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Wycombe Beat- new monthly update from district's deputy police commander

Bucks Free Press: Chief Inspector Colin Seaton

4:07pm Monday 28th June 2010

Welcome to a new monthly update which I hope you will find informative.

Neighbourhood Watch AGM

1:17pm Wednesday 27th May 2009

The Annual General meeting of the Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association, is to be held at St. Birinus & St John's Church, on the corner of Cressex Road and Sycamore Road, Booker, on Wednesday 3rd June, starting at 7:30pm.

Car boot sales are back on the Common

5:22pm Thursday 21st May 2009

Rain just held off for the first car boot sale of the year on May bank holiday and we hope for a lovely day for the next sale on Monday. After two very disappointing years when car boot sales on the Common were either rained off or prevented from happening by the anti-terrorist police activity in the area we hope that the sun will shine on us this year so that support for these popular sales will quickly climb back to its previous levels.

Booker Common & Woods Protection Society

9:02am Wednesday 13th May 2009

Booker Common & Woods Protection Society holds its AGM at Booker Memorial Hall on Tuesday, May 19th, at 8pm.

Booker Memorial Hall

8:49am Wednesday 13th May 2009

Booker Memorial Hall's AGM will be at 8pm on Monday, May 18th. The Hall is a community amenity and the Management Committee needs ideas for events and facilities that local people can enjoy and use. It also needs new members to help with the continued running of the Hall. Whether you can spare time to help or have ideas to contribute do go along to the Hall on Monday evening. Your attendance will be rewarded with cheese and wine at the end of the meeting.

Save Our Post Office

12:34pm Thursday 16th April 2009

Are you concerned that our local post office may close when One Stop is replaced by Tesco Express? Save Our Post Office petitions are now available for you to sign in local shops, including Impressions hair salon and Amelia Flowers

Another brilliant Spring Show

11:41am Friday 10th April 2009

Once again the Memorial Hall was filled with colour at Booker & District Horticultural Society's Spring Show last Saturday. The weather may seem to us to have been a bit mixed but it certainly suited all the spring flowers and shrubs. The flower arrangers excelled themselves too. In this, the Society's 60th anniversary year, the floral art classes reflected anniversaries ranging from wood (5 years) up to sparkling diamond displays. In addition, there were craft items, photographs and delicious baked cakes, biscuits and pies on display.

Spring show

9:17am Wednesday 1st April 2009

Booker & District Horticultural Society holds its Spring Show at the Memorial Hall on Saturday. As well as spring flowers, there will be floral art, crafts, photography and delicious cakes and biscuits on show. Go along to the Hall on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to see the glorious displays. Entrance is free.

Easter services

5:52pm Tuesday 31st March 2009

With Easter fast approaching, you may like to make a note of the times of the special Easter church services. At St Birinus & St John's on Palm Sunday, April 5th, there will be Communion and Distribution of Palms at both the 9.00am and 10.45am services. An Iona Celebration of Communion with Foot Washing will be held at 8pm on Maundy Thursday, followed by the Watch until 11pm. Proclamation of the Cross will take place at 10am on Good Friday with Last Hour Meditation at 2pm. Easter Day will see Communion and Worship Together Communion at the usual times of 9am and 10.45am. The final special service of the Easter season will be Easter Songs of Praise at 2pm on Friday, April 17th.

Remember to keep your shed locked

3:21pm Thursday 26th March 2009

People in this area are among those who have recently been the victims of burglaries in which the break-in was effected using garden tools. Do remember that thieves can take advantage of unlocked sheds for this purpose as well as for stealing valuable tools. You may also be interested to know that battery powered shed alarms are available from Neighbourhood Watch.

Can we save our post office?

10:55am Thursday 26th March 2009

You are probably aware that the development taking place behind the fencing around what was the Turnpike pub is to be a Tesco Express store. What you may not have realised, however, is that the opening of the Tesco Express will mean the closure of the existing One Stop store and with it the closure of our local post office. This will mean that our nearest post office will be at Castlefield, which is not convenient for anyone who relies on walking or using the bus to get to the post office. The alternatives will be the main High Wycombe PO, with its attendant queues, or a bus ride to Lane End.

Gardener of the year entertains

9:10am Wednesday 25th March 2009

Edwin Rye,BBC Gardener of the Year in 2002, treated Booker & District Horticultural Society members and their friends to a thoroughly entertaining evening last Friday. Edwin laced gardening advice with fascinating insights into the making of a television programme. Five takes unloading a lorry that had been fully unloaded the previous evening rather eats into time you think could be better used building your competition garden! Good preparation paid off however and Edwin was able to finish his white 'Magic of Moonlight' garden in time and take home the prize. Edwin bought back his garden at the end of its year on display. He re-planted it in his Wendover garden where it can now be seen when his garden is opened in June and July under the National Gardens Scheme.

Gardener of the year comes to Booker

9:29am Friday 13th March 2009

Edwin Rye, BBC Gardener of the Year in 2002, will be talking to Booker & District Horticultural Society on Friday (March 20th. Edwin Rye, who gardens in Wendover, is said to have a particularly good eye for colour in the garden. He was seen recently on television taking part in the Gardener of the Decade competition. All will be welcome at the talk which starts at 8pm. The charge for visitors is £1. For further details ring 01494 630192.

Ladies indulgence evening

5:45pm Monday 9th March 2009

Ladies - Take your chance to pamper yourselves and help breast cancer charities at the same time by coming to the Ladies Indulgence Evening at St Birinus & St John's Chuech Hall on Friday March 20th. The evening starts at 7pm. Ring 01494 630192 for more detaiils.

Freedom in Christ

5:10pm Friday 27th February 2009

St Birinus & St John's Church is offering a 'Freedom in Christ' programme on Tuesday mornings during the spring and summer of 2009. Starting on March 3rd, sessions will run from 10.30am to noon with coffee served from 10.15am. The whole course runs for 13 sessions and timing may be altered from April onwards to suit those attending the course. 'Freedom in Christ' is a nationally recognised means of deepening attendees relationship with Jesus. Ring 01494 530728 if you would like further information.

Big Brew Coffee Morning

5:00pm Friday 27th February 2009

St Birinus & St John's Church and Hillcrest Day Centre invite you to a Big Brew Coffee Morning at the church in Sycamore Road on Thursday, March 5th at 10.30am. As well as having a cup of coffee you will be able to buy fairly traded products from a Traidcraft stall. If you can't make it to the coffee morning this week, the Open Door Cafe is open at the church every Thursday morning between 10.30 and 11.30am. 50p buys coffee, biscuits and good company.

World Thinking Day

2:42pm Wednesday 18th February 2009

World Thinking Day is the day when Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers come together to celebrate the birthday of Lord and Lady Baden Powell, to renew their promises and to think about the members of the Worldwide family of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This year our local Guiding Division will be celebrating Thinking Day on Sunday, February 22nd, with a service at Our Lady of Grace church, Squirrel Lane, starting at 2.30pm. A special feature of the service will be a presentation by Princes Risborough Rangers on their fundraising for the refurbishment of the kitchen at the Ellesborough Centre.

A place of note: Booker and its Common in the 18th century.

2:38pm Tuesday 3rd February 2009

Around a hundred people braved a damp January evening to hear Frances Kerner talking about Booker in the 18th century at St Birinus & St John’s Church. They were rewarded with a fascinating description of the growth of the settlement of Booker and its role in the Manor of West Wycombe during that period.

Timothy Walker talks about the Oxford Botanical Garden

2:28pm Tuesday 3rd February 2009

Booker & District Horticultural Society's next meeting is at the Memorial Hall, Limmer Lane, Booker on Friday 20 February at 8pm.

Booker: a place of note

6:50pm Wednesday 21st January 2009

'Booker: a place of note' is the title that Frances Kerner has chosen for the talk she is giving at the local history evening at St Birinus & St John's Church next Wednesday (January 28th). During what promises to be an informative as well as a friendly and relaxed evening, Frances will be presenting the results of her research into the history of Booker and its Common in the 18th century. The evening starts at 7.30pm. £1 admission includes interval tea or coffee and home made cake.

Horticultural Society starts the year with foliage

8:00am Tuesday 13th January 2009

At this time of year, when flowers are in short supply in our garden, it is appropriate that Booker & District Horticultural Society should start its year with a talk by Brian Fisher under the title 'A botanical and practical insight into the beauty of plant foliage'. The meeting will be at the the Memorial Hall starting at 8pm. Entry for visitors is £1.

Booker Evening WI moves to new venue

2:51pm Sunday 4th January 2009

From this month, Booker Evening WI will be meeting in St Birinus & St John's Church Hall. With the move, comes a change in meeting dates. Future meetings will be held on the first Wednesday in the month. Start time remains at 7.45pm. The meeting on Wednesday, January 7th has the enigmatic title 'The Empress Josephine - roses'. Future subjects range from Tai Chi, to making the most of your memory and The Dog's Trust.

Christingle at St Birinus & St John's

7:55am Tuesday 16th December 2008

The Christingle Service at St Birinus & St John's church on Sunday will be a service for all the family. Christingle starts at 4pm and will be followed by carols in the garden at 5pm and then by hot refreshments.

Quiz Night postponed

8:51am Tuesday 9th December 2008

Booker Memorial Hall Committee plans to hold a quiz in the New Year to replace the cancelled Christmas Quiz which was to take place this Friday. Keep a look out for the new date in What's On, Booker News and on local posters.

Advent service

5:16pm Monday 8th December 2008

You are invited to a festival of nine lessons and carols St Birinus & St John's church on Friday, December 12th, starting at 2pm. The festival will provide an opportunity to escape the hassle of shopping and take time to remember the true origins of Christmas.

Advent Carol Service

1:14pm Sunday 30th November 2008

Christmas celebrations at St Birinus & St John's Church start with an Advent Carol Service on Saturday, December 6th, starting at 7pm.

Table Top Sale

1:01pm Sunday 30th November 2008

Take the chance to do some Christmas shopping with a difference at the Table Top Sale in Booker Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 7th, from 2pm to 4pm. For details ring 01494 530241

Horticultural Society looks forward to diamond jubilee

9:12am Saturday 29th November 2008

Booker & District Horticultural Society celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Society in 2009. As part of the celebration the programme for the year includes a special evening on February 20th when Timothy Walker, director of Oxford Botanic Garden, will be talking about the Garden. Timothy Walker has a reputation as an excellent speaker, non-members will be welcome and the Society hopes that the Memorial Hall will be full on that evening. So make a note of the date and time (8pm) in your diary now and be sure to come along to the hall on that evening. As always, the Society has a varied programme of meetings, shows and visits planned for the year. For full details ring 01494 630192.

Booker Afternoon WI

10:03am Friday 28th November 2008

ON a wet Tuesday in October, members were taken on a trip to sunny South Africa by Mrs Hulbert, who told us about her holiday along the Garden Route.

Booker news is back

5:36pm Thursday 27th November 2008

Booker once again has its own section in the Bucks Free Press, although this time it is on the BFP website instead of being in print. So what we need now is NEWS! If you have know of anything that is going on that you think should be included in this special Booker section then please email me at or ring 01494 447918

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