Church services have resumed, although without people aged over 70 and those with medical conditions. There’s no singing, no communion wine and you’re asked to bring your own prayer book if possible. Maximum congregation at Holy Trinity Penn is 45 and 30 at St Margaret’s, Tylers Green.
Tylers Green Village Hall will reopen in September but with strict limitations on the type of events that can be held and the numbers allowed in each of the rooms. The Penn and Tylers Green Village Show, which was due to be held in the hall in September, has been cancelled for this year.A reduced version is planned for the common.
Village primary schools are planning for a full-time return of all pupils when the autumn term resumes on 3 September. Special protective measures and a system of controls will be in place. In Tylers Green children transferring from first school to middle school, who have been unable to enjoy their customary introductory visit this term, are being given the opportunity the acquaint themselves with their new school the day before the new term begins.
Most pubs in the area are now open, although with various restrictions and timings. The Horse and Jockey in Church Road, Tylers Green plans to reopen at the end of next week. Local cafes and restaurants are now open again or planning to reopen soon.
Hazlemere Library is now open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm, but with limits on the numbers of people allowed inside. Face to face adult learning courses have resumed in the county and more will be added in August and September.
Local cricket has resumed with spectators asked not to pick up the ball if it crosses the boundary and not to get too close to the scorers to look at the scorebook. The Chilterns League, which includes Penn and Tylers Green, will begin its season this weekend and run for nine weeks. Penn and Tylers Green Football Club’s teams are beginning to return to training although there no official word yet of next season’s fixtures.
Wycombe Swan and Aylesbury Waterside theatres have suspended all productions until the end of September. Windsor Theatre Royal has begun rehearsals for Hamlet starring Sir Ian McKellen which it hopes to be able to stage in the autumn. Reading’s Festival Fringe is being held entirely online next week with artists performing from their homes and gardens. The famous Kop Hill Climb veteran vehicle rally in Princes Risborough, due to be held in September, has been cancelled.
Bucks NHS Trust said this week it was beginning restore other medical services as the number of Covid-19 cases in the area decreases. People requiring urgent treatment will be prioritised and while the service catches up medics warn that waiting times will still be longer than normal. The Trust says it remains on alert to deal with the situation if the number of Covid cases increases again. Since the beginning of the month 12 new cases have been identified in Wycombe, six in Amersham and Penn area and three in the Beaconsfield area. In Buckinghamshire as a whole 391 people have died from Covid-19, three in the past week.
Council figures show that 1,206 residents in the Penn, Tylers Green, Hazlemere and Beaconsfield area are shielding at home in the pandemic. 165 are receiving Government food deliveries.