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.