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The views expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily the views of the editor. Neighbourhood Plan See page 8

RAF Closure See pages 12 & 13

Lionel Abel Smith Trust Closure Date: 28.2.2017

Monday 16 January

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The Trustees will meet in 2017 on Wednesday 26 April to consider applications from individuals and organisations from within the parish of Wendover and the Moor Park Estate at this, their 39th Annual Meeting.

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WPC Chair Robert Duggan introducing Aladdin (Danny Colligan) who switched on the Christmas To apply for a grant, please write or email Tree lights and then sang for all to enjoy.

the Clerk, Mrs Glenys Newman, giving as much information as possible, and including your name, address, contact telephone number and email address if you have one. Organisations should enclose a copy of their audited accounts.

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Statement from RAF Halton

Further to the statement which appeared on the front page of the December 2016 print edition of Wendover News, the Station Commander has issued this follow up:

Wendover News, established 1989, is delivered through the door to many local households. If you do not receive one at home and would like to volunteer to deliver for us to your road, please contact the office (see above). Wendover News would like to thank all our willing volunteers.

The MOD can confirm that we are in Address: 14A Vicarage Close, Wendover, consultation with Aylesbury Vale District Bucks HP22 6DS Council regarding our intent to dispose Email: of the whole of the RAF Halton site. This is in line with the ‘Better Defence Estate’ PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING DATE Strategy, which seeks to optimise the FOR THE RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS 28 Defence footprint, and contribute to the FEBRUARY. Government’s Housing target.

RAF Flypast

Tuesday 24 January at 1.30pm

To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast (weather permitting)

ANTIQUES AT . . . WENDOVER January Mystery Object at the Antiques Centre

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Events Cooking, Sewing & Knitting Groups Regular Events at Wendover Library

Cornelli Sugarcraft (see ad page 17) and PlainStitch (see ad page 4) run courses each term. The PlainStitch Workroom also hosts a weekly Tuesday Social Sewing and Crochet, see for details and to book a space to come with your own project. QuiltOver sewing & quilting group meets twice monthly on a Thursday. See events pages 30 & 31.

Cycle Rides and Local Walks

Learn My Way computer training first Tuesday of each month, please book. International Conversation - please book, Fri 13, 10.30am-12noon. Knit & Natter, Tue 17, 1.30-3pm. Children’s Book Club, third Saturday every month, 2.30pm - details from the Library.

Bucks County Museum

Group rides beginning in or near Wendover. Any bike will do as long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers welcome; please try an easy-paced ride first. Easy-Paced Rides 9.30am Sundays: 1 - Weston Turville Shops, 8 - Stone crossroads, 15 - Watermead Inn, 22 - S Mandeville Combined School, 29 - Your Cafe in the Park. Visit southbuckscycling.or​ for more.

Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP Free entry. Visit the fantastic Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. Café, shop and garden. See for all opening times, exhibitions and events. 21 January - 22 April 2017 - “Beyond Description” A retrospective exhibition of works by artist Jane Muir.

The Ramblers have a programme of organised walks of varying length and difficulty locally, including Tuesday 10 at 10.30 and Sunday 22 at 10.00. Have a look at the listings on pages 30 & 31 or www.aylesbury-ramblers. for more details.

Mon 2 morning, BBOWT College Lake A morning of birding in a lovely location. Also: lecture Thu 5 at 7.30pm in Wendover Memorial Hall. Details www.bucksbirdclub.

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WENDOVER CE JUNIOR SCHOOL CLEANER REQUIRED We are seeking to appoint an additional member of staff to our cleaning team in January. Hours of work are 3.30-6.30pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. Minimum salary £4,908 pa. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, reliable and take pride in their work. Previous cleaning experience would be a distinct advantage. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service disclosure, Right to Work check and employer references. For an application pack, please contact Catriona Martin, Business Manager on or 01296 696822 option 4.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 11 January 2017

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Events Wendover WI

Tue 10, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall Do join us to hear Brenda Usherwood talking about her ‘Memories of Blackpool’. All visitors will be made very welcome. Contact Sara on 01296 620005 if you would like to come. Or just turn up on the night!

Wendover Art Club

Wed 11 & 25, 7.30pm, Library Room On the 11th, we are easing ourselves in after the Christmas break with a DVD on oil painting. The 25th we will have a working evening painting a portrait from a photograph in our own choice of medium.

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Lipreading Courses New Term Begins

Fri 13, various times, Wendover Community Library Room Lipreaders hear better! More details advert page 4.

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Sat 14, 2-4pm, St Mary’s Weston Turville Benefits SWIFT project. See advert page 4. January Loyalty Card Offers If you are not receiving the monthly email reminder and would like to, please check your spam and junk folders or send your details, including your ILW card number to See also and noticeboards in Sweeney’s Budgens, Costa, Harpenden BS, The Library and Wendover Hardware.

A Li�le Bird Gallery: Buy 10 cards get 11th FREE Chilterns Sports Clinic: 10% off any service and treatment except Swim Stroke Analysis 01296 696133 / Hemingford Pest Control: £10 off ANY accepted quote 07736 327808 Lady Grey: 10% OFF Tuesday to Friday Martin Holman: 10% off domestic treatment prices 07510 290321 No2: 10% OFF our delicious Deli Tasting Platters at No2 Pound Street (not in conjunction with any other offers) Perry House Dental Surgery: 20% off bleaching,conditions apply. Scruples: Two Promotions: 1- With a half or full head of Hi Lites in January & February we will give you a £5 voucher to use in March against any in salon hair or beauty service. 2 -After a Senteales facial or one and half hour massage in January & February we will wash and blow dry your hair FREE (normally £23.00). Please mention the offer when booking. Spice Garden: £5 off on orders over £25 The Lo� Studio & Gallery: FREE artist’s card with Limited Edition print purchase. Vapor Clean: 10% discount to new customers on first oven or carpet clean Village Environmental Services: 20% discount on accepted estimate for CCTV drain survey or drain clearance, 07850 635844. Wendover Computers: 10% off installation, setup and data transfer when purchasing a nano or laptop. Call Pete on 0800 3118385 or 07881 555482 E: Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre: 10% off pet consultations and vaccinations (T& Cs apply) 01296 623439 Wendover Wood: 10% discount 01296 623869

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Events BBOWT Lecture

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Tue 17, 19.30, Gt Miss Mem Ctre HP16 9AE Sat 21, 10.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre “Birds and Climate Change”. £3 entry. See All welcome - no set books, just finding out page 24 for more BBOWT events. what people have been reading and what they recommend. We start with coffee and maybe cake! MBBKA Quiz Wed 18, 7.30pm, Good Shepherd HP21 8NH Join the Mid-Bucks Beekeeping Assn for its Bucks Family History Society Sat 21, 2pm, Southcourt Comm Ctre HP21 8LP LIPREADERS HEAR BETTER Lipreading & annual quiz! Do you struggle to hear in noise? Managing Hearing Talk: “New Year And Its Celebrations” Colin Loss classes at ...let your eyes help your ears Wendover Oakes makes a welcome return to Aylesbury, Library Fundraising Quiz for Katie Malliff Join a with a topical talk which looks at the ways lipreading Fri 20, evening, St Anne’s Hall Term starts class! in which the turn of the year has been Friday 13 January Katie has qualified to compete in squash celebrated. Free. Non-members welcome Classes are small and Contact: Judy Perry, MATLA tournaments overseas! Details page 29. friendly. First lesson - come and see how the Society could help offered free - come and give it a try! 07837 993923 you (a small donation is appreciated). Free On Screen help available at most Aylesbury meetings. Fri 20, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room St Mary the Virgin, “I, Daniel Blake” (15) Winner of the Palme Weston Turville d’Or at this years Cannes Film Festival, this Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild Sat 14th January film from film maker Ken Loach returns to Sat 21, 14.30-16.30, S Mandeville Meth Church 2pm to 4pm at Church of unwanted Christmas gi�s for Light Refreshments available the theme of social deprivation of his early Speaker Lis Mann discusses “The Influence SWIFT project for Please come films “Poor Cow” & “Cathy Come Home”. of 20th Century Fine Artists on Textile Design accessible toilets, Enq. Roger: 01296 424982 Tickets £5 from the Library. & Print of the Time”. community facilities

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Halton Amateur Theatrical Society Proudly Presents:

the frog Prince A Pantomime written by Allison Savory

February 2017

Thursday 2nd Friday 3rd @ 7.30pm Saturday 4th @ 2pm & 6pm & Sunday 5th @ 2pm Doors open half an hour before curtain up. Sorry no disabled access.

Tickets: Adult-£7 Concs/children £5.

(Cheques made payable to “Service Funds RAF Halton”)

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Antiques & Collectors Market

Thursday 19 January 9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity Wendover Memorial Hall email:

Messy Church

Sun 22, 15.30-17.30pm, starts St Anne’s Hall Free. Enjoy activities for all ages. Story, song and prayer activity, followed by a meal together. Children, please bring an adult with you.

If you are stressed, depressed, chronically You are warmly invited to ill, bereaved or you care for someone who is A Service for Wholeness and Healing suffering, you may benefit from attending this St Mary’s Church, Wendover short, simple, gentle event from Churches Sunday 29 January 2017 at 3.30pm Together in Wendover. See advert page 5.

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Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra are performing a specially commissioned score by Laura Rossi to mark the centenary of the battle St Anne’s Hall Open Day of the Somme at Aylesbury Vale Academy on Celebrating 5 years Saturday 4 February at 7.30pm. The music Saturday 11 February 2017 will accompany a screening of “The Battle of 2.30pm-5.30pm Service for Wholeness & Healing the Somme”, a 1916 film that remains one of All users past and present and Sun 29, 3.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Wendover the most successful British films ever made. future are welcome to attend Come and experience God’s healing touch. Tickets on Refreshments will be available Sat 28, 6.30 for 6.45pm start, Christian Ctre Wendover Free Church invites you to explore the underwater world with ‘Finding Dory’. Free popcorn, ice cream and admission. All are welcome; children should be accompanied.


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HS2 At the time of writing, it is believed that on 15 December 2016 The House of Lords HS2 Select Committee will publish their report. It is expected that the HoL will hold their discussion on Tuesday 10 January 2017 at the Committee Stage to discuss any proposed amendments to the Hybrid Bill, followed a couple of weeks later by the Report Stage and the Third Reading. Amendments approved by the Lords will then go back to the Commons for further discussion. The last of the Wendover Petitioners who were granted “locus” appeared before the select committee on Wednesday 30 November. The main “ASKS” from the Wendover Petitioners of the Committee, including petitioning organisations, were as follows :• The cost and feasibility of a mined tunnel past Wendover should be independently reviewed and the results presented to Parliament. • Existing overhead pylons be replaced by undergrounding of the cables. • An improved compensation scheme for householders and the replacement of the “need to sell scheme” by effectively a “right to sell scheme”. • Compensation scheme for local businesses and farmers (land loss and farm viability).

• Wendover should have a seat on the Chiltern Design Panel which has been tasked with producing sympathetic designs for the AONB. • During construction, the environment agency will closely monitor water flow from Wendover springs and the environmental impacts of constructing a cut and cover tunnel through the aquifer. • Significant increase from HS2 on the funding proposed for noise insulation at St Mary’s Church. • Improved noise mitigation for north Wendover with increased use of noise barriers. • Further improvements to the visual impact of the noise barriers, eg a Living Wall covering. • Improved HS2 funding for the cricket club relocation. To ensure sustainability of the 2 pitches, ie ideally they could both be relocated together off the Tring Road with Pavillion facilities. The Lionel Abel-Smith Trust asked for baseline surveys to be carried out prior to construction on all their vulnerable properties, the rationale being that any damage caused by construction vibration could be identified. After almost 7 years of campaigning related to HS2, we can only hope that at least some of what was said has been acknowledged and will be recommended

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In the short term the HoL Select Committee report for Wendover will need to be analysed in detail. There is some lobbying around the requested review of Wendover tunnelling costs, both prior to the Hybrid Bill receiving Royal Assent. At the Wendover Parish Council Meeting on 5 December it was agreed, in order to best support and co-ordinate the work of the community, an HS2 Committee be constituted by Wendover Parish Council. The Parish Council HS2 committee will “Take forward the Liaison and Monitoring needed to represent Wendover’s interests with the HS2 project”. The committee will be able to co-opt suitably skilled and experienced volunteers from the wider community to assist. As the elected body, it is appropriate that the Parish Council takes the lead in future work. Jenny Waller

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by the Select Committee. All Petitioners regardless of whether they were granted locus deserve our thanks. Those who were granted leave to appear, deserve our special thanks as they had the stress of appearing before what at times appeared to be an unsympathetic committee and the HS2 legal team. (Paid for by our taxes!)

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Positive Change for 2017 Hello 2017. This year I resolve not to resolve. It’s that time of year when we are bombarded with “New Year, New You” messages. Promises to lose weight, travel more, spend less, Facebook less are all made with the best intentions, but come February, are often a distant memory...until the next New Year. So why do so many of our good intentions fail? Is it all a matter of will? According to social psychologist Roy Baumeister, willpower is a limited energy; it can become depleted. If we are using this energy on resolutions which we don’t actually want to keep, or that we are not ready or equipped to keep, then our chances of success are slim. Setting a positive change (rather than goals) at a point in time when you are ready (rather than the stroke of midnight on Dec 31st) and with the mindset of breaking bad habits as

opposed to focusing only on the end result, may help break the success v failure attitude which many of us have when making resolutions. Be present, be mindful. These words seem to pop up all the time and have diluted in meaning from their original reference to yoga and Buddhist philosophy. The NHS now actively promotes mindfulness and “reconnecting with our bodies”. In today’s terms, mindfulness can be adapted to modern day challenges. Being “consciously aware”: being physically, mentally and emotionally aware of your present state is a key tool to changing habits. And establishing new habits can lead to long term, lifelong benefits.

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AVDC is well advanced with its Vale Authority Local Plan (VALP). Weston Turville and Aston Clinton are developing their Plans. so, please help your community initiate the Neighbourhood Plan for Wendover by participating in one of the launch events.

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While the winter weather brought a lull in major battles on the Western Front, small attacks and raids by all the belligerents continued unabated. There was much activity at sea. On 1 January the Cunard liner Ivernia was sunk in the Mediterranean with 153 losses. Eight days later, also in the Mediterranean, HMS Cornwallis was sunk by an enemy submarine. On 23 January the destroyer Simoon was torpedoed. At the end of the month Berlin announced unrestricted submarine warfare against merchant shipping in an attempt to starve Britain into submission. British Intelligence intercepted a telegram from the German Foreign Minister, Zimmerman, inciting Mexico to declare war on America. President Wilson and the American public were outraged. Trench foot was a significant medical problem especially during winter months. In the winter of 191415 twenty thousand British troops were affected by trench foot which was caused by prolonged exposure to cold and wet conditions. The blood vessels in the feet contract in an effort to retain warmth for the rest of the body. If not treated quickly the loss of blood to the feet leads to gangrene and amputation. On 18 January Patrick Basil Barlow, aged 32, a Private in the Grenadier Guards, died of blood poisoning after suffering from trench

was accused of dangerous driving. He had been driving for only two weeks and was being taught by Ralph Carter, aged 16, of Carter’s Garage in Wendover High Street. In evidence Ladyman said that they were taking the car from the station The Bucks Herald of to the camp. When 13 January reported: they came to the “At a meeting of the Tring Road turn at the Wendover Parish Clock Tower he saw Council the Chairman an army lorry coming Sir Thomas Barlow and his three sons (Patrick said it was the first down from the camp. back right) by kind permission of Welcome time they had had a A man driving a full attendance for Images horse and brougham a long period. He hoped approached from Aylesbury Road. Ladyman that it was an indication thought that there was no room for him to that members meant to turn right so he decided to head towards turn over a new leaf in Aylesbury. At this point Carter grabbed the that respect. The Chairman wheel and turned it causing two soldiers also drew attention to the speed at which motor cars looking in the window of Mr Morgan’s passed through the town, shop [now Brookes] to be mown down notwithstanding that they and the shop window to be broken. One of had a speed limit of 10 miles the soldiers was knocked unconscious and per hour. A local accident spent 2 weeks in hospital. The defendant had occurred in the town was fined £3 or one month in prison. The and he thought it was time opinion of the Court was that owners of the attention of the police motor cars should ensure that their drivers could properly handle their machines. was called to the matter.” Mike Senior & Val Moir foot. Patrick was the youngest son of the eminent physician Sir Thomas Barlow who had attended both Queen Victoria and King Edward and who had built Boswells on the outskirts of Wendover.

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With the New Year comes a fresh start and that promise of self-improvement. As well as getting fit, volunteering and helping others could be on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to join our group of dedicated fundraising volunteers at the Chilterns MS Centre? It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and have fun. Anyone can join, you don’t need experience, we will support you every step of the way. Our volunteers help us raise awareness and funds by getting involved in supermarket collections and events like quizzes, golf days, coffee mornings and sponsored events. Call the fundraising team 01296 696133 or email fundraising@

to give the best look into his writing and the broadest overview of what it is to be a fiction writer in today’s market. Along the way, they discussed Dave’s two main protagonists – DI Archer and DS Baines – who are based in Aylesbury Vale and investigate crimes whilst battling their own personal demons. Dave covered topics as varied as computer software and allotments during the course of the interview and gave a fascinating insight into the world of the fiction writer. Dave will be at the upcoming Beaconlit Literary Festival ( on 8 July 2017 in Ivinghoe. The books featuring DI Archer and DS Baines are available from Amazon, or via Dave’s own website

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Crime writer Dave Sivers visited Wendover Community Library in December as part of the Library’s “A Conversation with…” series of talks. Local freelance writer Sandra Smith had prepared her questions well to allow Dave

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MoD in talks with AVDC over ‘Full An MoD spokesperson told Forces TV: The move to dispose of the base, one of the UK’s Disposal’ of RAF Halton

I was deeply saddened to hear that contrary to earlier reports and the fact the closure of RAF Halton (excluding the airfield) was not on the original schedule of MOD base closures, it is now proposed to fully close RAF Halton by 2022. This is indeed very sad given the long association the military and the RAF in particular have had with the area. I will be contacting David Lidington further to discuss this matter with him and I will also discuss this at AVDC to ascertain what impact this may have on the VALP and to ensure that the MOD work closely with AVDC with regard to disposal and plans for the base.

largest RAF stations, is part of plans to reduce the defence estate across the UK. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told Aylesbury MP David Lidington in a letter that the MoD intends to close Halton within six years.

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He was disappointed by the decision and wants to see more evidence that it’s the right move. He also expressed concerns over the future of historic Halton House: I am deeply disappointed by today’s announcement of the proposed closure of RAF Halton by 2022. This would mean the end of close relationships that have existed for a century between the Royal Air Force and not only Halton Parish, but Aylesbury, Wendover and other local communities.

I can assure residents that I, along with my District Council colleagues, will be lobbying and working hard to ensure the best possible outcome we can for the residents and communities we represent I completely understand the reasons why the Steve Bowles Ministry of Defence is seeking to rationalise District Councillor, Wendover & Halton its estate, concentrate its activities into

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RAF Halton fewer bases and realise the value of surplus land. I can understand, too, that from an RAF point of view it makes sense to co-locate the training of RAF officers and other ranks in one place. However, I find the business case for closing RAF Halton to be unconvincing. In particular, there will be a significant cost to providing new facilities at RAF Cranwell and the RAF has never in the past found a way in which to dispose of its significant liability in respect of Halton House.

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accommodation and would not convert at all easily to either a hotel or domestic housing. I’ve already spoken to the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to make clear my concerns and to ask him to provide additional evidence to justify his decision. I’ve also pressed him for a commitment that if the closure does go ahead, the Ministry of Defence will do everything that it can to help civilian employees who may face redundancy to find alternative work.

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Let the Chilterns Sing Rotary in Wendover held its 5th Annual Charity Concert ‘Let the Chilterns Sing’ in St Mary’s Church, on Saturday 19 November. This year the main beneficiary was Save the Children. ‘Voices through the Generations’ consisted of 3 choirs and 2 solo artists, covering age ranges from 7 to over 70 years old. Chess Valley Male Voice Choir (CVMVC), ably led by Sheila Cornall, started with ‘The Chiltern Hills’ which is a very evocative piece of music written by Mike Armstrong, one of the choristers. Also in the first half Rebecca Izard ably conducted Halton Military Wives Choir and Gateway Chamber Choir from Gateway School. Becky Howitt and Alice Martin from Wycombe High School Sixth Form sang 2 solos each, the diverse pieces demonstrating their singing ability. The first half ended with the Halton Military Wives and Gateway Chamber Choir singing together the aptly named piece ‘Stronger Together’ by Gareth Malone. This was a taster with more joint singing in the second half.

Halton Military Wives kicked off the second Wives and Gateway Chamber Choir gave half followed by CVMVC and Gateway a joyful rendition of ‘Rhythm of Life’ from Chamber Choir. Each choir sang some songs Sweet Charity. Finally all three choirs joined from ‘Les Miserables’ in this section. Alice together as Voices through the Generations and Becky joined force to and sang ‘You Raise Me Up’ sing 3 duets, starting with which is an emotive song in ‘For Good’ from Wicked and its own right. However, with ‘The Flower Duet’. Their the combined voices of the individual performances Male Choir, the Female in the first half were Choir and the Children’s outstanding, equalled Choir it was truly inspiring only by their duets in the and emotional and a great second. For their final - Cat The soloists, friends again at the end way to end the concert. of The Cat Duet Duet - they both got into character and gave an amusing performance The audience feedback as they left the concert and interpretation of a song with very few was extremely positive and they had enjoyed words. These were 2 performers whose an afternoon of songs performed by some talent kept the audience spellbound. very gifted people. If you enjoyed this concert make sure you keep 18 November 2017 free The concert finished with 3 ensemble so you can come and listen to the 6th Concert pieces. The first was Rutter’s ‘For the of Let The Chilterns Sing. More photos are Beauty of the Earth’, sung by CVMVC and available on and Halton Military Wives, a beautiful piece can be sent digitally for a small donation to of music sensitively sung. Halton Military Save the Children.

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Parish Quiz 2016 Once again, Cllr Alan Myers provided all the questions and was the Quiz master with a light touch for Wendover Parish Quiz, a fixture of Autumn in Wendover. He was ably assisted by Chloe Gurney who did all the administration for him. Wendover Parish Council provided the scorers and timekeepers although an audience member helped out as scorer for one session. Well done to all the teams who came along to pit their wits against neighbours, family and friends thereby providing an amusing entertainment on dark evenings. There are many regular teams, some of whom have been competing since 1991 but new teams come along every year and are very welcome. The relaxed setting of the Bowls Club in Dobbins Lane is an ideal venue as it has a bar to further add to the enjoyment. Teams of three compete against one another on Thursday evenings in November and December. if your family, friends or organisation would like to participate, please contact uk before Friday 1 September 2017.

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Wendover Parish Council feels that it is Amenities Committee and Parish Council are important to clarify some misunderstandings publicised and held in public. that have resulted from the recent This outline was publicised at council 07769600050 07804982435 07714673534 improvements to the Manor Waste. meetings, including the Annual Parish The Manor Waste project was carried out Meeting, where Councillors and the because this busy area was worn down designer were available to discuss the Satisfaction assured by heavy use that resulted in 370 broken project. Wherever possible the wishes of the slabs and uneven cobbles. Because of community were sought and listened to and the unevenness the area had become the design was adjusted over a period of 4 or difficult for users with mobility issues and 5 years. It came a long way in that time, from unpleasant for even younger people with a black and white colour scheme with large prams. Adverse comments were received; concrete balls to what we see today. many villagers had fallen and/or injured Your local independent gym themselves on the old surface. Councillors engaged with thousands of people Pay monthly - no contract to arrive at the hundreds of detailed survey The Parish Council started to develop a plan responses that informed the final design. Choice of 5 with a simple objective. That was to make the Membership Options area stronger, safer and more useful for all. The consensus led to a design that broadly To arrange a visit contact Camilla on 07748 596607 01296 623453

An outline design was commissioned from a speaking, updated the 1977 take on the space with a smoother surface with more seating. local architect. Wendover Parish Council does not accept The final design was then presented to the that its proposals were not sufficiently planning authority, AVDC, and when they open to public scrutiny – meetings of the gave the go ahead the work began.

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refurbishment In response to some specific questions on the design published in Wendover News.... • Access: The dropped kerbs in the Manor Waste area are to facilitate access for buggies/prams, mobility scooters and wheelchairs and not for vehicles, so there is no need for retractable bollards at these points. The kerb line has been maintained and retractable bollards have been installed where vehicles are to gain access. • Tactile Paving: Tactile surfaces act as a warning of change for pedestrians with sight challenges. The paving works in with a number of other techniques used by the visually impaired pedestrian. • Drainage: The new surface has been laid to the pre-existing fall with a new gulley installed to assist drainage. It seems to work quite well. Wendover Parish Council believes that the design brief was fit for purpose and that the outcome is going to serve the village for many, many years. The works were carried

out in accordance with current planning regulations. The Parish Council would also like to respond to those that have written in support of the development. The Council sends its gratitude to those that have offered support for the development, those that completed the consultation questionnaire and those that contributed ideas and opinions at public meetings or by discussing with Councillors. Ella Jones, Clerk to the Council I have been following the Manor Waste debate with interest. Following Belinda Brackley’s well-researched letter about policy and the impact of this refurbishment on the surrounding Conservation Area, there are important lessons by the District Council and future applicants for funds received through AVDC. As an ex-Independent District Councillor for Wendover and Halton and a member of AVDC’s Planning Committee, conservation area issues frequently arose. My thoughts are : policy – Local Authorities

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The Manor Waste, cont’d - of which our Parish Council is one - have permitted development powers therefore they did not need planning permission to refurbish the Manor Waste. Impact - I would have thought that prior to any decisions about the overall look of the Manor Waste, contact could have been established with the Conservation Officer to seek their informal views on a design that would blend in better with the surrounding Conservation Area and advice asked about a solution to the Health and Safety issue raised by the cobbled section of the old Manor Waste. In Aylesbury’s Market Square, AVDC’s solution Ian Phipps MCFHP MAFHP was to shave the tops of the cobbles, Foot Health Practitioner removing the problem whilst retaining this (Wendover - based) pleasing aspect of the Square. However considering the amount of money spent on Home visits - 01296 696032 this refurbishment it would be impractical to Surgery at the Belmore Centre replace this inappropriate design – surface 01296 612361 colours more suited to Oxfordshire and style more suited to a modern environment - so I Registered member of the hope that the PC looks into low cost options British Association of Foot Health Professionals for addressing those issues.

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Our District Councillors could have a big role to play by ensuring that any other Parish Councils receiving money from the District Council for similar projects in conservation areas are advised by the Council to seek informal advice from Conservation Officers. I believe this sorry saga has raised issues of national importance which our District Councillors should raise in full Council. It is irrational to have policies which ensure Joe Public living in a Conservation Area must engage with planners on a variety of issues; trees, windows, railings etc. yet once they step out of their house on to the pavement, a Local Authority through permitted development has no such restrictions. I suggest after that full Council discussion, AVDC writes to the Planning Minister proposing that rules be amended so that prior to any permitted development works in Conservation Areas, the advice of Conservation Officers must be sought.




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As we look ahead to the new term at Wendover CE Juniors, we are also reflecting on the busy autumn term just passed. We have been improving our writing across the school and our Year 6 Writing Mentors have been busy organising competitions, encouraging everyone to write short stories. A number of visitors have been in school on special curriculum days, including a Forensic Science Day and Hindu Workshop. It has been lovely to welcome members of the local Churches to lead collective worship in school as well as our school choir singing at the RAF Halton carol service. Throughout this year we are strengthening our links with the local community. Our school council has recently organised a charity fundraiser for Lindengate, visiting the allotments to find out more about the charity. We are also working with Lindengate as we restore our Peace Garden. In October, Megan and Aidan, two of our Junior Road Safety Officers, attended a ModeShift Stars

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awards ceremony in London, together with staff members Liz Meadows and Catriona Martin. ModeShift Stars is a national scheme which recognises schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting sustainable travel. We were delighted to win ‘School of the Region’ for the South East as well as an award for promoting walking. In addition, the school received Gold Accreditation this year through the ModeShift Stars scheme.

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Club Corner to brush up your bird ID skills join our walk at Tring reservoirs also on Saturday 28 January (details at or if some warm indoors activity is more your thing come to our talk on ‘Birds and Climate Change’ by the chief scientist of the BTO on Tuesday 17 January (see What’s On).

Wendover Sparrowhawks

The Sparrowhawks have just held their Annual General Meeting, where last year’s committee was re-elected with some additional members joining the team. The Club are so grateful to all of the Committee for their continued dedication and support but a special thanks has to go to the Chairwoman, Lucy “The Goose” Adler, without whom the Club would not be where it is today. The Junior Club is the main focus for the coming year and we are excited to invite any 14-16 year old netballers to get in touch for more information ( Training continues through the winter months on the tennis courts next to The Hub at Aston Clinton, Thursday 18.30-19.45. We hope to see you there!

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Congratulations go to Katie Malliff for winning the Under 15 Girls British Squash Championship. The Club will be holding a quiz on 20 January at St Anne’s Hall to help raise funds to support Katie in attending international competitions. Membership continues to increase with new Squash and Tennis members, thanks in part to the coaching teams for both sports. In the coming year we hope to encourage junior players to develop their racket skills through organising combined Tennis and Squash events, full details will be posted at

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The cricket club enjoyed another successful 50/50 Auction this year and they wish to thank all those who provided goods to sell and/or who attended on the day, or provided other support. Lots that sold for a combined £635 were donated and the overall profit was £2,300. Graham Rutherford and Mary Seabrook shared the auctioneering.

Wendover FC – January Update

After a nail biting win in the Berks & Bucks Cup in early December, the 1st Team have reached the quarter finals which makes them the last ADL team standing. What a fantastic achievement for the Black & Golds! To show your support please visit our Facebook page to check the dates of our next fixture. We held our first Wendover FC Quiz Night in late 2016 which saw friends and family come together to test their general knowledge. The night was a roaring success and saw us raise £150.00 for The Chilterns MS Centre. January’s player of the month goes to Tom Fortune. Tom wasn’t a new face at the club when he joined us at the start of the season, but he was the youngest player in our 1st team which saw him be thrown into the deep end, but he has risen to the challenge. Tom has now found himself as first choice left back. Well done!

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Fundraising at The White Swan

Every year, The White Swan pub in Wendover puts together a team to take part in the annual Coombe Hill run to raise money for various charities. Gary Thorne, a regular to the pub, organised the team each year and enjoyed running the race himself and successfully raised a lot of money for charity over the years. Sadly he passed away in February of this year after a short battle with lung cancer and 2 brain tumours, so it was decided this year’s run would be in memory of Gary and the sponsorship money raised would go to Brain Tumour Research and the Aylesbury Area Disabled Club. The run was due to take place on Sunday 4 September. Unfortunately the official run was cancelled at short notice, but as so many runners from the pub had already “signed up” and raised a lot of sponsorship money, we decided to go ahead with it anyway but make it more of a “fun run” meaning we had the best turnout ever with 23 runners / walkers taking part. It was a great day and we raised an impressive £3357... and still counting... Many thanks to the runners/walkers, those that helped with the organising and sponsoring of the T-shirts, and generally for all the support on the day. Sarah Kerley Ed: When there was a mess to clear up eg broken glass, left from the revellers, by the Clock Tower, Gary always organised a working party early on New Year’s morning. See news/tribute-gary-thorne (page 28, May 2016 print edition). Please mention Wendover News when responding to adverts

Local Face: Katie Malliff Katie is 13 years old, and was born and bred in Wendover. She is a pupil at Tring School. Katie is England No 1 under 15 squash champion and destined to be a future star in this sport. She has realistic ambitions to be World Champion. Katie has recently won the British Closed under 15 Championship, despite having only just turned 13. She is accustomed to competing way above her age group, being the under 19 Bucks ladies champion, and regularly beating adult men when she plays for the Wendover Men’s Squash team in the Bucks leagues. Katie is a member of the Wendover Tennis and Squash club, and this is her squash base. She is often to be found in the squash club helping with training the junior squad, or training with her stepsister Olivia before and after school, and at the weekend. She is coached locally by her mum, Tricia Malliff, and also by Steve Evans and Adam Fuller.

Tricia is the squash coach at Wendover. Tricia has grown the junior squash members at Wendover to over 80 children, all of whom play squash weekly at this small club. The ethos is one of enjoyment over competition, and this is evident both day to day at the squash club, and during Katie’s own squash activities. That being said Katie has an enormous will to win, and is incredibly resilient even on the odd occasion when she is not ahead in a game. She invariably comes out with a win. The discipline required to improve her squash abilities, and the confidence that this has given Katie, has also helped her to improve her academic performance at school.

Team – and is the youngest girl by two years. She travels to Manchester monthly for training in all aspects of the game. Katie recently travelled to Holland to play, and in fact win, the Dutch Open under 15 Championship. This was a massive win, playing against girls from all over the world, and beating the Egyptian first seed in the final. This trip was generously funded by the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust, to whom Katie is very grateful. In mid-December, Katie traveled to the USA to play the US Junior Open in New Haven, Connecticut. In order to develop, Katie has to play an increasing number of international tournaments. Wendover Tennis and Squash club are immensely proud of this young, incredibly modest and well adjusted player, and wish to support her in any way possible. They intend to run a fund raising quiz night at St Anne’s Hall on 20 January to raise funds for Katie to be able to travel to more tournaments. Tables are for 8 people - £10 per head to include supper.

Katie has a very supportive family, all of whom (thankfully) share her love of the sport. She is incredibly well grounded for a child who is so successful and talented. She Katie is a multifaceted athlete, having played attends a local school and trains hard, but football and rugby as a younger child. She can despite being an elite athlete manages the If you would like to support in any way, turn her talents to play many other sports, life of a normal 13 year old girl. please contact Ann Cooke on 01296 620007, including hockey, netball and tennis, but or Tricia Wright on 01296 624693 – or if you her main love at the moment is squash. This Katie has now been identified as very would like to come to the quiz or make up a passion, and probably her ability, may have talented by England squash. She is one of table for the event, please get in touch with something to do with the fact that her mother, only 10 children in the England Development Ann or Tricia. Please help support Katie!


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Art with Wendy Lewis, St Anne’s Hall 11.30-14.00 Mon, 14.00-16.00 Tue Fitness with JBD Fitness & Dance - 10.00 Mon Elles Parish Hall/18.15 Tue Princes Risborough Water Babies, Chilterns MS Centre pool, Mon 9-11.30, Tue 10-12.30, Fri 9.30-12.30, Sat 8.30-12.30 Cornelli Sugarcraft cake decorating courses. Topics vary, see website for details. Adult & Teenager Yoga Classes. Contact Sarah to book. Yoga classes with Zest Yoga, Halton Tennis Centre Fitness Studio, see advert page 11 Pilates, Halton Tennis Centre. Times & costs vary, see website for details Zumba with Nikki, Mon & Thu 1815 Halton School, Sat 0930 Wendover Jr School FabricHQ sewing. Topics, times & locations vary, see website for details Badminton Club. 19.45-21.45 Mon, beginners 18.45-19.45 Fri, John Colet School Cat Booker Fitness classes, times & locations vary, see website for details Wendover Fitness classes, times & locations vary, see website for details The Rotary Club of Wendover & District. For meeting times see website Tai Chi for Beginners, Green Park Stay & Play (term time only), RAF Halton HIVE, Trinity Centre, £1 Hartbeeps Music Classes for children, Legion Hall, Chiltern Road, see website for details Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue. Tai Chi & Qigong Classes, Your Cafe in Park 6 & 7pm Tue, St Anne’s Hall noon Wed Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell Thames Valley Police at Wendover Community Library Hatha yoga— Tue 19.00-20.30 Wen Mem Hall; Fri 09.30-11.00 & 11.20-12.50, St Anne’s Hall PlainStitch sewing classes. Topics & times vary. PlainStitch Workrooms, above 8 High St PlainStitch weekly social sewing. Topics & times vary. PlainStitch Workrooms, above 8 High St Colour Wheel Art Class, all topics, Ellesborough Parish Hall Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for moderate walk 1-1.5 hours Bounce & Rhyme (term time only), Library Room, FREE Golden Girls exercise class for ladies 55+, St Anne’s Hall Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall (winter 20.15, summer 19.00) Halton Singers, Halton Village Hall Whitchurch Morris Men Practice Session, Wilstone Village Hall HP23 4PE Jodie Digby Fitness courses, various locations Cycle Rides with Local Cycle Touring Clubs Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard Doodle Caboodle Soft Play Sessions, Wendover Memorial Hall, Term Time Only. Halton UK Cycling Club, details from OTEC bikes Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, £6, pay-as-you-go Halton Military Wives Choir rehearsals, see advert page 2 Adult Swimming Classes, Wendover Pool Sketch Club, £10 per session, Wendover Library Room Aylesbury Sub-Aqua Club at Green Park Pool (term time only) RAF Assn Halton and Ayles Branch clubhouse open to public, Bldg 259 RAF Halton Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste Fun Dog Training, Ellesborough Parish Hall Stay & Play (term time only), Wendover Children's Centre (bi-weekly) Healing Meditation Group 19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 Dance. Wendover Memorial Hall. Taekwondo for ages 5 and up, Wendover CofE Junior School Scottish Country Dancing with Lucy Clark Scottish Country Dance Club, Oldham Hall HP16 0AZ Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover. Noah's Ark parent-toddler group (term time only), Wendover Christian Centre Healing Meditation Group, £10 Lipreading and Hearing Loss Course, Library Room, new term starts 30 Sep Amazing Donkey Youth Club for 10-14 year olds (term time only), Wen Youth Ctre “Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church JAZZERCISE classes to suit you. Rookie Lifeguard Classes for 8-12 year olds (term time only), Green Park Pool Cycle Rides with Aylesbury Cycling UK, locations vary Bingo at the Legion Club, Chiltern Road, all welcome

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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

View from the Chair

This will be my last ‘View’ as Chair of Wendover Parish Council as I will be standing down at the end of December. A new Chair will be elected at the January PC meeting and whilst it is sad personally, I think the time is right to let another Councillor take over the reins. I have been Chair for the last six and a half years and there have been many highlights and quite a few challenges. A recent highlight for me has been the appointment of Ella Jones as Parish Clerk. After a series of clerks Ella has added a very professional slant to the post. Ella and her team have achieved a lot in the short time they have been together and I look forward to things progressing further in the future. Other highlights include: reinforcement of relationships with organisations in the Village – Wendover Society, St Marys and the other churches, the Wendover schools, neighbouring Parish Councils, especially Halton, the Cricket Club, other Sports clubs and organisations, and the introduction, albeit slowly, of Project Management to the huge array of projects that WPC is involved with. A key challenge has been trying to unify the approach of getting better mitigation for Wendover from HS2 Ltd. I consider one of my failures was not managing to reduce the average age of councillors. Unless younger people stand up to be counted the Parish Council will not

be quorate in ten years time. Events such as the Christmas switch on don’t just happen. A lot of planning and hard work is necessary. With devolution of services to Parishes, financial challenges and the production of a Neighbourhood Plan on next year’s Agenda we need all the help we can get. I stand down as Chair knowing that the Councillors are more of a team than they were when we started – maybe it was the special bonding sessions that we arranged in the early days! I would like to thank all Parish Councillors both past and present for their support during my term as Chair. It’s been a privilege to serve the people of Wendover. Thank you to you all. Robert Duggan

Parish Council Meeting Thursday 5 January 7.30pm St Anne’s Hall

Shop Window Competition

In the end Eileen’s florists won because it made us smile. The dynamic fun of the penguin ski race and the amusing quotations made us linger and it was picked unanimously. Second was Scruples and third place went to the Flower Gallery. Wendover Parish Council would like to thank each of the retailers who made a Christmas window this year. Your brilliant shop windows make a major contribution to the Christmas atmosphere.

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Fallen Tree at Heron Path

On Thursday 17 November very strong winds caused a large ash tree at the bottom of Witchell Meadow to fall across the Heron path. The tree damaged another large tree, some smaller trees, the dog waste bin and the power cable for the streetlights.

Wendover is blessed with some very creative retailers and that posed a problem for the judges of the Best Christmas Window display. How do you pick a winner from so many great windows? The path was cleared by Sunday and other damaged trees were cleared by a tree surgeon for the value of the wood over the next few days. The live cable was made safe that afternoon and repaired by Tuesday. A notice offering residents the chance to take wood away and make donations has helped with the unexpected costs. Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU

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