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The refurbishment of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop and their need for more space now means that Wendover News was unable to return to the first floor office within the shop. The shop is due to re-open at the end of June. Fortunately, Susan Gray, artist, had just vacated her studio in Robert Mews and the landlord was pleased for Wendover News to move in when it was possible to do so. To find us, follow the signs through the archway between the old Lloyds Bank Building (now hosting an antiques dealer and Basfords Jewellers) and First Class Barbers. Wendover News is in the first space within the old barns which were refurbished a few years ago.


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A brief glance at the coronavirus statistics on the gov.uk website reveal that Aylesbury Vale recorded a total of 434 deaths up to Tuesday 16 June. Many local people are grieving as a We can never guarantee to be there as we result. need to go out and meet clients but please phone 01296 624270 and we will make a We cannot predict the future but we can mutually convenient appointment. We are thank the local volunteers who have done so usually there on weekday mornings but as much so far. Please see pages 12 and 13 to we relax lockdown there will only ever be one read some stories from the Good Neighbour member of staff within the office at a time and Scheme. On pages 14-16 you can read about initially we will open the upper stable door to some of the local retailers who have kept us speak through to you at a safe distance. supplied .

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Florence Nightingale Hospice provides support, A local charity facing the loss of its biggest palliative treatment and care for people with fundraising event has found a unique “lockdown” terminal illnesses or who are at the end of life, both at the Hospice and in their own homes across solution. Buckinghamshire. It also, crucially, supports them Every year, hundreds of women, men and children and their families at an emotionally devastating time. from all over Buckinghamshire get together in Aylesbury to walk 5 or 10 miles to raise money The coronavirus emergency has forced the for Florence Nightingale Hospice. This year, with Charity to cancel fundraising activity and close its coronavirus restrictions on mass gatherings, that Shops, and has prevented our supporters in the will not be possible. This is a big problem for community from holding their own fundraising Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity because the events too. Midnight Walk is its biggest fundraising event, “We’re very much hoping that our local community raising on average £50,000 each year for hospice will rally round its Hospice team and help us care in Buckinghamshire. replace some of that lost income,” says Vicky. So the Fundraising team at Florence Nightingale “It’s not the Midnight Walk we know and love,” Hospice Charity has had to think of something she says. “But it’s still a chance to challenge completely different for Midnight Walkers this year. yourself and support your local Hospice and “How about a sunrise stroll instead?” says, Vicky we’re hoping that will inspire people to join us on Harman, Events Manager at the Charity. “It’s still this virtual challenge and share their Walk with us a challenge to get up really early and go for a long on social media.” walk. As the sun rises at 5am, Walkers can set off For more information and to sign up, please visit from their home or somewhere on the routes www.fnhospice.org.uk/notthemidnightwalk or around Buckinghamshire that we will provide call 01296 429975. See advert page 3. maps for. They can walk the usual five miles, or ten miles, or they can walk further if they want to. As it’s starting at dawn, but it’s replacing the Healing and Wholeness Service much-loved Midnight Walk, we’re calling it Not Sun 26 July, 4pm, St Mary's Church, if open Do you feel stressed, depressed or generally out The Midnight Walk.” of step with the world? Are you suffering from loss The Walk must be a minimum of 5 miles and should or the effects of trauma? Come and experience start at 5am on Saturday 18 July and it can be God’s healing touch at a short, simple, gentle event completed in your house, garden or outside as long offered by Churches Together in Wendover. Active as Walkers comply with Government guidelines listening, prayers, music, silence, stillness. You do and social distancing regulations at all times. not need to be a churchgoer to attend. All welcome.

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Re-opening Plans Wendover Swimming Pool Trustees are delighted to hear that so many people are keen for the pool to re-open! As soon as we can meet the revised safety guidelines to our satisfaction, then we will let everyone know, through both the Wendover Swimming Pool and the Wendover News Facebook pages. The Trustees would like to give particular thanks to Alan Smith, a long standing volunteer. Every day during lockdown, Alan has ensured that the pool water has been kept safe. Preventing the closed pool becoming a hazard to the community is essential work that had to be continued during lockdown. Ironically, the systems we use to keep the water free from bugs mean that the water is a relatively safe place to be at the current time. As a result of Alan’s efforts, once we are satisfied that it is appropriate to open, then the water will be ready for swimming very soon.

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The coronavirus crisis has made the past few months an extremely challenging time for many local people and I am grateful to each and every constituent who has followed the government’s guidance, no doubt saving countless lives. In recent weeks, we have made a lot of progress and, as we look forward to more opportunities to see family, friends and colleagues, we must continue to stay alert in order to control the virus.

In fact, local businesses have shown great resilience and flexibility throughout this difficult period. A recent trip to Whitewaters Café, No 2 Pound Street, Rumsey's and The Bakers Shop not only left me needing to do some exercise to work off all the delicious food, but also demonstrated how well firms have adapted so they can continue to serve the community and provide jobs for their staff. I am very pleased that Wendover market has been able to reopen some stalls with safety measures in place and that soon, as further It has been fantastic to see how Wendover restrictions are lifted, even more Wendover residents have pulled together in the face of this businesses will be back up and running. crisis. The Wendover Good Neighbour Scheme has been particularly successful in supporting Whilst coronavirus continues to impact on people’s the most vulnerable. I was privileged to join daily lives, I know that anger and frustration about volunteers recently at Wendover Youth Centre, the conduct of HS2 Ltd still weigh heavily on local sorting and packing food donations as part of people’s minds. I entirely share these concerns “food bank week” which collected 683kg of and continue to fight for better treatment of food for the Chiltern Foodbank thanks to the residents by HS2 Ltd. I have been pushing the generosity of local people. I also helped collect, HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson, hard on scan and deliver grocery orders from Wendover the government’s commitment to improving Budgens alongside staff and volunteers; Budgens the conduct, transparency and accountability has also sourced food from local suppliers to help of HS2 Ltd. I have just sent him feedback from them with the loss of some of their own business, local people on their experiences of HS2’s land which has been a great way of local firms helping and property scheme, and will challenge every one another. instance of HS2 Ltd letting my constituents down.


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Traditional prescriptions (FP10s) are being phased out by the NHS, instead nearly all prescriptions will now be processed electronically. The NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) allows prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy of the patient’s choice. Whilst paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, from now onwards almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically. If you are a non-dispensing patient and you do not have a nominated pharmacy, you will be given an EPS token. This looks similar to the usual green FP10, and will still need to be taken to a pharmacy to obtain your medication. The pharmacy will then link the token to the actual prescription. If you have nominated a pharmacy this will ensure that you are able to pick up your prescriptions directly without needing to collect a token from us. Please let us know your nominated pharmacy when you are next in contact with us if you do not already have one.


We are moving permanently to a “telephone first” system of appointments. This means that we no longer offer any appointments for pre-booking. If you have a medical problem or concern about yourself or someone who you care for, you should call Reception during our opening hours. Please share with the Receptionist brief details of your concerns so that you can be directed to the best person in the team to help you, and where appropriate a call back will be arranged. Urgent problems will always be dealt with on the same day. Most problems can be managed with a telephone or video call, but where necessary a face to face appointment with a doctor or nurse will be arranged. Anyone entering the Health Centre must wear a face covering.

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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. Please only come to the surgery if you have an appointment, or you must collect something from us or deliver to us. For up to date information on changes to our opening hours and the services we offer please visit our website or Facebook page.

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We are currently working with the CCG to look at how we will deliver our flu vaccinations this year. This will be different to previous years due to the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing.

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Due to ongoing uncertainty around events, the July concert has been cancelled 19 September - Tasmin Little (violin) accompanied by Andrey Gugnin (piano) 19 September - Mini Mozart 10am (age 5 and under) and 11am (age 5-9)

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This month, Climate Action Wendover is • Send us your ideas on where trees could be launching its campaign to plant a lot more planted around our village. The best way to trees around our village. You may well be do this is a simple sketch map; show the road thinking “why, when we live in the beauty of names, drains and other utilities as best you the wooded Chilterns, do we need to plant can, footpaths etc, other trees already there trees?” The answer is simple; scientific study and anything else that might help. This needs has proven that planting billions of trees to be on publicly accessible land. We will look across the world is by far the biggest and at hedging and infilling gaps as well as larger cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis. We areas – using “whips” (small saplings that are know how to do it - we don’t have to wait for at the very start of their growth). And ideas technology to be developed, it is cheap and for mature tree planting are also welcome every one of us can get involved. And locally it – we will be seeking funding to do this. We is obvious that the soil and climate conditions will work closely with the Parish Council are favourable to prodigious tree growth – so and Buckinghamshire Council – getting let’s get on with it. landowner approval and complying with other requirements for highways etc. Take a Our aim is to see a tree planted for every picture of your sketch map and send it to the resident of Wendover over the next three email address below. years – that’s more than 8000! • Please join our group; we need folks to put the plans together, plenty of spades and We need your help: arms in the winter planting season, and help to care for trees in their early years of • Plant trees in your own garden – get expert growth. Details from our email address. advice on appropriate species for the space you have. Contact: climateactionwendover@gmail.com

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Youth Foodbank Donation Week in Wendover During this COVID-19 Pandemic the amount of people accessing the foodbank has increased in our local area. The Chiltern Foodbank, of which Wendover Foodbank is a part, has seen a significant increase in demand. Key partners in the community including Wendover Youth Centre, Wendover Parish Council, Churches Together in Wendover and the Wendover Foodbank worked together to organise the first Foodbank Donation Week in Wendover to address the need for more food donations. The foodbank donation week took place from 25-31 May 2020 and involved the whole community - from volunteers, young people and street wardens collecting food donations from doorsteps to people dropping food donations off at Budgens and the Youth Centre. During the week young people and volunteers helped to pack the donated food into crates which were then taken to the Chiltern Foodbank in Chesham. Our local MP Rob Butler visited the Youth Centre to find out more about the amazing generoosity and efforts of the community and assisted our volunteers in packing the food into crates.

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Over the week 56 crates of food weighing an amazing 683kg was donated by the community!!! According to the Chiltern Foodbank this will be enough to feed 100 people in the system for 3 days. This is a truly fantastic effort, so thank you to everyone to donated food. A couple of highlights from the week included: 11-Year-old Lillah Alderson created a sign outside her house and encouraged neighbours on her street to donate food to a trolley on her doorstep. Over the whole week she brought up 3 trolleys full of food and helped in the packing of the food.

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Will Heaton came up with the idea of a marathon challenge. He ran a mile then challenged his friends and family to run a mile until all the miles added up to reach the marathon distance of 26 miles. From this he raised £26.20 which he then used to buy food to donate to the foodbank. A video showing the efforts of Will and his friends and family accompanies this article at www.wendovernews.co.uk/news/ wyc-july-2020. It was great to see these young people put their time into coming up with ways to be a part of the week and help their community. A big thank you to them for their fantastic efforts throughout the week. Lastly, we would like to thank everyone who has been involved and contributed to the foodbank donation week. It has been amazing to see the whole community come together to help those who are in need! It is a pleasure to be part of such a generous and caring community. We are planning on organising another foodbank donation week later in the year to continue to support the existing need for food donations.

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HS2 Having had discussions with Rob Butler, the working group is looking at refreshing the approach to the Mined Tunnel proposal. Rob is not keen to keep pushing the scheme if new elements are not included. We will be stressing the cost of the HS2 scheme and comparing our scheme to it. We will also be focusing on the poor engineering and management performance of HS2. Also, the weakness of the already weak business case post COVID-19. We are also pursuing a strategy showing that ignoring the Mined Tunnel proposal is an example of poor decision making on financial matters and on engagement. We feel that Wendover cannot be unique and that this casual attitude to good ideas and to saving public money must be being replicated route wide. Rob Butler received a letter from the HS2 Minister once again ignoring our detailed technical information and repeating the inaccuracies of the past. Michael Byng, our costs expert, and Lord Berkeley are addressing

the errors it contains, as it refers to areas that The working group had a meeting with EK. they have particular knowledge of. They are now EKFB standing for Eiffage Kier Ferrovial BAM. So that is two extra vultures DfT have refused point blank to allow us to to feed. We pushed them on the noise see any evidence, from formal reviews, from situation. They still haven't got definitive engineering opinion or from HS2’s costing answers. We pushed them on the cricket club experts, that might support their position. We and the ground investigation works. Nothing are looking to continue the questions in the substantive to report. House of Lords in a determined attempt for us to get sight of the supposed reviews and consideration reports that DfT say they looked I normally like to keep you abreast of what at and rejected our scheme. To that end Mark Thurston is up to. He’s been reported Baroness Young and Lord Berkeley are working quite widely saying that HS2 is “Britain's with our lobbying advisor to develop searching biggest environment project”. You’ll note he didn’t slip positive into the phrase. He was questions. quickly shot down by the people that know The Transport Committee Chairman Huw about these things: RSPB, Friends of the Merriman cannot meet with us, but he would Earth, and other experts. There is apparently receive a written submission from WPC a word for what Mark was doing. It’s called “Greenwashing” and Mark was caught at it outlining our proposal. on World Environment Day. I’d advise the CEO The Treasury also asked for sight of our of a business that is, it appears, ignoring the proposal. The Treasury is the real deal, charged natural cycle, as it grubs up hedgerows and with balancing the books after COVID-19, a flattens ancient woodland, to perhaps steer saving like we’ve offered must be interesting clear of the green issues. to them. Tom Walsh

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As a result we are now actively involved in a wider Aylesbury Vale response with BC and the Environment Agency on the aquifer issue and are hoping for the same on the noise issues. Despite the pressures BC are under, we are pleased to report that Martin has been particularly supportive in following up with a robust but realistic council response to respective government departments and HS2 on Hampden pond after HS2? the two issues. (aquifers low) Wendover HS2

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COVID crisis is understandable and we thank the majority of users who continue to enjoy these wild spaces and behave correctly. With a long summer ahead we are stepping up our monitoring of local hotspots: we have been very happy to welcome new volunteers from the local community at the Reservoir but some more would be a great help to keep an eye on Bacombe Hill and Aston We have put up notices at the three main Clinton Ragpits. access points reminding people to observe the rules for using this and other BBOWT Please direct any questions and offers to nature reserves - mainly helping to protect volunteer to Mark Vallance, Senior Reserves wildlife by not using BBQs, not littering, Manager, BBOWT on markvallance@bbowt. not swimming or cycling and keeping org.uk. Richard Birch dogs on a short lead. Please also respect BBOWT Chilterns Group, Wendover the fishing and sailing installations. The Unfortunately, anti-social behaviour at Weston Turville Reservoir Nature Reserve has required police intervention as social distancing has not been observed. A lot of bottles and other litter has been left behind, rubbish that has had to be picked up by volunteers, and the permissive footpaths are being extensively used by speeding cyclists.

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Marguerite Spain would like all his Wendover friends to know that she was with him when Mike died at lunchtime on Monday 8 June. His three sons were also supporting them both as they have done for several months now. Tribute in the August print edition.

I have heard that this has happened in many other streets in Wendover and we feel so lucky to live in such a close and caring village.

We plan to carry on with our concerts through The GillyBillies in Lockdown Once we were in lockdown all our GillyBillies’ gigs the summer, playing a couple of times a week Barbara McGillivray were cancelled but of course we need to keep when the weather is fine. on practising. During the lovely Easter week we Chiltern Way Academy Thanks decided to set up on our front drive and play Chiltern Way Academy received a letter of for anyone who might enjoy it. We also took thanks for their work from Elizabeth Berridge possession of our pride and joy, Tucker, a cocker Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the spaniel puppy at the beginning of March and he School System in late May: has joined the ensemble and is quite the star in Dear Chiltern Way Staff the Crescent.

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After Wendover News went to press for June, the Friends of Wendover Library changed the submission date for the photo competition to 30 June. Please submit your minimum 300dpi I want to thank you for all you are doing to care for landscape format photos of Wendover to Since then we have played regularly and helped the most vulnerable children in your community, fowlmembers@hotmail.com to enter for a to celebrate local birthdays and VE Day. despite the exceptional circumstances brought chance to be featured in the 2021 calendar! about by the Covid-19 outbreak and the significant Supporting Vulnerable Children during We do Sundowner concerts at 6pm and invite the impact it is having on all aspects of school life. Lockdown neighbours to bring out their deck chairs and their favourite tipple. It has made such a difference to our Providing Special Educational Needs provision Pace children have complex disabilities and street! Now we all know each other and far from has been vital to the country’s response to the associated medical conditions, and their isolation we have become a much closer community. Covid-19 outbreak and I understand that the vulnerability is heightened further by COVID-19,


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Pace are utilising Google Classroom for curriculum-based activities in the school and Microsoft Teams for both educational and therapeutic services. Pace supports communication, daily living skills, physical development, sensory and emotional wellbeing, through individual teletherapy, group challenges and activities, sharing resources, delivering sensory sessions and stories. There is support on sleep, feeding and play and conduct assessments for Education Health Care Plans, equipment and assessing new families. Pace are able to support more families through teletherapy and other remote services. If your child therapy provision has been reduced or stopped or if you have concerns over your child’s development and want support but haven’t sought advice because of the pandemic, then get in touch. We are here to help as many families as we can, during lockdown and beyond. Contact Elizabeth. Burroughs@thepacecentre.org to find out more.

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St Anne's Church is planning to open for private prayer on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12noon. Stewards will ensure safe practices. All welcome. It is hoped that services will start again in July but only within strict COVID health recommendations.

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Wendover . . Good Introduction from the Chairman of if another incident should occur, we have a amazing ‘Walnut WhatsApp-ers’. We are so cadre of individuals, with the appropriate grateful to the neighbour who bought our the Council Together we have come through a difficult time in recent months. Who knew that this virus could change our lives for so long? Lockdown was an unforeseen challenge with changes of behaviour and new disciplines having to be learnt quickly.

Relaxing lockdown is going to be every bit as challenging. In fact, it appears to be far from relaxing. The noises off, from government and media, are becoming less clear and this is unlikely to get any more certain as mobility increases and the economy reboots.

council support, ready to respond in whatever way we can to ease the burdens on the community.

Meanwhile, please take time to read the letter of appreciation and the thoughts of some of our Wardens reflecting on their experiences during the COVID-19 crisis. Keith Shelley, Clerk to Wendover Parish Council

Letter of Appreciation and Warden Musings

It is up to us to take the skills that we have learnt, the hand cleansing, the distancing square dance that we use on walks and the PPE that is available to keep us safe. We must all become safety officers. Not just for ourselves but for our neighbours, because if we are unfocused now, we could be heading back to square one. Some of our old skills, like driving, crossing the road or using public transport, may need a bit of refreshing after the layoff. Keeping safe takes many forms. Throughout lockdown this community has pulled together like never before. I am sure that we will continue to do our best to keep each other safe as the easing of restrictions happens. The warden scheme and the safety regimes that our retailers have put in place will continue if you, the community, need them. Councillor Tom Walsh

Wendover Good Neighbour Scheme

The scheme was established on Friday 27 March with around 50 Street Wardens volunteering their services to support the vulnerable around Wendover. Since then it has gone from strength to strength with a Street Warden allocated to most streets in Wendover supporting the residents with shopping, prescription collections or just a friendly ear. We are now all hopeful restrictions will be gradually lifted for a return to something resembling normality. Looking to the future, the Parish Council will endeavour to maintain the scheme so that 12

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newspaper every day for 3 months, to the wardens who collected prescriptions and our Budgens essentials and to all those who added food items to their home deliveries when we couldn’t get a delivery slots. To the local Council, Churches Together, the Health Centre team, neighbours, new friends and everyone who gave their time to help us through this topsy turvey time…..thank you! We knew Wendover was a special place to live, but we had no idea that it was filled with so many wonderful people who would be prepared to give their time to look after people they had never met. Jacky & John B Volunteer Drivers In addition to being a Warden as part of the Good Neighbour Scheme on Princess Mary Gate, where demand for help was far lower than anticipated (which is no bad thing!), I also agreed to take on the role of a volunteer driver, through which I have had the pleasure of meeting up with the Sweeney’s Budgens team (below) – Al (left) and Simeon (right) – to load up the many bags of shopping for delivery to the “shielded or self-isolating“ in Wendover and surrounding villages. It was also great to meet Dary (owner; far right) who fully supports and provides staffing for this valuable service.

COVID19 - A Topsy Turvey Season When we were told by the government that the vulnerable should stay at home and that volunteers were needed to support the national effort, we knew something Whilst we all have all embraced and enjoyed extraordinary was about to unfold. It came this experience, we do really look forward to the day when we will get to bump into the as a bit of a shock however, when our middle-aged children told us we were the vulnerable and that we couldn’t volunteer! Suddenly, we found ourselves on the other side of the coin. No longer were we going to be caring for & serving our community, as we had done all of our lives, but we were about to be on the receiving end of something rather extraordinary. We have been lovingly carried through this lockdown and had our every need met by the wonderful Deliveries from Budgens to vulnerable persons ‘Wendover Wardens’ and the Please mention Wendover News when responding to adverts

Neighbour Scheme great people we get to talk to or meet every week back into the Wendover Budgens store - when it is finally safe to do so. I personally have had fun finding all the “hidden places” around the area, having the chance to meet some very friendly, welcoming and smiling new faces and getting to know the Sweeney’s Budgens very friendly, welcoming and smiling staff! Julie Bruce – PMG Wanderings/Wonderings of a Warden…

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It’s been a privilege to be a Street Warden during the current COVID-19 crisis, I have been able to really appreciate what a great place Wendover is to live in, not only do we have a great location but the people are friendly & welcoming. I was nervous at first for the safety and privacy of those of us volunteering but everyone has been really respectful. There has been an outpouring of community spirit with neighbours supporting each other and helping vulnerable people (VP) close to them, making my role easy through setting up group chats for streets, sharing delivery or C&C slots, having a sewing circle for making scrubs for a hospice - and who can forget the communal fish & chip run!

health, the young as well as the old have found this difficult and I know for my two young adults who are trying to finish their university exams & assignments walking a local VP’s dog has been a great outlet. Fortunately, Wendover still has a Parish Council, and compared to those living in metropolitan areas, this has meant that we were able to react quickly and get “boots on the ground” early. I want to offer a huge thanks to all those that have helped, it’s going to be a long-haul before this awful disease is completely contained but recent experience has shown that we can cope, and if anything we are a better community for it. Ruth Falkus, Local Street Warden Rainbow Wreaths In times of crisis, confusion and uncertainty it is heartwarming and humbling to be part of this incredible Wendover community. I am grateful every day that I am part of this delightful village where so many people have stepped forward to help and support their neighbours. The Good Neighbour Scheme has enabled me to assist in the magnificent effort to ensure that no-one needs to be afraid that they won’t have food or the medicine that they need and noone needs to be lonely. There is a volunteer warden always available to help, even for the more unusual requests - like the recent urgent call for a cat litter tray!

The Markets Reopen

It has been several weeks since the Thursday and Local Produce Markets closed; however, Thursday 11 June saw the welcome return of the Thursday Market. This was very much a trial run and not all stalls were available but the intention is to have as great a diversity of stalls as possible to benefit the shoppers of Wendover. A one-way system has been adopted to ensure the safety of all shoppers and we called on volunteers again to act as Stewards to ensure the public understood the COVID-19 arrangements.

I was delighted that my son, Clark Bearman, utilised his skills as a professional Christmas decorator to brighten our doors with the Rainbow Wreaths - although when he originally donated some to the wardens he

The market was well attended, and the Stewards did an excellent job ensuring the safety arrangements were adhered to. The Thursday Market will now remain open and we are planning to open the Local Produce Market on Saturday 18 July.

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had no idea how popular they would be! He wore through his fingers tying baubles to wreaths, but I smile every time I spot them around the village knowing how much money he raised for the Heart of Bucks Coronavirus page. The Rainbow Wreaths caught the attention of BBC Oxford radio, who interviewed me on air about the work of the Wardens in Wendover. We live in a beautiful village full of wonderful people. I’m proud to be a resident and a warden. Pam Chambers – PMG

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Lloyds Pharmacy was able to dispense essential medicines for us throughout lockdown Budgens was our flagship store supplying Wendover with most essentials

How can we thank the staff of Sweeney’s Budgens enough for their non-stop attention to detail since the beginning of March?

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Wendover Post Office adapted to the needs of the local community by offering masks/ sanitisers for purchase. A big thank you to The Bakers Shop and its vastly extended range both Wendover and Halton Post Offices of ready made baked goods and ingredients. which have remained open throughout so that customers could continue to send They had an incredible amount of support letters and packages, not forgetting those from locals wanting to help with deliveries who collect, sort and deliver the post. which was such a blessing and they are so grateful. A special thank you to John, Leah & The Bakers Shop Martin to name but a few of the many who As soon as lockdown hit, The Bakers Shop have given a massive amount of their time. started a delivery service to enable locals Another huge thank you to the staff, who to receive locally sourced essentials and worked tirelessly to fill the orders. Thank you.

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No2 Pound Street continues to bring British deli produce to the doors of those in need during lockdown. The support of loyal customers old and new meant free home deliveries enabled them to continue to raise money for NHS & Lindengate charities.

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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Adams said, “The last few weeks have been a worrying time for many people, but I have remained focussed on supporting my customers to navigate this period in the best ways possible – whether that’s helping them to get home as borders closed across the globe, or rearranging The survey initiated by MoneySavingExpert.com, their plans for a time when we have the chance the finance and consumer affairs site founded to travel again. by Martin Lewis, was completed by over 27,000 people and names Eva Adams as the travel Adams, who is one of the travel professionals in her local area who run their business with Travel business that comes out on top. Counsellors, continues, “Placing number one in the The Wendover based travel expert runs her MoneySavingExpert survey is thanks to the support corporate and leisure travel agency with of my customers in Buckinghamshire and across the independent travel company Travel Counsellors, UK, many of whom have said they are so pleased to which supports experienced travel professionals be able to rely on someone who can take care of all to run their own travel business from home or their travel plans right now, and in the future. shared offices. “Whilst there may still be some uncertainty Survey respondents were asked for their surrounding travel across the globe, I’ve seen rating, feedback and experiences of dealing an increase in bookings and enquiries for 2021, with companies like Travel Counsellors, with as well as staycations in the UK for later in the firms ranked by subtracting the percentage of year. My customers are telling me they’re craving poor experiences from those who had great something to look forward to, and I’m delighted experiences with the company. From 1-11 May, to be able to provide a highly personal travel the survey asked travellers to rate the support service for them. Running my business from home travel companies are providing to customers with means I can always be there for them whenever they need me, including evenings and weekends.” travel plans affected by COVID-19. A local travel agent has reached number one in a national survey reviewing customers’ experiences with travel companies during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The national survey ranking follows Travel Counsellors being named as winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the third time in the company’s history last month. With all winners personally approved by Her Majesty The Queen, the prestigious accolade recognises excellence in British business.

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Club Corner Wendover Bowls Club

When I wrote the last Bowls Club newsletter we were in strict lockdown. Now,with the agreement of Bowls England, our governing body, we have limited access. All the usual precautions apply, of course, with social distancing and the use of sanitizer etc, but at least it is a step forward. Sadly the advice from the Government is for the vulnerable and over 70s to stay at home which will preclude a good part of the membership. Still, as time passes, we look forward to further relaxation of the restrictions so us older folk will be able to enjoy the game again. Throughout this period the green and the Club gardens have come in for a lot of attention and look splendid. I have found it heartening that club members have been looking out for each other with phone calls and offers of help. We have all been missing the social side of the Club but time will pass and things will get back to normal. Just think how we will be able to bore our grandchildren with our Coronavirus stories!

Beavers County Pirate Camp@home

Scouting carries on despite being unable to meet face to face. On the weekend of 6/7 June 1st Wendover Beaver scouts participated in a Countywide Camp@ home event. The event was coordinated through leaders, the County team and Bucks Scout Radio www.

bucksscoutradio.co.uk. Parents signed up to run the camp at home with their Beavers. Before the day a pack of resources was sent to parents with lots of Pirate themed ideas including; choosing a pirate name, how to make a pirate hat and eye patch, ideas for building a camp, how to make a parrot, boat and jolly roger and a menu of pirate food.

and help to keep children in touch with Scouting at a time where the groups are unable to meet face to face. The radio broadcasts, including the Camp@home Pirate weekend, are recorded onto the Bucks Scout Radio website.

Alongside over 700 Beaver scouts from around the County, Wendover Beavers were able to tune into the radio station and follow along with games, music and scheduled events throughout the weekend. The Saturday night finished with a virtual campfire and songs led by a member of the County team. Local leaders held a ‘Zoom’ (virtual) meeting with the children so that they could show their leaders and friends their camps, play a game and join in with a quiz to test their Pirate knowledge. Leaders want to congratulate parents and Beavers on the high standard of the camps and crafts that were on display! On Sunday morning, Beavers joined in with ‘Aaaaarhobics’ and Pirate breakfasts before a closing ceremony mid-morning.

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For more information about Scouting in Wendover please visit - www.1stWendoverscouts.co.uk. Wendover Cricket Club has trialled a start to junior training, taking on board all of the COVID-19 requirements from the ECB which includes small groups and social distancing. We hope to expand the offer more widely in the coming weeks but catering for large numbers in small groups is challenging. Currently there is no prospect of matches, but the ECB is likely to target resuming junior matches in some format first.

HS2 continues to frustrate, with our latest meeting put back 3 weeks to late June and we are no further forward in knowing their proposed land-take and programme/ timescales, both of which are critical for the club being able to plan ahead. They continue to send us notices of Local leaders across all sections of 1st Wendover Scout surveys on land that we have no interest in, so wasting group are running virtual meetings for their members public money. with quizzes, games and sharing badge ideas. Bucks Scout Radio is also running weekly events for all Scout More information appears fairly regularly on our website sections. They share ideas for badges to do at home www.pitchero.com/clubs/wendovercricketclub.

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Family Tribute: Ricky Ahmed Our dearest beloved father Dibul Ahmed, also known as Ricky, started his journey in the catering industry by attending a catering school for Indian cooking in Sandhurst in the 1970s. Ricky had opened his first restaurant in Weybridge in 1985 at the age of 18 and then went on to open more restaurants and venture out to many other businesses and never looked back. Ed: To read more about Ricky, please go to https://wendovernews.co.uk/news/ local-face-ricky-dibul-ahmed/

an indelible mark that connected forever. Ricky was a vibrant part of the Wendover community for 22 exciting years, and he partnered up with the RAF Catering Training School teaching recruits how to cook Indian food and was even a Parish Councillor in Wendover for a while. Ricky was a very optimistic person who was full of positive energy and was always up for a good laugh, his charming ways and smiling face are a pleasure to recall.

Throughout his journey he helped and supported many people with their businesses and their personal life. Our father was a convivial person and always loved people hence why he pursued his career in the catering and hospitality industry and created a platform where he was able to do a lot a charity work for the community as well as help individuals raise money for their causes. Charity work was very close to Ricky’s heart supporting Marie Curie Cancer Research, Wendover Harriers Football Club, Aylesbury Rugby Club and many RAF charities.

Ricky with the sons he loved so much and of whom he was so proud

This flourishing family business continued to grow with the opening of new restaurants across the UK before arriving in Buckinghamshire and discovering the charm of Wendover. Ricky opened The Raj in Wendover in 1996, the exact year his youngest son was born and he always described The Raj as his little baby. The buzzing vibe on a Friday and Saturday night at The Raj is just unforgettable. The atmosphere was full of laughter and good energy and this will truly be missed.

Everyone will have their own special memories of our father. For us brothers he was our best friend and mentor, above all he was a gentle, caring and kind father. He was thoughtful and an honest man with strong principles. He had a true gift for communicating and he used it well! Actually, he loved talking to everyone he met and would talk to anyone. It did not matter who they were, it made no difference to him. Everyone was treated with the same respect.

Throughout the lively years of The Raj, Ricky interacted with thousands of people. Through these interactions, people would meet him only once or many times, but he would always leave

Last year, we were hurt by the sad news that The Raj had to close as the Landlord had decided to take back the property and still to this day we are so heartbroken and we miss all our lovely

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customers and the people of Wendover, see https://wendovernews.co.uk/print-editions/ April 2019, page 19. However, this year we faced a much greater tragedy, as, in tears, we watched the most important person in our lives fade away from our life. Our father fought so hard to stay with us, but Coronavirus took him away. The loss of our father is a heavy burden to bear. It will be hard to turn the page, knowing that our beloved father will not be with us in the next chapter of our lives, but we will always remember our father because there will never be another person to replace him in our hearts. As a family we want to thank you all for the kind messages of support and flowers over the last few weeks. We would like to place on record our heartfelt appreciation to everyone in Wendover who supported our father and The Raj over the years and we shall forever be grateful. In Memory of our father and grandma (Ricky’s mum) we are building a Masjid in Bangladesh for the poor people in the local village, as this is what Ricky would want. The Masjid provides a place for its worshippers to pray and contemplate as well as being a hub for educational programmes and other everyday services. We would be grateful if you could kindly help us reach our target, by generously donating as much as you can. Thank you. Zubair Ahmed https://www.gofundme.com/f/to-help-builda-Masjid-in-Bangladesh?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet Other tributes to Ricky can be found at https:// wendovernews.co.uk/news/tribute-ricky-dibulahmed/ and https://wendovernews.co.uk/ print-editions June 2020, page 12.

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RAF Halton Royal Air Force Halton Support to South Central Ambulance Service During COVID-19 Co-Responders for the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) based at RAF Halton have been busy serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their Rapid Response Vehicles have been out on the roads with increased shifts over The team at Stoke Mandeville Ambulance the last 3 months, increasing Station with Head of Operations. the footprint of emergency ambulances and saving many lives.

Sqn Ldr Claire Stanley, Sgt Owen Clarke and Cpl ‘Crash’ Stevenson are working with the Patient Transport Service (PTS). This is the highest priority task now for SCAS, transporting patients to, from and between hospitals as safely as possible to receive ongoing treatments and minimise their exposure time in hospitals. They are also an important part of the plan in helping patients return home after fighting off COVID-19. WO Alex Bedborough (team leader) and Sgt Dan Dillon have been crewed as Emergency Care Assistants who are working directly with a clinician on the front line ambulances. The Co-Responders not deployed on other duties are carrying out extra shifts in the two Rapid Response cars based at RAF Halton or at other RAF Stations and in the local area to maximise output of all cars. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) dispatcher is Sgt Sue Berrecloth, who is responsible for the movements and allocations of Double Crewed Ambulances in the North of the region, dispatching ambulances to life threatening emergencies. WO Bedborough said: “I’m immensely proud of all of the RAF Halton Ambulance Co-Responders who have gone above and beyond during this pandemic to help save lives alongside our SCAS colleagues. The Service has been under an enormous amount of pressure during these unprecedented times. Halton personnel have deployed with such professionalism and dedication to their SCAS roles and I’ve received nothing but praise from all areas of the trust.” Area Head of Operations, Mark Begley, said: “Stoke Mandeville Ambulance Station has for many years now enjoyed an excellent, mutually supportive relationship with RAF Halton. The support we have received from our RAF colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic has extended well beyond Stoke Mandeville and is testament to the close friendship we have established.”


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Local Faces at Chiltern Brewery A stone’s throw away from Wendover lies The Chiltern Brewery, Buckinghamshire’s and the Chilterns’ oldest independent brewery which this year celebrates its 40th year of brewing. Run by brothers Tom & George Jenkinson, The Chiltern Brewery has become a cornerstone of life for many Wendover residents.

local farmers, growers and bakers, the chefs then add a glug of beer, a spoonful of ale chutney or a generous sprinkling of handmade beer cheese to create balanced, wholesome meals for all tastes to savour.

Although the brothers are aware of the importance of their brewery’s 40 year history, The brothers took on the day-to-day running of now about the 6th oldest micro-brewery in the The Chiltern Brewery in 2005 from their parents, country – it’s the future they are focussing on. Richard & Lesley Jenkinson, who had taken the There are new beers being released as part of decision to step back. Both Richard & Lesley are in their anniversary this year, including their first Tom, Richard, Lesley and George Jenkinson fine health and can often be seen at the brewery’s ever can! On a larger scale plans are advanced for onsite shop, engaging with customers and recalling fond memories. the development of a new brewery which will allow them to continue to meet growing demand for their beers. Tom & George have been committed to the cause started by their parents in 1980 - that of reviving classic English ale styles and pioneering new ones for The local area has always been important to the Brewery which is why its drinkers to enjoy time & time again. Their focus has always been on using only emblem features a fox and beech tree and most of the Brewery’s beer names the finest British ingredients to create rewarding pints for those who appreciate are named after local features or people of prominence. Further to this, the finer things in life. Brewery favourites that are synonymous with the local meeting the needs of the local customers has been the overriding objective region (Beechwood Bitter, Bodger’s Barley Wine, 300s Old Ale to name a few) of the brewery – most of them live within a few miles of the Brewery. remain a core part of the brewery’s range along with new beers brewed for Without their support the Brewery wouldn’t be celebrating its anniversary the modern palate, such as their Session IPA which will be available very soon. this year - so the brothers would like to say a very big “Thank You!” to all Under the leadership of the two brothers, The Chiltern Brewery has their local customers and will raise a glass to them on their birthday! Cheers! enjoyed continual growth and their award-winning real ales can now be found in many pubs throughout the local area. Tom & George also run their own pub, The King’s Head in Aylesbury town centre. The pub dates back to the 1400s, one of the oldest & most historic pubs in the region. They have recently taken on the lease for the whole site and have an exciting plan to bring the buildings back to life. George and his wife, Anett, look after the day-to-day running of The King’s Head in Aylesbury, where visitors can expect a warm welcome at any time of the day. The pub, perhaps Aylesbury’s best kept secret, offers a wide range of cask ales, keg beers and a carefully selected choice of wines & spirits. Their talented chefs excel at cooking modern British dishes with an exciting addition - Chiltern Brewery beer! Sourcing fresh ingredients from

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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

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Wendover Parish Council continues to be committed to a “business as usual” approach during this time of pandemic. The Clock Tower remains unattended for most of the time; it’s hard to think of a building less suited for staff social distancing than the Clock Tower, but the work of the council goes on. The Thursday market is back. It’s a bit different from the usual bustling free for all but I think it’s a milestone on the path back to normality. Most of the tasks that keep Wendover safe and tidy are being carried out by our grounds team and hanging baskets and flowers are perking up the village centre and the approaches. Council meetings are taking place on screens rather than face to face and they are no less lively or productive for that. The Council is changing with some members stepping down and new, co-opted, members joining. This kind of change will bring new skills, opinions and thoughts, and so look out for a flurry of ideas being put into practice. One such idea, from a newish councillor Steve Campbell, is to construct a time capsule with features relating to the COVID-19 crisis. These are momentous times and a community record of where we are now, and where we’ve been, should be of great interest to people in the future. You will no doubt hear much more of this as we ask for community input. One member leaving the council is Cllr Robert Duggan, the former chairman. As chairman he helped to set the council on the path to be the organisation that it is today. He and I have been friends for thirty odd years, and we joined WPC on the same day ten years ago. Robert will continue to be active in the community, but I and the other councillors shall miss him at council meetings. Tom Walsh

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The weekly Thursday market returned to Manor Waste on Thursday 11 June, opening at 9am and closing at 3pm. Community safety is paramount, and to establish a safe system of working, only a few traders returned. The Parish Council are reassessing the situation each week and are planning for all the traders to return over time. A one-way system has been imposed with sanitiser stations positioned at the entry points, and where possible, you are encouraged to use contactless payments. We ask you to follow the set-out guidelines to ensure everyone can shop safely and enjoy the experience. For those who enjoy the monthly Local Produce Market, we are planning to reopen it on Saturday 18 July. Please follow our Facebook page or visit our website for the latest news and updates.

Hampden Pond Update

Wendover Parish council are pleased to confirm the commencement of due diligence activities for the development of the pond into an area where families can meet for picnics, and enjoy the natural environment we endeavour to create, to support wildlife and aquatic plants. WPC envisage a substantive path suitable for the disabled, areas with picnic tables, additional trees to replace those in trauma, and aquatic

plants to entice a greater variety of wildlife to the pond. A borehole will also be investigated to maintain a suitable water level, so that fish stock and angling can be reintroduced. It is early days and we have a three-year plan to achieve these goals. The community will be engaged throughout the project to ensure we deliver an area which is practical, appealing, and somewhere Wendover residents can enjoy and be proud of!

Wendover Rocks

Wendover Parish Council is supporting an initiative started by a local resident called Wendover Rocks. To show support for the NHS and key workers we are encouraging people to paint rocks and leave them in the area near the flower trough outside the Clock Tower. If there is a good response, we can then think about casting the pebbles in either concrete or a clear resin at a central point in the village. Let’s see how big our collection can grow!

WPC Mailing List

Wendover Parish Council have started a mailing list for important updates, news, and event information. It is very easy to join, just visit our website www.wendover-pc.gov.uk and a box will pop up asking you to enter your email address to join the mailing list. Your data will not be shared with third parties. www.facebook.com/wendoverparish/

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