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Wendover residents were treated to a flight of 9 Puma helicopters on the morning of Wednesday 7 July. They flew in from the direction of Chequers (see above), over RAF Halton and departed in the direction of RAF High Wycombe (below). They were celebrating 50 years of service with the RAF and included flypasts of notable locations for the Puma Force over the past 50 years. This flight was part of Leg 1. There were three Legs altogether that day, starting and ending at RAF Benson.

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR EVENTS CLIMATE ACTION WENDOVER WENDOVER FOOTBALL CLUB ROB BUTLER, MP WENDOVER EVENING WI WENDOVER HS2 MITIGATION GROUP BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNSELLING WPC HS2 - UPDATE SCHOOLS CLUB CORNER HS2 AND BACOMBE LANE LINDENGATE YOUTH EKFB - HS2 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE LOCAL NEWS RAF HALTON LOCAL FACE: SHEILA BULPETT MATTERS ARISING

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Events Discover Bucks Museum

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Messy Sunday

Fri 27, Ashridge Golf Club HP4 1LY Sun 8, 11am, All Saints’ church, Buckland 2nd Sunday each month. A child friendly service A day of golf in support of Lindengate. Sign up on with activities, craft, short interactive service, https://lindengate.org.uk/event/charity-golf-day/ refreshments, and bacon rolls.

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Sat 14, Aston Clinton Park With many thanks to the underwriters, Aston Clinton Parish Council, the organisers are excited to announce that this FREE to attend one day Rhubarb Café community event will take place for the fourth Every Monday 2pm-4.30pm (apart from Bank year Details http://astonbury.biz/index.html. holidays), St Michael’s, Aston Clinton Come along for some refreshments and Wendover Scarecrow Trail homemade cake! During the summer holidays 15-31 Aug, see front page (weather permitting) there are games outside for Wendover Evening WI Summer Fayre the children to play. Sat 21, 10am-12noon, Library Room Raffle, book stall, refreshments and more! See Aston Clinton Beer Festival advert page 4. 30 July-1 Aug, Aston Clinton School HP22 5JJ Raising a glass for charity for the 9th year! Opening Times: Friday 30 July – 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday Book Club 31 July – Noon to 11 pm; Sunday 1 August – Sat 21, 10.30am, Wendover Christian Centre Noon to 3 pm. Live music Friday & Saturday, We look forward to welcoming regulars and new check https://www.astonclintonbeerfestival. members who love to read! No set book, just com/what-s-on for performer details. You can interesting discussion about what we have been also find out about kids activities and food on reading recently. offer there. Tickets for Friday still available! www. 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of Pace astonclintonbeerfestival.com https://thepacecentre.org/3peaks/ Join Pace for one or all of their 3 Peaks Challenges: Play around the Parishes Fri 6 & 20, 10am-12noon, Ashbrook/Castle Park National 3 Peaks – 24hr Challenge – 21-23 Aug; Arts, crafts, fun activities & more for children National 3 Peaks – 3 Day Challenge – 11-14 Sep; Yorkshire 3 Peaks – 9 Oct aged 1-11.

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Events Horatio’s Garden Open Day

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Coming Soon - Save the Date!

• MBBKA Honey Show - 4 Sep, see page 13 • Spring Sage Health Qigong - 8 Sep • Rennie Grove Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge - 12 Sep • Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust talks resume - 23 Sep • Thame Arts & Literature Festival’s Flash Fiction entry deadline - 25 Sep, see page 18 • Little Acorns Gala - 2 Oct • Wendover Youth Centre Social Gathering - 4 Oct • Friends of Wendover Library Golf Day - 7 Oct • Fundraising Dance for Pace - 7 Oct • No2's Oktoberfest - 8-10 Oct • Virtual Herts 10K and Half Marathon - 10 Oct • The Pace Quiz Night - 26 Oct, see page 21 • The Bierton Run supporting Pace - 14 Nov • No2's Christmas on The Manor - 26 Nov

The Tour de Vale Returns in 2021

Ready. Sept. Go! Buckinghamshire’s biggest charity cycling event returns to the Vale of Aylesbury on Sunday 19 September and entries for the 2021 MKFM Tour de Vale are open. To find out more about this year’s event and to sign up please visit www.tourdevale.com

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LEGACY FAIRS

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Climate Action Wendover booth during our Climate Weekend event to chat to our volunteers and learn more about the local initiatives we’re planning that will aim to reduce Wendover’s Carbon Footprint as part of ‘Make COP26 Count’

closely with businesses, civil society groups, schools, and people across the UK as part of their conversation on tackling climate change.

The UK has already undertaken a significant number of changes to reduce carbon emissions but there is still more to do from switching to clean energy to protecting and We were excited to hear about some of the restoring the eco system. More information changes many of you have already made to on COP26 and its stated goals can be found reduce your personal carbon footprint from on their website at https://ukcop26.org/ the image consultants minimising food wastage to installing solar Colour & Style Analysis, Cosmetics, panels on your homes. Thank you to everyone Take Part Make-up Lessons, Gift Vouchers, Parties who signed our Pledge which outlines 10 easy If you would like to sign our pledge, then Kimberley Blackham steps that everyone can start to take to reduce please visit our newly launched website at 07932 786 010 their carbon footprint and help support an https://www.climateactionwendover.org increase in biodiversity. where you can learn more about Wendover’s carbon footprint and what actions you can • Pruning & Weeding • Hedge & Tree Care What is COP26? take. There is also a new ‘youth pledge’ for • Grass Cutting The UK will host the UN Climate Change younger members of the family or youth • Patios & Fencing Conference COP26 in Glasgow from 30 groups to sign. Details of ongoing local • Small Landscapes October - 12 November 2021, bringing projects as well as how to get involved with together world leaders to commit to urgent Climate Action Wendover can also be found Call Roy 01296 625531 07906 398187 global climate action. In the run up to the on our website. We look forward to your hawthorngardening@yahoo.com summit, the UK Government will be working virtual visit soon.

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WENDOVER MUSIC 2021 Season of Concerts

All 2020 season tickets are valid for 2021. We are pleased to advise that we are now able to stream our events online so you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Streaming tickets available from our website only.

2021 dates for your diary

All at St Mary’s Church commencing at 7.30pm

22 October - Timothy Ridout (Viola) & Tom Poster (Piano) 23 October - Paul Lewis (Piano)

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2022 dates: 12th March - AGM & Leo Popplewell (Cello) 9th April - Steven Osborne (Piano) Streaming tickets £12.50 per device per concert (available to buy from website only). Concert tickets £20 (students £5). AGM tickets £10. Mini Mozart £6 per child (adults free) or £10 for 2 siblings All purchased tickets for individual concerts for the 2020 season will be accepted for the revised dates so no need to re-book.

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Wendover Football Club – Tearing Up History A young supporter gazes out at the machinery tearing up a part of his family’s history, creating an uncertain future for Wendover Football Club. The John Colet Academy are in the process of siting an expensive artificial pitch on our home of nearly 50 years.

• Increasing the hourly rate • I n t r o d u c i n g charges for preseason friendlies and training sessions • Increasing the length of Saturday hire sessions • Assuming ownership of goals, jointly purchased between WFC and the John Colet, which will be hired out to other parties

As we all try to emerge from the wreckage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it saddens us that this development will have a financial and emotional impact on young, local, working families, jeopardising a club that has provided a sports and social network for our residents since 1895. The above is designed to QUADRUPLE the In relation to this project, WFC has received a annual cost. Our 125 year old Club will be lost proposal to continue using a natural pitch at to the pressure generated on local families’ another area on site, although work to bring finances and the constant fundraising that pitch to standard will not be completed requirement for our volunteers. for another year. Alongside this relocation, the Academy’s current Leadership Team The most galling element of the Academy’s wish to financially hamstring our club by: position is that they are in receipt of • Removing a long-standing “block booking” substantial funding (assumed to be hundreds discount of thousands) from our governing body’s

Football Foundation charity to deliver this vanity project. Football’s charitable funds are being used to make football unviable. WFC has informed the Academy Head that we are now left with no choice but to appeal to our Councillors whilst sharing this with Wendover News. We feel that this attack on our heritage is in direct conflict with their obligations to use our Council’s assets for the betterment of the community. It is a long way removed from the favourable terms that the Council originally gave Wendover FC in order to make football available for all. WFC’s volunteers will continue to protest, but the fight is long and hard and our resources are minuscule in comparison to the vast Government-backed funds of the John Colet. We ask the people of Wendover to continue to support Wendover Football Club and to resist any way they can. Wendover Football Club

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The railway is being built - here come the lorries!

In November 2015, it was promised by Tim Mould in the House of Commons Committee meeting that “there will be no construction traffic in Wendover” so we wait to see if that promise is kept.

There is more…

While we have all been experiencing “enabling works” in the Wendover area for some time, EKFB (the HS2 contractor) is now starting to build the railway.

Other visible w o r k s include the construction of a temporary road at the north end of the bypass to allow diversion of traffic to and from Terrick on Nash Lee Lane. This is to allow the construction of a bridge over the railway which will be in a cutting below the current ground level as it passes towards Stoke Mandeville. Vegetation has already been cleared to allow access to the temporary road from the Nash Lee roundabout.

In the next few months, a local concrete “batching plant” will be installed next to the bypass, which is expected to reduce the number of lorry movements compared to transporting the vast amount of material needed to build the Small Dean and Wendover Dean viaducts long distances on Closer to home… A temporary road is to be constructed behind local roads. the cottages on Ellesborough Road to allow This will still require incoming aggregate traffic to continue to get to Butler’s Cross and cement deliveries and outgoing mixed during the building of the “green tunnel”, concrete traffic on the A413, and a slip lane which involves making a deep cutting is being created northbound on the bypass through the existing road. Work is due to start at the end of the cricket season and will to help matters. take about 12 months including diversion The concrete trucks will go down the A413 of all the utilities, including water, gas, and enter the HS2 land at Small Dean just electricity, sewage, and telecomms services. before the petrol station. An internal road See also HS2 & Bacombe Lane article p14. is being constructed from there to Great Missenden to allow the concrete to be In the meantime… delivered to the viaduct working sites. Empty We have identified numerous reasons which lorries will continue down to Missenden prove HS2 train noise will be worse than before coming back up the A413 to collect expectations defined in the Act, whereby their next load. the vast majority of homes in the Wendover

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assessment area could experience noise above the World Health Organisation limits. Evidence has been presented to HS2 & BC but there is still work to be done to convince both that our modelling is accurate for plans to be changed to remedy this. We have provided proof that HS2 current plans will flood Stoke Mandeville and Aylesbury and their proposed traffic movements will bring the Chilterns to a standstill. We remain hopeful that our mitigation solutions which will prevent it all will remain on the table as the planning permission requests continue to come in over the summer months. We remain vigilant in ensuring that HS2’s environmental strategy is actually put in place and is importantly maintained (planting trees but letting them die of dehydration is unacceptable) this will be an ongoing and long-term effort.

It is up to all of us…

We implore you all not to give up and accept that all is lost, it really is not. Our group, alongside the Parish Councils up and down the line, continue to hold HS2, its contractors and Buckinghamshire Council to account. But we all need to work together – so if you witness poor behaviour from HS2 contractors or see a lorry in Wendover then take a picture and send us the details at enquires@whs2.org and if you can support our group in any way or want to be involved with our mitigation work, please do get in touch www.whs2.org.

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Lord Berkeley’s letter and report to the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, on the subject of fraud and the misleading of Parliament by HS2 Ltd and Ministers is a shocker. Some of you may have seen it in the broadsheet press. Nobody knows more about UK rail or the HS2 project than Tony Berkeley, and I include HS2 Ltd and the DfT in there, so for him to take such action should act as a wakeup call to government.

attempt at remote engagement. With Covid restrictions lifted there seems to be every opportunity for public meetings to resume. We still won’t like the message but we can look them in the eye as they deliver it.

Challenging Ministerial Claims

The Mined Tunnel Proposal for Wendover still causes turmoil in political circles. On 30 June Lord Berkeley wrote to Andrew Stephenson MP, Minister for HS2 to question assertions made by the minister regarding the consideration that had been given to Wendover’s proposal.

If you didn’t catch it in the press you can read You can read his letter here…. Tony’s letter and report here… https://www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/post/ https://www.wendover-pc.gov.uk/post/ekministerial-fraud-in-misleading-parliament-on- ekfb-ministerial-response-letter-17-june-2021 the-142bn-hs2-project

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Having considered a report and recommendation from the HS2 Working Group and a detailed proposal of future works from our Parliamentary Lobbyist, WPC has resolved to carry on with its current campaign strategy on HS2 matters. So we still push for the best mitigation and while we argue for that we scrutinise and challenge the project and we support Buckinghamshire Council and others as they do the same.

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Wendover Swimming Pool resumed public sessions in April and is also running Family Splash sessions again. Please book online before you come to the Pool, as numbers are limited. 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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Schools Pearson teaching awards

Chiltern Way Academy Wendover campus is proud to share the news that Head of English Shelby Camman has received a certificate of commendation. This came after a nomination for the Pearson ‘Teacher of the year’ award.

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Wendover military children take part in charity workshop Military children from Wendover C of E Junior School took part in a free virtual workshop run by the charity Little Troopers in June. As part of a nationwide virtual roadshow being delivered by the charity throughout June, children who have parents currently serving in the British Armed Forces logged in together to explore some of the unique challenges they might experience such as having a parent deployed overseas and regularly having to move home and school.

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expected lifting of COVID restrictions was delayed. We are hopeful that restrictions are lifted so that our first meeting will take place on Thursday, 2 September, at St Anne’s Hall, at 2.30pm. There will be a short AGM, followed by one of our members, John Yabsley, talking about Egyptian Gardens. We went on a sociallydistanced coach trip to Rodmarton Manor in Gloucestershire on the 15 July. Very enjoyable and a much-needed escape from lockdown. Amazingly, despite the restrictions of the Hopefully the September meeting will be the pandemic, Wendover Choral Society has not first of our monthly meetings which we have been silent. Socially-distanced rehearsals arranged at the same venue. Neville Morton following COVID 19 rules in an approved venue were held in the autumn term, and more recently, this summer, we have been Enjoy the open air with BBOWT rehearsing for a private commission in August, All the Trust's reserves around Wendover are which has been a joyous experience for us all. open and free to use so please come and enjoy them. Conservation work in small groups also Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook. starts up again in August and we now have a com/wendoverchoralsociety or contact centralised system for dealing with enquiries wendoverchoralsociety@gmail.com for further - please email volunteering@bbowt.org.uk information. Margaret Heald saying where you live and what might interest you. Bacombe Hill, Dancersend and Weston Turville Reservoir can all use some extra help Wendover Horticultural Society Our meeting on 1 July didn’t happen as the to catch up on some of the work we have not A warm welcome awaits singers, new and old, to Wendover Choral Society this autumn, when a new season of rehearsals starts once again in St Mary's Church, Wendover under the direction of Peter Bassano. A concert of music by Faure is planned for 4 December. Weekly rehearsals are due to start on Thursday, 9 September, 7.45pm - 9.45pm.

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Club Corner been able to do latterly. A little further afield, College Lake reserve and visitor centre are open every day except Monday - check online for the latest information including news of evening open days when we will be offering a simple menu to enjoy after you have done your constitutional two miles round the lakes... It's a great place to take children too during the holidays. Details on www.bbowt.org.uk/ reserves. Richard Birch

to hold a Gala, with nearby Clubs sending players to compete, but as Wendover News goes to press, this and the match following it have had to be cancelled due to Covid. The money would have been most welcome after the year we have had, missing out on the whole of the indoor season and a slow start to our outdoor year.

Sadly what we have missed most of all is the Mid Bucks Beekeepers splendid social side of our club life which was The Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association will also a great money spinner for club funds. be holding their annual Honey Show at Ellesborough Parish Hall, Butler’s Cross on Wendover is doing well in the various club Saturday 4 September. Doors open to the leagues and one or two individual members public from 13:00-15:30. are reaching dizzy heights at senior levels. There will be live bees, beekeeping information and local honey, candles etc for sale. Ruth Stephenson

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HS2 and Bacombe Lane The Yerby Family Two things worth mentioning first: Phil resigned in 2015 as Vice Chair of Aylesbury Conservatives and cabinet member for resources over HS2 and the planned overdevelopment of the Aylesbury area through its [10 year overdue] Local Plan. Secondly, we bought our house in Bacombe Lane knowing that HS2 was coming so, despite being strongly against it, we can’t complain too loudly and are trying to influence as best we can. The HS2 people we have been dealing with are very keen to help within their remit. The biggest challenge is finding out and getting to any actual decision makers. We have the Project Director for the Wendover section of the line on “speed dial” and he is always happy to help (again within his remit). He does listen and has already moved the location of the Bacombe Lane diversion 20 metres, saving a tree. This is not a major victory, just an example of the small things that we can hope to influence. Currently we are discussing the ‘sonic boom’ and sound mitigation for Wendover at the tunnel entrance/exit. We are still struggling to get HS2 to commit in writing to the decibel levels quoted in various Environmental Statements that will be achieved when trains actually run along the line.

Another concern is the urban standards in an AONB Bacombe Lane diversion to where wildlife thrives? Parking Ellesborough Road. Originally restrictions? At one end it will planned to begin in March be a free car park for the station 2021 it is now unlikely to and at the other a parking start this year. Bacombe Lane area for people accessing the is currently a single track woods. No specific objections private road. It is actually but neither Bucks Council nor owned by residents. Ironically HS2 seem to have thought HS2 Limited are of course this through. No surprise that shareholders in the road none of this could be answered having bought many of the HS2 Ltd published map showing the immediately. houses along it (We don’t Bacombe Lane temporary access even think they realise this!). road in orange. The green outline It appears this new road will be simply given over as Highways at the top is the temporary road land - the responsibility of The plan is to change the diversion for Ellesborough Road Bucks Council, we hope, single track road into a dual (behind the doomed cottages). temporarily. For us this raises track road compliant with “Manual for Streets”: it will be built to full the spectre of the Council changing the road highway standards. As any developer will tell to permanent and attempting to put houses you, a developer only has to ‘mitigate the effects along it when the project is completed. The HS2 of its development’, not to ‘improve’ things. So Act is clear on restoring Bacombe Lane, albeit why spend taxpayer millions on a road that isn’t realigned to go over HS2 and we trust the same is required to be built and of course is supposed true for the reinstatement of the existing fields. to be ripped up in the end. We are happy with The HS2 Project Director for the line assures us a single lane track as we currently have now. “that is my instruction” but we are still seeking So who owns or polices it? Will it be lit to full guarantees.

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Building up to August sees steady progression around the Wendover area. There will be a change to the road layout on the A413 bypass undertaken where the carriageways will be narrowed to improve the access to the compound and increase safety for all road users. Works around Nash Lee Road are also taking shape, with the preparation for the site access road and tie in points beginning in August. Around the Small Dean area, we will be carrying out some engineering work to form concrete foundations known as ‘test A piling rig piles’. These test piles help us gather valuable information about the ground conditions in the area. The first activity involved has been to form a base known as a ‘piling mat’ formed by crushed stone. The concrete piles are then formed by drilling (also known as boring) a deep hole and filling it with concrete which we can then monitor.

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We will also be installing some water mains protection off London Road near our compound. To do this there will be traffic management on the road for a number of weeks so there may be a need to factor this into your journey time. We will as always endeavour to complete the works quickly and remove the traffic management when we can. News from the Wendover community recently is that The John Colet School have been successful in their bid for HS2 community funding, securing over £56,000 towards creating a new artificial sports pitch for the school. And finally, If you have been receiving email updates from HS2 or would like to, then we are asking you to register on the new HS2 website which will give you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us. To find out more then visit your community website at www.hs2inbucksandox.co.uk.

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on Saturday 10 July who were taking part in Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity’s NOT The Midnight Walk.

Michael Collins, Chairman of Wendover & Villages Community Board said: “Applications are being encouraged from local groups, Parish Councils and other organisations The Charity’s annual who can demonstrate that their proposal fundraiser, the Midnight A group of NOT offers benefit to the local community. All Walk, was altered the Midnight applications will be considered by the Walk participants. again this year to a Community Board. We are excited to once virtual walk in line with Photo courtesy again have this opportunity to provide funds coronavirus restrictions. participants. that will have a direct and positive impact on Walkers were asked to local residents.” walk 5 miles, wherever they wanted, starting at 5am on Saturday – and families, friends and For more information on Wendover & colleagues all turned out to walk in memory Villages Community Board, visit their of loved ones and to support the work of webpage and keep up to date with all the Florence Nightingale Hospice. latest news on Facebook. “We had over 550 walkers taking part this Walkers step forward to support year, plus 75 dogs sporting our new FNHC local hospice charity dog bandanas,” says Julie Chitty, Events Pavements and paths around Fundraising Manager at the Charity. “Thanks Buckinghamshire, and beyond, were to their efforts, and the hundreds of people brightened by hundreds of walkers early who have sponsored Walkers, the event has

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Tony & Jenny Farmer of Wendover celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 22 July 2021. 60 years of wedded bliss. Wonderful parents, grandparents and greatgrandparents who have lived in Wendover for the past 15 years (previously from Gt Missenden), a local Buckinghamshire couple and parishioners of St Mary’s Church.

Freedom of the Parish

May I thank Wendover Parish Council for the singular honour of being awarded the Freedom of the Parish for contributing to the Wendover Neighbourhood Plan, as reported on the back page of the July edition. In that report there is a name missing. Sheila Bulpett was chairman of the Wendover Neighbourhood Plan Steering

Group. Creating the Plan was, in large part, a result of her hard work and commitment. There were many hurdles to overcome, but overcome they were due to Sheila’s determination to see the Plan move forward and become a reality. Indeed, it was Sheila, together with John Currell, who brought all our work together and wrote the Plan. I am sure the Parish Council, in its wisdom, has awarded Sheila the same honour as the rest of the Group. However, this was not clear at the presentation ceremony nor on the back page of Wendover News. Sheila’s great contribution needs to be recorded and made public so that our community have some idea of the qualities of the person who now chairs its Parish Council. Alan Myers

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After nearly a year of virtual quizzes, how about a quiz night that isn’t through a screen? Pace will be hosting a Halloween special Quiz Night 26 October at The Dinton Hermit. Tickets £17.50 per person and include a spooktacular dinner. The Quiz will include five Halloween themed rounds as well as Heads & Tails, Best Sealed Bid and Spaghetti Tower! To be in with a chance to win the CASH PRIZE, book your team space now by emailing lacey.bonham@thepacecentre.org.

mixed results with both teams lying midtable in the Mid Bucks League.

The season continues until the end of September, when the club will lose its Ellesborough Road ground to HS2. The final event on the ground is on Saturday 25 September. The planning application for the new ground should be submitted within the next month and much work is continuing behind the scenes to try and ensure the club is not adversely affected in 2022/23 when it does not have a fully operational main ground. For more info, Wendover Cricket Club contact Jonathan Seabrook at jseabrook@ The junior season is drawing to a close talktalk.net or visit www.pitchero.com/ although there are still some 20 matches clubs/wendovercricketclub. to be played out of the 140+ scheduled for 9 age groups. This season has seen approx. Hampden Fields Action Group 260 juniors participate which included a new The group has raised the £35k required to U7 age group and a new girls only section proceed with a a Judicial Review into the lack that has had 35 girls regularly attending. The of healthcare facilities being brought with U12 Spitfires won their Bucks League whilst new development in our area. If you'd like the U12 Hurricanes won their U13 Aylesbury to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/ League division. The senior teams have had crowdfunding/phil-yerby-1.

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RAF Halton Editor’s note: The contents of this page were taken from the RAF Halton Facebook page. Photos Crown Copyright.

Vaccination Clinic

In July, RAF Halton were delighted to welcome the NHS to the Trinity Community Centre to offer first and second doses of Astra Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines to over 18’s. By kind permission of the Station Commander, this clinic was opened to civilians in the local area, as well as military personnel/contractors.

Union Jack Club Award

In June, Acting Sergeant Lewin, a Recruit Training Squadron Instructor was awarded the Union Jack Club Command Warrant Officer Award by the Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force in a virtual ceremony.

Station Commander’s Coin Awards

RAF Halton Vetting Clerk Val Tompsett, Jonathon Olliffe, a Sodexo Sous Chef at the Warrant Officer and Sergeants Mess, Larissa Tilhulca, Sodexo Mess Manager at the Henderson/Maitland Mess and Flt Lt Hindley, the Station Flight Safety Officer at RAF Halton were all awarded Station Commander’s Coins in June & July.

Chiltern Brewery Cheque

Our thanks to The Chiltern Brewery who kindly presented a cheque to Station Commander Group Captain Startup for an incredible £3528.80! The money was raised from the sale of Battle of Britain Old Ale, which is brewed at the site in Terrick.

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Local Face: Sheila Bulpett I was born at home in Hillingdon 62 years ago, the second daughter in the family. Our parents were both scientific and as such we had an interesting upbringing. Ex-RAF wireless operator Dad was given broken radios, TVs etc and we learnt to solder so that we could help with the fiddly bits. Sundays often involved heading off to help him with various activities, including under the stage of the new Ickenham theatre, pulling cables for the lighting as we were small enough to run about down there. My father gave each of us a camera and we would develop black and white photographs in the shed. At 18 I was the first in the family to go to university. I studied Chemistry at Somerville, Oxford, a subject I found exciting as it never did what it was supposed to, unlike physics. A whole different world where practical classes meant you often couldn’t see across the lab for smoke and you could emerge at the end of the day somewhat befuddled from the fumes and have to push the bike home. I also gained a rowing blade. During

the vacations I used my photographic skills in a laboratory at Brunel University and met my future husband, Bob. We married in 1981 and lived in Aylesbury with Bob’s daughter Melanie. I had a research post and worked on phosphor development. Twins arrived in 1984, identical boys and difficult to tell which was which so I left their labels on for the first 2 weeks! Then we moved to Wendover, where Bob had grown up, and really settled in to village life. Welcoming and friendly, it is a great place to be. Jennifer followed in 1986 and we fell in to the usual round of activities. I was part of the National Childbirth Trust and the local Twins Club, gaining and giving support to other families. Gardening and the allotment have been a lifelong interest for the exercise, produce and in modern terms, the low carbon lifestyle. In 1992 I trained to become a Chemistry and Science Teacher, which I continued for 20 years. Teaching mainly teenagers is an interesting

Sheila and some of the Neighbourhood Plan team

experience, especially when most want to burn things in the labs! The most rewarding part was the excitement in their eyes and seeing them develop into responsible and confident individuals. My time as a Head of Year in the Sixth Form was a highlight. In 2012, I was fortunate to be able to retire and focus on other interests including travelling, painting and music. U3A, has given me new friends and improved some skills, eg ballroom dancing. Throughout my life I have been a volunteer including as a lifeguard at Wendover Pool, helper at the first school then school governor, NCT counsellor, officer of different societies, a Parish Councillor and now Chair.

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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

View from the Chair

As I write this month’s view, we are still in a sort of lockdown, England are playing Denmark at Wembley and Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon! Meanwhile in Wendover, the weather is changeable, and the work of the Parish Council continues. The newly-formed Council is settling in with various working groups and an exciting new group has been convened to look at the Parish 5-year strategic plan, which will set out the aspirations for the Council, looking at areas for improvement, projects etc! Our focus at the moment is to complete a number of works that have been delayed due to Covid-19. These include looking into speeding with a survey in September, and a possible 20mph zone down the High Street, so please make your comments when that is up and running. Parking is on a second informal consultation for South St and Little Hampden Close. Other areas are moving to the statutory consultation when that closes. The canal path has secured an outside grant, so work is now being done to finalise the details and timing for the refurbishment in conjunction with the Canal and Rivers Trust. Our thanks go to Peter Elwin of the Wendover Arm Trust, for his help and perseverance in gaining funding for the project. Maintenance of the Hampden Pond area is also on track to be completed this year.

of £1m. Schemes were shortlisted by a panel of technical advisors, and unfortunately our application was not successful. We will be appealing this decision; in addition, we are now having the same conversations with the Budget Setting 2022/23 The Budget is agreed every December for the Wendover Community Board to see if they forthcoming financial year. The financial year would support and part fund the project. starts on 1 April and ends on 31 March. We Our Open Spaces group are looking at designs for get most of our money via the “Precept” which a skate park in Ashbrook and are tendering for a is a demand on Buckinghamshire Council to partner company to help progress the project. The enable us to function. This demand is then inclusive play equipment is also being considered passed on to Parishioners via the Council Tax. and funding will be sought over the course of If we have any large projects for example the next few months. Both will be part of the playground equipment, we can apply for grants 2022-23 Council program of works. Similarly, from outside bodies or the Community Board. the refurbishment of the Clock Tower wall with (www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/communitydrinking fountain has been moved to next year. and-safety/improving-your-local-community/ wendover-community-board/). We will start to build the budget over the next couple of months. Do you have proposals or ideas on projects that could benefit the residents of Wendover that would require budgeted funds? Contact details below.

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Working Group Updates

A recommendation from the Noise and Speed Working Group, resulted in the Council applying to the HS2 Road Safety Fund for funding to install a speed camera along the A413 bypass. The HS2 RSF received 35 applications That’s all for now but I do hope that you are for schemes which collectively would cost able to have a good summer wherever you upwards of £4m against a budget for the year decide to spend it and that the sun shines a bit! Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU Sheila Bulpett www.facebook.com/wendoverparish/

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The Churches in Wendover are • Wendover Free Church continues to meet online and and can be contacted as shown below • St Anne’s Mass - Sunday at 9am and Tuesday at 10.15am • St Mary’s offers different ways of gathering online and in person, please use the contact details below

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