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.