Our Regions

Contact list for Chilterns

Barrie Mair
Martin Lynch
Honorary president
Clive Woodward

Introduction to the Regional Committee

Chilterns Spoon is one of the oldest regions, and has evolved both in shape and in size. Originally established to cover Bucks, Berks, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire, is has undertaken an hydra-like split itself into 3, with Hertfordshire forming a new county region and most of Oxfordshire together with North Bucks forming into Isis/Cherwell. The rump of the region is based broadly in the Chiltern Hills and the Thames Valley. It is a region blessed with many rugby clubs at all levels, and its membership is mainly drawn from representatives of those clubs.
Like all regions, our primary aim is to raise money for capital projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged youngsters. We have tried do this strategically, by selecting projects which are both meaningful and geographically spread "fairly" throughout the region. For this reason nobody needs to look far to see what sort of pleasure and relief we have delivered. There are several projects where the impacts have reached far beyond the regional boundaries. In particular I allude to: Augmented communication for people with no clear speech capability; Vision Control, which provides a communication method for all those who have no reliably controllable bodily function, other than their eyes; New psychological therapies for emotionally and behaviourly disturbed children that goes a long way to producing "near-normal" neural networks in their brains.
In addition to sporting and recreational events run by the Committee, we have been extremely fortunate in having members who have brought donating events, run by themselves and friends, to help swell the coffers - long may they continue to do so!
In total, over the 20+ years of its existence, the region has invested circa £1 million in some 40 projects.
Our Committee is a vehicle for members who wish to help organise events, and to take part in the decision as to which projects we should invest funds into. If you feel you have some time and event skill to offer, please contact Barrie (Telephone 07836 534 269 mobile 07836 534 269 or e-mail barriemair@bulldoghome.com)

For any issues relating to your spoon membership, please contact David Walmsley at Spoon Office. Tel: 01252 773720 (option 1)


Upcoming Events in Chilterns

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Date Event Venue

November 2014
Fri 28 Project Opening- Chiltern Gate School Chiltern Gate School
December 2014
Sun 14 Henley Carol Cruise Hobbs Yard to Henley-on-Thames

Project List

Applicant organisation Project name Project classification Date opened Wooden Spoon's commitment
Maidenhead RFC Maidenhead Street Rugby Other 1 May 11 £2,773
London Wasps Community Foundation Try it Love It Club It Tag Rugby 1 Jun 11 £6,000
The Rivertime Boat Trust, The Rivertime Boat Trust,, Renovation of steam boat for use by disabled children Transport 19 Aug 08 £7,500
Park School Park School, Minibus Transport 1 Jan 84 £8,500
Westfield School Outdoor Learning Centre Sports and Activity Areas 29 Nov 11 £14,900
Geoffrey Field School Edible Garden Sports and Activity Areas In Progress £10,000
Windsor Ascot Maidenhead District Sports Assn. for the Disabled Extension for a Play Area Sports and Activity Areas 29 Nov 06 £25,000
Camp Mohawk Adventure Soft Play Area Soft Play / R&R Rooms 28 Apr 10 £20,000
The Pace Centre The Pace Centre, Creation of play room and teaching room Soft Play / R&R Rooms 4 Jun 09 £25,000
West Berkshire Mencap, The Mencap Centre, Soft-play Room and Chill-out Room ext Soft Play / R&R Rooms 29 Jul 09 £100,000
Priory School Priory School, Therapy Room Soft Play / R&R Rooms 20 Oct 04 £80,000
Dacorum Women's Aid Dacorum Women's Aid, Playroom and outside play area Soft Play / R&R Rooms 31 Jan 03 £40,000
Chiltern Gate School Sensory Room Sensory Gardens / Rooms 28 Nov 14 £11,842
Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centres (Dingley West Berkshire) Sensory Playtime at Dingley West Berkshire Sensory Gardens / Rooms In Progress £7,674
Penn School Sensory Avenue Sensory Gardens / Rooms 20 Mar 13 £35,000
Claytons Primary School Sensory Room Sensory Gardens / Rooms 22 Jul 13 £22,995
Christ The King School Sensory Room Sensory Gardens / Rooms In Progress £10,000
The Ridgeway Primary School Sensory Room Sensory Gardens / Rooms 29 Sep 14 £14,330
Bishops Wood School Sensory Garden Sensory Gardens / Rooms 31 Oct 05 £30,000
Truckwell project, Reading Truckwell project, Reading, Raised Garden Sensory Gardens / Rooms 1 Jan 96 £12,200
Southfield School Outdoor Play Area Playgrounds In Progress £30,000
Park School Playground equipment Playgrounds 18 Mar 03 £19,600
Meadow Wood School Meadow Wood School, Hydrotherapy pool Hydrotherapy Pools 1 Jan 97 £150,000
Special Effect Vehicles and Demonstration Units Equipment and Activity Aids In Progress £37,000
Special Effect SpecialEffect, Demonstration IT units Equipment and Activity Aids 2 Jun 09 £50,000
Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Bedroom Buildings & Extensions In Progress £100,000
Prior's Court School Horticulture Classroom Buildings & Extensions 19 Mar 14 £11,900
The Chiltern Centre Bathroom Buildings & Extensions 19 Sep 11 £25,000
Ufton Court Educational Trust Kitchen Buildings & Extensions 4 Sep 13 £25,000
PACT Family Therapy Room Buildings & Extensions 15 Apr 13 £10,000
Brookfields School Hydrotherapy Pool Changing Rooms Buildings & Extensions 27 Feb 12 £25,000
Alfriston School Pool Changing Rooms Buildings & Extensions 25 Jun 14 £30,000
Mary Hare Foundation Classroom refurbishment Buildings & Extensions 14 May 14 £39,200
Wooden Spoon Unit, Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust Wooden Spoon Unit, Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust, Family Cancer Care & Hae Buildings & Extensions 1 Apr 01 £300,000
ACE Centre ACE Centre Advisory Trust, New building Buildings & Extensions 1 Apr 99 £300,000
Wycombe General Hospital Wycombe General Hospital, Baby Unit: dayroom for parents Buildings & Extensions 1 Jan 94 £20,000
More information
We are fortunate in the Chilterns region to have not one, but two Honorary Presidents - Sir Clive Woodward OBE and Matt Dawson MBE.

Barrie is the current Chair of the Committee, having been in post for the last 13 years. On the basis that it might move others to do likewise, he tells us that having brought up five healthy kids with his wife Jill, and having time in retirement to give a little back to society, that Spoon provides the ideal vehicle to help children from less fortunate backgrounds.

The team continually refreshes itself with new volunteers arriving to pick up the baton, so nobody needs to feel that they are making a lifetime commitment. One constant feature in the Chilterns team has been the immense frame of Nigel Timson - one of the founder group of 10 Spooners. Nigel's latest contribution was to help organise a new, contributing event "Let's Rock the Moor"; a rock concert which heralds the end of the Cookham Festival.

Our able treasurer, who counts the pennies and keeps the books in order, is Martin Lynch (a finance director in real life). Martin Sanders, Managing Director of Honda powered products, finds time in his busy palm-top to combine active support of the Chilterns with his position as a Trustee.

Stuart Adlam (a senior sales manager with Eli Lily) has taken on the role of Carol Cruise organiser."

Kevin Cassidy, who played rugby into his 50's, provides us with contact with the legal community through his corporate role as Commercial Director of Butterworth Press.

John Williams (a director of Lambert Smith Hampton) has taken on the task of organising our golf days.

Alan Randall (a local farmer) provides help with land access for events.

Steven Jones is our link with the drugs industry and helps to organise the Carol Cruise.

Paul Norris is a Partner in GP Property lawyers, and a recent addition to the team. Paul brings previous experience of charity experience from the Slough Community Partnership and the Rotary movement.

Rosemary Higgs has also recently come on board, having organised charity golf days for the medical profession, being an ex-Stoke Mandeville nurse.

Finally, but by no means least, is newly arrived Mike Elliott, the recently retired CEO of the Clare Foundation, who brings a lifetime of experience in the charity sector. The Clare Foundation was established by the owners of Dreams Bedroom furniture to help "other charities become more efficient and effective by practising Charity Excellence".
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