February 2012 Wendover News

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Established 1989

February 2012

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Happy Valentine’s Day The events pages are packed with activity as always. Reporting about HS2 can be found in the centre pages. Local organisations invite your attention in Club Corner. Readers contribute to You Write. For Parish Council see the back page. A change to Wendover Community Trust As from 1 January 2012 the Wendover Community Trust is known as the LIONEL ABEL-SMITH TRUST. This recognises Lionel’s i n c r e d i b l e generosity in creating the Trust to provide W e n d o v e r residents and societies with financial assistance the Abel-Smith f or wor th whi le coat of arms projects. Since its inception in 1977 it has distributed more than £2.5 million in grants to some 80 organizations and over 1,000 individuals resident within the parish of Wendover and the Moor Park Estate.

The Trust now invites applications for grants for consideration at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Trustees which will take place on Friday 4 May. Please write to or email The Clerk, Mrs Glenys Newman, giving as much information as possible including your contact telephone number or email:a

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RAF Flypast date : Tuesday 7 February To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast, weather permitting at 1.30 pm

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Legacy Fairs Antique & Collectors Market

Thursday 16 February 9am-3pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity Wendover Memorial Hall

Mondays 13.30 Wendover Baby/Toddler Group 0-5yrs term time. Wendover Memorial Hall, details 709791 Mondays The Rotary Club of Wendover & District, see www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.asp?ClubID=2041 Mondays 19.30 -21.30 Bucks French Club, Holiday Inn, Weston Turville, except Bank holidays, details 07738 512664 Mondays, Wed’days, Thursdays, & Saturdays JAZZERCISE classes to suit you : see www.jazzclass.co.uk Tue&Wed19.30 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell : details 624089 Tuesdays and Thursdays. Morning and Evening Yoga Classes. Term time. Contact 01296 623543 Tuesdays 10.00 Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for easy walk approx 1 hour, details 01494 475367 Tuesdays 13.30-15.30 artsmart Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Wendy Lewis Studio, Wendover 01494 670372 Tuesdays 20.00 Wheelers & Dealers, Square Dance Club, Wendover Memorial Hall :07731 776654 Tuesdays 20.00 IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall, www.imagez.org.uk or call 01296 612632 Wed’days 19.45 - 20.45 Salsa Dance Classes at Wendover Royal British Legion, Bookings: 07767 234532 Thursdays 19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 : Dance, Wendover Memorial Hall, details 01442 865734 Thursdays 19.45 Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover. New Term 8 Sept Details 01296 620450 Fridays 10.00 Churches Together in Wendover : Noah’s Ark Parent & Toddler Group, Wendover Christian Centre

FEBRUARY Wed 01 10.00 Wendover U3A, The Rothschild Women: Susan Brooke, St Mary’s Church, Wendover Thu 02 19.00 Wendover Library Reading Group : For details call 07979 855047 Fri 03 20.00 St Leonards History Group, A Wigginton Snapshot, St Leonards Parish Hall: 01494 762954 Sat 04 19.00 St Marys Weston Turville : Murder Mystery Evening with Thame Players, Tickets £10, 612303 Mon 06 19.30 Wendover Parish Council Meeting, Wendover Library Room. All welcome; details 01296 623056 Tue 07 12.00 Justice & Peace Lunch: Suggested donation £3.00, Wendover Christian Centre Tue 07 20.00 Kimble Horticultural Soc: Colour in the Garden - Peter Bird, Garden designer, Stuart Hall, Lt. Kimble Thu 09 19.45 Wendover Evening WI, London 2012: Sally Botwright - contact 01296 582318 for details Sat 11 12-2pm Cheese & Wine Lunch, All Saints Church, Lt. Kimble. All welcome. Details 01296 623817 Sun 12 18.15 for 18.30: Contemplative Fire at St Mary’s Church, Wendover. All Welcome COPY DATE FOR next edition of WENDOVER NEWS MONDAY 13 February Thu 09 20.00 Chiltern Writers Meeting, Manuscript Evening, Wendover Library Room: Thu 09 20.00 Weston Turville Horticultural Soc. Colour in the Garden: Peter Bird, Garden Design W.T. Village Hall Thu 16 09.00-15.00 Legacy Antique & Collectors Market, Wendover Memorial Hall Thu 16 14.30 Wendover Horticultural Society: Developing a Garden-Talk and slides by Mr. Howkins, Library Room Thu 16 20.00 Aylesbury Centre for National Trust The English Lake District: Peter Fells, Broughton Jnr. School Fri 17 9.30 Cancer Charity Bridge : £5 each, Wendover Memorial Hall. For details call Grace: 01296 583285 Fri 17 19:00 Race Night - for Chilterns MS Centre at Wendover Memorial Hall. Tickets £15 Call 01296 696133 Sat 18 09.00-13.00 Local Produce Market : Manor Waste, Wendover Sat 18 19.30 Sarah Goss on Harp in aid of Ripple Africa & St Marys Refurb, at St Marys Church, See page 6 Thu 23 14.30 Weston Turville U3A: Kilimanjaro : Ken Brazier, Weston Turville Village Hall Thu 23 20.00 Wendover Twinning Society : John Benjamin on Jewellery, Wendover Library Room Fri 24 20.00 WT Historical Society, Celebrating Spring & Easter Tradtions: Catherine Grigg, W T Village Hall. Fri 24 19.30 Quiz for Wendover Celebrates, Tickets £10,W Memorial Hall, www.wendovercelebrates.org.uk,pg 8

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Events Noah’s Ark Fridays in term-time, 10am to 12 noon, Wendover Christian Centre Noah’s Ark is for pre-school children and their parents or carers. It is informal, relaxed, welcoming and friendly. The session includes tea/coffee for adults while children play, an interactive Bible-based, moral or seasonal story, action songs with percussion instruments, craft or other activity, free play and time to chat. Please come and join us!

Cycle Training

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Carers Support Group for family carers : Let’s Face It … Thu 09 Feb from 1-3 W. Library Room, . How well do you know your face? A fun session on discovering your face and how to take care of it. Also refreshments and a chance to chat and ask any questions you might have about your caring role. There is no charge. You are welcome to come along on the day. If you require more information please contact: Carers Bucks, Ardenham Court, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8HT. Telephone 0300 777 2722.

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Kimble & Ellesborough Hort Soc Tue 7 Feb 8 00pm Stuart Hall, Lt. Kimble Peter Bird, a local garden designer from Wendover will talk to Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society about “colour in the garden all year round”. Visitors are welcome so if you are free on the first Tuesday of the month and interested, please call Tessa Madden on 01296 612648.www.bucksinfo.net/kehs


Wendover Evening WI

for Chilterns Thurs 9 February, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall MS Centre The next meeting is at a new venue: St 7.00 pm Friday 17 February Anne`s Hall, Aylesbury Road, Wendover. The speaker for the evening will be Mrs. Sally Botwright, who is a Blue Badge London Guide. Sally`s topic will be “London 2012”. She will be outlining the history and stories of the ancient and modern Olympics with information regarding the Games in London. Visitors are most welcome. Any queries contact: Margaret Currell 01296 582318.

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Sarah Goss on Harp Saturday 18 February 7.30pm St Marys church Wendover Tickets £10/£2 U18 from @stmarys shop or 01296 622707


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W Turville Horticultural Society Thu Feb 9 W. Turville Village Hall 8.00pm Spring is not quite in the air yet but what will you be doing in the garden when it does arrive? Why not join us on Thursday 9 February in the Village Hall at 8pm when Peter Bird will be cheering us all up by talking on the subject of “Colour in the Garden.” We always have a raffle to boost the Society’s funds and welcome any contributions to this and we enjoy a cup of tea and friendly chat to round off the evening. New members are always welcome. For details call Pat Rutherford on 613965.

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A Very Special Valentine’s Night Tuesday 14 February, Wendover Peking After the Christmas celebrations there is very little to keep the spirits up until the Spring flowers appear. Valentine’s Day is the only ray of light in the depths of Winter so why not make it a memorable one this year?

On Tuesday 14 February the Wendover Peking Restaurant in the High Street will be a Sat Feb 11 Eden Centre, High Wycombe Show someone how far you would go for great place to be. The food will be as good love. Be the first to join in the all day as ever but this year Yugi Pn Palmer is adrenalin high with a 120ft freefall abseil including an extra romantic touch. inside the House of Fraser in the Eden You can dine at leisure and listen to a first Centre, High Wycombe. class musician, guitarist and singer Bill Help us raise money for first aid, emergency McGilvray who will relax and charm you with services and other services we provide to some of those wonderful romantic tunes we all love. What better way to say “I love you”?

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Events Weird Science Introduction to Anomalistic Psychology Wendover Library - Tuesday 14 February at 7.45 for 8.00 At our first Wendover meeting of 2012 we welcome Professor Christopher French. Chris is a psychologist and vocal sceptic specialising in the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences. He heads the Anomalistic psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Professor French is well known for his frequent appearances on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims. A Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, he also writes for the on-line science pages of The Guardian and was editor of The Skeptic magazine. You don’t have to be a member. Just come along and hear what Chris has to say. Everyone is welcome at our meetings. For more information about Chiltern Humanists and a full programme of events, please visit www.chilternhumanists.org.uk

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Harpist Sarah Goss Sat 18 Feb 7.30 Sarah Goss will play a variety of music from her classical and contemporary repertoires. Her student and church member, Alastair Heald, will also perform as part of a harp quintet raising funds for Ripple Africa and St Marys Refurbishment. Tickets are £10 and £2 (U18) available from @stmarys shop or on 622707.


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Tue 21 Feb, 10-12 noon, W Christian Centre You are welcome to join in the traditional feast by coming along to Wendover Christian Centre on Shrove Tuesday, 21 February, for coffee and pancakes from 10–12noon Proceeds to charity.

Tue mornings 8.30am, W Christian Centre Wendover’s new Coffee Morning starts on 28 February. If you are taking children to school, shopping or have time on Tuesday mornings why not drop in to Wendover Christian Centre? Good coffee will be available, but Not Just Coffee! You will also be able to enjoy tea and pastries in a child-friendly Lent Meetings atmosphere – a chance to relax with friends Tue 21 Feb, 7.30pm, W Christian Centre Perhaps you would like to develop your or to meet up with others. spirituality and wish to explore this with others. This year the Churches Together Lent STOP HS2 Public meeting Meetings explore ways to pray, meditate and Sat 25 Feb, 11am-12.30pm Memorial Hall contemplate. Drawing on a range of There will be another public meeting about spirituality, both ancient and modern, we will HS2 on Saturday 25 February from 11am to learn different ways to meet with God. Join 12.30pm to update residents and discuss the the Wendover Churches Together at the next steps in the campaign. All welcome. Christian Centre for six Tuesday meetings from 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start, finishing at Women’s World Day of Prayer 9pm. The opening session is on Shrove Fri 2 Mar 2pm Wendover Christian Centre Tuesday 21 February when you can also Coming from the Women of Malaysia our enjoy pancakes with coffee at 7.30pm. celebration of Women’s World Day of Prayer sweeps across the world on Friday 2 March. Wendover Celebrates Quiz Malaysia is a multi ethnic/religious country Friday 24 February, 7.30pm, W Mem Hall facing discrimination and violence at all levels Have some fun at a quiz and join and is the most popular destination for in the fun of W endover migrant workers; and human trafficking is a Celebrates, the Parade and sophisticated and organised operation. Carnival on Monday 4 June. Tickets £10 per head in tables of Justice for All is their hope and the theme is 7, 8 or 9 via Wendover Clock Tower or “Let Justice Prevail”. Please join us in prayer. www.wendovercelebrates.org.uk For more details www.wwdp-natcomm.org

News from Wendover Health Centre 01296 623452 Screening for prostate cancer in men Many men over 50 years old are c onc er ned that they c ould be developing prostate cancer, especially as this is the commonest cancer in men in the UK. We therefore frequently get requests for tests for prostate cancer. If you have urinary symptoms we r ec omm end you to m ak e an appointment to see your doctor in the first instance. Symptoms of particular concern are blood in the urine or in the semen, or increasing difficulty with passing urine and a poor urine stream.

from the Health Centre to those who request payment directly from the have made an informed decision to patient concerned; examples are as undergo it. An information sheet to help follows: decide whether to have a PSA test is • PSV and HGV driver medical a v a i l a b l e a t h t t p : / / examinations. www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/prostate/ • Claim forms for private medical prostate-patient-info-sheet.pdf or from insurance. the Health Centre. An excellent on line • Immigration medical reports and decision aid is at www.prosdex.com. examinations.

• Letters and notes certifying fitness to Non NHS work participate in certain activities. Our contract with the NHS covers the provision of medical services to the • Letters to education and housing authorities and other letters written at the practice population. Other work is not patient’s request (but these are usually funded by the NHS and therefore will not beneficial and we recommend you If you do not have symptoms you may normally attract a charge. check with the relevant authorities before still think it would be a good idea to asking for such letters). have the PSA (prostate specific Some fees for non-NHS work are paid antigen) test. Unfortunately this does by a third party, for example medical • Forms for claiming on travel insurance when holidays are cancelled on medical not reliably show whether or not a man examinations for insurance, writing grounds. has prostate cancer, indeed studies of reports for employers, medical reports PSA screening have shown little overall for the local authority and providing • Countersigning passport application forms. impact on death rates and it results in a information to solicitors. In these cases lot of men being treated unnecessarily. the third party will usually pay us • Private sickness certificates. For this reason it is not generally directly. In other instances when we The full scale of charges is available on recommended, but the test is available provide non-NHS services, we will our website and from reception.

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Events MS Centre Art Exhibition Sat 10 March 10.00am—6pm, Sun 11 March 11.00am-4pm Our annual Art Exhibition which has become a major showcase for local artists, will be held at the MS Centre at Halton as usual. This year will be the final one in our current building. In August the new Centre presently under construction, will be completed.

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We will have in excess of 75 artists displaying and selling their work in various media. The Art Exhibition is a major fundraiser for the charity so please do come along and enjoy some extremely high quality art, wonderful homemade cakes, good company and you might just find something special to buy amongst the exhibits. Anything you do buy will help to fund our work, every penny makes a difference. In 2011 our clinical staff delivered 13,336 treatments to almost 500 local people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) and we desperately need the additional space the new building will provide to enable us to treat everyone who needs our help and support. As resources allow, new services and treatments will be introduced.

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Future Events Twinning visit

Wendover Celebrates Update -

Saturday 28 April Wendover Twinning Association will be hosting a party of friends from Liffré who will arrive on Saturday 28 April for a long weekend, and the committee is currently organising the programme of entertainment.

4 June 2012 - Save the Date! - It's a Knockout team tickets on sale now via the web-site. Get yours early before they sell out. - The one and only Colonel Custard will be joining the celebration, on stage in the afternoon entertaining young and old alike. Contact us now at floats@wendovercelebrates.org.uk if you would like to enter a float into the Carnival Parade. - Tickets for the evening entertainment of live music, the lighting of our Jubilee Beacon, plus a fantastic fireworks finale will be on sale soon.

In spite of all the bad feeling that the press is determined to whip up between England and France, our Liffréen friends love coming here: many come year after year and are committed Anglophiles. It is pleasing to note that new visitors who arrive very apprehensive about what Wendover (and England in general) has in store for them leave determined to come back at the earliest opportunity. This is an attitude that we should foster – after all, the Town Twinning movement started soon after 1945 when it was vowed that Europe should never again be torn apart by war: the original idea was to establish and maintain friendships between countries. Our link with Liffré was sealed in 1976 with a signed charter which is on display on the end wall of Full details available at www.wendovercelebrates.org.uk Wendover Library along with various gifts received over the years. We really want to keep the momentum going and to There are two fantastic fun opportunities to support accomplish this we need new members of all ages. Wendover Celebrates and meet some of the organisers at the Wendover Celebrates Quizzes on Fridays 24 February However this is first and foremost a call to arms! Can you and 23 March in Wendover Memorial Hall. The quizzes will help us by hosting a family, a couple or just one single use the concepts of Jubilee and Olympics in the questions in Anglophile from Saturday 28 April to Tuesday 1 May? There a light-hearted way. Wendover Round Table is providing a will be a programme of events and plenty of back-up for the bar. Round up your team of 8 and go onto the website to nervous host, and you really don’t need to speak French. book your table: www.wendovercelebrates.org.uk. If you Many of our Liffréen friends speak some English and have difficulty accessing a computer, Wendover Clocktower Association members can help out. For more information will help. A fish and chip supper is included in the price of please phone one of the following: Barbara Jefford 624708; £10 per head (vegetarian option available), booking Mike Greaves 622778; Glynis Smith 625565. essential. A great night out, highly recommended.

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Strategic Planning - Vale of Aylesbury Plan (VAP) one

Chairman Bob Duggan welcomed Martin Dalby – Plans Team Leader from AVDC Forward Plans Department who spoke on the subject of the Vale of Aylesbury Plan and the implications of recent changes to strategic planning policy. Mr Dalby said that the Government was doing away with the ‘top down’ system of planning and this was the first time that AVDC had not been given figures for housing allocation. Instead, he said, “we have to provide for our own needs.”

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Local Policing The Chairman told councillors that he had received information regarding a proposal by Thames Valley Police to close Wendover police station to the public on Mondays and Fridays with effect from April. As these were reported to be the two busiest days of the week for public visits, it was agreed As part of that process, he said that AVDC unanimously that the Council should write had started holding workshops with Parish requesting that the opening hours remain and Town Councils in 2010 to explore “what unaltered. we want” (and not just houses), so that the plan could be built up from the bottom. He Brook House acknowledged that there had been an District Councillor Chris Richards informed element of confusion resulting from Parish the meeting that planning officers were aware Councils going out to community consultation of the large containers on site but were at the same time as AVDC’s consultation on currently treating these as temporary storage the AVP, but it was now important for units associated with an imminently expected Wendover Parish Council to analyse the planning application following ongoing results of its community questionnaire and discussions between AVDC and the send in a response to AVDC . Following that, developer. he said, the idea was that everyone would agree in October or November and the VAP Christmas Lights would be submitted to the Secretary of State It was reported that there had been many in 2013 before finally being adopted in 2014. favourable comments regarding this year’s Christmas lights and hope was expressed Referring to further confusion on the subject that the council might consider extending the of ‘neighbourhood plans’, Mr Dalby confirmed display up Tring Road next year. that Parish Councils do not have to produce Richard Gridley

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Business Forum No2 Pound Street 2012 kicked off with a very stylish bang at No. 2 Pound Street as our very own Bonds and Moneypennys shook and stirred their way into the New Year party with everyone donating to this month’s charity, raising a fabulous £300 for CATS Children’s Acute Transport Service. We are continuing to support CATS throughout January, so drop in for a coffee or tea on Mondays, when we don’t charge but ask that you to make a donation to this hardworking and vital local charity. Going forwards, we will next be supporting the Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Exciting Times at The Chiltern Brewery and The Farmers’ Bar What a year 2012 will be with the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee. The Chiltern Brewery has special ales for both occasions in addition to their exciting selection of limited edition beers. A wonderful new Beer Menu at The Farmers’ Bar features a great selection of Porters and Stouts from guest breweries across England, each beer is hand-picked for its quality and provenance and there will be an exciting world first when London Brewers, Kernel, rack the first and only cask of their famous bottled beer Export India Porter.

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HS2 I was disappointed with the recent statement by the government that HS2 is to go ahead. However the fight against this proposal will continue and now moves into the next phase. Along with the other members of Wendover HS2 I as one of your district councillors will continue to fight these proposals. I believe that the amendments announced which affect Wendover are due to the well reasoned and substantial representations to the public consultation made by various groups in Wendover as well as the campaigning from inside the government by MP David Lidington.

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well as being lowered, the line will also run As you will know, the Government 50 metres further west of Wendover. AVAILABLE IN THE CENTRE OF WENDOVER announced on 10 January that it intends to These changes will provide welcome press ahead with its plan to build the High Speed 2 rail line, at a cost of more than £32 protection from train noise and visual impacts 07712 032 565 billion. The broad line of route between for the central residential part of Wendover. London and the West Midlands remains However, we are very concerned that the unchanged, but there have been Government has not made any improvement amendments to individual sections of the to the route as it approaches Wendover from route. One of these does bring some benefit the south. The line would still cross the to Wendover. Having examined the route bypass and Chiltern Railway line on a 500 again, the Government now intends to run metre long viaduct. Indeed the viaduct is now slightly higher, in order to angle the line more of the Wendover section in a tunnel. for descent into the tunnel. Where the line The original plan was for trains to enter a passes close to London Road, it remains on very short tunnel below Ellesborough Road, a high embankment, and it is still the plan to to emerge onto the cricket ground and to cross Wendover Dean on a viaduct. (HS2 continue towards Stoke Mandeville on a five Ltd say that they looked at a lowered option metre high embankment. The plan also for Wendover Dean, which would enable the involved the permanent diversion of line to be on an embankment instead of a viaduct, but they have rejected it due to cost.) Ellesborough Road.

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In the new plan, the tunnel will extend for more than ¾ mile. Trains will enter the tunnel just south of Bacombe Lane, and exit into fields at the Lionel Avenue end of Wendover. The line will then continue onwards towards Stoke Mandeville in a cutting instead of on an embankment, not emerging at ground level until the far side of Nash Lee Road. The lowering of the line means that it will now go under Nash Lee Road, instead of over. It is also proposed to reinstate Ellesborough Road when construction is completed. As

The Government proposes to construct the Wendover tunnel as a cut-and-cover or so-called ‘green’ tunnel. Instead of boring the tunnel from within, a large trench would be dug, a concrete box forming the tunnel infrastructure would be inserted, and the top earthed and grassed over. Unfortunately this means that some houses on Ellesborough Road will still need to be demolished, and that major excavation works would be needed in the fields adjoining Wendover. More disruption for Wendover.

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The Wendover HS2 Action Group welcomes the decision to lengthen the Wendover tunnel. We remain highly concerned about the impact on Wendover and the surrounding area of the embankment and viaduct, the effects of construction, and the terrible environmental impact on the Chilterns countryside. We and other groups in the area will continue to fight the scheme and to argue that if the Government intends to force a route through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it must be in a tunnel throughout. There is a long way to go and we are not giving up.

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Consultation responses published The Government has just published a summary of public responses to the consultation. Unsurprisingly these reveal that a large majority of respondents were opposed both to the scheme and the chosen route. Wendover was named more than any other location on the route in the consultation responses. We are grateful to all the residents of Wendover and the surrounding areas who sent in a formal response to the consultation setting out their objections. This strength of feeling no doubt helped persuade the Government that a longer tunnel through Wendover was essential. We urge residents to keep up the pressure by writing to our M.P. David Lidington and to the Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, with your concerns. We are also told that the Treasury remains extremely concerned about the financing of the project, so please address letters to George Osborne.

Public meeting on 25 February There will be another public meeting about HS2 at the Wendover Memorial Hall on Saturday 25 February from 11 am-12.30 pm, to update residents and discuss the next steps in the campaign. Please come along if you can.

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Philippa Lyons, Chief Executive of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, responded to the Secretary of State’s decision for the first phase of High Speed 2 to go ahead through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. “We are very disappointed with the decision to go ahead with this route for HS2, which was chosen without any proper scrutiny of the impacts on the wildlife that will be affected,” she said. More than 2,000 members of the Wildlife Trust responded to the Government’s consultation last year. “They will be horrified that the Government appears to have ignored the passionate and informed comments they submitted,” said Philippa Lyons. “Extending a tunnel in the Chilterns may save one group of Ancient Woodlands, but does nothing to protect the Bernwood Forest area north of Aylesbury which will be directly impacted. This will affect the highly-protected Bechstein’s bats that are known to use woods on both sides of the proposed route for their habitats.” See W/N Website

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“They are all from Aylesbury Vale and were all were extremely upset about damage this had done to the pool and the reputation of their families. They were also surprised and dismayed that what could be described as an alcohol-fuelled prank – throwing a number of items into the pool - had caused such extensive damage. I appreciate that people may feel that these individuals should face court proceedings, but having taken their ages, full admissions of guilt and remorse into account, along with the fact that had no previous criminal records, the decision was taken to caution the individuals responsible rather than to proceed with criminal charges. I am confident that by taking this approach, they will never repeat what they did again. “I would also like to thank the local media for their support for our investigation into this. Two witnesses come forward who were vital in identifying the individuals responsible.”


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Boys cautioned for criminal damage to swimming pool Get ahead & prepare your garden now Thames Valley Police has cautioned five teenagers who Call Simon Shirley damaged the swimming pool at John Colet School, in 625053 / 07836 665512 Wendover last summer. The boys, who were aged 17 at the A friendly reliable service time and cannot be named for legal reasons, were cautioned following an investigation into the incident by Wendover neighbourhood police officer PC Paul O’Connell. Insp Emma Garside said: “I would like to pay tribute to the efforts of PC O’Connell, who used all his experience and contacts in the town to identify those who were responsible. My team took the investigation into the incident, which caused thousands of pounds of damage and closed the pool for months, extremely seriously. My officers have spoken to the boys responsible for this both in a formal interview and subsequently, and I can assure people they are in no doubt about the impact their actions had on the community.

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No longer do the children of The Wendover Pre-School in Wharf Road have to sing to make the clouds go away. The children and staff at the preschool, which has been in Wendover for over 40 years, were thrilled to start the spring term with a new all weather canopy for their setting. Fundraising efforts, which have included a sponsored carnival walk around the village/ fete and the sale of Christmas crafts and ttowels, were boosted by a very generous donation from the Harpenden Building Society in Wendover, and this has allowed the pre-school to erect the canopy much sooner than was originally anticipated. All of the committee and staff would like to thank all of our parents and friends for their help in raising the money for what will soon become a valuable addition to the pre-school and to thank the Harpenden whole heartedly for their support and generous contribution to the fund.

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Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association So why not join us for one of our meetings? Alice Dowswell of Tring Natural History Museum is giving a talk on “Walter Rothschild: the Man, the Museum and the Menagerie” at the meeting on 15 February. The 2012 New Beekeepers Course commences on 27th February. Both events will be held at the Wendover Bowls Club starting 19:30. www.mbbka.org.uk.

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Corner Wendover Cricket Club Wendover Cricket Club has organized a full programme of coaching and indoor nets that starts in early March, with all taking place in the Sports Hall at Mandeville School, off Ellen Road, Aylesbury. We welcome players of any standard, and juniors who have played before or are new to cricket. Professional coach Andy Ward will be taking our junior indoor training again for all age groups up to U15. (Age groups are based on, for example U9’s, not having reached one’s 9th birthday by 31/08/11.) Team


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My wife and I moved to Wendover at the end of August 2011 and appreciate the beauty and peace of this part of the Chilterns. This is one reason why we "escaped" from London. The letter from Matthew Harris (January edition of Wendover News) surprised me. Although I cannot comment on any campaign carried out by local shopkeepers, I do not agree with his analysis or conclusions. As there are at least three shops (in addition to a number of pubs) which serve coffee, I think there are enough coffee shops in Wendover.


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Costa Coffee is more suited to a busy High Street in a larger town than Wendover which has some of the features of a village rather than a town. Visiting Wendover (town/ village) before our move, we were struck by the character of the place and its attractive location. So I would urge that we preserve the identity of Wendover for the benefit of all who live here and for those who come here to enjoy the facilities and the wonderful countryside around (and who will be able to find a cup of coffee without difficulty!) Tony Brown -o-o-o-oYou may be aware that Wendover Parish Council, in particular the Planning Committee, may have saved our fine town from being taken over. Costa Coffee submitted a planning application to convert the former Barclays Bank site into a Costa Coffee outlet. The good people of Wendover are not short of places in which to purchase a cup of coffee. Perhaps, more importantly, there is a Costa coffee outlet at the other end of town at one of our favourite watering holes, The Should of Mutton. With 1300 outlets, why, one asks. does it want two outlets at either end of our small town? Is this a pincer movement in order to take over Wendover? You will be pleased to know that planning was refused. Well done our vigilant Parish Council. Alan Myers

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You Write Calling Yvonne MacDonald I am trying to make contact with an old friend called Yvonne MacDonald. Yvonne was my landlady when I stayed at her B & B in Wendover 15 years ago. She and her husband Grant, who sadly died a few years past looked after me for over 15 months when I worked in Uxbridge. I lived in Harrogate North Yorkshire then, but now live in the Lake District. John Goulding Wendover News has contact details

Thank you Grateful thanks to family and friends that came to my Christmas Light Up over the Christmas Time for Mimi’s Mission. Also a big thank you to Bankside for their donation of £65 making a grand total of £230.00 Doreen Grimsdale Many regular shoppers at Budgens (Wendover) would probably have seen myself and Tom Alexander bag packing to raise money for Malawi. All funds from this go directly to Malawi through the link AGS has with Malawi. We did two mornings: 22 and 23 December, and we are pleased to say we raised £444. We would like to say a huge thank you to Budgens for letting us use their store and to EVERYONE who donated. Every bit of it was gratefully received. Callum Brooks

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I was horrified to find large quantities of broken glass fragments opposite the Clock Tower on the pavement and on the road. This was on Sunday 1 January. Can anything be done to prevent people from creating such a hazardous mess? The large amounts concerned mean that glass must have been deliberately smashed. Name and address supplied Wendover Parish Council responds: The debris left after the New Year’s Eve celebrations outside the Clock Tower caused concern to Councillors and was discussed at the Parish Council meeting on 3 January. The Council are taking advice and will liaise with the Police and local traders to consider how to manage the situation in the future.

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Local Faces : Richard and Anne Leeper Richard’s parents were based in Surrey whilst Anne’s were in Worcestershire so Buckinghamshire was nicely mid-way. But the choice of Wendover was truly felicitous; more than a charming market town it has a wonderful community providing a happy environment for bringing up a family, for making friends and also, of course, a richly fulfilling career of 37 years in general practice. When number four was on the way a larger house was needed though some might think the enormous old rectory in Weston Turville a bit extreme, which is certainly the case nowadays with two OAP’S rattling around in it. In fact it has been a perfect family house and is still at Christmas and Easter full to bursting now that three of the four children are married and responsible for six grand children. There are plans to downsize back to Wendover but the timing remains very uncertain as Richard’s programme of decoration and gardening of the old place has fallen victim to the endless procrastination indicative of a happy and perpetually busy retirement. Once the children were school aged Anne was able to develop her own

interests, firstly, with the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts serving at a local (West Wycombe), regional and national level. One notable challenge was organising the teams of volunteers to dust all the books in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle after the fire.

down after twenty-five years from the board of trustees of St Scholastica’s almshouses in Princes Risborough but has managed so far to resist the siren call of golf and bridge, preferring tennis and walking plus cultural trips to Italy and frequent escapes to their bolt hole in Jersey.

Later she took on the running of the Art Fund for Bucks, which involved raising funds to save works of art for the nation, with visits to places of interest such as private collections. At the same time she became a guide and lecturer at Waddesdon Manor, which she still continues, though in fact most of her time during the past six years has been spent as chairman of the Friends and Patrons of the County Museum: a mammoth task but at last relinquished in order to share retirement activities with Richard. Anne is still involved with the Oxford Ceramics Group which she helped to found seven years ago. By the same token Richard has stepped

Richard joined the partnership of Drs Riley, Garrod and Ballantine in 1973 when the practice moved from the Red House to the new purpose-built health centre. What a change that made both to the patient’s experience and to the doctor’s job. 20 years later the building needed enlarging and updating so the redundant fire station next door was acquired and demolished and the Health Centre doubled in size to accommodate a primary health care team that has grown five-fold. Richard is very proud to have been part of the Wendover Health Centre team. Partners come and go over the years but the ethos remains unchanged. General practice has changed since 1 9 7 3 b u t wh a t e v e r t h e l a t e s t government initiative, and there have been a multitude, family medicine with a personal family doctor has always been at the heart of general practice.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Now that we are well past New Year it’s a time for looking forward. Wendover Celebrates is working hard to organise things in time for Monday 4 June. The Chair of WPC is in charge of the Parade so get those entries in and get organised. Schools, Youth Club, Scouts, Guides, shops, businesses and so on.

There have been a number of complaints resulting from the Fireworks at the bottom of the High Street on New Year’s Eve. This is an unorganised, spontaneous event. The Parish Council will discuss the matter at the next Council meeting on Monday 6 February.

Some good news to start 2012. Your Council has voted not to increase the As there are Precept for 2012/2013. more houses in the Parish this year, this decision will actually slightly reduce the Council Tax per household. Hopefully this will come as welcome news to hard pressed Council Tax payers, in these tough economic times.

The disappointment regarding the decision by the Government on HS2 will be felt in Wendover for a long time to come. The fight needs to carry on and hope should not be abandoned.

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With a bit of luck and a following wind the new website should be up and running by the time you read this but thanks to all. Bob Duggan, Chairman

Temporary Clerk required, see page 14 for details


On to other things, the Clerk is still off sick - far longer than originally thought so the Parish Council is now advertising for a temporary Clerk. See our advertisement for full details on page 14. If you think you might be interested and have something to offer then please contact either myself or Jill Bottomley at the Clock Tower.

Finally, my thanks to Jill and staff in the Clock Tower for another successful month. A good response to the Planning Consultation - although most respondents were of the older generation (come on you youngsters).

weather "outdoor gym". It is generally accepted that outdoor exercise is the gold standard for holistic fitness and we hope that this new, mud free, area will be well used. For more information on the value of outdoor exercise look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/ health/8654350.stm

Wendover Decides The Wendover Local Area Forum (LAF) had some grant money to share out and community organizations were asked to put forward deserving schemes. The final list was placed on a website and the public was encouraged to vote for their favourite project. The objective of Wendover Parish Council’s scheme was to raise funds for a new safety surface around our climbing wall. The climbing wall is located at our London Road Skate Park and offers a real climbing challenge for our more adventurous youths. The good news is that this project was successful and that a grant of £988.56 was awarded. The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who voted.

2012 is an Olympic year and health and fitness will be at the forefront of many people’s thoughts. Some years ago the Parish Council installed outdoor exercise apparatus in the easternmost corner of Ashbrook Recreation Ground, Aylesbury Road. We are currently engaged in refurbishing and moving this equipment to a new home within the park. There is a fenced & tarmacked enclosure, where the skateboard ramp Dumping Garden Waste was located prior to its move to London It has been brought to the attention of Road and this will make an ideal all- the Parish Council that garden waste is being deposited in areas of public Local Produce Market amenity. The Council requests that Manor Waste 9.00am to 1.00pm garden waste is disposed of in a more Saturday 18 February 2012 appropriate manner.

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