Saturday, 29 May 2010

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.