Matters Arising, August 2019

View from the Chair
Summer really suits Wendover, whether you like a bit of sunbathing or you just want to sit under a tree in the shade, you’ll find plenty of options. Maybe a relaxed beer garden or a refreshing swim is more what you fancy. Street cafés, exotic food, wonderful ice creams, for a village we’ve got staycations covered.

They say that nowhere’s perfect and to prove that premise the summer brings the whine of speeding motorcycles from the Wendover Bypass. The nocturnal variant of this irritation is particularly noticeable on these warmer evenings, with our windows open. I’ve just had a meeting with Matthew Barber, Deputy Police Commissioner Thames Valley, to see what enforcement measures can be brought to bear on these pests.

A little yin and yang in Wendover, we recently had a night of antisocial behaviour in our play parks. Nothing earth shattering, just idiots, but broken glass in the kids’ play area did pose a safety threat, one that was quickly dealt with by our groundsmen. Then on the other hand the WPC, through Cllr. Steve Worth, has been working with the redoubtable Lola, from Wendover Junior School, who has developed a program to encourage children of all ages to pick up litter. So, on the one hand a few unthinking idiots, and on the other hand bright kids who value their community and will work hard to make it better. I’m with the bright kids.
Tom Walsh

Website Competition Winner
Thank you to everyone who entered the “Where is Tommy?” online competition. On Thursday 4 July, our Chairman Tom Walsh pulled the winner from a hat of correct entries. Congratulations to Johann Rowan who won an Annual Wine Club Membership, to the value of £45, from No.2 Pound Street. A special thank you to Tom, who kindly agreed to have his face plastered all over Wendover in aid of the competition!

Play around the Parishes
Wendover Parish Council have booked two Play around the Parish events for the community to enjoy on Thursday 1 and Tuesday 27 August, 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Ashbrook Park, for children aged 1 to 11. This is a FREE event with lots to explore, a bouncy castle, circus skills, arts and crafts, giant games and even soft play! Details at

20th Annual Quiz
Wendover Parish Council is organising the popular Annual Village Quiz again this year and are looking for teams of 3 to enter. The quiz is free of charge and will be held in Wendover Bowls Club at 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings over 7 weeks in October and November. You will not be required to attend every quiz evening, just on the evenings your team is scheduled to play, and of course, it all depends on how many rounds your team makes it through!

This event is not only great fun to take part in and watch, it is also a good opportunity to meet other local people. The Quiz Master will again be Alan Myers. For more information or to download an application form please visit Submissions close on Sun 1 September 2019.

Reporting Incidents
With the recent influx of vandalism and noise nuisances in Wendover, the Parish Council would like to remind residents the importance of reporting incidents of vandalism, noise nuisances and anti-social behaviour immediately to Thames Valley Police on 101, this is a non-emergency number, or by emailing or via their website Please don’t wait for someone else to report something, the more frequent reports, the more the police can prioritise and address ongoing issues!