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Wendover Woodhenge

As of Spring 2020, Wendover is definitely on the map of Historic England since the HS2 Ltd led excavations have revealed a large circular monument of wooden posts 65 meters in diameter with features aligned with the winter solstice, similar to Stonehenge in Wiltshire amongst other finds (see page 14). Walkers noticed that footpaths in fields either side of Ellesborough Road had been fenced off at the start of lockdown. One footpath was diverted, much to the annoyance of some who damaged a fence to regain access. Archaeological excavations began even though we had not been given official notification of the start of some of them. On Saturday 11 July, the news broke of many astounding finds in these fields just where the HS2 cut and cover tunnel is to plough through our countryside. Since then, the question on the street is - will these finds be destroyed? They have already been recovered but this is normal practice after a first dig. Such activity is always carried out in full co-operation with Historic England but there

is no indication yet of plans to preserve the henge. Local Environmental Conservation Organisation, Wendover Active Resistance Camp, gathered together people from near and far on Sunday 19 July to mourn the probability that even Walking towards though Wendover Wendover Woodhenge Woodhenge is amazingly well preserved and the best example of its kind in this area, it will be destroyed. They decided to visit. For more photos and video, see https://wendovernews. co.uk/news/wendover-woodhenge/.

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weekends until 27 Sep (weather permitting), Pendley Meadow, Cow Lane, Tring The team that bring us Chilfest have branched into the outdoor cinema market! Movies include family favourites and recent releases. Viewing is on an enormous 10m x 4m screen and high quality audio is played through personal wireless headphones. A range of ticket options is available, including a Premium Ticket which comes with a deckchair and popcorn. Details and tickets available on www.chilfest-cinema.co.uk.

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Scarecrow Trail

8-23 August Theme: Heroes and Villains • A family fun activity following the trail to guess the scarecrows • Map provided • Entry fee £4 per form • Entry forms available from Fiona Michaels Flowers and Gifts and other retail outlets in Wendover High Street. • Prizes for the winning entries • You have two weeks to complete the trail Submit your entry forms to scarecrowtrailwendover@gmail.com

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Family Treasure Hunt

Saturday 15 August, 10am-2pm, starts at St Mary's Church St Mary’s Church in partnership with Wendover Youth Centre is running a Family Treasure Hunt. The treasure hunt will take teams around Wendover chasing clues. The three teams who complete the treasure hunt in the quickest times will receive a prize. Teams should be up to 6 people including at least one young person (we encourage that this is within family

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WENDOVER MUSIC 2020 Season of Concerts

All at St Mary’s Church commencing at 7.30pm

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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13 March (AGM) and 27th March - Artists to be announced 17 April - Steven Osborne (Piano) 9 May - Timothy Riddout (Viola) & Tom Poster (Piano) 5 June - London Handel Players (mixed ensemble) Concert tickets £20 (students £5). AGM tickets £10 non season ticket holders. Mini Mozart £6 per child (adults free) or £10 for 2 siblings Season tickets £75 (students £15) - includes AGM and reserved seating area in Nave

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Climate Action Wendover With 40% of the country’s emissions coming from households, Climate Action Wendover welcomed the chancellor’s announcement on 8 July introducing a £2bn ‘Green Homes Grant’ to help homeowners increase the energy efficiency of their property.

Homeowners will be able to use the vouchers on insulation, double glazing, solar panels and heat pumps. For example, to fit insulation worth £2,000 in your home, you would pay £660 and the government would give you a voucher for the remaining £1,320.

To achieve a good level of energy efficiency, approximately 68% of the UK’s 28 million homes need to be upgraded which would equate to approximately 2,112 properties across the Wendover parish. Paul Moring, chair of Climate Action Wendover said: “Reducing emissions from homes is one of the many ways that will enable Wendover reach the UK’s target to become a net zero emitter by 2050.”

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HS2 HS2 gathers pace as it recruits staff to deliver Committee). The Working Group also had a in Bucks) engineers to consider whether it the project and engages with contractors to meeting with Cheryl Gillan MP who is still a would be mutually beneficial to pass some tender large packages of works. supporter of our efforts. of their diverted spring water through the pond. Surprise, surprise, they are considering We have, owing to the reluctance of our just that. They’re not sure if it’s feasible but Environment News The Court of Appeal decided to hear Chris MP to ask questions of government on the it’s being considered. Packham’s appeal regarding an application Mined Tunnel, asked certain Lords to ask for permission for judicial review of the them for us. The process requires us to Bentonite Prime Minister’s decision to proceed with develop the questions with our lobbyist. The As I have reported previously HS2/EKFB Lord then takes them to the House and asks intend to use Bentonite, a slurry compound the HS2 railway project. them in writing. The government's transport that waterproofs and/or lubricates, during representative in the Lords answers them the drilling process for the 50m deep pile The hearing took place 8 July 2020. also in writing. foundations for the viaduct at Smalldean. Lord Justice Lewison held that the matter is Bentonite is not quite as innocuous as HS2 of “considerable public interest” and ordered The round of questions can be found by would have us believe. Network Rail know that a rolled-up hearing be listed before mid- visiting by following the direct link www. that Bentonite in watercourses used for July in light of the fact that further works by wendover-pc.gov.uk/post/tabled-written- human or animal consumption is hazardous HS2 Ltd and its contractors are scheduled to questions-put-to-the-government to health. I’m told that quite a few homes take place. and farms in the Smalldean area rely on bore Michael Byng holes for their water. I have had a meeting Michael has developed his report on the with Simon Mathews of EKFB and discussed The Working Group mined tunnel to a “Final” state which can the abstraction issue. EKFB are aware that The Wendover team has continued refining be found by following the direct link www. there is a problem and that this problem our presentation and to prepare our wendover-pc.gov.uk/post/read-michaelis exacerbated by poor records. There is a presentations as requested by The Transport byng-s-report-proving-a-mined-tunnel-isrelatively new necessity to record and to Select Committee and The Treasury. One cheaper-quicker-and-greener license bore holes but none are recorded of the reasons that people are reluctant in the WPC area. If you have a bore hole for to engage with the enormity of HS2 is the your house do let us know. This info can be complication. We have therefore designed, Face to Face Meeting Dave Hindle takes most of the credit here, a We are continuing in our attempt to get a treated in confidence. graphic at a glance comparison. meaningful face to face meeting with both DfT/HS2 and with the contractors. Before In Brief The graphic can be found following the taking meetings of this kind it is important So, with issues of transparency and fairness. direct link www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/post/ for us to have the latest data on noise, Groundwater, flooding, redirection and now simplified-representation-of-the-mined- hydrology, viaduct design etc. pollution. Habitat destruction. Noise, the tunnel-comparison-with-the-proposed-hs2permanent strangulation of the A413, the scheme Hampden Pond ruin of the Cricket Club I haven’t had room Knowing that the lack of stability of water for my update on Mark Thurston. Sarah Olney MP (Lib Dem, Shadow Secretary levels at Hampden Pond causes concerns in Tom Walsh of State for Transport) has offered to meet the village I asked EKFB (Eiffage Kier Ferrovial Chairman 13/08/2015 15:09 Page 1Parish Council with us, as has Julie Marson MP. (Treasury BAM JV, the main civil Wendover_News_2015_update4 contractors for HS2 Wendover

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Cecilia Payne Why did Wendover Parish Council decide to fix a blue plaque to a house in Wendover? It was the birthplace on 10 May 1900 of an astonishing woman who acknowledged the important part Wendover played in allowing her to do the genuinely world beating work she did in Harvard. That led to her obituary in the Washington Post, no less, in December 1979.

was not much mathematics or science. Just before her seventeenth birthday her school told her it could do no more for her and asked her to leave.

described her work as "the most brilliant PhD thesis ever written in astronomy". Her findings were later accepted and although astronomer Henry Norris Russell later admiringly acknowledged Payne's earlier By 1918 she had moved to St Paul's School work and discovery, he is often credited for where she was taught by Gustav Holst (The the conclusions she reached. Planets) who urged her to study music but she preferred to Dr Payne had to take a job as an "assistant" focus on science and at Harvard, despite her qualifications but she She only had to cross the following year won was allowed to lecture. She met astronomer Chiltern Road from a scholarship that paid Sergei Gasposchkin in Gottingen, Germany number 47 to number all her expenses for in 1933 and engineered his escape to 36, a private school run Newnham, Cambridge Harvard from the new Nazi regime. They by Elizabeth Edwards to study botany. She married later. Her obituary described her as – who told her classes was inspired by a Phillips professor of astronomy emeritus at that women were the lecture on astronomy Harvard University. Recognition at last. stronger sex. At age and that was the field Photo: harvardsquarelibrary.org eight, Cecilia decided to she worked in for the become a scientist. This happened after rest of her life. Although she completed she recognized a plant she had previously the course, she couldn't be awarded her known only from her mother’s description degree from Cambridge until 1948. Her of it – the bee orchid. Cecilia learned to read only professional option was teaching and became an avid reader. There were but she managed to win a fellowship to frequent exercises in mental arithmetic. encourage women to study at the Harvard Miss Edwards required her girls to learn College Observatory. She was the second lengthy poems by heart – Cecilia said this female student to join. Her thesis concluded helped her later scientific work because it that hydrogen was the overwhelming developed her memory to a very high level. constituent of stars. Her supervisors were Cecilia Payne in her office at Harvard, 1946, Cecilia loved her school so much that when sceptical and suppressed this finding but with, Kathryn, Edward and Sergei Gaposchkin the family moved to London, the twelve in 1923 she became the first woman from photo - https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/ year old found her new school "inferior to the observatory to be granted a PhD. A observatory/research/cindystudents/1997sp/ women/payne/ the little school in Wendover" because there few years later, astronomer Otto Struve


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In the absence of support from the Department for Transport for our preferred solution – the Mined Tunnel - we continue to push HS2 Ltd, the DfT and the nominated contractor, EKFB (Eiffage Kier Ferrovial BAM JV), for enforceable assurances regarding three urgent issues: noise, the impact of the green tunnel on the aquifer and potential traffic congestion in future years on the A413. Because the final design of the line around Wendover has NOT been agreed – yet preparatory work has already begun – we maintain that potential mitigation measures need to be designed in now in anticipation of their future utilisation. It will be too late to make those changes after the line has been built. As separately reported on the front page and page 14, fusion-jv have discovered an ancient wooden "henge" near the proposed HS2 line at Wellwick Farm which is of considerable interest to Heritage England. With the recent halt to discussions about improving the A303 near Stonehenge, is there any hope that Heritage England could change HS2's plans and protect our henge by mining a tunnel underneath it?? Questions are also being asked by Wendover residents about the future wherabouts of all the archaeological finds. Wendover HS2

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Jan passed away peacefully on 16 June 2020. She was the loving mother of Merrenna, Merrick and Michelle and grandmother to Asher, Aaron and Nina. A Private Funeral Service was held on 8 July. There will be a Celebration of Life, to be held at a later date. Please contact Merrenna French 07486 941640 for details. Donations to Jan's charities of Rennie Grove Hospice Care or Marie Curie can be made via the family's chosen funeral directors Heritage & Sons, 01296 620777.

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R.J. Kinnarney's work, which examines the effect of lockdown on teenagers, has been described as "A moving, intimate and important piece...exploring the distance Burying the Time Capsule between physical and digital presence capsule is set to be opened again in the during Covid-19." year 2070; 50 years from now. Many thanks R.J. Kinnarney is a tutor and author of to all involved who helped create the final Abigail Aces Acting , her first children’s book, product! Miss. Camman has promised to Cygnets available from amazon.co.uk. She spends return to the school for the opening in 2070 Thank you to local photographer Graham a huge proportion of her time working – she will be 74! Head, who sent this lovely photo of the swan with children and young people, much of family on the Wendover Arm which he took which involves psychological support and Medical Detection Dogs in late June. confidence-building. R.J. Kinnarney says Sniffing out COVID-19 "Never has this been more necessary. Young Milton Keynes-based charity Medical Detection Dogs, in conjunction with the people now need a glimmer of future ." London School of Hygiene and Tropical Read more about Abigail Aces Acting at Medicine and Durham University, is training https://wendovernews.co.uk/news/local- six dogs to detect COVID-19. The six dogs come from varied backgrounds - some are author-publishes-first-childrens-book/. rescues - and have been undergoing training since April. CWA Time Capsule During the month of June, staff and students at Chiltern Way Academy Wendover Campus The training is done on samples which do worked diligently to create their own time not contain live virus and strict handling capsule to remember this unusual period procedures are in place to prevent exposure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This to live virus for either dogs or handlers. 100 Words of Solitude time capsule contains memorabilia and Wendover-based author, R.J. Kinnarney, insights into the current life of students at If you would like to donate to Medical had a submission accepted and published school during 2020. To commemorate the Detection Dogs, please visit www. by the global project 100 Words of Solitude perseverance of everyone on campus, items medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/giving/. in May. The project records creative literary buried included a photo album, newspaper responses to the Covid-19 situation. It seeks articles about the Covid-19 pandemic, The Importance of Exercise to capture the emotional, cultural and social student work, videos of student life, and It’s important for you to keep moving; not impact of the developing situation, giving music choices selected by students. The only to maintain your physical health, but

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Local News also your mental health. Did you know that there are many complications from inactivity? Inactivity can lead to increased risk of chest infections, muscle and joint stiffness, increased fatigue and poor sleep – not to mention that for every day of inactivity (for whatever reason), there is a 1-3% loss of strength. That can mean a 50% reduction in overall strength in just one month! The main muscle groups affected by inactivity are the postural and leg muscles – these are the ones that help keep us upright. This is why sitting for long periods of time can cause back trouble, among other things. So join an online class, or if you're able, go for a walk and enjoy nature, but most of all – keep moving!

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The letter was a real boost to the staff who have worked through the crisis and kept the school open for our students. In the last week of term we had all 40 frontline staff back in school and the majority of the students have attended at least part of the week. The school will be open for some students over the summer holidays so that we can continue look after the children of key workers and our most vulnerable students. We look forward to a full school re-opening in September with a return to a 3.15pm finish to the day. We wish all Wendover residents a safe, sunny and enjoyable summer period. Paul Coffey, Headteacher Wendover Campus, Chiltern Way Academy

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Buckinghamshire Freemasons Buckinghamshire Freemasons have been Amersham and Wexham Park Hospitals with lending a helping hand near and far during others going to local hospices. the Coronavirus crisis. All of the donated devices will continue to be Tablet Donation used by the hospitals after the coronavirus In May, they took part in a nationwide crisis is over. initiative that saw Freemasons nationally Stolen Bicycle donate nearly 1,000 tablets to hospitals This spring, after and care homes to provide vital contact a long night shift between loved ones and coronavirus at MK University patients. The tablets were provided to Hospital, Dr Suhel more than 50 hospitals, care homes and Chagani was eager hospices across their regions. to go home as his During the current crisis, NHS hospitals have been forced to limit visits to patients in an attempt to control infections. Some of those suffering from the virus can be in intensive care for two to three weeks or more, with one-to-one visits only being allowed for dying patients. This has led hospitals to try to find a way to help patients communicate with their families during this difficult time. Freemasons have risen to the challenge and gifted more than a thousand devices to help patients see and hear their loved ones and provide much-needed comfort. The donations were coordinated through a new Covid-19 Response Group, which was formed by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) as an emergency structure in response to Covid-19. Its purpose is to work together to deliver life-changing initiatives – on a national scale – to those in need. Using the full capability of its network, the Freemasons have been able to draw together suppliers to source the tablets quickly and efficiently.

families but were particularly concerned about two young sisters who care for their mother. With lockdown and home schooling, they were suddenly isolated and were unable to do their school work and stay in contact with their friends.

Young Carers Bucks has a long standing relationship with Buckinghamshire Freemasons, and they have been working together during COVID to provide hot meals and other support. After a call to see if the Freemasons of Buckinghamshire could help wife was imminently expecting their first in some way, Phil Blacklaw (Assistant Head child only to find that his bicycle had been of Buckinghamshire Freemasons) leapt into stolen from the hospital grounds. The close action. association Buckinghamshire Freemasons Shortly afterwards, have with MK University Hospital triggered Phil delivered a brand a ‘chain’ reaction to the situation which new laptop computer resulted in Buckinghamshire Freemasons to the girls, who were getting on their bike to donate a replacement very grateful to receive for the stolen bicycle. it. It has made a huge difference to the home Dr Chagani said: “Many thanks to Buckinghamshire schooling for these hard Freemasons for your most generous working young carers. donation, I am very grateful for all your help Rahat Butt, of Young Carers Bucks said “I am and support. Thanks again, Suhel.” writing to sincerely thank Buckinghamshire Cyclone Assistance Some of the thousands of people whose lives were devastated when Super Cyclone Amphan hit Bangladesh and India on 20 May, have been given urgently-needed humanitarian assistance, thanks to a grant of £15,000 supported by Buckinghamshire Freemasons.

Laptop for Young Carers The recent COVID pandemic has hit all families. However, for some young carers In Buckinghamshire, tablets were given it has put them in an impossible situation. to Stoke Mandeville, High Wycombe, Young Carers Bucks supports many such

Freemasons for their generous donation of a laptop for our Young Carer family in need. The family are very grateful for the kind donation of the laptop by the Freemasons. The new laptop has made a huge difference for the two Young Carers in the family. Since lockdown the family were having to share one laptop between five children, school work was not being completed and the school had concerns about the teenage girls, one of whom is a GCSE student. Your contribution and support allows us to make a positive impact in the lives of the Young Carers.”

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HS2 Unearths Local History Editor's note: This article and its accompanying photos were originally published on https://mediacentre.hs2.org. uk/news/hs2-uncovers-iron-age-murdervictim-and-timber-stonehenge-styleformation-during-excavations-at-wellwickfarm-bucks

At Wellwick Farm, archaeologists believe the Bronze Age and Iron Age saw the addition of some domestic occupation with at least one roundhouse identified and possible structures such as animal pens and pits used for disposing food. During the Roman period, this occupation may have moved to the current location of Wendover but Archaeologists working on the the Wellwick Farm HS2 project in Buckinghamshire site was still used for have discovered a skeleton burials. In a square believed to be a murder victim enclosure on the from the Iron Age. site, archaeologists discovered a skeleton During the excavation work in a coffin that was at Wellwick Farm near lined with lead, with Wendover, archaeologists the outer coffin discovered a skeleton of an likely made of wood. adult male buried face down The Iron Age burial A r c h a e o l ogists in a ditch with hands bound believe that the buried individual must together under his pelvis. The unusual burial have been someone of high status as they position suggests the iron age man may had the means to pay for such an expensive have been a victim of a murder or execution. Osteologists are currently examining the method of burial. skeleton for further evidence of foul play.

The section of the HS2 route is being prepared to build the Wendover Green Tunnel and the Wendover North Cutting. The archaeology programme is a central part of HS2’s ground preparation works for Phase One of the project - London to Birmingham. HS2, its contractors and supply chain are well underway with a programme of work, clearing sites, ahead of main construction.

The archaeological works have revealed a wealth of archaeology with evidence of human activity dating from the Neolithic to the Medieval period, a time spanning around 4000 years. The land to the west of Wendover seems to have been persistently used for ceremonial activity as archaeologists also uncovered a large circular monument of wooden posts 65 meters in diameter with features aligned with the winter solstice, similar to The Neolithic wooden circle Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

Commenting on the archaeological work, Dr. Rachel Wood, Project Archaeologist said: “We already knew that

Buckinghamshire is rich in archaeology but discovering a site showing human activity spanning 4,000 years came as a bit of a surprise to us. “The death of the Wellwick Farm man remains a mystery to us but there aren’t many ways you end up in a bottom of a ditch, face down, with your hands bound. We hope our osteologists will be able to shed more light on this potentially gruesome death. “The large wooden ceremonial structure, the Roman lead burial and the mystery of the skeleton at Wellwick Farm helps bring alive the fact that people lived, worked and died in this area long before we came along.“ Mike Court, HS2 Lead Archaeologist said: “Before we build the lowcarbon highspeed railway b e t w e e n London and The Roman burial Birmingham, we are uncovering a wealth of archaeology that will enrich our cultural heritage. “Our discoveries will be shared with communities and the public through virtual lectures, open days and in an upcoming BBC archaeology documentary. “The sheer scale of possible discoveries, the geographical span and the vast range of our history to be unearthed makes HS2’s archaeology programme a unique opportunity to tell the story of Buckinghamshire and Britain.”

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Good Neighbour Scheme COVID-19: Reflecting on the Way Forward

The government is keen to get the economy moving again and we are all working to develop ways of living and working that make us feel safe. As government advice, particularly once it has been fired through the prism of the media, seems to be a bit fluid, my advice is “back to basics”. Keep the social distance, wash hands, use masks and gloves when necessary. “If in doubt, keep out” seems to be a reasonable position. Using our own judgement, we can all gain a bit of normality, work, or shop, keep safe and get the country moving. Wendover has weathered this COVID-19 storm well. Now we need to make sure that no one gets left behind during the next phase. Tom Walsh Chairman Wendover Parish Council

1 August and the Wendover Good Neighbour Scheme

1 August is a significant date for those residents who are shielding. It is the date the Government have decided they can venture out and return to some form of normality. Whilst many will welcome the opportunity, others will not be so confident having been confined to their homes for such a long time. The change will also impact on the Wendover Good Neighbour Scheme, with many of the residents previously relying on the support of the Wardens now able to complete their own errands. Recognising the significance of this change, the Good Neighbour Scheme will make a phased www.wendovernews.co.uk

withdrawal during the period 1 August to 15 August. This will enable the Wardens to liaise with any residents having concerns and offer assurances to help build their confidence before venturing out. The Parish Clerk will engage with the authorities to ensure they are aware of the transition, so their support services are maintained. A letter was sent to all the Wardens explaining the adjustment and a copy is included below for wider community appreciation: ‘Good Neighbour Scheme – Transition of duties/responsibilities from 1 August (post shielding watershed) I last wrote to you on 23 June confirming the Council’s intentions to maintain the WGNS beyond this crisis and I look forward to your further inputs once we commence our “lessons learned” review of Wendover’s COVID-19 experience to date. Meanwhile, we must consider the here and now and our approach on easing the incredible support provided by the Wardens. 1 August is a watershed for the formally shielded. For many it will provide a gratefully received opportunity to return to some form of normality, for others the new normal will be extremely daunting but they will cope, and there is another group of individuals who will have a continuing need for support from the statutory authorities who are responsible for social care. It is important that if we think that anyone we know is being left behind in this process that we highlight that fact.

for shopping, will be withdrawn for all residents. The transition period will enable you to engage with the shielding residents, explain the change in support and offer reassurances that the WGNS will be ready should circumstances change for the worse. Many of us will no doubt continue to support our friends and neighbours on an informal basis if that is necessary and the WGNS will respond as required to any future emerging community need as well as another spike or second wave. The Parish Clerk will be engaging with the authorities to ensure they are aware of the transition and that necessary support is maintained. He will also be reviewing the many issues and suggestions highlighted by yourselves, businesses, and residents throughout the crisis with the Community Board and working to get them addressed, so we can be ready should there be another need. Meanwhile, many thanks again for your continued support and please let me know if you have any concerns relating to these arrangements.’ The Council and community appreciate the exceptional support provided by the Wardens and the fact they remain willing to step up again should there be another need. Whilst the relaxation in restrictions creates a feeling of normality and a lifeline for local businesses, please ensure you adhere to the essential defences by wearing a mask, washing your hands and complying with the social distancing rules whilst enjoying the Wendover facilities. Keith Shelley Clerk to Wendover Parish Council

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#CarryUs Local Designer Ben Glazier was asked to produce a set of stamps for the Isle of Man during lockdown. To honour local people who made it their responsibility to #CarryUsThrough the crisis, Wendover News Care: Street Wardens organised the Community: Sarah Greer Photography collection of essentials including food and medicines for our vulnerable neighbours. These are some of the many Street Wardens who volunteered to help their neighbours. They are photographed here in front of Budgens and online individually in front of Lloyds Pharmacy as these were the places they visited most frequently on behalf of the shielded or people who needed help for whatever reason. Some requests were more unusual, eg a litter tray for a cat, but everyone coped and more importantly, all the neighbours got to know one another much better. See also page 17.

created a Business Directory during lockdown. During lockdown, Sarah Greer decided to use her professional photography skills to support local businesses. She visited scores of premises and took photographs showing our business neighbours and what they do. Many small businesses did not benefit from Government support so she wanted to bring to our attention the local skilled workers who can help us all in our hour of need. Go to www.sarahgreerphotography. c o . u k / w e n d o v e r- a r e a - l o c a l - s m a l l business-directory/ for more details.


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Wendover Dementia Support moved into the home. Oskar raised money for the NHS. 10 year old Oskar Bevan started baking brownies and he sent £60 to our local NHS Trust. Lockdown forced the much loved Monday Club Café, led by Dr Moreton, to close down temporarily but the volunteers were determined to continue supporting the 20 visitors and their families through fortnightly newsletters, weekly telephone support, a family support WhatsApp group and a specialist advisory service. More information is available on their website https://wendoverds.org.uk/, see page 20.

had their own systems for helping anyone in need that they knew of. Sebastian Muir, SVP in St Anne’s, visits befriends and supports the housebound, now by phone. Mass started again in July. Rev Sally Prendergast, curate, is involved in contacting everyone in and beyond St Mary’s. The church building is open for silent prayer and opened in July for services. Sandra Smith, Secretary, says Wendover Free Church has offered online services as well as reaching out by offering shopping, befriending and transport. Discussions are taking place regarding future church services.

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Through has photographed representatives of recent local responses using these stamps for inspiration. To see more photos and read more about the stories, go to www.wendovernews.co.uk/tag/carry-us-through. Love: Wendover Health Centre continued Science: Scientists at Stoke Mandeville to serve the community and set up safe ways to do this. NHS workers were universally recognised as being on the front line to CarryUsThrough the pandemic. Our own Wendover Health Centre had to change the way it worked so now we are accustomed to telephone consultations meaning we only attend in person when it is deemed essential. This protects everyone, patients and staff. Pictured here are Laura Edmonds from the Pharmacy and Tracey Apps, Lead Nurse for the Complex Care Team supporting the most vulnerable patients.

Hospital kept working throughout and John Colet School supported students. We’ve been “following the Science” throughout the Covid-19 Crisis so please meet three Wendover Scientists. Cecilia Payne was born here in 1900, see page 8. Dawn Harris is a Microbiologist who works at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, making a vital contribution to keeping us all healthy and alive. Katie Astle is an aspiring Science Student at our local John Colet School who is also an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. She would like to become a doctor.

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Virtually! It was sad that after so much planning we • Best Smile: 1st Axl Rose, Danni Cox; 2nd could not continue with the event this year, Missy, JoJo Bateman; 3rd Betty, Sian Phillips; however, we were pleased that we had made 4th Yogi, Jane Taylor the right decision to postpone. In lieu of the • Prettiest Bitch: 1st Poppy, Lauren Rowe event itself, we launched Wendover Virtually Elliott; 2nd Nelly, Georgia Pavalpolos; 3rd, Celebrates to keep in touch and raise funds to -Ruby, Tracy Elliott; 4th Mango, James support our local NHS. We hope you enjoyed Cracoft our links to all the bands during the day and • Most Handsome Dog: 1st Maximus, Megan got to listen to them, albeit virtually – fingers Vella; 2nd Handsome Boy, Lydia Jess; 3rd crossed they will all be back with us for the Otis, Carol McCullock; 4th Dudley, Karen actual event next May. Grace • Best Puppy: 1st Daisy, Marissa Makinson We were overwhelmed with the response to Hall; 2nd Merlin, Julia Goodes; 3rd Tarka, our photographic competitions – particularly Abigail Davison Hoult; 4th Reggie, Georgia the dog show, what a village full of dog lovers Davies. we are! The winner of our family photo competition and receiving a free family There are still some rosettes awaiting ticket for next year’s event is Maria Garbutt, collection from Fiona Michaels, The Barn, 13 who sent a gorgeous photo of her son, Jack, High Street, Wendover. celebrating at Wendover Celebrates 2018. Congratulations to all our winners and thank The dog show winners are as follows and you to those of you who donated to our Just for this we must thank Emily Bunce for co- Giving page. We are now back into planning ordinating the independent judging, and In for the postponed event in May 2021. Stay safe the Ribbon Rosettes for providing the most until then and keep an eye on our Facebook gorgeous rosettes for our winners. page for updates! Fiona Quilter-Wood Thinking of selling your old BOOKS AND POSTCARDS? I offer a local service buying interesting things on paper:

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Happy 100th Birthday, Ena! Ena Vera Stanton nee Olley was born on 8 for the newspaper during the war years July 1920, second daughter of Edith and required being a night time Fire Watcher, Louis Olley in South Woodford, London. on a rota, two men and two women would go onto the roof of the building amidst the Ena left school at 14 and took commercial bombing and keep watch for fires that might training privately and evening classes to affect the building, in hindsight quite a brave gain RSA Certificates for employment as a role to carry out. shorthand/typist when experienced enough. After the war another job opportunity arose Employment in 1934 wasn’t easy to obtain as PA to the chairman of a large department but Ena gained employment in a shop for a store. Ena spent 5 happy years with the store year until applying for a new post with the before meeting and marrying Walter (Wally) local paper as a “girl Friday”. Following the Stanton and moving to Chislehurst in Kent to interview she was engaged for the princely live. Eventually Wally’s work brought about sum of 15 shillings a week, 10 shillings more a move to Berkshire and then in the early than the wages earned in the shop! Working 1980’s to Halton Village. for the Senior Secretary to the Managing Director was a hard job but provided very Life during the 1980’s and 90’s with her useful experience and eventually Ena husband and sister Doreen in Halton was became the Senior Secretary and worked often busy, with Ena and her sister often for 21 years in that role, part of which helping the local church St Michael’s. Sadly was through the Second World War. East both Wally and Doreen died in 1994 leaving London where Ena lived and worked was Ena to live alone in her lovely house. In 2019 heavily bombed, flying bombs and rockets Ena moved into residential care in Cherry bombarded the area day and night. Working Tree House, Wendover where she is enjoying

excellent care and the company of the other residents. The regular activities organised by the care team such as art and craft work is an area Ena has always enjoyed and during her later life she has produced several paintings depicting country life using watercolours. Ena’s main hobbies are singing and amateur dramatics. Ena celebrated her 100th birthday on 8 July 2020 with a party on the day organised by Cherry Tree House. Hopefully once lockdown is over a further get together will be held with family, old friends and neighbours.

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Grace Blackman: “Diaphanous Daze” Editor’s note: In 2018, Grace Blackman was awarded a grant by the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust. Grace contacted the Trust by email earlier this summer to catch them up on her progress. I wanted to write an email expressing my gratitude once again for the donation you made back in 2018 to help fund my final year collection, which I have recently completed. I wanted to send some photos of what I have been up to and to show you the garments that you helped fund. I also was successful with winning a competition to be in the Guardian in June, as one of the 5 chosen 2020 graduates across the UK! This was a huge achievement and will definitely help me get my name out there for future job prospects. The link to the online article and page spread is www.theguardian.com/ lifeandstyle/2020/jun/13/the-coat-was-made-with-latex-offcutsthe-student-designers-making-do-in-lockdown. Many thanks again for all your help and please pass this on to Tony Mogford who I had my interview with. There are some photos of my graduate collection clothes below and a link to my youtube video which my dad and I shot nearby! Grace Blackman ‘Diaphanous Daze’ Graduate Collection www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jfO_iY8xcw. Grace Blackman

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On Sunday afternoon 28 June with the sun shining we decided to take our exercise in the fresh air on our mobility scooters. However on our return at the junction of Aylesbury Rd & Halton Lane, my husband’s scooter froze and refused to budge, the alarm sounding very loudly. I had already crossed the junction and worried, seeing his distress in my mirror. Many people passed by, some asking, “Is everything alright?” then passing on. Eventually a young woman walking her dog stopped and offered assistance, ringing recovery & insurance offices. As it was clear they could not help for some time and not wishing to abandon the scooter, she then rang her partner who appeared almost by magic. He pushed my husband seated on his scooter all the way home! - a mammoth task as scooter + rider are heavy. His partner + children + dog escorted us as I led the way home. A huge thank you to them all Rozanne, Keiron & boys. Ursula Coles

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Everyone cares about the planet and many, inspired by David Attenborough - like the Chancellor Rishi Sunak who said in his very first Budget he wanted to see 30,000 hectares of trees planted to capture climate heating carbon and boost wildlife. However, in global terms, this is only a well meaning but misplaced gesture because it is the loss of tropical forests, those of the great taiga near the top of the Northern hemisphere and the illegal logging in parts of Europe like Romania, where 2 hectares of forest is disappearing every hour, that is a major cause of climate change.

The control of deer and squirrel is vital for success in any forestry enterprise hence the system of financial support needs thorough re-examination to get the best outcome. At present, a lot of up-front cost is met by grants, yet often, as trees are a long term undertaking beyond one owner’s lifetime, the management falters so any expected quality timber is not produced. This wastes precious public money whilst providing inheritance tax avoidance assistance for a succession of owners. The best structure would be some sort of local group woodland ownership co-operatives or investment trusts, dedicated to ensuring continuous Public money for forests can do a lot of good woodland cover management providing a locally in the country, if it is targeted to local continuous supply of timber and income to woodlands all over Lowland Britain firstly meet the costs and a small profit. to meet the minimum criteria of reduction With 40% of English woodlands unmanaged, of deer numbers by at least half. The effect it is likely this present forestry consultation of deer on the ecology of woodlands is expects only to have input from the usual extensive. Understories are decimated and people for similar continuing results. That the ground flora often denuded, which is, unless there is wider input which Wildlife has huge effect on the habitat and so the Trusts might inspire from the ordinary public numbers of animals, birds and insects and other groups concerned with their local too. This has been recorded in numerous environment in which woods are important. scientific studies but is easily demonstrated visually wherever deer have been fenced off. Personally I have recently been alerted For a thriving variety of flora and fauna, the to the increasing planting of eucalyptus size of most lowland woodlands should be for firewood – which would do little to increased to at least 3 hectares (7:4 acres). reduce Britain’s demand for timber! As the Fortunately this is also the minimum size Woodland Trust has already pointed out, to apply proper woodland management eucalyptus plantations damage both the to produce timber to when deer and grey environment and the habitat for thousands squirrel numbers are reduced. of species yet these monoculture plantations are supported by the current grants and Tax Unfortunately bureaucracy favours simple Avoidance schemes. New ways, as outlined felling and restocking for grants whilst above, are needed to optimize the benefits ignoring professional foresters’ skills to of our woodlands in our crowded island, progressively optimize timber production of especially in England. Merelene Davis FLS woodlands over a number of years towards a system called ‘Continuous Cover Forestry’ • Pruning & Weeding (CCF). CCF has tremendous benefits for • Hedge & Tree Care • Grass Cutting wildlife and ultimately produces greater • Patios & Fencing timber increment with larger trees and • Small Landscapes overall, for less cost in the longer term. CCF does not mimic natural woodlands exactly Call Roy 01296 625531 07906 398187 but aims to make the best use of natural hawthorngardening@yahoo.com processes so can (and in my opinion, should) include suitable exotic conifers to yield productive, delightful mixed woodlands to BRENDAN MCFALL enjoy as they have for nearly a century in PAINTER & DECORATOR Switzerland. CCF is no fad. It is increasingly INTERIOR & EXTERIOR used in Northern Europe, particularly in 01296 294175 response to climate change problems and The Forestry Commission has already done 07581 693653 its own experiments to confirm these results. brendanmcfall511@btinternet.com

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without waiting to fill in forms! Now we have nearly enough registered volunteers to provide a rota so a pair of patrollers can go round most days, suitably kitted out in BBOWT gear. It’s not just about picking up other people’s rubbish – we aim to be an active visual reminder that BBOWT cares for this reserve and visitors should do the same. A spot on BBC South Today in June raised our profile but there will be plenty of work to do here and in other local reserves Wendover District Guiding would like to as the summer progresses. Please consider salute two longtime volunteers, Megan joining the team by getting in contact with Cawley and Joy Heels, who have decided to markvallance@bbowt.org.uk. retire this year. Megan has been leader of 1st Wendover Brownies since 1994, starting College Lake Reserve is open (at the time of with the unit as a parent helper when her writing) from Wednesday till Sunday inclusive daughter Sarah was a Brownie. She also from 9.30 to 4.30. There are restrictions on served as District Commissioner for several numbers so we can make social distancing years. Joy has held many roles in her 34 possible and as a result the car park gates years with Guiding, including Leader, District may have to be closed from time to time. For Commissioner and Division Commissioner. the latest news on all reserves and when our Most people currently involved in Guiding events programme will restart please go to Richard Birch will know Joy from the Guide Shop in www.bbowt.org.uk. Wendover Guide Hut. We wish them both a long, healthy and happy retirement! Wendover Bowls Club At last we have some bowls activity at the If you’d like to be involved in Guiding, there Club rather than gardening, though I must are always roles that need filling, both in say that the lockdown does mean that the units and in Friends of Guiding. Please visit gardens look better than ever. The other http://wendovergirlguiding.org.uk for more morning, having just got the mower out on information about Guiding in this area. to the green, I noticed a lady taking pictures. She asked if the grass was artificial. The fact BBOWT News that I was standing by the mower should The small band of ‘watchers’ at Weston been a bit of a giveaway but she could not Turville Reservoir has received a huge believe how perfect it is. She said her club in boost from new volunteers from the local Wales would be very envious. community. When the hot weather came along in May they saw that the litter problem As I mentioned, we have started bowling was getting out of hand and took action again while observing the restrictions of During the lockdown period, Guiding has continued for many local girls. Some took part in the Wendover District “Stay In, Sleep In” badge, which involved sleeping somewhere other than their own beds (preferably outdoors) for at least one night and undertaking other tasks – making family breakfast, for example – in order to complete it. Well done to all who took part.

Like many other organisations, lockdown has been a very difficult time with bills to pay and no income. However our hardworking committee has managed to get a grant for small businesses which will be an enormous help. Let’s hope this difficult period will soon pass and we will be able to enjoy our Club to the full again. Don Knight

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One of the highlights of Spring is the Wendover Art Club Exhibition which takes place in May in Wendover Library Room. This year, the Exhibition was virtual, visible at www.wendoverartclub. co.uk/news. Visitors to the physical Exhibition are usually asked to vote for their favourite exhibit to increase interest and trepidation for the artists. Wendover News was asked to judge and can reveal that this year’s prize painting is ‘Bumble Bee’ by Richard Freeman in the Birds and Animal category. The execution of this work required extraordinary delicacy and detail, as well as being a reminder to us all that bees are under threat even though they are essential pollinators.


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Tribute: Mike Spain The portrait above was lovingly painted by well known local artist and stalwart of Wendover Art Club, Graham Jefford, who kindly allowed its reproduction. The original painting belongs to Mike’s family. Mike was a Man of Kent (as distinct from a Kentish man, as he would point out – look it up!) and as a child watched cricket at the St Lawrence ground in Canterbury. For whatever reason, his father and grandfather sat at opposite ends of the ground so he would spend the matches shuttling between the two of them, cadging pennies for sweets. Although he was raised an Anglican and attended a Methodist school, apparently he felt an affinity with Catholics; the reason being he was perennially late for school and so on arrival was sent to wait with the Catholic boys who didn’t attend morning assembly. He grew up in a time before central heating, which seems to have accounted for his seeming imperviousness to cold; his children remember him outside the back door on a Monday morning in sub-zero temperatures in his vest, polishing shoes for the week ahead. As a young man, he was a skilled hockey player and once, in a match against Leeds University in which – in his words – he made an England winger look silly, he was approached by the Yorkshire selectors whose interest was predictably short-lived when he identified himself as a southerner. Mike was a worker – possibly a workaholic, though he didn’t have a formal diagnosis – and held down a great variety of jobs in his time. These included, picking hops with his mum, laying paving slabs in Canterbury

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– his initials may still lurk beneath the feet of shoppers – sorting mailbags – Herne Bay . . . hooray! – canning peas, completing his national service – supposedly he was treated for malnutrition, having lived on chip butties for some time as the army food was practically inedible – loading Wall’s ice-cream onto lorries, guarding premises on the moors above Manchester as a night watchman, selling adding machines in Liverpool – he once had to buy a hat when these had long gone out of fashion (a trilby?) much to his wife’s amusement in a bid to try and seal a deal with a client – general manager of a textiles factory in Limerick, financial controller with different manufacturers. He was distinctly underwhelmed at the unveiling of the car which was billed as the saviour of British Leyland, the Morris Marina or possibly the Austin Allegro (no comment) and, latterly, deputy under treasurer of the Middle Temple in London. Mike was very proud to have been married to an Irishwoman, Collette, and the Glens of Antrim and its people remained close to his heart. A few years after he was widowed, he was encouraged to attend an SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) talk about bereavement by a lady who had also been widowed, in the same year, it turned out. Hence he met Marguerite and they were happily married for 20 good years. They continued to work for SVP and at one time were the mainstay of Bega kwa Bega, Ugandan Orphans, a charity with which Marguerite was already very involved. Mike’s great prowess in the kitchen was a great asset as he organised a supper every year which raised money towards various projects including schools, a model farm, water and sanitation. A

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He said: “This has been a real privilege and one of the highlights of my career, along with RAF100. I feel privileged to have served as the Station Warrant Officer and I must thank all people in public appointments who have assisted me with Ceremonial Duties and Freedom Parades. In recent months, COVID-19 has proven to be a major factor in my tenure, but it has given me more time to do the work on the Station that I haven’t had the time to do.” Warrant Officer Culley said she was: “Looking forward very much to the challenge ahead.”

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Station Archivist Min Larkin CBE has cycled over 500km to raise money for the RAF Museum. To mark the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the RAF Museum launched an appeal to raise funds to support the vital work it does to preserve the heritage of our Service. It requested its supporters and friends to cycle, swim, walk, run 80 miles in 80 days, or do anything else they could think of, to raise £80 (or more if possible). Over 4,000 people have taken up the challenge in the UK and several other countries including the USA, Canada and Japan. If you would like to donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/derek-larkin2.

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Local Faces: New Covid-19 era circumstances mean that for the first time the Head Student Team was elected by submitting short (one minute) videos and then remote voting (Google Forms). The current year 12 at John Colet School performed with ease. Head of Sixth Form, Ms Dee Fanchi, has found the whole process to be very efficient, just like other organisations exploring current technology to allow work to continue using new technology. These new methods are likely to be used again in the future.

John Colet School Head Student Team learned expertise with videoing will also help them to reinvigorate classic fund raisers such as the Talent Show.

Rebecca Ashford Deputy Head Girl studying Biology English Sociology EPQ Planning to become primary teacher

The remaining difficulty was communication between the current Team (see https:// wendovernews.co.uk/news/local-facesjohn-colet-school-head-student-team/) and the new Team shown in the photo. They finally met in June when schools started to re-open for specific year groups, not just for key worker and vulnerable pupils. They support the mentoring scheme whereby a sixth form boy and girl are attached to each year 7 tutor group. That project, started by last year’s Deputy Head Girl, is seen by this year’s Head Girl, Emma, as a good foundation for her main

Emma Mohammed Head Girl studying Biology Business Geography EPQ Planning to become radiotherapist

Sam Winter Head Boy studying Business Chemistry Maths Planning to become investment banker

concern: extra support for the year 6 to year 7 Transition pupils. Using sixth formers to tutor younger students, particularly in Maths and English, has also proved mutually beneficial and it is hoped that this will continue. The whole Team is concerned about easing Transition. They are in the process of making topical videos which will be sent to all feeder schools in lieu of the two day Transition Visits which had become customary. They are tuning into skills needed by the 21st century world of work. Small groups of year 6 pupils will still visit and sixth formers will look after them as before. Their newly

Elliot Beever Deputy Head Boy studying English Literature Geography History EPQ Planning to become criminal barrister

Rebecca also wants to reinforce mixed year groups working together in the fundraising MAD weeks. All these vertical alignments work to consolidate the whole school body for the common good.

The School Garden Project, the vision of Head Girl 2018-2019, was successfully finished during this academic year. Its use will be further developed by the new Head Boy, Sam, who also wants to introduce a Sustainability Team within the sixth form, picking up on a recycling project started last year. Elliot is keen to work on behalf of the whole sixth form, both the common room environment and its independence within the school, a special feature not replicated elsewhere. They recognise that they are pathfinders in the new peri-Covid world but they are determined to use their skills to help others to find their way through, too.

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During these unprecedented times, Wendover Parish Council business is carrying on, albeit in a different manner. The financial side of the Council has continued over the internet with virtual meetings including the recent internal audit. The audit was very successfully completed on 22 June with just two minor recommendations for the coming year, thanks to the excellent work by the Deputy Clerk whose diligence and commitment is greatly appreciated. As a result the Parish Council is in a strong financial position despite the extra costs incurred during the Covid-19 outbreak. With the delay to the Parish Council elections until 2021 and after the resignation of Cllr Campbell, there were four empty seats on the Council in June. Following an extraordinary council meeting on 23 June four candidates for co-option were successfully elected to the council making our full complement of 13. We are delighted to welcome Pam Chambers, Kieren Jarratt, Jo Moore and Diane Washington to join us and look forward to working with them. As restrictions to activities are relaxed it has been great to see the Thursday market back on the Manor Waste. It is gradually coming back to full strength and the one way system with hand sanitising is working well. By the time this is distributed, the playgrounds should be open and I know that my grandchildren will be delighted to use the equipment again; it’s been hard to walk past it and not be able to have a go on it! One last plea is that those who use our wonderful outside spaces please take any rubbish away with you and keep Wendover looking lovely, otherwise the grounds team have extra work to do and the health hazards are likely to affect us all. Let us not be a pocket of infection due to thoughtless behaviour! Sheila Bulpett

Parish Council Meeting For meeting updates please visit www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/meetings Wendover Time Capsule

You do not need us to tell you that we are living in bizarre times, but we would like to tell future generations how we coped. To that end Wendover Parish Council is producing a Time Capsule to be interred next Spring and lifted in 100 years. We want it to tell the future how innovative we were and how helpful and understanding people were to each other. We are appealing to businesses, organisations, and the people of Wendover for suggestions and artifacts to be included in the Capsule. The Time Capsule Working Group will next meet towards the end of August and present its ideas to the full Parish Council at the September meeting. Meanwhile please get thinking about what might be included in the Capsule. Post your ideas through the letter box of the Clock Tower or e-mail us at admin@wendover-pc.gov.uk.

Wendover Produce Market Saturday 15 August, 9am to 1pm Manor Waste Tree and Hedge Enforcements

During lockdown, many residents have taken to walking around the village as part of their new daily routine. Did you know - Under Section 154 of the Highways Act 1980 hedges, trees and shrubs are required to be cut back to avoid overhanging a highway, road or footway to which the public have access. This is to

avoid danger or obstruction of the passage of vehicles, pedestrians including those with pushchairs or wheelchairs, cyclists, or horse riders and any streetlights. Wendover Parish Council’s role under devolved services by Buckinghamshire Council is to ensure that home and business owners maintain hedges to avoid danger or obstruction to users of the highways. Any obstructing trees or hedges need to be trimmed back by the landowner, please check the boundary of your property regularly to ensure you are not encroaching onto the public highway. If you would like any further guidance please contact the team at the Clock Tower.

Wendover Playparks Reopened

On Saturday 11 July, Wendover Parish Council reopened their Hampden Meadow and Ashbrook (Castle Park) playparks. Thorough inspections have been completed incorporating Risk Assessments resulting in guidelines which must be adhered to. Please read the signage before using the equipment. The playparks will be monitored to ensure compliance with the guidelines. Failure to comply will result in the playparks being closed until the Government restrictions are lifted. www.facebook.com/wendoverparish/

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The Churches in Wendover are • Wendover Free Church is in discussion about opening again for services • St Anne’s has now restored the celebration of Mass at 9am on Sundays and 10.15am on Tuesdays • St Mary’s is open for services but places must be booked in advance Wendover Free Church – 01296 622354 wendoverfreechurch.org.uk St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church – 01296 290545 aylesburycatholicchurches.co.uk/index.php/st-annes St Mary’s Church of England – 01296 696136 / 623123 stmaryswendover.org 32

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