Thursday, 28 January 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Tuesday, 9th February is the next date when all recycling items – glass, paper, plastic, paper, cans – will be collected.

Information and Wellbeing Fair
AVDC are organizing a free event, for older people over 50, where there will be an opportunity to have a go on a Nintendo Wii, with younger people on hand to help. There will also be a variety of information stands, such as Age Concern, AVDC Benefits, Vale Volunteers Gardening Scheme, Red Cross and many others. A free lunch will be provided and also free transport, if necessary. It will take place at Haddenham Village Hall on Tuesday, 23rd March from 10.30 until 2pm. At 2pm there will be a half hour walk. A similar event will take place at Brill Memorial Hall on Thursday 11th March from 10.30 until 2pm, but there will be no walk. For more information, please contact Lynne Maddocks on 01296 585364.

The Bell
You can celebrate Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14th February by having a 2 course meal at The Bell from 7 – 9pm. No problem then with drinking and driving.

Car Service
Jock and Mary Scholefield have now retired from organizing this valuable service in the village, having run it for 7 years. We thank you both very much for your commitment and service. The new organisers are Keith and Beryl Wright who have a team of drivers available to help with journeys of any medical nature. Please phone The Wrights on 208607 in the first instance. If there is no reply, ring John Tribe on 208553 or Peter Allen on 208774.

Parish Council Meeting, Monday 25th January.
4 members of the public attended this meeting, chaired by Nic Brown. Some of the matters raised :

In the old cricket field, Aylesbury Road, a new crossing over the ditch between that field and the next has been made, replacing a rather rickety plank.

Christmas celebrations round the Christmas tree on The Green were deemed a great success, and well supported by the village. It is planned for this to be extended and expanded next Christmas, with the possibility of permanent power points being installed on The Green for the Tree lights and for use during the Fete and any other possible occasions. Snow clearing round The Bell and Shop had much support and Julie Gibson was thanked for organizing this operation. Chearsley’s splendid community spirit is much admired by adjoining villages.

Grit bins Although the filling of these had been overlooked by AVDC in the early winter, they were subsequently filled and refilled promptly on request. Access to the bins in Church Lane and School Lane had sometimes been hampered by parked cars. Quotes will be sought to replace and possibly reposition the existing deteriorating bins, with a possible contribution from the Community Leaders’ Fund.

Budget Precept This was agreed to be £6,000 with no grant to the Village Hall

Lights in Church Piece The Housing Trust will go ahead with this.

Web Cam No action is to be taken at present and for it to be reviewed in 12 months’ time.

Road Closure Cannons Hill will be closed on 8th and 9th February for drainage works.

Verges Highways to be contacted about some verges being eroded.

Benches on The Green will be in place by Spring, early Summer.

Overhanging hedges Graham King is still due to trim the hedge at the top of School Lane. It was pointed out that it was the responsibility of all hedge owners to keep them trimmed.

Date of Next meeting: Monday, March 1st in The Village Hall at 7.30pm