The theatre group

The youth club leader

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

SUIZAN Jef­fer­son is the leader of Chal­font St Giles Youth Club, and works with teenagers and young peo­ple from in and around the vil­lage.

She be­lieves that more should be done in the com­ing decades to in­te­grate young peo­ple into the com­mu­nity.

“There should be more jobs for young peo­ple in this area, I re­ally be­lieve that,” said Mrs Jef­fer­son.

“They have to take jobs in other places, and the prob­lem that they then have, is that be­cause they are at the be­gin­ning of their ca­reers, they are not earn­ing much so a lot of their wage goes on travel ex­penses and they have very lit­tle left.

“It’s forc­ing them out of the area.

“I know a lot of young peo­ple who love this area and re­ally want to stay here but they can’t be­cause there are so few jobs for them.”

Mrs Jef­fer­son also be­lieves that there should be more shops in Chal­font St Giles cater­ing for young peo­ple’s needs.

She said: “There’s hardly any­thing for them. I think this vil­lage is quite well served gen­er­ally for shops, but in terms of cloth­ing, there’s a lot for young kids, and then a lot for adults but noth­ing in be­tween.

“If there were some more af­ford­able shops for teenagers, that would be great, and it would help them to feel more like a part of their com­mu­nity.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that that hap­pens more in the fu­ture, and that younger peo­ple are more of a part of this area.” HE­LEN Sharman, Cur­zon Cen­tre com­mit­tee mem­ber and Bea­cons­field Theatre Group mem­ber, shares her ideas on why an arts cen­tre is a must for the fu­ture of her town:

“Bea­cons­field is a hot­bed for the arts, photography, paint­ing, sculp­ture, dance, mu­sic and, not least, drama. Yet nowhere in the town is there a place where all this en­ergy and tal­ent can come to­gether.

“So my vi­sion for the town would be an arts cen­tre/theatre, per­haps sim­i­lar to Nor­den Farm Cen­tre for the Arts in Maiden­head.

“t present, all this cre­ativ­ity is scat­tered across the town. The Cur­zon Cen­tre is home for the Young Theatre and the op­er­atic so­ci­ety, but does not have the ca­pac­ity to al­low Bea­cons­field Theatre Group (BTG) to per­form

Athere. BTG and a sprin­kling of other groups work in the Bea­con Cen­tre, but this is pri­mar­ily a sports cen­tre and the fa­cil­i­ties are far from ideal.

“pur­pose-built arts cen­tre could in­clude a theatre, re­hearsal and meet­ing rooms, an ex­hi­bi­tion space and, ide­ally, a bar and cafe. This type of fa­cil­ity would not only serve our town, but at­tract peo­ple from the sur­round­ing area.

“ll that is needed is a par­cel of land. Once there is a lo­ca­tion, sup­port­ers be­lieve rais­ing the cash is achiev­able, through grants, lot­tery money and fundrais­ing and that an ex­pert team of ar­chi­tects and spe­cial­ist theatre de­sign­ers would not be hard to find and mo­bilise.

“So min­i­mum cost to our com­mu­nity and max­i­mum ben­e­fit – what’s not to like?”

AAHe­len Sharman

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