank to Serco for assisting us to litter pick King George V Playing Field. We have instructed a contactor to remove the human waste that has been left.

 

16.12 – 31 Aug 2018 Update

The Town Council continue to work in conjunction with Bucks County Council, alongside Thames Valley Police to manage the encampment at King George V Playing Field. Yesterday officers from the BCC enforcement team attended the site and initiated removal proceedings. A notice has been served.

Resident’s patience is appreciated whilst this situation is managed, however, our expectation is that the travellers will have moved on within the next three days.