Here’s the story…
In 2010 the communities of Marsh and Micklefield were invited to take part in an experimental community project called ‘Big Local’. Since then a group of residents have been working together to enable local change, driven by the values below.
Meet the team
Hi, I am a local resident, living in the Marsh area. We have a beautiful environment and a great community in Marsh and Micklefield.
I work at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the Post Natal ward. I have three children, and always try to find opportunities and hobbies for them locally which make all of us happy - e.g. fun for them, educational, aspirational and reasonably cheap from my point of view!
Micklefield Resident and Admin Assistant
For the past 24 years I have lived and worked locally and enjoy living in the Micklefield area surrounded by the beautiful ancient woodlands which back onto my garden. I have had a love of the outdoors from a very young age and have had a keen interest in the environment and gardening.
I have been a member of the Marsh and Micklefield team as a volunteer, working to encourage the local community of Marsh and Micklefield to come up with ideas and ways to improve the lives of us all, particularly with regards to the precious environment that we all share.
I now work as Administrative Assistant for the project, administering funding, supporting the partnership, chair and staff team, and working with the wider staff team to develop the project.
Originally from Scotland, I am a Civil Engineer by profession and until my recent retirement I was the Area Highways Manager for Bucks County Council. Now that I have the free time I am enjoying being part of Team Marsh and Micklefield.
I am a keen photographer and enjoy my position as custodian of the image library for M&M. I am responsible for sorting and archiving the images from various projects and, of course, those produced by M&M.
I also monitor the finances on behalf of M&M, liaising with Chiltern Rangers who are the locally trusted organisation who act on behalf of M&M.
Chief Ranger at Chiltern Rangers - the projects 'Locally Trusted Organisation'
Hi, I’m John - Chief Ranger at Chiltern Rangers. We’ve worked with the Marsh and Micklefield team for several years now on a range of things from flower displays to the cinema event and of course the Community Ranger project. My personal work driver is to help make the planet and peoples lives better through community based conservation.
We are the LTO (Locally Trusted Organisation) for the team, which means we employ staff on their behalf, and ensure the project continues and strengthens its efforts to make this a better place to work, rest and play.
I don’t live in M&M area but bravely commute each day from Bowerdean on my push bike. I have lived in Wycombe most of my life and went to Homer Green Upper School. I am married with a beautiful daughter Holly who has Angleman’s Syndrome.
Am very likely to say yes to the offer of:
A glass of red
A cup of tea & bourbon biscuits
A walk in the woods
Growing up in the countryside (briefly in the Cambridgeshire Fens then the slightly more hilly area of the Herefordshire / Worcestershire border) I’ve always had a love for nature and the outdoors, especially the links between people and place and the arts and the environment. Having the Malvern Hills on one side of the village and the small orchards, fields and lanes of east Herefordshire on the other clearly made an impression. Another favourite part of the world that I’m very lucky to spend time in is rural Jutland, in Denmark.
After finishing my MPhil I lived and worked in Staffordshire and Cheshire – a good few years on my narrowboat (now no longer with me). I then moved to Wycombe – it was only supposed to be for a couple of years but have now been here for over twenty.
After a long spell working in bookselling I took the life-changing decision to abruptly leave my job and stepped off the cliff – luckily there were good people at the bottom to catch me!
I started with Chiltern Rangers as a volunteer, firstly with the Green Thursday group and then on a more full-time basis before joining the team as a Trainee Ranger. I qualified as a Forest School Leader and now spend a lot of my time working with community groups and schools and most importantly I am the Community Ranger for Marsh & Micklefield!
Working with a diverse range of people that live here is a hugely rewarding experience.
Outside of work I enjoy walking, art and photography and firmly believe that in life there cannot be too much music, too much cider or too many books…
Micklefield Resident, Graphic Design and Editorial Assistant
I moved to Micklefield with my family almost 9 years ago and since then have been involved in many community projects and events; from crafts activities at the library to creating wooden sculptures for the woods.
Being an active member in this community has opened my eyes to the dedication and hard work people put in to make Micklefield the thriving and successful place it is.
Defying the reputation it holds!
I started volunteering for Marsh and Micklefield Big local in March 2019. In May 2019 I was offered a job as Graphic Designer and Assistant Editor and now work on The Mayfly and on producing posters and other visuals for the project.
I’m a huge believer in the idea that everyone holds energy which can be used to create change, and so I live my life trying to magnify this energy in the hopes of making an impact on the world around me.
When I’m not working I spend a majority of my time walking or in garden centres picking up ridiculously large plants for my tiny room. My latest acquisition being Luna my Pin Stripe Prayer Plant (Calathea Ornata) who moves depending on the time of day.
My dream is to travel and experience all the cultures and beautiful scenery different countries have to offer.
I have been working here for 6 years now helping residents to fulfill their ambitions for the Marsh and Micklefield communities.
My days are varied and involve, for example, managing the overall funds, supporting local business development, managing the website, staff, volunteers and freelancers, as well as our key projects and partnerships. I edit and produce The Mayfly along with Luci, and work closely with our Chair Maddy and the staff team on a daily basis to lead the development of the project overall. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the current consultation and establishing a clear vision for the next 3-5 years.
When I am not at work I spend as much time as I can outside. I am a nature lover, and a committed environmentalist. I also love to read and try to keep my artistic side alive with a bit of drawing and sculpture.
I live just the other side of the Chilterns with husband Tom, two teenage daughters and a very scruffy dog called Romeo, who I am trying to train.
Micklefield Resident, Vice Chair
I moved into Micklefield in the year 2000 as a newly married 23 year old. I liked Micklefield straight away – it has a strong community identity and feels strangely like a village sometimes – I grew up in a village in Shropshire with a population of 60 people so I know what it is to live in a small community! Buying a house here was obviously quite an investment so it seemed to make sense for me to invest some of my time and skills in my new community to make it an even better place. Looking back now after nearly 20 years I can see how that commitment has led to all sorts of adventures and opportunities and has shaped who I am today. That’s why I love Marsh and Micklefield Big Local – because it creates an opportunity for people to both shape their community and be shaped by it.
Marsh Resident, Chair
I used to work in local government and I’ve enjoyed a varied career including running playgroups and teaching. I have been involved in the communities of Marsh and Micklefield from the very beginning of the project, and since retiring a couple of years ago have been able to get more active with the core team of residents, which I currently chair.
I’m involved in Citizens Advice and Wycombe Sound Radio where I host a show on Monday afternoons - I am always looking for people to interview!
I love living in the Marsh and I’m passionate about community and exploring new ideas.
Most days you can find me drinking coffee and chatting at Hills Café or the Wrights Meadow Centre!
I have been in the forefront of ensuring equality for everyone, especially in relatively deprived areas of High Wycombe by volunteering, since 2008, as a school governor at Beechview school, and as Treasurer or a Chairman on County consultative committees, Multifaith councils and Ethanol minority forums.
My passion is to see people of all backgrounds enjoy all aspects of this wonderful life and I enjoy watching children achieving their full potential when I bump into them.
I joined the Marsh and Micklefield team as it is helping the locals be proud of themselves and their area.
One of my roles is to help understand the value of any funding applications and offer suggestions. I also enjoy bringing my experience in safeguarding to help at the Movie Night event which is a great fun activity.
Micklefield resident, proofreader
I moved to Micklefield 4 years ago. Prior to that, I was a Marsh resident for 17 years, so I’m very familiar with the local area.
I started doing the proofreading for Marsh and Micklefield Big Local in 2019, but I have been proofreading documents for a lot longer than that and have experience of editing CVs, portfolios, manuscripts and dissertations etc.
I really enjoy spotting errors in texts and working with words, and I get great satisfaction from helping people with their spelling and grammar.
During my spare time I enjoy karaoke and Open Mic nights (though this has obviously dried up during recent months), reading and writing fiction (I have successfully self-published 4 books and am working on the 5th), socialising and going to the cinema.
My dream is to either become a successful singer and/or conventionally published author, or to succeed as a professional proofreader and/or copywriter.
123 people took part in an initial survey in September
The Survey looked at how to best use £500k remaining funds from a grant of just over £1m from the National Lottery.
See the full results via the button below, for a summary just scroll down.
Together residents created a plan for using the £500k
See below for a summary of previous funds have been used.
For more details on work led by the Marsh and Micklefield team follow these links:
The team also run events like Movie Night, help local community businesses and other projects to develop, and run this website!
To find out more about recent activities, please read the staff updates and notes from team meetings which take place about 10 times a year.