Monday, 18 March 2019

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Jo Hinton

Jo died on February 12th in The Sue Ryder Hospice in Nettlebed. Lung cancer was diagnosed in February last year and she had deteriorated over the last months, but nevertheless making a great effort to attend the funeral of an old friend and neighbour Audrey Cooper in December. Jo and her husband John moved to Chearsley in 1968, living first in Sunbeams, School Lane, now called Saw Pit Cottage, later moving to one of the converted barns at the top of School Lane where she lived until they moved to Wendover in 2013.
Jo trained as a nurse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and worked at Hulcott Nursing Home before becoming a Practice Nurse at Thame. She also worked at Chilton House and Hempton Fields Nursing Home caring for the elderly. Jo was a very lively, sociable lady who enriched Chearsley life in many ways, not least as a member of the Chearsley Cherry Bumpers team (a female equivalent of Morris Men), a member of the ladies Cricket team and also helping out at Manor Farm, picking potatoes. She is missed by her many friends in Chearsley and work colleagues.
Sympathy and love go to her husband, John, children Jonathan and James and grandchildren from everyone who knew and loved her.

Annual Village Meeting Monday March 18th
The Parish Council invite everyone to the village hall for an update on their current programme of works. There will also be a Presentation by the Expressway Action Group on the current Government plans for the Oxford Cambridge Expressway. The final choice of route may have a significant impact on our local environment. There will also be presentations from village groups and there is the opportunity to have your say on all village related matters. The meeting starts at 7.30pm with refreshments served from 7.00pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club Quiz Night
If you haven’t bought your tickets for this Quiz on Saturday March 23 at Chearsley Village Hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm start, please contact Lesley Arnott as soon as possible. Phone Lesley on 01844 290153 or email lesleyarnott7@hotmail.com. Entrance is £5 per person. Bring your own food and drink.

Chearsley Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea will be held on Sunday March 24 in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. This is a social occasion when every villager is welcome to come to hear what has been happening in our village church community during the past year. Also to vote for your churchwardens and members of the PCC, to say goodbye to those who are retiring from office and to welcome new people who wish to get involved.

Chearsley WI March Meeting will be held in the village hall on Tuesday March 19. An afternoon to Create and Craft with Rosie Casselden. An opportunity to make a small weatherproof garden plaque with POWERTEX a creative acrylic fabric hardener. Rosie will guide you through the technique with step by step instructions. All materials and equipment are provided at a charge of £2 per person. Everyone is welcome whether a WI member or not, male or female. Non members are charged £4 to include tea, coffee and cake plus material fee of £2. The meeting start at 2 for Forthcoming events, ready for the demonstration at 2.30 to 4.00 and refreshments. Contact Alicia Howard at alicia@greatbarn.net

Historic Chearsley - A date for your Diary Sunday June 2
John Howard writes:
Following a number of informal discussions, a small group of Chearsley residents got together during January to discuss the possibility of starting a project which would build on the work of Ted Hooton’s wonderful book “Chearsley – Living Through History” and bring the story up to the present day. As a result, the Village Hall has been booked for Sunday June 2 where we hope to share with the village a number of fascinating resources, many of which most of you will not have seen before.
We would also ask you to share anything that you feel might be of interest which would add to our understanding of the story of Chearsley, however long ago or more recent. For example, photos, family memorabilia or reminiscences. We are hoping to set up a small exhibition along the lines of the recent, successful Centenary of World War 1 Exhibition, so there is room for all to make a contribution however small! We are also delighted to announce that , following Ann Hooton’s kind permission, Keith Turnbull has sponsored the production of a digital version of Ted’s book and this can now be downloaded from here. It is a large file, so you may need to be patient.
If you have anything that would contribute to our exhibition, we would be delighted to receive it or if you would be interested in joining our group at its future meetings, please contact any of the following: Anne Adams paxos.aa@gmail.com John Cragg johncragg181@gmail.com John Howard jnh@dbmc.co.uk and Sara Turnbull sjt3456@gmail.com

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day
It has been confirmed that this will be held on Sunday September 15 in the Cricket Fields starting at 11am. A wonderful day out for all the family which last year raised over £6,500 for the Junior Section of the Cricket Club. If you would like to show your vehicle, or find out more information, this can be done online at www.ccvfd.co.uk.

New Zealand Adventure
Ann Persson and Joy Payne have recently returned from a wonderful seven weeks in New Zealand. Ann writes “as they swanned around South Island in Ann’s brother’s 18 year old sports coupĂ© Mercedes, they were dubbed Thelma and Louise and they promised not to drive anywhere near a cliff edge”. If anyone is considering a trip there and would like some ideas on an itinerary for South Island, Ann and Joy would be very happy to share their thoughts and experiences. Please phone Ann on 201955

Cuddington Youth Drama -  The proposed production of West Side Story in April will not now be taking place.

Bucks County Council Household Recycling Centres
Changes are being made to the Recycling Centre at Rabans Lane from April 1st. The site will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Days which are considered less busy. The site at Bledlow will close completely at the end of March. There will also be the introduction of charges for non-household waste items such as bags of rubble, kitchen units, fence panels etc. Domestic and green waste will not be charged. More details can found at www.buckscc.gov.uk/HRC or phone Graham Skeggs on 01296 382444.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday March 17 10am Chearsley Praise with Communion
  • Sunday March 24 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday 31 10am Mothering Sunday

Diary Dates:
  • Monday March 18 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall. Refreshments at 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Tuesday March 19 Create and Craft with Rosie Casselden at Chearsley W.I. in the village hall.
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start. Contact Leslie Arnott on 01844 290153 to book tickets
  • Sunday March 24 2pm Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall
  • Sunday March 31 Mother’s Day Lunch at The Bell 12 until 4. Booking essential
  • Saturday April 20 St George’s Meal celebration at The Bell
  • Sunday June 2 Launch of Historic Chearsley at the Village Hall . More details to come
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am

Thursday, 7 March 2019

‘Historic Chearsley’ – A Date for your Diary!

Following a number of informal discussions, a small group of Chearsley residents got together during January to discuss the possibility of starting a project, which would build on the work of Ted Hooton’s wonderful book, “Chearsley – Living Through History” and bring the story up to the present day.

As a result of this meeting, the Village Hall has been booked for Sunday June 2nd where we hope to share with the village a number of fascinating resources, many of which most of you will not have seen before.  We would also ask you to share anything that you feel might be of interest, which would add to our understanding of the story of Chearsley, however long ago or more recent.   For example, photos, family memorabilia or reminiscences.  We are hoping to set up a small exhibition along the lines of the recent, successful Centenary of World War 1 Exhibition, so there is room for all to make a contribution, however small!

Click image to download a pdf copy

We are also delighted to announce that, following Ann Hooton’s kind permission, Keith Turnbull has sponsored the production of a digital version of Ted’s book and this can now be downloaded at the following link:
Chearsley - Living Through History

It is a large file (125MB), so you may need to be patient.

If you have anything that would contribute to our exhibition, we would be delighted to receive it, or if you would be interested in joining our group at its future meetings, please contact any of the following:
….and don’t forget to put Sunday 2nd June in your diaries to celebrate the launch of ‘Historic Chearsley’.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Monday, 4 March 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Village Pot Holes
Our Parish Councillors are to be congratulated on their success over the past few weeks, in getting most of the pot holes in the village roads, particularly School Lane and Shupps Lane, mended by AVDC. There are still some to be done in Dark Lane, which are dependent on some work to be carried out in the area by Thames Water.

Village Litter Pick
Parish Councillor John Howard reports “We salute this year’s team of Chearsley “litter pickers” – Annie Bradley, Brian and Ineta Green, Cynthia Siddall, Jim and Nikki Harrison, John and Alicia Howard, Julian George, Kevin Dennington, Mick Campbell, Nicola Reynolds, Peter Allen, Susie Heybrook and Thia Richards. The above collected over 20 sacks of litter from Chearsley’s lanes and approach roads and this year’s” trophies” included three tyres, assorted road signs, a cupboard door, a toilet cistern and a shedload of beer cans. Many thanks also to Sharon and Linda at The Bell who served a welcoming cup of tea and a selection of extremely naughty cakes to the “team” after their morning’s work. ....and no thanks whatsoever to the miserable so and so’s who unfailingly dump their litter on the roads approaching our village year after year.

Chearsley Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea will be held on Sunday March 24 in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. This is a social occasion when every villager is welcome to come to hear what has been happening in our village church community during the past year. Also to vote for your churchwardens and members of the PCC, to say goodbye to those who are retiring from office and to welcome new people who wish to get involved.

March at The Bell
  • Tuesday March 5 Eyes Down for March Bingo at 8.45pm. Bingo players can enjoy a meal beforehand for £7.50. It is advisable to book beforehand to ensure a table. Good fun and good cash prizes to be wonSunday March 10 Monthly Quiz starts at 8 to 8.30pm Friendly teams with plenty of banter. Players on their own are very welcome. Interval with nibbles.
  • Sunday March 31 Mother’s Day Lunch Booking Essential for a choice of Roast Pork, Beef or Chicken. Lunches will be served from 12 until 4pm. “Don’t forget to treat the special Mum in your life. You know she’s worth it”
  • The Bell Weekly Regulars continue on Wednesdays Pie and a Pint for £10 and Fridays from 10 to 12pm Coffee and Cake for £4.
  • St George’s Day will be held on April 20 More Details to follow

Cuddington Matinee Cinema opens the doors of The Bernard Hall Cuddington on Monday March 25 at 1.00 for a 1.30pm start when it will be showing “A Street Cat Named Bob” with sub titles. This is an award winning 2016 film based on the international bestselling book. The film tells the true feel good story of James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, who life was transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. The film stars Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat and Joanne Frogatt. The film was awarded Best British Film in 2017. Tickets cost £5 which includes tea and cake during the interval. Please ring 01844 291526 during office hours for more information and to book tickets. Some tickets may be available on the door.

Chearsley Singers in Mozart Requiem Concert on Saturday March 16 at 7.30pm in Thame Leisure Centre
Lord William’s Festival Chorus (including several singers from Chearsley) will perform Mozart Requiem, following their enormous success of their recent Messiah concert. The choir, led by Musical Director, Jeff Steward, will perform alongside the Ealing Symphony Orchestra in addition to students from some of the country’s most eminent Music Schools, incuding the Royal Academy of Music and The Royal College of Music. Tickets cost £13 for adults, £10 for concessions and £1 for under 18s which are available in advance online at Eventbrite via lordwilliamsfestivalchorus.org.uk and on the night at the door.

Chearsley’s First Airbnb
If you have friends and family planning to stay with you and you are a little pushed for space, you might like to know that Prospect Cottage, opposite the Village Green is available to rent through Airbnb suitable for 2, possibly 4 occupants. Accommodation comprises master bedroom, lounge, dining ,kitchen, utility and downstairs bathroom. Minimum stay is 2 nights. For more information and to book, go to www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/27979358?guests2&adults=1.

Services at St Nicholas Church
  • Wednesday March 6 7pm Benefice Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday
  • Sunday March 10 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday March 10 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall
  • Sunday March 17 10am Chearsley Praise with Communion
  • Sunday March 24 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday 31 10am Mothering Sunday
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday March 5 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down 8.45pm
  • Saturday March 9 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Italy. Kick off 4.45pm
  • Sunday March 10 Quiz at The Bell 8 to 8.30pm start
  • Saturday March 16 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Scotland. Kick off 5pm
  • Saturday March 16 7.30pm Mozart Requiem Concert in Thame Leisure Centre
  • Monday March 18 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall. Refreshments at 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start. Contact Leslie Arnott on 01844 290153 to book tickets
  • Sunday March 24 2pm Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall
  • Monday March 25 Cuddington Matinee Cinema A Street Cat Named Bob 1.30pm at Bernard Hall Cuddington
  • Sunday March 31 Mother’s Day Lunch at The Bell 12 until 4. Booking essential
  • April 9 to 13 West Side Story by Cuddington Youth Drama
  • Saturday April 20 St George’s Meal celebration at The Bell

Friday, 1 March 2019

Annual Church Meeting


Litter Pick 2019


We salute this year’s team of Chearsley ‘litter pickers’ – Annie Bradley, Brian & Ineta Green, Cynthia Siddall, Jim & Nikki Harrison, John & Alicia Howard, Julian George, Kevin Dennington, Mick Campbell, Nicola Reynolds, Peter Allen, Susie Heybrook and Thia Richards

The above collected over 20 sacks of litter from Chearsley’s lanes and approach roads and this year’s ‘trophies’ included three tyres, assorted road signs, a cupboard door, a toilet cistern and a shedload of beer cans.
 Many thanks also to Sharon and Linda at The Bell who served a welcoming cup of tea and a selection of extremely naughty cakes to the ‘team’ after their morning’s work

….and no thanks whatsoever to the miserable so and so’s who unfailingly dump their litter on the roads approaching our village year after year.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Sue Gray
In case there are some villagers who have not already heard or read reports in the newspapers that Air Vice Marshal Sue Gray, who has lived in Chearsley for some years, has now been promoted to Air Marshall and Director General of the Defence Safety Authority, an appointment she takes up in March. Many congratulations to Sue on this achievement. She becomes the RAF’s first female 3star office and the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces. A great example to all young women of just what can be achieved. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said “This is an historic moment as we see the most senior female appointment in the British military. Air Marshal Gray’s career shows that with hard work, skill and determination, gender is no obstacle to achieving the top ranks in the Armed Forces...” Sue has laid the wreath at the War Memorial in Chearsley on Armistice Day for several years.

Litter Pick
As many volunteers as possible are wanted for the Litter Pick on Thursday February 28 Hopefully the present lovely weather will hold. Please meet at 9.30am outside the Village Shop wearing brightly coloured visible clothing for safety and have protective gloves. Black sacks are provided by AVDC. Litter pickers will clear rubbish from all village roads and the surrounding main roads, ending up at The Bell at 11am for hot drinks and cake. Please contact Alicia at alicia@greatbarn.net for more information. Many hands make light work to clear up and cheer up Chearsley.

Parish Councillor Vacancy
There will no election for this vacancy as the required number of requests for an election were not received and it is the job of the Parish Council to now appoint a new Councillor. To this end, they are inviting anyone interested in serving on the Parish Council to get in touch with the Parish Clerk at helen.v.spurgeon@gmail.com by March 8 2019. A copy of the formal notice and conditions can be found on the notice board. It will be a short term appointment as the next elections to the Parish Council will be held in April or May 2020 which makes this an ideal opportunity to try out being a Parish Councillor. Please contact Helen Spurgeon noting your interest or for any other information.

Chearsley Annual Village Meeting
The Parish Council invite everyone to this meeting in the Village Hall on Monday March 18 at 7pm for wine or soft drinks and nibbles and the meeting starting at 7.30pm. An opportunity to hear key updates on village matters by the Parish council with contributions from many other village groups and an open discussion when villagers are welcome to raise any points. It is also hoped there will be a presentation about the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway.

The Oxford-Cambridge Expressway
The Parish Council is actively supporting EAG (Express Action Group) an accredited stakeholder in the consultation of the building of this new road, to run in parallel with a new cross -country rail link. The Council plan to set up a Working Group and need help from villagers who are interested in joining the Working Group. Please contact Councillors, Julia Witcher at juleswitcher@googlemail.com or John Howard at jnh@dbmc.co.uk as soon as possible for more information. It is hoped that there will be a formal presentation by EAG at the Village Meeting on Monday March 18.

Services at St Nicholas Church: 
  • Sunday March 3 10am Family Holy Communion
  • Wednesday March 6 7pm Benefice Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday
  • Sunday March 10 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday March 10 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall

Diary Dates:
  • Thursday February 28 Litter Pick Meet outside the shop at 9.30am.
  • Saturday March 9 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Italy. Kick off 4.45pm
  • Saturday March 16 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Scotland. Kick off 5pm
  • Monday March 18 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall. Refreshments at 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start. Contact Leslie Arnott on 01844 290153 to book tickets
  • April 9 to 13 West Side Story by Cuddington Youth Drama