Saturday, 31 October 2009

Friday, 30 October 2009

Pumpkin Night at The Bell - 29th Oct.

Photo's from Perry Smith

First Place: Steve Vear ~ Second Place: Brian Arnott

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Epilepsy Action
Debbie Corpe and her mother, Joc, held a very successful fund raising event on Friday 23rd October, as part of the National Tea Break for Epilepsy action. There was an array of plants, gifts, cakes for sale and together with the raffle, the amount of £511 was raised. This was quite a bit more than was raised last year. Well done to Debbie and Joc and everyone who supported this good cause.

Birthday Congratulations
Ian Perkins, although a Nether Winchendon resident, known to many in Chearsley, recently celebrated a landmark birthday in phenomenal style. An amazing display of fireworks. Congratulations Ian.

St Nicholas – Morning Celebration
This will next take place on Sunday 8th November when there is a lay led, all age service at Chearsley Church, starting at 9.45 and finishing in time for Junior Church. Everyone is welcome. As usual, the service will be followed by drinks and biscuits and a time to chat and catch up with friends.

Mobile Library
This will be in Chearsley on Monday, 9th November from 1.10 until 1.35pm

Fireworks on Saturday 7th
The Youth Club are organizing fireworks at Chearsley Village Hall on Saturday, 7th November for us all, from 6.30pm. There will be mulled wine, sausage rolls and toffee apples available.

Lower Green Lane
Work to resurface the cul-de-sac in Lower Green Lane starts on Monday 2nd November. The work should take about a week. Efforts will be made to keep any disruption to traffic in the lane to a minimum, but inevitably there will be times when lorries block the road.

New bus timetables
You may be aware that there is a new bus timetable from 2nd November. Service 261 is being replaced by 110 which will continue to run every 2 hours from Aylesbury to Thame, but will no longer serve Haddenham. Some times have changed, so beware. The timetable can be download by clicking here and Thame Tourist Information centre have copies. There will be a service to Haddenham Health Centre on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, with services 111 and 113.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Road Works Alert.

Work is due to begin on Monday 2nd November to resurface the cul-de-sac towards the bottom of Lower Green Lane, leading to Pollards, Wynberg, Amberley and Orchard House.

The work is expected to take about a week and the contractors, John Lee Construction Ltd. have assured us that disruption to traffic in the lane will be kept to a minimum. There will inevitably be periods when lorries are loading and unloading but from the work done so far in laying a new culvert, they seem very pleasant and approachable workers.

We certainly hope you have no problems, the drive is in a very dangerous state at present and it is essential that the work is carried out.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Fundraising Training

From Lynne Maddocks - Community Engagement Officer for AVDC - we hear of training on fundraising for the voluntary and community sector. For those offering services to the people of Aylesbury Vale, these courses are subsidised by the Council and the cost to you is only £10 for the day, which is an absolute bargain!
More information and an application form here.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Fete in June 2010
There has been a preliminary meeting chaired by Claire Lazaruk and the date of Saturday June 26th has been agreed as the date for the Fete next year. So please make a note of this date. Planning is still in the early stages and Clare would welcome any offers of help on the day to run the various stalls, help beforehand, or any ideas or suggestions you may have. The suggested theme is “nature”. Please email Clare on and watch the noticeboard for any further meetings.

Baby Congratulations
These go to Will and Sarah Sawrey-Cookson of School Lane, who have only recently moved to Chearsley, on the birth of Sophie, a sister for Olivia and Katie. Good luck with your new daughter and your life in our lovely village.

Part-time Job opportunities
Jay is looking for help in the Tearooms and Shop. Please see her notice in the shop window.

A dog walker or someone who could let 2 dogs out at lunch time is being sought. Please phone Sheena on 07706666343 or 01844 201261.

Youth Club
There will be Fireworks at the Village Hall on Saturday, November 7th, organized by the Youth Club. This starts at 6.30pm. More details will be available later.

Pumpkin Night
A reminder to come to this at The Bell on the evening of Thursday, October 29th

Halloween at The Tearooms
Family fun and treats for children in Halloween costume and adults on Friday 30th October from 5pm to 7pm

Baskets as well as bins are collected on November 3rd.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Wednesday 21 October 2009.

The local neighbourhood teams in Aylesbury Vale's rural areas will be carrying out a number of activities during Alcohol Awareness week, to remind people of the consequences of drinking too much and help everyone help themselves to stay safe on a night out.

The neighbourhood officers will be also be proactively tackling any alcohol related anti-social behaviour, including under age drinking, and helping to reduce alcohol related crime.

During this week school liaison officers will be visiting the local schools to give alcohol related advice and warn the students about the consequences of drinking alcohol under age, including health issues, being more vulnerable to crime and the consequences of being caught drinking alcohol by the police.

High visibility patrols will be carried out in known hot spot areas, including the Buckingham Fair. No alcohol zones will be policed in the towns and villages, specifically in Wendover where young people have being reported to be causing anti-social behaviour, and where under-age drinking has been reported.

Officers will be working closely with Trading Standards, carrying out operations to focus on licensed premises who sell alcohol to under age people, and officers will be carrying out licensing checks across the rural neighbourhoods.

Neighbourhood Inspector Emma Garside, said: "Work to tackle alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour is always at the top of our agenda, but we wanted to use Alcohol Awareness week to promote the work the police do on a regular basis to reduce the amount of alcohol related incidents. "

Alcohol Awareness week is the week commencing 19th October, and will be supported by the NHS 'Know Your Limits' campaign.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Phishing alert

Please be aware of a scam that is being aimed at users of email addresses.

If you receive an email similar to the above, please ignore it. It does NOT originate from, and there is no valid '' email address.

Community Message

from Aylesbury Neighbourhood Watch

As the clocks go back and the nights draw in, Aylesbury Vale residents are being offered free timer light switches.

In response to the traditional rise in burglaries after the clocks go back, the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership is working on an initiative which targets residents who get home after dark in the winter months, such as commuters and late night shoppers.

Residents are being asked to consider using their timer light switch to leave a light on if they plan to return home after dark. Other advice is to regularly vary the times they set timer switches to turn on and off.

Over the next four weeks, staff from Thames Valley Police and Aylesbury Vale District Council's community safety team will be at bus stations, train stations and town centres handing out timer switches, energy efficient light bulbs and property marking kits along with information about how to secure homes effectively against burglaries.

Timer light switches will be available from the Community Safety Shop in Hale Leys, the AVDC offices at 66 High Street, and at Aylesbury, Wendover and Waddesdon Police Stations. A number of additional events will take place at train and bus stations from 26 October.

Chearsley Fireworks Evening

Fireworks Night – Back by popular demand!

Make a note in your diaries that Chearsley Youth Club will be hosting a fireworks extravaganza at the Village Hall on Saturday 7th November at 6:30pm. More details to follow soon.


AVDC Volunteers will be in the village on Wednesday 28th October to clear Stockwell in Church Lane. If you can help, be there for 10:00am - and bring your wellies!
More info from Sonia -

Monday, 12 October 2009

Chearsley Cricket Club 2009 Dinner & Dance

Chearsley Cricket Club are now selling tickets for their popular annual Dinner and Dance

You can reserve your tickets now by calling James Veness (07732 438 568) or John Howard (07970 651 326).

Friday, 9 October 2009

St Nicholas - Morning Celebration

On the second Sunday of each month (that's this Sunday, 11th) there is a lay led, all-age service at our church. It starts at 9.45 and finishes in time for children to go to Junior Church at 11 if they so wish.

All are welcome this Sunday where we will be continuing with the story of David, including mystery parcels for the children to unwrap!

David Mitchener, Alan and Della's son who plays the music for our service, recently visited Cambodia and, with his wife, Justine, went to see the Daughters project (taking girls out of sex trafficking).

The congregation have been supporting this charity and David and Justine will kindly give us an update on Sunday.

As usual, the service will be followed by drinks and biscuits and a time to chat and catch up with friends.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

It is sad to report the deaths of two ladies of Chearsley in the past weeks. Jean Walker of Chestnut View, Winchendon Road and Yvonne Williams of Chestnut View, Chilton Road. Sympathies go to their families.

Good news about our local well known actor, who is currently rehearsing in “Mrs Warren’s Profession” by George Bernard Shaw. This is a play written in 1893, but only first performed in 1902, as it was banned by the Lord Chamberlain because of its frank discussion and portrayal of prostitution. This production directed by Michael Rudman brings Eric and Felicity Kendal together again. In 2000, Eric appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels , also directed by Michael Rudman, with Felicity and Frances de la Tour. A coach party from Chearsley had a good day out in London to see Eric. The play will open in Bath for two weeks, followed by a week in Birmingham, starting 9th November and Richmond Theatre, London, the following week, 16th November. It is hoped that the New Year will bring a West End run. Maybe, a little theatre trip will be organized!?

Pumpkin Night this year will be on Thursday 29th October to be held in The Bell. So, wheelbarrows at the ready, come along with your pumpkins, to find out who is the proud owner of the heaviest. The pub’s usual evening menu plus soup will be available. Come and support this fun, traditional event.

You can now find out all about what is going on at the tearooms and shop, including what’s on the new winter menu, by logging on to their new website at A Halloween event with treats for children in costume, with food and drink available is being arranged from 5pm until 7pm on Friday 30th October. Bookings are also being taken for Christmas meals.

Their Christmas menu is also available and bookings taken. Other special events, such as sausage nights, are arranged. Look out for their blackboard for details.

Chuf are asking for help and information about damage caused to their plastic storage bin at the Village Hall during the weekend of 12th September. The cost of a replacement will be in the region of £100. Anyone who has any information, please contact Cheri or Debbie on 01844 208868.

I was sorry to be away on holiday (in case you wondered where the column had gone) and miss this village event at the Village Hall, but Alicia reports that it was a great night, with a feast of cold meats, salads and home-made apple desserts washed down with Chiltern Ale and wine. During the evening, there was entertainment by Alex Hearmon, talented local musician, who played folk songs on the violin; Anne Persson hilariously performed a rendition of Joyce Grenfell’s “the Nursery School”, “The Von Pratt Family Ringers” rang “Ode to Joy” on hand bells and our very own, Reverend. John Wyndburn played his guitar and sang a medley of Bob Dylan classics. A basket of fruit and vegetables, kindly donated by Chearsley allotment holders, was raffled, which raised £200 for the “Jenny and Jessy” School and Orphanage in Uganda. The evening was rounded off with a raucous, roof- raising communal sing-song!

The following morning, St. Nicholas celebrated Harvest Festival with a truly joyful Family Service. The Church looked beautiful in the late summer sunshine, bedecked in sunflowers, sheaves of corn, fruit and vegetables and floral arrangements created by Joy Payne and her team. The church was full to the brim. The harvest gifts were taken to share amongst the elderly at the Long Crendon Day Centre. Congratulations to Elsie Jacobs who was baptised during the service.

All baskets, including the bottle containers can be put out for collection next Tuesday, 20th October.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Ludgershall Quiz Night

There will be a CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT on
Saturday 10th October
Ludgershall Village Hall

8pm Start (Doors open at 7pm)
* Raffle * Bar * * Half-time Jacket Potato *
* Cash First Prize *

£7.50 per person - Teams of up to 8 people
Tickets on the door, or if you prefer to book
Please call Kate on 01869 277578

Please come along for a fun night out.
All proceeds to the ARC Charity