Wendover News, May 2020

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HS2 given Notice to Proceed

Despite lockdown, families and friends are doing their best to support all members of our community. For example, Thank you Wendover residents of There are so many wonderful stories Manor Crescent emerging from the Good Neighbour Scheme raised a glass (at set up by Wendover Parish Council, see a safe distance!) page 17 for details. Well done everybody. to celebrate the 70th Wedding In addition, Wendover Parish Council has Anniversary of been able to recruit a bank of volunteers Enid and Lawrence Jeffery on Friday 10 April. who are delivering shopping or prescriptions to people who are vulnerable in any way. What an incredible milestone and we wish Even if you can’t go out and about, you might them many more. be able to cheer people up with a friendly phone call through the volunteering scheme. Another family contacted Wendover News to help celebrate a 100th birthday, see page 8. Many local retailers have been able to offer delivery services. There is a daily update on On a more sombre note, we were so sad to Wendover News social media: Facebook and hear that Ricky, one-time owner of the Raj twitter. Many thanks to those who are able to restaurant, was an early victim of COVID-19. deliver Wendover News. Please turn to page 21 to read tributes. 7:00am, 15 April 2020 — STOP PRESS! “HS2 Ltd today marks next step for the project, issuing ‘Notice to proceed’ on Britain’s new railway’.” Read the story on https://bit.ly/3ep94tR. More in the June print edition of Wendover News.

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Owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Wendover Evening WI Committee has decided to cancel the May and June meetings, and any outings arranged. They will be reviewing the situation at the end of June.

the Bucks Bird Club and the RSPB Aylesbury Group have been cancelled up to the end of August, due to COVID-19. It is hoped that indoor meetings can resume in September and a full programme of events has already been organised for both organisations. More info is available at www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ aylesbury and http://bucksbirdclub.co.uk.

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All are on the 4th Sunday of the month at Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust Meetings cancelled until September 2020. 4pm, once public services resume. This is being reviewed regularly and they will 24 May St Mary’s resume earlier if possible. 28 June St Anne’s 26 July St Mary’s Churches Together 23 August St Anne’s Please recycle your While church buildings are closed during this 27 September St Mary’s Wendover News time of social isolation, the people who are 25 October St Anne’s Printed in the UK by The Magazine Printing Company our local churches are active and serving the 22 November St Mary’s using only paper from FSC/PEFC suppliers community and finding alternative ways of www.magprint.co.uk meeting. Please contact the churches or look NO SERVICE IN DECEMBER at the websites to find out more: Friendly and professional gardening by Victoria RHS and RBGE qualified Do you feel stressed or depressed or • St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church - 01494 seasonal pruning & planting generally out of step with the world? Are you 862049, aylesburycatholicchurches.co.uk/ weeding, hoeing & digging suffering from loss or the effects of trauma? index.php/st-annes Advice on: Do come and experience God’s healing • St Mary’s Church of England - 01296 vegetable growing  pests and diseases touch at a short, simple, gentle event offered 623123, stmaryswendover.org Regular visits or one off tailored pruning Please call: 07754 544013 by Churches Together in Wendover. Active • Wendover Free Church - 01296 622354, www.thepruninglady.co.uk listening, prayers, music, silence, stillness. www.wendoverfreechurch.org.uk You do not need Covering Brothers Cars Berks Bucks Herts Oxon to be a churchgoer Coming Soon - Save the Date! 07790 305693 to attend. All are • September - John Colet School PTA Fun Run welcome. • 20 September - Mix96 Tour de Vale Bike Ride Let us help to make it the best • 26 September - Pace Big Walk, sign up on day of your life in one of our Local Bird Groups thepacecentre.org/thebigwalk Bentley Wedding Cars Please note that all • 10 October - Fashion Show, Wendover http://brotherscars.co.uk/our-cars/ meetings and trips for Community Library

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The 2020 season has been partially suspended with Steven Osborne (Piano) hopefully rebooked for 2021 and Tasmin Little (Violin) rescheduled for September. We are hoping to go ahead with the June & July concerts but these may be subject to last minute change depending on circumstances. 13 June - Mini Mozart 10am (age 5 and under) and 11am (age 5-9) 13 June - 7.30pm - London Handel Players (mixed ensemble) 11 July - Samuele Telari (accordion) and Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano) 19 September - Tasmin Little (Violin) Concert tickets £20 (students £5). AGM tickets £10 non season ticket holders. Mini Mozart £6 per child (adults free) or £10 for 2 siblings Season tickets £75 (students £15) - includes AGM and reserved seating area in Nave

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Buckinghamshire Council established 2020 Since we went into lockdown Martin Tett has been making webcasts (vlogs) on behalf of the new Buckinghamshire Council offering support to all Buckinghamshire residents. If you are lucky enough to have access to the internet, you can see them yourself. Most vlogs feature a local expert on topics to help us in lockdown. What an opportunity to get to know our new Council and others! buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/video-updates/ Do you have a question that you want to ask? Send them to askthecouncil@buckinghamshire.gov.uk, Twitter, Facebook #askthecouncil. Topics covered before Easter with appropriate contact details include: • The new Unitary Authority, buckinghamshire.gov.uk • Public Health in Buckinghamshire, buckshealthcare.nhs.uk • Help for businesses from the Council and Bucks Business First, bbf.uk.com • Community hubs and volunteering, clerk@wendover-pc.gov.uk • Food banks, John Shaw, 07899 964037 • Mental Health, healthymindsbucks.nhs.uk • Physical Health, nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/ • Adult Care, helpline 01296 383204 • Adult Learning, https://www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk/

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At Chiltern Way Academy things have certainly been busy this last month. As a special school we are at the forefront of helping some of the most vulnerable students in the area during the current pandemic. We continue to remain open for students who need us, such as the children of key workers. Although we are reduced in numbers we are maintaining our usual high standards. We have been completing maths, science, English, art, mechanics and construction lessons as normal. In addition staff have carried out daily temperature checks, regular hand washing checks and a offered a chance for our students to ask questions that may be worrying them during the present situation.

our own 3D printer and Design Technology equipment. The students got to learn some skills and vulnerable workers may have been able to benefit from the face masks and other PPE equipment we produced. We remained open over the Easter period for those that needed us and to make sure our most needy students and families received all the help they could get. We wish all local residents well during this difficult time. Paul Coffey Head of Campus Chiltern Way Academy Wendover campus

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During the Coronavirus restrictions, the pool plant and maintenance volunteers are still working to keep the building safe and the essential equipment maintained. Once the restrictions are lifted and we are sure that the conditions are safe, we will open again. We hope to see you all there! Remember, you don’t need to be a member to swim at The Wendover Swimming Pool, and we’re easy to get to - in the middle of the schools campus on Wharf Road. If you do want to join, details and opening hours are on our website. Our social media team posts variations to normal opening hours on our Facebook page. Want to volunteer? Email trustees@wendoverswimming.org.


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Dementia & Hearing Loss As our life expectancy is increasing we need memory loss, repetition, disorganisation, to hear well for longer, but as we age so do a feeling of vacancy, loss of confidence our ears and hearing. By 2035, it is estimated and concentration, trouble socialising one in five of us in the UK will suffer from and making poor judgements. All of these hearing loss, but there is new very strong symptoms could be either as a result evidence that poor hearing is linked to of hearing loss or dementia. Correct dementia and additionally crucially patients diagnosis is vital. are being diagnosed with dementia when 5. Heart health affects both dementia and they might be suffering from hearing loss. hearing because of the importance of good blood flow. Good circulation helps Duncan Collet-Fenson, Head Audiologist maintain good hearing whilst inadequate & MD of Aston Hearing unravels the link blood flow and trauma to the blood between hearing and dementia and explains vessels of the inner ear can contribute what we can do to help both our hearing and to hearing loss. Similarly, research shows protect ourselves from dementia. that problems in the heart and vascular system including blood vessels that supply The Relationship between Hearing Loss and blood to the brain can contribute to the Dementia development of dementia. 1. Hearing loss is thought to increase the 6. At least £28 million could be saved annually risk of dementia - New research shows in England through properly managing that people who wear hearing aids for hearing loss in those with dementia. age-related hearing problems maintain better cognitive function and slow down What to do if you are not sure if it is Hearing the ageing of their brain. www.exeter. Loss or Dementia ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_725112_ • Signs to look for – Whilst they share many en.html. Hearing is vital mental symptoms, there are many early indications stimulation therefore loss of hearing can of dementia that can distinguish it from influence our brains making those over 65 hearing loss. Memory loss, repetition, more vulnerable to memory and thinking feelings of vacancy, loss of confidence and decline. Hearing loss is thought to increase concentration, trouble with socialising and the risk of dementia by up to five times. making poor judgements are all symptoms 2. Wearing a hearing aid may mitigate that of dementia. Signs of hearing loss include risk – Recent research shows that as earache, vertigo, unusual noises in ear, hearing loss is an important risk factor difficulty hearing on the phone, asking for for dementia, wearing a hearing aid if you repetition, struggling to concentrate in have age-related hearing loss may mitigate conversation or watching TV. that risk. Those who wore hearing aids for • See Your GP – By asking lots of questions age-related hearing problems had brains and perhaps performing various basic tests, that performed on average as if they were your GP could make an initial diagnosis to eight years younger. establish if there is hearing loss or if you or 3. Social isolation is a risk to dementia — your loved one is suffering from dementia. There are additional proven links between If your GP suspects hearing loss, they will hearing loss in middle age and a raised risk make a referral to an audiologist who will of dementia in later life, possibly because perform specialist tests to accurately assess deafness can lead to social isolation, a your hearing ability. dementia-risk factor. 4. Symptoms confusion — Many symptoms of If it is Hearing Loss hearing loss are also being misinterpreted 1. Only around 40% of people who need as early signs of dementia such as hearing aids have them. Many more

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Local News Happy 100th Birthday

Mrs Gent has asked Wendover News to include this message to Mum, Nan and Great Nan, who lives in Bankside, Wendover: Happy 100th Birthday! Congratulations on this amazing milestone With all our love from all the Family xxx

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Here’s what you can still do for nature! All our events have been cancelled till the end of May but keep an eye open on the BBOWT website for changes to this and to reserve access. College Lake has had to be closed but if you can walk to a reserve like Weston Turville Reservoir or Aston Clinton Ragpits please still go and enjoy them. If you have lots of time to work in the garden, please think ahead to our next Plant Market on Sunday 18 October (see advert page 5) and start building a stock to donate for sale. For all of us with a garden, now is the time to make the most of the birds paying us a call. Richard Ness of BBOWT and The Bucks Bird Club runs a garden bird survey and all you have to do is record your sightings once a week. He is going to extend it through the summer starting in May so why not email him now on richard. airtraffic@ntlworld.com?

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During the coronavirus pandemic it will not be possible for the Wendover Foodbank to be open as normal on a Tuesday morning. However, we are still able to help those in need and are offering a telephone contact and delivery service in Wendover and the surrounding area. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced nonperishable emergency food and support to local people who are struggling to put food on the table. Please call John Shaw on 07899 964037 and arrangements will be made for food to be delivered safely. If you can, please obtain a voucher from one of our referral partners but if that’s not possible please let us know.

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We also have a massive issue with still obtaining stock, so we would be grateful if customers could bear with us, with regards to that. We are only small shops so we are unable to stock like the larger ones around us.

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It seems that the noise from HS2 trains may be even worse than their estimates suggest. HS2 use a method of estimating noise which was developed some 25 years ago, and it seems that this will underestimate the noise where there is a noise barrier, as there is across most of Wendover.

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We have asked HS2 and Eiffage Kier for a meeting (or a computer meeting in the present circumstances) to discuss their noise figures and the specific mitigation provided. You may recall that during the passage of the HS2 act, noise barriers in north Wendover were redesigned so as to make the noise worse! So we know that improvements are possible. Watch this space, we may need you to take further action to support our cause. Wendover HS2


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How to Cope with Isolation By Dr Lynda Shaw, neuroscientist, b u s i n e s s psychologist and change specialist. Around the world, people are facing a once in a lifetime period 4. full of anxiety and uncertainty that also requires us to Dr Lynda Shaw, isolate ourselves by photographer from each other. Gail d’Almaine We all know that we are naturally social and are not meant to live in isolation and that feeling lonely or trapped can contribute to poor mental and physical health, but being physically isolated doesn’t have to mean being totally socially excluded. Loneliness is a horrible and debilitating feeling but with the right frame of mind and a lot of creativity, solitude can be avoided in part or used as an opportunity. 5. 1. Have a positive mindset – Research shows that positivity is also contagious so approach your home isolation period with as much zeal and positivity as possible, and your family members, especially children, will catch on to the positive vibes. Research also shows that outcomes are better for positive people. Set up a home school for your children and have some routine, but also make it fun! 2. Be mindful — Start with a smile and hugging yourself each morning. No one else can hug you right now so you might 6. as well go ahead and give yourself that much needed cuddle! Look for apps that inspire calm and clear mindedness such as Calm, Buddify and Headspace. Print out positive affirmations that you can say to yourself and have visualisations by your bed of what you will be able to do once this period of instability is over. Picture yourself with friends, at a family gathering or anything that makes you happy, or a place of calm. 3. Make this an opportunity to get projects 7. done – Use this time as an opportunity to get some organising and sorting out done in your home, whether that is 14

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painting the bedrooms, cleaning the kitchen cupboards, putting up shelves or gardening. It is also good for bone strengthening and stress release. When a task is finished, the brain releases the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine, leaving you feeling happy and fulfilled. Make a list and feel satisfied as you tick items off. Combat anxiety and stress with exercise — Find ways to be physically active – walk up and down the stairs as much as possible, look for your workout DVDs or enjoy exercise outside in the garden. Prolonged periods of raised stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol have a negative impact on nearly every part of our body. Side effects include increased blood pressure, muscle tension, insomnia, headaches and depression. There are plenty of apps and online videos to guide you through a yoga or Pilates class which will help you to relax and release some feelgood hormones. Worried about feeling lonely? – If you are home alone, try listening to the radio or podcasts and organise a time to phone or WhatsApp / Skype friends and loved ones. When we spend time with other people we get on well with, feel-good hormones are released and reward neural activity in the brain is activated, even if they are not in the same room. Since you may find you have a bit more time in the coming weeks, try the ‘old fashioned’ way and actually pick up the phone and give someone a ring for a feel good moment to lift spirits. Support vulnerable and elderly people — Post a note through their door with your contact details should they need help with something like shopping. Set up the less tech-savvy members of the family with video calling so you keep in touch and help them with online deliveries. Research shows that helping others activates parts of our brain associated with wellbeing and at the same time, stress responses are lowered. Again, call the elderly or vulnerable for a chat. Make sure you go outside each day – Spend at least twenty minutes in your garden if you are lucky enough to have one, ideally in the morning to help

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Eleven awards were given to companies as well as two Gold Awards for Outstanding Achievement, one of which went to Trudi as Outstanding Individual, a high accolade in any sector. She said the win was “truly great news” amidst a “challenging time” for everyone working in frontline services. Trudi commented on the announcement: “Receiving the news that I’ve won Outstanding Individual Award is incredible. Running a busy home care business has its challenges, especially at the present time,” she added. “My focus is always about making sure our clients have a good day, everything I do in my business is about achieving this. It’s our carers that deserve the limelight, all I do is make sure that they feel valued and recognized for the incredible work they do. I never underestimate the important role they have and now more than ever, the wider public is appreciating carers and the important role they play in our communities.”

a complete professional and goes above and beyond her duty to ensure Mum, us and the carer are well looked after.” Ashridge Home Care was also crowned overall winner in the Live-In Care Expertise section. It provides specialist care services for a range of illnesses including Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and spinal injuries as well as emergency care following an accident or fall for example. Carers are matched specifically to clients’ needs and provide continuity of care, enabling clients to stay at home knowing they are well looked after. The nomination highlighted the company’s strategic thinking, innovation and evaluation from clients. Its most recent client survey showed: • 100% of clients who responded answered that they always or often felt that their carer made them feel safe in their home. • 97% of clients who responded said they would be happy to recommend Ashridge Home Care to a close friend or relative. Trudi Scrivener founded Ashridge Home Care three years ago. She has over 30 years of care experience and wanted to create a truly caring company where carers had time to spend with clients. She added: “I’m so pleased for my team winning the Live-In Care Expertise section. It was such a joy to tell them, especially as they are all working so hard and are showing so much concern for their clients. They are putting in so much extra effort at the moment to keep everyone’s morale up, clients who can’t see families are worried about their health and their medical appointments, but the team is keeping everyone’s spirits up. I’m so proud of them!”

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established what is now known as the Good Neighbour Scheme (GNS). The foundation of the scheme is based on volunteers from the community stepping up as Street Wardens. Within 3 days of establishing the protocols, we had enough volunteers to launch the scheme with over 50% of the Wendover streets covered. Since then it has gone from strength to strength thanks to the wonderful people of Wendover. They appreciated the need to support the vulnerable of the village both physically and mentally during this The responsible within the population are uncertain and worrying period. now learning to live with social distancing and other restrictions, designed to protect The Street Wardens are without doubt our us from the virus, and the NHS from collapse! local heroes, ensuring the vulnerable are receiving all the care and support they may This raises significant concerns for the elderly provide within their individual capabilities. and infirm, now reliant on support agencies The Council and Office Team would like to and families to carry out tasks which many thank you all, on behalf of the village, for may consider mundane, including shopping, your considerable efforts. Your dedication is collecting prescriptions and many other social to be admired, generously delivering support interactions which keep their spirits alive. and wellbeing to those in need. Prior to the restrictions impacting, Wendover Thank you all, keep safe and well. Parish Council recognised their needs and Keith Shelley, Clerk, Wendover Parish Council

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Club Corner Wendover Singers

Whilst Wendover’s new community choir WENDOVER SINGERS is temporarily suspended, all members are receiving regular (helpful, we hope) newsletters.

Wendover Bowls Club

One hundred and seventeen years ago in 1903 a splendid group of Edwardian gentlemen founded our Club. Though we have played at various locations around the Village we have managed to soldier on through thick and thin.....until now. What a time to hit us with a pandemic. Just as we had almost finished our indoor season and were casting our eyes towards the lush turf of our beautiful green.... POW, we are shut down.

If you didn’t manage to get to the first two joyous sessions and are interested in becoming a new member or simply receiving a regular newsletter to find out what’s going on with the new community choir, then take a look at our website: wendoversingers.com and/or drop us an email. Either click on the link from the We have survived two world wars and website or write to info@wendoversingers.com. innumerable other crises and now we have been laid low by a tiny virus that you can’t even A short but uplifting Welsh song can be found see under a microscope. But, really, we must at the beginning of our site. The following all keep safe, treat it seriously, do what we are isn’t a link but will direct you to the song. (It told and hope we beat the wretched thing. has currently had 5.9K views (on Twitter), we would like to make it 6K!) Dyma blant Ysgol This report should be all about our first few Pencae yn canu ‘Ceisiwch yn Gyntaf’ (tiwn gron) matches and, most importantly, about our yn yr ysgol heddiw er mwyn codi calon Cymru! open evenings when we ask people to come / Here are the KS2 pupils to lift your heart with and try bowling. Though membership numbers ‘Ceisiwch yn Gyntaf’. are fairly healthy, these evenings usually bring Sue Thornton in a few new members. I don’t know if there

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Club Corner be played later in the summer, even if it means rearranging or making new fixtures. Regardless of actual cricket, the grounds have to continue to be cut and maintained, otherwise once cricket is allowed to resume, the playing surfaces would be in a sorry state.

In-between and since those meetings, we’ve been given no details or information about what they intend to do along our western boundary. However, all their options envisage removing the hedgerow and installing a retaining wall, plus possibly excavating the upper outfield to install support anchors; without any details and before / after sections etc., we cannot review, comment or assess what the impact on the ground will be, but we consider the adverse impact will be significant. Nor do we know the programme or durations of the works.

The club was pleased to receive a grant of £1,000 from the AVDC Housing Fund towards a further refurbishment of the Witchell nets. Supplies of materials are delaying the works but when complete, the surfaces will have been extended in length and new matting laid on new or improved bases. Helpful Hirings in Aylesbury The temporary diversion of the Ellesborough are sponsoring the club by supplying the plant Road is another worry, as that will also affect required at favourable rates for the works. the ground and potentially our ability to cut the Witchell ground for a period. We’ve Those who have recently been to the recently received a site arrangement plan, Ellesborough Road ground cannot have failed but this is only indicative and there’s currently to notice the heavy pruning of trees and no information on the many issues we have shrubs along the bypass boundary. This has relating to the diversion. been necessitated by the partial detachment of the upper netting and the cutback will allow We have apprised Rob Butler MP of the position access to reattach the netting. Whilst the result and are also receiving support from Tom Walsh may appear drastic, most of the trees etc. had and the Parish Council and from Bucks County not been pruned since they were planted 22 Council. We continue to pester HS2 Ltd and years ago. As is the way with plants, they will Eiffage Kier but this is dependent on their sprout strongly from the base this growing listening to us and delivering, something that season and will quickly re-establish a dense they have so far failed to do. We hope that the barrier. It’s noticeable that flowers (cowslips, England & Wales Cricket Board will also lobby forgetmenots, barren strawberry, etc.) and on our behalf – we have been in contact, but many new young saplings are now visible and positive action is awaited. The club is also with the increased light, they’ll grow quickly mindful of the bigger picture for Wendover and and flourish. if our travails can somehow additionally nudge the decision-makers towards a mined or bored Walkers occasionally stop and ask what’s tunnel option, then we’ll have been pleased to happening with HS2 – we wish we knew! In the play our part. 2 years since HS2 Ltd first indicated they had a plan not to have to relocate the ground, we have The club has also created a new website and only had 2 meetings – one in September 2018 to although content is currently a bit sparse, it is being confirm HS2’s plan to keep us at the ground and developed and more news stories will appear. the second with Eiffage Kier in September 2019 www.pitchero.com/clubs/wendovercricketclub who outlined what options they were designing. Jonathan Seabrook

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The Chilterns MS Centre launches an urgent appeal to secure its future For over 500 people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the Chilterns MS Centre is more than just a place to receive expert clinical treatment. It is a safe, relaxed place to socialise, to try new things, build confidence and to make friends who truly understand just how tough it is living with MS. It is their lifeline, and helps them maintain their sense of purpose and independence and live a full life.

the effect of reduced income, and have taken defensive action, but this does mean a reduction in care provision right now. Ultimately, if we cannot bridge the gap we may have to drastically reduce how we operate in the future. This would put hundreds of people affected by MS across Bucks, Beds, and Herts at risk of having no regular free treatment or support, as the NHS cannot provide this on an ongoing basis.” Andy Graham COO

lives since Julie’s diagnosis: “The Centre has been with us for 21 years, giving us all sorts of support. There are people that go there that don’t just go for the physio, they go up there to be with people who are living the same life as they are and that gives them their support. I miss it so much at the moment. I don’t want to think about a world where the Chilterns MS Centre doesn’t feature in our absolutely important support network.” Julie and David Dean

The outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is the biggest threat to the organisation in its 35-year history. Many income streams have come to a complete stop due to social distancing, leaving the charity in a funding crisis.

The current situation means it is now offering a virtual service by phone, email and online. Whilst the Wendover-based charity is doing what it can to reduce costs, including furloughing half of its staff, it still needs a level of income to maintain services and secure its future. It costs £1.2million a year to fund the Centre. Less than 7% of this comes from NHS funding, which is also at risk, therefore the charity relies heavily on fundraising activities to keep running. Without them, the Centre is in danger of closing.

The charity has an amazing community of support, but is now appealing to everyone to help at a time when self-isolation and social distancing have a detrimental impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of people affected by MS. It urgently needs donations to help cover running costs so it can continue to support people with MS when they need it most through these difficult few months.

“With almost all of our events and fundraising activities cancelled or postponed, up to 40% of our income is at risk, and this could get worse if the situation continues into the Autumn. Our popular Run Prestwood event normally brings in £16k and whilst we are trying to reschedule there is no guarantee we can hold the event this year. Given the national lockdown, many of our supporters have also had to cancel their fundraising activities too. We are already feeling

The charity exists to empower and support people with MS and the people they support need them If you would like to make a donation you can do now more than ever. People like Julie and David. so at www.justgiving.com/campaign/chilternsThe Centre has played an important role in their ms-centre-appeal.

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Tribute: Ricky Dibul Ahmed Wendover is in mourning for one of its favourite adopted sons, Ricky Ahmed. We were lost when his wonderful restaurant, The Raj, was taken from us, but now Ricky is really gone. Thank you, Ricky, for all the wonderful times you gave us. COVID-19 has taken your warm smile from us. You will be sorely missed.

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If your family, like ours, enjoyed going to the Raj you will be sad to know Ricky has passed away. As front of house I have never met anyone better - always welcoming - always polite - always professional. We enjoyed over 21 years of fantastic meals with friends, special birthdays (always a cake ready). But the special memory for me was collecting a take-away; we would be welcomed on arrival and then sit at the bar to have a drink. Ricky would arrive, greet the staff, shake our hands, stand and talk to the customers. This was always special with the fire alight. I was late to enjoy Indian cuisine and Ricky would get us to try different dishes; he always

checked to see if we enjoyed them, and we did. Ricky was really good with children; he greeted them with a welcome smile and usually a chocolate to complete their visit. Whenever our granddaughters visited Wendover their number one place to eat was The Raj.

I’ve been thinking what to say! I knew Ricky for over 25 years. Me and my friends had our 21st in the restaurant and he looked after us over many, many years. My pregnant wife was too hot on a lovely summer’s day. He moved people so she could sit under the airconditioning. When my daughter was diagnosed, he came forward insisting on doing fundraiser after fundraiser raising over £10k for Esme and Rett Syndrome sufferers. Sleep tight my friend, my family!! The stars gained a brighter star tonight! Anthony Davison-Hoult

I was in there the night The Raj closed, collecting our usual take-away. When I left, Ricky followed me outside. We had a long chat. A week later I walked past, Ricky was in his scruffs painting. I popped in and noticed a big pile of sandwiches on a table ready for the team’s break. It was a privilege to have known Ricky at The Raj. There have been many tributes to Ricky on social Roy Coates media in a variety of languages. Ricky’s family is preparing their own tribute which we hope to So sad to hear the news that Ricky has passed publish in the June print edition of Wendover away. He was always cheerful and went that extra News. step to ensure his customers were looked after. We visited The Raj every Friday and Ricky would Wendover News features about Ricky and the Raj go out to the kitchen to personally cook for us. It have included: was very sad when The Raj had to close, but we https://wendovernews.co.uk/news/local-facealways hoped that he would somehow manage ricky-dibul-ahmed/ to get back to Wendover. Now that will never https://wendovernews.co.uk/news/esmeshappen. Our thoughts are with his family at this allstars-curry-night-22-feb-2014/ terrible time. https://wendovernews.co.uk/print-editions/ Gary and Jean Richardson April 2019, page 19, Closure of The Raj

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Local Faces: James & Nicola Grant James & Nicola Grant opened No2 in 2010. The inspiration for the shop came from a background of working in leading hotels and restaurants. Having seen an opportunity whilst commuting to work, James made an enquiry and several months later the shop reopened as No2 Pound Street. Nicola and James live in Wendover and have three children: twin sons and a daughter and also Cheddar their dog. The shop’s focus is on small production fine wines and farmhouse cheese along with an award winning selection of local British charcuterie, breads, chutneys, oils and anything else you would consider a good delicatessen to stock. In the last few weeks No2 has worked tirelessly to accommodate deliveries for those self isolating and vulnerable. The introduction of very well priced local fruit and vegetable boxes and eggs was a decision made to help support Wendover and local villages. Importantly, James and Nicola want to help support local producers, and the fruiterer Derek Piggott who supplies the fruit and veg and has lost a lot of business because many

restaurants are currently closed. They hope that by providing high quality fruit and veg at incredible prices this will help protect Derek’s business. No2 now offers a free delivery service within 10 miles of the shop. None of the above could have been achieved without its amazing staff. James is a World Cheese Judge and also along with a small handful of people currently studying to become a master of cheese. He travels the length and breadth of the UK to find, make and bring back super cheeses. Again this is done to support and promote those passionate cheese farmers who have cheese that is expertly and lovingly made. They too need support at this time. NIcola holds the whole operation together along with top wine man Mike. Her background is in hospitality marketing. With Nicola’s direction and forward thinking No2 won the UKs Best New Cheese shop in 2011 as well as Deli of the year and many other accolades. No2 were set to launch “Feast on The Manor” this month but have had to postpone. The event will be a bi-

monthly opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy artisan food and drink on the market square. There will be hot food stalls, bars, kids entertainment and live music. It will be similar to the French evening markets where the whole family/community can get together to enjoy amazing food, drink and music. Seating will be provided for all in a covered communal area. All profit that No2 makes from the event will be given to a local charity. The first event will be raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice. Over the years No2 has raised thousands of pounds for local causes and will also be raising for MacMillan Cancer Support at their main food and drink market festivals “Summer On The Manor” 25/07 and “Christmas On The Manor” 28/11. Again, all profits raised will be given to this amazing charity. The dates may of course have to be rescheduled as a result of COVID-19. No2 hopes to be able to open its doors properly again soon. It is a real gastronomic experience where you are able to taste some of the greatest wines and cheeses and enjoy a well made coffee with a slice of cake. During COVID-19, customers can still go to the shop door and buy essentials as needed.

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You may all remember that in last month’s edition of Wendover News I was full of optimism and future plans. An acceptable interpretation of a wise saying is that “when men plan the gods laugh”. Well they must be chuckling now. These are unprecedented times, testing times, dangerous times. COVID-19 threatens all of us but, in true Wendover style, we are pushing back against it. In Wendover we are following government guidance and staying home or keeping our distance. Our food retailers, chemist and health centre are rising to the challenge and, as I write this, even the weather is cooperating. Wendover Parish Council has helped to set up a parish-wide network of wardens. These are neighbours helping neighbours and supporting the self isolating and the vulnerable. So far there’s over 100 people who, by getting some groceries, picking up a prescription or just having a chat from a safe distance, are putting an arm around this community and making the potentially unbearable just a bit more bearable. I’m proud to say that the people of Wendover are doing the right thing and that by doing that we are saving lives. You are saving lives. Tom Walsh Chairman of Wendover PC

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Wendover Parish Council has recently added a COVID-19 page onto its website where you will find useful links and updates on the current situation, local Wendover information advising on which businesses

are still open for business, national helpline numbers and websites, how to get help while self-isolating and how to volunteer as a warden. Please follow the link below to view the page www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/ covid-19.

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A Good Neighbour Warden can help you with the following - picking up shopping, collecting prescriptions, posting mail, urgent supplies or a friendly phone call. A warden may have already posted the above ‘I can help’ card through your door, on which you will find their contact details. If you have not received a card through your door but do need help please call 01296 623056 and leave a message with our answering machine or email admin@ wendover-pc.gov.uk so we can pass your details onto your Regional Warden. Please remember to provide the following details when calling or emailing - name, address, contact number and what you need help with. Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message on our answering machine.

W e n d o v e r Parish Council has developed a Good Neighbour Scheme to help those selfisolating due to COVID-19. Wendover has been divided into four areas, with each area having a lead Regional Warden. The Regional Warden then allocates volunteer wardens to roads. We now have warden coverage across all of Wendover; however, we continue to recruit volunteer wardens in case our current wardens need to step away from the scheme due to self-isolation or work/ Wendover Produce Market family commitments. Volunteer Wardens all Wendover markets support residents who are self-isolating or closed until further notice vulnerable with anything practical including shopping, collecting prescriptions etc. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer warden please email the Clerk at clerk@ www.facebook.com/wendoverparish/ wendover-pc.gov.uk. Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU



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