Wendover News December 2016

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December 2016

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Sunday 4: 4pm Manor Waste Christmas Event 7 December

Crib Festival 2&3 December

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“It’s Beginning to look a lot like ‘Christmas Shopping’ I hope you will find the time to hear the true sound of ChristChristmas” - in August!

If you have not started your ‘Christmas Shopping’ then you are behind the times! Research has shown that an increasing number of people begin to make preparations for Christmas toward the end of August! This year, more than four months before 25th December, Selfridges’ (London) became the first department store to launch its ‘Christmas Shop’. At least other retailers waited to display some of their ‘festive’ offerings until after the August Bank Holiday! Bah Humbug. Whilst I am not seeking to be an unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge, I am concerned that the true meaning of Christmas is being lost amidst unbridled consumerism. I understand that such early shopping might allow some families to spread the cost of Christmas by snapping up timely bargains. However, I am also concerned that other families might be pressurised by the “Ho Ho Ho” of retailers aggressively pushing their secular version of the season. Whenever you started your

Mass, that is, not the beep of a credit/debit card transaction, the “Ho Ho Ho” of Santa but rather the cry of the new-born Christ in the manger! Father Wayne Coughlin, RC PP

Future of RAF Halton Airfield

The Station Commander released the following statement about the future of RAF Halton airfield on Tuesday 8 November 2016: The Secretary of State for Defence has announced that, as a part of the wider rationalisation of the Defence estate, the RAF Halton airfield will be closed in 2022. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Aylesbury Vale District Council will work together to determine the future of the land in question. The decision by Defence to release RAF Halton’s airfield is unrelated to the on-going work to determine the future of the wider RAF Halton estate.

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Tuesday 6 & 20 December at 1.30pm To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast (weather permitting)

ANTIQUES AT . . . WENDOVER Come and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies Sunday 4 & 11 December 11am to 5pm and late night Wednesday 7 December December Mystery Object at the Antiques Centre October’s object was a Sugar Shovel £10 Gift voucher for the winner Open 7 Days a week Free customer car park at rear of shop THE OLD POST OFFICE, WENDOVER, BUCKS 01296 625335 www.antiquesatwendover.co.uk



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We hope you are in the mood for a festive sing-along. If so, come and join your family, friends & neighbours for ‘Carols Around the Tree’ at 6pm on Manor Waste on 23rd December. We will be accompanied by the amazing Chinnor Silver Band again this year.

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Cooking, Sewing & Knitting Groups at the listings on pages 38 & 39 or www. Cornelli Sugarcraft (see ad page 3) and PlainStitch (see ad page 6) run courses each term. The Plainstitch Workroom host a weekly Tuesday Social Sewing and Crochet Club, see www.plainstitch.co.uk for details and to book a space to come along with your own project and enjoy some social sewing at The Workroom in Back Street. There is also a sewing & quilting group that meets twice monthly on a Thursday. See pages 38 & 39 for regular events.

Cycle Rides and Local Walks

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Group cycle rides that begin in or near Wendover. Any bike will do as long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers always welcome, but please try an easy-paced ride first. EasyPaced Rides 9.30am Sundays: 4 from Stone crossroads; 11 from Watermead Inn; 18 from Wendover Clocktower. Visit http://www. southbuckscycling.org.uk/rides for more. The Ramblers have a programme of organised walks of varying length and difficulty locally, including Tuesday 6 at 10.30, Sunday 18 at 13.00 and Thursday 22 at 10.00. Have a look

Christmas Church Services

St Anne’s Saturday 24 19.30 Carols followed by Vigil Mass Sunday 25 09.15 Mass with Nativity Play St Michael and All Angels Halton Sunday 18 18.00 Nine Lessons & Carols St Mary’s Sunday 18 19.00 Carols by Candlelight Saturday 24 16.00 Crib Service Saturday 24 23.30 First Communion of Christmas Sunday 25 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 25 10.00 All age communion Wendover Free Church Sunday 18 11.00 All-Age Christmas Celebrations Sunday 25 11.00 All-age Christmas Day Service

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Regular Events at Wendover Library

Learn My Way computer training first Tuesday of each month, please book. International Conversation - please book, Fri 9, 10.30am12noon. Knit & Natter, Tue 13, 1.30-3pm. Children’s Book Club, third Saturday every month, 2.30pm - details from the Library.

Bucks County Museum

Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP Free entry. Visit the fantastic Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. Café, shop and garden. See website for all opening times, exhibitions and events www.buckscountymuseum.org.

Advent Concert by Candlelight

Sun 27 Nov, 6pm, Gt Miss Baptist Church It’s back again to raise our spirits and signal a wonderful start to the festive season. Fiona Firth’s Pop Up Choir and Voice Band will be there and all are welcome to sing along with favourite carols. The evening will


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Events include joyful readings and heart-warming and uplifting music by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Kirby Shaw, Hans Leo Hassler and others, celebrating Advent and the joys of Christmas. Tickets from Samways Newsagent or www. wegottickets.com. £10 adult, £7 concessions, £28 family ticket and under 5s free.

Christmas Shopping Evening

St. Michael & All Angels Christmas Fair Sat 3, 11am–3pm, Anthony Hall, Aston Clinton Various stalls including plants, cakes, Christmas gifts, raffle & tombola. Lunches served.

Grand Christmas & Craft Fayre

Sat 3, 11am-4pm, W Turville Village Hall Many stalls to visit. Refreshments and lunches will be served. Enquiries 01296 424982.

Wed 30 Nov, 5-9pm, No2 Pound Street Place your orders for gifts, wine, cheese and Wendover Choral Society more, with added discount on the night. See Sat 3, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Wendover advert page 26. “Christmas in Venice”, featuring Monteverdi Christmas Vespers. Tickets £15 from JUST.

Crib Festival

Fri 2 & Sat 3 (3-6pm Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday), Wendover Christian Centre Come and see a display of Nativity Cribs, crafted or presented by local community groups. Vote for the one you like best. A prize will be won by the most popular! Free tea, coffee or squash will be available in the Christian Centre. Homemade cakes for sale in aid of ‘Embrace’, a charity working with disadvantaged communities in the Middle East!

Aylesbury Choral Society

Sat 3, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury A selection of works including Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and Pergolesi’s Magnificat. Tickets £15 from www.aylesburychoral.org.uk.

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Events inviting everyone who has lost friends or family, regardless of religion or faith, to join them at the Tree of Light Celebrations and to honour and celebrate their loved ones by sponsoring a Christmas light in their memory. www.fnhospice.org.uk/tree-of-light-2016

Company comes this Christmas for an registration, Antony Marr makes a welcome exciting new production of this timeless return to complete the registrar’s view of civil Dickens classic. See ad below. registration by looking at the more complex subject of marriage – and no doubt he’ll be Jazz UpFront exploding a few more family myths on the way! Thu 8, 8pm, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury Polly Gibbons with the James Pearson Trio Author Talk and Ronnie Scott’s regulars Arnie Somogyi Sat 10, 3.30-4.30pm, Wendover Library Christmas Lights Switch On (bass) and Chris Draper (drums). Tickets £14 in Crime writer Dave Sivers speaks with Sandra Wed 7, 4-7pm, Manor Waste Wendover’s annual Christmas Event and advance; £15 on the door. Contact jazzyfw@ Smith about his novels based in Aylesbury Vale. Tickets £3 from the Library. late-night shopping takes place. More details googlemail.com for information & tickets. on pages 18 & 20.

Bucks Family History Society

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Sat 10, 2pm, Southcourt Comm Ctre HP21 8LF 8-10 and 15-17 Dec, 7.30pm, World’s End “Marriage Registration - A Registrar’s View” Gdn Ctre Following October’s fascinating talk on Weston Turville based Ubiquitous Theatre the processes governing birth and death

Tue 13, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall Tonight will be “hands on” when Linda Gransby demonstrates how to make a Christmas Box. Visitors welcome.

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Wendover Music Gift Vouchers The ideal Christmas Present Gift vouchers, in multiples of £5.00 are available to purchase via the website, www.wendover-music.org. The 2017 Season starts with the our AGM is on Internationally celebrated pianist Saturday 25 February Paul Lewis on 11 March. Look out for full details of the Season as they are announced on the website


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RAF Halton Senior Citizens Annual Music by Candlelight Wed 14, 8pm, St Dunstan’s Church HP27 9JE Christmas Lunch Wed 14, Henderson Mess If you would like to attend please email hal-media@mod.uk or call on 01296 656725 or 656917 to book your place. The list will close on Wednesday 30 November at 1200, after which no more applications can be taken. Information about transport etc. will be included in the invitation which will be sent out in the first week of December.

Chiltern Humanists

Wed 14, 7pm, Large Barn Hall HP6 5AH The National Secular Society is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and its president Terry Sanderson has agreed to speak on the subject “Religion: A Threat to us All?” All welcome. Mulled wine and mince pies provided!

Chinnor Silver Band & Carols by Candlelight. Complimentary glass of wine/soft drink and a mince pie, prize raffle. Tickets £9.00 available from Rachel (01844 761535) or James (01844 275944).

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Harts & Hounds

Fri 16, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room Perennial favourite “White Christmas”, starring Bing Crosby, is this month’s featured film. Tickets £5 from the Library.

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Book Club

Sat 17, 10.30am, Wendover Christan Centre The format is simple – no set books, just finding out what people read and recommend. We will start with coffee and some festive nibbles. All welcome.

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Opening Hours Christmas and New Year 2016-17 December 2016 Friday 23 07:30*-18:30 Saturday 24 - Tuesday 27 Closed Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 07:30*-18:30 Saturday 31 Closed January 2017 Sunday 1 & Monday 2 Closed Tuesday 3 07:30*-20:00 *Our telephone lines (01296-623452) are open from 08:00 to 18:30 on weekdays. At all other times we will open normally, including Saturday 17 December and 7 January (Saturday hours are 08:15-11:30). When we are closed please call 111 if you require urgent assistance

Online access to your medical record

In addition to being able to book appointments and update your personal details online, you can now access many aspects of your electronic GP record including test results, immunisations and recent consultations. To protect your confidentiality you must register for this in person at Reception; please bring photographic ID and proof of your address with you.

Growing dispensary team

We welcome Sarah French to the dispensary. She will be joining the existing team of Shelly Burns, Sue Clarke, Moira Wrigley, Loretta Alcorn and Kirsty ShelleyTomlinson. We anticipate that her appointment will strengthen our ability to provide a prompt and efficient dispensary service. Our dispensary is normally open 08:30-18:30; 08:30-20:00 on Tuesdays. On Saturdays when we are open the dispensary hours are 09:00-11:00.

Flu vaccine

If you have not yet received a flu vaccine this winter and are 65 years or older or have a significant long term condition, please contact Reception as soon as possible if you wish to be vaccinated.

Sources of information on health

Reliable sources of information about health matters are NHS Choices (www. nhs.uk) and Patient UK (patient.info). A wealth of information on a wide range of conditions are available at these sites. Our website is www.westongrove.com. Charity No: 1084910

We wish all readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This space paid for by Wendover Health Centre.


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Events Nine Lessons and Carols

then share a meal together. FREE. Children, Sun 18, 6pm, St Mary the Virgin, W Turville please remember to bring an adult with you. Featuring the Church Choir and WT School Carols around the Tree Friday Choir. Mulled wine and mince pies Fri 23, 6pm, Manor Waste afterwards. Queries 01296 424982. Come and join your family, friends & neighbours - and the fabulous Chinnor Silver Carols by Candlelight Sun 18, 7pm, St Mary’s Church, Wendover Band - for an evening of carols old and new. A service of lessons and carols with a Lyrics provided! See advert front page. combined choir from all the churches Storytime & Father Christmas in Wendover. Everyone in Wendover is Sat 24, 10.30am, Wendover Library welcome; space may be a bit limited for any Come hear Christmas stories and meet Father late arrivals. Join us as we celebrate the joy Christmas. Please book by 17 December. of the Christmas message together.

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Coming Soon - Save the Date!

Tue 20, 7.45pm, Gt Missenden Mem Ctre “College Lake and the Community” with warden Leo Keedy and Community Officer Kate Sheard. £3.

PACE Visitor Mornings Thursdays 12 January, 9 February, 16 March 10.15am-1pm. FREE, book on www. thepacecentre.org or contact leah.lewis@ thepacecentre.org.

Messy Christmas

“Beyond Description” A retrospective exhibition of works by artist Fri 23, 3.30-5.30pm, St Anne’s Hall Celebrate Christmas with activities for all Jane Muir at Bucks County Museum. 21 January ages. Hear the amazing story of Jesus’ birth - 22 April 2017. www.buckscountymuseum.org

Why not make it a FAIRTRADE Christmas this year. Wendover’s fabulous Fairtrade shop has Advent calendars & candles, Christmas cards & decorations and beautiful gifts for all your family and friends. Join us for LATE NIGHT SHOPPING and FREE mulled th wine & mince pies on Wednesday 7 December. We have all your favourite Fairtrade, organic and ethical brands including: 

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Wendover Remembered Wendover Remembers Wallhanging and all those associated with its creation

Last year, Wendover Sewing Bee was invited were invited to celebrate this momentous by the Wendover Remembers Group to community project on Armistice Day, Friday make a textile commemorating World War 11 November 2016. One. It was paraded The largest contingent of on Remembrance stitchers came from Wendover Sunday 8 November Junior School (some were 2015 as predicted on pupils at John Hampden at the the front page of that time of the sewing). Here is a November edition comment from Wendover Junior of Wendover News. School: Children at Wendover In the meantime it CE Juniors were delighted to has been displayed attend the unveiling ceremony in the many places for the Wendover Remembers which contributed to Wallhanging plaque. The school’s its making: Churches, contribution was just part of our the primary schools commitment to working with the and Cherry Tree local community. House in Dobbins Lane. The Wall For more information about hanging is now in its Wendover Schools, see page Some of the Wendover primary final resting place 28. For more details and photos school children who sewed poppies within Wendover of the Wallhanging see www. for the Wendover Remembers Community Library wendovernews.co.uk. Wallhanging

The Head Girl and Boy of John Colet School laying their wreath at the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 13 November 2016, see also page 28

WYC Remembers

Meanwhile, Wendover Youth Centre was developing its own way of remembering WW1. They chose to make a short video, Let’s Dance and Shoot, which was shown as part of the Remembrance Service in St Mary’s at 10.30am on the morning of Remembrance Sunday, 13 November. It was the Youth Café with drop in members aged 11-13 who developed the ideas, shot the footage and suggested the edits. The video can be seen at www.wendovernews.co.uk.

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Wendover Remembers All material copyright 2016 Wendover Remembers

December 1916

After twenty-eight months of conflict, all the belligerents were suffering from warweariness. The great battles of the Somme and Verdun had come to an end with, between them, some 1.7 million casualties. And yet, there was no sign of the end of the war. In Britain, Lloyd George resigned from the Government frustrated by the slow progress of the war. Prime Minister Asquith then resigned and Lloyd George took over from him. Germany put forward a Peace This old postcard of Wendover shows the Clock Note, but refused to return the territories Tower at the bottom of the High Street but no it had occupied – particularly Belgium. Bank (1913), now Rumsey’s Chocolaterie. Notice The Note was rejected by both Britain the workmen on the right-hand-side adding the and France. The hard “Turnip Winter” and adjoining house to the draper’s shop owned by Mr Lee, now Ivan Cammack Optometrist. the British blockade caused severe and widespread hunger in Germany. The Bucks Herald reported that Tom Eldridge Britain also suffered from the bitterly cold had sent a letter to his father, Frank, saying weather. The hills around Wendover were covered in snow. Mr Molineux, the Head of Wendover School, recorded in the Log Book that there was an epidemic of influenza that struck both pupils and teachers. He was obliged to cancel the end of term examinations. At Weston Turville, children had attended school even though suffering from measles. The disease spread and the village was put out of bounds to the soldiers of Halton Camp. As Christmas approached, it was decided that all the Wendover men serving at the Front should receive a gift parcel. Collection boxes were placed in the shops, hotels and churches to raise the money. On the first Sunday in December £8.0.6 was collected at St Mary’s and 6s7d at the St Agnes Mission Church. Enough money was collected to buy gifts for all the local men. In early 1917 the Wendover Magazine published many letters of thanks.

The railings to the right of this 2016 photo are in the same place as those to the right of the postcard, left. Time Funeral Directors is part of the old Lee Drapery Shop but many of the buildings below it were demolished and instead we have King’s Head Parade, built in 1966.

that he had been promoted to Sergeant. “The news will be received with pleasure by all his old friends in Aylesbury as well as Wendover, he having been for several years goods clerk to Aylesbury Joint Station”. The Wycombe Military Tribunal heard a plea from a 19 year old bricklayer, named Flitney, who was employed by Sir A H Lee MP, of Chequers Court. The young man said that he was the sole supporter of his widowed mother and had eight brothers in the forces. The Tribunal granted six months exemption in recognition of the sacrifices that Mrs Flitney had already made. Mike Senior & Val Moir See also page 10 for news about Mike Senior’s new book about WW1

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Local News Victory on the Western Front

Wendover author Dr Michael Senior has had a life-long interest in the First World War and, since retirement, he has devoted much of his time to research, lecturing and writing about aspects of the Western Front. His research and his passion for this subject in particular has led him to write his latest book, “Victory on the Western Front”. Marshal Foch, the Generalissimo of the Allied Armies during the last stages of the First World War, commenting on the victories won during the Hundred Days when the Germans were driven back on the Western Front, said, ‘Never at any time in history has the British army achieved greater results in attack than in this unbroken offensive’. The scale, speed and success of this offensive have provided historians with fertile ground for interpretation and debate. Michael Senior shares his thoughts on the subject in this lucid and thought-provoking study. He also provides a challenging and controversial analysis of the underlying reasons for the success of the BEF. His new book is essential reading for anyone who is keen to learn about the extraordinary development of the British army throughout the war – and to understand why, and how, the Germans were beaten. Written by an experienced author and published during the centenary of the First World War, this book should have great appeal not only to seasoned military history enthusiasts but also to those who want to expand their knowledge of this pivotal time in our history.

Wedding bells for Wendover shop volunteer

An Aylesbury octogenarian and her 69-year-old toy boy are looking forward to their first Christmas together as a married couple – after more than four happy decades together. Rennie Grove Hospice Care volunteer, Sheila Rapley from Aylesbury, wed her partner of 44 years this summer. Andy and Sheila, 82, tied the knot at Quainton Railway Centre on 15 August, the same day as their youngest son’s 50th birthday. “It was a brilliant day,” recalls Sheila. “The venue, where Andy volunteers on the miniature railway, was perfect for all age groups; we had a barn dance and my 14-year-old grandson played guitar for us. It was so lovely to see everyone and even our family in Australia travelled over to be with us. My 18-year-old granddaughter was appearing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so we carried on the

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Local News celebrations with a honeymoon in Scotland bring joy to others too. She has donated so we could see her perform.” her silk flowers back to the shop for a bridal window display. The happy couple have three children, seven grandchildren and three great- In addition to volunteering in the Rennie Internal and external work including grandchildren, the youngest of whom is just Grove shop on Wendover High Street, Sheila Bespoke Cupboards and Storage two. Sheila volunteers in Rennie Grove’s makes tote bags of varying sizes from donated Kitchen Fitting / Doors Wendover charity shop, where she nabbed fabrics and curtains, selling them very Architraves and Skirting successfully in the charity’s 24 shops across some great bargains for her nuptials. Bookcases / Shelving Herts and Bucks. She also makes a variation “The whole outfit came to about £20,” on those bags, which she donates directly to Flooring / Windows she marvelled. “I bought a Planet jacket, a the charity for their hospice at home nurses Installation + Maintenance + Repair gorgeous necklace, some silk flowers and an to put patients’ syringe drivers in. Rennie amazing collapsible hat from a former Luton Grove Director of Nursing, Sue Varvel, who 07833 098899 / 01296 615441 hat factory.” Fully Qualified and Insured lives in Wendover, commented: “What a adcarpentry@btinternet.com Sheila said it was the discovery of the hat, lovely story – congratulations to Sheila and Andy! Syringe drivers are a crucial piece of donated for sale in the charity’s shop, that set wedding bells ringing for her. “As soon as equipment when caring for patients at home, I saw the hat, I thought – that’s it! I loved especially during their final days. Sheila’s All aspects of landscape construction it and I loved how it looked on me. I never beautiful bags make a piece of equipment fit easily into patients’ homes, helping families Expert team in fencing and paving thought a hat could knock 60 years off me! come to terms with a difficult and sensitive Now my friend wants to borrow it.” Contact Andy: 07841 976262 situation - all part of helping patients and As well as loaning out her lovely hat, Sheila is their families feel comfortable and at peace www.aslandscape.uk making sure her other wedding accessories in their own homes.”

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In 1981 Pat Card and Anne Brooman qualified as swimming teachers, then started lessons at Green Park, Aston Clinton to become known as Wendover Swimming Lessons. Many successful years followed teaching children to swim. In fact, actually teaching the children of children they had already taught! In 2004 Pat decided to retire from teaching and Sharon Maisey stepped in to become Anne’s new qualified swimming partner. Regretfully, after 35 years of Wendover Swimming Lessons, Anne and Sharon have decided due to new projects and circumstances to close their swimming lessons at Green Park this December 2016.


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We thank all our swimmers past and present and an invitation to the Tree of Light and wish them good luck in the future and Celebration they would like to attend. hope they will continue to swim! The Tree of Light ceremonies will be led Remember ‘Don’t run, be safe and keep by the Hospice Chaplain, the Rev Carole splashing!’ Hough, and will include festive carols, music Anne and Sharon provided by the Leighton Buzzard Salvation Army Band and a selection of readings. “Tree Tree of Light Celebrations of Light gives us that moment of opportunity Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is to come together, away from all the frenetic inviting everyone who has lost friends or activity, to remember those who we love,” family, whether they were cared for by said Reverend Hough. Florence Nightingale Hospice or not, and regardless of religion or faith, to join them at There are two Tree of Light events: the first will the Tree of Light Celebrations and to honour be at the Head Office of Florence Nightingale and celebrate their loved ones by sponsoring Hospice Charity at Walton Lodge, Walton a Christmas light in their memory and writing Street, Aylesbury, on Sunday 4 December at a tribute to them for our Books of Honour. 5pm. The second event will take place at St Christmas is a time when we particularly Peter and St Paul’s Church, Buckingham on think of those who are no longer with us, Saturday 10 December at 3.30pm. and the Tree of Light Celebrations and Books of Honour provide a focus for families and friends to mark this in a variety of different ways. Everyone who dedicates a light will receive a personal card of acknowledgment

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HS2 On 2 November the House of Lords Select Committee were scheduled to hear a number of Petitions from Wendover, starting with that of the Wendover Society. You can watch the whole proceedings on Parliamentary TV.

strong feelings, particularly in Wendover, on this subject” and that “it would not be right to be shut out completely”. He did, however, continue “But do bear in mind I have grave doubts where it’s going to get us”. For even further impact, he then told our Solicitor “We will hear you and your witnesses on The Society’s case was enabled by generous financial this. We do not wish to hear these topics raised by support from members and local organisations. It any other petitioner, so it’s in your hands”. was ably orchestrated by Parliamentary Solicitor Alastair Lewis supported by very strong evidence Alastair Lewis had constructed an impelling logical from three expert witnesses, Dave Hindle of OTB sequence of arguments. Firstly, OTB Engineering’s Engineering, acoustician Kieran Gayler, and Chris evidence was particularly powerful, with Mr Pallet. We asked the Committee to rule that the cost Hindle, a very experienced tunnel engineer saying and feasibility of a mined tunnel past Wendover that he could not understand why HS2’s estimates should be independently reviewed and the results of the cost of building a mined tunnel were so high presented to Parliament. We claimed that such and why they did not accord with those produced a Tunnel would be significantly cheaper than the by the Treasury’s model. Mr Gayler followed with Government’s proposed Cut and Cover Tunnel and evidence to show that HS2’s proposals would lead would not need six metre high concrete barriers to to sound levels above those required by UK and reduce the sound of the trains. international protocols, whilst Mr Pallet showed that the potential property loss to the people of We were very concerned that the Committee Wendover could amount to £100 million. might be persuaded not to hear our evidence on the grounds that such a tunnel would require so- The Committee’s day continued as planned with called “Additional Provisions” to the Bill, which co-ordinated mitigation requests from both the Committee had previously ruled that it could the Wendover and Halton Parish Councils and not recommend. In the event, the Chairman said London Road residents. MP David Lidington made his Committee were “well aware of the very, very a strong case in support of our requests. Because

time had elapsed, other Wendover petitioners were deferred to a later date. Our evidence amounted to a powerful case in favour of a short Wendover tunnel, such mitigation being what Wendover deserves, and at a lesser cost than the current proposals. We believe we had a full and fair hearing, certainly longer than timetabled, and at the time of writing, await the Committee’s decision. Graham Watts, Wendover Society Secretary We have been to the House of Lords Select Committee and made our case for better mitigation for Wendover. For those of you who appeared at the House of Commons Select Committee I have to say that although the process seemed similar, it was quite different with the difference in approach being heralded by the Locus Standi challenges and hearings. Some people believed that the hearing was essentially similar to a sales pitch - do it well and you stand a better chance of closing the deal and getting what you want. The advice we received was that this was a due legal process with each petition being heard like a separate case. You did not have presenters, you had witnesses. You presented

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your evidence and if it was robust enough after being tested by the Lords then it was accepted. While you could voice community concerns, if you strayed into technical matters for which you were not qualified, you would get short shrift.

was split over lunch time and immediately after lunch David Lidington came and did a summary on the impacts and issues for Wendover and gave good support for the mined tunnel proposal. His contribution was very helpful.

The Wendover story was started off by The Wendover Society. They faced a big challenge. The Select Committee had ruled they would not hear any proposals which required an Additional Provision (AP) – basically the need to reconsult on significant changes which could then be petitioned against. There was a strong suggestion from HS2 Ltd that a mined tunnel for Wendover would need an AP, but that seemed to be their response to most changes. The Society’s ask was for a proper review of the mined tunnel option. They were heard and their witnesses on tunnelling costs, noise and property blight all managed to convey both the tunnelling cost aspects and some of the impacts on Wendover.

We are now awaiting a response, however there is the remote possibility of a tunnel for Wendover. I believe this is ultimately in the hands of the politicians. Let’s hope they see sense.

In the meantime the project is pressing, spending money as it goes. The objective is to get Royal Assent for the Phase 1 Hybrid Bill by Christmas. It appears to have momentum, at least with politicians even if not with members of the public. A recent survey by ITV of 2000 people showed: • Less than 20% of people thought they would use it • 23% not aware that HS2 is being planned • 58% don’t think it’s a price worth paying • 77% of people would prefer that the money was spent in other areas, like the NHS • Nearly three-quarters of people thought HS2 The Parish Council presentation with the help would lead to price rises for train tickets of legal representation focused on community concerns and impacts. Good presentations by Simon Jenkins called it a ‘zombie train’ and you Sheila Bulpett, Ron Peterson and Andy Band can see why. allowed us to get our message across. Our session Brian Thompson

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Christmas Celebration Evening Wednesday 7 December, 4-7pm Wendover Parish Council has organised a wonderful Christmas Celebration Evening for everyone to enjoy starting at 4pm on Wednesday 7 December. Proceeds from the event are going to Wendover Youth Centre.

Eating and Drinking Hot refreshments will be available, so no need to worry about feeding the family before heading out. These will include a Kings Farm Shop BBQ and roasted chestnuts, toasted chocolate marshmallows and mulled wine cart. Hot drinks will also be available from The Coffee Stop along with yummy cakes. All Wendover’s usual hostelries and restaurants will be open and some have put out a special invitation such as the King and Queen in South Street - join us between 6 and 7pm for a complimentary "Fairytale of New York" hot toddy cocktail and homemade mince pie.

Late Night Shopping Many Wendover shops will be OPEN until at least 7pm, and most will be serving mulled wine & mince pies to complement your shopping experience, see map page 18. It’s a perfect chance to visit old favourites and new shops you might not have been into before. Some shops have special offers, such as Brookes near the Clock Tower which is giving 10% discount on all items except jewellery. Retailers will have been competing for the Best Dressed Window award – who do you think should be the winner?

Christmas Trees Many thanks to Harpenden Building Society for sponsoring the Manor Waste tree once again this year. Thanks also to the many businesses who have paid for a small Christmas tree which always make central Wendover look so pretty, see map page 18.

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5pm Food stalls will start serving 5:30pm Wendover Parish Chairman, Robert Duggan, will present the Wendover News Cup for the Best Dressed Shop Window 2016. 5:45pm Our special guest, Danny Colligan (Aladdin) from Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s pantomime Aladdin, will arrive at Wendover Manor Waste 6pm Danny Colligan will switch on the CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS, and follow with a song 7pm Manor Waste event closes

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A sculpture for Wendover? There was a brief article on the front page of the November 2016 print edition of Wendover News referring to a proposal for a sculpture for Wendover. Wendover Parish Council has received a proposal from a professional sculptor who is a Wendover resident and is seeking public opinion on how to proceed. Wendover Parish Council is not proposing to fund the project. Funding is a separate issue. The information has been disseminated through social media and a questionnaire is available at Wendover Clock Tower or from the Parish Council website: http:// www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/ uploads/Public-Consultation-QuestonnaireSculpture-Hampden-Pond-1.pdf. Members of the public may have completed the survey during one of the Manor Waste markets as Council employees have been out and about with forms. Please remember to complete the form before Saturday 31 December on which date the public consultation closes.

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The proposed site for the sculpture is on this island in Hampden Pond, near St Mary’s Church. Photo: Ron Adams, October 2016

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David Lidington I gave evidence to the Lords Committee on 2 and HS1 after their Bills had received royal November. This is an abbreviated version of assent, so there’s no need to slow down the what I said. legislative process. Wendover is one of the most seriously I completely understand why the Committee affected communities along the entire Phase will be cautious about any idea of making One route. serious changes to the Bill at this stage, but I believe that the proposal my constituents are The Bill provides for two 500 metre viaducts making, that you direct the promoter to carry in Wendover parish, each, measured to the out a detailed review of these plans, with catenary, up to 25 metres in height. HS2 independent oversight, separate from either plans six metre high noise barriers, which, the Promoter or the Department, is something yes, will provide some protection, but also that is within the purview of the Committee. visual intrusion in the heart of the Chilterns AONB. And despite the Green Tunnel 400 to If there is a proposed alternative that 800 properties at either end of Wendover would provide demonstrable benefits to will be exposed to LAmax noise peaks of my constituents in Wendover, give them more than 60 decibels between 5 a.m. and some compensation for the harm that midnight, every day that trains operate once undoubtedly will be done to their amenity, the line is in full use. as everyone, including the promoter, acknowledges, then the Committee should My constituents get no benefit, in terms of consider that seriously. improved rail travel. There is no provision for javelin trains to operate like they do on HS1. This alternative would both deliver those Local people have put in a great deal of benefits to my constituents, and cost less work at their own expense to provide a fully than the promoter’s own proposed design. fleshed-out model for a mined tunnel that We should not pass that opportunity by. would be both cost-effective and practical, My constituents are being asked to accept drawing on previous experience of OTB on this scheme in the overall national interest, similar projects. They’ve taken into account to bear a considerable cost and receive no the promoters’ concerns about the cost of direct benefit. We should look for a way to a deep bore tunnel and of the risk to the reassure them that the democratic system is sensitive to their interests and concerns. project’s timetable. The scheme being put would be a fair way in This new plan will deliver all those objectives. which to provide that reassurance and those It follows the current route alignment, and benefits to my constituents. could be taken forward without an Additional Provision, relying instead on a Transport and David Lidington CBE is a British Conservative Works Act Order and the cooperation of local Party politician who is the Member of landowners. Such Orders have used for other Parliament for Aylesbury since 1992 and the major infrastructure projects like Crossrail current Leader of the House of Commons.

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local residents to have their say in how they want Wendover to develop. Any such meeting will happen in February so watch out for posters and online notifications as well as Wendover News in print. The dedicated website where you can monitor progress is http:// wendoverneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/index. html The main areas of interest will be: • Housing • Green space/environment • Business • Transport • Infrastructure and connectivity • Community Facilities • Conservation and heritage The Steering Group would like to hear from anyone who has expertise in any of these areas which would be useful in researching into them.

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Business Forum Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life consistently provide both top quality local The Christmas brewery shop in Terrick has a wonderful selection of unique gift ideas and Magazine Food & Drink Awards 2016
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The award was accepted by Managing Director Chris Timotheou on behalf of everyone at Tims Dairy. Operations Director Peter Timotheou added “We know that this is a combined effort so we would like to thank the entire team. We are very very proud.”

This special award recognises individuals and businesses which actively and It has been a wonderful year for awards proudly promote the great local produce at Tims Dairy, but recognition from local Buckinghamshire and Berkshire have to offer. consumers is always that extra bit special, according to Chris. “This was a complete surprise and a real honour” said Tom Jenkinson, Head Brewer The Chiltern Brewery and joint owner. “To be voted pride of Bottle-conditioned Bodger’s Barley Wine has two counties that have such fabulous food been voted a 3 Star beer by The Beer Awards heritages is superb.” 2016, bottled Monument Gold Pale Ale and Family yogurt maker Tims Dairy have been voted ‘Food and Drink Producer of the Year’ for 2016 in the same awards. For this award the magazine was looking for local food and drink producers who

is a lovely place to browse. There are English wines, spirits and some great foods from local producers, many made with the beer. There are hampers and a wrapping service on Fridays and Saturdays 10am until 4pm. Limited edition draught ales for the winter are malty 300’s Old Ale 4.9% and ‘cunningly tasty’ Foxtrot Winter Ale 3.9%. For bottled ales bottle-conditioned Glad Tidings Winter Stout 4.6% is back for the winter and according to Dave the brewer, is a classic vintage this year.

Good news too for coeliacs and those intolerant to gluten, who can now enjoy 4 of the bottled beers that have just been certified as Gluten Free. Details on www.chilternbrewery.co.uk John Hampden’s Golden Harvest Ale were or in the brewery shop 01296 613647. Bottled awarded bronze by the Society of Independent beers can be ordered online. Brewers in their Midland Independent Beer The King’s Head in Aylesbury is serving hearty Awards (small pack category) and draught festive lunches from 28 November to 13 Chiltern Black won joint best beer at a festival January; please book on 01296 718812 or email info@farmersbar.co.uk (form online). in Markyate scoring an average 4.6/5.

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This term has been a very busy one. After our successful Ofsted inspection in July, we are working hard to ensure that writing continues to improve across the school and that our new assessment system is fully embedded. If you would like to be part of our journey to outstanding as a governor of the school or if you have a special interest or skill that you would like to share with our pupils, please contact us for further details on admin@ wendoverjunior.co.uk or 01296 696822. Building on Year 3’s visits to St Leonards Care Home in Aylesbury last summer, we have begun to forge links with the Lindengate charity in Wendover. Our community work helps us to live our school values – the 4 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Reflection. Further curriculum enrichment this term has included a number of visits and visitors, including: Y3 visit to St Mary’s Church, Y4 Hinduism Workshop, Y5 Space Day and Y6 Hazard Alley trip.

events, have contributed to a phenomenal school fundraising total of £9,818.30 towards Ollie’s treatment. The 12 hour Frisbee challenge involved over 40 students and staff playing continuously from 6am to 6pm in the school gym. They raised £1,938.04 for their efforts. Teams battled it out in the quiz for Ollie and raised a staggering £3,764.30. The sponsored head shave saw two teachers and two students braving the barber’s clippers. Liam Barker in year 8 had the original idea and worked with music and English teacher Alison Hill to organise the event. The other participants were maths teacher Glenn Elliot and year 8 student Riley Christmas. The total amount raised was £660.43. Mrs Hill said: “It’s been a great experience. I was incredibly pleased with the amount we managed to raise and most importantly delighted to be able to contribute to the funding for Ollie’s treatment.”

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RAF Halton In November, RAF Halton personnel RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentices Association supported Remembrance Parades in held their Annual Ceremony of Remembrance Aylesbury, Wendover, Halton and Dacorum. with a service by the ‘Tribute’ outside Kermode Hall. Wreaths were laid by the Station Commander, Wing Commander Niki Stacey, Air Marshal Julian Young and representatives from the Apprentices Association.

Station Commander, Wing Commander Niki Stacey, was at Aylesbury Town Square to lay a wreath. Officer Commanding Training Wing, Wing Commander Jason Chalk was in Dacorum for the ceremony. Group Captain Dhamaraj was in Wendover and Squadron Leader Anne Rubery took the salute in Halton Village. Station Personnel and Servicemen Awaiting Trade Training (SATT’s) paraded with local ATC and scouts.

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Club Corner Wendover Bowls Club

The outdoor Bowling Season finished on Sunday 2 October with Inter Club matches which made a fitting end to the Season. They were well attended and a good time was had by all involved.

“Great Train Robbery”. Further events are Tricia. Tables are for 8 people - £10 per head planned for this month including Christmas to include supper. Please help support Katie! and New Years Eve parties.

Best wishes for Christmas and New Year from all at Wendover Bowls Club. If you would like to try your hand at bowling give Ann or Eric The Short Mat Season is well underway, with Smith a call on 01494569377. They would be matches being played in the Clubhouse and pleased to hear from you. various venues all round the area. We have a number of teams taking part in Short Mat Wendover Squash Club so it does keep our members well occupied Junior squash player Katie Malliff has recently throughout the winter. All the matches are been identified as very talented by England played on weekday evenings starting at squash and is now traveling to international 7.30pm. These are all League matches with tournaments on a regular basis. the points being totalled to give a Top Club at To support Katie’s efforts, the club intend the end of the Season, usually in April. to run a fund raising quiz night at St Anne’s On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and alternate hall on 20 January to raise funds for Katie Sunday afternoons there is a roll up in the Club to be able to travel to more tournaments. If House for all members. A very good time to you would like to support in any way, please practise your skills and meet club members. contact Ann Cooke on 01296 620007, or Tricia In November there was a Social Night, a Race Wright on 01296 624693 – or if you would Night and a talk from a former police officer like to come to the quiz or make up a table who was closely involved in dealing with the for the event, please get in touch with Ann or

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Aylesbury Green Park SAC is an affiliated branch (1306) of the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), which is the governing body for the sport of Scuba Diving and Snorkelling in the UK. We are a friendly group of people of all ages who enjoy exploring the underwater world. We regularly meet on a Wednesday at Green Park Aston Clinton where we use the swimming pool for practise and training. Afterwards you can frequently find us having a social meeting at the Bell Inn, Aston Clinton. Apart from the swimming pool we practise regularly in inland dive sites so that we are well equipped for sea diving, which this year included trips to the Red Sea, Swanage, the Isle of Man and Pembroke. We welcome beginners and already qualified divers of any age although you do have to be over 14 years old and be able to swim. More

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information can be found on our website We’ll be travelling over for an exchange www.aylesburydivers.org.uk. weekend in June and we would love to take more people with us to experience the wonderful Aylesbury Green Park Sub-Aqua Club does hospitality and fun that we always have on not have any events during December due to these action-packed visits. Our French friends a number of us going diving in warmer climes are enormously hospitable and we always try and the general pre-Christmas rush. The dates to match up linguistic abilities, although having for January are: Wednesday 11, 18, 25 in said that, a few bottles of wine and a dictionary Green Park Swimming Pool. If non members work wonders and can lead to some hilarious would like to have a “Try Dive”on any of these conversations. It’s very satisfying too to be able dates, email info@aylesburydivers.org.uk. to return the hospitality the following year, introduce the French to our beautiful area and Wendover Twinning Association Calling all Francophiles! Wendover Twinning prove that the English do not deserve their Association would love you to come and reputation for bad food!

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Ring Richard on 01296 709961 07720 265645 participate in our next visit to Liffré, our twin But the Association isn’t only about the rick@plumbitall.eu town in Brittany. The Association is now 40 years old and over time many of us have developed good friendships and visit one another outside of the formal exchanges. It’s a wonderful way to experience the French way of life rather than seeing it from a hotel or campsite. Just to dispel two myths: you do NOT need to live in Wendover and you do NOT need to speak French.

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Club Corner BBOWT Winter Programme

We welcome everyone to our Wildlife Trust talks, walks and work parties. On Tuesday 20 December at Gt Missenden Memorial Centre Leo Keedy and Kate Sheard from our College Lake reserve will bring everyone up to date with conservation plans there and the Trust’s work in the wider community. You may have noticed how Bacombe Hill is getting proper attention from our herd of cattle munching their way through the scrub and from regular work parties - the next one is on Thursday 7 December (contact steve_keene@ btinternet.com to join the fun). We’re recruiting a small team of ‘watchers’ to keep an eye on the wildlife at Weston Turville Reservoir so if you’d like to help with this project, or take part in other work at Aston Clinton Ragpits and Dancersend, please get in touch on richardbirch60@yahoo. com or 01296 624511.

have had mixed results so far this season, club and start a junior team. In 2016 our Vice which sees them at 7th in Divison 2. Chairwoman spearheaded a grant application to secure funds for the necessary training. She Our club Christmas party is being jointly hosted was successful, and Ellie Brown has taken on with the Wendover Sparrowhawks Netball the role of becoming the junior coach. We are Club on Saturday 10 December (time TBC) at very thankful to Ellie and cannot wait to see the clubhouse. This is open to our supporters her in action! and further details of the night will be posted to our Facebook site. Meanwhile, training continues on the tennis This month’s player of the month is Jamie Spurden, who is Wendover’s main man up front after the inevitable retirement of Danny Bunce. Jamie is certainly looking on track to receive the top goal scorer gong at the end of the season for yet another year, due to his tremendous work rate and ability to score goals out of nothing.

Off the pitch, the committee is working hard behind the scenes to make the club part of the local community, and would like to congratulate Aaron Huddlestone and Nick Gibbons on Wendover Football Club welcoming their potential Wendover players As we head into the most magical time of the into the world. year, the first team are still progressing well in numerous cups and are 5th, with games in Sparrowhawks - Fantastic News! hand, in the ADL Premier League. The Reserves In the new year we are looking to expand our

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Local Artist’s Success

Work by local artist Graham Fraser of Wendover Art Club has been selected from over 1,700 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading artists in this year’s Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI). The Exhibition will be at Mall Galleries, London from 30 November to 11 December 2016.

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it is obstructed by FIXED/UNREMOVABLE At risk of being driven out of Wendover by an bollards !!!!!. However in another area angry mob wielding pitchforks and flaming where there is a full kerb, the bollards are torches, I’m a huge fan of the new-look REMOVABLE???? Who on the earth on the Manor Waste. It’s cleaner, brighter, tidier Council signed this off as acceptable? and much more user-friendly. So long as b. Also along the edge of the roadway leading the planters are kept in good condition and to Budgens Car Park, are sand coloured motorists can resist the urge to keep driving pavings with raised dots, which I assume into the bollards, it’s a great improvement are to indicate underfoot, to the visually over the drab, dirty old look. Yes, it’s rather impaired, that they are approaching an modern-looking. But we live in a town, not a area of possible traffic movement. They also extend to the road (High Street), time capsule. Alex Marklew, Princess Mary Gate again to warn of traffic danger. However, instead of falling into the road, the visually More Manor Waste queries impaired will now fall into 2 large flower Further to the very comprehensive letter planters which have been strategically from Belinda Brackley, under the heading erected in the middle of both of their “Best Practice” these are my thoughts warning strips!!!! Whilst this would relating to the official consultation with the appear to be the lesser of two evils, I feel, general public. once again that someone on the Council “signed-off” the work without inspection. I seem to remember, (I hope correctly) that c. Can the Council please confirm that they the Council located tables on the Manor still employ a maintenance person, as it is Waste, on several occasions, showing disappointing to see that weeds are growing different designs etc etc that had been around the base of War Memorial and proposed for the transformation. The idea with the advent of the Remembrance Day being that the design preferred by the public parade next week, hopefully attention to would be the one utilised. I assume and hope this important feature will be forthcoming. that the current design is that which was d. Finally, whilst I have not stood on the chosen. (Democracy in action.) Comments Manor Waste in the pouring rain, I am from the Council please. doubtful, I hope incorrectly, that the Whilst the surface is now much safer for the camber of the paving will adequately elderly to walk on, there are a few items direct the surface water to the central drainage channels. Of course, this might which I think require further examination: be an optical illusion. The next downpour a. Whilst walking my son’s Labrador last will surely provide the answer. Wednesday, when the Manor Waste was clear of obstruction, it was apparent that Many thanks, I now look forward to further there is a “dropped kerb” on the lower part information from those who know much of the site to facilitate the easy access of more than I about building works. Brian Prior, Wendover vehicles etc etc (near to Lloyds Chemist) but

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Tribute: Hugh Marshall Hugh Marshall was born in London and brought up with his older Church office and the formal start of Churches Together in Wendover. The celebration of the brother Bill in Taunton where his parents were GPs. After school at First Communion of Easter Marlborough and two years National Service in the Navy he wentup over several years, was a to Sidney Sussex, Cambridge and then to Lincoln Theological College. highlight of that thinking Hugh was Ordained Priest by the Bishop of London in St. Paul’s with all three traditions Cathedral in 1960 and spent 30 happy years in Parish Ministry sharing as much of the (Westminster, Hereford, Wimbledon and Mitcham) then six years liturgy as was possible, at Church House, Westminster, heading up the Board of Ministry together in the Parish which, among other things, selects those offering themselves for Hugh with some of his parish team as he Church (the biggest of the Ordination. Someone said if anyone can survive the experience of three Church buildings). prepared to leave Wendover running the Board of Ministry and remain a well-balanced Christian, they deserve medals. Hugh did survive but joyfully returned to During Hugh’s time at St Mary’s the Junior Church was conceived, Parish Ministry and five happy years in Wendover. began to flourish with input from the Diocesan adviser, and then expanded into the Wendover School premises. Hugh thoroughly On arrival in Wendover in February 1996, Hugh was excited to enjoyed his role of Middle School Governor; children delighted see the Free Church and Roman Catholics shared premises and him. Some may remember a Mothering Sunday service when Hugh immediately asked how they, with St. Mary’s, could work even more baked a Victoria sponge in a Microwave oven on the chancel steps closely together. This built on the work of the Clergy led Wendover watched by a flock of unusually quiet children. Council of Churches which had already been in existence since the tumultuos 1960s. It led to the forming of a group which included Hugh was passionately involved in and with Central/Southern Africa laity, to explore ways the three congregations could worship and and with Botwana and Zimbabwe in particularly. In the mid-1980s share. The Clergy formed a strong relationship – meeting monthly he took a 12 week Sabbatical in that area and on a later visit to over lunch to seek new ways forward. One result was an Emmaus Matabeleland in 1990, to see an old Botswanan friend recently course for people to explore their Christianity, the setting up of a joint elected Bishop of Matabeleland (in Zimbabwe), he met with the amazing women in the Mothers Union. This meeting resulted in them sending him their hand-stitched small Altar Linens to sell in this country and beyond. The money returned to them was used to fund much needed projects ranging from communal ovens, to sourcing hand-turning sewing machines and building a market Ever felt like throwing your computer out of garden. Hugh continued to sell the Linens for over 20 years and the window? the Project still carries on today. Several times, while in Wendover, Fed up with it going slow? Hugh had visits from the Bishop and his wife and many would have Crashing or Freezing? met with them. The MU’s latest project is to sink a much needed Strange Messages popping up? Borehole at the MU headquarters in Bulawayo and donations made in Hugh’s memory at his Thanksgiving service will be put towards Or would you just like to upgrade it? this. www.wendover-computers.co.uk


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Hugh enjoyed being part of the Wendover community, was frequently seen in the village walking his large Golden Retriever to the woods or onto Coombe Hill or visiting the Cheeseman at the Market and quite often he would be surrounded by small grandchildren on visits to enjoy the wonders of the large Vicarage and its garden. Hugh retired to Deddington in April 2001. Here he continued with his involvement in (National Lottery) Charities Funding enjoying visiting Youth Clubs to present their cheques as well as his Church Linens Project and picked up on his interest in writing by joining the Writers Group and organising countrywide competitions for adults and young people in conjunction with the Deddington Festival. He was governor and then Chair of the Primary School and set up Fair Trade in the village. He joined the Drama Group – taking to the stage in the annual Pantomime - and singing with impromptu choirs to celebrate significant events. Hugh died peacefully on 5th October 2016. Please mention Wendover News when responding to adverts

Local Face: Christopher Trower On returning to UK they were posted to RAF quality development in general practice. Locking where Louise was born. On leaving the RAF in 1981, he became a GP partner at In 1992 he became club doctor for Wycombe the Calcot Medical Centre, Gerrards Cross Wanderers a role he continued for 21 years. for 12 years. During that time Georgina was In addition he became crowd doctor for born and they settled into a happy pattern London Wasps for the 10 years that they of family life. General practice then was very were at Adams Park. He had other interesting different, in the early days with no mobile medical jobs such as the doctor on a Trans Siberian train journey, providing phones, wives advice for the Health Ombudsman were expected as an external adviser and as a to stay near the Games Maker at the London 2012 phone when on Olympics & Paralympics. call and receive phone calls and Early morning commuting from generally act Gerrards Cross on duty days as the practice became too arduous and the manager and His mother had first taken him to Switzerland receptionist of family moved to Wendover in in the winter of 1953 from a then, largely today. April 2001. Christopher and Wendy in New Zealand unbuilt, Heathrow airport. He started ski racing as a junior aged twelve and was In the 1980s Christopher became a pioneer Christopher and Wendy have been regular able to enjoy the best of amateur ski racing for introducing computers into General members of the congregation of St Mary’s particularly in the British Universities team, Practice (in spite of opposition from some church since arriving in Wendover. Since racing against the Swiss in St. Moritz. He was senior partners who felt they would never April, Christopher has been even more in the RAF ski team for ten years and has be used!). involved with the church, having become continued to enjoy the sport, albeit now at one of the two church wardens, currently a more sedate family pace. Meanwhile Wendy had started working as responsible during the interregnum. a specialist palliative care nurse with the Christopher met his wife Wendy while Iain Rennie Hospice at Home which she Although he gave up his clinical working at the Royal Sussex County Hospital continued to do for 28 years. Christopher responsibilities three years ago, he has not fully retired, as he continues to appraise Brighton. She was a junior casualty sister and was also involved as a founding trustee. other GPs, and is a GP Special Adviser for the their early courtship was carried out mainly in the suture theatre and crutch room! They He became Medical Director of the CQC, having inspected GP practices every married in 1977 on the RAF base at Akrotiri, Buckinghamshire FHSA in 1992 and was in week from Carlisle to the Scilly Isles and Cyprus and enjoyed a wonderful two year that role for 5 years. However, he was missing Sunderland to the Isle of Wight. He sees his honeymoon posting in the days just before seeing patients and returned to clinical role as very much being there to support and tourism on the island took off. Their son medicine as a full time partner at Poplar encourage his fellow doctors. Nicholas was born out there and life as a Grove Practice in Aylesbury in 1997. In 1999 medical officer often revolved around the he was awarded a fellowship of the Royal He describes his driving passions as his faith, water ski and sailing clubs, including skiing in College of General Practitioners. He was also his wife, 3 children, 5 grandchildren and a GP trainer and has always had an interest in black spaniel Cleo. the winters on Mount Troodos. Christopher grew up in Eastbourne where his father worked as a single handed GP. Those were the days when families had to keep quiet while surgeries happened in the home. He qualifying from Barts in 1973, becoming the third generation of Trowers to do so. During the summer of 1972 he had spent four months in Uganda working some of the time in a mission hospital. It was when Idi Amin’s Asian expulsion order was in force and he found himself learning as much about African politics as tropical paediatric medicine. He was sponsored through the last three years of his medical degree by the RAF, which enabled him to indulge in his early passion for skiing.

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On Wednesday 2 November the joint petition of Wendover Parish Council and Halton Parish Council was presented to the House of Lords Select Committee. This was in tandem with the petition submitted by the Wendover Society. A great deal of energy and effort went into the preparation of the presentation and we were all grateful for the work undertaken by Alistair and Emyr from the firm of Parliamentary agents who acted for the two organisations. The biggest challenge was to provide a unified presentation and this was certainly achieved in part by members of the community from different backgrounds coming together to try and gain better mitigation for Wendover. There are still organisations and individuals from Wendover who have yet to present to the Select Committee – including Lord Stevenson who has supported us throughout. Special thanks goes to David Lidington who was the anchor to the presentation. We now wait for news of, hopefully, further consideration by the Select Committee of mitigation ideas submitted. Robert Duggan, chairman

Hampden Pond Sculpture

By now you are probably aware we have been made a generous offer by a local sculptor, Marie Boyle, of a Limited Edition cold cast sculpture, ‘Herne’ for the small island at Hampden Pond. (See the article on page

24). We have been consulting publicly about the proposal asking people to complete a questionnaire which can be collected from the Clock Tower or downloaded from our website. There is a display in the Clock Tower window. We need your opinion before the end of December. Legend says Herne was King Richard II’s favourite huntsman and that while hunting one day a stag charged at the King. Herne threw himself in its path and was mortally injured. As he lay dying a passing Sage told Herne’s fellow huntsman to remove the antlers from the stag and place them on Herne’s head. The huntsman recovered but the Sage took Herne’s hunting abilities in payment for saving his life. Herne never hunted again and the King dismissed him, but his ghost can be seen on horseback with hounds near an old Oak tree in Windsor.

Parish Council Meeting Monday 5 December 7.30pm Wendover Library Room

Highways Issues

Please report any highways problems you encounter, pot holes, poor surface, lack of white lines, etc., to Transport for Bucks https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/about-yourcouncil/do-it-online/report-it/ or 01296 382416. Please also send a copy to us as a record is being kept at the Clock Tower to enable us to chase TfB to help get the problems dealt with as quickly as possible.


In an effort to find more parking spaces we are working with AVDC to have the Library Car Park spaces re-drawn. The new layout will create 9 more bays. A meeting with BCC is also being arranged to discuss problem areas and possible solutions for increasing on-street parking.

Local Produce Market Manor Waste 9am to 1pm Saturday 17 December

Lighting Faults

We are still having problems with street lighting and the time being taken to repair power faults. Streetlights on the High Street, Aylesbury Road and Tring Road belong to TfB and lights on PMG are still the responsibility of the developer. All other lights in the Parish belong to the Parish Council. Please report the column number to the Clock Tower, it can be found on the column itself. On Thursdays, reports are sent to Sparkx, our contractor, and investigated on Fridays. Sparkx in turn report to UKPN the following week who then have 25 working days to fix the fault. We apologise for any inconvenience Wendover’s Christmas Tree, sponsored by caused by the current Harpenden Building delays. Society

Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU www.wendover-pc.gov.uk


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