Thursday, 9 May 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Florence Nightingale quiz in Chearsley
Over £300 was raised at the quiz in the village hall on Saturday April 27. The organisers from Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity would like to thank everyone who came for their support on the night and an especial thank you to quiz master Keith Lee and Robin Juniper who volunteered on the night to help out. For more information about future events, visit or contact the Fundraising Team on 01296 429975.

Cancer Research Race For Life
- Waddesdon estate Have you registered for this 5k event on Sunday May 19 in the delightful grounds of Waddesdon Manor estate? Come and join the Chearsley Chix who are fundraising as a group and then enjoying a well deserved lunch at The Bell afterwards. To register, please go to The Group name is Chearsley Chix and the group ID is AH3939, or phone 0845 6006050. The latest date for registering is Thursday May 16 and although over 1300 women have already entered, there are still spaces available.

Shack Attack – weekend of June 8 and 9 at Long Meadow, Dark Lane - this is a challenge to raise awareness of what life is like in a shanty town with no water, heating, toilet or washing facilities. An invitation to create a shack out of scavenged materials – tarpaulins, cardboard, ropes, pipes and then spend the night in it. In the morning, if the shack is still standing, it will be tested with water pistols and prizes given for the most comfortable shack, the most inventive, the smartest etc. There will be a bonfire and Barbeque food will be available . Anyone taking part is welcome to bring a tent in the event of the shack not surviving the night. Spectators are welcome. This is not a fund raising event, rather to raise awareness of shanty town life and to have fun. Please contact Sharon at or phone 01844 208740 for more information, or view the Shack Attack link.

May is National Walking Month
Walking is a normal everyday activity, but very good exercise to help stay healthy, watch our weight and to give us energy. The minimum recommendation from doctors to keep your body healthy and prevent illness such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes is 150 minutes of activity a week, which could be just 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Being active every day will keep your body and blood pressure at its best whatever your age. Many people in Bucks are enjoying walking with the Simply Walks scheme. These are volunteer led walks running throughout the year with over 500 walkers joining every week on more than 50 walks across the county. There is no need to book, just choose your walk and on your first walk arrive 15 minutes early to register with the walk leader. The walks are free. Well behaved dogs on non-extendable leads are permitted at the discretion of the walk leader. Local walks are in Haddenham every other Wednesdays. Meet in the Library car park at 10.30am. Stone, the other alternate week to Haddenham. Meet outside the Methodist Chapel, Eythrope Road, Stone at 10.30am. Winslow – Meet at The St. Laurence Room, Winslow at 10am on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Wendover Woods on the first Thursday of the month. Meet at the cafe at 11.00am. Buckingham on Fridays, meet at Cornwalls Meadow Car Park, outside Waitrose at 11am. There are 2 walks for differing abilities. More information is available from Fiona Broadbent, Simply Walk coordinator, on 01494 475367 or email

Chearsley Show on September 7
Now is the time to be thinking of the Show, sowing seeds and planting or taking that prize winning photograph or making the best model. Details are on the noticeboard. The show of flowers, fruit and vegetables, baking and preserves, art and craft plus a special section for children with cash prizes will be held in the village hall on Saturday September 7. More information and entry forms are available from Joy on 208513.

Tug of war – teams of all ages, sizes and strengths wanted. Children, Mums, teens, and of course Big Strong Blokes. As part of many attractions and activities for the Chearsley Classic Car show and Fun Day on September 8, a tug of war with as many teams as possible is being organised. Please contact Adam Lazaruk if you would like to take part at

Chearsley Cricket Club
Ferret Racing On Sunday June 16 the Cricket Club invite everyone to the Chearsley Cricket Pavilion for Live Ferret Racing. Gates are open at 12pm with the first race at 1.30pm. There will be 6 races during the afternoon with on course betting available. For the children there is the added attraction of a bouncy castles and for the parents, there is the attraction of the bar selling real ales Also a barbeque. Entry is free. Please contact John Howard on 01844 208036 of email for more information.

Concert in St Nicholas Church Sunday June 16 at 7pm
Come and enjoy a European Tour with Aylesbury Consort of Voices (not Aylesbury Choral Society as previously mentioned) in St Nicholas Church at 7pm on Sunday June 16. Tickets are £10 each to include refreshments during the interval. Profits will go to fund raising for The Three New Bells fund Please contact Alicia Howard at

Parish Council - the next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday May 20 in the village hall at 7.30pm. This is the AGM when a review of the year is given. Please come along to find out what has been happening and what is planned for the future.

New airport at Haddenham concerns
There have been many rumours this week in the village about the possibility of the old World War II glider airfield at Haddenham being developed into a major new airport with the consequence of the villages of Chearsley and Long Crendon being “removed”. This dismaying news has stemmed from an article in Aviation Week with information taken from Heathrow 2025 – masterplan options and indicative layouts documents produced by the Mott MacDonald Consultancy, which has now looked into 2 new sites previously not considered for the siting of another major airport. The other new site is at White Waltham. There are a total of 10 options considered in the documents. Heathrow Airport officials told Aviation Week that the documents are early drafts developed by consultants last year, not designs that have been endorsed by Heathrow Airport. The Airport will be making its considered submission to the Airports Commission in July. The article in Aviation Week can be viewed in full here.

New County Councillor
We now have a new County Councillor in the Bernwood ward after the elections on May 2. Margaret Aston , conservative won the seat. Michael Edmonds of Chearsley who had been the county councillor for this ward for many years did not stand.

Mobile Library - this is next in the village by The Green on Monday May 20 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.