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Wendover on Sea Relax on the beach at The Barn Courtyard, 25 High Street, HP22 6DU, on Tuesday 12 August. Bring a picnic and enjoy FREE Punch and Judy Show, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Sand Pits, Sand Castle Competition. Wendover Remembers There is a group in Wendover which is trying to coordinate all the Remembrance Activities which are expected to happen over the centennial years of World War One. The intention is not to stifle originality but to make sure that events do not impinge on one another. If you are thinking of organising such an event, please contact From this month forward, there will be an article in each edition of Wendover News using historical documents to records how the War was affecting local life, see page 9.

also to contact anyone who has a relative who was affected by World War One, again, please use the contact details on the Matters Arising page. If you would like to participate in Lights Out on Monday 4 August, please see Wendover will be remembering the outbreak of war at 11pm that day by the War Memorial. This is particularly poignant for those aged 18 to 41, the usual recruitment age range, all welcome.

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Wendover Remembers is particularly keen to have sight of any copies of Wendover Magazine from the time and

RAF Flypast dates: Tuesday 5 & 19 August 1.30pm To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast (weather permitting).

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Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £15 : 20 words Fri 01 19.00 Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Sense & Sensibility, Waddesdon Manor, 01296 653226, see page 4 SAT 02 10.30-11.30 Raymond Sweeting “Making the most of a foreign language”. Wendover Community Library see p3 SUN 03 09.30 Easy circular 20 mile cycle ride from Stoke Mandeville Stadium, details from Gloria 07545 916398, see p 4 SUN 03 10.00-16.00 Map Reading Course, Wendover Woods, bookings & details via SUN 03 09.30 Faster, Moderate cycle ride from Butlers Cross to Waterperry Gdns, Mon 04 21.45 Royal British Legion Commemorative Vigil, Aston Clinton War Memorial Mon 04 22.00 Lights Out anywhere - see Mon 04 23.00 Wendover Remembers Commemorative Service at the War Memorial from 22.00, see page 4 Tue 05 10.00-12.00 Mums & Daughters Pillowcase Class, £40, St Anne’s Hall, contact Deb 07903 743293 for details or to book Tue 05 Bug Hotels/Wormery Building, Wendover Community Library. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. see ad p3 Wed 06 09.30 Easy cycle ride from Wendover Clock Tower to North Marston, Wed 06 09.30 Cycle rides from Butlers Cross to Buckingham & Stratton Audley, Wed 06 19.00-21.00 Monthly wine club, No2 Pound Street, annual membership £25 (one night only £5), no booking necessary Wed 06 20.00 The Comedy of Errors. Performances 6-10 August at Pendley Manor 01442 820060, see advert below Thu 07 10.30 & 11.30 Family History Sessions with Cathy Soughton, booking essential, Wendover Library Thu 07 19.00-20.00 Wendover Library Reading Group (1st Thursday each month), Library Room, contact 07979 855047 SAT 09 10.00-16.00 Food, Drink & Jazz on the Manor Waste SAT 09 10.30 Informal Book Club (no set reading), Wendover Christian Centre SAT 09 10.30-11.30 Raymond Sweeting “Making the most of a foreign language”. Wendover Community Library see p3 SAT 09 14.00 Weston Turville Horticultural Society Annual Show, Weston Turville Village Hall, see page 4 SAT 09 & SUN 10 20.00 Pendley Shakespeare Festival, The Comedy of Errors at Pendley Manor 01442 820060, see ad p2 Mon 11 (morning) & Tue 12 (evening) Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (2nd week each month), contact 07890 973751 Tue 12 Animal Roadshow - Wendover Community Library. BOOKING / PREPAYMENT ESSENTIAL. see advert p3 Tue 12 10.30 4.5 mile leisurely walk around Great Kimble with the Ramblers, details from Brian 01844 292466 Tue 12 19.45 Informal Meeting, Wendover Evening WI, St Anne’s Hall, see page 5 Wed 13 19.00 Grandparents’ Support Group Monthly Meeting , Holiday Inn, Aston Clinton 07949 640156 for details Wed 13 09.30 Faster longer cycle ride from Wendover Clock Tower to Chalgrove Wed 13 20.00 Pendley Shakespeare Festival presents Hamlet. 13-17 August, Pendley Manor. 01442 820060, see advert below Thu 14 10.30 Wendover Twinning Association Monthly Coffee Morning (2nd Thursday each month), Red Lion, all welcome Thu 14 10.30-11.30 Tea and Talk - Jacqui Keyes “My life as a film extra”, Wendover Community Library Room, see ad page 3 Fri 15 19.00 Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents The Jungle Book, Waddesdon Manor. 01296 653226, see page 4 SAT 16 09.00-13.00 Wendover Local Produce Market, Manor Waste. SAT 16 13.30-17.00 Bucks Family History Society Meeting, Prebendal Farm Comm Ctre HP19 7QT, see page 5 SAT 16 & SUN 17 Pendley Shakespeare Festival presents Hamlet at Pendley Manor, Box office 01442 820060, see ad below SUN 17 09.30 Moderate cycle ride, Clock Tower to Potten End, details SUN 17 10.00-14.00 Princes Risborough Market, High St Princes Risborough. Free Parking. SUN 17 10.00-16.00 Free Dr Bike checks & cycling advice, Manor Waste, see page 5 SUN 17 14.00 Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Cream Tea, Cholesbury Common HP5 2UH, all proceeds to CDRS, see page 5 Tue 19 14.00 Teddy Bears Picnic BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Wendover Community Library, see advert page 3 Tue 19 14.30-15.30 Knit & Natter, free social knitting group (3rd Tuesday each month), Wendover Community Library Thu 21 10.15-11.45 “Sages” senior age fellowship (3rd Thursday each month) Wendover Christian Centre SUN 24 & MON 25 15.00-17.00 Cream Teas, St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville, see ad this page Wed 27 09.30 Cycle ride Wendover Clock Tower to Northall, details Fri 29 10.30 Mask-making (6years+). Wendover Community Library. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. see advert p3 SAT 30 Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents a Midsummer Night’s Dream at National Trust, Cliveden, see page 4 SUN 31 10.00 9 mile moderate circular walk from Wendover Woods to Cholesbury, details 01296 651653 or 07432 572534 SUN 31 15.00-17.00 Cream Teas, St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville, see ad this page

SALLY TURNER ANTIQUES Cabinets and drawers have been cleared of stock and prices slashed to £10 or less Due to popular demand, sale continues until mid-August Hogarth House, High Street, Wendover 01296 624402 Customer car park through archway

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The Rotary Club of Wendover & District. For meeting times see 13.30-15.00 Stepping Stones— Appt Only—Transition to First School, Wen Children’s Ctre: 01296 621143 19.00 Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue. Call Nikki 07868 873911

Tue & Wed 19.30 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell. Details 01296 624089 Tuesdays 10.00 Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for moderate walk 1-1.5 hours. Details 01494 475367 Tuesdays (bi-weekly) 13.30-15.00 Multiple Magic—support group for multiple births, Wen Children’s Ctre, 01296 621143 Tuesdays 13.30-15.30 artsmart Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Wendy Lewis Studio, Wendover 01494 670372 Tuesdays 19.30 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell Tuesdays 20.00 Wheelers & Dealers, Square Dance Club, Wendover Memorial Hall 07731 776654 Tuesdays 20.00 IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall, or call 01296 612632 Tuesdays 20.00-22.00 Halton Singers, Halton Village Hall, details 01296 398554 or Wednesdays Wednesdays

10.30-12.30 Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard 18.45 Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, £6, pay-as-you-go, contact Justine 07773 047684

Thursdays 09.00-16.00 Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste Thursdays (bi-weekly) (evening) Healing Meditation Group, contact Louise 01296 696285, Thursdays 19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 Dance. Wendover Memorial Hall. Details 01442 865734 Thursdays 19.00 Taekwondo for ages 5 and up, Wendover CofE Junior School, Thursdays 19.45 Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover. Details 01296 620450 Thursdays 19.30-23.00 RAF Association Halton and Aylesbury Branch clubhouse open to public, Bldg 259 RAF Halton Thursdays 20.00 Pregnancy yoga classes; Halton Village Hall, 01296 624004, Fridays Hatha yoga—gentle 09.30, stronger 11.15, Halton Village Hall, 01296 624004, Fridays 10.00 Zumba Gold, St Anne’s Hall Fridays 10.00 Churches together in Wendover: Noah’s Ark Parent & Toddler Group, Wendover Christian Centre Fridays (bi-weekly) 10.00-12.00 Healing Meditation Group, £10, contact Louise 01296 696285, Fridays 14.00-15.30 Bumps and Babies (siblings welcome), Wendover Children’s Centre, 01296 621143 Fridays 19.00-21.00 Amazing Donkey Youth Club, contact Paul Hammett 01296 621162 Fridays 19.30 “Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church, contact @stmarys 01296 623123 SATURDAYS

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See also, Wendover Hardware on the Manor Waste and 2 and 9 August 10.30-11.30 Raymond Sweeting “Making the most of a community notice boards in Budgens & Costa foreign language” ADH Window Cleaning: Patio & Decking pressure washing 20% discount; 25% off conservatory roof cleaning! New Customers £15 to charity on your first clean along with 10% discount A Little Bird Gallery: Buy 10 cards and get 11th FREE Cambridge Weight Plan: 01296 623560, 10% off for initial appointment Costa: 10% discount (cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer) Hemingford Pest Control: £5 OFF all WASP treatments, 07736 327808 Ivan Cammack: £25 off when you spend £125 or more on a new pair of prescription spectacles or £25 towards the price of a new supply of contact lenses. Terms & conditions apply. Le Bistro: complimentary bottle of house red or white with two main courses from a la carte menu available Tue-Thu, conditions apply, 622092 Maria Bray Nutritional Therapist: 10% off for initial appointment, 581561 No2 Pound Street: FREE coffee or tea when you buy a slice of cake Perry House Dental Surgery: 30% off bleaching, subject to conditions Red Lion: 20% off food on our restaurant and bar menus every Sunday in August after 5pm Simon Carter: 10% off all accessories The Bakers Shop meal deal: freshly made just for you ONLY £2.75 1 sandwich + 1 selected canned drink The Village Gate: 20% off food bill, when a minimum of two adults order a main course each, Monday to Thursday 01296 623884 Twist: Mon-Thurs any glass of wine upgrade from 125 to 175ml Village Environment Services: 20% discount on accepted estimate for CCTV drain survey or drain clearance, 07850 635844, offer ends Jan 2015 Wendover Wood 01296 623869: £18 per hour for support on IT including software, hardware and applications Whitewaters: Between 9.30 and 11.30am buy any hot drink and have a FREE filter coffee / tea top-up.

5 August 3.00 Bug Hotels/Wormery Building BOOKING ESSENTIAL 12 August ANIMAL ROADSHOW—BOOKING/PREPAYMENT ESSENTIAL 14 August 10.30 -11.30 Jacqui Keyes - “My life as a film extra”(Families welcome) 19 August 2.00 Teddy Bears Picnic BOOKING ESSENTIAL 29 August 10.30 Mask-making (6 years+) BOOKING ESSENTIAL 18 September : Library Charity Golf Day at Whiteleaf Golf Course. Please support us. Entry forms in the library. Don’t forget Knit & Natter and Family History Sessions each month, too! Bounce & Rhyme and Fun Fact Fridays will resume in September. Book of the Month: ”Him and Me” by Jack & Michael Whitehall

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12 July to September, Wendover Library Our library summer reading challenge this year has a myths & legends theme, although children are encouraged to read whatever they like - and children No fencing job too small who are not yet able to read can read together with 07769 600050 an adult or older sibling, as long as they are able to 07810 413008 try to evaluate the book by way of a star rating. 01494 571096 Completers will be awarded stickers along the way and a certificate and a medal, to be given out at the end of September at a special awards ceremony at L & C HOME IMPROVEMENTS the library. The library also has other activities scheduled throughout the summer, see ad page 3.  For all your DIY needs  Excellent rates Sense and Sensibility  All jobs considered Fri 1 Aug, 7pm, Waddesdon Manor  No job too small This year marks Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s 15th 07532 384103 or 01296 589558 year of touring UK and Ireland, bringing to life some of literature’s best loved classics in magical outdoor M J Electrical performances that are great fun for all the family. Doors Engineering Ltd open at 6pm. Refreshments will be available. Booking All electrical work undertaken Office (01296) 653226 Adult £14 / Child £10, Family NICEIC Approved Contractor (2 Adults & 2 Children) £42. Other upcoming local performances include: Waddesdon Manor. Friday 15 Call Mike on: August - The Jungle Book. National Trust, Cliveden. 01296 630703 Saturday 30 August - A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 07530 899434

Newcomers CTC Cycle Ride Sun 3 Aug, 9.30am, Stoke Mandeville Stadium Especially for newcomers and those wanting to try club cycling. Circular route of around 20 miles with

coffee stop. Any bike welcome that is roadworthy. If unsure, contact Gloria on 07545 916398.

Afternoon Teas Sun 3 Aug, St. Michael’s, Halton Village To commemorate the outbreak of World War One, there will be afternoon teas at St. Michael’s, Halton followed by a themed Choral Evensong.

Lights Out Mon 4 Aug 10-11pm, anywhere “Lights Out” is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm, leaving on a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection, see also

Wendover Remembers Mon 4 Aug, from 10pm, War Memorial To mark the centenary of the declaration of war, people aged 18 to 41 in particular are invited to gather at the War Memorial at 11pm for a short commemorative service. All ages very welcome.

Annual Show Sat 9 Aug, 2pm, Weston Turville Village Hall Weston Turville Horticultural Society presents its annual show. Schedules of classes will be available from the village shops - vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, floral art, children’s classes – something for everyone. Entrants from any of the surrounding villages welcome. The Show is a great afternoon out – in addition to the

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competition classes there will be refreshments, a plant stall, a dog show, a bee display, children’s games and more. Join in or come and enjoy a fun afternoon. For more information please contact Jo Spencer on 01296 612817.

Wendover Evening WI Tue 12 Aug, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall The subject is “The Knitted Garden”. Lisa Green will explain the “Garden” which she and five other ladies have created through their knitting. Lisa says, “The Garden does make people smile.” Visitors are most welcome. Contact Margaret Cu rrell on 01296 582318 or see .

Bucks Family History Society Sat 16 Aug, 1.30pm for 2pm, Prebendal Farm Community Centre HP19 7QT Family History Talk: Using A Computer Program For Family History. Almost anyone new to family history will want to use a computer program to store all their research data. Dave Foster will take us through the many things that a program can do to help with your research. This talk is suitable for family history beginners, those just starting to use a computer to help their research or anyone who already uses a computer but would like to explore some features that they may not have tried yet. Non-members very welcome. A small donation is appreciated. Free help available - our Names


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Database and libraries are available for consultation at most of our Aylesbury meetings. Come along to see how the Society can help you.

Cycling Help Sun 17 Aug, 10am-4pm, Manor Waste Have your bike safety checked free of charge by a professional bike mechanic. Cycle-tech’s Martin Wilkins made the offer to carry out these free checks after the success of Get Wendover Cycling’s family cycle ride at which he offered the same service. Martin’s mobile workshop will be on the Manor Waste Wendover from 10am to 4pm on the above mentioned date so why not come along and get your bike checked free of charge. Any parts that you may decide to have replaced and he has with him, such as cables, will need to be paid for. For more information contact Chris Peeler 01296 624089 or Brian Bostock 01296 624694 or visit

CDRS Cream Tea Sun 17 Aug, 2pm, Cholesbury Common HP5 2UH Treat yourself to delicious home made scones and cakes. Stalls include bric-a-brac, cards and gifts, tombola, books and jewellery. All proceeds to Chilterns Dog Rescue Society.

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

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Theatre in the Villages

Wendover Free Church Remembers Sat 13 Sept 11am-4.30pm, Wen Christian Centre More than twenty men from Wendover Baptist & Congregational Churches lost their lives in World War One. Wendover Free Church will remember and honour the sacrifice made by members of its two founding churches with carefully researched displays about each name on our memorial boards. You’ll also be able to enjoy songs and poetry from the era, listen to talks about the “Great War” and try out games children played at the time. And what food was being consumed at home and in the trenches? Come and sample WW1 food in our “trench café” (which will, we promise, be better than it sounds!). More details soon.

Tring Market Auctions charity evening

Tue 30th Sept, 7.30pm Tring Market Auctions, Brook Street, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 5EF BRENDAN MCFALL The Chilterns MS Centre will be hosting a valuation and live auction at the Tring Market PAINTER & DECORATOR Auctions. An opportunity to have a special item INTERIOR & EXTERIOR MOBILE LANDLINE or two valued, enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles, 07581 693653 01296 613669 and take part in a live auction with professional auctioneer Stephen Hearn.

Sat 18 Oct, 7.30pm, Wendover Memorial Hall Sponsored by AVDC and now in its sixteenth year, this programme enables a wide variety of professional entertainment to play in communities where performances of such high standard are not normally available. In these days of austerity, the programme can only be run on a breakeven basis. So without strong support of the villages, this source of so many cultural delights will simply disappear. This year we have chosen Faust a new actormusician adaption of Goethe’s epic tale of morality and the supernatural revamped into a beautiful and thrilling musical for modern audiences. The Brighton Argus wrote this fullblooded, sensuous spin on Faust has a rare power. It won the Argus Angel Award and picked up a string of five star reviews at Brighton’s fringe festival. Any surplus beyond breakeven will help save lives and improve life chances of orphans in remote Ugandan villages through the work of local charity Bega kwa Bega. 4 Pound Street HP22 6EJ 01296 622092

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the portakabin and the first of the polytunnels has already been cleared, As a local charity with the rest to follow shortly. We’ve had supporting those great support for our volunteer days and dealing with mental evenings in July (more very welcome!) – health issues through keep an eye on our website – gardening and – and our horticulture we’ve Facebook and Twitter pages for new dates had some great news recently with two substantial as they emerge. If you want more information just grants from the Community Chest (AVDC and email us at Vale of Aylesbury Housing) and the first ever grant awarded by the “Prevention Matters” campaign from Bucks CC. Marie Curie Cancer Care


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Wendover Month by month for the next four years this column will describe how the First World War affected the people of Wendover and how they dealt with the new and extraordinary circumstances that arose exactly 100 years ago.

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In fact, the outbreak of war came as something of a surprise. The Bucks Herald of 1 August referred to “peace and war trembling in the balance”, but the paper was more concerned with the forthcoming Bank Holiday events. August 1914 Among them was The First World War was the Wendover triggered by the assassination of Amateur Floral and the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Horticultural Empire, Archduke Franz Association Annual Ferdinand, at Sarajevo on 28 June Show which was to 1914. The assassin was Gavrilo Photo ©: BCC centre for Buckinghamshire studies be held in the Pricip, a 19 year-old Serbian Manor Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday, 3 nationalist. During the following five weeks the August. The Wendover Prize Brass Band was ambitions of the European States for power to provide the music and attractions and territory, fuelled by misunderstandings included a wheelbarrow race and a cricket and a complicated series of alliances, led to the match – Wendover Gentlemen (bowling and start of a long and horrific war. fielding with the left hand) against The Lee It was these events and Britain’s entry Ladies. The Gentlemen managed to win and into the war that the Headmaster of one of their opening batsmen was a Wendover School, Arthur Molineux, felt Wendover school teacher, Arthur Gomm. “compelled to put on record”. The School Log Book entry for 4 August read: The School Log Book for 4 August recorded: “England today declared war on Germany, “Mr A. G. Gomm, certified assistant, has who refuses to respect the neutrality of joined the Territorial Forces for home and Belgium, and thus we have England, foreign service . . . I propose to record the Belgium, France and Russia as allies, names of all “old boys” of the school who commencing active operations against served in any of his Majesty’s Forces on land Germany and Austria. History will be able or sea”. There follows a list, inserted after to prove whether the action of Serbia is the war, of 75 former pupils, the great the cause or only the pretext for war”. majority of whom served in the County

Regiment, the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. The military career of Arthur Gomm was varied and full of incident. On 13 August 1915 he was seriously wounded, “when a fragment of shrapnel shell struck him on the shoulder and passed right through his arm ... The latest news we have of him, we are glad to say, is quite favourable”. However, because of complications to the wound, Arthur Gomm spent twelve months in hospital. In July 1916 he was discharged and joined the Royal Engineers. In March 1917 he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and served in France. He was eventually demobilised in January 1919. The School Log Book noted on 3 March that, “Mr Gomm resumed duty today after absence on military duty”. He was one of the lucky ones. The Bucks Herald of 8 August 1914 reported that “so far as this district is concerned there is a dearth of topics for comment this week”. Just one week later, the same newspaper noted that over 30 men from Wendover had joined the army; that the Vicar, the Rev C C Sharpe, was conducting daily Intercessions for those at the Front; and that a large number of ladies were “considering what can be done on behalf of the sick and the wounded”. The war had arrived in Wendover.

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Wendover Youth Centre Holiday Camp There are still spaces left on all four of the multiactivity days we are holding over the summer. On Thu 24 & 31 July and Thu 14 & 21 Aug we are working with Premier Sport to run sports, drama and other fun activities and the whole day will cost less than £13. Please contact Becky or Premier Sport to book or find out more. Website: email: or

Youth Café July has seen the new Youth Café go from strength to strength. This initiative, supported by Becky, RAF Halton and pupils from John Colet School, is growing in numbers each week. It runs every Wednesday from 1500-1630, and is a place where Years 7 and up can relax and have fun after school. Please feel free to drop in for pool, baby-foot, ping-pong or just a chat with your mates and enjoy your first hot chocolate on us.



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J-S-B The champagne corks have been popping at Calibre Audio Library as the charity celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

between them have volunteered 50 years to the charity, were presented with bouquets and long service badges.

In 1974, three formidable ladies, Monica McMullen, Ros Thornton and Susan Beazley recorded Calibre’s first book, L. M. Mitchell’s Anne of Green Gables for Susan’s partiallysighted son, James. They used the most modern technology of the time - a cassette recorder from where the name Calibre is derived.


Calibre, which provides audio books for people unable to read print, came to Wendover in 1976, then to the Tindal Hospital, Aylesbury in 1980 before moving to its current location in Weston Turville in 1997. In the early days just one sack of books a day was sent out; now 1,800 books are despatched to tens of thousands of members nationwide. Crime writer and Calibre patron, Simon Brett, who has recently won the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger award, gave the keynote speech at a special party. Brenda Horne and Brenda Usherwood, who

Everyone at the party took away a special 40 Anniversary CD which re-tells the history of Calibre including reminiscences of Kim Corbin, who has worked as Calibre since 1980. Other highlights include: the visit by Her Royal Highness Prin cess Alexandra; the Prime Minister David Cameron and his Cabinet recording children’s stories; a feature on “Challenge Anneka”; the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award, and the extensive press coverage following an unprecedented amount of requests for Fifty Shades of Grey from Calibre female members aged over 75yrs.


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Young Flyers

Over 70 local and service schoolchildren took to the skies recently as part of the Young Flyer’s scheme which aims to offer all children, between 8 and 18 years of age, a 20 minute flight in a light aircraft for them to discover the joy and thrill of aviation.

number of RAF parents expected, it also provided a great opportunity for the RAF Benevolent Fund to attend and showcase their latest families’ initiatives.

After a briefing the pilots stand in line to be introduced to their passengers, The concept originated give them a flight in the USA as the Young safety brief and Eagles in 1992 with the then take to the aim of flying 1 million skies and they say The logo of the RAF Benevolent Fund children prior to the that the smiles on Centenary of Flight in 2004 and since its the faces of the children is all the thanks inception, over 1.5 million young people they want. have flown for the first time within the programme. Annually, the RAF Halton Ryan Guest, who just made the age limit Aero Club has organised and hosted an due to turning 18 later in the week, said: event to enable children an opportunity to “It was amazing, the pilot was really good experience aviation and have been and put me at ease. We were so lucky with recognised as flying over 20% of the the weather and the view was stunning.” “Young Flyers” in the UK since running the first event at RAF Halton in 2000. The Also flying was Bethany Lewsley, aged 10, event is completed at the expense of the from Wendover. She said: “It was amazing, participating pilots and those on ground I loved it and was able to work out where duties volunteer their time freely. This my house was on the way back.” year, priority was given to the children of RAF parents serving at RAF, Joint and Neil Burton, who works in the Specialist MOD establishments within a 60-mile Training Squadron at RAF Halton was radius of RAF Halton. With a significant there with his daughter, Elizabeth and her

friend Megan Cronin. Both girls, while posing for their photo with their certificate, said: “It was awesome and so cool. We saw everything and the pilot briefed us about where we were and what we saw. Thank you to our pilot, Rob.” Officer in Charge of the Halton Aero Club, Group Captain Mark Manwaring said “The atmosphere at this year’s Halton Young Flyers was fantastic. The months of planning and preparation paid-off with great weather and a capacity attendance. Over the 4 hours, we flew 107 young aviators around the Vale of Aylesbury from this historic airfield. For the vast majority of the children this was the first time that they had flown in a light aircraft and I am sure that many have left the event with a new-found and hopefully lifelong interest in aviation. I first flew with the Air Cadets when I was 14 years old and have no doubt that this first opportunity changed my life and I hope we have given these youngsters the chance to think the same. We are looking forward to next year’s event, which will also commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Halton Aero Club which formed at RAF Halton in 1925. My thanks go to all at RAF Halton that contributed their time and effort to this memorable day.”

James McCudden Heritage Flight Centre

On the morning of Thursday 26 June 2014, at RAF Halton, something rather special happened: a new section of the Trenchard Museum at RAF Halton was opened - the James McCudden Heritage Flight Centre. This centre is designed to inspire young people of all ages to become interested in the technical aspects of flight. Group visits typically feature schools, Air Training Cadets, RAF recruits and U3A group. Contact details: 01296 656841. James Thomas Byford McCudden, VC, DSO and Bar, MC and Bar, MM, CdeG is reputedly “The most highly decorated pilot of the Great War”. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1913 and came to Halton as a mechanic supporting 3 Squadron aircraft during the army manoeuvres in September that year. He went to France with the squadron on the outbreak of war and rose rapidly to Sergeant in charge of engines while seeing combat as an observer and gunner before returning to England for pilot training in 1916. Francis Hanford, curator of the Trenchard Museum at RAF Halton since 1998, was determined to open a centre to inspire the

youngsters of today to take up aero engineering. He chose James McCudden as the ideal icon being both an extremely competent mechanic and an ace fighter pilot. The centre was opened after 15 short months with the full support of Tom Costello, apprentice 1948-51, who raised £26,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, RAF Charitable Trust and Rolls Royce plc.

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The paintings hung around the walls were printed from original watercolours by Phil Stephenson, an apprentice training at RAF Halton in the late 1930s. One of his paintings (not exhibited) shows RAF Halton on 3 September 1945—the day that war was declared. A display about Frank Whittle, RAF apprentice, explains his story as the inventor of the jet engine. The RAF Charitable Trust funded a flight simulator based on the Chipmunk flying around RAF Halton for visitors to experience. Brian Ellis, an ex-Halton instructor who is chief engineer of the Trenchard Museum, continues to develop educational aids to demonstrate factors affecting flight. His principle projects at the moment are the development of the wind tunnel and the building of a replica aircraft.

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News from Wendover Health Centre 01296 623452 Dr. Moreton’s Retirement Dr Philippa Moreton will be retiring on 1 October 2014 as a partner at Wendover Health Centre. She has served the community of Wendover for 34 years as a GP, and she has gained wide respect for her dedication, professionalism and the compassionate care she has given to all her patients. She will be sorely missed, both by the practice staff and her patients. From 1 August a memory book will be available for patients who wish to record their memories and appreciation of their contact with Dr Moreton over the years. To contribute please visit Reception where the memory book will be kept; alternatively you can send a letter or email to: which will be pasted into the book. Please mark your contribution Memory Book, FAO Ms Enfys Lewis. We will be holding a special event in the Health Centre at the end of September to which all Dr Moreton’s patients will be

welcome. Details will be given in the medication (on a private prescription) where September Wendover News. needed. Dr Rashmi Wimalaratna, who was a GP registrar at Wendover and has been working as a locum with us since, will be taking over Dr Moreton’s patient list. If you are regularly consulting with another doctor in the practice and would like to continue seeing them, please discuss this at your next visit.

Make sure you have suitable travel insurance that covers health emergencies. It is very important that you are truthful about your medical history when buying travel insurance, otherwise you may find yourself facing a huge bill if you get sick while away and have an undeclared medical condition, as the insurance company can refuse to pay your While Dr Moreton will no longer be seeing medical fees. patients, we are fortunate not to be losing her completely, as she has agreed to continue to lead a new project aimed at improving care GP Registrars Our current GP registrars are Dr Nana-Aya for our elderly patients. Dalafu and Dr Cheryl Phillips, who recently returned from maternity leave. GP registrars Travel Reminders If you are planning an overseas holiday this year: are fully qualified doctors who are undergoing We offer the full range of vaccinations in our specialist training in general practice. Travel Clinic. Please return completed travel clinic forms (available o n Changes to our opening hours at least eight weeks We will be closed on Saturday 23 August and before your travel date. We also advise on Monday 25 August for the Summer Bank malaria and provide appropriate preventive Holiday. There is no staff training day in August.


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Aylesbury raises flag for Armed Forces Day RAF Halton personnel have supported two Armed Forces Day flag raising events in Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead. Dignitaries and local people turned out for the short ceremony and in Aylesbury, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Councillor Zafir Mohammed, said: “On behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council I would like to say how proud we are to raise the flag today to commemorate and give thanks to our Armed Forces Family, many of whom are currently serving on operations. Our thoughts are with them and their families as the whole nation joins together this week to pay tribute to them. This year is more important with the anniversary of the start of World War One where so many gave their lives for us.” Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, who took the salute, said: “This is more than a simple flag-raising. This ceremony marks our heartfelt thanks to those in this county who currently serve, have served, or will serve in the armed forces, and it celebrates our very close links in Buckinghamshire between the armed services and local communities.”

Great Missenden honours Armed Forces The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul was packed on Saturday 28 June for a rousing commemorative Proms Concert. The concert, organised by Musical Director Fiona Firth of Singers4all ( ), was the centrepiece of a weekend of Great Missenden events held to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Fiona’s own choirs were joined by pupils from the Misbourne School Harmony Choir and the Great Missenden CofE Combined School singers for some stirring WW1 and WW2 medleys. The Wick Trimmers, local popular folk band, provided some stirring tributes with “100 Years” and the audience, which included armed services veterans, needed no encouragement, joining in for rousing renditions of “It’s a long way to Tipperary”, “Pack up your troubles”, “My old man said follow the van” and, loudest of all, with flags waving, “Jerusalem". Fiona said, “So many people put so much effort into this concert that it was wonderful to see such a massive audience in the church. I was very moved by all the lovely comments we received. It was great

to be able to make our own contribution to the country’s week long events to honour our fantastic armed forces.” To add to the magic and music of the night, Ian Lynch, professional trumpeter accompanied Martin Robson, the wellknown Bass singer in a heartening performance of “The Trumpeter” by J Airlie Dix. He also played the haunting melody of “The Last Post” from the back of the church. Two local theatre and TV actors, David Riccardo-Pearce and Marianne Oldham, read pieces from Noel Coward, Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brook and Robert W. Service. Photos of loved ones who had served in the armed forces were projected on a big screen, bringing back poignant memories for many of the singers and congregation. A moving tribute to end a wonderful evening's entertainment.

Paying too much for your water? Further to Rachel Garver’s letter in the April edition of Wendover News, Parish Councillor and Wendover Society Member Tom Walsh noticed a charge on his water bill from Thames Water for Surface Water Drainage. He was aware that no water from his property ended up in a Thames Water Sewer. He raised this issue with

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Thames Water which resulted in a reduction of around £40 in his bill.

that a whole village was affected by the changes of 2001.

Tom told TWS Chairman Mike Beard about this. Mike, who lives in Walnut Drive, called Thames Water who sent him a simple application form. Within about a week Mike had a letter from Thames Water to say that his claim was successful and his next bill would be reduced. It seems that few houses in Wendover are discharging surface water into Thames Water sewers. For example it might be that all the new properties at PMG are overpaying. Checking your own position is very simple. Just call Thames Water on 0845 641 0086 and ask for a claims form.

As a result, Thames Water have agreed to pay back six years overpayments to everybody in the village, where applicable. They claim this will take quite a while to achieve but I hoped you could let your readers know that they can expect a rebate of up to £128 (2008-2013) as well as the payment of £25 being deducted from this year’s bill. The Water Consumers Council also assure me that they will ensure that Thames Water carry out this action. I would like to thank Rachel Garver, the lady who wrote the article which led us to this outcome. A Evans

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From Butcher’s Boy to Beefeater

Earlier this year, you printed a letter telling us that residents of Wendover were no longer liable to pay for surface water drainage since 2001. Some of us contacted Thames Water to apply for rebates and were unhappy to learn that they were not going to backdate any of our claims. We therefore contacted the Water Consumers Council, who on our behalf, convinced Thames Water that they could have tried harder to contact residents when they first became aware

Geoff Abbott is the author of From Butcher's Boy to Beefeater, and has a local connection. Geoff was sent to RAF Halton for his training when he was 17, just days before the declaration of war. To say Geoffrey Abbott has lived an extraordinary life is something of an understatement. From humble beginnings, working in a butcher’s shop, Geoff proceeded to: serve in the RAF during WWII, endure a torpedo attack, join a big-

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game hunter on safari, befriend astronaut David Scott, “behead” the likes of Tony Robinson and Helen Skelton on TV, become something of a torture connoisseur, live in the Tower of London, and offer his opinion on the execution of Saddam Hussein. Needless to say, at the age of 92, Geoff shows no signs of slowing down – in fact he’s taken to flying helicopters on weekends. His 25th book From Butcher’s Boy to Beefeater is his account of the remarkable things life has thrown his way. His previous books include: A Grisly Guide to the Tower of London, The Executioner Always Chops Twice and Execution: A Guide to the Ultimate Penalty. His TV appearances include: The Bloody Tower of London (USA), The Tower of London (Channel 4), History of Punishment and Torture (Channel 5) and Blue Peter (CBBC).

Safe Routes to School From the July LAF, if you are aware of particular issues around safe routes to school please contact Paul Hodson, Localities Manager, Buckinghamshire County Council, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 1UA, tel: 01296 383479, Mobile: 07771 952956, Email: by Friday 15 August.


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The Dandy Kid: best children’s shop Wendover based Children’s boutique, The Dandy Kid has won the Best Children’s Shop award in the popular Muddy Stilettos Awards, celebrating fantastic places, spaces and businesses across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The Children’s boutique, which opened its doors in February, won a closely fought race in a competition that saw over 10,000 people nominate and 50,000 votes cast for the best independent businesses across 25 categories. Commenting on the award Becks Clarke, co-founder of The Dandy Kid said: “Since launching we’ve been bowled over by the support we’ve received both locally and from within the industry. To win an award just three months after opening is something we’re immensely proud of and we’re very grateful to all our customers and supporters for voting for us.” “The timing couldn’t be better” added Sarah Beattie, co-founder, “we are just about to launch our website with some exciting new suppliers, we can’t wait to share it with everybody!”

Hero Brown, founder of the Muddy Stilettos blog adds: “I set up these awards to give local lifestyle businesses a chance to show how brilliant they are. The Dandy Kid is a great new addition to the High Street, they offer something refreshingly different so it’s fantastic to see the local community getting behind them.” The Dandy Kid sells kids paraphernalia; clothes, toys, gifts and accessories selected from cool independent brands, designers and nice creative people around the globe. The aim is simple – to source goods with fun, bold, quality design that’s a little bit quirky and different.

issues relating to parking before he begins the process of looking at options and priorities. Contact details: c/o County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UA; mobile: 07968 444222; by Friday 15 August.

Support Project Extended SCSN is delighted to announce that following the success of the Service and Veteran Children Support Project in Buckinghamshire the provision is now being extended to other counties.

At the July meeting of the Local Area Forum (LAF), one of the priorities cited was parking. This follows on from years of petitioning by Wendover Parish Council.

The project, which has been previously funded by the MOD £3M fund and LIBOR, has developed over the past four years to support Service, Veteran, Reservist and Bereaved Service children, birth to 18 years in settings and schools with both small and large numbers of Service Children on roll.

Our County Councillor, Chris Adams, has been charged to consult local residents to identify issues of concern, and then to identify the possible options to resolve these and to agree priorities with local people. Please pass on your concerns to Chris to ensure that he is aware of all the

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Ladies Netball comes to Wendover! Are you a netball enthusiast, experienced player or complete beginner? Would you like to join a friendly and brand new sports team? Are you looking for a new way to keep fit? If so, Wendover Ladies Netball club is looking for players of all abilities, aged 16 and above, to join the newest sports team to represent Wendover.

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Training will take place weekly at the John Colet School - times to be agreed with all interested players. Once established, the team will play in the Aylesbury & District Netball League. Training will include friendly matches against other local teams. The team will also play in local All carers contacting Carers Bucks will be able to speak to an experienced Support Worker in tournaments. confidence; both telephone and face-to-face If you are interested in joining Wendover Ladies contact are available. Call 0300 777 2722 (calls Netball club as a player, coach or even supporter charged at local rate), email - please contact to join o r v i s i t w w w . c a r e r s b u c k s . o r g o r the team mailing list.

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Wendover Community Car Needs You! Our ladies have reached the quarter finals Tuesday afternoons members meet for a The Community Car has been providing a service to those residents of Wendover and surrounding villages who have difficulty in travelling for the past 17 years. To provide this vital lifeline to the less mobile, we rely on a team of volunteer drivers who each give readily of their time to take a turn behind the wheel. It doesn’t have to be for long – just a couple of hours every week or so would help enormously. If you think you could help, please give us a call on 01296 317769. It’s an enjoyable and rewarding way of helping fellow residents.

Wendover Bowls Club The outdoor season continues with “friendly” matches against local clubs on Saturday and Sunday afternoons most weekends, both home and away. These can comprise Rinks (4 players per team) or Triples (3 players per team) depending on availability of players. The matches are followed by a light meal in the Clubhouse and a drink from the Bar if required.

of the Bucks County Trundell Trophy and will be playing against Chesham Bowls Club on 24 August at High Wycombe (neutral ground). Good luck to them. Our lady player Thelma Leslie reached the semi finals of the Ladies County Singles but lost narrowly to Bletchley Town, an excellent achievement.

“Roll Up” and we have August home matches Sunday 6 (2.30pm) Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 (2.30pm) Plus evening league matches on Wed 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August, all starting at 6.15pm.

For more information you can contact: Brian Wheeler (01296 622605), Mo Warr (01296 486655) or Brian Harrison (01296 Our men, Tony Brindley, Richard Orszynski 630669). New members are always and John Brooks reached the quarter finals welcome of the Mens County Triples and made a sterling effort against Woburn Sands Bowls Wendover Tennis and Squash Club Thanks go to everyone who helped with the Club. Well done. successful Tennis Finals Day in July. The The Club ran a Gala Day on 22 June when weather was kind and we were able to Teams from Clubs all around the area complete 12 matches on the day. Full played against each other and were results can be found on our website provided with lunch and various . refreshments throughout the day. The day Our Summer Junior Tennis Camp continues was a great success. through the first week of August. For There is always something going on at the further information please contact our Club so you are welcome to come along. coach on

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Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association We will be running a stand promoting Beekeeping in the Home and Garden marquee at the Bucks Show on 28 August. July with it’s warm weather was an excellent beekeeping month with good forage for the bees, many of our members are reporting increased honey harvests compared to recent years. Our last Summer meeting will be held on 20 August at 18.30 in the Association Apiary, the theme being “Preparing for Winter”. For a full list of our events go to

Wendover Cricket Club Juniors As the end of the junior cricket season approaches, the juniors section of the Wendover Cricket Club celebrated with their annual presentation day on 12 June. It was a chance for the age groups to come together and share their experiences over the past few months. The morning began with the younger players taking part in a team event involving a number of cricket related activities. The winning team not only gained the accolade of winners, but also got a box of chocolates each, yum! During this time parents were able to enjoy the sunshine with a nice cup of tea and a chat with friends. Following on from the games, the presentation began with kind words from the club’s vice-

chairman Nick Morley. The club likes to acknowledge the participation of all of our junior members. Every child received a medal for their involvement this season, including our youngest members in the U7s, after all, they are the future of the club! All other age groups play competitive cricket and therefore a number of different awards in acknowledgement of consistent performance throughout the season were presented. Each of the age group managers highlighted the team’s overall performance and then announced individual winners who received their awards from the club’s vice-chairman. The winners of can be found at -report-summer-2014 . Well done everyone!

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Canal Towpath We are regular visitors to Wendover, the Antique Fair, the Market, and the excellent Library. While in Wendover we often take the chance to stroll along the Canal towpath, the path has become flooded in a couple of places, and is difficult to use. There seems to be much plant growth in the canal, not sure who is responsible for keeping the canal flowing, but it seems something needs to be done. D. Freeman Ed: Wendover News is awaiting reply from the Canal and River Trust on this question.

being expected to shoulder responsibility for this work, and there is every reason to fear that some of our paths may be permanently lost to us as they become overgrown and eventually impassable. The future looks bleak both for the paths, and for the income Wendover derives from walkers. Val Brown

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I have suffered with arthritis from the age of five and am now in my late fifties, originally I had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis which has now left me with the delightful gift of Osteoarthritis of the right hip and both shoulders. Those of you who also have arthritis or know someone who has, know how painful and debilitating it can be.

Cycling for Arthritis Research UK On 10 August I shall be taking part in the Prudential Ride London cycle event. This is a 100 mile ride which follows the course of the 2012 Olympic road race, starting at the Olympic village in East London, crossing to the southwest then down through the Surrey hills to return to finish on The Mall.


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I am riding on behalf of Arthritis Research UK, and my aim is to raise a minimum of £600. I am currently just short of the half way mark.

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Many Wendover residents have asked me about the House of Commons Select Committee which has now begun its detailed consideration of the Bill to authorise the construction of HS2. Probably the easiest way to describe how the Committee functions is to think of a panel of MPs acting in place of a Planning Inspector in a public inquiry that covers a development proposal spread across many different local council areas. There are six MPs on the panel. All are backbench MPs though some have served as Ministers in the past. They must be people whose constituencies are unaffected by HS2 and of course they must not have any personal financial interest in the project. Their task is to work their way through the nearly 2,000 petitions that have been sent in seeking amendments to the Bill. The Committee hears from the petitioners and from any witnesses whom the petitioners call to give evidence, and from the lawyers acting for HS2 Ltd. All the Committee members are MPs who are used in their constituency work to dealing with people of all types. They will expect people giving evidence to have prepared their arguments and to be courteous and even tempered, but they won’t, any more than in their own constituency surgeries, expect everyone to be brimming with selfconfidence and comfortable with public speaking. So there is no need to feel intimidated by the process.

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Wendover Junior School OFSTED Following an OFSTED inspection held on 24—25 June, Wendover Church of England Junior School has been judged to “Require Improvement”. Whilst we are obviously disappointed with this judgement, we are reassured that the inspectors recognised that the school has already begun its journey to improvement. Critically, the inspectors agreed that the school leaders and governors “have identified the key areas for improvement and promptly taken action to address these” and that ”current assessment information and work in pupils’ books show progress is speeding up and many pupils have achieved well since the start of the year”. In the week the report was published we received the 2014 SATs results. We were delighted that the results were the best the school has achieved for over three years and showed that pupils are now making rapid progress, particularly in mathematics. In maths, provisional results F R JEFFERY & SON Coal Merchant

show that this year there has been a 17% increase in pupils getting a Level 4+, a 12% increase in those getting Level 5+ and a 15% increase in those achieving Level 6. Jenny Bartlett, Acting Head, said, “Although we were disappointed with the overall judgement, the inspectors’ positive comments and this year’s excellent SATs results confirm that this is now a rapidly improving school.” The inspectors judged that the school’s existing action plan is the right one for the school to return to being judged Good or better before its next inspection, which will be in approximately 18 months’ time.

Mock UN debate at John Colet Eight Year 9 students from the John Colet School, joined their peers from other local secondary schools in a Mock United Nations conference in June. The students had been preparing for the conference since January. At the beginning of June all students met for a mock debate at The Oculus. On Friday 27 June all pupils met at the Aylesbury Vale

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Local Face: Francis Hanford

Francis Hanford came to Wendover in 1996. On retiring from the RAF he had found a job as a civilian instructor at Halton and settled into his 26th home with his wife Margaret. She soon found a job in a local nursing home and voluntary activities with the Friends of the Health Centre and the Hospice Shop. He settled into his new job and lifestyle and tried to bring house and garden to order. As he assimilated into his new occupation he became aware of a small museum in two rooms in the Old Workshops which had been started and sponsored by the Halton Apprentice Association. He started to help the curator, who worked in his department, and then found himself in charge when his friend was promoted and posted away. It became his baby and the sponsors, without telling him, negotiated its removal to a much larger building. Filling the new space was a challenge, eventually solved by borrowing a 1943 glider and placing it so that it took up as much space as possible. Thus Viscount Trenchard, the grandson of the man who laid the foundations of the present RAF, was able to open the Trenchard Museum on 26 June 1999. At his point there were very few visitors and this was just as well as Margaret had been diagnosed as having cancer and was to die a year later. Facing life alone, Francis was very fortunate in having an interesting job and the museum to occupy his leisure. There was much to be done.

Finding new exhibits lead to the need to reorganise the displays with new labels and a search for supplementary items or spares to bring the scenario to life. Mannequins were needed to show off uniforms and the art of dressing them had to be learned. Friends were persuaded to make models of significant aircraft and items in dark corners were relocated, usually with their owner’s consent. The museum began to be more credible. The year 2002 was notable for three things: he was persuaded to join the Halton Singers, he recruited Brian Ellis to join him as his chief engineer and he discovered that a significant historical landmark was approaching. He could not and cannot sing but the singers’ rehearsals added interest and introduced him to Jean who was to become his wife. With Brian he could tackle more challenging projects and learn more about the engineering that had been fundamental to RAF Halton’s history. Also, Brian had friends in the engineering world. Meanwhile, having learned that 1913 was when the first aircraft landed at Halton, he was able to research and plan for a 90th anniversary commemoration which would bring much needed publicity. The event happened and though it was not quite the success hoped for it brought more visitors including many of the parents of recruits attending graduation parades.

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Remarried in 2005 with a busy job and museum to run, there was still time to take part in Gilbert and Sullivan and other shows twice a year. Also, with Jean’s company the pleasures of the London theatres and exhibitions gave added spice to life. With retirement approaching the museum did receive a lot of attention and, with the help of Brian’s contacts; they managed to get hold of their premier exhibit, the Folland Gnat aircraft. This became the collection’s centre-piece and it enhanced its whole atmosphere enormously, attracting enormous interest from all age groups. There have been many special acquisitions since but none as welcome and significant. With the museum’s growth has come a steady increase in the team of volunteers who help to develop and run it. They have brought fresh expertise and enthusiasm to the whole project. The collection and visitor numbers grow steadily and recently we have been able to branch out into the teaching of the principals of flight and the fostering of “air mindedness” by building up and opening of the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre in a separate building. We were delighted to have Viscount Trenchard return, 15 years to the day after the first opening, to perform the ceremony. Will Francis rest now? Probably not.


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View from the Chair Every two years I hold a charity Ball/Event to raise funds for two charities close to my heart. This year a Cocktails and Casino event was held at the Village Gate. Over £3k was raised which will benefit Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Prostate Cancer UK. Thanks to Mark and his staff at the Village Gate, my two special guests, Suzy Bookbinder and Bill Giles who did a sterling job encouraging folks to buy raffle tickets, and to Mr Kites Benefit band who contributed to an excellent evening free of charge. Thanks also to the event committee who worked hard over the last six months organising the event. Most of all my special thanks to all those who turned up on the night and had a good evening to boot. Robert Duggan, Chairman

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as parking, speeding, dog fouling, HS2 and noise from late night revellers in the village centre.

across the cobbled areas, close inspection doesn’t support that opinion. The area is overdue a major refurbishment. To stand on the Manor Waste and watch some users struggle to cope with the areas of increasing unevenness, particularly those villagers that depend on walking frames and trolleys to assist with their balance, clearly points to a need to do something soon.

David Haywood has lived here for nearly 25 years with his wife and son and been actively involved in the life of the Village. This has included support for the PTA at all three local Schools, Wendover Junior Football Club, support for swimming and Life-saving badges at Wendover Pool, Beavers, Cubs and Scout camps. He was CEO of the International Electronic Publishing Research Centre and latterly Dean at the University of the Arts in London. Now retired, his involvement in local organisations has continued, he is a Committee Member of Wendover HS2 and the Chiltern Humanists. He has a great interest in music related activities and is seeking to give increased support to the Wendover community.

Our New Councillors Andrew Morrison has lived in Wendover for 17 years with his wife and two children. He regularly enjoys the local pubs and restaurants with friends and family and shops locally. As a regular cyclist, he is keen to expand on the work done so far in building cycle paths and promoting the environmental and health benefits of cycling. He is also interested in promoting the canal area with Wendover Arm Trust. He is a Sales Director for a Vehicle Security Company based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire (part of The Danaher Corporation) and has always worked in the automotive industry. Having lived in Wendover since 1997, in four locations, he feels he has a good understanding of the issues and concerns faced by the residents of the village such

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The Manor Waste Survey Outcome The Parish Council would like to thank all of you who took part in our survey about the future of the Manor Waste. 90% of the 254 responders use the Manor Waste on a daily or weekly basis. Confirming that the area is very important to village life. A significant number of people gave the opinion that the Manor Waste was currently in good condition. Unfortunately, with around 300 broken paving slabs and an increase in trip hazards and trip incidents

The survey results indicate that people do like the Manor Waste much as it is. Buff paving with a contrasting grey replacement for the cobbles was the popular choice. The general feeling being that traditional features were valued but that modern additions were OK if they added something to the areas usefulness. More seating, a community notice board, increased litter bins and more bike racks, while not always unopposed, have sufficient following to be worth considering in the revised design. In addition to survey ideas the Parish Council is also considering providing a safe electrical supply for market traders and event organisers. This should reduce the need for the noisy generators that are currently used. A water point to help with cleaning up, better bollards that resist impact and a speed hump across the entrance to Budgens car park are also likely to feature in the new design. Our project managers will now take the survey results and the Parish Council’s ideas and come up with a finished design. You’ve told us that it should look much like the current Manor Waste. It will be safer, stronger and we hope it will serve the village for another 40yrs.

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