News for the Parishes (October 2014)

October 2014 Number 5/2014

Clerks – Please share the following information with your Parish Councillors Opportunities to work as a Poll Clerk at the General Election – Thursday 7 May 2015 

AVDC is seeking to recruit additional staff interested in working as a Poll Clerk at the General Election, which will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015.  We already have a database of people who have assisted in the past, who we will contact later this year, but we will need to recruit additional staff to work in May 2015.

Working as a Poll Clerk involves working at a Polling Station, which are located at various locations and villages across the District, from 7am to 10pm on election day.  An on-line election training module can be completed prior to election day to assist first time staff.  All Polling Stations are also managed by an experienced Presiding Officer who will explain to new staff what is required when working on election day.  The fee paid to Poll Clerk is usually £122 + £20 for completing the election training.

If you are aware of local people who would be interested in working as a Poll Clerk could you please ask them to contact Craig Saunders at AVDC on or (01296) 585043.


Operation Arctic  

Operation Arctic is a seasonal crime prevention campaign raising awareness about the increased risks of burglary as the evenings draw in.  The campaign starts on Monday 6 October and runs to the end of January.

Darker evenings afford the burglar greater cover to commit burglary offences and also a period where it is more obvious if you’re not at home.  Occupied houses have lights on, during the winter months lights are often required from 4pm and so a timer switch, which enables lamps to come on, can be an effective and low cost solution.  We recommend that timer switches on lamps are used in the house and that they are set to follow a pattern of someone living in the house, for example one comes on late afternoon in the lounge area, followed by one upstairs from around 6.30/7pm making it appear there is someone home.

For more advice on keeping your home safe this winter or for a timer switch visit 

Administration  The Gateway  Gatehouse Road  Aylesbury  Bucks  HP19 8FF

Tel: 01296 585041



The Annual General Meeting of the Aylesbury Vale Association of Local Councils is to take place on Saturday, 1 November 2014 at 10 am at Quainton Community Hall to which Parish and Town Councillors and Parish Meetings are invited to attend.  Coffee is available from 9.50 am for 10 am start with presentations on Resilience Planning with Bucks County Council; Haddenham in Transition (Conserving Energy in Homes by Air Tightness Testing); Bucks Community Foundation – Working with Local Communities.

In addition there will be a “Market Place” for Parishes and Community Organisations to display details of their work and innovative projects in order to invigorate their communities for which candidates are sought.

The Annual General Meeting takes place at 11.45 am.

For further details please contact the Chairman of AVALC at or telephone 07831 241877


Community Chest Grants Panel 

In September, the Community Chest Grants Panel awarded £79,600 through six grants to these organisations:-

I Have a Voice Too, Oakley Bowling Club, PACE Centre, Puzzle Centre, Thomley Activity Centre and Westbury Parish Council

The next closing date for project applications is 5 December 2014.  If you are aware of projects in your area in need of funding – charities, voluntary or community organisations, clubs, societies or Parish Councils, visit for a summary and criteria for eligible projects, or contact the Grants Officer, Sarah Rothwell 01296 585634.


Garden Waste Bin (Brown Bin) Collections 

The last date for collection of garden waste bins, (brown bins), this year will be either Monday 24 November or Monday 1 December, depending on which week the green lid waste bin is collected. Collections will start again in 2015 on 2 or 9 February.

If anyone wants to sign up to the service or wants more information please follow this link Aylesbury Vale District Council • Garden waste service.

Any other queries please see the website Aylesbury Vale District Council • Recycling and Waste collections or call the waste helpline on 01296 585510.

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Fundraising Quiz Night (November 2014)

The Buckingham Running Club are holding a fundraising quiz night at the Akeley Village Hall on Friday 7th November. All are welcome – bring your family and friends.  Details are as follows:

Fundraising Quiz Night 
Venue – Akeley Village Hall 
Date & Time – Friday 7th Nov 7.30pm
Price – £8 per person
What’s included Hot Supper and licensed bar 
Teams – 4-6 people

To purchase tickets please contact Laura on 07783692431 or email or


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Nearly New Clothes Sale (Sept 2014)


Come and join us at AKELEY VILLAGE HALL

on 20th September 2014 from 2pm – 5pm

to raise much needed funds for Charity.

We are supporting ‘RACE FOR LIFE’


so come and rummage through the clothes and you might find a bargain – even designer labels with the labels still attached!

There will be Women’s Men’s and Children’s clothes for sale so do come and have a browse, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake (or two) and have an enjoyable afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you there!

September 1, 2014Permalink

Akeley Gardening Club Village Show (2014)

Saturday 6th September

Staging of exhibits 8:30 – 10:00

public viewing and teas from 2.30pm

prize giving at 3pm followed by auction of unclaimed exhibits

Raffle and proceeds of auction will go to our charity for this year

Buckingham citizens Advice Bureau


***All classes are open to anyone who lives in the village***

Children’s classes are open to ages 15 yrs and under  and those who attend St James & St John School.

 Children may also enter open classes if they wish.

If your child would like to colour a picture let us know and we will deliver one to you before the show

(contact Sherri 860486)

Remember, the Show is both an amateur and village based event and we would love to see as many adults and children as possible taking part – there is even a category for the men in the village to bake a cake!

A show schedule and entry form is included with this newsletter so please take a look and see what you could enter.  There is plenty to choose from whether you grow flowers or vegetables or bake or make preserves.

We would like to encourage new people to enter so if you have any questions about how to go about entering or how to display your entries please contact Sherri on 860486 or Jackie on 860295 and we will be happy to give you any help or advice we can – here are few tips to get you started:

Some Hints for Success

  • All fruit and vegetables should be washed, fruit being displayed with stalks but no leaves.
  • Items in a set should be as near equal in size and appearance as possible.
  • Specimen flowers should have excess buds and unnecessary foliage removed.
  • Collections of Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers should be garden cultivated not wild.
  • For jams and marmalade, jars should be well filled and displayed with a clear top.
  • All bottled produce should be labelled and dated.

To download the entry form please click here.

September 1, 2014Permalink

Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic (2014)




BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has made an Order, which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in those lengths of Main Street, Lillingstone Road and Towcester Road in the Parishes of Akeley and Lillingstone Lovell, which commences at its junction with Coronation Cottages and continues to its junction with Deanshanger Road.

The alternative route for vehicles affected by the closures will be via Main Street, Buckingham Road, Towcester Road, Duck Lane, A413 Moreton Road, A422 Market Hill, West Street, Brackley Road, Buckingham Road, Brackley Road, Buckingham Road, Brackley Road, A43 (Northamptonshire), A413 (Northamptonshire), Brackley Road (Northamptonshire), Towcester Road and vice versa.

The closures are required whilst micro surfacing works take place and it is anticipated that the works will take place between 1 September 2014 and 30 September 2014 for 7 days in this period.  The works will take place between 0700 hours and 1900 hours each day.

The Order will come into operation on 1 September 2014 when the appropriate signs are lawfully displayed and will continue in force for a period of 18 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

Penalties for not observing these restrictions will be as prescribed by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Road Traffic Act 1991.

Dated 22 August 2014.

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