February 2016 Wendover News

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February 2016

Available in Wendover, Dunsmore, The Lee, Halton, Weston Turville and Liffré


The views expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily the views of the editor.

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8 February Lady Isobel Barlow RIP

It was with great sadness that Wendover News heard of the death of Lady Isobel Barlow. She was the widow of Sir Thomas who bought and gave Witchell to Wendover. His grandfather, the original Sir Thomas, obtained Hampden Meadow and donated it to Wendover in 1936.

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. Organisations should enclose a copy of their audited accounts. Address: 14A Vicarage Close, Wendover, Bucks. HP22 6DS Email: clerk@wendovertrust.org PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS 28th FEBRUARY.

The Lionel Abel-Smith Trust

The Trustees will meet in 2016 on Wednesday 13 April to consider applications from individuals and organisations from within the parish of Wendover and the Moor Park Estate at this, their 38th Annual Meeting. For information about the Trust please see their website: www.wendovertrust.org.

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editor@wendovernews.co.uk Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop 19 High Street, Wendover HP22 6DX Wendover News, established 1989, is delivered through the door to many local households. If you do not receive one at home and would like to volunteer to deliver for us to your road, please contact the office (see above). Wendover News would like to thank all our willing volunteers.


Sheep: For those who missed the sheep drive down Wendover High Street on Sunday 10 January there are photos and video at www. wendovernews.co.uk/news/wendover-highstreet-sheep-drive-2016 Snow: Go to /www.wendovernews.co.uk/ news/snow-in-wendover-jan-2016 to see snow photos posted to Wendover News Facebook and Twitter, many thanks.

RAF Flypast

Tuesday 2 & 16 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 at the Antiques Centre


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Wendover Music Concert Series 2016 at St Mary’s Church 27 February 19.30 Annual General Meeting & Entertainment Bartosz Glowacki Classical accordionist 12 March 19.30: Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) Kevin Whately & Madeleine Newton (speakers) 9 April 19.30: Martin James Bartlett (piano) 14 May 19.30: String Quartet TBC 11 June 19.30: Steven Isserlis (cello)

Tickets available from late February at the AGM, ‘Just’ 11 High Street, Wendover and from the website www.wendover-music.org

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Events Weekly Senior Rugby Matches

Bucks County Museum Cooking, Sewing & Knitting Groups Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP From classes to casual meetings, if you like to make or decorate cakes, sew or knit, there is sure to be a group for you. Classes for spring are already booking up! See pages 26 & 27.

WI Exhibition 10 Oct-13 Feb. Photography! 16 Jan-5 Mar. Be inspired by some of the best photographers in the world and discover more about the professional side of photography. Free entry. Roald Dahl Gallery Cycle Rides and Local Walks on the same site; check website for opening Group cycle rides that begin in or near hours. The museum also has a programme Wendover have been organised by the of talks in the community and on-site events. local Cycle Touring Club. Any bike will do as Details on www.buckscountymuseum.org. long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers always welcome, but please try an easy-paced ride Get Wendover Cycling first. Easy Paced Ride Sunday 28, 9.30am Tue 2, 7.30pm, 64A Lionel Avenue from Your Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton. Visit All are welcome to attend the Get Wendover southbuckscycling.or​g.uk/rides for more. Cycling AGM. The Ramblers have a programme of organised KEHS Meeting walks in the Wendover area. Have a look Tue 2, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN at the listings on pages 26 & 27 or www. “Vegetable Production Over the Year.” Graham aylesbury-ramblers.org.uk for more details. Talbot will focus on preparing for the new growing year for vegetables for the table and also touch on showing vegetables. Original Soundplay Classes for Babies and Toddlers Suitable from birth Classes in WENDOVER on Mondays TRING on Fridays Nursery & Preschool programme available For details & to book, please contact

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Thu 4- Sun 7, RAF Halton Theatre HP22 5PG By kind permission of the Station Commander, Halton Amateur Theatrical Society proudly presents their look at the adventures of Mr Toad and his friends. Ticket prices: Adults—£7, Concessions—£5, Group discounts available (10+, all tickets of group are £5). Tel: 07510 687365 or tophatsbucks@gmail.com. Sat 6, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Fundraiser concert for Wendover Choral Society, featuring six very highly regarded

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Every Saturday afternoon at Aylesbury Foreign Language Conversation - please book, Rugby Football Club, Weston Turville. Visit Fri 12, 10.30am-12noon. www.arfcuk.com for details.


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Events professional entertainers. All tickets can be bought at the door and cost £10. Children under sixteen - £5.

February Loyalty Card Offers

If you are not receiving the monthly email reminder and would like to, please check your spam and junk folders or send your details, including your ILW card number to ilovewendover@wendoverchamber.co.uk

Pancake Day

Tue 9, 10am-12noon, Wen Christian Ctre Enjoy a Shrove Tuesday treat! Pancakes will be served with a cup of coffee or tea at Wendover Christian Centre. All profits will go to the charity “Emmanuel International” which aims to transform lives in developing countries through health education, literacy programmes, disaster relief and prevention.

Chiltern Humanists

Tue 9, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room “The Paradox of Bogus Scepticism”. Richard Wilson will highlight the problems that can arise when peddlers of myth and quackery succeed in portraying themselves as sceptics. Everyone is welcome. For more information about Chiltern Humanists and a full programme of events, please visit www.chilternhumanists.org.uk.

Evening WI

Tue 9, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall “Turkish Delight”. Archaeologist Dr Jill Eyers will be talking about Turkey and its landscape, history, art and culture to give a real insight into its people. The evening’s competition is “Homemade Sweets or Chocolates”. Visitors welcome. Contact: Margaret Currell - 01296 582318.

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11 February: Mel from the Community Library will be running a Health and Well-Being day. More details available in the Library. 29 April: a Literary Evening celebrating World Book Night which will include a talk on ‘Suffragettes’ by well-known local author, Lucinda Hawksley. Booking will be essential. The very popular ‘Learn My Way’ – Getting Online for Beginners’ will be running on the first Tuesday of every month. Pre- booking is required to receive assistance with all your computer worries and problems. Please remember to renew your FOWL membership (£5 annual fee) at the end of March.

If you are not a member, please join to help maintain our community library.

Details, as always, are available from ‘Mel and Sue’ in the Library. For more information visit the Library or www.buckscommunitylibraries.org/wendover/friends-of-wendover-library


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A charity event in aid of Bega Kwa Bega - Ugandan Orphans

Wendover Art Club

Wed 10 & 24, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room Wed 10 - A working evening: “Portraits from Photos”. A chance to have a go in any medium of your choice. Wed 24 - A demonstration by Jan Munro, a very talented professional artist using different media. This is a great chance to see how she approaches a subject in pastels.

Fresh Start Health & Wellbeing Day

Thu 11, 10am-4pm, Wendover Library Including Pets as Therapy, Nail Painting at Wendover Memorial Hall, HP22 6HF (booking required), NHS Health Checks, Buff up your dancing shoes, grab yer partner & come dance to Appalachian hillbilly music with Dementia Champions, Medical Detection Dogs, Nutrition Consultation and Carers Valerie Vale Bucks. Also Tai Chi, Yoga, Baby Massage, and her Mindfulness, Pilates and Holistic Therapy Aylesbury Aylevators taster sessions. Booking advised. Links to with caller Tim Rooke participating groups can be found at www. buckscommunitylibraries.org/wendover/ Saturday 12 March library-meeting-room-events. See ad page 3. 7.30pm

Barn Dance

Entry £10 , under 16s free Tickets available from the Library or: Clare: 01442 825879 Marguerite: 01296 622678

Church will be open as an attended quiet space for reflections, prayer or meditation. Every Tuesday morning there will be others in the church if you would like someone to pray with you. More information on the church noticeboards.

Lenten Lunches

begins Tue 16, 12.15-1.15pm, W Christian Ctre Weekly lunches each Tuesday until Easter. Last year over £400 was raised for Syrian refugees.

On Screen

dates & times below, Wendover Library Room Half term afternoon showing: “Minions” Tuesday 16 at 2.30pm (tickets £4, no unaccompanied children, please). “Suffragette” returns by popular demand Friday 19 at 7.30pm (tickets £5).

Bucks Family History Society

Sat 20, 2pm, Southcourt Comm Ctre HP21 8LF “The Siege Of Sidney Street 1911.” Jef Page’s study of Edwardian anarchists demonstrates that subversion has been a part of our lives Open Church begins Tue 16, 11am-12noon, St Anne’s Church for a long time. Free. All welcome (a small During the weeks leading up to Easter, St Anne’s donation is appreciated). www.bucksfhs.org.uk

ART EXHIBITON 12th - 13th MARCH 2016 SATURDAY: 10am - 6pm SUNDAY: 11am - 4pm

The 11th Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition is taking place this March. Over 100 artists will be exhibiting this year with an even wider variety of media, subject matter and price. The artists are both professional and amateur, local and from further afield. Please come and browse, possibly buy and definitely enjoy the delicious homemade cakes with tea or coffee. ALL WELCOME! Chilterns MS Centre, Oakwood Close, Halton, Wendover HP22 5LX phone: 01296 696133 e-mail info@chilternsmscentre.org

The St John Passion by JS Bach (sung in English)

Saturday 19 March 2016 - 7.30pm. at St Mary’s Church, Wendover Wendover Choral Society with The Equale Baroque Soloists conducted by Peter Bassano

Tickets will be available via Just, 11 High Street, Wendover. HP22 6DU. Info@stmaryswendover.org.uk Tel: 01296 623123 Also available from nettynicholson@me.com. Tickets £15.00, concessions £12.00 and Under 16s £5.00.


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We are seeking a Midday Supervisor to join our friendly lunchtime team in February. The hours of work are 11.50am-1.20pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. Salary is on Bucks Pay Range 1a (£7.33 per hour). If you enjoy interacting with children aged 7-11, are hardworking and have a sense of fun, then this could be the job for you! Although previous school experience is not required, experience of working with children would be a distinct advantage. For a full job description and application form, please contact Catriona Martin, Business Manager, at finance@wendoverjunior.co.uk or 01296 696822 (option 4). Closing date for applications: 12noon Friday 5 February 2016 Please mention Wendover News when responding to adverts

Events Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers Guild

Sat 20, 2.30-4.30pm, SM Meth Church HP22 5UJ A “Stitching Session” offered by guild members. Work on a new project or bring an old one. Visitors welcome, £4. Enquiries 01296 425015.

Wendover Twinning Association

Mini Mozart

Sat 27, times see below, St Mary’s Church For younger Music Lovers, Wendover Music is pleased to present two ‘Mini Mozart’ events for children aged 0-7. Tickets £5. To book for either 10.00-10.45 or 11.00-11.45 call Lindsay Cornell on 01296 615753 or 07855 096260.

Thu 25, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room Join us for an amusing talk by Neil Henson : “Good Cop, Odd Cop - The ups and downs of Family Movie Night a dyslexic problem solver in the Police”, £3 Sat 27, 6.30pm, Wendover Christian Centre members, £4 non-members. Wendover Free Church invites you to see “Big Hero 6” with added bonus screening of “Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas”! Wendover Society AGM Arrive from 6.30pm for your free popcorn Fri 26, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall Annual General Meeting and Dinner. Guest and a 6.45pm start. Admission is free and so Speaker: Jane Larkham, editor, Wendover News. is ice cream during the interval. Families and unaccompanied adults are always welcome.

Weston Turville Historical Society

Fri 26, 8pm, WT Village Hall “Penal Sanctions throughout the Ages” (up to 19th century) is the February topic covered by Francoise Richardson from the Thames Valley Police Museum. Members £2, visitors £3.

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Sat 27, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Wendover Wendover Music Concert Season begins with the AGM and short recital by Bartosz Glowacki, a classical accordionist. He is a

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former Polish Young Musician of the Year. Light refreshments will be served after the entertainment. No charge for this evening. Tickets for the season will be available at the AGM and from Just, 11 High Street, Wendover, and at our website: www.wendover-music.org from mid February. See ad page 1.

• 20 Mar - Chilterns Cycle Challenge for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. • 26 Mar - Evening WI Spring Fair • 22 Apr - Rotary Big Quiz • 1 May - Wendover Celebrates, see page 21 • 14 May - PACE Big Walk, details see page 16

Coming Soon - Save the Date!

We are happy to invite Wendover to a Barn Dance in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 12 March. So come and dance with Valerie Vale and Aylesbury Aylevators from 7.30 pm to 11.00 pm. Tickets £10 (under 16’s free) from Wendover Library, Clare Bysouth (01442 825879) and Marguerite Spain (01296 622678). More on www.bkbuganda.org. See ad p 4.

• March - Wendover Youth Centre AGM • 5 Mar - Mother’s Day craft morning, Wendover Christian Centre • 5 Mar - Murder Mystery Evening for Florence Nightingale Hospice • 19 Mar - Wendover Celebrates fundraising barn dance, see page 16

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Wendover Remembers All material copyright 2016 Wendover Remembers

FEBRUARY 1916 The great Battle of Verdun began on 21 February 1916 when the city was shelled and the Germans captured the French frontline. Fort Douaumont fell to the Germans on 25 February. The fighting around Verdun lasted ten months and in total there were over a million casualties. Marshal Petain was given command of the defence of Verdun which was never captured by the Germans. The Royal Flying Corps formed its first singlefighter squadron (No 24) flying DH22s. At sea, the P&O liner Maloja sank after hitting a mine in the Straits of Dover. 155 died. The sloop Aribis was sunk by a German destroyer and the Harwich Force flagship, Arethusa, despatched to search for the enemy, struck a mine and sank. In Africa, German troops in Cameroon surrendered to a joint British, French and Belgian force. In Wendover, the main business of the February Parish Council concerned a pamphlet from the Board of Agriculture which stressed the importance of food production. Counsellor Blake proposed the following resolution: “That the Council, having considered the Board of Agriculture leaflet, are of the opinion that whilst it might be desirable in many localities to adopt the suggestions contained therein, the solution of the food problem would be to a large extent solved if arrangements were made for easier and cheaper methods of transit of surplus supplies such as those invariably produced in a district like Wendover; they therefore urge the Government to take immediate steps to lower the present prohibitive railway rates, and also to arrange for the collection of surplus supplies from those persons who do not produce enough to make it worth their while to obtain a market for it”. He remarked


that “the allotment holders did their best in the production of vegetables. Wendover was in the position of having grown more than the requirements, but the difficulty has been to find a profitable market for their

Railways are always a problem!

produce. Now that the railways were under government control, they should ask them to give such facilities in the matter of transit as would ensure a better distribution of food products”. The Parish Council also considered the following letter: “Sir, As a visitor may I call the attention of the Council to their apparent indifference in protecting the locality against the visitation of Zeppelins? I observe many of the tradesmen with large out-side lamps and lighted windows. Also public lamps with light shooting upwards. Protection is better than cure. Yours, Observer”. Three Wendover soldiers were home on leave during February. The Bucks Herald of 19 February reported that: “Pte. F Slade (RAMC) formerly deputy organist at St Mary’s Church has been home on furlough, looking remarkably fit and well. He attended the services on Sunday, taking his accustomed place in the choir. Pte F. Matthews and Pte A. Dell, also members of the RAMC, were home with him”.

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The Bucks Herald of 12 February reported that Sidney Scott, landlord of the King and Queen public house, was summoned for selling brandy adulterated with water 4 degrees below the limit. In his defence Mr Scott stated: “I purchased the brandy from Messrs Gulliver of Aylesbury to the quantity of two gallons as proof spirit. I diluted it myself. I did not measure the brandy when I received it from Messrs. Gulliver. I diluted it by adding five pints of water, which I boiled first, and allowed to get cold. I did not add more”. He also stated that he took his directions from the Licensed Victuallers Hand-Book. The defendant, giving evidence on oath, said he had kept the King and Queen public house for three years and a half. He purchased a two gallon jar of brandy, and then proceeded to “break it down” by adding five pints of water. If there was excessive diluting it was certainly quite a mistake. The Chairman said: “It was evidently quite a technical offence, the justice of which would be met by the defendant paying costs 16s (inclusive of analyst’s fee) without a conviction”. Mike Senior & Val Moir

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We refer to the recent so called Consultation by CEG Developers on the proposed 175 house development in the field bounded by World’s End Lane, Aylesbury Road and Halton Lane. Anyone attending who was not familiar with the background to this proposal could be forgiven for thinking that all was “cut and dried” apart from our preference of house styles. They did not mention that no Planning Application had been submitted or that the field is designated as “Unsuitable for Development” in the draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan. It could also be interpreted that this development could be needed for the Vale to meet its target of 31,000 houses. It also states that Wendover is one of the most suitable locations for sustainable development but nowhere does it consider, or invite comment on, the impact of such a development on our infrastructure, already compromised by Princess Mary Gate.


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HS2 HS2 carries on and on. After having a very short petitioning period for the Additional Provisions 5 with a cut off of 8 January for petitions to be lodged, it appears there are about 20 petitions from Wendover against AP5/SES4. The latest news is that they will be heard on 2 February.

this revolves around the question of locus standi. That is, the petitioners interests are directly and specifically affected by the Additional Provisions (AP). It is not enough that the AP does not improve the situation enough. While the Select Committee were more relaxed about the initial petitions they have been fairly strict on the subject of AP petitions. Their thinking must be that they do not want to have a rerun of the original petition hearing. So we are all going to talk about the proposed 6m high barriers being promoted by HS2 Ltd. It does not make it easy as depending on which petitioners they don’t want to listen to, they will have to argue they should be heard and then argue their case. It will be interesting to see how we all get on.

Now you may wonder what is going on. We are still waiting for the Select Committee to tell us if we have or have not a bored tunnel. Given that, why are we being asked to respond to a silly proposal about 6m high barriers. A good question? Either it means the Select Committee have decided not to give us a tunnel but are reluctant to go public, or they are still thinking. However, you have to consider that if time is of the essence then FRANK FENNELL you may figure the sooner HS2 are given It appears we are drawing towards the end PLUMBING & HEATING of one phase of the HS2 Hybrid bills journey Bathrooms, Ensuites, Cloakrooms, Showers, direction the better. We can but hope. through the Houses of Parliament. I suspect Water Softeners, C/Heating, Power Flushing So on 2 February a goodly collection of their report at the end of the session will set out No job too small Wendover organisations and people will their position on HS2. So we have to keep going 07967 638527 01296 620629 be appearing. The first thing they will have until we know what they have in store for us. francoffennell@gmail.com www.frankfennellplumbingservices.co.uk to face is whether they will be heard and Brian Thompson

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the end of the summer term last academic year and we were delighted to welcome members of the community through the doors to meet our pupils, have a tour of the school and a bite to eat. Those that came along were extremely complimentary about the beautiful school site and the openness and welcome from our young people. We will be doing the same again this year and we would greatly love to see more people from the local community pop in and say hello. You may hear negative things about schools such as ours and we really look forward to showing you how wonderful our pupils are and dispelling the myths. That said, we don’t have to do that as the pupils can do it for themselves! 5pm on Wednesday 13 July – make a note in your diary – we are looking forward to meeting you! Gary Regan Head of Wendover Campus We also have a date for your diaries! As gregan@bucksgfl.org.uk many of you know we put on a barbeque at Another really busy term has passed by and as always the staff and pupils have worked hard and achieved great things. At the end of term we put on our annual pantomime, this year it was “Snow White and the Other Dwarves”. It was a resounding success and extremely well supported by the school community. It is wonderful to see our young people, many of whom have complex social and communication difficulties, take a massive step forward and to be able to perform in front of a large audience of parents, governors, staff and other pupils. The same must also be said of course for those young people behind the scenes that took on the responsibilities of sound, lighting, music and front of house. It’s certainly moments like this that make us all take stock of the work we do and why we do it. Everyone involved deserves huge congratulations and the pride that comes with a job well done.

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Now that the Christmas overindulgence is over and weighing a stone more than I did before the festive period, I thought I better do something about this. What better way to shred the pounds than to run it off. 26.2 miles of running! London 2016 will be my 3rd marathon, but my first in the capital. What better way to embark on the greatest marathon in the world than to run the London Marathon in fancy dress, riding an ostrich. As you can see the ostrich is raring to go and cannot wait to compete with the greatest athletes on earth. Maybe by mile 20 I will be regretting this (stupid) idea...

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A £1 donation will enable the experts at MACS to provide advise to families with disabled children, whereas for every £80 raised this will allow a blind child a mobile phone with specialised speech software. If you fancy sponsoring me please visit my online donation When searching for charities to run for, the page: www.virginmoneygiving.com/ben10. charity “MACS” stood out for me. With the Ben Fletcher 3RD 21st July 2015 Proof of Ravis A4 local press ad.qxp_RAVI A4 1st proof of A4 Ad 17/08/2015 15:29 Page 4

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A foster care agency, still run by its co-founders 21 years after it started, is urging people in Wendover and across Buckinghamshire to make 2016 a positive year for change and consider becoming a foster carer. Foster Care Associates (FCA) has launched a recruitment campaign for the New Year called ‘what are you waiting for?’ It’s inspired from the moment in 1994 when FCA’s co-founder, Jan Rees, experienced what she calls her ‘light-bulb moment’ after reading an article on fostering. This led to her life-changing decision to care for young people in need. In Buckinghamshire there are approximately 435 looked after children and young people in local authority care, many of whom are waiting for a secure and nurturing foster home in 2016.

Buckinghamshire, and our foster carers are at the heart of everything we do, but we need more. No matter what age you are, whether you apply as a single person or a couple, or have your own birth children, as long as you have a spare room and are able to nurture and support, you could become a foster carer. “FCA will provide all the support and training needed in a highly structured and tailored package for both the carer and the young person in care – all underpinned by our Team Parenting™ model of support.” Unlike adoption a fostered child remains the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents, and ensures that children who cannot be with their parents or other relatives, for whatever reason, can be cared for in a family situation.

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On Saturday 14 May the annual BIG Walk will be ANTIQUE & FINE ART AUCTIONEERS heading out for a guided 20 or 10 mile circular Monthly Auctions of Antiques & Fine Art route starting and finishing at the Bell pub in Quarterly Picture Auctions, General Auctions Aston Clinton; a stone’s throw away from the Sporting & Country Pursuits Auctions new PACE centre. You’ll see great countryside Partial & Total House Clearance undertaken in the Chilterns: an area of outstanding Insurance, Probate & Family Division Valuations natural beauty. But not only that, our route Free Auction Valuations Available! is themed, visiting numerous film, TV and literary landmarks. You can look forward to The Claydon Saleroom, Calvert Rd. Middle Claydon, Buckingham, MK18 2EZ the fantastic Roald Dahl Museum in Great Tel: 01296 714434 Fax: 01296 714492 Missenden for lunch, and Hampden House info@dickinsauctioneers.com which was the HQ of the Hammer House of www.dickinsauctioneers.com Horror! The BIG Walk is free to join, and we’ll

On Saturday 11 June join an exclusive team to scale the highest peak in England and Wales: in our Snowdon S u n r i s e Challenge. Led by our expert support team you start at midnight and complete a 9 mile trek finishing at approximately 8am to see the sun rise over Snowdonia’s magnificent mountains. Entry fee is £20 and you’ll commit to raising at least £250 to transform lives. Got a big walk of your own planned? No problem, let us know and we’ll help you to raise as much as possible. Contact the fundraising team today on 01296 616973 or fundraising@thepacecentre.org and we’ll get you walking to transform young lives.

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the Fat Dads, who won the 2015 Village Cup, 1st Halton RAF Scout Group are on the look the Pretenders, who won the Plate, and your out for new leaders/occasional helpers, other local teams. aged 18 and over, to come and help out. If Wendover Bowls Club interested in finding out more please contact January was busy with Short Mat League Sharon at sharonelmidoro@yahoo.co.uk. Matches with all club teams taking part. The Men hung on to the Trophy in the Men Wendover Twinning Association Wendover Twinning Association will be versus Ladies Short Match Competition, but welcoming a group of visitors from Liffré, it was well fought and played in a great spirit. our twin town in Brittany, to celebrate the January social events included a New Year’s 40th anniversary of the twinnage from the “Do” which was well attended. Members’ morning of Friday 13 May to the morning of event “What the Butler Saw” will take place Monday 16 May. If you would be interested on 6 February. For more information go to in hosting a French visitor (or two, or even a wendoverbowlsclub.co.uk or contact Brian family!), we would be delighted to hear from Wheeler 01296 622605 or Ann & Eric Smith you. For more information, please contact 01494 569377. Dawn Rance 01296 625718 / dawnrance@ Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association hotmail.co.uk. The New Beekeepers training course Wendover Tennis and Squash Club gets underway on 8 February, there are The New Year has seen the expansion of still a few places left, full details can be our tennis coaching programme at the found at mbbka.org.uk. The winter lecture Club to include additional days, adult programme recommences on 17 February coaching and lunchtime sessions for pupils with a talk by Frank Rickett on Winter Bees. at John Hampden School. Full details of The biggest concern is that the bees have the new programme can be found in the enough stores to last through to the Spring. tennis coaching section of our website There are reports of Beekeepers starting to feed bees already as the colonies consumed wendovertennisandsquash.co.uk. much of their stores earlier in the winter.

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After a lovely Christmas break, the Wendover Sparrowhawks netball team are braving the cold and rain to get back to training! The New Year met them with some great news, as they secured sponsorship from local company Grass Roots, who are kindly supplying them with some much needed waterproof jackets, which will definitely make it slightly easier to brave the elements! Interested in joining? www.wendovernetballclub.weebly.com.

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Hampden Lodge would like to thank all for their kind donations to our Christmas Supper Raffle, especially the Village Gate & George & Dragon, and all who attended and supported what was a successful evening at the Chiltern Forest Golf Club. Monies raised will be donated to Iain Rennie Hospice at Home. Thanks again for the support!” Gary Thorne

of Wendover for more than 20 years. Mr L L Jeffery Reply: I thought my letter was clearly directed at the Israeli exporters and their misleading packaging. I certainly did not mean to impugn any retailers, who see the same labelling that misled me. If anyone took it as an attack on the retailers, I apologise unreservedly. Rachel Garver

wine or soup. This could be a way to draw in more singers next year, not to mention a good opportunity for a local business. Anna Larkham

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Wendover Celebrates Less than 3 months now The Barn Dance fundraiser on 19 March to the big event on 1 May looks set to be great fun! The Oddsox Ceilidh – make sure the date is in band has been booked and if you want to your diaries! This year’s have a sneak peek of what you can expect Wild West theme is shaping on the night then check out their website up nicely, with thanks to the www.oddsoxceilidhband.com - your toes cowboy design provided will surely be tapping by the time you’ve by our local primary school watched one of the videos on there! Tickets competition winner. Get your Stetsons and for the barn dance fundraiser on 19 March gingham at the ready! are available at www.wendovercelebrates. com. We do need more volunteers to share the workload. There are currently fewer volunteers You can get more information including how to than we have had for previous events, which get tickets by emailing wendovercelebrates@ means we may have to scale down the activities gmail.com or by checking the website www. available on the day. Previous experience isn’t wendovercelebrates.com. necessary, just a willingness to get involved and a bit of spare time. Please get in touch 11+ Coaching in Wendover via wendovercelebrates@gmail.com for more details. We particularly need someone with Experienced Tutor admin skills to help with the arranging of stall holders and activities on the site, as part of 01296 625548 the Site and Security team. A full explanation or 07789 690139 of what needs doing will be given.

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Conservationists Dave Short and Brian Walters took two very special visitors to the Supply & Movements Training Wing at RAF Halton recently.

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Tribute: Donald Bedford Wendover News regrets to inform readers that Donald Bedford, former manager of the Chilterns MS Centre, passed away peacefully in hospital on 5 December 2015, aged 91. Tragically, just a few days after his wife, Irene. Donald had a background in Pathology and Immunology and worked for many years in medical research. He became manager of the Chilterns MS Centre, not long after it was founded in 1985 to provide hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) to people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the local area. As the members grew he managed to find the resources to expand services and set high standards for the provision of those additional services such as physiotherapy. Donald made sure the Centre was inclusive to anyone who had been diagnosed with MS who needed support, he also understood that a diagnosis impacted on their family and friends, so welcomed them too. He always encouraged and supported initiatives to expand knowledge, understanding and care through courses, networking and communication. During the 1980’s and 1990’s Donald was very active at a national level within ARMS (Action into Research MS), that later became MS National Therapy Centres (MSNTC). He had a ‘winning way’ of attracting help and fundraising, often supported by his wife Irene. Here Centre members and supporters, past and present, remember Donald.

the very basis for the Centre as it grew bigger and provided care to m o r e members in our area; it was this that made our centre so special. We made it our motto that we gave a very professional service in an informal manner. He was ALWAYS there to listen and to give advice. Dagny Karlander I first met Donald in May 1999 when friend and former colleague I was advised by my sister, also an MS sufferer, to attend my local MS Therapy Centre. She told me I was fortunate as Donald served the Centre from the year my local Centre was managed by Donald after it opened. He did it with a light Bedford who was highly thought of touch and had infinite patience with within ARMS. His words of advice to me users, carers and staff alike. It was not at the age of 31 were ‘ Julie you can put a unusual to see Donald working late into blanket over your knee and feel sorry for the night and whatever was needed yourself or embrace life and accept your to improve the centre was provided condition’. These were very wise words and nobody but Donald knew how the and ones that have stuck with me for the Centre grew and flourished. He was like last 17 years. Donald worked tirelessly a wise father; this gentle man will be for the Centre, often late into the night, missed by all who knew him. Wilma Anic chatting away to members and listening friend and former colleague to all their problems. Julie Dean Centre member & Trustee Contacts & further information: • info@chilternsmscentre.org He was always there for advice and • 01296 696133 comforting words for colleagues like me, • The Chilterns MS Centre, Oakwood Close, Wendover, Bucks HP22 5LX the patients, their friends and relations. His sense of humour and humility was • Registered Charity 800853 Donald Bedford was dedicated to helping people with MS in the region. He ran the MS Centre with the ethos “helping people to help themselves”. He was keen that nobody with MS should be turned away from the Centre even if they could not afford to make a contribution to costs. Donald was instrumental in the very early negotiations with the Ministry of Defence which later paved the way for the new premises we moved into in 2012. Linda Oatley current Chair of the Trustees

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Local Faces: Belinda & Belinda moved to Buckinghamshire from Surrey for her first teaching post at John Hampden First School after qualifying as a teacher in 1973. Peter, a Building Inspector, moved from Wimbledon to Aylesbury after Local Authority reorganisation in 1974. They met in 1975 at Group 20 (an organisation for people aged between 20 and 35 years) where Peter was the treasurer. Together they both helped to arrange speakers and events for the Group’s programme. They were married on 12 February 1977 at Woldingham in Surrey. Snow fell that morning on the North Downs and Belinda was worried that Peter would not be able to get up the steep hill to the village but luckily the snow quickly thawed leaving wet slush everywhere. The bottom of her wedding dress was quite wet by the time the photographs had been taken! Later that year Belinda and Peter moved into Bryants Acre having decided that they

wanted to continue living in Wendover. Originally, they planned to stay about three years but they are still there. Peter, with the help of local builders, extended the house as their family grew. They valued (and still do) the friendship of all their neighbours and quickly joined the Bryants Acre babysitting circle when Denise was born in 1979 and Alison two years later.

approached them to run the Fancy Dress parade. Peter also took an active part in helping to set up the field for Carnival days. Summer Sunday mornings were spent at the recently opened Wendover Swimming Pool, where one changed in the John Colet School, then briskly walked to the open air pool. Many friendships were formed at these sessions. They both soon became helpers at the pool, Peter sitting in the wooden shed taking the money whilst Belinda as lifeguard sheltered from the blustery weather in the overhang of the shed roof.

Belinda stopped teaching to raise her family and started attending the Mothers and Toddlers at the Memorial Hall where she was quickly involved in the committee. As the children grew up she became involved in the Memorial Hall playgroup (now Wendover Peter joined the committee of the Friends Preschool) where both children enjoyed the of John Hampden when Denise started as a pupil there. Belinda returned to teaching various activities. in 1985, initially, at the John Hampden and In 1983, Belinda helped to form Wendover then at the newly formed Halton Combined Wallabies, an after school gym club for school. Here she helped form a PTA and children from 3 to 7 years. At this time there introduced residential environmental study were very few out of school activities except weeks to Shortenills having seen the benefits swimming and ballet. Wendover Carnival that these had on children. Peter came and

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Peter Horn stayed if there was an insufficient adult ratio overnight, leaving for work when the Shortenills’ staff came on duty for the day. While their daughters enjoyed Brownies and then Guides, Belinda would willingly help at meetings, Pack Holidays and Guide Camps often in the role of first aider or cook. Meanwhile Peter was involved with the maintenance of the Wendover Guide Hut.

Peter retired in 2003 and started volunteering at Pitstone Green Farm Museum where he frequently cut the grass in summer and helped restore artefacts during the winter. He also became a member of Wendover U3A, enjoying many

With friends Belinda created the Wendover History Walks (a journey through Wendover’s history from Norman times to the Second World War) to raise money for St Mary’s Church Refurbishment. After an introduction in the Church, Peter would lead the participants to meet their first costumed interpreter.

When Denise and Alison progressed onto the Wendover Middle School, Peter became a governor for four years before becoming a member of the Aylesbury High School PTA after the girls had transferred to that school. Belinda returned to the John Hampden in 1990 where her interest in computers increased. She can recall how in the 1980’s the school’s first computer had programmes loaded by a cassette tape recorder which could take twenty minutes. As IT co-ordinator she slowly built up the numbers of computers in each classroom. Then she was involved in fitting out and equipping the new IT room with fifteen computers and finally she saw the introduction of interactive whiteboards & teachers’ laptops for every class.

U3A she was invited to join the Travel Team, she likes finding interesting places to take a group for the day or a holiday. She helped with the day to day running of the newly constructed U3A website and with support, taught herself some very basic HTML. She continues her interest in computing by running a U3A Computer Group and the Wendover U3A website.

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of the group activities. Two years later Belinda decided that she would retire so that they could spend more time together but soon realised that she missed the buzz of school life and took a part time job at Thomas Hickman School in Aylesbury and later worked at Wendover Junior School. As Belinda became involved in Wendover

Through the U3A Peter and Belinda started to play bowls and they now enjoy membership of the Wendover & Chiltern Hills Bowls Club. They love outside activities and looking after their grandchildren. In their retirement they both appreciate that Wendover is a wonderful, friendly village with so much to offer and they are very pleased that they decided to make their home here 39 years ago.

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10.00-16.00 exhibitions & activities at Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, see p 2


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19.30 Get Wendover Cycling AGM, 64A Lionel Avenue, see p 2

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20.00 KEHS monthly meeting - "Vegetable Production over the Year". Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see p 2

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19.30 The Alpha Course, every Wednesday until 16 March, Wendover Christian Centre

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19.00 Wendover Library Reading Group (1st Thursday), Wendover Library Room

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19.30 "The Wind in the Willows Panto", RAF Halton Theatre, shows 5-7 Feb, see p 2

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19.45 "The Jewel Hunter", Buckinghamshire Bird Club lecture, Wendover Memorial Hall

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19.30 "The Seasons of England", St Mary's Church Wendover, tickets at door, see p 2

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9.30 Newcomer/Easy Paced Cycle Ride, also 14, 21 & 28 Feb, see p 2


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10.00-12.00 Pancakes & Coffee, Wendover Christian Centre, see p 3

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19.30 Chiltern Humanists monthly meeting -"Bogus Scepticism", Wendover Library Room, see p 3


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19.45 Wendover Evening WI meeting – "Turkish Delight", see p 3

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19.30 Wendover Art Club working evening; also Wed 24 guest artist, Wendover Library Room, see p X

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20.00 AC, B & DB Horticultural Society meeting - "Can Plants Think?", Anthony Hall

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10.00 Wendover Twinning Association Coffee Morning (2nd Thursday), Red Lion

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10.00-16.00 Fresh start 2016 - Health & Wellbeing Day, Wendover Community Library, see p 4

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10.30 Language Conversation Group, Wendover Library Room, see p 2

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11.00-12.00 Open Church, St Anne's Church Wendover, every Tuesday until March 15, see p 4

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12.15-13.15 Lenten Lunches, Wendover Christian Centre, see p 4

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14.30 OnScreen - "Minions", Wendover Library Room, see p 4

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14.00 Family History Talk - "The Siege of Sidney Street 1911", Southcourt Comm Ctre HP121 8LF, see p 4

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19.30 Aylesbury Opera Group, "Der Freischutz", Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring


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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

Some organisations applying for grants are AVDC has stated in the Draft Aylesbury Vale View from the Chair…. of the Finance Committee already business planning for 2016/17 so Housing and Economic Land Availability Residents will be pleased to know that for the 4th year running the Council has decided not to increase the Precept. This means the contribution you make to us in your Council Tax will not increase. This has been achieved by offsetting the impact of increasing costs through savings and efficiency, including obtaining external funding for some of our larger projects.

The future presents increasing challenges as the Parish Council is expected to take on some of the services currently provided by the County Council and the support grant received from the District Council, which has been decreasing over the last four years, will end completely in 2017/18. As Chairman of the Finance Committee and of course a resident of the Parish, I am confident that your Parish Councillors and Council staff have the skills and motivation to successfully meet any new challenges. David Haywood

Parish Council Meeting Monday 1 February, 7.30pm Library Room

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we have decided to accept applications for Assessment (Oct 2015) that the land is the 2016/17 financial year in line with our unsuitable for development. The site is existing policy. outside the built up limits of Wendover where there would be poor accessibility to services Applications to be paid in April 2016/17 and facilities. It would represent a cramped must be received before 5pm on Friday 19th and visually intrusive form of development in Feb 2016. The maximum amount that can be the open countryside to the detriment of the applied for is £5000. Grants are evaluated appearance and character of the area and against a scoring system and there is no the development would result in coalescing guarantee the applicant will, if successful, with Weston Turville and the garden centre, receive the full amount. Please phone or encouraging urban sprawl. email for a copy of the application form and the Council’s Grant Policy. If the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) is adopted the planning Heron Path application would not automatically be We had fully expected the works to the refused but it would be an important material railings along the path to have been consideration for AVDC. The developers’ plans completed by the beginning of January but are in their early stages, If an application this was not possible as we have been let is made the PC will be asked its opinions down by the Canal and River Trust. and residents will have the opportunity to comment directly to AVDC. See also p 10. Although railing maintenance is the responsibility of the Trust, to facilitate New Year’s Day Clear Up completion of the works the Council agreed Once again our thanks to all those who rose early to pay for the installation if the Trust provided on New Year’s Day to help with clearing up the the materials. Unfortunately only half the debris left after the New Year’s Eve celebrations. materials needed were received and it has Local Produce Market taken six weeks for the rest to be delivered. We hope that by the time of this edition the Manor Waste 9am to 1pm work will be completed. Saturday 20 February

You may be aware the Parish Council is considering the future of grant allocation to Land Development local charities and community organisations The Council is aware of plans by CEG and will be consulting with the community as (Commercial Estates Group) to develop this will be funded from the local Council Tax. land, bordered by Aylesbury Rd, Halton Lane and Worlds End Lane, within the Parishes of Wendover and Weston Turville. Parish Councillors and residents attended Public Meetings about the plans to build 180 houses.

Vacancy at Wendover Clock Tower

Sadly we have just found out that Charlotte Hewes, our Clerk, will be leaving us in April. As we are not yet in a position to advertise the vacancy, this is a quick note to say that if anyone is interested in applying they should contact the Clock Tower.

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