Good Neighbours

The Hilltop Villages Good Neighbours Group

One of the strengths of our community is the willingness of local people to offer a helping hand to others. In short you might call this a spirit of ‘neighbourliness’.

In the summer of 2011 a group of villagers got together to identify how they could build on this neighbourliness. Aside from this ambition, there are concerns that cut-backs in public services will over time impact disproportionately on those living within rural communities. It was considered prudent to respond to these threats, or to borrow the local authority turn of phrase, ‘Building Community Capacity’.

The Hilltop Villages Pub Lunch Club

This is one club you do not need to join or pay a subscription! The idea of the Pub Lunch Club is to offer a good value meal in friendly surroundings for those living locally. On offer is a two-course meal – main course and pudding – plus tea or coffee, all for just £12.

Currently hosted by the Black Horse Inn the lunches take place on the second Wednesday of each month. Future dates are publicised regularly in Hilltop News.

Everyone is welcome to come along and try it out – perhaps with a friend or neighbour. All you need to do is to book in advance, at any time during the month leading up to the next meal.

Maybe you know a neighbour or friend who would enjoy having a lunch out once a month, please let them know. If they are not on email you could help by booking on their behalf. Without a car? Then we can help out with a lift there and back home. Just let us know when booking.

Bookings can be made by email to goodneighbours@cholesbury.com or by calling 01494 758890.
NB. Bookings cannot be made directly with the pub.

Hilltop Villages Good Neighbours Directory

A pull out leaflet was distributed to all the households in Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards Parish in the December 2011 edition of Hilltop News. The leaflet included information about two initiatives identified above. The Extreme Weather 4×4 Car Scheme and also a Directory of Useful Community Service Telephone Numbers. See below for further details of each.

Download a copy of the current leaflet

A copy of the current Good Neighbours leaflet can be downloaded here.

The Extreme Weather 4×4 Car Scheme

The last two winters brought heavy snowfalls and prolonged periods of freezing weather conditions. At times local roads became impassable or dangerous to negotiate safely without a 4×4 car.

A group of volunteers have come together to operate a 4×4 Car Scheme during periods of such extreme weather. There is a dedicated telephone number which will be manned by volunteers within the Parish and drivers with 4×4 cars will be on-call to help fellow parishioners with vital transport needs, e.g. to get to urgent medical appointments, restocking essential food supplies, or collecting an urgent prescription. Possibly to assist stranded villagers at local stations or in the environs of the villages! If weather conditions prevent social services reaching a client, and near neighbours are not available, then volunteers may also be able to help with certain vital tasks. NB. It will be totally at the discretion of Group organisers to decide if the weather conditions dictate, and the need is urgent and appropriate for a volunteer to be called out.

The Extreme Weather 4×4 Car Scheme telephone number is:

08458 735737

Please note that the Car Scheme will be in operation from 9am to 7pm and only during periods of extreme weather. At other times you should contact the police or social services.

This service is free; however a contribution towards the driver’s fuel costs is welcomed. Residents are encouraged to prepare for another harsh winter, both at home and for daily journeys!

We would like to express our thanks to Green Telecom, based in Chesham, who generously supplied the telephone number, free of charge.

Why not join in?

If you would like to find out more about volunteering and parcipating in any of the Hilltop Villages Good Neightbours Group initiatives, or would like to contact the Group please contact Chris Brown by phone on 01494 758890, or email goodneighbours@cholesbury.com