Youth club gets £300 boost from Waitrose branch

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WAITROSE in Bea­cons­field has do­nated over £300 to the Chal­font St Giles Youth Club.

Com­mu­nity li­ai­son Ali­son Lam­bert pre­sented a cheque to the club on April 19 to senior youth leader Suizan Jef­fer­son.

The money came from the store’s green to­ken scheme and dur­ing De­cem­ber shop­pers were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in it with the youth club and Seer Green Scouts, the two or­gan­i­sa­tions which ben­e­fit­ted that month.

Ms Jef­fer­son said: “I would like to thank all the shop­pers at Waitrose Bea­cons­field for their sup­port. The money will be used to help pay for new eco-friendly LED light­ing at the club.”

The club premises in Nar­cot Lane are cur­rently un­der­go­ing re­fur­bish­ment to bring the orig­i­nal build­ing up to the same stan­dard as the newly built multi-use hall ex­ten­sion, which will be of­fi­cially opened later this year.

Ms Jef­fer­son added: “Un­for­tu­nately, due to the cat­a­strophic dis­cov­ery of rot­ten roof tim­bers dur­ing the build­ing of the ex­ten­sion, we are now again seek­ing funds to carry out re­pairs and re­fur­bish­ment of the old hall to re­place money that had to be re­al­lo­cated.”

The busy school cross­ing pa­trol in Slough Road, Iver Heath, got a visit from Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s trans­port cab­i­net mem­ber Mark Shaw on the af­ter­noon of Thurs­day April 28.

Con­cerned that lol­lipop pa­troller Matt Streuli had re­ported near misses by driv­ers while see­ing chil­dren across the road, Mr Shaw vis­ited to see for him­self.

Since the sum­mer term be­gan, Mr Streuli has re­ported to the po­lice six in­stances of mo­torists driv­ing away while he was still stand­ing in po­si­tion, and had recorded some of th­ese on a video cam­era.

He said: “Ev­ery day I see half a dozen cars that don’t stop for me. My con­cern is that one day a child will be in­jured.”

Mr Shaw said: “It’s im­por­tant to me that we do all we can to make cross­ings safe and se­cure places for our school chil­dren to get across the road. This is a very busy road, and it’s fan­tas­tic that Matt cares so much about the fam­i­lies he sees across.

“My con­cern is that he’s able to carry out his duty safely.”

Mr Shaw said the law was clear about the way driv­ers should be­have at school cross­ings. They must stop for the pa­troller and not move un­til the pa­troller and chil­dren are on the foot­path.

Asked about pa­trollers’ use of por­ta­ble cam­eras, Mr Shaw said: “While the use of cam­eras isn’t cur­rent prac­tice, we’re look­ing care­fully at the ex­pe­ri­ences of another lo­cal au­thor­ity’s pi­lot scheme with cam­eras at­tached to pa­trollers.

“Our pri­or­ity is al­ways the safety of the par­ents, car­ers and chil­dren who use school cross­ings, and of our ded­i­cated team of cross­ing pa­trollers who see them road.”

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil is in con­tact with Thames Val­ley Po­lice. safely across the

Lol­lipop pa­troller Matt Streuli with cab­i­net mem­ber Mark Shaw

Chal­font St Giles Youth Club’s Suizan Jef­fer­son re­ceiv­ing a cheque from Waitrose’s Ali­son Lam­bert

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