Saturday, 2 June 2018

Friday, 25 May 2018


The Parish Council is pleased to advise us that the Defibrillator is now installed in its cabinet and is available for us.

Please note the following important advice from the Ambulance Service :
  1. The FIRST priority if you think you need the Defibrillator is to keep calm and dial 999 to call an ambulance.
  2. The SECOND priority is to commence cardiac massage (CPR) – i.e. pumping on the victim’s chest to keep blood circulating. If you don’t know how to do this, seek advice (now) or attend a first aid course.
  3. If there is a second person on the scene, they can get the defibrillator. You must not stop CPR.
  4. The Defibrillator will tell you what to do. Don’t be scared of using it: You cannot cause further pain or damage using a Defibrillator. It will not work if it can sense a pulse in the body.
Getting The Defibrillator
The Defibrillator is housed in a green and yellow cabinet located on the side wall of The Bell, in the entrance to the car park.
The code to open the door is C159X. We suggest you keep this code handy, but the Ambulance Service also knows it and will give you it when you call them. You will need to quote the Postcode which is printed on the cabinet door.
The Defibrillator is in the orange case in the cabinet. Open the cabinet door, take out the orange case and take it to where the casualty is located.

Using the Defibrillator
Instructions for getting started are printed on the orange case. Once you switch it on, there are clear voice prompts that you should follow.
It is battery powered so needs no connections to mains electricity.
It is automatic. It goes through a cycle of monitoring the victim’s heart rate and pattern and will only administer a shock if it is needed.

Getting familiar with it
It is acceptable for you to have a practice any time at opening the cabinet door to familiarise yourself with how to access the unit. Please make sure the door is fully closed before you leave – it needs a hard push to close it. If it won’t latch, try pressing the “C” button on the keypad.
Most important, please do not remove the unit from the cabinet and take it away unless you need it. That may be just the time someone else has an emergency.

Now that it is in use and the Village Hall is available, we will be arranging further training courses on how to use the unit.

We have a team of volunteers who are looking after the unit. If you think at any time there is a problem with it, or it needs attention, please email the team at One of the team will respond.

There is a very useful “Save a Life” app available for both IOS and Android. It locates your nearest defib unit, you can ring 999 from it and it also contains instructions on what to do re CPR and using the defib etc. It has a lot of Q & A too. Ideal to get you ahead of the training that will be appearing soon.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Celebration Day – change of date
The date for this planned Village Celebration Day on The Green will not now take place on Saturday June 23. It has been decided to for it to be held on Saturday September 8, the day before the Classic and Vintage Fun Day in the grounds of the cricket club, making it a full-on Chearsley Weekend. More information will be available nearer the time.

Grand Opening of the New Village Hall on May 12 2018
Antonia Stratford, Chair of the Village Hall Committee reports :
The village of Chearsley welcomed Councillor Sue Renshell, Chair of AVDC , who opened their new, state of the art community building.
The project has cost nearly £600,000 and received a large grant from AVDC’s New Homes Bonus Fund in addition to grants from 7 other bursaries and foundations. Taking over 4 years to come to fruition, Chearsley Village Hall is now an attractive, flexible space for the entire community that can accommodate 2 activities concurrently, is suitable for large event hire and uses sustainable energy sources to heat and light the building.
Providing a new public space for the community has been hugely challenging but it is fantastic after so many years of planning and fundraising to see villagers start using the space straightaway for a variety of activities that have never taken place before. We are very grateful to all our funders and are confident that this building will meet our key objectives of bringing all sections of the community together and providing support and new activities particular for our senior residents.
Sue Renshell commented “village halls are a vital part of community life and help towards encouraging volunteering, providing a hub for residents and preventing rural isolation. AVDC is proud to support this project and would like to congratulate all those who have been involved”
Funding was secured from Rectory Homes, The Heybrook Family, The New Homes Bonus Fund, The Rothschild Foundation, Bernard Sunley Foundation, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest, Luton and Bedfordshire Community Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation."

More information about the hall and the re-build project is available on the Village Hall website.
Since the opening, sound proofing baffles have been installed.

The Giving Tree
Hopefully, everyone took the opportunity to have a look at The Giving Tree installed in the hall’s entrance which cleverly includes the names of all villagers who have made donations for the building of the new hall . There is still plenty of room for more names and if you have not yet donated and would like to and have your name printed on a leaf or branch, please go to the village hall website. Any donations to the hall fund will be gratefully received and help towards adding to the hall’s facilities, possible for a removable stage, shutters for the windows, more outside play equipment etc.

Freight Strategy
Chearsley Parish Council thanks 150 villagers who signed the recent ePetition on the Bucks CC Freight Strategy, or who wrote directly to Bucks CC with their views. The Council has now received an encouraging response from Bucks C.C. along with an invitation to attend a Workshop to consider the issues in more detail, showing a positive indication to include Chearsley and Cuddington as hotspots in the strategy – a development that can only help efforts to control this problem.
Paul Irvin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transportation writes to John Lewis of Chearsley Parish Council :
“I am extremely grateful to you and other local residents from Chearsley and Cuddington for such active engagement in the Freight Strategy consultation. This feedback is helpful in ensuring the existing challenges you are facing are reflected in the document and guide the Strategy’s implementation.
We’ve been clear that the Freight Strategy is an evolving strategy and that we’ll continue to work with those communities who fed into the process to investigate areas that are problematic in the future, so we can apply the right solutions. Our research and the feedback from our consultation give us a snapshot today, but circumstances will change in the future as growth happens and road uses alter, which is why we have developed a strategy that will adapt over the coming 20 years.
 To acknowledge the activity (e.g. traffic surveys) carried out in Chearsley and Cuddington that identify local freight issues, we have amended the hotspot areas in the Strategy to ensure we give both areas an appropriate level of exposure. In addition, we plan to invite representatives from both areas to a meeting to discuss the existing challenges you face, talk through the role of the proposed Freight Officer and the types of solutions you might like to see included in the emerging Freight Action Plan.
We value the role played by communities to highlight the issues caused by freight. I hope the response above demonstrates that we take the concerns raised seriously and endeavour to work with you to understand the issues and develop appropriate solutions.”

Church Services in Chearsley

  • Sunday May 27 Family Service “Chearsley Praise” at 10am– a service of hymns, short readings, prayers led by the children and a short talk, taken by John Scholefield
Diary Dates
  • Saturday June 9 Nether Winchendon Fete from 2pm to 5pm in the grounds of Nether Winchendon House. Entry is £2, concessions £1, children under 10 free. Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas Church and the Village Fund.
  • Saturday June 23 Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk. Phone 01296 429975
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 2 Marquee event for the Church
  • Saturday September 8 Chearsley Village Celebration Day
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Soul Spark - all this week

Have you ever popped in to our beautiful and peaceful church when you are passing? All this week (and next weekend) the church is open until 8pm and has lots of thought provoking interactive stations, some aimed at children (tadpoles, bubbles and tents), some adults (Suffering Why?), but you are welcome to try them all, whatever your age.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Christian Aid Big Brekkie at St Nicholas Church.
Come and enjoy a BBQ breakfast of sausage or bacon roll at the church this Sunday May 13 from 9.30 to 10.30am in support of the Christian Aid Big Brekkie. This is in place of Morning Celebration. There will be hymns and prayers at the end of breakfast at 10.30am. “Soul Spark” will be open in the church, so an opportunity to take a look at this. Soul Spark is on show from May 12 to 20th May.

Celebrating 50 years of Chuf on Saturday May 19 at Chearsley Village Hall.
Come and help celebrate 5 decades of Chuf Preschool at this all day Fest. For the children from 3pm to 6.30pm there will be games, talent workshops, music and dance performances (3 to 16 year olds), Prince and Princess costume and face painting for this special Royal Day plus fun with Musical Mayhem. Tickets are £5 per child with free entry for adults. From 6.30pm until 10.30pm Chuf is presenting a Golden Evening with guest appearance from Tony Hadley who will be performing an acoustic set, plus local band and disco. Tickets for this are £15 per adult. There will be food vans and refreshments available and a licensed bar showing the FA Cup Final – something for the whole family. Tickets may be available on the day, but to avoid disappointment, please book online now at

Qi Gong in Chearsley
This class has now started in the village hall, but it is not too late to join and newcomers of all ages and levels of fitness are very welcome. Ben, the Master is teaching the forms (sequences) by instructing the class at each stage, so there is no problem in joining now. Give it a try. Classes are held on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30am. There is a Chearsley QiGong facebook page for more information and a link to a video at You can also email for more information from

Church Services in Chearsley:
  • Sunday May 13 No Morning Celebration. Big Brekkie from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday May 12 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Hall 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday May 12 Performance of Knock Knock at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 7.30pm
  • Monday May 14 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm
  • Saturday May 19 Chuf Fest celebrating 50 years in the village hal
  • Monday May 21 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema showing “Lion” at The Bernard Hall Cuddington at 1.30pm
  • Saturday June 23 Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk. Phone 01296 429975
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Road Closure

While bridge repairs are carried out on road to the Cuddington, Bridgeway is expected to be closed between 09:30 and 15:30 from Tuesday until the end of May.