Saturday, 27 April 2013

Children's Bingo

Please note the Children's Bingo, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 28th, has been cancelled.

Security Marking

The Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing Team and Aylesbury Vale District Council Community Safety Team invite you to a

Crime Prevention and Power Tool Security Marking Day
Hosted by
Haddenham Garden Centre
Stanbridge Road
Saturday 27 April 2013
10am to 3pm

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Closure of Lower Green Lane – a reminder that commencing on Wednesday May 8 Lower Green Lane will be closed except for access so that water carriageway works can take place. It is anticipated that the work will take about 3 days to complete.

Summer in Chearsley
Let’s hope that this summer will be dry, warm and sunny for the many events which are being planned to take place in Chearsley in the coming months. The church is busy raising money for three extra bells which will cost around £55,000. There will be a Best of British Fete this year with all the usual stalls and attractions including the Animal Man, with dancing outside The Bell in the evening. The fete raises money for the church, the Village Trust and the Village Hall, Help is still needed on the day, so please do not hesitate to come forward and get involved. It is hoped that parents and children will get creative by making kites to be displayed on The Green with judging taking place the week before the Fete. Previous years have had a successful show of scarecrows and flowers as the theme. Following on its success of last year, there will be a Classic Car and Fun Day with car boot sale, display of classic cars, children’s fun fair, live music, side shows, many more attractions, fun for all the family. Chearsley Show of fruit, vegetables, flowers domestic, photographs and craft will again be held and another evening in the village hall as part of the Theatre in the Villages scheme.

Saturday evening May 18 - Auction in aid of The Bells – at The Martins, Turnip Close

Sunday evening June 16 - Choral Concert “A European Tour” at St Nicholas Church

Saturday June 29 - Fete – on the village green

Saturday evening July 6 - Meadowsong Concert “Alive with the Sound of Music” in aid of The Bells – at Long Meadow, Dark Lane

Saturday September 7 – Chearsley Show in the Village Hall

Sunday September 8 - Chearsley Classic Car and Fun Day – at the Cricket Field

Friday evening October 18 – Theatre in the Villages with Iestyn Edwards “My Tutu’s Gone AWOL” – part dramatic monologue, part musical revue.
Look out for more details of all of these future events and others on the website and posters on the noticeboard.

St George’s Day Celebrations at The Bell
Chearsley villagers celebrated St George’s Day a little early on Saturday April 20 at The Bell, enjoying a traditional English meal of roast beef, fish and chips or sausage and mash and heartily singing traditional English songs and wearing appropriate headgear, as the photos show.
The day was also celebrated again on St George’s Day, April 23 with another party filling the pub to enjoy the traditional English fare and singing even more heartily, led on by Neville Dean, party organiser.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting - Apologies for anyone who went to the village hall expecting the Parish Council meeting to be taking place on Monday April 15. I didn’t know that this planned date had been changed. It is best to check the noticeboard by the bus-stop for confirmation of meeting dates when the Minutes of the last meeting are published together with an agenda and date for the next meeting. These are usually displayed about a week before the next meeting.

Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall on Saturday April 27. - There are still 2 tables available for this quiz in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice. Tables are for 8, costing £5 per ticket. Please bring your own refreshments. Contact The Fund-raising office for Florence Nightingale on 01296 429975 to book tickets.

The Bell – favourite village pub - Nominations have opened for this annual competition that aims to showcase the best village pubs in Aylesbury Vale .The annual awards which have been a big success since they are launched by AVDC in 1997 celebrate what makes a village pub a winner, at a time when thousands of locals have closed across the country. The awards give village pubs a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition for the excellent contribution they make towards the overall development of rural communities. To win an award is a mark of quality that will bring real prestige. Time, then to vote for The Bell. Last year, The Bell was awarded Best Community Pub in the Vale. This could be the year when The Bell receives the award for Aylesbury Vale Best Village Pub. Voting can be done online by visiting and fill out an online nomination form. Nominations forms are also available from The Bell or Tourist information Centres. Nominations will close on May 17.

Events at The Bell
Bingo – this will next be held on Tuesday May 7 starting at around 8.30pm and when Paul and Andy, the callers have the balls under control. It is a fun evening, well supported by villagers and out-of-towners, no experience required. The Bell offer a special price for a meal for Bingo players. Monthly Quiz – this will next be held on Sunday evening May 12. Come on your own and make up a table with others on the night, or come as a group. All levels of ability and knowledge welcome. Snacks provided. Buy your own drinks. Children’s Bingo – another monthly village regular will next be held on Sunday April 28 at 4pm. 2 Meals for £10 - this value for money offer still operates Tuesday to Thursday evenings.

Sue and Emily Atkinson would like to thank everyone for the support and kind wishes they have received following the death of Rob. “We were touched by the number of friends and colleagues, present and former, who made the journey to celebrate his life”. They thank everyone who contributed to the chosen charities. Donations have gone to Cancer Research UK of over £300 and £400 to the Dogs Trust.

Aylesbury Festival Choir
A Workshop of Opera Choruses run by Piers Maxim, Director of Music at Great Malvern Priory is being held on Saturday May 18 from 9.30am until 4.30pm at Bedgrove Junior School, Aylesbury. The cost is £18 in advance or £20 on the day. Tea, coffee and cake will be available. Bring your own lunch. There are more details and information on the website at, where tickets can also be booked. Or, contact Lynda Phipps on 01295 580599 or email John Phipps at

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mobile Library
This will next be in the village on Monday April 22 from 12.20 until 12.45 by The Green. Please note that because of May Day Bank Holiday it will miss a visit and be here again on Monday May 20.

Closure of Lower Green Lane – a reminder that commencing on Wednesday May 8 Lower Green Lane will be closed except for access so that water carriageway works can take place. It is anticipated that the work will take about 3 days to complete.

Steam Train – A number of villagers gathered by the lineside in Chearsley to watch Earl of Mount Edgcumbe fly by in a few seconds’ flash of steam and motion last Saturday, with no time to catch a glimpse of Chearsley’s representative on board. A fine photo taken by John Fowler cab seen here. The train of 8 coaches consisted of 4 Pullman dining and 3 “steerage” coaches and 1 coach which had been cleverly converted to carry more water. There would not have been enough water in the steam engine’s 3,000gallon tender to make the journey without stopping to replenish (about 30 gallons per mile is required), so further capacity of about 3,000gallons was carried in the converted carriage positioned immediately behind the tender. The trip was a success but not without great disappointment that the return journey had to be diesel hauled. The engine had caused lineside fires between Banbury and Bicester resulting in the authorities not allowing the steam engine to haul the train on the return trip. The train was therefore diesel hauled with the steam engine providing power to heat the train only. Thanks again for information from my steam train enthusiast.

Chearsley Church – Fundraising for 3 new bells – There will be an Auction of Promises, antiques and collectables with a professional auctioneer on Saturday May 18 at 6.00pm. This will be held at The Martins, Turnip Close when there will be a pig roast, raffle, activities for children, fun for all ages. Tickets will cost £10 each for adults (free for children) which will include supper and wine or soft drinks. Another fund raising event will be MeadowSong on Saturday July 6 at 6.30pm at Long Meadow, Dark Lane when songs of the Musicals and much more will be performed by international singers, Paul Shinar and Laura Fealy. Tickets will be £15 for adults which will include a picnic supper box. There will be a raffle, barbecue, strawberries and cream and a bar. Please contact Joy Payne on 018344 208513 or email for more information.

Honey Bee Swarms – Honey Bees usually swarm in early spring(hopefully soon then) just as the colony is building up numbers in anticipation of the upcoming honey flow, but swarming can happen through to late summer. Swarms are often found hanging from a tree branch, fence post or any place where the swarm can gather close to the Queen while scouts are sent out to look for a more permanent home. A swarm left alone will only be in place from just a few minutes to a few hours and occasionally a few days. Generally these swarms are very docile and the swarming bees usually will not sting. When Honey Bees swarm they gorge themselves with honey before leaving the hive which makes it very hard for them to double over and sting. Honey Bees swarm because of their instinct to survive by sending out new colonies, also through overcrowding or because an old queen is thought to be failing and they wish to raise a new one. Swarms should never be interfered with. Declining Honey Bee numbers make the collection of swarms an important part of the work of bee keepers. Please contact Brian Bush, beekeeper of Haddenham Honey, on 01844 292195, mobile 07767 304067 or email

Waddesdon Manor – is featuring in Bargain Hunt programmes planned to be shown on Friday April 12 and Monday May 6 at 12.15pm on BBC 1

Open Garden in aid of British Red Cross - Thursday April 18. Hall Farm, Little Linford, Milton Keynes MK19 7EA will be open from 2 until 5pm with entry fee of £3.00. This is a 2 acre informal farmhouse hilltop garden. Cedar lawn with roses, wild pond and small woodland walk and spring bulbs. There will also be plants and home-made cakes for sale. Refreshments available and a children’s Treasure Hunt.

New Emergency Numbers – there are now new numbers for emergency calls in addition to 999 for police, fire and ambulance. 101 is the number to call for police help when it is less urgent than a 999 call, for instance, a minor motor accident, property has been stolen or to give police information about a crime. 111 is the number to call for medical help or information which does not require the 999 emergency number. Both numbers are available at all times and cost 15p per call from landline or mobile.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Locomotive 5043

Earlier today - a treat for all train enthusiasts...

(Photo: John Fowler)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bingo - the monthly Bingo was held at The Bell on Tuesday April 2. The pub was comfortably filled with a few familiar faces missing. There were some good cash prizes for the line and full house with the winning last jackpot game attracting a prize of £63 – a good investment for the 6 games for £6.00. Our usual bingo callers, Paul and Andy were in fine form, having perfected the art of dropping the bingo balls on the floor which then entails good audience participation in “hunt the missing bingo ball”. Perhaps the excitement of having a birthday on bingo night affected Andy. He was in good company with Harry Babington who was 8 on the same day. Happy Birthday to them and thank you for the cake. The raffle money raised £43 for the various charities in the pub. Please come to the next Bingo session which will be on Tuesday May 7.

Sunshine Bazaar at Cuddington - the annual Spring Bazaar will be held in Bernard Hall on Saturday April 13 at 2pm when there will be teas, raffle, tombola, DVDs, cakes, household goods, books, nearly new clothes and many other bargains to raise funds for the fortnightly Sunshine club get together for the villages of Cuddington , Nether Winchendon and Chearsley, a social group meeting for bingo, cards and afternoon tea.

Comic Relief

Alicia, Lucy and Alex, three of Chearsley’s lovely ladies, made a very worthwhile contribution for Comic Relief on Friday March 15 by raising nearly £300 by selling home-made cakes, and refreshments all day.

Quiz on Saturday April 27 – There may still be tickets available for this quiz in the village hall raising funds for Florence Nightingale Hospice at 7.15 for prompt 7.30pm start. Tickets are £5 each. Phone 01296 429975.

St Nicholas Church -
Church Services during April - Sunday April 14 – Morning Communion at 10am. No Junior Church. Sunday April 21 – Communion at 9am. Sunday April 28 – Family Service at 10am.

Flower sponsorship
– Our church is always beautifully decorated each week and villagers are invited to sponsor the flowers for a particular Sunday. This could be in memory of a loved one who has died, to celebrate the birth of a child, for a wedding anniversary or for a special birthday or just as a way of remembering a particular occasion or blessing. There are forms to complete in the church or contact Joy Payne on 01844 208513.

Parish Council – the next meeting of Chearsley Parish Council will be held in the village hall on Monday April 15 at 7.45pm when all villagers are invited to attend to hear what is being discussed and to bring any matters of concern to the attention of the Council during the public session time.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Youth Club Movie Night - update

Chearsley Youth Club presents
 Movie Night!

This Friday, 5th April is Movie Night. The Youth Club will meet in the Cricket Pavilion (just up the Winchendon Road) for the showing of an exciting new movie, suitable for age 7+.
Age : year 3+  and bring friends if you like.
£2 entry and tuckshop available as usual. Biscuits and squash free.

More details to follow, but put this in your diary now.

Looking forward to seeing you Friday Night.
Keep an eye on the new Youth Club Corner Diary on the left for future events!