Saturday, 29 May 2010

All things Cricket...

Well, it’s the Bank Holiday weekend....and it’s raining....there’s a surprise!

But despair not... the sun will be shining again tomorrow and Monday according to our impeccably reliable weather forecasters.

Your village Cricket Club has a fantastic programme lined up for the weekend....

While today’s league matches look in the balance, tomorrow the club has been invited to host a Junior cricket match for the county for the first time. This is a fantastic honour for  Chearsley Cricket Club and is both a testament to our emerging status as well as a tribute to many years of ‘hard labour’ by our Groundsman, Larry Warr.

Bucks Under 14s will be playing Cambridgeshire Under 14s. The game starts at midday tomorrow and will probably end around 7 o’clock. We’ll have a barbecue running from lunchtime through the afternoon and the bar will be open for the duration of the match and for ‘afters’.

On Monday, we’ll be staging our customary Bank Holiday ‘Six-a-Side’ Tournament. Eight local teams  will battle it out for honours in a knock-out tournament. The first match will start at around 10.30 and the final will probably take place at around 6.00 – 6.30. Again, we’ll have a bar and barbecue running for the duration.

So, if you are still pondering what to do over the weekend, think no further than CCC.

Come up and support your village club....families welcome as always.

Enjoy your weekend!

John Howard

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Camp
A really beautiful weekend 22nd and 23rd May made this second village camp in Ann and Paul Persson’s garden and field in Dark Lane a very successful, fun occasion. There were 32 families, half of whom camped in tents of all shapes and sizes, with gazebos, barbeques, dogs, children running around, ice-creams and drinks and playing together, particularly enjoying the water slide and paddling in Ann and Paul’s water feature. A village trail compiled by Ann Hooton brought previously unnoticed details in the village to mind. A campfire was of great attraction to the children, who did a good job of keeping it going and was much needed as the sun went down and the evening grew chilly, when everyone gathered round to join in the campfire singing led by our vicar, John Wyndburne. Sunday saw the building of a shanty town out of cardboard boxes and an open air service led by John Scholefield. An amount of £62 was raised from Paul’s Ice Cream shop towards Habitat for Humanity which works with members of a community who live in shanty towns, to build affordable housing for them. It is planned to raise £1,235 throughout the year, the cost of one house and which would make a real difference to the life of one family. Well done to Sharon Sampson and everyone for organizing this weekend so well.
(Pictures of the event now online.)

Chearsley Cricket Club Midsummer Madness
A summer do will be held in the garden of The Bell on the evening of Saturday, July 10th, when all profits will go to the development of Chearsley Cricket club. Come and enjoy a hog roast, dancing to local band, Hair of the Dog, and other entertainments. More details will be available at a later date.

Carers- Time for Yourself
If you are a carer, make time for yourself and come along to meet other carers in the Haddenham area. You are invited to tea and delicious dainties at Haddenham Methodist Church on Tuesday June 15th between 10am and 12pm, organised by the charity Carers Bucks (not AVDC as previously stated).

Chearsley Parish Council Meeting
This took place on Monday, 24th May under the chairmanship of Nic Brown, who was re-elected Chairman. It was agreed to defer election of the vice chairman until more members of the Council were attending. Clare Clark was re-elected Secretary and thanked for the work she does.

Some of the matters discussed :
Potholes and the conditions of the roads around the village. Highways on call should be called by as many villagers as possible to get the remaining potholes mended. This number is 0845 230 2882.
Dog Fouling – The possibility of provision of bins is being looked into.
Speeding Traffic – still very much an important issue with the Council. Legal signs and positioning thereof is being looked into. John Bercow is to be consulted for his help in this matter and to obtain the latest information on the proposed High Speed train.
Grit bins are to be bought when a colour has been decided.
A village skip will be arranged at some point.
Neighbourhood Watch - should be reawakened with the help of our local PCSO.
Stockwell had been cleared by a group of villagers. There is the possibility of an environmental grant to pay for work still to be done, on account of crayfish in Stockwell.
The nudist seen in Chilton Road had been arrested.
The next meeting was planned for Monday, June 28th

Chearsley Fayre - Saturday June 26th
Your donations are now requested for the following stalls : Bottle tombola, - Anna Taylor 201986; Cakes, jams and chutney - Pauline Parks 202250; Teas and cakes to cut – Jay at Chearsley shop; Plants – Alicia Howard 208036; Books, CDs. – Alan and Ro Parry 208807, Toys – Cath Langman 202829; Jewellery and bags etc. – Margaret Morbey 208913; Bric-a-Brac – Rachel Sampson 201566; Sweet Tombola – Debbie Fleetwood at Chuf.
Don’t forget to sell as many raffle tickets as possible amongst your friends and colleagues. There are some really good prizes. Remember there is a bottle of champagne for the seller of the most tickets.

Chearsley Pub Lunch Club
The first lunch took place at The Bell on Wednesday 26th May, when 12, mostly ladies met up at The Bell for a two course meal at the bargain price of £5.95. The Club is one of the first of many to be launched with the support of Community Impact Bucks, a charity which works with Parish Councils and local interest groups. The idea of the Clubs started in Shropshire as a way of helping people maintain a level of social contact in rural areas.
If you think you would like to come along to the second lunch next month on Wednesday, June 23rd – it would be good to have a few more men – to make new friends and catch up with old ones, and enjoy a relaxing 2 course meal in our charming village pub, looked after by Ollie and Sharon and staff, please phone either Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on 208893 a week before to book your place.

Cheque book found

A cheque book for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has been found in the village. It can be collected from the village shop.

What's On - June 5th & 6th

The Waddesdon County Show will take place at The Bull Pens, Waddesdon Estate on Saturday 5th June 2010. Plenty of attractions for visitors to enjoy on the day. In additions to arts and craft stalls to browse, there will also be Vintage Tractors, Children's Entertainment, Animals & Pets, a Dog Show, crafts demonstrations, a farmers' market and a home and garden section.

Wotton Open Weekend - Wotton Underwood, near Brill. 5th and 6th June 1.00 to 6.00pm including House Tours, All Saints Church, Live Music, Open Gardens, Stalls, Children's Fun. Funds raised will go towards All Saints Church repairs and the Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

John Bercow

This surgery has been postponed - details of any revised date to follow.
Our MP, and Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow is holding a constituency surgery in Chearsley Village Hall tomorrow, Friday 28th May, between 3:00 and 6:00pm.
This is not an open meeting, but if you would like to make an appointment to discuss any specific issue, please call Jemima on 0207 219 8903 today or tomorrow morning to book a consultation - there are currently four slots available.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Parish Council Meeting

A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the Chearsley Parish Council will be held tonight at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Midsummer Madness!

This year Chearsley Cricket Club will be staging their main summer event (“Midsummer Madness”) in the garden at The Bell on the evening of Saturday 10th July to raise much needed funds for the club.

Once again, they’ve hired a fantastic local band - ‘Hair of the Dog’. There’ll be a Hog Roast and plenty of other entertainment during the evening.

All the profit from the event will go to the development of the club – they are already well under way with some much needed improvements to their facilities. The club has always attached great importance to the development of youngsters from our village. This will remain a very important focus for them in the years ahead.  

So, for the moment, put the date in your diaries.....more details to follow and tickets will be on sale shortly.

Community Messages

Community Messagess from Aylesbury Watch Office on Thursday 20 May 2010.

A theft of vehicle has been reported from Brill Road, Oakley at around 7:20pm on the 18 May. The owner of a black Volkswagen Golf had the vehicle up for sale. An Asian male came to look at the vehicle and asked to sit in the drivers seat. Whilst in the vehicle he asked if he could listen to the engine - the owner who was stood 2 meters away gave him the keys at which point the offender central locked the vehicle and drove off at speed. The vehicle is still currently outstanding.

Police would like to hear from anyone that might have witnessed any other persons or vehicles in the area around the time given or anything that might be related to this incident. If you have any information please call on 0845 8 505 505 and state that you are responding to this Ringmaster message.

A distraction burglary has been reported in Willis Road, Haddenham at around 10.30am on the 19 May. A male called at the address of an elderly occupant stating he was from the electricity company. He read the meter and stated that some work needed to be done, showing the occupant a £50 note and asking if they had any change. The offender then said that the work had been done and asked the resident to plug in an electrical item upstairs to check the system. Whilst the occupant was upstairs cash was then taken from a cabinet downstairs.

The offender was a white male, in his late 40's and around 5'8''.

Please remain vigilant and ensure you check the identity of any unknown or unexpected callers at your premise. If in doubt check any identification given with the company that they claim to work for. Call the Police if you have any doubt that they are genuine.

Police would also like to hear from anyone that might have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time given. If you have any information please call on 0845 8 505 505 and state that you are responding to this Ringmaster message.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Pumpkin Competition
Pumpkin seeds  for this year’s competition are on sale at The Bell.   Get sowing now.  The race is on to beat last year’s modest winner of just over  51lb grown by Steve Vear.   The date for the grand weigh in at The Bell is Thursday, October 28th, when all efforts are revealed – big and small.

Father’s Day – June 20th
Come and treat your Dad at The Bell, who are offering a special Father’s Day meal.

Bingo at The Bell
Tuesday, 1st June is another Bingo Night at The Bell.  Eyes Down is at 8pm.  Pre-Bingo Meals, with the exception of steak, are being offered at a very special Bingo price.

The Bank Holiday Monday means that bin collection will be a day later on Wednesday, June 2nd, when the recycling baskets and glass containers  are collected as well.

Chearsley Fayre
Donations for the many varied stalls are very much needed.  If you have spare plants you have been growing, books, jewellery, scarves, bags, good quality second-hand items, or toys,  please put them aside for the Fayre on June 26th.  There will be more details in due course.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Wednesday 19 May 2010.

Thames Valley Police in Aylesbury Vale are reminding residents to secure their sheds and garages in a bid to deter would-be thieves who traditionally tend to target sheds and outbuildings at this time of year.

The aim is to stop offenders who see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner's home.

Many sheds fall short on basic security. It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery and steal the contents. By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, it will be harder for a would-be thief. It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal.

The following information should help protect you and your property;

• Ensure all tools and equipment are locked away when not in use. High-quality locks should be used on gates and doors. A shed alarm can also be installed.

• Postcode all property using ultra-violet pens, paint, forensic marking or engravers.

• Install security lighting as a deterrent, and thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.

For further information about crime prevention, call the Crime Reduction Department at Aylesbury police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or visit our website and click on the 'crime prevention' tab.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Mortgage worries? - advice from Thame CAB

Despite improvements in the economy, the risk of redundancy still remains a fear for many people. “How can I pay the mortgage?” is often the first thought in this situation. Therefore, it is reassuring to learn that measures to help people who lose their jobs hang on to their homes have been introduced.

Thame and District Citizens Advice Bureau have produced an article which can be downloaded here, or you can contact them on (01844) 214 827, or by email at

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Camp
Don’t forget the activities in the village over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd May.  Come along! Get your tickets from Sharon on 208740

Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 24th in Chearsley Village Hall at 7.30.  This is a change from the original date.  Everyone is welcome to attend. There are two 15 minute periods when  anyone has an opportunity to bring any matters to the notice of the Parish Council, or to voice their comments.

Flower Festival at St Nicholas Church
This is now planned just for Saturday and Sunday of the weekend July 10th and 11th.  The concert has unfortunately had to be cancelled. There will be more details about the  Flower Festival “For All the Saints” in due course.

Children’s Flower Competition
As part of this year’s Fayre, children are invited to take part in A Giant Flower Competition. All the entries will form an eye-catching display on The Green in the week preceding the Fayre.  Flowers must be a minimum of 3ft high, be made of weatherproof materials and be able to stand in the ground.  (Further details here.)  Judging will take place on Sunday, 20th June at 12.30pm.  Phone Claire on 208087, Julia on 201776 or Emma on 208751 for more information.

Mobile Library
This will next be on The Green on Monday 24th from 1.10 to 1.35pm.

Birth congratulations – yet more!
Chearsley is booming! Congratulations to another couple -  Greg and Claire Ryan  of Bernards Close, who now have a baby daughter, Lottie Isabella, born 10th May, a sister for a very excited Ella.
New Grandfather – Steve Vear of Lower Green Lane is proud to have another lady in his life, now that his eldest daughter, Alice, has had a daughter born on 25th April. Congratulations to the Vear family.

Ruby Wedding
Arthur and Trish Tokeley  of School Lane are celebrating 40 years of marriage. Congratulations to them both.

Fenella and Fromelles
Fenella Tillier of School Lane has recently been involved again with the television film company who are producing a documentary about the Battle of Fromelles in World War I in which  Fenella’s Great Uncle Charles Phipps is known to have been killed. A taxi from her home drove her to St. Pancras to meet  the  producer and film crew who escorted and looked after Fenella on Eurostar to visit the Fromelles cemetery near Lille. Fenella is waiting to find out from DNA samples whether her Great Uncle is one of the 250 bodies excavated. At the Loos Cemetery, a plaque on the wall surrounding the thousands of white headstones of the soldiers killed there, was found with the name of Charles Phipps. The following day, at the site of the Fromelles battle, she was able to envisage, with the help of Peter Barton, an historian, the position and set up of the British, Australian and German armies, and to get an horrific picture of the attack, and bringing away with her a spent British cartridge and a piece of a toothbrush. A very moving, unforgettable experience and adventure for her, involving her first visit to France since very young. There is still more filming for her to take place before the programme is shown on Channel 4 probably on 19th July, when Fenella says, she may be seen for 5 minutes.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Camp Fish & Chips!

If you would like to join the campers on Sunday 23rd May for a fish & chip lunch...
please get your order and payment to Sharon Sampson at Cloverdale, Lower Green Lane before this Friday (14th) as that is when the order will be placed. You can download the timetable and order form here.
Cheques can be made to "Sharon Sampson".

Monday, 10 May 2010

Chearsley Village Fayre

26th June 2pm

Children’s Giant Flower Competition

Minimum 3 ft high and weather proof
Make sure your flower can be put into the ground or stand alone

All entries to be on the Village Green at 12pm on Sunday 20th June
Judging at 12.30pm

Flowers will be displayed on the Village Green for the Fayre

Call:  Claire on 208087
Julia on 201776 or Emma on 208751

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Parish Council Meeting - Date Revised

The next meeting of Chearsley Parish Council will take place on Monday 17th 24th May at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. Details of the Agenda, plus details of previous meetings, can be found on the Chearsley Parish Council web page, which also includes information about parish councils in general.

Remember, you can also subscribe to Chearsley Parish Council and receive updates and notifications of meetings by email.

Nudist: Update II

Reports suggest the fellow has also been seen in the Great Missenden / Great Hampden area, and may be partaking in jogging au naturel (apart from trainers).

As reported below, he could be associated with a black VW Golf, partial registration beginning N604, which may also have the front number plate missing and/or the rear number plate 'accidentally' obscured.

If you have any information, or see the culprit or vehicle, please call Thames Valley Police on 08458 505 505, or dial 999 if you feel you or anyone else may be threatened.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Camp
The second year of Chearsley Camp is being held over the weekend of May 22nd and 23rd, when all Chearsley residents are invited to come along to all or  any of the events,  among them singing round the campfire, rounders, village trail and an open-air family service.
Tickets are now on sale costing £2.00 per person, with under 3s free. Tickets will allow you to come to as many of the events arranged as you like.  Please contact Sharon Sampson for more information or to buy tickets, or click here. It is hoped to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, a charity set up to help people escape from poverty housing around the world. Help is being asked for large cardboard boxes which will help to make a shanty town,  a large BBQ,  volunteers to  take tickets at the gate, and a volunteer to provide rounders equipment. If you can help, or need more information, Sharon’s number is 208740

Chearsley W.I.
Their next meeting  will be on Tuesday, May 18th commencing at 2.00pm. Chearsley will be discussing and voting on the  NFWI resolution of “The clear labelling of food”. This will be followed by a chocolate experience, when there will be many home- made -by –the- members chocolate dishes to try.  Visitors are welcome.

Dementia Forum
A new regular  monthly service is commencing  on Tuesday, 13th July (the second Tuesday of the month)  from 2.30 to 3.30pm at Haddenham Medical Centre, when anyone suffering with dementia, or who is a carer of someone with dementia is invited to call in.  Professionals and others with experience of coping with dementia will be on hand to listen and to help answer questions and concerns and to advise about  what help may be available. There is no need to book, just come along.  The aim of the forum is to enable  us all to become better informed about the illness.  Please phone Mike Tullett with any questions on 01296 747463.

Bingo at The Bell
There was another good turn out for Bingo on Tuesday 4th, all eager for eyes down and to be the first to shout “line” or House”! There was good fortune for  Katriona Towell, who was celebrating her 18th birthday that evening with friends. Our usual callers, Paul and Andy, entertained us with their double act, including an unscheduled pause in proceedings while they looked for a missing ball. A torch eventually throwing light on the difficulty. I don’t think they really found it, as not enough of my numbers were called!  £43 was raised by the raffle which will go towards the costs involved in Chearsley’s fete next month. All good village fun and to be repeated on June 1st.

Baby Birth Congratulations
Sandra and Tony Saunders of Chestnut View, Winchendon Road, are delighted to have become proud grandparents of their first granddaughter, Amelia Lily Hope. Congratulations and good luck to their daughter Natasha and James with their first child.
Frances and Diana Heybrook have also just become parents to a son, born May 5th at Manor Farm.
Congratulations to both of them.

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Supt Richard List, LPA Commander, Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury Vale.

The protest by the English Defence League and Unite against Fascism has now passed. The biggest police operation in the history of the Aylesbury Vale has now come to an end.

I know it was a great relief to you all when Father Shane Wood was able to ring the bells of St Marys Church in Aylesbury, formally announcing to us all that Aylesbury was back to its peaceful normality.

The event in Vale Park which was arranged by Unite against Fascism passed peacefully. About 800 English Defence League supporters gathered in Aylesbury Market Square during the afternoon of Saturday 1st May. This was generally without incident although violence and disorder did break out as their supporters began to leave the town centre. This was quickly contained by police officers with the assistance of dogs and horses. It is a great pity that some violence did occur but I feel that these scenes fully justified the police response. Throughout the day, twelve people were arrested for carrying offensive weapons and public order offences.

This protest did cause a great deal of disruption to Aylesbury but the people of Aylesbury were protected. This must always be our number one aim.

We received tremendous support from Aylesbury Vale District Council, Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Town Council and many faith groups within Aylesbury. I would particularly like to thank Graham Taylor - Paddick, the senior youth worker from Bucks County Council, who did an absolutely fantastic job in arranging so many activities for young people to take part in on the day. Graham's contribution was exceptional.

But my most sincere thanks go to you - the people of Aylesbury and the Aylesbury Vale. Before the event I asked, and prayed, for local people to leave the policing of this difficult event to the police. This is exactly what happened and all communities within Aylesbury have responded magnificently. Tensions were running extremely high and, quite understandably, this event created anxiety, distress and very serious concern. However, local people realised that further provocation would only provide 'the oxygen of publicity' to the protesters.

I cannot express my sincere thanks and supreme admiration to all those local people who acted as community mediators. Their role in ensuring the successful management of this protest was absolutely critical. On Saturday afternoon, it was the greatest privilege of my police career to attend the area around the Mosque and see this exceptional, and sometimes, challenging work taking place. This was Aylesbury at its very best.

My sincere thanks to you all. Let us now move forward together.

Richard List
Aylesbury Vale LPA Commander

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Chearsley Camp - Update

LOCATION:  The private field at the bottom of Lower Green Lane.  Parking in the field.
WHEN:        Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd May. 
TICKETS:     cost £2 per person and can be obtained from or ring 208740. 

I hope by now you will have heard of the Chearsley Camp which will take place at the bottom of Lower Green Lane on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd May, by kind invitation of the owners of the field.  It will be a wonderful community event and a great chance to get to know other villagers.  We will also be trying to raise a little bit of money for the great charity which helps people to escape from poverty housing around the world.  (Not the charity Toybox as previously advertised).

We have lots of exciting things planned including of course a campfire, but also a village trail, rounders match, gunging, fish and chip lunch, and an it's-a-knockout competition.

Click here for the pdf file giving the full timetable, all details and ticket and food order form.