March 2016 Wendover News

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March 2016

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Easter Message

You don’t have to look too far to find a drama series or film about zombies. There seems to be a “walking dead” fascination, in serious or comic mode. But I was surprised to hear someone refer to Easter as “the Zombie Apocalypse, starring Jesus.” It was funny in its context, but carried the implied criticism that Easter is a silly wish fulfilment of those who will believe in practically anything. There can be a lot of silliness and insincerity around the practice of celebrating Easter, but the message of the Easter story itself is far more than a religious selling point. It is a way of expressing the central belief that life is tragic, but not ultimately so.

27 March But the story of Jesus does not end with his tragic death. The stories of the “resurrection” are Jesus’ followers’ way of saying that Jesus was not just a fading memory. Teachings that left them puzzled before his death became their way of life after his resurrection. The way Jesus actually embodied the presence of God was how they came to express the “spirit” in them after the resurrection.

And the reign of God? Jesus always said it was present among them, but they could never quite accept that in a world dominated by the Roman Empire. After the resurrection, the reign of God was their way of life. The resurrection is not a story of a zombie stalking the earth. It is a story of life that ultimately The story leading up to Easter, the overcomes the tragedy that we’ve all been “crucifixion”, tells how Jesus was condemned taught to recognize as real life. to death, falsely accused of religious blasphemy and political rebellion - an all too This Easter, whether you are a religious familiar tragedy of hubris by the powerful person or not, I invite you to talk about and suffering by the innocent. The tragic resurrection. In the end, resurrection is not storyline that we’ve all grown accustomed to about the walking dead; it is about those is that money talks, power wins and anyone who have found new life. Rev Michael Hunt, St Mary’s who pretends otherwise needs to “get real”.

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Events Weekly Senior Rugby Matches

Regular Events at Wendover Library

Every Saturday afternoon at Aylesbury Bounce & Rhyme, Tuesdays 10.15 & 11.15am Rugby Football Club, Weston Turville. Visit term time, Learn my Way computer training first Tuesday each month, please book. Tea & for details. Talk, Thu 10, 10.30-11.30am. Foreign Language Cooking, Sewing & Knitting Groups Conversation - please book, Fri 11, 10.30amFrom classes to casual meetings, if you like to 12noon. Knit & Natter, Tue 15, 1.30-3pm. make or decorate cakes, sew or knit, there is Children’s Book Club, third Saturday every sure to be a group for you. Classes for spring month, 2.30pm - details from Library. are already booking up! See pages 30 & 31.

Bucks County Museum

Cycle Rides and Local Walks

Group cycle rides that begin in or near Wendover have been organised by the local Cycle Touring Club. Any bike will do as long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers always welcome, but please try an easy-paced ride first. Easy Paced Rides Sunday 6, 9.30am from Stoke Mandeville Combined School and Sunday 27, 9.30am from Wendover Clock Tower. Visit southbuckscycling.or​ for more.

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Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP Photography! 16 January-5 March, including a lecture by award winning photographer Bryn Griffiths FBIPP 1 March 6.308.30pm. Book in advance for lecture on 01296 331441. Art of Islam, 26 March-24 September. Free entry. Roald Dahl Gallery on the same site; check website for opening hours. The museum also has a programme of talks in the community and on-site events. Details on

The Ramblers have a programme of organised walks in the Wendover area. Have a look Lacey Green Windmill at the listings on pages 30 & 31 or www. In 2016 the windmill will be open on for more details. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from


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WENDOVER FREE CHURCH, AYLESBURY ROAD 11.00am Worship with Holy Communion St ANNE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AYLESBURY ROAD 9.15am Sunday Mass HOLY FAMILY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, HALTON 10.30am Sunday Mass St MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND 8.00am Holy Communion, 9.00am Holy Communion 10.30am All Age Communion St MICHAEL’S C of E HALTON: 6.00pm Holy Communion

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Easter Sunday 27 March until Sunday 25 September from 2 pm to 5 pm. Admission is £2.50 per adult and £1 per child (aged 5-15). On National Mills Weekend we will be open on Saturday 14 May from 2 pm to 5 pm, and on Sunday 15 May from 11 am to 5 pm.

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Fairtrade Fortnight

29 Feb - 13 Mar, Just, 11 High St “Sit down for breakfast. Stand up for farmers” is this year’s theme. Includes Big Brew & Free Tasting 3 March! See advert page 4.

Open Church & Lenten Lunches

Tuesdays until Easter St Anne’s Church is open for shared reflection 10am-12noon. From 12-1.30pm, the Wendover Christian Centre hosts the annual Lenten Lunches. Food and fellowship - and an opportunity to make the most of Lent, including discussing 40 acts.

Art Show & Sale

Tue-Sun throughout March, Courtyard Gallery, Wen Antiques Ctre Four talented local artists showing and selling their work. Drop in!

Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society

Tue 1, 7.15pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN AGM at 7.15, followed at 8 by Timothy Walker, former Director at Oxford University Botanic Gardens, who returns to discuss the current state of plant conservation and the need to work with the political and economic situation, using examples from all over the world.

Mother’s Day Craft Morning

Sat 5, 10am-12noon, Wen Christian Centre Churches Together in Wendover are hosting a Mother’s Day Craft Morning. Children of all ages will be able to make a range of beautiful and delicious gifts to give to their mums on Mothering Sunday. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake will be available while your little ones create.

Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild

Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church HP22 5UJ 5 March is a day workshop from 10am-4pm on Silk Shading with Katie Pirson. 19 March is a regular monthly meeting from 2.304.30pm on “The Embroidered Narrative: Costume Design for Film and TV” with Michele Carragher. Enquiries 622551 or 425015.

Wendover Music Concert Series 2016 at St Mary’s Church 12 March 19.30: Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) Kevin Whately & Madeleine Newton (speakers) ‘This Other Eden’: Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Warlock words by Shakespeare, Rosetti and de la Mare 9 April 19.30: Martin James Bartlett (piano) Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert and Barber 14 May 19.30: Heath Quartet Mozart, Bartok and Ravel 11 June 19.30: Steven Isserlis (cello) and Tom Poster Bridge, Kabalevsky and Beethoven

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WENDOVER COMMUNITY LIBRARY FOWL is part of the Wendover Community Library Trust, this Charity having been formed by local community volunteers seeking to ensure the maintenance of our village library and its importance to the community. Membership is from as little as £5 a year although you can become a Life Patron for £100. Whilst we would like to encourage as many new members as possible, we would also like to encourage those who are already members to renew their subscriptions, which will run out on March 30th. We greatly appreciate all our friends’ support which is invaluable in helping to maintain and improve this important community resource. Please speak to any of the staff or volunteers in the library for further information on the Friends of the Library.

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Sat 12, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Wendover The first concert will be a recital of Words and Music given by the mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately accompanied by her actor parents Kevin Whately (ITV’s ‘Lewis’) and Madeleine Newman. April sees the return of Martin James Bartlett who gave a stunning performance at last year’s concert, and in May, Heath Quartet will

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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

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perform Mozart, Bartok & Ravel. In June, we are Barn Dance for Wendover Celebrates delighted to be welcoming Stephen Isserlis, the Sat 19, 7.30pm, Wendover Memorial Hall world renowned cellist. Tickets and details on Tickets from Library, £15 including chilli supper. See advert page 3. Proceeds to Wendover Celebrates 2016, see p 24.

On Screen

Fri 18, 7.30pm, Wen Library Room “The Lady in The Van”. Written by Alan Bennett and starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. Tickets £5.00 available now in the Library.

Bucks Family History Society

Sat 19, 2pm, Southcourt Comm Ctre HP21 8LF Searching newspapers for ancestors is a task which has become far easier as more collections have found their way online. We welcome Roy Stockdill, who will impart some of his extensive expertise in newspaper research.

Family Movie Night

Wendover Choral Society Concert

Sat 19, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Wendover The St John Passion with the Equale Baroque Soloists. Conductor Peter Bassano. Tickets from Just, 11 High Street.

Chilterns Cycle Challenge

Sun 20, all day Three routes starting & finishing in Aylesbury Town Centre. Support Rennie Grove and sign up at​chilternscycle.

Wendover Toddlers Final Session

Mon 21, 1.30-3pm, Wendover Memorial Hall The end of an era! Wendover Toddlers is closing down after 45 years. See more page 23.

Sat 19, 6.30pm, Wendover Christian Centre Wendover Free Church is showing ‘Tangled’ at the March Movie Night. Come at 6.30pm Wendover Youth Centre - AGM for a 6.45pm start. As usual, free admission, Mon 21, 8pm, Wendover Youth Ctre All friends, parents and people interested in popcorn and ice cream.

Concert at St Mary’s Weston Turville

Saturday 2 April, 7.30pm THE DUNG BEATLES

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Cat Show

Saturday 2 April 2016 Wendover Memorial Hall Open to the public 12.30-4pm Entrance: £2.50, or £1.50 for Senior Citizens / Children

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the work that goes on in the Youth Clubs and and enjoyable, so Wendover Free Church is offering a chance for everyone to join in the The Centre are invited. fun at “Messy Easter”. We begin with activities Games Night! in St Anne’s Hall (messy and not so messy), Thu 24, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room themed around the Easter story. We move to Come along and test your skill, dexterity, St Anne’s Church for a story and song, then gamesmanship, French vocabulary, sense of share a meal together in the Christian Centre. fun, but more importantly, just have a good There’s no need to book. All are welcome, but time! £3 members, £4 non-members. children must be accompanied.

Stay and Play

Aston Clinton Horticultural Society

Fri 25, 10am-12noon, Woodland Folk Wed 30, 6.30-7.45pm, Anthony Hall Woodland Folk at Green Park host a stay and play Entry night for the Spring Show! for ages 0-11. £5 per head in advance, outdoor and indoor activities including an Easter egg Coming Soon - Save the Date! hunt. Email to book. • Apr - Spiritual Nourishment, W Turville • 12 & 23 Apr - Open Days, Little Acorns • 19 Apr - EGM, Get Wendover Cycling Wendover WI Spring Fair • 20 Apr - NVS Lecture, Holiday Inn Sat 26, 10am – 12noon, Wen Library Room Home-made cakes, plants, cards, tombola, • 21 Apr - Visitor morning at PACE raffle and refreshments. See advert page 2. • 22 Apr - Rotary Big Quiz • 23 Apr - Jazz with “Sway” at St Dunstan’s • 29 Apr - World Book Night, Library Messy Easter • 1 May - Wendover Celebrates, see page 24 Tue 29, 3.30-5.30pm, St Anne’s Hall “Messy Christmas” proved very popular • 14 May - PACE Big Walk, see page 16

NEWS FROM WENDOVER HEALTH CENTRE - 01296 623452 Easter 2016

We will close at 6.30pm on Thursday 25 March and reopen at 7.30am on Tuesday 29 March (telephone lines from 8 am). We will not be open on Saturday 26 March. Over the Easter weekend and all other times outside our normal opening hours please call 111 if you have an urgent medical problem.

Our Car Park

Our car park can be very busy when we are open, and sometimes our patients struggle to find parking places. We have been exploring ways to help ensure that the car park, which is private property, is used only by those people who are visiting the health centre. We are keen to involve the local community in seeking a satisfactory solution to the problem, and are therefore seeking Wendover residents’ views and suggestions. We would expect any system of controlling parking to be cost neutral to the health centre. One option we are considering involves leasing out the car park to a private company who will monitor the number plates on all cars that enter it. If a car’s registration number is not inputted into a machine in the reception area, then the owner of the car concerned will be liable for a penalty charge. This will help prevent parking by those who are not genuine users of the health centre. The penalty charge will also apply to those parking overnight or at weekends, when the health centre is closed. If you have any comments or suggestions on this issue please e-mail them to or leave a note in reception FAO Enfys Lewis. Please head your message “WHC Car Park”.


webGP can now be accessed through our website using a computer or a smartphone. It has self-help information on 100 common symptoms and conditions; it gives patients the opportunity to consult electronically with a member of the doctor team by completing a special form on-line, and can be used to raise administrative queries with the practice. The consultation tool is for patients who are 18 years old or over; at present it cannot be used to consult about children.

Dates when we close at 1pm

We will close at 1pm on Thursday 17 March, Wednesday 20 April and Tuesday 10 May for staff training. On these days please call 01296-850011 for any urgent problems between 1pm and 6.30pm. This space paid for by Wendover Health Centre.


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You Write Petitions to HS2 Select Committee...

Over the last two years a huge effort has been made by many individuals and community organisations such as the church, the parish, the Wendover Society and Wendover HS2 to compose, lodge and present over 1800 petitions. There is now a temporary halt while we wait to hear what recommendations the Select Committee will make. Whatever comes out of this wearing process, we owe a great debt of gratitude to all who have made the effort to petition, who have gritted their teeth in the face of HS2 Ltd’s intransigence at the hearings and who have made sure that our demand for fair treatment has been heard in Parliament. Thank you! Richard Birch

“Seasons” Thanks

I would like to thank the audience who attended the “Seasons of England” concert on 6 February in truly horrible wet weather. The 6 performers received a very warm reception from the start and the beautiful singing and reading of poems was obviously

appreciated which lifted the performers to involved in our biennial dancing show “Across give of their best. the Pond”, held at the Grange School on 7 February. We had 167 performers aged from For those who enjoyed the format of songs and 2-88 dancing in a combination of ballet, tap, poems, we shall be doing a similar programme theatrecraft and street. The proceeds of £1500 called “A Summer Serenade” at the first are to be donated to PACE. Well done to you all! Nettleden Festival (near Hemel) on 10 June. Sue Donald This is a brand new festival and will take place over that weekend. Our show will be the Birthday Thanks In December I had a special birthday and opening event on the Friday evening. decided to invite family & friends to a party. Details are yet to be announced but I will place I asked everyone to donate to charity instead an advertisement in the News nearer the time. of giving me a gift. Sixty-five guests between Now that we have these entertainments up them raised £180 for Parkinson’s UK, £150 for and running, we would be interested to hear Friends of Wendover Health Centre, and £140 from anyone who would like to use them for for Hartwell RDA. Thank you to all my guests! fundraising purposes. You can email me at barbimcgill@ if you have an enquiry. The story continued when I visited London a few days later and got to chatting with the taxi Thank you once again for your warm reception, driver about the generosity of my party guests. your applause and your lovely comments When we arrived at the station, he refused to afterwards. Please come again. accept my taxi fare and instead suggested that Barbara McGillivray I donate it to my chosen charities in honour of his young daughter, a cystic fibrosis sufferer. Rozelle School of Dancing Human kindness! I would like to say a big thank you to everyone Monica Tompsett

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Wendover Remembers All material copyright 2016 Wendover Remembers

MARCH 1916

The war continued into its twentieth month with fighting on land and sea. Germany once again declared “unlimited” submarine warfare to break Britain by starving her of food. Shortly afterwards, the French cross-channel steamer, the Sussex, was sunk by a German submarine. Fifty lives were lost. There were many Americans on board, and although none were killed, America strongly condemned this atrocity. On land, Germany failed to make a breakthrough at Verdun, but there were heavy casualties on both sides. On the Italian Front the Fifth Battle of the Isonzo lasted through March without a significant outcome. Heavy fighting was reported from German East Africa where British-led troops were commanded by the South African General Smuts. There was no pause in the fighting in the British sector of the Western Front, particularly around Ypres.

“As we go to press we learn that another Wendover man has laid down his life for his country. Private T. Wells, the son of Mr John Wells of Dean Cottage, was killed in action. He is the eighth Wendover hero to be killed in the war. Private Wells was only 21 years of age and had been a long time at the front”. Various local matters were reported in the Bucks Herald. At the Aylesbury Petty Sessions Henry Fantham, carter of Tring Road, Wendover, was summoned by Arthur Smith of 4, Clay Lane, for assault. Smith then applied to have the summons withdrawn. The Chairman, Dr West, said that the parties were neighbours and that they should try and live peaceably together. “Shake hands, don’t quarrel again, and advise your wives not to talk too much”. The application was granted. An article in the Bucks Herald of 11 March, headed “Bird Pests”, called attention to the loss of crops to the increasing bird population. The writer said that: “the Ground Game Act enabled farmers to keep down rabbits, but there were other more serious pests which were fostered by the desire to preserve game. There are countless hordes of rooks, pigeons, larks, finches, sparrows, etc., and the damage

On 18 March 1916 Private Thomas Wells of the Grenadier Guards was killed near Ypres. The Wendover Magazine reported:

they do to the crops, especially at seed time is incalculable”. The writer suggested that the problem could be effectively dealt with “by wholesale poison if it were not a criminal offence because of the harm to game birds”. The following week, a farmer, Mr Charles Adams, of Manor Farm, Aylesbury Road, wrote to the editor of the Herald: “Dear Sir, I was shocked to see the wholesale poisoning of birds advocated in your last week’s paper. If you will allow me space in your valuable paper, I will give facts, based on 40 years’ experience, as to what are bird pests and what are not. ...I express my entire satisfaction that poisoning birds is a criminal offence, so long as there are individuals still existing who would resort to such wanton cruelty. What would the landscape be without the beautiful bird life?” Mike Senior & Val Moir

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Youth Wendover Youth Forum Cash Boost part in. We are working with Budgens to take who coordinates Business Development Wendover Youth Forum has collected a cheque for £1,000 from The Clare Foundation and Buckinghamshire New University as part of a crowdfunding social enterprise campaign to pay for healthy fruit dishes. The forum, comprising Wendover Centre, in Wharf Road, Wendover, and Aylesbury Youth for Christ, raised £1,230 in 35 days in ‘FruityCall’, a project to pay for equipment and packaging to recycle unsold fruit from Budgens of Wendover, in the High Street, into nutritious, sweet alternative, dried fruit pieces. The University, based in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, and The Clare Foundation, a charitable organisation based in Saunderton, near Princes Risborough, matched the funding up to £1,000 to pay for a fruit dehydrator, food handling training and packaging materials.

fruit they can no longer sell and turn it in to fruity bites to sell at youth clubs, schools and possibly in store for them. As part of our campaign we produced a video, set up our crowdfunding page, and also received some large donations from local business and charities.”

(L-R): Professor Tim Middleton of Bucks New University, Joel Hughes of, Becky Murgatroyd and Martha Barnes of Wendover Youth Forum, and Martin Thornton of The Clare Foundation.

Becky Murgatroyd, Senior Youth Leader at Wendover Youth Centre, said: “This could be one Becky and Martha Barnes of Wendover of the most influential projects we have taken Youth Forum were joined by Joel Hughes,

and Partnerships for, to collect the cheque from Martin Thornton of The Clare Foundation and Professor Tim Middleton, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Research and Enterprise at Bucks New University. Prof Middleton said: “We are pleased to support Wendover Youth Forum. Social enterprise is something that students are passionate about and learning about new ways of supporting enterprising activity through crowdfunding and other sources of finance are part of the entrepreneurial skillset our courses help to develop.” Mr Thornton helped Wendover Youth Centre run the crowdfunding campaign. He added: “We welcome any other organisations taking part. If you would like us to help you realise your crowdfunding dreams or just want to know how to take part in round two of the competition, as there are still nine cheques of £1,000 to be awarded, please email me at”


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John Colet students were thrilled to host a Amazing Donkey, a club for school years 6-8 public art exhibition at Queens Park Centre that meets at the Wendover Youth Centre on in Aylesbury in January. Friday nights, celebrated its 10th anniversary at Year 12 and 13 students studying for a BTEC the end of January. As part of the celebration, Art qualification followed a brief to create a the Club would like to invite all its volunteers, piece of art based on recycling. The art on past or present, to come along to the Youth display was remarkably varied and included a Centre on Saturday 19 March. For further model person made from old wires, an eagle details, contact Paul on 07771 515838. made primarily from a selection of old gloves Founded by Paul Hammett and Paul Gardner, and a wire fox on a carved wooden base. the youth club was set up to provide a safe Art teacher Sally Bulteel said: “Seeing all the place where young people could meet with students work on display was wonderful, their friends and just be themselves…within I am incredibly proud of this group who boundaries! The Club couldn’t have operated all work extremely hard and continually without so many people willing to give up support and encourage one another. This is time on Friday nights to support it. Thank you! the first time the John Colet has run an Art The Club offers a range of activities. Many and Design BTEC, and it is proving to be a have been provided for no additional cost due great subject choice.” to the financial support of such local agencies The students exhibiting were Josie Mullins, Sally Sharp, Rebecca Walford, Elle Riche, Hannah Mizen-Carney, Lily Moore, Sean Battista and Tia Daley.

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Life-long Wendover residents, Pete Donne and Shelley Burns are the new tenants at The King and Queen. They took over on Monday 1 February and are busy putting in place their new ideas for this much loved pub. Pete says: “Whilst retaining the character of what is a quintessential community pub, we will be putting our own stamp on it. In particular, a lively and eclectic events calendar, informed, not only, by my previous career in the music industry, but also our love of Wendover and its environs. There will be full re-launch in early March, including a new drinks and food offer, too. In the meantime we’re open for business and we’d love everyone to come in and see us and chat about what we have in mind (and have a drink of course). Follow our progress on Facebook: www.facebook. com/kingandqueenwendover. We’re keen to recruit locally for the kitchen. Interested? Come in and see us at the pub, or email for more details.” See ad page 9.

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By the time you read this the Select Committee will have published their report and it will show what mitigation we have achieved for Wendover. Whatever the outcome I have to say that I think the people of Wendover who petitioned against the Hybrid Bill have done a fantastic job. And I take my hat off to those who made the journey to appear before the Select Committee and made their case. A daunting task which took courage and perseverance. With the odious HS2 QC trying to make sure nothing stuck being an added complication. There can be little doubt they heard the views of Wendover. I suspect the outcome has more to do with the tight purse strings of George Osborne and what he told the Select Committee than the eloquence of the Wendover advocates. Brian Thompson

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Community Orchard Wendover Community Orchard, clearly visible from the Heron Path, off Chapel Lane, was planted in December 2014. During January 2016 the trees were individually examined. Five had failed and were replaced, feed was given where required and stakes and shields were adjusted as necessary.

Visitors will have noticed an open area creating a semi circular space at the lower middle end of the orchard, this is planned to be set with log seats so that the area can be used as an outdoor classroom. The wild flowers have been left in situ and should continue to give their display.

Two of the replacement trees were donated by Mrs Sue Hetherington. The trees will continue to be monitored during the coming year. Tree E6

A pictorial notice/ a langly pippin apple information board on 19 January 2016 created by local artist before pruning Wendy Lewis has been commissioned by the Parish Council and will soon be installed at the bottom entrance to the orchard, near the stream.

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Each tree should soon be given its separate identification and description on a ground level label and the Parish Council hopes that over the coming years the orchard will become a valued asset to the Wendover Community.

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The development comprises 21 luxury retirement apartments, five in the original Grade II Listed building, formerly the Vicarage, and a further sixteen apartments of new build to the side, replacing the nursing home.

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No 1 High St A well loved Wendover High Street building not to indispose shoppers in the December has undergone some routine maintenance Christmas rush. and emerged looking very handsome. Since 1985, the building has been owned Number One High Street, next to the by Christopher Pallet, believed to be entrance to Heron Path, is thought to be the the longest established privately owned oldest secular building in Wendover. During business in Wendover. A few years ago the previous rennovations small examples wall on Heron Path was repaired and locals of medieval wall paintings were found in were surprised to see that it was given a accordance with its supposed age. lime wash but this is the traditional cover for such a wall as it flexible and allows moisture On this occasion the roof was being to escape. attended to. As a Grade II listed building in a Conservation Area, it was important for Number One High Street was mentioned in the owners to use the correct materials. In the January 2015 print edition of Wendover conjunction with the AVDC Listed Buildings News on page 8 as Wendover Remembered Officer, clay tiles made in the traditional the demise of Mr F How, Special Constable, manner were chosen to an approved colour. He ran a butcher’s shop and his successors Many of the old roof tiles dated from the continued the business into the 1930s. Later early 1900s and a few had started to slip. it became an ironmonger’s hardware store Stripping them off gave the opportunity and is now a gift shop. Does anyone have to improve the insulation. The work was any memories or photos of this well known undertaken in January and February so as building and its uses over the years?

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Claire continues: “As the housing market continues to grow, we have huge demand for all types of properties in Wendover and surrounding areas. There is a wealth of strong purchasers out there, so when great properties come onto the market they are being snapped up quickly – we recently sold a house for the full asking price in less than 24 hours! We’re urging anyone considering selling their property to Ella, Jane, Claire and Rebecca in the Brown & Merry Wendover office come in and • Branch Manager Claire Mackaill, who has speak to us – we can use our experience to more than 10 years’ experience in estate help our customers get the best possible agency in Wendover; price for their property.” • Sales Administrator Jane Selvey, who has Brown & Merry is a market leading estate 6 years’ experience and excellent local agency offering a wide range of residential knowledge; and lettings services to local buyers, sellers, • Senior Negotiator Rebecca James, who has landlords and tenants. If you are interested previous experience in the London market; in moving home, would like to book a free • Negotiator Ella Hunt, who has nearly market appraisal with the branch or simply a year’s experience and a wealth of seeking advice on the local housing market, knowledge of the local area. please call Brown & Merry in Wendover on 01296 624444 or email: wendover@ “I’m thrilled to have such a fantastic new

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team for what’s set to be a great year at Brown & Merry Wendover,” says Branch Manager Claire Mackaill. “Everyone in the branch has such great drive and a good work ethic, and their enthusiasm for helping people move home is second to none. We have already had a strong start to the year and we look forward to helping more and more people achieve their dreams of owning their own home.”

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• Volunteering improves your community and Volunteering, eh? What a drag! Who would helps make friends. want to do that? Well, you, for a start. That is, • Volunteers feel happier – and richer. One if you fancy improving your health, increasing study showed volunteering once a week your happiness, developing new skills and makes you feel as good as if you had tripled making yourself feel wealthier and time-rich – your salary. all things that serious studies have found are As it happens, Wendover Pool is happy to associated with volunteering. help you all live better and longer with a Volunteering is a vital part of society today, whole range of volunteering opportunities. and nowhere more than in Wendover. Without The Wendover Swimming Pool has remained volunteers, many things – from the library to open, thanks to a hardy but small group of children’s football -- would not exist. Wendover lifeguards, first aiders, administrators, pool Pool would be shut if it weren’t for volunteers, plant operators and general helpers. We now so it’s just as well that even academics say have the prospect of a full takeover of the pool firmly in sight, but without more helpers the volunteering is really good for you: operation will be unsustainable. • Volunteers feel like they have more time. It would be a real shame for the pool to have • Looks great on a CV. to shut despite the massive success we have • Volunteers have lower mortality rates. • Volunteering increases self-confidence and achieved over the past few years in attracting combats depression by reducing social isolation. swimmers and hirers. Please volunteer! • Being part of a community and making it better place to live makes you a fantastic role volunteer See advert page 23. model for your children and grand-children.

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Seabrook (07767 148119) respectively. At their recent AGM, Secretary Rob Clifford stood down after 11 years in the post and Simon Thornton was elected in his place.

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The next indoor meeting is at Wendover Memorial Hall on Thursday 3 March, when Mike Wallen will be talking about 2 of his passions – the Aylesbury peregrines and the Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association Island of Skomer. Doors open at 7.15 and the This month sees the honeybee colonies starting talk starts at 7.45 p.m. Non-members welcome to expand after what has been a relatively mild and entry is £2. Visit winter. The classroom element of our New for more information about club activities. Beekeepers Course draws to a close in March, with the practical sessions starting in May. At Wendover Football Club our 16 March meeting, Julian Parker will be Mixed results recently. Player of the month is giving a talk titled “Asian Hornet – A Beekeeping Aaron ‘Baz’ Huddlestone. In other news, the Armageddon”. Full details of these and other committee is working hard preparing volunteers for Wendover Celebrates, and also on the annual events can be found at 5 a-side tournament which is set to be bigger than ever – date TBC. Not only the comittee is looking Wendover Cricket Club Pre-season indoor training is now under way for ahead; players will once again be entering into the both juniors and seniors; for more information, Village Cup Cricket to continue their teamwork contact Richard Peck (07920 569727) & Jonathan and fitness in preparation for next season.

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Do you have some time to spare to help at Carers Bucks Support Group? The Wendover support group is well attended by carers and is looking for locally based volunteers to help. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 1-3pm at Wendover Library. If possible, we would like you to arrive a little before each session at 12.45pm to liaise with Support Group Staff Member Voni Nyamazana. If you are interested and would like to help, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Julia Durrant at or call 0300 777 2722.

Wendover Toddlers

It is with heavy hearts that we have had to make the decision to close Wendover Toddlers after almost 45 years. Unfortunately this is due to a lack of volunteers on the committee as the current committee will soon need to step down. Also, with upcoming changes to the hall, it may become an unsuitable venue.

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Annual “Big Quiz”- Friday, 22 April, 7.30 for 8.00pm, Wendover Memorial Hall. Supporting local charities. This year the chief beneficiary will be Wheelpower, which is based at Stoke Mandeville and, through sport, “provides opportunities for disabled people to live healthy, active lifestyles“. Tickets £12.50 Our last session will be on Monday 21 March per person, sold by the table (maximum 8 per and we are planning do something special to table), and include a cheese platter. Licensed mark the end of a very special era. Please get Bar. Tickets via in touch if you would like to attend so we have an idea of numbers, wendovertoddlers@ Wendover Sparrowhawks Any money we have will be Wendover Sparrowhawks are back in action donated to The Wendover Swimming Pool. at training and in the Aylesbury league. The team took part in a Sport Relief Guinness Wendover Twinning record attempt at the longest series of netball The Twinning Association is looking for hosts matches on 14 February in London. Fancy for French visitors from 13-16 May. For more joining the team? Please visit the new website information, please contact Dawn Rance for details:- 01296 625718 /

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We’re really picking up pace with Wendover Celebrates now, not long until 1 May! For a taste of the Wild West bonanza that you can expect this year why not come along to our Barn Dance fundraiser? Just dig out your best check shirt and jeans and mosey on down to the Memorial Hall on 19 March from 7.30pm. Tickets are available from or from the Library and the price of the ticket includes food and a welcome drink. We’re getting really strong interest from a lot of businesses about having a stall at Wendover Celebrates in May, as well as local museums, music groups and other charitable organisations. If you or anyone you know would like to have a stall then please get in touch at By the time you read this in the Wendover News print edition we should also have been able to confirm some of the acts performing on 1 May as well as ticket prices. As always the best place to go for the most up to date information is or like our Facebook page, just search for Wendover Celebrates.

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The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust recently published the results of a survey of water voles in the area. Unfortunately, the Wendover Canal has been a good example of how mink can decimate a water vole population. In 2001 the canal was estimated to support a healthy population of over 120 voles. Water voles suffered mink predation over that winter and the following year only one water vole was recorded on the canal. Further surveys conducted in 2006 and 2008 failed to record any, and it wasn’t until 2012 that one vole was recorded back on the canal. 3.5km of the canal were surveyed in 2015, but unfortunately no signs were found.

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Chilterns Heritage Group Launch

The Chiltern Society is establishing a Chilterns Heritage Group at a launch event at the historic Chenies Manor on 9 April, and is inviting members of the public to attend.

Jeffrey Newman, Chairman of the new group, said: “We are keen to take on projects and launch initiatives aimed at protecting the history and heritage of the Chilterns, and to work with other groups where necessary. We BBOWT have been working to establish mink are already identifying the sort of projects control on the canal and encourage readers that could be included, which we will explain in a little more detail at the launch.” to report suspected water vole sightings to them via their website Places at the Chenies Manor event are limited, It would appear that water voles might be but if you would like to attend please contact hanging on in low numbers on the canal or the Chiltern Society office on 01494 771250 or book online at on a nearby waterbody.

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affects the interests of people in the village. evidence of valuations by agents appointed A new planning application has been Objections and expressions of support need under the HS2 compensation scheme coming in significantly below market valuations submitted to AVDC to build 3,000 new to go to AVDC Planning department. by local agents. The Committee Chairman homes on the Hampden Fields site between agreed to look at such evidence from me and Bedgrove and Weston Turville. The HS2 documents are available on AVDC’s planning I made my third and final appearance other MPs to see whether there is indeed a portal at and before the Select Committee in January. systemic problem with HS2’s valuations. I’ve put the developer’s summary on my site My previous presentation had focused on tunnel options, so while I reiterated those The better news is that since I last wrote points briefly I used this hearing to make here I’ve been able to help and support more Last time, the application was rejected by representations on other matters that I’d not local residents in securing compensation. As I’ve said before, it’s important to frame the Secretary of State because of its impact brought to the Committee before. applications to show how the circumstances on traffic in and around Aylesbury, and in particular on the Walton gyratory system. In terms of Wendover, I spoke about St of an individual case fit the published criteria My own objections then were based partly Mary’s Church, Wendover Manor School of the compensation scheme being applied on that concern and partly on the risk and the Cricket Club. I also highlighted the for and to demonstrate that blight from HS2 of coalescence - that the scheme would particular needs of residents in outlying has made it impossible to continue with a in practice lead to Weston Turville being areas of the parish: Wendover Dean, London prepared life-plan. Road and Nash Lee. absorbed into Aylesbury. The new proposal is an improvement. It includes a wider green corridor between the new houses and Weston Turville village and a link road between the A413 and the A41. The developers have told me that their traffic modelling predicts reduced pressure on roads through both Weston Turville and Bedgrove.

Since then, I have followed up these and other points with the Committee, HS2 Ltd and Transport Ministers. We should hear relatively soon what the Committee recommends. Later this year, the whole process of petitioning and Committee hearings will begin again – this time in the House of Lords.

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I spoke to the GCSE Citizenship students. I was impressed. They’d worked hard to prepare good questions. I can see why the school is rated “outstanding” by OFSTED. David Lidington is the Conservative MP for Aylesbury. He serves as Minister for Europe at the Foreign Office.

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Local Face: Ian Sansbury Ian lives in Wendover Dean, with his wife Kyla to grow and develop while learning a huge and two children Adam (10) and Emma (8). amount personally about the charity sector”. At PACE, Ian led the development of their Ian’s background is really quite varied; some new Early Years Centre on the Wendover might say chequered, he jokes. He is originally Road and helped to from the West Country and was born and set up the campaign Action bred in Bath, before moving north to study consortium a business degree at Lancaster University. Cerebral Palsy. “PACE He then lived and worked in London, at first is a fantastic local for an accounting firm (where he met Kyla) charity and a leader in and then for a number of investment banks, its field, nationally and spending twelve years with the American firm internationally,” says Goldman Sachs. Immediately before moving Ian, “It was great to to Wendover, Ian and Kyla were lucky enough have been able to be a to live in New York for three years. “We had part of an organisation a fantastic time in New York,” says Ian, “but that genuinely transforms the lives of so when we came back to the UK, we felt that many children with complex disabilities and we had ‘done’ cities and we were really keen I would recommend everyone to support to find a friendlier, more rural community to PACE if they can.” live in. Wendover was the perfect find – and we have loved the last twelve years here.” After three years at PACE, and eager for a new challenge, Ian joined the international Although Ian continued to work in the city Christian charity Oasis at the beginning of 2015, for a while after coming to Wendover, he as their Director of Strategy. Oasis works with made a significant career change in 2011, and within 51 vulnerable communities across moving to the Aylesbury-based cerebral 11 countries around the world, providing a palsy charity PACE to be their Director of ground-breaking model of integrated local Finance & Resources. “I had been hoping to service delivery, focused around an innovative work for a charity for some time,” says Ian. and very inclusive model of church. In the UK, “I had been a trustee at PACE for a couple of Oasis is the second largest multi-academy years and had the opportunity to become a trust, with 47 schools in deprived inner-city full-time member of the team, helping PACE communities, serving over 25,000 students

and their families. But most importantly, those 47 schools sit within 35 Oasis community hubs which serve the local neighbourhood through the provision of youth work, adult education, family support, food banks, debt advice and a great deal more. Ian’s role spans strategy, fundraising and communications and he is currently planning the launch of Oasis’ new venture, a research and policy vehicle called the Oasis Foundation. “Oasis’ model is so innovative and so effective, and the statutory alternatives are under so much pressure nationally, that we want to share generously our learning from the last thirty years,” says Ian. “The Oasis Foundation is our way of giving that learning back to society so that others can replicate what Oasis has achieved”. Ian’s role at Oasis also fits with his life outside work, given that the Sansburys are all active members of St Mary’s Church in Wendover. Ian co-leads one of St Mary’s new all age services called Explore (the next one is on Mothering Sunday, March 6th, at 10.30 am), he sits on the PCC and chairs the Global Church group (through which St Mary’s provides support to other churches and charities around the world). Other than that, Ian is a keen singer, both with the St Mary’s music group and with Wendover Choral Society, an enthusiastic but not particularly capable cricketer and a fanatical Bath rugby fan.



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

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09.30-12.00 Wendover Sewing Bee, Legion Hall, Chiltern Road, £4 drop-in session

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10.00-12.00 Open Church, St Anne's Church Wendover, every Tuesday until 22 March, see p 3

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10.00-17.00 Art Exhibition & Sale, Courtyard Gallery, Wendover Antiques Centre. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4 until 31 March.

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12.00-13.15 Lenten Lunches, Wendover Christian Centre, every Tuesday until 22 March, see p 3

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afternoon Learn My Way computer training, FREE, booking required, Wendover Community Library, see p 2 19.15 KEHS monthly meeting - AGM, followed by "Successful Plant Conservation". Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see p 3

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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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10.00-12.00 Mothering Sunday Craft Morning, Wendover Christian Centre, see p 3

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10.00-16.00 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers Guild seminar, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church HP22 5UJ, see p 3

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Fri 18

19.30 Aston Wine Club, “Vin Neuf”, Buckland Village Hall HP22 5HZ​.uk

Sat 19

10.00-16.00 Choral Workshop with Aylesbury Choral Society, The Church on Fairford Leys HP19 7HT

Sat 19

10.30 Book Club, Wendover Christian Centre

Sat 19

18.30 Family Film Evening - "Tangled", Wendover Christian Ctre, see p 5

Sat 19

14.00 Family History Talk - "Searching Newspapers", Southcourt Comm Ctre HP121 8LF, see p 5

Sat 19

14.30 Children’s Book Club (3rd Sat), Wendover Community Library, see p 2

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Sat 19

14.30-16.30 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers Guild meeting, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church HP22 5UJ, see p 3

Sat 19

19.00 Scannappeal Fundraiser “The Phar Phetched Phantom”, Gt Miss Mem Ctre HP16 9AE​uk/events

Sat 19

19.30 Wendover Choral Society Concert, "The St John Passion", St Mary's Church Wendover, see p 5

Sat 19

19.30 Wendover Celebrates Barn Dance, tickets £15, Wendover Memorial Hall, see pp 5 & 24

Sun 20 Mon 21 Mon 21 Mon 21

all day Chilterns Cycle Challenge, begins Kingsbury, Aylesbury, see pp 5 & 16 13.30-15.00 Wendover Toddlers FINAL SESSION, Wendover Memorial Hall, see pp 5 & 23


14.00 Defibrillator Training, St Mary's Church Wendover, see p 16 20.00 Wendover Youth Centre AGM, Youth Centre, see p 5

Thu 24

19.30 Wendover Twinning Association meeting - Games Night!, Wendover Library Room, see p 6

Thu 24

20.00 Aylesbury Centre for the National Trust meeting - "RNLI", Broughton Junior School HP20 1NQ

Fri 25

10.00-12.00 Stay & Play for ages 0-11, Woodland Folk, Green Park, £5 in advance, see p 6

Sat 26

10.00-12.00 Wendover Evening WI Spring Fair, Wendover Library Room, see ad p 2

Tue 29

15.30-17.30 Messy Easter, Wendover Christian Centre, see p 6

Wed 30

14.30-16.00 Reading Group for the Visually Impaired, Wendover Library Room

Wed 30

18.00-19.45 AC, B & DB Horticultural Society Spring Show entry night, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS, see p 6

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Wendover News March 2016


Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

Farewell to Charlotte

There comes a moment in the working lives of many of us when we need a broader canvas, a new challenge. Such a moment has arrived for our Parish Clerk, Charlotte. She will be leaving us in a few weeks’ time. The role of the Parish Clerk is central to enabling the Council to work as a co-ordinated team, Charlotte certainly did this with patience, good nature and no small amount of humour. Her understanding of the complexities of local government was invaluable and contributed much to the smooth working of the Parish Council. She built strong working relationships with other councils and organisations and her work on HS2 and the Manor Waste has been outstanding.

Manor Waste Project Update

The contractors Richard Ashford, are progressing well and the twelve week programme should be completed by the end of April. Details of the scheme are at the Clock Tower or online, There has been some concern about the removal of the trees. The reason is the likelihood that in future the roots would lift the surface. A network of services, cables and pipes run underneath the site, many already compromised by tree roots. There will be plants around the War Memorial seating area and trees in large containers around the site. If you’d like to see the containers being considered, go to the website.

Charlotte is very generous with her time and whether you are a Councillor or a member of the public visiting the Clock Tower, she always makes you welcome and listens to what you have to say. It is a rare occasion when she cannot help.

Parish Council Meeting Monday 7 March, 7.30pm Library Room

New Councillors

Sadly two Councillors have resigned for personal reasons, leaving us with vacancies on the Council. No formal qualifications are necessary but an interest in the future of Wendover and a willingness to get involved are crucial. If you feel you can make a contribution and are interested in joining WPC, please contact the Clock Tower.

Local Produce Market Manor Waste 9am to 1pm Saturday 19 March

We are truly sorry to see her leave Wendover and will miss her cheery demeanour and her steadying hand. Our very best wishes for the future go with her. PARISH CLERK VACANCY The Parish Clerk is the Senior Officer of the first layer of local government and carries much responsibility. Knowledge and experience in this area is essential. The position is full time, the salary from £26,293. Please contact the Clock Tower for more information.

Time Capsule As an item of interest for future generations when the Manor Waste is next excavated we have decided to bury a Time Capsule containing items of interest and curiosity. The PC would like to have any ‘polite’!! suggestions you may have about what should be included.

We are very grateful for the flexibility of our market traders and appreciate the support residents are giving them during the works. When completed, the surface will be more level and easier to walk on, and better withstand market traffic. There will be power and water supply points, new seating and cycle racks. The shops along the front are also impacted and have shown a high level of support for the project: they are as excited as we are to see the end result.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council has agreed to set up a working group to be made up of community representatives to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Wendover. This initiative will be launched at the Annual Parish Meeting in May. It is hoped that representatives from all sections of the Wendover community will volunteer to serve on this group. Information on neighbourhood plans may be found on the AVDC website.

Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU

01296 623056


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