• For Full Story

    MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Paulene Nash says she owes her life to a quick-thinking mystery man who dragged her from a swimming pool. Paulene, 57, of Providence Villas, London Road, Loudwater, was waiting to take part in a swimming lesson at High Wycombe

  • Debtor caught in photo scam

    A MAN who threatened to use compromising photos to reveal a friend's affair has been found guilty of blackmail. Jobless Ramtin Ebrhimpourkoloor, of Priory Road, High Wycombe, was convicted of the offence by a jury after a five-day trial at Oxford Crown

  • Is it a Posh new lady of the manor?

    SPECULATION is growing over the identity of the star who has bought Little Marlow Manor for an estimated £2.25 million. Rumours of the new owner have included Posh Spice Victoria Adams, who has been house-hunting with her England footballer fiancee David

  • One lane would spell hell

    REDUCING Cookham Bridge to single-file traffic will cause 18 months of misery, say parish councillors. The 130-year-old bridge, on the A4094, is crumbling and engineers want to close it in 18 months so major repairs can be carried out for five months.

  • Travolta's role is pure dynamite

    Mad City Dir Costa-Gravas 15 115mins YOU know where this film is going from the opening shots - television journalists load their cameras like guns, hunters waiting for their prey to emerge from the undergrowth. Mad City tells the tale of an embittered

  • Will centre bring a 'Watford Gap'?

    Could a new shopping centre turn parts of High Wycombe into a ghost town? It happened in Watford. Derek Suffling investigates SHOPPERS and shopkeepers alike have voiced concern over development plans for High Wycombe town centre. The district council's

  • Reluctant hero returns

    ADVENTUROUS Martin Jourdan has returned home a world record breaker after sailing round the globe in less than 80 days. The former chairman of Cornwell Parker plc, High Wycombe, was part of the British Cable and Wireless Adventurer crew who arrived in


    ANGRY mother Pam Acheampong has criticised Buckinghamshire County Council over new parking restrictions which she says will cause chaos. Mother-of-three Mrs Acheampong, of Spearing Road, Castlefield, returned home on Thursday afternoon to find a single

  • Cat-astrophe still looms

    MORE than 25 kittens are waking up in new homes this week after The Star highlighted their plight. The Blue Cross Animal Adoption Centre, in Grassingham End, Chalfont St Peter, was forced to close its doors last week after taking in more than 50 unwanted

  • Doing a job on fashion

    CRIME-inspired fashion student Alison Trett thrilled an audience with her first fashion collection entitled Thief. Alison, 22, of Spinfield Mount, Marlow, showcased her collection at Southbank late last month. The show was organised for students at Middlesex

  • Sawyer tipped for top

    BUCKS skipper Jason Harrison tipped teenager Paul Sawyer for a big future after the pair of them put on a record-breaking third-wicket stand of 322 in Bucks' draw with Norfolk. Their partnership is Bucks' highest ever stand in the Minor Counties championship

  • Yo-yo craze has come full circle

    A NEW craze is sweeping playgrounds across Bucks - and it threatens to be even greater than that of the Teletubbies, Buzz Lightyear or Pogs. It's the yo-yo, the much-loved toy of years gone by. The Entertainer toy shops in Amersham and Beaconsfield are

  • Hundreds run in charity event

    THOUSANDS of people are expected to turn out to watch the annual Wycombe Half Marathon on Sunday. Spectators will line the 13-mile route from The Rye, in High Wycombe, around Flackwell Heath and Bourne End, cheering on the 600 runners who are taking part


    THIEVES added to Steve Eyre's World Cup misery by stealing his £12,000 caravan from his front drive on the night that England lost to Argentina. And Father-of-three Mr Eyre, of Glynswood, Chinnor, believes the theft took place while the family was watching

  • For Full Story

    A COUNCIL'S decision to turn down a cattery application has been dismissed as nitpicking by a councillor. The building, at North Lodge, Amersham Road, was to house 12 cats, but the council voted nine to five against the plan last Wednesday. Cllr Alistair

  • School wants safe parking

    JUST days after a schoolground accident left five people injured a headteacher applied to have a new driveway and car park built at the school. Three adults and two ten-year-old pupils were rushed to hospital after the accident at Beacon School, in Amersham

  • Timmy makes tree planting a gas

    CELEBRITY Timmy Mallett joined parish councillors to screen off a village eyesore with a circle of trees. Cookham Parish Council persuaded gas supplier Transco to allow a screen between villagers and the two Cookham gasometers. The gasometers were installed

  • Residents see red over Orange response to health concerns

    RESIDENTS campaigning against mobile phone dishes are outraged at the response of telecommunications giant Orange to their fears about health risks. Householders living near Toweridge Lane, High Wycombe, are protesting about the company's plans to add

  • Call for pool meeting

    CAMPAIGNERS opposed to plans for a £2 million millennium pool in Marlow are calling for a public meeting to discuss the project. Ruth Jewell, a former Marlow Urban District Council chairman, fought to get the town its existing pool at Court Garden and

  • Service sector buoyant

    BUSINESSES in the Thames Valley remain confident in the strength of the region's economy - despite a backdrop of higher interest rates, a strong pound and the Asian financial crisis, a new report has found. The Thames Valley Chamber's latest economic

  • Bucks benefit for Brown

    CONTINUOUS downpours failed to put a dampner on a testimonial six-a-side clash for Middlesex player Keith Brown. Wicket-keeper Brown collected £3,500 from the tournament at Gerrards Cross Cricket Club on Monday. The player was joined by his Middlesex

  • Dickens joins Heath

    FLACKWELL Heath have appointed former Marlow boss Neil Dickens and player David Lay as their joint managers following the resignation of Martyn Busby. Busby, who had a nightmare sequence of results during his short time at the helm, quit the Ryman third

  • Runners get ready

    RUNNER Valerie King is giving a kick start to her retirement by taking part in the Wycombe half Marathon on Sunday. King, from Hazlemere, retired after her 60th birthday recently, and is looking forward to running the 13-mile course. She said: "This is

  • New faces on boards at local companies

    A NUMBER of new appointments have been made by local companies. Fortec Distribution Network has appointed JIM SCANLAN managing director on its second anniversary. He joins Fortec, owned by Cave Wood Transport, in Coronation Road, High Wycombe, from the

  • Another win for Wycombe

    HIGH Wycombe's upturn in form continued on Saturday with their unbeaten run remaining in tact two weeks after two of their star players quit the club. The Thames Valley Division One club seem to have suffered few ill effects from the departure of Bucks

  • Challoner's athletics success

    DR Challoner's Girls School came second in the English Schools Cup to book their place as the best Bucks team in school athletics history. The previous best performance by a Bucks school also belonged to Dr Challoner's, when they took third place two

  • Grease is the word yet again

    Sam Fryer finds the Fifties look can be had for a bargain FASHION and films have always seemed to walk hand-in-hand. When I was seven or eight years old, all I wanted was a headband like Coco wore in the film Fame and, years before, my mother and grandmother

  • Big Tel returns to Adams Park

    FORMER Blues stalwart Terry Evans is back at the club as the youth team physio. Evans, who was released by former boss John Gregory 18 months ago, has been working hard since then, taking physio and fitness exams, while also turning out for Ryman Premier

  • Smillie hit by injury crisis

    NEIL Smillie is facing an injury crisis as Wanderers look forward to their first pre-season friendly against Terry Venables' Crystal Palace at Adams Park on Wednesday. Paul McCarthy, who has not played since last February, is definitely out. He has not

  • Rangers player joins Blues

    FORMER Glasgow Rangers wingback Chris Vinnicombe is training with Wycombe Wanderers and will play for the Blues in Wednesday's friendly against Crystal Palace. The former England Under-21 international is available on a free transfer having been released

  • Dickens joins Flackwell

    FORMER Marlow boss Neil Dickens is the new manager at Ryman third division Flackwell Heath, following the resignation of Martyn Busby. He will run the ship on a joint basis with former Marlow player David Lay. They take over from former QPR player Busby

  • Food collections banned by police

    ANIMAL lovers have vowed to risk arrest after they were driven from their town centre stall for blocking the pavement. In the last five years, Animal Life Support has collected more than 31,000 tins of dog and cat food outside Tesco, in Newlands, High


    JOBLESS Ramtin Ebrhimpourkoloor blackmailed a married businessman over his secret affair with a young woman, a court heard. Iranian-born Ebrhimpourkoloor, of Priory Road, High Wycombe, was convicted of the offence by a jury after a five-day trial at Oxford

  • Stump up for ancient wood

    THE Heritage Lottery fund must be congratulated for handing more than £200,000 to the Woodland Trust and the Friends of Penn Wood, who are attempting to save the 432 acres of ancient woodland. Already, hundreds of Bucks Free Press readers and supporters

  • Open verdict on fatal Mway crash

    DEPRESSED Jonathan Knight died in a motorway accident just days before taking up a new job, an inquest heard. The 32-year-old, of Dukes Wood Avenue, Gerrards Cross, was killed when his car overturned on the M40 between the Wheatley and Wendlebury junctions

  • Hockey leaders give it up for football

    LEADERS Slough conceded their latest match in the Cressex Astroturf Summer League preferring to watch the England/Argentina World Cup match on the television instead. But two matches did go ahead as planned and the opening game saw Marlow A putting the


    A GROUP of animal lovers has been left devastated after police ordered them to quit their town centre stall after five years. Animal Life Support, which has collected more than 31,000 tins of dog and cat food outside Tesco, in Newlands, High Wycombe,


    A CRUISE ship belonging to Amersham businessman David Grimes has been the focus of a Legionnaire's Disease scare. Two passengers on the 1,000-berth SS Edinburgh Castle were diagnosed with the pneumonia-like illness after completing cruises to the Mediterranean

  • META name="description content="Anastasia (U)

    Animated revolution to a cracking score.> What's that film about again? Click here to find out Anastasia (U) Animated revolution to a cracking score. As Good As It Gets (15) Jack Nicholson in Oscar-winning form. HH The Big Lebowski (18) The Coen Brothers

  • Festival set to make town buzz

    Chris Herbert takes a look at the first ever Chesham Festival and finds out how it all began THE first ever Chesham Festival is set to draw in thousands of punters with attractions ranging from a country barn dance to a teddy bears' picnic. The festival

  • Area's talent on show at festival

    Lindi Bilgorri talks to some of the artists whose work is featuring at the 22nd Art In Action show ARTISTS, craftpeople and connoisseurs in food and drink are are showing their work and demonstrating their art at the 22nd Art in Action at Waterperry House

  • Tasty Oriental dishes in Flackwell? Nice Thai

    Jeremy Austin satisfies his curiosity and his appetite with a visit to the Tuptim Thai restaurant in Flackwell Heath ONE of the reasons behind choosing to review Thai food this month was the opportunity to include a visit to the Tuptim Thai restaurant

  • Handbook hat-trick for travel writing pair

    Lindi Bilgorri finds out how a couple from Great Missenden, with Asian links, have made a success of travel writing THINGS aren't always what they seem in India. Robert Bradnock, travel writer, explains: "When you go down a road in India you may notice

  • Redgrave's regatta win

    STEVE Redgrave clinched his 17th Henley title as his Leander Club coxless fours won the Stewards Challenge Cup at the Royal Regatta. But there was bitter disappointment for Marlow, who in a joint boat with Thames, were beaten by one third of a length

  • For Full Story

    FORMER Loudwater resident Jeff Jefford has given his backing to schoolgirl Emma Seymour's campaign for a pedestrian crossing opposite the Thanestead Farm estate in London Road. Emma contacted Buckinghamshire County Council, which is responsible for road

  • They're no longer lonely hearts

    THIRTY-somethings Karen Madgwick and Dave Collins are tying the knot exactly one year after being introduced by a dating agency. The couple, who are both divorced, met last July through Elite Introductions, based in Chesham. Karen, from Rickmansworth,

  • Dredging blamed for weed in Wye

    CONSTRUCTION activity, dredging and the use of weedkiller are the reasons why parts of the River Wye are covered in green algae, according to David Wales, chairman of Wycombe Thames and Wye Valley Association. The group, which is responsible for administering


    MILLENNIUM event organisers are hoping for a celebration bonanza in the year 2000 - despite just 17 ideas being reported so far. Wycombe District Council has written to all parish councils asking them to come back with suggestions but so far only two

  • Kidnap drama to be restaged on telly

    POLICE hope a TV reconstruction will help catch two kidnappers who targetted a High Wycombe bank. Lorna August, the 23-year-old girlfriend of Kevin Paxton, assistant manager of the High Wycombe National Westminster branch, was snatched by two masked men

  • Residents see red over Orange plan

    RESIDENTS are fighting a mobile phone company's plan for a 30 metre-high tower in Roundhead Wood, Forty Green. The plans for a lattice tower are the latest in the area by Orange. Residents have until July 17 to put their objections to Chiltern District

  • Gillan said company is on the right TACK

    CHESHAM and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan took time from her parliamentary duties to congratulate training organisation TACK on its 50th anniversary. Mrs Gillan gave her address last Thursday at TACK Training International's worldwide conference at its headquarters

  • Businesses back new hotel idea

    BUSINESS leaders are backing proposals for a new hotel on the edge of Marlow. It was revealed last week that negotiations are underway for the sale of old sewage works land, east of Marlow bypass. Marlow Chamber of Trade and Commerce has said it supports

  • Woods battlers win lottery cash

    THE fight to save Penn Wood from being turned into a golf course came a step closer to victory this week after winning more than £200,000 lottery cash. The Woodland Trust and The Friends of Penn Wood have been awarded a £288,000 Heritage Lottery grant

  • Huge fall in visitor numbers at tourist centre

    VISITOR numbers to High Wycombe's Tourist Information Centre have plummeted over the last two years. The dramatic fall - from 119,000 in 1995/96 to 73,885 in 1997/98 - comes after the information centre was moved just yards, from Corn Market to Pauls

  • Were police too dogged over harmless pet food collectors?

    MRS Mann was totally inconsolable on Tuesday morning after returning from the newsagent with her copy of Midweek under her arm. I don't believe I have seen her so upset since Elvis passed away. Apparently, those animal rights people who have set up stall

  • Battling it out with the giant cotton buds

    BURFORD School fete reached new heights in fundraising despite a problem getting balloons off the ground. Pauline Atkins, chairman of Friends of Burford, Marlow Bottom, said of the fete held on Sunday: "We had a brilliant day and raised at least £2,300

  • Blues miss out on Corazzin

    SECOND division rivals Northampton have beaten Wycombe boss Neil Smillie in the race to sign Canadian international striker Carlo Corazzin. The former Plymouth hitman opted for the Cobblers despite repeated talks with Smillie this summer. Corazzin was

  • Crown to get Olde England theme?

    THE Crown pub could become Ye Olde Crown if its new owners are given the go-ahead to give it an old English theme. Scottish and Newcastle have submitted fresh plans for the pub at the top of Marlow High Street. It has been shut since Easter 1997. Former

  • Film star's wife suffers with allergy at hotel

    TRAINSPOTTING star Ewan McGregor had to call out a doctor on an emergency to his wife Eve when the couple stayed in Marlow at the weekend. The 27-year-old Scottish actor was staying at the Compleat Angler with his wife and their daughter Clara when the


    BABY Chelsea Galatola is a big football fan - and she doesn't even know it yet. Her parents Czeslawa and Anthony named her after their favourite club and christened their house Stamford Bridge. The couple, of Fennels Road, Wycombe Marsh, said they had

  • Tourist centre revenue soars

    VISITORS to Marlow Tourist Information Centre have risen by a staggering 36,000 in the past two years. The centre's income has also soared since it moved from the entrance to Court Garden Leisure Centre, in Pound Lane, to Marlow High Street in January


    TEENAGER Lauren Greatorex is enlisting transatlantic help in the campaign to save Penn Wood. Holmer Green Upper School pupil, Lauren, 13, of Watchet Lane, Holmer Green, is writing to a local newspaper in Pennsylvania, to appeal to residents to donate