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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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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.


, 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.

Snow Clearing

D Jones,   |  Submitted: Jan 18th 2013
Earlier today I saw something that I haven't seen for a while; someone putting themselves out to help others and for no acknowledgement, well not till now.
Travelling along the Aylesbury Road in the middle of the whiteout today (Friday) was a guy whom I assume was from ADH Window Cleaning (as the van was parked with lights flashing) shovelling grit onto the main road and the dangerous junction of Grenville Ave. He was obviously freezing cold but he kept shovelling and was still there on my return journey 45 minutes later. I stopped to ask him why he was doing it and he just said it was a job that needed to be done and thanked me for my interest and the fact I'd noticed. Apparently, very few people had and he'd even been accused of ruining the kids' fun from the school as they walked past. He was also narrowly missed by a few people using mobile phones while driving in the bad weather.

There are few people around these days that will do a job like that for nothing and as such I felt he deserved recognition.

Wendover Pool

C McLintock, Head Teacher, John Colet School, Wendover  |  Submitted: Jan 14th 2013
The school is reviewing the complex situation at the pool which has arisen due to the boiler failure and other facility issues. This will be discussed at a forthcoming Governors' meeting. The Governors' discussion will also take into account the likelihood of continuing reductions of government funding for schools.

Wendover Pool

A Smith, Wendover  |  Submitted: Jan 11th 2013
No bathing in the Olympic Legacy in Wendover
As a member of Wendover Swimming Association (WSA) it is disappointing not to be able to access the Wendover pool during the waste-band expanding season.
The John Colet School (JCS) closed the pool to pupils in September, and then completely on 12th October. This was because in June the gas boilers heating the pool water had ceased working, not a problem in the summer, but with the onset of winter the pool water was deemed too cold to swim in. Therefore, all schools on the JCS campus, together with JCS’s feeder schools in surrounding villages are now denied swimming lessons in their own pool; just when they should be ‘bathing’ in the Olympic Legacy.
Numerous clubs and several hundred members of WSA are also denied use of this much valued community facility. The WSA and its members generate a revenue close on £1,000 a month, most of which contributes to the pool upkeep and maintenance. This revenue is being lost. Although the WSA’s website has some relevant information and considers the situation to be temporary, there is a distinct lack of specific details as what is being done to put things right.
Bucks County Council claim to have resolved any gas supply problems and have provided JCS with 2 quoted schemes for replacing the water heating systems, and WSA are ready with financial assistance. So why are we waiting, whoever needs to extract the proverbial digit, please do so quickly?
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