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  Letters may be edited and may or may not be published at the Editor's discretion.

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"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.

Kayakers raise a whopping £8k for their charities!

Sharon Hutchings, Wendover  |  Submitted: Sep 19th 2013
Well they did it! We were blessed with fabulous weather the final weekend of August and kayakers Matt Ryan, Ben Hutchings, Claire Morton and Ruth Morley successfully paddled their way 100km around the Isle of Wight in memory of Paul Shyvers.

They faced 6ft waves on the first day (with a hint of sea sickness thrown in) but the remaining days were glorious sunshine. Between them, they have raised just over £8k for St Francis Hospice, Berkhamsted and Cancer Research which is a massive achievement.

If you would like a peek at how the trip went then do visit http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MJYXnEJ7zAs&feature=youtu.be&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DMJYXnEJ7zAs%26feature%3Dyoutu.be.

They couldn't have done it without the Averys following them in a yacht (turned catering ship!) and on behalf of them all massive thanks go to William, Bridget, Ruth and Nick for keeping the kayakers safe. They were also joined by many friends and family on the island which made the weekend one to remember for many years to come.

However, the biggest thanks goes to you - those who generously donated to their charities really helped to spur them on. From the bottom of our hearts - thank you.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Derek Flint, Thame  |  Submitted: Sep 10th 2013
Dear Member of the Community,

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has long subscribed to the fact that the quicker we can have a suitably trained person, with the appropriate equipment; to a member of the public during a life threatening emergency, the better the chance of survival and making a good recovery.

A few years ago we launched a charity division called “Community Responders”, this initiative depends on members of the community volunteering within their local area to respond to emergencies giving lifesaving treatment prior to the ambulance arriving.

Volunteers are given 2 full days of training at one of our training centres, explaining how to recognize and treat many life threatening medical emergencies, ranging from cardiac arrest to strokes in the elderly down to infants, to name but a few of the situations the volunteers may face. Once they have successfully completed the course they are supplied with an Automated External Defibrillator, breathing equipment and a mobile phone. The volunteer responders can then respond, to an emergency in their local community and tend to the needs of the most vulnerable, whilst an ambulance is on route. Due to the close proximity of the volunteer responder to the emergency they are very often first on scene and their actions can directly affect the outcome of the patient, this will have an impact on the lives of the their family and friends within your community.

We are currently looking for volunteers to be a part of this lifesaving scheme to help within your community. Do you have a few hours a week to spare? No prior medical knowledge required as full training is given.

If you would like to find out more then visit our website www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk

Or get in touch by email cfr@scas.nhs.uk or derek.flint@scas.nhs.uk
Tel 07768635501

Churchyard Care Committee Thanks

Bryan Reading, Wendover  |  Submitted: Sep 6th 2013
I want to thank our team of six regulars who turn out, rain or shine, every week of the year. Gary Thorne with Hampden Lodge members and in particular Nick Taylor, gardener extraordinaire, who has helped us open up new sight lines in the older sections. It has been a challenging year with a remarkably wet spring, persistent badger damage, and fly-tipping. However, our gang persevered and we are nearly on top of it again. Thanks again, you lovely people.

Good Samaritan

Caroline Griffiths, Aylesbury Road  |  Submitted: Sep 3rd 2013
Just wanted to say thank you to the really helpful guy who stopped for a few minutes in his day to flip my bike over and yank my bike chain out when it was trapped in the shaft outside Costa coffee today - hope he wasn't too oily! Saved me and my 6yr old a long walk home! Wendover is such a nice place.

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