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Three new bells are hoisted into St Nicholas church at Chearsley

Ding-dong celebration as church bells arrive

The magic of Christmas came early to a village with the arrival of three splendid bells.

Comet lands at RAF Halton in June 1959, pictured with Bill Durrell and his horse Katie

Archive: Mix of new and old at RAF Halton

An unusual combination – what in its day was one of the most modern aircraft, the Comet, and one of the oldest forms of transportation, the horse and cart.

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Catherine Stoker

Education Eye: Preparing properly for a university interview

Following on from last week’s advice about university offers, here are some tips on interviews.

Letters to the editor

Letters round-up: Words fail me over Watermead crematorium

A letter from an angry resident furious at the decision to allow the Watermead crematorium is included in this week’s round-up.

Alex Pratt

Business Eye: Where do we go next?

Is it just me or do you also have flashbacks about some of the stuff we were taught at school which has proven almost clairvoyant in nature?

Shaun Delaney

‘How I survived cut-throat games industry’

Nestled on shop shelves this Christmas, between annual best-sellers and TV quiz spin-offs, are many independent boardgames games vying for customers’ attention.

Silver Street, Aylesbury, 1964

Back in Time: No ‘elf and safety’ as Friars Square is built

In 1964 work began on clearing a huge part of Aylesbury town centre for the construction of County Hall, the library and Friars Square shopping centre with its multi-storey car park.

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The Aylesburian

Aylesburian: Market forces bring winds of change to ‘elf’n safety

Christmas Markets on the continent have been around for decades, and over the past few years they have taken off in the UK.

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Happy little girl as a chef preparing vegetables for cooking

Farming Matters: Eat British food at school

Parents want to see British food on school menus, and more lessons on the curriculum about food and farming.

A wood louse-eating spider

Notes from St Tiggywinkles: Daring drivers bring oddest casualties in

I would not say Melanie in reception was panicking – perhaps just a little concerned that a good Samaritan came in carrying an injured young fallow deer.

Joe Robinson from Aylesbury on Deal Or No Deal

Deal Or No Deal contestant misses out on £90,000

A contestant from Aylesbury on TV’s Deal Or No Deal missed out on the chance to win a life-changing £90,000 – but he’s still £13,000 better off.

Andrew Peter Robinson has been from the town centre

Homeless street drinker banned from town centre

A ‘prolific’ street drinker has been banned from drinking alcohol in public after his drunken behaviour caused regular ‘harassment and distress’.

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CCTV footage of Nathan Jordan flytipping

Rubbish Christmas for jailed flytipper

A litter lout will spend Christmas behind bars after dumping and burning waste including asbestos near an electricity pylon.

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David Lidington

Lidington: It beggars belief that HS2 Ltd were up for award

Aylesbury MP David Lidington says it ‘beggars belief’ that HS2 Ltd were nominated for a community engagement award.

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Children at Aylesbury College's nursery celebrate a good Ofsted inspection

Aylesbury College nursery praised by Ofsted

The Aylesbury College Day Nursery has retained a ‘good’ Ofsted rating following a recent inspection.

The waste and recycling centre at Aston Clinton

People urged to recycle this Christmas

Householders are being urged to make Christmas a happy time for the planet and charity – by disposing of their Yuletide waste as carefully as possible.

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View, Whiteleaf Cross

Whiteleaf Cross and Cobbler’s Pits handed over to Chiltern Society

Five important heritage sites and nature reserves in Buckinghamshire have been handed over into the care of the Chiltern Society.

Junk mail

STOP THE SCAMMERS: Watch out for your neighbours

Bucks Trading Standards are appealing to residents who already watch out for their vulnerable neighbours to keep an eye on the levels of mail delivered.

Junk mail

STOP THE SCAMMERS: Bucks residents found on ‘suckers’ list

Trading Standards officers are contacting 250 residents in Bucks who are named a so-called ‘suckers’ list compiled by criminal gangs who scam vulnerable people.

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Barry Atkins with Trading Standards Community Champion Tina Stewart

STOP THE SCAMMERS: Veteran soldier lost £2,000 in Spanish lottery scam

A veteran solider from Aylesbury who was tricked out of £2,000 in a ‘Spanish lottery’ scam is one of hundreds of people across Bucks who falls prey to con-artists every year.

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UPDATED: Man charged with perverting the course of justice in sex abuse probe

A man arrested yesterday (Thursday) has been charged with perverting the course of justice as part of an ongoing investigation into child sexual exploitation.

Aylesbury Crown Court

Illegal immigrant sexually assaulted teenage girl

An illegal immigrant trapped a 17-year-old girl in his bedroom and sexually assaulted her before police came to her rescue.

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Angela Macpherson

Ex children’s services boss new chair of council select committee

Angela Macpherson, who stepped down as cabinet member for children’s services after just 18 months, has been appointed as chairman of the county council’s health and adult social care select committee (HASC).

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Man guilty of burglaries

A man has pleaded guilty to two burglaries in the Vale.

Aylesbury Train Station

Bike thief jailed following undercover operation at railway station

A prolific bike thief has been jailed following an undercover operation at Aylesbury railway station.

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Ryeland, Buckingham

Jailed: Woman who stabbed next door neighbour three times in drunken rage

A violent woman ‘with a terrible alcohol problem’ stabbed her next door neighbour three times after going on an all-day drinking binge.

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Police and Accident Investigation at the site of the fatal plane crash near Padbury

Fraudster dad of X Factor finalist sent SOS text before fatal plane crash

A fraudster who died in a plane crash sent a frantic SOS text to his family moments before the aircraft plummeted.

The entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital

‘Being drunk is not an emergency!’: People urged to think twice before going to A&E

Bucks health chiefs have urged people not to put others’ lives at risk by attending hospital when it is not neccessary.

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A generic picture of a black Audi RS4, similar to the one stolen in Wendover.

Police believe burglaries linked

Police are linking two burglaries after a black Audi RS4 was stolen from home and jewellery from another.

Lib Dems celebrate at the count. Peter Agoro is pictured fourth from right, with Anders Christensen stood next to him. Mr Christensen is also pictured below.

New Lib Dem councillors delighted with by-election victories

Aylesbury Vale’s two newest councillors have spoken of their delight at winning seats on the district council in the recent by-elections.

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Niknam Hussain

Aylesbury Pakistanis caught up in Peshawar massacre

More than 100 people from Aylesbury including the former mayor are caught up in the Pakistani town of Peshawar where 132 school children have been killed by Taliban terrorists.

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View of the new wind turbine at Quarrendon fields between Buckingham Park and Berryfields - seen from Oving Road between Whitchurch and Pitchcott

Planning inspector: ‘Turbine opposition is just a psychological issue’

District planning officers warned the wind turbine would look unsightly when they refused the proposals two years ago in 2012 – but their fears were ignored by the government planning inspector who oversaw the developer’s appeal.

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How the turbine measures up, and, below, councillors Huxley, Vick and Adams

Heavens above! Church’s shock after UK’s tallest wind turbine is built on its land

The Church of England has hit out at the construction of the largest wind turbine in Britain on their land.

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Latest weather news with MetDesk in Wendover

Weather Watch: Will the Aylesbury Vale be a snowgo area for Christmas?

We’re now only a week away from Christmas Day.

Police have shut the road

Man injured in two-car crash

A man has been taken to hospital after his people-carrier left the road after a smash with a saloon car.

Jimmy Savile

Compensation scheme for Savile victims sanctioned

A compensation scheme for victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile has been sanctioned by the Court of Appeal today (Tuesday).

Martin Tett

Tett’s anger over ‘surprise’ AVDC shake-up announcement

The leader of Bucks County Council has slammed Aylesbury Vale chiefs for announcing unitary authority plans without consulting him.

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‘We want to break free’: Vale to claim independence from Bucks?

Aylesbury Vale District Council wants to go it alone – and a public vote on the plans could take place as early as next year.

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The 111 service can direct you to the right medical help

Doctors ask parents to ‘talk before they walk’

Doctors are reminding parents about a free 24-hour health advice and support line.

Former Aylesbury High headteacher Ruth Alinek, who appeared on Channel 4's Confessions of a Teacher PNL-141216-133015001

‘One girl had a crush on me’: Former Aylesbury High headteacher confesses all on TV documentary

A former head of Aylesbury High School has appeared on a TV documentary spilling the beans on what life as a teacher is really like.

County Council leaders  Ian Hudspeth (left)  Martin Tett (centre) and  Jim Harker

Combined super council to rival Greater Manchester and bring in ‘billions’

A unique tri-county alliance has been formed with the leaders of Bucks, Northants and Oxfordshire County Councils signing a partnership to unlock extra cash and improve transport links between major towns and cities.

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David Gamage from Earth Island Publishing alongside Kevin Brook and Andy Gerlack from Fresh

Fresh thinking lands firm top industry gong

A design and print company in Aylesbury has won a top industry award.

David Gamage from Earth Island Publishing alongside Kevin Brook and Andy Gerlack from Fresh

Fund set up in memory of teenage charity volunteer

The family of a teenage charity worker who drowned in South Africa have set up a fund in her memory.

Winslow's 145th Christmas Primestock Show - held in Market Square

Town centre hosts farmers

Prime cattle and sheep filled the market square of Winslow on Monday as a livestock auction returned to the town centre for the first time in over 100 years.

Action from the race

Estate agent dislocates his knee in Christmas pudding race

Local businesses took part in Aylesbury’s first Christmas pudding race today – but it was a case of dislocation, dislocation, dislocation for one estate agent who entered the contest.

Opening of Aylesbury's Royal British Legion Pop In centre, December 2014

New Royal British Legion centre opens in town

One of 16 new Royal British Legion advice and information centres across the country opened its doors in Aylesbury this morning.

General view of a Primark store

Primark urge customers to return fairy lights due to risk of electric shock

Primark have urged customers to return boxed sets of multi-coloured and clear fairy lights which were on sale at their stores in the UK due to a safety risk.

Taxi sign.

Taxi driver caught illegally plying for hire in undercover operation

A taxi driver has been fined for illegally plying for hire in the first prosecution after the launch of an undercover operation stamping out dodgy taxis.

Caroline Cooper and Lacey Turner at the ceremony

Simon Cowell and Lacey Turner honour brave RAF medic

A brave RAF medic who broke her leg in Afghanistan has been honoured at a national awards ceremony.

Open day at the old County Hall in Aylesbury

Luxury health spa plan for crown court building video

Old jail cells used to hold convicted prisoners could soon be transformed into beauty treatment rooms if plans for a luxury spa are given the go ahead.

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