The Aylesbury Sea & Royal Marine Cadet Unit held their annual Prize giving on Monday night (29th October). Presenting the awards to the Cadets who had competed over the year for Best Cadet, Smartest Cadet etc was their Patron the Lord Lt Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher. Amongst the distinguished guests, were Lady Aubrey Fletcher, Millie Soames Hon. Col. Bucks ACF, Chairman from Bucks CC, AVDC and Aylesbury Town Council, Aylesbury RBL, Aylesbury RNA, MSCC District Officer & Marine Troop Commanders...See more
Aylesbury Hundreds Rotary held its annual Young Chef competition at Hardings Restaurant, Aylesbury College, on Saturday 3rd November, with entries from Sir Henry Floyd Grammar, Zara Navarro and India Yates, and from Aylesbury High School, Shaiyana Suresh and Iona Esslemont. Each prepared two courses, under the watchful eye, and support, of Chief Judge Daniel Richardson, Executive Head Chef at Hartwell House...
On a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon (May 20th) RAF Halton exercised it's right to the Freedom of Aylesbury by marching through the town with bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying. The parade was addressed by the town clerk Keith Gray, town Mayor Cllr Mark Willis and Halton's Station Commander. There was also a flypast by the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota.....See more
The Claydon’s incredible Courtyard, at Claydon House was once the bustling heart of the Estate. It housed workshops, stables, coach houses, estate stores, the laundry, brew house and staff accommodation. It is now a hub for events, arts and crafts and is home to an eclectic range of shops and businesses. ....See more
On Saturday (27th October) Aylesbury celebrated Mela, with the 2nd Aylesbury Festival of Lights. The event held in Kingsbury was full of colour and dancing with a jam-packed program on the day. The day was opened by the High Sheriff of Bucks Professor Ruth Farwell CBE.
There were cultural dance performances from local schools...
Hundreds of vehicles attended this years newly named Kop Hill Climb Festival. In glorious sunshine motors of all ages took to the hill to climb the famous incline. The event is a unique chance to see vehicles up close and talk to their owners as well as see them take to the road. Among the highlights were the fabulous aero-engine Napier Railton, and the first pubic outing of Mclaren's new Senna supercar....See more
In 1962 the Queen visited the Vale and here are the pictures from the archive.See more
Pictures from past times in the vale.See more
After being badly damaged by fire Hartwell House, College of Citizenship was re-opened in June 1963 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
On arrival the Queen Mother was met by the Lord Lieutenant of Bucks Brigadier Sir Henry Floyd. Inside the house she met principal Miss Dorothy Neville-Rolfe along with the architect....
This week has seen the return of WheelPower's National Junior Games to Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The games are open to young disabled people between the ages of 11 and 18. The games consist of 28 different sports including Zone Hockey, Boccia, Powerlifting, Table Cricket and Fencing to name just a few.
Tuesday saw many dignitaries and donors visit to watch the young people participate, and even some of those took part, including mayor Cllr Mark Willis....
A field of 344 runners braved the cold on Sunday morning (February 25th) to run the Winslow 10km run. The event is run by the Lions Club of Winslow and started and finished at Furze Down School. The 1st man across the line was the Vale of Aylesbury Athletics club's Rob Taylor who finished the course in 35 minutes and 22 seconds, and the first lady was Helen Mulhall of Bearbrook Running Club who claimed a time of 40 minutes and 3 seconds.See more
Many enthusiastic runners came early for the annual Thornborough Fun Run on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7th). The atmosphere at the event was great again this year, buzzing with excitement before the start and plenty going on throughout the event. The weather was fabulous, which is probably why the numbers running were down on previous years, nonethless it was excellent for the spectators...See more
Saturday 12th May saw the official celebration of the reopening of Quainton's tennis courts, following a £80,000 refurbishment project. This was only made possible through local fund raising, significant grants from Wren, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, Heart of Bucks and a loan from Bucks Tennis....See more
A small team from Matt Fiddes Aylesbury School consisting of five students went to the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts South East regional championships in Horley on the 29th April. They returned with 9 medals between them...
VEGO foods is a newly established food delivery/ takeaway service that supplies vegan and gluten free food to the local area. They operate from Padbury and deliver to Buckingham, Winslow, Steeple Claydon and surrounding villages. Their dishes are all home made using fresh, local produce. VEGO’s dishes are not only ‘made from the earth’ but ‘returned to the earth’, as their packaging is 100% compostable. This is because VEGO are very concerned for the environment. The local business held a ‘pop up’ at Twigs Nursery on Saturday 15th September which attracted many, causing the team to sell out of food within a matter of hours. VEGO has recently launched a new Autumn menu which is, and continues to be a huge hit with vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. As stated by Chelsea (owner) ‘VEGO’s mission is to make ethical, nutritional and tasty food accessible to all’....
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Timbers were shivered yesterday as the cast of Peter Pan flew into Go Ape Wendover to officially launch the countdown to this year’s swashbuckling extravaganza taking place at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Friday 7 – Saturday 31 Dec.
Starring as Hook and busting with badness, John Michie (Holby City, Coronation Street) was found at the popular local outdoor activity centre in Wendover Woods with cast members Andy Collins (BBC 3 Counties Breakfast Show) playing Smee, La Voix (Britain’s Got Talent) as Mrs Smee, Holly Atterton (Nick Jnr’s Go!Go!Go!) playing Tinker Bell and Natalie Hollingworth who was standing in as Peter Pan, but will be taking to the stage as Tiger Lily in the Christmas production.
Not to be overshadowed by last year’s record-breaking show, this year’s epic adventure is set to include out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and lashings of fairy dust! The cast will be joined by The Nitwits – a team of acrobatic pirates on a mission to entertain and amaze with breath-taking stunts up their pantaloons.
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In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, dogs specially trained to detect disease showcased their work at the Royal Mews in central London this week.
Medical Detection Dogs, based in Great Horwood, is the charity that trains the dogs, and was invited to perform a demonstration to mark its tenth anniversary year. The Duchess of Cornwall, the charity’s Patron, was instrumental in organising the event during which the dogs displayed how they can detect cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Working cocker spaniel Kizzy, a specially trained cancer detection dog, was first to demonstrate her work. She tested eight urine samples on a carousel piece of equipment by sniffing each sample to check each for the odour of cancer. When she came to the right sample, she stopped and sat in front of it, not moving until she was told she was correct and rewarded with a treat.
Black Labrador Peanut, a Parkinson’s detection dog, then demonstrated how he detects Parkinson’s disease from sweat samples positioned on a series of stands using canine communication technology being designed in collaboration with the Open University. Both identified the correct sample confidently in under ten seconds. Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs, said: “It is such an honour to be able to demonstrate our work in front of The Queen and our Patron, The Duchess of Cornwall.
'Ten years ago I co-founded this charity and a decade on, we have made very exciting progress. This week we have announced our collaboration with a leading global research facility based in the USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to develop a machine capable of detecting cancer as accurately as the dogs. ' One in two of us will now be diagnosed with cancer in the course of our lifetimes. Early detection is crucial to successful medical treatment. It is more important than ever that we develop an easy and reliable test to rocket-boost survival rates.
'I am hugely grateful to The Duchess of Cornwall and to The Queen in helping us to raise awareness of our charity so that our vital research can soon be put to practical use in saving lives.''
The charity is completing a large-scale trial into the early detection of prostate cancer with Milton Keynes University Hospital and is also collaborating with Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust on a study of bowel cancer.
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