Happy New Year
Trust’s School Visits Pass 25,000-a-year Milestone
The education charity the Ernest Cook Trust, which owns and manages the nearby Hartwell Estate, welcomed over 25,000 children to its country estates nationally last year.
ECT is one of the UK’s leading education charities, and owns and manages landed estates in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Leicestershire and Buckinghamshire.
The Trust was founded in 1952 by Ernest Cook, grandson of Thomas Cook, founder of the famous travel agency. Today it runs free hands-on education programmes for schools, encouraging children and young people to learn from the land, and it donates £1.8 million a year to a range of educational initiatives.
The Ernest Cook Trust has seen a huge surge in demand for its outdoor programmes, with visits to its estates increasing from 10,000 in 2009 to over 25,000 last academic year. The Trust’s Hartwell Estate, which began hosting school visits in partnership with neighbouring Waddesdon Manor & Estate for the first time last year, welcomed 750 children.
ECT’s Chief Executive Nicholas Ford said: “This is a very significant milestone for the Ernest Cook Trust and it’s really pleasing to see that demand for the work we do, helping children to learn from the land, is steadily increasing among schools.”
For more information, visit www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk
One step closer to faster Broadband
Connected Counties has signed a contract with BT committing to provide a minimum of a 2Mbs connection to all, that is a connection fast enough to watch BBC iplayer, and promising fibre Broadband to 90% of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire residents and businesses.Work is to start this Winter with the first phase being completed mid 2014 and all work completed by March 2016.
To register your support for faster broadband and for further information visit : www.superfastforbucks.org
Stone Gains Conservation Area
AVDC has recognised the historical significance of an area within Stone and designated it as a Conservation Area.
For several years Stone Parish Council has requested that AVDC investigate the possibility of creating a Conservation Area within Stone. Last year AVDC were reviewing the Conservation Areas of Bishopstone, Hartwell and Sedrup and decided it would be appropriate to investigate the request from the Stone Parish Council. The area was approved on the 21st May this year, 2013.
The Conservation Area has St John the Baptist’s Church at its heart encompassing Eyethrope, Churchway and Bishopstone Road where there are a number of listed buildings many dating from the 18th Century.
For more information on the Conservation Area and an interesting history of Stone visit the AVDC website: http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/environment/conservation-listed-buildings/current-conservation-area-consultation/stone-conservation-area-designation/
New Parish Clerk Appointed
The Parish Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Stone as the new Parish Clerk. Allison replaces Christine Jensen as the Parish Clerk of the Parish of Stone with Bishopstone and Hartwell as of the 1st June this year, 2013. I am sure that we would all like to thank Christine for all her hard work and achievements within the Parish over the years.
We welcome Allison who has a wealth of experience having spent four years working in a busy Parish office and achieved the Certificate in Local Council Administration earlier this year and wish her luck in her new appointment.
Fete Needs Volunteers!
If you are able to help out with the village Fete, come along to the next Public Meeting. Dates are here
It only took 9 years!
Yes, finally after 9 years of planning, letter writing, emailing and phone calls, the Pedestrian refuge is finally being built outside the village hall. Woo Hoo!
Do you want High Speed Broadband
You may be aware that villages in the parish using the Stone Telephone Exchange receive a quality of broadband service via BT lines which is among the worst in the country. This means that none of us can avail ourselves of all the download services now available for Movies and TV now available. Even basic web browsing and sending email can be painfully slow as you may have noticed!
Please help by registering your interest with Bucks County Council at the following website http://www.superfastforbucks.org/ . This is very important as it may determine where they spend the money. We need as many people as possible to sign up who are connected on to the Stone Exchange. So tell your neighbours and offer to sign them up, if they don't use broadband.
No Route through Bishopstone
There will be no access to Marsh or Stoke Mandeville through Bishopstone for at least 5 weeks as the road is closed while Power On install ducting.
The work is expected to start on July 23rd and continue to run through to September 1st.
Work will begin at Bishopstone and continue along to Portway and on toward the Bugle Horn.
The work is part of increasing the electricity supply to Aylesbury.
Whilst several Bishopstone residents are happy for a little peace and quiet, it will cause havoc to farmers and contractors right through the harvest season.
More information can be found on the www.bishopstone.info
Diamond Jubilee Celebration Weekend
What a joyous celebration of our Queen’s 60 years on the throne our parish Jubilee weekend turned out to be!
On the Friday, the weekend was kick started with an over 60s lunch party held at Stone Church of England School, with a lively crowd of local ladies and gentlemen turning up to enjoy the party fare and entertainment that was on offer.
Then, on the Saturday afternoon, local residents had a choice of events to attend. For the tea drinkers, there was a two-hour tea party at Stone’s Village Hall, with a beautiful selection of cakes and biscuits and ample opportunity to have a quiet chat with friends over a cup of tea or coffee. Other residents elected to go along to a beer festival, held behind The Harrow in Bishopstone, to sample ales and ciders from local breweries. Festivities here continued into the evening with a fabulous live band night. The ‘Movie Stars’ did some marvellous renditions of hit songs from the past few decades and there was much dancing and merriment from those fortunate enough to have bought tickets.
Saturday’s programme of entertainment was well received by all, despite the rather rainy skies that hovered over the parish. At The Harrow, local artist Gerry Bright brought some colour and sunshine to the proceedings with a display of his paintings and prints, all of which were for sale.
The free Stone-Bishopstone bus provided by the Jubilee Organising Committee was on hand from Saturday afternoon right through to the early hours of Sunday morning to fetch and carry residents from specially arranged pick-up points throughout the parish.
On Sunday morning, churchgoers attended a special Civic Jubilee Service at St. John’s Church in Stone. Afterwards, the sounds from several street parties, most noticeably the one held in Bishopstone, could be heard throughout the area. Those happy sounds of music, laughter and chatter, were, for many, very reminiscent of past Jubilee celebrations engaged in so wholeheartedly by the community.
Thankfully, the sun shone down on the Jubilee fête held at St. John’s field in Stone on the Monday. There were lots of stalls to entertain the many visitors, selling everything from plants and bric-a-brac to cosmetics and jewellery, as well as tombola stalls and raffles. For the younger guests, there was a bouncy castle, games and the Stone Church ‘Living Stones’ tent, where some beautiful crowns and tiaras were created throughout the afternoon.
An ice cream van, barbeque, delicious Indian food and tea and cakes provided the guests with refreshment throughout the fête and there was fabulous musical entertainment provided by the Thame Concert Band, led by Roger Hewitt, as well as a performance by young and talented street dance troupe, The Fix.
For the younger people, there was a football competition and a ‘design a pirate’ competition, as well as a Jubilee themed golf game organised by Revd. Peter and Angela Rich. The football competition was won by a St.John’s team and first place in the pirate competition was awarded to George and Molli Harvey for their creation, Captain Harvey. Expert Pirate Judge, Lee Cobley, was most impressed with the efforts made by all the children who entered.
An impromptu dog show was staged midway through the afternoon and, gauging by the number of entries, this was a popular last minute decision. Six categories were judged by Meryl Danby and Jane Crockatt, with help from the fête’s wonderful compére, actor Phil Childs.
- Dog with loveliest eyes – joint winners, Janet and Eric Bownass with Jack and Kate Walsh with Lily
- Dog with waggiest tail – Jane and Steve Trenchard with Stanley
- Prettiest bitch – Pete and Heather Dawson with Asha
- Obedience – joint winners, Molli Harvey with Indi and Carl Harvey with Bodie
- Scruffiest dog – Mark Turner with Mr Bingley
- Dog most like its owner – Ria Bryant with Sam (co-owned by Terry Bryant)
Other attractions at the fête included the Fire Brigade and a delightful 1942 jeep, displayed proudly by owner, Phil Baxendale.
To end the weekend with a bang, The Harrow in Bishopstone once again was the venue to go to on the Monday evening for the televised broadcast of the Buckingham Palace Jubilee Concert, followed by the ceremonial lighting of the Parish Beacon by Formula 1 star, Mark Webber. Filmed by local TV, the evening was well attended and the blaze of the beacon could be seen for miles around.
With too many names to mention each one individually, a great big thanks to all those who so enthusiastically put personal time aside for the months leading up to the Jubilee weekend to pull together an event programme to be proud of. Well done!
Do not forget, there are more parish events planned in this Diamond Jubilee year too. For information on these, there is a special commemorative brochure available for a purchase price of only 50 pence. If you would like one of these, please contact us via the website and we will advise on where to purchase these.
Formula 1 Driver Mark Webber lights Parish Beacon
Red Bull's Formula 1 Driver, Mark Webber was the star celebrity who set the fire alight for the Parish Beacon on Monday 4th June. On the shout of 'fire' after a noisy crowd countdown, the beacon exploded into flames to a great cheer and much applause from the residents who had gathered to witness the event.
The Beacon, one of Her Majesty's 2012 Jubilee Beacons was lit at 10:15pm in the field behind the Harrow Public House in Bishopstone.
Beacon Builders - a big thanks!
Thanks to all those who helped build the Parish Beacon in Bishopstone. And to those who supplied materials for it too. Lee Cobley, Chief Beacon Builder, was delighted with the response to the request for help in building a beacon to be proud of.