LIPREADING AWARENESS WEEK – September 10-14
Hello, I am honoured to be the new Mayor of Beaconsfield!
Having just finished a weekend of four events know that it will be a busy and responsible role of representing the town. I have lived in many places in England and also spent 20 years in the USA and know what makes a good town and Beaconsfield is a very good town. Having lived in the USA I appreciated the generous spirit there of giving back when you have had good experiences. I saw the same spirit here so when I got into local government, being elected 12 years ago to South Bucks District Council, I loved it! I believed I could make a small difference. I served there on the Cabinet for 8 years and then moved to Town Council and County where I am Councillor and Mayor now.
In earlier life I taught at Wycombe High School for girls and briefly at Beaconsfield High too. My family life was very busy with 6 children and I did a lot of fundraising and volunteering at their schools. I also became involved in Charities and worked on the St Johns Ambulance County defibrillator appeal. My life has been all about family and giving back in appreciation for all I was lucky enough to have through our education systems and opportunities. I have a strong faith which was forged in the tough situation of losing a son to meningitis at the age of 5 in USA and since then have been involved in helping those in similar situations where I can.
Editor: We welcome Anita as Mayoress of Beaconsfield and wish her every success.
Beaconsfield Society is holding an informal Save Our Green Belt drop-in 10am – 1pm Saturday 30th June at Fitzwilliams Centre, Beaconsfield, as part of our campaign against release of a massive area of Beaconsfield Green Belt for 1700 homes, office/industrial space and travellers’ site. The area extends practically from jct. 2 of the M40 up to the railway line, well beyond the ex MOD Wilton Park site and abuts Beaconsfield Golf Course.
This development would increase the population of Beaconsfield by around 4,500 people which is unsustainable. The District Council’s own consultants say that the planned “relief road” would not bring any relief at all with travel times increasing by 600%, so a ten minute journey would take an hour! They are being forced to look at massive road engineering works to cope with the projected increase in traffic, such as: traffic lights at Potkiln Lane/A40; a filter lane from A40 west onto the A355; increasing Pyebush roundabout to add more lanes and approach lanes; and a 2 lane roundabout at Ledborough Lane/A355 making Ledborough Lane a congestion zone. The extent of the development is such that our neighbours in Seer Green and anyone travelling through or using the services of the town would be affected.
The town would quite simply be strangled by this increase. Add to that the fact that the land in question is the most expensive of all of the options, we see gross profiteering in prospect rather than benefit to the community.
Please sign the mandate and donate to a fighting fund at www.beaconsfieldsociety.org.uk
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On Wednesday 22nd March Beaconsfield Local were delighted to be invited to Bekonscot Model Village for the official opening of the Education Centre. All guests were invited to peruse the village and then we were ‘summoned’ by Dick Smith – Beaconsfield’s Town Crier to listen to the speech and cutting of the ribbon.
Cathy Sturrock, head of the centre gave a welcoming speech and lots of interesting background information regarding the centre. Chris Owen, town Mayor and 2 children cut the ribbon.
Watch the video below to see the actual opening.
Everyone was invited to look around the centre and enjoy some drinks and food. This is a great addition to the already wonderful model village that has been in new Beaconsfield since 1929.
We were delighted to be invited to the Royal Saracen’s Head party to celebrate their new make-over. Since our visit in October when we wrote a review, Richard – General Manager gave us a tour and told us of their renovation plans. We were more than pleasantly surprised at the change. It was wow wow wow! You will need to go in for yourselves to see the difference. I want to go back in when there are less bodies – as it was absolutely heaving.
I invited a few of Beaconsfield Local advertisers who have been very supportive and loyal to the magazine and met for the first Ann from Pediworx and Donna from Pillowtalkhome. Delighted to see Dr Nishel Patel – our local GP and cosmetic aesthetic specialist and Ingmar and Janine partners at Leigh Duncan Solicitors.
A really fun evening.
I have been asked this question – or one like it – on many occasions, and the answer is usually “yes”. However it takes some investigation and personal advice to assess your personal risk.
‘Flu is currently topical in the news. The outbreak in Australia and New Zealand has led to many fatalities, with young children also having been affected. The concern in the recent days has been whether this “horror ‘flu” strain will make its way to these shores. You may well remember the Swine ‘flu scare a few years ago. The NHS responded magnificently, and called in the at-risk groups for a second jab. Subsequently, ‘flu jabs over recent years have all been modified to include the various risky strains. So, whilst this year’s ‘flu jab cannot be absolutely guaranteed to protect us against the Antipodean strain, we can take comfort in the vast amount of research and clinical excellence that goes into producing our yearly injection.
‘Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up within a week. However, ‘flu can be more severe for:
• anyone aged 65 and over.
• pregnant women.
• children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease).
• children and adults with weakened immune systems. Anyone in these risk-groups are more likely to develop potentially serious complications, so it’s recommended that they have a ‘flu-vaccine every year, to protect them. The injected ‘flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:
• Over the age of 18 at risk of ‘flu (including everyone aged 65 and over).
• pregnant women.
• children aged six months to two years at risk of ‘flu.
There is also a nasal-spray available for younger children, and slightly older little ones in at- risk groups. All the information can be found on the NHS website, a great source of help before needing to visit your local surgery.
Now, the next most popular question: “Does the ‘flu jab give you the ‘flu?” Simple answer: “No, it cannot – it is a vaccine containing no live viruses. It might give you a headache, mild fever and muscle ache for a couple of days – but that is all. So, if you are in one of the at-risk groups I recommend that you attend your surgery for your jab. Private ‘flu jabs for those who do not fulfil the criteria are available for about £15.
To ask a question to Dr Nishel Patel please email him on firstname.lastname@example.org