Local News – July 2022

Wendover Parish Council HS2 Update
Following on from the survey, the HS2 WG is pushing ahead to achieve the best possible mitigation and ensure HS2 Ltd meet their obligations / responsibilities under the HS2 Act. We are drafting a response to the letter received from Clive Maxwell, Director General, High Speed Rail Group, to ensure that if the noise limits are exceeded, once constructed, then HS2 Ltd would commit to appropriate retrospective mitigation.

In terms of hydrogeology, settling ponds are being constructed which were not in the original plan so we will monitor this. EKFB are looking to attenuate aquifer and surface water to the south near Grove Farm, before it is piped north and downstream via existing waterways towards Stoke Mandeville village – the Environmental Agency has apparently refused derogation of the Water Framework Directive for HS2’s Schedule 33 application, which could be good news as this is the first time, to our knowledge, that there has been this type of action from the EA.

The next Schedule 17 planning permissions for Wendover will be submitted in July and August.
WPC HS2 working group

Thank you
I would like to thank all the people who came to my assistance on Saturday 14 May when I collapsed outside Tesco Express.

I don’t know you, I heard voices and saw hands as you supported my head and covered me to keep warm.

There were just 2 people I remember seeing, one was on her phone working to get a message to my wife, the other was the lady with the small dog who was first to come to my help.

She said that she would not leave until I was safe, the only time she left my side was when the ambulance crew arrived, but as I was being taken to the ambulance I saw that she was still close. I will never forget her kindness and care.
Mr EH, Wendover

Library Expansion Project
At press date, interviews for a Project Manager have been held; more news once the Project Manager is in post.

Coombe Avenue Cycleway Update
Thank you to Rob Toplis for this photo of the now-completed cycleway access at Coombe Avenue.

Thanks from Wendover Singers
Wendover Singers, (Wendover’s new Community Choir), would like to thank everyone who attended their first concert (No 1 Summer Concert), in June at St Mary’s Church Wendover and for helping to make it such a success.

We are now looking forward to next year’s No 2 Summer concert as well as singing carols on the Manor Waste at Christmas (more info on this soon).

Thanks also to our church shop JUST for selling tickets as well as all the Wendover Singers members and friends, who contributed to a great evening.

As you know, we had to pause the fun of admitting new members till after the concert. But the good news now is that we can welcome 20 new members so if you would like to join the Wendover Singers or be added to the waiting list, please contact us soon, on info@wendoversingers.com and take a look at our newly revamped website www.wendoversingers.com. We rehearse on Monday evenings at the John Colet School during term times.

Being a not-for-profit organisation fees are kept very low, and we offer a free ‘taster’ session on your first visit. We are fortunate to benefit from the energy and musical skills of Jill Neenan as Musical Director, Rebecca Izard as accompanist, and local music teacher Pippa Beckford who can and does provide musical cover at a moment’s notice.

If we didn’t meet you at the concert, we hope to see you in September!
Sue and Carol, Wendover Singers’ Joint-Leads

Jubilee Party at the Evening WI
Wendover Evening WI celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at a garden party in a member’s garden. Over 50 ladies came to the event and everyone was dressed in red, white and blue except of course the “Queen”, who was Valerie Evans. Each lady brought a plate of party food and there was plenty of prosecco flowing throughout the afternoon. A good time was had by all and the WI Ladies thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very appreciative of the effort made by the Committee. (Photo: President Sheila Hemmings with the “Queen”, Valerie Evans.)