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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.

Open House thanks

Helen Yabsley, Wendover  |  Submitted: Aug 29th 2013
I would like to thank friends and neighbours who supported my Open House at Orchard Green on 18th August when £801.70 was raised for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in memory of my husband Nigel Curry.

Weston Turville Horticultural Society Annual Show Report

Jo Spencer, Weston Turville  |  Submitted: Aug 19th 2013
What a great afternoon, and the Weston Turville Horticultural Committee would like to say “thank you” to everyone who turned out in force to see cups, plates, medals and certificates being awarded to all ages at the Weston Turville Horticultural Society Annual Show in the Village Hall last month. Best in Show award went to Alice Ludlow (14) for her beautiful corset in the handicraft section. Graham Rutherford’s dedication resulted in his being awarded the Challenge Cup for the highest number of points in the Show while young Jessica Yerby (age 6) was awarded the Ted Plested Cup for the most points gained in the junior classes.

The entries from pupils from Weston Turville C of E Combined School covered a range of subjects from fruit printing to collage to rain forest paintings while Weston Turville Brownies delighted everyone with their delightfully creative miniature gardens. Oliver Chiswell (7) created the best overall junior entry with his clever representation of The Gruffalo made from vegetables.

The Dog Show and Bee Display both proved great attractions together with all the children’s games and activities.

President of the Society Chris Pallet stressed that this was very much a village event with the Horticultural Committee being the main organisers but he thanked everyone who played a part – the entrants, the committee and the many helpers on the day.
Thank you all for your support.

Children's Room Fun Day a Hit!

Louise Goodman, The Children's Room, South Street, Wendover  |  Submitted: Jul 24th 2013
The staff at the Children's Room would like to say thank you to everyone who came on 20 July. The fun day on Saturday went extremely well and was well supported. We raised £1,350.00, which is being divided between 2 charities, which are Cancer Research UK and the Pepper Foundation. The tombola was a big hit, but most stalls were equally attended.

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.
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