Thursday, 6 June 2013

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.