March 2014 Wendover News

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March 2014

Available in Dunsmore, The Lee, Halton, Wendover, Weston Turville and Liffré

Looking forward Two important dates bookend this month:  Applications for the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust must be received by Friday 28 February, details page 4  Expected final date for HS2 petitions is Monday 31 March, details page 20 Meanwhile we will be enjoying pancakes on Tuesday 4 March and acknowledge our mothers on Sunday 30 March as the clocks go forward. Water in Wendover This has been a wet and windy winter with the unusual scene of water overflowing from an early section of the Wendover Arm. To see photos go to

Wendover Celebrates

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily the views of the editor. contributions for April 2014 before

Monday 17 March (including payments for adverts) book early to avoid disappointment

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promote the event and provide volunteers Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop on the day. This is a new 19 High Street, Wendover HP22 6DX venture for Wendover Celebrates and we are very Wendover News is delivered through the door excited to be able to work to many local households. If you do not receive with this unique local charity in this way. one at home and would like to volunteer to For more information about PACE, please deliver for us to your road, please contact the visit: office (see above). Wendover News would like

Wendover Celebrates is very pleased to announce that it will be supporting PACE as one its beneficiaries from this year's Wendover Celebrates event on Sunday 25 May. PACE is an Aylesbury based charity that transforms the lives of children with disabilities across Aylesbury Vale and beyond. The team at PACE will work alongside the Wendover Celebrates Committee to

to thank all our willing volunteers.

RAF Flypast dates: Tuesday 4 & 18 March 1.30pm To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast (weather permitting).

ANTIQUES AT . . . WENDOVER March Mystery Object on view in the shop £10 Gift Voucher for the Winner

January’s was a paper pattern tracer, for accurately marking fabric for cutting Any purchaser in the shop can enter the I love Wendover draw Open 7 Days a week Free car park at rear of shop THE OLD POST OFFICE WENDOVER, BUCKS 01296 625335


March 2014

What’s On in March 2014

LEGACY FAIRS Antiques & Collectors Market

Thursday 20 March

9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity

Wendover Memorial Hall

BARN DANCE ***Put on your dancing shoes*** Valerie Vale & the Aylesbury Aylevators

22 March at 7.30pm with caller Tim Rooke Bar & Raffle Wendover Memorial Hall HP22 6HF In aid of Bega Kwa Bega see page 7

Cat Show Saturday 29 March 2014 Wendover Memorial Hall Open to the public 12.30 - 4pm Entrance: £2.50, or £1.50 for Senior Citizens/Children

DAMON SINGERS IN CONCERT 25 singers offering a musical mix Something for everyone

29 March at 7.30pm Bar and Raffle St Mary`s Church Wendover HP22 6NL In aid of Bega Kwa Bega - see page 8

We need volunteers to help with all aspects of our work

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for April 2014 events, please contact us before Monday 17 March Wendover News, Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop, High Street, HP22 6DX  01296 624270 

Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £15 : 20 words SAT 01 WENDOVER FOOD BANK BEGINS ACCEPTING DONATIONS AGAIN, see page 18 SAT 01 11.00-15.00 Scannappeal Open Garden, “Lilies” in Weedon, details on SUN 02 19.00 “Sticky Faith” with the Scripture Union, St Mary’s Church, see page 4 Tue 04 09.30-12.00 Wendover Sewing Bee, St Anne’s Hall, contact Deb 07903743293 for details Tue 04 19.15 AGM & 20.00 “From Seed to Plate,” Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Soc, Stewart Hall, Little Kimble, see p 4 Tue (weekly during Lent) 19.30 “Horizons” Lent Meetings, Wendover Christian Centre, see page 4 Tue 04 19.30 Get Wendover Cycling AGM, 64A Lionel Avenue, all welcome, see page 4 Tue 04 19.30-21.30 “The Sewcial: French Seams and Bias Binding,” £7, St Anne’s Hall, details Thu 06 19.00-20.00 Wendover Library Reading Group (1st Thursday each month), Library Room, contact 07979 855047 Fri 07 14:00 Women’s World Day of Prayer, St Anne’s Church SAT 08 10.00-16.00 Launch of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Gemstone Walk, Friars Square SAT 08 10.00-18.00 & SUN 09 11.00-16.00 MS Centre Art Exhibition, Chilterns MS Centre, see page 4 Mon 10 (morning) and Tue 11 (evening) Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (2nd week each month), contact 07890 973751 Tue 11 19.45 “Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital,” Wendover Evening WI, St Anne’s Hall, contact 01296 582318 Wed 12 19.00 Grandparents’ Support Group Monthly Meeting , Holiday Inn, Aston Clinton 07949 640156 for details Wed 12 20.00 “The Psychology of Ghosts & Hauntings” Chiltern Humanists Meeting, Amersham Comm Ctre, see page 6 Thu 13 10.00 Walk from Hale Lane to The Lee with the Aylesbury Ramblers, details Stan 01296 613803 Thu 13 10.30-11.30 “Tea and Talk” - March’s Topic is “The Forestry Commission,” Wendover Community Library Room Thu 13 10.30 Wendover Twinning Association Monthly Coffee Morning (2nd Thursday each month), Red Lion, all welcome Thu 13 13.00-15.00 “Art Attack! – art illustration for beginners,” Carers Bucks, Wendover Community Library Room, see p 6 Thu 13 20.00 “Flower Power—how plants control animals,” Weston Turville Horticultural Society, WT Village Hall, see page 6 Fri 14 19.00 “Murder Mystery,” (Quaintwood Players), Tickets £13.50 (inc Fish and Chip Supper), Wendover Memorial Hall SAT 15 10.00 Pop-Up-Craft Fair, Barn Courtyard, (behind Antiques at Wendover) Wendover High Street SAT 15 10.00-12.00 “Try Orienteering” Wendover Woods, details on , see page 6 SAT 15 10.00-13.00 Volunteer Open Day, National Trust, Hughenden Manor SAT 15 10.30 Informal Book Club (no set reading), Wendover Christian Centre SAT 15 14.00 “An A-Z of Victorian Occupations,” Bucks FHS, Prebendal Farm Comm Ctre, HP19 7QW, see page 6 SAT 15 14.30-16.30 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers Guild Monthly Meeting, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church SAT 15 18.30 Family Film Night “Hugo,” Wendover Christian Centre, see page 6 SUN 16 18.00 Silent Movie Night, St Mary’s Church, benefits Wendover Choral Society, tickets from Clock Tower, see ad p2 MON 17 WENDOVER NEWS APRIL EDITION COPY DAY Tue 18 19.30-22.30 “The Staple Dress: Beginners Dressmaking,” £30 plus cost of pattern, details Tue 18 20.00-22.00 Wendover Evening Sewing Bee, Whitewaters, contact Deb 07903743293 for details Thu 20 09.00-14.00 Legacy Antiques & Collectors’ Fair, Wendover Memorial Hall, see ad this page Thu 20 10.15-11.45 “Sages” senior age fellowship (3rd Thursday each month) Wendover Christian Centre Thu 20 14.30 “Adventures in the Vegetable Plot,” Wendover Horticultural Society Meeting, Wendover Library Room Thu 20 20.00 “Rough Justice (Middlesex Regiment),” Aylesbury Centre of National Trust, Broughton Junior School Fri 21 19.30 “Big Quiz,” (for charity) Tickets £12.50 on, Wendover Memorial Hall SAT 22 11.00-12.00 “Mini Mozart” Wendover Music Concert for Children, St Mary’s Church, see ad below SAT 22 19.30 Barn Dance with Valerie Vale & the Aylesbury Aylevators, benefits BKB, tickets from Clock Tower, see p 7 SUN 23 08.00 onwards Rennie Grove Hospice Chilterns Cycle Challenge, Kingsbury Square, see page 7 Thu 27 20.00 “The Spice Trade” Wendover Twinning Association, Wendover Library Room, see page 7 Fri 28 14.00-15.00 Friday Tea, meet and share with others recently bereaved, enquiries 01296 623744 Fri 28 20.00 “A Bit on the Side,” Weston Turville Historical Society, Weston Turville Village Hall, see page 7 SAT 29 10.00 Mothering Sunday Craft Morning, children’s crafts, St Anne’s Hall, see page 7 SAT 29 10.00-12.00 First Aid Course, Wendover Children’s Centre, book on 01296 621143 SAT 29 12.30-16.00 Cat Show, £2.50/£1.50 concessions, Wendover Memorial Hall, see ad page 2 SAT 29 19.30 Damon Singers, St Mary’s Church, benefits BKB, tickets from Clock Tower, see page 8 SUN 30 Mothering Sunday services, check with individual churches for service times SUN 30 10.00 Walk from Wendover Woods to Drayton Beauchamp with the Ramblers, details Peter & Lesley 01296 651653 SUN 30 11.00-15.00 Furniture Painting Course, £90, contact Trixy at Liveluxe for details 07786 990537, see page 8 Mon 31 20.00 Wendover Youth Centre Ltd Second AGM, Wendover Youth Centre, all welcome, see page 8 SELECTED APRIL EVENTS Fri 04 and SAT 05 Wendover Theatre Society Shows, Wendover Memorial Hall, Tickets from Clock Tower 01296 696759 SUN 27 09.30 John Hampden School Fun Run, registration & sponsor forms at school office or

WENDOVER MUSIC 2014 at St Mary’s Church, Wendover

A Night at the Movies!

22 March - 11.00-12.00 Children’s Event for 0-7yrs. Tickets: 01296 615753 Mini Mozart - Interactive, live, musical storytelling. £5.00 under 12 months free

A step back in time to the excitement of the silent movies

Saturday 12 April 7.30pm

Saturday 10 May 7.30pm

Academy of Ancient Music

Angela Hewitt

(period instrument orchestra)


Saturday 14 June 7.30pm Young Artists Concert Trio Isimsiz (violin, cello, piano)

Saturday 12 July 7.30pm

Henschel Quartet (string quartet)

Season Tickets £ 45.00. Concert Tickets £ 15.00. Available 3 February from Wendover, Risborough and Aylesbury Tourist Information Offices. Credit Card Hotline—01296 330559 (Booking fee will apply) Details from 01296 615753


‘ONE WEEK’ and ‘THE GOAT’ 2 short films starring Buster Keaton with live piano accompaniment by Adrian Johnson Sunday 16 March 2014 St Mary’s Church, Wendover Doors open at 5.15pm for tea and cakes. Performance at Tickets £7.50 from The Clock Tower. 01296 696579 Family ticket -(2 adults plus up to 4 children) £20 This show is presented to you by members of Wendover Choral Society and revenue will go towards the society’s funds WCS is supported by Aylesbury Vale Arts Council and the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust

March 2014

Regular Weekly Events


for April 2014 events, please contact us before Monday 17 March Wendover News, Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop, High Street, HP22 6DX  01296 624270 

Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £15 : 20 words 7 days a week

Morning and Evening, JAZZERCISE classes to suit you : 07900 987230

Mon, Tue, Thu Mondays Mondays Mondays Mondays Mondays Tue & Wed Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Wednesdays Wednesdays Wednesdays

Morning and Evening. Adult, Teenager Yoga Classes. 01296 623543, The Rotary Club of Wendover & District. For meeting times see 10.00-11.00 Peep, learning together for families with children aged 1-2. Book on 01296 621143 13.30 Wendover Baby/Toddler Group under5s term time. Wendover Memorial Hall, details 01296 709791 14.15-15.30 Bumps and Babies (siblings welcome), Wendover Children’s Centre, 01296 621143 19.00 Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue. Call Nikki 07868 873911 19.30 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell. Details 01296 624089 10.00 Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for moderate walk 1-1.5 hours. Details 01494 475367 10.15-10.45 Bounce & Rhyme, 18mths-5years and 11.15-11.45, under 18months, Wendover Library 13.30-15.00 Stay and Play, Wendover Children’s Centre: 01296 621143 13.30-15.30 artsmart Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Wendy Lewis Studio, Wendover 01494 670372 19.30 Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell 20.00 Wheelers & Dealers, Square Dance Club, Wendover Memorial Hall 07731 776654 20.00 IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall, or call 01296 612632 10.30-12.30 Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard 18.00-19.00 Zumba Gold & 19.30-20.30 Zumba, both St Anne's Hall 18.45 Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, £6, pay-as-you-go, contact Justine 07773 047684

Thursdays 09.00-16.00 Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste Thursdays 10.00-11.30 Tots Time, under 5s, Wendover Children’s Centre, 01296 621143 Thursdays (bi-weekly) (evening) Healing Meditation Group, contact Louise 01296 696285, Thursdays 19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 Dance. Wendover Memorial Hall. Details 01442 865734 Thursdays 19.45 Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover. Details 01296 620450 Thu & SAT 19.30-23.00 RAF Association Halton and Aylesbury Branch clubhouse open to public, Bldg 259 RAF Halton Thursdays 20.00 Pregnancy yoga classes; Halton Village Hall, 01296 624004, Fridays Hatha yoga—gentle 09.30, stronger 11.15, Halton Village Hall, 01296 624004, Fridays 10.00 Zumba Gold, St Anne’s Hall Fridays 10.00 Churches together in Wendover: Noah’s Ark Parent & Toddler Group, Wendover Christian Centre Fridays (bi-weekly) 10.00-12.00 Healing Meditation Group, £10, contact Louise 01296 696285, Fridays 10.15-10.45 Story sessions for accompanied Pre-schoolers, Wendover Library. Free Fridays 15.00-16.00 Pilates for Mums with Babies (babies come, too!), Wendover Children’s Centre: 01296 621143 Fridays 19.00-21.00 Amazing Donkey Youth Club, contact Paul Hammett 01296 621162 Fridays 19.30 “Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church, contact @stmarys 01296 623123 SATURDAYS (bi-weekly) 10.30-12.00 Play for children with dads or male carers, Wendover Children’s Centre: 01296 621143 SUNDAYS 20.00 Bingo at the Royal British Legion Club, Chiltern Road, All welcome

March Loyalty Card Offers See also, Wendover Hardware on the Manor Waste and community notice boards in Budgens & Costa Antiques @ Wendover: a draw to win a £10 Gift Voucher. The winner will be drawn after every 25 loyalty card sales ADH Window Cleaning: Gutter clearance check £25 (comes off the bill if you need them clearing); Patio & Decking pressure washing 20% discount; 25% off conservatory roof cleaning! New Customers £10 to charity on your first clean along with 10% discount CatBookerFitness FREE personal training inductions for all card holders in March 2013 Costa: 10% discount (cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer) Domino Equipping Solutions, 01296 623869: £18 per hour for support on IT including software, hardware and applications FabricHQ: 10% off all sales over £30 and a free gift with all sales over £40 Hemmingford Pest Control: 15% discount on any accepted estimate or survey PLUS FREE inspection on second-hand furniture purchased within the last three months. Offer ends 1 May 2014 Lasting Powers of Attorney: 5% off to start a "Lasting Powers of Attorney" tel 07703 462198 Maria Bray Nutritional Therapist: 10% off for initial appointment, 581561 Peach Lane Studios: only £60 for Ooh la la Boudoir photo shoot gift voucher for Mother’s Day Perry House Dental Surgery: 30% off bleaching, subject to conditions The Bakers Shop meal deal: freshly made just for you ONLY £2.75 1 sandwich + 1 selected canned drink Village Environment Services: 20% discount on accepted estimate for CCTV drain survey or drain clearance, 07850 635844, offer ends Jan 2015 Wendover Community Library: 10% discount on all greetings cards

Puppy Training + Halton Village Hall Thursday mornings - from March

Book now! Julia Meads INCA Dog Training Team 07951 777330 01296 620079

THAI ORCHID MASSAGE AND SPA Weekdays 9.00am-10pm Weekends 8am-4pm Tel: 07587 172659 / 01296 330311

Chiropractor Specialising in the McTimoney technique

A Alpha Clinic London Road, Wendover

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RAF HALTON AREA CONCERT BAND at St Mary’s Church, Wendover Saturday 26 April 2014 at 7.30pm Come and enjoy a variety of favourite music from big band to solo items with a glass or two of wine (beer and soft drinks also available) to celebrate a spring evening The concert proceeds will go to the St Mary’s refurbishment fund and Lindengate Contact Carol Crockett on 01296 612528 for more information about the concert. Tickets are available after Sunday services and @stmarys shop on Wendover High Street Adults £10, concessions £8 family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £25


March 2014


Angela Grace Dplt Psychic Medium Tarot Reader Reiki Master/Teacher Past Life Regression Therapist 07855 813420

Learn to Drive with

ROUND THE BEND DRIVING SCHOOL Special offer - £15 per hour for the first three hours, then just £23 per hour! If you are interested call Brian on

01442 381549 or 07988 742385

Inhouse beauty Mobile beauty therapist Wedding make-up artist and nail technician Call Adele I.T.E.C. on 07547100312


VAT Returns • Payroll • RTI Management Accounts Sage Training


Lionel Abel-Smith Trust Applications

KEHS AGM & Meeting

The Clerk needs to receive applications for grants by Friday 28 February. Please contact the Trust Clerk on for more details.

Tue 4 Mar, 8.00pm Stewart Hall, Little Kimble Paolo Arrigo will be taking us on a journey from Roman times to today in his topic “From Seed to Plate.”

Scannappeal Open Garden

Horizons Lent Meetings

Sat 1 Mar, 11.00-3.00, “Lilies,” Weedon This is a rare opportunity to visit the lovely gardens at Lilies in Weedon, which are not normally open to the public. Benefits Stoke Mandeville Hospital Cancer Fighting Fund. Tickets £5 in advance from or 01494 734161 or £6 on the gate.

Tue 4 Mar, 7.30 for 7.45, Wen Christian Centre Churches Together in Wendover are running a series of Lent Meetings entitled ‘Horizons.’ Meetings take place each Tuesday in March.

Sticky Faith

World Women’s Day of Prayer

Sun 2 Mar, 7.00pm, St Mary’s Church Scripture Union is coming to St Mary’s Church to run a ‘Sticky Faith’ session about maintaining faith during teen years. Parents, teachers, youth and children’s workers are invited to share this session.

Fri 7 March 2pm St Anne’s Church All are welcome to hear this year’s message from the Christian women of Egypt.

The Big Pedal - 3 - 14 March 2014 Wendover CofE Junior School is taking part in this event for the second year! Run by Sustrans and funded by Bike Hub, the Big Pedal is a massive, nationwide cycling and scooting event to promote and encourage children and their parents/carers to cycle or scoot to school.

Get Wendover Cycling AGM Tue 4 Mar, 7.30pm, 64A Lionel Ave: All welcome

MS Centre Art Exhibition Sat-Sun 8-9 Mar, Chilterns MS Centre Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-4, over 90 artists this year! Please come browse (and maybe buy!).

Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association Sat 8 Mar, 10.00 am, Wendover Memorial Hall The 18th Bucks County Beekeepers Association Annual Spring Seminar. Non-members are welcome.

ELLESBOROUGH GOLF CLUB “For Golfers, Families and Friends” In the heart of the Chiltern Hills, with stunning views, lies one of the most beautiful 18 hole golf courses for miles around. Originally designed in 1906 on a chalk base, the course can be played all year round, on some of the best greens you will find in the country.

If you are interested in joining please contact the General Manager, Andy Hayes, who will be pleased to welcome you and to discuss any aspect of the Club including the joining process. His contact details are:

Telephone: 01296 622114 or visit our website at:

March 2014



March 2014

ST ANNE’S HALL to hire All enquiries to Angela German

07423 266713

Events Gemstone Walk Launch

Sat 8 Mar, 10.00-4.00, Friars Square The official launch of this summer’s Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) Gemstone Midnight Walk, also featuring 25 male places WENDOVER MEMORIAL HALL this year! Ideal for


Weddings/Functions etc WiFi and late licences available

Wendover Evening WI

Enquiries : 07804 671445

Tue 11 Mar, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall The speaker is Mrs. Verrall, her subject is “The Foundling Hospital.” Visitors are always welcome at the meetings. Contact: Margaret Currell 01296 582318

Wendover Youth Centre Ideal for Exercise classes, Children’s parties (full kitchen facilities and secure garden) The Wharf Cafe hopes to open in the new year. Contact below if you would like to help.

Phone 07742 689930

Chiltern Humanists Wed 12 Mar, 8.00pm, Amersham Comm Ctre The Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings, speaker Professor Christopher French. please visit for details.

Carers Bucks Thu 13 Mar, 1.00-3.00pm, Wen Library Room Art Attack! – An art illustration session for beginners. If you require more information please contact: Carers Bucks, 0300 777 2722

Weston Turville Horticultural Society Thu 13 Mar, 8.00pm, Weston Turville Vill Hall Speaker– Dr Brenda Harold. “Flower Power –

how Plants control Animals.” For more information please contact our Chairman Pat Rutherford on 613965.

Volunteering Open Day Sat 15 Mar 10.00-1.00, Hughenden Manor The Hughenden, West Wycombe and Chiltern property group of the National Trust are holding a volunteer open day. Come see what the National Trust is about!

Orienteering Sat 15 Mar, 10-12noon, Wendover Woods Run, jog or even walk! This event is organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club, and is aimed at newcomers, families and runners. There will be several courses suitable for all ages and abilities (ranging from 1.5km to 5km plus).

Bucks Family History Society Sat 15 Mar, 2.00pm, Prebendal Fm Comm Ctre Kirsty Gray presents an A-Z of Victorian Occupations – a look back in time at unusual and obsolete occupations.

Family Film “Hugo” Sat 15 Mar, 6.30pm, Wendover Christian Ctre A fun evening out with the family is on offer when Wendover Free Church screens the film ‘Hugo.’ There is no need to book, just come at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. Free ice cream and

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from £150 for a single person from £275 for a couple To discuss your own personal requirements, please telephone

local retired solicitor Patricia Riley-Page who will be pleased to arrange a home visit within ten miles of Wendover Proof of identity will be necessary before preparation of any documents. The business is covered by Professional Indemnity insurance & Public Liability insurance.

Recent larger gigs have included - Hurlingham (Household Cavalry and Scots Guards) - The Crazy Bear Hotel - The Warborough Festival - St John's College (Oxford) - The Mills & Boon Awards I do c. 25 gigs a year (quite enough!), show a respectable profit and have some amusing evenings... Bookings come from referral or from Google - where The Old Rockers has nine 5 star recommendations. Why am I retiring? Because I'm old, and being a roadie is tough at 0200hrs. Somebody younger could have fun and make a few bob. There's some quite serious kit (lots of laptops, powered speakers, lasers, 8000 annotated tracks, that sort of thing). And I'll provide existing bookings and on-site instruction.

If any of you are interested, do contact me via the website

Events popcorn! All welcome. No charge for this event.

Silent Movie Night Sun 16 Mar, 5.15pm, St Mary’s Church Two of Buster Keaton’s classic comedies -‘ONE WEEK’ and ‘THE GOAT’ featuring live improvised piano accompaniment from Adrian Johnson. Tickets £7.50 from Wendover Clock Tower or Family Ticket (2 adults plus up to 4 children) £20. Limited tickets at the door. Proceeds to Wendover Choral Society and St Mary’s Church.

Rotary Annual “Big Quiz” Fri 21 March, 7.00 pm, Wendover Mem Hall This year’s local beneficiary will be PACE and internationally School-Aid. Tickets are £12.50 per person, sold by the table (maximum 8 per table) and include a cheese platter. There will also be a Licensed Bar. Apply via the website –

Mini Mozart Sat 22 Mar, 11.00 am-Noon, St Mary’s Church Children’s Event for 0-7yrs. Tickets: 01296 615753. Interactive, live, musical storytelling. £5.00, under 12 months free

Barn Dance Sat 22 Mar, 7.30pm, Wendover Memorial Hall with Valerie Vale and the Aylesbury Aylevators.

Chilterns Cycle Challenge 10k, 35 or 75 miles

Thu 27 Mar, 8.00pm, Wendover Library Room The Spice Trade: its ancient and bloody history, with speaker Peter Humphries. Members £3, Visitors £4

Weston Turville Historical Society

accurate clairvoyant

Nick Grove Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Call 01296 622363 07597 970866

Fri 28 Mar, 8.00pm Weston Turville Village Hall Do you have a problem with alcohol? “A Bit on the Side” - The History of the Alcoholics Anonymous Watercress growing Industry in Herts, with meet every week in excursions into Bucks. Speaker Ms Steve Wendover and surrounding areas. Fletcher. Entrance £2 members, £3 visitors. Call 0845 769 7555

Craft Morning

for more information (calls charged at local rates)

Sat 29 Mar, 10.00 am, St Anne’s Hall SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT A craft session for children organised by SOBS meets the needs and breaks the Churches Together in Wendover. Bring the kids isolation of suicide bereavement Free and confidential group along to make some beautiful and delicious gifts meets locally monthly. for Mothers’ Day and enjoy a cup of tea or Enquiries to 07890 973 751 coffee, a slice or cake or bacon butty while they create. Charity number 1098815

• Full programme of activities and outings

locally • Visiting hairdresser and chiropodist • Visitors welcome at any time

• Beautiful gardens with disabled access

Tel: 01296 625188 Email:


Wendover Twinning Meeting

• Fresh home-made meals, with produce sourced

telephone point


Chris G. Cycles Sun 23 March for Rennie Grove Hospice Care Level 3 British Cycling Coach & Join us on Sunday 23 March for the Chilterns. Qualified Bike Mechanic The Chilterns Cycle Challenge will start and finish Coaching for Competition or Leisure☻ All Ages & Skill Levels at Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury. Details 01442 07967 978659 or 01296 622763 820740 or

• Specific care for all physical disabilities

• Spacious rooms with nurse call system, TV and


Caller Tim Rooke. Bar and Raffle. Tickets £10 offers friendly support and help on all each from Clock Tower and other sources (see life’s issues Telephone Nikki on: ad page 2) – children under 16 yrs FREE. 01296 624417 07810 787899

• Twenty-four hour nursing care

• Fully equipped bathrooms

March 2014


March 2014


Merryweather Mowers SALES, SERVICE & REPAIRS

New & Used Mowers in Stock

Damon Singers in Concert

Wendover Theatre Society Shows

54 Brook Street, Aston Clinton

Sat 29 Mar, 7.30pm, St Mary`s Church A group of singers, performing mainly unaccompanied, offering a musical mix from a wide range of genres – folk songs, swing numbers – something for everyone. Also a bar and raffle. Tickets £8 advance; £12 door. tickets: Clock Tower – 01296 696759; Clare 01296 696776 and Marguerite 01296 622678. All in aid of Bega Kwa Bega. (see ad page 2)

Fri 4 and Sat 5 Apr, Wendover Memorial Hall Wendover Theatre Society are staging superb evenings of entertainment. Treat yourself to a good night out and enjoy some local talent. Tickets from the Clock Tower, 01296 696759, or by phoning 01296 696412."

Aylesbury, Bucks. HP22 5ES

Tel: Ian Stiles (01296) 631918

11+ Coaching in Wendover with Experienced Tutor

Furniture Painting Courses For more details phone: Sat 30 Mar, 11.00-3.00, contact 07786 990537 Autentico chalk paint! Furniture Painting courses 30 March, 27 April, 25 May. Try this natural, environmentally-friendly chalk-based paint. Covering the basics of how to prepare & paint furniture & other items, plus exploring some Healing Meditation Group more advanced techniques which, with a little Bringing in transforming Archangelic practice, are easily achieved at home (and you'll energies reconnecting you to your inner wonder how you lived without!). Course £90 knowing, bringing calm Regular daytime & evening meetings in includes all you need plus light lunch.

07789 690139 01296 625548


FFI Contact Louise 01296 696285

Wendover Youth Centre 2nd AGM

Tue 31 Mar, 8.00pm, Wendover Youth Centre The Second Annual General Meeting of the Motorcycles, Scooters Wendover Youth Centre Ltd. All interested and Mopeds parties are invited to attend, join us for a cup of Possibly the best buyer in the area coffee, find out how we have progressed, meet Free valuation and collection our new Youth Leader and hear our plans for the Phone Alan today 01296 661777 0771 2622593 future. Cash paid for

Changes to electoral boundaries Our electoral Boundaries are once again under review. Representations must be submitted by 8 April 2014. To engage with this process please go to .

Save the Date—19 April– Dolly Day The Red Lion will be celebrating Dolly’s 100th birthday and we’re all invited! See page 9.

Run a Mile—or 5k, or 10k ...for the John Hampden School on Sunday 27 April at 9.30am. Entry Fee:£15 for 5k/10k, £2 for children’s 1k. Registration forms at the John Hampden School office or by email on

Wendover Open Gardens 2014 Rennie Grove Hospice Care will be fundraising through open gardens in 2014, probably on Sunday 15 June. If you would like to take part please contact Chris Peeler, 01296 624089 or

March 2014


On Sat 19 April Dolly will turn 100!!!


Join us at the Red Lion between 12noon - 4pm to help Dolly celebrate her 100th birthday! The Red Lion will be hosting an Easter fête with live music from the Polka Dot Girls and Society Jazz, the Fullers Dray with horses will be offering rides during the afternoon: kids will have lots to keep them entertained with face painting, a bouncy castle and an animal corner. For the adults there’s a BBQ, outdoor bar and a raffle with cracking prizes! There will also be local craft and business stalls offering some retail therapy. Decorate your own Easter egg and an Easter bonnet competition. It’s a day not to be missed. Dolly has worked at the Red Lion in Wendover for the last 76 years; she still works 3 shifts a week and shows no sign of stopping. Look out for posters and leaflets around the village and more information will follow in the next edition of Wendover News.

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School News John Colet OFSTED In response to the John Colet School recent Ofsted report, please find school statement below:“As a school community, we are disappointed by the Ofsted grading, however it does reflect the higher and more focussed expectations placed on schools in the current climate. “Ofsted advised a number of improvements, including the need to achieve higher exam results, especially from the boys, and stronger teaching methods to ensure lessons are inspirational and challenging. “Encouragingly, the behaviour and safety of pupils was assessed as ‘good’, and the school was also complimented on the improvement in Maths which is now judged to be ‘good’. We were delighted that the feedback from parents and carers through ‘Parentview’ to the Ofsted inspection team which was extremely positive and supportive. “John Colet School has always taken great pride in our strong links to the local community, and student preparation for work; unfortunately these are no longer part of the Ofsted assessment criteria. The school remains committed to this work, as we believe by doing so students develop vital leadership and employability skills, however we will still remain focussed on achieving Ofsted recommendations.

“Ofsted findings are already being implemented and a comprehensive plan of action to address the areas requiring improvement has been drafted and will be put into place once approved by Ofsted. Much work is needed to ensure success in fulfilling all the objectives set by Ofsted, however, we are confident with the right effort we can achieve the goals.”

John Colet Wrap Up for Charity Students from the John Colet school, in Wendover, were wrapping up warm at school on Monday 10 February, as they wore colourful scarves in support of the charity Sing2Sign. In addition to this, a Year 11 class has been learning to sign a song as part of a national fundraising, and awareness, initiative on behalf of vulnerable deaf children and adults. Form 11H has been using tutorial time to learn the chosen song, and has been working with the Year 1 and 2 children at the John Hampden Infant school. The older John Colet students have helped to guide the John Hampden pupils through the song, and on Wednesday 5 February they took part in a world record simultaneous sign of the song, with 120,000 other people across the country. All these efforts form the basis for Form 11H’s ‘Make a Difference Week’ contribution. During the academic year, each Form takes a turn at



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doing something to ‘make a difference’ for others and their local community, whether it be through fundraising, litter picking or writing to a local MP about an issue of importance. Students were also incredibly excited to perform the song at the Wycombe Swan Theatre, on Monday 10 February. On this day, students wore colourful scarves, as worn by the Sing2Sign monkey mascot Olli, in return for a £1 donation to the Charity. Form tutor Isabelle Simpson said: “As form tutor to 11H I have been incredibly impressed at their attitude towards the project. The students have dedicated free time to learn the song and have helped John Hampden children learn it too. Their enthusiasm has been overwhelming, they have spent hours learning this.” Bronnie, a student from 11H said: “I have really enjoyed the experience and hope to carry on learning sign language in the future and into my career."

Santa Sabotaged by Evil Elves A dastardly plot to sabotage Christmas is thwarted by Santa. Sophie Nye of Wendover Junior School story: Can Santa Save Christmas, won first prize in Wendover Rotary’s fourth annual Short Story competition run in conjunction with John Colet School.

Year 6 pupils (age 10-11 yrs) from eight local primary schools took part in the competition to write an original story with a Christmas theme. The rules were drawn up by John Colet students and Wendover Rotary. This year a re c ord number of entries w e r e received. An initial long list of twenty four stories was chosen by judges from the 2010 Book Club and Wendover Rotary, all of which were printed in a professionally produced and illustrated book sold at the prize giving to cover the cost of production. All long-listed authors are awarded prizes of a certificate and dictionary, sponsored by Wendover Rotary, and an Amazon token sponsored by the Harpenden Building Society. The final three winners, as judged by a panel of John Colet students, are awarded cups donated by John Colet. Second Prize went to Sophie Wybrow from Weston Turville School for The Lost Baby Reindeer. Third Prize went to Chris Sinclair from Stoke Mandeville School for The Late Christmas.

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Year 5 Pupils at Wendover CE Junior School had an exciting trip to Princes Risborough in February, designed to help them with budgeting for meals. This involved “virtual shopping” in the market followed by a visit to La Crepe Escape in the High Street.

This is a very exciting time for Wendover House School as they are mid way through a large building program, which will create fantastic new facilities for the students from September 2014 onwards. The school needs to recruit new Governors (to help ensure that it is a “Good” school as defined by OFSTED. By becoming a school governor you will: •Work as part of a team •Play a vital part in raising standards •Help ensure that every child at the school reaches full potential •Make an important contribution to your community

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To find out more about becoming a school governor, please contact Linda Switzer on 07717 787374.

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Cromptons Cromptons Interiors, on the High Street, has just launched the range of Little Greene paints into Wendover. Ken and Karen, the couple who run the shop, commented, "The Prince of Wales chose these paints for his Arts and Crafts show house at the Ideal Home Exhibition. The range of colours is designed to work particularly well with period properties - although both colours and finishes are beautiful in any kind of property. Little Greene is the kind of high quality, timeless brand that we offer at Cromptons. We think that it fits in very well with the other brands in our shop - fabrics from Sanderson, Harlequin, Romo, Villa Nova, Baker Lifestyle, William Morris, Linwood and Casadeco, blinds and shutters from Luxaflex, and flooring from Alternative Flooring, Westex, Victoria and Ulster Carpets. We love these brands not only because of their up to the minute design but also because of the great support they give us, ranging from meetings with the fabric designers to training in European child safety legislation!" (see ad below)

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Christopher Pallet Estate Agents from 10 March where we will be able to offer small classes (larger classes will continue at the village halls in Wendover, Butlers Cross, Buckland and Aldbury); one-to-one tuition in sewing, patchwork and quilting, and shopping of fabrics and sewing supplies at the classes.

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This month surely brings some brighter English & Mr & Mrs Moore are great Spring weather - and a fresher, more examples of fresh forward-thinking and fun colourful outlook in interior design trends. ceramics. The gothic theme was seen again & again as all things turn black & gold‌ If you've been thinking about ringing the from gorgeous floor lamps & lampshades, changes in your home, now is the perfect to tableware. And the hottest thing right time to do it. However, Trixy Gallagher now? Gold-plated cutlery! from interior design specialists Liveluxe in Wendover advises: "Always seek a For interiors right now, apparently, blue is professional opinion about your interior the colour! From top to toe, all the design, however big or small the job, as you designers are doing blue! It's a very will be living with it for a long time. It's free dominant look, so it's best done with a light to go into any interior design shop for a touch. chat, and an objective view will save you money by preventing big mistakes". Trixy Other themes that are still popular are the adds "Although it's always fun, every so grey & taupe combo - a less extreme colour often, to bring in a little something that is palette than black & gold, and much easier completely crazy & impulsive!". Whether to achieve... For an updated look, go for you achieve that by changing the colour of darker greys & duskier taupes, combined a wall, or by adding in some funky cushions, with a shot of a colour such as lavender or a special throw, a ceramic bowl or maybe a pistachio... collection of candlesticks is up to you! Get It's hard to believe that the vintage look is the big decisions right, and the little things still going strong, yet this is a brilliantly will surely follow! ethical trend that can give your look an At the January interiors trade shows, where individuality that is all its own. We are not designers show off next season's ranges, talking about those imitation '40s metal Liveluxe saw lots of botanical monochrome signs with "keep calm & carry on"! More an themes coming through strongly for next authentic, gentle look to soften modern, season. Ceramics especially featured a austere colour palettes. Think lace-edged combination of the colourful and the napkins, cushions trimmed with antique macabre, with bright patterns often dusky-gold braid, original vintage tea sets.. combined with dark graphics. The New anything that looks like it's been handed

down from Great Granny. Side by side with all things Vintage, is the hand-crafted, ethical theme. Wooden (plain or painted) or zinc tabletops, chairs, jugs, picture frames...hand-stitched throws made from shabbily-colourful re-cycled fabrics, boxframed wooden cotton-spiels or lace collars...the only limits are your imagination! Still strong in Interiors, as in fashion, is fauxfur & animal-print. In small amounts it looks fabulous. Good faux-fur throws are pricey but it's worth investing in a couple, to make your living room look & feel instantly cosy. Also in the world of throws, look for beautiful, soft merino-wool checked tweeds from companies like Johnstons Of Elgin and Bronte (both regarded as the best in the world), or inject a pop of crazy-colour with an inexpensive new, buzzy pure-wool throw from Tweedmills... A huge selection of irresistible throws are available now from Liveluxe. Causing tidal waves in the design world are the trio of newcomers Timorous Beasties, Baneby Gates and Lewis & Wood. Timorous Beasties are the undefeated infant-terribles of the design world; their unconventional, clever prints adorn only the most eclectic

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New for 2014! Autentico Chalk Paint Courses! Furniture Painting courses, last Sunday of every month, 11 - 3pm 23 Feb FULL, 30 March (perfect Mother's Day present!), 27 April, 25 May Try this natural, environmentally-friendly chalk-based paint. We will cover the basics of how to prepare and paint furniture and other items, plus we'll be exploring some more advanced techniques which, with a little practice, are easily achieved at home (and you'll wonder how you lived without!). The next Liveluxe introduction to Autentico Paint ( workshop will be held at 11am on 30 March- we had so much fun last time, we are doing it all again! Bring a small piece to paint or we can provide something, but join us to learn all those little tips and tricks that will enable you to turn out professionally finished pieces. Art transfer medium demo and have a go, plus waxing tips and techniques to try! Our fabulous ladies loved the last one, to join us get in touch! Course costs ÂŁ90.00 and includes everything you need plus a light lunch! Suitable for all levels of experience and ability - see you soon :-)xx

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homes. Their traditional toiles are turned on their head with scenes from London streets & New York gangland, the Rorschach test (where you 'read' splashes of colour) has been adapted into the most gorgeous splotch-prints, damasks of epic proportions, huge hand-painted bees on sumptuous velvet . . . all great as cushions, or to re -cover that old chair you've put away in the loft, or to wallpaper a feature wall to make you smile. Barneby Gates are doing well with their very clever tessellated dog, stag and fox motifs, which have proved so popular with Shiresdwellers. Available as wallpaper or linen, their designs are an easy and stylish way to update your decor. Lewis & Wood combine traditional methods of block-printing wallpapers & fabrics., with sumptuous, subtle pattern & design. Their super -wide Chinoiserie wallpapers are perfect for small rooms especially, giving a virtually seamless, hand-painted look. Every single element is considered - the paper even feels as soft to the touch as fabric. Osborne & Little are regarded as THE best movers-and-shakers in the design world. Hot-off -the-press are their brand new range of designs, the coolest of which feature ever-popular birds & butterflies, but this time combined with a fresh & modern graphic, botanical monochrome background. A modern classic!



A trained designer will help you to maximise your budget. "I was helping a lady yesterday with her blinds & curtains" says Trixy. "She wanted great fabrics but didn't want to spend the earth, so I advised her to do her blinds which only use small amounts of fabric - in the expensive designer fabric that she'd fallen in love with, with big sumptuous curtains in an inexpensive fabric that matched perfectly. She was delighted with our plan & can't wait to see them up & fitted! They will look amazing & will have the bespoke touch that Liveluxe is renowned for." Trixy's shop Liveluxe stocks hundreds of fabrics & wallpapers from some of Europe's top design houses. From the amazingly inexpensive, bangup-to-date Clarke & Clarke (100% linens at under £20 per metre) to the blow-the-budget uber-cool Matthew Williamson creations at £175 per metre! Breaking news! Liveluxe has just been granted dealership rights to stock the fantastic new AUTENTICO chalk paint - low-VOC, over 17000 colour combinations, and several finishes, plus it can be sealed to use on floors and in kitchens without any worries about scratches & dents. Painting workshops will be held on the first Sunday of every month in Wendover. Places fill fast so contact Liveluxe to book your place! Trixy can be contacted by phone on 07786 990 537 or by email at . (ad page 14)

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Business Forum Whitewaters Latest Teacake Club anyone? The ongoing promotion of a Hot Drink and a Tea Cake for £3 before 11am is proving so popular, the staff have named this time “The Teacake Club” so get along and join in before they all go! Back by popular demand, Whitewaters in Back Street is continuing the free coffee (or tea!) promotion with Budgens every Wednesday throughout March. To benefit from the “Whitewaters Wednesday” promotion, just spend £10 or more at Budgens, take your receipt along to the friendly folk at Whitewaters and relax over a free hot drink. Simple. And finally, the monthly gatherings of The Wendover Sewing Bee are proving extremely popular with much chat and laughter whilst this talented group weave their magic over their beautiful creations. If any other group would like a place to meet in the evening, whether one off or on a regular basis, then please let us know – it is a cosy space to gather for a group of up to 20.

Wendover Wills Week is back!

Stuart’s Team recognises that we all lead busy lives and there is often a far more pressing work commitment or other family reason why an opportunity to sit down and put a Will in place simply doesn’t arise. During Wendover Wills Week, Stuart’s office is open for a whole 7 days, from 7 in the morning until 7 at night, including Saturday and Sunday so that you can find time for an appointment either when the children are at school, after school, after work or just at the weekend when there might be more time available. We all know that - in truth - we all do need a Will. It’s just that we need something like Wendover Wills Week to make it even easier to set up. My family know what I want….. – if you don’t write a Will, the Law (rather than your family) will decide who takes care of your affairs and who gets what. You should not make assumptions about who will inherit your worldly goods.

This year’s Wendover Wills Week runs from Sunday 9 March to Saturday 15 March.

I don’t need a Will yet – none of us know quite what is “round the corner” and sadly, people can pass away at any age.

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The 30 year specialist in quality kitchen design, consultancy and installation suppliers of Leicht kitchen furniture and Siemens appliances For more information, contact us at:

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Business Forum I’m busy and I work – we fully appreciate that family and work commitments mean it’s hard to fit everything in between 9 and 5. That’s why we are open for longer hours – right from 7 in the morning until 7 at night and on Saturday and Sunday too just to make time for you. It’s expensive – our initial meetings are completely free and completely without obligation. We will provide you with a fixed quotation at our meeting for your personal Will – as a “bonus” for writing during Wendover Wills Week, we will reduce that fixed fee by a further 10%!

60's and is still family owned, they are committed to biodynamic and fully sustainable farming. Their wines are some of the most highly regarded in the world of wine, with the Kevin John Chardonnay and Diane Madeline Cabernet/ Merlot achieving icon status. This dinner has limited seating and is a must for any wine lover. Dinner is to be held at Russell Arms, Emma’s wines will be perfectly paired with a delicious menu produced by the chefs at the pub in Butlers Cross. Please reserve your tickets with No2 Pound Street on 01296 585 022, or pop in to see us.

Wendover Wills Week 2014 – 9 to 15 March – No2 Monthly Wine Club - Wed 5 March 2013 what could be easier! (see also ad on page 5) After the success of our launch night in February, we are looking forward to the second of our Wine Club Evenings. 7-9pm on Wednesday 5th Let the Wine Flow! March will see Mike and Rob showcasing another This March we are really excited to eclectic and delicious selection of wines with a bring you: few mystery wines and some lovely nibbles thrown in as well. It's not too late to join, so turn Winemaker’s Wine Dinner, featuring up on the night and see what all the fuss is about. Cullen from Australia, Tuesday 11 Admission is £5 to non-members (refundable on March 2013 Emma Cullen will be leading the charge to joining the club). celebrate the wines produced on her family’s winery, Cullen. Cullen is one of Australia's most prestigious wineries, and Emma has been knee deep in the winemaking since she could walk. Situated in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, Cullen was established in the

Wine Tastings If at any time you would like to organise a wine tasting for your friends at No2 Pound Street, at home, at work or a party venue we would be very happy to talk through your plans. Just give a call on 01296 585022.

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Local News New Service Children Support Co-ordinators Appointed Wendover resident Paula Florey has been appointed one of five new co-ordinators for Service Children Support Network. She is hopeful that her experience as a teacher, parent and RAF wife will allow her to empathise with military families.

Mix96 and Chiltern Brewery Team for 20th Anniversary Beer Mix96 is celebrating the milestone of 20 years on air this year and as part of their celebrations are teaming up with local brewers, The Chiltern Brewery, to create a special celebratory ale. The beer will be available throughout April in pubs around the region, and at the Chiltern Brewery Shop. Five pence from every pint sold will be donated to Mix96’s chosen charity, St Tiggywinkles.

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Collections for Wendover Foodbank Wendover Foodbank is part of the Chiltern Foodbank whose headquarters is in Chesham. In October a moratorium was called on collection of food as quite a surplus was building up. That surfeit is now nearly exhausted and so monthly food collections will resume on the first Sunday of the month at both St. Mary's and St. Anne's churches for all the churches together congregations. In addition it is hoped that there will soon be collecting bins available placed after the checkouts at both Budgens and Tescos Express for those who would like to donate the types of food that will be listed. Wendover Foodbank is open, for those who have been referred by our referral partners, on Tuesday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00 at Wendover Christian Centre on Aylesbury Road behind St. Anne's church and opposite the Wendover Health Centre. Details of referral partners can be obtained by contacting 07582 171906. If you would like to help as a volunteer on a Tuesday morning please contact: Christopher Trower (Wendover Foodbank coordinator) on 01296 623744 or 0782 777 2948 or email:

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LET’S COOK Fun children's cooking birthday parties for all ages! Pre-uni crash cooking courses….beats living on Pot Noodles! Also private catering. CRB checked. Nicky - 01296 624193 / 079500 19822

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Petitioning Now that the Consultation on the Environmental Statement has closed (on 27 February), Petitioning is your very last chance to improve the route and construction of HS2 through Wendover. You can submit your own Petition directly to Parliament, where it will be considered by a Select Committee, which can recommend changes to the Hybrid Bill. Your Petition must contain the reasons why the Hybrid Bill will adversely affect you, and your proposals to deal with them. We have suggestions on our website as to what you might want to say. In particular we are pressing hard for a bored tunnel right through Wendover, which you should mention in your Petition. You can Petition individually or with others. We want as many people as possible to Petition, and to be effective we are targeting over 200 submissions from the Wendover area. We will help you – please see our website below for more details. Remember, anyone can Petition, even children. Deadline 31 March 2014, but this is subject to change pending the announcement of the Parliamentary timetable. or Contact Antony Chapman on 01296 623730

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Esmé’s Allstars Wendover resident Esmé has been diagnosed with a rare degenerative illness: Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation on the X chromosome. This usually happens at the point of conception and is just one of those random things. Only 0.5% of cases are inherited. It affects predominantly girls (boys tend not to survive to birth and even then not till their first birthday) and occurs in 1:12,000 live births worldwide. Typically the child appears perfectly healthy at birth and starts to develop normally. Somewhere between 6-18 months development slows and the child falls behind her peers. Between 12-24 months the girl goes into the recessive phase where skills previously acquired, especially speech, co-ordination and hand use, are lost. All girls with Rett have screaming fits, terrible digestive issues and problems swallowing. Over 80% go on to develop epilepsy and 70% experience severe curvature of the spine. Many never weight bear or walk and of those who do, over 50% lose this ability. Many hyperventilate constantly which in turn places stress on their hearts and leads to chronic heart conditions. Due to the loss of purposeful hand use these girls cannot write or sign to communicate. Mental development is not affected. The girls all develop mentally as they should for their age. It is truly a locked in condition. There is some amazing communication technology that works using eye gaze that helps these girls to "talk" to the outside world. In time we hope to raise enough money for Esmé to have this facility and free her a little from her silent prison. For more information about Esmé’s Allstars and fund raising for Esmé, please click on and search for Esmé.

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Wendover Youth Centre Wendover News wasn’t able to print the whole of Wendover Youth Centre’s article in the February edition so here is more information in March. Wendover Youth Centre has been completely reorganised in recent months thanks to the generosity of many donors. The Lionel AbelSmith Trust, The Local Area Forum, Wendover Parish Council and St Mary’s Church have made large grants that, along with the incredible generosity of the ‘Friends of WYC’, wristband wearers, Wharf Café users and community events like the Shoulder of Mutton ‘Party in the Garden’, have transformed our ability to support Wendover’s youth and to provide a rich, varied and growing program. Becky Murgatroyd is already in post as a youth worker and you’ve probably already seen her around and about. She ushered into the February Wendover Parish Council meeting a small group of young people who have led the Local Area Forum survey Thank you very much and please do continue to support us by donning a wristband, joining our ‘Friends’ scheme or simply by hiring the Centre for your children’s party or other event. Wharf Cafe has reopened on Thursday mornings




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Club Corner

The Morris Ranges The Morris Ranges, situated on the A413 south out of Wendover, is the home of the Bucks County Rifle Association, is in constant use by rifle teams from all over Bucks, Herts and Beds for 50 and 100 yards, target shooting and is also used as a venue for some Inter-County matches. Target shooting used to be considered a useful adjunct and training school for the regular Armed Forces and Territorials. It was always a working man’s sport as shown by the names of various clubs. The Wendover Rifle Club, for example, use the range facilities for 50 and 100 yard target shooting. This club, I am given to understand, is the largest rifle club in Bucks. They shoot some thirteen teams over the various distances and have a waiting list for would-be members. For more information about Wendover Rifle Club, please visit Wendover Air Rifle Club has been established for 15 years and uses the facilities at the Morris Ranges. WARC is open on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings for shooters of all ages and cater for both sub-12ft/lb air rifle and pistol enthusiasts. Most members shoot either HFT or FT

disciplines which takes part in the surrounding woodland but there is also a large number of members who enjoy plinking on the 50 and 100 yard ranges. The club holds a number of internal competitions during the year to help improve shooting skills, and also many members take part in external competitions throughout the country.

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After several false starts our new website is now up and running at Our AGM will be held on 15 March at 8.00pm in the Clubhouse. A copy of the Chairman’s Report can be found on the website. For more information about Wendover Although we have spent over £12,000 in Air Rifle Club, please visit the last year on improving the facilities at the Club, thanks to an increasing membership we have been able to not Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association increase our subscriptions for the fifth The 18th Bucks County Beekeepers successive year. Association Annual Spring Seminar will be The continuous rain in January and held on Saturday 8 March in the Memorial February has meant that we have had to Hall, non-members are welcome. Monday postpone several of our tennis matches. 10 March is the first session of our New Let’s hope things improve in March! Beekeepers Course. For more information on these events please go to Wendover Arm Trust Are you experienced in financial The mild but wet winter has been good management and prepared to volunteer news for the survival of our members’ your time and expertise to help the Trust in colonies, although damp is a bigger killer of this area for a few hours per week? bees than the cold. On warmer days in Principle duties would involve book keeping March the honeybees will be out foraging and dealing with payments to material for pollen from plants such as hellebores suppliers and plant contractors related to and hazel trees. Queen bumblebees will restoration works, plus receiving and also be coming out of hibernation and banking incoming monies such as

News from Wendover Health Centre 01296 623452 When you need urgent help with your or your family’s health

receptionist who takes your call. She may offer a same day appointment with a nurse in the Express Clinic, or will arrange for the duty doctor or nurse to call you back to discuss your problem with you. We aim to call back with an hour, although at busy times the wait can be longer. The consultation may be concluded with simple advice, a prescription or a decision that you should be offered an urgent (usually same day) appointment for face -to-face consultation. When speaking to the doctor or nurse on the phone, please be clear and specific about your problem and what help you need. When we are closed, call 111. You will speak to a trained member of staff who will assess your symptoms and direct you to the right local NHS service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day all year round. Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free.

Travel clinics We are very sorry for the present delays in obtaining a travel clinic appointment. We are addressing the situation. If you are planning a trip overseas and need immunisations, please return completed travel risk assessment forms 8-10 weeks before your intended date of travel. These forms can be downloaded from our website ( click on “Clinics & Services”).

You can find information on how to treat episodes of illness and minor injuries on the following websites. ○ NHS Choices and Patient UK are both excellent and reliable sources of information about health. Patient UK includes a useful symptom checker which suggests what treatments may help and when to seek professional help. GP Registrars ○ is a great Our current GP Registrars are Drs Nana-Aya source of information about dealing Dalafu and Abigail Taylor. GP Registrars are with childhood illnesses. fully qualified doctors who are undertaking Talk to a pharmacist: they can offer specialist training to become a general expert advice on minor illnesses and are practitioner. an excellent choice to talk through your symptoms with a trained professional. Changes to our usual opening hours If you are concerned about your condition On Thursday 20 March the Health Centre or that of your child, or are advised to seek will close at 1pm for staff training; on this medical help, please call us on 01296623452 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6.30pm). Use 999 only for serious and life- day please call 01296-850011 between 1pm and 6.30pm for any urgent matters. ○ Basic details will be requested by the threatening medical emergencies.

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Scouting has been around for 106 years, founded by Robert Baden-Powell. There are currently over 400,000 members of the Scouting movement, including myself. I am aged 14 and a member of Wendover’s 1st Wendover Cricket Club Hermes Explorer unit. I have been in Wendover Cricket Club’s indoor junior Scouting for 5 years, beginning with Scouts, training and senior nets begin this month in but was also in Girl Guiding from Rainbows the Sports Hall of Mandeville School off through to Brownies. Ellen Road, Aylesbury. Adults & U17s: Friday evenings from 28 February through to 4 April, 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. For the juniors: U12/U13s on Saturdays 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. from 1 March to 5 April, U14/U15s on Saturdays 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. from 1 March to 5 April, U9s on Sundays 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. from 2 March to 6 April, U10/U11s on Sundays 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. from 2 March to 6 April. Jamboree selection day, 2013 Leagues and competitions have been entered for the season at U9, U11, U13, U14, U15 and U17 and the senior teams will be playing in the Mid Bucks League, the 1st XI in the Premier Division and 2nd XI in Division 2. For more information and the indoor charges, contact Jonathan Seabrook 01296623286 or for juniors, Richard Peck 01296624209.

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The independent inspector looking at the Plan declared it unsound, resulting in its withdrawal by AVDC. The Inspector made his decision on two grounds - firstly he felt the Council failed in its duty to co-operate with nearby local authorities. At the time, AVDC officers were dealing with constantly changing Government instructions of how to develop a Local Plan and they adopted a mixture of approaches which had delivered results in the past. So although officers have lessons to learn, owing to confusion created by central Government, I lay no specific blame on them. The Cabinet decision which reduced the housing numbers by 3000 is a different matter. The Inspectors comments are clear - because the overall plan is based on delivering 16,000 new jobs, more houses are needed to deliver this

level of job growth! In my view the decision makers – AVDC’s Cabinet - do not come out of this well. Their actions were irresponsible and attempting to justify them on the grounds that this was what the public wanted is not good enough! This debacle has left the District defenceless in planning terms, creating a vacuum into which unscrupulous developers will jump with glee. The unpleasant consequences are much higher housing numbers being foisted on us than originally planned. District Cllr Chris Richards

Bikes think lights revisited I understand and sympathise strongly with the concern expressed by L Jeffery (in February newsletter) over cyclists having no lights or reflective clothing. We should like to take this opportunity of appealing to all cyclists to wear reflective clothing and to use good lights both at the front and rear. Such equipment of good quality is readily available. We would agree that in general, where cycle paths are available, they are the safest option. However, Mr Jeffery is referring specifically to the cycle path from Wendover to Aylesbury (Amber Way). The reduction in street lighting along that stretch of road has made the cycle path hazardous for cyclists at night since they have to contend with the dazzle from car headlamps if they are coming from Aylesbury. We have tried to persuade Bucks County Council


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Sharing pavements I have recently had some eye problems. As a consequence my attention has been drawn to the hazards of our pavements. I have also noticed how many residents are having trouble sharing pavements, particularly if they have bad sight, need sticks and frames. Would it be possible for us all to be a bit more aware of each other? Small children on scooters appear to be let loose with little or no pavement instruction, and many bikes are on pavements well away from the cycle paths. On uneven surfaces there is an accident waiting to happen. Perhaps there could be a bit more instruction in the schools for children using bikes and scooters to make them more aware of people trying to traverse certain areas, mainly when the children are going to school and coming back. Apparently people at Bankside are frightened to use Wharf Road at certain times, and they should not be made to feel like that. Cars and buses are also half on and half off the pavement. I do realise the difficulties, but we just need to be more aware of other people and SHARE. Name & address supplied

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Richard E Cooper, OBE, JP Richard Cooper OBE has passed away aged 88. He and his late wife Pat had lived in Wendover since 1948 and they both contributed a great deal to village life and the community. Pat`s own family, the Hollands, were well known in the district with her Father, Joe, being Mayor of Aylesbury in the 1950s and her Grandfather owning The Red Lion Hotel and building Wendover School. Dick was born in Lowestoft and on leaving the army after the war he joined his father-in-law in the family business of North & Randall Ltd. Aylesbury, Mineral Water Manufacturers of the town. The turnover was just ÂŁ24,000. Dick together with Pat and her sister Joan, built the business through acquisition and the launch of a South African Soft Drink called HUBBLY BUBBLY, available nationally.

His interests outside business were varied and he contributed much to the local co mmu n ity an d his accomplishments read very impressively: Chairman and Founder Member of Aylesbury Round Table; President of Aylesbury Rotary Club; Founder President of The John Hampden Probus Club; a magistrate for 28 years; Chairman of the Bench and Chairman of the Bucks County Courts Committee, receiving the Order of the British Empire for his services; past member of the Board of Visitors at Aylesbury Prison; past member of Thames Valley Police Authority; Chairman of Aylesbury & District Victim Support; Trustee of Wendover Cricket Club and Life Vice President; Chairman of the Aylesbury Gardening Society.

In the 1970s DAYLA was born and it was a runaway success and not long after The DAYLA Group was formed together with 3 like minded family businesses. DAYLA actually stands for Dick’s AYLesbury Agency. Today it is an all embracing Drinks Distributor and Wine Merchants run by Dick`s son, Tim, together with his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Peter Lapham. Dick was also involved within his industry sitting on many trade bodies, becoming President of The British Soft Drinks Association.

He was a great after dinner speaker, speaking at many village events and many will remember tales from his great aunt Agatha who of course hailed from Suffolk. Dick and Pat loved Wendover, living in the family home for more than 50 years. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year, just 4 months before Pat sadly passed away. They will both be sorely missed but their family business continues with their family values very much at its heart.

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Local Face: Chris Peeler

Chris and his wife, Mary, have lived in this area for nearly fifty years. After six years in Weston Turville, they moved with their family to their present house in Wendover where they have lived for the last 41 years. After leaving school, Chris did national service in the RAF when he studied Russian and qualified as a linguist. He then studied agriculture at university and worked for the Ministry of Agriculture (now DEFRA) for twelve years, ending up as an adviser to farmers in Bucks. Two of these twelve years were spent working for the Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya which had just gained independence. His knowledge of Russian came in handy on one occasion when he acted as interpreter to a Romanian agronomist who was on a visit to Kenya. He then worked for the National Farmers' Union in London for 26 years until his retirement 15 years ago. Since retirement, Chris has been active on a number of local fronts. He was a parish councillor for six years and took a strong interest in transport and road safety as well as maintenance of local footpaths.

Chris and Mary have both actively promoted cycling within the village for the last 14 years and Chris is currently chair of Get Wendover Cycling – the local cycling group

( During this time, a number of substantial improvements have been achieved. Cycle racks are now available in the centre of the village, at the railway station, by the Memorial Hall and elsewhere. Cycle paths have been provided along Aylesbury Road, Tring Road and Manor Road. Get Wendover Cycling enjoys a close and friendly relationship with officials of Bucks County Council and Chris is hoping there will be some significant improvements to the local cycling infrastructure in the not too distant future. However, the cycle path to Aylesbury from Wendover (which is one of the Gemstone routes) requires substantial restoration and the reduction in street lighting has been highly disadvantageous for cyclists. At the present time, GWC is actively striving to have installed some alternative system of lighting. This is essential in order to encourage cyclists to use this very important route after dark. Looking further into the future, Chris would love to see the construction of a boardwalk across the canal which would give safe and direct access to the schools via Victory Road. To mark National Bike Week, Get Wendover Cycling organises a family bike ride in June.

This has been well attended in the past and it is hoped that this event will continue to be staged in future years.

Chris and Mary have a large mature garden and Chris has helped over the last sixteen years to organise “Wendover Open Gardens” and this has raised funds for various charities such as the local wildlife trust, Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Save the Children. They help to run Wendover Bridge Club which meets at the Cricket Pavilion, Witchell and provides useful financial support to the cricket club. Chris and Mary greatly enjoy living in Wendover and consider that it is an ideal place to bring up a family. They have three children all of whom are married and there are now seven grandchildren. Two of their children have worked abroad and this has provided opportunities for Chris and Mary to revisit Kenya three times as well as New Zealand, USA and Holland. But all are now back in the UK – their eldest child, Andrew, lives in Wendover with his wife Fiona and their three grown up children, two of whom are now at university.

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Resignation/Vacancy We are sad to report that Oliver Statham has resigned due to ill health. Oliver who joined the Parish Council three years ago has given immeasurable support to the Parish and worked to put our case on various subjects to AVDC and HS2. He is still giving us his support on the HS2 Environmental Statement. Following Cllr Statham’s resignation we will be co-opting a new Councillor in April 2014. If you wish to put your name forward please contact the Clerk and register your interest. Further information on the Council’s website and notice boards.

Next Parish Council Meeting Monday 3 March, 7.45pm Wendover Library Room Precept On 14 January the Parish Council agreed the precept request for 2014/15 with the result that there will be no increase in cost from last year to individual householders for the services they receive from the Parish Council. The precept is the amount of money AVDC collects through the Council Tax on the Parish Council's behalf.

Parking We are currently progressing ‘on-street’ parking options with Bucks CC and looking at improving the ‘off-street’ parking behind the Cricket Club at the Witchell. We also want to improve signage to different parking availability. We hope that these measures will go some way to alleviate the parking problems in the centre of the Village. We are also looking

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into whether there is a possibility of having a new car park and would like to know how parking problems affect you. We will consult with the Village if and when we have any further practical options.

Local Produce Market Manor Waste 9am to 1pm Saturday 15 March Manor Waste Survey The Manor Waste is the area around the War Memorial on the High Street. We would like to know if you think this area needs improving and if so, how? A survey will be held during March and April, to have your say either drop into the Clock Tower and complete a survey form or alternatively go to It is an important shared community area and we want everyone who uses it to play a part in its future.

HS2 Petitioning The HS2 hybrid bill is currently passing through Parliament, with the date of the second reading in the House of Commons yet to be announced. After the second reading campaigners can do little to challenge the bill, but they can argue for changes to the scheme through a process called ‘petitioning’. Individuals and organisations “specially and directly affected” by the HS2 proposals can submit a petition seeking amendment to the Bill. There is a cost of £20 to any person, group or organisation wishing to do so. The Parish Council is keen to encourage as many petitions from the village as

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NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING To conform to the requirements of section 239 of the Local Government Act 1972, notice is given that a meeting of Wendover Parish Council will be held at 8.00pm on 18 March 2014 at Wendover Library to consider whether the Parish Council should oppose the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill deposited in the Session 2013-14. Subject to the Parish Council resolving to oppose the bill, further resolutions may then be made in connection with opposing and petitioning against the Bill. Spring Charity Market - Sat 26 Apr Arrangements for the Charity Markets have changed due to the Parish Council having no affordable option for providing stalls and tables. Any Charity wanting to have a pitch at the Spring Market on 26th April 2014 on the Manor Waste must provide their own shelter and table. If anyone has a Gazebo or similar and would be willing to lend it out please contact the Clock Tower and they will be put in touch with a charity that needs one.

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