Friday, 15 November 2019

CHUF vacancy at Chearsley

CHUF have a vacancy at Chearsley for a pre-school assistant. The duties will include looking after 2 to 5 year old children in their development and preparation for school. General duties will include snack preparation and cleaning on a rota basis. The position is for a Tues and Fri morning 9 to 12.00 term time only, with additional overtime on offer to cover absences. All DBS checks will be carried out and paid for by Chuf. If interested or you need more details please contact or send your CV to or ring 01844 299123 .

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Locals Launch Childrens' Book

Chearsley’s Alicia Howard and Lindsey Kennedy of Cuddington, launch their new children’s book ‘Ruby Long Dog Visits the Vet’ in time for Christmas. Signed copies will be on sale at ‘Elevensies’ coffee morning on Saturday 23rd December from 10 till 1.00 at Chearsley Village Hall.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

BT Scam Calls

Cuddington villagers have once again been receiving calls from someone claiming to be from BT and saying that there is a problem with one’s internet connection.  There are also automated calls announcing much the same thing.

These are scams.  If you receive such a call, put the phone down immediately and on no account follow the caller’s instructions.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Chearsley Parish Assets – Natural & Historic Environment

Parishioner, Ian Houseman has just produced a document entitled “Chearsley Parish Assets – Natural & Historic Environment”.

In discussions with the Parish Council, Ian generously undertook to produce this document to help us argue the case against any unwelcome new developments which may confront our community in the future. A case in point is, of course, the planned Oxford Cambridge Expressway with the associated plans for the development of new housing in our locality on a massive scale.

He has produced a resume of the ‘assets’ of Chearsley village under five separate headings:

1. Landscape
2. Cultural heritage
3. Nature conservation
4. Geology & soils
5. Road drainage the water environment

Ian, with a lifelong career in agricultural management and consultancy, is well qualified to carry out this work for our community. He stresses that this initial document is very much ‘work in progress’ and is already working on extending its coverage. He would also welcome any feedback from our community and suggestions for additional areas for investigation.

Ian’s report can be accessed on this link:

Survey of Horse-Chestnut Trees

Ian Houseman has also just completed a survey of the Horse-Chestnut trees in and
around Chearsley Village. His work revealed that infestation by ‘leaf mining moths’ was
present in varying degrees in all the trees he inspected. As explained in his report, this tiny moth (Cameraria ohridella) arrived in the UK in 2002 and has already spread to many parts of the UK. Its presence will not kill the tree but renders the tree far more vulnerable to range of stress factors and results in early leaf fall. His report recommends that the positioning of ‘pheromone traps’ on the trees from April, to lure the male moths. Whilst this may not entirely eradicate the problem, it will have a significant benefit in limiting the damage caused by the moths. Clearing away and burning the leaf litter in the autumn is also advisable.

At their last meeting, the Parish Council agreed to undertake these measures around the
Horse-Chestnut tree at the main village junction. As many of the trees are growing on resident’s property, it was also agreed to publicise Ian’s report among our community and it can be accessed on this link:

Ian is also very happy to advise residents on the best course of action to take in their
particular circumstances and can be contacted on
The Parish Council is extremely grateful to Ian for undertaking this work, which, it is to be hoped, will limit the damage to the thirty or so Horse-Chestnut trees in our village, caused by this particular infestation.

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway Update

In the recent Parish Council survey, 80% of Chearsley residents expressed their opposition to the plans for the new Expressway and the major development of new housing which will follow in its wake, including the building of 65,000 new homes in an area designated ‘East of Oakley’, just a few miles from our village. Following this result, the Parish Council agreed to declare its formal opposition to the plans at its last meeting (21st October)

The PC has sent representation to recent ‘Stronger Together’ meetings under the aegis of the No Expressway Group (NEG). This has given our village the opportunity to ‘compare notes’ with many other local village communities who share anxieties about the new plans.

For more information on the No Expressway Group, visit their website at:

The NEG has just launched a petition calling on the government to abandon plans for a new Oxford-Cambridge Expressway.The wording of the petition is as follows:

“We demand that the Government abandons plans for an Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, which include aspirations for vast growth rates (3-6 times national average) for cars, houses and people. 

“The scale of development and urban sprawl will cause devastation to the environment, increased congestion that will harm local communities and wildlife, and a surge in air pollution that will damage our health for generations to come. Ecosystems and habitats are already stressed, with many species in catastrophic decline.

“With this scale and type of development, ‘net zero carbon’ targets are unattainable and ‘net environmental gain’ proven unachievable. We demand that the investment allocated to this project is put into public transport systems such as East-West Rail and its electrification instead.”

If residents wish to sign up for the petition, they can do so by visiting this link on the NEG website:

There is also the opportunity to sign up for regular updates from the NEG team.

The NEG have also advised us that they are holding a ‘Call to Arms’ rally this weekend to help publicise their campaign. For any residents wishing to attend, it will take place as follows:

Date: Sunday 17th November
Timing: 11.00 – 12..00 (please arrive a little early)
Location: Brill Common (HP18 9TJ)