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Added Feb 19th 2020

SAVE NARCOT LANE!
St Giles we need your help again to protect our village

We only have 2 days left to get our comments and objections into the District Council to object to this huge development of 31 houses. This is our LAST CHANCE.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS TO BE RECEIVED:
THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
NextPhase have submitted a planning application to build 31 houses on Greenbelt land on Narcot Lane.

This planning application is in addition to the 42 affordable properties applied for at High View, and the 14 at the Land behind Old Beams on Three Households. This means there have been planning applications for 87 new properties in the village since Christmas.

We aim to oppose this unnecessary and inappropriate development as our village infrastructure and greenbelt need to be protected for the future.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS TO BE RECEIVED: WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2020
If you can support us please send the planning officer a letter or email of objection against NextPhase’s planning application on Narcot Lane. Please use this link to examine the planning proposals and how to make your opinion count:
Subject: PL/20/0186/FA | Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 31 affordable dwellings with associated car parking, open space, landscaping, drainage and infrastructure works. | 20 Narcot Lane Chalfont St Giles Buckinghamshire HP8 4DA
https://pa.chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=Q47HUFESKU700

PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION TO STOP THIS NOW

If you need advice on what to write in your email/letter, email us at savenarcotlane@gmail.com
Please also sign our petition at www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-narcot-lane
We are opposed to it because:

•Traffic Congestion: Our small roundabout won’t be able to cope with the increase of traffic from 31 houses. We will see traffic jams and increased pollution from idling car engines along Narcot Lane, Three Households, The Deanway and into the village as they queue for the roundabout.

•Parking: We already have problems with parking. Footpaths are blocked every day. The proposal does not provide enough parking and will add to the chaos for pedestrians.

•Health and Safety: The increased traffic will be a danger to the children and residents who use the youth club, as well as the many horse riders, dog walkers, cyclists and school children.

•GP Surgery: It is already very difficult to get an appointment when you need one!

•School Places: Where will the children from 31 houses go to school?

•Green Belt & Affordable Housing: This land is designated greenbelt. The developers plan to get around this by saying it is affordable housing, but they haven’t said who it is aimed at and how it will help villagers. We all accept there is a need to provide more affordable housing to meet the needs of the village, and proposed locations are clearly laid out in the Neighbourhood Plan and Local Plan. Those who need affordable housing will not be able to afford these properties.

•CSG Youth Club: We are concerned the new residents might oppose the existence of the youth club in the future. This is an important resource for our community and must be protected for future generations. 

•Wildlife: The land has been left unattended for years, it has become a wildlife habitat with sightings of badgers and bats amongst other wildlife. We should be protecting greenbelt land in order to protect our wildlife and environment. 
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Volunteer drivers needed

Chalfont St Giles Friday Lunch Club are looking for volunteer drivers to transport elderly people to and from the Lunch Club. We would welcome any driver who could help any time from a weekly basis to once a month or anytime in between. All the elderly people live in Chalfont St Giles and the Lunch Club is held in the Garden Association Room in School Lane.   Pick up from home at 11:45am return at 13:30pm. If interested please contact Chris Burgess on 01494 870611 or Mary Finey on 01494 873088.
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Seer Green Eight O'Clock Club - the next meeting
8.00pm on Thursday March 5th,2020
'Cinema – The Silver Screen' A look at movies from their arrival in the 1880s

Presented by Tony Earle - a retired scientist who worked at Kodak , Kodak Research Laboratories.for 40 years
£3 including refreshments

Seer Green Baptist Church,
Wood Pond Close,
Seer Green,
Bucks,
HP9 2XG
BEGIN TO SING Alex Bree (Dip LCM)

Offering  1:1 vocal/singing coaching, any age and ability  MT, Pop and Rock!

I’m a local MT performer, singer/songwriter and I play guitar and piano. I have trained, in amongst other places, at the Gilford School Of Acting, Arts Educational School or Tring Park. Currently training at ‘Urdang, London’  3 yr. Degree in  ‘Professional Dance & Musical Theatre”.

I make the sessions fun and enjoyable, building confidence whilst covering vocal warm ups, singing and performance techniques as well as “Vocal Health” and much more. I’ve also taught "Acting Through Song"  analyzing a piece in depth, gaining a better understanding of emotions, actions and characterization. References from previous students available on request.

Contact :  T. 07481862192    
Email : begintosing.alexbree@gmail.com
Website: https://www.begintosing.net/

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Added Feb 12th 2020

Chalfont St Giles Village School
Headteacher: Mrs. ES Peal

Chalfont St Giles Village School is looking to recruit the following enthusiastic members of staff at both the Junior School & Infant School Site.

Kitchen Assistant (Junior site)
11.45am – 1.45pm

Midday Supervisors (Infant site)
11.45am – 1.30pm

Both Permanent and Casual vacancies available
Bucks Pay Range 1b Point 5 – From £8.31 per hour

Details in this PDF - Download here
Chalfont St Giles Literary & Film Club

The next talk organized by the Chalfont St Giles Literary & Film Club will be on Tuesday, 25th February when Julie Summers will talk about her latest book (published yesterday), ‘Dressed for War’. The talk is in the Gardens Association Hall, School Lane, Chalfont St Giles at 7.30 for 8.00 pm, and tickets will be available from the Community Library from Tuesday, 11th February, price £5.00

Dressed For War: The Story of Audrey Withers, Vogue editor extraordinaire from the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties                                                                                                                             
Dressed  for War is the untold story of Audrey Withers, Editor of Vogue magazine from  the Blitz to the Swinging 60s

This extraordinary woman turned  a magazine about fashion and frocks for the few into an iconic magazine which went far beyond clothes .

Working with outstanding photographers  like Lee Miller , the first female photojournalist to enter Buchenwald and Dachau and Cecil Beaton, who captured the life of the young RAF men who fought the  War in the Skies ,Audrey Withers  brought a new dynamic to her readers not only in this country but also in America where there was little conception of the war in Europe until later in the 40s

Withers  worked closely with the Board of Trade whose Make Do and Mend campaign and the introduction of clothing coupons was to play a part in the nations’ lives for years to come. Her influence  was phenomenal not only at the time but in the  world of magazines for ever

Julie Summers ,the author, is a best selling writer/ researcher. Previous books include ‘Jambusters’  which became the TV series Home Fires and ‘The Colonel of Tamarkan’ (her grandfather), and the important part he played on the real Bridge on the River Kwai

Dressed for War is newly released and we are fortunate in being the first to hear the author talk about it before presenting it at the Oxford Book Festival

Added Feb 7th 2020

Added Feb 5th 2020

SAVE NARCOT LANE!
St Giles we need your help again to protect our village

NextPhase have now submitted a planning application to build 31 houses on Greenbelt land on Narcot Lane
.

This planning application is in addition to the 42 affordable properties applied for at High View, and the 14 at the Land behind Old Beams on Three Households. This means there have been planning applications for 87 new properties in the village since Christmas.

We aim to oppose this unnecessary and inappropriate development as our village infrastructure and greenbelt need to be protected for the future.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS TO BE RECEIVED: WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2020
If you can support us please send the planning officer a letter or email of objection against NextPhase’s planning application on Narcot Lane. Please use this link to examine the planning proposals and how to make your opinion count:

Subject: PL/20/0186/FA | Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 31 affordable dwellings with associated car parking, open space, landscaping, drainage and infrastructure works. | 20 Narcot Lane Chalfont St Giles Buckinghamshire HP8 4DA
https://pa.chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=Q47HUFESKU700

PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION TO STOP THIS NOW

If you need advice on what to write in your email/letter, email us at savenarcotlane@gmail.com
Please also sign our petition at www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-narcot-lane

We are opposed to it because:

•Traffic Congestion: Our small roundabout won’t be able to cope with the increase of traffic from 31 houses. We will see traffic jams and increased pollution from idling car engines along Narcot Lane, Three Households, The Deanway and into the village as they queue for the roundabout.

•Parking: We already have problems with parking. Footpaths are blocked every day. The proposal does not provide enough parking and will add to the chaos for pedestrians.

•Health and Safety: The increased traffic will be a danger to the children and residents who use the youth club, as well as the many horse riders, dog walkers, cyclists and school children.

•GP Surgery: It is already very difficult to get an appointment when you need one!

•School Places: Where will the children from 31 houses go to school?

•Green Belt & Affordable Housing: This land is designated greenbelt. The developers plan to get around this by saying it is affordable housing, but they haven’t said who it is aimed at and how it will help villagers. We all accept there is a need to provide more affordable housing to meet the needs of the village, and proposed locations are clearly laid out in the Neighbourhood Plan and Local Plan. Those who need affordable housing will not be able to afford these properties.

•CSG Youth Club: We are concerned the new residents might oppose the existence of the youth club in the future. This is an important resource for our community and must be protected for future generations. 

•Wildlife: The land has been left unattended for years, it has become a wildlife habitat with sightings of badgers and bats amongst other wildlife. We should be protecting greenbelt land in order to protect our wildlife and environment. 
AFTERNOON TEA AND TALK

On Wednesday 12th February in the Reading Room at 3.00pm.
Talk by a retired senior police detective.
All welcome: 
Entry £10.
Bring a plate of something to eat for tea.
Tel: 01494 872664

Don't forget to view the FOR SALE page HERE or via the link in the menu at the page header

CSG Gardens Association

Monthly Speaker Event – Michael Brown “The Language of Flowers” – Thursday 13th February 2020, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall.

Michael Brown has an MA in Garden History and is an ex Head Gardener and College Lecturer in horticulture, with a passionate interest in garden history and how the gardens were created and maintained. Michael designed the medieval garden for The Prebendal Manor at Nassington in Northamptonshire, where he still leads garden tours; he has also acted as a consultant for other historic gardens projects. He is now Conservation Officer for Northamptonshire Gardens Trust. Michael also provides displays of historic gardening from the Romans to World War 1 for historic events, country Fairs etc. Michael has been re-creating medieval pilgrimages since 1982. He has walked to many sites in Britain and Europe travelling as a medieval pilgrim.

Michael’s talk “The Language of Flowers” provides an insight into a Victorian Gentleman’s amorous adventures described through the now mostly forgotten language of flowers. Flowers, social history and romance; what more could you ask for?

Car Parking is available at both the front and rear of the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4JJ. The Hall is open from 7.30pm and the event commences just after 8pm.

If you would like to know more about Chalfont St Giles Gardens Association (CSGGA)membership, please direct your enquires to Membership@csgga.org. Membership to the CSGGA is only £15 for the first member and £5 for any additional members at the same address. Not only does membership entitle you to attend the talks and other events for free, but it also grants members discounts at local garden centres and access to the RHS Advisory Service.
I've recently received the following email from the Salvation Army Band

Sorry for the delay in the email but just wanted to say thank you again for the Carols on the Green event.  It was a good evening again and quite well attended we thought, and fortunately the weather held out for us too!  The amount collected was £138.02, so thank you again for including us in the event and for the support we received.

Hopefully we'll be in touch again same time next year, and in the meantime hope you have a happy and healthy 2020.

Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the evening. The band come from the Hillingdon Branch of Salvation Army and the money we raised will be used to help fund a drop-in centre for homeless people in Hillingdon. I know that the branch is working hard to raise money to fund a night shelter in the borough so I hope that you will join us again next Christmas.

Mary Phillips
The speaker at our next monthly meeting  in the Community Centre Chalfont St Peter on Wednesday 12 February at 2pm  is Denise Beddows, a local author who will give a talk entitled 'Bulstrode revisited'
This follows on from her previous talk about the Bulstrode Estate having uncovered new information about one of its  past occupants; in particular Ambrose Bennet an alcoholic judge and persecutor of the local Quaker community.   Can I also take this opportunity to remind members that their annual memberships are now due and we look forward to welcoming anyone interested in joining our friendly U3A! contactus@chalfontsu3a.org.uk

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This young Guild Hall music student who lives in Seer Green is trying to raise some money to go with the National Youth Choir on a trip of a lifetime he is performing at a concert in Seer Green.
In response to the Local E News last week, a resident responds

I feel that the out of date Local Plan and what happens and does not happen in Chalfont St Giles deserve a comment.
Our Local Plan only stipulated that green areas near the village should be preserved. The construction of cycle path was one line I think, with no specifics, hence totally useless. No suggestion was made about a bus service to a railway station that would cut down traffic.I e. our local politicians did not give any thought to cutting down traffic. .
Now, whilst this plan is still in the draft stage we are being informed that  3 areas of green belt are likely to  be built on. No doubt planning permission will be given regardless of any objections.

Would it not be sensible for local people to consider how we could minimise the effect of these new developments? It is highly unlikely that our Parish Council will come up with any useful ideas. The only way in my opinion is to get young people involved. They are the ones that are losing out more than older people and they could better see what needs to be done. They  might demand a bus service to the train station and cycle paths so that they can get to work or collage. If the cycle path in Narcot Lane would be completed, as planned and funded, then at least younger children could go on it at Three Households which would save parents a car journey to the Community College. I say rather then complaining, which is doing you no good do something about It. Perhaps people could join me in suggesting other cycle paths suitable for young and old. Bucks has received 2Mil Government grant for cycling/walking path but Buckscc has informed me the money will go to Great Missenden and Aylesbury. I wonder why?

Karoline Lamb (a very old Resident)

Added Jan 29th 2020

PROTECT ST GILES GREENBELT


THE DEADLINE TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE COUNCIL IS THIS THURSDAY, 30 JANUARY.

IF YOU WANT TO OPPOSE THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREENBELT LAND OFF HIGH VIEW, PLEASE EMAIL THE COUNCIL NOW

Add your name and postal address.

Planning application number:  PL19 4421 FA

Site address:                                  Land off High View, Chalfont St Giles

Planning Officer name(s):         Graham Mansfield

Click here to Email:          planning.comments@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk

And a massive thanks to all of you who have already contacted the council about this development.

Just under 300 letters have been sent in already.
Vacancy

Job Description: Negotiator for every other Saturday (Saturday, 9 am – 5.00 pm) and during the week on an ad-hoc basis

Salary: Attractive hourly rates rate of pay plus commission

We are looking for a new team member to assist with Saturday viewings  (approximately every other Saturday) and office enquiries. You will need to have excellent customer service skills, be proficient in letter writing and have ability to work on your own initiative.

Full UK Driving Licence essential.

Please email sarah@placeresidential.com with your CV
There is a new water main being installed between Amersham and Mill Lane in Chalfont St Giles. Barhale are the contractor for Affinity Water who are being instructed by HS2.

The Plan
The water main will be installed between 1 and 1.5 metres underground and will consist of a 35cm plastic pipe. In total approximately 4km of pipe will be laid.
The pipe will be laid in trenches – not moled.
The old water main will remain in situation.

Why is this necessary?

This work is planned to ensure water quality when HS2 works are carried out. Apparently any movement of the water pipes causes turbidity (the water becomes cloudy) due to residues in the pipe being disturbed. If a new pipe is in place then there will not be any residues to disturb therefore the water quality will be maintained.

How will affect our parishioners?
There will be a compound build on land next to Bottom House Farm Lane. This will be used for site equipment and workers. This will add to the traffic caused by HS2 construction.
Update 23/1/2020
Barhale are about to commence Ecological & Archaeological Works on the line of the proposed new water main, running between Amersham AfW pumping station to Chalfont St Giles pumping station. The Ecological works will be putting up reptile refugia, bird tapes to discourage bird nesting in hedgerows and limited removal of hedgerows to facilitate access to the pipeline route. The Archaeological works are to investigate areas along the pipeline route that may be of Archaeological interest and have been identified by Bucks CC Archaeological Department. The majority of both works will be undertaken by hand with only small amount of machinery being used where required, all Public Footpaths will remain open during these works, where they are working close to PRoW’s the teams will have been briefed for works to stop while walkers pass.
Seer Green Eight O'Clock Club.
The next meeting will be on Thursday February 6th
‘My Life As A Voice Artist’ by Patrick Lunt. 8.00.pm Seer Green Baptist Church – cost £3 to include tea/coffee and biscuits – everyone welcome. The meeting will be followed by the AGM.
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