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Happy Valentine’s Day  After Chinese New Year on 31 January, watch out for Valentine Specials: the I  Wendover stall at the market on Thursday 13th and the Wendover Celebrates Love Quiz on Friday 14th. Also, remember to VOTE on Thursday 20 February. 

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily the views of the editor. contributions for March 2014 before

Wednesday 12 February (including payments for adverts) book early to avoid disappointment

Lionel Abel-Smith Trust Please note that the Trustees are meeting earlier in 2014. This means that the Clerk needs to receive applications for grants by 28 February. Applications are invited from people and organisations from within the parish of Wendover and the Moor Park estate. To apply for a grant, please write to or email the Clerk, Mrs Glenys Newman, giving as much information as possible and including your name, address, contact telephone number and email address if you have one. 14A Vicarage Close, Wendover, Bucks. HP22 6DS Email: See also

By-election  Matters Arising in the January 2014 issue wishes Cllr Bob Lewis well on his retirement from Wendover Parish Council.

01296 624270 Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop 19 High Street, Wendover HP22 6DX Wendover News is delivered through the door

The consequence is an election on 20 February to many local households. If you do not receive so make sure you exercise your democratic one at home and would like to volunteer to deliver for us to your road, please contact the right at Wendover Memorial Hall as usual.

What is important for Wendover?

office (see above). Wendover News would like to thank all our willing volunteers.

Young People from the Wendover area are getting involved in understanding the needs and priorities of the community on behalf of the Local Area Forum. To have your say on what you think is important to Wendover, please complete the short survey at s/wendover-refresh-2014. Paper copies are available in the Clock Tower.

RAF Flypast dates: Tuesday 11 February at 1.30pm To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast (weather permitting).

ANTIQUES AT . . . WENDOVER February Mystery Object on view in the shop £10 Gift Voucher for the Winner December’s object was a Victorian Posser for washing delicate items such as lace or silk

Any purchaser in the shop can enter the I love Wendover draw Open 7 Days a week Free car park at rear of shop THE OLD POST OFFICE WENDOVER, BUCKS 01296 625335

WENDOVER MUSIC 2014 at St Mary’s Church, Wendover 22 March - 11.00-12.00 Children’s Event for 0-7yrs. Tickets: 01296 615753 Mini Mozart - Interactive, live, musical storytelling. £5.00 under 12 months free

Saturday 12 April 7.30pm

Saturday 10 May 7.30pm

Academy of Ancient Music

Angela Hewitt

(period instrument orchestra)


Saturday 14 June 7.30pm Young Artists Concert Trio Isimsiz (violin, cello, piano)

Saturday 12 July 7.30pm

Henschel Quartet (string quartet)

Season Tickets £ 45.00. Concert Tickets £ 15.00. Available 3 February from Wendover, Risborough and Aylesbury Tourist Information Offices. Credit Card Hotline—01296 330559 (Booking fee will apply) Details from 01296 615753


February 2014

What’s On in February 2014

for March 2014 events, please contact us before Wednesday 12 February Wendover News, Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop, High Street, HP22 6DX  01296 624270 

LEGACY FAIRS Antiques & Collectors Market

Thursday 13 February

Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £12 : 20 words

9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity

Wendover Memorial Hall

PENTECOSTAL CHURCH MEETS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS Please contact us for more information

Services: Sat 8.00pm Sun 10.30am Enquiries: 07917 694800 pentecostalchurchwendover Scottish reg. charity No. SC 006960

LIVELUXE Interiors

2 free matching cushions with every pair of curtains ordered during February or a cushion matching every blind Discover the Courtyard (behind the Antiques Centre) it's what Wendover's been waiting for !

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19.00 Charity Concert, “Cleff and the Shad-ohs,” St Mary’s Church, see page 4 Wendover Music Tickets go on sale, see advert front page 09.30-12.00 Wendover Sewing Bee, St Anne’s Hall, contact Deb 07903743293 20.00 “Skulduggery in the Shrubbery,” Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society, Stewart Hall, Little Kimble, see p 4 19.00-20.00 Wendover Library Reading Group (1st Thursday each month), Library Room, contact 07979 855047 to SUN 09 Halton Amateur Theatre Society Panto—”The Wizard of Oz” tickets 01296 586582 or Clock Tower 10.00-12.00 First Aid Course, Wendover Children’s Centre, HP22 6HF, book on 01296 621143 18.30 Family Film Night - “Despicable Me 2,” Wendover Christian Centre, see page 4 (morning) Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide support group (2nd Monday each month), contact 07890 973751 19.45 “Suffragettes in mid-Buckinghamshire,” Wendover Evening WI, St Anne’s Hall, contact 01296 582318, see page 4 20.00 “Where is Humanism Going?” Chiltern Humanists Meeting, Wendover Library Room, see page 4 WED 12 COPY DATE FOR MARCH WENDOVER NEWS 19.00 Grandparents’ Support Group Monthly Meeting , Holiday Inn, Aston Clinton 07949 640156 for details 09.00-14.00 Legacy Antiques & Collectors’ Fair, Wendover Memorial Hall, see ad this page 10.30-11.30 “Tea and Talk” - February’s Topic is “The Fire Service,” Wendover Community Library Room 10.30 Wendover Twinning Association Monthly Coffee Morning (2nd Thursday each month), Red Lion, all welcome 13.00-15.00 “Keeping Up Appearances,” Carers Bucks, Wendover Community Library Room, see page 4 19.00 Police & Crime Commissioner Meeting, Aylesbury Multicultural Centre, see page 4 14.00-15.00 Friday Tea, meet and share with others recently bereaved, enquiries 01296 623744 19.30 Valentine’s Fundraising Quiz for Wendover Celebrates, see page 5 10.00 The Dandy Kid Grand Opening, Barn Courtyard (behind Antiques at Wendover), see page 5 10.00-16.00 Fundraising Sale of Children's Books, Wendover Library Room, see ad this page 10.30 Informal Book Club (no set reading), Wendover Christian Centre 14.00 “Researching Irish Ancestry in London,” Bucks FHS, Prebendal Farm Comm Ctre, HP19 7QW, see page 5 19.30-22.30 Workshop: Sew Simple Sewing School, St Anne’s Hall, for details 10.15-11.45 “Sages” senior age fellowship (3rd Thursday each month) Wendover Christian Centre THU 20 ELECTION FOR WENDOVER PARISH COUNCILLOR, WENDOVER MEMORIAL HALL 14.30 Wendover Horticultural Society Meeting, Wendover Library Room 20.00 “Napier—British Pioneer of Fast Travel,” Aylesbury Centre of National Trust, Broughton Junior School 19.30-22.30 Wendover Society 48th AGM & Dinner with speaker, Wendover Memorial Hall 14.00-16.00 Rotary Club Charity Table Top Sale & Book Fair, Weston Turville Village Hall, see page 5 09.30 Bucks CTC Cycle Ride, Butler’s Cross to Waterperry Gardens, easy pace, Julie 07762 941456 for details 14.00-16.00 “Masterpieces of Baroque Art & Architecture,” 5 wk WEA course, Diana 01296 622910 for details 20.00-22.00 Wendover Evening Sewing Bee, Whitewaters, Back Street, contact Deb 07903743293 10.00-16.00 Fairtrade Fortnight—Big Brew & Tasting, @stmarys, 11 High Street, Wendover (+ I  Wendover offer 20.00 “The Mystique of Truffles (not the chocolates!),” Wendover Twinning Association, Wen Lib Rm, see page 5 FRI 28 APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS FROM LIONEL ABEL-SMITH TRUST DUE, SEE FRONT PAGE 20.00 “Old Haddenham,” Weston Turville Historical Society, Weston Turville Village Hall, see page 6

February Loyalty Card Offers


WENDOVER LIBRARY ROOM SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 10am – 4pm Fundraising for your Community Library

See also, Wendover Hardware on the Manor Waste and community notice boards in Budgens & Costa @stmarys: 10% off all purchases on Thu 27 Feb + free tea/coffee & samples a little bird told me gallery: 20% off framed Valentines pictures Antiques @ Wendover: a draw to win a £10 Gift Voucher. The winner will be drawn after every 25 loyalty card sales ADH Window Cleaning: Gutter clearance check £25 (comes off the bill if you need them clearing); Patio & Decking pressure washing 20% discount; 25% off conservatory roof cleaning! New Customers £10 to charity on your first clean along with 10% discount; CatBookerFitness: FREE TRIAL class Costa: 10% discount (cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer) Domino Equipping Solutions, 01296 623869: £18 per hour for support on IT including software, hardware and applications FabricHQ: 10% off all orders over £30 Lasting Powers of Attorney: 5% off to start a "Lasting Powers of Attorney" tel 07703 462198 Maria Bray Nutritional Therapist: 10% off for initial appointment, 581561 No2 Pound Street: free tea or coffee when you buy a slice of cake Peach Lane Studios: only £60 for Ooh la la Boudoir photo shoot gift voucher for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day Perry House Dental Surgery: 30% off bleaching, subject to conditions The Bakers Shop meal deal: freshly made just for you ONLY £2.75 1 sandwich + 1 selected canned drink Village Environment Services: 20% discount on accepted estimate for CCTV drain survey or drain clearance, 07850 635844, offer ends Jan 2015 W C Library: 10% discount on all greetings cards during Feb & Mar Whitewaters: spend over £15 on any pizza—9” Garlic bread FREE Valentine Special lunch for 2 (14/15 Feb): spend over £10 includes FREE coffee

February 2014

Regular Weekly Events


for March 2014 events, please contact us before Wednesday 12 February Wendover News, Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop, High Street, HP22 6DX  01296 624270 

Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £12 : 20 words 7 days a week

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Morning and Evening. Adult, Teenager Yoga Classes. 01296 623543, The Rotary Club of Wendover & District. For meeting times see 10.00-11.00 Peep, learning together for families with children aged 1-2. Book on 01296 621143 13.30 Wendover Baby/Toddler Group under5s term time. Wendover Memorial Hall, details 01296 709791 14.15-15.30 Bumps and Babies (siblings welcome), Wendover Children’s Centre, 01296 621143 19.00 Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue. Call Nikki 07868 873911 19.30 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell. Details 01296 624089 10.00 Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for moderate walk 1-1.5 hours. Details 01494 475367 10.15-10.45 Bounce & Rhyme, 18mths-5years and 11.15-11.45, under 18months, Wendover Library 13.30-15.00 Stay and Play, Wendover Children’s Centre: 01296 621143 13.30-15.30 artsmart Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Wendy Lewis Studio, Wendover 01494 670372 19.30 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell 20.00 Wheelers & Dealers, Square Dance Club, Wendover Memorial Hall 07731 776654 20.00 IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall, or call 01296 612632 09.30 Taster sewing classes, Fabric HQ, 10.30-12.30 Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard 18.00-19.00 Zumba Gold & 19.30-20.30 Zumba, both St Anne's Hall 18.45 Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, £6, pay-as-you-go, contact Justine 07773 047684

Coffee Morning Monday 10 February 10am to 12 pm Wendover Library Room Featuring display and talk on the Wendover Arm Canal by Ray Orth All welcome

Thursdays 09.00-16.00 Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste Thursdays 10.00-11.30 Tots Time, under 5s, Wendover Children’s Centre, 01296 621143 Thursdays 19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 Dance. Wendover Memorial Hall. Details 01442 865734 Thursdays 19.30 Sewing Class, topics and costs vary, Red Lion, contact or 07761 957283 to book Thursdays 19.45 Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover. Details 01296 620450 Thu & SAT 19.30-23.00 RAF Association Halton and Aylesbury Branch clubhouse open to public, Bldg 259 RAF Halton Thursdays 20.00 Pregnancy yoga classes; Halton Village Hall, 01296 624004, Fridays Hatha yoga—gentle 09.30, stronger 11.15, Halton Village Hall, 01296 624004, Fridays 10.00 Zumba Gold, St Anne’s Hall Fridays 10.00 Churches together in Wendover: Noah’s Ark Parent & Toddler Group, Wendover Christian Centre Fridays (bi-weekly) 10.00-12.00 Healing Meditation Group, £10, contact Louise 01296 696285, Fridays 10.15-10.45 Story sessions for accompanied Pre-schoolers, Wendover Library. Free Fridays 15.00-16.00 Pilates for Mums with Babies (babies come, too!), Wendover Children’s Centre: 01296 621143 Fridays 19.00-21.00 Amazing Donkey Youth Club, contact Paul Hammett 01296 621162 Fridays 19.30 “Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church, contact @stmarys 01296 623123 SATURDAYS (bi-weekly) 10.30-12.00 Play for children with dads or male carers, Wendover Children’s Centre: 01296 621143 SUNDAYS 20.00 Bingo at the Royal British Legion Club, Chiltern Road, All welcome

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FNHC Line of Love

Wendover Evening WI

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) is again launching its Line of Love campaign. Paper hearts for you to personalise and pegs will be available in the shop. See

Tuesday 11 Feb, 7.45pm, St. Anne’s Hall Reverend Colin Cartwright will talk on Suffragettes in Mid Buckinghamshire. Visitors are most welcome. Any queries please contact: Margaret Currell, 01296 582318.

Charity Concert Saturday 1 Feb, 7.00pm, St Mary’s Church Given by “Cleff and the Shad-ohs” and local band The Sound Collective, this great evening of music supports St Mary’s Church and The Royal Air Forces Association.

Wendover Music Tickets on sale

Where is Humanism Going? Tuesday 11 Feb, 8.00pm, Wen Library Room For our first meeting in Wendover this spring, we welcome Laurence Smaje who will discuss the implications of medical genetics. For more information please visit

Monday 3 Feb: See front page ad for details.

Keeping Up Appearances Skulduggery in the Shrubbery Tuesday 4 Feb, 8.00pm, Stewart Hall True story of 17th century gardener John Tradescant and his family by Stefan White, a local enthusiast. Click on or .

Thursday 13 Feb, 1.00-3.00pm, Wen Lib Room Make-up tips for mature ladies. Also a chance to chat and ask any questions you might have about your caring role. Carers Bucks, Ardenham Court, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8HT. Tel 0300 777 2722.

HATS Panto: The Wizard of Oz

Police & Crime Commissioner

Thu 6 to Sun 9 Feb: tkts 01296 586582 or Clock Tower

Thu 13 Feb, 7pm, Aylesbury Multicultural Ctre Anthony Stansfeld, Thames Valley’s Police & Crime Commissioner, will be joined by the Local Police Area Commander, Gez Chiariello, and a Safety Representative from the Council. This is an opportunity for the public to meet these people and tell them about issues which matter to you.

Family Film Night Saturday 8 Feb, 6.30pm, Wen Christian Centre Wendover Free Church screens the animated film “Despicable Me 2” no need to book. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome, no charge.

THE DOG MAN Peter Ross M.B.I.P.D.T.

One of the country’s most successful Handlers, Instructors & Behaviourists Weekdays, evenings, weekends Tel: 01296 615905 or visit

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Building locally for 25 years Please call 01296 582215

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Wendover Celebrates Love Quiz

Election for Wendover Parish Councillor

Friday 14 Feb, 7.30pm, Wendover Mem Hall Treat your loved one to something a little different this year . . .  An evening of fun quiz questions  A main food course (Debbie Tolputt’s Taste)  A glass of fizz (sponsored by Twist)  Chocolate (sponsored by Rumsey’s) . . . All included for the more than reasonable sum of £12 per person. Teams can be booked in at the Clock Tower and must be paid for at the time of booking (£96 per team of 8).

Thursday 20 January, Wendover Memorial Hall See also Matters Arising on p24 and http://

The Dandy Kid

01442 381549 or 07988 742385

Book Keeping Bureau

Sat 22 Feb, 2-4pm, Weston Turville Village Hall Wendover Rotary celebrates Rotary Day at a charity Table Top Sale and Book Fair in aid of PACE and School-Aid and Rotary activities, such as the drive to end polio. To book a table call 01296 613901 or download a booking form from

Fairtrade Big Brew and Tasting @stmarys

Fundraising Booksale

The Mystique of Truffles . . .

Saturday 15 Feb, 10am-4pm, Wen Lib Rm: ad page 2

Thursday 27 Feb, 8.00pm, Wendover Lib Room . . . and we don’t mean the chocolates! Wendover Twinning Association meeting, all welcome. Members £3, Visitors £4.

Sat 15 Feb, 2pm, Bucks Family History Soc, Prebendal Farm Community Centre, HP19 7QW Michael Gandy gives advice on how best to tackle the problems of researching Irish ancestry in the capital. A small donation is appreciated. Free help available - our Names Database and libraries are available for consultation at most of our Aylesbury meetings. Come along to see how the Society can help you:

ROUND THE BEND DRIVING SCHOOL Special offer - £15 per hour for the first three hours, then just £23 per hour! If you are interested call Brian on

Kate Holt

Table Top Sale and Book Fair

Saturday 15 Feb, 10.00am, Barn Courtyard Free merry-go-round rides for the children to help celebrate the opening of this new children’s shop in the Barn (Antiques Centre) Courtyard.

Researching Irish Ancestry in London.


VAT ReTuRns • pAyRoll • RTi Management accounts Sage training 07841 427832

Inhouse beauty Mobile beauty therapist and nail technician

Call Adele I.T.E.C. Thursday 27 Feb, 10.00am-4.00pm, 11 High St Free cup of Fairtrade tea/coffee, sample 07547100312 chocolates/biscuits and an I Love Wendover offer. All electrical work undertaken: Domestic, Commercial & Industrial Installations and testing, CRB checked Call Daniel 07719 570327 / 01296 581715

Lionel Abel-Smith Trust Applications Due to a change in operating procedure for 2014, the Clerk needs to receive applications for grants by Friday 28 February. Please see front page and contact the Trust Clerk for more details or go to

PETER ELLIS PAINTER & DECORATOR Interior & Exterior Contact

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LYNDA JANE RAYBOULD & associate Beryl Hinton welcome all patients to

PERRY HOUSE DENTAL SURGERY for routine dental treatment. Acupuncture, Bleaching and Cosmetic treatments also available in a relaxing and friendly environment

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February 2014


Nick Taylor

Landscape Gardener Decking, Walls, Drives, Lawns, Ponds, Patios, Paths and all General Landscaping

Old Haddenham Friday 28 Feb, 8.00pm, WT Village Hall

Wendover (01296) 696840 Our speaker Michael Whitney is a Haddenham 07507 829423 resident from a well established local family. He

SHANE NEWSOME Painting & Decorating

has helped to set up and run the Haddenham Museum and is a fount of local knowledge. Entrance £2 members, £3 visitors, including refreshments. For further information about the Society, visit the Society’s web page, call Chris Gill on 01296 613754 or email to

All aspects of decorating undertaken 3rd generation decorator in Bucks Get Wendover Cycling AGM Free estimates Tue 4 Mar, 7.30pm, 64A Lionel Ave: all welcome 01296 483876 (local) MS Centre Art Exhibition 07771 624517 Sat-Sun 8-9 Mar, Chilterns MS Centre Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-4, over 90 artists this year! Please come browse (and maybe buy!).

Rotary Annual “Big Quiz” Friday 21 March, 7.00 pm, Wendover Mem Hall This year’s local beneficiary will be PACE and internationally School-Aid. Tickets are £12.50 per person, sold by the table (maximum 8 per table) and include a cheese platter. There will also be a Licensed Bar. Apply via our website –

22 March at 7.30pm at Wen Memorial Hall Barn Dance with Valerie Vale and the Aylesbury Aylevators with caller Tim Rooke Bar and Raffle Tickets £10 each – children under 16 yrs FREE 29 March at 7.30pm at St Mary`s, Wendover Damon Singers in Concert £8 advance; £12 door.

Chilterns Cycle Challenge 10k, 35 or 75 miles Sun 23 March for Rennie Grove Hospice Care Join us on Sunday 23 March for the Chilterns. The Chilterns Cycle Challenge will start and finish at Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury. Details 01442 820740 or

Wendover Open Gardens 2014 As in 2012, Rennie Grove Hospice Care will be fundraising through open gardens in 2014, probably in Wendover on Sunday 15 June. If you are a gardener and would like to take part please contact Chris Peeler, 01296 624089 or

Changes to electoral boundaries Our electoral Boundaries are once again under review. To engage with this process please go to Representations must be submitted by 8 April 2014.

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Save the Date—19 April– Dolly Day

Event tickets at: Clock Tower – 01296 696759; Clare Bysouth 696776 and Marguerite Spain 622678

The Red Lion will be celebrating Dolly’s 100th birthday and we’re all invited! Details in March.

Valentines Day Flowers 14th February Special offer place your order before Tuesday 4th February to receive a 10% discount. At The Lily Pot we pride ourselves in our specialist flower knowledge. We take the time to listen to our customers and provide beautiful arrangements using the freshest flowers of the highest quality.

Local delivery 5 mile radius of Stoke Mandeville £4.99 Free delivery 5 mile radius of Stoke Mandeville on orders over £50 We are open Tuesday to Saturday

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ELLESBOROUGH GOLF CLUB “For Golfers, Families and Friends” In the heart of the Chiltern Hills, with stunning views, lies one of the most beautiful 18 hole golf courses for miles around. Originally designed in 1906 on a chalk base, the course can be played all year round, on some of the best greens you will find in the country.

If you are interested in joining please contact the General Manager, Andy Hayes, who will be pleased to welcome you and to discuss any aspect of the Club including the joining process. His contact details are:

Telephone: 01296 622114 or visit our website at:

February 2014

Sunday 25 May 2014

Hardwood seasoned logs for sale

Welcome to It’s a Knockout Medieval Style To the Lords and Ladies of the Parish of Wendover : You are hereby invited to present your retinue of men (and women!) at arms, dressed in your colours, at the John Colet School on Sunday May 25 2014 to take part in a tournament to decide who has the best and bravest (wo)men of all. Your retainers will show their speed and agility in the noble art of jousting. They will demonstrate their bravery and loyalty in storming the castle and their commitment to their master in the dunking challenge and other amazing feats of teamwork and endurance! The silver cup of Wendover is the highly sought after prize! The fee for entering this competition shall be one hundred English Pounds per team of 10 people, payable in advance. Please go to the website for more details ( we don't have a carrier pigeon !). History has never been so much fun!

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Join in Wendover’s Parade! Were you one of thousands of people stood cheering in awe at the passing parade in celebration of the Jubilee on 4 June 2012? Be a part of that this year . . . we are looking for the parade to be even bigger and better than before so get thinking about how your school, business, friends or family can create a fantastic medieval themed float to enter into the parade!

More: To ensure the smooth running of all the events we do require all levels of help before, during and after. Please volunteer on An event of this scale requires the support of all areas of the local community. If you are a business with a local interest, we would love to talk to you about the opportunity to sponsor Wendover Celebrates! 2014.

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February 2014

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Amongst the many high-profile campaigns spear -headed by STOP THE TRAFFIK was an eyecatching initiative to guard against the increased threat of trafficking in the run up to the 2012 Olympics. During the high profile sporting event, “GIFT Boxes” appeared outside well-known London Cathedrals as part of a campaign organised by United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and STOP THE TRAFFIK. Human trafficking is fundamentally an act of deception; a reality that was creatively illustrated through this campaign. On the outside, these walk-in pieces of public art looked like intriguing gifts, symbolising the enticing promises made by traffickers. However, on the inside they contained a three dimensional, thought-provoking and interactive experience that introduced all those who enter to the reality of human trafficking as well as suggest ways in which visitors could help to bring an end to this global crime.

Local Interest Happy New Year for Wendover’s Youth

How is your broadband? Actual Experience, a small company based in Bath, has been contracted by Ofcom (the UK communications regulator) to investigate the state of “Digital Britain” and help to improve people’s experience of using the Internet. They’re asking for volunteers, especially in rural areas, to run their free analytics software. People who sign up will get the same analytics as Ofcom, live in their home – enabling them to see how well their broadband can support common applications like browsing, Skype, Facebook and working from home. They’ll also be able to compare their experience against a national standard for broadband excellence. The software is completely free and will never look at or capture anything you do with your computer or the Internet – it’s just looking at the broadband itself to help providers deliver a better experience. You can sign-up and get more information at

The Trustees of Wendover Youth Centre are delighted to announce that, following the successful 2013 fundraising campaign to fund a youth worker for the Centre, Becky Murgatroyd has been appointed and has already started working with Wendover’s young people. This has only been possible because of the generous support of many Wendover organisations. She is based at WYC and will also help develop youth programs for St Mary’s Church. WYC houses two youth clubs: Wendover Youth Club Tue & Thu 7-9 pm - Age 13-19 and Amazing Donkey Youth Club Every Fri 7-9 pm - Age 10-13 Other events at WYC: Slimmers World – Every Weds – 1900-2100 The Café is now open every Thursday morning between 0830 and 1030. U3A table tennis every Friday 1000-1200 Premier Sport are now situated in WYC and are running the following courses this term (enquire through school): Wednesday Before School Fencing Club Friday After school Multi Sports Club (Years 3-4) If you would like to enquire about booking the Centre, joining the “Friends of WYC” or have any other enquiry please call Martin on 07742 689930 or pop in for coffee on a Thursday morning.

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School News John Colet Autumn Term Review

Mr Hayward’s retirement

It has been a long but successful term with students focused on their learning and getting involved in activities which encourages them to think of others. One of the highlights of the term was Help Week where, under the leadership of our School Council, students and staff raised over £3,000 for the local charity Sparkles. The cheque was presented in the full school assembly on the last day of term – a timely reminder that the Christmas season is all about thinking of others.

Mr Hayward has decided to retire as Headteacher at the Wendover Church of England Junior School at the end of the Spring Term. The Governors have already begun work on recruiting his replacement and are being assisted through the process by their School Improvement Advisor from the Bucks Learning Trust and the Diocese of Oxford.

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Whilst the general School Transport Policy remains unchanged, the operation of the policy will be changed going forward to support as many families as possible with Paid-for (discretionary) transport. Following the review we have decided to offer all spare capacity on transport (this includes, where possible, on taxi services) on the standard first come first served basis to those on the Paid-for (discretionary) waiting list. As a result of this it is likely that there will be no spare bus seats available for occasional users. Where students wish to use specific transport routes on a regular basis they are welcome to apply to go on the transport waiting list by applying via: http:// schooltransport/

School development Pupil progress is being checked against targets, looking for trends and identifying gaps between different groups of children, supported by the findings from teacher observations. Close attention is given to maths, and the impact of changes introduced in the Junior School this year. These changes include reviewing and refreshing curriculum resources, increasing mental maths activity and finding ways to integrate maths into other areas of the curriculum.

Committee work We are now halfway through the financial year and have been looking at the Junior School’s six month accounts to identify any variances to budget and make sure money is being spent as effectively as possible. This scrutiny is becoming more important in the current environment of reducing budgets.

David Lidington Inevitably, most of my time now on Wendover issues centres on HS2. That doesn’t mean that other constituency work, including from Wendover, has diminished or gone away. But HS2 covers everything from rail capacity and economic impact down to individuals’ concerns about the impact on them personally. One of my staff now works almost full-time on HS2 issues. While I continue to press Transport Ministers and the PM over the principle of the scheme, especially when new evidence and arguments come forward, public consultations on compensation and the Environmental Statement inevitably needed a lot of attention. If the scheme does go ahead, we need the best possible Plan B to defend local interests. During recent months, I’ve met Wendover Parish Council and Wendover HS2 as well as people from Dunsmore, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury and Fairford Leys and maintained contact with the National Trust, BBOWT, the Chilterns Conservation Board and both County and District Councils. My evidence to the compensation consultation is online at (It’s 13,500 words but there is an executive summary!). I’m drafting something similar on the Environmental Statement for the deadline of 24 January. I’ve met HS2 officials separately about compensation and mitigation and done the

same with the Transport Secretary. Coming next are meetings with the new chairman of HS2 Ltd and with the National Grid, who take decisions about pylons and cables. With Wendover, my prime focus has been on the impact of the proposed viaducts south of the village, on Bacombe Lane, Ellesborough Road, the area around St Mary’s Church and Wendover House school and on Nash Lee. (And I’m in touch with the Cricket Club). Residents in those places will be worst hit and deserve better in terms of compensation and mitigation if HS2 goes ahead.

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Commons clerks soon to get more detail. Petitioning the Bill Committee (which acts instead of a planning inspector) is going to be the only way to get additional tunnelling agreed. Here, I’ve told Wendover HS2 that I will support them in pushing for more tunnelling but that we need to get local agreement on where the portal north of Wendover should lie. At the moment, Stoke Mandeville is strongly against going beyond the current green tunnel portal. If we end up with different local groups fighting each other in front of the Committee, any chance of getting change agreed is bound to suffer. I’ll continue to publish details of what I’m doing on my web site.

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News from Wendover Health Centre 01296 623452 Our opening hours Reception is open from 7.30am to 6.30pm every weekday except Tuesday when we are open until 8pm; the dispensary opens at 8.30am. On Saturdays, except on bank holiday weekends, we are open from 8.1511am, for pre-booked appointments, dispensary and reception; you can book Saturday appointments on-line, or through our reception team. Our telephone lines (01296-623452) are open from 8am to 6.30pm on weekdays. For urgent matters outside these hours, including Saturday mornings, please call 111. On Wednesday 12 February the Health Centre will close at 1pm for staff training; please call 01296-850011 between 1pm and 6.30pm for any urgent matters. Website

Named doctor for patients 75 and older Changes to the GP contract starting in April 2014 are aimed at ensuring that there is a named accountable GP assigned to each patient aged 75 years or older. This GP will take the lead responsibility for ensuring appropriate care is delivered to each of their patients in this age group.

GP Registrars Westongrove is an accredited training practice for GP registrars; these are fully qualified doctors who are undergoing specialist training in general practice. At Wendover, our current GP Registrar is Dr Nana-Aya Dalafu; from 5 February 2014 she will be joined by Dr Abigail Taylor who will be with us for six months. Dr Lorna Lamb We are proud that at Wendover all patients will be leaving us at the end of January already have a named GP (their “usual 2014, having successfully completed her doctor”); she or he will be the named training. accountable GP for all patients aged 75 years or older. If you are 75 years or older Help with quitting smoking and are unsure who your accountable or We can help those who want to quit usual GP is, or you usually see another smoking. Please ask at Reception about the doctor, please check with reception or ask available services. We offer anti-smoking at your next appointment. Your usual GP clinics run by a specially trained counsellor, must be one of the permanent medical who can provide information and support staff at the Health Centre. including smoking cessation treatments such as nicotine replacement therapy In order to facilitate access to their named (NRT). You are of course always welcome to GP, we are reserving some appointments discuss quitting smoking with your GP, a for patients aged 75 years and older which practice nurse or at a local pharmacy. can be booked up to 24 hours beforehand.


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World War One Commemorations


As the centenary of the start of conflicts of World War One (WW1) is this year, the Parish Council is keen to know how Wendover residents would like to see this commemorated. We are very interested to hear from anyone still living in the Parish who has a relative listed on the Wendover War Memorial. For information on the people behind the names on the memorial go to

Over the past few months, both my wife and I have been asked occasionally what I am doing with myself now I am no longer a councillor! Although I came second to UKIP in the County elections, I am still a District Councillor and as busy as ever serving on both Economy and Planning Committees. That confusion confirmed to me that many people still do not realise that we have two authorities dealing with local matters (apart from the Parish Council). It was on this platform that I and the other Independents stood at the recent County elections that we should have just one council dealing with local affairs. Up to now, councillors have been reluctant to address the possibility of a one-tier (unitary authority). However I do believe the Independents are now driving the agenda and slowly succeeding. Last September, my Independent colleague, Peter Cooper, convinced AVDC’s Finance and Services Committee to investigate the costs and benefits of Bucks adopting a one-tier (unitary) structure. Financial pressures on local authorities are unlikely to improve, so ways must be found to maintain services yet cut the costs of delivering them. With all good wishes for 2014 and as ever, if you have any problems, please get in touch. District Councillor Chris Richards 01296 624232,

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The HS2 consultation: It came, it waffled and it confused us, all 50,000 pages – and it’s still going as Parliament suddenly extended the deadline until 10 Feb as HS2 missed out 877 pages! Susan Bogue 07926 812063 Real thanks to all who have sent, or are about to send, postcards or detailed responses. A detailed case for a proper tunnel under the whole AONB has been prepared. This calculates that a tunnel might cost £330m but avoids over £500m of adverse effects on the AONB, property values and our health: see The nearby CRAG technical team now has a detailed tunnel proposal in place. Unfortunately, the Government will not pay indirect costs, we will, and scarring the landscape is cheaper. Currently, we have a cut and cover ditch (a “green tunnel”) down the west side of Wendover that will be messy and disruptive to build and leave permanent noise nuisance near St Mary’s and at the northern end of the village. It’s hugely better than the first proposal but a real tunnel is much the best. Cameron and Clegg are driving HS2 forward irrespective of facts and careless of process, so we assume a Second Reading in Parliament - that cannot now be before 27 March. Second reading enables each and every affected individual (that means you) to petition parliament. HS2 hate petitions, they slow the process and MPs might modify their precious scheme. So Wendover needs lots of petitioners. It sounds daunting but we can help and we shall be holding information meetings. You just state how HS2 will adversely affect you and ask for a specific remedy – like a tunnel, noise barrier, rerouting of an access road, limits to night working during construction, whatever. Details from Antony Chapman on 01296 623730 or at The Supreme Court is rumoured to be on Wednesday 22 January: expect European Court appeals, if allowed, by whoever “lost.”

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Club Corner

Wendover Cricket Club Wendover Cricket Club reports the sad news that club stalwart and Life Vice-President Mike Robinson died on 24 December after a short illness, aged 83. He first played for the club in 1979 and regularly from 1981, joining his son Eddie who was already playing, and continued until 2001 when at the age of 71, his body could no longer survive 2 hours in the field. Mike was also an avid bridge player and initiated the Bridge Section at the Club in the mid 1980s and it still continues today. He was active behind the scenes by helping with admin and helped out whenever he could. He enjoyed coaching young up-and-coming wicketkeepers. The Club welcomes interest from anyone who would like to score or umpire during the season. Indoor nets and training start on 28 February and continue weekly through to 6 April. Contact Jonathan Seabrook (seniors) on 01296 623286 or Richard Peck (juniors) on 01296 624209 for scoring, umpiring and training information.

BUST Update The new year has provided some very uplifting figures for our BUST project. Our target was to collect a further 5,000 bras between the end of June 2013 and beginning July 2014. To date we have collected 2,768 of the planned 5,000 bras. This represents 55% of this year’s target. Over the past 2½ years we have collected 12,768 bras and raised over £500 for Breast Cancer Care.

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Stoat Hangs Up His Necker After 15 years as Beaver Scout Leader and the past year as Group Scout Leader, Bob Field has decided to hang up his necker. Bob will be known to many in the village as Stoat, his adopted beaver name. He has been involved with the District Beavers as well as helping with the County Beaveree (meeting of up to 2000 beavers!) He also was a volunteer for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden, in 2011, an event attended by 27,000 young people from all over the world. Within the Group, Bob has used his professional skills to help keep up the landscaping around the HQ and his company recently built the new play/cooking area at the back of the building. Bob has decided to retire to Cornwall and will move this spring. On behalf of 1st Wendover Scouts, current and former members, can we wish Bob (& Dee) well in retirement. If you let us know the address we will hold our next Group Camp in your garden.....Thank you Stoat!

Erratum to page 19 in January edition Abject apologies to Tabitha Clarke, Nathan Gray, Adam Kellet and Alex Wall as this is the correct list of local Scouts selected for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015.

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Club Corner

the newly formed Wendover Swimming CIO to We are delighted to say that we had an excellent take over the pool from the John Colet. This response to our market stall on 6 December held process is now well advanced, so look out for an in Market Square Aylesbury, with many Aylesbury announcement soon. shoppers taking away our support group Wendover Bowls Club literature. If you are denied contact with your grandchildren then please do come along to our The Winter Season now begins in earnest with meetings. Meetings are held throughout the year our 4 teams playing in the League Fixtures which on the second Wednesday of each month at The come to a finalisation in late March. These games Holiday Inn Hotel, Aston Clinton Road, Aylesbury, are played home and away. We hope we can from 7pm. Should you wish further details, maintain a good place in the tables. Our outdoor please phone 07949 640156. Do join us and season starts 19 April against a local club don’t feel alone any more, or come and meet “Kitcheners,” who are located in Berkhamsted. us at Tesco Extra, Broadfields, Aylesbury, on It’s a home game so if you want to see what goes on please come to the Club in Dobbins Lane, 1 February. We would love to see you. behind the Tennis Club. Contacts for more information: Brian Wheeler 01296 622605 Mo Wendover Juniors back in the Swim Warr 01296 486655 Brian Harrison 01296 Wendover Junior School have returned to 630669. Wendover Pool after an absence of one and a half years. Swimming is part of the national Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association curriculum for primary school children. So, if the This time of the year our members are preparing pool had closed as originally feared, then the for the new season which includes repairing and Junior School would have had to bus the children cleaning equipment as well as attending courses elsewhere. Instead, they can now all learn to on Beekeeping. Several of our members are swim on their doorstep, with minimum studying to take exams set by the British disruption and maximum pool time. The Beekeeping Association. Our New Beekeepers swimming sessions have been made possible Course starts on Monday 10 March and runs for because of the enormous effort by Wendover six weeks followed by several practical sessions Swimming volunteers and the fantastic support at our Association Apiary. Even if you do not by the community, whose loyal attendance in the intend taking up Beekeeping this course is a gloomy winter months provided the impetus for lovely way in which to gain a better

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understanding of the Honeybee and Beekeeping. Congratulations to Sean Stephenson, our Chairman, who is now a Master Beekeeper. For further information on our Association and its activities please go to

Wendover Tennis and Squash Club With the continued increase in membership of the Squash Club and hence increased use of our courts, the committee have instructed contractors to commence a programme of works to refurbish the courts and modernise some of our facilities. Through this damp winter our outdoor tennis courts have performed well, although we have had to carry out two deep cleans on the courts in order to keep on top of the moss. Congratulations go to Dan our head tennis coach on the birth of his son. Our club squash and racketball tournaments get underway this month, culminating with finals day in April. For more information the activities at our club please go to

Friends of Wendover Community Library We are about to launch FOWL (Friends of Wendover Community Library). The purpose of FOWL is to promote the use of our library, to foster an appreciation of its cultural and educational value to the community and to encourage improvement of its resources and services. However it is also about making the



library fun and we will be providing a number of events and functions which you can become part of. For as little as £5 a year, you can become a Friend and help to build a better and more successful library as well as benefitting from the many events that we are planning. More information will be available in future editions, but if you are interested, either in becoming a member or joining our fund-raising committee, please email for a Membership Application Form, which will also be available in the library.

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New Year’s Eve I am a Wendover resident and we moved here six years ago when our son was three months old. As he is still very young, a big New Year’s Eve has seemed out of the question. I have just read the latest Wendover News and seen all these warnings against people congregating around the Clock Tower on New Year’s Eve and I felt sad for two reasons: firstly because I had not known that people congregate around the Clock Tower on New Year’s Eve and secondly because you so clearly damn this activity! Would it not be more appropriate to facilitate this activity and make it safe rather than damn the people who wish to celebrate in their locality to being arrested or hurt??? I am a busy mum who works full time in London, but I would be willing to offer some time if it would mean a family New Year celebration in Wendover! Michaela Bolt

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Bah Humbug!! I was looking forward to reading the January issue of the Wendover News but immediately saw that the front page had been hi-jacked by the “Bah Humbug” brigade! Under the title “Happy New Year – New Year Celebrations” our Parish Clerk had decided that the good people of Wendover actually needed a bit of a lecture on the personal risk involved of attending an unauthorised event at the Clock Tower on New Year’s Eve and the possibility of landing a personal fine of up to £5,000 if they decided to use fireworks. Maybe the Parish Council’s “To Do” list has been scattered with Health & Safety issues during 2013, bearing in mind the litigious society we now live in, or maybe Ebenezer Scrooge has now become the Parish Council’s role model. Either way, I really despair! The Clock Tower celebrations on New Year’s Eve sit at the heart of the community and make Wendover the delightfully unique place that it is. Without this event, unofficial as it is, Wendover would be a poorer place and any organisation that goes out of its way to discourage people from attending by threatening them with words such as “completely at their own risk” should hang its head in shame. And even once we had been lectured on the risk of attending this event, we were then asked if we were prepared to

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volunteer for the clear-up. If that was the purpose of the article then why not ask us that in a way that is genuinely supportive of the enjoyment that this event provides for so many – I’m sure volunteers will come forward, after all, the people of Wendover genuinely care about their village and the traditions we have. Mark Lawrance

Dismay I have to inform you of my dismay. Under the Large “Happy New Year” banner was ironically a rather killjoy and anti festive tirade about the New Year firework display at the Clock Tower. The article notes that the event is “unauthorised” and implies that if the Parish Council had their way, the event would be banned altogether. Having lived in Wendover for almost 20 years, I find the firework festivities a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to come together to celebrate new beginnings. Of course there comes risk with fireworks, but I suggest that rather than quash the fun surrounding the event, the Parish Council could take the opportunity to use the gathering in a positive way? Perhaps the event could be used as a platform to fundraise for Parish Council projects, such as the restoration of the Clock Tower. Emily Jane Clark

New Year Celebrations I am writing to comment on the New Year’s Eve Celebrations, which for many years in Wendover have always been a wonderful celebration. Before fireworks took centre stage people used to congregate at the Clock Tower to sing “Auld Lang Syne.” Unfortunately, due to various concerns raised by “some people” reference the concept of what is occurring, this year, due to these outside pressures, the evening was a bit of a “damp squib.” We all fully appreciate the H & S regulations, but to date over the last 30yrs noone has been hurt, to my knowledge. I fully appreciate that any Council has “full duty of care” for its residents, therefore can never actively be seen to support any “Meeting of People” that does not follow the due regulations. With regard to the other issues raised previously, including street cleanliness, I feel quite disappointed as I know that there is always a section of the community, usually the White Swan, who will always attend and assist.

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Local Face: Nigel & Mary Rumsey Nigel Rumsey opened Rumsey’s Chocolaterie with his wife, Mary in Wendover exactly 10 years ago this 14 February, Valentine’s Day, and since opening their shop it has become a vibrant meeting place for locals and visitors to Wendover. The seeds of the business began in 2001 from the family kitchen in Aylesbury. Nigel had been a pastry chef for 20 years and was working in the kitchens of New College Oxford when a colleague asked if he would make a batch of chocolates for him to take home to his family. He enjoyed making them so much that he made a second batch for his own family too. As demand snowballed, Nigel cut down to a three-day week at New College to meet with demand. “We literally had customers travelling 30 and 40 miles to knock on our front door asking for our chocolates,” he says. “The reaction was incredible.” It was only when the chocolates began winning awards that Nigel realised this could be the full-time business he’d always dreamed of. Before we knew it we had found the perfect premises in Wendover and opened the doors ten years ago on February 14th. We decided we would have to have a theatre kitchen where people could watch

about 40 varieties of chocolates, many of which are seasonal. Provenance is something taken as seriously as their chocolate: “We wanted to use fresh, local produce and support local businesses where possible,” explains Nigel. “We use a local dairy farm called Lacey’s in High Wycombe, and our eggs and meat are sourced locally, too.”

the chocolates being made, and then thought, “Why don’t we serve hot drinks and something to eat, too?” With its cornflower blue walls and antique fixtures and fittings, Rumsey’s has a definite scent of Gallic charm. In fact, any film fans could be forgiven for feeling a hint of déjà vu, because the transformation of Rumsey’s from a cottage industry to bustling shop was inspired by Vianne’s shop in the film adaptation of Joanne Harris’ Chocolat. Nigel now has three other chocolate chefs, whom he’s trained himself. Nigel perfected his own techniques in Switzerland and France where he was taught by top chocolatiers. He, in turn, is passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation of chocolate chefs. Rumsey’s now provides

In return, Rumsey’s has developed an army of devoted local clientele. “We have regulars who come in every week and in some cases more often – that’s one of the best things about the shop – meeting people and making new friends.” Nigel agrees: “It’s little things like that which make all the hard work and hours we put in worth it,” he says. “One of my favourite days was when there was an unexpected snowstorm: all the businesses closed and everyone piled into the shop for hot chocolate after a day’s tobogganing. The snow was falling, the place was jam-packed with people chatting and laughing. I remember standing in the corner and thinking, ‘this is what it’s all about’.” Rumsey’s of Wendover, Buckinghamshire (01296 625060); Rumsey’s of Thame, Oxfordshire (01844 260303).


Matters Arising February 2014

View from the Chair Happy New Year to all in Wendover. The community celebration around the Clock Tower this year was a little different. To ensure that things go well next year, I think an effort needs to be made by the community to ensure things run smoothly. The Parish Council has no responsibility for this spontaneous event, but does exercise its public duty by dealing with the resulting glass, rubbish and sparkler wires. One of our employees was up early on New Year’s day clearing up the mess so that cars driving through Wendover did not end up with punctures. I’ve heard many different thoughts on events at New Year, some very positive, so I wait with baited breath to hear the ideas we have for re-invigorating the Celebrations in a safe and sensible way. Perhaps we need a group of those interested and involved to work out the best way forward. An election will be taking place soon for a councillor to fill the vacancy that arose following Bob Lewis’ resignation. Some people think it’s a waste of public money, and have asked us why we aren’t coopting? However, because ten members of the community have requested an election be held, it has become a legal necessity. The election will be held on 20 February 2014, with the Parish Council paying the cost. I think an election (especially when it is non-political) is really healthy. People can get stuck in their ways. We need an injection of new ideas. May I add that the value of an election is enhanced when the voting turnout is higher so watch out for the date and VOTE. Robert Duggan, Chairman

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New Year’s Eve

Next Parish Council Meeting Monday 3 February, 7.30pm Wendover Library Room Christmas 2013 Unfortunately we need to start with an apology for the unsatisfactory standard of the Christmas Tree. Due to concerns about returning the tree and running the risk of not having a tree for the festivities on 4 December, it was decided to accept the tree and make different arrangements for next year. The Clerk and a Councillor will “visit” next year’s tree in situ towards the end of November and be sure we have something to be proud of in December 2014. We were pleased to have extended the festoon lights up to Dobbins Lane and along part of Aylesbury Road, and despite electrical problems with the Clock Tower lighting the week before Christmas, due to the heavy rains getting into the electrical contacts, we were delighted to have this resolved by Christmas Eve. Other than the problems caused by the road closure, all reports on the 4 December Christmas Lights switch on seem to be positive. The businesses in the village open during the evening saw more customers than in previous years and it was an important fundraising event for some local charities.

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Many of you will have read the article on the front page of the January edition of Wendover News. We appreciate the tradition of the NYE celebration at the Clock Tower and would certainly not have felt the need to write the article if we had not received complaints and concerns over the safety of the previous year’s event. In a meeting with Thames Valley Police and AVDC, it was highlighted to the Parish Council that the New Year’s Eve Anti-Social Behaviour problem is worse in Wendover than in Aylesbury and seems to be increasing each year. AVDC pointed out that they would be acting to prevent fireworks being let off on and into the highway as this is illegal. It has been suggested that the Parish Council or “Wendover Celebrates” should take the evening under their wings, but it is apparent that the logistics of having an event around the Clock Tower are challenging. A road closure for a couple of hours around midnight, (cost approx £3000) would possibly be the only way to make it safe, but this could be very unpopular with businesses trading on the night and people trying to reach friends and loved ones by midnight as it involves such an important road junction. If an event could logistically be organised around the Clock Tower, it would still not be lawful to set off fireworks on or into the public highway as has happened in recent years. If you have any practical ideas about how the Parish Council can help the community carry on with this tradition safely and lawfully we would be very pleased to hear from you.

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