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The fields of Hartley Farm in Rocky Lane are now fenced off by HS2 HS2 cometh Thank you WPC We’ve known about the HS2 project since 2010, and in recent weeks we’ve seen a lot of activity in the fields around Wendover, not to mention a hole in the ground at Great Missenden. Wendover News has tried to keep the public informed of the proposals and has published a regular HS2 column, sometimes two, since April 2010. In this edition, Effage Kier JV, engineers for this part of the route have sent us some information about current engineering works see page 14. Wendover HS2 contribute on page 20, The regular column is on page 23.

Wendover News was greatly honoured at the Wendover Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 10 April. The editor, Jane Larkham, was given a Community Champion Award, right.

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

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Tuesday 21 May at 1.30pm

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

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The Ramblers have a programme of organised Cornelli Sugarcraft (see advert page 24) runs walks of varying length and difficulty locally. courses each term, www.cornellisugarcraft. More on and pages 34 & 35. See events pages 34 & 35. Cyclist Touring Club has Regular Events at Wendover Library Aylesbury group rides throughout the county, see “Learn My Way” computer training 1st Tuesday of each month, please book. Children’s Book Club, 1st Saturday every 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.

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; May’s is Sunday 12 from the Watermead Inn.

Please be aware that if you’d like to participate in the many consultations available via Bucks County Council at https://democracy. aspx?bcr=1, hard copies are usually available at Wendover Community Library.

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.

parkrun meets Saturdays at 9.00 near the Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Café in the Woods. 5km run, walk, watch Children’s Gallery or volunteer! Visit

Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP Visit the fantastic Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, café, shop and garden. See Samurai: Warriors of Ancient Japan until 13 July - with a Kendo demonstration Monday 6 May. Or get involved in time travel with Lost in Time on Saturday 11 & 18 May (details on the museum website; booking via Aylesbury Town Council). For charges, opening and activity times, birthday parties and more please check

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.

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Charity Coffee Mornings

Thu, 10am-12noon, No2 Pound St Did you know that No2 Pound Street gives away all money raised from coffee and hot beverage sales (terms apply) on Thursday mornings? Come find similarly minded people who are raising valuable funds whilst enjoying a lovely coffee and a slice of cake!

Tony Francis Art Exhibition

April & May, by appointment Following last year’s success, former 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. See advert page 5.

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Events IT’S A FACT.

Tring Together Spring Fair

Sat 27 Apr-Sun 18 May, Tring Launch day 27 April; events including a Quiz Night & Fashion Show during the fair period.

Creative Art Classes

begin 1 May, Wed or Fri 9.30-12.30, Whipsnade Village Hall 14 week term of art classes with Dr Lorna Moore. Term fees include en plein sketching sessions at local venues, all art materials and tutorials with other artists. Plus catch up sessions are available to anyone unable to attend their usual class. 07896 619660

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Wed 1, 15 & 29 10am-12 noon, Wendover Christian Centre Join others at Craft Group, open to all. If you enjoy knitting, sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing or colouring or any other kind of craft, there’s room for you. Please bring your own materials if possible. Refreshments provided at about 11am.

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Bowls Club Open Evenings

Fridays in May, 6pm onwards, Dobbins Lane Antiques & Collectors Market If you are interested in playing we extend an Thursday 16 May invitation to come along and experience the 9am-2pm (Trade 8am) fun of lawn green bowling and to enjoy an Entrance by donation to Charity early summer’s evening in good company. Wendover Memorial Hall All you need is a pair of trainers or flat soled email: shoes; help will be on hand to show you the basic techniques of the game. Bowls Art Exhibition equipment and refreshments will be provided Paintings by local artist, Diana Hardacre, at and the bar will be open. Just come along to Church End Cottage, 1 Bates Lane, Weston Turville the club; directions can be found on the Club 18th and 19th May 10am-5pm website Entry £2, includes a glass of wine Donations will be given to “From Coast to Coast” Rennie Grove Hospice Fri 3 & Sat 4, 7.30pm, Halton Village Hall Halton Singers present their spring concert, featuring songs themed on all things coastal. BBOWT Tickets £8 (including nibbles) from Don Plant and Produce Market 622603 or Kevin 622390. Sunday 19 May

10.00 -12.00 Gt Missenden Memorial Centre Admission Free

2nd May - Sun 28th May

starts 5 May, 2.30-5pm, St Mary’s Church The tradition continues as St Mary’s hosts its weekly teas Sunday afternoons until 29 September. Come enjoy the refreshments, scenery and company.

Messy Church

Sun 5, 3.30-5.30pm, starts in St Anne’s Hall All are welcome to enjoy messy (and not so messy) theme-related activities, a story and song and a meal together. No age restrictions and no charge. Children, please remember to bring an adult with you.

Cream Teas

6, 26 & 27 May, 3-5pm, St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville Cream teas in a lovely setting to raise funds Fri 3, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room Helen has written over 20 books focusing for the church. MEAT THAT’S GOOD TO EAT

St Mary’s W Turville - SWIFT Project 8th June 11am to 4pm

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Sunday Afternoon Teas

Author Visit - Helen Fry

Gabby Harman Painting Exhibition

a little bird told me gallery

largely on intelligence, prisoners of war and social history of the Second World War. Book early - only £5 per ticket from the Library.

Games, raffles, sideshows, competitions - children’s baking, children’s art (theme - royalty), FREE bouncy castle, Bell tower open BBQ, new/nearly new stall, books, plants, bric-a-brac, cakes, teas, ice creams, displays, plans of our community project Under cover if wet

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WENDOVER MUSIC 2019 Season of Concerts

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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

Craft and Conservation Stalls • BBQ • Cakes • Hot and Cold Drinks • Raffle and Tombolas Children’s Activities • Archery • Donkeys • Free Bike Checks • Plant and Produce Stall • Mini Ponies

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Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural performed and recorded with a panoply of Tue 7, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN “Wonderful Healthy Herbs” with speaker Paul Patton. And in Ellesborough Parish Hall Sat 11 at 10am, a great opportunity to buy locally grown perennials, vegetables and annuals. Come early - everything will be sold by about 11 am on past form.

Wendover Art Club

dates and locations as listed 7.30pm, 8th & 22nd - Working evening outdoors - venue to be decided. 10am4pm, 11th and 12th Spring Exhibition in the Library Room Wendover. Prints, cards and original artworks for sale. Admittance free but donations welcome. See club website for further information and updates.

Eddie Henderson Quartet

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Spring Balance Workshop

Sat 11, 9am-2pm, Halton Village Hall Yogabellies Chilterns brings you a half day workshop with Alice. Please book on alice@

Book Club

Sat 11, 10.30-11.30am, W Christian Ctre Book Club welcomes all readers, whatever genre they enjoy. No set books to read, just interesting conversation about whatever we’ve been reading. We begin with coffee and often cake.

Wendover Music Concerts

Sat 11, St Mary’s Church Thu 9, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church HP20 2JJ In May, Wendover Music are delighted to Jazz Up Front presents Eddie Henderson, welcome again mini-Mozart in the morning internationally known jazz trumpeter. Backed 10am for 0-5years, 11am for 5-8 years) and by an all-star trio, who between them have in the evening (7.30pm) Joanna MacGregor

To arrange a viewing contact Tony: O7730 012960 • Gateway Cottage, Hawridge Common HP5 2UQ

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Events (last in Wendover in 2008) with a rich and Cream Teas with Ellesboro’ Silver Band varied programme. Sun 12, 1.30pm, Ellesborough Parish Hall A quintessentially English afternoon of Christian Aid Week music and cream teas in the Chilterns. www. 12-18 May Take part in the UK’s longest-running fundraising week! Please support collectors Wendover WI during the collection week. Last year, £8m Tue 14, 7.30pm, St Anne’s Hall The Annual Resolution Meeting - This year was raised to help poor communities. there are two Resolutions: “A Call against the CDRS Dog Show Decline in Local Bus Services,” particularly Sun 12, 1-5pm, St Leonards Hall HP23 6NW in rural areas; and “Don’t Fear the Smear.” Refreshments, stalls and dog show Cervical screening saves lives, yet attendance registration from 1pm; show from 2pm. is currently at its lowest for a decade. Following Entries £2 per dog per class. Many classes to discussion and a vote, one Resolution will be choose from! Parking £2. adopted at the National AGM in June. Fun and entertainment after the vote. Flamingo Run Prestwood Greetings Cards will be available to purchase. Sun 12, Sprinters Leisure Centre HP16 9QY Visitors welcome. Contact: Margaret - 01296 Benefits Chilterns MS Centre. A 10k, 582318 Children’s Ultim8 Warrior and - new for 2019 - a 5k Fun Run (fancy dress, wheelchairs Wendover Horticultural Society and scooters welcome). Start times Thu 16, 2.30pm, Wendover Library Room determined by event chosen. Details www. The speaker is Doug Watkinson, “An Interesting way to make a living - Script

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Fri 17, 6.30-9.30pm Indulge yourself in an evening of relaxing therapies, treatments and shopping. £7 ticket includes nibbles and a glass of bubbly. Email lacey.bonham@thepace​ to book.


Fri 17, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room “A Star is Born” The story of the relationship between seasoned musician Jackson Maine and his protege Ally. Advance tickets only, £5.

Aston Wine Club

Fri 17, 7.30pm, Buckland Village Hall This month’s meeting features Heather Dougherty discussing Rhone Wines.

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Events Plant Sale

Sat 18, 9.30-11.30am, Wendover Christian Centre & St Anne’s Hall Choose from a great variety of plants – flowers, vegetables and shrubs – for your garden or allotment, at Wendover Free Church’s Annual Plant Sale. Coffee & refreshments will be available.

Art Exhibition & Sale

Sat 18 & Sun 19, 10am-5pm, 1 Bates Ln Diana Hardacre opens her studio to raise funds for Rennie Grove. £2 entry includes a glass of wine. See advert page 4.

Aylesbury Vale Embroidery Group

Sat 18, 2.30-4.30pm, SM Methodist Church “The Art of Paper & Stitch” with speaker Jennifer Collier.

Spring Concert at St Dunstan’s Church

Sat 18, 7.30 pm, HP27 9JF Manor House Music will play popular classics by Mozart, Vivaldi, Holst, Debussy, Bach etc. Tickets £10 from Sally’s Sewing Box, Duke St,

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Wendover Choral Concert

Sat 18, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Wendover Haydn’s “Creation”, is the chosen piece. For Coming Soon - Save the Date! • 1 June - St Leonard’s Fete & Gymkhana more details, see page 8. • 8 June - St Mary W Turville Fun Day, see advert page 4 BBOWT Plant & Produce Market • Sun 19, 10am-12noon, Gt Missenden Mem Hall 8 June - Lindengate Summer Fair A great opportunity to acquire interesting • 16 June - Equus Productions presents additions to your garden and local produce “Sp£nd, Sp£nd, Sp£nd” at Lindengate • 22 June - Florence Nightingale Midnight for your table. See advert page 4. Walk • 29 June - Arts & Crafts Fair in aid of the Mentmore Arts Festival Friends of Wendover Health Centre Sat 25-Mon 27, 11am-5pm, LU7 0QF • This year raising funds for Keech Hospice 29 June - Chiltern Samaritans Cycle Sportive Care, Riding for the Disabled, Home Start • 4 July - An evening at The Bunch themed and Mentmore Church. Entry £2 adults; gardens, benefits Pace, see page 18 under 16s FREE. Teas and raffle, too! www. • 7 July - Wendover Arm Trust Open Day • 19-23 July - Third Emberton Art Show • 27 July - Bucks Family History Society Open Weston Turville Historical Society Day Fri 31, 8pm, W Turville Village Hall • 31 July - FOWL Photo Competition closes “Winter Paralympics: from Stoke Mandeville • 5 October - Lindengate Autumn Apple Fair

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Wendover Choral Society Haydn’s Creation (sung in English)

11a High Street If, like me, you are feeling a little as though Wendover the whole world is in chaos and a darkness is pervading the Earth, come and let Haydn’s Creation rejuvenate and reinvigorate you. Opening Hours ‘Despairing cursing rage’ and ‘darkness’ are Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.20pm quickly replaced with blinding light, a new Saturday: 8.30am - 5.00pm created world springing up and positively teeming with life; creatures, mountains, waters, verdant plants and heavenly stars and that is just the beginning. Tailored book-keeping and accountancy God’s plan delivers such a clear, lifeaffirming vision and in an impressive solutions to suit you and your business six days. ‘Wondrous works’ are truly e-mail: achieved. Tel:01296 621162

On Saturday 18 May 2019 at 7.30pm, Peter Bassano, our longstanding Musical Director, conducts the Oxford Sinfonia and three Royal Academy arthritis Bev Irving BVetMed MRCVS back/neck pain of Music soloists who are returning to sing with us. Our community is 07734 252141/01296 614804 injuries wound healing fabulously fortunate to be able to access their talent at St Mary’s Church.

Tickets are available from Just, St Mary’s Church shop, which can be found at 11 High Street, Wendover. Alternatively, email Tickets are priced at £15 and under 16s are £5. If you would like to take advantage of the Wendover Community Car, please contact Margaret Heald on 01296 622707.

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Wendover Remembers

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May 1919

Even before the end of the war there were discussions in towns and villages throughout the country concerning the possible form of a war memorial. These memorials demonstrated a public and national commitment never to forget those who had given their lives. They were a powerful and unifying force that brought together both the survivors and the dead and they took many forms - stone crosses or monuments, bronze or marble figures, stained glass windows, lych-gates, hospitals, gardens, village halls and clock towers. Most were unveiled in the 1920s, but the planning, often not without heated discussion, took place in 1919. In May 1919 the Ellesborough Parish Council discussed plans for the village war memorial. Miss Faith Moore of Ellesborough Manor proposed to give a field as a site for a village recreation ground and to have a permanent memorial erected there. Lord Lee said he would assist in the work required. The plans for a memorial in Wendover caused much ill-feeling between the Lord of the Manor and the Parish Council and it wasn’t until 1922 that the War Memorial was finally dedicated. In November 1921 Mr Wood at a Parish Council Meeting said that on his recent holiday he had travelled through many villages large and small and they had all had their memorials and it was shameful that Wendover still hadn’t got theirs. He said the residents of the village blamed the Parish Council for the problem but that the memorial had been taken out of their hands by the Lord of the Manor (Mr E P Smith).

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A local resident writing under the pseudonym “SEMPER VIGILANS” [Ever Watchful] wrote to The Bucks Herald dated November 26th 1921: “It is pleasing to read the Council have given the reason of the apathy for the erection of the war memorial. The statement of the Councillors that the hold-up was a scandal and a disgrace is quite refreshing for the old world town. It is also stated the Council are blameless. They in committee have done their utmost, and I am given to understand, although plans had been accepted and approved by them, the Lord of the Manor (who does not live therein) did not approve, not with-standing the desire of the people, committee, and subscribers. ‘I will have my own architect’ so ‘tis stated he re-marked two years since. Naturally the representatives of the people were crushed, and I suppose, the plans are so elaborate that it will be some time yet before they are executed. There is mention of a site for the war memorial after many schemes and counter schemes, and I gather the Lord of the Manor has decided to allocate a small portion of ground outside a chemist’s shop, and by virtue of this deed of goodness he has apparently taken over the war memorial scheme, lock stock and barrel. Many years since there lived a Lord of the Manor at Wendover who loved to live among the people, and the people loved him. So great was his love for the people that he presented the town with a building, and called it a Literary Institute.” The Lord of the Manor lived at Kimble. In his letter of reply to the Parish Council, published in the same edition of the Bucks Herald, Mr Smith said he had been collecting donations for some time and he

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Dedication of the Wendover War Memorial, 7 May 1922.

would be obliged if members of the Council who had not already done so would send their subscriptions to the Bank with as much generosity as possible. He said that the Council had approved the design and proposed site opposite the Old Monastery and that the appeal should be left in his hands. As a result he had personally sent a copy of the appeal with a picture of the proposed cross to every householder in Wendover. The design for the memorial, he said “is the result of serious consideration by two very experienced architects, Mr A A Hudson, of Bacome, and Mr Gerald Cogswell. Mr Cogswell went to Wendover and carefully studied characteristics (red tiles) and made the design specially to suit them and its old world associations, a reproduction of the village cross of centuries ago. The opinion is that the cross, if erected, will be second to none with regard to beauty, and the site chosen is the most suitable. I am sending a copy of this letter to the press. Yours faithfully, Edwin P Smith. 13 May 1922” Mike Senior & Val Moir Wendover Remembers will be augmented to appear in book form. If you have any extra information to add please telephone 01296 624270 or email

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Cashpoints in Wendover On Tuesday 26 March Budgens alerted Wendover News to a notification from their ATM supplier. It was immediately uploaded to the Wendover News social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter and our website.

The ATM at the BP garage had already started charging about two weeks beforehand. The £50 free cash back in Budgens 'requires no minimum purchase'. Counter withdrawals at Wendover Post Office are also free.

and removing their own ATMs, but these cuts have made some of our ATMs unsustainable as a free service.

Without any notification, Cashzone the operators of Budgens ATM are introducing a charge to customers of £1.50 for cash withdrawals. We would be grateful if you could bring this to the attention of your readers, so that they can avoid these unjustified charges. Budgens customers can still get £50 free cash back in store and withdrawals from the Post Office ATM are also free. As you are aware, we no longer have a bank in the village and we believe Cashzone are taking this opportunity to exploit Wendover. We also suggest readers contact their MP, local councillor or Cashzone direct to try to persuade Cashzone to reverse these unreasonable charges. The contact details for Cashzone are; Headquarters, PO Box 476, Hatfield, AL10 1DT Customer Services: 0800 032 1314 Email: customersupportteam@

By 28 March, we received a reply from Cardtronics and posted it: With respect to the article posted on your website, I wanted to provide you some background on the circumstances that have created this situation.

The decision on whether to introduce a fee is taken on a case-by-case basis and reflects the economic viability of the individual machine. Introducing a charge to the machine in Wendover is not one we have taken lightly, but LINK's cuts have left us with no choice other than to remove the machine altogether.

First and foremost, it is important to note that we at Cardtronics have provided access to cash for consumers free of charge for a great many years. Over this period, the costs we incur for the provision of this service was covered by a fee known as interchange which is paid to us by the banks when one of their cardholders uses our machine. On January 1st, LINK, the UK ATM Scheme, introduced the second in a series of cuts to interchange. We are well aware that independent ATM operators such as ourselves often fill the gap left as a result of the banks closing branches

The LINK cuts are having a major impact on consumers’ access to cash up and down the country and we are calling for immediate intervention from the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) so that we as an industry can find a sustainable long-term solution. We would advise anyone concerned about this to sign the 'Freedom to pay. Our way.' petition on the Which? website and speak to their MPs. Marc Terry, Managing Director, International Cardtronics

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Terrific Transformations Terrific Transformations are happening down on Road Farm! Amidst the springtime felicitations of lambs, calves, blossoms and bluebells, although we gaze across the valley at a broadening landscape excavation scar, we’re definitely excited that Road Farm Countryways CIC now has a wonderful toilet block with proper disabled facilities and excellent workshop room for woodcraft. This is something massively positive to enrich others which we would certainly not have without significant help from the HS2 Community Environment Fund, following the grant awarded last year. Previous Wendover News articles have detailed steady fundraising support from others over four years, for which we’re hugely grateful. Local visiting Scouts saw building work progress and Guides will soon witness more comfortable personal hygiene, in fact we estimate at least 750 people will benefit annually. Achieving better toilet facilities opens up special new opportunities

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for adults with significant physical disabilities (perhaps recuperating from spinal injury or acquired illness), who can now spend proper time on the farm, whether with carer or family, helping them feel better included and supported to learn new skills and be involved in the working countryside. Every visit has to be pre-arranged and booked to ensure safety. Attending the farm delivers both relaxing and exciting impact to all ages, with lovely comments like “Best School Trip EVER!” and “Better than the National Trust!”, diverse enjoyment including farming, using tools, shooting arrows, tracking wildlife, flints, making fire, even stroking turkeys. And in the words of one McIntyre Support

Worker: “...making young minds shine and thrive, we hope that many others can experience the feelings of confidence, trust, social interaction and inclusion that X has felt since he first arrived at Road Farm.” The CIC runs a Countrymen’s Club for retired men with a rural interest on Monday lunchtimes, part of the Countrymen UK group, and is keen to encourage new members and helpers. Road Farm Countryways CIC celebrates its 5th Birthday at the end of May and everyone is encouraged to visit on Open Farm Sunday on 9 June! Volunteers are crucially needed in a variety of roles all year round, so please do be in contact. For more information visit or

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Local News the Remembrance Day services and being at the heart of the community. I'll be sad to leave such a lovely area, but will be leaving it in the capable hands of PC Tash Blake as I depart to Firearms Thom & Tash training. It's a great job to have, varying from taking elderly residents Christmas dinner to making sure I am out and about dealing with the criminals causing concern to the local residents. Thanks Wendover for your hospitality!"

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themed gardens, canaries and guinea fowl, volunteers with home-made cakes – yum! and a beautiful orchard to relax and take in. Cyclists are welcomed back after the ride with a free burger/beer, live music and a Tickets for this event in support of Pace are shiny medal plus a KOM/QOM challenge on £20 per person which includes your guided Whiteleaf Hill! All from £15! tour, nibbles and wine. To buy tickets click here https://pace- Please sign up at for a fabulous day of fun on a bike, whilst supporting your local Samaritans branch.

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A Buckinghamshire New University academic says she's aiming to build people's 'sense of place' in the central Chilterns through a sixyear project examining people who have lived and worked in the region over the past Chiltern Samaritans rely on local fund- 150 years. raising to help with the branch running costs and we have held a popular cycle sportive ‘Woodlanders Lives and Landscapes’ will in West Wycombe (with help from High examine the day-to-day lives of people who Wycombe Cycle Club) for the last two years. worked in the chair-making and woodware Last year over 500 riders joined us! This year industries, and in lace-making and plaiting we have 3 routes, 20/50/80 miles, breath- straw in the central Chilterns, going back to taking Chiltern scenery and a few hills! Our the 19th Century. Learn more at https://bit. free feed stations are manned by Samaritans ly/2ImF7hk. Your local Samaritans branch is manned by trained volunteer listeners 7 days/week. Those in need of support can contact us on 116 123 or call in personally.

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L’Etape UK is the UK’s official Tour de France sportive and takes place on 14 July. During this year’s Tour de France (628 July), Buckinghamshire businesses have a unique chance to capitalise on all the fun and activity by getting involved with the UK’s affiliated event – L’Etape UK – the only official Tour de France sportive (cycling event) in the UK. Cycling tours such as Tour de Yorkshire and L'Etape Caledonia have been proven to massively boost the local economy, in Yorkshire’s case by £98 million. The organisers are hoping for 3500 riders and 7000 spectators to come and support along the route in addition to going to the festival site at Penn House. Fittingly, this Chilterns cycling extravaganza takes place on Bastille Day, France’s national day. This is a great chance to showcase local businesses, who can get involved with this

event and the global Tour de France brand in many ways, for instance: • Enter teams of cyclists and even compete in the ‘Corporate Clash’ against other companies across three professionally designed routes through the Chiltern Hills • Become a sponsor or partner with L’Etape UK • Bring staff and clients to the Tour de France Fan Park at Penn House. There are opportunities for local businesses to exhibit - you could put up a marquee and receive VIP hospitality while watching Stage 9 of the Tour de France live on a big screen. • Decorate the exterior of businesses along the route or offer up French-themed food and drink in restaurants and bars

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HS2 – Small Dean viaduct HS2 plans limit future A413 traffic

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The current design of the HS2 Small Dean viaduct will result in increased congestion in the local area from forecasted traffic growth.

WendoverHS2 met BucksCC to discuss the recently published Effage Kier (EK) Community Engagement report following the public consultation last September, BucksCC are now considering which states that there is no intention Proposed design realigns the A413 to curve between the bridge updating their local transport of widening the A413 at the Small supports. The lack of space will limit the width of the carriageway plan, and along with AVDC Dean viaduct. In 2012 HS2 identified an forevermore should challenge HS2 and “Adverse-Permanent Significant Effect” EK reviewed their proposed design for the EK’s design of the Small Dean based on actual traffic counting, and reported a 29% growth requirement by viaduct with AVDC and BucksCC; concluding viaduct to accommodate future A413 2026 from DfT forecasts. However the that no widening would be needed traffic requirements. Without this we can viaduct design limits the future A413 before 2033 as A413 congestion was see a return to the congestion experienced carriageway indefinitely to the present not highlighted as an issue in the Vale of in Wendover before the bypass was built. width. This sort of traffic growth would Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP). BucksCC’s input Along with Wendover Parish Council we cause massive additional queueing on the to VALP included their August 2017 County- think that the most appropriate, flexible Wendover Bypass during the morning peak wide Local Plan Modelling, which identified and cost-effective solution would be to hour, and London Road tailbacks causing future congestion in the High Street leading redesign the viaduct as a mined tunnel . . . to use of Hale Road and Church Lane as a Wendover HS2 gridlock in the High Street.

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HS2 If anyone tells you that for the UK it’s business as usual in Westminster, don’t believe them. Both government and the opposition appear to me functionally paralysed and wholly in the thrall of BREXIT. Not only is there no obvious end to BREXIT but it is becoming obvious that Wendover’s ability to put its argument across is suffering as a consequence. It’s getting harder to find any political figures to meet up with. An April 1st meeting, where Cheryl Gillan MP and Dominic Grieve MP were to put questions to Nusrat Ghani for Wendover, was cancelled at the last minute.

We have asked David’s office to investigate but so far no answer. Opportunities Still, there are opportunities. Our lobbyist is still working to get our input HS2 work on Bacombe Hill seen from Hale Lane into the Treasury, and particularly Liz DfT and HS2 ltd have consistently fought Truss MP, prior to the Treasury Review of HS2. shy of this type of meeting and yet it is they that need to save money and to solve The published delay to the DfT Notice to the intractable noise, hydrogeology and Proceed, the starting gun for construction to environmental impacts that still dog the start, does at least mean that the Treasury project through Wendover. Review will take place before a workforce is

All of our other questions won’t fit here so recruited and mobilised. Hopefully we will you can find them on the WPC website: www. be able to influence the process. became obvious following the last Three Our preparations for this meeting did give questions Parishes meeting, where WPC, the Lee PC, us a reason to redefine the questions that Great Missenden and Chesham meet to be Answers? government has never answered about the briefed by HS2 Ltd and the Contractor, that WPC does still have some other questions Wendover Mined Tunnel proposal and its they were not intending to engage about that remain unanswered: effect on the Wendover area and the county the North Portal of the Green Tunnel. It’s 1. W e still have no clarity on why the beyond. OTBE report, given to David Lidington a major structure within the AONB so we Our big outstanding objective is to get a face MP on Tuesday 15 January, for onward have insisted that it will be treated as such to face meeting of tunnelling experts from transmission to Nusrat Ghani, didn’t and engagement will now happen. We have also considered our need to coordinate DfT, HS2, the Main Works Contractor the arrive. Contractor and WPC and OTBE, so we asked: 2. Our friends in Parliament have not been our position on HS2 with Stoke Mandeville able to shake loose the government’s own PC and Ellesborough PC, both of whom are Will the Minister set up a face to face meeting reports, supposedly created when our affected by the construction. We will be where Wendover’s tunnelling experts and Mined Tunnel was considered by HMG, setting up a second Three Parishes Group DfT/HS2/MWCC experts can establish the that we know will show that whatever was and HS2 ltd and the Contractor will brief this true facts surrounding this Wendover Mined under consideration it wasn’t Wendover’s group on shared issues. Tom Walsh Tunnel Proposal? scheme.

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Wendover Tennis and Squash club has undergone a major renovation over the past few months. The squash courts have been refurbished, with glass doors installed. The three main tennis courts have been resurfaced with Tiger Turf Pro, which is a state of the art surface, ideal for recreational and match play. This was a massive investment for the club of £60,000. The club is very successful. Several of our squash juniors play at County level and many are county champions. We are also incredibly proud of 15 year old Katie Malliff who plays for England and regularly wins against girls two age groups above her own. We currently have 90 junior squash members, and the club is buzzing with activity every day after school and at the weekend. Regular adult leagues and social sessions of squash and racketball are popular. We have a new tennis coach, who is encouraging beginner, intermediate and advanced adults and children to develop their ball skills. Keith is proving to be very popular, and the enthusiasm for tennis is most definitely on the up. For those who like playing matches there are several tennis teams playing successfully in two local leagues. There are four social tennis sessions for adults weekly and the Whatsapp group plays as many days as they can. A junior club night for all rackets after school happens on a Wednesday, at no extra cost.

and pop in for a game of tennis/squash or racketball. Families can even bring a picnic and sit outside after a game.​ Our membership fees are very reasonable. A family can play for less than £10 per week, a child under 11 for less than £1 per week, 1118 £1.40 per week, and a single adult £5 per week. Tennis only or squash only is even less. Come and visit us in Dobbins Lane – you will love it. Look out on our website for free tennis tasters coming up during the summer.

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Club Corner the County. Now we look forward to our at 10am Mick Jones invites us to ‘Discover outdoor season with fingers crossed for a the Dancersend You Don’t Know’ on a walk decent summer. starting from the Waterworks. On Sunday 26 May Tony Marshall will lead a 7 km walk Our pre-season dinner was a great success. round Dinner Hill and Stoney Green starting More than sixty members sat down to a fine at 9am while at College Lake there are short meal and social evening. Lots of chatter and walks on Sunday 5 May at 5am for the Dawn banter, and hilarity. One table seemed to win Chorus and on Saturday 11 May at 10.30am more than their fair share of raffle prizes, to looking at ‘Wonderful Waders’. Please book the extent that they got so embarrassed they on in all cases. gave away most of their remaining tickets Richard Birch before the end. 01296 624511 Our first outdoor match was on 20 April. We were a bit rusty, but then so were the Wendover Cricket Club opposition. At least we have a couple of Wendover Cricket Club start their senior weeks to get some practice in. Don’t forget weekend fixtures on 27 & 28 April, with their our open evenings on Fridays throughout Mid Bucks League matches a week later on May. Come along and give it a go, you will be 4 May. The practice evening is scheduled for most welcome. Tuesdays from 6.15 pm at the Ellesborough Road ground. New players of any age and RSPB Aylesbury Local Group ability for these games are welcome and should The RSPB Aylesbury Local Group’s last talk of contact Jonathan Seabrook on 07767 148119. the season is on Monday 29 April, given by local naturalist John Tyler on “The Forgotten The nets at Witchell were improved for the River“ & “Wetland Wildlife”. Starts 7.30 start of the junior season on 20 April. Over 80 p.m. at Prebendal Hall Community Centre, matches have been arranged for ages 9 to 15 Aylesbury HP19 7QW. and there are extra games in an U18 league. groups/aylesbury The Village Cup games start on 4 May. More BBOWT Chilterns Group in May information at http://wendovercc.playOur Plant and Produce Charity Market at Gt Missenden Memorial Centre on Sunday 19 May at 10am (see advert page 4) is a great Whitchurch Morris Side opportunity to acquire interesting additions Whitchurch Morris will be observing the to your gardens and local produce for your May Day Holiday as usual with dancing at the tables. The majority of plants are donated Coombe Hill Monument at 6.30am. If that’s by members so are all locally grown. Please too early, you can also find them nearby come and enjoy excellent refreshments, at World’s End Garden Centre at 10.00am. free parking and a chance to help fund our Details of more appearances from April to work in the Chilterns. On Saturday 18 May July on www.whitchurchmorris​


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the Settlement Boundary and changes will be made to the Green Spaces. There have been suggestions that the local value and importance of the Wendover Arm Canal should be given greater emphasis. This will be done, with reference being made to its potential for further development for leisure and recreational purposes.

As in the earlier consultation stages, people have raised the need for more off-street parking in Wendover, particularly given the planned reConstructive comments have been made on development of RAF Halton. Disappointment various housing policies, some of which will has been expressed that the Plan does not be incorporated in the rewording of the final propose a clear solution to this issue. policies. The quality of some of the Maps has Inevitably, much comment was received about been criticised. These will be changed. issues which the Plan is unable to address. These Some very well argued views have been received include the RAF Halton re-development, HS2, about detailed elements of the alignment of the on-going traffic issues and on-street parking. Settlement Boundary and some of the proposed Where possible the Parish Council will promote designated Local Green Spaces. As a result, the appropriate action within future iterations of its amended Plan will make a local alteration to Community Action Plan.

Lindengate Lindengate, Mental Health Charity based in Wendover, was delighted to welcome Marion Clayton and Robert Duggan, Trustees from the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust, (see page 15), to the formal handover and opening of the Volunteer Hub.

The cutting of the hessian ribbon ceremony shows from left to right: Phil Chattle, Chair of Lindengate Trustees; Marion Clayton and Robert Duggan, Trustees of Lionel Abel-Smith Trust; Diane Kolonko, Volunteer Manager at Lindengate; Jan Webster, Director of Lindengate; Charlie Powell, Co-Founder and Site and Horticultural Manager at Lindengate. 26

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The Lionel Abel-Smith Trust funded the purchase of a recycled portacabin to be used by volunteers, who give their time to work on the stunning 5 acre site where the charity supports those with mental health needs. This lovely facility creates a space for volunteers to store personal items, have a cuppa and relax after their hard work in the gardens.

Marion Clayton and Robert Duggan, both Trustees of Lionel Abel-Smith Trust. Robert Duggan is owner of Wendover Wood and made the beautiful plaque for Lindengate

Lindengate is incredibly grateful to The Lionel Abel-Smith Trust for their most generous grant which in turn enables the charity to support its amazing team of 130 volunteers. Lindengate will be open for visitors at its “drop in” on Wednesday 1 May, 5pm to 7pm. This gives guests the opportunity to look around the stunning 5 acre gardens and see how Lindengate supports those with mental health needs. Everyone welcome. Refreshments available. Free entry.

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Wendover Dementia Action Alliance Last month Wendover Dementia Action Alliance (WDAA) published a diagram showing the various local organisations which are all working together to make Wendover a Dementia Friendly place.

Dr Philippa Moreton at the Annual Parish Meeting explaining how the grant to Wendover Dementia Support was spent

One of the guiding principles of WDAA is to encourage intergenerational meetings so if you are a member of an organisation which would like to participate, please contact WDAA via mobile 07394 669784. Picking up messages from this number was intermittent in April but is fully established for May.

are opening a Café, starting on Monday 13 May. This charity has already been supported by Wendover Parish Council (see page 36 and photo above); the Lionel AbelSmith Trust (see page 15) and Friends of Wendover Health Centre.

Dementia Awareness Day is on Thursday 23 May and, in the last couple of years, the WDAA have held an awareness day, on the Library forecourt, with lots of media coverage. This year they are, instead, planning a slightly different way of raising awareness later in the year and will publish more details in the next month or so. WDAA are also keen to support the new local charity Wendover Dementia Support. They

The Café needs specialist equipment, some of which you may be able to provide! It wishes to form a case of objects for reminiscing. Please check at home for any small items of interest from the past that you can bear to part with e.g. old bus tickets, coins, small objects etc. Anyone wishing to volunteer on some Mondays or with offers of objects for the café to use please contact Sylvia Oram

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Save the Date - Sunday 3 May 2020

Wendover Celebrates is pleased to announce the date of our next event. We have welcomed over twenty thousand visitors through our gates over the previous four Wendover Celebrates and look forward to seeing you all again next May. Tickets will be on sale soon but you can sign up for regular updates on bands, acts and entertainment at or you can follow us on

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Youth Wendover Youth Centre (never Wharf Campus. underestimate the young) WYC’s 7th AGM was held at the end of March with an emphasis on what the young people of Wendover have been involved in during the past year and a Vision for the future of Youth Work in Wendover. Finances continue to be tight but with the help of the Community, Wendover Parish Council and The Lionel Abel -Smith Trust, see page 15, we manage to survive. The numbers show an impressive footfall through the Centre. During term time an average weekly attendance is over 300, and during school holidays we still see attendance approaching 250 per week. In addition to being involved in the Clubs, activities and trips, Young People are also active Volunteers in the Community. The WAY Board (funded by BCC) facilitates them being active participants with local Councils and other organisations. Our Youth Workers also work closely with the Schools on the


Our Vision for the future ensures continuity of this good work whilst expanding our activities. In summary a vibrant, full, sustainable and well resourced centre working in partnership with Tony Playle, chair of Wendover Youth Centre, speaking at Wendover Annual Parish Meeting others to support We are also actively seeking a second the needs of the Young People of Wendover – a model that Youth Worker to support our work. If you others wish to copy, and that is loved and would like to help please contact: Tony Playle, Chair of the Trustees tony.playle@ valued by the Young People. to discuss. The Trustees’ 2019 priorities are to increase our annual income, partly by working with Thank you Wendover for your continued local businesses, and to bring on new Trustees support. to add fresh ideas and younger energy. Wendover Youth Centre Trustees

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RAF Halton World War Experience for Local Children Bucket Collection Children from Aston Clinton School visited for RAF RAF Halton in April to experience a day in Benevolent Fund the life of a child during World War 2.

On arrival, they were split into six groups and moved between the Trenchard Museum and the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre. They took part in various historical activities which included: trying on respirators, making a simple bed with sheets and blankets, learning about the sort of food and rations they would have been eating, looking at weapons and trying the flight simulator. During the day they experienced two ‘air raids’ where they were taken to the shelter by the wardens who talked to them about life during an air raid and introduced some songs and games that they would have played and sang to pass the time. The wardens led discussions on life during an air raid, evacuation and dealing with the aftermath.

The team consisted of Cpl ‘Boothy’ Booth and Sgt Owen Clarke, Sgt Clair Watson, CT ‘Swinny’ Swinscoe and Warrant Officer Mark Notts. The bucket collection raised a staggering £863.

During March 2019 RAF Halton supported the RAF Benevolent Fund at two bucket collection events raising over £900.00.

Sgt Griffiths, who is the Station champion for The Cpl Hill & Sgt Perkes at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: Aylesbury Odeon. Cpl ‘Hilly’ Hill and Sgt “If anybody wishes to assist Sarah Perkes volunteered at the Odeon in raising awareness or funds for the RAF Cinema in Aylesbury for a bucket collection Benevolent Fund, please contact me.” to celebrate 75 years of the Great Escape. The pair enjoyed the full screening of the Great Escape film including commentary from Dan Snow and entertainment from the D-Day Darlings. Following the screening, they continued with the bucket collection and raised £79.15. Sgt Marie Griffiths led a small team on an early morning start to London Bridge Station, thanks to Network Rail generosity.

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me as much growing up as I adapted to only hearing properly with one ear and that became my ‘normal’ hearing. When my good ear became deaf with SSHL it was a lot harder to adjust. I had to become a hearing aid wearer 24/7. The most important thing for me was to be able to always hear my two young children. But then when I had my second SSHL loss my life changed again. I was terrified. This time Aston Hearing were able to help me immediately which meant my hearing loss wasn’t permanent this time. “With the quick action and support of my audiologist, I was lucky to get the right treatment and to save some of my hearing. I realised how precious the voices of my family are to me and how much I would miss them if this were to ever reoccur. It is important for people to be aware of any sort of sudden hearing loss as this could happen to anyone.” Aston Hearing offers support for audiology and ear problems. See advert page 27.

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On Friday 1 March, Mr Brand Earlier this took graphic students to term, the John participate in a tournament Colet School set up by the Aylesbury Year 7 students Representatives from the John Colet Hundreds Rotary Club. This worked really School at the Technology Tournament year our objective was to hard fundraising build a crane and use a motor and took part in to make a reversible switch. This crane had a fantastic sponsored Zumbathon along to be pushed along a ramp, under a bridge, with their own fantastic fundraising ideas pick up a container with a magnet, and take for the charity Lepra. Lepra is a UK-based it back to the start. The level of difficulty international charity that is working to beat varied for each level. leprosy, a disease that still affects millions of vulnerable people across the world. When it came to the results, John Colet They have been fighting the disease since came away with 3 out of 4 of the awards, 1924 and are one of the world’s leading ultimately winning. The year 9 model was authorities on leprosy. liked by the head judge as it resembled the crane used in the Chernobyl clean up. All In total, the Year 7 students have raised an of our groups did well in the testing and incredible total of £1373.80 for the charity everyone got a chance to show off their and will be presented with a certificate designs. We all hope to return next year. from Lepra for the top fundraisers and most Aimee W creative fundraising ideas. Their hard work

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Tribute: Douglas Joss Douglas Alexander Joss was born 15 May 1921 in Aberdeen to Herbert and Dora Joss and would become the eldest of 5 children. His father worked for the post office and in 1923 went to Uganda as a veterinary assistant. This was the first of his many of travels. It was a short-lived stay as due to illness his father was repatriated the following year. They returned to Aberdeen before moving to Oundle. At about 5 years of age Doug showed an entrepreneurial spirit - he was able to swap his sister Dora for a bicycle. Whilst he was pleased with the trade, his mother was less so. The family moved again, this time to Coventry, in 1932. In November 1938, at the age of 17, he went to Birmingham and applied to join the RAF. The references sent to the RAF by his After their first combat mission Doug (bottom left) suggested the crew have Headmaster stated: Attendance – Excellent, Conduct – Very Good their photograph taken together in case they never returned. They paid in and Manners – Quite Satisfactory. advance to the photographer who agreed to send the prints to their homes His initial training took him from West Drayton to Finningley to Pembroke Dock to Henlow to Locking and Upavon all in less than 2 years. Doug’s stay ay Upavon lasted nearly a year before he was off again. It was here that they asked for volunteers - all he knew was that he required tropical kit. Shortly after they set sail they were told it was Takoradi in the Gold Coast (now Ghana). He and his fellow riggers reassembled Blenheims and Hurricanes to fight in North Africa. He continued to the staging stations to provide support, these included Kano and Maiduguri (now Nigeria) and Fort Lamy, French Equatorial Africa (now Chad). During the time he was in West Africa he contracted Malaria 5 times and was sent back to UK on a French Troop ship and it was here he spent his 21st birthday which he remembers well: “My 21st birthday came halfway through it and the lads on the mess deck decided to give me a treat. They persuaded the Flight Sergeant in charge to release me from duties on that day, which I was allowed to spend lying on the deck all day where my friends brought me presents. A few razor blades, a packet of cigarettes or sometimes a few biscuits, whether they had scrounged them or stolen them from the Officer’s Mess, I don’t know. How much the simple things in life can be appreciated in difficult circumstances. I will always remember it and them with much gratitude and affection.” Following treatment at the Institute of Tropical Medicine at RAF Halton he returned to his duties as a rigger and applied for aircrew.

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He was accepted and started his training in August 1943. He and his fellow crew members joined 626 Squadron at RAF Wickenby on 14 June 1944, he was a rear gunner in a Lancaster and 2 weeks later they went on their first sortie of what was to be 31, it was to Siracourt site of V1 bunker the last to Gelsenkirchen on 11 November. His crew was the first to survive a tour for many months. He was commissioned mid tour and spent a short time in UK before becoming a personnel officer travelling to India, Chittagong in what was then East Pakistan and now Bangladesh, Burma, Malaya then Singapore and helped repatriate female POWs. VJ day had been declared as they approached Malaysia. Following another short spell in the UK he was posted to Germany as PA to Deputy Commander in Chief of the British Air Forces of Occupation and was then sent as OC of the Leave Centre in Scharfoldendorf, where he developed a stomach complaint that required hospitalization at the Military Hospital in Rinteln where he was to meet his future wife Lois. He died on 19 February 2019. To read more of Douglas Joss, especially his life in Wendover, go to

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Local Face: Margaret Ridgway Margaret Mortimer was born in Park Street, Aylesbury, in 1919 and naturally attended Queen’s Park School, now the Queen’s Park Arts Centre, leaving at the age normal for the time, 14. Susan Diane, the daughter of Margaret’s brother Frank, later set up the eponymous dance school there! In order to register with an employment agency Margaret had to pay a fee of £1 so her first employment was washing up in local cafés in order to save. Once she had the money she signed up with Kingsbury Servants’ Agency. In 1934 Margaret secured a position as Scullery Maid with Lord and Lady Anstruther whose London home was not far from Buckingham Palace. As the most junior person on the staff she lived in the attic with other girls where the water froze in winter. She was up at 5am every morning to light the range ready for Cook to come down and start the breakfasts. She used a wooden tub for water and scrubbed the floor on her hands and knees. Her hands became very rough and dry. The work was hard but there was great cameraderie amongst the Below Stairs staff - yes, it was just like the TV show Upstairs, Downstairs. She later trained as a Parlour Maid. Margaret hadn’t broken her links with home, though. She had a beau, Arthur Ridgway, who would cycle from Wendover to visit her in London! There was a lot of talk of War in those years so they married in Walton Parish Church in June 1939. He had found a one up one down cottage next to the Rose and Crown pub in the Tring Road, demolished and re-developed about 7 years ago. He was called up and Margaret didn’t see Arthur again until the end of the War. Meanwhile, Margaret was contributing to the War effort by cycling to work in Rivetts in Aylesbury. Unfortunately, during that time she became ill and was admitted to Tindall General Hospital for surgery and a long convalescence. Arthur returned from the War with no teeth but as he had been an ambulance driver, he was able to continue with that work at Princess Mary Hospital, Wendover, until he retired. They were both very sad to see the Hospital close. Margaret was never able to return to full-time work but she did put the skills learned in service to good use. She made all her own clothes by sewing or knitting and became an expert embroiderer. Later on she would send embroidery work to her other brother,

Eric, who had emigrated to America. He died about 10 years ago and her eyesight deteriorated so no more needlework. While Arthur and Margaret were living in Tring Road, they saw the Colet Road estate being built so when their landlord ended the tenancy, they moved to Hampden Road. In those days, Wendover had 3 greengrocers, 2 pharmacists and a wet fish shop. The Manor An example of Waste had Carter’s Garage which is now Margaret’s needlework Budgens. Arthur’s sister eventually moved into Vinetrees and they looked forward to living there in retirement but Arthur died before the move about 25 years ago. Margaret has really enjoyed living in Vinetrees as it is so close to the High Street. She is now registered blind but is still able to do her own shopping and look after herself. She is particularly grateful to the staff at Wendover Post Office who are most helpful and Budgens who always come to her aid as she enters the shop. Thankfully, her brother Frank does all her reading and writing for her. Bucks Association for the Blind organised for Margaret to attend a Blind Club in Bedgrove once a fortnight. Their last meeting before Easter was on Thursday 18 April and they celebrated her birthday as it was her centenary on Friday 22 April. Congratulations, Margaret.

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Events, exhibitions & activities at Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, see page 2 Events, exhibitions & activities at the Natural History Museum at Tring. Mon-Sat 10.00-17.50, Sun 14.00-17.00 Tony Francis Art Exhibition, Gateway Cottage, Hawridge Common HP5 2UQ. See advert page 5. Tring Together Spring Fair, throughout Tring, see page 3 Creative Art Classes with Dr Lorna Moore, Whipsnade Village Hall, see page 3 Craft Group, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 3 Drop-ins at Lindengate - Wed 01, 17.00-19.00; Sat 11, 10.00-12.00 - FREE Simply Walk to Wendover Woods, starts at Your Café in the Park, Aston Clinton, see page 2 Knit & Natter, Wendover Library Room, Thu 02 10.30-12.30, Tue 21 13.30-15.30. See page 2 Wendover Library Reading Group, Wendover Library Room Aston Hearing - HearToday Event, Amersham Town Hall. Also Tue 07, Cobbles Yard, Thame OX9 3DZ. “The Beer Race” beer & music festival, King & Queen, 17 South Street, Wendover, see page 3 Wendover Bowls Club Open Days, Dobbins Lane, see page 4 Author Visit - Helen Fry - Wendover Community Library, see page 4 Halton Singers Spring Show – Coast to Coast, Halton Village Hall, see page 4 Children's Book Group, Wendover Community Library, see page 2 Dawn Chorus Walk with BBOWT, College Lake, please book online, see page 25 Messy Church, starts St Anne’s Hall. FREE. See page 4. Whitchurch Morris Side May Day Dancing, 06.30 Coombe Hill, 10.30 Worlds End Garden Ctre, see page 25 Cream Teas at St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville “Learn My Way” FREE computer training, Wendover Community Library, see page 2 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society - “Wonderful Healthy Herbs”, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see page 5 Wendover Art Club, outdoor venues tbc, see page 5 Aston Clinton, Buckland & Drayton Beauchamp Horticultural Society, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS Working Party with BBOWT. 09-Bacombe Hill, 12-Dancersend Carers Bucks meeting, Wendover Community Library Room Jazz - Eddie Henderson Quartet, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, see page 5 Chiltern Writers - Adrian Poynton. Wendover Library Room Memory Pathways gardening & activity group, Lindengate Site, Worlds End Garden Centre, please book Chiltern Ridge Ultra Trail & Half Marathon, Aston Hill HP22 5NQ Spring Balance Workshop, Halton Village Hall, see page 5 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society Plant Sale, Ellesborough Parish Hall, see page 5 07730 012960 07896 619660 01296 382415 01296 382415​vents 01296 696872 01296 382415 Don 622603, Kevin 622390 01296 382415

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Being the Chairman of the Parish Council (PC) can be quite satisfying. It can also be quite frustrating, particularly when you see something that could easily be fixed but which just drags on. While the PC does solve many problems some, it appears, are intractable. Parking is one of those things. Where the PC directly controls off-road parking facilities it has improved and extended them. More spaces are planned for the Witchell soon. So, it is intensely frustrating that other authorities, the big ones that control on-road parking and the Library car park seem much less engaged. The Clerk and PC Councillors recently attended a meeting with AVDC/BCC to talk about parking. It was exactly five years since the last meeting, at which action to reline the library car park to add more bays and other improvements were offered, and in that five years nothing has been done. The Library car park is still scruffy and poorly marked. Casual commuter and school parking still clutters our streets, footpaths remain obstructed and it’s getting worse. It’s doubtful that the District and County Councils, with unitary transition on their minds, will even consider Wendover parking. I just wanted you to know that the PC is still pushing the issue with them.

recent Annual Parish Meeting, on 10 April 2019. WPC received an update on the awards granted in 2018/2019 and were touched by the evident impact that the grants have on organisations who receive them, and consequently, all the good they do for the Wendover Community, see page 27. This year the Grants Sub-Committee Local Produce Market agreed to award the 2019/2020 grants to the Saturday 18 May 9am to 1pm Wendover Youth Centre, Carers Bucks and Manor Waste Lindengate. We are honoured to be able to help our community through grants and look Best Kept Village 2019 forward to the future impact they will bring We have decided to defend our 2018 winning to Wendover. title of Buckinghamshire’s Best Kept Village A special thank Competition and enter again this year. We you to Barbara really need to come together as a Community McGillivray for to go above and beyond to be able to retain giving a talk about the winning title for another year. WPC has recycling and organised a Working Group who have drawn plastic free advice, up an action plan for the office and grounds see page 28. team staff. The judging criteria includes Congratulations overall appearance, volume of litter and to Jane Larkham, evidence of Community effort. So please do see page 1 what you can in your own personal capacity and Wendover by keeping gardens nice and tidy and avoid parking on grass verges. Judging will take Celebrates, see page 29 who were awarded place during June and the first week of July, the Community Champion Awards for let us remind the judges why we won last 2018, Wendover appreciates all the good you do for our Community, . The Wendover year and why we should win again! Ladies Netball Club, otherwise known as Parish Council Meeting Sparrowhawks, were awarded a cheque for Tuesday 7 May, 7.30pm £508.00, which was a donation from monies St Anne’s Hall raised at the Wendover 2018 Christmas Event. people while teaching them to stay safe and to stay happy in a complex world, see page 29 All young people in Wendover should know that there is somewhere safe and interesting for them to go to when they need it. Tom Walsh Chairman, Wendover Parish Council

At a time when concerns for the wellbeing and safety of our young people is very much APM & Grants Awarded in the news, it was interesting for me to attend Thank you to everyone who attended our the Wendover Youth Centre AGM. While Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU some aspects of a Youth Club are still evident in what they offer, much of what they now 01296 623056 do is about supporting and developing young



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