Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Friday, 16 December 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Planning Forum Questionnaire
This is now accessible online via the website – planning forum and online survey. Or go to It is hoped that everyone can complete the survey by December 31 – it doesn’t take very long to complete and would make a change from watching the tv or peeling the sprouts over the Christmas holiday. For those who would prefer to complete a paper survey, please contact any Parish Councillor or myself. The Parish Council would like as many people in Chearsley to put forward their views.

W.I Stall on The Green
The W.I. are proud to have raised £412.50 from their stall on the Green and from the sale of some Christmas puddings and goodies in The Bell.

Movember in Chearsley
2 Chearsley men have raised a substantial amount of money by growing beards during the month of November to raise funds for and awareness of men’s health, specifically, prostate cancer. Tony Fleetwood raised over£500 with 2 other colleagues and Dave Thomas raised over £ 450 part of a total of £99,000 raised by BA.

Mummers at The Bell
The Mummers are coming to The Bell on Christmas Eve to act out their Christmas story at 7.30pm. All proceeds collected during the night go to Prostate Cancer.

Race Night at The Bell
This Charity Race Night was a new and successful event for The Bell. The pub was crowded with hopeful punters betting on most unlikely- named horses and watching the races on a screen. Money raised from this, including a raffle raised £450 for Dreams Come True a charity which helps severely ill children fulfil their dreams.

Christmas Tree Light Grand Switch-on
A good crowd of villagers, including our vicar, John Wynburne, gathered outside the Bell early on Saturday evening, December 10 to hear Christmas music from a sound system organised by Phil Holland before the Christmas tree lights were officially turned on. Nic Brown, chairman of the Parish Council, gave a few Christmas words, thanking in particular, John Fowler for organising the tree, and to Paul Oliver, Chearsley’s intrepid electrician who can always be relied on to get the lights working whatever the elements,(and it was extremely cold and windy for him) before the count-down to the official switching on of the tree lights. This important job fell to Emily Oliver, the daughter of Paul. Fortified with mulled wine and mince pies ,carols were then sung round the tree and collections made for the 2 charities which are locally very important to 2 Chearsley families – DebRA and Cystic Fybrosis.

Poppy Collection 2011
Sue Grimsdell is very proud to report that her collection tin this year raised £392.62 – a record breaking sum for Sue - a very good result for her hard work of calling at as many houses of Chearsley as she could , selling poppies. She and the British Legion would like to thank everyone who gave so generously. Sue deserves our thanks for doing this job on her own so tirelessly, year after year.

Christmas at Chearsley Church
The following services take place at St Nicholas
  • Christmas Eve 3pm Children’s Crib Service
  • Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Communion
  • Christmas Day 10.00am. Christmas Praise

May I wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year

Monday, 12 December 2011

Christingle 2011

John Wynburne, our vicar, led an atmospheric Christingle service at St  Nicholas on Sunday 11th.  The church was packed out with about 30 children and even more adults. Each child was given a Christingle orange (to represent the world)  with a candle (to represent the light of Jesus), sweets to represent the  fruits of the world, and a red ribbon to represent Jesus' blood spilt for us.

Then John used a Christmas cracker to illustrate the story of the Nativity and played his guitar while we sang Christingle songs to some well known  tunes. All the proceeds from the collection will go to The Children's  Society who help vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Don't worry if you couldn't make it as John will be telling the Nativity story again at 3pm on Christmas Eve. If the children would like to, they are welcome to come in Nativity costumes or just borrow one on the day.

Sharon Sampson

Neighbourhood Police Team: December Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Newsletter for December can be downloaded here.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Planning Forum Survey

For those wishing to complete the Chearsley survey online, they can now do so here.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

W.I Stall on The Green
The W.I. would like to thank everyone who came and bought Christmas goodies from their stall on Saturday 3rd December.

Christmas Bingo at The Bell

Who would have imagined that Paul, the Bell’s regular Bingo caller could have been transformed into an amazing Mrs. Christmas, complete with fishnet tights and high heel boots, blonde wig and very fetching red lipstick? He and Father Christmas ensured the success of this Christmas bingo for the crowded Pub, all eager to go home with a prize and a special present from Santa’s sack. The lucky winner of the final full house of the night received over £100. The raffle made £42 for the Eye Scanner Appeal. Next month’s Bingo will be on Tuesday January 10.

Christmas Quiz at The Bell

Please book your place for the quiz on Sunday December 18 at 7.30pm.

The Bell Christmas Opening times

Congratulations to Ollie and Sharon on The Bell's entry in the 2012 Good Beer Guide.

Christmas Eve   :  Open 12 noon until 4.00. 6pm until late

Christmas Day   :  Open 12noon until 2.00. Drinks only

Boxing Day       :   Open 12noon until 4.00. Food will be served

Christmas Wedding
Jessica Puttick, daughter of Louise and Nick of Dark Lane will marry David Williams on Sunday December 18. All good wishes to the Puttick family for a very happy day and to Jessica and David for their future together.

Bins only will be collected on Tuesday December 20. The next collection will be on Wednesday Jan 4 together with recycling baskets for paper, cans and plastics.

Mobile Library

This next calls in Chearsley on Monday December 19 from 12.20 until 12.45. The next visit in the New Year will be on Monday January 16.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Community Message - Snow Saviours Wanted!

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Tuesday 6 December 2011.

The search is on by Buckinghamshire County Council for this year's snow saviours - volunteers with four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles to help reach vulnerable people during heavy snowfalls.

And the message is, even if you don't have a vehicle you can still be a snow saviour by volunteering to help clear paths at the homes of vulnerable people.

"During last year’s heavy snow, despite superhuman effort by the County Council’s home carers, some had difficultly reaching vulnerable people," said Trevor Boyd, Head of Commissioning for Adult Social Care.

"Our staff thought nothing of walking when driving wasn't possible to provide much-needed care and support to vulnerable people," said Trevor. "But we could do so much more, and much more quickly if we had the help of volunteers with 4WD vehicles."

Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: 'We're looking for the snow saviours of Buckinghamshire! It's a Big Society ask, and we know our county has so many community-spirited people who'd be so willing to help our vulnerable people during the winter.'

Ch Insp Colin Seaton, Wycombe’s Deputy Area Commander, said: “Last year the county was affected badly by the snow and we want to make sure that we are as prepared as we can be this year.

“It is important for us to ensure that the more vulnerable people in our community are looked after during these times and I hope that anyone who is in a position to help, comes forward.”

If you can help please call the County Council's Localities Team on 01296 383409 or email  with your name, where you live, contact details and whether you can help with snow clearance or whether you have a 4WD vehicle.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Planning Meeting Monday
The Planning Meeting held at the village hall on Monday November 28 was very well attended by over 50 villagers. The meeting was led by Parish Councillor John Lewis with Andy Kirkham from AVDC. The Localism Act will enable Chearsley villagers to have an opportunity to influence future housing development in Chearsley. AVDC are asking each parish for their initial view of development needs. Each householder will have the opportunity to complete a questionnaire to this end. These are available in paper form, and soon to be on-line via, and should be completed as soon as possible for the Parish Council to be able to formally submit the results to AVDC by mid January. As a first indication of Chearsley’s future housing needs, John Lewis thought it very likely that the Parish Council would support the Option C – that small scale development would be likely to be most suitable and to pass this information on to AVDC after the December meeting.
The questionnaires would enable all Chearsley residents to give their views. Drawing up of a Parish Plan would be the next stage,which would empower the village to shape the future of their community with regard to environment, community and social, economy, transport, planning and infrastructure. This plan would be recognised by AVDC and Bucks County Council. It would also act as a guide to the Parish Council in future decision making. John envisaged that the Parish Plan would involve as many villagers as possible to meet in small groups to discuss the various issues and referred to 2 previous similar plans which had been drawn up by Chearsley villagers, the last appraisal being in 1988. Nearly 40 people at the meeting volunteered to become involved in drawing up the Parish Plan.
There would also be the opportunity in the future to create a Neighbourhood Plan with regard to planning and infrastructure, but as this would be a formal, costly document involving professionals and a referendum, no decision need be taken as yet. Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting can view all the details discussed by logging on to Leif’s magnificent website and clicking on Planning Forum.
The Parish Council wants everyone to fill in a questionnaire, preferably on line, or a paper one available from John Lewis or other Parish Councillors and would welcome any more volunteers to help complete the Parish Plan, which is envisaged to be completed by the end of next year.

Sunshine Club Bring and Buy Thursday December 8

This annual fund raising afternoon will be start at 2.30pm at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington. There will be many bargains, raffle and refreshments. Proceeds will go towards the club’s Christmas party.

Appeal for used ink cartridges and mobile phones
The Sunshine Club would appreciate any used cartridges and mobile phones. They can be given to Yvonne Edmonds on 208603 or taken to Les and Jan at Cuddington Stores.

Christingle at St Nicholas Church
This candlelit celebration will be held in Chearsley Church on December 11 at 4pm. The children are all given an orange with lighted candle, red ribbon and sweets on cocktail sticks, each part representing a symbol of the Christian faith. A collection with go to the Children’s Society.

Carol Singing
As is the custom, there will be 2 nights of carol singing around the village. The first on Monday December 19 and another one on Wednesday 21, both starting at 7pm meeting at the bus stop. Everyone is welcome to come and take part. Proceeds from the collections will go to DebRA anad Cystic Fibrosis.

Christmas Pub Lunch at The Bell
A two course turkey lunch will be held on Wednesday December 14 at The Bell. Please let Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on 208893 know if you would like to come.

Bins , baskets for plastics, cans and paper and boxes for glass will be collected on Tuesday December 13.