A spe­cial day spent in a spe­cial vil­lage

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

COULD I through your pa­per thank the peo­ple of Chal­font St Giles for mak­ing my wed­ding day in Au­gust so spe­cial.

I have lived in the vil­lage all my life, as have my par­ents and grand­par­ents.

When I came to or­gan­ise our day, I was amazed to find so much avail­able in our small vil­lage.

Chris and Peter Hall from Ac­tive Pho­tog­ra­phy cap­tured the mo­ments per­fectly.

The peo­ple at the parish church made beau­ti­ful flower ar­range­ments and a spe­cial thanks must go to Gill and Pete Dean.

My bou­quet from Jus­tine Faiers, was equally amaz­ing.

We chose The White Hart, in Three House­holds, for our re­cep­tion and they al­lowed two of my guid­ing friends, Sarah Bishop and Nicky Dodd, to dec­o­rate.

Sarah and Nicky also or­gan­ised a brownie guard of hon­our for us.

The food and ac­com­mo­da­tion at The White Hart was ex­cel­lent.

So many peo­ple did so much to make our day ex­tra spe­cial.

Un­for­tu­nately I am hav­ing to move out of the vil­lage due to hous­ing costs and once our home is ready will be mov­ing to Iver, how­ever I will still have spe­cial links with Chal­font St Giles as it is a big part of my life con­tin­u­ing as a brownie leader at my lo­cal pack.

My mes­sage to all the peo­ple of the vil­lage that feel they have to go out of the area for things is don’t – you will be amazed at what this small beau­ti­ful vil­lage has to of­fer.

LIZ COLE (NEE BREE)

Seymour Road Chal­font St Giles

77-year-old mother of four who died as the re­sult of as­bestos ex­po­sure when wash­ing her hus­band’s clothes.

Un­for­tu­nately, it is sad but true that this story is not unique as dan­gers of as­bestos were not widely un­der­stood dur­ing the 60s when her hus­band worked as a joiner.

As the gen­eral man­ager of The UK As­bestos Train­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, I would like to pass on my sin­cere con­do­lences to her fam­ily. This case acts to raise aware­ness of the threat of as­bestos, not just to your read­ers’ health, but to the health of their fam­i­lies as well.

Now that we know the dan­gers, dis­play­ing a sense of bravado when it comes to the sub­stance is in­ex­cus­able.

When left undis­turbed, the ‘silent killer’ is harm­less, how­ever the dan­ger comes when toxic as­bestos spores be­come air­borne as the re­sult of any dis­tur­bance to the ma­te­ri­als.

With many think­ing the threat is a thing of the past, firms are putting the is­sue down the list of pri­or­i­ties when it comes to health and safety train­ing, which is to­tally un­jus­ti­fi­able.

We cur­rently have a list of more than 170 UKATA ap­proved mem­bers who pro­vide train­ing on the safe iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, han­dling and dis­posal of as­bestos to con­trac­tors across the coun­try.

If you’re a con­trac­tor who has not re­ceived the cor­rect train­ing in ac­cor­dance with HSE leg­is­la­tion, I urge you to con­sider why not.

This is an im­por­tant ques­tion that might not just save your life, but the lives of your loved ones as well.

CRAIG EVANS Gen­eral man­ager UK As­bestos Train­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

The ac­com­mo­da­tion above the li­brary is com­mit­ted on a long lease and is not avail­able.

The agenda and min­utes of each coun­cil and com­mit­tee meet­ing is pub­lished monthly and each is pre­ceded by a pub­lic fo­rum.

Be­fore the elec­tion in May there will be op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­ested res­i­dents to seek nom­i­na­tion as can­di­dates. The coun­cil cur­rently is made up of 12 in­de­pen­dent mem­bers.

To sum up, we need of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion for the clerk and the coun­cil records and we can an­tic­i­pate an in­creas­ing work­load with tasks de­volved from the un­der-funded county coun­cil to town and parish coun­cils.

This work can not be un­der­taken by a home-based em­ployee.

Mrs Lamb has mis­un­der­stood the sit­u­a­tion in spite of hav­ing served for more than six years as a parish coun­cil­lor be­fore re­sign­ing to pur­sue her in­ter­ests else­where.

BILL WAR­REN Chair­man of Chal­font St Giles

Parish Coun­cil

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