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May 2015

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Farewell Ray

Wendover was shocked and sad to hear of the untimely death of Ray Smith on Wednesday 1 April. Many people have expressed their condolences to the family. Ray’s father ran the business before him but Ray Smith Motor Services Ltd in South Street has been a backbone of Wendover for many years. Carl and Mac are continuing to service and repair cars but the petrol station has closed, as planned by Ray. His sons are writing a tribute which will appear in the June edition of Wendover News.

Enjoy the contributors are their own and not Bank Holidays and necessarily the views of the editor. May Half Term contributions for June 2015 before The transaction data which the bank has used in making this decision does not take all factors into account so it is important for any complainant to give real and relevant examples. The initial letter from Lloyds Bank urged customers to contact the manager Lorraine Reeves in response. Any such letter can be delivered to the branch. An online petition can be found at bit.ly/1yv38mx and printed petitions can be found around central Wendover in places such as the Library, Budgens and Number One. Wendover is a thriving business community which uses and needs the full panoply of services offered by a local bank in order to continue to succeed. Residents of Wendover are disproportionately likely not to have access to online banking but also have mobility issues and therefore need our last remaining high street bank.

Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank intends to reduce the opening hours of the Wendover branch to just two days a week, 10am to 3pm, starting 1 June. Representatives of Wendover Chamber of Trade and Commerce, the Wendover Society and the Parish Council met with the Lloyds Bank regional director to express the disbelief and dismay with which local businesses and residents have greeted the news.

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RAF Flypast

Tuesday 5 & 19 May at 1.30pm

To celebrate the completion of training at RAF Halton we can expect a flypast (weather permitting)

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Wendover Choral Society

St Mary’s Church Wendover 16 May at 7.30 MUSIC FOR VOICE AND BRASS ‘MORE ENGLISH THAN THE ENGLISH’ Wendover Choral Society and the City of Cambridge Brass Band Conducted by Peter Bassano • Five Songs by British composers: William Sterndale Bennett; Edward Elgar; George Macfarren; Joseph Barnby; Charles Wood • Christopher Gunning: Wicken Fen • Percy Grainger: Folk Songs • John McCabe: Cloudcatcher Fells • John Rutter: Gloria Ticket £15; Concessions £12 and Under 18s Free Tickets available from @St Mary’s, info@stmaryswendover.org.uk 11 High Street, Wendover. Tel: 01296 623123

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CONTENTS 01

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

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EVENTS

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LOCAL NEWS

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WENDOVER REMEMBERS

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HS2

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ELECTIONS

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LOCAL CRAFTSPEOPLE

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LIVE-IN HOMECARE

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CLUB CORNER

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BUSINESS FORUM

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WENDOVER FOOTBALL CLUB

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YOU WRITE

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YOUTH

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TRIBUTES - GORDON NEWMAN

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LOCAL FACE - JACK NELSON

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WHAT’S ON SUMMARIES

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MATTERS ARISING

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Events Aylesbury Rugby Club Fixtures

Little Acorns Kindergarten Quiz Night

Senior fixtures for Aylesbury Rugby Club are Fri 1, 7.30 for 8pm, John Hampden School Saturdays until May 2015. Home games in Contact enquiries@littleacornswendover.org Weston Turville. More on www.arfcuk.com. for information regarding tickets.

Cooking, Sewing & Knitting Groups BBOWT Plant and Produce Market 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. See pages 34 & 35. More details of local craftspeople on pages 16 to 21.

Cycle Rides and Local Walks

Group cycle rides that begin in or near Wendover have been organised by the local Cycle Touring Club. Any bike will do as long as it’s roadworthy. Newcomers always welcome, but please try an easy-paced ride first. Visit southbuckscycling.or​g.uk/rides/.

Sat 2, 10am-1pm, Gt Missenden Mem Ctre All the produce and the majority of the plants are donated by Wildlife Trust members and all funds raised on the day go to the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. We are very active in the fight for better mitigation for the extensive damage HS2 will cause in our area. We need your support for that task and for essential conservation work on local reserves such as Aston Clinton Ragpits, College Lake, Dancersend and Weston Turville Reservoir.

St Mary’s Festival 2015

The Ramblers have a programme of organised Sat 2-Mon 4, 10am-5pm, St Mary’s Church walks in the Wendover area. Have a look at An exciting community event raising funds the listings on page 35 for more details. for St Mary’s church, Wendover, and the local mental health charity Lindengate, featuring Tring Fayre flower and other displays depicting historical until 9 May events as they have impacted Wendover (eg The launch day is Saturday 25 April at Wendover before history, Cromwell’s army, Church Square, High Street, Tring 10:30am – 2:30pm. There will be lots of activities for the leper colony and Mrs Armitage’s pies!.... the whole family to enjoy. Visit the Petting and many more). Concert Saturday at Zoo to see, feed and stroke spring lambs, 7.30pm. Tickets for the concert and souvenir chicks, rabbits and much more. Plus charity, programs £2, available from stmarys shop, 11 High Street. food and tombola stalls.

Creative Connections

RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon

until 9 May, Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP See exciting new work created by artists from Bucks Art Society and other art groups and inspired by objects from the Museum’s collections. Work is for sale. Free entry. For further details visit www.buckscountymuseum. org or call 01296 331441.

Sun 3, from 7am, RAF Halton The RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon is back for its fourth year after a sell-out event in 2014! More details on www.renniegrove.org/rafhaltontri.

Lacey Green Windmill

Sun 3 & Mon 4, 2-5pm, HP27 0PG The windmill is open each Sunday until 27

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Events September, and also extra days on Bank Holiday weekends and on National Mills weekend (9-10 May). Admission is £2 per adult and £1 per child (aged 5-15).

May Loyalty Card Offers See also www.wendoverloyaltycard.com, Wendover Hardware on the Manor Waste and community notice boards in Budgens & Costa, Peach Lane and Harpenden Building Society

Whitchurch Morris Men

Mon 4, 6.30am, Coombe Hill Monument The Whitchurch Morris Men celebrate May Day with a traditional early morning dance atop Coombe Hill. Another dance takes place at Worlds End Garden Centre at 10.30am. More information on p24.

Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society

Tue 5, 8pm, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN This month’s subject is “Climbing Plants” with speaker Brian Fisher.

KEHS Spring Plant Sale

Sat 9, 10am, Ellesborough Village Hall A great opportunity to buy locally grown perennials, vegetables and annuals. Come early - everything will be sold by about 11am on past form.

Charity Race Night

Sat 9, 6.30pm, Pendley Manor HP23 5QY For a cost of just £65 per person, or £600 for a whole table of 10, guests will enjoy a sumptuous 3 course dinner with wine. After coffee, tea and petit fours, racing will commence! Benefits Chilterns MS Centre.

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 ten cards get the 11th FREE! Cambridge Weight Plan: 10% off initial appointment. 01296 623560 Cat Booker: FREE Class induction worth £5 or FREE Trial class worth £7:50-£9 for all new Custom. www.catbookerfitness.co.uk Chilterns Sports Clinic: 10% off any service and treatment except Swim Stroke Analysis (www.sportsinjuryclinic.org.uk / 01296 696133) Costa: 10% discount (cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer) Hemingford Pest Control: £10 off ANY accepted quote 07736 327808 James Lyons Catering: Dine at home with rosette standard food. Looking to entertain a client then please call James - 07896059275 Liveluxe: FREE Gift with £20 purchase, 2 FREE tiebacks with every pair of curtains made, FREE matching cushion with every blind ordered 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) 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 Wood: 10% discount 01296 623869

Wendover Music Concert

Sat 9, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Endellion String Quartet playing Schubert, Sibelius & Beethoven. See www.wendovermusic.org.uk for more details.

Aston Clinton Village Market

Sun 10, 11am-4pm, Aston Clinton Combined School Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to sample and take home a huge selection of farmers’ market produce. There will be beautiful gift and craft stalls selling handmade jewellery, cards and vintage furniture. Come for lunch. Take home dinner. Have a great day out!

“Winston Churchill’s Toyshop”

Mon 11, evening, Hartwell House A public lecture organised by PACE. Details www.thepacecentre.org.

Drop in and see the new Pro-Norm displays today Specialists in design and consultancy of quality kitchens for 30 years 35 High Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6DN Tel: 01296 625556 or 07530 932797 E:robingoddard@btinternet.com We look forward to welcoming you at our Wendover Showroom

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2nd Thursday of each month 10.30-11.30: Tea and Talk An interesting talk, free refreshments and a chance to socialise. 2.00 - 3.00pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - Knit & Natter Free. For all levels, just turn up, use your own materials or ours and enjoy a hot drink Monthly Conversation Group - International Conversation Coffee Morning If you are interested in practising a language other than English please contact us. Golf Day 2015 is already booked for SEPTEMBER 17th. Get the date in your new diaries now! FOWL have just launched their photographic competition, in plenty of time for Christmas. The judges will be looking for photographs from different months in the year (any year) of local scenes, sights & events, taken by both children and adults to be submitted by 20th September. For more information visit the Library or www.buckscommunitylibraries.org/wendover/friends-of-wendover-library

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Events

BBOWT Plant and Produce Market Saturday 2 May 10.00 -13.00 Gt Missenden Memorial Centre Admission Free See page 2

Wendover Evening WI

Cream Teas - 3 to 5pm

St Mary’s, Church Walk, Weston Turville 5 May Monday BH 24 May Sunday 25 May Monday BH 31 May Sunday

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Wendover Music Concert Series 2015 at St Mary’s Church

Tue 12, 7.45pm, St Anne’s Hall Annual Resolutions Meeting; when the members discuss and consider the options for the next National WI Publicity Campaign. Following the business the competition entries will be judged. Members have been asked to present a short poem about May. Visitors are most welcome. Contact: Margaret Currell - 01296 582318.

Lindengate Lecture

Saturday 9 May 19.30 Endellion String Quartet Schubert Sibelius Beethoven Please put the date in your diary Tickets available from St Mary’s church Shop, Wendover, by phone from Aylesbury Tourist Board (01296 330559) or from www.wendovermusic.org.uk

Wed 13, 7pm, Worlds End Garden Centre “Love Your Lawn” with Nigel Gamble from LawnKeeper - professional lawn care. Recommended donation of £5 on the night. Booking is essential as numbers are limited, please contact Lindengate at least a week before the date of the event. (jane.gellatly@ lindengate.org.uk 0208 1444 291).

Chiltern Humanists

Wed 13, 7.30pm, Pottery Room HP6 5AH “Equality”, with speaker Richard Norman.

Aston Clinton, Buckland & Drayton Beauchamp Horticultural Society

Wed 13, 8pm, Anthony Hall The topic for May’s meeting is “Home Composting” with speaker Baird McClellan.

Weston Turville Horticultural Society

Thu 14, 8pm, WT Village Hall The Society is now at the end of its winter break and we look forward to welcoming Valerie Edwards, who is going to talk about The Gardens of Chenies Manor.

The Great British Fish & Chips Supper

Fri 15, all day, various venues Help raise money for spinal injury assistance by hosting a fish & chips supper. Details on www.siafishandchips.​co.uk.

Farewell to Wendover Fairtrade Sale

Fri 15 & Sat 16, 10am-4pm, 39 Chiltern Road A chance to say au revoir and clear any fairtrade items that remain in Odile’s stock before the Pollards move to Switzerland in

8 Church Way Haddenham Aylesbury HP17 8AA

If you miss Twist in Wendover then come and visit us in our newly refurbished premises in Haddenham Come and try our fantastic new menu and our signature Green Dragon Burger together with our famous chips Please see our menu on our website at www.twistatthegreendragon.com We look forward to welcoming you!

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Events

BOXCRAZY CRAFTING WORKSHOP AT COSTA COFFEE, Worlds End Garden Centre, Wendover PAPERCRAFTS AND MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP

June. Please join them during those two Bucks Family History Society Next Workshop: days. See ad page 5 and more details page 7. Sat 16, 2pm, Preb Fm Comm Ctre HP19 7QW MONDAY 11th May 2015 11.30 – 1pm “Buckinghamshire Convicts 1600-1870” is £15 per session to include refreshments On Screen the topic to be covered by Ken Griffin. Non Refundable deposit required to secure a place Fri 15 7.30pm, Library Room All materials provided All ages welcome May’s film will be “The Theory of Everything”, Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild to book a session please call the story of Stephen Hawking’s life, starring Sat 16, 2.30-4.30pm, SM Meth Church SUE DUNNETT MOB: 07758594068 Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne. Tickets £5.00 “Treasures from the Costume and Textiles Collection of Buckinghamshire County from the Library. Museum” with speaker Will Phillips. Entrance HS2: Heritage on the Line Conference fee for meetings; Guild members; £2.50, Sat 16, 9am-4.15pm, WT Village Hall Visitors; £4.00 (max 3 visits per year), Students; Advance ticket only. £10 conference-only, £1.00, Accompanied under 16’s; free. or £16 with a buffet lunch. Tickets available from the front desk at the County Museum Drayton Beauchamp Annual Concert 39 Chiltern Road in Church Street, Aylesbury, or by post from Sat 16, 7pm, St Mary’s Church, D Beauchamp Wendover Bucks Archaeological Society. Details on Featuring The Aurora Trio, Tickets £12 (concert and wine) or £22.50 (inc dinner). Contact CLEARANCE OF FAIRTRADE GOODS www.bucksas.org.uk and page 9. Anne on 01296 434357, Rosemary on 01296 Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May 630446 or Guy on 01442 826241 for tickets. Free Church Plant Sale 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat 16, 9.30-11.30am, Wen Christian Ctre Ploughman’s lunches, teas, coffees both days Coffee, refreshments, home produce, cakes BKB Orphans Dinner - and plants, too! Proceeds benefit Free Sat 16, 7 for 7.30pm, Wen Christian Ctre Proceeds to go to Advantage Africa WE_WEND_NEWS_MAY15.pdf 1 12/04/2015 11:15:23 £18pp to include three course meal and Church Uganda projects. All the Pollards will be around on the Friday to greet you!

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HALTON CC SCHOOL Monday 7.45 pm Saturday 9.30 am

WILSTONE VILLAGE HALL Monday 9.30 am Tuesday 6.00 pm Lo WENDOVER MEM HALL Wednesday 9.30 am Wednesday 7.45 pm Thursday 9.45 am Lo Frid Friday 9.45 am WESTON TURVILLE SCH Saturday 9.30am Tues & Thur 7.30 pm

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Events

LEGACY FAIRS Antiques & Collectors Market

Thursday 21 May 9am-2pm (Trade 8am) Entrance by donation to Charity

Wendover Memorial Hall Art for Charity

Paintings by local artist Diana Hardacre will be on show at Church End Cottage, 1 Bates Lane, Weston Turville, on Saturday May 23, Sunday May 24 and Monday May 25 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. A donation resulting from the sale of any paintings will be given to SENSE, the national charity supporting deafblind people. Entry £1, to include a glass of wine

St Mary’s WT - SWIFT project

F U N D AY 6 June 11am to 4pm

Games, competitions, sideshows FREE bouncy castle Bell tower open, face painting, WT School Friday Choir Jigsaw Jiggers, Church choir Jazz group, BBQ, teas, cream teas, ice creams Displays, plans, audio-visual of our community project Under cover if wet

Offers of help, donations, sponsors, prizes, etc welcome

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Come, eat, play, stay all day Healing Meditation Group Bringing in transforming Archangelic energies and

8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course 2015 Mornings in Wendover FFI holisticlouise@tiscali.co.uk www.beingmystical.co.uk 01296 696285 mob 07742 185 819

Serene Landscapes Garden Design & Build

Ring Jamie on 07734 152084 or email: sereneland@outlook.com

Lady Grey

Tel: 0751 9834251

Homemade Cakes, Fine Teas, Light Breakfasts, Lunches Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00am - 5.00pm

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wine/soft drinks. Tickets from Marguerite, Weston Turville Historical Society 01296 622678 or Clare, 01442 825879. All Fri 29, 8pm, W Turville Village Hall proceeds go to support the operation of our Richard Tregoning presents “A Wigginton Mobile Clinic. Snapshot”, a history of this local village.

Wendover Choral Society Concert

Sat 16, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Wendover “More English than the English”, with conductor Peter Bassano. Tickets £15 or £12 (concessions) from st mary’s shop, 11 High Street. See advert front page.

Reading Group

Wendover Art Club Spring Exhibition

Sat 30 & Sun 31, 10.30am-4pm, Library Room Entry free. Paintings, prints and cards by talented local artists. Come and browse! www.wendoverartclub.org

Charity Casino Night

Mon 18, 7.30pm, Shoulder of Mutton Informal reading group. The book is “H Is For Hawk”, by Helen Macdonald. Details from Lindsay Cornell 07855 096260 or 01296 615753.

Sat 30, 7pm, Red Lion Hotel Benefits MacMillan Cancer. Features live music, raffle, hot buffet, welcome drink, auction & casino tables. Tickets £25 available from Red Lion Reception desk.

Wendover Horticultural Society

Charity Football Match

Thu 21, 2.30pm, Library Room Daniel Burns discusses “Work of the Forestry Commission”. There is also a full day outing to Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire on Thursday 28 May.

Sun 31, 12 noon, John Colet School fields Wendover Football Club, sponsored by Sweeney’s Budgens, in a match that benefits Wendover Youth Centre. Details page 29.

Events coming this summer...

Aylesbury Ctre for the National Trust • “Get Sunny for Money”, 5 June. Wear a Thu 21, 8pm, Broughton Jr School This month’s topic is “Life in a Nutshell” with speaker John Tyler.

FORM PTB Studio Open Day

Sat 23, 9am-4pm, 2 Robert Mews Form PTB is a fresh approach to training being offered to Wendover by Cat Booker in her new studio. Drop in and see if the trainers have something to offer that suits you. See advert page 7 and article page 28.

Christian Centre Book Club

Sat 23, 10.30am, Wendover Christian Ctre Whatever your taste in books, you will be welcome. We drink coffee, enjoy cake and discuss, recommend and swap the books we have been reading. (Regular attenders, please note this is the 4th Saturday in May.)

Art for Charity

Sat 23-Mon 25, 10am-5pm, 1 Bates Lane Paintings by local artist Diana Hardacre will be on show. A donation resulting from the sale of any paintings will be given to SENSE, the national charity supporting and campaigning for deafblind people. Entry £1, to include a glass of wine. See advert page 6.

Wendover Twinning Association Thu 28, 7.30pm, Library Room Games Night. Members £3, Visitors £4.

sunny hat or shorts to help raise funds for Florence Nightingale Hospice. Details and fundraising packs from Carole on 01296 429975 or fundraising@fnhospice.org.uk. • Bucks Open Studios, 6-21 June. Over 600 artists and makers will be opening their studios and showcasing their talent. This year Wendover will have nine artists at six different venues during Bucks Open Studios, with artwork ranging from Painting through Fabric and Textile Designs to Ceramics. To find out more please visit www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk. • Muir Trust Artist-in-Residence, Bucks County Museum, July. Lorraine Izon will be the Muir Trust artist-in-residence this year at Bucks County Museum. Details available on www.buckscc.gov.uk/museum. • Yorkshire 3 Peaks for PACE, 4 July. A 25 mile walk across the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Bring your friends and help celebrate 25 years of PACE. Included in your sign up - bacon butties, packed lunch en route and celebratory meal with glass of wine when finished, also full guided support and PACE staff walking with you. £60 deposit; minimum £350 sponsorship. For more information contact victoria.martin@thepacecentre.org, 01296 616974, www.thepacecentre.org. • “Glo4Flo”, 11 July. The 5th Gemstone Midnight Walk for Florence Nightingale Hospice. www.gemstonewalk.co.uk

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Local News Further progress on the Wendover Arm Wendover Community Car awarded At 11am on Saturday 11 April, volunteers Government Funding from the Wendover Arm Trust broke through one of the temporary bunds and commenced re-watering of 437 metres (just over one quarter mile) of canal up to Bridge 4A (one of the wooden footbridges erected to allow walkers to cross the canal using the established footpath). This further restored length has taken about five years to complete and will require about 3.15 million litres of water to bring the level up to nearly 1 metre – still not to navigable depth, but this section will not be connected to the fully completed Phase 1 for a number of years – depending upon funding and available labour. It is estimated that it will take about two weeks to fill this length. It is hoped that wildlife will quickly establish as found with previously restored lengths.

A local charity, Wendover Action Group, have successfully bid for government funding to provide a new replacement vehicle for the Wendover Community Car. In November 2014 the Dept. of Transport announced that they would provide £25 million of funding for existing not for profit community transport schemes to purchase new vehicles. The Wendover Action Group were notified on Thursday 26 March that they were one of the successful applicants.

The Chairman of the charity said “We are especially pleased about the funding as the current vehicle has been providing a service to the village for almost nine years and funding replacement is a challenge. Local organisations like the Parish Council and the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust have been able to help us with running costs but significantly greater resources were needed to replace the specially equipped vehicle we operate. The continued operation of our service is now more secure.”

Despite the fact that the Trust was unable to previously announce re-watering to the general public owing to parking and other restraints, a considerable number of interested parties were present having heard of the development by word of mouth. The Trust will be holding a Restoration Open Day on Sunday 7 June when this new restored Au Revoir, Wendover! section will be open to all with guided tours The Pollards, 39 Chiltern Road, are planning available. to move to Switzerland in June. Details about The Trust is now commencing restoration and advert for their open house on pages 4-5. between Bridges 4 and 4A and progress could be speeded up by employing contractors For some years they have been glad to for part of the work if additional funds can collect empty toner cartridges and unwanted be obtained – in this connection a Funding mobile phones for recycling, to benefit the Director is anxiously sought and if any reader Air Ambulance Service. They will send off of “Wendover News” is interested in this their last consignment on 1 May. Please do position they would be delighted to hear. not leave any items (including sheets) for Contact may be made via the website, www. recycling after that date. Thank you for your support over the years. wendoverarmtrust.co.uk.

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Wendover Remembers All material copyright 2014 Wendover Remembers

MAY 1915

In May 1915 fighting continued in Gallipoli, but little progress was made. On the Western Front British troops attacked at Aubers Ridge (9 May) and at Festubert (15 May) in support of the French offensive in Artois. In those two attacks the British, including Indian and Canadian soldiers, suffered a total of 28,000 casualties and little ground was gained. At sea, the Cunard liner Lusitania en route from New York to Liverpool was torpedoed without warning and sank in 18 minutes (7 May). 1,195 passengers were lost including 124 Americans. Zeppelins raided Southend and London where 38 people were killed and 35 injured.

It was during the attack at Aubers Ridge that 2nd Lieutenant R. T. Shaw of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment was killed. Reginald Shaw, aged 22, was the son of Dr and Mrs Lauriston Shaw of Icknield Cottage, Ellesborough Road, Wendover. The Wendover Magazine recorded that Lt Shaw was killed “when he was gallantly leading his platoon across the open in the face of heavy fire... somewhere in the bullet-swept space Lt Shaw made the crowning sacrifice for his country”. Lt Shaw is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in northern France. The Bucks advertiser of 29 May reported that Lieutenant John Eldridge of the Royal West Kent Regiment had been wounded. John Eldridge was the son of Francis Eldridge, a bricklayer, and his wife, Ellen. John had been a pupil at Wendover School and before the war lived with his parents in Aylesbury Road. He survived the war and in 1918 married a Miss Somerville – “a well–known and respected Wendover lady” in Portsmouth. A second Wendover man wounded in May 1915 was William (Will) Herbert Dell, a Private in the 1st Battalion Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. Will was the middle son of William and Martha

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Dell of Wellwick Farm. Will spent a considerable time in hospital, but survived the war. The Bucks Advertiser of 8 May announced that: “We know that an anonymous donor has kindly offered to erect a YMCA hut [in Wendover] for the use of soldiers. We trust that a suitable site will be obtained. In the offer provision has been made for a caretaker.” Wendover was continuing its efforts to make the Halton soldiers feel welcome.

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HS2 HS2 and Buckinghamshire’s Past

HS2 will carve its way not only through the ancient Chiltern landscape but also a substantial number of historic sites in Buckinghamshire both above and below ground. Since the announcement of the line’s proposed construction, the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society has been active in raising heritage issues with HS2 Ltd and increasing public awareness of its impact. Recently, the Society arranged an open day to view the remains of the church and graveyard of old Stoke Mandeville, which would be completely obliterated by construction of the line. The Society has arranged a whole-day event with ten speakers looking at a number of threatened locations, ranging from ancient deposits where hippopotamus bones have previously been discovered, to a Roman small town and parts of two deserted medieval village sites. Heritage on the Line will be at Weston Turville Village Hall on Saturday 16 May. See www.bucksas.org.uk for further details and tickets - entry by ticket only.

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The Select Committee has set out some advice for Petitioners: be concise, not taking more than 30 minutes in your presentation and keeping your slide show relatively short (24 slides are recommended). They would like petitioners to come together. We now have three provisional dates for the Select Committee visit to Buckinghamshire: • 20 May, Cheryl Gillan MP for Amersham CFAs 8 and 9 • 21 May, David Lidington MP for Aylesbury CFAs 10 and 11 • 23 May, John Bercow MP for Buckingham CFAs 12,13 and 14 Clearly this assumes it is the MPs who have been voted in at the general election. But let’s explore why the dates are provisional. If it is a “hung Parliament” and it takes time to form a functioning government, it is only after that that the Select Committee will be re constituted and empowered to continue. In simple terms: No government, No Select Committee.

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HS2 Brian Thompson on a Bored Tunnel I mentioned last month that we were awaiting the publication of the Chiltern Long Tunnel. It is now available on the Chiltern District Council web site, and it has several interesting aspects for us.

tunnel requires a large construction site but a lot less than the sum of all the construction sites the surface route requires in the AONB. So how bad would it be? The promoters of the Chiltern Long Tunnel have identified using the railways to bring in supplies for HS2 and take out spoil as their main approach. An alternative was to pipe the spoil away. In addition they are proposing to follow the Crossrail example and bring in the concrete rings for the tunnel by rail rather than construct them on site. See the map next page for details.

The Chiltern Long Tunnel has a northern portal at chainage 55.800 about level with the middle roundabout of the bypass. This moving of the portal away from Wendover is good for us. Now a fully bored tunnel through the Chilterns AONB solves most of our issues with HS2 (except the waste of public funds) with one exception. That is the The green area is the space released from construction site. the current HS2 proposed approach, which shows how the construction site moves Now having spoken to a few HS2 Ltd personnel away from the residents. The blue area in my time I have come to the conclusion that shows the identified HS2 space being used they employ irony in a most extreme fashion. as construction areas. The red area is a By that I mean they have assured me they new requirement and is predominantly for are not giving us a tunnel to save us from a railway sidings. All in all not too bad bearing huge tunnel construction site being right on in mind it could be there for 7 years with the our doorstep. Now it is clear that a fully bored workforce working 24x7.

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The one little wrinkle we have is that the sidings shown are mostly in the parish of Stoke Mandeville and they do seem rather put out that we could get a bored tunnel. Still, let’s hope common sense prevails as the corner of the railway sidings are still 1km away from the corner of Stoke Mandeville village.

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AVDC Elections Desmond Anning

UKIP Steve Bowles

Conservative Party

Why UKIP? In the past we have had too many broken promises, a cast iron referendum,a human rights bill,control of our borders, all pie in the sky. Idiot ideas like HS2, freezing energy bills, cutting our defences, the list is never ending. What about Wendover? I live on the Princess Mary Estate, and apart from the roads still waiting to be made up and the street lighting to be sorted out I think it’s a lovely part of the world: Wendover Woods, the RAF being very generous with playing areas, all good stuff. If elected I will do my best to keep it that way. Steve is one of your District Councillors seeking re-election. He has attended Parish Council meetings and Local Area forums. He also sits on the Wendover Memorial Hall Committee. He has assisted residents with various issues and concerns and is working with the Parish Council in the preparation of their Neighbourhood Plan and liaising with AVDC to resolve Wendover’s parking issues. He has actively fought against HS2 since its announcement and made representations to the Secretary of State, Prime Minister and HS2 Chairman to convey your concerns. Steve welcomes the opportunity to continue as your District Councillor, working for the community, raising your concerns and influencing the way services are delivered and your money spent.

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Liberal Democrats Sue Hetherington

UKIP Tom Hodge

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Sue Hetherington has lived in Wendover for over 20 years, having moved here from High Wycombe. She worked full time for over 40 years, spending 30 years in IT, latterly at the Bank of England. She did a variety of jobs for the last 10 or so years of her career, including adult literacy teaching in prisons and statistical work at Magistrates Courts. Since retirement, Sue does much local community voluntary work. It is a particular pleasure when it touches upon Sue’s passions of wildlife and the environment. Sue looks forward to using her skills and life experience serving her community.

Aylesbury Vale Green Party is standing 3 candidates in the AVDC elections in Wendover. We are the only party that has opposed HS2 in Parliament since 2010, whatever UKIP say. We will enforce the Hunting Act in Aylesbury Vale and halt the rollout of the failed badger cull. Green Party candidates will support local businesses, oppose fracking and work hard to ensure that recreation facilities are properly maintained and that the mounting litter problem is tackled. A Green District Council will pay at least a living wage to those providing public services and work towards £10 an hour by 2020.

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Wendover & Halton Ward Chris Peeler

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Chris has been resident in Wendover for over 40 years and his main concerns have been environmental, both with regard to Wendover issues and nationally. He has been a member of the Green party for the last two years. Locally he has tried hard to raise the profile of cycling, since he is convinced that if more Wendover residents cycled instead of using their cars, Wendover would benefit both from a better environment and a general improvement in health. He supports the Green party since it gives prominence to major environmental issues such as global warming and he supports his party in their opposition to HS2.

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My name is Marc, (36) I lived in Halton after joining the RAF Police in 1998. After leaving the RAF I continued to live in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding counties. I moved back to Halton Village three years ago and find that the area has become my home. I am engaged to be married in June this year. I work for a manufacturer in Little Kimble. In my spare time I follow rock music and movies but also take time for my allotment. I have plenty of time outside this to support my community and friends and I believe that standing for UKIP is the best way I can do this.

A keen hiker in the Chiltern Hills, Andrew Southam is standing as a Conservative Party District Councillor to contribute to community life, represent local views, and protect local interests. Among other activities, particular agenda issues he wants to pursue include developing a walk through Wendover and Halton on aspects of historical and natural interest to promote local tourism; deepening the proud links that Wendover and Halton have with the RAF community; developing outdoor youth facilities, particularly promoting the Halton Air Training Corps and working with other organisations to develop the local environment including the repair of country pathways. • • • • • •

The Green Party is a party of social and environmental justice. We believe in “The Common Good” - a politics that works for the benefit of all. We are the only party that puts the environment at the heart of our policies. Green Party have consistently voted against HS2 in Parliament. HS2 is an energy-intensive, over-engineered railway which will cause massive damage and disruption to Aylesbury Vale. Nationally, we will argue to bring the railways back into public ownership.

Councillor Peter Strachan is standing again having been elected as an AVDC Conservative Councillor at the last election. A former Wing Commander, Peter took early retirement from the RAF 10 years ago. He and his family have lived in the area since 1995, when he first served at RAF Halton. Peter has always taken an active interest in the local community and believes that local politics is about local people shaping their own community. If elected again, he pledges to continue to do his best representing the community he lives and works within. As a local Councillor, Peter promises to put the constituents of Wendover and Halton first at AVDC.

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AVDC Elections Martin Abel

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Labour Party Geoffrey Baile

UKIP Lesley Baile

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Green 1st candidate Bill Chapple OBE

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I pledge that if elected I will ensure that an up to date Aylesbury Vale Development Plan is put in place. As I have discovered personally, without a current Development Plan, we are defenceless against the developers who are targeting our villages. I pledge that any development keeps to the 35% affordable homes quota. Our young people deserve the chance to rent or buy in the community where they have grown up. I will not make simplistic, unachievable statements just to get your vote. I am a 67 year old retired Secondary Head Teacher who has lived in Aylesbury Vale for the last 14 years.

Living locally for 45 years, Geoff has been married to wife Lesley since 1967. Part of the business community, he runs a local fitted bedroom and furniture fitment studio and workshop. He is very interested in our shared local heritage, in views on marriage and other imposed changes and legislations, in local planning developments and in the importance of local community having a say on things that affect them. With three daughters all schooled in Aston Clinton and Aylesbury, he cares passionately about all age education and child care. As an active Christian he believes every person has great creative potential.

Living locally for 45 years Lesley has been married to Geoff since 1967. Very interested in our shared local heritage, in local planning and development and in the importance of local people having input into local government and community . With 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild she cares passionately about creative children’s education from the earliest stages. As an active Christian she believes every person has great creative potential. Lesley has: worked in the family business; helped establish and work a floristry business; taught art in school and all whilst being a home-maker and gardener. Current interest is art restoration.

I am the Technical Director of an IT company and have lived in the Aylesbury Vale for the past 15 years. • The Green Party is a party of social and environmental justice. • We believe in “The Common Good” - a politics that works for the benefit of all. • We are the only party that puts the environment at the heart of our policies. • Green Party have consistently voted against HS2 in Parliament. • HS2 is an energy-intensive, over-engineered railway which will cause massive damage and disruption to Aylesbury Vale. • Nationally, we will argue to bring the railways back into public ownership. A Devon farmer’s son, Bill is a retired London Firefighter. He has been your County Councillor for 38 years as well as serving you for 12 years as a District Councillor. Bill has devoted his life to helping others and being an advocate for the residents of Buckinghamshire. Over the years Bill has helped residents deal with many issues including traffic and development and he will use his strategic planning knowledge to help develop Aylesbury Vale in a more managed way. Away from politics Bill enjoys spending time with his young grandchildren, gardening and collecting small antiques.

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Aston Clinton & Stoke Mandeville Ward (includes Weston Turville) Mike Collins

Conservative Party Cameron Kaye

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I lived in Aston Clinton before moving to Weston Turville six years ago with my wife Joan, and I have been involved in the local community for over 30 years. Before retiring I worked for the British Heart Foundation whilst also being actively involved in village life. I am the founder of the Aston Clinton Community Group, organised the first village day, founded the Aston Clinton Tennis Club as well as organising two History of Aston Clinton Exhibitions all whilst driving the dial-a-ride community bus. I have always put the local community first and will continue to do this if elected on 7th May. I am also a member of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. • • • • •

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The Green Party is a party of social and environmental justice. We believe in “The Common Good” - a politics that works for the benefit of all. We are the only party that puts the environment at the heart of our policies. Green Party have consistently voted against HS2 in Parliament. HS2 is an energy-intensive, over-engineered railway which will cause massive damage and disruption to Aylesbury Vale. Nationally, we will argue to bring the railways back into public ownership.

Carole Paternoster

Conservative Party

I have had the privilege of representing the Aston Clinton ward for 16 years. Today our villages are facing more threats than at any time in the past. HS2 will have a devastating impact, as will opportunistic housing development which makes no improvement to local services. Our schools are full, waiting times for a GP appointment are increasing, our roads are already congested. I will continue to fight HS2 but strive to get the best mitigation should it come. I will continue to get the Local Plan in place quickly to stop all these unwanted planning applications.

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Liberal Democrats Phil Yerby

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Where will your councillor be when you need them most? Phil will be on your side, not on the fence! He has an incredibly strong record of standing up for local people. Amongst many other things he: • is Chairman of the successful Hampden Fields Action Group; • secured £300,000 of infrastructure investment in our electricity network; • championed and achieved many improvements to roads and pathways; • helped numerous residents with housing issues • fought many local campaigns against other inappropriate housing developments. He lives in Weston Turville with his young family and runs a local business.

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The Dandy Kid is a place for modern parents. There is a small shop in Wendover where they not only sell clothes and nice bits for the kids, they also stock some bits for grown ups too. The Dandy Kid is much more than a shop, they’re all about making life easier and more fun for parents - mums especially - so they also have a Knit Club.

Midwife who, as well as knitting, runs baby massage classes in the village) began their own informal knit club a few years ago with a small group of friends. Chatting to lots of customers in the shop it became apparent that lots of women were looking for an “outlet”. It also seemed that more people wanted to learn to knit and have a few hours away from the kids, so demand meant that they decided to scale up and open an official club. The Dandy Kid Knit Club is open to everyone with all knitting abilities. Becks said, “We’ve both always loved knitting and crafting, it’s good for the soul and incredibly therapeutic. Parenthood is an incredibly busy time, it’s not often you find or make time for yourself. Knitting is a craft that you can pick up and put down so we just wanted to create a space and time to do just this. We love teaching people to knit, and chatting with those who can already, it’s a lovely relaxed evening.”

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Crafty People Deli. Entry is £9.50 which includes refreshments (alcoholic and non) and homemade cakes. Needles and wool are available on the night or you can bring your own. Beginners and serious knitters are welcome. In fact, everyone is welcome!. For more information email hello@thedandykid.com or pop into The Dandy Kid, The Barn Courtyard, 25 High Street, Wendover to find out more about what The Dandy Kid offer. Becks Clarke

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The PlainStitch Workroom is a sunny colourful sewing shop and classroom located on the first floor of a Georgian building on Wendover High Street. We teach classes almost every day, Tuesday to Saturday, evenings and weekends. We teach complete beginners to sew, we reignite a love of sewing in rusty returnees and we inspire and challenge our dedicated seamstresses. We teach dressmaking, quilting and patchwork, knitting and crochet, cross stitch and embroidery. We also teach weekend and holiday sewing to kids and teens. We make everything from quilts to lampshades, from dresses for babies to cushions for sofas and we do it all in our sunny classroom above Christopher Pallet Estate Agents in High St, Wendover. Our Workroom is tucked away on the first floor, you can find our entrance in Back Street, through the black gate, and in through the shiny blue front door with railings. We sell a comprehensive range of cotton quilting fabrics, an ever growing selection of haberdashery, threads and notions as well as a small selection of wool and knitting supplies. We pride ourselves on an inspiring, bright colourful shop, packed to the gunnels with IDEAS! As well as our popular classes (details on our website www.plainstitch.co.uk) we also run a community sewing group, The Wendover Sewing Bee, which meets once a month at St Anne’s Hall on the first Tuesday 9.30am – 12pm, £4.00. This is a drop in event, just turn up with some sewing or knitting and meet lots of lovely like-minded people to share your project with. It really is the friendliest gathering! My name is Deb McGuire and I run PlainStitch. I love to sew, and I love teaching other people to sew. We really believe that having a creative outlet makes everyone who tries it happier, and sewing really gives people that satisfaction and enjoyment, as well as the amazing community of the people who come to sew at PlainStitch. Do pop in and see what we are about. We are open Tues – Sat 9.30am – 1pm (many Saturdays we are also open till 3pm – see website for details or email deb@plainstitch.co.uk) Deb McGuire

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My cakes feature handcrafted sugar flowers and customised cake toppers which I make from scratch. The learning guides I have published to help others learn this amazing craft have been sent to people in Australia, South Africa and America. It never ceases Elegantly Iced Elegantly Iced was born in 2008 with my to amaze me how many of you also want to beautiful daughter’s 1st birthday party learn how to decorate cakes too. and the creation of a cake for this special occasion. From this modest beginning I have I’ve used my primary school teaching built a thriving business creating wedding background to run my own cake decorating cakes, celebration cakes, hand crafted school. Cupcakes and sugar flowers and flowers and cake toppers all from my home models are a growing trend and I was thrilled at the response I had for my small group in the beautiful town of Wendover. workshops where I share my decorating Over the years I’ve discovered that there is techniques and create little works of edible

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Aging Parents: What is When it comes to care for an elderly parent, we all want to ensure they are happy, healthy, and able to enjoy later life as much as possible. If one of your parents is no longer able to care for themselves - whether through old age or an illness - it’s important to choose care that best suits your parent’s needs. There are many factors and options to consider – both in terms of the type of care you opt for, and which provider is the most appropriate. Live-in homecare is a little-known alternative to residential care homes, but it’s growing in popularity as a viable option. Trudi Scrivener, Managing Director of Universal Care, one of the members of The LiveIn Homecare Hub, explains live-in homecare and how it can benefit the elderly and their family.

Live-in homecare – the basics

Live-in homecare is just that: personal carers that live in their client’s home, 24 hours a day. Everyone has different care requirements and live-in homecare allows people to stay in familiar surroundings with the very highest standards of personally tailored, professional care.

This service is not just about giving essential support such as washing, dressing, preparing meals and help with medication, livein homecare provides housekeeping and companionship too. Many carers and nurses are also specially trained to cope with particular conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, MS or palliative care. Even tasks like general admin in today’s digital world creates all kinds of challenges and live-in carers are on-hand to manage that too. Very importantly they can also help clients enjoy some of the things in life they once did, for example inviting friends over for lunch or baking a cake.

What are the benefits?

With no rigid rules or timetables, each day is planned around the client, giving a sense of independence and dignity. Really getting to know an elderly person is one of the key advantages of live-in homecare. For someone with dementia, something as simple as knowing how they like their toast - how crispy, whether they like their butter cold or soft, or

cut on the diagonal - can make a big difference. Live-in homecare is about caring for the whole person – not just the age or health issue. There is overwhelming evidence that this kind of constant, considered, one-to-one care produces a far better experience for the vast majority of people. The freedom of being able to ask for a favourite meal, see a football match, sit with a much-loved pet, or go to the seaside on a sunny day means quality of life is truly enhanced.

What about the cost?

For most people, full-time care represents a significant financial outlay but live-in fees can compare very favourably with residential homes, especially where couples are looked after together, where it can work out to be significantly less. Where full time care is required, and a person’s primary need is a health need, all of their care fees could be paid by the NHS through a little-known funding stream called NHS Continuing Healthcare. In all cases, talking to a financial advisor who specialises in later life planning is essential.

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Good carers love what they do. They tend to be people with a special balance of dedication, reliability and compassion combined with sociability, good humour and common sense. Such are the very high standards required of live-in carers, The Live-in Homecare Information Hub member companies normally reject between 92 and 95 per cent of applicants. Each company will have its own individual vetting procedures, but they typically include several interviews, psychometric testing, DBS and work permit checks, written references, ID and qualification verifications.

Minimising hospital admissions

Live-in homecare offers a very efficient and effective solution to one of the NHS’s major issues: that of hospital bed blocking. With experienced carers on hand to provide a safe and proactively monitored convalescence environment at home, carers undertake around 85% of the work conducted by nurses

– and often work under the auspices of Macmillan and community nurses, freeing up their time. Live-in nurses are also available. Live-in homecare means patients have their own evolving personal care plans and this ongoing bespoke attention means they’re far less likely to suffer from falls, skin conditions and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) or other infections due to early detection from oneto-one supervision and observation. This has a knock-on effect in terms of releasing the pressure on NHS A&E departments and significantly mitigates the risk of hospital readmissions.

Care options

There are two models of live-in home care: full management and introductory. Choosing one service over the other is a matter of personal choice; one may be more appropriate depending on an individual’s personal circumstances and those of their family. With full management, the company providing the care employs and trains its

carers and oversees all aspects of care. It suits families with significant other demands on their time. Introductory care service is where agencies don’t employ carers directly, they are self-employed contractors responsible for their own tax and NI contributions, and are paid directly by clients or their families. This is appropriate for families keen to be closely involved and ‘hands-on’.

Finding out more about live-in homecare If you would like to find out more about whether live-in homecare is right for your family, www.stayinmyhome.co.uk is a valuable information resource. Developed by The Live-in Homecare Information Hub - a coalition of 13 leading live-in homecare providers - the site illustrates how, with the right professional support, elderly people can stay in their home right through to the end of life. Universal Care is the agency operating in our area. Visit www.universalcare.co.uk for more information. See ad p 25.

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the most attractive things about it is that it involves one planning meeting in the early Spring and then in addition to some admin tasks a further 2/3 meetings with the team in the run up to the Show which takes place on the second Saturday in August. Moreover, all the Procedures are in place for the event and most relevant information is already saved This does mean of course that we are looking on computer. for a new Chairman for our friendly committee. The Society is over 100 years old so we really If not you, then perhaps you know of someone do want to keep going. Can you help? We who would enjoy this role? If you would like to hope there is someone out there who would talk through or would like a copy of the Show like to take on this role. Perhaps you are new Secretary Job Description please give Lindsay to the village or area or perhaps you have lived Smith a call on 01296 613237. Thank you. here a long time – is this something for you?

Important news for the Society is that Pat Rutherford, Chairman of the Society for some 10 years, has sadly decided to call it a day. We want to say a very warm “thank you” to Pat for her commitment, the sharing of her horticultural knowledge and for being such a welcoming and friendly Chairman.

The Society is also looking for a Show Secretary for the Annual Show scheduled for Saturday 8th August. This event does take advanced planning as well as helpers on the day. The latter is never a problem. We are fortunate in that but for the event to continue we do need a Show Secretary to work with the Horticultural Society’s small committee.

Whitchurch Morris Men – May is Here

Hopefully, you’re reading this article at just the right time. Friday 1 May will see us out with Towersey Morris at 5:30 am to dance in the summer at the Towersey crossroads followed by breakfast in the Three Horseshoes prior to the May Day Tour of Oxford. See www.towerseymorrismen.org. uk for more information.

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We of the Whitchurch Men start our formal 1st Halton (RAF) Scout Fete FRANK FENNELL summer programme on Monday 4 May at 1st Halton held a very successful Fete on PLUMBING & HEATING 6:30 am at the monument on Coombe Hill. Saturday raising funds for the Special Care Bathrooms, Ensuites, Cloakrooms, Showers, Baby Unit. The total of £853:00 was raised Water Softeners, C/Heating, Power Flushing The rest of the tour looks like this: with the help of local crafters, Wendover No job too small 9:00am The Hampden Arms, Gt traders and many Scout stalls. The Scout 07967 638527 01296 620629 Hampden HP16 9RQ mascots Shandkydd and Joey from Road francoffennell@gmail.com 10:30am World’s End Garden Centre, Farm Ramblings attended and proved very popular. Thank you to everybody involved. Wendover HP22 6BD Sharon Elmidoro, Scout Leader 12:00pm May Fair, Whitchurch HP22 4JG 2.15pm Pitstone Green Farm Museum, Pitstone LU7 9EY Our Tuesday evening dancing out programme also begins in May with 8pm performances: 12

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The Wendover Swimming Pool is a great local resource. We have the volunteers, the vision and the funding to develop the pool for the community. All that’s stopping us now is the lack of a lease! If readers would like to help, then we encourage them to contact their We do now have a lease that we’ve agreed County Councillor, and ask them to help us with the school. At the moment, we’re secure the future of the pool. waiting for approval from Buckinghamshire Trustees of The Wendover Swimming Pool County Council. Additionally, the council have introduced error and confusion in relation to the boundary around the pool - and despite Wendover Bowls Club repeated site visits and several attempts they It is now the “Outdoor Season”. seem unable to draw a red line on a piece of paper in the correct place. If the boundary is We started playing on our outside green on 14 April “Just a Club Roll-up” also known as a wrong, there can be no sub lease. spoon drive to allow members to get the feel We have some great plans for the future - and of playing outside as against the short mats we have put on display at the pool an artist’s which is played in the “Clubhouse”. It is quite impression and sketch plans prepared by a different game!!

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Club Corner First outside match was 18 April against Good News For Beavers Scouts Kitcheners Bowls Club, and the result will be In answer to our plea for help, we have announced in the next issue. had an additional 3 people come forward to help with Beavers. We are now running The Green is now fully set up with plenty a parent rota meaning and have at least 3 of seats available for anyone who wishes to adults now helping each week. In addition come and watch, and on match days there to the adults we also have 2/3 Explorer will be tea and biscuits available. Home Scouts doing Duke of Edinburgh Award Match days in May are: Service with each of the colonies. Saturday 3 vs Chalfont St Giles Saturday 9 vs Bletchley Town To complete the Leader teams we now Sunday 10 vs Winslow need a person to take on the role of Saturday 23 vs Chinos Park leader - the person who co-ordinates Sunday 24 vs Abbots Langley the leader team. This person would Saturday 30 vs Chess Vale (this is a mixed work alongside Suzie, our Thursday “League” and friendly match) Beaver Leader, to deliver scouting to the Matches all start at 2.30pm and tea is 20 plus 6-8 year olds we have meeting available at about 4pm. The bar is also open on a Tuesday evening. You do not have from about 2pm and normally available all to have had a background in Scouts as afternoon. Do come along and watch - it is a full training is given. good and relaxing afternoon. New members always welcome. It is a game for all ages For more information please contact Brian Wheeler 01296 622605, Brian Harrison 01296 630669, Ann Smith 01494 569377.

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NEWS FROM WENDOVER HEALTH CENTRE - 01296 623452 Booking an Appointment

If you want to see a doctor or nurse and your problem is not urgent, please plan ahead and book an appointment either by calling us on 01296-623452 or online at www.westongrove.com. (To make online bookings you must first register: please see the website for details.) Appointments may be booked up to 4 weeks in advance. Most of our appointments are timed between 8am and 6pm, but we also offer early morning (from 07:40), Tuesday evening and Saturday appointments. Our aim is that you should not have to wait more than 1 week for a routine appointment, although sometimes the wait is longer especially when a specific doctor or nurse is requested, and during school holidays. For urgent problems please call us as soon as possible. A receptionist will ask you for information about the problem; this is important for assessing the level of priority for your call in relation to www.wendovernews.co.uk

others and help ensure that the most appropriate person deals with your problem. You will be called back by one of the duty doctors to discuss the problem in depth and agree a course of action. Many problems can be dealt with on the phone, but if necessary you will be offered an appointment on the same day.

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Antihistamines are generally very effective – we recommend LORATADINE or CERTIRIZINE which rarely cause drowsiness. A steroid nasal spray such as BECLOMETASONE may ease a blocked or runny nose. This should be started before the hay fever season and continued throughout. It is important to use nasal sprays correctly – follow the instructions that come in the box. SODIUM CROMOGLICATE eye drops may relieve itchy, watery eyes. If these preparations do not give adequate relief please make an appointment to see a GP or nurse in the practice.

Dates When We Are Closed

The health centre will be closed from 6.30pm on Friday 1 May to 7.30am on Tuesday 5 May, and from 6.30pm on Friday 22 May to 7.30am on Tuesday 26 May for the Mayday and Spring bank holidays. On Wednesday 13 May we will close at 1pm for staff training. For full details of our opening hours and information on the services we offer please see www.westongrove.com. Wendover News May 2015

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Wendover Football Club Club Set for Prem!

Wendover FC attacked April’s fixtures attempting to progress in 2 cups and strengthen their position in the league. Unfortunately Wendover went out of one of the cups on penalties in tricky circumstances. There was better news in the Marsworth Cup however, where the “Black & Golds” put in a fantastic performance to overhaul a very good Haddenham Utd side 5-3. Wendover will now take on Bucks CC in the cup final.

Division. It is a fantastic achievement, and we’d like to say a big thank you for all the fantastic support we’ve been getting this season. We’re very proud to represent our fantastic village and we hope we’ve done our supporters and the village proud again this season. Find out in next month’s edition if we managed to win the league and cup!

For all our club events, fixtures, results, league tables, news etc please visit our website: www.wendoverfc.com. You can also In the league, Wendover were held to a 1-1 visit and join our vibrant new Facebook page draw away from home to a battling Oving side. where you can get fantastic weekly match They put this disappointment behind them reports, news, interaction and more! the following week, emphatically running out We have many events coming up, including 3-1 winners against Aylesbury Sports. our annual 5-a-side tournament and summer

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Request from Forest Close Residents Council for Water had negotiated with Residents of Forest Close would kindly like to remind people that the Close is a private road with only a pedestrian right of way. Speeding cars who use it to drop off railway passengers are becoming a real danger to our children who live and play in the Close and there have been several incidents where cars and garden walls have been damaged by such vehicles turning. Additionally residents are financially responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the road which is not suitable for heavy traffic use. We appeal to you not to use it as a drop off point for the train station. We would like to thank you in anticipation of your cooperation. The Residents of Forest Close Wendover

Thames Water a six-year rebate of surface drainage charges to those of us in Wendover and around who had been wrongly paying them them since 2001. The article quoted the Council as saying this “will take quite a while to achieve” but since the rebate might be as much as £128 I felt it worth the wait. However no rebate has been forthcoming and I have contacted Thames Water to enquire; to my surprise they told me that this has not in fact been agreed and they are still in negotiations with the Council (!). They expect that the matter “should be resolved within six weeks” so I would urge those who are affected by this to get ready to call Thames Water in mid-May and find out what we are going to get and when. Miggie Cotton Terrick

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Tributes: Gordon Newman Gordon Newman was the second headmaster I worked for in a teaching career lasting almost 40 years. I remember him with great admiration, affection and, in many ways, his capacity to inspire awe. He always seemed to me to be very much ‘his own man’, running the school the way he wanted, unfettered by outside interference. Gordon nurtured both his staff and the pupils placed in his care and had an innate ability to extract the best from both. The school thrived under his kind of leadership and gained a healthy reputation as a good and sound educational establishment. I was proud to be part of his team. I also regarded him with respect for the way he solved many problems through an indirect and somewhat creative approach; he was one of the great lateral thinkers. Just one example - as a young and hard-up teacher I remember a colleague having a dispute with me that was affecting us both. At the time we had rather long lunch breaks and Gordon suggested taking him for lunch in a local hostelry to sort things out. When I said that I couldn’t afford it, he promptly gave me cash out of his own pocket and insisted I take it. Problem solved, relationships repaired, harmony restored. During the long school holidays Gordon set up expeditions for sixth form students, where they explored geographical topics, history, theatre and much more. The first was to Iceland; others to Morocco and Greece followed. They were very popular, educationally sound and, as far as I know, unique to John Colet School. Elf’n Safety hadn’t yet made an appearance! Gordon was respected, but like most of us, had nicknames. Not ones that ridiculed, but

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more terms of liking and warmth. Pupils from the 60’s will be familiar with ‘Chad’. Where that name came from I don’t know. The cartoon figure of a little man with a long nose looking over a garden wall seems an unlikely source. I am more familiar with the phrase ‘Batman and Robin’. At morning assemblies Gordon would invariably arrive late, his cloak and gown billowing and blowing in the draught he’d created and closely followed by the (smaller) Deputy Head Teacher, desperately trying to keep up. The memory makes me smile.

I know that I certainly did, returning to the school - after a period at university, as a fullyfledged teacher. He instilled in every student the fact that they weren’t failures in attending a secondary modern school. I know many who went on to become teachers, doctors, television personalities and important and intelligent people in the community. I know of an eminent professor who started her secondary education in the ‘remedial’ section.

Like many others, I will be forever grateful for the opportunities presented to me by Gordon Newman, a man who had a great educational Gordon wasn’t really a strict disciplinarian, influence in my early years. Thank you although some may disagree. He laid down Gordon. May you rest in peace. Lynda Winter nee Rawlings the rules and saw that they were followed, communicated with his staff and pupils, and motivated as well as rewarded them. All of I was very sad to hear that Gordon Newman that he did effectively . . . and was a great had died. He had such a wonderful aura Head Teacher, the like of which we will never about him, I felt he would live for ever. I feel see again. Oh yes, we have forgiven him for very privileged to have been one of the many wearing those white socks in assembly. Rest pupils who attended John Colet when he was in Peace, Mr. Newman, my friend and mentor. Headmaster - and that he certainly was. John Winter Gordon Newman was a stickler for discipline and Gordon Newman had only been Headmaster working to the best of his abilities, expecting the for one term when in January 1963, aged 14yrs, same from all of his pupils. However, despite his I became a pupil at the school. Looking back aspirations for all of us, there was never any it is evident that he had the ability to see the doubt that under that wonderful head of silver hidden potential, be it academic or practical, hair, smart suit, not to mention the odd waft of in all his pupils. With his guidance, the staff’s pipe tobacco, was a kind gentle man. Eileen Lock-Macardy encouragement and determination, the best was drawn out of them even, when like me, they had almost given up on themselves. In A personal tribute to Mr Newman for his efforts and foresight to give his students the very best 1965 he appointed me as Head Girl. start in life: via a sixth form leading to A-levels Pupils left John Colet with a good grounding followed by two degrees. He will always be both educationally and socially but most remembered with affection and thanks. WAC important of all . . . a feeling of self worth.

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Local Face: Jack Nelson Longtrack and Grasstrack rider

against the best in the world. Jack finished 9th in the world, a great achievement for his first race abroad. He was also picked to ride the world championships the following year. This time it was Vechta Germany; the conditions were appalling and Jack crashed Longtrack and Grasstrack are the fastest off in qualifying injuring his shoulder and arm road sports in the world, they are run over 4 with a very sick bike and a stay in hospital his laps of an oval track made up of mud, grass world championship was over. and shale all mixed together, then graded flat. The races are short and fast and very exciting to watch. The bikes range from 85cc, up to 500cc which Jack is now racing, fuelled by methanol and go from 0-60 in under 3 seconds. They can reach 130 miles an hour and have no brakes - you use your skill and slide the bike broadside around the corners, the fastest man out of 12 wins. Jack started his racing career as a Longtrack Grasstrack racer when he was only 9 years old and was attending Wendover Junior school.

Championships where he made the final but was unable to catch the much faster wiser riders with no less than 6 former British Adult Champions in the Field. A great achievement in his first year’s riding with the adults, and still on his ¾ length hand built frame as he was still not tall enough for a full size frame. 2014 was another good year for Jack, now an established rider in the 250 Adult class. He is ranked no 6 in the country and has some great wins notably the Winbourne Whoppa National meeting, second at Somerset and third in the end of season showdowns.

In 2015 Jack is moving up to the 500cc Adult class which is the premier class of the sport, so another new frame a GM engine. He will try to establish himself in the sport at a higher level, racing at the end of April in Shwarme Germany, where crowds abroad When Jack first started at the age of 9 he can reach up to 50000 plus, and he is still struggled at first with other bikes and riders. All his bikes have had to be specially built for Jack leading the first heat of the Adult British only 18. him as he was always small for his age, so Championship, 2014 Jack would like to thank all the people when he first rode he was only on an 85cc whilst the other boys were racing 100cc, but 2012 started on a very positive note finishing that have helped and sponsored him as he soon progressed to another hand built in the top three nearly everywhere he rode. he couldn’t have done any of this without 200cc Honda four stroke, which brought He qualified for the British championships them: Mick Surman Motorcycles Aylesbury him his first major trophy at Bridgewater but was the dark horse to win which he duly who have been there from the beginning; in Somerset. Jack then was in the top 6 at did with a fantastic 4 out of 5 wins and a Sam Arnold Electrical Aylesbury; Timo UK; nearly every meeting. It was when we built 2nd in the last race. He was crowned Senior Rip n Roll; K&B Family Butchers Princes a one off special 250 JRM that Jack really A Youth British Champion 2012, where he Risborough; Morris oils; BAT Tuning; Rickon started to shine. He moved up a class to was awarded a cheque for £100 for him to Handle bars; FB Raceplates. We would also the inters in which he won the Champion give to the school he attended at that time like to thank the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust of Chalfont with five straight wins. Next which was the John Colet, Wendover. Jack which has helped with Jack’s Race Suits in up was the Swindon South of England was given another opportunity by being the past. There is a local meeting 26 July at Championship which he finish 2nd overall invited again to ride for his country where he Rectory Farm Puttenman for the year. People then started taking note finished 9th. If anyone would like to Sponsor JNelson of his skill and speed on his bike and in 2011 was chosen to represent his country in the Winning the British Championships gave Racing we have a package available. For world championships in Tayak France, up Jack a wild card entry into the British Adult information call 07810 698431.

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Regular Weekly Events To Advertise your event for June 2015, please contact us before Monday 18 May. Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £15 for 20 words.

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DAY

TIME

EVENT

CONTACT

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-Thu, SUN

19.30-21.30 or stated Cornelli Sugarcraft cake decorating courses. Topics vary, see website for details.

www.cornellisugarcraft.co.uk

Mon-SAT

morn/eve

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

www.wendoverfitness.co.uk

Mondays

7.30 or 19.30

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

www.wendoverrotary.org.uk

Mondays

10.00-11.30

Rainbows & Rattles playgroup (term time only), RAF Halton HIVE, Trinity Centre, £1

Mondays

10.30, 11.30, 13.00

Hartbeeps Music Classes for children, Wendover Library, see website for details

www.hartbeeps.com

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

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

Tuesdays

19.30

Wendover Bridge Club, Cricket Pavilion, Witchell

Tuesdays

20.00

IMAGEZ Camera Club: Weston Turville Village Hall

www.imagezcameraclub.co.uk

Tuesdays

20.00

Wheelers & Dealers, Square Dance Club, Wendover Memorial Hall

07731 776654

Tuesdays

20.00-22.00

Halton Singers, Halton Village Hall

enquiries@haltonsing​ers.org.uk

Wed to Mon

as stated

Jodie Digby Fitness courses, various locations

07882 978410

Wed, SUN, last Fri 09.30 or stated

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

southbuckscycling.org.uk/rides

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

18.30

Gentle yoga & mindfulness, prior booking required. Wen Youth Centre

s.wright@mindfullystressfree.co.uk

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

anndormer.a2z@gmail.com

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

Fridays

09.30 & 11.15

Hatha yoga—09.30-11.00 and 11.15-12.45, 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

13.30-15.00

Lipreading and Hearing Loss Course, Wendover Library Room

judy.lipreading@gmai​l.com

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

St Mary’s Shop 01296 623123

SATURDAYS

Aug 2014-May 2015

Aylesbury Rugby Club Senior Fixtures, Brook End, Weston Turville

www.arfcuk.com

SUNDAYS

09.00-10.00

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

Liz 01296 622895

SUNDAYS

14.00-17.00

Lacey Green Windmill open Easter to 27 Sep. HP27 0PG

www.laceygreenwindmill.org.uk

SUNDAYS

20.00

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

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What’s On in May 2015 To Advertise your event for June 2015, please contact us before Monday 18 May. Calendar entry FREE, one line; What’s On Box charity rate £15 for 20 words. TIME

DAY/DATE

EVENT

until 9 May until 9 May Fri 01 Sat 02-Mon 04 Sat 02

CONTACT

daily Tring Fair, see page 2 daily Creative Connections at Bucks County Museum, see page 2 19.30 Little Acorns Kindergarten Quiz Night, John Hampden School, see page 2

www.buckscountymuseum.org enquiries@littleacornswendover.org

10.00-17.00 St Mary's Flower Festival - enquire about evening event times, see page 2

www.stmaryswendover.org.uk/flowers

10.00-13.00 BBOWT Plant Sale, Gt Missenden Memorial Centre HP16 9AE, see page2

www.bbowt.org.uk/events

Sun 03

09.00 RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon for Rennie Grove, see page 2

www.renniegrove.org/rafhaltontri

Sun 03

10.00 Wendover Area Walk - 9 mile moderate walk from Wendover Library car park

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Sun 03-Mon 04

14.00-17.00 Open Days at Lacey Green Windmill HP27 0PG, see page 2 for more open days in May

Mon 04 06.30 & 10.30 Whitchurch Morris Men, Coombe Hill Monument (06.30) & Worlds End Gdn Ctre (10.30)

www.laceygreenwindmi​ll.org.uk www.whitchurchmorris​.org.uk

Tue 05

10.00 Wendover Mobility Scooter Group, Wendover Free Church

Tue 05

20.00 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society meeting, Stewart Hall HP17 0XN, see page 3

Thu 07

19.00 Wendover Library Reading Group

0845 2303232

Sat 09

10.00 Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale, Elles Vlg Hall, see page 3

www.bucksinfo.net/kehs

Sat 09

18.30 Race Night for Chilterns MS Centre, Pendley Manor HP23 5QY, see page 3

Sat 09

19.30 Wendover Music Concert, Endellion String Quartet, St Mary's Church, see page 3

Sun 10

10.00 Wendover Area Walk - 10 mile moderate walk from Startops car park

Sun 10

11.00-16.00 Aston Clinton Village Market, Aston Clinton School HP22 5JJ, see page 3

Mon 11

evening Talk on “Winston Churchill's Toyshop” at Hartwell House, Aylesbury

Tue 12

www.bucksinfo.net/kehs

www.wendovermusic.co.uk www.aylesbury-ramble​rs.org.uk/ www.acvillagemarket.​co.uk www.thepacecentre.or​g

19.45 Wendover Evening WI, St Anne's Hall, see page 4

www.wendoverwi.weebly.com

Wed 13

19.00 Grandparents Support Group, Holiday Inn, Weston Turville HP22 5QT

07949 640156

Wed 13

19.00 Lindengate Lecture - Love Your Lawn, Worlds End Garden Centre, see page 4

www.lindengate.org.uk

Wed 13

19.30 Chiltern Humanists, Pottery Room HP6 5AH, see page 4

www.chilternhumanist​s.org.uk

Wed 13

20.00 A Clinton, Buckland & D Beauchamp Hort Soc, Anthony Hall, see page 4

Thu 14 Thu 14 Fri 15-Sat 16

10.30-11.30 Tea & Talk, Wendover Library Room 20.00 Weston Turville Hort Society, W Turville Village Hall, see page 4

0845 2303232 lindsay7695@aol.com

10.00-16.00 Farewell to Wendover Fairtrade Sale, 39 Chiltern Road, see page 4

Fri 15

10.30 Foreign Language Speakers Group, booking advised, Wendover Library Room

0845 2303232

Fri 15

19.30 On Screen at Wendover Library, "The Theory of Everything", Library Room, see page 5

0845 2303232

Sat 16

09.00-16.15 HS2: Heritage on the Line conference, W Turville Village Hall, see page 5

Sat 16

09.30-11.30 Wendover Free Church Plant Sale, see page 5

Sat 16

14.00 Family History Talk, Prebendal Farm Comm Ctre HP19 7QW, see page5

Sat 16

14.30-16.30 Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers Guild, SM Methodist Church, see page 5

Sat 16

19.00 Bega kwa Bega Orphans Annual Fundraising Supper, Wendover Christian Centre, see p5

Sat 16

19.00 Concert featuring The Aurora Trio, St Mary's Church D Beauchamp, see page 5

Mon 18 Mon 18

18.00-20.00 Rotary Business Evening - Corporate Social Responsibility, The Red Lion

www.bucksas.org.uk www.bucksfhs.org.uk 01296 622678 or 01442 825879 www.csr-support-businesses.eventbrite.co.uk

19.30 Reading Group, Shoulder of Mutton, see page 6

07855 096260 or 01296 615753

Tue 19

14.30 Knit & Natter, Wendover Library Room

0845 2303232

Thu 21

14.30 Wendover Horticultural Society, Wendover Library Room, see page 6

Thu 21 Sat 23 Sat 23-Mon 25 Sat 23

20.00 Ayles Ctre for National Trust, Broughton Junior School HP20 1NQ, see page 6 09.00-16.00 Open Day - FORM Studio, 2 Robert Mews, see advert page 7 and article page 28

a.fanthorpe@btinternet.com mail@catbooker.me

10.00-17.00 Art for Charity, 1 Bates Lane, W Turville, see advert page 6 10.30 Wendover Christian Centre Book Club

Sun 24

10.00-16.00 Monthly Craft Market, near Cafe in the Woods, Wendover Woods

Tue 26

20.00-22.00 The Dandy Kid Knit Club, Whitewaters HP22 6EP

hello@thedandykid.co​m

14.30-16.30 Reading Group for the Visually Impaired, Wendover Library Room

0845 2303232

Wed 27 Thu 28

all day Wendover Horticultural Society outing to Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire

Thu 28

10.00 Wendover Area Walk - 7 mile moderate walk from Whiteleaf Hill

Thu 28

19.30 Wendover Twinning Association meeting - Games Night, Library Room, see page 6

Fri 29 Sat 30-Sun 31 Sat 30 Sun 31 Sun 31

20.00 Weston Turville Historical Society, W Turville Village Hall, see page 6 10.30-16.00 Wendover Art Club Spring Exhibition, Wendover Library Room, see page 6

www.aylesbury-ramble​rs.org.uk/ www.wthsoc.org.uk www.wendoverartclub.org

19.30 Casino Night for MacMillan Cancer, The Red Lion, see page 6 10.00 Wendover Area Walk - moderate 7 mile walk from The Lee 12 noon Charity Football Match at Wendover Football Club, John Colet School, see page 29

www.wendovernews.co.uk

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Matters Arising Wendover Parish Council Page

View from the Chair

As this is my End of Term “View” I must thank our departing Councillors for their endeavours over the last 8 years: Karen Saunders, our Chair of Staffing, gave undivided support during the Tribunal; Emma Carroll whose work with the Christmas and Wendover Celebrates events has been invaluable; and Cheryl Stamper, our representative on the Lionel Abel-Smith Trust. All three will be missed and Wendover owes them a debt of gratitude for all their efforts and hard work. Our staff also deserve my thanks: Charlotte, Sarah, Andy and Tony. The quality of the team is reflected in the successes of what has been achieved over the last few years. Only 10 people have decided to stand for the Parish Council and as there are 13 places to fill there will be no election. I enjoy the process of an election and I think it’s a good way to refresh things and keep councillors on their toes. However this lack of willingness to stand means either that our electorate is happy with what we are doing, are apathetic or both! We have what we have, but watch out – we will co-opt a further three Councillors for full Parish representation of Wendover and to spread the workload, which will otherwise be unfairly heavy on the few. Robert Duggan, Chairman

Annual Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 19 May, 7.30pm Library Room

Parish Improvements

It has been a busy time for the Parish Council as we have recently completed several larger projects aimed at improving the facilities we provide to our residents. We are very pleased to report that all three projects were done in budget and finished on time.

Witchell Car Park

Ashbrook Entrance

New ‘hard standing’ at the vehicle entrance to Ashbrook Park has been installed to prevent erosion particularly in the bad weather when activities and events are held on the land.

Local Produce Market Manor Waste 9am to 1pm Saturday 16 May

The improvements to the Witchell Car Park, significantly increasing the available Annual Parish Meeting number of spaces, are now finished and we Thank you to all the various groups who came would like to thank the Cricket Club for their along and the public who supported us. It was a pleasant and enjoyable evening. patience while the works were underway.

Dogs on leads

Notices on PC Parkland Although many of our residents have well behaved dogs which are monitored when off their leads, this is sadly not always the case. The Council has decided that badly behaved dogs running around Council parkland is unacceptable. It presents issues for people Parish Clerk at play on the Fitness Trail! trying to enjoy the facilities with unwanted attention from out of control dogs and owners not clearing up after dogs that are Timber Fitness Trail Now the new Timber Fitness Trail on out of their sight. Hampden Meadow has been completed we hope that some of you may take the The Parish Council will be putting up “polite opportunity to ‘stretch your legs’ and try notices” on its parkland asking residents to it out for yourselves. The Parish Council clear up after their dogs and to put them was successful in its application for a grant on leads. There is no intention, currently, to of £5400 from AVDC to part fund the trail. make this request legally enforceable and There have been many positive comments only if dogs (or their owners) are behaving so far and if it proves successful we may badly would any representative of the Parish consider putting in a similar trail elsewhere. Council ask that a dog is kept on a lead. Wendover Parish Council, The Clock Tower, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU www.wendover-pc.gov.uk

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