Thursday, 31 July 2008

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

A wonderful opportunity to acquire 10 years of Chearsley “happenings” as recorded by the Bucks Herald is available. Newspaper clippings covering house prices, features on residents, articles about the Parish Council, W.I. battles over footpaths, drains and many other everyday stories. There are also 8 A1 size card mounted photos with captions, suitable for displays and fundraising events. Contact me if you are interested or have any suitable suggestions as to where they could be safely housed. It would be a shame to have them put in the skip.


A few matters arising at this meeting on Monday July 28th:
The new Chairman has introduced a public session at the end of each meeting in addition to the beginning, when the public is permitted to voice its comments.
Nic Brown, chairman, in reply to a question from the chairman of the Village Hall committee about their grant, emphasized that he would be looking to have better communications with all other committees in Chearsley, in order to better understand how they all work for the better good of the village.
In this connection, he had set up a meeting with officers from AVDC to discuss matters concerning villagers, especially, parking, speeding, state of the roads and drains etc. The proposal for extra parking spaces in School Lane and Bernards Close was brought up, and this would also be acted upon.
The Shop reported that it is being well supported by people from Chearsley and other villages, the cafe doing well, and possibly offering bacon butties on a Saturday morning. There was a complaint that the sign on the Green was blocking visibility.
It was noted that Winchendon Road had been re-surfaced and that kerbing of granite sets would be start in the Spring.

Planning Applications
The demolition of The Pightle was discussed and a suggestion that a friendly visit be made to point out that the long working hours were causing noise and disturbance to neighbours.
Regency Cottage. There were concerns over this application and the question of the roads as “ancient Holloways” and to prevent them being eroded as much as possible was discussed.

Betty Duval legacy
The Parish Council had been left £1000 in Betty’s will. It was felt that a new bench for the Village Green and re-surfacing the path across the Green would be a fitting use of this money.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday 15th September at the Village Hall.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Parish Council meeting: July 28th

The Chairman and Councillors invite you to the next meeting of the Parish Council, to be held at the Village Hall on Monday 28th July at 7:30pm.

The Parish Council is responsible for the care and upkeep of the village and decides where to spend your money! If you want your opinion or ideas heard, or if you just want to find out what happens and how it works, please come along.

Visit the Chearsley Parish Council site for information about meetings.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Antiques Roadshow!

At Thame Town Hall, 24th September 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. in support ofDig out your treasures and bring them along for valuation by the experts on Wednesday 24th September at Thame Town Hall, Thame between 10.00a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
Bonhams, who have been auctioneers and valuers since 1793 will be using their expert skills to value your household wonders, all in aid of Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire, a local charity helping local families with small children.
The cost of valuing 2 items is £5.00 and £1.00 per subsequent item. Refreshments will also be available.

Come along and bring your treasures, ceramics, books, toys, silver, pictures etc. - you never know what might be in your attic!

For more information, please contact Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire on 01235 511152

St John’s County Primary School

Calling all former St John’s County Primary School, Wallingford Pupils!

2010 sees the Centenary Anniversary of St John’s County Primary school in Wallingford. We are hoping to contact as many former pupils and staff who went to the school to help us join in the celebrations as possible.
We are preparing a special book, marking the history of the school, the changes that have occurred in the past 100 years and to make the book extra special, would like memories and photos from you, the former pupils and teachers. It will be a wonderful project and if you, or anyone you know attended the school, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Claire Satchwell on 07770 456050 or e-mail for more details.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Country Fayre
This highly successful day made a profit of £6,414, the Grand Draw contributing significantly to this. It is proposed to divide this amount in a 4 –way split – to the Village Hall, to the Village Trust, to the Church and something for the village, to be decided at a future meeting. Proposals have been for the Village Green to be fenced permanently by the main road, developing the Millenium field and replacing the seat on the village green. It was also proposed that a Fete meeting would be held in September to discuss next year’s plans, with the suggestion of holding a Barn Dance as an alternative village get together and fundraiser. Please see the Notice Board for dates of future meetings and do come along if you have ideas and would like to become involved.

Village Coach Trip to Sonning Theatre
A coach party of 38 villagers enjoyed a hilarious evening, despite arriving later than anticipated because of the traffic and appallingly wet weather on Wednesday July 9th, when they travelled to see Love’s a Luxury, a comedy by Guy Paxton and Edward V. Hoile, with Chearsley’s Eric Carte as Charles Pentwick. After a good meal and a glass or two of wine, our laughter and fun started as soon as the show opened, continuing right to the end. It was obvious from our noisy participation that we all thoroughly enjoyed it, a fact which didn’t go unnoticed by Eric and the other actors on stage. We made the performance “rock”, Eric said. Thank you Eric for being centre stage and for helping to arrange the evening. The show, Love’s a Luxury is on at The Mill at Sonning until 2nd August.

Glass and basket collections.
It is noticed that some villagers have been putting these out in the wrong week. Tuesday, July 29th is the next collection for glass, cans, plastics and newspapers. You are advised to put them out the night before, as collections start early in the morning.

Parish Council Meeting
The next Council meeting is on Monday, July 28th at the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Come and find out what is being discussed, voice any concerns you may have during the public time, and support your Councillors.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Village News

with Margaret Morbey.

Chearsley Country Fayre
This took place on a sunny Saturday, June 28th on the village green, heralded the previous week by a collection of scarey scarecrows - the winner, Holly Hot Lips created by the Minford family. The hot day brought a good crowd to enjoy all the entertainment - Morris Dancing, The Animal Man Show, and all the usual side shows and stalls. It was also a good chance for the newly- opened shop to be inspected. The Grand Draw and Fayre made well over £6,000 which will be shared between the Church, The Village Hall and the Village Trust. This great village affair climaxed with fireworks after a pigroast and dancing to Silver at The Bell that evening. The fete committee, led by Claire Lazaruk and Joy Payne are to be congratulated for all the hard work and organization they put in to make the day such a success.

Mark Lowther
Saturday June 28th was also a very special day for Mark Lowther, one time organist and choirmaster of St. Nicholas, Chearsley, who left here to live in London about 5 years ago. On Saturday, he was ordained a deacon together with 33 other men and women at St. Paul’s Cathedral by the Bishop of London. This very special ceremony was also attended by Mary Scholefield who had the important role of being one of 2 people to present Mark and walked up the aisle with him. Mark will now become a part time curate at St. Peter’s, Eaton Square, London.Congratulations and good luck, Mark.

Chearsley TeaRoom
It is very much hoped that the tearoom will be open on Saturday July 12th for its first day. Please check notices in the shop window for confirmation and information.