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The Editor welcomes correspondence on any topic which has been in Wendover News or may be of interest to its readers.  Please write to us at Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop, First Floor, 19 High Street, Wendover HP22 6DX or email us at the usual address: editor@wendovernews.co.uk or telephone 01296 624270 or speak to us in the town.  

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Thank You to Voters

local election candidates, Wendover  |  Submitted: May 14th 2015
My thanks to everyone who returned me as one of your District Councillors for Wendover & Halton. It is an honour and a privilege to have been re-elected for a second term. I will continue to work with the Parish Council and other community groups to ensure that Wendover and Halton remain vibrant and retain their unique identity. I commit myself to working all year round on behalf of all members of the community no matter how they may have voted.
Cllr Steve Bowles

A sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Wendover and Halton District Council elections. The hard work starts now. I’m here to represent the best interests of all, irrespective of voting habits, throughout the year and to make good on my intentions: examining how to develop a walk through Wendover and Halton on aspects of historical and natural interest; promoting local tourism; deepening the links with the RAF community; developing outdoor youth facilities, particularly promoting Halton’s ATC; developing the local environment including the repair of country pathways; and supporting village life. I’m not here to take you for granted, but to promote the community for the better. It will be a privilege to serve you.
Andrew Southam

Desmond Anning, Marc Ruggles and myself thank our neighbours for their support in voting for us in the AVDC elections on 7/5/15. We stood as UKIP candidates but missed the 3 seats by coming 4th, 5th and 6th. Sue is delighted however to be taking a seat at Wendover Parish Council and looks forward to starting there.
Sue Hetherington

St Mary's Concert

GJ, Wendover  |  Submitted: Feb 12th 2015
On the 25th January at St Mary's Church, Wendover a concert of music, poetry and prose was very much enjoyed by those fortunate enough to be present.
The concert devised by Barbara Courtney-King was on the theme 'The Seasons of England'. The six artists involved have between them performed on radio, television and the West End stage. They have sung and played music by Bach, Purcell, Monteverdi, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others.
Before the concert began the audience were able to enjoy tea and cake and the variety of cakes on offer made choice difficult. However choices were made, cake eaten, tea drank and then everyone settled down to enjoy the concert.
As to be expected the proceedings started with a celebration of Spring with a reading by Michael Cantwell of a poem entitled 'Thaw' by Edward Thomas famous for his poems on the horrors of trench warfare in WW1.
Michael, whose choice of prose and poetry for the concert could not be faulted, has acted in many West End shows including one of the most successful - 'Cats'. He played the part of Growl tiger.
The first song of the evening, 'A Brown Bird Singing' composed by Haydn Wood was sung by soprano, Jacqui Barron. She gave an excellent rendering of this long time favourite and if the quality of her performance, for she had set the bar high, could be matched by her fellow artists, the audience were in for a treat. Could they do it? Of course they could, and did.
As soon as the sound of Simon Grant's voice filled the church it became obvious as to why during his long career he had been invited to sing in many different countries. He has a powerful bass baritone voice which was a delight to listen to. He gave a particularly good rendering of 'I must go down to the seas again', a poem by John Masefield set to music by John Ireland.
Simon is also talented in other ways. He helped to provide sound effects to another poem read by Michael Cantwell, also written by Edward Thomas - 'Adlestrop'. Simon gave a very good imitation of birdsong which the poet heard and also the gentle hissing of a stationary steam locomotive. In this he was helped by Bill McGillivray.
Bill, originally from London, is a skilled guitarist and during his successful career has played for many artists including Neil Diamond, Paul McCartney, Faith Brown and many others. At St Mary's we were fortunate enough to hear Bill play and sing several original compositions. He intends to continue playing the jazz guitar for many years.
Not only is Barbara Courtney-King to be commended for the fine programme she devised she must also be congratulated on her fine singing. She has a rich mezzo soprano voice and no one could criticize her choice of songs or her performance which was excellent.
Accompanist Susie Gosling had a crucially important role to play. An unskilled accompanist can detract from a singer's performance in more ways than one but in particular by playing too loudly so that the attention of listeners can wander from the voice to the piano. This did not happen at St Mary's; Susie was the perfect accompanist.
At the conclusion of the concert it was obvious by the volume of applause that everyone had enjoyed their voyage through the seasons. we hope it will not be too long before Barbara Courtney-King will devise another concert for us to enjoy at St Mary's.

25th Anniversary and Change to Colour

Mike Senior, Emma Carroll, Mike Beard, Wendover Parish Council & Jennifer Ballantine, Wendover  |  Submitted: Sep 25th 2014
Many congratulations to you and the Wendover News staff on your 25th anniversary. Keep up the good work.
Mike Senior

I have just finished reading my latest Wendover News and want to congratulate you on your efforts over the past 25 years. The updated format is a great improvement, making the paper more eye catching and clearer to read. Wendover News continues to be the font of local knowledge and a great supporter of local groups and charities. Long may it continue.
Best Wishes
Emma Carroll

Congratulations on your changes to the News. I must say that I have never before seen such a dramatic change in a publication of this kind delivered so successfully in one go. The use of colour is striking and of such a high standard. You and your team must be very proud of this achievement.
Kind regards
Mike Beard

The Parish Council would like to pass on its compliments to the team at Wendover News for the change to colour printing. It is fantastic to see the publication going from strength to strength like this. Wendover News gives the Parish Council a very important opportunity to reach its Parishioners each month, as well as helping it to understand what is important to the people of Wendover.

The Council would also like to congratulate Jane Larkham for her 25 years’ service with the Wendover News which was first published in September 1989 and to thank her on behalf of the village for her years of dedication and the tireless support she offers the community.
Charlotte Hewes
Clerk to Wendover Parish Council

I would like to personally congratulate you and your team on 25 years of the Wendover News. It has become part of Wendover and is a necessity. Here’s to the next 25 years!
Jennifer Ballantine


An Apology

Julien FitzGerald, Wendover  |  Submitted: Sep 1st 2014
Dear All
I think that the best way forward to alleviate the current animosity that has occurred between us, is to put pen to paper and offer you all a full and frank apology for my recent behaviour towards you and feel that you deserve an honest and frank explanation as to the motivation behind my previous and recent actions, some of which were outside of my control.

I am not sure if any of you are or have been aware, that I have been undergoing treatment at The Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury for, what originally was thought to be Hypomania, which is where a person’s ability to control their actions is not within their physical control. As I was un-medicated at the time, this can be the only justifiable reason for my behaviour towards you all. I don’t blame any of you for the way you acted, as I would have probably done the same under similar circumstances.

As a result of this, the Community Mental Health Team then updated my diagnosis to borderline Multiple Personality Disorder, as it would seem that one of my personality traits, at the time, had manifested itself as a personality type. A couple of weeks after that and following some intensive treatment under Dr Bargiatos, a Consultant Psychiatrist, I have now received a confirmed diagnosis of Bi-polar Disorder (with associated paranoia, anxiety and depression), for which I am now receiving Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) support and high dose anti-psychotics to control my behaviour, my moods and to prevent me going off at 100 mph and upsetting other people in the process, which I am sure you will understand is knackering and very draining at best.

On top of that, I have just recently had surgery on my right hip for a labrum tear, which was more complicated than first imagined. When Mr Birring, my Orthopaedic Consultant undertook the surgery, he found the ¾ of the labrum had occified, only leaving 2 cms to support the entire hip, or in other words the ligament had turned into bone, which effectively meant that I had been walking bone-on- bone for two years. I am now receiving post-surgical physiotherapy treatment for that condition, but my CPN said would have impacted on my mental stability at the time, just in having to cope with the postoperative pain alone.

In closing, I wish to offer you all, if I may, a full and unreserved apology for any stress, upset or distress that I have caused any of you and hope that you have are having fantastic Summer. I hope you continue to have wonderful weather and look forward to engaging with you all again when I finally recovered sufficiently to allow future interaction with you. Saying that, I hope that we can now put these matters to rest and say nothing more about them, as it is causing me a great deal of upset and distress, as it was never my intention to upset anyone to whom I wish nothing but the best.

Hope this letter finds you all well.


Thanks for Wendover Celebrates

Sean and Helen Meier, Wendover  |  Submitted: May 27th 2014
Just wanted to congratulate all the organisers and volunteers for their efforts on Sunday through the Wendover News.

We all had a brilliant day, starting with the parade. Great effort from all the teachers, assistants and Guide Movement for corralling all the children.

The afternoon events were great. Particularly impressed with the falconry display (despite Colonel Custard’s voiceover during the 1st demonstration).

We as a family enjoyed the concert in the evening and would suggest that we now make a crèche facility out of bales of hay, it was a real joy to see all the kids laughing and playing in it.

Well done to all, we really appreciate the effort made.



Cycling on Footpaths - Reply

Chris Peeler, Chair-Get Wendover Cycling, Wendover  |  Submitted: Apr 2nd 2014
I refer to the two letters in the April newsletter.
Cycling on footpaths is not legal if the paths are not signed as shared. Pedestrians and cyclists need to be considerate to each other. On shared paths pedestrians need to be aware that cyclists may overtake them and allow for this while cyclists need to exercise due care when overtaking.
It is important that cycling should be encouraged in Wendover so as to reduce car use as far as possible – this would be of benefit to us all and is the sole aim of Get Wendover Cycling.
There are a number of ways in which cycling could be encouraged in Wendover – at the same time as making Wendover a safer place for everyone. For example, it would be helpful if the High Street had a 20MPH limit combined with traffic calming. (A survey conducted by GWC indicated strong support for this).

Some time ago, the John Hampden School supported by the Junior School prepared plans for a boardwalk across the canal, hence providing access to the school campus via Victory Road. This would have enabled cyclists, scooters and parents with buggies to avoid Wharf Road.

In the April issue of the newsletter, there is a request from the schools to parents and carers to park away from the school entrance and not to drive onto the campus. There are plans to implement this regime. The schools, like GWC,, want to encourage walking and cycling.

We should be pleased to welcome as members anyone who wishes to support us in striving to achieve these objectives.

New Year's Eve Rebuttal

Antony Chapman, Wendover  |  Submitted: Mar 28th 2014
In your February edition on the Wendover Parish Council page the Council says “In a meeting with Thames Valley Police and AVDC it was highlighted to the Parish Council that the New Year’s Eve Anti-social Behaviour problem is worse in Wendover than in Aylesbury and seems to be increasing each year.” An FoI request has elicited the following numbers of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour on New Year’s Eve:
Aylesbury Town Wendover Neighbourhood
2009/10 18 3
2010/11 15 2
2011/12 15 3
2012/13 18 2

It would seem from this that neither of the above comments are true, as the problem is not worse in Wendover and the figures are not increasing.

Esme's Allstars say Thanks!

The Davison-Hoults, Wendover  |  Submitted: Mar 24th 2014
Thank you for your kind words and care over the last 6 months while we get Esme's Allstars up and running after her horrific diagnosis with Rett Syndrome.

That in mind, we have been blown away by the support we have received in the initial events we have already organised. With nearly £2000 alone coming from the first curry banquet night at The Raj we are well on our way to being able to become a Trust or Foundation for Esme's Allstars on the journey to becoming a charity. We have also been approached by a young man wanting to do a 15000ft freefall Jump having never come across a just enough cause till he met Esme. He needs sponsorship which we are hoping to help him out with in some way.

Shear Madness, the primary hairdressers in Walters Ash, have also, after hearing us on BBC 3 Counties radio last week, decided to have Esmes Allstars as their fund raiser for 2014.

If you require further information or wish to buy raffle tickets or even donate and sponsor Michael Sutton as he throws himself out of a perfectly good aircraft then please ring us or email us. Email is esmesallstars@yahoo.co.uk (which is also her paypal page, too) or call us on 01296 626081.

(Check out www.wendovernews.co.uk/events for the individual events listings)

Sharing Pavements

Name and Address Supplied,   |  Submitted: Feb 7th 2014
I have recently had some eye problems. As a consequence my attention has been drawn to the hazards of our pavements. I have also noticed how many residents are having trouble sharing pavements, particuarly if they have bad sight, need sticks and frames.

Would it be possible for us all to be a bit more aware of each other. Small children on scooters appear to be let loose with little or no pavement instruction, and many bikes are on pavements well away from the cycle paths. On uneven surfaces there is an accident waiting to happen. Perhaps there could be a bit more instruction in the schools for children using bikes and scooters to make them them more aware of people trying to traverse certain areas, mainly when the childrten are going to school and coming back. Apparently people at Bankside are frightened to use Wharf Road at certain times, and they should not be made to feel like that. Cars and buses are also half on and half off the pavement. I do realise the difficultiess, but we just need to be more aware of other people and SHARE.

Bikes Think Lights Revisited

Chris Peeler, Chair, Get Wendover Cycling, Wendover  |  Submitted: Feb 7th 2014
I understand and sympathise strongly with the concern expressed by L Jeffery (in February newsletter) over cyclists having no lights or reflective clothing.
We should like to take this opportunity of appealing to all cyclists to wear reflective clothing and to use good lights both at the front and rear. Such equipment of good quality is readily available.
We would agree that, in general, where cycle paths are available they are the safest option.
However, Mr Jefferey is referring specifically to the cycle path from Wendover to Aylesbury (Amber Way). The reduction in street lighting along that stretch of road has made the cycle path hazardous for cyclists at night since they have to contend with the dazzle from car headlamps if they are coming from Aylesbury. We have tried to persuade Bucks County Council to provide low level lighting but so far we have not had any success. We have also expressed strongly to BCC our concern over the condition of the cycle path which has not been maintained for many years.

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