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Wendover Christmas Celebration

Wendover Parish Council was really in the swing with the Christmas Celebration on Wednesday 4 December. A very friendly Christmas Market, Halton Singers, Mix 96, prizes, John Colet School musicians and Late Night Shopping is clearly a winning mixture. For more stories from the night, please see page 20 and Matters Arising page 32.

Winner of best Christmas tree decoration age 5+ Betsy of Wendover CofE Junior School

Winner of best Christmas tree decoration age 2-5 Lily of Jack in the Box PreSchool

Lionel Abel-Smith Trust

The Trust was established in 1977 when Lionel Abel-Smith, Lord of the Manor of Wendover, gave the village a number of properties in Pound Street. His wish was that the rental income be used to support organisations and individuals in Wendover. Over the years, more than £1.5 million has been awarded in grants and loans. The Trustees will hold their 42nd Annual Meeting on Wednesday 29 April 2020 to consider grant applications from individuals and organisations from within the parish of Wendover and the Moor Park Estate. Applications must be received by Friday 28 February with full contact details and, if possible, email address to: clerk@ or Clerk to the Trust, 51 Dobbins Lane, Wendover Bucks HP22 6DL. For details go to Grants can be made for real need throughout the year.

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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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Cycle Rides and Local Walks

Simply Walk meets each Tuesday at 10:00 at Wendover Clock Tower and each Thursday at 10:30 at ‘Your Café’ in Aston Clinton Park. Leisurely and longer walks, 45 minutes plus. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register with the walk leader. See pages 30 and 31. The Ramblers have a programme of organised walks of varying length and difficulty locally. More on

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Cornelli Sugarcraft (see advert this page) runs courses each term, www.cornellisugarcraft. See events pages 30 and 31.

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!

Aylesbury Cyclist Touring Club has group rides throughout the county, see southbuckscycling.or​ Any bike will do as long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl welcome, please try an easy-paced ride first. Children’s Gallery Easy-Paced Rides 09.30am Sundays; please Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP see the website for details. Katie Surridge Exhibition through 4 January. For more information please check www. Wendover and Halton Cycling Club meets weekly at 18.30 Wednesdays & 08.30 Sundays. All meetings at Halton UK tennis 10k Walk for Youth Concern Aylesbury and sports village. Parking, showers/ Sat 5, 9.30am, starts at The Witchell changing and café on site. Contact Otec Help support Youth Concern Aylesbury’s Bikes for information 07824 828024. project to provide homes for homeless parkrun meets Saturdays at 9.00 near teens. See page 9 for full details. the Wendover Woods main car park. 5km run, walk, watch or volunteer! Visit www. Craft Group for details. Wed 8 & 22, 10am-12 noon, Wendover Christian Centre Regular Events at Wendover Library Join others at Craft Group, initiated by “Learn My Way” computer training 1st Tuesday Wendover Free Church, but open to all. If you of each month, please book. Knit & Natter, 1st enjoy knitting, sewing, crocheting, painting, & 3rd Tuesday, 1.30-3.30pm. Scrabble Club, drawing or colouring or any other kind of 4th Tuesday, please register. “Jigsaw Challenge” craft, there’s room for you. Please bring your ongoing. 14 January at 2:30: starting a Puzzle own materials if possible. Refreshments Group with crosswords, Sudoku, brain teasers provided at about 11am. etc – tea/coffee will be provided. Please book at the library. Bounce and Rhyme starts again on 7 Wendover Art Club January. If you’d like to participate in any Bucks Wed 8 & 22, 7.30pm, Library Room County Council consultations, hard copies are We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. usually available at the Library. Entry £5 for non-members. We have a

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Events variety of talks and demonstrations during the year as well as working evenings where we can practise the tips given us or develop our own style. 8 January - A working evening copying a masterpiece - weather permitting. Look at a famous work and see how it was developed with a view to doing the same. 22 - Niki Bell demonstrates her techniques in painting wildlife, specifically a hare, in watercolour.

Design a Parklet for Aylesbury Competition

9 January-5pm 13 February Parklets are what happens when parking spaces are transformed into a community space from the low-cost conversion of small parts of residential streets originally devoted to cars reclaimed by the community for people to stop, rest and enjoy. Enter this competition to submit a design concept for a “parklet” that will transform a kerbside area. Please read the Competition Guidance document. It provides a full design specification of what is required, advice on what to consider and how the competition will be evaluated and judged. All you need to know is at

Cholesbury-cum-St-Leonards Local History Group

Fri 10, 8pm, St Leonards Parish Hall GRAHAM GREENE’S BERKHAMSTED. The opening sentence of Greene’s first volume of autobiography “A Sort of Life” is the starting point for the talk by Brian Shepherd.

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Sat 11th January 2pm to 4pm at Church Please come Enq. Roger: 01296 424982

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Thursday 16 January 9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity Wendover Memorial Hall email:

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Aston Clinton Repair Café

Sat 11, 9am-12noon, St Michael & All Angels, Aston Clinton We will have stations for electrical and electronic repairs, textiles and clothing repairs and mechanical repairs. Broken your gadget screen? Bring along your device to our café with a new screen and we can fit it for you!

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Sun 12, 3.30-5.30pm, starts in St Anne’s Hall Messy Church is open to anyone. Enjoy messy (and not so messy) theme-related activities, a story, a song and a meal together. No age restrictions and no charge. Children, please remember to bring an adult with you.

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Tue 14, 7.30pm, St. Anne’s Hall The New Year starts with a very Bring & Buy Sale important topic -“Climate Change and the Sat 11, 2-4pm, St Mary the Virgin Got presents you’d like to part with? Bring Environment”. The speaker is Catherine them to this event in support of the SWIFT Campbell. Visitors are most welcome. Contact: Margaret Currell - 01296 582318. project. See advert page 4.

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Wendover Horticultural Society

Thu 16, 2.30pm, Wendover Library Room The Wendover Horticultural Society AGM is 16 January. Following the AGM, the 2020 programme will be available, then Howard Elliott is speaking about Tyringham Hall, near Newport Pagnell. Visitors £3.

FREE WILL SURGERIES IN WENDOVER LIBRARY on Thursdays 16th January, 30th January, 13th February, 27th February, 12th March and 26th March from 12:00 – 14:00 Having lived in Wendover with my family since 1999, I am delighted to start the New Year by launching my Wills & Estate Planning Consultancy, based in Wendover. Since completing my first career in the Army, I have been a solicitor in Home Counties law firms for over 20 years. (I am also a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, which is a specialist body in this area of law.) I have now set up my own specialist Wills and Estate Planning Consultancy, where I provide personalised and specialist legal advice on: • Wills • Estate Planning • Succession Planning • Later Life Advice • Lasting Powers of Attorney • Estate Administration and other related areas As well as normally seeing clients at their homes or offices, at a time that suits them, I am providing a series of Free Will Surgeries in early 2020 in Wendover Library. These will offer a free half hour consultation to discuss Wills, LPAs and related matters.

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Events Aylesbury Ctre of the National Trust

Thu 16, 8pm, Broughton Jr Schl HP20 1NQ A talk by Barry Smith (Head Gardener) on “Stowe - understanding the place and its restoration”.


Fri 17, 7.30pm Wendover Library Room OnScreen shows films each month at Wendover Community Library, usually on the third Friday - but occasionally with special showings. Details of films and ticketing from the Library.

Book Club

Sat 18, 10.30-11.30am, Wendover Christian Ctre If you enjoy reading, whatever your favourite genre is, come to Book Club where you’ll be very welcome. No set books to read, just interesting conversation about whatever we’ve been reading. We begin with coffee and often cake.

Wellbeing Course

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RSPB Aylesbury

Mon 20, 7.30pm, Prebendal Hall Comm Ctre HP19 7QW “Australia” & “The Ridgeway” by popular local naturalist John Tyler. Australia covers the journey that plants and animals made many millions of years ago and look at how they now survive in some of the harshest environments on Earth. The 2nd part explores the Ridgeway Path’s prehistory and its rich wildlife. Visitors welcome, £4.50.

Dementia Friendly Film

Thu 23, 2.30pm, Library Room Film TBC. Contact Wendover Dementia Action Alliance for details.

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Weston Turville Historical Society

Fri 31, 8pm, Weston Turville Village Hall “Wallis Simpson and the Abdication Crisis” with speaker - Roy Smart. Entrance - £2 members, £3 visitors.

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Climate Action Wendover

Volunteers Needed! Our planet faces significant threats from the impact of climate change – these are a consequence of the actions of our forefathers and our generation. We need to change – quickly and significantly. Please consider what YOU can do. Building on our recent experience of learning about the levels of plastic waste we create – a group from St. Mary’s, Wendover has challenged itself to launch a community-wide initiative to champion effective action in our village that will make a real contribution to combatting climate change. We want this to be a broad and diverse group, far beyond the church and churchyard! We need volunteers who are prepared to bring passion, energy and enthusiasm to get things done – who are prepared to respond in a way that recognises this for the emergency that it is. Expertise and skills are welcome – but definitely not essential. We need to do some research, learn from others and get on with it! Learning ourselves and then teaching and encouraging our families, friends and neighbours. Ideas already being discussed include: • Tree planting • Car share scheme

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Sunday 23 February 2020. Blankets created will be sent to refugees in Syria, so we need all the yarn we can get! If you have any dk acrylic yarn to donate, please place into the box at the back of church or take into Just, We see these volunteers forming a “core 11 High St. team” who will act as examples to others; leading workshops, organising campaigns, If you’re interested in taking part or helping running rotas, being communication out please contact Rev Sally Prendergast, champions, generating social media 07745 280705 or email curate@ publicity, identifying areas for tree planting, Thank you! etc. Could this be you?? • Alternative energy technology • Vegetable based cookery • Improved recycling • Campaigning locally and nationally

Midnight Walk Photo by Derek Pelling

Early Bird tickets released for local Walkers can choose from 5 mile or 10 mile If you are interested to find out more Hospice’s Midnight Walk circular routes – both starting from Aylesbury and see how you could be involved, then please attend an open meeting on Tuesday 18 February, 7.30pm, St. Mary’s Church Centre, Church Lane, HP22 6NL. Contact:

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity’s College at midnight on Saturday 27 June, with annual Midnight Walk is back for 2020 on refreshments at pit stops along the way. Anyone registering before 29 February 2020 can take Saturday 27 June. advantage of the Early Bird Offer at just £17 per The Midnight Walk sees hundreds of men entry (from 1st March it will be £20). Walkers and women walk through the night around Love and Compassion at St Mary’s, the streets of Aylesbury to raise money receive a free souvenir Midnight Walk 2020 T-shirt, as well as a medal and complimentary for the Hospice, which provides support breakfast at the end of the Walk. Wendover As part of our February service theme of to terminally ill patients and their families Love and Compassion, we’ll be holding a 24 across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and For more information and to sign up, please visit hour crochet marathon on Saturday 22 – Bedfordshire.

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Community Can you help? An appeal from If you can help in any way at all, or you know someone who may be interested in Wendover Junior Football Club WJFC are looking to complete a number of projects—is there anyone out there who has experience or works for a company who could help….? Alternatively, you may be interested in sponsoring the work being done…. these sort of projects make a big difference for the Club.

School Storage Compound The wooden fence is falling down and needs to be replaced. We’d like to install a metal mesh security fence and gate so that we have a secure compound and extra storage for Samba goals which then wouldn’t need taking down every week. Clubhouse – Heating & Storage We would like to replace the rather inefficient heating unit with something more modern such as wall storage heaters…. this would also free up space for bespoke storage to be installed, meaning we can also clear away the clutter and have more room.

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Everyone at Wendover Junior Football Club would like to wish our community a very Happy New Year!

Wendover CE Junior School

It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone! The autumn term has been another very busy one and it seems to have gone so very quickly. We started the term with our new school vision: We aim to be the school of choice at the heart of our community. Through living our Christian values, all children and adults at WCEJS have the opportunity to flourish as individuals. We nurture the curiosity to learn, the courage to lead and the compassion to care. Story continued page 31.

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Why not join us for Youth Concern’s • Half-way pitstop Second 10km Sponsored Winter • Refreshments • Family-friendly with activity packs for Walk on Sunday 5 Jan … children …And help us raise the final £25K needed to provide a safe home for homeless young people in Aylesbury Vale Need to walk off the Christmas turkey or that last mince pie? Then join us on Sunday morning 5 January 2020 for the Youth Concern Sponsored Winter Walk, which starts at The Witchell, walking through the beautiful Chiltern Hills, past Chequers Estate, home of the Prime Minister, then over to the 360° scenic view at Coombe Hill before returning back for a well-deserved bacon bap and a warm glass of mulled wine. Highlights • Enjoy beautiful surroundings of the Chiltern Hills • Accessible 10.4km circular route • Walkers’ pack

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BBOWT Enjoy nature on your doorstep

movement. The main entrance and car park can be found by following the narrow, winding lane south past Dancers End House to the ornate Victorian pumping station at the top of the valley (HP23 6LB). From here you can walk north through meadows, beech woods and mixed woodland to clearings where rare flowers and butterflies can be found in summer. This autumn has seen a Aston Clinton Ragpits is an area of old chalk fine display of Chiltern gentians, with over pits at the bottom of the road that climbs 4500 counted across the reserve, followed towards Wendover Woods and Aston Hill by many different species of fungi. from the B4009. Although only 6 acres in size, it features a wealth of wildlife typical of Now is the time when winter work parties the chalk landscape of the Chilterns. Towards take place to mow and rake grassland, the end of June there is always a spectacular cut back invading scrub, coppice and thin display of wild orchids - 2019 was a record areas of woodland and maintain paths, year with over 46000 plants counted. steps and fences … so that the reserves will In contrast, Dancersend at 211 acres is the be in splendid condition for their special largest BBOWT reserve in Buckinghamshire wildlife and for visitors to enjoy. If you can and one of the oldest, having been help please contact either of the volunteer established in 1940 by the Rothschild wardens. Phil Townsend (philjtownsend@ will be leading sessions at family to commemorate Charles Rothschild, Wendover_News_2015_update4 13/08/2015 Page 1 founder of the whole Wildlife Trust the Ragpits on Saturday 22 February and Several local parishes include land which is very rich in wildlife, much of it managed by BBOWT, the Wildlife Trust for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Two nature reserves in particular are easy and amazing places to visit where you can also help with conservation in winter.

Saturday 28 March, both starting at 10am. Mick Jones ( leads sessions at Dancersend on the second Sunday of every month throughout the year, starting at 10am. Tools are provided but get in touch to hear how to find the work sites. There will be field visits and guided walks at Dancersend during the winter and spring: ‘End of Year Invertebrate Hunt’ on Sunday 29 December, ‘Explore the Woods in Winter’ on Sunday 19 January and ‘Signs of Spring’ on Sunday 29 March. There is also a programme of illustrated talks through the winter months on a range of wildlife topics, held at Great Missenden Memorial Centre on the third Tuesday of the month, admission £4. Coming up on 21 January is ‘Ancient Woods in the Chilterns’ by John Morris. For details of all BBOWT events in your area go online to www.bbowt. . Wendover contact:

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John Colet School in the Dragons' Den Another successful Dragon’s Den at Metro Bank Aylesbury

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Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Buckinghamshire Schools

Head of Business and Finance Studies at The Princes Risborough School, Richard Dannell and Head of Business Studies at the John Colet School, Lee Adams, both introduced their competing teams and they were delighted that their students enjoyed a fantastic experience.

Pupils studying Business from year 9 at Princes Risborough School and Wendover’s John Colet School met up at Metro Bank’s Aylesbury branch on Wednesday, 4th December to present their ideas in a “Dragons' Den” style contest to four local business professionals.

Joining Michael Anthony Estate Agents’ Richard Dannell commented: Senior Partner, Michael Donnachie, as “All the students from both a Dragon were: Matthew Green, Store The Princes Risborough School and John Colet students with schools can be delighted Manager for Metro Bank in Aylesbury; the Dragons together after all the pitches were heard at Metro with their work and the Lacey Bonham, Community Fundraiser at Bank, Aylesbury. Photo courtesy Oliver Myles Marketing. presentations on the night. On The Pace Centre; and Mary Cope, Head behalf of PRS, we’re thrilled of HR, Learning and Development at The we’ve won and hopefully this will give our students extra Share Centre. motivation to see their product turn into reality. Everyone should After 2018’s inaugural event where John Colet pupils competed be encouraged.” against one another, this event again featured five teams from across Wendover’s John Colet School and The Princes Risborough School. Each team had a “blank sheet” of paper to incept a new product or service. It was a hotly contested evening which required the Dragons' business acumen to recognise the opportunities being presented. What was clear was every facet of the new idea had been considered by each of the teams: finance, pricing, marketing, logistics and return on investment.

The ideas presented featured: wearable jewellery, bicycle tyre inserts to prevent punctures, a new way of collecting charitable funds, community focused products using recycled materials and new hair brush. These ideas were incredibly novel, innovative and creative. In the eyes of everyone there, all the entries were winners. The bravery to stand up in front of the Dragons and deliver their presentation was hugely impressive. In return, each of the participating students would learn a huge amount relating to becoming a successful entrepreneur; experience that will help shape their future career potential, objectives and desires. After lengthy deliberation - which reflects on the outstanding job the students did in presenting - the “Dragons” selected “OneEarth” for their recycled product idea as 2019’s winner. The team from The Princes Risborough School demonstrating an innovative product that was a real head-turner.

Lee Adams from John Colet School remarked: “All the students can be proud of their achievements. Thanks to Heather and the team at Metro Bank for hosting and helping to organise, and to the 'Dragons' who got involved and helped the event be the success it was. John Colet School is looking forward to competing in 2020.” Local Director for Metro Bank (UK), Heather Wood, summed up the evening: “This was another superb event for local students gaining insight and expertise from professionals who have amassed many years’ experience. At Metro Bank, we are proud to offer community focused initiatives like this to engage and encourage customers, past, present and future to outline what’s possible. The planning for the 2020 event is already underway. We’d love to hear from Bucks based schools who’d like to participate.”

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Local News Lifesaving course at Wendover Pool including areas not open to the public. Wendover Swimming Pool is running a NRASTC lifesaving course in early January 2020. If you are over 18, would like to join the course and are able to commit to volunteering at the pool following completion, please email

Recording the end of an era

Many years after its scheduled closure in 2025, Many thanks to Mrs Beecham of Vine Trees who people will still produced this photo in response to that of Reg The Hunter outside the be capturing Woodward in the November print edition of Station HQ is probably memories of Wendover News (page 14). Reg is being held aloft the most familiar sight to RAF Halton with the Oving Cup in the 1960-61 season. thanks to an passers-by. Photo by A Beck. Back Row from left: Reg Goodin, Cyril Hayers, Tony Wells, Tony Wood, Alan Battista, Alan Wells, initiative by the Chiltern Society PhotoGroup. Robin Beecham It has just issued a new album as part of its Front Row from left: Bruce Ellicot, Tom Gillet, comprehensive photo library of over 7,000 Keith Wells Chilterns images. It comprises 56 photos taken The three names not italicised were in the by Alison Beck and Bob Smith, who were given Wendover School football team 1947-48. privileged and exclusive access to the base,

RAF Halton dates back to the days of the Royal Flying Corps and pioneered the training of aeronautical engineering apprentices. Over 40,000 boys from all over the world graduated from Halton between 1922 and 1993. The base has also housed a major RAF hospital. The new archive album is expected to attract a large number of visitors – many from far beyond Wendover – interested in this unique aspect of Chilterns history. Follow the link: category/296 on the PhotoGroup's own website, which also includes an upgraded album of the town itself.

Local author wins in Bridport Prize

Isabella Mead from Wendover has won one of only three highly commended awards in this year’s prestigious Bridport Prize flash fiction competition for her story ‘Genocide Memorial Week, Rwanda 2019.’

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Local News The winning story was selected from nearly 1,400 entries by flash fiction judge Kirsty Logan who said, “Genocide Memorial Week, Rwanda 2019 pulls off a wonderful feat of ambiguous intent, using a small Isabella (r) with flash but significant event fiction judge Kirsty to convey a profound Logan. Photo by and affecting story.” Rachel Brown. Isabella Mead is Head of Learning at The Story Museum in Oxford, through which she leads the teaching of the art of storytelling and creative writing. She previously worked as Learning Manager at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and as a secondary school English teacher in London. From 2010 to 2012 she spent 2 years in a rural Rwandan village, training teachers through VSO. Her poems have been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition (2017), Highly Commended in the Bridport

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The competition is open to anyone as characters; second was Mal Williams’ handlong as the submitted work is previously stitched nativity scene. Lexi White’s crib with unpublished. An anthology of this year’s pipe-cleaner characters was voted third. winning entries, including Isabella’s flash fiction story, is available from the Bridport Prize website at

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Interest in the Parish Quiz was consistently high this year and the Bowls Club was full for every session. Several new teams entered. The entertainment was of a high standard and tie breaks were a feature of this year! In Round Two it was Wendover Free Church B, then both semi finals went to tie break before Wendover Free Church A finally won the shield. Congratulations to Katy Shaw, Ian Critchley and Andrew MacVine.

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As always, thanks must go to the Bowls Club who host over such a long period but also to Wendover Parish Council who have organised this Quiz since 1991. Alan Myers, the Quiz Master, spends most of the intervening year setting the questions. He could not concentrate on the night without a time-keeper and scorer. Admin officer Jane Ellis communicates with all the teams and makes the draws. If you would like to enter a team for the 2020 Quiz, please email The knock out quiz is designed for any group of three people who are available on Thursday evenings in October and November. Entry is free to players and audience alike.

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Excitement is mounting at Wendover Celebrates HQ as we already have a wonderful line up of caterers and an array of musical talent set to entertain us all at for the next event on Sunday 24 May. As previously reported, we will be hosting a number of arena events this time as well as an extended “Kids’ Zone” and more details of these will follow in the next issue.

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Can you help and join our enthusiastic Network is the fifth section of Scouting UK. The programme and events are organised by admin team of volunteers? Wendover Arm Trust urgently need a new Membership Secretary to take over from Katherine Deaney who has done a great job over the last ten years maintaining & updating our Excel database, receiving subscriptions, welcoming New Members and running our quarterly 100 club draw. The work can mostly be done from your own home in just a few hours a week.

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Club Corner arrived on a Friday evening in late October at Green Park with the purpose of beautifying the new parkland alongside the canal at Whitehouses. The first task was to produce some model clay toppers for bamboo canes; this was enthusiastically done, with the resulting multi-coloured models of animals, boats, flowers and many other cartoon characters coming to life. The next morning the weather was not looking good, but nevertheless the planting of 2000 snowdrop bulbs started, surrounded by the garden canes. Meanwhile the bonfire was lit to consume the branches left from the recent adult work party.

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enormous bonfire built which enabled marshmallows to be toasted. All six bird/ bug boxes were nailed to available trees to encourage more wildlife in future. In the afternoon the scrubland along the towpath was cut or sawed back to give more room for passing. Many walkers paused to thank us and enquire which group we were from. All this gives good publicity to the Wendover Trust and the IWA. As this proved to be a successful weekend, a further Family Camp will be included in our programme of events for 2020.

The festive season looms and we are looking forward to Christmas and New Years Eve parties. These will be too late for this month’s copy but with over forty members booked in already I am sure we will have pretty lively evenings.

The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal provides a scenic and tranquil route from Bulbourne to Wendover – built as a feeder to provide much needed water to the Tring summit on the Grand Union. The canal was used for the carriage of coal, timber, straw and manure until 1904 when the canal ceased navigation due to leakage. It is currently being restored by the Wendover Arm Trust volunteers.

All that is left to say is we hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and will have a good year in 2020. Don Knight

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Park is at Whitehouses between the two wooden foot bridges on the opposite side to the towpath. During 2020 this section will be re-watered, benches installed in the Pocket Park and the historical pump site at Whitehouses will be given new explanatory signposting boards.

At 1pm we made a hasty retreat by minibus back to Green Park, our accommodation base. Included in our facilities was a large bubble room which we used to assemble the bird boxes/bug houses. As a granny, Wendover Bowls Club this is not an easy task for me, so I left the Once again the gentlemen played the instruction on sawing and nailing to Alex ladies and again showed a complete lack of (IWA) and any parents willing to help. chivalry. Their win was rather emphatic, still, Sunday proved sunny so the rest of the the ladies did come second so let’s not dwell snowdrop bulbs were planted, and an on this any more.

During the coming winter months, why not choose a sunny day to walk the towpath between Drayton Beauchamp and Little Tring. Originally this section was dry, but over the last 10 years various sections have progressively been re-watered. The Pocket


Maintenance of the Club surrounds continues and it is a credit to the members that fair numbers turn out whatever the weather, meanwhile in the clubhouse the bar area has had a birthday with a new sink and clipboard.

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Fighting Plastic St. Mary’s Focus on our Environment that nature provides with a Our 10.30 congregation have recently spent a month of teaching and preaching focussed on the Environment. We thought about Creation, what “sustainability” means for us, the impact we are having on our world and ended with making personal pledges on what we can do to make a difference. We wanted to learn more about plastic waste; especially those hard-to-recycle plastic films, so asked our congregation to collect all their film for a month. Here is the mountain we accumulated and sorted at our Explore service It was shocking to find where our waste comes from: • 40% Vegetable and Fruit wrapping • 20% Crisp packets • 15% Bread and Biscuits • Rest Dried food / Meat / Pet food / Clingfilm / CONTAMINATION 40% of our plastic film was on items

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“wrapping” in the first place! Please think about buying loose fruit & veg, whether from a market stall or supermarket. Refuse the packaging materials. Get some of the readily available net bags that can be used over and over again take them on your shopping trip. Very simple actions that together would really help reduce our community’s plastic waste. 20% of the heap was metallised crisp packet film. Although hard to recycle – it is not impossible. Many organisations are setting up collections under the Terracycle scheme – these give a small reward to charities. For example; in Wendover you can take clean crisp packets to the Florence Nightingale charity shop at 19 High St. Contamination – this really undermines efforts to recycle, whether in your

We need to do more…. Look out for activities and events in the coming months that will enable learning, sharing and taking action together to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on our community and the planet, for example please attend an open meeting on Tuesday 18 February, 7.30pm, St. Mary’s Church Centre, Church Lane, HP22 6NL. Contact: Paul Moring, St Mary’s Church

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Wendover Dementia Action Alliance (WDAA) would like to thank the Next Stage Choir for their support at their concert on Thursday 12 December at Dobbies Garden Centre. A great time was had by all. The proceeds were split between WDAA and the Alzheimer’s Society. Singing is an activity which is of great benefit to those living with Alzheimer’s so this concert was wonderful to attend in many ways. WDAA will use the money to support tea dances. The first of these took place in St Mary’s last July and was so successful that more are planned for 2020. Unfortunately as the Christmas Tea Dance took place on Saturday 14 December which was after this edition of Wendover News went to press, no photos of that as yet. WDAA is the umbrella organisation which coordinates the activities of many organisations which support people in

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Local Face: Ted Oates In 1916, Gertie Slugget was a worker at Sharp’s, the Wendover Jeweller, when she met Ernest Oates, a Royal Flying Corps engineer based at RAF Halton. He had received a bad injury to his knee from a propeller and was convalescing at the time. They later married and after World War I went to live first in London then back to Ernie’s home town of Huddersfield where their son Edward was born on 15 April 1920.

gunned from the air every day and had no food. They kept queuing up into the sea and even tried to float a beached boat. Ted volunteered to stretcher wounded soldiers onto a hospital ship amid much dangerous manoeuvering.

the war in North Africa, mostly near Tripoli, arriving back in Cairo in November 1945 ready for disembarkation in January 1946.

At demob, Ted elected to settle in Wendover because although he purported to be friendly with a young lad Alan Brown from Bank Farm, he was actually becoming increasingly fond of Alan’s sister Nora. Ted began work as an Income Tax Collector. Nora’s widowed father retired from Bank Although Ted grew up as a Yorkshire Farm to Sydney Terrace where Ted lad, he spent every summer holiday still lives. Although it is customary with his maternal Grandmother in a to move around as a Tax Officer, Ted little cottage situated in front of The managed to stay based in Wendover Grange in Aylesbury Street. It is now all the rest of his working life even a green open space. This was the though he had spells of lengthy highlight of his year and that way he commuting. His family were very got to know all the local lads. grateful to him for this stability, especially his daughter Jane who Ted surrounded by members of his family in Back Street, on Ted attended Royds Hall Grammar inherited the farming gene and love Remembrance Day in Wendover, Sunday 10 November 2019 School along with Harold Wilson; of horses. Jane met a new daughter although they were not in the same year, As many as possible of the remaining at Bank Farm, Jackie Mogford, and they were they do appear on a school photo together. veterans were interviewed for stories by great horsey friends. Jane and her husband In 1938 Ted was working in the office of Josh Levine who was researching for his now live next door to her father enabling Hopkinson’s, a local engineering company. book Dunkirk (2011). Ted was invited to a them to support him in his home. After Munich, the company went into war book signing in Milton Keynes. This book mode and the young men were advised became the inspiration for the Christopher One of the highlights of Ted’s year is now to join the Territorial Army (Royal Army Nolan film Dunkirk (2017). Ted was also on the annual reunion of the Little Ships which Ordnance Corps) as preparation for call up the red carpet for a special preview of the went to Dunkirk. The portrait photo above when war broke out. By January 1940 Ted film at which he was invited to meet and talk left is taken from one such recent voyage was in France. On 13 May, things were hotting with Prince Harry. If Ted’s stories from this from Kingston to Weybridge in Riis 1. up and his unit moved north into Belgium. time seem familiar, you may have seen them Not everyone made it. Monday 27 May saw referenced in that film, to read more detail Another special day in his calendar is the destruction of all stores, equipment and click on Remembrance Sunday and you may have seen Ted with his whole family as he was vehicles. Come 31 May there was a rumour dunkirk-and-ted-oates/. pushed via Back Street (main photo) to that everyone should make for Dunkirk so they set out for Bray Dunes only to discover Ted was transferred to Royal Electrical and the Manor Waste this year. Then they all that they were not in any party logged for Mechanical Engineers and by the end of 1940 retreated to what they consider to be their evacuation from there. They were machine was in Egypt, fixing tanks. He spent the rest of local - The Swan in Wendover High Street.

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Wed also BML Fitness 10.45-11.45. 07981 152818 GTAG (Give Tennis Another Go) at Halton Tennis Centre, pay as you go coaching sessions YogaBellies Classes, Mon 19.00-21.45 & SAT 08.45-10.00 Halton Vlg Hall, Wed 10.30-11.30 Wen Mem www.physioandpilates​ Pilates, Halton Tennis Centre. Times & costs vary, see website for details Exercise Sessions open to all, Churchill Hall (next to Your Café in the Park, Aston Clinton) 07703844807 Healing Meditation Group - Mon eve, Chesham, Thu eve/Fri morn, Wendover, 07876443392 Zumba with Nikki, Mon & Thu 1815 Halton School, Sat 0930 Chiltern Way Academy Wendover KundaDance & Meditation (Mon) & Slow Flow Yoga (Fri), Wendover Library Room. Term Time only. 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Continued from page 8. Together with our vision we have three new strategic goals: children flourish; staff thrive; partnerships develop. We have already begun a number of exciting projects to ensure that we continue to strengthen our provision in each of these areas over the next three years. We have reviewed our curriculum too, ensuring that we offer the best provision we can – a broad curriculum enriched by many activities within and outside of school. Children have worked closely with students from the John Colet as part of biology week and with children at John Hampden (antibullying ambassadors and our Junior Road Safety Officers). It was lovely to see the Year 2 children at our first Nativity performance this week; Year 3 will be singing to residents of Cherry Tree House and at the Monday Club Café in Wendover before the end of term.

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A new year, a new Government and an opportunity to embrace new things and to look forward. One new thing is Wendover’s Neighbourhood Plan which will be put to the village in a referendum and no matter how tired your voting pencil is we hope that you’ll vote for this vital plan. It will, when it’s adopted, give Wendover real control over future development and it will protect our green spaces. The date for your diary is Thursday 30th January 2020. The Parish Council is looking forward to our Community Awards which, for the first time, will be decided by you. More voting I’m afraid but it’s good to recognise at least some of the people and organisations that work so hard to make our community flourish. So, Happy New Year to you all. Tom Walsh, Chairman, W Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 7 January 7:30pm St Anne’s Hall

Many thanks to the Mix 96 Stars who supported the Monster to switch on the ChristmasTree Lights

Floss, Monsta Pizza and The Coffee Stop all kindly donated 10% of their Christmas event takings. Budgens Wendover sponsored a £50 voucher for the winner of the ‘Guess how many’ competition, which was held on the evening. Many thanks to Wendover Heritage & Sons Funeral Directors for their sponsorship towards the reindeer this year. Finally, we would like to thank Mix 96 for switching on the Christmas tree lights, Harpenden Building Society for sponsoring the Christmas tree on Manor Waste and John Colet School Choir for their wonderful performances!

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

Christmas Celebration

Wednesday 4 December Wendover Parish Council hosted their Christmas Celebration on Manor Waste: a festive evening that left the centre of Wendover buzzing!

Harpenden Building Society sponsored the Christmas Tree again this year, many thanks


to organisations, projects and activities which provide services for local residents? Applicants for funding must meet an eligibility criterion, for more information please refer to the Grants Policy which can be found on our website https:// Please note the closing date for a major grants application is Friday 31 January 2020, to be awarded in the new financial year from April 2020.

Wendover Community Awards

This year Wendover Parish Council are doing things a little bit differently when it comes to the Community Awards. We want to hear from you! Residents are invited to nominate people who they feel deserve an award and the winners will be honoured at the Annual Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 30 April 2020. This year the categories will be Outstanding Young Person, Creative Arts, Lifetime Achievement, Sporting Achievement, Service with a Smile and Volunteer with a Smile. For more information or to place a nomination please visit community-awards. Wendover Community Awards aim to recognise and celebrate people in our community who have made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and community spirit of the village and the people who live here.

Did you know that Wendover Parish Council Wendover Parish Council would like to sets an annual minor and major grant budget thank the businesses who donated to the in order to provide financial assistance Christmas event. All proceeds from the event were donated to Wendover Action Group Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU – Providers of the Wendover Community 01296 623056 Car. Kings Farm Shop, Popcorn and Candy



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