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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.  Letters may be edited and may or may not be published at the Editor's discretion.

We'd love to hear from you.

A happy ending

Odile Pollard, Wendover  |  Submitted: Jul 9th 2013
Many years ago, I bought a vacuum cleaner from our local electrician, Mr. Mitchell. It worked well for years, then suddenly, it gave up the spirit : it was working that very morning, in the afternoon... nothing!
I was already trying to choose a new one . . . but where to start?
Then, I remembered an advert in Wendover News : someone nearly local (just 10 minutes by car) offers to mend your vacuum cleaner. It was worth a try. I took my machine across to him and the next day, a call informed me that my cleaner was ready! It has been revived for £10.00!
It is definitely worth reading the adverts in Wendover News!

Crime on the Rise in Wendover?

Name and Address Supplied,   |  Submitted: Jul 5th 2013
Dear Wendover News,

With another car break in on the Princess Mary Gate estate to add to the list of recent crimes and anti-social behaviour, all residents need to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour. A good sense of community has been developing in the area and it's pleasing to see the steps residents are taking to help each other protect their homes. It would also be reassuring to hear more from the police as to what further steps can be taken to help end this 'mini crime wave'.

An Impassioned Plea to Dog Owners

Name and Address Supplied,   |  Submitted: Jun 19th 2013
Can I make an impassioned plea through the Wendover News to all dog owners/walkers to PLEASE PLEASE pick up after your dog.

I live in Weston Turville where the habit of not picking up after one's dog appears to have become a normality and commonplace. The stuff is absolutely everywhere. Any spare green area or verge is blighted and I and my children are constantly treading in it. The lovely green area at the end of Millstream where we sometimes have a little play seems to have become a dog toilet despite the fact that just a few metres away at the end of the path that connects Millstream to the road below Brookside a dog poo bin is there for all to use. The footpath around the fields behind is covered in dollops. We like to go out for walks and have a play as we only have a small garden but the mess is constantly cutting our fun short.

We dare not stray a centimetre off a pavement onto any green patch as without a doubt before long the familiar stench and sticky brown yuck is again a companion to our shoes and we have to traipse home for mum to scrub and disinfect shoes. Fed up I am of it.

Even the path running adjacent to the park from the car park to the school is very often afflicted and the playing fields behind the village hall are just disgusting. The £1,000 fine seems to be no deterrent and everyone knows the health risks. Small children just don’t understand not to touch. Even when wiped their fingers are likely to find their way to their mouths before they can be washed properly.

Straying off the path at the end of School Lane where it meets Church Lane to have a jump and a skip on the grass or to lift the children up to have a look at the pictures on the sign explaining the history of the buildings in the village used to be a favourite bit of fun, but so often were we treading in the inevitable that we have to avoid.

Every dog owner I know swears that they pick it up but it seems to me that very few people do so.

To continue my rant – when recently playing in Ashbrook Park in Wendover we ventured out of the fenced-in play park area to shoot a few goals in the basketball hoop. "Careful - watch out for dog poo," I call. Too late! My son treads in a fresh pile - right next to the dog poo bin! Not just on his shoes but this time a good one that squirts right up his leg. Play cut short again!

The list goes on, and yes, perhaps there are bigger things to worry about in the world and perhaps I should get a life, but it is such a small and simple thing I am asking that would make such a huge difference to everyone. Having children comes with a responsibility and so does dog ownership.

I am asking, requesting, begging, imploring: - please, please pick it up.

Found spectacles

Paul Minton FBDO, Ivan Cammack Optometrist, Wendover, High Street, Wendover  |  Submitted: Jun 5th 2013
At the end of May, we had a pair of spectacles handed in to us (Ivan Cammack Optometrist) by a gentleman who found them on one the benches in the High Street. They are a pair of good quality lightweight semi-rimless ladies frames with thinner varifocals lenses. We have searched our database, but they don’t appear to have been dispensed by us. Please call in to the practice at 23 High Street or call us on 01296 625892 if you think these may be your spectacles.

Vandalism

, Wendover Schools Campus, Wharf Road  |  Submitted: Jun 1st 2013
I am writing to express my shock to hear that somebody hurled a brick through the window of the car used by the Children's Centre. The Children's centre provides a valuable resource to families like ours in the village and the car is used by staff not only to move equipment and staff members around but also allows them to provide a taxi service for children who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend certain sessions.

This mindless act of vandalism would have put the car out of action for as long as it took to fix the window and a staff member away from regular duties as they took it to be mended. The car is not only used at the Wendover centre but other centres in the local area too so there would have been a knock on effect.

I'm really saddened that a low cost high value resource available to young families has suffered at the hands of some bored and stupid individual(s) who have nothing better to do than cause damage for kicks. The Children's centre is run by Barnados as a charity, often relying on donations and volunteers so I am sure that they can little afford extra outgoings like this.

No doubt there are many other families in Wendover who appreciate the brilliant service provided by the team there and who would echo my thoughts. Let's hope this never happens again.

County Elections

Councillor Steve Bowles, Wendover, Halton  |  Submitted: May 8th 2013
As you will know I was unsuccessful in the recent County elections. I would take this opportunity to say thank you to those who voted for me and helped in my campaign. The county is still Conservative controlled and I have no doubt that Martin Tett and his team will work tirelessly for the residents of Buckinghamshire.

I will also work hard in the fight against HS2 and at District level to ensure that all residents in Wendover and Halton are fully represented

Barlow Road Playground

Leona Wheals,   |  Submitted: Feb 26th 2013
I would like to thank everyone who has signed the petitions, which have been submitted to AVDC with 489 signatures.

After confirming money is the bottom line for them, AVDC have decided against a potential rental agreement with Wendover Parish Council on the land. They are expecting bids substantially in excess of £500,000, with a guideline plan of 8 new 3 bedroom houses, I believe the bids were due around 11th January.

I have sought help from David Lidington MP who is encouraging AVDC to try and meet the community's needs and provide a play area in a suitable alternative place, however I believe they will struggle to find an alternative place which will be suitable for all on the Honeydene Estate.

The RAF have agreed to remove signs stating the Tedder Road park is for RAF use only so the public can use the facilities, which are due for refurbishing within the next 6 months.

I have asked ADVC if they are going to take this community asset out of Wendover, are they simply going to run with the money or will they put something back into the Wendover community?

This area of Wendover lacks play facilities. An estate housing so many children should surely have its own play area, and 8 new houses will only add to the number of children without somewhere to play.

AVDC recently wrote an article in the Aylesbury Vale magazine which came through the post, that they plan to build on the Olympic Legacy, yet they plan to sell the only suitable place we could make this happen for our children.

AVDC say they will look into alternative sites.

The only thing we can do as a community now is wait for planning to be submitted then those surrounding the area who have good grounds to oppose need to do so in writing. They could also attend the Wendover Parish Council planning committee meeting and the development control or strategic development control committee meetings when the plans are due to be discussed. Details of agendas can be found on the Wendover Parish council and Aylesbury Vale district council's websites.

Get Wendover Cycling

Chris Peeler, Chair, Get Wendover Cycling,   |  Submitted: Jan 31st 2013
I read with great concern the letter from Odile describing her experience when cycling along the Aylesbury Road from the hospital. Get Wendover Cycling was in detailed discussion with Bucks County Council before the change in the street lighting. We shall raise this issue again with them in the near future.

St John Ambulance

Mia Broughton,   |  Submitted: Jan 31st 2013
As the nation’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance believes that no one should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it. Every year up to 140,000 people die unnecessarily. We are dedicated to teaching first aid in schools and communities across the country every year, and campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of life saving skills. St John Ambulance is encouraging people to learn first aid after a survey this year showed that five times as many people in the south east think cancer is a bigger killer than the lack of first aid. To raise essential funds we hope to organise a volunteer charity cash collection or attend any of your events you may hold. Please do let me know if, and when, a charity collection would be possible. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Contact details; 01296 744 360, Mia.Broughton@sja.org.uk

Lights on the Clock Tower

Odile Pollard,   |  Submitted: Jan 31st 2013
As it had been snowing, I went to work by bus and returned on the number 55, 19.50 from Stoke Mandeville Hospital which dropped me at the Clock Tower. What a beautiful sight! It made my day! It was 'lights switching on' and late night opening and I was welcomed despite the time! Thank you so much.
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