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Nottingham Knockers

Over the last 2 days in Amersham and the Chalfonts we have received a large number of calls around doorstep sellers or Nottingham Knockers as they are commonly called. A number of calls received were complaining of the aggressive nature of these people. 

I spoke to Mrs H about her experience who said “At about 1740, there was a really loud noise at my door. It wasn’t a knock, it was thumping on the glass so I guessed who it was.
I opened the front door and the male hadn’t knocked on the porch door (which most people do). He was banging the glass on the internal door.

I get the impression that he was really trying to intimidate me. He tried to get into my personal space and said that he had recently been released from prison, and he had been put on a scheme by probation. He also said that a police officer had just bought a chamois leather from him. He was really persistent. I told him three times that I wasn’t interested. 

I was concerned about his bullying tactics with the elderly neighbours.”

From this you can see the tactics that are being used. The intimidation banging on the glass rather than the door, the mention of having been in prison and getting in the victims personal space. The tactic of legitimising the behaviour by saying probation had put him on a scheme and that a police officer had bought some items from him.

Aggressive behaviour
The law states that a trader who ignores a resident's request to leave and not return commits a criminal offence under the provisions of The Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 

Cold Callers and Rogue Traders
Cold calling is the act of making uninvited visits to your home with the intention of selling goods or services. It is not illegal and does not require a licence. Under the Peddlars Act a doorstop sellers should obtain a permit from the local police station. It is common for a gang to target an area and for groups to then be picked up later on in the day. There have been concerns that this can lead to vulnerable persons and addresses being identified and later targeted.

Cold calling doorstep traders who target the elderly and vulnerable cause most concern. They offer services like roofing, block paving, guttering, painting and gardening. There are, of course, plenty of reputable traders offering a range of services but they can still be a nuisance if they cold call against your wishes. Any trader that puts you under pressure by falsely implying that you have to make a decision there and then, or that the "special price" is only available for a limited period in order to make you sign up, is committing an offence.

Stop Cold Calling sticker packs and Zones
You can express your request not to receive visits from cold calling doorstep traders by taking part in Buckinghamshire and Surreys Trading Standards ‘No cold calling sticker scheme’. The packs include door and window stickers which can be stuck up outside peoples addresses and will act as a deterrent to unwanted callers. There is also an indoor sticker to remind people of where they can report these traders to.

Sticker packs can be obtained from them or your local police station. I have also been in touch with the C&SB District Councils Community Safety Team who will assist roads in creating ‘No door step trader zones’ if the majority of your street is in agreement.

Recommended Contractors
If you are looking for work it is recommended that you get recommendations or consider Trading Standards approved contractors on and

Hopefully this will help you in dealing with such people and make you aware of the associated risks to you and your neighbours.

Advanced Notice - Save the Date.


Recently two cars in Chalfont St Giles were broken into and items stolen.
The police have been informed and will be putting “Police Operation” notices up in the village – as a deterrent.
Remember not to leave attractive items in your parked vehicle.

To get started, simply download your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here:

The guide contains lots of hints and tips including:

  • A range of physical and digital security measures to protect your home
  • How to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security
  • A handy checklist for when you go away.

Being burgled is a traumatic experience. It’s not just the financial cost of replacing stolen items, but also the emotional impact of feeling violated after a stranger has been in your home.

In this short video, Jennifer and Sam talk about how they were affected after their home was burgled. You can watch the video on the Thames Valley Police YouTube channel here:

By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes in the area.

Chalfont St. Giles Village Show 7 September

This show would not happen without those helpers who assist in setting up and taking down the show, marshalling the traffic on Show day and helping out in the general running of the food and drink tents and the competitions. Please let us know if you are willing to be a Show Angel.

Contact us here

"London's Lost Rivers - A Walker's Guide"
Review of Chalfont St Giles Literary and Film Group Talk on May 8th

Tom Bolton, something of polymath, has written several books.The theme is often the forgotten history of places He also contributes to many magazines and newspapers on a wide range of subjects including music.
On Monday Tom spoke on the history of London's Lost Rivers to a packed and appreciative audience in the Reading Room.

Many might know that the River Fleet still flows beneath London but how many know of the rivers Neckinger, Peck, Walbrook, Tyburn, Effra or Westbourne - just a few of the twenty one waterways that flowed through Man's early settlement on the Thames which, over many centuries, grew into the vast city of London. Of these two thirds are partially or wholly lost. This number does not include the many tributaries, - the Dollis, Brook, Graveney, Quaggy, Moselle to name but a few. These are now only known by the names they gave to areas, roads and buildings.
During this fascinating talk we learned that several rivers were incorporated into the Victorian sewers and others disturbed or diverted by the building of the Underground. The Blitz, rebuilding and constant expansion of the City, have all contributed to the the loss.
As you walk down Oxford Street remember, that deep below, the RIver Tyburn still flows. Now part of the sewage system it meanders deep beneath Buckingham Palace, removing the Royal effluence!.
It was a stimulating talk and his book is a comprehensive history and guide should you wish to go exploring.

Open Day

Sunday 28th April

2.00pm to 4.30pm

Crossleys (off Bowstridge Lane) HP8 4NQ

Children & adults welcome

10% discount for new members joining on the day

For more information visit :


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Regular Church Notices

Services at The Baptist Church

You are warmly welcomed to join us on Sunday mornings.

Our service is at 10.30am, followed by tea and coffee

Services at Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity has some regular services, which are the same every week and some services which are different each week or special services and events. Our aim is to provide variety in our service styles.

Every Sunday 8-8.40am: Book of Common Prayer Communion Service. This is a traditional language service which is quiet and reflective. Suits the early risers!

Week commencing Sunday 14

Sunday 8am BCP Holy Communion- traditional language service.

10am Palm Sunday Holy Communion-suitable for adults and older children. There are toys and books at the back of the church for young children to use.

Wednesday 12.30pm Holy Communion-contemporary service with prayerful focus

Thursday 7pm Maundy Thursday Service

Good Friday 10am Joint service with Seer Green Baptist Church at Holy Trinity followed by Walk of Witness which finishes at SGBC

2pm An Hour by the Cross, quiet meditative service

Services in the Parish Church

Worship Services 14 - 21 April 2019 (Easter Week)

14 April Palm Sunday

8am Holy Communion (BCP)

9:40am Procession with palms(meeting in the Surgery car park)

10am All Age worship

                                                          6:30pm Holy Communion with healing prayer

Tuesday and Thursday

9-9:30am Morning Prayer

17 Wednesday

9:30am Holy Communion

from 10:30am Home Communions

18 Maundy Thursday

8pm Holy Communion (Celtic, with washing of hands)

19 April Good Friday

depart10am Walk of Witness(meet at the former Roman Catholic church towards the top of Deanway)

10:30am Service on the Green(followed by refreshments in the Reading Room)

2pm An hour at the Cross(devotional service)


8am Holy Communion (BCP)

10am Family Holy Communion(followed by an Easter Egg hunt!)

NO Evening Service

Deanway United Church


Jordans Quaker Meeting

Welders Lane, Jordans, HP9 2SN

Sundays: All welcome at Meeting for Worship held at 10.30am.

Every 2nd Sunday of the month: Tradecraft, Fairtrade products on sale at 11.30am.

Enquiries: 01494 876594

Amersham Spiritualist Centre

We meet on Friday nights at 7:30pm at the Village Hall in White Lion Road, Amersham Common. Directions.

We have a different medium each week who will connect you to your departed loved ones and demonstrate that your spirit never dies. See the What's On page on our web site for details of upcoming mediums.

At the start of the service, we have a brief spiritual healing and meditation session to help you wind-down from your busy week, ready for the weekend.

There is no specific charge for the service or for healing, but we are happy to receive your free-will donations during the service.

We are a friendly group who have been meeting in Amersham for 30 years and we look forward to giving you a warm welcome when you come to see us.

You can follow us on facebook by clicking this link .

Small Ads - sell your unwanted items here - for free.
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For Sale

Downsizing my personal collection of autographs. All hand collected over a number of years. Each one Size 12x8 and framed.
Wayne Rooney - Man Utd
Jose mourinho
Willian - chelsea
John terry - chelsea
Pedro - chelsea
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Aaron Ramsey - arsenal
Mesut ozil - arsenal
Sergio aguero - Man City
Harry Kane - Tottenham
Dele alli - Tottenham

£20 each. Call or text 07943030035.


Car Bicycle Rack. Holds 2 bikes. Fits on rear window/tailgate. A bit tatty but functional.

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