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response to the virus, see page 12. Please see banner above We might have been and turn to page 18 for the separated, but the houses winners of the Wendover Youth of Wendover were suitably Centre competition. decorated to mark 75 years since Europe was liberated. Thank you NHS+ Wendover Parish Council has We continue to thank all announced the winners of keyworkers as we clap on their competition in Matters Arising on the back page of Some local residents were Thursday evenings. It has treated to a cardboard been a great opportunity for this edition of Wendover Spitfire flypast. neighbours to nod to one News. Many streets managed conviviality at a distance. A BIG THANK YOU another from their front doorsteps or gate or to Emily and Barry from Counting Colours similar and briefly check we’re all OK. It has for the wonderful live music performance been inspiring to see rainbows for NHS and from outside their home. Stories and photos key workers when on Wendover walkabout. from VE75 have been collected by Wendover Here are a couple from the far end of Dobbins News, and are now available at https:// Lane area, more at https://wendovernews. wendovernews.co.uk/tag/ve-day/. Photos co.uk/tag/covid-19-rainbows/. from VE Day 1945 are available there, too.

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR EVENTS WENDOVER MUSIC LIONEL ABEL-SMITH TRUST AGM ASHBROOK ALLOTMENT ASSN CLIMATE ACTION WENDOVER HS2 WENDOVER HS2 WENDOVER DEMENTIA ALLIANCE LOCAL NEWS SCHOOLS WENDOVER PARISH COUNCIL PROJECTS

IAIN WANSTALL LEGAL INSIGHTS BUSINESS FORUM LINDENGATE YOUTH HECTOR'S HOUSE CLUB CORNER TRIBUTE: ROSA SUSAN WOOSLEY RAF HALTON LOCAL FACE: PETER SWINFORD MATTERS ARISING

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the end of August. Indoor meetings are planned to resume in September and a full programme of events has already been organised for both organisations. More info at www.rspb.org.uk/ groups/aylesbury and http://bucksbirdclub.co.uk.

Churches Together

Wendover WI

In accordance with health and safety instructions from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Roman Catholic Churches are planning to open for suitably spaced private prayer as soon as permitted. Please read the instructions posted outside the building before attempting to enter St Anne’s, Wendover or Our Lady of Lourdes, Bedgrove.

Owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Wendover Evening WI Committee has decided to cancel the June meeting and any outings arranged. The situation will be reviewed at the end of June.

Healing and Wholeness Services

Sun 28 June, 4pm, St Anne's Church, if public services have resumed. Do you feel stressed, depressed or generally out of step with the world? Are you suffering from loss or the effects of trauma? Come and experience God’s healing touch at a short, simple, gentle event offered by Churches Together in Wendover. Active listening, prayers, music, silence, stillness. You do not need to be a churchgoer to attend. All welcome.

Please see the Churches Together advert on page 24 for more details about church services during COVID-19 restrictions. Church contact details: • St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church - 01296 290545, aylesburycatholicchurches.co.uk/ index.php/st-annes • St Mary’s Church of England - 01296 623123/696136, stmaryswendover.org • Wendover Free Church - 01296 622354, www. Coming Soon - Save the Date! wendoverfreechurch.org.uk • September - John Colet School PTA Fun Run Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust • 20 September - Mix96 Tour de Vale Bike Ride • 26 September - The Pace Big Walk, sign up on Meetings cancelled until September 2020. They thepacecentre.org/thebigwalk will resume earlier if possible. • 3 October - FNHC Midnight Walk, sign up on www.fnhospice.org.uk/midnightwalk Local Bird Groups All meetings and trips for Bucks Bird Club and the • 10 October - Fashion Show, Wendover Library RSPB Aylesbury Group have been cancelled until • 18 October - BBOWT Plant Sale

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Wendover Music Abridged 2020 Season

Due to the measures to counter viral spread, Wendover Music has rescheduled three concerts from the 2020 season plus Mini Mozart. The first concert will be Samuele Telari (accordion) and Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano) on 11 July. As it is a young artist concert it cannot be rescheduled into 2021, but it is hoped that it will continue as planned in mid-July. Please check the website for updates. Social distancing in St Mary’s Church is predicted and refreshments are unlikely to be served. If we have to cancel, we will refund. The Tasmin Little concert which was in May has moved to 19 September. This will be one of Tasmin’s last concerts and has been a popular concert booking. Mini Mozart will be that morning. The concert by Steven Osborne (piano) and the London Handel Players has been re-booked for 2021. Please see advert page 4 for details of the season's concerts. For details of refunds, please visit www.wendover-music.org.

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The 42nd Annual General Meeting of the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust took place on Wednesday 29 April. Despite not being able to hold our annual lunch, with invited guests, prior to the business part of the meeting, our Zoom held conference call was a great success with a total of £43,078 being awarded in grants. This brought the total awarded in grants during the year to £103,147. The breakdown is as follows: • Education 31964 • Individual 9689 • Seniors 7409 • Medical 13879 • Organisations 40206

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for one another and Tony has always upheld Lionel’s basic principles for the Trust when making decisions. Tony was the Chairman from 1977 until 2013 when Marion Clayton took over the office. Tony has worked tirelessly for the Trust for 43 years, never missing an AGM during the whole time. He has always gone the extra mile when helping applicants. He is a mine of information and his memory is second to none, remembering the details of applications made years previously.

As he means so much to the Trust – and us, we have appointed him Patron of the Lionel AbelIt was with much sadness that we accepted Smith Trust ensuring continuing invaluable the resignation of our longest running Trustee, involvement. We are delighted that he has Tony Mogford MBE. Tony, as many of you will agreed to this. already know, was one of the three original members when the Trust was first founded On behalf of all the current and past trustees I in 1977 by the then Lord of the Manor, wish to thank Tony for all his endless hard work Lionel Abel-Smith, when it was known as the and for the support and kindness he has shown Wendover Community Trust. to us, the trustees, and hundreds of applicants over the last four decades. He and Lionel held a great mutual respect Gwen Williams, Chair of the Trustees

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Our current opening hours are 8am-6.30pm Monday to Friday. For the time being we will not be open on Saturday mornings nor opening late on Tuesdays. We will be closed from 1pm on Thursday 18 June and Wednesday 15 July for staff training. At all times when we are closed, contact 111 if you need urgent help.

Contacting us during the pandemic

We are here to help. If you are worried about your health or the health of your children, please do not delay in contacting us. Call us on 01296 623452 and a doctor or nurse will call you back; as far as possible you will be directed to your usual GP. If you have a smartphone we now can offer video consultations. If you do need to be seen we will arrange a face-to-face appointment. Those who are shielding from coronavirus will be visited at home. If you are concerned about a skin lesion or rash please use your phone to take a good quality photograph of it in natural light. Then call us when we are are open and let the receptionist know. She will text you a link which you can use to upload the photograph, and will arrange a telephone appointment to discuss it.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D keeps bones and muscles healthy. It is produced in the skin on exposure to sunlight. If you are spending a lot of time indoors during the pandemic, we advise you to take a vitamin D supplement. The dose for adults and children over 5 is 10mcg (400iu) daily. Younger children should also be given vitamin D unless they are drinking formula milk. Vitamins are not available on prescription, please buy them from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food store.

Medicines for Hay Fever

Antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays and eye drops such as cromoglycate can all be purchased over the counter in pharmacies and are not normally available on an NHS prescription. For advice on managing hay fever symptoms please see www.nhs.uk/ conditions/hay-fever/.

Thank you

A big thank you to everyone in our community for staying safe, staying home and all of the wonderful acts of kindness, especially the help given to those who are shielding at home. We also thank you for the donations of PPE, scrub bags, visors, etc that we have received.

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Call us about any child who has a fever that has lasted for 5 days or more, or has a fever and a rash.

2020 Season of Concerts

All at St Mary’s Church commencing at 7.30pm

The 2020 season remains partially suspended - at this stage, until July

Steven Osborne (Piano) and the London Handel Players have been rebooked for 2021 and Tasmin Little (Violin) & Mini Mozart rescheduled for September 2020 Find out more about re-scheduled dates at https://www.wendover-music.org 11 July - Samuele Telari (accordion) and Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano) 19 September - Tasmin Little (violin) accompanied by Andrey Gugnin (piano) 19 September - Mini Mozart 10am (age 5 and under) and 11am (age 5-9) Concert tickets £20 (students £5). Mini Mozart £6 per child (adults free) or £10 for 2 siblings

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Wendover Ashbrook Allotment Association is 100 Years Old Records show that allotment gardening on the Ashbrook site started more than 100 years ago. The site, which at that time was owned by the R o t h s c h i l d ’s Estate and used for market gardening, became available for purchase.

line, with only two houses f r o n t i n g Wendover Road - these being the old ‘Rothschild’ cottages, which had presumably h o u s e d workers on the original market garden site.

The first meeting of an organised group of potential future owners, possibly existing tenants of the Rothschilds, was held on 12 February 1920 at the King & Queen PH, involving 10 people. Probably this kind of venture was an effect of WW1. A Secretary was already in post. The meeting named the Association, elected a Chairman, resolved to produce a list of investors and agreed to approach the landowner, the Hon. Charles Rothschild with the intention of buying the site. By June 1920 the investors had raised £685 by purchase of shares in the Association. The sale was agreed with Charles Rothschild at £600, equivalent now to about £34,000. The sale was not completed until December 1922. The Association was formally registered under the auspices of an ‘Agricultural Organisation’ under the ‘Industrial and Provident Societies Act of 1893’, on 3rd August 1920. The first rents were collected in March 2021. Tenants bemoaned initial rents of 8d (3.3p) per pole. The charge in 2020 is £2 – a 60x increase and in line with inflation over the period. Initial plans lack detail, but show about 10 acres north of the old Halton railway

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The Vineyard in Aylesbury houses a food bank and community fridge as well as using surplus food to make nutritious ready meals for clients. On an average month they have 500 visits; in April this has shot up to 1200, highlighting the need at the moment due to the pandemic. Any other local food charities who need help are also welcome to get in touch.

Grow to Give is forming a local growing community, including local allotment associations (Ashbrook, Hogtrough and London Road) and back garden growers in the local area. We will have a few locations around Wendover where any produce can be dropped off and our volunteers will help take this to The Vineyard on a regular basis throughout the growing season. It will all be done in the safest Grow to Give was recently started by one of our way possible, given the current restrictions. members who wanted to help those impacted by Coronavirus. We have no idea how long To find out more and get involved please contact the impact of the pandemic will last, but for Justine Hamer at growtogive@icloud.com or those who can, growing some extra food this join our local Facebook Group Grow to Give. summer will be a big help. So what can you do? We’re asking people to intentionally grow This is part of a national drive to support food more (or start for the first time). Lots of us are banks and charities across the UK. For UK sowing seeds at the moment, maybe don’t information, please search on Facebook and throw those extra seedlings away, plant up Instagram for Grow to Give UK. some extra pots, window boxes or growbags and go for a bumper harvest! Happy growing!

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I’m rarely surprised by HS2 Ltd, admittedly treated it like a complaint, it’s probably a that's because I have low expectations, but complaint. they really got me this time. Post COVID-19 - The Business Case for HS2 In March I wrote to HS2 Ltd outlining our HS2 appears to be progressing without concern at how poorly they are meeting meeting the Business Case requirement of the noise assurances that they were forced the High Speed Rail Bill. The HS2 business to give at the petitioning stage. Further, we case is and always has been about as robust highlighted recent occasions where noise as a carrier bag full of custard. It’s swung from Speed to Capacity as the project's main data provided by HS2 Ltd was incorrect. drivers but now it seems to be based on “I The letter was headed…. Wendover Parish want a railway”. Dame Cheryl Gillian MP contacted the National Audit Office about Council - Noise Complaints the Business Case for HS2 which has not That they lost their response for 12 days isn’t been updated in the light of the Pandemic. unexpected. What was new and surprising is that while they have responded to the Noise Modelling - More Broken Promises complaint, they have decided that this isn’t/ We’re suspicious of the HS2 noise modelling wasn’t a complaint, it’s the WPC’s view software. The software is a hangover from apparently. I presume that this exercise in HS1 where its outputs were expected to new semantics will reduce the numbers of fall within a plus or minus 3dB range. If complaints and make someone look good. you understand the nature of logarithmic

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What seems strange is that this work is adjacent to where the tunnel excavation is planned. When we enquired it transpired that a further bout of surveys will be needed on the actual line of the track during the real construction (not enabling) works. Photos (from top): • Narrow PRoW • Surveyors sitting close together at Ellesborough Road site • Surveyors at Folly Bridge site

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Local News Gerard Benjamin Rawlings "Ben"

17 May 1940-30 April 2020 It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Ben, formerly of Wendover. He will be greatly missed by his wife Ruth and his daughters. A victim of COVID-19, there will be a private funeral with immediate family only. A celebration of Ben’s life will be held at a later date. No flowers, but donations if desired for the benefit of Garden House Hospice Care may be made via www. cheneryfunerals.co.uk or sent together with all enquiries to Chenery Funeral Services, 44 Bedford Road, Hitchin, SG5 2TY, Tel: 01462 434375

Wendover Evening WI

Thank you all. Nick Grey, Stoke Mandeville Hospital All photographs can be submitted to fowlmembers@ hotmail.com. The closing date is 31 July 2020. Little Egret Photos should be landscape format and high This semi-resident little egret was spotted on the resolution, please. All contributions are welcome. canal in late April by local photographer Mike Stanton, who said: "He was happy to pose for me, Friends of Wendover Library are still hoping to hold the annual Library Charity Golf Day on 17 and even gave me a few flypasts." September at Whiteleaf Golf Club. Final decisions will have to be made at a later date, but if you would like to sign up - as teams (of 4 players) or as individuals - please email fowlmembers@ hotmail.com.

Vincenzo's Steps

Vincenzo Passaro is a 3 year old boy from Wendover who suffers from global development delay and low muscle tone. Vincenzo heroically walked 26 steps on 3 May to raise money for Thomley Hall Centre who care for young children and help their families feel safe and supported.

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The COVID crisis has delayed the date of arrival of the Syrian family due to travel restrictions. The Home Office (and therefore we) are still expecting them to arrive hopefully before too long; their current living conditions are no Originally the family wanted to raise £500, however doubt even tougher now. We look forward to the people of Wendover and other surrounding welcoming them when we can. towns have donated £5575 to the JustGiving page

COVID 19 Acts of Kindness Stephen Louis, In response to a request from the Bucks Wendover Refugee Assistance Project Healthcare Trust and at short notice, WI groups in Bucks sourced material to cut out and sew up Wendover Community Library Events 3000 scrub laundry bags in 2 weeks. The Wendover Library Annual Photography Competition is still open this year. With this These were distributed in the local hospitals and wonderful spell of weather and the absence of some care homes. traffic, aircraft etc, it is a wonderful opportunity Wendover Evening WI played their part in to take some memorable shots of Wendover and producing 66 bags. Margaret Currell surrounding villages. There is no specific theme for the competition, just excellent photographs, Thanks for the Scrub Bags in landscape format, which reflect the beauty of Thanks to Wendover WI for sending hand made the surrounding countryside, towns and villages. donations to Stoke Mandeville Hospital via our As usual, if possible, this will be judged by the GP Transport service. public later in the year, with the most popular On behalf of Staff, we were most grateful for this photographs being used for the Library 2021 touching gift. The materials were passed onto our Calendar, the profits of which will go towards Infection Control Team from Pathology Reception. improvements to Wendover Community Library.

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Diary Your Lockdown Experience

The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on normal life and is affecting us all in many different ways. It is an event that will go down in history, and there will be much to learn from this hugely important moment in time. There is an effort underway to document people's experiences of the coronavirus outbreak and what it’s like living in lockdown.Buckinghamshire Council’s archives team in the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies is asking local people if they would like to keep a diary of daily life during this time. The idea is that people log their feelings

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Local News and experiences and, once we begin a return to more ‘normal’ life, that the diaries are submitted to our archives team. They will store these logs safely for use in the future by researchers. If you would like to take part, it’s certainly not too late to start up. You can record your experiences either digitally or on paper; whatever works best for you. You can describe how your life is now, including thoughts, feelings, facts, whatever you think is important and you can include photos. Contact the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies with any questions about this project by emailing: archives@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Wendover Girls Ditch Schoolwork for Creative Business Three sisters in Wendover, fed up with lockdown schooling, have decided to put their book learning to use cheering up lockdown Britain. Their range of tee shirts, phone cases and accessories carries their own fun and colourful designs. They worked as a team on the creative,

marketing and practical parts of the business and in May launched their website, making their merchandise available to all. Creative Director and graphics student Piera (aged 15) lead the process of creating a range of colourful new designs picking up on the lighter side of lockdown life. “Everyone’s struggling with lockdown so we really wanted to cheer people up. They say that if life gives you lemons then make lemonade, but I don’t really like lemonade, so I thought that bright tee shirts with funny memes would be a much better idea to spread the smiles,” she said. “We called our clothing line ‘Bright Lemon’ after that idea.” Operations Director, Helena (aged 10) said, “Our next challenge was getting our products printed and sent to people - but staying safe at the same time. We decided to use a company that prints on machines and keeps to social distancing rules, and they have been able to get up and running really quick.” She added “All our school work in lockdown seems to be ‘watch a video and fill in a sheet’, this

is much more interesting than doing schoolwork without our friends or our teachers, but some of it is harder than I thought, so dad has helped us out a bit.” Marketing Director, Miranda (aged 13) created the Bright Lemon website and has been hard at work on advertising slogans and ideas to spread the word. “The website was pretty easy to set up and we’ve tried to keep the theme of being fun and playful but at the same time being easy to read.” The girls’ range of designs now covers slogans for social distancing, jokes about loo rolls and a cartoon series entitled “safety-pets” and there are plans for more to come. Dad Martin said: “I was amazed at how quickly they were able to get this off the ground. They’ve been working very closely together to come up with creative ideas and make them happen. I don’t think any of us would choose to be stuck at home, but it’s great that they’ve had this opportunity take the skills they’re learning at school and build something a bit more grown up.” The bright lemon range is available at https:// brightlemonapparel.co.uk.

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Both St Mary’s Church, Wendover and local MP Wendover designer Rob Butler are encouraging the use of art to help Ben Glazier and his record this period. company Glazier Design have been St Mary’s is requesting art on a 30cm/12 inch asked to create stamps for the Isle of Man in square with 2.5cm/1 inch border so it can commemoration of the Coronavirus period. Ben be joined to other art; details on https://bit. said at the stamp launch in April: “It’s an incredible ly/2yOyZex. Rob Butler MP has an art competition honour to be called on to thank the NHS and Key open to children in his constituency aged 0-16, Workers with our project #CarryUsThrough - a set closing date 1 June; details on www.robbutler. of stamps that will replace all IOM stamps for the org.uk/art-competition. next month with a message of hope.”

Farewell to Ricky Ahmed

A happy welcoming smile and a kiss for a lady if you were lucky. The quality of the charity banquets he provided was only surpassed by his charm. His family were all brought up to talk to customers and they and his beautiful wife must miss him terribly. Wendover has lost a great personality and Tuesday Chums will not be the same without Ricky. We were avidly watching for Ricky to find new premises for us all to get together again. We are shocked by the news of his death! Thanks for the happy memories, Ricky. Tuesday Chums

Each stamp design represents a portion of that message of hope, and Wendover News would like to ask its readers to suggest people or organisations around Wendover that help fulfill that idea. Please submit your suggestions to editor@wendovernews.co.uk. We will assemble the suggestions into a story for an edition in the near future.

Return to Nursing for COVID-19

I retired in May 2019 at what I thought was the conclusion of a 47 year nursing career. I also made the decision not to reregister in the following August when I was due to which was a

significant moment as that truly marked the end of my nursing life. As the COVID crisis evolved the government called for retired nurses to return to help the NHS and I duly received an email from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). I responded immediately but in truth I was unsure what I could offer as my ‘hands on’ experience was in the fairly distant past! I was asked if I would be interested in joining a team of PPE Safety Officers supporting the wards and staff with all issues associated with PPE and personal safety. Working back in a uniform was a pleasure I hadn’t anticipated and it feels to be a lovely way to fully end my career. I work across the wards and departments checking staff have all they need, offering ‘Donning and Doffing’ training and ensuring staff have been ‘Fit Tested’ for the protective masks used in certain procedures. All new to me!! I don’t suppose I will be doing this for long but I feel privileged to have contributed in a small way at such a time in our history. Sue Varvel Ed. - More of Sue’s fascinating story is online at https:// wendovernews.co.uk/news/return-to-nursing-for-covid-19/

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Jo Hodge (mum to two children who attend Halton Community Combined School) says: “I decided a few months ago, on a whim, to enter my first ever marathon after a lifetime of thinking this would not ever be something I would want or be able to do. I was swayed by a new race being put on in Wendover Woods, which although very hilly felt like home turf so a little less intimidating. “To give myself a greater incentive I decided to raise money for the SEN department at Halton Community Combined School. Both my children attend the school and my daughter has benefited hugely from the additional support of the SEN team and all the staff. There are so many children, like my daughter, for whom mainstream school presents a number of challenges and I hoped to raise some money that could be spent on extra resources to help those currently at the school but also to keep on helping others in the future. “Although the race was cancelled as with all other events, I was given the option to run it virtually and send in my evidence to receive my medal. I did this in early April and was so pleased to be able to justify the sponsorship of so many generous friends, family and members of the school community. To date I have raised £2,400 and been totally overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people.”

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Our deliveries of food and vouchers to the homes of students not attending has continued and is well appreciated by our parents and carers. All our staff are working tirelessly to ensure regular contact is made over the week to students and parents/ carers. These phone calls, safe visits and emails have allowed us to be as supportive as possible during this difficult time. Paul Coffey, Head of CWA Wendover campus

John Colet School in Lockdown

All local schools have remained open for small numbers of pupils for many and varied reasons. Two John Colet pupils spoke to Wendover News about their experiences of attending school in lockdown: Student S found it strange to be in school without other students and that even with plenty of space, it seemed unnatural to maintain social distancing, particularly when it was wet and they had to eat lunch inside but far apart. It was also strange to be with teachers they weren’t familiar with. However, it was very interesting to meet up with and start to make friends with pupils from different year groups or tutor groups.

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Wendover Parish Council Projects During these challenging times it may be the disabled, and planting in and around difficult to look forward positively; however, the pond to attract wildlife. It is early days we will defeat the virus and Wendover Parish and we expect the project to span 2 to 3 Council will mobilise again, reinvigorating years; however, it will be worth waiting for. the projects we have planned to improve the • Clock Tower Wall and Fountain Those visual and ecological impact of Wendover as who know a rural setting. and love Wendover Undaunted, we would like to highlight two o f t e n projects we have planned for 2020: comment • Hampden Pond The on the pond remains a focal Clock Tower, feature of the village; the wall and the fountain. Sadly, the wall however, it has been is in a poor state of repair, not helped sadly neglected over by maintenance previously completed the years. Walkers using unsuitable cement. We have may wander around appointed a Project Manager qualified in the pond, and until this type of restoration to work with the recently fishing was appropriate agencies and recommend available. We are in a suitable contractor to conduct the discussions with a repairs. Consideration will also be given to contractor to have the reinstating the fountain so it may be used area landscaped. This will Include picnic by the numerous visitors and walkers who tables, proper walkways for all, including regularly visit Wendover and the Chilterns.

The Orchard is partially established, and we hope to see some of the trees bearing fruit. This wild meadow area has been created for our community, and residents are very welcome to pick and enjoy the fruit. F i n a l l y, we have asked Lindengate to help with the hanging baskets. Despite the cancellation of The Best Kept Village competition, providing they can plant them, we will be locating the baskets along the High Street. These remain difficult times; however, the spirit of Wendover residents, supported by the Parish Council Good Neighbour Scheme, will allow us to once again enjoy everything Wendover has to offer. Keep safe and well.

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Thumbsie® has stepped in to make much wanted children’s face masks as part of its effort Tim Russ & Co art for Key Workers to help with the national COVID-19 crisis. Wendover estate agent Tim Russ & Co Usually known for its colourful thumb recently replaced the houses in its window guards which help children to stop sucking their thumb or finger, Thumbsie® has turned display with its creative skills to producing fun and pictures colourful face masks, by popular demand! done by local Better yet for every 4 masks they make, one children. Staff will be donated to the child of a key worker member Kelly or NHS staff member. Order and offer details said: “Their available on the Thumbsie® website https:// artwork is thumbsie.co.uk/. amazing producers/businesses are making and will give us all the support we need. Times are going to be tough but we will all be stronger as a nation after this.”

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Youth Wendover Youth Centre Social Action

During the COVID-19 Pandemic we have all had to change our daily lives and routine. This was no different for the Youth Centre, which stopped all face to face activities. However, as part of our continued youth activities we have been working closely with St Mary’s Church and a group of young people to develop a social action group to help the community during this pandemic, especially the elderly who are isolating for the next few months. The group came up with two social action schemes; food parcel and pen pal schemes to help those who are vulnerable, isolated and lonely in Wendover and the surrounding villages. The food parcel scheme has involved young people donating basic food items to create a parcel. We then identified individuals in the

community who were unable to get out of their homes and needed food. The pen pal scheme has involved young people writing letters to isolated, lonely individuals in Wendover. This has developed into young people and the isolated individuals becoming pen pals. It has been amazing to see how this has benefitted all who have been involved. After a few rounds of letters, the young people decided to get their individuals items which they felt would cheer them up. This included poems, cakes, jigsaws and plants. We have received funding from the Councillor Crisis Fund to expand the scheme to get more young people involved and to reach more individuals who are isolating during this pandemic. This will be done throughout May and June.

When safe to do so, the scheme will conclude with an event where everyone who participated will be invited. The event will be so everyone can meet who they have been writing to and to celebrate the new friendships that have developed through the scheme. To find out more information please email peter@wendoveryouth.co.uk or follow Wendover Youth Centre on Facebook.

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Club Corner Whitchurch Morris

Whitchurch Morris will only dance out again once it is safe to do so. In light of the current ongoing Coronavirus crisis, it is unlikely that we will be dancing anywhere until at least June. We will keep you posted. Please visit our Website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages for latest news. We have been having Zoom meetings each practice night to keep contact with everyone. These consist of chatting and singing and the playing of Morris music. We have also been showing off our kitchen skills to make others envious of what has been put together.

Mutton. It flourished and admitted ladies in 1933; until then it was not considered quite right for ladies to enter in competitive sport. We ran right through the war years, but by 1945 membership had dwindled to 6 and the club went into cold store. In 1951 negotiations began to get the site in Dobbins Lane. The move and the construction of the new green took until 1954. Since then, we have maintained a healthy membership of both men and ladies but are always looking for more. So when this difficult time is over, come and give it a go. I am sure you will enjoy it. Meanwhile keep healthy and safe. Don Knight

latest news on planned walks at Aston Clinton Ragpits on 14 June, Bacombe Hill on 27 June, Dancersend on 11 July and Pitstone Fen on 19 July. Of course you can use any of our reserves at any time for healthy exercise and enjoying nature, though there are some parking restrictions. There was no plant sale in May so please help prepare for the one on Sunday 18 October by getting plants potted up during the summer. BBOWT, like all charities, has lost a lot of income while the expense of reserve maintenance, grazing animals and administration by a skeleton staff in Oxford continue - donations to help keep us going will be gratefully received online.

We had a Zoom meeting on 1 May. One of our men danced in his garden at 5.30am (no bells to Wendover Cricket Club upset next door) - lovely bird song. Others danced After two years of HS2 Ltd telling us virtually nothing and ignoring anything we said, Wendover during the meeting. Cricket Club finally had a constructive meeting Please find a list of the events we have missed and with them in mid-April, albeit with particularly are likely to miss on www.whitchurchmorris.org.uk. disconcerting news. We were presented with 2 options – a 5 metre high retaining wall along Stay safe everyone. We hope to see you all soon. the western boundary, or a 3 metre high wall; Nigel Cox the higher would take less land permanently but more temporarily, whilst the lower one had the Wendover Bowls Club Is there a spark of light at the end of this COVID opposite land-take effect. A third option was to tunnel? It looks as if some sports will have a create a bund in front of the wall, but this would relaxation in lockdown. I can see how it would take even more of our land; nonetheless, this is work with things like golf but separation in bowls the best option as it would mitigate against the matches would more difficult to handle. We will worst effects of a retaining wall. Within a week just have to be patient. Like many organisations of being told this, we then learnt that we might our members have taken to Zoom to keep in touch not have any option and be told what height the and I feel it speaks volumes that there is so much wall will be. concern for each other’s wellbeing. It shows that the Club means so much to its members.

Last month I mentioned that we have been running for 117 years. It occurred to me that we must be one of the oldest institutions in Wendover (apart from the Church) that is still performing the function it was set up for after all this time. Now I am sure that someone will prove me wrong, but it is a thought. Looking back at our history, we were founded in 1903 behind the Railway Hotel, which is now The Shoulder of

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Many people are enjoying walks close to home and spending more time in their gardens. Conservation organisations are very interested in hearing about the animals and plants you are finding away from the wildlife hotspots where most records are made. Why not make your time outside more interesting and enjoyable by trying to identify the things you see and, where possible, take photographs? You can then report your sightings to organisations like Upper Thames Butterfly Conservation (for butterflies and moths), Bucks Bird Club or the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre and add to the knowledge about wildlife distribution in the county. An internet search will produce websites for these organisations. BBOWT is also interested to hear about your wildlife sightings and any special places you find, whether they are our nature reserves or elsewhere. Richard Birch, BBOWT Chilterns Group Whilst the change to remaining at the Ellesborough Road ground wasn’t intended to impact on the 1st Wendover Scouts cricket, it’s now almost guaranteed that we’ll have The 1st Wendover Scouts are delighted to have been to temporarily relocate at least some aspects, and able to secure a more sustainable future for the Scout possibly from the middle of next year. We are still Hut in Clay Lane, Wendover, by installing a large waiting for clarity on the programme. HS2 Ltd also solar panel and battery unit with the help of funding appear to be planning on removing just about all from HS2. This project aims to reduce dependence our hedgerows, as well as the ones along Smith’s on the National Grid and has been an aspiration Lane and when the time comes, replacing them for the last 10 years. Until now, however, adequate with 1-metre saplings. The Ellesborough Road funding has been out of reach. All the savings will be diversion work is likely to start in late summer/ ploughed back into improving experiences for young autumn and we expect our land to be temporarily people by investing in enhanced training for leaders, possessed this summer. activities and equipment. Many aspects of the design that affects our land are unsatisfactory, but we hope at least some The Scout Hut is home to nearly 200 young modifications will occur to improve the outcome people aged between 6 and 18 years who attend for the club. We are liaising with Buckinghamshire the popular Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Council in the hope that some pressure can be Scouts and enjoy an exciting and diverse range of activities, and to another group of much applied through the planning process. younger children who attend the Jack-in-the-Box The bypass fence at the Ellesborough Road ground Playgroup. By channelling potential savings on has now had the netting reattached and so is ready electricity costs into improving the quality of their for cricket, whenever a resumption happens. offering to young people in the community, it is Enquiries to Jonathan Seabrook on 07767 148119. hoped that this will boost the quality of the lives Jonathan Seabrook of many, and that it will make a real contribution to the environment at a time of Climate Change BBOWT Soldiers On! crisis. In the course of their weekly activities, We have had to cancel our events till the end of the Scouts will actively engage in promoting May but it may be possible to restart in June or understanding of how we can all reduce our July - please check on www.bbowt.org.uk for the carbon footprint. Andrew Inkley Please mention Wendover News when responding to adverts


Tribute: (Rosa) Susan Woosley Susan Woosley passed away at home in April. Sue moved from London to Wendover in 1979 or 1980 with her husband John Stuart Woosley, who sadly died a few years later. Sue was naturally creative. She loved the theatre, especially musicals, and had considerable flair with interior design. She used to devour House & Garden magazine. She loved styling a room, working on colour schemes, selecting fabrics and furniture. Heals on Tottenham Court Road was a favourite destination. Peter Jones at Sloane Square was another.

Sue on holiday with son Michael

way. (John was an singer. She was partial to a good pint. Sue enjoyed engineer and very travelling and explored the USA extensively. logical.) In later life she enjoyed annual adventures with When they saw her son and daughter-in-law in exotic locales like Wendover, they were the Algarve, Turkey, and Bloomsbury.

both smitten by its abundant charm and good transport links. Later John would play a vital role in the campaign to save (what became) the Chiltern Line. (In the mid 1980s after years of underinvestment, the line from Marylebone to Aylesbury was under serious threat.)

She was a fantastic cook. Working in restaurants, looking after front of house, Sue picked up knowledge from multiple chefs, then enhanced it with books by Fanny Craddock, Elizabeth David, and Julia Child. She made a spectacular paella at a time it was a dish many people hadn’t heard of. Sue also made a wonderful roast chicken with chestnut stuffing. Anyone who has ever made chestnut stuffing from scratch will tell you it’s ridiculously laborious. But Sue enjoyed the delight people got from her cooking.

Sue’s no-nonsense warmth and her quirky sense of humour livened up the village of Wendover for forty-odd years. She will be sorely missed by family and friends. Michael Moss I met Susan about 30 years ago. She helped me by taking my son for short walks in his buggy while I worked. She was grateful to have little paid jobs. She was a woman of substance and depth.

Sue was born in 1936 and she was eight when the Second World War ended. Although to hear her We shared a lot of fun and her saucy sense of tell it, anyone would think she’d fought them on humour and love of colour, art, and literature gave the beaches—singlehanded! us a connection. We occasionally had a shared lunch and the table at her house was always full Sue’s dad was a farmer and not surprisingly, as of delicious food. She enjoyed a farmer’s daughter she loved nature in all its her food immensely. She sat for manifestations. And she especially loved children. me as a model whilst I painted Generations of kids in Wendover got treats from her watercolour portrait (right). Sue over the years—usually involving chocolate. As a free spirit, she was For birthdays, or Easter, or just because… sometimes misunderstood. She When John and Sue decided to move out of Sue marched to the beat of her own drum. She will be missed by those that London, they went about it in a very methodical was an accomplished gardener and a talented cared about her. Wendy Lewis

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Local Face: Peter Swinford I was born and grew up in Banbury, Oxfordshire. I have loved sport since an early age, as it has passion. My two main sports are cricket and golf which I play regularly, especially in the summer. I went to University of Bedfordshire to study Sport and Exercise Science and stayed on to study a masters in Sports Performance. After University I struggled to find a full-time job in sports performance and the opportunity came up to go to India for 6 months working for a charity called Pro Sport Development. I ended up staying for 2 years working in eastern India in a city called Bhubaneswar, Odisha. I ran and developed a community sports program which trained local coaches to go into slum schools and deliver a sports curriculum focusing on developing key skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership as well as educating the young people on key issues including hygiene and gender equality.

young people who suffer from low self esteem and lack of confidence. We had planned to run our annual Youth Festival in July, however due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this has been postponed. We still hope to run the Festival later in the year, as it is a key event for the Centre and young people of Wendover.

extremely rewarding; they showed me the power of youth work and how, as a youth worker, I can help inspire, support and guide young people to achieve their goals. I needed a new and different challenge so at the end of December I decided to leave Empowr-U and was successful in attaining the Lead Youth Worker role at Wendover Youth Centre.

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The last month has been challenging for the Centre during the pandemic, however this has not stopped us supporting young people and the community. The Youth Centre is running online youth club sessions via Zoom each week, alongside running competitions and supporting young people with social action projects to support the community including a Pen Pal and Food Parcel scheme. It has been a great success and has helped the young people connect with their local community, which I see as one of the main aims of the Youth Centre. Personally, I look forward to the challenges ahead and continuing to engage and support the young people of Wendover. As a centre we are constantly adapting our activities and opportunities depending on the restrictions and the situation with the pandemic. For more information on our youth activities, or if you are keen to volunteer and support the Centre in our work, then please email me at peter@wendoveryouth.co.uk. You can also contact me through Wendover Youth Centre Facebook page.

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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

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Wendover Parish Council is now holding its meetings using Zoom software. A very productive meeting on 5 May went with barely a hitch. This was the first opportunity to hold our Annual Parish Meeting. That’s the one where the various chairmen and their deputies are voted for and where committee members and other annual things are decided. As a result of this meeting the WPC is now in a good position to carry on, as normally as is possible, during these COVID-19 times. The sterling service provided by our staff goes on as usual. The Clocktower is not manned - it is impossible to distance in the tower - but the grounds team are keeping Wendover looking great and the office staff are working as usual, but mainly from home. I’m sure that you’d all join me in thanking the team for their work, particularly the support they’ve provided for the Good Neighbour Scheme.

changing, and we are expecting several of the current Wardens to return to work over the next couple of weeks. This may leave us with areas not covered, so in anticipation we are asking for additional volunteers to come forward. If you are in a position to support the scheme, then please contact the Clerk for further information on what is required and how to register.

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Witchell Car Park Extension

Wendover Parish Council are pleased to confirm the Witchell Car Park extension is now open. The final work to repair the entrance, install a height barrier and bike stand was completed during April. The extension provides additional parking for 36 cars, easing the parking issues within the village once life I’ve also written, on behalf of WPC, to thank returns to normal and the High Street opens the retailers and restaurants that have risen for business as usual! to the challenge of COVID-19 and who have Wendover Produce Market been ingenious in keeping Wendover fed and all Wendover markets in keeping us as safe as possible as we shop. It’s been a great effort by a lot of people. closed until further notice The spirit of Wendover is what is getting us through. This showed beautifully in the fantastic VE Day celebrations. It was as colourful, friendly, respectful and safety conscious as a public event can be, and I think that we all needed it. It was fantastic. Tom Walsh Chairman, Wendover Parish Council

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Wendover Parish Council remains eternally grateful for the outstanding efforts of the volunteer Street Wardens in supporting the Good Neighbour Scheme. The outlook is

live streamed music performance from local residents Barry Evans and his daughter Emily from the band Counting Colours. You can watch the recorded live stream by visiting The Legion Club Facebook page www.facebook. com/chilternroadwendover/. Residents were also encouraged to enter a competition by decorating their houses and gardens in red, white and blue and sending through a picture of their efforts. An impressive number - 36 entries - were received! Thank you to everyone who entered the competition, there was an amazing effort put in by all. Wendover really looked joyful! We are proud to announce the winner of the competition is the Hughes family from Mill Mead, who have won themselves a £50 voucher to spend on the High Street. Congratulations! Pictures of all the entries received can be found on our Facebook page or website.

VE Day Celebration

Wendover Parish Council had planned a VE Day Celebration event to be held on Manor Waste on Friday 8 May. Sadly, due to COVID-19, the event had to be postponed. Undeterred, Wendover Parish Council organised a virtual celebration asking residents to celebrate in their own house or garden. A Toast to the Nation’s Heroes of WW2 was signalled at 3pm by a firework. This was followed by a

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