Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas Eve Crib Service

Come along to St Nicholas Church on Christmas Eve at 3pm and let our innkeeper (John Wynburne) and some of our children tell you the Nativity Story. Sing a few carols and then stay for mulled wine, mince pies and biscuits. Everyone welcome, children or not! For more information ring Sharon on 208740.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Chearsley Village Plan

The next stage in the development of our Village Plan has commenced with the publication of a Consultation Document and Questionnaire.  A copy of both documents should by now have been delivered to every house in the village and copies can be viewed via the links here.

The Consultation Document describes the work done so far on the Plan and the Questionnaire invites you to give your views on a range of questions that have emerged during the work so far.

Please take some time to look through both documents, fill in and return the completed questionnaire preferably in the next few days, but by the end of the year at the latest.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Neighbourhood Police Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Update for December is now available here.

Bogus callers claiming to be from Action Fraud

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

Police have received reports from people who have been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from Action Fraud [19 December 2012]

Conmen frequently impersonate officials in an attempt to convince people that their offer is genuine. We are aware of a recent scam where fraudsters impersonate an Action Fraud representative to trick people into sending money.

The caller states that they are from Action Fraud and that the person they are calling is entitled to compensation from a recent incident. The scammer then asks for money to be sent via a Ukash voucher in order to process the compensation claim. The amount asked for is usually in the range of £200 to £400.

Action Fraud is warning people not to pay these bogus telephone callers; there is no way to retrieve Ukash payments as they are in effect cash transactions. This is a scam. You will lose your money.
Action Fraud is in no way affiliated with these scammers and would never under any circumstances be involved in processing claims for compensation. The genuine Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre where consumers can report if they have been scammed or defrauded.
You can report fraud online using Action Fraud’s reporting service.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Tree Planting

Sunday 16th December

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, AVDC has purchased an English oak tree for each town and parish council in the district to plant in their local green space for future generations to enjoy.
More than 80 town and parish councils have reserved their free tree and volunteers from the AVDC barn owl project have helped to deliver them.
Councillor David Thompson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We wanted to create a tribute to Her Majesty that would last for many generations and hope that the planting of this ceremonial oak tree in Buckingham, and the subsequent planting of Jubilee oak trees across the Vale, will do just that."

Monday, 17 December 2012

Haddenham Medical Centre

For an update on the Clinical Computer System at Haddenham Medical Centre, please see this letter, or visit their website here.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jubilee Photos
A photo of many villagers taken outside The Bell at our Jubilee celebration day is now available to purchase. Prints are available from The Bell for £5, of which £2.50 will be donated to charity. Call in and have a look at the framed photo hanging over the fireplace in the bar and then buy one as a memento of Jubilee in Chearsley.

Cricket Club Celebrations
Chearsley Cricket Club recently celebrated its 90th birthday along with 120 members and supporters at The 90 Not Out Ball held at Studley Wood Golf Club. During its long 90 years history, the club has been in 3 different locations. At Lower Green from the 1920, then on Snowy’s Field, Cuddington Road from the 1950s and at its present ground in Winchendon Road since 1990. 3 players from the 1970s, Errol Bateman, Tony Buggins and former Chairman, John Tribe were present.

During the evening, tributes for outstanding contributions to the development of the Club were given to Ann Veness who died this year, and recently retired Chairman, Clive Weston. Richard Veness presented the Veness trophy to fellow umpire, Rowly Willis. Adam Lazaruk was awarded the Chairman’s Cup by Peter Crook and Ian Houseman in recognition of his tireless endeavours on the Club’s behalf.

An Auction raised nearly £3000 which will go towards the development of cricket in Chearsley including the thriving Juniors’ Section.

Chearsley Shop Hours over Christmas
We are very lucky to have Jeyan and Suki to run our village shop and to keep open such long hours. They will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day only, otherwise it will be normal opening hours. I hope they enjoy a very well-earned time at home with their family.

Refuse collections over Christmas
There will be the normal collection of food bin together with the recycling bin on Friday December 21. The next collection will then be on Monday December 31 when the food bin and ordinary waste bin will be collected. The following Saturday January 5, the food bins and recycling bins will be collected.

The Big Heat Surviving Winter Appeal
This fund supports voluntary and community groups throughout Bucks to help the most vulnerable people keep warm this winter. By now, all older people will have received the Winter Fuel Allowance which is paid automatically regardless of income or need. The Charity, Bucks Community Foundation, which organizes the Big Heat Fund is the vital link between donors and local projects and they would very much appreciate a donation of all or some of this amount to help those who are less fortunate. Please contact the Bucks Community Foundation on 01296 330134 or visit their website where there is a link to enable you to donate.

Happy Christmas
I would like to thank everyone for their appreciation of my efforts with the Chearsley column, to encourage you to keep me informed of your news and events in 2013 and to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Series of vehicle thefts Aylesbury Vale

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a series of vehicle thefts across Aylesbury Vale.
On Thursday night (6/12) and Friday morning (7/12) eight vehicles were broken into in the villages of Wooton, Underwood and Westcott. Cash, mobile phones, satellite navigators and clothing were stolen.

Earlier in the same week in the areas of East Claydon , Drayton Parslow and Oving, Marsworth and Chearsley and Long Crendon valuable items were stolen from unlocked cars. In the villages of Oakley and Brill, two cars were stolen when the owners left their engines running to defrost their cars.

DS Jim Forrest from Aylesbury Vale police station said: “We are asking motorists to make it difficult for the opportunist thief. In these rural areas we have had a series of car thefts and thefts of valuable items from cars.

“By leaving items on display or leaving the keys in the ignition defrosting the car on a cold morning, it is an invitation to the opportunist thief. We would like to bring this to people’s attention.

“December is the biggest time of the year for shoppers, and also for car thieves. Even small belongings such as clothing or small change left on view in a vehicle can be tempting to a thief, let alone leaving expensive presents in the car. Never think leaving items in the boot is safe either, who could say if someone watches them being put in there?

“Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always take precautions and lock your car, making sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes. Additional security such as adding a steering lock is to be applauded.

“Never leave your keys in the ignition whilst your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Opportunist thieves will often steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.”

If you have information about any of these crimes please call DS Jim Forrest on 101, the police non-emergency and general enquiry number.

For further news and updates follow us on Twitter @TVP_Aylesbury.   Any crimes in progress should be reported by dialling 999.  Any callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Vehicle Thefts Ongoing

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Following the recent report of thefts from vehicles in Chearsley, Long Crendon and Oving, we have now had further reports of similar thefts overnight on the 6th and 7th December.  These offences are believed to be opportunist with no particular vehicle being targeted. All of the attacked vehicles had been left insecure and various items stolen.

Please report any suspicious vehicles or persons seen to our non emergency telephone number 101.

Please take the extra time to remove items from inside and lock your cars. For as long as thieves know there are so many insecure cars to pick from in our villages there is every chance they will keep coming back. Don’t make it easy for them.

Additional Police patrols are occurring in these areas over night.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Community Message

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Free crime prevention packs in 3Space shop - Friars Square, Aylesbury

Come down to the 3space shop in Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury for free crime prevention packs. From Monday 10th December to Sunday 16th December, Thames Valley Police and the Community Safety Team at Aylesbury Vale District Council will be manning  stands alongside other partner agencies such as Bucks County Council, The Drug and Alcohol Action team and Bucks Fire & Rescue. The 3space shop can be found next to Waterstones in Friars Square Shopping Centre.
Thames Valley Police and AVDC Community Safety will be on hand to advise about personal safety over the festive season as well as burglary and car crime prevention.  Free timer switches and UV pens are available as well as alco-tops to prevent against drink spiking and car crime prevention packs. These free items will be given out on a first come first served basis, whilst stocks last.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Christmas Tree Lights
A reminder that on Friday December 14 at 6.30pm, the lights on the Christmas tree will be turned on. There will be carols round the tree, mulled wine and mince pies and a collection in aid of DebRA and Cystic Fibrosis.

The Jubilee Oak Tree

The Parish Council hope that there will be good support for the official planting of Chearsley’s Jubilee Oak Tree on The Green on Sunday December 16th at 12.30pm.

Christmas Bingo

The Bell was packed with Christmas Bingo players on Tuesday December 4, when a record £130 was the prize for the final full-house of the night. Bingo sessions on the First Tuesday of the month will continue in the New Year in January.

Barbara Green – 99 and still going strong
Many villagers may remember Barbara who lived in Chearsley for many years with her husband Stan. They both played very significant roles in village life – not least the Church and W.I. She now resides in a Residential Home near her daughters and keeps in touch with Chearsley villagers and has a great interest in Chearsley news. Congratulations to Barbara on her 99th birthday on December 4.

Library Film Club
A new film club in Long Crendon, a project of the Long Crendon Community Library is opening with 2 launch nights at 8pm on Friday January 11 and Saturday January 12 when the film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be shown. Tickets will be free and as seats are limited, must be reserved and restricted to two per person and are available from Long Crendon Library. Membership to join the Library Film Club is only open to over 16s and forms are available at the library. The library now run by volunteers became a community library in April of this year. Please check their opening hours via the Long Crendon website –

NHS 111
It is planned that in February of 2013, this will be the new number to call for urgent but non life threatening medical help. It will work alongside the existing 999 number. When a call is made to this number, which will be available 24hrs a day and every day of the year, a clinical assessment will be made over the phone and the caller directed to the right help, without the need for further calls. More information will become available in the months before the launch.

Two Trees to Attend

Friday 14th December at 6.30pm
Carols Round the Tree

with hot sausage rolls, mince pies
& mulled wine
All are invited to come and make a joyful noise in support of
DEBRA and CF, providing essential funding for research into chronic
conditions which affect two of our youngsters in Chearsley.
This is the only carol singing event in the village this year, so please come
along, sing your hearts out, and dig into your pockets for a worthy cause.


Sunday the 16th December at 12.30pm
Jubilee Oak Planting

Chearsley has been gifted an English Oak to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee.
Come and join in the fun on the Green and enjoy a drink from The Bell or a coffee from the Shop!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Now appearing at a screen near you...

Long Crendon Library is starting "The Library Film Club" with a showing of

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Rated: Suitable for 12 years and over     Running Time 118 mins

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Fri 11th and  Sat 12th January 2013 at 8pm

Tickets for the opening night are FREE but you must reserve a seat in advance as there are a limited number available. Tickets limited to two per person.

You can reserve a seat by calling into the library and booking at the desk. Tickets must be booked by adults. Membership forms to join the Library Film Club are available at the library. To join you must be over 16.

Security of vehicles during cold weather

These two messages are from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Over recent weeks, 15 vehicles have been broken in to in Chearsley, Long Crendon and Oving areas. Offences have been occurring over night and are believed to be opportunist with no particular vehicle being targeted. All of the attacked vehicles had been left insecure and various items stolen including sat navs, cash, clothing, glasses and a brief case.

Suspects are believed to be coming to our villages from Oxfordshire and some of the stolen property has been recovered in a vehicle in Oxford.

Please take the extra time to remove items from inside and lock your cars. For as long as thieves know there are so many insecure cars to pick from in our villages there is every chance they will keep coming back. Don’t make it easy for them.

Additional Police patrols are occurring in these areas over night.


Thames Valley Police is urging local residents to be vigilant with the security of their vehicles, especially on winter mornings.

During recent cold weather conditions two vehicles have been stolen from Brill on 30 November and Chilton on 1 December. Owners had left the vehicles running to defrost the windscreens and warm the cars up but thieves took advantage and stole the insecure cars.

Motorists are advised to never leave a car unattended in these circumstances. If a vehicle is stolen in this way it is unlikely that your insurance company will pay for the loss of the vehicle.

Visit for further crime reduction information and advice on vehicle security or call on the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre 101

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Crime in Chearsley and Long Crendon areas.
We have been advised by the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing team that there have been a number of thefts from vehicles recently in our area. Most vehicles targeted have been left unlocked and property stolen has included a handbag, purse, sat nav system and other smaller items – keys, sunglasses and clothing. The advice is to make sure the vehicle is locked and not to leave anything to tempt a potential thief, not even “hidden” in the glove box or in the boot. There is a 24 hour non emergency number for the Police of 101 which can be called to report any incidents or any information.

Christmas at The Bell
There are many opportunities and special events during December to meet up with friends and celebrate Christmas at The Bell, as well as the 2 or 3 course Christmas menu available from December 1 until 24. The Christmas Quiz is on Sunday December 9 at 7.30 with nibbles. Children’s Christmas Bingo will be on Sunday December 16 at 4pm. The Christmas Bonus Ball draw is on Saturday December 22. Make sure you have bought your ticket in good time. Likewise for the Meat Raffle to be held on Sunday December 23 at 3pm.

Opening times at The Bell during the Christmas Period:
  • Christmas Eve : 12 until 3pm. 6pm until late
  • Christmas Day : 12 until 2pm
  • Boxing Day : 12 until 4pm. Food available
  • New Year’s Eve : 12 until 3pm. 6pm until late
  • New Year’s Day : 12 until 4pm – come and have Breakfast

Carols round the Christmas Tree
This will be held on Friday December 14 at 6.30pm. Come and join in the carols and enjoy hot sausage rolls, mince pies and mulled wine. For a number of years now, the charities DebRA and Cystic Fibrosis have been of particular importance to the village as there are 2 youngsters in Chearsley who suffer from these chronic illnesses. The collection from the Christmas tree evening will go to support research by these two charities, so please come and give generously. Please note that there will not be the usual carol singing round the village this year.

Christmas at St Nicholas Church - see the Diary on the St Nicholas web.

Monday, 26 November 2012

How To Report Fraud & Internet Crime

From 3 December 2012, all reports of fraud in the Thames Valley will be recorded by Action Fraud and individual police forces in the south east will no longer take any fraud reports. They will now be recorded centrally by Action Fraud.

If you want to report a fraud, please call the number above (0300 123 2040), or visit the Action Fraud website at

Thames Valley Police will continue to respond to reports of frauds in progress, but any other calls to report a fraud, including financially motivated e-crime, will be referred to Action Fraud. When a person calls to report a fraud, they will be provided with the Action Fraud phone number or website address.

The new process will have a number of benefits for victims of crime, including having a central point of contact to report all fraud; an effective and efficient way to bulk report fraud; and an increased chance of identifying repeat and vulnerable victims.

The scheme has already been piloted successfully in five forces, and will be rolled-out nationwide by March 2013.

Action Fraud has produced a leaflet about the changes which can be downloaded here.

Thefts from vehicles - Long Crendon and Chearsley areas

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

The Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing team are warning residents to be vigilant following a number of recent thefts from vehicles, particularly in the Long Crendon and Chearsley areas.
The thefts occurred between 20th and 23rd of November and most of the vehicles targeted had been left insecure.  Property stolen included a handbag, purse, sat nav system and other smaller items, such as keys, sunglasses and clothing.
  • Please make sure your own vehicle is locked when parked up. 
  • Don’t leave any property in your vehicle, especially anything that might tempt a potential thief. 
  • Don’t be tempted to ‘hide’ items in the glove box, under seats or in the boot etc – criminals are likely to check all of these places.
Make sure any suspicious activity is reported immediately to the Police – when it is occurring.  Where possible obtain a description of any people, along with the make, model, colour and registration number of any vehicle.  Don’t leave it to someone else to report – you might be the only witness.

If you have any information in relation to any of these recent thefts please call the Police on the 24 hour non emergency number of 101.
If you don’t want to speak to the Police or give your details you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Crime prevention warning for rural areas of Aylesbury Vale

A message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

The Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership is urging residents in rural areas to take simple steps to deter burglars from targeting their homes as the winter approaches.

The awareness campaign, Operation Arctic, focuses on providing advice to people on how to stay safe during the run up to winter. During the winter months, properties remain in darkness for much longer periods which make them easier to target, especially if there are no obvious signs there is anyone home.

As part of Operation Arctic, the Partnership has been making Selecta DNA available to a number of households in rural areas. Selecta DNA is a metallic forensic marker fluid, which is unique to each owner. Selecta DNA not only incriminates thieves possessing stolen goods but makes the recovery of stolen goods to their rightful owner a much simpler task.

Matt Partridge, Chairman of the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are determined to raise people’s awareness of security and help stop burglary from happening in the first place. Our advice to residents is not to let their home become a  target. Protect your home by taking simple steps such as using timers to turn lights and radios on; fitting alarms; making sure homes are locked before going out and keeping valuables out of view.”

Aylesbury rural Inspector Emma Garside said, “I would urge residents to review their home security as the winter nights draw in. With manufacturers now designing cars with security in mind it is becoming more and more difficult to steal a car without its keys. We are experiencing an increase in burglaries to houses where the only things being stolen are the car keys and the vehicle itself. Anyone who has any information relating to these crimes is urged to contact the police.”

Find out more by visiting

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

The Bell in Chearsley wins AVDC Best Community Pub of The Year Award
AVDC has been running this annual village pub competition, sponsored by Dayla for 15 years and it is very good news that The Bell has been awarded Best Community Pub of 2012 for supporting their local community.This was one of 6 categories for which 700 nominations for 35 pubs were received. In 2009 The Bell was highly commended and in 2010 it was highly recommended. Congratulations to Sharon and her staff for this well deserved award, all their hard work and enthusiasm in running the pub, and organising so many village events which make The Bell such an important part of Chearsley. Tony Babington, Oli’s Dad, reflected that Oli would have been very proud of this award. As are we all. He would like to thank all the Bell’s supporters and customers.
Don’t forget Christmas Bingo on Tuesday December 4, the Sunday Monthly Quiz and the Christmas meals.

Christmas Celebrations round the Christmas Tree
It is planned for the tree to be erected on The Green on December 7 and for its official lighting to take place a week later on Friday December 14. Keep this date in mind for carols, mincepies and Christmas cheer. More details in due course.

Mobile Library
This is next in the village on Monday December 3 on The Green, from 12.20 until 12.45 pm.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Toy Service at St Nicholas
This will be held at the church on Sunday November 25 at 10am. Children are asked to bring a new toy, unwrapped which will go to a child less fortunate than them as a present for Christmas. The toys will be distributed to homes and hospitals in the Aylesbury Vale area via the Mix 96 local radio station appeal.

Christingle at St Nicholas
This delightful candlelit service, when every child is given a lighted christingle, will be held at the church on Sunday December 9 at 4pm. Everyone is very welcome to come. The collection will be donated to The Children’s Society.

Singing for Fun
A new Singing group has started in Thame in conjunction with Age UK. No singing experience is necessary, simply a desire to learn new songs and sing along to old favourites. The group meets every Friday from 11 – 12pm in Windmill Place, Corbetts Way, Thame OX9 2FL. The first visit is free and each session after that is £2.00. Please contact Milly Macpherson-Bruty on 07827235417 for more information.

Oxford Philomusica

Oxford Philomusica with Tasmin Little
Saturday 1 December 2012, 7.30pm
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

Tasmin Little – violin
Marios Papadopoulos – conductor
Oxford Philomusica

Tasmin Little is amongst the most celebrated violinists of her generation and is regarded as one of the world’s leading international soloists. She will be joining Oxford Philomusica – Oxford’s acclaimed professional Symphony Orchestra - for a performance of perhaps the most popular concerto of all time, Bruch’s utterly exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1 at their up-coming concert on Saturday 1 December.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a dazzling and sumptuous orchestral showcase custom-made for the Orchestra’s virtuoso players, will bring the concert to an exhilarating close.

Tickets are priced at £12-£24.
Box Office: 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee)
Groups: 0844 871 7614
Access: 0844 871 7677 (bkg fee)

Monday, 12 November 2012

PCC Election Information

As there appears to have been very little information through the door about the candidates for this Thursday's elections, I thought I would provide a few links for anyone interested enough to browse.

A guide to each of the six candidates for the Thames Valley area, including their personal statements, can be found at:


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Information Fair - Reminder!

A quick reminder of the Haddenham Information Fair- free for all including tea and cakes!

Friday 16th November 2012
Haddenham Village Hall, Banks Rd
1.30—3.30 p.m.

Those in attendance will include:

  • Abbeyfield Home in Haddenham
  • Home Library service
  • Haddenham & District Prostate Cancer Support Group
  • St Johns Ambulance Men's club
  • Tax help for older people
  • United Sustainable Energy Agency
  • Falls Prevention service - NHS
  • Fire & Rescue Service
  • Library - Haddenham
  • Police
  • Social Care Surgeries
  • Social Care Bucks Connect
  • Transport for Bucks - road safety over 65
  • Calibre audio library
  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Thame
  • Samaritans
  • Society of Later Life Advisers
  • Primary Care Trust
  • Red Cross - Home from Hospital
  • Community Impact Bucks community transport
  • Age UK Bucks
  • Bucks County Council Resilience team
  • GPs – Trinity Health
  • Bucks County Council welfare benefits advisor
  • Healthy Minds

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Neighbourhood Watch Community Message

Received from Catherine Dunn (NHWN, Administrator, England & Wales)

BBC One daytime series - stories wanted

neighbourhood Watch have been contacted by the assistant producer of a BBC One daytime series called Robbed Raided Reunited.

The series focuses on robbery / burglary. The bulk of the series is made up from observation footage of the police. The most important ‘feel good’ element of the programme is when they tell stories about people who have been reunited with stolen goods that are of sentimental value.

The producers are interested in hearing accounts of how Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch have been pivotal in bringing criminals to justice, or helped to reunite victims of crime with stolen goods.

If you’ve got a story to tell that fits with this theme, please contact the Assistant Producer, James Littmann, on 0207 704 5342, 07793 952679 or  There is no specific deadline given, but James would like to hear from people as soon as possible.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jubilee Photos
There are now some good photos of Jubilee celebrations in Chearsley taken by Perry Smith for viewing in the gallery. Have a look and contact Perry if you would like a copy of any photo. It is hoped that a selection will be printed off for viewing for villagers that do not have access to the website.

Pumpkin Night at The Bell

More than a dozen well dressed and spooky pumpkins were brought to The Bell on Monday night to take part in a new twist to the traditional Pumpkin competiton. The winning pumpkin was entered by Jemima of Willow Close with a little bit of help from her parents. Congratulations and welcome to Jemima and her family to Chearsley.

Chearsley Village Trust
The Trust would like to hear from anyone, individuals or groups who would like to apply for an award for finance for their project or activity. Applications for this should be received by Claire Lazaruk, the secretary by Sunday November 11. Please send applications detailing what the project is, who benefits and what other funds are available to Claire at The Old Grainstore, Crendon Road, Chearsley, HP18 0DL.

Remembrance Sunday Commemoration - November 11
This will take place at the War memorial at 10.45

Children’s Bingo at The Bell
The first Children’s Bingo will be held at The Bell on Sunday November 18 from 4 until 5pm. Entry costs £3 per child. Prizes for winning lines and full houses. Educational and fun. Contact Sharon at The Bell, telephone 208077.

Chuf Christmas Shopping Event
Everyone is welcome to come shopping for Christmas gifts on Wednesday November 21st at Chearsley Village Hall from 7.30 until 9.30pm organised by Chuf. Entry, which includes a glass of mulled wine and festive nibbles, costs £2.50. There will be many stalls of cards, toys, gifts, jewellery, accessories and foot. Please go to for more information.

Running for Roy Castle Lung Cancer
Terry Gadsby of Church Lane and Chearsley Cricket Club Secretary took part in a 10k Candleford Canter at Fringford recently, and was pleased to complete this in 63 minutes – 2 minutes faster than her previous best. Terry raised over £600 in memory of Ann Veness who died recently of lung cancer and who was an important part of the Cricket Club. Donations can still be given to Terry by going to her Just Giving Page.

Village Hall Management Committee AGM
This will be held in the village hall on Monday November 12 at 8pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club awards
Despite a disappointing season on the field in a rain-ravaged summer, there was plenty of good cheer at the pavilion as the Club staged its Players Awards Evening. Director of Cricket, James Veness said there was disappointment in the performances of both the 1st and 2nd XI teams, but there would be determined efforts to put matters right in 2013 and for all players to enjoy their cricket again. Ian Houseman, Joint Chairman, reminded the audience of the need to recruit new players to bolster the ranks and asked all members to encourage friends and family to come and try the Chearsley “cricket experience”. Awards were presented to Larry Warr, Club stalwart for Best Fielder in the 2nd XI, Players’ Player award and the much coveted Sir Arthur’s Golden Boot. Other awards went to Paul Atkins for Best Batsman in the 1st XI, Ed Holland for Best Bowler and Marc Hignell for Best Fielder. In the Second XI, Adam Lazaruk won the Best Batsman award, Jake Bowman, the Best Bowler and Best Newcomer to Nick Willoughby.
The Club’s 90 Not Out Ball is being held on Saturday December 1 and tickets are still available from John Howard.
The Club’s AGM The will be held on Monday November 26 at 7.30 in the Pavillion.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Neighbourhood Alert

This is a Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury

We have been informed by LoveFilm that they will have Agents canvassing for business this week (29 October to 4 November) in the HP17 to HP22 post code areas.

Agents will be in smart business clothing and will carry a LoveFilm lanyard and ID badge, which will have two contact numbers on the back that people can call to confirm that the Agent is genuine.  Sales agents will be operating to a strict code of contact.  Any queries about this can be made to the company running the campaign, PerDM Services Ltd on 01244 573150

Please remind all watch members, friends, relative (particularly anyone vulnerable) to always check the identity of any unknown callers or unexpected callers.  Check by calling the company that they claim to represent, to verify they are genuine.  If any doubt remains, do not let them in and contact the Police on 101.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Jubilee Celebration Gallery

Photographs taken by Perry Smith on Jubilee Day have at last been obtained and are now available to view in the Gallery.

(Anyone who wishes any image to be removed, please contact

Friday, 26 October 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mapp and Lucia Ahoy - Friday October 19th
This was a very successful evening when an audience of over 60 villagers and others from all over Bucks came to be entertained by two very talented actresses, Sandra Hunt and Rachel Lawrence, who took on the many characters in this adaptation of Mapp and Lucia, as part of the annual Theatre in the Villages programme. A bar helped to make it a very social and agreeable occasion and proceeds from this and a raffle helped to raise funds for the upkeep of the village hall by over £200. Thank you to everyone who supported this village venture. It is hoped to be able to be to host another production next year.

Best Dressed Pumpkin competition - Monday October 29 at The Bell
A variation on the heaviest pumpkin this year. Use your imagination to carve out the scariest, prettiest or most unusual pumpkin and bring it to The Bell for judging on Monday evening.
Children’s Halloween Party – This is on Wednesday October 31st from 4.30 until 6 at The Bell. Buy tickets from Sharon for £4.00 each, before the day if possible, to include games, food and drink.

Mobile Library
This will next be in the village by The Green on Monday November 5 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Bingo at The Bell
November’s Bingo will be on Tuesday November 6 in The Bell, with eyes down around 8.30pm. Come early and have a meal at a special Bingo player’s price.

Information Fair of Services for Older People on Friday November 16
There will be an Information Fair with stands offering information on free services available to the older person. This will be held at Haddenham Village Hall on Friday November 16 from 1.30 until 3.30pm. There is no need to book, just turn up and go to any stands which might be of interest and speak directly with the people providing services to support older people locally. There will be free drinks and cakes. More details are available from Lynne Maddocks on 01296 685364 or email

Advice for Older Drivers
As part of the Building Community Capacity Project by AVDC, a briefing has been prepared. Email for more information. It includes information on getting an Assessment of driving skills, offered through Bucks County Council. The assessment lasts approximately 1 hour and will be in the client’s own vehicle. It costs £35 and includes verbal feedback, a written report, certificate of completion and the latest copy of the Highway Code. You can book online via or phone 01296 382540. The briefing also states that on reaching the age of 70, the driving licence has to be renewed and that the law requires DVLA to be notified of the onset or worsening of a medical condition which may affect the ability to drive safely and that the eyesight test requires a standard number plate to be read from 67ft away. There is also advice on the right time to stop driving and how you can manage without your car by using other transport schemes.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Crimestoppers Appeal

Message sent by Anne L Ryan (Police, Global Admin, Thames Valley)

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering up to £1000 for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the person responsible for a catalytic converter theft in Aylesbury Vale.

Thames Valley Crimestoppers and local metal theft partners are cracking down on metal theft crime in the district after a spate of recent thefts which have seen as many as 21 catalytic converters (part of the exhaust system containing precious metals) being stolen in one weekend alone.

Thames Valley Police in Aylesbury have been using carefully positioned trap cars across the district to target offenders. They would like to speak to the man pictured on Crimestoppers website as they think he may have information about catalytic converter theft. The public are asked to help identify him by taking a closer look on the Most Wanted at CrimeStoppers.

Julia Hughes from Thames Valley Crimestoppers said: “Crimestoppers wants to encourage the public to fight back against the metal thieves who are creating severe disruption for local people and costing millions to the UK economy.

“Do you know who this man is? Do you have any other information about metal theft? Information given to Crimestoppers is completely anonymous. We don’t want to know who you are only what you know and you might even qualify for a reward which is also paid anonymously. Just call us on 0800 555 111 or go online.”

Det Insp Russ Murden, of Thames Valley Police commented: “Since the launch of Operation Tornado in June this year, Thames Valley Police have been cracking down on metal thieves, employing tactics such as ‘trap cars’ and multi-agency days of action. This has resulted in a 48% reduction in metal theft crime over the past six months. However we still need the public to be vigilant and provide information that can help us stop these criminals from disrupting lives and causing serious and costly damage.”

Thieves are targeting ‘CAT’s from high rise vehicles such as 4 x 4’s and people carriers as they are easier to get underneath, but every car is a potential target and having to replace a catalytic converter can cost £1000s as well as the inconvenience of your car being off the road.  Make it harder for a thief to steal yours by knowing where your ‘CAT’ is located, position that side closest to the kerb or block your car in making it difficult for someone to get underneath. Leave your vehicle in a well-lit area or park in a garage where possible and consider property marking your ‘CAT’.  ylesbury Vale District Council in partnership with Bucks County Council are offering free CAT marking to local residents at local garages, contact the community safety team for more details on 01296 585061.

If you can identify the man mentioned above or have any other information about metal theft crime, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via our secure online form at Whichever form of communication chosen, anonymity is guaranteed.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Thames Valley Police Alert

Thames Valley Police Aylesbury Vale has received information that an illegal music gathering may take place this weekend, Saturday, 20 and Sunday 21 October.

Police officers are visiting locations where these gatherings are likely to take place or have taken place in the past. They will be offering advice to farmers and landowners on how to secure their land.

Insp Emma Garside said: “It is far easier for police to stop a rave occurring if we get an early indication of people arriving and setting up equipment. Sometimes a high number of vehicles parking on the side of the road, generators being set up or music being heard may be a sign. I would ask the community to be vigilant and if you notice any of these things occurring where you live then please ring the police  immediately. The sooner we are told, the sooner we can respond.

“Police have successfully prosecuted previous rave organisers in this area and we are committed to preventing such disruption again. If you are a landowner who has been approached and asked to accommodate such an event we want to hear from you too.“

If you notice anyone acting suspiciously who may be conducting early reconnaissance on rural land or starting to set up an event, please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 promptly with a description and location to help us prevent a rave before it starts.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Mapp and Lucia Ahoy!

A quick reminder that there are still some tickets left to see Mapp and Lucia Ahoy at the Village Hall tomorrow night (19th October) at 8:00pm. This is part of "Theatre in the Villages" and with a bar available, should be well worth supporting.
Tickets at £10 can be obtained by calling Margaret Morbey on 208913 or at the door.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Planning Forum - Reminder

Wednesday October 17
7.30 for a prompt 7.45start

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Haddenham Information Fair

Friday 16th November 2012
Haddenham Village Hall, Banks Rd
1.30—3.30 p.m.
Come and speak directly with people who provide a huge range of FREE services supporting older people locally.
No need to book. Go to whichever stands you are interested in.
Stay as long as you like.  Free drinks and cakes.
More details from Lynne Maddocks; 01296 585364

Friday, 12 October 2012

Thames Valley Alert

This is a Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury

The Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing Team have received several reports in the past couple of weeks, of the theft of tools from vehicles and from outbuildings.  The outbuildings, that have been targeted, appear to be linked to places where building works are in progress.

Although the majority of these crimes are overnight, tools have also been stolen from vehicles during the day. 

Please ensure that all vehicles and outbuildings are secured.  If you would like any advice on crime prevention, please contact your local Neighbourhood Police Team.

If you have any information in relation to these crimes, please call the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101. If you don’t want to talk to the Police or give your details you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Events at The Bell:
Halloween and Pumpkin times are fast approaching at the end of this month and Sharon has plans to celebrate both events at The Bell.

Best Looking Pumpkin Competition – Monday October 29th. This is a variation on the heaviest pumpkin competition which has regularly been held in The Bell, in view of the fact that not many pumpkins have been grown successfully this year. Get creative and imaginative with your shop-bought pumpkin and bring it to The Bell on Monday evening for judging.

Children’s Halloween Party – Wednesday October 31 4.30 until 6 at The Bell. Buy tickets from Sharon at The Bell £4.00 each to include games, good and drink. For catering purposes, it would help if tickets can be purchased before the day.

There are regular weekly attractions and ways of supporting The Bell, including a new Meat Raffle on Sundays. Tickets for this are £2 for meat from either Sherwins of Long Crendon or Jim at Orchard View Farm, Little Meadle. The draws take place at 3pm. Other nights offer pie and pint or glass of wine for £10 on Tuesday nights; Rob’s special curry nights for £10 with pint or glass of wine on Thursdays and Friday Nights are Fish Nights with 2 fish and chips and bottle of wine for £25 and fresh fish specials for £12.

Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
Our church is joining in this scheme to spread the love of God by sending shoeboxes of simple gifts to needy children around the world. They are asking for help in providing these or donations of individual items can be placed in a box at the back of the Church. To create a shoe box, wrap a medium sized shoe box in Christmas paper, mark whether it is suitable for a girl or boy in age groups from 2 to 4; 5 to 9 or 10 -14 and include £2.50 to cover shipping costs. Suggested items to include would be toys – soft toys, tennis ball, yoyo, building blocks, cars, dolls; educational – pens, pencils, colouring, puzzle books, notepad, pencil case; hygiene items – toothbrush, soap, flannel, comb, hair clips. There are certain unsuitable items which should not be included – food, especially chocolate; no war-related items such as guns, soldiers; no clothing except gloves, scarves, caps, hats; no fragile items eg mirrors; no liquids as in shampoo, bubblebath, blow bubbles; no aerosols; nothing of a political nature and no hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark.
Any shoeboxes or donations should be taken to the Church before October 28.

Mobile Library

This will next be in the village by The Green on Monday October 22 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Mapp and Lucia Friday October 19 at 8pm
Tickets are selling well for this Theatre in the Villages Production, but there should be tickets available on the night. So do come along. A bar selling beer and wine will be open before the 8pm start and during the interval.

Community Message

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Do you own a Ford Galaxy or Seat Alhambra?
These vehicles are currently being targeted by thieves who are stealing catalytic converters. Where possible, please park your vehicle inside a garage or in such a position that makes access to the exhaust more difficult. Offences are occurring overnight, most recently 5 vehicles were attacked in Buckingham. It is believed that the offenders are ignoring other vehicles and are likely to be travelling around prior to the theft looking for vehicles to target.
If anyone is seen in unusual circumstances, underneath vehicles, interfering with the exhaust system please ring 999 as this may well be a crime in progress.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Chearsley Planning Forum

Over the summer months, the Topic Groups have been meeting and it is now time to bring the village up- to- date on the progress made so far. Please make every effort to come along and to contribute your thoughts and ideas.  There is still plenty to do and we welcome your input.

Wednesday October 17
7.30 for a prompt 7.45start

Monday, 8 October 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bingo at The Bell
The monthly Bingo session at The Bell on Tuesday October 2 was very nearly standing room only. It attracts out-of-town visitors! Word is spreading of what a great evening it is with a bit of east and west wing rivalry, with callers, Paul Kingsman and Andy Camden performing their usual comedy act, (they try their hardest as long as their glasses are to hand) aided and abetted by Linda and others. Many players enjoyed a meal beforehand. The evening ended with a top prize of £72 for a lucky player and the raffle raised £34 for the charity boxes on the bar. Why not come along and try your luck and have a bit of fun at the next Bingo evening on Tuesday November 6.

Quiz Night at The Bell
A good way to end the weekend is by coming to the next Quiz night at The Bell on Sunday October 7. Come along in a team or on your own. First question at 7.30pm.

Poppy Appeal
Sue Grimsdell will be out and about with her collecting tin and poppies over the weekend of 27 and 28 October. Sue has been doing this very worthwhile and arduous task for a number of years, and last year was very pleased to raise over £390. Please give generously to help her beat this amount this year. Sue is having a more than usual busy time as her son Nick is getting married to Lucinda on November 2, so there are wedding plans to finalize and hen weekends to go on.

3 Chiltern Peaks Sponsored Walk
Peter Grimsdell recently took part in this walk on Sunday September 16 with other members of his family and was pleased to raise £583 in aid of the Iain Rennie Hospice. It took them 5 and a half hours to complete the 18 miles from White Leaf Cross, Princes Risborough to Coombe Hill and on to Ivinghoe Beacon. Peter writes “I did the walk to put something back after all the help we had from various hospices when Sue’s Dad was so ill. We all got our medals for completing the walk, including the dogs Bella and Rosie.” Well done Peter and family and thank you for the information.

Mapp and Lucia Ahoy!
Tickets are selling well for what should prove to be a very good evening at the village hall on Friday October 19 at 8pm. Please get your tickets as soon as possible if you are considering coming to this local theatre event. We are very lucky to be able to host one of the Theatre in the Villages productions and look forward to welcoming back Sandra Hunt who so splendidly played the starring role in Fast Woman last year. This year we will be offering wine and beer for sale. Come early to have a drink and chat with friends before settling into your seats for the 8pm start. You will be able to top up your glasses during the interval. Please ring 01844 208913 for more information and tickets.

Mediterranean Evening
There are still a few days before this village event in the village hall on Saturday October 13 at 7.30pm. A 3 course meal with entertainment for £15. Please ring Pauline Parkes on 202250 to see if there are still tickets available.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The club is celebrating 90 years Cricket in Chearsley with a dinner and dance on Saturday December 1 at Studley Wood Golf Club. Tickets are £35 each for the 3 course meal and dancing to a live band. There will be a raffle and auction to raise funds for the club. No formal speeches this year. Transport at about £10 each will be available. Please contact John Howard on 01844 208036 or 07970 651326 for tickets or more information.

Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday October 15 at 7.30 in the village hall. Come to find out what is being discussed in your village, to put any questions you may have during the open session and be involved in your village concerns and future.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Shoeboxes Wanted

The Power Of A Simple Gift

This year St Nicholas will be joining in with Operation Christmas Child which aims to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world by sending them a shoe box filled with simple gifts like soft toys, jigsaws, toothbrushes, pencils and stickers.

You can collect gifts and fill a shoe box yourself, bringing it to church at or before the Family Service on October 28th, or you can donate items in the box at the back of the church, including wrapping paper and shoe boxes.

If you would like to create a box:

1) Find a medium sized shoe box
2) Wrap the box in Christmas wrapping paper
3) Mark if it is for a boy or girl and the age range (2-4/5-9/10-14)
4) Include £2.50 for shipping costs
5) Fill it with a mixture of items from the following:

Toys:Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument. Trucks and cars, dolls, clip on earrings etc.

Educational Supplies:Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, etc.

Hygiene Items:Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel, etc.

Other Items:Sweets (sell-by date to be at least March of the following year ), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces etc.

All gifts should be new, please include items from each category.

Items that unfortunately they can not accept
No Food especially chocolate - non-chocolate sweets are allowed
No medicine or vitamins of any kind
No war related items toy guns, soldiers or knives of any kind
No clothing other than listed above
No fragile items glass containers, mirrors
No liquids including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols.
No dangerous items sharp objects, scissors or razors
No novels Nothing of a political nature
No hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark

6) Bring it to church on or before October 28th

On behalf of a very happy child, THANKYOU XXX

Friday, 28 September 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mobile Library
This will next be in Chearsley by The Green on Monday October 8 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Ann Veness
Ann’s funeral took place on Monday September 24 at Amersham Crematorium when more than 130 people attended. Afterwards, Chearsley Cricket Club was the appropriate place for refreshments, where Ann had given so much of her spare time with her husband, Richard, scoring, cleaning, making the teas and generally looking after everyone, and latterly being instrumental in setting up the Aunt Sally team. Peter Crook and Larry Warr made short speeches. Her family have bought a bench in Ann’s honour and memory for use at the Club.

Candleford Canter Ladies Only 10k
Terry Gadsby, Chearsley Cricket Club secretary, is participating in this run on Sunday October 28 to raise funds for Women Against Lung Cancer, which is part of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and is asking for sponsors. This is in honour of Ann Veness, who did so much for Chearsley Cricket Club, who died of lung cancer. Terry had spoken with Ann about raising funds for research into Lung Cancer and she was keen for Terry to take part. If you would like to sponsor Terry, please get in touch with her at Little Orchard, Church Lane, Chearsley.

Parish Council Meeting – Monday September 17
  • During the public session, Fred Crawford volunteered to pursue the appropriate maintenance people for the street lamp in Church Piece to be mended and to lop lower branches of the tree overhanging Church Piece. He also queried about a sign for the village hall and was told this would be discussed at the next Village Hall committee meeting, but that the cost of obtaining one would be likely to be prohibitive.
  • The Council discussed their dissatisfaction with the Planning Authority not informing or consulting them concerning the proposed planning application at Grove Farm, Chearsley Road which had been now been granted. Concern was expressed over the danger to traffic with the concealed entrance there and damage to the road had not been repaired.
  • John Lewis brought the Council up to date regarding the Village Plan, informing them it was hoped there would be a village consultation on the survey in due course.
  • Chearsley scored 83 points out of 100 in the Best Kept Village competition, an improvement on last year’s performance, for which the village had been awarded an encouraging Certificate of Merit for achieving a Highly Commended.
  • A village Survey walk had been undertaken with Dave Smith of AVDC. Among matters discussed were one way traffic outside the shop; 20mph speed limit within the village; traffic calming; road marking signs; plans to re-mark all junctions on main road; broken signs; more kerbing to protect sunken lanes; broken bollards on The Green to be replaced; verges the Council want cut by the Council during the summer; damaged verges in Church Lane by the Thames Water Sewage lorries.
  • The proposed dog bins in the village should soon be put up.
  • The next meeting is planned for Monday October 15 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Chearsley Harvest Supper

The Chearsley Harvest Supper was held at the village hall on Saturday 22nd with an attendance of over 50 people. An array of salads and puddings were supplied by villagers to accompany the meats, cheese and quiches; and entertainment was provided by the “The Chearsley Mens Choir” (Adam Lazaruk, Andy Gray, Matt Grapes and Martin “Sheepy” Johnson) and the Rev John Wynburn, who led a singsong with his guitar. Claire and Angela would like to thank all those that attended and contributed, and if you are missing a bowl - please contact Angela on 202105.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Oli Babington
Oli’s funeral took place on Thursday September 20 at 12.30pm in Chearsley Church conducted by the Rev. Canon John Wynburne. The Church was full and more than 150 villagers and friends stood outside to listen to the Service. This began with a recording of Mika singing We Are Golden while the coffin was brought into the church. A schoolfriend did a reading, his brother Nick gave a tribute, two good friends, Furry and Paul, told us their memories of Oli, and John Wynburne gave an address. The service ended to the music of Tina Turner singing “Simply The Best”.
Oli was one of the best to his family, many friends and customers, quiet, unassuming, loving and caring, but having his mischievous side. He had a great love of cars and speed of all types, particularly Formula I racing. A wonderful father to his two young children, Harry and Charlie. Having undergone and recovered from a serious operation in February, Oli was at the happiest time of his life and had everything to look forward to with Sharon, his girlfriend of 18 years, whom he had met while both working at McDonalds in Aylesbury, and with whom he had run The Bell for nearly seven years. Their wedding was planned for the end of October.
The Bell and road outside was crowded for refreshments afterwards and a chance to share thoughts and memories of Oli. Oli’s Dad, Tony, gave a short address thanking everyone for all the support the whole family had received in cards, flowers and hugs and was pleased to announce that Sharon would be taking over the running of The Bell with the full backing of Fullers. Donations in memory of Oli will be given to the Neuroscience Ward, JR Hospital and The Heart Foundation and can be sent to Surman and Horwood, The Green, Crowell, Chinnor, OX39 4RR.

WI Mediterranean Evening - Saturday October 13
Following the very successful and popular French Evening, Chearsley WI are pleased to invite everyone to a Mediterranean Evening at Chearsley Village Hall on Saturday October 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 which will include aperitif, 3 course meal and entertainment. Please bring your own wine and drinks. Tickets are available from Pauline Parkes on 01844 202250 and Jann Grimshaw on 01844 202630.

40th Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to Phil and Ruth Holland of Manor Villas on recently celebrating their Ruby Wedding anniversary.

Car Boot and Classic Cars at Chearsley Cricket Club
A good number of car booters took advantage of the local venue on Saturday October 15 in company with a fine display of over 20 locally sourced classic cars. A few more seeking bargains would have helped to make the day more successful for the car booters. Nevertheless, the Cricket Club were able to put some more money in their funds from the day and plan another Car boot sale shortly.

Ann Veness
The death of Ann Veness of Haddenham last week is especially felt by members of Chearsley Cricket Club. Ann was a very special lady whose tireless and devoted efforts over many years, particularly as tea maker and scorer, were integral in making the Club what it is today. Donations in her memory can be made to Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.

Cuddington Youth Drama and Theatre in the Villages
As well as Chearsley’s participation in this scheme when there will be an evening of Mapp and Lucia at Chearsley Village Hall on Friday October 19, (tickets still available from me, phone 01844 208913), Cuddington is presenting Coward at Sea, a forgotten Coward Classic P & O 1930 with Michael Lunts, which is being brought to the stage for the first time. Michael Lunts is an actor, pianist and singer who presents this one man musical evoking the golden age of the ocean-going liner complete with on-stage ship and a cast of classic Coward passengers. This will be held on Saturday October 20 at 8pm at Bernard Hall, Cuddington. Tickets are £10 each and available from Elaine English on 01296 655698, suitable for adults and children over 12. Support for this production will benefit Cuddington Youth Drama in costumes and sets.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Funeral - Oli Babington

The funeral for Oli Babington will take place at 12:30pm this Thursday, September 20th. All are welcome to attend both the service at St Nicholas, Chearsley, and afterwards at The Bell.

Burglaries - Dinton & Cuddington

This is a Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury

A burglary to a domestic garage on Bridgeway, Cuddington had been reported between 5pm on Thursday 13 and 7am on Friday 14 September.  Offenders forced open the padlock to the garage and conducted a search of the premise.  At this time it appears that nothing was stolen.

A burglary to a workshop was also reported during the same time period, on Oxford Road, Dinton.  Again, nothing appears to have been taken at this time.

Officers dealing with these crimes would like to hear from anyone that might have witnessed any suspicious activity in these areas between the times / dates given.  If you have any information please call the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don’t want to speak to the Police or give your details you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Oli Babington
Oli, who had been running The Bell with Sharon for almost 7 years, died very suddenly on Tuesday September 11th aged 38. Oli and his family has been part of the Chearsley community for many years, attending Chearsley school and then returning as Landlord of The Bell. In this role, he has been at the heart of many village celebrations and activities, known to almost all villagers who are all shocked and saddened at his early death. Our hearts, prayers and love go out to Sharon and their two boys, Harry and Charlie, knowing that the love and care of their close family and friends is there to help and support them.

Harvest Supper in Chearsley Village Hall
This will take place on Saturday September 22 in the village hall at 7.30pm when there will be a two course meal and entertainment. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Claire on 01844 208087 and Angela on 01844 202105

Harvest Festival Service at Chearsley Church
We are all invited to the Harvest Festival Service on Sunday September 23 at 10 am. Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables are most welcome as well as dried foods such as pasta, rice, sugar and tinned food which can be used in the kitchens of Steppin’ Stones Centre in Oxford. This centre provides day long support for the homeless and vulnerably housed people wanting to move forward in their lives away from street-life and addiction.

Mobile Library
This is next in the village on Monday September 24 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Concert in aid of Scannappeal at Cuddington
As part of the 25th anniversary activities for Scannappeal, a concert is being held in St Nicholas Church, Cuddington on Saturday October 6th at 7.30. A programme of classical music, music from shows and everything in between will be performed by Sheilagh Armitt (soprano) Debbie Alder,( mezzo-soprano) and Ian Westley (piano). Tickets cost £10 each and are available from James Frost of The Old Rectory, Cuddington HP18 )BG, telephone 01844 290768 or email Scannappeal is a Bucks-based charity providing advanced medical equipment for local patients.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Oli Babington

It is with great sadness we report the passing away of Oliver “Oli” Babington, of The Bell Inn, Chearsley, on Tuesday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and the boys, and all of the Babington family.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Show 2012
This was held at the village hall on Saturday September 1. Entries were unfortunately considerably down on last year. The poor summer weather and some families away on holiday being contributing factors. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable, friendly afternoon with entries in most classes and good displays of fruit, vegetables, flowers and handicraft. Eric Carte, our esteemed local actor, awarded the trophies and plaques to the well-deserving winners and money prizes to the children. He made a plea for more tarts in the village next year – referring to only 2 entries in the Men’s Jam tarts, which was won this year, as last year, by Julian George. Thank you Eric for coming.
The overall Winner of the Show receiving the Vic Walker Cup was Anne Pratt, who also won the Lane Bud Vase for Best Flower Arrangement, the Olive Ashworth Cup for Best Flowers and the Wilfred Kind Cup for Best Domestic. Congratulations to Anne.
Other winners were : Joy Payne for Best Photograph; Toby Sampson for Best Model; Alicia Howard for Best Art Entry; Beryl Wright a plaque for Craft; Rowan Chantry, the Harold Braley Cup for Best Children’s Entry; Katherine George, the Children’s Champion Cup; Rachel Sampson, the Harry Gregory Cup for Craftsmanship, Joy Payne, the wooden bowl for best fruit, Julian George, the Gadsby Trophy for Best Vegetables and Joc Faulkner, the Pat Marshall Cup for Best Tomatoes.
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took the time and trouble to take part and other visitors in the afternoon who made the Show a success. Next year, there may well be a few changes and hopefully, more exhibitors will participate. One change which is happening is that Rosemary Wallis has decided to step down, having been the main organiser for many years. Thank you Rosemary for all your hard work.

Bingo at The Bell
It was good to have some new faces which turned out to be winning ones at the first Bingo since the Summer break. A raffle raised £24 which will be divided between the Bell’s charities of Florence Nightingale, Royal National LifeBoat Institution and the Air Ambulance. Everyone is welcome to come and try their luck at the next session which will be on Tuesday October 2 with eyes down at around 8.30pm. Come early and enjoy a meal at a special rate for Bingo players.

Charity Race Night at The Bell Saturday September 29 at 8.30pm
Sharon and Oli are hosting another charity Race Night in aid of Dreams Come True – a charity which raises money to enable seriously ill children to realize their dreams. A special fish and chip supper at £5 will be on offer to help sustain the tension of betting.

Bottle Bank request
Sharon and Oli and family are having problems with inconsiderate use of the bottle banks which they kindly allow to be situated in The Bell car park. They ask that the bottle banks are not used before 9am, especially on weekends and that if the banks are full, for the bottles to be taken home and not left on the side. There have been occasions when dumped bottles have been thrown about the car park, leaving broken glass which Sharon and boys have had to clear up.

Parish Council - Monday September 17
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the village hall on Monday September 17 at 7.30pm. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Chearsley WI - Tuesday September 18
Julia Hunt is the guest speaker at the next meeting of Chearsley WI in the village hall, when she will give a talk on Make up and Makeovers – Enhancing a face. Non-members are very welcome to attend at a cost of £2.50 and should come at 2.30 after WI business has taken place. Please contact President, Pauline Parkes on 01844 201011 for more information.

Refuse collection – new system
Remember that Fridays are now our new refuse and recycling collection days. The green food bin will be collected weekly, so next Friday 14th, this will be collected for the second time, together with the new recycling bin.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Refuse Bin Update

from Aylesbury Vale District Council

A short update for you after the first day of the new collections.
They seemed to go very smoothly today, with only a handful of properties putting out the wrong bins. No other issues were reported. Food waste collection seemed to be very well received and the hoppers were full when vehicles returned to the depot.

Bin deliveries
Whilst we are aware that there’s a few households awaiting delivery of their new bins, we’re tackling this as a priority. Our contractor is sending out a ‘mop up’ team to customers that have been missed off early rounds, and we also have two of our own teams out and about to properties that have been missed. The Buckingham and Winslow blue lid bin trial areas should get their food waste bins delivered tomorrow. We apologise for any delays some people have experienced

If a resident hasn’t had their bins delivered yet, and asks, our advice is:
  • Please put food waste in your green waste bin, as normal.
  • If their first collection is for waste, the service is as normal, though the collection day may have changed
  • If their first collection this week is for recycling, they can get AVDC blue recycling bags from our Customer Service Centres in Aylesbury, Winslow (Library) and The Buckingham Centre.
 Alternatively, they can put recycling materials in open carrier bags, and leave out for collection. If the carrier bags are closed, we won't be able to collect them as we can't see what's in them.

Alternatively, please direct them to our website

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mobile Library
This will next be in the village by The Green on Monday September 10 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Refuse collection – new system
Remember that Fridays are now our new refuse and recycling collection days, starting September 7 when the small green food bin will be collected as well as the old original green bin containing any non-recyclable rubbish.

Theatre in the Villages
Chearsley Village Hall is very pleased to be a host again this year. Mapp and Lucia Ahoy will be performed on Friday October 19 at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from me. Telephone number 01844 201893. It seems as if it will prove a very popular play with a good number of tickets already sold. Chearsley is the only venue in Bucks where this is being performed. Posters with more details of Mapp and Lucia Ahoy will soon be on the noticeboard and booklets of all performances in the Theatre in the village scheme will be available from the shop and Pub and delivered round to many households.

Cricket Club 100 Club
There have now been several lucky winners (not me). The draw is made at the end of each month, with a top prize of £30 this last month. More members are still welcome and should get in touch with Louisa on 07738 220842. It is a good way of supporting the Cricket Club and possibly winning yourself a little windfall.

Waddesdon Manor Heritage Open Day on Saturday September 8
There will be free entry to house and gardens on this Family Community and Emergency Services Free Day. A fun filled family day when fire engines, police cars and ambulances will be there for climbing in and inspecting.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Superfast Reminder!

If your current broadband speed doesn't meet your needs you can do something about it today by visiting BT openreach, or go to and back your local county council's campaign to bring superfast broadband to Buckinghamshire.

Register by 1 September 2012 and you will be entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win an iPad kindly donated by Buckinghamshire Business First.

Registering your demand for superfast broadband will only take a couple of minutes and won’t cost a penny. You’re simply helping Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Business First demonstrate to broadband providers that there is a strong demand for superfast connectivity here in the county. If you are unable to register online please call 0845 3708090 / 01296 395000.

Updates of progress are available both at the and the BT Where and When websites.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network Newsletter for September 2012 is now available for download.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

110 Bus timetable alterations
The times of the 110 bus through Chearsley between Thame and Aylesbury have changed slightly. The new timetables can be viewed at the Arriva website here, and through the link under the Village Links column.

Chearsley Show – Saturday September 1
Remember entry forms for Chearsley Show must be received by Tuesday August 28. Please make every effort to find something to enter and make this year’s Show a great success.

Cricket Club
The First XI are playing Bicester and N. Oxford at home on Saturday September 1st and welcome support. They then play Kingston Bagpuize on Saturday 8th, again at home.

Cricket Club future events
Classic Car Show and Car Boot Sale – more details to follow.

Bingo at The Bell
The Summer holidays are nearly over and it is back to Bingo at The Bell again on Tuesday September 4.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Community Message

This is a Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury

A burglary to a garden shed has been reported on The Green, Ludgershall sometime whilst the occupant was away, between the 3 and 17 August. A strimmer was taken from the shed, which had been left insecure.

Please be on your guard and ensure any suspicious activity is reported at the time it is happening. If possible obtain a description of any persons, along with the make, model, colour and registration number of any vehicle.

Make sure your own property is left secure when you are out, overnight or when you are at home but in another part of your property. It only takes a moment for a potential thief to gain access to your premise, sheds and outbuilding etc via an insecure window or door. Don’t take any chances.  Further crime prevention advice and information can be found on our website

If you have any information in relation to this crime, please call the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don’t want to give your details or speak to the Police you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Friday, 17 August 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

St Nicholas Church – flowers
A wonderful way of celebrating a special anniversary, birthday, remembering the anniversary of the death of a loved one is by sponsoring or contributing to the cost of the flowers in the church. Our 14th century beautiful church is renowned for always having lovely flower arrangements, thanks to a dedicated team of flower arrangers, who each week throughout the year ensure that the church is filled with flowers. Contributing in this way would also help support and maintain this tradition. Please contact Joy Payne at 1 Bernards Close Phone 208513 or email for more information.

Chearsley Shop - dry cleaning
This is a very convenient service which our shop offers of twice weekly collections and deliveries. However, Jeyan is experiencing some problems with uncollected garments! In particular he has 2 men’s evening suits which have been in the back of shop since early in the year – probably brought in after New Year Celebrations and not thought of or needed since. Jeyan would very much appreciate it if the owners could come and collect (before next New Year). There are other garments as well, so if you think you may have some uncollected cleaning , please call in and speak to Jeyan.

Deadline for Show Entries
The annual Chearsley Show is only a just over a week away and the deadline for submitting entries is Tuesday August 28. Please make sure you have your schedule and entry form so you can enter as many categories as possible, to make this year’s Show a success. If you cannot find it, please let me know, so we can let you have another one. Each entry only costs 20p and must be received by Tuesday August 28 by Rosemary Wallis, Joy Pane or Anne Lewis. The Show needs you to take part for it to succeed.

Sunshine Club at Cuddington – Fashion Show Sunday August 26 at 2.30pm
This social meeting run by volunteers for the older person meets every fortnight in the Clubhouse in Cuddington, when there is afternoon tea, bingo, cards and chit chat. They have a recycling appeal for unwanted mobile phones and used ink cartridges which can be turned into funds for the Club. Please leave any of these items at Cuddington Village Stores, with thanks to John and Elaine, or phone 01844 299150 for collection. A Fashion Show is being held in the garden of Tyringham Hall, Cuddington on Sunday August 26 at 2.30 when models of all ages, sizes and gender, will parade down the catwalk for a fun Fashion Show. All the clothes modelled, plus hundreds more at knockdown prices will be available to try on and purchase. The £5 entry fee includes a delicious cream tea.

Paralympic Torch
Volunteers are needed to help steward the route as the Paralympic torch is lit at Stoke Mandeville on Tuesday August 28 at the start of the 24hr relay to the Olympic Stadium in London. More details can be found on or phone 01296 387089.

To remind everyone that the recycling system changes very soon when the old baskets and boxes for glass will no longer be used. These can be kept for your own purposes. The last time they will be used will be Tuesday August 21, but unless you put a note to say you would like the baskets left, they will be collected up later in the day and taken away. You may well decide not to put out your baskets on this day, but to keep all recycling matter until the new recycling bins can be used and emptied on September 14th. I am sure it will all work perfectly once we get the hang of the new system and new day. I just hope I am not the only house in the village who has not yet received the new recycling bin! I know lots have. Please remember that because of the Bank Holiday, the refuse bins will be collected on Wednesday August 29th – bins only.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Paralympic Torch Relay - Volunteers wanted!

The Paralympic Torch is being lit in Stoke Mandeville on 28 August.

The Torch will then start its 24 hour relay to the Olympic Stadium in London, coming through Aylesbury and to the Hertfordshire border.

To make this historic occasion special for everyone, Bucks County Council needs volunteers to help steward the route.

Interested? Please contact them at or telephone 01296 387089

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Village Plan
It might seem that things have gone quiet lately about the Village Plan, but meetings, discussions and ideas in the various topic groups have been taking place over the past few months by some of the villagers who were prepared to get involved under the chairmanship of John Lewis. It is hoped that an interim document can very soon be put together and an Open meeting arranged around the middle of October for all the village to attend. Imput from as many villagers as possible is still very much at the forefront of the Plan. The Plan is being formulated for how the village (everyone) wants Chearsley to be in 10 or 20 years time and for some of the ideas now being discussed to be able to happen. Any interest and involvement in any of the topic groups is still very much welcome. All details are available to view on the website under the planning forum link. The various topic groups are:

St Nicholas Church
This now has an easy link from the tab above to keep you up to date with all services and events, including the Harvest Supper on Saturday September 22 and Harvest Service on Sunday September 23.

Chearsley Cricket Club - Chairmen’s XI Challenge Match on Bank Holiday Sunday August 26
Players of all ages, abilities, gender and experience are desperately needed to support Peter Crook and Ian Houseman who are challenging the younger cricket players to a match taking place on Bank Holiday Sunday at the Cricket Club. Please get in touch with Peter on 01844 202487 if you would like to play.
On the more serious side of the Club, support from the village is always needed and their next game at the Club will be on Saturday, August 11 when the 1st XI play Shipton (not Dinton as previously stated).

Recycling and bin collection

All recycling baskets including the boxes for bottles and glass will next be collected on Tuesday August 21

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Garden Waste Bins
The green bags for garden waste, which is a free scheme currently in operation, is ceasing in September. Brown garden waste bins, which will be collected every fortnight between February and November, is a new service being offered throughout the County including Chearsley. This will cost £36 a year. Please ring 01296 585510 for more information and to register your interest and sign up, or visit Chearsley is part of Phase 4 of the scheme which started in June and includes Cuddington, Long Crendon, Shabbington and Ickford. I have been assured that Chearsley residents can join this scheme. There will be an opportunity to talk to Aylesbury Vale about the new collection procedures at their stands at Winslow Show on Monday August 27 and at Bucks County Show on Thursday August 30.

Theatre in the Villages Friday October 19 in Chearsley Village Hall
This is an opportunity for rural communities in Aylesbury Vale to be able to enjoy professional arts on their doorstep and Chearsley Village Hall Committee is very pleased to be a host to an event. We are delighted to welcome back in October, Sandra Hunt who entertained us so enthrallingly last year in Fast Woman in “Mapp and Lucia Ahoy” with Rachel Lawrence who has adapted this from the much-loved novels of EF Benson. In this production, they bring to life arch rivals, Mapp and Lucia and their friends in a very funny exuberant celebration of the uniquely English art of one-up-(wo)manship. The performance will be in Chearsley village hall on Friday October 19 at 8pm. Tickets are £10 each and will be available shortly from me. Please note that this event is not being held at any other venue during this year’s Theatre in the Villages’ programme. So come along to Chearsley on Friday October 19. For details of all the shows available to book, please go to or call 01296 585301

The Bell
Our local Pub with its large, safe and very child friendly garden which is particularly enchanting when the sun shines, has several meal offers during the week at the moment. The Pub is not open Monday lunchtime and does no food in the evening. Tuesday offers a pie ( rare breed lamb and rosemary or pork to an Elizabethan recipe) and pint or glass of wine for £10. Meat for the pies is supplied by Orchard View Farm at Little Meadle, who are very proud to have recently been awarded 3 Great Taste Award Gold Stars for their free range pork. Thursday is curry and pint day for £10; Fresh fish on Fridays - choice of fish for £11, or a deal of 2 Chiswick battered fish and chips with a bottle of wine for £25. Sunday has roast lunches. Normal menus are always available. Coming shortly, after a break for the Summer is the monthly Tuesday Bingo Night when a special Bingo players meal is available. Also the monthly Sunday night Quiz starting on Sunday September 9.

Chearsley Cricket Club Ferret Racing
The club enjoyed a successful family afternoon last Sunday July 29. Last week’s edition of the Bucks Herald showed some good photos of the occasion. Around £700 was made which will go towards Club refurbishments.

Are you a Carer? Do You need a Break?
There are many unpaid carers in the community who perhaps don’t recognise themselves as such, and would therefore not consider themselves eligible to apply for a new grant. This is for anyone over 18 who cares unpaid for someone for 20 hours a week – for example, a husband or wife whose spouse has had a stroke or has dementia, a son or daughter looking after a frail parent, or parents with a disabled child. The new grant of up to £500 is to help carers take a break. Applications are made through your GP surgery. It is suggested that an appointment be made with your doctor to discuss the care you give and to have your name put forward for the grant. Should the surgery be unaware of this new grant, please contact Alex at CarersBucks on 0300 777 2722 for help. If not enough carers apply for the grant, it may not be extended in the future.

Mobile library

The mobile library will next be in the village on Monday August 13 from 12.20 to 12.45pm. Please note that it will not be here again until September 10.