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Bucks community news (April 18)

Each week, the Advertiser packages all the news from the Marlow area page of our print edition into a handy web format.

Kieran Bell

Bucks community news (April 18)

'Residents move to protect pine trees'

‘Deeply concerned’ residents stepped in to prevent a house builder from cutting down a group of trees in a Marlow road.

Red Kite Housing, based in High Wycombe, arrived in Gunthorpe Road on Thursday last week to fell a selection of pine trees on the green.

But alert neighbours - including residents Gillian Simmons and Gayna McCorquodale (pictured) - objected to the plans and positioned themselves under them to halt the developers.

They were supported by the Marlow Town Council ‘cavalry’, which arrived with an Emergency Tree Protection Order (TPO) with help from Wycombe District Council. Red Kite can appeal the TPO.

One Gunthorpe Road resident, Melinda Livett, said: “We were all deeply concerned with what was taking place and rushed outside. We desperately tried to stop them in their tracks.

“It soon became clear [Red Kite] would be destroying four trees however by the time we arrived one had already been felled.

“They were in the process of felling one of the larger trees.

“We found it utterly soul destroying to watch and felt helpless. Our only option was to go over the safety barrier to make them stop.

“We would like to make very clear this was never about stopping any supposed future development, our objection that morning was from an environmental point of view.”

Red Kite Housing said: “We’re sorry that residents are upset by our decision to remove some of the trees in Gunthorpe Road, Marlow.

“Currently we are working with Wycombe District Council to clarify the way forward.

“We would like to reassure residents that we are taking this matter and their views seriously and will keep everyone informed of any updates.”


'Pub in the Park classic dishes revealed'

The wait is over for food lovers to find out what dishes will be on offer at Pub in the Park in Marlow next month.

The food and drink festival with celebrity chef Tom Kerridge kicks off in Higginson Park from May 17 to 19, and will feature an array of live music and signature food from restaurants in the area as well as further afield.

All dishes are priced at £5 each.

Marlow’s own The Hand & Flowers will be serving its take on a pub classic: the great British pie, while Kerridge’s other establishment The Coach will be bringing fish & chips with a side of pease pudding.

The Hind’s Head in Bray is serving up its infamous scotch egg, London’s Berners Tavern will present mac & cheese with braised beef, and The Star Inn – from the North Yorkshire Moors – will be taking the humble burger up a notch with a Yorkshire game and blue cheese burger.

Rick Stein will be bringing seafood with dishes such as lemon sole with salsa verde mayo and Paul Ainsworth will bring back his popular dog’s pollock.

For a full list of the Marlow menu, visit pubinthepark-uk.com/44XU-JF2O-4KWLU7-E3KY5-1/c.aspx.


'Photos from the past spark nostalgia on Siblings Day'

Residents at a care home in Marlow invited their brothers and sisters to enjoy a tea party for National Siblings Day on Wednesday, April 10.

Sir Aubrey Ward House in Prospect Road, run by care provider and charity The Fremantle Trust, ‘sparked nostalgia’ as everyone shared photos and stories from years gone by.

Attendees were asked to explore the importance of sibling relationships, focusing on how brothers and sisters relate to each other.

Resident Doreen Austin, 86, celebrated the day with her younger sister, Pauline Barratt, who usually visits several times a week.

During the tea party, they recounted stories of dinner parties when they were younger.

Service manager at Sir Aubrey Ward House Carlene Marshall-Knight said: “There is a strong sense of community here and the involvement of families is really important to ensure residents feel truly at home.

“This was a lovely opportunity to mark National Siblings Day and invite residents to share some special time with their brothers and sisters.”


'Big band to play in aid of lifeboat charity'

The Bucks, Berks and Oxon (BBO) Big Band will be playing in Marlow in aid of a lifeboat charity next week.

The performance is taking place on Thursday, April 25 at the Royal British Legion in Station Approach at 8.15pm.

The BBO Big Band – which gets its name from the three counties the original members were drawn from – was formed in 1986 and plays classic big band swing music to raise funds for charities and good causes.

All proceeds will go towards Hope Cove Lifeboat in South Devon.

Tickets, costing £8, will be available on the door.

Visit www.bbobigband.co.uk and www.hopecovelifeboat.org for more information.


'Jon-Scott to run series of workshops'

Stage star Jon-Scott Clark is coming to Marlow tomorrow (Friday) to run a series of workshops at Jam Theatre Studios in West Street.

Jon-Scott has appeared in shows Mary Poppins Returns, Shrek The Musical and Hamilton and will share what he has experienced.

Workshops take place from 10.30am to 4.30pm and cover different age groups.

Visit www.jamtheatre.co.uk/what-s-on.html to book.


'Tickets for regatta on sale'

Tickets for the Marlow Town Regatta and Festival are now on general sale.

The town’s premier sporting and social event takes place over the weekend of June 15 and 16.

Details and ticket sales can be found on the website at marlowtownregatta.org.


Diary

Tonight (Thursday, April 18): Karate, Court Garden Leisure Centre, Pound Lane, 7.15pm-9.15pm. Call 07528 569519.

Ballroom and Latin classes, Pugin Rooms, St Peter’s RCC, 7.30pm-8.30pm. £7.50. Call 07980 951544.

Tomorrow (Friday, April 19): Diddy Disco Toddler Group, Sea Cadet Hall, Wethered Road, 9.30am. £6 first child, £3.50 second.

Rock N Roll Jive Class and Dancing, RBL Marlow, Station Approach, 7.30pm-11.30pm. £5.

DJ Toney White at Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, 9pm-1.30am. Free. claytonsmarlow.com.

Saturday, April 20: ‘80’s Reloaded’ at Marlow Donkey, Station Road, 8pm until late. Free.

Wednesday, April 24: Charity Quiz Night at Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, from 7.30pm. £3 per person and booking essential. 01628 488404. claytonsmarlow.com.

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