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

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 – or the Chair of Governors, Mr Giles Ecott via

Monday, 26 November 2018

Save the date - 8th December

Save the date - Saturday the 8th of December at 5pm we will lighting the Christmas Tree on the Village Green! It will be a great village event and lovely to see as many of you as possible!


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 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 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 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.