• 87-year-old watches as her house is burgled

    TWO men forced their way into the home of an 87-year-old woman and stole her handbag - while she sat in her living room and watched. At 6.15pm yesterday, the woman was sitting in the living room of her house in Roundwood Road, High Wycombe, when the

  • Walton challengers strikers to end goal drought

    FIVE goals in their last five games might not be an avalanche, it’s hardly a drought though - but so hot have the Beaconsfield forwards been that manager Byron Walton has called for a return to form ahead of tomorrow’s crunch game with second-placed St

  • Police raid homes as part of firearms investigation

    POLICE swooped on homes in High Wycombe this morning as part of an investigation to recover illegally held firearms. They conducted the three warrants, in Grenfell Avenue and Rutland Avenue, in the Castlefield area, under the firearms act.

  • A selection of what's on this week in south Bucks

    Saturday 21/01/2012 Misbourne Scouts Annual Jumble Sale, 2pm, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Link Road, Great Missenden. Items of jumble etc will be gratefully received between 9am and 12pm on the morning of the sale or call 01494 521792. Refreshments

  • High Speed 2: Tory councillors defend MP Cheryl Gillan

    SEVERAL Tory councillors have moved to defend MP Cheryl Gillan in the wake of a Lib Dem bid to unseat her. The Liberal Democrats called on the Amersham Conservative Association to deselect her as the MP, and the Bucks Free Press asked all 40 Chiltern

  • £200m Project Pinewood plan refused by Government

    PINEWOOD Studios’ controversial £200 million development plan which would have seen 1,400 new homes and ‘live-in’ film sets built on Green Belt land has been thrown out by the Government. The Project Pinewood plan for Iver Heath, which has been met with

  • Wasps: Bordeaux will be an unknown quality

    WASPS won’t know how tough their route to the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge cup will be until they kick off against Bordeaux at Adams Park on Sunday. It’s a match they’d expect to win, but French teams coming to England are notoriously erratic

  • Beaconsfield come unstuck after weeks of living dangerously

    BEACONSFIELD RFC head coach Allan Greene has warned his players to up their commitment or risk letting their good work in the first part of the season His team were hammered 38-7 at Milton Keynes on Saturday and Greene admits it was a defeat that’s

  • Marlow Bottom column - January 20 2012

    APOLOGIES must come first this week. When I was talking to Mike Edwards last week, I made a point of clarifying with him the distinction between the various levels of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. I knew that I frequently confuse MBE

  • Speed course could save someone's life

    I ATTENDED a Speed Awareness Course in Burnham this week. Anyone who knows that I endured a six month ban under the totting up procedure two years ago may be appalled to learn that I was recently caught doing 36 mph in Wycombe. But with all the

  • Most grammar school parents to pay for travel

    MOST grammar school pupils will have to pay for the school bus in future, the county's education chief has said, with possible costs of £1,170 per year. Half of children in upper schools will have to fork out under the cost-saving changes,

  • HS2 will derail Cameron's Big Society

    EARLY last week amidst a mirage of an oasis of Economic Salvation, a need for HS2 was agreed by our hallucinating Government and opposition. In coming to this decision, the Prime Minister allowed a 250mph railway line to demolish his plans for ‘The Big

  • Police should do more to protect our heritage

    RE: The article on January 6 in which the county council asks scrap yards not to accept gully grates from drains after a spate of thefts. THE thieves who steal the items and the scrap metal dealers who process them are destroying our heritage

  • Bus leaves before my train arrives

    AS an exiled native of Buckinghamshire, but one who frequently visits relatives in the Wycombe area, I have always been pleased, on arriving by train at Bourne End station that a connecting bus was always available to take me onwards towards High Wycombe

  • 'New Year, New You' tips in today's BFP

    DON’T forget to pick up your copy of today’s packed Bucks Free Press, complete with 12 pages of health and beauty tips. Our BWell pull-out features feel-good advice from stars including Claire Sweeney and Carol Vorderman, tips on achieving fitness goals

  • Amersham High Street

    A couple of evenings ago while channel hopping I settled on the BBC Parliament channel. It was fascinating. Seems like High Streets are under threat. Dying. Like the dinosaurs. (Will we think of this as the Late Retail Era in years to come?) Too much

  • ‘I learned more than I can ever say from him’

    SHAUN Edwards is not the sort of personality you just replace, but when he left Wasps after the World Cup someone had to take over his role and the task fell to Rob Hoadley. Hoadley had played under Edwards and coached alongside him for both Wasps and

  • Do you know anything about Bedford lorries?

    I AM very interested in Bedford lorries which operated locally in the High Wycombe area and I was wondering if perhaps any of the readers might be able to help me? Amongst the Bedford operators I am researching and of particular interest to

  • 90 trees would have to be felled for this

    IN response to your article of Friday, January 13 2012 – “Walkers fight bikers”, re the proposed byway at Kimble and Ellesborough – it may be useful for your readers to know that the proposed 30 foot wide byway which would cross the Ridgeway long distance

  • Resist these changes to Wycombe Hospital

    TO some people, the current proposals to remove several inpatient services from Wycombe Hospital will represent a logical extension of the changes that have gone before, and are indeed a sensible tidying-up exercise to save duplication and concentrate

  • New dance craze coming to Wycombe

    AS winter sets in we all need something to brighten our evenings. And Pyramid Health and Fitness think they have found the answer in a new dance craze called Masala Bhangra. The first session of Masala Bhangra was launched on Wednesday night and hopes

  • This week's gig guide

    Fri 20th # Nick Stephenson (original blues) @ The Belle Vue, Gordon Road, Wycombe 01494-524728. # FastLane @ The Red Lion, Knotty Green, Beaconsfield 01494-680888. # Ultimate Elton (tribute) @ The Emperor, Farnham Royal; 8.30pm 01753-643006.

  • Greening browns us off over the green belt

    IT’S ironic that the Transport Secretary who is set to ruin part of our green belt with High Speed 2 is called Greening (as in Justine). Perhaps she should rename herself Browning on account that she has really browned off the people of Bucks

  • I win award for having the world's loudest sneeze

    IF ever I was to run away and join the circus, there are several things I could claim as a speciality. First and foremost, I have the loudest sneeze known to man. It begins from the pit of my stomach and roars out of my mouth at the speed of light, creating

  • Les Dennis talks about the Scouse mafia coming to Aylesbury

    LES Dennis' career continues to go from strength to strength and in his latest role it is no more Mr Nice Guy as he takes plays a ruthless lawyer in the hit musical, Legally Blonde, which is coming to Aylesbury. He talks about the show's 'Scouse mafia

  • Two Wycombe girls could co-captain GB to Games gold

    AUGUST 30 could be a date that two girls from opposite ends of High Wycombe will look back on for the rest of their lives. Clare Strange from Radnage and Flackwell Heath’s Louise Sugden are co-captains of the Great Britain Women’s Wheelchair Basketball

  • Blame the council, says a lifelong Blues fan

    THIS unsolicited letter was sent to the Bucks Free Press this week, and is reproduced in full below: ‘I’VE supported Wycombe Wanderers for 46 years, at Loakes Park, the Conference years, the Martin O’Neill era, the FA Cup run and the Carling

  • Planning applications for January 18

    THE following applications were submitted to south Buckinghamshire councils on Wednesday. To view Wycombe applications click here, for Chiltern applications click here and for South Bucks applications click here. You must accept the terms

  • Chesham pin hopes on twin threats

    CHESHAM United boss Andy Leese is pinning his hopes on two of his key match winners as they prepare for a crunch game with Stourbridge at The Meadow tomorrow. The Generals have gone off the boil a bit lately in the Southern Premier League but a six-goal

  • It's now or never for Wanderers

    GARY Waddock admits that tomorrow’s home clash with Rochdale is the sort of the game Wanderers need to win if they hope to avoid the dreaded drop come May. Rochdale are nearly in as much peril as the Blues, just one place and one point above them in

  • Penn resident: 'Horses left us trapped'

    A 74-YEAR-old woman said she was trapped in her home along with other retired residents after 20 escaped horses were rounded up into the car park where they live. Maureen Andrews lives in Penn Mead, a block of eight flats in Church Road, Penn which