Wendover Parish Council – Matters Arising, May 2023

View from the Chair

On a sunny, windy morning after Easter, I write this, my final View from the Chair.

I have been a Councillor for eight years and Chair for over two of those, so I am now stepping down to leave the way open for a new Chair. It has been my privilege to serve the residents of Wendover during this time.

Several notable achievements have been the making of the Neighbourhood Plan, the replacement Haddington Play Park, the Cycle path upgrade, Parking Review, supporting CLAW making use of the old skatepark and the Wendover Shedders in Hogtrough to name a few. Some projects are still to be completed, the Canal Path and new Skate Park (Canvas have just been awarded the tender and are working on funding and a design) and HS2, but these are in the capable hands of the Clocktower staff and WPC. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and councillors, past and present for their help and support. In particular, the Vice Chair, Jo Durden-Moore, for her support and dedication to the council in her three years of office where she has steered WPC through Staffing and championed the Manor Waste consultation, the new Wendover Business group and Parish Plan. Jo is also stepping down at the end of April, and we wish her every success in her future endeavours. 

One of our last events was the Annual Parish Meeting with the overview of the year and presentation of the community awards, a great way to celebrate Wendover. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to those who nominated people, all of whom help make Wendover a wonderful place to live:

Business of the Year
 J Brown Funeral Services

Service with a Smile
Block & Butcher

Outstanding Young Person
Aidan Lynn

Lifetime Achievement
Jane Larkham &  Marion Clayton

Volunteer of the Year
Stephen Louis

WPC Award
Ron Petersen (Wendover Society)

A date for the diary is Sunday 7th May for the Coronation event, Big Lunch in the Witchell 1-4pm.

Do come and join us for a social get together with live band and various stalls. Let’s make it a good one!

I look forward to seeing you there as I bid you farewell and a healthy and happy 2023 and beyond!

Sheila Bulpett