Have a fright free Halloween

From the Community Safety Officer at Chiltern District Council

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.

The posters show either a smiley Halloween image to indicate trick or treaters are welcome, or a sad face to indicate callers should not knock on that door. Posters can be picked up free of charge from Chiltern District Council Offices, King George V Road in Amersham, HP6 5AW or you can download one at:www.chiltern.gov.uk/halloween. Residents without access to a printer can request posters by calling 01494 586535.

People planning to go trick or treating are asked to look out for the posters and be considerate of others. Tricks like throwing eggs, graffiti, or other vandalism will be treated as criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.

Trick or treating has become a tradition which many householders are only too happy to be part of. For some, however, it can be a truly upsetting and very frightening time. These simple posters give a clear message as to whether the resident is prepared to join in the Halloween fun or not.

Extra police will be on duty during the Halloween period to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is challenged and resolved. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated at any time of year.  Anyone affected by the few individuals who use trick or treating as an excuse to commit antisocial behaviour can report it to Thames Valley Police on 101. In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

If you are concerned about Halloween, the advice is:

·    Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole or look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.

·    Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone in case you need to phone them.

·    If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.


[Of course, you can always indicate your willingness for trick-or-treaters to call by placing lit pumpkin(s) outside your property as many in our village have done for years – Ed]

Community Pub Night 27th October

Friday 27th Oct 6:30-10:30pm

Come and enjoy some home cooked food, a selection of drinks, traditional pub games and the opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours.

Everyone is welcome as always, as are offers of help on the evening either setting up, doing a shift on the bar or clearing up at the end. Email contact@bellingdon.com if you’d like to help out 🙂

Road speed sign in Asheridge

The Parish Council has purchased a road speed sign that will be placed in each of the villages under its jurisdiction for three weeks at a time, before moving on to the next village. It is due to be put up in Asheridge this week. Lets hope it reminds drivers to slow down in our villages!

Hort Soc Annual Show results

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And the winners are:

Burgoine challenge trophy– Jakki Harriman- best veg
Wheeler trophy– best flowers- Anne Gurnsey
Childrens miniature garden won by Violet Matthews
The Chesham Dairies cup won by Connie ODonnell
Best mens cooking by Michael Bowden
The Marian Thomson plaque for best novice won by Paul O’Hare

Well done everyone, and thanks so much to the organisers for another great show. These things do take an enormous amount of effort to organise – and all offers of help are gratefully received. Do get in touch if you think you could help next time round.

The Bull: deadline for comments looms

Dear friends and supporters of The Bull Pub, Bellingdon

Many thanks to those of you who have already added your letters of support for the  reopening of our village pub and the provision of a permanent building for our village nursery – both important community assets.

The deadline for comments is rapidly approaching – we ask you to submit yours by Friday 22nd September to ensure that they are included. It is vital that you give your full address, or your submission may not be counted.

We cannot overemphasise the importance of community support for this important planning application so we urge you, please, to email: planning@chiltern.gov.uk, with reference “The Bull, Bellingdon‎ CH/2017/1361/FA”, or comment via the website.

CDC do take all comments seriously, as evidenced by the acknowledgement received on submitting a comment (underlining added by us for emphasis):

The Bull Public House & Land Adjoining, Chesham Road, Bellingdon, Buckinghamshire, HP5 2XU CH/2017/1361/FA

I acknowledge receipt of your recent letter or e-mail regarding the above application. I will ensure that your representations are taken into account when the application is being considered.

All comments received will form part of a public document which will be available for public inspection, therefore do not supply details you do not want published. All comments will be scanned onto the application file and be available for public viewing. We will use our best endeavours to ensure that signatures, telephone numbers and personal email addresses will not be published.

With your help we will see both The Bull Pub and the Village Nursery once more adding their value to our community.

Andrew Barratt, Jeremy Evershed, Hugh Griffiths, Cyril Hancock, Kevin Morris, Nick Richardson and John Taylor

The “Save The Bull” Group
September 2017

If you would like to be kept up to date on the campaign, please email savethebull@bellingdon.com and ask to be added 🙂