Thursday, 31 January 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Rob Atkinson
It is sad news to learn of the death of Rob of Manor Villas last week. Our love and sympathies go to his family, particularly his wife Sue and daughter Emily. The funeral will be held on Thursday February 14th at 11am in Chearsley Church and to which everyone is welcome. A photo and tribute to Rob can be found on the St Nicholas web page

Norman Lilley
Many villagers in Chearsley will remember with great fondness and love Norman Lilley who has died recently. For many years, he was a lay preacher at our Church and I was very pleased when Norman was able to conduct the funeral service of my mother Mary Fowler, nearly 8 years ago at Amersham Crematorium, as I knew Mum always particularly enjoyed it when Norman took the morning service and would sit next to his wife Joan in the congregation. Norman was also an important part of Chearsley Show, coming to judge the photographic entries and taking great care and trouble to judge fairly and to give helpful reasons for his decision. He will be missed by many.

Burns Night Friday January 25
Ladies and men in kilts, sporrans, daggers and tartan in all forms were in abundance on this night when The Bell was well filled with customers looking forward to the traditional Burns Night supper - a delicious meal made of Cullen Skink or homemade bannocks followed by haggis, neeps and tatties ending with with cranachan pudding, all splendidly cooked and served by Sharon, Rob and the staff at The Bell. The meal commenced with a lively rendition of The Selkirk Grace by several Chearsley residents, some Scottish and some sassanacks! This was another enjoyable village evening at The Bell. Make sure you book your meal for St Patrick’s Day celebrations in March!

Eric Carte’s New Venture
Eric will be busy during February and March touring the country starting in Swansea performing in Gilbert and Sullivan Abridged. This is a show of parody, wit and song in an evening when excepts of all Gilbert and Sullivan’s 14 operettas are performed, from the classics to the more rarely performed Grand Duke. A different role for Eric and we wish him all the best. There is more information and a list of the many venues and dates on the website There is a performance at The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes on Sunday February 24, which is about the nearest to Chearsley.

Break-ins continue in Chearsley

There has been another burglary in Chearsley this week. A garage in the Winchendon Road was broken into during the evening of Wednesday 29 when fishing tackle was stolen. Another reminder to be vigilant and to be aware of strangers in our village.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Rugby at the Pavilion


Next Saturday 2nd February is the start of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Trophy series, and we are showing both games.

Have you chosen who you are going to support yet? Come on up to the cricket pavilion, we'd love to see you for both matches.

We'll be open from 1:00pm with a stocked bar and we plan to offer hot refreshments during the afternoon.

So whatever you're planning,try to include a bit of rugby.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Baby Congratulations
Alan and Rowena Parry are delighted to have become Grandparents again. Their son, Jonathan and Catherine became proud parents to Thomas James on January 21st. Congratulations and very best wishes.

Lunch Club at The Bell
The monthly lunch club is now going to be held every 2 weeks from February. The dates in February will be Wednesday 13th and 27th. Please let Ann Hooton on 01844 208306 know a few days beforehand if you would like to come and to choose your meal.

Rene Baker
Rene who was born and bred in Chearsley has celebrated her 90th birthday. She is a regular at the lunches at The Bell and at the lunch held on Wednesday 23, Sharon presented her with a cake to mark the occasion while her friends sang Happy Birthday. There are several references and photos of Rene in Ted Hooton’s book of Chearsley. One photo is of her about a year old and another of her aged about 10 while at Chearsley school. When she left school, she went to work at The Vicarage in 1937 when the new vicar, Elliot Wigg, came to Chearsley. During the war, she worked at Thame airport making propellers for Spitfires. Congratulations to Rene who looks so well and fit for such a fine age.

Post delivery during the snow

During the recent difficult snowy and icy conditions I don’t think there was a day when Gary our postman of many years failed to get round. The lanes in Chearsley quickly become slippery when the snow falls and the temperature drops, but Gary manages to get here and get round with our mail, albeit junk mail and bills. So, thank you Gary for your loyal service.

Bingo at The Bell
February Bingo will be on Tuesday February 5. Come along for a bit of fun and possibly come away with a prize. Have a meal beforehand. Don’t forget The Bell is offering 2 meals for £10 from a selected menu – just the thing before the excitement starts.

Quiz at The Bell
The next quiz at The Bell will be held on Sunday February 10 at 8.00pm. Just turn up or pop in to book a table.

Shrove Tuesday at St Nicholas
Pancakes are being made on Tuesday February 12 from 4 until 5pm at St Nicholas church.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

A Local List of the Vale's historic buildings and features - are you interested?

Received by the Parish Council:

Dear Parish Clerk,

We are Aylesbury Vale district councillors, working on a cross party basis to look into potential levels of support for a “Local List” within the Vale’s communities. We hope to prepare a brief report to be presented to the Environment and Living Scrutiny committee on 13 February.

Local Lists identify buildings and many other features that, although not suitable for national statutory listing, are valued by local people. While such a List does not give direct legal protection to the items listed, it helps to make sure that such buildings and places are properly considered when planning proposals affecting them are presented to the district council. Identifying buildings and features suitable for local listing assists in establishing the uniqueness of place and is a further contribution to the character of the area and the sense of identity within a community.

We are writing to ask whether individuals or an amenity or history society in your parish would be interested in supporting, in principle at this stage, such a List were one to be drawn up? Equally, if your community has already compiled its own Local List then we would like to hear about it. AVDC would provide appropriate support to help volunteers identify and report on suitable candidates for the List. It would also maintain the List which could be adopted as a policy in the Vale of Aylesbury plan.

Please let us know if there is interest in your parish. As we have said, we are trying to gauge what level of support for the principle of a Local List may exist in the Vale. We emphasise that at this stage we are not looking for any commitment to action from you, other than the courtesy of a response to this email.

We look forward to hearing from you, no matter how brief your response. Should you, in the meantime have any further questions then please let us know. Contact details are Tel: 01296 668565 and Email:

Yours Sincerely,
Judy Brandis - Corry Cashman

Friday, 18 January 2013

Refuse collections

AVDC have advised that due to treacherous road conditions, some areas will not have had their bins emptied today.

If this applies to you, please put your bins out for Monday when, weather permitting, the collections will be made.

AVDC also mentioned that their job had not been made easier by badly parked cars. Please park considerately - access at any time may be needed by the emergency services.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Village News

with Margaret morbey

6 Nations Rugby
Chearsley Cricket Club will again be showing live matches at their clubhouse with the first match of Wales v Ireland on February 2 at 1.30pm followed by England v Scotland at 4pm. In order to engender a spirit of “friendly antagonism”, volunteers to become Team captains for the various countries are being urged to come forward. The positions for Wales and England have already been filled, but captains to represent Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy are still needed. Please contact Larry Greenfield if you are interested.

Burglary in Church Lane
During the morning of Tuesday January 15 a house in Church Lane was broken into. Access was gained from the back of the property. Cash was stolen. If anyone has any information or saw anyone or anything suspicious which may be connected, please ring the police on the 101 non-emergency number. Another unfortunate reminder to always be alert and aware to keep our property secure. Cars in Nether Winchendon, Upper Pollicott, Ashenden have also been targeted recently, when, cash, sat navs, ipods and keys have been stolen. All these cars had been left unlocked.

Mobile Library
This is next in the village on Monday January 28 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Long Crendon and Chearsley Art Group
New members are always welcome at this small friendly group which meet every Wednesday morning from 10 until 12pm at Church House, Long Crendon. Please either call in or ring Jann Grimshaw on 01844 202630 for more information.

St Nicholas Church
Publication of the church magazine aCross, which serves Long Crendon, Chearsley and Nether Winchenden is coming to an end with the February edition being the last one. No-one has come forward to take over the job of editor when Anne Pratt the current editor finishes. It is hoped that it may be resurrected in the future. Until then, a list of services and other church functions and activities can be found on the St. Nicholas Church website.

Soul Spark
This week long event is being held in the church again this year from March 3 until March 9. Sharon Sampson is asking for help in the way of pictures from old magazines which could help with the theme of “celebration” – donations of any magazines of travel or nature would be much appreciated. A long shot is a request for a distorting mirror, or possibly a large bendy reflective board and also a 'Welcome' doormat. If you are able to help, please contact Sharon on 01844 208740.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Burglary in Chearsley

There is word of a break-in in Church Lane yesterday, with access made through the back of the property and an amount of cash stolen.

Please keep alert for any suspicious behaviour and be wary of any 'Nottingham Knockers' who are reportedly back in the area.

If you suspect a crime is in progress, call 999. If you have any information about yesterday's break-in, or have any doubts about strangers you see in the village, then please call Thames Valley Police on their non-emergency number, 101.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Car Crime Continues

Officers from the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing Team are urging local residents to be vigilant following a number of thefts from vehicles reported recently in the area.

Overnight on Sunday 13 to Monday 14 January vehicles were targeted in Nether Winchendon and Ashendon. Two thefts were reported in Upper Pollicott, Ashendon and three in Nether Winchendon. Property stolen included iPods, sat nav systems, small change and keys.

All the vehicles had been left unlocked

Please make sure you lock your vehicle when it is unattended and remove any valuables from it. Do not be tempted to ‘hide’ items in the boot or glovebox etc – opportunist thieves know all the hiding places.

Make sure you report anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles IMMEDIATELY to the Police. If you can, get a description of them, along with details of any vehicle they may be using, especially the registration number. Don’t leave it to someone else to make the call – you might be the only witness.

If you have any information in relation to any of these thefts please call the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and ask for the information to be passed on to PC Spenceley or PCSO Sue Jones from the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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, 11 January 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jubilee Oak
The Jubilee Oak has now been well secured thanks to the donation of a stake and help on the day from Justin and Alicia at The Old Farmhouse and to Mike Heybrook who supplied further stakes.

The first Bingo session of the year was a quieter evening than usual as several regulars were very much missed and we look forward to seeing them again at February’s Bingo. Paul Kingsman had to manage the calling on his own, as Andy Camden (88 wibble wobble) was unable to be there. Despite having a bit of difficulty controlling the bingo balls from time to time, Paul conducted the evening in typical fine form. Everyone, including some new to Bingo, managed to have a good evening, with a top prize of £55 and the raffle making £28 for the charity pot. Next Bingo will be on Tuesday February 5th. If you haven’t been before, come and try it out – guaranteed an unforgettable evening!? Book your table for a Bingo meal beforehand.

Parish Council Meeting
The date of the next meeting is not Monday 14th. It will now be held on Monday January 21st at 7.30pm at the village hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

January at The Bell

January is a naturally quiet time, but The Bell still needs support and custom and are continuing the Fish Special Fridays when 2 fish and chips meals including a bottle of wine cost £25. Tuesday to Thursday evenings offer 2 meals for £10 from a selected menu. Tickets for the weekly Meat Raffle drawn on Sunday afternoons are always available. A selection of joints, sausages, pies, bacon from Sherwins of Long Crendon, or Jim at Orchard View Farm, Little Meadle are included in the raffle – you could win next week’s meals for 1 ticket costing £2.00. Put Friday January 25 on the calendar when there will be Burns Night celebrations with a set 2 course or 3 course menu available. There will be more details in due course. There will be another of the popular Children’s Bingo on Sunday 27.

Community Pub lunch   

It is time now to book your place and choose your menu for the next Pub Lunch at The Bell which will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 12.30. New visitors from the village or further afield are welcome to come and join this get together as a way of supporting our pub, for a very reasonably priced lunch, chitchat and news. There are often about 15 regulars, but room for more. Please phone Ann Hooton on 208306 for more information and to book your place.
Manor House String Quartet
St. Nicholas Church, Cuddington is the venue for a concert of Viennese music by the Manor House String Quartet on Saturday January 19 starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children. There will be refreshments during the interval. Please contact Myles or Caroline Saker on 291825 for more information and tickets.

Country Boy’s Struggle
This will be performed in Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Saturday January 19 at 7.30pm.A solo show of a mix of hiphop, spoken word and physical theatre performed by its writer , Maxell Golden, - a fast, funny and haunting story of one man’s search for a sense of belonging, with contributions from Cuddington Youth Drama. Tickets are available from Elaine English on 01296 655698 or at the door and cost £8 per adult, under 16s £5, and family ticket £20. Suggested minimum age is 12.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Quiz Night

Quiz Night at The Bell
Sunday 13th January
Are you going to be there?

Friday, 4 January 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jubilee Oak
Chearsley Parish Council is one of 80 Councils throughout Bucks to take advantage of AVDC’s offer of a free English oak tree to create a tribute to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Chearsley’s tree was planted on The Green on Sunday December 16 by Nic Brown, chairman of Chearsley Parish Council, with the help of a few villagers, particularly Venetia, supplying spades, water, stakes and general comments and advice. It is hoped that the tree will survive for many generations to enjoy to remember the the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. See here for a photo of the occasion.

Carol Singing
£400 has been collected this Christmas by one night’s carol singing round the village and at the Carols Round the Tree. This amount will be divided between the charities Cystic Fibrosis and DebRA.

Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting is planned to take place at the Village Hall on Monday 14th 21st at 7.30pm. Please check the notice board for confirmation of this date and for a copy of the Minutes of the last meeting and of the agenda. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Old unwanted Christmas Cards
Thank you to everyone who supported my son, Andrew, (Podge) in buying some of the Christmas gift tags we made this year , with particular thanks to Sharon at The Bell for being so pro-active in selling them. We need some more old cards for next Christmas’s supply and would happily collect a bag from anyone who would like to donate them to us. Please email or phone 208913 if you can help us.

Bucks Herald Subscription

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Local Burglaries

We are constantly having reports of break-ins in our area which serve as reminders to always keep our homes secure as much as possible. There was a burglary this week in Long Crendon, and I have experienced a couple of “creepy” experiences in Chearsley – a shadowy figure darting out of a garden to run off down the road into the village and during early evening a couple of occasions when I felt someone was in the garden. I don’t consider that I have a nervous disposition, but it has made me remember to always keep the doors locked even when I am in the house. We should all do the same at all times.

Have Your Say

** Note: the date has been changed from the 14th to the 12th **

The Aylesbury North Neighbourhood Policing team are holding a ‘have your say’ meeting on:-

Saturday 12th Jan 2013
Aylesbury Motor Project, Unit 42 Edison Road,  Aylesbury
10:00am to 2:00pm

As well as being able to speak to your local neighbourhood policing team about any issues you may have in the area, you will also be able to have free Anti Theft Number Plate Screws fitted to your vehicle and Free Catalytic Converter marking.

If you need to speak your local neighbourhood policing team you can contact them via the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101.