Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Michael Edmonds
Chearsley has lost a very public spirited member of its community on the death of Michael Edmonds on Thursday November 8th in hospital. He had been a Parish Councillor and Chairman for many years, an AVDC District Councillor and served on countless committees. His funeral will be held in St Nicholas Church, Chearsley, this Thursday November 22 at 11am.

Chearsley Remembers The Great War Centenary 1918 to 2018 on Thursday November 29th - 7pm for 7.30pm start in The Village Hall.
Come and share an evening of memories with two Chearsley villagers, Alan Mitchener and Fenella Tillier. Alan Mitchener has researched into two family members who served on the Western Front in WWI and will briefly outline the course of the war, his research and aspects of life at the Front and answering any questions. Fenella appeared in an hour long documentary in 2010 “Finding the Lost Battalions” on Channel 4 which will be broadcast during the evening followed by a Question and Answer session with Fenella to share some of her unique experiences. Entrance is free and refreshments will be served. A collection for “The Not Forgotten Association” will be made.

Elevenses on Saturday December 1st from 10am to 1pm in The Village Hall.
Everyone is welcome to come to this Christmas Food fair with gifts, decorations and goodies on sale. Also a raffle, in aid of St Nicholas Church and The Children’s Society. Please contact Alicia at alicia@greatbarn.net if you are able to make a cake or donate a raffle prize. Donations of crafts or food for the Goodies stall are most welcome. Contact Anne Pratt on anne.jpap@gmail.com. If you would like to run your own stall for a donation of £20, please also contact Anne.

Community First Responder for Chearsley
First Responders are local volunteers trained by South Central Ambulance Service to attend patients experiencing a life threatening medical emergency. They are able to respond to a local emergency within minutes to provide basic life support care until the arrival of the ambulance. Equipment and expenses are met by fundraising activities and charitable donations. I understand that there is currently no First Responder living in Chearsley, unlike other nearby villages. If anyone would like to find out more about what is involved to play a vital part in saving someone’s life please phone 01962 898090.
If you haven’t already attended one of the free CPR and Defibrillator training sessions in the Village Hall, I would suggest you book to go on the next one. You will learn how to respond effectively if someone stops breathing to provide that vital lifesaving help before the ambulance arrives, and how to operate the defibrillator.

Christingle Service at Chearsley Church
A delightful candlelit service for everyone, when every child receives a lighted Christingle will be held on Sunday December 2 at 3pm. A collection is made in aid of The Children’s Society.

The Hiding Place is the story of a devoted Christian family who set out on an incredible rescue mission of the Jews during WWII. The production takes place on Monday December 3 at 7.30pm in Cuddington Church by The Oddment Theatre Co. Tickets can be bought online at www.oddments-theatre.co.uk for £10 or from St Mary’s Centre, Haddenham. The play focuses on God’s influence on Corrie’s life and how God gave her the strength and means to do His work in terrible circumstances.


Wednesday, 14 November 2018



If you would like to make cakes or donate a raffle prize for the event please contact Alicia Howard alicia@greatbarn.net

If you wish to donate crafts, gifts and foods to the ‘St Nicholas Christmas Goodies’ stall or if you would like to run your own stall for a donation of £20,please contact Anne Pratt anne.jpap@gmail.com

Proceeds will go to St Nicholas’ Church and The Children’s Society

Christmas Services


Friday, 9 November 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

CPR and Defibrillator Course
Saturday November 17 9am to 10.30 am in the Village Hall This is another chance to attend one of these free courses which will give you simple and potentially life saving skills and information on how to use our Defibrillator situated in the car park of The Bell. Did you know that Glen Hoddle’s life was recently saved by a passing stranger who applied CPR? Please contact Keith at keith.turnbull1@gmail.com to book your place.

Garland Making Day
Friday November 23 from 7pm to 9pm in the Village Hall An opportunity to make your own festive decoration, using natural foliage, for your front door under the expert instruction of Joy Payne. All materials are supplied. Just bring florist scissors of garden secateurs. The cost, including all materials is £25. Please contact Joy to book your place on 01844 208513 or email her at joychearsley@gmail.com. All proceeds will go to Chearsley Church.

November at The Bell
Wednesday Evenings is Pie ‘n’ Pint night when £10 will buy a pie and a pint of beer or glass of wine. There is a choice of lamb with red pepper and basil, chicken and mushroom or steak and London Pride. Coffee and Cake on Friday Mornings continue. Come along between 10am and noon for coffee and as much home-made cake as you like. Everyone is welcome. Remember to buy a ticket for the Meat Raffle which is drawn on Sunday afternoons.

Quiz Night at The Bell This Sunday November 12 - Everyone welcome for a bit of brain taxing and banter. 8pm start.

Cuddington Matinee Cinema
The next Matinee Cinema presentation will be Dad’s Army (with subtitles) on Monday November 19 at 1.30pm in the Bernard Hall. This 2016 British War comedy set in 1944 stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, who plays Captain Mainwaring, Tom Courteney, Michael Gambon and Mark Gatiss. Tickets cost £5 or £4 for concessions and includes a cup of tea and cake during the interval. Tickets can be reserved by phoning 01844 291526 and there may be seats available on the day. Doors open at 1pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The season has now ended with the Club’s 1st XI relegated to Division 6 of the Cherwell League and the 2nd XI finishing in the lower half of Division 10. Despite having a thriving Junior Section and maintaining an excellent playing surface during the dry Summer, the Club have problems with having only a limited pool of players able to play regularly. They hope for more players to join and for younger players to progress through the ranks from the Juniors Section. Many village volunteers continue to support and run the Juniors Section which had over 90 registered this season and goes from strength to strength.
The Aunt Sally Allstars team finished mid-table in Division 3 of the Bicester & District Aunt Sally league. There will be ongoing works at the Club during the closed season, including the building of much needed storage space adjacent to the bar in the pavilion. They are looking forward to their annual Dinner and Dance on November 24th and to next year’s 8th Classic & Vintage Fun Day on either Sunday September 8 or 15 2019.

Ruby Long Dog is a book suitable for 2 to 7 year olds by local author, Lindsey Kennedy and very well known local illustrator, Alicia Howard. More information and copies of this delightful book, costing £9.99 are available by contacting Alicia at alicia@allaboutartwork.uk.

Fish and Chips on a Saturday
If you are looking for an early, easy meal on Saturday evenings, did you know that Howe & Co’s fish and chip van is in Chearsley, by The Green on Saturdays from 5.20pm to 5.40pm. There is more information at their website www.howeandcofishandchips.co.uk

Services at St Nicholas :
  • Sunday November 11 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday November 18 10am Chearsley Praise
  • Sunday November 25 6pm Evensong
  • December 2 3pm Christingle Service
  • Remembrance Day 10.45am Remembrance Service at The War Memorial ;
    11.30am to 2pm Chearsley Remembers Exhibition in the village hall including refreshments
    12.30pm Ringing Remembers at St Nicholas church
    4pm to 5.30pm Messy Church for all ages with games, crafts and activities based around remembrance, sacrifice and peace.
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday November 11 Quiz Night at The Bell 8pm
  • Monday November 12 Village Hall Management Committee AGM 8pm in the village hall
  • Saturday November 17 CPR and Defibrillator course 9am to 10.30am in the village hall
  • Monday November 19 Cuddington Matinee Cinema Dad’s Army at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm
  • Monday November 19 Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm in the village hall
  • Friday November 23 Garland Making Evening 7pm to 9pm in the village hall
  • Saturday November 24 Cricket Club End of Season Dinner and Dance at Magnolia Park Golf Club. Tickets are selling fast. Contact Angela at angela@grayemail.co.uk or phone 07944290264
  • Saturday December 1 Elevenses and Christmas Food Fair at the village hall from 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday December 1 Quiz in the village hall in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Contact Thia at thiarichards@gmail.com
  • Sunday December 2 Christingle Service 3pm at St Nicholas Church, Chearsley
  • Friday January 4 2019 Not Quite Twelfth Night in the village hall – more details to follow

Monday, 5 November 2018

Monday, 22 October 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Crime Alert
A number of residents in Willow Gate had their cars rifled through during the day on Thursday October 18. A small amount of cash and an ipod were stolen from one. A timely reminder to be vigilant and aware that crime does happen in Chearsley.

Petition to Cut Beer Tax - Long Live The Local
Whether we visit The Bell or not, I think most villagers would agree that The Bell plays a vital part in Chearsley life, bringing all ages together throughout the year for its many events, attracting visitors to enjoy a charming thatched English pub with good food and lovely garden, and probably influencing the value of our houses. Pubs in general are under a range of tax and other pressures, including the Beer tax which at 54p on the cost of a pint is one of the highest in Europe. The Government is planning to increase the Beer tax in the next Budget and to continue to increase it every year. Sign the petition at www.longlivethelocal.pub to make a difference and to try to stop this happening. Then, go and have a meal, drink or a coffee at The Bell to support our very hard-working, dedicated, enthusiastic and lovely Landlady, Sharon.

Bereavement Service
A Service to remember loved ones who have died will be held at our church on Sunday October 28 at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to gather at this quiet and informal service to take time out of our busy lives to reflect and remember those dear to us who are sadly no longer with us. During the service you can ask for their names to be read out and/or you can light a candle in their memory. After the service you are welcome to share refreshments and memories.

Village Hall AGM
The Village Hall Management Committee invite everyone to its AGM on Monday November 12 at 8pm at The Village Hall

The Bell
Don’t forget there are many opportunities to visit The Bell for Halloween celebrations - Halloween Disco on Saturday 27, Pumpkin carving on Monday 29 and the children’s party on Wednesday 31. The next Bingo Night is on Tuesday November 6 when Bingo players can eat beforehand for just £7.50. Eyes Down at 8.45pm. Good cash prizes. Quiz Night on Sunday 11. Ongoing events are the Friday coffee mornings from 10am to 12pm with home made cakes, scones, sausage rolls on offer for £4 and a chance to call in and chat with friends and neighbours and make new friends; the ever popular Friday evening prize game at 8.30pm and the Meat Raffle which is drawn every Sunday at 3pm.

Not Quite Twelfth Night
A date for your 2019 diary to celebrate “Not Quite Twelfth Night” on Friday January 4 in the village hall. Another evening of fun and frivolity is being planned. More details shortly.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday October 28 at 6pm Bereavement Service
  • Sunday November 4 at 10am Family Service
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday October 23 to Saturday 27 The Sound of Music at Lord Williams Upper School
  • Saturday October 27 Halloween Disco at The Bell
  • Sunday October 28 Bereavement Service at 6pm in the Church
  • Monday October 29 Pumpkin Carving 6.30pm to 7.30pm at The Bell.
  • Wednesday October 31 Children’s Halloween party at The Bell 4.30pm to 6pm. Tickets from Sharon
  • Saturday November 3 Coffee and Cake 1pm to 3.30pm at the village hall in aid of Cancer Research UK
  • Tuesday November 6 Bingo at The Bell
  • Sunday November 11 Remembrance Service 10.45am at The War Memorial and Chearsley Remembers Exhibition in the village hall
  • Sunday November 11 Quiz Night at The Bell
  • Monday November 12 Village Hall Management Committee AGM 8pm in the village hall
  • Saturday November 24 Cricket Club End of Season Dinner and Dance at Magnolia Park Golf Club. Tickets are selling fast. Contact Angela at angela@grayemail.co.uk or phone 07944290264
  • Saturday December 1 Elevenses and Christmas Food Fair at the village hall from 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday December 1 Quiz in the village hall in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Contact Thia at thiarichards@gmail.com
  • Friday January 4 2019 Not Quite Twelfth Night in the village hall – more details to follow

Friday, 19 October 2018

Defibrillator Course - Saturday 20th

Defibrillator Course available this Saturday
Due to late cancellations, there are vacancies on the Defibrillator course that is running on
Saturday, 20 October, from 9.00 to 10.00am
Chearsley Village Hall (change of venue from Odyssey)

If you have an hour to spare this would be an extremely good way of using it.

The course not only provides training on how to use our village defibrillator but also covers heart compression (CPR) - an essential first aid response and vital knowledge for everyone.

There is no charge for the course.
If you are interested, please contact Keith Turnbull as soon as possible at  keith.turnbull1@gmail.com