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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Letters may be edited and may or may not be published at the Editor's discretion. Material published does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Editor.

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Costa Reply

Paul Messenger, Director, Coffee Snobs Ltd,   |  Submitted: Dec 31st 2013
This letter has been referred to me as the Franchise Partner responsible for the operation of Costa Wendover. Firstly, I thank you for your comments and observations which have been duly noted. It is hard for me to comment on either the parking situation or where people spend their money within the village as I would suspect that this is more down to personal speculation than fact. Your comments in respect of the rubbish and bins however are something we can do something about. I would agree that from what you have said this is completely unacceptable both for the residents of Aylesbury Road and also for the appearance of our Store. As a result I can confirm that the matter will be addressed with immediate effect.

More Costa Comments

Brian Prior, Wendover  |  Submitted: Dec 31st 2013
Further to the letter on the above subject in the January edition by that most prolific of writers, " name and address supplied", I would like to make the following observations.
In my opinion ,the initial benefits of Costa are:- a modern, spacious, comfortable environment, superb coffee in many varieties, excellent toilet/washroom facilities, friendly staff and all foodstuffs stored and displayed in chilled cabinets. ( on 2 visits last summer, to an older High Street establishment, none of the cakes were in a chilled environment and one large cake was displayed in the open, not even under a "dome", on a serving trolley)

With relation to the "spending" of transient visitors not going to other Wendover establishments, I bow to the clairvoyance of the previous writer. Perhaps he/she might give me the winning numbers of a future lottery !!

Finally the comments about parking are not exclusive to the aforementioned area of Aylesbury Road. We suffer 5 days per week, from parked cars whose drivers are either too lazy or too "tight" to park in the station car park, when they commute to London.

John Colet Lends Some Sparkle

Andrea McEvoy, Sparkles Co-Chair, www.sparkles.org.uk, Wendover  |  Submitted: Dec 4th 2013
Dear Editor,

Sparkles is a small charity, run on a volunteer basis, which provides pre-school aged children who have Down's syndrome with weekly, specialist speech therapy. We have sessions in High Wycombe and Aylesbury and currently support 21 children from the surrounding areas. With this intensive therapy we give the children at Sparkles speech and language support when it matters; helping them to make themselves heard in the world, easing their path into childhood, communication with peers and ultimately into school.

Earlier this term I was contacted by Mrs Gould from John Colet School, Wendover. Mrs Gould informed me that Deputy Head Girl Amy Russell had brought Sparkles to the attention of the school council, who had voted to support us in their charitable Help Week, held in November.

I was invited in to the school to give assemblies about Sparkles. My 3 year old daughter Tara and I were given a warm welcome and the students listened carefully to my talk on what Sparkles does, why and how. Help Week was, by all accounts, an amazing week. Soak the teacher, cake bake competitions, talent shows, teacher versus student quizzes and a mufti day to name but a few of the events were brilliantly organised, executed and supported.

The combination of hard work and fun has resulted in a superb donation of £3052.62 from the John Colet School to Sparkles! This sum will go directly to pay for the speech therapy over the coming academic term.

On behalf of all the families involved with Sparkles, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the staff, pupils and families of the John Colet school for their support.

Red Rose Garage to the Rescue

Sarah Greer, Wendover  |  Submitted: Nov 29th 2013
I would like to say a huge thank you to Red Rose Garage for rescuing my 1 year old daughter who I managed to lock in the car with our only set of keys. After exhausting other options I called Red Rose Garage (who had rescued me previously very quickly for a much less stressful dead battery) for advice on smashing my car window to get to my very distressed daughter. Within minutes they arrived at my house and tried so many ways to get her out as they felt that smashing the window should be the very last resort in terms of my daughter's safety. They soon realised that as the car was deadlocked this was impossible without accessing the electrics. To cut a long story short, while one man went to sort out overriding the electrics, the other managed to open the driver's door enough to use some cable to hook out the keys from under my daughter's back seat. It had to be seen to be believed. I was beyond impressed at how much they cared about 1. not distressing my daughter and 2. not damaging my car (which at the time didn't concern me in the least!). What is more, they flatly refused to accept the cash I offered them for rescuing my most precious daughter. This is a company that truly cares about its customers and goes way above and beyond the call of duty. I can't thank them enough.

"Old Fly" Followup

Sue Hetherington, Wendover  |  Submitted: Nov 28th 2013
I write with regard to the report of a letter received by Wendover Parish Council about “old fly posting” and published in the December 13 edition of Wendover News.

It is admirable of the lady resident to spend time checking round the village and to pen a letter but I wonder why she thinks it is the responsibility of the parish council? Also, would it not have been an even more productive use of her time to simply removed the offending articles, it’s what I do. I sometimes think that many people are always wanting to know what “they” are going to do about stuff. I don’t know who this magical “they” are, perhaps sometimes “they” should be “us”? As an incentive to organisations that could be bothered to put notices up but not take them down, I personally make it a point of principle not to support such lazy people in the future, no matter how many posters they might put up exhorting me to support their cause.

Parking Offence?

Name and Address Supplied,   |  Submitted: Nov 28th 2013
I recently got a ticket for parking in Wendover - for being 1 minute over the agreed time. While I would not dispute that I was exceeding the time period by one minute, I was completely staggered by the subsequent correspondence, and would post this as a warning for Wendover residents.

We have all seen the 4x4's parked on the pavement, vans parked anywhere and everywhere, and people abusing the parking places reserved for disabled people, and people turning on their hazard warning lights and going shopping - and of course they get away with it....

I had no problem with getting the ticket - what I was concerned about was that there was no leeway at all, and during that 60 seconds, the esteemed traffic warden on his motorbike had managed to take 11 pictures, check my car details, check my car tax, and write a ticket... in 60 seconds.

All the residents of Wendover might be interested to know, that the reply when I challenged the ticket, is that there is nothing to stop the warden writing the ticket, checking your car details etc., and waiting for you to exceed the time limit BEFORE the time limit has been exceeded. So you have not done anything wrong, but a warden can prepare the charge against you before any parking offence has been committed...
surely that cannot be right ?

I suggest that everyone one of us who might have made a mistake (ie 1 minute over-parking) have a lot more to worry about than we thought, while the serial offenders will no doubt continue to get away with it.

News from Get Wendover Cycling

Chris Peeler, Chairman, Get Wendover Cycling, Wendover  |  Submitted: Nov 18th 2013
Are you one of the steadily growing band of residents who have discovered the enormous benefits of owning and using a bicycle around the town? Getting to the Health Centre, the Library, shops, World’s End Nursery, no matter where, can all be achieved in little more than 5 minutes at most, no matter where you might live in Wendover. Our Library Car Park, offering a mere 67 spaces for a community now in excess of 3000 homes and over 8000 people, is under constant pressure and one can never be certain of finding somewhere to park either on or off street if visiting the town centre on four wheels. Not so if travelling by bike - parking actually at your destination is guaranteed and if your bike is equipped with either a basket or panniers it doubles up as a considerable load carrier – no more plastic bags cutting into your fingers as you carry your shopping home.

Cycling is:
• ultra low cost,
• rapid,
• has brilliant connectivity,
• is environmentally green
• and of course healthy. If you really don’t think pedalling is for you then the latest Winter issue of the GWC Newsletter has information on the truly transformational electric assisted bicycles.

“Get Wendover Cycling” is the local community's cycling interest/pressure group which has been responsible for most of the bike racks that can now be found at key locations around the town. GWC has also provided vital support for the provision of the two cycle paths along Aylesbury Road and Manor Road. The Group also has good connections with the local authority and is currently hopeful of securing funding for some of the seven extensions which they have identified as necessary to complete the existing network of dedicated cycleways in the locality.

Group membership numbers are important to exert and extend influence. “Get Wendover Cycling” GWC works towards improving the cycling environment. if you are a cyclist and would like to support GWC’s objectives and be informed of local cycling issues, the Group would be delighted to send you an electronic copy of its occasional newsletter. Please send your email address to ostatham@gmail.com

Princess Mary Gate needs Ignored?

Name and Address Supplied,   |  Submitted: Oct 25th 2013
As a resident of The Beeches at Princess Mary Gate, the site of the former hospital at Halton, I am dreading the return of ice and snow this winter. The access road to the site is steep and narrow, and during last winter's snow, many cars had to be abandoned at the bottom of the hill, because there is no provision for the road to be cleared of snow or ice. Indeed, the Parish Council's solution is for the residents to form their own snow patrol to clear the road. The situation seems to be that the roads have not yet been adopted by the council, and even if they are, there is doubt that this road would be cleared during snowfall by the snowplough.

There are approximately 400 houses on this site, generating a lot of extra council tax as well as custom for the various local businesses. It is shocking that there is no provision to clear this dangerous road, as it also serves the new Chilterns Multiple Sclerosis Centre. Indeed, some residents have asked to be provided with a salt bin to use if needed, but it looks as if the only way we can have this is to pay for it and the salt ourselves.

The residents of Princess Mary Gate deserve better than this. The council gave permission for the housing, and now that the houses are built, our needs are being ignored.

I Love Wendover Card a Worthy Purchase

Marilyn Storer, Wendover  |  Submitted: Sep 25th 2013
When I bought the I Love Wendover Card I was doubtful that I would use it but I DO love Wendover. Since then though I have used it and saved more than the minimal initial outlay. I can’t say that I avidly look for offers nor can I say that all offers are for me but I firmly believe that there is something for everyone. I would encourage everybody to buy one and to always have it with them when around Wendover – you never know when your needs will match the offers available.

Save the Children

Christine Baker, Hon. Sec. Wendover Branch, Wendover  |  Submitted: Sep 19th 2013
The street collection in Wendover on Saturday 7th September raised £240. The situation in Syria has put a great burden on all charities with Save the Children deeply involved caring for the many thousands of displaced children. Many thanks to all those who contributed.
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