Get ready for a ‘season of celebration’ with a packed programme of nature-based events, walks and activities in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this autumn.

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The Chilterns Conservation Board is thrilled to launch a packed programme of nature-based events, walks and activities all designed to inspire families, young people and adults of all ages to discover and enjoy the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Chilterns ‘season of celebration’ will provide people with the opportunity to connect with nature, improve health and wellbeing, meet new people, find out more about the landscape on their doorstep, learn new skills and help support communities and businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s plenty on offer throughout October with a fantastic programme of events including the brand-new Chilterns Celebration and the ever-popular Chilterns Walking Festival:

The Chilterns Celebration

  • A brand-new festival of events designed to celebrate the Chilterns, bringing communities together and inspiring people to explore and enjoy the heritage and landscape around them
  • Running from 1 – 31 October 2020
  • The first ever “Chilterns Champions” conference with special guest speaker Chris Packham

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, our Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Project team has joined forces with community groups and organisations across the Chilterns to provide a whole month of activities and online resources/events to celebrate the Chilterns. From October 1st – 31st, we will be running events and showcasing those already taking place, to extend the season for local businesses and bring communities together around the heritage and landscape of this region we call home.

We’ll be welcoming Chris Packham – naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author – as keynote speaker at our first ever ‘Chilterns Champions’ conference, where we’ll be talking about Citizen Science, why it’s crucial and how you can get involved. You’ll have the chance to explore a brand new heritage trail around the Wycombe Rye, get creative with art workshops as part of ‘The Big Draw’ on Kingsmead Recreation Ground with Wycombe’s very own wildlife champions, the Chiltern Rangers, experience a live-streaming concert and get involved with our packed programme of walks, talks and local produce tastings. The Chilterns Celebration really does have something for everyone.

Find the full schedule of events and details on how to book your place at www.chilternsaonb.org/ccc-fest.

The Chilterns Walking Festival

  • Over 50 guided walks in the beautiful Chilterns  
  • Running from Saturday 17 October – Sunday 1 November 

Now in its seventh year, the Chilterns Walking Festival has established itself as one of the main contenders in the region’s bountiful events calendar.  With over 50 guided walks, activities and events, the 16-day Chilterns Walking Festival has been designed to appeal to different age groups, interests and levels of fitness.

The walks provide opportunities to meet countryside rangers, farmers, archaeologists, historians, food producers and storytellers of the Chilterns. Each walk is guided by an experienced walk leader who will bring their story to life.

The Chilterns Conservation Board’s People & Society Officer, Annette Venters, said

We are delighted to be offering lots of new walks that showcase the best of our stunning landscapes, wildlife and local producers. The walks will appeal to all ages and abilities. There are still plenty of challenging hikes, but we’ve included a greater number of shorter walks too, with the emphasis on learning and discovery, meeting the people and producers of the Chilterns, and spending time in our inspirational landscape.”

 

 

 

View details and book your walk online at: www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest.

The ‘season of celebration’ will also support the campaign to extend the visitor season from October right through to spring 2021, with a regular programme of events planned to encourage people to support their local pubs, shops and attractions, all whilst staying covid-19 secure.

The Chilterns Conservation Board’s Chief Executive, Dr Elaine King, said

“The Chilterns is a very special landscape with so much to offer, and we are delighted to be holding this celebration that will help people connect with nature, improve their health and wellbeing and celebrate our local heritage and landscapes.”  

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"My Family"

“Before the adventure of starting a family, nobody truly knows what to expect. All of life’s preconceptions and what we see in the world around us meant that life as a family man was so much better than I expected it to be.

“I had been blessed with four wonderful children, whose thirst for life and hunger of adventure kept me busy but in the best possible way.

“As I look to an uncertain future, I reflect on the fun that we had as a family, with feelings of sadness that it was cut so short.

“Phoebe was my first daughter, and was the model of her mother but with a thirst to always know more. Regularly we would adventure and explore the world together. She was clever and able to make great jumps of imagination - her great creations in Lego are testament to this.

“Simeon was just like his father, with a mischievous sense of humour and desire to know more of the world. A keen sportsman, he had been due to play in first football match this week.

“He shared the kind heart of his sisters and wouldn’t be happier than when he knew that everyone was ok.

“Amelia was kind and spirited. Her tenderness and thoughtfulness much more advanced than her years.

“Her ability to dance and express herself was a true blessing, with an abundance of self-confidence. Tied down by no element of practicality she had the most vivid dreams imagination.

“Myself and Zoe were as different as we were alike. Despite the frequent tensions this would bring, it was of immense benefit having such differing world views.

“Our children benefited from this in having adventures but also the quiet to talk. Zoe was a dreamer; with a head spinning of new things to do or tales to tell. More than anything, we made a great partnership to raise a family.

“I want to thank everyone who has rushed to put their arms around to us to support me and Penny.

“As a family that have always preferred understated calm and brevity, it has been a revelation the benefit of the deep wider relationships now I’ve lost my immediate nuclear family.

“There are many battles to come, and I thank everyone who has stood by me and Penny thus far.

“We are well supported and know to ask if anything is needed.

“Now we have the time to readjust and grieve, this is the challenge of the abundance of loss we feel as a family.

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“As a close Chinnor community, we are all so saddened and shocked to hear about the tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers to everyone.
St Andrew's Church is open every day between 11am and 5pm for private prayer, lighting a candle and a book of condolence.

The Chinnor Community Church on the High Street has created a space for flowers to be laid for the family. CCC has a cross outside to lay flowers under. The chapel will be open for private prayer, reflection, and a book of condolence for the next 2 weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.00 am - noon; also, Fridays from 2.00 - 4.00 pm.

On Monday the 19th October from 7pm the Scout Troop and their leaders will be walking through the village on their way to hold a candle lit vigil for Josh and his baby daughter.

At 8pm we will be holding a 1 minute silence in remembrance of Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia.
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