Thursday, 30 July 2009

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Charity Golf Day in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice
Chearsley residents Paul and Elaine Bown of Waterside Investments organized this very successful Charity Golf Day on Monday 13th July at the Oxfordshire Golf Club. This year, which was the third year the event has been held, a record breaking amount of £8,000 was raised which was way ahead of expectations. Paul and his wife, Elaine, who supplied the golfers with Pimms, would like to thank all the local businesses who sponsored holes and donated some superb auction items, and to the 84 golfers on the day who supported the “on course” challenges and so generously bid for the auction prizes. The Bowns are corporate companions of the Florence Nightingale Hospice, to whom the funds from this year’s event were donated, and this was their third Charity golf day and the combined proceeds for the 3 years now tops £21,000.

The date of Monday 19th July 2010 has been arranged for next year’s Charity Golf Day, when a full day and exclusive use of the Oxfordshire can be enjoyed. If you would like more information, please email Paul on

St. Nicholas Church - Footsteps
St Nicholas Church warmly invites all local children to walk in Jesus’ footsteps at a Craft and Drama activity day, on Tuesday, August 25th. The day will start at 10am in Chearsley Village Hall with “Crafts” followed by a walk down to Ann and Paul Persson’s garden, where the story of Jesus’ “baptism” will be told. “Feeding of the 5000”, or picnic time for the participants is from 12 noon, after which there will be a time for drama, music and games, “Walking on Water”. “Off to Jerusalem” is a walk past the donkeys, up the road into the church yard, waving the palms made earlier and making as much noise as possible with the home made musical instruments.There will then be a short quiet time sharing bread for the “Last Supper”. The older children can then act out the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus - the “Garden of Gethsemane”, while the younger ones can play sleeping lions. The “Crucifixion” and Burial and Resurrection” will then be acted out. The day ends at about 2.50 with a piece of cake and drink and chat.

Sharon Sampson, the organizer, is asking for cake donations, large cardboard boxes, small cola bottles (for shakers), and volunteers to tidy up the village hall at the end and to look after a craft table.

If you can help or would like your child to join the 28 already registered, please contact Sharon on or ring 208740.

Chearsley Tea Rooms and Shop
The opening times have changed very slightly as from Monday, 3rd August. The shop now opens half an hour later at 7:30am Monday to Friday. Deliveries of milk, bread and newspapers will have been made by that time. Closing times on these days of 7:00pm remains the same. Weekend hours are unaffected.

Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 27th July 2009

This took place at Chearsley Village Hall under the chairmanship of the Vice Chairman, Leif Hytten.

A few points arising :

The broken street light serving Church Piece is the Parish Council’s responsibility and quotes will be sought for it to be mended.

It was agreed that the Police would again be contacted regarding speeding through the village with a view to arranging an on site meeting, at a time when speeding was particularly bad.

No developments with regard to Stockwell had taken place. Quotes for the building work would be obtained. Trimming of the hedges would take place in October.

It was reported that the Churchill lorries no longer regularly came through Chearsley.

The Planning application at Furze Farm had been passed.

Graham King had agreed to repair the grit bins.

It was decided not to proceed further with providing dog poo bins in the village.

A challenge from Cuddington to take part in a tug-of-war on August Bank Holiday is to be taken up. Nic Brown will be approached regarding arranging the team.

It was decided that the Council would remain neutral about the proposed incinerator site at Calvert.

The Crown at Cuddington and the Ghurka Tavern in Long Crendon had both been broken into on Sunday 26th July.

The next meeting was arranged for Monday September 14th at 7.30 in the Cricket Club.