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