Friday, 28 June 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Village Plan – Open Meeting for villagers on Wednesday July 17
The committee led by John Lewis are now in a position to inform the village of conclusions that have been reached on many topics, including housing, business, community and leisure, public services environment, to be included in the Plan. The meeting will beheld in the village hall on Wednesday July 17 at 7.45pm for 8.00pm start will present the draft Village Plan, including the proposed method of seeking endorsement from the village and the timetable for publication of the final Village Plan.

Hanging Basket Competition – part of Chearsley Show
Judging for this takes place in the week beginning July 22. Entry forms , available from the Shop or Joy should be completed and given to Joy Payne at 1 Bernards Close as soon as possible. In past years, entries for this has been disappointing which is surprising in view of the number of very attractive hanging baskets on view at many houses round the village. Hopefully, this year, Joy will be overwhelmed with entries!

MeadowSong Concert at Long Meadow – tickets are still available for this on the evening of Saturday July 6. Please contact Joy Payne on 01844 208513.

Retirement Party – Jean Johnson
In the time honoured tradition of the village, The Bell friends and regulars gathered to say” goodbye” to Jean who has been in The Bell kitchen for over 9 years. Informal ceremonies have been held in the bar over the years to mark many occasions, particularly birthdays, but the retirement of Jean from The Bell was a first. Jean originally came when Sue and Peter Grimsdell ran The Bell, but she continued when Ollie and Sharon took over 6 years ago to become a loyal, reliable and hardworking member of staff, looked on as part of the family, through good and bad times. Flowers and gifts were given to Jean in appreciation of her time at The Bell. She can now look forward to returning as a customer.

Fete – my thanks to everyone who has donated so generously to the jewellery and accessory stall for the fete by leaving little bags of goodies on my doorstep and to one lady in particular who has given a great deal. It should be a great stall to visit!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Best of British Fete Day - Saturday June 29 from 1pm on and around The Green
A great day is planned. All villagers and visitors are welcome to come and enjoy all the fun of a traditional Best of British fete. The Green will be fenced off and the road by the Pub closed, so it will be a safe, and secure site. Parking in a nearby field will be available. Entry is free. There will be many stalls selling bric-a-brac, cakes, plants, books, cds, jewellery and accessories, toys, bottle tombola. Also a barbeque, fete games, cream teas, drinks and icecreams from the shop, bouncy castle, games and sports for the children, The Animal man, sheep shearing. Make sure you buy tickets for the Grand Raffle which has many good, worthwhile prizes, either beforehand from The Bell or the shop, or on the day. There will be lots going on all the time including an opportunity to see how church bells are rung and to have a go in the small bell tower in The Bell car park. So, don’t miss out. The Bell will be open all day. For the evening entertainment, there will be music for dancing and a fish and chip supper. All that can’t be planned will be the weather, but the fete will be held whether there is sun or rain – a very British day! For any questions or concerns about the Fete, please contact Angela Gray on 01844 202105 or email

Concert at Long Meadow – Saturday July 6 at 6.30pm
The Saturday following the fete brings MeadowSong to the idyllic setting of Long Meadow, Dark Lane. This is a fund raising event for the Three New Bells for our Church. Songs of the Musicals and much more will be performed by international singers, Paul Shinar and Laura Fealy. Tickets cost £15 for adults, which will include a picnic supper box. There will be a raffle, barbeque, strawberries and cream and a bar. Please contact Joy Payne on 01844 208513 or email

Wednesday, 19 June 2013


Chearsley Church are currently trying to help the charity WORKAID who are based in Chesham.

Unwanted tools and equipment are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at their workshop.

The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.

Each year, WORKAID helps over 9,000 people to break the cycle of poverty and rebuild their lives.

They assist projects working with orphans, street children, unemployed teenagers, disabled people, people living with HIV/AIDS, widows and refugees.

If you have been spring-cleaning your shed and would like to donate unwanted tools (even bicycles), please drop them off at Cloverdale, Lower Green Lane, where they will be taken to WORKAID.

Thank you
St Nicholas Church

Friday, 14 June 2013

Family Sports

Family Sports is on this Saturday morning at the Cricket Club from 10 am.  Everyone welcome to participate in a bit of Football, Baseball, Jumbo Rugby and plenty of other 'fringe' sporting activities. This week will be boomerang throwing. Never had one come back? Here is your chance to get it right!

Meet up with Larry at the back of the field near the nets, adjacent to the Millennium Field.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Best of British Fete – Children’s Kite competition

Judging of the kites which have been made by children in the village and displayed on The Green, as part of the Fete will take place on Sunday June 23 at 12pm. Everyone is invited to come and view.

Hopefully, a lot of families are busy planning and making for this display, which acts as a good advert for all for our Fete. There is still time to make one. The kite can be any size, shape or colour, but must be waterproof and free standing.

Donations for all stalls are still needed and if you haven’t yet bought any raffle tickets, they are on sale in The Bell and the shop – there are some good prizes to win.

If you can offer any help on the day, please contact Angela Gray on 202105.

Chearsley Kite Competition!

Chearsley fete is only 2 weeks away! You may have noticed from the flyer that we are holding a Kite competition to decorate the green. Kites can be any size or colour but need to be self standing and waterproof.

Judging for the kites will be on Sunday 23 June at 12pm so getting making!

Any queries please contact Angela Gray on 202105 or

Monday, 10 June 2013

Shack Attack

Well the rain stayed away (even if the sun did too) and 71 men, women, children and dogs made Shack Attack a fun day & night to remember.

How to have fun at Shack Attack:

First off, build your shack with whatever junk you can find .....

and whichever friends you can persuade to help you...

then test it out ....

 then chill out with your friends....

and long lost relatives.....

play some ball games....

while the women add the home comforts

relax in the long grass....

play hide and seek...

or do chin ups...

cool off ...

or go on the prowl for some other mischief....

or just chill out in your shack.


Then you could have a go at the Unfair Funfair where you can learn all about unfair practices around the world:

Play Crooked Croquet - where you lose points for every toilet in your house and for being able to clean your teeth with clean water.

Try out Blind Hoola Hoop - where you realise that if you can not see what is around you, or how a political system works, you can not beat the system.

There was also:

Origami challenge - try to do your homework (make an origami hat) while the flies are buzzing around your head (a feather duster) and the rain is coming in above you (squirter) and your table is a muddy floor.

Tin Can Alley - try to beat your opponent when you have pathetic sponge balls and full tin cans while they have heavy balls and empty cans, mimicking the way poor countries have to compete with rich countries.

By then you will  be hungry, so tuck in to a sausage roll or jacket potato.

Then when it starts to get cold, put on your onesie and toast a marshmallow on the bonfire.

 In the morning, as it hasn't rained, test the shacks with water pistols and award certificates.

Then pack up and head home for a shower and clean clothes while thinking about all those families who have to sleep in a shack every night with no access to a bathroom or washing machine.  If you have been inspired and want to help more, take a look at, a great charity who lift families out of poverty by helping them build a decent home.

If you left anything behind, please collect it from the porch of Cloverdale.

Lost Property
1 blue foldup seat cover/bag
1 metal black tent pole
1 yellow plastic cereal bowl

Friday, 7 June 2013

Haddenham Health Centre

The latest Haddenham Medical Centre Newsletter can be downloaded here.

Patient Participation Group Chair and Vice Chair post recruitment.

Haddenham Medical Centre is recruiting volunteers from patients to undertake the posts of Chairperson and Vice Chair for the Patient Participation Group (PPG). The PPG is a group of patients and practice staff who meet to discuss the practice and how it is able to service the community. 

The Chairperson role requires a volunteer who is interested and committed to working with the practice for the benefit of all patients. There will be a requirement to Chair and organise the PPG meetings.  Interested parties must be a patient of the practice; ideally with some experience of running meetings and used to public speaking. 

The Vice Chair role will support the Chairperson and deputise at meetings in their absence.  Interested parties must be a patient of the practice; ideally with some experience of running meetings and used to public speaking. 

Both roles require volunteers who are sensitive to the needs of the practice and patients and can assist in the success of the PPG.

If you are interested please apply by letter or e-mail to Ellen Solley Practice Manager, detailing what interests you about the role; your experience and what you can bring to it by Friday 21 June 2013.

Postal address
Haddenham Medical Centre
Stanbridge Road
HP17 8JX


The term will be for 12 months and the successful candidate will be decided by the PPG at the next meeting on Thursday 27 June 2013.  The candidate should be prepared to speak at the meeting to the group detailing what they could bring to the role and the group will then vote to decide who the successful candidate is.

If you require any further information please contact Ellen Solley as detailed above.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Fete Update

The fete is now only 3 weeks away and promises to be a good day with kids races, animal shows, bell ringing, sheep shearing, cream teas and the usual array of stalls!  But your help is needed!!

In past years we have had sponsors who have donated money to cover costs.  At present we are lacking sponsorship and therefore will make less money than previous years.  If you would like to make a donation to the fete, please contact Angela Gray on 202105 or and anything you can contribute will be greatly received.

We are looking for a large marquee to be used for the day and evening.  This has traditionally been used for tables and chairs for the teas stall in case in need of shelter.  If you have a marquee or large gazebo that you are will to lend us for the day please contact Angela Gray.

Finally, villagers will be knocking on your door asking you if you want to buy raffle tickets. There are lots of good prizes including a night stay for 2 in a London Hotel, £100 Cash, a Waitrose Hamper, a case of wine, Vouchers for the Eclipse Hairdressers in Thame and many more.  Tickets are priced at £1 each and are also available to buy from the Shop and the Bell.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bingo at The Bell – The pub was busy with Bingo players on Tuesday June 4 when a top prize for Full House of £85 was won. The raffle which will go to The Three New Bells for St Nicholas fund raised £42Many thanks to Paul Kingsman and Andy Camden , the magnificent callers, now experienced in keeping order (sort of), when excitement and chatter affect the concentration of the players.That was the last session for the Summer until September when it will re-start on September 3. However, they are making a special appearance at the Fete on Saturday June 29 for a Best of British Bingo session. Listen out on the day for more information.

Old mobile phones wanted
There is a collection point in The Bell for old mobile phones. Eloise Labross of Chilton Road is 10 and suffers from Autism and her family is hoping to collect between 165 and 185 used phones to enable these to be exchanged for an ipad which will help Eloise at home and at school. This scheme is organised by Hearts and Minds Challenge. If you can help, please do.

Ferret Racing at Chearsley Cricket Club – this fundraising event is on Sunday June 16 at midday with free entry. Contact John Howard on 07970 651326 for more information.

Choral Society Concert - this will be held in St Nicholas Church on Sunday June 16 at 7pm. The concert is entitled “ A European Tour”. Tickets cost £10 which will include refreshments during the interval. Profits will be donated to the Three New Bells for St. Nicholas appeal. Please contact Alicia Howard at for tickets.

Mobile Library - this is next in the village on Monday June 17 from12.20 until 12.45pm.

Chearsley W.I. - have their next meeting on Tuesday June 18 in the village hall when Louise Reed will give a talk “The things we do for fashion”. Meetings start at 2.00pm. Visitors are welcome at a cost of £4.

Best of British Fete – Saturday June 29
The day is fast approaching and a lot of planning and organising has been going on. Raffle tickets are available for sale in The Bell and in the shop, and you may have a knock at the door asking you to buy! Please do! We have not had a Fete for more than 2 years, as it is quite an event to organise, taking much time and effort for the Committee. Funds for Chearsley Trust, which benefits from the proceeds of the Fete are running very low. The Church and the village hall also have a share of whatever money is made. The day will start at 1pm on the village green, with stalls set up on the roads around, in the pub garden and carpark. The road past The Bell will be closed. All stallholders are keen to have contributions. If you have any jewellery, scarves, bags, any accessories you can donate, I would be pleased to collect. Alternatively, please bring them in the morning. Likewise with bric-a-brac, toys, jumble, plants, books, cds. etc. Help on the day is still needed. Please contact Angela on 202105 if you can help even for a short while. There will be judging of the Children’s kite competition on Sunday June 22 at 12pm on The Green. Hopefully, a lot of families are busy planning and making for this display, which acts as a good advert for all for our Fete.

The Charmborough Ring at Chearsley Fete - for the first time at Chearsley Fete visitors will be able to watch and experience exactly how bells are rung in churches and cathedrals throughout the country. The Charmborough Ring is a portable belfry with 6 bells which will be rung throughout the Fete by local bell ringers. You won’t be able to miss it in The Bell car park. Come and find out what bell-ringing is all about and have a go.

Chearsley Cricket Club 100
– it is time to renew membership of this fund raising scheme or to become a new member. It is a monthly lottery which raises vital funds for Club development. The subscription costs £24, which could mean, with 100 members, a first prize of £45, second of £25 and third of £15. So, if you get lucky it is a good return on £2 per month. The draws are held on the last Saturday of each month, the first being on June 29. Please contact Louisa Gadsby on 07738 220842 or email

Best Kept Village – Chearsley has again entered this competition. Judging takes place this month, so everyone is asked to make a special effort to keep the village as neat and tidy as possible during this time (and all the time).

Local Village Plan – There will be an Open Meeting for the village on Wednesday July 17 in the village hall at 7.45 for 8.00pm start. The purpose of the meeting is to present the initial draft village plan and to inform everyone about the proposed time of publication of the final document, including the proposed method of seeking endorsement from the village.

Vale Harvest Food Market in Haddenham – this is a monthly market in Haddenham, on the first Saturday from 9 until 1pm organised by a group of local food producers in the Aylesbury Vale with the aim to make it easier from local people to buy, sell and eat local food. Go to for more information.

Cafe Cibo - as from Wednesday June 5, a team of volunteers have opened and are running Cafe Cibo from 9 until 2pm for breakfasts, coffee and cakes. This will enable Sylvi to continue visiting Dom in hospital to support him and help him recover. Please visit for more information and to make a donation to Dom and Sylvi and treat yourself to coffee and cake in the cafe.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Shack Attack - Update

Well Shack Attack is nearly here and the weather is looking very promising!  Please come along to the fields of Long Meadow house in Dark Lane any time after 3pm on Saturday.  Build a shack and sleep in it overnight or just come along to enjoy the merriment, BBQ and bonfire. 

Please bring along any scavenged materials you can find at home, tarpaulins, old doors, ropes, pipes etc.  Then attempt to build a shelter to sleep in overnight.  You are welcome to pitch a tent for backup or for the softies in your party!  Please take all materials home with you the next day.

3pm                All kicks off, start building your shacks and pitching tents
4pm                Unfair Funfair opens
5-8pm             BBQ available, sausages in rolls, jacket potatoes with cheese and beans, salad, cakes
6pm - late       Bonfire (bring some marshmallows)
8am                Shack judging. Will yours be the most luxurious, most waterproof or most inventive?
10am              Morning Celebration informal service at St Nicholas
12 noon          Picnic Lunch back at the campsite (bring and share)

Unfair Funfair
Come along and try out our Unfair Funfair including a Blind Hoola Hoop, Tin Can Alley and Origami Challenge.  All activities are designed to raise awareness of unfair practices around the world that are contributing to world poverty.  There will also be a team water challenge involving buckets and drainpipes.  Expect to get wet!

If you can bake some small cakes for the cake stall or bring along a salad, please let know.  All the other BBQ food will be available to buy at cost price.

Small Print
Adults are responsible for their children at all times, especially around the bonfire.  Please take home any shack materials and rubbish.

If you would like to bring materials down by car, please can you park in the corner near the gate and not drive further in to the field.  We do not want any free range children run over and your car will be in danger of getting stuck in a rut.  Thank you.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Do you know how to report a fraud?

Six months since a new way to report fraud was introduced in the Thames Valley, residents are being reminded to remember Action Fraud.

On 3 December 2012, Action Fraud was rolled out to forces in the south east as a one-stop shop for fraud reporting. It has since gone live in every police force across the country and now deals with all fraud reports centrally.
Action Fraud was introduced as part of the Attorney General’s Fraud Review in 2006 and as part of the Cyber Crime Strategy, presented to parliament in 2011. After a successful pilot scheme in five other forces, it was rolled out nationally.
National figures suggest fraud costs the country £73 billion a year, based on the crimes that are reported and recorded. Action Fraud aims to reduce that cost and the bureaucracy on police officers filling in forms, as well as enhancing the quality of targeted investigation and preventative activity.
Anyone who needs to reports a fraud should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or fill out the fraud reporting from on their website. Action Fraud will take the report and provide them with a national crime reference number. There is also a dedicated email address for people to contact and receive updates on their fraud report.
Of the thousands of reports Action Fraud has taken, about fifteen per cent actually result in a fraud crime being recorded. However, all information gathered is provided daily to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) at the City of London Police where it is analysed, alongside other information reported from government departments, financial institutions, and other large organisations.
The NFIB will then send any crimes where there is actionable intelligence or viable lines of enquiry to individual forces to investigate.
The only exceptions to this, when police should be called rather than Action Fraud will be; if the crime is taking place with an offender either at or near the scene at the time the report is being made, or the victim/person reporting the fraud is vulnerable, or if significant evidence will be lost if the police don’t attend the report straight away. In these exceptions the report can be made directly to Thames Valley Police who will respond in the usual manner.
There are a number of benefits for victims under the scheme, including a single point of contact for all victims of fraud in the Thames Valley and Action Fraud identifying repeat and vulnerable victims.
Read our Action Fraud webpage for more information and leaflets about the scheme, links to other useful websites, and victim information, or visit the Action Fraud website.