Mike Colston from Great Missenden is Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council for the coming year. In addition to his responsibilities to his electorate, he will represent the council at numerous events in his civic role – his diary is pretty full already! Keep up to date with where he’s visited and the people he’s met in this weekly column.

I've enjoyed a busy and varied programme just recently including a Royal visit, helping to open a children's centre, recognising the efforts of HS2 action groups and Remembrance Day, as always an emotional, moving occasion.

It was a great honour to be part of the welcome this month to Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, accompanied by the Vice Lord Lieutenant Alexander Boswell, when she unveiled a plaque to commemorate the important lifesaving work carried out at St Mary’s Hospital, RAF Halton. Her Royal Highness then went on to a very successful visit to the new Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury hosted by Cllr John Cartwright, Leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Remembrance Day this year had a unique date of 11.11.11 and on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a maroon was fired in Aylesbury, and I joined fellow councillors and county employees on the steps of County Hall to mark our respect for our war heroes.  On Sunday I attended the Remembrance ceremony in Market Square, Aylesbury to place a County Council wreath on the war memorial.

This is a ceremony which never fails to move people, and it's made even more poignant so by seeing the relatives of loved ones lost or injured in war.

I had the pleasure last month of helping to open a Sure Start Children’s Centre in my own division of Great Missenden at Holy Trinity Church,  in company with Reverend Deniol Hayward.

These centres, run by Barnado’s, help promote practical parenting skills and are a much-valued addition to the services available locally. A well-deserved thanks to the Reverend and others who worked so hard to secure this facility.

The work undertaken by local groups in challenging the case for High Speed Rail through the Chiltern Hills was recognised at a Chairman’s Civic Reception held at Missenden Abbey recently. Groups from as far apart as Turweston to Denham were present to be recognised and thanked.

Unbeknownst to me a photograph of me was taken and published under the name Stan Mason which has caused a lot of mirth locally but, hey ho, the message to our ‘Local Heroes’ was the important thing.