Nominations for volunteers required

Volunteers and communities make sport happen and without dedicated coaches, team managers, scorers and kit washers thousands of people wouldn’t feel the benefits of taking part in sport.

Here at Leap (The Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks & MK) we think those people deserve a thank you. So we are appealing to you to help us identify the people and organisations who make sport happen in order that we can recognise and celebrate them.

We welcome nominations across 10 categories:

•    Active Workplace of the year
•    Club of the year
•    Volunteer of the year
•    Young Leader of the year
•    Community Coach of the year
•    Performance Coach of the year
•    Project of the year
•    Primary School of the year
•    Secondary School of the year
•    Unsung Hero of the year (The Terry Cook Award)

If you know of a person, group or organisation within your Parish who deserve to be recognised and celebrated then please nominate them. Nominations are open now, until 16th August. www.leapwithus.org.uk/sportawards

Shortlisted nominees from each category will be invited to the county Sport Awards presentation evening at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on 18th November.

You can find out more about the awards and previous winners by visiting our website. www.leapwithus.org.uk/sportawards

Advice on swarming bees

Although spring appears to be very slow this year in the next few weeks there will be a flurry of honey bee swarms.

There is a swarm collection service provided by the Mid Bucks Bee Keepers Association in conjunction with the British Bee Keepers Association.

If contacted by the public reporting a swarm of bees we will do our best to collect it if possible and provide advice and guidance to people.

Last year we dealt with over 300 calls from the general public and commercial organisations.

Our members attended over 120 honey bee swarms.

This is probably a good sign of the health of the pollinator population in our area.

The mild wet winter and this cold spring have not been good for honey bees in particular so every swarm will be important to us as beekeepers.

Contact
MBBKA Swarm Hotline 07770 370132 or BBKA British Bee Keepers Association website http:www.bbka.org.uk

Advice on swarms as a downloadable pdf available here
swarm collection 2016

Brian Bush
(MBBKA & BBKA swarm officer)

Waples Walk unveiled

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The inauguration of the new commemorative walk with lectern and map and took place on the Nob on Easter Sunday. Over 70 villagers, friends and relatives attended the opening ceremony led by Joan Waples and then walked the walk in brilliant sunshine before retiring to the Biggs Pavilion. It was indeed a fitting tribute to our sadly missed friend.
Your memory will live on.
Thanks to all those who provided the ample refreshments along with sandwiches, snacks and cakes.

Five Go to Treasure Island – a review

Yet again a triumph from the Cublington panto crew. A wonderful marriage of Enid Blyton and Robert Louis Stevenson saw The Famous Five, rather unusually, go to Treasure Island. Jane Alexander exuded calm confidence as Julian with Ally Lovatt very professional in the role of Dick. Chris Gibby’s bunches, as Anne, will surely set a new fashion for 2016. Out with the hipster beards and in with bunches! We enjoyed Di Grace’s tom-boyish portrayal of George. Was there a subliminal message in the dungarees? Emma Gurney’s Timmy the dog set a record for the Cublington panto of being completely word perfect. Careful, you’ll do Kim the Prompt out of job. Oh, hang on… Aunt Bessie (surely Aunt Fanny? Ed.) was superbly portrayed by Jan Antosiewicz, channelling his inner Miriam Margoyles and was snatched away by the dastardly pirate chief John Law, channelling his inner Keith Richards, ably assisted by First Mate (newcomer Jennie Chappell) and Roger the Cabin Boy (Chloe Wilson in fine voice).

The action moved from Aunt Bessie’s cottage to a sun kissed Caribbean where we met Creuset the Cannibal – Chris Brandon wearing a flesh coloured, figure-hugging body stocking and a few palm fronds to hide his blushes. At least, I hope he was wearing a flesh-coloured body stocking, otherwise the mind boggles at the near miss we all had, especially the unfortunates in the front two rows. Some things can never be unseen… There was music, with Evelyn the height of professionalism on the piano. Chloe too, sang beautifully. The others… Well, at one point John Law asked the audience to join in if they knew the words. We will if you know the tune, came the reply. Many thanks to all those who made this production possible , such a cherished part of the fabric of Cublington life.

Thanks too, to the writers, the producers, the directors, the ticket sellers, scene shifters, doormen and make up artists, sound technicians, the best boy and the grip (what is that? I’ve always wanted to know). We appreciate all of your efforts, the long dark nights of the soul as you stumble to rehearsals without even the possibility of a pint in the Unicorn afterwards as you’re doing dry January, and the arguments over who gets to wear those dungarees this time.

We loved it all.

See you next year.

Portrait of a Village

An exhibition by Martyn Gates
This unique social commentary of the village of Cublington features not only people living in the village, but also events that have taken place, buildings and the surrounding landscape.

The exhibition is from Monday, February 22, till Friday, March 4, at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury.

Waples Walk Lectern Unveiling

The ceremony to open the Waples Walk will take place on Easter Sunday, 27th March at 2pm. Villagers are asked to congregate on the Nob for the unveiling of the lectern showing a map of the walk, followed by the walk, for those who want to of course, (approximately 2 miles), followed by refreshments in the Biggs Pavilion.

Worlds Biggest Quiz

An event was held at the Unicorn Pub on 7th Feb, when simultaneously the same questions we asked at over 1400 pubs throughout the land. It was a Guinness World Record attempt. Ultimately “The Gift Of The Gabbs” team won out scoring 40.5 points out of 60. They donated their £25 prize money to the charity Florence Nightingale Hospice appeal making a fantastic £271 total raised on the night.

Orchard Ground joins the Vale Lottery

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING UP TO £20,000?
If the answer is yes, then don’t miss this opportunity to sign up for the Vale Lottery and at the same time raise additional funding for the Orchard Ground Association.
The Vale Lottery is a new initiative that has just been launched to support Aylesbury based causes and give anyone in the UK the opportunity to win £20,000.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
All supporters will get the chance to win prizes for just £1 per week.
Every ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize every week!
The draw will take place every Saturday night. The first draw took place on Saturday 28th November 2015.
Winners will be advised directly, so if you don’t have the time to check if you’ve won, the Vale Lottery will let you know! Importantly Orchard Ground Association will receive 50% of all ticket sales from our supporters that sign up!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
All you have to do to sign up by visiting our Vale Lottery page at (click on the link below)
www.valelottery.co.uk/support/orchard-ground-association and follow the instructions.
Supporters have several options on how to pay, either by Direct Debit or Card payment and can sign up to both recurring monthly payments (which can be stopped at any time) or fixed periods of 13, 26 or 52 weeks payable in advance via a card.
Don’t miss the chance to win £20,000 and support the Orchard Ground Association!
Feel free to pass on the details to any friends and family as the more people that sign up, the more money raised for our facilities.

Thank you for your continued support and good luck to everyone who enters the draw!

Mike Waples Memorial Walk Lecturn

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Just 16 days to go of crowdfunding

It is now over a year since Mike Waples passed away. He was a well known local character, always happy and liked by everyone who knew him.

He was also a keen walker and with the local group (The RAMS), he and they walked hundreds of miles together. Partly for this reason it has been decided to create a village walk in his memory. Set on a steel lecturn, there will be a map, of the local area with the route marked out for anyone to follow. The walk will be 1-2 miles long. Subject to permission being granted from the Parish Council, the lecturn will be placed on the Nob. There may also be a commemorative tree planted alongside.
If anyone who knew him would like to contribute to the cost, it would be very gratefully received. There is also a jar on the bar in The Unicorn should you wish to donate by more conventional means.
https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Mike-Waples

Pump hunt for sewage station owners

  • Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers
  • Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds
  • Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.
The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.

New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company.

The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.

Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.

“We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”

Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt

Note:
A sewer pumping station is likely to be ‘adopted’ by Thames Water if it:

  • was in use before July 2011 (and)
  • serve a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or)
  • serves two or more properties

More information: www.thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt