Congratulations to all the contestants and winners of Amersham’s Got Talent held at Drakes Hall Community Centre on Sunday 2nd July.

The event was organised by Chiltern Chamber of Commerce, with the goal of helping invigorate Amersham, whilst also giving a platform for local performers – especially younger ones – to show off their talent.

Performers of all ages entertained the audience, including a fashion show, music and comedians.

In the youth talent show there were some amazing talents, with winners as follows:

1st: Natalie Green
2nd: Portia Eaglestone Bowmaker
3rd: Andrew McNaughton
4th: Anna O’Donoghue
5th: Lewis Underwood

We would like also to thank magician Steve Owen-Williams, Magic Ali and Tiny Tina Rock & Blues Band for participating and supporting the event.

The event was opened by Councillor Nigel Shepherd, Chairman of Chiltern District Council. He applauded the hard work and commitment that went into putting on the event.

Vee Bharakda, Chair of Chiltern Chamber of Commerce, commented, “It was a great team effort to put on this event and we were delighted with the wealth of talent that was on show. Our aim as a Chamber is to invigorate Amersham by encouraging an event that showcases the broad and excellent talent in the town. We hope that the format can be used as a template for others to follow.”

The Chamber would like to put on record its a huge THANK YOU to all who helped tirelessly to stage the event. These include:

Alan Bath of Chiltern Youth Projects, Jack Gocher of JGC Marketing, Leah and Karen Waller, Sean O’Farrell, Rolande Merrifield, George Sharman, Edith Strachan, Julia Rodgers, Neil Taylor and Mark Raan.

Julie Church, John Roads and the team at Gatsby & Miller for giving up so much time to prepare the participants for the fashion show.

And especially all the local businesses that supported the event through sponsorship, contributions and publicity: Choice Loans who provided the prizes; Hinch Property Management Services; Jack Nathan Hardware, JGC Marketing, Lennon’s Solicitors, Local Directory, Luker Rowe, Action Coach, Barclays, Cannon Moorcroft, Gatsby & Miller, Wycombe Sound.

Thank you to George Sharman Photography, for taking amazing photos throughout – you can enjoy them (plus one or two of our own snaps) below.

Did you know that £40m-worth of funds are earmarked for local communities to help with the disruption caused by the construction of Phase one of HS2?

  • The Community and Environment Fund has been created to add benefit to communities along the route. There will be two types of CEF grant: CEF Local will focus on quality of life and environment in individual communities; and CEF Strategic will focus on large projects across several communities and address strategic rather than purely local concerns.
  • The Business and Local Economy Fund has been created to support local economies. It will focus on projects or programmes across several business sectors and address employment concerns in an area as opposed to individual businesses.

The objective is to add benefit, over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation, to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2. Both funds are managed on behalf of HS2 Ltd by the charity Groundwork.

Learn about how to apply

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are hosting two information events covering the funding available under these schemes, as well as covering general funding advice.

Please attend either event to get new project ideas, firm up existing ideas or gain further knowledge of how they could be funded. Places are limited so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by emailing

5th July 2017 6.00 – 8.00pm Council Chamber, Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW

18th July 2017 6.00-8.00pm South Bucks District Council, Room 6, Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham, Uxbridge, UB9 4LH

The programme will be as follows:

Time Topic Organisation
6.00 Refreshments
6.15 Welcome CDC/SBDC
Context – Overview of HS2 Community and Business funds CDC/SBDC
HS2 Community and Business funds: tips on applying Groundwork
Chilterns Conservation Board Projects and funding Landscape Partnership Scheme
Generic tips on writing funding applications and the support available from Funding4sport Funding 4sport
CIB funding advice services Community Impact Bucks
Heart of Bucks funding advice services Heart of Bucks
Q and A session – panel of above. All
8.00 Close


Useful Links – Community and Environment Fund – Business and Local Economy Fund – HS2 Community and Business Funds

Chiltern Chamber is very proud to team up with local businesses to present Amersham’s Got Talent on Sunday, July 2nd 2017, at the Drake Hall Community Centre.

This is a business-driven and sponsored initiative to provide an afternoon and evening of fun and participatory events. The emphasis is squarely on showcasing local talent, which means you – YES, YOU!

The day will be broken into two main parts:

  • Afternoon – 3pm tp 6pm: fashion, dance, music.
  • Evening – 6.30pm to 8.30pm: comedy, magic and bands.

For everyone who would like to perform or participate in any way, there is a get-together on Friday 23 June at 7pm, at Drakes Hall in Amersham.

The important point is that nothing is yet set in stone: bring us your ideas and help shape the day! Please contact us on Or call Chamber Chairman Vee Bharakda on 07961 116321.

Keep an eye on social media and on our website for updates. With your help and participation, it’s sure to be a memorable day!

Amersham's Got Talent poster

An album of images from Chesham High Street’s St George’s Day celebrations. The dragon, sourced and sponsored by Chiltern Chamber of Commerce, was a great draw for the second year running. Footfall on the High Street seemed pretty busy, aided by good weather and also by free parking at Chiltern District Council’s suspension of charges at the Water Meadow and Albany car parks.

Donations were collected for local charity Chesham Museum. Thanks to all who helped make the day a success.

poster for st georges day chesham 2017For the second year in succession, Chiltern Chamber is sponsoring the celebrations of St George’s Day in Chesham.

Those who attended last year will remember it as a fun event, with smoke breathing dragon, dragon-shaped chocolates from Auberge du Chocolat, and a Mayor decked out in chain mail and ready to slay the dragon. But there is a serious business side, too. It is an opportunity to promote Chesham, and to bring footfall to the High Street and its traders. To add to its effectiveness, the event has been tweaked a little this year, with the main happenings at the Clock Tower end of the High Street.

We shall also be collecting for local charity, Chesham Museum.

The main events will be from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 22nd April.

Shops and traders are encouraged to join in with special discounts, and there is a competition for the best-dressed shop, as well as for the best-dressed Lords and Ladies. There is talk even of a visit by the Bard himself, William Shakespeare!

You can also enjoy Chesham’s Local Produce Market, which runs on the fourth Saturday of every month, selling high quality food, drink and crafts all produced within a radius of approximately 10 miles of the town.

Once again, Chamber Vice-Chair Andy Garnett has organised the smoke-breathing dragon. Thanks are due to other organisations supporting the event, including Chesham Town Council, Chiltern District Council, Chesham Rotary and Chesham Action Partnership. Chiltern District Council is allowing FREE PARKING at Albany Car Park (at The Elgiva) and Water Meadow car park.

Flashback to 2016: chivalrous St George kisses the hand of a fair damsel, and delicious chocolate dragons from Chamber member Auberge du Chocolat.

Chamber members with dragon, St George's day Chesham