Youth club gets £300 boost from Waitrose branch
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