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July 2011
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To the Editor:
Richard Dorrell asks (in the June Newsletter) if anyone knows where the Jubilee tree is planted in The Lee. Well, I was there when it was planted!

  It is about central on the verge between the main gate to the ‘new’ church and the cottage at the top of the green. This cottage was the home of the district nurse.

The species of the tree is walnut or one with similar leaves. I cannot recall exactly; 75 years is a long time ago and memories fade somewhat.

Whether the tree is standing I cannot say as I have been unable to visit The Lee in recent years. It was thriving the last time I saw it.

Percy Chilton

Ed: We found the tree still standing… doesn’t it look magnificent!

To the Editor:
Last Sunday (the 5th June) I joined the special young parents’ and children’s service in St John the Baptist Church. It is called “With a little help from My Friends” and is organised and inspired by Gilly and Malcolm Hafner.
The service is relaxed and happy. This time there was a testimony from a young woman who works voluntarily in Aylesbury prison.

What I did like very much was that it was simple and yet so sincere. I can recommend it to all young parents and all those who can do with some Christian love and encouragement. It could not be easier and nicer because even tea and cakes are served. Do come – I will!

Reina Free
Kings Ash

To the Editor:
Not appreciating National Lawn Week in May, a male horse-riding vandal has been making deep holes in the well-kept grass verge outside Swan Bottom Nursery, by making his horse gallop up and down on it. When asked to keep off, he replied, “It does not belong to you, I can do what I like.”

On a separate occasion, he showed me two fingers. Quickly responding, Community Police Officer Andy Piotrowski said, “This is anti-social behaviour and damaging Council property.” He caught the man responsible who is German, living in Chesham and keeps his horse in livery at The Lee.

Bucks County Council Highways Officer Jonathan Dickens took photos of the damage and said “As there is no footpath, people walk on the grass verge for safety, not to break a leg.” He undertook to write to the offender telling him that a horse should only use the grass verge in emergencies.

Mark Burton
Swan Bottom

To the Editor:
Here at Bernwode Nurseries we have spent much of the past 20 years seeking out, researching, and reproducing old fruit varieties – particularly apple trees. Where we can pass on our knowledge and experience to owners of old fruit trees, we can often lengthen the lives of the trees or at least save the strain for the future.

As far as The Lee is concerned, we know that two old varieties of apple tree are unique to the village – the Bazeley (‘Best of The Lee’) and the Long Reinette (sometimes locally called the Long Runnet). They were first recorded when samples were sent from Lee Manor to the National Apple Congress held at Chiswick in 1883. We also are aware that The Lee was an area for major growers of cherries and other fruits for market and this would have been in the period from the mid-19th century until the Second World War.

What we would like is your help in gathering knowledge and stories about local old fruit trees – perhaps in your garden or in a nearby field or hedgerow. We are making a record of all such trees and we would be pleased to share our information with you. Please do contact us on the number below.

Derek and Judy Tolman.
01844 237415

Stop press: The Lee Church Fête
May we use the July Newsletter to say thank you very much indeed to Mrs Elizabeth Stewart-Liberty for her extremely generous donation of £5,000 towards the Fête on June 19th.

We don't have a final total yet but will publish it as soon as we know.

Catherine Larmour and Revd David Burgess

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