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• Please go to gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-governmentresponse to find the latest information from the Government. Information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) will also be given on TV, radio and billboard adverts. • Wendover Parish Council is coordinating a Good Neighbour Scheme to support the vulnerable around the village. It will be supported by Street Area Wardens who are familiar with their areas and hopefully many of the residents. If you are interested in becoming a Warden, please email the Clerk at clerk@wendover-pc.gov.uk for more information, see p23.

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian Calendar and it is a time for joy and celebration. The chicks, the bunnies, the new leaves and the spring flowers all remind us of new life. The whole of nature seems to be bursting with enthusiasm for life as bulbs break through, blossom decorates the trees and the birds seem to sing louder in the mornings as they rush to create their nests and lay their eggs.

have happened but it’s a quiet miracle that comes only to those who want to know him. The resurrection means that new life is possible for us too. Our lives don’t have to be the same old same old. Whether we are young or old the resurrection means we have another chance, a chance to live with meaning and purpose, a chance to live lives of love. If we want to, if we let him, Jesus still wants to come to us quietly and kindly, comforting us and helping us. Helping us to live to our full potential as people who are deeply loved and people who can love deeply. Easter means that Jesus loves us more than we can know. If we let him if, we want to, he will come quietly without a big drama to comfort us and to help us and to give us abundant life.

The story of the first Easter in the Bible is very different. A big contrast to all the excitement of Spring, a big contrast to the Christmas. It’s strange isn’t it? When Jesus was born, Angels spoke to his mother and father, a Star appeared in the sky and wise men knew that the king was born, his birth was announced to shepherds by hosts of angels, but for the first Easter, the resurrection, there’s no big Don’t miss the real reason for the season. announcement no great drama, Jesus just Rev Remco van den Heuval comes and comforts his friends. He doesn’t Minister, Wendover Free Church bother frightening the Pharisees or pursuing Pilate. He just appears quietly and kindly to We are all advised to limit social contact so the people who love him and miss him. The most services already planned are unlikely resurrection is the greatest miracle ever to to go ahead.

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Events • Wendover Parish Council will distribute written information through household doors about their Good Neighbour Scheme, see also information box on page 31 and article page 23. • Watch out for notices including the electronic noticeboard in the window of Wendover Clock Tower.


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with the walk leader. See pages 30 and 31.

Charity Coffee Mornings

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.

Cornelli Sugarcraft (see advert page 15) runs The Ramblers have a programme of organised courses each term, www.cornellisugarcraft. walks of varying length and difficulty locally. co.uk. See events pages 30 and 31. More on www.aylesbury-ramblers.org.uk. 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!

Wendover and Halton Cycling Club meets weekly at 18.30 Wednesdays & 08.30 Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Sundays. All meetings at Halton UK tennis Children’s Gallery and sports village. Parking, showers/ Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP changing and café on site. Contact Otec Wind Chime Workshop 25 March. Bucks Bikes for information 07824 828024. Finds Day 26 March. “Toy Box” until 18 April. Check website for prices and activity parkrun meets Saturdays at 9.00 near themes. Visit the Roald Dahl Gallery, too! the Wendover Woods main car park. 5km For more information please check www. run, walk, watch or volunteer! Visit www. parkrun.org.uk/wendoverwoods for details. buckscountymuseum.org.

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Wendover Community Car

Wendover Action Group, providers and

Simply Walk meets each Tuesday at 10:00 at operators of the Wendover Community Car,

Wendover Clock Tower and each Thursday has taken the following action:at 10:30 at ‘Your Café’ in Aston Clinton Park. Leisurely and longer walks, 45 minutes plus. In order to protect our passengers and Please arrive 15 minutes early to register drivers from the COVID-19 virus the


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Events Wendover Community Car will no longer provide a transport service to the local community from 17:00hrs Friday 20 March and for the foreseeable future. The majority of our regular volunteer drivers and our passengers are members of the group most likely to be seriously affected by the COVID-19 virus. We appreciate that this will be unwelcome news but we cannot justify the potentially fatal consequences of ignoring the increased risk of infection which would result if we did not take this action. We will review the situation in three months time.

All Events at Wendover Community Library have been cancelled until further notice. Wendover Youth Centre AGM

Mon 30 Mar, 7.30pm, Wendover Youth Ctre Understandably, this meeting will not take place in its usual format this year. Please watch out for a public meeting at an appropriate date in the future.

Lenten Lunches and Course

To protect the health of all concerned the Lenten Lunches and meetings at Wendover Christian Centre for the Course have stopped.

The Wendover Society AGM

This event, originally scheduled for 27 March and subsequently moved to 1 May, at St Anne’s Hall, has now been postponed indefinitely and will not be re-arranged until the current crisis has abated. Members will be advised of the new date in due course.

Craft Group & Never Alone Café

Wed 1, 15 & 29, 10am-12 noon, Wendover Christian Centre Join others at Craft Group, open to all. If you enjoy knitting, sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing or colouring or any other kind of craft, there’s room for you. Please bring your own materials if possible. On Wednesdays 1st and 29th, we team up with the ‘Never Alone’ café hosted by CPJ Field which is open to anyone. Do drop in for a while.

WJFC Casino Night

Fri 3, 7.30pm, Wendover Memorial Hall Come support Wendover Junior Football Club! Tickets £20 available from wjfc-events@outlook.com.


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Events Easter Hunt

Sat 4-Tue 19, throughout Wendover There are 12 Easter bunnies hidden around the village centre/High Street. Each bunny is holding a letter which spells a saying, can the children figure out what the 2 word saying is? All correct entries will be drawn from a hat on 20 April. The winner will receive a fun prize.

The Story Museum

as well as enter a Whispering Wood to listen to live retellings of oral stories. And there’s a Hogwarts Magic Classroom!, and ‘Small Worlds,’ a space dedicated to 0-5 year olds where you can curl up on a giant bed to read picture-books, or go on a real bear hunt. It will be open every day of the Easter holidays, 10am to 5pm - to book tickets, go here: www.storymuseum.org.uk.

Perhaps you’re a teacher who might be Looking for something new over the Easter interested in booking a school visit? Contact holidays? The Story Museum in Oxford is Head of Learning and Wendover resident Isy opening on 4 April 2020 following a 2-year Mead on learning@storymuseum.org.uk. 6-million rebuild funded by the National Lottery Messy Easter Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. Tue 7, 3.30-5.30pm, St Anne’s Hall & With Sir Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman Wendover Christian Ctre and Sir Michael Morpurgo amongst its Messy Church meets mid-week this month. patrons, the Story Museum promises to be Have fun doing messy (and not so messy) a glorious space to read, write, watch, draw, Easter-related activities followed by a story, a listen to, tell and share stories in all their song and a meal together. No age restrictions forms. You can go through a wardrobe into and no charge. Children, please remember Narnia, walk in the air with the Snowman, to bring an adult with you. Details on www. play Poohsticks, and go down a rabbit hole, facebook.com/WendoverMessyChurch.


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Events Wendover Art Club

Wed 8 & 22, 7.30pm, Wen Library Room 8th Graham Lester, an artist in Paper Sculpture, will be along to talk about and show us his work. Do have a look at his website - grahamlester.co.uk - to have a preview of this fascinating art medium. 18th All Day Workshop with Jay NolanLatchford on flowers in watercolour. This will be in St. Anne’s Hall. Open to members only. 22nd A demonstration by Ruth Aslett of animals in acrylics. Ruth is an Intensive Care Nurse and developed as an artist for relaxation. Her work is mostly of animals, but she does work on landscapes as well.

Wendover WI

Tue 14, 7.30pm, St Anne’s Hall Meriet Duncan will be giving a talk on “The Honourable Honey Bee”. Meriet, a professional photographer and children’s author, is passionate about changing people’s perceptions of honey bees. She will be explaining their vital role in nature and


how we can help them to survive. Visitors are most welcome. Contact: Sandra on 07504 913190 www.wendoverwi.weebly.com

Wendover Horticultural Society

Thu 16, 2.30pm, Wendover Library Room John Marshall “Vegetables in my allotment” which is a continuation of his gardening year, following on from his autumn talk. As usual, visitors are welcome. We are also having a coach trip to the RHS gardens at Hyde Hall, Essex, on Tuesday 5 May, departing 9.15am, setting off from Hyde Hall at 3.45pm. Price £21, nonmembers are welcome. Book with Diane on 01296 624401.

Aylesbury Ctre of the National Trust

Thu 23, 8pm, Broughton Jr Schl HP20 1NQ The April talk is by Jeff Rozelaar on ‘Railway Stations: you will be surprised how interesting they are’. More information 07399 540626.

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Events Book Club

Sat 18, 10.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre ‘The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.’ (Descartes). At Book Club there are no set books, just interesting conversation about whatever we’ve been reading. We begin with coffee and often cake.

Wendover Music

Sat 18, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, HP22 6NL Events have overtaken season ticket holders of Wendover Music who were consulted and wanted to continue with the concerts. Unfortunately, this will not be possible in the planned format. The April concert has been cancelled. Everything is being done to ensure that when public gatherings and performances can begin again, they will. For details please go to www.wendover-music.org/. Wendover Music has improved the benefits of buying a season ticket. Not only does the price include a £10 ticket for the miniconcert on 13 June but there will now be

reserved seating at the front of the Nave on a first come first served basis.

Heron Path Duck Race, HP22 6NN

Sun 19, 12noon, Heron Path Rotary in Great Missenden and Rotary in Wendover & District are collaborating to bring you a fantastic DUCK RACE in aid of local charities, including Hector’s House and other Rotary charities. Ducks are £2 each, and approx 500 of the little yellow duckies will make their way along the stream by Heron Path. Don’t miss out. You can purchase your duck by contacting cheryl@monkeypuzzlehighwycombe.co.uk for Wendover. Lovely cakes will be on sale too, all proceeds to charity. Come down and watch the ducks and enjoy the cakes!

Monkey Music

starts Wed 22, Wendover Guide Hut HP22 6HH Taster sessions Wed 22, 09.45am - mixed age group from 12 months to 4 years; 10.45am babies (for 3 - 12 months). See advert page 5.

NEWS FROM WENDOVER HEALTH CENTRE - 01296 623452 Wendover Health Centre is also on www.westongrove.com Coronavirus (Covid-19)

If you, or someone you care for, develop a cough and/or fever please follow government guidance and self-isolate at home for seven/fourteen days. You should NOT come to the Health Centre. This applies to adults of all ages and children. If you are concerned about your symptoms, for example you feel particularly unwell or breathless, you should contact NHS 111 via their website https://111. nhs.uk/covid-19 or phone. If you are referred to us by NHS 111, or you have other urgent health concerns, please call us after 8am on weekdays on 01296-623452. A receptionist will take some basic details about your symptoms, and a doctor or nurse will call you back. If it is necessary for you to be seen in person you will be given clear instructions where and when to attend; it may be necessary for us to take special precautions to prevent cross infection. We do not issue sick notes (Med3) for sickness absence of up to seven days; if you are self-isolating, you should self-certify. We will be holding as many non-urgent consultations as possible by phone by video call and putting in place other measures to minimise footfall in the surgery. If you already have an appointment booked, you will be advised accordingly. The situation is changing rapidly, and we will keep our patients informed via our website. It may become necessary to suspend all routine appointments. We are particularly concerned to protect the elderly, those with serious long-term conditions and our staff. Please follow the latest government advice on the Gov.uk and NHS websites, these include specific advice on self-isolation and when to seek help. Bear with us during these difficult times and look out for others – especially the most vulnerable.

Easter and May holidays

We will close from 6.30pm on Thursday 9 April and re-open at 7.30am (phone lines from 8am) on Tuesday 14 April. We will also be closed on Friday 8 May and Monday 25 May. The Health Centre will not open on Saturdays 11 April, 9 May and 23 May; we will be offering additional appointments on other Saturdays in April and May. When we are closed call 111 for urgent health concerns.

Changes to the doctor team

We are very sorry that Dr Amy Pennefather will be leaving us on 1 May 2020. We are in the process of appointing her successor; there may be a short period when her work is covered by a locum GP. This space paid for by Wendover Health Centre.


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Events Weston Turville Historical Society

free parking nearby. Admission £3, U16s free. Contact Gill Howes 07751 196078 or Fri 24, 8pm, Weston Turville Village Hall “Buckinghamshire Spies & Subversives” with fatquartersmissenden@gmail.com. Speaker Denise Beddows. Entrance - £2 Mentmore Plant Sale members, £3 visitors. www.wthsoc.org.uk Sat 25, 12noon-4pm, Mentmore Vlg Green Pace Big Walk and Superhero Mile Professional and amateur growers supplying Sat 25, starts at John Colet School a wide variety and choice of plants. BBQ, New routes for 2020 - 6, 12 and 18 miles - tea & cakes, and much more! Proceeds to £15 registration fee – You will get: A Big Walk community projects. www.mentmore.org. t-shirt, Coach transfers, water, snacks and plenty of motivation en route, refreshments, Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Quiz snacks and a warm, celebratory welcome Sat 25, 7.30pm, St Leonards Hall at the end of the walk. ALSO the new Teams of 6 - £12.50 per person - includes a Superhero Mile - a fully accessible route for hot supper. To book your table please contact the whole family. Details, times, and sign up 01296 623885 or fundraising@cdrs.org.uk. on thepacecentre.org/thebigwalk

Aylesbury Festival Choir Concert Fat Quarters Patchwork and Quilting Sat 25, 7.30pm, Aylesbury Methodist Church ‘Gloria!’, featuring, among other items, Group 5th Exhibition Sat 25 & Sun 26, 10am-4pm, Memorial Hall Display of members’ work – quilts and much more. Sales table, raffle, traders including Sunflower Fabrics, refreshments with homemade cakes. Accessible facilities,


music by Vivaldi, ‘Gloria’ and Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’. Our soloists for the evening will be Elizabeth Adams and Sarah Ann Champion. We will be accompanied by the Keats Ensemble, together with Craig Burnett

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Events on the trumpet and Ben Giddens will be our • 3 May - John Colet School PTA Fun Run organist. Our Music Director, Nick Austin will • 8-10 May - King & Queen Beer Fest, see be conducting. aylesburyfestivalchoir.net advert page 6 • 9 May - 1920s Village Garden Party, W Healing and Wholeness Turville, see page 9 Sun 26, 4pm, St Anne’s Church • 16 May - Wendover Choral Society Concert, Do you feel stressed, depressed or generally see advert page 5 out of step with the world? Are you suffering • 26 May - Jean Corfield – Travel Talk from loss or the effects of trauma? Do • 6-21 June - Bucks Art Weeks, see below come and experience God’s healing touch • 20 June - Weston Turville Village Fete at a short, simple, gentle event offered by • 10 October - Fashion Show Churches Together in Wendover. Active listening, prayers, music, silence, stillness. Bucks Art Weeks You do not need to be a churchgoer to 6-21 June www.bucksartweeks.org.uk. For the first time this year there will be a attend. All are welcome. studio to visit in Wendover showing the Darius Brubeck Quartet work of 9 artists including paintings, foot Thu 30, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Aylesbury jewellery, glass blowing, wood turning, Jazz in Aylesbury! Tickets on www.ents24. fabric printing, silver jewellery and ceramics. com or from Aylesbury Music Shop/St The Courtyard Studio HP22 6QR will be open Mary’s Cafe. Concert starts 8.15. Bar & Light for the full two weeks of the Bucks Art Weeks Refreshments. Tickets £18 from 10am – 5.30pm. Visitors will be able to Coming Soon - Save the Date! enjoy tea and cake in the garden to round off • 1 May - Bowls Club Open Evenings each their visit. The studio will also be fundraising Friday in May, see advert page 5 for the Chilterns MS Centre.


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Hampden Fields Action Group presents a Party Extravaganza! To lift community spirits and top up our fighting fund, we are running a 1920s Village Garden Party on the May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 9 May. To be held in the grounds of the Manor House, Church Walk, Weston Turville from 2 to 6 pm, this is going to be a traditional ‘fete style’ afternoon to appeal to all ages including young families. There will be children’s and adults’ races – both normal and ‘silly’ -- a treasure hunt, live music, tea and cakes (of course!), tug-o’-war for the strong, beer, Pimms and squash for the thirsty, hot food for the hungry (see tug-o’war and races above) and sideshows. Did I mention a fancy-dress competition? Please put the date in your diary and come and enjoy the fun. Free car parking, too. We have a transport strategy, you see......unlike AVDC and BCC. As readers of these updates will know, transport planning is the major problem threatening development plans for all the settlements in the south of Aylesbury. The Aylesbury Transport Strategy ATS is not fit for its purpose. It was based on incomplete information, created using traffic modelling that is below DfT standards, and rests on assumptions


about funding and building timescales that are either heroic or just plain incredible, depending on your point of view. As a result, congestion and pollution await. This matters. If you went to the Aylesbury Garden Town exhibitions earlier this year, you will have seen a glossy, visionary presentation of a 2050 future. Like a beautiful flower. But like a maggot in the flower bud, the ATS threatens all those glossy aspirations. In the same way, we are still at the time of writing waiting for the Council’s response to the many representations made on transport and other matters contained in the Modified Vale of Aylesbury Plan. You remember. It’s the one that was scheduled to be finalised last November. The one that is also based on the ATS. More news: Two of our committee met new MP Rob Butler to seek his help in getting our arguments heard by AVDC and BCC. At his request, we subsequently wrote him a 5-page summary of the position. And we have a new, streamlined website at hfag. net with weekly updates – please bookmark it and look in. Chris Webbley, Chairman, Hampden Fields Action Group

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Darcey’s Chance Darcey, is aged 4 and has Cerebral Palsy. She can only just walk unaided for a small amount of time, she uses a frame and wears splints to aid her. After numerous tests and appointments over the last three years at Great Ormond Street, she has finally in March been granted an SDR operation which is funded by the NHS.

“However to ensure the best recovery and outcome post-op, the doctors recommend 18-24 months of private physio (twice a week - which is a huge cost of approximately £180 per week). This will be quite a strain on the family, and I really want to ensure it isn’t.”

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery is a procedure that treats muscle spasticity caused by abnormal communication among the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. It corrects muscle spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal cord that are sending abnormal signals to the muscles. The family hope that this surgery helps Darcey’s family have a few fundraising events Darcey enormously. planned, the main one being held at The Red Darcey’s mum says: “To be accepted for Lion, Wendover on 26 September this year. this operation on the NHS you have to fulfil extremely specific criteria, and we have worked really hard at building Darcey’s strength over the last 12 months to help achieve our aims, so we are very pleased.


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If you would like to donate online, Darcey’s page is www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ darceyschance. Any support you can offer is welcome.

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HS2 Can you remember engagement? HS2 Ltd have always been a bit patchy at it but Eiffage Kier (EK) always appeared to be as open as commercial diktats allowed. But that was then, and this is now. HS2’s engagement guy, Vernon, has become the invisible man. EK are not very forthcoming on the progress their design team are making on big issues like noise. I understand that Wendover Cricket Club are still being messed about and that landowners, who allow access to their fields, still go uncompensated. There appears to be a major disconnect between what the monkey does and what the organ grinder says. Parliament wanted, and HS2 promised, to be good neighbours. Just hot air, I think.

We are still determined to achieve a Agency to set up a meeting to discuss round table meeting of engineering Hydrogeology and we have BCC’s Flood experts to thrash out the merits of our Officer contacting them too. Mined Tunnel Proposal, once and for all. We have met with Greg Smith MP for The working group has been pushing Buckingham. Greg is a Wendover resident forward, together with our parishes and a determined opponent of HS2. He north of Wendover, on Hydrogeology supports our Mined Tunnel proposal. and the potential for HS2 to flood parts of Aylesbury. We are engaging with AVDC Following the findings of the Independent and Bucks CC councillors to mitigate this Complaints Assessor on the WPC potential result of HS2’s Green Tunnel complaint, I’ve had a letter from HS2’s design. The Mined Tunnel design that we CEO Mark Thurston. He accepts all of are promoting completely mitigates the the shortcomings highlighted in the flood risk. adjudication, he tells us that the system is improved and that it won’t happen We are building a working relationship again, and he apologises a lot. So, a result with Coldharbour Parish Council, as they of sorts. Both the Assessors report and are likely to be the recipient of the water Mark Thurston letter can be found on the that is to be diverted by the green tunnel WPC website at www.wendover-pc.gov. The council has resolved to continue with towards Stokes Brook. uk/hs2. our lobbying of politicians for a further three months, Coronavirus permitting. We are approaching the Environment Tom Walsh


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Local News Budgens Car Park

Group Nexus took over the management of the Budgens Car Park from 17 March 2020. 40 minutes free parking is available to customers. However, penalty charges will apply to any users overstaying this period. Enforcement will be by ANPR cameras. Unfortunately, this has become necessary due to abuse of the car park by a small number of people.

Your council is changing

On 1 April your council will change. The new Buckinghamshire Council will replace all five of the district and county councils in Buckinghamshire, and over the coming weeks and months you’ll start to see some changes as you come across the new look council. What does the new council mean for me? • The same services, better together. For most people there will be no change to the day-to-day services you use. This includes bin collections, looking after our elderly and


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young people, libraries and parking. The focus for the future will be on improving these services as a new council together. • One council. Getting in touch with the council will be simpler because you’ll only need to contact one council for all the services currently provided by the county and district councils. • Face-to-face advice, support and information from your council through a network of 17 local Council Access Points based at the heart of your local community – in current council offices and libraries across the county. The five council offices in Aylesbury (Walton Street and The Gateway), High Wycombe, Amersham and Denham will be ‘access plus’ points, geared up to handle more complex enquiries. • Stronger links with local communities. Buckinghamshire Council councillors will work closely with local people and community organisations to understand and respond to the key issues affecting their local area through 16 Community Boards.

Who will be my local councillor on the new council? There will be 147 councillors elected to Buckinghamshire Council. Elections for the new council will now take place in 2021. Until these newly elected councillors take up their posts, your current elected members from the five existing councils will continue to serve your communities. How can I find out more? For regular news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @BucksCouncil or find out more on our website at www. buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

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Rennie Grove Hospice Care, the local charity that provides specialist care for adults and children with a life-limiting illness, has been given a novel boost by having a sausage named after it. And that’s not all. The Rennie Grove sausage is also raising funds for the

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Local News charity with £1 from each 1lb sold being donated to Rennie Grove. The Rennie Grove sausage has been created by Garry at Kings Farm Shop in Wendover and is described as “a herby sausage with a spicy kick”. Claire Redrup, Community Fundraising Manager at Rennie Grove said: “What a great idea! Thank you Garry for coming up with such a novel fundraising initiative. Many of the team here at Rennie Grove have sampled the banger and have given it rave reviews so do give it a try and let us know what you think.”

in with group activities, has always loved horses but since she’s come to live with us hasn’t been able to see any but as soon as you mention horses or show her pictures she lights up. Carla Kedzierski, one of our activity co-ordinators, nominated Betty to win a "Pollard’s Promise Award" which would grant her wish to go to a stable that would be able to support her and allow her to interact with horses.

The Rennie Grove sausage is available from Fortunately Betty won the award and Kings Farm Shop, Loudwater Farm, Nash Lee "Pollard’s Promise" arranged for her to go End, Wendover HP22 6BH. to Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Leighton Buzzard to have a 1-1 with a horse, enjoy Cherry Tree House Residential Care lunch and watch the show jumping event. Home, Dobbins Lane Betty thoroughly enjoyed her day and as Betty, one of our residents, a very quiet lady soon as she saw the horses her face lit up who lives with dementia and struggles to join as it sparked memories of her horse riding


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Local News days. Despite her being a quiet lady she • Supporting parents to identify children’s joined in conversations about horses, which needs and how to meet them e.g. healthy was wonderful to see. meals, GP and dental appointments/ creating routines Thank you Carla for making Betty’s wish • Providing guidance, advice and support come true. for parents and carers to enable children Jenny Bloomberg, Care Relations to learn necessary skills to build their own resilience, stay safe and access learning Connection Support opportunities and education We are looking for Volunteer Parenting Mentors to join our Parenting Advice Connection Support will provide volunteers and Support Service to provide support, with: motivation, encouragement and advice to • In depth induction, training and ongoing vulnerable parents enabling them to create support a stable positive environment in which their • Paid travelling and out of pocket expenses children can thrive. • CPD accredited training • Reference As a volunteer you will be able to; • Visit families in their own homes at least Connection Support feels that nobody can do once a week to help them achieve identified everything but everyone can do something personal and family goals so volunteering is flexible to suit you. • Encourage, listen to and support parents to identify and work towards solutions For a chat about becoming a volunteer • Build a committed, time limited, trusting befriender with Connection Support relationship with a family. please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator • Provide suggestions and advice where in Buckinghamshire on 01296 484322 or appropriate email volunteers@connectionsupport. org.uk. Further details can be found on Families will have an initial assessment with connectionsupport.org.uk/volunteer. a Project worker at which they will identify 3 clear goals they would like to achieve with Susan Gray Studio the support of the Parenting Mentor. This It will be ten years in April since I first opened could include: my studio in Wendover. I was thrilled that so • Supporting families to enhance their skills, many people have called in for a chat about knowledge and resilience the paintings, life as an artist or just life. Of • Supporting parents to build self esteem course camper vans have also been a major and confidence in their parenting role, topic! It has been a great experience for me increasing parental wellbeing and I have made so many new contacts and • Connecting families to local services friends. I would like to say a big thank you and support, building supportive social to you all for the support and fun. I shall be networks closing the studio towards the end of April


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to enable me to travel further around this country (first trip after the St Ives exhibition is to Scotland for two to three weeks sketching and painting). Until then I hope to be at the studio most Saturdays 11-4. I shall still hold my autumn exhibition each year and it will be at St Paul’s Church in Chipperfield over the weekend of 31 October and 1 November (see my website for details). If you are about do call in. Once again thank you for your support. Susan Gray www.susan-gray.co.uk email - shgray@live.com

Can you open your garden for Rennie Grove?

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is inviting residents across Bucks and Herts who take pride in their garden to consider opening it up and helping the charity to raise funds for local patients with a life-limiting illness. Claire Redrup, Community and Events Fundraising Manager said: “It doesn’t matter if your garden is large or small, wild or landscaped, lawn or paved, you could help us raise funds by opening your garden to visitors between May and September this year. We know there are many hidden treasures nestling behind houses in our residential areas that their owners lovingly tend all year-round, no matter what the weather. We also know from previous years that other people love to visit gardens and get the chance to admire the results of the hard work that often goes into their creation. What better way to share your pride and joy with like-minded people and to raise funds for a local hospice at home charity at the same time?

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Local News “Gardeners can be nervous of opening their please keep an eye on our website where garden to the public as they want everything details of all participants will be published to be perfect and pristine. Don’t worry if once confirmed. your space isn’t perfect, we all love a work in progress and can be inspired If you are proud of and enthused by all you’ve your plot, pleased achieved. Just remember, with your pots or if you open your garden partial to your pond for Rennie Grove you’ll be then get in touch helping local nurses to care and showcase for those in your community your achievements who need it most to other keen gardeners whilst “Our friendly fundraising raising funds for a team here at Rennie Grove great local cause. can provide information, help and advice on what you need to do to take Julia Drummond part so why not give them a call or send an Wendover News was very sorry to hear email to find out what’s entailed?” the sad news of the death of local rambler Julia Drummond who was also a tree tagger, Get in touch by emailing community@ draping her beautifully crafted knitted renniegrove.org or by calling 01442 890222. scarves around trees threatened by HS2, see And if you are interested in visiting local open wendovernews.co.uk/news/knitting-treesgardens during the spring and summer then hs2-path/.


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Halton Development www.hdcic.co.uk

The DIO must truly engage if local people are to have a real say Whilst supporting several elements of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) plans and consultation process that took place at Halton in May 2019, we remain concerned about how the process is being run and the inability for the local community to really participate. We also note that the programme is clearly evolving also, given the changes to the unitary authority due April 2020, and the announcement that Halton’s closure is now forecast for 2025/6. Nevertheless, the HDCIC continues to maintain local support for a more proactive, expansive place making programme for Halton for the benefit of the local community, and our position remains unchanged, this being • a more imaginative approach to the Halton site that considers the unique assets, spaces and industry that is there now and was there in the recent past • not only great housing that appeals to young and old, richer and poorer, but industry and enterprise that can bring vibrancy, jobs and innovation


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• our request for an active role in managing the drawdown and helping with specific assets, land parcels and active management of assets • an exciting plan for sports facilities and training to a national standard alongside participation for all.

impact. We could not agree more.

However, we contend that the practical application of this approach is severely lacking with regards to the Halton development. The community continues to be presented with plans and invited to comment rather than Throughout 2019 we shared these ideas with the co-operative approach envisioned by TV LEP, AVDC, Bucks Property management, Government. and HDCIC interested parties/members. Our voice in the process has been lacking to We remain optimistic of opinion at Government date, particularly from DIO to HDCIC, and we level, indeed their own published papers and once again reach out to share our expertise, positive statements support the idea of giving local perspective and passion for great place local communities even more say and control making. So far our offer to take on the Sports over local development, beyond that described Pavilion as a community asset, our desire to in the Localism Act. In a Housing, Communities input into the development of the land to build and Local Government paper from last July, the true communities rather than simply housing, previous Minister of Housing notes that only and to progress the sports facilities and plans, 26% of locals feel able to influence local plans. have received little engagement. It states that there should be more ‘transferring power and control down within communities’ In summary, we continue to engage with and ‘asset transfer to communities’, with better several parties and will reach out to more still, provision for access to finance for housing and such as our newly elected MP, but greater leisure facilities and shared ventures with local inclusion from the DIO is needed if we are all to authorities on community ventures with social have a real say in the future of the site.

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Photos New photos for Housing Trust On Tuesday 10 March, Wendover Community Library hosted a display of Independent Living Schemes Local Independent Living Scheme Coordinators Vicky Wadkins (Bankside) and Luke Mowbray (The Beeches & The Poplars) popped into Wendover Community Library last summer and were very impressed with the standard of photographs on display. They had stumbled across the public judging of the annual photographic competition for the fund raising calendar. All their residences were undergoing some refurbishment and they immediately realised that this was a fantastic resource of local scenes to complete the project. With permission, a selection of stunning photographs has been reproduced on canvas using the services of Snappy Snaps at 7 High Street, Aylesbury, snappysnaps.co.uk/aylesbury.


the photos, inviting the photographers, including Peter Carter, Chris Dean, Mary Payne and Adele Price, to see their work enlarged mostly to 16 inches by 24 inches. They were all delighted to see this treatment of their photographs. The residents of the three schemes were also invited to come and see the canvases. They were delighted by the colour and vibrancy of these local photos.

This is a classic example of the way in which Wendover Community Library is becoming a real hub within our community. If you haven't visited yet, don't hesitate. For more information about Wendover Community Library, go to http://www.buckscommunitylibraries.org/ wendover/.

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Climate Action Wendover We recently held our inaugural meeting and were thrilled that over 25 local people committed their time and skills to getting this venture off the ground. There were diverse backgrounds; environmental scientists, behaviour change experts, project managers, youth workers, nature lovers, social media, marketing, and community engagement experts, and importantly people who “just DO stuff” - all of us committed to making our environment better and minimising our negative impact where possible. We have identified four draft key themes to work on so far: Energy - Minimising energy use/ consumption. Self-generation of energy (Wendover solar farm??) and using cleaner energies. Recycling - Creating better local systems for hard to recycle items/building local composting sites. Supporting our eco system - Increasing our tree coverage/native hedges. Reducing our use of chemicals that impact insects and


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increasing systems to support our wildlife such as bug hotels etc. Reducing the air and noise pollution from transport including HS2 through trees and green screens, 20mph speed limits and less driving to schools. Education - working with our young people through schools/youth clubs/Scouts and Guides to both educate and get input from them. Also setting up best practice workshops, talks and demonstrations. • We are in the process of drafting a 3 year strategy which is action focused. • We are further developing our activity plan and communications. • We have a group dealing with the issues of setting-up an organisation (bank account, insurance, legal stuff). • We are applying for funding and other support. • And we still need more support from all the people of Wendover. Please get in touch via our email address with ideas, questions, offers of support of any kind. climateactionwendover@gmail.com

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Lindengate Mental Health Charity

Staff and volunteers at Waddesdon Manor have chosen Buckinghamshire-based mental health charity, Lindengate, as Waddesdon Manor’s official charity of the year for 2020. Based on a five-acre site in Wendover, Lindengate offers specialised gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. Lindengate’s services, known as Social & Therapeutic Horticulture, use the healing power of nature and the outdoors to improve mental wellbeing, boost self-esteem & social inclusion and encourage long-term recovery. With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing mental health issues each year, the NHS is considering new ways to help those with mental health needs. Lindengate is unique, being the only facility of its type in the Aylesbury Vale. The award-winning charity supports over 100 service users a week (known to staff at Lindengate as Gardeners), and are forefront in offering an alternative solution to those with a range of mental health needs.


Simon Wales, Chief Operating Officer at Waddesdon, said I am delighted to announce that Lindengate are Waddesdon’s Charity of the Year 2020. The charity has been nominated by staff and volunteers every year, showing it is a very popular choice. I am thrilled that we can now show our support to this incredibly important organisation. As the winning charity, Lindengate will receive a grant from the Rothschild Foundation, a grant-making charity based at Waddesdon benefiting Buckinghamshire communities, and support from staff and volunteers at events throughout the year. Anne Mills, Business Development Manager at Lindengate said, ‘Lindengate Mental Health Charity is incredibly grateful to have been chosen as Waddesdon’s charity of the year. The partnership will enable us to raise awareness of our unique work within the local community, and raise much needed funds to enable the continuation of vital support to those with mental health needs. We firmly believe that if you nurture nature, nature will nurture you.’

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Woodlanders’ Lives & Landscapes Woodlanders’ Lives & Landscapes

that were so fashionable at that time and If you’d be interested taking part, we’d love The Chilterns as we know it today is a beautiful that were made in centres like Luton and to hear from you. There are lots of ways to landscape of woods and picturesque Dunstable. Lace making and straw plaiting get involved: researching people, villages villages. But, in the past, it was also a busy was low-paid piece-work done at home and, or trades; interviewing local people; writing industrial environment where people made unsurprisingly, employed mostly women. stories; or giving talks and tours. There is help and training and you’ll meet their livings in the woods and cottages other enthusiastic volunteers. in trades like straw plaiting, lace making You can find out more at and furniture making. Woodlanders’ Lives www.chilternsaonb.org / (delivered by a partnership between the woodlanders-lives or by Chilterns Conservation Board and Bucks getting in touch with Helena New University) is a new project whose Chance Helena.chance@bucks. volunteer researchers are busy uncovering ac.uk, 01494 522141 ext 4105. the fascinating stories of how the people who worked in these industries went about Woodlanders is one of the their ordinary daily lives. You can see some eighteen projects in the of these stories on the project’s blog page www.chilternsaonb.org/woodlanders- A nostalgic view of a plait school, where young children worked long Chalk, Cherries and Chairs scheme, funded by the lives/stories. days. From Cassell’s Family Magazine, 1882 National Heritage Lottery, We are especially keen to find out more Children, sometimes as young as three or which encourages local people to get about the straw plait and lace trades that four, could also be put to these tasks. Straw involved with the history, the environment were such a part of the history of the plaiting seems to have largely died out by and the wildlife of the Central Chilterns. area just to the east of Wendover. Plaiters the early twentieth century but lace making You can find out about the other projects at made the long strips for the straw hats lasted a little longer. www.chilternsaonb.org/projects/CCC


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Legal Insights

Over the next few months, I aim to share various “Legal Insights” on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and estate planning. This initial “Insight” covers some practical questions.

achieve your aims, and then prepare bespoke Wills, LPAs and supporting documents to implement them.

Face to face or not? I always see clients face to face, developing a good relationship and discussing matters openly and clearly. The aim is to ensure Why have them? The most important reason, in my view, is you understand matters fully, cover any “peace of mind”. You ensure who looks after questions, and confirm that it is actually your you and your estate and who benefits from wishes we are discussing and not somebody else’s! your Will. How to prepare Wills and LPAs I strongly recommend that, with such important documents – designed to protect you, your family and assets – you take advice from experienced, specialist legal advisors rather than doing it yourself.

I normally see clients in their homes or offices at times that suit them, often evenings. However, with the current coronavirus issues, I also hold face to face meetings via Facetime, Whatsapp or Skype. There is no reason to put off achieving your peace of mind.

My aim is not simply to do what you want, but to understand you and what you want to achieve. In a detailed face to face meeting I can advise you on options available to best

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Sunday 30 May 2021 In the light of the issues relating to Covid-19 (the corona virus) we regret that we find the only sensible option now open to us is to postpone the Wendover Celebrates event planned for 24 May 2020. We have held on for as long as possible in the hope that we could run the event, but it has become apparent that doing so might increase the problems we all face. Additionally, our audience tends to be in the family age groups and we are particularly sensitive to that fact. We would like to apologise to everyone who was looking forward to the event and we have appreciated your supportive messages over the last few weeks.

We feel the only option to ensure the best event for all is to postpone it until this time next year, so the event will now take place on Sunday 30 May 2021. All entertainers, stall-holders and caterers who are already booked will be contacted separately and given the chance to transfer their booking to the new date. We hope that Wendover Celebrates 2021 will be just as good or better than this one would have been. Thank you for your understanding at this most difficult time for our organisation. Naturally if you have any questions please do get in touch via our website, www. wendovercelebrates.com. Bob, Fiona & Matt Directors, Wendover Celebrates.

You Write Bonfires

Is it really necessary to light a bonfire? We have a very efficient team who regularly collect our household waste, and another team to collect garden rubbish. What else can anyone possibly need to burn? Those of us on the receiving end have to endure the smoke, smell and bits of burnt ash blowing around, making it most unpleasant and rendering it necessary to keep windows closed. It is also a health hazard for the many vulnerable people who live in this beautiful village. E Cullen, Wendover

Looking after each other

Please contact Wendover Parish Council, see page 32, if you would like to volunteer to help neighbours and friends who are struggling. Bona Fide volunteers will carry ID. Editor

The map on the reverse of my letter was totally illegible, NO help to anyone who has just moved to the area or an elderly person with poor eyesight. Therefore I phoned National Grid to advise them of this, however the response which I received from them was UNBELIEVABLE. The young lady told me it was “clear on her computer� (several times). She was truly shocked to learn that however clear it was on her computer, it had little bearing on the quality of their printing. (perhaps in the ludicrous cost of HS2 they have factored in the price of a new iPad for all Wendover residents). She seemed truly astounded that I had the nerve to ask whether anyone checked the print quality of the letters before they posted them. No response!!!!

Worrying Letter

I hope that this lunacy does not reflect on I received a worrying letter, as did many the quality of other things originating from others I suspect, from William Boulder of National Grid and HS2. B Prior, Wendover National Grid working for HS2. 22

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Wendover Parish Council Good Neighbour Scheme Visiting care need not be intrusive and is a great option for those needing a little helping hand Having a fall or accident which results in a hospital visit is an unfortunate yet all too normal occurrence. Falls and fractures are a common and serious health issue faced by many and can cause families a huge amount of stress, not only worrying about the accident but arranging work and family life in order to help their loved one. Visiting care is an affordable option and can be arranged at short notice locally.

Wendover Parish Council has been researching to find an appropriate Good Neighbour scheme adaptable to the needs of Wendover.

A visiting carer can be of use in many situations, it needn’t be an emergency. Many couples look after each other into old age whilst one partner becomes frailer and in more urgent need of help, the other finds their life curtailed and caring for someone 24 hours a day can be very tiring. Annabel is a Tring based yoga teacher who works with Ashridge Home Care as a visiting carer to a lovely couple in Wendover. Sadly, the lady is in advanced stages of dementia and friends and family noticed that her doting husband was unable to do any of the things he loved by himself anymore. He is 100% devoted to his wife but after some persuasion, and meeting Annabel, he now spends a couple of hours each week taking some much needed time for himself, simply walking into town or getting some fresh air, whilst Annabel stays with Barbara.

The Good Neighbour Scheme will involve the appointing of Street Area Wardens (SAWs) who will included in the process of identifying residents in need of additional support. SAW volunteers are not expected to undertake tasks or errands which make them feel unsafe or uncomfortable or for which they feel unqualified. These needs (often nursing or home help) will be sourced to attend.

The two main safety criteria are: • the health of all concerned • safeguarding against any abuse

Wendover Parish Council has consulted many local organisations for advice on who might volunteer and the type of support that might be needed, including: • shopping • prescriptions and over the counter medicines • pet care including exercise • childcare • regular contact

If you would like to volunteer to become a Street Area Warden (SAW), please contact Wendover Parish Council: “The first time I met the couple, we chatted for ages and Terry gave • 01296 623056 me lots of background on their life together so now when he goes • clerk@wendover-pc.gov.uk out, I can chat to Barbara about her past and she is comfortable that I’m someone she can trust. Barbara loves music. The first time I met them Terry played the piano and Barbara’s face immediately lifted and her happiness was evident. So now I always take my Bluetooth speaker and we have music on in the background whilst we have a cup of tea together and he goes out for a little break,” says Annabel. She continues: “As her life is very sedentary I try and introduce some gentle stretches whilst we are moving around to get her joints moving. Every little helps and doing even some gentle stretches can make a big difference.”

Please note that SAWs will be subjected to the usual DBS and other scrutiny before being appointed. Once the SAWs have been appointed they will take responsibility for a street or part of a street, hopefully near to where they live. They will deliver written information to the households within their area and they should be the first point of call for anyone in need. They will be given identity cards and show them to anyone who asks. Residents are encouraged only to use SAWs to help them in their time of need unless they have already made arrangements with trusted people Annabel also looks after a couple in Chesham who were unfortunate known to them. enough to both have had hospital visits leaving them unable to cope The Wendover Parish Council website, wendover-pc.gov.uk/, will with day to day tasks at home easily anymore. Like so often is the be updated as the coronavirus outbreak proceeds. Wendover case, they don’t have family nearby anymore, so a visiting carer was Parish Council Staff will be working from home and the Clock the ideal option. Annabel visits two or three times a week to help Tower will not be open. Notices will be displayed on the electronic them get to hospital and doctor appointments and make sure they noticeboard and in the Parish Council Noticeboards. These are are able to get some fresh air. She commented: “They are a lovely situated: sociable couple and we always have a good natter whilst I ensure • Clock Tower the house is clean and they are up-to-date with shopping. One day • Library Approach we might go out for a little walk if the sun is out, or I just make • Ashbrook Playing Field (aka Castle sure everything is tidy and in order, do some light housework and Park) some washing, but we always talk and have fun together. They are • Princess Mary Gate playpark a fantastic couple and I love to spend time with them. Being a carer is very rewarding and very flexible.” The government website to consult For further information about visiting and companionship carers please call is gov.uk/government/topical-events/ Ashridge Home Care on 01494 917344 or visit www.ashridgehomecare. coronavirus-covid-19-uk-governmentresponse co.uk to see the choices available. See advert page 10. www.wendovernews.co.uk

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Club Corner Please check with local clubs about their activities at the moment. Organisations which have given their details to Wendover News are listed at wendovernews.co.uk/local-organisations/. Wendover Singers

4. We have already been asked to sing at Most people think they can’t sing because another event this year and we are putting they aren’t “naturally gifted”. It is true some this to our new members before we reply! have more gift than others but it has been WENDOVER SINGERS really is a Community demonstrated often that we can all sing. Choir for the Community. Give us a go! The first night of the new community choir, WENDOVER SINGERS, was a great success Wendover Junior FC and 75 enthusiastic would be singers arrived Congratulations to our U13 Juniors team on a at the John Colet School Theatre at 6:00 pm. fantastic result; winners in their Semi Final of Our Musical Director Jill and Accompanist the Berks and Bucks County Cup. The match Penny, were ready to turn the assembled was played on Sunday 8 March at RAF Halton against Newport Pagnell Town Youth FC. crowd into a melodic choir. And did! WJFC went 1-0 up initially with a great team Carol and Sue thanked everyone for turning goal - Mekhi broke down the right, worked up and being so enthusiastic and enormous the ball to Max, who then set Mekhi up, who thanks must be reiterated to all those who stuck it in from close range at the far post. have helped, either financially or with the Newport Pagnell then equalised just before provision of a free website, wendoversingers. halftime. Newport started the 2nd half with com, printed lyrics and lots of cake for the great tempo and scored a great free kick to (first evening’s) interval. It is definitely NOT take the lead 2-1. Wendover then came back too late to join for the rest of this term, if to equalise when Alex broke through the you’re interested in joining or even just middle, worked to Mekhi who found space giving us a try, please email Carol or Sue on in the box and calmly slotted it home. In a nail-biting final 5 minutes Wendover were info@wendoversingers.com awarded a penalty - Logan stepped up and And a few dates to put in your diary: scored! Wendover won the game 3-2 and went through to the final. Well done to the 1. An AGM is planned for Monday 18 May team and their coaches and all the very best when we will be looking for a great new of luck for the final! committee, (more on this in the monthly Wendover Tennis & Squash Club Newsletters which all members receive) 2. Local Produce Market is planned for Congratulations to Wendover’s own Katie Saturday 19 December so lots of Malliff on her squash victory at the Dunlop English Junior Championships in Hull in Christmassy stuff for our first gig! 3. A concert in the spring/summer 2021, for March. Katie (16) was crowned the girls U19 family and friends has been talked about! champion thanks to her efforts. Well done!


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Help protect our chalk Aquifer

The go-ahead for building HS2 is now expected in April, following formal approval of the business case which “will set out the strategic importance of the scheme and allow a final decision by Government on its viability, affordability, achievability, deliverability and value for money”. Meanwhile the new National Grid pylons are being built beside the bypass, and Archaeologists are busy seeking evidence Diggers near the bypass of ancient settlements. This involves them moving the topsoil on the fields to see if the underlying chalk is marked from old We need your help to achieve this, by buildings and fence posts. bringing public attention to the issues now despite the Coronavirus priorities. What’s not visible is any progress in Please look at the website http://bit.ly/ understanding the impact on the Coombe HS2floodsaylesbury to learn about how Hill Aquifer from the proposed cutting works, water for the Wendover Arm Canal and and we’re talking to the local Councils and Weston Turville Reservoir could get diverted the Environment Agency to ensure that this to Stokes Brook and flood Aylesbury. We happens before the diggers start moving any need your feedback about what you think chalk and disrupting the underground streams. the Council should do next.

Resistance Update Lots has happened through February and the beginning of March. We have seen the fence connecting Great Missenden and Wendover sites grow and HS2 have been taking possession of land all along the valley, cutting people’s businesses, farms and homes in two. We have been out on the ground documenting this and connecting with other local areas like Steeple Claydon that are already massively affected by the HS2 development. We need your help, it’s time to show the world what’s happening in the Chilterns. We need people to get out and walk the line, record tree felling and hedgerow destruction. There are also members of your community that are about to be made homeless and we all need to apply some more pressure to HS2 and the government to help them. In response to this, we have established a second site in Jones Hill Wood. This woodland is the last island of ancient trees in the area and is trapped between the two fences coming from each end of the valley. Not only www.wendovernews.co.uk

is this woodland ancient and beautiful but it also has cultural and literary significance. This is the place that inspired Roald Dahl to write Fantastic Mr Fox. We need your help to hold this land! If we are there with local support HS2 won’t be cutting it down anytime soon, so come and do a day shift or even better stay overnight. We are glad to announce we have some “know your rights” training coming up, and an anti-HS2 tour bus coming through. For more info please visit Wendover Active Resistance Camp’s FB page. Finally, Chris Packham has launched his legal challenge in conjunction with Sarah Green’s legal challenge against drilling through the chalk aquifers. We are looking to support them and there are currently crowdfunders out. This may be our opportunity to stop HS2 after the landmark decision to stop Heathrow’s third runway. So it’s not too late to stop this out of control project. Come and join us in being Wendover Active Resistance.

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Pop-Up Art Show Draws a Crowd

The Chilterns MS Centre’s Pop-Up Art Weekend raises an amazing £17,000 to support people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) The Wendover-based charity hosted its annual art exhibition over the weekend and showcased a huge range of amazing art from over 90 artists. Visitors were treated to classic watercolours, stunning acrylics, colourful prints, gorgeous jewellery and even a horse’s head! The Centre’s own Angell Art Group also exhibited and sold their work. The group plays such an important role at the Centre, giving members a fun social setting to try something new, have fun and make new friends. “If I didn’t have MS I would never have joined [the art] group and that would be rubbish. It’s wonderful and amazing. I can’t describe what art has done for our group and how it invigorates us all. We really have a good time. It gives us freedom and shows us how to do things that we would never have thought of. I am so grateful to the MS Centre and we would be absolutely lost without it.” - Sandra, Angell Art Group

talented work! I’m already looking forward annual Run Prestwood on Sunday 17 May. to next year!” Tricia Glaves, exhibition visitor. The event raises much-needed funds for the Chilterns MS Centre to help people affected Over the years over £132,000 has been by multiple sclerosis (MS) to lead healthier raised in total to help the Centre to provide and happy lives through physical, practical physical, practical and emotional support and emotional support. to people with MS and their families. The services are free to those affected by The family-friendly event starts at 10.30am MS and so events like the Art Weekend at Sprinters Leisure Centre with the timed provide the vital funds the Centre needs to 10k race. A 5k fun run will follow and fancy keep supporting the MS community in the dress is very much encouraged! There will Chilterns and the surrounding counties. also be a Children’s challenge for little ones aged 5+. Local refreshments and familyHannah Prentice, friendly activities will also be available. Community & Events Fundraiser said “We’re All proceeds will go towards funding delighted that so many physical treatments and emotional support people came to support for people affected by MS. Events like Run us, especially in light of Prestwood contribute to the £1.2m needed the current situation. It’s to run the Centre every year. You can help to been a record-breaking beat last year’s total of £9,000 by signing up year for the exhibition and to run and being sponsored. we rely so much on the generosity of others to Each £150 raised could pay for two 1-2-1 be able to run our services. We thank all of hydrotherapy sessions, allowing someone the artists who took part in the exhibition for with MS to improve their balance and strength making this such an excellent show. We also so they can maintain their independence and want to thank all of our sponsors, including continue doing the things they love. Michael Anthony Estate Agents, for their Run Prestwood 2020 has been supported invaluable support again this year. “ by the Rotary Club of Great Missenden and The dates for next year’s exhibition are 6 Tesco Bags of Help, a scheme that supports and 7 March 2021. local community groups and charities. Bags of To find out more about the work the Help is run in partnership with environmental Chilterns MS Centre does for people affected charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community by MS visit chilternsmscentre.org. projects every year. Since launching in 2015, Put your best foot forward for Run it’s provided more than £75 million to over 25,000 local community projects.

A steady stream of people came to the Centre over two days to enjoy the widest variety of art that there has ever been at the show. Afterwards visitors relaxed with one of the many delicious homemade cakes Prestwood 2020 that were donated, which helped to boost Annual 10k race and 5k fun run returns to Save money on the registration fee and proceeds further. Prestwood guarantee your place by registering online “This was a great event with a real range of Runners will be taking to the streets for the before the event at runprestwood.co.uk.


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Business Forum Buckmoorend Farm Shop

That's it for now, but as mentioned earlier... 2020 is in full swing and even though we there is more to come, so watch this space... may have seemed quiet, we have been busy See you soon! See advert page 10. behind the scenes preparing the year ahead. We are really excited, there is a lot to come, Monkey Music Monkey Music pre-school classes launch so watch this space. in Wendover, Princes Risborough and High We are kicking off our event season with Wycombe WALK THE FARM on 29 March, which is Monkey Music, the UK’s award-winning prea guided walk around the parameters of school music group for babies and toddlers, Buckmoorend Farm. Tickets are £12.50 is now officially open in Wendover with including a Ploughman's Style Picnic. Spaces classes starting on Wednesday 22 April are limited and can be booked in the shop or at the Wendover Guide Hut on Manor online. Don't worry if you can't make it this Crescent. Monkey Music introduces music time, there will be another walk on 23 August. to very young children in a fun way they can easily understand and enjoy, with teachers On 12 April, Easter Sunday, we would like to who gently encourage social and musical welcome everyone to our popular EASTER skills within a fun, stimulating and friendly EGG HUNT. Please join us for a free family environment. Visit www.monkeymusic.co.uk fun day and enjoy our animals, games, craft to book your place at one of our open days corner, home cooked food, chocolate eggs or for a free trial session. See advert page 5. and get the chance to win a Farm experience for the most beautiful decorated egg. This year OPEN FARM SUNDAY will be on 7 June. We are particularly excited, as it shows Buckmoorend Farm behind the scenes and what we are so passionate about. Our sustainable farming approach is showcased through out talks, activities, farm machinery & animals. We also have some lovely local businesses with their amazing produce supporting us on the day. So if you would like to know what is happening behind the "barn doors", pop along between 11 and 4.

The Village Gate

Wendover News has been contacted by two local parties interested in restoring the pub to its former glory. Their details have been passed to the Campaign for Real Ale, who are assisting them in their contacts with Everard Cole, the selling agents for the property, with an eye to submitting a proposal by the closing date of 20 March (which falls after the April edition of Wendover News goes to press). Wendover News will keep its readers apprised of any developments.

Do you have an Ear Infection?

Signs and symptoms to look out for: 1) Pain inside the ear 2) A high temperature, 38C or higher. 3) Feeling sick or vomiting 4) Some hearing loss 5) Feeling tired or irritable 6) A feeling of pressure inside the ear 7) Reduced appetite 8) Young children and babies may pull at or near their ears and react suddenly to some sounds

days 2) There is fluid coming from the ear 3) There is swelling around the ear 4) There is a fever and very high temperature 5) The child is under six months old 6) Both ears are affected 7) You have other symptoms, such as vomiting, dizziness or sore throat 8) There is a history of repeated ear infections 9) There is hearing loss 10) You have an ongoing medical condition such has diabetes, heart disease or a weakened immune system

What to do: 1) Use pain relief medication (paracetamol and/or ibuprofen) to manage the discomfort Don’t: 1) Put anything inside the ear, such as a if needed cotton bud 2) Rest and keep drinking water 2) Go swimming or let water or shampoo go Go to your GP if: into the ear when washing 1) The earache does not improve after three (information courtesy Aston Hearing) www.wendovernews.co.uk

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RAF Halton International Women’s Day

Each For Equal was the theme for International Women’s Day, which was observed 8 March. ‘An equal world is an enabled world’ #EachforEqual #IWD2020 Crown Copyright image taken by RAF Halton Photographic Section.

Douglas Intake in the Community again

Recruits and staff from Douglas Intake have taken part in a team building activity in the community supporting two mental health charities, Lindengate in Wendover and TherapBee in Westcott. Due to deploy on their final consolidation exercise, Exercise Blue Warrior, this team building activity allowed for important cohesion prior to such a crucial and challenging stage in training Half of the Recruits spent their time helping to develop the tree nursery at Lindengate, filling raised beds and creating staging for new trees. The other group went to Westcott Venture Park where TherapBee are based. The centre invites HM Forces, Emergency Services personnel, and Veterans to learn about bumble bees, honey, bee habitats and hive maintenance. Douglas personnel helped to construct a new poly-tunnel where flowers, tomatoes, and fruits will be grown to encourage the bees. Jim Webster, creator of TherapBee, said: “We had 20 basic trainees visit today at TherapBee, to assist in dismantling and re-erecting a poly-tunnel and vegetable bed. As ever, all were a credit to the Royal Air Force and another excellent stream of enthusiastic youngsters coming through.” Douglas Flight Commander, Flight Lieutenant Rowlands, said: “Both groups thoroughly enjoyed being out in nature and developing themselves away from the regime of basic training. It also offered the opportunity to expose them to the important issue of maintaining good mental health and educate them about the invaluable work that many mental health charities do to support those in need.” More information about TherapBee can be found on their Instagram page: hmf999therapbee or at www.pollinationforthenation.co.uk.


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Local Face: Nadine Rose Nadine has spent a lot of her life in and around the Oxford Diocese but the ideas which set her journey to ordination were nurtured in York.

even before investigating belief. They soon realised that not only did the Christian faith offer guidelines for bringing up a child but also it seemed to fill a void they hadn’t noticed in their own lives. They became She was born in Oxford and spent her active members of this very special Christian childhood growing up in Marcham, Community. Oxfordshire, attending the small village primary school and the local Baptist Church. Then the inevitable happened and Howard As a teenager Nadine easily slipped away was tempted back south for work. Nadine from these influences leaving her secondary was a reluctant mover as the children were school at 16 in favour of College for A-levels now settled in school but by 1998 they were and a course in secretarial skills. During in Great Missenden. The move south brought this time she also worked at Littlewoods a financial shock! St Peter and St Paul Church in Oxford and was invited to join the retail fulfilled the needs of their children and management training course at 18 which she so it became their new Parish. When Rev was happy to do. From there she became Rosie Harper became the new vicar, Nadine PA to Ruth Sillitoe, Director of Housing for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) which moved its headquarters from London to Oxford. Shortly after this an opportunity arose in Abingdon in a recruitment agency for office staff. Nadine has always worked with people. At 17 Nadine met Howard, a young car mechanic apprentice. They married in May 1989 and looked forward to a life settled in a place they knew well. A mere 4 weeks later, Howard was offered a serious promotion and so they moved to York. Howard’s family was from Sunderland but Nadine was really a southern girl. Without any family nearby, Nadine and Howard found the responsibility of bringing up a child overwhelming - no handbook had been provided! Nick arrived in 1990 followed by his sister Lydia in 1995. A friendly couple invited them to York Community Church where they were immediately made to feel very welcome. They felt they belonged


became her Pastoral Worker for 8 years. Lay minister Patricia Neale became a firm friend. Later, with another friend, she founded Rix and Rose, an interior company. One evening in church, she realised that God was calling her along a different new path, one which she had managed to block out ever since she had been inexorably drawn to morning prayer while working for the YWCA and at other times on her faith journey. This time she listened.

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Nadine was hesitant to start on an academic course which required her to read for in depth research and write essays but all the preliminary work persuaded her that the part time course offered at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, would work for her so she started in 2013 under the leadership of Martin Percy. Ordination came in 2016 at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford and her curacy (on the job training) was with the Wychert Vale Benefice. The family home moved to a vicarage in Cuddington. This was a full time stipended post so Nadine had plenty of work to do. All 6 churches between Thame and Aylesbury were very different. At the end of the curacy, the Rector was moving on, Nadine’s mentor, Margot Hodson was moving to a Benefice in the Cotswolds so she was tempted to stay but friends encouraged her to apply for the newly created post at Wendover. Sally Moring and Nadine met, she applied and in November 2019 was appointed Associate Priest. Nadine and Howard were able to move back to Great Missenden, where they have so many friends, and experienced their first Wendover Christmas. Nick and his wife Becky moved back from Singapore in time for Henry (now 3) to be born in UK. They now live in Chesham and Ralph (1) has arrived, too. Lydia is teaching at Chesham Bois CofE Combined School and living back at home again. This means the whole family can spend precious time together. Nadine organised the Pancake Party in St Mary’s on Tuesday 25 February and about 40 children came along. She is now looking forward to her first Easter in this Parish and is committed to helping the community in general at this difficult time.

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John Lingley Fitness Training, see website for details www.aspirations-coaching.com John 07747 604155 Cat Booker Fitness classes, times vary, see website for details www.catbookerfitness.co.uk Jodie Digby Fitness courses, times & locations vary, see website for details www.jodiedigbyfitness.uk JAZZERCISE classes to suit you. www.jazzercise-uk.com. 07900 987230 BML Personal Training classes, see website for details - www.bmlpersonaltraining.com Emma 07969 433351 ArtSmart drawing & painting classes - Mon 11.30-14.00, Tue 14.00-16.00, St Anne’s Hall artsmartuk.com Zumba® and Zumba® Gold classes: private studio Roxanne 01296 623683 Water Babies, Chilterns MS Centre pool, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat chasetheball@waterbabies.co.uk Cornelli Sugarcraft cake decorating courses. Topics vary, see website for details. www.cornellisugarcraft.co.uk Adult & Teenager Yoga Classes. Contact Sarah to book. sarahyoga@sky.com, www.sarahyoga.co.uk Yoga - Halton Tennis Centre. Mon 9:15-10:15/ 10:30-11:30, Wed 9:15-10:15/ 8-9, Thu 9:15-10:15 annabel@zest-yoga.com 07595 896661 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 Wendover Singers Community Choir, John Colet School www.wendoversingers.com 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 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 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 Bellringing practice, St Mary’s Church, Wendover info@stmaryswendover.org.uk 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 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 legionclub.co.uk

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10.00-16.00 Events, exhibitions & activities at Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, see page 2 see listing Events, exhibitions & activities at the Natural History Museum at Tring. Mon-Sat 10.00-17.50, Sun 14.00-17.00

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10.00-12noon Craft Group, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 3 19.45 Buckland, Drayton Beauchamp and Aston Clinton WI, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS

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Thu 02

10.30 Simply Walk to Wendover Woods, starts at Your Café in the Park, Aston Clinton, see page 2


Thu 02

19.45 Buckinghamshire Bird Club Meeting, St Anne's Hall

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Wed 01, 15 & 29 Wed 01

Thu 02 Fri 03 & 24 Fri 03 Sat 04-Sun 19 Sat 04 Sun 05

19.30 Writing Workshop, Library Room

20.00-22.00 Talk about Books, Cafe 108, Aston Clinton 10.00-13.00 Memory Pathways gardening & activity group, Lindengate Site, Worlds End Garden Centre, please book 19.30 Wendover Junior Football Club Casino Night, Wendover Memorial Hall, see page 3 daily Wendover Easter Hunt. See advert back page. 10.00-17.00 Story Museum re-opening, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP 18.00 St Mary’s Weston Turville, Palm Sunday, A service with music and readings for Passiontide. Inc Handel, Purcell, Stanford, Schutz, Mawby, etc

Thu 16

09.00-14.00 Legacy Fairs Antiques & Collectors Market, see advert page 4

www.facebook.com/WendoverMessyChurch www.breastfriends-aylesbury.org.uk www.bucksvoice.net/kehs www.wendoverartclub.co.uk/ www.astonclintonhort​iculturalsociety.co.uk www.bbowt.org.uk mail@carersbucks.org www.scruplesofwendover.co.uk https://chilternwriters.org/ acrepaircafe@gmail.com contemplativefire.org www.wendoverwi.weebl​y.com jennyburton@sky.com peter.stevenspeter@aol.com

Thu 16

10.15-11.45 SAGES - Senior Ages Fellowship, Wendover Christian Centre


Tue 07

15.30-17.30 Messy Easter, St Anne's Hall & Wendover Christian Centre, see page 4

Tue 07

19.00 Breast Friends Aylesbury, Mandeville School

Tue 07

20.00 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society Meeting, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN

Wed 08 & 22 Wed 08 Thu 09 & 23 Thu 09 Thu 09

19.30 Wendover Art Club, Wendover Library Room, see page 5 20.00 Aston Clinton, Buckland & Drayton Beauchamp Horticultural Society, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS morning Working party with BBOWT, see website for contact & location 13.00-15.00 Carers Bucks Wendover Support Group Monthly Meeting, Wendover Library Room

14.00-19.00 Spray Tan Event, Scruples, see advert page 4

Thu 09

20.00 Chiltern Writers monthly meeting, Wendover Community Library Room

Sat 11

09.00-12.00 Aston Clinton Repair Cafe, St Michael & All Angels Church, Aston Clinton

Sun 12

18.30-20.00 Contemplative Fire Gathering, St Mary’s Church

Tue 14 Tue 14

19.30 Wendover Evening WI, St Anne's Hall, see page 5 19.30 Chiltern and District Hard of Hearing Club, Halifax House, Little Chalfont

Thu 16

14.30 Wendover Horticultural Society, Wendover Library Room, see page 5


Thu 16

20.00 Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust, Broughton Jr School, see page 5


19.30 Aston Wine Club, Buckland Village Hall HP22 5HZ


Fri 17 Sat 18

09.00-13.00 Wendover Local Produce Market, Manor Waste

Sat 18

10.30 Book Club, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 6

Sat 18

10.00-12noon Wendover WI Spring Fair, Library Room, see advert page 4

Sat 18

14.00 Family History Talk, Turnfurlong Junior School

Sat 18

14.30-16.30 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church

Sat 18

15.00-17.00 Chiltern Poets monthly meeting, Wendover Community Library Room

Sun 19 Mon 20 Tue 21 Wed 22

12noon Duck Race, Heron Path, see page 6 10.30-12.30 Stoma Support Group, King's Church, Amersham HP5 1SD 19.45-21.45 BBOWT Talk, Great Missenden Memorial Centre 09.45 & 10.45 Monkey Music Open Morning, Wendover Guide Hut HP22 6HH, see advert page 5

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Sat 25

19.30 Aylesbury Festival Choir Concert, Aylesbury Methodist Church, see page 7

Sat 25

19.30 CDRS Quiz, St Leonards Hall, see page 7

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Sun 26

16.00 Healing & Wholeness Service, St Anne’s Church, Wendover, see page 8


19.30 RSPB Aylesbury Local Group Meeting, Prebendal Hall Comm Ctre HP19 7QW

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Mon 27

20.00 Weston Turville Historical Society, Weston Turville Village Hall, see page 7 see listing Pace Big Walk, starts John Colet School, see page 7 10.00-16.00 Fat Quarters Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition, Wendover Memorial Hall, see page 7 12.00-16.00 Mentmore Plant Sale, Mentmore Village Green, see page 7

Thu 30

19.30 Darius Brubeck Quartet, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, see page 8

Thu 30

20.00 The Arts Society Ballinger, Ballinger War Memorial Hall HP16 9LQ

EVENTS CORRECT AS WENDOVER NEWS WENT TO PRESS PLEASE CONTACT EVENT ORGANISERS IF IN DOUBT Planned events April onwards which have confirmed as cancelled as of press date: Drop-Ins at Lindengate until further notice Library-run Events at Wendover Library until further notice Wendover Music concert in April Aylesbury Opera performance in April Halton Singers performances in April Wendover Annual Parish Meeting in April The Wendover Society AGM in May BioBlitz at Lindengate in June www.wendovernews.co.uk

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• Wendover Parish Council is coordinating a Good Neighbour Scheme to support the vulnerable around the village. • It will be supported by Street Area Wardens who are familiar with their areas and hopefully many of the residents. • If you are interested in becoming a Warden, please email the Clerk at clerk@wendover-pc.gov.uk Wendover News April 2020


Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

View from the Chair

A busy few months are coming up for both the grounds team and the clerks. The grounds team are getting the village spruced up after the trials of winter. Getting everything ready for another bid for the Best Kept Village title. This year we are partnering with Lindengate Mental Health Charity. Lindengate use gardening as therapy so they have an expertise in all things planty. We’re hoping that they’ll give our hanging baskets even more zing than usual... The clerks are busy getting ready for our Annual Parish Meeting on 30 April (now cancelled). I’m looking forward to meeting you all there. This year we’ll be bringing you up to date with the parish council’s plans, as well as announcing our Community Award winners and hearing from some of the community organisations that we’ve supported with grants. Entertaining speakers, a modicum of wine, nibbles and the chance to question your councillors, surely that is the making of a good night out. It’s been a good year for the Wendover Parish Council and 2020/21 looks promising too. Whether there is to be a Parish Council election very much depends on how many people wish to join the council. Information is on our website and candidate packs are available at the Clock Tower if you would like to stand. I’d highly recommend being a parish councillor. It’s a great way to help shape the community that we all enjoy, and it’s ever so much easier and more rewarding than you might think. Tom Walsh


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

Buckinghamshire Council is changing

Happy to Chat Bench

On 9 January 2020 the community of Wendover was asked to vote, via a Facebook poll, whether they would like the bench outside of Lloyds Chemist to be turned into a Happy to Chat Bench. This resulted in 95% voting YES. The Happy to Chat Bench is now installed, why not give it a try? Sit on the bench and see who joins you for a chat! Don’t forget to follow @wendoverparish on Facebook to participate in future votes.

On 1 April 2020 the new Buckinghamshire Council will replace all five of the district and county councils in Buckinghamshire. (See also article page 12.) For most people there will be no change to the day-to-day services you use. As it stands, there are no changes in the services that Wendover Parish Council provide, however, we do expect to take on more devolved services in the future. Please visit www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/services to view the latest list of services.

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

Wendover Clean Up

In support of the Great British Spring Clean, Wendover Parish Council are hosting two litter pick events on 7 and 17 April. Join us in a community effort to keep Wendover tidy, meet new people, and get some exercise! Meet us at the Clock Tower anytime 10am12pm on one of the two dates, to pick up litter for as long as you like. Refreshments www.facebook.com/wendoverparish/ and equipment will be provided. Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU



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