The theatre group
The youth club leader
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?”
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