Why I think vil­lage is now in de­cline

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

RE: Don’t let vil­lage be a pile of bricks (Ad­ver­tiser, Au­gust 28) I AM now 47 years old. I was born in Chal­font St Giles, as was my mother, and my fa­ther was born in Chal­font St Peter. I lived in Chal­font St Giles, and even worked there un­til I left when I was about 32.

I now live in Nor­folk, but came back to visit my mother and friends last week, when I saw the front of the news­pa­per and had to re­ply.

As a vil­lage where I grew up, we had a large hard­ware shop, where you could buy nails, wash­ing up bowls, light bulbs and just about ev­ery­thing you wanted; we had two newsagents, op­po­site each other; we had a pet shop, two butch­ers, two bak­eries, two green­gro­cers, a chemist, a proper post of­fice, a place that mended shoes, and a shop that sold a few toys, sweets and odds and ends. Th­ese were all shops that the vil­lage peo­ple needed.

Every­body knew every­body and it was a down-to-earth, proper com­mu­nity.

The trou­ble with Chal­font St Giles is that peo­ple have moved there from out­side, like London. The MUF­FIN the cat was prowl­ing around the gar­den when reader John Nor­rish took this photo.

Mr Nor­rish, from Chal­font St Peter, said: “Muf­fin hides be­fore her at­tack on an imag­i­nary peo­ple who were my gen­er­a­tion, un­less they were of­fered Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion prop­er­ties, had to move away to af­ford prop­er­ties, so los­ing its long-term com­mu­nity.

The vil­lage has be­come full of es­tate agents, pic­ture gal­leries, and, apart from the odd shops, pretty use­less.

The Crown pub, which was also an off-li­cence, al­ways had hang­ing bas­kets, was painted well and looked pretty. Last time I looked it was matt grey and ugly.

Apart from the orig­i­nal folks born in the vil­lage and con­tinue to live there, the vil­lage has be­come full of trumped-up snobs who like to show off and have no prob­lem get­ting to the shops, where the REAL vil­lage folk have to make do with the shops on of­fer.

That’s why Chal­font St Giles has gone down­hill.


Swan Lake Great Yar­mouth

foe – next to the bright­est ob­ject in the gar­den!”

Do you have an eye for a good pho­to­graph? Would like to see your work in this col­umn?

Send a high-res­o­lu­tion JPEG UK will repli­cate the suc­cesses of the US, where there has been a huge in­crease in do­na­tions on the day.

The trus­tees and vol­un­teers of Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, a char­ity based in Maiden­head that sup­ports chil­dren be­ing treated at The John Rad­cliffe Chil­dren’s, The Royal Berks and The Stoke Man­dev­ille Chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals, are tak­ing the lead in the Thames Val­ley by invit­ing the staff of busi­nesses and re­tail­ers to hold a Rainbow Lunch!

To par­tic­i­pate, each per­son is asked to do­nate £3 and to take a colour­ful food item for a shared of­fice lunch! The char­ity has a Pin­ter­est Board with ideas and recipes for rainbow-coloured food – see http://uk.pin­ter­est.com/ RosiesRain­bow – but the dish could also be as sim­ple as a zesty salad or colour­ful slice of pizza.

Rosie’s Rainbow Fund in­vites all par­tic­i­pants to take ‘self­ies’ of them­selves and their lunches and post them to the char­ity’s web­site (www.rosies­rain­bow­fund.co.uk), Face­book (www.Face­book.com/ Rosiesrain­bow), or Twit­ter ac­counts (@rosiesrain­bow).

A team of judges will then choose the best-pre­sented and most colour­ful lun­cheons from six lo­ca­tions in the Thames Val­ley area. Win­ning teams will re­ceive a free pizza din­ner at a restau­rant in their area.

Do­na­tions can be made di­rectly to Rosie’s Rainbow Fund’s ac­counts at Just Giv­ing or Vir­gin Money, or through their web­site.

Those who are in­ter­ested in join­ing Rosie’s Rainbow Fund’s #Giv­ingTues­day ini­tia­tive can keep up to date via www.rosiesrain­bow fund.co.uk, Face­book page www.Face­book.com/rosiesrain­bow, or @rosiesrain­bow on Twit­ter.




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