Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a robbery at a business in Amersham.
At around 11.30am on 26 November, two offenders entered the Carphone Warehouse store in Sycamore Road.
They tried to force entry into the back of the shop and stole a Samsung tablet before being chased out of the store by staff and making off in a silver van.
The van was found abandoned later that day in the area of Station Approach in Little Chalfont.
No one was injured during the robbery.
Both of the offenders are white, of medium build and aged in their twenties.
They were wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and hi-vis jackets.
Police would like to speak to anyone who has any information about the robbery.
Please contact Det Con Chris Downs from Aylesbury Force CID via the 24-hour enquiry line, 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Nostalgia rules this Christmas
2015 sees a host of old franchises revamping and looking to return to your home come Christmas Day.
With Christmas less than month away, Amersham-based business is seeing a few renewed classics being in high demand. Monopoly, The Entertainer predicts Meccano and Thunderbirds merchandise will be in almost every home come Christmas Day, and the release of the newest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is sure to create a last minute buying frenzy this holiday season.
Parents may remember it wasn’t too long ago that they were receiving very similar gifts themselves. Some toys have received great modern upgrades to be better than ever whereas others seem to have remained firm favourites or even made an unexpected comeback.
The Entertainer, took a look at what are set to become this year’s most popular toys to see how nostalgic your homes will be getting come Christmas Day:
Monopoly Here & Now – £16.50
The classic board game is expected to be a firm favourite this year, with the new Here & Now World Edition taking the property-lending and money-wheeling game onto a global scale for its 80th anniversary. Monopoly has been a popular game since its initial release in the 1930s and has produced many collectable versions before this Here & Now World edition, which also has players collecting passport stamps alongside properties.
Pie Face! Game – £20.00
The game that took the internet by storm is sure to come near the top of children’s lists, with the prospect of getting mum and dad’s face covered in cream just too much to resist. The game was actually first released by Hasbro back in the 1960’s meaning this game is set for a 50 year comeback.
Kenner Toys originally brought Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon to the homes of children all over the world for Christmas in 1979, as Star Wars quickly became a pop culture phenomenon. 46 years later, the release of The Force Awakens means a new crew for the updated ship, now able to fire foam darts as well as carry all of your kids’ favourite Star Wars figures.
Real FX Spotless Racing Set – £79.99
Scalextric made it possible for children to race around their own courses from the late 1950s, with parents everywhere running coins through metal slot tracks and fiddling with wires to keep things working. Now, out of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Real FX integrated AI into their cars meaning no slots are required, and virtual hazards can be added to the course to ramp up the difficulty.
Thunderbirds Are Go Tracy Island – £71.99
Thanks to Thunderbirds re-runs on BBC2 at the time, Matchbox’s Tracy Island playsets became the must-have gift of 1992, resulting in stock shortages nationwide. Blue Peter even famously tried to rectify the problem by showing how to craft a homemade version. With Thunderbirds Are Go hitting our screen earlier this year, Tracy Island is back now with smart technology to launch the Thunderbirds automatically from their individual launch pads.
Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS Robot – £349.99
Meccano has been teaching the UK the principals of engineering since the turn of the 20th century. More than 100 years of metal plates, girders and wheels have delivered more than its fair share of must-haves, and this year Meccano released its most advanced set yet. To join the motorbikes and aeroplanes now is the Meccano Maccanoid, with Bluetooth enable ability and up to 1000 pre-programmed phrases.
The Entertainer was founded by husband and wife team, Gary and Catherine Grant, in 1981. In recent years it has experienced strong growth and as a multichannel retailer it now has 107 high street stores across the UK and a website – www.TheToyShop.com that has over 18 million visits annually.
In March 2015 The Entertainer was named in ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For’, in the first year that the group have taken part. The Entertainer was ranked at number 82, after competing against more than 1,050 other businesses and organisations. The Entertainer was then awarded Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the Oracle Retail Week Awards ceremony which took place on 12th March 2015.
The Entertainer currently employs over 1,200 people in its stores, this number rises to over 1,900 on the lead up to Christmas, and a further 150 are based at its Head Office in Amersham.
The Entertainer donates 10% of its net annual profit to charity each year as well as encouraging employees to donate a portion of their salary to charity through Workplace Giving. The retailer is also an active member of the Pennies scheme, whereby customers are given the option to donate a few pence to charity at the till-point, on average generating £5,000 of donations each week.
Transform your life and those of patients at your local Hospice by joining The Hospice of St Francis sponsored weight-loss and fitness challenge starting in early 2016.
The Challenge includes free 12 week Sportspace membership, free motivational weekly weigh-ins, free Personal Training sessions and free nutritional workshop in return for fundraising for the Hospice.
To apply visit: www.stfrancis.org.uk/biggestloser or call 01442 869555.
date: Starts 25/01/16
tel: 01442 869555
“Global Problems. Why Bother?” with Marilyn Mason
Marilyn was in charge of the BHA s education department for some years. She edited The Thinkers Guide to Life, an anthology of sayings from Epicurus to Carl Sagan, which was published in 2000. More recently she co-founded Humanists for a Better World. She will explain why she thinks it is wrong to ignore the environmental and economic calamities unfolding around us, and why Humanists are the people who should be concerned and take action.
As a special incentive to come along, there will be mince pies and mulled wine.
date: 9th December 2015
venue: Large Barn Hall,
Amersham Community Centre
Ample free parking.
cost: Free. Everyone welcome.
Henry Allen Christmas Fair
Get all festive at Henry Allen’s Christmas Fair.
Fabulous prizes to he won at the Grand Raffle, including days out
at Hughenden Manor, The Rex and Whipsnade/London Zoo, gym
membership, dinners at local restaurants and much much
Visit Santa in his grotto, plus tombola, crafts and games
for the little ones, second-hand toy/book sale and tasty
treats to tuck into.
Come along between 2-4pm.
date: 21 November 2015
venue: Mitchell Walk, Amersham, HP6 6NW
Baby & Children’s Market – Amersham
Goods for sale: Lots of stalls selling excellent quality nearly new baby and children’s items from birth to 8 yrs, plus a small selection of unique businesses in the baby and children’s industry showcasing and selling their products and services all under one roof!
Where: Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham HP6 5AH
Stall Fee: Pre-loved stalls – £15 per table, Business stalls – £20 per table
Refreshments: There will be refreshments to purchase
Admission: £1 entry per adult, Kids free
Parking: Free car parking
For more information relating to this event contact Tracy or Karen via email on email@example.com or call 07830 885783
date: 29th November 2015
time: 10am – 12pm
venue: Amersham Community Centre
Yin yoga class
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for longer
periods of time five minutes or longer per pose is typical
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues the
tendons, fascia, and ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the
joints and improving flexibility.
date: 16 November 2015
venue: Market Hall
Market Square, High Street
Amersham Old Town
Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop
Create a fantastic centrepiece for Christmas with Amersham Museum. You can watch a demonstration of how to make a wreath or table centre and then make one to decorate your home this Christmas.
The session, which takes place in Amersham Market Hall, is being facilitated by Christine Redding from Shaw’s Florists.
The session take places on Thursday 10th December and runs from 10am-12 noon. It costs £25 per person and the price includes materials, coffee on arrival and drinks and nibbles to finish.
Booking is essential. To make an online booking, see https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FDLILH alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01494 723700.
Hospice of St Francis Santa Dash!
Santas of all ages and jingle dogs sign up and for The
Hospice of St Francis Santa Dash in aid of local hospice
care this Christmas! Join us to walk, sprint, scoot or
jog on a 2.5mile route around the streets of Hemel
Hempstead starting at Riverside (HP1 1BT) on Sunday 13
December 10am. All the family are welcome, plus friends
and even dogs and it’s all for a good claus!
It costs £35 to register the whole family (and dog) or
£15 for adults and £5 for children which includes your
Santa suit, mince pie and drink at the finish line, a
puzzle book for the little Santas and a doggie treat for
your jingle dog.
venue: Riverside, Hemel Hempstead.
tel: 01442 869555
Christmas Make Do And Mend
Following the success of Amersham Museum’s “Make Do and Mend” sessions in the summer, there will be a Christmas-themed sewing and knitting session in the museum on 21st November.
Children will be able to make sewn or knitted snowman and Christmas trees and pom-pom baubles.
This will take place from 2pm-4pm and costs £3 per child, with a recommended minimum age of 7.
Chiltern Railways have introduced a new timetable this week (w/c 25 October). Trains to Marylebone off peak have changed to mainly :08 and :38 minutes past the hour, off peak trains from Marylebone have gone back to their traditional time of :27 and :57. Don’t get caught out like I did!
Peak services remain mainly the same.
They have also introduced a new service to Oxford via High Wycombe.
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Coleshill, near Amersham.
Shortly before 7.30pm on 11 October a blue Ford Mondeo traveling on the A355 Amersham Road from the direction of Amersham, was involved in a collision with a blue BMW 5 series traveling in the opposite direction.
The male driver of the Ford Mondeo died at the scene. The female driver of the BMW series sustained serious leg and arm injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where she remains. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The road was closed while Roads Policing officers investigated the circumstances of the collision and it re-opened by midnight.
Investigating officer PC Dean Verges, from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Amersham, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who saw this fatal collision or saw the vehicles traveling prior to the collision.
“If you have any information which could assist the investigation please contact police.”
Anyone with any information about the collision should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting URN 1217 11/10.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
AMCHOR Concert Saturday 5 December 2015 7.30 St Mary’s Church Old Amersham. Plus details of how to join AMCHOR
AMCHOR Concert Saturday 5 December 2015 7.30 St Mary’s Church Old Amersham
MENDELSSOHN Elijah Conductor: Mark Austin
Soloists: Eve Daniel Soprano,Claire Barnett-Jones Alto,Frederick De Tommaso Tenor, Henry Neil Bass
The St. Cecilia Orchestra
Tickets £15, Students £7.50 Box Office 01494 758282 or on the door.
AMCHOR welcomes amateur singers!
Amersham and Chesham Bois Choral Society (AMCHOR) welcomes keen amateur singers who would like to come along and try out a rehearsal. The choir, established in 1960, has around 100 singers from a wide variety of backgrounds, some of near professional standard and some who are discovering for the first time the pleasure of choral singing. Our repertoire includes well-loved choral works by composers, both ancient and modern, such as Monteverdi, Tallis, Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Beethoven, Elgar, Britten and many more. We are delighted to welcome new members in any voice parts but tenors are especially welcome – a very warm welcome will be extended to new members of the tenor section!
AMCHOR starts the new term with new Musical Director Mark Austin, an experienced singing coach, who has performed regularly as a conductor and pianist at major venues in the UK and abroad. Mark is also founder and artistic director of the Faust Ensemble chamber orchestra.
Rehearsals are held weekly in term time on Monday evenings in Amersham and AMCHOR performs two concerts a year, in December and May, usually in St. Mary’s Church, Old Amersham. The December 2015 concert is Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and for our May concert we will perform Bach’s Cantata Gloria in Excelsis; Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore; and Schubert’s Mass in G.
For more information, please contact Honorary Chairman Sarah Vize (email@example.com 01494 775306) or Honorary Secretary Jenny Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01494 785822). We are on the Web at www.amchor.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Amersham.Chesham.Amchor . Do come along, we will be delighted to see you!