Three words best describe Lane End, “Beauty, Energy and Diversity“
Beauty because The Parish sits high in The Chiltern Hills, an area rightly designated as one of “Outstanding Natural Beauty . ”Much of The Parish comprises beautiful commons, lovely woodland and extensive farmland. Within these one finds the five “Ends “each with its own distinctive character.
Energy because the area is literally awash with residents participating in activities almost too numerous to mention. From The Conservation Group to The Twinning Association; from gardening clubs to youth clubs; from the renowned Players theatrical group to the line dancing club; from the very popular bridge club to various walking groups. Hardly a day goes by without there being at least one activity on the calendar!
Diversity because Lane End is a great example of a village that combines the old and the new. The buildings and the churches give an idea of the age and history of the village, but its diversity displays all the best aspects of a true village.
Unlike many villages, Lane End has a thriving population. There is a good balance between young and old and this is reflected in the day-to-day life of the village. There is a superb butcher, newsagent, Post Office, chemist, grocer, a small-supermarket and you can find a wide range of pubs and restaurants in the village and nearby. We are lucky enough to have delicious Chinese and Italian restaurants and a great Fish & Chip shop too!
As well as the highly performing Primary School catering to a mix of backgrounds Lane End is one of few villages to boast a resident population of Japanese students, studying at the Lane End Management Centre and we are frequently visited by our French friends from St Pierre.
We do not know how long there has been a Council in Lane End.
Although Parish Councils were first established in 1894, Church Councils were the local power in the land for centuries before that. There is a headstone in the churchyard at Lane End that reads “Here lies Daniel Avery for 30 years Clerk to this Parish “. Daniel Avery died in 1898!
The Council’s simple and over-riding objective is to make The Parish and even better place to live in and enjoy. There are numerous ways this can be achieved and our detailed plans are set out in The Parish Plan which can be read on this web-site. The Plan was drawn up following a detailed questionnaire sent to all households in The Parish. Over forty percent responded which clearly demonstrates the interest residents have in the project.
All Parish Councillors are volunteers and give their time, energy and commitment free of charge. Our over-riding objective is to continually seek to improve all aspects of life in this community and we believe we continue to make good progress in this endeavour