September 2015 Wendover News

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September 2015

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Monday 14 September Wendover Parish Quiz

September Flags

Your first priority, if you haven’t done it yet, is The flags will be flying in the High Street to organise your team of three for the annual throughout September to celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth II becoming the Wendover Parish Quiz, details page 2. longest serving British Monarch and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Why the new bench? Battle of Britain. A new bench has been installed at the junction of Pound Street and South Street. It honours Norman Thomas Razey, Wendover born and bred, one time resident of Pound Street, see Tribute on page 26 of the print edition of Wendover News July 2014. The

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01296 624270 Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop 19 High Street, Wendover HP22 6DX Wendover News, established 1989, is delivered through the door to many local households. If you do not receive one at home and would like to volunteer to deliver for us to your road, please contact the office (see above). Wendover News would like to thank all our willing volunteers.

Wendover September anniversaries

bench was installed by Wendover Parish Council after consultation with the family. The family is sending donations to 1st Wendover Scouts and St Mary’s Church, Wendover, as Norman had a keen interest in both organisations.

In addition to the national anniversaries mentioned above, Wendover Cricket Club is celebrating 150 Not Out, on Friday 4 September, tickets in advance, details on page 3 & 29. The Wendover Society is celebrating 50 years of protecting our local environment by inviting everyone to St Anne’s Hall on Saturday 19 September, see details in ad below and on page 6.

RAF Flypast

Tuesday 1 & 22 September at 1.30pm To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast (weather permitting)

ANTIQUES AT . . . WENDOVER September Mystery Object at the Antiques Centre


£10 Gift Voucher for the winner


on Saturday 19th September 2015 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. at St Anne’s Hall, Aylesbury Road Wendover

June’s object was a Window Sash Weight Open 7 Days a week Customer Car Park THE OLD POST OFFICE, 25 HIGH STREET, WENDOVER 01296 625335


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Coffee and cake, music from the RAF musicians, exhibition, film, art and crafts and more! 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Childrens Party

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Events Cooking, Sewing & Knitting Groups Exhibitions at Bucks County Museum From classes to casual meetings, if you like to make or decorate cakes, sew or knit, there is sure to be a group for you. Classes for autumn are already booking up! See pages 34 & 35.

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Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP Doctor Who, 25 July-5 September. Nature Detectives, 25 July-31 October. Lecture by Lorraine Izon, Muir Trust Artist in Residence, Friday 4 September 10.30-11.30. Roald Dahl Cycle Rides and Local Walks Gallery also on the same site, open each day Group cycle rides that begin in or near the museum is open. Wendover have been organised by the local Cycle Touring Club. Any bike will do Wendover Cake-off for Esmé as long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers Fri 28 Aug, 8.30am-1pm, St Anne’s Hall always welcome, but please try an easy- Competition of all aspects of cake/biscuit paced ride first. Easy Paced Ride Sunday 27, baking from under 16s to show stoppers, 9.30am from Wendover Clock Tower. Visit traditional cake to best on show. Prizes for all southbuckscycling.or​ for more. category winners! Entry £2 per class, forms from The Ramblers have a programme of organised walks in the Wendover area. Have a look at Parkinson’s Fundraiser Weekend the listings on pages 34 & 35 for more details. Sat 29-Sun 30 Aug, Lady Grey Tearoom Craft Fair Saturday 10am-6pm, Table Top Sale Sunday 10am-2pm, Jazz Night St Mary’s Teas Sundays 2.30-5pm until 27 September, Sunday 7.30pm till late. Details on www. St Mary’s Church in Wendover is offering afternoon tea. Drop in and enjoy a cuppa!

Village Gate Beer Festival

Sat 29-Mon 31 Aug, Village Gate Celebrating local beers. Drop in for a pint!

Lacey Green Windmill


Monday & Wednesday 8.00 - 9.00pm and Thursday 9.30 - 10.30am St Anne’s Hall

Windmill Farm HP27 0PG The windmill will be open on Sundays and Wendover Parish Quiz Bank Holiday Mondays from 2pm to 5pm Entry forms due in to the Parish Council until Sunday 27 September. Admission is £2 offices by 1 September, see also page 36. per adult and £1 per child (aged 5-15).

Sunflower Competition Photos

TEEN YOGA to rockin’ music (Ages 11-16) Regular Events at Wendover Library Tue 1, 10am, Wendover Library

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If you entered the Library’s sunflower competition in July, bring a photo and the height of your sunflower. You might win a prize for the largest flower!

Hell’s Angels

Tue 1, 10am, Wendover Christian Centre Open to anyone with a mobility scooter who






10 week courses at St Anne’s Hall, Wendover starting 21st September



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& DRAWING Tuesday pm - WATERCOLOUR PLUS Tuesday evening - OILS & ACRYLICS

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Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3

Family History Sessions with Cathy Soughton, Thu 3, 10.30am-12.30pm - booking essential. Thu 10, 10:30-11:30am Talk on Pets as Therapy. Fri 11, 10:30am-12noon Language Conversation. Tue 15, 2:00 pm Knit and Natter. In Sept/Oct there will be Healthy Living sessions in the Library – see 10/08/2015 12:55 uk/healthy-living/nhs-health-check/ for details.

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Monday 7.00 - 7.45pm St Anne’s Hall

Beginners, intermediates and experienced welcome To book a class or for more details visit or call

01494 670372

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Events lives in Wendover & surrounding villages. Please meet us at the Free Church Coffee Morning. A warm welcome and a laugh is assured!

September Loyalty Card Offers

If you are not receiving the monthly email reminder and would like to, please check your spam and junk folders or send your details, including your ILW card number to

Ecology of Alpines - KEHS Meeting

Tue 1, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN Dr Michael Keith-Lucas, a retired Plant Scientist at Reading University, returns to talk about the extreme conditions that alpines have to cope with and the ways in which alpine plants are adapted to them.

“In My Lady’s Chamber” - Halton Amateur Theatre

Thu 3-Sat 5, 8pm, RAF Halton Theatre A medieval romp with adult humour. Tickets £7 adults, £5 concessions, from 01296 586582. Auditions for the panto in September, too!

Wendover Cricket Club Beer Festival and Hog Roast

Fri 4, 5.30pm, Witchell Ground Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Cricket Club. Hog roast/ beer festival/music - fun for all! All tickets must be purchased before the day, and are available at any outlet in Wendover displaying the “150 not Out “poster. See also page 29.

Herts Open Studios

Sat 5- Sun 27, times & locations vary Open Studios is a great opportunity to experience excellent work by local artists in an informal setting. Pick up a brochure from a local gallery or HERTS library and design your art trail! Brochures also downloadable from

Wendover Twinning Association BBQ

Sat 5, 12.30pm Bring your own meat; salads and desserts provided. £7.50 per head. 01296 625718 or for more details.

Battle of the Bands

Sat 5, 7pm, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Come hear local youth bands battle it out! £8 on the door, £5 in advance, suitable for 12+.

Chiltern 21 Cycle & Family Fun Day

Sun 6, 11am-4pm, Clare Centre HP14 4BF The Chiltern 21 Cycle & Family Fun Day is a NEW event in celebration of Child Bereavement UK’s 21st Birthday. Details on

Would you like to get involved in your local community and make new friends....? Wendover Choral Society is looking to welcome new faces into our friendly choir. Rehearsals start Thursday 10 September. On Saturday 5 December 2015, we will be singing Handel’s Messiah in St George’s Church, Halton accompanied by the Equale Baroque Orchestra with soloists from The Royal Academy of Music. There is no audition and we welcome all abilities, young and old. Rehearsals take place in the beautiful church of St Mary’s, Wendover on Thursdays from 7.45pm until 9.45pm under the direction of Peter Bassano a very talented musical director who is tremendously patient with our choir of mixed ability. We look forward to welcoming you! For more details please visit us at

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See also and noticeboards in Sweeney’s Budgens, Costa, Wendover Hardware, Peach Lane and Harpenden BS

ADH Window Cleaning: 20% discount: Patio & Decking pressure washing. 25% off conservatory roof cleaning! Gutter clean check £30 discounted from any work done. 07777 654383 A Little Bird Gallery: Buy 10 cards get the 11th for free! Cambridge Weight Plan: 10% off initial appointment. 01296 623560 Chilterns Sports Clinic: 10% off any service and treatment except Swim Stroke Analysis ( / 01296 696133) Costa: 10% discount (cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer) FORM: FREE 15 min. Consultations: Personal Training & Nutritional Therapy with Cat Booker, Form, 2 Robert Mews Hemingford Pest Control: £10 off ANY accepted quote 07736 327808 JUST: FREE cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee during our tasting events 24 –26 Sept and FREE bar of Fairtrade chocolate with all purchases over £10. Liveluxe: To celebrate our move to Dandy Kid (above Little Bird Gallery). we will be giving away goody bags with every purchase! Visit us in the Courtyard from 9th September! 07786 990 537 Maria Bray Nutritional Therapist: 10% off for initial appointment, 581561 No2: 10% OFF our delicious Deli Tasting Platters at No2 Pound Street (not in conjunction with any other offers) Peach Lane: £25 off Headshot Photo Shoots. e: Headshots@ *not used in conjunction with any other offer. Perry House Dental Surgery: 20% off bleaching,conditions apply. Simon Carter: 10% off all accessories Spice Garden: £5 off on orders over £25 The Loft Studio & Gallery: FREE artist’s card with Limited Edition print purchase. Village Environment Services: 20% discount on accepted estimate for CCTV drain survey or drain clearance, 07850 635844. Wendover Computers: 20% off Windows 10 installation. Call Pete on 0800 3118385 or 07881 555482 E: Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre: 10% off pet consultations and vaccinations (T& Cs apply) 01296 623439 Wendover Wood: 10% discount 01296 623869


From 6 October 2015 we will be extending our opening hours. The library will open at 9:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please join us for a celebratory Tea/Coffee and Cake on 6 October

SEPTEMBER EVENTS: 10th - 10:30 to 11:30 Talk on Pets as Therapy 11th - 10:30 to 12:00 Language Coversation 15th - 14:00 Knit and Natter 18th - 18:30 Film ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ Our annual photography competition is still open! Winning entries will appear in our 2016 calendar. Photos must be of Wendover & surrounding areas There is still an opportunity to put a team in for our Charity GolfDay at Whiteleaf Golf Club on the 17th September For more information visit the Library or

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LIPREADERS HEAR BETTER ... ...let your eyes help your ears Do you struggle to hear clearly in noise?

Contact: Judy Perry, MATLA 07837 993923

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss classes at Wendover Library


Small, friendly class Free ‘taster’ session Friday 11 September 2-3pm Term starts Friday 25 September


Antiques & Collectors Market

Thursday 17 September 9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity

Wendover Memorial Hall CONCERT

St Mary the Virgin W/Turville Saturday 19 September, 7.30 The Dixieland Swing Kings Trad Jazz in 1960’s style Tickets £10 at door, U18 free Wine, refreshments included. Enquiries 424982

Wendover Arm Trust Open Day

KEHS Autumn Show

Sun 6, 2.30-4.30pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN Lipreading Taster Session Come along and enjoy some beautiful displays Fri 11, 2-3pm, Wendover Library Room of flowers, fruit and vegetables together with Do you have trouble hearing in noise? Term starts Fri 25, see ad p 4. delicious home-made cream teas.

Churchyard Tidy Up

Sat 12, 2.30pm, Wendover Christian Centre Wendover Free Church is preparing to welcome its new minister, Remco van den Heuvel who moves to Wendover with his wife, Elly, at the Evening WI beginning of September. A special church service Tue 8, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall Edward Dixon’s subject is “Painting the War”, will formally “induct” Remco into his first ministry a fascinating talk about artists inspired by, or on 12 September. Representatives of both the Baptist Church and United Reformed Church affected by war. Visitors welcome. (our parent denominations) will be present as AC, B & DB Horticultural Society well as friends from other local churches and Wed 9, 8pm, Anthony Hall the Wendover community. Refreshments will be Talk with slides: ‘‘Orchids & Owls – Not served in the Christian Centre and anyone who Concrete Cows” by Chris Ward. wishes to attend would be welcome.


LOAD UP THE SANDWICH BOX September is here, so send the little ones back to School with a lunch box of proper nibbles, sandwiches and treats... or How about our Freezer Filler Boxes at home? Go On! Go the whole Hog (Lamb, Cow, Giraffe - whatever) and be totally fed up for months. Oh, and then there’s our Cheeses, Wines & Beers So use your Loaf and let’s ‘Meat’ up soon...

Loaf & Larder at Worlds End Garden Centre, Aylesbury Road, Wendover, HP22 6BD T:01296 624839 Wendover News September 2015

Service of Welcome & Induction

Mon 7, 5.30pm, St Mary’s Wendover Anyone who would like to help is welcome.

The Farm Shop, Deli and Butcher at Worlds End Garden Centre


Chiltern Humanists

Sun 6, 12.30-4pm, St Mary’s Drayton Beauchamp Wed 9, 7.30pm, Small Barn Hall HP6 5AH Guided tours, tea & cakes, canoeing! Details “All Change - Religion & Belief in Britain” with on speaker Jeremy Rodell. More information on www.chilternhumanist​

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Key Benefits Ample free car parking Membership capped at 450 - no waiting around to use equipment No contracts 6 choices of membership + Family membership On site trainers, physio & sports massage Health MOTs & Nutritional support Pilates Studio Unique outdoor training area & classes To book a visit please contact Camilla on 01296 623453 or email Prices & further details are on our website Please mention Wendover News when responding to adverts


Events Ride & Stride for Historic Churches

Sat 12, all day Raise money for historic churches by visiting as many as you can without motorised transport. Details & sponsor forms from

Black & Bling Evening

Sat 12, 8pm, Wendover Memorial Hall To celebrate Little Acorns 25th anniversary. Adults only, tickets £15 to include fish & chip supper, glass of Prosecco & live band. Tickets from enquiries@littleacor​

Macmillan Cancer Fundraisers

Sat 12, 7.30pm, The Swan, Gt Kimble Fundraising kicks off with an Auction. It was great fun last year and raised £2,500. We have some fantastic lots to bid for. If you would like to donate any items for auction, please call Julie on 01296 612843.

Halton Village Festival/Halton House

Sun 13, 11am-5pm, near Treetops, Halton Vlg The festival will once again take place on the same day as the Halton House open day with a bus running between the two. Classic cars to see and activities for the whole family! www. See advert p 6.

Halton Singers’ Autumn Concert A feast of songs, old and new from around the world. Friday 25 September Saturday 26 September 7.30pm Halton Village Hall Tickets £6 available from members and secretary 01296 624841 Table seating with nibbles Bar Raffle

Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge

Sun 13, begins 9.30 am at Princes Ris School A fundraising event to support Rennie Grove Hospice Care covering 5, 9 or 18 miles around the Chilterns. Details​ chilterns3peaks.

Charity Golf Day for FOWL

Thu 17, all day, Whiteleaf Golf Club Help raise money for the Library whilst playing golf with friends. See ad p 3.

Wendover Horticultural Society

Friday 25 September is Macmillan’s World’s Thu 17, 2.30pm, Wendover Library Rm Biggest Coffee Morning, and Julie will again Valerie Edwards presents “The Time Team at be hosting a fun filled event in Little Kimble. Chenies” in this month’s meeting.

St Michael and All Angels Halton Village

Flower Festival

Saturday 26 September, 10am - 5pm Sunday 27 September 12pm - 5pm

followed by Festival Evensong at 6pm on Sunday

JOHN HAMPDEN SCHOOL WENDOVER OPEN MORNING Wednesday, 14 October We are holding an Open Morning on Wednesday, 14 October for parents whose children were born between 01/09/11 and 31/08/12, and who will be choosing a school for their child for the academic year 2016-2017. A presentation followed by guided tours will take place at 9.30am and 11.00am.

Wendover’s fabulous Fairtrade shop is having a makeover and a new name. We will be closed from 14th to 18th September, reopening on Monday 21st September. Join us for our FREE TASTING EXTRAVAGANZAS on Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th September We have all your favourite Fairtrade, organic and ethical brands including: • • • • •

Emma’s soaps Earth squared bags and scarves Braintree clothing, bamboo socks Lanka Kade wooden toys Traidcraft, Café Direct, Divine, Green & Blacks, Pukka teas and Ecover

Hope to see you in September! 11 High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU

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To book your place on a tour please telephone 01296 622629 or email

Support Workers required in Amersham The service provided will be a small specialist service supporting people with autistic spectrum conditions to live in their own self contained flats .

Experience essential for night positions and desirable for days. Drivers desirable. Rate of pay will range from £7.90 to £8.60 Permanent and Zero hour Contracts are available. Social Care Solutions provides supported living services for adults with autism and complex needs. To apply please e-mail your cv to For further information and an application pack please call 0845 051 4141 or e-mail

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St Mary’s Weston Turville at Weston Turville Village Hall Sat 3 October, 7.15 for 7.30pm Hot food and entertainment Tickets £10 Enquiries 424982

Aylesbury Opera Group presents Pytor Illych Tchaikovsky’s

Entry £10 Wine and soft drinks available Two concert performances in English led from the piano by Anthony McCarthy at St Mary’s Church,Wendover, HP22 6NL on Saturday 3 October at 7.30pm

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electronic reading device – come and Thu 17, 8pm, Broughton Jr School HP20 1NQ let others know what you’ve enjoyed “Pirates, Pelicans & Potoos” with Chris Ward. (or not enjoyed). Listening to others’ recommendations can open new avenues to explore. All readers welcome! Flotsam Book Group Fri 18, 2pm, contact for location The Wendover Society A friendly group meeting the 3rd Friday of Sat 19, all day, St Anne’s Hall each month in Wendover to discuss a book Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this pre-selected from the library’s core collection. important group. 10.30am-12.30pm arts, Details from Helen on 01296 631069. crafts, music, exhibits and more. 3-5pm children’s party. See ad front page. Esmé’s Allstars Black Tie Fri 18 Sep, The Chequers, W Turville Another opportunity to enjoy superb cuisine at an outstanding price in The Chequers and then dance the night away with Renée Sears live music. Tickets are only £50pp for a superb five course meal followed by a charity auction with the usual quality items. For tickets email or telephone 01296 626081.

Fundraising BBQ

Sat 19, 12noon-2pm Wendover Guide Hut Help the Wendover Friends of Guiding start fundraising for a new Guide Hut. Tickets available from unit leaders early September.

Bucks FHS

Sat 19, 2pm, Prebendal Fm Comm Ctre HP19 7QT “Mending Bodies, Saving Souls” - Ian Waller Holy Cross & St Mary’s Church, Quainton HP22 4AP dons his surgical gloves for a probing Saturday 10 October at 7.30pm On Screen examination of Victorian medical practices, Tickets on door or from Frances Margetts Fri 18, 7.30pm, Wendover Library Room 01844 690152 or hospitals, and the treatment of disease and “Far From the Madding Crowd”. Carey injury. Free. Non-members very welcome (a Mulligan stars as Thomas Hardy’s small donation is appreciated). Wendover Evening WI independent, beautiful and headstrong Registered Charity No: 284827 Bathsheba Everdene. Certificate 12A.Tickets Ayles Vale Embroiderers’ Guild Invite you to a are just £5.00 and available NOW in the Sat 19, 2.30pm, S Mandeville Meth Church Quiz Night library. Refreshments available. AGM, followed by “Inspirational Afghan Saturday 10 October 2015 Embroidery” with speaker Meike Dalalat 7pm for 7.30pm Kop Hill Climb Laurenson. There is also a workshop Memorial Hall, Wendover Sat 19-Sun 20, Kop Hill, Princes Risborough Sat 26 10-4 with Dorothy Tucker: “Cool £12.50 to include ploughman’s platter Licensed bar available Splendid Raffle Fundraising for the local community on behalf Kantha;Flowers & Foliage”. of Bucks Community Federation. Events for All proceeds in aid of Lindengate Charity all! Details Jazz Concert Tickets Available from: Sat 19, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Weston Turville Morag Corrigan T. 623774 The Dixieland Swing Kings bring traditional Gill Barrons T. 623838 Book Club email: Sat 19, 10.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre jazz to St Mary the Virgin in Weston Turville. Cheques to “Wendover Evening WI” please Wherever you get your reading matter – Tickets £10 from 424982. Refreshments (marked Quiz Night on reverse) library, charity shop, book shop, on your included. See ad p 4.


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Events St Marys Shop Reopening

Mon 21 Following a week of refurbishment, a Grand Opening - JUST (formerly @stmary’s)! See ad p 5 and more details p 13.

Golf for PACE

Thu 24, 10am-6pm, Buckingham Golf Club The PACE Centre’s annual Golf Day. To join in download the entry form at www., more details page 18.

Weston Turville Historical Society

Red Cross Almighty Abseil

Sun 27, County Hall 200ft down Aylesbury’s County Hall. £25 to book your place. Sign up today www.

Muddy Mucker 2015

Sun 27, from 9am, Penn House HP7 0PS Registration £30. Pledge to raise a minimum of £50.00 to support Rennie Grove Hospice Care.​muddymucker

Coming Soon - Save the Date!

Fri 25, 8pm, Weston Turville Village Hall • Oct: Chess tournament in Liffré. Details & Mike Farley will be speaking about “Life registration on and Death in Iron Age Buckinghamshire”. • 2 Oct: Flotsam book group tour BBC Studios. Members £2, visitors £3. • 3 Oct: St Mary the Virgin Weston Turville Harvest Supper. See ad p 6. Halton Singers Concert • 3 Oct: Aylesbury Opera “Eugene Onegin”, 25-26 Sept, 7.30pm, Halton Village Hall St Mary’s Church. See ad p 6. “Romany Revels” - A feast of songs old and • 8 Oct: Annual Parish Quiz begins. See page 1. new from around the world. Tickets £6 from • 10 Oct: Evening WI Quiz. See ad p 6. members. See ad page 5. • 11 Oct: Colour Rush for Florence Nightingale. • 14 Oct: JHSW Open Day. See ad p 4. Flower Festival 26-27 Sept, St Michael & All Angels Halton • 5 Nov: Disability Benefit Event with BuDS Part of the church’s Patronal Festival • 7 Nov: Voices for Esmé Concert. celebrations. Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 with Evensong • 22 Nov: Let The Chilterns Sing Concert for Wendover Remembers. 6pm Sunday. See ad p 5. • 28 Nov: Theatre in the Villages - “Bette Davis on the Edge”, St Anne’s Hall, see below Harvest Supper • 28 Nov: Wendover Music, St Mary’s Sat 26, 7pm, St Mary’s Church Wendover Hot meal, bar, music, entertainment, children’s Church. activities & quiz. Tickets £5 per person from “Bette Davis on the Edge” - 28 Nov the church office, 11 High Street. Off Broadway comes to Wendover! An elegant Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk biographical, comedic entertainment. On an evening in October 1962, Bette Davis awaits Sun 27, from 10am, Wendover Woods Registration starts from 10am; walk starts the reviews of her latest film “Whatever 11am. Money raised will help people living Happened to Baby Jane?”. Tickets £12 from with dementia in Buckinghamshire. To Wendover Library or Mike 01296 622678 / mjp.spain@btopenworld .com. register go to


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Authentic taste of Spain coming to Wendover Specialising in superb Tapas, freshly prepared and created by our experienced, traditional Spanish Chefs Fresh fish daily We also offer breakfast Our intimate bar offers a selection of fine wines, premium spirits, quality beers and cocktails

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Wendover Remembers All material copyright 2015 Wendover Remembers


On land, at sea and in the air the war continued. Heavy fighting took place on the Western Front with the French offensive in the Champagne area and the supporting British attack at Loos. At Loos, the British used chlorine gas for the first time. The attack was only partially successful and British casualties amounted to 43,000. In the Aegean Sea the British transport ship, the Southland, was torpedoed and, several days later, the Ramazan was sunk by a German submarine with the loss of 300 Indian troops. Zeppelin raids on the east coast of England resulted in 7 dead and 50 injured. A Zeppelin raid on London killed 20 and wounded 86.

men would only be playing at soldiers. Week by week the correspondence in the Bucks Herald became increasingly heated. On 4 September, Murray Ford wrote that “M”’s response “read like a waster’s excuse for the slackers. It is impossible to believe such an unpatriotic effusion was ever penned by an Englishman. ‘M’ may be an enemy alien and therefore is not required to do his bit. Certainly, his anonymity proves him to be no British man, for a Briton is not ashamed of his name”. “M” replied by questioning Murray Ford’s patriotism because “he had in his employ a fit man under 30 years of age who should have joined the army but had been encouraged not to do so”. Back

Meanwhile, soldiers billeted in the Wendover area found various ways of relaxing. In September 1915 the Bucks Herald recorded that a group of six bellringing enthusiasts rang 1,260 changes in 40 minutes on the bells of St Mary’s Church. This was acclaimed as a record in the bell-ringing world. The six soldiers belonged to six different Regiments and came from six different counties – the 4th Royal Berks, the 4th Devonshires, the 4th Royal Sussex, the 5th Somersets, the 4th Duke of Cornwall’s and the 5th Gloucesters. An appeal by the Wendover author Thomas Murray Ford for men to join the Bucks Volunteers and train in his grounds at Scrubwood prompted an acrimonious response from a mysterious “M” also of Scrubwood. “M” stated that to be of any military use the Volunteers would require efficient officers and drill instructors. “M” was convinced that these could not be Thomas Murray Ford, reproduced by kind found and without such leadership, the permission of Peter Jewell


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came Murray Ford : “...the man in question was married with a family and although quite ready to serve in the army would not enlist so long as the supply of unmarried men was adequate. In this he has my most hearty approval and support”. Scrubwood was clearly an exciting place of strong feelings and argument. Murray Ford himself volunteered for military service at the age of 60, deliberately falsifying his age. Bank opening hours were in the news in September. The Bucks Advertiser published the following information: “The Union of London and Smiths Bank Limited now opens daily except Thursdays from 10am to 2.30pm. On Thursday 9.30 to 11am”. The “Smith” part of this Bank had a strong local connection as its founder was a member of the Smith family who owned the Wendover estate and were the Lords of the Manor. Abel Smith (1717-1788) was one of the leading bankers of his time. His son, Robert was also a banker and MP and became the first Lord Carrington. When, in 1797, he took his seat in the House of Lords all the other members walked out. “He was in trade, you see”. In September, the long-awaited Public Convenience was opened in Back Street. Mike Senior & Val Moir

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Youth International Citizenship

I am Kate Reed and I am fundraising £1,500 for VSO. This is part of an International Citizenship Service (ICS) programme for 18-25 year olds that I am doing in October. For 12 weeks I’ll be working with the NGO Pravah alongside volunteers from India in a tribal community in rural Madhya Pradesh. My project focuses on rehabilitating children who have been subjected to child labour and trafficking, reinstating the priority of education in communities.

I will also be completing an Action at Home project when I return, getting involved in

my community and developing the skills I have learnt as a volunteer and raising awareness about not only my project but the ICS programme. On Thursday 13 July, I had a cake stall at Wendover Market. I would like to thank everyone that supported me, I raised an amazing £182. For more information about my project and fundraising activities please visit or if you would like to support me you can text KPRA50 £3 to 70070 to donate £3. Thank you!

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This summer at the Youth Centre, we offered some street dance led by Premier Sports. It was a great atmosphere and the young people who attended worked hard to come up with a very impressive routine. We also led some drama workshops, a session at Wendover Pool, paint balling and a trip to Thorpe Park with RAF Halton. Summer, September and New Starts Another summer of variety, fun and service As we come to the end of the summer to our community. holidays, it’s time to look back at what we have been up to and forward to what is next. In the new term, we have our regular sessions on a Wednesday (Youth Café 3pm-4:30pm: Over the summer, young people from School yr 7-12), Thursday (Wendover Youth Wendover Youth Club and St Mary’s Church Club: 7-9pm: School yr 9-13) and Friday took some time out to volunteer at JUST (St (Amazing Donkey: 7-9pm: School yr 6-8). We Mary’s Shop on the High Street). This was also have a lunch time session every day for John a great opportunity for them to meet new Colet yr7s, Wendover Youth Forum monthly, people, learn new skills and have a deeper assemblies and our self-esteem course.

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Youth This term we will be launching a film project with Wendover News’ Editor, Jane Larkham, working with young people to connect with Wendover Remembers and what it meant to be young and in Wendover in World War One. We are also looking at launching a dinner and discussion group on a Friday between 5-6:30pm, primarily with young people at St Mary’s, however this is an open invitation for those in year 9-13 to come and chat about faith and life issues. Premier Sports are launching Wendover play activity club this month for young people in school year 3-6. This will run from 8am-9am and 3:15-6pm Mon-Fri. For details see sport. For any more info on what the centre has to offer, contact Becky on

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The Wendover CE Junior School has moved forward significantly in the last eighteen months. Standards are high in all areas with

Schools particular improvements being made in achievement and learning behaviour. Our most recent SATs results were extremely positive with a very high proportion of pupils making more than expected progress in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling. Not only are we significantly higher than the national averages in all areas, but we have improved on last year’s results.

• We continue to work with the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and local schools to further improve our school.

We have had much to celebrate outside the classroom too. Children have been participating in a wide range of sports competitions with other schools, as well as musical and dramatic performances. In addition to this, children have had a wide range of extra-curricular activities to choose We have had a number of external audits from and have engaged in community events this year which confirmed that the school is including carol singing, the Flower Festival improving quickly: and our shared services at St Mary’s Church. • The Section 8 inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspector in October confirmed that we As you may be aware, both John Hampden were taking effective action to move the Infant School and Wendover CE Junior School are improving our facilities as part of our school forward. • A further visit by a registered inspector commitment to provide quality education in April confirmed that the hard work of for our children. The “bulge class” works the Wendover team and the commitment have already begun and we are excited to of the children and parents has had a see our site beginning to transform. We are significant impact on teaching and learning, greatly looking forward to the completion behaviour and the quality of leadership of these works next term - not least some larger classrooms. within the school.

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Schools We are also delighted that our campaign to have a barrier installed at the campus entrance has been successful in receiving Local Area Forum funding and will be in place during peak times from September. Our children and their families will enjoy a much safer campus as a result of this. Our priorities for next year will be to further improve the learning within the school, together with reviewing our vision and ethos. This year we have developed our school values and everything we do is driven by Respect, Responsibility, Reflection and Resilience. Whilst learning behaviour has already improved, we will be providing even more opportunities for children to understand how they learn best. Writing will be a key focus for us during the Autumn term, whilst maintaining our high standards in Reading and Maths.

deadlines and of course, exams. I am hoping to one piece of homework before I go out”, so you offer advice that will support you through your have one less piece of homework to do and you can go out without feeling as guilty. final year(s) of school. Firstly, do schoolwork to a good standard to boost motivation. Not just a quick 5 minute job to please the teacher, I mean genuine effort and thought put into it. I find that spending time on schoolwork usually gets me a better grade which then motivates me to keep getting good grades, so use the time spent on schoolwork as a motivational tool. Sitting and writing essays can be boring, but it’s such a satisfactory feeling to see effort you put in praised and appreciated. Secondly, ask for help when you need it. It can seem embarrassing if you are constantly asking for help, but your final years of school are all about collecting as much knowledge as you can to help your chance of passing exams. If you feel too awkward or embarrassed about asking for help constantly in front of the class, don’t hesitate to talk to the teacher after class and explain what you need help on. Teachers are more than willing to help in class or individually, so please don’t forget that the teachers are there to help in any way.

If you would like to be part of the Wendover team we would love to hear from you. We welcome classroom volunteers and we will have 3 governor vacancies next term - 2 from the parent body and 1 foundation governor. Please contact the school for further details ( or 01296 696822 option 4). Gareth Mirams, Headteacher Thirdly, do schoolwork as soon as you get it. I often find that if I go out with friends and there is homework to do, it stays on my mind, making Back to School Advice Year 11 is the dreaded year for most students, my outing quite unenjoyable. If that is the case as are Year 12 and 13 due to final coursework for any of you, perhaps set a goal of “Do at least

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It’s also appropriate to mention the friendship and relationship issues that often occur in school. It’s important to control these situations so that you are not distracted from working towards exams. Keep the arguments and tension at a bare minimum as these issues are at the top of the distraction list. I think what is most important is to keep trying. Never give up on your work and don’t think “I can’t do this” – it will turn out okay if you put the effort in. This article isn’t by an A* perfect student. It is by a student who should have tried harder and used this advice from the beginning, so please consider it all to ease your exam stress and take it as encouragement. Good luck! Ellice Evans

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Wendover Celebrates returns in 2016 and this time we’ll be celebrating festival style. Festivals traditionally mean a community coming together to celebrate and focus on one particular event, but more recently festivals have become an entrenched part of British life. From May through to August you can find festivals running up and down the UK to cater for every interest, demographic and taste.

name but a few but this may evolve over time depending on what interest we get from the community and other ideas key stakeholders (such as stallholders and volunteers) come up with.

To fit with the festival theme, there may be a slight change in timetable this time. Perhaps more music acts scattered through the day, and perhaps more varied entertainment. We are open to ideas and suggestions at this stage, but are also looking to start making So in 2016 Wendover will be looking to the firm plans in the coming weeks. community to see what festival style means to them. We want the event to be inclusive, At this stage we need to know who would engaging and most of all fun. The Directors like to be involved in whatever capacity and are very keen to hear from local businesses, what your ideas are in how to engage with organisations and peer groups on how they Wendover as we celebrate festival style! The Directors, Wendover Celebrates would like to engage with the community in what in previous years has been a highly successful event.

is returning to collect on behalf of the Aylesbury and District RNLI Fund-raising branch. RNLI members will be out and about at local stations helping him raise funds to provide volunteers with the clothing and equipment needed to save lives at sea. Those saved could live anywhere in the world, not just from near the British Isles coast, which is why he is visiting Wendover at this time of year. Give him your support - or at least a smile. If you miss him, look for the collecting boat in Hale Leys and the National MAYDAY appeal in 2016.

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“We also always welcome donations of good quality items to sell in the shop. If you’ve not visited us before, do call in either on 7 September, or at a time convenient to you and have a look at some of the great things on offer. You might be surprised - and it would be September will see volunteers taking up their lovely to meet you!” paintbrushes to make the transformation The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home shop is open complete. The shop will close for a week to


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be painted inside and out, new lighting will be in 2012, which went to number one in installed and the new shop name, JUST, will Amazon’s crime and general fiction charts, take its place on the Wendover High Street. local author Peter James’ new novel, “Seeds of Doubt” is now available on Amazon either JUST will continue to stock Wendover’s in paperback or as a Kindle download. Fairtrade, ethical and organic favourites. Food and drink from Traidcraft, Café Direct, Writing under the pen name of James Parr Green & Blacks, Hampstead and Pukka, (to avoid confusion with another writer of natural cleaning products from Ecover, the same name) “Seeds of Doubt” is once gifts from an ever growing list of Fairtrade again set in Buckinghamshire, with most suppliers including Earth Squared bags and of the action taking place in the imaginary scarves, Braintree bamboo clothing and village of Elleswood, just two miles from Lanka Kade wooden toys. Wendover. Like “Deferral of Guilt”, Peter’s new novel is about the solving of a murder The relaunch will be celebrated with three but, once again, it is interwoven with a very free tasting days of Fairtrade teas, coffees, human story - this time about the strains on homemade brownies and samples of the a couple’s marriage caused by their inability Fairtrade foods on sale. There will also to conceive a child. be offers available to “I Love Wendover” cardholders so readers should make sure to “Seeds of Doubt” (by James Parr) is available drop in between Thursday 24 and Saturday from Amazon in paperback at £7.50 or as a 26 September to check out the changes and Kindle download at £2.99. enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.

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the road to the clock tower. He challenged them and was told that all the trees were to be felled to make room for a parking area. Following considerable discussion they were eventually persuaded to leave and after representations to the Council the trees were saved.

Dr Riley felt that it was important that such a situation did not arise again and formed the Wendover Society. Its stated objective was to protect the charm and scale of Wendover. Over the years it has attended planning Wendover Community Library meetings, challenged authorities and had The Library is bucking the trend and increasing many notable successes which have preserved its opening hours from 6 October. There’s a the character of this beautiful town. new pergola, and the new tourist information office wants to hear from local B&B’s so they Fifty years on, the trees in Aylesbury Road are can recommend places to stay. See ad p 3 and still standing and The Wendover Society is still very active. To mark our half century we Lindengate story p 20 for more details. are holding a day long event at St Anne’s Hall on 19 September and want as many people The Wendover Society Fifty years ago, Dr Colin Riley was looking out of as possible to come and celebrate with us. the window of his house in Aylesbury Road when Details of the FREE celebrations are in the he spotted some workmen preparing to take advertisement on page 1 or can be found on down one of the beautiful trees which run up our website at

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HS2 The whole HS2 project seems to have generated a lot of activity over the last two months and seems set to continue doing so over the next couple of months as well.

The Select Committee heard the last petitioners (REPA) on 21 July. Following only an hour’s reflection they issued their decision • They were not convinced about the case for a bored tunnel through the Chilterns • Extending the bored tunnel a short distance at South Heath • Minded to give Wendover an extended green tunnel to the south unless HS2 Ltd. can come up with a better option by September.

It started with the Select Committee visit on 11 June. Beautiful weather and a good turnout by people made an excellent impression. The committee were keen to meet the people and the issues facing Wendover were clearly expressed. The various presentations at St Mary’s – noise demonstration, Wendover Clearly the decision about the bored tunnel Campus school and a Wendover video made was most disappointing. However Wendover a memorable impression on them. did gain an extension to the green tunnel to the south which was no mean feat. This was the The Select Committee’s desire to address the result of the people of Wendover turning out Chiltern tunnel issue early meant that they for the Select Committee visit, the good work wanted to hear the major promoters of the of the POP group and the help David Lidington Chiltern bored tunnels in July before their has provided in lobbying on our behalf. summer recess. Wanting to have some input into that process we managed to persuade Actually the petitioners have the opportunity the Select Committee to hear Wendover. to tell the Select Committee just how Clearly we only had a short time to prepare important a bored tunnel is to them when the Wendover petitions are heard starting and present however we managed it.


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on 7 September. The timetable looks crazy but if you have petitioned you have the right to be heard. The committee do not want to hear points repeated, however they would not have heard it from you. So just tell them what you want (eg a fully bored tunnel through the AONB) and how HS2 will personally impact you. Of course if you are nervous and do not want to appear by yourself you could group with other petitioners to jointly appear. If it is too much, you associate with another petition, which means you support their petition and you do not have to appear. Now the deadline for making this decision was apparently 21 August, however I am confident the clerks office to the Select Committee will allow changes up to say 4 September. If you really have had enough then don’t be a ‘no show’ by not turning up, rather associate with someone else’s petition so at least you have added your weight to their petition. So act now. Brian Thompson

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Fitness Why Pilates Helps Reduce Back Pain are varied using different equipment such as How many of us have had a sore back that then settles down only to reoccur a few months later? Over 70% of the population will suffer an episode of back pain during their lifetime. Regardless of the cause the deep postural or core muscles supporting the spine will be affected even after one episode. Research has shown that once the pain has subsided these muscles don’t return to their normal supportive role of protecting the spine, resulting in recurrent back pain.

magic circles, bands, foam rollers and spiky balls which help to release tight muscle and fascia. We are located at Halton Health and Fitness Centre HP22 5PD and you don’t have to be a member to join in the classes.

Pilates helps to activate and strengthen these core muscles that act like the body’s natural corset. It also restores balance between the different types of muscles that operate within the body resulting in a stronger, leaner and more efficient system.

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“I decided on one:one Pilates lessons after Sometimes exercises alone are not enough having a hysterectomy. The sessions are to correct back pain. My approach is to great and am feeling the benefits after just combine Physiotherapy and Pilates for two sessions!” Sarah W complete rehabilitation. Using specific deep tissue techniques, mobilising the joints If you would like to find out more about and prescribing corrective Pilates exercises Physiotherapy or Pilates you can email me at improves the overall biomechanics of the or view body and this in turn reduces pain and details on www.physioandpilatesinbucks. reoccurrence. We offer 1:1, 2:1, small group Pilates See Elaine’s advert p18. Halton Health & sessions as well as Pilates classes. Classes Fitness Centre’s advert is on page 4.

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Lindengate New pergola for Wendover Library

In early August a project that has been part of the partnership between Lindengate and Friends of Wendover Library (FOWL) came to fruition. A new pergola has been installed in the courtyard garden to provide shade and help create a more inviting area for library visitors to relax in.

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On Saturday 10 October from 2pm -5pm Lindengate will once again open its doors to the public. If you missed our Spring Fair you will not want to miss this one. It’s a great afternoon out for all the family!!

There will be lots to see and do including vintage tractor ploughing, steam engine displays, a working forge, a number of the local conservation groups with bats and butterflies and we also hope to have live The pergola was made over a 6 week period demonstrations of country crafts. by Simon Gates, one of Lindengate’s first gardeners, and John and Nick Christensen, Lindengate produce will be on display with his volunteer supporters, at the Lindengate the many varieties of potato that have been site. On 4 August along with other members grown from our potato trial to learn about of the Lindengate team, it was installed in and much more. the courtyard garden. Refreshments will be available including tea Lindengate and FOWL are hoping to further and homemade cake. Also a hotdog (with improve the courtyard with a water feature our very own Lindengate Sausage) and soup and planting to provide fragrance and colours (made using Lindengate produce) stall once throughout the year. Wild life will also be again supported by Loaf and Larder. encouraged to join those in the community We offer you a chance to find out what who decide to take the opportunity of a bit we are doing: how we are helping people; of solace in the garden. how we are already engaging with other community projects and if you like what you We hope you like it. see, how you can get involved. 10 October is also World Mental Health Day so apart from our information stand, some of our theme for the day will be dedicated to exploring a few of the ideas that help support good Mental Health within our daily lifestyle. Lindengate’s Trustees, staff and many volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We hope that many Simon and his parents (centre left) with of you from the surrounding community will members of both the Library and Lindengate join us and we look forward to welcoming enjoy the shade provided by the new pergola. you to the Lindengate community.

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Perch Spinney My wife and I decided to purchase Perch Spinney, near Perch Bridge on Halton Lane, in order to guarantee that it would remain a woodland, and that no new owner, or change in legislation could alter this status, see page 21, August edition of Wendover News. On joining the Small Woodlands Group, I was directed to make contact with John Morris, Director of the Chiltern Woodlands Project, for help on how best to manage the woods. With his advice, we are starting a woodland management programme. In conjunction with Rights of Way, Bucks County Council, we have had onsite visits in July and August in order to establish an easy access footpath, a safe link between the reservoir footpath and the canal for the public. On no occasion have we sought to block, barricade or stop members of the public accessing the woods. However, due to our desire to manage and regenerate the woodland, we do need to see some management of public access. To that end, we are seeking to work with the County Council to create a new easy access footpath, running parallel to Halton Lane. We are also already contacting local schools, Beavers, Brownies etc in order to see if they would be interested in using our woodland

for forest schools and other educational purposes. I am also very open to discuss with local groups who may wish to use it for talk, studies etc. Michael Coe

stronger trees to have the light and space they need to grow and flourish for years to come. While this work is going on it will be dangerous for people to walk in the spinney. We then intend to encourage indigenous plants which hadn’t been able to flourish for many years due to a lack of light. This means people who Creation of Public Footpath It is with great pleasure that Bucks CC Rights walk off the footpath will be damaging habitat. A greater diversity of flora should attract a of Way announces greater diversity of fauna, including lots of that it is working minibeasts, butterflies and more bird life. with Michael Coe John Morris, Director, to establish a Chilterns Woodlands Project new formal Public Footpath through Perch Spinney, running parallel to Halton Lane. This will provide a safe and convenient route, avoiding the need to walk along Halton Lane. Claire Hudson, Definitive Map & Local Land Charges Team Leader

Management Plan for Perch Spinney

We are planning a woodland restoration programme for this small privately owned wood. Work will be agreed with the Forestry Commission who have to issue a felling licence for us to fell trees. Thinning out poorer stems and removing damaged trees will allow other

Weston Turville Reservoir

We are delighted that the area of woodland adjoining our nature reserve at Weston Turville Reservoir SSSI is to be managed in a sympathetic way for wildlife. The management, aimed at selectively felling trees to bring light back into the woodland and enable new tree and shrub growth, will benefit the whole woodland ecosystem from the flowering plants on the woodland floor, the insects that feed on them and the birds and mammals which will feed and find their homes on the woodland floor and in the trees and shrubs. We have already worked cooperatively with the owner of the land and look forward to seeing species recolonise the site in the years to come. Mark Vallance, Reserves Manager (Bucks) Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

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Health Walk Wendover Health Centre and Exercise heart and lung disease, as well as help The local GP practice organised a health walk from Wendover Health Centre to Weston Turville Reservoir to coincide with the open day there, run by the Canal and River Trust on 6 July. The practice has recently made a contribution to the restoration of the footpath around the reservoir, in order to promote walking for health in the community.

diabetes and obesity. It will also help patients recovering from cancer. What is less well known is that there are additional benefits from walking in a beautiful place with proximity to water and nature. It has been shown in studies to really help patients with stress, anxiety or depression.

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Vaccines work by stimulating our immune system to produce antibodies (substances produced by the body to fight disease) without actually infecting us with the disease. They are extensively tested before being introduced, and are among the safest medicines known, with benefits that far outweigh the risk of side effects. While side effects are always a concern, especially when vaccinating babies, it is important to be aware of how devastating the diseases we now vaccinate can be. Measles, diptheria and whooping cough used to cause serious illness and even death in children, but we hardly ever see them now thanks to vaccination. For more information on vaccines see the NHS choices website.

Influenza vaccine

Flu vaccine helps protect vulnerable people against seasonal influenza. It is offered every year to at risk groups which include everyone aged 65 years and over on March 31 2016, and those with long term health conditions such as heart disease, lung conditions, and diabetes. This year we will start vaccinating against flu earlier than in the past; the dates for the Saturday flu clinics are as follows:

26 September A-C 3 October D-I 10 October J-P 17 October Q-Z

Clinics will run from 8.30am - 12noon. If one date is not suitable please attend another. The car park gets very busy so if you are able to walk or park elsewhere this is very helpful. If you want to check if you are eligible please see pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx. All children who are aged 2, 3 and 4 years on 31 Aug 2015 (but not 5 years or older) are eligible for flu vaccination this year. All young people and children under the age of 18 will be given the nasal vaccination rather than the injection.

78 on Tuesday 1 September 2015. Shingles vaccination is not available once patients have reached their 80th birthday. Patients who have previously been in an eligible cohort remain eligible until their 80th birthday.

Pneumococcal vaccination

This vaccine protects against certain types of pneumonia. One vaccination is given to all patients aged 65 or over.

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A very exciting development is the development of a new vaccine to prevent meningitis, which will be offered to babies as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme from 1 September 2015. It will be given at aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months, along with other vaccines given at the same age. Your health visitor can provide further details.

If you are unable to attend any Saturday flu Dates When We Are Closed clinic please check on our website or with We will close at 1pm on Wednesday 9 reception what other dates are available. September for staff training. For details of our opening hours and information on Shingles vaccination the services we offer please see www. From 1 September eligible patients will be those who are aged 70 (but not yet 71) or This space is sponsored by Wendover Health Centre

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Business Forum Chiltern Brewery’s Awards

Chiltern Brewery has received prestigious awards over the summer.


John Hampden’s Bottled Golden Harvest Ale John Hampden’s Golden Harvest Ale 4.8% vol from The Chiltern Brewery has won ‘Best Bottled IPA’ category at this year’s Farm Produce Awards organized by top magazine title, Great British Food. The final winner in the Best Bottled IPA category was selected by renowned beer writer and beer sommelier Sophie Atherton. Her favourable comments included, “This beer managed to draw me in by having the best aroma of all the finalists. Dried, fruity flavours are not normally associated with IPAs but here they led to a dry, spicy and peppery hoppy finish - in a pleasantly astringent beer. Most importantly I wanted to drink more!”

Golden amber in colour and floral on the nose, John Hampden’s is brewed in the style of a classic harvest ale with premium quality Maris Otter malt and the aromatic fruitiness of only a single famous English hop, Fuggles, for balance. Head Brewer Tom Jenkinson said, “We consider John Hampden’s to be an earl amongst ales - a bottled beer with impeccable pedigree and this is a big accolade: a real honour.” “We are proud of our age old brewing techniques here and our local heritage. This is a memorable moment for a beer with a memorable finish!” added fellow director George Jenkinson. The Chiltern Brewery has been at the forefront of the revival of classic English ale styles for over 35 years. In recent years this has extended to the creation of new styles, all brewed with the finest English malt and hops, naturally. Bottled Monument Gold Pale Ale Monument Gold Pale Ale 3.8% vol from The Chiltern Brewery has been awarded

a prized British Bottlers’ Institute Diploma Award – Class A1 in the Ales, Lagers & Ciders category (up to 3.9% vol) to continue a golden summer of awards for the brewery. “This bottled beer is a sunshine golden ale based on a limited edition draught produced in our 30th year to help raise funds for the renovation of the nearby Coombe Hill Monument which can be seen from the brewery,” says Head Brewer Tom Jenkinson. Refreshing and soft on the palate and teeming with English summer flavours of honeyed malts and aromatic hops, Monument Gold Pale Ale is a craft ale with a lighter style which is beautifully smooth and pleasurable to drink. Brother and director George Jenkinson is always pleased to receive an industry

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Business Forum award such as this. “To gain recognition from those within the industry is always a special honour,” he says. The Chiltern Brewery has been at the forefront of the revival of classic English ale styles for over 35 years. In recent years this has extended to the creation of new styles, all brewed with the finest English malt and hops, naturally. The winners will be presented with medals and certificates at the annual BBI dinner being to be held on Thursday 22 October at the Vintners’ Hall, London. 01296 613647 Twitter @Chiltern_Brewer

Spice Garden

Spice Garden in Tring Road, Aylesbury, offers banqueting all day Sunday, 12 noon to 11pm and on Wednesday nights 5:30pm to 11pm. Spice Garden prides itself on the correct mixing of herbs and spices in cooking distinct flavours and authentic recipes from across the Indian SubContinent. There is a private room for functions and outside catering is offered, too, see advert on page 24.

Tres Corazones

Katrina Turnbull and her two daughters Katie and Lena are the “Three Hearts” named in this new family business. They have other family living in the area already so the move to Wendover seemed obvious. The much anticipated opening of our own Spanish Tapas Bar Tres Corozones at 4 Pound Street will happen in early September. Katrina ran an award winning Tapas Bar for 15 years in the North of England so she brings a lot of experience with her. She has an affinity with Spain and loves the Mediterranean style of eating so she made sure that her kitchen will be led by an award winning Spanish chef, Juan Pablo Ortiz, from Murcia, ably assisted by his brother, so the food will be authentically Spanish, incorporating both traditional and modern. Tres Corazones will have a Spanish atmosphere with Cuban and Latino music -

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Prompted by the letter of thanks from Vinetrees residents last month, we also would like to thank Chris Adams, UKIP County Councillor. Whilst we too have gutters choked with weeds, as appears the case over the village and indeed Aylesbury too, the more pressing issue we have is of course traffic congestion and road safety ACS Plumbing & Heating affecting both local residents of the Wharf/ Manor Roads area and school users. Engineers Ltd Schools and highways are of course County 24 HOURS responsibilities and Chris as our County Emergency call Out Councillor is working hard on behalf of NO JOB TOO SMALL concerned residents to ensure the issues are Domestic Hot / Cold Water Systems heard and addressed. We are very grateful Central Heating Systems to him. Power Showers & Boilers Andrew & Sue Hetherington Electrics & Repairs Pumps

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With reference to the article in Wendover News August 2014, and action by Tom Walsh who was being charged by Thames Water for Surface Water Drainage when no water from

his property was entering Thames Water Sewer. His claim for a rebate on his monthly bill was successful; I also claimed and my monthly bill was reduced from January 2014. The Surface Water Drainage overcharge rebate, since 2001, by Thames Water was initially unsuccessful but the Water Consumers Council contacted Thames Water who agreed to backdate overpayments (2008 - 2013). I have contacted Thames Water several times (August 2014 - May 2015) and they assured me that the Thames Water Council is considering the backdated claim (Rebecca Langley, TW Customer Agent 0845 6140086, w w However, to date Thames Water have not finalised a backdate rebate. Perhaps other Wendover residents have claimed for rebate, or if not they might consider contacting Thames Water to claim a rebate? Does the Water Consumer Council need contacting? Bert Heals

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Wendover FC Annual 5-a-side Tourney for. The semi finals saw last year’s runners-up After a fantastic season which saw the 1st team winning the league with an outstanding 100% home record, and thus being promoted to the Premier League, we held our annual 5 a side tournament on Saturday 1 August. With teams entering from around the vale, the event always brings family fun and excitement to the club. The day kicked off beautifully with the sun shining on the John Colet playing fields, BBQ sizzling, bar stocked, footballs out and a special appearance from The Works, Aylesbury, who brought down a selection of their fabulous ice creams for all to enjoy. 15 teams entered, all with players brimming with quality so it was anyone’s tournament to conquer. Both last year’s finalists were back again to take another shot at victory but this year facing new rivals. With a zero tolerance rule in place for foul and abusive behaviour, there was a great spirit upheld by all teams who took part.

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Club Corner Wendover Toddlers

Wendover Toddlers runs every Monday during term time, 1.30-3pm in the Wendover Memorial Hall, and is aimed at babies and toddlers aged 0-5. We offer a fun friendly atmosphere with a baby corner, crafts, toys, tea/coffee and healthy snack. Starting back on 7 September, we have some exciting upcoming events including free trial sessions with Sing & Sign on 14 September and Simon Says Magic on 28 September. Lots more events to be announced.

Too many cold and wet nights and too few people out and about. We did have a couple of really good Tuesday evenings out but only a couple. However, the appallingly long trip to Cumbria led to a Saturday that was brilliant in so many ways. Weather, dancing, food, liquid refreshment and the camp site made it all worthwhile. We were still dancing and attracting an audience at 10:15pm. Take a look at the pictures courtesy of www. The Furness peninsula offers fantastic countryside and we can’t wait to go back for another tour. Then there was the final evening out with St Albans’ MM at Frithsden at a lovely and welcoming pub.

nights will begin again on Tuesdays at 8:15pm in Wilstone Village Hall. You’ve seen the video and heard about the tours, now it’s time to come and find out more. All you men and boys have to do is come along and join us. You can contact us through our web address:- Wassail, John King, WMM

Wendover Cricket Club

Wendover Cricket Club have had mixed performances recently. The 1st XI in the Mid Bucks League Division 1 suffered a heavy defeat at Potten End, but followed it with 4 victories. The 2nd XI made a game of it in League Division 2 v Ballinger; however Ballinger won by 3 wickets. We lost by 42 runs to Frieth and also lost by 30 runs v Widmer. The Sunday team had an amazing victory at Chipperfield where the home side made 231 for 6, before Wendover romped to a 9-wicket victory.

Admission is free on your first session (unless there is a special event) then £2 for 1 child, siblings £1 and under 6 months are free. For further information please contact Our next outing will be with Etcetera Morris on 12 Sept as part of the Enfield Autumn Show. On 26 Sept we’re with St Albans again as they have their walking tour of the City, The Whitchurch Morris Men with many other sides attending. Access Autumn Approaches Scotland has declared the wettest summer their websites to find more information. Wendover Choral Society for many years and for the WMM the summer wasn’t particularly good either. Starting around mid- September, our practice Wendover Choral Society is looking to

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Club Corner welcome new faces into our friendly choir this September. Rehearsals start on Thursday 10 September. On Saturday 5 December 2015, we will be singing Handel’s Messiah in St George’s Church, Halton accompanied by the Equale Baroque Orchestra with soloists from The Royal Academy of Music. If you have ever fancied singing Handel’s Messiah then come and join us. There is no audition and we welcome all abilities, young and old alike. We are lucky enough to rehearse in the beautiful church of St Mary’s Wendover on Thursday evenings from 7.45pm until 9.45pm and whilst we enjoy our church surroundings we are not specifically a church or religious choir. We are also very lucky to have in Peter Bassano a very talented musical director who is tremendously patient with our choir of mixed ability. The choir is a great way to get involved in your local community and to make new friends. We look forward to welcoming you. For more details please visit us at www.

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This Club and Community event to celebrate • Hog Roast ticket: £5 our 150th Anniversary will take place on • BBQ ticket : £2.50. This is for either a burger Friday 4 September from 5.30pm at the or hotdog Soft drinks, wine and lager will be available beautiful Witchell Ground. to purchase on the night. The Beer Tent will offer a wide selection of Wristbands will be provided to ensure entry beers to sample (thank you to Tim Cooper, to the event, Yellow for adults and Red for Dayla) whilst soft and other bar drinks will children. Please collect these before the day. be available from the clubhouse. Soak up the beer with food from the Kings Farm Hog Tickets are available at a number of outlets Roast or BBQ after which you will feel more in Wendover including Whitewaters Cafe than able to join in the fun, cricket-inspired and @ St Marys Shop. They can also be activities on offer. Who can throw the cricket collected from Richard Peck – 01296 624209 ball the farthest?! Who can hit the stumps?! or This will all be accompanied by music and general end-of-summer-season merriment. The Club is enjoying very high Junior membership numbers, has seen a recent In order to make sure we cater correctly we boost in the 200 Club membership, runs 3 are asking that all tickets are bought before senior weekend teams and has seen another the day. Tickets are available for food and the fun and well attended Village Cup season – Real-ale beer festival at the following prices. 150 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG!! Do • Real-ale beer wristband: £9. This will be join us to celebrate!

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Station Commander, Group Captain Adrian Burns, joined Halton House President of the Mess Committee, Squadron Leader Andrew Crabtree, and a number of mixed naval ranks and rates, to “Splice The Mainbrace” recently in celebration of the birth of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. In Naval tradition, each consumed a tot of rum to toast the new royal baby. Leading Writer Lynn Westhead, who attended the ceremony, said: “I have ‘Spliced the Mainbrace’ on ships a few times in my Royal Navy career, and there can’t be many Royal Naval personnel who have ‘Spliced’ in an RAF establishment, so it was something a bit special. There is only a handful of Royal Naval and Royal Marine personnel based here at Halton so it was nice that we all got together to take part in a Naval tradition.” “Splice the Mainbrace” is an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with

a drink. Originally an order for one of the most difficult emergency repair jobs aboard a sailing ship, it became a euphemism for authorized celebratory drinking afterward, and then the name of an order to grant the crew an extra ration of rum or grog. Eventually, the order to “Splice the Mainbrace” came to mean that the crew would receive an extra ration of rum, and was issued on special occasions: after victory in battle, the change of a monarch, a royal birth, a royal wedding or an inspection of the fleet. In cases where the whole fleet was to receive the signal, it would be run up with a lift of flags or signalled by semaphore.

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Lipreading Classes Have you ever wondered who lipreading a longer piece to demonstrate the lip shape classes are aimed at? of the day. Have you ever wondered if a lipreading class Lipreading isn’t the only thing you will learn might be useful to you? in a class. You will learn about equipment and organisations to help you in your I hope to answer these questions and help everyday life, about how hearing works and you decide if you would like to join a class. the things that can go wrong. We look at audiograms and what they show, and learn My name is Molly Berry, and I am a about hearing aids and their care, BAHAs lipreading tutor. I am profoundly deaf, but and CIs. have a brilliant cochlear implant, with which I manage very well. I started to lose my There is much more that you will learn hearing in my thirties, and I wish someone in a class, but finding others with similar had told me about lipreading classes! problems is a plus. We often don’t know anyone else with hearing loss, and can feel Lipreading, and managing hearing loss very scared and alone. classes, to give them their full title, are aimed at anyone, of any age, who struggles Research shows that it is best to join a class to hear in noise, whether they wear a soon after being diagnosed with hearing hearing aid or not. After getting a hearing loss, but any time is better than never, so go test, joining a lipreading class is the best for it, take charge of your hearing loss, and way to help yourself get the most from your join a lipreading class. hearing. For information on classes nationwide So what goes on in a class? Lipreading is a taught by qualified tutors, go to the ATLA complex skill, it takes time and practice to (The Association of Teachers of Lipreading learn. The aim is to get the gist of what is to Adults) website at www.atlalipreading. said, so that we can join in the conversation. We are teaching the eyes to help the ears get the best from what they hear. Classes Lipreading classes are held in Wendover are small, friendly and fun. We start by on Friday afternoons during term time. learning the lipreaders alphabet, and Tutor Judy Perry will be holding a free confusion groups, letters that look similar ‘taster’ session on Friday 11 September on the lips, these are the reason for some from 2-3pm in the community room at of the hilarious errors we can make. You Wendover Library. Come along and see will learn checking strategies, which are what’s involved – the classes are enjoyable very important, tea on Saturday will look as well as informative. similar to dinner on Sunday, and you need to be sure which you have been invited to! For more details contact Judy on 07837 Classes will vary, but usually there will be 993923 or email short exercises and small group work, and See ad p 4.

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Tribute: Oliver Statham Thirty three years ago we became neighbours and friends of Anne and Oliver, and it was Oliver who persuaded me to join the committee of The Wendover Society. During the 16 years we served together, many hours were spent preparing for 3 important Public Enquiries into the future development of Wendover. By the time of the second Enquiry, rules had changed and the Society was allowed to brief the QC itself, which is when the hard work really began. Four of us including Oliver, plus the Chairman of the Parish Council, met evening after evening to prepare our case – Bordeaux briefings, I think we called them!!. Until we invested in a Society laptop, I would write up the report and dash round to Oliver who was such a wizard at spotting improvements in clarity. It was seldom that a document came back without alteration. If it did, I gave myself an A*!!! A major triumph was to get the Green Belt line fixed at the Canal rather than the stream which gave Oliver enormous satisfaction given his love of the footpaths with which he was so familiar. Several years later, almost the same team presented its case against the overdevelopment of the Princess Mary Hospital site – again with Oliver acting as arbiter on facts presented as evidence. Being an acknowledged stickler for detail, Oliver would ask for yet another rewrite. We heaved a sigh but did it anyway. The major triumph this time was to get the housing numbers reduced from 600 to 400 – a victory, especially for Oliver who always maintained that homes should be appropriate to their setting.

Society walks around the area, discovering unknown paths and vistas. The numerous presentations given by the Society and other other organisations would not have happened without Oliver’s input – his trusty projector and screen utilised expertly and frequently - truly the Mr Powerpoint of the Memorial Hall. Farewell my friend - with gratitude for all you did for Wendover and for being a neighbour without compare - skilful, generous and immensely kind Elizabeth Richards The Wendover Society

I worked with Oliver for just over 5 years but I knew of Anne and Oliver for much longer than that. After I had been elected to the Parish Council I arranged to introduce myself to all my co-councillors. One of the first visits that I made was to see Anne and Oliver. We sat in the kitchen where Oliver told me that he probably would not be able to help all that much as he was quite an ill man and had multiple medical conditions. That was my first introduction to the honesty of the man.

was Chair of the Planning committee until he decided to resign a short time ago due to ill health. He cared passionately about Wendover, its surrounds and its people. Invariably he would be at meetings where anything to do with Planning, Parking and the beauty of Wendover was concerned. As a co-councillor one particular thing that I liked about Oliver was his behaviour in meetings. If there was a key question to be asked he would ask it – in his loud booming voice. I had no problem in identifying who was speaking. Oliver’s style was his own and he would often cut out formality to get to the bottom of something Oliver was a very kind person and was never afraid to admit when he was wrong. In 2012 when the Queen’s Jubilee and Olympics were being celebrated in Wendover, Oliver was reluctant to accept that the planned event might be a success and deserve some funding. After the Wendover Celebrates event had taken place and had successfully exceeded all expectations, Oliver was the first person to approach me, having seen thousands of people enjoying themselves, to congratulate me and the team on a successful event and admit that he had been wrong. That very night his verbal comments were followed up by an email

Personally I will miss Oliver who only a short time ago became one of my friends. He was straight talking, quick witted and an engineer – three excellent qualities to be found in the man. On behalf of Wendover PC and the people we represent I would like to thank Oliver for all that he did for Wendover We have Oliver and Anne to thank for How wrong Oliver was! He became an active Robert Duggan arranging many interesting and enjoyable member of Wendover Parish Council and Chair of Wendover Parish Counci No-obligatio n financial heal th check

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Local Face: Declan Cullen Declan Cullen will be well known to younger including BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 music and readers of Wendover News as he was born XFM in the UK as well as us having their music in Stoke Mandeville Hospital in November featured in major film syncs in Hollywood. 1993 and has lived in Wendover all his life in between travelling and working abroad. He is now a fashion model and musician.

Late last year, Coastal Cities sadly split up (for various reasons) but since then Declan has started a new solo group called I.D.O.L.

Declan started learning guitar at the age of 8 because he has always had a great passion for music. He has subsequently developed his musical skills by learning many different instruments, singing in bands and performing live. While studying at The Misbourne he formed his first band Coastal Cities. From coming together as teenagers, they decided to try and create music that was edgy and alternative but to ultimately be a band that followed a pop-music format. After about a year of playing locally to friends and by exposing their sound through the internet, they began to gather professional attention from the outside world... They were approached by management and started to gather kudos from rather established music acts such as The Drums, who spoke about their band online. It was not long before things really took off for them and for a period of three years they played live shows throughout the UK and in Europe. Their songs received international airplay

It’s very exciting for Declan to be starting something new, with a greater understanding and experience of how he would like to transform his band into something great. His debut EP was released on 20 August, with a music video shot in locations in and around Wendover! It was inspired by 1980s New Wave, Modern Pop and Rock and Roll singers throughout the 1950s and 60s. “My idea was to try and get music back to basics, by just writing great pop songs with an air of nostalgia, albeit perhaps, with a futuristic twist.” The EP is available on itunes, and on Declan’s own personal bandcamp site - www.

It was through this success, and also through the band’s image that Declan was invited to go to Los Angeles and shoot with Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent (YSL). It was a great experience and something that really opened his eyes to the world of fashion. Through this photoshoot, the band as a whole gathered great attention from the fashion world, leading to separate campaigns with Burberry Readers are welcome to follow Declan online for more information about upcoming and Alexander McQueen. releases and performances! Shortly after, Declan and the guitarist Sean Semmens were offered the opportunity to become male models. This eventually took @idolmusic_ on Twitter and Instagram

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What’s On in September 2015 To Advertise your event for October 2015, please contact us before Monday 14 September. Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On small advert charity rate £16.80. DAY/DATE TIME EVENT ongoing daily exhibitions at Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, see p 2 Tue 01 10.00-16.00 Sunflower Competition Photos to be turned in, Wendover Library, see p 2 Tue 01 10.00 Hell's Angels - The Scooter Group! Wendover Free Church, see p 2 Tue 01 20.00 KEHS monthly meeting - Ecology of Alpines. Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see p 3 Thu 03 10.30 & 11.30 Family History Sessions with Cathy Soughton, Wendover Community Library, see p 3 Thu 03 19.00 Wendover Library Reading Group (1st Thursday), Wendover Library Room Thu 03-Sat 05 20.00 Halton Amateur Theatrical Society “In My Lady’s Chamber”, RAF Halton Theatre, see p 3 Fri 04 10.30-11.30 Lorraine Izon discusses her career and works, Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, see p 2 Fri 04 17.30 Wendover Cricket Club Beer Festival & Hog Roast - 150 not Out! Witchell Ground, see p 3 Sat 05-Sun 27 daily Herts Open Studios, times & locations vary, see p 3 Sat 05 12.30 Wendover Twinning Association Barbecue, see p 3 Sat 05 19.00 Battle of the Bands, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, see p 3 Sun 06 11.00-16.00 Chiltern 21 Cycle & Family Fun Day, Clare Charity Centre HP14 4BF, see p 3 Sun 06 12.30-16.00 Wendover Arm Trust Restoration Open Day, St Mary's Drayton Beauchamp, see p 4 Sun 06 14.00-16.30 KEHS Autumn Show, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see p 4 Mon 07 18.00 St Mary's Churchyard Tidy Up, St Mary's Church, Wendover, see p 4 Tue 08 19.45 Wendover Evening WI meeting – "Painting the War", see p 4 Wed 09 19.00 Grandparents Association Support Group (2nd Wednesday), Holiday Inn, Weston Turville Wed 09 19.30 Quiz Night at King & Queen, South Street Wed 09 19.30 Chiltern Humanists -"Religion & Belief in Britain", Small Barn Hall HP6 5AH, see p X Wed 09 20.00 AC, B & DB Hort Soc mtg - ‘‘Orchids & Owls”, Anthony Hall HP22 5HS, see p 4 Thu 10 10.00 Wendover Twinning Association Coffee Morning (2nd Thursday), Red Lion Thu 10 10.30-11.30 Tea & Talk - "Pets as Therapy", Wendover Library Room, see p 2 Thu 10 13.00-15.00 Carers Bucks monthly meeting, Wendover Library Room, see p 18 Fri 11 10.30 Language Conversation Group, Wendover Library Room, see p 2 Fri 11 14.00-15.00 Lipreading & Hearing Loss Taster Session, Wendover Library Room, see ad p 4 Sat 12 14.30 Service of welcome and induction, St Anne's Church, see p 4 Sat 12 19.30 MacMillan Cancer auction, The Swan, Great Kimble, see p 5 Sat 12 20.00 Black & Bling Evening for Little Acorns, Wendover Memorial Hall, see p 5 Sun 13 9.30 Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, starts Princes Risborough School, see p 5 Sun 13 11.00-17.00 Halton Village Festival & Halton House Open Day, near Treetops, Halton Village, see ad p 6 Mon 14 19.00-21.00 "Bosom Buddies" breast cancer support gp (2nd Monday), Orchard Children's Ctre HP23 5DJ Tue 15 14.00-15.30 Knit & Natter, Wendover Library Room, see p 2 Thu 17 all day FoWL Charity Golf Day, Whiteleaf Golf Course HP27 0LY, see p 5 Thu 17 10.15-11.45 Sages Monthly Meeting (3rd Thursday), Wendover Christian Centre Thu 17 14.30 Wendover Horticultural Society - "The Time Team at Chenies", Wen Library Rm, see p 5 Thu 17 20.00 Ayles Ctre for the National Trust - "Pirates, Pelicans & Potoos", Broughton Jr School HP20 1NQ Fri 18 14.00 Flotsam Book Group meeting, contact Helen for venue, see p 6 Fri 18 evening Esme's Allstars Black Tie, The Chequers, Weston Turville, see p 6 Fri 18 19.30 Film - "Far from the Madding Crowd", Wendover Library Room, see p 6 Fri 18 19.30 Aston Wine Club meeting with speaker Neil Courtier Sat 19 all day The Wendover Society 50th Anniversary Celebration, St Anne's Hall, see ad p 1 Sat 19 10.30 Book Club, Wendover Christian Centre, see p 6 Sat 19 12.00-14.00 Wendover Friends of Guiding Fundraising BBQ, Guide Hut, Manor Crescent, see p 6 Sat 19 14.00 Family History Talk - "Mending Bodies, Saving Souls", Preb Fm Comm Ctre HP19 7QW, see p 6 Sat 19 14.30-16.30 Ayles Vale Embroiderers Guild meeting, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church HP22 5UJ, see p 6 Sat 19 19.30 Concert - The Dixieland Swing Kings, St Mary's Weston Turville, see ad p 4 Tue 22-Fri 2 Oct 14.30/19.30 "Jersey Boys", check listings for times, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Thu 24 10.00-18.00 PACE Charity Golf Day, Buckingham Golf Club, see p 6 Thu 24 19.30 Guillermo Rozenthuler Quartet Jazz Concert, St Mary's Aylesbury Fri 25-Sat 26 19.30 Halton Singers Autumn Show - "Romany Revels", Halton Village Hall, see ad p 6 Fri 25 20.00 Weston Turville Historical Society meeting - "Life & Death in Iron Age BUCKS", WT Village Hall Sat 26 10.00-16.00 Ayles Vale Embroiderers Guild wkshop, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church HP22 5UJ, see p 6 Sat 26-Sun 27 times vary Flower Festival w/Sunday Evensong, St Michael & All Angels Church, Halton Vlg, see ad p 6 Sun 27 09.00 Muddy Mucker 2015, Penn House HP7 0PS, see p 7 Sun 27 09.30 Easy Paced Cycle Ride from Wendover Clock Tower, see p 2 Sun 27 10.00 Wendover Area Walk with the Ramblers,moderate 12 miles, starts Wendover Library car park Sun 27 10.00 Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk, Wendover Woods, see p 7 Sun 27 10.00-16.00 Monthly Craft Market (4th Sunday), Wendover Woods Sun 27 times vary Almighty Abseil for British Red Cross, County Hall, Aylesbury, see p 7 Sun 27 15.00-17.00 Cream Teas at St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville Sun 27 18.00 Choral Evensong, St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville Tue 29 20.00-22.00 The Dandy Kid Knit Club, Whitewaters Café, Back Street, Wendover Wed 30 14.30-16.00 Reading Group for the Visually Impaired, Wendover Library Room

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Noise is clearly the in word at the moment, but it may take a while to convince the HS2 Select Committee that noise is a blight Wendover does not deserve. Let’s hope that the Select Committee will take note of noise issues when residents present their petitions in September and October. It is refreshing that the interest and comment about motorbike noise on the bypass has been noticed and acted upon by Thames Valley police. The following stats are noteworthy:Speed enforcement with Camera vans and PC Hare, have visited the location 8 times with a total of 341 speed offences detected. An average of nearly 43 offences per visit! Additionally, other motorists were pulled up for - 4 mobile phone offences; 2 seat belt offences; 4 section 59 warnings (anti social use of a motor vehicle, on a second occurrence the vehicle will be seized); 6 vehicle seizures - 3 motorcycles & 3 cars - and 1 arrest for careless riding no D/L or insurance and possession of cannabis. The Police will continue to carryout Hi Vis patrols and enforcement on the bypass. So the noise should reduce even though it might mean the bikers go elsewhere to get their kicks speeding at 130mph. Robert Duggan Chairman of Wendover Parish Council

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I am very excited to be joining the Parish Council and contributing to the local community. Wendover has been a big part of my life as I used to keep my horse in the Parish and rode all around the area. I worked in the Pack Horse Pub during my time as a student and often provided house sitting and dog walking services for residents here. Ella Jones

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George & Dragon Bus Stop

The suggestions from BCC are that the bay is marked out as a Bus Stop Clearway and extended down Aylesbury Road so the bus can pull up close to the kerb. Guidelines require this so passengers can easily step between the kerb and the bus platform. For many passengers serious difficulty arises if they have to enter or leave the bus at carriageway level. At the moment the stop is only marked with double yellow lines, which permit people to stop and make deliveries which they cannot do on a clearway. The plans will potentially reduce the space to park on the road behind the bus stop by one space. BCC has asked WPC if it can cover the costs of the work and once all this is resolved the PC will replace the bus shelter.

The Parish Council received a number of complaints from residents about McCoy’s new signage and agreed that it was not in keeping with the look of the High Street. We were also concerned that no planning application had been made for the signs which would not come under the rules of “permitted development”. This was confirmed and AVDC has refused a retrospective application and will now work with McCoy’s to ensure the signage is replaced with something more appropriate. Local Produce Market McCoy’s were granted retrospective The local Produce Market takes place on permission for “Change of Use” of the W e n d o v e r Manor Waste ground floor to continue its current use. every third Saturday of Parish Quiz 2015 Parish Council Meeting The Parish Council is organising the the month. If Thursday 10 September, 7.30pm popular Quiz again this year. It will be held you would like Library Room (subject to confirmation) in Wendover Bowls Club at 7.30pm on to take a stall, Thursday evenings between 8 October and please contact 26 November. This event is not only great the clerk as fun to take part in and watch; it is a good shown below. Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU

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