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September 2018

Halton Heritage Day 16 September

Wendover Arm Trust Open Day 2 September


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Please make sure you’ve entered your team for the Annual Parish Quiz, details at http:// by Saturday 1 September. The Quiz takes place on Thursday evenings in October and November. Wendover Community Library has an annual image competition, closing date Sunday 30 September. Winners are published in their fund raising calendar, details at http://www. photo-competition.

Monday 17 September

A report about the Examination in Public of the Vale of Aylesbury local Plan is given on pages 26-27 - watch out for updates on social media. Please note that on 18 July Mr Justice Ousley dismissed the attempt to overturn the Inspector’s refusal of the planning application for the proposed development on the field adjacent to Halton Lane. Progress of the drought

Watch out for information concerning the HS2 project within these pages. Many thanks to everyone who helped Wendover to win the Best Kept Village competition, see letter page 20 and Matters Arising, back page. More details on website.

Presentation for Best Kept Village Saturday 15 September, 9.45am Manor Waste (Local Produce Market)

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Correction: In Memoriam, in the notice on page 14, Wendover News, August 2018. there was confusion about which sister of the three was Jill’s carer. The sister in Wendover is Pat. Jill is also survived by sister Jennie, who lives in Northamptonshire. Wendover News regrets the error. See page 28 for more about Jill Watkin.

RAF Flypast

Tuesday 18 September at 1.30pm

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

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Events Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Aylesbury Cyclist Touring Club has group rides throughout the county, see Children’s Gallery Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP Visit the fantastic Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, café, shop and garden. Until 5 September: LEGO returns to the museum with an exhibition of history in Civilisations! For charges, opening and activity times, birthday parties and more please check

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Wendover and Halton Cycling Club meets weekly at 18.30 Wednesdays, 18.00 Thursdays, 08.30 Sundays. All meetings at Halton UK tennis and sports village. Parking, showers/changing and café on site. Contact Otec Bikes for information 07824 828024.

2-5pm, HP27 0PG Open Sundays and BH Mondays until 30 Cake & Biscuit Decorating September. www.laceygreenwindmi​ Cornelli Sugarcraft (see advert page 26) runs each term, www.cornellisugarcraft. Regular Events at Wendover Library courses See events pages 34 & 35. “Learn My Way” computer training 1st Tuesday of each month, please book. Afternoon Tea Children’s Book Club, 1st Saturday every Sundays, 2.30-5pm, St Mary’s, Wendover month, 2.30pm - details from the Library. Knit Every Sunday until and including 30 Sep 2018. & Natter, Thursday 6, 10.30am-12.30pm & Tuesday 18, 1.30-3.30pm. Scrabble Club, 4th Wendover Arm Trust Open Day Tuesday each month, 2.30pm, please book. Sun 2, 12.30-4pm, Drayton Beauchamp “Jigsaw Challenge” ongoing. Bounce & Rhyme Church HP22 5LS returns to its regular timetable 11 September Guided tours of restoration site (approx 25 minute walk), sales stands, teas and cakes - 10-10.45 toddlers; 11-11.45 babies. for sale. Video presentation in Church. Charity Coffee Mornings FREE ENTRY AND CAR PARKING (donations Thurs, 10am-12noon, No2 Pound St welcome). Drop in, add to the collection pot for a local Kimble & Elles Horticultural Society charity, and have a cup of coffee, too! Sun 2 & Tue 4, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN Cycle Rides and Local Walks Autumn Show - Sunday 2, 14.00-16.30; Simply Walk meets each Tuesday at 10.00 at Floral Demonstration with Susie Barwick, a Wendover Clock Tower and the first Thursday floral judge - Tuesday 4, 20.00. at 11.00 near Café in the Woods. Have a look Craft Group at the listings on pages 34 & 35 for details. The Ramblers have a programme of organised Wed 5 & 19, 10am-12noon, Wen Christian Ctre walks of varying length and difficulty locally. If you enjoy any craft, join others with the More on same interest at Craft Group, initiated by and pages 34 & 35. Wendover Free Church.

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Events HS2 Community Engagement

Wed 5, 2-7pm, Wendover Library Room - by HS2 also Thu 6, Wed 12, Sat 29 - by Eiffage Kier, see advert right Vernon Loo from HS2 Ltd brings other HS2 project representatives to monthly meetings at Wendover Community Library until November 2018. Eiffage Kier is running meetings at varous venues in the Wendover area in September to discuss progress of the project.

Information events About HS2 in your area Thursday 6 September 2018, 1.00pm to 6.00pm and Saturday 29 September 2018, 12 noon to 6.00pm St Anne’s Hall, Aylesbury Rd, Wendover, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 6JG Wednesday 12 September 2018, 11.30am to 8.00pm Ballinger War Memorial Hall, Ballinger Rd, Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 9LQ High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain.

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The Brain Health Programme

Wed 5, 7.30-9pm, Wendover Library Room The Brain Health Programme is a nutrition and lifestyle coaching programme delivered by qualified Nutritional Therapists. It is designed to help you optimise brain health and cognitive function and includes workshops on several relevant topics. The next course starts in Wendover on 17 September with an introductory talk on Wednesday 5 September. Contact Nicola on 07749 881081 or for more information and tickets.

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Come to our drop-in events to find out more These events are an opportunity for you to find out more about the design of HS2 in your area. At these events you will be able to: • Find out more about the plans for the Wendover Dean and Small Dean viaducts; • find out more about the plans for the Wendover Green Tunnel; and • ask questions and explore the proposals in more detail.

Summer Reading Challenge

Write to High Speed Two (HS2) Limited Two Snowhill Snow Hill Queensway Birmingham B4 6GA Website Please contact us if you’d like a free copy of this document in large print, Braille, audio or easy read. You can also contact us for help and information in a different language.

please return forms by Sat 8 - awards given Sat 22 There will be an awards ceremony on Saturday 22 September for those who complete and collect their stickers by Saturday 15 September. Please email for enquiries. HS2 is committed to protecting personal information. If you wish to know more about how we use your personal information please see our Privacy Notice (

Waterside Festival

Sat 8, 11am-6.30pm, by Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Waterside Festival will host a vibrant mixture of stalls, activities and treats to suit everyone. Indulge your senses in a continental market of over 30 stalls, a floating market, live music, canal boat trips, street entertainment, water-based activities, a pieces-of-eight treasure hunt, arts and crafts, food tasters, refreshments and so much more!

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LEGACY FAIRS Antiques & Collectors Market

Thursday 20 September 9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity Wendover Memorial Hall email:

Halton Singers proudly present their Summer Concert

Sat 8, 2-4.30pm, St Dunstan’s Church HP27 9JE Come rain or shine: bouncy castle, cream teas, children’s entertainer, ice cream, teddy bear tower parachute jump (please supply your own teddy and parachute), raffle, games, Phoenix cards, bottle stall, lucky dip, splat the rat, conker competition (please bring your own conker(s) already ‘strung up’), cakes, home-made produce, football games, and lots more.

Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge

On the 28th and 29th September from 7.30pm At Halton Village Hall Tickets £8 including nibbles from Don Knight 01296 622603 or Kevin Towler 01296 622390

Come and meet the legendary last British Dambuster

Sun 9, starts Princes Risborough School 7, 11 or 20 mile sponsored walk along the Ridgeway. Adult: £20, child (5–16): £10 Under 5s free. Start time determined by length of walk. chilterns3peaks

be talking about “Liberty - The Bucks Man, the London Shop, the Global Style”. Visitors welcome. Contact: Margaret, 01296 582318.

Chiltern Humanists

Tue 11, 8 pm, Wendover Library Room Mike Flood - “Is Fake Information Destroying Democracy?” Thomas Jefferson said “information is the currency of democracy”. But what happens when information is corrupted? Come find out. Everyone is welcome at our meetings.

Wendover Art Club

Wed 12 & 26, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Rm Starting back 2nd & 4th Wednesdays after our summer break with: Sep 12 - AGM followed by a DVD to gently get us back into the mood. Sep 26 - Susan Cooke will be giving a talk on ‘Egg Tempera’ and we’ll be able to try our hands at gilding if we wish. Wendover WI Visitors always welcome – entry £3 but you Tue 11, 7.30pm, St Anne’s Hall Will Phillips, who is the Keeper of the Social do get an interesting talk/demo and tea/ History collection at the Bucks Museum, will coffee and biscuits.

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Events Wendover Choral Society

Thu 13, 7.45pm, St Mary’s Church Wendover Choral Society start rehearsals for their Christmas concert entitled ‘Christmas in Dresden’ on Thursday 13 September. We will be singing ‘The Christmas Story’ by H Schutz with other music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli. Rehearsals are held in St Mary’s Church, Wendover and run from 7.45 until 9.45pm term time only. All lovers of singing are welcome. There are no auditions but some knowledge of music would be helpful.

Chiltern Writers

Thu 13, 8pm, Wendover Library Room Alison Bruce in conversation with Dave Sivers. Alison Bruce is the author of eight crime novels and two non-fiction titles; tonight interviewed by CW member and crime author Dave Sivers.

Lipreading ‘Taster’ Session

The BML Fitness studio offers all types of exercise classes to suit your personal fitness needs.

Book Club

Sat 15, 10.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre No set books - come along and join in the discoveries! Coffee & cake, too!

Bucks Family History Society

Sat 15, 2pm Turnfurlong Jr Schl HP21 7PL Talk: The Procedures And Language Of Probate. Dr Colin Chapman will unravel some of the complex language used in wills, testaments, inventories and associated documentation in Britain in the past. The Society welcomes non-members to its meetings; entry is £4.

Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild

Sat 15, 2.30-4.30pm, SM Meth Church AGM followed by Lynn Hulse presenting “Surely no Odder Kind of Needlework was ever Evolved...”

Please view the web site for more details on classes offered at the studio or contact Emma for more details. Emma is an expert personal trainer and class instructor who specialises in tailoring exercise to suit the individual’s needs; whether you are a beginner or advanced the studio offers classes for all. Classes on offer include Pilates, step, boxing, HIIT core, weight training, post natal classes and tai chi.

Memory Walk

Sun 16, 10am, Wendover Woods Fri 14, 11am, Wendover Library Room Do you have trouble hearing? Join this “Let’s Walk for a World without Dementia” Please use the official car park: it has a friendly class. See advert page 4. Award-winning Family Run Hearing Consultancy Estd in 1989 OUR SERVICES Need advice in an informal setting? Why not join us at one of our free monthly Hear Today coffee mornings?

1st Friday of each month 10am-12pm Flint Barn Court, Church street, Old Amersham HP7 0DB

1st Tuesday of each month 10am-12pm Cobbles Yard, 112 High Street, Thame, OX9 3DZ

“We are Aston Hearing, your local independent hearing consultancy, working in the area for nearly 30 years. We can help with all things related to ears and hearing. Don’t suffer in silence, book in for a personal appointment. Call or email for more details or join us at one of our Hear Today events” Duncan & Kate Collet-Fenson Directors of Aston Hearing

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The Happy Hearing Van will be at World’s End Garden Centre, Wendover.

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number plate recognition system to calculate parking charges. Follow signs past GoApe Contact: ELAINE MACWHIRTER to the Memory Walk Gazebo. No fee, Chartered Physiotherapist & registration from 10am, gentle warm-up Certified Pilates Instructor session at 10.45am, start at 11am. Choose from 1km, 2km or 5 km according to ability. 07515252331 Unfortunately the woodland route is not suitable for wheelchairs; may be suitable for child buggies. There will be the opportunity to donate cash to the Alzheimer’s Society or you can give through MemoryWalkWendover. There is still time to volunteer to help with the Wendover Woods Memory Walk, organised by a local Alzheimer’s Society volunteer and supported by Wendover Dementia Action Alliance. If you could help on the day, especially as a marshal, please get in touch:

Halton Heritage Day

Sun 16, 10am-4pm, RAF Halton Halton House, the Victorian Era Officers’ Mess at RAF Halton, will be open to the public. Apart from Halton House, the Trenchard Museum,

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(where more can be learnt about the history of the RAF Station and RAF’s Apprentice Scheme), the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre, the reconstructed Trenches and St George’s Church will all be open. Transport will be provided between Halton House and the various venues. Halton House has very limited disabled access and has no disabled toilets.

Messy Church

Sun 16, 3.30-5.30pm, St Anne’s Hall Enjoy themed messy (and not so messy) activities for adults and children alike. After a story, song and prayer activity, we eat a meal together. No charge. Children, please remember to bring an adult with you.

FoWL Charity Golf Day

Thu 20, all day, Whiteleaf Golf Course If you are interested in putting in a team, please email or inform any of the staff at the Wendover Library. £37.50 for the day, inc food.

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CDRS Sponsored Autumn Walk

Thu 20, 2.30pm, Wendover Library Room Sun 23, 2.30 for 3pm start, CDRS Rescue Speaker; Terry Cann, “The Words and Work Centre, St Leonards Road HP23 6LD of Three Great Gardeners”. All two and four legged friends welcome! Help yourself to a sponsorship form or alternatively OnScreen pay £10 on the day to register and take part. Fri 21, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room 5 miles. Squash & biscuits on return. “Dunkirk” (12A) Wartime drama about the Allied evacuation from Northern France in RSPB Aylesbury Local Group 1940. Tickets £5 from the Library. Mon 24, 7.30pm, Prebendal Hall Community Centre HP19 7QW Artists & Makers Fairs The first talk this autumn is the “Life & Sat 22 & 29, 10am-4pm Conservation of Swifts” by Edward Mayer. Meet the artists at work as Sally Evans Artists & Makers Fairs return for the autumn season at Chorleywood Memorial Hall and Thame Lindengate Charity Golf Day Town Hall, see advert page 4. Wed 26, all day, Ellesborough Golf Course Email or call Walk the MS Mile 07787 516660. Sat 22, from 10.15am, Market Square, Aylesbury Macmillan Coffee Morning Help support the Chilterns MS Centre! Walk Fri 28, Aces High, 2 Station Approach starts 11am. Entry £5, under 12s free. www. Aces High are taking part in this year’s Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. news/walk-the-ms-mile Stop by and have a cuppa for charity!

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Cream Teas

Fri 28 & Sat 29, 7.30pm, Halton Village Hall Sun 30, 3-5pm, St Mary the Virgin Halton Singers Summer Concert, tickets £8 The last of this year’s cream teas at St Mary including nibbles, see advert page 4 the Virgin, Weston Turville. Come enjoy the tea and homemade baked goods.

Weston Turville Historical Society

Fri 28, 8pm, W Turville Village Hall “Moonlight Sonata (The bombing of Coventry 14 Nov 1940)” with speaker - Ed Schoon. Entrance - £2 members, £3 visitors.

RAF Halton Voluntary Band with RAF Halton Military Wives Choir

Sat 29, 7pm, St George’s Church, RAF Halton Tickets £10. Refreshments and raffle. content/article/8-public/117-rafhaltonvoluntaryband

Wendover Music Organ Recital

Sat 29, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Featuring Ian Tracey from Liverpool City & Liverpool Cathedral, see advert page 4.


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Coming Soon - Save the Date!

• early Oct - ‘Drawn to the Chilterns’ Wendy Lewis exhibition, see page 14 for more • 4 Oct - Bucks Bird Club indoor meetings resume • 6-21 Oct - Chilterns Walking Festival • 6 Oct - Lindengate Autumn Open Day • 6 Oct - Quiz for Chilterns Dog Rescue Society • 7 Oct - Colour Rush for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity • 13 Oct - Great War Bucks Showcase • 13 Oct - Big Band Swing at St Dunstan’s Church • 8-11 Nov - “Journey’s End” performed by Ubiquitous Theatre at Worlds End Wyevale • 10 Nov - Christmas Market at The Lee Shop • 17 Nov - Chilterns MS Centre Winter Wonderland Ball • 30 Nov - Christmas at Halton House for the Chilterns MS Centre • 8 & 9 Dec - Wendover Art Club Winter Exhibition


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September 1918

On the Western Front the German Army was gradually forced back to its main defensive position – the Hindenburg Line. British troops captured Cagnicourt, Villers and Queant. The French crossed the Somme and American soldiers achieved success in the St Mihiel area capturing 15,000 prisoners. The Hindenburg line was breached by the British on the Canal du Nord and at St Quentin. An Anglo-Belgian force made advances along a 23 mile front in Flanders. While the German troops continued to resist strongly, their morale was collapsing. An ally of Germany, Bulgaria, signed an armistice after being defeated by Serbia. In the Middle East British forces began the Battle of Armageddon to drive Turkey out of Palestine and Syria. Private George Tomlin of the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, aged 22, died of wounds on the September 13 1918 in France. George was the son of George and Mary Tomlin of Addington Cottages and was one of the first Wendover men George Tomlin, 22 to enlist on 24 August 1914. His brother, William, served with the Royal Engineers. On the 1911 census, George, age 15, was listed as houseboy. He had been a member of St Mary’s Sunday school and a chorister. Private E Frank Birch M.M. a signaller in the Bedfordshire Regiment was killed in action on 21 September 1918. He was shot by a sniper while trying to link communications across a road in St Quentin. Ernest Frank, known as Frank was the son of Thomas and Matilda Birch. The following tribute was printed in the Bucks Herald: Mr & Mrs Birch, Wellwick Cottages, have received official information that their son, Pte, E F Birch, M.M., Bedfordshire Regt., was killed in action on Sept 22. Frank was 25 years of age, and joined the Forces in November 1914, enlisting in Croxley Green, where he was apprenticed to a wheelwright and blacksmith. Previous to this he worked for Mr Dell at Wellwick Farm, living at home with his parents. At this time he was a member of the band of the 1st Wendover Company, Boys Brigade, being highly esteemed and respected by the officers and his companions. He had seen much service since 10

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the war, and when the news came some time ago that he had won the Military Medal it was a source of great pleasure to those who knew him. His parents have received a sympathetic letter from his comrades, who speak in terms of E. Frank Birch, 25. warm appreciation of Photo courtesy Phil his character, and a Birch letter which they have received from his Commanding Officer shows the true spirit of the lad. The officer says: - I am writing to express my deep sympathy in the loss of your son, who was killed in action on the 22nd. He has been in the Signal Section under me since 1916, and a stouter, braver, and more hard- working fellow I have never had. He was very much respected and liked by all his fellows who join me in expressing our deepest sympathy. I was with him when he earned his Military Medal, and can vouch that he thoroughly deserved it.’ At the Aylesbury Petty Sessions Court Hugh Cyril Elthringham of Wendover Dean Farm was summoned for using petrol or its substitute for purposes not authorised by the Motor Spirit (Consolidation) and Gas Restriction Order, 1918. P.S. Blane said: ‘At 3pm on Sept 4 he saw defendant at Aylesbury, driving a private motor car which contained two other persons. He stopped him and enquired for what purpose he was using his car. He replied that he had driven from his farm in Wendover to Aylesbury market. Witness asked him if he had any special business to do in Aylesbury, and he said he had not, but attended the market as a farmer. Witness asked him what time it was necessary for him to arrive and depart, and he replied that he usually arrived about 1 o’clock and left again about 3. Witness also asked if he could not accomplish the journey by rail, and he replied that he could not, as it would take up too much of his time. Supt. Wootton said that under the Order defendant was entitled to drive his car to the nearest railway station. Wendover Dean Farm was about a mile and a half from the station. A fine of £3 was imposed.’ A case of bigamy was transferred from the Petty Sessions to Bucks Assize Court in September. Ezekiel Smith (25) chain–maker, Tipton, now a 2nd A.M. in the Royal Air Force at Halton Camp, was brought up on

remand, charged with bigamously marrying Ada Elizabeth Franklin, of Wendover, at High Wycombe, on March 16, his lawful wife being then alive. Sarah Ann Smith said she was married to defendant on June 2 1912 at St Matthews Church, Tipton. They lived at Chapel Street, Tipton, and there were three children by the marriage. In evidence the court heard – ‘Her husband was in the Royal Air Force at Halton Camp, and had corresponded with her regularly. William Franklin, cartage contractor, Rose and Crown Inn, Wendover, said his daughter Ada Eliza, who was 28 years of age, became acquainted with defendant last year. He visited the house, and witness knew him as a single man. Defendant married his daughter at the Registry Office, High Wycombe, on March 16, and he witnessed the marriage. Rebecca Franklin, the mother, also deposed to witnessing the marriage and signing the register. P.S. Bryant stated that he arrested defendant at Buckland Wharf, near Wendover. When he read the warrant defendant said, “I expected this. I got the girl in trouble, and did it to save her from disgrace.” Defendant was committed for trial at the Bucks Assizes. Sir Ryland Adkins, who appeared for the prosecution, said prisoner’s only excuse seemed to be that he had got the girl in trouble, and did it to save her from disgrace. His lordship said ‘There is a good deal of discussion about bigamy, but there are two very different classes of bigamy. When a man got possession of a girl by representing himself to be a single man, it was to his mind, very little removed from rape; and there was the other class, where a man who got a girl into trouble, tried at any rate, to take away the disgrace from her by marrying her, although he was a married man. Though it was none the less a serious offence, it was in his opinion, a less serious form of bigamy. Prisoner’s record and character were good, but he could not pass this over, and should sentence him to two months imprisonment. He had been in prison for one month already, and the sentence of the Court was that he should remain in prison for another month.’ Mike Senior & Val Moir

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A team of eager Year 12 John Colet School students volunteered to run an activity at the Big Bang at Bucks STEM event in June, and engaged younger students in making ‘Exploding Volcanoes’. They did a brilliant job deciding on an experiment, organising the resources and running the activity. Getting involved in extra events like this is a great way for our KS5 students to build character, develop transferable skills and benefit from experiences that can be discussed on university application forms and at interviews. Well done to the team for rising to the challenge, pushing themselves to show leadership beyond the classroom and working so well together. Great effort! Mrs Fanchi

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Local News one else has appeared to act as a reserve or • No obvious information was displayed in understudy for the key roles of organiser and the waiting room on performance/patient auctioneer and it’s a constant worry of what satisfaction, hearing loops, alternative happens if one of them becomes ill at the formats, translation/signing services or wrong time. advice in other languages 3.After the visit Consequently it has been decided not to • Almost all patients were clear about what hold the auction this year. Whether it will to do next start up again in the future is unknown – the knowledge and experience is there but We have made recommendations to the no-one is getting any younger! The Club’s partnership based on these findings, gratitude is extended to all those who have including improving awareness of how contributed in any way to the success of the patients can get involved. 50/50 Auction over the last 50 years. Westongrove Partnership’s response was: Healthwatch Bucks latest GP "Thank you very much to the team at ‘Enter and View’ promotes Patient Healthwatch Bucks for conducting an ‘Enter & View’ visit…. The team were professional Involvement On Thursday 21 June Healthwatch Bucks carried and friendly, and were very helpful in out an ‘Enter and View’ visit at Wendover assisting with the promotion of our Patient Health Centre and Bedgrove Surgery. Both are Participation Group, resulting in a number of new recruits. We are pleased to see so many part of the Westongrove Partnership. positive comments from patients and take Healthwatch Bucks carries out Enter and on board the suggestions made regarding View visits to health and social care services improvements. The report has been shared to find out how they are being run and make with our team at Westongrove, and we will recommendations where there are areas for be working through the recommendations improvement. made in the report." We spoke to 21 patients and looked at 3 The full report is available at www. main areas. We found: Making an appointment • Half of patients found it easy to book an and-view-visit/. appointment • Some patients found booking appointments Drawn to the Chilterns online difficult October 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2-5pm, Pavilion 2. Visiting the surgery Gallery, Chenies Manor • 99% of patients trusted the advice given Wendover artist Wendy Lewis is exhibiting from the surgery large water colour pictures and prints with • Many patients did not know about the a light hearted and unusual take on the Patient Participation Group (PPG) or how interesting, historic and famous people who to give feedback have lived here in the beautiful Chilterns.


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I was made redundant a couple of years ago from Equitable Life and wanted to start my own business. I took up cake decorating as a hobby last year and was getting so many requests I decided to make that my business in April this year.

Grant Awards Groundwork are HS2’s administrators of the Community & Environment Fund and Business & Local Economy Fund. Their website hs2funds offers support with criteria In July, I got a call from the BBC Antiques eligibility and samples of applications if you Roadshow, asking me to make a cake for Henry wish to apply. Sandon’s 90th Birthday. He’s a ceramics expert So far three grants have been awarded in and famously valued a piece now known as Wendover: Wendover Woods refurbishment, Ozzie the Owl. They wanted a model of it on extension of the Witchell Car Park, and The the cake and I had five days to make it. Wendover Swimming Pool remodel.

Vernon Loo, HS2 Ltd The reason I got the call is that the Executive Producer of Antiques Roadshow is a friend of Investigative Works on A413/London Road a friend and she has seen some of my cakes. These works were underway as Wendover I had never made anything like it, so spent News went to press. Wendover News has time searching online and watching YouTube been in touch with Fusion JV regarding the on how to. It was so hot my first cake collapsed issues with timing and sequencing on the in the heat and I had to start from scratch at lights. More in October's edition.

11pm on the Monday night, but I managed to Chilterns Heritage Festival deliver it on time on Tuesday and it was well This September, The Chiltern Society received. Apparently Henry loved it. will be launching the first ever Chilterns Tracey Ebbs Heritage Festival. From 22 September – 6 October, a series of exciting events will HS2 News be taking place across the region that are Security Support Vehicles designed to celebrate the diverse heritage As we move into the next stage constructing of the Chilterns. This festival of experiences the railway, we are introducing security and promises something for everyone to enjoy. safety support vehicles as part of our plan to ensure that the public and those working With exclusive visits to iconic Chiltern on the project, as well as property and sites houses, historical open days, heritage walks along the route, remain safe and secure. and a huge range of other special events, this extraordinary festival will help people These units will be available along the to learn about Chilterns heritage and open Phase One route to respond to incidents it up to both the local public and those who and will be on patrol 24/7. Their tasks might live beyond the Chilterns. The Festival will include responding to a security incident or bring together historic buildings, museums, checking to see if property or a piece of land landscapes and organisations charged with is secure. There will be three units in each keeping our heritage alive. of the three HS2 areas along the Phase One route. Each unit will have two staff from Among the 25 special events organised our contractor and a vehicle. They will have for the public by the Chiltern Society is an HS2 identification cards and high visibility Iron Age weekend at the famous Wendover

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HS2: Wake up Wendover is the only community where meetings and exhibitions to see the mockthe HS2 situation is still under review by ups for yourself. Get information online, the government. You can still influence from the Wendover Society, the Parish the choices for Wendover and the Council, HS2 and the press. 2. Write to decision-makers to express surrounding area. So please, think about your concerns and reject this project as what HS2 means for you personally - and currently planned. There are politicians write to decision makers NOW to reject who believe HS2 is a mistake. But they the current plan. need your letters (not emails) to back them up. 3. Talk to others in the community, your The works friends and family, and persuade them to There’s the local impact of the works - for write too. at least the next FIVE years. What will they mean for you? • traffic delays and chaos - how much longer Write to: • Theresa May, Prime Minister to get to schools, work, or home? • relentless noise of the diggers and trucks • Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for • will we lose local shops and businesses Transport because of them? • Nusrat Ghani, MP responsible for HS2

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How wonderful that Wendover won the prestigious Best Kept Village Competition, at our first attempt. Since, I suspect, many people didn’t even know we had entered, it must be time to thank the people responsible. Whilst we all did our bit by keeping our gardens tidy and not dropping litter around the village, most of the work was done by our largely unsung Parish Council, and the Grounds Team.

extremely pleased to tell you that the police have had a positive result and James Street, from Watford, has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

It was enquired of AVDC as to whether waste would be collected that Thursday. The response was a thank you for letting them know (Had BCC not informed AVDC about their plans to repair roads?) and to leave We have had several burglaries over the waste bins out and see what happens. last 30 years, no one has ever been caught, so it is very satisfying to have a successful In the event, nothing happened; waste bins remained full. prosecution at last!

Thank you to all those who sent kind However, at 6.00 am on Friday morning residents of Lionel Avenue were awakened messages at the time. Nicky Gregory to the sound of the waste collection lorry and bins being emptied. Thank you very much PC, Clerk and Groundsmen. You did us proud. Lionel Avenue Thank you AVDC for being flexible and Val Brown We are all very quick to assign blame and arranging the collection of waste at the first Editor’s Note: For details about the Best recrimination when things go wrong. Do we opportunity. Praise be upon you! Kept Village competition, see page 36 heap praise, however, when things go right? Alan Myers A few weeks ago Lionel Avenue was repaired; pot holes were filled in and the surface made Book Grants In June of last year the Antiques Centre was good in a number of places. This required a If you need some extra cash for books this burgled. Much damage was done and a large number of large lorries and large men. It was year as you go to University or any other quantity of valuable items were stolen. sort of help as a student please apply to Mrs. done between Wednesday and Friday. Jennifer Ballantine - 01296 622483 or e-mail It has taken just over a year, but I am Our waste is collected on a Thursday. me at


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Along with other local people I was very pleased when at last the very large pothole in Dobbins Lane was repaired. I was then surprised that the workmen with all their equipment etc on hand failed to repair other potholes very close by. Will the Council ever get round to mending all these holes before winter sets in? T McGrath Editor’s note: Bucks County Council FAQs about potholes are at: uk/services/transport-and-roads/roadmaintenance-and-repairs/potholes/

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It was (in fact) first set up in 1996 with the full backing of the Club’s President, Lionel Abel-Smith, who gave the trophy, which is titled “The Lord of the Manor Cup given by Lionel Abel Smith - Wendover Village Cricket Tournament”. The first winners were the Wellhead Old Boys and it has been played for annually ever since, always to a pairs format and continues to be a popular event. The purpose / nature of the tournament is to give local “non-regular” cricketers and their families a fun friendly social setting, lasting about 2 hours a game with usually 2 games each Saturday and Sunday during May, June and July. Teams are made up of local groups such as fathers of similar aged local children, the football club, local builders, local teachers or just friends. In the last couple of years, it has been split into competitive and local leagues to cater for both those who play more seriously and others who enjoy the social nature and may be less gifted in cricketing terms.

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Wendover Community Orchard Wendover Community Orchard was planted in February 2015 and has been thriving ever since. It was created as a memorial to the 69 servicemen from the village who were lost during World War One. Located in Rope Walk Meadow the orchard features sixty fruit trees; including various apples, plums, cherries, quinces and medlars. The trees were commonly grown in the Aylesbury region when it was a renowned fruit growing area. This provides the orchard with an abundance of local heritage. See also page 15 in the August print edition of Wendover News for a photo of a Silent Soldier memorial in the Community Orchard. Aside from being a memorial, the site is helping to preserve fruit trees that have rapidly decreased in numbers since the war. Between 1938 and 1994 there was a 90% reduction of apple, plum and cherry orchards - so Wendover is doing its bit for the agricultural history of the Chilterns. The Buckinghamshire Partnership are putting

measures in place to to ensure the continuation of orchard growth in Buckinghamshire. These include: halting the loss of traditional orchards, establishing new orchards with traditional and local fruit varieties, and increasing knowledge and appreciation of the value of old orchards for their contribution to biodiversity and also their cultural and landscape value

in Wendover in July. These came from a family run cherry orchard in North Buckinghamshire.

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In accordance with horticultural practice, blossom was removed from the Wendover trees in late Spring so that the vigour of the plant went into root formation. However, an apple, Arthur Turner, and some plums, Stewkely Red, survived this cull, see photos.

Three years on from planting, The Chiltern Open Air Museum, the orchard experienced its in Chalfont St Giles, attempts harshest ever summer with little to preserve rare varities of cherries in its orchard. Many C11 Stewkely Red plum, water and lots of hot sun this varieties were lost for economic year. Wendover Parish Council eating or cooking instructed its groundsmen to reasons. Apples which originate from the Chilterns are also grown next to water the trees as appropriate. Once the Astleham Manor Cottage. Horwood Cherries orchard is mature the trees should survive a featured at “Summer on the Manor”, a food drought. Kate Milnes festival which took place on the Manor Waste

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• 14 people commented on motorcycle noise, e.g.: “Average speed cameras and lower speed limit to deter antisocial motorbikes should be considered.” The detailed survey results (including all comments received) are published on the website

We understand the public consultation will run for six weeks from the end of September. Please go and tell Bucks County Council what you think – otherwise it won’t happen! We’ll Many people gave us comments. put any further information we get on our Ian Phipps MCFHP MAFHP • There was strong and clearly website above, so please check there first. Foot Health Practitioner knowledgeable support for vLNS, e.g.: “Having observed how quiet the surfaces In September there are also two afternoon (Wendover - based) can be on the Continent a similar approach exhibitions of the proposed A413 viaduct Home visits - 01296 696032 to the Wendover bypass would make a design (Thursday 6 and Saturday 29 Sep in St Anne’s Hall). Please use our new survey huge difference.” Surgery at the Belmore Centre • Most comments about barriers were about on to let us 01296 612361 their appearance and that they are too tell the Government how appropriate is the short to protect north Wendover, e.g.: design in an AONB and whether HS2 should Registered member of the “The tall noise barriers will be an eyesore let the contractors consider the (cheaper) British Association of Foot Health Professionals mined tunnel alternative. Wendover HS2 and a magnet for vandalism.”


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Wendover Cricket Club’s 1st XI have mainly put July’s defeats in the Mid Bucks League Division 1 behind them and can still win the title as their remaining 3 matches are all against the other top teams. Recently they’ve beaten Bradenham by 24 runs with George Robinson hitting 112 and James Wootton and Jonathan Seabrook taking 3 wickets each. Victory over Lacey Green was achieved by 5 wickets, Wootton taking 4 wickets. Defeat followed at Widmer End but won against Aylesbury by 44 runs, with George Robinson to the fore again in scoring 52 and taking 4 wickets. The 2nd XI are battling near the bottom of Division 2 but recently beat fellow strugglers Ley Hill 2nd’s by 8 wickets, chasing down 204 with James Harrington 79 and Andy Holmes 56* sharing a 2nd wicket partnership of 175. The club welcomes new players for weekend matches and the season ends on

23 September, so still time to play. Contact Our activities give you the opportunity to Jonathan Seabrook on 07767 148119. share experiences with other members and discover more about places you care about.

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If you are a member of the National Trust Every month, except July and August, usually living in Wendover, or anywhere across the on the third Thursday, we meet at 8pm Aylesbury Vale, this should interest you. at Broughton Junior School in Broughton Avenue, Aylesbury for talks on a variety of The Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust, topics such as travel and adventure, craft founded in 1974, is a voluntary association and artistic skills, personalities notable and of National Trust members. Our purpose notorious, or exploring the world of nature. is to prosper the work of the Trust locally You get all that for £2, including tea or coffee and further afield. We do that by arranging and a biscuit. We welcome visitors but ask social activities which help to raise funds for them to pay £3. improving visitor experience and amenities This year’s excursion programme takes us to at National Trust properties. places of interest extending from Brighton to At our meetings and other events, you can Lichfield, finishing in December with a tour enjoy the company of other members for a of the London lights, and we have a holiday widely varied programme of day excursions, in the Peak District in September. evening talks, local visits, and an occasional annual holiday, plus coffee mornings and a Why not come and join us? More details are garden party. At the same time, you will be available from our Hon Secretary by emailing helping to promote and support the special or calling 07399 540626. places around where you live and work.








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Our autumn programme of wildlife talks begins on Tuesday 18 at Great Missenden Memorial Centre HP16 9AE starting at 7.45pm. Researcher Tim Seller will explain the ins and outs of bird breeding with particular emphasis on British birds. On our local reserves, conservation work gets back into gear after the summer lull so please consider helping at Bacombe Hill, Weston Turville Reservoir, Dancersend or College Lake. Details are posted on our website at or you can ask me for a hard copy of the whole programme of local activities. Looking ahead, we’re always grateful for help at our Plant and Produce Charity Market on Sunday 21 October - please prepare plants for sale and plan to donate some home made produce nearer the time. Richard Birch, BBOWT Chilterns Group. Tel 01296 624511

Wendover Sparrowhawks

It’s been an amazing summer for the Sparrowhawks so far. All teams played excellently in our very own Summer League. We got to play against a wide range of opposition that we wouldn’t normally meet while enjoying the beautiful weather. We also hosted our Annual Mixed Netball Tournament with outside favourites PretA-Netter winning the coveted shield and defending champions, Passaro & Co. Ballers, taking a respectable silver place position. In total the club raised over £100 for the Wendover Youth Centre and enjoyed a great day of netball, beer and burgers! M o r e recently the club was graced by the p re s e n c e of England netballing

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Its indoor programme of talks begins on Thursday 4 October (always the first Thursday in the month and runs from October to April except in January), when Mick Jones MBE, who has been volunteer warden at BBOWT’s Dancersend Nature Reserve in the Chilterns for the last 36 years, is giving a talk on “A Year in the Life” of this reserve. 7.45 p.m. start at at the Wendover Memorial Hall; nonmembers are welcome, entry £2.

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I attended the Vale of Aylesbury local Plan (VALP) Examination in public (EIP). A number of community representatives Sometimes it can be difficult to cope with the from Wendover and Halton also came. challenges that life throws at us so talking to a The purpose of going was to ensure that counsellor may be helpful. we got across the views of the community Based near Wendover, I offer a warm, friendly about the future of Wendover and RAF and confidential space for you to talk through Halton in the light of the housing and other any problems you may be facing such as changes proposed for the area. We wanted anxiety, stress, sadness, low self-esteem, to ensure in particular that, if RAF Halton anger and relationship difficulties. were developed, then appropriate jobs For further information please contact me: and infrastructure was provided and the Natalie McGourty MBACP, BA (Hons) Psychology green and built heritage preserved. The Tel: 07976 968166 Steering Group (SG) had already set out its Email: comments on the VALP in December see Website: more.html. A number of us also were able to participate at the Inquiry (that is speak and Nick Taylor ask questions). The purpose of the hearings Landscape Gardener (held between 10 and 20 July 2018) was for Decking, Walls, Drives, Lawns, Ponds a government appointed planning inspector Patios, Paths and all General Landscaping (who had experience of the making of such Wendover (01296) 696840 plans and the relevant legal requirements) 07507 829423 to look at all aspects of the VALP and decide if it was sound. Soundness means in essence Martin Holman’s that the VALP must ensure: that the housing and employment development proposed is Pest Control & Services achievable. There were many participants Qualified and insured with from the area, AVDC, local residents from across the district and developers with land over 17 years’ experience interests. All participants put in evidence and Treatments and prevention it was necessary to look at this beforehand – some was put in late in the day. for rodents and insects

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A number of developers argued that Halton was not deliverable within the Plan period, and that there was a need to review the Green Belt boundary before allocating the site. AVDC argued that they had reached an agreement with the DIO over developing the site, and that the proposed housing would cover the existing built up area and therefore did not require prior revision of the GB. 2. Were the infrastructure provisions of the plan in relation to the allocation of RAF Halton sufficient to meet the needs of the community? The Defence Infrastructure Organisation had submitted a Vision Statement (VS) The VS caused some concern because it gave details of housing proposals only for the site (82 hectares of the land being essentially the built up area of the camp, and excluding Halton House and its grounds) and contained a number of important errors. It altered the housing figure back to 1000 (from 2000 plus in their earlier evidence). It envisaged conversion of the barrack blocks and building on the existing built area of the site. No detailed transport proposals were made No employment plans were proposed and only limited infrastructure improvements. All those attending for the community, pressed for changes to the VALP to enable all necessary jobs and infrastructure to be provided, see more.html AVDC will now amend the VALP and put in Modifications (amendments) to address the above objections to the detail of the proposals for infrastructure. Any Modifications to the VALP will be the subject of public consultation. It should be noted

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Please mention Wendover News when responding to adverts that the allocation proposals for RAF Halton, at pages 125 and 126 of the VALP as presently drafted, and without any Modifications, makes reference to the provision of housing only on the site. There is reference to a Masterplan yet to be developed but which is likely to cover infrastructure issues. There is no reference to any employment uses. The second session attended related to supplementary planning documents (SPDs). The reason we attended was over the lack of infrastructure provision for Wendover given the allocation at Halton. We also wanted clarification of the transport and parking provisions for Wendover. The VALP and supporting evidence contain no proposals to deal with traffic or parking issues affecting the Town. As a result some clarification on parking and design issues for new build properties was given and it is likely that further Modifications will be made to the VALP to assist the community.

others, and points to emerge were AVDC may or may not succeed in showing that their spatial strategy (where they will put most new housing development) is right (60% of development at Aylesbury and less at larger villages or near Milton Keynes), in persuading the Inspector they have provided enough houses and showing their transport plans are sufficient. Overall the Inspector will have to decide whether the VALP can be made sound by extensive Modifications or be rejected. The next stages are set out on the website http:// Essentially we will know more in early September when the Modifications are published. One point that emerged at the EIP concerned “omission sites.” Please see http://www.

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Wendover Youth Thank you Wendover Youth Centre for organising this Festival for the fourth consecutive year. A hot, bright afternoon filled with netball, raspberry football, bouncy castle slides, and other inflatables, along with lazer quaser and sumo suits. Delicious food celebrated the end of the school year. The volunteers all worked hard to ensure the day offered something fun for everybody. The scene above shows the


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great atmosphere and anticipation for the upcoming summer holidays. Some hungry children came straight from schools to enjoy tasty chocolate kebabs made by Choco Kebabs and slushies. The various food stalls provided mouthwatering snacks for all which left the young visitors satisfied and energised to use the slides and fun activities. Hungry Bear catering, www.hungrybearcatering., was also very popular.

Wendover Sparrowhawks gave young people the opportunity to shoot a ball in a netball hoop. This was particularily popular with the young men in the early afternoon. This aligned well with their recruitment drive for a mixed youth team which trains on Thursday evenings at John Colet playing fields (near the sports hall) from 6:30-7:45pm. Find out more The work of Wendover Sparrowhawks in

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Festival encouraging sport for youth was recognised by Wendover Celebrates (see pages 6 and 7 in the August print edition of Wendover News). The mixed (adult) netball tournament which took place on Saturday 30 June, once again produced enough funds to send to local charities including Wendover Youth Centre supporting this youth festival.

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Tribute: Jill Watkin Jill Edith Watkin was born on 6 September 1935 into an RAF family; she was the third eldest, the family eventually consisting of 2 boys and 4 girls. At the age of 9, Jill was infected with the polio virus, as a result of which she spent 2 years in hospital, mostly in an iron lung to assist her breathing. Sadly, Jill was left with a permanent disability and brain damage and, at the time, was not expected to survive into adulthood.

a succession of local elderly ladies. She continued doing so for many years until she was gently reminded by her family that she had reached pension age and should herself be taking things easy!

them entertained with her formidable skills at Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and some of the other classic board games. She never forgot anyone’s birthday, and treasured the many cards people also sent to her over the years.

Jill certainly loved all things bright and beautiful, each little flower that opened, and each little bird that sang. Her interest in birds led her to being a lifelong member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Jill’s education, as a result of her illness, was and she regularly donated to their appeals severely affected; due to her special needs, over the years. her parents were advised that she should attend boarding school in Winchester, which As for creatures great and small, dogs and her elder sister, Pat, also attended. Big sister particularly stray cats somehow found their Pat was expected to help her younger sister way to her back door. Over the years, Jill had to get dressed each day, a task made easier a tendency to name these cats Marmalade as they both tended to wear the same or Felix, regardless of their colour, breed or uniform of skirt, blouse, cardigan, coat and gender! The current Felix quickly realised shoes. This was a habit which continued she was on to a good thing being in Jill’s care, throughout their lives. Many mistook them and promptly gave birth to 3 kittens under the lounge chair in Jill and Pat’s house. for twins as a result.

Jill was passionate about soap operas, as many of you may know. This could sometimes prove difficult however if anyone needed to call her between the hours of 6pm and 8.30pm. On occasion some of the soaps ran bonus episodes which would go on until 9.30pm, by which time it was then too late to call her because she was in the middle of her bedtime routine!

After finishing school, Jill found employment as a ward orderly at Princess Mary’s RAF Hospital. She enjoyed her time there but, at the age of 27, following the premature loss of her mother, Jill took over the running of the family home for her father and her two sisters who were still living there. Many years later, following the loss of her father, she took on part-time domestic work for

You will recall that I mentioned earlier that Jill was not expected to survive into adulthood. However, she proved everyone wrong by surviving to the grand old age of 82 years! This was in part due, in Jill’s younger years, to the wonders of the then newly established NHS, but since then modern medicine and, most importantly, the complete and utter Due to her love of children and the ill health devotion and care provided by her sister, Pat. she suffered during her own childhood, Jill became a keen advocate for great Ormond Jill leaves behind her eldest and youngest Street Children’s Hospital, particularly at sisters, nephews, nieces, great nephews and Christmas time; she was always interested to great nieces, many friends and very caring learn about the welfare and progress of the neighbours. We know that she will be sadly many children staying there. She was also missed by all who knew her. very fond of her nephews, nieces and their Jennifer Millar children and could always be relied on to keep


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Local Face: Lee Niven Lee first came to Wendover in the early 80s and of course it was for cycling, which has been his driving force since finishing school and completing an engineering apprenticeship. This originally started in the motor industry and ended at a local cycle shop. He learned the trade as an apprentice mechanic and progressed to workshop supervisor and finally became the manager. At the time he had ambitions to pursue a professional cycling career. However, a serious cycling accident, which resulted in a significant stint in Stoke Mandeville hospital and 18 month recovery, put a dramatic end to those hopes. At that time he enrolled in a degree course studying Sports Science and Education. He subsequently worked as a coach and teacher for almost 20 years. He moved to Wendover permanently in 2004 with wife Suzie, son Jack and dogs Sam and Cloud as Head of PE at Wendover House School, now Chiltern Way Federation. He later moved to work for ATG Training, where he was a trainer,

Suzie, Lee and Mark Webber assessor and internal verifier for the Level 2 and 3 engineering apprentice programme specifically for the CYTEC qualification, which is the only cycle-specific qualification advocated by the Association of Cycle Traders in the UK and internationally. In this role he worked all over the UK and was personally responsible for looking after the market leaders in cycle retail, manufacture and distribution. Lee returned to the professional cycling scene for a short time working as a mechanic at the UCI World Cup and shortly after decided to open his own shop, OtecBikes at Halton Tennis and Sports Centre in October 2015.

Lee provides top class professional services for cyclists of all levels, mechanical support, sales, repairs, training, coaching, event support and corporate services. He still works with professional cycle teams and world class athletes but most of the work is with local people, local businesses and visitors who come to hire bikes and explore. Lee runs Mountain Bike Instructor Training courses, personal skills coaching and can also offer complementary training such as navigation and first aid. In 2017 OtecBikes added a permanent hire fleet to the business and also began offering bike hire and guided rides in the local area – it’s a great day out if you have friends staying, and they have a loyalty scheme that rewards local people for using them. They also have an active club riding mountain bikes and road bikes, who are happy to welcome new faces – it’s very social and relaxed. They meet on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings at the shop check out the facebook page, website,, or pop by for coffee anytime.


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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 JAZZERCISE classes to suit you. BML Personal Training classes, see website for details - Zumba® and Zumba® Gold classes: private studio Water Babies, Chilterns MS Centre pool, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat Cornelli Sugarcraft cake decorating courses. Topics vary, see website for details. YogaBellies Classes, Mon 19.00-21.45 Halton Vlg Hall, Wed 10.30-11.30 Wendover Mem Hall Adult & Teenager Yoga Classes. Contact Sarah to book. Yoga classes with Zest Yoga, Halton Tennis Centre Fitness Studio Pilates, Halton Tennis Centre. Times & costs vary, see website for details Exercise Sessions open to all, Churchill Hall (next to Your Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton) Healing Meditation Group - Mon eve, Chesham, Thu eve/Fri morn, Wendover Zumba with Nikki, Mon & Thu 1815 Halton School, Sat 0930 Chiltern Way Academy Wendover 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 (term time) Wendover Fitness classes, times & locations vary, see website for details Rainbow Rattles children’s playgroup (term time only), £1 per family, Trinity Centre RAF Halton Hartbeeps Music Classes for children, Wendover Children’s Centre HP22 6HF Chairbelles seated exercise for over 55s, Bankside Jacqu’in the Box Babies Music and Little Learners age 3-5 years. Wendover Library Room Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue. The Rotary Club of Wendover & District, Chandos Arms, W Turville, usually 1st & 3rd Mondays Badminton Club for over 18s, £6, (Sep-July, no BH’s) Green Park Sports Centre HP22 5NE Tai Chi & Qigong Classes, Your Cafe in the Park 6 & 7pm Tue, St Anne’s Hall noon Wed Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell Thames Valley Police at Wendover Community Library Hatha yoga— Tue 19.00-20.30 Wen Mem Hall; Fri 09.30-11.00 & 11.30-13.00, St Anne’s Hall Play & Learn (term time only), Trinity Centre, RAF Halton Colour Wheel Art Class (term time only), all topics, Ellesborough Parish Hall Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for moderate walk 1-1.5 hours Bounce & Rhyme (term time only), Library Room, FREE Martial Arts Class for Children with ZKS, St Anne’s Hall Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall (winter 20.15, summer 19.00) Halton Singers Practice Sessions, Halton Village Hall Wen & Halton Cycling Club, Wed 18.30 local mtn bike, Sun 08.30 local mtn bike Parentcraft (booking only), Wendover Children’s Centre HP22 6HF Drop-in pre-school outdoor activity group, Wendover Woods. See website for details. Drop-in French Conversation Group, The Espresso Lounge HP22 5HS Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard Slimming World, Chilterns MS Centre, Oakwood Close HP22 5LX Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, pay-as-you-go Halton Military Wives Choir rehearsals Adult Swimming Classes, Wendover Pool Aylesbury Sub-Aqua Club at Green Park Pool (term time only) RAF Assn Halton and Ayles Branch clubhouse open to public, Bldg 259 RAF Halton Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste Fun Dog Training, Ellesborough Parish Hall Play & Learn (term time only), £1 per family, Wendover Children's Centre HP22 6HF Sparrowhawks Netball Training, courts by Your Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton 19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 Dance. Wendover Memorial Hall. Taekwondo for ages 5 and up, John Colet School Scottish Country Dancing with Lucy Clark Scottish Country Dance Club, Oldham Hall HP16 0AZ Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover Men’s Yoga, Chilterns MS Centre Noah's Ark parent-toddler group (term time only), Wendover Christian Centre Pre-school Kids Yoga Class (term time only), Wendover Library Room Lipreading and Hearing Loss Course, Wendover Library Room Amazing Donkey Youth Club for 10-14 year olds (term time only), Wendover Youth Ctre “Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church Rookie Lifeguard Classes for 8-12 year olds (term time only), Green Park Pool Cycle Rides with Aylesbury Cyclist Touring Club, locations vary Lacey Green Windmill open Sundays & BH Mondays until end September 2018 Tea & Cakes at St Mary’s Church Wendover, until end September 2018 Bingo at the Legion Club, Chiltern Road, all welcome 07900 987230 Emma 07969 433351 Roxanne 01296 623683, www.physioandpilates​ 07703844807, 07876443392 Kirsty 07801 594519 07948371615 Nikki 07868 873911 Allen 01296 631159 01296 624089 0845 230 3232 01296 621143 Steve Hedges 01844 273076 01494 475367 0845 2303232 enquiries@haltonsing​ 01296 621143 Sally 07484 650301 Justine 07773 047684 Sharon 07990 521679 www.aylesburydivers.​ 01296 621143 01442 865734​ 01296 709593 judy.lipreading@gmai​ Paul Hammett 01296 621162 JUST 01296 623123 Liz 01296 622895 southbuckscycling.or​ www.laceygreenwindmi​

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Exhibitions & activities at Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, see page 2 Library Summer Reading Challenge, see page 2 Children’s Book Club, Wendover Community Library, see page 2 Wendover Arm Trust Restoration Open Day, Drayton Beauchamp Church HP22 5LS, see page 2 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society Autumn Show, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see page 2 Aston Hearing Hear Today Tue 04 Cobbles Yard OX9 3DZ & Fri 07 Flint Barn Court HP7 0DB Learn My Way - FREE computer training, Wendover Community Library, see page 2 Breast Friends - Aylesbury cancer support group, Mandeville School HP21 8ES Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society meeting, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see page 2 Craft Group, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 2 HS2 Community Engagement Drop-In Session, Wendover Library Room, see page 3 Buckland, Drayton Beauchamp & Aston Clinton WI, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS The Brain Health Programme, Wendover Library Room, see page 3 Simply Walk, Wendover Woods (meet near the Cafe), see page 2 Knit & Natter, Wendover Community Library, Thu 06 10.30-12.30, Tue 18 13.30-15.30, see page 2 Eiffage Kier HS2 project meetings Thu 06 13.00-18.00 & Sat 29 12.00-18.00 St Anne’s Hall, see advert page 3 Wendover Library Reading Group The Easy Living Company pop-up shop at Wyevale World’s End HP22 6BD, see advert page 8. Herts Open Studios, venues throughout Hertfordshire, times vary Oxford Canal Festival, Aristotle Lane Recreation Ground, Oxford Waterside Festival, next to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, see page 4 Fun Day, St Dunstan’s Church HP27 9JE, see page 4 Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, starts Princes Risborough School, see page 4 Meet Dambuster Sqn Ldr Johnny Johnson MBE DFM, Aces High, 2 Station Approach, see advert page 4 Wendover WI, with speaker Will Phillips, St Anne’s Hall, see page 4 Chiltern Humanists with speaker Mike Flood, Wendover Library Room, see page 4 Eiffage Kier HS2 project meeting, Ballinger Memorial Hall HP16 9LQ, see advert page 3 Wendover Art Club, Wendover Library Room, see page 5 A Clinton, Buckland & D Beauchamp Horticultural Society with speaker Colin Oaks, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS Chiltern Writers, with guest Alison Bruce, Wendover Library Room, see page 5 Jazz featuring Alan Skidmore, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury. Tickets £14 advance, £15 door Lipreading ‘Taster’ Session, Wendover Library Room, see advert page 4 Memory PathwaysSupport Group for people with memory issues, Lindengate Site HP22 6BD Wendover Local Produce Market, Manor Waste Leighton Buzzard Railway Steam Gala, Page’s Park LU7 4TG Book Club, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 5 Bucks Family History Society, Turnfurlong Junior School HP21 7PL, see page 5 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church HP22 5UJ, see page 5 Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s fundraising, Wendover Woods, see page 5 RAF Halton & Halton House Heritage Open Day, see page 6 Messy Church, starts St Anne’s Hall, see page 6 Contemplative Fire Christian Fellowship Group, St Mary’s Church BBOWT Talk - Bird Breeding with Tim Seller, Gt Missenden Mem Ctre HP16 9AE, see page 25 FoWL Charity Golf Day, Whiteleaf Golf Course, see page 6 Legacy Fairs Antiques & Collectors Fair, Wendover Memorial Hall, see advert page 4 Walk with the Ramblers - 8 miles, leisurely. Meet in Aston Clinton Park. Wendover Horticultural Society, with speaker Terry Cann, Wendover Library Room, see page 8 Meditation Class, Wendover Library Room Aylesbury Centre for the National Trust, Broughton Junior School HP20 1NQ OnScreen, “Dunkirk” (12A), Wendover Library Room, see page 8 Aston Wine Club - “French vs English Fizz” with Neil Phillips, Buckland Village Hall HP22 5HZ Chilterns Heritage Festival, throughout the Chilterns - locations & times vary, see website Sally Evans Artists & Makers Fairs, Chorleywood & Thame, see advert page 4 Walk the MS Mile, Aylesbury Market Square, see page 8​vents

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RSPB Aylesbury Local Group, with speaker Edward Mayer, Prebendal Hall Comm Ctre HP19 7QW, see page 8 Scrabble Club, Wendover Community Library, please book, see page 2 Lindengate Charity Golf Day, Ellesborough Golf Course, see page 8 Reading Group for the Visually Impaired, Wendover Community Library Macmillan Coffee Morning, Aces High, 2 Station Approach, see page 8 “That’s Entertainment”, Halton Singers Summer Show, Halton Village Hall, see advert page 4 Weston Turville Historical Society, with speaker Ed Schoon, Weston Turville Village Hall, see page 9 Concert - RAF Halton Voluntary Band & Military Wives Choir, St George’s Church, RAF Halton, see page 9 Wendover Music Organ Recital, with Ian Tracey, St Mary’s Church, Wendover, see advert page 4 Cream Teas, St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville, see page 9

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is being picked up in our streets. I know that the message is getting through to many of our young people. I spent a pleasant evening recently with the 1st Halton Beavers. They had seen a litter problem at Princess Mary Gate and decided to do something about it. They had a litter picking session, bagging up loads of other people’s carelessly discarded rubbish, and they really enjoyed doing it. Wendover needs people like these youngsters, their supportive parents and their inspirational leaders. People who see a problem and try to fix it. People who take The result exceeded my expectations and responsibility for the place that they live in. Tom Walsh is a huge credit to our staff and to those of Chairman our parishioners and business owners who helped to make Wendover look so good in the eyes of the judges. The great thing for me is Parish Council Meeting that despite the success that we’re currently Tuesday 4 September, 7.30pm enjoying I know that the council has ideas St Anne’s Hall to further improve Wendover for next year. Additional flower tubs, improved planting Community Emergency Planning and beautiful information boards to highlight Emergencies happen. WPC are currently some of the best features around the parish, working on a Community Emergency Plan will hopefully go someway to keep Wendover to help deal with a major incident that may occur in the future. We are very lucky here as a place we can all be proud of. Wendover is very much community based and Litter being a good neighbour is natural and in times To be voted “The Best Kept Village” isn’t to of an emergency will make all the difference. say that we don’t face challenges. One of the biggest is litter. It shouldn’t be an issue, we How can you help? have a diligent street sweeper, plenty of litter Let us know if you think you could be a good bins and most residents are not “litter bugs”. neighbour in your street/out-lying area to Unfortunately though more litter than ever check on the vulnerable people or let people know what is happening. • Do you have any particular skills – first aider, can operate a chainsaw etc? Best Kept Village You will by now, I hope, be aware that you live in “The Best Kept Village” in Buckinghamshire. Your Parish Council entered this keenly contested annual competition to support and motivate our staff and councillors. With the devolved grass cutting and other services and the additional resources that we employ to deal with them we felt that we had the ability to do well in this year’s event.

• Do you own a 4 x 4 that you could use in an emergency? • Do you own or have access to machinery that you could use – chainsaw, digger, tractor, generator, emergency heating, sand etc? • Do you own or have access to any resources that would be useful? • Are you a member of a local group which could offer help? Any data will be kept in strictest confidence and only be made available to appropriate people if the Emergency Procedure Plan is activated by the Parish Council. If you think you can help, contact us via the online contact form.

Raising Questions and Complaints

It’s important that you get your questions or complaints to the right people. We have just updated the WPC website, so you can now see what authority is responsible for what area with direct links to the relevant reporting pages. For more info please see our website: council-services-2-2

Local Produce Market Saturday 15 September, 9am to 1pm Manor Waste

Parish Quiz

Please make sure your team of 3 has registered for the quiz by the beginning of September. Entry forms can be downloaded from WPC website or collected from the Clock Tower.

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