Winter Newsletter

HALTON VILLAGE November – December 2018 & January 2019

Welcome to our second issue of the „new look‟ Halton Village newsletter. Many thanks for the positive comments after the publication of the first one. Hopefully you will find this current
newsletter informative, with news of forthcoming events for you to attend. As previously, we would encourage comments on and ideas and articles for the newsletter. Please contact us by email,
newsletter.halton@gmail.com, or ring 01296 624458.

November often brings with it firework parties. Please be considerate when holding these so that other villagers are not kept awake by loud bangs too late into the evening and make sure pets are kept indoors. This can be a very stressful time for them. If the winter turns out to be cold with snow or ice, please take care as you walk and drive through the village and check on any neighbours living alone who may need your help.

Finally, as this issue covers the festive season, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

HALTON PARISH COUNCIL

Halton Parish Council‟s new website will be up and running in the very near future. The old format has been copied onto a new, updated display and, after the first few „teething‟ problems, we are expecting that everyone will be happy with the ease with which they can visit the various pages. The views we have had of the model are really exciting. It will now be updated „live‟ from the Parish Office so it‟s time for us all to learn new skills.

Bucks C.C. has funded a new machine for monitoring speeding. This will be kept in Wendover and users do have to be trained. The Sentinel machine logs the speed and number plate of any vehicle exceeding the limit. These data are then used by TVP to write to the vehicle‟s owner to advise them that they were „caught‟ speeding and that their details will be kept. Should the vehicle be caught again, a strong letter will be sent to the registered owner. Following a third offence, an officer will personally visit the offender‟s premises and speak to the registered owner.

The Parish Office is situated above the Village Hall in Old School Close. There is a supply of stamps in the office and a small letter scale. Parishioners can use the photocopier, 5p for an A4 black and white copy and 10p for colour. A3 is 10p for black and white and 20p for colour. The Parish Office is manned between 9.30am and 12.30pm Mon-Thurs. If there is a faulty street lamp please report it to the clerk, providing an exact location and the number on the lamppost if possible. Mrs Fiona Lippmann, Clerk to the Council can be contacted on 01296 626073 clerk@haltonpc.org.uk

The Village Hall is available to hire. It can seat 80 people and there is a smaller meeting room for up to 10 people seated. There is free wi-fi and a well equipped kitchen.
Please contact Mike Jimson on 01296 622702 haltonvhall@aol.com for bookings.

HALTON A GARDEN VILLAGE

In trying to respond to the housing shortage the government has put focus on creating new communities and houses in what are termed garden towns or Cities. These are based on some of the principles which were used to establish some of the original Garden towns after the Second World War such as Letchworth. They are very open and green places to live. In order to persuade planning authorities to follow this path the government are providing extra funding for infrastructure. In 2016 they dropped the size requirements down to capture Garden Villages (new  ettlements between 1500 and 10,000 houses). Given the general shortage of funds for infrastructure this seems like a good route to take. In the recently published „Garden Communities‟ the government set out their vision.

‘It is not about creating dormitory towns or places which just use garden as a convenient label. This is about setting clear expectations for the quality of the development and how this can be maintained (such as following garden city principles). We want to see vibrant, mixed use, communities where people can live, work and play for generations to
come – communities which view themselves as the conservation areas of the future. Each will be holistically planned, self-sustaining and characterful. We expect that the garden communities to which we offer assistance will embrace the following key qualities.

  • Clear identity
  • Sustainable scale
  • Well designed places
  • Great homes
  • Strong local vision and engagement
  • Transport – integrated, forward looking and accessible transport options
  • Healthy places
  • Green spaces
  • Legacy and Stewardship arrangements
  • Future proofed

This sounds like a good description of the vision the Parish Council has put forward since the announcement of the closure of RAF Halton almost two years ago. So if the planners can get the balance right between housing, jobs, sports facilities, heritage assets, art and community facilities then it could be a great place to live. We continue to be proactive in helping the planners make the right decisions.

Planning Process

A resident has been asking when will the Parish Council hold a consultation on the future of Halton. This is not how the process works. The Parish Council is not a decision maker (an influencer maybe), the DIO/developer (for the design) and AVDC (for the planning approval) are the decision makers. Brian Thompson the Chairman of the Parish Council explains.:

  • The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) selects a plot of land to sell, assesses how many houses they think they can put on there, values it and then talks to various developers
  • Developers make a bid for the land and the highest bid generally wins.
  • The successful developer then develops a detailed plan (probably with more houses than the DIO envisaged), talks to the planning authority about any constraints/reserved matters and 106 money. These are monies shared around the local community to compensate for the effects of the housing growth and to provide some infrastructure.
  • The developer then holds a public consultation submits the plans to planning authority and after scrutiny it is given the go ahead.
  • A supplementary planning application may be submitted by the developer if he wants to add more houses.

So for a big site you could get a variety of consultations for each field. However the DIO have decided to change the process for the disposal of RAF Halton. They will carry out the master planning and seek planning approval and consequently hold a public consultation for the site. They are doing this because they feel the old approach did not deliver to them the true land value of the site being disposed of. Those extra houses the developers were slipping in were giving the developers super profits at the expense of the DIO. This change in approach is I think good news for us. Firstly because it means we are only dealing with one entity – the DIO during the master planning phase rather than a handful of different developers. Secondly while the DIO have a legal duty to secure the best return possible they are a public body accountable for their actions which can be challenged, unlike developers. Because AVDC elected to have the site developed in 2 or more phases – 1000 houses and then more later it will probably mean a number of consultations. Our view is that we need to see the whole picture to ensure the correct infrastructure and community facilities are correctly planned, hopefully working towards the principles laid out by the government for Garden Villages as above. So in answer to the initial question the DIO will be holding the public consultation and, as soon as we know when, we will let you know.


VALE OF AYLESBURY LOCAL PLAN UPDATE

On the 1st October the Interim report by the inspector was published. In summary the inspector‟s view was that the housing requirement should be increased by around 1,600 and distribution should be more focused in the north of the district. In terms of Halton he stated in paragraph 70.

A modification to add specific criteria relating to the heritage assets should be included in the policy. The Council accepted at the hearing session, and I agree, that the hints of a future review of Green Belt boundaries in the supporting text to allocation HAL003 (RAF Halton) are inappropriate. Likewise, reference to green infrastructure in the site – specific requirements of allocation HAL003 (RAF Halton) should be more specific about the retention of the extremely good sports facilities currently provided onsite.

This was raised by the Parish Council and we await to see the specific wording AVDC come up with.

Good Ideas? When the RAF camp closes there are going to be big changes. During this upheaval there may be opportunities to get some local improvements. We have received various ideas – traffic lights at Perch Bridge, roundabout at Main Point, pavement along airfield road, speed bumps and so on. If you have a good idea that will benefit the existing and future community please let us know and send them into the Parish Office.

HALTON VILLAGE SPEED SIGN

One of the objectives of the Parish Council is “Keeping People Safe on Roads and Footpaths within Halton Parish”. To this end villagers may well have noticed a digital speed sign which mysteriously moves around to different village locations. So, here is a short explanation of its purpose and benefits to our village.

The Parish Council takes road safety very seriously and some years ago, invested in a technology called MVAS which stands for Moveable Vehicle Activated Signs. Generally, these signs are used to improve road safety and encourage safer driving speeds through a very obvious visual reminder. However, our sign is also used for collecting traffic data (compliant with data protection), logging vehicle movements, speeds and time in three locations – both incoming and outgoing movements.

In addition to enabling us to identify speeding issues, it gives us an established “traffic information baseline” from which we are able to then measure change. Some of the uses include:

  • Trends of traffic movements over time, Information to enable us to respond objectively to consultations around road closures or future changes to planned traffic routes, and
  • A greater understanding of the implications of additional traffic volumes which may be generated as a result of housing developments in or around the Parish – pertinent to the closure of the RAF base. So next time you pass our sign and see your speed, you may be able to think of it as a little bit more than a flashing set of lights.

DEFIBRILLATOR

In October a training session was held in the use of the defibrillator, which is located in the Village hall car park. Those attending found the information extremely helpful and it was suggested that more training sessions should be made available to the whole parish community. If you would like to attend a session, please contact the Parish Office and when we have a sufficient number of  people wishing to be trained we will arrange a convenient date.

THE ROTHSCHILD CONNECTION PHOTO ALBUM

The album has been well received, being a pictorial record of Halton over the past 100 years. 90 copies have already been sold and delivered and there are now books in stock. We have been pleased that as a result of meeting representatives from AVDC, The Rothschild family and the government department dealing with the RAF closure there has been even more interest and they have each had a book. It has certainly given them an idea of the wonderful village community we have here in Halton.

If you would like one – or a second one! – please contact Ann on 622702, annjimson@aol.com . The stock will now be sold on a first come first served basis until all 100 have been sold.

It is a professionally printed hard back book costing £26. We have kept the book at cost price as the aim was not to make a profit. The whole project has been funded by generous donations from the Village fete and the Open Gardens.

I would love to sell the last ten copies before Christmas – it would make a lovely Christmas present for ex residents, children who grew up here and have moved on or any friends who admire our village when they visit you!! And of course those who are worried about the inevitable changes there will be after the closure of the RAF in Halton.


SILENT SILHOUETTES

To mark the final year of the World War One Centenary, the Royal British Legion has started a movement to say „Thank You to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation. Their „silent silhouettes‟ are the manifestation of that intent and come in a variety of profiles, from „Tommies to Tars‟.

Halton Parish Council has chosen an RAF/RFC aircraftman silhouette in recognition of our long association with the Royal Air Force. In our churchyard there are many commonwealth war graves, dating back to WW1.

Hopefully when you see this silent silhouette you will reflect on what a fortunate generation we are – in part thanks to the service and sacrifices of past heroes and heroines.

Brian Thompson

OUR GRAVEYARD

In mid-September a large group of children from Halton Combined School came on a trip to look at the graveyard at St Michael‟s. Their task was to collate dates and draw a graph of numbers who died over the last 100 years. Rather than just collect numbers I decided to try and get them to understand that with each stone comes a story of a life lived and I singled out a couple. So many local families have generations of their kin buried there but we also have well over a hundred Service graves dating from the First World War to the present day. There are graves of the highest to
the most humble. I rather like the fact that there is a Lord of the Realm, who was Chief of Air Staff, buried next to an airman of the lowest rank. Death is a great leveller. I have never done a count of nationalities but most of the Commonwealth countries are there and also many Polish airmen who joined the RAF to fight with us after their country was overrun by the Germans at the start of the Second World War. If you notice a red and white flag flying from the tower it is in honour of those Polish airmen buried here.

I was pleased to say that one of the children on the visit said it was the best school trip she had had and she would never think of graveyards in the same way again. Remembrance Sunday is just round the corner. Come and pay your respects at 10.45am on the 11th of November to those who gave so much.
If anyone ever wants to come and have a tour of the church and graveyard I would be very happy to show you around.

Don Knight (church warden). Phone 01296 622603

 

WHO IS OUR NEW VICAR?


Hello I am Sally Moring and I am your ‘not so new ‘vicar. I was inducted as Vicar of St Mary’s Wendover and St Michael and All Angels, Halton on 6th September last year and have been enjoying getting to know both villages and all that happens through the year.

My last parish was St Edmund of Canterbury in Hayes so coming to Buckinghamshire has been a big but very pleasant contrast. I am married to Paul who recently took early retirement; we have a son, James who was ordained in July and working in a church in Nottingham and a daughter, Sarah who has just graduated from Lincoln University and started an MSc at Imperial College in London.

St Michael’s forms part of the Benefice of Wendover and Halton which really means you share me with St Mary’s as I have responsibility for both churches and try to take as many services in Halton as I can but am very grateful to a number of retried clergy and lay ministers who lead the weekly 6pm services as well as David Richardson, Padre at RAF Halton. I am particularly pleased to have the connection with the RAF and have enjoyed visiting the station, including Halton House as well as taking a number of weddings with RAF connections both at St Michael’s and St
Mary’s.

The next three months will mean there is lots happening in our churches. We will mark the centenary of the end of World War one on Remembrance Sunday which this year falls on November 11th, Rev’d David Richardson will lead a special service of Remembrance around the war memorial in the churchyard at 10.45am. It is so important that we
remember those who gave their lives in war. December brings the beginning of Advent, the time of quiet preparation for Christmas amidst the busyness. Each Sunday from Advent Sunday, December 2nd there will be a service at 6pm(as usual)…why not join us to spend time preparing for the arrival of Jesus at Christmas. Our Christmas celebration will be on Sunday December 23rd at 6pm with a service of Carols and Lessons. Do come and join in.

With my best wishes, Sally.

 

CHURCH TEAS


Thanks to our wonderful weather this year and plenty of helpers, just over £1000 was raised throughout the summer. Villagers, walkers and friends all enjoyed home made cakes, tea and a chat.
We should be back at the start of June 2019 for another season.

 


UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA

When someone becomes forgetful or confused, friends or family are often quick to reassure them that this is just „what happens when you get older‟. Some of us do struggle with our memory as we age or during times of illness. But dementia is different. Lots of people momentarily forget a friend‟s name – someone with dementia may forget ever having met them. They usually experience a range of other symptoms alongside memory problems and will begin to struggle with daily life. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. It‟s caused by changes to the structure and chemistry of the brain.

Did you know that around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and around 8,500 people in Buckinghamshire have dementia? The chance of developing dementia increases with age and one in 14 people over 65 – and one in six people over 80 – has dementia, plus it‟s more common among women than men?

In May 2017 Wendover became a Dementia Action Alliance. This initiative draws on the Government challenge for 2020 and the National Dementia Declaration both of which encourage local organisations such as shops, banks, libraries and churches to become Dementia – Friendly. Dementia Friendly Communities are developing around the country for people with dementia, their carers and families, voluntary and statutory services, businesses and the wider community. It represents a shift in the way society treats people with dementia to ensure they receive the support  and respect they deserve.

I have trained as a Dementia Friends Champion and during the past three years have made 730 people a Dementia Friend. This includes local groups in the area such as Bucks Carers, WI, Budgens, Brownies, Youth groups, St Mary‟s Church and Wendover Junior School. All 350 pupils at the school have become a Dementia Friend and wear their badges with pride. The school was one of the first in the country to become a Dementia Friendly school. I am supporting St Mary‟s Church, Wendover to become a Dementia-Friendly church during the next two years. Why not support Halton Village to become Dementia Friendly? To become a Dementia Friend is part of a national programme. It provides basic awareness of the disease and help with strategies for enabling people to live well with dementia. Each session lasts one hour and is practical and interactive.

On Wednesday 21 November I am planning to run a Dementia Friends workshop in the Village hall, Halton for those residents who are interested. The session is free and will start at 7.30 pm with tea and coffee and will finish at approximately 8.45 pm. I look forward to meeting you then.

Sylvia Oram

 

DEMENTIA COMMENT

I have been lucky enough to benefit from Sylvia’s lively, informative and interactive presentation and have my badge to prove it! She has supported me in giving the Friends of Wendover Health Centre a better understanding of ways in which they can communicate with patients who are sometimes rather vague about their needs. We now have 20 volunteers who are dementia friends.
But for me the talk was more personal as my 96 year old mother is living with dementia. There were lots of tips about how to interact with my Mum, good phrases to use and activities to engage her in, and some explanation of what may have gone wrong with her brain to cause a ‘normal’ person to gradually lose her way in the world.

Thanks Sylvia, I would recommend spending an hour or so in our village hall to learn more about a subject that could affect any one of our community.

Ann Jimson


HALTON CHARITIES CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Why not start your Christmas festivities with a lovely, home cooked Christmas dinner and a chance to meet people in the parish you might not know. and chat to people you do know. The village hall is decorated, the tables laid in festive style, a group of residents will have peeled the sprouts, cooked and carved the turkeys, and made the gravy, stuffing and bread sauce. Puddings will be heated, mince pies hand made and everything put into serving dishes. Another group of people will serve your meal.

All this has been enjoyed by about 40 guests each year. Not been before? Don‟t think you will know anyone? Don‟t eat some of those foods? Contact one of us and we will put your mind at rest. You really will be made very welcome. After the success of the last few years The Halton Charities trustees have chosen to fund this very popular event. If you are over 60 and live in the parish of Halton, including Moor Park you are invited! The date is set for Friday 7th December 2018 at 12.30 for 1.00 in Halton Village Hall. Tickets will be available in early November from Mike Jimson, the charities Clerk. See the advert opposite for all the details.

And if you’d like to help?!

If you are under sixty and have a couple of hours to spare to help with serving and washing up, or indeed with the cooking beforehand, please let us know as this would allow some of our cooks who are over 60 to have a rest and enjoy their lunch! Contact us using the details on the advert in this newsletter

As you can see the hall is magnificently presented for the event and it goes without saying that the food is without parallel.

This is a very popular event and tickets have to be limited. Make sure that you secure your place by booking up early to avoid disappointment.


Halton Village Christmas Lunch 2018

Friday 7thDecember 12.30 for 1.00
In the Village Hall
If you are over 60 and live in the Parish of Halton you are invited.
The lunch is funded by the Halton Charities so tickets are free
You will have a full Christmas lunch, Christmas pudding, coffee,
mince pies and mints with wine and soft drinks
Please book your ticket with Mike Jimson, secretary to the Halton
Charities
Telephone: 622702
Email: mikejimson@aol.com
Booking will be available from Monday 5th November until Friday 30thNovember
Tickets are limited, and are on a first come first served basis so
don’t delay!
If you would like transport to and from the event, or would like a
vegetarian meal
please tell us when booking


VILLAGE CLEAN-UP

Many thanks to the small band of villagers who helped tidy up the village on September 8th. Although we were unable to cover the whole village what was achieved looks much smarter. It would be much appreciated if residents could continue to maintain their own patch so that Halton can be seen by visitors and parishioners alike as a well-cared for village.

 

FLOWER BOXES

In response to the plea in the last edition of the newsletter asking for help with the flower boxes on the bridge, three villagers have agreed to plant up the boxes this autumn and to maintain them through the winter. However they are unwilling to continue into the spring unless others join them. So here is your chance to get your hands dirty and to help make the village look attractive. Many hands make light work. The more people who are involved the less work will need to be done. If you would consider helping please let Fiona know in the Parish office.

 

FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER

As a rare treat, Halton residents Jon Kumela and Stuart Holcroft will be playing live rock music with their 2 other band members in the Halton RAF Association Clubhouse. Currently un-named, the group will be playing a range of rock classics which you will LOVE. The RAFA bar, just outside the RAF Halton Airfield, will be open from 7pm with live music from 7:45pm. No entry fee; if you want to make any donations, they will be given to Sam Holcroft‟s Malawi charity fundraising. Children very welcome (but bring ear protection – the music may be LOUD).

For more details, contact the band via prosecco@live.co.uk

 

HALTON SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The Halton Singers are holding their Christmas concert on Saturday, December 15th 2018, starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Tickets are £10 for adults with children free. Refreshment is included plus one free drink

St Michael & All Angels Church
Halton
Nine Lessons and Carol Service
December 23 at 6.00 pm
Everyone welcome


USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

 

Clerk to the Parish Council – Fiona Lippmann 01296 626073
Village Hall Booking Clerk 01296 622702
Church Warden-Don Knight 01296 622603
Halton Singers-Kevin Towler 01296 622390
Guard Room – Main Point 01296 656211/656503
Wendover Police Office (Wendover Library) Tues& Fri 10am-12pm) 01296 621916
Police Non-Emergency Number 101
Crime stoppers 0800 555 111
Electricity Emergency 0800 316 3105
Fly Tipping Hotline 0845 330 1856
Potholes notification 08452 380882
Wendover Health Centre 01296 623452
Wendover Health Centre Friends Desk 01296 622565
Halton Community Combined School 01296 622264
John Hampden Infant School-Wendover 01296 622629
Wendover CE Junior School 01296 669822
John Colet Secondary School 01296 623348


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

The Annual Remembrance Day Service will be held in Halton Village Churchyard on Sunday 11 November.The Service will begin at 10.45 am at the War Memorial.

Please join us to remember those who have given so much in the Service of their Country.

The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day. But how did the distinctive red flower become such a potent symbol of our remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars?

Scarlet corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War One raged through Europe’s heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

 

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

 

TO AUTUMN

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss‟d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o‟er-brimm‟d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap‟d furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

John Keats


NEXT ISSUE

If you have anything for inclusion in the next Halton Village Newsletter please email it to newsletter.halton@gmail.com or ring 01296 624458 . The deadline for the next edition is 12 January 2019.

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily the views of The Halton Village Newsletter

 


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