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High Wycombe Library's 10th anniversary celebrations

The 'new' High Wycombe Library based in the Eden Centre was officially opened on Saturday 23 June 2008 making this year our 10th anniversary!

We would like to invite you to celebrate with us at one, or all, of these fantastic events... 


A special event with... Annie Murray

Meet bestselling saga author Annie Murray as she discusses her new novel 'Sisters of Gold' followed by a Q&A. More information

Saturday 5 May 2018 | 11:00am to 12:00pm

Tickets £3.00 includes tea & coffee

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High Wycombe Library's Celebratory Tea - Saturday 23 June

All events take place on Floor 1 and are free to all. Tea will be served from 11am - 2pm. More information

STORYTIME ~ Listen to an amazing story read by our very special storytellers.
11 -11.15am | Suitable for all children 

FANCY DRESS PARADE ~ We are inviting children aged 4 to 11yrs to dress up as their favourite book character.
11.30 -11.15am 

CUTTING OF THE CAKE & FANCY DRESS WINNER ANNOUNCED ~
Join the Mayor of High Wycombe as we cut our very special birthday cake, provided by the Friends of High Wycombe Library. Tea and cake will be served throughout the afternoon. Fancy Dress competition to be judged by the Mayor.
12 – 2pm

STORYTIME ~ Another chance to catch our amazing storytellers.
12.30 - 1pm | Suitable for all children

 


A special event with... Robert Thorogood

Robert Thorogood is the creator of the hit BBC One TV series DEATH IN PARADISE.

Tickets £10 to include drinks reception. More information

Thursday 5 July 2018 | 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Tickets £10.00 includes a drinks reception.

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Book of the Month for April

Have you been enjoying the BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie's Ordeal by Innocence? Do you enjoy a twist or two or several...

Then try our book of the month...

The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.

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Read-alikes

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Evidence that clears the name of a boy sentenced for killing his adopted mother arrives too late to save his life – so who did kill her? According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment But when Dr Arthur Calgary turns up a year later with the proof that confirms Jacko's innocence, he is too late – Jacko died behind bars from a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor's revelations re-open old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again...

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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet - Lost on the left, Found on the right - and the two never seem to balance. 

Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected...

 

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Dementia Action Week 2018

Buckinghamshire Libraries will be supporting Dementia Action Week (21-27 May 2018). 

Dementia Action Week asks everyone to take actions big and small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

Join us for an event

Tuesday 22 May 

Memory Information Session

Join us for a session run by Alzheimer's society for people worried about their memory.

Hazlemere Library | 10am - 12pm  

Memory Lane

An opportunity for people of all ages to meet socially and share their stories of the past.

High Wycombe Library | 11am - 11.45am

Wednesday 23 May 

Dementia Friends Workshop

The Dementia Friends programme is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.

High Wycombe Library | 11am - 12pm

Thursday 24 May 

Dementia Friends Workshop

The Dementia Friends programme is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.

High Wycombe Library | 10 - 11am

View all events for Dementia Action Week 

 

Buckinghamshire Libraries have a number of resources to support carers and people with the condition including:

The Reminiscence Collection

The Reminiscence Collection can help families and carers to remember the past and share experiences.

Items are available to anybody with a library card and are suitable for a wide range of uses.

The collection includes:-

  • Board and card games to stimulate mind and memory
  • Activities to encourage use of fine motor skills
  • Table-top and chair games designed for people with mobility difficulties
  • Tactile and visual activities suitable for people living with dementia or learning difficulties
  • Photos and scrapbooks of different time periods
  • DVD’s on the years 1931-1989
  • Suitcases of historical memorabilia (1930s, 1950s, WW2, Victorians)
  • Jigsaw puzzles/jigsticks
  • Memory boxes (toys, household objects)
  • Giant floor games

Please contact staff on 01296 383966 or email: lib-ahq@buckscc.gov.uk with any enquiries and to book.  

Search the Reminiscence Collection catalogue

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Do you have dementia or know someone living with the condition?

The dementia booklist is a collection of adult and children’s books which support people with dementia and their carers by raising awareness and increasing understanding of the condition.

The books in this collection can be reserved both online and in any Buckinghamshire Library. You can also collect your reservations from any Buckinghamshire Library.

Browse and reserve the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia collection

Pictures to Share

These books cover a variety of themes and are designed to spark conversation and memories. Pictures to Share contain mostly pictures and a small amount of text and are ideal for family, friends and carers to use and develop a sense of togetherness with someone who is finding communication difficult.

Browse and reserve a Pictures to Share book  

Latest news

Simpler, better value, more local - why we need a single council in Buckinghamshire

Martin Tett“A new single council for Buckinghamshire would easily save the most money - at least £18m per year, according to independently-verified calculations – by increasing economies of scale, being more efficient and cutting down on the numbers of senior managers. That’s a lot of money – it would pay for a new primary school or more than double what is currently spent on road resurfacing each and every year! These are real tangible benefits for local residents.

“Every part of Buckinghamshire is different and home to very distinct towns and villages. That’s why  I’m particularly proud about how the new council would offer a far more local service. This includes having community offices dotted around the county so that wherever people live, they are only within a few miles of a physical space where they can go in and talk about local services. We know that for many people – and particularly older residents – access to or using the internet can be problematic. They would much prefer to pick up the phone or meet face-to-face with someone locally – and under these plans, that’s what they’d get.

“One council would also put an end to the mind boggling complexity of ‘who does what and who should I talk to?’. Too often confusion over whether a service is provided by district or county means being passed from pillar to post or ‘hands washed’. In the future having departments such as housing and infrastructure under the same roof will lead to a far more-joined up and strategic approach to the issues facing residents. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create a local government system for Buckinghamshire’s residents which will be simpler, far better value and closer to local people. I’d encourage as many people as possible to let the government know their views.” 

Martin Tett

Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council

Celebrating 100 years since the formation of the RAF

Chesham RAF 100Members of the Armed Forces, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, the High Sheriff, local MPs and other dignitaries and invited guests from across the county, joined councillors and senior managers from Buckinghamshire County Council on Sunday 15 April for an afternoon of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.

The sound of military bandsmen resounded through Chesham town centre as crowds lined the streets to watch. Events began with personnel from RAF Halton forming a Guard of Honour at the War Memorial in the High Street and laying a wreath.

Led by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment and carrying the Queen's Colour Standard (flag)  the Guard of Honour then marched along the High Street towards the Clock Tower where they were greeted by HM Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher who took the General Salute.

Sir Henry was joined on the dais by Patricia Birchley, the Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Group Captain Woods, Station Commander RAF Wycombe and Wing Commander Karen Moran, Deputy Station Commander RAF Halton. The Guard of Honour then marched  back along the High Street to the war memorial.

The Queen's Colour Standard was presented to RAF Halton by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Buckinghamshire last year.

Following the parade a church service organised by Buckinghamshire County Council took place in St Mary's Church. 

Patricia Birchley, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council commented after the day's events: "What a wonderful and fitting way to mark such an important milestone in our country's military history. Buckinghamshire has a long held association with the Royal Air Force. We may only have RAF Halton and RAF High Wycombe remaining but the county has been home to 16 different air bases.

"Today's celebrations have been about commemorating the great work done by all those who have served in the Royal Air Force since it was founded in 1918 and also looking forward to the future and all those who will serve under it, protecting our Queen and country for the next 100 years."

 Parade lines up by Clock TowerRAF regiment bandSir Henry inspects parade

Potholes - what is being done about them?

road repairsThey seem to have sprung up in their hundreds across the whole country in the weeks since the bitterly cold weather that gripped the nation earlier this year and Buckinghamshire is no exception. The question on everyone's lips is - what is being done about them?

The answer is we have started a multi-million pound programme to repair the county’s roads following the severe winter weather which left significant damage and lots of potholes.

Budgets already earmarked for roads maintenance and repairs this year have been boosted by money from central government grants and council reserves (subject to council approval) for a 'plane and patch' scheme to resurface stretches of roads with lots of potholes close together. 

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, said road defects had worsened in the first three months of this year because of the harsh winter weather, with three severe snow storms and damaging freeze-thaw effects coupled with corrosive road salt action. 

"This is a national problem that doesn't just affect Buckinghamshire," said Mark. "It's good to see the Government has recognised this with the allocation of around £100m in extra funding for councils. While this is very welcome help, it won't solve our under-funded roads maintenance problem and we'd like to see the Government providing a more sustainable solution for our roads." 

Repairs in the cold and wet aftermath of winter weather risked being short-lived, he said, which often means having to do a repair twice. 

"I do appreciate some road surfaces have taken longer to fix than we'd have liked but we are working to improve matters as soon as we can" said Mark. "

"Our plane and patch programme will be a sound investment in our roads and will provide long-lasting surfaces - not just temporary repairs. These works mean that we will be spending £5m on reactive road maintenance this year." 

The additional funds from council reserves will need the agreement of full council on April 26.

Since 2011 the council has invested over £120m to ongoing road maintenance and repairs.

 We now have a quick and easy new online system where you can report potholes in just a few quick steps. Please follow the link on the homepage www.buckscc.gov.uk  

What's on

Now is the time to Foster for Bucks

There is no better time to get started on your fostering journey with us.

Fostering

Join our team and together we can help children and young people in the county who simply need a loving place to call home and a little bit of care and attention.

Want to find out more? Then come along to one of our next Fostering Information Evenings and you can find out everything you need to know, speak direct to our team of social workers and foster carers and ask questions on anything you would like to know.

We are holding 4 events across the county in May:

  • Thursday 3 May, Buckingham Opportunities Centre, Well Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EN
  • Wednesday 9 May, Coleshill Village Hall, Barracks Hill, Coleshill, Amersham, HP7 0LN
  • Thursday 17 May, 7pm at County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UA
  • Wednesday 23 May, 7pm, The Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP11 1NJ

All events start at 7pm.

To find out more or book your place on one of our information evenings contact our fostering recruitment team by email: fosterforbucks@buckscc.gov.uk or by phone: 0800 160 1900. You can also find out more information on fostering on our website.

It's now easier than ever to find things to do with the family

BFISHere at Bucks Family Info, we’re proud of the work we do to in help families and young people find things to do, up and down the county. Last month, our Things to do section was searched over 10 thousand times, and this month we’ve made it even better!

Listening to feedback from our trusted users, our Things to do section (and others) has been streamlined, with bright, clickable images, known as “Tiles”. Tiles not only look much better but make navigating on your mobile more attractive and user friendly, but don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself and check out all following pages that have been updated.

Tell us what you think…simply tap the Feedback button and share your thoughts

About The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS)

Find Childcare, Childminders, Children's Centres, and Family Activities in Buckinghamshire and access free, impartial information covering a range of topics relating to family life including the Local Offer (SEND) and Early Help (for professionals).

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What's On at the Bucks County Museum

boogie beatsBoogie Beat Sessions for under 4s
Fridays until 25 May, 10.15am - 11am
Music and movement sessions in the museum suitable for babies, toddlers and preschool children using props, rhymes, songs, music and dances. Sessions last 45 minutes. £3 per session. Limited spaces, to book call 01296 331441.


Paul Kidby: Discworld and Beyond
5 May – 30 June
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels are brought to life through the brilliant illustrations of Paul Kidby. This exhibition showcases the wonderful book covers and illustrations for Pratchett’s novels, including favourite characters like Rincewind, the Wee Free Men and of course, Death! Paul Kidby perfectly captures Pratchett's imagined world and with Pratchett’s strong connections to Buckinghamshire this exhibition is a must for fans of both author and artist. For times and charges call 01296 331441 or visit our website.

 Terry Pratchett The Shepherd\'s Crown

Image courtesy of Paul Kidby

tunnel toursTunnel Tours are back
26, 29 & 30 May
This May half term, Bucks County Museum will take you once more behind the scenes to explore its basements, hidden rooms and reveal secret discoveries. By the light of torches, hear tales of intrigue, superstition and magic from the museum’s past. Tickets £5.50 (including Gift Aid). Numbers are strictly limited so book early. Call or visit our website for times and to book.


Medieval Family Puppet Shows
Wednesday 30 May & Thursday 31 May
Full of daft humour, live music, eccentric puppets and audience participation, Rattlebox Theatre Company perform both the classic story of the warrior Beowulf and Viking Tales. Rattlebox Theatre’s shows bring magic and laughter to all ages. Beowulf: 11.30am & 3.30pm each day. Viking Tales: 1.30pm each day. £5 per person. Call 01296 331441 or visit our website to book.

Photo courtesy of Rattlebox Theatre.

Beowulf
For all events check our website and sign up to our what’s on e-newsletter at www.buckscountymuseum.org

The Museum also has a café serving light snacks and shop stocking gifts, local books and cards.

Bucks County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP. Call 01296 331441 or visit www.buckscountymuseum.org

 

Leading better lives

Real Nappy Week comes to Bucks

Baby wearing reusable nappyMore than 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away in the UK every day. That's why we are promoting National Real Nappy Week (23-29 April) to try and get more local families using modern cloth nappies.

Cloth nappies, also known as re-useable nappies or 'real nappies', have lots of benefits to the environment, your pocket and for baby too. Forget the old-fashioned image of bulky cloth nappies - today’s brands are compact, stylish, and have Velcro or popper fastenings.

To give parents the chance to find out more, we are working with the High Wycombe Nappy Library who have events during the week. Local people can come along and chat to the experts.

There will also be lots of online content throughout the week, giving lots of information and advice for anyone looking at reducing their waste and opting for re-usable nappies.

Bill Chapple OBE, County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, commented: "Families often want to do the best for the environment, and when there are young children, disposable nappies can create a large amount of waste. Because they're used time after time, real nappies are better for the environment - and they save money too. These events for Real Nappy Week give new parents and parents-to-be the chance to simply drop by and find out more."

Tech savvy youngsters show the older generation how to stay safe online

e-safety workshopInternet users aged over 50 have been getting tips from local young people on how to spot scams and stay safe online.

It's all part of Buckinghamshire County Council's free e-safety programme in Aylesbury Vale, which matches local young people with their older peers. 

The Council is running the series of free intergenerational e-workshops in Aylesbury Vale during the spring. The first set of workshops have taken place and more dates will now be added. The aim is to help older and less confident Aylesbury Vale residents to access computers more easily and for younger residents from local schools and colleges to pass on their skills and knowledge. It’s also about bridging the gap between the generations and helping local people form new friendships regardless of their age.

The young volunteers give tips on how to spot scams, fraudulent emails and how to keep their personal information safe online.

Lin Hazell is the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

She said: “Obviously a lot of older people are really tech savvy but for those who aren’t as confident this is a brilliant way to learn a few important skills from the younger generation – and you could even make a new friend or learn something you didn’t know already.

“I urge local over 50s in Aylesbury Vale to find out more about these workshops which are all completely free of charge.”

Plans are in place to hold more similar workshops later in the year. Keep up to date with what's coming up by visiting the website.

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