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February 2017

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The views expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily the views of the editor. Neighbourhood Plan 2 & 4 February

Lionel Abel Smith Trust Closure Date: 28.2.2017

Wendover a good place to visit

showing their special offers for Valentine’s Many thanks to the reader who posted this day. Other offers are often available. item on the Wendover News Facebook in Our local supermarket, January: Sweeney’s Budgens, Which, the consumer won an award after its organisation, latest refurbishment and the travel magazine had an enthusiastic independent article on the Chilterns shops offering clothes and in its latest edition. gifts mean that shopping in THREE establishments Wendover offers excellent in Wendover were variety. In January 2017, recommended, No 2 central Wendover had no Pound Street, The Red Don’t forget to visit the Community Lion Hotel and Tres Orchard by the Heron Path. The first vacant retail premises. Corazones Restaurant. blossom is due by the end of January No other town had so Statement from RAF Halton many recommendations. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation Congratulations to all the establishments (DIO) is continuing to work closely with the mentioned. Wendover residents and visitors Local Authority and other interested parties will know that it is full of establishments to consider the best possible future uses worth visiting, three of which have had new for the site. Closing Defence establishments management in recent months: Lucca before can often provide new opportunities for Christmas; The Village Gate in the New Year civilian re-use and development. Subject and Istanbul in mid-January. Wendover News to planning, many sites may be suitable for also carries advertisements from restaurants new houses and job creation.

RAF Flypast

Monday 13 February

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Wendover Music Concert Series 2017 at St Mary’s Church 25 February 19.30 Annual General Meeting & Entertainment Concert by the Flute Ensemble from Aylesbury High School

All concerts begin at 7.30pm 11 March Paul Lewis (Piano) 8 April Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet), Ian Le Grice (organ) 13 May Sean Shibe (guitar) 10 June London Handel Players (strings, flute and harpsichord)

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Events Cycle Rides and Local Walks

Aylesbury Cyclist Touring Club has group rides throughout the county; see southbuckscycling. or​ Any bike will do as long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers welcome; please try an easy-paced ride first. Easy-Paced Rides 09.30am Sundays: 5 - Weston Turville Shops, 12 - Stone crossroads, 19 - S Mandeville Combined School, 26 - Watermead Inn.

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.

Regular Events at Wendover Library

Learn My Way computer training first Tuesday of each month, please book. International Conversation - please book, Fri 10, 10.30amWendover and Halton Cycling Club meets weekly 12noon. Knit & Natter, Tue 21, 1.30-3pm. at 18.30 Wednesdays, 18.00 Thursdays, 08.30 Children’s Book Club, third Saturday every Sundays. All meetings at Halton UK tennis and month, 2.30pm - details from the Library. sports village. Parking, showers/changing and café on site. Contact Otec Bikes for information Bucks County Museum 07824 828024. See advert page 12. Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP The Ramblers have a programme of organised Free entry. Visit the fantastic Roald Dahl walks of varying length and difficulty locally, Children’s Gallery, café, shop and garden. including Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 at 10.00. See for all Have a look at the listings on pages 30 & 31 or opening times, exhibitions and events. 21 for details. January - 22 April 2017 - “Beyond Description” Cooking, Sewing & Knitting Groups A retrospective exhibition of works by artist Cornelli Sugarcraft (see ad page 16) and Jane Muir. 11 February-13 May “Spirit of PlainStitch (see ad page 6) run courses each Legends” Photographic exhibition about term. The PlainStitch Workroom also hosts a Paralympians. See page 7 for more details.

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Events Wendover Neighbourhood Plan Meetings

Thu 2, 3.30-6.30pm, WCEJS Hall & Sat 4, 10am-3pm Library Room Learn more about the pending plans for Wendover and make your opinion known. See pages 16-17 for more details.

“The Frog Prince”

Thu 2-Sun 5, times below, RAF Halton Theatre By kind permission of the Station Commander, Halton Amateur Theatrical Society presents their annual pantomime. Tickets £7/£5 from Thu & Fri, 7.30pm, Sat 2 & 6 pm, Sun 2pm.

Bucks Bird Club

Thu 2, 7.30pm, Wendover Memorial Hall A talk by Jonathan Forgham on the Bird Reserves of Kent. Visitors welcome. Details

“The Battle of the Somme”

Sat 4, 7.30pm, Aylesbury Vale Academy Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra are performing a specially commissioned score by Laura Rossi to mark the centenary of the battle of the Somme. The music will accompany a screening of “The Battle of the Somme”, a 1916 film that remains one of the most successful British films ever made. Tickets on February Loyalty Card Offers

If you are not receiving the monthly email reminder and would like to, please check your spam and junk folders or send your details, including your ILW card number to 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 Cat Booker: ‘Love Your Heart’ 1 Free Trial Spinning(R) Class - Applies to all weekday morning classes.*must book online to reserve a place 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 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 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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John Hampden (Infant) School, Wendover for a CATERING ASSISTANT Time: 11.30-1.30pm 10hrs per week Monday – Friday; Term time only For further details and an application form please contact Ann Dilinchev Email:

Action Against Alzheimer’s

Free Seminar

Sat 11 February 10am Wendover Library

For more information contact: Nicola on 07749 881081

Kimble & Ellesborough Hort Society February’s visitor is an oral hygienist, who will Tue 7, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN “Growing for the Kitchen”. Paul Patton will be talking about growing some delicious and interesting fruit, vegetables, herb and salad crops with a few ideas on preserving and extending the use and production of crops over the whole year.

Premier Sport Wendover Holiday Camp Wendover Art Club Half Term: Monday 13 - Friday 17 February Archery, Fencing, Table Tennis, Swimming, Football, Basketball, Gymnastics, Dance, Drama, Adventure Walks, Cheerleading, Pizza Making, Toast Breakfast

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Antiques & Collectors Market

Thursday 16 February 9am-2pm (Trade 8am)

Entrance by donation to Charity Wendover Memorial Hall email:

Wed 8 & 22, 7.30pm Wen Library Room On the 8th, Melanie Bird from ‘Little Bird Gallery’ will help us with framing paintings. Bring a couple and see how they could be displayed to their best advantage. On the 22nd is a working evening on perspective led by John Yabsley. Pencils, ruler, paper and possibly a board to rest them on will be needed for this. Visitors always welcome and reduced rate of £15 for membership that takes you up to September 2017.

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Dennis Davis Supper Quiz

Sat 11, 7pm, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS All welcome to this general knowledge quiz hosted by St Michael & All Angels Church. Tickets £12 including hot supper (please bring your own drinks). Contact Maggie on 01296 614138 for details, tickets and to place food orders.

Messy Church

Sun 12, 3.30-5.30pm, starting in St Anne’s Hall Enjoy lots of messy activities (and some not-so messy) for all ages. There will be a Carers Bucks Support Group story, song and prayer activity, followed by Thu 9, 1-3pm, Wendover Library Room a meal together. No charge. Children, please Meetings on the second Thursday each month. remember to bring an adult with you.



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Mon 13, 7-9pm, W Turville Village Hall Join the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds as they complete fitness routines for the Chilterns MS Centre and other Rotary supported charities. Entry £3, all welcome. Sponsorship forms from

Sat 18, 10.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre All welcome at Book Club. The format is simple – no set books, just interesting conversation about what we have been reading and what we recommend. We will start with coffee and maybe cake!

Tue 14, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room Tue 21, 7.45-9.45pm, Gt Missenden Mem Ctre “The Consciousness Conundrum” with “Butterflies” by Nick Bowles. More about speaker Peter Naish. All welcome. www. BBOWT on page 24.

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Tue 14, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall Join us to hear Ranjula Takodra lead us through ‘Saris with Practice’. All welcome. Contact Sara on 01296 620005 or just turn up on the night.

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Thu 23, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room Come along and hear about life as a film and TV extra from Jacqui Keyse. £3 members, £4 non-members.

The Wendover Society

Fri 24, 7.30pm, Wendover Memorial Hall On Screen AGM and members dinner. For details about Fri 17, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room “Bridget Jones Baby” (15) is the featured film the Society or membership, please contact for February. Tickets £5 from the Library.

NEWS FROM WENDOVER HEALTH CENTRE - 01296 623452 Wendover Health Centre is also on Opening Hours

Reception is open from 7.30am to 6.30pm on weekdays, except Tuesday when we close at 8pm. Our core hours are 8am to 6.30pm on weekdays, when our telephone lines (01296 623452) are open. We offer additional doctor appointments before 8am on Monday and Friday mornings, and on Tuesdays after 6.30pm. We open on Saturday mornings for patients with pre-booked appointments from 8:15am to 11.30am, except when the following Monday is a bank holiday. Our dispensary is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm on weekdays (8pm on Tuesdays) and 8.30am-11am on Saturdays. We will close at 1pm on Wednesday 15 February and Tuesday 14 March for staff training. On these days only, if you require urgent assistance between 1pm and 6.30pm please call 01296 850011.

Care for urgent health problems

Help avoid causing unnecessary strain on the A&E department at Stoke Mandeville Hospital by only using it if you or the person you are caring for has a genuine lifethreatening emergency, or serious injury such as suspected fractured bones, burns and significant cuts. Please direct all other urgent health problems to the practice by calling us on 01296 623452 (when we are closed call 111). A receptionist will answer your call and will ask you for basic details about your problem so that she can identify how best we can help you. She may offer you a nurse appointment, or a call back from the duty doctor. We aim to call you back within an hour; it may be possible to deal with the matter over the phone, or a face-to-face appointment later that day can be arranged. Home visits can be made to patients who are genuinely housebound; if you think a home visit may be needed please call us as soon as possible.

Changes to Doctor Team

We very much regret that Dr Kate Parnell has left the practice, and apologise for any difficulties this may have caused her patients. Because of the ongoing recruitment difficulties in general practice she will not be replaced immediately and her work will be covered by other members of the existing doctor team. If you are seeing another doctor on a regular basis and would like that doctor to become your usual, named GP, please ask at Reception. From 1 February for six months we will have three registrars based in the practice: Drs Leila Saeed, Kate Lewis and Ashish Patel. Registrars are fully qualified doctors who are undergoing specialist training in general practice.

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Sat 25, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Wendover The 2017 Wendover Music Concert Series begins with the AGM and entertainment by the Aylesbury High School Flute Ensemble. Tickets available from JUST, 11 High Street Exhibition & Sale of Paintings and See advert Sat 25 & Sun 26, 10am-5pm, Dunsmore front page. Village Hall Free entry. Sale proceeds and donations to Coming Soon - Save the Date! the Children of Syria Fund. 4 March - Cat Show, Wendover Memorial Hall

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Sat 25, 6.30 for 6.45pm, Wen Christian Ctre “The Secret Life of Pets”. Free popcorn, ice cream and admission. All are welcome, but children should be accompanied throughout.

4 March - Film - “Eddie the Eagle”, St Dunstan’s Church 10 March - Pace Easter Quiz Night, Bedgrove Community Centre 11 March - Green Park Sub-Aqua Club Quiz 11-12 March - Chilterns MS Centre Art Exhibition, see advert page 4. 16 March - Jazz Upfront with Georgie Fame, St Mary’s Church Aylesbury 17 March - Wendover & District Rotary St Patrick’s Day Quiz, Wendover Memorial Hall 8 April - Aylesbury Choral Society Concert, St Mary’s Church Aylesbury


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Bucks County Museum Have you visited Bucks County Museum? Beyond Description Bucks County Museum looks after collections made by the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society (BAS), the internationally important collections of the Embroiderers’ Guild and those assembled by the County Council over the past 50 years, and is the main centre for studying the material past of the county. The museum is the designated home for the the British Paralympic Heritage Trust object collections. It also features the Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am4pm until 31 March, with occasional longer opening and evening events. The museum’s Curiousity Coffee shop serves ice creams, hot and cold drinks, cakes and light snacks all day and has a large garden area for fine weather. The shop is stocked with a variety of Roald Dahl books and souvenirs, country books and related local produce, household and other giftware. More information on www.

21 January - 22 April 2017 Jane Muir’s retrospective exhibition traces the evolution of her work from plein air figuration in the natural landscape through to mosaics and commissioned mosaic murals, followed by oils and watercolours inspired by music. The exhibition also includes a concert and “Meet the Artist” session on 18 March.

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11 February-13 May A new twist on athletes of the Paralympic games is celebrated in this show, which brings together ancient Greek Mythology and Paralympic legends in a thrilling 2-part exhibition by artist Clare Newton FRSA. In a series of remarkable photographs, many of which are life size, the exhibition sets the athletes against backdrops of the magical stories from ancient Greece that have captivated us for centuries and still reflect the wonders of human endeavour in today’s world.

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HS2 White Elephant Stumbles Inexorably On tunnel to replace and extend the “cut-and- The next step of the process is the Report cover” scheme currently planned by HS2. This would actually SAVE public money and help with several of the issues and risks of HS2’s solution. They also lobbied some members of the House of Lords who were prepared to help us fight our corner at the Grand Committee stage (10 and 12 January) when any Lord with specific interest in the subject can propose and debate amendments to the bill. Our suggested changes were rejected thanks largely to the efforts of Lords Ahmad and Adonis who stated that the mined tunnel had already been examined in detail by both Commons and Lords Select Committees. In the debate Lord Slade (unbelievably) even came up with the suggestion that they should not permit any more tunnelling so that travellers on the train will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Chilterns AONB as they flash past! Let us hope they don’t blink and miss it.

Stage that gives all members of the Lords a further opportunity to examine and make new amendments to the bill. This is expected to happen at the end of January. That will be followed by the Lords’ Third Reading which is expected to be a formality and will take place before the next recess on 9 February. Any changes made by the Lords are then considered by the Commons and the “Ping Pong” negotiation of the final text between the Houses of Commons and Lords. Finally Royal Assent is now expected to be given in March 2017.

Select Committee members Baroness O’Cathain and Lord Young claimed that they had listened at length to “broader” issues such as tunnelling and noise and reported that they were fed up hearing about Wendover Issues. Bearing in mind that our community is the most affected by HS2 it is hardly surprising that At a well-attended open meeting on 4 January noise, construction traffic, and hydrogeology at St Mary’s Church, The Wendover Society were high on our list of concerns, and raised presented their arguments for a “mined” by many petitioners.

It is now down to the HS2 Committee recently established by Wendover Parish Council to liaise with the various departments of the local authority, other affected parties and of course HS2 Ltd to ensure that the best interests of Wendover, its businesses and residents are maintained over the next few years so that the White Elephant does not crush us. Philip Wallis

As the HS2 Hybrid Bill process grinds inexorably on, it seems that, despite the sterling efforts of many groups and individuals in the village, the democratic process has failed Wendover. As those who appeared in front of the Lords Select Committee will know to their cost, the historic process used treated this as a quasi-judicial review of landowner’s rights. You almost felt guilty simply by having the temerity to ask for better mitigation against the devastating effect that the construction and operation of this ill-conceived scheme would have on your day-to-day family life, on Wendover and on the surrounding AONB. The Select Committee denied people “locus” to raise their broader concerns, with HS2 persuading them that all these broader concerns would be better handled by the Parish Council. The Select Committee were anxious to get in the whole process over before Christmas, and in their report directed HS2 to provide additional pavement to allow London Road residents to get to Wendover. However they dismissed our legitimate concerns about Noise and Construction impact and the elegant tunnelling solution proposed by The Wendover Society.

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During February 1917 two important events took place which affected the future course of the war. First, the Germans on the Western Front voluntarily withdrew from their trench positions to the highlydefended Hindenburg Line leaving an area of destruction between themselves and the French and British troops. The Germans considered the Hindenburg Line to be impregnable. Second, the Americans, already exasperated by the German U-Boat policy of unrestricted aggression, edged towards a declaration of war against Germany. In February the Zimmerman telegram fell into the hands of British Intelligence. Zimmerman was the German foreign minister who sent a telegram to his opposite number in Mexico inciting the Mexicans to attack America. The Germans believed that the Americans would then be too preoccupied to join in the war in Europe. In return Germany promised, if they won the war, to help the Mexicans to regain the territories they had lost to the Americans in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Britain passed the telegram on to America, and it became the main reason for Amerca’s entry into the war. Somewhat less momentous events were taking place in Wendover. In February 1917 Sir Arthur Lee KCB, MP, of Chequers Court, Ellesborough was appointed to an Mr important (though unpaid) government position as Director General of Food Production. He was responsible for the distribution of seed, fertilisers, feeding stuffs, machinery and labour. It was Sir Arthur who bequeathed Chequers to the nation. In the Trust Deed for the exchange

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of the property Sir Arthur expressed his hope that “the inducement to spend two days a week in the high and pure air of the Chilterns and woods may result in a real advantage to our nation as well as to its chosen leaders”.

Wendover was much saddened to hear of the death of Mr George Bushell who had been the headmaster of Wendover School immediately before Mr Molineux. Mr Bushell had served the school for 30 years. He played a full part in the life of Wendover being the Church organist, choir master and Sunday School superintendent. Before becoming head of the village school in 1883, Mr Bushell had run a private boarding school, the Chiltern House Academy, in Aylesbury Road. The annual report of the Literary Institute revealed that both the use of the Institute and the profits had fallen dramatically. Several of the older members had died during the past year and many of the younger ones were away fighting for King and Country. Nevertheless, the billiard table and the Reading Room were well used by the NCOs from Halton Camp. Mike Senior & Val Moir J G Bushell, by kind permission of Wendover C of E Junior School.

On 16 February Mr Molineux, the Headmaster of the Wendover School, recorded that troops at Halton had been confined to camp because of an outbreak of “spotted fever”. Consequently, many

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parents were afraid to send their children to school. These fears seemed justified when on 23 February, Mr Molineux noted in the school log book the death of 14-year-old Lily Beagley who had left school the previous year. She had died of “spotted fever” which, in fact, was a form of meningitis.

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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.

MS Centre becomes Art Exhibition

The annual art exhibition at the Chilterns MS Centre will take place 11 & 12 March 2017, and will see the Centre that provides vital care and support for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) open its doors to hundreds of people over the weekend to view the work For information about the Trust please see of over 100 artists. the website: New to the exhibition is former John Colet To apply for a grant, please write or email pupil Katie Wright. Having graduated from the Clerk, Mrs Glenys Newman, giving as Hereford College of Arts in 2012, Katie is an much information as possible, and including artist blacksmith who was recently featured your name, address, contact telephone on Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas number and email address if you have one. on TV. Katie will be joined by many other Organisations should enclose a copy of their talented artists, both professional and audited accounts. amateur, and a selection of homemade refreshments will also be on offer. With Address: 14A Vicarage Close, Wendover, jewellery, ceramics and glass as well as wall Bucks HP22 6DS hanging art, there is something for everyone Email: and with cards and unframed prints on offer; PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR there is also something for every budget. See advert page 4. THE RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS 28 FEBRUARY.

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By the time your receive your Wendover News, Wendover Community Car will have been officially presented with its new “green” vehicle. The presentation took place 21 January and was made by the Rt Hon David Lidington MP at Wendover Cricket Club’s pavilion at The Witchell. More in the March edition of Wendover News.

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David Lidington The Ministry of Defence has decided to close RAF Halton. Recruit training now done at Halton would move to RAF Cranwell, in Lincolnshire, already the centre for officer training. The plan is for all land at Halton to be vacated by 2022. I can understand the RAF’s logic. All three armed services are consolidating their estate onto a smaller number of bases. And since officers and other ranks will serve together, why shouldn’t they all do their training at the same place?

I’ve told the Defence Secretary that I find the cost/benefit evidence for closure unconvincing. Last time this idea was examined, the MoD concluded that the cost of providing new facilities and accommodation at Cranwell would exceed the expected financial benefit from closing Halton.

Inevitably, the RAF will want to get the maximum return from sale for housing. How can we ensure that new development has the infrastructure, green spaces and services it will need?

I’ve been in touch with the leaders of our County and District councils and Bucks Then there’s the question of Halton House. It Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership was built by the Rothschilds for parties and and urged them to work together urgently entertaining - not for living in. Its listed on planning the future of the RAF station status means its owner, the MoD, has a legal site. I shall also be visiting RAF Halton soon. duty to keep the house in good repair, and it won’t convert easily into either a hotel or It will be important for parish councils, local residential accommodation. schools and community groups to have their input too and I would encourage people to So I’ve asked the MoD to provide much more contact me and local councillors. evidence to justify their case and, if closure goes ahead, to do all in their power to help civilian staff facing redundancy to find other David Lidington CBE is a British Conservative work. I plan to discuss these matters with Party politician who is the Member of Parliament for Aylesbury since 1992 and the Defence Ministers early this year.

But there’s no getting away from the fact that this decision will be a heavy blow locally. We shall miss the civilian jobs that RAF Halton provides and the spending power that RAF personnel inject into the local economy. Closure will also leave a big gap in civic life. For a hundred years, the RAF have been an integral part of the local community not just in Halton village itself but in Wendover and other nearby villages, and of course in If the station does close, we’ll need a plan Aylesbury too. from our councils for the future of the land.

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Youth 2017 is the year of change, a year to see what our young people want, what direction the Youth Centre should go in, and who wants to be involved. To start that off we have the Youth Bus for 6 weeks from 11 January to the end of February. The Bus will be parked outside the John Colet gym, Wednesdays 3pm4:30pm. The bus is equipped with: • 3 Apple Mac computers with internet access and music production software • CD-J’s • a chill out area with a flat screen TV • Nintendo Wii, XBOX 360 and PS3 • a coffee bar area with hot and cold drinks • an external screen for watching films and playing computer games outside

There is also a quiet room where young people can access confidential information and support on a range of issues such as education, employment and training, sexual health and relationships and alcohol and drug misuse to name a few. The Youth Centre is working in partnership with John Colet School and Bucks Youth Service to bring the Bus to Wendover. At the end of the 6 weeks we will re-launch our Youth Café. We are in much need of volunteers to get involved. If you can spare an hour and a half on a Wednesday 3-4:30pm we would love to hear from you. Contact Becky Murgatroyd: Senior Youth Leader More about the Youth Café on page 24.

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The Minister of State For The Armed Forces, The Right Honourable Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, visited RAF Halton on Thursday 12th January to see the vital training the Royal Air Force (RAF) training has to offer.

“I wanted to go back to see the sort of training I used to do all those years ago as a young recruit,” he said. “It’s changed enormously but the core is exactly the same: How do we get the best armed forces in the world? The answer is to train them in the best way. “The enthusiasm of the young people here has been absolutely brilliant. When they leave here after 10 weeks, they will do GP Capt James Brayshaw things their families, their loved with Mike Penning MP. ones never dreamt they were Crown Copyright 2017. able to do.“

A former British Army soldier, the Minister met Station staff and RAF recruits as they were put through their paces at the Recruit Training Squadron (RTS). RAF Halton is home to basic training WO2 Ian Houlding, Joint for regular airmen and airwomen, Information Activities Station Commander, Group leadership and management Group (JIAG). Captain James Brayshaw, said: training for non-comissioned “It was a pleasure to welcome officers, and various lodger units. the Minister and to be given the opportunity for him to meet our people and show him Speaking afterwards, the Minister said visiting the excellent training we deliver here at RAF Halton.” RAF Halton had been: “an absolute thrill.”

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RAF Halton Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch

Senior citizens from the surrounding area enjoyed a Christmas lunch in December at Henderson Mess on RAF Halton. Over 100 of them were served a four course meal by Station personnel and Servicemen Awaiting Trade Training (SATTs).

interacting with the SATTs seemed to be the highlight of the day, along with some well received prizes for the bingo and the raffle. It was great to hear that this was the liveliest one they had been to and it is safe to say that this was down to the good humour of the SATTs. It was heart-warming to see how much an event like this meant to them all and honestly made the whole thing a pleasure to do.”

After a game of bingo and a raffle, attended by Father Christmas, the party music began, courtesy of the Dan Blaze Disco, and the dancing started. Flight Lieutenant Louise Jane, who organised the event, said: “Organising the Senior Citizens Christmas lunch took a lot of work but seeing how much the guests appreciated our efforts made it all worthwhile; dancing and




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Neighbourhood Plan Launch Drop In Events Thursday 2 February, W Junior School Hall, 3.45pm to 6.30pm ֍֍֍֍֍ Saturday 4 February, Wendover Library Room, 10am to 3pm • In the light of all the above, it is therefore vitally important for the parish to understand and respond to local housing needs through the neighbourhood plan process so we get allocated the housing we need and where we want it. To do this we need your help……

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Pensions Auto-Enrolment This year it is the turn of the small and micro employers to comply with their new pension auto-enrolment duties. These are the smallest employers in the UK – and the vast majority will not have the support of HR, payroll and pension departments to help them comply, something that larger employers have benefited from in working through the complexities of the new duties. And yet, it seems that many larger employers have still managed to get it wrong!

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Everyone is excited about the re-opening of The Village Gate which has always been a goto pub in Wendover. The opening in January was “soft” but The Village Gate is now open under new management for old regulars to revisit and for newcomers to enjoy. As always, the bar is extensive and the food excellent. There will be a special event 25 February.

For your invitation to the ticketed event, please go in person to The Village Gate, 225 Aylesbury Rd, Wendover, HP22 6BA during opening hours, 12noon-11pm. Watch social media for new menus and Valentine's events!

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A Charity Raffle at The King’s Head pub in Aylesbury has raised £350 in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The King’s Head is the tap for The Chiltern Brewery in Terrick. Prizes included a Hamper of goodies, Flowers and Gift Vouchers. Landlord George Jenkinson, pub manager Mike and the team were delighted with the success of the raffle.


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Making Wendover Dementia Friendly Do you live with dementia? More and more of us do nowadays. A carer for a dementia sufferer? More and more of us are nowadays. Many villages and towns are trying to make themselves Dementia Friendly, and Wendover is one of them. Wendover Dementia Alliance comprises of many trained individuals and organisations dedicated to making Wendover a dementia friendly community so that, as one person,with a diagnosis of this disease, put it, “I hope to live as well as possible for as long as possible.” His wish is to live at home supported by his wife and the community thereby retaining some independence. Watch out for information about the launch week, Monday 15 - Sunday 21 May and join in the workshops and events on offer. The programme of events is coordinated by the Dementia Alliance encompassing local

community and voluntary groups, care and The Alliance intends to hold regular health professionals, Dementia- Friends Information Sessions businesses, Parish, run by an increasing District and County number of councils and most local ‘Dementia importantly people Champions’. A already living with successful Dementiadementia will Friendly Community seek to burst the is one where myths surrounding ultimately dementia dementia and is subsumed into demonstrate that Some members of Wendover Dementia Alliance every aspect of life. people can live well with dementia within a supportive community environment. A Sian Chattle the co-founder of Lindengate stall has been booked at the Manor Waste and founding Alliance member says, ‘As Market on Thursday 18 May when many elsewhere, Wendover is experiencing resources will be available. a gradual increase in the population of There will be plenty of information available about dementia during the week and going forward making sure that dementia and all associated issues remain high on the local agenda for years to come. The Library will be a source of constantly updated information and practical guidance.

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experiences and anecdotes, topical discussion The long winter evenings and inclement and local news ensures an enjoyable and weather can make an older person feel interesting afternoon with the opportunity to isolated and depressed. Contact the Elderly make new friends and acquaintances. is an organisation whose aim is to relieve the The tea parties take place once a month on a loneliness that can be experienced by older Sunday afternoon, between 3 and 5pm, in a people living on their own and who have cosy sitting room in the winter or in a sunny little contact with their family, especially at garden in the summer. The Volunteers do this time of the year. their best to make Guests feel at home and welcome them like a member of the family. The local Contact group will typically consist of no more than twelve individuals over the age There is no cost involved with joining a Contact of 75 who live on their own and have difficulty group. The organisation is entirely run by getting out and about or making close contact volunteers who have been security checked with their family and friends. A member of and the organisation itself is a registered the Volunteering Team will host a tea party national charity. If you know someone once a month for the group. Volunteer drivers who would like to join, please contact the will collect the Guests from their homes and local coordinators. For the Chesham group deliver them back again after the tea party. contact David Barnes on 01494 581069 or In the comfort of a private home, surrounded For The Lee by likeminded people, the Host will make the and Wendover group contact Anthea Hartley Guests feel welcome and serve a homemade on 01494 837372 or e-mail bassibones@ tea. Spirited and stimulating conversation, For further information please coupled with the sharing of a lifetime's visit

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The Wildlife Trust Chilterns Group offers you an open invitation to get fit by helping with conservation work on our three local reserves. Please contact the wardens for more information about dates at Aston Clinton Ragpits (philjtownsend@, Weston Turville Reservoir ( and Bacombe Hill ( You may be in time to join our walk at Tring reservoirs on Saturday 28 January (booking details at or if indoor activity is more appealing, please come to our talk on ‘Butterflies’ by local expert Nick Bowles on Tuesday 21 February, see What’s On.

Youth Café

Youth Café was set up three years ago and has been a safe place for young people to drop in on a Wednesday afternoon. We have had some amazing volunteers over the years, but we now need more. We are at risk of closing without you.

If you would like to get involved we are looking for help on Wednesdays 3-4:30pm. We also have opportunities on Thursday and Friday evenings for Youth Club activities.

a full complement of indoor training and practice for all the junior and senior players. The senior teams in particular are looking for and would welcome new players of any age and ability, as well as umpires (see advert Do you fancy a challenge? Do you want to page 25) and scorers. If interested, please use your skills and creative ideas? Would contact Mike Harding for more information you like to give back to the young people in on 07952 668947 or our community? Come and join our team and have fun in the process. Contact Becky Wendover FC – February Update - We have had an incredible run in our cups recently which has seen the 1st team reaching Wendover Cricket Club the quarter final of the Berks & Bucks Cup At Wendover Cricket Club’s AGM on 9 January, in January and the reserves reaching the two longstanding members stood down from quarter final of the Tom Sparkes Cup. This their posts; Jeremy Nicholson was Chairman is a terrific achievement for both teams and for 10 years and Matt Ryan the Treasurer the club as a whole, so congratulations to all for 7 years. Both were thanked for their our players and management for their hard significant contributions, whereupon Andy work and commitment. Glazebrook and John Wilkinson respectively were elected as their replacements. In league games, we are not seeing the same determination with disappointing results Whilst HS2 continues to take up a lot of the from lacklustre performances on the pitch. committee’s time, cricket is taking place with With a new year and a new hunger for

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Club Corner victory and fitness, we are hoping to end this season on a high for the black and golds with increased numbers at our weekly training sessions and supportive team management. This month we are asking a little something from you, the people of Wendover. We are really enjoying becoming a part of the wider community and are trying to make the club a place where people want to be. With that in mind, we would love to see some new faces at the club supporting us from the side lines whilst enjoying a beverage from our well stocked bar if you like. All upcoming fixtures can be seen on our Facebook page, www.

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Finally, don’t forget that training for the adult team is every Thursday 18.30 - 19.45 on the tennis courts beside Your Cafe in the Park in Aston Clinton. All levels welcome. We hope to see you there!

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February is a busy month for the Association. 11 February we host the Bucks County Beekeepers Spring Seminar at the Memorial Hall. 15 February our winter programme of talks continues with a presentation by John Tyler on “The World of Insects”. Monday 20 February the New Beekeepers Course commences. It is a 6 week course covering all aspects of beekeeping followed by practical sessions in the training apiary. The course Aylesbury Green Park Sub-Aqua Club is for those wishing to take up beekeeping The Sub-Aqua Club meets at Green Park Pool as well as those interested in the topic. For weekly during term time. Meetings to the more information on all of these events go end of summer term are at 8pm Wednesday to 1, 8 & 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March; 5 & 26 April; 10, 17 & 24 May; 7, 14, 21 & Wendover Bowls Club 28 June. We are located close to Wendover High Street and our members enjoy excellent club In addition to these meetings, they are holding facilities and parking. Bowling is a sport for all a Quiz in Longwick Village Hall on 11 March. ages and abilities and is very sociable. Most of our friendly Lawn Bowls club matches For details about club meetings or the quiz, finish with a drink and light meal so that please visit or players can relax and chat to their friends. contact Dave on We also offer our members and their guests regular social activities, like our upcoming Murder Mystery Evening, throughout the Wendover Sparrowhawks The Sparrowhawks resumed their league year. Please visit campaign after the much needed Christmas to learn more. break last month. They are looking to continue their success from the last half of Whitchurch Morris Men the season and dominate in the second leg. We dance out in the summer, on Tuesday Currently, they sit comfortably in mid-table evenings, at local pubs, so if you are near any but with only a few points in it they are of the pubs listed in the events page during pushing for a top two finish. the summer, come along and have a bit of fun. We would love to get more young men In other news, the junior team is beginning involved as we are all getting on a bit and some to flourish with the Coach and Assistant new blood would be a great way to move on Coaches ready to go. If you or anyone you into the future. If you have ever thought that know is interested in joining the junior team it would be fun but are not sure, come along please do get in touch for more information; and talk to us. We really would like to see a young revival.


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BBOWT The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is very excited to announce that our new Geology Rocks exhibition is now on display at our College Lake nature reserve in Buckinghamshire.

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College Lake, one of the Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserves, is situated at an old chalk quarry, which has been yielding prehistoric specimens and geological mysteries for decades. Using exciting, innovative and interactive displays the Geology Rocks exhibition showcases the site’s geology and natural heritage during three time periods: the Cretaceous, Pleistocene and the modern age.

Kate Sheard, Community Wildlife Officer in Bucks, has coordinated the production of the exhibition. She says: “We’re very excited to be able to showcase the history of College Lake through Geology Rocks. The interactive exhibits and displays encourage families to explore together, and there’s more in-depth information for people who would like to delve further into the history of the reserve. We are very grateful to the volunteers whose skill and knowledge helped us to create Geology Rocks.” Thanks to the hard work of the Wildlife Trust and dedicated volunteers, College Lake has been transformed into the wildlife haven we see today. More than 1,000 different wildlife species live here and the final part of the exhibition looks at this wonderful wildlife. The poor chalky soil is perfect for many special wild flowers, which attract a range of insects and other wildlife.

Around 100 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, southern England was underneath a warm, shallow sea. The remains of tiny plankton in the water dropped to the sea floor and eventually formed the chalk that now extends all the way through the Geology Rocks is already part of the schools Registered member of the Chilterns. Buried within the chalk are fossils programme offered by the environmental British Association of Foot Health Professionals education team at College Lake. The new of the creatures that used to live there. exhibits build on the programme and give Around 200,000 years ago, during the children first-hand experience of one of Pleistocene period, life at College Lake had the county’s important geological Sites of changed again. The area was savannah Special Scientific Interest. Internal and external work including grassland and wildlife living there included The exhibition is funded by a £74,100 grant from wild horses, lions and woolly mammoths. Bespoke Cupboards and Storage Bones and remains of this prehistoric wildlife the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Stuart McLeod, Kitchen Fitting / Doors found on the reserve are in the second part of Head of HLF South East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re Architraves and Skirting the exhibition. delighted to support this project which will Bookcases / Shelving During the late 20th century College Lake finally uncover the fascinating geological story Flooring / Windows Installation + Maintenance + Repair was a working quarry and the chalk was of College Lake. As well as enhancing current excavated, made into cement and used collections at the popular nature reserve, 07833 098899 / 01296 615441 in construction. Many fossils, including visitors – particularly local schoolchildren – ammonites and sea urchins, were uncovered will get a glimpse even further back into the Fully Qualified and Insured during the excavations and fossils from the site’s past to see how its formation and use has created the environment we can see today.” site are on display in the exhibition.

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Local Faces: Peter & Veronica Lockett Peter and Veronica met in 1964 at Kodak in Harrow Weald, where they both worked. They married on 28 June 1969 and moved to Bedgrove, as houses were much cheaper than in the Harrow area. Peter commuted to Kenton every day and Veronica worked for the then Aylesbury Rural District Council. They joined Group 20 (a social group for people aged between 20-35 years) until their daughter Clare was born in 1974. Andrew followed two years later in 1976. Before moving to Wendover in 1981 they lived in Chearsley, where the children boosted the school population, approx 25 pupils. When the children joined John Hampden First School Peter soon became a member of the Friends of John Hampden helping to arrange barn dances to raise money. Veronica taught at St Mary’s Sunday School and as the children progressed to the Middle School Peter became a Foundation Governor and Veronica assisted with cross country runs.

Both children belonged to Aylesbury Music Centre and undertook their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards through either the High School or the Henry Floyd. When Clare received her gold award, her one guest was her dad.

Peter has helped with the Scouts for many years, currently as a member of the Scout Active Support section. You can now find him each month working on the restoration of the Wendover Arm of the Canal.

Both Veronica and Peter are members of St Mary’s church and over the years have had many roles – Peter as Churchwarden, an Veronica helped interesting time during the refurbishment, out with the Guides and server; and Veronica as Sacristan and and for a short time Assistant Warden. Veronica is also part of the worked at the Jack in team that set up Sages, a group for seniors, the Box play group. 12 years ago and which still runs. Both Peter U3A Tenerife Holiday She then went on and Veronica are keen gardeners, Peter to work in St Mary’s parish administration having two allotments. During their leisure for eight years, and still helps arrange the time they walk (both with U3A and with weddings on a voluntary basis. In 2002 friends) and also like barn dancing and jazz. Veronica joined Wendover U3A, followed by Peter on retirement, and as part of the Travel Peter recently joined the steering group of Team has arranged holidays and day trips. the Wendover Neighbourhood Plan, as a She also runs several groups. At present representative of Wendover U3A, with a Veronica is chairman of Wendover U3A, her special remit of Conservation and heritage. three year term of office ending in 2017. See also article on pages 16-17.

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Cat Booker Fitness classes, times vary, see website for details Jodie Digby Fitness courses, times & locations vary, see website for details Art with Wendy Lewis, St Anne’s Hall 11.30-14.00 Mon, 14.00-16.00 Tue 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 www.physioandpilates​ Zumba with Nikki, Mon & Thu 1815 Halton School, Sat 0930 Wendover Jr School, 07876443392 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 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 www.physioandpilates​ Hartbeeps Music Classes for children, Legion Hall, Chiltern Road, see website for details Dinkies Music & Action (term time only), £4 per session, ages 6mo-2yr, Wendover Children’s Ctre 01296 621143 Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue. Nikki 07868 873911 Tai Chi & Qigong Classes, Your Cafe in Park 6 & 7pm Tue, St Anne’s Hall noon Wed Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell 01296 624089 Thames Valley Police at Wendover Community Library 0845 230 3232 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 Play & Learn (term time only), RAF Halton HIVE, Trinity Centre, £1 Colour Wheel Art Class, all topics, Ellesborough Parish Hall Steve Hedges 01844 273076 Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for moderate walk 1-1.5 hours 01494 475367 Bounce & Rhyme (term time only), Library Room, FREE 0845 2303232 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall (winter 20.15, summer 19.00) Halton Singers, Halton Village Hall enquiries@haltonsing​ Whitchurch Morris Men Practice Session, Wilstone Village Hall HP23 4PE Halton UK Cycling Club, Wed 18.30, Thu 18.00, Sun 08.30, details from OTEC bikes Cycle Rides with Local Cycle Touring Clubs Parentcraft (term time only), Wendover Children’s Centre 01296 621143 Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard Doodle Caboodle Soft Play Sessions, Wendover Memorial Hall, Term Time Only. Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, £6, pay-as-you-go Justine 07773 047684 Halton Military Wives Choir rehearsals, see advert page 2 Adult Swimming Classes, Wendover Pool Sharon 07990 521679 Sketch Club, £10 per session, Wendover Library Room Julie 07710 196334 Aylesbury Sub-Aqua Club at Green Park Pool (term time only) www.aylesburydivers.​ 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 Play & Learn (term time only), Wendover Children's Centre 01296 621143 (bi-weekly) Healing Meditation Group Sparrowhawks Netball Training, courts by Your Cafe in the Park 19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 Dance. Wendover Memorial Hall. 01442 865734 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. 01296 709593 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 judy.lipreading@gmai​ Amazing Donkey Youth Club for 10-14 year olds (term time only), Wen Youth Ctre Paul Hammett 01296 621162 “Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church JUST 01296 623123 JAZZERCISE classes to suit you. 07900 987230 Rookie Lifeguard Classes for 8-12 year olds (term time only), Green Park Pool Liz 01296 622895 Cycle Rides with Aylesbury Cycling UK, locations vary southbuckscycling.or​ Bingo at the Legion Club, Chiltern Road, all welcome

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

Wed 01

10.00 Monthly U3A members meeting, St Mary's Church Wendover

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varies Wendover Neighbourhood Plan events, Thu 15.45-18.30 WCEJS Hall, Sat 10.00-15.00 Library Room, see p16-17

Thu 02

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

Thu 02

19.30 Bucks Bird Club meeting - "Bird Reserves in Kent", Wendover Memorial Hall. Outdoor meetings Sun 5 & 19. See p 3.​.uk

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varies "The Frog Prince Panto", RAF Halton Theatre, shows 2-5 Feb, Thu/Fri 19.30, Sat 14.00 & 18.00, Sun 14.00, see p 3 07510 687365

Fri 03

19.00 Quiz & Chips for Chilterns MS Centre, Wendover Memorial Hall

Sat 04

10.00 Walk with the Ramblers - Area AGM & HS2 line walk, meet SM Combined School green. Also walks Sun 5, Tue 21, Sun 26. www.aylesbury-ramble​

Sat 04

19.30 "The Battle of the Somme" with Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, Aylesbury Vale Academy HP18 0WS, see p 3


Sun 05

09.30 Newcomer/Easy Paced Cycle Ride, also 12, 19 & 26 Feb, see p 2

Tue 07 Tue 07

09.00-16.00 Safer Internet Day, Bletchley Park MK3 6EB


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Tue 07

18.30 Pace Pamper Evening, £7 entry, The Bradbury Campus HP22 5TE, book online​ents/pace-pamper-evening/

Tue 07

20.00 KEHS monthly meeting - "Growing for the Kitchen". Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see p 4

Wed 08

19.00 Grandparents Association Support Group (2nd Wednesday), Holiday Inn, Weston Turville

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Wed 08

19.30 Wendover Art Club: visit from Melanie Bird; also Wed 22 perspective with John Yabsley, Wen Library Room, see p 4


Wed 08

20.00 AC, B & DB Horticultural Society meeting - "Our Box Woodland Heritage", Anthony Hall


Thu 09

08.30-12.00 QuiltOver Sewing & Quilting group, £5 entry, Wendover Memorial Hall

Thu 09

10.15-13.00 Pace Open Morning, two locations, please book online


Thu 09

13.00-15.00 Carers Bucks Support Group Meeting, Wendover Library Room, see p 4

Fri 10-Tue 14

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Fri 10

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

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Sat 11

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Sat 11

10.00-11.00 Action Against Alzheimer's talk, Wendover Community Library, see advert p 4


Sat 11

10.00-15.00 Smile Design Dental Open Day, 33 High Street Wendover, see advert p 7


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10.00 Mid Bucks Beekeepers - Bucks County BKA Spring Seminar, Wendover Memorial Hall, see p 25

14.30-17.30 St Anne's Hall Open Day, see p 18 19.00 Dennis Davis Supper Quiz, tickets £12, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS, see p 4

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15.30-17.30 Messy Church, St Anne's Hall, see p 4

Mon 13

00.00 Registration for Bucks County Council Energy Supplier Switch Scheme closes, see p 27

Mon 13

19.00-21.00 Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Charity "Keep Fit In", Weston Turville Village Hall, see p 5 mullinsjon@hotmail.c​om

Tue 14

19.30 Chiltern Humanists monthly meeting -"The Consciousness Conundrum", Wendover Library Room, see p 5

Tue 14

19.45 Wendover Evening WI meeting – "Saris with Practice", St Anne's Hall, see p 5

Sara 01296 620005

Wed 15 & Thu 16

Wed 15

10.00-13.00 "Sticktacular!" children's activity, £4, booking essential, College Lake Nature Reserve HP23 5QG 19.30 “The World of Insects” with John Tyler, Church of the Good Shepherd HP21 8NH

Thu 16

09.00-14.00 Legacy Fairs, Wendover Memorial Hall, see advert p 4

Thu 16

10.15-11.45 Sages Monthly Meeting (3rd Thursday), Wendover Christian Centre

Thu 16

14.30 Wendover Horticultural Society “Structure, Shape and Form for your Garden” with Sara Shelby, Wen Library Room

Fri 17

14.00 Flotsam Book Group meeting, King & Queen, South Street, Wendover

Helen 01296 631069

Fri 17

19.30 OnScreen - "Bridget Jones Baby", Wendover Library Room, see p 5

0845 230 3232

Fri 17

19.30 Aston Wine Club meeting with presenter Gerald Sacks, Buckland Village Hall HP22 5HZ

Sat 18 Sat 18 Sat 18

09.00-13.00 Wendover Local Produce Market, Manor Waste 10.30 Book Club, Wendover Christian Centre, see p 5 14.00 Bucks Family History Society Family History Talk - topic tbc, Southcourt Community Ctre HP21 8LF

Sat 18

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

Sun 19

10.00-14.00 Princes Risborough Farmers Market, High St Princes Risborough. Free parking.

Mon 20 Tue 21 Wed 22 Wed 22

19.30 Mid Bucks Beekeepers - new beekeepers course, Church of the Good Shepherd HP21 8NH, see p 25 19.45-21.45 “Butterflies” with speaker Nick Bowles, Gt Missenden Memorial Centre, see p 6

14.30-16.00 Reading Group for the Visually Impaired, Wendover Library Room 19.30 Sicilian Wine Masterclass, No2 Pound Street, tickets £15/£10 wine club members

Thu 23

14.30 Weston Turville U3A monthly members' meeting, Aylesbury Rugby Club

Thu 23

19.30 Wendover Twinning Association meeting - visit from Jacqui Keyse, Wendover Library Room, see p 5

Thu 23 Fri 24

20.00 Aylesbury Centre for the National Trust meeting - "Amateur with a Camera", Broughton Junior School HP20 1NQ 11.00-14.00 Memory Pathways, Lindengate Site, Wyevale Garden Centre HP22 6BD, see advert p 21

Fri 24

19.30 The Wendover Society AGM & Dinner, Memorial Hall, see p 5

Fri 24

20.00 Weston Turville Historical Society meeting - "Thames Valley Millionaires", WT Village Hall, see p 6

Sat 25 Sat 25 & Sun 26

09.30-11.00 Daddy Cool, play for young children with male carers, Wendover Children's Centre HP22 6HF

Sat 25

18.00 Film Night at St Dunstan's - "The BFG", £3 children/£4 adults, St Dunstan's Church HP27 9JE, see p 6

Sat 25

18.30 Family Film Evening - "The Secret Life of Pets", Wendover Christian Ctre, see p 6

Sat 25

19.30 Wendover Music AGM & Concert, St Mary's Church Wendover, see ad front page

Tue 28

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10.00-17.00 Exhibition & Sale of Paintings for Charity, Dunsmore Village Hall, see p 6

Lionel Abel-Smith Trust Applications due, see p 10

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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

View from the Chair

Opportunities will also arise for anyone who wishes to help me and my fellow Councillors shape our community. People with an idea, people with expertise, people with a few hours to spare or with a particular skill I’d like to thank my set will find a rewarding outlet predecessor Robert by working with us. Your interest Duggan for his immense in social enterprise, social contribution to Wendover media or community volunteer life. Robert can be assured management would fit well with that he steps down leaving the Parish Council ready to face its future the Parish Council. and that he has helped to make Wendover a Wendover has been a great home for me and better and a safer place for all of us. Robert my family since 1968. I’m convinced that with will continue as a Councillor so his knowledge your help it can, despite all of the changes on and experience will still be there for us all to the horizon, be even better. call upon. Tom Walsh, Chairman I’m Tom Walsh and I’m the newly elected Chairman of Wendover Parish Council.

The future is likely to be increasingly challenging. With more services being devolved to us from Bucks CC, the mitigation, planning and build phase of HS2, Unitary Authority proposals and the closure of RAF Halton offering choices and opportunities to our community.

New Councillor

We have, at last, co-opted our thirteenth Councillor. Robert Grace joined the Parish Council in December. He has lived in the same house in Wendover for 43 years, is married with two children and three grandchildren and worked in building and development in UK and Northern Ireland until his retirement.

But I will need your help to face these Parish Council Meeting challenges. Increasingly you will be asked for your opinion on a range of issues. Please Tuesday 7 February, 7.30pm do let us know what you think. The most Wendover Library Room pressing subject is to help the Parish Council and volunteer residents construct our Christmas Event Neighbourhood Plan. The Christmas Late Night was a great success with a good turnout and the event raised £1000 for the Youth Centre, the chosen charity for 2016. We would like to thank

our Groundsmen, Andy and Tony, for their stalwart efforts over Christmas and New Year.

Local Produce Market Manor Waste, 9am to 1pm Saturday 18 February

Neighbourhood Plan

The first Neighbourhood Plan launch drop in meeting is on Thursday 2 February in Wendover Junior School Hall from 3.45pm to 6.30pm, the second will be on Saturday 4 February in Wendover Library Room from 10am to 3pm. Everyone living in Wendover should have received a leaflet through the door with more information. If you have not received one please let us know. See pp 16-17.

Neighbourhood Plan Launch Drop In Events

Thursday 2 February, W Junior School Hall, 3.45pm to 6.30pm ֍֍֍֍֍

Saturday 4 February, Wendover Library Room, 10am to 3pm

Herne The Hunter

We have had a good response to the survey for the proposed statue on Hampden Pond Island, the results will be ready next month.

Planning Applications

Although plans for building applications can be found on the AVDC website, those on which the PC are consulted are also available at the Clock Tower and can be seen, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 11.30am.

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

01296 623056


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