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.