Lost Ways Article

RESTORING THE RECORD or “FINDING THE MISSING LINKS”

 

On 1st January 2026, it will no longer be possible to use historic map and documentary evidence to claim ‘lost ways’.   Any path, track, alleyway, bridleway, cut-through etc. not registered on the Definitive Map – or submitted for registration – could well be in danger of being lost   Even old and still well-used, but officially unrecorded, routes may be at risk.

What does this actually mean to those who walk, cycle or horse ride along our public footpaths and bridleways?  The basic message is stark – we take our access to the countryside for granted; we use routes for recreation and as a means of linking places together without thinking but, if we don’t check what we already have or what has been used in the past and that it is legally recorded, we could lose them forever.  The ancient maxim on which many claimants have relied, in the past: “once a highway always a highway” will be history.

Simply put, a small strip of land between a highway and the start of a definitive path might be unregistered.   After 2026, a landowner could put a gate or fence across it and restrict all entry to the public – quite legally – thus permanently hindering access to the countryside because we have assumed, but not checked, that the Definitive Map is up-to-date and accurate.   It will not be just our generation which will suffer but those who follow after us and is that the legacy we wish to leave them?   It is worth the risk?

The ‘Restoring the Records’ project is two-pronged with something for everyone; volunteers are needed to check maps, walk paths to ensure the correct signs are in place, do research, interview local people about their memories and get new links approved – to list just a few activities and it is local knowledge that will be the key.

 The plan is to recruit a volunteer [s] in every Buckinghamshire Parish and Town Council to spread the load and speed up the exercise – 10 years passes far quicker than you might think!   No previous knowledge or training is needed; the Project Team is preparing a simple step-by-step guide which will answer most of the more common questions and will supply a map of your local area showing the rights of way.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this fascinating and very important treasure hunt, please contact Ross Osborn, the Project’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, on rossosborn41@gmail.com who will be happy to answer any questions and arrange for all necessary information and maps to be sent to you.

October 27, 2016Permalink

Theatre In The Villages (2016)

Theatre and entertainment in village halls across Buckinghamshire

What is it?

Theatre in the Villages is a rural touring scheme that brings professional theatre and entertainment to village halls across Buckinghamshire.

It relies on volunteers to manage all aspects of putting on a show in their own village – from choosing the play, to selling the tickets.

When are the shows?

Theatre in the Villages returns in the autumn from September until December.

This year in AkeleyCat Weatherill 4

More information about all the shows – Theatre in the Villages 2016

You can also follow the Theatre in the Villages accounts on social media.

 

 

 

August 24, 2016Permalink

Akeley Parish AGM (2016)

Annual General Meeting

AKELEY VILLAGE HALL

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 27th April 2016

8pm at the village hall

The village hall trustees would like to invite you to come along to meet us,

for a review of the year and hear our plans for the future.

February 11, 2016Permalink