Saturday, 10 September 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Show
Another very successful Village show took place on Saturday 3rd September. Entries and entrants were down slightly on last year, but there was a splendid array of produce, flowers, craft and domestic and many children’s entries to fill the tables in the hall. The show was busy in the afternoon when members of the public were allowed to view and discover the winners of the many categories. Tea and cake provided a chance to chat. Winners of a wooden fruit bowl for best fruit were David and Anna Taylor, winner of the Gadsby Trophy for best Vegetables was Julian George and the winner of the Vic Walker Cup as overall winner of the show was Mary Scholefield. The following were also winners : Anne Lewis for the Best Hanging Basket; Nicola and Julian George winning Best Tomatoes - the first year the Pat Marshall Cup had been awarded; Steve Lock for Best photo; Edward Richards for Best Model; Alicia Howard for Best Art Entry; Tessa Siddall for Best Craft; Katherine George for Best Children’s entry. A cup for the best Children’s champion was shared by Jessica Taylor and Tessa Siddall. Julian George won the Eli Godfrey Plate for Men’s jam tarts; Janine Rees won the Wilfred Kind Cup for the Best Domestic; Mary Scholefield won the Olive AshworthCup for Best Flowers and Jann Grimshaw won the Lane Bud Vase for the best flower arrangement. They were presented with their cups and trophies by Chloe Lambert (Stone and Dinton’s very industrious Bucks Herald correspondant) ( without whom, Chearsley Show would not be the same. She was given a flower arrangement made by Joy Payne, as a mark of appreciation by the Show committee. The Show is only on for a few hours on one day in the year, but so much work by so many people goes into it – the entrants,some offering a prolific amount of entries, the children who were so busy with their vegetables models, imaginatively decorated fairy cakes and artwork, the judges who take their job extremely seriously, and not least the committee and helpers led by Rosemary Wallis. Thanks to them all for keeping alive a village tradition.

Sharon Sampson organised another very successful day for 35 children and parents on Wednesday 18th August when they painted, stuck, sewed, tie dyed, constructed, acted, watched, ate and dance the day away whilst learning some of the stories that Jesus told. A treasure hunt for the oldest children incorporated a climb up to the Bell tower in the church. A party, feast and disco completed the busy day.
(Photos now online here.)

Time for Reflection – meditations to use through the year
Ann Persson of Dark Lane, Chearsley has written this new book which provides practical exercises of varying lengths for exploring contemplative, creative prayer. The themes are to the Christian calendar and the seasons. Please ring Ann on 01844 201955 to purchase a copy, price £8.95.

Harvest Celebrations with St Nicholas Church
Harvest Supper – this will be on Saturday 24th September in Chearsley Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 each for a 2 course meal including wine or beer and are available from Alicia Howard, Great Barn, School Lane, phone 07970 804330.

Harvest Festival will be part of the Family Service on Sunday September 25th at 10.00am. The produce and gifts collected will be going to The Steppin’ Stone Centre for the homeless in Oxford. Gifts of fresh fruit and vegetables together with dry produce and tinned goods, rice, sugar and pasta which can be used in the Centre’s kitchen are very welcome.

Chearsley W. I.
The Summer break is over, and Chearsley W.I. next meet in the Village Hall on Tuesday September 20th. Sally Botwright will be talking about London 2012, the history and stories of the ancient and modern Olympics, with information regarding the games coming to London next year. Non W.I. members are welcome to come at 2.30pm.

The next collection of baskets for plastics, cans and paper and the box for glass will be on Tuesday 20th September.

Organ player wanted
St Nicholas Church would love to hear from any organists or pianists who would be willing to play occasionally, particularly for the Family Services (4th Sunday of each month). Grace, the current organist is due to go to university, leaving an opening for new players. Ann Hooton and Jeremy Pratt have kindly offered to play at some of the services, but there are still gaps. If you are interested, please contact the church wardens, John Daish on 01844 208712 or Alicia Howard on 01844 208036.

Theatre in the Villages
A note for your diaries – Friday October 21st in Chearsley Village Hall at 8.00pm. Sandra Hunt will be giving a one woman performance entitled Fast Woman – presenting the extraordinary life story of Mariette Helene Delangle, who cast off this name simultaneously with her clothes to take on the name of Helle Nice, to become a dare devil dancer, model and grand prix motor-racing driver from 1920s Paris. Tickets are available from me, price £10 or £8 for concessions. We are very fortunate to be a host to a show with Theatre in the villages, so please support this opportunity which brings professional performances to your doorstep, funded by Aylesbury Vale, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils. Some tickets have already been sold, so don’t delay in booking your tickets.

Cricket Club 1st XI

Congratulations to Chearsley 1st XI on becoming winners of Cherwell League Div. 4. Their final game at Buckingham on Saturday, 3rd September was a draw, which assured them of becoming top of the league. They will be promoted into Div 4 next season.

World Rugby at the Cricket Club
The Club will be showing the Ireland vs Australia match on Saturday 17th September which starts at 9.00am. The England vs Georgia on Sunday 18th at 7.30am and England vs Rumania on Saturday 24th starting at 7.30am. This match is followed by France vs New Zealand. Everyone is welcome to come and watch. Breakfasts will be served half an hour before kick off. Please book your breakfast with John Howard on 208036 or 07970 651326 in good time. More information is on the Cricket Club website and on the noticeboard.

This is next in Chearsley on Monday September 26th from 12.20 to 12.45pm at The Bell carpark

Pub Lunch
This will be held in The Bell on Wednesday 28th September at 12.30pm. Please let Ann Hooton know if you would like to come on 208306 and order your meal.

Free Information event on financial and legal issues in older age
This will be held on Friday September 16th from 10 until 1.00pm at the Youth Centre, Woodways, Haddenham, when there will be information stands and sessions about all matters concerning the elderly. From 10.30 until 11.10, Thame Citizen’s Advice Bureau will be discussing welfare benefits and how to apply. From 11.10 until 11.50, Lightfoots, Solicitors will be talking about Wills, inheritance tax and Power of Attorney. From 11.50 until 12.30, First Stop Advice will be presenting on Paying for care and exploring the options. There will then be time to have refreshments and look around the stands and ask questions.