Thursday, 7 January 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Carol Singing Round Chearsley
Keith and Beryl Wright who have been organizing the carol singing for many years write that for the first time in living memory, Chearsley had a Christmas tree on The Green and despite a bitterly cold night with snow lying on the ground, many families gathered round to sing carols. Chearsley Hand Bell ringers led the singing, but the children stole the show with their rendition of Away in a Manger. Hot punch and mince pies in addition to the wonderful friendly atmosphere warmed everyone up.
As well as carols round the Christmas tree, which is hopefully to become an annual tradition, a good crowd of singers, led by a key board and with a very good descant choir, braved the cold and managed to visit a large part of the village, justly earning refreshments provided by The Howards. It had been hoped to have another night of carol singing, but this had to be cancelled due to icy roads and a snow storm. Despite this, a collection of £440 was made from both occasions which has been equally divided between DEBRA and Cystic Fibrosis, both causes that are linked to a child in the village. Keith and Beryl would like to thank everyone for giving so generously.

Eric Carte
It is good news that Eric will be appearing at The Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, London in George Bernard Shaw’s Play, Mrs Warren’s Profession. This will be for 3 months from the middle of March, until 19th June. Several Chearsley people have already seen the play, which is described as laying bare the rampant hypocrisy of Victorian society and its constrained morals, while it was on tour round England. The play and Eric’s performance is praised. It is hoped to organize a coach trip to see him (and the Play with Felicity Kendal as it’s star). It would be helpful for anyone interested in joining the coach trip, if they could let me know. It will probably be a Saturday matinee.

To Maria Allen of School Lane, who whilst living in Chearsley for the past 25 years or so has been involved with the shop, The Bell, Youth Club and presently W.I. and The Fruit and Veg Show, celebrates her “Bus Pass” birthday.
To Desmond Challoner on celebrating his 90th birthday.

Bingo at The Bell
Bingo is planned to be a regular monthly feature on the first Tuesday in the month. Come along on February 2nd. Eyes down at 8pm.

Rubbish Collections
Wednesday 13th is a collection day for bins, baskets and bottles. Our normal Tuesday collection day will be resumed next week, 19th January.

Village Happenings
This first edition of a community newsletter from Chearsley Tea Room and Stores has now been printed. You should have received yours through the letter box. There will be some spare copies available from the Tea Rooms if you have not seen one. Please remember to let Jay know of anything which you would like Chearsley to know about, in time for the next edition in February.