Here’s the story…
In 2014 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 lead local change, driven by the values below.
EMPOWERMENT Together we can build the community we want to live in.
ENJOYMENT This should be fun! Lets enjoy this journey together.
INCLUSIVITY This belongs to everyone. If you are between 0-110 and care about where you live - consider yourself part of the family.
Meet the team
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 for the past 18 months. I see my role as working with other team members 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.
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!
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.
Micklefield Resident and Social Media Lead
Hey I’m Victoria,
I’m a creative, herbal tea drinking all around positive soul. I believe that being unique is the most incredible thing a person can be and also in the power of ‘what if”.
What if we chose to follow our dreams? What if we stopped and looked up once in a while, long enough to enjoy the amazing world around us? What if we were kinder to ourselves?
I was once told by a close friend “there are never problems, only challenges” it is by working together that we can overcome these challenges. There are so many people currently working together within Marsh and Micklefield to make positive difference within the area which is amazing to see and be part of. If you see me around, come and say hi, I love meeting new people and I’d love to meet as many people in our amazing community as possible.
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.
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.
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, Admin Assistant
Hi, I’m Elaine. I’m the administrator for Team M&M.
I’ve lived in Micklefield for nine years and I really enjoy working within such an inspirational environment.
I am very interested in the world we live in and how our environment affects the way we live and interact with each other. I am really enjoying seeing how Marsh And Micklefield Big Local is making a positive impact on local people and the Marsh and Micklefield area.
Away from the office, I spend a lot of my time out and about with our dog. I’m a passionate gardener and a keen genealogist.
I have been working here for 4 years now, helping residents to fulfill their ambitions for the Marsh and Micklefield communities. This is my second home, and I would love to hear from you if you want to get involved in doing stuff in the area.
I believe in people power, and am also a nature-lover. When I am not at work I spend as much time as I can outside. I also love to read and make things and have a secret arts practice in a shed in my garden.
I live just the other side of the Chilterns with husband Tom, two teenage daughters, and a very scruffy dog called Romeo.
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 Comms
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’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.
Chief Ranger at Chiltern Rangers
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 recently became LTO (Locally Trusted Organisation) to the team, which means we help 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
The Big Local Project
Find out more about the national project that Marsh and Micklefield is part of and the ‘Local Trust’ the organisation that oversees it.
Check out some creative approaches to community development going on not too far away in Barking and Dagenham.
Community Lovers Guide
A global network of Community Projects from around the world - lots of food for thought, and inspiration here.
Also a very inspiring bunch. As residents involved in this this project are an informal group and cannot hold funds or employ staff, Chiltern Rangers CIC have been asked to be the ‘Locally Trusted Organisation’ for our area, and take on these roles.