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By the time this edition of Wendover News is published we ‘might’ have an idea of what’s happening to our country. These last few months have been hugely unsettling and many look forward to some resolution about Brexit... whatever happens. We want to move forward and be positive about our lives together. Lent (the 40 days of preparation in the Church’s year leading up to Easter) is a time of reflection and renewal; a time to look at our lives . . . how we are leading them, how we are looking after ourselves and how we relate to others and most especially with God. Lots of people give up things but many take up things or use the Lenten season to help others in all sorts of ways. And why do we do this? For Christians it is a certain hope that Jesus died on Good

Friday but rose again on Easter Day to make our lives be full of hope and love. At St Mary’s we are symbolising this through our Lenten cross; the cross is made from the church Christmas tree and the vicarage tree stripped bare and nailed together. Each week a symbol of the Holy Week and Easter story is placed in front of the cross . . . bread & wine, the towel & basin, the crown of thorns, the nails that nailed Jesus to the cross reminding us of the pain that Jesus endured for us all. On Easter Day it will be transformed (as we believe our lives are when Jesus rose from the dead) with flowers to celebrate the joy and hope.

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Do go into St Mary’s during Lent to see for yourself and bring a flower at Easter to celebrate the risen Christ. Happy Easter. Rev Sally Moring, St Mary’s Church

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Cycle Rides and Local Walks

Simply Walk meets each Tuesday at 10:00 at Wendover Clock Tower with walks to Wendover Woods meeting on the first Thursday at 10:30 at ‘Your Café’ In Aston Clinton Park. Have a look at the listings on pages 34 & 35 for details.

month, 2.15pm - details from the Library. Knit & Natter, 1st Thursday, 10.30am-12.30pm & 3rd Tuesday, 1.30-3.30pm. Scrabble Club, 4th Tuesday. “Jigsaw Challenge” ongoing.

Please be aware that if you’d like to participate in the many consultations available via Bucks County Council at https://democracy. The Ramblers have a programme of organised walks of varying length and difficulty locally. aspx?bcr=1, hard copies are usually available More on at Wendover Community Library. and pages 34 & 35.

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; please see the website for details. There are also Newcomer Rides several times each year. This year’s first is 28 April at 10am from the Watermead Inn, HP19 0FX. Wendover and Halton Cycling Club meets weekly at 18.30 Wednesdays & 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.

Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery

Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP Visit the fantastic Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, café, shop and garden. See “Handson Victorians” until 27 April. Also:Wedding Fair Saturday 30 March, 11am – 3pm; Samurai: Warriors of Ancient Japan 6 April – 13 July; Shakespeare in the Museum Garden Saturday 6 April, 2pm – 5pm; Rock and Fossil Day Saturday 13 April, 11am – 4pm; Easter in the Stuart Household - Easter Day 21 April: 11am – 4pm, Easter Monday 22 April: 10am – 5pm. For charges, opening and activity times, birthday parties and more please check

parkrun meets Saturdays at 9.00 near the Charity Coffee Mornings Café in the Woods. 5km run, walk, watch Thu, 10am-12noon, No2 Pound St or volunteer! Visit Did you know that the shop No2 Pound wendoverwoods for details. Street gives away all money raised from coffee and hot beverage sales (terms apply) Cake & Biscuit Decorating Cornelli Sugarcraft (see advert page 31) runs on Thursday mornings? Come over and find courses each term, www.cornellisugarcraft. similarly minded people who are raising valuable funds whilst enjoying a lovely coffee See events pages 34 & 35. and a slice of cake!

Regular Events at Wendover Library

“Learn My Way” computer training 1st Tony Francis Art Exhibition Tuesday of each month, please book. April & May, by appointment Children’s Book Club, 1st Saturday every Following last year’s success,


EASTER SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES - 21st April 2019 St MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND 6.00am Dawn Service of Light with Communion, followed by breakfast 9.00am Holy Communion 10.30am Family Communion St ANNE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AYLESBURY ROAD 9.00am Easter Mass WENDOVER FREE CHURCH, AYLESBURY ROAD 10.45am Service with Holy Communion St MICHAEL’S C of E HALTON: 6.00pm Holy Communion (BCP) For more about church services, courses and meetings, visit the Churches Together Office: JUST, 11 High Street, HP22 6DU 01296 623123 10am-12.30pm each weekday (excluding Wednesday) 2

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television presenter Tony Francis opens his art studio to the public again. You can find his latest collection of landscapes, still lives and character portraits at Gateway Cottage, Hawridge Common HP5 2UQ. Phone 07730012960. See advert page 7.

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Tue 2, 9 & 16, 12.30pm, Wendover Christian Ctre A Churches Together Lent Course based on the film ‘Les Miserables’ will be held in the Christian Centre with soup and bread lunch at 12.30pm followed by study from 1-2.30pm and again in the evening at 7.30-9pm in the Free Church Manse, 21 Manor Road, Wendover. Feel free to join whichever session works for you. Tue 2, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN “A Bulb For All Seasons” Chris Day of Buckingham Garden Centre will explore the whole area of bulbs. The bulb talk is prop driven with plenty of practical stuff too! And on Sunday 7, 2-4.30pm, the Spring Show returns to Stewart Hall. Come have a look!

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Wed 3 & 17, 10am-12 noon, Wendover Christian Centre Join others at Craft Group, open to all. If you enjoy any kind of craft, there’s room for you. Please bring your own materials if possible. Refreshments provided at about 11.00.

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Thu 4, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall Eastern Poland with Stuart Elsom.

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WENDOVER MUSIC 2019 Season of Concerts All at St Mary’s Church commencing at 7.30pm 13 April - Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) 11 May - Joanna MacGregor (piano)

8 June - Jess Gillam (saxophone with piano)

13 July - London Conchord Ensemble (flute, oboe, harp & strings) Additional late summer Concert (£15 per ticket, £7.50 for students): 21 September - Berks Bucks and Oxon Big Band Each concert is £20 and £5 for students. AGM tickets £10 for non season ticket holders Season tickets are £75 and £15 for students and include the cost of the AGM concert

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Antenatal classes starting APRIL Wendover Easter Hunt Saturdays 3:30-5:30 Sat 6-Sun 28, central Wendover Wendover WI Wendover Children’s Centre Can you work out what the bunnies are Tue 9, 7.30pm, St Anne’s Hall Tel no: 07795564818 The April meeting has an intriguing title; “The trying to say? See advert last page. North Bucks Way by Feet and Stitches”. Daphne Wendover WI Spring Fair Preece will disclose all! Visitors are most Sat 6, 10am-12noon, Wendover Library Rm welcome. Contact: Margaret - 01296 582318. LEGACY FAIRS Greetings cards, homemade treats, raffle, Antiques & Collectors Market and much more! See advert page 4. Chiltern Humanists Thursday 18 April Tue 9, 8pm, Wendover Library Room 9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Draw-Paint-Print This month’s meeting is the AGM. The main Entrance by donation to Charity Tue 9, 10am-2pm, Wendover Library Room item of business will be the future of the group. Wendover Memorial Hall Art Hub Buckinghamshire presents a email: professional art workshop for budding artists Wendover Annual Parish Meeting aged 7 to 12 years. Booking required, limited Wed 10, 7pm, St Anne’s Hall Cream Teas - 3 to 5pm places available. Email for more information. Meet Parish Councillors and local groups. St Mary’s, Church Walk, Weston Turville Learn more about recycling and being plastic6 May Monday BH free. See advert front page & article p29. 26 May Sunday Messy Easter 27 May Monday BH Tue 9, 3.30-5.30pm, starts in St Anne’s Hall Wendover Art Club 30 June All are welcome to enjoy messy (and not so Wed 10 & 24, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Rm

Delicious home-made cakes and scones messy) Easter-related activities, a story and 10th - Phil Madley will demonstrate

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Haydn’s Creation conducted by Peter Bassano with The Oxford Sinfonia Saturday 18th May 2019 at 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Wendover 01844 273069 4

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encaustic wax techniques. 24th - Linda Travers Smith will be with us to demonstrate in watercolours. Also - Sat 13, 10am-4pm, St Anne’s Hall - members only - A Saturday untutored workshop where we can get together and paint in our own style.

find out how Lindengate helps people with mental health needs. Learn about exciting volunteer opportunities and conservation projects. Tea, coffee and cakes available. Contact: or 01296 622443.

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Thu 11, 8pm, Wendover Library Room April’s meeting is the club AGM.

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On 3rd and 4th May from 7.30pm at Halton Village Hall Tickets £8 including nibbles from Don Knight 01296 622603 or Kevin Towler 01296 622390

Sat 13, two showings, Memorial Hall Family films “Ralph breaks the Internet” and SPRING BALANCE Back to the Future” are the April selections. WORKSHOP YogaBellies Chilterns See advert page 2.

Fri 12, 7.30pm, Wendover Memorial Hall Benefits Chilterns MS Centre. Bar opens 7pm OnScreen for 7.30pm start. Tickets £15 a head, which Sat 13, 2pm, & Fri 26, 7.30pm, Wen Lib Rm includes a fish & chips or vegetarian supper. Sat 13 - “Mary Poppins Returns” – a family friendly special show with tickets at only £3 each – adults or children. Advance booking Aston Wine Club only; each child must be accompanied by Fri 12, 7.30pm, Buckland Village Hall This month, a visit from Simon Cooper, John an adult. Beanbags are welcome and we recommend children bring a sealed drink. Lewis Wine Club. Snacks including popcorn are available for a donation. Fri 26 - “Stan and Ollie” – this Drop in Saturday: Free Entry Sat 13, 10am-12noon, Lindengate HP22 6BD slightly later date allows for the Easter Explore the stunning 5-acre garden and weekend. £5. Advance tickets only please.

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Events Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild talk, making Easter wreaths and bouquets, Weston Turville Historical Society

Sat 13, 2.30-4.30pm, SM Methodist Church using garden flowers and greenery. The Fri 26, 8pm, W Turville Village Hall completed wreath will be auctioned off. Alison Hulme – “My Life in Stitch” “History of the Chilterns Landscape”, with speaker - Alison Doggett. Entrance - £2 Book Club Wendover Music members, £3 visitors. Sat 13, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Wendover Sat 20, 10.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre April’s concert features Mahan Esfahani on Discover new books and authors at Book The Pace Big Walk & Sportive Club. No set books to read, just interesting the harpsichord. See advert page 3. Sat 27/Sun 28, all day, start/finish in conversation about whatever we’ve been Wendover Music for Passiontide reading. We begin with coffee and often cake. Both the walk (Sat 27) and the cycle (Sun 28) Sun 14 (Palm Sunday), 6pm, St Mary W Turville offer a choice of route distances so that no Anthems, readings and hymns for Sponsored Dog Walk matter what your fitness level you can gather congregation. Includes Handel, Palestrina, Sun 21, 10.30am, Stokenchurch Dog Rescue your friends and family to take part and help See events page on stokenchurchdogrescue. Gibbons, Stainer, Attwood. All welcome. transform the lives of the children and their for details of the walk. families. Event registration and route finish in Charity Coffee Morning Wendover. Sign up at 18, 10.30am-12noon, Abbeyfield, HP22 6BP Buckmoorend Easter Egg Hunt Cakes & bric-a-brac will be for sale. Proceeds Sun 21, 11am-3pm Buckmoorend Farm HP17 0UT charity/challenge-events/the-big-event/. will be split between the Alfan Foundation, Lots of FREE activities to enjoy in the barn which supports children in Ghana, and the and out on the farm. See page 20 for more. Author Talk Sat 27, 11am, Wendover Library Room residents’ Entertainment Fund. Aylesbury Ctre for the National Trust Merriet Duncan, children’s author and bee Thu 25, 8pm, Broughton Jr School Wendover Horticultural Society enthusiast, will join us to talk about and The Grand Union Canal, with speaker read from her book. Tickets available at the Thu 18, 2.30pm, Wendover Library Room Kate Parrott will give a demonstration and Kathryn Dodington. library from April.


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Wendover Health Centre is also on Changes to the Doctor Team We are very sorry that Dr Libby Symmonds will be leaving the practice at the end of March. Her patient list will be managed by Dr Laura Gush until the end of July. Dr Gush is a GP Registrar who is just completing her training programme. Our other GP Registrars at the present time are Dr Angus Perry and Dr Kulsoom Ali. Online services Online access to your summary medical record, test results and letters from specialists is available by signing up for “Patient Access”. This means you can avoid the need to telephone the practice for results, and you can readily access information you require without incurring a charge (for example for completing travel insurance applications). You can also use this service to book appointments online. Please see our website for details. Changes to Our Opening Hours We will be closed from 6.30pm on Thursday 18 April until 7.30am on Tuesday 23 April for the Easter break. We will also be closed on Saturday 4 and 25 May for the respective May bank holiday weekends. Extra appointments will be offered on other Saturdays in April and May. When we are closed please call 111 if you need urgent medical help. On Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 22 May we will close at 1pm for staff training. We will reopen from 6.30-8pm on 30 April. Prescriptions for Medicines Available Over the Counter We are all aware of the limitations on resources available for the NHS. To this end, and in line with national and local NHS policy, we do not provide NHS Prescriptions for medicines that are used to treat minor conditions and can be purchased over the counter (OTC). This includes medicines for self-limiting conditions which will usually clear up on their own, such as sore throats, coughs and colds, and conditions that are suitable for self-care, such as indigestion, constipation, mouth ulcers, dandruff, dry skin and warts and verrucae. We will provide NHS prescriptions for OTC medicines that are needed as part of the treatment of complex and long-term conditions, for example certain types of arthritis where large quantities of analgesics are needed, and eczema and psoriasis where large amounts of emollients are required.


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Events Trip to the RHS Centre at Wisley

Sat 27, leave Wendover 11am, start home 5pm Organised by Wendover Horticultural Society. Cost of coach £15.00, entry to Wisley is free. Non-members welcome, but book soon for us to book the coach of the right size. For information and booking, ring 01296 622334.

cutlery (hot drinks & condiments provided). Teams of 8. Tickets available from the Library.

Service for Wholeness & Healing

Sun 28, 4pm, St Mary’s Church Open yourself to the healing presence and peace of God at this gently guided service. All welcome. May’s service will be at St Anne’s Church.

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Come and try your hand at Lawn Bowls Come with Trainers or flat soled shoes, everything else will be supplied. We don’t just bowl Tring Together Spring Fair We also have a good Social Program Sat 27 Apr-Sun 18 May, Tring Coming Soon - Save the Date! All ages and abilities are welcome Launch day 27 April; events including a Job • 3-4 May - “Coast to Coast” with Halton Bring your family and friends Fair, Quiz Night & Fashion Show during the Singers - see advert page 5 Refreshments will be available fair period.

Mentmore Plant Sale

Sat 27, 12noon-4pm, Mentmore Vlg Green As well as a great selection of plants, we will be selling local homemade cakes and hosting a BBQ. Funds made go towards local causes.

Quiz & Chips

Sat 27, 7pm, Wendover Community Library Tickets £12 each; includes fish & chips (alternatives available; ask when purchasing tickets). Bring your own drinks/glasses/

• 3-6 May - K&Q Beer & Music Fest, see advert page 5. • 3, 10 17, 24 & 31 May - Bowls Club Open evenings, see advert page 7. • 6, 26 & 27 May - Cream Teas at St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville, see advert page 4. • 11 May - Spring Balance Workshop, see advert page 5. • 12-18 May - Christian Aid Week • 12 May - CDRS Dog Show • 18 May - Wendover Choral Concert, see advert page 4.

Royal Academy artist, Tony Francis welcomes you to his new exhibition through April & May.

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In March, Padre (Wing Commander) David Richardson received the Operational Service Medal for Op Shader. Padre Richardson was deployed on Op Shader between December 2015 and April 2016 during a very intensive period of operations against Daesh. He spent a significant amount of time travelling, mostly in Northern Iraq, with training teams supporting Iraqi and Peshmerga Station Commander Group Captain Katherine Wilson with Padre David Richardson Forces, and as a result is the first UK Richardson’s wife, Ruth, in attendance. The Chaplain to qualify for the medal with Operational Service Medal, Iraq and Syria, clasp. is awarded to an individual who spends 30 Padre Richardson was unable to attend the days continuous of 45 aggregated service Honours & Awards ceremony recently held within the territorial boundaries of Iraq or at RAF Halton, so the Station Commander, Syria as part of Op Shader. Group Captain Katherine Wilson, presented it to him in a private ceremony Arriving on the Station in July 2015, he with Station Executives and Padre leaves to move onto RAF High Wycombe.

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April News We’re 40! Wow! We’re 40 years old this June! We’re privileged to have touched so many lives in our community over the past 40 years and we’d love your continued support so we can be here for the next 40 years. Back in 1979, faith, belonging and coffee stirred The Originals, a group of dedicated and driven volunteers led by Pam Macpherson, to start a Hospice. Then, on 6th June a silent prayer vigil, held at St Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted (our official birthday!) was the catalyst that spurred more supporters including people like Angela Russell-Smith, Erica Hughes, Beryl Langley, and Vera Pullen into action.

birthday, anniversary or date this year? Mark the occasion whilst supporting us by joining our Birthday Skydive on Sunday 7 July. We’d love your support! Let’s Talk about Dementia Join us to talk about dementia at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted on Wednesday 1 May at 7.30pm. Speakers include Dr Tammy Angel, Clinical Director of Elderly Care at West Herts Hospitals Trust and our own Medical Director, Dr Sharon Chadwick, who will address issues such as planning ahead so you get the care that you want and how palliative care teams can help to support you. Open to all, including health care professionals, tickets cost £10. uk/dementiatalk

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One of the tragic results of the war was the vast number of disabled men. In December 1919 the Minister of Pensions informed the House of Commons that “the number of persons receiving pensions was 2,621,313. These included 1,059,136 pensions for varying degrees of disability.” This number certainly under-estimated the problem in that illnesses associated with war service often took years to develop. The Pensions Act, for example, stated that claims had to be made within seven years of the date of discharge from the army. This ruling later excluded many cases of “shell-shock”, or what became known as posttraumatic stress, on the grounds that they were not registered within the required time period. Even so, by 1922 some 50,000 men were in receipt of pensions as mental cases. The sad story of Corporal Clement Pickop of Wendover suggests that he may well have suffered from shell-shock. Corporal Pickop returned from service in the Holy Land in April 1919. He was received on his arrival at the Station Hotel by a number of his friends and a welcoming address was given by Mr Pedel on behalf of the Parish Council. Corporal Pickop had been a keen sportsman, but in his reply to Mr Pedel he said that he could no longer take part in the sporting life of the town. He declined to talk about his wartime experiences. Corporal Pickop became a rent collector for Wycombe Rural Council, but lost his job in 1923. He became increasingly depressed and tragically committed suicide in 1925. The April 1919 election for the Wendover Parish Council engendered an unusual amount of excitement as, for the first time, women could both vote and stand as candidates. Eleven seats were available and

25 candidates put their names forward for election. Of the eleven successful candidates, three were women. Margaret West, daughter of Dr West of the Grange, Beatrice Lina Colborne who lived at The Castle, Aylesbury Road and Elizabeth Perrot, of Hazledean, Hale Road. At the first Parish Council Chiltern Hills Agricultural Show at Halton in 1910 (Colin Seabright) sundry corners to avoid the severity of the Meeting Miss West raised the housing problem in the town and informed weather. This is the only station from London members that Amersham had detailed plans so placed. On the platform and within a to improve the situation in that town. The few yards of the passengers’ waiting room Chairman Mr Blake explained that they were there are several sites for luggage rooms. It awaiting a visit from the Commissioner, and is a pitiful sight to see ladies and children had gone as far as they could in the matter. waiting on this station during winter At the same time no harm would be done months, and I am pleased to note that the by communicating with the Wycombe Rural Company consider their staff, and we have a Council. Mr Pullein called attention to the small consolation in catching a gleam from need of repairing the water supply to the their fires occasionally. I propose to leave drinking trough, remarking that animals a petition at Smiths bookstall, and I trust went to drink but found no water, and were the residents will sign it. Maybe thereby “as disappointed as men who found no the Railway Company will restore or find us supply of beer at public houses.” The Clerk another waiting room in the near future.’ explained that the person responsible had A special Meeting of the Chiltern Hills given orders for the work of repair to be Agricultural Association was held at the Red carried out. Lion. The chairman drew attention to the Bucks Herald of 5th April 1919 printed a serious loss the Association had sustained letter from Albert Morley of Dunsmore by the death of the President, the late Mr House, Wendover, complaining that the Alfred de Rothschild. As the Halton venue station waiting room had been taken over was no longer available for the Association’s as a parcel office.- ‘To the editor. Dear Sir, show Mr F Purssell kindly offered the use Owing doubtless to the great pressure of of Castle Farm grounds and the committee work at Wendover Station the passengers’ recommended that a show be held in 1920. Mike Senior & Val Moir waiting room was converted into a parcel office. The Railway Company evidently Wendover Remembers will be augmented to has overlooked the fact that a waiting appear in book form. If you have any extra room is usual and necessary at a station, information to add please telephone 01296 the only refuge for passengers now being 624270 or email the corners of Smiths bookstall and other

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Art Show Success for Chilterns MS Centre provide the vital funds the Centre needs to The Chilterns MS Centre’s Pop-Up Art Weekend in March proved a popular event once again, raising over £16,000 to help people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) to reach their goals and live healthier and happier lives.

Visitors were greeted by a range of work including paintings, photographs, ceramics, glass and jewellery. Over 85 painters, jewellers, potters, and ceramicists exhibited their work, including Liz Grammenos, Lori North, Geoff Hutchins, Catherine Golds and students from the Buckinghamshire College Group.

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Harriet Karia, Head of Fundraising & Communications, said. “It’s fantastic that the community turned out to support the Centre, as we rely so much on the generosity of others to be able to run our services. We help people to do the simple things many of us take for granted, like brushing their own teeth or being able to play with their grandchildren. Such a small thing can make a huge difference to someone living with MS, and the funds raised will help more people with MS to achieve their goals. We thank all of the artists who took part in the exhibition for making this such an excellent show. We also want to thank all of our sponsors, including Michael Anthony Estate Agents, for their invaluable support again this year.“

The annual event raised a record-breaking amount this year, which will make such a difference to families affected by MS in the Chilterns area and beyond. Over the years over £120,000 has been raised in total to help the Centre to provide physical, practical and Local Charity Welcomes New Patron emotional support to people with MS and their The Chilterns MS Centre is delighted to families. The services are free to those affected welcome Trishna Bharadia, a leading role by MS and so events like the Art Weekend model for people with multiple sclerosis (MS),


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as their new patron. As patron, she will support their fundraising work and assist the Chilternsbased charity in their mission to be an embracing community of support to everyone affected by MS and help raise awareness of the impact of their work to the wider community, throughout Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

services it provides but also the challenges it faces. I’m excited to hopefully bring the benefits of my experience, profile within the healthcare community and expertise to the role, in order to help the charity in continuing to successfully provide support to people affected by MS.”

Trishna has become a positive role model for people with MS and other chronic conditions, showing them that life doesn’t stop when you’re handed a diagnosis. She knows the effects that MS can have and the positive difference the Centre can make to people affected by it, having been diagnosed with the condition herself over a decade ago. Trishna said “I’m incredibly proud and honoured to become the newest patron for Chilterns MS Centre. As a member of the Centre for many years, I know first-hand the importance of the

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important to them, such as maintaining the use of their hands so that they can continue to dress themselves, or managing their energy levels so they can walk their children to school. “Trishna is greatly respected within the MS community and beyond and an inspiration to everyone who meets her. Trishna’s connection with the Chilterns MS Centre goes back many years and we are delighted that she has agreed to join as a patron. I know that she will be a fantastic ambassador for the charity and we look forward to a long and productive working relationship.” Robert Breakwell, Chief Executive Officer at the Chilterns MS Centre. Trishna leads by example, showing through her work that it’s possible to live a positive life with chronic illness. Her motto is “think about what you can do, not what you can’t,” encouraging people to think outside the box in order to fulfil their dreams.

and invisible disability into the public spotlight, raising awareness and improving services for patients, as well as helping healthcare-related companies to engage better with patients in all stages of product and information development. She has been particularly instrumental in raising awareness and educating Asians about MS, a disease that is becoming more prevalent among Asians but is often hidden, for fear of stigmatisation or prejudice. Her work has attracted the attention of the Prime Minister’s Office and in August 2018 she was recognised with a Points of Light Award. In 2015 she was chosen as one of six inspirational individuals to take part in the first ever “The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief” specifically because of the achievements and impact of her advocacy work and how she encourages people with chronic illness to live a full and positive life.

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They are asking people and businesses across Buckinghamshire to get involved by Rhona Savin Susanna Challinger donating Easter Eggs at Donation Stations across the county which will be used at their Easter Egg Tombola in Friars Square Rhona Savin, 24, is now a PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham. Rhona’s Shopping Centre on Saturday 13 April. poster on her research about synthesising Last year the tombola raised a record- renewable plastics from sustainable sources breaking £819 for the Charity. was judged against dozens of other scientists’ “We are always thrilled by the generosity of research in the only national competition the public and support of local businesses as of its kind. On presenting her research in each year more and more eggs are donated to Parliament, she said, “Sharing my research our annual Tombola,” says Lee Lloyd, Head of at Westminster was a fantastic opportunity Fundraising at the Charity. “We are extremely and I enjoyed explaining the details and thankful to those local businesses who agree impact of my work to a range of politicians to collect the eggs for us at their premises in and experts.”

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Rennie Grove Hospice Care hopes supporters across Bucks will make a date to evoke a special meal memory and dish up a Taste of Home of their own. Taking part is as easy as pie. Simply: • Pick your menu • Invite your friends and family • Ask your guests to donate whatever they can afford for their meal to help more families access local hospice at home care.

In the accompanying document, it states: "On current plans, RAF Halton will commence a phased drawdown and closure beginning in 2022." Wendover News has had confirmation from Halton Parish Council that this is still and has long been - their understanding. You can sign up to host your own Taste of Home event via the Rennie Grove website Rennie Grove "Taste of Home" The Could you invite a few friends to dinner in website also has some ideas and suggestions support of Rennie Grove Hospice? It may be for your event as well as a link to download dad’s bangers and mash, grannie’s shepherd’s your own fundraising pack. pie or an evening shared with friends over a take-away. Whatever the menu, we all The Five Bells celebrates its reopening have fond memories of mealtime gatherings The Five Bells, part of the Vintage Inns with loved ones - so what better way to collection, recently reopened its doors grow those memories than by sharing a following a major refurbishment, bringing memorable meal and making a donation at a beautiful new look to this Weston Turville the same time to help local people access local. It revealed its brand-new Spring menu hospice at home care when they need it. on 20 March.

To celebrate its new look, The Five Bells is hosting a Gin and Jazz night where guests will be able to enjoy live music from a local jazz band, sample a selection of the great gins on offer for free and chat to Martin and the team. The event will be taking place on Friday 5 April 2019 at 7pm. If you'd like to attend this exclusive Gin and Jazz event, please send an email to vintageinns@spottydogcommunications. com with the subject line “The Five Bells Gin and Jazz Experience” to register your interest. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information on The Five Bells or to book a table please visit:

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The Raj Wendover residents were very sorry to see furniture being moved out of The Raj on Sunday 17 February. Ricky Ahmed, owner of The Raj restaurant, 23-25 Aylesbury Road, was very sad that he had to take this action.

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Another major contribution Ricky made to local and national life was a nine year stint teaching catering at RAF Halton. He wanted to make sure that they knew how to make

The Raj will be sorely missed. Rest assured, Wendover News will let you know if Ricky is able to come back to Wendover and feed us so well again.

The reason for the closure of The Raj is in the hands of Ricky's landlord as he was unable to renew his lease because the landlord had He opened his very successful restaurant in new plans for the building and would not be 1996. The location is not on the High Street so budged on this decision. he had to work hard to convince local diners that it would be a good night out with superb Wendover News was asked many times what food as well as a convivial atmosphere. His was happening. Social media comments contribution locally has been very impressive include: Do you know how long the Raj as many Charity Nights have been held will be closed? It will be missed - it was there. He has supported the people of his the best Indian Restaurant in the town, birthplace, Bangladesh, when they have Emma Pemberton on Facebook. IsyMead: had natural disasters such as floods and @wendover_news do you know what has the list of local charities he has supported is happened to The Raj on Aylesbury Road?!! I endless including Stoke Mandeville Charity love that place couldn't believe what I saw Wheelpower and Esmé's Allstars. when I just walked past!

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Antenatal Classes Keryn, a Paediatric Nurse and Health Visitor, alongside an experienced Midwife Steph, will be delivering Antenatal classes in Wendover. Their classes will help build your confidence and knowledge as you journey through to parenthood, whilst meeting other local couples to share this wonderful journey with. The Antenatal classes are 2 hour sessions run over four weeks consisting of: 1. Having a newborn 2. Labour, birth and the early days 3. You and your baby 4. Feeding and relationship building There will also be a talk from a Women`s Health Specialist Physiotherapist. One of the main reasons why expectant parents attend antenatal classes is to also meet other local expectant parents. Currently there are no other local antenatal classes available for the residents of Wendover, which means expectant parents

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Lindengate Award winning mental health charity Lindengate welcomes new leadership

Lindengate is delighted to welcome new Director, Jan Webster, to lead its transformational organisation and the Lindengate community to the next phase in its evolution. “We are delighted to welcome Jan, whose experience is both vast and specialised – an ideal skill set for meeting the needs of our multi-faceted organisation.” Jan has over twenty years’ experience in supporting organisations with leadership, planning, evaluation and fundraising. Operating in some of the poorest communities in Africa, within challenging environments, Jan has initiated a wellrespected flourishing organisation that works with brain trauma survivors. As an advocate for the positive mental health movement Jan Webster is the visionary leader required to usher Lindengate through a critical time in its expansion. “I am privileged to join Lindengate, an exemplary organisation able to support a variety of different people with a wide spectrum of needs. Our vision for the future is to actively encourage our service users’ voices to get stronger. We aspire to become leaders in the mental health conversation, with a view of raising the profile of mental health awareness.” The award-winning mental health charity has recently celebrated four years since opening its doors to service users, referred to as ‘Gardeners’. Lindengate offers specialised

gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. The charity’s services, known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH), use the healing power of nature and the outdoors to improve mental wellbeing, boost self-esteem, promote social inclusion and encourage recovery. Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is recognised to be beneficial for a wide range of mental health needs including anxiety, depression, loneliness as well as for people with autism, dementia and head injury. In 2018 Lindengate was recognised with the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Award for Services to Mental Health, as well as the Gold Award for the Environment Category in the BBC Three Counties Radio People’s Award. Building on a robust foundation of success, Ms Webster aims to consolidate the many lessons that Lindengate has learned, while keeping the spirit of Lindengate thriving as it grows.

Russell Grant - Lindengate Patron

The Trustees, staff and volunteers are proud to announce that Russell Grant has become a Patron of Lindengate, Mental Health Charity. After a private visit to Lindengate, Russell was impressed by the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture offered to those with mental

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Russell was interested that Lindengate organises “Memory Pathways” for those affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Having lost his beloved grandmother, Alice, to Alzheimer’s, and being her carer for nine years, Russell could see the benefit of this bespoke service for our elderly Gardeners. Russell, from Middlesex, began his theatrical career in 1969 and has continued a hugely successful career in theatre, television and film. His hobby, astrology, found him fame as one of the original presenters of BBC’s Breakfast Time. Russell has had a distinguished career winning a Royal Television Society Award as an expert on ITV’s This Morning and BAFTA nominated as ‘TV Highlight of the Year’ for his performance in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. ‘Dance For Your Life’ is his new Dementia charity. Already launched in Wales, he travelled to Edinburgh for the Scottish launch on 22 March with Professor Tara Spires-Jones, DPhil, UK Dementia Research Institute Programme Lead Deputy Director, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences. Russell works voluntarily with the leading Alzheimer’s charities in the United Kingdom.

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HS2 The Treasury Review

The amount of stick that HS2 is getting in the press shows that it’s not just me that has noticed how poorly led this project is. It also demonstrates how ill equipped government is when it comes to assessing the need for big projects and how inept they are in selecting and managing delivery partners. Surely, no matter where this project ends up there has to be a public enquiry into how it’s been managed. The latest worrying example of this government muddle seems to surround the Treasury Review. This is the same Treasury Review that Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, recently suggested might lead to a white elephant cull. HS2 was to be reviewed in March 2019 but now it’s to be in “late summer”. HS2 is expecting to be given Notice to Proceed by Transport Minister Chris Grayling in July 2019. This raises a couple of questions. Why is the HS2 element of the Treasury Review delayed? Is the government more or less likely to shut down a failing project when it’s just got going, employing tens of thousands of people, and busily grubbing up the countryside? We have asked David Lidington our MP to investigate for us.

The Letter

Greatworth and Halse Parish Councils, South Northamptonshire PCs affected by the route, have asked all of the PCs along the line to sign a letter that they have produced, to go to MP’s, asking for HS2 to be stopped. Wendover Parish Council’s long held policy is not to try to stop the HS2 project. It is to get the best possible mitigation for Wendover. This is seen as being a mined tunnel past the village. Our stance has opened many doors to us. We have spoken to Ministers and their advisors, MPs and members of the House of Lords, senior people at HS2 Ltd and the Main Works Contractor. We currently have live discussions in place on Noise, Hydrogeology and Tunnelling and a host of other subjects. We and our advisers believe that this engagement would be impossible to sustain if our message was simply STOP. Following discussions at working group and full Council level it was agreed that WPC should maintain its current position. I have therefore written to Greatworth and Halse PCs, explained Wendover’s position and declined their offer.

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Club Corner Wendover and Chiltern Hills Bowls Club

The last few matches of the indoor season will be completed by the beginning of April and we will be heading outdoors on to our splendid green to face completely different challenges. Much more effort is needed to propel the wood across the green than in the more gentle indoor game, especially at the start of the season when the ground is soft. Over the winter a great deal of work has been carried out on and around the bowling green, which will make bowling even more enjoyable. Every Tuesday afternoon and most Friday evenings, we will continue to hold Club Turn Up and Play “Roll-ups” for members. These regular club events are known as “Spoon Drives”. The Club welcomes new members and if you have ever thought of playing or taking part in this popular sport do give it a try. The social side of the Club’s life is also busy, starting off with our splendid “Season Opening Dinner”. Our hard working Social Secretary has a whole string of events planned for the coming months. Elsewhere in this issue of Wendover News you will find details of our open evenings when you can come along and give bowls a go. You will receive gentle coaching and everything is provided, all we ask is that you wear soft soled shoes without a heel, although we do have a small supply of shoes we can lend you. See advert page 7. Don Knight says, “This club is about so much more than just bowls. I joined just over a year ago having never even picked up a bowl before in my life. I have found nothing but encouragement and friendliness, even when I manage to play a rubbish game there is always a pat on the back and a ‘well done’. Give it a try, the club is right here on your doorstep.”

Wendover FC gets a makeover

If you have been down to our clubhouse recently you will have noticed that we have had a little makeover. With the generous support of LAST, our clubhouse has undergone some much needed updating to its bar and kitchen areas. This work has really brought the club back to life and we look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces down there on match days. In March the club hosted its annual quiz night this year in conjunction with The Wendover Sparrowhawks. We had a fantastic turnout on the night and managed to raise an incredible £450 for Scope. This year’s winners, for the third year running (!), were The Supporters team. A great night was had by all and we look forward to another event next season. Wendover FC Committee would like to welcome back former First Team Manager Mike Gregory who has been appointed as Reserve Team Manager to support our Club Manager Jack Thomson.

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On the pitch our Reserve Team are beginning their biscuits and plants as well as holding a chocolate battle to avoid relegation from Division One and Easter egg tombola and a “Guess the Name of the our First look to consolidate following significant Bunny” competition. changes last preseason.

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We can do less work on the reserves as the birds start nesting and must not be disturbed, but you can join in at Bacombe Hill on Thursday 11 April at 10am (contact or at Dancersend on Sunday 14 April at 10am (contact Please book online at for a walk ‘In search of Spring Flowers’ led by Mick Jones on 13 April at 2pm and for the Dawn Chorus field trip led by Leo Keedy at 5am on 5 May at College Lake (breakfast available afterwards). More events are advertised online - just put in your postcode to see what is available locally or further afield. The website will also update you on our opposition to badly planned infrastructure and housing developments in North Bucks which will have a huge impact on the whole county. Please support us. Richard Birch, BBOWT Chilterns Group. 01296 624511

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation which closed on 21 March. This date fell after Wendover News went to press so it has not been possible to publish an analysis in this edition of Wendover News. Examples of comments on Post-it notes collected at the Drop-In Exhibition: Ashbrook Playing Field - zebra crossing needed across Aylesbury Road for school children and those going to the park. Traffic is too fast at all times of day. Halton Wood Road - linked up cycle routes both on and off roads are needed, linking important sites within Wendover. Existing routes to other towns are now dangerous. McIndoe Drive - Parking at Princess Mary Gate is terrible. Developers must provide parking spaces that are useful. Warneford Avenue - The green space in Warneford Avenue is used as a park for children and a public walk-through. This space should be protected as the residents have cut/cleaned this area for 23+ years.

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Wharf Road - The speed limit in Manor Road and Wharf Road is 30mph. it should be 20mph. During the busiest periods traffic is its own regulator but during the majority of the day - when children are just as likely to be out and about - vehicles speed along there. Thank you, too, to all the people who wrote supportive and informative comments by email. A Consultation Statement will now be prepared to send to Wendover Parish Council in May, the next step in the path towards the Final Plan which will later be put to a local referendum.

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The latest business to feature in the Wendover News Fighting Plastic pages is The Village Gate. Visitors will notice immediately that the beer mats are paper based, the only straws on offer are fully biodegradable and that sweets are on sale in this family friendly pub but loose not packaged. Bottle usage is reduced by extending the pump range, including Coke Zero. During the refit Nigel Playford, the new owner, fitted low energy LEDs to reduce the cost of lighting and he is actively looking to swap to a 100% renewable energy supplier. The building is not on main drainage so it uses an eco friendly soak away to deal with foul water. The premises owner, Heineken, is a forward looking company which encourages this type of initiative. It is committed to reducing its packaging and the pub recycles wherever possible. They have installed a new cellar with individual lines for products including lager, cider and Guinness which are always

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Wendover Celebrates the future

Wendover Celebrates the future in 2020 with 2020 vision. This means the beneficiaries will be our future - our young people. Wendover Celebrates is a community activity so beneficiaries are usually local organisations. The Directors are already working on bringing a brilliant Wendover Celebrates into life in 2020, and they would love to hear your ideas on who should benefit. Wendover Celebrates has often supported local young people: • 2012: Chiltern Way Academy was one of the beneficiaries and they are our generous hosts once again. • 2014: the major beneficiary was locally based charity Pace. Pace has been a great supporter of Wendover Celebrates ever since, including providing some very interesting vehicles for the Parade.

• 2016: the emphasis was on pre-school children with their full support and grants to local organisations which teach children essential skills such as swimming and team sports. • 2018: there was a particular emphasis on local sports clubs. They responded by giving fantastic taster sessions on the day inviting our primary school age children in particular to become and remain active.

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The must-see aviation art gallery right on your doorstep! Did you know that there is no other place in the entire WORLD that so regularly welcomes Second World War veterans for public events than Aces High Aviation Art Gallery? Indeed, Aces High is the foremost specialist in aviation fine art worldwide, and it is right on your doorstep here in Wendover! Fondly known as ‘Wendover’s best kept secret’, the gallery is a hidden gem that has become a home away from home for collectors and enthusiasts not just from all over the UK, but all over the globe. But its doors are always open for new faces and friends, and even if you have no idea what to expect from visiting, one thing you can be sure of is that a warm welcome – and a complimentary cuppa! – awaits. So, what exactly is Aces High? Well, the business has been in the village for over 23 years across three different locations. After starting up in one of the loft spaces in the eaves of the 16th century stable blocks just off the High Street next to Antiques of Wendover, Aces High then spent 17 years in Vine Tree House on Back Street, before establishing a two-floor gallery down at 2 Station Approach, its current home. Stepping into the gallery is to take a step back in time. Immediately, you feel as if you have entered a different world, as classic wartime songs gently hum through the speakers and you begin to take in the surrounding original artefacts from the Second World War: there are countless wartime propellers


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signed by veterans who flew in the aircraft; cabinets full of compasses and machinery; original uniforms worn by officers from all areas of the Allied and German forces. As you go upstairs, you can ring an original ‘scramble bell’ used to alert RAF squadrons during the War. But it is the stunning artwork that covers the walls on both levels that makes Aces High so wonderfully unique. The gallery works with the most collectable aviation and military

artists worldwide, such as Robert Taylor, Gerald Coulson and many more, and there are hundreds of original oil paintings, original drawings, and limited edition prints on display. Almost all of them are personally signed by distinguished WWII veterans, making them rare collector’s pieces which are now becoming impossible to replicate. You could spend hours becoming lost in the beauty and poignancy of the artwork – each picture aims to portray the relevant aircraft or mission with as much detail and historical accuracy as possible. These pictures are real pieces of history, real experiences, and must be treasured.

On two or three Sundays of every month, the Wendover gallery welcomes WWII veterans to meet enthusiasts and sign books and prints. Over the years these events have become legendary, with the gallery hosting such distinguished veterans as Dame Vera Lynn, the ‘Last Dambuster’ ‘Johnny’ Johnson, and the youngest Battle of Britain pilot Geoffrey Wellum, as well as veterans Roy Briggs, Doug Joss and George Black from Wendover! These events still happen, and the best part is, they are absolutely FREE to attend! All you need to do is have a look for upcoming events at, and contact the gallery to reserve your space. We encourage you to make the most of this amazing opportunity while you still can. If you think you’d like to visit the gallery avoiding the hustle and bustle of a busy event day, it is open 7 days a week. There is no admission fee, and there is no obligation to make a purchase – however, anyone who brings in this article will receive £10 off any purchase that day. The gallery is simply a lovely environment in which to learn more about the history of the World Wars in a way you probably never have before. Whether you’re looking for an informative and fun pastime with the kids, passing by on the way back from a walk, or just looking for something new and interesting, Aces High is the place for you. ‘Wendover’s best kept secret’ looks forward to welcoming you! Aces High - 2 Station Approach - Wendover HP22 6BN (JUST 100 YARDS FROM THE STATION!) email: tel.: 01296 625681

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Youth Would you like to be a Trustee?

Local organisations need Trustees to function but people tend to be scared to volunteer as they are worried about the commitment. Wendover Youth Centre (WYC) is one such organisation so chairman Tony Playle agreed to be interviewed by Wendover News to explain what it's all about. What does a Trustee do? A Trustee's job is to give oversight, not necessarily to become operational. They will give general guidance, contribute to the Business Plan for the organisation and make sure that expenditure is compatible with that Plan. In the case of WYC, this includes the safeguarding of members, volunteers and staff.

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Tribute: Mary Mogford thrill of the hunt but was not beyond helping a wily fox escape the hounds, until one polished off all of her son's chickens.

Mary Pheby was born in Deal, Kent on 5 May 1935. Her father worked for the National Provincial Bank and was appointed Bank Manager for Wendover so she moved here age 9. She attended the Farm School, Wendover Dean, opposite the then blacksmith. The family lived in the lovely Brook House in Tring Road, now developed as 3 dwellings. She was madly keen on horses, particularly jumping horses, and even as a school girl was sought after to jump for other owners of horses at national and international events at Haringey and White City.

She was naturally very shy but her parents had been very community minded so when her Tone started work for Wendover she made an enormous effort. To raise money for the Wendover Swimming Pool she ran the Wendover Horse Show and Gymkhana for many years. She also supported Ladies vs Wendover Mens Football Club, Nomads, the Bowls Club and many other activities.

In 1952, Tony Mogford took over the tenancy of Bank Farm just across Hale Road from Brook Tony and Mary after the sheep run in As a farmer's wife, Mary became an integral part February 2016 of the farm. Her part in lambing was invaluable House. A year later Mary’s father was posted to Chesham so the family moved. In 1954, when every year; she became an intrepid tractor driver Mary was only 19, they married in St Mary's, Wendover. In quick and even drove grain lorries through the streets of Wendover. For a succession, Jacky and Edward arrived. Tony and Mary were married long time she ran the chicken unit within the farm. for 65 years. Mary loved her home, her family, her flower garden, When Mary became ill, she went to Woodlands Park Care Home her huge vegetable garden and, of course, her hunter. and was very happy there to the end of her days. She could not She was often seen immaculately turned out hacking up the High have been looked after better or with more love. She passed away Street with Dr McConnell, one of our two local GPs. She liked the on 10 February 2019. She is already greatly missed.

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Local Face: Mary Sketch Mary was born near Leeds where she lived as the third of four sisters, her twin, Margaret, being the older by 20 minutes! Having attended Notre Dame Collegiate School for 3 years, Mary had one year in Edinburgh in Holy Cross Academy before the family moved due to a promotion for her father, a Civil Engineer who became the “Divisional Road Engineer for Wales and Monmouth” in the Civil Service.

Since Tony’s death, Mary has become more deeply involved with Churches Together in Wendover. A team of four, including Mary, led two very enjoyable Lent courses in prayer a few years ago, and Mary has been able to lead two days on the Psalms (which she loves) and a half day of meditation, which is to be followed this Lent by a morning of meditations for this season of the Church’s year. She is also involved in the Ecumenical Services of Healing and Wholeness which now take place monthly in St Anne’s or St Mary’s. Mary loves the fact that the three churches can pray and work together and that St Anne’s is the home of Wendover Free Church as well as her Roman Catholic “family”.

In Cardiff she attended Heathfield House RC High School for three years, followed by the University of Wales, Cardiff College, where she obtained a First Class Honours degree in Latin. Mary retains her love of words, which she finds fascinating.

Mary met Tony Sketch, working as a Civil Mary started volunteering at Wendover Engineer but with Glamorgan County Council, Library two years after Tony died, and is glad and married him after teaching for a year to give something back to the village. Mary in Tredegar Park, then a private school but is hard of hearing and enjoys the lip-reading Mary’s introduction to Individual and taking in without payment those Catholic girls classes in the library room, where mistakes Communal Prayer published in 1994 who had passed the 11 plus, who would not can be hilarious. She also enjoys making up otherwise have been able to attend a good RC Secondary school. silly poems for the U3A Creative Writing Group! After three years of teaching, Mary became a proud mother to Peter, now a Principal Environmental Scientist, and Claire, now Associate Director of Ecology. Both work for large civil engineering firms but in connection with environmental matters. Claire and her husband Andy have one daughter Sian, who is her grandmother’s Ever felt like throwing your computer pride and joy!


Later, the family spent four happy years in Swansea before Tony became the Deputy and later the County Engineer for Buckinghamshire. 20 years in Aylesbury, where St Joseph’s RC Church was important in Mary and later Tony’s lives, were followed by their time in Wendover. Tony died nine years ago, and the last few months were difficult. Mary has now lived here for 21 years. All those years ago, Mary taught RE to “her” class, 2a, in Tredegar Park, Newport (now owned by the National Trust) and perhaps this led later to her great interest in Christian Spirituality. Happy years in the Charismatic Prayer Group at St Joseph’s were followed by 3 years as a student in the Chiltern Christian Training Programme which later became a Local Ecumenical Project. Nine topics were studied, and Mary later led the courses on “Growing in Prayer” in Aylesbury and High Wycombe. She wrote two books for those leading groups in prayer in connection with her work with the RCIA Group in St. Joseph’s, and a privately published book of her own prayers.

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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 - ArtSmart drawing & painting classes - Mon 11.30-14.00, Tue 14.00-16.00, St Anne’s Hall 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 & Tue 10-11 Halton Vlg Hall, Wed 10.30-11.30 Wen Mem 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) Nia Classes - 1st & 3rd Mon 2pm, parent & child, Fri 6.30pm adult, Sun 10.30am adult 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. 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Tue 02 afternoon “Learn My Way” FREE computer training, Wendover Community Library, see page 2 Tue 02 20.00 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see page 3 Tue 02, 09, 16 12.30 Lenten Lunches - every Tuesday during Lent - Wendover Christian Centre, see page 3 Wed 03 & 17 10.00-12.00 Craft Group, Wendover Christian Centre, see p 3 Thu 04 10.30 Simply Walk to Wendover Woods, starts at Your Café in the Park, Aston Clinton, see page 2 Thu 04 & Tue 16 see listing Knit & Natter, Wendover Library Room, Thu 07 10.30-12.30, Tue 19 13.30-15.30. See page 2 Thu 04 19.00-20.00 Wendover Library Reading Group, Wendover Library Room Thu 04 19.30 Bucks Bird Club - Eastern Poland with Stuart Elsom, St Anne’s Hall, see page 3 Sat 06-Sun 28 daily Wendover Easter Hunt, see advert back page Sat 06 10.00-12.00 Wendover Evening WI Spring Fair, Wendover Library Room, see advert page 4. Sat 06 10.00-16.00 Sally Evans Artists & Makers Fair, Thame Town Hall OX9 3DP, see advert page 4 Sat 06 14.15-15.15 Children's Book Group, Wendover Community Library, see page 2 Sun 07 14.00-16.30 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society Spring Show, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see page 3 Mon 08-Thu 11 09.00-15.00 Squash and Tennis Camps, ages 10-15. discount for siblings. Wendover Squash & Tennis Club, Dobbins Lane. Mon 08-Thu 18 varies Everyball Tennis Camps, ages 2.5-16, Halton Tennis Centre HP22 5PD, see page 25 Tue 09 10.00-14.00 Draw-Paint-Print, Art Hub Buckinghamshire, Wendover Library Rooom, see page 4 Tue 09 15.30-17.30 Messy Easter, starts St Anne’s Hall. FREE. See page 4 Tue 09 19.30 Chiltern and District Hard of Hearing Club, Halifax House, Little Chalfont Tue 09 19.30 Wendover Evening WI, St Anne’s Hall, see page 4 Tue 09 20.00 Chiltern Humanists - AGM, Wendover Library Room, see page 4 Wed 10 19.00 Wendover Annual Parish Meeting, St Anne’s Hall, see advert front page Wed 10 & 24 19.30 Wendover Art Club, Wendover Library Room, see page 4 Wed 10 20.00 Aston Clinton, Buckland & Drayton Beauchamp Horticultural Society, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS Thu 11 & Sun 14 10.00 Working Party with BBOWT. 11-Bacombe Hill, 14-Dancersend, see page 25 Thu 11 13.00-15.00 Carers Bucks meeting, Wendover Community Library Room Thu 11 20.00 Chiltern Writers - Club AGM. Wendover Library Room, see page 5 Fri 12 & 26 11.00-14.00 Memory Pathways gardening & activity group, Lindengate Site, Worlds End Garden Centre, please book Fri 12 19.30 Great Missenden Rotary Race Night for Chilterns MS Centre, Wendover Memorial Hall, see page 5 Fri 12 19.30 Aston Wine Club - Simon Cooper, John Lewis Wine Club. Buckland Village Hall, see page 5 Sat 13 10.00-12.00 Drop-in Saturday, Lindengate Site HP22 6BD, see page 5 Sat 13 10.00-16.00 Wendover Art Club Workshop - MEMBERS ONLY - St Anne’s Hall, see page 4 Sat 13 14.00 OnScreen, “Mary Poppins”, Wendover Library Room. Tickets £3 from the Library, see page 5 Sat 13 14.00-16.30 “In Search of Spring Flowers”, Dancersend with Pavis Woods HP23 6LB, see page 25 Sat 13 14.30-16.30 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild - “My Life in Stitch”, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church. See page 6. Sat 13 19.30 Wendover Music Concert - Mahan Esfahani, St Mary’s Church, Wendover, see advert page 3 Sun 14 18.00 Music for Passiontide, St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville, see page 6 Thu 18 09.00-14.00 Legacy Fairs Antiques & Collectors Market, Wendover Memorial Hall, see advert page 4 Thu 18 10.30-11.30 Pond Adventures, College Lake HP23 5QG Thu 18 10.30-12noon Charity Coffee Morning, Abbeyfield House, Dobbins Lane, see page 6 Thu 18 14.30 Wendover Horticultural Society Meeting, Wendover Library Room, see page 6 Thu 18 19.30-20.30 Meditation Classes, Wendover Library Room Sat 20 09.00-13.00 Wendover Local Produce Market, Manor Waste Sat 20 10.30-11.30 Book Club, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 6 Sun 21 10.00 Walk with the Ramblers. 7 mi, moderate. See website for details. 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In the natural world April is a time for the new. In the WPC world I’m in a more reflective mood. Wendover has had an interesting year. The Best Kept Village accolade has sat well with us and the grounds team and the WI, who are now caring for the planting outside “Istanbul”, are keen to succeed again. I’ve resisted the Istanbul humour. The PC’s resurfacing of the Heron Path is completed, one year ahead of programme, and looking great. Our Neighbourhood Plan Group, through incredibly hard work, has developed an excellent draft plan that I’m pretty sure will lead to an acceptable, made plan being incorporated into The Vale of Aylesbury Plan (VALP). The new Parish Clerk, Keith, has settled in and he and his team are extremely approachable and engaging so service delivery is continuing to improve. For the future the PC needs to keep an eye on some big stuff. The Unification of AVDC/ BCC etc. VALP and the RAF Halton closure rumble on. HS2 is it seems always with us. More locally I’m concerned at the difficulty local clubs and organisations seem to have in recruiting helpers, members and all kinds of doers. Wendover is an interesting place and much of that interest is generated by the wide range of activities offered by volunteers. They are struggling more than ever to recruit though, and so their future is threatened. The PC has two vacancies at present.

and Assistant Clerk walked down the first 100 metres of Heron Path and counted 22 incidents of dog fouling! No one should have to put up with the actions of irresponsible dog owners. Dog mess is a health hazard and can be particularly horrid for those playing sports, using the fitness trails and our team of grounds men when they strim the Bonfires in Allotments We have banned bonfires at our allotments grass. Offenders can be issued with a fixed at Hogtrough Lane and London Road in line penalty notice or a fine of up to £1000! with our new Environmental Policy. There are Parish Council Meeting health concerns about air pollutants in smoke, Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm including carbon monoxide, dioxins and St Anne’s Hall particles. Burning waste can prevent people from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging out washing. Smoke and fumes Facebook affect air quality and can damage health. Let’s Did you know that we have our own all try and play our part in making Wendover Facebook page?! Follow us to be the first to know about the latest on goings from your that much more environmentally friendly. local Council. If you see anything interesting around Wendover, why not snap a quick Local Produce Market pic and send it to us? Your image could be Saturday 20 April 9am to 1pm featured on our page! Manor Waste

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As of late there has been an increase in I must mention one little project that the WPC is complaints and incidents regarding dog moving forward on. That is to refurbish the area fouling. On 27 February 2019, the Deputy beside the clock tower where the water trough Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU is. It’s looking a bit neglected so a refresh and repair to brick and stonework and reconnection 01296 623056 to the water supply is on the cards. Tom Walsh



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