Wendover News, February 2020

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February 2020

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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@ wendovertrust.org or Clerk to the Trust, 51 Dobbins Lane, Wendover Bucks HP22 6DL. For details go to www.wendovertrust. org. Grants can be made for real need throughout the year.

The Village Gate

Just before Wendover News went to press for February, the freehold to the Village Gate site went on sale. Full details from everardcole.co.uk.

Youth Concern Aylesbury

On 5 January, 126 local people (and 16 of their dogs) turned out to walk off some of their Christmas (and New Year) cheer whilst raising money for Youth Concern Aylesbury’s Next Step project. The 10k walk, supported by local businesses including Kings Farm, Sweeney’s Budgens (Wendover) and Ashridge Group, took in the Chequers Estate and Coombe Hill, among other sites, and raised £3250 for the project. Well done walkers!

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Tuesday 4 & 18 February at 1.30pm

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

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Events Regular Events at Wendover Library

“Learn My Way” computer training 1st Tuesday of each month, please book. Knit & Natter, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 1.30-3.30pm. Compendium of Puzzles Group, 2nd Tuesday, 2.30pm. Scrabble Club, 4th Tuesday, please register. “Jigsaw Challenge” ongoing. If you’d like to participate in any Bucks County Council consultations, hard copies are usually available at the Library. See also page 14.

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Aylesbury Cyclist Touring Club has group rides throughout the county, see southbuckscycling. or​g.uk/rides. 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. 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.

Cornelli Sugarcraft (see advert page 9) runs courses each term, www.cornellisugarcraft.co.uk. parkrun meets Saturdays at 9.00 near the Wendover Woods main car park. 5km run, walk, See events pages 30 and 31. watch or volunteer! Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/ wendoverwoods for details. Charity Coffee Mornings Thu, 10am-12noon, No2 Pound St Did you know that No2 Pound Street gives away Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Quiz all money raised from coffee and hot beverage Sat 01, 7.30pm, Ashley Green Vlg Hall HP5 3PN sales (terms apply) on Thursday mornings? Come Teams of 6, £12.50 per person, includes hot find similarly minded people who are raising supper. Please bring your own drinks & glasses. valuable funds whilst enjoying a lovely coffee and enquiries@cdrs.org.uk to register. a slice of cake! Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural

Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Tue 04, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN “Improved Quality for the Kitchen and Show Children’s Gallery Bench” John Marshall will discuss ideas for Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP “Toy Box” until 18 April. Toy Craft Activities 17 – 21 February. A different toy craft each day of half term to accompany our brilliant toy exhibition. Drop in between 10am and 3pm. No need to book. Suitable for ages 3+. Check website for prices and activity themes. Visit the Roald Dahl Gallery, too! For more information please check www.buckscountymuseum.org.

varieties and growing methods to produce good quality vegetables for use in the kitchen and flowers for the house that can also be used to support the Society’s shows.

Craft Group

Wed 05 & 19, 10-12noon, Wen Christian Ctre Open to all. If you enjoy knitting, sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing or colouring or any other kind of craft, there’s room for you. Cycle Rides and Local Walks Please bring your own materials if possible. On Simply Walk meets each Tuesday at 10:00 at Wednesday 5th, we team up with the ‘Never Wendover Clock Tower and each Thursday Alone’ café hosted by CPJ Field – craft, coffee and at 10:30 at ‘Your Café’ in Aston Clinton Park. conversation all available in one place! Leisurely and longer walks, 45 minutes plus. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register with the Bucks Bird Club walk leader. See pages 30 and 31. Thu 06, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall The Ramblers have a programme of organised “From Marrakech to Massa”, a talk by Chris Ward. walks of varying length and difficulty locally. More Also Nick Marriner on the “Chalk, Cherries and Chairs” project. on www.aylesbury-ramblers.org.uk.

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Events Shackleton Expedition Talk

Fri 07, 7pm, St Anne’s Hall A talk by Geoff Selley. Supports Rennie Grove. Tickets £10 from Rennie Grove Shop, Wendover.

Cholesbury-cum-St-Leonards Local History Group

Fri 07, 8pm, St Leonards Parish Hall “Sex, Drugs & Tapeworms” A light-hearted look at Victorian consumerism with Kevin Varty.

Static Cycle for WRAP

Sat 08-Sun 09 Manor Waste Pedal the 2,500 miles from Aleppo in Syria to Wendover on an exercise bike. See page 15 for more details.

Chesham Rotary Concert

Sat 08, 3.30 & 7.30pm, The Elgiva, Chesham Local children & adults show off their talents to benefit local charities, including Pace and Citizens’ Advice. Tickets from boxoffice@elgiva.com.

Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra

Sat 08, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury With guest cellist Dan Brandon. See advert page 4.

Messy Church

Sun 09, 3.30-5.30pm, St Anne’s Hall & Wen Christian Ctre Messy Church is open to anyone. Enjoy messy (and not so messy) theme-

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VACANCIES – EVENING CLEANER & MIDDAY SUPERVISOR We are seeking an evening cleaner to join our site team as soon as possible. Hours of work are 3.30-6.30pm, Monday to Friday, term time only plus one week in August. Salary is on Bucks Pay Range 1a (£8.21 per hour). This role involves daily cleaning of a specified area of the school (classrooms and corridors). The post would suit someone who is fit and able to perform manual tasks (no heavy lifting). Previous experience of commercial cleaning is not essential but would be an advantage. We are also looking for a Midday Supervisor to join our friendly lunchtime team. This rewarding role involves supervising the children while they eat and play throughout the lunch break. The hours of work are 12.10-1.25pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. Salary is on Bucks Pay Range 1a (£8.21 per hour). Previous experience of working with children is not essential but would be a distinct advantage. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this vision. Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. For a full job description and application form for either or both of these posts, please contact our business manager, Catriona Martin, at finance@wendoverjunior.co.uk or 01296 696822 (option 4).

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Saturday 8 February 2020, 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Aylesbury Suppé Dvořák Sibelius Dan Brandon Cello

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related activities, a story, a song and a meal Munro, a noted Member of the Pastel Society, will together. No age restrictions and no charge. be with us to demonstrate in pastels. Children, please bring an adult with you.


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Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust

Tue 11, 7.30pm, St. Anne’s Hall “Speak up and Mind the Furniture” is the title of Jeff Lozelaar’s talk. Jeff was born into a Jewish family, living in the East End of London. We will hear accounts of growing up during the 2nd World War and the post War era. Visitors are most welcome.

Thu 13, 8pm, Broughton Jr Schl The February talk is by Danajaya Silva on ‘The History of Tea.’ For more information please ring 07399 540626.

Book Club

Sat 15, 10.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre If you enjoy reading, whatever your favourite genre is, come to Book Club where you’ll be very Tickets are available for a Charity Quiz night, Friday welcome. No set books to read, just interesting 6 March, 7.30pm in St. Anne’s Hall, Wendover. £15 conversation about whatever we’ve been reading. includes a 2 course hot supper. Proceeds to the We begin with coffee and often cake. Chilterns MS Centre. Contact: Margaret Currell 01296 582318 www.wendoverwi.weebly.com Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild Sat 15, 2.30pm, S Mandeville Methodist Church Wendover Art Club Sit, stitch & chat with AVEG members. Wed 12 & 26, 7.30pm, Library Room 12th - Working evening trying to remember what Snowdrop Walk for Pace we learnt from Niki Bell’s watercolour painting of Tue 18, 10am-3.30pm, Evenley Wood Gardens a hare and create our own wildlife paintings. Any £25 pp. Enjoy exploring the stunning wild medium from our own material. 22nd Saturday snowdrops in these famous gardens. To book - All Day Workshop in St. Anne’s Hall, Wendover call 01296 616974 or email lacey.bonham@ with Peter Keegan working in oils on figures in thepacecentre.org. Due to the nature of this event, a landscape. Open to members only. 26th - Jan it may not be suitable for restricted mobility.

NEWS FROM WENDOVER HEALTH CENTRE - 01296 623452 Wendover Health Centre is also on www.westongrove.com New Patients

If you have recently moved to the Wendover area you are welcome to register with us. You can get information about registration, and download the necessary forms, from our website. Please do not delay registration until someone in the family becomes unwell!

Online access to test results

You can save having to call us and get direct online access to your test results, as well as your immunisation history and hospital correspondence. To register you will need to provide photo ID at Reception to obtain a unique access code. The service is provided by Patient Access – there is a link via “Register for online services” on the Reception and Enquiries page of our website.

SPRING UP Spring Up Events will be upstairs at a little bird told me gallery during February, bringing you work from talented makers and designers that is original, handmade and stylish. Just in time for Valentine’s day! springupevents@gmail.com follow @springupevents on instagram & facebook

Cough: self-treatment and when to seek help

Making the most of your appointment

Our GP appointments are timed at 12-minute intervals. To make the best use of them please: • Share everything you want to cover at the beginning of the consultation – but be realistic in view of the limited time available. • Describe your symptoms; if your illness has been going on for some time, be clear about the sequence of how it developed. It may be helpful to write this down. • Tell the doctor what you are concerned about and if you have any particular expectations (such as medication, reassurance, investigation or a referral). • If you anticipate the doctor will want to examine you, dress appropriately.

Changes to our opening hours

On Tuesday 11 February and Thursday 19 March 2020, we will be closed for staff training from 1-6.30pm. This space paid for by Wendover Health Centre.


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Most coughs are caused by virus infections and get better on their own. Productive coughs do not usually need treatment with antibiotics. Home remedies such as honey and lemon may help. Your local pharmacy can provide advice in managing a cough. Contact us about a cough if: it is very bad or quickly getting worse, you feel very unwell, you have chest pain, you cough up blood, or you are finding it hard to breathe. Also contact us if you have a weakened immune system, for example from chemotherapy, or if your cough is not improving after 3 weeks, especially if you are losing weight or have swollen neck glands. If you have a lung condition such as COPD or bronchiectasis, you should have an agreed plan for managing a worsening cough – if in doubt please arrange an appointment with a nurse or doctor.

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14 March - Timothy Crapper (Organ)


18 April - Steven Osborne (Piano) 9 May - Tasmin Little (Violin) 13 June - Mini Mozart 10am (age 5 and under) and 11am (age 5-9) 13 June - 7.30pm - London Handel Players (mixed ensemble) 11 July - Samuele Telari (accordion) and Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano) 19 September - Watch this space! Concert tickets £20 (students £5). AGM tickets £10 non season ticket holders. Mini Mozart £6 per child (adults free) or £10 for 2 siblings Season tickets £75 (students £15) - includes AGM and reserved seating area in Nave

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Events Climate Action Wendover

Tue 18, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Wendover See page 18 for details.

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Joint Service of Celebration

Sun 23, 10am, St Mary’s Church For the Fiftieth anniversary of the Ordination to Tue 18, 7.45pm, Gt Missenden Mem Hall “Chalk, Cherries and Chairs”. Please book via the Priesthood of Rev’d Canon Peter Louis. www.bbowt.org.uk.


RSPB Aylesbury Local Group

Mon 24, 7.30pm, Prebendal Hall Comm Ctre HP19 7QW Thu 20, 2.30pm, Wendover Library Room The speaker is Sean Stephenson from the Mid- “The Spirit of Shackleton – South Georgia ” by Bucks Bee Keepers Association discussing “Bee Graham Lenton. keeping and foraging around Wendover.”

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Pancake Day

Tue 25, 10.30-12noon, Wendover Christian Ctre Enjoy a delicious pancake with a cup of tea or Fri 21, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room Check with the Library for film details. Entry by coffee. All proceeds will be sent to ‘Emmanuel International’ which enables local churches in donation. Proceeds benefit the Library. developing countries assist some of the poorest people in the world. Pancake party for school Aston Wine Club age children at St Mary’s Church with games Fri 21, 7.30pm, Buckland Village Hall from 4-5pm. Evening pancakes 7pm, Wendover James Richards - Vin Neuf. Christian Centre.


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Events Arts Society Ballinger

French exam are afraid to enter the hall...come find out why! www.atgtickets.com Thu 27, 8pm, Ballinger War Memorial Hall “The Silk Road and the Arts of China” with speaker Coming Soon - Save the Date! Susan Whitfield. • 5-29 March - Graham Jefford Art Exhibition, a Weston Turville Historical Society little bird told me gallery Fri 28, 8pm, Weston Turville Village Hall • 6 March - Charity Quiz for Chilterns MS Ctre “The History and Restoration of the Chinnor • 7 & 8 March - Chilterns MS Centre Pop-Up Art and Princes Risborough Railway”. Entrance - £2 Weekend, see advert front page members, £3 visitors. www.wthsoc.org.uk • 7 March - Quiz for Aylesbury Choral Society • 14 March - Wendover Music AGM & Organ John Hegley Recital, see advert page 4. Sat 29, 11am, Wendover Community Library • 28 March - Handel’s Messiah with Aylesbury “Family Wordship” - poems, songs, strings, keys Choral Society and fascinators - and French, too! • 24 April - Author Helen Fry at Wendover Library • 25 April - Wendover Library Quiz Allstars Theatre • 25 April - Pace Big Walk, sign up on Sat 29, Aylesbury Waterside Second Space “Crusaders” - a play for ages 14+. Teens taking a thepacecentre.org/thebigwalk

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Calling all Artists and Makers!

Are you a local artist who would like to sell your work at well organised, well attended events? Sally Evans, a local events organiser, is on the lookout for new talent to showcase at her 2020 Artists and Makers Fairs. Sally started 20 years ago, selling art jewellery. “I became disillusioned with the fairs that I was participating in” she says. “They were either badly organised, in awful venues or full of people selling mass produced tat”. Convinced she could do better, Sally came up with the blueprint for her popular Fairs. “Venues need to be accessible with natural light. Publicity is vital. Quality and range of products is important, and above all,” she says, “participants need to be approachable, talented creators selling their own unique products”.


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Events How did she turn the blueprint into reality? Sally explains; “I approached local artists exhibiting in ‘open studios’ or exhibitions/shows whose work and people skills ticked the boxes, found a venue and in 2004 held my first Artists and Makers Fair in Butlers Cross”. It was a huge success and as word of mouth spread, new artists put themselves forward for places at her events.

local Wildlife Trust reserves and join in one of our friendly work parties or other events.

Access to Weston Turville Reservoir is from the Worlds End Lane layby where a footpath takes you across the dam and round the east side of the reserve (the west side path is temporarily closed for work). Stacey Hewitt leads conservation sessions here on 27 February and then on the Today Sally holds regular Artists and Makers last Thursday in the month – contact her on Fairs at Thame Town Hall and Bradmoor Farm staceyhewitt@ bbowt.org.uk. in Haddenham. She has over 200 carefully chosen artists and makers on her books. In style Steve Keene (steve_keene@btinternet.com) will they range from traditional to quirky and the be leading a conservation session at Bacombe Hill diversity is impressive; painters, photographers, at 10am on Thursday 13 February and then on printmakers, ceramicists, silversmiths, glass, the second Thursday of each month throughout jewellers, textile and mixed media artists, knitting the year. & embroidery artists, milliners, book binders, Other events to enjoy include children’s craft and a chocolatier, wood turners, sculptors, pen and exploration sessions at College Lake on 11, 13, 18 writing implement makers....the list goes on! and 19 February (booking essential), a talk on If you would like to take part or have a venue for the CCB project ‘Chalk, Cherries and Chairs’ at hire please email hello@sallyevansevents.com. Great Missenden Memorial Centre on Tuesday For details of the Artists and Makers Fairs 2020, 18 February at 7.45pm and a field trip to Chinnor Hill studying mosses and led by Peter Creed on www.sallyevansevents.com or 01844 273069. Sunday 9 February. Please go online for more Exciting BBOWT Opportunities in February details including booking arrangements at www. This is an excellent month to get to know your bbowt.org.uk/whats-on.

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Your solicitor will provide you with professional advice to write your Will and you are asked to make a minimum donation of £140 for a single Will or £200 for mirror Wills. This enables you to make savings Throughout February you can write a new whilst donating to Rennie Grove. Will or update an existing one and help local hospice charity Rennie Grove Hospice Care If your circumstances are more complicated, at the same time. your solicitor will agree any additional fees and provide you with their charges for Rennie Grove is a charity providing specialist related services. care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness in Bucks and west Herts. Your Will is one of the most important Through its unique hospice at home service, documents you will ever sign and it ensures available day and night, and a range of day your estate can be distributed as you wish. It services the charity supports its patients gives peace of mind and security for you and to live the best quality life they can with a those you love. choice about how and where they are cared article continued page 31 for towards the end of life.

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I am delighted to be writing my first column for Wendover News as your local MP. The village played a significant part in my election campaign, and has been high on my agenda in my first weeks in the House of Commons. Needless to say, the main reason has been HS2. I met the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, to raise serious questions about the economic case for the project, and to urge him to save tens of billions of pounds by investing instead in infrastructure projects that will bring greater benefits at a lower cost. If the battle to stop HS2 is ultimately lost, rest assured that my fight to stand up to them on your behalf has only just begun. There are other, more positive, reasons I have been spending time in Wendover. I was very pleased to start the Santa Dash on the Saturday before Christmas, in aid of the Florence Nightingale hospice. And early in the new year I visited Lindengate,


an extremely impressive project to provide horticulture therapy. As the NHS considers new ways to help patients, including social prescribing, I believe Lindengate provides food for thought. Of course, the majority of my time and work is in Westminster. Many people have asked what it feels like to walk into the chamber for the first time. The truth is a mix of emotions: the palatial setting conveys a solemnity and awe that befits the seriousness of the role, but there was also excitement and anticipation at the prospect of being at the heart of decisionmaking, where there is a real opportunity to work for all my constituents, however they voted.

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The Chilterns MS Centre will be showcasing The Centre provides a range of treatments, the best of local art during their annual Pop- therapies and social activities to over 570 Up Art Weekend on 7 & 8 March 2020. people living with MS in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas to help them gain The event is free to attend and visitors greater control over their symptoms and live will be welcomed by a range of artwork, a healthier and happier life. To date over from paintings, photographs, ceramics, 3,000 hours of treatment has been funded Registered member of the British Association of Foot Health Professionals jewellery, sculptures and much more. There by the event, with £113,000 raised in the will be over 90 artists exhibiting, including past 15 years. Graham Fraser, a member of the Wendover Art Group. He takes his inspiration from Hannah Prentice, Community Fundraiser wonderful outdoor scenery, both in the UK at the Chilterns MS Centre, said: “We can’t and abroad, and loves to capture subtle wait to transform the Chilterns MS Centre tones of light. His stunning picture of Chania into a Pop-Up Art Exhibition again, and hope in Crete is a fantastic example of his work that the community join us to celebrate the and features on this year’s event advertising. work of local artists and raise money for the He has also generously donated it to the charity at the same time. There will be some Centre for auction. amazing artwork available, from a variety of With live demonstrations, a range of different genres – so there is something for refreshments, light lunches, cakes and everyone. We’re very fortunate that Michael greetings cards there will be plenty to Anthony will be sponsoring the event again see and do. Details on the event and all of this year and we look forward to working the artists taking part will be available at with Michael and the team to make this our biggest event yet! See advert front page. popupartweekend.org.uk.

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HS2 Environmental concerns

I’ve been talking to the local Environmental Protesters. Expect activity to grow and to become noticeable in Wendover. The environmental consequences of HS2 are profoundly destructive and will be a scar across the Vale for generations to come. As usual HS2 Ltd are downplaying the damage and trying to make out that they’re building a green paradise railroad. Not much is green about a Bentonite factory in the AONB. Nothing is paradisical about a 16m high ready mix concrete plant nor its output either. Luckily people are seeing through the HS2 nonsense and the truth will out. It appears that there is some strong support for direct action in the local community. The WPC working group has asked for regular meetings with the activists' leadership. This represents a third strand of objection to HS2 and we try to keep in touch with all of them. The WPC has not condoned or encouraged this action. It has not been discussed in council yet.

My view, for what it’s worth, is that this activism is an inevitable consequence of the County and District Councils making no attempt to reflect the wishes of the electorate when it comes to HS2. No attempt to communicate with the people affected and no effective attempt to explain their council's position to their electorate.

Political pressure

New local MP Rob Butler has been active in the HS2 arena. I’m hoping to fix up a meeting with him soon. His recent letter to the Chancellor can be seen at https:// wendovernews.co.uk/news/60091/.

More effort required?

The Leader of Bucks CC, Martin Tett, recognises in his Christmas Message that the biggest challenge to be faced is HS2. The biggest challenges need the biggest effort and perhaps the unitary authority will try harder. It’s a shame that so far BCC support for Wendover’s mined tunnel alternative scheme has been less than

fulsome. Even when it’s the sustainability of the road network that is threatened by HS2’s inconvenient viaduct.

Quo Vadis HS2?

The Oakervee Report still hasn’t emerged but Lord Berkeley has started his challenge to it. His dissenting report https:// documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review? uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A8e9c 8f87-2650-4aa0-8e0f-0eaf6e709640 is quite scathing about it and many of the news networks have picked up on his findings. I look forward to reading Oakervee when his government backed report is finally released.

An opportunity to do some good.

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participated in our Tapathon event in support We had 103 dancers from 3 - 92 years of age, The Rozelle School of Dancing would like to thank of the Children in Need appeal held at the witnessed and enjoyed by lots of families, friends and well-wishers. In conjunction and congratulate everybody who attended and Memorial Hall on 17 November 2019.


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an incredible amount of over £3,800 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Our officials for this special occasion were Jane Larkham and Stephen Worth, and we even had the Tapathon organiser and choreographer, Joanne Greenhalgh, who travelled a fair distance to visit us for the day. Thank you to them and also Pudsey for their involvement. Sue Donald, Rozelle School of Dancing

Suze Ward - Sales and Marketing Manager of Missenden Abbey said - "We had an incredible turnout this year and it was wonderful to have so many of the local community attend. The joy in people’s faces at the sight of the real reindeer and the children meeting Santa made the day even more magical and we are really pleased to be able to support such a worthy, local cause."

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Katie Eyton, Community Fundraising Manager from Thames Valley Air Ambulance said - “We want to say a huge thank you to Missenden Abbey for choosing to support Thames Valley Air Ambulance at their annual

Visitors were treated to a wide range of local craft & gift stalls, side amusements, Santa’s grotto, reindeer, seasonal food & drink and Sales of the official event t-shirts raised lots more. They were also thrilled to have £1160 and the refreshment stall raised a Prestwood Junior School choir perform some festive Christmas songs. staggering £549.60.

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Wendover News has received word from Wendover Parish Council regarding the Wendover Remembers extension: "We won’t be opening the In the wake of the Golden extension to the general public until the Globe 2020 awards to the height barrier has been fitted. There is a British film 1917 along with concern travellers will take advantage of nominations for BAFTAs the site if we don’t install a restriction. The (Sunday 2 February) and Oscars (Sunday 9 February), don’t forget that barrier has been ordered and will be fitted Wendover Remembers is now available in as soon as it’s received. book form and is available from Just, 11 High "We will be opening it temporarily on a St, HP22 6DU, opening hours 10am to 5pm Thursday to allow the market vehicles to and from Wendover Community Library, off park. This will free up the original car park the High Street, HP22 6DU, opening hours and ensure the traders don’t park on the Tuesday 9.30am to 6.30pm, Thursday and Manor Waste." Friday 9.30am to 5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 4pm. Wendover Remembers articles covered Wendover Youth Centre the period August 1914, declaration of war, New Youth Worker: A big WELCOME to Peter to June 1919, signing of the peace treaty. Swinford, who started as full-time Youth Military activity and the impact of war on Worker with Wendover Youth Centre on 20 local life are all covered in the book which January. Peter has moved to Wendover from is copiously illustrated with photographs and a role in Coventry. We will include a fuller other documents. profile and details of Peter's plans with WYC in future editions Peter can be contacted at New Library Opening Hours peter@wendoveryouth.co.uk. Wendover Community Library Trustees are pleased to announce that from 4 February Swimming Lessons & SwimFit 2020 there will be a small change (but no Could you use some guidance with reduction) in the Wendover Community swimming? Looking for low impact exercise? Library opening hours. There has been a Siobhan - 07457 252882 - has improver lot of discussion on using our hours in a lesson spaces on Wednesday evenings at more efficient way and at the moment we Wendover Swimming Pool for adults or get very few (if any) customers on a Friday children aged at least 10. There are also between 5:00 and 7:00pm. As a result, we spaces in the SwimFit session that follows have agreed that these two hours will be re- lessons. Get in touch for more details! WENDOVER REMEMBERS 1914 - 1919

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Cycle from Aleppo to Wendover WRAP Ride - from Conflict to Community - join us in welcoming a Syrian family to Wendover! You may have heard that a group of Wendover residents - all volunteers - have been working hard to prepare for the arrival of a Syrian refugee family to our community. We hope the family will be arriving before Easter. Wendover Refugee Assistance Project (“WRAP”) is supported by the Government’s Community Sponsorship scheme and we are working with CitizensUK, a registered charity. We have the backing of the Home Office, AVDC, and the local police. One of our tasks is to raise money to pay for the family’s resettlement. Through the massive generosity of Wendover people, we have a house for the family to rent for the first couple of years and offers of furniture and other necessary goods. We have already received generous donations from The Lionel Abel Smith Trust, St Mary’s

Church and several local businesses and now we are arranging a community event to raise money, in particular for the English language tuition and skills training that will help the family to become self-supporting.

get a team of 8 together? Or could you cycle a few miles individually? Two of the ten bikes will be available for anyone wishing to hop on and join in for however long they are able. We want to make this as inclusive as we can and show that our community is fully This event will take place outside Budgens behind supporting a family that has lost their on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February home as a result of a terrible war which has 2020 between 8am and 6pm. The plan is to claimed the lives of so many people. pedal the 2,500 miles from Aleppo in Syria to Wendover . . . on ten exercise bikes. The RAF £10 per person is our suggested minimum are very kindly providing us with static bikes donation for riders, but we hope that more can be raised via sponsorship from friends and supporting the event. and family. You can use our fundraising The bike ride is open to everyone, either website at https://www.justgiving.com/ as individuals or as teams of 8. We already fundraising/wendover-resettlementhave teams signed up from Wendover U3A, assistance-project. Alternatively we will Wendover Youth Club, Wendover Tennis take donations on the day if you want to and Halton Tennis, Lindengate, St Mary’s simply turn up and pedal or support those and St Anne’s churches, Wendover Fitness, that are covering the miles! Project U Fitness, Cat Booker Fitness and Jodie Digby Fitness and local businesses To get involved please get in touch with us at Numbers and Budgens. A big thank you to all wrapwendover@gmail.com or just turn up on who are getting involved. Could your school, the day. Let’s show how much Wendover cares business, family, sports team or social group and bring a new family home. Thank you.

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Sunday 24 May 2020 • For those who like to We have some wonderful flex their muscles! Our ever bands lined up for our popular tug-of-war returns to evening’s entertainment close the arena events and we and fabulous caterers to encourage you to gather your keep us fed and watered! teams and register as soon as Now we need you! In place Many thanks to Mrs Beecham possible so as not to miss out! of the parade of the last few of Vine Trees who provided this • For the talented ones! The years, we will be staging photograph taken at a Maytime first ever Wendover’s Got Talent celebration in the garden of a number of events in our Winterton House in the 1930s competition launches this year and we are accepting entries arena and many of them from solo or groups of all ages and all types will involve you – the community. We have to enter the act. They will receive a 90 second opportunities for all ages to take part and slot with some exciting opportunities for the would love to hear from you now! winners! So whether singing, dancing, comedy, • For the Under 11s! A traditional fancy-dress parade around the arena which will be judged by some special guests. There is no theme, so choose your favourite Disney character, animal, sportsperson or superhero – let your imagination go wild and enter the fun! • For the young and young at heart! Keeping it traditional, why not get a group together and enter our pram race? This can be a family group, work colleagues, drinking buddies or whatever you like – just dress up, sort your costumes and book your place.

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Wendover Twinning Association will be playing host at the end of next May to a number of committed Anglophiles from Liffré, our twin town in Brittany, and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to host during the weekend and participate in the events that we are currently planning. Our guests will arrive on Saturday 30 May and leave on the morning of Monday 1 June, so the visit is a short one. There will be plenty of back-up for anyone nervous about hosting, and you really don’t need to speak French. Many of our Liffréen friends speak English (even if not fluently) and there are always Association members who can help out. In spite of all the bad feeling that the press is determined to whip up between England and Europe, our Liffréen friends love coming here: many come year after year and it’s pleasing to note that any new visitors who arrive very apprehensive about what Wendover (and England in general) has in store for them leave loving what they have seen and determined to come back at the earliest opportunity.

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Wendover Cricket Club have started their 11 week indoor training/nets programme. If interested at senior or junior level, please contact Jonathan Seabrook (seniors) on 07767-148 119 or jseabrook@talktalk.net or Chris Pim (juniors) at wendovercricketu9@gmail.com with details of school age. The club would like to hear from any umpires and scorers who might act for the club, please contact Jonathan.

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An exciting new venture in Wendover Do you love singing or do you believe you can’t sing? Whatever your answer we are the group for you! Singing is known to be good for our mental, emotional and physical health and is a great way of bringing communities together.

We are very fortunate to welcome the inspirational Jill Neenan, who has previously run very successful events in Wendover, as our Musical Director. Thanks to the generosity of a Wendover resident we can offer the first meeting at no charge. This will be on Monday 2 March from 6.00 to 8.00pm in John Colet School Wendover. Meetings will then continue at the same time on Mondays during term time. Please do contact Carol or Sue if you would like more information: carol@aimzine.co.uk or suethornton@remedi-rx.com. You can just turn up on the night but it would be nice to know you are coming so if you can – please let us know, thanks.

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Now the dust has settled normal service will be resumed with a busy schedule of games. If you feel you would like to try bowls you can find a little about the Club on the Net or give me a ring on 01296 622603 and leave a message. Don Knight

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This time last year the future of the Society was in doubt. During 2019, thanks to the hard-working committee and the support of some good friends, meetings and outings have been well-attended and enjoyable, with confidence in our future. Many thanks to everyone for their support.

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Tribute: John Thompson Some people just can’t help making a difference in our lives by simply being who they are. They make the world a little brighter, a little warmer, a little gentler and when they are gone we realise how lucky we are to have known them. Benjamin ‘John’ Thompson was born on the 23rd November 1943 in Narbeth, Pembrokeshire. John and his four brothers, brought up on a farm on the coast of west Wales, speaking Welsh, with English being his second language taught at school. Having seen his older brother join the police force, John new his future also lay in uniform. At the age of 15, having received an acceptance note from the RAF to become a boy entrant, he set off to Fishguard train station in 1959 destined to RAF Hereford. He loved his sports and became a boxer and never lost a fight! But he adored football and became a football referee. John met Helen, a Princess Mary’s RAF nurse in 1971 whilst based at Cosford. They were married in 1973 in Scotland and in 1975 their son, Gareth was born. The young family settled in Wendover by the time Lorna was born in 1977. The family was complete with daughter Moira arriving in 1982. John retired from the RAF after 25 years service and the family relocated to their forever home in Bryants Acre. John worked for many years at Askeys as a production supervisor until a change to the shift system was difficult to adjust to with his young family. He then worked for

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Health issues never stopped John from having a loving relationship with his grandchildren Max, Romy and Bella. They called him Datcu which means Grandad in Welsh. Their bond was so strong and he thought the world of them and would talk about their exploits to anyone and everyone! John had a natural knack of striking up conversation, making people feel at ease and took a real interest in other people. Due to his Poly-Cystic Kidney disease issues compounded in the last few years but John never complained. He did not have a negative bone in his body. John received his second transplant in June 2019. Due to acute infections he spent many weeks on Wytham ward at the Churchill hospital in Oxford which is where he passed away on the 16th of December 2019, at the age of 76. Kind donations are going equally to The Wendover Poppy Appeal and the Wytham Ward Kidney fund in memory of John. The family would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the incredible care and support they gave to John and the family. They showed amazing compassion and humanity; and truly are special people.

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Tribute: Fiona Poole Fiona was a familiar sight in Wendover bombing up and down the High Street in her motorised wheelchair and sitting outside Crumbs. She was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1935. Fiona spent much of the war in Scotland, which instilled in her a lifelong love of her Scottish family and heritage. In 1968, after qualifying as a teacher and living in Bedford, she moved to Wendover with her husband Eric and 4 small children and she threw herself into the life of the community for the next 52 years. Fiona wrote a piece entitled “Friendly Wendover’ for the Bucks Village Book in which she recalled realising how friendly Wendover was going to be on the night they moved in, when 3 elderly people bundled up against the cold, appeared on the doorstep to invite the whole family for supper – an offer that was declined because it was bath time. Fiona was reception class teacher at a number of local schools including Wendover and Halton infants. She has been described as a dedicated and inspiring teacher, firm but kind. There are so many pupils, now adults, who remember her fondly. The Women’s Institute had become an important part of Fiona’s life when she lived in Bedford, where she found friendliness, care and support - she wanted the same for Wendover. She canvassed interest by standing at the school

The WI was incredibly important to Fiona. In her words, ‘it is a caring friendly and approachable organisation. I would have been lost without their support through the years’. In their words, ‘she was the WI’.

gate giving out leaflets and after much planning Wendover Evening WI was born. She was founder president, then president again in the 1980s and more recently 2000 and 2001. She was great supporter of things and people at a local level, particularly other smaller neighbouring WIs. One of her treasured memories was being in the Royal Albert Hall surrounded by WI ladies from all over the country singing Jerusalem at their AGM - which she described as ‘an awesome experience.’ Fiona, dressed as the Queen, led the WI twice in ‘Wendover Celebrates’ parades in her wheelchair. In the WI centenary year, a scroll made its way round the county using various forms of transport - when Fiona discovered that there was no wheelchair involvement she intervened and ended up representing wheelchair users in the relay by parading around Wyevale Garden Centre. The photo shows her getting stuck into ‘Clean for the Queen’ in 2016.

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Fiona loved Wendover. She supported many local organisations, in particular, she was a huge advocate of the Wendover Community Library – in recent years selling charity Christmas cards there, which she was very good at as she knew most of the people coming through the door. Wendover Dementia Alliance and Lindengate were also close to her heart. She was a campaigner,when the Heron Path became impassable for her wheelchair, due to tree roots,she wrote to, and badgered everyone she could think of until it was resurfaced. Fiona was always seeking new challenges. Travelling around the USA alone on Greyhound buses, gaining her day skipper sailing licence, taking a balloon ride to celebrate her 60th birthday and passing her advanced driving test when she was 70. She was also a talented handicrafter and gardener. Fiona was a remarkable lady who touched the lives of many people. A real character who had a tremendous sense of fun, and who greeted everyone with open arms and a beaming smile. She supported Wendover and Wendover supported her. She will be greatly missed.


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Local Faces: Manni & Bindoo Vashani Bindoo (Prajapati) came to Aylesbury at the insecure so they tender age of 6 months in 1969, having been returned to born in Mombassa, Kenya. She was one of Gujarat. The rest the last pupils to pass through Queens Park of that family Infant School before moving on to William returned in the Harding for Junior School and then The 1970s and most Grange. At Aylesbury College, Bindoo spent moved rapidly two years studying for a BTech diploma to Aylesbury in Computer Studies which led to a job at because it was a Target. It was good to use those skills even place with good though the world of computing has changed employment out of all recognition since then! prospects in all the local light industry. Manni’s parents remained in India where Bindoo’s family came from Gujarat in India his father was a language teacher in a local so they would go back from time to time and school and his mother taught cooking and on one such visit, Bindoo met a friend of the sewing in her spare time. When Manni came family, Manni Vashani, and the rest, as they to Aylesbury he worked in GST. say, is history. Manni had grandparents on his mother’s side who lived in Aylesbury so After 7 years at Target, Bindoo was made he moved here. redundant but an opportunity arose in Cheltenham so they moved. After 5 years, Manni’s family history also included East Bindoo and Manni moved back to Aylesbury Africa but his family had moved to Uganda. where they took over a family business in By 1964 that country was becoming Quarrendon which they ran for 12 years.

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Wed also BML Fitness 10.45-11.45. zestyoga72@gmail.com GTAG (Give Tennis Another Go) at Halton Tennis Centre, pay as you go coaching sessions james@everyball.net 07981 152818 YogaBellies Classes, Mon 19.00-21.45 & SAT 08.45-10.00 Halton Vlg Hall, Wed 10.30-11.30 Wen Mem alice@yogabellies.co.uk Pilates, Halton Tennis Centre. Times & costs vary, see website for details www.physioandpilates​inbucks.com Exercise Sessions open to all, Churchill Hall (next to Your Café in the Park, Aston Clinton) Jess@jkpersonaltraining.co.uk 07703844807 Healing Meditation Group - Mon eve, Chesham, Thu eve/Fri morn, Wendover www.beingmystical.co.uk Zumba with Nikki, Mon & Thu 1815 Halton School, Sat 0930 Chiltern Way Academy Wendover nicolepistak.zumba.com, 07876443392 KundaDance & Meditation (Mon) & Slow Flow Yoga (Fri), Wendover Library Room. Term Time only. www.happywellyoga.com Badminton Club. 19.45-21.45 Mon, beginners 18.45-19.45 Fri, John Colet School (term time) www.bucksvoice.net/wendoverbc Wendover Fitness classes, times & locations vary, see website for details www.wendoverfitness.co.uk Rainbow Rattles children’s playgroup (term time only), £1 per family, Trinity Centre RAF Halton Hartbeeps Music Classes for children, Wendover Guide Hut HP22 6HH www.hartbeeps.com Chairbelles seated exercise for over 55s, Bankside Kirsty 07801 594519 Monday Club Cafe, Wendover Christian Centre wendoverds@gmail.com Jacqu’in the Box Babies Music and Little Learners age 3-5 years. Wendover Library Room www.jacqinthebox.com 07948371615 Sacred Space youth faith event, Wendover Christian Centre Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue. Nikki 07868 873911 The Rotary Club of Wendover & District, Chandos Arms, W Turville, usually 1st & 3rd Mondays www.wendoverrotary.org.uk Badminton Club for over 18s, £6, (Sep-July, no BH’s) Green Park Sports Centre HP22 5NE Allen 01296 631159 annetatem@gmail.com Wendover Mums’ Choir, Trinity Community Centre, Tring Road (term time only) Tai Chi & Qigong Classes, Your Café in the Park 6 & 7pm Tue, St Anne’s Hall noon Wed www.yangshengtaichi.com Simply Walk, Tue 10.00 Wendover Clock Tower, Thu 10.30 Your Cafe Aston Clinton Park, see page 2 www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/4512920/walk-list-2019.pdf Tue - Yoga, Thu - Men’s Yoga, Chilterns MS Centre info@oakwood.org.uk Thames Valley Police at Wendover Community Library 0845 230 3232 Hatha yoga— Tue 19.00-20.30 Wen Mem Hall; Fri 09.30-11.00 & 11.30-13.00, St Anne’s Hall www.lizbrownyoga.co.uk Play & Learn (term time only), Trinity Centre, RAF Halton 01296 621143 Colour Wheel Art Class (term time only), all topics, Ellesborough Parish Hall Steve Hedges 01844 273076 Bounce & Rhyme (term time only), Library Room, FREE 0845 2303232 Martial Arts Class for Children with ZKS, St Anne’s Hall www.zksmartialarts.co.uk Sparrowhawks Netball Training, John Colet School - Youth (13-16) 18.00-19.00, Seniors 19.00-20.30 wendoverladiesnetballclub@hotmail.com Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall (winter 20.15, summer 19.00) www.imagezcameraclub.co.uk Halton Singers Practice Sessions, Halton Village Hall enquiries@haltonsing​ers.org.uk Whitchurch Morris Side Practice Sessions, Wilstone Parish Hall (Oct-Apr) whitchurchmorris.org.uk FabricHQ sewing. Topics, times & locations vary, see website for details www.fabrichq.co.uk Wendover & Halton Cycling Club, Wed 18.30 local mtn bike, Sun 08.30 local mtn bike rides@wendoverhaltoncc.org.uk Drop-in French Conversation Group, Cafe 108, HP22 5HS 01296 632442, bramleycottage73@gmail.com Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard wendystudio@hotmail.com Slimming World, Chilterns MS Centre, Oakwood Close HP22 5LX Sally 07484 650301 Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, pay-as-you-go Justine 07773 047684 Halton Military Wives Choir rehearsals halton@militarywiveschoirs.org Aqua Aerobics, Wendover Swimming Pool emma@bmlpersonaltraining.co.uk Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, The Witchell 01296 624089 Swimming Lessons & SwimFit, Wendover Swimming Pool, see page 14 Siobhan 07457 252882 Aylesbury Sub-Aqua Club at Green Park Pool (term time only) www.aylesburydivers.​org.uk RAF Assn Halton and Ayles Branch clubhouse open to public, Bldg 259 RAF Halton Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste Fun Dog Training, Ellesborough Parish Hall anndormer.a2z@gmail.com “Charity Thursday” No2 Pound Street - proceeds from hot beverage sales to charity www.2poundstreet.com Nia Classes, Wendover Memorial Hall - no classes on Antiques Fair days melinajoyofnia@gmail.com Wendover Afternoon Bridge Club, Wendover Memnorial Hall (NOT third Thursday monthly) erikastride@icloud.com Taekwondo for ages 5 and up, John Colet School www.btkd.co.uk Lucy Clark Scottish Country Dancing, Wendover Memorial Hall. Term time only. Beginners 6.45-8pm. www.lucyclark.org.uk Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover 01296 709593 Noah's Ark parent-toddler group (term time only), Wendover Christian Centre Lipreading and Hearing Loss Course, Wendover Library Room (term time only) judy.lipreading@gmai​l.com Amazing Donkey Youth Club for 10-14 year olds (term time only), Wendover Youth Ctre Paul Hammett 01296 621162 “Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church JUST 01296 623123 parkrun, Wendover Woods (by the Café) www.parkrun.org.uk/w​endoverwoods Nordic Walking, Wendover Woods karen@vivo-shapehealthlife.co.uk Antenatal classes with The Perinatal Partnership, contact for location theperinatalpartnership@gmail.com Rookie Lifeguard Classes for 8-12 year olds (term time only), Green Park Pool Liz 01296 622895 Cycle Rides with Aylesbury Cyclist Touring Club, locations vary southbuckscycling.or​g.uk/rides Bingo at the Legion Club, Chiltern Road, all welcome

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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 Spring Up Events Artists & Maker Fair, a little bird told me gallery, see advert page 4. Quiz for Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Ashley Green Village Hall HP5 3PN, see page 2 Afternoon Tea at the Abbey in aid of Chilterns MS Centre. Missenden Abbey HP16 0BD Aston Hearing - HearToday Event, Cobbles Yard, Thame OX9 3DZ, also Fri 07, Amersham Town Hall. “Learn My Way” FREE computer training, Wendover Community Library, see page 2 Knit & Natter, Wendover Library Room, see page 2 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see page 2 Breast Friends Aylesbury - Breast Cancer Support Group, Mandeville School HP21 8ES Craft Group, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 2 Writing Workshop, Wendover Library Room Simply Walk to Wendover Woods, starts at Your Café in the Park, Green Park, Aston Clinton, see page 2 Wendover Library Reading Group, Wendover Library Room Bucks Bird Club Meeting, St Anne’s Hall, see page 2 “Babes in the Wood” Halton Amateur Theatrical Society pantomime, RAF Halton Theatre Talk about Books at Cafe 108, 108 London Road, Aston Clinton Memory Pathways gardening & activity group for people with memory issues, Lindengate HP22 6BD. Please book. Shackleton Expedition Talk in aid of Rennie Grove, St Anne’s Hall. Tickets £10. See page 3. Cholesbury-cum-St-Leonards Local History Group, St Leonards Parish Hall HP23 6NW, see page 3 Static Cycle for WRAP, Manor Waste, see page 15 Aston Clinton Repair Cafe, St Michael & All Angels Church, Aston Clinton Chesham Rotary Concert, The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham, see page 3 Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury. See advert page 4 Working party with BBOWT - Sun 09, Thu 13, Sat 22, Thu 27 - times & locations vary, see page 7 for details Field Trip with BBOWT to Chinnor Hill, please book for details Messy Church, starts St Anne’s Hall. FREE. See page 3. Contemplative Fire - Still Waters - St Mary’s Church, Wendover Library Puzzle Group - sudoku, crosswords, etc - book at Wendover Community Library., see page 2 Chiltern and District Hard of Hearing Club, Halifax House, Little Chalfont Wendover Evening WI meeting - speaker Jeff Lozelaar, St Anne's Hall, see page 4 Wendover Art Club, Wendover Library Room, see page 4 Aston Clinton, Buckland & Drayton Beauchamp Horticultural Society, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS Wills Surgery, Wendover Library, see advert page 10 Carers Bucks meeting, Wendover Community Library Room Aylesbury Ctre of the National Trust, Broughton Jr School, see page 4 Chiltern Writers, Wendover Library Room Wendover Local Produce Market, Manor Waste Book Club, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 4 Bucks Family History Society, Trunfurlong Junior School HP21 7PL Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church, see page 4 Stoma Support Group, King's Church, Amersham HP5 1SD Snowdrop Walk for Pace, Evenley Wood Gardens, see page 4 Climate Action Wendover, St. Mary’s Church Centre HP22 6NL, see page 18 BBOWT Talk - Chalk, Cherries and Chairs – Great Missenden Memorial Hall, see page 5 Legacy Fairs Antiques & Collectors Market, Wendover Memorial Hall, see advert page 4 Wendover Horticultural Society meeting - Sean Stephenson - Beekeeping Wendover Library Room, see page 5 OnScreen – Film Club, entry by donation, details of film & tickets from the Library. Wendover Library Room, see page 5 Aston Wine Club with James Richards - Vin Neuf, Buckland Village Hall, see page 5 Crochet Marathon, St Mary’s Church, see page 5 RSPB Aylesbury Local Group Meeting, Prebendal Hall Comm Ctre HP19 7QW, see page 5 Pancake Day, Wendover Christian Centre. Also for children 4-5pm, St Mary’s and all 7pm, Christian Ctre. See page 5. Aston Hearing FREE drop-in session, Princes Risborough Golf Club Visually Impaired Book Group, Wendover Community Library The Arts Society Ballinger, Ballinger War Memorial Hall HP16 9LQ, see page 6 Weston Turville Historical Society, Weston Turville Village Hall, see page 6 John Hegley - Family Wordship - Wendover Community Library, see page 6 “Crusaders” performed by Allstars Theatre Company, Aylesbury Waterside Second Space, see page 6

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personal challenges, from cycling 700 miles in 7 days to trekking the Great Wall of China, as well as running 10ks, half marathons, full marathons, cycling, skydiving, wing-walking and fire walking,” says Challenge Fundraiser, Michelle Merrison. To find out more please visit renniegrove.org/ “They all put in amazing effort, not only into makeyourwillmonth2020, call 01442 507344 or completing their physical challenges but also email legacy@renniegrove.org. raising huge amounts for the Charity through sponsorship. Last year altogether, our Challenge Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity supporters raised over £70,000!” Could you take on a new challenge in 2020 to help raise money for local hospice care? Rowan Irwin did a 13,000 foot freefall skydive in “Last year our supporters took on some amazing June 2019, raising over £1,000 for the Charity. www.wendovernews.co.uk



“This was my first attempt at doing something outside my comfort zone to support such a worthwhile charity – no choice really when you understand what an important, caring and supportive role they provide to families, friends and patients,” says Rowan, who lost over three stone in weight to meet the skydive weight restriction. If you would like to take on a challenge and raise money for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, please get in touch with Michelle Merrison on 01296 429975 or visit the Charity’s website at www.fnhospice.org.uk/challenge. Wendover News February 2020


Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

View from the Chair

Following recent events, I’d be surprised if any of you are thinking “what we really need is an election”. Well the bad news is I’m afraid there’s going to be one on 7 May. The good news is it’s about the important stuff, the local stuff that you see, the local stuff that you can influence. County and Parish stuff. The biggest upheaval in County and District politics since 1974 comes to fruition in April. The unitary authority for Buckinghamshire consigns Buckinghamshire County Council and the four District Councils to the dusty pages of history. The new organisation promises significant efficiencies and a much more locally focused operation. Fingers crossed then. So, 7 May sees the first chance for you to elect councillors to this new body. They’ll serve until 2025.

Council Tax 2020/21

Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 4 February 7:30pm St Anne’s Hall Income and expenditure for the next financial Up-cycling Project What is the Precept? The precept is the Parish Council’s share of the council tax collected by the District Council (AVDC).

year is calculated by the Parish Council in Having a New Year clear out? Community November, the precept demand is then sent to Engagement is one of our main focuses at Wendover Parish Council. We have recently had the billing authority. a couple of meetings at Chiltern Way Academy Examples of projects and works that are reviewed and we are hopeful that we may be able to offer during the precept process by the Parish Council a work experience placement next year. All the include: staff at Wendover Parish Council had a tour of the • Providing and maintaining allotments school and witnessed the fantastic facilities on • Providing and maintaining open spaces including offer to the students. During one of the tours, our installing and maintaining play equipment Senior Groundsman came up with an up-cycling • Managing and supporting local events and project idea. We are therefore reaching out to the festivals community to see if anyone has any old items of • Providing and maintaining street lighting in furniture that they could donate to this project? residential areas (excluding the main highways) They would have to be small items, such as an • Maintenance of some rights of way old chair or bedside table as we would come and • Devolved Services such as grass and verge collect using a small trailer. If you have an item of cutting in 30mph areas furniture to donate please send us a photo, so we The precept calculations for April 2020 to March can assess the size and then hopefully pop along 2021 were approved by the Parish Councillors and collect to deliver to the school!

On the same day there should be a Parish Council election as well, if democracy demands it. Which brings me to why I’m bothering you in February with a May event. It’s so that you can get your campaign ready. So that you can stand for Council. We need 12 councillors if we are to have a vibrant council. If 13 or more of you come forward an at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 3 December 2019. The precept was advised at election is called. £317,500 which equates a 2.2% rise or £2.07 rise This council has improved the village facilities, to a Band D property over the whole year. campaigned on some really big issues, joined forces with organisations that are the lifeblood of Earmarked projects for 2020/21 include: the community and we listen very closely to you. Replacing the white entrance point gates, a new hedge for Witchell car park, Hampden Pond If you agree with my assessment, then why not improvements, a new path at Ashbrook open join a successful team. If you don’t agree join space, creating a wildflower area along Tring anyway and work to change things. Road and the creation of a Wendover App to Is it just me that thinks that it would be strange support visitors, business and residents. to be voting for a new organisation that promises Don’t forget progress on our projects will be much while a quintessentially local body that discussed at our Parish Council meetings. delivers so much fades away? Meeting dates along with agendas and minutes Tom Walsh can be found on our website.

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

Wendover 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. 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 30 April 2020. Please visit page 16 for a nomination form or for more information. Alternatively, visit www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/community-awards.


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