Friday, 9 October 2009

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.