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could just point to the Act and people could In the last month there has been a deluge of trust them to deliver what was needed. HS2 Advance Works Notices in the locality as At the time of writing the detailed designs for this area have not been submitted to the project gains momentum. Buckinghamshire Council. The details are available at the HS2 If you have direct queries, their published Commonplace website https:// contact details are: hs2inbucksandoxfordshire.commonplace.is/ • HS2 Helpdesk on 08081 434 434 news/ but in summary they cover: • email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk • More Ground Investigation and The notice above also included more Archaeology in the Small Dean Lane/Grove archaeological works which started in midFarm area. August and will be completed by the end • Widening of junctions on the main routes of October. Many local people have asked used by HS2 lorries, including the Small questions about what will happen to the Dean Roundabout at the southern end of archaeological finds already made. As yet the Wendover Bypass there isn't an answer. A PR representative • Closure of Church Lane for three days of HS2 Ltd has explained to Wendover News to investigate better water supply to that it is protecting the exact locations of Hampden Pond finds as Historic England does not want any further disturbance by non-specialists during Meanwhile there has been a landmark the continued investigations. decision in the Courts that means that HS2 need to produce evidence to support their In this edition of Wendover News, please see submissions to the Local Planning Authority. pages 5, 7 and 9 for more information about This countered HS2’s assumption that they particular local impacts.

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Wendover Quiz

Due to COVID-19 our Councillors have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our annual village quiz at the Bowls Club. However, there will be an online version. Our brilliant Quiz Master Alan Myers has said he will provide a quiz round each week that the quiz was due to take place. The quiz rounds will be made available each week on the Wendover Parish Council website www. wendover-pc.gov.uk and via a link on the Wendover Parish Council Facebook page www.facebook.com/wendoverparish/. The answers to each round will be posted the following week. Hard copies will also be made available in the Clock Tower and the Library. The dates the rounds will be posted are as follows: All Thursdays 8, 15 & 22 October Break Half Term Week 5, 12, 19, 26 November No prizes, just a lot of fun. We look forward to as many of you joining us as possible.

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Following last month’s revelations of the wooden “henge” near the bypass, the HS2 Archaeologists have been moving south and are now working in the field by Bacombe Lane. They are expected to be there until September, and Fusion have also announced the next set of digs at Grove Farm. That site is where Balfour Beatty have been based while undertaking the National Grid pylon changes. They have completed the installation of three huge towers to enable the circuits to pass safely over the top of the railway at the Small Dean Embankment and the North Cutting near Nash Lee Road. Fusion are also undertaking roadworks on the A413 to enable the volume of construction traffic to be handled safely. In

addition to the junctions on the Amersham bypass and at Great Missenden; the Small Dean roundabout is to be widened allowing better access for lorries building the viaduct and construction compounds. This work is on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council who secured a number of “Assurances” from HS2 that the construction traffic would only use well defined routes, that extra traffic cameras would be provided locally, and that traffic could be monitored on the “hill-top” routes that might be used as rat runs to avoid congestion on the A413. The HS2 trucks are expected to be GPS tracked so that any complaints can be investigated; and this should be confirmed in the Local Traffic Management Plan that is still being developed. We await its publication…



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NEWS FROM WENDOVER HEALTH CENTRE - 01296 623452 - www.westongrove.com household contacts of those with weakened immune systems and all others were identified Changes to the doctor team for shielding. Children aged two to eleven on 31 Dr Charles Todd will be retiring as a partner at the August 2020 and all pregnant women are also end of September 2020. Dr Miraj Patel is joining target groups. the team and will take over Dr Todd’s patient list. Dr Zohra Shaikh is also joining the team and will Those aged 50-64 years who are not in a risk take over Dr Amy Pennefather’s list. Our current group may be offered NHS flu vaccination in GPs Registrars are Dr Muhammad Uddin, Dr Femi November and December if sufficient stocks of Aranmolate, and Dr Diane Leung. GP Registrars flu vaccine are available after all at-risk groups are doctors who are undertaking post-graduate listed above have been immunised. training in general practice. For up to date information on details of our flu clinics and eligibility criteria, please visit our Flu vaccination 2020 website or Facebook page. When you attend a Protecting as many people as possible against flu clinic, if possible, please walk to the Health flu, especially those at higher risk, is an especially Centre or park elsewhere as parking spaces will high priority given the coronavirus pandemic. We be very limited. will receive our first deliveries of flu vaccine at the end of September and vaccination clinics will Appointments commence shortly thereafter. We anticipate that If you have a medical problem or concern about the clinics for adults will take place on Saturdays, yourself or someone who you care for, please use but the organisation will be different from the the NHS symptom checker on the Ask NHS App past to maintain social distancing and allow for (accessible via our website). If you then need staff to clean and change PPE. As a result, clinics to contact us, please call Reception during our opening hours. All appointments with GPs and all will be strictly on a booked appointment basis. urgent appointments with nurses will continue to Priority groups for vaccination will be similar be on a telephone first basis. Please share with to previous years, that is everyone aged over the Receptionist brief details of your concerns 65 years on 31 March 2011; those in clinical so that you can be directed to the best person in risk groups – including patients with long term the team to help you, and where appropriate a heart, lung, (including COPD and asthma if call back will be arranged. Urgent problems will you are using inhaled steroids), liver or kidney always be dealt with on the same day. The doctor problems, diabetes, and the very obese (BMI or nurse you speak to will arrange a face to face above 40); and carers of older or disabled people, appointment if this is necessary. Follow us on Facebook at WestongrovePartnership


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Farewell from Dr Charles Todd

It is with very mixed feelings that I am retiring as a partner. I have worked continuously since I qualified as a doctor in 1977, and I feel the time has come to step back and spend more time on other activities and with my wife and family. I am not hanging up my stethoscope altogether, and I will continue to do some locum and sessional work locally. I came to Wendover in 2005, after working for 22 years overseas, mostly in Zimbabwe. I felt very welcome from the outset and have gained so much from my time working at the Health Centre. I would like to thank my partners, all the staff of Westongrove and the Wendover community for their support over the past 15 years. Wendover News September 2020


Rob Butler, MP This has undoubtedly been an unusual summer in Wendover. Coronavirus has continued to dominate our lives. Sadly, people are still suffering from Covid-19, although together we have made huge progress to slow the spread of the virus. While this has allowed many family, friends and colleagues to be reunited, we are still a long way from normality – holidays have been cancelled or changed at the last-minute, A-level and GCSE results have been based on assessments rather than exams, and we now carry a face covering everywhere we go.

it was fantastic to see several local cafes and restaurants offering the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme and making the most of the relaxed restrictions on outdoor seating. Up and down the high street, from Tres Corazones and No. 2 Pound Street down to Whitewaters and Rumsey’s, there was something for everyone making the most of the offer.

Of course, HS2 remains a dominant focus as my staff and I fight to get the best possible mitigation and compensation for Wendover residents. Having had a very constructive meeting with your local Buckinghamshire councillors in recent weeks, I know they are equally determined to hold HS2 Ltd accountable. We are committed to working together on your behalf in the months and years ahead, whether in Parliament, at My summer has been spent helping Buckinghamshire Council or in Wendover itself. constituents in whatever way I can. Whilst my team and I continue to support local As summer draws to a close, more people people with the effects of the coronavirus are able to return to work and school. This Despite the challenges of coronavirus, I crisis on their lives and livelihoods, we have is an important step in our road to recovery, know the community spirit in Wendover dealt with a wide range of other issues especially for children who will again be able to learn together. Naturally, some local endures. When I was in the village recently including visas, housing and schools. people still need help from their neighbours, and I pay tribute to the Wendover support Peter Bird Garden Design group who maintain their tireless efforts. RHS Medal Winning Designer As we all look towards a “new normal”, the VAT • Making Tax Digital offering an individual and creative design, role of our communities will remain crucially Xero & Sage Training • Payroll construction and planting service important. Wendover has much to be proud call Peter on 01296 622790 07841 427832 of, and will, I am sure, continue to rise to the www.peterbirddesign.co.uk info@kateholt.co.uk challenges ahead.


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HS2 There is a school of thought along the lines of “if Government ran the Sahara Desert there’d be a sand shortage”, HS2’s activities would bear that out. Any one who’s followed the HS2 saga won’t be surprised that their Schedule 17 planning application in Hillingdon was found to be wanting, see https://bit.ly/30Rhlwb. The whole HS2 process from petitioning to today has, for them, relied on dodging the facts and a mañana attitude to detail. HS2 is like an archetypal rich kid, indulged in every way. Spoiled by easy money. Not doing its homework and eventually getting caught out. It’s OK though, our government is still behind it and we’re there to pay for it.

non executive directors. As with everything HS2 their appointment was much delayed. • Elaine Holt is an infrastructure specialist • ex-BAE Systems chief, Ian King, will be a government representative • former MP Tom Harris is the community engagement lead. This latter post is a bit bewildering as HS2 has just put their excruciatingly awful engagement process out of its misery and put the engagement onus onto its contractors. Still this is HS2 so only time will tell if these three are kings, pointless or monkeys. There is an idea out there that HS2 is just brushing against communities, farms and natural habitats. That it’s only taking 10% of this nature reserve so thats OK. It's replanting ancient woodland as it goes. Farmers get most of their land back. This is all lies. HS2 is not going to just brush against anywhere or anyone. Its brutal scale and intense dynamics means that if you’re in or near the HS2 corridor you will be adversely affected by its construction or its operation or both.

Is it just me who finds HS2’s attitude to archeology a bit distasteful? The initial approach is akin to speed dating for carrots. Then there’s the reveal and a kind of 1980’s, Bullseye based, sneering. A kind of “and here’s what you could have won” approach that shows us their/our wonderful discoveries and then snatches them away, because, like the failed contestants of old, perhaps we just weren’t clever enough. Roll HS2 does not have a light touch. Wendover the bulldozers. is going to be brushed harder than most. That's why the irrefutable logic of our Mined Good things often come in threes. The three Tunnel alternative is so important. We are kings, three points for a win in football and running out of time though. So once again I the three wise monkeys. HS2 has three new need your help. Digital TV & Satellite specialist New aerials supplied and fitted Sky TV, Satellite, DAB,Freeview 100% satisfaction Guarantee Tel 01296 330621 07816659644


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Club Corner Wendover Arm Trust


Chilterns Group steams into September Local reserves remain active with small After more scale work parties within Covid limitations. than three For news on dates for Bacombe Hill contact months of steve_keene@btinternet.com and for inactivity Dancersend contact judiandbryan@yahoo. owing to Coronavirus, volunteers from the Wendover Arm Trust re-commenced co.uk. restoration work on 17 July following the go ahead from the Canal & River Trust, the owners of the canal. One of the first jobs was to transport and erect the new welfare hut, purchased by WAT, to provide improved facilities for the volunteers. This was transported to the site using the new flat bed trailer (see photograph but please note the two volunteers standing together are sisters). As a result of the backlog of work, resulting from the shutdown, the August working party has been extended to two weeks with co-operation from the various volunteers. Social distancing and other precautions, including masks, have been introduced. A few volunteers have decided against returning until a vaccine is found - their decision is understandable but, fortunately, some new volunteers have come forward to maintain progress.

A recent litter pick at Weston Turville Reservoir

At Weston Turville Reservoir the main job remains patrolling and litter picking for which the organiser is richardbirch60@yahoo. com. We have a growing team but more volunteers will mean we can cover more days of the week and have a good presence at weekends when picnics and their detritus can be a headache . . . Our thanks to all the many users, including an increasing number of the younger ones, who take their litter home!

A specialist company has been employed to investigate the old tip at Little Tring which currently prevents connection between Phase One and Two of the restoration. This is being funded by WAT at a cost exceeding £10,000 and is essential to determine what hazardous materials, if any, exist. The Trust is faced with some huge future expenditure At College Lake, the reserve is open currently and is exploring possible funding avenues. every day except Monday from 9.30 till Nigel Williams, Wendover Arm Trust 4.30. The cafe is serving to people using

the outside tables and the shop has simply moved nearer the lake from the visitor centre itself. The toilets are operational near the education centre and the wildlife garden, which is looking particularly good. Please visit any of our reserves but preferably check online first at www.bbowt.org.uk in case of new restrictions. Richard Birch, BBOWT

Wendover Horticultural Society

Wendover Horticultural Society have plans for the future. Our committee have recently met and these are our thoughts for 2021, based on comments from our members: • At present due to the continuing COVID -19 situation all our autumn meetings have been cancelled, but as from January 2021 normal meetings will resume. • They will take place on the 3rd Thursday at 2.30 as usual, but move to St Anne’s Hall, on Aylesbury Road, opposite Wharf Road. This is partly because the Library Room is currently unavailable, but will also give us the ability to socially distance.

We have to restart sometime. Our full programme of meetings and outings is nearly ready. Of course, we may be prevented by circumstances from doing so, but given continuing reductions in infection, and barring a second wave or spike in the virus, this is what we hope will happen. Diane Smith, WHS Club Secretary

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is hard to realise that our outdoor season is almost over and we will be starting the indoor season soon.

HS2 decision HS2 Ltd confirmed their U-turn on the future of Wendover Cricket Club’s (WCC) Ellesborough Road Ground (ERG) on Wednesday 29 July and the decision is that WCC will have to permanently vacate ERG to a new location. WCC will get a brand-new facility that conforms to modern standards, both in terms of the cricket ground and the associated facilities – a new square and playing surface, pavilion, nets, parking and with appropriate disabled provision. WCC will also receive a sum to go towards developing a second ground at the new site. It appears we can continue playing at the ERG in 2021 but will have to ground-share with/hire other clubs and facilities in 2022 and until the new ground is ready for use, with costs covered by HS2. Although there is likely to be some turmoil for the next couple of years, the new facilities will offer a bright future for the Club. Activities at the Witchell ground remain unaffected by the ERG decision.

cricketers have been training regularly and there have been numerous midweek junior games in late July and August when, in normal seasons, there’s usually none. A form of the Village Cup has seen games played at weekends at Witchell. The senior side has put out 3 teams every weekend since 11 July and interest in playing across all ages has been high. In the senior games played, more have been won than lost and notable performances have come from George Robinson with his first 2 innings both being hundreds, youngsters Will Cliffe and George Jackson both took 4 wickets against Old Berkeley, Will Digby hit 92 and Nick Morley 70 versus Regals, Kevin Jackson 4 wickets v Goodwill Wanderers and has struck an 84, Jonathan Seabrook took 4 wickets in one HS2’s earlier proposals for the ERG were for game and Jon Green 5 in another. a 5 metre high retaining wall alongside the new railway, but they ultimately recognised More information and contacts are available that the design and construction were too on the WCC website https://www.pitchero. complex and costly to avoid significantly com/clubs/wendovercricketclub impacting on the cricket ground and nor could they apparently meet the planning Wendover Bowls Club requirements within this part of the AONB. World War 3 is in full swing at the Club. It appears that the design will focus on This cut throat competition between providing a typical cut and fill green tunnel, the Wendover Widgets, the Wanderers with it mainly being fill that will spill out over and the Warriors (hence WWW3) has the ERG and raise the existing ground levels. meant that, at least, we have managed to get some action this summer. There Club Activities is also a triples competition but the year With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, is a shadow of what we usually enjoy. It

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This will be harder to organise than outdoor activities but I'm sure that the committee has given it a lot of thought. At least we are back in the Clubhouse again, albeit with a lot of restrictions with social distancing and so on. We have even had a new member join so things are slowly getting back to normal. Roll on the end of Coronavirus and the return of life as we knew it.

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Wendover Youth Centre has been open and running activities for young people throughout summer. These activities have included arts and crafts, drama provided by Drama Hub Wendover, sport sessions and friends Fridays. We have had over 70 different young people aged 9-18 attend our summer programme. It has been fantastic to see all the young people who have attended and we look forward to continuing to see these young people during term time. To find out what youth activities we are providing please follow our Facebook: Wendover Youth Centre or contact our Lead Youth Worker Peter Swinford by email peter@wendoveryouth.co.uk or call on 07950667895.

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The first events they will be hosting with the help of their new van, include stargazing evenings in the local area and once lockdown guidance relaxes further, educational events with the National Trust, Parks Trust, local councils, and schools.

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The van, a Volkswagen Crafter – affectionately named the Space Crafter, has been purchased by the charity as a result of a generous donation from Persimmons Homes and other supporters, and will allow the charity to travel far and wide with specialist stargazing equipment.

“Now we are looking forward to inspiring even more children and adults to look up.

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Bring on the music This is an update to the article which appeared on page 20 of the August print edition of Wendover News about music players bought by Wendover Dementia Support (WDS), https://www.wendoverds. org.uk/ for their members thanks to a grant from Rotary in Wendover and District. The music players are endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Society and are especially designed for use by those with Dementia as they have simple controls and can be used either with the built in speaker or with headphones for private listening. They

are ideal as they can be loaded with up to 1500 music tracks of their own choice by the users’ carer so the choice is effectively endless and can cater for all tastes. Wendover Dementia Support are supplying the players pre-loaded with the sing-along tracks used at the Monday Club Café for starters so the music will be familiar as soon as they are turned on. At a time when the café has had to be suspended due to the COVID virus the players represent an ideal way to bring music to their members in an easy to operate fashion. Cheryl Law, President of Rotary in Wendover and District, commented, "Rotary is a worldwide organisation in local communities offering help and support to many recipients both large and small. There are over 140,000 members in the UK and Ireland, and over 1.2 million worldwide. Please join us and help this work. All people from diverse backgrounds, just wanting to help." cheryl@ monkeypuzzlehighwycombe.co.uk

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Buckinghamshire set to pilot national initiative for nature

Buckinghamshire Council has been selected by DEFRA/Natural England to be one of five local authorities nationally to pilot a key part of the government's national Nature Recovery Network initiative.

The initiative is an ambitious plan to strengthen and renew the natural environment across England by potentially creating Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRSs) in every county area. Each LNRS will combine local knowledge with expert information and advice to plan for more coordinated, practical and focused action to support nature recovery. Producing LNRSs will become a statutory responsibility for county and unitary authorities, assuming the current Environment Bill successfully passes through Parliament. They will provide the key mechanism for planning local delivery of the Nature Recovery Network, a major commitment in the Government's 25 year Environment Plan. Buckinghamshire has been chosen for the pilot on the basis of our collaborative relationship with our Local Nature Partnership and the Chilterns Conservation Board, our emerging Biodiversity Action Plan, our award-winning Environmental Record Centre, our well-developed biodiversity net gain scheme and existing good progress with

campaigner and Chairman of Natural England Tony Juniper, and Buckinghamshire Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change Bill Chapple OBE.

The launch event at Hampden Bottom Farm, Great Missenden, attended by Bill Chapple OBE (far left), Marian Spain (second left), and Tony Juniper (fourth from right).

natural capital mapping. The strategy would provide an excellent evidence base for the new Buckinghamshire Local Plan. Andrew Smith, Area Manager for Natural The five pilot areas - Buckinghamshire, England in the Thames Solent commented: Greater Manchester, Northumberland, "We are delighted that Buckinghamshire has Cumbria, and Cornwall, were announced been selected to pilot Local Nature Recovery yesterday (13 August) at a launch event Strategies, which is recognition of both their which took place at Hampden Bottom hard work and the strong relationships made. Farm near Great Missenden, The five areas The Nature Recovery Network provides the represent a combined investment of over opportunity to transform nature recovery £1m by the government to help prepare for in this country and LNRS will provide the key mechanism for planning its delivery. We future implementation nationwide. look forward to working with the council The launch event, at a farm where work to and other partners as they trial and shape enhance the natural environment is already this ground breaking initiative that has the underway, was attended by Chief Executive of potential to significantly benefit our wildlife, Natural England Marian Spain, environmental our communities and our future."

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Eat Out in September What a joy to be subsidised to eat out in August (Mondays to Wednesdays)! The government initiative Eat Out to Help Out definitely kick started a wonderful experience for anyone who visited the centre of Wendover. This was very much appreciated by locals and also attracted people from near and far who live in the area or had chosen to holiday around here. It felt very lively. The consensus of opinion was that tables and chairs on the Manor Waste, No2 Pound Street (see page 18 for an initiative in October) at the top and Rumseys at the bottom, really enhanced the space making it look festive, so thank you Wendover Parish Council for a decision in keeping with these changing times. The pavement at the top of the High Street also looked very inviting with tables and chairs outside Istanbul (see advert and article page 17) and in Back Street Buckinghamshire Council converted parking spaces into pavement for Whitewaters (see advert and article page 17). They responded with floral decorations! Tres Corazones in Pound Street, (see advert and article page 16) has an authentically Southern European feel with bifold windows as well as outdoor eating. Back in the High Street, Lady Grey Tearoom has been able to create a beautifully tranquil space in the Barn Courtyard behind Antiques at Wendover (see advert right and article below). Crumbs has always had an outdoor space but in Aylesbury Road the George and Dragon (see advert and article page 16) is a new convert to pavement tables and chairs. Some of our more ancient establishments are blessed with beer gardens. The most extensive of these is to be found behind The Shoulder of Mutton in Pound Street while the sweetest is behind the King and Queen in South Street (see advert and article page 16). The introduction of the UK indoor smoking ban in July 2007 encouraged the Red Lion in the High Street to find an outdoor space which has been extended. Moving up Tring Road, Wendover Plaice has been able to provide some outdoor eating space and Spice Garden (see advert right and article below) has some outdoor space as well.

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Eat Out in The King & Queen in South Street is a classic village local. Both from Wendover, Pete & Shelley have been running the pub for 4 years now and it embodies their peculiar passions. The pub boasts an extensive Gin selection, Craft Beer, Real Ales and quality wine and spirits. Simple, homemade pub food with excellent Sunday Lunches. A sweet beer garden at the back makes the King and Queen particularly attractive in these strange times. To borrow a phrase from one of Pete and Shelley’s favourite places, The Austin Motel. “The King and Queen, so close, yet so far out”. Tres Corazones is delighted to announce Happy Hour! Owner Alba says: "Please join us if you are able to take advantage of our very relaxing atmosphere in the afternoon from 3pm weekdays from Thursday and from 12noon on Sundays. Alternatively, if you cannot come to the restaurant we have a convenient Tapas at Home, Click and Collect service." See advert bottom left for more details.

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The George & Dragon now offers outdoor dining for the first time ever! They say: "You have probably seen our hygienic chairs and tables on the pavement. Always the same excellent service and tempting Thai food which has become so popular for people of all ages. The bar is open for all your favourite beers (we are a pub!) and complete range of other drinks. The delivery and collection options continue so please don't hesitate to keep in touch."

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September Istanbul has adapted to the needs of Wendover over the past few months so as well as starting a take away service, the number of outdoor tables and chairs has increased. During the very hot weather, the ice cream freezer was very popular as well as take-away coffee supplied by a local fair trade company and equal to or better than all previous Mediterranean standards! Have you tried it yet? If you are still watching movies at home, popcorn is available. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12.00noon to 22.00. Alongside the eat-in option, the take-away and home delivery services continue, go to www.istanbulwendover.com/ and scroll down. Special offer for September - Kids Eat for Free. A child (under 10) must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent to qualify. The offer is available any day until 5pm. See also advert, right.

behind a flowery boundary with Back Street and the new ambience has received numerous compliments from regulars who enjoy the spacious surroundings as well as the famously good food. Owner Paul says: "Since we fully re-opened on 4 July, we are delighted to say that we have expanded our team so that we can implement measures to keep our customers and staff safe. We are now operating a table service and are operating a pay-at-the-table scheme to help reduce the amount of contact that everyone has with each other."

Whitewaters Deli|CafĂŠ has always specialised in fresh food beautifully served. This makes it a favourite place to enjoy brunch with a friend or for a business meeting. Eggs are a real wow and the bacon sandwiches are second to none. The menu also contains vegetarian and vegan options The extended outdoor seating remains in for breakfast or lunch, a variety of cakes, place at Whitewaters Deli|CafĂŠ throughout teas and coffees, and wine and soft drinks. September. Outdoor customers are seated And Bakeaway pizza is back on the menu!



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Oktoberfest Manor Waste, Wendover 2nd 3rd and 30th October 2020 A community event bringing beer lovers together 4pm to 10pm Bookable slots for 90mins book your table today at www.2poundstreet.com Tring Brewery, No2 Craft Beer (and wine) tent and hot food trucks

Wendover Scarecrow Trail Congratulations to Alison Edmonds who took it upon herself to organise this brilliant family friendly activity for Wendover in August. In June she started the campaign with posts on Facebook, p o s t e r s all around Wendover and some leaflet dropping. Many High S t r e e t shops were delighted to display a poster and Fiona Michaels came on board early, always offering help and suggestions. Anja from the Shoulder of Mutton was another great source of enthusiasm. As the responses grew in number, meaning that Alison became overwhelmed by the workload, neighbour Sam Males started to help with the admin. She has a background in finance which helped with setting up spreadsheets and tracking everything. There were 37 scarecrows in all! A magnificent effort by everyone. If you enjoyed taking part this year, you'll be thrilled that Alison wants to repeat the fun in August 2021 so watch this spot (and online) for more information when the time comes. There will be lots of opportunities for local businesses to become involved, too. Please email scarecrowtrailwendover@gmail.com if you would like to become part of the team. The Trail attracted a lot of interest from people who love to see these amazing scarecrows which were displayed all around Wendover. Photos of scarecrows were sent to Alison who released them from the start date, Saturday 8 August, on https://www. facebook.com/SummerScarecrowTrail. Entry forms were purchased then completed by many individuals and families, and returned to Alison. The competition ended on 23 August which was after the September print edition of Wendover News went to press but full details are available at https://wendovernews.co.uk/news/ wendover-scarecrow-trail/ from Saturday www.wendovernews.co.uk

29 August. A small booklet showing all the entries is being prepared and will be offered to Wendover Parish Council for their Time Capsule as a record of what happened in Wendover in August 2020. Copies of the booklet will be available to purchase via scarecrowtrailwendover@gmail.com and Fiona Michaels Flowers and Gifts in the Barn behind First Class Barbers by the traffic lights in Wendover High Street. In addition, Carolyn Allen posted on Facebook a pebble she painted of a s c a r e c r o w. Alison thought this would be the perfect size to be put into the capsule.

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Wendover Community Board You will be aware that the new Buckinghamshire Unitary Authority came into existence on 1 April 2020. This is the biggest change to Local Government in Buckinghamshire since the last upheaval in 1974. Both Buckinghamshire County Council and its associated District Councils have been abolished. The new Buckinghamshire Council takes on all their responsibilities. clearly, this can't all happen in one central Council Chamber in Aylesbury. Therefore 16 Community Boards have been set up to make it easier for local communities to engage with their new Council. The Wendover Community Board (map right) covers the following areas: Aston Clinton, Bierton with Broughton, Buckland, Drayton Beauchamp, Halton, Hulcott, Kingsbrook, Stoke Mandeville, Wendover and Weston Turville. These Civil Parishes are located to the south and east of Aylesbury Town. New way to tackle the issues that matter most to our community There is a new way to tackle the issues that matter most to your community – through Buckinghamshire Council’s new Community Boards. The boards will connect local people, organisations and groups with the council to improve our local areas. Wendover Community Board held an introductory meeting on Monday 27 July to start this conversation, and over the next few weeks will be getting people, groups and organisations in the community involved and helping to identify our key priorities ahead of the official launch in October. Everyone is welcome - read on to find out more about what the board will do, how it will work and how you can get involved.

What is a Community Board? Wendover Community Board will identify the themes and issues that most need to be addressed for this area and create an action plan to do this, with working groups to look at specific projects and issues. The board will: • represent the voices of local people • capture thoughts, ideas and suggestions in new ways • enable local conversations about priorities • identify needs within local communities and work to produce creative solutions • explore areas of interest • influence how decisions are made and public services are delivered. How does it work? Partnerships created in response to Covid-19 are enabling the new Community Boards to quickly get up and running. All boards have a leader, as well as a coordinator who makes sure local people, groups and organisations feel connected with the boards and the council, ensuring information is shared and views are heard. There will be a mixture of core meetings and working groups who will focus on a specific issue or local project. Core meetings will agree priorities, allocate funding and feedback on the plan of action.

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Climate Action Wendover With Wendover experiencing ‘tropical nights’ during August whereby night time temperatures don’t drop below 20˚C whilst parts of Wales had flash flooding, it is becoming apparent that climate change is not a thing of the future. It is happening today.

because if you understand your footprint, you can then take steps to reduce it.’

There are lots of carbon footprint calculators available but one that our volunteers found to be easy to use can be found at https:// footprint.wwf.org.uk/. Answering the guided However, this should come as no surprise. multiple-choice questions takes about 15 Climate scientist have been informing us for minutes resulting in your personal footprint. decades that global warming is due to carbon emissions from human activities. Whilst One volunteer said that her 2020 carbon many carbon offsetting schemes such as tree footprint was 18.2 tonnes, well above the 2020 planting and switching to renewable energy individual target of 10.5 tonnes. However, the sources are underway, perhaps now is the time tool is easy to return to and make changes for everyone to think about their individual so when her trips overseas were cancelled, she updated the flight data and her carbon footprint on the planet. footprint reduced to 9.8 tonnes.

How big is your carbon footprint? So how can you understand what impact your everyday activities have on the environment? Justine Hammer who is co-ordinating the carbon group at Climate Action Wendover said that ‘calculating your carbon footprint should be as easy as knowing how much you weigh

Paul Moring, chair of Climate Action Wendover commented that ‘whilst the UK is on track to meet its third carbon budget, government and citizens need to make further reductions to reach net zero by 2050. Knowing your individual footprint is the first step on the journey and we encourage residents of Wendover to try the calculator and find out what actions you can take.’

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Buckinghamshire Council in talks to increase bus capacity £560K grant to fund Council's plans to increase bus capacity at the start of the school term Social distancing requirements mean that every public transport bus can currently carry roughly half of the normal number of passengers. And with children and young people going back to school and college from 2 September, Buckinghamshire Council is working to alleviate the potential problem of insufficient seating capacity on public transport buses once the new term starts. This work has now received a welcome boost with the announcement of a £560K government grant.

by adding extra services such as additional school-only buses on busy routes. At the same time, the Council is promoting alternative means of travel such as walking or cycling over shorter distances. For longer distances, government guidance also accepts that under these unusual circumstances using the car instead of public transport is an acceptable option.

and carers to consider finding an alternative means of getting their child to school in the autumn term such as walking or cycling for shorter journeys to reduce the pressure on public transport. Even with extra services in place your child may sometimes have difficulty getting a seat. Additionally, you must be confident that your child can manage the requirements for social distancing, face covering and hand hygiene necessary to keep them and others safe on a public bus service."

David Martin, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Logistics, said: "Because of the much-reduced seating capacity to allow for social distancing, we've been working with our local bus operators to identify where there are likely to be problems being able to board a bus at busy times, and to work out solutions. The new government grant is a welcome support for Backed by the newly-announced government us in getting extra services in place for the grant, Buckinghamshire Council is in start of the school year. discussions with the county's public transport bus companies on how to increase capacity "Where it's possible, though, I'd ask parents

Note that pupil-only school buses such as those run by the Council are not affected by this capacity issue. The risk of passing on the virus is considerably lower on these services because pupil-only buses generally carry the same children every time, and there is no requirement for social distancing on dedicated school only buses. Buckinghamshire Council will publish details of the routes where extra capacity will be provided on www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk by the end of August.

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One example of a positive impact is the story of one couple - during lockdown Ashridge went to extraordinary lengths to help a family where the client had broken her arm. The wife was the main carer for her husband who was living with dementia but Ashridge helped to redesign the house to enable them to accommodate a live in carer who came in and helped the wife rehabilitate her arm whilst also looking after the husband living with dementia. She lived with them for two months and then was able to leave them in the capable hands of a visiting carer. Reaching a national awards final is always This was during the coronavirus pandemic. an incredible achievement and reflects the Agata Stepien, Care Manager, added: Ashridge Home Care team’s commitment, “Many families are worried right now. Care positive impact, expertise and hard work homes have been extremely challenged and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The vulnerable throughout the pandemic and company is being judged in the Positive as a result families are coming to us to look Impact category. for an alternative. We have had no cases of Trudi Scrivener, Managing Director at COVID-19 amongst the Ashridge Home Care Ashridge Home Care, said: “This is absolutely Family – no clients, head office team or carers brilliant news. Our carers have made so many have been infected, and we are incredibly sacrifices during this pandemic to make sure proud of that fact! It really goes to show that that the people they care for remain safe staying at home is the best care solution!” and they continue to do so. I am so proud to As a multi award winning care provider with be part of this amazing team.” over 30 years’ experience, Ashridge Home She continued: “It is brilliant that live-in care Care has the capacity to provide skilled, is being recognised and celebrated alongside conscientious and friendly carers to deliver other businesses in UK and all credit must go safe one-to-one care to vulnerable and to our dedicated professional carers who do elderly individuals in the comfort of their own home. the best job ever.” Care has come to the fore during recent months across all industries and the Ashridge Home Care management team has worked exceptionally hard during the pandemic to support its staff and customers. Technology was utilised to ensure carers were up to date with new legislation being announced, PPE equipment was distributed efficiently, and external health and wellbeing practitioners supported carers in looking after their clients. Trudi worked with the national LiveIn Care Hub to drive a recruitment campaign to recruit 21,000 live-in carers and the

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Are you up to the Challenge? In August, the Chilterns MS Centre launched a new virtual fundraising challenge that anybody can get involved in, to mark the start of their 35th birthday celebrations. Challenge 35 aims to raise money to support the running costs of the Centre, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah McCready decided she needed to get out and about at the start of lockdown, but couldn’t go anywhere because of her MS. She set about doing 30 laps of her garden in her wheelchair for 35 days. Come rain or shine she completed her challenge, despite the lack of energy and difficulty with her eyesight, made worse by the lack of being able to receive her usual treatment at the Centre.

Participants can choose their own challenge, as long as it revolves around the number 35. So you could run 35km, give something up for 35 days or do something 35 times. Anything is possible, as long as you can get sponsored for it.

at least 40% of its annual income. It has continued to support people through the pandemic with virtual classes, appointments and workshops, but has still had ongoing costs throughout. Challenge 35 hopes to The Centre supports over 550 people reduce this deficit. affected by MS, a life-long condition that affects how messages are passed from your When speaking about the charity’s first ever brain to parts of your body. Symptoms can virtual event, Lauren Parker, Community and include chronic fatigue, loss of mobility, sight Events Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re impairment and reduced bladder control. very lucky to have received funding to Such symptoms have a dramatic impact on allow us to make Challenge 35 happen this everyday life and there is no cure. The Centre year. The current fundraising climate is so offers people therapy to help manage their challenging so we’re hoping that people use symptoms, as well as emotional and practical this opportunity to support the Centre when support to continue to lead a fulfilling life. we really need it. We rely on our community, There are over 1800 people in the Chilterns and need their support to sustain our services, so Challenge 35 is a fun and simple area diagnosed with MS. way for them to get involved and raise vital The charity, which provides all of its funds for us. The team are so excited to see treatments for free, was set up 35 years ago everyone taking on their own challenge, in a as there was no ongoing, regular treatment location of their choice, at a time that suits for people with MS. It is now one of the them, to help us celebrate our 35th birthday largest MS therapy centres in the country, this September!” but relies on the generosity of its supporters to raise the vital funds to keep it going. Two members who benefit from the Centre’s COVID-19 meant all of its fundraising events support felt that they wanted to get involved had to be cancelled, meaning it has lost and have already started their challenges.


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She said: “I wanted to do something to help the Centre and also to give me a boost as well. I love my garden so this seemed like the right thing to do.” Patrick Burke walks with great difficulty due to muscular fatigue and poor balance, caused by his MS. Despite this he plans to walk for an hour to raise money and hopes to walk 3.5km over the next month as he trains for his challenge. He said: “The Chilterns MS Centre is a wonderful place for people affected by MS. The staff understand disability, pain and chronic fatigue as well as the physical and emotional problems of MS and provide supportive therapies and treatments.” By taking on your own Challenge 35, you will be making such a difference to people affected by this incurable condition and will help them to continue to lead a healthy and happy life. Visit challenge.chilternsmscentre.org to take part and support this local charity.

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Rotary in Wendover and District (RiW&D) has made a small collection to fund awards for anyone you know who has been a local Covid-19 hero. You will know what this person has been doing but others may not. They may have been just doing their regular job but you will know that they have put to use their own personality and skills to walk the extra mile making a big difference because of their actions. Their regular job could be being a good neighbour in a truly discrete but caring way. To make a nomination, please contact cheryl@monkeypuzzlehighwycombe.co.uk by Wednesday 30 September. Please give: • your own name • the name of your nominee • an indication of what your named hero has done either for an individual or a group of people.

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More complex family arrangements – Will Trusts Family arrangements are frequently more complex now, such as second relationships with children from previous relationships. You may well want to provide for your other half in your Will, but also ensure that your children inherit in due course. How can you achieve this? Last month`s article outlined how life interest trusts can protect your assets and how they operate. They also work with more complex family arrangements, offering flexibility and peace of mind.

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Wendover Swimming Pool resumed public swim sessions in early August. Some things are different than before - like our new online booking system - but the fun still remains! Please check our Facebook page for information and updates before you come. The Wendover Swimming Pool is easy to get to - it’s in the middle of the schools campus on Wharf Road. 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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Tribute: Peggy Batchelor 26 November 1916 – 18 July 2020 Peggy Batchelor passed away peacefully 18 festivals. This was the era of elocution July at 4 in the morning, in Leicester, at the lessons and many of Peggy’s pupils wanted magnificent age of 103. to speak the Queen’s English rather than Essex. Many pupils also found places in Peggy was the subject of a Local Face in London shows and further afield. Later, her October 2007, see https://wendovernews. pupils discovered that she could also teach co.uk/news/local-face-peggy-batchelor/ different accents. Her training as an actress which touched on her wartime experiences was thorough and a facility with accents is as a member of the Entertainment National always useful to someone who treads the Service Association (ENSA), including spells boards. The theatre and entertainment in the Far East entertaining the Forgotten industry are still well dotted with ex-pupils Army celebrated on VJ-Day, 15 August 2020. as actors and directors from the glory days of Ridley Studios. This Tribute appeared on Facebook aimed at the Southend area where she was a major As well as the work at the studios Peggy influence on speech and theatre for 30 years: and her staff also ran the Ridley Theatre Workshop on a Friday night at Chalkwell After working in Ealing with young people Schools which produced experimental work for a few years, in 1955 Peggy founded and as well as sell out shows once or twice a remained Principal of the Ridley Studios in year at the Palace Theatre and later at the Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, named in honour Cliffs Pavilion. She also established the first of her Guildhall Professor, Frank Ridley. For Children’s Theatre in the Borough. Its past many, many years it was an establishment students became teachers as heads of Drama of excellence and its students a force to be at many local schools and some also became reckoned with in local music and drama renowned adjudicators here and abroad.

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EVENT John Lingley Fitness Training, see website for details www.aspirationsfitness.com Cat Booker Fitness classes, times vary, see website for details Jodie Digby Fitness courses, times & locations vary, see website for details JAZZERCISE classes to suit you. www.jazzercise-uk.com. BML Personal Training classes, see website for details - www.bmlpersonaltraining.com Hatha yoga - all classes online due to the pandemic, please contact for details YogaBellies Classes, online during the pandemic Pilates, online & outdoor. Times & costs vary, see website for details Tai Chi & Qigong Classes, online, Tue 10-11am, Wed 4-5pm. Beginners Mon 2-3pm, 6.30-7.30pm. Water Babies, Chilterns MS Centre pool,contact for details Martial Arts Classes with ZKS, St Anne’s Hall (Tue) or ZKS HQ, The Cabin, Chiltern View Nursery Adult & Teenager Yoga Classes, St Anne’s Hall. Contact Sarah to book or for online class details. Yoga classes with Zest Yoga, online or limited size outdoor classes. Contact to book. Zumba® and Zumba® Gold classes: private studio or locations in Chivery or Wendover. Kunda Dance Mon, Slow Flow Fri - classes online, contact for details Badminton Club. 19.45-21.45 Mon, beginners 18.45-19.45 Fri, John Colet School (term time) Hartbeeps Music Classes for children, Wendover Guide Hut HP22 6HH The Rotary Club of Wendover & District, meetings online, usually 1st & 3rd Mondays Badminton Club for over 18s, £6, (Sep-July, no BH’s) Green Park Sports Centre HP22 5NE Thames Valley Police at Wendover Community Library Sparrowhawks Netball Training, John Colet School - contact the club for details IMAGEZ Camera Club, sessions being run remotely - contact the club for details Nia Classes - Wed 12.00-13.00, Fri 18.30-19.30, Balance Studio, Halton Tennis Centre Wendover & Halton Cycling Club, Wed 18.30 local mtn bike, Sun 08.30 local mtn bike Monkey Music, Wendover Guide Hut HP22 6HH, starts 16 Sep, see advert page 4 Zumba with Nikki, Mon & Thu 1815 Halton School, Sat 0930 Chiltern Way Academy Wendover GTAG (Give Tennis Another Go) at Halton Tennis Centre, Thu 7.30-9pm, Sat 4-5.30pm Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste Fun Dog Training, contact for location details and booking Dramarama - drama classes for school years 3 & 4, Wendover Guide Hut HP22 6HH Taekwondo for ages 5 and up, John Colet School Amazing Donkey Youth Club for 10-14 year olds (term time only), Wendover Youth Ctre Nordic Walking, contact Ridgeway Walking for more information & location details Cycle Rides with Aylesbury Cyclist Touring Club, locations vary

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CONTACT John 07747 604155 www.catbookerfitness.co.uk www.jodiedigbyfitness.uk 07900 987230 Emma 07969 433351 www.lizbrownyoga.co.uk alice@yogabellies.co.uk www.physioandpilates​inbucks.com www.yangshengtaichi.com chasetheball@waterbabies.co.uk www.zksmartialarts.co.uk sarahyoga@sky.com, www.sarahyoga.co.uk annabel@zest-yoga.com Roxanne 01296 623683 www.happywellyoga.com www.wendoverbc.org/ www.hartbeeps.com www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=2041

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Sally Prendergast

I’ve been active in Wendover for over a year now, as the Curate for St Marys and St Michaels since June 2019 when I was ordained Deacon (a necessary role for a year or so before becoming a Priest). By the time you read this (Covid willing!) I should be ordained Priest on 19th September.

me’, I responded… but God used him to plant seeds in my mind and heart. I visited him in prison, and the next day found myself walking into a church full of Oklahoman strangers, where I sat in floods of tears and yet felt completely at home. Back in the UK, I began going to church. I was fortunate to be around inquisitive people who preferred exploration to dogma. I learned to wait patiently for the Holy Spirit, who’s there if only we hush up and listen!

My life has been eventful and complex. I was born an only child in Kent and raised in rural Dorset. My Mum died when I was 9, so I spent many hours drawing, sewing and wandering the fields and lanes. To me, churches were scary, dark and forbidding places and I only felt safe when the entire farming community gathered for harvest, Easter and Christmas. The local church was tiny and in the middle of a field, so wellies were essential - swapped for shoes in the porch, which was lined with rows of black and green Dunlops! I left home at 18 and went to art college which was not the joyous experience I hoped for, so I found a retail job to keep me solvent. I followed a boyfriend to Nottingham, eventually getting a job at the Automobile Association as a telephonist and I volunteered to do travel reports on local BBC radio, where I met my first husband. I became a receptionist at the radio station, and trained to present shows, only to find that the manager considered women incapable and undesirable as presenters! We moved to Coventry, where the local BBC manager was happy to employ me and my husband as presenters… the perfect job for someone who was always told at school to stop chattering. Sadly I was made redundant and we

with Harry, the English setter

relocated to Lancashire for 18 months, living on the top of a windy hill in an old farmhouse. It was a beautiful location, but very isolated and not a great place to bring a baby son into the world. I was glad when we moved south to Surrey, where my daughter was born. Once the children were at school, I trained to be a Probation Officer which I loved, being a naturally curious person and wanting to help others. As so often happens, life is not as it may appear from the outside; I was suffering from depression, and the marriage was unhappy and crumbled. I was heavily involved with an organisation that teams pen-friends in the UK with people on death row in America, and one of my pen-friends told me about his Christian faith. ‘Not for

I met Patrick through a dating website, and I married my twinkly-eyed Irish arboriculturist in 2009. We moved to Eastcote where I went to St Lawrence Church and, to my shock, felt called by God to become an ordained minister. However the stress of a changing Probation Service and Patrick’s imminent redundancy forced us to move, and we landed in Great Kimble, surrounded by the countryside that we so love. Patrick is now self employed, and I work part time as a bespoke clerical stolemaker. At St Nicholas’ Church, Great Kimble, I plucked up the courage to tell Revd Jan Henderson that I felt called to ordained ministry, and with her unstinting support I trained for local ministry. I’ll be spending three years or so as Curate in Wendover and Halton, working with Revd Sally Moring, Revd Nadine Rose and the team. My highlight so far was a 24 hour crochet marathon, with items and funds donated for internally displaced Syrian refugees - it seems that Wendover now has a crochet and knitting bug!

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Councillor Pam Chambers

I have lived in Wendover with my husband for 10 years, having moved here from nearby Long Marston. I am a Professional Investigator working in the aviation industry, mainly investigating aviation accidents and insurance claims. In my previous life I was a Police Officer working in the Child Protection team. I enjoy keeping fit, walking my Sealyham Terrier in the woods and spending time with my family. I am also a massive Disney World fan! Wendover is a special place to live and I am proud to offer my services to the community.

Councillor Jo Durden Moore

I relocated to Bucks 3+ years ago with my husband, 2 teenage stepchildren, 2 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats. We settled just outside Wendover and love everything that it, and the surrounding villages, has to offer. After 25+ years of global brand, communications and marketing consulting, www.facebook.com/wendoverparish/

This month you have the perfect opportunity to meet your new councillors I have turned my efforts towards voluntary community projects. I am aiming to make a difference as a Governor at Aylesbury Grammar School, a voluntary dog trainer at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and now as a Councillor for Wendover. I am excited to be part of this wonderfully vibrant and historic market town and look forward to serving it as our world around us evolves.

Councillor Kieren Jarratt

I have lived in Wendover since 2013 and settled here with my fiancée, Dee, and my son who is in Year 6 at Wendover Junior. As a Logistics Officer in the RAF, I have lived all over the country, but now prefer to commute to work rather than to move to new postings every couple of years. I am the Officer Commanding Logistics for the RAF Chinook Force at Odiham. I am passionate about Wendover and the beautiful surrounding countryside and am driven to ensure that as a community, we do not sleepwalk into becoming a conurbation

Wendover Produce Market Saturday 19 September, 9am to 1pm Manor Waste of Aylesbury or the ever-encroaching urban sprawl out from London. Embracing new with old, I believe that the council should campaign to deliver a vision for Wendover vested in its historic and natural charm with the growing need to protect and provide areas of natural tranquillity for respite and recreation within the crowded South East region.

Councillor Diane Washington

I was born and raised in Wendover and was educated at local schools. After moving around the country, and a threeyear stint living in the USA, I returned to Wendover in 1988. My 2 daughters both went to John Colet and still work and live locally. My granddaughter currently attends Wendover Junior. After more than 30 years in customer services, both in banking and clinical environments I hope to be involved in shaping the future of the local community. To become someone who will help in decisions for the benefit of local people, serving the community and acting to improve the quality of life while preserving the heart and character of Wendover.

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The Churches in Wendover are • Wendover Free Church continues to meet online and is in discussion about gathering in the building • 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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