Bucks Skills Hub logoBucks Skills Hub is extending an open invitation to business people, to find out how you can support the skills development of young people in Bucks, by getting involved with local schools.

They are holding an informal breakfast from 8.00 to 9.30am on Tuesday 11th October, at The Clare Foundation, Saunderton HP14 4BF. CLICK FOR FREE REGISTRATION.

Mick Carling, Enterprise Adviser at Chiltern Hills AcademyMick Carling, EA at Chiltern Hills Academy, addressing the Chamber’s Summer SoireeChiltern Chamber Vice-Chair Andy GarnettChamber Vice-Chair Andy Garnett, Enterprise Adviser at The Misbourne

The event will explain the work of the Bucks Skills Hub, and the benefits for you as an employer, as well as for the wider community, of helping young people achieve their potential.

Time commitment is decided by you, and can be as little as one hour a year to give a careers insight talk, through to acting as a consultant to a school through the role of Enterprise Adviser.

Why get involved?

One in three Bucks employers have stated that 17-18 year olds recruited to first time jobs from school are “poorly” or “very poorly” prepared for work. You can help change this. It’s an opportunity to:

  • Investigate local potential recruits
  • Shape employability skills and develop tomorrow’s workforce
  • Pass on enthusiasm for your sector
  • Promote your business

But most of all, perhaps, it’s a chance to give something back.

If you’d like to know more, you can call Marina Jackson on 07766 654335, or e-mail marina.jackson@btvlep.co.uk. Or simply REGISTER HERE.

A big thank you to Chamber members Amersham Auction Rooms for their very generous hosting of their annual Quiz Night on Tuesday, October 4th.

16 teams faced a pretty tricky four rounds of questions, with BP Collins – also Chamber members – emerging impressive winners. Our congratulations are only slightly tempered by the fact that the Chamber team finished runners-up!

Chiltern Chamber quiz team

The Chamber team (pictured) was led by Steve Hayden, with Jackie Campbell, Alan Stewart, Andrew Merrifield, Lynne and Robert Gibson.

September 11, 2016

Thank you to all who helped make the Chamber’s Summer Soiree on Wednesday 7th September, such an enjoyable and successful evening.

We are grateful to Chiltern Hills Academy and Principal Kevin Patrick for allowing us use of The Atrium. It was an ideal location, considering the theme of the event: Bridging the Gap: Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce.

Following an introduction by Jackie Campbell, explaining the work of OppsinBucks and the Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, we had excellent speeches by Kevin Patrick, by Chiltern Hills Academy Enterprise Adviser Mick Carling, and Nick Coleman, co-founder of Medical Supermarket and The Snaffling Pig Co. All reiterated the message that businesses can contribute meaningfully to developing essential workplace skills for young people.

Nick Coleman, speaking from the perspective of one who regularly offers placements, assured us that the benefits are by no means all one way, and urged us all to ‘take the risk’, and discover that it wasn’t a risk after all.

Click this link to learn how Opps in Bucks can facilitate businesses to offer structured work experience.

Chiltern Chamber would like to thank our sponsors, The Garnett Foundation, OppsinBucks and the Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. Thanks also to Committee members Sandra White and Jackie Campbell for organising the evening, and to Tim Zekki of Duende for the delicious food.

Finally, thanks to all who attended – enjoy the gallery below!

Chesham Soc Question Time posterThe Chesham Society’s annual Question Time evening takes place on Thursday, 15th September in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall from 7.30pm (for 8pm).

Panellists this year are:

  • Sally Alford, a professional actress who has recently been involved with the Theatre Shed, co-directed the Martyrs of Amersham play and recently performed for the Flame Lighting ceremony for the Paralympics
  • Noel Brown, presently Mayor of Chesham and a County Councillor
  • Andy Garnett, Chairman of The Garnett Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Chiltern Chamber of Commerce
  • Javad Malik, a Director of the MyDeen Foundation (mydeen.org.uk) which connects youth to faith and community, and a volunteer at Chesham Mosque
  • Chief Inspector Scott Messenger of Thames Valley Police, based at Amersham and second-in-command to the Superintendent for Chesham/Amersham
  • Mark Rann, co-organiser of the Chesham Comedy Club, one of the creators of our local radio station Chiltern Voice FM, as well as founding the recent “Stand Up” Charity Comedy evening at the Elgiva

The Society is requesting that questions be submitted by Monday, 12th September. Questions will also be taken on the night, but it will help to give panellists an idea of what they may have to answer in advance. Submissions can be made to cheshamsociety@gmail.com.

We are very fortunate to live in an area with so much heritage – and a mixture of types of heritage. From the ultimate picturesque surroundings of Old Amersham, to the histories of people who lived, played and prayed here, to historic industrial sites, there is so much to see. And Heritage Day offers the change to see not only public places, but also to look inside some usually private spaces, and venues that you might not normally consider visiting. And just as remarkable – access to all sites is FREE!

heritage open day poster amershamheritage open day poster cheshamHeritage Open Day in Chesham is organised by the Chesham Society, with the Amersham Society and Amersham Town Council leading the way in Amersham. An exciting development this year is that, for the first time, the two towns will run a vintage shuttle bus service between Chesham, Chesham Bois, Amersham Station and Amersham Old Town.

You can find specific pages with detailed information on sites open, timings, events and attractions on Amersham Town Council’s and the Chesham Society’s web sites.

Brief details:

Old Amersham will have entertainment throughout the day in various locations: The Memorial Gardens, Market Square, Church Mead and St Mary’s Churchyard. Musical attractions will include the Chiltern Jive Club, the Soundforce Big Band, the Chesham All Girls Marching Band, Irish Dancing, the Amersham Band, Marc Welbourn and folk and shanty; in addition, music will be featuring in several pubs along the High Street.

There will be medieval combat re-enactments, birds of prey, animal petting, a Punch & Judy show, terrier racing, and you can even try your hand at dowsing and archery!

Fairground rides, classic cars and Steam Traction engines will be in evidence, and heritage market stalls will line the High Street complementing craft stalls and a Victorian Tea Room in the Market Hall. And if that isn’t enough, the buildings open to the public include the Methodist Church, Amersham Museum, St. Mary’s Church including the Drake Chapel and the fantastic Market Hall. New for 2016 – why not try your hand at Archery as well as enjoying the Terrier Racing!

Similarly, this year Chesham has more places of interest open than ever before. These include Weylands, The Bury, St Mary’s, St Columba’s,St Leonard’s, The United Reform and Trinity Baptist Churches, Chesham Mosque, the Friends’ Meeting House, the Old Boot Factory (Workaid), Weedon Almshouse Gardens, Chesham Bois House, Chesham Museum, Hazeldean Farm and Kevin Meayers, Organ Builder. There will be exhibitions, talks, tours and guided walks, with some real surprises in store. Entry to all the events and venues is entirely FREE!