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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Audrey Cooper’s funeral will be held at St Nicholas Church on Monday January 7th at 11.30am.

Survey - Still time before the Closing Date
The Parish Council has been asked by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to pass on details of a short survey seeking the public view on an increase in the police element of the Council tax which equates to £2 a month for Band D. The closing date is Wednesday January 9th at 5pm and the survey and more information can be found at https://bit.ly/2QEkGkk.

Qi Gong Classes restart on Tuesday January 8 at an earlier time of 10am in Chearsley Village Hall. Lessons are £7 per session and are suitable for adults of any age. New members are always welcome. Please contact Ben Olding at masterben@chearsleyqigong.co.uk or phone 07473 118676 for more information.

Bingo and Quiz at The Bell
Everyone is welcome to the next Bingo session at The Bell on Tuesday January 8 with Eyes Down at about 8.45pm. Come and eat beforehand at a Bingo player’s special price. Good cash prizes and a raffle during the interval. The Sunday Quiz will be held on January 13 at 8pm. Come on your own or in a team.

Treasurer Needed for Chearsley Village Hall Management Committee
After almost 5 years, the current Treasurer, Alex Wall Morris is keen to step down from her duties and pass the baton on to another member of the Chearsley community. All that is required is simple book keeping and reports of the hall’s finances to the Committee which meets 4 times a year. The majority of the hall’s bills are paid by direct debit, but some bills will need to be paid manually (i.e. cleaner, long term users of the hall etc.). This is a great opportunity for a Chearsley villager to refresh (or learn!) some key financial skills and help ensure that our new village hall keeps going from strength to strength. Time needed is approximately 1 to 2 hours per week. If you are interested in the role, please get in touch with Antonia Stratford at antoniastratford40@gmail.com.

Next Refuse Collection will be on Tuesday January 8th when the recycling bins and food bins will be collected. Then collections are back to normal on Mondays.

Cuddington Matinee Cinema Monday January 28 will be showing “Oliver”, the 1968 British musical drama of universal appeal. It is based on the stage production and Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist and winner of 6 Academy awards. The film stars Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis. Well known songs include “Food, Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”. The performance starts at 1.30pm with doors open at 1pm in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington. Tickets cost £5 which includes tea and cake during the interval with a big screen and comfortable seats. To book, please phone 01844 291526 (office hours) or tickets can be bought on the door subject to availability. Everyone is welcome.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday January 6 10am Family Communion and Baptism
  • Sunday January 13 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday January 13 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall, looking at the story of Creation

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

This is the last Chearsley Village News of 2018. Thank you to those who have kept me informed of village events and news over the past year. All news, sad and happy is of interest and importance to villagers. Happy Christmas to all Chearsley residents and their families and all the very Best for a Happy New Year.

Audrey Cooper
To have to report on the death of a Chearsley resident so close to Christmas is very sad. Audrey died on Tuesday December 18 shortly after her admission to hospital. I remember Audrey as always elegant and immaculately dressed, a charming lady. Audrey and her husband, Brian were married in 1960 and moved from Wendover to Chearsley in 1975. Their many good friends in Chearsley have fond memories of wonderful Christmas Day parties in their beautifully restored bar n “Hideaway” in School Lane. Condolences go to Audrey’s husband, Brian and her son, Donald. Her funeral will be held at St Nicholas Church on Monday January 7th at 11.30am.

Survey
The Parish Council has been asked by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to pass on details of a short survey seeking the public view on an increase in the police element of the Council tax which equates to £2 a month for Band D. The closing date is Wednesday January 9th at 5pm and the survey and more information can be found at https://bit.ly/2QEkGkk.

Christmas Opening Hours at The Bell
  • Christmas Day Open 12 to 2 Closed in the evening
  • Boxing Day Open 12 to 4 with food 12 to 2 Closed in the evening
  • Thursday 27 Normal hours Lunchtime and Evening
  • Friday 28 Normal hours Lunchtime and Evening
  • Saturday 29 Normal hours Lunchtime and Evening
  • Sunday 30 Normal hours Lunchtime and Evening
  • New Year’s Eve Open 12 to 4 with food 12 to 2 Open 6pm until late with Disco last entry at 11.30pm
  • New Year’s Day Open 12 to 4pm Food including the Big Breakfast 12 to 2 Closed in the Evening
  • Christmas Opening Hours at The Shop
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day Closed
  • Thursday 27, Friday 28, Saturday 29 Open 8 to 6pm
  • Sunday 30 Open 8 to 1pm
  • New Year’s Eve Open 8 to 6pm
  • New Year’s Day Closed
Alterations to Bin Collections After Christmas Our bins will be collected as normal up to Christmas. The next collection will be Wednesday January 2nd when the general waste bins and food bins will be collected, followed by Tuesday January 8th when the recycling bins and food bins will be collected. After that, collections are back to normal on Mondays.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Christmas Bingo at The Bell was a very ho ho ho, jolly evening with plenty of prizes and special gifts from Santa’s sack. There was a great Christmas gift for one lucky winner who won the Snowball game of £155. Many thanks must go to our cheerful callers, Leslie and Sharon who make a valiant effort each month to keep all Bingo players under control. Special mention should be made of Beryl Toop who with her sister, Shirley donated a hamper full of Christmas goodies to raise over £100 on the night for the Bell Charity Bottle, which is raising money for Parkinsons. Well done and thank you to Beryl and Shirley. The next Bingo evening will be January 8th.

New Year’s Eve Party at The Bell
Everyone is welcome to come and see in the New Year at this free party and disco. The music starts at 9pm. Last admission time is 11.30pm

New Year’s Day Bell Breakfast
Now a well established tradition to help you get over the excesses of the evening before. Make sure you book your place.

Not Quite 12th Night
The organisers of this event planned for Friday January 4 are sorry to have decided that it will no longer be taking place.

AVDC Design Awards 2018
Although Chearsley Village Hall was shortlisted for consideration in these awards, it won no prize. The Best Public Building was awarded to Beachborough School, at Westbury. Nearby Dinton Castle or Folly won the prize in the Best Restoration section and Outstanding Design was awarded to 43 High Street, Long Crendon.

Alterations to Bin Collections after Christmas
Our bins will be collected as normal up to Christmas. The next collection will be Wednesday January 2nd when the general waste bins and food bins will be collected, followed by Tuesday January 8th when the recycling bins and food bins will be collected. After that, collections are back to normal on Mondays.

Window Cleaning Service
Please ring Jay of Chearsley on 07791106678 if you are interested in having your windows cleaned.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday December 16 4pm Lessons and Carols
  • Sunday December 23 9am Holy communion
  • Monday Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib Service
  • Monday Christmas Eve 11.00pm Midnight Communion
  • Tuesday Christmas Day 10am Christmas Praise
  • Sunday December 30 10am Benefice Communion
Diary Dates:
  • Friday December 14 Christmas Jumper Competition at The Bell at 8pm. Haddenham Mummers at 10pm
  • Sunday December 16 Christmas Meat Raffle at The Bell at 3pm with a welcome return of Long Crendon Butchers now back in business after the fire in June
  • Thursday December 20 The Witchert Chorale Singers at The Bell at 7.30pm
  • Christmas Eve Long Crendon Mummers at The Bell at 9pm
  • New Year’s Eve Free Disco at The Bell Last admission time of 11.30pm
  • New Year’s Day The Bell Breakfast

Monday, 3 December 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913


Sad News about Beno Howlett, who died on Thursday November 22 at home with his family in Thame. Beno had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for several months. Beno had been married to Emma, daughter of Maria Allen, for 6 years and she had been nursing him at home. His funeral will be held at Oxford Crematorium, St John’s Chapel, on Friday December 7 at 11am.

Switching on the Lights
The tree is already in place on The Green, in good time for Saturday December 8 when the lights will be switched on at 5pm. The Bell will be open for mulled wine and drinks and free mince pies. Carols will be sung round the tree, raising funds for the charities, Debra and Cystic Fibrosis which provide funding for research into chronic conditions which affect the lives of two of our young people in Chearsley. Everyone is welcome to come and join this Village occasion.

The Not Forgotten Association
Joy Payne would like to thank everyone who generously contributed to collections made at the village hall after the War Memorial Service on November ll and at the recent film and talk evening on World War I. Joy was delighted to be able to send £357 to The Not Forgotten Association, a charity which provides opportunities for leisure, recreational activities, travel, holidays and outings for those in the Armed Forces who have proudly served their country and are now suffering.

Appeal for New Governors for Cuddington and Dinton C of E School
Our School has a steady turnover of governors as a result of terms of office finishing, parents moving on and staff leaving, which means that nominations for new Governors are frequently being sought. The Board of Governors is especially keen to have parishioners join them who do not necessarily already have a direct link with the school e.g. are not current parents or members of staff . Please contact Mrs Kim Price, the Headteacher on 01844 291206 if you would like more information about the important and rewarding role of a School Governor, or contact Giles Ecott, Chairman of Governors, at gecott@yahool.co.uk.

Count Down to Christmas at The Bell
Come to Christmas Bingo on Tuesday December 4 when every winner gets a dip in Santa’s Sack as well as a good cash prize. It’s bound to be buzzing and busy, so come early to make sure of a seat. Bingo players can eat for £7.50 before Eyes Down at 8.45pm. Saturday December 8 The Bell opens at 5pm for the Switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights. Sunday December 9 is Quiz night - another well attended and fun evening starting at 8pm. Come on your own or in a team. You will be made very welcome.
Get your Christmas Jumper ready for Friday December 14 to compete in the Christmas Jumper Competition at 8pm and stay on to be entertained by the Haddenham Mummers at 10pm. Sunday December 16 is the Christmas Meat Raffle at 3pm and Thursday December 20 come and hear The Witchert Carol Singers at 7.30pm.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • December 9 10am St Nicholas Patronal Festival with Toy Collection
  •  4pm Messy Church in The Village Hall
  • December 16 4pm Lessons and Carols
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday December 4 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.45pm
  • Saturday December 8 Switch on of the Lights at 5pm
  • Sunday December 9 Quiz Night at The Bell at 8pm
  • Friday December 14 Christmas Jumper Competition at 8pm Haddenham Mummers at 10pm
  • Thursday December 20 The Witchert Carol Singers at 7.30pm
  • Friday January 4 2019 Not Quite Twelfth Night in the village hall – more details to follow

Friday, 30 November 2018

Appeal for Governors


Cuddington and Dinton C of E School is a huge credit and asset to the catchment area that it serves – which includes the villages of Chearsley, Nether Winchedon, Upton and Ford as well as Cuddington and Dinton themselves.

In addition to the clear role that staff and parents play, much of the success of the school is down to the part that the Board of Governors also plays. In the case of our school the governors have played a pivotal role, along with staff and parents, in bringing about the successful changes that have taken place over the last 10-15 years and before that as well.

Today we are very fortunate to have a highly dedicated, qualified and focused group of people who make up our Governing Body. We are an unusually large one (mainly as a result of the merger) and we benefit from the fact our full complement is 16 members; many schools of our size only have 12.
There is, rightly, a steady turnover of governors as a result of terms of office finishing, parents moving on and staff leaving. This is very healthy and quite normal but it does mean that we are frequently seeking appropriate nominations for new governors. And we are especially keen to have parishioners who do not necessarily already have a direct link with the school e.g. are not current parents or members of staff.

This is a hugely important and very rewarding role so please give serious thought about considering it. If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a governor please contact the Headteacher, Mrs Kim Price, on 01844 291206 or via email – head@cds.school or the Chair of Governors, Mr Giles Ecott via gecott@yahoo.co.uk