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Esm� Davison-Hoult, four, enjoying Halloween at home in Wendover

Allstar Esme learns to communicate through high-tech ‘eye gaze’ kit

A four-year-old girl with Rett Syndrome is learning to communicate after her family successfully raised enough cash to buy her specialist ‘eye gaze’ technology.

Students from Aylesbury Grammar School set up a display of their choosing at Bucks County Museum - students are John Holden, Dillon Patel, Finlay Shedd and Edan Sutton

Pupils’ hands-on time at museum

Students got to see what life is like for a museum curator this week, as part of a new project.

Tesco Broadfields has been filling shoeboxes packed with goodies for our troops at Christmas

Boxing clever with a little Christmas cheer for our troops

British soldiers spending Christmas deployed overseas will have a little festive cheer thanks to the generosity of supermarket customers.

Letters have criticised the 11-plus

Letters round-up: Grammar schools must cater for Buckinghamshire children

Included on the letters pages this week are concerns that the grammar school system is failing children from Bucks.

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Alex Pratt

Business Eye: Learn from history’s greatest mistakes

History leaves us big clues from which to learn although we do seem to have the knack for ignoring these gifts.

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Jailed: Thief who stole pensioner’s Mercedes following car crash

A thief who crashed his car and then stole the Mercedes of a pensioner who came out to see what was going on has been jailed.

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Amanda Taylor-Hopkins speaks at the education select committee

‘Deep concern’ over school improvement charity’s relationship with Aylesbury Vale Academy

A county councillor is ‘deeply concerned’ that an educational charity which helps improve schools is struggling to get into the Aylesbury Vale Academy.

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David Lidington MP

MP calls for urgent action over Vale’s 11-plus results

Aylesbury MP David Lidington is concerned by Vale pupils’ low pass rate in the 11-plus and says that in an ideal world children would not take the test until the age of 14.

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Avenue Q

Avenue Q among smash hit shows making Waterside debuts

Smash hit musical Avenue Q is among several massive shows making their first appearances at the Waterside Theatre in 2015.

GP practices under pressure

GP services under strain

GP practices are straining under pressure, an inquiry has found.

20-11-14 Public Order training with Horses - Photographer Alex Skennerton - � Thames Valley Police

Mounted poice practice dealing with protests and demonstrations

Horses and officers from Thames Valley Police practiced dealing with protests and demonstrations on Thursday (November 20).

David Stopps and Suzanne Shaw turn on the lights

Thousands turn out for Christmas light switch-on

Thousands of people turned up for the annual Christmas light switch-on in Aylesbury on Thursday night.

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Skype

Could online consultations transform GP services?

How would you like to consult your GP via Skype?

The entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which is owned by the Bucks NHS Trust

Four hours industrial action at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Staff at Stoke Mandeville Hospital will take part in a second four-hour stoppage on Monday.

PCC Anthony Stansfed

Privatised restorative justice contract goes out to tender

A new privatised service is being put out to tender by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley.

Retired teacher Ian Morgan says painting at Headway has helped him following his brain injury

Grandfather bounces back after brain injury thanks to ‘brilliant’ charity video

A retired teacher who learned to walk, eat and read again after being struck down by a tumour has praised the ‘brilliant’ charity that helps him.

Jason Thelwell

New fire officer appointed

Bucks Fire and Rescue have appointed Jason Thelwell as their next chief fire officer.

The Aylesbury Vale District Council offices

Council urges residents to look before they book

Aylesbury Vale District Council is reminding residents to look before they book meals this Christmas.

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Police to hold gun amnesty

Thames Valley Police is holding an amnesty to encourage people to hand in guns and ammunition without the risk of prosecution.

Delegates at the Pinewood Studios export meeting with Buckinghamshire Business First

Lights, camera, export for firms

Exporting your wares has never been simpler, thanks to a special event for Bucks businesses at Pinewood Studios.

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Bullying victim ‘close to suicide’

A teenage girl who tried to take her own life after being relentlessly picked on for five years has vowed to become a bullying ambassador.

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Just one of the teams who took part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care's Muddy Mucker event in Aston Clinton

Runners get mucky in charity’s first ever muddy fundraiser

More than 600 got down and dirty for Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s first ever Muddy Mucker obstacle course.

Alan Rosen speaks at the select committee

Grammar heads defend 11-plus exam as campaigner demands ‘unfair’ test is withdrawn immediately

Grammar schools must act on clear evidence that the 11-plus exam disadvantages children from poorer backgrounds, according to a campaigner who spoke at a council select committee on Wednesday.

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Bucks County Council wants to move more services online

Council sets out plans to cut face-to-face contact and massively increase online presence

Plans to reduce face-to-face and telephone contact in favour of increased online transactions are set out in a digital strategy launched by Bucks County Council.

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Gang steal jewellery from home

Jewellery and cash have been stolen from a home by a gang of four thieves.

Tony Morris at Aylesbury's Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Policeman knocked off his bike by 7.5 ton truck shares his marathon plans

A police detective left paralysed from the chest down after being knocked off his bike is determined to complete the London Marathon in a wheelchair.

Latest weather news with MetDesk in Wendover

Weather Watch: Autumn and winter rain stuck in a rut? It’s the truth

Have you ever noticed how the weather sometimes seems to be stuck in a rut?

Nina and Mark Hyatt with 38 week old Dexter who was born at 23 weeks - pictured at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Neo Natal Unit

Mum who gave birth to son at 23 weeks calls for abortion limit to be lowered

The mother of a premature baby born one week below the legal abortion limit says he is proof that the law on termination should be changed.

Peoples Choice winner Facebook Update by Marsel van Oosten (above) and the overall winner The Last Great Picture by Michael 'Nick' Nichols (below)

World’s best wildlife photos will be showcased in top exhibition

Some of the planet’s finest pictures of animals will go on show when the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition comes to the Natural History Museum at Tring next week.

Counillor Mayor Hussain tries the 'tree' wth the manager of Aylesbury Yoga Centre Lynn Patton

Mayor tries out yoga

Aylesbury mayor Tuffail Hussain tried out yoga as Aylesbury Yoga Centre celebrated one year since its opening with a free, invite-only class at its base in Cambridge Street.

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Kids safe at last thanks to traffic calming outside schools

A £12.750 traffic calming system has been installed near two Waddesdon Schools.

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Sexual health

Don’t be in denial over HIV and other STIs

The number of people known to be living with HIV in Buckinghamshire has tripled in the last ten years - and council chiefs have issued a warning about STIs.

David Stopps in 1973 at Rabans Rocks and, below, crowds at the festival and Stopps pictured today.

Archive: David Stopps and Rabans Rocks

With Friars founder David Stopps set to switch the Christmas lights on in Aylesbury on Thursday, we take a look at one of one of the early outdoor festivals which he organised.

The air ambulance was called to the scene

Bosses not at fault in works accident

An investigation into a workplace accident which left a man seriously injured has concluded.

Pete Morris (left) pictured with Guy Thurman in the Ultimate Chandos Challenge at the Chandos Arms pub in Weston Turville. Below the plate of food they had to eat

Men versus food: Duo take on 64oz steak

Two men from Aylesbury have gone head-to-head in a unique eating challenge at a village pub.

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Mark Baldwin (right) and Andy Collins (left) at the Train Like A Pro boxing event in Stoke Mandeville

Ex-soldier demands rematch against ‘dirty fighting’ panto star video

A former soldier who lost an amateur boxing bout against panto star Andy Collins has demanded a rematch and accused the comedian of ‘fighting dirty’.

Trevor Boyd

Teachers warned to look out for future terrorists

Teachers have been asked to report their own pupils if they suspect that they are in danger of being radicalised.

Letters have criticised the 11-plus

Grammar head: ‘Don’t jump to conclusions over 11-plus’

More detailed analysis is needed of the new 11-plus exam before people start claiming it disadvantages poorer children, according to the chairman of Bucks Grammar Schools.

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Launch of the Waddesdon Manor Christmas season

Waddesdon Manor lights up for winter video

Waddesdon Manor has re-opened its doors for the winter season and the rooms are a veritable wonderland of magical decorations and trees.

Nina and Mark Hyatt with 38 week old Dexter who was born at 23 weeks - pictured at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Neonatal Unit

Baby born at 23 weeks and given 5% chance of survival is beating the odds

A premature baby given just 5% chance of survival when he was born at 23 weeks could be coming home in time for Christmas.

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Hale Leys Shopping Centre

UPDATED: Shops re-open following power cut

Three stores in Hale Leys Shopping Centre have now re-opened following a power cut in Aylesbury this morning.

UKIP councillor Phil Gomm

Call for major investigation into historic child abuse in Bucks

A major investigation should be launched to discover if children known to social services have been abused in the past, according to a county councillor.

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Aylesbury Vale District Council offices

Candidates announced for Aylesbury by-elections

The candidates for next month’s two Aylesbury by-elections were announced this morning.

Council leader Neil Blake

‘Major investment’ required for fully automated council website which could lead to 13 jobs being axed

Annual savings of more than £450,000 could be achieved if Aylesbury Vale District Council invests heavily in a new website.

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Tring Writers Circle (TWC) is launching its first ever anthology of short stories and this is it

Tring Writers Circle to launch its first anthology of short stories

Tring Writers Circle (TWC) is launching its first ever anthology of short stories during National Short Story Week 2014, which runs from Monday to Friday.

June Gumm, with a photo of her late husband Harry who was on Opportunity Knocks

Wife’s memories of Opportunity Knocks star – and his singing dog

The widow of a much-loved Aylesbury man who won Opportunity Knocks three times has shared her close memories of their life together five years after his passing.

Queue outside motor taxation office in Walton Street, Aylesbury, 1971

Archive: Long queues during strike

An offshoot of a national postal strike meant motorists had to call at the Aylesbury motor taxation office personally to renew the tax for their cars and long queues quickly builty up outside Walton Street premises as this scene one day in February 1971 shows.

A farmer feeding his cattle indoors on a winter's day

Farming Matters: Preparing winter yards

You may have noticed a gradual decrease in the number of cattle you are seeing in the fields around the Vale.

English Youth Ballet production of Swan Lake

Chance to appear in Swan Lake at the Waterside

Promising young ballet dancers are invited to audition for a performance of Swan Lake that will be performed at the Waterside Theatre.

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