"Summer, and the fete season is upon us.. As every year, the Naphill and church fetes took place on the same day, and at the same times. So it’s a bit of a rush to get to both but I'm glad I did.
"There could not have been better weather and it was great to see so many people at the Naphill Crick. I liked the twin themes: celebrating both the 90th anniversary of the village hall and the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Having as local MP attended many different meetings at the hall over the last 26 years, I know how important it is as a community asset - and of course the history of Naphill and Walters Ash in the 20th and 21st centuries is intimately connected with that of the RAF.
"The book stall in the marquee was as well- stocked as ever. It was good to catch-up on the work of local organisations like Hughenden Street and it was both funny and touching to see burly RAF PT instructors take such care over supervising the infants’ egg and spoon races.
"At Stokenchurch too, I was able to touch base with some of the local voluntary groups whose work is at the heart of village life.
"Stokenchurch Community Transport provides a lifeline to elderly and disabled people who don't have transport of their own and who can become very isolated and lonely in a village with few public transport links. I was delighted to learn that a generous grant from a local charitable trust means that they should be taking delivery of a new vehicle later this year.
"The library in Stokenchurch was transferred to a community trust a few years ago. It continues to thrive, but, like so many organisations in our towns and villages, depends on a relatively small number of volunteers to keep going. For so many of our local charities the need for more volunteers is at least as important as the need to raise funds."