Monday, 31 January 2011

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Monday 31 January 2011.

A burglary has been reported at a business premise in Brill between Saturday 29 and Monday 31 Jan. Offenders gained entry by smashing the front window and then stole vehicle keys. A white Volkswagen van and a trailer were then taken from outside, which are still currently outstanding.

Officers dealing with this crime would like to hear from anyone that might have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area between the times given. If you have any information please call on 0845 8 505 505 and state that you are responding to this Ringmaster message.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to give your details you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Our Vicar
Congratulations to our vicar of Long Crendon with Chearsley and Nether Winchendon. At an Evensong on Saturday 22nd January, the vicar became an Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. The Bishop of Oxford, The Right Reverend John Pritchard, conducted the ceremony. John Wynburne is now The Reverend Canon John Wynburne. Chearsley Church Warden, John Daishe, writes that this honour is earned over the years and is recognition of his qualities as a priest wherever he has served his flock. There are at any one time a set number of Canons attached to a cathedral. John will have a handful of duties to perform at Christ Church. The Benefice is lucky to have such a quality priest and we can be proud of him.

Chearsley Pub Lunch
The first one of this year was a great success on Wednesday 26th January when 19 residents , including one new member, met up for another good lunch and natter in The Bell. The date of the next Pub Lunch will be Wednesday, 23rd February. If you are an older resident and would like to come along, please do, by getting in touch with Ann Hooton on 208306.

All recycling baskets including glass will next be collected on Tuesday, 8th February.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Road Closure - Ludgershall

Transport for Buckinghamshire have advised of a road closure at Ludgershall  for emergency road repairs.
The section marked in Red will be closed to traffic, with the diversion shown in green.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mobile Library
This next comes to The Green in Chearsley on Monday 31st January from 12.20 until 12.45

Chearsley Shop Hours
Please remember that the shop hours have changed, now that the Tea rooms have closed.
The shop is shut between 1.00 and 3.00pm Mondays to Fridays. It closes now at 12.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Bell
The next session of Bingo at the Bell will be held on Tuesday 1st February with Eyes Down at 8.30pm. Bingo players can eat for a special price of £6.99.
Wednesday Nights are Curry Nights when there is the choice of a mild or medium curry for the price of £9.95 which includes a drink. The normal menu is also served.

Valentine's Night
The Bell is now taking bookings for 2 Dine and Wine for £25.00 for a special Valentine’s meal on Monday February 14th.

Aces & Queens Summer Ball
This will be held at Nether Winchendon House on June 18th. Tickets are now available costing £56 per person. Please contact Mariko on 07973 207781 or Nicola on 07740 473262 for more information, or online at Aces and Queens. The Ball is a fund raising event to support Cuddington & Dinton School.

Midsomer Murders featuring Eric Carte
The episode “Fit for Murder”, which is the last one with John Nettles as DCI Barnaby and in which Eric plays Clarky will be shown on Wednesday February 2nd on ITV 1 at 8.00pm.

Cricket Field
Dog walkers who use the cricket field are reminded to clear up any mess behind them, otherwise the Club may have to consider padlocking entry into the field.

3 Events in One Place
There will be meetings open to the public at Haddenham Library on Thursday 3rd February from 10.30 to 12.00pm, when there will be “Police Have Your Say” meeting, a Social Care Surgery and a Library Coffee Meeting. Please phone Karen Adamson of Bucks county Council on 01296 383847 for more information.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Cuddington & Dinton School - Open Evening

Cuddington & Dinton Church of England School

The Staff and Governors of Cuddington and Dinton School are delighted to invite you to
An Open Evening at the Junior Site (School Lane, Dinton)
With Wine and Nibbles
Tuesday January 18th, 2011
7.30pm – 9pm

We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to meet our new Acting Head, Mrs Kim Price, as well as hearing about the on-going improvements being made to the school as a whole, including the Race for Space Appeal for the new grass pitch at Dinton.

RSVP or Enquiries Mrs Kim Price
01296 748264

You can download a PDF copy of the full press release here.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Cricket Club
John Howard, the Cricket Club’s Director of Fun and Games(!)  writes : "Third time lucky for the twice postponed Cricket Club Christmas Party, which finally took place on the evening of Saturday 8th January. Around 60 club members and “better halves” enjoyed a very convivial evening in the newly refurbished pavilion, reflecting on a most successful year for the club in 2010 and looking forward to an exciting season ahead. Events “downunder” also cropped up in one or two conversations during the evening .... and over £100 was raised for club funds into the bargain."

Cricket Club Venue for hire
During 2010, the Cricket Club pavilion was extended and fully refurbished. The Club is now able to offer a first class venue for hire at most reasonable prices, with a delightful outlook on the surrounding countryside – for parties, dinners, luncheons and other social or business events. The venue is fully equipped with a bar and kitchen. Heating is available for events during the winter months.
For more details, contact Louisa Gadsby at or 07738 220842, or visit the club website

Habitat For Humanity
Sharon Sampson has been raising money for this cause throughout the year and is now delighted that the target of £1,235 has been reached. This amount will pay for the building of one house for a family living in poverty.  Sharon would like to thank everyone who has contributed by buying apples, hiring the bouncy castle, giving donations, attending Footsteps, the Christmas Nativity and supporting the Christmas Craft and Shopping evening.   For more information on the work that Habitat for Humanity does, please see their website

Recycling baskets for cans, paper and plastics will be collected next on Tuesday 25th January.

W.I. French Evening
Tickets are selling fast for this evening on Saturday 29th in the Village Hall. So, if you are planning to attend, buy your tickets now.  Contact Jan on 202630 or Pauline on 202250

Parish Council Meeting Monday 10th January
4 members of the public attended this meeting chaired by Nic Brown. Some of the points arising :
Footpaths : Peter Grimsdell  has volunteered to report on the state of footpaths in the parish and it is planned for him and AVDC to co-ordinate to ensure all footpaths, stiles etc are put in  good order.
Planning Matters : The planning application at High Bank, Dark Lane had been objected to by the Parish Council.  Proposed alterations to planning regulations by the Government inviting local parishes to become more involved in future planning should possibly be a matter for discussion at the annual Parish Meeting in April.
Traffic Calming : Marion Grapes reported that that snow had prevented useful traffic data being collected by the strips on the 3 approach roads into Chearsley. As a result, the strips would be relaid for a further 2 weeks from 17th January.
Precept : This is to be kept at £6,000. It was noted that replacement salt bins would cost £665 and that they had been regularly refilled.
Aylesbury Road and Crendon Road  : it was agreed to write to AVDC  about the deteriorating condition of the roads.
Christmas Tree : Sonia and Nigel Timberlake and Paul Oliver were thanked for the success of the Christmas tree and celebrations.
Seating in the Village  : the benches for The Green have still not been received from the manufacturers, although  the delivery date had been exceeded.  It was agreed to possibly purchase 2 of the smaller outside tables being sold by Jay of  the Tea rooms for placing in the village.  Quotes were still needed for work to the Village Green path.
Royal Wedding : it was agreed in principle that there should be celebrations to mark this occasion, possibly with a tea party for children in the village hall and for mugs to be given.
Date of the next meeting was arranged for February 14th at 7.30 in the Village Hall

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Thank You from Habitat!

On behalf of Habitat for Humanity, I would like to thank everyone who bought apples, hired the bouncy castle, donated money, came to Footsteps, the Christmas Craft and Shopping evening, or the Nativity, because..... we have finally reached our target!
Chearsley villagers have succeeded in raising £1,235, which will pay to build one house for a family living in poverty. For more information on the great work that Habitat for Humanity does, please see
Sharon Sampson

Friday, 7 January 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Carol singing round Chearsley
Two nights of carol singing round Chearsley before Christmas  raised £540. This will be divided between 2 charities with which Chearsley has close associations. This is DEBRA,  which is concerned with a rare genetic disease causing fragile skin, and for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Poppy Appeal
Sue Grimsdell’s door to door collection last November raised a record £434.88. She would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to this cause, which with one son currently out in Afghanistan until April, is very close to the Grimsdell family’s hearts.

Chearsley W.I next meet on Tuesday, January 18th at the Village Hall. Eric Carte, actor of Chearsley, will be the guest speaker talking about his experiences and stories about his life as an actor in the theatre and on TV.

French Night – Saturday 29th January
Chearsley W.I. are hosting this Oooh La La!  French Night  in the Village Hall when there will be a 4 course dinner, music and entertainment. Tickets cost £15.00 each. Bring your own wine (French or otherwise). Welcome aperitifs will be served at 7.30pm. Please contact Jan for tickets or more information on 202630 or Pauline on 202250

Mobile Library
This will next be in the village on Monday January 17th from 12.20 until 12.45pm

Race for Space – Cuddington and Dinton School Field Appeal
The School’s fund to improve the sports field and build storage/changing facilities is one of the Community Matters Boxes at Waitrose  during January. This means that every time you shop at Waitrose and are given a green disc, by putting it in the Race for Space compartment, you will be helping  Cuddington and Dinton school raise money for improving their sports field.

Pub lunch
January’s Pub lunch in The Bell, when “older” residents are invited to meet up for a very reasonably priced meal and catch up with news, will take place on Wednesday 26th January at 12.30pm. Please contact Ann Hooton on 208893 if you would like to come and to place your order.

Sad News 
Rene Keech of Aylesbury Road died on Christmas Day in Florence Nightingale Hospice. She had been suffering from cancer for several months.  Sympathies to Bill, her husband of 63 years and to her son and daughter. Her funeral will take place in Chearsley Church on Wednesday 12th January at 2.15pm.

More sad news    
Gwen Roberts, late  of Crendon Road died on December 18th. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. Sympathies go to her family.

Chearsley Tea Rooms
Your last chance for a cup of tea, piece of cake or bacon sandwich will be on Friday 14th January, when sadly the tea rooms close. Janine will have equipment from the Tea room on sale from Monday 17th to Friday 21st.

Saturday, 15th January brings new opening hours for the shop, as follows
Monday to Friday. Open 7.30am. Closed  between 1.00 and 3.00pm. Open 3.00 until 7.00pm
Saturday : Open 8.30 am until 12.00pm
Sunday :  Open 9.00am until 12.00pm.

To keep the shop open, it needs to be used.  Come and take the time to have a look at what you can buy. You may be surprised at how well stocked it is, including a good variety of biscuits, wines, and sweets. If you do not feel able to alter your shopping habits away from the big supermarkets, why not resolve to always use the shop to buy the locally produced eggs,  choose from the good selection of  greeting cards,  take advantage of the easy to drop off and pick up Dry Cleaning service, use the photocopier. While in the shop, you will be reminded of just what an important part of village life it is  and how vital it is we all make every effort to  use it. We don’t want it to close again.