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December 2014

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Merry Christmas everyone from all at Wendover News Peace at Christmas?

At this time of the year many of the advertisements on television  focus on Christmas and the associated buying of gifts.  Some of these adverts, particularly those for the major retailers, are mini-films!

In the midst of Advent, we will all be busying ourselves with preparations for Christmas, most notably, the buying of gifts for our loved ones. As we go about this I hope that we will offer a prayer for all those whose celebration of Christmas will be marked by warfare, conflict and violence.  Let us also pray for those who will be far away from family and friends as they seek to establish peace.  Finally, give thanks to God that He has shared the greatest gift of all, the gift of Jesus Christ His Son, with the whole world.

This year is no exception and lots of us will have found our heart-strings being pulled by the penguin looking for love! However, without question the most heart wrenching of these short films is that which focuses on the 1914 ‘Christmas ceasefire’ which took place along parts of the Western Front during World War I.  This advert ran the risk of using the bloodshed and huge loss of life for mere commercialism; however, created with the assistance of the Royal British Legion, it is very poignant and a continuing reminder, amid the tinsel and baubles, of the huge loss of life that the world has witnessed in the pursuit and defence of peace.  At the end of the advert two soldiers, one German and one British, have seemingly exchanged gifts; they have shared with one another what they had, namely a bar of chocolate and a Look out for the angel donated by Rotary to fleeting moment of peace.

My prayer for you is that the peace of which the angels sang at the Birth of Christ will be with you and your family this coming Christmas and throughout the New Year of the Lord 2015.

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR EVENTS HS2 WENDOVER REMEMBERS YOUTH LOCAL NEWS BUSINESS FORUM CHRISTMAS SECTION VILLAGE QUIZ SCHOOLS DAVID LIDINGTON YOU WRITE CLUB CORNER RAF HALTON LINDENGATE LOCAL FACE WHAT’S ON SUMMARIES MATTERS ARISING

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Halton Singers Musical Society

Silver Jubilee Concert

St George’s Church, Halton 10 December 2014 at 7.30pm featuring the RAF Area Band in aid of The Florence Nightingale Hospice - Florrie’s Children’s Charity Tickets available from members and at the door

Events Church Services

who will be there to entertain and delight the Information about Christmas church services audience. Tickets on sale at the @stmarys shop 11, High Street, tel 07885 619854 or online at can be found on page 24. www.letthechilternssing.co.uk. Adults £10, 16 Cops & Coffee years and under £4, 3 years and under free if Fri 28 Nov, 10.30am, Wendover Library not occupying a seat. Come have a chat with the local police about Giving Trees matters in our community. from Sun 30 Nov, local churches As usual, Churches Together in Wendover will Courtyard Christmas Fayre Sat 29-Sun 30 Nov, 10am-4pm, Barn Courtyard collect gifts for Aylesbury Women’s Aid through A wide range of local craft stalls and festive the Giving Trees which will appear in St Mary’s and St Anne’s Churches on the first Sunday in treats all in a large marquee. Advent, this year, 30 November. Parishioners Wendover Art Club Autumn Exhibition will take away the tags which suggest suitable Sat 29-Sun 30 Nov, 10.30am-4pm, Library Room gifts. Parishioners buy the appropriate gifts, Entry free. Paintings, prints and cards by wrap them and leave the tag explaining what is inside. The gift is left under a Giving Tree. talented local artists. Come and browse! All the gifts are kept safe until collected by Let The Chilterns Sing Aylesbury Women’s Aid which thereby ensures Sat 29 Nov, 3-5pm, St Mary’s Church that families in shock can receive some care at The Rotary Club of Wendover and District is very Christmas. excited about this year’s Winter Wonderland Family Concert. You will hear; The Aylesbury Missenden Abbey Concert Concert Band, The Military Wives Choir Halton Sun 30 Nov, 6pm, Missenden Abbey and many musically talented younger people This year, the beautiful historic Missenden

Large selection ofwonderful British cheeses plus a selection of specialist Continental cheeses

Cheese Stall

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Children’s Birthday Party Try an archery party for small to large groups 8 years and over.

Have a go Archery Experiences & Archery beginners courses also available All events managed by our own qualified coaches. Call us to discuss your party needs 01296 630919 or email doreen@chiltern-archery.co.uk The Archery Centre, Buckland, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5HZ

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Events Abbey is hosting a wonderful music event to help put you in the Christmas mood with stunning choral music from Fiona Firth’s Pop Up Choir and many special guest appearances from the fabulous Singers4AllVoice Band to an array of professional musicians. Mince pies and mulled wine are of course available! Tickets are available from www.wegottickets.com and Samways in Great Missenden. Children under the age of 10 go free. More details at singers4all.com. The choir will also be singing carols and raising money for the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity along Great Missenden High Street from 5.30pm onward on Saturday 29 November.

#GivingTuesday

Tue 2 Dec, all day As the festive season gets underway, the simple idea behind #GivingTuesday is to help out a good cause. #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back. Many local and national charities, including Florence Nightingale Hospice, are taking part. Find out more at www.givingtuesday.org.uk.

Shops and Shopkeepers of Risborough Tue 2 Dec, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN Mike Payne from the Princes Risborough Historical Society will take a nostalgic look back over some of the shops from the past and the people who ran them, aided by a wealth of fascinating photos.

December Loyalty Card Offers

See also www.wendoverloyaltycard.com, Wendover Hardware on the Manor Waste and community notice boards in Budgens & Costa 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

McCOY’S

opening in early December McCOY’S welcomes you to its new Fish & Chip and take-away Restaurant 4-6 High Street Wendover HP22 6EA 01296 708243

A Little Bird Gallery: Receive a FREE gift on every purchase over £20 Cambridge Weight Plan: 10% off for initial appointment. 01296 623560 Chilterns Sports Clinic: 10% off any service and treatment except Swim Stroke Analysis (01296 696133 / www.sportsinjuryclinic.org.uk) Costa: 10% discount (cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer) Fabric HQ: Free Photo Shoot & Desk Print voucher with every instore purchase over £30. Contact hello@fabrichq.co.uk for details Hemingford Pest Control: £10 off ANY accepted quote 07736 327808

Firewood for winter Well seasoned & dry hardwood logs Kindling for sale with firewood orders All from sustainably managed local woodland Contact Phil on 07764 219984 or at coxgrovewood@hotmail.com

Lady Grey: Half price cake on Sundays, subj to availability 07584195327 Maria Bray Nutritional Therapist: 10% off for initial appointment, 581561 Peach Lane: Half price Christmas Gift Voucher Includes a Family Photo Shoot & £50 credit to spend on photographs. Usually £60-only £30

WENDOVER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 20 December at 2.30 Lucinda Hawksley,

Perry House Dental Surgery: 20% off bleaching, subject to conditions

the great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens is giving a Dickensian Christmas talk for all ages from 8+.

Simon Carter: 10% off all accessories

Tickets are £6 each but £5 for FOWL members and children.

Spice Garden: £5 off on orders over £25

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

23 December at 10.30am

The Dandy Kid: £1 per person instead of £2 to come and meet the reindeer at at The Barn Courtyard on 3 December.

Santa will be making his seasonal appearance and children of all ages are invited. 8 January 2015 10.30 - 11.30 The Great Library Quiz - details soon.

The Loft Studio and Gallery: FREE book signed by Wendy Lewis when purchasing a children’s print in November and December. Village Environment Services: 20% discount on accepted estimate for CCTV drain survey or drain clearance, 07850 635844, ends Jan 2015 Wendover Wood: £18 per hour for support on IT including software, hardware and applications. 01296 623869

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LEGACY FAIRS

Events

Antiques & Collectors Market Thursday 18 December

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

Wendover Memorial Hall Archaeology and Anthropology Classes Teacher workshops on the Ancient Maya All starting in January http://www.mayaarchaeologist.co.uk Dr Diane Davies mesoarchaeologist@gmail.com 07703 436398

Please contact membership secretary Tessa Madden on 01296 612648 or visit the Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society website www.bucksinfo.net/kehs for information about our club.

Winter Fayre

Sat 6 Dec, 11.30am-2pm, Damien Hall HP16 9AA Make the Fayre your first stop to buy Christmas gifts and goodies - great bargains always on offer! Bring the children & grandchildren so they can have fun in the Kidzone and maybe buy Christmas Lights Switch On & some presents! Bring your friends and enjoy a Late Night Shopping get-together over tea & cake, soup or bacon Wed 3 Dec, from 4.30pm, High Street sandwiches. Enjoy the musical interludes. Have Including live reindeer, to be fed by hand, a flutter on the draw & tombola! See ad page 4. Time2Care courtesy The Dandy Kid in the Barn Courtyard, Is it more difficult doing everyday jobs at home? Do you need help around your house or garden? and a Spot the Santa organised by Stuart Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Dance or would you just like some companionship? Fantham solicitors. As well as the Christmas Sat 6 Dec, 7pm, Wilstone Vill Hall HP23 4PE TIME 2 CARE so you stay independent Window competition and Switching on the You are invited to join us at our informal Call Karen Forde today for a friendly chat Christmas Tree Lights, the Christmas Market dinner/dance for an evening of fun and 01296 709218 or 07891 432997 will extend into the Lloyds Chemist and fundraising! As well as a two course hot email: time2care@hotmail.com Budgens Supermarket car parks. See p18-21. supper and a licensed bar there will be live music from local band, The Bumnotes, who Lee Common School Christmas Fair will be playing music spanning from the Healing Meditation Group Sat 6 Dec, 11am-2pm, HP16 9JH 60’s right through to the noughties so there Bringing in transforming Archangelic energies and Carol singing, gift and craft stalls, face will be something for everyone! Tickets are 8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course starting painting, games and refreshments. Santa will £22.50 each and available now from the Jan 13th 2015 Mornings in Wendover be dropping in to hear your Christmas wishes! Rescue Centre by calling 01296 623885 or FFI holisticlouise@tiscali.co.uk e-mailing cdrsevents@aol.com. St Michael’s Christmas Fair www.beingmystical.co.uk Sat 6 Dec, 11am-3pm, Anthony Hall 01296 696285 mob 07742 185 819 A Baroque Christmas A wide variety of stalls including plants, Sat 6 Dec, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church cakes, gifts, vintage books, classical CDs, Wendover Choral Society presents raffle etc. Lunches & teas will also be served. A Baroque Christmas, featuring: Hopefully, Father Christmas will arrive by Charpentier: Messe de Minuit pour Noel pony and trap at 11.45am. Vivaldi: Concerto per la Solennita di San Lorenzo

Grand Christmas & Craft Fayre

Vivaldi: Gloria Sat 6 Dec, 11am-4pm, W Turville Village Hall With Equale Baroque Soloists (leader Adrian Many stalls, live alpacas, lunches & Chandler) refreshments. Enquiries on 01296 424982. Conductor; Peter Bassano.

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Come to the Fayre!

Saturday 6 December 11.30am - 2.00pm Everyone Welcome! Make the Fayre your first stop to buy Christmas gifts and goodies great bargains always on offer! Bring the children & grandchildren so they can have fun in the Kidzone and maybe buy some presents! Bring your friends and enjoy a get-together over tea & cake, soup or bacon sandwiches. Enjoy the musical interludes - Have a flutter on the draw & tombola! 4

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Events Tickets at the door Adults £12, Concessions from members and at the door. See ad page 2. £10, 16 and 17 year olds £5, under 16 – Free.

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies!

RAF Halton Christmas Lunch

Sun 7 Dec, 11am-5pm, Antiques at Wendover Christmas time is here again and we would like to invite you to join us for Mulled Wine and Homemade Mince Pies. See ad page 1.

Thu 11 Dec, 12noon-3pm RAF Halton will hold its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch on 11 December 2014. Names of attendees were due 15 November and the event is fully subscribed.

Tree of Light Service

Festive Quiz

Sun 7 Dec, 5pm, Stoke Mandeville Hospital This year’s Florence Nightingale Hospice Tree of Light service, a chance to honour someone special, will be taking place at the Florence Nightingale Hospice, NHST, Stoke Mandeville Hospital. As a new addition, Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity has created a Virtual Tree of Light on its website making it easier to instantly share your Tree of Light dedication with family and friends. www.fnhospice.org.uk.

Thu 11 Dec, 8pm, W Turville Village Hall Calling all quiz lovers! Weston Turville Horticultural Society is having its annual quiz with general as well as some horticultural questions. If you enjoy a quiz do come along. Make up a table with friends or just join a group when you get there. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to give the evening a festive atmosphere. Everyone welcome.

Entrance? £3 for members, £4 for visitors to include the refreshments. In addition, each Wendover Evening WI member of the winning team will receive a Tue 9 Dec, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall prize. For more information please call Pat Mr. Colin Lomas will be talking about “Angels Rutherford on 01296 613965. in Art”. Visitors are most welcome. Contact: Family History Talk Margaret Currell 01296 582318 for details. Sat 13 Dec, 2pm, Prebendal Fm Comm Ctre HP19 7QT Chiltern Humanists Harnessing The Facebook Generation Tue 9 Dec, 8pm, Wendover Library As a prelude to the Yuletide season Paul Do you wish younger members of your from the Wycombe Sceptics in the Pub will family would show an interest? Janet Few’s give us his take on Santa Claus. As a special talk is a provocative look at how we can incentive to come along, there will be mince encourage and inspire the next generation pies and mulled wine. For more information, of historians and/or family historians please visit www.chilternhumanists.org.uk. and why we should want to in the first place. See how the Society can help you. Silver Jubilee Gala Charity Concert www.bucksfhs.org.uk. Wed 10 Dec, 7.30pm, St George’s Church Halton Singers Musical Society present their Wendover Nativity Live! Silver Jubilee Gala Charity Concert together Sun 14 Dec, 4.30pm, Wendover Christian Ctre with the RAF Area Band in aid of the Florence Wrap up warmly for Wendover Nativity Live! Nightingale Hospice Florrie’s Children’s Charity. The story of Christmas will unfold outdoors Tickets £10 including refreshments, available with actors of all ages (including donkeys).

We are currently seeking an assistant restaurant manager (£18,000pa with live-in accommodation) to work 5/7 in our busy pub/restaurant. We are also looking for experienced restaurant waiting staff. RECRUITING Great opportunity for career advancement NOW for the right candidates. Call Dan Thennakoon on 07515 119577 for further details 225 Aylesbury Road, Wendover, Bucks HP22 6HA www.thevillagegate.co.uk. 01296 623884

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We are seeking additional staff to join our friendly lunchtime team in January. This rewarding role involves supervising the children while they eat and play throughout the lunch break. The hours of work are 12.05-1.20pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. Salary is on Bucks Pay Range 1a (£7.25 per hour). If you enjoy interacting with children aged 7-11, are hardworking and have a sense of fun, then this could be the job for you! Although previous school experience is not required, experience of working with children would be a distinct advantage. For a full job description and application form, please contact

Catriona Durrant, Business Manager, at finance@wendoverjunior.co.uk or 01296 696822 option 4 for an application pack. Visits to the school are warmly welcomed prior to application. Closing date for applications: 12noon Friday 12 December 2014 Interviews week beginning 15 December

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Events Learn to Drive with

ROUND THE BEND DRIVING SCHOOL

Special offer - £15 per hour for the first three hours, then just £24 per hour! If you are interested call Brian on 01442 381549 or 07988 742385

You can join in with the carol singing too. Marquees will provide shelter for audience and actors, so the performance will go ahead whatever the weather! Afterwards, you can warm up inside with seasonal refreshments. Craft activities for children add to the Christmas theme. And you can buy homemade Christmas goodies in aid of ‘Embrace’ an organisation which tackles poverty and injustice in the Middle East. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the event at Wendover Christian Centre.

and since it is nearly Christmas, there will be coffee and mince pies to share while we talk.

A Dickensian Christmas

Sat 20 Dec, 2.30pm, Wendover Library The great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Lucinda Hawksley, will be giving a Dickensian Christmas family talk for all ages from 8+. Booking required. See Library ad page 3.

Carols on Coombe Hill

Sun 21, Dec 2-3pm Join us in the picnic area at Coombe Hill for Last Orders for Turkeys some Christmas Carols. Wrap up warm, bring Wed 17 Dec, 5pm, Kings Farm Shop a flask and your best singing voice. Weather See ad page 17. Now open longer hours, see permitting! For more information call Joe www.kingsfarmshop.co.uk. Mayled on 01494 755513 or visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk/chilterns-countryside/

Bedtime Stories & PJ Party

Christmas Carols at Bankside

Fri 19 Dec, 5.15-5.45pm, Wendover Library Mon 22 Dec, 3pm, Bankside Celebrate the end of school with our late night Bankside residents and Wendover Free fun session. DRESSING UP ENCOURAGED! ! Church invite others to join them for an Just turn up. All children welcome. informal carol service followed by tea and mince pies in the lounge at Bankside.

Carols around the Christmas Tree

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Fri 19 Dec, 6pm, Manor Waste Join members of the Wendover area community and get in the Christmas spirit by singing carols around the Christmas tree. It’s a good opportunity to meet your friends and neighbours and celebrate the season! 2014 brings a visit from the Chinnor Silver Band. We hope to see many of you there!

Book Club

Stories with Santa

Tue 23 Dec, 11am, Wendover Library Stories with Santa and his helpers! Join in silly songs and festivities from 11 O’CLOCK. All children welcome. Please book in advance. We welcome a small donation at time of booking for this event to cover costs.

...and in January

• Fri 03, evening, Wendover Library Room Sat 20 Dec, 10.30am, Wendover Christian Ctre On Screen @ Wendover, new film club Whatever your taste in reading, you will • Tue 13 Jan, mornings for 8 weeks be welcome at Book Club on Saturday 20th Mindfulness meditation course, see ad p 4. December at 10.30am. There are no set • Sat 17 Jan, 10am-3pm, HP23 4AF - Travel books; just an opportunity to talk about what Impressions Open Day, office behind Costa you’ve enjoyed and to hear other people’s in Tring. Have a chat & a coffee. www. recommendations. We meet for about an hour travelimpressions.co.uk, 01442 890265.

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HS2 The select committee are continuing to hear petitions. We understand they hope to finish the northern half of the line by Christmas, having started at Birmingham. In the New Year they have a relatively short period of time before they have to stop for the General Election period. Consequently they are going to look at smaller self contained petitions/areas to hear during this period. Therefore the earliest Wendover petitions are likeliest to be heard is June 2015, and probably a bit later than that. While that relieves the pressure on getting ready for appearing in front of the select committee we still need to make sure that we have the relevant evidence and facts. The POP (Petitioning Organisations Partnership) members have been working hard on various aspects of evidence. An acoustician (noise expert) has been engaged to help us understand the impacts and help us frame our input to the select committee. A survey of businesses in Wendover will be undertaken to get a better idea of the impact of HS2 on local enterprises. BCC are undertaking some traffic modelling to better understand the impact of the increased HGV and LGV movements in Buckinghamshire. Once this is complete they will share it with the communities including

Wendover. A local volunteer is undertaking a report on the impacts of HS2 on the local heritage. In order to better understand the impact of HS2 on the local hydrology and assess if there is any risk to Wendover a hydrologist has also been engaged by WPC. A recent report on the mitigation of operational aspects of HS2 has recently been completed. The evidence and documents that are collected will be held by the Parish Council on an information hub which will be available to all petitioners. Various documents and maps relating to HS2 and its impacts have already been deposited with them and as more documentation becomes available they will be held there. So as local petitioners start to gather information to support their petitions they should visit the hub. All you need to do is contact the Parish Clerk and give them your petition number in order to get access.

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A recent BBC ‘Inside out’ investigated the health impacts of HS2 on the people living in the Chilterns. The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee are examining the economic case for HS2. This will continue through to December. It will be interesting to see what they have to say. Have a Happy Christmas and New Year. Brian Thompson

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To book a table, please email us at bookings@thethreecrownsaskett.co.uk or call us on 01844 347166.

We look forward to seeing you soon where a friendly and warm welcome awaits you!

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Wendover Remembers All material copyright 2014 Wendover Remembers

DECEMBER 1914

Spasmodic fighting continued during December along the British-held sector of the Western Front with several German attacks on Ypres. The weather was foul - wet and cold - and many soldiers suffered from swollen feet, frost-bite and rheumatism. But on Christmas Eve the weather improved and set the scene for a truly remarkable event. Late in the evening of 24 December both sides, quite spontaneously, started to sing carols and Christmas trees appeared in the German trenches. Christmas Day was bright and frosty and neither the British nor the German troops opened fire. Then groups of soldiers moved into No Man’s Land and a sort of fraternisation took place. Gifts were swapped, pleasantries exchanged and photographs taken. For one brief period peace prevailed. The Christmas Truce was, however, short-lived and the British and German General Staffs issued strict orders that such unwarlike actions should stop immediately. At least one Wendover soldier, Pte Charles Atkins serving with the Royal Berkshire Regiment, took part in the Christmas Truce. He wrote to his parents, Mr and Mrs Charles Atkins of London Road: “We had a very amusing time at Christmas. I expect you have seen in the papers that we were on top of the trenches, shaking hands and exchanging our bully beef for their bread! I can tell you, I shall not forget this Christmas, if I am lucky to come through it all right”. Pte Atkins also noted that he had received, as did all the British soldiers at the front, a Christmas present from Princess Mary containing “a pipe, tobacco and cigarettes in a very nice tin”. Charles Atkins did survive the war.

railings of the Literary Institute, facing the Town Clock, giving the names of the 110 men of the town who have joined the forces”. Cards, such as the one s h o w n on this page, were presented to Card for display in the window of the families of men serving in the armed forces. enlisted men By kind permission of the Centre for who proudly Buckinghamshire Studies. displayed them in their cottage windows. The Bucks Advertiser carried an article on the Christmas Services at St Mary’s Church: “The sharp frost on Christmas morning proved seasonable and quite in keeping with the picture of an old fashioned Christmas.

Notwithstanding the bright morning the day was certainly the quietist so far as outside rejoicings were concerned, that can be remembered. The bells were unable to be rung to usher in the happy day, and the band did not play the usual midnight carols or parade the town on Boxing Day. The [Halton Camp] soldiers were away on furlough and very few people were seen on the streets. On Christmas Eve the children, whose fathers had joined the forces and Back in Wendover, the Bucks Herald reported were away from home, were the recipients that, “ A board has been erected inside the of seasonable gifts for the stocking which

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“daddy could not fill” and were not forgotten by a few kind ladies and gentlemen who contributed to the fund , the gifts coming as a pleasant surprise to them. At St Mary’s Church at morning service the Rev C. C. Sharpe preached a helpful sermon to a large congregation from the text Philippians IV 7, “The Peace of God”. The Church was tastefully decorated with holly and ivy, and the following hymns were sung: “Christians Awake, Salute the Happy Morn”, “O Come all Ye Faithful”, “While Shepherds Watched”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, and “ O God of Love, O King of Peace”. At the close a verse from the National Anthem was sung. Not all news items were directly concerned with the war. On December 19 the Bucks Herald reported: “The general meeting of the Wendover and District Sparrow Club was held at the Red Lion Hotel when there were present Messrs C. T. Adams, Frank Purssell, T. Thorne, R.C. Saunders, W.J. Stevens, E. Dawe, S.W.Brown and C.E. Freeman (Sec). The Secretary reported that last season about 5,000 sparrows were killed in the neighbourhood, and that the Club was in a sound financial position. It was unanimously decided to continue to carry on the Club and pay 3s per hundred for sparrow heads. It is hoped that all farmers, small holders, and gardeners will join the Club.” Clearly, there was no Christmas Truce for sparrows. Val Moir & Mike Senior

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Anna Hekkink – member, Wendover Youth Forum On Wednesday during half term we all went to Thorpe Park, along with other groups of young people from various youth clubs in and around greater Aylesbury. This was a great day, spent enjoying the rides and even a horror maze (as it was Fright Night) I really enjoyed the day; getting to know some other young people in my area, and having great fun.

Following on from the hugely successful holiday camp days in half term, we will be running camps, in partnership with Premier Sport, on 22 and 23 December 08:30 -

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• Wendover Youth Club Thu 7-9 pm - Age 13-19 • Amazing Donkey Youth Club Fri 7-9 pm - Age 10-13. • Youth Cafe for 11-16 yr olds on Wednesdays 3pm-4:30pm. • We are open every lunch time for y7s. • Wharf Café is now open every Thursday morning between 1030 and 12 noon. • U3A table tennis every Tuesday and Friday 1000-1200

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Local News Donation to Wendover Community Car Support Thames Valley Police in Wendover In October, Wing Cdr Jenny Holmes of RAF Halton presented a cheque for £600 to Jeremy Stevenson on behalf of the RAF Thrift Shop at Halton.

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The purpose of the Police Information Point is to enhance public access to Thames Valley Police by dealing with enquiries from members of the public and promote community safety and crime reduction Lunch Clubs etc. The Wendover Community initiatives in Wendover. Car is run by volunteers who each give up a If you have a few hours a week to spare and few hours of their time each week to provide are over 18 years old then please contact this service in return for a small donation to me if you would like to hear more about this cover running costs. opportunity to become a Citizen in Policing. In accepting the cheque Jeremy Stevenson said, “We are very grateful to the RAF once again for their generous support of the vital work carried out by the volunteers of Wendover Community Car in providing this vital service. At present we are very short of volunteer drivers and would be delighted to hear from anyone who feels that they can help.  Our Co-ordinator can be contacted on 01296 317769.”

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Help for People with a Hearing Loss

If you or someone you know struggles to hear clearly, particularly in noisy situations, they would benefit from joining a lipreading class. Lipreading tutor Judy Perry, who has a hearing loss herself and wears two hearing aids, runs a class at Wendover Library Community Room on Friday afternoons. Judy says “It’s very easy to misunderstand what someone is saying if you can’t hear them clearly. Lipreading helps to fill in the gaps in the conversation you can’t hear. Although one in six of the population has some degree of hearing loss, most people don’t know anyone else who is deaf and don’t know how to cope with it. Hearing aids help, but not much in noisy situations as they magnify all sounds, not just conversation.” If you start to lose your hearing, Judy says the

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Local News best thing you can do is to join a lipreading class as soon as possible. As well as learning the basics of lipreading, the classes also provide information about local services and innovations in assistive equipment which can help, for example flashing doorbells and vibrating smoke alarms. Learners find it very helpful to meet others who share and understand the difficulties too. Deafness isn’t a joke; it doesn’t mean we’re stupid or getting old. It’s an invisible disability. People who become deafened may withdraw from social situations due to the difficulties they experience and can become isolated. Lipreading classes can help people regain confidence they may have lost. Judy makes one final point. “If someone with a hearing loss asks you to repeat something, don’t say ‘Oh it doesn’t matter’ as that makes us feel we don’t matter. Please repeat or rephrase it until we have understood.”

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Chilterns Dog Rescue Society recently began development on new facilities at their site near St Leonards. Chairman David Lewis made the following statement on commencement of the work:

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Our old male (sporting the orange leg ring) has been usurped by a younger, fitter male. He knew he was beaten, his “wife” has left him and he has now disappeared. On Monday 3 November, I looked out of my window bright and early and a huge kerfuffle was happening on the canalside by the steps at Bankside. The two males were having a dreadful fight. The week proceeded with the old pair being totally cowed and beaten, they skulked at the Wharf Road end.  Periodically, the new family came and the new male wanted to attack again.  The old pair kept escaping through the small gap by the weir into the cage.  The male was a totally sorry sight, beaten and broken in spirit. 

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Towards the end of the week, the old pair were swimming towards The Wides. It was the FEMALE who was leading, very determined. The male was reluctantly following.  When they were almost there, they stopped, pondered, and the male started swimming back up.  The female followed him but only for a while, then stopped.  Later on, I saw the old male FLY back in to the top of the canal but without his female. He stayed around a further day but then disappeared, I don’t know where.  I was told the old female was consorting with the new family, but I’ve not seen that. Sue Hetherington

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and birds, all of which add-up to a fantastic experience when you visit the woods. The Chiltern Society is a local environmental charity with almost 7000 members based in Chesham.

The UTC brings together major local employers like Taylor Wimpey, Cisco, Esri UK and McAfee in equal partnership. They helped form our curriculum and ensure our students gain valuable work-related learning to improve their employability within the Construction and IT sectors.

This was the first work-party organised by the Chiltern Society in conjunction with the RFS. A mixture of highly experienced conservation volunteers from the Chiltern Society who were ably assisted by local volunteers. From these enthusiast individuals it is hoped to create a regular conservation group dedicated Caring for Local Woodlands A team of super-fit volunteers spent a few to looking after these two woods. hours on the 12 November at the popular The work involved cutting back and coppicing and beautiful Hockeridge and Pancake self-seeded trees, removing bracken and Woods, situated between Ashley Green and bramble and generally tidying up the ride to Berkhamsted, opening-up and restoring a encourage the movement of birds, insects and well-used ride to make access easier. butterflies. Future work parties will carry out These woods are owned by the Royal Forestry a range of conservation work ideally suited to Society (RFS). They were bequeathed to people of all ages and levels of fitness. them in 1986 by Mary Wellesley, great granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington. She All the volunteers enjoyed a well-earned cup rescued the woods from neglect in 1952 and of tea and slice of cake after an hour or so of helped create the wonderful woods you can hard but satisfying work and then carried on to finish the job! see today.

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The RFS want to work with local people and the Chiltern Society to help maintain the woods for future generations. The wood hosts a huge diversity of native and non-native trees, wildflowers, butterflies, badgers, stoats, deer

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Business Forum Christmas Made Easy

don’t forget the wine and port. We are happy to take orders over the phone, or via our website, but we also love to see our customers on a one to one basis in the shop. Our hampers can be delivered far and wide on next day courier service or collected from the shop, whichever suits you best. We Late Night Christmas Shopping Nights also offer cakes of cheese and other cheese Throughout December No2 will be open essentials. What are you waiting for…..? until late every night (exc Sunday) to ensure you can do your shopping at your leisure…. Christmas Wine Tasting Parties Are you looking for an event that is a little or pop in for a glass of wine or two. bit different to entertain work colleagues Christmas Gift Hampers or friends this Christmas? Why not book With a well-established reputation for yourselves in for a fun wine tasting from creating first class Christmas hampers, you only £25pp including delicious No2 deli simply must pop into No2 Pound Street platters to accompany your wines. Upgrade in Wendover. We can cater for stocking to include sparkling and smoked salmon on fillers to multiple corporate hamper orders arrival for £40pp. Please call 01296 585022 and everything in between. We can create to book your party in, but hurry as dates are bespoke hampers to suit your needs, including filling up fast! (t&c apply). traditional seasonal treats, pannetone, Christmas puds, decadent chocolates from Festivities at Russell Arms local producers, award winning British Our cosy country pub gives a very traditional cheese with all the accompaniments, and feel, with a friendly welcome and log burning As a delicatessen specialising in British produce and wine shop specialising in small producers with superb wines from an international playing field. No2 Pound Street is a must do on the Christmas shopping list….

fires you will instantly be at ease at Russell Arms. This Christmas-time we want you to make memories and celebrate a wonderful year with those near and dear, so at Russell Arms our commitment is to make your Christmas as stress-free as possible. Christmas Parties We have an excellent Christmas party menu available from 25th November until 19th December (excluding Saturday and Sunday). Our chefs have created a fabulous three course menu, which you can order in advance, so when you come to dine with us you can focus on your party and let your hair down. Christmas party bookings are £30pp, but if you manage to get your booking in by 24th November (t&c apply) then we will give the same menu for only £24pp, you must quote L24 when making your reservation. Or How About... • Christmas Day Lunch • Boxing Day Big Green Egg BBQ Lunch • New Year’s Eve Charity Casino

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Christmas Market Wednesday 3 December

4-8pm on the Manor Waste Wendover Parish Council has invited many of the central Wendover retailers to stay open for Late Night Shopping, see map on page 21. There will be a Christmas Market on the Manor Waste AND in the car parks behind Lloyds Chemist and Budgens Supermarket, see map opposite. This year’s Christmas market will feature delicious hot food and drinks as well as many craft, card and gift stalls, many new for 2014. This will be the perfect opportunity to buy some original presents without having to travel too far and in a truly joyous atmosphere. There may be shops open you have never visited before or market stalls offering hand-crafted items not usually available in the chainstores. Browsing in an evening market atmosphere will only add to the experience and ehance your gift-giving experience. The main beneficiary of the evening will be Rennie Grove Hospice Care. For more information, you can visit the Rennie Grove Hospice Charity Shop at 5 High Street, HP22 6DU or the website http:// www.renniegrove.org. This charity has developed from Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and Grove House. This year’s Christmas Market is developing into the biggest and best yet seen in Wendover. Don’t miss it - make sure you bring your friends!

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If you feel that you’d like to give some or all of your payment to help local vulnerable people, please contact info@bucksscf.org.uk, telephone 01296 330134 or click on www.heartofbucks.org. The Big Heat Fund at Buckinghamshire County Council Foundation supports voluntary and community groups working throughout the county to help vulnerable people this winter. If we can, the Foundation will also claim the Gift Aid on your donation which will increase its value by 20%.

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Special Winter Beers available at The Brewery Shop... Glad Tidings Winter Stout Black Chocolate Stout Flanders Pale Ale Plus our new range of draught beer boxes 8, 18, 36 and 72 pint sizes for parties over the festive season Come and see us at The Brewery Shop, Nash Lee Road, HP17 0TQ www.chilternbrewery.co.uk 01296 613647

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Carols & Church Services Christmas Carols: From Church Choir to Day/Date Village Green tells the eye-opening stories Sun 14 of 24 of our favourite carols. Conductor, Sun 14 choirmaster and church musician Andrew Fri 19 Gant explores the history of our seasonal Sun 21 soundtrack from the Annunciation, through Sun 21 Advent, to Christmas Day and the arrival Sun 21 of the Magi in all their splendour. Join in the musical magic with simple sheet music Sun 21 included in the book. Available to buy from Sun 21 7 November in all good bookshops and Sun 21 online. There’s a special edition available Mon 22 at Waterstones which comes with a free Wed 24 Christmas Carols CD including all the hymns Wed 24 conducted by Andrew Gant. Wed 24 Links to buy: Wed 24 Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ChristmasThu 25 Carols-Village-Green-Church/dp/1781253528/ Thu 25 ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413 Thu 25 556104&sr=1-1&keywords=christmas+carols+a Thu 25 ndrew+gant Sun 28 Waterstones:http://www.waterstones.com/ Sun 28 waterstonesweb/products/andrew+gant/ Sun 28 christmas+carols/10850302/ Sun 28 Hive (independent bookshops): http://www. Sun 28 hive.co.uk/book/christmas-carols-from-vilThu 01 lage-green-to-church-choir/19224914/

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Event Christingle Nine Lessons & Carols Individual Confession Holy Communion (C of E) Parish Communion 4th Sunday of Advent Mass Christmas Family Service Nine Lessons & Carols Carols by Candlelight Carols at Bankside Crib Service Carols Vigil Mass of Christmas Midnight Communion Holy Communion Mass at Dawn with Nativity Play All-age Communion Christmas Day Worship Holy Communion (C of E) Mass of the Holy Family with Carols Parish Communion All-age Carol Service Sung Evensong Mass of Mary, Mother of God

Location St Mary's St Michael's, Halton St Anne's St Anne's St Mary's St Anne's Wendover Free Church St Mary’s, Weston Turville St Mary's Bankside St Mary's St Anne's St Anne's St Mary's St Mary's St Anne's St Mary's Wendover Free Church St Anne's St Anne's St Mary's Wendover Free Church St Michael's, Halton IHM, Gt Missenden HP16 9AA

Starters Terrine of Aylesbury duck, roast shallots, “lentil du puy”, pork rillette Scotch egg & sweet Sherry vinaigrette Terrine of lentil du puy, roast shallots, braised carrots, Glamorgan sausage Scotch egg & sweet Sherry vinaigrette (v)

Fish Courses Seared fillet of seabass, sauce escabeche, preserved cherry tomatoes & basil Basil scented tofu, sauce escabeche, preserved cherry tomatoes, basil beignet (v)

Main Courses Aged fillet of beef, celeriac puree, orange braised endive, dried morel jus & triple cooked chips Sea salt baked ruby beetroot, celeriac puree, orange braised endive, dried morel jus (v)

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(Before or after dessert) A selection of British and European farmhouse cheeses, served with green apples, celery & chutney with home-made parmesan biscuits

Dessert Raspberry & chocolate macaroon Followed by: Coffee, tea & toasted stollen

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Village Quiz Wendover Village Quiz started on 9 October and for three Thursdays teams battled in Round One. Here are the results (winners in bold): Thursday 9th October: Free Church A (42)

Phalacrophobia Society (32)

The Old Nickers (39)

WPC Lads (30)

St Marys Alpha (32)

Arty Facts (36)

Wendover Rotary – Free pass to 2nd round Thursday 16th October: Hase Osborne (32)

Wendover Camel Racing Club (35)

Wishing you a Whitewaters Winter Wonderland of a Christmas!!

Wendover Evening WI. (29) Halton Singers (26) Wendover Twinning Association (28)

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight. Walking to Whitewaters Wonderland.

WPC Ladies (30)

Thursday 23rd October: Hale Valley Vineyard (30)

Wendover U3A (37)

Free Church B (30)

St Anne’s RC Church (31)

Book Ends (29)

Shoulder of Mutton (27)

Gone away is the bluebird, Here to stay is a new bird He sings a love song, While we stroll along Walking to Whitewaters Wonderland.

After a short break, coinciding with half term for the school children, Round 2 continued for two weeks, starting on Thursday 6 November. Thursday 6th November: Wendover Rotary (36)

Hase Osborne (37)

St Anne’s RC Church (29)

St Marys Alpha (40)

Free Church B (26)

Old Nickers (37)

Wendover U3A (40)

Book Ends (20)

Pannetone • Drunken Cakes Spanish Ceramics • Gift Wrapping Monmouth Coffee • Panini • Fresh Quiches Local Cakes

Thursday 13th November: Arty Facts (28)

WPC Ladies (16)

WPC lads (34)

Free Church A (37)

Wendover Evening WI. (33) Wendover Camel Racing Club (28) Hale Valley Vineyard (27)

Phalacrophobia Society (45)

Happy Christmas to all our lovely customers and to those we are still to meet. We look forward to serving you in 2015.

The quarter finals, semis and finals took place after the December edition of Wendover News went to press. The results are published on Facebook and Twitter soon after the event and will be covered in the January edition of Wendover News.

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Ofsted Our school was inspected in June 2014 and was judged to require improvement. Whilst the overall judgment was disappointing, the report contained many positives. The Ofsted team was clear that some of our practice was ‘as good as they had seen in any school.’ The report indicated a number of key areas that needed to be improved and we have been working tirelessly to ensure that Wendover CE Junior School is ready for our next inspection when we will be judged to be at least Good. What have we been doing? There have been a number of key changes in our school since the inspection: • We have a new behaviour system which is based on rewarding positive behaviour and that encourages children to take responsibility for their actions; • We are improving our teaching and learning so that the provision for each child is at least Good • We are developing our middle leaders so that all staff are responsible for driving standards

• We are involving children and parents far more in our school improvement work: review of behaviour system, review of the curriculum and homework, review of the reporting system and a shared approach to positive behaviour management through our positive reward cards. The in-year progress data from last year shows that most children made good progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. Data for our Year 6 pupils shows that, in the large majority of areas, their attainment was significantly higher than the national average. For all pupils, and groups of pupils, progress in reading was also significantly higher than the national average. Our visit from Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) When a school is judged to require improvement they are supported by an HMI who visits the school to assess the improvement since the inspection and work with the leaders to ensure that rapid improvement is made. We were delighted to welcome Liz Farr, HMI, to Wendover Juniors just before the October half-term. She was

NEWS FROM WENDOVER HEALTH CENTRE - 01296 623452 Christmas and New Year Opening Hours We will be open as follows over the holiday period:

December 2014 Weds 24th 7.30am-6.30pm (Urgent cases only after 3pm, please telephone first.) Thur 25th Christmas Day - Closed Fri 26th Boxing Day - Closed Sat 27th Closed Sun 28th Closed Mon 29th 7.30am-6.30pm Tues 30th 7.30am-8.00pm Weds 31st 7.30am-6.30pm January 2015 Thur 1st New Year’s Day - Closed Fri 2nd 7.30am-6.30pm On days when we are open, telephone calls to 01296-623452 will be answered by us from 8am and the Dispensary opens at 8.30am. We require two working days to issue (or dispense) a prescription. When we are closed and you need medical attention, call 111. Building Works Building work at the Health Centre is now nearly complete. The main changes have 26

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been to open up two new consulting rooms, move the dispensary adjacent to Reception and move the main entrance to allow for a smoother flow of people into the building. We thank you for your patience while this work has been going on.

Seasonal flu Common symptoms of flu are sudden high temperature, aching, loss of appetite, headache, nausea, runny nose and a dry cough. Flu is more severe than the common cold and can last for up to a week. There have been few cases so far this season, but the situation could change at any time especially if we get a prolonged spell of cold weather. Healthy people with flu will usually get better on their own: antibiotics are not effective. It is important to rest at home and take plenty of fluids. Paracetamol or ibuprofen will help relieve flu symptoms. You should contact us if any of the following apply: • Your symptoms have got much worse, or you have developed other symptoms that are not typical of seasonal flu, such as breathlessness or

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a rash. Flu symptoms have lasted for longer than a week. You have a significant long-term medical condition.

Flu vaccine is still available for those in the eligible groups who have not yet received it: please contact Reception. Safe alcohol consumption Protect your health over the holiday season by sticking to recommended limits for safe drinking. • Men should drink no more than 3-4 units of alcohol per day (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer) and women 2-3 units (equivalent to a 175 ml glass of wine). • Have 2-3 days a week when you don’t drink alcohol at all. • If you are driving don’t drink – even below the legal limit, reaction times are significantly slower. For more information see www.drinkaware. co.uk.

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Schools very impressed with the changes that have • A new behaviour system has been taken place and with the collegiate approach introduced which focuses more sharply to school improvement; she confirmed that on learning behaviour. All pupils are now we are taking effective action to tackle the expected to ‘stay green’ by demonstrating areas requiring improvement identified at positive learning behaviour in lessons. Pupils know that ‘staying green’ includes the recent section 5 inspection. listening carefully to instructions and The main findings included: • You, your governors and senior leaders starting tasks quickly. have reacted promptly and purposefully to • Governors provide useful support to school the inspection findings. The improvement leaders and are equally ambitious about plan has clear objectives linked to improving the school as quickly as possible. improvement priorities. All members of Colet Remembrance staff contribute well to improving the Year 13 John Colet student Tom Hill took part in school quickly, feeling a sense of pride in a unique Remembrance ceremony in London their accomplishments. • You have appropriately revised on Sunday 9 November. The event was part performance management systems. of a project created by the government of Leaders have successfully created a Flanders, taking soil from each of the British vibrant and dynamic ‘learning hub’ for all. graveyards in Belgium to create a memorial • The results at the end of 2014 show garden to fallen, in London, linked to the improvement, with pupils attaining poem by Rupert Brooke entitled ‘The Soldier’. well above average in reading, writing Tom was one of only 60 British students to and mathematics. More pupils now take part in this commemorative event and achieve the highest levels, particularly in was incredibly proud to be involved in such mathematics. an important and humbling ceremony.

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David Lidington Wendover Businesses showcase at Westminster

Like a lot of us, I use supermarkets but also shop at some of our many excellent local food businesses. I’d noticed that MP colleagues from other parts of the country had run events at the Commons to promote their local food and drink and I thought it was time we did the same for Bucks. So I got together with John Bercow and Cheryl Gillan and asked local firms to take part in a Bucks Food Day at Westminster. Three businesses from Wendover were among those who came. Rumsey’s is now a real village institution but I remember that it started off as a tiny family chocolatemaking business, with no shop front or café. Number 2 Pound Street brought some of their scrumptious cheeses. Aylesbury Escargots, whose snail farm is just off Nash Lee Road, supplies snails to some of the top

restaurants in the country – who says we Warwickshire petitions. Their practice is to can’t beat the French at their own game? visit each section of the route before hearing petitions. Several hundred MPs, Peers and parliamentary staff visited the event. I know So far, no date has been announced for any from the comments I got from colleagues that Buckinghamshire visits. It’s not yet clear they were impressed and I hope to repeat whether the Committee will continue to work south or whether they will deal with the exercise at some stage in the future. the London section before coming to the Chilterns last. The Committee Chairman has HS2 Update As many residents know, Sir David Higgins, told me that either option is possible. He has Chairman of HS2 Ltd, accepted my invitation also said that while the Committee will probe to come to Wendover and meet some of the the value for money of mitigation proposals, leading campaigners against the project. I they are not tied to any maximum financial took him to see London Road/Wendover limit. If they are persuaded by our case for Dean, Ellesborough Road, Bacombe Lane, St the tunnel, they can add it to the Bill. Mary’s and Nash Lee Lane so he could get a clear picture in his mind of how people I’ve published my response to the DfT’s latest living close to the route would be affected compensation proposals on the HS2 page of my website www.davidlidington.com. by building work and later operations. The Committee on the Hybrid Bill is David Lidington is the Conservative MP for Aylesbury. He serves as Minister for Europe at working its way south along the route from the Foreign Office. Birmingham. They have now begun hearing

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week later was yet again a fantastic morning’s Thanks go to all those who attended our fundraising. Over 70 people came along to Save the Children Christmas Coffee Morning enjoy the sunshine whilst having a cup of coffee or two, eating home made cake and catching on Saturday 1 November. up with friends. Some enjoyed a 20 minute We raised £427 from this event which will manicure, or tried reflexology or acupuncture. be forwarded to Save the Children. If anyone There were stalls selling jewellery, cards & would still like to buy Save the Children gifts, homemade jams and chutney’s. The Christmas Cards please contact me on 01296 raffle was as popular as ever, with many local 622728. businesses donating great prizes. This year’s Christine Baker Grand Total is an astonishing £7,146.00!

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Thank you so much to everyone who gave Once you are in a 30 limit there is no need, in their support and made it another record fact it is not permitted under the Traffic Signs year’s fundraising! Regulations and General Directions 2002, to Julie Needle install 30 mph repeater signs. Lester Bailey Thanks from the Reading Family Our sons and I would like to thank all you Editor’s Note: For more information, please kind people for helping us celebrate Bryan’s visit: https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits life on 17 October.

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Happy Christmas for Grandparents?

As Christmas Day draws closer, a day on which very many grandparents are filled with joy, it is a very tearful time of year for so many grandparents both locally and nationally, who are denied contact with their grandchildren. It is officially estimated by The Grandparents’ Association (a national registered charity), that at least 1 million grandchildren are denied contact with their grandparents and over 68,000 children are in the care system, many of whom are denied all or reasonable contact with their grandparents. Both of these statistics are growing year after year, hence so very many grandparents in the country are experiencing heartbreaking pain and loss. The members of The Grandparents’ Support Group for Aylesbury Vale help support each other during this extremely distressing time in their lives.

years. Grandparents are denied contact as a result of divorce, family rifts, bereavements, ‘the care system’ or for absolutely no apparent reason at all. Consequently many grandparents are suffering great loss and pain every day of their lives. We would like to see grandchildren having the right to contact their grandparents (as long as it is safe to do so) but in the meantime our group offers information, support, advice and friendship in a confidential environment and helps grandparents to manage their loss as best they can.

We regularly invite guests to our group meetings such as Family Law Specialists, mediation lawyers and Family Therapists, amongst others all of whom have valuable input and help to increase awareness of our support group and this growing issue. We also have an in-house library of helpful support books, as well as help sheets on a variety of matters that relate to grandparents being The Aylesbury based support group for denied contact with their grandchildren. grandparents’ denied contact with their grandchildren has been running for almost 4 So, grandparents, if you are denied all or

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reasonable contact with your grandchildren please do get in touch and come along and meet us from 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month (10 December) at The Holiday Inn Hotel, Aston Clinton Road, Aylesbury, or for further information call 07949640156. We look forward to seeing you soon. The Grandparents’ Support Group, Aylesbury Vale

There is a small group of Wendover Explorer FRANK FENNELL Scouts fundraising for our Expedition to PLUMBING & HEATING Iceland in August 2015. If you require your Bathrooms, Ensuites, Cloakrooms, Showers, car washing, garden services e.g fallen leaves Water Softeners, C/Heating, Power Flushing cleaning or any old jobs doing, please contact No job too small us! E-mail- expeditiontoiceland@gmail.com 07967 638527 01296 620629 Phone numbers- Mel on 07546550540 or Sue francoffennell@gmail.com on 07788744711.

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Scouting offers young people lots of opportunity to get involved in many fantastic activities such as this. All these activities are made possible by the adult volunteers who deliver these exciting activities. If you would like to get involved whether it be on an occasional basis or as a leader please contact adulthelp@1stwendoverscouts.co.uk.

This coming summer (2015) 42 Scouts, Explorers & Leaders are heading off to Iceland. We have loads of good stuff planned, including the Golden Circle tour which takes in Geysers, Waterfalls & the Tectonic plates of Europe and America. We will also plan to have a day’s hike and glacier walking as well as whale watching and a visit to the Blue Lagoon. A camp day to join in with other troops stopping on the site, is also on our to do list.   Our  week will be split between the scout campsite and the YHA in Reykjavik. The aim being to give the scouts a flavour of Scouting in Iceland as well being based in the capital itself.

Tuesday Evening Wendover Bridge Club

You need no longer bring a partner if you wish to play on Tuesday evening at Wendover Bridge Club. If you wish to come on your own, you will be very welcome and a partner will be provided. For further details, phone Chris Peeler, 01296 624089.

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We would love to get more young men involved as we are all getting on a bit and some new blood would be a great way to move on into the future. If you have ever thought that it would be fun but are not sure - come along and talk to us. We really would like to see a young revival.

Because of shortages of help in Brownies and especially in Guides, girls are staying in the earlier age group units for longer periods. This means that girls are delayed in moving each term and also that the waiting list for each unit grows, potentially causing girls to miss out altogether on the opportunity to join Guiding.

During the autumn and winter, the Whitchurch Morris Men meet every Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. at Wilstone Village Hall to practice and learn new dances (and how to fly!). If you’d like to join in or would like some more information, you can contact us at info@whitchurchmorris.org.uk.

Please, if you, or anyone you know (female or male and over 18), can help at Brownies or Guides, register your availability at www. girlguiding.org.uk/get_involved.aspx. We don’t mind how often you can help, as long as we know when you will be there so we can plan. It will help everyone, in the long run, and may even help your own daughter.

Despite the weather, the Vale Tour went well and a number of people did come out of their lovely warm homes to see us dance on the Manor Waste. There is an overhead shot of the massed dance on the Wendover News Facebook page. If you want to see any more, please look at the latest photographs on our website: www.whitchurchmorris.org.uk.

Brownies and Guides get up to all sorts of fun, and we want as many girls in the area to be able to join in as possible. We are making an appeal on behalf of all the units in the Wendover District (which covers Wendover, Aston Clinton, Weston Turville, Halton, and Stoke Mandeville).

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RAF Halton Play Park Project

Work has begun on the RAF Halton Play Park Project that will see the play parks at Tedder Road and Haddington Close completely refurbished and a brand new Multi-Use Games Area installed at the Haddington Close site.

enjoyed by children of all ages, both military and civilian, improving our already strong ties with the local community.”

Work is expected to finish in December with the facilities ready to use by Christmas (weather dependent). The Tedder Road Play Park is being tackled first, followed by work at The project will cost a total of £437,000 and Haddington Close. If you have any questions has been financially supported by RAF Halton, regarding the project please contact Flight the Armed Forces Community Covenant Lieutenant Eamonn Leacy on 01296 656470. and Aylesbury Vale District Council. When complete it will ensure that RAF Halton will Halton Recruit Training Staff Raise have excellent, safe and inclusive play areas Money for Royal British Legion Training staff at RAF Halton embarked on a at the busiest SFA sites at the Station. 48 hour non-stop treadmill challenge in the The diggers rolled in on Monday 20 October to station’s Findlay Gym to raise money for the begin the demolition of the current play park Royal British Legion. They expected to cover at Tedder Road and the Station Commander, at least 296 miles in that time, the equivalent Group Captain Adrian Burns, was on hand distance from RAF Halton to Dunkirk. to inspect the plans for the coming weeks. Whilst on site the Station Commander said, Physical Training Instructor, Corporal Ryan “It is great that work has begun on the much Hepworth, who came up with the idea, said: needed refurbishment of our play parks. “I wanted to contribute to the remembrance When complete, these new facilities will commemorations so chose the Royal British Legion provide a state of the art play area to be over the wealth of other charities out there.”

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RAF Halton Twenty four recruit training staff including station commander Adrian Burns filled half hour slots on the two treadmills, fitting the challenge around their normal working duties.

‘Harry’ which they had constructed in Hut 101. Most of the escapees were caught and subsequently shot on the orders of Adolph Hitler. Three ex Halton Apprentices who were among those shot after recapture were: Flt Lt The Royal British Legion charity provides Edgar Humphreys 25th Entry, Flt Lt William financial, social and emotional support to Grisman 23rd Entry and Flt Lt Thomas Leigh members and veterans of the British Armed 32nd Entry. Forces, the families and dependants. Best known for the Annual Poppy Appeal it also VIP guests who attended the Halton campaigns to promote the welfare and Apprentice event were Air Commodore interests of current and former members of Charles Clarke, a former RAF Prisoner Of War who was imprisoned in Stalag Luft 3 in 1944 the Armed Forces when the Great Escape took place. Now aged Halton Apprentices Celebrate 70th over 90 he is still the President of the POWs Anniversary of the Great Escape Association, and Air Vice-Marshal Nick Kurth The Annual Remembrance Service was held CBE a former Halton Apprentice, who was the at St George’s Church, followed by a short senior British representative in 2009 at the Act of Remembrance at the Tribute to the 65th anniversary of the Great Escape, and Halton Apprentices in front of Kermode attended the commemorative event at Zagan Hall at RAF Halton. The theme of this year’s in Poland where he laid a wreath for the Remembrance Service was The Great Escape three aforementioned ex Halton Apprentices. and 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of this AVM Kurth addressed the Service, saying: major event in RAF history, when 76 allied “As we approach Remembrance Day on 11 POWs made a daring escape from Stalag November, our minds turn to the pain, the Luft 3, through one of three tunnels named human conflict, the suffering and the loss

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and moreover, we consider the sacrifices involved. Poignantly, this year marks 100 years following the outbreak of the First World War, often called ‘The Great War’. Losses endured by all involved were simply awful. However, we must not forget sacrifices in many wars since then. Indeed, the 13 year British campaign in Afghanistan has just finished with the loss of 453 lives. “I should, however, like to focus on just one element of the Second World War – Stalag Luft 3 and the related Great Escape. But before I do, we must recognise that The Halton Apprentices have played their part in many many campaigns during the 20th and 21st Centuries. First a little about the camp: Stalag Luft 3 was a bleak, inhospitable camp built inside an edge of a sandy pine forest that stretched for 20 miles. Located near Zagan, formerly in Germany, it was 600 kms from Switzerland and 300 km from Baltic ports, run by Luftwaffe for allied airmen. In addition to being miles from anywhere it had a number of design features to prevent escape; buildings were raised to assist detection of tunnels,

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RAF Halton and built on sandy soil so it was easy to see spoil from digging so the integrity of a tunnel was difficult to maintain. Lastly, seismograph microphones were installed around the perimeter of the camp.” After the service, which included the Halton Apprentice hymn and prayer, the Apprentices were formed up by Station Warrant Officer George Mifsud, and marched to the Tribute to the sound of the Golden Oldie Pipe and Drum Band, where the Act of Remembrance took place led by The Station Commander, Group Captain Adrian Burns. Next stop was Halton House for the reception where Air Commodore Clark was interviewed by local and national TV saying: “When we heard how many of the escapees had been shot it was an unbelievably bad day after all the hard work and hope, and at that stage the British Senior Officer decreed that there would be no more escaping. It was a very sad time but too many lives had been lost.”

Equestrian Team won their first two rounds of the Inter-Station League (ISL), in their competitions against RAF Northolt and RAF High Wycombe at Hideaway Farm, Aylesbury. The ISL is an RAF-wide competition broken down into two geographical areas and the equestrian teams who are successful in the preliminary rounds will then compete in the finals and runners-up round in November 2014. The winning team consisted of: Flt Lt Rosie Brooks, Cpl Heaton, Cpl Russell and Harriet Ditchburn. The competitions consist of a dressage test and a show jumping round where the marks are then combined to find the individual and team winners. All competitors had the added challenge of riding horses they had never ridden before for each phase of the competition.

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Lindengate Lindengate was delighted to announce its opening on Monday 17 November just 5 months after taking control of its 5-acre site. A full gardening programme is now operational. Application forms for both agents and selfreferral are available on their website www. lindengate.org.uk. Lindengate is happy to talk with providers or potential gardeners to provide further information. Prices start at £25 for a half-day session. If you have any concerns about being able to pay, please talk to Lindengate about them on 020 8144 4291 or email info@lindengate.org.uk. The opening followed on from their successful Community Open Day on Saturday 15 November. This was an opportunity for local people to see the variety of projects available at The Old Allotment Site, adjacent to the Worlds End Garden Centre, HP22 6BD.

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specifically designed to help people with mental health issues. She said:

As a community project we are keen to involve as many local people as possible. Whether you are able to offer specific skills or just enthusiasm, anyone will be able to help us. It is the largest facility of this type in the Bucks area and can cater for up to 40 people per day.

Lindengate’s start-up has been made possible by many private donations and a great deal of hard work alongside some significant grants from AVDC, Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, the Paradigm Foundation, and Buckinghamshire County Council as part of Lindengate is a Wendover-based charity dedicated the Prevention Matters programme. to providing gardening/horticulture-based programmes to help those dealing with mental Patricia Birchley, cabinet member for Health health issues on their road to recovery. They and Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire County are doing this by creating an environment Council is pleased to support a programme

Local charitable groups are key to the success of our Prevention Matters programme, which brings health and social care services together with the voluntary sector to support people who are finding it difficult to maintain their independence. The programme identifies community-based opportunities for activity and support that can address each person’s individual needs. This was endorsed by Jane Gellatly who travels from the Oxford area to be involved: I’ve been involved in this from the outset and it is so obviously beneficial to those with mental ill-health – working outdoors in a friendly and positive environment is great! If you would like to support us or benefit from Lindengate please contact us, details above.

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Local Face Debbie Hekkink Debbie Hekkink came to live in Wendover 10 years ago when her husband’s job moved to Hemel Hempstead and they didn’t want him to have a long commute. They moved down from the Midlands where most of Debbie’s family live, but Jurgen had left his family behind in the Netherlands. Jurgen and Debbie met whilst back-packing in Australia. They got engaged and then married on their return. They first lived in Berlin for 4 years where Debbie was able to teach in a British military primary school and then at the Berlin British School when the military moved out. During their 3 years in the Netherlands, she also taught part-time in 2 international schools, in Rotterdam and The Hague. They moved to the UK in April 2000 because it was difficult living in the Netherlands for Debbie with small children and no supportive network. They also didn’t want the children to start school in the Netherlands and then have to move to a different system in the UK. They had both grown up in small towns and wanted that environment for their own children. Jurgen was able to transfer to the UK with the company he was working for. Debbie and Jurgen fell in love with Wendover when they first visited. It’s such a pretty village tucked into the Chiltern hillside. They hoped to be moving into a welcoming community for the sake of their children, too - and so it proved

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school under the leadership of Su Scrimshaw. Their children thrived there and loved the fact that they knew everyone because it was so small. Wendover and Halton have provided them with what they needed as a family e.g. good schools, church, community, pubs and eating places, local shops and post-office. They are happy to drive out to larger shops and recreational activities. It took a while to feel settled. They started to feel more a part of the community when they got more involved with life at St Mary’s Church and in the community. Both Debbie and Jurgen helped out with Junior Church and the Youth group. Debbie also volunteered in @stmary’s Fairtrade shop and worked for a while in the church office while the children were in primary school. Debbie still volunteers for a monthly slot in the shop on a Saturday, which she thoroughly enjoys. Jurgen was also a governor at Halton School and Debbie supported the PTA. Once all three children were in Secondary School and Debbie had more time on her hands she wanted to do something more with her life. She saw an advert asking for volunteers in the local Children Centre run by Barnardos. She volunteered there for 18 months which then led to being offered a job. She now works 3 days a week in a Barnardos Children’s Centre in High Wycombe. Debbie thinks that it took a good 4 years to feel settled and probably another 3 to feel embedded in Wendover, including moving to Grenville Avenue in 2009 into a house that was

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big enough for their growing family and a dog too. She has discovered in her moves around the world that you have to make the effort to get involved and then be patient while you and your new community get to know each other, before you feel you are at home in a place. Wendover Community was very supportive when Debbie first discovered a course at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. She completed a certificate in exploring Theology and Ministry, which gave her the opportunity to study more about the Christian Faith. She was kindly given a grant for books by the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust Fund. St Mary’s church also supported her with some of the cost of the three year part-time course. This course has equipped her for her latest adventure: she has recently started as a volunteer lay chaplain in Wendover Junior School. This year she will be running a lunch-time club on a Monday, in which she aims to offer children a time to chill, chat and create. She provides games, books, a craft activity and the opportunity to talk. She is also supporting Becky Murgatroyd, Wendover’s youth worker in running a selfesteem course at the John Colet School. Debbie can relate to not having much self-esteem while at school and is excited about the opportunity to support young people in this way. Debbie and Jurgen have made a lot of really good friends in Wendover, and have found it to be a great place for raising their family.

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Regular Weekly Events To Advertise your event for January 2015, please contact us before Wednesday 10 December. Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £15 for 20 words. DAY

TIME

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7 days a week

Morn/Eve

JAZZERCISE classes to suit you. www.jazzercise-uk.com

07900 987230

Mon, Wed, Thu

Morn/Eve

Adult, Teenager Yoga Classes.

01296 623543, www.sarahyoga.co.uk

Mon, Thu, Sat

Morn/Eve

Zumba with Nikki, Mon & Thu 1815 Halton School, Sat 0930 Wendover Jr School

nicolepistak.zumba.com, 07876443392

Mon-Thu, Sat

Morn/Eve

FabricHQ sewing. Topics, times & locations vary, see website for details

www.fabrichq.co.uk

Mon-Sat

Morn/Eve

Wendover Fitness Classes. Activities & times vary, see website for details

www.wendoverfitness.co.uk

The Rotary Club of Wendover & District. For meeting times see website

www.wendoverrotary.org.uk

Mondays

13.30-15.00

Play & Language— Appt Only, Wendover Children’s Centre

01296 621143

Mondays

13.30-15.00

Wendover Baby & Toddler Group (term time only), Wendover Memorial Hall, £2

Mondays

19.00

Free friendly run/jog club to suit you. Meet point RAF base Chestnut Avenue.

Nikki 07868 873911

Mondays

19.00-21.00

French/Spanish/German/Italian lang group at The Black Horse, Frogmore St, Tring

Simon 07738 512664

Mondays

Tue & Wed

19.30

Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell

01296 624089

Tue, Wed, Thu

Morn/Eve

Cat Booker Fitness classes – Pilates and Boot Camp

www.catbookerfitness.co.uk

Tue-Sat

Day/Eve

Plain Stitch sewing. Topics, times & locations vary, see website for details

www.plainstitch.co.uk

Tuesdays

10.00

Simply Walk, meet at Wendover Clock Tower for moderate walk 1-1.5 hours

01494 475367

Tuesdays

10.15 & 11.15

Bounce & Rhyme (term time only), Library Room

0845 2303232

Tuesdays

13.30-15.00

(bi-weekly) Multiple Magic—support group for multiple births, Wen Children’s Ctre

01296 621143

Tuesdays

14.00-16.00

artsmart Watercolour Plus, tutor Wendy Lewis, St Anne’s Hall

www.artsmartuk.com/art-courses/

Tuesdays

19.30

Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell

Tuesdays

20.00

Wheelers & Dealers, Square Dance Club, Wendover Memorial Hall

07731 776654

Tuesdays

20.00

IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall

www.imagez.org.uk or 01296 612632

Tuesdays

20.00-22.00

Halton Singers, Halton Village Hall

enquiries@haltonsing​ers.org.uk

Cycle Rides with Bucks CTC from Clock Tower, Elles Hall or World's End Gdn Ctre

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Wed, SUN, last Fri 09.30 or stated Wednesdays

09.30-11.00

Stay & Play (term time only), Aston Clinton Guide Hall

01296 621143

Wednesdays

10.30-12.30

Beginners and Improvers art group, The Loft Studio, The Courtyard

wendystudio@hotmail.com

Wednesdays

18.45

Hartbeats African Drumming, beginner to advanced, £6, pay-as-you-go

Justine 07773 047684

Wednesdays

19.00 & 19.30

Adult Swimming Classes, Wendover Pool

Sharon 07990 521679

Thu & SAT

19.30-23.00

RAF Assn Halton and Ayles Branch clubhouse open to public, Bldg 259 RAF Halton

Thursdays

09.00-16.00

Wendover Weekly Market, Manor Waste

Thursdays

09.45-17.45

Fun Dog Training, Ellesborough Parish Hall

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Thursdays

10.00-11.30

Stay & Play (term time only), Wendover Children's Centre

01296 621143

Thursdays

Evening

(bi-weekly) Healing Meditation Group

www.beingmystical.co.uk

Thursdays

19.00 & 20.00

19.00 Ballroom & Latin Dance Class / 20.00 Dance. Wendover Memorial Hall.

01442 865734

Thursdays

19.00

Taekwondo for ages 5 and up, Wendover CofE Junior School

www.btkd.co.uk

Thursdays

19.45

Wendover Choral Society, St. Mary’s Church Wendover.

01296 709593

Thursdays

20.00

Pregnancy yoga classes; Halton Village Hall

www.lizbrownyoga.co.uk

Fridays

09.30 & 11.15

Hatha yoga—gentle 09.30, stronger 11.15, Halton Village Hall

www.lizbrownyoga.co.uk

Fridays

10.00

Noah's Ark parent-toddler group (term time only), Wendover Christian Centre

Fridays

10.00

Zumba Gold, St Anne’s Hall

Fridays

10.00-12.00

Healing Meditation Group, £10

www.beingmystical.co.uk

Fridays

14.00-15.30

Bumps and Babies (siblings welcome), Wendover Children’s Centre,

01296 621143

Fridays

14.20 & 15.15

Sounds Tastic - early for under 0-4 (mixed age), later for babies only, Wen Mem Hall

www.soundstastic.co.uk

Fridays

19.00-21.00

Amazing Donkey Youth Club for 10-14 year olds (term time only), Wen Youth Ctre

Paul Hammett 01296 621162

Fridays

19.30

“Friday night is music night” at St Mary’s Church

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SATURDAYS

Aug 2014-May 2015

Aylesbury Rugby Club Senior Fixtures, Brook End, Weston Turville

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SUNDAYS

09.00-10.00

Rookie Lifeguard Classes for 8-12 year olds, Green Park Pool

SUNDAYS

20.00

Bingo at the Royal British Legion Club, Chiltern Road, all welcome

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all day #Giving Tuesday, see p 3 20:00 KEHS - Shops and Shopkeepers of Risborough, see p 3

http://www.bucksvoice.net/kehs/

16:00-20:00 Wendover Christmas Lights Switch On, Manor Waste, see p 4 & centre section 10:30 & 11:30 Family History Sessions with Cathy Soughton, Wendover Library

0845 230 3232

19:00 Wendover Library Reading Group (1st Thursday monthly), Library Room 17:00 Until 4 Jan 2015 - Snow & Tell, The Story Museum, OX1 1BP

www.storymuseum.org.​uk

Sat 06

11:00-12:30 Cooking up a Story, The Story Museum, OX1 1BP

Sat 06

11:00-14:00 Lee Common School Christmas Fair, HP16 9JH, see p 4

Sat 06

11:00-15:00 St Michael’s Christmas Fair, Anthony Hall, Aston Clinton,.see p 4

Sat 06

11:00-16:00 Grand Christmas & Craft Fayre, Weston Turville Village Hall, see p 4

Sat 06

11:30-14:00 Winter Fayre, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, HP16 9AA, see p 4

Sat 06

12:00-14:00 IGSA Coffee Posse, Costa, Aylesbury Road

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Sat 06

14:30-16:30 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild, Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church

www.embroiderersguild.com

Sat 06

19:00 Dinner/Dance for Chilterns Dog Rescue Society, Wilston Vlg Hall, HP23 4PE, see p 4

Sat 06

19:30 A Baroque Christmas, St Mary's Church, see p 4

Sun 07 Sun 07

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11:00-17:00 Mince Pies & Mulled Wine! Antiques at Wendover, see ad p 1 17:00 Florence Nightingale Hospice Tree of Light, Stoke Mandeville Hospital

www.fnhospice.org.uk

Mon 08

morning Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (2nd Monday monthly)

07890 973751

Tue 09

evening Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (2nd Tuesday monthly)

07890 973751

Tue 09

19:45 Wendover Evening WI – “Angels in Art”, St Anne's Hall, see p 5

01296 582318

Tue 09

20:00 Chiltern Humanists - “Santa Claus”, Wendover Library Room, see p 5

www.chilternhumanists.org.uk

Wed 10

19:00 Grandparents Association Support Group (2nd Wednesday), Holiday Inn, Weston Turville

07949 640156

Wed 10

19:30 Halton Singers Silver Jubilee Concert, St George's Church, RAF Halton, see p 5

Thu 11

10:30 Christmas Concert – Coffee & Carols, Wendover Community Library

Thu 11

10:30 Wendover Twinning Association Coffee Morning (2nd Thursday monthly), The Red Lion

Thu 11 Thu 11

12:00-15:00 RAF Halton Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch, see p 5 20:00 Weston Turville Horticultural Society – Festive Quiz, Weston Turville Village Hall, see p 5

01296 613965

Fri 12

14:00-15:00 Fun Fridays - Preschoolers Christmas Crafts, Wendover Library. Please drop in to book.

0845 230 3232

Sat 13

10:30-12:00 Daddy Cool, playtime for children with male carers, Wendover Children's Centre

01296 621143

Sat 13

11:00-12:30 Cooking up a Story, The Story Museum, OX1 1BP

www.storymuseum.org.​uk

Sat 13

14:00 Family History Talk: Harnessing Facebook Generation, Prebendal Fm Comm Ctre, see p 5

Sun 14

16:00 Christingle Service, St Mary's Church

Sun 14

16:30 Wendover Nativity Live! Wendover Christian Centre, see p 5

Sun 14

18:00 Nine Lessons & Carols, St Michael's, Halton

Tue 16

10:30 5 mile, leisurely, Wendover Area Walk. Meet at Library Car Park.

Wed 17 Thu 18 Thu 18 Fri 19 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20

17:00 Last Orders for Kings Farm Shop Turkeys, see ad p 17 all day Santa's Kitchen children's cookery class, £45

www.bucksfhs.org.uk

Joe 01296 623868 01296 622014 www.sophiescookeryschool.com.

09:00-14:00 Legacy Fairs Antiques Market, Wendover Memorial Hall, see ad p 4 17:15-17:45 Bedtime Stories & PJ Party, Wendover Library, see p 6

0845 230 3232

18:00 Carols around the Christmas Tree, Manor Waste, see p 6 09:00-13:00 Last Local Produce Market before Christmas, Manor Waste 10:30 Wendover Christian Centre Book Club (3rd Saturday monthly), see p 6 11:00-12:30 Cooking up a Story, The Story Museum, OX1 1BP 14:00 A Dickensian Christmas, Wendover Library Room, see ad p 3

Sun 21

10:00-14:00 Princes Risborough Farmers Market, High St, Princes Risborough

Sun 21

14:00-15:00 Carols on Coombe Hill, picnic area, see p 6

www.storymuseum.org.​uk 0845 230 3232

Sun 21

19:00 Carols by Candlelight, St Mary's Church

Tue 23

10:30 Stories with Santa, Wendover Library

0845 230 3232

10:00 8 mile, moderate Wendover Area Walk, from Hale Lane

Marie 01296 630062

Fri 26 Sat 27

10:00-11:00 ParkFit with Cat Booker, Castle Park, Aylesbury Road

Sun 28

11:00 All Age Carol Service, Wendover Free Church

Sun 28 Wed 31

www.catbookerfitness.co.uk

18:00 Evensong at St Michael's, Halton evening New Year’s Eve at the Russell Arms with Help for Heroes Charity Casino, see p 16

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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

View from the Chair

Season’s greetings to one and all. The Christmas Lights switch on takes place on Wednesday 3 December. There are more details on pages 18-21. A lot of people have been involved with the organisation, special thanks to the PC events working group, Sarah and all the PC staff, everyone involved from Rennie Grove Hospice Care – especially Penny and Claire – and the IRGH Wendover Fundraising Group. As I said earlier a lot of people involved. I would encourage everyone to make the most of the Christmas Window Competition. We have many and varied local shops which have been attractively dressed and are well worth a look. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 3 December, not only the Lights Switch on but also Late Night Shopping. Don’t miss Carols Round the Tree at 6.30pm on Friday 19 December. A perfect opportunity for us to gather as a community. As we enter a new year which will include important events such as the General Election (and PC elections which are far more important!) we can reflect on a period where Parish activities have improved greatly. We have good staff, good councillors, a good structure and a positive plan for moving forward. If anyone in the Parish wishes to stand as a Councillor in the May elections now is the time to think about putting your hat in the ring. If you have not considered standing before please think about it seriously now, we need representation from the whole of the Village, ideally enough people to ensure an election – more than 13! Robert Duggan Chairman

Next Parish Council Meeting Monday 1 December, 7.30pm Library Room January Meeting

Audit of Accounts 2013/14

The Council is happy to report a positive outcome to the annual external audit. A copy of the ‘Annual Return’ signed off by the auditor can be found under ‘Financial Information’ at www. wendover-pc.gov.uk/council/transparency/

As the usual date for the monthly Parish Council Meeting is rather close to the Christmas Holidays the date has been changed to Tuesday 13 January Notice Boards and ‘Banners’ Please be aware that if you or your organisation at 8.00pm. currently put banners on the railings at Ashbrook Park, there are new Council regulations which Works to the Clock Tower continue only permit banners for ‘not for profit’ events and The clock, made by Field and Sons of Aylesbury, for regular group activities in the park. Anyone was installed in 1870 and has been hand wound wanting to put up a banner must contact the once a week since then, currently by our Parish Council to seek permission first. A copy of groundsman Andy! To reach the clock involves the regulations can be found at www.wendovertwo ladders and very tight spaces which present a pc.gov.uk/advertisingashbrook/ The Council real safety risk. As part of the project to improve will be installing a new Public Notice Board at the Clock Tower we will be installing an auto- Ashbrook Park next to the Council Notice Board. winding system. This will give the community more opportunities to share information. The board will be protected You may not have noticed from the weather but the public will be able to open the doors and add notices. We will also be (unless you have been refurbishing the notice board on Library Approach looking up recently), that with a new ‘self-healing’ recycled material for we have replaced the the back of the board. The board will be out of leaded glass windows at commission for a short while but any relevant the top of the Clock Tower. notices will be replaced once the work is finished. Having found broken panes and varied efforts to repair Local Produce Market the windows over the years (some of the leading being Manor Waste 9am to 1pm ‘drawn on’ in pen!) we decided it was time to Saturday 20 December return the windows to their original condition. Each of the eight new leaded panes have been handcrafted and installed by Richard Collins Volunteer Drivers Needed Property Maintenance. We would like to thank The Wendover Community Car takes up to six Richard for his craftsmanship and dedication passengers so can help groups as well as individuals. to his work, which has resulted in beautiful The scheme urgently requires more volunteer windows which will no doubt outlast most of us. drivers. To help please call 01296 317769.

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