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THE State Rooms and Royal Art Col­lec­tions of Buck­ing­ham Palace are a spe­cial­ity for our Jan­uary speaker, Dr Barry Twigg.

His talk, en­ti­tled ‘They are chang­ing more than the Guard at Buck­ing­ham Palace’ cov­ered all the changes and mod­erni­sa­tions which have been car­ried out so far at the Palace.

This in­cludes us­ing pro­fes­sional com­pa­nies to run events, ex­hi­bi­tions, gar­den par­ties and con­certs, not to men­tion the cafe and shop. There are sev­eral offices within the palace now ded­i­cated to send­ing out con­grat­u­la­tory cards (used to be tele­grams) to the 13,100 peo­ple now cel­e­brat­ing their cen­te­nary birth­day or sig­nif­i­cant wed­ding an­niver­sary each year.

At the end of 2016 we held a suc­cess­ful cof­fee/ c ra f t / br i ng- a nd- buy morn­ing, raising funds for the Save Den­man ap­peal.

In De­cem­ber we held our Christ­mas party, with a buf­fet, and en­ter­tain­ment from the Bob and Dot show.

The next meet­ing is on Tues­day February 7 at 7.45pm at Holmer Green Vil­lage Cen­tre.

The talk is ‘A Way of Life in Ru­ral South Africa’ by Mar­celle Sid­dall. Vis­i­tors are wel­come.


BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE Mind, the men­tal health char­ity, has launched a num­ber of new groups in the area to help peo­ple suf­fer­ing men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties.

A new free youth men­tor peer sup­port group in Che­sham is called Che­sham Youth Hub. The group is aimed at young peo­ple aged 17 to 25 with mild to mod­er­ate men­tal health needs.

Che­sham Youth Hub of­fers emo­tional sup­port and guid­ance, while pro­vid­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment to make new friends, so­cialise and take part in ac­tiv­i­ties. The group also of­fers ex­ter­nal speak­ers who give ad­vice and sup­port about top­ics such as em­ploy­ment and well­be­ing.

Lucy Fisher, Youth Be­friend­ing Worker, Buck- in­g­hamshire Mind, said: “Buck­ing­hamshire Mind is aware of the dif­fi­cult tran­si­tion from Child and Ado­les­cent men­tal health ser­vices to Adult men­tal health ser­vices. Our Che­sham Youth Hub ser­vice aims to bridge this gap and give ex­tra sup­port to those go­ing through this tran­si­tion.”

Che­sham Youth Hub, run by Lucy Fisher and a ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers, is held fort­nightly on Thurs­day evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Sun House, 32 Church Street, Che­sham.

To par­tic­i­pate in or vol­un­teer for Che­sham Youth Hub please con­tact Lucy Fisher on 07496 063675 or email lucy.fisher@bucks­mind.

A peer sup­port group for women re­cov­er­ing from a men­tal health dif­fi­culty has re­cently been launched in Mar­low. The Mar­low Feel Good Group is run by the men­tal health char­ity Buck­ing­hamshire Mind and funded by Par­a­digm.

The group gives women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties an op­por­tu­nity to meet like­minded peo­ple in an in­for­mal set­ting. It pro­vides a safe and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can meet, sup­port each other, have a fo­cus to the week and de­velop a sense of com­mu­nity.

He­len, Mar­low Peer Sup­port Group, said: “The peer sup­port group in Mar­low has been so valu­able be­cause it has given me the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press any is­sues and talk through my prob­lems. It gives me a chance to meet other peo­ple who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same or sim­i­lar is­sues as me and to find sup­port. I can bring my chil­dren with me be­cause there is a crèche and I have the space and time to do some­thing cre­ative, which makes me feel so much bet­ter.”

The aim of the peer sup­port group in Mar­low is to of­fer so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to lo­cal peo­ple over the age of 18, par­tic­u­larly young women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing post-na­tal de­pres­sion or so­cial iso­la­tion. There is also a free crèche, fa­cil­i­tated by Mar­low Chil­dren’s Cen­tre, for anyone who wants to bring their chil­dren with them

The Mar­low Peer Sup­port Group meets on the se­cond and fourth Wed­nes­day of the month from 10am to noon at Foxes Piece Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Mar­low.

To find out more or to self-re­fer, con­tact Pauline Hay­den at Buck­ing­hamshire Mind on 07788 438134 or email pauline.hay­den@bucks­

A suc­cess­ful multi-cul­tural peer sup­port group in Burn­ham, for peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties, is reach­ing out to in­vite more peo­ple to join them. The group, man­aged by Buck­ing­hamshire Mind and funded by South Bucks Dis­trict, has been steadily grow­ing since its launch in 2012 and is prov­ing very ben­e­fi­cial for the peo­ple who at­tend.

Pauline Hay­den, Be­friend­ing and Peer Sup­port Worker for Buck­ing­hamshire Mind, said: “The Burn­ham group has given valu­able sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to the peo­ple who cur­rently use it, and we want to wel­come ev­ery­one from across the whole com­mu­nity. We know there are more peo­ple out there who are strug­gling with men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties on their own, and we also know that this peer sup­port group re­ally helps. So we want to let peo­ple know about our group so that they can join us and ex­pe­ri­ence the real ben­e­fits of peer sup­port.” The Burn­ham Peer Sup­port Group pro­vides a safe and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can meet, sup­port each other, have a fo­cus to the week and de­velop a sense of com­mu­nity. The group en­joys arts and crafts, meals out, day trips and other ac­tiv­i­ties. It is a chance for peo­ple to meet and talk with oth­ers who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sim­i­lar is­sues, which pro­vides in­valu­able sup­port.

The Burn­ham Peer Sup­port Group takes place in Burn­ham Li­brary on the first and third Tues­day of each month, from 11am to 1pm.

To find out more or to self-re­fer, con­tact Pauline Hay­den at Buck­ing­hamshire Mind on 07788 438134 or email pauline.hay­den@bucks­


STU­DENTS from pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across the Chiltern Rail­ways net­work are be­ing in­vited to get cre­ative and show­case their skills by de­sign­ing the cov­ers of the new timeta­bles.

The win­ning de­signs will be printed on the cov­ers of the May 2017 timeta­bles and seen by thou­sands of cus­tomers trav­el­ling on the en­tire Chiltern route be­tween London Maryle­bone, Birm­ing­ham, Oxford and Ayles­bury.

Win­ners will also re­ceive two one day fam­ily travel passes for travel any­where along the route.

Themes for the May 2017 art­work are: Trav­el­ling by train Mov­ing be­tween lo­ca­tions

Your sta­tion within your town

The dead­line for en­tries is Fri­day March 3, fur­ther de­tails can be found at www.chiltern­rail­­wayss­chools-art-com­pe­ti­tion-2017


FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess of a ball and a sell out pro­duc­tion of Cin­derella in Jan­uary, the award win­ning and lo­cal am­a­teur the­atre com­pany The Richings Play­ers is plan­ning its next pro­duc­tion.

In May, the group who cel­e­brated their 90th an­niver­sary last year will present two one act plays; Two, a play by Jim Cartwright, di­rected by Jess Howard and A Lit­tle Box Of Obliv­ion by Stephen Bean, di­rected by Howard Gibbs.

Ever sat in a pub won- de­r­ing just who some of your fel­low booz­ers are? In Two, you are in­vited for a night down the lo­cal, where you’ll get to know some of the reg­u­lars and find out what’s re­ally go­ing on in their heads.

A Lit­tle Box of Obliv­ion is an ab­surd one act play cen­tred around ‘Cool Guy’ who is set­tling on a park bench to read the pa­per when a woman rushes on with a box. Be­fore Cool Guy can say no, the box has been left on the bench with in­struc­tions that the box can­not be moved, knocked, tilted or opened. A se­ries of mot­ley char­ac­ters then ap­pear through­out the play.

The read through will take place to­mor­row Fri­day (February 3) from 7.30pm-10pm at Cop­pins, Iver Vil­lage Hall. Au­di­tions will take place on Sun­day February 5 from 5pm-9pm at Cop­pins, Iver Vil­lage Hall – ev­ery­one is wel­come and en­cour­aged to au­di­tion for both plays.

The Two One Acts will be per­formed in Iver Vil­lage Hall from May 2427 and will in­clude a fish and chip sup­per.

For more in­for­ma­tion and au­di­tion pieces, visit­ingsplay­ers.


THIS an­nual con­cert is put on to help raise funds for Midsum­mer Mu­sic’s main fes­ti­val to be held in June.

Join star pi­anist, Paul Lewis and his wife, cel­list Bjørg Lewis to­gether with mu­si­cians from The Nash En­sem­ble on Satur­day at St Mary’s Church, Che­sham.

The event starts at 7pm with drinks fol­lowed by an hour of mu­sic. Fol­low­ing the con­cert, con­cert­go­ers can en­joy drinks with the mu­si­cians. This is a fundrais­ing con­cert and vol­un­tary do­na­tions are re­quested (re­fresh­ments in­cluded). Do­na­tions can be gift-aided and a gift-aid form will be sent on re­quest. Young peo­ple aged be­tween 10 and 18 years can at­tend free of charge. Email info@ mid­sum­mer­mu­ or call 01494 783643 for reser­va­tions. Tick­ets will not be sent out but a guest list will be held on the door.

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